June 2018
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Welcome to Rock Falls Rotary !

Welcome to our Club!

Rock Falls

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 6:00 PM
Harvest Time Church
1802 Dixon Ave.
Rock Falls, IL  61071
United States
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Members of the First Christian Church, 506 Fifth Avenue in Rock Falls who volunteer in their food bank received food items and money in their support from members of the Rock Falls Rotary Club. Seated (left to right) are the members who shared the food bank needs: Sue Insley and Edith Geiger, surrounded by members of the Rock Falls Rotary Club.
Rock Falls Rotary honored the Rotary Students of the Month for their selection and gave to each a special gift and certificate.: (left to right) Hannah Rockwell - September; Jacob Oltmans - October; Faith Sandrock - November; Jackson Rinehardt - December; Bradi Schrader - February; Thomas Christensen - March; Madeline LeFevre - April; Delaney Wetzell - May; and Rock Falls Rotarian Youth Advisor Bob Sondgeroth. Absent from the photo are Karley Crady - August and Arunima Salomi - January. All students were selected based on the 4-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?
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".
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.
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).
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.

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?


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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Thank you to everyone -- Rotarians from all area clubs, spouses, children, and non-rotarians who helped in any way, and/or participated in the Second Annual End Polio Now Walk. Despite a pretty "rain-filled" day, a great time was had and most importantly, funds and awareness were raised for Rotary's intiative to eradicate Polio. Thanks again and Congratulations ! We are "This Close" to ending Polio because of you !!
For more photos from the day, visit our Facebook Page, Rock Falls Rotary .
Members of Rock Falls Rotary (left to right), President Betty Clementz, Treasurer Sarah Willey, and Cheryl Faber will be presenting to Hospice of the Rock River Valley a check for $4000 composed of $2000 from the club to match the same amount received from the Rotary District 6420 in a matching grant. These funds are dedicated to the purchase of hospital beds for the new Hospice House to open in Sterling.
A check was presented to Dave Blanton, Coloma County Supervisor, by Rock Falls Rotary Community Service Chair, Deb Gonzalez, for Thanksgiving baskets. Coloma Township is now receiving applications for receipt of Thanksgiving baskets at their office.
Jacob Oltmans is welcomed as the October Rotary Student of the month to Rock Falls Rotary by Pam Erby of the Youth Committee and was presented with a Rock Falls Rotary pin. Jacob, son of Traci Oltmans, was selected by RFHS staff based on the Four Way Test of Rotarians of what they say, think, and do:  
     1. Is it the truth?
     2. Is it fair to all concerned?
     3. Will it build good will and better friendship?
     4. Is it beneficial to all concerned?
Karley Crady (left) and Hannah Rockwell (right), two Rock Falls High School Seniors, were selected by staff to be honored as the Rock Falls Rotary Students of the Month for August and September. Both were selected based on the Rotary Four Way test of how to live one's life;
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendship?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
President Betty Clementz welcomes Steve Kuhn, Rotary District 6420 Governor, to the Rock Falls Rotary meeting at which the goals of Rotary for 2017-2018 were shared. Rotary promotes service in one's club, community, and world. Persons interested in more information about Rotary should visit the website of Rock Falls Rotary, 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.
Members of Linda Murray's family joined friends and Rock Falls Rotarians at Rotary Park on Minkel Street to dedicate a tree in honor of Linda who was club treasurer for many years. Her husband Jeff, two daughters, Andrea and Mallory, and grandchildren Riley, Madison, Landon, S  and EllJay were present at the dedication.  
Rock Falls Rortarians (l to r), Jan Whitlock, Sarah Willey and Betty Clementz helped during the Bridge the Community Race held in Rock Falls & Sterling during Fiesta Days Weekend. Thank you for representing Rock Falls Rotary at this community event !!
District Governor Steve Kuhn visited the Rock Falls Rotary Club tonight and talked about the plans and goals for the 2017-2018 year for the district and for Rotary International.
At the end of the evening, current RF Rotary Inbound Exchange Student, Manuela from Columbia, played and sang traditional music from Columbia for everyone.
Kay Fulfs Cayler (left) of Dixon, California and Rock Falls Rotary President Betty Clementz (right), second cousins, exchange club banners. Kay was in the Sauk Valley area for a family reunion.
Manuela Beltran Rojas (left) is welcomed as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student by President of Rock Falls Rotary Club Betty Clementz (right) and receives the banner of Manuela's home Rotary Club of Zipaquira' in District 4281 in Colombia. Manuela is staying with the Martin and Carol Chavez family.  
Bailey Wetzell, daughter of Chad and Jodie Wetzell, receives a scholarship from Chairman of Rock Falls Rotary Scholarship Committee, Keith Zoeller. Bailey is attending Sauk Valley Community College in preparation to become an elementary teacher.
Molly Mammosser receives one of the scholarships given by Rock Falls Rotary to graduating seniors from Rock Falls High School from Keith Zoeller, Scholarship Chair. Molly is the daughter of Dave and Mary Mammosser and will be attending Concordia in Mequon, Wisconsin to study Occupational Therapy.
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