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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Thank you to Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson for visiting our Rotary club. Mayor Johnson shared information on what makes Elk Grove Village a great place to live, work & play. Elk Gove Village has been voted the one of the Top Small Cities in Illinois, Best Hometown and Best City to Start a Small Business in Cook County. 

Elk Grove Rotarians participated in packing meals to feed children in Africa through Save My Starving Children. Rotarians Dawn Cunningham, Cheri Dial, Grace Popovic and Mary Ellen Larsen, among others pictured above at the event.  There were  8,424 meals packed that will feed 23 kids for a year. These meals were sent to Kenya. 

Rotary members were asked to celebrate the Cubs’ 100th win by wearing Cubs apparel or brining their best Cubs themed items to our meeting. Some of our members went all out sporting their shirts, hats, earrings, scarfs, etc. and the club voted for the person they thought showed the most Cubs spirit. Congratulations to our winner Cheri Dial as the #1 Cubs fan.  Not only did she dress the part, she brought her Cubs stadium chair and win flag.  GO CUBS!!!

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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