Fall 2014 Updates: Membership Drive, Survey, Events & New Prizes!

Membership Drive: Danielson Discount! 

$40 instead of $45 if you sign up or renew by Oct 15th!

See flyer for how you can win a Spa Basket or a massage!  TRRC MEMBERSHIP PROMO 2014

Membership, Muffins, and Massage Basket
Membership, Muffins, and Massage Basket

1.  Our goal this year is to make our membership stronger for middle school & high schools.  We are looking to find members to represent their building at our general membership meetings.  These meetings are held before events about 4-5 times a year.  We are only as strong as our membership.  We want to make our organization so much fun and beneficial to all our members. Professional development is very important with all the of new changes to education.

2.  Have you ever considered becoming a leader in your building?  It’s important to become involved in a professional organization (just look at your new teacher evaluation tool)!

When you join your local reading council, Two Rivers Reading Council, you also become a member of the Illinois Reading Council.  I believe the new teacher evaluation tool mentions something about being an ACTIVE member of a professional organization.  Now’s your chance…sign up and REPRESENT your building!

3. We want to know what you think!

Take our quick survey!  http://tinyurl.com/TRRCSurvey


IRC Leadership Conference 2014

Just returned from two days and a long night of planning and organizing events for this year! Great job TRRC Board Members for the creative and innovative ideas! Can’t wait to see the results!

Two Rivers received some incredible news!

1.  We are an Honor Council

2. Diamond level (the highest level) for having over 20% growth

3. We won a Program Grant to have an author event.

4. We also won first prize for the Membership Drive Display!

Below is the display we whipped up last night in the room.

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 trrc5@hotmail.com. 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 trrc5@hotmail.com

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

Two Rivers Reading Council Fall 2013 Newsletter

Welcome back to school!  I hope you have all survived the heat wave!  Let’s hope September brings cooler temperatures.  Did you know that this year TWO RIVERS READING COUNCIL  celebrates 40 years as your local reading council?  Come and celebrate all year with us as we bring you events that are fun and help meet the Common Core Standards.

I am excited to share with you that we’ve already held our “Thanks for REPresenting” dinner at Monicals Pizza.  This year we held two dinners….one in Kankakee County and one in Iroquois County.  We passed out information about our Fire It Up Membership Contest, TRRC brochures with the years events listed, and flyers for our fall events.  We still have schools that need representation.  If you’d like to be a Two Rivers Reading Council Representative at your school please contact me at trrc5@hotmail.com.  We try to treat our TRRC Reps very well…dinner, t-shirts, FREE admission to events, etc.  We would LOVE for you to become actively involved with your local reading council, TRRC!  We always need volunteers to help make phone calls, set up and work events, organize snacks/drinks, obtain raffle items, disseminate information, etc.  If you are wanting to become ACTIVELY involved in TRRC then this is the year for you!  Contact trrc5@hotmail.com to see what you can do!

Take out your calendars…the following events are planned for this fall:

Sept. 19, 2013 (Thursday) from 5:00-6:30 p.m.  AG IN THE CLASSROOM (K-4), presented by Lisa Habeeb at the Bradley Public Library.

Sept. 23, 2013 (Monday)  from 6:00-7:30 p.m.  AG IN THE CLASSROOM (K-4), presented by Danielle Gerndt at the University of Illinois Extension Office in Onarga, IL. 

October 8, 2013 (Tuesday) from 5:30-7:00 p.m. CLOSE ANALYTIC READING (3-8), presented by Tricia Nagel at Bradley West Media Center. 

There will be food, drinks and Teacher Resource raffles! Raffles are $1 each or 6 for $5!

Come get involved and support your local reading council!

Post flyers for more information or hang it up in your school or teachers’ lounge.

All events cost $10 for members, $15 for non-members, $5 for students.  Please make checks payable to TRRC.  Payments may be mailed to  c/o Julie Steinke 1517 Merlin Road, Bourbonnais, IL  60914.

Please email trrc5@hotmail.com to reserve your spot.

Great speakers are scheduled to inspire, motivate and prepare you to face the changes we continually face in education. Sign up today!


Julie Steinke, President

Two Rivers Reading Council