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Rotamorr December 12th

Andrea Buckman  | Published on 12/16/2017
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ROTAMORR   December 12th, 2017


Newsletter of the Rotary Club of Morris, Illinois

Chartered July 1, 1915

“Celebrating 101 Years”

  December 12th, 2017

Dr. Halloran 


     Dr. Patrick Halloran has been at MCHS for 14 years, 11 years as Superintendant, 2 years as Principal, and 1 year as Assistant Principal.  Dr. Halloran went to high school in Dwight.  He has been teaching for 33 years and has schooling from KankakeeCC, Eastern BA, ISU Master Degree in Teaching. In addition to his working at the school he is a member of the Kiwanis club and taught a course at ISU this year for the first time as Adjunct Professor teaching others who want to become Principals and Superintendants.  Dr. Halloran has been married for 30 years.  

     Since being at MCHS, the school has recieved

           * 2010 Bright Star Award
           * 2012, 2013, ACT School of Distinction - had a string of 36's
           * 2016 Silver Level - on AP scores and State Testing
           * Ranked 69th out of 585 based on SAT Scores in Illinois
           * Top School in our Area and Conference Schools

     Extra Curcicular at MCHS is top of hte line for Speech, Band, Sports and Arts.   STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering Progam and at GAVC starting an engineering program for Operating, Electronic and Engineering.  For these programs, Dr. Halloran is trying to get Corporate Partners such as Lyondell.  
     With that, Dr. Halloran is trying to contain the tax.  Evidence Based Funding Model - from the state  will add $250-280,000.00 to the MCHS budget.  They are getting a little money from the state - last year they received 2 payments. 

     Structurally, the buildings from the 60's, 70's, and 80's wings will need major repaires or to be replaced in the next 10-15 years.  Last year they had a 30 year Facility Study.  With the current track condition the school is unable to have track meets.  The track is not safe or wide enough to handle the events.  

     Enrollment projections are on a downword scale.  The previous years enrollement was around 960 and is down to 900 and projecting to be 885 in the next couple years.  Part of this is due to the increase in homeschooling.  Home Schooling is more prevalent than in the past years.  The students must have their work graded weekly and they will be able to participate in extra-curricular activities at an accredited H.S. progrem. 

   -Ethnic Breakdown of Students-
        African-American   2%
        Hispanic          11-12%
        White                   86%

    With 30-35% of students on reduced/free lunch.    

This June of 2018 will be Dr. Halloran's last days at MCHS and we want to wish him the best with the furture.  To replace him they have hired Joe Waldron from Texas.  Mr. Waldron went to school at Olivet and is looking foward to be moving back here in July.  

* 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 this Thursday 12/14 from 4-8pm
  • MCHS Hall of Distinction, Janruary 27th, 2018 @5pm, again we are a Gold Sponsor. 


Meeting Recap:
  • Andrea opened the meeting at 5:45 pm. 
  • Starting 7/25 will be meeting at Maria's Ristorante and Pizzeria at 1591 N Division Street, Morris,IL
  • Recieved a Thank you from ICS students for dictionaries.
  • We donated $1000 to Shelter Box for world & US Help
  • We have re-joined the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Rotary is a Gold Sponsor ($250.00) for the MCHS Hall of Distinction, same as last year.


 Andrea Buckman, Dianne Breslar 

Pledge of Allegiance

 John Carr

Four-Way Test

Charlie Gibbs


 Jim Ringer

Guests:  Dr. Patrick Halloran, Jeanne Talarico, Lynne Carr, Lucy Gibbs

Sergeant-at-Arms –  Jim Ringer 

$$Happy Bucks$$


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 will be held on Janruary 9th, Mari'as Ristorante @ 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.*

  2017-2018 Calendar of Events  
Date Program
December 14th Bell Ringing 
December 19th No Meeting - due to Bell Ringing 
December 26th No Meeting - Christmas
January 2nd No Meeting - New Years 
January 9th TBA


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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