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A variety of community leaders, including Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and District 202 School Board President Gretchen Livingston, joined members of the Rotary Club of Evanston and staff and students (pictured above) from Evanston Township High School for a special “ETHS at Rotary Day” March 12, celebrating the school’s achievements and presence in Evanston.

“Our first goal is to simply celebrate the excellence of this great high school,” said Rotary Club President Paul Larson. “But we are also here to recognize our club’s long relationship with ETHS. We are like old friends, with a great heritage of partnership and connection.”

More than 30 guests were on hand for the event, including six students – who spoke about the school’s strengths and their plans for the future. Assistant Superintendent and Principal Marcus Campbell delivered a summary of the school’s many initiatives and statistics on academic testing results and other highlights. 
John White, widely considered one of the best photojournalists in the world, will be a special guest of the Rotary Club of Evanston on Wednesday, March 25, giving a special presentation titled “Peace and the Power of Photography.” White’s presentation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Rotary International Auditorium, 1560 Sherman Ave. in Evanston. A short reception will be held following the presentation. 

Based in Chicago since 1969, White worked for the Chicago Daily News before joining the staff of the Chicago Sun Times in 1978, where he worked for 35 years. During his time at the Sun Times, he won the Pulitzer Prize and gained widespread acclaim for the breadth and quality of his photography. 
Funding for local organizations continues as part of “Building a More Peaceful Evanston” Initiative
(February 19 -- Evanston, IL) The Rotary Club of Evanston will extend its effort to reduce violence in the community again this year, offering grants to Evanston organizations that are addressing such issues as youth gang activity, bullying in schools and domestic violence. 

Recognizing the destructive impact of violence on communities, the Rotary Club of Evanston Charitable Fund will award several community grants to local organizations in 2015 that are using innovative programming to create sustainable change. Regular “Building a More Peaceful Evanston” Grants can range anywhere from $500 to $2,500. A special 2015-2016 grant of $5,000 for programs aimed at youth violence will also be available.
Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington, below, was one of the featured speakers at a special public safety forum hosted by the Rotary Club of Evanston as a part of its Community Conversations series on January 29. Also joining Chief Eddington were Evanston Fire Chief Greg Klaiber and Jim Gordon, Executive Director of the Evanston Police and Fire Foundation. The three updated Rotary Club members and guests on trends in public safety. 

Local leaders honored Dec. 11 by the Evanston Rotary Club for their programs and financial contributions aimed at reducing violence included (left to right) Dorothy Williams of Family Focus, Lucile Krasnow of Northwestern University, Kathy Lyons of The Moran Center, and Kathy Slaughter of the YWCA. (Photo by Genie Lemieux)

Nearly 120 guests were on hand Dec. 11 at the Hilton Orrington Hotel for a special tribute hosted by the Rotary Club of Evanston in honor of five organizations leading the effort to address violence in Evanston.
Those honored included Literature for All of Us, Family Focus, the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, and Youth Organizations Umbrella (YOU) – all of whom sent representatives to the event. 
The Evanston Rotary Community Volunteer Corps is a project of the Rotary Club of Evanston that provides opportunities for those living, working, or studying in Evanston to serve the community by volunteering.  Rotary community volunteers work in partnership with the Rotary Club of Evanston to improve our city on a variety of projects. From cleaning up a local beach to helping serve meals to the needy, we offer a wide range of ways you can help.
Use your lunch-hour to gain valuable skills during our upcoming Rotary “Lunch and Learn” lecture: SOCIAL MEDIA ETHICS 101: How to keep your company – and your employees – on the social media high road.
The event, open to the public, will be held Thursday, November 20 from noon to 1:15 p.m. at1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston (corner of Grove and Sherman)​. Cost is $15. 
Local business leaders were on hand October 15 for an Evanston Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours mixer hosted by the Rotary Club of Evanston and the Music Institute of Chicago. The Rotary Club and the Music Institute have partnered in recent years on various events and share a common mission in launching programs aimed at underserved populations in Evanston. Through various initiatives launched over the last year, the Rotary Club of Evanston is seeking to strengthen its historically strong ties to the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and to serve the business community by providing a hub that helps businesses become more civically engaged. It recently launched the Lunch and Learn lecture series, which provides periodic hands-on presentations and lectures on business topics during its regular Thursday luncheons. Club members Ada Kahn and Mark Steele, below, enjoyed the festivities. 

75 local leaders gathered together for the Rotary Club's first Heads Up, Evanston luncheon on Sept. 18, providing an opportunity for not-for-profits to share news and network. Organizations represented ranged from some of Evanston's largest and most established to some relatively new to the community. Participating organizations were given two minutes to deliver a "mini commercial" about a project, innovation or other news of interest to the community. Display tables included promotional literature and those attending were encouraged to network after the commercials were delivered. The event was moderated by Rotary Club of Evanston President Paul Larson. "Our goal was to create an event that would provide useful information and at the same time help local organizations make new connections and raise the visibility of their brands," Larson said. "This is part of the Rotary Club of Evanston’s renewed commitment to serving as a hub and catalyst for community action."

Rotary Club of Evanston members were out in force on Sept. 7 to help make Evanston's first-ever Streets Alive festival a success. Club volunteers manned a Rotary booth during the all day event, during which Main Street between Hinman and Dodge was completely blocked from traffic, allowing strolling and bicycling by the public. A wide variety of events were featured during Streets alive, including music and games. Rotary volunteers offered face-painting for kids -- a very popular part of the day's activities. The Rotary Club of Evanston was an official co-sponsor of the event, and club members Ada Kahn and Diane Krier-Morrow led the effort to organize our club's participation. Thanks, Ada and Diane! Club member Diane Claussen, below, helped out with face painting during the event. 

Rotary Club members joined together on August 21 to pack donated school supplies for the club's "Back-To-School Care-Box” project. Earlier in the summer members were given shopping lists of school supplies to purchase for kids at several Evanston pre-schools. We gathered to pack all of the collected supplies in boxes and get them delivered. Service Committee Chair Kat Eiff, below far right, organized the project, the first of four hands-on service days the club will participate in during the 2014-2015 Rotary year. The Club's fall project will be assembling Thanksgiving meals for needy families in Evanston. 


Members of the Rotary Club of Evanston formally welcomed Rotary Global Scholar Junji Takaoka to the club on Aug. 14. Junji is enrolled at the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern. He will receive two degrees in 2016 from NU -- an MBA and a master’s in engineering.  Junji's sponsoring Rotary club is the Matsudo-East Club in Japan. President Paul Larson presented Junji with a club banner. 




Doug Silverstein, President of Northshore Evanston Hospital, addressed the Rotary Club of Evanston on Aug. 14. Mr. Silverstein spoke about national issues related to health care, and a variety of issues faced by hospitals in the U.S., including the impact of the Affordable Care Act. He discussed NorthShore University Health Systems’ affiliations with the University of Chicago and the Mayo Clinic and various services offered to help keep residents of Evanston healthy. 




Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl visited the club July 10 to present her annual update about city issues and initiatives. Mayor Tisdahl, who is an honorary member of our club, discussed the city's outreach program for youth and the Mayor’s Youth Summer Jobs Program.  She provided good news about the many new businesses opening in Evanston over the past year. She also provided an update about the City of Evanston successfully selling water to neighboring communities. According to the Mayor, gang-related activity among youth continues to be a serious issue, requiring vigilance and proactive response by the city. 


President Paul Larson and President-elect Wally Bobkiewitz carry our Club banner in the 4th of July Parade.Image




RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness."
"There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help. Many people say, 'There's nothing I can do.' So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark," Huang told the 537 district governors and their spouses and partners who are attending the 2014 International Assembly in San Diego, California.
"The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world," said Huang, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei in Taiwan.

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Apr 02, 2015
Jennifer Moran
Leadership Evanston
Apr 16, 2015
Mark Dennis, Jr
President/CEO of McGaw YMCA
May 07, 2015
Club Assembly
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May 21, 2015
Wally Bobkiewicz
State of the City of Evanston
May 28, 2015
Amanda Runge
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