Rotary Club of Sycamore, Illinois

We meet Wednesdays at 11:45 AM
Blumen Gardens
403 Edward Street
Sycamore, IL  60178
United States of America
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Michael Embrey
Jan 23, 2019 11:45 AM
Fun Me Events and The DeKalb County Online
Marshall Dirks
Jan 30, 2019 11:45 AM
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No stranger to leadership roles, Sue Emberson was installed on December 19th as Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 6420 Area II by PDG Steve Kuhn. Sue has previously held positions of President, Board Member, and Treasurer for the Sycamore Rotary Club and is a past recipient of the Dr. John W. Ovitz, Jr. Rotarian of the Year award. Sue replaces ADG David Dosier. 
The Sycamore Rotary Club held its annual holiday party on December 19th. This member (and family) event has taken many forms over the years. This year's incarnation took the form of a pot roast lunch (provided by Catering by Diann) featuring a White Elephant gift auction. The auction proceed were earmarked for the student scholarship fund which is expected to fall short of historic funding levels next year with the expiration of one of the supporting scholarship funds. The auction was a huge success, raising $1720 for Sycamore High School students!
Mark Pietrowski Jr. graduated from Kishwaukee College with an associate’s degree, and Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication. He is currently working on his doctorate in Educational Leadership. He was first elected to public office in 2009 as a Kishwaukee College Board Trustee and resigned in 2012 when he was elected to serve as a DeKalb County Board member for District 3. In December of 2014 he was unanimously selected by DeKalb County Board members to serve as the new Chairman and President of the DeKalb County Forest Preserve. In 2016 he was unanimously selected again to serve a second term as county board chairman and forest preserve president with a 12-Republican and 12-Democrat makeup of the board. Mark has served the community running charity toy drives, being a past-president of DeKalb Kiwanis, Vice-President of Egyptian Theatre board and Secretary of the DeKalb County Convention and Visitor Bureau. Currently, he is a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. Mark also runs a small business with his wife. He is the current Director for Continuing and Professional Education at Northern Illinois University. He was recently awarded the 2017 SPS Presidential Award for Excellence at NIU.
Bill Kroeger may have grown up in St. Charles, but he's lived in Sycamore for the last 27 years. With 34 years in the construction industry working for Bulley & Andrews, Bill is no stranger to large projects. His experience in industry has prepared him well for his role as Sycamore Park District Commissioner, a position he has held for more than 6 years. Bill shared with the Club about the progress of its Vision 2020 park improvement and development program.
Our club was treated to a tour of the new Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Health and Wellness Center. The center "supports the health and fitness needs of the community by providing a high-quality facility, professional staff, and programs in a unique, supportive environment." Our tour took us through their child care center, multiple exercise class rooms, heated and lap pools, locker rooms with private showers, therapy room, weight room, and meeting spaces. Many of the rooms are available for rent. The center is also situated on 16 acres of open land with a walking path and water fountain features.
After countless years of static member dues, the Sycamore Rotary club is reconsidering the costs of membership. Michele Jurkovic, the club Treasurer, presented the fixed and variable costs of membership, highlighting the many increases in expenses paid on behalf of members, but couldn't recall when, if ever, during her membership of more than 20 years that the dues had been adjusted. In that time, dues to both Rotary International as well as the district have increased multiple times, often with small increases every year. Other costs have similarly risen either due to inflation or expanded member services. Items such as the cost of rental space and food have increase modestly over the years while newer costs, such as those of maintaining the club's website, have been added. Overall, the club was presented with a few options going forward, one where the the increased costs would be offset by fundraising at the expense of funding for service projects, the other where the dues would go up by $25/quarter to cover the difference. Club member feedback is requested.