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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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.