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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FCEG’s Mission: “to promote, support, and improve cycling in Elk Grove”
The Friends of Cycling in Elk Grove (FCEG) is a group of dedicated cycling advocates and enthusiasts from Elk Grove Village and the surrounding area that simply want people to ride bikes more often – to school, to work, for errands, for exercise, and for enjoyment! We’re working with Mayor Johnson and the Village, the Park District, residents, and local businesses to make Elk Grove and the surrounding area more bike-friendly. We offer bike-friendly events, volunteer opportunities, and group rides for cyclists of all abilities. More information about FCEG, including a calendar of events, can be found at
Pictured above is Kitty Weiner and Richard Jorgensen MD, DuPage County Coroner.  Dr. Jorgensen visited our club today to raise awareness of the heroin epidemic that is over taking the DuPage and Cook Counties. In 2015, more people died from heroin overdose than car crashes. Thanks to Dr. Jorgensen, Elk Grove Village police officers are have Narcan available to them to help save lives.  
Don't miss your chance to win Blackhawks raffle prizes in this year's Rotaryfest raffle.  Pictured here is Mary Ellen Larson, Rotaryfest Raffle Chair with 2 of the prizes to be won.  Be sure to buy your raffle tickets at the fest, or through any Elk Grove Rotary Club Rotarian or you can visit, inquiry tab.  If you or a business you know would like to make a donation to our raffle, please contact Mary Ellen Larson or any club member.  All proceeds from Rotaryfest go to giving back to qualifying programs within our community.
Long time Elk Grove Rotarian, past president and current Honorary Rotarian, Chuck Schwab visited our club to update us on his battle against Parkinson's Disease. Chuck has been diagnosed with Parkinson's for several years now and has taken an aggressive course to try and slow the progression of the disease. Chuck is extremely active with the American Parkinson Disease Association constantly speaking at different venues to raise awareness as well as funds to fight the disease. There is still a lot to be learned about this horrible disease. Parkinson's is very often misdiagnosed and is very different for each individual affected. Chuck also brought Ricki Chaidez, the Program Director for APDA of the Midwest Chapter. Ricki also filled the club in on some interesting facts regarding Parkinson's as well as left us with information regarding the walk which will take place in the fall. Visit for details.
The Elk Grove Rotary Club is proud to present the 4th Annual Rotary Fest Car Show.  The show will be held on Friday Night June 16, 2017.  The show will be from 7:00-9:00 pm adjacent to the festival on the high school athletic fields.  Friday night will be an awesome night to either show your car or to come over and see all the cool cars.  The festival will have great entertainment including Exit 147 and 16 Candles.  The fest also includes a large carnival as well as several food vendors.  If interested in showing your car please give Tony a call at 704-302-4397.
Elk Grove Police Chief Charles Walsh spoke at our Club this week.  He has served the Elk Grove community since 1991. He gave a community update on projects being worked on by our Elk Grove Police Department and many other updates surrounding our town.  We appriecate all the department does daily for our citizens as well as the support for Rotary Fest.
Elk Grove Rotary takes great pride in promoting Literacy.  The club reads to multiple class rooms in the surrounding area and donates a book bag filled with multiple items to promote literacy.  Each child is sent home with a bag similar to the one pictured above.
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)
Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade
When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...
Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
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...