2020 Academic Scholarships Available

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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. 
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2019 Thanksgiving Food Baskets

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.

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BG Days!!

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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2019 Rotary Duck Race Winners!

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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!
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2019 Bingo at Buffalo Grove Days

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Join us for the annual BINGO extravaganza on Thursday night of Buffalo Grove Days!  Located under the big tent at Mike Rylko Park, this year's bingo features more than $1,600 in cash and prizes.
 

DOORS OPEN AT 6:00 P.M. – CALLING STARTS AT 6:30 P.M.

1 Bingo Booklet for $5 – 5 Bingo Booklets for $20

Sponsored by
 
         
Kloepfer Insurance Services   
 
John Jawor, Wilmette Harbor Rotary
 
               
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2019 Rotary Duck Race!

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BUY Your Duck Tickets Now! Win Big!

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

 
 
 
 
 
 

Gold Corporate Sponsors

                 
 

             

Silver Corporate Sponsors

                   
 
                           
 
                                
 
                
 
                                      
 
 
     
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Another Successful Golf Outing With Special Leisure Services Foundation

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!
   
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President and Officers' Installation Dinner June 27

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
 
    
                        
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2019 Buffalo Grove Golf Classic

Join Your Friends and Neighbors to Support a Good Cause!

 

Register now to participate in or sponsor the 2019 Buffalo Grove Golf Classic on May 15, 2019 at the Arboretum Club!  Proceeds from this fun-filled event benefit the Special Leisure Services Foundation and the Foundation of the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove.  To register for this event, visit the SLSF events page, or contact Megan O'Brien at 847-392-2848, ext. 267 or e-mail megano@slsf.me.

 
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Rotary Community Grants Now Available!

Applications Due May 18, 2019

The Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove is pleased to offer Rotary Community Grants to organizations that affect the community of Buffalo Grove and its inhabitants. The Rotary Community Grant will provide funding for projects and causes that contribute to the success of the local community with the objective of making ours a better place to live and work. One-time grants of up to $2500 are given to efforts that have the potential to provide visible, long-term, sustainable benefits for community members.
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Applications Being Accepted for the 2019 Bill Reid Community Service Award

Applications Due June 1, 2019

 
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.
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Guatemala Tomorrow Fund Seeks Donations for Volcano Relief Efforts

Charitable Organization Collects Funds for Students

Guatemalan families face a major challenge after the recent volcanic eruptions near Guatemala City.  The Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove provides support to families in Guatemala through the Asociacion Ak'Tenamit program. Support is urgently needed to keep children of disaster affected families in high school. Neediest students will be selected from communities most affected by this catastrophic volcanic eruption as one of the greatest challenges poor families face after a disaster is keeping children in high school. Your support is urgently needed!
 
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Bowling with Buddies April 18

Support kids with special needs!

RSVP by April 8

The Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove, in partnership with the Commission for Residents with Disabilities, will host Bowling for Buddies on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Bowlero, 350 McHenry Road, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. This is an exciting opportunity for children in 4th through 12th grades with special needs to enjoy a fun activity in a family-style environment.  Participants will receive free bowling, pizza, chicken fingers and refreshments.  Click here to register for this fun event!  
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BG Rotary Mourns the Loss of Dennis Gilbert

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Our sincere condolences extend to the family of friend and fellow Rotarian Dennis Gilbert, who passed on Monday, November 13.  Dennis had been a member of our club since 1999, donating his time and talents to many local initiatives.  Dennis's family has asked that memorials be made in his name to the Foundation of the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove.  To make a donation, please click the link below.
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Fundraiser to Benefit Asociación Ak'Tenamit

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Learn More About Our Humanitarian Efforts in Guatemala

Join us for a fun and informative evening as we welcome Steve Dudenhoefer, the founder of Ak’ Tenamit, and Graciela Coy, the president of Ak’ Tenamit, at a celebratory dinner on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Continental Restaurant. 
 
 
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Duck Race Winners!

Congratulations to our winners!

Were you a winner at this year's Rotary Duck Race?!?!  See below for the winning names and numbers!
 
 
Congratulations to all of our winners, and thank you to everyone who supported this year's race!  Your  contributions are spent right here in the Buffalo Grove community for those in need, to support youth enrichment and to provide great events for our entire community.
 
Also, thank you to our sponsors!  If you frequent any of these local businesses, tell them THANK YOU for supporting Rotary!
 
Shorewood Development Group
Arthur J. Gallagher
Waste Management
Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc.
Buffalo Grove Bank & Trust
WRB, LLC
Vicarious Productions
Burdeen's Jewelry
Deenie Pomilia, RE/MAX
Creekside Dental
ConnexionES
Arlington Heights Ford
Legat Architects
 
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Our District 6440 Vocational Scholarship Award Winner

Posted by Martha Weiss
Due to the generosity of one of the clubs in our District, District 6440 was able to award 15 Scholarships, in the amount of $1,500 each, to worthy candidates who will be attending less than a four-year university.
 
Our club recognized Jacob Cullen, a recent Stevenson graduate, as a winner of a District 6440 Vocational Scholarship to help him with his tuition at the Universal Technical Institute in Lisle in the fall.  He will concentrate in automotive technology. In this photo are past president AAron Appell, Jacob, and New Generations Chair Martha Weiss.  Congratulations Jacob!   
 
 
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Our Club is Growing!

Posted by Martha Weiss
Our club inducted a new member, Dan Davis, the co-owner/office manager of Weed Man Lawn Care. In this photo are past president Aaron Appell, Dan, Dan's sponsor Deenie Pomilia and Membership Chair Deb Smith. 
Welcome Dan!
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2017 Buffalo Grove Golf Classic presented by C.D.E. Collision Centers

Join Your Friends and Neighbors to Support a Good Cause!

 

Register now to participate in or sponsor the 2017 Buffalo Grove Golf Classic on May 17, 2017 at the Arboretum Club!  Proceeds from this fun-filled event benefit the Special Leisure Services Foundation and the Foundation of the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove.  To register for this event, visit the SLSF events page, or contact Nanette Sowa at 847-392-2848, ext. 255 or e-mail nsowa@nwsra.org.

Sponsored by C.D.E. Collision Centers

 
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You Can Help End Polio

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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2017 Guatemala Mission Program

 
The Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove will sponsor two mission trips to Ak' Tenamit, Guatemala during the month of March, to complete work in support of Association Ak' Tenamit, a grassroots organization dedicated to providing healthcare, education and tourism development opportunities for the indigenous people of Guatemala.  Stay tuned to our web site and social media to see our progress in pursuing Rotary's mission throughout the world!
 
For more information on the Ak' Tenamit program, visit their website.  Click here to donate to the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove's Ak' Tenamit program in memory of Virginia Legge.
 
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Meet One of our Newer Members

One of our newer members is Cristen Carlson, who is the manager of Grove Animal Hospital and Holistic Center where her husband is the veterinarian.  They purchased the practice at the corner of Highway 83 and Buffalo Grove Road in Buffalo Grove in 2012 and have quickly developed it into a holistic center for dogs, cats and equine patients. Appointments  include an integrative approach bridging both conventional medicine and all realms of holistic treatment.  Cristen's husband and daughter also attended our meeting.  Welcome Cristen!
 
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Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove Community Grants

 

The Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove is pleased to offer Rotary Community Grants to organizations that affect the community of Buffalo Grove and its inhabitants. The Rotary Community Grant will provide funding for projects and causes that contribute to the success of the local community with the objective of making ours a better place to live and work. One-time grants of up to $2500 are given to efforts that have the potential to provide visible, long-term, sustainable benefits for community members.

Does your organization help build our community?

Applicants must be organizations with a clear mission and a structured leadership. Charitable or non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation are encouraged to apply, though this designation is not a requirement to qualify. Faith-based non-profit organizations may qualify, provided their proposed project is for the benefit of the community as a whole rather than just the members of their congregation or organization.

Projects must be initiated by the applying non-profit organization and contribute to Rotary's focus on community service, which includes projects and activities taken to improve life in the Buffalo Grove area.

An effective project or cause should do more than just offer a quick fix for problems. The most effective service projects

· Respond to real issues

· Improve community members’ lives

· Are based on a realistic assessment of available resources

· Aim for specific goals and objectives with measurable results

· Build effective networks

· Empower people and communities

Click here to access the fillable application for the grant.  The deadline is May 25, 2016.

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President Elect Dane Attended PETS training

 
 
President Elect Dane attended the recent 2016-17 President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) at the Westin Itasca.  He said he truly appreciated the Club’s support as he heads into the presidency, and the seminar reminded him of how much the cub has to be thankful for and to accomplish in the coming year! 
 

         

 

He was grateful that he was able to make such a sizable donation to the 2016-17 PETS Service Project and thanked the club members' generous donations.   He delivered more than $350 in food and toiletries, as well as tons of backpacks, t-shirts and other items donated by each of you!  Many Rotarians come up to him in amazement of the giant cart of donations – and sent their gratitude to the Buffalo Grove club for being so generous.  A huge thank you goes out to each and every club member for helping out with this great cause!

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Our Club Members In Guatemala

Our club members and their family members completed their service trip to Ak' Tenamit in Guatemala and in 4 days a 20x40 tech center was constructed from scratch, 10 work benches and 8 picnic tables were built, they interacted with over 200 students who had the opportunity to learn English and learn to build, and over 80 patients were seen by Dr. Collins and his beautiful wife, his assistant. In 2 days they hiked over 6 miles to deliver over 65 solar lights and over 15 water filters to villages without electricity or clean water. What an impact 22 amazing individuals made in Guatemala. Thank you all for your generous donations. 
 
 
                                                                                                                                                          
 
   
 
                                              
                 
 
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Kyle Legge Receives a Paul Harris Fellow

In gratitude for Kyle Legge's dedication to Rotary, he received a Paul Harris Fellow from contributions from his dad, Stephen, and from Youth Exchange Officer Martha Weiss.  Kyle is our outbound exchange student leaving for Taiwan next month.  Congratulations Kyle!
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Installation of New Club Officers and Awards Given Out June 30

The club had our installation dinner at the Arboretum Club on June 30.  Our new officers for the Rotary year 2015-16 are:
President Aaron Appell, Past President Quintin Sleigh, President-Elect Dane Bragg, Secretary Ryan Risinger, Treasurer Brian Shepard and Members at Large Andy Spetter, Stephen Legge and Dan Wolf.  Congratulations and thank you for your commitment to our club!  Al Viehman was the recipient of the Bill Reid Award, and Adriane Johnson was named the Rotarian of the Year.  Shawn Collins was inducted as a new member (shown here being congratulated by his wife, Past President Pam), and Darren Boundy became a Paul Harris fellow.  Ernie Karge and Glenn Meier were recognized for their perfect attendance since they became members of the club (Glenn in 1978 and Ernie the following year).  We also celebrated because it was Ernie's birthday!  Thank you to Past District Governor Bill Ferreira for acting as a wonderful MC for the evening.  Magician Dennis DeBondt was also very entertaining.  A great night for our club!
 
 
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A Message from the President

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A Message from the President:
 
Have you ever wondered how you can have a positive impact in your community and around the world, all at the same time?  Look no further than the service opportunities available in the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove.  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.
 
If you live or work within the Buffalo Grove area, please feel free to contact us to learn more about membership. We are very proud of our newly implemented mentoring program to support a smooth transition and collaborative environment within the club.
 
I am honored to serve as the 2016-17 President of our club and look forward to continuing the growth and development of the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove. Come join us and see what Rotary means to you!
 
In service,             
Dane Bragg  

  

 

        

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A Message from the President:

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove, we 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 is looking forward to celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. As an organization we are committed to service locally as well as internationally. Buffalo Grove Days various events including BINGO, Pancake Breakfast, Duck Race; Art Festival, Literacy Launch at local elementary schools, Winter Food Baskets and AK’ Tenamit project in Guatemala are just a few of our service projects. We always welcome the opportunity to have new members join the club to strengthen our partnership within the community.

If you live or work within the Buffalo Grove area, please feel free to contact us to learn more about membership. We are very proud of our newly implemented mentoring program to support a smooth transition and collaborative environment within the club.

I am honored to be the 2013-2014 President of this organization and look forward to continuing the many fine traditions of the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove.

Yours in Service,

Pam Kibbons

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The student whose education in Guatemala our club sponsors

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Here is Evelyn, a student at Ak Tenimit in Guatemala, a boarding school that Rotary District 6440 supports both financially and through hands on projects.  Also with Evelyn are President Stephen and club members Dan, Bill and Michael on their January, 2013 trip to the school.

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Our former Ambassadorial Scholar Steve Solomon

Posted by Martha Weiss
Our former Ambassadorial Scholar, Steve Solomon, was our speaker at a recent meeting and detailed how Rotary and our club's support has changed his life and opened many doors for him.  He is currently employed by the Rotary International Foundation.
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Our Club Participates in Youth Exchange

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Our club is the proud sponsoring club of two rebound students.  Kristen (on the left) had her Rotary exchange in Argentina, and McKaela (middle) had her adventure in France.  Our club, along with the Wheeling Club, proudly hosted Nico from Chile last year.  Please contact us to learn more about this exciting opportunity to either become an exchange student, or host one.
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