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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Upcoming Speakers
Tom Mangan
Feb 20, 2019 11:45 AM
Classification Speech
Bill Nicklas
Feb 27, 2019 11:45 AM
City of DeKalb
Heather Duvall
Mar 06, 2019 11:45 AM
Pay-It-Forward House
Tom Cleveland
Mar 13, 2019 11:45 AM
Dekalb Airport
Club Events
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Assistant Treasurer
Rotary Foundation
Membership Chair
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Sycamore Rotary News
We were joined by Jim Elliott, President of Diveheart and Rotarian from Downers Grove, IL. As a youth, Jim’s daughter struggled with blindness. In figuring out how to help her through her struggles, Jim started working with blind downhill skiers and now works with adaptive schools to help students around the world through Diveheart. Jim shared a video that highlighted some of the work that he’s done with students as a part of their water-based therapy programs that enable individuals of a broad range of physical ableness to participate in life changing experiences. Diveheart’s programs have benefited individuals ranging from ages 10-87. For more information, visit 
February’s student of the month for 2019 is Grayson Burns. Grayson is a transplant from WI. He found his spiritual connection after joining the Sycamore United Methodist Church. As an athlete, Grayson had to make the difficult decision to pursue a promising career in football or to focus on his education, ultimately deciding to pursue his engineering studies at the University of Illinois - Champaign or the University of Missouri. Steve Balster describes Grayson as “the best student athlete he’s seen in 10 years.” Grayson decided to donate his $100 gift from the club to “Life Missions”.
Michael Embrey is the owner of DeKalb County Online which focuses on positive happenings in the county. Michael spoke on two topics. First, he discussed some travel tips, suggesting people consider traveling in “shoulder “ seasons rather than peak season to economize. He presented information on travel opportunities he sponsors through FunMe Events , including day trips in the region. He also presented the calendar of events for Kishwaukee Fest. There are 6 events scheduled between June & December including a blues festival, drum corps competition, bacon festival, a parade, a food & beer festival, & a holiday festival.
Image Credit: Michael Embrey
Brian Grainger is a local developer and builder who has recently been focusing on senior living communities in the DeKalb county area including two prominent developments, Somerset Farms and Hickory Terrace. These communities feature senior-friendly floor plans and amenities based on Brian's experience as a builder and reflected by his Certified Aging in Place Specialist background. Brian updated us on the status of the two developments along with his future plans for the property on Main Street across from the Middle School. Brian was joined by Linda Tillis, broker for Century 21, who works with Brian to promote these properties.
Speaker Credit: Brian Grainger