Our meeting date has changed back to Fridays, on the following schedule:
First Friday: 7:45am Breakfast at the DeSoto House
Second, Third, and Fourth Fridays: 11:45am Lunch at the DeSoto House
Fifth Friday: Social Hour - location will rotate: August 31, November 30, March 28 and May 31
Check the calendar for speakers and assignments.
The Satellite Club will continue to meet the First and Third Tuesday nights - check the calendar for details.  Additional meetings are scheduled to plan and execute the Great Galena Chopper Drop.
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Students learned valuable skills, forged lasting friendships, and had a GREAT TIME at RYLA this past weekend!
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Rotary Roars for Youth Auction

Our 32nd annual auction raised $30,000 to split with the Galena Art & Recreation Center!
Thanks to all our sponsors, attendees, and donors who made it all possible!
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Rotary Club of Galena presents Casino Night benefiting the ARC
Join the Rotary Club of Galena on April 28, 2018 for our annual

Rotary Roars for Youth Auction

This year's theme is Casino Night, and 50% of the proceeds will be given directly to the 

Galena Art and Recreation Center

Tickets are limited - and going fast. 
Please click the link below to purchase tickets,
donate items, find out more information about the auction,
and see the list of items that we have collected so far

For Tickets and Information go to 
(click here)

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Charter member Scott Lawlor received the "Founding Father" award for his 33 years of service.  Scott is the last to leave the club of the 24 members who chartered the Rotary Club of Galena in 1984.  
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Jan Lavacek and Carole Sullivan were recently awarded the coveted "Service Above Self" award, given to recognize citizens who have exemplified the Rotary Motto. 
Among their numerous accomplishments in the community, Jan and Carole are co-founders of the Galena Center for the Arts, one of the newest gems in the Galena hillside. The Center houses an art gallery featuring local artists, an exhibit hall showcasing special exhibits throughout the year (currently local artist Janet Checker), artist workspace, low level theatre and exhibit space (currently featuring artwork in the “Broad Ideas” experience).
If you see Jan and Carole, please congratulate them on their award and thank them for their service to our great community.
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Join Us...

* March 27th, 7:00-9:00 pm
* Fried Green Tomatoes
* Heavy appetizers and cash bar
* Meet and mingle with Rotarians
* "Service Above Self" Award to Jan Lavacek and Carole Sullivan
* "Founding Father" Award to Scott Lawlor
Join us for a night of food, fellowship and fun, compliments of the Rotary Club of Galena.  We will be recognizing outstanding members of the community, including Jan Lavacek and Carole Sullivan, founders of the Galena Center for the Arts, and Scott Lawlor, retiring CEO of Galena Cellars and founding member of our club.
Admission is free, and open to the public.  All Rotarians are encouraged to attend and bring a guest.
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Galena Rotary Pledges $65,000

The Rotary Club of Galena has pledged to raise $65,000 to present to the Galena ARC.  The funds will be designated for the expansion of their infant childcare facilities.  The contribution details are:
  • $25,000.00 to sponsor a wing in their new facility
  • $10,000.00 for furniture and supplies
  • $30,000.00, 1 to 1 matching grant for individual donations*
The Galena ARC has been a critical part of growing up in Galena for generations, and now it needs to grow to meet the needs of a new generation.  Galena needs young families to survive, and young families need affordable daycare. 
The Rotary Club of Galena has taken notice, and is compelled to act.  Our traditional focus of youth and education fits nicely with the ARC's mission, and their past achievements inspire us to believe they will continue to be a vital part of our community, with the support of Rotary and others.

The fundraising kicks off with this year's "Rotary Roars for Youth" auction.  For tickets and donation forms, go to www.Rotary4ARC.com.

* matching grant is for donations from individuals, not organizations, government agencies or businesses. The purpose is to encourage citizens to donate the ARC.
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Sustainability in Rural America
31st Annual Galena Rotary Roundtable

Moderator: Alan Wenzel
Plus: Special Lineup of Panelists

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
8:30am - 4pm
Eagle Ridge Inn & Resort
Galena IL

A conference on diminishing resources and how best to preserve and reuse them.

Featuring discussions about:

  • Energy Conservation

  • Farm-to-Table Agriculture

  • Solid Waste & Recycling

  • Clean Air & Water

  • ...and other related topics

Purchase Tickets Now Online

Tickets are $40 each in advance, $50 at the door.
Space is limited, so buy your tickets today!

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Winter Fitness

Who: Jo Daviess County Senior Citizens
Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Time: 10:30 am
Place: Galena Territory Homeowners' Club
Price: $5.00 per person

Come Relax with your Friends and Enjoy:

  • Delicious Buffet Luncheon
  • Trivia Quiz and Your Favorite Games
  • Galena High School Jazz Ensemble
  • Door Prize Drawings
  • and More!

Bus Pickup Schedule

Galena:        9:30 am Franklin McCoy Manor
                       10:00am Coatsworth Building
Stockton:   9:15am Methodist Church @ High School
Elizabeth:  9:45am Antique Mall Parking Lot
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Andy Willis welcomes our exchange student from the Slovak Republic, Martin, and exchanges banners from Martin's home club in Bratislava.
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The Rotary Club of Galena honored two members of the Rotary Club of Combarbala, Chile–Gloria Margarita Miranda Tapia, right, and Miguel Alberto Oñate Collado, left–on Wednesday, June 7, with the club's Service Above Self Award. Since 2004, when Rotary International initiated its Twin Club program in celebration of its centennial, the Galena and Combarbala Rotary clubs have jointly worked on a number of projects. This included building public restrooms in Combarbala's Plaza de Armas and providing unused firefighter turnout gear to Combarbala's firefighters and bringing a number of Combarbala teachers to the Galena area. Rotary District 6420 has also assisted with projects, sending English language acquisition specialists to work with English teachers in the Combarbala area. Presenting the awards was Mike Steinhoff, Galena club president.
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Have you been to our club website lately?  Are you a new member who has not been properly introduced to our club website?  We have a great website with many very useful features.  Please take the time to familiarize yourself with it - you won't be disappointed!
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A Successful Auction Begins with You!

Our annual auction will only be as successful as we make it.  We need to canvass the area for donations to sell in the live and silent auction.
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Make a Difference

We still need Rotarian to lead RYLA in 2018.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Chris Curran for more information.  Chris will be organizing the 2017 event the weekend of May 5-7.
Not familiar with RYLA?  The Rotary Youth Leadership Academy builds confidence and leadership skills in students - learn more at Rotary6420.org
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Derby Glitz Gala & Auction

4:00 May 6th at Ramada Galena
It's time to collect items for the auction! View items collecte so fare at www.rotaryderby.com/.  
Fill out 1 donation form for each item that you collect.  If you collect two identical items (and they are to be sold separately), fill out two forms.  Forms can be downloaded from www.RotaryDerby.com.
Some items are too big to collect ahead of time, and you'll need to arrange for pickup the day of the auction.  If you need help, please let us know so we can schedule someone to assist you.  Please fill out a donation form and submit it to Andy Willis to be included in the program.
All other items should be delivered to Willis Computer Solutions at 800 Spring Street, Suite 101.  

Tables of Eight

It's time to reserve your table!  Please contact Andy Willis to reserve your full or partial table.  
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Betsy Rose Achett, left, owner of the Galena Ramada, is the newest member of the Rotary Club of Galena. Participating in the initiation on Wednesday, Feb. 22 are Mike Steinhoff, center, president, and Andy Willis, right, treasurer.
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On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Galena Rotary honored Barb Sloan, left, and Jim Kellar, right, for their continued contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Making the presentations was Helen Kilgore, center, Rotary International Foundation chair for the club.
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On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Rotary Club of Galena hosted its annual Rotary Youth Exchange ski weekend. The young people spent the day skiing at Chestnut Mountain Resort. They also had an opportunity to explore Galena's historic Main Street before going to The Galena Territory for a pizza party.
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January 10 & 11, 2017, join us for

The Rotary Club of Galena is teaming up with the League of Women Voters of Jo
Daviess County to take a long view of what is happening to the water supply during a day-long conference, “Water: We’re All in the Same Boat.”

The morning speakers will share the big picture, and the afternoon speakers will present local projects and talk about the progress in relation to the water resource management in the Apple Plum Watershed.

Click Here for More Info...

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Rich Mattas, Past President      
Rich Mattas, Past President (2015-16) of the Rotary Club of Galena, passed away Dec 31, 2016.
A retired Senior Nuclear Engineer from Argonne National Laboratory, Rich joined our club in 2005.  He had am immediate impact on all of us. He brought a calm demeanor, incredible knowledge and world experience, but his wit and wisdom will be missed the most.
Please keep his wife Laurie in your thoughts and prayers.  
There will be a celebration of Rich's life Saturday, January 14, at the Galena Territory Association Owner's Club from 2-5 pm.
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Posted on Nov 08, 2016

Welcome Zoe Johnson

owner of ZJ Silks in Galena
Zoe became an official member in November, and we know she is anxious to pitch in and help our club succeed!
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Galena!
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Galena Rotary inducts new member Carter Newton 2016-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to all the winners from the first annual Great Galena Chopper Drop!
$5,000 Grand Prize Winner: Dottie Morizzo
$1,000 2nd Prize Winner: Patrick Buck
$500 3rd Prize Winner: Jerry Marella
4th-8th Prizes $100 each: Brenda Ertmer, Bernie Hicks, John Osmanski,
Matt & Beth Gullone, and Sally Peterson
We'd like to extend a HUGE thank you to all our supporters and sponsors:
Galena Golf Club, First Community Bank, John and Marge Cooke,
Illinois Bank & Trust, Piggly Wiggly and James Martin Jewelers.

A special Thank You to Denis and Neal Redington for dropping our balls!
With a very special mention to Fried Green Tomatoes and the Galena Gazette!
Most of all, thank you to the community for supporting this event - we could not have had the success we did without each and every one of you!
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Among the many programs of our club is the "Furniture Program".  Rotarians have been collecting "gently used" furniture from area residents who no longer have a need, and distributing it to the less fortunate.  If you know anyone in need of furniture, please have them contact Steve Barg, or any member of the Rotary Club of Galena.
The picture above is NOT the furniture in our inventory.  We have a variety of items, and the ability to get others.
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Greg Herbst, left, is the newest member of the Rotary Club of Galena. Club President Mike Steinhoff congratulates Herbst at the club's Aug. 24 meeting.
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Dan Kelley of the DeSoto House became a Paul Harris Fellow
in recognition of his support for the Rotary Club of Galena over the years.  
Congratulations, Dan, and Thank You!
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The Rotary Club of Galena welcomes exchange student from Spain Carlos! 
We look forward to getting to know you over the next year - enjoy your time in America!
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With her mother, Shauna, left, and club President Mike Steinhoff watch, Olivia Hastings receives a Paul Harris Award from Helen Kilgore at the Wednesday, Aug. 3 Galena Rotary meeting. Olivia recently returned to the Galena area after spending a year in Finland as a Rotary Youth Exchange student.
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Thank you to all who attended, donated to, and sponsored the 2016 Derby Glitz Gala & Auction!  We raised about $26,000 for Jennifer Purdy Scholarships, and we couldn't have done it without YOU!
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2016 Derby Glitz Gala & Auction Andy Willis 2016-05-07 00:00:00Z 0

Service Above Self Award

The Galena Rotary Club is proud to announce that it has created an award to recognize citizens who have exemplified the Rotary Motto “Service above Self.” Rotary International was founded with the following objectives:

The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.

High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition
of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each
Rotarians occupation as an opportunity to serve society.

The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal,
business, and community life.

Our search for such individuals will take in consideration the Rotary 4-way Test:

  • Is it the truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build goodwill and better friendship
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

As Rotarians we all strive to make these tenets a part of our daily lives. Our communities are as fine as they are because there are many other citizens who do the same without being members of our club. In seeking to identify and recognize those citizens, we ask your assistance by submitting any citizen you feel is worthy of such recognition.

We thank you for your help on our endeavor.

Guide Lines for Choosing a Service above Self Candidate

The following procedures are meant to be guide lines only. They were developed to facilitate an attempt at an objective procedure in selecting a candidate. In no way is this to be constructed as the final means in making what will ultimately be a subjective decision.

1. Each applicant will be considering by looking at scope of contribution, length of time dedicated to the activity, other community involvement and value of the activity to the community.

2. A point system was devised for each category.
a. Value of community 1-10 points
b. Scope of service 1-10 points
c. Time devoted to activity 1-10 points
d. Length of service 1-5 points (1 point for each year)
e. Other community involvement 1-3 points

3. Each member of the committee will vote for the top five applicants giving 5 points to first choice and 1 point for fifth choice.

4. Ties will be broken by a consensus of the committee members.

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Rotarian of the Year Award

Each year, the outgoing president selects a "Rotarian of the Year".  This award is given to the club member who has most embodied the "service above self" motto of our club. 
Past recipients:
1985 - Roger Yardley
1986 - Dennis Hirstein
1987 - Ken Parrott
1988 - John Osmanski
1989 - Bert Tower
1990 - Tom Morris
1991 - Phillip A Jackman
1992 - Patrick McCarthy
1993 - Jeff Holder
1994 - Dan Mitchell
1995 - Paul Kindig
1996 - Gordy Kilgore
1997 - Bucky Ellis
1998 - Shirley Leliosh
1999 - Patrick McCarthy  
             and Dwight Bischel
2000 - Santiago Mendez
2001 - Tom Morris
2002 - Shirley Leliosh
2003 - Dwight Bischel
2004 - John Cooke
2005 - Bob Wehrle
2006 - Andy Willis
2007 - Carter Newton
2008 - Dick Laubhan
              and Jim Kellar
2009 - Don Porter
2010 - Rich Austin
2011 - none selected
2012 - Lois Jean Wienen
            and Don Campbell
2013 - Denton Brown
2014 - James Kellar
2015 - Helen Kilgore
2016 - none selected
2017 - Andy Willis
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On October 16, the Galena Rotary Club welcomed three new members, Gavin Doyle, Diane Gockel, and Michele Berning, all from Illinois Bank and Trust.  They already have expressed an interest in participating in the annual Rotary Auction, Rotary Roars for Youth, that raises funds for college scholarships for local high school seniors. 
Pictured: new members: Gavin Doyle, Diane Gockel, and Michele Berning, with Rotary sponsor: Syd Sincock.  
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Galena club hosts Chilean visitor

The Rotary Club of Galena hosted an English language educator from Combarbala, Chile for three weeks in January. This visit is part of the ongoing relationship the Galena club has with the Rotary Club of Combarbala.
Paola Perez, who is in charge of English language education for the 30 schools in the Commune of Combarbala, arrived in the United States during the coldest days of January. The purpose of her visit was to improve her English language skills, observe how English is taught to English language learners, observe how foreign languages are taught and to finalize plans for a Vocational Training Team project between the Combarbala Club and Rotary District 6420. The team will leave the USA on June 12 and return on June 28.
While here, Ms. Perez visited schools in Galena and Dubuque, Iowa, and Muskegon, Mich. She also visited Clarke University and Grinnell College.
With the accompanying photo, Katie Murphy, right, chats with Paola Perez.
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