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Loves Park

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Loves Park City Hall
100 Heart Blvd
Loves Park, IL  61111
United States of America
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815 After Hours Satellite Club
Where:     Prairie Street Brewing Co. - Petritz Board room
                  200 Prairie St, Rockford, IL 61107
 
When:      Social 6:00-6:30
                  Business 6:30-7:00
                  The first and third Wednesday of each month
 
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Craig McDonald, director of the Loves Park Water Dept. visited.  He talked about projects in the area where they have been digging to lay new pipe such as River Lane Rd. He also talked about the new "smart" meters they have been installing.  These allow for more accurate readings of water usage which will improve billing and should also result in residents receiving more accurate waste water billing. An additional benefit of the new meters will be detection of leaks; hopefully, the dept. can then notify the customer before the resident has a major problem. Thanks for the good information, Craig.
Gabby is now a senior at Harlem but she presented pictures from her time in Taiwan.  She loved it there although visiting the Rotary clubs was intimidating since she was expected to address them and give a speech in Chinese. She also had to do that her first dShe was in Tainan in the southwest corner of Taiwan near the water. One of her favorite foods was the pork dumplings and a special seafood soup.  She liked all her host families (four) but the third family made her feel most like she was one of the family. Gabby, thanks for visiting and sharing your experiences with youth exchange.
 
We were visited by Paul Nolle from Habitat for Humanity.  They were founded in Rockford in 1988 and built their first home here in 1991.  So far they've built 125 homes and have six in the works for this year.  Their vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.  A popular misconception is that the homes are given away.  Actually, there is a mortgage but with 0% interest.  The family must be willing to partner and must put in 300 hours of work on the home and show ability to pay (also, there is a $1,500 down payment). They can choose from 12 floor plans.  Paul was happy to inform us that they are partnering with Guilford High School.  Thanks for sharing, Paul.
Bruce Erickson and his dog Bella started the Volunteer Therapy Dog Program when he saw how traumatized some of the children in the courts system are.  It is the only therapy dog program in use in the court rooms in the state and it's currently in use in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court.  The program has expanded from seven to 14 dogs and the scheduling was getting to be too big a job together with all the other aspects of the program like training, vaccinations, registration & insurance; so the judge's secretary took over that part.  They clearly saw the value of the therapy dogs in calming the children, especially in cases of abuse, custody disputes or when the children are required to testify about a violent crime.  
We sang "Happy Birthday" to Ginger Thompson. The club received a very nice "Thank You" from the Cecil Miller family for the Host Family Appreciation Night.

Our guest speaker was the Mayor of Machesney Park, Steve Johnson, who gave us an update on progress in his village. He and his staff have worked very hard to attract new business to the village. To name a few:  Spider does work for Woodward Governor and has purchased the old Menard’s building. TLC assisted living in the Old Town Center across from the old JC Penneys is coming along very well. Old Navy and Five Below will soon occupy the space previously held in Machesney Crossings by Bed, Bath & Beyond. He was proud to report that the village has a surplus this year of $1.5 million and they have won awards for their budget handling. Some of the things Mayor Steve really enjoys are recognizing long standing businesses in the area such as Gill’s Diner and the North Park Pharmacy. He also likes the Yards of Distinction and family Movie Nights at Village Hall. Recently, they had a very well attended event for the showing of Mary Poppins. They have been able to use gaming funds for abatement (tearing down old buildings in the area) and they have been able to double road work. Congratulations, Mayor Steve, on the good work done so far and keep it up!

The club was visited by Mary Foreman from Rock Valley College. Mary works with the almost 30 students from 20 different foreign countries enrolled at RVC.  She assists them with necessary paperwork such as the I-20's the students need for travel.  The Form I-20 (also known as the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status-For Academic and Language Students) is a United States Department of Homeland Security, specifically ICE and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), document issued by SEVP-certified schools (collegesuniversities, and vocational schools) that provides supporting information on a student's F or M status. F-1 and M-1 refers to the nonimmigrant classification a student receives on their Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.”  Fstudents enroll in more traditional academic programs, while M-1 students enroll in vocational programs.  Without Mary's assistance, some of these students would not be able to visit.  She also helps them assimilate into our culture. She is also the faculty advisor for the Multi-cultural Club, which plans an event a month for the students.  An example would be the International Showcase where students may dress in full traditional clothing or costumes and present videos of their home country. She admitted, not unexpectedly, that numbers in the program have dropped since 911. Thank you, Mary, for visiting.
Sam Morgan from Rock Valley College is dean of enrollment and retention.  His goal is to increase retention, currently at about 50%, by about 2% per year. In other words, they want to slow the rate of "stopping out" (the term they prefer over dropping out). The college seeks to be more of a presence in the community and hopes to combat the stopping out percentage with creative new education concepts such as weekend or online courses or courses offered over four weeks, such as in the winter time.  We were pleased to hear that Kamilia will be working in Sam's department and he said they are excited to have her.  She brings great enthusiasm and personality.

Our first host family appreciation night was held with 15 guests in attendance, including Dave’s son & daughter, brother Michael Francis & Dr. Michelle Mueller. They shared some of their experiences growing up as a host family. Dave and his wife, Betty, hosted an exchange student every year since 1974. The one year they thought they would take a break, according to Dr. Michelle, they ended up taking in a Spanish student who had problems with his host family. As a result of his experiences hosting students, brother Michael Francis developed a love of the Japanese culture which exists to this day. Dr. Michelle visited Finland as an exchange student 30 years ago and what she liked most was they way the host families treated her like family. Ciara and Ginger presented all our host families, including our current host family Scott & Jennifer Williamson, with a rose in appreciation of all they do for our students. Dave expressed the desire that this could possibly become an annual event.

PLEASE NOTE!! - Our normal noon meeting on Tuesday, 8/20/19 (TODAY) is changed to 6 PM.  We will still meet at City Hall - the change is so we can honor our many host families for their contributions.  We will still have a catered meal by ABC catering and the price will be $12 as usual.  Just bring cash or your punch card.  Let's have a nice turnout to thank these great families!

We were visited by an rebound exchange student, Pauline, who has returned from Zimbabwe. She brought pictures of her time there with her three different host families. She also enjoyed spending time with other exchange students from Germany, Brazil and France. The students from Germany had been moved recently because of political unrest including protests and riots. Pauline especially enjoyed celebrating her 18th birthday while there visiting Victoria Falls, which she said were absolutely spectacular. She saw baboons everywhere and once they had to wait about 15 minutes while a herd of elephants crossed the road. She even got to pet a young lion. In spite of missing some school while with her second host family due to the riots, she generally had a great time and loved it. Thanks for sharing Pauline.

Our Assistant Governor, John Hurley (pictured with Dave Smith inducting Jan Fromm), told us a little of just what an Assistant Governor does. In our district there are 10 Assistant Governors and they serve a three-year term. As John sees it, one of their primary jobs is to travel to the clubs in the district with the Governor and help in any way they can, which includes making sure the goals for the year are entered into the computer. He said they provide needed continuity as well since the Governor and President are new each year, our club experience notwithstanding. Thank you John for shedding some light on your many responsibilities as Assistant Governor, we need you.

Our newest member, Jeannette “Jan” Fromm was officially inducted and Janet Novak received her official paperwork and certificate of membership. Welcome new Rotarians! Dave Smith purchased a raffle ticket from the downtown club when he visited them to try and sell flag kits for our fund raiser; and Nancy Bieck was on hand to inform him he was a lucky sixth prize winner!  Congratulations Dave!  

 

If you still have any unsold flag kits, please see Dave Smith after the meeting so he can have an accurate tally of where we stand with our fund raiser. Or, if you know of any additional sales opportunities, again see Dave as he has some kits still available.

We were visited by Diana Swanson and Thalia from Jane Adeny Memorial School (JAMS). This school in Kenya, was founded by Drs. Teresa Wasonga and Andrew Otieno, professors from NIU. Their motto is “Good enough for the richest, open to the poorest”. It is a school for impoverished or orphan girls founded to provide education for them they might not otherwise receive. High schools in Kenya are not free and often if a family is able to send a child to school, the boys are favored. JAMS’ goal is to provide scholarships so these girls can receive the education they desperately want, food, bedding and sanitary supplies while living on campus. 12 students graduated in 2011, but 145 graduated in 2018. JAMS students scores on their graduation exams placed third in the district and seventh out of 144 in Kenya. They grow food on campus and take advantage of solar power to help with economic sustainability. Thank you Diana and Thalia for visiting and volunteering in this important endeavor.

Our new District Governor, Bobbi Burke visited the club. Her first order of business was to present Paul Harris pins and offer congratulations to Governor-Elect, Tom Brooks (Paul Harris plus three) and Assistant Governor, John Hurley (Paul Harris plus five). As governor, she wants to challenge Rotarians in two main areas: #1, Are our meetings attractive? And #2, Get connected. To demonstrate her commitment, Bobbi brought pins to hand out with Rotary’s new theme “Rotary Connects the World”. She suggested ways to connect are to get involved in your local club but also attend district events. Thanks for visiting, Governor Bobbi!

Happy Birthday to Don Lyon, Polly Smith & Craig Anderson. Congratulations to Janet Novak who is now officially a new board member, as she was sworn in by President Dave Smith. Welcome to Buntita and our new exchange student from Russia, Aneiliia; former member, Nate McClure, who was originally invited by former member Jack Benson; prospective new member, Jeannette; guests from Rockford East/Cherry Valley, Chuck Lindstrom & Don Johnson. Our program was a presentation of Rotary slides by Dave Smith.

Big thank you’s to Dave Smith for agreeing to be President for a second year. He did tell the club he’s hoping someone steps up for next year as Rotary International doesn’t allow a third consecutive term. Dave went over highlights from the past year such as Dave Larson being named Rotarian of the Year. He thanked all those who served including board members and thanked new members Jenny Reddington and Janet Novak for agreeing to serve as new board members in the coming year. He appreciated that the club was very well represented at the District Conference and thanked Assistant Governor John Hurley and Mary Petro for helping our club to win two literacy awards. He also talked about our international grant thanks to Anita Papich to provide breadfruit trees to Haiti. He appreciated the many programs of the past year, including tours of Woodward Governor’s new plant and also the Rockford Rescue Mission. We had a great year again for Youth Exchange thanks to Tom Brooks, Ginger Thompson and Dave, to mention a few.

Happy Birthday to Dan Madden (not present) and Dr. T who also told us he and his wife were celebrating their wedding anniversary. Dave Larson led us in song. Congratulations to Tom Brooks who is now officially District Governor-Elect.

We were treated to a “Skype”-type connection and were able to converse during our meeting with Zone Director David Stovall. He told us many interesting things such as a new computer system is coming for Rotary International by this time next year, hardware and software. Members of Rotaract will now be included as Rotarians and there may be new attendance requirements determined. He announced that the hope is that Nigeria will be polio free in two months, which will leave only Afghanistan and Pakistan to eradicate polio worldwide. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us David. And thanks to President David Smith for providing the technology to make it happen.

As a reminder, today's meeting offers a rare opportunity to "rub shoulders" with someone from Rotary International.  We will have an electronic hookup, similar to Skype, where we will be able to converse with District Director from Zone 33, David Stovall.  He is making himself available to us during our regular meeting today, June 25.  So don't miss your big chance to ask any question about Rotary International or Rotary operations in general!
President Dave Smith gave us a "pep" talk on selling more flag kits.  He had posters available for our use and told us, according to word of mouth, sales have probably reached break even.  Anything we sell, going further, will be profit and money we can use to donate to a worthy veteran organization.  Remind prospective customers that they are also making a donation!
Buntita, our inbound student from Thailand, and Charlie Michaels, our outbound student to Brazil talked to us about their experiences with RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).  Both thoroughly enjoyed their time and Charlie said he'd like to go back when he returns from Brazil (he leaves in a couple months).  Buntita said her group was in an impromptu skit where they were only given the beginning and end and had to fill in the middle of the story.  She said it was fun and interesting.  Thanks, both of you, for sharing.
We were visited by David Miller who represents Youth Build, working with high school to college age youth who, generally, have not completed high school.  Their goal is to help these folks become more employable by teaching them soft skills, such as how to fill out an application, how to interview and other basic skills.  They are partially funded by the Department of Labor, the Rockford Community Foundation and the United Way.  They currently have about 25 in their program and work out of the old area formerly known as Mott Brothers Company on S. Main St., occupying about three buildings. They like to give back to the community by volunteering at various places like St. Elizabeth.  Thank you, David, for sharing with us about Youth Build.
Miranda Schultz, our former outbound student to Spain, talked about some of her youth exchange experiences and her upcoming move to Arizona to attend college.
 

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Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

Loves Park

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Loves Park City Hall
100 Heart Blvd
Loves Park, IL  61111
United States of America
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District Site
VenueMap
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