Our bi-annual food pack

Twice a year, Eldon Tracy, the founder of Feeding Children Worldwide and our Honorary Rotary Member,  brings ingredients to pack.  Our members packed 2340 meals which will be shipped to 9 orphanages in South America.  Our next pack will be in September.  Our members look forward to these packs.  It's fun and rewarding.
Our bi-annual food pack 2020-01-09 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Dictionary Project

 

Our Rotary Club furnishes dictionaries to several 3rd graders in 5 different schools. We label each dictionary showing that our club has donated this dictionary to them.  We have been donating these for many years.
Rotary's Dictionary Project  2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to Rotarian of the Year
 

Our president Jim Testa awarded the  Rotarian of the Year to Ed Jacob.  Ed sees a community need and is always right on top of implementing what has to be done.  This year, he spearheaded a warm coat drive for My Joyful Heart and Veterans organizations - 700 coats and counting.  Congratulations Ed for this well-deserved prestigious award.
 
Congratulations to Rotarian of the Year  2019-12-13 06:00:00Z 0

President Jim Testa thanks speaker Ellen Phillips

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.


President Jim Testa thanks speaker Ellen Phillips 2019-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
President Jim Testa Congratulates Melissa Bukovatz 2019-11-07 06:00:00Z 0

President Jim Testa thanks Pam Jensen

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.
President Jim Testa thanks Pam Jensen 2019-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
President Jim Testa thanks -Rachel Ossara 2019-10-31 05:00:00Z 0

We welcomed Rotarian District Governor of Hawaii
 

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.
We welcomed Rotarian District Governor of Hawaii  2019-10-24 05:00:00Z 0

Presenting Rotaract visitors with our club flag

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.
Presenting Rotaract visitors with our club flag 2019-10-11 05:00:00Z 0

President Jim Testa thanks speaker Sherry Meyers

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.
 
President Jim Testa thanks speaker Sherry Meyers 2019-10-10 05:00:00Z 0

President Jim Testa thanks speakers Rick Rosenfeld & Darling Kittoe

 
 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.

 

 

 

President Jim Testa thanks speakers Rick Rosenfeld & Darling Kittoe 2019-09-19 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to winner John Kearns
 

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.
 
Congratulations to winner John Kearns  2019-09-19 05:00:00Z 0

Feeding Children Worldwide

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.
Feeding Children Worldwide 2019-09-12 05:00:00Z 0

Exhibiting at Schiller Park Car Show

 

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.
Exhibiting at Schiller Park Car Show  2019-09-08 05:00:00Z 0
Pres-Elect Sylvia Jewgieniew thanks speaker Wally Makowsky  2019-09-05 05:00:00Z 0

Past President Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Shelley Welch
 

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

 

 

 

 

Past President Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Shelley Welch  2019-08-08 05:00:00Z 0

President Jim Testa thanks speaker Hanna Ahn
 

 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.
President Jim Testa thanks speaker Hanna Ahn  2019-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

President Jim Testa gives Diane Carroll the Paul Harris Award

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.
President Jim Testa gives Diane Carroll the Paul Harris Award 2019-07-25 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary at Work

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.

Rotary at Work 2019-07-13 05:00:00Z 0

President Jim Testa thanks speaker Lisa Jacobs

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. 
 
 
President Jim Testa thanks speaker Lisa Jacobs 2019-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to new 2019-2020 Board

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
Congratulations to new 2019-2020 Board 2019-06-27 05:00:00Z 0

President Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Cliff Petrak

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!

 

 

President Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Cliff Petrak 2019-05-23 05:00:00Z 0

President Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Andrew Wolter

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.
President Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Andrew Wolter 2019-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

President Elect Jim Testa thanks speaker Brett Weiss
 

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.


 
President Elect Jim Testa thanks speaker Brett Weiss  2019-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

Life Learning Program at West Leyden High School
 

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.
 
Life Learning Program at West Leyden High School  2019-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

President Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Terry Abrahamson

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

President Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Terry Abrahamson  2019-04-11 05:00:00Z 0

My Joyful Heart Open House
 

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!!

 
My Joyful Heart Open House  2019-03-23 05:00:00Z 0

Jack and Pat doing Rotary work

Pat and Jack Ranttila presented dictionaries from our Rotary Club  to the 3rd Graders of St. Maria Goretti Elementary School.  Our Club gave dictionaries to all of the 3rd Graders in Franklin Park, Schiller Park and Rosemont.
Jack and Pat doing Rotary work 2019-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

Congrats to 14 Leyden High School students

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.
Congrats to 14 Leyden High School students 2019-03-12 05:00:00Z 0

President-Elect Jim Testa thanks speaker Carmen Azzato

Our club welcomed speaker, professional wrestler, Carmen Azzato speaking on behalf of Sports World.  His credentials include

2 Time World Heavyweight Champion
1 Time Intercontinental Champion
1 Time Television Champion
5 Time World Tag Team Champion

President-Elect Jim Testa thanks speaker Carmen Azzato 2019-03-07 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Officer Training

The Rotary Club of Chicago O’Hare was well represented at District 6450 PETS (President-Elect Training) in Itasca IL this past week- end by AG Sylvia Jewgieniew, President-Elect Jim Testa and AG Pat Ranttila.
 
Rotary Officer Training 2019-03-06 06:00:00Z 0

Dictionary Project
 

Our Club meeting was a service opportunity where our Club members adhered name plates to the dictionaries they will deliver to all of our 3rd graders in Schiller Park, Franklin Park and Rosemont.
 
Dictionary Project  2019-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

President Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Rona Raffey

Rona Roffey has been Camp Director of the YMCA Camp Duncan for over 25 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.

 

 
President Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Rona Raffey 2019-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

President Mike Sullivan thanks  Prof Aissetu Barry Ibrahima

Prof Aissetu Barry Ibrahima spoke about
"Understanding Maternal Health in Ethiopia: the Role of Indigenous Knowledge and Practice"
This presentation assessed the current context and the gap in maternal health policies and practices in Ethiopia and highlighted the importance of providing culturally competent services to enhance maternal health and minimize maternal mortality rates.
 
President Mike Sullivan thanks Prof Aissetu Barry Ibrahima 2018-12-27 06:00:00Z 0

MEETING VENUE CHANGED IN DECEMBER
 

For the next two weeks (Dec 20th and 27th) will be held at 
Westdale Park, 3045 Sandra Avenue, Melrose Park, IL 60164  (near Grand and Wolf)
Time:  Noon
Board Meeting on December 20th at 11:00 AM
MEETING VENUE CHANGED IN DECEMBER  2018-12-20 06:00:00Z 0

President Mike Sullivan thanks our speaker Valerie Mrak

Our speaker, Valerie Mrak is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, storyteller and life coach. She has interviewed a wide range of people from the His Holiness the Dalai Lama to a Blackfoot Medicine Woman, Fortune 100 CEOs and “everyday” people with fascinating stories.  Our members had an interaction session which was very insightful.
 
 
 
 
President Mike Sullivan thanks our speaker Valerie Mrak 2018-12-13 06:00:00Z 0

Dave Woodcock - Rotarian of the Year

A great Holiday Party last night at White Pines Golf Club. Here is a picture of Mike Sullivan (left) presenting The Rotarian of the year award to David Woodcock. David is a great supporter of all our initiatives and our Rotary Foundation Chairman. A much deserved award for his dedication to the club.
Dave Woodcock - Rotarian of the Year 2018-12-06 06:00:00Z 0

President Mike Sullivan thanks our speaker Amy Kacmarek

 Our speaker Amy Kaczmark  spoke about SOS Children’s Villages Illinois   They offer an innovative approach to traditional foster care. 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 their Villages. 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.

 

President Mike Sullivan thanks our speaker Amy Kacmarek 2018-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
President-Elect Jim Testa thanks speaker Shaun Pesce 2018-11-08 06:00:00Z 0

Leyden High School Career Day

This event intended to promote local businesses and job possibilities. Our members Ed Jacob, Jim Testa and Larry Fritz gave out popcorn while telling students about Rotary & service, Interact, and Scholarship possibilities.
Leyden High School Career Day 2018-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
President Mike Sullivan with Leyden High School Students 2018-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

Leyden's "Make a Difference Day"
 

Over 1000 Amenity kits were packed by Leyden High School Students in a record 45 minutes for the homeless veterans at the Hines VA Hospital's Veteran StandDown  Nov. 15th and 6th.    Special Thanks to Interact Club Sponsor Jen Black-Foltin and Dana Thomas for helping put it together, as well as Rotarians Frank Holthouse, Jack Ranttila, and Larry Fritz. The favorite part of the day was watching the students problem-solve and making the assembly line work better.  We just had to leave them alone.
 
 
 
Leyden's "Make a Difference Day"  2018-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

President Mike Sullivan awards Paul Harris Fellow

Our president Mike Sullivan was honored to present Rotary's Paul Harris Award of Recognition to past Rotarian members John Sisco and Joe Dote who have helped our club with their tireless efforts to promote our yearly golf outing fund raiser which allows our club to hand out many scholarships to well-qualified seniors in need of financial assistance.
President Mike Sullivan awards Paul Harris Fellow 2018-10-18 05:00:00Z 0

President Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Joseph Baar Topinka
 

Joseph Baar Topinka, author of
Just Judy showed a video and talked about his mother Judy Barr Topinka in his book.

Although originally a journalist, Topinka served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1981 to 1985 and in the Illinois Senate from 1985 to 1995. She was elected to three terms as Illinois State Treasurer, serving from 1995 to 2007. She was the first woman to become state treasurer, the first to be elected to three consecutive terms, and the first Republican to hold the post in more than 32 years. During her last term as treasurer, she was the only Republican to hold statewide elected office in Illinois. In 2002, she was elected chair of the Illinois Republican Party, holding that office until 2005.

President Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Joseph Baar Topinka  2018-10-11 05:00:00Z 0

President Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Cindy Gonzalez

Cindy Gonzalez is the Anti-Trafficking Outreach Specialist with The Salvation Army.  Her presentation covered human trafficking .  Their STOP-IT program is dedicated to combating human trafficking through trauma-informed strategies around prevention, identification and response.
President Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Cindy Gonzalez 2018-09-27 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary donated Bike Rack

Club Members Larry Fritz, Sylvia Jewgieniew, Frank Holthouse, Melissa Bukovatz, and Mike Sullivan were part of the dedication of the Rotary bike racks for the students at the East and West Leyden High Schools.  Presented to Dr.  Nick Polyak, High School Staff, and our Rotary Interact Club with School Interact sponsors Dana Thomas and Jen Black-Foltin.   After the dedication, Dr.  Nick Polyak gave everyone a tour of the Leyden West addition project.  A new wing that is purpose-built to enhance the instructional experiences for students.  See https://www.leyden212.org/construction   Bonus: There was cake.    Special thanks to Frank Holthouse for a great job of organizing the event.
Rotary donated Bike Rack 2018-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
President Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Zbig Skiba 2018-09-13 05:00:00Z 0

Kay Whitlock thanks Speaker Bob Miller

 Chief Operating Officer Bob Miller of Sweet Beginnings, LLC, explained how they have beekeepers to manage the hives placed at various locations around Chicago.  They make the beelove® family of products — an all natural line of raw honey and honey-infused body care products.  They manage the hives and extract honey from urban apiaries in the heart of the North Lawndale community in Chicago. Sweet Beginnings also manages an apiary at O’Hare.    The natural, high quality products are produced by men and women returning from incarceration. At Sweet Beginnings, these talented men and women develop a stable work history, learn marketable skills and gain the confidence they need to re-enter the workforce.

 


 
Kay Whitlock thanks Speaker Bob Miller 2018-08-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Raising Money to End Polio

Our Rotary Club members worked their annual booth at the Schiller Park Auto Show selling popcorn to raise money to eradicate polio.  Every dollar collected is matched double by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Rotary Raising Money to End Polio 2018-08-30 05:00:00Z 0
President Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Dr Djuro Pettkovic 2018-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
President Mike Sullivan thanks Speaker Dr Axel Joob 2018-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
President Mike Sullivan thanks Speaker Mike Dyer 2018-08-02 05:00:00Z 0

President Mike Sullivan thanks Governor Pedro

We had the pleasure of hosting the Rotary District 6450 Governor Pedro Cevallos-Candau (on the left with Club President Mike Sullivan). Pedro was both insightful and congenial as always. The club membership turnout was excellent and The Great Escape lunch was great too.
 
 
 
President Mike Sullivan thanks Governor Pedro 2018-07-26 05:00:00Z 0

President Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Diane Carroll
 

Diane Carroll, Executive Director of My Joyful Heart headquartered in Mokena gave us an update on the growth of their organization which now sponsors 900 disadvantaged children on the south side of Chicagoland.  Our club sponsors 2 children.  Each sponsored child receives 6 gifts during the course of the year and much needed back to school donations.  My Joyful Heart is our club's sanctioned charity.  They do wonderful things for children and best of all, give hope to these children for their future.
 
President Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Diane Carroll  2018-07-19 05:00:00Z 0

Installation Officers & Board 2018-19

Congratulations to our new team for 2018-2019 Rotary Year.  New President Mike Sullivan is installed by Past President Pat Ranttila.  Mike and all board members took the Rotary oath for the coming year.  We know it will be another fantastic year of Rotary work and fellowship.
 
Installation Officers & Board 2018-19 2018-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

John Kearns thanks speaker Larry Bartoszek

Our speaker today was Larry Bartoszek and his topic was
The Space Elevator From Science Fiction to Engineering.

Larry Bartoszek has a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from the University of Illinois and is an Illinois Licensed Professional Engineer. Larry is the author of several papers on the climber design for space elevators and has spoken at many space conferences.  His presentation was mind-boggling!

 

John Kearns thanks speaker Larry Bartoszek 2018-06-14 05:00:00Z 0
Mayor Nick Caiafa (on right) thanked by Member Rollo Dace  2018-05-31 05:00:00Z 0

Our Rotary Members out in the community

Club members David Woodcock, Sylvia Jewgieniew, Jack Moran, Mike Sullivan, and Melissa Bukovatz working with Leyden Township Staff on the spring planting at the Fleck Park in Melrose Park.  The flower bed has a sign “Provided by the Rotary Club fo Chicago O’Hare.”
Our Rotary Members out in the community 2018-05-24 05:00:00Z 0

Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Dave Neary

 Dave Neary gave our members a terrific overview of what Habitat for Humanity does.   They work in partnership with individuals, corporate partners and faith based organizations to build up our communities. Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.

 

 

Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Dave Neary 2018-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Paul Reimer

Paul Reiman is the Head of Rewards and HR Operations for Commvault, a global provider of data management software and related solutions. In his role he oversees the global vision and execution of the organization's compensation, benefit, mobility, HR systems, and HR analytics programs.  In his presentation he diagnosed the underlying causes of the gender pay gap and explained what makes it.
Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Paul Reimer 2018-04-26 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Serving the Community

Our Club competed in the Chicago Consortium Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser  from which the funds raised will be donated to the Teen Living Center, a youth homeless shelter, in Chicago. The money will be used to update their kitchen and matched by District 6450 in our Food Insecurity Initiative.

 
Rotary Serving the Community 2018-04-22 05:00:00Z 0

Pat Ranttila thanks Leyden Advisors

Dana Thomas and Jen Foltin-Black, advisors of Leyden Interact Clubs, and six students 
gave an Interact update and spoke about their RYLA experiences.
Pat Ranttila thanks Leyden Advisors 2018-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

Mike Sullivan thanks our speakers

Dr Casey Holtschneider's (left in photo) presentation critically examined the traditional approach to services for youth in situations of homelessness. Directly informed by the life experiences of young people, it calls for a shift in both our understanding of the issue as well as the current strategies being implemented to address it.  Patricia Vargas Rivas  (right in photo) is the Executive Director of Puente  de Solidaridad (Solidarity Bridge) of Cochabamba, Bolivia.   She gave an update and thanked the Rotary Clubs who helped in making the Laparoscopic Tower a reality for a public hospital in Cochabamba.  
 
 
Mike Sullivan thanks our speakers 2018-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary at Work


  Rotary Club of Chicago O’Hare members Pat Ranttila, Jack Ranttila and Mike Sullivan with partners from the Chicago Coalition Of Rotary Clubs, and other volunteers worked at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.   Our group repackaged near 5,000 lbs of sweet potatoes for distribution to the community.  
 
 
 
Rotary at Work 2018-04-11 05:00:00Z 0

Mike Sullivan thanks speakers Bernhard Groth and Francoise Pierre

We would like to thank our alternate speaker, Bernhard Groth, a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago and guest of Francoise Pierre.  He shared his passion for bringing HIPPOs to Haiti to help people carry water.  A HIPPO is a 24 gallon water roller that allows a user to roll their water supply from the source to the home, instead of carrying a container.   It has had some success in Africa, but the  terrain in Haiti is different.  Bernhard described the careful observations that are being made to start the process of bringing the HIPPOs project to Haiti.
 
Mike Sullivan thanks speakers Bernhard Groth and Francoise Pierre 2018-03-22 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to Past President Kay Whitlock

 Rotary member Kay Whitlock, PE, D.WRE and Vice President at Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. (CBBEL) received the French Wetmore Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Illinois Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Management (IAFSM). According to IAFSM, the award recognizes longtime floodplain managers whose "contributions have made a noticeable impact on floodplain and stormwater management efforts in the State of Illinois."  Our club is proud to call Kay an active member of our club.

Congratulations to Past President Kay Whitlock 2018-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

Leyden Inspirational Eagle Award Dinner sponsored by our club

The Leyden Inspirational Eagle Award Dinner and Ceremony sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chicago O'Hare was held at East Leyden High School on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the Nardini Library. Students from Leyden High Schools, their families invited, and a school mentor spoke about the student's growth and success though unimaginable challenges. 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.

 
Leyden Inspirational Eagle Award Dinner sponsored by our club 2018-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
President Cruz Bernal-Albano thanks speaker Larry Boyle 2018-03-01 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary thanks Leyden Students

Rotarians Glenn Spachman, Melissa Bulovatz, Pat and Jack Ranttila celebrated with the students and teachers of the Leyden LIFE Learning Program at West Leyden. Our Club brought pizza to thank them for their continued Airline Surplus sorting for us!
 
Rotary thanks Leyden Students 2018-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Jesse Greenberg 2018-02-08 06:00:00Z 0

Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Rona Roffey

Rona Roffey has been Camp Director of the YMCA Camp Duncan for over 25 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.

Mike Sullivan thanks speaker Rona Roffey 2018-01-25 06:00:00Z 0
Our club packed 800 meals for the hungry kids in the Philippines 2018-01-11 06:00:00Z 0
Thanks speakers Dick Tussing & Tom Nguyen from Right Start 4 Kids 2018-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

Unbelievable Luck.  Congratulations to Member Felix Matlock, the Big Raffle Winner

Talk about luck. Last year at the same meeting before Christmas, Felix picked the ace of spades and we wrote him a check for over one thousand dollars.  Today at Rotary, one year later, he picks the Ace of Spades again to win over double what he won last year.  Pot was at least $4200 so 1/2 will go to him and the other half our club.  There is talk of barring him next year for this meeting  - ONLY KIDDING FELIX (or are we?).
 
Unbelievable Luck. Congratulations to Member Felix Matlock, the Big Raffle Winner 2017-12-21 06:00:00Z 0
President Cruz Bernal-Albano gives appreciation Holiday checks to the staff at The Great Escape to thank them for exemplary service throughout the year  2017-12-21 06:00:00Z 0

President Cruz Bernal-Albano names Pat Ranttila Rotarian of the Year

At our annual Holiday Party, our President named Pat Ranttila Rotarian of the Year for her non-ending contributions to our local charities, Rotary functions, working with My Joyful Heart and the Grandmothers in Roseland project.  Pat has endless energy and this is a tribute to her service.
 
President Cruz Bernal-Albano names Pat Ranttila Rotarian of the Year 2017-12-14 06:00:00Z 0

President Cruz Bernal-Albano thanked our speakers

Anna Waksmundzka is a student at Loyola University doing her internship with CIP (Council of International Programs).  The Executive Director,  Dr George Palamattam joined Anna in presenting a program outlining their organization. CIP is a nonprofit organization that promotes international understanding through cross-cultural exchange and work-based training in the US.​ 

President Cruz Bernal-Albano thanked our speakers 2017-12-07 06:00:00Z 0

Member Larry Fritz thanks speaker Hall Healy

Since 1973, the International Crane Foundation (ICF) has been protecting the 15 crane species and their habitats on 5 continents. ICF works in 45 countries, including Russia, China, and until recently North Korea (Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea-DPRK).  Hall Healy discussed the North Korean work and how this kind of activity can help enhance dialogue between countries, and what its like to work in that elusive place.

Member Larry Fritz thanks speaker Hall Healy 2017-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Larry Fritz and Cruz Bernal-Albano took park in Leyden Township Tree Lighting  2017-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
We inducted a new member into our club!  Here is Francoise Pierre (center) receiving her Rotary pin from President, Cruz Bernal-Albano, with Sylvia Jewgieniew who sponsored Francoise!  2017-11-16 06:00:00Z 0

Board Member Sylvia Jewgieniew thanks speaker Jerry Goldman

JERRY GOLDMAN is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University

His talk examined the similarities and differences in the paths that led O’Connor and Ginsburg to the nation’s highest court. O’Connor — the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court — and Ginsburg — the second woman so appointed — shared experiences and crossed paths but each has left a different impact on the law.

 

 

 

 

Board Member Sylvia Jewgieniew thanks speaker Jerry Goldman 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Members Pat and Jack Ranttila presented dictionaries to the third graders at St. Maria Goretti Elementary School in Schiller Park 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary in the Community - Larry Fritz and Glenn Spachman pictured

Our Rotary Club participated in the 2017 Career Fair and Business Expo at East Leyden High School. Frank Holthouse, Larry Fritz, Pat Ranttila, Melissa Bukovatz, Glenn Spachman, Michael Sullivan, Rollo Dace and President Cruz Bernal-Albano represented our club.

Rotary in the Community - Larry Fritz and Glenn Spachman pictured 2017-11-08 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary At Work helping disadvantaged children

 

Our member Ed Jacob got the ball rolling and collected enough money from our members to donate 78  warm winter coats to My Joyful Heart that were delivered by our members Jack and Pat Ranttila.  Executive Director Diane Carroll of My Joyful Heart shows her appreciation.
 
 

 

Rotary At Work helping disadvantaged children  2017-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

Our speaker Leon Magnum is thanked by our President Cruz Bernal-Albano

Operation Support Our Troops - America
Their mission is to support the morale and well-being of American forces by providing comfort, resources and education to them and their families both while they are deployed in harm’s way and after their return. Engaged in the longest war of our country’s history and with our servicemen and women completing multiple tours of duty, this organization is committed to showing them that "We Have NOT Forgotten."
Our speaker Leon Magnum is thanked by our President Cruz Bernal-Albano 2017-11-02 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary At Work

 

Rotarian Larry Fritz delivers Dictionary's  for the Third grade students of Pietrini Elementary School to school Principal Mrs. Lois Fronczke.
 

 
Rotary At Work  2017-10-27 05:00:00Z 0

Leyden High School Make a Difference Day


 

Thank you members for supporting the “Make a Difference Day” for the Leyden High Schools on last Saturday at East Leyden. Our donations to Leyden were the materials from our Airline Surplus Project from which Interact students packed 1000 Amenity Kits for the homeless veterans to pick up at the Hines VA Hospital Veteran StandDown in Humboldt Park in November. Rotarians Frank Holthouse,Mike Sullivan, Jack Ranttila, Larry Fritz and our Rotary friend Karen Wierer had the opportunity to work with both Interact Clubs and with Eldon Tracy with “Feeding Children WorldWide.” Thank you for making a difference!!

 
Leyden High School Make a Difference Day  2017-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
President Cruz Bernal-Albano thanks speaker Jackie Lorens Harris with Chicago Lights  2017-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
President Cruz Bernal-Albano thanks our speaker Graciela Chediak with the Ecuadorian Volunteers Association.  2017-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
President Cruz Bernal-Albano thanks Shawn Jeffers, Executive Director of Little City Foundation  2017-10-12 05:00:00Z 0

Prez Cruz thanks Speaker Lindsy Wadas from USO O'Hare

The United Service Organization (U.S.O.) offers a variety of services to active military personnel and their dependents, including free refreshments, information and referrals at O'Hare International Airport. The 24-hour center provides men, women and families of the Armed Forces with a place to relax, enjoy a meal, check email and phone home before being deployed or just after traveling from overseas. The USO at O'Hare has proudly provided programs, services, care and comfort to troops and their families since 1969.  Director Lindsys Wadas gave us an update on the services and O'Hare and is looking for volunteers.

Prez Cruz thanks Speaker Lindsy Wadas from USO O'Hare 2017-10-05 05:00:00Z 0

Past President Larry Fritz thanks speaker Tim Crossin & Barbara Dabler

Operation North Pole (ONP) is a volunteer-based public charity. ONP works with major children’s hospitals, providing a day of fun and fantasy for families who have a child battling a life threatening illness by hosting a fantasy trip to the North Pole on the second Saturday of each December.
Past President Larry Fritz thanks speaker Tim Crossin & Barbara Dabler 2017-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
Thanks to Mercy Housing for the Volunteer Award they bestowed upon us 2017-09-27 05:00:00Z 0

Carolyn Murphy awarded the prestigious Paul Harris Award

Member Jack Frawley was instrumental in our club honoring Carolyn Murphy.  
Carolyn Murphy took the responsibility of St John Brebeuf Parish in Niles Uncle Pete's Sandwich Ministry after Uncle Pete could no longer carry out the task of feeding and providing for the homeless.  Our Club’s Airline Surplus Project has supplied Carolyn’s mission with items since 2013 — blankets, pretzels, slippers, full amenity kits, ambassador kits, lotions, separated amenity items end empty amenity bags. Her outreach with our support has reached 14 different agencies within the greater Chicago area.  She has arranged the request with us, the trucks, the men to deliver the items, vetted the agencies and their needs, and has an on-going relationship with the agencies to evaluate their needs.
 
Carolyn Murphy awarded the prestigious Paul Harris Award 2017-09-21 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary at work feeding children worldwide

Twice a year our Rotary Members do a food packing for Feeding Children Worldwide.  Today, we packed 11 boxes which includes 2,376 meals.  The recipients are street children in the Philippines.  Thanks Eldon Tracy for furnishing the supplies for this worthwhile cause.
 
Rotary at work feeding children worldwide 2017-09-14 05:00:00Z 0

Pres Cruz thanks speaker Dr Jade Stanley

Jade Stanley, Ed.D., MSW, Chair and Professor, BASW Program director of social work department at NEIU.  Her Research and practice focus is on work with vulnerable populations, community practice and international social work.This presentation provides insights into a faculty led short term study tour to Lahore and Islamabad, Pakistan, in march 2017. The focus of the study tour was on social development and women empowerment. Seven social work students participated in this study tour and cultural exchange. 
 
 
Pres Cruz thanks speaker Dr Jade Stanley 2017-09-07 05:00:00Z 0

Pres Cruz thanks Scott McAdams for a Rotary District overview

Once a year, Rotary District 6450's Governor visits our club to give us an overview of our Rotary mission.  Scott McAdams is a most enthusiastic governor who shared with us his many ideas for our club to get involved in various worthwhile projects.  All of us members thoroughly enjoyed his presentation.
 
Pres Cruz thanks Scott McAdams for a Rotary District overview 2017-08-31 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Members Collecting Donations for End Polio Campaign

Many of our Rotary Members were at the Schiller Park Auto Show working a booth introducing visitors to Rotary and collecting $1 to eradicate polio worldwide.  For every dollar we collect, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation contributes $2.  Thanks to Larry, Cruz, and Frank for popping the popcorn and handing the popcorn bags to those who contributed $1.  Barb, Jack, and Glenn were part of our Rotary team.
 
Rotary Members Collecting Donations for End Polio Campaign 2017-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

President Cruz thanks speaker Pat White

Buzz Ride: Disruption: Memoirs of an Uber Driver by P.M. White, was released by Lake Claremont Press on August 17, 1917. The book is the memoirs of speaker Pat White, a business man who did a three month stint as an Uber driver in Chicago in the summer of 2013.  It was a very insightful and entertaining presentation.

 
President Cruz thanks speaker Pat White 2017-08-24 05:00:00Z 0

Pat Ranttila thanks speaker Erin Dubich

Erin spoke about creating an empowering mindset, looking at food through the lens of love, mindful eating, and cultivating self-love. She has degrees in neuroscience, psychology, and dietetics, and a Masters degree in Nutrition Communication from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. You can find her beautiful and wise writing at www.erindubichnutrition.com

 
Pat Ranttila thanks speaker Erin Dubich 2017-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
President cruz thanks speaker Sam Fain 2017-08-10 05:00:00Z 0

Prez Cruz thanks speaker Jackie Jackson from Jansco Inc.

Member Barb LaSpesa's daughter was the speaker today.  She talked about the Promotional Products Industry with case histories and how this industry has grown to 22.9 billion.  The #1 logoed product is apparel, followed by writing instruments, desk accessories and electronics.
 
Prez Cruz thanks speaker Jackie Jackson from Jansco Inc. 2017-08-03 05:00:00Z 0

President Cruz thanks our speaker Diane Carroll

Every year, Diane Carroll gives us an update on the children My Joyful Heart serves.  This organization provides gifts 6 times a year to disadvantaged school-aged children located primarily on the south side of Chicago.  Our Rotary Club sponsors two of these children yearly.  It's a very worth-while charity and we gave Diane a van load of back to school supplies, checks and cash toward this program.  You can donate online    www.myjoyfulheart.org    
 
 
 
President Cruz thanks our speaker Diane Carroll 2017-07-27 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting covered 3 events

Newly elected President Cruz Bernal-Albano gave our Rotary club banner to visiting Rotarian Michel Teboul visiting from Paris, France.  She then awarded member Larry Fritz with a Paul Harris award and lastly thanked our speaker Dr. Milka Ramirez who talked to our members about her social work with kids in Performing Arts.
 
Rotary Meeting covered 3 events 2017-07-13 05:00:00Z 0
Past Prez thanks speaker Heart Recipient Judy Meikle 2017-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to our new President Cruz Bernal-Albano 2017-06-29 05:00:00Z 0

Prez John thanks our speaker Chris Miller

Chris Miller with the Road Home Program affiliated with Rush enlightened our members about their terrific program helping veterans and their families cope with PTSD and other issues.  It's a free program.  Check out www.roadhomeprogram.org  to learn more.
 
Prez John thanks our speaker Chris Miller 2017-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

John thanks Emily Thompson and Bryan Van Rees

Travelers Aid staff and volunteers provide one-on-one service for at-risk passengers by accompanying them through such processes as flight check-in, going through security, transferring to gates, getting to baggage claim and/or sitting with them during a layover.   
 
John thanks Emily Thompson and Bryan Van Rees 2017-05-25 05:00:00Z 0

Prez John thanks speaker Rona Roffey and her daughter Addison

Rona Roffey has been Camp Director of the YMCA Camp Duncan for over 25 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.
 
Prez John thanks speaker Rona Roffey and her daughter Addison 2017-05-04 05:00:00Z 0

Our speaker Dick Cavenaugh is thanked by Prez John Kearns

Dick Cavenaugh’s autobiography is titled “Just About but Not Quite.” It describes some amazing experiences from a well-lived life. He spoke about his travels throughout the world including his service as an airman during the Korean War. Also he was the home plate umpire for the first game of the 1984 National League playoffs between the Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres.
 
Our speaker Dick Cavenaugh is thanked by Prez John Kearns 2017-04-27 05:00:00Z 0

Dr Nick Poliyak receives cherished Paul Harris Award

Great meeting today! The club presented Nick Polyak Leyden Township Superintendent with the Paul Harris award!! Much deserved as Leyden High school ROCKS.  Jen Black-Foltin and Dana Thomas from Leyden brought 3 students to our meeting who were awarded RYLA scholarships.  RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awareness is awarded to students who show leadership skills.  The students described their experience at the RYLA camp and found it very positive and rewarding.
 
Dr Nick Poliyak receives cherished Paul Harris Award 2017-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
Speaker Meredith Colby gave a terrific presentation on voice 2017-04-13 05:00:00Z 0

Robin Brown and Danny thanked by President John Kearns

Robin Brown and student Danny from St Charles discussed the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.  This is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage today's youth to lead healthier lives. 
 
 
 
Robin Brown and Danny thanked by President John Kearns 2017-03-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Airline Surplus Project Work Day

*****Our Airline Surplus Project Work Day on Saturday, March 18th at the Grand Avenue Warehouse at 9150 Grand Avenue, Franklin Park IL. was a wonderful success!! We had two groups that picked up large amounts of items that day (Mercy Housing Lakefront and Phil's Friends) plus packing blankets, cleaning and organizing the remaining items. Our workers included Ed and Sandi Marcus, Ed Jacob, Ed Jacob's friend Ed, John Kearns, Mike Sullivan, Chuck Henschel, Charlie Frangos, Felix Matlock, Fred Otto, Pat and Jack Ranttila. We even had a visit from Franklin Park's Mayor Pederson! Thank you to our hard-working volunteers for your help!!
 
Rotary Airline Surplus Project Work Day 2017-03-18 05:00:00Z 0
Mary McCann gave presentation about Global Grant in Bolivia 2017-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians at Work!

 
Another fun picture of our many Airline Surplus Project connections!!  Pam Brockman and Dan Arce from the Rotary Club of Chicago Little Village, Pedro Cevallos 6450 District Governor nominee, Jack and Pat Ranttila worked together to supply the needs of their Domestic Violence Projects for Alivio Medical Clinic, Mujeres Latinas en Action, and San Jose Obero Mission.
 
 
 
Rotarians at Work! 2017-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary President-Elect (PETS) meet in Itasca for training  2017-03-11 06:00:00Z 0

Our Rotary Club at work packing meals for the Philipines

Packing 2592 meals for disaster relief in the Philippines with Feeding Children Worldwide was accomplished by East and West Leyden HS Interact students and Rotarians Larry Fritz, Melissa Bulovatz, John Kearns, Jack and Pat Ranttila.
 
Our Rotary Club at work packing meals for the Philipines 2017-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
David Anderson gave a wonderful talk on Japanese Gardens in Rockford 2017-03-02 06:00:00Z 0

Leyden School students sort amenity kits for Rotary

The "Thank You" celebration for the Leyden School's LIFE Program was held on Wednesday, March 1 at West Leyden High School.  These special needs students sort amenity kits for distribution to the needy as an authentic work project in their job training.  This great partnership has existed for five years! Rollo, Melissa, Jack and Pat participated.
 
Leyden School students sort amenity kits for Rotary 2017-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
Prez John Kearns welcomes visiting Rotarian Gina Trimarco 2016-07-14 00:00:00Z 0

President John Kearns thanks speaker Kyra Wilson from NAMI

The mission of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)-Chicago is to provide hope and improve the quality of life for those in the greater Chicago area whose lives are affected by serious mental illness.  Speaker Kyra Wilson gave us an overview of the challenges of people who are afflicted and the work they do with the Police Department to better train them in dealing with mentally ill people.
 
President John Kearns thanks speaker Kyra Wilson from NAMI 2016-07-07 00:00:00Z 0

President Elect John Kearns thanks speaker Tim Perry

Tim is the President of Nationwide Chaplain Services and is expanding this service throughout local communities.  He talked about what they do which is basically assisting the Police and Fire Departments when there is a crisis and letting the families know about a death or assisting people in need if they are suicidal or have challenging issues.
 
President Elect John Kearns thanks speaker Tim Perry 2016-05-26 00:00:00Z 0

President Kay presents check to John & Emily from Traveler's Aid

Travelers Aid staff and volunteers provide one-on-one service for at-risk passengers by accompanying them through such processes as flight check-in, going through security, transferring to gates, getting to baggage claim and/or sitting with them during a layover.  John Ishu and Emily Thompson gave us an insight into all they do for travelers.
 
President Kay presents check to John & Emily from Traveler's Aid 2016-05-19 00:00:00Z 0

President Kay Wins our 50/50 Raffle

It just seems like we restarted our 50/50 Raffle a short time ago.  Lucky Kay drew the Ace of Spades.  We guesstimate her take was around $200.  Congratulations!  New game starts next week.
 
President Kay Wins our 50/50 Raffle 2016-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
President Kay welcomes Chad and Tony from United Healthcare 2016-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Pros Kaythanks Gina and Garrett for their program on the Guatemala Literacy Project sponsored by Rotary 2016-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Pres John thanks speaker Lennie Jarrett 2016-03-10 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Members Attended the Inspirational Eagle Award Dinner

The new Inspirational Eagle Award Dinner was Leyden High Schools's opportunity to honor students that have faced adversity by persevering through the challenges.  Rotary members that attended the Tuesday, February 23rd dinner were Rollo Dace, Mike Sullivan, Jack and Pat Ranttila, Kay Whitlock, Cruz Bernal-Albano, Chuck Henschel, Sylvia Jewgieniew, Glenn Spachmann, Larry Fritz, Tony Pecucci, Fred Otto, John Kearns.  
Rotary Members Attended the Inspirational Eagle Award Dinner 2016-02-23 00:00:00Z 0

Members attend "One Rotary Summit"

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"One Rotary Summit" training opportunity in Oak Brook, IL was attended by Jack Ranttila, Cruz Bernal-Albano, Dave Robbins, Sylvia Jewgieniew, Kay Whitlock, Mike Sullivan, Pat Ranttila and John Kearns.  New ideas and inspiration to move our Club forward!
 

 
Members attend "One Rotary Summit" 2016-01-31 00:00:00Z 0

President Kay thanks speaker Sue Chen

Posted on Jan 20, 2016

Sue Chen with the Mid-USA Falun Dafa Association  shared insights about the 5000 years of Chinese civilization, traditional Chinese values, music from different dynasties and ethnic groups of China.

 

President Kay thanks speaker Sue Chen 2016-01-21 00:00:00Z 0

Feeding Children Worldwide Rotary Pack

Posted on Jan 06, 2016
Our Rotary Club packed 10 boxes which contained 2,160 meals for the hungry childen in Mexico and the Phillippines.  
 
 
 
Feeding Children Worldwide Rotary Pack 2016-01-07 00:00:00Z 0

Pat Ranttila reports on our Airplane Surplus Project

Posted on Dec 30, 2015

To summarize the extent of the Airline Surplus Project since mid-year 2012 our Club has donated to 186 agencies and schools with a minimum of 50,000 comforters, 50,000 slippers and 50,000 amenity kits. These items plus airline lotions, hangers, pillows & pillowcases, silverware, and razors have helped complete about 150 – 200 “Welcome Baskets” to the new formerly homeless residents for Mercy Housing Lakefront's 27 facilities per year since 2008. We have supplied the Leyden High School LIFE program authentic work for three school years sorting the used amenity kits retrieved for us by Scrub Cleaning Services. The sorted boxed items have been given to shelters, care facilities and for rebuilding amenity kits for specific needs. We have impacted so many lives with our efforts!!

 
Pat Ranttila reports on our Airplane Surplus Project 2015-12-31 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks to Pat Ranttila for delivering gifts to our Grandmothers in Roseland 2015-12-21 00:00:00Z 0

President Kay thanks speaker Sarah Ridder

Posted on Dec 16, 2015
Our speaker today  Sarah Ridder,  talked about the process of becoming a peace corps volunteer.  In 2016, she'll be on her way to Ghana.  She’s the daughter of JoEllen Ridder, current president of the Bensenville Rotary Club.
 
President Kay thanks speaker Sarah Ridder 2015-12-17 00:00:00Z 0

Thanks to member Pat Ranttila who heads our dictionary project

Our Dictionary Project 2015 provided 424 dictionaries to local 3rd graders in the following schools:
John F. Kennedy Elementary and St. Maria Goretti Elementary in Schiller Park; North Elementary
Passow Elementary and Pietrini Elementary in Franklin Park; Rosemont Elementary in Rosemont. 
 
Thanks to member Pat Ranttila who heads our dictionary project 2015-12-16 00:00:00Z 0

Our Rotary Club Members deliver to need organizations

Posted by Pat Ranttila

The holidays will be brighter for the recipients of Airline Surplus Project items. Because the ASIG building is being torn down soon, we have put a stronger effort in getting these items to those in need. This month thanks to Pat and Jack Ranttila, Ed Jacob and Chuck Henschel we have made progress! The agencies we supported were: *SOS Children's Villages for their Las Posadas celebration in the Back of the Yards neighborhood; *Marillac Project Hope at 2829 W Jackson in Chicago; *Deborah's Place at 2822 West Jackson in Chicago; *St. Augustine Center for American Indians at 4512 N Sheridan in Chicago; *St Sabina Academy families in Southside Chicago; *Ridgewood High School Interact in Norridge IL for their Sandwich Project; *The Beloved Faith Community of St. Sabina for their Christmas Day dinner for the homeless; *Franciscan Harrison Shelter at 2715 W Harrison in Chicago; *Chicago Lights (an urban support group) with the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago; *McKinley-Vento Homeless Liaison for Children and Youth picked up by Tom Bookler; *Irving Park Community Food Pantry. The *Welcome Basket Project closet received the last of the blankets and enough amenity kits to last the year. It has been a busy month with lots of grateful agencies!

 
Our Rotary Club Members deliver to need organizations Pat Ranttila 2015-12-14 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Holiday Party with the Leyden Orchestra

Posted on Dec 07, 2015
Our Holiday Party was celebrated with the Norridge-Harwood Heights Club.  Background music was provided by the Leyden High Schools Orchestra.  Our raffle went quite well, collecting $500 and matched by 3 to 1 from the Bill Gates foundation for a total of $1500 to help eradicate polio worldwide.
 
Rotary Holiday Party with the Leyden Orchestra 2015-12-08 00:00:00Z 0

President Kay and Past President Barb welcome speaker Werner Juretzo

Posted on Dec 02, 2015
Our speaker today was Werner Juretzko, who became a prisoner of war for several months in the Soviet-Czech POW camp when he was a young teenager.  In 1948, he was asked to infiltrate the Communist Party.  He was recruited by the G-2 Intelligence Service of the United States Army.  Werner conducted authorized undercover espionage missions behind the Iron Curtain.  Werner was apprehended in action in 1955 and tried by Communist authorities and was sentenced to a 13-year prison term.  He has quite a story and his book is called Years Without Hope which is available in Kindle, ePub, PDF.  Go online to order it.
President Kay and Past President Barb welcome speaker Werner Juretzo 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0

Rotarian at Leyden High School Jobs Fair

Posted on Nov 03, 2015
Glenn Spachmann, Pat Ranttila, Larry Fritz and Tony Pecucci participated  in the Leyden High Schools Job Fair and Business Expo at East Leyden High School on Wednesday, November 4th.  Rollo Dace not available for picture.
 

 
Rotarian at Leyden High School Jobs Fair 2015-11-04 00:00:00Z 0

Dave Woodcock congratulates Kay Whitlock

Posted on Oct 28, 2015
Congratulations to Kay Whitlock for getting her Rotary Paul Harris plus 8 award. Kay has donated her time, service and money to Rotary for very good causes.
Dave Woodcock congratulates Kay Whitlock 2015-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
President Kay thanks speaker Tim Ryan and apprentice Kyle 2015-10-29 00:00:00Z 0

Pat Ranttila thanks speaker Bev Otto for her presentation

Posted on Oct 21, 2015
Bev Otto talked to our members about the importance of our Dictionary Project and the impact of poverty on those skills.   Also what we as parents and grandparents can do to encourage reading in the next generations.
 
Pat Ranttila thanks speaker Bev Otto for her presentation 2015-10-22 00:00:00Z 0

President Kay Whitlock thanks speakers Lulu & Cindi Lee

Posted on Sep 30, 2015
Lulu and Cindi Lee from the Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute gave us a presentation of all that their organization does for corporations, tourists and classes offered to better understand Chinese Culture.
 
President Kay Whitlock thanks speakers Lulu & Cindi Lee 2015-10-01 00:00:00Z 0

Pat Ranttila thanks Nicole Deckert for her presentation

Posted on Sep 09, 2015
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Pat Ranttila thanks Nicole Deckert for her presentation 2015-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Dave awards Barbara LaSpesa a Paul Harris +8 Medal 2015-09-10 00:00:00Z 0

President Kay and Rotary member Chuck thank speaker Ken Bredemeier

Posted on Aug 19, 2015
Ken Bredemeier gave a presentation on HEDAC (Honduras Educational Development Assistance Corporation), a 501c3 corporation.  15 schools have been adopted into a support program that refurbishes schools, engages communities, teachers, parents, students and the municipality to work with HEDAC to help children of our targeted communities achieve their full potential.
 
President Kay and Rotary member Chuck thank speaker Ken Bredemeier 2015-08-20 00:00:00Z 0

President Kay Whitlock attends event with other club Rotarians

Posted on Aug 13, 2015
President Kay Whitlock attended the celebration event at the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization Friday night.  Here is a  photo of Rotarians: 
Pam Brockman, Chicago Little Village Rotary Club    Pedro Cevallos-Candau, Rotary Club of Chicago, One    Kay Whitlock, Rotary Club of Chicago-O’Hare
 
President Kay Whitlock attends event with other club Rotarians 2015-08-14 00:00:00Z 0

President Kay Whitlock thanks speaker Teri Collins

Posted on Aug 05, 2015
Teri Collins, Executive Director of the Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation discussed
The Straight Dope and Preventing Drug Abuse by Teens.  This Non-Profit organization works to prevent adolescent drug and alcohol abuse and they promote positive mental health among teens.
President Kay Whitlock thanks speaker Teri Collins 2015-08-06 00:00:00Z 0

Prez Kay Whitlock thanks Donn G Ziebell for his program

Posted on Jul 08, 2015
Donn G Zibell, Ph.D is author of Conceal Carry: Pause   Conceal carry includes gaining knowledge about safely handling firearms, motor skills, mental alertness, psychology, defensive strategies, state firearm laws and so much more.
 
Prez Kay Whitlock thanks Donn G Ziebell for his program 2015-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
President Kay Whitlock thanks speaker Mike Waters from Catholic Charities 2015-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
2015-2016 Installation of Officers and Board of Directors 2015-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
President Pat thanks speaker Rob Johnson 2015-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
President Pat welcomes speaker Michael Munro 2015-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
West Leyden Thank you Pizza Party 2015-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
President Pat welcomes speaker Bruce Sewick from Leyden Family Service 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0

Our Rotary Club donated 400 dictionaries to local third graders

Our Club distributed 400 dictionaries to area Third Graders.  Schools included:  John F. Kennedy Elementary, North Elementary, Passow Elementary, Pietrini Elementary, Rosemont Elementary, My Joyful Heart, and St. Maria Goretti Elementary.  Pictured below are the Third Graders from St. Maria Goretti with presenter Pat Ranttila.
 
Our Rotary Club donated 400 dictionaries to local third graders 2015-04-18 00:00:00Z 0

President Pat thanks speaker Rona Roffey

Posted on Apr 08, 2015
President Pat Ranttila thanks Rona Roffey from YMCA Camp Duncan for giving our members up to date information on the ways the camp serves the disadvantaged children in the Chicago area.
 
President Pat thanks speaker Rona Roffey 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0

President Pat with Paul Fry & Ed Jacob

Posted on Mar 26, 2015
Brigadier General Paul Fry of the Defence Forces Ireland flew in from Ireland to SURPRISE member Ed Jacob for his 70th birthday.  He also spoke to our members who were fascinated with his story.
President Pat with Paul Fry & Ed Jacob 2015-03-27 00:00:00Z 0

Interact Club doing a Rotary project

Posted on Mar 23, 2015
Photo of the feeding Children Worldwide pack by the Interact students of both East and West Leyden High Schools and Rotary members of the Rotary Club of Chicago O'Hare.
 
 
 
Interact Club doing a Rotary project 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Speaker Sandy Sullivan with President Pat Ranttila 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Speaker Sherry Arthur receives a welcome from President Pat Ranttila 2015-02-05 00:00:00Z 0

President thanks Speaker Geoffrey Gephart

Posted on Jan 29, 2015
Our speaker Geoffrey Gephart, Executive Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association -- Midwest Chapter accepting thanks from President Pat Ranttila for increasing our awareness of the deadly disease of Pulmonary Hypertension and the role the association plays in prevention and care needs,
President thanks Speaker Geoffrey Gephart 2015-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
East & West Leyden Feeding Children Worldwide pack 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Grandmother's Project


Delivery of Holiday gift bags from our club to the Grand Family Roseland Village Apartments for the Grandmothers.
Rotary Grandmother's Project 2014-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
Thanking our wait staff at the Great Escape Restaurant 2014-12-18 00:00:00Z 0

West Leyden Service Clubs visits an orphanage in Mexico

Posted on Dec 10, 2014
Wil Wagner, West Leyden Principal introduced members of the West Leyden Service Club.  The kids talked about their trip to Puerto Vallarta to help children
in a nearby orphanage and what an eye opening experience it was for all of them.  They will be looking to make the trip again this summer with about 50-60 students.  
West Leyden Service Clubs visits an orphanage in Mexico Barb LaSpesa 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Students from West Leyden & East Leyden Interact & Ryla participants 2014-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Volunteers of America gave us their presentation today. Member Chuch Henschel is on the left. Barbara LaSpesa 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
President Pat congratulates Kay Whitlock Barbara LaSpesa 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Meeting in Florida

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Nov 05, 2014

Even when away from our club, our hearts are still with Rotary.  Ed Marcus and Barbara LaSpesa went to the Rotary Club of Coral Springs meeting in Florida and presented our flag to president Barbara Gobbi.Image

Rotary Meeting in Florida Barbara LaSpesa 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Nick Polyak, Supt of Leyden Township visits our club Barbara LaSpesa 2014-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Konrad F Hack, combat artist, gave his presentation on his Vietnam career Barbara LaSpesa 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0

Commissioner Dan Patlak being welcomed by President Pat Ranttila

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Sep 10, 2014

 Commissioner Dan Patlak discussed what is new at the Cook County Board of Review, including the ability to submit property tax appeals online and how the digitalization of the appeal process improves the timely distribution of 2nd installment property tax bills.

 

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Commissioner Dan Patlak being welcomed by President Pat Ranttila Barbara LaSpesa 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Packing Meals for Feeding Children Worldwide Barbara LaSpesa 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0

President Pat Welcomes Speaker James E Gierach

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Aug 27, 2014

James E. Gierach is a former Assistant State's Attorney of Cook County, municipal attorney, Village prosecutor, and general practitioner. He was the youngest delegate elected to write Illinois' Constitution in 1970, a former candidate for Cook County State's Attorney and Illinois governor, raising drug policy and prison issues. One newspaper called him, "Illinois' premier conscientious objector to the war on drugs."

 

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President Pat Welcomes Speaker James E Gierach Barbara LaSpesa 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Members promote awareness of Polio Eradication

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Aug 22, 2014

Today, our Rotary Club members volunteered at the Schiller Park Festival to raise money to end polio worldwide. For every dollar collected, Bill Gates contributes $2. There are only 128 polio cases left in 3 countries. One of Rotary’s main goals is to eradicate polio but more money is needed to reach this goal.Image

Rotary Members promote awareness of Polio Eradication Barbara LaSpesa 2014-08-23 00:00:00Z 0

President Pat Ranttila welcomes reps from Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Aug 13, 2014

Jen Wolff and Georgia Winson with Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach gave us a presentation on their non-profit organization.  They engage hospitals, corporations, donors, volunteers and healthcare workers in more than 75 countries to build a bridge between surplus in the United States healthcare system and devastating needs in healthcare around the world.  In 2013, 50 hospitals and 18 clinics participated and their partner hospitals were able to save 803,329 pounds of medical supplies and equipment from landfills in the Midwest.  The supplies and equipment saved were repurposed and sent to medical missions in 39 countries.Image,329 

President Pat Ranttila welcomes reps from Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach Barbara LaSpesa 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0

President Pat Ranttila presents a check to Diane Carroll of My Joyful Heart

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Aug 06, 2014

Today, at our Rotary Meeting, our speaker was Diane Carroll from My Joyful Heart who gave an in depth heartbreaking description of the poverty and horrible situations her over 650 kids endure daily.  Our club sponsors 2 disadvantaged kids in this program.  We donated lots of back to school supplies. ImageCheck out their website  www.myjoyfulheart.org   Check donations can be mailed to My Joyful Heart P O Box 502 Lockport IL 60441 

President Pat Ranttila presents a check to Diane Carroll of My Joyful Heart Barbara LaSpesa 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
President Pat Ranttila welcomes speaker Annette Jahnel Barbara LaSpesa 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary donates to My Joyful Heart

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Jul 25, 2014

Jack and Pat Ranttila delivered items to the Mokena IL warehouse from American and United Airlines to My Joyful Heart for their gift bags for 800 underprivileged children in the Chicagoland area.Image

Rotary donates to My Joyful Heart Barbara LaSpesa 2014-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
New Member Rick Stack gave his Ice Breaker Presentation Barbara LaSpesa 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Tony Pecucci gave hisi presentation on Leyden Community Outreach program. Barbara LaSpesa 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0

President Pat Ranttila welcomes Salvation Army's Cheryl Hagedorn

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Jul 02, 2014

Speaker Cheryl Hagedorn gave our members a presentation on the Salvation Army's ministry of Breakfast with Baby.  They meet on the second Saturday of every month to eat breakfast at 8:30 AM at 609 W Dempster in Des Plaines.  Free diapers are distributed to families struggling financially.  The mother must be at least 7 months pregnant or havImagee a baby under 12 months of age to qualify.  To host a diaper drive, call 847-981-9111.

President Pat Ranttila welcomes Salvation Army's Cheryl Hagedorn Barbara LaSpesa 2014-07-03 00:00:00Z 0

Installation of 2014-2015 Officers/Board of Directors

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Jun 25, 2014

Congratulations to new President Pat Ranttila (siting with yellow blouse) pictured here with her officers and board of directors.  Thanks to outgoing President Larry Fritz for the fine job he did this past year.  Sitting next to Pat is President-Elect Kay Whitlock.Image

Installation of 2014-2015 Officers/Board of Directors Barbara LaSpesa 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0

Our Rotary Club Members at O'Hare Airport

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Jun 21, 2014

Several Rotary Club members, spouses and friends sorted 31 boxes donated by United Airlines of first class and business class amenity kits left on the plane.  Contents will be distributed to various local needy organizations.Image

Our Rotary Club Members at O'Hare Airport Barbara LaSpesa 2014-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
President Larry Fritz thanks speaker Kim Morton Barbara LaSpesa 2014-06-12 00:00:00Z 0

Congrats to Member Ron Hann

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on May 07, 2014

Our 50/50 raffle has come to an end.  The raffle was $3089 and Rob won half today by pulling the Ace of Spades.  We are starting a new raffle next week.  Details on our new raffle will be explained next week.Image

Congrats to Member Ron Hann Barbara LaSpesa 2014-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
President Larry Fitz presenting a check to Lindsy Wadas, USO Barbara LaSpesa 2014-04-17 00:00:00Z 0

Larry Fritz officially welcomes Dan Olson

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Apr 02, 2014

Larry gave Dan his official Chicago-O'Hare papers.  Dan Transferred over from the Franklin Club due to its demise.  Welcome to our club Dan.Image

Larry Fritz officially welcomes Dan Olson Barbara LaSpesa 2014-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Speaker Dr Julia W Rath and President Larry Fritz Barbara LaSpesa 2014-04-03 00:00:00Z 0

Member Barbara LaSpesa visiting a Florida Rotary Club

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Mar 19, 2014

When out of town, and time permits, it’s always a fun experience to make-up a Rotary Meeting at another club.  I’ve met some wonderful Rotarians at the Coral Springs Rotary Club in Florida this past snowbird season. To find another club, just download the Rotary Club Locator App.  I use it all the time.

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Member Barbara LaSpesa visiting a Florida Rotary Club Barbara LaSpesa 2014-03-20 00:00:00Z 0

RYLA - Leyden High School Students and Coordinators Join Our Club

Posted by Ted Woosley on Feb 26, 2014

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As usual, Our Club President, Larry Fritz is flanked by smiling people much easier on the eyes than him.  This time - School Counselors and RYLA coordinators from East and West Leyden High Schools.  Also - many students who attended the RYLA Weekend joined us for lunch and shared their experiences.

RYLA - Leyden High School Students and Coordinators Join Our Club Ted Woosley 2014-02-27 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Chicago-O'Hare to honor Leyden students

Posted by Ted Woosley on Feb 16, 2014

Click this link to see the PROGRAM: http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/6450/2178/HTML/219713//WestLeydenTop10-2014.pdf

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The Rotary Club of Chicago-O'Hare will honor students from the top ten percent of District 212's senior class at the 33rd Annual Top Ten Percent Ceremony on Feb. 25. Read more in the release below.

The Rotary Club of Chicago-O'Hare continues the tradition of the Franklin Park Rotary Club's recognition of students in the top ten percent of District 212’s class of 2014. 

On Tuesday, February 25, the 33rd Annual Top Ten Percent Ceremony will be held in honor of students from both campuses who have achieved outstanding academic success. Because of the Rotary club’s generosity, each of these students has had the opportunity to apply for one of the scholarships awarded by the club. 

If you would like to support the Rotary Club of Chicago-O’Hare’s recognition of Leyden students, a donation to the club’s scholarship fund is suggested. Please make a check payable to the Rotary Club of Chicago-O'Hare Foundation and send it to Mr. Dominic Manola, East Leyden High School, 3400 Rose St., Franklin Park 60131-2184.

For more information, please contact Dominic Manola at dmanola@leyden212.org. and 847-451-2464.

Rotary Club of Chicago-O'Hare to honor Leyden students Ted Woosley 2014-02-17 00:00:00Z 0

Leyden Family Services Aftercare addresses our Club

Posted by Ted Woosley on Feb 12, 2014

Leyden Family Services Aftercare provides a range of counseling, treatment and preventative care services for adults, adolescents, senior citizens, children and families. This includes treatment programs for those struggling with substance abuse, gambling addiction and other mental health problems. We specialize in offering professional help within a non-judgmental setting while supporting each individual's right to confidentiality. 

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Hildi Tamayo from the Leyden Family Services Food Pantry (left), Rotary Club of Chicago-O'Hare President Larry Fritz (center), Bruce Sewick from Leyden Family Services Aftercare (right).

 For more information, please visit www.leydenfamilyservice.org or contact Bruce Sewick at 847-451-0500.

Leyden Family Services Aftercare addresses our Club Ted Woosley 2014-02-13 00:00:00Z 0

Clair Eblovi of projectc.u.r.e. addresses our Club

Posted by Ted Woosley on Feb 05, 2014

Project C.U.R.E. is the world’s largest distributor of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries and partners with Rotary Clubs to deliver cargo containers of medical donations to healthcare facilities in developing countries.  Headquartered in Denver, local Rotaries are a fantastic source of support.  Rotary members volunteer on a monthly basis at our distribution warehouse, and the Littleton Rotary was instrumental in supporting Project C.U.R.E. to purchase the Denver warehouse.  

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Our Club President Larry Fritz thanks Clair Eblovi from Project C.U.R.E. for presenting to our Club.  For more information, visit www.projectcure.org, or email claireeblovi@projectcure.org 

Clair Eblovi of projectc.u.r.e. addresses our Club Ted Woosley 2014-02-06 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Chicago-O'Hare thanks West Leyden HS Student Volunteers

Posted by Ted Woosley on Jan 29, 2014

Rotary Club of Chicago-O'Hare members (from left to right) Jack Frawley, Richard Bertucco, Jack Rantilla, Pat Rantilla, Glenn Spachman, Larry Fritz and Ed Marcus thanked the student volunteers at West Leyden High School for working for our Club. 

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The student volunteers from West Leyden High School are an integral part of our Club's airline amenity kit redistribution program.  The students are put to work at the High School sorting out the individual elements of the amenity kits provided to our Club by our airline partners.  In turn, these products are provided to people in need all around greater Chicagoland.  It was an absolute honor for our Club Members to be able to thank the students for all of their hard work by providing a pizza luncheon at the school and interacting with the students.

The student volunteers have been invited to join our Club for lunch on February 27th.

Rotary Club of Chicago-O'Hare thanks West Leyden HS Student Volunteers Ted Woosley 2014-01-30 00:00:00Z 0

Club Reinvests Funds

Posted by Ted Woosley on Jan 22, 2014

Club Treasurer Glenn Spachman and President Larry Fritz present Richard Bertucco with select Club Funds for reinvestment.

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Club Reinvests Funds Ted Woosley 2014-01-23 00:00:00Z 0

Speaker Paul Cody from the Global Smile Foundation

Posted by Ted Woosley on Jan 22, 2014

Mr. Paul Cody from the Global Smile Foundation addresses our Club.  The mission of the Global Smile Foundation is to alleviate the suffering of underserved patients born with facial congenital deformities with special emphasis on cleft lips and palates.

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President Larry Fritz welcomes Mr. Paul Cody from the Global Smiles Foundation.  For more information, visit www.gsmile.org.

 

Speaker Paul Cody from the Global Smile Foundation Ted Woosley 2014-01-23 00:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Year Awarded to Jack and Pat Ranttila

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Dec 16, 2013
Congratulations to both Jack and Pat Ranttila on receiving the Rotarian of the Year Awards presented by President Larry Fritz at our annual Holiday Party.  This was a much well-deserved award to Pat and Jack for all the hours and efforts they put into working with Mercy Housing Lakefront and the amenity kit program.Image.  

Jack spends countless hours receiving and unloading donated amenity kits and comforters from United Airlines.  Pat delivers or makes arrangements to get these donated products to over 120 agencies.
Rotarian of the Year Awarded to Jack and Pat Ranttila Barbara LaSpesa 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to member Pat Ranttila Barbara LaSpesa 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Barbara LaSpesa Awarded Paul Harris +5 Barbara LaSpesa 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0

Barbara Piltaver, Mayor of Schiller Park

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Dec 11, 2013

Our President Larry Fritz who also happens to be a Village Trustee of Schiller Park, welcomed Mayor Barbara Piltaver who gave us a little history of Schiller Park.  Barbara was born and raised here and she shared some wonderful stories about her family's roots in the Village.

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Barbara Piltaver, Mayor of Schiller Park Barbara LaSpesa 2013-12-12 00:00:00Z 0

Mercy Home "Welcome Basket" Project

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Dec 04, 2013

Members Pat Ranttila, Kay Whitlock and Felix Matlock gave a presentation on this project which started in 2008. They brought a sample of the Welcome Basket we give to new Mercy Housing Residents annually.  Each welcome basket includes a gift card indicating that the basket is a housewarming gift provided by our club.Image

Mercy Home "Welcome Basket" Project Barbara LaSpesa 2013-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor Cliff Lyda Installs New Members Mike Rickert and Dominic Manola Barbara LaSpesa 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to members Kay Whitlock & Rob Hann for their Paul Harris +2 Awards Barbara LaSpesa 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0

Many thanks to United Airlines for their donation

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Oct 09, 2013

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On Thursday, Jack and Pat Ranttila, Ed Marcus, Chuck Henschel, Dave Woodcock and John Kearns broke down the pallets and stored them systematically in our new storage room graciously provided by member John Sisco. There was a total of 432 boxes containing United Airlines First Class Amenity Kits.

Many thanks to United Airlines for their donation Barbara LaSpesa 2013-10-10 00:00:00Z 0

Congrats to Kay Whitlock

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Oct 08, 2013

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Rotary Member Kay Whitlock was honored at the Mercy Housing "Moving  Forward Together" celebration as a long serving Board Member for Mercy Housing Lakefront. Kay brought to our club the connection between the Rotary Club of Chicago O'Hare and Mercy Housing Lakefront.  Our "Welcome Basket" project for the new residents of Mercy's 27 properties was honored at the Rotary District 6450 Conference as the longest on-going project in the District.  To learn more: www.mercyhousing.org

Congrats to Kay Whitlock Barbara LaSpesa 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z 0

President Larry Fritz welcomes Hunter Byington

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Oct 02, 2013

Hunter is Rotary District 6450 Communications and Public Relations Director.  He gave us tips on how to use Facebook and YouTube to promote our club.
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President Larry Fritz welcomes Hunter Byington Barbara LaSpesa 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
President Larry Fritz welcomes Hunter Byington Barbara LaSpesa 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z 0

President Larry Fritz with Laura Pollastrini & Dimitrios Kriaras

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Sep 25, 2013

Laura is the Government & Public Relations Manager and Dimitrios Kriaras is their Chief Operations Officer at  Northwestern College located in Rosemont.  Image

Northwestern College was founded in 1902 to provide men and women with specialized training necessary for a successful career in business and to support Chicago's rapidly growing business community, NC continues to pursue the basic principles of its founder: to meet the needs of students who are career-oriented.   

 

President Larry Fritz with Laura Pollastrini & Dimitrios Kriaras Barbara LaSpesa 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
President Larry Fritz welcomes new Member Dominic Manola Barbara LaSpesa 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
President Larry Fritz welcomes new Member John Schneider Barbara LaSpesa 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z 0

Speaker Dave Navarro (center of photo) with Richard Bertucco and Fred Otto

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Sep 11, 2013

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We welcomed back Dave Navarro who updated us on the state of the economy.  He started off with the economy in 1982 to our present day.  It was a very informative presentation.  Dave has been president of Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group ( Member Richard Bertucco's employer) since 1997. He is a registered Securities Principal of Commonwealth Financial Network with over 20 years experience in the financial services industry. Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group | www.cofgroup.com 903 Commerce Dr. Suite 300. Oak Brook, IL 60523 Ph 630-413-4221

Speaker Dave Navarro (center of photo) with Richard Bertucco and Fred Otto Barbara LaSpesa 2013-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Our Club packed 2500 meals for Feeding Children Worldwide Barbara LaSpesa 2013-09-05 00:00:00Z 0

Zihuatanejo Mexico Ambulance Project

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Aug 27, 2013

 

 

ImageIn March our club joined with 3 other clubs in an international project to provide medical equipment for an ambulance in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.  Our share was $973.00

Zihuatanejo Mexico Ambulance Project Barbara LaSpesa 2013-08-28 00:00:00Z 0

Eileen Higginbotham (our first female member) and husband Lou Tenzis

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Aug 21, 2013

Although Eileen left our club, she is still a Rotarian with the Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Club.  She shared with us her club's involvement with KIVA regarding microfinance.  Microfinance is a general term to describe financial services to low-income individuals or to those who do not have access to typical banking services.Microfinance is also the idea that low-income individuals are capable of lifting themselves out of poverty if given access to financial services. Image For more info go to   www.KIVA.org  

 



Eileen Higginbotham (our first female member) and husband Lou Tenzis Barbara LaSpesa 2013-08-22 00:00:00Z 0

Denise M. Paarlberg former Rotary Exchange Student revisits our club

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Aug 21, 2013
It was wonderful seeing Denise before she heads off for 1 1/2 years to Amman, Jordan for her studies.  She was a former student at East Leyden High School who we sponsored to go to RYLA.  We then sent her to the Czech Republic to a host family there.  She has just returned from her stint in Washington, DC and nows heads to Jordan to continue her education.  She's so excited and we are too!  She came back to thank our Dave Woodcock for sponsoring her.  Rotary has changed her life.Image
Denise M. Paarlberg former Rotary Exchange Student revisits our club Barbara LaSpesa 2013-08-22 00:00:00Z 0

Diane Carroll from My Joyful Heart visited us today

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Aug 14, 2013

Every year, Diane Carroll visits our club to give an update on her charitable organization   www.myjoyfulheart.org    She started helping 2  disadvantaged kids many years ago and now will service 700 kids by the end of this year.  Our Rotary Club sponsors 2 children and today we gave her a check presented by Past President Chuck Henschel.  Also we collected back to school supplies which filled up the back of her minivan.Image

Diane Carroll from My Joyful Heart visited us today Barbara LaSpesa 2013-08-15 00:00:00Z 0

Senior Living Advisors

Posted by Ted Woosley on Jul 31, 2013

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Andrea Donovan of Senior Living Advisors speaks to our Club today about the process of choosing an alternative living arrangement for a loved one or a friend.

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SOS Childrens Villages of Illinois Presents

Posted by Ted Woosley on Jul 24, 2013

SOS Children’s Villages Illinois

Administrative Office

216 W. Jackson Boulevard, Suite 925

Chicago, IL 60606

Office: (312)372-8200, ext. 121

Cell: (312)714-6715

Fax: (312)372-8202

mconradt@sosillinois.org

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Michelle LaGroue Conradt and Foster Mother Miss Kenitra Shakelford of SOS Children's Villages Illinois flank our Prez after an inspiring presentation on the goals and mission of SOS and the personal story of a "day in the life" of a foster parent who truly has found her personal calling.  Today, we donated comforters from United Airlines, and our Club intends to add SOS to our long list of partner organizations.  For more information, see www.sosillinois.org

SOS Children’s Villages Illinois

Administrative Office

216 W. Jackson Boulevard, Suite 925

Chicago, IL 60606

Office: (312)372-8200, ext. 121

Cell: (312)714-6715

Fax: (312)372-8202

mconradt@sosillinois.org

  
SOS Childrens Villages of Illinois Presents Ted Woosley 2013-07-25 00:00:00Z 0

Out with the "Old" and in with the "New"

Posted by Ted Woosley on Jul 24, 2013
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Our Club President, Larry Fritz (left) presents our Past Club President, Chuck Henschel (right) with a plaque to commemorate his distinguished service.  The gavel is passed....
Out with the "Old" and in with the "New" Ted Woosley 2013-07-25 00:00:00Z 0

We have a Raffle Winner

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Jul 17, 2013

Our 50/50 raffle was up to $2800 today and our Prez Larry Fritz pulled out the Ace of Spades.  Our treasurer Glenn is on vacation and he excitedly awaits his return.  Mas Ishida shares Larry's happiness in this photo.

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We have a Raffle Winner Barbara LaSpesa 2013-07-18 00:00:00Z 0

Food Packing Project for Feeding Children Worldwide

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on May 24, 2012
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On Thursday, May 24 our club packed 2,592 meals (12 cartons).  These meals will be distributed to poor people in the Phillipines and Mexico.  Our next food packing event will be September 13th at The Great Escape Restaurant.
Food Packing Project for Feeding Children Worldwide Barbara LaSpesa 2012-05-25 00:00:00Z 0

Top 10% Recognition Event

Posted by Melinda (Mindy) McGuffin on Feb 14, 2012
On February 28, 2012 at West Leyden High School in Northlake, Illinois, the Rotary Club of Chicago-O'Hare and the Rotary Club of Chicago -O'Hare Foundation will host the 31st annual Leyden High School top ten percent awards ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The ceremony is the outgrowth of a long term interest initiated by the Franklin Park Rotary Club for providing scholarship assistance to Leyden students. This ceremony is intended to bring public recognition for the academic achievement of the senior students at Leyden High Schools. The students recognized as the top 10% of their class are honored guests at this ceremony and reception. Local businesses, individuals, professionals, and Rotarians throughout the area have contributed funds to sponsor this event and to establish additional Rotary scholarships for Leyden students.
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Welcome New Member Pat Ranttila

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Dec 27, 2011
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 Pat Ranttila is our newest member of Rotary.  Prior to becoming a member, she has donated much of her time helping member Kay Whitlock with Mercy Housing Lakefront, cleaning blankets, and putting together items for their Welcome Baskets.  Pat teaches an afternoon after-school program on the west side of Chicago.  Pat's husband Jack is a Past President and current secretary of this club.
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MISA TAKARAMOTO

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa on Aug 21, 2005
Ambassadorial Scholar needs to set up her apartment for her two year stay
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Virtual Tour of Israel

Posted by Ted Woosley

 

 

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Club President Pat Rantilla with Omer Eschel, Consul Director, Midwest Region, Israel Ministry of Tourism, Maria Triantos, Midwest Regional Manager for El Al Israel Airlines, and Jill Daly, Public Relations Director for the Israel Government Tourist Office.

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Our Rotary 2014 Golf Outing June 5th at Makray, Barrington Barbara LaSpesa 0

Past President Chuck Henschel thanks Jackie McGuire

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa

Guest Speaker Jackie McGuire is a former Rotary International staff member who gave our club members an insight into Rotary History, the aquisition of the Evanston headquarters and some of the inner workings of Rotary with their 600 employees.Image

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Kelley Johnson and Lindsey Baumgartner from Travelers Aid O'Hare

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa

Travelers Aid staff and volunteers provide one-on-one service for at-risk passengers by accompannying them through such processes as flight check-in, going through security, transferring to gates, getting to baggage claim and/or sitting with them during a layover.  In 2013 more than 600 O'Hare passengers were assisted. ImageIn recent years, Travelers Aid Chicago has expanded its presence with more than 125 volunteers now serving O'Hare.  Volunteers and staff speak a combined 28 languages fulfilling a critical need at an international transportation hub.  To become a volunteer, visit their website at traveersaidchicago.org or call 773-894-2427 or send an email to travelersaid@heartlandalliance.org

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Rona Roffey, Camp Director at YMCA Camp Duncan visits Our Club. Ted Woosley 0

Jack Rantilla recieves Paul Harris 4 status

Posted by Ted Woosley

Our Club President Mr. Larry Fritz honors Mr. Jack Rantilla with his Paul Harris 4 Award.

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Congratulations Jack...!!!...Bravo...!!!...Well Done...!!!

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Rotarian Jeff Matera from Marble Falls Texas Visits our Club

Posted by Ted Woosley

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President Larry Fritz (left) exchanges flags with Fellow Rotarian Jeff Matera (right) visiting our Club today all the way from Marble Falls Texas.  Jeff is the Nominee President for his club, which simply means he will be President in two years, giving him plenty of time to prepare his acceptance speech and goals for his pending administration.  He shared with us that Marble Falls is about 50 miles northwest of Austin Texas.  We welcomed Jeff to our Club, feeding him very well and exchanging our Club flags.  Check out what's happening with their club here: http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?cid=4419  or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rotary-Club-of-Marble-Falls/233411316723667
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Congrats to Larry Fritz, our new President

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa

ImageEvery year, it is our tradition to have the new President pick out his menu for his installation.  Well, Larry, said he wasn't fussy and said he would be happy with Macaroni and Cheese plus hot dogs.  Well he got his wish while the rest of us members feasted on Ribs and more.

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Speaker June 13 Terry Parke, Boy Scouts

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa
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Terry Parke made a return visit to our club.  He's also a Rotarian in Schaumburg.  He brought us up to date on what the Boy Scouts are doing in his district which includes Schiller Park.

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Congratulations to Ted Woosley

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa
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Congrats are in order for member Ted Woosley who is engaged to Adriana Ference.  Good luck with the wedding plans.

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Welcome new Member Felix Matlock

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa
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Felix Matlock is no stranger to our club.  He's Vice President of Mercy Housing Lakefront, a not-for-profit agency that our club supports with Welcome Home Baskets, blankets and amenity kits.  To find out more, go to www.mercyhousing.org 

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May 30 Speaker, Robert Beezat pictured with Rotary treasurer, Glenn Spachman

Posted by Barbara LaSpesa
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Our Speaker Bob Beezat is a former Rotarian and former City Manager.  Coincidentally, he knew Glenn from Glenn's previous city manager years.

Bob, a businessman, public official, and community leader talked about his book in relationship to Rotary’s Mission, Motto and Four Way Test."  You can find out more about him by going to his website www.knowingandloving.com   and clicking on the “About” tab. 

 

  

 

 

May 30 Speaker, Robert Beezat pictured with Rotary treasurer, Glenn Spachman Barbara LaSpesa 0

Speaker May 23, Manny Pacheco pictured with his wife Laurie and President Chuck Henschel

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Manny Pacheco is a Southern California television and radio personality, who has worked on NBC's Santa Barbara, and the Daytime Emmy-nominated In Studio on KCOP. He's now the award-winning author of two the Forgotten Hollywood-series that shares America's s story through the eyes of actors from Hollywood's Golden Age. He currently hosts a Forgotten Hollywood program on The Financial News and Talk Radio Network every Saturday at 1p.
 

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Speaker May 16, Rona Roffey, Camp Director YMCA Camp Duncan

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Rona Roffey gave us a great presentation on what goes on at the YMCA Camp Duncan.  Our club sponsors disadvantaged kids to go to this camp.  Some of these kids experience outdoor sport activities for the first time.  Even when it rains at the camp, they offer many inside games where the kids bond and have a good time.

Speaker May 16, Rona Roffey, Camp Director YMCA Camp Duncan Barbara LaSpesa 0

May 9th Speaker Gary Dowty

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Gary was a former member of our club, Past President 1991-91.  He left when he moved to Lake County with a job transfer.  He has been retired 4 years and his topic was:  Lessons Learned the Hard Way.  He gave us an insight on government red tape with all the agencies he has dealt with over the years when in the construction/contractors associations.

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May 2nd Speakers Rod Beadle and AJ Both, Engineers without borders

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 AJ Voth and Rod Beadle are members of the Chicagoland Professionals Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). EWB is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization that provides design and construction services for a wide variety of infrastructure improvement projects throughout the developing world. AJ and Rod has served as team members and project leaders for water, wastewater, stormwater, bridge and solid waste assignments in Africa, Central America, South America, Central Asia and the Caribbean. AJ is a member of the St. Charles Breakfast Rotary Club and Rod is a member of the Wheaton Rotary Club.  Check out their website   http://ewb-usa-chicago.org

 

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Our Speaker on April 11th was Barrett Pedersen, President, Village of Franklin Park Barbara LaSpesa 0

40th Anniversary Luncheon

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Charter Member John Moran gave us a history of the starting of our club.  We were an offshoot of Rotary One.  Most members in 1973 were affiliated in some way with O'Hare.Image

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Congratulations to Ed Marcus, 2012 Rotarian of the Year Barbara LaSpesa 0
Sonny Nardulli spoke about his polio as a child and now Post Polio Syndrome Barbara LaSpesa 0
Welcome to Mercy Housing Lakefront Felix, Fred and Whitney Barbara LaSpesa 0
Congratulations Mindy for your Paul Harris Award Barbara LaSpesa 0
Stand Down Day for Homeless Vets was a huge success on November 8th Barbara LaSpesa 0
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Paul Harris awarded to Rick Lies of United Airlines

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During our District Governor's visit on our meeting on October 25th, Pat Merryweather had the pleasure of bestowing our prestigious Paul Harris Award to Rick Lies, who is our contact guy at United Airlines for their donation of comforters and amenity kits.  Also attending this meeting was United's Thanh Tan Yves Nguyen


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Welcome New Member Milton G Uribe

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Gov Pat also had the pleasure of installing Milton G Uribe, Station Manager of Iberia Airlines of Spain.

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Welcome New Member Mejai Kai Dyson

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Gov Pat Merryweather also installed new member Mejai Kai Dyson, Principal with Urban Partnership Construction.  Mejai is busy building the new concession stands in Terminal 5 at O'Hare which should be completed in another year.

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Welcome New Member John Sisco

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On Thursday,October 25th, District Governor Pat Merryweather installed 3 new members into our club.  We now have 35 members and 4 Honorary Members.  New member John Sisco, CEO of O'Hare Airport Transit System (OATS) is pictured with President Chuck Henschel and Gov Pat.

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Rotary Brings Joy to Mexican Kids

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 A big “THANK YOU” to five Rotary Clubs from the greater Chicago-land area were posted on Facebook recently. The clubs were thanked for their support of an international project, a playground for the children of Tecuala, Mexico. The five U.S.A. clubs were those in Manteno, Bradley-Bourbonnais, LaGrange, Western Springs, and Chicago-O’Hare.  The playground is in Tecuala Mexico, a town of 40,000 located about 4 hours north of Puerto Vallarta near the Pacific coast. 


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Phil Zielke pictured with President Chuck Henschel at October 18th meeting

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Phil Zielke shared his story with us at our October 18th meeting.

While undergoing difficult and often painful treatment for Stage 4B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  Phil Zielke identified the need for a Christian based outreach program that would provide hope and support to those affected by cancer.  In March 2005, Phil, a two-time cancer survivor, turned his passion for reaching out to those affected by cancer into a charitable organization called Phil’s Friends.  Since then, Phil has used the same enthusiasm and determination that helped him battle cancer to create a successful outreach program for cancer patients.  To learn more about Phil’s story, please visit www.philsfriends.org


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Our club welcomes Rev Dr Ben from Uganda

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Our speaker on October 11 was Dr Ben.  Dr Ben is the founder of Juna Amagara Ministries. He is a native and citizen of Uganda, the first person from his village community to ever earn a University degree. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Makerere University Kampala, Uganda, Masters degrees in Theology and Religion from Wheaton College and Trinity International University, Illinois and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity. Ben worked for ten years for Scripture Union, an organization in Uganda equivalent to Young Life. He is also an ordained minister in the Anglican Church of Uganda. Ben directs the work of Juna Amagara Ministries from his office in Kampala, Uganda.  Photo shows Patricia Jacob, President Chuck Henschel, Rev Dr Ben, and Past President Richard Bertucco.

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Amenity Kit Sorting at O'Hare

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ImageLots of volunteers came out today to help sort amenity kits donated by United Airlines.  Barb LaSpesa brought her daughter Debbie's family and friend Karen Wierer.  President Chuck and wife Diana, plus Ed and Sandi Marcus plus Jack and Pat Ranttila and two volunteer's from Kay's Whitlock office, and Fred Otto. 
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Maricela Woodcock - awarded with PAUL HARRIS RECOGNITION

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Congratulations to Maricela Woodcock who has exemplified what Rotary is about by continuing to give of herself to others in need.  On June 28th, our Club awarded Maricela a Paul Harris Award in recognition of her many good deeds. 
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Farewell to Member Jeff Eder

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We are sorry to see Jeff Eder leave but he is moving his family to the City of Rock Island where he has accepted a postion as Community and Economic Development Director.  
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2011-2012 Dictionary Project

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Thanks to Pat Ranttila who spearheaded our Dictionary Project to deliver the following dictionaries to 3rd graders at Kennedy Elementary (142) and St Maria Goretti Catholic School (25) in Schiller Park, North Elementary (38),  Passow Elementary (63) and Pietrini Elementary (40) in Franklin Park.  Barb LaSpesa delivered 126 Dictionaries to My Joyful Heart in Mokena, IL for the 3rd graders in their program.
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Blankets Donated

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United Airlines donated several skids of discontinued blankets for our use to donate to Mercy Lakefront Housing and My Joyful Heart.
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Youth Exchange Student

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Our club is sponsoring a Rotary Youth Exchange student from East Leyden High School. Her name is Denise Paarlberg and she has been assigned to a family and school in the Czech Republic. 
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My Joyful Heart Visits us

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Diane Carroll and Kim Bukantis from My Joyful Heart visited our club today and they are pictured with our president Richard Bertucco
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Request for Donations

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My Joyful Heart needs back to school supplies for the 475 disadvantaged kids they presently sponsor.  Here's a list of their present needs...
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Haitian Earthquake Response

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Rotary O'Hare had budgeted to purchase one Shelter Box this year, but the heart-wrenching stories from the Haitian earthquake zone resulted in an outpouring of generosity on behalf of our members. The members of our club, combined with a donation from the Franklin Park Rotary, have pooled donations to purchase FOUR Shelter Boxes. Thank you to the team on the ground in Haiti and the organizers in Miami for giving us the opportunity to be of service - even from way up here in Chicago! Read more about the work of Shelter Box
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Welcome Home

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The Welcome Basket project was off to a great start due to the huge outpouring of support from airlines and airport related companies.  Tenants of the Mercy Housing Lakefront are receiving baskets loaded with toiletries, towels and household supplies.  If a tenant has a child, often a stuffed animal is included.  The outpouring from the community has been so great that baskets that were originally intended for just the new residents have been given to existing tenants as well.  Remaining supplies are being shared with emergency shelters in the area.

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SILENT AUCTION ITEMS NEEDED

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HELP - FOR OUR GOLF OUTING FUND RAISER TO BE A SUCCESS, WE NEED SILENT AUCTION ITEMS - VALUE AT LEAST $25.00...GIVE to NOREEN OR JACK FRAWLEY
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CLUB SOCIALS

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We had a great time at Rollo and Darlene Dace's house a few weeks ago.  John Moran did a great cooking job on the salmon too.  The weather was perfect, the view spectacular, and the fellowship outstanding. 

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NEED VOLUNTEER TO SOLICIT WEBSITE ADVERTISERS

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Can you volunteer to solicit new advertisers for our website?  Our website advertisers offset the club's cost to provide the website to members and potential prospects.  Call Rob Hann 847-567-3518.

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UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

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Please look at the side links for Upcoming Speakers and Events (in this newsletter).  If you want to sign up for an Event, you can do it online by just clicking on the event.
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USE ROTARY SHOPPING SITE TO HELP ROTARY Barbara LaSpesa 0

YOUR WEBSITE WWW.ROTARYCHICAGOOHARE.ORG

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Many of you forget our website address.  As a reminder, it is www.rotarychicagoohare.org   All of our events, upcoming speakers, Rotary links, Scholarship Winners & Application and Membership Application are on this website.  Please use it - remember it. 
YOUR WEBSITE WWW.ROTARYCHICAGOOHARE.ORG Barbara LaSpesa 0

GOLF OUTING NEWS

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A Big Thank You to JACK for all of his hard working chairing the annual Golf Outing.  The weather was a little cool but it was the best weather we had that week.  Jack reports we had a profit of $10,776, a gain of $1000 from last year.  Thanks to everyone who participated in helping Jack securing silent auction items and sponsor holes.
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OUR WEBSITE TOOK 1ST PLACE IN OUR DISTRICT

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Wow!  At the District Conference, it was announced that our website placed 1st followed by Chicago Lakeview and Homewood with honorable mentions going to Aurora and Rotary One.

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INVITATION FROM NEW MEMBER ALEXEI BIBEK

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Hello All,
As I mentioned at the meeting, I would like to invite everybody to attend a Chicago Rush arena football game. The game is held at Allstate Arena on May 6th at 7pm. I have a box with 10 seats paid for by the Fifth Third Bank. It should be lots of fun. As I understand the games are really dynamic with high scores. I think Mike Ditka owns Chicago Rush.
 
 
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INVITATION FROM ROSEMONT MAYOR DONALD E. STEPHENS

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The Honorable Donald E. Stephens cordially invites you
to a press conference/ground breaking for the NEW
Rosemont Entertainment District.

                        Tuesday, May 9th
                           11:00 a.m.
                       at the casino site

Parking will be available, refreshments will be served
Look forward to seeing you.
Rosemont Chamber of Commerce

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Call for Peace Scholar Nominations

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The Rotary Foundation has partnered with eight leading universities around the world to establish the Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution.  Each year, Rotary will select up to 7 scholars to study at one of seven Rotary Centers worldwide. The selected Rotary World Peace Scholars will begin two-year master's-level degree programs in conflict resolution, peace studies, and international relations.
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WEBSITE SPONSORS

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We now have 8 website sponsors but I need help in getting these posted to the website.

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Sponsors