Talking with friends during our current “stay at home” situation, I’ve found it interesting to hear how various people are spending their time. Some are “watching lots of reruns”, but most have come up with creative ways of spending their time. Whether it’s catching up on home projects, reading a good book, canning, cooking, sewing, knitting, or crocheting, how about sharing with us your secret to spending time at home. Send a reply email to this newsletter and let us know how you’re spending your time. We’ll pass on your “strategy”! Pictures welcome. You might just give others an idea or kick-start a new hobby.


Here is something fun to try with your club during this time of isolation.  Thank you Rock Island Rotary for your creative juices!
Some funnies to lighten your day!


From Eric Spriet:

I’ve always thought my neighbors were quite nice people, but then they put a password on their Wi-Fi.

~~~~~ From Bill Groh:

Why did the hippopotamus cross the road? It was the chicken's day off.

~~~~~ From Steve Morenz:

Q: What goes good with Corona Virus? A: Lime Disease!!


From Cindi Gramenz:

What did the man say when he got hit by a rental car? It Hertz.

From President Mark Mayeski:


I was on a long line at 7:45am today at the grocery store that opened at 8 for seniors only. A young man came from the parking lot and tried to cut in at the front of the line, but an old lady beat him back into the parking lot with her cane. He returned and tried to cut in again; but an old man punched him in the gut, then kicked him to the ground and rolled him away. As he approached the line for the 3rd time he said, “If you don’t let me unlock the door, you’ll never get in there.”

From the Rock Island Rotary Editor:


A friend of mine purchased tickets to the 2020 Super Bowl, air fare, hotel accommodations included ... when he bought the tickets he didn’t realize it was the same day as his wedding. So --he can’t go.

If anyone is interested in taking his place, it will be at St. Peters Church in New York, it starts at 5 pm. Her name is Donna, she’ll be the one in the white dress. Thanks.



Belvidere Rotary Centennial Postponed
With the Pandemic situation still uncertain it is with regret that we postpone the club Centennial Celebration slated for May 21st.  Please
watch for future notices of the rescheduled time.
Morrison Rotary Assists Food Pantry
Morrison Rotarians continued their monthly time of service to the Morrison Food Pantry in unloading the truck.  With facemasks in place, they along with other volunteers (no masksindecision) unloaded 130 
items.  Way to go Morrison!

1600 masks had been produced by Walnut and Princeton Rotary Clubs

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)

Zoom Your Club Meetings
In speaking with several clubs in the district I am finding that many have discontinued their meetings and connections.  I find this very sad that some clubs feel we are a "lunch" or "dinner" organization
and if we can't gather physically that we cannot gather virtually.  Yes, technology is scary for some but we have a District Public Image team ready and willing to assist you in launching virtual meetings.  Your team consists of Steve Kuhn, Eric Olsen, Kelly Giovanine, David Dosier, Eric Jones and myself.  We are here to help you in staying connected through this socially disconnected time.
Below I have "borrowed" from Rock Island Rotary President, Robert Swanson's newsletter a step by step on setting up Zoom with your club.  I found it to be easy and they included test times so that
everyone could see how it worked.  Today, he reported that they had their first meeting and it went extremely well with 42 members on via computer, phone, and landline.  Bravo Rock Island Rotary!
They will now be having their weekly meetings as scheduled (without the lunch!).    Click on the "MORE" link for the details.
For those clubs that I may have missed that ARE meeting already or are doing service work.....applause, applause!  Keep up the good work!
Sewing Up A Storm!
Masks are flying out the door!
Louise Clark of Morrison Rotary has been using her talents to help many by making masks.  She has helped many other sewers in
the area get started as well. To date over 200 masks have been provided to Whiteside County Health Dept., Happy Tails Animal Shelter and friends and family in the healthcare industry.  Service Above Self.....Way to go Louise!
Rockton /Roscoe Rotary In Action
The Rockton-Roscoe & Loves Park Rotary clubs have joined forces to support the Rockford Rescue Mission.  The Rotary Challenge 70 in 7 was launched on April 2nd.  We are asking the community for 70 donations in 7 days.  (attached is the flyer).  The Rockford Rescue Mission serves over 600 meals daily and is at full capacity of 175 beds.  They are in desperate need of eggs, beans, paper products, and cold & cough medicine.  They have implemented a 'take out' food program to continue serving the Rockford homeless community. Our clubs are trying to create awareness and donations for the Mission through this challenge and encouraging the community to post selfies on Facebook or any social media outlet of their donations and support.  The challenge ends on April 9th.
The Rockton-Roscoe club will continue to support the Carpenter's Place on April 21st.  The Carpenter's Place is a homeless day center that supports the Rockford area.  Our club serves breakfast each quarter to 50-60 adults.  This month we will be supplying the breakfast dishes, milk and fruit but will not be serving the residents.
The Rockton-Roscoe club has implemented conference calls as their meeting format.  We continue to meet on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday at 7:00.  Our next meeting (4/15) will be via ZOOM and include a virtual happy hour.
Hannah Warren leads the pack on mask making!
Rockford Rotary has received a $10,000 Emergency Grant from Rotary District 6420 to help support face mask making efforts spearheaded by "Womanspace". The grant will cover the cost of fabric and elastic. The masks are being pre-cut on a die cutter machine at Mohop Shoes in Rockford. Womanspace operates a socially distanced pick-up at Mohop Shoes where volunteers can get the pre-cut masks and take them home to sew. The masks have a pocket for n95 filters. The finished masks are then returned to Mohop Shoes so that Womanspace Staff can distribute them to local nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospitals. Womanspace is looking for more volunteers to sew. The community need is great. The goal of the project is to involve as many volunteers as possible with the hopes of being able to distribute around 15,000 masks as soon as possible.  Hannah Warren is the Marketing Director of Womanspace. This Mask Project is much more than marketing! Hannah has a nonprofit background and is the founder and executive director of Jhoole ( ,an organization in India that employs women in garment manufacturing so that they can escape poverty. Hannah works part time for Womanspace and part time for Jhoole. Jhoole has had over $300,000 of Rotary Grants to support operations in India. Jhoole is making and distributing face masks in India.
Hannah would like to thank Rockford Rotary and Rotary District 6420 for the grant that covers the cost of all raw materials needed for mask production. Like always, Rotary and the incredible Rotarians in the community are committed to helping in a time of crisis.
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