The Rotary Club of Galena


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Every Friday at 11:45am.
Second Friday of the month at 8:00am.
DeSoto House Hotel
230 S. Main St.
Galena, IL  61036
United States
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Engage Rotary, save lives


Kyle Buros
This year our club strives to Light Up Rotary – asking each individual member and membership as a whole to take action and make Rotary stronger. I have established goals to increase membership, enhance service projects, and create community awareness. New membership, engaging younger professionals, and ensuring that we have succession to lead the club throughout the next 10, 15, 20 years from now is of the utmost importance. Our club is only as strong as the members who participate and give their time to make Rotary, service projects, and our community better. While we work to improve upon these areas at our local club level, it is also important to keep in mind the goals of Rotary International and the amazing impact the organization has around the world. Rotary members are business and professional leaders who volunteer their expertise, compassion, and power to improve communities at home and abroad in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. With over 34,000 clubs worldwide, it’s easy to see the value of this great organization and the amount of positive impact that we can have – lighting up Rotary one person at a time. United we can light up the world. We thank those involved in the Galena Rotary Club and welcome anyone who would like to join our efforts.


Oct 24, 2014
Sharon Olds
Student of the Quarter
Oct 31, 2014
Skip Schwerdtfeger
Lincoln Laughing
Nov 07, 2014
Pat McCarthy
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Creating works of art helps refugee children repair their lives
When asked to describe his future, a refugee child from Iraq draws a picture of himself as a doctor. Another child uses colorful paints to depict happy memories of his former life in Iraq. Both children are among the 200,000 displaced Iraqis who now live in Jordan, a country that has become a safe haven for those fleeing oppression and war in neighboring Palestine, Syria, and Iraq. Alexandra Dawley, a former volunteer with the Collateral Repair Project in Jordan, emphasizes how something as simple as an art project can help young refugees adjust to their new lives in a foreign country. With...
Chat with food experts on Twitter about alleviating hunger
Hunger affects more than 800 million people worldwide, according to the United Nations' World Food Programme, and one-third of all the food grown every year goes to waste. Together, we can change that. On World Food Day, Thursday, 16 October, join a conversation on Twitter from 12:00 to 13:00 Chicago time (UTC-5), using the hashtag #RotaryHunger. During the chat, food experts will talk about ways to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in your community and around the world. Rotary (@Rotary) will moderate the chat, and experts from organizations including Rotary First Harvest (@RFHarvest), the...
Photo Essay: Rotary’s 2014 Women of Action
This year's Women of Action honorees were selected by Rotary senior leaders and endorsed by the White House. All members of clubs in the U.S., the women were recognized for their humanitarian service projects, which affect the lives of millions of people around the world. Watch the women of action event held at the White HouseRead more about the women and why they were honoredRead more about the event at the White HouseRead RI Director Julia Phelps' take on the honored women
Partners build community center and health clinic in impoverished Mexico neighborhood
Four years ago, Rotary member Moonyeen King decided to take action to help residents of the impoverished neighborhood of Tepehua, located in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico, who faced daily struggles with crime, malnutrition, and limited access to health care. King, together with Susan Netherton and Gin Pelzl, fellow members of the Rotary Club of Ajijic, turned an abandoned building into the Tepehua Community Center. For its first year, the center provided a soup kitchen every Friday to feed over 200 women and children. That enabled King and her fellow Rotary members to gain the trust of the...
The White House honors Rotary women for their humanitarian service
Senior Rotary leaders gathered Tuesday at the White House to honor 10 women for their service projects, an event attended by members of U.S. President Barack Obama's senior staff. The Rotary members presented their projects, in the hopes of creating new inroads for government partnerships and support. "This is recognition of the great work that they do but also serves as a great vehicle to inspire others to do similar kinds of things," said Rotary General Secretary John Hewko. "One of the things we're doing a better job of is sharing our story to the non-Rotary world." The honorees were...
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