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Savanna Rotarian Mark Klein (right, pictured with President Mike Meyer) earned the designation as a Paul Harris fellow for his contribution to the Rotary Foundation. 
The Rotary Foundation programs provide educational opportunities, food, potable water, health care, immunization and shelter for millions of persons around the globe. These programs save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding.
The Savanna club meets at noon Wednesdays at Manny's Pizza in Savanna.
DEKALB -- The Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club has announced it will offer a $10,000 grant to help children, youth and/or families in DeKalb County. Club members recently decided to devote their fundraising efforts toward a focus area where the need is great.
Club president John Jencks said, "Our club has made a respectable impact in many ways throughout our community over the past 25 years, but we felt we could have a larger impact if we focused our efforts in a specific area. We all agreed that helping children, youth and families would be our new direction.”
The club is now accepting applications through June 30 from eligible organizations, which includes 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and government agencies. Interested organizations can find the application and guidelines on the club’s website at www.kishwaukeerotary.com; questions concerning the grant can be sent to kishwaukeesunriserotary@gmail.com.
Anyone interested in helping with this important initiative is invited to come to a Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club meeting held every Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. at the Lincoln Inn Restaurant in DeKalb; membership in Rotary is not required.
SYCAMORE -- About two dozen members of the DeKalb, Sycamore and Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Clubs rolled up their sleeves May 6 working for local agencies as part of their annual service day.
Rotarians at Work Day is an annual project involving these clubs, and other Rotary Clubs across the country; members offer their services to local not-for-profit and government organizaitions, helping them to complete maintenance, repair and charitable projects which they lack the resources and manpower to complete on their own.
Rotarians worked on the following projects:
  • The Pay it Forward House in Sycamore, helping with weeding and gardening
  • Rotary Park at Sycamore Lake, joining with other organizations on Park Pride Day to mulch the playground area
  • Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association, gathering at Hopkins Park to help clean the shelter and plant the interactive garden
  • A collection drive for the Amazing Grace Organization, which provides care packages to cancer patients; the collection took place at several locations in DeKalb and Sycamore
On May 20, the Illinois Valley Regional Airport in Peru will present the 2nd annual TBM Avenger Reunion. This event, a Salute to Veterans, will feature at least 15 TBM Avengers, a magnificent aircraft.
A host of other aircraft, an exciting airshow, helicopter rides, food and beverages will be available. Thanks to the generosity of Marquis Energy, the event is free to the public. More than 10,000 spectators, pilots, crews and volunteers are expected to attend.
Gates open at 8 a.m.; an all-veteran photo will be taken at noon, and air activities will be ongoing until 4 p.m.
Rotarian volunteers are needed! Event planners are seeking more than 250 volunteers. On May 20, volunteers are needed from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in four-hour shifts, for help with parking; assisting veterans; distributing water; crowd control; food service; and general miscellaneous duties, including set-up/clean-up activities before and after the event. Training meetings will be held at 10 a.m. May 6 and 13 at the Peru Airport.
All volunteers will receive a commemorative event shirt. Please consider donating your time and talent to this meaningful event to honor our military veterans. For more information, and/or to register as a volunteer, please contact Cary Miller at 815-830-0508.
Please also pass this request on to others. Your help is greatly needed and so appreciated! Our entire community will appreciate your support.
DG Scott and Adriane Shore would like to thank all who attended, all who presented and all who helped make this year's District Conference a gumbo of fun, learning, inspiration and ... MORE fun!  
Those who braved the chill and the damp on Friday to golf proved toughest of all. Friday evening's Dixieland Jazz was a blast, followed by our Foundation Dinner and Foundation Project presentations. together filling and inspiring!  
Saturday's Literacy Breakfast and Program provided us an opportunity to learn about Sammy Skunk -- and wildflowers too! Congratulations to all who received awards throughout the day.
Our Saturday Youth Leadership events included their own breakout session in the morning, discussing leadership styles and goals, and we all came together for the Youth Exchange Flag Parade and Lunch, followed by youth presenters who proved to us all that the future is in good and caring hands.
There is STILL TIME for your Club to earn this year's PRESIDENTIAL CITATION! We have until June 30 to complete President John's easy-to-find goals.
Has your club made an effort to tell the community who you are and what you do? To invite and engage new members? To support our global work in polio eradication, literacy, clean water, vocational independence, peace and conflict resolution? Women's and children's health? Have any of your club members joined a Rotary Action Group or participated in an online conversation about Rotary projects? WELL .... Great if you have; still time if you haven't!  

Your club can track progress toward earning the Citation by logging on to My Rotary, then heading to Manage > Reports > Club Reports > Awards > Presidential Citation
Rotarians who do outstanding work across our district, whether they be new or long-serving, were honored at the 2017 District Conference April 28-30 at Starved Rock Lodge in Utica.
General Excellence Awards:
Club Officer of the Year: 
David McCully of Toluca 
Honorable mention:
Brian Adams
Bob Swanson        
Rotarian of the Year: 
Mary Beach of Walnut
Outstanding Club Project (tie):
Rock Falls, End Polio Now Walk
Sycamore, Rotarians at Work
Public Image Awards:
Best Website:
Honorable mention:
Rock Island           
Public Image in the Media:
Rock Falls
Honorable mention:
Best Newsletter:
Rock Island
Best Use of Social Media:
Literacy Awards:
Club Achievement Recognition:
Loves Park
Quad Cities - Illinois
River Cities
Rock Falls
Rock Island
Sustained Excellence Recognition:
Loves Park
Putnam County
Quad Cities - Illinois
River Cities
Rock Falls
Rock Island
Majiyagbe Innovative Project Award:
River Cities
The merry month of May is a perfect time to celebrate Rotary’s youth and young adult programs such as Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and Rotary Youth Exchange.
Youth service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.
What is YOUR club up to? Share your story -- and reach out for more ways in which we can "INTERACT" with next-generation leaders!
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