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Three Rock Falls Rotarians and Exchange Student from Colombia were in attendance at the 2018 District 6420 Conference held at Faranda's in DeKalb April 27 - 28.
Those pictured are (left to right) Julie Logan, Betty Clementz, Exchange Student Manuela Beltran Rojas, and Cheryl Faber.
 
Mauela Beltran Rojas, Exchange Student from Colombia who is staying in Rock Falls, participated in the Ceremony of Flags carrying her flag of Colombia to the hit song of Neil Diamond, "They are Coming to America".
 
Rock Falls Rotarians Attend Rotary District 6420 Conference with Exchange Student 2018-05-21 05:00:00Z 0
Betty Clementz, Rock Falls Rotary President, thanks Ruth Lee (right), a Past District governor and chair of the Rotary Foundation for District 6420, for her sharing the goals of the Rotary Foundation and the progress of the district in attaining them through Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY).
 
PDG Ruth Lee Presents Foundation News 2018-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 17, 2018
Three members of Rock Falls Rotary who are involved in the Literacy efforts of the club are holding the Sustained Excellence Award and ribbon for Literacy for their 16 years of reading to students at East Coloma-Nelson Elementary School in grades K - grade 5 weekly. The second award was for Club Achievement in that the club met the four criteria of awareness, financial support, a hands-on activity, and an activity during American Education Week by club members. Pictured are the guest  readers at East Coloma-Nelson of (left to right) Cheryl Faber, Bob Sondgeroth, and Betty Clementz.
 
Rotary District  6420 selected Bob Sondgeroth as the recipient in 2018 of the Literacy Individual Achievement Award of the District for his efforts in promoting literacy. It was Bob Sondgeroth who started the reading program of Rock Falls Rotarians over 15 years ago when he was a teacher at East Coloma at that time wanting his students to encounter guest readers who shared their love of literacy weekly. From that initial invitation has grown some 300 students weekly being read to in grades K through fifth grade. Presenting to him the plaque and framed certificate is Rock Falls Club President, Betty Clementz.
 
Rock Falls Rotary Literacy Awards At District Conference 2018-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 14, 2018

Delaney Wetzell, daughter of Chad and Jodie Wetzell, (left) and Madeline LeFevre, daughter of David and Julie LeFevre, were selected as Rotary Students of the Month, by Rock Falls High School staff for the months of May and April respectively, based on the Four Way Test of the things that 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.Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

 

April and May Rock Falls Rotary Students of the Month 2018-05-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 07, 2018
Members of the Rock Falls Rotary and guests enjoyed a casual Rotary meeting "Cinco de Mayo" style with Mexican cuisine, decorations and some games and trivia about Cinco de Mayo. Thanks to the social committee for organizing the evening.
 
Rock Falls Rotary Celebrates Cinco de Mayo 2018-05-07 05:00:00Z 0
Rock Falls Rotary recently held a New Member Open House at the Rock Falls Candlelight Inn. Members were encouraged to invite prospective members to come and mingle and learn more about Rotary. President Betty Clementz shared what Rotary is all about, while fellow Rotarians introduced themselves. Newest member Dylan Devers shared why he decided to become a Rotarain and representatives from the Rotaract Club at Sauk Valley Community College also spoke about what their club is doing in the community. We thank everyone who came and welcome you to attend a Rock Falls Rotary Meeting at anytime.
 
New Member Open House 2018-04-01 05:00:00Z 0
Rock Falls Rotary Club held the 70th Annual Farmer's Night on March 12 at Deer Valley Banquets. Rotary hosts this dinner in recognition of those who work in our agricultural community. Student of the Month Thomas Christensen, 2017-2018 Rotary Exchange Inbound Student Manuela Rojas and Sauk Valley Community College Rotaract Club Representative Bailey Wetzell all spoke about their experiences and importance of Rotary. A dessert auction and 50/50 were held with the proceeds to benefit youth scholarship programs, and Korah Winn, past Ambassadorial Scholar and her band Milltown, entertained the crowd. Thank you to our sponsors The Cornerstone Agency, Vern's Farm Supply, Alton Irrigation, Compeer Financial, Sauk Valley Bank, Sterling Federal Bank and Zoeller Ag Services. Thanks to everyone who helped make the evening a success.
 
 
 
 
Rock Falls Rotary Club Hosts 70th Farmer's Night 2018-03-18 05:00:00Z 0
 
Jackson Reinhardt, son of Daniel and Kim Reinhardt, was selected by staff at Rock Falls High School as the November Student of the Month for Rock Falls Rotary. Criteria for selection is based on the Four Way Test of what 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.  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
 
Rock Falls Rotary Student of the Month of November 2018-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
Rock Falls Rotary welcomed the Rock Falls High School January and February Students of the Month, selected by RFHS staff, based on the  Rotary Four Way Test of what Rotarians think, say and do as they live their lives:
1.  Is it the truth?
2.  Is it fair to all concerned?
3.  Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4.  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
 
Bradi Schrader (left), daughter of Brad and Becky Schrader, was selected as the February Student of the Month and Nima Salomi (right), daughter of Solomon and Satya Sudhakar, was selected as January Student.
 
Rock Falls Rotary Welcomes January and February Rotary Students of the Month 2018-02-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 13, 2018
Members of Rock Falls Rotary Club completed the wrapping of boxes of candy to be distributed to all residents of the Sauk Valley Senior Living and Rehabilitation Center on Dixon Avenue to be included with Valentine greetings from the Rock Falls Rotary Club.  Pictured are (left to right): Cheryl Faber, Karen Voss, Julie Logan, and Pam Erby.
 
Rock Falls Rotary Completes Valentine Community Service Project 2018-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
Blood Drive co-sponsored by Rock Falls Rotary 2018-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
 
Bailey Bickett (left) received a Rock Falls Rotary Scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year from the Rock Falls Rotary Scholarship Chair Keith Zoeller (right). Bailey, a 2017 graduate of Rock Falls High School, is the daughter of Brad and Jolene Bickett and attends the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
 
Rock Falls Rotary Presents 2017-2018 Scholarship to Bailey Bickett 2018-01-12 06:00:00Z 0
Former RF Rotarian Receives Jefferson Award 2017-12-27 06:00:00Z 0
Faith Sandrock, Rock Falls High School senior and daughter of Cathy and Gary Sandrock, is presented a Rock Falls Rotary lapel pin from Youth Chair of Rock Falls Rotary, Bob Sondgeroth. Students are selected by RFHS staff based on the Rotary Four-Way Test of how Rotarians think, say and do: 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Is it beneficial to all concerned? and 4. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
 
Rock Falls Rotary November Student of the Month 2017-12-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 23, 2017
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 tbclementz@gmail.com 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.
 
 
RF Rotary Sells Holiday Greenery 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 14, 2017
 
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 .
Second Annual End Polio Walk 2017-10-14 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
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.
Rock Falls Rotary Makes Donation to Hospice 2017-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 09, 2017
 
   
 
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.
 
Rock Falls Rotary Supports Coloma Township Thanksgiving Baskets 2017-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
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?
 
 
Rock Falls Rotary Welcomes Jacob Oltmans as October Student of the Month 2017-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
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, www.rockfallsrotary.org 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.
 
District Governor Kuhn Visits Club 2017-09-29 05:00:00Z 0
 
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?
Rotary Students of the Month 2017-09-29 05:00:00Z 0
 
 
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 Rotary Honors the Memory of Rotarian Linda Murray 2017-09-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 18, 2017
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.
 
District Governor Visits RF Rotary Club 2017-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 16, 2017
 
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 !!
 
Rotarians in the Community 2017-09-16 05:00:00Z 0
 
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.
Californian Rotarian Visits Rock Falls Rotary 2017-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
 
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.  
Rock Falls Rotary Welcomes Rotary Youth Exchange Student 2017-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
 
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.
Scholarship Awarded to Wetzell 2017-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Mammosser Receives Rotary Scholarship 2017-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
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.
 
THANK YOU 2017-08-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 04, 2017
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 !!
 
Welcome Manuela !! 2017-08-04 05:00:00Z 0
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.
 
78th Annual RF Rotary Corn Boil 2017-07-30 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Rock Falls Rotary & Host Parents Say "Goodbye" to Youth Exchange Student 2017-07-30 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Friendship Exchange Team from India Share Midwest Hospitality 2017-07-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 03, 2017
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.
Rotary Park & Officer Induction 2017-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 03, 2017
 
There will be no meeting on Monday, July 3.
 
Meetings will resume on July 10.
 
Meeting Cancelled 2017-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 22, 2017

 
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.
Rock Falls Rotary Celebrates 2017 Rotary Students of the Month 2017-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 16, 2017
 
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.
Food Drive Benefits FISH Food Pantry 2017-05-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 10, 2017
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.
RF Rotary receives Literacy Awards at District Conference 2017-05-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 08, 2017
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.
Sycamore Rotarian Presents on Rotary & the Internet 2017-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 08, 2017

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.

 

Rotary Youth Exchange 2017-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 04, 2017

 

 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.
Media and Outstanding Club Project 2017-05-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 10, 2017
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.
 
  
Rock Falls Rotary Inducts Newest Member 2017-04-10 05:00:00Z 0
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.
 
 
Rock Falls Rotary Thanks Janell Loos of Rock Falls Tourism 2017-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Rock Falls Rotary Hears of Basic Sanitation Needs Around the World 2017-03-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 06, 2017


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
Presidents-Elect from Rotary Clubs of Area Attend Training in Itasca 2017-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 03, 2017
 
 
 
Rock Falls Rotary Members
 
Front row (l to r) Pam Erby, Jan Whitlock, Julie Logan, Betty Clementz, Gail Wright, Sarah Willey, Mary Rasmussen; Back row (l to r) Dave Chavira, Mark Young, Mike Albert, Bob Sondgeroth, Cheryl Faber, Keith Zoeller, Tyler Ewing, Deb Gonzalez. Absent from photo:  Art Johnson , Brent Martin, Rollie Ducoing, Vicki Dunphy, Jim Geer, Pat Novak, and Karen Voss.
 
Meet the Rock Falls Rotary Members 2017-03-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 03, 2017
All third grade students in Merrill, Thome, East Coloma-Nelson, Montmorency, St. Andrew, Prophetstown and Tampico Elementary School classrooms were presented with an age- appropriate dictionary to use and to keep. Close to 300 dictionaries were given out in 13 classrooms by Rock Falls Rotary Club members who shared how a dictionary is helpful and how to access numerous items of additional information within this particular dictionary. Students were anxious to start using the dictionary immediately and especially liked the section of large words in the English language.
 
This is the seventh year the Rock Falls Rotary has completed the Dictionary Project with third grade students in all Rock Falls schools, and the first year that Tampico and Prophetstown classrooms were included in this literacy project. 
 
 
A third grade student is becoming familiar with her dictionary which had been given to her by Rock Falls Rotary Club members who presented age-appropriate dictionaries to every third grade student in Rock Falls, Prophetstown, and Tampico this past week.
Rock Falls Rotary Distributes Dictionaries to Third Grade Students 2017-03-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 09, 2017

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.

Rock Falls Rotary Schedule for Feb. 13-Feb. 27 2017-02-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 01, 2017
The Rock Falls Rotary Club is currently selling raffle tickets for their $100 Monthly Raffle drawing. Each month beginning with March 2017-February 2018, one ticket will be drawn and the winner will receive $100. All tickets are eligible every month, which means you could win more than once. Tickets are $20 each and available from any Rock Falls Rotarian. You can send us an email through our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rockfallsrotary/ or drop us an email at rfrotary@gmail.com and we'll make sure you get a ticket. Hurry, deadline to purchase is the end of February.
Raffle Tickets Available for Purchase 2017-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 18, 2017

 

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?

 

Rock Falls Rotary Honors January Student of the Month 2017-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
 
Results of the First Annual End Polio Now Walk are still coming in, at which 46 participants registered which included 2 polio survivors and five district leadership including: PDG Bob Newlon from Oregon Rotary, PDG Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary, DGN Steve Kuhn from Sycamore Rotary, DGNE Kathy Kwiat-Hess from Rockford Rotary, PDG Ruth Lee, District Foundation Chair, from Rock Island,  who joined members of the public and the two sponsoring Rotary Clubs of Sterling Noon and Rock Falls.
The free Coloma Park Shelter Rental was won by Kim Velazquez. Before walkers began their journey along Hennepin Canal  and across the Rock River footbridge to the turn-around at the Gazebo on the Sterling side of the river,  the photo below of all participants was taken outside the Larson Shelter.
Money raised through donations at the event itself, profit from sale of End Polio T-shirts, and Rotarian individual  and club donations to Polio Plus of Rotary Foundation are presently at  $2733.00.  This amount will be tripled to  $8199.00 to eradicate polio, thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation doubling all donations for ending polio.
Polio is almost eradicated.  In 2016 only 26 cases have been reported, those being in the last countries to be declared polio-free: Afghanistan and Pakistan; two of the cases did occur in Nigeria which had been declared polio free back in 2015.  That is exactly why it is so important to continue this fight against this disease, so we can truly say, it has been eradicated!
 
 
Participants gathered at Centennial Park for the First Annual End Polio Now Walk on Saturday morning, October 22, sponsored by the two Rotary Clubs of Sterling Noon and Rock Falls.  Each participant is indicating “We are this close” to eradicating polio in our lifetime!
First Annual End Polio Walk at Centennial Park on Saturday, October 22 2016-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Join the Rock Falls and the Sterling Noon Rotary Clubs as they host the End Polio Now Walk on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Centennial Park in Rock Falls. Registration for the walk will begin at 8:15 a.m. at the Larson Shelter within the park, with the walk beginning at 9 a.m. Registration is free, but donations will be accepted. For a minimum of a $20 donation you can receive a free t-shirt (while supplies last). The walk will follow the Hennepin Canal north, crossing the Rock River on the walking path to Sterling and will return the same route. The public is encouraged and welcome to participate.
 
 
End Polio Now Walk is October 22 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 18, 2016

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?

Rotary Students of the Month 2016-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 08, 2016
 
The inbound youth exchange students of our district. This was the first meeting at which each met each other for the first time along with the leadership of the district.
 
Maggy meets district chair of Youth Exchange Committee Tom Brooks at the Youth Exchange meeting in Loves Park.
 
 
Maggy, our 2016-2017 exchange student from Italy, introduces the Sterling exchange student Eye at the recent YEO meeting.
 
District Rotary Youth Exchange Weekend 2016-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 26, 2016

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.

Rock Falls Rotary Welcomes Italian Short-term Rotary Student 2016-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 04, 2016
Amber Rasmussen, daughter of Troy and Mary Rasmussen, receives one of the Rock Falls Rotary scholarships to graduating seniors from President Dave Chavira. Amber plans to attend Illinois State University with a major in Public Relations.
 


 
Rock Falls Rotary Presents Scholarship 2016-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 04, 2016
       
 
The Ohm family from Denmark, one of three who had hosted Tess Schaefer while a Rotary Exchange Student in Denmark from August 2015 to June 2016, came to visit their 'daughter Tess',  her family, and her family of Rock Falls Rotarians.  Presenting the Danish Rotary Club flag to President Dave Chavira, are Tess Schaefer, host father Søren,  host sisters Eva and  Katrina, host mother Kirsten who is a Lutheran Pastor and Rotarian, and host sister Petrea Ohm. The Ohm family are spending a week in Rock Falls with plans to visit Chicago before returning to Denmark.


 
Danish Host Family Visits Rock Falls Rotary 2016-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 29, 2016

 

 

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. 

Rock Falls Rotary Inducts 2016-2017 President 2016-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 20, 2016
The 77th Annual Rock Falls Rotary Corn Boil benefits community and youth Rotary programs. Tickets are $8 for adults; $4 children (under 12). Includes Pulled Pork BBQ or Hot Dog, Chips, Beverage and ALL the corn you can eat. Eat in, carry-out using our drive-thru service, or pre-order (must be 10 or more orders) in advance for pickup anytime after 11 a.m. To pre-order fax business name, contact name, phone and number of meals, including # of each kind of sandwich to 815-625-3726 or email to zoeller@essex1.com, by Noon, Monday, July 18.
 
RF Rotary Corn Boil 2016-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
The Rock Falls Rotary Club celebrated their 80th Anniversary with an invitation to all Past Presidents to come to celebrate and share the history of their presidencies.  Rock Falls Rotary was founded on June 6, 1936.  Rotary Clubs served as the Chamber of Commerce at that time and included the city fathers and business owners in Rock Falls.
               
Those who shared their year as a Rock Falls Rotary President included the following from left to right:
Julie Logan 2015 – 2016; Bob Sondgeroth 2008-2009 and 2013 – 2014; Pat Novak 2001 – 2002 and 20003 – 2004; Mark Young 2000-2001; Mike Albert 1998-1999; Pam Erby 1995-1996 and 2014 – 2015; David Blanton 1996 – 1997; Betty Clementz 1997 – 1998; Joe Wetzell 1991-1992; Bill Wescott 1986 – 1987; Glen Kuhlemier 1977 – 1978; and Carl Gates 1974 – 1975.
Rock Falls Rotary Celebrated 80 Years on June 6, 2016 2016-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 07, 2016

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. 

 

Rotary Youth Exchange programs may either be for a long term of one school year (approx. 10 months) or short term in the summer for one month as a host and one month as the guest in the country of one's choice. For any questions concerning the Rotary Youth Exchange program, contact Bob Sondgeroth of Rock Falls Rotary at 625-1495.
Former Rotary Youth Exchange Students Shares Experience 2016-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 23, 2016
The Rock Falls Rotary Club held a food drive during the months of April and May and recently donated items collected to the Rock River Christian Center Food Pantry in Rock Falls. Bev Mills and Mary Shuman attended the Rotary meeting and shared the history and benefits to the community of the panty.  Pictured are Rock Falls Rotarians (front row l to r) Jan Whitlock, Linda Murray, Sarah Willey, Bev Mills and Mary Shuman both with the Rock River Christian Center Food Pantry, Pam Erby and Bob Sondgeroth; (back row l to r) Mike Albert, Gail Wright, Rotary Foreign Exchange Rebound Student Tess Schaeffer, Deb Gonzalez, Julie Logan and Karen Voss.
 
RF Rotary Donates to Food Pantry 2016-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 18, 2016



 
Past District Governor Bob Newlon of Sterling is explaining how the UDDT (Urine Diversion Degradable Toilet) he created functions to President of Rock Falls Rotary Julie Logan. Bob recently traveled to the jungle area of the Philippines where he shared how sanitation of human waste will eliminate much disease and early deaths, as well as clean the water sources because of manure removal. The principle is to remove the water content of the manure so pathogens and smell are eliminated. The UDDT may be constructed of a variety of materials - all readliy available. Bob was recently awarded the Rotary International Service Above Self  prestigious award for his work worldwide in the area of clean water and sanitation.
A UDDT to Create Sanitation in Third World Countries 2016-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 08, 2016
 
 
Dave Chavira, Rock Falls Rotary Literacy Chair, accepts the two certificates of achievement which were presented at the recent Rotary District 6420 Conference: Club Achievement Award in meeting all criteria for an outstanding Literacy Program and Continuing Excellence Award for the club's 19 year program of members reading to students weekly at East Coloma/Nelson in grades K through grade four. Of 48 clubs in the district, Rock Falls was one of five so noted and honored.
 
Rock Falls Rotary Receives Two District Literacy Awards 2016-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 08, 2016

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.

GPA Shares Their Program with Rock Falls Rotary 2016-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 07, 2016
WHAT     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 graduate year abroad.
District Grant Scholarships are for undergraduates/graduates who seek to spend the 2017-2018 academic year abroad. This scholarship provides funding for round-trip transportation, tuition and fees, room and 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 performing 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 2017-2018. It is a $30,000 award for one academic year. Applicants must very closely align their curriculum and future career plans with one or more focus areas of Rotary service:
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution;
  • Disease Prevention and Treatment;
  • Water and Sanitation;
  • Maternal and Child Health;
  • Basic Education and Literacy; and
  • Economic and 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.”
 
HOW APPLY     Each applicant must be sponsored by his local Rotary Club of residence.  District Interviews will follow in June.  For more information on application process, please contact
 
George Bass,
Rotary District 6420 Scholarships Chair
george.bass@countryfinancial.com
815.397.5656
 
WHEN          The deadline for applications is May 13, 2016.
Rotary Offers Two University Scholarships for International Studies; Up to $25,000 and $30,000 2016-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 02, 2016

 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.

Rock Falls Rotary Hears Update on YWCA 2016-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 29, 2016
Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce named Rock Falls Rotary as the organization deserving of the Shoulder to the Wheel  Award at their annual meeting. This award is presented to the organization which most promotes the community of Rock Falls in the spirit of volunteerism in making the community a better place to live. Rock Falls Rotary is 22 members strong with great emphasis upon support for literacy and youth of the community and will be celebrating its 80th anniversary in June.  members of the club who were present at the annual dinner included: (left to right) Karen Voss, President Julie Logan, Pam Erby, Betty Clementz, and Bob Sondgeroth.
Rock Falls Rotary wins Chamber Award 2016-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 29, 2016
Mary Nelson (right) of University of IL Extension  shares the newly constructed Storybook Walking Trail from Avenue D to McNeil Road in Rock Falls with Rock Falls Rotary member Cheryl Faber (left). The storybook,  Pick a Pocket of Prairie, was selected as the first book to be posted in laminated form to be read to children as they walk the trail of 1/4 mile. What a wonderful opportunity for families to be able to walk outdoors, appreciate nature, and at the same time to share the love of literacy!
Storybook Trail ties to literacy 2016-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 03, 2016
President Julie Logan (left) presents an award from Rotary International to Betty Clementz (right) for her proposal of two new members to her Rock Falls Rotary Club in the past year.  The award was a bronze pin back for her Rotary lapel pin.
Rock Falls Rotarian Receives Rotary International Award 2016-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 03, 2016
 
 President Julie Logan (right) congratulates Liz Lego, left, daughter of Joel and Amy Lego, recently named the February Rotary Student of the Month at Rock Falls Rotary.  Her selection by Rock Falls High School Staff was based on the Four Way Test of what every Rotarian thinks, says, and does: 
1.  Is it the truth?
2.  Is it fair to all concerned?
3.  Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4.  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
February Rotary Student of the Month Named 2016-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 26, 2016

 
Gail Wright, right, was recently inducted into membership of Rotary International in the Rock Falls Rotary Club. Shown with her is her sponsoring member, Jim Geer (left). Rotary is a service organization in which the focus is service to one's club, community, vocation, and world. Visit the Rock Falls Rotary website (www.rockfallsrotary.org) for a history of the activities of the club which will be celebrating 80 years in June 2016.
Rock Falls Rotary Inducts New Member 2016-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 24, 2016
The Rock Falls Rotary Club is currently selling raffle tickets for their $100 Monthly Raffle drawing. Each month beginning with March 2016-February 2017, one ticket will be drawn and the winner will receive $100. All tickets are eligible every month, which means you could win more than once. Tickets are $20 each and available from any Rock Falls Rotarian or check in with us on Facebook or send us an email, and we'll make sure you get a ticket. Hurry, deadline to purchase is the end of February.
Rotarians Selling Raffle Tickets 2016-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 15, 2015

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.

Rock Falls Rotary Presents Dictionaries to Third Grade Students 2015-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 06, 2015
 
Rock Falls Rotary recently inducted Tyler Ewing into Rock Falls Rotary membership. Tyler is at Edward Jones on West Route 30. Shown pinning the Rotary wheel to Tyler's collar is Julie Logan, President ,who conducted the short ceremony of welcome and commitment. Membership in Rotary is by invitation. Anyone interested in joining the Rock Falls Rotary, Service Club is asked to contact any Rock Falls Rotarian or send such a request to Rock Falls Rotary, PO Box 902, Rock Falls, IL 61071.
Rock Falls Rotary Welcomes New Member 2015-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 06, 2015

 

November Student of the Month for Rock Falls Rotary is Amber Rasmussen, daughter of Troy and Mary Rasmussen. Rock Falls Rotary December Student of the Month is Francisco Arellano whose parents are Horacio and Hermelinda Arellano.

Both students are seniors at Rock Falls High School and were selected based upon the Four Way test of everything a 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?

Amber Rasmussen, November Rotary Student of the Month, is welcomed by Bob Sondgeroth, Youth Exchange Officer of the Rock Falls Rotary Club.

Francisco Arellano is selected by Rock Falls High Staff as December Rotary Student of the month.

Rock Falls Rotary November and December Students of the Month 2015-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 03, 2015
 
Brenda Fiorini, teacher at Rock Falls High School and author of several children's books concerning humane treatment to animals, shared with members of the Rock Falls Rotary her first book, Rescue Puppy, which is being translated into Spanish for distribution next semester to every first grade student in Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside Counties. In the years of past distribution to first grade students and teachers, over 7,000 books have been made available to students and teachers. This year Rock Falls Rotary has assisted with the cost of publishing and distribution.
 
Shown with Brenda Fiorini and a display of the books and supporting materials for classrooms is Dave Chavira, Literacy Chair of Rock Falls Rotary.
Rock Falls Rotary Supports Literacy Project to First Grade Students 2015-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 03, 2015
Rock Falls Rotary welcomed Georgia Sanford who shared her story of being diagnosed with stage 3 polio when she was 8 years old in Sterling.  Georgia shared the physical side of the disease, as well as the emotional side, as families in the Rock River Valley struggled to understand why the disease was spreading and affecting children and adults alike.  Archives of the Daily  Gazette show several pages of names of citizens in the Sterling-Rock Falls area who were so diagnosed.  In the 1950's;  there was an epidemic of polio with few answers to the questions of why.

Rock Falls Rotary members had fundraised from both its own members and the public for polio eradication during the month of November.  Georgia' s presentation personalized  for many members the disease which has become the signature humanitarian project of Rotary International since the 80's.
 
Betty Clementz, Rock Falls Rotarian, presents to Georgia Sanford a Thank You gift for sharing her story as a polio survivor with the Rock Falls Rotary Club members.
A Polio Survivor's Story 2015-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 03, 2015

 

Members of the Rock Falls Rotary Club fundraised during the month of November through collections of loose change in canisters at several businesses, as well as contributing themselves to the final push to eradicate polio from our world.  With only two countries remaining - Pakistan and Afghanistan with less than 60 cases diagnosed this year- the eradication was progressing as planned, until an outbreak  in a refugee camp in Somalia broke out in late summer.  All the more reason to complete the goal to eradicate polio forever from our lives!  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match every dollar of the sum collected 2:1 of $1371 which became as result a total of $4113.  Members of the Rock Falls Rotary Club illustrate the fact that "We are this close....."

 

Front row (l to r): Cheryl Faber; Sarah Willey; Julie Logan, President; Betty Clementz; Pam Erby; and Jan Whitlock;

Back row (l to r): Karen Voss, Keith Zoeller, Bob Sondgeroth, Mark Young, Jim Geer, Mike Albert, Pat Novak, and Rotary Exchange Student from Thailand Mai.

 

Absent when photo taken are members:  Rollie Ducoing, Vicki Dunphy, Deb Gonzalez, Art Johnson,Linda Murray, Tyler Ewing, Dave Chavira and Brent Martin

Rock Falls Rotary Promotes Polio Eradication 2015-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 29, 2015
Members of the Rock Falls Rotary Club participated in the Rock Falls Hometown Holidays events on Friday, November 20.
 
Cheryl Faber (l) and Club President Julie Logan (r) offered photo opportunities with the Grinch during the evening at US Bank.
 
Rotarians also picked up luminaries following the festivities. Pictured are some of the crew (l to r) Pam Erby, Keith Zoeller, and Mike Albert.
 
Rock Falls Rotary Helps during Hometown Holidays 2015-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 25, 2015

District 6420 Rotary Governor Jim Nelson presents to Julie Logan (left), President of Rock Falls Rotary, and Pam Erby (right) Past President of Rock Falls Rotary, a certificate of recognition at Rotary International in Evanston recognizing Rock Falls Rotary for their contribution of over $1500 in 2014 - 2015 to the End Polio Now campaign.  Only 9 of the 47 Rotary Clubs in the district received such a recognition.

Rock Falls Rotary Recognized for End Polio Now Donation 2015-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 25, 2015

Among the more than 30 Rotarians from District 6420 who visited Rotary Inrternational Headquarters in Evanston on October 23 were three Rock Falls Rotarians: (left to right) Betty Clementz, District Secretary; Julie Logan, President; and Pam Erby, Immediate Past President.  A tour of the headquarters with a special update for World Polio Day was the agenda, as the three Rotarians are indicating with the gesture:  "We are this close to eradication of polio."  World Polio Day, 2015 was celebrated Saturday, October 24.  Rock Falls Rotary is collecting funds for this final thrust with canisters located in local businesses.   Donations may also be sent to Rock Falls Rotary, PO Box 902, Rock Falls, IL 61071.

Three Rock Falls Rotarians Celebrate World Polio Day at Rotary International 2015-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 23, 2015

Korah Winn(center) Teacher of English as a Second Language at the Rock Island Academy and  Team leader of the eight member Rotary Vocational Training team sent to Combarbala, Chile, to train the Chilean teachers of English in skills of teaching English as a second language. Korah shared her experiences with members of the Rock Falls Rotary Club upon the invitation of Pat Novak (right).   Korah presented to President Julie Logan (left) a souvenir pin from Chile.

Korah Winn Shares Vocational Training Trip to Chile 2015-10-24 00:00:00Z 0

 

President of Rock Falls Rotary Julie Logan (right) presents to Betty Clementz (left), Chair of the Literacy Is Fun(damental) for Everyone (L.I.F.E.) Committee  a check to support the LIFE program which provides to every child in Whiteside County a book/month from birth through age 5.  This program provided by the Dolly Parton Imagination Library is supported by Rotary as a community literacy program.

Rock Falls Rotary Supports L.I.F.E. 2015-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 23, 2015

                    

President of Rock Falls Rotary Julie Logan (left) presents to Dave Blanton (right), Coloma Township Supervisor, a check for Thanksgiving baskets.

Rock Falls Rotary Donates to Thanksgiving Baskets 2015-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 23, 2015

Three Rock Falls High School Seniors have been chosen as Rotary Students of the Month for August, September, and October by staff at Rock Falls High School based on the Rotary Four Way Test of things they do, say, and think:

Is it the truth?

Is it fair to all concerned?

Is it beneficial to all concerned?

Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

 

August Students from left to right: Tess Schaefer, daughter of Marty and Kelly Schaefer for August; Kierstyn Summers, daughter of Tony and Melissa Summers for September, and Nolan Moeller, son of Matt and Christa Moeller for October.

Rock Falls Rotary Students of the Month 2015-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Join Rotarians around the world in creating an awareness of the closeness to the eradication of polio from our world on World Polio Day on Friday, October 24.  Since 1985 Rotarians have contributed more than $1.3 billion and countless volunteer hours to eradicate polio, forever, from our world.  We are ‘this close’ with just the 1% remaining reported cases in the countries of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.  With your help and with the match of 2:1 for every dollar donated by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary will complete the eradication of this remaining 1%.  Send any amount of donation to Rock Falls Rotary, PO Box 902, Rock Falls, IL 61071 and know that you did your part.  Visit www.endpolionow.org to view awareness activities planned for October 24th!
 
World Polio Day - October 24 2015-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 21, 2015
From District Governor Jim Nelson:
 
I helped interview our VTT team and sent them to Chile. They did a wonderful job but the job is unfinished.
 
We are on the verge of something wonderful.  Please consider donation. If member have mileage points they would be willing to share that would also be very helpful.  I know of one of us who is donating enough miles to bring a teacher here this winter.  
 
Let's make 6420 a district that the world will be proud of.
 
Help District 6420 with Air Miles 2015-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 25, 2015
Rotary District 6420, which serves Rotary clubs in northwest Illinois, is seeking volunteer applicants to serve on a vocational training team that will be going to Kamwenge in Uganda in for two weeks February 2016.
District 6420 is looking for applicants with two years of professional experience involving one or some of these skill sets: chef, pastry chef, and menu development; business management including the development of business plans, setting up books and understanding financial statements, marketing; and public health including sanitation, nutrition and hygiene.
The volunteers will work with staff and students at a vocational training school. Rotary will be responsible for transportation to and from Kamwenge as well as room and board.
For an application, call or email Carter Newton at 815-238-0318 or cnewton@galgazette.com. Application deadline is Sept. 10.
Vocational Training Team seek applicants 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 25, 2015

 

 

 

 

Julie Logan, President of Rock Falls Rotary, presents to Pornyupa Chavalsilp (known as Mai)  the Rock Falls Rotary pin and 2015 theme pin of Rotary International.  Mai arrived in Rock Falls on Thursday, August 20 from her home city of Sattahip, Chonburi in Thailand after a 15 hour flight.  She will be attending Rock Falls High School during the 2015-2016 school year.

Rock Falls Rotary Welcomes 2015 Thai Rotary Exchange Student 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 12, 2015
District Governor of Rotary District 6420 Jim Nelson , formerly of Dixon, now residing in Rockford, made his annual visit to the Rock Falls Rotary to share the 2015 - 2016 theme of Be A Gift to the World and to encourage membership to work on the issues of focus of the Rotary International President, Ravi Ravindran of Sri Lanka.  President of Rock Falls Rotary presented to Governor Jim the club banner and pin.
Rotary District Governor Visits Rock Falls Rotary Club 2015-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 05, 2015
Keith Zoeller, chair of the Rock Falls Rotary Corn Boil, is making final preparation with Cindy Poci, co-owner with Jerry Poci of Poci's Market, for the sweet corn that will be used for the 76th Annual Rock Falls Rotary Corn Boil to be held July 22 at the Rock Falls Community Building from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
 
Rock Falls Rotary Corn Boil - July 22 2015-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 01, 2015

July 22nd Rock Falls Rotary Corn Boil 


When: Wednesday, July 22, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Where:Rock Falls Community Building

Cost:  $8/adult and $4/children under 12

*Bar-B-Q OR hot dog, chips, beverage and all the corn you can eat. 

*Drive-through carryout service available.

*Tickets available at door or from any Rock Falls Rotarian .

*10 or more meals for pick-up if pre-ordered by noon Tuesday, July 21 at zoeller@essex1.com or by fax @815/625-3726 with number of sandwich choice, time of pick-up (11 a.m. - 6 p.m.), name and phone number of person placing  order.

76th Annual Rock Falls Rotary Corn Boil 2015-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 29, 2015
 
Rock Falls Rotary Club inducted the new officers for the 2015-2016 Rotary year (from left to right):  Pat Novak, Secretary; Julie Logan, President; Pam Erby, Immediate Past president; and Linda Murray, Treasurer.  Pam Erby as outgoing President was presented a Past President pin and a gift, while incomg President Julie Logan was presented the President's pin.   President-Elect Dave Chavira was absent from the photo. 
Rock Falls Rotary Inducts Officers for 2015 - 2016 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 29, 2015
President Pam Erby named Keith Zoeller as the Rock Falls Rotarian of the Year for his 25 years of service and membership in the club.  She presented him with the Rotarian of the Year pin.  During his years of membership Keith has chaired the annual  Farmers' Night and Corn Boil for the past 15 years and also has been actively involved in the Scholarship program.  Keith is an Accredited Farm Manager and self employed at Zoeller Ag and also holds a current real estate license and is employed at ReMax of the Sauk Valley.  Keith has been involved with the Whiteside County chapter of Pheasants Forever and is currently the Treasurer.  He is actively involved in conservation farming by planting and maintaining habitat and wildlife food plots.
Rock Falls Rotarian of the Year Named 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 14, 2015

Rock Falls Rotary Youth Chair, Bob Sondgeroth (center), had invited the recipients of the Rock Falls Rotary Scholarships  to  visit the club and share their future plans.  Those attending (from left to right): Collin Marcum, Morgan Folgers, Michaela Spreier and Lilly Ngai. Absent was scholarship winner Chelsi Blair. Selection of winners was based on submission of an essay which reflected the values of volunteerism and service to the community found in the Rotary Four-Way Test which guides what every Rotarian thinks, says, and does.

Rock Falls Rotary Awards Scholarships 2015-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 07, 2015

Pam Martinez (left) from United Way shares with Pam Erby (right), President of Rock Falls Rotary, one of 60 books that children in Whiteside County may receive through the mail, thanks to the program of Dolly Parton Imagination Library known as L.I.F.E. (Literacy is Fun(damental) for Everyone). Rock Falls Rotary is collecting money throughout the month of June for L.I.F.E. Books are now sent to more than 1200 children in Whiteside County for the first five years of their life at a cost annually of $35,000.  Contributions to support LIFE may be sent to United Way, P.O. Box 806, Sterling, IL 61081.

 

Rock Falls Rotary Supports L.I.F.E. 2015-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 18, 2015

 Rock Falls Rotary gathered items of food and paper products in an effort to support one of the community's food banks with supplies.  This year items gathered were donated to the St. Vincent DePaul  food bank of which Ed Mulvaney is the President.  Rock Falls Rotarians included in the presentation to Ed Mulvaney: front row (l - r):  Julie Logan, Cheryl Faber, Betty Clementz, President Pam Erby, Karen Voss, (Ed Mulvaney of St. Vincent DePaul) and Deb Gonzalez, Chair of the project; back row: Keith Zoeller and Mike Albert.

RF Rotary Donates Food Drive to St. Vincent DePaul 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 17, 2015
Rock Falls Rotary celebrated the 2014 - 2015 RFHS Rotary Students of the Month with a dinner for the students and their parents. Each was awarded a gift card with an encouragement to join a service organization when it becomes possible.
(back to front) Kobe Conklin, Collin Marcum, Michaela Spreier, Katie Krone, Morgan Folgers, Lilly Ngai, Michaela Ward, Carmina Lopez, Chelsi Blair, and Beatriz Estrella. Aaron Frank was absent from the photo.
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Posted on May 10, 2015

Rotary District 6420 held their annual conference in Davenport the last weekend of April. Several awards were presented to clubs with outstanding participation in areas of literacy and public image (PR). Rock Falls Rotary was recognized for 4 such district awards, which was quite an honor considering the number of awards given out .

 

Andy Axup, Chair of the Rotary District 6420 Literacy Committee presents to President Pam Erby (left) and to Julie Logan, President -Elect of Rock Falls Rotary (right), Certificates of Outstanding Club Achievement and Sustained Excellence in the area of Literacy at the recent District Conference held in Davenport..  Also included is a patch to adhere to the club Rotary banner.  The Club Achievement Award is presented upon a club's participation in four areas of literacy.  The Sustained Excellence is based upon the longevity of a club literacy project which for Rock Fall sis a 20 year history of a reading program weekly at East Coloma-Nelson School by Rotary members.

President Pam Erby (right) presents to Jan Whitlock (left), member of  Rock Falls Rotary, the Rotary District 6420 Majiyagbe Award for Innovative Literacy project. Jan Whitlock had begun a weekly literacy activity at the distribution of lunches for Feed The Children last summer in the Coloma Homes Housing Authority.

Karen Voss (left) and Betty Clementz (right), co-chairs of the Public Image Committee of the Rock Falls Rotary, were selected as recipients of the Public Image Club Achievement Award for their successful efforts to publicize Rotary through four media: print, radio, website and /or internet, and radio. 

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Posted on May 10, 2015

Cheryl Faber (left), member of Rock Falls Rotary, presents an appreciation gift to Johanna Hager (right), clinician at April House in Morrison, who shared  the recent renovations to the facility of April House with Twin Cities Rotary assistance. She also gave an update on the statistics of child abuse/neglect cases in Whiteside County and the ongoing need for fundraising to support April House.

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Posted on May 10, 2015
Two students at Rock Falls HIgh School were selected by the staff as the Rotary Students of the Month for May, Kobe Conklin (left) and Michaela Ward (right).  Their selection is based on the Four Way Test of what every Rotarian is expected to think, say or do:  Is it the truth?  Is it fair to all concerned?  Will it build goodwill and better friendships?  Is it beneficial to all concerned? 
 
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Posted on Mar 15, 2015

President of Rock Falls Rotary Pam Erby welcomed over a hundred Rotarians, guests, farmers of several generations, agribusinessmen, and service providers  on March 16 at Deer Valley Country Club for the 67th Annual Farmers' Night of the Rock Falls Rotary.  What started 67 years ago was a need for the businessmen in the city of Rock Falls to celebrate those in the rural community, as both were needed in partnership for a successful community.  That tradition of Rotary honoring and celebrating the contributions of farmers to our community continues today.

Sponsors of the event included the following:  Johnson Oil Company, The Cornerstone Agency, Vern's Farm Supply, Alton Irrigation, 1st Farm Credit Services, Gold Star F.S., Sauk Valley Bank, and Zoeller Ag Services. 

Entertainment was arranged by Elizabeth Judd, Music Director at Rock Falls High School, who had invited three high school students from Rock Falls, Dixon, and Milledgeville, members of the band named Rhythm Quest Band Rock.  A dessert auction auctioneered by Lyle Dirks and Rob Young and a 50/50 raffle provided proceeds to support high school student scholarships.

Caption: Three members of the band Rhythm Quest Band Rock : (left to right) guitar: Dayton Reuter, Drums: Greydan Katner, and guitar: Zack Lawyer.

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Posted on Mar 08, 2015

The Dictionary Project, a non-profit organization, has sent an acknowledgement letter of appreciation to  the Rock Falls Rotary for their annual distribution of dictionaries to all Rock Falls third grade students in Rock Falls Elementary, Montmorency, East Coloma-Nelson, Thome, and St. Andrew Schools. Rock Falls Rotary distributed over 300 dictionaries in November 2014. As of that time over the years that Rock Falls Rotary has been distributing dictionaries, 2,136 students in Rock Falls have received a dictionary as their very own book from the Rock Falls Rotary. Rotary International has embraced the Dictionary Project as an effective local literacy effort in communities around the world. For more information about the project, visit www.dictionaryproject.org.   

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Posted on Feb 11, 2015
Members of the Rock Falls Rotary completed a community service project at their last meeting for the residents of Sauk Valley Senior Living and Rehabilitation on Dixon Avenue. Valentines were created for each resident to be presented on Valentine's Day by members of the staff.
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Posted on Feb 11, 2015
Rock Falls Rotary with matching funds from a Rotary District 6420 community grant purchased a blinking speed radar sign to alert motorists of their own speed as they travel within the school zones of East Coloma-Nelson and Montmorency Schools. With four lanes of traffic on Dixon Avenue for East Coloma-Nelson stu...dents, their parents and the buses, and with the rural speed limit of 55 mph along IL Route 40 for Montmorency students, parents, and buses, this sign should reduce the dangers during school hours in these school zones and create a safer environment for all who enter or exit the school grounds. Both Dave Chavira, East Coloma-Nelson Superintendent, and Alex Moore, Principal of Montmorency School, agreed that there was a definite need for slowing down traffic at each site, especially during times of arrival and departure. Between both schools, a total of over 700 students, their parents and the staffs will benefit from this sign installation.
Rock Falls Rotary Purchases a Blinking Speed Radar Sign for Rock Falls Rural Schools 2015-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 08, 2015
Faculty at Rock Falls High School selected BB (Beatriz) Estrella as February Rotary Student of the Month, using the Four Way Test of What Rotarians say, think, and do as their guide:

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?

BB is the daughter of Daniel and Angelica Estrella.
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Posted on Feb 08, 2015

Gabi Duz, Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Brazil, shared her country of Brazil as a program with members of the Rock Falls Rotary. Gabi is being sponsored by the Rock Falls Rotary Club for a year, during which she will be hosted by three families while attending Rock Falls High School. Her program included the historical, economic, geographical, cultures and climates of Brazil. Gabi will return to Brazil in August.
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The February 2 meeting of the Rock Falls Rotary club is canceled due to the weather conditions. The board meeting will be rescheduled for 5 p.m. on Feb. 9 preceding the regular club meeting at 6 p.m.
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Posted on Jan 26, 2015
President Pam Erby (right) presents to both Theresa Hooper (left) and Gema Vargas Colon a thank you for presenting a program of the literacy services available in our community for non-English speakers. Theresa has been involved in Even Start, a family literacy program aimed at mothers of very young children who are non-English speakers, Parents as Teachers, which works with both pre-K children and mothers not only in literacy issues, but also in life skills, adult education classes at Sauk Valley Community College, in partnership with VITAL, adult literacy tutoring one-on-one, GED class assistance. Presently she is working for the IL Migrant Council assisting minority groups in our community with health issues.  Gema began in Even Start some 20 years ago, attended many of the classes offered and little by little  today is bilingual- fluent in both Spanish and English.  That speaks to the success of these programs.
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Posted on Dec 15, 2014
Members of the Rock Falls Rotary Club wrapped gifts purchased for needy children and families in the community at their final meeting before the holidays. Merry Christmas !!
 
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Linda Murray, Rock Falls Rotary Club member, presents to her grandson, Landon Vondra, a third grade student at St. Andrew Elementary School, a dictionary as a gift to promote literacy skills.  Every third grade student and teacher of third grade in Rock Falls  Elementary schools of St. Andrew, East Coloma-Nelson, Rock Falls Elementary, Montmorency, and Thome Schools were presented an age-appropriate dictionary by a Rock Falls Rotarian.  More than 200 dictionaries were presented in this promotion  to improve skills in reading, writing, and communication in our Rock Falls schools by the Rock Falls Rotary Club.
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Posted on Dec 03, 2014
 
Members  of the Rock Falls Rotary  Community Service Committee are presenting to Emily Taylor of L.S.S.I. a check for $125.00 for their Holiday Hope Chest fund.  These funds will be used in the Senior Services area for individuals who need assistance with personal items, medication costs, and basic household needs.  Anyone may send donations to L.S.S.I to this fund for these purposes anytime throughout the year.  Members of Rock Falls Rotary include (from left to right) Brent Martin, Deb Gonzalez, (Emily Taylor of L.S.S.I.) and Cheryl Faber.
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Posted on Dec 01, 2014
Members of the Rock Falls Rotary Club recently volunteered to ring bells for the Salvation Army. Pictured (l to r) are Pam Erby and Jan Whitlock.
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Posted on Nov 30, 2014
Rock Falls Rotary members welcomed members of the String-a-longs, local musical group of Appalachian music, to their meeting to share the songs of the Christmas season in an old fashioned sing-a-long.  Members of the group (from left to right) include:Kathy Knudson, Peg Albert, Vicki Mickler, and Shirley Stevens.
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Posted by Karen Voss on Sep 23, 2014

President Pam Erby receives information concerning the CEO Class held through the Career Center from Aaron Frank, the only Rock Falls High School student in the class of 13 students from area wide high schools, Vickie Dunphy, Rock Falls High School Assistant Principal, and Jaimie Leech, Counselor at Rock Falls High School.  Aaron shared his experience thus far in the class with members of the Rock Falls Rotary Club  and his purpose for enrolling in this 2-hour block of time commitment daily.

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Posted by Karen Voss on Sep 22, 2014

Morgan Folgers, Senior at Rock Falls High School, was selected by Rock Falls High School staff as the September Rotary Student of the Month.  Morgan is the daughter of Neal and Libby Folgers.  Rotary Students of the Month are selected based on the Four Way Test of everything a Rotarian thinks, says and does:

1.  Is it the truth?

2.  Is it fair to all concerned?

3.  Will it build good will and better friendships?

4.  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Rotary students of the month and their parents are invited to attend the weekly meetings of the Rock Falls Rotary during their month of selection to better understand what services are provided by the Rotary Club to our community.

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Folgers Student of the Month Karen Voss 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Voss on Sep 12, 2014

Jordan Groh of Rockford had been  selected as a Global Scholar of 2013 - 2014 to go to London to study Conflict Resolution.  Global Scholars are students who are seeking a Master's Degree in one of the six areas of focus of Rotary: Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution, Maternal and Child  Health, Water and Sanitation, Basic Education and Literacy, Economic and Community Development, or Disease prevention or Control. In addition to university studies, each Global Scholar must also do community service projects while in the country assigned.  Jordan worked with migrants of the Middle East who had come to the UK.

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2013-2014 Past District Governor Ruth Lee (left) presents to  Jordan Groh (center) a gift for his presentation of what it means to be a Global Scholar to the members of the Rock Falls Rotary. Looking on is Bob Sondgeroth (right), 2013 - 2014 Past President of Rock Falls Rotary.

Global Rotary Scholar Presents Program Karen Voss 2014-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Voss on Sep 11, 2014

Cheryl Faber, a former President of Rock Falls Rotary, was recently installed officially as Rotary Assistant Governor for Area IV which includes the oversight of four Rotary clubs: Walnut, Sterling Noon, Twin Cities Sunrise, and Rock Falls.  Steve Kuhn of Sycamore Rotary was present to present her with the official pin of an Assistant Governor.

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Faber Installed as Assistant Governor Karen Voss 2014-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Voss on Sep 10, 2014

Walnut Rotarians presented a program to Rock Falls Rotarians of how they have expanded and strengthened their club membership over the past year through a community outreach to promote what Rotary does: Service Above Self.  Those pictured from left to right: Deb Quinn, Walnut Rotarian; David Berry, Public Image Chair; Carl Von Holten, Walnut Rotary President 2013 - 14; Pam Erby, Rock Falls Rotary President; Ruth Lee, Past District Governor; and Bob Glaser, Walnut Rotary President of 2014 - 2015.

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Walnut Rotarians Visit Rock Falls Rotary Karen Voss 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Voss on Sep 09, 2014

Collin Marcum, son of Thomas and Kelly Marcum, was selected by Rock Falls High staff as the August Rotary Student of the Month.  Rotary students are seniors selected upon how well each exemplifies the Four Way Test of what Rotarians say, think and do (their motto for living):

1.  Is it the truth?

2.  Is it fair to all concerned?

3.  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

4.  Will it build good will and better friendship?

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August Student of the Month Karen Voss 2014-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Voss on Sep 07, 2014

Gabriela Duz,(left) presents to Pam Erby (right), President of the Rock Falls Rotary, a flag representing her Rotary Club in district 4740  of Brazil.  'Gabi' has been attending Rock Falls High School and is being hosted by the Schueler family.  Rotary Exchange students are hosted by 2 - 3 families during their 11 - 12 month stay.

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2014-2015 Exchange Student Arrives Karen Voss 2014-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Voss on Aug 17, 2014

Korah Winn Schlueter (center), an ESL teacher from Moline,  put out a call on Facebook for her need for school supplies for her English as a Second Language.  The majority of her students are immigrants from all over the world who arrive with little more than the hope for a better future.  When Secretary of Rock Falls Rotary Pat Novak (right) saw the request, she presented the idea to the Rock Falls Rotarians and her 'wishlist' was filled.  President of Rock Falls Rotary Pam Erby presented the items to her from her car trunk at Rotary Park.  Korah had been sponsored by Rock Falls Rotary as an Ambassadorial Rotary Scholar to Ireland to obtain her Masters degree in English as a Second Language.

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Rock Falls Rotary Gathers School Supplies Karen Voss 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Voss on Aug 17, 2014

Past President of Rock Falls Rotary Bob Sondgeroth (right) presents to Russ ImageSiefken (left)  of United Way a check for $250 for the literacy program of Whiteside County provided by the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.  The Rock Falls Rotary members donated weekly during the month of June to support this countywide program of books being delivered by mail to children birth through age 5.  At this time more than 1300 children are receiving books monthly. Image

RF Rotary donates to Literacy Program Karen Voss 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Voss on Aug 10, 2014

District Governor Shannon Scheffel (center) of Rotary District 6420 inducted a new member into the Rock Falls Rotary Club during her official visit to the club on August 11.  Paul Curran, Loan Officer at Community State Bank in Rock Falls, was welcomed into membership with a pin and a folder  of information about the oldest service organization in the world by his sponsor, President Pam Erby (right) .  Rotary is an international organization of 1.2 million members worldwide which places Service Above Self.

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Welcome Rock Falls Rotarian Paul Curran Karen Voss 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Voss on Aug 10, 2014

President Pam ImageErby (right) welcomed Shannon Scheffel, Rotary District 6420 Governor,(left) and her son Jeremy for her official visit in which she shared the goals for the district and Rotary International.  Rock Falls Rotary meets every Monday evening at Beelendorf's Deli at 6 p.m..

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Posted by Karen Voss on Jul 27, 2014

A wonderful article about our 2014-2015 Rotary year outbound student, Tess Schaefer in our local newspaper. We are proud of Tess and know she will make a great Rotary Ambassador. We wish her the best during her year in Denmark. (click on Tess Schaefer for story)

 

Tess Schaefer is Rock Falls Rotary Outbound to Denmark Karen Voss 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Voss on Jul 06, 2014

The 75th Annual Rock Falls Rotary Corn Boil will be held Tuesday, July 22 at the Rock Falls Community Building from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Cost is $7/adult and $4/children under 12 for either a hot dog or pulled pork barbeque sandwich, chips, beverage and all the corn you can eat. Drive-through carryout service is available.... Desserts are available through Rock Falls Women’s Club. Tickets available at the event or from any Rock Falls Rotarian in advance. Pre-order your pick-up only orders (10 or more meals) by Noon, Monday, July 21. Orders may be emailed to zoeller@essex1.com or faxed to 815/625-3726. Give contact name, number of orders of each meal choice, time for pick-up, and phone number of person placing order.

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75th Corn Boil Date Set Karen Voss 2014-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Voss on Jun 15, 2014

Rock Falls Rotarians welcomed Rotary Exchange student from 2011-2012, Selina Ruhnke of Forst, Germany, Monday evening back to Rock Falls.  Selina has now completed her high school in Germany, passed the exit examinations, and earned as a result, the right to a free university education in her designated field of dentistry.  She will most likely be enrolled in the University of Ulm.  She hopes to study abroad - preferably in the United States -  for a portion of her education of five years to reach her goal.  What did she say first?  "I have missed you terribly!"  Spending a year in another country builds lasting friendships;  that is the goal of the Rotary Exchange Program as it builds friendships and better world understanding.  Anyone interested in finding out more about the Rotary Exchange program or becoming a host family to a student on Rotary Exchange should contact President Bob Sondgeroth.

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Rock Falls Rotary President Bob Sondgeroth welcomes back to Rock Falls the Rotary Exchange Student from 2011-2012, Selina Ruhnke of Germany.

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Posted by Karen Voss on Jun 01, 2014

President of Rock Falls Rotary Bob Sondgeroth (right) presented to Kritsana “Krits” Jedjinda (left) two pieces of luggage as a farewell gift as he plans to return to Thailand after a year in the USA. His sponsorship came from both the Rock Falls and the Morrison Rotary Clubs.

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Posted by Karen Voss on Jun 01, 2014

Rock Falls Rotarians Mark Young and President Bob Sondgeroth (left to right) are holding boots made from reindeer skin which Kaylene Shaw, a Rotary Exchange Student to Finland in 2009 – 2010, brought back as a souvenir. Kaylene wears a hat typical from the Lapland. She shared her year abroad and the culture of the Finnish people in a program for the Rock Falls Rotary Club. Since her year as an exchange student, she has returned once to her host families in Finland, and plans to return on an internship soon again.

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Shaw Shares Finland Exchange Experience Karen Voss 2014-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Voss on May 18, 2014

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Janel Yordy (left), one of the volunteers in the Love on a Leash program at CGH which provides visits  to patients and staff at CGH from volunteers and their canine pet, shared with the Rock Falls  Rotary how the program began, what it accomplishes, and how anyone may enter the program.  Janel is sharing Spike with  members Keith Zoeller and Julie Logan.  For more information about the program, contact the CGH Auxiliary Office.

Love on a Leash Shared with Rock Falls Rotarians Karen Voss 2014-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Voss on May 11, 2014

Senior students from Rock Falls High School were selected each month in the 2013 – 2014 school year as Rotary Students of the Month by teachers based on the Four Way Test of Rotary of all things they say, think and do:

                        Is it the truth?

                        Is it fair to all concerned?

                        Will it build goodwill and better friendship?

                        Is it beneficial to all concerned?

A celebration dinner was held in their honor on May 12 at which time each was presented with a certificate and a gift card.

 

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Rotary Students of the Month (from back to front):  Cody Sanders: November; Travis Last: April; Tanner Mortonson: December; Thomas Wie: October; Adrian Villa: January; Sandra Gomez: May; Blake Shipman: August; Jessica Hicks: February; Alejandra Villa: September.  (Absent from photo is Julie Dodd: March.)

Rock Falls Rotary Honors Outstanding Students Karen Voss 2014-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Voss on May 08, 2014

Rock Falls Rotarians gathered non-perishable food and paper products during the months of April and May. Pastor Brian Vickers of the Rock River Christian Center was presented the items, at which time he shared the history of the Food Pantry which has been housed in his church for more than 30 years. Shown in the photo are members of the Social Committee who organized this project.

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Pastor Brian Vickers of Rock River Christian Center (left) receives the donation of food and non-perishable items from members of the Rock Falls Rotary Social Committee: (left to right) Deb Gonzalez, Karen Voss, Cheryl Faber, and Pam Erby.

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The Rock Falls Rotary Club is now selling tickets for the Ducks for L.I.F.E. This is a raffle for Literacy is Fun for Everyone, which provides books to children in Whiteside County. Tickets are $5 each. Contact any RF Rotarian or call the United Way office, 815-625-7973. Drawing will be held June 28.Image

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Rotary District 6420 offers an ambassadorial scholarship worth $25,000  to a college student, for either a junior year or graduate studies abroad in academic year 2015 – 2016.  This scholarship is intended for a student who not only wants to study abroad in their intended field of study, but who also wants to be a part of a culture, sharing the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self by improving the quality of life for the people in that country as an ambassador of good will, peace and service.  Full information and application may be viewed at the Rotary District 6420 website of  www.clubrunner.ca/6420/ .

 

Eligibility of a candidate for consideration includes the following:

1.  Must have legal residence in District 6420;

2.  Must be of exemplar academic achievement;

3.  Must be enthusiastic, unselfish, adaptable, comfortable with public speaking, and a natural leader;

4.  Must  be of highest moral character;

5.  Must be sponsored by a local Rotary Club.

 

Eligibility excludes the following:

1.  Rotarian or direct line descendants of Rotarians, including step children and spouses;

2.  A university sponsored study-abroad program;

3.  A candidate to return to a country in which she/he has lived for an extended period of time.

 

Global Grant Scholarships for Master’s degree studies only also follow these same guidelines and procedures, use the same application, and are worth $30,000.  This scholarship is especially desirable to a candidate interested in studying in second and third world cultures and MUST further at least one of the following Rotary Foundation areas of focus:

-          Peace and conflict prevention/resolution

-          Disease prevention and treatment

-          Water and sanitation

-          Basic education and literacy

-          Economic and community development

-          Maternal and child health.

 

Timeline for this year’s applications and interviews:

1.  Request to Sponsor is due to local sponsoring club before May 1;

2.  Application must arrive to committee chair in Rockford no later than May 30, preferably sooner;

3.  Briefing luncheon will be held in Rockford on Thursday, June 19;

4.  Mandatory District Interview will be held Saturday, June 21, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

 

Check out additional information concerning the application procedure, qualifications, and expectations on the website of www.clubrunner.ca/6420/ to know if this scholarship is right for you.  Time is running short, as the first step is to secure a local sponsoring Rotary Club through an interview process.

 

For more information, contact your local Rotary Club.  For Rock Falls residents, contact Pam Erby of Rock Falls Rotary Club at 815 / 590 - 5561.

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President of Rock Falls Rotary Bob Sondgeroth (center) inducted Dave Chavira (right) into membership of Rotary.  Dave in turn brought in his new member, Jim Geer (left).Image
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The parents of the Rotary Exchange Student being shared by Morrison and Rock Falls Rotary from Thailand, Kritsana Jedjinda, are visiting their son (center). Krits is attending Morrison high school and is on the baseball team this spring.

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Past District Governor and Rock Falls Rotarian George Smith was memorialized with a tree planted at Rotary Park in Rock Falls on Minkle Street.  The dedication took place on St. Patrick's Day with George's family members, sons (left to right)Arch Smith, Denise and Neil Smith, and son-in-law Dan Murray placing a shamrock ribbon on the tree dedicated to his memory.

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Cheryl Faber, Sponsorship Chair of the American Cancer Society Relay For LIfe of Whiteside County, accepts the check of sponsorship for the Relay For Life of Whiteside County from President Bob Sondgeroth.  The 2014 event will be held at Hinders' Field in Rock Falls on June 7 - 8.

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Congratulations to the Rock Falls Rotary Club's nomination for the 2014 Shoulder to the Wheel Award, given by the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce.Image
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Rock Falls Rotarians (l to r) Betty Clementz, Bob Sondegroth and Linda Murray recently read Dr. Seuss stories to local elementary school children in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday.
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The Rock Falls Rotary Club is currently selling raffle tickets for their $100 Monthly Raffle drawing. Each month beginning with March 2014-February 2015, one ticket will be drawn and the winner will receive $100. All tickets are eligible every month, which means you could win more than once. Tickets are $20 each and available from any Rock Falls Rotarian or message us through Facebook or send us an email at rfrotary@gmail.com. Hurry, deadline to purchase your ticket is the end of March.
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Rotary is an organization of business and professional men and women united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build good will and peace in the world.

The first Rotary Club was organized in Chicago in 1905 by Paul Harris. This Club met in rotation at the offices of the members; thus, the name, ROTARY.

Each Rotary Club is grouped with other nearby clubs into 439 Rotary Districts. Rock Falls is one of 49 Clubs in District 6420, with over 2500 members in the District.

Rotary Clubs are located in 160+ countries and geographic regions, with over 28,000 clubs.

Rotary International, with headquarters in Evanston, IL, is governed by a President and Board of Directors elected from different regions. Each District is governed by a District Governor - each Club is an autonomous group.
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RF HS Kids 1.13.14

Left to right / back to front:

Michael Battles, Beatriz Estrella, Carmina Lopez, Melissa Villa, Sandra Gomez, Thomas Wie, Jessi Hicks, and Kelsey Webber. 

Students from Rock Falls High School shared their various activities of community service and leadership development which fall under the eight areas of human development known as the 40 Developmental Assets or behavior traits of successful people at the Rock Falls Rotary Meeting.  Service was exemplified by these students in summer Feed The Children program, BLAST program that matches high school students with younger students as role models, leadership skill building through the BLIND (Building Lasting Impressions that Never Die) program which removes barriers between students from different high schools, and Girl Group that builds self esteem and confidence of female students.  These student programs are facilitated by faculty advisor Margo Jakobs.

 

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