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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.
Morrison Rotarian Suellen Girard presented an amazing program on October 7. She is a volunteer quilt maker for the Quilts of Valor, which was founded in 2003 to supply service members and veterans touched by war with the comfort and healing of a quilt. As of March 2020 this organization has provided over 250,000 quilts to veterans. Many of these soldiers have suffered some type of physical or psychological wound and a quilt can do so much to help them heal.  Even if you can’t sew a quilt you can donate funds to Quilts of Valor, or you can donate fabric to a locate QOV group.
Suellen pours her heart and soul into each quilt she makes because she knows she can honor the military service her dad gave to his country. She displayed 4 quilts she made that would easily bring several hundred dollars if she were to sell them. We want to thank Suellen for her dedication and the investment she makes to comfort our veterans and their families. This certainly fulfills the Rotary motto of “Service about Self”.
If you would like to nominate someone for a quilt you can go to:
The Morrison Rotary Club welcomed two new members today. Scott Vandermyde was sponsored by his father Dick and Kevin Kuehl was sponsored by Mark Schuler. Pictured here is Rotary President Mick Welding, Scott and Kevin. Welcome to the club gentlemen!
Morrison Rotary Literacy Committee Chair Ellen Smith recommended a great program to allow our Club to support the Odell Library Summer Reading program. Using our $500 donation the Library staff, chaired by Katie Rider (pictured here), was able to purchase 200 books through the Scholastic Book Company. Over 100 kids in Morrison have taken advantage of free books offered thru this program. On behalf of the Morrison Rotary Club and numerous families in our
community, we want to thank Katie and Meridith Layne for organizing such a beneficial program for our kids!
Dr. Dick Vandermyde 90th Birthday
Twenty members of the Morrison Rotary club, spouses and Stan Steines daughters serenaded Dr. Dick Vandermyde on his 90th birthday on Father’s Day. He commented that Father’s Day was especially exciting for him since he had his four sons in to see him. But the Happy Birthday song by the Rotarians was icing on the cake. Doc has also been a member of the Morrison Rotary Club for the past 23 years. If you see Doc please wish him a very Happy Birthday. After all, he probably had a part in delivering about one-half of the Morrison population.    
Hello Rotarians. It has been a long long time since we have met. That is about to end! As we move into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, your board of directors is proud to announce our new start! We will officially meet at the open air pavilion at the Whiteside County Fairgrounds at 12:10 on Wednesday July 1. This will be a bring your own lunch and lawn chair. No formal program to start. But bring a bunch of stories! I look forward to seeing everyone!
On May 7, Morrison Rotarians joined forces to complete a cleanup of Highway 30 from Dairy Queen all the way to the Morrison Vet Clinic. Assisting in the clean up efforts were: 
(l-r) Jack Ottosen, Michael Blean, Kristi Wambeke (kneeling), Mike Gunderson, Chairman Mark Schuler, Dr. Brad Yaklich, and guest Ken Swanson. Merle Reisenbigler served as transportation director and master photographer. Thank you Rotarians for showing Service Above Self!
A big thank you to the Rotarians who showed up to assist with the food truck on April 1. Rotarians showed up with masks and gloves and pitched in to help offload the truck. The food pantry is becoming a valuable resource for people in our community who are experiencing hardships. Thank you again Morrison Rotary club!
March 2020 Students of the Month
Although we were not able to have a Rotary Meeting this month to honor our MHS Students of the Month, we wanted to recognize Collin Roberts and Sophie Prombo and tell you a bit about them and their accomplishments. 

Collin’s parents are Elisha O’Neal and Adrian Roberts.  He has been involved in football (4 years), track and field and will be joining the trapshooting team. He is a member of the River Church in Clinton and enjoys working on his car, weightlifting, and trapshooting. Collin plans to go to Western Illinois University and study electrical engineering.
Sophie is the daughter of Jim and Toni Prombo. She is involved in cross country, track, and band (pep and concert). She also is a member of her church youth group and the key club. Sophie enjoys running, reading, and music. Sophie plans to attend Illinois State University and major in either exercise science or nutrition. 
Great work students and Good Luck!  We hope to have you at one of our luncheons very soon!
Morrison Rotary Club February Students of the Month
We are proud to announce the February 2020 Students of the Month are Grace Steines and Ryan Kennedy.
Grace is the daughter of Stanley Steines and Deb Milder. She has participated in volleyball, basketball, softball, key club, band, student council and BLIND. She also stays active with Youth Fellowship in her community. As noted by her school activities she loves sports and music but also loves to hang out with friends. Her future plans are to attend Illinois State University and major in Exercise Science. Grace’s dad Stan has also been a Rotarian for over 29 years! Pictured here is Grace and her very proud dad!
Ryan is the son of Jesse and Trish Kennedy. Ryan is an amazing athlete participating in football for 3 years (1 time captain) and wrestling all 4 years where he was captain for 3 years. He is an active member of St. Mary’s church and is a youth wrestling coach. He loves to hunt and fish. Ryan’s plans after graduation are to attend the University of WI- Platteville majoring in Mechanical Engineering and wrestling for the Pioneers. Best wishes Ryan. Well done!
Levi Lewis (pictured here) and John Kophamer enlightened our Rotarians with a program featuring their first year adventure raising hemp. Levi said he and John had done a lot of research to understand the process of preparing ground, planting, cultivating and harvesting the plant. They started by purchasing seeds to plant on 5 acres. Each of the female only seeds cost $1.25. Additional costs were incurred to plant the seeds with a specially prepared planter that covered the seeds with a material to keep the seeds warm. Once the plants sprouted a lot of manual labor was required to weed the fields by hand. No pesticides could be used. The plants took about 8 weeks to grow to full maturity. Harvesting the plants had to be done by hand to carefully remove each stalk to prevent damage to the flower which held the CBD oil. Since they only planted female seeds the CBD oil contained NO THC, which is found in marijuana plants. The plants were then dried and the seeds were removed. They are still waiting for a processing plant to take the final product to extract the oil for CBD. When asked if the guys would plant another crop they answered “not before we reduce a lot of manual labor”. It was a great program. Very informative. Thank you John and Levi.
Morrison Rotary Donates Harvest Hammer shirts
The Morrison Rotary club donated new Harvest Hammer shirts from prior races to the Morrison Food Bank, April House and Morrison Hospital. The shirts are provided to adults and children who need something nice to wear but may not have the resources to purchase them. The emergency department at Morrison Hospital gives shirts to those patients who enter the emergency room whose shirts that have been damaged or destroyed through trauma. Pictured here is Harvest Hammer race director Stephanie Neas (l) presenting a shirt to Carrie Melton, Executive Director of April House.
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    December 15
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    December 24
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    December 21, 1965
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    December 27, 1995
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