Rotary Club of Sycamore, Illinois
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St. Mary's Parish Activity Center
312 Waterman Street
Sycamore, IL 60178
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Student athletes are now allowed to profit from endorsements under the Name, Image, and Likeness law in Illinois but with various safeguards in  place to protect the student and their school’s athletic program.  Northern Illinois University’s Senior Associate Athletic Director Courtney Vinson and Associate Athletic Director for Compliance Matt Varnadoe explained the recent change in what athletes can and cannot do regarding endorsements during this week’s Rotary meeting.
Vinson said endorsements deals are done outside the university setting but are monitored for compliance.  She said these endorsements most frequently are found in traditional media advertising, social media, and personal appearances.  Endorsement contracts are limited to an athlete’s eligibility period (such as four years for first-year students) and must include a formal written contract if they pay out over $500.  Vinson said there cannot be a direct link to the university program (although the NIU logo use is available for purchase).  There is a prohibition on endorsements involving activities such as gambling, alcohol, and tobacco.
Varnadoe said the university seeks to help student athletes better understand the world of endorsements.  He said they work with a company called “Compass” to educate, monitor, and help with licensing arrangements.  The latter can include endorsements on jerseys, playing cards, and video games.  They also partner with a company called “Opendorse” which helps explain endorsement opportunities.  Varnadoe said another aspect of this endorsement area is appearances by athletes at donor and corporate functions.  NIU contracts with a third-party vendor, “The Boneyard Victor E. Collective,” to monitor these requests. 
Below please find my Double Good Popcorn email that others can use as a template or starting point. As Jonelle (Bailey) noted members should use their own assigned "store number" to allow them to capture orders under their name...and not under my name.
Finally, if members use this technique in the next couple of weeks, then I recommend that they email out a reminder to their friends/family around Feb 1st...a couple of days before our sale goes live on Feb 3rd. I plan to do just that to "goose" the response.
Hello Family and Friends: 
The above photos show some of my Rotary friends and I in action last year...can you help us with our 2023 kick off event? Please...
My Sycamore Rotary Club introduced this delicious popcorn fundraiser last year and sold gross nearly $3,000…which netted our Club $1,500 to be used for Literacy initiatives. My son in law Justin said that this was the most delicious, yummiest popcorn that he ever ate…and, in fact, he kept on ordering Double Good popcorn after our fundraiser!
These flavors ain’t your bland, regular “so what” pedestrian popcorn tastes…some of the 12 unique examples to make your mouth drool are: “Easy Peasy Caramel Cheesy”, “In Queso Fire”, “Sweetie, You Salty”, and “Holla-Peno”…great with all kinds of beverages!
If you’d be interested in supporting this Double Good fundraiser, go to: Thanks for taking a look!
IMPORTANT: This fundraiser only runs for 4 days from 5:00 PM on February 3, ending at 5:00 on February 7! Popcorn is delivered directly to your address.
Thanks so much for supporting our Rotary efforts! Enjoy these mouthwatering treats!
PS: feel free to share this with your circle of friends/family...just ask them to use the link above.
Warmest Regards, Bob
Rotary Reader Program
South Prairie Elementary School, 820 Borden Avenue, Sycamore
Thursdays, 2:00 - 2:20 PM (please arrive at 1:50 PM to pick out your books)
February 2 - Jeff Petersen, Airport Management
February 9 - Brendan Wilson, Retired Army Officer/NATO Diplomat
February 16 - Brandon Diviak, Investments
February 23 - Riley Oncken, Attorney
March 2 - Julie Sgarlata, Substitute Teacher
March 9 - Dave Hamilton, Insurance Agent
March 16 - Michele Jurkovic, OD
March 23 - Stephen Hansen, NIU/Business Manager
April 6 - Don Clayberg, Education
April 13 - Jeff Jacobson, Appraiser
April 20 - Michael DeVito, Insurance Agent
April 27 - Bob Brown, Retired Wireless CEO
As with Happy Dollars and fines, 50/50 raffle proceeds have long been earmarked for the scholarship fund for Sycamore High School seniors. In an effort to "spread the wealth" and support more causes, the members of your Rotary Board have determined that 50/50 raffle proceeds collected each month will benefit a different cause.
For the month of February, 50/50 raffle proceeds will help support the Navajo Water Project to bring clean, hot and cold running water to families across New Mexico, Utah and Arizona. The Board has committed that the total amount given to this cause will be no less than $250.
Thank you for your support of this important cause...and best of luck with the raffle! The pot is over $7,500 and just THREE cards remain, but you can't win if you don't play!
The 2022-2023 Club Fundraising and Planned Giving "budget" was shared during this week's meeting and is summarized below. So when someone asks you, "How does your Rotary Club positively impact the community?", you'll have a great answer!

$15,000 - 50/50 Meeting Raffle (Year-Round)

$7,000 - Meeting Fines & Happy Dollars (Year-Round)

$5,000 - Pancake Breakfast (October)

$5,000 - Holiday Green Raffle (November - December)

$1,500 - Double Good Popcorn Sales (January)

$6,000 - Hula-for-Loota (April)

$2,000 - BBQ Drive Thru Dinner (June)

$41,500 - TOTAL

Planned Giving

$7,500 - 50/50 Raffle Winners

$4,250 - SHS Scholarship Fund

$3,880 - Other International Project (TBD)

$2,750 - Spartan Food Pantry

$2,750 - Sycamore Food Pantry

$2,250 - Literacy in Third Grade Classrooms (15)

$2,000 - Interact HS Club Advisors

$2,000 - Shelter Box

$1,500 - Interact HS Club Program

$1,370 - District 6420 Grant: Habitat for Humanity

$1,200 - RYLA

$1,000 - Coats for Kids

$1,000 - EarlyAct Club (North Grove Elementary)

$1,000 - Feed My Starving Children

$1,000 - Interact MS Club Program

$1,000 - "Nothing Reads Like a Book" 6420 Project

$1,000 - Student of the Month

$900 - Adopt-A-Family Program

$500 - Rotary Reader Program

$400 - Books for Ukrainian Children

$250 - Habitat for Humanity

$250 - Pay-It-Forward House

$250 - Safe Passage

$250 - School Supplies

$250 - Tails Humane Society

$250 - The Barn on Baseline

$250 - Cause for February (TBD)

$250 - Cause for March (TBD)

$250 - Cause for June (TBD)

$41,500 - TOTAL


If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me (Tim Neubert) or any another board member. Thanks!

The tax-supported DeKalb County Mental Health Board works to ensure quality behavioral health services are available locally according to Executive Director Deanna Cada who was guest speaker at this week’s Rotary meeting.  Cada joined the Mental Health Board in 2015 after previously serving in other non-profit and government community services areas following her graduation from Northern Illinois University.
Cada said there are currently three priority focus areas for the Mental health board.  These are young children (especially services for those in day care); diversity, equity, and inclusion for availability of services to all; and availability of services in the workplace. 
Cada outlined some specific mental health services in the county that are new or are providing cutting edge treatment.  For example, the county offers QRP (Question, Persuade, and Refer) training as steps for suicide intervention.  Recently a “988” nationwide suicide prevention phone number was implemented in DeKalb County which is complimented by a countywide “211” information and referral phone number listing multiple services from non-profits and government agencies.  Another special initiative is the Social Worker Program with DeKalb and Sycamore police and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.  This program provides a person to intervene in cases involving mental health issues to give professionalized services and relieve law enforcement to be available for criminal activities.
Further information is available from their website at