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Rotamorr November 28th

Andrea Buckman  | Published on 12/4/2017
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ROTAMORR   November 28th, 2017


Newsletter of the Rotary Club of Morris, Illinois

Chartered July 1, 1915

“Celebrating 101 Years”

  November 28th, 2017

Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District


     The Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District currently services approximately 22,000 residents across 140 square miles in Grundy counting including 11 Miles of Interstate 80, the Illinois River, White Oak alone has 1200 students, not including the other schools, senior centers, buildings/towers, hospital, and agriculture. 

     In 2016, they responded to 6018 calls for service.  During the day time they have 3 ambulances running and 2 at night to service the community. The District needs an addition ambulance running during the night time hours.  Morris has the largest call volume compared to other local departments but with less than half the budget.  The current budget is 2.2 Million were other, smaller departments with less volume of calls have over 5 Million. 

     The District has paid for everything and have no loans.  They had paid for Fire Stations 2/Headquarters outright including all the Apparatus at both Fire Stations, Ambulances and any equipment. The current Fire Station #1 is in need of MAJOR repairs (72 years old) and believe it will cost an estimated 3 Million dollars to repair. Even with their very small budget they have been able to save $1.6 Million dollars towards the much needed renovations.  Fire Station #1 is in need of repairs to a roof, the building, sewage system and addition sleeping quarters to house the needed personal.  

     District Board President Dave Bonomo said "The District has taken a very fiscally responsible approach to budgeting and the trustees will continue this effort.  To meet the needs of our Districts taxpayers and provide outstanding ambulance and fire response we are asking for our first-rate increase in 25 years".  For the last 25 years there has been no increase in taxes to help cover the growth in the community, the increase in costs and necessary supplies needed for ALS (Advance Life Support).  Under the law right now, the District can levy up to .10 cents per $100.00 of equalized assessed valuation on property for ambulance purposes.  The owner of a $100,000 home pays approximately $3 per month in taxes to the District.  With the referendum this will increase its ambulance levy to a maximum of .35 cents per $100.00 of equalized assessed valuation which that same homeowner would see an increase of approximately $7 per month in ambulance taxes a year.     
              Currently --- wants to increase it to -----> Estimated
                 .10 cents         ------------------>              .35 cents
                 $3/ per month    ----------------->             $7/ per month per $100,000 house
     This increase will help in retaining District personal and will be able to increase the pay which is currently lower than all the Districts in the area.  In addition to increasing response time with additional personal and Ambulance Apparatus.

                       District                                                         EMS --------------> Fireman Lead
                 Morris                                                              $9.36                    $16.00 / hr
                 Coal City                                                          $13.13                  $17.77 / hr
                 Minooka                                                           $16.00                  $18.00 / hr
                 Wilmington                                                       $15.30                  $21.50 / hr
     Years ago the Districts ISO was rated 7, with the upgrades throughout the last years the score has increased to a rated 3.  For this scoring system the lower the number, the better.  With the increase of emergency calls for service, the referendum will help maintain the rated 3 with the addition ambulance and personal to continue to decrease the response times. 

      Thank you Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District for coming tonight.      

* We NEED to set up a work date for the Rotary Park *

* Starting 7/25/17 - Updated location for meetings in Maria's Ristorante and Pizzeria*
  - Location: 1591 N Division Street
                    Morris, IL 60450
  - At Maria's, members will be billed for food on quarterly Statements. *only if you eat*



 Upcoming Events:
  • Bell Ringing at Jewel, December 14th, 4-8pm


Meeting Recap:
  • Andrea opened the meeting at 5:45 pm. 
  • Still need Additional people for Bell Ringing


 Andrea Buckman, Dianne Breslar 

Pledge of Allegiance

 Tom Talarico

Four-Way Test

John Carr


 Jim Wright

Guests:  Bob Trotters Guest: Rob Fisher, Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District: Fire Chief - Tracey Steffes, FireFighters - Dave Bonomo (Board President) and Ned Jacklin 

Sergeant-at-Arms –  Charlie Gibbs

$$Happy Bucks$$


Heads & Tails Winner:   

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/back packing will be held on December 5th, White Oak @ 6:30pm.

*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.*

  2017-2018 Calendar of Events  
Date Program
December 5th Back Packing @ White Oak 
December 12th TBA 
December 14th Bell Ringing at Jewel 
December 19th No Meeting 
December 26th No Meeting - Christmas


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 2017-2018
President ** Andrea Buckman, 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 2017-2018
Club Service Projects Director ** Amy Carr
Club Administration Director ** Charlie Gibbs
Club Membership Director ** Alan Ferrari
International Service Director ** Art Hornsby
Rotary Foundation John Carr
Charity Fundraiser  
Scholarship Committee Chair Jim Wright
Back Pack Committee Chair Alan Ferrari
ROTAMORR Editor Amy Carr
Public Relations Chair Rich Mitchell
District Assistant Governor Lisa Allen
Youth Chair/Interact Liaison Amy Carr
Planning Committee Draw Down Amy Carr
Interact Advisor – Morris Community H.S. Amy Carr




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