Tax Attic: Rockford Rotary and upcoming events

Last week, I discussed the State And Local Tax or SALT deduction and the effect that the Tax Cuts and Job Act can have on a regular taxpayer.  This week, please allow me to change things up a little and, in addition to the world of taxation, discuss a couple of non-tax topics that are near and dear to me. One topic is Rotary.  I have been a member of Rockford’s Rotary Club for over 20 years now.  Neil Blakeslee invited me to a Tuesday noon Rotary meeting at the City Cabin on North Monroe.  He told me Rotary was worth belonging to and I should consider becoming a member. I did some research on Rotary; talked to another member, Al Kraker, and came to the conclusion that Rotary is definitely worthy of membership.  I made the decision to join and haven’t ever been sorry about that decision.  Thank you, Neil, for inviting me.  So what is so impressive about Rotary? First off, Rotary does things on a world-wide scale.  I think of Polio Plus and the eradication of that awful, deadly disease.  Rotary has played a large role in that battle both in providing leadership and on-going funding.  There are fewer than 15 reported cases of polio in the world at this time.  Rotary also continues to play an on-going role in the world’s quest for clean water.  Millions through-out the world have benefitted from projects such as wells drilled and filters installed. In addition, our Rotary raises money through-out the year with fund-raisers and then distributes that money back to various local organizations such as North Kent Connect and events such as the Reading Rocks Festival as well as sending funds to Rotary International.  I’m hoping both Neil and I will be members of Rotary for another 20 plus years.

This coming weekend is one of our Rotary Club’s largest fundraisers.  During Rockford’s Harvest Festival, we will be serving Bar-B-Que chicken dinners on Friday and Saturday at the downtown Rotary Pavilion. This year, due to popular demand, we are serving chicken after having served pork for the last couple of years. We will be using Herman’s Boys’ Big Green Eggs to grill the chicken.  As you attend any one of a variety of Harvest Festival activities this weekend, consider following your nose over to the pavilion at the corner of Courtland and Squires St and picking up a chicken dinner.  The dinner will be a great one and the profits will be wisely dispensed on a variety of worthy projects.

Another event that will happen this Saturday morning at 10am is the dedication of the water feature at the entrance to Garden Park that will celebrate the unveiling of the water feature itself and the naming of the dam area as the Michael F Young Waterfront.  With Michael’s vision, Rockford, in general, and the dam area, in particular, has become a regional draw.  It’s a beautiful area today because of Michael Young.  In my mind, the water feature isn’t there as a memorial to Michael, it’s a way of saying “Thank You” to a person who left us too early but gave us so much.  This is Jerry Coon signing off.

Jerry Coon is an Enrolled Agent.

He owns Action Tax Service on Northland Dr in Rockford.

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