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Sterling Noon Rotary - Everyone is welcome!

Sterling Noon

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
The YWCA of the Sauk Valley
421 1st Avenue
Sterling, IL  61081
United States
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Speakers
DeShawn Johnson
Apr 24, 2018
Greeters - Majeski & McCoy Sgt. at Arms - Meminger & Mench Sgt. at Arms - Coester
Greg King
May 01, 2018
Greeters - Olson & Ortgiesen Sgt. at Arms - Mitchell & Munson Inv. - Haskell
Student Program
May 08, 2018
Tom Jensen
May 15, 2018
Wolf Koch
May 22, 2018
Willie Hewitt
May 29, 2018
Nick Lareau
Jun 12, 2018
Dave Lowe
Jun 19, 2018
Barb Majeski
Jun 26, 2018
 

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Boots & Shoes - $59
50/50 -  $63 - No winner today
Guests - Leo Patterson - DX Rotary, Brandon Schreiner, guest of John Berge and Brice Taylor, outbound exchange student.
Student Guests - NHS - Jillian Roe & Natalie Amezola
SHS - Chloe Halverson, Mitchell Petrosky, Cara Alexander, Richard Jones
Program: Reed Hutchcraft introduced Dale Pfundstein.  Dale spoke about his cattle operation with 1500 cattle on feed daily.  He and his partners have reopened the former rock River Provision butcher shop on Rte. 30 in Rock Falls,  Open 9 - 6, M-F and 9 - 1 on Sat.  You can purchase frozen pies, bundled boxes of various cuts of beef. A brand new item are the smoked roasts.  They sell to restaurants as also participate in fundraisers for local not for profits.  Thanks for a great program. 
 
Boots & Shoes - $86
50/50 -  No 50/50 today
Guests - John Mandrell - Sunrise Rotarian - Shane Beckman from Raymond James guest of John Berge and Brice Taylor,outbound exchange student.
Student Guests - NHS - Jillian Rowe & Natalie Amazola
Program: Lee Kraut introduced Dan Hawkins, Chairman of White Eagle Boy Scout District. 
Dan provided updates;  Introducing a Lion Program for pre-cub scouts for kindergarten age youth.  Girls are now able to be in boy scouts beginning with 1st grade age.  Thanks for a great program.
 
Boots & Shoes - $59 
50/50 -  $50- no winner today
Guests - Leo Patterson - Dixon Rotary; Cheryl Faber - RF Rotary club - Cheryl announced Relay for Life on June 2 at Hinders Field in RF and asked for our club to sponsor as we have in years past.
Student Guests - No student guests today 
Program: David Hellmich introduced Steve Nunez and Katelyn Brown from the Rotaract club at Sauk Valley College.
This club is relatively new and is sponsored by our club, Twin cities Sunrise, Rock Falls and Dixon Clubs. The club has 2 ideals; Development Professional and Leadership skills and Service Above Self.    They also have service projects planned such as reading to students in the Morrison Schools and held a book drive so the kids may keep the books.   Planting Trees at Sauk Valley college which is a Rotary Goal as well.  Thanks for a great program.
 
Boots & Shoes - $69 Thanks to Tim & Ray
50/50 -  $50- no winner today
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student 
Student Guests - NHS - Lindsay Oswalt & Hannah Wilson SHS - Turner Garcia & Sebastian Herren.
Announcements:   Brice has had contact with his host family and learned he will actually be living in a village in the south of France called Pennautier.      
Program: David Hellmich introduced a panel of individuals discussing the Sauk Valley Community Leadership Program.   David indicated the program runs from August through May and includes the following:  Direct experience with community topics like economic development and local/state government; public speaking, strategic planning and a volunteer project.  John G. was one of the instructors and spoke about his curriculum which was using a real life situation and providing interactive discussion with the class.  Shannon Richter, was a student in the class and spoke about her experience in the class.   she indicated all of the classes were very helpful for her new position as CEO of SBM.   Thanks Dave, John & Shannon.
 
Boots & Shoes - $108 - Thanks to Tim & Ray
50/50 -  $50- 
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student 
Student Guests - 
Brook Richardson, Carter Giering, Cassidy Templeton
Program: Tim Schwingle introduced Matt Birdsley, Principal of Challand Middle School to provide an update on the new addition at CMS.  The new addition is approximately 51,000 Square Feet and will house a new gymnasium as well as space to house the fine arts programs.  This additional space allows the CMS student athletes who have been practicing at Westwood to stay at CMS for practice which allows for students to finish earlier in the evening. It also allows for multiple games and practices to take place at the same time without the students having to travel off campus.   Sounds like a much needed addition.  Thanks Matt & Tim.
 
Boots & Shoes - $105 - Thanks to Tim & Ray
50/50 -  $50- no winner today
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student 
Student Guests - Turner Garcia, Sebastion Herren, Jozlin Garcia, Hannah Wilson, Elizabeth Oswalt
Announcements:   Brice, with his parents attended his Outbound Orientation over the weekend and learned he will be going to Lamoix in the South of France.  He will arrive there on August 28 to begin his adventure.
Christina Berry provided follow-up info on Unite Service Camp - local mission program for local youth sponsored by several local churches. She distributed a flyer and sponsorship information to the club.    
Program: Kevin Heller introduced Clark Mortensen, candidate for Whiteside County Sheriff.  Clark comes from a family of law enforcement, his father being an Illinois State Trooper.  His goals are to Protect the Safety and Security of Residents; Expand and Create County Programs; Build Relationships and Resource Networks.  Thanks Clark and Kevin.
 
Boots & Shoes - $89 - Thanks to Jim and John for your efforts
50/50 -  $56- 
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student 
Guest Rotarians -Leo Patterson - Dixon Rotary - Alan P.& Darryl Wahler from Sunrise Rotary 
Other Guest - Teresa Knie - Parent of guest speaker
Student Guests - 
NHS - Brook Richardson, Carter Giering, Cassidy Templeton
SHS - Madison Cornwell, Mitch Clodfelter 
New Member: Trish Klaver, Executive Director of the YMCA in Sterling, was inducted into Rotary.  We thank her and welcome her into our club and the Rotary experience.
Program: John G. introduced Keeley Knie.   Keely participated in a mission trip called "World Race" in 2017.   She visited 11 countries in 11 months.  Prior to the trip she participated in a 10 day training to prepare.   While on her trip, they connected with other organizations to help others and share gospel.   She shared with us that the experience brought her closer to her faith and allowed her to better appreciate the blessings of living in the United States.  She witnessed much poverty and living conditions unlike anything in America.  Thank you for sharing this remarkable experience.
 
Boots & Shoes - $165 - funds raised will be used to send Brice to RYLA
50/50 -  $204- Congratulations to Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student for Next School Year
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student 
Guest Rotarians -Leo Patterson - Dixon Rotary - still has Shrimp Boil Tickets available
Student Guests from NHS shared their future plans- Hannah N.- Computer Science and/or Cyber Operations & Abby Felps - Psychology and/or Behavioral science
Program: Pastor Christina Berry spoke about a new local mission program in the Sauk Valley. 5 area churches have come together to support a program called "Unite Service Camp".   This is an opportunity for local youth to experience mission work in their community.  The first camp is scheduled for June 5 - 8 and the project goal is to paint 5 houses in 3 days. The youth will stay at Bethel Reformed church during the experience.  The churches are anticipating the cost to be $14,000 for supplies, and resources and seeking donations.   The motto for this mission experience is"  Love God, Serve Your Neighbors, and Unite Churches."  Thank you for sharing.
 
Boots & Shoes - $37
50/50 -  $184- No Winner Today - Only One Card Remaining
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student 
Guest Rotarians - Darryl Wahler - Sunrise Club
Student Guests - NHS - Hannah N. & Abby Felps
Program: Gary Camarano introduced Kim Ewoldsen, Executive Director of Morrison Area Development Corp. Kim spoke to an exciting program whose goal it is to "Promote Morrison as a regional arts' destination by providing a venue for local artists, to create, promote and sell original art and to foster arts' education through lessons and programs."    They have created LOFT 112,  a new facility in Morrison where this goal will be accomplished. They have currently 27 artists showing their work in LOFT 112, and are adding additional artists quickly.  The Loft is a membership organization and Kim distributed a brochure which lists the different levels of membership available.   To find out more information call 815-772-4005.  Thanks Gary & Kim for sharing.
 
Boots & Shoes - $120
50/50 -  $173- No Winner Today
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student to France for next school year. 
Guest Rotarians - Bob S. from RF Rotary, selling their annual raffle tickets.  Roger Wait and Alan P. from Twin cities Sunrise Club. Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary.
Student Guests - SHS - Stella Luna  & Kassidy Kenney
NHS - Cael Sanders and Haylee Verdick
Program: Steve Munson introduced Jana Groharing, Executive Director of Sterling Main Street and Sterling Today. Jana shared that SMS needs volunteers to help with the many events such at the Wine Walk and Hops on  the Rock and the Spring Green and Clean taking place at the end of April.  Sterling Today was instrumental in turning the Lawrence building into residential lofts and at this point all have been rented.  The have also been renovating the old Mercantile Building (Bose Building).  It is ready for occupancy and is designed for primarily retail space on the first level.  Use for the upper level has yet to be determined.  Thanks Jana for providing an update on all that Sterling Main Street and Sterling today are doing to improve our community.
 
Boots & Shoes - $83
50/50 -  $159- No Winner Today
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student to France for next school year. 
Guests Rotarian - Bob Songderoth from RF Rotary, selling their annual raffle tickets.  He will be back next week.
Student Guests - SHS - Joseph Sivits, Jerry Rodriguez  & Kassidy Kenney
NHS - Catalina Desmond, Hayley Verdick and Cael Sanders
Program:
Chris Mitchell introduced Kris Schmidt, candidate for Whiteside County Sheriff and Rachel Crandall his campaign manager.   Kris told us about his transition to Sterling from DeWitt, Iowa in 2001 and in 2009 he was promoted to Sergeant.  Two big problems facing Whiteside County are Opiod usage and a need for continued training/education.  Kris is married with 6 children and is passionate about his service in law enforcement.  
Thanks for a great program.
 
Boots & Shoes - $46
50/50 -  $147- No Winner Today
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student to France for next school year. 
Student Guests from SHS - Joseph Sivitz (sp?) & Jerry Rodriguez
Program:
Jerry Binder introduced a panel to talk about the ne Manufacturing & Technology program at WACC.  In partnership with SVCC and area manufacturers there has been an effort to educate the public, students and adults about the opportunity for manufacturing jobs in the Sauk Valley.  WACC & SVCC have invested in purchasing two CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled Machinery) for WACC.   This partnership allows area students/adults to attend classes in the manufacturing/technology area and to intern at participating companies in the area.   This program helps to develop skilled workers for the available jobs in this industry within our own communities.  Panel consisted of Josh West of SVCC, Steve Beerdman, WACC instructor, John G. from Frantz with input from Jerry Binder and Dave Hellmich.  We are the first in Illinois to have such a progressive program and hopefully will be something others will model after. 
thanks for a great program.
 
Boots & Shoes - No Collection Today
50/50 -  $128-
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student for next school year.  Brice just discovered he will be going to France. 
               Many, many guests today, too numerous to list, attended to hear the program on Ag education at SHS
 
Program:
John Berge introduced Elise Baker, Ag Ed instructor at SHS and Jessica Smith.  They shared some great information about ag education at SHS and the depth of knowledge in many areas which leads to employment opportunities in several fields.
Students, Haley Schmidt, Brooke Linton and Zach Witmer, all members of the FFA club at SHS each spoke about the learning opportunities available as a result of this program and FFA membership.  Thanks John for a very informative and interesting program.
 
Boots & Shoes - $118.92
50/50 -  $115-
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student for next year
                Dan, Executive Director of Timberlake Playhouse
                 Paul, the new Creative Director of Timberlake Playhouse and his wife, Felicia -
                 LuAnn Gvozdjak - Kathy Binder - Janet Clites, Office Administrator for the Big Red Church
                 Weston Henry - Musical Director at SHS
Alex shared his experiences from the prior week.  This was Alex's last meeting and we wish him well on his travels back to Taiwan and his pending knee surgery. 
Program:
SHS Madrigals - What a talented group of young people.   Very enjoyable concert!
 
Boots & Shoes - $58
50/50 -  $96-
Guests - Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student for next year
Alex shared his experiences from the prior week.  He went to Chicago with the Taylor family and helped with the Boy Scout Tree unloading and enjoyed the sights.  He shared that he will be leaving in early January to have surgery on hi torn ACL.  We are still seeking activities for Alex during the time he is here.   Ideas are: Invites to dinner (likes spicy) movie, playing video games, sporting events and day trips would be very welcomed.  If any one is traveling over winter break, Alex would be thrilled to be included even at his own expense.
Program:
Ed Anderson introduced Dr. Paul Steinke, CEO of CGH Medical Center - Dr. Steinke shared some information about CGH, such as being the largest employer in the area with 1500 employees and that they are a municipally owned hospital, one of three in IL.  During employee orientation they impress that CGH is in the business of caring and often the care provided is a defining moment in a patient/family life.   We are fortunate to have a state of the art and caring medical center in our community.
 
Boots & Shoes - $58
50/50 -  $96-
Guests - Leo Patterson - DX Rotary,  Brice Taylor - Outbound Exchange Student for next year
Alex shared his experiences from the prior week.  He also shared that he had an MRI on his injured knee and the diagnosis is a torn ACL which requires surgery.  His plan is to go home in January and have the surgery in Taiwan.  In the meantime he will remain with his current host family.   We are seeking activities for Alex during the time he is here.   Ideas are:
Invites to dinner (likes spicy) movie, playing video games, sporting events and day trips would be very welcomed.  If any one is traveling over winter break, Alex would be thrilled to be included even at his own expense.
Program:
Ed Anderson introduced Heather Sotelo, Executive Director of the GSDC.  Heather told us the GSDC evolved from the Sterling Industrial Commission that is still in existence.  one of the reasons for its formation is as a 501c3 which has no requirements to comply with the Open Meetings Act which helps to ensure privacy of discussions.  She also shared they are moving a warehouse on the former NWSW property to the meadowlands to be used as warehouse space for local business. Heather also updated up on other projects taking place in Sterling.  Very informative  - thank you Heather.
 
Boots & Shoes - $74
50/50 -  $89-
No students or guests today.
Program:
Jon Berens introduced Kat Pence from Lifescapes.  Kat is a case manager for the Adult Protective Services Program.   This programs is funded by the State of IL and is responsible for investigating reports of financial, physical, and emotional abuse as well as passive neglect.   Kat reported that they make unannounced visits and often face difficult situations where they may be in danger. They take measures to ensure their case workers are a safe as possible. Thank you Kat for sharing and providing a needed service for our community.
 
Boots & Shoes - $56
50/50 -  $81 -
Students today:  SHS - Haley Schmidt, Tyler Willman, Lila Lopez, Brooklyn Freas - NHS - Katalina Gassman & Jade Canterberry
Special Student Guest - Brice Taylor - Our outbound Exchange Student for next year.
Guests - Pam Martinez & Lou Hull-Rocha from United Way, Leo Patterson, Renee Krick and Steve McConnell, guest of Dave Lowe
Alex shared that he attended the Symphony and enjoyed it.
Program:
Carolyn Spencer and Emily Taylor updated the club on Hospice Home news.  the members then had an opportunity to enjoy the Festival of Trees.
 
Boots & Shoes - No Boots & Shoes Today
50/50 -  $81 - No Winner
Students today:  SHS - Haley Schmidt, Tyler Willman, Brayen Reyes, Lila Lopez, Brooklyn Freas - NHS - Kate Bonnell & Cassidy Wilson
Special Student Guest - Brice Taylor - Our outbound Exchange Student for next year.
Veterans Day Meeting - Veterans in attendance - Dave Allen, Terry Woodard, Cliff Miller, Doug Brandau, Don Olson, Dave Lowe, Renee Krick, Robert Baranski, Wolf Koch, Nick Lareau, Lee Kraut, Don Haig, Alma Austin, Tina Chamberlain, Jeff Lowe, Jim Haskell, Ed Hurley 
Program:
Christy Zepezaur introduced Retired Marine Colonel, Jim Prombo. Jim provided an inspiring message honoring our nation's veterans. together we sand the third verse of America the Beautiful which speaks to the heroes of our country.  I think we all felt proud to be honoring our veterans.
 
Boots & Shoes - $140 - Good Job Russ & Kevin
50/50 -  $69 - No Winner
Students today:  SHS - Colton Conklen & Akira Tauton - NHS - Kate Bonnell & Cassidy Wilson
Renee Krick, Leo Patterson, George Kelly guest of Tom Jensen, Chris Lee, Staff Aide for Rep. Tony McCombie
Alex shared that he is still tending to his injured knee and had received an injection that morning at CGH.
Program:
Russ Spitzer introduced IL State Rep., Tony McCombie.  Tony grew up in Savanna where she served as Mayor prior to her election to state office.   Tony shared  her interest in revising some of the many rules and also in state finances.   She indicates we really need to know what goes into those numbers before we can realistically look at how to cut or spend.  Thanks Tony for taking the time to speak to our Rotary club.  
 
Boots & Shoes - $90 - Good Job Russ & Russ
50/50 -  $50 -
Students today:  Trey Morse, Ruth Emily Castillo and Sophia Brown
Guests - Laura Welti
Alex shared with us about attending Homecoming the prior weekend.  Sounds like a fun time was had by all.
Program:
Tim Schwingle introduced his speaker, fellow Rotarian Leo Patterson.      Leo told us about the Rotary Friendship and Exchange Program which our District participates in. This is two week visit to stay with fellow Rotarians in their home and learn about their country and culture.  Leo shared a few wonderful stories about visiting Rotarians from India and England and others that they have visited through the exchange program.  Thanks for sharing Leo.
 
Boots & Shoes - $90 - Good Job Russ & Russ
50/50 -  $50 - No Winner
Students today:  Trey Morse, Ruth Emily Castillo and Sophia Brown from SHS.  Erin Vits & Ely Blaney from NHS.
Guests - Mary Stouffer from WACC, guest of Jerry Binder
Alex had a visit to Chicago which he enjoyed.
Program:
Dana McCoy introduced Rhonda Miller from CGH.   Rhonda shared interesting information about signs and symptoms of heart attacks.   There are 80,000 deaths per year and over 735,000 heart attacks per year.  50% of heart attacks occur outside of a hospital. Only 27% of those affected by heart attack are aware of their symptoms.   Rhonda told us how important it is to be aware of symptoms and to get medical help right away.   Thanks Rhonda for sharing an important message.  
 
Boots & Shoes - $76 - Good Job Jerry & Ray
50/50 -  $50 -
Students today:  Logan Rocha, Sarah Ogg - Abby Nitz- Audrey Melton - James Roddy - Kaitlyn Accardi
Guests - Pam Martinez and Lou Rocha from the United Way office
Program:
Loren Schlomer  introduced Bob Sondgeroth, Regional Superintendent of Schools for Lee, Ogle & Whiteside Counties and a member of the Rock Falls Rotary Club. Bob oversees many responsibilities for the schools including compliance for fire prevention and the health, life and safety code.  Bob has implemented many new procedures during his current term and is running for re-election to continue those initiatives.   
 
Boots & Shoes - $108 - Good Job DeShawn & Tom
50/50 -  $50 - No Winner Today
Students today:  SHS - Maya Reter; Katrina Sandefer; Nicki Shuldt; Lema Zayir;NHS - Kirsten Tunik; Travis Williams
Alex told us he went to a Cubs game which he enjoyed.
Christy surprised us by bringing the Chinese musical group "Manhu" to sing for us on their way to Rock Falls Middle School.
Program:
Ron Potthoff introduced Terry Costello, Whiteside County States Attorney.   Terry told us about a new project - Veterans Treatment Court.  Assisting Veterans and service members regarding substance abuse and other issues.  Sounds like a great program for our area.  
 
Boots & Shoes - $46 - Good Job DeShawn & Nick
50/50 -  $156 - Winner - Winner!!  Nicki Shuldt, one of our SHS students won the 50/50 today! Congratulations!
Guests:  Leo Patterson from Dixon Rotary; Dave Ehrendts(sp?) guest of Jim Haskell; Special guest, Kathie Kwiat-Hess, District Governor Elect.
Students today:  SHS - Maya Reter; KAtrina Sandefer; Nicki Shuldt; Lema Zayir;NHS - Kirsten Tunik; Travis Williams
Program:
Scott Porter introduced Dr. Kelly Guthrie, Medical Director of the Whiteside County Health Department.  Dr. Guthrie told us about a new program which assists those addicted to Opiods  with a medication that allows for a slow withdrawal.   She informed the group that the health department clinic is a federally funded clinic and serves all community members no matter what the payer source. 
 
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • John Berge
    April 7
Join Date:
  • David Murray
    April 7, 1964
    54 years
  • Lee Kraut
    April 11, 2006
    12 years
  • Russ Spitzer
    April 14, 1998
    20 years
  • William Griswold
    April 30, 1957
    61 years
 
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