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A few names you don’t know:
Harry Ruggles, a printer and fifth member of Rotary introduced singing to Rotary.
Oscar Bjorge, of the Duluth club, redesigned the Rotary wheel and inserted a keyway so the wheel will not spin freely because ‘we are workers, not idlers’.
Sylvia Whitlock was the first woman president of any Rotary club. She was from Duarte, California, the first club to induct women.
Daniel Cady of the Rotary Club of New York was the keynote speaker at the first Rotary Convention and forecasted 1,000 clubs in 80 years’. We reached that goal in eleven years.
Astronaut Frank Borman took his club banner around the moon. He was a member of the Space Center Houston club.
Confucius once said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness." Although the Chinese philosopher died nearly 2,400 years before Rotary was founded, RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang calls him "the world's first Rotarian." Inspired by his teachings, Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15.
"There are so many problems in the world, so many people that need help. Many people say, 'There's nothing I can do.' So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark," Huang told the 537 district governors and their spouses and partners who are attending the 2014 International Assembly in San Diego, California.
"The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world," said Huang, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei in Taiwan.
After announcing his theme at the opening session of the five-day training meeting, Huang urged club members to Light Up Rotary in the coming year by hosting a Rotary Day in their community and including local Rotaract and Interact members in their service projects.
Cheers for holiday cheer!
With holiday entertainment from the Glenbrook North Express and a surprise visit from S.C.!
Rotary 800 is our club's annual major fund-raising (and fun-raising) event. On November 4, 2013, our raffle and auction benefited the Northbrook Rotary Charitable Projects Foundation while attendees watched the Bears-Packers Monday Night Football game.
Even after the writer joined a Rotary Club several months ago, he wasn’t sure just what to think. The average age of our active club members—judging by appearances—is north of 65. The image of a bunch of senior men—with a few younger women and a smattering of guys who still have hair that isn’t all gray—singing the National Anthem and reciting the pledge of allegiance seemed a throwback to a time before he was even born.
Are you ready for Rotary? Northbrook Rotary is ready for you! Rotary is an organization of business and professional men and women united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Membership in the Northbrook Rotary Club evidences a commitment to Service Above Self and offers a number of benefits, including
- Supporting change within the community
- Advancing business and professional contacts
- Developing leadership skills
- Having an impact on international humanitarian issues.
From April through June 2013, we had some dynamic speakers, including some of our own members, and an evening "fireside chat" where President-Elect Dave Masters shared his vision for the 2013-2014 Rotary year.
The Rotary Club Locator app helps you find a Rotary club meeting when you're on the go.
- The "Near Me" search locates clubs within a physical radius of 100 miles. (Note: Actual driving distances may be further.)
- A keyword search for clubs. This search looks for the keyword in either the club name or meeting location address. This is useful for finding clubs that are outside of the 100-mile radius from your current location.
- A map showing a club's location and driving directions
- The ability to save search results to a list of favorite clubs
- The ability to add a club to your phone's contact list
- The club's website and primary phone number, if available
- A search function to find clubs by district
We greatfully recognize the work of our esteemed Newsletter Editors, Ron Dahlquist and Gayle Curcio. Thank you both for your wonderful service to our club!