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FREEPORT, Ill., July 30, 2020 — The Freeport Noon Rotary Club met using Zoom technology at noon on Monday, August 3rd . The local club will continue to meet the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at noon through Zoom technology.
     The speaker was Dr. Anna Alvarado, Superintendent of Freeport Public Schools. Dr. Alvarado has been in education for 35 years. She previously served as the Chief Officer for Teaching and Learning at Chicago Public Schools, a role she had been in for one year. Prior to that, Dr. Alvarado served as the Deputy Chief of Teaching and Learning at Chicago Public Schools from 2017 to 2018, as Chief of Schools at Chicago Public Schools from 2012 to 2017, and as Deputy Chief of Schools there for half a year in 2012. Since 2016, she has also been an adjunct professor at National Louis University. Dr. Alvarado has gained other experience by serving as an Elementary School Principal in Chicago Public Schools for six years, as an Assistant Principal in the Archdiocese of Chicago for six years, and as a teacher for 17 years.
     Dr. Alvarado holds a Doctor of Education degree from National Louis University (2017). She also holds a Master of Arts degree from Northeastern Illinois University (2004) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from College of the Holy Spirit (1982). Dr. Alvarado is a Certified Superintendent in Illinois.
      Freeport Rotary Club was established in 1919 to provide service to others and promote integrity through fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. The Club participates in local services projects targeting youth literacy, scholarly recognition, student international exchange, and purchasing shoes for disadvantaged youth. Meetings are held at noon on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau. For more information, contact Tonya Thayer at 815-599-7213
New Greater Freeport Partnership Executive to speak at Freeport Rotary Club
FREEPORT, Ill., July 16, 2020 — The Freeport Noon Rotary Club will meet using Zoom technology at noon on Monday, July 20th. The local club will continue to meet the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at noon through Zoom technology.
The speaker will be Mark Williams, the new Executive Director of Greater Freeport Partnership. Mr. Williams has over 30 years of experience in the profession of economic development; as a manager, director and executive director; at the regional public/private and local municipal level; and in rural and urban communities. Mark began his work with the Partnership on May 11, 2020.
Prior to the Partnership, Mark led the City of Rockford’s Economic Development Division for the past seven years. He also served as executive director for Growth Dimensions for Belvidere-Boone County for over 11 years, where he led the 501 C (6) public/private economic development corporation.  Mark has extensive experience in economic development including entrepreneur development, business retention/expansion program management, marketing, lead generation and prospect development, incentive and deal structuring negotiations, downtown redevelopment, enterprise zone administration and tax-increment financing. Mark currently serves on the Board of the Illinois Economic Development Association. Mark is a past recipient of the Illinois Development Council’s Distinguished Economic Developer of the Year Award in 2012


What is Rotary?

Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace.  About 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas conduct projects to address today’s challenges – including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns – while encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations.


As the world’s largest private provider of international scholarships, The Rotary Foundation helps more than 1000 students annually to study abroad and serve as cultural ambassadors.  Rotary also partners with seven prestigious universities around the world, providing opportunities to earn a master’s degree in peace and conflict resolution.


PolioPlus is Rotary’s flagship program.  Rotary club members  have contributed US$1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2 billion children in 122 countries.  Rotary is a  spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Founded in Chicago in 1905 as the world’s first volunteer service organization, Rotary quickly expanded around the globe.  Today club members meet weekly to plan service projects, discuss community and international issues, and enjoy fellowship.  Clubs are nonpolitical and open to men and women of every race, culture, and creed.


Locally, the Freeport  Rotary Club provides support to Freeport youth by awarding $6000 in college scholarships, the annual donation of dictionaries for all 3rd grade students in our schools, and shoes for children who need them  Our goal is to send several high school age youth to a leadership development weekend in Oregon, IL   We also hope to help send  2 or 3 students on a 4 week exchange experience to a foreign country to expose them to other cultures and languages, and promote world understanding.


Rotarians come from many different backgrounds.  Many are professionals,  business owners, contractors, managers, public service and retirees.   The primary qualification is a commitment to high ethical standards and a desire "Do Good in the World".   We invite you to find out more about the Freeport Rotary Club.  We meet for lunch on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at noon at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau Building at 210 West Spring Street in Freeport.  Visitors are welcome.   Call Tonya Thayer at 815-599-7213 for more information. 


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Freeport Noon

Service Above Self

1st and 3rd Monday of each month at Noon
Stephenson Co. Farm Bureau
210 W. Spring St.
Freeport, IL  61032
United States of America
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