Kim Smeja, Historic Preservationist, (pictured here) and Jan Stilson, Chairman of the Blackhawk Restoration Team, presented a program on efforts to restore the Black Hawk statue in Oregon. Kim was able to go up to view the restoration process first hand. She showed photos of the restoration efforts. Through the efforts of Illinois State Representative Tom Demmer the group was able to secure a $350,000 grant to fund the restoration efforts. Another $250,000 was raised for future maintenance and upgrades to the plaza around the statue. The statue, also called the Eternal Indian, was designed by Lorado Taft and dedicated in 1911. It is 48' tall and is perched on a 77' bluff overlooking the Rock River. Interesting enough, it is the 2nd largest concrete statue in the world! Restoration efforts will be completed by the end of this year!
Donations to continue to preserve the statue can be made at or sent to Illinois Conservation Foundation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702.
Blackhawk Statue renovation Mick Welding 2019-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
The Morrison Rotary Club announces our October 2019 Students of the Month
Congratulations to our Morrison High School Students of the Month- Gracen Harmon and Lindsey Houldsen.
Gracen is the daughter of Paul and Jaime Harmon. She has been a member of Key Club and Student Council. She loves to swim. She has been swimming for over 10 years including the last 4 years on the Varsity girls swim team. Gracen plans to attend Sauk Valley College and then transfer to NIU to major in Art just like her mom.
Lindsey is the daughter of Greg and Debbie Houldsen. She has been a member of Key Club for 4 years and she is a member of student council.  Lindsey loves to run on the Cross Country team. She is not sure what school she will be attending but she wants to have a major in the medical field.
October Students of the Month Mick Welding 2019-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
The honor of our first Rotary students of the month for the 2019-20 school year goes to Ms. Taylor Stratton and Mr. Nick Allen.
Taylor is the daughter of Kris Stratton and Amy O’Connor. She is active in volleyball, basketball, band, student council, key club and BLIND. She is also the drum major of the band. She loves sports and hanging out with friends. She is planning to study radiology at a school to be named later.
Nick is the son of Mike and Andrea Allen. He has played football, track and basketball for the past 4 years. He is also a BLIND leader and is on the student council. Nick belongs to the youth group at Emmanuel Reformed Church and has participated in 4 mission trips. Nick loves to work on his grandpa John Kophamer’s farm and he wants to major in Ag Business in college so he can come back and work on his grandpa’s farm.
September Students of the Month Mick Welding 2019-09-19 05:00:00Z 0

A note from John Prange, our Picnic committee chair!

A big thank you to all of you for your contribution toward another successful picnic.  57 adults and 11 children consumed all but 3.5 sandwich ribeyes at a total cost of $423.17 or $6.22/person.  And the side dishes were once again phenomenal!  And, of course, the group time with the committee is always special.

I have been thinking some more about when this all started.  My first picnic was in 1989 at George Piersol’s cabin on the Mississippi, the year after I joined Rotary (Oct 1988).  It began probably two years prior to that because I remember it being fairly new that year.  George grilled chicken over the big block grill.  George and Ron did the grilling that year.  Ron and I grilled the next year while George supervised and made sure everyone’s drinks were full.  I would imagine that it started 2-3 years prior to 1989, say 1986 – Ron might be able to piece that together.  That means this was #34.  That is a LONG time – great tradition! 

So thanks again for helping to keep this tradition alive.  What say we do it again next year!!!!

PS:  EP had my tongs.  That 30+ year tradition continues as well as those two tongs have never been separated!


2019 Annual Picnic Mick Welding 2019-08-30 05:00:00Z 0
The Morrison Rotary Club was honored to have our 2019-2020 District Governor Roberta (Bobbi) Burke attend our August 21 meeting. Bobbi is a member of the Rochelle Rotary Club, having joined in 1988. She was the club's third female member and their first to have a baby! After the birth of her third child in 1991, she took a hiatus from Rotary until her youngest started school. During that time she kept her hand in community service as co-chair of a committee to build a new "KidsGround" playground in Rochelle. 
Bobbi is past president of Rochelle Rotary (2008-2009) and has served at the district level as Assistant Governor Coordinator and currently as Assistant Governor and as Co-Chair of the District's Friendship Exchange Committee. She has worn several professional and avocational hats, as a Chiropractor, adjunct college faculty member, current member of the Kishwaukee College Board, Master Gardener, and is employed by First State Bank as coordinator of the bank's activity and travel club.  
Bobbi and husband Bob have two married sons and a daughter. Says Bobbi of her love of all things Rotary: FUN should be part of the Four Way Test!
Introducing Bobbi Burke, our District Governor Mick Welding 2019-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
The Morrison Rotary club welcomed Ms. Sandra Crouse, mother of Rotarian Ellen Smith. Sandra is the volunteer coordinator of the Loft 112 Art Studio in Morrison. She took time to display some of the art pieces she has purchased from artists at the studio and give the meaning why she bought them. Including a funny story about a pesky raccoon that hung around the building. Sandra mentioned the Loft is open Thursdays from 10:00-2:00 and Friday and Saturday from 10:00-4:00. She also invited everyone to sit around and discuss art on the 3rd Thursday of each month when the studio opens at 8:00 AM to serve coffee and homemade desserts. Sandra also invited everyone to consider a membership to the loft which includes discounts and special invitations to events. The cost ranges from $20 for a single to $65 per family. She also noted the Loft one a 2017 Governors’ award from the State of Illinois. Thank you Sandra for a wonderful presentation.
August 7 Program Mick Welding 2019-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
Bill Stoermer from Exelon Energy presented facts from the Nuclear Industry in Illinois
Illinois has 11 reactors, the most of any state that generate 52.2 percent of the state’s electricity while emitting no greenhouse gases. Illinois’ nuclear energy facilities employ more than 5,900 workers.  Illinois’ 11 nuclear power reactors produce 88 percent of the state’s emission-free electricity. These nuclear energy facilities protect air quality and public health. Nuclear energy generates nearly 20 percent of our nation’s electricity and provides more than 55 percent of our emission-free power, making it an essential partner to renewable energy. Nuclear is America’s most reliable source of electricity. Illinois nuclear plants produced power more than 96 percent of the time over the past three years, ensuring power is available whenever it is needed. Nuclear energy is a vital part of U.S. infrastructure that keeps electricity prices and grids stable.
Bill Stoermer from Exelon Energy presentation Mick Welding 2019-07-17 05:00:00Z 0
Morrison Rotary Welcomes State Representative Tony McCombie Mick Welding 2019-07-08 05:00:00Z 0
About 25 Rotarians and their spouses/children/guests attended the Lumberkings game on June 13. Dr. David Yeager was selected to throw out the first pitch, which was an unhittable slider down and in on the right hand batter (see video on his Facebook page). This is a wonderful event to enjoy plenty of food, adult beverages and share Rotary war stories. Thank you John Prange for putting this all together. Great time!
Rotary night at the Lumberkings Mick Welding 2019-06-18 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Matthew Miller and Tom McEleney from the Clinton Area Showboat for the program today. Matthew noted the Showboat is celebrating its 30th Season! As a theme they decided on the British Invasion. All of the plays are written by Brits or based in Britain. The first play starts this weekend. Tickets can be purchased by going to the Showboat website:
Clinton Showboat Theater 2019 Season Mick Welding 2019-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
Louise Clark and Kathy Schmidt from our club attended the District 6420 Conference in Galena this weekend. A great venue, location and the speakers were inspiring
District Conference 2019 Mick Welding 2019-05-20 05:00:00Z 0
Thanks to this group of Morrison Rotarians highway 30 is much cleaner this morning. Thank you Mike Gunderson, Kristi Wambeke, Mark Schuler (our fearless leader), Stan Steines, Dan Vandermyde, Ted Volckmann, and Kevin Schisler. Don Jevne assisted in the cleanup earlier in the day. And we can't forget our transportation coordinator- Merle Reisenbigler!
May 2019 Road Cleanup Mick Welding 2019-05-16 05:00:00Z 0
On May 15th the Morrison Rotary Club hosted all of the students that the club sponsored and sent to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp May 3-5th. The students gave the club a brief description of the activities they were involved with and what their favorite things were. The students were from Prophetstown and Morrison high schools. This is the largest group of students the club has ever sent.
Morrison RYLA Presentation Mick Welding 2019-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
Morrison Rotary presents 2019 scholarships
Morrison Rotarian Kevin Schisler presented scholarships to the following seniors at Morrison High School at their Award Ceremony on May 14, 2019:
(Left to right)
Rotary All Around Male- Steven Kramoski- $1,250
Rotary All Around Female- Molly Neumann- $1,250
Agricultural- Hannah Linder- $500
Vocational Tech- Tiffani Merema- $500
Sauk Valley Community College- Jacob Brown- $500
Good Citizen- Jacob Brown- $1,000
MIT Scholarship- Cooper Finley- $500  (Not present)
Congratulations to all of these students
2019 Morrison High School Scholarship winners Mick Welding 2019-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

Morrison Rotary Club Sends Seventeen Students to Rotary Leadership Camp

This year the Morrison Rotary Club, in partnership with the Erie Rotary Club, is sending 13 Morrison High School and 4 Prophetstown High School students to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp (RYLA). The camp will take place this past weekend May 3-5 at the Lorado Taft campus of NIU at Lowden State Park.

The purpose of RYLA is for students to improve their leadership skills as they work together in teams. They meet students from all over northwestern Illinois as well as exchange students from all parts of the world. Lasting friendships are built during this time. The camp is staffed by Rotarians from around the District who volunteer their time to provide a safe, positive atmosphere for the students. Approximately 120 students attend the camp each year.

The camp has an amazing impact on students’ lives. Several past Morrison High School campers have gone on to become student Counselors/helpers at the RYLA camp; one student went on to find the nearest RYLA camp in the Rotary district where they were going to college and helped them run their camp for two years.

This is the second year in a row the Morrison Rotary Club has sponsored students from both Morrison and Prophetstown. Because of the large number of applicants, and because the club did not want to turn anyone down, the Erie Rotary Club stepped up and assisted with the funds to send them. Another club, Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary, also helped to contribute to the cause.

The Morrison Rotary Club organizes the Harvest Hammer 5K Race and Duathlon each Fall. It is their only fundraiser. Proceeds from the Harvest Hammer are used each year to provide scholarships to Morrison High School Seniors, send students to RYLA and fund community and international projects.

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2019 RYLA Students Mick Welding 2019-05-06 05:00:00Z 0
The Morrison Rotary club welcomed new members Kristi Wambeke and Chelsey Ferguson. These ladies work for Rock Valley Physical Therapy. Their company was accepted as a Corporate Member meaning that either Kristi or Chelsey can attend the meetings. Pictured here (l-r) are their sponsor, Kathy Schmidt, Chelsey, Kristi and President Ron Coplan. Welcome aboard ladies!
Morrison Rotary welcomes New Members Mick Welding 2019-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

Today Morrison Rotary welcomed Kate Vos (left) and Cassie Osborn as our April Students of the Month from Morrison High School.

Cassie is a Senior, has been involved in musicals, Band, Choir, Jazz Band and Drama Club. She has also been a dancer at Leanne's Dance Connection for 15 years. Her plans are to attend Illinois Wesleyan University and major in Music Education. Cassie's parents are Roger and Sheila Osborn

Kate is a Senior. She has been involved in Softball, Volleyball and basketball. She has been a Student Council member for 4 years. Her plans are to attend Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. Her parents are Dale & Polly Vos.

Morrison High School April Students of the Month Mick Welding 2019-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
Morrison High School March Students of the Month
Bailey Smith
Bailey is the daughter of Mike and Dara Smith. She is a senior who has been an active volunteer with Paint the Town, Harvest Hammer, and Key Club where she serves as president. She also helps with the annual Christ Walk. In addition Bailey loves to act in school plays. Her plans are to attend college next year and study Pre-law. Best wishes Bailey!
Hannah Linder
Hannah is the daughter of Kurt and Lori Linder. She has been active in sports particularly basketball and softball. He has participated in Key Club for the past 4 years. She loves agriculture and she services as secretary of the FFA and she is a 4H member. Her plans are to attend Highland Community College and study Ag Business and then come home and eventually take over the family farm. Congratulations Hannah!
Morrison High School March Students of the Month Mick Welding 2019-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
Morrison Rotarian Dr. David Yeager presented a program entitled " Common Foot and Ankle problems and how to correct them" to the Clinton Rotary Club on Monday, March 4. Many of the Rotarians were very impressed with his details and his photos and his ability to explain some of the abnormalities in a way they can understand. We want to thank Clinton Rotarians Mary Swanson and Cheryl Frey for the invitation. 
Dr. Yeager Presents program to Clinton Rotary members Mick Welding 2019-03-06 06:00:00Z 0

Morrison Rotary Club Literacy Committee Chair Ellen Smith submitted these photos of one class which is receiving free books throughout the 2018-2019 school year.  Parent donations supported the program, Smith noted.

Northside School children received their October installment of free, monthly books, provided by Morrison Rotary Club.  Increasing literacy is an important goal of the organization.  Below are children in Karen Mayberry's class.

Morrison Rotary donates books to 1st grade students Mick Welding 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
Morrison High School January Students of the Month
Our January students of the month are MacKenzie Ryder and Ethan Medenblik.
MacKenzie is active in Student Council where she serves as President. She coordinates Spirit events for the sports teams.  She loves to dance. MacKenzie is very active in her church and she just finished a 5 week mission trip to China this summer where she taught English and other classes. Her future plans are to attend either Moody Bible Institute or a school that will allow her to blend her love for people and cultural studies.
Ethan is the son of Kevin and Jennifer Medenblik. He loves sports and he has played baseball and basketball at MHS. He also helps umpire Little League games at the sports complex. Ethan plans to attend MIT this fall majoring in Network Administration. 
Morrison High School January Students of the Month Mick Welding 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0

Kolten Conklen was our speaker today. Kolten traveled to South Korea through the Rotary Long Term Youth Exchange program. He spent the 2016-2017 school year there and was sponsored by the 

Sterling Noon Rotary club. While in South Korea he stayed with three host families and learned a lot about their culture.In the photo Kolten’s jacket is covered in all sorts of pins and memorabilia that he collected throughout his visit. This is a tradition with all of the exchange students (inbound and outbound).

Kolten is currently attending the University of Illinois studying International Studies and Business. He will return to South Korea next Spring on a study abroad.

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Morrison Rotary Hosts Exchange Student Mick Welding 2019-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
Today Donald Jevne received his Paul Harris Fellow (pin and certificate) from President Ron Coplan. Kevin 
Schisler received his Paul Harris +1 recognition pin. A Rotarian receives the Paul Harris Fellow after donating at certain levels to the Rotary Foundation. 
Congratulations Don and Kevin!
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Morrison Rotary honors new Paul Harris Fellows Mick Welding 2019-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
The Morrison Rotary club members lost a wonderful member. Don Miller passed away on January 4th at the young age of 90. Don joined the Morrison Rotary club on September 13, 1967 making him a 52 year veteran! Don served his country in the armed forces and he was a long time school teacher in the Morrison Schools. I am proud to say that I was a teammate of Don's trivia team for several years which benefited the Friends of the Park. He was our song leader whenever we had a Rotarian birthday. He loved a good joke and he would laugh whenever he was fined for some trivial offense at our noon luncheons. He will be missed!
Our club mourns the loss of Don Miller Mick Welding 2019-01-07 06:00:00Z 0
December 2018 Students of the Month
At the December 12 meeting the Morrison Rotary Club announced the Students of the Month. The honorees are Michelle Edwards and Jacob Schlegel.
Michelle is the daughter of Tom and Nancy Edwards. She was co-president of Key Club which provided her with numerous projects to serve her community by doing projects. She is a lifelong member of Morrison (18 years to be exact). She plans to attend Sauk Valley College to take classes that will steer her to a future of happiness.
Jacob is the son of Todd and Christine Schlegel. He was captain of the football team (until an ACL injury ended his career) and he also participated in basketball and track. He has served on Student Council and has volunteered in a few food drives. He works for Green and Clean. His future plans will take him to Upper Iowa, or Monmouth or Loras College to study business and to play football.
December 2018 Students of the Month Mick Welding 2018-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
November 2018 Students of the Month Mick Welding 2018-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
It's Teamwork That Gets the Job Done! 2018-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
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.
October 2018 Students of the Month Mick Welding 2018-10-19 05:00:00Z 0

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.

Rotaract Presentation Mick Welding 2018-10-18 05:00:00Z 0
Don Miller celebrates his 90th Birthday with his Rotary family Mick Welding 2018-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Morrison welcomes our District Governor Kathy Kwiat-Hess Mick Welding 2018-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Harvest Hammer in 4 days!  Mick Welding 2018-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Sergeant Kris Schmidt addresses Rotarians Mick Welding 2018-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Morrison Rotary Club recognizes Dr. Brad Yaklich for a great year as president 2018-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
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 Rotary recognizes Phil Renkes for his years of service as Foundation Director Mick Welding 2018-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
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!
Morrison Rotary welcomes new member Dr. David Yeager Mick Welding 2018-06-20 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotarians enjoy annual night at the Lumberkings Mick Welding 2018-06-11 05:00:00Z 0
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.
June 6 Program features MCH CEO Pam Pfister Mick Welding 2018-06-06 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Bicycle Helmet Distribution Mick Welding 2018-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
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!
Morrison High School Scholarship awards Mick Welding 2018-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Membership Drive event Mick Welding 2018-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
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!
Ellen Smith receives District award Mick Welding 2018-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Road Clean up Crew Mick Welding 2018-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
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.
February 2018 Students of the Month Mick Welding 2018-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
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!

Morrison Rotary welcomes new member Mick Welding 2018-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
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.
January 31 program spotlights CGH Foundation Mick Welding 2018-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
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.
January 2018 Students of the Month Mick Welding 2018-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
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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Jessica Anderson joins the Morrison Rotary Club Mick Welding 2018-01-10 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Christmas lawn decorating contest winner Mick Welding 2017-12-28 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Morrison High School November Students of the Month Mick Welding 2017-12-06 06:00:00Z 0
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!!
Dana Nelson joins the Morrison Rotary Club Mick Welding 2017-11-23 06:00:00Z 0
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!
Stephanie Deckro achieves Paul Harris Fellow times 6 Mick Welding 2017-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Morrison Rotary presents a check to Polio Plus Mick Welding 2017-10-18 05:00:00Z 0
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.
October 2017 Students of the Month Mick Welding 2017-10-18 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Morrison Rotary presents check to Rock River Valley Hospice Mick Welding 2017-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
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!
Don Miller celebrates 50 years with the Morrison Rotary Club Mick Welding 2017-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
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.
2017 Annual Picnic Mick Welding 2017-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
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.
District Governor Steve Kuhn inducts Father James Brzezinski into our club Mick Welding 2017-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
Our National Rotary Club President challenged each club to plant a tree. This Pear tree was planted at the Morrison IL French Creek Park. We hope it will bless residents of our community with pears for generations to come. This tree actually joins 4 apple trees, 2 peach trees, 4 cherry trees and 2 other pear trees at the park. All of these fruits are free for our community to use as they please. The only stipulation is that the club would like a pie baked from the fruit of one or more of the trees.
Tree Planted at French Creek Park Mick Welding 2017-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
The Morrison Rotary group conducted their bi-annual road clean up on August 2. Helping to keep our community a cleaner place were Rotarians (l-r) Jim Camp, Mick Welding, Mark Schuler (our fearless leader), Mike Blean, Kevin Schisler, Dr. Bill Bird, Tanner Girard and Dan Vandermyde. Not pictured, but equally as effective in clean up duty were Don Jevne, and Mike Gunderson. These Rotarians display service above self. Other Rotarians were not able to attend as they placed spouse's above service, which is certainly understandable. Thanks again to Merle and Mark, who always ferry the workers back and forth along the road in their very safe, dependable and fuel-efficient Dodge vehicles.
Morrison Rotary Road Cleanup Mick Welding 2017-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
We also honored our student scholarship winners. Pictured here (l-r) are Darrin Bielema who won the MIT Scholarship plus our All-Around Male Student award. Next is Kassidee Church who was awarded our Good Citizen Award and Brooke Stralow who was our Sauk Valley Community College Scholarship winner. Not pictured was our Vocational Tech Scholarship award winner Cody Southern and our All Round Female Scholarship winner Allyssa Renner. Each of these students have worked very hard to succeed in high school and we are confident they will excel in College. Congratulations to all the winners!
2017 Morrison Rotary Club Scholarship Winners Mick 2017-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
The Morrison Rotary Club held their annual meeting on June 28 at Happy Joes. The evening featured the transfer of the presidency from 2017 President Dave Abele to the 2018 President Dr. Brad Yacklich. Dr. Yacklich presented Dave with a past-president lapel pin and a plaque to recognize his successful reign as president last year.
2017 Morrison Rotary Annual Meeting activities Mick Welding 2017-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
Carolyn Spencer of the Hospice of the Rock River Valley gave a presentation to our club today about their new care facility being built in Sterling. Area Rotary clubs are involved in providing grants to purchase new beds for the facility. Carolyn is also a member of the Sterling Noon club.
Hospice of the Rock River Valley Presentation Mick Welding 2017-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
Several Morrison Rotarians enjoyed a wonderful night at the Clinton Lumberkings game. Great food, a few adult beverages and wonderful fellowship was enjoyed by all. I heard a rumor that Dr. Yacklich's boy was signed by the Chicago Cubs after throwing out the first pitch.
2017 Rotary night at Lumberkings Mick Welding 2017-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
Our District RYLA begins this Friday with our club sending two Morrison High school students (Molly Neumann and MacKenzie Stoecker). Pictured below second from the right is Emily Clark, a former RYLA camper and counselor from Morrison who also lends a hand with their RYLA in northern Wisconsin where she attends college.

2017 RYLA District Conference Mick Welding 2017-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Today our club presentation was given by Chief Tim Morgan of the Sterling Police Department. He gave a great presentation about policing today and their new therapy program and puppy, Brinckley. This is an innovative idea that has received worldwide attention and will be a great comfort to many crime victims. Thank you Chief Morgan!
Sterling IL Police Chief Tim Morgan program Mick Welding 2017-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
Russ Renner, an engineer with the Whiteside County Highway Department gave a presentation along with three Morrison High school students about a cooperative program where the physics class designed a replacement bridge for Kelly Park in Morrison. Mr. Renner worked with the class once a week since the beginning of school to teach engineering applications and assist with the design of the bridge.

The Morrison Rotary Club donated $1,000 to this project. There were many other players in this endeavor including the City, County, school and WACC.

Whiteside County Engineer presents program Mick Welding 2017-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Mike Wiersema for attaining the Paul Harris award giving level times 2. Mike serves as our Sergeant at Arms and I must say provides a very lively segment to our club in that role each week.
Well done Mike!
Mike Wiersema Paul Harris award Mick Welding 2017-02-03 06:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Ellen Smith on her recent accomplishment of a Paul Harris Fellow times 3. Ellen is certainly an asset to our club and a BIG supporter of the Paul Harris program. Well done Ellen!
Ellen Smith awarded Paul Harris award Mick Welding 2017-02-03 06:00:00Z 0
Our club was recently introduced to the new surgeon at Morrison Community Hospital, Dr. Osmaan Khawaja. Dr. Khawaja told the group that he was born in Milwaukee WI and completed his internship in Ohio, where he met his wife Fran. He later moved to the Chicago area where he practiced for many years. After performing surgeries in Aurora and Dixon, he eventually landed in Morrison.
We are so fortunate to have such a talented young man on staff in our local hospital.
Dr. Khawaja, Surgeon at Morrison Hospital, introduces himself Mick Welding 2017-02-03 06:00:00Z 0
International Student Fellowship Thanksgiving Dinner Mick Welding 2016-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
Residents of Morrison were treated to a Halloween Trick or Treat visit by Rotarian Brad Yaklich and his family. FYI- Brad is the taller one standing behind the baby stroller. It is safe to say that our club will be in wonderful hands next year as he serves as our club president.
Impressive photo of incoming President Dr. Yaklich Mick Welding 2016-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
The Morrison Rotary Club was treated to a presentation by our short-term Exchange student Isaac Damhoff's experience in France. He was able to explore Paris and see the Eiffel Tower, several soccer fields and other landmarks. Isaac reported that soccer is a huge sport in France and the high school programs are actually managed by a program not affiliated with the schools. He said the food was amazing. After returning to the US a boy named Louis Demaegdt from his host family in France was able to come to stay with his family. They went to Chicago to see the sights, went fishing at Rockwood Park and many other activities. Isaac thanked the Morrison Rotary club for helping him achieve an experience he will never forget!
Morrison Rotary Short-term exchange student shares his story Mick Welding 2016-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
The Morrison Rotary Club would like to thank Windsor Manor for opening up their business for our Wednesday noon meetings. The food is excellent and the accommodations are wonderful. Thanks to Mike (pictured on left) and John (JP) for putting up our sign. We encourage anyone to stop in and experience our group at noon every Wednesday!
Morrison Rotary finds a new home for meetings Mick Welding 2016-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
2016 Picnic A Huge Success Mick Welding 2016-09-23 05:00:00Z 0
On Wednesday's meeting, the Morrison Rotary Club welcomed our new District Governor, Scott Shore. He outlined his goals for the upcoming Rotary year with the highlight of celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Rotary Foundation. He also introduced this year's theme "Rotary Serving Humanity".

District Governor Scott Shore visits Morrison Rotary Mick Welding 2016-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Road crew commander Amy Viering sizes up the highway clean up job that her crew just completed. Thanks to all those who helped to keep highway 30 clean.
Pictured left to right: Amy Viering, Mark Schuler, Don Jevne, Michael Blean, Kevin Schisler, Gary Steinert, Board President Dave Abele  (kneeling) and Tanner Girard. Of course we can't forget our driver and official photographer, Merle Reisenbigler.  
Morrison Rotary Club highway clean up crew August 2016 Mick Welding 2016-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
The Morrison Rotary club welcomed former Rotarian Chris Williams who was visiting from Dalian, China. Chris was kind enough to bring a flag from his hometown in China to exchange with Morrison Club President Dave Abele. Pictured on left is our President holding the Morrison flag to present to Chris Williams. Chris said he is proud to be able to take the Morrison Club flag back to China.
Flag exchange with Chris Williams Mick Welding 2016-07-28 05:00:00Z 0
Outgoing president Louise Clark, is presented a plaque by our new 2016-17 president Dave Abele. Congratulations Louise on a job well done. Our membership grew under your leadership and your passion for RYLA and youth involvement was very evident.
Dave Abele named 2016-17 President Mick Welding 2016-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
Several of our Rotarians enjoyed food, drink and fellowship and of course, a Lumberkings win (in the 11th inning). Thank you to J.P. for coordinating the whole evening. It was an awesome time.
Rotary day at the Lumberkings baseball game 2016 Mick Welding 2016-06-08 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to the Morrison Rotary Club 2016 award recipients. Rotarian Kevin Schisler was at the Morrison High School auditorium to present the following scholarships: Kelsey Becker was awarded the $1,000 Good Citizen award. Lauren Pannier won the $500 Sauk Valley Scholarship. The $500 MIT scholarship was given to Brian Slater. The $500Vocational Tech scholarship was awarded to Eric Mulnix. The $1,250 All Around Male award was presented to Kyle McCoy and the $1,250 All Around Female award winner was Eryn Young.

Pictured left to right: Kelsey Becker, Lauren Pannier, Eryn Young, Kyle McCoy, Eric Mulnix and Brian Slater

Morrison Rotary 2016 Scholarship recipients Mick Welding 2016-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Autumn VanBuren and Justin Rodriguez our students of the month for April.  Autumn is the daughter of Bill and Michele VanBuren.  She is a member of Key Club, B.L.I.N.D, the Volleyball team, a cheerleader in Basketball, and a backstage crew member for the school musical.  She is also active in the Emmanual Reformed Church Youth Group, a leader of a small bible study and has gone on several mission trips. Autumn plans to attend Greenville College in Greenville, IL with a major in both Psychology and Social Work. 
Justin is the son of Paul and Laura Rodriguez.  He has been on the Golf team, Football, and Baseball team.  In the community he has worked for the County Fair and Paint-the-Town. He enjoys watching movies, baseball, playing basketball and golfing.  He plans to attend the University of IL and is undecided on a major. Congratulations to them both!
April Students of the Month 2016 2016-05-07 05:00:00Z 0
Ellen Smith completes her first Paul Harris Kathy Schmidt 2016-05-05 05:00:00Z 0
The warmer weather and early snow melt brought our spring clean up crew out to spruce up highway 30 east of Morrison. As you can see from the pile of garbage the ditches along the highway are MUCH cleaner now! Thank you to all our dedicated Rotarians. Well done!
Rotary Club Spring Highway 30 clean up crew Mick Welding 2016-03-31 05:00:00Z 0
Morrison Rotary welcomed March Students of the Month Emily Wallander and Korey Zigler. Both students are seniors. Emily is active in Basketball and Swimming. She is a member of Emmanuel Reform Youth Ministry. She plans to attend University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, with a degree in Psychology and Linguistics. Korey has been a member of Key Club for 4 years and a member of Ebenezer Reformed Youth Group. He has also participated in three Mission trips.
Korey plans to enter the Marines and go where life takes him after that. Congratulations to both!
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Our Students of the Month for February 2016 were Kelsey Becker and Mason Muur. Kelsey is the daughter of Nick and Steph Becker. She is involved in Student Council, serving as Secretary. She is also active with the BLIND program and the Key Club. In addition she in on the Pon team. Kelsey is active in the youth group at her church having participated in storm relief restoration in Moore Oklahoma, Milwaukee and this summer they will be traveling to North Carolina. Kelsey loves to dance. This fall she will be attending Loyola University in Chicago to major in Business and Accounting.
Mason is the son of Todd and Pam Muur. He is active in sports on the golf team, football, basketball and track and field. He helped with the backstage crew for the musical the Wizard of Oz. He is on the National Honor Society. Mason is a member of the Emmanuel Reformed Church youth group and is active with the Morrison Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has also traveled on youth mission trips going to the same locations as Kelsey mentioned above. Mason is an avid runner and he loves playing and watching sports. He plans to attend Central College in Pella and major in Business. He will also be on their track team.
Congratulations to Kelsey and Mason!
February 2016 Students of the Month Mick Welding 2016-02-18 06:00:00Z 0
Our January students of the month are Sydney Beveroth and Adam Deter.
Sydney is the daughter of Keith and Sondra Beveroth. She is active in Pons, Student Council where she serves as President. She is also a member of the Key Club and the BLIND program where she mentors freshman students. She is also excited about playing a part in the musical Shrek. Sydney is active in her youth fellowship group at Emmanuel Church. She loves to dance   (up to 15 hours per week!) Her future plans are to attend Iowa State University. Her major is still undecided.
Adam is the son of Russ and Sharon Deter. He has played football all 4 years of high school. He is a member of Key Club and has been in the marching band and jazz band each year of high school. He is a blood donor and he also plays in the worship band at Morrison Brethren in Christ Church. His hobbies include playing any instrument he can get his hands on. He also loves to draw and paint. His future plans include attending Bradley University to major in Pre-med. Upon completion of residency he would like to work at Morrison Community Hospital. Editors’ note: Adam’s mother worked at the hospital up until her courageous fight with cancer had ended. The hospital will gladly accept Adam to carry on his mother’s legacy!
January 2016 Students of the Month Mick Welding 2016-02-03 06:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Mr. John Prange and Mr. Everett Pannier for their donation to the Morrison Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Society. John (pictured on left) and Everett (pictured on right) received their pins from Chairman Phil Renkes. The Paul Harris Society, named for Rotary’s founder, is made up of dedicated supporters who annually contribute $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Rotary Foundation grant. Both of these gentlemen have achieved this level 2 times.
Congratulations to John Prange and Everett Pannier for their Paul Harris times 2 awards Mick Welding 2016-01-18 06:00:00Z 0
Morrison High School seniors Andrew Bird and Kenzie Severson were selected as the December Students of the Month. 
Kenzie is the daughter of Kevin Severson. Kenzie is active in cheerleading, student council and she serves on the Prom committee. She is also active in her church youth group and she is an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She also volunteers in her church as well. Her hobbies include reading and anything to do with politics or government. For that reason, she would like to go to Drake University Law School and someday be a politician.
Andrew is the son of Dawn and Rotarian, Dr. Bill Bird. Andrew loves sports. He participates on the football and baseball teams. In addition he is a member of Student council and the Key club. He is active in the Emmanuel Reformed youth group and the All-Stars program comprised of 3rd-5th grade students. His hobbies include watching tons of movies, the Notre Dame Irish football program, the Green Bay Packers and lifting weights and listening to music. He is hoping to pursue a degree in engineering at UW-Madison, University of Illinois, Purdue or Iowa State.
Congratulations to Kenzie and Andrew for this wonderful honor!
December 2015 Students of the Month Mick Welding 2015-12-31 06:00:00Z 0
Our Morrison Rotarians celebrated Christmas in style with our traditional dinner at the home of Tanner and SuEllen Girards. We were treated to delicious food and wonderful fellowship. This was such a nice opportunity to meet the spouses of the Rotarians and to get to know our fellow members in a casual setting. Thank you so much to Tanner and Suellen for your hospitality!
Morrison Rotary Christmas Party Mick Welding 2015-12-31 06:00:00Z 0
The Morrison Rotary Club welcomed 2 new members at their December meeting. Pictured here is Amy Viering with her sponsor Phil Renkes and Tim Hicue (second from right) with his sponsor Joe Mills. Rotary President Louise Clark inducted the new members and then the sponsors presented Amy and Tim with their badges and Rotary pins. Welcome Amy and Tim.
Morrison Rotary welcomes new members Amy Viering and Tim Hicue Mick Welding 2015-12-31 06:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Stephanie Deckro on a milestone that is not easily achieved. She received a Paul Harris plus 4 pin from Chairman Phil Renkes. The Paul Harris Society, named for Rotary’s founder,is made up of dedicated supporters who annually contribute $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Rotary Foundation grant. Stephanie has achieved this level 5 times. Her contributions have helped achieve the following milestones:

With her gift she is promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies through grants that:

  • Bring peace-building seminars to 200 teachers and 1,300 students in Uganda.
  • Distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets and medical services that help prevent malaria in Mali.
  • Train teachers who are establishing an early childhood education center in South Africa.
  • Provide water filters, toilet blocks, and hygiene training to prevent fluorosis in a community in India.
  • Fund a scholarship for a medical professional to research treatment to minimize mortality rates among premature babies in Italy.
  • Protect children around the world from polio.
Thanks again Stephanie!
Stephanie Deckro receives Paul Harris plus 4 Mick Welding 2015-12-02 06:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to our November 2015 Students of the Month, Ms. Colleen Elfline and Mr. Kyle McCoy. Colleen is the daughter of Alan and Shari Elfline. She is active in Jazz Band, Pep Band, Marching Band, concert Band, the Morrison High School and Newman High School pit orchestra's, the Sauk Valley Community college Bank and the Sterling Municipal band. She enjoys playing the saxophone, playing with her cat and hanging out with friends. She is a member of the National Honor Society and she is the Treasurer of the Key Club. She is currently employed as a teller at Sterling Federal Bank. Her plans after high school are to study music, play the saxophone and to major in Diagnostic Medical Sonography to become an ultrasound technician.

Kyle is the son of Mike and Dana McCoy. Kyle's mom is a member of the Sterling Rotary Club.  He is a member of BLIND, Student Council, Key Club, Scholastic Bowl, Band and Madrigals and he loves to perform in school musicals. He is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Emmanuel Church choir and youth group. He loves to golf, sing and play piano. He also loves NASCAR. After high school he will attend college and major in motorsports engineering or music performance.   







November 2015 Students of the Month Mick Welding 2015-11-19 06:00:00Z 0

Our October 2015 students of the month are Ms. Eryn Young and Mr. Eric Sipes.

Eryn is president of the Key Club. She participates in volleyball and softball and she is a leader of the BLIND program. She is also the drum major in the band. She loves to volunteer for the community and was very helpful in donating her time for Paint the Town and the Rotary Club Harvest Hammer. Her hobbies include reading, sports and playing her clarinet. Her future plans include a major in Architecture possibly at Iowa State University.

Eric is the captain of the football team and the swim team. He is involved with the Key Club and the BLIND program. He is president of the Senior Class. He loves to sing as evidenced by his all-state honors in choir. He also sings with the Madrigals and the advanced choir. Eric loves to help with Vacation Bible School, school blood drives and he is active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has also gone on mission trips and has sung in the community choir. He loves to play piano, sing and pump iron. He plans to attend a Community College for 2 years and then advance to Illinois State University to get his Bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He will make a GREAT teacher!

October 2015 Students of the Month Mick Welding 2015-11-04 06:00:00Z 0
The Morrison Rotary Club held a special outing at the local Clinton Lumberkings baseball game. A GREAT time was had by all. We were so excited to have Spring and Kent bring several young people to enjoy the festivities.
2015 Lumberkings game Mick Welding 2015-11-04 06:00:00Z 0
Our final harvest of garbage for the year. The first mile of highway 30 traveling east from Morrison looks SO clean. Thank you Rotarians for a job well done and thank you Mark for coordinating this and Merle for providing transportation and photograpy.
October 2015 Road Clean up crew Mick Welding 2015-11-04 06:00:00Z 0
 We were please to welcome Rollie Elder of Whiteside County Sheriff's Department who presented the K-9 program. Rollie has spent a considerable amount of time with his dog training him to fight crime in our county. He recently corralled a drifter in the Sterling area who began fighting with Rollie. The dog won!
Special program with Whiteside County K-9 Program Mick Welding 2015-11-04 06:00:00Z 0
The Morrison Rotary Club welcomes our newest member, Stephanie Neas. Stephanie is the Director of Nursing at Windsor Manor. Joining Stephanie is her sponsor, Mark Schuler. Welcome aboard Stephanie. We are excited to have you on the team!
Welcome New Member Stephanie Neas Mick Welding 2015-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
Hats off to the Morrison Rotary Club for another record setting year. Over 600 athletes participated in the Duathlon, 5k and/or the Color Run. The weather was perfect, the volunteers turned out in force, and the athletes responded in mass. We also want to thank our partners, the Morrison High School Key club, the Morrison High School Pom Squad for helping throw color for the color run, Don Beswick, race day announcer; Sterling Rock Falls Amateur Radio Society, who provides radio communications; Cottonwood 4H Club, for the water stop, City, County, and State Police, for traffic control; Lion’s Club, Friends of the Park, MIT students, Mt. Carroll Rotarians, Morrison Rotarians and spouses, and all the Morrison teachers and community volunteers. Over 100 volunteers are needed to make this event a success! We also want to thank our community sponsors and for those companies who provided food and drink for the athletes.
Pictured here is Rotarian Dr. Yacklich directing our color runners at the end of their run. Well done!
Harvest Hammer Color run Mick Welding 2015-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
Our Morrison Rotary Club participated in the first annual Benjamin Dover Memorial Golf outing. The format of the tournament was the mastermind of our District Governor. Our fearless leader, Tanner was designated to hit a fairway wood, JP hit the 5 iron, Mick tried to hit the 7 iron and Gary masterfully hit the wedge. After all the dust settled, our club finished with an 84 for a respectable 4th place finish out of 16 teams! The entry fee was used to raise money for Polio Plus so all-in-all a great time was had by all and it was for a good cause.
Morrison Rotary Club plays in Benjamin Dover Golf outing Mick Welding 2015-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
The Morrison Rotary Club hosted its annual 2015 Picnic on September 2. We had a wonderful night for the event. Many of the Rotarians brought their spouses, family and friends. Thank you so much to Mike, Mike, John, Gary, Ron and Merle for organizing such a successful night and for cooking a great meal. A big thank you also goes out the the Rotarians who brought delicious meals to pass.
Morrison Rotary Club 2015 Picnic Mick Welding 2015-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Our Morrison Rotary Club gathered along highway 30 to stage our semi-annual clean up night on August 5. Participating in the event were Rotarians (l-r) Dr. John Tomasino, Guest Rotarian Andy Bird, Dan Vandermyde, John Prange, Dr. Bill Bird, Mark Schuler, Gary Steinert, Mick Welding and of course, our transportation coordinator, Mr. Merle Reisenbigler. Thanks so much for your help gentlemen and thanks to Ellen Smith who offered FREE blizzards at Dairy Queen afterwards. A good time was had by all.
Morrison Rotary Highway Clean up crew Mick Welding 2015-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Luke Vanderbleek for attaining a Paul Harris Award times 2. Presenting the award to Luke is our Foundation chairman, Mr. Phil Renkes. Well done Luke. Thank you.
Luke Vanderbleek receives Paul Harris times 2 Mick Welding 2015-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
On behalf of the Morrison Rotary Club we would like to thank Tanner Girard for his effective leadership as president this past year. Tanner mentioned some accomplishments including a record Harvest Hammer, great attendance at social events, selecting 5 RYLA students, and thousands of dollars donated to scholarships and to charities in our area. Pictured is our Secretary John Prange presenting a plaque to honor our outgoing President Tanner Girard. Well done!
President Tanner Girard receives an award Mick Welding 2015-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
At the beginning of the Rotary year, President Tanner Girard, challenged members to raise $1,000 for Polio Plus. I am proud to say that the Morrison Rotary Club hit that goal this year. It was not easy. We were several dollars short but I am proud to say that Tanner and SueEllen Girard and Merle Reisenbigler helped make that goal a reality by donating some additional dollars. We certainly want to thank the Girards and Merle for their generosity. I would also like to add that this is the fifth consecutive year we have exceeded our goal of $1,000 per year. Pictured here is Merle making the donation to President Tanner Girard to put us "over the top".
Polio Plus Mick Welding 2015-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Our final Student of the Month for the 2014-15 School year was Madison Schlegel. Madison is the daughter of Todd and Christine Schlegel. She has been a member of Key Club for three years and a teacher’s aid for two at the Junior High.  She is currently the Senior Editor of the yearbook and was inducted into the National Honor Society last year.  In the community, she is an active member of Emmanuel Reformed Church youth group, participating in a mission to Jamaica last year helping to build a recovery house for local addicts.  This summer she will travel to Milwaukee with the group on another mission working with at-risk children.  Madison plans to attend Sauk Valley College and then transfer to NIU to major in elementary education.
May Students of the Month Mick Welding 2015-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
The Morrison Rotary Club was treated to a special presentation by our 2015 RYLA students. These students included Grant Abell, Derek Bush, Kaleb McCoy, Allyssa Renner, Morgan Stuhlman and counselor, Emily Clark. The students spoke of highlights from the camp experience. Many of the underclassman indicated they would love to go again next year. The MorrIson Rotary Club sponsored 6 students this year.
May 6 RYLA student program Mick Welding 2015-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
We are excited to honor our April 2015 Students of the Month, Emily Kuehl and Anthony Tenboer.
Emily is the daughter of Dan and Katie Kuehl.  She is actively involved in cheerleading, B.L.I.N.D., Yearbook, Key Club and is also a member of the National Honor Society.  She volunteers as a Paint The Town window painter, is a blood donor and a community dance performer with Jennifer's Dance Center.  Her interests are in Art/Graphic Design and she plans to attend Southern IL University with a major in art and specializing in communication design.
Anthony is the son of Kelvin and Sara Tenboer.  He is active in golf, basketball and baseball as well as Key Club.  He is also a member of the National Honor Society.  Anthony has volunteered for Paint The Town, Harvest Hammer, and donates community service time to the local Farmers Market, Up With Families, Youth Basketball, and as an aide at the Junior High in the Bi-County room.  He enjoys playing chess, basketball and golf in his free time. Anthony plans to attend Ashford University with a major in Special Education.
April 2015 Students of the Month Mick Welding 2015-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
 The Morrison Rotary Club welcomed two Morrison High School students as Students of the Month. They are:

Noah Blacklock

Son of Darnell and Glenn Blacklock

Noah is active in Football, track, student council, BLIND, and for the first time ever, he has a lead part in the school musical. He is involved in the community serving as an Altar Server at church and he volunteered to work at the school booster tent at the Whiteside County Fair. His hobbies include music, working out and Nebraska football. He is going to Europe this summer and then plans to return to a 4 year college and then graduate school.


Amber Vegter

Daughter of Jill and Tim Vegter

Amber has been involved in a variety of school activities throughout her high school career. She was in varsity swimming for 4 years and was elected captain of the team in her junior and senior years. She has been involved in student council the past two years and currently serves as president. In addition, Amber has been involved with Key Club and BLIND. She was instrumental in coordinating school blood drives to raise money for UNICEF.

Amber has also been a mentor for younger swimmers in the Morrison Seahorse club. She has been involved with 4-H, serving as a camp counselor. She works at Hy-Vee and also enjoys spending time with her brother and sister. After graduation Amber plans to attend college and pursue a degree in the science field perhaps biology or pre-veterinary medicine. She is interested in attending either Iowa State, Iowa or possibly another 4 year school.


March 2015 Students of the Month Mick Welding 2015-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
Please join me in congratulating our February Students of the Month. They are Kyle Workman and Emily Clark.
Emily is the daughter of John and Louise Clark.  She is a senior and the historian for the senior class in Student Council.  She has been involved for two years in Key Club and is a B.L.I.N.D. leader.  (B.L.I.N.D. is a group of students who mentor new freshman or incoming students)  Emily helps with her church activities and dinner, serves the community through "Let's Feed The Children" , and has attended Rotary Youth Leadership Camp for three years and has been a counselor and District team member  for RYLA Leadership Awards for two years. Emily continues her service work by "trick-or-treating for cans of food for the Food Pantry, and collecting money for a Bowl-A-Thon which goes towards buying Christmas gifts for the less fortunate children in the community.  In her spare time, she enjoys drawing,  cooking and spending time with her family.  She plans to attend University of Wisconsin Green Bay with a major in Accounting and a minor in Business Administration.
Kyle is the son of Todd and Pam Workman.  He is a senior and very active on the swimming team. He just finished 6th in the 500 Freestyle and placed 4th in the 200 Freestyle at the Swimming Conference.  He has also been in Band all four years and in Jazz and Pit Band for two years.  He also enjoys being a part of the Key Club.  His interests include swimming, computers and technology and ATVing.  He plans to attend a four year college and major in Computer Science
February 2015 Students of the Month Mick Welding 2015-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 6420 held their annual conference the weekend of April 25, at the Blackhaw Hotel in Davenport, IA.  Each year during the conference several Rotarians from throughout the District (48 clubs) are honored for their dedication and service to Rotary.  This year, Morrison Rotary President Elect, Louise Clark, received the award for District Club Officer of the Year.  Louise has been a member of the Morrison Club for four years and as the club secretary for three.  Louise is actively involved in RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) as is her daughter, Emily who is a counselor for the RYLA weekend.  Congratulations to Louise!
Left to right:  Tanner Girard, Club President, Louise Clark, Club Officer of the Year, Shannon Sheffell, District Governor
Louise Clark District 6420 Club Officer of the Year 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Mr. Ron Coplan who was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow times 3. It was also noted that on December 21, 2014, Ron celebrated his 50th year in the Morrison Rotary. Congratulations for both of these worthy achievements Ron! Well Done!
Ron Coplan Awarded Paul Harris Fellow times 3 Mick Welding 2015-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Gary Hayenga awarded Paul Harris Fellow Mick Welding 2015-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Abigail is the daughter of Jeannie and Gary Spencer and Todd Kull.  She is active on the Morrison Dance Team, B.L.I.N.D, Student Government, and Kiwanis Club.  She is a Teacher's aide, a member of National Honor Society and participates in the High School Musicals.    In the community she is a member of the T-7 Running Club, Leanne's Dance Studio, Gateway Contemporary Ballet Co., and ASIST Training.  She loves to dance, run, sing and perform.  She plans to attend a University to major in Sociology or Journalism.  She also wants to become a member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Hunter is the son of Fred and Susan Hamstra.  He is a four  year student council member, a three year Varsity Basketball team member and has been captain of the team for the past two years.  He plans to be on the track team this year as well.  He is a member of the National Honor Society.  In the summers he enjoys helping coach 3rd - 8th grade students on the fundamentals of basketball.  Hunter also helped with the Farmer's Market.   His interests include anything basketball.  He also enjoys reading  novels and socializing with friends.  He plans to attend college but is yet undecided in his major.  Any school with a basketball program would be great!
January Students of the Month Mick Welding 2015-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
                              Rotary welcomed Isabel Vanderbleek and Kyle Vanderleest to their December 10th meeting .
Isabel is the daughter of Joan and Luke Vanderbleek.  She is a member of the Student Council, Key Club, BLIND, Scholastic Bowl Captain, Choir, Madrigrals, and is the Class President.  She serves her community through fundraising for the Clinton Pregnancy Center, as an Altar Server and 3rd grade Catechism teacher at St. Mary's Catholic Church, and as a volunteer for the Rotary Harvest Hammer.  Isabel plants to attend  college majoring in Media/Communications.  She hopes to explore career interests by participating in internships and by taking a variety of courses.  She also hopes to work with campaigns or non-profit organizations.
 Kyle is the son of Sandy and Larry Vanderleest.  He is a member of the Key Club, and is a Teacher's Aide.  He is also a 2013 National Honor Society member.  He is an All Stars Youth Group Leader assistant. He belongs to the Illinois High School Rodeo Association and is President as well as a 4-H Member.  He plans to attend South Dakota State University with a major in Agriculture Science and a minor in Agronamy and Animal Science.  While attending college, he plans to continue rodeoing and hopes to make it to the College National Finals Rodeo.  He also plans to take time to rodeo and make it to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.  His long term goals include owning a ranch where he raises corriante roping cattle.  His ultimate goal is to set the new record for most world titles in Rodeo!  Good Luck Kyle!

December Students of the Month 2014-12-17 00:00:00Z 0

At the December 3 Rotary meeting, former Rotarian Robin Green was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. The purpose of the Paul Harris Society is to honor and thank individuals for their generosity of annual support to The Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations to Robin!



Robin Green Welcomed as a Paul Harris Member 2014-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
District 6420 Governor Shannon Scheffel made a visit to the Morrison Rotary Club on November 12. She shared her vision for the next several years and related success stories from other Rotary Clubs in our district. All in all, it was a very positive visit. She also presented our Club President, Tanner Girard, with a new Rotary placard.
District Governor visits Morrison Rotary Club 2014-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Sep 30, 2014

At the September 24 meeting Morrison Rotary welcomed Lt. Adam Leemans, of the U.S. Army.  The Rotary Scholar, formerly known as Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, is a graduate of West Point, first in his class, and now serving in the U.S. Army as a lieutenant. His military occupational specialty is that of a combat engineer. He was sponsored for the Rotary Scholarship by the River City Club.


Rotary receives a visit fro a Rotary Scholar Kathy Schmidt 2014-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Sep 23, 2014

643 Participants helped to make this years Harvest Hammer 5K Run/Duathlon a HUGE success!  Thank you to all the sponsors, local organizations and clubs, Rotarians and their families who helped make this event happen.  See the photo album for all the photos.


Harvest Hammer 2014 a Success! Kathy Schmidt 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mick Welding on Sep 09, 2014

A great time was had by all. We had a great turnout, a very nice fire to warm us, and some excellent food prepared by the Morrison Rotary's finest chefs!


2014 Rotary Picnic Mick Welding 2014-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
2014 Harvest Hammer Registrations now open Mick Welding 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Harvest Hammer registration form Mick Welding 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mick Welding on Aug 11, 2014

The Morrison Rotary participated in a clean up of a 2 mile stretch from the Dairy Queen to Lyndon Road. Participating in the clean up was Chairmen Mark and Merle, Tanner, Kent and Spring, John, Phil, Ted, Dan, Mick and Stan. Afterwards Merle provided a wonderful dinner complete with beverages and many laughs. Pictured is the crew along with the bags of trash and some treasures collected from the road sweep.Image

August 2014 Highway Cleanup Crew Mick Welding 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mick Welding on Jul 10, 2014

President Suellen Girard handed over the gavel to incoming president Tanner Girard officially installing him as the president of the 2014-15 year. The Morrison Rotary Club would like to thank Suellen for her year of service and dedication and look forward to a wonderful year under Tanner's leadership!


Rotary installs new president Mick Welding 2014-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mick Welding on May 22, 2014

 We want to thank Rotarians Suellen Girard, Danielle Vance, Merle Reisenbigler and Mick Welding for handing out over 80 brand new bicycle helmets to the third grade students at Morrison Southside School on May 16.



Morrison Rotary Bike Helmet presentation 2014 Mick Welding 2014-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mick Welding on May 15, 2014

Rotary May students of the Month are Anna Hogue and Joanna Klein. Anna is the daughter of Darryl and Kathy Hogue. She is active in Cheerleading, Student Council, Prom Committee, B.L.I.N.D. and National Honor Society. In the community she volunteers at Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family and cooking. She plans to major in Pre-pharmacy at SIU/Edwardsville. Joanna is the daughter of Vicki Hanson. She was a member the Key Club her freshman year. She is an editor and a journalist at The for three years, helps at Sunday School, painted the signs of the "Mustang" when you come into Morrison, will be painting a mural at St. Peter Church and has volunteered at Paint the Town for 4 years. Her hobbies include painting/drawing, reading and writing. She plans to attend Sauk Valley Community College for a degree in Political science, then transfer to U of I Springfield to Master in a specific field of Political Science. Congratulations to both very deserving students. Keep up the good work!


Morrison High School May 2014 Students of the Month Mick Welding 2014-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mick Welding on May 11, 2014

Rotarian Kevin Schisler presents the Sauk Valley College Rotary Scholarship to Micheal Hardesty, the Good Citizen Scholarship to Hannah Blacklock and the Rotary All-around Student Scholarship to Brandi Hosford and Cory Brown. Congratulations to all Students!



Morrison High School Rotary Scholars 2014 Mick Welding 2014-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Apr 20, 2014
Sarah VenHuizen and Kristi McNeece are April Students of the month. Congratulations to two very deserving students.


April Students of the month Kathy Schmidt 2014-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Morrison High School March 2014 Students of the Month Mick Welding 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Morrison High School February 2014 Students of the Month Mick Welding 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Morrison Rotary honors Mike Gunderson with a Paul Harris award and Stephanie Deckro with a Paul Harris times 3 Mick Welding 2014-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Kathy Schmidt awarded Paul Harris Fellowship at the January 22nd Meeting Mick Welding 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Jan 23, 2014

Rotary welcomed Morgan McCulloh and Jordan Wiebenga to their January 13 meeting.  Morgan is the daughter of Craig and Regina McCulloh. She is a member of B.L.I.N.D  (Building Lasting Impressions That Never Die) and National Honor Society as well as Key Club, Student Council and Madrigals. She plans to attend Illinois State with a major in communications and Graphic Design.  Jordan is the son of Kevin and Barb Wiebenga.  Jordan is in Band and Jazz band.  He volunteers at his church and plans to go to Sauk and then NIU for Video Gaming.  Congratulations Morgan and Jordan!


January Students of the Month Kathy Schmidt 2014-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mick Welding on Jan 14, 2014
Principal Joe Robbins and Rotarian Drew Hoffman presented dictionaries to 74 Morrison 3rd graders on December 12, 2013. I had them look up the word "service", which had multiple definitions, and had them try to figure out which one fit best with out motto, "service above self". The teachers also were given a dictionary and we had about 15 left over for possible new students.
Morrison Rotary club presents dictionaries to 3rd grade students Mick Welding 2014-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mick Welding on Jan 14, 2014
The Morrison Rotary club recognized Dr. Dick Vandermyde with a Paul Harris plus 2 award. Dr. Vandermyde is also a Paul Harris Sustaining member. On behalf of the local club and Rotary International, we want to thank Dr. Vandermyde for his benevolence.


Morrison Rotary honors Dr. Dick Vandermyde Mick Welding 2014-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Jan 09, 2014

This is a letter from the Rotary Host Club Kissumu Kavirondo's President Pamela Alba.  

Dear Kathy and Larry
Happy new year.
Thanks for appreciating the work we have done with your club. I also wish for you to know that we appreciate this very much and my village is extremely happy for is like a dream to them. You can't believe it that I have been away in Mombasa working on clearing two containers that have been lying there since July 2013 and am just about done. I was there for 4 weeks and that was just a week after commissioning this koker water. I came back and found the community had mobilized themselves and done piping of another line of 2.5 km away and into ten different homes only waiting to be provided with water meters and as I speak these people have water running in their homes and everybody is jumping and excited in a way I can't believe. I used that to walk to people and talk to them about starting a club and now 15 people have registered their names with us including the member of Parliament for the area. Another man who connected a meter immediately is farming  tomatoes and they already flowering. Nice year.


Kenya Water Project - Finished Kathy Schmidt 2014-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Jan 07, 2014

At the January 8th meeting, Rotary welcomed four members to the Paul Harris Fellowship.  Receiving the honorable fellowship was Gary Steinert, Ruth Gundlach, and Jack Otteson.  

Absent from the photo was Mike Gunderson.



Rotary Starts 2014 Inducting Four New Paul Harris Fellows Kathy Schmidt 2014-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Jan 05, 2014

A warm and welcoming Rotary Christmas party was held at Suellen and Tanner Girard's home in December.  Tanner prepared a feast from his grill and Suellen added all the trimmings and beverages. See additional photos in the album to the left of this page.Image

2014 Rotary Holiday Party at the Girards Kathy Schmidt 2014-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Dec 22, 2013

The one of a kind Rotary Christmas tree created by President Dr. Suellen Girard, Spring Klima and Tanner Girard netted a whopping $200 for the Polio Jar from the 7 day District wide auction.  The winner of the tree was Phil Koenig of the Moline Rotary Club.  


Christmas Tree District Auction Nets $200 Kathy Schmidt 2013-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Nov 19, 2013
Rotary Welcomed to their meeting Liz Buckwalter, Daughter of Mike and Colleen Buckwalter, and Daniel Humphrey, Son of Kent and Audrey Humphrey. Liz has been active in student council, key club, B.L.I.N.D and yearbook. She is part of a local youth group and enjoys dance. She plans to study Pre-law at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Daniel is a member of the Scholastic Bowl Team. He helps the Methodist church with fundraisers and enjoys reading and making short films. He plans to attend a local college for 2 years and then apply to film school.


November Students of the Month Kathy Schmidt 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Nov 12, 2013
Morrison Rotary received a check in the amt of $221.40 from the Rock Island Rotary club and District 6420 as part of the District Conference Golf Outing. The Golf outing raised money and then split the proceeds between all the clubs that sent a team to golf. The funds are to be used in one of the five areas of focus. Pictured is the Morrison team, Ron Coplan, John Prange, Tanner Girard. Missing from the team photo is Keith Frederick.


Morrison Club receives check from Rock Island and District 6420 Kathy Schmidt 2013-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Nov 05, 2013

At the Nov 6th meeting Morrison Rotary welcomed two new members, Angie Vandervinne of Farmers Insurance and Dave Ramsey Money Coaching, and Spring Klima who is an independent consultant.  Sponsors were Louise Clark and Suellen Girard.  Welcome Angie and Spring we are happy to have you!


ROTARY WELCOMES TWO NEW MEMBERS Kathy Schmidt 2013-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Oct 15, 2013
Rotary October Students of the Month

At the October 23 meeting, Rotarians met the October Students of the month, Brandi Hosford and Cory Brown. Brandi is the daughter of Michelle Montague and Ronald Hosford. She is the captain of the Basketball and Track Team, and is active in the Key Club and Student Council. She volunteers with kids basketball camps and also tutors in school. She enjoys scrapbooking and swimming and often goes to help disabled children horseback ride at White Pines Stable in Joliet, IL  She plans to go to school to obtain a doctorate in physical therapy with a specialty of sports injuries.
Cory is the son of Betty Spangler. He is active in Student Council and helps in the community at the Food Pantry and handing out free lunches. He enjoys helping others in school and following politics and stocks. He plans to major in accounting to earn a CPA as will as an MBA in Finance. He would like to open his own firm or work in the finance industry.


October Students of the Month Kathy Schmidt 2013-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Kenya Water Project Update - See Photo Album of pictures Kathy Schmidt 2013-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Oct 13, 2013

Here is the latest update from our Host Club in Kenya:

I hope you shall be impressed by all this and everyone involved will not regret having worked with us. this has led to the formation of rotary community Corps that we shall hand over the management to so that the good intentions of rotary is kept. the koker group has even used their RCC registered group to source for a loan to fund a 10000 litres tank so that they can pump into a reservoir instead. this group fetched water that had even flown along the road side during flushing and were even fighting for it. they have dug the trenches too and the pipe laying is  starting tomorrow.  We will handover this site first week of November. we are forever grateful to you Kathy and Larry for your efforts to make this succeed. Say thanks to all involved and just as I find much satisfaction when I see the happy faces of the women around the water point looking like a God has fallen down from heaven, I believe all of you will find even more satisfaction in this. I feel like I want to be associated with rotary the more as it has brought satisfaction in my life.
thanks  PamelaImage

Kenya Water Project Almost Complete Kathy Schmidt 2013-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Sep 24, 2013
Morrison Rotary welcomed two new members to their organization at their meeting on September 25.  Joe Mills of First Wealth Financial in Morrison, and
Mick Welding of Morrison Community Hospital were installed by President Dr. Suellen Girard.
Pictured along with Dr. Girard and the new members are the sponsors, Mark Schular and Kathy Schmidt.  The Morrison club welcomes them and looks forward to having them as a part of the Service Above Self organization.
Rotary Inducts Two New Members Kathy Schmidt 2013-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Sep 23, 2013
Joining the Rotarians for lunch were Trever Troutman and Hannah Blacklock, September Students of the month.
Hannah is the daughter of Glenn and Darnell Blacklock. She is the president of Key Club, Captain of the MHS Pom Pons Squad, a member of the National Honors Society, Member of Key Club, and Pons for 4 years. Hannah is on the MHS Track team and a member of the High School Band.  In her spare time she enjoys volunteer work, dance, teaching catechism and working as a dietary aid at Pleasant View Nursing Home.  She plans to attend UW Platteville for Criminal Justice and eventually become a Crime Scene Investigator.
Trever Troutman is the son of Kipp and Jamie Troutman.  He is the President of Senior Student Council and Key Club. He is a Pre-K/K Kidzlink leader at Cross Roads Community Church.  He enjoys spending time with family and friends, working with the elderly and camping.  He plans to attend St. Ambrose University for a BA in Chemistry with a Pre-Med concentration, then on to Medical School.

Congratulations to Hannah and Trever.
Rotary September Students of the Month Kathy Schmidt 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Sep 22, 2013

The official count 547 participants!   About 40 shy from our record last year.  It was a great day - the timing company did their job well and awards were actually handed out on the day of the event!  Over 100 duathletes enjoyed a ride in the country while 244 Walkers and 149 children made it a day.  Thanks to our food sponsors, Resthave for the delicious homemade cookies, Hardees and McDonalds also provided cookies, Sullivans for the Apple Crisp apples and Hyvee for the oranges.  US Cellular provided the water and an anonymous donor provided the gatoraide.  Thanks also to the many volunteers who came from many groups within Morrison - we couldn't do it without them.

Another Year of Harvest Hammer Success Kathy Schmidt 2013-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Sep 05, 2013

The best cooks in Rotary served up a feast for the annual picnic. Many thanks to the Picnic Committee and everyone who brought family and friends.  To see more photos, click on the photo album to the left of this article.


Annual Rotary Picnic 2014 Kathy Schmidt 2013-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Aug 22, 2013
Rotary helps those who help the less fortunate. With a matching grant from Rotary International, Morrison Rotary was able to purchase a laptop with several programs, printer, wireless router, ink and paper for the Food Pantry. No more pencil and paper! Rotarians Ellen Smith and President Suellen Girard presented the items to Kaywyn Beswick and the staff.


Rotary helps those who help the less fortunate. With a matching grant from Rotary International, Morrison Rotary was able to purchase a laptop with several programs, printer, wireless router, ink and paper for the Food Pantry. No more pencil and paper! Rotarians Ellen Smith and President Suellen Girard presented the items to Kaywyn Beswick and the staff.
Rotary helps those who help the less fortunate. With a matching grant from Rotary International, Morrison Rotary was able to purchase a laptop with several programs, printer, wireless router, ink and paper for the Food Pantry. No more pencil and paper! Rotarians Ellen Smith and President Suellen Girard presented the items to Kaywyn Beswick and the staff.
Rotary helps those who help the less fortunate. With a matching grant from Rotary International, Morrison Rotary was able to purchase a laptop with several programs, printer, wireless router, ink and paper for the Food Pantry. No more pencil and paper! Rotarians Ellen Smith and President Suellen Girard presented the items to Kaywyn Beswick and the staff.


Rotary brings technology to the Food Pantry Kathy Schmidt 2013-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Aug 04, 2013

15 Rotarians, Emily Clark and Trish Tomasino put their painting skills to work on Saturday, August 3 to help the Morrision School District in their Make A Difference Day by 

painting the High School Stadium Bleachers.  Thanks to Don Jevne who donated many paint trays, rollers handles and other materials and to Merle for funding the cost of the paint.

We were fortunate to have had a very cool morning to start the project and finished up by 11:30.  After party at Kevin Schislers was enjoyed and enhanced by Ron's BBQ Ribs and

sweet corn from the school.  Thanks to all that gave of their day to make a difference.  Click on like for more photos:  Painting To Make A Difference


Rotary Making A Difference Kathy Schmidt 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Aug 04, 2013

Thanks to Gary Hayenga for organizing the evening of fellowhship, food and fun.  The Lumberkings won (I think!).  Thanks to Merle for his awesome job documenting the event.  Click on the link below  to see your mug shot!

Lumberkings Game Photos 


Rotary Night at the Lumberkings Kathy Schmidt 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Jul 16, 2013

Last year it was 100 degree heat, this year we were almost there!  Eight Rotarians and one "little Bird" took to Hwy 30 and cleaned it up.  Great job guys and gals!


Rotarians Brave the Heat Kathy Schmidt 2013-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Jul 15, 2013

Emily Clark and Hannah Rillie were sponsored by the club to attend the World Affairs Seminar in Waukesha Wisconsin in June.  They spent the week with students from other towns and countries to discuss world issues.  Emphasis is on promoting better understanding of the causes of international conflict with the idea that if the causes are understood, problems are more likely to be solved peacefully.


Rotary sends two to World Affairs Seminar Kathy Schmidt 2013-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Jun 30, 2013
The Morrison Rotary Club received for the second year in row the District 6420 Public Image Award.
The award is based on a set of criteria in each of the 5 areas of media including Print, Broadcast, Newsletter, Public Visibility, and Website/Social Media. There are 47 clubs in the District  and three Public Image Awards given based on club size. Kathy Schmidt is the District Public Image Chair who presented the award to 2012/2013 President Kevin Schisler at the District Conference in May.
Morrison Rotary Receives District Award Kathy Schmidt 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on May 14, 2013



May 15, 2013




Our scheduled lunch is BBQ Pork With Potato Salad


 The Four Way Test:

                                    1st  -     Is it the Truth?

                                    2nd -     Is it Fair to All Concerned?

                                    3rd -      Will it Build Good Will and Better Friendships?

                                    4th -      Will it Be Beneficial to All Concerned?


President Kevin and Vice President Suellen are away for the day- the presiding office is the least of all available evils.

Reminders of Things to Come


  1. Our fellow Rotary Club in Mt. Carroll needs 4 or 5 Rotarians to help with their beer garden at Mayfest. Saturday night the 25th from 9 to midnight. The opportunity to help is a quid pro quo for their assistance at Harvest Hammer. Contact Kevin at 772-4011 if available.


  1. The golf outing is set for May 31st at Kewanee. Tee time is noon. Looks like we have 2 foursomes signed up. Details at 10.


  1. I understand that two students have applied for, been interviewed for, and approved for attendance at the World Affairs Conference. Drew has the details.


  1. Still looking for a 3rd host family for the Rotary exchange student from Thailand- a four month stint during the coming year. Student to attend MHS.




Ed Abbott will present his own program today. Last week, Jamie Rodriguez of the Emmanual Reformed Church presented on the church’s mission trip to Jamaica. Mike Zurn served as the program chairman.


      Attendance last week came to 31 members. Stan Steines won the 50-50 Raffle.


      Drew Hoffman is touting the fundraiser for the high school golf team scheduled for June 1st. He needs sponsors and players.


Pathologists yell, “Over my dead body.”

Pediatricians say, “Oh, grow up.”



            Birthdays – Lloyd Esse- 05-15

                                Tanner Girard- 05-18



                        PROGRAMS                                           MENU


      05-22-13          Dave Abele                             Chef Salad

      05-29-13          Bill Bird                                  Hot Roast Beef Sandwich

      06-05-13          Michael Blean                         Lasagna

      06-12-13          Angie Bruggenwirth               Taco Salad

      06-19-13          Colleen Buckwalter                Prime Rib French Dip

      06-26-13          James Camp                            Chicken Salad Sandwich with Soup


Bulletin May 15, 2013 Kathy Schmidt 2013-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on May 13, 2013
.ImageMorrison Friends of the Park and Morrison Rotary joined together to sponsor a bike safety class for the entire third grade class.  Rotary purchased the helmuts and placed a Rotary sticker on each one.  On hand to help with the distribution were Colleen Buckwalter, Kevin Schisler, Stan Steines and Merle Reisenbigler
Helmuts for 3rd grade class Kathy Schmidt 2013-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on May 08, 2013

Nominated by Rotarian Kathy Schmidt, Karl Kovarik was awarded the District 6420 Club Officer of the Year Award. Kovarik has been instrumental in moving the club books to clubrunner, as well as keeping the history up to date on the website.  He has maintained the books for the club since 2008 when he assumed the treasurer position.  He has been a member since 1997 and is always active behind the scenes. Presenting the award is President Kevin Schisler.


Karl Kovarik receives District Award Kathy Schmidt 2013-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Apr 23, 2013
Morrison Rotary welcomed to their April 24th meeting Heather Elfline, daughter of Shari and Alan Elfline, and Alex Weeks, son of Karen Davis and Marty Weeks.  

Heather has been active in school plays, band and choir all four years.  She participated in All State and attended IMEA through her high school years.  She is active in her church youth group and is an assistant minister, played with the Quad City Youth Philharmonic, Sauk Valley Community College band and the Clinton Symphony.  She enjoys playing flute and singing.  After graduation she plans to attend Illinois State University and major in Hospice Music Therapy.  Her ideal job after school would be to work with disabled children to help them function better in their lives.

Alex Weeks has spent the four years in high school playing football and basketball.  He also was a member of the student council and the key club.  He participates in FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), is a daycare volunteer tutor, and volunteers at White Oaks Therapeutical barn working with handicap kids.  In his spare time he enjoys golfing, landscaping and canoeing.  He plans to attend Bismarck State College to study Nuclear Power Technology and hopes to have a career at a Nuclear Power Plant.
April Students of the Month Kathy Schmidt 2013-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Apr 22, 2013

Congratulations to Bill Bird, Morrison Rotary's 30th Active Paul Harris Fellow.  Bill joins the 61 Paul Harris Fellows since the clubs inception.  The PAUL HARRIS Fellow is an award given to those who have donated over several years to the foundation.  It is one of the most prestigious awards in Rotary and thereby named after the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris.


30th Active Paul Harris Fellow Given to Bill Bird Kathy Schmidt 2013-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Apr 21, 2013

It was a much cooler day than last year when Rotarians Merle Reisenbigler, Ron Coplan, Stephanie Deckro, Suellen and Tanner Girard, Kevin Schisler, Mark Schuler, John Prange, and Kathy Schmidt went to clean up the Rte 30.  Much winter mess was available for the picking.  Special findings included a muffler, a photograph, multiple beer bottles and pop cans as well as McDonald wrappers and DQ cups.  KJ's was the rehydration station.   (see album for more pictures) ImageThanks to everyone who took an hour of their evening to serve.  


Mother earth cleaned up by 9 energetic Rotarians on Earth Day 2013 Kathy Schmidt 2013-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Apr 09, 2013
Joining Rotary for their March 20th meeting were Calvin Harridge, son of Cheryl and Tim Harridge.  Calvin is active in Key Club and is a member of the National Honor Society.  He is active in Football and Wrestling and enjoys working on construction/remodeling of homes in his spare time.  Future plans are to study business and continue playing football.

Savannah Horn is the daughter of Joel and Susan Horn.  She is very active in music and participates in Concert, Pep and Jazz Band and performed at the IHSA Solo & Ensemble Contest.  She is an active member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church and Jennifer's Dance Center.  She enjoys reading, biking, tennis, art (painting and drawing) and flute.  She plans to attend Luther College to major in art or music performance, and will continue playing flute in an ensemble with her music scholarship.  
March Students of the Month Kathy Schmidt 2013-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Feb 28, 2013

Morrison Rotary welcomed Students of the month Billie Conner and Sam Ottens to their meeting.

Billie is the daughter of Bill and Melody Conner.  She is active in Key Club and helps with blood drives,

Paint the Town, Leaf raking and tutoring.  She likes to play softball, volleyball, basketball and enjoys reading and babysitting.  She has plans to attend a college for Chemical Engineering.


Sam Ottens is the son of JoAnn Ottens and Michael Ottens.  He is a senior and has been on the Golf team all four years. He has also been active with the Scholastic bowl team which advanced to the State the past two years.

He volunteers with the Masonic Lodge in their Pork chop sales and with the Mississippi Valley Blood Center blood drives.His hobbies include bowling, studying history and sciences and loves to travel. He has been to 45 of the 50 states. After graduation he plans on attending Illinois State University with a double major in Human Resource Management and Safety.


Congratulations to these students for their achievements and service to the community.


February Students of the Month Kathy Schmidt 2013-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Feb 05, 2013

Morrison Rotary welcomed to their February 6 meeting Travis Keller and Madison Cromwell as January Students of the month. Madison is the daughter of Kerry and Erika Cromwell.  Madison has participated in scholastic bowl and track as well as Key Club.  She enjoys photography, art (drawing, sculpture), and dance (jazz, ballet, modern).  She plans to attend a four year college with an emphasis in chemistry and biology and then to Medical School.

Travis is the son of Ritch Keller and Liz Hamilton.  He plays football, basketball and baseball.  He enjoys almost any sport, lifting weights,and hanging out with friends.  He plans to attend Northern Illinois Univ. and major in Pre-law with his sights set on becoming a lawyer.


Rotary January Students of the Month Kathy Schmidt 2013-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Drew Hoffman, Karl Kovarik and Vicki Wright - Paul Harris Fellows Kathy Schmidt 2013-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Dec 31, 2012

A very fun meeting was created by Mark Schuler and Drew Hoffman with their home-made truth and justice helmut. Select Rotarians and their team members had to answer trivia questions based on popular children's Christmas movies.  Lights flashed on the helmut if the answer given was correct or incorrect.  Great job Mark and Drew!Image

Fun and Frolic 2012 Kathy Schmidt 2013-01-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Dec 04, 2012

Rotarians Phil Renkes, Kevin Schisler, Mark Schuler, Don Jevne and Kathy Schmidt assisted the Food Pantry crew in unloading 225 cases/boxes.  An assembly line from the truck, up the stairs and into the pantry was formed to manage the heavy load.  


Rotarians flex their muscle unloading Food Pantry truck Kathy Schmidt 2012-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Dec 02, 2012

Joining Morrison Rotary for lunch were November Students of the Month Kyle Meurs, Son of Alan and Shelly Meurs, and Alyssa Patten, Daughter of Mike and Deane Patten. Alyssa plays in the Morrison marching band, pep band and jazz band.  She also attends dance class, plays the piano, enjoys helping with fundraisers and loves to decorate cakes and bake.  She plans to go to Univ. of Wisconsin LaCrosse majoring in Biology and continue to graduate school for Physical Therapy.

Kyle was head of the football team this year, plays basketball and is on the National Honor Society.  He enjoys refereeing the Junior Tackle games and helping the elderly with their yard work.  He also enjoys hunting, fishing, and farming.  He plans to go into Civil Engineering at Univ of Platteville, WI.


November Students of the Month Kathy Schmidt 2012-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
October Students of the Month Visit Rotary Kathy Schmidt 2012-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Nov 04, 2012

Morrison Rotarians Ellen Smith and Drew Hoffman present personalized Dictionaries to each of the 3rd grade students at Morrison Southside School.  Morrison Rotary has continued this tradition of providing literacy for many years and believes each child having their own dictionary will be a valuable tool to stronger language skills.


Dictionary Project Kathy Schmidt 2012-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Oct 09, 2012

Morrison Rotary wrote a grant through Rotary International and recently received the matching funds to purchase two Ipad 3’s and a special reading program entitled “Orton Gillingham Language Tune Up Kit for Schools” for the Morrison Junior High. These tools will help students in the Junior High that struggle with reading and language skills.  The Ipad 3’s are significant because they have speech to text dictation which enables the students to dictate to a word document.  It can also take pictures of text documents such as worksheets and then the students listen to the text when they need it instead of waiting for staff availability.  The language program has proven success in bringing students to an 8th grade reading level after completion of the 87 lesson program.  The licensing will allow for 100 student id’s so it will benefit many students. 

Presenting these items to the Junior High Staff are  (LtoR) Rotary President, Kevin Schisler, Susan Liggon, Instructor, Chris Tichler, Instructor, and Ellen Smith, Rotary Grant Chair 

Grant gives Junior High School special needs students extra help Kathy Schmidt 2012-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Sep 24, 2012

Thanks to the 13 faithful Rotarians who put "SERVICE ABOVE SELF" and cleaned Rte 30 in less then an hour last night !! 

For everyone who  missed, don't feel left out -- there may be a "WINTER" cleanup...



Rotarians Put Service Above Self - Rte 30 Clean-up Kathy Schmidt 2012-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Sep 23, 2012
Record numbers attended the 25th Annual Harvest Hammer 5K Run and Duathlon.  Final number of participants was 585 with 141 of those toting a bike along for the ride!  It was a beautiful day and a very successful event.  See the Harvest Hammer Album for more pictures of this event.Image
Another year of Harvest Hammer Successfully Behind Us Kathy Schmidt 2012-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Aug 28, 2012
Thanks to the "Good Ol Boys" for another year of perfect grilling, good times and a great family social.
Additional story telling pictures are in the Family Picnic Album to the left of this page.Image
Rotary Family Picnic - A Great Time! Kathy Schmidt 2012-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Jul 28, 2012
A record 39 people attended the Rotary night at the ballgame.  Great food and fellowship along with perfect weather for a game.
Suellen assisted by her grandchildren pitched the first ball.  Thanks to Gary for organizing this event each year and to Merle for
making sure we have plenty of pictures!  
Annual Lumberkings Game Sees Record attendees Kathy Schmidt 2012-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Jul 18, 2012
Fifteen Morrison Rotarians showed true Service Above Self as they took to the Rt 30 Highway to clean up their adopted one mile section last Wednesday.  In 102 degree temperatures they completed the task in just under an hour.  Afterward there was plenty of "re-hydrating" taking at KJ's Bar & Grill along with some scrumptious appetizers.  Thanks to all who joined in this club project on such a sweltering day! See Hwy Clean-up album for more pictures.
Rotarians Beat the Heat in Highway 30 clean-up Kathy Schmidt 2012-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Past President Kathy Schmidt receives plaque for her year as President Kathy Schmidt 2012-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Jun 20, 2012
Members were treated to a presentation by the Whiteside County Canine Unit. See album for more pictures of this awesome dog! 
Whiteside County Canine Unit Visits Rotary Kathy Schmidt 2012-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Jun 20, 2012
 Emily Clark attended RYLA last month and had a great time.
 She spoke at a recent meeting about the friendships, team building and overall great time she had.
 She is so excited that she plans to talk with other students about attending again next year.
Emily Clark RYLA Recipient Kathy Schmidt 2012-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on May 01, 2012
At the May 2 meeting, Don Jevne was welcomed as new member of the Morrison Rotary Club. Ron Coplan was his sponsor.  Don owns True Value Hardware and lives with his wife Jackie in Morrison.  Welcome Don!Image
Don Jevne welcomed as new Rotarian Kathy Schmidt 2012-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Apr 30, 2012

Morrison Rotary wins big in District 6420 Conference held in Dixon April 28th.  President Kathy Schmidt received on behalf of the club the District Governor Award for Public Image.  Presenting the traveling trophy to her is District Governor Leo Patterson.  The public image award is based on 5 areas of media including internet, social media, newspaper, TV, and print materials.  Each club may submit up to 20 examples of their work for consideration.   Morrison Rotary also received awards for Sustained Literacy work in the Morrison area as well as current year literacy projects in which many books were donated to three local preschools.  Ellen Smith is receiving the certificate and ribbon from District Literacy Chair, Andy Axup. 



Morrison Rotary Wins Big at the 2012 District Conference Kathy Schmidt 2012-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Feb 21, 2012
Scott Vance, Morrison High School Principal was recently inducted to the Morrison Rotary Club
ImageHe is married to Rotarian Danielle Vance and has two daughters.  Scott was sponsored by Jack Ottoson.
Scott Vance Newest Member to Morrison Rotary Kathy Schmidt 2012-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Oct 25, 2011

Jennifer Kellyl presents a check for $500 to Jordan McGarvey to help with the purchase of a shed for the local community garden.  Jordan’s project will include the shed, mulch around each garden and the overall outside of the garden area as well as other landscaping.

Local Eagle Scout and Morrison Rotary work together on Community Garden Kathy Schmidt 2011-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Oct 10, 2011
 Rotary donated $200 towards the local International Fellowship Exchange program.  Students from University of IL Chicago spend Thanksgiving weekend with local families to experience the holiday.  Families are still needed to help this program support 15 students.
Rotary helps local International Thanksgiving Fellowship Program Kathy Schmidt 2011-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on Aug 14, 2011
 Erica Wolf, Maui Calleja and Kaitlyn Kruse were chosen by Rotary to attend the World Affairs Seminar At Carroll University in Waukesha, WI in June.

The World Affairs Seminar has been preparing young people to deal with global problems and issues for more than thirty years.

Key features of the 2011 World Affairs Seminar included explore cutting – edge topics in the areas of emerging economic and technological development in sustainable systems, global security and human rights, conservation efforts and service learning projects. They heard about current trends and discussed their importance. They also learned which institutions are engaged in the conversation on global sustainable development.

“It was an awesome experience” the girls said.  “We met so many people from different places and learned alot about global and environmental issues.”   The World Affairs Seminar is the vision of Rotarian Dr. Dale Brock, whose vision was to bring about better understanding of world problems within a select group of young people from around the world.


Rotary Sends Three Students to World Youth Affairs Kathy Schmidt 2011-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt on May 26, 2011

Mr. Antony Deter's 6th Grade class was studying about Japan when the Disaster happened last fall.  He wanted to find a way for his class to participate in the relief efforts.  He found out about Shelter Box and it has been their goal to raise $1000.  Last week the students were told that they had raised $1,250.00  Brian Adams from Rotary Shelter Box came to their school and showed them the box and contents.   Morrison Rotary then challenged the students to raise another $250 in less than a week before school was out and Rotary would donate another $500 toward  2 Shelter Boxes.  On Wed, May 25, the 6th grade students reached their goal !

Please let the 6th grade students and teachers know how proud we are of their efforts and thank them.  Rotary President Barb Bees and Vice President Kathy Schmidt presented a check to Mr. Dieter and his class on Friday May 27th before the students left for the summer.


Rotary Matches Morrison 6th Grade Class Funds To Purchase 2 Shelter Boxes Kathy Schmidt 2011-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Merle Reisenbigler on May 16, 2011
  Eleven Rotarians gathered in a light rain and helped "The Esse's” with some spring yard cleaning. Lloyd Esse has been a Rotarian for 46 years.

"Lloyd has been very helpful in keeping records of the Clubs membership since it was founded in 1924.

This is just a small way we could repay him" stated Merle Reisenbigler, Co-Chairman of the event.

A  social time was enjoyed at the Reisenbigler home following the clean- up. 


ROTARIANS CLEAN-UP! Merle Reisenbigler 2011-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt
Morrison Rotary was host to seven Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange students Saturday. They represented Thailand (2), Brazil (2), Chile, Germany, and Taiwan. Tanner and Suellen Girard were hosts as they decorated Christmas cookies and gave them to Resthave Nursing Home residents. They enjoyed participating in the Morrison Christmas Walk and a warm meal afterward prepared by Tanner.  Thank you to
  • Karl Kovarick donated the trailer, 
  • Kevin Schissler brought and drove the truck and cleaned up the float after the parade,
  • Kevin Schissler, Suellen Girard and 7 Rotary students helped set things up on the float,
  • Suellen Girard and Bennet Klima helped transport students back from the parade,
  • Tanner Girard cooked the dinner and breakfast for the students,
  • Spring Klima, Dani Vance and Suellen Girard helped with the cookie decoration activity,
  • Dani Vance and Suellen Girard took the boys to Resthave and helped deliver the cookies, and 
  • Many rotary members donated sugar cookies, double chocolate cookies, frosting, and decorations - Jim Camp, John Prange, Robin Green, Spring Klima, Suellen Girard, Kathy Schmidt, Bob Sondgeroth, and an anonymous box of cookies and a bag of decorations left by our door.


Rotary Inbound Youth Exchange Spends the Weekend in Morrison Kathy Schmidt 0
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At the July 3 meeting, Morrison Rotary thanked Kevin Schisler for his year of service and welcomed SuEllen Girard as incoming President. SuEllen has been a member of Morrison Rotary since 2008 and looks forward to her year of service to the club and the community.Image

Rotary Installs New Leadership Kathy Schmidt 0
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Morrison Rotary welcomed December Students of the month Olivia Vanderbleek and Brock Deter.  Olivia is the daughter of Luke and Joan Vanderbleek.  She is active in choir, madrigals, student council, scholastic bowl, jazz band and theatre.  She is also a Religious Education instructor at St Mary’s Church as well as an Altar Server.  She plans to attend college with an emphasis in  English and Literature with aspirations of becoming a  publisher/editor.

Brock Deter is the son of Rick and Glenda Deter.  He is involved in football, baseball, basketball and National Honors Society.  He also enjoys Key Club, Church Youth Group and working as a leader in the Morrison Recreation Program.  After two years at Sauk he plans to attend University of Wisconsin/Platteville for a major in Agri-Business.


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Angie Bruggenwirth was sworn in as a new member at the November 28th meeting by President Kevin Schisler.  Her sponsor, Vicki Wiebenga was also on hand to add Angie's rotary pin to her lapel.  Angie works for H.B. Wilkens and has assumed Vicki's role as Manager .  Image

Welcome new member Angie Bruggenwirth! Kathy Schmidt 0
World's Biggest Commercial going live October 24, 2012 Kathy Schmidt 0
September Students of the Month Kathy Schmidt 0
Kevin Schisler becomes Morrison Rotary 2012 President Kathy Schmidt 0
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Rotarian Ellen Smith receives the first ever Morrison Rotary "Service Above Self" Awardfor her endless support of the clubs projects as well as the communities.  President Kathy Schmidt presented the award.Image
Ellen Smith Awarded Service Above Self Award Kathy Schmidt 0
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The weather may have threatened but the Morrison Rotary club carried on with it's Highway 30 clean-up.  15 members worked the Route 30 highway east of Dairy Queen and continued to Lyndon Road.  Multiple orange bags stacked by the Morrison sign showed there was plenty of garbage.
Afterward a fantastic social was hosted at Merle and Sharon's - thank you!   Special thanks to Mark Schuler for spearheading the clean-up project.Image
Rotary Cleans Up Highway 30 Kathy Schmidt 0
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Morrison Rotary welcomed Dr. Bradley Yakolich from Vision Source Inc. at their meeting on November 30, 2011.  Dr. Yakolich was a rotary exchange student many years ago through the Erie Club and is excited join Morrison Rotary. He and his family live in Morrison.
WELCOME Dr. Brad Yakolich Kathy Schmidt 0
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The Annual Rotary picnic held at Morrison Rockwood State Park on September 7 was a

great time.  A large number of members and their family  enjoyed steaks,

chops, and hamburgers as well as delicious homemade fixings. Baggo was a hit

for the youth and some Rotarians even ventured to play "minute to win it" by blowing

bubbles through a hoop .   Yes, we have bubble blowing champions in the group!

Thanks to all who helped make this fun and enjoyable event for the group. 

Rotary Annual Picnic - GREAT! Kathy Schmidt 0
Merle, it sure was nice to meet your friends Fran and David! Kathy Schmidt 0
Posted by Kathy Schmidt

A great time was had by 16 Rotarians and their guests at the Clinton Lumberkings Game Wednesday night.  While it was a bit warm, there was plenty of beer and cool refreshments to quench the thirst as well as brats, hot dogs, and hamburgers.

Bill Ortman and his wife were on hand to join the group and Colleen Buckwalter gave a great performance throwing out the first game ball across home plate - great job Colleen!

Oh yes, and there was a baseball game happening as well - not sure how it ended as a storm threatened to roll in and a few us left early! 
Special thanks to Gary Hayenga for organizing the event and carrying on the tradition.  Enjoy the pictures!