Chick-Fil-A Schaumburg 5K Challenge
- Providing school supplies to families in need
- Helping folks who struggle with mental health issues find needed services
- Providing funding and resources so Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates High Schools can send weekend food packages home with students living in food insecure families
- Giving scholarships to hard working students who need help financing their college tuition and fees.
- Helping people get back to work and/or find better jobs.
- Working with the Schaumburg Barn Senior Nutritional Program serving the Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates area
Miss Septemberfest 2015 Luncheon & Crowning
We will have representatives from each of these organizations at our regular meeting at Chandler's on July 10, 2015 to receive their checks.
Terry Parke - Club President 2015-2016
Aaron Ruff Four Way Test Award Winner 2015
Thank you to all those who purchased tickets for the 2014 Vacation Raffle. The money we raise goes right back into those in need in Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates communities.
Congratulations to our winners for this year:
Vacation and $1000 winner: Frank & Tiffany Kolaska
$500 winner: Ken Kolinda
$200 winner: Jerry Wattron
Nanette Sowa gave us an overview of the roles of the Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) and Special Leisure Service Foundation (SLSF). They provide the leisure service needs of residents with special disabilities living within 17 area park districts including Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates. Jean and Ed Hagg were board members. Ed was a founding board member 40 years ago. Andrea Griffin, Manager for Inclusion Services, explained that when a special needs resident registers for a park district program NWSRA staff asses the program activities, specific adaptive needs of participant, train park district staff, provide adaptive equipment, and sometimes employ addition aides to assist one-on-one. Those of us present participated in disability awareness activities for learning disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, and visual impairments which gave us an appreciation for the difficulty to live and function with these impairments.
#NWSRA, #leisureservice, #awareness, #rotary
Ris Orhorha founded the Center for Health Services several years ago. Her impetus was her six year old son who donated his entire piggy bank to the Leukemia Foundation and his subsequent interest in helping sick people. The Center focuses services on families in the NW suburbs with Autism, Down Syndrome, Sickle Cell Disease, and Diabetes. The Center currently provides screenings and testing and speech and behavior therapy. Non-verbal clients are taught to communicate with pictures on iPads. Ris serves as an advocate for many of her clients. The Center currently provides services to 50 families in their home. The Center hopes to expand to include physical therapy. Their fundraising gala is November 7. All are invited to attend or sponsor the event.
#CenterforHealthServices #Diabetes #Sicklecelldisease #downsyndrome #autism #rotary #schaumburghoffmanestatesrotary
We had a guest all the way from District 3180 in India, Rotarian Hasan Kumar join us for lunch today. President Anita Forte-Scott exchanged club flags with him. It was a pleasure meeting Hasan and we hope to see him for lunch again.
We were graced with the incredible stories and company of a Vietnam veteran, author, and government contractor George Banas. He has local ties as he has been a resident of Lisle for nearly 30 years and resided in Woodridge for 18 years prior to that. The stories that he shared were incredible, it was almost as if James Bond was telling us about his rescue missions all over the world. He shared stories about rescuing family, friends, and those with information important about the safety and security of our country. Banas has authored a book based on his life called Terrorists and the Terchova Treasure: In My Bother's Place where he blends fact and fiction to create a powerful tale of action and intrigue.
"Following the devastating attacks of September 11, 2001 on the United States, Joe Legion reactivates his secret life as a military and civilian operative to find and destroy international terrorists. Fighting to protect his American and European relatives from hidden enemies and turncoats, Joe sharpens his unique combat and survival skills learned years earlier in the Army when he replaced his brother in special operations. Frequently using his role as an international responder, Joe infiltrates and disrupts smaller terrorist organizations and supplier networks. With other terrorists yet to be captured, Joe begins his quest for the legendary treasure of Juraj Janosik, the early 18th-century Robin Hood and national hero of Slovakia. If this treasure does indeed exist and is found, Joe can use it as bait to lure other terrorists and their collaborators out of hiding. With American patriotism and an international flair for action, Joe sets forth on a quest against dangerous adversaries."
Thank you Geroge for your service and your dedication to our country. It was a pleasure having you.