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 p.m.
The Great Escape
In person and Zoom
9540 Irving Park Road
Schiller Park, IL 60176
United States of America
(773) 307-9687
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
Our president, Dave Woodcock, welcomed our new member Hope Little with a Rotary presentation.  Our speaker today was Aleta William, president of Rotary One.  She discussed how the Rotary Means Business fellowship works with our neighboring Rotary Clubs.
Our speaker was Svetoslav Stankov,  Chicago Consul General of Bulgaria.  Bulgaria carries the heritage of many ancient civilizations - prehistoric communities. In 865 Bulgaria became the first country to accept Christianity. This country has many beautiful monasteries
Today, our Rotary members packed 2160 meals for the Food Pantry at Leyden Township, Franklin Park.  Thanks to member Melissa Bukovatz, we were able to use her tables to pack the food at the Township.  Our club does food packing for Feeding Children Worldwide twice a year.  Usually we ship out these meals but this time, we gave to our local food pantry.  
Congratulations to our treasurer, Glenn Spachman, who was awarded Rotarian of the Year by our President Dave Woodcock.  Glenn has done a remarkable job in spite of having long term covid.  That you Glenn.  You are a trouper.
Our Rotary Club Members participated in Food Packing to benefit the hungry people in the Philippines.  Supplying the ingredients was Eldon Tracy of Feeding Children Worldwide.  2368 meals were packed in several cartons ready to ship to th Philippines.
Every year, Lindsy Wadas gives us an update on what the USO at O'Hare provides servicemen and women.  There are two USO facilities at O'Hare, one in Terminal 3 in the Rotunda and one in Terminal 2 in the Mezzanine Level.  They serve active duty, guard and reserve and their independents.  Our club happily donated a check for $2000.
Gary Durante's business card reads MARRY & BURY BY GARY.  Gary owns  His presentation was very informative about the funeral industry and yes, he can officiate weddings.
Our Rotary Club was represented at the annual Schiller Park Car Show.  Every year we sell popcorn for $1 and all proceeds go to our Rotary fund to eradicate polio worldwide.  Although the U.S. has no cases, there have been 7 cases this year, the last one being in Afghanistan.  For every $1 we collect, the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation matches with $2.00.
Every year, our club looks forward to hearing more about our sponsored charity, My Joyful Heart in Mokena, IL.  Our president Dave Woodcock presented them with our check which sponsors two kids in the program.  Sponsorships include giving these disadvantaged kids 5 presents a year.  We gave them a truckload of back to school supplies, cash and other checks donated by Rotary members and their friends.
Our speaker, Dr. Jaime Ricardo Escobar.  born in Totora, Cochabamba, Bolivia.  He's had a very interesting life and his latest book is
 "DOES THE AMERICAN DREAM STILL EXIST: A STORY OF REAL PEOPLE." His presentation was well received.
Our guest speakers today were Bev Schwartz and Approve Katikaneni from HOPE FOR THE DAY which is a non-profit movement empowering the conversation on proactive suicide prevention and mental health education.  Visit HFTD.ORG for more information.  Also in the photo is Dave Woodcock, our incoming president.
Every Thursday, we meet for lunch at The Great Escape Restaurant in Schiller Park.  Today, we officially thanked the staff, Anthony, Andre' and Sheila, for taking good care of us and our needs.   The members who attended today were hoping the expected bad weather to start later, but lo and behold, while we were eating lunch, the snow started.
Brett Weiss runs the Weiss Foundation.  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. He has been to Kenya six times.   They are providing real HOPE in a community that really had no hope before their foundation.
With club president Rob Hann in the middle,Christine Hutchinson(left) from Teen Innovators briefed club members about the mentoring program of “Teens for Teens” (by Teens). And Tracy Rogers, from the Franklin Park St. Gertrude’s church Girl Scout troop, informed members about the structure and activities of her local Troop.
Every year our Rotary members gather for a food packing organized by member Eldon Tracy who runs feeding children worldwide. Today we packed 2160 meals in 10 cartons to feed impoverished people in the Philippines. There are 4 ingredients that goes in each package. Chicken flavor, vegetables, soy and rice. Our Rotary Club donates $600 which covers the cost of 2160 meals.
What a beautiful day for our Rotary Golf Outing in Makray Country Club. This is our annual fund-raiser which will provide scholarships for 7 kids plus our many other charitable projects. Thanks to member Mike Plichta for always doing a great job in spearheading this. Mike is in the photo with our President Rob Hann. Our Rotary member volunteers are shown here but many other members were still golfing. Thanks to the many restaurants, hotels and other venues who donated gift certificates for our raffle and silent auction.
We are a Rotary Club in District 6450.  Our District Governor Ade Onayemi visited our club today and gave us an update on Rotary accomplishments.  Our president Rob Hann thanked him.

President Rob Hann thanked our speaker Chris McCarthy who found Earth Paint in 2013. EarthPaint is a 501c(3) nonprofit based in Wood Dale, Ill. EarthPaint relies on contributions and fees for recycling old paint to fund its operations and employment of adults with disabilities. A longtime paint professional, Chris saw lots of unwanted – but perfectly good – paint accumulate and go to waste. He wanted to find a way to keep the endless gallons of paint he encountered from entering the landfill, where it can harm the environment. At EarthPaint, they recycle your old latex paint into a high-quality, sustainable product that works for any job, inside or outside.  


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