Spreading Warmth and Cheer: East Moline - Silvis Rotary Club's Coats for Kids Program

As the chill in the air becomes more pronounced, the East Moline - Silvis Rotary Club is gearing up for another heartwarming season of their Coats for Kids program. It's that time of the year when we come together to support the young members of our community, ensuring that they stay warm and cozy during the winter months.

In the midst of collecting donations and procuring winter coats, our Rotary Club is committed to making a significant difference in the lives of children in the East Moline and Silvis schools.

This year, the need for warm coats has increased, and we're stepping up to meet that need head-on.

Get the program details here. 


Spreading Warmth and Cheer: East Moline - Silvis Rotary Club's Coats for Kids Program 2023-10-23 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrating 60+ Years of Dedication: A Remarkable Rotary Journey

Posted on Sep 02, 2023
Our very own Paul Jones celebrated quite a milestone. Sixty years with our Rotary club (61 if you ask him). Either way, it's amazing to see such an excellent Rotarian and we are so honored to have him at our club. A big thank you to Paul for ensuring that Rotary is here for the next generation and generations to come!
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East Moline-Silvis Rotary Sponsors QC Multi-Cultural Fest 2018-08-03 05:00:00Z 0

2018/19 Leadership

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.
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District Rotarian of the 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!
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Read Across America Week

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!
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Rotarian of the Year

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.
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Coats for Kids

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.
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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.
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Why Rotary?

August is Membership Month, come and share some lunch with us and learn about East Moline - Silvis Rotary.  Every Thursday at 12:15 pm at Christ Church, East Moline.
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4th of July Fun

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.
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Rotary on Wheels

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.
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Job Shadow Day

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!
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Rotary Serving Humanity

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.
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Western Illinois University - QC

Posted on Aug 05, 2015
Rotary members were hosted by WIU-QC and got to hear about the latest campus news.  At the end of the visit members got a tour of the new campus along the beautiful Mississippi River.
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IL-QC Rotary Groups Support
Summer Book Program

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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New Member Inducted

Posted by Beatriz Brasel on May 18, 2015
It is our honor to introduce our 9th new member to our Rotary Club for the year 2014-15, Robert Davis II.  Rob works for Bush Construction and was inducted on May 7th.  Welcome!
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2015 Scholarship Winners

Posted on May 11, 2015
Congratulations to this year’s scholarship winners
Left:  Kaylee Bruno – STRIVE Scholarship
Middle:  Lilian Soukvilay - George Ostrom Scholarship
Right:  Zaviour Johnston -   STRIVE Scholarship
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Rotary Members Worldwide are Asked to  be Gifts to the World

Rotary International President-Elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran from Colombo, Sri Lanka announced his new theme, Be a Gift to the World.  “Every one of us has something to give — whoever we are, whatever our place in life. We can give our talent, our knowledge, our abilities, and our effort; we can give our dedication and our devotion.  Through Rotary, we can take these gifts and make a genuine difference in the lives of others and in our world.  It is said that we are born with our fists clenched, but we die with our hands open, and that our talents are the gift that God gave us. What we make of our talents is our gift back to God.  Equally we come into this world grasping at everything, but when we leave it, we leave all leave material things behind as well. Through Rotary, we can leave behind something real and lasting.  Our time is now. It will never come again. Be a Gift to the World.”
Rotary Members Worldwide are Asked to be Gifts to the World Beatriz Brasel 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0

New Members Inducted

Posted by Beatriz Brasel on Mar 12, 2015
On March 12th our club inducted two new members:  Eric Davis and Jesse Ricke.  Eric is an Operations Manager at KVF Quad Corp and was introduced to our club by Terry Westbrook.  Jesse Ricke is an Aquatics & Rowing Director for the Two Rivers YMCA and she was introduced by Wendy Bonilla.  Welcome to our club!!
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EM/Silvis Rotary Partners with Augustana JETS Program

Posted by Beatriz Brasel on Feb 25, 2015
Past Interact President, Grace Brasel asked the membership to help collect new and used eye glasses to be distributed in Nicaragua.  This summer, thirty Augustana College pre-medical and health students will be participating in Augustana's JETS program, Joining Education Through Service. For two weeks, students will travel to small communities throughout Nicaragua to assist in running free health clinics for the local people. One of the free health services they provide is eye care.  One of the goals is to distribute as many free glasses in Nicaragua as they can to those who truly need them.
How can you help:  For the whole month of March there will be a box at Rotary where you can bring your used and new eye glasses.  They can be readers, prescription or sunglasses.Thanks to everyone for helping with this International Service Project!
EM/Silvis Rotary Partners with Augustana JETS Program Beatriz Brasel 2015-02-26 00:00:00Z 0

February Jr. Rotarians

Posted by Beatriz Brasel on Feb 05, 2015
Please welcome this month's Jr. Rotarians: (left-Alleman) Julia Thomer & Madison Marxen (right-UTHS) Iame Rea, Carter Pease & Katy Reed.
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Interact Club News

Posted by Beatriz Brasel on Jan 07, 2015
Hailey Lenth from the U.T.H.S. Interact Club presented a $300 check to Steven Goebel, Foundation Chair for the Paul Harris Foundation.  This is part of their yearly commitment/donation to the East Moline-Silvis Rotary Club.
Interact Club News Beatriz Brasel 2015-01-08 00:00:00Z 0

Coats for Kids

Posted by Beatriz Brasel
All smiles were on the faces of children who received a warm coat as part of the "Coats for Kids" project.  East Moline-Silvis will be distributing coats in the East Moline, Silvis and Carbon Cliff school districts to children who are in need of a winter coat.  This has been a tradition of the club for the past five years.
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James Hughes - 2014 Rotarian of the Year

Posted on Nov 13, 2014
Congratulations to Jim Hughes who was selected Rotarian of the Year.  Jim was honored at an award ceremony at Short Hills Country Club on November 13th.  Jim was selected because of his continued commitment to Rotary.  He is a past President, Officer, Treasurer, Secretary, Job Shadow Chair and has volunteered for numerous positions for the club.  He doesn't hesitate to help the club when needed.
James Hughes - 2014 Rotarian of the Year Beatriz Brasel 2014-11-14 00:00:00Z 0

New Members

Posted by Beatriz Brasel on Oct 19, 2014
On October 16, three new members were inducted to the East Moline-Silvis Rotary Club.  Please welcome Bill Ward, Shari Coder and Mike Janecek.
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Posted by Beatriz Brasel on Feb 06, 2014


On February 6th, 20 members of our club began the visioning process.  It is designed to help our club create a vision and discover the steps necessary to achieve that vision. Club visioning brought together a good cross-section of our membership from the newest to the most experienced Rotarian. The process will use the talents and life experience within our club to develop a vision and goals reflecting our club’s membership. The challenge during the process was to gather many ideas and opportunities for the future from the group. To make sure that all of it could be accomplished within a limited time frame, the club visioning event was run by James Prather  from the Quad Cities IL Club and Don Ahrendsen from Ottawa.  The facilitators have been well-trained in a specific process to help the club bring out the best thinking. The facilitation team did not suggest or promote projects.

This is not a strategic planning process. However, it does provide wonderful material that can be used to either help review an existing club’s strategic plan or help in the development of such a plan at a later time. By the end of the four-hour process, our club started the process of having a clearer vision of the following:

  • What the club stands for in the community;
  • The club’s target membership size in five years;
  • Identification of the club’s attributes;
  • Top three objectives for each avenue of service; and
  • Ways to improve the club’s leadership development.

The key thing to remember is that the visioning process is designed to make sure that it is our club members who are providing the input and deciding the goals, objectives, and action steps that we want to take in order to realize the vision that we have created for ourselves as a Rotary Club in their community.

President Dolleslager will recap the information that was gathered at a Club Assembly in the end of February  or March.  (Date to be determined.)

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Donate to the Foundation Today!

Posted by Beatriz Brasel on May 16, 2013


 If you would like to make a donation to the Rotary Foundation, click on the image above and it will link you to Member Access.  Once you have given your password, you can make a contribution or you can check your contribution history.  Your contribution can help prevent and treat disease, fight global poverty, and promote peace and literacy worldwide.

Donate to the Foundation Today! Beatriz Brasel 2013-05-17 00:00:00Z 0

Job Shadow Day

Posted by Beatriz Brasel on Feb 13, 2013


This month we hosted Job Shadow Day where UTHS Interact Students were mentored for a day by EM-Sil Rotarians and other Business Professionals in the area. The following participated:
1st Row – L to R: Jennifer VanWatermeulen, Jessi Tapia, Breanna Descourouez, Katie Johnson, Lexi Thomson, Gocal Nicoue & Laura Burrill
2nd Row - L to R: Jamie VanWatermeulen, Brooke Prior, Garrett Morgensen, Kaitlyn DePoorter, Sydnee Vallejo, Sara Gillespie, Nico Moreno, Alonso Ochoa, Abraham Salvador & Diego Ulloa
3rd Row - L to R: Bryce Verlinden, Mario Peterson, Levi Perry, Dustin Bartz, Matt Osborne, Ben Jackson, Sean O’Reilly & Katie James

Thanks to President Morrow, Jim Hughes, Angie Ashcraft and Susan Rosenthal for setting up all the appointments.

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Literacy Committee Invites Local Author

Posted by Beatriz Brasel on Jul 18, 2012
ImageThe Literacy Committee extended an invitation to local author, Gary Metivier and news anchor at KWQC-TV 6.  Gary discussed his book titled ''Saluting Grandpa'', saying: ''The next generation needs to know the realities of what our veterans have done so our country can be free.  That sacrifice and service is part of the fabric of our country, and it must be remembered and talked about among generations.''  He wrote the book, however, to raise money for the local Honor Flight program.  He got his inspiration from Andy Tolliver, a local veteran from Hampton who participated in the Honor Flight but was not willing to share his WWII experiences.  After Andy came home from the Honor Flight, to Gary's surprise, Andy shared his story with him.  From Andy's stories, Gary created "Saluting Grandpa".  
A special thanks to Tom Klingbiel for purchasing Gary's book so that we can donate it to one of our libraries.
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Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Wendy Bonilla 2012-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
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Upcoming Events

Posted by Wendy Bonilla on Jan 23, 2012

April 27-29
District Conference
Dixon Historic Center, Dixon, IL. 61021 

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