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Rotary Club of Morrison

Morrison

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:10 PM
Windsor Manor
403 Scenic Street
Morrison, IL  61270-2036
United States
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The Morrison Rotary club welcomed new members Kristi Wambeke and Chelsea Ferguson. These ladies work for Rock Valley Physical Therapy. Their company was accepted as a Corporate Member meaning that either Kristi or Chelsea can attend the meetings. Pictured here (l-r) are their sponsor, Kathy Schmidt, Chelsea, Kristi and President Ron Coplan. Welcome aboard ladies!
 
 

Today Morrison Rotary welcomed Kate Vos (left) and Cassie Osborn as our April Students of the Month from Morrison High School.

Cassie is a Senior, has been involved in musicals, Band, Choir, Jazz Band and Drama Club. She has also been a dancer at Leanne's Dance Connection for 15 years. Her plans are to attend Illinois Wesleyan University and major in Music Education. Cassie's parents are Roger and Sheila Osborn

Kate is a Senior. She has been involved in Softball, Volleyball and basketball. She has been a Student Council member for 4 years. Her plans are to attend Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. Her parents are Dale & Polly Vos.

Morrison High School March Students of the Month
Bailey Smith
Bailey is the daughter of Mike and Dara Smith. She is a senior who has been an active volunteer with Paint the Town, Harvest Hammer, and Key Club where she serves as president. She also helps with the annual Christ Walk. In addition Bailey loves to act in school plays. Her plans are to attend college next year and study Pre-law. Best wishes Bailey!
Hannah Linder
Hannah is the daughter of Kurt and Lori Linder. She has been active in sports particularly basketball and softball. He has participated in Key Club for the past 4 years. She loves agriculture and she services as secretary of the FFA and she is a 4H member. Her plans are to attend Highland Community College and study Ag Business and then come home and eventually take over the family farm. Congratulations Hannah!
 
Morrison Rotarian Dr. David Yeager presented a program entitled " Common Foot and Ankle problems and how to correct them" to the Clinton Rotary Club on Monday, March 4. Many of the Rotarians were very impressed with his details and his photos and his ability to explain some of the abnormalities in a way they can understand. We want to thank Clinton Rotarians Mary Swanson and Cheryl Frey for the invitation. 
 
Morrison High School January Students of the Month
Our January students of the month are MacKenzie Ryder and Ethan Medenblik.
MacKenzie is active in Student Council where she serves as President. She coordinates Spirit events for the sports teams.  She loves to dance. MacKenzie is very active in her church and she just finished a 5 week mission trip to China this summer where she taught English and other classes. Her future plans are to attend either Moody Bible Institute or a school that will allow her to blend her love for people and cultural studies.
Ethan is the son of Kevin and Jennifer Medenblik. He loves sports and he has played baseball and basketball at MHS. He also helps umpire Little League games at the sports complex. Ethan plans to attend MIT this fall majoring in Network Administration. 
 

Morrison Rotary Club Literacy Committee Chair Ellen Smith submitted these photos of one class which is receiving free books throughout the 2018-2019 school year.  Parent donations supported the program, Smith noted.

Northside School children received their October installment of free, monthly books, provided by Morrison Rotary Club.  Increasing literacy is an important goal of the organization.  Below are children in Karen Mayberry's class.

 

Kolten Conklen was our speaker today. Kolten traveled to South Korea through the Rotary Long Term Youth Exchange program. He spent the 2016-2017 school year there and was sponsored by the 

Sterling Noon Rotary club. While in South Korea he stayed with three host families and learned a lot about their culture.In the photo Kolten’s jacket is covered in all sorts of pins and memorabilia that he collected throughout his visit. This is a tradition with all of the exchange students (inbound and outbound).

Kolten is currently attending the University of Illinois studying International Studies and Business. He will return to South Korea next Spring on a study abroad.

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Today Donald Jevne received his Paul Harris Fellow (pin and certificate) from President Ron Coplan. Kevin 
Schisler received his Paul Harris +1 recognition pin. A Rotarian receives the Paul Harris Fellow after donating at certain levels to the Rotary Foundation. 
Congratulations Don and Kevin!
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The Morrison Rotary club members lost a wonderful member. Don Miller passed away on January 4th at the young age of 90. Don joined the Morrison Rotary club on September 13, 1967 making him a 52 year veteran! Don served his country in the armed forces and he was a long time school teacher in the Morrison Schools. I am proud to say that I was a teammate of Don's trivia team for several years which benefited the Friends of the Park. He was our song leader whenever we had a Rotarian birthday. He loved a good joke and he would laugh whenever he was fined for some trivial offense at our noon luncheons. He will be missed!
 
December 2018 Students of the Month
At the December 12 meeting the Morrison Rotary Club announced the Students of the Month. The honorees are Michelle Edwards and Jacob Schlegel.
Michelle is the daughter of Tom and Nancy Edwards. She was co-president of Key Club which provided her with numerous projects to serve her community by doing projects. She is a lifelong member of Morrison (18 years to be exact). She plans to attend Sauk Valley College to take classes that will steer her to a future of happiness.
Jacob is the son of Todd and Christine Schlegel. He was captain of the football team (until an ACL injury ended his career) and he also participated in basketball and track. He has served on Student Council and has volunteered in a few food drives. He works for Green and Clean. His future plans will take him to Upper Iowa, or Monmouth or Loras College to study business and to play football.
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Our October Students of the Month were Megan Muur and Steven Kramoski, both seniors at Morrison High School.
 
Megan Muur
Megan is the daughter of Todd and Pam Muur. She is currently captain of the cheer squad. She is also Vice President of Student Council. Next year she plans to attend Central College in Pella IA and major in Elementary Education.
 
Steven Kramoski
Steven is the son of Randy and Laura Kramoski. Steven is captain of the basketball team and he is also on the MHS baseball team. He is active in the B.L.I.N.D program. His plans next year are to attend St. Ambrose University and major in Exercise Science and then go on to attain a degree in Physical Therapy.
 

On October 17, Dr. Steve Nunez, Vice President of Academics and Student Services at Sauk Valley Community College and Lilian Maxfield, SVCC student and Morrison resident, enlightened our Rotary club with a presentation on Rotaract. Rotaract is a student club that is affiliated with Rotary Club International and local Rotary Clubs found in Dixon, Rock Falls, and Sterling. Rotaract is focused on: (1) "Service Above Self" and will conduct local service projects and at least one international fundraising event each year, (2) providing opportunities for students to grow their leadership skills, and (3) interacting with local Rotary Club members to develop a professional network with local business, government, and educational leaders from across our community. Lilian reported that donations through Rotary that were used to supply books to students at Northside School. Rotaract students went to the school and read those books to the children. She said it was very fulfilling.

The Morrison Rotary Club celebrated the transition of our outgoing president Dr. Brad Yaklich and the incoming president Mr. Ron Coplan. Dr. Yaklich presented Mr. Coplan a plaque to thank him for the decades he has served as our weekly newsletter publisher. Later, Ron presented Dr. Yaklich with a president pin to thank him for his year of service where we met the following goals:
  • A tree was planted in Morrison for each of our  40+ Rotarians.
  • Rotarians met our goal to donate $1,000 to Polio Plus to efforts to eradicate Polio worldwide.
  • Our goal to increase membership was met.
  • $5,000 was donated to area students in scholarships to attend area colleges and technical schools.
Rotarians and their spouses celebrated a successful year with a dinner at Happy Joes. If anyone would like information to join this wonderful organization you can go to our website www.morrisonrotary.org or contact any of our Rotary club members.
 
 
President Dr. Brad Yaklich welcomed new member, Dr. David Yeager, to the Morrison Rotary Club. Dr. Yeager is a new Surgical Foot and Ankle Doctor/Podiatrist at Morrison Community Hospital. He requested a transfer from the Dixon Rotary Club to the Morrison Club. Dr. Yeager is pictured here receiving a Rotary pin from his sponsor, Mick Welding. Congratulations Dr. Yeager and welcome aboard!
 
Dr. Brad Yaklich presented a plaque to Phil Renkes to honor him for the 30 plus years he served as our Foundation Director. Phil noted that the Morrison Rotary Club members have donated in excess of $550,000 to the Paul Harris Foundation. The funds raised in this foundation provides;
  • Vocational training for teachers establishing an early childhood education center in South Africa
  • Water filters, toilets, and hygiene training to prevent fluorosis, diarrhea, and other diseases in India
  • A scholarship for a medical professional in Italy to research treatments that minimize mortality rates among premature babies
  • Peace-building seminars for 200 teachers and 1,300 students in Uganda
  • Treated mosquito nets and medical services that prevent malaria in Mali
Thank you again Phil for your dedication to our club.
Morrison Rotarians, spouses and guests were treated to a night with perfect weather, great food, enlightening company and a great come-from-behind 10th inning win by the Lumberkings. Pictured here are Rotarians Tanner and Suellen Girard and Rotarian Gary Steinert and wife Betty. Thank you to John Prange (JP) who coordinated a wonderful social evening.
MCH CEO Pam Pfister was the feature speaker at the Morrison Rotary Club June 6 meeting. Pam enlightened the group on the latest plans for the $18,000,000 expansion slated to break ground later this summer. She indicated the project is being funded by a USDA loan at a rate of 3.60% for 40 years. Pam noted that the expansion includes 8 new Med/Surg rooms on the 2nd floor, 5 new Emergency Room bays, a new Operating Room to accommodate Orthopedic Surgery, a canopy for the ambulance to safely unload patients and a renovated and relocated Laboratory and Physical Therapy department. This expansion has already created some additional jobs and will continue to add more positions as the project progresses.
The Morrison Rotary partnered with the Morrison Friends of the Park Foundation to donate new bicycle helmets to every 3rd and 4th grade student at Southside school in Morrison. Proceeds from the Harvest Hammer are used to purchase a helmet for these kids. Each helmet has a Morrison Rotary sticker affixed to the front. Assisting with the stickers and the distribution were Rotarians Kathy Schmidt, Merle Reisenbigler, Mick Welding, Ellen Smith and Dr. Brad Yacklich (not pictured). As an added incentive, Ellen also partners with the Morrison Police Department to provide free Dairy Queen ice cream stickers if the police patrolmen see a child wearing these helmets.
 
The Morrison Rotary Club awarded scholarships to Morrison High School Seniors at their awards night on May 8. Presenting the awards to the students was Kevin Schisler. The winners were: (right to left)
 
Sauk Valley Community College Scholarship – Gillian Larson
MIT Scholarship – Grant Slater
Vo/Tech – Jack Ottosen Agricultural Scholarship – Derek Bush
Rotary Good Citizen Award – Kaleb McCoy
Rotary All Around Achievement Award – Female –Madison Steines
Rotary All Around Achievement Award – Male – Isaac Damhoff
 
Congratulations to all of these students!
 
The Morrison Rotary Club held a membership drive in conjunction with the Morrison Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, April 19 at Loft 112. Over 50 members of the community enjoyed food provided by the Morrison Hospital and beverages provided by Rotary. Meredith Layne from the Chamber thanked everyone for coming and then Rotary President Brad Yacklich briefly discussed projects that Rotarians have completed in the community and worldwide. Any member of the community can get information on a membership with Rotary by contacting our membership chair, Mark Schuler at 815-772-2196.
 
At our District conference last week, the Morrison club was recognized for outstanding achievement in Literacy for 2018 as well as Sustained achievement in Literacy. Ellen Smith, our Literacy chairperson is pictured accepting both awards. Great job!
 
 
 
 
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