Greetings from the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights

Greetings from the
Rotary Club of Arlington Heights!

Arlington Heights

Service Above Self

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798 West Algonquin Road
Corner Golf Road & Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL  60005
United States
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The oldest holiday run in the region is less than a month away! The Rotary Santa Run is set for Dec. 1st in downtown Arlington Heights. Join thousands of your closest friends in a 5k run or 1k walk around the heart of the village. Have a blast helping to raise funds supporting worthy causes while decked out in the provided Santa suit or your holiday best.
The Santa Run is proud to announce the renaming of our children’s race to the Goldfish Swim School Reindeer Run! The Goldfish Swim School is a new supporter of our event and we couldn’t be happier! Keep an eye out for schools of fish running the course. 
Rotarian Dr. Chris Wood and fellow Rotarians in his practice participated in the Rotary Club Host Project a collaborative effort between the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Rotary to provide educational opportunties for opthalmologists from developing nations.   In this two week program, Dr. Wesam Shallaby, an Egyptian ophthalmologist,  spent a week observing Dr. Wood and his colleagues.  She also had a chance to see and experience sights around Arlington Heights and Chicago, and do a presentation to the club on  Ophtalmology in Egypt.  Next week she will attend the Academy's annual conference in Chicago.  
  • Next week’s First Thursday Meeting will be a celebrity cook-off at Waverly Inn.  Spouses, as well as prospective members are invited to attend.   Registration is required.  Deadline for registration is next Wednesday.
  • Jon is looking for volunteers to help pass out Santa Run postcards at Trunk or Treat.  Friday, October 26th from 6-8:15.  Contact Jon for details.
  • DECA service opportunity.  DECA is a national business role playing competition where students compete individually or in teams of 2 in a variety of business disciplines.  Judges are wanted for the practice competition (Friday Nov. 16,  8am-1pm at Forest View Educational Center), the District competition (Friday, Jan. 25, 7:30 am -12:30pm at the Stephens convention center).  If you are interested in finding out more about this, contact Chuck Frankiewicz.
  • The District is looking for Salvation Army bell ringers for Friday, Dec. 7 at Woodfield Mall.  Family members are welcome.  Glenn Garlick is looking for tentative commitments by Monday, October 29. 
  • Invitations to the holiday party at Rolling Green are out.  Please RSVP.
With fifty percent of respondents to the recent club survey indicating interest in a “Pay As You Go” payment plan,  work is now underway to design a potential Pay As You Go pilot plan.   Jason Ivy and Chris McClure presented conceptual ideas being considered for the pilot and answered questions.  As a next step, President Jon will be sending an e-mail to all members with the details shared at Thursday’s  meeting in order to see how many members want to participate.  This information will be used to develop financial projections for the board to use as they consider and design  the pilot.   Watch for the e-mail from Jon, and be sure to respond if you want to participate in the pilot.
Santa doesn’t work alone… and neither should you! Create a team and run like reindeer on Christmas Eve at the area’s oldest holiday fun run! #RunforaClaus
The 2018 Rotary Santa Run will be held on Saturday, December 1st at 10 a.m. Start the holiday season off even merrier and get your family, best buddies, or coworkers to run with you!
While the 5k Run/1-mile Walk is open to folks of all ages and abilities, it’s also chip-timed for the more competitive members of your team. With over 2,000 Santa’s cruising through downtown Arlington Heights, there’s plenty of ho ho holiday cheer to go around.
Shared Membership:
Shared Membership with Lutheran Home
Primary Member: Andrew Kazmierczak
Associate Member: Rex Paisley
Associate Member: Linda Smith

Save Dec. 1st to participate in the oldest holiday run in the region: a 5K (3.1 mile) Run/Walk sponsored by the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights. Register today to keep your name off of Santa’s Naughty List. You might even say you’ll #RunforaCause !
Dr. Chris Wood gave his Classification Speech and told of his service work in Honduras, inspiring us with his varied experience, varied studies (we’ll ask him to play the trombone at one of our events), and his commitment to service. 
His parents started him on that road, and his commitment continued with marriage and his wife Julie.  He graduated from Yale and medical school at the State University of New York, with further study at University of Rochester Medical School and Loyola University Medical Center. 
His recent charitable work was part of a partnership with other practitioners, medical organizations and locals in Honduras.  As an ophthalmologist, he performed many surgeries on adults and children, symbolically and factually “an eye-opening experience!”  He and Julie live in Prospect Heights.  He is part of Northwest Eye Physicians (along with fellow shared-membership Rotarians) here in Arlington.  To read more about the medical practice, service and for more details about his life, click "more"...
For announcements and our Charitable Fun Fine Master Terry Ennes, read "more"...
Our Fine Fun Fund Master, Jim Hassenplug, Happily did his duty for the club and charity, and reminded us of the remarkably large financial impact of the Rotary Foundation.  Save the Date: 12/6 for our Rotary Holiday Fellowship Party (sign up will soon be available on the website).  And Save the  Date: 11/1 First Thursday alternate meeting format event at Waverly Inn here in Arlington.  President Jon tells us there will be celebrity Rotary Chefs doing their thing for us as part of the evening.  This particularly 1st Thursday event will be open to  spouses and significant others too.  The facility hasn't officially opened, so this is an early look at a "memory care" independent living facility which they say gives "all of the fun, and none of the cares."  Someone joked, "Make sure your significant other promises to take you back home afterwards!"
Speaking today was Tricia Conway, Director - External Affairs, AT&T Illinois, talking about the concept of "Smart Cities" and AT&T's efforts in this regard. "Smart City projects have the ability to increase citizen satisfaction, safety, economic development, and sustainability. How? By enabling improvements across key drivers in transit, lighting, parking, security, the environment and infrastructure."  To learn more about the concept and see her video overview , click here. The impressive presentation also prompted some thought and comment about the ramifications of a "connected" world.  She can be reached at her Libertyville office via email at
Art from our recent 1st Thursday meeting at "bottle & bottega... Art Uncorked art studiio...."  In addition to get-to-know-you-better good fellowship, our Rotarians created (admittedly, with a little help) pieces like these.  These will be displayed in businesses in town to help promote our big Santa Run fund raiser.
Today's meeting entailed important and impressive presentations on the service our club's committees do (what's in our Court, so to speak).  We also had a Fun and Fund Raising Quiz on the Supreme Court.  See separate story summarizing the reports. 
Our elucidating Quiz on the Supreme Court's past, was presided over by our Master of Happy Fines (for charity), Terry Ennes.  To try the fun and interesting quiz, read "More".  Our own Court of members had some Happiness to share -- happiness for the birth of Terry's grandchild; announcement of a Daily Herald  "Facts Matter" program at Forrest View Education Center; and appreciation for a great job done by our Chair of Admin., Dave, putting on and pulling off our end-of-summer fellowship "Steak Fry".  And Thank You, Wendy, for the use of your beautiful yard!
Other announcements included the Chamber of Commerce's "Arlington on Tap" with a wide assortment of beverages 10/13 to try before peppermint schnapps weather kicks in. For details, click "read More".  Snowbird Bill Borst and his wife are now happily residing nearby in the Moorings (President Jon says they  encourage seniors to plan ahead.  Jon, some of us think you're not old enough to have lunch over there yet!).
Our program for the day was an impressive outline of activities in our Court of service to our community and our club.  Looks to be a great year!  Whether you're a member of the club or a visitor to our website, to learn what our President is doing, read of the productive service work the committees are doing, read "More".  A clue: being "social".
  • Everyone that is signed up for the End of Summer BBQ is asked to bring a donation of paper goods for the Wheeling Township Food Pantry. 
  • Registration for the Santa Run is open.
  • One Rotary Summit will take place on October 20th at Harper College.  It is a training day that is open to all Rotarians.
  • The First Rotary Reads volunteer opportunity will be Wednesday, September 26th.  Please email Marc Poulos if you can attend.
In 2008, Chris McClure started volunteering with his church’s prison ministry, and he has continued to be an active volunteer ever since.  At this week’s meeting, he educated us on things that most people don’t know about prisoners, discussed his own experiences as a volunteer, and shared ways that members interested in providing service to this population can get involved.  Among the interesting, and in many cases disturbing facts that Chris shared:
  • The technical term for prisoner is offender
  • 95% of offenders will be released, but 43% will be reincarcerated.  Of those reincarcerated, 19% will be convicted of a new crime, and the remainder will be sent back on a technicality.
  • The US incarcerates more people than any other country in the world.  In Illinois we currently have 40,000 inmates.
  • In Illinois, inmates must have someone claim their clothes and possessions within 30 days of incarceration or they will be thrown out.  As a result most offenders are released in grey sweats with canvas shoes and $ 10.  
  • The prison population is disproportionately minority and poor.
Hello Fellow Rotarians,
Below is the Fall Schedule for Rotary Reads Held at Forest View Academy
We need (5) Readers for each of the following dates:
Sept. 26th,
Oct 17th 
Nov 14th
Please email- Rotarian Marc Poulos if you can volunteer for one or multiple dates.   Email:
Thank you for being a Rotary Reads Participant.
Imagine what it’s like to be a child fighting a serious illness in the hospital.   Then imagine how their face lights up when Batman enters the room, and they are transported to a world of wonder and amazement, temporarily leaving their illness behind.   Inspired by a scary situation when his own son was hospitalized, SuperHero Collective founder Tim Brigham became committed to the betterment of sick children and giving them that chance to escape their illness.   In addition to visiting hospitals dressed as Superheroes,  the Collective has sponsored toy drives, and currently has its sights set on rehabbing a house for the family of a child fighting a serious illness.  For more information, visit
  • Bob Arnold celebrated his 56th wedding anniversary last week.
  • John Glueckert announced that the Illinois Department of Public Health projects that 2,155 Illinois residents will die from an accidental overdose in 2018.  From August 27-31, 2018, advocates from across Illinois will band together to train 2155 people in overdose prevention and reversal strategies and equip people who need naloxone with a free kit.  Here in Arlington Heights, Glueckert Funeral Home will be offering Training Classes in administering Naloxone, to reverse Opioid Overdose .Training will take place at Glueckert Funeral Home, 1520 N. Arlington Heights Rd.

    Monday 8/27 thru Thursday 8/31. 2 classes; 11 am and 6 pm. 
    Friday 8/31: Training Classes at 9 am, 11 am, 3:30 pm & 6 pm 
    No appointment is necessary and all are welcome.
Karen Baker reviews the Community Services Committee 2018-2019 plans.
August 1    Sue Duchek
August 9     Mike Silverman
August 9    Harry Vaswani
August 15   Jim Hassenplug
August 23   Ron Walter
August 25   Glenn Garlick
August 29   Jason Ivy
                                                    Birthday Chair -  Neil Scheufler
It seemed like we had a similar crowd ! ... at our new approach for having one casual evening meeting a month.  Though somewhat crowded, the outside patio venue at the Peggy Kinanne's had great weather and fellowship.  We'll recall that one of the beliefs of Rotary is that through building friendships and acquaintance among us, we become even more productive in giving service to our communities -- relationship, trust and understanding help us work better together.   An informal pole of several members said generally they were glad they had come and getting to talk and know other Rotarians better.  They also shared some reflections/advice for our board as we move forward.  As for this photo, it actually typifies the crowd at the two-day event which followed --  The Mane Event/Taste of Arlington.  For a summary of sample comments and the attendance figures (including potential members), Read more...
  • Don’t forget that there is no meeting next week.  Instead of our regular lunch meeting, we will be meeting at Peggy Kinane’s from 6-8 pm for our “First Thursday” social networking.  Registration is required.  If you have not yet registered, you can sign up by clicking here.
  • The club is exploring ways that our club can financially assist victims of the recent River Trails fire in Prospect Heights both through the District and directly as a club.  For those wishing to provide hands on assistance, here are two opportunities to help sort and stock shelves with clothing and other items that have been donated:
    • Ruffalo’s Grocery at the corner of Palatine Rd. and Milwaukee.  Friday, July 28 10:00 am
    • River Trails Condo Association Building, 811 Apple Dr, Lower Level,  Prospect Heights,  Friday July 28 9am- 9pm.
  • The Chicagoland Korean Club will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary with an evening of traditional Korean entertainment to be held at Christian Heritage Academy, Northfield. The reception will start at 4:00 PM with a light meal of  Korean cuisine followed by the performance at 6:00 PM.  One of their sponsors has made it  possible to offer special discounted tickets for all Rotarians to promote  Korean music and dance.  ($10 for the performance, $30 for the performance and reception).  If you are interested in attending, please contact John Kim
  • Volunteers and foursomes are still needed for the golf outing on September 13.   There will not be a regular meeting that day due to the golf outing, so if you are not a golfer, please plan to volunteer.  See Brian Meyer for more information.
Every year, 45,000 Americans die by suicide.The rate of suicide is highest in middle aged white men (ages 35-64).For every recorded suicide, it is estimated that there are 25 attempts.The numbers are both staggering and tragic, but according to our speaker, Mike Bushman, a volunteer with the Illinois chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide should be viewed first and foremost as a health issue that can be prevented.  
There is no single cause for suicide.There are however risk factors that place some people at higher risk.These include health factors such as mental health conditions, environmental factors such as prolonged stress and stressful live events, and historical factors such as previous suicide attempts, or a history of child abuse.
Many people who die by suicide don’t think much before they do it, so when it comes to prevention timing is critical.AFSP stresses that reaching out can help save a life.This entails learning about the risks and warning signs of suicide, talking in private to let them know you care, and helping direct them to resources like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK).For more information and links to resources visit

On July 19, 2018 the speaker at our Rotary club lunch meeting with Beth Mosher, the Director of Public Affairs for AAA Auto Club.  AAA was founded in 1902 and now consists of 30 affiliated clubs across the US.  AAA has 58 million members, which is 25% of all drivers, and is the largest paid membership organization and United States.  AAA is involved in insurance, banking, travel planning, discount and rewards programs, driver education, and traffic safety.


The AAA traffic safety foundation focuses on driving and traffic safety for kids, teens, and seniors.  The kids program includes a focus on car seat installation and safety, the school safety patrol program, bicycle and helmet safety and the new bike repair program.  The foundation’s senior program focuses on keeping seniors on the road as long as safely possible, and the CarFit program that familiarizes seniors with the updated technology and basic equipment of cars.


The foundation’s teen program includes significant research regarding distracted driving, which has revealed several levels of “mental distractions”.  Mild distractions include the car radio and audiobooks, and moderate distractions include talking on mobile phones. The most dangerous distractions include the use of voice activated texting systems.  The foundation’s research has shown that these voice activated systems create, rather than cure, safety problems primarily because of the cognitive distraction that occurs when using the systems.  AAA works with automobile manufacturers to make the systems safer.  Teens are the most at risk group, and the foundation’s research shows that the biggest distraction among teens isn’t a teen drivers use of a mobile phone while driving, but rather the presence of other teens in the car.


More information can be found at



Make a Difference in Arlington Heights
Are you part of an Arlington Heights organization looking to launch or expand programming to benefit more residents? The Rotary Club of Arlington Heights Charitable Foundation is currently taking submissions for the 2018 Community Grants Program. If you know someone else who would benefit, please share this information with them.
Thursday’s meeting was both informative and topical – our 2018-2019 President, Jon Ridler, gave a summary of club finances and led a discussion about changes the board plans to implement this Rotary fiscal year.  Finances are remarkably good compared to years past: we have significant balances in our accounts.  These balances have been built up in part through the change in member fining for charity.  Other changes were discussed.  Our Fine Manager of Happiness welcomed Happy Fines and tested us with summer fragrance of an entertaining quiz.  For more of the club changes, discussion and the Quiz, click / "read more”.
The first meeting under 2018/19 Club President Jon Ridler entailed an interesting and enjoyable approach -- a 6 p.m. meeting at a local bar/restaurant, with no formal meeting! 
Instead, we had an opportunity to move around to readily meet and talk without the constraints of our regular weekly format.  President Jon feels these meetings also give an informal opportunity to bring prospective members and share more about Rotary, including one of it's tenets, Fellowship.  Through acquaintance and friendships, we're more able to effectively provide service to the community. Great weather, casual tables outside Courtland's Garage, plus good music from across the street in Harmony Park made for an enjoyable evening!  We don't have photos to share for this story...maybe due to a good cause: folks busy conversing, talking Rotary, and eating (and sipping +/-) !
Courtlands Garage, at the corner of Vail and Campbell in Arlington will be our first "1st Thursday Evening Meeting", 6-8 p.m.  The social and prospective new member gathering will be a regular opportunity to get to know each other better in a casual setting.  We're planning to gather in the outdoor seating area facing Vail Street.  Advanced reservations are required.
Our Fine Fun and Fundraising Mistress of Happiness Fungibility, Millie Palmer, welcomed Happy Fines and tested our wits.
Patty celebrated her return from an Alaska vacation and her retirement.  Kevin was pleased about work for the Wheeling Food Pantry.  Bob paid to give us advice and a story on how to determine if a potential spouse is “a keeper”, Millie was happy to tell of being in Greece.
In keeping with the upcoming holiday, she quizzed us on 4th of July-related items. 
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Assistant Sec/Treasurer
Vice President
Membership Director
Public Image Chair
Vocational Services Chair
International Chair
Community Service Chair
Youth Services Chair
Administration Chair
Upcoming Events
Happy Thanksgiving- No Meeting
Nov 22, 2018
Wishing You a Wonderful Day with Your Family
Bill Kmiecik
Nov 29, 2018
Rotary Foundation
Calderwood Awards Luncheon-Location TBD
Mar 07, 2019
Arlington Heights Police Officer Award Winner
Grant Recipients Presentation
Mar 21, 2019
Grant Award Winners
Grant Award Recipients
Mar 28, 2019
Award Winners Presentations
Grant Recipient Award Winners
Apr 18, 2019
Award Winners Presentations
Grant Recipients Award Presentations
Apr 25, 2019
Award Winners Presentations
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May 30, 2019
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