Rotary Club of Elk Grove Village

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Elk Grove Village

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Jimmy's Charhouse
1180 W. Devon Avenue
Northeast Corner of Rohlwing & Devon
Elk Grove Village, IL  60007
United States
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Elk Grove Rotary club had a lunch celebrating the clubs 100% Paul Harris Designation.  The club was designated 100% several years back and the club strives to have each new member become a Paul Harris within their first year of membership.  Paul Harris is the founding father of Rotary International and to become a Paul Harris member is a true Honor.  The funds collected to become a Paul Harris help to Fund many Rotary Projects World Wide dealing with Hunger, clean water and education to name a few.
David Maska visited our Club and spoke on the PADS organization.  PADS provides over night accommodations, meals, and other amenities to individuals and families in need on a weekly basis.  Our Club presented a $2000 check in support of their location program with Christus Victor Church.  Pictured above is Mary Ellen Larsen, Club Member and PADS volunteer, David Maska, and Club President, Kitty Weiner.  
Elk Grove Rotary Fest is happy to announce that the entertainment for 2017 has been secured and it will be a great time.  Wednesday will be The Rob Post Band.  Thursday will be Cowboy Juke Box followed by 7th Heaven.  Friday night will be Exit 147 Followed by 16 Candles.  Saturday will be Recycle the Day, Hillbilly Rockstarz, and High Infidelity.  Sunday will be the Twisters and Fortunate Sons.  The fest will be Wednesday June 14 until Sunday June 18 so mark your calendars  and we hope to see you there. Go to for additional information.
Elk Grove Rotary club has passed out well over $200,000 in scholarships since the club started handing them out many years ago.  This year the club will be distributing over $10,000.  Pictured above are some of the past winners which used their scholarships to attend colleges as well as some Rotarians.  It is once again that time of year for graduating students to apply for the Elk Grove Rotary scholarship.  If you or someone you know is a current Elk Grove Resident and graduating from High School in 2017 you should apply for the scholarship.  The application and the rules can be found at  Applications must be turned in prior to February 24, 2017.  Once received the committee will review and interview the few chosen applicants to determine the winners.  
The Interact Club from Mead Junior High completed its first of two visits to the Elk Grove Rotary Club. The Interact Club provided a presentation on their community service efforts since school has been in session.  Interact plays a integral role in the school and the community. The Club manages the food pantry, raises funds for financially challenged families to provide Christmas presents over the holidays and they are in charge of marketing upcoming dances and other school initiatives.  This club provides these services on a volunteer basis to help keep their school and community healthy.  Thanks for all you do, Interact!!  This group of young leaders are also learning the values of the Rotary Foundation and The Elk Grove Rotary Club supports Interact by offering a representative that acts as a liaison as well as financial assistance for miscellaneous projects.
Ben Pohl was our guest speaker today.  He told his personal story as it relates to the dangers of distracted driving. He's doing good bringing awareness to this highly sensitive subject that takes many lives every year.  Pictured above is Ben and Club President Elect, Steve Pickett. 
The Elk Grove Rotary Club is proud to support the Elk Grove Park District Parks Foundation by riding to raise money.  Club President Kitty Weiner came out to ride on her birthday!  
The Elk Grove Rotary Club is proud to provide a holiday lunch for our community seniors.  This is one of the best events our club hosts all year.  Fun and Festivities was had by all. 
Elk Grove Rotary Club is proud to support the building of a public restroom in India.  Project will be finished shortly with our club's support. 
Congratulations to Dawn Cunningham!  She was the winner of the custom Blackhawks jersey from the Rotaryfest Raffle. She was very surprised and happy to get her prize.  She's is pictured above with Rotaryfest Chair Bill Marston who presented her with the prize. 
Mayor Craig B. Johnson and the Village Board surprised Elk Grove Rotary President Kitty Weiner and members of the club with a huge Banner naming the area Rotary Green.  Oh and did I mention this was in front of 20,000 people just prior the the Villages Mid Summer Classic Concert Series which included Foreigner.  This was an incredible honor to name the area Rotary Green .  This is the same area that the Elk Grove Rotary Club has held the annual Rotary Fest for many years.  The Rotary Club has always been very active with in the community contributing back thousands of dollars every year.  (picture by Emil Schiavo)
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...