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Morris Community High School Speech Team

Andrea Buckman  | Published on 3/18/2017
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ROTAMORR   March 14th, 2017


Newsletter of the Rotary Club of Morris, Illinois

Chartered July 1, 1915

“Celebrating 101 Years”

  March 14th, 2017

Morris Community High School Speech Team State Finalists 


   The Morris Community High School Speech Team were State Qualifiers!  They won the ISHA conference.  There are 204 schools that have Speech Teams throughout the state and 14 unique events.  The events range from impromptu speaking to acting to newscasting to poetry.  The competitions usually last about eight to 12 hours.  MCHS has 58 students involved in the Speech team.

   Dylan Obrochta and McKayla Zorn did an amazing rendition of True Love using "Humorous Duet Acting."  It started as love at first sight, to the ups and downs of love and life, to death.  

   Chris Duffy, who won 7th overall did an "Informative Speech" called "Mighty Marfan Power Rangers" which is based on the heart and Marfans Syndrome.  Marfans Syndrome is caused by the over productions of protein fibrillin. One way to think of it is the "glue" that helps support every organ, blood vessel, bone, joint and muscle.  Chris's Aortic Valve is bicuspid instead of tricuspid.  He was diagnosed last year with the syndrome and felt passionate to share his journey thru this speech. Jonathan Larson the writer of "Rent", also had this syndrome but died before he was diagnosed with Marfans Syndrome. 

 Upcoming Events:
  • Tour de Corn Bike Ride, Chairman Jim Bianchetta, we will be looking for sponsors for the T-shirts again this year.    Date: June 4, 2017
  • Cruise Night - Saturday, August 12th, 2017
  • Draw Down, Corn Fest 2017    Date: TBD


Meeting Recap:
  • Rich Mitchell opened the meeting at 5:47pm. 
  • Scholarship intereviews on Weds. April 19th, 6:30pm - 9pm at the High School.
  • Art passed around a letter reguarding Elisa Cruz, our 2004 exchange student who is getting married, April 8th.
  • Alan is going to Mexico for our exchange student, Armando Diaz next week, for her wedding.
  • Art is presenting next week and would like us to come up with ideas with what we think it will be like 25 years from now. 
  • April 22nd is the 50 year Anniversary party for the Grundy County Historical Society. 


Dianne Breslar

Pledge of Allegiance

 Art Hornsby

Four-Way Test

 Jim Ringer


 Jim Wright

Guests: Mrs. Gustafson - Teacher, Students - Chris Duffy, Dylan Obrochta, and McKayla Zorn

Sergeant-at-Arms –  Jim Ringer
Birthdays:  Jim Wright

$$Happy Bucks$$

 Mark Steadham - for 3 sports teams
 Andrea Dewasme - for Addison
 Rich Mitchell - for the Escape Room  
 Charlie Gibbs - Oahu, Hi
 Amy Carr - for the Speech Team 

Heads & Tails Winner:  Mrs. Gustafson

THE FOUR-WAY TEST of the things we think say or do:
First: Is it the TRUTH? Third: Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Second: Is it FAIR to all concerned? Fourth: Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The next Morris Rotary meeting will be held on March 21th at Chop Shop at 5:45pm!  

*The Club continues to look for new members to continue to grow the membership. If interested in attending a meeting please feel free to join us anytime. We have adjusted our meeting times to start at 5:45 pm on Tuesday nights and to conclude by 6:45 pm with an option to have dinner immediately following.*

  2017 Calendar of Events  
Date Program
March 21st Art Hornsby  
March 28th Dr. John Saran, Blue Zone
April 5th Backpack Packing at White Oak Elementry @ 6:30pm
April 11th 4-Way Test Winner Presentations
April 18th Rich Mitchell- virtual reality


Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
  1. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  2. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  3. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  4. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Club Officers 2016-2017
President ** Dianne Breslar
President-Elect **  
Vice-President/Programs ** Need VP – Deb Baker (Programs)
Secretary ** Andrea Buckman
Treasurer ** Tom Talarico
Sergeant-at-Arms ** Jim Ringer
Directors & Committee Chairs 2016-2017
Club Service Projects Director ** Alan Ferrari
Club Administration Director ** Charlie Gibbs
Club Membership Director ** Alan Ferrari
International Service Director ** Jim Wright
Rotary Foundation John Carr
Charity Fundraiser  
Scholarship Committee Chair Jim Wright
Back Pack Committee Chair Alan Ferrari
ROTAMORR Editor Amy Carr, Andrea Buckman
Public Relations Chair Rich Mitchell
District Assistant Governor Lisa Allen
Youth Chair/Interact Liaison Amy Carr
Planning Committee Draw Down Dave Trotter
Interact Advisor – Morris Community H.S. Amy Carr




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