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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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Use your lunch-hour to gain valuable skills during this Rotary “Lunch and Learn” lecture!
 
SOCIAL MEDIA ETHICS 101
How to keep your company – and your employees –    on the social media high road
 
Thursday, November 20
Noon to 1:15 p.m.
1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston (corner of Grove and Sherman)
$15
 
Social media is vital to your company’s success.  But social media has blurred many boundaries in communications and the use of data – making it easy for ethical lapses or missteps to occur.  Ranging from breaches of confidentiality to conflicts of interest and the misuse of company resources, social media can bring pitfalls when used in the workplace. 
 
Learn how to avoid these and other issues from nationally recognized social media expert Mana Ionescu, president and  founder of Lightspan Digital, Chicago’s leading social media/digital marketing agency.
 
The presentation will include plenty of time for participant interaction and questions. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of Chicagoland’s top social media experts!
 
Use your lunch-hour to gain valuable skills during this Rotary “Lunch and Learn” lecture.
 
To register, please visit the link below:
 
 

 
The Rotary Club of Evanston is busy preparing for its annual Holiday Benefit, to be held Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Hilton Orrington Hotel, 1710 Orrington Ave. in Evanston.  The event, open to the public, begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Live music and silent and live auctions will also be featured. 

During this year's event, a special tribute will highlight not-for-profit organizations that are working to address violence in Evanston. Organizations being honored include the James B. Moran Center, Family Focus, Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.), YWCA Evanston/NorthShore, and Literature for All of Us. 
 
Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Evanston Charitable Fund, which supports these and other worthy programs in the community. Tickets are $75 prior to Dec. 1, $80 after Dec. 1 and $85 at the door. You can also purchase 4 or more tickets for $70 each. 
 
Rotarians are currently soliciting items from local merchants for the silent auction – a highlight of this popular event. Evanston merchants are encouraged to donate.  This year's auction will include free tickets to a wide variety of Chicagoland performance venues and restaurants, vacation getaways, art, jewelry and many other interesting and valuable items.

More than 100 people turned out for last year’s Benefit, which raised more than $10,000 to support charitable work in Evanston. 

To make reservations for the Benefit, contact Ada Kahn at 847-328-4512 or Mark Steele at 773-671-3460. 
 
 

 
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

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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Restoring vision to hundreds in China
Seeing an elderly Tibetan woman weep with joy when cataract surgery restored her vision after 10 years is the kind of moment Dave Razo will never tire of. For several summers Razo, a member of the Rotary Club of Warner Robins, Georgia, USA, traveled to rural northwest China with a team from Georgia-based nonprofit Gansu Inc., to provide free sight-restoring cataract surgery to some of the country's poorest residents. In 2012, after 22 years and 6,000 successful procedures, Gansu's founder, ophthalmologist William Conrad, retired and discontinued the organization's operations. But Razo didn't...
World Polio Day: Health officials laud polio eradication achievements, point to disease’s endgame
After a year of shrinking polio cases worldwide, the crippling disease is now on the cusp of being eradicated, said top health officials at Rotary's second annual World Polio Day event on 24 October. At a special Livestream program -- World Polio Day: Make History Today -- Rotary leaders joined global health experts and celebrity singers to hail the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. After nearly 30 years, the GPEI, which includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is on...
Dynamic young club uses social media to grow
Erin Mills had just finished teaching for the day in Montevideo, Uruguay, when her smartphone buzzed with a message. An impromptu gathering to watch Uruguay's World Cup soccer match was being organized. Through the power of a mobile messaging app, a majority of the Rotary Club of Plaza Matriz had soon assembled at a member's home to munch on baked goods and chips while rooting for their national team. That enthusiasm and ability to draw a crowd has made the club, which just received its charter in July, a success in the country's capital city. Made up almost entirely of young professionals,...
Previewing the World Polio Day Livestream event
Rotary celebrates World Polio Day on 24 October with a Livestream event featuring expert speakers and celebrity performers. Hosted by Time magazine science and technology editor Jeffrey Kluger, the Chicago event also includes a global status update on the fight to end polio and the challenges that remain, as well as information about joining Rotary's historic campaign. The program, being held before a live audience at 18:30 Chicago time (UTC-5), includes a performance from Tessanne Chin, 2013 winner of the TV show "The Voice," an introductory message and videotaped performance by reggae star...
Creating works of art helps refugee children repair their lives
When asked to describe his future, a refugee child from Iraq draws a picture of himself as a doctor. Another child uses colorful paints to depict happy memories of his former life in Iraq. Both children are among the 200,000 displaced Iraqis who now live in Jordan, a country that has become a safe haven for those fleeing oppression and war in neighboring Palestine, Syria, and Iraq. Alexandra Dawley, a former volunteer with the Collateral Repair Project in Jordan, emphasizes how something as simple as an art project can help young refugees adjust to their new lives in a foreign country. With...
 

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