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Rotary Club of Morrison


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We meet Wednesdays at 12:10 PM
Windsor Manor
403 Scenic Street
Morrison, IL  61270-2036
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The Morrison Rotary Club is proud to announce the February 2018 Students of the Month are Avary Bielema and Grant Slater.
Avary is the daughter of Cory and Jennifer Bielema. She was a member of Student Council all 4 years of high school. She was recently captain of the MHS Pons Team that won the IDTA State competition. She also qualified for the IHSA State Competitive Dance competition. She was a member of Key Club and she enjoyed trick or treat for UNICEF and she also collected canned goods to donate to food drives. She loves to dance at Jennifer’s Dance Center and also work at Sterling Federal Bank as a teller. She plans to major in Physical Therapy at Bradley University.
Grant is the son of Tom and Faith Slater. He was captain of the football team and he also participated in basketball and track. In addition he was a member of the Key club and National Honor Society and FFA. He loves to work with youth at his church and volunteer at events. Grant plans to attend Morrison Tech to major in Mechanical Engineering and then transfer to a 4 year college to get a bachelors in Aeronautical Engineering.
The Morrison Rotary Club welcomed a new member at our February 21 meeting. Ms. Carrie Melton was inducted by President Dr. Brad Yacklich. Carrie is the Executive Director of April House in Morrison. The Morrison Rotarians look forward to a working with Carrie. Congratulations Carrie!

Joan Hermes, CGH Foundation Chair discusses their programs
The Morrison Rotary Club was treated to a program by CGH Foundation chair, Joan Hermes. Joan has been with the CGH Foundation for 26 years. She talked about programs they sponsor with foundation funds including: Love on a Leash, Eyeglasses for kids/adults, and Nursing/Healthcare Sponsorships. Joan is pictured with a comfort bag that is given to patients who are receiving chemo treatments. This bag contains cold/hot packs, lip balm, a water mug and food and gas cards. These bags are designed to help patients who may be suffering from side effects of chemo treatments. Thank you for your presentation Joan.
Gillian O’Neal Larson
Gillian is president of the Drama Club/Thespian Troupe. She loves music and acting. She is in advanced choir, symphonic choir and she acts in spring musicals and at an improve theater. She is active in Key Club and she loves her job at the Odell Library. She organized a Paws to Read program where she takes her therapy dog to help kids build reading skills while in the company of a wonderful pet. She would like to pursue a career at Illinois State University where she will take classes to prepare her for a career as a Theater Teacher.
Isaac Damhoff
Isaac is active in track, band, choir, student council, key club, scholastic bowl and jazz band. He loves music and he loves to play bass and sing with a local band called Seventh Hour. He has done community projects thru his church and he also collects canned goods during Halloween for UNICEF. He collects records and enjoys hanging out with friends. His goal is to attend a university for Mechanical Engineering with hopes to become a college professor.
During our January 10 meeting, President Brad Yacklich welcomed Jessica Anderson as a new member in the Morrison Rotary Club. Jessica operates the Farmers Insurance agency at 207 E. Main Street in Morrison. Welcome Jessica!!

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Congratulations to Kevin Schisler on his big win in the first annual Rotary Christmas lawn decorating contest. He was awarded a traveling trophy for his win. The winning entry is displayed.
Morgan Stuhlman
Morgan is active with Student council, the Key Club, the BLIND club and she is the marching band drum major. She also plays in the concert and pep band. She loves to spend time with family and friends, scrapbooking, and playing her clarinet. She will attend Sauk Valley College next year and then transfer to Carl Sandburg College to study Dental Hygiene.
Kaleb Banks
Kaleb enjoys playing basketball and he is also a member of FFA. He has participated in student council in prior years. He is very interested in Biology and Ecology. His hobbies include outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing and playing basketball. His goal after high school is to become a research biologist with a degree in Natural Science and Ecology.
Today the Morrison Rotary Club welcomed Dana Reigel Nelson into our membership. Dana is seen here being inducted by our club President, Brad Yaklich. Dana has lived in Morrison since she was 18. She is married (Randy) with three children and six grandchildren. She is our current County Clerk. Welcome!!
Pictured here is Phil Renkes, Morrison Rotary Phil Harris award chair presenting a pin to Stephanie Deckro. The pin is adorned with 5 rubies on the front symbolizing a total contribution of $6,000 from Stephanie to the Paul Harris Fellow Foundation
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 
Congratulations Stephanie!
Morrison Rotarian Merle Reisenbigler accepted a check for $1000 from President Dr. Brad Yaklich on behalf of Polio Plus. Our Rotary members raise this money themselves so no funds from the organization are used for the annual donation. Thank you everyone for your benevolence.
October 2017 Morrison High School Students of the Month
Madison Steines
Madison is the daughter of Stanley Steines and Deb Milder. She is active in sports playing volleyball, basketball and softball. She also participates in student council, key club and band. She loves to work in her community by helping at the Harvest Hammer, Trick or Treat for UNICEF, the Christmas walk and Blood Drives. Her hobbies include the great outdoors, watching movies, going shopping and spending time with friends. Her future plans include college majoring in Biology and Forensic Science.
Aaron Deter
Aaron is the son of Rick and Glenda Deter. He loves sports including football and basketball. He also participates on Key Club, Student Council and BLIND. He assists with the community by participating in FFA and local food drives. He loves weightlifting, running and of course- paintball. He plans to attend college and major in Athletic Training or Exercise Science.
Past-president Dave Abele generously presented a $2,000 check to Carolyn Spencer, Hospice House Project Manager of the Hospice of the Rock River Valley. The money was raised by Rotarians in projects such as the Harvest Hammer. Carolyn indicated that the grant check was matched by Rotary clubs in Sterling and Rock Falls. The total funds were used to purchase six beds for their brand new Hospice House. These beds will provide comfort for patients in their end-of-life stage. Carolyn thanked the Rotary clubs for their generous donation.
On September 13, 1967 Don Miller attended his first Rotary meeting. Now, 50 years later we had the pleasure of honoring Don on his golden anniversary. President Dr. Brad Yacklich went to Odell Library to unearth some Rotary treasures from days gone by. Don was a big part of the memories of many of those years. He has assumed the role of honorary song leader and he does his best to lead us to sing happy birthday to all of our Rotarians on their big day. Don recalled a year where he had to step into the presidency due to an unexpected vacancy. He finished that year and then served the next. We honor Don who began teaching in Morrison back in the early 50’s. Don said he just got out of the Air Force and he was taking the place of a teacher who was drafted into the military. Don has had a career in acting in many plays in the Morrison area including Fiddler on the Roof where he had to grow a beard to play the part of a rabbi. We wish Don many more years with our club. Fellow Rotarian Gary Steinert said it best “Don has been a role model and a mentor to so many” Congratulations Don Miller on your 50th Anniversary with the Morrison Rotary Club!
The Morrison Rotary Club held their annual picnic at Morrison Rockwood Park on August 30. Our able bodied planning committee of Mike Wiersema, John Prange, Mike Gunderson, Gary Steinert, Ron Coplan and photographer Merle Reisenbigler once again put together a wonderful evening complete with amazing food and great fellowship. Several Rotarians and their families were able to attend. This was our first opportunity to honor long time Rotarian Ed Abbott who recently passed away.
How often do you get to be inducted into a Rotary club by the District Governor. Father James Brzezinski, from St. Anne's Church was inducted into our club on August 23 by none other than District Governor Steve Kuhn. Father James is sponsored by Mr. Don Miller, who himself, will be celebrating his 50th year next month with our club. Father James comes to us from Connecticut, to Florida, to New Mexico, to Texas, and a few other stops in between. We welcome him into our Club.
Our National Rotary Club President challenged each club to plant a tree. This Pear tree was planted at the Morrison IL French Creek Park. We hope it will bless residents of our community with pears for generations to come. This tree actually joins 4 apple trees, 2 peach trees, 4 cherry trees and 2 other pear trees at the park. All of these fruits are free for our community to use as they please. The only stipulation is that the club would like a pie baked from the fruit of one or more of the trees.
The Morrison Rotary group conducted their bi-annual road clean up on August 2. Helping to keep our community a cleaner place were Rotarians (l-r) Jim Camp, Mick Welding, Mark Schuler (our fearless leader), Mike Blean, Kevin Schisler, Dr. Bill Bird, Tanner Girard and Dan Vandermyde. Not pictured, but equally as effective in clean up duty were Don Jevne, and Mike Gunderson. These Rotarians display service above self. Other Rotarians were not able to attend as they placed spouse's above service, which is certainly understandable. Thanks again to Merle and Mark, who always ferry the workers back and forth along the road in their very safe, dependable and fuel-efficient Dodge vehicles.
We also honored our student scholarship winners. Pictured here (l-r) are Darrin Bielema who won the MIT Scholarship plus our All-Around Male Student award. Next is Kassidee Church who was awarded our Good Citizen Award and Brooke Stralow who was our Sauk Valley Community College Scholarship winner. Not pictured was our Vocational Tech Scholarship award winner Cody Southern and our All Round Female Scholarship winner Allyssa Renner. Each of these students have worked very hard to succeed in high school and we are confident they will excel in College. Congratulations to all the winners!
The Morrison Rotary Club held their annual meeting on June 28 at Happy Joes. The evening featured the transfer of the presidency from 2017 President Dave Abele to the 2018 President Dr. Brad Yacklich. Dr. Yacklich presented Dave with a past-president lapel pin and a plaque to recognize his successful reign as president last year.
Carolyn Spencer of the Hospice of the Rock River Valley gave a presentation to our club today about their new care facility being built in Sterling. Area Rotary clubs are involved in providing grants to purchase new beds for the facility. Carolyn is also a member of the Sterling Noon club.
Several Morrison Rotarians enjoyed a wonderful night at the Clinton Lumberkings game. Great food, a few adult beverages and wonderful fellowship was enjoyed by all. I heard a rumor that Dr. Yacklich's boy was signed by the Chicago Cubs after throwing out the first pitch.
Our District RYLA begins this Friday with our club sending two Morrison High school students (Molly Neumann and MacKenzie Stoecker). Pictured below second from the right is Emily Clark, a former RYLA camper and counselor from Morrison who also lends a hand with their RYLA in northern Wisconsin where she attends college.

Today our club presentation was given by Chief Tim Morgan of the Sterling Police Department. He gave a great presentation about policing today and their new therapy program and puppy, Brinckley. This is an innovative idea that has received worldwide attention and will be a great comfort to many crime victims. Thank you Chief Morgan!
Russ Renner, an engineer with the Whiteside County Highway Department gave a presentation along with three Morrison High school students about a cooperative program where the physics class designed a replacement bridge for Kelly Park in Morrison. Mr. Renner worked with the class once a week since the beginning of school to teach engineering applications and assist with the design of the bridge.

The Morrison Rotary Club donated $1,000 to this project. There were many other players in this endeavor including the City, County, school and WACC.

Congratulations to Mike Wiersema for attaining the Paul Harris award giving level times 2. Mike serves as our Sergeant at Arms and I must say provides a very lively segment to our club in that role each week.
Well done Mike!
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