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News Bits — December 10, 2009

December 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

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.

News Bits — October 22, 2009

October 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

Veterans, active duty military honored with free food On Veterans Day, November 11, all of the nearly 2,000 Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants will honor U.S. veterans and active duty military with a free meal. All guests with proof of current or former U.S. military service will enjoy a free entrée from a selection of six signature favorites. This special offer will be available lunchtime through the dinner hours for dine-in guests at all Applebee’s restaurants, nationwide. For complete details, visit

News Briefs — October 8, 2009

October 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

Calling all parents of RHS class of 2010 Can you believe they are seniors already? This year will go by even faster than all the rest, and plans for AfterGrad 2010 are underway! AfterGrad is a drug- and alcohol-free celebration for Rockford High School (RHS) graduates, held at a “secret location” immediately after the graduation ceremony at the Delta Plex on June 8, 2010. AfterGrad is an all-night, lock-in party featuring great food, music and entertainment. Transportation from the Delta Plex to the “secret location” and back to RHS is provided. Parents can be assured that their grads will have a great time in a safe and secure environment. Parents of all RHS class of 2010 seniors should plan to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in the RHS staff dining room (next to the cafeteria). The purpose of the meeting is to provide details about the AfterGrad party, and have parent input in the planning. Registration is now available for AfterGrad 2010, and are available at the RHS main office. The cost for this year’s event is $75, which covers only a portion of the actual cost of the event. Additional fundraising events are ongoing throughout the year. RCTV broadcast now available on Web In the past, RCTV (an education and government access channel) has been available only through Charter Communications. However, the broadcast is now available on the Web via the “Beyond the Rock” website. Three years ago, RCTV-21 and the Rockford High School broadcasting class teamed up to form the student-run video production company “Beyond the Rock Productions.” Students create shows promoting curricular and co-curricular activities, highlight schools in our viewing area, and assist in the production of community awareness videos. These opportunities create an environment that helps students develop a sense of commitment to their school community and the community in which they live. To watch RCTV via the Web, simply go to and select “Watch RCTV Live Stream.” RCTV is still available via Charter Communications as well. Be sure to watch the live broadcast of the 2009 Rockford homecoming assembly on Friday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Geri Curtis, RCTV station manager, […]

Hollinrake named Clerk of the Year

September 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

Kent County Clerk Mary Hollinrake was selected Clerk of the Year by the Michigan Association of County Clerks (MACC). Chosen for her efforts representing Kent County and her 82 colleagues before the state legislature and her heavy involvement in various MACC committees, Hollinrake received the honor at the annual conference in Kalamazoo on August 25. Ever vigilant for the cause, Hollinrake has testified before state panels on issues from election reform and technology to gun control and privacy issues impacting court clerk, vital records and elections. This is not the first recognition that has been bestowed on Hollinrake. She was elected chair of the state’s Council of Election Officials last year and has twice been named “One of West Michigan’s Most Influential Women” by the Grand Rapids Business Journal.

Nominations open for 2009 Kevin A. Kelly Award

September 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

Michigan’s Children, an independent, non-partisan, multi-issue advocacy organization, is seeking nominations for the second annual Kevin A. Kelly Child Advocate Award. The award is named for longtime Michigan’s Children board member Kevin A. Kelly, the former executive director of the Michigan State Medical Society, who died in 2008 after decades of service to the children of Michigan in multiple ways. Each year, the Kelly award will be presented to the person or persons who has worked relentlessly, passionately and vigorously on behalf of the vulnerable children of our state and who also display the personal warmth and love that Mr. Kelly showed his entire life. The Kevin A. Kelly Child Advocate Award will be presented at the 10th annual Much Ado About Something Wonderful benefit tentatively scheduled for December 8 at the Country Club of Lansing. The event celebrates exemplary community, legislative and judicial accomplishment on behalf of children. Each year, this special recognition benefit brings together the governmental affairs community and distinguished legislators who help us achieve our vision of making Michigan the best state in America to be a child. The awards recognize those who have particularly distinguished themselves on behalf of children. More details about the event, including ticket sales and sponsorship information, will be posted soon at If you know someone to nominate for this prestigious award, please contact the president/CEO of Michigan’s Children, Jack Kresnak, at (517) 485-3500 or

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