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Barrington Noon

Serving the Community, Making a Difference in the World

We meet Tuesdays at 12:10 PM
The Performing Arts Center at The Garlands
1000 Garlands Lane
Barrington, IL  60010
United States
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Serving President Burke Groom called the meeting to order about 12:10.  District Assistant Nancy Sheperdson and Julianne Lambert from CareerPlace had joined the group as guests. 
Burke noted that next week on January 17 was our group fieldtrip to CareerPlace located at 600 Hart Rd.  The organizations helps outplaced workers find new jobs through interview, resume and other job search skills training.  Prior to the fieldtrip which begins at noon, Rotarian Michael Mann, who is a counselor at CareerPlace, will be hosting a workshop on LinkedIn for those interested in attending.
Nancy Sheperdson then presented Noon Rotary with a Certificate of Recognition for meeting the District and Club goals for our End Polio fundraising.
Leslie shared some updates on the Club’s fundraiser.  With the date nearing for a February Casino Night, the group discussed moving the date or considering a potential Bunny Walk/Run in spring.  Sentiment leaned towards continuing to pursue  the Casino night but moving the date further out to allow time to get marketing materials and recruit sponsorships. 
Dawn noted that she has been working on speakers for upcoming meetings and that we have many scheduled through May; including the Barrington High School Baseball Coach, a local assessor, a representative from the Barrington Conservation Trust, Windy City Bulls, the Harper Promise Program and more.
Burke noted that member Joe Kelsch is doing well and that Paul Berlin will be out having hip replacement surgery.  He encouraged the club to register for the ABC’s of Rotary January 23 at the Rotary Headquarters in Evanston.  The program is for new and experience Rotarians to learn about Rotary – our history, our customs and traditions, and the current status of our global programs.  
The group was informed that Club invoices have been mailed.
Harper Promise Program Offers Free Tuition
Barrington Noon Rotary Club Minutes for January 23, 2017
The Barrington Noon Rotary Club welcomed two guests at their January 24 Club Meeting -- Michele Smith, Associate Provost/Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion, and Pam Burke. 
During the meeting Chris Mitchell shared a summary of the ABC’s of Rotary event he attended at the corporate headquarters in Evanston.  The event attracted over 200 people from three area districts.  Chris noted that the Rotary International website has been improved.  Local clubs can now customize and print off Rotary brochures and flyers direct from the site that include their own photos.  There have also been a lot of changes to club regulations in an effort to help clubs grow membership and diversity.  Clubs now have more flexibility with the frequency, format and location of club meetings.  The changes are intended to help clubs attract a new audience. Chris also signed up to help on the organizing committee for the Shelter Box project.
Leslie Luther recapped the upcoming fundraiser.  The Casino Night has been changed to March 10.  More materials to help with fundraising will be available.  They will also be adding $500 and $250 sponsorship levels. Burke noted that Barrington Bank & Trust was committed to the $2,500 sponsorship level.
Michele Smith then presented on the Harper Promise Scholarship. The program began in March 2015 and promises two years of free college tuition at Harper to students willing to earn it during high school.
The Promise Scholarship requires students to reach certain benchmarks related to attendance, rigor, persistence and community service.  The program starts in the second semester of freshman year and tracks their performance through high school.  They have a set number of days they are allowed to miss; they must maintain a C or higher grade, they must graduate on time and they must perform numerous hours of community service each year of high school.
Smith said the program builds skills that serve students well in college and in life.  Upon completion of the benchmarks, the students are promised two free years of school at Harper for a 2-year degree or job certification.   Students and parents must sign on to the program by December 15 of the student’s freshman year.
After the first class, 54.9% are continuing with the program working on the required benchmarks.  Most students who dropped out of the program did not properly accomplish their community service hours.
During the meeting Burke also updated the group on some member activities; Joe Kelsch is recovering from his surgery and hopes to return January 31; Paul Berlin had hip replacement surgery and is improving at home; Juli Linnekin will have surgery in February. 
Rotarians Take CareePlace Field Trip: On January 17 the Barrington Noon Rotary Club took a field trip to CareerPlace at 600 Hart Rd., Barrington.  The center provides job search skills for outplaced employees on a membership basis.  Members can access a complete portfolio of job search services, training and workshops, and individual coaching while accessing computers and office support at the center.  CareerPlace dramatically reduces the out-of-work time for members by providing skills and support during the job search.
Barrington Noon Rotary
Club Meeting November 29, 2016
President Anne Kristufek called the meeting to order about 12:05 with an early start to hear guest speaker Carol Wells, the Rotary End Polio Now (EPN) Chair. 
Carol is a member of the Wilmette Harbor Rotary and was appointed by Dist. 6440 Governor Rick Rivkin.  She had previously attended a Nigerian Polio trip with him and had the opportunity to attend Stopper Training from the CDC – a program where they train doctors and medical professionals to go into third-world countries to administer vaccines and help stop the spread of Polio. 
Carol noted that while Rotary may get lost in local news mentions in stories about the eradication of polio, that globally we are recognized, appreciated and known for this legacy.
Rotary started its mission to eradicate Polio in 1985.  In 1988, they formed a global partnership with organizations such as UNICEF, WHO, and the CDC.  At that time there were 350,000 cases, we are now down to just a handful.  The Rotary’s hand in eradicating this is known worldwide.
Eradication means elimination. Polio has been here since Egyptian times, and in the 1950s there was a horrific outbreak of Polio.  It was initially called infantile paralysis and the March of Dimes took on the effort to vaccinate against it.  1952 was the worst year, with 57,000 cases of Polio in the U.S.
While today we are down to a handful of cases, those cases are most often in areas where security is an issue – such as Pakistan and Afghanistan, where workers have been killed. 
With cases diminishing, there is now discussion and planning focused on how to continue and benefit from the Rotary Polio Legacy.  The legacy is in the infrastructure, global laboratory, volunteer network, response time, supply chain, trained workforce and more that Rotary has established as they have pursued Polio eradication.  Legacy planning is now underway to use the components of the Polio infrastructure for other important missions in the future.     
How can Rotarians help?  Carol noted that Rotary International encourages each Rotarian to contribute $60 a year to the cause.  For every donation, the Gates Foundation will match it by a 2 to 1 ratio.  You can make that donation by visiting
Eradicating Polio will be Rotary’s Legacy to the world – we should all share in that pride
Julie Linnekin of JourneyCare then introduced Jennifer Featon, Child Life Specialist, to the group.  Jennifer has taken over pediatric activities.  She talked about the upcoming December 3 JourneyCare Pediatric Holiday Gathering at The Stonegate Banquet & Conference Centre from 1:30 to 4:00p.m.  Volunteers are need.  About 144 attendees have registered so far.  Jennifer also thanked the group for supporting JC through our annual holiday shopping and noted that an enormous number of the JC families are struggling under the burden of medical expenses. 
Anne then made a few final announcements: Next week, December 6, is our club Holiday Lunch at the Garlands -- please arrive about 11:30 and please register online – the BHS Madrigals will be performing; On December 8 at 10 a.m. we will meet at the Walmart in Lake Zurich to do holiday shopping for needy children; Today is Giving Tuesday, we are all encouraged to support our favorite charities, and consider EPN and the Rotary Foundation; To help recruit more members, we were all encouraged to bring them to a service project; The Rotary Foundation has received a perfect non-profit rating for its management and structure.
The meeting ended with some discussion of district news and fun and frolics.
Barrington Noon Rotary
Club Meeting November 15, 2016
President Anne Kristufek called the meeting to order about 12:15 and indicated we would get right into our program as the Board would be meeting as well after the general club assembly.  She noted we had two guests from the BHS Interact Club, students Fiona and Claire who would talk about Merry Meals.
Claire and Fiona noted that this year on December 10 they would be packing Merry Meals that would be sent to families in Guatemala who live and survive off the Guatemala City garbage dump.  Meals include rice, bran, vegetables and minerals, cost $.25 cents per meal and help reverse the effects of starvation. 
Last year they packed 28,972 meals and this year their goal is 50,000.  They indicated the Breakfast and Rotary Clubs would be competing for the most meals packed and encouraged us to come out and participate.  Packing will take place at the high school.  The region is the same area helped by the annual Hopes In fashion show.
Anne noted some upcoming opportunities.  On this Saturday, November 19, the Breakfast Club is looking for volunteer support to clean Northwest Highway.  If you can join them, meet at Makray at 7:45 a.m. that day. 
Dawn discussed the Rotary Foundation dinner she attended on November 13.  She said the Foundation has had many projects both globally and locally.  She was particularly touched by the Diaper Bank started by a local Rotarian to help people in need as food stamps and other state help do not cover diapers.
Martin discussed the poinsettia fundraiser and encouraged all to get their orders in by Friday, November 18.
Julie noted that the JourneyCare Holiday Party was coming up and needed volunteers on December 3 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Stonegate. They were looking to have one Rotarian per table to act as hosts and helpers; and are hoping for 20 tables of attendees. Leslie indicated that Barrington United Way would donate 125 stuffed animals with partner GE Medical. 
Anne noted that Joe would be having back surgery soon and would be out of commission – Dawn asked if she could find out whether he might like some meals sent to his home by members.
The Holiday Shopping trip will be held on December 8 at 10 a.m. at the Lake Zurich Walmart; the Club Holiday lunch will be on December 6 starting at 11:30 a.m. to enjoy the Madrigals; on Monday, November 24 we will serve seniors at the Park District a Thanksgiving meal.
Anne noted that there was a total of 32 cases of polio worldwide.  Michael encourage more activity on club runner to help raise awareness.  Dawn volunteered to be secretary for the day at next week’s meeting.  She noted that today was National Adoption Day and encouraged us to visit to learn more.
Alexis gave a presentation on Hopes In and the Guatemala City community that lives off the dump.  The dump is the largest in the country.  Hopes In was started by the Quigley girls who had visited the area and then contacted a charitable group – Potters House – and wanted to raise money to build more homes for families living off the dump.  The raise money through an annual fashion show.  Their first year they built one house, then three, then five in their third year and this year their goal is 10 houses.  The homes cost about $8,000 each and are made of simple concrete walls painted yellow with tin roofs.  Members were asked to donate today and the club raised $650 and also presented a $500 check to Fiona and Claire.
Alexis noted that anyone can go on the Guatemala trip, costs about $2,500.  Anne said the dates this year were July 30 – August 6 and August 6 – August 13.
The Barrington Noon Rotary hosted the 5th annual luncheon honoring local first responders at the Barrington Public Safety Building on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.


The Barrington Noon Rotary and local leaders honored Carol Beese, former BACC President/CEO and longtime Barrington Rotarian during a special luncheon last week at the Garlands.

The Barrington Noon Rotary Awards Grants to Local Organizations.  Barrington Noon Rotary has awarded grants to nine area charitable organizations totaling about $13,000.  Local organizations that received grants were: Barrington Area Conservation Trust, Barrington Leads, Barrington Police Benevolent Association, Career Place, Barrington Youth & Family Services, FISH,  FitMS, Love Inc, and Ron Wilmering Scout Cabin. 
On Monday, May 9, 2016, Rotary Club of Barrington Past President Alexis Portugal, attended the BHS Scholarship Night to present the 2016 Hugh Frebault Scholarship.  She awarded Jacob Gascho, a BHS Senior, with the 2016 Hugh Frebault Scholarship Award of $2,000.  The scholarship is for $1,000 and is intended to be awarded to a graduating senior who is attending Harper College.  The student should be in the top 25% of the class, demonstrate financial need, and an interest in leadership and service.  The $1,000 scholarship is renewable for a second year
We wish Jacob well.  Congratulations on your award!

Matt Blanchard's football career has not been easy. Although only 26 years old, he has weathered more than most people are challenged with in a lifetime.

It's a Most Wonderful Time of the Year

On Saturday afternoon, December 5th, Barrington Noon Rotarians, spouses, friends, and family joined the JourneyCare Pediatrics Program staff to host the annual Holiday Party for families involved in the program.  
The event was held at the Stonegate Conference and Banquet Centre in Hoffman Estates which was beautifully decorated in the spirit of the season.  Fun filled activities included the magic of Scott Piner, cookie and ornament decorating for the kids, a Holiday carol sing-along, and of course, an appearance by the jolly old man in red, Santa Claus, with presents for all of the boys and girls.
A special thanks to local photographer Bob Lee, who captured some special moments from the event and has shared them with us at this link:
On Tuesday, 11/10/15, members from the Barrington Noon Rotary Club visited the Barrington High School Incubator class to see the newly created meeting room that the Club donated funds to help improve.  The room looks fantastic!  We also had an opportunity to talk to some of the students who are enrolled in the program during their class period.  There are some fantastic ideas and new businesses in the works! Good job students!
Celebrating its 55 year birthday as a Local Service Organization, a spirited welcome was given to guests of the Barrington Noon Rotary Club’s annual fundraiser as everyone received a beer mug courtesy of event sponsor, Barrington Bank & Trust, upon arrival.
Honoring local police officers and fire fighters, the Barrington Noon Rotary Club held a special luncheon and ceremony at the Public Safety Building September 9th.
The Barrington Noon Rotary welcomed Lance Daily from Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley at today's meeting.
The Barrington Noon Rotary Club inducted the newest member of Rotary, Leslie Luther, on Tuesday, August 11, 2015.  Leslie is the Executive Director of The Barrington Area United Way.  We are proud to have Leslie join us in serving the community through volunteer service projects!
Barrington Noon Rotary President, Burke Groom, and Barrington Noon Rotary Past President, Joe Kelsch, pictured alongside Barrington Area Conservation Trust Representatives, Susan Lenz and Lisa Woolford. The Barrington Noon Rotary Club presented the Barrington Area Conservation Trust with a grant which will assist the organization in establishing a hands-on educational program for Barrington High School Students to learn about Flint Creek, which runs behind the Barrington High School Football Stadium all the way past the Varsity Baseball Field.
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President of Barrington Noon Rotary, Burke Groom, with Countryside Association Interim Executive Director, Howard Reicheneker.  The Barrington Noon Rotary Club presented Countryside Association with a grant which will allow the organization to purchase scales to help package products more efficiently.
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The Barrington Noon Rotary Club President, Burke Groom, with Career Place Executive Director, Chris Campbell.  The Rotary Club awarded Career Place with a grant that will help the local not-for-profit organization purchase three (3) new computers for their agency which helps unemployed professionals achieve success in the job search process.
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The Rotary Club of Barrington celebrated the 2014/2015 Rotary Year by congratulating outgoing President, Larry Barnett, and inducting the Club's 2015/2016 Club President, Burke Groom.
As the number of opportunities to serve our community continues to grow, the Barrington Noon Rotary Club has decided to take a structured approach to reviewing and awarding our annual grants in support of those needs.  
The first step in that process requires that any organization wishing to apply for one of our grants, should download the Grant Application form by clicking on the link on the right side of out Home Page.
Completed applications must be received by May 1st.  Send your application to:
Rotary Club of Barrington
P.O. Box 42
Barrington, Illinois 60011

President-Elect Burke Groom and President Nominee Anne Kristufek attended the District 6440 President Elect Training Seminar this weekend.
Both reported that the training provided significant insights into Rotary and a number of new ideas for running our Club.
It was an afternoon filled with magic. And the excitement of the holiday season was in the air as the Barrington Noon Rotary Club and JourneyCare partnered again this year to bring the spirit of Christmas to families in the pediatrics program at JourneyCare.
Thanks to our Club volunteers, the JourneyCare Pediatrics Program staff, JourneyCare Youth Board, Bob and Anne Lee who took candid and family portrait photos, the Garlands catering staff, Scott Piner who dazzled us with his magic, and especially to Santa who brought gifts especially selected for each of the children in attendance.  
You can see the photos taken by Bob and Anne here on and read more about the event and view additional photos at
A 60 second introduction to the Barrington Noon Rotary Club.