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The Rotary Club of Chicago O'Hare Welcomes You


Our Rotary Club Chartered January 8, 1973

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
The Great Escape 847-671-7171
9540 Irving Park Road
Schiller Park, IL  60176
United States
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We had the pleasure of hosting the Rotary District 6450 Governor Pedro Cevallos-Candau (on the left with Club President Mike Sullivan). Pedro was both insightful and congenial as always. The club membership turnout was excellent and The Great Escape lunch was great too.
Diane Carroll, Executive Director of My Joyful Heart headquartered in Mokena gave us an update on the growth of their organization which now sponsors 900 disadvantaged children on the south side of Chicagoland.  Our club sponsors 2 children.  Each sponsored child receives 6 gifts during the course of the year and much needed back to school donations.  My Joyful Heart is our club's sanctioned charity.  They do wonderful things for children and best of all, give hope to these children for their future.
Congratulations to our new team for 2018-2019 Rotary Year.  New President Mike Sullivan is installed by Past President Pat Ranttila.  Mike and all board members took the Rotary oath for the coming year.  We know it will be another fantastic year of Rotary work and fellowship.
Our speaker today was Larry Bartoszek and his topic was
The Space Elevator From Science Fiction to Engineering.

Larry Bartoszek has a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from the University of Illinois and is an Illinois Licensed Professional Engineer. Larry is the author of several papers on the climber design for space elevators and has spoken at many space conferences.  His presentation was mind-boggling!


 Dave Neary gave our members a terrific overview of what Habitat for Humanity does.   They work in partnership with individuals, corporate partners and faith based organizations to build up our communities. Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.



Paul Reiman is the Head of Rewards and HR Operations for Commvault, a global provider of data management software and related solutions. In his role he oversees the global vision and execution of the organization's compensation, benefit, mobility, HR systems, and HR analytics programs.  In his presentation he diagnosed the underlying causes of the gender pay gap and explained what makes it.
Our Club competed in the Chicago Consortium Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser  from which the funds raised will be donated to the Teen Living Center, a youth homeless shelter, in Chicago. The money will be used to update their kitchen and matched by District 6450 in our Food Insecurity Initiative.


  Rotary Club of Chicago O’Hare members Pat Ranttila, Jack Ranttila and Mike Sullivan with partners from the Chicago Coalition Of Rotary Clubs, and other volunteers worked at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.   Our group repackaged near 5,000 lbs of sweet potatoes for distribution to the community.  
Dana Thomas and Jen Foltin-Black, advisors of Leyden Interact Clubs, and six students 
gave an Interact update and spoke about their RYLA experiences.
Dr Casey Holtschneider's (left in photo) presentation critically examined the traditional approach to services for youth in situations of homelessness. Directly informed by the life experiences of young people, it calls for a shift in both our understanding of the issue as well as the current strategies being implemented to address it.  Patricia Vargas Rivas  (right in photo) is the Executive Director of Puente  de Solidaridad (Solidarity Bridge) of Cochabamba, Bolivia.   She gave an update and thanked the Rotary Clubs who helped in making the Laparoscopic Tower a reality for a public hospital in Cochabamba.  
We would like to thank our alternate speaker, Bernhard Groth, a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago and guest of Francoise Pierre.  He shared his passion for bringing HIPPOs to Haiti to help people carry water.  A HIPPO is a 24 gallon water roller that allows a user to roll their water supply from the source to the home, instead of carrying a container.   It has had some success in Africa, but the  terrain in Haiti is different.  Bernhard described the careful observations that are being made to start the process of bringing the HIPPOs project to Haiti.

 Rotary member Kay Whitlock, PE, D.WRE and Vice President at Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. (CBBEL) received the French Wetmore Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Illinois Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Management (IAFSM). According to IAFSM, the award recognizes longtime floodplain managers whose "contributions have made a noticeable impact on floodplain and stormwater management efforts in the State of Illinois."  Our club is proud to call Kay an active member of our club.

The Leyden Inspirational Eagle Award Dinner and Ceremony sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chicago O'Hare was held at East Leyden High School on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the Nardini Library. Students from Leyden High Schools, their families invited, and a school mentor spoke about the student's growth and success though unimaginable challenges. We thank Frank Holthouse who has been working this year to make this an evening to remember for not only the students and parents, but also for our club.

Rotarians Glenn Spachman, Melissa Bulovatz, Pat and Jack Ranttila celebrated with the students and teachers of the Leyden LIFE Learning Program at West Leyden. Our Club brought pizza to thank them for their continued Airline Surplus sorting for us!

Rona Roffey has been Camp Director of the YMCA Camp Duncan for over 25 years.  Every year she gives us an update on the Camp's attendees which includes those afflicted with Tourette Syndrome, burn survivors, diabetes and mainstream campers.  Almost 200 residents and Day Campers received scholarship assistance.  Our club gladly gives the Camp a donation yearly.

Talk about luck. Last year at the same meeting before Christmas, Felix picked the ace of spades and we wrote him a check for over one thousand dollars.  Today at Rotary, one year later, he picks the Ace of Spades again to win over double what he won last year.  Pot was at least $4200 so 1/2 will go to him and the other half our club.  There is talk of barring him next year for this meeting  - ONLY KIDDING FELIX (or are we?).
At our annual Holiday Party, our President named Pat Ranttila Rotarian of the Year for her non-ending contributions to our local charities, Rotary functions, working with My Joyful Heart and the Grandmothers in Roseland project.  Pat has endless energy and this is a tribute to her service.
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Board Meeting 11 AM
Aug 16, 2018
No speaker scheduled
Dr Djuro Petkovic
Aug 23, 2018
Options for treatment of shoulder pain
Robert Miller
Aug 30, 2018
Sweet Beginnings - an apiary at O'Hare
Eldon Tracy
Sep 06, 2018
Bi-Annual Food Packing
Zbig Skiba
Sep 13, 2018
Improve communications skills by recognizing behavioral styles
Board Meeting 11 AM
Sep 20, 2018
No speaker scheduled
Elyse Dobney
Sep 27, 2018
Salvation Army
Joseph Baar Topinka, author
Oct 04, 2018
Just Judy - a book about his mother Judy Barr Topinka
Lindsy Wadas
Oct 11, 2018
Board Meeting 11 AM
Oct 18, 2018
Noo speaker scheduled
Amy Kaczmarek
Oct 25, 2018
SOS CHILDREN'S VILLAGES, one of our previously sanctioned charities
Walter J Johnson
Oct 25, 2018
Project C.U.R.E. Chicago
Dr David L Spencer
Nov 01, 2018
When you should consider spine surgery
Shaun Pesce
Nov 08, 2018
What is Illinois Secure Choice?
Board Meeting 11 AM
Nov 15, 2018
No speaker scheduled
No Meeting Today
Dec 06, 2018
Holiday Party Tonight
Member Felix Matlock
Dec 13, 2018
Mercy Housing Update
Board Meeting 11 AM
Dec 20, 2018
No speaker scheduled
Eldon Tracy
Jan 10, 2019
Bi-Annual Food Packing
Rona Raffey
Jan 24, 2019
Update YMCA Camp Duncan
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Sushil Kumar Gupta selected to be 2020-21 Rotary

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