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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
District Site
Venue Map
Jon Berens
Nov 21, 2017
Greeters- Jensen & Johnson Sgt at Atms - Koch & Kraut Invocation - Steve Munson
Jan Andersen
Nov 28, 2017
Greeters - Majeski & McCoy Sgt. at Arms - Meminger & Mench Invocation - Scott Porter
Ed Andersen
Dec 05, 2017
Greeters - Munson & Olson Sgt. at Arms - Mitchel & Ortgiesen Invocation - Christina Berry
SHS Madrigals
Dec 12, 2017
Greeters - Osborn & Pettenger Sgt. at Arms - Porter & Potthoff Invocation - Loren Schloemer
No Meeting
Dec 19, 2017
No Meeting
Dec 26, 2017

Home Page Stories

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.
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 
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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. 
Boots & Shoes - $119 - Good Job DeShawn & John B.
50/50 -  $148 - no winner today
Guests:  Dr. Lori Cortez, SVCC Director of Government Grants and Community Relations- guest of Dave Hellmich
Exchange Student, Alex had another great week. 
Pat Pettenger introduced Bob Swanson and Dr. Richrd 'Bud" Phillips from the Rock Island club who spoke about their water project.   They brought an actual water filtration system and demonstrated it.   As an alternative to wells, this program has proven to be cost effective and successful. The system they demonstrated cost $300 and last 3 years before the filter needs replacing. Very interesting program Pat!
Boots & Shoes - $33 - Good Job Pat & Tom
50/50 -  $137 - no winner today
Guests:  Dr. Lori Cortez, SVCC Director of Government Grants and Community Relations- guest of Dave Hellmich
Exchange Student, Alex attended his first football game. 
Paul Osborn had the program, however his speaker, Tony McCombie was held up in Springfield.   Instead we had one of our new members, Greg King, tell us about himself.  Carolyn Spencer provided an update on the Hospice beds purchased with the Rotary Grant funds.   Dr. Lori Cortez also shared her background with us.   
Paul also undated us on funds received for the Sterling Schools foundation which provides for the next generation of computers for SHS and CMS.
Boots & Shoes - ?
50/50 -  $125 - no winner today
Guests:  Leo Patterson - Dixon Rotary Club
Kevin & Rhonda Conklen,
Exchange Student, Alex, told us about having a lot of fun over the past week and injuring his knee, which seems to be improving.
Gary Camarano was inducted as a new member.   Welcome Gary!
Gunnar Ortgiesen had the program today and introduced last year's outbound student to South Korea, Kolten Conklen.  Kolten was very entertaining a he told us about his experiences in S. Korea. From living in a rural area, to a church basement by the sea to an urban apartment, he experienced a full range of South Korean culture.   Thanks Kolten for sharing with us your journey in South Korea.
Thanks Dave for bringing us such an informative program.
Boots & Shoes - $62 - Great Job Pat & Ed!
50/50 -  $114 - no winner today
Guests:  Leo Patterson - Dixon Rotary Club
Dave Koster, Kolten Conklen, Tim Schlegel and our new exchange student, Alex from Taiwan.  Welcome Alex!
Cheryl Faber from the RF Rotary and representing Relay for Life. Cheryl presented a certificate recognizing our sponsorship of the Relay for Life 2017.
Greg King was inducted as a new member.   Welcome Greg!
Dave Murray had the program today.   He introduced Ryan Kurth a Medic for the NW Rescue Air Evac located at the Whiteside County Airport.   They are staffed with a helicopter pilot who is also  an EMT, a critical care paramedic and a critical care nurse.  They are a community based organization and not attached to any hospital.  They partner with Med Evac and offer a membership program, where for a $65 annual membership, members are able to use the services for medical transport for no additional charges.  Sounds like a great deal! 
Thanks Dave for bringing us such an informative program.
Boots & Shoes - $38 - Great Job Pat & Ron!
50/50 -  $107 - no winner today
Guests:  Leo Patterson - Dixon Rotary Club and Kay Fulfs Gayler from the Dixon, California club.
Greg King and Gary Camarano - prospective members
Steve Munson had the program today.   Wolf Koch presented  on the Sauk Valley Community Concert Association.  He shared the 2017-2018 schedule and played pieces from each of the upcoming artists.   Membership details are as follows- $45 for individual, $100 for families, and $20 for youth.  The association is encouraging new members to ensure the program will continue.
More information is available at
Boots & Shoes - $94 - Great Ray and Ed!
50/50 -  $88 - no winner today
Guests:  Greg King - prospective member
Ag - Cheryl Faber from RF Rotary, Rhonda & Kolten Conklen,  Mrs. Tom Burns,
Ed presented scholarships to SVCC to recipients to Anne Austin and Xena Trujillo
sad Sad face to see Eye leave us - this was her last meeting.   smiley  Happy face because we loved having Eye with us this past year.    Safe travels Eye and we look forward to hearing from you in the future.
Steve Kuhn, District Governor - Steve is from the Sycamore club.  He served in the Air Fore from 1963 to 1990, leaving as a Major.  Trained as a Physician assistant and has been in that role for 42 years.   Married for 42 years.   Goals for Rotary under his term are:
  • Plant a tree, one for each member
  • Report Service Hours and Club Donations
  • Grow Membership
Rotary International continues its  worldwide fight against Polio, devoting 50 million over the next 3 years, with a 4 to  match by the  gates Foundation.
The Rotary Motto this year is "Rotary Making a Difference"
Thanks for being here Steve and sharing your vision and that of Rotary.
Boots & Shoes - $94 - Great Job Willie and Steve!
50/50 -  $79 - no winner today
Guests;  Greg King& Gary Camarano -  prospective members
Doug Vandersee, Bob Sondgeroth-RF Rotary, Rhonda & Kolten Conklen
Eye shared with us her trip with other exchange students.   She had a terrific time.
Dr. Mark Mench introduced Dr. Paul Steinke, CEO of CGH Medical Center.   Paul provided many interesting statistics regarding the hospital such as:
Employment - 1500  Physicians - 70 Physcians and 4- NPs and PAs Volunteers - 300-400  Daily cost - 500 Thousand to run the hospital/clinics daily
CGH is a municipal hospital.   Of 222 hospitals in IL, 30 are municipal.   Thanks Dr. Mench for bringing this program today.
Boots & Shoes - No Boots and Shoes today - but huge thank you to Bill Shaw for donating $40
50/50 -  $69 - no winner today
Guests  Greg King-prospective member
Bill Shaw, Al Przysucha, Leo Patterson, Rhonda Conklen and Kolten Conklen.
Kolten recently returned fro S. Korea and share how much the experience meant to him.  He will be returning in the near future to tell us more about his experience.
Chris Mitchell introduced Whiteside County Sheriff Kelly Wilhelmi who introduced Deputy Rollie Elder.   Rollie shared lots of interesting information about the K-9 unit and his German Shepherd.   These dogs go through an extensive 12 week training before being assigned.  He shared some experiences with his dog.  After the meeting many in the group were able to meet the dog outside and see the new specially outfitted vehicle that was purchased through a grant.   Thanks for a great program Chris.
Boots & Shoes - $901 Great Job Ed & Dave!
50/50 -  $60 - not winner today
Guests  Greg King-prospective member and Nathan Wright
Eye told us all about her trip to the West Coast. 
Dana McCoy introduced Tracey Aude, RN,MSN,NP-C,  and is the Medicare Navigator for CGH.    Tracey assists Medicare eligible persons in ensuring they receive all of the wellness benefits they are entitled to under their Medicare benefit.   Thank you Tracey.
Boots & Shoes - $90  Great Job Paul & Dave!
50/50 -  Gunnar Wins $74 and donates it all back to the Rotary Foundation - thanks Gunnar!
Guests  Greg King-prospective member
Jim Haskell introduced Dick Linville, owner of Beltway Scales in Rock Falls.   Dick provided  information on the solar panel system he uses as a primary power source for his personal residence.   He showed photos of solar panel installations at his daughters farm and his son's residence.   It was enlightening to learn that his excess solar power is banked at the power source and his is credited for that when he needs it.   He showed us one of his electric bills that for $1.87. Obviously it works well for him and his family.  Thank you Dick.
Boots & Shoes - $130  Great Job Paul & Dave!
50/50 - $64
Visiting rotarians:  Leo Patterson & Darryl Wahler
Barb Majeski introduced Terry McGuire, Senior Vice President of Halo Branded Solutions.   Terry provided an enlightening update on the progress of their new building construction in Sterling.  167,000 sf, with 67,000 being office space and the remaining space their warehouse.   He spoke about the company's significant growth and their need to hire approximately 250 new people over the next 5 years. Halo sells and supplies promotional products across the nation and they rank 5th in their industry.  Thank you Terry.
Boots & Shoes - $215  Great Job Steve & Jerry
50/50 - $113 No Winner today
Guests Today:  Leo Patterson - We are so glad to have you back Leo and to see you in good health.
Dana's guest is Amber Rasmussen - Intern at CGH
Eye shared with us about her weekend where she experienced Kayaking for the first time and a dance recital.
Wolf Koch spoke about the Hopewell civilization and the Hopewell mounds at Sinnissippi Park in Sterling.  Wolf shared interesting facts about building and trade within this civilization over 2000 years ago.  Very interesting Wolf - thank  you
Boots & Shoes - $130  Great Job Steve & Chris
50/50 - $123  Winner!  Winner!  Pastor Jeff Coester was the big winner and he donated all of his winnings to the Rotary Foundation.  Thank you Jeff!
Guests Today:  Leo Patterson -
Dave Lowe introduced Diana Verhulst, CEO of the United Way of Whiteside County.  Diana shared with us about her background, growing up in Stephenson County, then spending 30 years in California and coming back home to the area.  We are pleased to have her heading up the United Way organization.   Thank You Diana
Boots & Shoes - $73 Fun and Frolic from the student day
50/50 - $102 No Drawing today
Guests Today:  Bill Shaw and Gary Camarano
Christy Z. introduced Mackenzie Hopping as our program today.  Mackenzie is an artist and does art therapy.  She is so interested in art history, that she decided to research the history of artists from Sterling & Rock Falls.   She provided information about the history of several local artists.   Her dream for our area is to develop a music academy and has identified the former National Manufacturing Building as an excellent location for an art program.   Mackenzie is a welcome addition to our community.  Mackenzie has an art exhibit at Woodlawn Arts Academy, May 19 from 5 - 6:30pm.   Thank you Christy & Mackenzie
Boots & Shoes - No Fun and Frolic today
50/50 - $102 No Drawing today
Student Meeting
Students facilitated the meeting today and did a great job.   Students from SHS entertained us with their beautiful voices.  It was an enjoyable meeting.
Boots & Shoes - No Fun and Frolic today
50/50 - $102 No winner today
Membership Day Meeting
8 guests were present
Greg Baise, President & CEO of the IL Manufacturer's Association gave a nice program on the state of manufacturing in IL and the number of jobs lost in recent years.  He provided insight on the challenges we are facing and the importance of needing improvement.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Public Image Chair
Literacy Chair
Service Projects
Youth Exchange Officer
Rotary Foundation
November 2017
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • James Haskell
    November 26
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Joan Saunders
    November 26
Join Date:
  • Larry Cooper
    November 9, 1999
    18 years
  • Brad Zacharski
    November 25, 2014
    3 years
  • Nick Lareau
    November 25, 2014
    3 years
  • Reed Hutchcraft
    November 25, 2014
    3 years
  • Ed Saunders
    November 30, 1998
    19 years
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