TRRC Spring Newsletter

TRRC Members,
Happy Spring! This spring has sure come in like a lion it seems to be going out like one too! I don’t know about you but I am ready for sunshine, warm weather and summer!

Our January Laughter Yoga and Literature event was a lot of fun! We received ideas on how to incorporate breathing techniques into our reading/literature blocks thanks to Pat Braun. Congratulations to Karleen Yohnka the winner of the yoga mat! Karen Dannenhauer won a yoga DVD.

February held the Exploring Careers through Literacy event in conjunction with the Exploration Station. Thanks to the wonderful members of our local community who donated their time to share their expertise with the children of our community. The children loved it and left with several free books including many Illinois Reads titles.

The annual election of the Two Rivers Reading Council executive board members will be held in April. Would you like to be a part of the board? Are you interested in helping promote literacy and improve reading instruction? Do you have a love for reading? Do you want to improve your score in Domain 4-professional development on the Danielson evaluation tool? If your answer was yes to any of those questions then now is your chance. The opportunity is here so don’t miss your chance. If you’d like to volunteer to make a difference in the literacy of our community please nominate yourself or someone you know who may be interested in being on next year’s executive board. Email your nomination to The following positions are up for election:

President  (1 year position automatically succeeds to membership for 2 years)

President Elect (1 year position automatically succeeds to president)

Vice President (1 year position automatically succeeds to president elect)

Publicity co-chair (1 year position)

Membership co-chair (2 year position)

Treasurer (2 year position elected every even year)

*As stated in the bylaws, if there is a time in which there are no new volunteers to hold a specific office, individuals may continue in the office for multiple years.

See the brochure for more specific information. If you have any questions about open positions please email

Now’s the time to mark your calendar for the 3rd Annual Pampered Professionals & Grant Writing Tips event. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 15th at Olivet Nazarene University from 5:30-7:30. This event is FREE for all members. Non-members are welcome to attend for $5. Roxanne Forgrave will discuss grant writing tips and the rest of the evening will be filled with time to PAMPER YOU…chair massages, chocolate, mini manis, chocolate, waxing, chocolate, mini makeovers and did I mention chocolate?  More details will be coming your way soon. Bring a friend for lots of fun!

The 2014 Illinois Reading Conference was a blast!. TRRC walked away with first place for the hall of council display. What a great honor! This conference had over 3,000 attendees.  Were you lucky enough to be one of them? The presenters were fabulous and the amount of information shared and learned was phenomenal.

Lisa Homerding receiving her $500 Pamela Farris Library.  She's a kindergarten teacher in Milford, IL4Congratulations to Lisa Homerding, a kindergarten teacher in Milford and a TRRC member; she was awarded a $500 classroom library from the Pamela J. Farris Rural Classroom Library award. Lisa will receive her library in April. She was recognized at the IRC luncheon with renowned author Stephanie Harvey.


I cannot wait until the next IRC conference …this fall in October 2014.  There will be no more spring reading conferences as requested by many members due to state testing. After this fall conference, Harvesting the Fruits of Literacy, the conference will be moving from Springfield to Peoria for the Fall of 2015. Lots of changes ahead but hopefully all great things.

Happy spring, Happy Easter and Happy Reading,
Julie Steinke, President
Two Rivers Reading Council