Rotary Club of Chicago-O'Hare
We meet every Thursday at 12 PM

The Rotary Club of Chicago -O'Hare

meets weekly at 12:00 noon

The Great Escape in Schiller Park IL


*****On Thursday, November 29, 2018, the Rotary Club of Chicago O'Hare will welcome Amy Kaczmarek, the Director of SOS CHILDREN'S VILLAGES. Her talk will describe their innovative approach to traditional foster care for which their model of care gives children the opportunity to live in a nurturing, stable, single-family home with their brothers and sisters in the care of a full-time, professionally trained Foster Parent in one of our Villages. These children benefit from the stability of remaining with their siblings as well as the support of neighboring SOS Illinois Foster Parents and the entire community. Each Village offers comprehensive services including: individual and group counseling, mentoring, and educational and cultural enrichment opportunities. This highly supportive setting provides children a sense of safety, security, and community, encouraging them on their journey toward healing and reaching their fullest potential. Join us for lunch and to hear the latest from SOS Children's Villages at the Great Escape at noon on Thursday.


*****The Holiday Party for the Rotary Club of Chicago O'Hare will be held on December 6th from 6:00 – 10:00 PM at the White Pines Country Club, 500 West Jefferson Street in Bensenville IL. We hope you can attend!! The reservations need to be made by this Thursday, November 29th at our Club meeting. The menu details are on our website. Please bring items (prizes) for the raffle with the proceeds going to Polio Plus. Let the merriment begin!!


*****Rotary International is requesting that we keep track of our Rotary Volunteer Hours for 2018-2019. Each week you can just jot down your information on our attendance sheet or keep track of those hours to report in a couple of weeks. Collectively we will have an amazing number!! Thanks.


Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you !!!

Kindness is like snow –

It beautifies everything it covers.

Kahlil Gibran


****We need your help! Mercy Housing Lakefront Grand Family Apartments in Roseland continue to need our support. We would like to continue to give a gift to each of ten grandmothers including several gift cards to help stretch their meager budgets for the holidays. These need to be in the denomination of $25 from Target, Walmart or Walgreens. We will need these by Thursday, November 29th at our meeting. As an incentive, any Club member contributing $100 or more will be eligible for “Paul Harris recognition points.” Any questions, check with Kay Whitlock.


****Thank you!! On November 14 & 15 the Hines VA Hospital Veteran Stand Down was held at Humboldt Park Armory. Each year our Club in coordination with Rotary District 6450 has gathered men's winter coats for these homeless vets. Thank you to supporting this effort financially – John Kearns, Fred Otto, Jack & Pat Ranttila, Sylvia Jewgieniew, Chuck & Diana Henschel, Jim Testa, Larry Fritz, Glenn Spachman, Kay Whitlock, Frank Holthouse, John Kearns and Nicholas Walny. As an incentive, any Club member contributing $100 or more will be eligible for “Paul Harris recognition points.” Any questions, ask Pat or Jack Ranttila.


****Thank you to all of our My Joyful Santas for fulfilling many Christmas requests from the children at the Grand Family Apartments. These gift bags were delivered to My Joyful Heart this week where MJH will add their regular gift items (shampoo, lotions, toothcare items, gloves, scarf, etc.) Thank you so much for supporting this project!! As an incentive, any Club member contributing $100 or more will be eligible for “Paul Harris recognition points.” Save your receipts and submit to Dave Woodcock, Foundation Chair. Any questions, ask Pat Ranttila.


****Thank you for your help! Chicago – O'Hare Rotary Club will provide funding to My Joyful Heart to purchase winter coats for children in their winter coat program. Your donation is so appreciated. As an incentive, any Club member contributing $100 or more will be eligible for “Paul Harris recognition points.” Any questions, check with Ed Jacob.


Opportunities for you to participate:



One Rotary Summit


College of DuPage

425 Fawell Boulevard

Glen Ellyn IL 60137

This free opportunity to learn why and how Rotary is changing lives in our communities and around the world. Participate in focused discussions about the great opportunities and benefits of being a Rotarian.

Register for free:





Rotary Holiday Party sponsored by

Chicago O'Hare Rotary

6:00 – 10:00 PM

White Pines Golf Club

500 W Jefferson St
Bensenville, IL  60106

**Annual Holiday Party for Rotarians and spouses **Raffle for Polio Plus will need your support of prizes/gifts.


$40 members

$50 guests


More menu details on our web page.


PETS Orientation

Rotary District 6450


Chicago Marriott

Southwest Burr Ridge

1200 Burr Ridge Pkwy.

Burr Ridge, IL

President Elect and President Nominee training for our District. In order to be President, our President-Elect will attend to begin learning the better picture of his role and Rotary.

We thank Jim Testa for his acceptance of the new role as 2019-2020 President of the Rotary Club of Chicago O'Hare.





The Christmas Carol

Goodman Theater

8:00 PM


$89 pp

Annual social opportunity to attend the best theater production of Dickens The Christmas Carol ever!!

Dave Woodcock has purchased tickets so we can sit in a block together.

RSVP Dave Woodcock to purchase tickets NOW!



Empower Leaders

District 6450.6440.6420 Leadership Training


Carl Sandburg High School


9:00 – 12:00

Where others see challenges, Rotarians see opportunities. Opportunity for you to bring a high school senior, college student or a young professional for leadership training.


More to follow!

Save the date!




Rotary District 6450


Union League Club

65 West Jackson Blvd.

Chicago IL

Conference to be held in beautiful downtown Chicago with the possibility to attend any or all days. Participants will get partial reimbursement from our Club.

Check out the amazing speakers and activities.


Register now!!


Rotary International Convention

Hamburg, Germany

Germany will be the site of the 2019 RI Convention where you will experience many renown speakers, learning opportunities, enjoying Hamburg, meeting Rotarians from all over the world and visiting the Friendship House which houses exhibits, projects and ideas.

Visit and register at:


Partial reimbursement from our Club


Sign up now for housing:






Save the date!!

The Jack Frawley Memorial Golf Outing

Chicago-O'Hare Rotary

Makray Memorial Golf Club

1010 S. Northwest Hwy.

Barrington IL 60010



7:30 Registration & Driving Range

9:00 Shotgun Start

Opportunities for Club to support this major fund-raising event:

*Purchase separate or foursome to golf

*Donate to scholarship fund

*Company Name Hole Signage

*Open Bar Sponsorship

*Box Lunch Sponsorship

*Lunch only

*Gather raffle & silent auction items

Mike Plichta, Chair


More info to follow.



Mike Plichta






Rotary District 6450 Governor Installation

Debi Ross



Midlothian Country Club

5000 West 147th Street
Midlothian, IL 60445


5:30 PM until 9:00 PM

More details to follow.




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