Posted by: Gene Anderson | March 10, 2020

March 6th Meeting

Kyle Dooley, President of the Ottawa Sunrise Rotary Club welcomed members and guests, Chloe Chang and Christine Benson to the meeting.  Benson informed the group of the Illinois Reads Festival at IVCC on March 14th from 10:00-2:00.  Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy visiting with many Illinois authors, buying books, participating in activities, etc.  Stephanie Benson is President of the Illinois Reading Council and was able to secure the festival at IVCC this year.  Sergeants at Arms Mike Cushing and Bruce Brown selected the winning ticket of Nancy Leemhuis and then shared interesting trivia about the day in history.

 

Ann Johnson, manager of Vitalife in Ottawa was the guest speaker.  Johnson gave a very informative talk about the marijuana dispensary center.  Vitalife open five years ago by the parent company PhamaCann.  The Ottawa location was the first one to open for the company.  They now have 37 dispensaries and 12 cultivation centers.  They have 1200 medical customers and between 800 and 1000 customers each day.  40% of their customers are from out of state.

Posted by: Gene Anderson | February 28, 2020

February 28th Meeting

The guest speaker for Sunrise Rotarians was the LaSalle County States Attorney, Karen Donnelly. Donnelly presented on not only how the legalization of marijuana impacts the workplace, but also how it is being addressed criminally in Illinois. A comprehensive handout accompanied the presentation.

 

President Kyle Dooley updated the club on membership news. Ted Sanders resigned with regret.   We wish him well!  Mike Hughes won the weekly drawing.  Students are currently applying for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award.  Rotary clubs in the area will work together to pay for the application fee to attend the weekend training in May.  Sergeants at Arms Julie Fisher and Mike Fuller quizzed members on the definitions of unusual words.

Posted by: Gene Anderson | February 21, 2020

February 7th Meeting

President Kyle Dooley called the meeting to order.  A reminder was given that the District Conference is scheduled for April 24-25 at the Schaumburg Hyatt Regency.  Sergeant at Arms Mike Fuller shared miscellaneous trivia and collected the fines.  The weekly drawing winner was Nancy Leemhuis.  Jane Goetz introduced the speaker, Barb Nadeau, a Plano Rotarian.

Nadeau is the Community Relations Manager for Voluntary Action Center.  VAC offers the Meals on Wheels for the counties of LaSalle, Putnam and Bureau.  Hundreds of meals are delivered every week. Ottawa alone delivers 115 hot meals daily plus 45 frozen meals to cover the weekend.  This service is available on a short-term or long-term basis. If you are homebound due to illness, disability, or otherwise isolated, contact Meals on Wheels to arrange home delivery of your meals at 815-883-3630.  You may donate online at www.vacdk.org.

Posted by: Gene Anderson | February 7, 2020

February 7th Meeting

President Kyle Dooley called the meeting to order.  A reminder was given that the District Conference is scheduled for April 24-25 at the Schaumburg Hyatt Regency.  Sergeant at Arms Mike Fuller shared miscellaneous trivia and collected the fines.  The weekly drawing winner was Nancy Leemhuis.  Jane Goetz introduced the speaker, Barb Nadeau, a Plano Rotarian.

Nadeau is the Community Relations Manager for Voluntary Action Center.  VAC offers the Meals on Wheels for the counties of LaSalle, Putnam and Bureau.  Hundreds of meals are delivered every week. Ottawa alone delivers 115 hot meals daily plus 45 frozen meals to cover the weekend.  This service is available on a short-term or long-term basis. If you are homebound due to illness, disability, or otherwise isolated, contact Meals on Wheels to arrange home delivery of your meals at 815-883-3630.  You may donate online at www.vacdk.org.

Posted by: Gene Anderson | February 4, 2020

January 31st Meeting

Sunrise Rotarians welcomed visiting Marseilles Rotarian Kent Terry to the meeting and the speaker, LaSalle Rotarian Mike Kirchhoff.  President Kyle Dooley thanked Mike Hughes for arranging the annual dinner at Monte’s and Julie Fisher for providing the dessert.  Members enjoyed a fun white elephant gift exchange.  Dooley noted that Fisher will attend her first training session soon to prepare for being the next Sunrise Rotary Club president.  Foundation Chair Nancy Leemhuis awarded the Paul Harris + 3 pin to Gene Anderson recognizing his $4000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation.  Sergeants at Arms Keith and Jane Goetz quizzed members on Super Bowl Trivia and Academy Awards movies.  Mary Brolley held the weekly winning ticket.

 

Tom Ganiere introduced Mike Kirchhoff, President and CEO of North Central Illinois Economic Development, as the guest speaker.  Kirchhoff summarized his background and explained the mission of NCI.  The strategic goals include business development in the region to increase the tax base, diversify the economy, and provide quality employment opportunities.  NCI also works to foster job-creating growth, expansion of existing businesses, and providing educational opportunities and workforce training for all ages.

 

The next Sunrise Rotary meeting is Friday, February 7 at 7:15 a.m. in the conference room of OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center.1580490566358blob
Posted by: Gene Anderson | January 28, 2020

January 23rd Annual Dinner

Thursday evening Sunrise Rotarians had a good time at Monte’s enjoying cocktails, appetizers, gifting, and visiting.  President Kyle lead the shortened meeting and everyone said the pledge to the red carnations on the table.  Keith had everyone laughing with his short vignettes.  It was a “fine free” night.  Many thanks to Mike Hughes for taking care of the details for dinner and to Julie for the yummy dessert that she brought.  The gifts were piled high on the table and opened with great anticipation.  Trades were many and laughs galore!!  If you could not make it this year we hope you can bring your spouse… partner… friend…. enemy, etc. next year!

Posted by: Gene Anderson | January 17, 2020

January 17th Meeting

Sunrise Rotarians welcomed the Students of the Month, Cori Lindig and Jalen Flavel. Flavel, son of Dan and Tricia Flavel is a senior at Marquette Academy and is a three-sport athlete all four years. Beside sports Flavel had been a recognized leader in many school clubs and community activities. Future plans for Flavel include attending St. Louis University to obtain a degree in Sports Business.with the ultimate goal of becoming a sports agent.

Cori Lindig, daughter of Mary and Jim Lindig is a senior at Ottawa Township High School. Lindig’s talents have enabled her to be successful in jazz choir, jazz band, band, speech team Fine Arts Club, and drum major. As band president and choir president, and on the executive committee for Student Council and Gay Straight Alliance, her peers acknowledge Lindig for her confidence in leading others.

President Kyle Dooley reminded the club members of the annual Sunrise Rotary dinner at Monte’s on Thursday, January 23rd.
Eldon Leemhuis distributed the treasurer’s report for the calendar year. Sergeants at Arms Keith and Jane Goetz collected fines and provided humorous antidotes about getting older. The winning ticket of Keith Goetz was drawn and Goetz donated it to the Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus.

Sunrise Rotary WILL NOT meet on Friday, January 24th. The next meeting will be January 30th at 7:15 a.m. in the conference room of OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center.
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Posted by: Gene Anderson | January 15, 2020

January 10th Meeting

***** Our yearly after holiday dinner party is Thursday, January 23rd.
Monte’s
6:00 cocktails
6:30 dinner
Rotarians’ meals are paid.  Spouses are most welcome but will have to pay for their meal.
Everyone is encouraged to bring a terrible white elephant gift……. just see what you get this year!
Jenny Rios introduce the speaker…. “Annie” Yen-Tung Chen.  She is from Taiwan and currently living with the Stevenson family.  Because of her asthma her family moved from a very large city to a smaller one in the country.  She has an older brother. her mother works in insurance and her father….. can’t remember what he does! But he works.  When she returns home she will have only 6 months to prepare for the college entrance exam which is one shot.  No retakes!!  Her English was very good and now she is $21 richer because kind-hearted Tom gave her his winnings.  Keith pranced around and collected the fines while Jane enlightened everyone on a new language… teen slang.  Remember what GNOC means?  Just ask Sandy.  Or even better text it to her.  “Let’s GNOC, Sandy!”
Have a good week!!  Students of the month are next week.Annie
Posted by: Gene Anderson | January 7, 2020

January 3rd Meeting

Rotarian Mike Cushing introduced the speaker Scott Clinch, Director of Facilities and Operations for Ottawa Township High School. Clinch gave a very detailed explanation of the Levee Project which actually began in 2009 and was just completed.  Through pictures and data Clinch explained how the original levee of 1999 was decertified in 2009 which prompted an intense feasibility study.  The flooding of 2013 moved so quickly that a newly engineered sand bag system had to be installed within hours of the notification to prevent damage.  The project now protects the school building and grounds and many east side dwellings.  By partnering with the city for the grant the levee is now complete.

 

President Kyle Dooley wished everyone a Happy New Year.  Sergeants at Arms Keith and Jane Goetz collected the fines and provided questions on technology.  The winning number of Gene Anderson was drawn for the weekly buck in the pot.levee

Posted by: Gene Anderson | January 7, 2020

December 20th Meeting

Sunrise Rotarians recognized the students of the month, Regan O’Fallon a senior at Ottawa Township High School and Sean Kissel from Marquette Academy.  O’Fallon is the daughter of Patrick and Tracey O’Fallon and plans to major in political science with the goal of eventually becoming an attorney.  Kissel, the son of Doug and Lenee’ Kissel will attend a four-year university to accomplish his career choice of becoming a pediatric nurse.

 

President Kyle Dooley welcomed Judy Christiansen, former Sunrise Rotarian.  Sue Borgarding won the drawing and donated it to each of the students of the month.  Tom Ganiere, Sergeant at Arms presented the top Christmas songs of Britain.  Members were thanked for helping with the Wreaths Across America day at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.  New toy and book totals for the Salvation Army were announced by Eldon Leemhuis.  This year’s collection exceeded past collections with the help of Farm and Fleet donations.students

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