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, February 1, 2018, the Rotary Club of Chicago O'Hare will welcome Dr. Nick Kuennen speaking about "Get Fit & Active: Cheap & Easy.” Don't have a lot of time or money? No problem -- learn how to burn calories, save money & feel great!! The Foundation Board of Directors will meet at 11:00 AM on Thursday morning at The Great Escape. We look forward to seeing you for lunch!!


*****A special “thank you” goes to the packing and delivery crew for the donation of furniture and household items by PDG Ron Broida to the Mercy Housing Lakefront Grand Family Apartments, Senior Living Apartments and the Lawndale Lofts Apartments. Jack Ranttila, Chuck Henschel, Tim Ranttila (Pat & Jack's son), John Kearns, Dave Woodcock, and Pat Ranttila worked Sunday (packing) and Monday (unpacking) to complete the job. They had a full Penske truck and were able to help the residents of four apartments have some basic living comforts – two apartments had no beds! Many household items (towels, pans, glasses) were packed and delivered to our “Welcome Basket” Closet at Mercy Housing South Loop this week. These are Rotarians “making a difference!”


*****It's time to begin our favorite job in Rotary!! Each year our Club extends college scholarships to seven worthy students at East and West Leyden and the O'Hare family. Our main fundraiser The Jack Frawley Memorial Rotary Golf Outing in June (more info below) is to amass the funds to continue this amazing support for students. Criteria for receiving a scholarship are strong grades & SAT scores, service to community & school through activities and clubs, family need, and future goals and plans. We thank Chuck Henschel, Chair of Scholarship Committee, for organizing the entire process along with his team: John Kearns, Jack Ranttila, Sylvia Jewgieniew, and Mike Sullivan!!


*****Our Club's 3rd Annual HoopsMania Fundraiser from 1/18/18–3/8/18 The goal has been set for each member to sell at least 10 tickets at $20 each for which you will get your allotment this Thursday. When selling, make sure that the buyer completes on the stub portion of the ticket and return it to Cruz with the money. She will be at our weekly meetings to collect the stubs and money as tickets are being sold. She will have extras in case anyone wants to sell more -- let her know by Tuesday how many you want and she'll get them to you at the following Thursday's meeting. Every ticket sold means more $$$ for “doing good for the world!!” Cruz: The following information describes how each ticket holder can win:

Each game card is randomly assigned 8 teams (2 from each region) that will play in college

basketball’s national championship tournament. The teams are represented by their seed numbers

and regions in the tournament. To play the game, participants simply add up all the points scored by

their 8 teams throughout the tourney. The top 45 and bottom 4 scoring game cards all win prizes!


*****You are invited to attend an evening you will not soon forget!! The Leyden Inspirational Eagle Award Dinner and Ceremony sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chicago O'Hare will be held at East Leyden High School on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the Nardini Library. We thank Frank Holthouse who has been working this year to make this an evening to remember for not only the students and parents, but also for our club.

Please RSVP to Frank Holthouse

or Pat Ranttila in person or cell 847-648-1177 or


The test of our progress is not whether

we add more to the abundance of those who have much,

it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.


Opportunities for you to participate:



Global Grants Training

& Development

Rotary District 6450


Primera Engineers

650 Warrenville Road

Lisle IL


9:00 – 12:00

Opportunity for all Rotarians to learn what’s going on with humanitarian Global Grants in the District and how they are Making a Difference in people’s lives all around the world.

Free to attend

but registration is required



Leyden Interact Clubs

Feeding Children WorldWide

East Leyden High School


3:30 – 5:30 PM

We need your help with this pack. Eldon Tracy will not be available to carry and set up items in the school. His back-up support Larry will get them to the school.

Save the date!

We need your help!!!



Pizza Appreciation Party for

LIFE Learning Program

West Leyden High School

1000 Wolf Road

Northlake IL

10:55 – 12:00 noon

All Club Rotarians are invited to attend this opportunity to show the special needs students and their teachers of the LIFE Learning Program how much we appreciate their authentic work of sorting amenity kits.

Sign up now!!


The school needs to know names of attendees before entry into the building.



The Inspirational

Eagle Award

Dinner and Ceremony

East Leyden H.S.

Nardini Library

3400 Rose Street

Franklin Park IL

6:00 PM


Please attend!

Students from Leyden High Schools have been nominated, their families invited, and a school mentor has been chosen to speak about the student's growth and success though challenges. This has taken the place of the Top 10% Ceremony.

Club members sit with students and families.

RSVP to:

Pat Ranttila


Frank Holthouse



Empower Leaders

District 6450.6440.6420 Leadership Training


Oakton Community College

1600 East Golf Road

Des Plaines IL


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!


Registration opens on:

February 1, 2018


$40 per mentor

$25 per protege





Spring Training

Rotary District 6450


Chicago Marriott Southwest
1200 Burr Ridge Parkway
Burr Ridge, IL 60527


9:00 – 12:00


District 6450 Training opportunity for all of the officers & Board members of our Club to define job descriptions and responsibilities. All members interested in growing in leadership, knowledge and opportunity in Rotary should attend.

Free to attend

but registration is required



Chili Cook Off

Rotary District 6450

Chicago Consortium


De La Salle Institute

3434 South Michigan

Chicago IL

2:00 – 5:00 PM

Consortium of 9 Chicago Rotary Clubs (including O'Hare) will sponsor a Chilli Cook Off where each Club will bring 1 meat and 1 vegetarian chili for everyone to sample and vote. BYOB

Sign up:


$35 per person





Rotary District 6450


Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference

3500 Midwest Road

Oak Brook IL 60523

Conference to be held in convenient Chicagoland Oak Brook with the possibility to attend either one or both days. Participants will get partial reimbursement from our Club.

Check out the amazing speakers and activities.


Register now!!




Presidential Peace Building Through Education and Literacy

Conference 2018


Rotary Zones 28 - 29

South Shore Cultural Center

7059 S South Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60649


8:00 AM until 5:00 PM

Conference will feature international, national and local speakers to help Rotarians find new ways to advance peace through their service, to learn from experts and to strengthen our abilities to build peace.

Register now!!

Admission cost.




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



Jack Ranttila

630-306-4219 cell



Rotary International Convention

Toronto / Canada

Convenient Toronto will be the site of the 2018 RI Convention where you will experience many renown speakers, learning opportunities, enjoying Toronto, 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:





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