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The club welcomed Yunxiao He to membership and welcomed back Don Bally to the club today.



Oakton Community College President Joi Smith and Interim Associate Vice President Colette Hands spoke to our Club this week on vocational educational opportunities at Oakton.


Twenty five Evanston community organizations joined us today for our second annual "Heads Up Evanston" where community organizations share what they do and learn more about Rotary.


Thanks to Joe Flint and John Cahill for talking with the Club today about the important work of the Cradle adoption agency, based in Evanston since 1923.

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.

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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. 

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Ray Klinginsmith, Chairman, The Rotary Foundation
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Michael Vukelic
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