Rotary Club of Sycamore, Illinois

We meet Wednesdays at 11:45 AM
Blumen Gardens
403 Edward Street
Sycamore, IL  60178
United States
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Neilly Berger
Nov 29, 2017
Homeless Liason, Sycamore Schools
Dan Gibble
Dec 06, 2017
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Dec 13, 2017
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The Sycamore Rotary's meeting on November 29th will feature information on the various charities we'll be supporting during the holiday season.
 
Neilly Berger, the Homeless Liason for the Sycamore School District, will be the featured speaker; she will update us on what the district does for its homeless students during this season and year 'round.
 
There will also be updates on what we're doing for this year's Adopt a Family project; we will be assisting up to five families and some individual emancipated students, by providing them with Christmas gifts and other perks for the holiday season.
 
Other projects to be covered include the Sycamore Food Pantry, Operation Warm, Goodfellows and Toys for Tots.  Rotarians are asked to contribute to the latter, by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to the Rotary meeting; these items will be presented during the annual Toys for Tots Benefit Concert in DeKalb on Sunday, December 3rd.
 
Sycamore Rotarians are again being asked to contribute towards this year's Toys for Tots drive, conducted by the Salvation Army and the DeKalb County Marine Corps League.
 
Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to the November 29th meeting, as part of our "Season of Giving" event; these toys will be presented during the annual Toys for Tots benefit concert, scheduled to be held on Sunday, December 3rd at the DeKalb County high-rise on Taylor Street in DeKalb.
 
Due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday, and the lack of a regular meeting the day before, there will be no edition of The Spoke published on Thursday, November 23rd.
 
Publication of the Sycamore Rotary Club's biweekly newsletter will resume on Tuesday, November 28th; we hope you enjoy Thanksgiving Day with your loved ones.
 
For over eleven years, children of persons who have business before the court in DeKalb County have had a refuge while their parents are in the courtroom -- which is especially important if the case directly involves them in a custody dispute, or their parents in a criminal matter.
 
The Children's Waiting Room occupies the former bailiff's room on the first floor of the Courthouse; the staff watches any child between six months and 10 years, while their parents -- be they litigant, witness, attorney or otherwise -- are appearing before the bench.
 
Euneta Weeks has worked there for about three years, and has spent over 35 years in child care; she took on the task of being the Waiting Room's supervisor, and every day strives to make the room a fun, supportive and learning environment for the children in her care.  She says that's especially crucial for children who come from difficult backgrounds; the situation which may have led their parents to the courthouse is likely to have had a negative impact on them, and Euneta hopes to lessen the problem by giving them a secure place to be watched...and to enjoy the company of other children, as well as the staff.
 
Every child who stays in the Waiting Room receives a free gift bag, including a new or gently used book to keep; Euneta and the other staff and board members usually work to keep the shelves stocked, and get the budget needed to provide what in some cases may be the only books in a child's home.
 
To assist with that effort, the Sycamore Middle School Interact Club provided $100.00 from its proceeds from sports concessions to the Children's Waiting Room, towards the purchase of new books.  Gable Carrick from the Interact Club was on hand at the November 15th meeting, to present the check on their behalf.
 
The Sycamore Rotary Club will be manning collection kettles on behalf of the Salvation Army for DeKalb County on Saturday, December 2nd; we will be at the Jewel-Osco on Peace Road from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
 
At least two Rotarians will be needed for each shift; we will be signing up volunteers at an upcoming Rotary Club meeting.  See Dave Andrews for more information.
 
This year's annual Rotary Holiday Party will be held at Taxco Restaurant in downtown Sycamore on Wednesday, December 20th.
 
We will be gathering at our usual meeting time, at 11:45 a.m.  Details of the party are still being worked out; please keep watch for more details.
 
This will be our last official Rotary event of 2017; the following week's meeting on December 27th has been cancelled, so Rotarians can enjoy the holiday season with their family and friends.