Rotary Club of Elk Grove Village

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President Elect
Immediate Past President
Sergeant at Arms
Community Service Chairperson
2014 Rotaryfest Chairperson
2014 Rotaryfest Entertainment Chairman
2014 Rotaryfest Food Vendor Chairman
Rotaract Chairperson
International Service
Vocational Chairperson
Rotary Foundation
End Polio Now Chair

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Elk Grove Village

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Jimmy's Charhouse
1180 W. Devon Avenue
Northeast Corner of Rohlwing & Devon
Elk Grove Village, IL  60007
United States
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The Elk Grove Rotary Club awarded $18,000 in scholarships to deserving applicants. The recipients were chosen after submitting an application (including a one page essay), and participating in a panel interview. They were chosen because of their character and commitment to service.  Congratulations to all of this year's winners.

On Friday, May 16th Schaumburg/Hoffman Rotary Club hosted the RYLA Scholarship recipients. their host clubs. and school counselors. The kids from Keller, Mead and Frost had the opportunity to write an essay for their entry to win this scholarship. Rimla Kahn, Mead Interact board member, was the winner of the 2016 scholarship. Congratulations Rimla.

The Mead Interact outgoing board made up of 8th graders and their advisers visited the club on May 7th.  They reported on the fundraisers they had accomplished in 2015.  Each of the students spoke on what Rotary/Interact means to them and how it has changed their views and their Junior High 8th grade year.  Each year the Interact has a global fundraising initiative and this year they raised funds to help supply academic materials to a school in Sierra Leone.  Dr. Jeff Bulanda, who represents this initiative and school, visited us also.  He was presented with a check from Interact and matching funds from Rotary to help support his efforts in changing the lives of those less fortunate.  The Interact Club also downloaded some e-books on a flash drive and presented him with this as well.  This is a nice alternative to shipping books at a high cost and have the possibility of getting lost in the process of shipping.  These kids are great examples of how Rotary makes an impact on our youth through leadership, community service and service above self.

Shirlanne Lemm, President of GOA, celebrating her 30th anniversary with GOA, and long time Rotarian shared her life story today with our club.  She's happily married and has a special little son, Alex who is 10.  Shirlanne has been a valued, contributing member of our club for many years as well as one of our club's past presidents.  

M.Mufaddal Hamadeh, M.D.spoke to our club today about SAMS Foundation which is a nonprofit humanitarian organization established in 2007. Its volunteer physicians deliver direct medical care in Syria, Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon. Charitable gifts are tax-deductible.

Want to keep up on the latest event news regarding entertainment and other events with the 2015 Elk Grove RotaryFest?

Saturday, June 20, 2015 
6 pm to 9 pm - Rain or Shine
On the grounds of Elk Grove High School at RotaryFest
Limited to first 50 entries
Register your car for a day of fun and camaraderie with your fellow enthusiasts.  People's Choice Awards will be given to the top 3 cars.  Cash prizes, raffles and more.  Registration $20 per car.  For more information contact Felicia Nelson at


Three incoming Interact board members and their advisors attended the district 6440 conference Saturday April 11. Motivational speaker Talei Thompson spoke on the value of community service. The kids shared fund raising ideas and did a service project servicing our troops.

Know Your Rotarian - John Bourke

Meet John Bourke, born and raised in Elk Grove Village.  John recently celebrated his 1 year anniversary with our club.  He and his wife Lori reside in Elk Grove along with their 2 sons.  John is employed at US Corrugated.  In his spare time John enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.  John is a great addition to our club.

Elk Grove Rotary welcomed Jeff Bulanda, PhD, LCSW with Aurora University to hear about the school he helped to build in Africa and how our donation purchased classroom textbooks.  Jeff is pictured above with Club President Elect Donna Bartoli. 

Today we welcomed our very one Paul Kelly and Robert Murphy in our Club's Know Your Rotarian segment.  Paul Kelly is the current principal from Elk Grove High School,where a few of our club members are alumni.  Paul is married to wife, Jessica and they and their 3 kids live in Bativa.  Paul has a love of music.  Robert Murphy is currently the Assistant Principal of Student Activities at Elk Grove High School, is currently single has has 4 older sisters.   

The Elk Grove Rotary Club welcomed Robin Schubitz, Executive Director from Aging & Disability Foundation.  This foundation addresses the needs of persons living with physical and mental disabilities, along with their aging parents.  Pictured above, Robin Schubitz and President Elect Donna Bartoli.



May 21, 2015
William Marston
Know Your Rotarian
May 28, 2015
Mayor Craig B. Johnson
Elk Grove Village Update
Jun 04, 2015
No Lunch Meeting
Evening Rotary Iron Chef Event Instead
Jun 11, 2015
William Marston
Rotary Fest Final Preparation


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