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WHAT: Rockford-area candidates are being sought for two Rotary college scholarships.  Applicants must be college freshmen who plan to study abroad their junior year or upperclassmen/college graduates who want to complete a year abroad.  The deadline for applications is September 30, 2018.

District Grant Scholarships are for undergraduates who seek to spend their 2019-2020 academic year abroad.  This scholarship provides funding for round-trip transportation, tuition and fees, room & board, some, educational supplies and brush-up language training, if necessary, to a maximum of $25,000. The applicant should plan to study in a vocational area that is consistent with the mission of the Rotary Foundation, “Doing Good in the World."  Part of the experience will include participating in service work with their host Rotary Club.

Global Grant Scholarships are available to students who will pursue a graduate degree abroad during the academic year 2019-2020.

It is a minimum $30,000 award for one academic year. Applicants must closely align their curriculum and future career plans with an Area of Focus of The Rotary Foundation:

Peace and Conflict Resolution; 

Disease Prevention & Treatment; 

Water & Sanitation;

Maternal & Child Health; 

Basic Education & Literacy; 

Economic & Community Development.    

      The awardees will also be responsible for performing a service project abroad consistent with their area of study. 

Both scholarships, which are designed to further international understanding and good will, provide for study abroad in more than 200 countries where Rotary Clubs are located. 

​​During their studies abroad Rotary scholarship recipients will be​“Ambassadors of Goodwill” through appearances before Rotary Clubs & Districts, schools & civic organizations.

Scholars will represent Rotary International, the United States, and their community and their sponsoring Rotary Club as they work to further international understanding. 

HOW:  ​For more information on applications, please contact:

             Elise Cadigan, or 815-985-8300

WHEN:  ​The deadline for submitted applications is September 30,2018.


The Rotary International Scholarships program is the world’s largest privately sponsored university scholarship program of its kind. Focused on humanitarian service, personal diplomacy, and academic excellence, the program has sponsored over 40,000 Rotary Scholars to study abroad since it began in 1947. 

Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rockford Rotary was chartered in 1916, is the oldest service club in Rockford, and has 121 members. 

Rotary Scholarships Jim Coffey 2018-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
July 26th Program Jim Coffey 2018-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
July 19th Program Jim Coffey 2018-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
     The Membership Committee is pleased to announce that the past presidents who served last year are returning this year.  As in the past, each one will orient new members two months starting in July.  They are Suzanne Berger (July & Aug.); Elise Cadigan (Apr. & May); Bob Canfield (Dec. & Jan.); Mike Donnelly (Oct. & Feb.); Russ Johansson (Sept. & Jun.); and Linda Johnson (Nov. & Mar.).
     Each person brings his or her passion and expertise to the discussion of important information about what it means to be a part of Rotary International and Rockford Rotary.  The goal is to have new members believe they made a great choice in joining us and know how honored we are to be joining them. New member installation will occur the same day as orientation meetings.
     Special thanks go to Judy Cooper, club administrator; Lyn Alison, board secretary; and Dave Byrnes, club president, for their support throughout the year.
New Member Orientation Team - 2018-19 Jim Coffey 2018-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
July 12th Program - YMCA Jim Coffey 2018-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
July & August Programs Jim Coffey 2018-06-23 05:00:00Z 0
June 21, 2018 Meeting Jim Coffey 2018-06-23 05:00:00Z 0
The Installation of Kathy Kwiat-Hess as 6420 District Governor for 2018-19 was conducted June 16, 2018 at the University Club in Rockford.  Rockford Rotary was well represented along with numerous Past District Governors, representatives from many of the clubs in the District.  Everyone enjoyed an excellent pasta buffet before the installation ceremony.  Our own Paul Logli did an excellent job serving as emcee and keeping things light.  We congratulate Kathy and wish her well as she guides our District during this next year.
District Governor Kathy Kwiat-Hess Installation Jim Coffey 2018-06-17 05:00:00Z 0
Due to the scheduling of the Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Rockford Rotary held it's Annual Order of the Shelf meeting on June 14, 2018.  Immediate Past President Linda Johnson, in her last official duty, acted as Roastmaster.  She performed her duties quite well considering her what she had to wok with.  We did learn a lot about the life of Dave Byrnes and in the end it was determined that he was indeed fit to serve as the 2018-19 President of Rockford Rotary.  
Congratulations to Dave and we wish him well as he guides the club for the next 12 months.  
Dave Byrnes - 2018-19 President Jim Coffey 2018-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
President Linda Gerber presented Phil Dierstein and Jim Nelson with their new Multiple Paul Harris Fellow pins at the June 14th meeting.  Congratulations to Phil and Jim for their continued support of the Rotary International Foundation and it's programs. 
New Multiple Paul Harris Fellows Jim Coffey 2018-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
     Rockford Rotary celebrated it's new members this Rotary year with a reception at the University Club on North Main Street, Thursday, June 7, 2018.  Several new members were introduced along with members of a group exchange from India.  Club and District flags were exchanged and we were invited to come to India on a similar group exchange.  Thanks to the University Club for their hospitality and excellent heavy hors d'oeuvres.  A good time was had by all.  Also thank you to Linda Niemiec and the Membership Committee for putting the reception together.
New Member Reception Jim Coffey 2018-06-09 05:00:00Z 0

     Welcome to the Rockford Rotary Service Above Self luncheon.  “Service Above Self” has long been a motto for Rotary International.  This is the 51st year that our Rockford Rotary club has selected individuals – one a Rotarian – to be recognized for the service that they give so generously to our community and a variety of its organizations.

     The Service Above Self award is one of the mot prestigious awards Rotary clubs bestow.  Today we honor 6 individuals from our community who have been selected to receive this award.

     Before presenting them to you, I want you to know that a photo will be taken of each individual as well as a photo of this year’s honorees as a group.  Please feel free to take your own photo if you wish.  Copies of the photos will be made available to the honorees.

     To those being honored today, please join me on the stage as your name is called.

     And now….for our 51st  presentation of Service Above Self Awards.

Service Above Self Awards Jim Coffey 2018-06-09 05:00:00Z 0
The 16th Annual Rockford Rotary Academy final event was held on May 8th at Giovanni's, 610 N. Bell School Road in Rockford, IL.  The event is a celebration and reward for all of the hard work these young people have done throughout the year.
This is a chance for the Academy students to have a nice dinner at an upscale restaurant and show off the manners that they have learned during the year.  The event is [aid for by Rockford Rotary and it's members.
A special thanks is due to Linda Johnson, Rotary members who volunteered their time to help mentor the Rotary Academy middle school students, and all of the Rockford YMCA staff for all their hard work.
Rotary Academy FInal Event Jim Coffey 2018-05-12 05:00:00Z 0
Rockford Rotary presented the annual High School Recognition program on May 10, 2018 at Memorial Hall.  A male and female student from each high school are recognized for their academic and community service. 
Each student is encouraged to submit an essay to compete for a Burdette Anderson Scholarship of $2,000, which is awarded to a male senior and a female senior.
The scholarships were established by the family of former Rockford Rotarian Burdette Anderson to honor service and his passion for education.  Burdette's daughters, Linda Oshita and Sue Vetrono were on hand to award the scholarships.  
Rockford Rotary would like to congratulate all the students for their contributions to our community.
High School Recognition Jim Coffey 2018-05-12 05:00:00Z 0
The Rockford Rotary Flag Service Project is up and running.  We will need each member of Rockford Rotary to place an order for the flag service so that we can get enough funds to purchase the flags and equipment so that we can offer this service to the general public.
Click on the attached order form to print it off and purchase a year's flag service.  We would like to have the flags in place by Flag Day on June 14th.
Again, we need everyone to order a flag service to get this project off the ground.
Remember, proceeds from this project will go to support the Rotary Academy.
Jim Norris - 217-331-8121 or
Flag Service Order Form Jim Coffey 2018-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 18, 2018

The People of Action open house is an opportunity for the community, as well as current, new and potential Rotary members, to learn about local Rotary clubs, and the programs and projects they support.  This open house is sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Loves Park, North Winnebago, Rockford, Rockford East/Cherry Valley, Pecatonica and 815. Mark you calendars for this event to be held on May 16th from 5-7 p.m. at the Community Room of the Hand N Hand Daycare Center located at 9350 Forest Hills Rd, Loves Park, IL, 61111.  There will be opportunities for interaction with Rotary Members who have taken part in global service projects, and students who have participated in many of the youth focused programs. 

This is designed to be a relaxed, fun and informative evening for potential members to learn about Rotary and different clubs available to join in the area. There will be light hor d'oeuvres; and non-Rotarians completing an exhibit passport will be eligible for prize drawings. The event will showcase just a few of Rotary's global and local projects.  Participants will be able to see, touch, talk to, and hear from Rotarians and participants about:

Loves Park North Winnebago Pecatonica People of Action Rockford East Rotary
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Past President Linda Johnson introduced out newest member of Rockford Rotary, Martha Miller Byrnes.  If the name sounds familiar, she is the wife of our next President, David Byrnes.  
Martha Miller Byrnes is Manager, Special Events, for Alzheimer's Association's Rockford office. During her career, Martha has been a writer/editor, public relations or marketing professional for many organizations including Rockford College and Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful. 
She was raised in the New England shoreline town of Clinton, CT.  A Gold Award Girl Scout, she was in the third coeducational class at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, earning her bachelor's in English.
Martha and David met when both worked at Salem College, Salem WV. She also studied journalism and higher education administration at West Virginia University. She serves as Regent of Rockford Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and volunteers at Midway Village Museum. David and Martha have been married 36 years.
They have a grown son and twin daughters, a daughter- and a son-in-law, and one granddaughter (so far!)
We encourage everyone to meet Martha and welcome her to Rockford Rotary. 
New Member - Martha Miller Byrnes Jim Coffey 2018-04-15 05:00:00Z 0
The annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards are the first weekend of May in Oregon.  Rockford Rotarians should consider either stopping by on Saturday sometime or, if you can,  coming in to work for a couple hours or even staying the night.  The food is good the 100+ kid's are amazing.  You'll be refreshed and rejuvenated.  
We could use two Rockford female Rotarians and  two Rockford male Rotarians to help with some of the events and also to chaperone in the evening if you care to stay.   Please contact Jim Nelson for the details. It's first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of May in Oregon.  Starts with dinner on Friday night and ends about noon on Sunday.
For more information, or to volunteer, contact John Torrence  - 
RYLA Volunteers Jim Coffey 2018-03-24 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Flag Project Volunteer Request Jim Coffey 2018-03-04 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Flag Project Jim Coffey 2018-03-04 06:00:00Z 0
2 New Members Jim Coffey 2018-02-25 06:00:00Z 0
New Member -Ben Read Jim Coffey 2018-02-25 06:00:00Z 0
New Member - Will Wege Jim Coffey 2018-02-25 06:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Eric Fulcomer for becoming Rockford's newest Paul Harris Fellow and to Roger Maggio for his continued support of the Rotary International Foundation.  Roger is now a Paul Harris +3.
Paul Harris Fellows Jim Coffey 2018-01-27 06:00:00Z 0

District Governor-elect (DGE) Kathy Kwiat-Hess and her husband Bob Hess headed to San Diego for the 2018 International Assembly.

Picture from left: DGE Kathy Kwiat-Hess with her husband Bob, RIPE Barry Rassin, and 6440 DGE Julie Clark with her husband John. 

The Assembly, held over a six day period, is the training meeting that prepares district governors-elect for their roles as governor, introduces Rotary International's priorities for the coming year; and provide opportunities to network with governors-elect from around the world. The International Assembly also features engaging and informational programs for the governor-elect spouses.  In addition, Rotary International President-elect (RIPE) Barry Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, meets with the District Governors-elect and lays out his vision and challenges for the coming Rotary year.

One of the best things about Rotary is the chance to meet new people and make new friends. Every Rotary meeting provides time to share stories and connect over a shared interest of Doing Good in the World.  Pictures are 6440 DGE Julie Clark, Mandi Wendt from Australia and DGE Kathy Kwiat-Hess, tells that very story.

DGE Kathy met Mandi at the 2017 International Convention in Atlanta.  She was able to reconnect in San Diego where Mandi was a plenary speaker.  

DGE Kathy Kwiat-Hess at International Assembly Jim Coffey 2018-01-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda E Gerber on Jan 27, 2018
The Chicago Rotary International Peacebuilding Through Education and Literacy will be held on June 2, 2018 at the Chicago South Shore Cultural Center established in 1905, the same year Rotary International was founded by Chicagoan Paul Harris. The South Shore Cultural Center is located on Lake Michigan and is in the heart of Chicago.
This is one of 6 Presidential Peacebuilding Conferences, host by Rotary International President Ian Riseley, around the world in 2018.  Chicago is the only site for the U.S. based Peacebuilding Conference focused on Peace through Education and Literacy.  The Peacebuilding Conference in Chicago will highlight the many opportunities we all have to build peace through education and literacy locally and globally.
Be Inspired --- Learn about the many innovative ways Rotarians and other groups are Peacebuilding through Education and Literacy

Form Partnerships - There will be many opportunities to meet and develop partnerships as there will be over two dozen organizations sharing their best practices in effecting peace

Take Action - You will leave the meeting inspired, excited to develop partnerships, and ready to take action in Peacebuilding through Education and Literacy
Peacebuilding Through Education and Literacy Conference Linda E Gerber 2018-01-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda E Gerber on Jan 27, 2018

ClubRunner announced the release of an all-new ClubRunner mobile app that now includes both Club and District Information. The App is available through Google Play Store and the Apple App store for you smart phone or iPad.  All you need to do is search for ClubRunner (The logo will be a white CR with the blue background).  Note: If you are already using the ClubRunner App you will need to update the app or reinstall the latest version to get these features. 

When you install this app you will be asked to sign in with your Rockford Rotary member log in and password. After you log in you will automatically be connected to the both the Rockford Rotary and District Directory. In addition to the Rockford Rotary information you will now be able to view District Executives, stories and up coming events.

Another exciting feature is the ability to access the District's club directory from your phone.  You can check out a club's meeting time/day, upcoming events and executives. It just got easier to find neighboring clubs for make-ups or coordinating communication for projects.

From time to time you will need to refresh the app to ensure you have access to the latest information, including new club members.

To learn more about this app you can watch a youtube clip at: or to learn more about the new District Features go to the clubrunner blog:

District Information Now Included on Mobile App Linda E Gerber 2018-01-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda E Gerber on Jan 26, 2018
The Rockford Rotary Board, on January 23rd, approved a new membership dues option for Spouses and Partners who want to join Rockford Rotary together.  With this new policy prospective new members have three ways to join Rotary: as an individual; in a Corporate group; or with their spouses or partners.  Potential members, regardless of which category, must still be sponsored by a current Rockford Rotary member, complete the club's application and be approved for membership.  All members are expected to support the goals and objects of Rotary through service at the club and district level, as well as, through annual giving to The Rotary Foundation and Polio Now fund.
The goal of these additional membership options is to attract new members, allowing Rockford Rotary to more in both our local and global communities. The more people to help, the more we can DO GOOD IN THE WORLD.
Both of these policies can be found at under the Members Only tab, but can be accessed without a password.
They can also be viewed here:
New Membership Dues Option for Spouses and Partners Linda E Gerber 2018-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Coffey on Jan 20, 2018

     Beverly Ashley Broyles was born in Alameda, California and received a BA Degree in Art from San Jose State University and a MS Degree in Art Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She has lived in Eugene, Oregon; Marlow on Thames, England; Chelmsford and Concord, Massachusetts; Oak Ridge and Knoxville, Tennessee; Hallowell, Camden and Kennebunk, Maine; and now lives in Churchill’s Grove, Rockford, Illinois.    

New Member - Beverly Broyles Jim Coffey 2018-01-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Coffey on Jan 11, 2018
     Dr. joan e. kole brings past RI experiences to her latest role as one of our newest members.  During her tenure as a previous member, she was our club’s Youth Exchange Officer; chaired the Service Above Self Committee (mentored by Charles Holzworth); and she may also have served on a Nominating Committee.  She presented a program in conjunction with Elaine Harrington (some of you may remember Elaine) on distance learning (thank you David Byrnes) and did complete her doctoral degree work (2005 - 2009) and was awarded her Ph.D. from Union Institute & University.    
New Member - Dr. joan e. kole Jim Coffey 2018-01-11 06:00:00Z 0
The Club welcomed a new member at the December 21st meeting.  Her name is Brandy Lavender and was sponsored by Linda Gerber with the classification of Account Executive.  Brandy is the second new member who found us through the Internet.  Brandy is an Account Executive for Gallagher Benefit Services and is a consultant for employer sponsored health and welfare plans.  Previously, Brandy was the Office Manager for the locally founded Employers' Coalition on Health, and as an Accounts Receivable clerk for Cincinnati Tool Steel, both in Rockford.
     She graduated from Belvidere High School and attended Rockford University.  She is married to Bryant Benavides and they have two children, Michael age 10 and Stephanie age 8.  She enjoys reading novels based on historical events and people.  She loves music and comedy but mostly enjoys spending time with her family and providing her children with new and exciting experiences like Medieval Times, Legoland, and Six Flags.
New Member - Brandy Lavender Jim Coffey 2017-12-29 06:00:00Z 0
     The Club welcomed a new member at the November 16th meeting.  His name is Haddon Anderson and he was sponsored by Linda Gerber with the classification of Executive Director.  Haddon has been the Executive Director for Stateline Youth for Christ since September of 2016.  Prior to that he was the assistant varsity boys basketball coach at Rockford Lutheran High School.  He was a career coach/work-study coordinator at the Lydia Urban Academy in Rockford.  From September of 2012 to August of 2016, he was the Youth Pastor at Stonebridge Church.  From 2012 to 2014, he was a featured columnist for the Bleacher Report and was an NBA writer, specializing in coverage of the Chicago Bulls.
New Member - Haddon Anderson Jim Coffey 2017-11-18 06:00:00Z 0
Do you need help getting into 
If you are new to Rockford Rotary or just haven't been able to sign on to the Rockford Rotary website, contact Jim Coffey  at or 815-222-9168.
NOTE: You must use the primary email indicated in your profile.  If you no longer have access to that email, contact the Judy or Lyn to up-date your information.
ClubRunner Help? Jim Coffey 2017-11-18 06:00:00Z 0
Have you ever wanted to contact a member by phone or email but didn’t have their information?  Well, if you have a smart phone or iPad, you can get the Rockford Rotary Directory and other information right on your phone or iPad.  All you need to do is go to your Apple or Android app store and search for ClubRunner (The logo will be a white CR with the blue background). 
When you install this app you will be asked to sign in with your Rockford Rotary member log in and password. After you log in you will automatically be connected to the Rockford Rotary Directory. In addition to the member directory, you will be able to see upcoming events, speakers and board meetings, as well as, club executives, board members and committee members.  Form time to time you will need to refresh the member's area of the app to ensure you have access to information of new members.
To learn more about this app you can watch a youtube clip at:
Member Directory at Your Fingertips Jim Coffey 2017-11-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 01, 2017

National Night Out is observed annually throughout the United States on the first Tuesday in August. It is a community police awareness-raising event held on the same night in communities throughout the United States; and this year 10 Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Rockford were there to man the two Bounce Houses.

This year's event was held in Dahlquist Park.  The Rockford Police Department (RPD), in partnership with the Neighborhood Network of Rockford, host the event with activities, food and informational displays. The Rockford Police Department had many large vehicles for the kids to see, K-9 and Martial Arts demonstrations and even a van for art.  Many community organizations had tables to hand out information about programs for families and students.  In addition, the kids could sit in a race car, enter raffles, get give-aways and even have their face painted. 

The Rockford Rotarians had a great time talking with parents as they watched the children run between the two houses to slide, climb, toss a basket ball, and bounce on and around obstacles.  One heroic Rotarian even had to perform a rescue by climbing up the slide to retrieve a very scared little girl.

It was a great night and all the volunteers agreed they wanted to be part of year's event.

To see photos of the night click on the link:  PhotoAlbums/2017-national-night-out

National Night Out at Dahlquist Park LEG 2017-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 13, 2017
On July 11th, Rockford Public Schools Board of Education presented Rockford Rotarian Bob Presman, ROCKFORD READS Committee Chair, with a Certificate of Recognition for his work with ROCKFORD READS.  In the 2016-17 school year, 170 community volunteers worked one-on-one with second grade students throughout the RPS 205 system.  
ROCKFORD READS is a community volunteer reading program initiated by Rockford Rotary in 2001 to enhance the literacy development of second grade students in the Rockford Public Schools.  The volunteer and student read aloud to one another increasing the student's reading and language skills.  Since the programs inception over 3,000 students have benefited from working with ROCKFORD READS community volunteers.
To learn more about ROCKFORD READS or to become a ROCKFORD READS community volunteer visit the ROCKFORD READS page on the Rockford Rotary website.
Rockford Public Schools Recognize ROCKFORD READS LEG 2017-07-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 24, 2017
What do 4 rakes, 4 loppers, 1 mower have in common?  They are the tools of People of Action and that action was to rake, trim, weed and mow the yards of two houses on N. Central Ave. as part of Project 1013.  Project 1013 is a week long community clean up event that works with the West Gateway Coalition area on the west side of Rockford.  
The work was started in the cool of a beautiful Saturday morning, with 16 workers made up of Rockford Rotary and Rockford Rotoract members, their friends and families.  We picked up our shirts, received our assigned houses, collected our tools and headed down the street...what a sight...Sergio pushing the mower and the rest of us carrying tool. 
While we had to watch out for poison ivy, and there was some evidence of snakes in the area, we broke up into two teams making quick work of both houses. It was great to have so many new members join in the day.  While we were tired, and maybe a few of us a little sore, we enjoyed the day in Service Above Self as we worked to be a part of the community. 
Photos of the day can be found in the photo album 2017 Project 1013.
4 Rakes, 4 Loppers, 1 Mower LEG 2017-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 05, 2017
PDG Robert (Bob) Newlon (Oregon Rotary Club) and IPDG Jim Nelson (Rockford Club) just returned from Costa Rica where they assisted local rotarians and community members to install UDDT (urine diversion degradable toilet).  The Rockford Rotary club, as well as several other clubs in District 6420, contributed to the cost of the supplies.  Bob and Jim paid their travel expenses and/or were hosted by fellow Rotarians and community members during the project.  These toilets were installed where there are no facilities or where old facilities have been abandoned. The toilets will divert human waste away from water supplies, supply fertilizer for gardens and crops and, most importantly, provide women and girls needed safety and privacy at night. 
Clean Water through Sanitation in remote Costa Rica LEG 2017-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
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