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Rock Falls Rotary honors farmers

Published: Saturday, March 30, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST
Members of the Sterling High School Drum Line performed at the recent Rock Falls Rotary Farmers’ Night at Deer Valley Country Club. Photo submitted by Betty Clementz.

ROCK FALLS – Rock Falls Rotary celebrated the 65th annual Farmers’ Night, a club appreciation of farmers and the agribusinesses of our community. With a tradition that started in 1948, when farmers were numerous and city businesses were small, it was a way of uniting the two unique employments of our community, both dependent upon each other. Although farms have changed over the years, as have the businesses of Rock Falls, the purpose remains the same: to show the unity of city and rural businesses of our communities.

ROCK FALLS – More than 120 farmers and agricultural businessmen gathered March 18 for the 65th annual Farmers Night at Deer Valley Country Club in Deer Grove. Dinner was followed by a pie auction to raise money for youth scholarships.

The Paul Harvey’s Super Bowl commercial was shared as a tribute to the farmers of Whiteside County.

The Sterling High School Drum Line, led by Director Mike McCoy and student director, Josh Villarreal provided the entertainment. Three arrangements were presented, with the final medley played on garbage cans.

President Jan Whitlock introduced the Rotary Rock Falls Student of the Month, Alex Leaf, and the Rotary Outbound Student, Brooke Paganini, who will be spending next school year in Peru. Keith Zoeller was the chairman.

Sponsors of the evening included Silver Level: Art Johnson Oil Co., Peabudy’s Inc., The Cornerstone Agency, and Vern’s Farm Supply. At Bronze Level were: Beiermann Agri-Systems, Birkey’s Farm Store, DeKalb Feed, 1st Farm Credit Services, Gold Star FS, Pete Harkness Auto Group, Sauk Valley Bank, and Sterling Federal Bank.

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