Rotary Club of Park Ridge
 
        "Service above Self" motivates Park Ridge Rotarians to gather weekly.
These business and community leaders respond to global and local issues
with creative insight and sustainable solutions.
 
Celebrating 54 years of Service and Caring to our Community
 

District 6440, Club Number 3139

Rotary Club of Park Ridge

PO Box 130

Park Ridge, Illinois 60068 

 
 
 
 
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Sergeant at Arms
Secretary
Treasurer
Web Site Coordinator
Public Image Chair
Membership
Membership Co-Chair
Vocational Service
Make a Difference Scholarships
Literacy Chair
Community Service
International Service
New Generations
Youth/Interact Liaison
Club Service Chair
Communications Chairperson
Program/Greeter Chair
Club ByLaws/Policies
Director
Director
Director
Grant Ceritied Chair
Rotary Foundation
Club Foundation Chair
Foundation Secretary
Foundation Treasurer
End Polio Coordinator
 
Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

Park Ridge

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Summit Square of Park Ridge
10 North Summit Avenue
847-825-1161
Park Ridge, IL  60068
United States
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Speakers
Aug 24, 2016
Sen. Laura Murphy and Mr. Mel Thillens
Candidates for State Senate District 28
Aug 31, 2016
NEW LOCATION TODAY 110 Main St.
Experience new restaurant
Sep 07, 2016
DARK at noon
5:30PM - 7:30PM Evening Fellowship and Fund Raiser at Harp and Fiddle 110 Main St.
Sep 14, 2016
Michelle Gale de Oliveira
Urban Muslim Minority Allience
Sep 21, 2016
Nan and Chris Parson
Go Green Park Ridge
Sep 28, 2016
Erin Marcus
Resolving Fears About the Future of Aging Parents
Oct 05, 2016
Dr. Elana Ashley
Bullying Prevention
 
Home Page Stories
 
 
Roger Crawford was installed as the Park Ridge Rotary Club President for Fiscal Year 2017
 

 
 
 
Howard is honored for achieving PHF + 2 donation level to The Rotary Foundation.
 

 
 
 
Patrick Doherty, Karolina Jekielek, Aneri Patel and Syed Jaffri Make a Difference scholarship winners are shown.
 
 
 
 
 
 
A BBQ party was held for the young women of The Harbour on Wednesday June 1, 2016. 12 Rotarians served the young women and their staff a hearty meal followed by basketball.
 
The Harbour is a local nonprofit organization that provides emergency shelter, transitional housing and supportive services for homeless girls ages 12-21.
 
 
 
 
Maizie Pleuss (parent’s, Jesse and Patti), gave an outstanding Irish Dance performance at our regular meeting on March 16, 2016. Maizie attends the Trinity Irish Dance Academy and hopes to one day in the not too distant future to compete in the Irish Dance World Championship. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On February 10, 2016 Richard LaVecchia and Brent Williams were inducted into the Park Ridge Rotary Club.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
The Park Ridge Rotary Club and the Maine East Interact Club served over 100 nutritionally challenged clients at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on Sunday October 25th
 

 
 
The Park Ridge Rotary Club sponsored the Park Ridge Charity 5K Run. Over 900 runners participated in the run which happened on a beautiful September morning. The proceeds of the event is used to pay for college scholarships and Sunday Suppers.
 
 

 
 
The Rotary Club of Park Ridge sponsored the “Avenues to Independence” Annual Surf's Up BBQ Party. Over 100 clients enjoyed the BBQ  at the Avenues to Independence Work Center. The club helped with the cooking, distributing the meals and running some games. Everyone enjoyed the Samba dancing and having their picture taken in Ed’s jeep.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

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On Wednesday, December 10 Ed McCabe was honored for the lifelong work that he has done for the Park Ridge Rotary Club and other Park Ridge organizations.

 

 
 

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The Park Ridge Rotary Club recognized Shannon and Karen Coyne for their participation in the Rotary/Avenues game nights, the Sunday Suppers and the recent art show by awarding them with Paul Harris Fellowships.

 

 
 

The Park Ridge Rotary Club and Maine East Interact Club supplied the meal and served the nutritionally challenged at the Park Ridge Community Church on Sunday December 7, 2014.

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The Park Ridge Rotary Club presented 2016 Make a Difference Scholarships to Gaurav Agnihotri, Ryan Dysart, Juliane Joseph, Massimo Montalbano, Emily Rafalik, Christina Serrano, and Patrick Zajac. ImageImage

 
 
 
 

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Dr. Philip  Palmer is recognized for his support of the Rotary WHIS-RAD program.Image

 
 
 
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A Club Assembly will take place on Wednesday, March 27th.  While there will be some reports and announcements, there will be an opportunity for an extended question and answer period.  Do you have a question about how our club is run?  Do you want to share ideas about fellowship, fund-raising, service?  Do you want more information about the Rotary Foundation?  Well, if so, then Wednesday's meeting is for you.  Besides, it will be a wonderful time to talk to fellow Rotarians.

 

 
 
The restored "Indians Cede the Land" mural hangs on the wall of the Park Ridge Public Library in Park Ridge. The piece, which was painted by Chicago artist George Melville Smith in 1940, was displayed at the Park Ridge Post Office until 1970.
 
 
 
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It is time to celebrate the formation of the Maine East Interact Club.  

The Rotary Club of Park Ridge will formally charter the new Interact Club of Maine East High School, which will then become the second largest club at the school.  District 6440 leaders, including DG Mike Yesner, will join Park Ridge Rotarians in welcoming the Maine East students into the world of Rotary.  

Join us for an hour or so of ceremony, celebration, and refreshments. Please RSVP today by sending an e-mail to drjfd@comcast.net.

Time and Place:  Saturday, February 23rd at 4:00pm in the Faculty Cafeteria at Maine East High School

 

 
 
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Volunteers will be needed on May 2nd and May 3rd to assist with the cardiac screening of Maine South students in an effort to assess the risk of sudden cardiac death. This program is led by Dr. Joseph Marek, a cardiologist with Midwest Heart Specialists and is funded by Lutheran General Hospital.  Park Ridge Rotarian Rose Garlasco has invited all Rotarians to help with this most meaningful service opportunity.  Training will take place on May 1st at 5:30-7:00pm and 7:00-8:30pm.

Please contact Rose Garlasco or John Davis for more information.

 

 
 

John Alan Boryk, Charlotte Ogorek, Howard Firmark, Dan Davidson, and John Davis attended the Fall Seminar on Saturday.  While the "ins and outs" of Rotary were reviewed, please read the attached letter and watch the attached video.  The real story of Rotary is found in those attachments.

Video: http://www.facebook.com/l/TAQErg97f/www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gqs2zrca3d4&feature=player_embedded

 
 
 

Home Page News

The new Maine East Rotary Interact Executive Officers planned, promoted, and hosted the most successful Interact event in our short history. Over 300 interested students attended the 2014-2015 Rotary Interact Kick-off meeting in our school cafeteria. Big thanks to John VandenBrink for being at the meeting. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNlrfRwGEW0&feature=youtu.be

 

 
 
Excerpt from the Chicago Tribune Newspaper
 
 
Rotary Provides X-ray System for Street Children of Guatemala City.

Two-thirds of the world’s population does not have access to basic X-ray services? That is a huge problem since sixty percent of all medical diagnoses require X-ray analysis.

 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
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eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
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