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The Rotary Club of Chicago O'Hare Welcomes You

Chicago-O'Hare

Our Rotary Club Chartered January 8, 1973

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
The Great Escape 847-671-7171
http://www.greatescaperestaurant.com/
9540 Irving Park Road
Schiller Park, IL  60176
United States of America
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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.   www.wingsprogram.com

 

 

 

 

 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!

 

 

Andrew Wolter, of Xenex Disinfection Systems, visited with our club today to share the benefits of using Germ-Zapping Robots to disinfect hospitals. Xenex Robots create Broad Spectrum UVC light to disinfect surfaces of viruses, bacteria, and spores to help hospitals reduce infection rates and reduce the number of lives affected by Hospital Acquired Infections.
n Wednesday, April 24th the Rotary Club of Chicago O’Hare celebrated their six year partnership with the LIFE Learning Program at West Leyden High School with a pizza party.  Our Airline Surplus Project has supplied these students with an authentic work opportunity as they prepare for the work world. Thanks to Jack Ranttila, Dave Woodcock, Jim Testa, Pat Ranttila and Glenn Spachman for attending the celebration.
 

The Weiss Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to very poor Kenyan Children.  Since 2012 they have awarded 54 full four year high school scholarships in a village where few had ever gone to high school.  Five of their students are now in University and they just made their first placement of a student in a vocational school with many more to come.  Brett has been to Kenya six times myself.  They are providing real HOPE in a community that really had no hope before our foundation.


 
The Belly of the Blues presentation 
Terry Abrahamson has spent a lifetime in the eye of the pop culture hurricane. Grammy winner at 26. His book, "In the Belly of the Blues," is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. His music has been recorded by Muddy Waters, Joan Jett, Johnny Winter, George Thorogood, Clarence Clemons and John Lee Hooker. 

 

 

 

 

Our Rotary Club sponsored an open house for one of favorite charities My Joyful Heart in Mokena IL.  We wanted to share the project possibilities with other Rotary Clubs in District 6450 and familiarize our members with their operation.  Thanks to Mike Sullivan, Kay Whitlock, Sylvia Jewgieniew, Larry & Joyce Fritz, Glenn & Sue Spachmann, and Pat & Jack Ranttila for making the day a success!!

 
We, the Rotary Club of Chicago O’Hare, celebrate and congratulate the 14 Leyden High School District students for being chosen as an “Inspirational Eagle.”  These students were chosen for their strength and perseverance to overcome their personal challenges.  The celebration supported by our Club took place on Tuesday, March 12 at West Leyden High School.  A special thanks to Frank Holthouse, our Leyden-Rotary liaison, for making this evening a success for our members and these amazing students.
 
 
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Speakers
Meeting today at East Leyden Library
Dec 12, 2019
Leyden HS Advanced Culinary Program wll be preparing food
Annual Holiday Party at the Spachmans
Dec 13, 2019
Bring a Raffle Gift
West Leyden High School
Dec 19, 2019
Leyden HS Advanced Culinary Program wll be preparing food
Pat Ranttila
Jan 02, 2020
Annual Dictionary Labeling for Distribution to Schools
Eldon Tracy
Jan 09, 2020
Our bi-ananual food pack
Rona Raffey
Jan 23, 2020
Update YMCA Camp Duncan
Theresa Le
Jan 30, 2020
2020 U S Census
Member Felix Matlock (Date not confirmed)
Feb 06, 2020
Mercy Housing Update
Lisa Jacobs
Apr 23, 2020
Juvenile Justice & Mental Illness
 
 
 
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