We're  Back to Hybrid Meetings

We've started our new schedule:  Hybrid meetings at the Palm Court and via Zoom on the first and third Thursdays;  Zoom only on the second and fourth Thursdays. 
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.     
Arlington Heights Rotary Club and Arlington Heights School District 25 are pleased to partner with Bernie's Book Bank for a one day book drive.  Please bring your new and gently used children's books to donate in the trunk of your car for a touch-free drop off.  

Friday, June 18, 2021
10 am- 2 pm
Ivy Hill Elementary School
2211 N. Burke Dr., Arlington Heights

We can accept children's books from birth through sixth grade reading levels.  Unfortunately we CANNOT accept adult, young adult, religious, "over-loved"  (torn/marked/yellowed), foreign language or activity books.

There will be no regular meeting on Thursday, June 10.  

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  Townhshp 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.  
We Donate Bikes
June 19, 2020-  Rotarian Ron Crawford and John Amling have refurbished and donated over 1000 bicycles to people in need here in the Northwest suburbs and throughout the Chicagoland area.   They are pictured above with their most recent donation in Maywood.  Bikes are in such high demand right now, that many recipients are willing to make donations for them which John and Ron are donating to the Rotary Club's Charitable Foundation.  
We Provided COVID Sanitation Kits
May 30,2020- Another collaborative project by Northwest Eye Physicians (also fellow Rotarians) and AH Rotary! Volunteers worked together to provide sanitation kits to Northwest Community Hospital Covid 19 patients who can’t afford to purchase before going home.    Many thanks to Drs. Chris Wood and Adam Prickett and Karen Baker for making this happen. Rotarians are joined by hospital staff to hand off the 50 buckets.
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 the first and third Thursday of the month and Zoom meetings on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays. If you''re a guest and would like to join us, we'd love to have you; contact bortonsobon@att.net for the Zoom link.

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

Thanks to Our Santa Run Sponsors

Upcoming Events
Donna Lee Gulley
Jun 17, 2021
Betsy Kmiecik and Members of the Vision Team
Jul 01, 2021 12:00 PM
Club Assembly: Results of Visioning Process and Next Steps

Recent Speakers

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:  
        For Polio Plus send the
  3.   You will get a message
        back with a link to donate.
        Follow the link. 
It's that easy!