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The Loves Park Rotary V-Day Chocolate Sale is LIVE! The sale will be open for 7 days (1/29-2/4) to guarantee the chocolate delivers by Valentine's Day. Please feel free to go to our Facebook page, and share the post on your page! If you would like to create your own post, use the graphic below. Here is the link to purchase yours today: Chocolate Sale

On October 14th, 2020 the Belvidere Rotary Club and the Belvidere Park District held a dedication of the newly renovated playground at Bloom Playground in Belvidere Park.  The new playground has a new soft rubber base especially beneficial to the participants of the Districts Northlands Association for Special Recreation (NASR). 

The NASR program is a cooperative partnership between the Belvidere, Freeport, and Rockford Park Districts. Through the Belvidere Special Recreation Department of the Belvidere Park District, services are provided for high quality recreation programs and services to individuals, ages 3 through adulthood, with various mental and physical disabilities who reside within Belvidere and Boone County, Illinois.  Included in the Bloom Playground is a Rotary International marble plaque in the ground by a tree and a bench by the zip line, also donated by the Belvidere Club.

The Belvidere Club contributed $19,530 toward the purchase of the new playground equipment, which included $2,300 from their District Grant. 

The Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club of Sycamore/DeKalb recently completed its fourth year of award selections for its annual Community Grant for Children, Youth and Families of DeKalb County. The club raises money each year through the “Taste of DeKalb” event held in September, in conjunction with the Corn Classic Run, to fund an annual $10,000 grant to  local non-profit organizations with a project that will directly benefit children, youth, and/or families in the county. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, both the fund-raising efforts and the Taste of DeKalb event were impacted, resulting in reduced awards for 2020 to $5,000.
The Taste of DeKalb event, originally scheduled for September 26, 2020, has been canceled, but that didn’t stop a number of community-minded business and individual donors from still contributing to the community grant. Because of their generosity, we are thankful to have awarded $5,000 to deserving projects in the county. 
Awardees for 2020 include AdventureWorks, the Regional Mobilization Access Program (RAMP) and the Northern Illinois Food Bank. AdventureWorks was awarded $2,500 to support its Little Adventurers program, which is a social-emotional kindergarten readiness program for four- and five-year-olds. RAMP received $1,500 to support Project SEARCH, a unique work immersion model for at-risk high school students with developmental disabilities who are transitioning from school to work. The Northern Illinois Food Bank received $1,000 to support its Backpack Program and provide 125 food-filled backpacks to students facing a risk of hunger.
The Rotary year starts every July 1 and with it comes new leadership at the global level and often down to the club officer level. The new Rotary International President is Holder Knaack of Germany. To read more about him, click here. Each year new leaders step up and bring their perspectives and talents to bear on meeting the year's challenges in making a difference in our world. This year's theme is "Rotary Opens Opportunities". What opportunities will Rotary open for you this year?
RI President Holger Knaack and his wife, Suzanne
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Nigeria polio free, leaving the devastating disease endemic in only two countries of the world; Afghanistan and Pakistan. Rotary continues to push this disease towards extinction! To read the entire story, follow this link.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, starting the week of March 23, 2020 the Walnut Rotary Club (under the direction of Debbie Quinn), the Princeton Rotary Club (under the direction of Laura Kann), and the quilting network of Terry Johnson (a local Princeton woman) came together to implement a simple, reusable mask sewing project for health care workers, visitors to health care facilities, nursing homes, and first responders in the greater Princeton and Walnut communities.  Along the way, In-Home Care and the Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments provided invaluable support including resources and access to a Facebook page to spread the word about the project and recruit sewers and Perry Memorial Hospital provided a pattern and guidance about the type of masks needed. (click read more below)

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