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Arlington Heights
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Palm Court
1912 N. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
United States of America
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Rotary Club of Arlington Heights Invites Vocational Career Students to Apply for
$1,500 Scholarships

The Rotary Club of Arlington Heights invites local students pursuing vocational or trade careers and working toward an associate degree, diploma or certificate to apply for one of 10 scholarships that will be awarded this spring to students living in Chicago's north and northwest suburbs.  Candidates must be sponsored by a local Rotary club and show good high school grades in relevant subjects, work or volunteer experience in their chosen field, and extracurricular activities.   Click on the following links for more information and the Vocational Scholarship Application or contact Marc Poulos (
Interested students must submit their application by late March 2020.
Club News
Village President Tom Hayes gave a good-humored and informative presentation to a combined Rotary and Chamber of Commerce meeting Thursday, but started with an update on the virus situation.  "It's a very interesting time to be living in Arlington Heights and in this country in general," Hayes said. "(The coronavirus is) something that is on everyone's mind for obvious reasons today." [courtesy of Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer."Daily Herald.]
He announced the closing of the Sr. Center, but encouraged us to continue "living life" with situational awareness and adjusting as required of us.  For  the story reporting his comments, click here.  To view his slides, click Read more.   
Today, President Ben Weaver convened the Annual Meeting of the Club.  The sole agenda item was the election of the officers and directors for the 2020-21 Rotary year.  The slate which was put together by the slate committee and approved by the nominating  committee was presented to the Club.  After calling for nominations from the floor,  a motion was made to approve the slate as presented.  The motion passed unanimously.  Congratulations and thank you to those who will be serving in RY 20/21:
President:  Joe Musolino
President Elect:  Betsy Kmiecik
Vice President:  Rick Koebernick
Secretary:  Marilyn Genther
Treasurer:  Dave Weiner
Immediate Past President:  Ben Weaver
Assistant Secretary/Treasurer:  Chris McClure
Community Service:  Karen Baker
International Service:  Harry Vaswani
Vocational Service:  Rich Morton
Youth Services:  Mary Kendall
Membership:  Linda Borton
Public Image:  Patti Lock

(From left to right:  Dallas Tomlin, Nicole Espinoza, Beth Anne Ausnehmer)
This week, our Community Service Chair, Karen Baker, welcomed three of this year's Rotary Grant recipients to tell us about their programs.  The three organizations, which are a subset of the organizations receiving grant funds this year are all first time grant recipients.   NSSEO (The Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization) is using our grant to help fund their new inclusive, accessible playground project at Miner School.  According to Beth Anne Ausnehmer, progress is on track and, if the weather cooperates, completion is expected by the end of April, 
For twenty-two years, Megan van Treeck poured her love and passion into The Irish Connisseur.  After she sold it at the end of 2017, she was faced with a big question-  what next?  Megan shared key aspects of her journey to a new (and very different) career that she feels equally excited and passionate about today.   Among her insights:  When you leave something you love, it is normal and helpful to go through the process of grieving; and when it's time to move on, don't be afraid to dust yourself off and move forward, and make sure that you have someone to "paddle" with you.  In searching for her "next" Megan started with a list of 50 companies that she thought she would like to work for and sought out people from each employer to ask them what they loved and didn't love about the organization.  Through this process she discovered a new passion and purpose in her role at Northwestern's Athletic Department where she works in Client Services.  
Our luncheon programs usually inform and motivate, but this week we simply enjoyed good Rotary fellowship through a theme of Mardi Gras, replete with balloons…Jambalaya, king cake, some donated wine, a family-friendly Rotary bingo game to earn beads, and maybe the most colorful tie worn to a Rotary meeting!  For our Fine Fun Master Quiz, Happiness, and some photos, click “Read more”.  A special Thank You to the club members who put on this event…it brightened our February! Some were Ed Sobon and Linda Borton.
On Thursday, February 13, 2019 our lunch speaker was Terry Dunleavy from Relief Through Leadership. RTL was started by Dr. Jim McKee, Superintendent of District 117, and Jim's wife who is from Puerto Rico.  The McKee's were moved to do something for Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017.   The McKees eventually formed RTL, which sent a team of volunteers to Rafeal de Jesus High School in Puerto Rico in the summer of 2019. That service trip brought 40 bilingual educators from the US to “Teach the teachers“ in Puerto Rico.  The 40 volunteers delivered 350 refurbished Chromebooks, and attracted 89 educators from around Puerto Rico to learn how to use the Chromebooks in their classrooms.  Plans for a future service trips to Puerto Rico are in the works, but RTL can use you help.  Give money, spread the word, raise funds, join a service trip, and talk to you your local school district about what they do with their used Chromebooks. School districts in Illinois typically discard Chromebooks after only three years, but those computers can be refurbished and very useful to educators and school children in Puerto Rico.  For more information, visit
Our mailing address:
P.O. Box 402
Arlington Heights, IL 60006 
Upcoming Events
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