Installation 2021!

Posted on Jul 09, 2020
Priority 4 of the Rotary strategic plan focuses on adaptability.   Our club's adaptability was on full display as we pulled off a successful installation for new president Joe Musolino and the 20/21 board.When we learned from Palm Court 24 hours before our planned event that they had a water main break which would prevent them from hosting us the next day,  Kris Niemann, Rotarian event planner extraordinaire,  kicked into gear. She arranged for a lovely event outside at Peggy Kinnane's.
With 28 attendees in person and 18 via Zoom, it was the biggest meeting we have had in several months.
Joe gave a very inspirational speech encouraging members to use this year as their transition from Rotary Club members to true Rotarians.
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Looking Back, Awards and Celebrations

Although it feels to some like we have been in lockdown mode forever, it's only been a few months.  At this week's meeting, President Ben Weaver took us on a month by month review of club events, service projects, and fundraisers.  Committee chairs Linda Borton (Admin), Karen Baker (Community Service) and Mary Jablonsky (International Service) followed up with some additional memories and highlights.  To download  a synopsis of this year's Community Service events, click here.

District Awards

We were honored to have District Governor, Suzanne Gibson, zoom in with us to recognize some special Rotarians:
This year, Governor Suzanne is recognizing all Rotarians with 50 or more years of membership in Rotary.  Jan Behrens celebrated his 60th Rotary anniversary, all with the Arlington Heights Club.

Mary Cay Chisholm was honored as one of the women of Rotary with 30 years of membership.  Like Jan, Mary Cay has been with our club for her entire Rotary life.

Bob Paddock was recognized for outstanding service to District 6440.  Bob served as the editor of the District Governor's monthly newsletter this year and has served in this role for the past 10 years.  Governor Suzanne recognized and thanked him for his commitment to excellence and great communication.

Club Awards

President Ben Weaver recognized club members who contributed to the success of the club this past year.  Nominations were submitted by fellow club members and determined by the board.

Rotarians of the Year: 
Betsy Kmiecik and Patti Lock

Service Above Self  
For individuals who exemplify through words and deeds the overarching principles and ideals of our Rotary heritage.
Joe Skibbe
Mary Stitt
Certificate of Recognition
Awarded to recognize individuals who have performed or participated in one or more specific activities in an exemplary manner
Kris Niemann
Northwest Eye Physicians
Dave Weiner
Distinguished Rotarian
For individuals who have had exemplary involvement in Rotary activities beyond our club or represented Rotary in other broader community undertakings.
Karen Baker
Linda Borton
Bill Kmiecik
Jon Ridler
Chris Wood
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Polio Eradication in a COVID-19 World

Posted on May 21, 2020
Carol Wells, District 6440 End Polio Now Chair, provided a very imformative update on the status of polio eraditation efforts and how they have been impacted by COVID-19.  On April 20, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative issued a call to action to support COVID-19 response.  Like many other organizations, GPEI which represents all of the partners in the polio eradication pivoted immediately. 
Polio Eradication in a COVID-19 World 2020-05-21 05:00:00Z 0

Navigating Life's Curves and Corners

Posted on May 14, 2020
Our speaker, Jerilyn Willin lead us through a presentation on change and resilience.  She started with the differentiation between change and transition noting that change is an event that happens outside of us, while transition is the psychological process that we go through when adapting to the new situation.  Resistance is a normal part of transition and there are many reasons that people resist change, including loss of control, loss of competence, and loss of identity.  Resilience is an important mechanism for adapting to transition, and according to Willin it can be learned and cultivated.
Navigating Life's Curves and Corners 2020-05-14 05:00:00Z 0

How to Avoid Death by Zoom

Posted on May 07, 2020
Our speaker, Marie Genevieve Pawlak, offered several suggestions on how to make Zoom meetings more effective.  Some of her ideas  were applicable to all meetings:  set your rules of engagement, know the why of your meeting, have outcomes in mind, don’t leave without an action plan, and don’t jam all of your content into a powerpoint slide and then read it.  However, other ideas were specifically targeted to Zoom. 
How to Avoid Death by Zoom 2020-05-07 05:00:00Z 0

Connecting with the World

Posted on Apr 23, 2020
This week’s meeting was a true testimony to the way that Rotary Connects the World and how Zoom can help facilitate that.  Our guest speakers were three Rotarians from the Uwara Satelite Club from Guatemals City.  Also joining us were Rotarians from Brisbane, Australia, Cary Grove, Lake in the Hills, Barrington Breakfast, Huntley, and Chicago Near South, our own Arlington Heights Rotarians from Florida, and San Diego, and an invited guest from Antigua, Guatemala. 
Connecting with the World LBS 2020-04-23 05:00:00Z 0

Nuclear Energy in Illinois

Posted on Apr 16, 2020
This week’s speaker, Alan Medsker, is a man on a mission.  The mission is to raise awareness and build appreciation for nuclear energy in Illinois.  Currently Illinois has 6 nuclear power plants  with 11 reactors that produce over 50% of our energy.  The second largest source of electricity in Illinois is coal (32%) followed by fossil gas (9%) and wind (7%).  Nuclear energy is a reliable and consistent source of power, and perhaps most importantly, it s a clean souce of power, accounting for just 2% of CO2 emissions. 
Nuclear Energy in Illinois LBS 2020-04-16 05:00:00Z 0

International Service at Ak'Tenemit

Posted on Apr 09, 2020
Monsoon rains did little to slow down the work for the Buffalo Grove Rotary Club's annual trip to Ak'Tenemit.  Dr. Chris Wood represented our club on the trip, and updated the club on everything that was accomplished during the week long service trip.  While he and his team were examining 200 students and distributing eye glasses,  others on the trip were building beds, re-roofing the visitor center, framing out and building a fitness center,  pouring a new concrete path, and providing dental care.  The work that was completed will help Ak'Tenemit expand its capacity from 600 to 800 students. 
International Service at Ak'Tenemit LBS 2020-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

Sending a Message to the Future

20 Things That Belong in 2012's Time Capsule | Vibe
Our speaker this week was Greg Padovani, who presented plans for a generational time capsule project that is being undertaken here in Arlington Heights.  There are several aspects of that make this unique project different from other time capsules.   Instead of artifacts, it will contain digital messages to future generations.  Through pictures, videos, and scans, participants are asked to address two questions:  who are you, and what do you wish for future generations.   Instead of one time capsule, there will be three, each scheduled to be opened in 33, 66, and 99 years respectively with each increment of time representing a generation.
Sending a Message to the Future LBS 2020-04-05 05:00:00Z 0

Mayor's State-Of-The-Village Address

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.   
Mayor's State-Of-The-Village Address rpjr 2020-03-12 05:00:00Z 0

The Results are In

Posted on Mar 05, 2020
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
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Food, Fun, and Training
Our Grant Dollars at Work

Posted on Mar 05, 2020

(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, 
Food, Fun, and TrainingOur Grant Dollars at Work LBS 2020-03-05 06:00:00Z 0

Overcoming a Swerve to Find Passion and Purpose

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.  
Overcoming a Swerve to Find Passion and Purpose LBS 2020-02-27 06:00:00Z 0

Brightening February with a Mardi Gras Luncheon

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.
Brightening February with a Mardi Gras Luncheon  rpjr 2020-02-20 06:00:00Z 0

February 13 - Relief Through Leadership 

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
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What is Scouting Today in Our Area?

 We  had a “Threefor” , so to speak, as three representatives of the Boy Scouts’ described the regional and local programs, and facts of interest about them and the organization.   Things are changing (now girls have more options) and are the same (quality, growth experiences for young people).  In addition to an interesting, well-organized presentation, part for fun entailed audience participation --Rotarians had a chance to work on our Weeblos Engineering Merit Badge !   As the photo might suggest, some of us would earn the badge later than sooner : )    To see details of the presentation and the good Scouting is doing (and to see the activity instruction sheet) click "Read more"
What is Scouting Today in Our Area? rpjr 2020-02-06 06:00:00Z 0

Feb. 6 Meeting -- Announcement, Happiness, "The Quiz"  

Meeting Comments included important announcements concerned the Vision project, volunteer opportunities, announcements by members, and our Quiz for charitable purposes (the questions are below, the answers are under Read more.
This month's Happy Fine Master Terry Ennes said that because Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, we’ll only be in our dens for a short period of time ‘til spring arrives.  His quizzes today and this month will keep us busy:
  1. What cultural group in Pennsylvania got Ground  Hog day started?
  2. How many years has it been going on in Pennsylvania (more than 100)?
  3. Spell the name of this famous ground hog?
  4. What is another name for a ground hog?
  5. Did he see his shadow? 
  6. What group is trying to ban the use of a live ground hog?
Feb. 6 Meeting -- Announcement, Happiness, "The Quiz" rpjr 2020-02-06 06:00:00Z 0

Reflections from the Uwara Rotary Club Satellite of Vista Hermosa

"The last two weeks have been intensely wonderful, allowing us to meet 13 angels, representing 6 Rotary clubs of Chicago, who left their homes and families to make a dream into a reality.  This could only be done by the grace of God and the magic of Rotary.  Today, the school El Rodeo in Escuintla has painted classrooms, light, new desks, and a spectacular playground that brings smiles in place of the sobs from the tragedy of 2 years ago.  There is still much to do, but united together  in Rotary we can do it."  - Patty Sosa Garcia, president of the Uwara satellite of the Rotary Club of Vista Hermosa.  
On June 3, 2018, the Fuego volcano erupted with a  pyroclastic flow of superheated gas, ash, and debris that engulfed nearby villages and killed up to 3000 people.  One of the villages that was particularly hard hit was the town of El Rodeo, which is located about 30 minutes outside of Antigua, Guatemala.  The Uwara satellite club, comprised of young, mostly female, working professionals has "adopted" the school in El Rodeo as its primary service project.   Rotarians from 6 clubs in District 6440 with additional financial support from Glenview Surnise partnered with the Uwara Club to repair and refurbish the school.  
Reflections from the Uwara Rotary Club Satellite of Vista Hermosa Linda Borton 2020-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

Another Successful Eagle Scout Project


Hello Ms. Baker,

    You will be happy to hear that the project has been completed! Thank you very much for helping to fund this project; the money was put to good use. The benches now adorn Church Creek's courtyard for all of its residents to enjoy. 

Thanks again, Thomas Bleasdale

Another Successful Eagle Scout Project LBS 2020-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

Many Rotarians Acknowledged at Chamber Awards and Installation Dinner

Rotarians are known to be active in their own community as well as nationally and internationally, working to make things better.  This commitment was shown in the Chamber's annual dinner last Friday, and referenced in Jim Bertucci's comments at the event.   For Daily Herald story and photos, click here .  See how many club members you can identify, including the familiar guy in the racing suit!  Congrats to Rotarians Jon Ridler and David Jaffe and their staffs for an enjoyable evening and a successful year!
Many Rotarians Acknowledged at Chamber Awards and Installation Dinner rpjr 2020-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

A "Splashing Good Time" without Breaking A Sweat

What an interesting, impressive alternative to our regular meeting !  We relocated for lunch and a field trip to see the newly remodeled Arlington Park District swim and exercise Facility on Euclid across from the former Arlington High School.  Pictures tell most of the story -- the former Swim Center has been expansively remodeled and expanded. To see a comprehensive review from their website, click here.
Our host, Brian Meyer, gave us background comment about the facility, programs, construction and financing. He and associates gave tours to Rotarians and several wives...folks seemed almost tempted to put on sweat suits or swim suits and jump in!   For some of the comments and a few Rotarian photos, click "Read more".  You'll also find our Happy Fines there and another Fine Millie Quiz, shared for charity.
A "Splashing Good Time" without Breaking A Sweat rpjr 2020-01-30 06:00:00Z 0

BreakEscape Adventures

Framed by crooked Customs agents, a hardy group of Rotarians found themselves scrambling to recover their missing passports and stolen goods or face the consequences on Sunday afternoon.  The good news.....with a little help we were able to successfully escape and watch the second half of the Titans and Chiefs game.  Thanks to Mark at BreakEscape for a great time!
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Santa Run Thank You

Posted on Jan 16, 2020
Congratulations filled the room at the January 16th weekly meeting as Rotarians and Santa Run sponsors celebrated the success of the 2019 event.  Over $35,000 net was raised for the Arlington Heights Rotary Foundation with over 1200 runners participating.  With so much enthusiasm, 16 sponsors renewed for the 2020 run so we are off to a great start!  Many thanks again to everyone for their support and contributions.  It was a great day to be a Rotarian!   See our 2019 Santa Run video by clicking here.
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A "Thank You" Demonstrates New Grant Processes and Help from Overseas !

We often think our Rotary Foundation funds projects overseas. But a local project here, the ACE program, has the reverse -- partial funding from Taiwan and Pakistan.  In addition, the program demonstrates many sound business practices in Rotary's International projects these days.  Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Rotary members thanked our club for participating in the ACE training/education program.  ACE has resulted several graduates ready for careers in fields which local employers say they need qualified applicants.
Jean Schlinkmann and Bill Kelley from Schaumburg-Hoffman described the process of partnering, selection of candidates, Rotary International's auditing, the outcomes so far, and the current status of the program.  You can read the details by clicking to read more.  
A "Thank You" Demonstrates New Grant Processes and Help from Overseas ! rpjr 2020-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
1/9/20 Charitable Announcements and Quiz rpjr 2020-01-09 06:00:00Z 0

Holiday Party Fun

Posted on Jan 03, 2020
Spirits were high at this year's Holiday Party.   In keeping with tradition, we had a rousing version of the Twelve Days of Christmas.  For more pictures click here.
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Meet Margaret, Our International Scholarship Recipient

Posted on Jan 03, 2020
Margaret is an ambitious 14 year old girl with dreams of one day becoming a doctor or a lawyer.  She recently finished her primary education at Bringing Miracles, a school which our club has supported.  Her mother died in 2019 and her father is unemployed,  Margaret likes chips, chicken, the color green and soccer.  Her favorite subject is science because it gives her time to think.  Our club has given Margaret a scholarship so that she can continue her studies next year in secondary school.
Meet Margaret, Our International Scholarship Recipient LBS 2020-01-03 06:00:00Z 0

We Were Busy in December

Posted on Dec 21, 2019
Although our last official meeting of the 2019 was December 12, that didn't mean that December was a slow month.  We kicked off with a successful Santa Run on December 5, and followed that up with Holiday Shopping.     On December 14, several Rotarians prepared food for PADS.  The following week, on December 21, Rotarians volunteered to help with the annual Bike Give-Away distributing 50 bikes, helmets and bike locks..  Ron Crawford and John Amling have now refurbished over 1400 bicycles to give away !
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Musolino Presides Over "Rotary-tag" Bill Hoff 2019-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Teaming up with Rolling Meadows Interact to Pack Thanksgiving Meals LBS 2019-11-25 06:00:00Z 0

Blue Bunny- the Back Story

Posted on Nov 21, 2019
If you've ever wondered how an ice cream company decided to name its ice cream Blue Bunny, now you know.  At this week's meeting, John vanden Brink shared his pivotal role in the creation of the Blue Bunny brand and how it has made him a local legend in Le Mars, Iowa.  Click on the image below to view the video that we weren't able to show due to technical difficulties. 
Blue Bunny- the Back Story LBS 2019-11-21 06:00:00Z 0

New Vision Project is a Big Success

Posted on Nov 14, 2019
In a pilot project that appears destined to expand, Drs. Chris Wood and Maggie Albertson, provided comprehensive vision examinations for 15 fifth graders from a local Palatine elementary school.  The low income students were identified based on screening tests.   A grant from Walmart will provide glasses for the students.  Based on the success of the initial project, a district nurse would like to see the program expanded to cover other schools.  For a more comprehensive description and some great photos, check out this article that was published in the Daily Herald.
New Vision Project is a Big Success LBS 2019-11-14 06:00:00Z 0

A Visit from the Governor

Posted by LBS on Nov 14, 2019
In 2009, DG Suzanne Gibson travelled to Sumpango, Guatemala on a church service trip.  While there she visited a community that was plagued by water borne illness.  She was deeply impacted by this, and asked herself what she, a social worker from Barrington could do to solve the problem.  When she returned, her Rotary Club asked her to chair their  International committee, and she knew right away what she wanted to tackle.  She began to form and leverage connections: with a doctor in Sumpango to do a community assessment, with local Rotary clubs to raise funds, with RI to obtain matching funds, and back to the community in Sumpango to plan implementation.  
A Visit from the Governor LBS 2019-11-14 06:00:00Z 0

Julie Clark

Posted by Bill Hoff on Oct 31, 2019
Our most recent Past District 6440 Governor 2018-2019, Julie Clark, told us about her continuing experiences in Rotary.
Julie Clark Bill Hoff 2019-10-31 05:00:00Z 0

A Special Foundation Minute

Posted on Oct 31, 2019
Club members were treated to a special Foundation Minute this week when Mary Stitt shared her personal experiences doing polio immunizations.  On one of her trips, she met a man who was a polio survivor.  Although he was trained as an attorney, his life's work was building bicycles for polio victims.  Mary had the opportunity to help distribute some of the bikes and talked about the life-changing impact they brought to the recipients.  Here she is shown with one of the bikes that she purchased to bring home.  
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1st Bringing Miracles Scholarship Recipient Graduates Top of the Class

Posted by Mary Jablonsky on Oct 27, 2019
Our club has supported the Bringing Miracles School in Kibera Kenya for several years in a number of ways. One way is to grant scholarships to  their teachers. These scholarships allow the teachers to go to Nairobi East Dicece college to earn degrees in teaching and Early Childhood Development. Our first recipient, Joshua Ochieng, has just graduated. Even more spectacular, he graduated number one in his class. What an accomplishment. Congratulations to Joshua.
1st Bringing Miracles Scholarship Recipient Graduates Top of the Class  Mary Jablonsky 2019-10-27 05:00:00Z 0

Beer, Brats & Bingo

Posted on Oct 23, 2019
As a change of pace, we gathered at the Arlington Ale House this week for fellowship, beer, brats, and bingo.  It was made even better by opportunities to purchase additional bingo cards or event cookies by making an additional donation to Polio Plus.
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Planning for the Future -- Our Housing

Posted by rpjr on Oct 17, 2019
Our program 10-17 was a “two-fer” – first, giving an introduction was long-time Rotarian Bill Borst.  He  explained how important and useful it has been to address long term housing with careful, thorough investigation of retirement living options. He wanted to share a very good summary and approach he found through our speaker from The Moorings here in Arlington Heights. 
Senior Residency Counselor, Linda Nikiforak, gave a thorough and informative review of factors to consider, whatever one’s preference living arrangements.  Accompanying her was Mary Tremont, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Highlands Assisted Living at the Moorings.  What made the presentation especially noteworthy was its objective overview of the process and the variety of facilities and programs in the northwest suburbs.  We suggest you click “Read more” for Linda’s slide presentation, some references and her contact information.
Planning for the Future -- Our Housing rpjr 2019-10-17 05:00:00Z 0

10-17-19 Was Delicious (Meeting Notes)

Posted by rpjr on Oct 17, 2019
Thursday’s meeting seemed to have it all – (1) Information about Rotary and club service opportunities,  (2) The good fellowship of Rotary charitable Happy Fines/Announcements, (3) An informative and well organized program, and ... (4)birthday cake!   Wendy Davis shared a minute update about Rotary’s efforts in the ongoing fight to eradicate polio.  Our Fun Master Jim Hassenplug raised funds via his quiz and members paying to share personal news and happiness.   And we had a cake to acknowledge the member birthdays happening this month. 
A special part of the birthdays included the member citing his/her years as a member, and naming the Sponsor who introduced them into the club and Rotary service.  Rotarians in the past such as retired real estate agent Dane Hooper helped the club by bringing in new members who are contributing to the health and service of the club today.  Some Birthday Rotarians such as Bill Borst have also been members in other communities over the years.  Bill in particular has had a remarkable number of years of perfect attendance and supporting the goals of Rotary.
10-17-19 Was Delicious (Meeting Notes) rpjr 2019-10-17 05:00:00Z 0

And the Winner is.........

Posted by LBS on Oct 10, 2019
Jason Ivy presented a recap of the Endurance Challenge sharing highlights the highlights of each week.   Everyone who participated all 4 weeks was eligible for the grand prize.  Ben Weaver did the honors of  drawing the winner, and it was Larry Niemann.  Larry was not present,  but in his absence and in the spirit of this week’s luncheon topic (Our Foundation $’s at work) Kris Niemann generously donated the money back to the club.  Well done  and thank you to Larry, Kris, and everyone who participated in the challenge.
And the Winner is......... LBS 2019-10-10 05:00:00Z 0

(Y)our Foundation $’s at Work

Posted by LBS on Oct 10, 2019
Led by Rick Koebernick, the Foundation Committee provided an overview of how funds donated to the Rotary Foundation are used with a focus on projects and initiatives that have been specifically supported by our club.  Globally, we have funded ShelterBoxes to provide temporary housing to disaster victims, and funds for polio eradication.  Internationally,  we have funded HeatlhRays, a project that brings digital x-ray to remote areas of Guatemala, and been directly involved in many hands-on service projects in Guatemala and Peru. 
(Y)our Foundation $’s at Work  LBS 2019-10-10 05:00:00Z 0

Planning & Community Development in Arlington Heights

Posted on Oct 05, 2019
If you missed last week’s meeting, you missed a great presentation by Charles Witherington-Perkins, Director of Planning and Community Development for the Village of Arlington Heights.  With responsibility for planning, community and economic development, urban design, housing and zoning, Witherington-Perkins and his staff provide advice to the Village Board, as well as other village boards and commissions with the goal of promoting high quality development that meets the needs of Arlington Heights residents. 
Planning & Community Development in Arlington Heights LBS 2019-10-05 05:00:00Z 0

Buon Appetito

On October 3rd, we treated veterans from the Road Home Program along with  guests of the Illinois Medical District Guest House to an Italian themed meal.  Thanks to all of the Rotarians who prepared and served food for this event.  And a special shout-out to Armand’s for donating pasta sauce.  Feedback from the guests/patients at the Guest House was that everything was delicious and very much appreciated. 
Buon Appetito  2019-10-05 05:00:00Z 0

 Endurance Challenge Week 4

Posted on Sep 27, 2019
This is the fourth and final week of  the Endurance Challenge.  This week's challenge? Take someone out for coffee/drink and just happen to tell them about AH Rotary Club   The challenge runs from September 27th - October 3rd .  After completing the weekly challenge, send Jason Ivy ( an e-mail or text, or post it to social media and tag our club.  Remember, any one completing all 4 challenges will get a Starbucks gift card and one lucky winner will be drawn to win a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant of their choice.
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Why Reading is Important

Posted on Sep 26, 2019
The statistics shared by Rich Rosen are compelling:  Two-thirds of students who cannot read beyond the 4th grade level will end up in jail, or on welfare.  It is  what they know about reading and writing before they reach school that significantly determines how their reading skills will develop.  Rich reviewed the four components of early childhood literacy that prepare children:  letter knowledge, being interested in books, vocabulary, and narrative skills.  He stressed the importance of adults reading to children to help develop these skills and noted that this is the big literacy challenge that we all need to address.  As the literacy chair for District 6440, Rich is not promoting a particular literacy program, but asking all clubs to consider how they can find ways to engage parents and adults to read to young children.  
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Did You Know?

Posted on Sep 25, 2019
Charity Navigator recently identified the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International as #1 of the Best Charities Everyone's Heard Of.  With an overall score of 100, TRF just received the highest rating (4 stars) from Charity Navigator for the 12th consecutive year.  Only one percent of the organizations evaluated by Charity Navigator have received 12 consecutive 4-star ratings.  The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how TRF uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and transparency.
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Wendy Davis Presents September 18 Lunch

Posted by PMM on Sep 24, 2019
On September 19, our fellow Rotarian Wendy Davis gave it terrific presentation outlining her involvement in international service projects over the years. She also thanked Jan Behrens for first introducing her husband Scott to Rotary. Wendy's focus in Rotary is primarily on polio and clean water. Rotary International took on polio is a challenge in 1983 and partners with the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and other organizations in its continuing effort to eradicate polio worldwide. Wendy's trips to India included participating in National Immunization Day, and assisting a local Rotary club that runs a hospital for polio patients. She helped administer the polio vaccine in many different circumstances, including stopping people on the street to vaccinate children five years old and under.  Wendy also participated in the distribution of wheelchairs, crutches and tricycles to polio patients. These devices make polio patients much more mobile and employable.  Wendy also visited the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta in 2014 for World Polio Day. Her trip included a visit to the fascinating CDC Museum which describes the decades of significant public health crises that it has confronted.
Wendy is also a strong supporter of Kiva, which provides micro loans to the poor in $25 loan increments. Wendy funded her first loan account with $500 in 2009, and has loaned that $500 no less than 169 times in 10 years. Many of our Rotary members are part of our Rotary Kiva loan team, and everyone can monitor the loan their individual loan status and Rotary group loan status on the Kiva website. If you’re unable to participate in a service trip, making loans through Kiva is a great way to support the mission of Rotary.
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Community Service Calendar

Posted on Sep 20, 2019
Karen Baker, Community Service Chair, distributed an updated calendar of service projects and opportunities for this Rotary year.   Click here to download a copy of the calendar.
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Over 100 Rotarians, family members and guests enjoyed an afternoon of fellowship, and friendly competition on Rotary Corn Maze Day.
Ben, the Ninja Pig, our club's entry in the Pig Races narrowly lost his heat in a photo finish, but Neil Scheufler and his team were big winners in the corn maze challenge.
Thanks to Betsy  Kmiecik for organizing a great event.
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Congratualtions Bill Kmiecik!!

Posted on Sep 14, 2019
Bill Kmiecik has been selected by the Nominating Committee of District 6440 as the District Governor Nominee Designate.   Bill will serve as Governor during the 2022/23 Rotary year.   He will be the first Arlington Heights Rotarian to serve as Governor since Stephen Jurco in 1976/77.    In addition to the many roles Bill has held in our club (including President, Treasurer, Santa Run Chair, Finemaster, Foundation and Membership committee member), Bill has served the District as an Assistant Governor,  Annual Fund Chair, member of the Visioning team, and member of the District Finance Committee.    Congratulations Bill and also Betsy, who according to Dr. Mark Gibson, spouse of current Governor Suzanne, will be eligible for the role of "Governor's Official Driver"  (G.O.D.).
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Endurance Challenge - Week 2

Posted on Sep 14, 2019
This week's challenge is to tell someone that you are in Rotary and why you like being involved.   The challenge runs from September 13- September 19.  After completing the weekly challenge, send Jason Ivy ( an e-mail or text, or post it to social media and tag our club.  Remember, any one completing all 4 challenges will get a Starbucks gift card and one lucky winner will be drawn to win a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant of their choice.
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Endurance Challenge Week 2

Posted on Sep 14, 2019
This week's challenge is to tell someone that you are in Rotary and why you like being involved.   The challenge runs from September 13- September 19.  After completing the weekly challenge, send Jason Ivy ( an e-mail or text, or post it to social media and tag our club.
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Duffer Outing Highlights

Posted on Sep 14, 2019
The 2019 Arlington Heights Classic, aka Duffer Outing is in the books.  Congratulations to Mark Tauber and his team who captured the award for low gross score with a sizzling 58!  Thanks to all of the Rotarians who stepped up to sponsor, volunteer, organize, participate and donate raffle prizes. 
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A Membership Challenge for Everyone!

Rotary club members (and not the Membership Chair) are the real force behind membership growth and engagement, according to Jason Ivy, Membership Chair and this week's speaker.  Due to solid growth over the past two years, our club is currently one of the largest in the District with over 80 members on the books.  However, he noted that too many members are rarely seen.   To address this, he is asking anyone who sponsored a member,  to assess  if the members they sponsored are actively engaged in club activities.   If not, and they are still members, he is asking sponsors to contact them to see what is going on, and if there is something that we can do to reengage them.  While this is primarily directed to sponsors, everyone is urged to reach out and contact someone that they have not seen for a while.
In order to maintain healthy membership, Jason announced The 4 Week Endurance Challenge. a contest to help promote Rotary and our Club.   Each week will bring a new challenge.  Members that complete all 4 challenges will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant of their choice.    Here are the rules:
Week 1:  September 6-12.    Wear your Rotary pin or Rotary attire all day on a non-Rotary Day.   After completing the challenge send Jason an e-mail, text, or post it to social media and tag our club.  
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Welcome Krista

Posted by LBS on Sep 05, 2019
Welcome to our newest member, Krista Evans.  Krista is a "shared" member with Jim Bertucci.  She "jumped into action" right away, attending the Community Services Committee meeting.  
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Club Members are Out on Parole......After a Great Tour of the New Police Station 

The August 29th meeting was hosted at the new Arlington Heights Police Station.  Rotarians and their guests gathered in the Arlene J. Mulder Community Room.  A short business meeting was adjourned and Rotary members were given a full access tour of the police station.  Rotarian and Police Chief Nick Pecora provided a brief overview of the police station construction project.  Deputy Chief Nate Hayes and Nick Pecora each led a walking tour through the department where areas such as the jail, firearms training range, criminal investigation (detectives office) and patrol operations were viewed.   A complete excursion through the 70,500sf facility and 10,000sf patrol garage typically takes about 1.5 hours to traverse all three levels.  Rotarians made it in just under 45 minutes!  Could  it be they were nervous being so close to being "behind bars"?  Probably not: the outing was not only informative and enjoyable, it was efficiently run...thanks to the good work of Chief Pecora and his staff.  We're glad he's in our Rotary Club, and that he's continuing the great service of the police department in Arlington Heights.
Club Members are Out on Parole......After a Great Tour of the New Police Station Cub Reporters Nick and Bob 2019-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
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Village Officials Become Honarary Rotarians

Posted on Aug 15, 2019
Receiving honorary designations from the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights, left to right: Mayor Tom Hayes, his wife, Sue Hayes, new Arlington Heights Police Chief Nicolas Pecora, retiring Police Chief Gerald Mourning and Arlington Height Police Department representative Kimberly Peterson.   We thank these awardees for their years of service to Arlington Heights.
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Forest Preserves of Cook County

Posted by PMM on Aug 13, 2019

On August 8, 2019, we all really enjoyed the presentation of our lunch speaker Kevin Kuhn of the Forest Preserves Cook County.  His engaging style and interesting topic prompted many questions from the attendees. The Forest Preserves is comprised of approximately 72,000 acres of ecologically diverse land in Cook County, and covers approximately 10% of all land in Cook County. The most well-known properties of the Forest Preserves are Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Botanical Gardens. The Forest Preserves is primarily concerned with a conservation plan for the next century, which will restore the Preserves habitat, especially the restoration of native plants that are under attack from invasive plant species. The first step is to restore 30,000 acres of land in the next 25 years, and if the land is restored, animals will return, including bald eagles, turtles, and birds. The Forest Preserves depends heavily upon donations from partners and help from volunteers, including volunteer trail watchers, whose slogan is “ if you see something, say something“.


In our Foundation minute, Mary Jablonsky told us how the Rotary Foundation can enable small clubs or small projects grow into ones having even larger impact.  Our fundraiser “Duffer”/Northwest Special Recreation Association golf outing is shaping up well; contact Brian Meyer to volunteer, sponsor or arrange a foursome.  Finally, please do your best the August 20 meeting: a good crowd will add to the impact of the special honors our club is giving to Rotarian and retired AH Police Chief Jerry Mourning and our Village President, Tom Hayes. 


Forest Preserves of Cook County PMM 2019-08-13 05:00:00Z 0

RCAH Supports Scouting

Posted on Aug 08, 2019
Our Club was proud to support Alex Schuffler of BS Troop 34 in his Eagle Scout project.  The project involved building wooden planting boxes next to the playground at First Presbyterian Church.  Children from the church will be planting and growing vegetables that will be used to make weekly meals for Faith Community Homes and PADS.  Surplus vegetables will be donated to the Wheeling Township Food Pantry.   For more pictures of this project click here.  
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Club Members are Out On Parole...
After a Great Tour of the New Police Station!

Posted by "Cub Reporters" NickandBob on Aug 01, 2019
The August 29th meeting was hosted at the new Arlington Heights Police Station.  Rotarians and their guests gathered in the Arlene J. Mulder Community Room.  A short business meeting was adjourned and Rotary members were given a full access tour of the police station.  Rotarian and Police Chief Nick Pecora provided a brief overview of the police station construction project.  Deputy Chief Nate Hayes and Nick Pecora each led a walking tour through the department where areas such as the jail, firearms training range, criminal investigation (detectives office) and patrol operations were viewed.   A complete excursion through the 70,500sf facility and 10,000sf patrol garage typically takes about 1.5 hours to traverse all three levels.  Rotarians made it in just under 45 minutes!  Could  it be they were nervous being so close to being "behind bars"?  Probably not: the outing was not only informative and enjoyable, it was efficiently run...thanks to the good work of Chief Pecora and his staff.  We're glad he's in our Rotary Club, and that he's continuing the great service of the police department in Arlington Heights.
Club Members are Out On Parole...After a Great Tour of the New Police Station! "Cub Reporters" NickandBob 2019-08-01 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Neil Scheufler on Aug 01, 2019
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
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROTARIANS! Neil Scheufler 2019-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

 The Challenges of our Suburbs’ Solid Waste program  – we’re part of the cause, and the solution.

Posted by rpjr on Aug 01, 2019
Today’s program not only told us about how garbage and trash are processed, but also about our role as consumers/citizens in nature.  Mary Allen, Recycling and Education Director for the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) presented information about the consortium’s services, the challenges of processing waste in today’s society, and emphasized the importance of being good stewards of the natural world.  For more about the agency, its services and presentations/materials for handling our own trash, visit the website . 
The Challenges of our Suburbs’ Solid Waste program – we’re part of the cause, and the solution. rpjr 2019-08-01 05:00:00Z 0


Posted on Aug 01, 2019
This week’s Foundation Minute was provided by Bill Kmiecik, who reminded us about the RI Disaster Response Fund.  Some Rotarians had asked for a way to act quickly to help address immediate needs following a disaster.  This fund is a way to make contributions, though the donor can’t designate specific disasters.  Monies you contribute go to a holding fund at RI and are distributed promptly through Rotary International to disaster area Districts requesting help.  For more about the fund, click here. 
Betsy Kmiecik announced we’re “mixing things up” this year: we’re holding a variety of social events throughout the year to facilitate the acquaintanceships which help us work together in service to our communities.  We’ll not be having our traditional “Steak Fry” this year, instead we’ll focus on events throughout the year.   A district-wide event 9/15 will be a visit to the Richardson Farm Corn Maze, an opportunity to name your own Pig in a race to support polio eradication.  If there’s enough interest, we may arrange for a bus to take our club members (it’s a 1 ¼ hr. trip).  For more information, click .
 Brian Meyer reminded us to volunteer for our 9/12 Duffer golf outing fund raiser – we can participate, donate, and/or volunteer through sponsorships and foursomes.
Dave Weiner said we’ll experiment with a service project of supplying and/or serving dinner to homeless/PADs clients the second Saturday of Oct., Nov., and Dec. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church here in Arlington.  Contact Dave for more information and to sign up.
Kari Koebernick announced that next Monday, 8/5, we’ll be shopping for food pantry items at Aldi’s.  For details and sign up, see Club Runner , or contact Kari (
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The 2019/20 Community Grant applications will be posted on the ClubRunner website on August 1.  Please help us get the word out to any organizations that you are part of or know about that might be interested in applying for a grant.
Don’t forget to record your service hours in our tracking book each week.  The book is at the sign-in desk.
Happy Birthday Rotarians
Thanks to Neil Scheufler for helping us celebrate this month’s birthdays:  Bob Paddock, Kevin Smith, Bill Kmiecik, Chuck Frank and Jim Bertucci.   Neil's cake selection was a big success!
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Meeting Martin Luther King and How it Changed My Life

Posted on Jul 25, 2019
John Alan Boryk grew up in a world where a black man could not shake hands with a white man, where there were segregated schools, restrooms, and entrances to public places.  He once was ridiculed for drinking out of a never before used water fountain in a newly built building because someone had labelled it “colored.”
Meeting Martin Luther King and How it Changed My Life LBS 2019-07-25 05:00:00Z 0

Fun at the Ball Park

Posted on Jul 20, 2019
Twenty-five hardy Rotarians and guests braved the heat on Friday to take in a Schaumburg Boomers game and fireworks.
Thanks to Brian Meyer and Betsy Kmiecik for arranging everything.  Based on the smiles, everyone had fun.


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Who Doesn't Like to Shop?

Posted on Jul 17, 2019

Not these Rotarians.  Led by Kari Koebernick, they quickly filled their baskets Tuesday night with items needed by the Wheeling Food Pantry.   There will be another "shopping night" in August, so stay tuned for details.

Who Doesn't Like to Shop? LBS 2019-07-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Serving Others

Posted on Jul 15, 2019
Dear Rotary Club of Arlington Heights,
Your meal last night was outstanding! ...Thank you for always going above and beyond for the vets and our other medical guests. ..You’ve truly raised the bar!
Sincerely grateful,
Jan (Volunteer and Programming Manager, IMD Guest House)
On Thursday, July 11,  Rotarians from our club prepared and served a family style meal to veterans, patients and their families staying at the IMD (Illinois Medical District) Guest House.  
Thanks to the Rotarians pictured, as well as Sue Duchek, Mary Stitt, Patti Lock and Terry Ennes who helped with food preparation and procurement.   
Rotary Serving Others LBS 2019-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

Two Months and Counting to The Duffer

Posted on Jul 11, 2019
We are two months away from this year's Arlington Classic Golf Outing, fondly known as the Duffer Outing.  This is our club's second biggest fundraiser and we need everyone's support and participation to make it a success. Bring a foursome, donate a raffle prize, sponsor, or sign-up to volunteer.  See Brian Meyer for details.   Click this link for more information and to register.
Two Months and Counting to The Duffer LBS 2019-07-11 05:00:00Z 0

Our Website Has a New Look

Posted on Jul 11, 2019
 In case you haven't noticed, our website has a new look.   Beside updating the Rotary theme, and adding some pictures, the homepage content has been streamlined and reorganized.   This week's meeting featured an overview of the navigation changes and some basic education on how to use ClubRunner.
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Measuring our Investment

Posted on Jul 11, 2019
Most of us will agree that Rotary is more than a weekly lunch meeting.  We do community and international projects,  and we raise money for worthy causes.  While It is easy to quantify what we give out in donations and scholarships, it is not so easy to quantify the time and effort that goes into doing projects and raising money.  As Karen Baker explained, this year we are starting a new initiative to tackle that and we need your help.
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Passing the Torch (& Backscratcher)

Posted by LBS on Jun 28, 2019
Over 60 Rotarians and guests gathered to celebrate the conclusion of one Rotary year, and the start of a new year.   The highlight of the evening was the Installation of incoming president Ben Weaver and the new board. 
While the past year(s) have  brought many changes to our club, one tradition remains intact- ” the passing of the backscratcher.” 
Passing the Torch (& Backscratcher) LBS 2019-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

2018-2019 Rotary Recognition Award Winners

Posted by Jon Ridler on Jun 28, 2019
At the Installation Dinner last night, It was an honor to recognize the successes of this past year thanks to the leadership and vision of the AH Rotary Board.
Over $88,000 invested locally and internationally, 13 new members, 2 returning members and a new "Fair To All Concerned" Pay As You Go Membership.
We also thanked and recognized 10 outstanding Rotarian's for their service and efforts this past year. 25 different Rotarian's were nominated for these awards!!
2018-2019 Rotary Recognition Award Winners Jon Ridler 2019-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

News and Announcements - 6/20/19

Posted on Jun 22, 2019
  • Effective July 1, we will be changing the timing of our billing.  Instead of billing in arrears, we will bill in advance.  As a result of this change members will receive two bills in July-  one for the last quarter and one for the upcoming quarter.  If you have questions about this, please contact Dave Weiner or incoming treasurer Harry Vaswani.
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Spotlight on New Members

Posted by LBS on Jun 22, 2019
Andy Kazmierczak is the Executive Director of the Lutheran Home.  He is also a proud native of Arlington Heights, who attended Buffalo Grove High School and the U. of I.  He has a fondness for sports, especially water polo and golf.  He and his wife, Amanda, are the proud parents of 8-month-old Luke.   An accounting major in college, Andy started his career at Lutheran Home in an entry level accounting position.  As he advanced, he realized he had a passion for senior living and got his nursing home license.  Prior to serving in his current role, he was the Executive Director of St. Paul’s House, another Lutheran Life Community. 
Born in Albany, New York, Dr. Rasha Ali has come to Arlington Heights via a widely traveled path that includes Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India, Texas, the UAE, and Minnesota.  As an ophthalmologist with additional fellowship training in the cornea, she has combined her medical expertise and global perspective to participate in medical missions to Bangledesh and Jordan, where she worked with Syrian refugees.  When she’s not working or volunteering, she is mom to two sons, a 10-year-old, and a “6-year-old going on thirty.”  She loves the theater and ice cream.
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Rotary Connects the World 2019-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

Linda Smith New Rotary Member

Posted by Patrick M. McMahon
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Meet our 2019 George and Marion Harris Book Scholars 2019-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

Good Conversation, Good Business, Good Food & Beverage

Posted by rpjr on Jun 06, 2019
Last week's meeting entailed a service project (see story below).  This week was our experiment with 1st Thursday alternatives – an after work, social get-together, this time at Cortland’s Garage outdoor beer garden.  We were fortunate having good weather and good work for the club – the induction of new member, Amy Kitzmiller, plus casual conversations among Rotarians and potential members. 
Amy, right, was sponsored by member and long-time educator Mary Stitt, center, with the assisstance of Membership Director, Jason Ivy, left.   Talk flowed along with beverage of choice (first one free !) and trays of light food.  This year our club has interspersed events of service and socializing, among our regular noon meetings.  Thursday night attracted members who could attend in the early evening, plus some residents who were walking by and friends of members.  Talk was interesting and flowed freely.  Our thanks go to Mary, a welcome to Amy, and appreciation to the members who participated.  For some info about Amy, click "Read more..."
Good Conversation, Good Business, Good Food & Beverage  rpjr 2019-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Volunteer at Community Cares

Posted by Patrick McMahon on May 30, 2019
Rotarians Volunteer at Community Cares Patrick McMahon 2019-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

Announcements 5/16/19

Posted on May 17, 2019
  • There is still time to sign up for the New Membership Event on Wednesday, May 22 at the Arlington Ale House.  Although targeted for newer members, all members are invited to attend.  In addition to fellowship, Joe Musolino will be sharing information on the Rotary Foundation.
  • Sue Duchek is looking for generous Rotarians who would like to support Salute by joining the Mayor’s Challenge.  (Mayor Hayes will donate $5 for every person who beats his time in the Salute 5k/10k.)  If you are interested in joining Picket Fence, please contact Sue.
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Getting to Know You

Posted on May 17, 2019
This week  we had the opportunity to learn more about two of the newest members to our Club, Wes Weems, and Dr. Faustino “Tino” Santiago.  
Tino Santiago (l),  Wes Weems (r)
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Thursday 5/2 -- Cake, Quick Footwork, and the Pleasure of Being a Rotarian

Posted by rpjr on May 02, 2019
Our speaker for the luncheon unexpectedly had to cancel…but a good & interesting time was had -- President Jon suggested we do round robin, abbreviated classification talks.  It was a chance for all to find out about "that person" at the other table – name, current or former occupation, and the most significant thing enjoyed about Rotary.  Some of the answers are below.  They show the breadth of the Rotary experience in addition to the club's efforts to make our world a better place.
  • Mike Caputo – restauranteur and currently a home inspector – enjoyed helping on our various projects.
  • Mary Cay Chisholm – owner/operator of Northwest Speech and Hearing – was the second woman in the club (the first was Margaret McDonald) – enjoys participating in club events (long hours and responsibilities prevent being involved in much committee work).
  • Patti Lock – producer of maritime events – has been in Rotary 9 years – likes helping out on many projects.
  • Mary Stitt – teacher and principal – has enjoyed traveling on Rotary service projects to several parts of the world, and enjoyed hosting exchange students.
  • Sue Duchek – owner and operator of real estate company – has enjoyed hosting and interacting with exchange students, most recently was Ivan, now a Rotarian in Mexico.
  • Ben Weaver – attorney – volunteering has been important; he and his wife met as Peace Corps volunteers in Africa.  Ben has “volunteered” this time to be next year’s club president.
  • Jim Hassenplug – owner of a security firm – he has enjoyed the Youth Exchange, his daughter having been an Outbound and he has hosted Inbound.
  • Bill Borst – previously a chemical engineer – has enjoyed visiting other clubs.
  • Courtney Bayron -- Waverly Place – involved and helping at the Santa Run, encouraging participation and fellowship as runners finished.
  • [Your Scrib While hearing others talk about Rotary, your Scribe today thought about the question, too --  my family and I have enjoyed helping at village hall inoculation clinics at the village, hosting exchange students, the opportunity to go on service trip to Guatemala, feeling welcome when visiting other clubs throughout the suburbs ( for business and to maintain Rotary attendance), the fellowship and service at shared club service projects such as holiday gift buying/wrapping, the friendships and informal business relationships built through attending club meetings, and the opportunity to get to know and work with both club and district leadership.]
For our birthdays (the reason for cake!) and our Fine FunMaster Musterings, scroll down the material after clicking on "Read more".
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Grants Don't Have To Be Large to Make a Difference

Posted by rpjr on Apr 25, 2019
Informative and inspiring presentations were given by three organizations receiving local charitable grants from our club.  Ranging size from $1,250 to $2,500, in one way they aren't large.  But from another perspective they have shown to be significant, practical and effective. 
Hugh Brady, center, Board Member of National Alliance on Mental Illness - Illinois, spoke about the North/Northwest Suburban Housing Task Force.  His was one of three organizations describing how our grants were used.  To find out more about them, click on "read more".
Grants Don't Have To Be Large to Make a Difference rpjr 2019-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

Serving Our Community

Posted on Apr 18, 2019
This week, we heard from two more local organizations that received financial grants from the Club.
Suzanne Ploger,  Palatine Rotarian, and Development Director of Jouneys, the Road Home, explained ho how our grant, which paid for transportation vouchers, played an important role in helping their clients transition from homelessness.  She also gave us an update on new developments at Journeys, including the upcoming expansion of the Hope Center.  For more information about the services and programs offered by Journeys visit
Connect to Community was started to assist young adults with special needs as they transition out of educational entitlements into the “real” world.  As Barbara Tobias, explained, their primary focus is on customized employment,  but they also do educational outreach, offer social and volunteer opportunities and advocacy.  As a relatively young organization that was started in 2013, one of their challenges is managing growth.  Their Rotary grant was used to help develop a database and email platform that will help them communicate with their client base.  For more information visit
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Announcements 4/18/19

It’s time for planning to start for the 2019 Arlington Classic,   aka the Duffer Outing.   The first planning meeting will be held on Thursday, May 2 before our regular meeting.  If you can’t attend, but would like to be a sponsor or help in another way please contact Brian Meyer.  This is our second biggest fundraiser, so we’re looking for everyone to find a way to support it.
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Rotary Connects the World

Jose Ramon Blanca, of Choula, Mexico, was a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in Indonesia two years ago.  Now his family is hosting Moritz Sieger, a youth exchange student who is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Potsdam, Germany.    Both are here with Jose’s grandfather, a proud 54 year Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Choula.  They all travelled to Arlington Heights to attend a family wedding.  While they were here, they wanted to attend a Rotary meeting and found our Club via our Facebook page.  Thanks to Glenn Garlick who reached out a welcoming hand.
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This is not Your Grandfather's Library.....

Posted by lbs on Apr 14, 2019
For some time now, the Arlington Heights Library has been expanding the array of services it offers, and as we learned at Thursday’s meeting, the innovation is continuing.     The newest addition, which is still in the development stages, will be a Makerspace housed in the original library building at Belmont and Miner.  As Jack Bower, the Digital Services Manager, explained a Makerspace is a collaborative workspace where patrons can make things using high-tech tools like 3-D printers, laser cutters and vinyl cutters, or more traditional tools like sewing, embroidery and quilting machines. There will be small business incubator space for owners and entrepreneurs to network, and even a commercial kitchen that will allow the library to expand its culinary programs.  Now that the Village and Library Boards have approved the transfer of the property, closing is scheduled for June.  The target opening date will be August 2020, so stay tuned for further information.
Diane Malik, the Business Services Advisor, gave an overview of the range of services that are available for small business owners and entrepreneurs.   With access to over 100 databases, classes on  social media and technology, and a  digital media lab that can be used to design business cards, create websites or film promotional videos, there are a range of resources for local business owners.  To find out more, check out the Business Center webpage at
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Thank You 

Jon Ridler was presented with a huge Thank You card for Rotary Reads
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Announcements 4/11/19

  • Wendy Davis reported that Viator House has several opportunities for volunteers.  If you are interested in finding out more, contact Wendy.
  • Jason Ivy announced that he is putting together an order for Russell-Hampton.  If you have lost your Rotary pin and want a replacement (or a back-up) let Jason know.
  • Mary Kendall reminded everyone of the opportunity to do a service project with the District’s Youth Exchange students on April 25.   It will be at Moretti’s Ristorante in Mt. Prospect from 6:30 to 8:30.   If you are interested, sign-up on line or contact Mary.
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Club Announcements

Posted by lbs
  • Our “first Thursday social event” for April will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at Peggy Kinnane’s at 5:30.   Please register if you are planning to attend.
  • There WILL be a meeting on April 4th.  
  • Karen Baker announced that the Community Services committee had approved the purchase of one month’s worth of groceries for Viator House.
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Supporting our Community

Posted by lbs on Mar 28, 2019
What do microloans, ear oximeters and a vacuum have in common, you might wonder.   As we learned at this week’s meeting, they represent three ways that grants from our Club benefitted individuals and organizations in our community.    Representing Faith Community Homes, an organization dedicated to helping northwest suburban families achieve financial stability and independence, Chuck Warner shared how our grant allowed them to enlarge their microloan program.  The microloan program lends money at no interest to help struggling families pay-off debts.   The Lutheran Home Auxiliary used a Rotary grant to purchase six ear oximeters.  Barbara Morton explained that these are being used in the Lutheran Home’s medical and memory care units for patients who cannot use a finger oximeter.  With their Rotary grant, the Arlington Heights Historical Museum purchased a museum grade, HEPA filter vacuum.  According to  museum administrator, Dan Schoeneberg the vacuum  will be used to safely clean and preserve objects in their collection, a collection which currently contains over 50,000 items. 
Supporting our Community lbs 2019-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

Club Announcements and Fun

Posted on Mar 21, 2019
Among the annoucements 3/21 were:
  • Long-time and esteemed club member Kerry Pearson announced he has retired from his law practice.  We endorse you talking more time to "smell the roses" with your wife and son, but hope you will still take time to continue your Rotary service and fellowship here in the club.
  • Visits to Bob Heller have been much appreciated.
  • Neil Scheufler reminded us that the Metropolis Gala is 4/29, and encouraged our attendance
Thanks to Fine Fun Master Bill Kmiecik garnered contributions through a quiz about National Women's History guys and gals learned and appreciated.
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So, What is Some of the Important Work We Do Locally?

Posted by rpjr on Mar 21, 2019
Club members gained insights into the work being done through some of the grants given out by our Rotary club Charitable Committee.   We heard three presentations.  Abby Vombrack, Education Community Engagement Coordinator for Metropolis Performing Arts Center, told of our funds support of a program supplement scholarships to provide disabled youth with creative and social outlets through theater after they "age out" of state-sponsored support. 
Karen Oswald, Manager of Adult Education and Family Literacy, District 214 Community Education told of our funding providing vouchers to low income individuals to take the $30 G.E.D. (high school equivalency) test; the program is not allowed to  use state funds for this.  The third presenter was Cheryl Wendt, Foundation Regional Director for the Lutheran Home.  Our grant supported a Songs by Heart inter-generational program which engaged dementia patients, bringing back fond memories and some of their hidden selves.  For contact information about the three programs, click "Read more".  Our congratulations and thanks go to Chair Karen Banker and the committee !
So, What is Some of the Important Work We Do Locally? rpjr 2019-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member Faustino Santiago, OD

Posted by rpjr on Mar 21, 2019
One of the benefits of shared company memberships is seeing new faces and having additional volunteers for Rotary Service ... and maybe even more good-natured harassment at Rotary meetings !  Dr. Faustino, right, addresses the club.  He is an optometrist Northwest Eye Physicians and is one of several members from the  practice.  For his contact information, click "Read more". 
Welcome New Member Faustino Santiago, OD rpjr 2019-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

Our $$ At Work in Guatemala

Posted by rpjr on Mar 14, 2019
Larry Kanar of Northbrook Rotary (left) speaking with Arlington club member Ron Crawford (right) about the HealthRays project in Guatemala.  Using a motivating video, he also highlighted the way Rotary's grant process works...funding which augments and amplifies the good work clubs do.  The simple X-ray units which are installed through the project bring this important tool to people in the countryside, people who in the past often had to travel for days to have an x-ray.  For more about the project, click "read More"
Our $$ At Work in Guatemala rpjr 2019-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

Calderwood Officer of the Year Awards

Posted by rpjr on Mar 07, 2019
Thursday was our club's annual L.W. (Bill) Calderwood Officer of the Year award luncheon, held in conjunction with our Arlington Heights Police Dept. and Village.  A longtime Arlington Heights police officer who helped launch a village program to battle the opioid epidemic and a up-and-coming officer already seen as a "great leader" shared the spotlight Thursday as the department's best and brightest.   Arlington Rotary administers the Calderwood family's memorial fund set up to perpetuate the qualities and work of Bill Calderwood, long-time police chief and Rotarian. 

Cmdr. Joseph Pinnello and officer Andrew Gatz were honored as co-recipients  -- the first time there's been a tie in the 30-year history of the recognition.  Pinnello was the point man on the village's Community Addiction and Recovery Effort, which launched last July to connect residents who abuse opioids with local resources. 

In the photo, In the photo, officer Gatz accepts one of the awards.  His boss, Chief Gerald Mourning, said the young officer has "all the traits of a great leader...Gatz has devoted his personal time to training probationary officers and is known for his high level of professionalism", Chief Mourning said.  To read more about these officers, what motivates them, and the programs they have supported, click here.  [Story and photo are courtesy of The Daily Herald (Christopher Placek and Joe Lewnard). ]

Calderwood Officer of the Year Awards rpjr 2019-03-07 06:00:00Z 0

Viator House- Providing Hope, Healing & Opportunity

Posted on Feb 21, 2019
Many Rotarians at today’s meeting were already familiar with Fr. Corey Brost and the Viator House of Hospitality.  Ron Crawford has provided bicycles, Chris Wood has provided free eye care, Wendy Davis and Dave Zuehlke have helped with gardening, and Rasha Ali’s mosque is a faith community partner.  For the rest of us, Fr. Corey painted a vivid picture of the challenges faced by young men, who have come to the US seeking asylum.  Upon arrival, unaccompanied minors seeking asylum are placed in federally funded shelters, characterized by Fr. Corey as “gentle detention.” 
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Announcements 2/21/19

  • Our club will be supporting Hawks Care, a new program at Harper College that offers students free food, personal hygiene supplies, school supplies, lunch/grocery/gas cards and other resources.  Betsy Kmicek is looking for volunteers for next week to help with shopping for needed items.  If interested, contact Betsy.
  • There is a volunteer opportunity to assist Midwest Blind Bowlers March 15-17 at Arlington Lanes.  For more information or details contact Karen Baker.
  • Mary Kendall has two volunteer opportunities with Junior Achievement:   She is looking for Career Day speakers for Friday, March 22 from 8-11:30 at St. Peter’s.  She is also looking for weekly volunteers to teach a Junior Achievement class to kindergarteners.  If you are interested in volunteering, contact Mary Kendeall.
  • The Rotary Book Club is meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 at Sue Ducheck’s house.  This month’s book is The Underground Railroad by Colin Whithead.  This is open to any interested Rotarian.
  • The annual Calderwood Luncheon will be held on March 9 at Rolling Green.  If you are planning to attend, you must register by end of business on February 25th.  We would like a good turnout for this annual event honoring the Arlington Heights police officer of the year.
  • Congratulations to Mary Jablonsky, who was awarded with a “Paul Harris + 3.”
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New Service Project & Our Valentine's Celebration

Posted by rpjr on Feb 14, 2019
Our program for Valentine’s Day included Rotary family and co-workers.  We celebrated fellowship and service with good food, good wine, and good conversation... spiced with good friends and a fun music trivia contest by music aficionado Dave Jaffe.  Is there a sparkle in the eyes of Kate and John Kent?! 
To read about our upcoming PADs food service project scheduled for next winter, click " Read More".
To our awesome group... who spread Love, Compassion, & Spirit of Giving to everyone!  Thank you for everything you do... Happy Valentines Day!
New Service Project & Our Valentine's Celebration rpjr 2019-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

Gerry's Cafe- Bringing Joy and Community  to Arlington Heights

Posted by LBS on Jan 24, 2019
Today’s speakers, Amy Philpott and Natalie Griffin are well on the way of turning their dream into a reality.  The dream, Brewing Opportunities, dba Gerry’s Café is to create an exceptional coffee shop in Arlington Heights that will employ adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The café’s name is a tribute to Amy’s aunt, who in her short life was an inspiration to all who knew her.  Their goal is to hire and train approximately 30 adults to serve amazing coffee offerings and delicious food, in an environment of joy.  The goal is to open by the end of 2019, but they need help.  In addition to financial support (which is definitely needed), they are seeking service providers, architectural plans, and building trades work.  There are also volunteer opportunities to help with fundraising, menu development, café design, and staff hiring and development.  To learn more, visit their website:  For questions, contact either Natalie ( or Amy (
Gerry's Cafe- Bringing Joy and Community to Arlington Heights LBS 2019-01-24 06:00:00Z 0


Posted by David Jaffe
Hello Fellow Rotarians,
Below is the Winter/Spring 2019 Schedule for Rotary Reads Held at Forest View Academy
We need (5) Readers for each of the following dates:
February 14
February 20 **
March 14
March 20  **
April 11
April 16
**Note: New Date
Please email- Rotarian Marc Poulos directly if you can volunteer for one or multiple dates.   Email:
Thank you for being a Rotary Reads Participant.
NEW 2019 ROTARY READS SCHEDULE David Jaffe 2019-01-10 06:00:00Z 0

January 3, 2019

On January 3, 2019 our lunch speaker was Ivan Soberon Azuara, the 2014 inbound Rotary exchange student to our club.  During his time here in 2014, Ivan stayed with the Ducheks, Paddocks, and the Mormons, and enjoyed various Chicago activities, including the Cubs game, a Bears game, and a Notre Dame football game.   
Since 2014 Ivan has obtained several technical and business degrees, including an MBA, and is currently working on his PhD in business management systems.  Ivan is employed by a helicopter company in Mexico that primarily provides helicopter service to the oil and gas industry.  There are approximately 80,000 people living on the water in the Gulf of Mexico and working in the oil and gas industry.  Ivan's company provides all kinds of standard and emergency transportation to the oil and gas companies and those many employees.  The company also provides VIP transport, firefighting service, electricity powerline surveillance, and transport for geological surveys.  Ivan is the training manager for dispatch, engineering, maintenance, and helicopter pilots.  Ivan is also a Rotarian at his local club in Mexico.
January 3, 2019 Patrick McMahon 2019-01-10 06:00:00Z 0

First Meeting of the New Year Will Be...

Posted by rpjr on Jan 01, 2019
... A lunch meeting, and not an evening meeting as a First Thursday. Bring you best holiday story and enjoy getting together with Rotary friends for a relaxing post holiday meeting.
p.s., over the years Rotarians have found that through our friendships and acquaintances, we can do more than we can by ourselves !
First Meeting of the New Year Will Be... rpjr 2019-01-01 06:00:00Z 0

Our Club's Service -- A Look Inside the Process

Posted by rpjr on Dec 20, 2018
Our most recent meeting brought lunch table discussions and exploration of the types of service we would like to do locally and internationally.  We also explored the idea of a member service commitment/expectation.  To read the purpose and process of the survey, click "Read more".  There you will also see the year's service Calendar and the survey itself.
Our thanks go to the Community Service committee for this process.
Our Club's Service -- A Look Inside the Process rpjr 2018-12-20 06:00:00Z 0

Introducing ACE,  Illinois’ First Inbound Global Grant

Posted on Nov 29, 2018
ACE, an acronym for Advancing Community Economics is the name of a recently approved  Inbound Global Grant program sponsored by the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates.  Visiting Schaumburg Hoffman Estates Rotarians Jean Schlinkman, Brian Berg, and Bill Kelley gave a brief presentation on the project.  Our club is one of several area clubs that have helped to provide funding for the program which was developed to meet a  need for hard to fill skilled labor positions while helping underemployed area residents.  The program is being offered in partnership with Harper College.  Over the term of the project, it is expected that eighty scholarships for a variety of certificate programs will be offered.  One component of the program will include mentoring for scholarship recipients.  If you are interested in serving as a mentor or finding out more, please contact Brian Berg at
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The Rotary Foundation- Doing Good in the World

Posted on Nov 29, 2018
November is Rotary Foundation Month, and our own Bill Kmiecik, who also serves as the District’s Annual Fund Development Chair provided a very informative overview of the Rotary Foundation.  One of the features that is unique to The Rotary Foundation is that fact that it is Rotarians around the world who determine how funds will be used, through a combination of global and district grants.   If you missed Bill’s presentation, it is worth taking a few minutes to review it.  You can download it by clicking here.  You can learn about Rotary’s areas of focus, the different ways to give, levels of recognition, how funds donated today come back to the district for future projects and more.
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Announcements  11/29/18

  • Friday, November 30 is the last day to sign up for the Holiday Party at Rolling Green on December 6th.  There will be no regular meeting that day.
  • We still need volunteers for Holiday Gift Shopping on December 9th.  This year we will be buying gifts for 12 families/50 people.  As in years past everyone will meet at Target on Rand Rd. at 9 am.  Unlike years past, this year’s post purchase wrapping will be at Peggy K.  You can sign up on line, or contact Neil Scheufler.
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Announcements  10/25/18

  • 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.
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A Different Kind of Rotary Friendship Exchange

Posted on Oct 26, 2018
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.  
A Different Kind of Rotary Friendship Exchange LBS 2018-10-26 05:00:00Z 0

New Payment Pilot Under Consideration

Posted by LBS on Oct 26, 2018
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.
New Payment Pilot Under Consideration LBS 2018-10-26 05:00:00Z 0

10/18 Meeting Notes & Living a Commitment to Service

Posted by rpjr on Oct 18, 2018
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"...
10/18 Meeting Notes & Living a Commitment to Service rpjr 2018-10-18 05:00:00Z 0

Announcement & "ATT Smart Cities"

Posted by rpjr on Oct 11, 2018
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
Announcement & "ATT Smart Cities" rpjr 2018-10-11 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Are Also Creative ! ?   : )

Posted by rpjr&JonR on Oct 11, 2018
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.
Rotarians Are Also Creative ! ? : ) rpjr&JonR 2018-10-11 05:00:00Z 0

Our Supreme Court...and the other one!

Posted by rpjr on Sep 27, 2018
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 Supreme Court...and the other one! rpjr 2018-09-27 05:00:00Z 0

Serving the Prision Population

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.
Serving the Prision Population LBS 2018-09-20 05:00:00Z 0

News and Announcements September 20, 2018

Posted on Sep 20, 2018
  • 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.
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The SuperHero Collective

Posted on Aug 23, 2018
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
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News and Announcements,  August 23

Posted by LBS on Aug 23, 2018
  • 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.
News and Announcements, August 23 LBS 2018-08-23 05:00:00Z 0

The Good We Do

Posted by WHoff on Aug 16, 2018
Karen Baker reviews the Community Services Committee 2018-2019 plans.
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Was This Us?  ... No, but close!

Posted by rpjr on Aug 02, 2018
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...
Was This Us? ... No, but close! rpjr 2018-08-02 05:00:00Z 0

Reaching Out Can Help Save a Life

Posted on Jul 26, 2018
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
Reaching Out Can Help Save a Life 2018-07-26 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by LBS on Jul 26, 2018
  • 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.
GOOD TO KNOW- NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS 7/27/18 LBS 2018-07-26 05:00:00Z 0

July 19, 2018

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



July 19, 2018 Patrick McMahon 2018-07-24 05:00:00Z 0

State of the Club, Planned Changes & Vigorous Debate

Posted by rpjr on Jul 12, 2018
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”.
State of the Club, Planned Changes & Vigorous Debate rpjr 2018-07-12 05:00:00Z 0

Something New and Different for Us

Posted by rpjr on Jul 05, 2018
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 +/-) !
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"1st Thursday" Change of Venue and 6/28 Mtg Notes

Posted by rpjr on Jun 28, 2018
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. 
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6/21/18 Meeting – Volunteering, Service, and our Rotary Family

Posted by rpjr on Jun 21, 2018
At today’s meeting, outgoing/Immediate Past President, Jim Thomson (right), shared a heartfelt thanks, thoughts and looked to the future, citing the 4_Way Test as a guide.  He cited recent club accomplishments of contributing over $18,000 to the Rotary Foundation through happy “fines” and contributions, our partnering with the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club to give $5,000 fight Aids in Africa, and support of the Breadfruit project in Haiti…”day-to-day, making a difference in the world”. Thank you, Jim, for your leadership, service and commitment to Rotary!
Announcements – remember, our second largest fund raiser, the Duffer Golf Outing, has foursome and sponsorship opportunities.  The budget for the coming year will be similar to last year’s.  The club board voted to pay a club member to be the Race Coordinator for our largest fund raiser, the Santa Run. This month’s “seasonal” Fine Master for charity, Jim Hassenplug gave us a chance (for a voluntary fee) to share personal news which makes us happy, and enjoy his Solstice Quiz.  Due to the unexpected absence of today's speaker, Joe Musolino (left) stepped up and entertained us with "ice breakers" questions to get to know fellow club members -- Most awkward thing which happens repeatedly? Dumbest injury? Something about you we'd be surprised to know? Worst bug story?  To learn the answers and details, click "Read more".
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Announcements  6-7-18

  • Do you know a Rotarian, (or non-Rotarian) who you would like to recognize at this year’s Installation Dinner?  Time is running out to submit your recommendation.   President Jim Thomson is accepting forms until next Tuesday’s Board meeting.  Click here to download a form.
  • THERE WILL BE NO MEETING ON THURSDAY, JUNE 14.  Instead new officers and directors will be sworn in at the Installation Dinner on Saturday, June 16.  Registration for the Installation Dinner closes at noon on Friday, June 8.   If you’re reading this after June 8, please note there will be no accommodations for late registrations or walk-ins.
  • Mary Kendall is looking for volunteers to teach financial literacy to elementary students on June 26 from 9am- 12pm.   She will provide training for the volunteers.  If you’re interested in volunteering or learning more, please contact Mary.
  • The Elk Grove Rotary Fest is next  week.  They can use volunteers as well as guests.
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Drops of Mercy-Delivering Clean Water in an Urban Environment


Posted by LBS on Jun 07, 2018
Don Arnold’s life journey has taken him from a degree in journalism, to a career in plumbing product design, to rural Kenya where he worked on installing biosand water filters in a rural community and most recently to the Nairobi slum of Mukuru. Most importantly has been the journey from success to significance.  
 It was while he was travelling through Nairobi en route to the village that his eyes were opened to the need for clean water for the millions of people living in Kenya’s urban slums. While there are many organizations working to bring clean water to Africans, the majority are focused in rural areas.  In urban settings the needs are similar, but met in a different way.
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May 31, 2018

The speakers at our May 31, 2018 Rotary lunch were Mike Kerley of Road Home, the Care Center for Veterans and their Families at Rush University Medical Center, and Danny C., a veteran and participant in Road Home programs.  Mike is the Road Home outreach manager and described how service members have been impacted by the invisible wounds of war. Since 9/11, over 2 million service members have been deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and 850,000 of those deployed have been deployed at least twice; 31% of those deployed suffer from PTSD or a similar war-induced mental health issue.  As many as 20 veterans per day commit suicide, and between 2005-2009 an active duty service member committed suicide every 36 hours.  The goal of Road Home is to provide the necessary care to service members and their families to heal the invisible wounds of war and reduce these statistics.  One of the major programs of Road Home is the intensive outpatient program (IOP), which is a three-week in patient program that includes a holistic approach (including yoga and nutrition), individual therapy, and group therapy.  The final week of IOP involves the participation of family members that will have the biggest impact on the participant’s healthy recovery.


Danny C. delivered an emotional message about Road Home that left us all speechless.  He spoke of his combat experiences in Afghanistan and how those experiences have resulted in significant post dramatic stress disorder for him.  In short, Danny’s life and relationships were destroyed as a result of his experiences in Afghanistan, and he has found that only Road Home allowed him to be able to start to recover.  In Danny’s words, Road Home “saved his life.”  Especially helpful to Danny was the education he received at Road Home about his symptoms from people who really cared, and even the fact that the Road Home chaplain is ex-special forces.  Rotary members can help Road Home by completing IOP participant welcome bags (we stuffed 100 bags after lunch), volunteering for IOP outings, donating funds to host dinners at the IOP guest house, and donating tickets to area sporting and cultural events.  For more information, see


May 31, 2018 Patrick McMahon 2018-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

Report on District Conference

Posted by rpjr on May 24, 2018
President Jim reported that our club had a large contingent participate at the Dist. Conference in Sheboygan, that the event was well worth attending.  Highlights included a  speaker from a south side Chicago Rotary club who has doubled membership in two years.  Key is inviting business leaders you know to attend a Rotary meeting, especially one at which we have an especially interesting speaker.  Another interesting presenter was the son of U-2 captured pilot Gary Powers; the movie Bridge of Spies was about his father’s return.  A third topic was polio eradication – a traveling “iron lung” display is available to Rotary clubs to remind the public of what polio meant years ago.  There was also an exemplary young woman who raise $90,000 as part of a polio fund-raising bike ride.  Next year’s district conference will be close to  home in Schaumburg.
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5/24/18 Announcements

Posted by rpjr on May 24, 2018
  • Thank you, Wendy Davis: members signed thanks/acknowledgement cards for veterans, and will be inserted into Welcome Bags to vets who participate in the “Road Home” program at Rush Hospital, administered by fellow Rotarian Will Beiersdorf.
  • EG Rotary Event reminder: The Elk Grove Rotary Fest will take place June 13th- June 18th.
  • Conversation and driving for some visitors from India, please contact Linda Borton.  Planned itinerary (see “more” for description).  .
  • Mark the Date for President-Elect Jon Ridler’s induction dinner, June 14 !  There won’t be a noon meeting.
  • Kerry Pearson asked for school supplies and suit cases so that the Prospect High Rotary Interact Club can send needed items to Africa and make them available to low income kids in our own area.  Contact Kerry for more info.
  • Brian Meyer found a meaningful experience in Mock Interviews at South Jr. High, noting he used the occasion to let students know of the High School Rotary Interact clubs and the good work they do.  Other Rotarians participate in the “interview” too and have said it’s a very meaningful break from our busy business days.  Thanks, Brian for your involvement
  • Bob (Larsen) Paddock was happy to have celebrated Norwegian Constitution Day, and for the several Lisagor Awards won by the Daily Herald staff for journalistic excellence.
  • Jon Ridler was both happy and resigned for the upcoming college life of his daughter.
  • For changes for our meetings and membership procedures, see 5/17 Board Meeting Notes in story below.
  • Fine Master of Happiness (and good posture), Dr. Joe Musolino, entertained us and garnered fees for charity via today’s Rotary Quiz. To see if you know the answers, read "more".
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"A Conversation with a Criminal Lawyer"

Posted by rpjr on May 24, 2018
Ernest R. Blomquist III, well-known, well-regarded long-time attorney provided a “Conversation with a Criminal Lawyer”.  He reminded and educated us about the constitutional provisions which form the basis of our court and legal proceedings.  These provisions  affect us as citizens…and help explain  some of the legal proceedings and maneuvers we read about in the press, see in movies, TV shows, and including some especially significant events happening Thursday and this week in Washington, D.C.  To read more, click “more”. 
Ernie has represented the Village for many years as village prosecutor, has lectured, taught, and written about the law.  He represented the village before the Supreme Court in a precedent setting case in the 1970s, one which affects President Trump’s travel ban (see Daily Herald article by clicking here).  For more from the presentation, and to find out more about Ernie, click "more". 
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A Year In Review from the Rolling Meadows Interact Club


Posted by lbs on May 17, 2018
Our special guests this week were Olivia Hepke, Allie Ontenda, and Amy Albert, Interact participants from Rolling Meadows High School along with their advisors Linda Thorson and Eileen Herbster.  Olivia, Allie, and Amy  presented a brief overview of everything that they have done this year to provide service, and raise funds for their “signature project” scholarships for girls at Ak’Tenamit.  They started the year with a purple pinkie fundraiser for polio and they never stopped.  They packed Thanksgiving food boxes with our club, and then assisted at the Santa Run.
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 5- 17-18 Announcements

Posted by LBS on May 17, 2018
  • The Elk Grove Rotary Fest will take place June 13th- June 18th.
  • Board Updates
    • The Club and our Foundation are in good shape financially.  The Club is essentially at budget for the year.   The Foundation, in spite of starting the year with a budgeted deficit is now projected to increase its reserves by a significant amount.
    • Each year the Club is eligible to apply for District Designated Funds (“DDF”)to support a club based project.  For the past few years we have applied and used our DDF to fund the George and Marion Harris Book Scholarships.  Next year, we will be taking a different direction and will apply our DDF funds to support the Wheeling Township and Harper College food pantries.
    • In keeping with Rotary’s focus as a non-denominational service organization that is welcoming to people of all faiths, the Board has decided to replace the weekly invocation with 10 seconds of silence for individual prayer and reflection.
  • Volunteers are needed for the Memorial Day Parade to help pass out water at the beginning of the parade and afterward at the ceremony at Memorial Park.   Anyone who is interested should contact Jon Ridler.
  • Jon Ridler, our incoming President, discussed some new things that will be coming up next year as he starts his term:
    • The Installation Dinner will be June 16th at Big Shots.  Invitations will be going out soon.
    • The Club will be piloting a new membership level, where members will only pay for the meals at the meetings they attend at the time of the meeting.  Members wishing to continue to pay dues under the current method will still be able to.
    • In order to encourage more club fellowship, the first Thursday of each month will be an afterhours social event instead of the regular Thursday meeting.
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Honoring Ron Crawford

Posted by LBS on May 17, 2018
Mary Jablonsky, vice president and foundation chair presented Ron Crawford with a Paul Harris + 8  pin in recognition of his generous support of the Rotary Foundation.  In making the presentation, Mary  noted the many contributions that Ron has made to Rotary in addition to his financial support.  He has served as Club President, been a key volunteer organizer of the Santa Run since its inception, and restored and donated over 1000 bicycles.  Along with his wife Diane, Ron has also led and participated in over 10 service trips to Ak’Tenamit, Guatemala. 
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Welcome to Our Newest Members

Posted on May 17, 2018
From left:  President Jim Thomson, Mike Clements (sponsor), John Corbett
Jennifer Mallo, Jon Ridler (sponsor)
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Mayor's State of the Village Address

Posted by rpjr on May 10, 2018
wrote, Those who attended Mayor Tom Hayes' Arlington Heights' annual State of the Village address Thursday got a real-world example of what officials describe as a healthy local business climate, wrote Chris Placek of the Daily Herald  Our meeting was held as part of a combined gathering with the Chamber of Commerce in the Metropolis ballroom, downtown Arlington.  To read the rest of the story, click here.
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5/3/18 Program -- "What Happens in Ak' Tenamit"...

Posted by rpjr on May 03, 2018
…helps Ak’Tenamit, Guatemala and Rotarians!  Dr. Chris Wood and Dave Zuehlke described Rotary efforts at the boarding school, and the worthwhile outcomes there. Sstudents are mostly indigenous boys and girls who not only receive an education, but also practical, and vocational experience to help them and their communities be self-sufficient.  Interestingly, the efforts these days are often based on Mayan concept of group effort.  The projects and efforts there are setting an example for other areas in Guatemala and for other parts of South America. 
Rotarian activities have included help and training in construction, education, and medical treatment.  Paired with this effort is some touring and a deeper understanding of the area culture.  The Buffalo Grove Rotary Club has been doing projects there for approximately 10 years.  Other clubs as well as ours have participated in District service trips too.  Q & A after the trip’s slide presentation informed us that the Rotary efforts and projects have been refined over the years and have gotten more productive.  Ask Dave how this unexpectedly expanded his “bucket list”, Chris about the medical treatments and supplies given there, Ron Crawford about the river trip to the cite and how the programs have developed over the years, and ask any of them about vampire bats!
Congratulations and Thanks go to the several club Rotarians who have participated in the Guatemala work!  To see Thursday's wonderful PowerPoint presentation, look on this website.  To find out more about Ak' Tenamit, click here.
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April 26, 2018

The speaker at our April 26 lunch meeting was Michael Brandson, an educator and personal coach at the Northwest Community Hospital Wellness Center.  Michael spoke about the impact of aging (sarcopenia), and the benefits that postural awareness and resistance training can have on reducing the effects of aging.  The physical effects of aging start at age 24 and accelerate quickly, especially after age 50.  After age 50, aging-related risk factors include obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and deterioration of leg and hip musculature.  However, with resistance training (the medicine against aging) many of the risks and health problems associated with aging are preventable and reversible.  Recent studies have shown that a longer lifespan is also a benefit of resistance training.  With the impact of aging on our musculature and metabolism, focus bracing in our posture is increasingly important.  If certain critical joints or body segments are not stable, movement becomes difficult and potentially harmful or impossible. 


To improve and control your posture, Michael suggested a bracing sequence, in which you straighten your feet on the floor, squeeze your butt cheeks, inhale then exhale, draw in your navel, and brace your abs; then press out your chest, press your shoulders back and favor your elbows in, place your head up and back and tuck your chin in; then breathe diaphragmatically, with rhythm.  Michael’s essential resistance training exercises are the bridge, plank, squat (or leg press), row, chest press (or push-up), step up, lat pull down (or pull up), lunge, shoulder press, and the dead lift.  Michael called us all to engage in a wellness action plan that includes postural awareness/bracing, and flexibility and balance training every day, cardio training five days per week for 35 minutes per day, strength training at least two days per week.


For more information you can reach Michael at 847-618-3647 or by email at

April 26, 2018 Patrick McMahon 2018-04-27 05:00:00Z 0



Good to Know- Announcements 4/19/18

Posted on Apr 19, 2018
  • May 10,  Mayor Tom Hayes will be addressing our club with his annual "State of the Village" address.  This special meeting will be held at the Metropolis.
  • Thank you to Kris Niemann who volunteered to be the birthday chair for June and Joe Musolino who volunteered to line up our June programs.
  • Calling all volunteers.   The first organizing meeting for this year's Duffer Outing will be held on May 10 at 11 am at the Metropolis.  Brian Meyer will be cochairing the committee with Nanette Sowa from SLSF again this year, and is looking for members to help with planning this great event
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S.O.S. at Hersey High School

Posted on Apr 19, 2018
 Perhaps like me, you have wondered from time to time, why there is no Interact Club at Hersey High School.  Today’s presentation answered that question.  It is not because students at Hersey do not care about serving others, but rather because they have been actively engaging in service for 50 years through their S.O.S. (Service Over Self) Club.   What they are doing is very impressive!
The Club is “directed” by  students in the senior class who are hand selected to be in a special SOS leadership class.  Our speakers, Emma Karmen and P.J. Quinn, were two students from this year’s class. They provided examples of some of the 50 different service projects that will be  organized and sponsored by SOS this year. 
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    April 12, 2018

    Posted by Patrick McMahon

    On April 12, 2018, the speakers at our Rotary lunch were Nicole Espinoza and David Robb of the Social Services Division of the Village of Arlington Heights.  Nicole is the Social Services Coordinator, and David is the Disability Services Coordinator.  The Social Services Division recently shifted its focus to a holistic or wellness approach that doesn’t look only at the specific need or event that prompted an individual to seek assistance, but rather evaluates all of the potential needs of the individual and utilizes connections with many partners in the community to provide services to individuals of all ages and demographics.  The holistic approach includes a mental health assessment, which is initiated for all individuals who contact the division.  The division also now provides referrals to and a payment subsidy for outside counseling services for individuals who need specialized treatment.  The division also is actively involved in crisis intervention with the Village police and fire departments when mental health issues are involved, and training of police and fire professionals to deal with mental health issues.  Division services also include an emergency assistance fund to provide temporary or short term hardship funds, the holiday assistance program, and other programs.  In his role as Disability Services Coordinator, David Robb is actively involved in assuring that the facilities, programs and services offered in the Village are accessible to the disabled.  He also counsels with local businesses to make their own businesses more accessible on a voluntary basis, as well as investigating complaints regarding lack of accessibility.


    Our club regularly contributes to and participates in Social Services Division programs such as the Thanksgiving baskets, gift cards, holiday giving program, and the immunization clinic.

    April 12, 2018 Patrick McMahon 2018-04-13 05:00:00Z 0

    "Subs" Hit Home Runs At Our Club 3/29

    Posted by rpjr on Mar 29, 2018
    One of the great things about Rotary is the opportunity to grow, as well as enjoying doing some good in the world.  Thursday's meeting gave two members to come to bat, Dave Weiner (left) subbing for Pres. Jim Thomson, and Bob Paddock, an owner of the Daily Herald, subbing as the program, speaking about the changes in news organizations these days.  Both were pretty much performing spur-of-the-moment...and most all of the club stayed through the meeting !  Both Bob and Dave enjoyed the experience and appreciated it.
    Maybe most of the meeting's success was actually due to members sharing their Happy Fines, as always in support of our charitable efforts.  For club announcements, deadline for Vocational Scholoarships (4/6), New/(and current) Member event at Eddies (4/4), Happiness announcements from members, and our "Major League" Fine Master's quiz, click More.  Announcements included the reminder about upcoming conference and fellowship at the wisconsin resort, one of our newer member being expecting, heartfelt appreciation for the help from one member to another, and upcoming opportunities for service.
    Our Speaker...guess who this Rotarian was – Attended Arlington High School, didn’t play baseball but was a gymnast.  He says “was” because at his age he’s not as agile as back then.  Occasionally he has inky fingers, though he’s just as likely to have eye and hand strain from being a “digital guy” these days.
    Our substitute and spur-of-the-moment speaker was Bob Paddock, Jr. speaking about the challenges of local journalism and the newspaper business these days.  He told of the transitions, creative efforts, and diversification which the Daily Herald Media Group has accomplished to endeavor to continue to produce good local journalism.  If you're willing supply a cup of coffee, Bob will be glad to talk about what he calls "the exciting world of journalism these days".
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    Cathy Powers

    Cathy Powers, one of our club’s newest members  has a long history of volunteering and service that started when she was a teenager volunteered at a community blood drive.  Her passion and interest in the environment inspired her to serve as an Environmental Commissioner in Tinley Park, where she lived for 17 years before relocating to the Northwest suburbs.  She has been a big supported of Habitat for Humanity, and has worked on several “builds.” 
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    Jennier Mallo

    Jennifer Mallo will be our newest shared member joining Courtney Bayron from Waverly Inn Memory Care Community.  Originally from Toledo, she grew up with her grandparents, which helped inspire her interest in senior living.  Today she is the Executive Director of the newest Waverly Inn which will be opening in July.    Jennifer has always had a interest in other countries, and still corresponds with her third grade pen pal from New Zealand!  She also had an early exposure to Rotary when she had the opportunity to be a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Denmark. 
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    Good to Know-  Weekly News and Announcements

    Posted by LBS on Mar 25, 2018
    • On April 14, the three northern Illinois Rotary districts will be co-sponsoring Empower Leaders - a morning of leadership, mentorship, and scholarship.  Distinguished speakers from three different spheres - charity, business, and government - will share their thoughts on leadership to mentors and their proteges.  The target audience is high school seniors, college students and young professionals.  It will be held at Oakton Community Coll ege from 9am - 12pm.  For more information and to register go to
    • This year's District Conference will have some great speakers and provide an opportunity to share fellowship with Rotarians throughout our District.   For anyone that attends, the Club will provide $100 to offset the cost of registration.   For more information and to register go to
    • For any Rotarians looking for some local hands-on community service activities, Jim Thomson's church has an upcoming community clean-up, painting event.  To find out more contact Jim.
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    What Inspires You?

    Posted by LBS on Mar 16, 2018
    What inspires you?
    What is the best advice you received from a parent or mentor?
    If you had unlimited time, resources, and great health what would you do?
    With these three provocative questions, our own Jon Ridler faciliated and an active and interactive discussion on the topic of Human Intelligence.   Woven throughout all of the answers were common themes: the importance of relationships and interpersonal communication and the power of gathering with others who share similar ideas that help you take actions that are bigger than you can take alone, and not surprisingly among a group of Rotarians, a focus on the importance of service.  At the conclusion of the discussion, Jim Bertucci aptly pointed out the alignment between the discussion and the Object of Rotary.
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    Our Club is Recognized as A Charter Sponsor of RILEE

    District Governor Nominee, Suzanne Gibson and her husbarnd, Rotarian Mark Gibson came to acknowledge our club's support of RILEE, the District's Iron Lung.   RILEE will be used throughout the District and in neighboring districts to help carry forward the messages that until all cases of polio are gone we are still at risk, and that immunizations must continue.  
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    Good to Know- Weekly News and Announcements

    Posted by LBS on Mar 15, 2018
    • Maggie Albertson is looking for volunteers for Rotary Reads.  It takes place on March 21 at Forest View Educational Center
    • Registration is open for the District Conference, which will be held from 5/17- 5/20.  If you are planning to attend, the Club will pay $100 toward your registration.
    • Board Update:
      • Financially the Club and Foundation are both doing well.
      • Since making our Fun and Frolic "fines" into voluntary donations, we have seen a significant increase in donations.   Year-to-date collections compared to last year are $8393 vs. $5863 respectively.
    Good to Know- Weekly News and Announcements LBS 2018-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

    Vocational Scholarship Application Period: OPEN Thru 04/06/18

    Posted by JRS on Mar 12, 2018
    The Arlington Heights Rotary Club, as a member of Rotary District 6440, is pleased to announce the application period of their annual Vocational Scholarship program. With the objective of providing educational opportunities for men and women throughout District 6440 who are preparing for careers that require less than a four year degree.
    Vocational Scholarship Application Period: OPEN Thru 04/06/18 JRS 2018-03-12 05:00:00Z 0

    Police Department's Officer of the Year Honored

    Posted by rpjr on Mar 08, 2018
    Thursday's meeting brought together many Rotarians, village officials, and members of the public to give the Calderwood Officer of the Year award to village police officer Adam Plawe. "Officer Plawer's courage almost certainly saved the life of a citizen," said Deputy Police Chief Nick Pecora, who helped present the award to Plawer during during the Club's luncheon at Ditka's restaurant.
    "(He) has displayed exemplary leadership and has built a reputation as someone who will help others regardless of the circumstances. The club presented Plawer a $500 check for winning the award on behalf of the family of former police chief Calderwood who served from 1958 to 1976. Plawer also received the department's Life Saver Award in August. To see a video of the presentation and read the Daily Herald story, click here.
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    March 1, 2018

    Posted by Patrick McMahon

    On March 1, 2018 our Rotary lunch speaker was Rhonda Serafin, the manager of Adult and Family Literacy at High School District 214 Community Education, the recipient of a recent Rotary grant.  Rhonda spoke about the new high school equivalency certificate (formerly known as the GED).  The GED was revised in 2014 to ensure that those that pass the test have the skills and knowledge necessary to take the next critical steps in their lives.  The GED contains subtests for reading and language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, and is offered in Palatine, Evanston, Crystal Lake and Chicago.  District 214 Community Education received a grant from our Rotary Club in the amount of $1938, which was used to purchase vouchers that allow students to purchase practice tests and pay the $30 fee to take the GED exam.  Without these vouchers many students would not be able to practice for or take the exam.  Testing services estimate that only 60% of current high school graduate would pass the GED.  If you’d like to take a free practice GED test for yourself, visit the following websites:, or


    Also, to view the full video of Jack Blaine speaking about the history of polio and Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio that was shown at our March 1st meeting, it can be found at
    March 1, 2018 Patrick McMahon 2018-03-01 06:00:00Z 0

    Rotarians Active in the Community

    Posted by rpjr on Feb 23, 2018
    Dr. Joe Musolino, Rotarian and Club Vice President - Foundation Chair was Master of Ceremonies for the annual Arlington Heights Hearts of Gold Volunteer Awards Dinner held at Rolling Green Country Club, Feb. 17, 2018.  Former Rotarian and friend to so many in the club, Deb Whisler, received  Pam Stocking Heart of Gold.  Deb recently retired as director of communications and marketing at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. To read the Daily Herald story, click here.
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    February 22, 2018

    Posted by Patrick McMahon
    The guest speakers at our February 22, 2018 Rotary lunch meeting were from the Metropolis Performing Arts Center.  In attendance from MPAC were Randal Klaproth, Abby Vombrack, and Megan Wilhyte, and of course our own Neil Scheufler. The MPAC representatives spoke about the recent grants from our club to MPAC and how MPAC has used the funds in the School of the Performing Arts “Flourish in the Footlights" program.  Flourish in the Footlights is a program where special needs adults are engaged in acting class and an onstage production.  Megan has been the lead instructor for the program for the last 13 years, which is in its 15th year, and has seen many of the program's participants return each year.  The program starts in September with acting classes and ends in April with the performance.  The Rotary grant money has been used to improve the production values of the performance, including new and improved costumes, equipment, set pieces and the cost to have a licensed occupational therapist on site at all times.  This year‘s performance is on April 14, 2018 and is titled "Father Goose’s Storyville Returns".  The cost of the tickets is $8.00 and can be purchased at\sopa.
    February 22, 2018 Patrick McMahon 2018-02-22 06:00:00Z 0

    Rotary of Arlington Heights Sponsors District Suicide Prevention Program

    Posted by JRS on Feb 20, 2018
    Dedicated to the local community, Rotary Club of Arlington Heights is sponsoring suicide prevention signs at the Arlington Heights’ Metra station. The effort is in conjunction with Rotary District 6440 and the Union Pacific Railroad to increase awareness of this issue and provide resources and contact information to counter it.
    Suicide prevention on the rails is a serious issue. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there were 32 suicides-by-train in the state of Illinois in 2015. And while suicide on the rails can be an issue wherever there are tracks, the Chicago metro area has a higher incidence of suicides by train than the national average (as reported in The Chicago Tribune in 2014).

    That Chicago Tribune report is based on research by Northwestern University’s Professor Ian Savage. His research found that 47% of railroad-pedestrian fatalities in the Chicago metro area were apparent suicides. That’s significantly higher than the national average of 30%.
    Rotary of Arlington Heights Sponsors District Suicide Prevention Program   JRS 2018-02-20 06:00:00Z 0

    Celebrating Valentine's Day with Fellowship, Laughter, Wine & Chocolate

    Posted by LBS on Feb 15, 2018
    A big thank you to Dave Jaffe and Neil Scheufler who put together a wonderful Valentine's Day Celebration.  Comedian Pat McGann provided the entertainment and had most of us laughing and all of us smiling.  Throw in wine, chocolate and roses for the ladies and it was a delightful event.   The smiles say it all!
    Celebrating Valentine's Day with Fellowship, Laughter, Wine & Chocolate LBS 2018-02-15 06:00:00Z 0

    February 1, 2018

    Posted by Patrick McMahon

    On February 1, 2018, the speakers at our rotary lunch meeting were Cheryl Wendt and Patty Homan, both of Lutheran Life Communities.  Today we learned how music was able to change lives through a grant from Rotary.  Lutheran Life Communities used the grant it received from Rotary to fund its Songs By Heart program.  The Songs By Heart program was created by Nancy Gustafson and brings music to Alzheimer’s patients at many senior communities, and is entirely funded by private donations.  The program utilizes the power of music to teach, transform and heal.  The Rotary donation brought the Songs By Heart program to Lutheran Life Communities 20 times for the enjoyment of Alzheimer’s and memory care patients and their families.


    Paddy closed the lunch with a terrific performance of the Irish classic “Danny Boy“ sung in both English and Irish languages, which certainly changed our lives, at least for a little while on a cold Thursday.

    February 1, 2018 Patrick McMahon 2018-02-09 06:00:00Z 0

    A Sensitive and Somewhat Taboo Subject was presentation by The Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault.

    Posted by rpjr on Feb 08, 2018
    The many #MeToo stories in the news have made Thursday’s presentation from Northwest Casa (Center Against Sexual Assault) all the more pertinent.  Rebecca Navickis, community support activist there, described the Center’s local programs and gave poignant insight into the impact of that abuse.  Our club has given the Center a grant. 
    The Center has been dealing with the issue here since 1976 when it was founded as a volunteer hotline by graduates of Northwestern University.  CASA now has offices in Arlington Heights, Evanston and Crystal Lake providing services which include counseling, advocacy, crisis intervention, and education.   Some situations where advocacy comes into play -- a victim being sent home from the hospital in only a hospital gown after filing a rape kit, or having victim's investigation photos taken in the hospital waiting room. 
    To read more about this moving and important program, and one of the unique techniques in counseling, click Read More...
    A Sensitive and Somewhat Taboo Subject was presentation by The Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault. rpjr 2018-02-08 06:00:00Z 0

    2-8-18 Meeting Announcements and "Happiness for Charity"

    Posted by rpjr on Feb 08, 2018
    • It's almost here! Register for Valentine’s Day luncheon, to express appreciation for those special/significant guest(s).  It’s next week …Cooper’s Hawk will have a special menu and Metropolis will supply a comedian.  [Will the comedian be as good as our Fine Masters? Attend to find out.  ]
    • If you want to attend the next club board meeting, you of course can.  It’s this coming Tuesday, 2/13, 11:30 a.m.. at the Double Tree here on Algonquin.
    • Thank you, Mary Stitt, for reminding us to bring paper products next Thursday.  The supplies will be taken to the Elk Grove Township food pantry; food stamp recipients can’t use their stamps for basics like toilet paper.
    • Training will be 2/17 at Harper, a week from Saturday.  It will include grants and use of social media.  See the District website for sign up and more information
    • Save the dates, 5/17 to 5/20, for the nearby and especially enjoyable District Conference at the world-class Blue Harbour Resort along Lake Michigan in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  See the Dist. website for more.
    • Remember, on 3/8/18, don’t come Cooper’s lunch meeting! [you'd have to pay for your own meal and do without Rotary fellowship. : )  ]  The special Calderwood luncheon honouring our police and the Officer of the Year will be held at Ditka’s.  Sign up on our website very soon since a good early count is needed; the event fills up quickly.
    Our Happiness Fund Raiser and Quiz Master, Terry Ennes, helped us be even more happy by reviewing the popular commercials from the Super Bowl.  To read about the personal happiness and Terry's quiz, click Read More...
    2-8-18 Meeting Announcements and "Happiness for Charity" rpjr 2018-02-08 06:00:00Z 0


    Hi Everyone,
    Please join us for a Special Valentine's Day Luncheon on Thursday February 15th at 12 Noon at Coopers Hawk.  Members are free, guests are $20/per person
    Celebrate the Holiday with your favorite Valentine & fellow Rotarians.  We have some very special events planned!
    Please RSVP No later than Feb. 12th so we have an accurate head count.
    Looking forward to seeing everyone!
    SPECIAL VALENTINE'S DAY LUNCHEON 2018-01-29 06:00:00Z 0

    Rotarians - Movers and Shakers?

    Who are these involved and recognized folks?  They are A.H. Rotarians who may indeed shake and move on the dance floor, but who also lead the way in involvement and service in the community, and acknowledged at the Annual Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner.  Can you identify the Privateer?  Congratulations and thanks to our Rotarians, and a special congratulations to Nanette Sowa, friend and coordinator with the club for Northwest Special Recreations' Duffer fund-raising golf outing.  For the link to the story, click
    Rotarians - Movers and Shakers? rpjr 2018-01-26 06:00:00Z 0

     Is Spring far away?  Maybe not so far when we think baseball …

    Posted by rpjr on Jan 18, 2018
    Bruce Miles, Chicago Cubs beat reporter for the Daily Herald, shared reflections and experiences from his coverage of the team.  Topics included current roster and strengths, tone and leadership in the clubhouse, Hall of Fame, Pete Rose, possibility of a third league, and who has “the thing".  Some notable quotes from baseball: “A mind once stretched never goes back to the same shape”, “The pleasure of playing should never be less than the stress”, “Bullpens are the fickle part of every team”. 
    On cold, dreary January days, we can warm up by thinking of the Cubbies and the ivy at Wrigley Field!  For recent articles, background and Bruce's contact information, click  or write
     Is Spring far away?  Maybe not so far when we think baseball … rpjr 2018-01-18 06:00:00Z 0

    1/18/18 Meeting Announcements

    Posted by rpur on Jan 18, 2018
    • Save the Date – March 8, 2018 – for the Officer-of-the-Year Award is given by the family of deceased former A.H. Police Chief and Rotarian, L.W. Calderwood, as a way to recognize excellence in the police dept. as well as preserve the legacy of Chief Calderwood.  The Arlington Heights Rotary Club has had the honor of hosting this annual luncheon and ceremony as a way to support our town's police department and recognize the contributions of a former Rotarian.
    • Consider going to the International Convention in Toronto June 24- June 28.  And closer to home, the District Conference will be May 17-20 at the Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan.  For more information see other entries/links on this website page.
    • Birthdays for December and January were celebrated with cake (thanks Sheila) and song.  And our special thanks go to their sponsors for making the club stronger...bringing in these fine members!  For the list, read More.
    FineMaven for our Charitable and Club efforts was Millie Palmer.  Our thoughts and prayers about your mom are with you, Millie.  Neil Scheufler about the questionaire and wine tasting at Metropolis, Mark Tauber about the Calderwood luncheon, Jim Hassenplug about Costa Rica, Bob Paddock, Jon Ridler about the doubling pledge.
    1. Where does Rt. 66 Start here in Chicago?
    2. The Willis (Sears) Tower has one of the fastest elevators in the country; how fast does it go?
    3. First TV station in Chicago to broadcast completely in color?
    4. Approximately how many museums are there in Chicago?
    5. 9/26/60 was the date of a broadcast in Chicago which was the first of its kind.
    1/18/18 Meeting Announcements rpur 2018-01-18 06:00:00Z 0
    Rotarians Support St. Thomas Soup Kitchen KSN 2018-01-17 06:00:00Z 0

    Happy New Year

    Posted by LBS on Jan 04, 2018

    Announcements and happy fines-

    The record breaking cold weather did not stand in the way of a great turnout for our first meeting of 2018-   midwestern hardiness, cabin fever, or just the chance to meet in fellowship….or maybe all of the above.   In any case it was good to see so many people. 
    President Jim opened the meeting with announcements:
    • The District Conference will be in Sheboygan this year, and should be a great time.  To encourage attendance, the Club will pay $ 100 toward the cost for up to a limited number of attendees.  If you are interested, see Jim for more information.
    • The Rotary International Convention will be held in Toronto from June 24- June 28.  Registration is open, and the District has reserved a block of rooms.  For more information check the district website:
    Several Rotarians are starting the New Year with happiness:  Mike Clements celebrating his new home inspection business, and soliciting sponsors for the Lions Club’s Chili Cook-off, Dave Weiner, who made it to the meeting after arthroscopic knee surgery yesterday, and Kris Neimann, who is on the road to recovery after spending Christmas in the emergency room with the flu.   Bob Paddock and Bill Kmiecik- happy to see each other, and Wendy Davis who talked Dave into going on the District service trip to Guatemala. 
    Finemistress Millie Palmer testing our knowledge of New Year's Eve movies
    Happy New Year LBS 2018-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

    What's New at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum

    Posted by LBS on Jan 04, 2018
    Our speaker this week was Dan Schoeneberg, Administrator of  the Arlington Heights Historical Museum.  We learned that the museum has 6 buildings, houses 50,000 artifacts, and reaches 5,000 residents every year.  It is a 3 way partnership between the Arlington Heights Park District, the Village of Arlington Heights, and the Arlington Heights Historical Society.    Central to the museum is the home , soda factory, and story of Frederick Muller, who was also known as “Pop” Muller.  
    What's New at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum LBS 2018-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

    Conflict Management ...for Clubs, Home, Friends and Work

    Posted by rpjr on Dec 21, 2017
    Speaker, consultant and club member Mark Tauber discussed Conflict Management --  thought-provoking, enjoyable and useful presentation at the 12/21 meeting. 
    Some key aspects he touched on were barriers to conflict management such as ignoring, fearing, threatening and characteristics of ourselves and our social environment.  Among other things he shared some useful “rules of engagement”, speaking skills and “languages” others use. If the quality of his presentation is testimony to the usefulness of his advice...many of us could benefit from attending his full program, or having friends, family or co-workers do so!  To learn more about Mark and his program, click “Read more”.
    Conflict Management ...for Clubs, Home, Friends and Work rpjr 2017-12-21 06:00:00Z 0

    Coming Soon-  Waverly Inn

    Posted on Dec 15, 2017
    Courtney Bayron provided us with a preview glimpse of Waverly Inn, an independent cottage and memory care community, that will be opening in April.   It is run by the Koelsch family, and focuses on creating a warm and welcoming non-institutional atmosphere.   In addition to structured daily programming for memory care, it will offer respite care, as well as hourly care.  
    Coming Soon- Waverly Inn 2017-12-15 06:00:00Z 0

    Good to Know-  Announcements from 12/14/17

    Posted by LBS on Dec 15, 2017
    • President Jim Thomson shared a Thank You from the Wheeling Township Food Pantry for the Thanksgiving baskets donated by the club.  
    • Jim also reported that the preliminary financials from the Santa Run show a net income of $ 60,000 + and thanked everyone for their help in making this year’s Run a big success.   He went on to report that the Club is on budget year-to-date, and that the Foundation is currently $ 40,000 ahead of budget, a situation that is partially based on timing. 
    • David Jaffe thanked everyone for attending the Holiday party last week, and gave a special shout-out to everyone who brought a toy for our Toys for Tots donation.
    • Ron Crawford announced that he could use some hands to help with the annual bike distribution.  It will be held on Saturday, December 16 at old Chamber office by Village Bank on Arlington Heights Road. 
    Good to Know- Announcements from 12/14/17 LBS 2017-12-15 06:00:00Z 0


    Posted by David Jaffe
    Happy Holidays Everyone,
    Mark your Calendars for our Annual Holiday Party on Thursday December 7th at 5:30 PM at Cooper Hawk.  Rotarians are free, Guests are $35/per person.  Appetizers, Dinner, Dessert & 2- Drink Tickets included. 
    Please RSVP to the Event no later than Monday December 4th.
    Contact David Jaffe with any questions. 847-275-5528
    We look forward to seeing everyone..
    TIME TO CELEBRATE! ANNUAL ROTARY HOLIDAY PARTY David Jaffe 2017-12-07 06:00:00Z 0

    Julie and Judith of NSSEO

    Posted by W.Hoff on Nov 30, 2017
     The Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization(NSSEO) is a local resource school supporting two high school districts and six elementary districts providing special ...
    Julie and Judith of NSSEO W.Hoff 2017-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

    11/16/17 Announcements and Happiness

    Posted by rpjr on Nov 16, 2017
    • Santa Run T-Shirts will deliver on the 30th.  You can order them by contact Linda Borton, or another member of the SantaRun Committee.  As of Monday we’ve had more pre-registrations than in any other year at this time -- about 80 ahead of last year.  Don’t forget to volunteer – it’s fun and a help to the club!
    • Like good cake? Good speakers?  Sign up sheets were passed around for responsibilities in coming months.  Help the club by contacting our club administrator Dave Jaffe for more info,
    • Our holiday party is Th, 12-7, 5:30 p.m. (it’s free for members, $35 for guests),  at Cooper’s Hawk.
    • The popular holiday shopping for the needy in town has been  bumped back to 12/10, 9 a.m. at Target (Thomas and Rand Roads).  Sue Duchek encouraged us to sign up on line for this family-friendly event.
    • No meeting next Thursday, but we will meet 11/30, two days before the Santa Run on 12/7.
    • Few Birthdays but Great Cake!  Karen Banker may not have found many birthday Rotarians, but did find many who were willing to eat cake.
    • Giving Tuesday, or anytime before it !  Mary Jablonski reminded us that Rotary is a philanthropic organization.  She notes that we can participate in our club’s Giving Tuesday, which follows black Friday and Cyber Monday by giving at next meeting, or on line.  If you give, club will give a point for Paul Harris points for each dollar (if you haven’t used your club points, you can get 2 for 1 credits.  Contact Mary for more info --  If you go online for this, put your member number in the online form, and indicate “Shared Funds”.  56% of Rotarians don’t have an account on  On the site, simply put in your email address.  MyRotary is the international site and is different than ClubRunner.
    • Public Image -- Dr. Joe Musolino as public image director encouraged us to take a “selfie” in front of Linda Borton's home: the former club president and current district AG has a Santa Run sign in the yard.  Send your selfie-sign photo to him at  It’s the yellow house on Euclid west of the library.  He’ll post it on Facebook and challenge Rotarians (as well as get social media publicity). 
    • As the Happy Fine Master, he gave away what some said were “really nice” dollar store turkeys to folks who went to another club to promote our Santa run, and he reminded us of long-time member Judge Ryan’s encouragement for successful fining (happy or otherwise).
    Happy Fines included wedding anniversaries and jury duty (and there wasn’t any inference about serving time).  Additional happiness: 
    • Mary Cay Chisholm was happy to introduce the 9th audiologist at her practice.  And there was happiness to see members of the Whisler and Silverman families with long histories of service and Rotary involvement.
    • Bob Arnold – grandson who had one the Santa Run last year is recovering from serious illness, and will be okay.   Bob, expressing thanks to those who contributed,  was also happy about the Journey’s fundraising gala he and his wife Mary Edith had chaired – it was the most successful fund raising gala for Journeys.
    11/16/17 Announcements and Happiness rpjr 2017-11-16 06:00:00Z 0

    Rotary-related Teens Visit German & Silverman Honorary Membership

    Posted by rpjr on Nov 16, 2017

    "A pair of juniors from Buffalo Grove High School commanded the room last week at the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights lunch meeting.  Lauryn Lintner and Christina Ruterschmidt, both of Arlington Heights, captivated their audience with descriptions of their summer exchange trip taken with Buffalo Grove's German Club to Neu-Ulm, located in the Bavarian region of southern Germany."  For Eileen Daday's full story in the Daily Herald, click .  For additional comments from the student's presentation, click "read more".

    Daday wrote, "Among the nearly 80 club members in attendance was Mike Silverman himself, who beamed with pride as his granddaughter described her impressions of Germany. But club members pulled out a surprise when they honored Silverman himself, making him an honorary club member for life.  In fact, Silverman and his wife hosted more than one dozen Rotary students over the years, and three of their four children lived overseas through the exchange program, including staying in Sweden and Brazil.  "It's such a great thing, because kids go and find out that everyone around the world is the same."  Club members recognized Silverman and his more than 45 years of service to the club with a standing ovation."  For the complete story, click on the link above, or here.
    Rotary-related Teens Visit German & Silverman Honorary Membership rpjr 2017-11-16 06:00:00Z 0

    Team Up For 10 Years Running!

    You provide the running shoes, we’ll provide the suit… Santa suit, that is! Participate in this great local holiday event, celebrating 10 Years and Running. Start your own holiday tradition with your office team while supporting a worthy cause!  
    Team Up For 10 Years Running! JRS 2017-11-16 06:00:00Z 0

    Notes from 11/9/17 Meeting

    Posted on Nov 09, 2017
    A tip about lunch service at club meetings – President Jim said, “It’s not like church were you get extra points by sitting in the last pew,“ so sit closer to the front and be served before the back of the room!  Doing so also helps with the seating and service of late arrivals.
    Golf outing success! – Nanette Sawa, our contact with Special Leisure Services Foundation reported that we met our $10,000 Rotary budget goal, presenting us  with a check for $10,963! She thanked "Duffer" Neil, the committee and club volunteers and supporters for making it a success.  For more details about the event, click read more.
    Jr. Achievement volunteers needed for 11/21 at St. Peter’s Lutheran School, 9 a.m. - 12 noon, teaching elementary school children.  Mary Kendall will train the volunteers.  We need two folks for this Junior Achievement program.  Contact Mary for more info.
    Help with Thanksgiving Food Baskets - Karen Baker requested help from someone with a van to pick up groceries for our Thanksgiving day food basket project 11/20/17. 
    Our last staffing of the village inoculation programKaren said December will be the last one due to changing government regulations and priorities.  Though this long-standing service program by our club will be discontinued, we’ll have opportunities to do other good things.  Our thanks go to Karen, project past chairs and the many volunteers who have helped over the years !
    We’ll be going to other clubs to promote the Santa RunBetsy Kmiecik passed around a sign up sheet to visit nearby clubs.  There are still some opportunities to spread the word and eat elsewhere (at no increase in cost!), so contact Betsy if curious/interested.  Making up (isn't) hard to do, and it's enjoyable !
    Official club clothing samples will be available soon.  Kris Niemann said the samples include club caps, sweaters and shirts.
    We also have an impressive calendar of service events ! --
    Our Fun Fine Master, Dr. Joe, this week acknowledge veterans day and veterans in our club by presenting a series of slides about the tomb of the unknown soldier.  See "read more" to test and expand your knowledge.  Our Thanks and Appreciation go to Joe and to our Veterans for their service!
    Sharing Happiness were:
    Linda Borton was happy for Pat McMahon having a 29-person Santa Run team from Drost, Kivlahan & McMahon law firm.
    Neil Scheufler for the Duffer Event help and funding from the NWSLS partnership, and for Metropolis receiving it’s largest donation gift ever!  (the amount is anonymous)  For more about this click
    Mary Kendall for Kerry Pearson’s help in getting the Interact Club at Prospect High started. There has been a good turnout so far.    And she is happy to be driving for the first time in 8 months after her illness: she expressed special thanks for the many who drove her via a $100 donation today!
    Jim Thomson for the fun of his family being a part of TV host Ty Pennington home project video.
    Notes from 11/9/17 Meeting 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0

    'HealthRays" District Project in Guatemala

    Posted by rpjr on Nov 09, 2017
    The remarkable district "HealthRay's" project was described by our speaker Larry Kanar, Northbrook Rotary. The project brings x-ray diagnosis to remote, low income areas of Guatemala.  Larry described the projects success and progress so far, its genesis as an example of the "power of one" (two or three in this case), and encouraged our continuing support. Ron Crawford, one of several club members who have participated in service projects in Guatemala, introduced our speaker.  To read more about the project, click "read more" below.
    'HealthRays" District Project in Guatemala rpjr 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0

    Good to Know:  Announcements and Happy Fines from 10.26.17

    The new member/ World Polio Day/ Cooking Class event on Wednesday night at Dave’s Specialty Foods was a big success.  Kudos to Jason Ivy and the membership committee for organizing such a great event.  
    • Thanks to Kerry Pearson, Bob Paddock, Dave Weiner, Kris Niemann and Ron Crawford who volunteered to man the Club’s Trunk or Treat Booth on Friday night.   They each received a bottle of wine (left over from the new member event) for stepping up.
    • Volunteer Registration for the Santa Run is up and running on Clubrunner.  This is an “all hands on deck” event for the club. 
    • Thanks to Mary Kendall and the members of the Rolling Meadows Interact Club who volunteered to dress in Santa gear and walk through town delivering Santa Run posters and postcards.
    • We are still collecting travel size toiletries.   There is a bin where they are collected by the greeter’s table.
    What We’re Happy About This Week
    Rotarians love to travel…..our happy travelers this week:  Mark Tauber returned safely from Cuba, Bob Paddock spent time up in Door County, and Karen Baker enjoyed a week in Mexico.   Bob Heller bade farewell to everyone before heading off to warmer weather.  Luis Ramirez-Alonzo launched his PR consulting firm on Monday.  Mary Jablonsky shared that 23 members have qualified for EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) and 34 have made contributions toward this goal.  Joe Musolino was happy that the World Polio Day news release had been well received.  Marcin Bos really enjoyed the new member event.
    Good to Know:  Announcements and Happy Fines from 10.26.17 2017-10-27 05:00:00Z 0

    An Eastern Medicine Perspective on Well Being

    Posted by LBS on Oct 27, 2017
    What are your health goals?   That is the question that East Asian Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist, Lindy Camardella asks all of her patients.   Explaining her belief that it is important to get different perspectives on your health, Lindy typically does a periodic check-in with her patients. 
    An Eastern Medicine Perspective on Well Being  LBS 2017-10-27 05:00:00Z 0

    District Governor's Visit and the Power of the Other

    Posted by rpjr on Oct 19, 2017
    This year’s District Governor, Don Brewer, conducted his official visit to our club on 10/19, meeting with the board prior to lunch to review the functioning of the club, then attending our luncheon as the day’s speaker.  "You're a club that's blessed, successful in many ways.  I’m not here as District Governor or 'the Rotary police' to lecture or preach to you.  I’m here to add motivation.”  He prompted us to ask ourselves who we are what we want to do to make a difference in the lives of people around us and in the world as Rotarians. 
    Gov. Don shared the thought that our lives are made of three parts – our physical selves, our mental selves, and our relationships with others.  He called our attention to the book, The Power of the Other, and suggested we can find meaning and make a difference by being an advisor, confidant, and friend, a Dutch Uncle, so to speak.  He challenged us to ask, “Who is my other?” and to reach out in our community.  He said he, Assist. Gov. John Kim and the other district governors are "the others" for clubs in the district.  In photo, Gov. Don (right) with club members Glenn Garlek (center) and Bill Kmiecik (left).  He answered questions and told us about events and activities of the District -- click/read "more".
    District Governor's Visit and the Power of the Other rpjr 2017-10-19 05:00:00Z 0

    10/19 Announcements

    Posted by rpjrr on Oct 19, 2017
    Time until our major fundraiser, the Santa Run, is getting short.  Betsy Kmiecik encouraged us work to boost the number of participants by encouraging others, friends, family, acquaintances, and groups we’re in, to sign up or form a team…for example, perhaps a bible study group forming its own team!    Most of us will be volunteering, but if you haven’t already gotten a role, please check the staffing list soon. Our Public Image Committee told of their successful efforts with the village to facilitate an official proclamation recognizing Rotary’s efforts, especially in the fight against polio.  Our thanks to Joe Musolino and the team, and to Randy Recklaus for his help.  Special thanks to Ron Crawford (left in photo) for his work in and willingness to serve, and appreciation to the sponsors of the members who have birthdays this month.  Fine Master of Happiness and Quiz, Jim Hassenplug shared happiness himself, and welcomed others’ – Terry Ennis, Glen , Karen Baker, Bob Paddock, Ron Crawford, Linda Borton and Mary Stitt.
    10/19 Announcements rpjrr 2017-10-19 05:00:00Z 0

    10 Years and Running

    Posted by JRS on Oct 18, 2017

    Over the years, the Rotary Santa Run has become a mainstay in our community, and a fun way to help raise money for multiple local charities and international organizations. It’s also been successful. This year’s Rotary Santa Run is celebrating ‘10 Years and Running!’  Kicking off in 2008, the race has grown to include thousands of runners, walkers and reindeer alike, and in that time, the RCAH has raised over $250,000.

    10 Years and Running JRS 2017-10-18 05:00:00Z 0

    Wheeling Township Food Pantry

    Posted by Hoff on Oct 12, 2017
    Julie Villarreal, Director of General Assistance, spoke to us about some of the many services provided by the Wheeling Township for its community residents.  “Its mission is to responsibly apply your tax dollars.”  By law the Township performs road and bridge maintenance, assesses your property tax, and provides general assistance to the residents… 
    Wheeling Township Food Pantry Hoff 2017-10-12 05:00:00Z 0


    We are collecting Travel Sized Toiletries/Sundries at each meeting to donate to local Pads Shelters.   The items we are collecting are Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, etc.
    The Box will be located at the Greeter Table.
    Thank you in advance for your generous donations.

    October 5, 2017

    Posted by Patrick McMahon

    At our October 5th rotary lunch meeting, Phil Zaleski spoke about the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance, of which he is Executive Director. The Alliance is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1982 with the mission of fire safety, burn prevention and the support of burn survivors. The Alliance has a staff of three employees, and is guided by a volunteer board of 11 members.  The Alliance is involved in fire prevention education and advocacy, the support of burn survivors, and legislative advocacy in favor of its mission.


    The largest program to support burn survivors is Camp I Am Me, which was formerly known as Burn Camp. The camp takes place on 70 acres of a YMCA camp in Ingleside Illinois, and has been the signature program of the Alliance for 27 years. The camp is one week long and draws from state-wide, and attracts burn victims ages 8 to 16 years. The camp involves traditional daily camp activities, as well as activities designed to build the self-esteem of burn survivors. The camp averages approximately 70 campers per year, and has a staff of 60 full-time staff members,.  The staff includes volunteers from fire service, medical personnel and burn survivors and camp alumni.


    Alliance programs to support burn survivors also include Family Day, scholarships to the International Burn Survivor Conference, and the Young Adult Summit. Family Day is designed for burn survivors younger than eight years old and is meant to provide an opportunity for families and parents of survivors to interact. The scholarships to the Conference are approximately $2000 per person, and 5 to 6 scholarship recipients are named each year.  The Summit is effectively a continuation of I Am Me Camp for 18 to 25-year-old burn survivors. The Summit includes workshops that are that teach life skills and personal growth for burn survivors. For more information visit

    October 5, 2017 Patrick McMahon 2017-10-06 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Philanthropy Made Easier with 4- Level Giving Plan


    As past Foundation Chair Jon Ridler announced in July, the Club is launching an initiative to create a more direct philanthropic connection and culture between Club members and the Rotary Foundation.  To facilitate this process, Jon presented a 4-Level Path to Philanthropy that included options/suggestions for different levels of giving and the associated recognition.
    Rotary Philanthropy Made Easier with 4- Level Giving Plan LBS 2017-09-29 05:00:00Z 0

    Good to Know-  Announcements from 9/28 Meeting

    Posted by LBS on Sep 29, 2017
    • District Governor Don Brewer will visit our club on Thursday, October 19.   For Board Members, there will be a board meeting at 11:00 at Coopers Hawk, immediately preceding the weekly meeting.
    • Karen Baker, Community Services chair, announced a new service project:  purchasing hats, gloves, and mittens for the Newcomers' Center.    On October 16th, there will be a shopping trip to purcchase items followed by fellowship.   If you're interested in going and didn't sign-up at the meeting, contact Karen for more information.
    • Glenn Garlick, District Community Services Advisor, reported that arrangements have been finalized (after many months of discussion and follow-up) to post suicide prevention/help signs at Union Pacific stations.   Glenn has a supply of extra signs for anyone with a community business that would like to post them.
    • Maggie Albertson, Vocational Services chair announced the dates for upcoming Rotary Reads (October 25 and November 15).  
    Good to Know-  Announcements from 9/28 Meeting LBS 2017-09-29 05:00:00Z 0

    We're  Live on Facebook

    Posted by LBS on Sep 28, 2017
    Joe Musolino, our Public Image chair,  kicked off the first part of this week’s program by explaining two goals for the coming year:  first,  increasing community awareness of Rotary and what we do, and secondly, communicating RI’s global messaging.   A big focus has been placed on increasing our social media presence.  Joe M. then introduced Joe Skibbe who presented an overview of the social media plan, goals, and outcomes to date.  According to Joe Skibbe, our social media goals include growing our social media audience, increasing our visibility and awareness, and enhancing social engagement. 
    Joe’s plan has entailed regular, scheduled creation, posting, and sharing of content, through Facebook, Twitter, and on our Clubrunner website.  The results have been measurable and positive:  more followers, more page visits and more exposure to Rotary.  Joe outlined steps that club members can help grow our social media presence:   1.  Create accounts if you don’t already have one.  2.  Check your accounts and the Rotary Club page.  3.  Like, comment and share posts from the club’s page, as this will broaden the reach to include your network and friends.  4.  Project chairs should consider becoming page administrators for the Rotary page, so that they can post pictures of projects, and tag restaurants or other locations where projects take place.  Click here to view the full video of Joe’s Facebook Live presentation.  Don't forget to like it.  
    We're Live on Facebook LBS 2017-09-28 05:00:00Z 0

    Reading Volunteers Needed for Rotary Reeds Program

    Hi Rotarians,
    Maggie Albertson needs volunteers to assist with the Rotary Reads Program- Held at Forest View Educational Center for the following dates.
    Wednesday Sept. 27th,  Wednesday Oct. 25th, & Wednesday Nov. Nov. 15th from 9:30-10:30am
    Please email Maggie if you can volunteer.  Her email is:>
    Forest View Educational Center,
    2121 South Goebbert Road
    Park in parking lot off Goebbert road, right in front of the building
    Enter Door 2 under the flagpole
    You will have to have your driver's license scanned by the receptionist.
    Someone will meet you all the first time at the receptionist to show you the room
    Reading Volunteers Needed for Rotary Reeds Program 2017-09-26 05:00:00Z 0

    Two New, Enjoyable and Positive Things

    Posted by rpjr on Sep 21, 2017
    The First was Luis Ramirez-Alonso, our club’s September Birthday Chair, who acknowledged and helped us celebrate the friendship among club members by leading us in a Spanish version of Happy Birthday.  If you weren’t at the meeting, you can ask for a low-cal description of the beautiful cake!
    Second was a remarkable success story (so far) of a multi-agency, multi-volunteer, multi-resident effort to address problems in a low income pocket near the middle of town.  Jake Chung, school Dist. 25 Assistant Superintendent for Personnel, explained the project.  Our club and Rotarians have participated in various ways including supplying two benches at a garden area, supplying a “little library” and providing refurbished bicycles for holiday gifts to the kids.  The photo is of Jake (right) presenting a plaque from the school district to club president Jim Thomson (left), acknowledging the club’s efforts.  To find out more, click “…more”.
    Two New, Enjoyable and Positive Things rpjr 2017-09-21 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Community Grant Winner: NCH Foundation

    Posted by JRS on Sep 19, 2017
    Each year, the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights commits to a Community Service theme that guides all volunteer and grant-making efforts. The 2017 theme is Making a Difference in Arlington Heights. This spring, we sought grant applications from organizations interested in launching or expanding programming to serve community residents. Rotary leadership is pleased to announce our six grant winners and introduce their projects.  
    (from l. to r. Steve Scogna, CEO NCH, Jon Ridler, President Elect AH Rotary, Dave Ungurean, VP NCH Foundation)
    Rotary Community Grant Winner: NCH Foundation JRS 2017-09-19 05:00:00Z 0

    Wendy and David go to Guatemala

    Posted by Bill Hoff on Aug 31, 2017
    Fellow Club members Wendy Davis and David Zuehlke told us about their recent trip to Guatemala.  This was David’s first trip to Guatemala while Wendy has been to Guatemala several times before.  This particular trip was with Heifer International organization.
    Wendy and David go to Guatemala Bill Hoff 2017-08-31 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Community Grant Winner: Human Performance Program

    Posted by JRS
    Each year, the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights commits to a Community Service theme that guides all volunteer and grant-making efforts. The 2017 theme is Making a Difference in Arlington Heights. This spring, we sought grant applications from organizations interested in launching or expanding programming to serve community residents. Rotary leadership is pleased to announce our six grant winners and introduce their projects. 
    Rotary Community Grant Winner: Human Performance Program JRS 2017-08-28 05:00:00Z 0

    Career Vision Through Aptitude Testing and Counseling

    On 8/24 Georgia Koch, Community Outreach Coordinator with Career Vision described her firm's aptitude testing and counseling programs; useful tools, she said, for making decisions about schools, majors and careers for any age group.  The company is a small, 30-year-old not-for-profit research and consulting organization. She described benefits of evaluation and planning, costs ($400 +/-), and the risks of inaction.  She also described the company's heritage and commitment.  Self knowledge and counseling bring together a person’s interests, values, personality and aptitudes to help individuals discern their paths in and out of school, explore life-long learning, and manage their careers.  For more comments, background, resources and her contact information, please click “more”.
    Career Vision Through Aptitude Testing and Counseling 2017-08-25 05:00:00Z 0

    Club Announcements from 8-24-17

    Posted by rpjr on Aug 24, 2017
    • Our condolences also go to Jim Thomson on the passing of his father (an Honor-Flight participant last year) and to Jim Hassenplug, on the passing of his father. 
    • Mary Stitt of our Community Services Committee asked that we bring basic household supplies to the Steak Fry.  She said that though we give $6,000 to the Wheeling Food Pantry, rules are such that those in need can't get much of such things as toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, napkins, tooth paste.  Please bring such things from home or perhaps from Costco or the like.  Also, keep in mind the box we have at our weekly meetings for those travel toiletry items you collect.
    • September is an enjoyable, busy, and important month for us -- the Annual "Steak Fry"/BBQ is Sept. 8 and is now even more affordable – cost of a guest is $30 instead of the previous $50!  And Sept. 14 is our second biggest fund raiser, the Duffer of the Year golf outing in conjunction with NW Special Leisure Services organization.  This  year it's honouring our own Neal Scheufler.  Let’s all make a special effort for this success.  Please sign up for Foursomes, sponsorships, volunteer opportunities and especially dinner even if you’re not playing golf -- it's Fun, Frolics, Fairways and Funds!
    • Ron Crawford encouraged us to think about the district’s spring service trip to Guatemala (the Buffalo Grove Club has one too).  There will be an informational meeting 11/1.  Cost is about $1,700 and includes airfare, hotel and meals.  Volunteers will be comfortably housed, and will be hosted/welcomed by local Rotarians (often a very unique experience for visitors).  We'll work at the Ak Tenamit school compound for 4 days and this year will travel to see some remarkable ancient ruins.
    • Our guest today was Jennifer Burnidge’s daughter Ashley.  Welcome!
    • If you’re not getting the Rotarian Magazine, please let Larry Niemann know ( ) .  It’s great reading and is paid for through your dues.
    For Mark Tauber's "Fun and Frolics" and "Happy Fines", click "more".
      Club Announcements from 8-24-17 rpjr 2017-08-24 05:00:00Z 0

      Bringing Together Skills and Needs

      Posted by W. Hoff on Aug 17, 2017
      "INGAGE Unlimited" is a 501(c)(3) organization which was founded 1 ½ years ago by Carolyn Muir (right in photo) and whose purpose is to create and foster education skills between people from our community and people in less fortunate communities.  So far, Carolyn has put together six teams with communities in Guatemala, Peru, Dominican Republic, and South Africa.  Jodi Cyr (left) is one such teacher from our community who shared this summer’s trip to Guatemala City.  Jodi  summed up her experiences as deriving a “new focus” or “nuevo enfoque”.
      Bringing Together Skills and Needs W. Hoff 2017-08-17 05:00:00Z 0

      Glueckert Sr.

      John W. Glueckert was born on January 20, 1935, in Arlington Heights, Illinois to Richard and Mary (nee Neville) Glueckert. He died Monday, August 14, 2017, peacefully at his home. A lifelong resident of Arlington Heights, he graduated from Arlington High School, Class of 1954, and attended Northern Illinois University before entering Worsham College of Mortuary Science.
      Glueckert Sr. 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0

      August 10 Program

      The speakers at our lunch meeting on August 10, 2017 were Chuck Frankiewicz and Dave Zuehlke, who both gave their classification speeches.


      Chuck spoke about A Soldier's Journey Home, which is an organization that he is associated with that builds homes for veterans that are severely injured in the line of duty. The core of his volunteers are firemen and tradesmen.  The organization has built homes in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Illinois.  After identifying a qualified recipient veteran, the group meets with local village representatives, identifies a general contractor, obtains donations for materials and labor, and (after building the substructure), completes the final construction of the home in an amazing 10 days.  The organization’s largest corporate benefactors are Home Depot, First Midwest Bank, and several large general contractors.  Students from Hersey, Rolling Meadows, and Buffalo Grove High Schools all contribute their time and effort to fundraising and assistance with construction. For more information please see


      Dave Zuehlke became a member in January 2017, and is a neighbor of Wendy Davis.  Dave grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and received his bachelor of science and MBA degrees from Michigan State University. Dave is a builder, loves sailing and photography, and includes woodworking, gardening and cooking among his many hobbies. He is also active in the Boy Scouts and his church. Dave’s first career was with Amoco Corporation where he served in financial, accounting and administrative positions in both Detroit and Chicago. His second career, which started after his retirement from Amoco, is in remodeling in maintenance with his son. The focus of their company is in residential, condo associations and senior facilities. 

      August 10 Program Patrick McMahon 2017-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
      Community Grant Winners Cross and Crown Lutheran Church 2017-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
      Arlington Golf Classic Neil Scheufler 2017-08-11 05:00:00Z 0

      Club Goals for this Year

      Posted by rpjr on Aug 03, 2017
      President Jim Thomson described his goals for the club this Rotary year.  Key is member engagement through a mix of service, financial resources and fellowship.  We all have various degrees of these resources, of course.  From the member’s point of view, he simply encouraged us to “Pick something, Do something” and gave several examples of the opportunities Rotary of Arlington Heights provides. 
      Another important focus is Transparency -- To find out more about what the club does and the workings of the board of directors, members are welcome to attend the board meetings to voice their opinions and ask questions.  And there will be more recognition of members’ Rotary service (for example, through periodic awarding of certificates of appreciation).  Contact Jim if we have someone to recommend for recognition --
      To read a summary of his comments, please click "more"
      Club Goals for this Year rpjr 2017-08-03 05:00:00Z 0

      Meeting  Notes from 8/3 -- Certificate of Appreciation, New Member and Fun

      Posted by rpjr on Aug 03, 2017
      The club was happy to award Kari Kobernick a certificate of appreciation for her work on behalf of the club, often giving club members the opportunity to do “hands on” service for the community.  Kari sets a high standard for involvement and commitment for new and associate/sharing members.  She does so with good humor too – see photo of antlers for Community Night Out Santa Run promotion.  Congratulations, Kari!
      And we were happy to induct an esteemed member of the Rotary and Arlington Heights community, Mary Stitt.  Sponsor Kris Niemann did the pinning as President Jim Thomson officiated.  We also thank Jason Ivy, chair of our Membership Committee.  Welcome, Mary!
      And we were pleased to have new audiologist and recent ISU grad Melissa Cedres, with us for lunch.  She was a guest of Mary Kay Chisholm. Northwests Speech and Hearing, where Melissa is helping out.
      Fun Fine Master Mark Tauber harvested happiness and reminded us of our new approach to “fines” – instead of “fine” money going into the general fund club fund, donations put in the table envelopes will go to the Rotary Foundation as part of the club's program of Every Rotarian Every Year.  President Thomson pointed out that this new approach will make our charitable giving more personal and intentional, rather than the club simply paying such donations from our dues.  He reassured us that the club has enough money to meet its charitable and operational commitments; therefore the “fines” traditionally paid can be channeled to the Rotary Foundation in this new way.  Such contributions will be tallied for each member and documented for their tax purposes as well.
      Members were Happy and Having Fun – Linda Yang of Sr. Adult Day / Xilin Association here in Arlington said her institution was recognized in a survey of care givers/patients for significantly minimizing their stress level as compared to those at other institutions.  Kris Niemann was happy to have installed Mary StittWendy Davis was doubly pleased -- for returning from a Guatemala Heifer Project-related trip to Guatemala, and finding a graduate of our school in Ak Tenamit working with the Heifer project – a sign of success!  Jim Thomson did agenda penance and was happy both for his daughter’s enthusiastic encouragement to ZIP line and for the folks who went to the Rotary baseball game event.  By the way, contact Betsy Kmiecik to get Santa Run promotion cards for your business or friends.
      It’s August and you can test your knowledge of the month by taking some of “Fun Master” Mark’s quiz.  For answers, see "more".
      1.  After who was the month named?
      2. Why does it have 31 days?
      3. What garden tool is namesaked for this agricultural month?
      4. What folk saying links August and the winter months?
      Meeting  Notes from 8/3 -- Certificate of Appreciation, New Member and Fun rpjr 2017-08-03 05:00:00Z 0

      A Night Out with Santa ?

      Posted by rpjr on Aug 01, 2017
      Rotarian Betsy Kmiecik answering questions about the Santa Run
      Not quite...rather, it was the community National Night Out at which Rotary and other organizations had an opportunity to tell their stories to residents and visitors at North School Park, 8/1/17, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Rotarians Kari Kobernick, Ron Crawford, Neil Scheufler, Amy Philpott, Glenn Garlick, Linda Borton, Bob Paddock and Betsy Kmiecik passed out candy canes and post card information about the Santa Run.  Greeting residents as they walked by, folks were heard saying the likes of, "They run down my street!"  "Thanks, we'll try it." and "My dad was in Rotary and it's time I found out how to get involved in it."
      Left is Betsy Kmiecik explaining Rotary and the Santa Run.  Right, sporting great Santa Run headgear, are Linda Borton (left) and Kari Kobernick (right).
      A Night Out with Santa ? rpjr 2017-08-01 05:00:00Z 0

      7/27 Announcements and Fine Fines

      Posted by rpjr on Jul 27, 2017
      • Karen Baker asked us to please take a moment to fill out the brief 4-question survey linked below to indicate what type of ‘Local’ Charities you would like us to donate our resources, and how to do so.   We appreciate your valued input.
      • Jon Ridler said to contact him ( or  847-253-1703 ) for discounted tickets to the Cubs-Brewers Road Trip and game Saturday, July 29th, at Miller Park (honor our Veteran friends from Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, Madison, Milwaukee and Tomah VA Center).
      • Betsy Kmiecik said to feel free to stop by and promote our Santa Run fundraiser at our booth in North School Park, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Tuesday 8/1.  Ho, ho, ho…the More the Merrier…here and at the event!
      • Congratulations, Ron Crawford, for your contributions to the Rotary Foundation, and for you work for our club as well.  In the photo, Ellen Young, past district governor, acknowledges his efforts with a pin chevron.
      • Linda Borton said we need 4-5 volunteers for the next Village Immunization Clinic, Monday, August 14th  from 5:00- 7:00 at the Village Hall.  For info/registration, click here.
      • Happiness is wonderful, and may be tax deductible.  Keep in mind our Happy Fines can be put in the green table envelopes for acknowledged credit to the Rotary Foundation (as can our Every Rotarian Every Year $100 donation). 
      • Today’s fine Fine Master Ron Walter found shared Happiness from us from the following: Linda Borton (vacationing), Jon Ridler (Chamber’s “Mane Event” booths are all sold!), Millie Palmer (vacationing with family), Ron Crawford ($300 earned through club bike project was given to Rotary Foundation), Ron Walter (Jim’s recovery!  Here, here!).  
      • For the Master’s quiz about Facts Which May Surprise You About Your Fellow Club Members, see/click “more”.
      7/27 Announcements and Fine Fines rpjr 2017-07-27 05:00:00Z 0

      (Nearly) Retired and Loving It -- Classification Talk by Trey and Barb Higgens

      Posted by rpjr on Jul 20, 2017
      New co-members, Trey and Barb, presented a wonderful slide show giving a brief biography and outlining their personal history, careers, hobbies, and volunteer work.  There are some good photographs as well.  Both are still greatly involved in service to others.  Because their presentation was a great reflection on their years in marketing and communication, it is included here (you can scroll through it by clicking "more" belowh).  We may be wise not to ask them to come up with something special for a potluck gathering  -- in the photo "haggas" is the dish on the right! For a gentle description and definition, click here.  And for fun, ask Barb what's great about "plumbers".  You can ask Trey the question perennially asked of kilt wearers! Trey (William) closed their presentation by playing a short melody on the pipes.
      Congratulations, Trey and Barb, on an entertaining and informative presentation.  Welcome to the club!
      (Nearly) Retired and Loving It -- Classification Talk by Trey and Barb Higgens rpjr 2017-07-20 05:00:00Z 0

      Continue the Tradition, or Start a New One

      Posted by JRS on Jul 15, 2017
      Sleigh bells ringing, “angels singing” and mistletoe bring smiles to all around. It may be early to start your holiday shopping, but never too early to set aside some family time for Christmas merriment. Register now to ensure you avoid Santa’s Naughty List.
      Continue the Tradition, or Start a New One JRS 2017-07-15 05:00:00Z 0
      Journey's HOPE Center Staff Receive Rotary Club of Arlington Heights Community Grant JRS 2017-07-15 05:00:00Z 0
      We Want Your Input for Local Charities David Jaffe 2017-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

      No More Fines??!!

      Posted by LBS on Jul 14, 2017

      In his final Foundation Minute of the year, outgoing Foundation Chair, Jon Ridler, announced a major change for the club.  Effective immediately, we will be discontinuing the “mandatory” $ 4 weekly fine assessment .   Instead, members will be given the opportunity to voluntarily contribute to the Rotary Foundation’s Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY)  program. 

      The EREY program recognizes clubs in which every member contributes $100/year to the Rotary Foundation (TRF).  Historically the Club has made an annual donation to TRF on behalf of each club member- a donation which has been financed in part by the weekly fine collections.  Jon and the Foundation committee hope this change will represent a more direct philanthropic connection for club members.  There will be envelopes on the tables each week for anyone who wants to make a cash contribution, or members can write a check to The Rotary Foundation. 

      This does not mean the end of finemasters, or fun and frolic.  The finemasters will still be collecting happy fines- and testing our knowledge, but the donations will now be purely voluntary. 

      No More Fines??!! LBS 2017-07-14 05:00:00Z 0

      Northwest Community Healthcare- Committed to Remaining Independent

      Posted on Jul 13, 2017


      Steve Scogna, CEO of Northwest Community Healthcare was this week's guest speaker.  He gave an update on the healthcare system’s core strategies, and answered questions on a wide range of topics.

      Steve explained that the Board of NCH is community based, and is committed to maintaining local control and independence.  This has been possible due to its strong balance sheet, strong medical staff, and large delivery system within its service area;  characteristics that other hospitals which have aligned with hospital systems do not usually enjoy.  NCH has focused on patient safety and quality, patient experience, and partnerships with physicians and other organizations as it pursues its core strategies of capturing and managing lives, improving population health, developing a coordinated model of care, and effectively managing efficiencies.  Northwest Community Hospital has been recognized by Health Grades for its Clinical Excellence, a recognition that is only earned by the top 5% of hospitals in the country.

      Northwest Community Healthcare- Committed to Remaining Independent 2017-07-13 05:00:00Z 0

      Good to Know- News and Announcements from the 7/13 Meeting

      Posted by LBS on Jul 13, 2017
      • Tickets are still available for the July 29th outing to see the Cubs play the Brewers at Miller Park.  Club members are free, and guests are $ 95.  There will be a tailgate party prior to the game.  Sign-up on Clubrunner.
      • As reported at last week's meeting, There's an opportunity to talk with new (2017-2018) Rotary International President, Ian Riseley, 7/18/27, Tuesday, 7:15 a.m. at the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club Meeting.If you would like to attend, contact (click) David Jaffe ( 847-222-5000) our Club Administrator, or our new President, Jim Thomson ( 847-368-8500 ).   The cost is $20.  This meeting will be at the Evanston Garden Hilton Hotel, 1818 Maple Ave. in Evanston.
      Expressing him commitment to transparency and good club communication, new President Jim provided an update on this month's Club and Foundation board meetings:
      Club Meeting:
      • The 2017-18 budget is now on Clubrunner.  Log in, got to the member area, click on administrations, then documents and scroll down to Club budgets where you will find a folder for the Club and Foundation 2017/18 budget.
      • Minutes of the June board meeting were approved and will soon be posted on Clubrunner.
      • Our Club needs a bylaws update to reflect changes such as the shared membership program.  Jim Bertucci, Jon Ridler, and Bill Kmiecik have  volunteered to get this started.
      • We are looking at ways to improve our process for handling weekly attendance at meetings.  One recommended change is that we start collecting guest fees at the door instead of adding them to members' bills.
      • Several members, especially newer members  have expressed an interest in getting Rotary shirts and other Rotary gear.  Jason Ivy, our new membership chair will be coordinating this.
      Foundation Meeting
      • Karen Baker and the Community Service committee is working to identify projects for this year and would like input from club members.  Surveys will be distributed at the meeting and on-line.  Members are urged to take time to respond.
      • Mary Kendall, our new Youth Services chair is taking over the reigns from Mary Jablonsky.  In addition to chartering our second Interact Club at Prospect High School, we learned the RI has recognized the Rolling Meadows Interact Club.   We will be inviting them to a meeting in the fall to recognize them and their accomplishments.
      • The Duffer Outing is just 2 months away.  There are still sponsorship opportunities, and members are encouraged to get their foursomes signed up.  It will be a great opportunity to introduce people to Rotary and support the Foundation.
      Good to Know- News and Announcements from the 7/13 Meeting LBS 2017-07-13 05:00:00Z 0

      7-6-17 Rotarian of the Month

      Posted by rpjr on Jul 06, 2017
      Long-time club Rotarian, Bob Paddock (left), was awarded Rotarian of the Month for behind-the-scenes work for both the club and the District.  Though an "older" Rotarian, he's apparently still "with it", knowing how to take a "selfie" and looking "good" just like our "younger" members!  : )
      7-6-17 Rotarian of the Month rpjr 2017-07-06 05:00:00Z 0

      Slavery -- in the Far East...and Close to Home

      Posted by rpjr on Jul 06, 2017
      Elizabeth McKay’s 7/6/17 presentation told of Human Trafficking giving surprising statistics and examples...which affects even we suburbanites.  As she phrased it, “slavery still exists”, is profitable, and is growing.  Now called Human Trafficking, it Includes people in Far East who catch and peal shrimp to sex trafficking closer to home.  (See Daily Herald articles Aug. 11, 2016, Oct. 4 and 16 for examples).   She encouraged us to be wary and alert for signs of abuse or involvement, even with regard to our children, and to speak out when we get the opportunity.  For details and information, including signs of involvement and contact information, click "More".
      Slavery -- in the Far East...and Close to Home rpjr 2017-07-06 05:00:00Z 0

      Key Announcements from 7/6/17 Meeting

      Posted by rpjr on Jul 06, 2017
      • Club members are welcome to attend our June Board meeting Tuesday, 7/11/17, 11:30 a.m., at the Rackhouse Restaurant, 222 E. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005, 847.640.7225.
      • There's an opportunity to talk with new (2017-2018) Rotary International President, Ian Riseley, 7/18/27, Tuesday, 7:15 a.m. at the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club Meeting.
      If you would like to attend, contact (click) David Jaffe ( 847-222-5000) our Club Administrator, or our new President, Jim Thomson ( 847-368-8500 ).   The cost is $20.  This meeting will be at the Evanston Garden Hilton Hotel, 1818 Maple Ave. in Evanston.
      Key Announcements from 7/6/17 Meeting rpjr 2017-07-06 05:00:00Z 0

      Buddy Bench Receives 2017 Community Grant

      Posted by JRS on Jun 30, 2017
      Rotary Community Grant Winner:
      ‘Buddy Bench’ at Arlington Heights Senior Center
      Each year, the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights commits to a Community Service theme that guides all volunteer and grant-making efforts. The 2017 theme is Making a Difference in Arlington Heights. This spring, we sought grant applications from organizations interested in launching or expanding programming to serve community residents. Rotary leadership is pleased to announce our grant winners and introduce their projects. Stay tuned for future announcements.  


      Arlington Heights Senior Center to Install Buddy Bench

      Buddy Bench Receives 2017 Community Grant JRS 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

      Reflections and Impressions of the 2017 International Convention

      Posted by LBS on Jun 25, 2017
      When a scheduling mishap left us without a formal program, PE Jim Thomson who just returned from the RI International Convention in Atlanta, took advantage of the opportunity to share impressions and reflections with the club.  He invited fellow convention attendees Dave Weiner, Larry and Kris Niemann, and Linda Borton to chime in as well.    Among the highlights mentioned:
      • Seeing the parade of flags- representing 130 different countries
      • Outstanding speakers including Bill Gates, Ambassador Andrew Young, John Cena, Ashton Kucher, and an inspiring polio survivor with an incredible personal story.
      • The general session on polio, where pledges for $ 1.2 billion in additional funding were announced, lead by another 2 for 1 matching grant from Bill Gates
      • The opportunity to meet Rotarians from around the country and the world.
      • The opportunity to learn about all of the different Rotary Fellowships from the Fellowship of Whiskey Drinkers to the Fellowship of Airline Pilots, all of which had displays in the House fo Friendship.
      • The incredible logistics of putting on an event with over 40,000 attendees.
      Everyone agreed it was a great experience, and they would highly recommend attending next year's International Convention in Toronto.
      For those who want to get a sense of what it was like, click on one or more of the links below.
      Reflections and Impressions of the 2017 International Convention LBS 2017-06-25 05:00:00Z 0

      June 22 2017-  Announcements

      Posted by LBS on Jun 25, 2017
      • Guest Greg Padovani thanked the club for its contribution to this year's Memorial Day parade and ceremony.    
      • Betsy Kmiecik reported that more people are needed to march in the 4th of July parade and hand out postcards promoting the Santa Run.  You can sign-up on Clubrunner.  She also announced that she and Bill will be hosting a backyard barbecue after the parade.  They will provide burgers, brats, and hot dogs.   Guests are asked to bring a salad or dessert.  It is a BYOC (bring your own chair) event.  Please RSVP to Betsy if you plan to attend by July 1.
      • Next Thursday, July 29 is the Installation Dinner at Rolling Green, so there will be no regular meeting.  If you have not already RSVP's please do so ASAP.
      • We had a guest who is seeking host families for 3 international exchange students that will be attending St. Viator's next year.  If you are interested in serving as a host family for this program contact Jim Bertucci who has our guest's contact information.  (This is not the Rotary Youth Exchange program).
      June 22 2017- Announcements LBS 2017-06-25 05:00:00Z 0

      The ABC's of Sex Ed

      Posted by LBS on May 26, 2017
      While volunteering at a school in Kenya in 2004 Kathy Tate-Bradish  met with a local rural women’s group, the Lavenda Women’s Group (LWG). Although she was proudly prepared to teach the women about making their own solar cookers  they really wanted to know about avoiding AIDS, and especially wanted to see what a condom looked like. Kathy discovered that in the midst of the Kenyan AIDS epidemic, people in this rural area had very little factual information about HIV/AIDS, and few skills or strategies to avoid contracting or spreading it.  Working at a grass roots level, with local villagers, Kathy started an an international NGO registered in Kenya, with a 7-member board consisting of 6 local Kenyans and herself.   The organization teaches the ABC's of Sex Education:  Abstain, Be Faithful, Use a Condom to teenagers and adults living in 6 counties in rural Kenya.   Today, they are reaching 25000 people per year, many on multiple occasions.  
      The ABC's of Sex Ed LBS 2017-05-26 05:00:00Z 0

      May 18, 2017

      On May 18, 2017, the speaker at our lunch gathering was Mara Hauser from 25N Coworking.  Mara is the daughter of fellow Rotarian Michael Silverman.  Mara was also an Arlington Heights Noon Rotary exchange student in 1978, and spend time in Sweden with the program.


      Mara has an extensive background in interior design and workplace innovation, and used that background to start 25N Coworking with a goal of designing a collaborative and productive work environment for those who work virtually.  Mara attempts to provide those workspaces to the five generations currently in the workforce, each of which has different habits, perspectives and expectations about work.  Although other models such as shared and executive office space exist, true coworking requires five elements - - flexible options for workspace, collaborative spaces and meeting rooms, a community manager, events and programming (aimed at education, networking and social), and a strong community or culture in the space.


      Landlords and real estate investors are also increasingly look looking towards coworking as a viable option for their available space previously leased to corporations for traditional office use. Coworking caters to independent professionals, small and medium size businesses, all kinds of local organizations, and large corporations.  Research shows that 1/3 of all jobs are virtual today, whereas 60% of all jobs will be virtual by 2020.  25N Coworking never requires a long-term agreement, and all space is available on a month-to-month basis, with flexible service options available, including a half-day pass. 25N Coworking currently has spaces in the One Arlington building at Euclid and Rohlwing Roads in Arlington Heights, and 25 N. River Lane, Geneva, Illinois, with more locations in development.  Come visit and explore the Arlington Heights location on the third Friday of the month for "Free Friday", and get more information at



      May 18, 2017 Patrick McMahon 2017-05-19 05:00:00Z 0

      New Member Background / Classification Talk

      Posted by rpjr on May 04, 2017
      Can you guess who this couple is ?  
      Though the photo may indicate another era, it's of married members Bill and Betsy Kmiecik... Rotarians whose lives have developed to include service above self in Rotary and elsewhere.
      Today was an opportunity to find out more about Betsy, and about another new member, Matthew Staley.  Betsy has worked in the HR (Human Resources) field throughout her career, including a stint with the IRS where she met her husband and fellow club member, Bill Kmiecik.  She told us of her home, family, experiences with other organizations (e.g., HR for Daily Herald), and her other volunteer activities.  As we’ll recall, our wishes and prayers go to the family and daughter Emily during her recovery. 
      Matt Staley has his office nearby on South Arlington Heights Road, working with AAA (American Automobile Association) in the area of Home and Auto Insurance.  He told us of his life, career and and how he came to be at AAA, including work as an On Air Personality in radio and in television.  He has also been an active support of the chamber for several years.  If you share a table with him and need a conversation starter, ask about good wine and the Staley mascot.
      Contact information for these members can be found soon in our Rotary Directory, and by clicking “More” to see it here.
      New Member Background / Classification Talk rpjr 2017-05-04 05:00:00Z 0

      April 27, 2017

      Posted by Patrick McMahon

      The speaker at our April 27, 2017 lunch meeting with Suzanne Ploger, the development director of Journeys, The Road Home.  Journeys provides shelter services and housing to the homeless or those who are at risk of becoming homeless in suburban Cook County. The Journey service area includes the entire northern portion of Cook County.  Last year, Journeys served 1000 people, one-third of which were from the Palatine or Arlington Heights area. 


      Journeys is comprised of three primary programs, the first being the PADS shelters where every night during the non-summer season an average of 70 guests are provided a meal and a safe place to sleep on the premises of a church-partner of Journeys.  The second program is the Hope Center, which is located at 1140 E. Northwest Highway, just east of Route 53, in Palatine. The Hope Center provides those thing that you would typical have in your own home or have access to, including a shower, laundry, food, haircut, nursing assistance, and bike repair, as well as case management support for addiction, job counseling and related matters.  The third program is the Pathways Housing Program, which provides temporary transitional housing for those on the road from homelessness to stable permanent housing.


      Journeys attempts to focus on the causes of homelessness, which can range from divorce, job loss and related finite issues to longer-term issues such as addiction and mental health problems.  Journeys lost its federal funding in 2016 and never had received any state funding, so fundraising has become a more important aspect of the organization. And, as other federal agencies lose their funding and may be closed, Journeys receives more and more clients.


      If you are able to support Journeys with your personal efforts or financial contributions, please contact Suzanne at or call her at (847) 963-9163.


      April 27, 2017 Patrick McMahon 2017-04-27 05:00:00Z 0

      March 23, 2017

      Posted by Patrick McMahon
      At our March 23, 2017 lunch meeting new club members members Luis Ramirez Alonso (center left) and Jake Chang (center right) by President Jim Bertucci (far left) and Membership Chair Joe Musolino (far right).  SLSF Executive Director (and Schaumburg/Hoffman Rotary club member) Nanette Sowa also presented an award to our club for its donation to the NWSRA Snoezelen Room, which is a sensory room that can be used, among other things, to help reduce the effect of seizures in individuals. Nanette also announced that the Duffer of the Year golf outing will be on September 14, 2017.  Anyone interested in serving on the golf committee should contact Jim Bertucci or Nanette.
      Our speaker was Ron Crawford, who spoke on the topic of international microfinance loans.  The purpose of a microfinance loan is to give a business opportunity to an impoverished person who would be otherwise unable to obtain a loan from a traditional lender because of collateral, regulatory, or other hurdles.  The concept of microfinance loans was pioneered by Muhammad Yunus, who won the 2006 Nobel peace prize.
      After hearing a 2003 presentation by Muhammad Yunus at the Stanford University business school, two students formed Kiva, which is a micro finance lending organization.  Through Kiva, individuals make personal loans to borrowers through its network of field partners in impoverished countries.  Through the Kiva website, the individuals can choose the country in which their loan will be made, the type of project for which the loan funds will be used, and the particular borrower.  Individual lenders make loans in increments of $25, and the term of a loan is typically 6-12 months.  The interest rate charged to borrowers is slightly more than a traditional commercial loan, and the interest is retained by the Kiva field partner that administers the loan.  Loans made through Kiva are repaid at a remarkable rate of 97%!  Several club members are also Kiva members, including Wendy Davis, Lynn Jensen, Chris Niemann, Kerry Pearson, and David Schultz.
      Ron encouraged all of us to join Kiva by becoming signing up as a member on the Kiva website, and then team up with other club members by joining the Arlington Heights Noon Rotary lending team on the website.
      March 23, 2017 Patrick McMahon 2017-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
      Rotary Club Foundation of Arlington Heights By-Laws Jim Thomson 2017-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

      Newest Eagle Scout

      RCAH – Scouting Program… NEWEST EAGLE SCOUT
      Some of you may remember Peter McElmeel, he and Sam Svienty, gave the club the annual state of The Northwest Council Boy Scout Troop 34 address in January 2014. Well this weekend Peter was awarded the Eagle rank in a ceremony at the Pioneer Park field house. It was a well attended award ceremony that was organized by Peter and his fellow Scout.  In his statement following the award he gave a great analogy between Scouting and Golf that would serve many of us Rotarians well.
      Newest Eagle Scout Terry Ennes 2017-03-13 05:00:00Z 0

      Celebrating L.W. Calderwood Officer of the Year

      Posted by rpjr on Mar 09, 2017
      Never before had the Arlington Heights Police Department given its annual L.W. Calderwood Officer of the Year Award to more than one officer!
      This made Thursday's luncheon meeting at European Crystal an extra special event.  The Officer of the Year Award is given by the family of deceased former Chief and Rotarian, L.W. Calderwood, as a way to recognize excellence in the police dept. as well as preserve the legacy of Chief Calderwood.  The Arlington Heights Rotary Club has had the honor of hosting this annual luncheon and ceremony as a way to support our town's police department and recognize the contributions of a former Rotarian.
      To read the Daily Herald story and see a video of the event, click here.
      Celebrating L.W. Calderwood Officer of the Year rpjr 2017-03-09 06:00:00Z 0

      Ak' Tenemit-  Guatemala

      Posted by LBS
      This is a good news story profiling Ak'Tenemit, the school that many club members have visited and worked at in Guatemala.
      Ak' Tenemit-  Guatemala LBS 2017-03-02 06:00:00Z 0

      Vocational Scholarships -- A Testimonial

      Posted by rpjr on Mar 02, 2017
      A young man named AJ Klaproth, A.K.A. "KlapAttack", gave us information, inspiration and hope about what a vocational scholarship can do in someone's life.  He explained how one of our club scholarships enabled him to pursue the career he loves and is building upon.  His award in 2012 enabled him to earn a certificate in becoming a DJ.  His commitment and efforts have led him to being a music producer.  We enjoyed his animated description in the words of a "20-something" as he told how his career has developed. 
      It was heartening to hear how the scholarship got him started.  Seeing a young person who is enthused, realistic and capably following his dreams gave us hope!  A bonus in today's program was a senior Rotarian learning there's a good reason to stay up late !  --  to sample today's youthful music scene, one needs to stay up "past bedtime" and explore venues in Chicago.  Hope and the love of music "spring eternal"!
      AJ's contact info is as follows: KlapAttack / DJ - Music Producer & Recording engineer, htttp://, 847-260-8281,, Chicago, Illinois
      Vocational Scholarships -- A Testimonial rpjr 2017-03-02 06:00:00Z 0

      Good to Know:  Announcements 2/23/17

      • Last Call for Calderwood Reservations:  Reservations are due by 3/1/2017.  Neil reminded everyone that it is as important to decline- if you won’t be attending.  If you are attending, be sure to make a meal selection.
      • Betsy Kmiecik has agreed to co-chair this year’s Rotary Santa Run with Jennifer Burnidge.  She is looking for members who want to get involved- with our club’s largest fundraiser.  If you are interested in finding out more, you can contact her, or one of the subcommittee chairmen:  Linda Borton (Administration), Ron Crawford (logistics), Jim Bertucci (sponsorship), Joe Skibbe (Marketing and Digital Media), and Jon Ridler (Post-Race Activities).
      • The Buffalo Grove Rotary Club is looking for a family to host their inbound Youth Exchange student from mid-March to mid-July.  The student is currently attending Buffalo Grove High School, so optimally it would be a family living in the District.  If you are interest or want to find out more, contact Martha Weiss (

      Good to Know: Announcements 2/23/17 LBS 2017-02-25 06:00:00Z 0

      Doing Good in the World-  The Rotary Foundation

      Posted by LBS on Feb 25, 2017

      This week’s session opened with Doing Good in the World, a Rotary video highlighting the work that Rotary does around the world through The Rotary Foundation.   Noting that Rotary is a service and  philanthropic organization, Jon explained that it was the goal of the foundation committee to help club members better understand how donations to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) worked.   He reviewed a flowchart showing how funds flow into both TRF and our club foundation, as well as how they are subsequently deployed.   He explained that through District matching grants, we have received funds to support our club projects, such as the Book Scholarships. 

      Doing Good in the World- The Rotary Foundation LBS 2017-02-25 06:00:00Z 0

      Does the Good Weather Bring out Happiness?

      Posted on Feb 25, 2017
      While there may be no evidence to support this, there were a lot of Happy Fines filling this week’s coffers:  Jim T- happy to induct 3 new members, Matt S- happy to be a new member and new grandfather, Patrick- happy to be expecting his second daughter in May, Terry- happy to be back and happy to be a new grandfather, Mark- happy to have made it safely home from Mexico, Lynn- happy for the great job done by the village staff in presenting plans for the new police station, Nick- happy that the plan for the new police station had been approved by the planning committee, Maggie- happy for the success of the first Family Literacy Reading program, and for volunteers, Joe Skibbe, Lynn Jensen, and Linda Borton, and Bill Kennedy (via Joe M) for his 10th grandchild.
      Does the Good Weather Bring out Happiness? LBS 2017-02-25 06:00:00Z 0

      New Member Inductions

      Posted on Feb 25, 2017

      Welcome to new members Trey Higgins, Patrick Mogge, and Matt Staley shown below with their sponsors Barb Higgins, Joe Musolino, and Jon Ridler.

      New Member Inductions lbs 2017-02-25 06:00:00Z 0

      Rotary Travel Opportunities

      Posted by JRS
      Each year, Rotary members have the opportunity to take their time and talent abroad with International Service Trips. These trips provide opportunities to volunteer in and experience local communities who need the resources, expertise, and energy we—and Rotary—can provide. They’re also a way to see the world—and make a positive impact while doing so. Join us and help us create lasting change in communities around the world.

      Our Rotary District, District 6440, offers several opportunities to travel this winter and spring.
      Rotary Travel Opportunities JRS 2017-02-17 06:00:00Z 0

      Distracted Driving -- An Example of the Price

      Posted by rpjr on Feb 16, 2017
      Ben Pohl, now an adult affected by a distracted-driving accident when a young man, described the toll such driving takes on others and, potentially, on you as a distracted driver.  We've heard and read statistics of increased accidents due to texting and phone use while driving, but the caution to us all is to be mindful of our driving habits -- eating, talking with passengers, listening to the radio.
      Ben has made a commitment to do the best he can with his life after the accident, spreading the word through poignant speaking engagements using facts, figures, personal testimony and humor.  To find out more about his "Speaking Against Distracted Driving" campaign, see his website ;  or contact him -- 630-930-7298,
      Distracted Driving -- An Example of the Price rpjr 2017-02-16 06:00:00Z 0

      February 2, 2017

      Posted by Patrick McMahon
      The speaker at our February 2, 2017 lunch was Rick Hanetho, Executive Director of Arlington Heights Park District.  Rick grew up in Palatine, attended Palatine High School and Southern Illinois University, and had his first job at the Palatine Park District.  Rick has spent the last 30 years of his life in the area of parks and recreation, first with Schaumburg Park District, then Carol Stream Park District, then as Executive Director of the Northbrook Park District, and now as the Executive Director of the Arlington Heights Park District.  The executive director job in Arlington Heights is the only job for which he would have left the Northbrook Park District.  The Arlington Heights Park District is one of the best respected park districts in the US, and is one of only four AAA-rated park districts in the State of Illinois.  Rick always strives for excellence at his park districts, not merely being "good enough for government."  Ricks 15 minutes of fame is related the idea that he and others at the Schaumburg park district had in 2000 to establish the National Amateur Dodgeball Association, which was the basis for much of the 2004 movie "Dodgeball" starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. The Arlington Heights Park District is nearing the successful completion of its last comprehensive plan, and Rick and his team will be developing a new strategic comprehensive plan in the near future.  Rick will be looking for opportunities for the Rotary club and park district to work together on projects in the near future.
      In other Club news -
      We had a moment of silence for Marsha Silverman who passed away recently.  Masha is the wife of long time Club member Mike Silverman. 
      The Arlington Heights Historical Society and CrimeStoppers are sponsoring their annual trivia contest on Sunday, February 12 at the Arlington Lakes Golf Course. Contact either group for information and sign up.
      Please RSVP to the Calderwood lunch invitation as soon as possible, and long before the March 2, 2017 registration deadline.
      The Joseph C. Morton College Scholarship Fund is again awarding three $1000 scholarships to high school seniors. Information and application is located on our Club website.
      The International Service Committee is conducting its food packing event on March 18 from 10:30am-11:30am in conjunction with the Rolling Meadows Interract Club in Roselle, and needs approximately 20 volunteers.  Contact Sue Duchek for more information.
      February 2, 2017 Patrick McMahon 2017-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
      Vocational Scholarship Application Period: OPEN JRS 2017-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

      January 26, 2017

      Posted by Patrick McMahon
      On Thursday, January 26th our club unanimously elected the following proposed slate of candidates for 2017-2018:  Jim Thompson, President; Jon Ridler, President Elect; Mary Jablonski, Vice President; Chris McClure, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer; Dave Weiner, Treasurer; Karen Baker, Community Service Director; Jason Ivy, Membership Director; and Joe Musolino, Public Relations Director.  A few more news items
      • Please be watching for the ClubRunner invitation to sign up for the immunization clinic on February 13; we need 4-5 more volunteers. 
      • RSVP to the Valentine's Day invitation email asap, and be watching for the Calderwood Award invitation for March 9.
      • Maggie Albertson is running the 2017 Vocational Scholarship of $1500 and is seeking applicants.  
      • Our club is also now on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, so include the Club in your social media activity.
        Our lunch speaker on January 26th was Mitch Granger, the founder of SPARK, Students Performing Acts Of Random Kindness. Mitch helped form SPARK in 2014 as a group of student athletes from the University of Illinois - Chicago who were trying to make a difference in the lives of the homeless. Since 2014, SPARK has grown from a small group of five volunteers helping to clothe 10 people and feed 20 people, to an organization of as many as 300 volunteers that have clothed and fed 4500 people in need.  Spark has been featured on FOXNews, WGN, WCIU, Comcast and the Horizon League Network. Spark has also partnered with local businesses and restaurants who donate money, food, supplies, and community service hours to SPARK's mission.  SPARK's reach with volunteers has moved beyond UIC and now includes events with students from DePaul University, Chicago State University, and Wisconsin Lutheran/Milwaukee.  SPARK now also runs regular missions with the UIC Hospital and American Red Cross. Find more information at, find SPARK/UIC on Facebook, or write to SPARK at  You can also learn more here:  http://http//
      January 26, 2017 Patrick McMahon 2017-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

      Resolve to Get Involved

      Posted by JRS on Jan 16, 2017
      Resolve to Get Involved
      With the New Year comes a blank canvas. January offers a chance to reflect, to set goals, to imagine how you’d like to grow and to positively change your life and community in the 365 days to come. Perhaps at no other point in the year are we so primed for change, so open to new opportunities to shift established routines.
      Many of the goals we set and resolutions we make center on ourselves: lose weight, exercise more, eat more healthfully, finally clear out the clutter at home. And, while many of these resolutions are beneficial, they also offer a well-trodden and inwardly focused path.
      Resolve to Get Involved JRS 2017-01-16 06:00:00Z 0

      Announcements and Frolics:

      Posted by rpjr on Jan 11, 2017
      For new and current Rotarians, the ABCs of Rotary session at Rotary International in Evanston this Saturday -- it is interesting, helpful, and an opportunity to meet Rotarians from other clubs (and see RI).  And the same is  true  for the District Conference this spring!  Check your calendar and contact Lynn Jensen (  847-222-8022).   As for our “education” at the meeting, our thanks go to Dr. Joe for his Trivia session and Happy Fines which help the club and its activities.
      Announcements and Frolics: rpjr 2017-01-12 00:00:00Z 0

      Panel Discussion – Education These Days

      Posted by rpjr on Jan 11, 2017
      This thought-provoking, informative discussion was moderated by Rotarian/A.H. Chamber Exec. Jon Ridler.  “School is complex.  It is further challenged by the complexities of Children.  Add technology and Social Media….”  Panelists were former principal and consultant Dr. Deb Cross (right), principal Ms. Christy Campbell (center), and parent Mr. Randy Recklaus (left).   Brief biographical information along with key points can be seen by clicking on “More”.
      Panel Discussion – Education These Days  rpjr 2017-01-11 06:00:00Z 0

      Finemistress's  Corner 1-5-17

      • With Finemistress Millie Palmer opening the New Year, there was lots of happiness:   Mark Poulos reported that the recipient of his “Paint it Forward” initiative had been selected;  Neil Scheufler celebrated the holidays with his son who was home from Berlin, and prepared for his upcoming summer wedding;  Patti Lock was excited to be hosting the entire Chicago Sky marketing team;  Mark Tauber was proud of his granddaughter who captured 1st place in the mile in her age group at the Santa Run, and was featured in the Daily Herald;  and Bob Paddock was happy to be alive….not his exact words.
      • In honor of our speaker from the Chicago Sky, Ms. Palmer focused on basketball trivia.  We learned:   at its inception each team fielded 9 players on the floor at a time,  there are 122 “nubs” on a basketball,  basketball was first played by men in 1891, and by women in 1893, and that quarters in women’s games are 10 minutes long.   Who knew?......Not many of us.
      Finemistress's Corner 1-5-17 2017-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
      Jim and His Marketing Team Doing Community Engagement with Rotary 2017-01-06 00:00:00Z 0

      Marketing the Chicago Sky

      Posted by LBS on Jan 04, 2017
      It was clear from the outset, that our guest speaker Jim Burda had done his homework and prepared his presentation with a Rotary audience in mind.  Before even starting, he paid his own happy fine to celebrate the recent birth of his 7th grandchild.  Instead of telling us why we should all go buy tickets to see the Sky, he described the challenges that he had encountered with marketing an independently owned team, with a weak social media presence to companies that had stopped doing sports marketing.  Using an approach that focused on connecting with the community and then leveraging that connection when meeting with companies and media trade partners has resulted in record breaking attendance and the development of a diverse fan base for the organization.  For more information on their community programs, partners and of course the team  go to
      Marketing the Chicago Sky LBS 2017-01-05 00:00:00Z 0

      Good to Know:  Announcements from 1-5-17

      Posted by LBS
      • Lynn Jensen reported that 14 are signed up for the ABC’s of Rotary, which is scheduled for January 23 from 2-7 at Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston.  Space is limited.  If you are interested in attending please get in touch with Lynn ASAP and he will see if there is still availability.
      • President Bertucci reminded members of the Club recognition program for acknowledging members  or community members who had made notable contributions to the Club.  If you know of someone who should be recognized, please contact Jim.
      • The annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will take place on February 2.  Jim invited members of the Club to attend. 
      • President Bertucci also reported that Mike Silverman, a long time member had submitted a resignation letter.  The good news was that his resignation was not health related.  Jim asked members to consider dropping Mike a line to thank him for his many contributions to the Club throughout his membership.
      Good to Know: Announcements from 1-5-17 LBS 2017-01-05 00:00:00Z 0

      Cyber Security-  An Evolving Battle

      Posted by lbs on Dec 26, 2016


      If you’re scared about Internet security, it is not paranoia.  According to this week’s guest speaker Terry Kurzynski of Halock internet crime is on the rise and continuing to grow.   Bob Paddock shared a very real and frightening example of how sophisticated internet criminals have become.   Attacks can come from a variety of sources:  kids,  organized crime, advanced persistent threats from countries like China and Russia, and inside jobsI.  It only takes one user to make a mistake that can expose an entire organization which has mbiggest ade users the “attack vector” with attacks that can come in the form of “wire me, click me, open me, plug me, and even log-ins.”   Terry recommended never opening email attachments – even from trusted senders, unless you are expecting them.  Other recommendations included creating “strong” and unique passwords, changing passwords frequently, and opting for multifactor authentication when it is available.  
      Cyber Security- An Evolving Battle lbs 2016-12-27 00:00:00Z 0

      Good to Know:  Announcements from 12/22/16

      • The ABC’s of Rotary will be held at the Evanston Headquarters of RI on January 23 from 2-7 pm.  This is open to any interested Rotarian, and the Club will pay the registration fee.  If you would like to attend contact Lynn Jensen.
      • Based on lots of positive feedback from Club members, the Board recently decided that we will make Coopers Hawk our permanent meeting location.
      • Wheeling Township sent a nice letter thanking us for our Thanksgiving basket donations.
      Good to Know: Announcements from 12/22/16 LBS 2016-12-27 00:00:00Z 0

      December 1, 2016

      The speakers at our December 1, 2016 lunch gathering were the Directors of our club's five Avenues of Service - Maggie Albertson for Vocational Service, Sue Duchek for Community Service, Mary Jablonski for Youth Service, Ron Crawford for International Service, and Neil Scheufler for Club Service/Administration.
      The Avenues of International, Community, Vocational and Youth Services all involve the activities by which club and its members serve the outside world, and are all funded by our club fundraisers such as the Santa Run and Duffer golf outing.  The Avenue of Club Service/Administration involves the activities and events that the club establishes for its members. 
      Sue Duchek spoke on behalf of Community Service, which supports club activities with the food pantry, holiday shopping project, Thanksgiving project, and Boy Scouts. Community Service also has approximately $20,000 in funds that will be used to fulfill grants from local applicants.
      Maggie Albertson spoke on behalf of Vocational Service, of which one of the primary goals is to support the District 6440 vocational scholarship to be awarded to a qualified applicant to enter vocational school or obtain an associates degree or certificate.  The applicants are typically veterans, mothers reentering the workforce, for those involved in a change of career.  District 6440 will award approximately 16 such scholarships of $1500 each, and our club intends to submit two of those applicants.  If either of our applicants does not receive the district vocational scholarship, our club has a $3000 budget to award our own scholarship to those applicants.  Vocational Service also supports the literacy program at District 214 that was led by Mike Field for many years.
      Ron Crawford spoke on behalf of International Service.  Our club continues to support the Ak Tenamit school in Guatemala and recently gave the school $2000 for much-needed new beds.  International Service is also focusing on sustainability projects including a potential micro finance project.  Through International Service, the club also recently purchased two shelter boxes which are to be deployed in 2017.
      Mary Jablonski spoke on behalf of Youth Services, which is primarily much focused on development of our club's relationship with the Interact Club at Rolling Meadows High School.  Our club is also looking to start a new Interact Club at Prospect High School and Kerry Pearson and his son David have been active actively involved in that venture.  Youth Services is also looking to increase local high school student involvement at the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy, supports the E-scribe program which helps establish a penpal relationship between students at Rolling Meadows High School and Ak Tenamit students, and also runs the George Harris Book Scholar program.
      Neil Scheufler spoke on behalf of Club Service/Administration, which is primarily focused on our club website, club communication with its members, club event signups, and lunch duty assignments. Club Service also runs all of the internal club events such as the holiday party, steak fry, Valentine's Day event and the Spring Fling.
      Thanks to Sue, Maggie, Ron and Mary for your service to our Rotary Club and its mission.
      December 1, 2016 Patrick McMahon 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z 0

      Recognition from the Rotary Foundation

      Posted by LBS on Nov 17, 2016
      Bill Kmiecik,  Annual Fund Development Chair for the District,  announced that our Club has been recognized for its support of the Annual Fund  in  16/17 by Rotary International, and presented two recognition banners to President Bertucci.  We were recognized for the following:
      • 100 %  Foundation Giving Club.   Awarded to clubs where 100% of all members contribute $ 100 or more to any Rotary Foundation fund.  4,609 clubs out of 35,399 worldwide receive this distinction.
      • 100% Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Club, also referred to as Every Rotarian, Every Year Sustaining Club.  Awarded to clubs where 100% of all members contribute $ 100 or more to the Annual Fund.  2,253 clubs worldwide received this distinction.
      • Top Three Highest in Per Capita Annual Giving in our District.   In this category, we were one of 1564 clubs worldwide.
      Bill also urged everyone to consider making a contribution to the Rotary Foundation for Giving Tuesday, which is November 29th.  Anyone wishing to make a gift should contact Bill.  
      Recognition from the Rotary Foundation LBS 2016-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

      Lions & Tigers & Wildebeast- Oh My!

      Posted by LBS on Nov 17, 2016
      This week's speaker, our own Mary Jablonsky, opened with the disclaimer that she never forces others to view her vacation pictures...  If all of her trips are like her trip to Africa, it is hard to see why.  Earlier this year, Mary traveled with her niece and nephew to Kenya.  What a trip it was.  They started in Nairobi where they met up with local Rotarians, delivered supplies and clothing to a school, and toured the impoverished neighborhood in which it was located.  They were hosted for a traditional Kenyan meal, and were met with wonderful hospitality.  
      Traveling just a short distance outside of Nairobi, they encountered a totally different world full of wildlife and birds,  including lions, rhinos, giraffes, impalas, ostriches, flamingos, warthogs, and hyenas.  They even visited an elephant orphanage.  The trip was a graduation present for Mary's niece, and based on Mary's wonderful pictures, it looked like an unforgettable experience.  
      Lions & Tigers & Wildebeast- Oh My! LBS 2016-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

      Good to Know:  Announcements 11/17/16

      Posted by LBS on Nov 17, 2016
      With the holiday season fast approaching there are many hands-on opportunities for people who want to get involved.  
      • Thanksgiving Basket Stuffing will be on Monday, November 21 at Rolling Meadows High School from 3-5.  We will also be stuffing Santa Run bags then.  Sign up on line here.
      • There are still shifts to fill for Santa Run Pre-event Registration and Packet Pick-up.  Sign up here.
      • Santa Run Race Day,  December 3.
           To sign up for Registration, Packet Pick-up or Traffic Management,  click here.
        To sign up as a corner marshall, click here.
      • Holiday Shopping.  Sunday, December 4.  Meet at Target to shop, then go to the Sports Page for gift wrapping and fellowship. 
      • Immunization Clinic  Monday, December 12 from 4:45- 7:00.  Sign up on-line here.
      Don't miss the Holiday Party.  It will be held on Thursday, December 15 at Cooper's Hawk from 5:30- 9:30 pm.  Register here.
      Good to Know: Announcements 11/17/16 LBS 2016-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

      Great News from Interact

      The Elk Grove High School Interact Club challenged our Rolling Meadows High School Interact Club to the Cereal Bowl to see which club could collect the most boxes of cereal. Congratulations to our Interact club. They blew away Elk Grove. They collected 1,087 boxes while Elk Grove collected only 220. They now have the honor of keeping the sliver Cereal Bowl for the next year.
      Great News from Interact 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0

      Good Fines, Good Cause, Good Treatment

      Posted by rpjr on Nov 09, 2016
      Happy to Pay Fines in support of our club were Kris and Larry Niemann who worked as election judges. and recommend it as an important service to the community.  Jennifer Burnidge beamed as she told of her daughter Ashley performing at Metropolis in Cinderella.  Likewise, Bob Arnold reported of his grandson’s track meet performance and photo in the Daily Herald.
      Our Dr. (of Fines) Joe Musolino had a good treatment for help better know our newer members and have fun doing so.  He gave us three truths and a lie about each member; we paid our full fine if we couldn't tell which was which.  Thanks, Joe, for a great session!
      Good Fines, Good Cause, Good Treatment rpjr 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z 0

      New to Our Club --

      Posted by rpjr on Nov 09, 2016
      Mary Kendall and Walter Grandberry gave their Classification Talks, introducing themselves in greater detail than Dr. Joe’s 3 Facts and a Lie.  Walter told of growing up in Chicago with two brothers and playing the alto sax in grade school.   After attending the military academy he was stationed in Ft. Benning Georgia.  He met Jennifer, his wife-to-be, at Chicago’s Kingston Mines.  What helped convince her?  Being a man of his word and having good dental hygiene!  They’ve been married 13 years and have lived in Arlington for the past 11, having two daughters, 10 and 8.
      Working in pharmaceutical sales, he switched to health care and then fund raising for the organization, Gateway for Cancer Research.  He proudly noted that for the organization, 99 cents on the dollar go to fund meaningful and breakthrough clinical trials worldwide that help people living with cancer to feel better, live longer and conquer their disease. 
      Mary Kendal, the oldest of 5, grew up in Skokie, often working at her father’s nursery.  Having attended St. Scholastica High School, Chicago, and U of I for textile and apparel marketing, has been working part time and as a mom (She and her husband have two children). She related life in which she had to reinvent herself several times as she followed her husband to different cities for his job -- 5 houses over 25 years !  Wherever she has gone she has found community service a great way to help, meet people and get connected.  For contact information and to learn more, click...
      New to Our Club -- rpjr 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z 0

      Announcements from 11/10/16

      Posted by rpjr on Nov 09, 2016
      • Jim Bertucci used a good phrase – "We’re real Rotarians, doing real help People."
      • For info about Santa Run see the list of activities in the left-hand column of this page.  Being a volunteer at our fundraiser is fun and a help to the community and club.  See the Upcoming Events on the left column of this page for time and other activities.
      • Sue Ducheck reminded us of our Holiday shopping for local families in need.  It’s a great opportunity for our own families as we shop at Target together, wrap at the local restaurant Sports Page, and enjoy some food and fellowship.
      • Mary Jablonski said a Barrington Breakfast meeting entailed good food and fellowship too…and most importantly a great award for our Rolling Meadows High School Interact Club.  They helped Rotary and raised a lot of money for their service project.
      • There’s International Service trip in Peru 5/24/17 in which we can help at an orphanage plus travel and learn about the people in Chile.
      • Dr. Joe, Membership Chair, showed a brief Rotary orientation video developed locally the help of Interact and staff in the Arlington Library digital studio.  Good work by Joe and the team !
      Announcements from 11/10/16 rpjr 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z 0

      Marc Poulos Paints a Great Picture...

      Posted by rpjr on Nov 02, 2016
      … of a life leading up last week to the Cubs winning.  Marc was giving his new member Classification Talk.
      Marc, too, expressed his excitement about the Cubs, growing up on the West Side, and now in the World Series.  Marc lives in Arlington Heights with his wife Vicky.  They have three children.  But it started painting in college…working in financial services and realizing working in a cubical was not for him!
      He got a painting job and joined the painters union as an apprentice, was offered a job for the Ritz Carlton organization, then started a firm with a friend…and later went out on his own, again with the encouragement and support of his wife.
      He shared tips with us about hiring a painting company:
      • Make sure the firm is insured and employees covered.It’s easy for a firm to have an insurance certificate sent to you..
      • Keep in mind that quality often is equated with price.
      • Get a written contract.
      • Seek a warrantee – a common one is for 2 years.
      • Good materials are important.
      • Ask for references (three are a good number)
      • In response to questions, he said his firm offers 1 hr. of free color design work by a consultant, 18” x 24” sample boards.
      For more information, see his website ( ) and for Marc's contact information, see/click More
      Marc Poulos Paints a Great Picture... rpjr 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0

      Fine Fine Master Fines --

      Posted by rpjr on Nov 02, 2016
      Our Fining Fine Master, “Dr. Joe” Musolino, let us pay for our happiness with some Cubs caveat’s (take a dollar back if wearing something Cubby, add a dollar if you’re a Cardinals or Sox fan, and if you went to sleep during “the rain delay”!
      Wendy Davis was happy about being up and well with her new hip.  Jim Bertucci for Jennifer’s birthday.  Ron Walter for the recent visit to Disneyland with former Japanese exchange student, Yuka, and her family.  It is a great example of the power and pleasure of life-long relationships through the Rotary Exchange programs.  Jim Hassenplug thanked Bill Kmiecik and announce Jim’s Arlington Security has moved to a good location on Arthur Ave.  Ron Crawford thanked Bill Kmiecik for the neighborhood announcement of the Cubs’ win.  And Bill Kmiecik apologized for his guess as to the games in the series.  Will Biersdorf was thankful for being back, and made Veterans’ Day bracelets available.  Millie Palmer persuaded us in lawyerly fashion that the Cubs rain delay wasn’t really due to rain, it was due to the Nuns !
      Because of the historic Cubs win, Joe quizzed us on which was earlier, the previous Cubs World Series win or a series of noteworthy events.  See More for questions and answers.
      Fine Fine Master Fines -- rpjr 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0

      Announcements from 11/3/16

      Posted by rpjr on Nov 02, 2016
      • Bill Kmiecik reminded us that Giving Tuesday will be 11/29/16.Make checks payable to the Arlington Heights Rotary Club Foundation.
      • Linda Borton reminded us of upcoming international trips we might want to join in the first part of 2017 – to Guatemala and Peru. See the District website – Avenues of Service International 2017 International Service Trips, or click here.
      • Jim Bertucci told us we could show Thanks by helping with our annual Thanksgiving Food Basket/meal packaging project.See our website (left side, scroll down to upcoming events) , or click here for details.
      • 100thAnniversary of Rotary Foundation celebratory dinner is 11/13/16 at nearby and very pleasant Rolling Green CC.Deadline for sign up is 11/7/16. For info, see the District Website or click here.
      Santa Needs Helpers for his Santa Run, our main fund-raising project.  Pitch in as best you can and enjoy the fellowship by clicking here and here…or contact Neil Scheufler, or call 847-506-0769.
      Announcements from 11/3/16 rpjr 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0

      There's a World Outside the Window

      Posted by LBS
      In 1992, two remarkable things happened for this week's guest, Mary Stitt.  She retired, and the Olive School was renamed in her honor;  and  she joined Rotary. Since then Mary has been around the world, and welcomed the world into her home.
      Mary’s early international trips were with Elder Hostel and her church. While travelling, she made a point to visit local Rotary Clubs, and from those visits, she made contacts, discovered needs, and got to work. She described the challenges of doing her first matching grants (overcoming language barriers, and communication issues). Once she got the hang of it,  she went on to do many more, including a water well in India that Wendy Davis and I have visited.
      Among her other adventures, Mary participated in a Friendship Exchange with South Africa, first hosting visitors here, and then travelling to “J-burg” and Krugar for several days.  While there, she saw a need for school books, so she came home and collected 640 boxes of books which she shipped back to a South African school.   She has hosted Youth Exchange students and Group Study Exchange visitors from England, Poland, Ecuador, Russia, Thailand, and the Philippines, and participated in 9 polio immunization trips.   Many have remained in contact throughout the years.   Mary is an avid Facebook user, she says it helps her to stay in touch with all of her distant friends. 
      Mary, with a few of the many "treasures" and memorabilia
      from her adventures.
      There's a World Outside the Window LBS 2016-10-20 00:00:00Z 0

      Fun and Frolic

      Posted by LBS
      Jim Hassenplug, this week’s finemaster, was ready to launch into this week’s questions focusing on the Rotary Foundation, when Chris McClure, stopped him to ask about Happy Fines.When questioned if he had a specific happy fine to report, Chris replied no, but that in his role of treasurer, he was looking for the money…..which brought a smile to everyone present.  Thanks for keeping an eye on things, Chris!
      Fortunately, as always there were many happy fine paying Rotarians. Ron Walter was happy to see Mary Stitt, and looking forward to a visit with the inbound youth exchange student from Japan that his family hosted several years ago; Neil Scheufler was thankful for the assistance that Mary Cay Chisholm has provided to his wife, Linda; Todd Rollins popped the question and she said yes;  Deb Whisler was happy to see our guest Mary Stitt, who helped Deb get involved in the community when she first came to Arlington Heights, and excited about her upcoming trip to the Napa Valley and Pebble Beach; and Linda Borton was energized by this week’s Wheeling Pantry food shopping where Rotarians Bill and Betsy Kmiecik, Rick Koebernick, Mary Kendall, and Jason Ivy were joined by Jason’s cub scout troop. On a sad note, Jim Hassenplug lost his mother-in-law.
      For this week's Rotary Foundation Quiz questions  
      Fun and Frolic LBS 2016-10-20 00:00:00Z 0

      Good to Know:  Announcements 10/20/16

      • It’s just 7 weeks until the Rotary Santa Run, our biggest fundraiser of the  year.  We need all hands on deck to make this a success.  There are lots of volunteer opportunities on Race Day as well as the week before the Race.  Click here to sign up for Packet Pick-up prior to the race, or here to register for Race Day.
      • One Rotary Summit will take place on October 29th at the Harper College.  There will be interactive case study discussion in the morning and the afternoon session will be Clubrunner training.  To register go to  Attendance is free.
      • Sunday, November 13th the District will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation with a dinner featuring RI President Nominee Sam Owori.  It will be an evening of celebration and inspiration.   On line registration is open until November 7th at
      • The deadline for purchasing  wreaths and greenery from Boy Scout Troop 34  (this is the troop that our club charters) is in 2 weeks.  If you are interested in making a purchase contact Terry Ennes.
      • Mary Jablonsky is looking for volunteers to help our Interact Club sort food drive collections on November 13 in the afternoon.  For more information, contact Mary. 
      • The village’s Katie Project-  which involves checking and replacing fire alarms is looking for volunteers on Saturday, November 5th.  For more information, contact Neil Scheufler.
      Good to Know: Announcements 10/20/16 LBS 2016-10-20 00:00:00Z 0

      10-14-16 Announcements

      Posted by rpjr on Oct 12, 2016
      • Bob Heller is doing well and is at the Lutheran Home, #1303, and hoping to get out in a week or two. Thanks, Jan Behrens for the update.
      • President Bertucci reports we made our goal for the golf outing – a little over $10,000!
      • RE. Birthdays, it’s great to bring in a new member…in a way, one’s legacy goes on; one of our birthday Rotarians, Kerry Pearson, was brought in by former member Dane Hooper!  For the other birthday members see the list on this website page. 
      • Bill Kmiecik and Linda Borton both said we’d enjoy the 10/29 One Rotary Summit at Harper (including how to better use ClubRunner): sign up for a useful and enjoyable day.
      • Terry Ennes said still being time to order Scout Wreaths for the holidays (last day is 11/5); remember we’re a troop sponsor.  Contact Terry at
      10-14-16 Announcements rpjr 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0

      Best Seat In The House

      Posted by rpjr on Oct 12, 2016
      Our speaker and former Wrigley Field usher, Bruce Bohrer, was provided and introduced by Kerry Pearson.  Bruce lives in Buffalo Grove and was Dean of Admissions at Harper College.  He told us of the interview process, the pay, the work, and the wonderful world of people at “the Friendly Confines”.  He later signed copies of his book and talked further about the job (Bruce on left).
      For some funny fan sign content, additional comments, and contact info, click ...More.

      Best Seat In The House rpjr 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0

      Fine Thanks and Fine Fine Master

      Posted by rpjr on Oct 12, 2016
      Fine Masters are willing to try new material!  Jim Hassenplug said he’s open to using quizzes and questions from other club members; just send him an e-mail ( ),  This week’s quiz is from Jan Behrens, an October Fest of famous Germans.  Whatever the source…we still pay, though.  But that’s of course good because it’s for a very good cause. 
      Happily paying were Linda Borton who expressed thanks for the help at the Immunization Clinic (to Randy Recklaus, Nick Pecora, Glenn Garlick, Bill Borst).  Jon Ridler offered opportunities to help with the chamber’s beer-tasting Saturday.   Tim Corrigan for his oldest daughter’s happiness.  Mary Jablonsky was happy for the good spirit and work by our Rolling Meadows Interact club gathering 1500 boxes of cereal for food pantry and raising $400 through a Pinky polio fight event.  Deb Whisler for the creative catapults event at the Library…and for Bill Murray (ask her for the story).  Brian Meyer was happy for the food pantry donation and for the Softly Worn Shoes project (drop off used shoes in good condition at the local park buildings).  Patti Lock for the opportunity to present club flags as she travels to Tampa and Galveston.  Ron Crawford for the Santa costumes hopefully arriving this coming week.  Bob Paddock for the professionalism of club Rotarians, citing Patti Lock's running of the Tall Ships event in Chicago.
      For the quiz, see ...More.
      Fine Thanks and Fine Fine Master rpjr 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0

      My Climb to the top of Mt. Everest

      Posted by Bill Hoff&rp on Oct 05, 2016
      Arlington Heights native Joel Schauer told us about his 2016 ascent to the top of Mt. Everest on May 16, 2016.  His first attempt to go to the top of the world in 2014 came to an untimely end because of an avalanche.  He had previously climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with his daughter and then Denali(also known as Mount McKinley) in 2013.  He described his 2016 $100K experience as “spiritual”.
      He showed numerous pictures(think white backgrounds) taken during his climb across and up the various snow and ice covered mountains and flows.  The audience was held in suspense as he displayed his arduous steps to the top and his reference to the “life line” continually by his side.  “There is no safety on the mountain.”
      Joel is owner of Fairchild Industries located in Lake Zurich, IL.  For more about his talk and some photos taken of his slide presentation, see More....
      My Climb to the top of Mt. Everest Bill Hoff&rp 2016-10-06 00:00:00Z 0

      The Harbour- Providing Safety and Opportunity for Girls and Young Women

      Posted by LBS on Sep 28, 2016
        For over 40 years, The Habour has served as a safe refuge for runaway, locked-out, and otherwise homeless girls in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago.  What began as an emergency crisis shelter in 1975 has expanded in scope to include transitional housing, educational and employment support, and services for pregnant and parenting youth.  
      According to Kris Salyards, Executive Director of the Harbour, there are 25,000 homeless youth in Illinois annually.  Unlike adult homelessness, which is linked to economic need and poverty, youth homelessness occurs more often as a result of family dysfunction.   So while their goal is to reunite families when feasible, a significant focus of their work is to help their clients transition to self sufficiency.  Harbour serves young women from ages 12 to 21, and is the only agency in its service area serving your over the age of 17.  
      Harbour provides structure and and unconditional acceptance in a safe environment, while focusing on the "3 R's"- respect, relationships, and responsibility.  
      To find out more about Harbour and their services, visit their website:
      The Harbour- Providing Safety and Opportunity for Girls and Young Women LBS 2016-09-29 00:00:00Z 0

      Good to Know:  News and Announcements from 9/29

      Posted by LBS


      • The next Village of Arlington Heights Immunization Clinic will be October 10.  Sign-up through Club Runner. 4-5 volunteers are needed.
      • Save October 29th for Rotary's Fall training day, which is open to all Rotarians and will take place at Harper College.  The morning session will be One Rotary Summit and will include examination and discussion of issues facing Rotary Clubs using a case study format.  The afternoon session will be focused on Clubrunner training.
      • Mary Kendall is looking for volunteers for Junior Achievement.  
      • Kerry Pearson gave a plug for our next two speakers, and suggested that they might appeal to guests and prospective members.
      • Betsy Kmiecik announced that registration is open for anyone wishing to submit a wreath in this year's Festival of Wreaths put on by the Arlington Heights Historical Association.
      • President Bertucci reported that things are in full swing in preparation for the Santa Run, and that the committee is optimistically hoping to exceed goals for sponsorship and participation.  
      Good to Know: News and Announcements from 9/29 LBS 2016-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
      Showing Our Support for Shelter Box 2016-09-23 00:00:00Z 0

      Shelter Box:  Helping Families Impacted by Natural Disasters and Humanitarian Crises

      Shelter Box started fifteen years ago as a Rotary Club project in England.  Since then it has grown to an independent international organization with 19 affiliates.  It has responded to over 270 natural disasters and humanitarian crises in more than 95 geographic locations and provided emergency aid to over one million people. Today  Shelter Box is an official partner of Rotary International.
      Ross Spencer, a volunteer Shelter Box ambassador, explained that the standard Shelter Box weighs 130 lbs, and contains a tent that will house 6-8 people, a water filter that will purify 2500 gallons of water, tools, blankets, mosquito netting, pots, pans, a stove, a chimney, a light, and even drawing books and crayons for children.  Boxes can be delivered as quickly as 3-5 days after a disaster strikes by Shelterbox's response team members, who are on the ground working to help to select the recipients and ensure that aid goes to those who need it most.
      In addition to complete boxes, Shelter Box also provides smaller more limited kits, where that is appropriate.   Generally Shelter Box generally does not work in the US because we have a good disaster relief program, however it has provided blankets to victims of Hurricane Sandy and cell phones to residents of Texas.  
      For more information about Shelterbox, visit
      Shelter Box:  Helping Families Impacted by Natural Disasters and Humanitarian Crises LBS 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0

      Good to Know:  Announcements and Guests
      September 22, 2016

      Posted by LBS on Sep 21, 2016
      • Zbig Skiba, a visiting Rotarian from Evanston Lighthouse, announced a Rotary business networking event that will take place next Thursday, September 29 at the Firehouse Grill in Evanston.   Rotary Means Business (RMB) is a fellowship of Rotary International.  A basic membership is free, and available to Rotarians, alumni, family members of Rotarians (not just spouses) as well as anyone who has ever participated in a Rotary or Foundation program.  To find out more and to become a member of the RMB fellowship, go to   To find out more about the September 29th event, go to
      • Other guests at this week's meeting included Dave Zuehlke, a guest of Wendy Davis, and our speaker Ross Spencer.
      Good to Know:  Announcements and GuestsSeptember 22, 2016 LBS 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
      Register NOW Rotary Santa Run 2016-09-02 00:00:00Z 0

      Were we energized to save (electrical) energy ?

      Posted by RPJr
      Spokesperson Mary Jo Warskow from Elevate Energy encouraged and educated us about saving and using energy.  Her presentation touched on programs, technology, and knowledge available to us. She first talked about "Smart" meters being installed throughout the area, pointing out how they can benefit us and society.  She also discussed programs which may save consumers money, citing Hourly Electricity Pricing and Peak-time Savings.  There is an energy use assessment process available which can be helpful too, possibly in part because of a certification of energy savings improvements.  And she asked a question which could be of help when we see ads for energy saving products -- Where do we lose the most heat, the attic or walls/doors or windows?  The answer was 68% from the attic, 22% from walls/doors and 10% from windows.  Knowing this can help us decide where to we'll get the most return for our investment in home updates/improvements.
      Mary Jo is Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for Elevate Energy, 322 S. Green Street - Suite 300, Chicago, IL  60607. Phone is 773-922-3018,  For more about Elevate Energy, click/paste this link: .  It seems to be an interesting company in terms of goals and efforts.  For more details from her talk, click More.
      Were we energized to save (electrical) energy ? RPJr 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
      David Jaffe classification talk August 18 W. Hoff 2016-08-18 00:00:00Z 0

      Gov. Rick Rivkin's Visit

      Posted by RPJr on Aug 04, 2016
      We were pleased to have Dist. Gov. Rick Rivkin make his club visit today at our temporary venue, Ditka’s.  Gov. Rick encouraged us to connect, keeping in mind his District theme seen in this years 6440 District log -- One Rotarian, One Club, One District, One Rotary, One World !
      He noted that Rotary and our district is trying to do this in a variety of ways. He cited founder Paul Harris saying Rotary needs to be evolutionary and at time revolutionary.  Gov. Rick felt our involvement, support and efforts at connection were important to the Rotary Foundation, membership, service, fellowship and public image.  A part of this support was his presenting member Bob Arnold with Bob's "Paul Harris" award/certificate (see photo).
      He also encouraged attendance at the upcoming Paul Harris dinner, the Dist. Conference, and the International Convention.
      Gov. Rick Rivkin's Visit RPJr 2016-08-05 00:00:00Z 0

      July 28, 2016

      At our July 28th lunch gathering we welcomed our good friends Bill Borst, Betsy Kmiecik, and Jim Wales as guests. Many thanks to Mike Clements for his commitment to the club, its development and its appetite over the past several years.  Reminder that our meeting on Thursday, August 4 will be at Ditka's Trackside.  Also Sunday, August 14th is Rotary Day at the Races, to there will be no club meeting on Thursday, August 11. Linda Borton reminded everyone that August is a busy time at the immunization clinic and she is looking for at least three more volunteers for the August 8 clinic. 
      We also got to know new(ish) Rotarians Maggie Albertson and Joe Skibbie a lot better during their classification speeches. 
      Maggie was born in Berwick, Pennsylvania, a town of approximately 10,000 residents, home of Wise Potato Chips, legendary high school (and Notre Dame) quarterback Ron Powlus, and her father's own Albertson Eye Care. Maggie was one of four children in the Albertson family, and her adventures included collegiate swimming at Division II to Shippensburg University, where she still holds the eighth fastest time in the 200 breaststroke.  Maggie was a 2012 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago's Brownsville neighborhood and followed her education with time at the Dayton Ohio VA Hospital.  Maggie now practices at Northwest Eye Physicians (also the home of fellow Rotarian Adam Pinkett), where Maggie's practice includes the full scope of eye care, including a focus on helping patients with hard-to-fit contact lens situations.
      Joe Skibbie was born in Glendale Heights, attended Elmhurst College (where he played defensive end), and was introduced to our club by Mike Clements.  Joe has enjoyed visiting many places, including Mexico, Vienna, Hungary, Prague, and Morocco. His early work adventures included roofing, CBOT runner, bartender, and security.  Joe's professional experience included marketing/branding/public policy work, and now owning and operating JRS Marketing and Communications since 2008. JRS focuses on social media and website development for small and medium size businesses.  Joe "relaxes" in his garage gym (both he and his wife are Cross Fit enthusiasts), the garden (he's an avid gardener), and the kitchen (he's a "hobby" chef).  Joe and his wife Janet have a daughter Alyssa and a son Dominic.
      July 28, 2016 Patrick McMahon 2016-08-01 00:00:00Z 0

      Michael Harvey- Author, Investigative Journalist, Documentary Producer

      Posted by LBS on Jul 20, 2016

      Michael Harvey, has a resume that most of us would envy:  bestselling author of 7 novels, investigative reporter, documentary creator and co-producer, multiple Emmy award winner, Oscar nominee.  He has already secured movie rights for his latest novel, Brighton, a story that reflects his past growing up in Boston. 
      Michael knew that he wanted to write and tell stories from a relatively young age, but after writing his first 50 pages, he discovered that he didn’t have enough experience to draw upon.  So his manuscript went in a drawer and he pursued a career as a journalist and investigative reporter for ten years before returning to writing.  His experience paid off and when he finished his first novel it sold right away. 
      Michael followed that up with several more books creating the Michael Kelly series  before deciding that he wanted to do something different.   Having grown up in Boston in a neighborhood similar to the one depicted in Mystic River, he wanted to capture the essence of the time and neighborhood of his childhood, where circumstances drove the outcomes of life.  The result was Brighton, his latest novel.  Last year when the first draft was finished his agent sent it out to Hollywood, where it generated a bidding war and resulted in the sale of movie rights to Graham King, producer of The Departed and Our Town.   
      For more information about Michael and his novels, visit
      Michael Harvey- Author, Investigative Journalist, Documentary Producer LBS 2016-07-21 00:00:00Z 0

      July 14, 2016

      Posted by Patrick McMahon
      On July 14, 2016, our rotary lunch speaker was Jan Gibson of the Genesee Theater in Waukegan. Jan became the general manager of the Genesee Theater two years ago after spending many years as business owner and Arlington Heights High School.
      The Genesee Theater open on Christmas Day 1927.   The theater was constructed for $1 million that was contributed primarily by three prominent Waukegan-area families. The theater's original purpose was for music, movies and vaudeville, and was one of 13 similar theaters in the Waukegan area at that time.  The original building included the theater and 40 apartments and 11 shops, which were meant to subsidize the construction and operation of the theater, a plan which did not succeed.
      After a long period of financial struggle for the theater and Waukegan generally, the doors of the theater closed in 1989. However, the city of Waukegan, which now owns the theater building, spent $23 million rehabilitating the theater building and it reopened in 2004. The theater is now comprised of 2400 seats over 115,000 square feet. These days the theater welcomes musical performances, magic shows, corporate parties, weddings, holiday parties and dance shows. There is also an outdoor lounge and seven other indoor lounges. There are also no pillars in the theater, making just about every seat a great view.  For more information and details, visit
      July 14, 2016 Patrick McMahon 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z 0

      Arlington Lakes Golf Club Renovations

      Posted by RPJr on Jul 06, 2016

      Tim Govern, Golf Operations Manager at the Arlington Heights Park District talked about course improvements and changes at Arlington Lakes, a 90 acre, 18-hole, par-68 course covering 5,360 yards.   He described significant renovations to the course affecting such things as improvements in speed and flow of play, bunkers (fewer), water features, Tees (additional), club house and layout.  For more about Arlington Lakes, click

      The course is at 1211 S. New Wilke Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005 and operates dawn to dusk.  Phone: 847-577-3030.  Tim can be reached at 847-577-3032 and .   For additional information about the renovations see More...

      Arlington Lakes Golf Club Renovations RPJr 2016-07-07 00:00:00Z 0

      Rotary Club of Arlington Heights Sponsors Tee Markers


      As you are aware, the Board was offered the opportunity to sponsor the new tee markers at the renovated Arlington Lakes Golf Course and an agreement has been reached!  The tee marker design has turned out very nicely (see photo) and you can plainly see our club name, logo and our motto “Service Above Self.”  These markers beautify the course and enhance the Arlington Heights community for all who play at  Arlington Lakes.  Additionally, RCAH’s sponsorship provides other benefits to our club for years to come including 18 rounds of golf per year (without cart), a description of Rotary and a link to our club page on the Arlington Heights Park District website, recognition of Rotary as a partner on a large variety of mailings and seasonal program guides, and recognition in press releases and on banners and other signage related to the Grand Opening of the new course.  With over 40,000 rounds of golf played at ALGC each year, 500,000 annual visits to the AHPD.ORG website and over 200,000 program guides and mailings to Arlington Heights residents each year, the Noon Rotary Club will receive a new level of exposure to many people who may not have run across our club in the past and will help showcase the good work and funding that we provide to the Arlington Heights community each and every year.


      Supporting the Arlington Heights community is certainly a key focus of the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights and this sponsorship provides a win-win option for all!

      Rotary Club of Arlington Heights Sponsors Tee Markers 2016-06-26 00:00:00Z 0

      Welcoming One of Our Book Scholars

      Posted on Jun 24, 2016
      Alexa Pretto, a recent graduate of St. Viator is one of seven students awarded George and Marian Harris Book Scholarships by our Club.  Alexa will be attending Michigan State in the fall and plans to major in communication and marketing.  Alexa and her mother Jennifer joined us for lunch this week.
      Each year, the Club awards one scholarship to a student from each of the high schools serving Arlington Heights residents.  Students are selected by their respective schools based on criteria provided by the Club.  The Scholarship was started in honor of George Harris, a long time Rotarian, and his wife Marian.
      Welcoming One of Our Book Scholars LBS 2016-06-25 00:00:00Z 0

      It's All Good at Metropolis

      Posted by LBS on Jun 24, 2016
        According to Joe Keefe, Executive Director of the  Metropolis Performing Arts Center, things at Metropolis are good and getting better.  Attendance increased by twenty percent in 2015, and the growth trend is continuing into 2016.  This resulted in a positive bottom line (a fact that elicited enthusiastic applause from the audience).  Displaying the energy and drive that made this possible, Joe provided a fast paced overview of the State of the Metropolis, followed by an extended Q & A session.  
      Among the interesting information that Joe shared:
      • The Metropolis creates 350 jobs/year and has a positive $ 3.8 million dollar economic impact in Arlington Heights.
      • The Metropolis fills an important role as the most important non-equity theater in the midwest.  While this requires creativity in the attraction and procurement of shows, it plays a significant role in helping young actors who are just starting out.   
      • 2000 students are served each year by the School of Performing Arts.
      • Metropolis has many partnerships and outreach programs throughout the community, including Special Leisure Services Foundation, Arlington Pediatric Therapy, and the Library.
      For information on upcoming programs visit:
      It's All Good at Metropolis LBS 2016-06-25 00:00:00Z 0

      A Grassroots Approach to Climate Change

      Posted by LBS on Jun 08, 2016
      After posing the question, "what do we know about climate change?," today's speaker, Stephen Bogaerts reviewed some key facts:
      • We burn tons of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and gas)
      • The COreleased enhances the natural greenhouse effect, which is causing climate temperatures to increase at the fastest rate in history.
      • Left unchecked, this will carry potentially catastrophic impacts for future generations.
      Mr. Bogaerts is a volunteer with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), an international grassroots environmental group that trains and supports volunteers to build relationships with their elected representatives in order to influence climate policy.  He explained that CCL is 1) an international organization with chapters in 13 countries, 2) non-partisan, 3) a not-for-profit organization, and finally solution focused.  
      A Grassroots Approach to Climate Change LBS 2016-06-09 00:00:00Z 0

      May 26, 2016

      At our May 26, 2016 lunch meeting, our guests included guest speaker Daily Herald Cubs beat writer Bruce Miles, our own Bill Borst, Bill Kmiecik's wife Betsy, and Brett Williams from the Park Ridge Rotary Club.  Larry and Kris Niemann also presented the rotary flag that they obtained from the Siena, Italy Rotary club during the recent three week trip to Italy. 
      As our guest speaker, Bruce Miles drew upon his experience as Cubs beat writer since 1998 and delivered a very entertaining 30 minutes of insights and opinions about the Cubs.  Bruce believes Joe Maddon to be an exceptional baseball mind, a warm and caring person, and someone who just "gets it" in many respects.  Bruce also spoke highly of former Cubs managers Dusty Baker, Lou Pinella, Jim Riggleman and even Mike Quade.  Bruce is also of the opinion that it is not likely that the Ricketts family intends to develop the team for the short term in order to sell it for a quick profit, but rather to seeks to develop the team for long term success and continue to own it as long term investment. 
      Bruce also believes that Cubs fans became more demanding during the playoff run in 2003, and no longer will accept being known as "lovable losers."  Bruce even had some great thoughts on the pace of play in baseball, John Lester's inability to throw to first base, David Ross' plans post retirement, the designated hitter, and the potential that an automated "umpire" would one day call balls and strikes.
      May 26, 2016 Patrick McMahon 2016-05-31 00:00:00Z 0

      RCAH Welcomes New Member David Jaffe

      Posted on Apr 27, 2016
      Bob Stzapka, Marc Poulos, and Rick Koebernick (left to right) welcome
      Dave Jaffe who was inducted at this week's meeting.
      RCAH Welcomes New Member David Jaffe 2016-04-28 00:00:00Z 0

      A Visit from the Rotary Friendship Exchange Team

      Posted by LBS on Apr 27, 2016
      Wendy Davis, who recently returned from a Friendship Exchange trip to Pakistan, welcomed three visiting Pakistani Rotarians who are now here visiting Clubs in District 6440.  Shown at left are Drs.  Sohail Qureshi,  Arjumand Sohail, and Aamer Sohail.  Drs. Sohail Qureshi and his wife, Dr. Arjumand are members of Rotary Club Sahiwal 101.  Their son, Aamer is a recent medical school graduate and Rotaracter.  They provided us with a brief virtual tour and overview of Pakistan-  just enough to tempt visitors, as well as some background on their club.  Their service projects have focused flood relief, adult literacy, empowerment of women, and healthcare education and screening.
      President C.W. Moellenkamp exchanges flags with Dr. Sohail Qureshi while Wendy Davis looks on.
      A Visit from the Rotary Friendship Exchange Team LBS 2016-04-28 00:00:00Z 0

      Leadership Derailment

      Posted by LBS on Apr 27, 2016
      How many of the managers in your career would you want to work for again?  That is the question posed by Jeffrey Anderson, president of the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.  Based on several studies, the average response is only somewhere between 30-50%, representing an astoundingly high rate of "failure."  While self awareness can help to avoid some of the pitfalls that lead to a failing or plateauing career path, accurate awareness is hard.  The deficiency that causes the problem in the first place makes it difficult, if not impossible to recognize the deficiency.  There are, however, identified causes of derailment.  
      Jeffrey Anderson(right), responding to a question raised by Harry Vashwani.
      Leadership Derailment LBS 2016-04-28 00:00:00Z 0

      Mayor Tom Hayes Tells State of the Village

      Posted by MS-rp on Apr 20, 2016
      Arlington Heights Village President Tom Hayes called the state of the village "once again, very strong" during his annual speech to the Rotary Club on Thursday afternoon.
      Hayes, who is in the third year of his first term, said the years have passed much more quickly than he expected, but he is proud of what Arlington Heights has accomplished.
      "As I often say, the quality of life in Arlington Heights is second to none," he said during the lunch held at Clementi's.
      To read the rest of the story, click here.

      Photo and story, courtesy of the Daily Herald (Melissa Silverberg, reporter, and Joe Lewnard, staff photographer).
      Mayor Tom Hayes Tells State of the Village MS-rp 2016-04-21 00:00:00Z 0

      Life Donated Multiplies Life

      Harvey Mysel, this week's speaker, is a man on a mission.  He uses numbers and pictures to tell a compelling story.  There are 102,000 people on the waiting list for donor kidneys, yet last year there were less than 20,000 kidney transplants.  It is a sad, but familiar story;  there are just not enough kidneys to meet the need.   However,  there could be.    While most organs used for transplant come from deceased individuals, kidneys are different in that they may come from living donors.  
      Harvey's mission is to raise awareness of living kidney donation, including what is involved and and who can donate.  He explained how paired kidney exchanges are becoming a very common and exciting option for kidney recipient and donor pairs who are not compatible with each other.   While most living kidney donors have some type of family or social relationship with the organ recipient,  there is also a growing number of "non-directed," altruistic donors, who choose to donate for purely selfless motives.     To find out more about living kidney donation, visit Harvey's website:
      Life Donated Multiplies Life LBS 2016-04-07 00:00:00Z 0

      Week of April 7: Announcements

      Posted by LBS on Apr 06, 2016
      PE Jim Bertucci opened the meeting with several announcements:
      • This year's Spring Fling will be a fun-filled evening at the Metropolis on Thursday, May 5th.  It will start with cocktails and appetizers, followed by a performance by students of the School of Performing Arts and a preview of Rent.  Registration is required.  Don't wait until the last minute;  you can sign-up here.
      • Next Wednesday, volunteers are invited to meet at Aldi to help shop for the Wheeling Food Pantry, followed by fellowship and fun at The Sports Page.  Click here for more information.  
      • There was a problem with the Community Grants application that was distributed last week and loaded onto the website.  The application has been fixed and replaced.  It can be downloaded here from the website.  If you have shared applications, please pass this information along.
      • There is still time to sign-up for the District Conference on April 28 and 29.  Go to the District website to register.
      • NWSRA has part-time summer jobs available.  For more information contact Nanette Sowa at NWSRA or Jim Bertucci.
      • Rich Morton announced that they will be accepting scholarship applications for 2 more weeks.  Scholarships are available to high school seniors.  The application can be downloaded from the website.
      Week of April 7: Announcements LBS 2016-04-07 00:00:00Z 0

      Tom Kastle: Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller, Tall Ship Captain

      Posted by LBS on Mar 31, 2016


      It's hard to define Tom Kastle in a single word or phrase.  He's a singer, songwriter, actor, tall ship captain, historian, and story teller, and we were treated to examples of almost all of his talents this week.  
      He entertained us with sea shanties, and original songs, even getting us to sing along.  
      He shared personal stories; his first ship  was the Charlotte Ann, a 1888 Chesapeake Bay Oyster boat schooner; he fell in love with tall ships and never looked back.
      He told us that in the 1880's, Chicago was the fourth busiest sailing port in the world with 1800 sailing ships on the Great Lakes.  The Chicago River was a traffic nightmare with 35 pivot bridges and 1200 openings a day.  
      For anyone interested in hearing more of Tom, check out the Chicago Maritime Festival which is taking place on April 16th at the Old Town School of Folk Music.  It's a full day of seminars, workshops, demonstrations and singing.
      Tom Kastle: Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller, Tall Ship Captain LBS 2016-04-01 00:00:00Z 0