Rotary Club of Elk Grove Village

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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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Barb Tobias and Linda Hall were guest speakers at our regular Rotary Lunch.  They were there to tell our club about Connect to Community.  Connect to Community was founded in 2013 by four mothers who wanted to build a better future for their children with developmental disabilities..  The mission of the not-for-profit organization is finding and facilitating purposeful employment and enjoyment for adults with developmental disabilities.  They also will provide person-centered services across all aspects of community life.  Visit  for additional information or ways you can help the organization.

Rotarian Frank Ramljak places the Rotary Pin on the newest Elk Grove Rotarian Brian Pfister.  Brian grew up in Elk Grove and is currently working as a Transportation analyst for Jet Speed.  

Mark Dyer is a volunteer with ShelterBox and is part of the Response team.  The response team is responsible for going directly to the devastated areas to help with logistics and disbursement of the ShelterBoxes.  The ShelterBox is designed to have necessary living items which will last 6 months.  Several of the tents have been known to last up to 2 years.  The key to survival after a detestation is shelter and warmth form the elements.  ShelterBox provides emergency shelter to families that have lost everything.  Elk Grove Rotary has been a supporter of ShelterBox since 2008 and since then has contributed funds to supply twelve ShelterBoxes to families in need.  Each ShelterBox cost $1000 which includes all of the supplies as well as the transportation of the box to the destroyed area.

Elk Grove Rotary Club had a very successful Rotary Fest 2016.  The festival is held annually during the Fathers Day week end.  There was beautiful weather and record crowds during the 5 day festival.  The guests were treated to wonderful food incredible music and loads of fun at the carnival.  The festival is the clubs main fundraiser which funds the clubs local and international projects.  The club supports many local charities and has worked on many projects to help eliminate the problems of poor health, clean water and literacy.  The club would like to thank each and every person that supported this years festival.  (picture by Emil Schiavo)

President Kitty Weiner pins the Rotary pin upon the newest Elk Grove Rotarian, Evan Nolan.  Evan recently moved to the area with his family from Boston where he was a Rotarian for almost 2 years.  Evan wanted to continue his service above self and after visiting other clubs in the area decided his new Rotary home would be Elk Grove Village Rotary Club.  The club is lucky to have Evan who has already put in several volunteer hours at our annual Rotary Fest before even officially joining the club.  Evan grew up in the Boston area but has recently moved back with his wife Valerie who grew up in this area and graduated from Conant High School.  Evan and Valerie have two beautiful children Annie (four years), and Teddy(one and three quarters).  Evan is a Financial Professional with New York Life.  Evan was actually on an Episode of Jeopardy and was able to finish third.

Mayor Craig B. Johnson and the Village Board surprised Elk Grove Rotary President Kitty Weiner and members of the club with a huge Banner naming the area Rotary Green.  Oh and did I mention this was in front of 20,000 people just prior the the Villages Mid Summer Classic Concert Series which included Foreigner.  This was an incredible honor to name the area Rotary Green .  This is the same area that the Elk Grove Rotary Club has held the annual Rotary Fest for many years.  The Rotary Club has always been very active with in the community contributing back thousands of dollars every year.  (picture by Emil Schiavo)

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