Rotary Club of Chicago-O'Hare

Speaker Date Topic
Gina Regan May 05, 2016
Guatemala Literacy Project

I hope you are well. I want to thank you for Chicago O’Hare Rotary club’s contribution to the Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) back in 2002. 

2002 was a long time ago, so to refresh your memory, the GLP is the largest grassroots multi-club, multi-district, multi-country initiative in the entire Rotary world not directed by Rotary International itself. Its goal is to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through education. Since 1997, 477 Rotary clubs from 67 districts and seven countries have come together to bring more than $3.6 million dollars to Guatemala. The GLP’s educational programs are among the most sustainable in the world and empower local communities to take ownership after Rotarians’ initial investment.

Gina Regan

Senior Development Coordinator
Cooperative for Education
513.661.7000 x.112


Chad Pendleton May 12, 2016
The Evolving Healthcare Landscape

Chad Pendleton is Chief Executive Officer for UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement in Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska.  Pendleton oversees the portfolio of Medicare plans that more than 570,000 people in Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska rely on for their health care coverage needs. He serves seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries who have chosen UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D or Medicare Supplement coverage.

With nearly 20 years of building and growing successful health plans and improving consumers’ health outcomes, Chad brings deep expertise in the healthcare industry to UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare business. He previously served as chief executive officer for the Medicaid Health Plan in Kentucky for Humana and also the Corporate Market Leader for Humana’s integrated Medicare and Medicaid products in Illinois. Chad earned a Master’s degree in Health Administration from University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management from Southern Illinois University.


Tony Marusic

Director, Public Relations (IL, MI, OH, WI)


312-348-3825 office

312-363-7714 mobile


John Ishu and Elizabeth Thompson May 19, 2016
Yearly Update on Travelers Aid Chicago

Travelers Aid staff and volunteers provide one-on-one service for at-risk passengers by accompanying them through such processes as flight check-in, going through security, transferring to gates, getting to baggage claim and/or sitting with them during a layover.  

In recent years, Travelers Aid Chicago has expanded its presence with more than 125 volunteers now serving O'Hare.  Volunteers and staff speak a combined 28 languages fulfilling a critical need at an international transportation hub.  To become a volunteer, visit their website at or call 773-894-2427 or send an email to

 Contact 312-660-1320   (Travelers Aid)

Club Assembly - No Speaker Today May 26, 2016
11:00 AM Board Meeting
Megan Timmons, Rotary International Jun 16, 2016
Partnerships within Rotary
:  Megan Timmons
            Senior Specialist, Member Benefits
            Rotary International
Her topic: Speaking about "partnerships within Rotary"
            A new initiative at Rotary International
            where global and local businesses list deals 
            they are promoting for Rotary members.
Club Assembly - No Speaker Today Jun 23, 2016
11:00 AM Board Meeting
2016-2017 Officers/Board of Directors Installation Jun 30, 2016
Special Luncheon
Alexa James, Executive Director, NAMI CHICAGO Jul 07, 2016
Chicago's Voice on Mental Illness

The mission of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)-Chicago is to provide hope and improve the quality of life for those in the greater Chicago area whose lives are affected by serious mental illness.

Since the fall of 2004, NAMI Chicago has been working with the Chicago Police Department to assist in the implementation of the 40-hour Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for Chicago police officers making Chicago the largest urban area with CIT training in place for its officers. Numerous CIT-trained officers based in Chicago public schools asked for additional training specific to mental health issues for children and adolescents. An Advanced Juvenile 40-hour CIT Training for officers who previously completed the Basic CIT training was implemented in April of 2010, making Chicago the first in the nation to develop this level of advanced training for their officers. A major objective of the Advanced Juvenile CIT Training is to identify juveniles with mental health needs and divert them to treatment rather than incarceration.

NAMI Chicago - 1536 West Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642 / (312) 563-0445 / Fax (312) 563-0467




Lindsy Wadas Jul 14, 2016

 Every year we donate to the USO at O'Hare.  Lindsy Wadas is the director and will be at our luncheon today.

Contact:  Cell  773-677-7150 

Board Meeting 11 AM Jul 21, 2016
Club Assembly
Diane Carroll - MY JOYFUL HEART - Jul 28, 2016
Update on My Joyful Heart

Diane will give us an update on MY JOYFUL HEART PROGRAM. 708-458-3979 Our club sponsors two children from this organization. Bring your back to school supplies to donate.

Ron Broida, District Governor Aug 18, 2016
Update on our Rotary District

11 AM Board Meeting

11:00 AM Board Meeting Aug 18, 2016
With District Governor
Eldon Tracy - Feeding Children Worldwide Sep 08, 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. 

Club Assembly - No Speaker scheduled Sep 15, 2016
11:00 AM Board Meeting
Club Assembly - No Speaker Scheduled Oct 20, 2016
11:00 AM Board Meeting