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Posted on Jun 25, 2016
Over the years the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club has supported the two local township food pantries, Cuba Township and Barrington Township. During the summer months the need is often greatest, as donations fall. Currently the two pantries are serving approximately 130 households in the area. By working directly with the each township we are able to customize an order that most efficiently matches the needs of their clients. On Tuesday June 21st, BBRC Rotarians gathered at Aldi’s in Lake Zurich to separate the $2000 food order according to each pantry’s requests. Within 45 minutes the job was completed with vehicles loaded for next day delivery. On Wednesday we had 5 Rotarians participating in the delivery. This is but one of the projects that the Community Service committee does annually.
Posted on Jun 24, 2016
On Thursday, June 23, 2016 the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club and the Barrington Noon Rotary Club donated $10,000 to the Barrington Splash Pad Initiative.
Posted by Kris Young on Jun 05, 2016
KidFest/Kite Fly is an event coordinated by Barrington Breakfast Rotary, Barrington Park District, and Leave No Child Inside. This year the outdoor event on May 7, 2016 was at Barrington's Citizen's Park and was for families and featured 30 stations featuring nature learning and the outdoors. The stations had outdoor activities and crafts for children and families. Attendance was 2,727 which was a new record. Of these, 1,226 were children. Barrington Breakfast Rotary gave out 1,700 free kites, conducted a Kids Fun Run, and sponsored the Rotary Grill for drinks, snacks and lunch. At other stations, children could make a Bird House, climb a tree, learn about alpacas, do a pond exploration, and do nature crafts. The event is striving to be zero waste and we also worked with Mindful Waste to learn about recycling. This is a fun and also educational community event that has continued to grow every year.
Posted on Apr 27, 2016
"Barrington Breakfast Rotary presents $1,000 check to Children's Home and Aid in Carpentersville for an educational garden at the Jerri Hoffmann preschool and daycare center. This project is in collaboration with the Carpentersville Rotary Club."
Posted by Lew Parks on Mar 23, 2016
On Thursday, March 17th Lew Parks and Theresa Cullum visited with the Rotary Club of Wellington Florida. We exchanged Club Flags and discussed our individual Club efforts. The Wellington Club is involved with a number of pretty amazing projects.
BHS Interact Club make a huge impact to promote education in the Guatemala City Garbage Dump Communities 8/29/2015 9:13:00 AM James Quigley
Through efforts of the local BHS Interact Club, Rotary Foundation just transferred $54,000 to Guatemala to improve the education opportunities for 400 children living in the Guatemala City Garbage Dump Communities. These children attend an afterschool tutoring and mentoring program. Specifically the grant will fund a computer lab with 16 new computers, desks and chairs; renovate and equip a library; provide tables, chairs, and printer and audio video equipment in a new community center; and equip a commercial kitchen to provide a healthy meal each day to the children.
There are over 6,000 children living in these communities. Among their challenges is the poverty of education. A 2013 Social Study concluded that only 57% of these school age children have “any” education with only 5% reaching high school. Improvement is a slow and steady process because many of these families have lived by recycling garbage for 3-4 generations. It is hard to break a viscous cycle. The after school program provided by Potter’s House, was at maximum capacity with 250 children. The new community center provides the opportunity for an additional 150 students to enroll. There is high demand and 75 students have already enrolled in advance of the grant being funded. That means 75 students off the street after school and being mentored rather than getting into mischief. Local Barrington students had visited the Guatemalan communities over the last five years. In 2013 they learned that they could create their own service project through Rotary’s High School Club called “Interact”.
The BHS Interact Club is associated with the two Barrington area Rotary Clubs – Barrington Breakfast and Barrington Noon clubs. The project was sponsored by the Barrington Breakfast Rotary club with partnerships between Barrington Noon, Lake Zurich, Schaumburg AM Rotary Clubs, and the BHS Interact Club, each contributing funds towards the project. The Rotary Foundation provided matching funds. The BHS Interact Club members are to be commended for their drive to raise approximately $26,000 of which about $10,000 was used for this project with the remaining available for future projects.
Rotary Global Grants are only available for projects that are sustainable and fall under one of several “areas of focus”. For this project, “education” was selected as the focus. The grant process is very vigorous and requires cooperation between a US based Rotary Club (Barrington Breakfast), a host club (in this case, Ciudad de Guatemala), and a local partner (Potter’s House International). The grant must be sustainable and have measurable outcomes. In this case, Potter’s House has been working in the communities for nearly 30 years and has set up criteria to improve the number of students continuing in school. Ciudad de Guatemala will handle monitoring the implementation and follow up.
Interact allows students to develop service projects that are close to individual students hearts. Other Interact projects completed in 2014/15 included Bowling with the Buddies (students with special needs), Music and Memory (memory improvement for the elderly), and Hope’s In Stride and Merry Meals for 500 pounds of shoes and clothing and 22,500 meals for the poor in Guatemala. Interact looks forward to welcoming many new students into the club this year.
Barrington Giving Day
Friday afternoon a Rotary contingency helped at the Barrington Giving Day at the Barrington Middle School. The BBRC was well represented.
Member Spotlight: The book on Brad Rubini
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian When Brad Rubini was reading a bedtime story to his seven-year-old daughter, Claire, she asked him why he was reading the words wrong. “I’m dyslexic, so I thought I was reading the words right,” recalls Rubini, a past president of the Rotary Club of Toledo, Ohio. After he explained his problem, she began to read to him on most nights instead. “She was a voracious reader and storyteller. She was always telling stories, even when she was a toddler,” he says. Three years later, while Claire was away at summer camp, she died unexpectedly as a result of a...
Health: Survival of the Fitbittest
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian In the seven days from 7 through 13 March, I took precisely 84,250 steps. This amounted to 39.85 miles. I also climbed 288 floors and burned 22,055 calories. I’m fairly certain that you, gentle readers, could not care less about those statistics. Unless, of course, you’re one of the millions of gentle readers who have joined America’s fitness self-surveillance movement by strapping a tracking device to your wrist. In which case, you are probably pretty darned impressed by my stats. I should therefore add a few crucial caveats. Caveat No. 1: That week...
John Germ: Champion of Chattanooga
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Just before John Germ dropped by, Rick Youngblood took a deep breath. “You want to match his energy,” he says, “but he makes it hard to keep up.” Youngblood is the president and CEO of Blood Assurance, a regional blood bank in Chattanooga, Tenn., that Germ helped found in 1972. After his visit with Youngblood, Germ strode between mountains of empty bottles and cans at Chattanooga’s John F. Germ Recycling Center at Orange Grove, which he designed, before he drove to a construction site and popped a cork to dedicate a Miracle League field where special...
Cynthia Salim: Former Rotary Scholar makes clothing with a conscience
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian The way Cynthia Salim sees it, the fashion industry doesn't have much to offer a young, socially conscious woman like her when it comes to work clothes. "The fashion industry often does 'sexy' or 'fun' or 'hip,' and things that encourage frequent purchases," the 29-year-old says. "It's very rare that the design community will design something that will make a young woman look credible and influential as well as timeless." Add "and is ethically made" to that list, and it becomes a tall order that Salim became increasingly frustrated trying to fill when...
Member Interview: Susan Davis uses social entrepreneurship to fight poverty
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Susan Davis has devoted the past three decades to using social entrepreneurship and microfinance to address extreme poverty, particularly in Bangladesh. A Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship in the early 1980s allowed her to study international relations at the University of Oxford. A decade ago, she co-founded BRAC USA (previously the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee) to help the world’s poor through self-empowerment. She is co-author, with journalist David Bornstein, of the book Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to...