President's Message
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On Friday, April 29th, several Club members attended the Memorial Service for Founding Club Member, Jim Runnfeldt.  Those attending included Jim Dopler, Lyle Staab, Ryan Birch, George Dorner, Bill Ferreira, Sara Knight, Aaron Underwood (and Angie), and Lucy Adduci.  Former Club member Wally Fricker and his wife even came down to join us from Galena, IL.  Numerous other Rotary members from around the Chicago area were also on hand.  The service was held in the Chapel at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, where Jim was a long time member and a volunteer.  There were over 100 friends and family in attendance.  Three of those attending were invited to speak as part of the program.  Jim's son was the first speaker to give everyone some insight into the family man.  Bill Ferreira was next up, to provide some perspective on Jim's involvement in Rotary for much of his life.  And finally, a member of Willow Creek Hospitality ministry was asked to speak, representing one of the many volunteer teams that Jim served on at the church.  At this morning's breakfast meeting, Bill Ferreira added that perhaps the best way we can all honor Jim is to keep the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods a vibrant, service oriented Club in the communities we serve.  Jim certainly gave us all a good example to follow.  

Several of our Club members were brave enough to ignore the forecast for rain on Sunday, May 1st, and participate in our Spring Roadside Clean Up project along Route 83 in Long Grove.  Current members Andrew Keppel, Robert Mintz, Ryan Birch, and Aaaron Underwood were joined by prospective new member Greg Cardelli.  No "treasures" were found this year, but it allowed some great quality time for the guys.  Thanks to all of you for helping to keep our community looking so good.  This effort is done several times per year by our Club as part of the State's "Adopt A Highway" program.

Rotarian Ross Spencer, back from his winter hideaway in Florida, filled us in on one of our favorite charity's activities.
Advocate Health Care's Health enews posted an article on Barb Weber, the Chief Operating Officer of Lutheran General Hospital, who founded Barb's Precious Rescue and Adoption Center.  We're honored to have Barb's Precious Rescue return to this year's Rotary Race for Charity.  See

Thanks to Jon Jansky for extending our recent Pet Food Drive into March.  Last Saturday he made a special delivery of donated cat food and cat supplies to Barb's Precious Rescue in Palatine.  This weekend, Jon dropped off the dog related items at Jim Dopler's house, where they were collected by Foster 2 Home on Sunday..  Thanks again to Jon and his peers at Morgan Stanley in Deerfield for making this project a success.


Jim Runnfeldt, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods, lifelong Rotarian, friend to many, and loving father, passed away on April 13th.  His daughter Kelly asked us to share the following message with his Rotary family:

Hello Everyone,

Jay and I wanted to let you all know that Dad passed away peacefully last night.  
As many of you know, his cancer had become incredibly aggressive and he was admitted to the ICU at the University of Chicago two weeks ago.  He was moved to the Marshak Family Hospice Care Center in Glenview this past weekend where the family was able to spend quality time with him before he passed.
We feel very fortunate for the care that he received, especially with hospice, as the people that surrounded us his last few days allowed us all to feel at peace.
The visitation and memorial will take place on Friday, April 29th in the Chapel at Willow Creek Community Church located at 67 E. Algonquin Road, South Barrington, IL 60010.
Visitation: 9:00AM - 10:45AM 
Memorial Service: 11:00AM 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rotary International, see attachment, or Willow Creek Community Church 67 E. Algonquin Road, South Barrington, IL 60010 with James H. Runnfeldt noted in the memo.
Please feel free to forward on this email.
We thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time,
Jay Runnfeldt and Kelly Zima 
Kelly Zima
Jay Runnfeldt


Fran Lagno, a Rotary Youth Exchange student from Chile attending Buffalo Grove High School, was our speaker at the meeting on April 5th. She told us about Chile and her home town, displayed her Fiestas Patrias cueca dress, and shared her experiences in the Exchange program. Fran will join the other 10 Rotary Youth Exchange incoming students in entertaining the attendees of the District Conference banquet on April 30th.

Fran is sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Buffalo Grove and Wheeling. She was accompanied by Martha Weiss, Buffalo Grove Rotarian and exchange coordinator.



Our program of March 15th on the new Primrose School of Long Grove, which will open this summer, featured owner Rich Wierzchon and school director Sarah Simon. They were joined by Village President (and honorary Club member) Angie Underwood, and by Ryan Messner and John Kopecky of the Historic Downtown Long Grove Association.

Angie's blog, "Life in Long Grove", mentioned the visit and detailed how Primrose plans to serve the community's children and make a difference in this area. Check it out: And join the notification list for Angie's blog, to get her reports on developments in the community.

Thanks, Rich and Sarah!


Club Meeting Info

We meet Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
Village Pizza and BBQ
235 Robert Parker Coffin Rd
(Mill Pond Way)
Long Grove, IL  60047
United States
Venue Map
May 10, 2016
Neil Perlman (Ferreira) FF:Cruickshank: RM:Vallely
Building Awareness of Lynch Syndrome
May 17, 2016
Ryan Messner (Stein) F&F: TBD, RM: Barbour
Developments at the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association
May 31, 2016
Jun 07, 2016
Donn Ziebell (Keppel) F&F: Mintz, RM: Birch
Donn will speak about his book Conceal Carry: Pause and the experiences that went into it.
Jun 14, 2016
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