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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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.
Approximately 50 members from the Sycamore Rotary Club and their families were on site at the Suter Company's facility on Bethany Rd today to help pack food for the Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack Event hosted by Make a Difference DeKalb County. In addition to the members on site for the two hour event which helped to pack enough food to feed over 250 kids for the next year, several members have been assisting throughout the entire 5 day event that hopes to see almost 1.4 million meals packed for starving children around the world. 
The Sycamore Rotary Club took a few minutes on Wednesday to honor the many veterans from our club that have served in one of the armed services at some point in their lives. As Veteran's Day falls between two club meetings, President Ray Dembinski wanted to ensure that these members and their acts of service and sacrifices were acknowledged before the group. Our thanks go out to all in our club, community, and country who have served to protect the great freedoms that we enjoy. 
photo credit: Eric Jones
Rose Tremly from the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce joined us today to discuss some of the happenings at the Chamber this year. She was very proud to share that member retention for the Chamber is well above the national average at almost 85-90% and has been holding above 500 members for many years. She discussed the passion that she and her fellow staff have for the local community and the opportunities they've had to share that passion through the many events they host each year. She shared two particularly emotional stories reflecting on close connections that exist in Sycamore that makes it the community she feels honored to represent. 
photo credit: B95 FM