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Buffalo Grove

Service Above Self

Thurs. at 12:15 p.m.
Lou Malnati's
85 S. Buffalo Grove Rd
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
United States of America
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Applications Due - June 1, 2020

The Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove is accepting applications for academic and public safety scholarship programs to support educational programs preparing students for careers with a four-year undergraduate degree and careers in public safety fields.  One-time grants in the amount of up to $2,000 each will be awarded in both categories.  Applicants must be a current student or graduate of either Buffalo Grove High School or Adlai Stevenson High School. 

Nominate Your Organization and Make Buffalo Grove a Better Place!

Applications Due May 16

Local organizations operating as charitable, faith-based or not-for-profit agencies with a 501(c)3 designation are eligible to apply for one-time grants of up to $2,500.  Help us help your organization by submitting your projects and causes that contribute to the success of the community!

Buffalo Grove, Wheeling Rotary Clubs Spread Holiday Cheer - Journal &Topics - Dec. 17, 2019

The Wheeling and Buffalo Grove Rotary clubs’ Thanksgiving Basket program has been going strong for nearly four decades.  The program aims to ensure in-need families in local communities can enjoy a traditional holiday meal on Thanksgiving, despite dire financial circumstances.

This year, 160 Thanksgiving baskets served families living in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, unincorporated Deerfield, Long Grove, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Prairie View, Prospect Heights, Vernon Hills and Wheeling.

Of all the baskets, 130 were delivered to residences, while the remaining 30, along with extra food items were donated to Kingswood United Food Pantry in Buffalo Grove, and St. Mary’s Food Pantry in Waukegan.

Families in-need are referred to the program through local school district social workers. Once the list of recipients is finalized, club volunteers, along with their friends and family, get to work.

“The response to our reach out for volunteers is always amazing,” said Shawn Collins, Buffalo Grove Rotary Club past president and co-chair of the program. “We had more than 50 people handle the many tasks that are essential to make this program work. They include moving and sorting the food, packing it into boxes, and then delivering them to the homes of these families before the holiday.”

Items included in the baskets included all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, along with a gift card to purchase a turkey, Cornish hen, ham, or other meat, which were donated by Garden Fresh Buffalo Grove. Games and hand-knit hats, along with stuffed animals for the younger children, were also part of these special deliveries. 

“We have witnessed so much generosity through this program; it’s truly inspiring,” said Steve Balinski, a Buffalo Grove Rotary Club member and co-chair of the program. “From our Rotary clubs that financially sponsor it, to a community member who knits each hat to be donated, to Garden Fresh who provided 160 gift cards, to PetSmart that donated stuffed animals — all of these people, groups and efforts show that the spirit of giving is still alive, and that we are making a difference in the lives of others.” 

The Thanksgiving Basket program is just one of the many local and international efforts that Rotary Clubs sponsor.

Announcing our 2019 Rotary Duck Race Winners!


1st Place - $1,500 - Ron Bernardi (#3773)

2nd Place - $500 - Jon Bartelt (#4843)

3rd Place - $250 - Robin Raef (#0452)
$100 Winners
  1. Burdeen's Jewelry (#2233)
  2. Branden Smith (#3925)
  3. Garden Fresh Market (#2314)
  4. Lori Palmer (#0349)
  5. Emily Weiss (#1826)
  6. Neil Zweiban (#3144)
  7. Sandy Heltzer (#5321)
  8. Denise Weidner (#0660)
  9. Erica Sitkoff (#5050)
  10. Don Werneske (#0124)
Thank you to everyone for your support of the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove!
Our club had a very busy and successful BG Days thanks to the hard work of many of our members during Bingo, duck ticket sales, the duck toss game, the parade, and the duck race.  Thanks to all who helped out!

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Race begins Sunday, September 1 at 5:00 PM - Buffalo Grove Days


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On behalf of our club, I invite you to join us for a meeting and fellowship on Thursdays, 12:15-1:30 at Lou Malnati’s, 85 S. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove.

Our club was chartered in 1974 and has grown over 50 members strong! We are committed to the principles of Rotary International and service above self.  Some of the projects our members lend their time and talents to include Buffalo Grove Days BINGO, Rubber Duck Race and Parade; Literacy Launch at local elementary schools, Winter Food Baskets and the AK’ Tenamit missionary project in Guatemala. We also support inbound and outbound exchange students in our community, raise funds for the End Polio Now initiative and provide community grants for many deserving local organizations.  We always welcome the opportunity to have new members and volunteers join the club to strengthen our partnership with our community.

I am honored to serve as the 2019-20 President of our club and look forward to continuing the growth and development of the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove.   If you live or work within the Buffalo Grove area, please feel free to contact us to learn more about membership.  Join us in making a difference!
In service,             
Bill Donahue

Our club's new officers and board members were installed June 27th.  Thank you to Past President Shawn and his Board for all of their hard work to make this past Rotary year such a success.  Here is the list of members who were honored. Congratulations to all!!  Our entertainment that evening was the Center Ring Barbershop Quartet.  District Governor Nominee Lyle Staab administered the oaths of office and our new Assistant Governor for the coming year, Chrissie Mena from the Barrington noon club, was in attendance.
2018-2019 Milestone Club Service Awards
Steven Casstevens -5 years
Pat Johannes -5 years
Carey Savitt -5 years
Brian Shepard-5 years
Andy Spetter -5 years
Miriam Campbell -10 years
Tom Kloepfer -10 years
Larry Kushner -10 years
Eric Smith -30 years
Bill Balling -35 years
Perfect Attendance Awards
Dane Bragg
Shawn Collins
Tom Klopefer
Glenn Meier
Lisa Siwek
Dennis Snyder
Distinguished Member Award
Brian Shepard
International Service Award
Bill Balling

Community Service Award
Dennis Snyder
Youth Leadership Award
Jing O'Brien
Service Above Self Award
Pete Panayiotou
Dennis Gilbert Rotarian of the Year Award
Steve Balinski
2019-20 Officers
President - Bill Donahue
President Elect - Melanie Santostafano
President Nominee - Brett Robinson
Secretary - Cathy Splett
Treasurer - Brian Shepard
Directors - Steve Balinski, Shannon O’Connor, Dan Wolf
Past President - Shawn Collins
Thank you to all of the members who attended the June 13 dedication of the fishing pier and the trees that our club provided donations toward, and the bench in honor of Dennis Gilbert in Green Lake Park.  We had great club representation and many of Dennis' family members attended who appreciated the tribute to him.  Dennis was a very active member of our club, a loyal friend to many, and he is missed.
It was a beautiful day for supporting charity at the Buffalo Grove Golf Classic, hosted in partnership between SLSF and the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove! Thank you to Presenting Sponsor CDE Collision, Gold and Sign Sponsor Kolbi Pipe Marker Co., Bronze Sponsors F.H. Paschen, Buffalo Grove Park District, and Kloepfer Insurance Services, Golf Course Sponsor The Arboretum Club, Media Partner Daily Herald and all of the golfers and supporters who made this event such a success!
Did you know that your local Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove provides annual support to the End Polio Now initiative?  Through local fundraising efforts, we have increased our contribution to $2,000 annually to eradicate polio on the planet.  To find out more about this global initiative and how you can help, visit the End Polio Now web page!
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