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

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.
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

Posted by: Gene Anderson | December 17, 2019

December 13th Meeting

12-13-19 meeting was short….. no speaker, oops!
SAA Tom (Jenny) had prepared a special quiz about the REAL names of famous people……. Julie and Jane got 10!  (mostly Julie)
Mike M won ALL the money! Now he can get his wife a Christmas gift…..
Wreaths across America Group had a great time on Saturday… 10 able bodies helped that day.  No snow or rain and not much wind.
It looked like the largest cloud yet helping that day.
Posted by: Gene Anderson | December 10, 2019

December 6th Meeting

Lorraine McCallister, President of the Reddick Mansion Association, was the guest speaker for Sunrise Rotarians.  A descriptive summary of the renovation project was given along with a documentary video of the Heritage Restoration and Design Company’s work on the windows.  The original glass and windows will remain in the 161 year old home.  The balconies were beyond repair and will be rebuilt.  The original cost was projected to be $700,000 but with unforeseen problems the total cost has risen to $1.4 million.


Past President Helio Ruvalcaba conducted the business meeting.  The recent Toy-Book Collection for the Salvation Army in Ottawa brought in a new total of 864 toys, 324 books, ands $320 for more purchases.  Financial Plus and Farm and Fleet were thanked for their great assistance with the collection this year.  Sunrise Rotarians will again help lay wreaths at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elburn on December 14th.  An estimated 20,000 wreaths will be placed on graves that day.  Sandy Robinson won the drawing of the day.
Posted by: Gene Anderson | December 4, 2019

November 29th Toy Float

Thank you to Kyle, Joe and Nathalie, Mike M., Karen, Randy, Julie, Daniel, and Bro-in-law, Keith and Jane and two g-sons, Sandy and Gary, Eldon “the float builder” and Nancy “the mighty driver!”  Hope I didn’t forget anyone……. does this mean no fines for them this week?
“The members of the Ottawa Sunrise Rotary Club would like to thank The Times and the Ottawa community for our very successful 30th annual Toy and Book Float that was in Ottawa’s Festival of Lights parade.  The community, in addition to a very large contribution from Farm & Fleet, provided 839 toys to this year’s project.  In addition to the toys, there were 321 books collected which included 173 that were provided to us by the Financial Plus Credit Union members in their supporting book drive for the youngsters of Ottawa.  All of the above items have been delivered to the Ottawa Salvation Army and will be distributed to those families who qualified for food basket assistance this Christmas season.  The financial contributions that were given to us by local businesses and individuals are being used to purchase additional toys and books to match the needs of the approximately 400 children on this year’s list.”  …. by Eldon
December schedule:
SAA = Tom and Jenny
6        Mike F
13      Julie
14 (Saturday – Wreathes across America)
20      Students of the month
27      NO MEETING.  see you again on January 3
January schedule:
SAA = Keith and Jane
3        Mike C
10      Jenny
17      Students of the month
23      POST HOLIDAY DINNER. (FREE DINNER FOR MEMBER, only pay for spouse.
                    Get your reservation in soon)
24      NO MEETING
31      Tom
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