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Club News

The Club heard today from Karen Demorest and Eileen Hailstrom from the Youth Job Center on issues facing youth and young adults in the job market.  Their talk kicked off October as Rotary Vocational Education Month.


Evanston icon Bill Logan was honored today as the Club awarded him a Paul Harris Fellow award.  Logan, who has been a 31 year member of the Club was recognized for his long time service to the Evanston community.

Our thanks to Evanston Public Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons (left) and Collections Manager Betsy Bird for attending our meeting to give us an update on all the great things happening at EPL. 

The club welcomed Tina Pinkston as a new member today.  Tina comes from a family of Rotarians.  We are excited to have her as a member of the club.



The club welcomed this week District 6440 Governor Rodney Adams who shared his views on the year and the activities of Rotary in our district.

Club members can sign up for shifts at booth here.


We were so happy this week to welcome back Bob Loweth as a member of our club.  He was away living in the San Diego area for a few years and now is back in Evanston again.  Welcome back!!



Club members get school supplies ready for distribution. More photos



Northwestern University Football Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald spoke to the club and was honored for his service to the Evanston community.  President-elect Joe Brownlee presented Coach Fitz with a plaque from the club.

Courtney White, President and Founder, Culinary Care - Courtney shared her personal experience founding Culinary Care 2 ½ years ago, inspired by her father’s battle with cancer. Culinary Care delivers complimentary meals to ensure individuals fighting cancer don’t have to worry about feeding themselves or their family. Presently, they serve approximately 40 meals per month, each feeding 4-6 individuals.

The Club rededicated the International Friendship Garden today and unveiled a new sign.  For more photos go here.  For more info on the Garden go here.


Representatives from the City of Evanston Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services spoke to the Club today.  Director/Deputy City Manager Joe McRae gave an overview of department programs and activities, Senior Program Coordinator Myra Gorman discussed the Evanston Farmer's Market and Fleetwood Jourdain Theater Artistic Director Tim Rhoze discussed the current season at the theater.

The club welcomed today new member Brian Brown.  Brown is a long time Evanston community member active with Family Focus and the FAAM basketball league.  He is currently the Roscoe Village Branch Manager of Wintrust Bank.  We welcome Brian to our club.


Members from both the Evanston and Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club participate in the annual Fourth of July Parade.  We were honored to have Rotary International President Ravi Ravindran and his wife Vanathy join us as well as District 6440 Governor Rodney Adams and his wife Wendy Morgan.  More photos here.


Rotary International President Gary Huang presents Club President Paul Larson and President-elect Wally Bobkiewicz the 2014-15 Presidential Citation for the Club's outstanding work during the year.

The Rotary Club of Evanston recognized the excellent work of the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy on June 4, awarding it a special $5,000 grant to assist in expanding its "Voices, Ideas and Perspectives" (VIP) program into Evanston middle schools.  Youth Organizations Umbrella (YOU) and the YWCA Evanston/Northshore also received funding, at $2,500 each. Corporate support for the special $5,000 grant was provided by First Bank & Trust of Evanston, Northwestern University, NorthShore University Health Systems and Romano Brothers & Co. Wealth Management.
Pictured, left to right, are: Simon Yohanan and Stephanie Murray, First Bank and Trust; Deb Cross and Grace Garby, Romano Brothers and Co.; Maya Lentz, Kristie Kennard, and Kathy Lyons, James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy; Alecia Wartowski and Lisa Metzger-Mugg, Northwestern University; Tracy Tebear, Rotary Club of Evanston; and Alan Anderson, Northwestern University.
[Photo by Karen Kring]
With free pizza and beverages for all, the Rotary Club of Evanston hosted a very successful 2015 PizzaFest on Tuesday, May 19 at Gigio's, 1001 Davis in Evanston.

During this fun event, members of the Rotary Club of Evanston and many local “celebrity servers” served all-you-can-eat pizza for four hours. Proceeds raised will now benefit local charitable organizations, including the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, the Infant Welfare Society of Evanston, the Youth Job Center of Evanston and the Mudlark Theater Company. 

To see lots of great photos from the event, visit our Facebook page! Many thanks to all who participated in our annual spring fundraiser! 

Members of the Rotary Club of Evanston were among the volunteers who turned out recently to participate in a beach clean-up at South Boulevard Beach, working with the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Club members Wally Bobkiewicz, Abby McNear, John Robertson and Tom Swigert devoted a Saturday to this worthy project for the community! 

Evanston Rotarians welcomed four new members to the "Home Club" on April 2, including, above left to right, Jane Lawicki, Manager of External Relations at Rotary International; Mark Lowry, Director of Operations and Administration at Rotary International; Adrian Dortch, entrepreneur and owner of Dortch Wellness; and Elio Romero, owner of Chef's Station restaurant in Evanston.

More than 100 guests joined members of the Rotary Club of Evanston at the Rotary International Auditorium March 25 for a special presentation by renowned photographer John H. White, above, who discussed "Peace and the Power of Photography." The program was offered as a part of the Rotary Club's "Building a More Peaceful Evanston" initiative.
In a 45-minute presentation, White discussed the impact of photography on human progress, offering insights into his unique approach with the camera and stories of some of the celebrities he has covered over the years -- from Muhammad Ali to Joseph Cardinal Bernardin. 
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. 
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.
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."


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Upcoming Speakers

Oct 08, 2015
Joe Flint and Debra Schlies - The Cradle
"How The Cradle Helps Families with Adoption"
Oct 15, 2015
"Heads Up Evanston"
Community Conversation with Evanston's Non-Profits
Oct 22, 2015
Joi Smith, President, Oakton Community College
"Oakton's Committment to Vocational Education"
Oct 29, 2015
Nov 12, 2015
Club Annual Meeting
"Reviewing Current Year and Planning for the Future"
Dec 03, 2015
Roy Klinginsmith, Chairman, The Rotary Foundation
"Update on Foundation Activities and Ending Polio"

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