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Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

June 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Terry Konkle – President Our June 6, 2013 picnic meeting was the final one of the 2012-13 historical society year. Over thirty people enjoyed the pot-luck meal and the always pleasant companionship. As we do each year at this time, we had an election of officers for the 2013-14 year. The following were elected: President-Terry Konkle, Vice President-Jack Bolt, Recording Secretary-Kathy Christensen, Corresponding Secretary-Carla Blandford, Treasurer-Dianne Skiver, Trustees-Shirley Norman, Bob Winegar, Joan Bunn and Bob Boyer and Program/publicity director-Janette Konkle. This group make up our board of directors. In addition, Al Pratt is our hired museum manager and Kathy Cornwell is the museum curator. Pat Frye is the museum research director. With the exception of the museum manager, all positions are of the volunteer variety. During the months of July and August there are no regular monthly meetings, however the society board could meet if needed. The next regular meeting will take place on September 5, 2013 at the Community Cabin at 7:00 P.M. All of our meetings are open to the public, so one does not have to be a member to attend. This past year our meetings were very well attended with record crowds a couple of times. This should continue in the coming year as the group continues to grow and to be active in our community. The Rockford Area Historical Society is committed to preserving our history and to being a positive force in making our area (and the world) a better place. With the support of hundreds through donations and pledges and the hard work of many area volunteer workers, Rockford has a new museum. In the last two weeks, quite a lot of research room material has been transported from the Burch Room in the old museum to its new locations. For instance, all of the old newspapers are now stored safely in the room that once was the “holding cell” in the courthouse. Many other things have also been moved and are being placed in the research areas. Jerry Adams, our consultant from MEDIA RARE, along with his helpers moved many newly constructed units into the new museum last week. He will finish them and add graphics to make some great new display areas. It was very exciting […]

Family Fare teams up with North Kent Community Service

June 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Every morning, Tom Grostick, NKCS Warehouse Assistant, heads to the Family Fare grocery store on 10 Mile Road to pick up a truck load of day-old bread and pastries. Struggling families visiting North Kent Community Services for food and other services love taking home the bakery items. Family Fare, a Spartan Store, partners with NKCS all year long. It provides turkeys at Thanksgiving and conducts clothing, book and pop can drives. “Spartan is highly committed to North Kent Community Services,” says store director Char Bouwkamp. It participates in the County Wide Food Drive and Food for Families campaigns and gives all food collections to NKCS. In addition Char encourages her employees to designate their United Way contributions to NKCS. A former board member of the Center, Char said she has a huge customer base in Rockford that likes to support the local food pantry. Her customers enjoy creating ideas to help North Kent, such as buying whole meals in a bag and donating it to clients. Char shares that enthusiasm for giving back to others. “I live in the community, work in the community and serve in the community. It’s a passion that I have.” Thank you, Char and Spartan Stores, for your generous spirit of giving.  

Rotary Raffle winner takes home cash

June 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Erin Rozell won the June $200 cash prize drawing for the Rockford Rotary Charitable Raffle 2013. Club president Brian McNamara and Jerry Coon, who sold this winning ticket at Action Tax Service, presented Erin her money. The last two $200 cash prize drawings will be July 2nd and August 6th. Grand Prize drawing will be September 14th. Grand Prize Winner will receive at least $7,500 or more, depending upon ticket sales. If all 2,500 tickets are bought, winner will choose either $15,000 or 2013 Chevy Malibu or 2013 Ford F-150 truck. Tickets will be available, as will the vehicles to view, in front of Pegasus Sports during Start of Summer Celebration.

Rockford Chamber luncheon builds business relationships

June 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

By BETH ALTENA A business luncheon at the SCORE on Northland Drive offered a chance to discuss the value of networking and build business relationships. Attendance represents the diverse membership of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce and included nearly 60 people representing a wide variety of companies. The format included networking at two different tables at the outdoor seating at the SCORE, and began with asking attendees to describe why they believe the Rockford Chamber is of value to their business. Words such as “localocity” offered by attorney Jason Ropp generally pointed out the importance of being involved in the community. Rick Walker from SCORE business counseling described the organization’s background. SCORE stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives, which is a nonprofit group of 13,000 volunteers. The goal of the organization is to help businesses thrive and improve. Walker said small business is the backbone of this country and provide the majority of jobs. Entrepreneurship is also one of our countries strengths, but he noted owning and running a business is not without risk. In the first year statistically 85 percent of all businesses fail. In the second year 70 percent fail. In the third year 62 percent fail and even after surviving for ten years, the failure rate is still at 35 percent annually. He said running a business is an enormous amount of pressure and wondered how many in attendance are not able to pay themselves what they believe they are worth to their own company. SCORE is in existence to offer free advice from those volunteers who have experience in the business world and may be able to point out areas to improve. He said it is not uncommon for business owners to be so busy running their company that they may not realize solutions to problems that they face. He said in 2012 nationwide SCORE helped 11,000 small businesses, potentially saving an estimated 17,629 jobs. He said there is no cost for the counseling and no limit to how many times a company can come to SCORE for help. Rockford Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jeanne Gregory spoke about the goals of the Chamber. She talked about relationship building, community involvement, personal relationships between business people and creating business. She […]

Summerfest is back again at the Izaak Walton League!

June 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

                The local Dwight Lydell chapter of the IWLA invites the public for a day of fun outdoor activities on their 39 acres at 5641 Myers Lake Ave. On Saturday the 22nd, from 10:00 to 3:00 there will be kayaks and fishing on the pond for kids, plus archery, a treasure and scavenger hunt, build-your-own-birdhouse, information on native plants and habitat restoration, and the fabled free lunch! There’s plenty of fun for kids, and also information on repairing shoreline erosion, wildlife habitat, and current environmental issues. The group welcomes the chance to connect kids with nature. Discovery and reflection have                     proven to be ways to balance the modern mind, and to give children a chance to unwind. Noticing the wonders of a stream or pond can also help down the road, in protecting our fresh water. This chapter is involved locally and nationally, in efforts to protect the natural resources for years to come. As part of the community, they seek new members of all kinds, whether they want to work on issues or simply relax at their Conservation Center. The lodge has hosted many programs and family get-togethers. Many local businesses donate items to their annual banquet & auction, which supports events like this, scholarships, and kids’ fishing programs. On Wednesdays in June, 6:30-8:30, fishing is held at the dock on Versluis Lake. Equipment is provided, as it is at Summerfest. June 22 is a great time to check it out for free. Look for the big yellow gate, a half-mile north of Cannonsburg Ski area. If you need more info, or would like to volunteer, call Georgia Donovan at 773-2850, or go to

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