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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Michael DeVito
Dec 13, 2017
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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.
Dozens of children in Sycamore School District 427 will be receiving brand new winter coats this week, courtesy of our Rotary Club and Operation Warm.
The coats arrived in Sycamore on November 14th, and were promptly sorted and distributed to the various schools.  These coats were purchased through funds raised by our Rotary Club, and acquired from the Rotary-backed project Operation Warm; they are brand-new, stylish coats -- not hand-me-downs or donated old coats -- and they'll help children around the school district stay warm during this upcoming winter.
The remaining coats will be used for our annual Adopt a Family project, and for the Goodfellows; the latter will be wrapping gifts during the month of December at Blumen Gardens.  These coats will be on display at the November 29th Rotary Club meeting.
Make a Difference DKC finished in excess of its goal, as the four-day packing event at The Suter Company finished up on Sunday, November 12th...with over 1.3 million meals packed, for delivery to Feed My Starving Children.
This annual event brought together hundreds of volunteers, who took time to help prepare and load the pre-packaged, ready-to-cook meals for distribution around the world.  Organizers aimed to prepare 1.26 million meals, but wound up with 1.36 million -- a difference of 100,000.
Rotarians from Sycamore joined their counterparts from DeKalb, Kishwaukee Sunrise and our New Generations clubs during the Saturday morning shift; but none worked harder than Heidi Wright, who again helped organize this event on behalf on Make a Difference DKC.
Pete and Char Johnson were recognized as this year's Volunteers of the Year, for their efforts during the weekend; they have volunteered every year since this event began, and worked a half-dozen shifts this weekend alone.
And Sycamore Rotarian Paul Stromborg won the grand prize in the Make a Difference DKC Raffle -- $10,000.  A portion of the proceeds from this raffle will be returned to the Rotary Club, and all other organizations which sold tickets; the remainder will be donated to Feed My Starving Children.
The Rotary Club of Sycamore has been cited by District 6420 for its contributions to The Rotary Foundation, during the annual Foundation Dinner in Dixon on November 4th.
Sycamore was recognized as the second-highest donor to The Rotary Foundation in the district during 2016-17; the Club was also cited as one of eight clubs to donate $1,500 or more towards End Polio Now.
Club Foundation Chair Paul Stromborg (right) was on hand to receive the awards from DG Steve Kuhn (left) and PDG Scott Shore.
The Sycamore Rotary Club will be hosting a Make-Up Session on Wednesday, November 22nd -- the day before Thanksgiving -- in lieu of our regularly-scheduled meeting.
Attendance is optional, and no formal business will be discussed; those in attendance will receive a make-up credit, towards a past or future absence.  Be sure to notify Sally Bruch in advance, if you plan to attend.
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.