Rotary Club of Sycamore, Illinois
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Wednesdays at 11:45 AM
St. Mary's Parish Activity Center
312 Waterman Street
Sycamore, IL 60178
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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 October, 50/50 raffle proceeds will help address domestic violence through the support of Safe Passage. 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 total pot is over $4,200...and the deck is down to just 17 cards! Who will be the one to score the Ace of Spades to win more than $2,000?!
At the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta in 2017, I heard a presentation on Human Trafficking that rekindled my passion for the cause. During that presentation, the recommendation was made that each district have a task force to address the issue. At dinner that evening, I told Ruth Lee about the presentation and said that District 6420 should have an anti-human trafficking task force. Her response was, “That’s a great idea. Do it!” (As you can see, I’ve never learned when to be quiet!)
And so, a task force was formed. Our small committee met and decided that education was a vital part of the fight to end human trafficking and modern-day slavery. While we didn’t feel we could do frontline work, we did feel we could educate the public. We chose the tagline Education for Eradication. We made presentations to several Rotary clubs.
Then people moved, people had health issues, and a pandemic ensued. The flame of passion was flickering and about to go out when I reached out to all District 6420 clubs about our cookbook and Ginger Thompson noticed a reference to the task force in my signature block and it piqued her interest. (The line was basically there because I hadn’t updated my signature block to remove it.)
But, it only takes a tiny spark to start a flame! The spark was there, the flame was lit. I reached out to former committee members to find if there was still interest in the subject. One member was still eager, so Susan Burstzynsky, Ginger, and I are ready to continue the challenge. DG Laura has been advised that we are rekindling the fire and was happy to hear it.
But – we are only three and ours is a big district. Rather being a best-kept secret or the non-working committee, we want to be certain that every club in our district is aware of the problem. In other words, we want to spread the education so that it leads to eradication. If this is something that appeals to you, we would be thrilled to have you join us at our next Zoom meeting on Monday, October 3, at 6:30 p.m. Email me at and I will send you the Zoom link.
Education for Eradication 
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)
October 6 - Mark Spiegelhoff, YMCA/Administrator
October 13 - Jonelle Bailey, Executive Director
October 20 - Paul Stromborg, MD
October 27 - Sally Bruch, Investments/Insurance
November 3 - Bob Brown, Retired Wireless CEO
November 10 - Michael DeVito, Insurance
November 17 - Jim Buck, Attorney
December 1 - Matt Nelson, Banker
December 8 - Heidi Wright, Retired Food Manufacturing
December 15 - Paulette Renault, Small Business Owner
January 5 - Pat Shafer, Retired Insurance
January 12 - Becky Springer, DeKalb County Treasurer
January 19 - Eric Jones, Financial Advisor
January 26 - Julie Sgarlata, Substitute Teacher
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
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
April 27 - Bob Brown, Retired Wireless CEO
Our speaker this week was Rev. Fr. Jeremiah Loch, DO(MTP), CRNA, PhD, an Osteopathic Anesthesiology Pain Medicine Specialist with Chrystal Clinic in Sycamore.
Jeremiah leads the osteopathy practice at Chrystal Clinic. He graduated from the Osteopathic College of Ontario and has further specialized training in Biodynamic Osteopathic Principles and Practice. He is nationally certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. In addition to his osteopathic training Jeremiah has practiced anesthesiology for over 50 years and has sub-specialized in pain medicine over the last 30 years, most recently limiting his practice to cancer pain medicine.
Manual Osteopathy is a holistic “hands-on” approach to assessment and treatment of dysfunctional patterns that are contributing to disease, pain and suffering. This soul-mind-body approach incorporates a gentle non-invasive form of touch, harmonic vibration and manual manipulation that focuses on the health of the whole person, not just the injured or affected part or area of pain. The intent is to free up the movement of health that has been impeded or locked up due to a multitude of factors, including emotional and physical traumas, dysfunctional belief systems, disease patterns, etc.

If you feel your state of health and sense of well-being is being compromised by such experiences as emotional and psychological stress, disease conditions, an inner sense of suffering, an inner experience of shock, a sense of spiritual distress, or a terminal diagnosis, gentle manual therapy addressing body, mind, soul integration may be helpful.

Former Sycamore resident Samantha Shackleton visited our club this week to share information about Entepesi Kenya (EK), an organization she and her spouse founded several years ago to serve underprivileged communities with health-related care and education in Kajiado County, Kenya. EK believes that quality and affordable healthcare should be available to everyone regardless of their location and economic status.
EK envisions to see underprivileged communities equipped with resources to live a healthy, quality, and sustainable life. It aims to work with like-minded organizations and individuals to facilitate healthcare through means of treatment, preventative screenings, family planning and educational training.
Entepesi Kenya seeks to meet community needs through mobile clinics, infrastructural development, advocacy, and sensitization on health matters.
Entepesi Kenya will achieve the above goals by partnering with the government, churches, schools, opinion leaders, local and international NGOs.
To learn more about EK, please visit
Hello!  I would like to invite you and your partner to attend the District Conference for 2022-2023.  It will be held November 4 and 5 at Northern Illinois University's Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center in DeKalb (231 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb, IL  60115).  The focus of this year’s District Conference is ethical leadership and we will be approaching this topic from many angles.  We have a group of exciting and dynamic speakers already lined up.
Here are the details you need to know now: 
To register, please go here
Early bird registration:  $90 until October 20, 2022.
Standard registration:  $110 from October 21–28, 2022.  (No registrations on site.)
The registration fee includes the District’s annual Foundation Dinner on Friday evening, plus lunch, dinner, and snacks on Saturday. A cash bar will be available both evenings.  Free parking will be available at the conference venue.  
On Friday, November 4 check-in will open at 4:30pm with a cash bar from 5:00-7:00.  The program will begin at 6:00pm.
On Saturday, November 5, check-in will open at 8:30am and the program will begin at 9:00am.
Hotel – Hampton Inn, 663 S. Annie Glidden Rd, DeKalb, IL 60115, (815) 748-4323, 1.3 miles and 4 minutes from the conference venue, $109 for double or king room (before taxes), free parking at hotel, rooms available until October 30. Please mention the Rotary District Conference when you make your reservation.
We hope the conference provides you with some new leadership skills and inspires, excites, and encourages you to take your Rotary Service to a whole new level. An agenda and speaker bios will be released in the next few weeks.
2022-2023 District Governor