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Morris Hospital, "Rhythm Of Our Youth"

Andrea Buckman  | Published on 2/27/2017
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ROTAMORR   February 21, 2017


Newsletter of the Rotary Club of Morris, Illinois

Chartered July 1, 1915

“Celebrating 101 Years”

  February 21, 2017

"Rhythm Of Our Youth"

by: Jori Christensen, RN Morris Hospital


   "Rhythm Of Our Youth" started 3 years ago by staff members at the hospital and is modeled from the "Young Hearts for Life" program.  Out of 2000 students between 15 - 18 die each year due to Sudden Cardiac Death.  The quick EKG's take only 3 to 5 minutes to screen each student.  Rhythm Of Our Youth screens all high school kids, not just the athletes.  These are free screenings for kids and schools.  

   The first screening was on August 5th,2016 and since then they have screened 3000 local kids.  The local schools are all within the Morris Hospital area including: Gardner, Morris, Minooka Central Campus, Minooka South Campus, Coal City, Premier Academy, Newark and Seneca.

   In order for students to be tested the parents must register the students via the website or paper contracts.  These screenings take place in the gym and happen during P.E., Study Hall, and Health.  The EKG results are given to the students (patients) only and their personal information is not kept.  The school and parents have no financial obligations.  The school prints all the labels & give the volunteers the folders with the students information. (Name,DOB,Student ID.)

   Volunteers are vital to have this program function.  They are background checked before events and do an orientation.  During the event the volunteers administer the EKG's to the students.

   A Morris student had an abnormal EKG and ended up being diagnosed with Morphan Syndrome.  So far the program had identified 63 students that have had irregular EKG's, and were sent out for further testing.  The program is funded by the Morris Hospital Foundation and Morris Hospital Auxiliary.  They were able to purchase 15 EKG machines for this program.  


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


Meeting Recap:
  • Jim Ringer opened the meeting @ 5:45pm and welcomed the group.
  • Jim Ringer ran the meeting since Dianne Breslar was gone.
  • Backpack Packing, White Oak Elementary next Tuesday @ 6:30pm.
  • We received a "Thank You" card from Avery Norris recipient for the scholarship from MCHS.
  • 28 Million children have received Dictionary's from Rotary International, including 3,720 that Morris Rotary has donated.


Dianne Breslar

Pledge of Allegiance

 Arthur Hornsby

Four-Way Test

 Jim Ringer


 Jim Wright

Guests: Jori Christensen, Manager of Cardiovascular Specialist at Morris Hospital, "Rhythm Of Our Youth": Cardiac Screening Saves Lives Program

Sergeant-at-Arms –  

$$Happy Bucks$$


Heads & Tails Winner:  N/A

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 February 28th @ 6:30pm for backpack packing at White Oak Elementary.

*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
February 28th Backpack filling at White Oak Elementary
March 7th Robin Stortz, EMSS Director
March 14th MCHS Speech Team Finalist going to State 
March 21st Art Hornsby
March 28th Dr, John Saran, Blue Zones


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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