May 20 2010

CWA students collect for moms at shelter

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Local movers from Two Men and a Truck recently picked up six moving boxes full of toiletries, clothing and creature comfort donations that Chandler Woods Academy students collected for moms at the local YWCA women’s shelter. Two Men and a Truck dropped off the donations at the women’s shelter just in time for Mother’s Day.

NRMS band rocks at state festival

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North Rockford Middle School’s (NRMS) eighth-grade band took top honors at the Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association’s state festival on April 23 at Big Rapids High School. “The kids were amazing,” said NRMS band director Cullen McCarthy. “This is the band’s fourth straight superior Division I rating at a festival. They received superior ratings at both district and state festivals last year in seventh grade, too.” The band received superior Division I ratings across the board from all three concert judges as well as the sight-reading judge. They qualified for the state festival by receiving a superior Division I rating at the district level in February. “The students performed wonderfully and we all had a great time,” said McCarthy. “They are very talented and motivated students and I love working with them.” For more information on NRMS bands please visit

Corner Bar donates big check to little girl

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On Thursday, May 6, the Corner Bar in Rockford donated a $1,300 check to 10-year-old Emma Hill to support her father, Jeff Hill, in his fundraising efforts to participate in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Ride for the Cure in Death Valley, Calif. Young Emma is a juvenile diabetes patient. Diagnosed at age 5, Emma is just one of the over one million children and adults who live with juvenile diabetes and the complications this disease causes. Because this disease impacts so many people, especially children, The Corner Bar held a “fan drive” on the social media site Facebook. For a designated period of time, the Corner Bar contributed one dollar for every new fan they received on the Corner Bar fan page, up to 1,300 new fans, which equaled $1,300 for the cause. Through the power of social media, the Corner Bar received an astonishing 1,000 new fans in one day and reached the cap very shortly after that. The Death Valley ride is October 15-18, 2010, and is 105 miles through Death Valley, Calif. all in one day. Average temps reach the low 90s that time of year, but have gotten into the low 100s in some ride years. There are 45 riders going out this year from all over West Michigan. About 300-400 riders participate in the Death Valley ride every year. This is Jeff Hill’s first year to participate, and already the training is intense.

Rockford Rotary unveils new website

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GVSU students donated 800+ hours to project Tweet Rotary some feedback. Rockford Rotary Club has social media all wrapped up, thanks to hard work by a team of website designers from Grand Valley State University. The club’s new website was unveiled Friday, April 23 at the Rockford Community Cabin, where the group members meet each Tuesday at noon. The new website, Facebook page, Twitter account and Linked-In accounts mean that friends and family from all over the globe can keep up on group activities, including purchasing and paying for Start of Summer duck race tickets. Students have been meeting with Rotarians to explore the best option for the club’s website. They decided on a Joomla! account which allows Rotary’s members to maintain and build the site over time. The site features both a private page for member use and a public section for those interested in the club. A gmail account, Google calendar, an events sign-up page and much more will improve communications within the club. “A website can cost more than $10,000,” said Professor David K. Lange. He said the project represents more than 800 hours of work. Professor Lang’s students design websites for nonprofit organizations. The students met three days a week for 10 weeks creating the site. Lang pointed out that Rotary members can rest assured that the site meets all legal requirements, details that are easily overlooked by amateurs and can have disastrous repercussions. Jim Tol, one of three Rotarians that worked closely with the students on the project, praised the students. “It was a great pleasure working with these young men. The website puts us in a position where we can really shine online.”

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