President's Message
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We just received the following letter from a former Rotary Scholar.  Jean-Noel is now the Chief Financial Officer for Aqua-Lung International Inc.  Clearly, Rotary and the kindness of our departed friend Jim Runnfeldt made a difference in his life.  We've passed this on to Jim's children, Kelly and Jay.  
My mail will probably surprise you, but I felt you and the Rotary club you are managing deserves it and probably for a long time …
I have been honored to be a Rotary Scholar in 1988-89, when I finished my studies at Northwestern doing a Master of science in Geotechnics. I was appointed Jim R. as a main contact for the year I spent in Evanston. Even probably your club or the district sponsored me, I do not remember precisely how it worked at that time.
In this context I had the extreme pleasure to meet Jim and his family, enjoyed visiting Rotary clubs around together with Jim. We travelled together north of Chicago in his family home in the lovely countryside, I met his family many times, his mother and enjoyed meeting with all when I visited Jim a few years after I graduated.
A quarter of a century later I have been offered a position to work in San Diego. When I came back on US territory I tried in March 2016 to establish contact with Jim. I left messages on his phone which by chance did not change for years … But no response until I looked deeper on internet and found that he passed away the same month! I felt a little bit orphan that day! Jim has been such of a great support, always enthusiastic about helping the others and establishing new contacts.
I just wanted to share this thoughts with you. I would also be very happy if you could help me to get in contact with his son or daughter. If I have the chance to go back in northern Illinois I will let know and if possible be happy you to join one of your weekly meeting.
I wish you, all Rotary members and the Jim’s Family and excellent 2017 year.
Jean-Noel Picard
DO YOU KNOW AN OUTSTANDING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT? Then nominate them to attend RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. It’s directed at high school students who could benefit from realizing their potential.
Thousands of young people around the world participate in this program, which emphasizes leadership skills, personal development, and citizenship. Our local RYLA is an all-expense paid, three day camp for talented young people across northern Illinois. There are two sessions in early 2017: March 9-12 and April 6-9.
Our Club is hoping to sponsor at least three young people this year. Without exception, the students we’ve sent previously return motivated and grateful. All we ask is that they attend one of our meetings to tell us about their experience.
If you'd like to learn more, see the brochure and video at And if you'd like to apply, we ask you to download our Club's form at
Applications should be submitted by the end of January, but we will consider those received after that date.
This year, our Rotary Club is participating for the first time in the Adopt-A-Family Program through Christopher House in Chicago.  The Club has adopted a family of four, and several other Club members have adopted families of 2, 3, and 5 family members.  Jim and Marilyn Dopler purchased gifts for the Club sponsored family.  The Club is also funding a rental truck to deliver packages to Christopher House in downtown Chicago in early December.  Thanks to Ross Spencer for bringing this area charity to our attention.
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods, Jim and Marilyn Dopler delivered 200 pounds of Butterball turkeys to St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods.  The food will be used for their upcoming Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner, which last year served over 125 local residents.  Jim Dopler also helped out in the kitchen on Tuesday with preparation of some side dishes to go along with the traditional Holiday meal.  He also brought along ten assorted pumpkin, apple and pecan pies to add to the dessert table.  These were also sponsored by the Club.

Nice notes from our Rotary Race for Charity partners the Christopher Steele Foundation and Exodus World Service thanking us for the donations we made to them in appreciation for 10 years participation. You're very welcome - and thank you for making the Race a success!

In addition, the Christopher Steele Foundation posted an article on its website about the Race. Check it out at….

Buffalo Creek Brewing locates in former Studio of Long Grove. 
We get the lowdown from the Owner/ Brewmaster.
Mike Marr, who lives in Vernon Hills, is about to realize his dream of establishing a craft brewery, and it's right in our back yard. Mike spoke to us at our weekly Tuesday meeting on November 15.
Mike Marr, Bill Ferreira, and Josh Czarnik at Joanie's Pizza on Tuesday.
Thanks to our Rotary Club members who rose bright and early last Saturday morning to take part in our semi-annual Roadside Cleanup project.  Sara Knight, Immediate Past President and Community Service Chair brought the donuts.  Others participating included: Robert Mintz, Ed Vallely, Howard Michael, and Adam Keppel.  Our Club has adopted one mile of Rt 83 near The Grove Country Club in Long Grove.  It's often interesting the types of items the Club finds during these roadside cleanups.  We'll check for an update at our weekly meeting on Tuesday morning.
Thanks to Karl Riehn, and his wife, Marlene, for hosting our first End Polio Now Dinner for the 2016-2017 Rotary Year.  The Riehn's welcomed Club members to their home to enjoy a traditional German style dinner..  Those attending included: Jim Dopler and his wife, Marilyn; Don Biciste and his wife, Jan; Lyle Staab; Adam Keppel and his wife, Christina, and Dr. Ed Vallely, and his wife,.  Great friends, great food, and a great cause!
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