We Have a New Schedule!

One of the immediate action items coming out of our recent Visioning is a change in our meeting schedule.  Effective immediately we will be holding hybrid meetings the first and third week of the month.  The second Thursday will be an after-hours social event and the fourth week will be a service project.  
If you're a guest and would like to join us, in person or on zoom please contact bortonsobon@att.net.
 
Please RSVP to the weekly invitation if you plan to attend in person.  Cost of the meeting will still be $20.   We'll be premiering the new punch card program.  Cash and checks will also be accepted.     
 

Our Grant Dollars in Action

    Earlier this year, our club invested $1000 in a grant to the Rotary Club of Pursat and Sustainable Cambodia for a WASH project in Domrey Sor Village.  We just received the report that the project had been successfully completed.  
    Underground latrines were constructed for 5 families.  These families will now complete the construction of walls and ceilings.  
In addition 8 families were given Tulip water filters.
The third component of the grant was education and training on the advantages of using latrines and filtered water as well as instructions on how to use the filters and store water once filtered. 

International Service Trip Opportunity

Registration is now open for an International Service Trip to Antigua, Guatemala that is being jointly sponsored by District 6440 and 6450.  The trip will run from November 6-15.  The application deadline is August 1.  For information and the application click here.
 

Successful Bike Sale Raises Funds for Polio and Community Causes

May 8, 2021- Over the last few years, Rotarian Ron Crawford and Friend of Rotary, John Amling have refurbished and donated over 1600 used bicycles to needy recipients in our community.  With Ron's impending move to Indianapolis, the bike program as we have known it will be coming to a close.  With many bikes still in their inventory, Ron and John decided to hold a used bike "liquidation" sale with proceeds going to the Arlington Heights Rotary Club for polio and other community needs.   With some help from club volunteers, the sale was a huge success.  Thank you to the volunteers who helped out, but the real thank you goes to Ron and John for their generosity and commitment to service.

Rotarians are
People of Action

   We helped with Vaccination Efforts
March and April 2021-  RCAH Rotarians and spouses were on hand to help with a Covid-19 Vaccination clinic sponsored by Jewel Osco and the Arlington Heights Park District. 
 
We Provided Kids with New Shoes
 
April 10, 2021- Our club joined ten other clubs from District 6440 in a project to provide new shoes to needy kids in our community.  With the help of a matching district grant our club was able to provide 153 pairs of new shoes to kids in our community.  
 
We Brought Easter Smiles
 
 
March 2021-  The Easter bunny brought Easter baskets  and smiles to 41 children from Wings this year.   As Rotary member, Brian Meyer said at this week's meeting,  "I'm happy to pay a 'Hoppy Fine' to be part of this great project."  Thanks to all of the Rotarians who participated, and thanks to Karen Baker for organizing everything.  
 
We Held Our First Drive Through Food Drive
 February 2021-  Under the guidance of Ron Crawford, our Rotary Club, in partnership with Arlington Cares, organized our first ever drive-through food drive.  It was a snowy and bitterly cold day, but that didn't seem to matter.  We collected lots of food and cash donations for our local food pantries.  Special shout-outs to Rick Koebernick, Amy Philpott and DKMO for their generous matching donations.
 
We Help Our Community with Grant Support
October 2020-  We announced our 20/21 Community Grant Recipients.  Over $10,000 in community grants were awarded to organizations serving local residents.  Some of the grant funds  will be used to enhance virtual learning, provide CPR mannequins, purchase medical ID bracelets for vulnerable residents, provide adaptive musical and theater experiences for students with disabilities and underwrite educational programming for senior citizens.  Here is the list of 20/21 Community Grant recipients:
 
Arlington Cares *  Arlington Heights Historical Museum * Clearbrook * Cross and Crown Lutheran Church * District 214 Education Foundation * Hunger Resource Network * Journeys The Road Home * Lutheran Home * NSSEO Foundation * Special Gifts Theater
 
 We stock up the Wheeling Food Pantry with eggs and cheese
 
Three weeks out of every month, we buy eggs and cheese for the Wheeling Township Food Pantry.  
 
We Attack Food Insecurity
July 21, 2020-  During the month of June, the Wheeling  Townhsihp Food Pantry had a record number of 568 visits feeding 1,575 people.  A shout-out  to Kari Koebernick, who with help from  Rotarians Chuck Frankiewicz, Betsy Kmiecik, and Linda Borton, coordinated a shopping trip to buy and deliver non-perishable items from the Food Pantry's wish list.  
Our mailing address:
P.O. Box 402
Arlington Heights, IL 60006 

Come Join Us

Arlington Heights
We meet In Person & Online
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Palm Court
1912 N. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
United States of America
We're holding hybrid meetings on the first and third Thursdays of each month. The second Thursday is an after-hours social event (check the event listing for location) and the fourth Thursday is a service project.

Meet Jennifer Jones,
RI President Nominee

Earlier this year,  Jennifer Jones, spoke with the Elgin Breakfast Club about the future of Rotary, where we are with polio eradication, and her thoughts on being the first female president of Rotary.  To see a recording of her presentation, click here
Upcoming Events
Speakers
Linda Kemp, Rotary Club of Aurora
Aug 05, 2021 12:15 PM
Rotary Means Business Fellowship - A means to attracting new members to clubs
Donna Gulley
Aug 19, 2021 12:15 PM
Developing Relationships Through Rotary
District Governor, Kevin Stevens
Dec 16, 2021 12:00 PM
Governor Visit
 

Text to Pay Your Happy Fines is Easy as 1, 2, 3

Thanks to Dave Weiner, you can now pay your weekly Happy Fines by text.   Here's all you have to do:
  1.   Send a text to 44-321:
  2.   For Every Rotarian Every
        Year send the message:  
        AHRCEREY.
        For Polio Plus send the
        message: 
        AHRCPOLIOPLUS.
  3.   You will get a message
        back with a link to donate.
        Follow the link. 
It's that easy!