Attn: Rock Falls Rotarians
Are you planning to join Rock Falls Rotarians at Smokin’ on Third on February 13th? If you have not made a reservation with Cheryl Faber, please do so before Friday. Spouses/guests welcome.
No meeting on Feb. 20 due to President's Day.
Regular Rotary meetings at Harvest Time will resume on Feb. 27.
January Rock Falls Rotary Student of the Month is Kaitlin Brown, daughter of Shane and Michelle Brown. Kaitlin was selected by staff at Rock Falls High School based on the criteria of the Rotary Four-Way Test of Things we say, think, and do:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
4. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Bob Sondgeroth (left), Youth Committee Chair of Rock Falls Rotary, welcomes and congratulates Bailey Bickett (center) selected as August Rock Falls Rotary Student of the Month and Rollie Elder as September Rotary Student of the Month. Staff at Rock Falls High School selects the Student of the Month based on the Rotary 4-Way Test of the things Rotarians think, say, and do:
•Is it the truth?
•Is it fair to all concerned?
•Will it build goodwill and friendship?...
•Is it beneficial to all concerned?
Rock Falls Rotary President-Elect, Jim Geer (far right) exchanged the Rotary district banner of the Rock Falls Rotary Club with Allegra, the short term Rotary student's Rotary district in Verona, Italy. Allegra is staying for a month in Morrison with the Stan Steines family (left to right) Stan Steines, Deb Milder, Madison Steines, and Allegra. Short term exchange is a 3 - 4 week actual exchange between two students. Madison had enjoyed July in Italy, and Allegra is now enjoying her first visit to the USA in Illinois. Rock Falls Rotarians heard about the Short Term exchange program available to students who wish to travel, but not to spend a full year out of the USA.
Congratulations are exchanged at Rotary Park in Rock Falls when 2015-2016 President Julie Logan inducted David Chavira as the President of Rock Falls Rotary for 2016-2017 by giving to him the President's Lapel Pin. Dave in turn thanked Julie for her presidency year by presenting to her a plaque of appreciation. Rotary Year is from July 1 through June 30.
Sarah Willey, Rock Falls Rotary member, had invited Marc Geil to share his experience as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student abroad in Okinawa some twenty years ago. Marc stated that his assignment to Japan as a Rotary Youth Exchange student was the proverbial door that opened to him, as it changed his career choice. He credits his interest in International Business as the result of that year long experience in which he realized the world was much larger than Sterling/Rock Falls. His language skills have supported his career change from education to international business as he presently works at Wahl Clipper.
Dave Chavira, Rock Falls Rotarian, had invited Director of Youth Services, Mai Britt (Back row right), to share the purpose and activities of GPA (Giving Power to Adolescents). She also stated that there now exists a J(unior) GPA for students of middle school age. Former student members of GPA, Samantha Butts (front left) and Sierra Cassidy, (front right) shared their experiences in support the organization.
- college freshmen who plan to study abroad their junior year or
- upperclassmen/college graduates who want to complete a graduate year abroad.
- Peace and Conflict Resolution;
- Disease Prevention and Treatment;
- Water and Sanitation;
- Maternal and Child Health;
- Basic Education and Literacy; and
- Economic and Community Development.
Rock Falls Rotarian Mark Young (right) had invited Jim Walters (left), Executive Director of the YWCA, to present a program on his recent appointment to the YWCA of the Rock River Valley. He shared that there are only some 230 YWCAs in the US that belong to the national organization which focuses on: Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women. The hotline for child - elder abuse cases and the shelter in Sterling are two of the programs most used.
Cooper Kilberg (left), son of Craig and Rebecca Kilberg, is being welcomed by Past President Pam Erby as the January Student of the Month for Rock Falls Rotary. Staff at Rock Falls High School select the outstanding seniors based upon the criteria of how the student conducts his/her life, based on the model of the Four Way Test of what every Rotarian thinks, says, and does:
Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Four members of the Rock Falls Rotary Club Literacy Committee - Cheryl Faber, Dave Chavira, Bob Sondgeroth, and Betty Clementz - visited every third grade classroom in the Rock Falls Schools, both public and parochial, to present to each third grade student an age appropriate dictionary as a gift from the Rock Falls Rotary Club. A short program of how to use a dictionary and introduction to what other valuable information can be found in this version for third grade students at each classroom was well -received with interest by the students. More than 200 dictionaries were delivered to Thome School, East Coloma School, Montmorency School, St. Andrew School, and Merrill School as major Literacy project for the Rock Falls Rotary Club.
A St. Andrew third grader is very interested in investigating what information her gift from Rock Falls Rotary of a dictionary contains.