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Buffalo Grove

Service Above Self

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Lou Malnati's
85 S. Buffalo Grove Rd
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
United States of America
Thurs. at 12:15 p.m.
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Rich Wilson
May 20, 2021
CERT (grant recipient)
Sean Nelson
May 27, 2021
Update on RYLA
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Jun 10, 2021

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Applications Due June 1, 2021

The Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove is taking applications for individuals for the Bill Reid Community Service Award.  The award is to be given to an individual whose long term community efforts have resulted in the enhancement, betterment and improved spirit of the Buffalo Grove Community.   The late Bill Reid was a long time Village Trustee and a charter member of our Rotary Club.
$2,000 Scholarships Available!
Applications Due - June 1, 2021

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 30

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!
Thanks to the 13 members of our club, to District Governor Lyle and his wife Ann Marie and to two members of the Wheeling Club who volunteered on May 8 at Green Lake Park.  Over 2,000 native plants, shrubs, bulbs and bare roots are now going to enhance this park and attract pollinators, build healthy soils and improve water quality in the lake.  We had 50 volunteers including our Rotarians, members of the Buffalo Grove Environmental Action Team, the Buffalo Grove Garden Club, scouts and neighbors who joined together in community spirit to complete the project.

Join the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove and Special Leisure Services Foundation on August 11, 2021 to support recreational programs for children and adults with disabilities.  Golfers will enjoy lunch, dinner, and drinks along with 18 holes at the beautiful Arboretum Golf Club.  All proceeds will support Special Leisure Services Foundation (SLSF), the fundraising arm of Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) and the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove. NWSRA provides recreational programs so that children and adults with disabilities have the opportunity to have fun, make friends, be included, go new places, learn new things and celebrate their lives. 

If you would like to avoid paying the online fees, please contact Megan O'Brien at 847-392-2848, ext. 267 or e-mail to register, sponsor or donate today!

From the Daily Herald:

A mobile pantry sponsored by the Buffalo Grove Rotary Club met its goal of feeding 200 families Saturday afternoon at Mike Rylko Park in Buffalo Grove. Luckily, no one had to be turned away.

The first 100 cars in line received a hot meal provided by The Continental Restaurant in addition to groceries that included meat, milk, eggs, cereal, potatoes, carrots and other staple food items provided by the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

The food was packed and distributed by 28 volunteers, including 13 club members. Vehicles started lining up at 1:30 p.m., a half-hour before the event began.

By 3:30 p.m., the last box of food was loaded into the last vehicle's trunk.

"While it was a chilly day outside for our volunteers, it was heartwarming to see everyone working together to serve others who are experiencing challenges," said Buffalo Grove Rotary Club President Melanie Santostefano.

Club member Shannon O'Connor initially brought the idea of sponsoring a mobile pantry to the club and took the lead on organizing the event. She thanked the food bank, the restaurant, police and the park district for their parts in making the event possible.

Buffalo Grove Village Manager Dane Bragg and his son Wade help out Saturday at the mobile food pantry sponsored by the Buffalo Grove Rotary Club.  Image may contain: 1 person, outdoor Image may contain: one or more people, sky, outdoor and closeup Image may contain: tree, sky and outdoor

From the Daily Herald article on November 19, 2020:  The Buffalo Grove Rotary is making a memorable Thanksgiving possible for dozens of families in need.

On Saturday, 150 families will be able to pick up food baskets packed by Rotary members with essentials canned beans, flour, beans, pasta, rice and sugar. They'll also receive a gift card to purchase meat and other perishable items.

It's part of an effort that began Tuesday when Rotarians loaded up a truck with about $10,000 in food donated by the Garden Fresh Market near Buffalo Grove and Dundee roads.

"We live in a great community, and I just wanted to say thanks to the community for always being there for us," said Golan Mor, president of Garden Fresh Market. "We want to give back, especially now. These are troubling times. It's just such a great honor to really be a part of this community."

On Wednesday, Rotarians got together and began packaging the items into baskets for the 150 previously selected recipients, who will pick them up Saturday. The families are recommended by local school districts.

"Normally, if there were no pandemic, we get together on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and drive these donations to different apartment buildings where these families live and deliver them," said Rotary President Melanie Santostefano. "But this year, we have had to pivot, due to social distancing."


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My goal for our club for this coming year is to engage the Buffalo Grove community in as many ways as we can! That could mean bringing in new members or volunteers, recipients of our fundraising and good works, and even sponsors to help us achieve our goals for giving back. If you are interested in making a difference and making connections with individuals who are impacting our world locally and globally – Rotary is something you should investigate! I invite you to join our club as a guest on Thursdays – we meet from 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm on Zoom currently, due to the pandemic. When we can safely do this again, we normally would meet for lunch weekly…. we are all waiting for normal to come back!
While COVID-19 has changed some of the ways that we function as a club, it has not stopped our commitment to our causes. We remain steadfast in continuing to raise funds for, and supporting our Community Grants for organizations that are impacting the Buffalo Grove community, scholarships for young people and individuals who are looking to attend a four-year university, as well as go into public service (emergency services) and the trades. Our outreach touches individuals who are in-need, through reading to young children, delivering Thanksgiving food baskets to in-need families, structured activities for the developmentally disabled and more – and that is just a snapshot of our local impacts as there are many more.
Globally, Rotary is involved in the fight to end polio, ensure there is clean drinking water for third world countries, and we go on mission trips to Guatemala to help build infrastructure, schools, and more.
If you want to feel a part of something bigger than yourself and get involved in activities that are helping others – Rotary just may be for you! Email for more information, and or message us through our Facebook page at
Melanie Santostefano
2020-2021 President
Buffalo Grove Rotary Club
Congratulations to Past President Bill Donahue and the Board for the successful year that our club had in spite of the pandemic challenge.   Our newly installed District Governor Lyle presided over our virtual installation of the new officers on June 25th.  Installed were:
President Melanie Santostefano
Co-Presidents Elect Brett Robinson and Lisa Siwek
Co-Secretaries Leslie Forman and Chad Waynee
Treasurer Brian Shepard
Directors Dane Bragg, Eric Smith and Miriam Campbell
Past President Bill Donahue
The following Milestone Club Service Awards were given:
Mike Rylko - 35 years
Martha Weiss - 20 years
Quintin Sleigh - 10 years
Shawn Collins - 5 years
Bill Donahue - 5 years
Josh Brand - 5 years
The following club members were recognized:
Perfect Attendance Award - Glenn Meier and Lisa Siwek
Distinguished Member Award - Rob Seitz
Community Service Award - Shawn Collins
International Service Award - Steve Koebernick
Youth Leadership Award - Leslie Forman
Service Above Self Award - Dane Bragg
Dennis Gilbert Rotarian of the Year - Shannon O'Connor
Congratulations to all!
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.
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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