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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!
 
The Morrison Rotary Club welcomed former District Governor Tom Brooks who was on hand to make a special presentation. Mr. Brooks presented Kathy Schmidt with the District Rotarian of the 2020-21 year for her service as the District Newsletter Editor for over 3 years which included her service during the pandemic. Kathy ALWAYS had the newsletter out by the first of the month. She consistently reminded our District Governor and other elected officials that newsletter articles were needed. Pictured here is DG Brooks presenting Kathy Schmidt with her award. Well done Kathy!
 
The Morrison Rotary Club celebrated the end of the 2020-21 fiscal year with a party at the Whiteside County Fairgrounds. We honored Ron Coplan with a mug with his name on it so he can remember which cup is his after the adult beverages take full effect. Actually the mug was to honor Ron for over 56 years of service to the Rotary Club of Morrison. Thank you so much Ron!
 
Outgoing president Mick Welding also presented incoming 2021-22 president Carrie Melton with her presidents pin. Carrie will do an outstanding job. We are fortunate to have her in our group.
 
Thank you everyone who contributed to a wonderful, fun-filled evening!
 
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The Morrison Rotary Club is committed to supporting Literacy in our community. The first project was presented by Meridith Layne, the Odell Librarian. "This year, we formally request financial assistance for the purchase of another $500 of physical books for children participating in this year’s Summer Reading Club, which extends learning opportunities to area children over the summer months to help prevent the decline of literacy skills, often referred to as “Summer Slide”. With your help, all Summer Reading Club participants would receive at least one book to keep building on the literacy skills that children have developed during the school year" Pictured here with all of the books purchased with the $500 Rotary grant is Ellen Smith, Literacy Chair, Katie Rider, Odell Library Summer Reading Club chair, and Mick Welding, Rotary President. 
 
The second project was for junior high students. The Morrison Jr. High Principal Joe Robbins and instructor Ms. Jan Scott were working to update our reading texts to better align vertically across grade levels and also to change to the most recent edition of EL Education, the curriculum we use. A check for $500 was presented to Mr. Robbins and Ms. Scott by Ellen Smith, Morrison Rotary Literacy chair. These funds will purchase 55 books to help update their curriculum. 
 
 
Morrison Rotary awards Scholarships to Morrison High School students 
The Morrison Rotary Club is proud to announce the recipients of scholarships to the following MHS seniors:
Sauk Valley Community College- Emily Henson
MIT- Bradley Toppert
Ag Scholarship- Brandon Peppers
Good Citizen- Anthony Fulton
All Around Female- Chole Bielema
All Around Male- Ashton Smith
 
Pictured Left to Right- Chloe Bielema, Bradley Toppert, Anthony Fulton, Ashton Smith, Emily Henson, and Brandon Peppers

Stephanie Deckro accepts a Paul Harris Award
Pictured here is Foundation Director Dave Abele presenting a Paul Harris PLUS 9 award to Stephanie Deckro. Stephanie is very passionate as evidenced by her $10,000 donation to the Paul Harris foundation!
 
Morrison Rotary recognizes May Students of the Month
Alexandria Bullard is the daughter of Angela Dykstra and Terry Bullard. She was involved in Key Club, Drama/Theater, choir and just got elected into the National Honor Society. She is active in 4-H, Choir and a blood drive coordinator at her church. Her hobbies include singing, acting, writing and reading. Next year she will attend Clinton Community College and then transfer to a 4 year college to major in Business and/or Marketing. Congratulations Alexandria.
Tyson Smith is the son of Kelly and Jeff Smith. He played football all 4 years, 2 years of baseball, 1 year of golf and he was a BLIND leader for 2 years plus 2 years of the National Honor Society. As a BLIND leader he assisted freshman to help acclimate to High School and he worked at community events. He also works at Windsor Manor as a resident assistant. He loves football, fishing and hanging out with friends. After graduation he will attend Loras College in Dubuque and major in PE and Health. He will also play on their football team. Nice job Tyson!
The Morrison Rotarians will gather on Wednesday, May 19 at 5:00 at Dairy Queen to collect trash along the highway. If you are not able to be there at 5:00 you can collect trash earlier in the day/week. There will be some type of rehydration after the work is completed. Thanks!
Twin Cities Sunrise Rotary, Sterling Noon Rotary, Rock Falls Rotary and Morrison Rotary clubs provided 64 new Chrome Books for students at the Center For Change Alternative School in Rock Falls. With the help of a matching district grant, each club presented $3,000, and CGH Medical Center and Gaffey Home Nursing & Hospice partnered with the clubs for a $14,620 total donation. Pictured are (from left) Rotary members Lori Cortez, Mark Morris, Barb Majeski, and Bob Sondgeroth.
 
 
The Morrison Community Hospital Foundation Board President Betty Steinert was on hand to receive a $500 Rotary donation check from Rotary President Mick Welding. Betty wanted to express her thanks from the Foundation and the many patients from our community the hospital serves for this generous donation. Funds will be used for the Hospital Capital Campaign.
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