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Stories of Service and Impact from Our Rotary Club

Monica Bristow and Eric McRoy

2024 Rotary Officers Named

June 21, 20241 min read

“We've got momentum now. My challenge is to increase it!” - Eric McRoy

New Officers Named for Riverbend Rotary

Incoming president Eric McRoy presents 2-year term past president Monica Bristow with appreciation plaque.

(ALTON, IL) – Rotary year at its annual end-of-term meeting on June 20. Every one of the over 46,000 Rotary clubs in the world install their own president and officers from its active members prior to the beginning of the Rotary year on July 1.

Monica Bristow, who served a two-year term as Riverbend Rotary president, passed the president’s gavel to Eric McRoy, who has served as vice president for the past two years. Officers for the coming year: Diane Schuette, vice president; Michelle Wittman, secretary; and Jeremy Watters, treasurer.

Additional positions and chairs include: Matt Kotzamanis, sergeant-at-arms; Karen Jackson, Rotary Foundation; Leslie Schobernd, membership; Jeanne Truckey, service projects; Brenda Eardly, trivia night; Monica Bristow, program/speakers; Emily Jackson, meeting facilities; Tyler Jackson, bell-ringing; and Gene Howell, youth engagement.

Rotary of the Riverbend, also known as Riverbend Rotary, was formed nearly 15 years ago. These Rotarians are community volunteers who are committed to making an impact in our local communities through service, collaboration and empowerment. Riverbend Rotary supports local infant and child safety outreach efforts, with recent financial gifts given to Riverbend Head Start & Family Services for sleep kits and car seats, as well as Sleep in Heavenly Peace, building beds for area youth.

Weekly club meetings for Riverbend Rotary are held every Thursday from 12 to 1 pm at Senior Services Plus in Alton. For more information about membership in Riverbend Rotary, visit

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Eric McRoy

Eric McRoy is a dedicated community leader and active member of the Riverbend Rotary Club. With a passion for service and a keen interest in making a positive impact on the lives of others, Eric lends his experience and expertise to various local initiatives. As a skilled communicator and enthusiastic volunteer, he enjoys sharing stories of the club's accomplishments, inspiring others to join the mission of creating lasting change in the Riverbend area and beyond.

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What is Rotary?

You've certainly heard about it, but do you really know what is ROTARY? There are several chapters around your neighborhood.

Riverbend Rotary

Our commitment to making a difference extends beyond our local community to create lasting change on a global scale.

We are proud to be part of international efforts, such as END POLIO NOW, which showcases the power of collaboration and dedication in achieving shared goals.

However, our most significant impact

is felt right here in the Riverbend area, where our passion for service and community development is truly transformative.

Our club members work tirelessly to champion local causes, support community projects, and drive sustainable initiatives that enrich the lives of our neighbors.

From mentoring youth and promoting education to fostering environmental stewardship and addressing social challenges, Riverbend Rotary is a catalyst for positive change.

We invite you to join us in our mission to create a brighter future for our community and the world, one project at a time.


About Rotary District 6460

The Rotary motto: Service Above Self. Rotary, the world’s first service club organization, is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders.

Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Rotary District 6460 contains Rotary clubs that serve west central Illinois in the United States of America.


Riverbend Rotary Packs Nutritious Meals for Hungry Children in Nicaragua

Shred Day

Safeguarding Identities and Supporting Our Community through Secure Document Disposal

Caring for
Our Community

Riverbend Rotary Members Beautify Local Homes by Tidying Yards and Landscapes

Ringing in the
Spirit of Giving

Riverbend Rotary Members Support the Salvation Army's Mission to Transform Lives

Started from the vision of one person.


Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan.


recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000.


1.4 million friends, neighbors, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Just A Little Help Can Make Big Difference

1.2 million

There are over 36,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas worldwide, with approximately 1.2 million members.

$4 Billion

The Rotary Foundation, which supports Rotary's humanitarian and educational programs worldwide, has invested over $4 billion in life-changing, sustainable projects since it was founded in 1917.

$2.1 Billion

Rotary in the USA has played a key role in the global effort to eradicate polio, with Rotary members contributing over $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to the cause.

Rotary International's Unwavering Mission: Eradicating Polio and Empowering a Polio-Free World.

Rotary International has been at the forefront of the global fight against polio for over three decades, working tirelessly to eradicate this devastating disease.

Through strategic partnerships with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary has made remarkable strides in immunization efforts, reaching millions of children in even the most remote corners of the world.

Since launching the PolioPlus program in 1985, Rotary International and its partners have helped to reduce polio cases by 99.9%, saving countless lives and preventing lifelong disabilities.

The continued dedication and support of Rotary members worldwide are crucial in achieving a polio-free world, ensuring that future generations can live without the fear of this debilitating disease.

Join us in our unwavering commitment to end polio once and for all, and be part of a global movement that is truly transforming lives and making history.