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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 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!
 
Members of the Morrison Rotary club just barely beat the rain on May 2 as they conducted their first road cleanup of the year. Rotarians uphold the motto “Service above Self” by providing a variety of services for our city. Those members who braved the weather are pictured (l-r) kneeling- Mike Blean, Back row: Jim Camp, Don Jevne, Mark Schuler, Dr. John Tomasino, Mike Gunderson, John Prange, Mick Welding and Dan Vandermyde. Merle Reisenbigler serves as our transportation and disposal director.
 
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.
 
NOVEMBER 2017 MORRISON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
 
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.
 
 
 
 
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