President's Message
What's Happening?
Please follow this link to the Facebook page of one of our Charities for 2016, PADS, Lake County.
Please check their listing in June, advertising their upcoming participation in our event. 

We were honored to have distinguished visitors at our meeting on July 12th.  Charter member Bill Schwartz, back from Australia and now living in Arizona, and 1998 inductee Prem Advani, who lives in Florida, were in town and joined us for breakfast.  Each gave us a few words on what they've been up to.  They were able to hear a great presentation by Ciri Stom on the efforts by her family to make a difference in memory of her sons who died of drug overdoses,  We wish luck to the Jeremy Stom Remembrance Foundation.  


Congratulations to new President Jim Dopler and his leadership team on their installation on June 28th. We're looking forward to another productive and fun filled year, working together.
From left: Installing Officer, Club Member, and Past District Governor Bill Ferreira; newly installed President Jim Dopler; and members of the Board.



This week, new member Greg Cardelli spent some time going over his biography for us.  It included his background in Accounting, his family in Hawthorn Woods, and a unique assortment of family pets.  Thanks Greg, for sharing your life story.  Our second presenter of the day was Lyle Staab, with an update on the Rotary Race for Charity,  New marketing materials have been created for this year, as well as a redesigned front end website.  Most tasks are well underway.  We have nine charities on board so far for this year, and are hoping for one or two more.  We are still soliciting sponsors for the event, so please keep Robert Mintz informed of your efforts in this area.

I'm not sure where to begin to say "Thank You" to Lyle Staab for completely redesigning the front end to our Race website.  Everything flows beautifully.  The new HOME page is attention grabbing with photos that really capture the feel of the event.  You can now directly link to our sponsor and charity websites as well.  We also need to thank Aaron Underwood for continuing to maintain the back end custom Registration system.  I know lots of hours go into keeping our Race application vibrant and ready for another year.  Check it out at
Great Job guys!  

Thanks to everyone who came out to help prepare and serve dinner on Sunday evening at Emmaus House in Lake Zurich.  Participating Club members included: Jim Dopler, (Marilyn Dopler), Lyle Staab, Jon Jansky, Ed CruickshanK, (Stephanie Cruickshank) and Bill Ferreira.  The meal consisted of Fried chicken, peas, corn, potato salad, pasta salad, garden salad, veggie tray, coffee, and lemonade.  We had over 170 guests attending, which one of the highest headcounts of the year.  Emmaus House does a tremendous job of servicing those in need of food in Lake County.  They host this Sunday evening meal every week, along with a food pantry of donations from local food stores including Jewel, Marianno's, PeaPod, etc.  A core group of church volunteers has been running the program for more than ten years.  Emmaus House is a ministry of St. Francis de Sales Catholic church.  This is the third time our Rotary Club has sponsored the meal.  The Rotary Club of Lake Zurich also sponsors the meal several times per year.

Our Rotary Club completed its most recent project this past week with the installation of a new Little Free Library (LFL) at the Community Park in Hawthorn Woods.  The park is located at the northwest corner of Quentin and Old McHenry Roads.  The LFL, which is located between the pavilion and the children's playground, is in the shape of a rustic red barn, selected to match the style of the nearby Village Hall and Administrative Center.  The LFL was stocked with books generously donated by Club members over the past several weeks.  The Project was initiated by Club Secretary and President-Elect Jim Dopler with additional design and construction assistance from Don Biciste.  Installation work was completed by the Village of Hawthorn Woods.  Club members will all have a chance to view the new LFL later this summer when the Club sponsors one of the Concerts in the Park on August 5th.This is the second LFL donated by the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods.  The first was installed last year at the Foglia YMCA in Lake Zurich.  

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