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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Posted by: Gene Anderson | November 26, 2019

November 22 Meeting

Sunrise Rotarians were treated to a visual visit to Sweden at their last meeting.  Bridget Stevenson shared beautiful pictures and video of her yearlong exchange in southern Sweden. The family she stayed with exposed her to many foods, other countries, and new customs.  “It was a wonderful life-changing experience” Stevenson admitted. 


President Kyle Dooley introduced Max Schneider, the 2019 Sunrise Rotary IVCC Scholarship recipient. Schneider has a degree in psychology from ISU and is now pursuing a nursing degree while working full time.  Sergeants at Arms Mike Hughes and Nancy Leemhuis quizzed members on turkey trivia and drew the winning ticket of Tom Ganiere.  Ganiere gave his winnings to Stevenson.


Dooley shared a thank you note from Past District Governor Scott Shore for Sunrise members attending the Chartering event of the IVCC Rotaract Club and for the donation to that club.  Karen Nussbaum passed out turkey word games and Eldon Leemhuis paid a Happy Buck in honor of the successful running season of his grandchildren.  Nathalie Schmidt encouraged members to participate in the Freezin for a Reason 500 pound challenge!
Posted by: Gene Anderson | November 19, 2019

November 15th Meeting

Sunrise Rotary members welcomed the November students of the month to their meeting.  Grace Rinearson, daughter of Tim and Jenee Rinearson was the senior chosen by Marquette Academy.  Rinearson is involved in many activities at school and church but especially loves the Theater Club and Sports Medicine Club.  Becoming a physical therapist in a private clinic is her goal in college.  The Ottawa Township High School student for November is Kayleigh Gustafson, daughter of Terry and Janelle Gustafson. As vice-president of the Key Club and Treasurer of the Interact Club, Gustafson stays busy and includes many other activities also.  After graduating this December Gustafson will have a mission internship in South Africa for five weeks and upon her return to the states she has plans to study Intercultural Studies at Southeastern University in Florida. (pic shows Rinearson left and Gustafson right)


President Kyle Dooley reminded members of the Rotary Toy and Book drive for local families.  Rotarians will participate in the parade on November 29th and accept collections along the parade route.  Anyone wishing to make a donation of new toys or books or money may take their donations to S & S Travel or Financial Plus Credit Union.  This is the 30th year for the Rotary collection for the Ottawa area.  Sergeant at Arms Nancy Leemhuis and Mike Hughes quizzed members on November Trivia and chose the winning ticket of Matt Lamps.  Lamps donated his winnings to the two students of the month.
Nancy Leemhuis, the Club Foundation Chair presented President Dooley with the banner from District 6420 signifying that the club was the third highest is pre capita giving to the Rotary Foundation last year. (pic)


The next Sunrise Rotary meeting is November 22nd at OSF Medical Center at 7:15 a.m.
Posted by: Gene Anderson | November 14, 2019

November 8th Meeting

The November 8 Sunrise Rotary meeting was called to order by Supreme Commander Dooley with 25 members present.  Nancy won the buck in the pot and followed that with some Veteran’s Day information.  We voted to give the Rotaract Club just starting up at IVCC $100.  Wreaths Across America will be held again Saturday December 14.  Wreaths are $15 each.  They can be purchased through our club treasurer Eldon or online.  If you buy them online the sure to identify our club.  The Toy and Book Float is almost rolling and Sandy will be on WCMY to promote and she passed around posters for store windows, etc.  This will be Friday night November 29th—or club’s 30th year in the parade.  Gene introduced Lisa Sons, the Education Coordinator and Naturalist at Starved Rock and Matthiessen.  She suggested we may want to enjoy the splendor of the park November through March when there are 200-300 visitors daily as opposed to April-October when there are 2000-3000!  They are always in need of volunteers to repair, paint, stop erosion, build stairs, etc.  Just pop into the visitor’s center.  There is a Facebook page complete with program calendars for events at the park.  Our next meeting is November 15th where we will meet a couple more Students of The Month from Marquette Academy and Ottawa High School.

Posted by: Gene Anderson | November 6, 2019

November 1 Meeting

The Ottawa Sunrise Rotary Club members met at the new Waltham School in Oglesby on Friday, November 1.  Breakfast was provided by Rotarian Bruce Brown and his wife Kate.  Brown arranged for a guided tour of the new facilities.  Superintendent Kristine Eagers welcomed the Rotarians and gave a detailed tour of the building as well as a summary of what made it all possible for the students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade to have a beautiful new learning environment.
Sunrise Rotarians are supporting the Ottawa High School Interact Club by collecting deodorant and coats.  The District 6420 Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held on November 9th in Polo, Illinois.  The club has been asked to give a brief presentation about the grant which provided technology equipment for the fire department.  The next Sunrise meeting is November 8th at 7:17 a.m. at OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center.

Posted by: Gene Anderson | October 29, 2019

October 25th Meeting

Sunrise Rotarians welcomed Paul Youngstrum as the guest speaker on October 25th.  Youngstrum is the local liaison for the Twin Rivers – Barrington Growing Project.  This project is part of the larger organization of Growing Hope Globally.  The primary objective is to raise funds that will be used to help people in developing countries prevent hunger and starvation by improving their farming and food production systems.  This is the 16rh year for area farmers and the lead partners of the LaSalle Country Soil and Water Conservation District, Barrington United Methodist Church and Trinity Lutheran Church of Ottawa to provide help.  Over $37,000 was raised in 2018.

Growing Hope Globally was formerly known as Food Resource Bank.  Their programs have helped over 2 million people since 1999 and our local program is credited with helping over 10,000 people leave hunger behind.

Sunrise Rotarians raised over $300 by partnering with Culver’s for a community night.

Those funds will be donated to the Rotary fund to fight Polio in the world.  Only three countries are left that still record cases of polio. The next Sunrise Rotary meeting will be November 1st at 7:00 a.m. at the new Waltham School where they will be given a tour of the new building.dooley Youngstrum

Posted by: Gene Anderson | October 18, 2019

October 18th Meeting

Two students of the month spoke today.  They are wonderfully involved and an inspiration to all of us.
MA = Kathryn Siena
OTHS = Grace McGettigan
Reminder to bring deodorant for the Interact collection to our next meeting.  Thank you for the 13 we got today!
Nathalie Schmidt won the drawing today….. ok that’s enough of being nice to new members.  Don’t sell her a ticket next week.
November 1st Bruce Brown has arranged for our meeting/light breakfast to be at the NEW Waltham School.  Nice tour provided!!
(Do not go to the hospital on Nov. 1)
Speaker next week is Paul Youngstrum guest of Rick Scott.
Posted by: Gene Anderson | October 11, 2019

October 11th Meeting

Had a full house!  Plus Laurel Fisher as a visitor!
Nathalie Schmidt won all of the $23…. big pot today  :O). Karen told of interesting things happening on Oct. 10th while Paul took our money.
**OHS Interact Club news….. they are collecting deodorant.  Let’s help by everyone bringing a few our meetings  to donate to their collection.
**Grant Training is October 19th and Jane and Julie (our PE) are attending so that we can do a grant this coming year.
**Toy/Book Float will again hit the ground on November 29th at 6:00 in the parade.  Start getting them for our November collection.
**Wreaths Across America donations may be made online in the name of Sunrise Rotary Club  #IL0092 or give a check to Eldon.  Buy two and the third is free!  We do this Saturday, December 14th.
Culver’s Night is Wednesday, October 23rd. 4-8.  Need more hands on deck!!  If you have not volunteered for a Rotary Project yet this year put your name in now.  Email me please.
openings are:
4-5 need 1
6-7 need 1
7-8 need 2 people.
Excellent speaker – Deputy Fire Chief Brian Bressner shared lots of information on how our grant purchase of iPads and tech equipment will help the crews make responses faster and more effective.
HAVE A GOOD WEEK…….. SEE YOU NEXT FRIDAY or makeup at another club!

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