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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!
Race Director Lyle Staab led a recap and celebration of this year's Rotary Race for Charity at our meeting on October 11th. The highlight was the presentation of donations from the club to the four charities with continuous participation greater than five years, in appreciation of our enduring partnership. We reviewed the results of the survey sent out to participants, discussed what well well and could be improved, and were thanked for providing the opportunity the Race presents to small charities in the community. We were honored to be joined by representatives of four of our partner charities - Katie Lowitzki of Exodus World Service, Dave Charlton of the Christopher Steele Foundation, Susan Urbanski of the Mothers' Milk Bank, and Brenda Miller of the Riverside Foundation. Representatives of a number of our sponsors - Toyoda, Huber Financial, Historic Downtown Long Grove, Runners Hi 'n Tri, Associates for General Dentistry, and Riehn Insurance - were also in attendance. Thanks to all for their support and participation.

Robert Mintz and Jim Dopler just returned from our 2016 Dental Mission to the Dominican Republic.  The Mission was held at a parochial school in La Vega, Dominican Republic.  Other members of the team included Rotary members from the Cherry Creek, Colorado Rotary Club (Dr. Scott Johnson, Dr. Sarah Werner, Dr. William Bissell, Patty Nelson and her son JP) as well as from Scottsdale, AZ (Shirley Berk).  This group was supplemented by about 10 local Rotarians, several of which were also Dentists, as well as several volunteers from the school.  Still other Rotary volunteers helped out with all ground transportation.
La Vega is the third largest city in the Dominican Republic, originally founded by Christopher Columbus in the late 1400;s.  The metropolitan area has a population of nearly 250,000.  It also has a poverty rate exceeding 35%, far eclipsing that found in the United States.  Much of the local housing surrounding the school consisted of very small stucco type homes, mostly with metal roofs and dirt floors.
The team saw nearly 300 students over the course of the week, many requiring secondary visits during the week. The was the first time nearly all of the students had every received dental care.
The Rotarians set up a six chair dental clinic in the auditorium of the school.  Three chairs were used mostly for cleanings while the others were for more difficult dental procedures.
At the end of the trip, team members were invited to attend a weekly meeting of the local Rotary Club in La Vega, which has been in existence for 75 years.
Club flags were exchanged and Certificates of Appreciation were provided to team members.  Host Rotary members were also very gracious in opening their homes on two evenings and hosting dinners for team members.  Our thanks go out to PGD, Aura Basilis De Mena, for serving as our primary point of contact for the project in the Dominican Republic, and Robert Mintz, for arrangements for those coming from the U.S.
Next year, plans are already underway for a Dental Mission to Ecuador..

On Sunday evening, October 9th, The Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods hosted the weekly community dinner at Emmaus House in Lake Zurich.  The event was organized by Club President, Jim Dopler.  Other participating Club members included: Greg Cardelli, Bill Ferreira, Adam Keppel.  Spouses Marilyn Dopler and Christina Keppel also volunteered.  The dinner consisted of fried chicken, potato salad, dinner salad, several hot vegetables, coffee, lemonade, and assorted sweets..  This is the second time the Club has hosted the dinner this year.  Approximately 180 guests were served this week.

The Chicago Tribune posted the following article on-line today.
It should be hitting the hard copy newspapers within a few days.
Today was our major fundraising event of the year.  It was our 19th annual Rotary Race for Charity.  This year we had nine local charities participating and a host of local business sponsors.  We were all at the race site at 5:45 AM to continue preparations.  Sausages to be grilled.  Pancakes to be flipped.  Walk-ins to be processed.  Tablecloths and chairs to be made ready.  Tropihies to be lined up.  We weren't going to let a little rain spoil all of this fun.  For some early photos of the event, please go to the Facebook page of one of our sponsors, Chick-fil-A of Kildeer.  We're still tallying the results.  Thanks again to all of our sponsors, charities, walkers, runners, Rotarians and friends and family who made this another great event for the community!  Race results may be found at:

Thanks to Race Director, Lyle Staab, for coordinating and leading our Race Day Process Review meeting for this year.  Every year this meeting gives us a chance to review our processes with the charities one week before the Race.  This year we have eight returning charities and one new one.  This is always a great opportunity for our charities to get to know one another a little more in depth, and for us to answer any questions they may have.

A new bench has been ordered for the Foglia YMCA to install outdoors next to our Little Free Library.  It should be shipping and ready for installation by the end of October.

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