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Buffalo Grove

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Continental Restaurant
788 S Buffalo Grove Rd
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
United States of America
IN PERSON Thursdays of each month at Continental Restaurant and with a Zoom link to attend remotely.
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Upcoming Events
  • Board Meeting
    Oct 19, 2023
    11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Board Meeting
    Nov 16, 2023
    11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Board Meeting
    Dec 21, 2023
    11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Board Meeting
    Jan 18, 2024
    11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Board Meeting
    Feb 15, 2024
    11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Board Meeting
    Mar 21, 2024
    11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Board Meeting
    Apr 18, 2024
    11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Board Meeting
    May 16, 2024
    11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Board Meeting
    Jun 20, 2024
    11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Board Meeting
    Jul 18, 2024
    11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Business Meeting
Oct 05, 2023
Pat Cadichon
Oct 12, 2023
Classification Talk
Lisa Wolf & Carl Amari
Oct 26, 2023
Radio Theatre

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Congratulations to the 2023 Duck Race Winners!
1st Place $1,500 - #2979 Umesh Rai
2nd Place $500 - #0688 Lisa Cotini
3rd Place $250 - #3052 Joe Gibrick
$100 Winners (10)
1. #1838 Ann Rylko
2. #2553 Melanie Santostefano
3. #0336 Golan Mor
4. #1771 Beverly Sussman
5. #0070 Sandra Cowan
6. #2267 Claire Weiss
7. #1845 Ann Rylko
8. #2915 Chris Cunningham
9. #0364 Golan Mor
10. #1916 Joe Gibrick
Thank you to everyone who supported the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove and congratulations to our winners!
On June 19 at the Village Board Meeting, Past President Brett presented Kevin Gatto with our Rotary Firefighter of the Year Award, an award given to those who display a strong work ethic, values, integrity and commitment to the residents of Buffalo Grove and the Fire Department.  Kevin first joined the BG Fire Department in 1993 and his work ethic is a positive example for others.  He is quick to lend a helping hand whenever the need arises.  Any time Kevin mentors new firefighters or fire apparatus engineers, he shares his knowledge and experience with an open mind and jovial attitude.  During the difficult pandemic years, Kevin stepped up to serve as an Acting Lieutenant without hesitation.  In recognition of this award, we will donate $250 in Kevin's name to the Rotary International Foundation and $250 to Project Fire Buddies, Kevin's choice of charity.  Pictured below is Fire Chief Mike Baker, FF/PM Gatto and Past President Brett.
President Lisa awarded our club’s 2022 Officer of the Year Award to Buffalo Grove Police Department’s Investigator Jaime Verduzco at the February 21st Village meeting.  In addition to being instrumental in solving many high-profile investigations in Buffalo Grove and aiding area agencies, Investigator Verduzco served as a leader and role model throughout the year to members of the Investigation’s Bureau and Patrol Division.  Despite being very busy this year, he always found time to help less experienced officers to obtain crucial evidence and build their cases until finally reaching a successful conclusion.
As part of this award, our club will donate $250 in Verduzco’s name to the Rotary Foundation and $250 to a charity of his choice.
President Lisa also presented Officer Dawid Wojs with a Special Commendation Award at the Village meeting.  He was recognized for being a leader on his shift in traffic enforcement, arrests and DUIs.  Officer Wojs showed his work ethic during 2022 and made over 800 contacts with traffic violators.  He also showed his dedication to the force by covering shifts that needed additional staffing.
Our club planted native plants and shrubs at Willow Stream Park in May of 2022 and now the area is  beautiful and lush and attracting pollinators.  Great club environmental project!
Thank you to all who participated in the Thanksgiving food box program.  A special "Thank You" to Shawn, Bo, and Pete for their work in coordinating the details with Buffalo Grove High School, social workers, food bank, Garden Fresh, knitting groups, and obtaining stuffed animals.  It is a truly collaborative effort with the Wheeling Club, with many moving parts. Here is the recap:
We provided the following food over two days:
Thursday, Nov 17, 2022 - Total 93 Food Packages
Saturday, Nov 19, 2022 - 9-11 AM - Total 57 Food Packages
8 extra NIFB Meals delivered to area social workers to be given to families
2 extra NIFB Meals given to large families
Along with the Village's Citizens for Residents with Disabilities Committee, we held our annual Bowling with Buddies event at Bowlero.   As you can see, our club members not only enjoyed volunteering with the 90 participants, but also got into wearing Halloween costumes.  Thanks to all who volunteered!
We had great attendance at the October 1st arboretum dedication at Green Lake Park where our club was recognized for our donations and our volunteer time.  The certified arboretum contains about 60 species of native trees and shrubs which are identified by tags containing QR codes that link to a data base describing the characteristics of the plant, its associations with pollinators and other wildlife and how to use it in residential landscapes.  After a tour of arboretum, our members helped with plantings and seed collecting.
Our Rotary Club had very successful events during BG Days with our Thursday night Bingo, booth sales of duck tickets, pancake breakfast to raise money for Highland Park Strong, and the duck race!  Thanks to so many who really worked hard to make it so great!  See below for the winners of our duck race!

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove Home Page.  Our club consists of a variety of like-minded community and business leaders.  We devote our time to fundraising and invest these resources in a comprehensive range of projects throughout the community, as well as globally.  It is a team effort of ambitious and caring people who dedicate their time to several causes while enjoying the camaraderie and friendships of club members. 

The project engagement and funding opportunities include:

            - Food Baskets (providing food for those in need at Thanksgiving)

            - Bowling with Buddies (pairing Rotarians with residents with disabilities)

            - Reading with Rotary (reading to young students and donating books)

            - Little Free Library (providing free books to the community)

            - Youth Assembly and RYLA (youth leadership programs)

            - Environmental Projects (local green infrastructure projects)

            - Guatemala Ak’Tenamit (projects to support and build infrastructure at a school)

            - End Polio Now (funding the worldwide effort to eradicate polio)

            - Community Grants (grant applications available April/May to non-profit organizations)

            - Academic / Vocational Scholarships (applications available second semester)

            - Exchange Student programs (opportunities to go abroad and host exchange students)

Our goal for this year is to strengthen our ties with local youth. We offer exciting leadership programs for high school students and can provide opportunities to learn more about their community through collaborative efforts.  

If you have an interest in participating in one of our community projects, don’t hesitate to contact us, or feel welcome to join us for lunch.  Please email for more information or message us through Facebook at Buffalo Grove Rotary.

Lunch every Thursday

Time: 12:15 to 1:30

Location: The Continental Restaurant

788 S. Buffalo Grove Road

Buffalo Grove

Hope to see you there.

Lisa Siwek

President of the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove


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!