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Rock Falls

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Mondays at 5:30 PM
Harvest Time Church
1802 Dixon Ave.
Rock Falls, IL 61071
United States of America
Club is currently meeting in person and on Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.
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The Rock Falls Rotary Club decorated the Little Red Schoolhouse and the Caboose in Centennial Park for the Rock Falls Tourism Holiday Light Display. The Holiday Light Display @ Centennial Park is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday November 25-December 23 from 5:30-8:30 pm.
Merry Christmas from the Rock Falls Rotary Club ! πŸŽ„β˜ƒοΈ
Cheryl Faber (right), Rock Falls Rotary member of the Literacy Committee, presents a check to Cindy Sondgeroth (left), Coloma Park District Board member, for $100 to provide books to pre-school children during the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Centennial Park within the Storybook Park, a.k.a. " the chicken park".
Bob Sondgeroth (left) presents to Carrie Melton (right) , Executive Director of April House in Morrison, a check for $250 to support the forensic interviews of children in Whiteside County. From July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 - 170 interviews of children were conducted at April House of which 30 were children from Rock Falls.
Rock Falls Rotary donates $250 to the Rock Falls Fire department for their annual fire prevention materials distributed in schools in the fall. Presenting the check is Bob Sondgeroth, a former fireman and President-pro-tem of Rock Falls Rotary (right) to Ken Wolf, Deputy Chief of Rock Falls Fire Department.
Six Sauk Valley Rotary Clubs – Dixon, Rock Falls, Sterling Noon, Rotaract of SVCC, Twin Cities Sunrise, and Walnut joined together to sponsor the Seventh Annual End Polio Now Walk on October 8. The walk which was open to the public began at Centennial Park in Rock Falls and continued along the Hennepin Canal to Rock River at which it turned to return through the downtown Rock Falls along First Avenue until back to East 11th Street and Centennial Park. The walk is an awareness of Rotary’s goal to eradicate polio from our world through donations to vaccinate children around the world. In 2020 all of Africa was declared polio –free. Just 9 cases of wild polio have been reported worldwide in 2022 in just Pakistan and Afghanistan. Progress is being made!
Prior to the walk a short update on polio was given by the Foundation Chairs or Presidents of each sponsoring club; those speaking included Jeff Gray and Mike Albert of Rock Falls, Jennifer Heintzelman of Dixon, Peyton Ward and Mackenzie Sisson of Rotaract of SVCC, Nick Lareau of Sterling Noon, and Jan Pistole of Walnut. Forth-three persons were in attendance at the beginning of the walk for a photo.
Donations were accepted that day from the public and all six Rotary club members were encouraged to donate to Polio Plus in the next six weeks to the Rotary Foundation through their local club. The totals are now in. Total amount raised from our efforts of the Seventh Annual End Polio Now Walk was a total of $2,604.37. The Gates Foundation will triple that amount in matching funds so the actual amount in total from this walk to eradicate polio is $7,813.11.
Thank you to Alex Paschal of Shaw Media, T. J. Henry of Coloma Park District, Tom Katz of WSDR, and Sauk Valley Food Bank for their support of our event.
Bob Sondgeroth, Rock Falls Rotarian, read Dr. Seuss stories to second grade students at East Coloma-Nelson School as a part of the Rock Falls Rotary volunteer reading program on March 2, birthday of Dr. Seuss. Students were from the two second grade classes of Katie Merrell and Rebecca Repass.  Dr. Seuss, would have been 116 years old, were he still alive today. March 2 is the National Education Association Read Across America Day in the United States to honor Dr. Seuss, born Theodor Seuss Geisel, who was an American artist, book publisher, animator, and poet best known for his Cat in the Hat books. 
Brandi Spreeman (right) was inducted into the Rock Falls Rotary Club on Monday evening, February 7. She was presented the Rotary pin and certificate from her sponsor, Bob Sondgeroth (left). Rock Falls Rotary is a service club that meets twice monthly at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday evenings. Due to covid restrictions, meetings have been via ZOOM.  
The Rock Falls Rotary Club is currently selling raffle tickets for their $100 Monthly Raffle drawing. Each month beginning with March 2022-February 2023, 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 can be purchased through the Rock Falls Rotary Venmo Account. If using Venmo, please put "Raffle Ticket" in the comment section. You can purchase as many tickets as you like for $20 each.
Hurry, deadline to purchase is February 21!
Chosen by staff at Rock Falls High School based on the Rotarian Four Way Test of the things Rotarians say, think, and do are two of the Rotarian Students of the Month: Lydea King (left), daughter of Lance and Jeannie King, as November Rotarian Student of the Month and Mallory Pinske, (center) daughter of Kevin and Mandy Pinske as the August Rotarian Student of the Month withBob Sondgeroth, Youth Committee Chair, (right).
Rock Falls Rotary President Tom Myers (right) has just presented to each of the two Rock Falls Rotarians Mike Albert (left) and Gail Wright (center) their lapel pin of 1 sapphire representing a total of $2000 donated to the Rotary Foundation as a Paul Harris + 1 Award. Rotarians are encouraged to donate $100/year. Upon reaching the first $1000 a Paul Harris pin representing the founder of Rotary is awarded.
As a part of American Education Week  literacy activities,  members of the Rock Falls Rotary Club presented a total of 168 age-appropriate dictionaries to third grade students in all public and private schools in Rock Falls.  Rotarians who made the classroom presentations this year were Cheryl Faber and Tom Myers.  Both these photos were of third grade classes at Merrill School.
Sindy Sotelo (left) of Coloma Township accepts a check of $250 from Jeff Gray, (right) of the Commuity Service Committee of Rock Falls Rotary in support of the Thanksgiving Baskets for Rock Falls residents. Any size contributions may be sent to Coloma Township, 1200 Prophet Road, Rock Falls for this annual community project.
Cheryl Faber (center), Rock Falls Rotarian who reads weekly to first grade students of teacher Mary Mammosser at East Coloma Nelson, had received a total of $303 which had been collected throughout the preceding year by the kindergartners, first graders, and second graders to support the work of Rock Falls Rotary. They wrote in the thank you that Mrs. Faber came weekly to share story time with them, bringing in her own books, and helping them to enjoy reading, so they wanted to repay Rotary for her time and talent. Sharing in the appreciation are the other two Rotarians who read weekly to students at East Coloma-Nelson: Betty Clementz, (left) who reads to third grade classes and Bob Sondgeroth (right) who reads to second grade classes. Rock Falls Rotary decided to donate these $303 to LIFE, so more children can receive books in the mail from birth-age 5 and enjoy the love of reading.
Three Rotary Clubs' Presidents gathered to present a check for $8,000 to  the L.I.F.E. Literacy program of the United Way which  distributes a book/month to children aged birth through age 5 through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for a total of 60 books/child in Whiteside County.
Presenting the check are: (left to right)  Betty Clementz, Rock Falls Rotary Grant Chair; Kim Gaffey, President and Grant Chair of Twin Cities Sunrise Rotary; Tom Myers, President of Rock Falls Rotary; David Hellmich, President of Sterling Noon Rotary; Keri Olson, Director of United Way of Whiteside County; Tim Schwingle, Sterling Noon Rotary Grant Chair.  This donation is a total of club donations and matching grant monies from Rotary District 6420.
It's time for the annual Rock Falls Rotary Holiday Greenery Sale. These products make great gifts and are shipped directly to your family members or friends. You can contact any Rock Falls Rotarian to place your order or you can visit https://sherwoodfundraiser.com/RockFallsRotary to directly place your order. Proceeds help to support Youth, Literacy and Rotary programs in our area.
President Tom Myers (right) prepares to introduce the District 6420 Governor David Bills (left seated) who shared his goals for the year with members of the Rock Falls Rotary Club.  Theme for the Rotary year is Serve to Change Lives.
Bob Sondgeroth (right), Rock Falls Rotary Youth Chair, presents to Matthew Marcum (left), senior at Rock Falls High School and son of Tom and Kelly Marcum, the Rock Falls Rotary lapel pin for his selection by RFHS staff as Rotary September Student of the Month. Matthew was selected because of meeting the criteria of the Rotary Four Way  Test of the things we say, think 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?
Sixth Annual End Polio Now Walk to be held in Rock Falls on Saturday, October 2, at 9:00 a.m. by the Rotary clubs of Rock Falls, Sterling Noon, Dixon, Twin Cities Sunrise, Walnut and Rotaract of SVCC.
The walk will have options for route, including along Hennepin Canal which is a beautiful walk and along IL Route 40 which is First Avenue in Rock Falls to provide a sea of red End Polio Now T shirts There is no registration fee, but registration is required from 8:15 - 9:00 a.m. at the Larson Shelter.
Water and granola bars will be available both before and after the walk. Walk is open to the public and anyone who makes a $20 donation at the event will receive an End Polio Now T shirt as long as supply lasts. A photo of all participants will be taken prior to the start of the walk.
Come to be a part of history in the making as Rotary is getting closer to eradicating polio in our lifetime!
The Rock Falls Rotary and the Sterling Noon Rotary are bringing you the second Broil & Boil Lunch on Monday, July 26 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Sterling Marketplace Pavilion (Farmer's Market) on W. Second Street (behind The Factory).

Broil & Boil will feature the Pork Chop Cookout of the Sterling Club and the Corn Boil of the Rock Falls Club into one power lunch.
Lunch is $10 dollars and features a grilled pork chop sandwich, 2 ears of sweet corn, chips, cookie and a bottle of water.
Advance tickets and pre-ordering is highly encouraged. Free delivery for orders of 10 or more is available within Sterling and Rock Falls. Drive-thru/curbside pick up will be at the Marketplace.
See the form for ordering options or contact any Rock Falls or Sterling Noon Rotarian.
Proceeds benefit local Rotary Projects including youth scholarships, literacy projects with local schools, Student Excellence Programs, Rotary youth exchange and several community projects and events.
Rock Falls Rotary President Gail Wright (left) passes the gavel to the incoming 2021 -2022 President Tom Myers (right) at a recent induction at Rotary Park.
Thank you Gail for your leadership through the past year !
Rock Falls Rotary President Gail Wright (right) presented to Betty Clementz (left) a certificate of recognition of her 30 years of membership in Rock Falls Rotary at Rotary Park.
Congratulations Betty and thank you for all you do for our club and the community !πŸ‘πŸ’
Congratulations to all of our scholarship winners, we wish you the best of luck with your future plans !
Keith Zoeller, Scholarship Committee Chairman of Rock Falls Rotary, awarded a scholarship to 10 deserving 2021 graduates of Rock Falls High School at Rotary Park. (From left to right) Rotary Scholarship Committee Chair Keith Zoeller, Peyton Ward, Luke Akerman, Madison Wescott, Kennedi Oltmans, Cydney Reyes, Kacey Estrella, Kyla Border, Rosa Ibarra; absent from the photo: Colin Flynn and Savanna Pinske.
Fifteen members of Rock Falls Rotary Club shared an evening of celebration of the 85th Anniversary of their Rotary Club and its service to the community.  District Governor of 6420, Tom Brooks of Rockford, presented a recognition of the achievements of the club to President Gail Wright.  Members who represented a total number of 265 years of membership in Rock Falls  Rotary shred their passion in the activities of the club over their years of membership.
President Gail Wright accepting recognition of 85th Anniversary from  DG Tom Brooks.
Rock Falls Rotary members at 85th Anniversary celebration - front row (left to right) Sarah Willey, Pat Novak, President Gail Wright, Cheryl Faber, Julie Logan, Pam Erby; back row (left to right) Tom Myers, Betty Clementz, Bob Sondgeroth, Mark Young, Jeff Gray, Mike Albert, Keith Zoeller, Eric Epps, DG Governor Tom Brooks, and Karen Voss.
Rock Falls City Council and Mayor Kleckler proclaimed June 5th as Rock Falls Rotary Day in honor of the 85th Anniversary of the Rock Falls Rotary Club. Receiving the proclamation from left to right in front row: Mayor Rod Kleckler, Gail Wright, President of Rock Falls Rotary, Betty Clementz, Back row: Jeff Gray, Bob Sondgeroth, and Mike Albert.
2021 marks the 85th Anniversary of the Rock Falls Rotary Club. Kicking off our celebration was a Prairie Planting project at Rotary Park in Rock Falls. Keith Zoeller, RF Rotarian, headed up the project and planting of the seed in the plot at the park. Fellow Rotarians aided by spreading prairie flower seed by hand in the plot.
The Rock Falls Rotary Club is currently selling raffle tickets for their $100 Monthly Raffle drawing. Each month beginning with March 2021-February 2022, 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 can be purchased through the Rock Falls Rotary Paypal* (*preferred method) or Venmo Account. Links to both accounts can be found on the right hand side of this website. If using Venmo, please put "Raffle Ticket" in comment section. You can purchase as many tickets as you like for $20 each.
Hurry, deadline to purchase is February 22!
Two Rock Falls Rotary members have reached Paul Harris Fellow Awards for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  Presenting the certificates and pins is the Rock Falls Rotary President Gail Wright (center) to Julie Logan (left) her PHF Award #2 and to Mark Young (right) the PHF Award.  Each Award represents a contribution of $1000 to the Rotary Foundation which uses the contributions to complete global humanitarian projects, such as polio eradication and disaster relief.
Mike Albert has reached a milestone of 30 years of Rock Falls Rotary membership and was recently recognized for his dedication to the service of Rotary. Mike has served most recently as president for the second term and serves as Foundation Chair, thereby responsible for organizing the End Polio Now Walk annually. Gail Wright, President of Rock Falls Rotary (left) presented to Mike Albert (right) a certificate signed by District 6420 Governor in recognition of his years of service.
Due to covid-19, the Rock Falls Rotary presented dictionaries to third grade students in all public and private schools by meeting school personnel at the door during American Education Week.  Shown in the photos are Cheryl Faber, Rock Falls Rotary Literacy Committee, presenting dictionaries to students of St. Andrew class of Ann Wagenecht and to Principal of Merrill, Brody Rude. 
Also presenting dictionaries is Rotary Club President Gail Wright to Mackenzie Garza at Montmorency School.
The Rock Falls Rotary Club presented Emily Taylor, Executive Director (left) and Karen Voss, Marketing Director (also a Rock Falls Rotarian) (right) of Rock River Hospice & Home a check for $200 to assist with their Festival of Trees Fundraiser to provide no-cost hospice services to members of our communities. Emily presented an update on activities and happenings at Rock River Hospice & Home, along with information about their upcoming Festival of Trees events to be held at Northland Mall and online, Nov. 9-21.
Members of the Rock Falls Rotary Community Service Committee Jeff Gray (left) and Darla Ewing (right) presented to Captain Dave Amick of Sterling Salvation Army (center) a check for $250 to assist with the Red Kettle Donations for Holiday Fundraising to assist those in need in our community. Captain Dave presented a program of how Salvation Army is trying to meet the needs with limited volunteers ringing for the Red Kettles throughout the community during this pandemic.
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