Rotary Club of Chicago-O'Hare

Speaker Date Topic
Bev Otto (Fred's wife) Oct 15, 2015
Importance of our Dictionary Project and more
Bev will talk to our group concerning her findings and the importance of our Dictionary Project and the impact of poverty on those skills.   Also what we as parents and grandparents can do to encourage reading in the next generations.

Beverly Otto, Ph.D., an early childhood educator for over 30 years, is professor emeritus in the Teacher Education Department at Northeastern Illinois University. She earned her doctorate at Northwestern University in teaching and learning processes, with a focus on emergent literacy. Dr. Otto teaches courses in language and literacy development for preservice and inservice teachers, along with research for classroom teachers. Her major professional goal is preparing teachers to support children’s lifelong learning through language and literacy development. Dr. Otto also served as department chair as well as associate dean in the College of Education. 

Dr. Otto is the author of Literacy Development in Early Childhood:  Reflective Teaching for Birth to Age 8 (Pearson) and Language Development in Early Childhood Education (Pearson)She has authored articles published in international, national, and state professional journals. Her field-based research on emergent literacy has been presented at international, national, state, and local conferences. She has served as a consultant to early childhood centers, school districts, and the Illinois State Board of Education.

11:00 AM Club Board Meeting Oct 22, 2015
Club Assembly
11:00 AM Foundation Board Meeting Nov 05, 2015
John Alan Boryk Nov 05, 2015
Overcoming Bigotry and the Selma March

John is a past president of the Rotary Club of Park Ridge.  He will speak about his childhood growing up with a culture of bigotry and then he recalls episodes in his life to get him to the decision to march in Selma, Alabama.

He is a retired United Methodist pastor.  He participates each year in the District 6440 service project at the ak' Tenamit school in the jungle of eastern Guatemala servicing the Mayan culture.

Phone: 847-376-8779




Sara O'Hare Nov 12, 2015
National Parkinson Foundation


Sara O'Hare

Moving Day Chicago Manager

National Parkinson Foundation

P: 312-505-7602

Club Assembly - No Speaker Today Nov 19, 2015
Board Meeting at 11:00 AM
11:00 AM Foundation Board Meeting Dec 03, 2015
Werner Juretzko - MEETING AT FOUR POINTS SHERATON Dec 03, 2015
"Espionage, a weapon during the Cold War "

Foundation Meeting at 11 AM at Four Points Sheraton, 10255 W Irving Park Road - Corner of Mannheim & Irving)

Our speaker today is Werner Juretzko, who became a prisoner of war for several months in the Soviet-Czech POW camp when he was a young teenager.  In 1948, he was asked to infiltrate the Communist Party.  He was recruited by the G-2 Intelligence Service of the United States Army.  Werner conducted authorized undercover espionage missions behind the Iron Curtain.  Werner was apprehended in action in 1955 and tried by Communist authorities and was sentenced to a 13-year prison term.  Werner Juretzko



11:00 AM Board Meeting Dec 17, 2015
Club Assembly - No Speaker Today
No Meeting Today - Restaurant is closed Dec 24, 2015
Meeting today Dec 31, 2015
Eldon Tracy - Feeding Children Worldwide Jan 07, 2016
Bi-Annual Food Packaging Project

The Great Escape will serve sandwiches. In the past, our club participated in packaging hundreds of meals for Feeding Children Worldwide. Eldon Tracy will again bring his helpers to set up our room for this food packaging project. Bring your spouse, coworkers to help. 

Sue Chen Jan 21, 2016
5000 years of Chinese Civilization and More


1) The origin of Chinese music

2) The healing power of music

3) Introduction of traditional Chinese instruments

4) East meets West

The presentation is focused on Authentic Chinese Music & Culture. It is in the form of slides, video clips and Q&A.

We will share insights about the 5000 years of Chinese civilization,

traditional Chinese values, music from different dynasties and ethnic
groups of China. We will also share how the Chinese music could be in
perfect harmony with Western Music in an Orchestra.

Contact:   Mid-USA Falun Dafa Association



Club Assembly - No Speaker Today Jan 28, 2016
11:00 AM Board Meeting
Club Assembly - No Speaker Today Feb 25, 2016
11:00 AM Board Meeting
Club Assembly - No Speaker Today Mar 24, 2016
11:00 AM Board Meeting


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