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Evanston

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
One Rotary Center
1560 Sherman Avenue
Rotary Conference Center
Evanston, IL  60201
United States
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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. 

Membership in the Community Volunteer Corps is free and open to any adult who is interested in working on volunteer projects. Members of the Volunteer Corps share the Rotary Club’s commitment to serving the community, but don’t have to join the Rotary Club of Evanston in order to participate. 

There is no time commitment – once you have joined the Corps, you will be notified of local volunteer opportunities and you can decide whether you want to participate or not. The Evanston Community Volunteer Corps is flexible and offers opportunities for people to connect with and contribute to their community in new ways – at no cost and at times convenient for their schedules. 

Participation is easy
To participate in Evanston Community Volunteer Corps, you must be at least 18 and either live, work, or study in Evanston.  You will be asked to fill out a short online form and provide your contact information (phone and email address). When volunteer opportunities come up during the year, you will be notified of how and when you can participate, via email. It’s that simple! 

To join, please send an email to larsonpw@gmail.com. Include your preferred email address and preferred telephone number. We will send you more information about the Volunteer Corps. If you have questions, please call 847-475-1283. 
 

 
 

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. 

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

 
 
 

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Doug Silverstein, President of Northshore Evanston Hospital, addressed the Rotary Club of Evanston on Aug. 15. 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. 

 

 

 
 

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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.
 
After announcing his theme at the opening session of the five-day training meeting, Huang urged club members to Light Up Rotary in the coming year by hosting a Rotary Day in their community and including local Rotaract and Interact members in their service projects.
 
"How you Light Up Rotary is up to you," Huang said. "You know where you are strong, you know what your community needs, and you know how you can help."
 
Huang also shared his membership development goals, including the need for more women and young adults and his goal to increase membership to a total of 1.3 million members. He asked Rotarians to invite their spouses, family members, and friends to join Rotary.
 
"We need to assume leadership for building strong clubs, and that starts with bringing in new members," he said.
 
Addressing the status of the fight against polio, Huang noted that with the current momentum Rotary is on track to achieve full polio eradication by 2018.
 
"When we eradicate polio — and we will — we will have proved ourselves an organization capable of great things. And we'll be even better equipped for the next challenge we choose to take on. We'll have given the world a gift that will endure forever," he said.
 
By continuing to fight against polio, setting an example in local communities, and growing membership, Huang hopes to see Rotary shine brighter than ever.
 
"Light Up Rotary is our theme, but it is more than our theme. It is how we live in Rotary, how we think in Rotary, how we feel, how we work," Huang said. "It is how we make a difference — every day, in every club, every district, and every country where we serve."

 

 
 

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You and other friends, neighbors, family and strangers are invited to celebrate the holidays with our club at our 2013 Holiday Benefit.

 When: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Where: The Hilton Orrington/Evanston
The Grand Ballroom
1710 Orrington Avenue, Evanston 

Proceeds from this celebration will support of the Rotary Club of Evanston Charitable Fund.


 
 
 
 

The Rotary Club of Evanston planned and built the International Friendship Garden in the early 1960s as a living symbol of goodwill toward all people of the earth. It is a central part of Evanston’s 23-acre Ladd Arboretum on McCormick Blvd. The club maintains this beautiful resource, available to all Evanstonians, on an annual basis, planting flowers and providing general upkeep.

 

In 2012, the Rotary Club of Evanston hosted two special tree-planting ceremonies celebrating the Garden’s 50th anniversary. At both events, Rotary’s top elected official – its International President, Sakuji Tanaka, was present.

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For more than 90 years, the Rotary Club of Evanston has divided its service to the community between hands-on, volunteer projects, and raising funds to help organizations and causes. It has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for not-for-profit organizations, helping Evanston cope with pressing issues ranging from illiteracy to HIV/AIDS to homelessness and poverty.

The club’s philosophy is to provide general assistance wherever it is needed – thus it has provided volunteers for everything from building homes for low-income families to cleaning up Evanston’s beaches to delivering hot meals to the needy.

In its recent history, the club has placed a strong emphasis on helping Evanston’s youth. Projects range from youth mentoring to after-school reading programs and scholarships

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Rotary Club of Evanston members are business, professional, and community leaders who meet regularly to plan and implement community service activities and network with other professionals. For those interested, members can also choose to become involved in international humanitarian service efforts. We meet every Thursday at 12:00 at Rotary International Headquarters, 1560 Sherman Ave. Evanston.

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Former Evanston Police Chief and longtime club member Bill Logan shared memories on January 12 of his experiences providing special police protection when Rev. Martin Luther King visited Evanston in 1962 and 1963.

 
 
 
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Rotary Club of Evanston and Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse members, plus other Rotarians and community members, participated in a special meeting Thursday, October 20 at Rotary international in observance of World Polio Day.

 
 
 
 

Speakers

Oct 30, 2014
Carrie Jackson
Alzheimer's Awareness
Nov 13, 2014
Annual Meeting
Election of Officers, Finances, Charitable Fund Presentation
Dec 04, 2014
Stacey Foisy & Kelly Gilbert
Midlife Ventures
 

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