Rotary Club of Sycamore, Illinois
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Wednesdays at 11:45 AM
Blumen Gardens
403 Edward Street
Sycamore, IL 60178
United States of America
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International travel is disrupted, and the internet can be overwhelming when trying to find choices, but Royal Travel can be your partner in making a dream trip a reality according to Kendra Thornton.  As president of the family-owned business started by her parents, Thornton said the unexpected challenges to travel brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic have pushed the 14 Royal Travel employees to use their 50-years of relationship-building to the fullest in order to give travelers a safe and enjoyable experience.
Thornton said people want to travel but it is taking on different forms than traditional destination tourism.  To begin with, she said her team works more closely with hotels rather than airlines to create the best travel packages.  This makes a difference as Thornton noted a concentration of domestic rather than foreign travel causing a sharp rise in prices.  For example, Florida hotel costs that were $300 a night have jumped to $800 a night which can  make it more costly to visit Florida than to go to Italy.  She also noted an increase in multi-generational travel where families want to stay in private homes, participate in a dude ranch experience, or even take a yachting vacation; all things that keep the family unit together.  Sought after amenities include spas and fitness centers along with nature features.
Using terms like “vaccination vacation” and “tsunami inside a hurricane,” Thornton said there are a few basics for travelers to keep in mind.  This includes travel insurance and verification of  medical coverage.  She said the future is likely to include a vaccine confirming passport.  Whatever may be happening, Kendra Thornton said Royal Travel will adapt to offer a premier travel experience.  For more information, see their website at
With efforts led by club member Jonelle Bailey, we have set up a Double Good virtual fundraiser! It’s 100% contactless, we keep 50% of the profit, and the product ships directly to the buyer.
Everyone in the club is invited to create a Pop-Up Store and sell Double Good gourmet popcorn! Prices range from $18-$59. The popcorn is award-winning and really delicious!
Our fundraising window began yesterday (January 20, 2022) at 5:00 PM and ends on January 24, 2022, at 5:00 PM.
If you haven't already done so, please follow these steps:
1. Download the Double Good app
2. Enter our Event Code GQAORC in the app
3. Create your Pop-Up Store
4. Share the link with your family, friends, and colleagues!
The app is available for free on iOS and Android.
11:10 AM - 11:25 AM (Please arrive at 11:00 AM to pick out your books.)
South Prairie Elementary School, 820 Borden Avenue, Sycamore
All readers must be vaccinated and show proof of vaccination upon entering the school.  Face masks must be worn at all times while in the school.  Face visors/shields are an acceptable alternative to wearing a face mask.
Tuesday, February 1 - Dave Hamilton (insurance broker)
Tuesday, February 8 - Paulette Renault (embroidery/printing business owner)
Tuesday, February 15 - SEEKING VOLUNTEER (please email
Tuesday, February 22 - Diane Hammon (real estate agent)
JANUARY - Bob Hammon (Chair)
FEBRUARY - Jonelle Bailey (chair), Steve Kuhn, Curt Lang, Joyce Klein
MARCH - Jim Bowers (chair), Dave Hamilton, Paul Barnaby, Doug Johnson
APRIL - Mike Villalta (chair), Bob Wildenradt, Fred Peltz, Bob Brown
MAY - Steve Wilder (chair), Larry Berke, Jeff Frank, Heidi Wright
JUNE - Jim Schwarzbach (chair), Dan O'Connell, Paulette Renault

We see the decision to vaccinate as a civic and humanitarian imperative. Rotary is not a political or religious organization, it is a service organization and this is the lens through which we are advising you of our position.

  1. Global vaccination is the path to ending the pandemic and the emergence of new variants. Rotary endorses and strongly encourages vaccination for all individuals including our members who are currently able to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In areas where COVID-19 is surging, communities are facing extreme challenges, health systems are overwhelmed, and contentious rhetoric is dividing us. It is critical that the virus be contained so that the world may begin to heal. To that end, the purpose of this statement is to reinforce Rotary’s position.
  2. Misinformation has become an “infodemic” that hinders the fight against COVID-19. In line with our Four-Way Test, Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation are committed to providing our members with science-based information.
  3. Rotary International staff at One Rotary Center were required to be vaccinated by 10 October 2021, as a criterion for employment after that date. RI’s employee vaccination rate stands at over 99 percent.
  4. Globally, Rotary is actively engaged in assuring equity in vaccine access to all people. Our efforts have included advocacy with the G-20, and a proof-of-concept program with GAVI/COVAX to leverage our frontline experience with polio eradication to facilitate vaccine delivery in several low- and middle-income countries where Rotarians are active. While we know many clubs are already deeply involved in COVID-19 prevention, we are working on additional strategies to multiply our collective efforts. GAVI/COVAX is a partnership including WHO and UNICEF focused on global access and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines.
  5. Those children for whom vaccines are not currently available are at significant risk. Until vaccines are available for all children, the vaccination of adults is the best way to protect children who cannot be vaccinated. Pediatric admissions for COVID-19 are rising precipitously in areas of low vaccination.
  6. Rotary salutes health care workers everywhere as they continue to provide lifesaving services. Local recognition of these heroes by each of our clubs can help to encourage them to continue their important work. Rotary abhors any harassment and attacks on healthcare workers.
  7. Rotary and Rotaract clubs are encouraged to
    • set good examples by being exemplary role models; 
    • redouble their efforts to support COVID-19 treatment, prevention, and vaccination efforts.
  8. Vaccines have proven to be one of the greatest advances of modern medicine. The World Health Organization estimates that vaccines save between 2 to 3 million children’s lives each year, and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative estimates the polio vaccine has saved more than 19 million children from paralysis. Vaccines are safe, effective and are responsible for eliminating or controlling many other vaccine-preventable diseases such as smallpox, measles, rubella, and Ebola. And now, there is the opportunity to end the COVID-19 pandemic through vaccines.
  9. The eradication of polio remains a goal of the highest order for Rotary. We can apply the lessons we have learned in fighting polio to the efforts in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Shekhar Mehta, President, Rotary International

John Germ, Chair, The Rotary Foundation

January 17, 1950 – 11 men steal more than $2 million ($29 million today) from the Brink’s Armored Car Depot in Boston, Massachusetts (the largest robbery in U.S. history at that time).  It was almost the perfect crime as the culprits weren’t caught until January 1956, just days before the statute of limitations for the theft expired.  One of the gangs agreed to testify against his fellow robbers; eight were convicted and received life sentences, and two died before they could come to trial.  Only a small part of the money was ever recovered.
January 20, 1944 – Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated to an unprecedented fourth term as President of the United States.
January 21, 1954 – The USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear powered submarine, was launched at Groton, Connecticut.  It shares its name with Captain Nemo’s ship in the 1870 Jules Verne classic “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”
January 21, 1976 – The Concorde supersonic jet began passenger service cruising at twice the speed of sound.