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Rotary Club of Morrison


Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:10 PM
Windsor Manor
403 Scenic Street
Morrison, IL  61270-2036
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Students of the Month
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.

Good morning. This is just a reminder that if you have not yet registered for the 31st Annual Harvest Hammer Duathlon in Morrison IL that the early registration discount expires at 5:00 PM CST on Thursday, September 13. After 5:00 the registration fees increase by $5.00. Take advantage of the discount and register today. We look forward to seeing everyone on what is shaping up to be a beautiful Saturday morning.
Sergeant Kris Schmidt of the Whiteside County Sheriffs office addressed the Morrison Rotary Club on Wednesday, September 5. His topic was school safety. Kris made a compelling argument for increasing protection for our kids while they are in school. Following his talk he answered questions from the Rotarians. Thank you again Kris for an eye opening presentation.
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 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.
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.
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