The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is currently accepting nominations for their Business of Distinction awards. The nomination process is open to the community to give everyone the opportunity to nominate and honor the RCC area businesses. The RCC serves the City of Rockford and Algoma, Cannon, Courtland and Plainfield townships. Nominations are being accepted through December 30, 2009. RCC member businesses are listed on www.rockfordmichamber.com in the Membership Directory. Awards will be given out in the following categories: Business of the Year, Retail, Service, Construction, Manufacturing, and New Business. Business of the Year 2008 award winner John Decker of John Decker Chevrolet said, “To be the recipient of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year award last year was probably the most important award I have ever received. On top of that, to be nominated by my business peers was quite an honor.” The nomination form and award descriptions are available at www.rockfordmichamber.com/events. The awards will be given out at the RCC annual meeting, which will be held on Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at Wolverine World Wide Inc. corporate headquarters. The mission of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce is to proudly promote business, tourism and community in the greater Rockford area.
December 10 2009
Meechum among new Rockford Rotarians Rob Meechum remembers playing in Rockford’s Rotary Park (off Fremont Street) as a boy, but didn’t know anything about the organization. Now he is among several new members inducted into the service club recently. As an adult, the lifetime Rockford resident wanted to find a way to be more involved with the community. He decided to look into the Rotary Club. “I had no idea Rotary was an international organization. I had no idea the role it plays in providing safe water around the world,” he said. Meechum said Neil Blakeslee (long-time Rotarian) pulled him aside and told him if he was there to improve his business, he was there for the wrong reason. “I joined because I wanted to do more for the community, but I realize it’s bigger than that,” Meechum said. “Once people find out what it is all about, more people are going to want to become involved. I believe there are lots of people looking to give more than what they are doing. Rockford Rotary is a great opportunity for that.” Rockford Rotary Club meets Tuesdays at noon at the Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St. It is part of Rotary International, a worldwide service organization. Professionals are invited to be guests and find out more about the organization.
BADGES EARNED—Brownie Troop 3551 from Crestwood Elementary School earns “make-it, eat-it” badges at Blythefield Country Club with Chef Jeff Hiler. The girls made caramel apples and pizza. Pictured are (front, l–r) Claire Froumis, Sydney McCreery, Anna Hodsdon, Sophia Stauffer, Dana Brouse; (back) Lauren Kostus, Rachel Gamm, Sydney Reinke, Regan Dalton, Ashlee Wheaton, Baylie Jenkins, and Nicole Alexander.
FUN WITH A PURPOSE—Members of Boy Scout Troop 228, Collin Gates, Andrew March and Trevor Carlson, help the Webelos learn knot-tying skills. Boy Scout Troop 228 held their annual Cub Scout open house on November 5. The event is designed to give the Webelos-level Cub Scouts the opportunity to experience the next level of Scouting by visiting a Boy Scout troop. “Scouting is fun with a purpose,” according to Scoutmaster Jim Grissom. “The goal of Scouting is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. As a troop, the boys strive to grow in moral strength and character, to practice participating citizenship and develop physical, mental and emotional fitness.” Following the opening flag ceremony, the younger Scouts attended different work stations set up by the troop members. Each station allowed the older boys to demonstrate their skills in areas such as pocket knife safety, knot tying and outdoor cooking. Troop 228, chartered to Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, is open to any boy in grades 6-12 or have completed Cub Scout Webelos. To learn more about becoming a member, contact Scoutmaster Jim Grissom at (616) 361-6964.