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
Usually The Great Escape
Presently only ZOOM MEETINGS
9540 Irving Park Road
Schiller Park, IL 60176
United States of America
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

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. 


Rick Harnish co-founded the High Speed Rail Alliance in 1993 with a passion for revitalizing the region he grew up in, lives in, and loves.

Rona Roffey has been Camp Director of the YMCA Camp Duncan for over 30 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.


The Rotary Club of Chicago (Jack & Pat Ranttila), working in partnership with My Joyful Heart from Mokena IL, delivered Holiday gifts for the 25 children of the Mercy Housing Lakefront Grand Family Apartments in Roseland IL.  These children are being parented by their grandparents.

Rebecca Weininger is the Director of the Domestic Violence Law Practice at the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic. Weininger has been a litigator in federal and state trial and appellate courts for almost 20 years.  She gave a very informative presentation on domestic violence.
Elmhurst Rotarian Bill Ballou gave us a presentation on the various Rotary projects including Shelter Box.  Right now, around 104 million people around the world have been displaced by natural disaster and conflict. ShelterBox is working to change this.
Deacon Joseph Ferrari's presentation on Zoom on becoming a deacon in the Catholic Church and his duties.  Briefly, he had 4 years of training in the Joliet Dioceses prior to becoming a deacon.
Our speaker Agnes Lewis gave a zoom presentation on the environment and what it takes to feed 9 billion people.  Conclusion - GMO's aren't that bad.

Our speaker today was Frank Rubio who talked about his “Toastmasters Butterflies”.   He shared his Toastmaster journey starting with his first speech.  Frank has been a Toastmasters member since 9/1/2017. Frank has earned his Competent Communicator, Competent Leader Bronze, and Effective Coaching Proficiency. He has started his second Pathways: Visionary Communication.


Mr Bill Morris & Raul Guzman  spoke about their organization Blue Star Recyclers.   They started in Colorado and have expanded to other
localities including Buffalo Grove. Blue Star Recyclers is a nonprofit social enterprise with  a mission of recycling electronics to create local jobs forpeople with disabilities.


Our speaker Mike McGowan is Executive Director of NOAH, the National Organization for Albinism and Hiypopigmentation.
NOAH’s mission is to act as a conduit for accurate and authoritative information about all aspects of living with albinism and to provide a place where people with albinism and their families, in the United States and Canada, can find acceptance, support and fellowship.
Roger Breisch and has spent more than 3700 hours answering calls on a suicide hotline over that past 17 years.  He shared his stories with our members via zoom.  Before volunteering, he spent 80 hours in training.  His talk was very informative.
Every year we look forward to getting an update from Diane Carroll on the organization she founded, My Joyful Heart.  This past year, they brought joy to over 1400 disadvantaged kids, giving them gifts throughout the year showing how they are not forgotten.  Our club and foundation sponsors 3 of their kids.  For more information, check out their website.  
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.
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
Website Sponsors
Installation of 2021-22 Officers & Board
Jul 01, 2021
Turning Gavel over to Jim Testa
Diane Carroll and Erin Burns- MY JOYFUL HEART -
Jul 15, 2021
Update on My Joyful Heart
Rotary District Governor Jane Hopkins
Jul 29, 2021
Update on our Rotary District 6950
Deacon Joseph Ferrari
Aug 12, 2021
Procrastination - It's not about Time
Eldon Tracy
Sep 02, 2021
Feeding Children Worldwide semi-annual food packing
Golf Outing
Sep 09, 2021
Makray Golf Club in Barrington
Swiss Rotary clubs help young refugees start new lives

The program matches refugees with training to get them settled and fill a need for skilled workers.

Common Ground: Rotary Magazine 2021 Photo Awards

Common Ground: Rotary Magazine 2021 Photo Awards. In a time of separation, our winning photographers used their cameras to make connections.

Rotary members lead effort to transform childbirth care in Mongolia

Julie Dockrill, recipient of Rotary’s People of Action: Champions of Health, led a team of midwives in training health care professionals as part of a comprehensive well-being program that’s saving mothers and babies.

Rotary's rainbow

Fellowship has created a global home for LGBT members and friends

Rotary members in Italy apply expertise to assist in COVID-19 vaccinations

“We Stop COVID” initiative draws on volunteers’ diverse skills to support vaccination campaign in Italy’s Verona region.