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Congratulations to Chris VanSpeybroeck for his induction as President of the Rotary Club of East Moline-Silvis. Also inducted were his officers and Board of Directors for the 2018-19 year.
   In April, Rob't Greene received the District Governor's Citation of Rotarian of the Year for 2018 for his leadership in our club's Literacy Program. He continues to work hard to make sure children in East Moline-Silvis get the help they need in schools like iPads, books and mentors. Thank you Rob't for your hard work!
In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America Week, the Rotary Club of EM/Silvis donated new books to every PreK-1st grade student in the East Moline and Silvis school districts. 950 books were purchased and handed out to excited students. To join the fun, Rotarians read stories to several classrooms in the district. CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICTURES!
 
Congratulations to Jim Grafton, he is Rotarian of the Year for 2018.   Jim is an all-around exemplary Rotarian, club Secretary-Treasurer, marathoner and recent heart attack survivor.
 
On November 28, coats were distributed to children in the East Moline, Silvis and Carbon Cliff elementary schools. Coats for Kids chairman, Roger Dolleslager, contacted six school administrators to help identify children in need of a warm coat. This is the seventh year for the Coats for Kids program and over 1000 coats have been distributed since the inception of the program. Thanks to the planning committee, Rotary members and generous local businesses that made this possible.

Twenty-five students from UTHS signed up to job shadow Career Professionals in East Moline and Silvis.  For the past 25 years, the Rotary Club of East Moline-Silvis organizes “Job Shadow Day” in which a High School Senior is paired with a Rotarian or another professional in their chosen career field. The premise behind job-shadowing, enables a student to spend some time observing a professional in the career they are considering for their future.  For students who are unsure of what field they want to go into, job shadowing may reveal some inside information about the culture of that field instead of waiting until they graduate.

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Veterans honored at Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day Celebration Luncheon.
Immediate Past President Jim Grafton stands next to one of the bikes that are available to anyone who chooses to use them in East Moline and Silvis.  The community is welcome to ride the refurbished bikes at their leisure and return them to their bike racks.  This "Rotary on Wheels" program was established during Jim's Presidency.  Some of the locations are Silvis City Hall, East Moline City Hall, Silvis Hy-Vee, and more.
EM-Sil Rotarians, their family/friends and Interact Club members throw candy to the crowds on the Rotary float at the East Moline 4th of July Parade.
On Thursday, April 14th, students from the Interact Club from United Township High School were given the opportunity to Job shadow career professionals for the day.  Twenty-seven UTHS students were placed with East Moline/Silvis Rotarians or other professionals to job shadow their position.  The students reported directly to the place of employment and then attended the East Moline/Silvis Rotary luncheon at Christ Church in East Moline.  Students shared their experiences with the club and either returned to UT for their afternoon classes or resumed their job shadow experience.  This program has been in existence for about 25 years and has proved to be extremely successful.  Students enjoy their experience and the time they spent with their mentors.  It was a great articulation between the young and the experienced!
 
East Moline-Silvis Rotary Members load President-Elect Terry Westbrook's (right) trunk as he heads to P.E.T.S. training.  The clothing is part of a District wide project "Serving Vets!".  It will be used for those who are Veterans and their families in dire need of assistance throughout the seven districts.  This project also partners with Illinois AMVETS and Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin.
East Moline-Silvis partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Rock Island and Moline to support a community-wide effort to combat summer learning loss for students in grades 1 through 6 in the Illinois Quad Cities.  This event included a meal and each student selected a book to keep.  Students were selected by their teachers because they need supplemental education. The clubs provided over 500 books suitable to their age and ability.

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On November 19th members from the East Moline-Silvis Rotary Club delivered nearly 900 pre-school books and 6 book cases to the Project NOW – Head Start facility in East Moline, IL.  Half of the books will stay in 6 Head Start classrooms and the other half will be for home visits given by Child Development Advocates from Project NOW Head Start.  For many children this will be their very first book.  This literacy project was made possible by the Rotary Club of East Moline-Silvis, a District 6420 literacy grant and First Book.

 

 
 
Club Information

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Christ Church East Moline
3801 7th Street
East Moline, IL  61244
United States
 
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Speakers
Joel Vanderbush
Feb 21, 2019
Naibi Zoo
Sean Moeller
Feb 28, 2019
The New Rustbelt Music Venue in East Moline
John Morrow
Mar 07, 2019
Martial Arts and Self Defense
No Meeting - It's Social Night
Mar 14, 2019
Pi Day Social Tonight - Location to be determined soon
Max Roach and Phil Dunbridge
Mar 28, 2019
Rivermont Academy
 
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