Rockford Community Federal Credit Union donated a check for $500 to Rockford Public Schools for their participation in the Rockford Rams Check Program. The check was presented at a recent Rockford Rotary Club meeting, following a profound speech from Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler on the desperate financial situation the Rockford school district is facing. The program is simple: for every box of Rams checks ordered, a $3 donation is made back to the school district. For more information contact Rockford Community Federal Credit Union at (616) 866-8570.
Rockford Rotary Club
Over 50,000 Rockford Rotary chicken dinners sold Dear Editor, Rockford Rotary Club is again serving its famous BBQ chicken dinners during the first weekend of Harvest Fest, Friday and Saturday, September 25-26, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, September 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drive-up service is available at the Rotary Pavilion at Courtland and Squires streets. Rotary’s famous chicken BBQ goes back to 1982, and has been part of the opening weekend of Harvest Fest ever since. Thanks to the great support of the Rockford area business community, this year’s pre-sales of dinners have put the all-time total of dinners sold to over 50,000. Many businesses purchase 10 or more dinners to give as employee “atta boys” or to give as customer appreciation gifts. The over $200,000 raised over this period have built the Rotary Pavilion, helped support the Rotary Park on Fremont Street, paid for lighting of the dam, helped pay for renovation of the Rockford Community Cabin, sponsored the Rockford Reading Festival, supported North Kent Service Center, and on and on. Dave Speese Chicken BBQ Chairman Rockford Rotary
Rockford Rotarian Jim Bodenner spearheaded a world water relief effort that has gone global. On Tuesday, September 9, the cause was aided by a significant donation from visiting Rotarians. Guests to Rockford, Dr. Reinhart Köhler and Charlie Hillecke of German’s Wolfsburg-Gifhorn Rotary club, amazed Rockford Rotary with a $5,000 check for the world water efforts. The visit was part of a bi-annual event since 1993. This year German Rotarians came to Rockford. In two years Rockford Rotarians will visit the German club. The check was presented during one of the many outings the Rotarians shared while visiting. “We want to help poor people around the world,” said Köhler of the generous donation. Bodenner has been promoting world-wide use of a biosand filter, acknowledged by the World Health Organization as the best of several methods to treat water in poor countries to make it safe for human consumption. The Rockford Rotary club adopted the project as one of their many efforts to improve the lives of people around the world. “They are very generous in world-wide donating for the health of people everywhere,” said Rockford Rotary President Dave Spencer. “Safe water is so important for quality of life.” Bodenner is working with the Pentagon to have American soldiers take the filters with them on aircraft carriers and other ships. They will then be able to distribute them to ports of call, doing humanitarian work along with their regular duties. At a hoedown at Herman’s Boy Coffee Ranch on Tuesday, the German Rotarians enjoyed a wonderful meal and fellowship after presenting the check. They also sponsor a nursing home in the Dominican Republic and donated $5,000 for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. “Rockford and Wolfsburg-Gifhorn Rotary have been working hand-in-hand for many years to promote international aid and understanding,” Spencer said. The Wolfsburg-Gifhorn Rotary is located in the birthplace of the Volkswagon. Their group is 54 members strong, very close in size to the Rockford club. According to Köhler, each member was asked to give what they could for the donation. “If the world had more friends like the Wolfsburg-Gifhorn Rotary, the world would be a better place,” Spencer said. “Our Rockford group is awed by the generosity and compassion of our brother German Rotarians.” In addition […]