Rotary Presidents-Elect in Rock Falls Rotary, Sterling Noon Rotary, Twin Cities Sunrise Rotary, and Walnut Rotary Clubs spent the March 2-4 weekend in Itasca with more than 560 other Rotary Club Presidents-Elect being trained to take office on July 1, along with their Assistant Governor. This Mid-West Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) is for seven districts from middle of Illinois, up through Wisconsin and up into Minnesota. Incoming President of Rotary International in 2017-2018 Ian Riseley from Australia spoke to the attendees on Friday evening.
Caption: (from left to right) Mike Sprague, Sterling Noon Rotary, Cheryl Faber, Assistant Governor of Area IV, Mary Beach of Walnut Rotary, Betty Clementz of Rock Falls Rotary, and Allen Przysucha of Twin Cities Sunrise
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.