Barrington Breakfast Rotary Clubs Year End Summary of Activities
 
 
 
         
BARRINGTON BREAKFAST ROTARY CLUB ACCOMPLISHMENTS
2017-2018 ROTARY YEAR
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE
 
Participation in National Night Out in Barrington to give safety education to children
 
An End Polio Solicitation getting $600
 
Helping with Art in the Barn parking management for 2 days
 
Providing a lunch and entertainment for BACOA seniors.  We also served at the event.
 
Rt. 14 Highway Cleanup getting 35 bags of garbage
 
Donation to Healing the Children to help with incidental expenses when children arrive here in the US from Central America to get surgery that is not available in their country.
 
Donation to the Summer Employment Transitions (SET) which helps find summer employment for special needs teens and places them with a college student mentor to assist them in the job.  About 6 of us attended the end of summer party to support the students.
 
Participation in Back to School Giving Day at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church
 
Monthly Meals on Wheels Delivery – one or two days a month all year. 
 
New Collaboration with Barrington Area Conservation Trust and Citizens for Conservation to plant 60 trees and we helped with many hands-on work days with these 2 environmental organizations
 
Work begun on initiating a new project, The Home Team, to help seniors be safe in their homes
 
Barrington Giving Day we helped pack food boxes.  Donations made to supply meat for boxes.
 
Donation to Sunny Hill School “I Wish’ program for Christmas gifts and food for needy families.  We also shopped for the gifts with teachers from the school.
 
Suicide Prevention signs placed at the Barrington Metra Station and BHS
 
Random Acts of Kindness.  Acts were done.  Donations were solicited for a food pantry.
 
Read essays for Illinois Fatherhood Initiative
 
Read to students at all area schools for “Rotary Reads” day
 
Two “little free libraries” being prepared for installation at low income neighboring schools.  One more to be placed at Hollis Bros in downtown Barrington, on Lake Cook Rd.
 
A Successful KidFest/Kite Fly:  the highest ever attendance of 2,600.  Gave out 1,400 kites and 200 tree saplings.  Ran the Rotary Grill
 
Food pantry donations to Cuba and Barrington Township. Food pantries totally $2,000
 
INTERNATIONAL
 
BBRC wins the Rotary International “WinS Challenge Grant” (Wash in Schools) along with the Guatemala Sur Club in Guatemala City, Guatemala.   The Rotary Foundation (TRF) contributes $450,000 and our club has raised an additional $112,000.  This will provide clean water and sanitation facilities to 48 schools in Guatemala—affecting 20,000 children.  Our club gave $6,447.
 
BBRC co-sponsors along with the Dadu Rotary Club in Taiwan a global grant for a literacy program. This is an after-school counseling program for underprivileged children in Dadu, Taiwan.  It sets up tutoring, counseling, computer labs, after school supervision and food for children.   Our club gave $2,178.75.
 
BBRC commits $4,629 in DDF aka District Designated Funds (from TRF) to the Winnetka and Park Ridge Rotary Clubs to a global grant being run in Uganda to provide ultrasonic diagnostic equipment for pregnant women at 20 clinics called “Reducing Maternal and Infant Mortality in Uganda with Ultrasonic Imaging.”
 
BBRC commits $5,000 in DDF from the TRF to the Schaumburg- HE Club global grant “Advancing Community Economics” to provide scholarships to underemployed or unemployed adults in the Harper School District
 
Our club donated $525 toward the District 6440 Health Rays Project to provide digital XRay equipment to centers in rural Guatemala.
 
We continue to monitor the progress of our previous global grants in Guatemala:  WASH in Schools (5,000 students given clean water and sanitation in 9 schools), instruction on hygiene, the “Mechanical Cow installations” giving soy milk to prevent malnutrition, economic development using the byproducts of the soy milk production to improve the protein content of foods in Guatemala, and micro-credit program to women to begin businesses.
 
We gave $1000 to the Northbrook Club for their global grant in Israel regarding clean water for Bedouins.
 
We have made plans to support two global grants next year:  one with the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary to help with HIV reduction in Kenya and another with the Winnetka-Northfield Club to plant fruit trees in Haiti.We gave $1000 to Healing the Children to assist with a medical mission trip to Nicaragua.  This money was for supplies and an autoclave (sterilizer).  It has not yet been accomplished due to severe unrest in Nicaragua.
 
We had a successful outbound Rotary Friendship where 9 members of our club went to Taiwan.  Four members of our club participated in a one week service project at a school in Dadu teaching English.  Five members participated in the Cultural exchange.  We interacted with many Rotarians in Taiwan. 
 
VOCATIONAL SERVICE
 
A $1,500 vocational scholarship awarded through our club, after application to District 6440, for an adult Harper College student who is in a Radiation tech program.
 
YOUTH SERVICE
 
Interact Club run at BHS with projects helping Healing the Children, Random Acts of Kindness and KidFest.   A Merry Meals project was completed at Streetfest with $4000 in donation for packed food for the hungry.
 
Three BHS students sent to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Camp)
 
A $2,000 Donn Branstrator Community Service Scholarship given to a BHS student
 
Sunny Hill School received $2,000 for at-risk student programs
 
BHS Flag program received $750
 
Donation of $3000 to both middle schools in Barrington for At-Risk students
 
Donation of $1,750 to BHS Latin Dance Club supported and ELL classes for adults at District 220 supported
 
FUNDRAISING
 
Successful Streetfest Event.  2,000 plus attended.  A well-attended KidFest with the Harper Coding bus and multiple activities for kids.  Three live bands.  Food trucks.  Merry Meals.  Vendors.  A great time was had by all.  BBRC visibility in the community improved.
 
Successful Rendezvous Event.  Mardi Gras Theme.  210 in attendance (highest ever). Live auction, silent auction, information about BBRC.  BBRC visibility improved
 
 
AWARDS
 
100 percent Paul Harris Club
 
Club nominated for Chamber of Commerce Partner of the Month
 
Foundation:  Received the “End Polio Now” award for this year’s contributions
 
District Awards:  Community Service, International Service, Club Website, Spouse of the Year, Rookie of the Year.  Terry Cullum completed the District Leadership Academy.
 
Narayan Murarka awarded and appointed to “Rotary Foundation cadre of technical advisors.”
 
Regional Award:  Mark Gibson for End Polio Now
 
We are on-track for an RI Presidential Citation
 
We nominated Suzanne Gibson who was elected to the Senior Hall of Fame with BACOA
 
FELLOWSHIP
 
Concerts in the park by BMO Harris
 
Multiple meet-ups socially at neighboring bar/restaurant/ breweries for Happy Hour
 
Christmas Party at Dave Waring’s house
 
Progressive Dinner at Hollis Brothers, Mary Holcomb’s and multiple other homes
 
Concert at ESO with dinner
 
Dinner and Broadway/Jazz Concert at Presbyterian Church
 
Rotary Women meet -up for appetizers/wine/discussion
 
PROGRAMS
 
51 informative, diverse and interesting programs! 
 
Ian Riseley, RI President visits BBRC
 
Don Brewer, Gov of District 6440 visits BBRC
 
Karen Darch, Mayor of Barrington, visits BBRC
 
Brian Harris, Dist. 220 Superintendent, visits BBRC
 
Officer Dorn, Chief of Police visits BBRC
 
MARKETING/ FACEBOOK/ WEBSITE/BULLETIN
 
A new club Facebook account made and improved.  Multiple Rotarians made administrators so more postings can be done.
 
Club Bulletin produced weekly for good communication
 
Club Website updated regularly
 
Streetfest commercial made which ran on multiple TV channels
 
Club articles published in the District Dispatch regularly – both international, Rendezvous, Streetfest and our International activities
 
Club Articles put by Narayan into multiple RI websites and blogs
 
Rendezvous advertised to Chamber of Commerce, Barrington Country Magazine
 
Articles in Living 60010 and Quintessential Barrington and Daily Herald
 
Weekly meetings published in the Courier
 
Some weekly meeting topics placed in the Chamber of Commerce Calendar
 
We attended more Chamber of Commerce events/networking in order to promote BBRC
 
OTHER
 
Six new members inducted into the club.  Two others interested in becoming members
 
Two beloved long-term members make plans to move away:  Marie Bolchazy and Ron Hamelberg
 
Four fireside chats accomplished
 
Establishment of a Rotary Community Corps
 
Getting the Interact Club reestablished and registered with RI
 
Getting involved with the Harper Rotaract Club (Maria Coons)
 
WE sponsor a Chamber of Commerce mixer
 
Club sponsor of the educational Polio Iron Lung (RILEE) and RILEE made an honorary club member
 
Meeting and dinner discussion with Mush Merchant to discuss “Islam and the West” to help promote peace and understanding
 
Many Club continuing sponsors and new sponsorships obtained
 
$500 Walmart grant received for hunger alleviation
 
BBRC Past Presidents met twice to discuss the club direction and nominate a new club president
 
Many members attend various district sponsored seminars and conferences.  Four getting ready to attend the Rotary Convention in Toronto.
 
We donated $10,000 to The Rotary Foundation and donated to End Polio Now
 
 
Lastly, I am positive that something is missed in this list!!