Rotary Club of Sycamore, Illinois

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Blumen Gardens
403 Edward Street
Sycamore, IL  60178
United States of America
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Since 1959, the Rotary Youth Exchange program has promoted peace through cultural understanding by arranging for students to spend varying amounts of time immersed in a foreign country and culture. More than 8600 students pass through the program each year, and it's the job of the District Exchange Coordinator to make sure that each exchange is enjoyable for the students, the clubs, and the families that support it. For District 6420, that role has been filled by Tom Brooks, who recently had to step back from some of his obligations in order to take his place in line to be District Governor.
The Sycamore High School student of the month, Abby Krull, stressed collaboration while speaking to Rotarians about her school experiences and outlook on life.  Krull ranks second in her class, is a member of National Honor Society, participates in tennis and soccer, and is active in her church LIFE Missions program. While pointing out that with training it’s possible to run at 28 m.p.h., lift 1 ½ times your body weight, and jump 30 feet, Krull noted that teamwork can bring out even more impressive results.  She said she’s learned that the power of cooperation is incredible and that possibilities are endless when we work together.  Krull hopes to go to veterinary school after graduation.  She directed the Clubs check donation in her name to the Sycamore Food Pantry.
A lot is happening beyond checking out books at the Sycamore Public Library according to Executive Director Monica Dombrowski. Traditional book circulation topped 123,000 this past year, but there were also approximately 45,000 DVDs checked out, along with about 5,000 CDs and 6000 audio books, plus hosted 9,000 data base sessions.  The library hosts about five special programs a week, staff attended 104 outreach events last year, and saw meeting rooms used for 133 gatherings.  Staff also handled about 11,500 reference questions in just a six-month period.  Recent upgrades to copying equipment even includes a photo restorer. 
Celebrating nearly 95 years of success, the Suter Company is well known throughout Sycamore. Whether it's the highly sought-after chicken salads or their involvement with Make a Difference DKC, most people in the county are familiar with the Suter name. Today, Tim Suter leads the company as they rapidly expand their capacity and prepare for the next 95 years. As a third generation descendant of founder Charles B. Suter, Tim Suter joined management in 1990 along with his brother Dan. In the last year they moved a portion of their operation into their new expansion on Bethany Road and will begin breaking ground any day now on an additional expansion intended for their administrative staff. For Tim, however, his staff will always be more important than any building or piece of equipment.  As a member of the C12 Group, Tim has joined other business peers in search of ways to live out their faith through work. Some of the initiatives inspired by this collaboration include weekly chaplain visits for employees, free access to Christian-based Right Now Media, as well as work-sponsored prayer groups. This focus on faith can also be seen in their yearly support of Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). As a host site for FMSC's Mobile Pack Event, the Suter Company hosts more than 5,000 volunteers over a four day period during which nearly 1.5 million meals are expected to be packed for starving children in more than 70 countries around the world.
"He prepare us well for the real world." That was what Kyle Antos had to say about Joe Ryan, head coach of the Sycamore High School varsity football team. Joe humbly replies that he hopes "he's more than just a football coach." With a focus on character and work ethic that extends well beyond the confines of practice or the field of play, coach Ryan is hopeful that his team will move past the first few games of the season, the most challenging third of a season that he can remember, and be competitive in their conference, new for this year. In addition to a new conference, the team is also adapting to new rule changes, such as the new contact rule that requires players to have 48 hours of non-contact rest after any game participation. With some injuries and stiff competition behind them, they will go on to play Kaneland High School on Friday, September 13th, hoping to put a win on the board.
When the Sycamore Rotary Club meets over the noon hour on Wednesday’s at Blumen Gardens, Rotarians are treated to a repurposed meeting space with its former factory roots adding a special character to the surroundings.  Owner Joel Barczak treated members to the details behind the bricks and wooden beams when speaking at the September 4th meeting.