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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 847-671-7171
9540 Irving Park Road
Schiller Park, IL 60176
United States of America
Home Page Stories
Since Covid 19, we have been meeting via ZOOM.  Today's speaker was Ted Williams III and his topic was the Bible and the Ballot.  Ted Williams III is a political commentator who has taught Political Science at Wright College, Chicago State University, and currently is the Chairman of the Social Sciences Department at Kennedy-King College.
Theresa Le with the Chicago Regional Census Center of the U.S. Census Bureau gave a presentation on the importance of the U.S. Census being beneficial to our communities.


 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.

Our Rotary Club furnishes dictionaries to several 3rd graders in 5 different schools. We label each dictionary showing that our club has donated this dictionary to them.  We have been donating these for many years.
Twice a year, Eldon Tracy, the founder of Feeding Children Worldwide and our Honorary Rotary Member,  brings ingredients to pack.  Our members packed 2340 meals which will be shipped to 9 orphanages in South America.  Our next pack will be in September.  Our members look forward to these packs.  It's fun and rewarding.
Our president Jim Testa awarded the  Rotarian of the Year to Ed Jacob.  Ed sees a community need and is always right on top of implementing what has to be done.  This year, he spearheaded a warm coat drive for My Joyful Heart and Veterans organizations - 700 coats and counting.  Congratulations Ed for this well-deserved prestigious award.

Ellen Phillips from the Cook County Farm Bureau gave a presentation on eating local which can be as close as your back yard or shopping in your neighborhood with emphasis on supporting local farmers.

Pamela Jensen gave our members a presentation on International Justice Mission  which is is a global organization that protects the poor from violence throughout the developing world.  IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems.
Our District Governor Debi Ross visited our club.   We also welcomed 
 Eric Kaler, District 5000 from Hawaii  Governor in 2019-2020. 
Ed Jacob's nephew, Stephen Dempsey also from out of town joined us for the lunch and meeting.
Member Dave Woodcock's friends, Cesar and Valeria Lopez, who are  Rotaracters from Puerto Vallarta were presented our club flag from our president Jim Tester.  Dave and his wife Marisela vacation in Puerto Vallarta yearly and met Cesar and learned more about his involvement with Project C.U.R.E.  Our club has donated to this worthy cause.
Our speaker Sherry Meyers spoke about the dynamic interaction of people and place and how everyday use of space and access to resources (transportation, housing, jobs, safe & healthful environments) influences our lives.
 Executive Director Rick Rosenfeld and Darling Kittoe gave us an overview of their small non-profit organization.

Hands of Peace is an interfaith organization that develops peace building and leadership skills in Israeli, Palestinian and American teens by bringing them together for a 19 day program each summer.  The Glenview Sunrise Club has supported them for many years by providing host families, financially, and by hosting meals for the participants.




Our weekly 50/50 raffle got down to 5 cards and lucky member John Kearns picked the Ace of Spades.  Our president Jim Testa gave John his winning check for over $2000.  Congratulations John.
Today, at our Rotary meeting, we did our bi-annual food packing for Feeding Children Worldwide. We packed 2580 meals in 11 boxes which will be sent to orphanages in South America.
Every year our Rotary Club exhibits at the Schiller Park Car Show to ask attendees for donations of a buck to help Rotary eradicate polio in 3 countries.  We give donators a bag of popcorn.  Many people donated many dollars.   Thanks to our members Glenn Spachman, Barbara LaSpesa, Jack Ranttila, Larry Fritz, Chuck Henschel and Ed Jacob (not in photo) who manned the booth this year.

Our speaker Shelley Welch spoke about the mission of the WINGS PROGRAM which provides housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to end domestic violence.  For further information, go to their website.





 Ms. Hanna Ahn, NEIU Archivist,  gave a presentation on a project concerning the Japanese American Redress Hearings to the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) hearings that were held at NEIU in September 1981.
Every year, Diane Carroll, Executive Director of My Joyful Heart located in Mokena, IL,  brings our members up to date on her non-profit helping almost 1100 disadvantaged kids with gifts 6 times a year.  Our club donates back to school supplies plus blankets, airline amenity kits, hygiene products and other essentials. Today our Rotary Club bestowed the prestigious Paul Harris Award to Diane.  The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation's way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to humanitarian and community service.  Congratulations to an award well-deserved.

Jack Ranttila, Sylvia Jewgienew and John Kearns from the Rotary Club of Chicago O’Hare volunteered for the Jesse White Trunk Party on Saturday, July 13th. Our Club donated blankets, amenity kits, slippers, pillows and pillowcases, and first aid kits for the trunks for 500 disadvantaged college bound students.

Lisa Jacobs serves as Program Manager for Loyola University’s Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice.  She  shared current trends and challenges facing Illinois’ Juvenile Justice (delinquency) System and the youth and families it serves, as well as highlighted areas of juvenile justice policy and practice where Illinois is leading the region and nation. 
Our members thank our new Past President Mike Sullivan for his leadership this past year.  He gave the gavel to our new President Jim Testa.  Our new officers and board are
President:  James V. Testa
Pres-Elect:  Sylvia Jewgeniew
Secretary:  Larry Fritz
Treasurer:  Glenn Spachman
Past President:  Mike Sullivan
Board Members:
Chuck Henschel
Ed Jacob
Frank Holthouse
Melissa Bukovatz

He is author of 3 books including Don’t Slow Me Down with that Calculator , 2005, in which he details 62 little-known, super-shortcut computational techniques and strategies. He will demonstrated how these speed math methods will always prove faster than the old fashioned algorithmic methods with which we grew up. He also showed how these methods are also often faster than with the use of a calculator! The directives of 3 of the Common Core Standards will play an important part in the discovery of these techniques.  Many of these methods have long been in use in European and Asian schools and their textbooks, which explain why we currently find ourselves near the bottom as the 34th ranking country in the world in mental math and calculation abilities. Once learned, however, these methods will help bring our calculating methods into the 21st Century and, at the same time, will leave your calculator-dependent friends in the dust!



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