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Friendship Exchange Cancelled
Friendship Exchange outbound trip to New Orleans April 24 - May 8 has been cancelled.  It may be rescheduled for spring of 2020.
 
The inbound team from New Orleans District 6200 to our District 6420 is still being arranged for October 9 - 23, 2019.  The inbound team from Louisiana will be in the Sterling/Rock Falls/Dixon area first, then in the Ottawa/LaSalle area, and lastly in the Rockford area before traveling to Chicago area to visit Rotary International.  
Adaptive Trykes for Children with Special Needs
 
River Cities Rotary teamed up with their local Interact Club to build adaptive tricycles for three special needs students from their area.  The club had intended to build just one tricycle, or Tryke, with the help from the Rotary Foundation grant funds.  However, due to an overwhelming response from members, the club ended up sponsoring a total of three Trykes. 
 
The club had no difficulty with recruiting volunteers, with many Rotary family members coming to join in the efforts.  The special customized Trykes were purchased through Mississippi Bend Trykes, a non-profit organization that serves children and families in eleven counties in Illinois and Iowa.  
Ottawa Interact Club Growing and Active
Ottawa Interact Club received a visit recemtly from DG Kathy Kwiat-Hess. .  The club has about 40 members and is one of the largest and most popular clubs at the high school.  They are very active in many community projects.
 
The picture shows summer exchange student from 2018 Grace McGettegin (left), club sponsor John Atchley, and DG Kathy Kwiat-Hess.  Three Rotary clubs support this Interact group; Ottawa Noon, Ottawa Sunrise and Marseillles Rotary. 
Hostile Takeover In The QC
Two Quad Cities Rotary presidents took to 'desperate' measures to raise funds for good causes.  Without prior notice, Rock Island Rotary President Sue Cassatt and Moline Rotary President Kelly Giovanine orchestrated a 'hostile takeover' of each other's Clubs.  The Club's president would only regain 'power' if the Club met fundraising goals. 
 
On Monday, February 26, Sue Cassatt surprised Moline Rotary by leading their meeting.  While Club members seemed to have a tough time deciding whether they'd rather pay to get President Kelly back or pay Rock Island to keep her, they managed to raise over $250 for their Literacy Fund. 
 
At first lagging behind Moline's donations, Rock Island Rotary refused to be outdone with a challenge and dug deep into their wallets to raise $400 for Rotary's Polio Fund. 
Pictured is Kelly Giovanine explaining the details of the hostile takeover to a surprised and confused Rock Island Rotary Club Tuesday, February 25.  Note President Sue Cassatt is pictured on the monitor.
Dueling Pianos Fundraiser a HUGE Success!
Dueling Pianos, a fundraiser for Twin Rivers RAH took place Thursday, March 7th at The Establishment theater in downtown Rock Island. Attendees could pay for song requests, and if they were lucky and had cash to spare, could sometimes even buy their way off stage.  A limited number of “Stage Fright Passes” were available for sale to provide the “shy” audience members an insurance policy from getting picked to appear onstage. 
 
But even the more timid folks seemed to fit right in with the lively audience as they clapped, stomped, swayed and belted out their favorite tunes with the talented dueling pianists. 
 
“This was such a blast,” said Mary Beth Eggers, who came to support the neighboring RAH Club. “It was like one long sing-a-long of all your favorite songs, but with laughs thrown in too.” 
 RAH partnered with The Rock Island Rotary club for this event: their 4th Annual.
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Craft Beer and Wine Tasting
 
Saturday, March 23th, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brandywine Banquet & Event Center,
441 IL Route 2, Dixon (5 miles East of Sterling)
We are featuring many craft breweries and local wineries. We are adding to the beer lineup from last year that featured Bent River Brewery, Crystal Lake Brewery, Lena Brewing Company, Pecatonica Brewing Company, Odell Brewery, Ballast Point Brewery, Wide River Winery & Hawk's Mill Winery.
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Mt. Carroll Rotary Denim & Diamonds Fundraiser

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Princeton Annual Auction
Princeton Dash for Cash
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