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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Elk Grove Village Rotary Club President Kitty Weiner thanks District Assistant Governor Roger Smith for visiting our meeting. Roger shared how the reason he first joined Rotary differed from why he stays a member and asked other to share the same.  Many reasons were shared including giving back to the community, meeting new people, making a difference, personal growth, building business relationships and having fun. So many reasons to be a Rotarian… what’s yours?

Members of the Elk Grove Rotary Club worked together trying to escape from the “Bank Heist” and “Outbreak: Find the Cure” rooms at Mastermind Escape Games in Schaumburg.  We had a great time uncovering hints and clues to figure out passcodes, open locks and find hidden items. Unfortunately, neither of the teams were able to escape in time. Luckily, they let us out after 60 minutes. Better luck next time Rotarians.

Elk Grove Rotary Club President Kitty Weiner thanks Philip Zaleski, Executive Director of the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance for speaking to our Rotary Club. 
The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fire safety, burn prevention, and supporting burn survivors. One of the most popular services is Camp I Am Me, a special and unforgettable one-week camp experience for children and teenagers who have experienced injuries from burns. Through the generosity of donors, supporters, and volunteers, the IFSA offers this camping opportunity at no-cost to campers; including lodging, meals, activities, and transportation to and from camp.
For more information on The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance visit

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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Rotary recognized on public television's 'American Graduate Day'
Rotary was recognized on 17 September on public television's fifth annual American Graduate Day program for its work with San Diego-based Monarch School, a K-12 school for homeless youth. The Rotary Club of San Diego, California, USA, was applauded for its work mentoring Monarch's students, keeping them on track to graduate, and helping the school to continue thriving during tough economic times. Monarch School CEO Erin Spiewak appeared as one of the show's guests, along with Monarch Alumnus Cynthia Valenzuela, who attested to the positive, life-changing experience Monarch School gave her and...
Practicing peace
Nations around the world will observe the International Day of Peace on 21 September, a date designated by the United Nations in 2001 as "a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence." Rotary's commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers program, formed in 2002. Each year, the program prepares up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master's degree program or a three-month professional certificate program at university partners worldwide. Today, nearly 1,000 peace centers alumni are applying their skills — negotiating peace in conflict...
Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of September auctions.
Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.