Club Information
The Rotary Club of Chicago O'Hare Welcomes You

Our Rotary Club Chartered January 8, 1973

We meet In Person & Online
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
The Great Escape
In person and Zoom
9540 Irving Park Road
Schiller Park, IL 60176
United States of America
(773) 491-8270
Chicago - O’Hare Rotary Club will provide funding to My Joyful Heart to purchase winter coats for children in their winter coat program. You can help at any donation level through our Paypal Account.
Home Page Stories
On Thursday, 11 November - remembering Armistice Day - our club heard a very interesting presentation by Dr George Palamattam, Executive Director of the Council of International Programs USA (CIPUSA) which is a nonprofit organization that promotes international understanding through professional development and cross-cultural exchange.   Picture shows our president Fred Otto thanking Dr Palamattam for his presentation. 
On October 28, 2021 , Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH, a Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine presented on preventing injuries to children
She is the Medical Director of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s Injury Prevention and Research Center and the violence prevention collaborative, Strengthening Chicago’s Youth (SCY).
Her presentation has been distributed to all club members.
The photo shows our president Fred Otto thanking Dr Sheehan for her presentation.
Matt Larsen, Executive Director of the Illinois Spina Bifida Association spoke to our members about children born with Spina Bifida and how they help their families.  There are 900 cases in Illinois.
Our club is in Rotary District 6450.  Our current District Governor Jane Hopkins visited our club today along with Kathy Rak, Assistant Governor Coordinator and Ade' Onayemi who will become district governor next year.  Jane gave us an update on what the district is promoting charity-wise and other relative concerns to Rotary.  Our club president, Fred Otto, along with our Rotary members gave them a warm welcome.
Our speaker today was Mary Sullivan,Director of Operations & Development at the Jackson Chance Foundation.  Jackson Chance Foundation partners with hospitals to provide complimentary parking passes to every family with a baby in the NICU. They ensure that the financial burden of parking does not stand in the way of any parent being with their child.
Our speaker today was Jake Seid, President of the American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter who explained to our members what is zoning, the history of owning, how zoning reform works today and how to be a zoning reform advocate and influence policy.
Nick Caiafa was elected mayor of Schiller Park in 2017.  His current term expires May 2025.  His presentation to our Rotary Club gave us a very insightful view of what is happening in Schiller Park covering infrastructure and attracting businesses to the village.  Our Past President, Sylvia Jewgieniew thanked him for an excellent presentation.
What a beautiful day for our annual golf outing fundraiser.  We raffled off some great gifts and had fabulous items for our silent auction.  Former member Chuck Henschel drove in from his home state in Washington and traded his new club Rotary banner with ours.  Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this day a huge success.
Our presenter today was Mark Ailes, a retired High School Science Teacher. He was a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the year as well as Science Olympiad, Tennis and Track Coach. His teaching career has been entirely in Illinois at both a small rural high school and a large suburban high school. 
In his presentation, Mark tells the personal story of how he became a committed climate advocate working toward a fast, effective, and fair solution to climate change. Our President-Elect, Fred Otto, presented Mark with a little gift.
Congratulations to our club for all of our members contributing to the Paul Harris Foundation for the years 2019-2020.
Rotary Disrtict Governor-Elect Livio Zozzoli and his wife Silvia Zerda from Bolivia gave a power point presentation on their role in donating medical equipment to several hospitals in Bolivia.  Our member Sylvia Jewgienew, originally from Bolivia, was the translator.  President Jim Testa exchanged our Rotary Club Flag with theirs.
Our club has been sponsoring kids in the Joyful Heart Program for many years.  Executive Director Diane Carroll and Erin Burns, Director of Operations, gave us an update on the 1,000 kids they served and the creative way they serviced these kids through the pandemic.
Incoming President Jim Testa thanks outgoing President Sylvia Jewgieniew.  Board member and past president Fred Otto officiated the ceremony welcoming the new board.
West Leyden Principal Patricia Makishima and Brian Mahoney, ED.d, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and Special Education advised our members on their Department of Special Education Services.  Our President Sylvia Jewgienew thanked them for their very informative presentation.

Levi Browde serves as the Executive Director with the New
York-based Falun Dafa Information Center – an
organization dedicated to ending the human rights
abuses against people who practice Falun Gong in China.

Susy Schultz, Executive Director of the Museum of Boardcast Communications gave our members a terrific presentation on Broadcast, Politics and News Literacy.



G. Grant Dixon III is a Rotarian and personal injury attorney.   He discussed 5 Things You Need to Know Before a Car Crash and why you need to be prepared and what to do now so you can be ready. 


Andrew has been with The Night Ministry for four years now, starting as an intern and working his way up to become the current Volunteering Coordinator. His work includes overseeing day to day volunteer program needs, volunteer recruitment, training, and onboarding. In addition, he coordinates program meal needs, ensuring clients are properly fed through community meal groups. The Night Ministry seeks to compassionately provide housing, health care, outreach, and social services to adults and youth who struggle with housing instability, poverty, and loneliness. Founded 45 years ago they have grown to provide life saving services across the Chicago community.


Dr. Jeanine Ntihirageza,  Professor, Department of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Director, Center for Genocide and Human Rights Research in Africa and the Diaspora. 

Your opportunity to donate to Happy Bucks (just how happy are YOU!) which supports a worldwide effort to eliminate polio, or any of the many programs supported by the Rotary Club of Chicago - O'Hare, such as My Joyful Heart, Mercy Housing Lakefront, and scholarships for students in the Leyden high schools
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