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Morrison Rotary October Students of the Month
 
Landri Harmon
Landri is the daughter of Paul and Jamie Harmon. She has been active in swimming on the Seahorse Swim Club, High School Swim Team (4 years) and Assistant Swim Coach. She has been on the Student Council and Key Club for 4 years and she is a member of the National Honor Society. She loves designing and planning art projects which has been displayed on Paint the Town windows for 6 years. She loves reading, swimming and hanging with friends. Next year she plans to go to SVCC for 2 years and then onto NIU to pursue graphic design with a major in Advertising and Marketing.
 
Hannah Zinke
Hannah is the daughter of Ryan and Melissa Zinke. She has been involved in BLIND, Student Council, FFA, Cheer, Drama, Band, Choir and is a National Honor Society member. She is a member of 4-H, the 4-H Federation and JDC Dancer. She loves to play the ukulele and cello. Hannah raises dairy heifers and shows them at County Fairs. She would love to pursue a degree in Elementary Education at a 4 year state school.
 
A few weeks ago Morrison Rotarian Dr. Dick Vandermyde introduced Christopher Stein, Chief, Heritage Areas and Large Landscape Initiatives National Park Service, Interior Regions 3- 5. Christopher introduced our Rotary Club to the Bee and Butterfly Fund Seed a Legacy program. He discussed how dependent on bees, butterflies and other insects to pollinate plants to provide the foods we eat every day. Christopher noted “One out of every three bites of food you eat exists because of the efforts of pollinators, including many fruits, vegetables, and seeds. Pollinators not only are necessary for our own food, but support the food and habitat of animals” In addition he noted “In the United States alone, pollination by honey bees contributed to over $19 billion of crop production in 2010, while pollination by other insect pollinators contributed to nearly $10 billion of crop production”
In June of 2020 the Rotary International Board of Directors and the The Rotary Foundation Trustees added “supporting the environment” as the 7th Area of Focus. Rotary Board members established a collaborative effort known as Operation Pollination. Operation Pollination recognizes the importance of pollinator habitat both restored and maintained on public and private lands.  Through collaboration and outreach, an interconnected mosaic of pollinator habitat interspersed between public and private land will be developed to stabilize and/or increase populations of pollinator species throughout your project area.
The Morrison Rotary Club agreed to join Operation Pollination as their 2021-22 project. The club wrote a District matching grant to fund the project. The Morrison Club voted to contribute $500 toward the project which was double-matched by our local 6420 District. The Morrison City Council agreed to donate up to an acre of land located at Waterworks Park on West Winfield St. An environmentally friendly herbicide was applied to remove grass and weeds from the site. Morrison resident Ron Shank plowed the area in October 2021. He plowed it again in April 2022. Next a grant was written to the Bee and Butterfly Fund Seed a Legacy program for seeds that are native to both bee and butterfly pollinators. Many thanks to Elsa Gallagher for providing 17 lbs. of a variety of clover, lavender hyssop, lemon mint, coneflowers, goldenrod and blackeyed susan seeds at no cost to our club. The garden was planted in late April. A sign was erected to commemorate the Morrison Rotary Clubs dedication to the preservation of pollinators in our area. Many thanks to Christopher Stein, Elsa Gallagher of the BBHF, Dr. Vandermyde for his vision, plus Morrison Rotarians and Rotary District 6420 for providing funds to make this vision a reality!
 
The Morrison Rotary Club hosted District Governor Laura Kann and Assistant District Governor Allen Przysucha on August 24th. Laura's home club is in Princeton IL. She outlined the new strategic plan for District 6420 which strengthens our shared commitment to Rotary’s core values of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership and is consistent with our Four-Way Test. She also mentioned the new Rotary National President Jennifer Jones from Canada has set a challenge for each member of every local chapter to donate a book to the local library. 
It was an honor to host Laura and Allen and to join them to help our District succeed!
 
A few weeks ago Morrison Rotarian Dr. Dick Vandermyde introduced Christopher Stein, Chief, Heritage Areas and Large Landscape Initiatives National Park Service, Interior Regions 3- 5. Christopher introduced our Rotary Club to the Bee and Butterfly Fund Seed a Legacy program. He discussed how dependent on bees, butterflies and other insects to pollinate plants to provide the foods we eat every day. Christopher noted “One out of every three bites of food you eat exists because of the efforts of pollinators, including many fruits, vegetables, and seeds. Pollinators not only are necessary for our own food, but support the food and habitat of animals” In addition he noted “In the United States alone, pollination by honey bees contributed to over $19 billion of crop production in 2010, while pollination by other insect pollinators contributed to nearly $10 billion of crop production”
In June of 2020 the Rotary International Board of Directors and the The Rotary Foundation Trustees added “supporting the environment” as the 7th Area of Focus. Rotary Board members established a collaborative effort known as Operation Pollination. Operation Pollination recognizes the importance of pollinator habitat both restored and maintained on public and private lands.  Through collaboration and outreach, an interconnected mosaic of pollinator habitat interspersed between public and private land will be developed to stabilize and/or increase populations of pollinator species throughout your project area.
The Morrison Rotary Club agreed to join Operation Pollination as their 2021-22 project. The club wrote a District matching grant to fund the project. The Morrison Club voted to contribute $500 toward the project which was double-matched by our local 6420 District. The Morrison City Council agreed to donate up to an acre of land located at Waterworks Park on West Winfield St. An environmentally friendly herbicide was applied to remove grass and weeds from the site. Morrison resident Ron Shank plowed the area in October 2021. He plowed it again in April 2022. Next a grant was written to the Bee and Butterfly Fund Seed a Legacy program for seeds that are native to both bee and butterfly pollinators. Many thanks to Elsa Gallagher for providing 17 lbs. of a variety of clover, lavender hyssop, lemon mint, coneflowers, goldenrod and blackeyed susan seeds at no cost to our club. The garden was planted in late April. A sign was erected to commemorate the Morrison Rotary Clubs dedication to the preservation of pollinators in our area. Many thanks to Christopher Stein, Elsa Gallagher of the BBHF, Dr. Vandermyde for his vision, plus Morrison Rotarians and Rotary District 6420 for providing funds to make this vision a reality!
 
 
New Pavilion Donated to the Dog Park
 We want to thank Jonah and his crew from Countryside Construction (815-213-8382) for a job well done building the new pavilion that the Morrison Rotary Club donated to the new Dog Park. We know this will provide shelter for pets and their owners for many years to come!
Morrison Rotary Club installs new member
 Pictured here is sponsor Ellen Smith placing a Rotary pin on the lapel of new member Lynette Damhoff. Also pictured is president Scott Vandermyde who administered the new member oath. We are grateful to have Lynette in our club!
The Morrison Rotary Club pressed thru the heat and humidity and completed the road clean up along highway 30 east of Morrison from Dairy Queen to the Morrison Vet Clinic. A big thank you to the guys who showed up and a thank you to Dr. Dick Vandermyde and Scott who provided rehydration at their home after the job was completed. We also want to thank our road commissioner Merle for providing transportation and we also want to wish our clean up organizer and supervision Mark Schuler a get well soon shout out! The clean up crew consisted of (l-r) Brad Yaklich (kneeling) Mick Welding, Brads son Jaxon, Michael Blean, John Prange, Karl Kovarik (making sure the post doesn't fall) Josh West (kneeling), Mike Gunderson, Gary Steinert, Stan Steines and Ted Volckman. Thanks again gang!
 
 
The Morrison Rotary Club donated funds to build a new pavilion at the new location of the Morrison Dog Park. Jonah from Countryside Construction started putting the building together today. He said it will be done by tomorrow. Thank you to all Rotarians who work at events to make donations like this possible!
Morrison Rotary installs new president     
A changing of the guard took place on Wednesday, July 6. Rotary President Carrie Melton handed the gavel, along with a president pin, to incoming president Scott Vandermyde. Scott then presented Carrie with a plaque and a past-president pin. The Morrison Rotary is thankful for the leadership that Carrie provided. Under her watch we were able to plant a Pollinator Plot on West Winfield Street, provide funding for a new pavilion for the Dog Park and donate $5,500 in scholarships to Morrison High School Students. Carrie also manages the Student of the Month program where the Morrison Rotary recognizes 2 Morrison High School students each month. Those students are selected by MHS staff.
Thank you again Carrie for your leadership. We look forward to a promising year under Scott’s leadership as well!
 
As part of our 6th grade ELA curriculum, our students have been reading and learning about schools in Africa. On March 25th, the 6th grade class sponsored a bring a friend dance to raise money for not only the school they’ve been in contact with, but also our local Rotary. Several of our 6th grade students were able to attend the Rotary meeting today and presented them with a check for $825. Another $825 will be sent to the school in Africa. Way to go 6th grade!
 
Faith Green
Daughter of Rebecca Green and the late David Green. She participates in Student Council, Key Club, and BLIND, where she was a leader. Faith was also on the golf and softball teams and she was in band and chorus. She maintained a 4.0 Honor Roll GPA all 4 years. Faith has been in 4-H since the age of 8 thus participating in the State Fair. Her hobbies include reading, singing, bowling, listening to country music, looking at old pictures and spending time with friends and family in the great outdoors. Faith has always had a passion for a career in the medical field since spending time in hospitals with her little brother and watching medical staff try and save her dad’s life from a pulmonary embolism. She currently works with seniors at Homestead of Morrison but after graduation she plans to attend Southern Illinois to get a BSN to work in a NICU/OB unit where perhaps she can help save lives in the future.
Adam Neumann
Adam is the son of Ryan and Cheryl Neumann. He loves band, choir and drama club and participating in Scholastic Bowl. He has been on student council from Freshman-Junior year and he was in Boy Scouts until High School. His hobbies include video games, hanging out with friends and bike riding. His passion is to create and edit videos on his own YouTube page. Future plans include Gen-Eds at SVCC and then continue to hone his skills at film editing and also become a voice coach. He also plans to continue to work at Caseys.
 
The Morrison Rotary Club celebrated their first meeting in their new location- Morrison Community Hospital. Thank you to Pam Pfister, CEO of Morrison Hospital and Dody Ogburn, Dietary Director for allowing group to meet in the new conference room and preparing a delicious meal. 
 
Morrison Rotary recognizes our December Student of the Month
Our December Student of the Month was not able to join us due to some scheduling conflicts. So we were finally able to recognize Isaac Melton. Isaac is the son of Morrison Police Chief Brian Melton and Morrison Rotary President Carrie Melton. Isaac was active in sports participating in basketball and golf for 4 years. He also served on the Student Council for 4 years and the B.L.I.N.D program for 2 years. Isaac is a member of the National Honor Society and he participated in the Rotary Youth Leadership Camp. He loved it. Isaac plans to pursue a nursing degree at Bradley University and then attend graduate school in the medical field as well. Great job Isaac and your friends at Morrison Rotary wish you the very best!
 
Our March Students of the Month are Macy Williamson and Brady Wolf.
Macy Williamson
Macy is the daughter of Larry and Judy Heath. She is a senior at MHS. She is actively involved in Student Council, Key Club, and the B.L.I.N.D program where she is a leader. She also serves as the student director of the upcoming Drama performance.  She loves to teach kids how to dance at Jennifer’s Dance Center.  Her hobbies are Dance, Art, Reading and Writing. Her future goals are to attend Coe College in Cedar Rapids with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. She will obtain her masters to work as a therapist with troubled youth and/or recovering addicts. Eventually she would like to open a non-profit community center for children and teens!
Brady Wolf
Brady is the son of Ben and Alisa Wolf and the grandson of Dr. B.J Wolf, former superintendent of Rock Falls Schools. Brady is active in Student Council, the B.L.I.N.D program, Track and Field, Basketball and Cross Country. He also volunteers to collect supplies for nursing homes and food for local food drives. He loves to run, lift weights, working on cars and driving drag cars. He plans to attend U.W. Platteville to obtain a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in biomedical engineering.
 
 
The Harvest Hammer race lost a long-time participant recently. Ms. Diana Nelson was a regular runner in our race.  In 1982 Diana developed a passion for running and never looked back. While competing in hundreds of races over the years, Diana prided herself in never missing a day. Diana currently holds the 6th longest women’s retired running streak in the United States Running Streak Association where she had a streak of 9,396 days (which equates to 25 years, 8 months and two days) before she was sidelined by an injury, but this still didn’t slow her down. She bounced back and continued to run for well over another decade. During her running career she managed to log enough miles to the equivalent of running around the world over four times. She was featured in articles by the Sauk Valley Newspaper and Dixon Telegraph for her running achievements and was a longtime member of the Rock River Running Club, Cornbelt Running Club, Rockford Road Runners, Starved Rock Runners and the Sauk Valley Striders. We will certainly miss seeing Diana!
 
The Morrison Rotary Club honored 2 students of the month for February. Seniors Mae Li and Allison Taylor took a few minutes to talk about their school experiences and share future plans.
Mae Li
Her actual name is Rongxuan Li. Her guardian is George Pelka. Mae came to Morrison 3 years ago. She noted that everyone in Morrison knows everyone so she decided to change that. NO one knew her when she came. During her 3 years at MCH she has participated in track and field and swimming. She said that she was taught swimming when her mom tossed her in the pool and told her to swim. Teaching techniques have advanced through the years. She loves to play tennis, ride bikes, read and go to movies. She noted in China there is more focus on academics so she was excited to be able to participate in sports. She loves to volunteer at the local alpaca farm. Future plans are to attend Sauk Valley College and then move onto a 4 year school with the final goal to be a math teacher.
Allison Taylor
Allison’s parents are Kevin and Michelle Taylor. She has lived in Morrison since about 3rd grade. She loves to attend Emmanuel Church youth activities and she has participated in mission trips. She loves to travel, dance and spend time with friends and family. She is president of the Key Club and is a member of the National Honor Society. She has also been a cheerleader for both football and basketball. Her future plans are to attend Wartburg College in Waverly IA and major in Business Marketing.
 
 
January 2022 Morrison Students of the Month
Our January 2022 Students of the Month from Morrison High School are Tanna Frederick and Samuel Richards. Tanna is the daughter of Bryan and Vicky Frederick. She is completing her senior year and is active in volleyball, cheerleading, softball, key club and intro to education. She loves to babysit and she has also helped with blood drives. She loves reading, writing, traveling and spending time with people. Her plans are to pursue early childhood education at Illinois State or Condordia University in Chicago.
Sam is the son of Gidget Ross. He has also participated in school activities such as student council (grades 10-12), Key club (9-12), BLIND (11-12) and he founded a Student Advisory Committee. He helped coordinate 2 animal shelter drives and he has been on the Morrison Seahorse Swim Club for 9 years. He loves swimming and has been participating on the Sterling co-op team. His plans next year are to attend a 4 year college TBD.
Thank you to Kevin Schisler and his assistant Kelly Smith for providing entertainment for our annual Fun and Frolic. Members had a chance to select a mystery gift bag and in the spirit of "Service above Self" then steal that gift bag from a fellow Rotarian. They also had a chance to "pay down" their annual fines by donning the infamous hat of knowledge and answering a trivia question about a fellow Rotarian. Most members failed and therefore paid their annual ransom plus a few dollars. Great job Kevin!
 
 
Rotary District 6420 Foundation Chair Kathy Kwiat-Hess and District Governor David Bills were on hand for a special presentation. Morrison Rotary Club member Stephanie Deckro attained the level of Paul Harris major donor level. That means that Stephanie has donated $10,000 to the Paul Harris Foundation who’s main goal is to eradicate Polio throughout the world along with other initiatives. Stephanie is the 4th Morrison Rotarian to achieve this level in our 98 year history. Stephanie received a crystal award with her name engraved plus a pendant to wear to remind her of her generous donation. Stephanie noted she has traveled to other clubs in other parts of the world so she knows firsthand how Rotary International has benefited citizens in other nations.
Pictured here l-r Governor David Bills, Morrison Foundation Chair Dave Abele, Stephanie Deckro and Foundation chair Kathy Kwiat- Hess.
Also receiving Paul Harris awards were Merle Reisenbigler ($4,000 level) and Mike Gunderson ($2,000 level)
Congratulations to all Morrison Rotarians for your generous support of the Rotary International Foundation
 
 
Merle Reisenbigler and Dave Abele
 
Mike Gunderson and Dave Abele
The Morrison Rotary Club welcomed two new members. Pictured L-R is Mark Schuler, sponsor for New Member Cassi Schultz, Office Manager at Kunes Country Motors in Morrison, President Carrie Melton, New Member Kat Pence, Administrator at Pleasantview Nursing Home and her sponsor Mick Welding. Welcome to Rotary ladies!
 
MHS Students of the Month for November are Kate Henson and Isaac Melton. Kate was able to join us for lunch yesterday (pictured with Rotary President Carrie Melton). She is the daughter of Tracy and Andy Henson. Kate is involved in Student Council, BLIND, Key Club, National Honor Society, Swimming, Track, and the WACC CEO class. She has been on mission trips with her youth group, enjoys sewing, thrifting and swimming. She plans to attend a 4-year university to major in marketing or business with the goal to have her own business some day. Isaac Melton could not be with us for lunch but we hope he can join us another day. He is the son of Carrie and Brian Melton. Isaac is a 4-year basketball player, 4-year varsity golfer, on Student Council, is a BLIND Leader, in the National Honor Society and was an attendant at the RYLA conference a few years ago. He plans to attend a 4-year university (Bradley or UWM) to study nursing and then go onto graduate school. He enjoys golf, traveling, watching NFL, NASCAR and NBA, and his 2 dogs.
 
A somewhat smaller contingency of road warriors braved the elements and cleaned up the road from Dairy Queen to the Vet Clinic on highway 30. Pictured here is Michael Blean, Kevin Schisler, Commish Mark Schuler and Mike Gundy Gunderson. By the time the photo was taken Jim Camp had already made a run for home when the thunder roared. Also a big thank you to our traffic control guy/photographer Merle.
 
 
 
Rotary Students of the Month joined us for lunch today at our meeting. Faith VanderVinne (L) and Clara Bush (R) pose with President Carrie Melton after telling the club about their activities and future plans. Both are seniors at Morrison High School. Faith is involved in Key Club, Student Council, Cheer, band, National Honor Society; is interested in hunting, dirt biking, and spending time with family; and she plans to attend Carthage College in Kenosha to student education. Clara is involved in Student Council, Key Club, Yearbook, and BLIND; she is active in community activities, enjoys photography and traveling; and she plans to attend a 4-year university after graduation. Good Luck Seniors!
 
The Morrison Rotary Club was treated to a visit from Kim Cavazos, Lieutenant with the Whiteside County Sheriff's office. She brought Copper, a Golden Doodle comfort dog. Copper was acquired him from a breeder in Prophetstown. Kim loves to take Copper to April House, health departments and clinics to cheer up guests. She would love to talk to schedule a visit from Copper. You can reach her by calling the sheriffs office. Thank you again Kim!
 
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