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Lake Zurich

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:15 PM
Foglia YMCA
1025 N. Old McHenry Rd.
Lower Level
Lake Zurich, IL  60047
United States
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Please join Lake Zurich Rotary for a fun night of bowling, buffet dinner and raffles to benefit local Rotary scholarships and our effort to end polio worldwide.
The event will happen on Friday May 20,.starting at 6 p.m. at Sideouts, 4018 Roberts Rd Island Lake.
Tickets are just $35 per person for dinner, 3 games and shoes. Bring a team of five or just sign up and we'll put you on a team. Children may attend and bowl.
It doesn't matter if you are a good bowler or if you are definitely not. Many of us are definitely not, but we have a lot of fun.  There will also be a raffle and lots of prizes.
We hope to see you there!



More than Just Beautiful: Promoting World Peace Through Cranes
Hall Healy, former chairman of the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI, is trying to save rare crane species in North Korea by training farmers to plant sustainable crops and give the leftovers to the craines.  His talk, "An Alternative to Nukes on the Korean Peninsula" will show how volunteerism and a small amount of funding can have a big impact on the environment.
Healy will talk about the International Crane Foundation crane habitat restoration and sustainable farming project that has been going on since 2008. This is the kind of project can be used to help improve dialogue between countries like North and South Korea an promote Rotary's ideal of world peace.
Healy, a resident of Glencoe, was the chairman of the International Crane Foundation from 2010 to 2014.  The Foundation is dedicated to preserving the fifteen species of cranes and their habitats on five continents.

This Friday, May 29, members will be attending the District Conference Foundation Luncheon at the Marriott Lincolnshire.  To register, use this link:
The Club will reimburse members who attend.

Invite your friends and colleagues who can't come to our noon meetings!
“The Secrets of Great Grilling”
Presented by the grill experts from Weber Grill
7:30 a.m.
Friday April 22, 2016
A special morning meeting of the
Lake Zurich Rotary Club
at Foglia YMCA
1025 N. Old McHenry Rd.
Lake Zurich
For more information:

Noel Ilkow of Nonie's Bees in Crystal Lake will be speaking to us on Friday April 15 about bees and why we should care about them.  (Hint: they are essential to our food supply.)  
Noel’s love of bees began when her grandfather would take her to visit his bee yard located in the valley below their home.  Many years later a friend of Noel’s gave her a bee hive and her love of bees and the family legacy was reborn.  Noel now has 10 hives, four of which are located on an organic farm in Wisconsin.   
For Noel, the best part of bee keeping is being able to educate people, especially young people, about the importance of bees, the fragility of the bee population, how the bees impact the health of our earth, and what we can do to help our bees survive.  It is with this new-found knowledge she hopes to foster the next generation of bee keepers.   
In 2016, Noel is embarking on an ambitious program to distribute 10,000 bee blossom seed bombs.  Seed bombs are a simple gardening solution to grow indigenous pollinating plants. The motto of this program is “Let’s help save the bees so they can help save the world.” 

LZ Rotary Goes to the Dogs: Green Pup Shelter to Visit Friday
Anne Donnell's pup, Bella, pictured above, was adopted from Green Pup Shelter.  The founder of Green Pup will be speaking at our meeting Friday and bringing Bella and other dogs to show us.  
The shelter is called Green Pup because their motto is "Adopt a Recycled Dog."  Founded just over two years ago, it is staffed by all volunteers and relies on foster homes to socialize the dogs while they wait for their new homes.
Green Pup was a recent winner of the Trib Local Charity of Choice award.  It is a non-profit no-kill dog rescue.

Forest Preserve Executive to Speak at Lake Zurich Rotary Friday
Rebekah Synder, chief development officer of the Lake County Forest Preserves will speak to the Lake Zurich Rotary Club on Friday. Synder’s talk, “The Value of the Forest Preserves” will trace how Lake County residents came to have 30,700 acres of open space to enjoy. 
The Forest Preserves also manages  202 miles of multi-use trails, fishing ponds and lakes, public access to the Fox River and Lake Michigan, four public golf courses, and award winning educational, recreational and cultural opportunities for all ages. Each year more than 3.5 million enjoy the preserves or benefit from programs, even after eight years of declining public funds.  She'll tell us how they've managed to thrive by being economical with taxpayer dollars.
Synder, who works to attract private, non-profit and corporate funds to the Forest Preserves, has worked for the county since 2012.  She has also worked for the Nature Conservancy and the Chicago Botanical Gardens.  

Congressman Peter Roskam to Speak to Lake Zurich Rotary Club Friday
Please join us for an informative overview by Rep. Roskam of what's going on in Washington DC these days, followed by questions and answers.  It promises to be a lively session as the Congressman delves into the how Washington really works. Please let us know if you will be bringing friends. 

Fitness Trainer to Speak on Looking and Feeling Better!
On February 19 at 12:15 p.m. at the Foglia YMCA, Sean Lee, CEO of Restoration Fitness in Lake Zurich, will give us 16 strategies to lose weight and feel better for life.  Sean has been training people in the Lake Zurich area for the past 15 years and is a Certified Personal Trainer and popular motivational speaker.  "I have helped hundreds of Lake Zurich area residents reach their fitness goals using my simple lifestyle approach," says Sean.  "I think many people would be surprised at how some of the 'healthy' foods we eat are really not good for us."  Lunch, of course, is included.  A healthy fish dish for Lent will be served!
Grand Opening at State Farm Insurance
Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening Celebration for State Farm Trung Thai Agency
Thursday, February 18
12 pm
Come join the celebration!
(Note: Trung will be donating a big brag in exchange for this notice.  The executive board has decided that any member who has news may do the same in future issues of the bulletin.)


Special Olympics Ambassador to Speak at Lake Zurich Rotary
On Friday February 12, Special Olympics Ambassador Brent Kampert will talk to Rotarians in Lake Zurich about his experiences as a Special Olympics champion.  Jackie Hauswirth, Progam Manager will also talk about the annual Special Olympics preliminary state competition at Lake Zurich High School on May 1.
Lake Zurich Rotary will be in charge of the event’s softball and tennis ball throw for the third straight year.  Volunteers from the community are also invited to participate.  More than 200 Special Olympians participate in the event and are awarded prizes in a wide variety of throwing events.

Motivating Millennials
Courtney Quigley helped to organize her fellow students at Barrington High School to help people living near a dump in Guatamala.  On Friday, she'll talk to the Lake Zurich Rotary about motivating Millennials.  According to Courtney, the intersection of personal passions and compassion is important to everyone. However, the Millennial generation seems to have taken a unique liking to this intersection and this talk will give the tools to partner and engage Millennials with any organization, business or non-profit.

Will you help Lake Zurich Rotary get a District Grant?
One person from each club is required to attend this seminar each year in order to qualify for a District Grant.  Will you go?  The good news: the training will be much more interactive and engaging than it has been in the past.  Note: even if you have qualified to do this in the past, you must quality again by attending the seminar.
Here's the info:
Saturday Feb. 6
9 a.m. - Noon
Wojcik Conference Center at Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Road
RSVP at: (Hit the Member button in the upper left hand corner)
Find out how to grow our membership
Membership does not only mean getting new members but how we are engaging the members we have.  Come to the seminar and see what is new with membership engagement & recruitment.  This seminar will be at the same time and place as the Grant Management seminar.
Saturday Feb. 6
9 a.m. - Noon
Wojcik Conference Center at Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Road
RSVP at:​ (Send Julie Clark an email to RSVP by clicking her link in the upper right corner.)


Self Defense Expert to Speak

On Friday January 15, self-defense expert Joe Rosner will speak at our meeting.  Rosner specializes in helping businesses deal with workplace violence.  He also teaches individual simple techniques for personal protection.  He will demostrate some of those techniques at the meeting, which will take place at Foglia YMCA, 1025 N. Old McHenry Rd., Lake Zurich.
Rosner is a director of Best Defense USA and a nationally-recognized expert on workplace safety and personal protection techniques.  He has delivered his entertaining presentation to audiences as varied as Boy Scouts of America and the National Association of Realtors.
Businesspeople in the Lake Zurich area are invited to attend the meeting, free of charge.

Field Trip Friday!
To check out another possible meeting spot, we will be meeting at American Chartered Bank, Village Square Shopping Center, 459 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich, in the conference room this Friday.  This will is a business meeting so bring anything you need to discuss.  P.S. Book distribution will be on December 10 because of...

Lake Zurich Rotary 2015 Halloween Bash -- Prom Night!
Sponsored by Ahlgrim Funeral Home, Lake Zurich, and Barrington Bank & Trust
On Saturday, October 24, join the Lake Zurich Rotary Club for the best prom ever. Now's your chance to prom any which way you want and have a lot of fun.  Alex and the Allstars will provide the high-energy tunes. Dinner, drinks, dancing, prizes, and laughs are on tap, too.
Costumes are optional, but we hope you'll come dressed for your prom of choice...the elegant belle of the ball?  Carrie, all covered in blood? The class clown?  A handsome vampire?  Use your imagination or come as you are.  
When?  Saturday October 24, 6 p.m.
Where?  Columbus Centre Banquets, 365 Surryse Rd., Lake Zurich
Cost?  $35 per person, $65 per couple, includes dinner
Lake Zurich Rotary members are also selling tickets. Contact or 847-340-0262 for more information.  
See you at Prom!

Join Us: Roadside Cleanup This Friday, Noon
Meet us at the parking lot at the Jewel on Ela Road to help us clean up our roadside -- Ela from Rt. 22 to Cuba Road. Wear sturdy shoes and work gloves.  The work goes very fast and then we'll meet at DiPiero's afterward for pizza and snacks.

Mike Quigley to Give Update on Rotary Guatamala Project

Mike Quigley from the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club will visit this Friday, September 25, to give us an update on the school project in Guatamala that our fundraising helps to support.


Ret. Col. Jill Morgenthaler to Speak on Leadership

On September 18, Retired Army Colonel Jill Morgenthaler will speak to the club about her new book, The Courage to Take Command: Leadership Lessons from a Military Trailblazer. Colonel Morgenthaler will pass along  leadership lessons drawn from her three decades of military service--from her first days in ROTC to combat in some of the world's most dangerous war zones. Ironically, the military taught her that leadership isn’t about "command and control." Rather, it requires a fine balance of reason and emotion, distance and familiarity, hard and soft power.
The Courage to Take Command provides the strategies and tactics you need to follow through with your leadership vision, inspire your team, and execute your mission―even when the odds may seem overwhelming.
Col. Morgenthaler was the first woman battalion commander in the 88th Regional Support Command; she was the first woman brigade commander in the 84th Division; and she was the first female Homeland Security Advisor for the State of Illinois. The Colonel handled disaster recovery during the San Francisco earthquake, worked as a peacekeeper in Bosnia, and sheltered Kosovar refugees. For her leadership performance in Iraq in 2004, she received the Bronze Star.  Plus, she was invited to give a TED talk on her book, a great honor.  Watch it at:

Some days, you just would rather stay in bed, right?  On Friday, Roberta Smith, Ela Township’s Clinical Social Worker, will speak to Lake Zurich Rotary Club members on how to make sure you always feel prepared to do great things, in spite of your mood.
Smith offers a support group by the same name at Ela Township for people coping with depression, anxiety, anger, stress or other mood difficulties.  At the Friday luncheon, she will concentrate on aspects of cognitive behavior therapy that help with mood and how different thoughts on same event cause different emotions and actions.
Smith is employed by Ela Township to help township residents with difficult personal and family situations.  She also has a private social work practice in Cary, Illinois.


(l-r) Sarah Applebey, Maggie Hilton, Sarah Miller, Tyler Shadrick, Ethan Honegger, Connor Dickson, Lake Zurich Rotary Club president David Wheelock

The Lake Zurich Rotary Club welcomed all six scholarship winners and a parent at lunch last Friday at the Holiday Inn Express in Lake Zurich.  Winners were chosen based on their plans for furthering their education and their community service activities during high school. Unlike traditional scholarships, several Lake Zurich Rotary scholarships were given for two-year college educations.
Scholarship winners were:
  • Sarah Applebey, who graduated from the College of Lake County and plans to attend Lake Forest College in neuroscience
  • Maggie Hilton, a Lake Zurich High School graduate, who will attend Carroll College in physical therapy
  • Sarah Miller, Lake Zurich High School, who will attend community college in business
  • Connor Dickson, Lake Zurich High School, who will attend the University of Illinois in astrophysics
  • Tyler Shadrick, Lake Zurich High School, who will attend Miami University of Ohio in business economics
  • Eric Honegger, Lake Zurich High School, who will attend the University of Illinois in materials science.
Rotary Club president David Wheelock congratulated the students and expressed confidence that they would succeed in all their plans.  "This is a really excellent group of scholarship winners," he said, "and we are very proud of them."




Please join Lake Zurich Rotary for a fun night of bowling, buffet dinner and raffles to benefit local Rotary scholarships and our effort to end polio worldwide.
The event will happen on Friday May 20,.starting at 6 p.m. at Sideouts, 4018 Roberts Rd Island Lake.
Tickets are just $35 per person for dinner, 3 games and shoes. Bring a team of five or just sign up and we'll put you on a team. Children may attend and bowl.
It doesn't matter if you are a good bowler or if you are definitely not. Many of us are definitely not, but we have a lot of fun.  There will also be a raffle and lots of prizes.
We hope to see you there!



On Sunday, May 1, the Rotary Club of Lake Zurich will be sponsoring the Tennis Ball/Softball Throw for the Special Olympics Area 13 Spring Games at Lake Zurich High School.  The Lake Zurich Rotary Club will be supplying all the volunteers to run that event.
So, if you haven't already signed up, you are welcome to join the club at 8:30 a.m. at the field east of the stadium.  Please contact to volunteer.  Volunteers will guide the athletes to their competition areas, measure throws and retrieve balls. Youth ages 14 and above, as well as adults, may volunteer.
Athletes compete in divisions by gender and ability levels.  To compete in the Special Olympics Illinois Area Spring Games, athletes must train for eight weeks. Athletes who win a gold medal at these Area games qualify to compete in the Special Olympics Illinois State Summer Games to be held June 12-14.

Desmond Clark, former NFL tight-end for the Chicago Bears, member of the team from 2003 to 2011, will be speaking to our club Friday March 20, 2015 at 12:15 p .m.
 His talk is based on his playing days as well as those that came before and after. “Stand On Your Principles,” is an inspirational message that those who excel in spite of those trials and tribulations have a purpose and a plan, backed by passion that is executed through principle.
Clark is a financial adviser for Wayne Messmer and Associates and founded a tutoring and mentoring program for boys.  He had his own sports radio show and gives insprirational talks throughout the country.


Do you know of any outstanding high school students who could benefit from developing their leadership skills?  If so, encourage  them to apply for sponsorship by your Rotary Club for one of the two Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) retreats being held March 12 - 15 and April 16 - 19 2015.

Student feedback on this experience is always outstanding.

Click Here for RYLA Application. Sponsorship fee is $325 per student if registered and paid before February 15th, and $350 thereafter.  Lake Zurich Rotary Club covers the cost for five students per year!


This Friday, January 16, Sandy Sullivan will speak to the Lake Zurich Rotary Club about her experiences working for Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers and how his philosophy of “It ain’t over until it’s over” influenced her life.  Her book, Green Bay Love Stories, has been acknowledged as a significant historical account of the Packers Glory Years and the foreword is written by Packers Hall of Fame great, Paul Hornung.
A reviewer said: “It is doubtful if another woman has so openly and boldly shared with us her personal and private experiences with a professional football team. In fact, few women have had the opportunity or ability to fit in with the "guys" and create friendships which have endured for a lifetime.”
Sandy Sullivan, a life-long Wisconsin resident, is a teacher, businesswoman and motivational speaker.  Copies of her book, some signed by Green Bay Packers greats, will be on sale at the Rotary meeting.
The Lake Zurich Rotary Club meets at 12:15 p.m. on Fridays for lunch at the Holiday Inn Express, 197 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich.

     Friday November 14, 2014:  Melanie Santostefano will speak at the Lake Zurich Rotary Club.


In the presentation, Promoting Your Organization in the Digital World, Melanie Santostefano of Vicarious Productions will demonstrate how to utilize online media platforms by way of contributing UGC – otherwise known as User Generated Content.

Media platforms that will be addressed will include community contribution sections of the Trib Local, Daily Herald and

Best practices for utilizing Social Media platforms to further increase the impact and reach of UGC also will be touched on, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Melanie Santostefano has a close to 15 year background working in radio broadcasting and writing for news wire services and web-based media. She is the founder and president of Vicarious Productions, Inc. a marketing communications firm that provides writing services, public relations and social media management for clients throughout the Chicagoland area.





If you were poor, would you buy books or food?  Exactly.  So, every month, the Lake Zurich Rotary Club gives away gently used childrens' and aduits' books at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Lake Zurich, to feed minds.

Last month, Rotarians gave away almost 300 books to kids at the Food Pantry.  So the Club needs more.  If you have books they no longer need or want, the Club will accept them as tax-deductible donations.  Just indicate with your donation if you want a receipt.

Rotary Club members will pick up your donations from you if you send an email to  Or you may drop them off at R Professional Group, 535 Telser Road, Lake Zurich.  You may leave them at the door anytime, even if the business is closed. 

Or bring them to a Rotary Club meeting, Fridays, 12:15 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 195 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich.  You can even join us for lunch.


Image                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On On October 17, the Lake Zurich Rotary Club will be hearing from Mayor Tom Poynton of Lake Zurich and the village manager, Jason Slowinski, about the home rule referendum that will be on the November ballot.  They'll also to talk about how that might impact businesses in town.  This is an important topic and all business owners in the area are urged to attend.





This Friday, August 22, the Lake Zurich Rotary Club will welcome Pete Barber,business development specialist at Costco Wholesale in Lake Zurich.  Barber plans to talk about the Costco business model and how it has created strong growth and low turnover for the company.  He'll also tell the story of how Costco was able to succeed in the competitive retail space and what the future holds for consumers.

The Lake Zurich Rotary Club meets at 12:15 for lunch every Friday at the Holiday Inn Express, 197 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich.  (Behind Sonic.)  The first lunch for propective members is on us!



My Year of Beds Author to speak to Lake Zurich Rotary Friday

Image            Annette Jahnel, the South African author of My Year of Beds, is visiting the Lake Zurich Rotary Club on Friday as part of her world book tour.  She was the first woman to circle the globe by car and the book is her tale of the people she met, the traffic jams she endured, and the beds she occupied, mostly in private homes.

            “My purpose was - and is - to keep people aware of the fact that in spite of many interesting (and sometimes conflicting) differences... we remain a single family on a very small planet.”  She has spoken at many Rotary Clubs because her philosophy is very simiar to the Rotarian way of thinking.

            Her presentation is part travelogue, part motivational speech.  “If you’ve ever dreamed about stepping out into a real life adventure – but never quite found the time,” Annette says, “I invite you to join the quest.”

            The Lake Zurich Rotary Club meets on Fridays for lunch at 12:15 at the Holiday Inn Express, 195 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich.  First-time guests eat for free.



Do you know of any outstanding high school students who could benefit from developing their leadership skills?  If so, encourage  them to apply for sponsorship by your Rotary Club for one of the two Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) retreats being held March 12 - 15 and April 16 - 19.

Student feedback on this experience is always outstanding.

Click Here for RYLA Application. Sponsorship fee is $325 per student if registered and paid before February 15th, and $350 thereafter.  Lake Zurich Rotary Club covers the cost for five students per year!



Wouldn't It Be SomethingThis Friday, our speaker will be Dennis Depcek, author of "Wouldn't it Be Something," based on the letters he and his wife exchanged during WWII.  He also talks about how writing can help people deal with problems and loss, which all of us experience.  Many Rotary Clubs have had Dennis as a guest speaker who enjoyed his presentation of a memorable love story.



If the impImageossible suddenly seemed possible, would that help you solve your problems?  According to magician and business consultant Jeff Scanlan, solving both business and personal problems begins with adjusting your mindset so you can think more creatively and challenge your assumptions.  Scanlan will share his insights at the Friday lunch meeting of the Lake Zurich Rotary Club this week.

Scanlan is a motivational speaker, sports magician and an expert in "Impossible Bottles."  He'll show us how it's possible to put a baseball, a deck of cards and a wide variety of other objects into bottles that look too small to receive them.  How's that for impossible?

The Lake Zurich Rotary Club will meet this Friday at 12:15 at the Holiday Inn Express, 195 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich.  Guests are welcome to come for lunch.


The St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry is understaffed and is in need of volunteers to help distribute food every Thursday nite from 6:15-8:30 p.m.  Give an hour or work until closing whenever you have time.  This is not a weekly commitment unless you chose to do so -- all of the time you give is appreciated.  


KIVA is an organization dedicated to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.  The Lake Zurich Rotary Club is a proud sponsor of several business' in Africa.  To learn more about KIVA, visit or contact Larry Ginsberg at 847-975-4525.

INTERACT is a group of over 120 Lake Zurich High School students who participate in service projects throughout the year.  To learn more, logon to LZHS Interact Club or contact June Fournier.

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