Club gives back to community


ROCHELLE — The Rochelle Veterans War Memorial Association is $7,000 closer to completing its bronze statue at the Veterans War Memorial at Lawnridge Cemetery thanks to a donation from the Rochelle Rotary Club Friday.

Rochelle Rotary President Greg Folmar and Rotarian Sam Graber presented association president Chuck Roberts and director Wendell ‘Pal’ Colwill with the donation from the club’s NFL Pool funds. The money will be used toward the association’s life-size bronze statue at the memorial.

“Since 1954, Rotarians across the world have stood by the Four-Way Test and have used it to guide us in our decision making,” Folmar said. “Especially in these trying times, everyone could benefit from applying this in our daily lives. Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? The Rochelle Rotary Club is a proud supporter of our veterans and we are very happy to stand beside the Rochelle Veterans War Memorial Association and do our small part in erecting this monument.”  

Roberts explained that the concrete foundation for the statue is complete and will receive the veneer finish soon. “The statue is expected to be completed by the end of August and an unveiling will hopefully be held for the community,” Roberts said.

The statue was created by local artist Fran Volz and funding for the project was collected through pledges from the community.

“If you’d like to learn more about the Rochelle Rotary Club or join us in our endeavor to give back to the community, please feel free to reach out to me are or call 618-534-0189,” Folmar added.