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The Morrison Rotary club recognized two Morrison High School students as our March 2023 Students of the Month. The first is Annie Dykstra daughter of Brandi Renkes and Darren Dykstra. She is involved in the education bound program through the high school, loves to spend time with children, is going to UW-Platteville for early education. She does babysitting and volunteering at Northside and Southside schools.
Aiden Dolieslager is the son of Angela Reamer and Mitch Dolieslager. He is involved in sports at the high school, is taking classes at WACC and is interested in possibly doing welding, mechanics or military after he graduates. 
Congratulations to Annie and Aiden!

Smoke alarms save lives! Working smoke alarms can cut the risk of death from home fires in half. That’s why we’re rallying volunteers, fire departments and partners to Sound the Alarm. The American Red Cross and the Morrison Fire Department are installing FREE smoke alarms in your community. Request a smoke alarm installation today!

Morrison, IL

Saturday, March 25th, 2023, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

To sign up for a Free smoke alarm installation visit https://tinyurl.com/MorrisonILSmokeAlarms or call 815-963-8471, extension 7.

For information on volunteering with the event, go to SoundTheAlarm.org or email NWILalarminstall@redcross.org

 

 
The Morrison Rotary Club would like to congratulate Mike Zurn for attaining the rank of Paul Harris plus 2 which means he has donated $2,000 to the Paul Harris Foundation. Your generosity is much appreciated Mike! Pictured here is Foundation Chair Dave Abele on the right presenting Mike with his pin. 
The Morrison Rotary Club listened to a very thoughtful and emotional presentation by Mr. Steve Siefken. Steve served in the Navy Intelligence Division. His dad also served in the Armed Forces. So when Steve was asked to participate in the recent Honor Flight he did so as a former serviceman and professional photographer. Steve placed pictures around the room depicting landmarks in Washington DC plus some very personal photos that really brought out emotions. Steve noted his favorite part, but the most emotional part, was reading "mail call" letters on the plane that were hand written by his family members. Steve is pictured here with a hat he wore in the service plus the hat his dad wore in combat. Thank you Steve for an emotionally charged presentation!
 
John Prange, pictured on the left, receives a Paul Harris + 2 award from Rotarian Dave Abele. John has contributed over $3,000 to this valuable foundation. Paul Harris founded one of the very first Rotary clubs in Chicago in 1905. His philanthropy efforts have helped fund projects such as:
  • 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
Congratulations JP!
February 2023 Rotary Students of the Month Marissa Folkers and Logan Baker
 
Marissa is the daughter of Scott and Andrea Folkers. She has been active in softball, cross country, basketball, volleyball FFA, student council and she was elected to the National Honor Society. She has participated in 4-H for 9 years. She loves softball and enjoys her travel softball team. After graduation she plans to attend University of Wisconsin Platteville and study plant and soil science and agribusiness. She will also play on the softball team. Her ultimate goal is to be an agronomist.
Logan is the son of Jason and Krista Baker. He loves to work out and lift weights which is why he served as captain of both the football and wrestling teams. He also participated in B.L.I.N.D and Building Trades at WACC. In addition he was elected to the National Honor Society. He has volunteered at the Kiwanis sandwich sales, Whiteside Fair electronics recycling, Flag Football coach and assisted with the wrestling team pancake sale. Future plans would be to attend a D-3 college and play football.
Morrison Rotary learns about B.L.I.N.D. program
Our Rotarians were treated to a presentation outlining the Building Lasting Impressions that Never Die (B.L.I.N.D) program. Our presenters were Melissa Landes, Student Council Leader and Jennifer Stevenson, Librarian at Morrison High School. What started in Sterling and Newman schools has now blossomed into 4 additional schools including Fulton, Morrison, Prophetstown and Rock Falls. Juniors and seniors in each of these schools apply to be leaders. Once the leaders are chosen a 2 day training in August prepares these kids leadership, team-building, community service skills and training to help freshmen transition into high school. IN September a retreat is held at Westwood with kids from every school. Last year just short of 500 kids participated! The kids learned team-building skills while building spaghetti towers and playing blind dodge ball. They also learn and practice the 40 developmental assets for teens. Each year the students write valentine cards for Nursing Home residents and they also send cards to military veterans on Veterans Day. We are so fortunate in Morrison that 14 students served as leaders last year to help freshman students acclimate to high school and find projects that make our community a better place!
Rotarian Dr. Brad Yaklich wanted each student to know that local Rotary clubs are looking for talented students to participate in college Rotary programs such as Rotaract.
Thank you ladies again for educating us on such a wonderful program.
The Morrison Rotary Club announces our January 2023 Students of the Month
 
Congratulations to our Morrison High School Students of the Month- Katie Eggemeyer and Taylor Swanstrom.
Katie is the daughter of Steve and Jean Eggemeyer. She is a member of Key Club, National Honor Society, B.L.I.N.D and Student Council. She also cheers for the football team. Her hobbies are reading and baking. She has been very active in 4-H. Her plans after graduation are to attend Sauk Valley College for pre-requisites and then transfer to Carl Sandburg or Rock Valley to major in Dental Hygiene.
 
Taylor is the daughter of Andrew and Monica Swanstrom. She has been a member of Key Club for 3 years, National Honor Society, B.L.I.N.D and she is a member of student council.  She is also an Illinois State Scholar. Taylor has also participated in basketball for 2 years and she was a football cheerleader. She loves to dance and cheer when she is not reading or crocheting while watching Netflix. She plans to go to Augustana to study Biology and major in Pre-Med.
 
Congratulations to Paul Harris recipients (left to right) Dr. Richard Vandermyde, Dr. Brad Yaklich and Kevin Schisler. Presenting the Paul Harris pins is Morrison Rotary Foundation Chair Dave Abele. Thank you gentlemen for your commitment to Rotary and the Paul Harris Foundation!
 
The Morrison Rotary club was blessed by a stop from the one and only Jimmy (Brad) Buffett (Yaklich). Despite snowflakes falling in the background we really all felt that Margaritaville was warmer and closer than we could imagine. For more information on Brad's world tour contact brad@icanseeclearlynow.com
 
Morrison Rotary November Students of the Month
 
Marissa Wadsworth
Marissa is the daughter of Jeff and Cindy Wadsworth. She is active in student council, B.L.I.N.D. and pom pons. She loves to dance especially at Jennifer’s’ Dance Studio. She also loves to bake. Her plans are to attend college to obtain a degree in Biology with plans to pursue a career in the medical field. Sounds like mom is a great influence!
 
Mark Cyphers
Mark is the son of Olga and Michael Krueger. He has been involved in several activities at MHS including Key Club, Student Council, Cross Country and Track (4 years), Quiz Bowl and Band (3 years) and Basketball, Tennis and National Honor Society (2 years). He has volunteered a total of 95 hours cleaning up Eagle Point Park, putting up flags at the cemetery, filling backpacks for Ukrainian refugees, installing mulch at Dog Park and co-coaching at K-8 summer tennis program. He loves playing tennis and weight lifting. He is a huge New York Jets fan. His favorite topic is weather and the short/long term effects it has on the world. His passion is to attend either IA. State, Northern IL, Oklahoma or Texas A & M and obtain a degree in meteorology.  
 
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.
 
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