November 2017
Club Executives & Directors
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Welcome to Rock Falls Rotary !

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Rock Falls

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 6:00 PM
Harvest Time Church
1802 Dixon Ave.
Rock Falls, IL  61071
United States
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Sherwood Forest wreaths, garlands, pine cones, and swags delivered from YOU directly to the recipient’s home in continental United States, all for one price which includes cost of item, taxes, and shipping charges.

Freshly shipped from state of Washington, your gift will arrive at the doorstep of your recipient the week after Thanksgiving for a full holiday season to enjoy.

Contact President Betty Clementz at to place an order and to prepay cost to Rock Falls Rotary prior to November 1.
All monies from this fundraiser will support Rotary Youth activities.
Thank you to everyone -- Rotarians from all area clubs, spouses, children, and non-rotarians who helped in any way, and/or participated in the Second Annual End Polio Now Walk. Despite a pretty "rain-filled" day, a great time was had and most importantly, funds and awareness were raised for Rotary's intiative to eradicate Polio. Thanks again and Congratulations ! We are "This Close" to ending Polio because of you !!
For more photos from the day, visit our Facebook Page, Rock Falls Rotary .
Members of Rock Falls Rotary (left to right), President Betty Clementz, Treasurer Sarah Willey, and Cheryl Faber will be presenting to Hospice of the Rock River Valley a check for $4000 composed of $2000 from the club to match the same amount received from the Rotary District 6420 in a matching grant. These funds are dedicated to the purchase of hospital beds for the new Hospice House to open in Sterling.
A check was presented to Dave Blanton, Coloma County Supervisor, by Rock Falls Rotary Community Service Chair, Deb Gonzalez, for Thanksgiving baskets. Coloma Township is now receiving applications for receipt of Thanksgiving baskets at their office.
Jacob Oltmans is welcomed as the October Rotary Student of the month to Rock Falls Rotary by Pam Erby of the Youth Committee and was presented with a Rock Falls Rotary pin. Jacob, son of Traci Oltmans, was selected by RFHS staff based on the Four Way Test of Rotarians of what they say, think, and do:  
     1. Is it the truth?
     2. Is it fair to all concerned?
     3. Will it build good will and better friendship?
     4. Is it beneficial to all concerned?
Karley Crady (left) and Hannah Rockwell (right), two Rock Falls High School Seniors, were selected by staff to be honored as the Rock Falls Rotary Students of the Month for August and September. Both were selected based on the Rotary Four Way test of how to live one's life;
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendship?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
President Betty Clementz welcomes Steve Kuhn, Rotary District 6420 Governor, to the Rock Falls Rotary meeting at which the goals of Rotary for 2017-2018 were shared. Rotary promotes service in one's club, community, and world. Persons interested in more information about Rotary should visit the website of Rock Falls Rotary, or Rotary International. Rock Falls Rotary meets on Monday evenings at 6 p.m. at Harvest Time Bible Church Fellowship Hall in Rock Falls, IL.
Members of Linda Murray's family joined friends and Rock Falls Rotarians at Rotary Park on Minkel Street to dedicate a tree in honor of Linda who was club treasurer for many years. Her husband Jeff, two daughters, Andrea and Mallory, and grandchildren Riley, Madison, Landon, S  and EllJay were present at the dedication.  
Rock Falls Rortarians (l to r), Jan Whitlock, Sarah Willey and Betty Clementz helped during the Bridge the Community Race held in Rock Falls & Sterling during Fiesta Days Weekend. Thank you for representing Rock Falls Rotary at this community event !!
District Governor Steve Kuhn visited the Rock Falls Rotary Club tonight and talked about the plans and goals for the 2017-2018 year for the district and for Rotary International.
At the end of the evening, current RF Rotary Inbound Exchange Student, Manuela from Columbia, played and sang traditional music from Columbia for everyone.
Kay Fulfs Cayler (left) of Dixon, California and Rock Falls Rotary President Betty Clementz (right), second cousins, exchange club banners. Kay was in the Sauk Valley area for a family reunion.
Manuela Beltran Rojas (left) is welcomed as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student by President of Rock Falls Rotary Club Betty Clementz (right) and receives the banner of Manuela's home Rotary Club of Zipaquira' in District 4281 in Colombia. Manuela is staying with the Martin and Carol Chavez family.  
Bailey Wetzell, daughter of Chad and Jodie Wetzell, receives a scholarship from Chairman of Rock Falls Rotary Scholarship Committee, Keith Zoeller. Bailey is attending Sauk Valley Community College in preparation to become an elementary teacher.
Molly Mammosser receives one of the scholarships given by Rock Falls Rotary to graduating seniors from Rock Falls High School from Keith Zoeller, Scholarship Chair. Molly is the daughter of Dave and Mary Mammosser and will be attending Concordia in Mequon, Wisconsin to study Occupational Therapy.
Thank you to everyone who helped in anyway with this week's Corn Boil event. To all of our members, recruited volunteers, sponsors and those who attended, your support of Rock Falls Rotary and our services and community projects is greatly appreciated.
We welcome our new 2017-2018 exchange student, Manuela from Colombia! Pictured is her new host family, including host parents Carol and Marty Chavez. Welcome Manuela, we all look forward to meeting you and wish you the best during your exchange year here in Rock Falls !!
The 78th annual Corn Boil of Rock Falls Rotary at the Rock Falls Community Building from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Monday, July 31.
Menu includes: Pulled Pork Bar-B-Q OR hot dog, chips, beverage and ALL the corn you can eat for $8/adults and $4 for children under 12.
Drive-through service available.

Proceeds will benefit a matching grant to purchase hospital beds for the new Hospice of the Rock River Valley Hospice Home.
Tickets are available from any Rock Falls Rotarian, as well as at the door.
Rotary Youth Exchange students spend 11 months in another culture. Marguerita Maroni, known as Maggie, spent those last 11 months in the Rock Falls area experiencing what American life as a teenager is like and perfecting her English language while here. Rock Falls Rotary hosted her as a student at Rock Falls High School, but it was the three families who welcomed her into their homes to have her experience the American midwestern lifestyle. The Farewell was bitter sweet, as she said, "Goodbye, until we meet again" to members of the club and her host family members to return to her family in Italy.
Front Row: (left to right): Rhonda Conklen, host mother; 'Eye', Exchange Student from Thailand in Sterling; Kolten Conklen, Exchange Student from Sterling recently returned from a year in Korea; Maggie; Molly Mammosser, host sister; Tommi Myers, host sister and Exchange Student soon to leave for Italy; Johnna Myers, host mother; and Tom Myers, host father.
Back row: Kevin Conklen, host father; Bob Sondgeroth, Youth Exchange Officer from Rock Falls Rotary; and Mary Mammosser, host mother.
Rock Falls Rotary Club members said farewell to Maggie, our 2016-2017 Exchange Student from Italy.
Seven members of the Friendship Exchange team from District 3040 from central India experienced midwestern hospitality for the three days they were guests in our communities. They had requested manufacturing visits while in the area. Therefore, they visited the Bright Gardens Hydroponics Plant in Rochelle, Wahl Clipper in Sterling, and toured the farming operation of Terry Gerken west of Sterling to see how large farms operate in Illinois. In addition, the team visited the John Deere site in Grand Detour and the Japanese Gardens in the Rockford Area, along with seeing the Mississippi River, Lock and Dam in Thompson, and windmill in Fulton. The three days were packed with activities to share what our midwestern lifestyle is.  
Friendship Exchange is an adult version of what Youth Exchange is for students - visiting a country and experiencing within their host's home its foods, its history, its culture, its lifestyle to understand more fully the similarities of all peoples. The team also presented a program of their area in India to both the Rock Falls Rotary Club and to the Rochelle Rotary Club. This team from India was also spending time in the suburban area and in Chicago.
Members of the Friendship Exchange Team from Rotary District 3040 in central India visited Wahl Clipper International Headquarters in Sterling. Front row: Betty Clementz, escort from Rock Falls Rotary; Janki Asnani, Om Prakash Asnanmi, Satpai Sungh Chawla, Jinendra Jain, Rashmi Tongya, and Parmeet Chawla; Back row: Linda Patterson, escort from Dixon Rotary, Hiren Soni, and Mark Dreissens, Wahl Clipper tour guide.
The Rock Falls Rotary Club had their annual meeting in Rotary Park to say thank you to Past President Dave Chavira for a wonderful year and to welcome incoming President for 2017-2018, Betty Clementz.
2017-2018 RF Rotary Club President Betty Clementz presents to Dave Chavira a plaque recognizing his service to the club as the 2016-2017 President.
Outgoing President Dave Chavira presents Betty Clementz with the President Pin as incoming President of the Rock Falls Rotary Club.
There will be no meeting on Monday, July 3.
Meetings will resume on July 10.

Students of the Month were selected by Rock Falls High School staff  based on the Rotary Four-Way Test of things Rotarians think, say, and do:  1.) Is it the truth?  2.)  Is it fair to all concerned?  3.)  Will it build goodwill and better friendships?  4.)  Is it beneficial to all concerned?  Rock Falls Rotary hosted a dinner for all the students of the month and their parents to celebrate their selection and to give each a token of appreciation. Those in attendance were: (Right to left). Molly Mammosser, Emily Blackert, Sydney Young, Kaitlin Brown, Bailey Wetzel, Bailey Bickett, Isaiah Harris, with Bob Sondgeroth, Rotary Youth Chair.
Absent when photo was taken were Rollie Elder and Logan Pillars.
The Rock Falls Rotary conducted its annual Food Drive during the month of April and May. This year's recipient of the collected donations of item and cash was the local FISH Food Pantry. Beth Mathew, the volunteer coordinator of FISH, was in attendance at the meeting to accept the donations. Beth also presented the program on the FISH Food Pantry, it's history, how it works, and how it benefits the community.
Beth Mathew, center, accepts food and cash donations on behalf of the FISH Food Pantry from Rock Falls Rotarians. (l to r) Pat Novak, Julie Logan, Deb Gonzalez, Mathew (center), Cheryl Faber, Pam Erby and Dave Chavira.
Two Literacy Awards were presented to Rock Falls Rotary from District 6420 Governor Scott Shore during the Annual District Conference held at Starved Rock April 28-30  
  • Sustained Excellence award was presented for the 16 years of an ever-growing program of reading to students weekly at East Coloma-Nelson School. What began as reading to one first grade class has grown over time to include reading to students in Kindergarten through fourth grade classes.    
  • The Club Achievement Award required the club to complete four Literacy activities during the 2016 year, highlighting the support of LIFE program of United Way Literacy program, distribution of dictionaries to every third grade student in Rock Falls, a literacy photo booth during Hometown Holidays, and the reading program weekly at East Coloma-nelson school earned the Rock Falls Rotary this Club Achievement award. 
 Accepting the awards are members of the Literacy Committee: (from left to right) Cheryl Faber, Dave Chavira - President, Bob Sondgeroth, and Betty Clementz.
Eric Jones from the Sycamore Rotary Club presented instructions on how to make complete use of the internet for getting Rotary information and sharing our own club's information.

Tom Brooks, District 6420 Rotary Youth Exchange Chair, shared the Rotary Youth Exchange program as a part of the multi-district Central States organization with members of the Rock Falls Rotary Club.

Two programs exist: Short Term which is a literal exchange between two students who spend 2-3 weeks in each other's homes during the summer and Long Term which is a full year overseas in another culture. Both programs require the endorsement of a local Rotary Club for a student to participate. Long term exchange students apply in the fall with interviews for acceptance into the program in September for the following school year to go abroad. during the months between acceptance and departure many activities of training and understanding the responsibilities and privileges of such an exchange are presented to students. If a student in the Rock Falls area is looking to apply, hosting an exchange student before becoming an exchange student is a great experience. Your family will be much relieved to understand how much support is given to an exchange student. Contact Bob Sondgeroth, Youth Exchange Chair of Rock Falls Rotary, at 625-1495 for questions, if your family is interested in hosting.



 Rock Falls Rotary Club received two awards  for public Image during the recent Rotary 6420 District Conference held at Starved Rock from District Governor Scott Shore. The first was the Best Use of Media to promote Rotary and its Service Above Self in a variety of media, and the second was the for the Outstanding Club Project which was based on the End Polio Now Walk which was arranged at Centennial Park  in Rock Falls along the Hennepin Canal last October to promote awareness of the Rotary End  Polio Now campaign.  



Accepting the awards is President Dave Chavira  (right) from Mike Albert (left) and Betty Clementz (center) who both co-chaired the End Polio Now Walk project.
Pam Erby (left), who sponsored the newest member of Rock Falls Rotary, Tom Myers (center), pins him with the Rock Falls membership pin as President Dave Chavira (right) congratulates him and presents him with materials that support his understanding of the privileges and responsibilities of membership in Rotary.
President of Rock Falls Rotary Dave Chavira thanks Janell Loos of Rock Falls Tourism for her presentation of the plans for the Pink Heals Tour returning to the Sauk Valley in September. In addition to arranged visits to ladies who have had a diagnosis of cancer, the pink fire trucks will be on the Rock Falls riverfront for a vendor give-a-way prior to the pink fireworks to be shot off from Lawrence Park.
With one third of the world's population having no basic sanitation available to them and 6000 deaths of children daily in third world countries where clean drinking water is unknown, Rotary has made Clean Water and Sanitation an area of service around the world as one of their six areas of focus.  Bob Newlon, Past District 6420 Governor and member of Oregon Rotary Club, has traveled to many parts of the world to help install both sources of clean water and basic sanitation. Tyler Ewing, Rock Falls Rotary member, had invited Bob to share with members of the Rock Falls Rotary his trips to Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nigeria, and Phillipines for this purpose.
Bob has designed a UDDT (Urine Diversion Degradable Toilet) which is inexpensive to construct anywhere and which will eliminate the pathogens spreading disease with proper removal of human excrements, at the same time as salvaging each to be used as fertilizer where soil is poor and in need of such.  His device diverts into a container the urine  which is rich in nitrogen and can be used in a vegetable garden to enrich the soil.  The human manure can be used to enhance tree and shrubbery growth where plants often do not flourish.  And the best part of this hands-on Rotary promotion of basic sanitation is the education of the people in the villages  where basic needs are addressed.  To quote one such recipient in a village which received  a bio sand filter system to purify the water, "Now our children will stop dying." 
Bob is planning a trip to the rain forest of Costa Rica to install some of the UDDTs.  If anyone is interested in joining his team to install these UDDTs, please contact him or any Rock Falls Rotarian for his contact information.
Bob Newlon (right), Rotary Zone 29 Chair of Water and Sanitation, shows Tyler Ewing (left) of Rock Falls Rotary how a simple UDDT can save lives for persons with no basic sanitation available.
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