Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 28, 2019
Rotary District 6440 Assistant Governor to our club John Allen Boryk inducts Leigh Ferstein as the New Elk Grove Rotary President on June 27, 2019.  Leigh will serve as President of the club now until June 30, 2020.  Leigh is excited for the opportunity to lead the club over the next year.
New President Leigh Ferstein Bill Beaupre 2019-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 28, 2019
Elk Grove Rotary Club held its annual President Installation at Granite City in Schaumburg.  Bill Beaupre finished his year as President to become the new Past President,  Leigh Ferstein is the new President and the New President Elect is Jesse Peterman. Also pictured is John Allen Boryk  Rotary District 6440 Assitant Governor to our club.
New President and President Elect for Elk Grove Rotary Club Bill Beaupre 2019-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 28, 2019
New President Leigh Ferstein present Bill Beaupre with the traditional golden gavel as a thanks for his past year serving as President of the Club.  Bill is extremely proud of the clubs accomplishments during the year.  Bill was grateful for the clubs willingness to support his efforts of becoming People Of Action.  The club supported many local service projects including Art with A Child's Voice, Walk For Wishes, Packages For Patriots, Feed My Starving Children, Senior Holiday Lunch, Reading to local school children and handing out books.
Thank You Bill Beaupre For Past Year as President Bill Beaupre 2019-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 28, 2019
The Elk Grove Rotary President Bill Beaupre Presents Brian Pfister with the Rotarian of the year Award.  Brian has only been a Rotarian for about three years but already lives his life the Rotary way and believes in the moto Service Above Self.  Brian was head of the International Committee and helped with the Sponsorship of the Rotary Fest.  Brian was also very active in the clubs service projects supporting things like Walk For Wishes and Packages for Patriots.  Congratulations Brian.
Elk Grove Rotary Rotarian Of The Year goes to Brian Pfister Bill Beaupre 2019-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 24, 2019
Rotary Fest 2019 was a great time for all.  The fest included great entertainment, excellent food and a fun carnival.  Weather was a little up and down this year but was still a fun time for all.  Sunday night concluded the event with Fireworks.
Rotary Fest 2019 Bill Beaupre 2019-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 24, 2019
The Elk Grove Rotary Fest Car Show was moved from Saturday to Sunday because of the storms that rolled through.  Sunday was a chilly but a perfect day for a car show.  There were several cars that showed up to make it a great day.  There were five categories and Five champions.  VFW, The Mayor, Rotary Club, Elk Grove High School Students as well as the fans picked the five winners.
Rotary Fest Car Show 2019 Bill Beaupre 2019-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 13, 2019
The Elk Grove Rotary has a tradition of almost thirty years of hosting a lunch for local children signed up with NWSRA and NEDSRA.  These are two special recreation organizations that give children with challenges an opportunity to get out and enjoy many different experiences.  On June 12, three hundred kids and counselors visited the Rotary Fest Grounds for a lunch donated by Tasty Catering and Dilly Bars donated by Dairy Queen of Elk Grove.  We also invited the organization Costumers with a Cause to entertain the kids.  The Kids then went on the rides for a couple of hours.  The kids look forward to this event every year and had a blast.
Rotary Club Hosts Lunch for 300 Kids Bill Beaupre 2019-06-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 07, 2019
Happy Birthday to the Rotarians celebrating their Birthdays in June.  Pictured Below John Bourke, Brian Pfister, Bill Beaupre and Steve Pickett.  Not Pictured is Nick Olsen.
Happy Birthday Bill,John, Steve and Brian Bill Beaupre 2019-06-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 07, 2019
Da Fish Guy, Steve Silic was kind enough to stop by lunch and fill us in on the incredible Musky population in Busse Woods Forest Preserve.  Steve is the Cook County Forest Preserve Fish Biologist.  The Forest Preserve has been releasing an Illinois breed of Musky into the Busse Woods reservoir since 2007.  Approximately 800 12-14 inch Musky per year.  The population has thrived and there are several 40 plus Musky in the waters today.
"Da Fish Guy", Steve Silic Joins us for Lunch Bill Beaupre 2019-06-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on May 31, 2019
Steve Schmidt was the guest speaker at our regular Rotary Lunch.  Steve is an Honorary Rotarian of the Club after being an active member for several years prior.  Steve is the retired Elk Grove Police Chief and is the newly elected Trustee.  Steve is extremely active in the Sister City's and is still a teacher at Harper College.
Honorary Rotarian Steve Schmidt Visits Club Bill Beaupre 2019-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Fest Car Show 2019 Bill Beaupre 2019-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on May 24, 2019
It's that time of year again and Rotary fest is fast approaching and once again the Rotary Fest Car Show will be a highlight of the event.  The Car show will take place on Saturday afternoon June 15 form 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm.  There is a $20 entry fee for cars which will go to help the Mead Jr. High and Elk Grove Town Ship Food Pantries.  Each Car entered will get a raffle ticket and a have a chance to win some great prizes including a Black Hawks Corey Crawford signed Puck.  If you do not have a car stop by have some fun and help vote for a winner.  Check out the trophies below.  There are five judges this year including Mayor Johnson, VFW, Elk Grove Rotary Club, Elk Grove High School,  and the Fan Favorite.  This is a fun event for all.  More info at elkgroverotary.com
Calling All Cars!  The Auto Show is Back Bill Beaupre 2019-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on May 10, 2019
President Bill Beaupre surprised Scholarship recipient Jack McCabe at a local McDonalds with his award.  The whole place really got a kick out of it. Congratulations Jack and Good Luck in the Future.
Surprise! Here's Your Scholarship Bill Beaupre 2019-05-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on May 10, 2019
Rotarian/Elk Grove High School Principal Paul Kelly and Rotarian/Elk Grove High School Assistant Principal Bob Murphy both showed up at the annual scholarship dinner to show support for the students. Pictured with Elk Grove Rotary President Bill Beaupre.
 
Murphy and Kelly Show Support Bill Beaupre 2019-05-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on May 10, 2019
Elk Grove Rotary awards almost $10,000 to local high school seniors preparing to go to college.  This year there were six lucky winners of the Rotary scholarships.  Students must live in Elk Grove Village but could attend any high school.  This years winners attended Elk Grove High School, Conant High School as well as Fenwick High School.  Congratulations and Good Luck!  Pictured below are the five winners and members of the Rotary Scholarship committee.
Elk Grove Rotary Hands Out Almost $10,000 Bill Beaupre 2019-05-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on May 03, 2019
Elk Grove Rotary welcomed another new member at the Regular lunch.  Sonia Tambellini is the Branch Manager for the MB Bank soon to be Fifth Third Bank located on Higgins in Elk Grove Village.  Pictured below is Elk Grove Rotarian/ Assistant District Governor in District 6440 Kitty Weiner placing the traditional Rotary Pin on Sonia during the induction ceremony.
New Member Sonia Tambellini Bill Beaupre 2019-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on May 03, 2019
The Elk Grove Rotary club sponsors two Interact Clubs.  A new one this year is at Grove Junior High and one we have sponsored for several years is at Mead Junior High.  The Mead club visited our lunch to tell us all of the great things they have done this year.  They have done several different fund raisers to help a variety of causes as well as a food drive and had an outing to Feed My Starving Children.  The kids are incredible and really get what Rotary is and already believe in the Moto Service above Self.  We are also really fortunate to have such a nice support system of teachers and staff that also believe and give their time to the club.  The two Intertact clubs did a special fund raiser to raise $250 each and Mead actually raised $300. Elk Grove Rotary Club contributed another $500 so we could send $1050 to Shelter Box to help people with necessary supplies in a disaster.
Mead Interact Visits Club Bill Beaupre 2019-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Apr 26, 2019
Pastor Mike Gates talked at a recent lunch about the missionary trips his church supports to Guatemala.  His good friends Ken and Sue Weslander have been leading these trips for many many years.  They go there every year with adults one year and with young adults the next.  The group does many things to improve the lives of people there including bringing important life things like shoes for the children.  They also do many things there like construction and visiting and supporting local schools.  The Elk Grove Rotary Club was pleased to support their mission with a check from the club.
 
Pastor Gates talks Guatemala Bill Beaupre 2019-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Apr 26, 2019
Samantha and Vanessa from Roback's Truck and Auto stopped by our regular lunch with a check to become a new Rotary Fest Sponsor.  Elk Grove Rotary Fest will run from June 12-16 and is the clubs big fund raiser.  
 
Roback's Truck & Auto Sponsors Fest Bill Beaupre 2019-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Apr 22, 2019
Elk Grove Rotary club had a fellowship outing to to visit Uncle Julio's in Schaumburg.  The food was excellent and the night was fun for all.  The highlight of the evening were the chocolate pinata's.   Additional pictures of the evening can be found on the lower left side of our website
Rotary Visit's Uncle Julio's Bill Beaupre 2019-04-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Apr 16, 2019
Mayor Johnson Stopped by the club to have lunch and tell us about all the great stuff going on in the village.  Mayor Johnson always up to having a good time helped with an old Johnny Carson Skit.  Questions were sealed and Elk Grove Rotary President Bill Beaupre guessed the answers prior to opening.  Needless to say Mayor Johnson's Answers were much better.  The Club learned about the benefits of the Bahama Bowl.  The incredible progress of the new Tech Park which includes 29 Elk.  The 30th is in the Developers office.  Learned about developments on some of the properties around town and many other topics as well.  Mayor Johnson is now the longest serving President/Mayor in Elk Grove Village History.
 
Mayor Johnson Attends Rotary Lunch Bill Beaupre 2019-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Apr 04, 2019
The club celebrated President Elect Leigh Ferstein's Birthday at the recent club lunch.
 
Happy Birthday Leigh! Bill Beaupre 2019-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Apr 04, 2019
Jayne Wilkins-Scott visited the club to share all of the great things School Dist 59 Foundation does to help children to enhance their education.  A very interesting thing is that in Jayne's first year of teaching at Lively Junior High here in Elk Grove she had a wonderfully bright student.  Yep you guessed it that student was me.  So pictured below is me and my Eighth Grade Teacher
School Dist 59 Foundation Donation Bill Beaupre 2019-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Apr 04, 2019
Pictured below Rotarian Rosanna Defrenza is pinning new member Davis Crowell as President Bill Beaupre and new member Elliott Etheredge watch.
 
Serve Pro officially became members of The Elk Grove Rotary Club at the regular lunch meeting on April 4, 2019.  Owner Elliott Etheredge and the Business Development Manager Davis Crowell were on hand for the celebration.  ServePro are remediation specialists for Fire and water cleanup and restoration.
ServePro Installed as New Members  Bill Beaupre 2019-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 21, 2019
Cook County Wild Life Biologist Chris Anchor came to the Elk Grove Rotary Club lunch to discuss his incredible ongoing study of the local Coyote.  Chris Anchor manages one of the best Coyote studies in North America  with over 1200 coyotes part of the study and spanning almost 4 decades.  When Chris started back in the early 80's there were virtually no Coyotes in the area now there are Coyotes across the county including residential neighborhoods and even a family living by Navy Pier.
 
Anchor Talks Coyote Bill Beaupre 2019-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 15, 2019
The club recently celebrated Rotarian's Birthdays in March.  There is only one and that is Bob Naumann.  Happy Birthday Bob!
 
Happy Birthday Bob! Bill Beaupre 2019-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 15, 2019
Elk Grove Fire Chief Rich Mikel visited the club for lunch to tell us all about the exciting news in the village.  You may recognize the Chief because he was recently named 2018 Fire Chief of The Year by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association.  Chief talked about the incredible new stations being built and how they are on time and in budget.  Chief also talked about the importance of Carbon Monoxide detectors and the dangers of the odourless gas.
 
EG Fire Chief Speaks at Club Bill Beaupre 2019-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 08, 2019
 
Elk Grove Rotarian Dawn Cunningham presented a donation to Jennifer Zielinski from Fair Counseling.  Jennifer is a counselor for Fair Counseling located in Schaumburg IL.  Fair Counseling is a community of people dedicated to helping families, teens and young adults experiencing mental health and substance abuse issues.  They are changing lives and restoring families.
 
Fair Counseling Bill Beaupre 2019-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 28, 2019
Rotarian Bill Marston is presenting a $1000 check to Ricki Chaidez, the Chapter Program Director American Parkinson's Disease Association in the midwest.  There are over 1,000,000 Americans and 10,000,000 world wide living with this terrible disease.  The disease is mostly recognized by the shaking of hands or the slowness of movement but can effect each person differently and will normally get worse over time.  
 
American Parkinson's Disease Association Bill Beaupre 2019-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 28, 2019
 
Betsy Boswell and Pastor Cerna Rand presented a certificate of appreciation to Elk Grove Rotary President Bill Beaupre for the donation the club had made to the back pack program that supplies food to children in need at Byrd school in Elk Grove Village
 
Food Back Packs at Byrd School Bill Beaupre 2019-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 22, 2019
Jeff Miller stopped by the club to tell his incredible story of survival from a plane crash in 1989.  30 years ago Jeff was on United flight 232 from Denver to Chicago when a rear engine blew and they were diverted to Sioux City Iowa for a crash landing.  The hydraulics for the plane were completely inoperable and the chance for any type of landing was slim.  The Pilot did an incredible job getting with in second of landing he aircraft when the wing clipped the runway and the plane somersaulted down the runway.  The plan was a large DC-10 with around 300 people on board with more than half not making it.  Only 13 walked away with no injuries and Jeff Miller was one of them.  Jeff truly feels blessed and has an incredible out look on life.  pictured below Mike Gate (Rotarian ), Jeff Miller, Bill Beaupre(Rotarian).
 
Survival From United Flight 232 Crash Bill Beaupre 2019-02-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 22, 2019
Elk Grove Rotary Club took the time to visit the organization Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg.  This is a great organization that provides nutrition to children all over the world.  The club along with other volunteers there that night packed 164 boxes which is 35,424 meals and will feed 97 children for one year.  The club also made a $500 donation to the organization.  Special thanks to (R)Bill Beaupre his wife Cathy and son Austin, (R)Bob Naumann and his two sons Gabriel and Josiah, (R)Steve Pickett, his two sons Jeremiah and Joshua, JoEllen Pickett, (R)Brian Pfister, (R)Cheri Dial, (R)Bill Marston, and (R)John Bourke.  *(R)Rotarian  Pictured below President Bill Beaupre and Lauren from Feed My Starving Children
 
 
Feed My Starving Children Bill Beaupre 2019-02-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 14, 2019
Happy Birthday to Rotarians Cheri Dial and Bob Murphy.  They both celebrated Birthdays in February.
Happy Birthday Cheri and Bob Bill Beaupre 2019-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 07, 2019
Elk Grove Rotary's Dawn Cunningham is presenting a donation check to Suzanne Ploger from the organization Journeys The Road Home.  This is a wonderful organization that is committed to ending homelessness with many supportive services and an emergency shelter program.  They are best know for the PADS program but also offer things like mental health counseling, job search assistance, weekly medical care and travel vouchers to name a few.
Journeys The Road Home Bill Beaupre 2019-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 25, 2019
 
Fellowship Housing visited our regular lunch meeting to tell us a little about the organization and to receive a donation form our club.  Fellowship housing helps many individuals in the area primarily single moms that may be need a little help.  The organization helps provide a safe place will getting back on their feet.
 
Fellowship Housing Visits Club Bill Beaupre 2019-01-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 25, 2019
Deputy Cook County Defender Peter Parry stopped by the club to tell us a little about the office of Cook County Public Defender.  Peter has been in the department for many years and is one of over 400 public defenders.  Peter is responsible for many tasks and oversees about 150 of the defenders.  Peter is extremely passionate about making certain that every person young or old rich or poor gets a defense.  Peter shared many of the changes in the last several years regarding an individuals rights to a public defender.  One of the recent changes includes a public defender available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.  The arrested person simply needs to say I'm done talking and want an attorney.  The person can then call 1-844-817-4448 and have representation there in a moments time. 
 
Deputy Cook County Defender Peter Parry Bill Beaupre 2019-01-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 11, 2019
 
Rotary Governor 6440 Julie Clark stopped by the club for the annual visit.  The district is doing well and has been very active helping local clubs secure funds for many projects.  Julie is a good friend of the club and is a member of the nearby Schaumburg-Hoffman club.
 
 
 
 
Governor Julie Clark Visits Club Bill Beaupre 2019-01-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jan 03, 2019
 
Elk Grove Rotary Club recently celebrated Evan Nolan's Birthday during the weekly meeting at Jimmy's Charhouse.
Happy Birthday Evan  Bill Beaupre 2019-01-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Dec 20, 2018
Elk Grove Rotary Club celebrated 3 more Birthdays for December with a delicious cake from Jarosch.  Happy Birthday to Jesse, Frank and Kitty.
Happy Birthday! Bill Beaupre 2018-12-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Dec 20, 2018
Elk Grove Rotary Club has been visiting the Hattendorf Senior Center located in Elk Grove Village for many years.  The Club feeds the members a wonderful Turkey lunch with all the fixins and then they enjoy a delicious Jarosch Cake for dessert.  Entertainment was provided by Andrew Blenderful.  The group was very luck to have the Rotary Club sing a couple of Christmas Carols.
Senior Lunch 2018 Bill Beaupre 2018-12-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Dec 20, 2018
Elk Grove Rotary and the new Grove Jr. High Interact showed up to help pack 53 boxes to send to the active Military around the world.  The club also made a donation to help pay for the postage of the 53 boxes.  Packages for Patriots is a great organization that send packages out every month to our brave men and women.
Rotary Packs for Patriots Bill Beaupre 2018-12-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Dec 20, 2018
Elk Grove Rotary made three donations at a recent Lunch. Dave with Pads helps the homeless with shelter and food, Pastor Cerna with Prince of Piece provides back packs of food for a local Elk Grove school, and Pastor Mike who helps the homeless with shelter and food.  
Rotary makes another Donation Bill Beaupre 2018-12-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 10, 2018
The Elk Grove Rotary Club was invited to the Castle by the Queen for a Tournament and Feast.  The night was filled with incredible entertainment and of course eating with our hands.  This was an awesome night of fellowship for friends and family.
Christmas at the Castle  Bill Beaupre 2018-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 20, 2018
Elk Grove Rotary President Bill Beaupre took time out of his day to read to the children at Child's Voice.  The kids enjoyed listening to the books and were thrilled to find out each one got a new book to take home compliments of the Elk Grove Rotary Club.
 
 
Elk Grove Rotary Reads to Child's Voice Bill Beaupre 2018-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 20, 2018
Elk Grove Rotary President Bill Beaupre took time out of his day to stop by and read to some third grade Students for Literacy day.  The club also donated the book "The Chocolate Touch" to all of the students.  
Elk Grove Rotary Literacy Day Bill Beaupre 2018-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 19, 2018
John McCabe Director of Resource Management for the Forest Preserve of Cook County visited the club to discuss the use of Prescribed Burns.  The Prescribed burns are an important part of maintaining the Forest Preserve.  The burns help to eliminate invasive species and encourage the growth of native plants.  
John McCabe Visits Rotary Bill Beaupre 2018-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 19, 2018
Elk Grove Rotary President Bill Beaupre presents Principal John Harrington with the official certificate of organization showing the New Interact Club for Grove Jr. High established October 24, 2018.  Elk Grove Rotary also sponsors a club at Mead Jr. High as well.  Interact is a service club for youth 12-18 years of age who want to connect with other young people and have fun while serving their community and learning about the world.
New Grove Jr. High Interact Bill Beaupre 2018-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 08, 2018
Rotarian Brian Pfister presents a donation check of $1000 to Ross Spencer of ShelterBox.  ShelteBox is an incredible organization that sends shelter and supplies immediately to disaster zones.  The ShleterBox could include a tent, cooking supplies, blankets, solar light as well as activity kits for children. There are many many items in the ShelterBox.  Elk Grove Rotary Club has been a supporter of the organization for the past 10 Years.
ShelterBox Disaster Relief Bill Beaupre 2018-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 08, 2018
Happy Birthday Pastor Gates.  Mike Gates has been a Rotarian for several years and is the Pastor at Living Hope Church on Meacham in Elk Grove Village.  The Cake is presented to Mike by fellow Rotarians Rosanna Defrenza and Dawn Cunningham.
Happy Birthday Pastor Gates Bill Beaupre 2018-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 01, 2018
President Elect Leigh Ferstein presents Kate Bousum with a check to help out with the Child's Voice. Child's Voice's mission is to empower children with hearing loss to be successful in all educational and social settings by optimizing their listening, speaking and academic skills.
Child's Voice visits Rotary Bill Beaupre 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 26, 2018
Happy Birthday to Dawn Cunningham and Rod Pickett.  President Bill Beaupre holds the cake as the club sings Happy Birthday to the two Rotarian's which had Birthdays in October.
Happy Birthday Dawn and Rod Bill Beaupre 2018-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 26, 2018
Rotarian Evan Nolan presents Shelley Welch with a donation to Wings.  Shelley is the Sr. Manager of Annual Fund Giving for Wings.  Shelley took time to talk about Domestic Violence .  1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the US have been affected by domestic Violence.  7 million children in the US are affected by domestic violence.  The Chicago Police Department receives an average of 500 Domestic Violence calls each day.  Over 182,000 call a year.  Wings is a non-profit housing agency providing critical services to victims of domestic violence.  www.wingsprogram.com   847-519-7820
WINGS Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence Bill Beaupre 2018-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 18, 2018
NWSRA stands for North West Special Recreation Association.  It is a wonderful organization that helps children with challenges enjoy a wide range of activities.  Rachel and Nanette were kind enough to stop and fill us in on some of the cool stuff happening in the organization.  The Elk Grove Rotary Club has been a supporter of the organization for many years.  The club actually hosts an event for them every year at The Rotary fest.
NWSRA visits Rotary Lunch Bill Beaupre 2018-10-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shirlanne Lemm
Deputy Chief Nick Olsen(c) receives his 1st Paul Harris Fellow recognition from fellow Rotarian Bill Marston(l) and President Billy Beaupre(r). The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. 
Congratulations Deputy Chief Nick Olsen Shirlanne Lemm 2018-10-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 11, 2018
Mayor Craig B. Johnson stopped by lunch to proclaim October 24, 2018 World Polio Day in Elk Grove Village.  Polio Plus was started in 1985 to eradicate the horrible disease Polio.  Polio cases have dropped 99.9% since 1988 and the world is almost free of Polio.  The Rotary will continue its fight until the world is 100% Polio free.
Mayor Proclaims October 24, 2018 World Polio Day in Elk Grove Village Bill Beaupre 2018-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 01, 2018
Elk Grove Rotary recently supported the Make a Wish foundation and attended the Wish Walk in Busse Woods.  The walk is a major fund raiser for the Make a wish foundation.  The Foundation is a wonderful charity that grants wishes to kids that are suffering from illness.  Kids wishes are as simple as a new bike to as elaborate as a trip to the Bahamas.  Disneyland is certainly one of the most popular destinations.  One of the cool things about the walk are all of the characters that are invited.  We were lucky enough to get a picture with some of the characters from Star Wars.
Elk Grove Rotary Supports Make a Wish Bill Beaupre 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 28, 2018
Elk Grove Rotary spent the night at Hofbrauhaus in Rosemont celebrating Oktoberfest.  The night was filled with lots incredible German food and drinks.  It was a crazy night with dancing on the booths, getting on stage and of course the wooden paddles.
EG Rotary's Night Out At Hofbrauhaus  Bill Beaupre 2018-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 24, 2018
The Elk Grove Rotary Club once again volunteered at the Village Oktoberfest.  This is the third year of the event and once again it was a huge success.  Pictured above are Elk Grove Rotary President elect Leigh Ferstein, Mayor Craig Johnson and Volunteer JoEllen Pickett.
Village Oktoberfest 2018 Bill Beaupre 2018-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 21, 2018
The Elk Grove Rotary Club Sponsors an Interact Club at the local Junior High.  Interact is like a Rotary Club for younger children.  Three of the board members visited our club to give us an update on their goals for the year.
Mead Interact Visits Club Bill Beaupre 2018-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Sep 21, 2018
Elk Grove Rotary Club recently made a donation to the Mead Food Pantry.  Elk Grove Rotary Club helped start the food pantry several years back when the school district saw a need for the families in the district.  The total donation to the pantry was $1200 plus all of the food recently collected.
 
 
Donation to The Mead Food Pantry Bill Beaupre 2018-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Sep 14, 2018
Beth Mund was kind enough to visit or club to speak about the wonders of Space.  Beth has always had a love of space since she was a little girl and was privileged to work for NASA.  Beth is extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of space and everyone at lunch learned a little more about past current and future space programs.  The slide behind Beth actually showed all of the satellites and stuff in space currently orbiting the earth.
Beth Mund Space Geek Bill Beaupre 2018-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
Elk Grove Rotarian's George Bukowski, Rosanna Defrenza, and Dale Markay stand with  a wonderful Birthday Cake as the rest of the club attempts to sing.  These Rotarian's celebrated September Birthdays.  
Happy Birthday! Bill Beaupre 2018-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
Debra Nelson, Library Director, accepts a donation to the Elk Grove Public Library to help support the Fall Reading program.  Debra also shared so many exciting thing happening at the Public Library.  First of all west side residents as well as Village Businesses can enjoy the use of the Elk Grove Public Library.  The Library has many new things to rent out like hot spots, kindles and IPads.  They also have many art and craft projects for free to the residents.  Check out the library today!
Debra Nelson visits from Elk Grove Library Bill Beaupre 2018-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
The Food Box has now been moved to Berkshire Hathaway at the corner of Rohlwing and Nerge.  Rotarians Rosanna Defrenza and Bill Beaupre were there for the big reveal.  The food supports the Mead Food Pantry located at Mead Jr. High.  
Da Box Has Moved Again Bill Beaupre 2018-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
The Elk Grove Rotary Club will be placing a food collection box around town to help the Mead Food Pantry.  Pictured above is Club President Bill Beaupre and mb AVP/Banking Center Manager Sonia Tambellini.  The first location is at the mb Elk Grove Village located at 450 E. Higgins Rd.  Stop by and drop off some canned food and help the local food pantry.
Food Box Lands at First Location Bill Beaupre 2018-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Elk Grove Rotary President Bill Beaupre(pictured Left) is proud to introduce new Rotarian George Bukowski Jr. to the club on August 16, 2018.  George is the manager at the Local Dairy Queen and is excited to get involved and give back to the community.
New Member George Bukowski Jr. Bill Beaupre 2018-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
 
T.R. Johnson took time out of his busy day to stop by our lunch and discuss the Chicago BlackHawks upcoming season.  T.R has been with the BlackHawks for 10 years and has worked his way up to Senior Manager of Ticket sales and Service.  T.R. and the BlackHawks take great pride in providing top notch customer service to all of their guests.  
The BlackHawk's T.R. Johnson Visits the club Bill Beaupre 2018-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
Sonja Arnesen was kind enough to visit our club and share information about the wonderful organization called Make A Wish.  Dawn Cunningham presented Sonja with a donation for the club to walk in their upcoming fundraiser.
Make A Wish Walk in Busse Woods Bill Beaupre 2018-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Elk Grove Rotary President Bill Beaupre inducts new Member Niral Patel with his sponsor Bill Marston.  Niral was welcomed into the club during the weekly lunch on August 9, 2018.  Niral grew up in Elk Grove Village and is excited to be part of the club and give back to the community.  Niral is exceptional at web site design and analytic.
New Member Niral Patel Bill Beaupre 2018-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. Jesse Peterman has been a Elk Grove Rotarian for several years and is currently the Vocational Chair, Sergeant at Arms as well as the President Nominee.  Jesse grew up in Villa Park went to University of Illinois and Studied Biology Honors.  He graduated with distinction and went on to Illinois College of Optometry.  Jesse has worked at Lossman Eye Care Associates since 2007.  Jesse currently lives in Palatine with his Lovely wife of 12 years and their two boys.  
KYR-Know Your Rotarian- Dr.Jesse Peterman 2018-07-26 05:00:00Z 0
General Superintendent of the Cook County Forest Preserve Arnold Randall was kind enough to join the club for lunch and speak about the Forest Preserve.  Cook County Forest Preserve was established in 1915 and consists of 69,000 acres. The Forest Preserve's mission is to acquire, restore, and manage lands for the purpose of protecting and preserving open space with its natural wonders and allow the property to be used for education and recreation now and in the future.  The preserve has many uses like fishing, walking, running, biking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and even several places for Camping.  There are some incredible species in the preserve as well including Bald Eagles, Black Crowned Night Herons, and the River Otter.  Busse Woods is adjacent to Elk Grove Village and consists of 3500 acres and has a bike path over 11 miles long.
Arnold Randall Speaks at Club 2018-07-20 05:00:00Z 0
Several Elk Grove Rotarians Visited the local school called Child's Voice to help the students with an Art Project.  Pictured above are Rotarians Bill Marston and Rod Pickett.   The children thoroughly enjoyed the company of the Rotarians as they created different sports balls like baseballs, basketballs, tennis balls as well as footballs from paper plates.  Some of the students also were very creative and made some hand print art.  Additional pictures can be found here.
Art Project at Child's Voice 2018-07-13 05:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday to Cerna Rand, Grace Popovic and Bill Marston all celebrating birthdays in July. 
Happy Birthday to You 2018-07-11 05:00:00Z 0
New President Bill Beaupre hands Past President Steve Pickett the customary Golden Gavel as a token of the clubs appreciation for Steve's service as Club President for the 2017-2018 year.
Thank you Steve Pickett 2018-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
Elk Grove Rotarian John Bourke received the Service above self award recently at the clubs President Installation brunch.  John has taken on several roles for the club including acting as the clubs Secretary.  The Award is being presented by now Past President Steve Pickett.
Service Above self award goes to John Bourke 2018-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Bill Marston for another Rotarian of the Year Award.  Bill has been a Rotarian for more than 20 years and truly lives the Rotarian life.  Bill gives countless hours to the club all year but especially during Rotary Fest.  Bill was once again the Festival chairman and did and exceptional Job orchestrating another successful festival. Steve Pickett present Bill with the award at the recent Installation brunch.
Rotarian of the Year goes to Bill Marston 2018-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
New Club President Bill Beaupre shows off the painting of the founder of Rotary Mr. Paul Harris.  The painting will be prominently displayed in his office for the next year.  It has been a long standing tradition for the Elk Grove Rotary President to keep the painting for the year.  Past President Steve Pickett presented the painting to President Bill Beaupre at the President Installation held on June 28, 2018.
Paul Harris Painting is Home Again! 2018-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
Rotaryfest 2018 Steve Pickett 2018-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
Early to the fest Steve Pickett 2018-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
Commissioner Dan Patlak from the Cook County Board of Review speaks with the club.
 
Pictured: Bill Marston, Commissioner Patlak, Rod Pickett, Steve Pickett and Dawn Cunningham
Commissioner Dan Patlak Steve Pickett 2018-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
On Thursday, May 10 the Rotary Club of Elk Grove Village awarded college scholarships to 7 graduating high school seniors from Elk Grove Village.  Pictured with member of the club's scholarship committee are 2018 scholarship recipients Connor O'Hara, Nathaniel Beltran, Bailey Smola, Zoe Blomquist, Jacqueline Carlucci,  Elizabeth Mayfield, and Clare Herrig. Congratulations to all of our scholarship winners and best of luck in your college careers!
Scholarship Awards Dinner Jesse Peterman 2018-05-12 05:00:00Z 0
The Mead Interact club collected donations for care packages to send to men and women in the military. They packed 14 boxes.
Way to go Interact!
Mead Interact Care Packages 2018-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
Road Home Program at Rush 2018-04-12 05:00:00Z 0
 
The annual car show is just around the corner.  Last year was our biggest in many years.  Give us a call and enter your car or stop over and enjoy all of the cars in the show.
2018 Elk Grove Rotary Car Show 2018-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
The Elk Grove Rotary Club had the honor of having fellow Rotarian Talei Thompson come and discuss the secrets of becoming a good leader.  Talei also talked about his incredible success growing his Rotary club and becoming the fastest growing club in the area.
Talei Thompson 2018-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 08, 2018
 
Russ Stock is added as the newest member to the club.
 
Welcome Russ!
Russ Stock - New member Steve Pickett 2018-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 08, 2018
 
Pictured - Beth Mund, special guest and junior Rotarian Josiah Naumann and the International Space station
 
Beth Mund spoke about her time at Space Camp and working for NASA. She talked about what she had learned and how that has impacted her.
She also talked about the Shuttle program, the international Space Station, and Space-X.
Very cool! Her talk was way out there (a little space humor). Thanks Beth.
Beth Mund speaks about NASA Steve Pickett 2018-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 03, 2018
 
To close out our year, Deputy Chief Lance Harris met with and spoke on the state of the Department. Deputy Chief Harris shared the nature and challenges faced by the department, as well as changes and improvements helping the community and saving money! The new plans for Firehouse construction and consolidation were shared with the club. Thanks to Lance for a great presentation!
EG Fire Department Update Bill Marston 2018-01-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 26, 2017
 
The Mead Interact club buys presents for their giving tree. The club raises the money through projects they run at the school.
 
Great job guys!
Mead Interact Club buys presents Steve Pickett 2017-12-26 06:00:00Z 0
President Steve looks for new members.  Steve Pickett 2017-12-26 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shirlanne Lemm on Aug 29, 2017
Kate Bousum, Director of Advancement for Child’s Voice spoke about the amazing services Child’s Voice provides to empower children with hearing loss Since 1996, Child’s Voice has provided the services necessary to give children with hearing loss the tools they need to succeed in a hearing world. Founded by three families who wanted more for their children, Child’s Voice was created to be a school where children could learn to listen and verbally communicate. To learn more visit childsvoice.org.
Child's Voice  Shirlanne Lemm 2017-08-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shirlanne Lemm on Aug 01, 2017
What an informative and fun meeting!  Guest guest speaker Martin Konsor (r) shared tips on buying a car. He has been helping people buy cars since he was 12 years old. Tips included buying a car out of state, not negotiating and “leaving with purpose”. Club President Steve Pickett thanked Martin for joining us.
Car Buying Tips Shirlanne Lemm 2017-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shirlanne Lemm on Jul 26, 2017
Club President Steve Pickett thanked Nick Olsen, Deputy Chief of the Elk Grove Police Department for giving his Know Your Rotarian presentation. Deputy Chief Olson shared his journey from the police academy to his current position on the force and answered several questions from the audience. Thank you, Deputy Chief Olsen, for keeping Elk Grove Village a safe place to live, work and play!
Know Your Rotarian - Deputy Chief Nick Olsen Shirlanne Lemm 2017-07-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shirlanne Lemm on Jul 19, 2017
Vocational Chair Jesse Peterman presents Mary Cronin and Keeley Cronin with Elk Grove Rotary Scholarships. Mary and Keeley were unable to attend our Scholarship Awards Dinner earlier this year. Each year we award over $10,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are advancing their education in technical school, junior college, college, or university study. The scholarships are awarded based on community service, academic success, essay content, references, and interview results. 
Congratulations to Scholarship Recipients  Shirlanne Lemm 2017-07-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shirlanne Lemm on Jun 30, 2017
On behalf of all Elk Grove Rotarians Bill Marston thanks 2016/2017 Club President Kitty Weiner for her leadership over the last year. It was a great year!
Outgoing Elk Grove Rotary President Recognized  Shirlanne Lemm 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shirlanne Lemm on Jun 30, 2017
Last Thursday we celebrated the installation of the 2017/2018 Elk Grove Rotary Club President Steve Pickett. Outgoing President Kitty Weiner presented Steve with the portrait of Rotary Club founder Paul Harris. A long-time tradition, the Club President hangs the portrait in a place of honor in their home or office during their term. We​​​​​​ are looking forward to a great year with Steve at the helm. 
Say Hello to the 2017/2018 Elk Grove Rotary Club President Shirlanne Lemm 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Elk Grove Rotarian Bill Beaupre presents a donation Check to Jayne Finger from North West Special Recreation Association.  The NWSRA has been coming to Rotaryfest for many years.  The group of kids and adults have a catered lunch by Tasty Catering, enjoy Dilly bars from Elk Grove Dairy Queen and then get to ride the rides at the carnival courtesy of Fantasy Amusement Carnival.  Every Year the Rotarians invite over 200 kids and adults from NWSRA and NEDSRA for this great event.  The participants have the time of their lives going on the rides.
Elk Grove Rotary makes donation to NWSRA 2017-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
 
Elk Grove Rotary Club would like to thank everyone for supporting the 2017 Rotary Fest.  Once again it was a huge success because of the support of our community and everyone who attended or volunteered.
Thank You for a Great Fest 2017-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
Kids Having Fun at the Fest 2017-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Apr 20, 2017
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 http://www.egvbikes.org/.
 
 
Friends of Cycling Club Visit Rosanna DeFrenza 2017-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Apr 13, 2017
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.  
DuPage County Coroner Club Visit Rosanna DeFrenza 2017-04-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Apr 06, 2017
 
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 www.elkgroverotaryfest.com, 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.
 
Don't Miss Your Chance to buy your Rotaryfest Raffle Tickets Rosanna DeFrenza 2017-04-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Apr 06, 2017
 
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 www.apdaparkinson.org/midwest for details.
Chuck Schwab Visits Our Club Rosanna DeFrenza 2017-04-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by William J. Beaupre on Mar 24, 2017
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.
4th Annual Rotary Fest Car Show William J. Beaupre 2017-03-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Mar 02, 2017
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.
Police Chief Walsh Visits Our Club Rosanna DeFrenza 2017-03-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by William J. Beaupre on Mar 01, 2017
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.
Literacy Day William J. Beaupre 2017-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by William J. Beaupre on Feb 21, 2017
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.
Elk Grove Rotary Celebrates 100% Paul Harris William J. Beaupre 2017-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Feb 02, 2017
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.  
 
 
 
PADS - David Maska Rosanna DeFrenza 2017-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
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 www.elkgroverotaryfest.com for additional information.
Rotaryfest Entertainment 2017 William J. Beaupre 2017-01-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by William J. Beaupre on Jan 27, 2017
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 www.elkgroverotary.com  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.  
Elk Grove Rotary Scholarship Applications Available Now William J. Beaupre 2017-01-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Jan 11, 2017
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.
 
Mead Interact Club Visit Rosanna DeFrenza 2017-01-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Jan 04, 2017
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. 
 
 
Distracted Driving  Rosanna DeFrenza 2017-01-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Dec 09, 2016
 
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!  
Elk Grove Rotary Supports Elk Grove Parks Foundation Rosanna DeFrenza 2016-12-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Dec 07, 2016
 
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 2017 Senior Luncheon Rosanna DeFrenza 2016-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Elk Grove Rotary Supports Public Bathroom Project in India Rosanna DeFrenza 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
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. 
Winner of Rotary Raffle Blackhawks Jersey Rosanna DeFrenza 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Illinois Tollway Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom gave Rotarians an update on the Elgin O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project including the new Illinois Route 390 Tollway. The Illinois Route 390 Project is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2017. This project will improve travel efficiency, provide western access to O'Hare International Airport, enhance air, rail and trucking connections and reduce congestion.
Illinois Tollway Chairman Bob Schillerstrom  Shirlanne Lemm 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson for visiting our Rotary club. Mayor Johnson shared information on what makes Elk Grove Village a great place to live, work & play. Elk Gove Village has been voted the one of the Top Small Cities in Illinois, Best Hometown and Best City to Start a Small Business in Cook County. 
Mayor Craig Johnson visits Rotary Shirlanne Lemm 2016-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Oct 12, 2016
 
Elk Grove Rotarians participated in packing meals to feed children in Africa through Save My Starving Children. Rotarians Dawn Cunningham, Cheri Dial, Grace Popovic and Mary Ellen Larsen, among others pictured above at the event.  There were  8,424 meals packed that will feed 23 kids for a year. These meals were sent to Kenya. 
Save My Starving Children Rotary Event Rosanna DeFrenza 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary members were asked to celebrate the Cubs’ 100th win by wearing Cubs apparel or brining their best Cubs themed items to our meeting. Some of our members went all out sporting their shirts, hats, earrings, scarfs, etc. and the club voted for the person they thought showed the most Cubs spirit. Congratulations to our winner Cheri Dial as the #1 Cubs fan.  Not only did she dress the part, she brought her Cubs stadium chair and win flag.  GO CUBS!!!
Rotarians celebrate Cubs winning their 100th game Shirlanne Lemm 2016-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
 
 
Elk Grove Rotary Club President Kitty Weiner thanks Philip Zaleski, Executive Director of the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance for speaking to our Rotary Club. 
 
The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fire safety, burn prevention, and supporting burn survivors. One of the most popular services is Camp I Am Me, a special and unforgettable one-week camp experience for children and teenagers who have experienced injuries from burns. Through the generosity of donors, supporters, and volunteers, the IFSA offers this camping opportunity at no-cost to campers; including lodging, meals, activities, and transportation to and from camp.
 
For more information on The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance visit http://www.ifsa.org.
Illinois Fire Safety Alliance - Guest speaker September 1st  2016-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Frank Ramljak places the Rotary Pin on the newest Elk Grove Rotarian Brian Pfister.  Brian grew up in Elk Grove and is currently working as a Transportation analyst for Jet Speed.  
Newest Member Brian Pfister 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
 
Barb Tobias and Linda Hall were guest speakers at our regular Rotary Lunch.  They were there to tell our club about Connect to Community.  Connect to Community was founded in 2013 by four mothers who wanted to build a better future for their children with developmental disabilities..  The mission of the not-for-profit organization is finding and facilitating purposeful employment and enjoyment for adults with developmental disabilities.  They also will provide person-centered services across all aspects of community life.  Visit www.connecttocommunityinc.org  for additional information or ways you can help the organization.
Connect to Community 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Mark Dyer is a volunteer with ShelterBox and is part of the Response team.  The response team is responsible for going directly to the devastated areas to help with logistics and disbursement of the ShelterBoxes.  The ShelterBox is designed to have necessary living items which will last 6 months.  Several of the tents have been known to last up to 2 years.  The key to survival after a detestation is shelter and warmth form the elements.  ShelterBox provides emergency shelter to families that have lost everything.  Elk Grove Rotary has been a supporter of ShelterBox since 2008 and since then has contributed funds to supply twelve ShelterBoxes to families in need.  Each ShelterBox cost $1000 which includes all of the supplies as well as the transportation of the box to the destroyed area.
 
ShelterBox 2016-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wiliam J. Beaupre on Aug 04, 2016
 
Elk Grove Rotary Club had a very successful Rotary Fest 2016.  The festival is held annually during the Fathers Day week end.  There was beautiful weather and record crowds during the 5 day festival.  The guests were treated to wonderful food incredible music and loads of fun at the carnival.  The festival is the clubs main fundraiser which funds the clubs local and international projects.  The club supports many local charities and has worked on many projects to help eliminate the problems of poor health, clean water and literacy.  The club would like to thank each and every person that supported this years festival.  (picture by Emil Schiavo)
Rotary Fest 2016 was a Big Success Wiliam J. Beaupre 2016-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
President Kitty Weiner pins the Rotary pin upon the newest Elk Grove Rotarian, Evan Nolan.  Evan recently moved to the area with his family from Boston where he was a Rotarian for almost 2 years.  Evan wanted to continue his service above self and after visiting other clubs in the area decided his new Rotary home would be Elk Grove Village Rotary Club.  The club is lucky to have Evan who has already put in several volunteer hours at our annual Rotary Fest before even officially joining the club.  Evan grew up in the Boston area but has recently moved back with his wife Valerie who grew up in this area and graduated from Conant High School.  Evan and Valerie have two beautiful children Annie (four years), and Teddy(one and three quarters).  Evan is a Financial Professional with New York Life.  Evan was actually on an Episode of Jeopardy and was able to finish third.
Evan Nolan chooses Elk Grove Rotary Club William J. Beaupre 2016-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
President Kitty Weiner presents Shelley Welch Sr. Manager of Community Resources with Wings with a small token of our appreciation for her local presentation at the clubs luncheon.  Wings is a wonderful organization which provides housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to end domestic violence.  In the year 2015 Wings provided 70,000 nights of shelter as well as services to over 2,800 women in children.  Wings is always looking for donations of items if interested view the attached link http://wingsprogram.com/how-to-help/in-kind-gifts/.  
WINGS Giving Flight to Hope and Dreams William J. Beaupre 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William J. Beaupre on Jul 19, 2016
 
 
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)
Rotary Green Established July 17, 2016 William J. Beaupre 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
William "Billy" Beaupre recently dominated a paper airplane competition held at the weekly luncheon.  The competition involved the engineering and building of an aircraft using a simple 8.5" by 11" piece of copy paper.  Several Rotarians attempted the crucial flights for victory with varying out comes.  Some took flight for short distances and some actually went backwards.  The final participant, Billy, stood strong and launched his perfectly engineered aircraft across the entire room for victory.  The entire crowd which by this time has swarmed to quite a few was in complete  amazement.
Engineering Marvel William J. Beaupre 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
It was a beautiful summer evening and the crowd of 20,000 just enjoyed an incredible Foreigner concert which was part of the Villages Mid Summer Classic Concert series. There was one blue Camaro and six keys.  The first five keys did not work and then finally the last key held by Dean Jalovec started the brand new 2016 Chevy Camaro and the 20,000 people went crazy.  There you have it after one year of selling tickets to raise funds for the Rotary Club and other local charities the winner of the raffle is Dean Jalovec.  Congratulations Dean and thanks to everyone who bought tickets and supported so many of the local charities.
And The Winner Is.... William J. Beaupre 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
At the conclusion of the Peter Cetera concert held at the RotaryFest grounds, the six finalists were selected for the 2016 Camaro Raffle:
  • Bill Norwood
  • Kathy Quatman
  • Petra Erlewein
  • Stephen Grabowski
  • Orazio Miro
  • Dean Jalovec
Each will receive $600, and one will win the 2016 Camaro donated by Castle Chevrolet on July 17 at the conclusion of the Foreigner concert.
Raffle Finalists Selected Rod Pickett 2016-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Jun 29, 2016
 
Thank you, President Donna Bartoli for a great year in leadership.  We welcome President Weiner as our new 2016-2017 Club President. 
Welcome Club President Kitty Weiner Rosanna DeFrenza 2016-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by def on Feb 19, 2016
 
 
 
Got a hot rod? Join us for the 3rd Annual Elk Grove Rotary Club Car Show. Limited to the first 50 entries! Mark your calendars for Friday June 17 2016 6:30 pm ot 8:30 pm at RotaryFest 2016 elk Grove High School North Side Parking Lot. Awards to top 3 cars. $30 registration fee. All proceeds benefit Mead Food Pantry. Interested? Please contact Felicia Nelson at felicia@illinoisalliance.com today.
3rd Annual Elk Grove Rotary Club Car Show def 2016-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Feb 03, 2016
 
 
 
The Elk Grove Rotary Club along with Rotary District 6440 and the Rotary Club Neemuch, India were instrumental in the building of a public toilet for the town of Neemuch, India.  The facility will be used for town people and travelers.  This facility was built with the vision of changing mindset and acknowledging the rights of others to a clean and healthy environment. 
Public Toilet Project for India Rosanna DeFrenza 2016-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Jan 27, 2016
 
Today we learned about our club member, Grace Popovic and her background.  She is a active member of our club and branch manager for Parkway Bank in Elk Grove Village.
Grace Popovic - Know Your Rotarian Rosanna DeFrenza 2016-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Jan 06, 2016
 
Members of the 2015-2016 Mead Interact Club visited our club today, sharing with us the many fundraisers and community engagement projects they are leading at Mead Jr High School.  Mead Interact Club is supported in part by Elk Grove Rotary and Mead Teaching Staff.  These teens demonstrate good character, community evolvement and leadership within the Rotary vision.  One program that was lead by this group created unity and compassion among the Mead student body, by students paying to send candy cane grams to each other over the holiday.  The money collection was spent on warm clothing and other needs for needy community families.  Pictured above is Leigh Ferstein, Rotary Interact Liaison for our Club and Jillian Sagan Principal at Mead Jr High, amount the Interact Club. 
 
Mead Interact Club Visits Elk Grove Rotary Club Rosanna DeFrenza 2016-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Oct 27, 2015
The Elk Grove Rotary Club sponsored a lunch event to support the Boys Scouts of America honoring Elk Grove Police Chief, Stephen Schmidt for his many years of service with the boy scouts.  Pictured is Keith Swartz, Boy Scouts of America, Chief Schmidt and Club Secretary Bill Marston. 
 
 
Elk Grove Police Chief Stephen Schmidt Honored Rosanna DeFrenza 2015-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome New Elk Grove Rotary Club Member, Keith Schwatz Rosanna DeFrenza 2015-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Oct 07, 2015
 
Today we welcomed new club member, Mike Gates, Pastor at Living Hope Church.  Pictured here is Club Secretary Bill Marston and sponsoring member, Steve Picket.  Welcome, Mike!
Elk Grove Rotary Club Welcomes New Member, Mike Gates Rosanna DeFrenza 2015-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Sep 30, 2015
 
Pictured above is Donna Bartoli, Club President with Tim Ryan with Man In Recovery. Tim educates on the effects of drug addition and how to help families and addicts recover. To learn more, visit www.amirf.org. 
Tim Ryan, Man In Recovery Rosanna DeFrenza 2015-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Sep 14, 2015
Rotary President Donna Bartoli, Community Projects Chair, Kitty Weiner and Rotarian Felicia Nelson, among others and their families all came out to pack package of goodies going overseas to our troops. 
 
Rotarians Support Packing 4 Patriots Community Service Event Rosanna DeFrenza 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by def on Sep 09, 2015
 
 
Kerry Butz  from the American Cancer Society visited and spoke at the Elk Grove Rotary Club regarding the upcoming community Relay For Life Event and also expressed her gratitude to Elk Grove rotary for their $1500 donation to the American Cancer Society.  Pictured above Kitty Weiner, Domestic Services Chair and Kerry Butz.
 
American Cancer Society Visits Elk Grove Rotary Club def 2015-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Aug 19, 2015
Our club welcomed, 22 year member, Bill Marston today for the Know Your Rotarian Club Segment.  Even though Bill has been a member for a long time, there is always something new to learn about people.  Bill loves hockey, mostly, the beloved Blackhawks.  Bill loves his family and lists photography and scuba diving as one of many of life's interests.  Bill has made tremendous contributions to our club.  He has served as club president, he is a Service Above Self Award winner for several years.  He has also been awarded Rotarian of the Year Award twice and has served on the Rotary Board in several positions but for many years as Club Secretary and most importantly, has served in the past and is our club current Rotary Fest Chair.  
 
Know Your Rotarian Bill Marston Rosanna DeFrenza 2015-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Colleen Cline visited the club on July 23 from NEDSRA(North East Dupage Special Recreation Association).  Colleen was visiting to deliver a thank you card which was signed by the children that attended the Kids Day at this years Rotary Fest.  The staff, parents and especially the children really appreciate the opportunity to spend the afternoon at the fest grounds. They are treated to lunch and Ice cream donated from Tasty Catering and Dairy Cream Elk Grove.  Afterwards they spend time on the Rides having the time of their lives.  The carnival is just open for the camps at that time.  The club also made a financial donation to the group to help fund a new sensory room with different lights to help with different types of therapy.
NEDSRA visits the club for Lunch Bill Beaupre 2015-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Jul 09, 2015
Castle Chevrolet, formerly Hoskins Chevrolet, has donated a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro to be raffled off in honor of the 60th Anniversary of Elk Grove Village. The winner will be selected at the 60th Anniversary Picnic scheduled for Sunday July 17, 2016.  The Elk Grove Rotary Club will be selling tickets every Tuesday in July at the Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series as well as the Saturday Morning Farmer's Market.  Tickets can also be purchased on line at www.2016CamaroRaffle.com.  Ticket prices are $5 or 5 tickets for $20.  Tickets purchased at the Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series will be eligible for a $100 cash prize drawing on the night of the purchase. All proceeds of the raffle will go to civic organizations in the Village.  For complete details visit www.2016CamaroRaffle.com.  This raffle will support A Caring Place Community Respite Care Program, Community Character Coalition of Elk Grove, Elk Grove Jaycees, Elk Grove Youth Committee, Lions Club of Elk Grove Village, Lions Club of Elk Grove Village, Rotary Club of Elk Grove Village.  Please direct your inquiries to Rod Picket , Raffle Master at 2016CamaroRaffle@gmail.com.  
Elk Grove Village 60th Anniversary Chevrolet Camero Raffle Rosanna DeFrenza 2015-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Jun 24, 2015
The 2015 Rotarian of the Year Award is deserving awarded to Bill Marston, Service Shipping.  Bill truly gives his all...and a more... to the club.  Mr. Marston has served as Rotary Fest Chair for 2 years now, served as past club president and the biggest Blackhawk fan around.  Congratulations to you, Bill and the club is very grateful for all you do.
2015 Rotarian Of The Year Rosanna DeFrenza 2015-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Jun 24, 2015
The primary motto of Rotary is Service Above Self. Shirlanne Lemm, with Greater O'Hare Association best conveys the philosophy of unselfish volunteer service.  Shirlanne is instrumental in coordinating the Club's annual golf outing and also took on the task of volunteer coordinator at Rotary Fest.  Thanks for doing it all with a smile, Shirlanne. 
2015 Service Above Self Award - Shirlanne Lemm Rosanna DeFrenza 2015-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Jun 24, 2015
Welcome Long Time Rotarian Donna Bartoli with BMO Harris Bank as our 2015-2016 Club President.  Donna has been a committed club member for over 15 years.  Her dedication to Rotary Fest and other club events has been instrumental in event success.  We congratulate you and look forward to your leadership. 
Elk Grove Rotary Club Welcomes our New Club President Rosanna DeFrenza 2015-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Mar 25, 2015
Know Your Rotarian - John Bourke

Meet John Bourke, born and raised in Elk Grove Village.  John recently celebrated his 1 year anniversary with our club.  He and his wife Lori reside in Elk Grove along with their 2 sons.  John is employed at US Corrugated.  In his spare time John enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.  John is a great addition to our club.
 
Know Your Rotarian - John Bourke Rosanna DeFrenza 2015-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Feb 26, 2015
 
 
 
Elk Grove Rotary welcomed Jeff Bulanda, PhD, LCSW with Aurora University to hear about the school he helped to build in Africa and how our donation purchased classroom textbooks.  Jeff is pictured above with Club President Elect Donna Bartoli. 
Elk Grove Rotary Supports School in Africa Rosanna DeFrenza 2015-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Feb 18, 2015
 
Today we welcomed our very one Paul Kelly and Robert Murphy in our Club's Know Your Rotarian segment.  Paul Kelly is the current principal from Elk Grove High School,where a few of our club members are alumni.  Paul is married to wife, Jessica and they and their 3 kids live in Bativa.  Paul has a love of music.  Robert Murphy is currently the Assistant Principal of Student Activities at Elk Grove High School, is currently single has has 4 older sisters.   
Know Your Rotarian(s) - Paul Kelly and Robert Murphy Rosanna DeFrenza 2015-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Feb 12, 2015
 
The Elk Grove Rotary Club welcomed Robin Schubitz, Executive Director from Aging & Disability Foundation.  This foundation addresses the needs of persons living with physical and mental disabilities, along with their aging parents.  Pictured above, Robin Schubitz and President Elect Donna Bartoli.
Aging & Disability Foundation Rosanna DeFrenza 2015-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Jan 28, 2015
 
Today our Club learned more about one of our newer Club Member, Jesse Peterman.  Jesse has been with our club for over a year now and is actually Dr. Jesse Peterman with Lossman Eye Care Associates.  He has been with Lossman for over 8 years and loves to "see" all his patients.  Jesse and wife, Meredith live in Palatine with their 2 twin boys, Nick and Andrew.  
Know Your Rotarian - Jesse Peterman Rosanna DeFrenza 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza
 
 
 
The Elk Grove Rotary Club awarded over $14,000 in scholarships last year.  Applications are now being accepted for 2015 June graduates now.  Applicant criteria for each candidate is to be a current resident of Elk Grove Village and also be a 2015 June High School graduate.  Be active in our community.  Complete and essay on the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Applications must be turned in by Feb 20. 2015 to be considered.  Applications can be found in our DOWNLOAD section on the left hand side.  
Elk Grove Rotary Club Scholarship - Applications being accepted through Feb 20 2015 Rosanna DeFrenza 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Elk Grove Rotary Welcomes Mead Jr High Interact Club Rosanna DeFrenza 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Jan 14, 2015
 
Elk Grove Rotary Club continues to support The Alexian Brothers Foundation which provides mental health services to local high schools In the 2013/2014 school year, this program served 17 local schools and 344 students.  Pictured above Joseph A. Like, CFRE, Foundation Director, Allie Bauer, MA, LCPC, School Based Mental Health Counselor and President Cheri Dial. 
 
 
Elk Grove Rotary Club Continues Grant to Alexian Brothers Foundation Rosanna DeFrenza 2015-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Elk Grove Rotary Serve Seniors Holiday Lunch Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-12-12 00:00:00Z 0

Members of the Elk Grove Rotary Club performed the skit Goldie Goes to the Library at the Ridge Family Center for Learning for the entire school. They read books to the preschool students at the Elk Grove Township Daycare. Each child received a bag and four books donated by the Rotary club.
 
Elk Grove Rotary Club Literacy Day Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Nov 19, 2014

Today we learned all about Rotarian Frank Ramlijak, who has been a member for over 20 years.  He shared lots of stories from his early days with the club.  He has had many leadership seats with our club and is currently serving as Membership Chair.  He is married  and has 2 grown daughters, with 4 grand children. He has been a real estate broker right here in Elk Grove for many years and currently, he's brokerage changed from Prudential Home Services to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.  He's office will be relocating soon but still keeping it's home in Elk Grove. 
Know Your Rotarian Frank Ramljak Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Nov 19, 2014

The club welcomed Anna Maria de Ninno and Sergio Costanzi, visiting the United States from Bari, Italy. They brought a club flag from their Rotary Club of Rutigliano E Terre Dell'uva to give to our club. 
Elk Grove Rotary Club Accepts Club Flag for Italian Rotary Club Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Nov 12, 2014

It's never to early to begin planning and start club discussions for Rotary Fest 2015.  Bill Marston, Rotary Fest Chair, gave the club some updates, highlights and fest challenges for this upcoming Fest year.  Rotary Fest will be held from June 17 through June 21, 2015.
Bill Marston Rotary Fest Chair 2015 Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Oct 29, 2014

Know Your Rotarian was presented by Arun Goyal, long time Club Member.  Arun has, among other club services, supported our Club's International Committee.  Arun is married and has 2 children. 
Know Your Rotarian Arun Goyal Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Elk Grove Rotary Club Welcoms District 6440 Governor Ellen Young Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Oct 13, 2014

 
The Elk Grove Rotary Club not only supports the Mead Food Pantry financially, by fundraising and donations, but also with volunteer community service hours.  The Club, Mead Staff and Students pictured about are making sure the shelves are stocked for families in need. 
Elk Grove Rotary Club Supports Mead Food Pantry Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 01, 2014
 
A special thank you to everyone who supported this year Rotary Golf Outing at Fox Run Golf Links. All proceeds will go to benefit scholarships for high school seniors from local high schools attending college or trade school in the fall.  We hope for a little better weather and to see you again at next year's event.   
Elk Grove Rotary Annual Golf Outing 2014 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Sep 30, 2014

A special THANK YOU to Elk Grove High School students and staff for assistance the Stuff For The Poor Collection.  Over 300 pairs of shoes were collected to be shipped to needy families in Africa.  
Stuff For The Poor Collection Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Sep 30, 2014

E The Elk Grove Rotary Club packaged and shipped over 900 pairs of shoes to families in Africa through Stuff For The Poor.  Many thanks to the local businesses and schools that helped support this effort.  Elk Grove Bank and Trust, Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove Park District, Mead Interact Club, New Apostolic Church, Schaumburg Parkway Bank, Prudential American Heritage Real Estate.  Shoes will be shipped to Rwanda, Africa within a few weeks.
Rotary Collects Shoes for Families in Africa Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Sep 29, 2014

 
A special THANK YOU to Mead Jr. High staff and students for assistance with Elk Grove Rotary's shoe collection drive for Stuff For The Poor. Mead collected over 300 pairs of shoes that the Rotary Club will sort, package and ship to needy families in Africa.  
Stuff For The Poor Collection Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Sep 24, 2014

Our club welcomed Kathy Richards today, Regional Director, Middle East, for the She Is Safe Organization.  She Is Safe is an organization committed to preventing and restoring girls from abuse and exploitation in high risk places around the world. Visit SheIsSafe.org to learn more and support continuing efforts.  
She Is Safe Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Sep 17, 2014

Our Club welcomed MaryEllen Larson on Sept 18 as she entertained us with her Know Your Rotarian segment of the meeting. MaryEllen has been an Elk Grove resident for all of her life and has 2 children.  She is currently employed with Alexian Brothers Hospital heading up the hospital's Public Relations efforts. MaryEllen has been a Rotarian for a year with our club and is currently serving on the Club's Public Relations Committee and support various other Club projects.   
 
Know Your Rotarian MaryEllen Larson Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Sep 11, 2014

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A good time was to be had at the Itasca Chamber Dueling Pianos Event attended by some members of our club. 

Itasca Chamber Dueling Pianos Event Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Elk Grove Rotary Congratulates Members with Continuing Paul Harris Status!! Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Sep 10, 2014

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The Elk Grove Rotary Club welcomed it's newest Paul Harris Members this week!!  Pictured is Paula Sheffield, Ed Ruszkowski and Felicia Nelson.

Welcome Newest Paul Harris Members Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Sep 03, 2014

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Elk Grove Rotary Club welcomed David Maska, Site Director, for the PADS site located at Christus Victor Church.  David has been a PADS volunteer for over 7 years.  PADS has provided shelter and food for over 900 adults and 14 children over the last year alone. PADS has been in service since 1982 and has 15 local sites.  For information on becoming a PADS volunteer, call Christus Victor Church. The Elk Grove Rotary Club is proud to support this organization. 

Elk Grove Rotary Supports PADS Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Sep 01, 2014

 

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Join us for the 2014 Elk Grove Rotary Scholarship Golf Outing

Elk Grove Rotary Club Scholarships provide thousands of dollars in financial support to worthy local resident students attending a college, university or vocational school upon high school completion.  100% of proceeds from this outing go directly to fund these scholarships!  Join us for an incredible day of golf, games, raffles & more!  Sponsorship opportunities are still available.  For complete details, visit the downloads section on the right side of this site to download your reservation form and complete event details.

Event Information

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014

Fox Run Golf Links

12:00 Noon Registration/Lunch

1:00 PM Shotgun Start

5:30 PM Cash Bar

6:00 PM Dinner

Elk Grove Rotary Scholarship Golf Outing Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Aug 28, 2014

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Mead Junior High School began their official first day of school on Wednesday August 27th.  Elk Grove Rotary presented staff with a cake to get the year started on a sweet track.  The Club welcomed the teachers and administrative staff back and thanked them for all they do for our community kids!  Mostly, for the school's involvement or Interact and Mead Food Pantry.  

Pictured is Leigh Ferstein and Lily Smith, Mead Vice Principal.

 

Elk Grove Rotary Welcomes Back Mead Jr High Staff Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Aug 27, 2014

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As Lawrence Temfwe spoke to the Elk Grove Rotary Club about our club’s partnership in providing clean water to people in Mapolo Zambia, he wanted to “dance in gratitude.” 

Because of our partnership people will not be forced to depend on wells that are not deep enough to provide clean water. Over 800 children have access to this bore hole pictured here, and can drink clean water, be healthy and spend time in school. Martha Temfwe also shared how through Jubilee Center for only $35 a month children can be sponsored to enable them to get an education. Through our club, Lawrence has been able to form a partnership with the local Rotary club in Zambia, this could just be the beginning!  Thanks to the International Committee and all the supporting Rotarians that make great things like this happen.

 

Elk Grove Rotary Helps Build a New Well in Zambia Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Aug 20, 2014

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Pictured Cheri Dial, Rotary President, and Club Member, Dale Markay, who spoke to our club, in the Know Your Rotarian segment.  Dale has always been a hard worker.  He has had many jobs in his early years such as life guard, bus boy, food handler and security guard.  All before settling in his current career of commercial real estate.  His company is located in Elk Grove.  His education includes Political Science, History, and Law.  Dale lives in Glen Ellyn with his 2 daughters and his wife and college sweetheart.  He has been a Rotarian for over 5 years serving for several years as the International Project Chair.  

Know Your Rotarian Dale Markay Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Aug 13, 2014

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Pictured above is Tuki Sathaye, Itasca Library Director, and Paula Sheffield, who serves on the Vocational Committee and the Itasca Chamber Board. Through Paula's and Tuki's business synergies, the Itasca Library generously donated hundreds of books that were given out to Elk Grove school children on Literacy Day.  The Elk Grove Rotary Club made a donation to Itasca Library in recognition of their support.  Members of the Elk Grove Rotary Club organize and participate in a variety of activities each year on Literacy Day, including donating new and used books to children and schools, reading to preschool children, and acting out short literacy-themed skits for local schools.   

 

Elk Grove Rotary Gives Back to Itasca Community Library Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Aug 06, 2014

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Rotary Fest is the largest fundraiser for the Elk Grove Rotary Club.  All of the community support for local and/or international projects, scholarships, and Mead Food Pantry (to name only a few) would not be possible without it.  The 5 day event is supported by our generous sponsors, giving volunteers, Club Rotarians, and many others. A wonderful evening was shared with dinner and our Club's gratitude to all that make the Fest a success.    

 

 

Rotary Fest Volunteer and Sponsor Appreciation Dinner 2014 Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Aug 06, 2014

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The Elk Grove Rotary Club conducts community service a few times a year by donating volunteer time in support the Kenneth Young Center Resale Shop.  For over 20 years now, the KYC Resale Shop has donated 100% of all proceeds (after taxes) back to assist members in our community.   KYC is a not-for-profit organization providing mental health and senior services locally.  The KYC Resale shop accepts donations every day of the week and is located at 1150 S. Roselle Rd, Schaumburg.  Volunteer opportunities are available as well. 

KYC Resale Shop Community Service Rotary Event Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Jul 23, 2014

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Steve Pickett, originally from Indiana, has been an Elk Grove resident since 1986.  He is married and has 2 children.  He has been a club member since 2007.  Some of his contributions in the club include Rotary Fest Food Vendor Chair and Vocational Chair.  The Vocational Committee is responsible for the process of awarding thousands of dollars to local resident high school senors attending college or vocational schools the following fall. The committee is also responsible for Literacy Day in which Rotarians actually read story books to young age school children in the community and then donate books to the school.  Among many interesting personal facts about Steve is the fact that his older brother, Rod, is also an Elk Grove Club member.    

 

 

Know Your Rotarian Steve Pickett Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Jul 16, 2014

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Club President, Cheri Dial, welcomes Melissa Karner (pictured above), Event and Grant Manager, for Fellowship Housing, located in Hoffman Estates, IL.  For 20 years, Fellowship Housing has demonstrated love, support and assistance to over 600 single moms and their children through a 2 year transitional housing program that focuses on accountability and a path to independence upon program completion.  After the 2 year program, moms have increased income, better credit scores, and decreased debt. The Elk Grove Rotary Club is one source of support for this organization.

Fellowship Housing Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosanna DeFrenza on Jul 16, 2014

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The Elk Grove Rotary Club welcomes our first member of the Rotary year, John Bourke, Account Executive with US Corrugated.  Pictured is Cheri Dial, Club President, John Bourke, and Ed Ruszkowski, sponsoring member and John's father in law.  Now that's keeping Rotary in the family.  

 

Welcome New Member John Bourke Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
First Meeting for our New President, Cheri Dial Rosanna DeFrenza 2014-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 23, 2014

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Janina shows off her fancy new Chicago Black Hawks jacket.  The club presented the jacket to Janina as a token of our appreciation for the past year.  Janina is the Rotary clubs Exchange student from Finland.  Janina has spent the last year here learning about the American Culture.  Janina has seen alot of the area including downtown Chicago, Brookfield Zoo, Cubs Game, Hawks Games, Medevil Times, Disney on Ice, and the Chicago Sky Basketball game just to name a few.  The club was fortunate to have Janina for the past year and we were proud to have her represent The Elk Grove Rotary Club at all of the Rotary Exchange Student programs.

Thank You Janina!! Bill Beaupre 2014-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 23, 2014

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New Elk Grove Rotary President Cheri Dial thanks the outgoing President Rosanna DeFrenza for her incredible service to the club with the traditional Gold Gavel.  This will be Cheri's second time leading the incredible Elk Grove Rotary Club.

New President Cheri Dial Bill Beaupre 2014-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 23, 2014

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President Rosanna DeFrenza presents Steve Pickett with the Rotarian of the year award during the Installation dinner held at The Avalon Banquet hall in Elk Grove Village.  This has been an incredible year and all of the Rotarians did an exceptional job but Steve stood out among the club.  Steve spent endless hours as the Vocational chair overseeing the scholarships and literacy projects.  Steve also organized the Golf outing as well as the Food Vendors for the RotaryFest.  Steve truly exemplifies what it is to be a Rotarian.

2014 Elk Grove Rotarian of the Year Bill Beaupre 2014-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 23, 2014

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Janina having a good time at the Installation dinner held at Avalon Banquets in Elk Grove Village.  Fun was had by all.

Janina having Fun!! Bill Beaupre 2014-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 23, 2014

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The Elk Grove Rotary Club contributed some funding as well as some time to help make one of the Elk Grove Fire Stations look a little nicer.  Some of the Fireman along with some Friends of Rotary are pictured above with the beautiful flower bed which was created and cared for by Elk Grove Rotarians and the Friends of Rotary.

Elk Grove Rotary and some Friends help out at local Fire Station Bill Beaupre 2014-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 17, 2014

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Elk Grove Rotary club is please to announce that the club has had one of its best Festivals ever.  Good weather is the biggest reason for the high attendance at this years fest.  Warm days and cool evenings were perfect for enjoying great food and drinks while listening to the incredible entertainment.  The patrons also had lots of fun at the carnival where several new rides were included at this years fest.  A big thank you to every one who supported the festival.

Elk Grove RotaryFest is one of the Best Ever Bill Beaupre 2014-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Rotaryfest 2014 Classic Car Show Bill Beaupre 2014-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Johnsonville Big Taste Grill Returns to RotaryFest 2014 Bill Beaupre 2014-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 15, 2014

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Elk Grove Rotary Clubs Rotaryfest 2014 has concluded as well as the Raffle.  Pictured above is Brian Marston holding the Chicago BlackHawks Hockey stick which was donated to us from the Blackhawks organization.  The stick was signed by the entire team.

The Winner is..............  Sharon Kaczmarek.

Congratulations to Sharon and a big thank you to her as well as everyone else who supported our Raffle and Fest.

The Winner is Announced!!!! Bill Beaupre 2014-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
2014 Classic Car Show Bill Beaupre 2014-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 04, 2014

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President Rosanna DeFrenza thanks Chad Froeschle after his presentation to the Elk Grove Rotary Club.  Chad has been teaching for 20 years and the last 13 have been at Elk Grove High School.  Chad spoke to the club about the new program starting called the Elk Grove High School's Business Incubator.  The program is based off the extremely successful program that has been done for the last two years at Barrington High School.  The incubator program looks for mentors and coach's in the community to help give real business experience in the classroom.

Elk Grove High School teacher Chad Froeschle visits Rotary Bill Beaupre 2014-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on May 21, 2014

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Elk Grove Rotary President Rosanna DeFrenza thanks Tom Cimino after his presentation to the Rotary Club.  Tom is a Solutions Architect with Verizon.  Tom spoke to the club about the ever changing world of technology in particular about going green and paperless.

Tom Cimino talks going Green and Paperless Bill Beaupre 2014-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on May 14, 2014

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Elk Grove Rotary club hosted a dinner at Black Steer Char house in honor of the scholarship winners.  Pictured above in the back row from left to right is Gina Cirrincionne, DeAnna Duffy, Mary Francis Blonde, Elk Grove Rotarian Steve Pickett, Jerrson Pachar,and Robert Wozniak.  Front Row from left to right David Atkin, Marki Kaim and Kyle Brown.  Steve Pickett is the Vocational Chair for the Elk Grove Rotary Club and organized the evening for the students and their families for what was a special evening for all that were in attendance.  The club ended up handing out $15,000 in scholarships to the high school senior that are graduating and continuing their education.  Two other recipients that were unable to attend the event were Megan Frintner and Marisha Achanzar.

Elk Grove Rotary Club hands out $15,000 in Scholarships Bill Beaupre 2014-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on May 12, 2014

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Workers begin drilling the new well as local residents watch with anticipation of what will be clean drinking water for the town of Mapolo.  The Elk Grove Rotary club has approved funding and work has begun on the Zambia Water Well Project.  Women and children will walk miles in areas of Zambia to get clean drinking water.  The addition of the well is a life changer to those in the nearby area.

Elk Grove Rotary Zambia Water Well Project Bill Beaupre 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on May 07, 2014

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Members of The Mead interact and Mead Staff are pictured above with some of the Elk Grove Rotarians.  The Mead interact showed the club a wonderful presentation about all of the incredible things the Interact has accomplished this year.  The club also had the opportunity to meet some of the new Interact Board members for next year.

Mead Interact Visits Elk Grove Rotary Lunch Bill Beaupre 2014-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
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Elk Grove Rotarians spent the afternoon at the 2014 Business Expo.  It was a wonderful opportunity to inform the event participants about Rotary International and the incredible Elk Grove Rotary club.  Information was passed on about membership opportunities as well as volunteer opportunities.  It was also a great time to tell everyone about our great Rotaryfest.

Elk Grove Rotary Exhibits at the 2014 Business Expo Bill Beaupre 2014-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Apr 30, 2014

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The Jarosch cookies were a big hit at the Business Expo.  These wonderful cookies were handed out  along with some great information about the Elk Grove Rotary Club.

Cookies Cookies Everywhere! Bill Beaupre 2014-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Apr 30, 2014

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Newest Rotarian Paul Kelly is welcomed to the club by President Rosanna DeFrenza and Rotarian Bill Beaupre.  Paul Kelly is the principal of Elk Grove High school and will be a great addition to the growing Elk Grove Rotary Club.

New Member Paul Kelly Bill Beaupre 2014-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Apr 29, 2014

 

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Elk Grove Rotarian Bill Marston and Bill Beaupre are interviewed by EGTV's Sue Heaton for an upcoming addition of In the Grove.  The Two Rotarians were on the show promoting the upcoming Rotaryfest which will be from June 11-15.  The segment will air multiple times in May on Channel 6.  The two talked about the large carnival, multiple food vendors, incredible live entertainment as well as the 5K run and Classic car show.  Those of you that do not get channel 6, do not worry, the show can also be watched on the EGTV website on-demand.

Bill and Bill hit the road to promote Rotaryfest 2014 Bill Beaupre 2014-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Apr 23, 2014

 

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Elk Grove Rotary President Rosanna DeFrenza welcomes the newest member into the club at our regular lunch meeting.  Dr. Jesse Peterman is an optometrist with the Lossman Eye Care Associates. 

New Rotarian Dr. Jesse Peterman Bill Beaupre 2014-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Apr 23, 2014
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Elk Grove RotaryFest is approaching quickly and volunteers are needed once again to make certain the Fest is a success.  Rotaryfest will be from June 11 until June 15 and will be located on the same grounds adjacent to Elk Grove High school.  The Fest is the big fund raiser for the club which allows us the ability to help so many people in the community and around the world.  If you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering for a couple of hours or a couple of days simple complete the form above and email back to Shirlanne or give her a call.  The form is also listed in the download section of the website to the right of this story.





 

Volunteer's needed for RotaryFest 2014 Bill Beaupre 2014-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Apr 16, 2014

 

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Teachers at Mead Junior High got Pies in the face as part of the Week long Fund raiser to End Polio.  Several teachers took pies in the face, painted heads and hair purple, sang and danced in front of the whole student body at the most recent assembly.  All was done for a good cause to raise money to help eradicate Polio around the world. 

Mead raises money to End Polio Now Bill Beaupre 2014-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
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Elk Grove Rotary President Rosanna DeFrenza thanks Elk Grove Village Police Sergeant Matthew Fiorito for speaking at the regular Rotary lunch.  Sergeant Fiorito was extremely informative about current issues within the community and about the upcoming Rotaryfest.

Sergeant Matthew Fiorito Visits Rotary Bill Beaupre 2014-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
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Several Elk Grove Rotarians attended the Paul Harris Luncheon during the Rotary International District 6440 Conference.  The Conference was located at Oak Brook Hills Resort and was from April 11 until April 13.  The lunch was intended to celebrate and recognize individuals that have made a commitment to the Rotary Foundation.  The Foundation is key to funding the Power of Rotary to change th world with projects like ending Polio and providing clean water around the world.  Elk Grove Rotary Club has a long tradition of supporting the foundation and was previously designated as a 100% Paul Harris Club.  One interesting fact is that 50% of people join Rotary for Service and 50% of people join Rotary for Fellowship.

Elk Grove Rotary Club Members attend 2014 District Conference Bill Beaupre 2014-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Apr 09, 2014

 

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The Elk Grove Rotary CLub was honored to have Mayor Craig B. Johnson talk at our Lunch.  Mayor Johnson is a Honorary Paul Harris of the club and is a good friend to Rotary.  The club was happy to see the Mayor especially since the Mayor had surgery less than 2 months ago to repair his heart.  The Mayor told the club that the Village is in very good shape especially with the increase in sales tax revenues.  The Village has recently completed the bike bridge in Busse, approved a TIF district and recently passed new guidelines for rental properties. 

Mayor Craig Johnson Talks to Rotary Bill Beaupre 2014-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Apr 09, 2014

 

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President Rosanna DeFrenza and and sponsoring Rotarian Bill Beaupre induct new Rotarian Bob Murphy(center) into the club at the regular lunch meeting at Black Steer Char House.  Bob Murphy is currently the Assistant Principal of Student Activities at Elk Grove High School. 

New Member Bob Murphy Bill Beaupre 2014-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Apr 09, 2014

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Margaret Holler with the Elk Grove Parks Foundation presents President Rosanna DeFrenza with a certificate congratulating the club for being awarded a Gold Leaf.  The Gold Leaf will be part of the wonderful tree as you enter the Elk Grove Pavilion.  The Leaf was awarded because of the fund raising from the bike-a-thon to help the Parks Foundation.

Margaret Holler presents Gold Leaf Bill Beaupre 2014-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Apr 09, 2014

 

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Elk Grove Rotary Club was presented a Gold Leaf from the Elk Grove Park District's Foundation.  The Gold Leaf will be proudly displayed on the tree as you enter the Elk Grove Pavilion.  The Leaf was awarded because of the clubs incredible commitment and fund raising for the Park Foundations bike-a-thon.  Several rotarians participated riding stationary bikes to raise funds to help residents in need to help fund programming.

Elk Grove Rotary awarded Gold Leaf Bill Beaupre 2014-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Mar 16, 2014

 

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Elk Grove Rotarian Bill Beaupre is seen dancing during the Polio Presentation at Mead Jr. High.  The picture in the back shows Psy, an incredible entertainer and supporter of the End Polio Now.  The picture of Psy was part of the "this Close" Campaign which represents the world being 99% Polio Free.  The event was held to educate the entire school about Polio as well as kicking of the Mead Interacts Polio Fund Raiser.

Billy and Gangnam Style, enough said. Bill Beaupre 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
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Almost 700 students, staff, administration, and guests are shown doing the "This Close" symbol meaning the world is 99% Polio free and we are "This Close" to eradicating Polio.  The Elk Grove Rotary club was invited to make a presentation about the history of Polio and and how Rotary is fighting to eradicate the horrible disease.  The Elk Grove Rotary Club has sponsored the Mead Interact Club which will now be doing an incredible fund raiser to help eradicate Polio.  The Rotary Club has agreed to match all dollars collected up to $1500.

 

 

 

 

Elk Grove Rotary talks Polio at Mead Jr. High Bill Beaupre 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
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President Rosanna DeFrenza thanks Rick Lochner after he spoke to the club about attitude.  Rick spoke about how improving ones attitude can lead to better success.  Rick also spoke about the importance of goal setting. 

Rick Lochner talks Attitude! Bill Beaupre 2014-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Mar 05, 2014
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Kevin Walter, a good friend of the club as well as an Honorary Paul Harris was kind enough to visit our club during our regular lunch at Black Steer Charhouse.  Kevin is the owner of Tasty Catering and talked to us about The Game of Business.  Kevin talked about the importance of having employees act and feel like owners so they take a vested interest in the company.  The over all effect is positive for everyone as well as the profitability of the company.  The ideas come from the book written by Jack Stack.

Honorary Paul Harris Kevin Walter visits the club Bill Beaupre 2014-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Feb 26, 2014

 

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Elk Grove Rotary Club welcomed Jenna and Jake Holmqvist(pictured lower-center) to the regular lunch at Black Steer Charhouse.  Jenna and Jake are the brother and sister of Janina(pictured lower-center yellow shirt).  Jenna and Jake are having a wonderful time here and will be returning to Finland after their short visit.

Visitors from Finland Bill Beaupre 2014-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Feb 26, 2014

 

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President Rosanna DeFrenza presents Nanette Sowa with the clubs recent donation of $1000.  Nanette is the Superintendent of Development.  The Special Leisure Foundation is a separate entity that is used to raise funds for the NWSRA.  The Northwest Special Recreation Association takes care of a large area which include 17 Park Districts and covers a service area about the size of Milwaukee.  NWSRA helps children and adults with disabilities to explore all of their opportunities through recreation.

Nanette Sowa updates the club on the NWSRA Bill Beaupre 2014-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Feb 26, 2014

 

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The Northwest Special Recreation Association awards The Elk Grove Rotary club with the Community Service Award.  Elk Grove Rotary has supported the association for many years and has contribute over $12,000 during those years and has also organized a wonderful event for the kids during Rotaryfest.

Elk Grove Rotary Club recognized with Community Service Award Bill Beaupre 2014-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Feb 19, 2014
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T.R. Johnson was kind enough to stop by the Elk Grove Rotary Lunch to talk hockey.  T.R has worked for the Black Hawks for about 6 years since getting his Masters degree from Northern Illinois University.  The Black Hawks have won two Stanley Cup Championships since he has joined the organization.  T.R. talked about the incredible experience he has had and the different responsibilities he has working for the Hawks.  The Hawks have had well over 200 consecutive sell outs, have over 15,000 on a waiting list for season tickets and is a successful organization mainly because of the loyal fans.  The Hawks will also be hosting an outdoor game at soldier field in a few weeks.

 

T.R. Johnson Talks Hawks Bill Beaupre 2014-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Feb 12, 2014

 

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Elk Grove Rotary President Rosanna DeFrenza thanks J. Tieri from the Illinois Secretary of State Police.  Investigator Tieri was extremely informative educating the club on Fraudulent ID's.  Several key items can be used to spot a fraudulent ID including Red and Green Backgrounds, Vertical and horizontal pictures as well as the thermal bond imaging used by the state.  It is also important to view the micro print imaging and laser graphics of the State seal.  In addition check to make certain the birthdate, driver license number and expiration coincide.

Club learns about Operation Straight ID Bill Beaupre 2014-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Feb 05, 2014

 

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President Rosanna DeFrenza presents Sandy Sullivan with a Rotary Coffee Cup to thank her for talking to the club about her life and book.  Sandy Sullivan ia an author and motivational speaker from Wisconsin.  Sandy was born in Mauston, Wisconsin and getting a job at age 19 to work at a Sentinel Sports show in 1960 really changed her life.  SAndy talked about all the great people she including Vince Lombardi and all of the great packer players of the 60's.  She stressed to take opportunities when a door opens and to stay friend for life.  Sandy is the author of the book Green Bay Love Stories and other affairs which is a memoir from Packers glory days.

Sandy Sullivan talks Green Bay Love Stories and other affairs Bill Beaupre 2014-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shirlanne Lemm on Feb 03, 2014

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             June 11th - 15th

Come enjoy live entertainment, food, beer, fireworks, carnival and much more. This annual event draws thousands of visitors each year. 
Don't miss this Elk Grove Village summertime tradition. 

Lions Park
200 Rev. Morrison Blvd.
Elk Grove Village

Click 
here for the 2014 RotaryFest schedule

2014 RotaryFest Schedule Shirlanne Lemm 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jan 31, 2014

 

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Rotarian Bill Beaupre and his Family treated Janina to a wonderful afternoon in Chicago at the United Center with the incredible Disney On Ice show.  Pictured above are Gabby and Janina enjoying themselves with their new hats and colorful programs.  The show included many Disney favorites skating to the great Disney songs.  We got to see Mickey, Minnie, Buzz, Jessie, Goofy, Pluto, tink, and many of the incredible princesses.  Fun was had by all.

Janina goes to Disney on Ice Bill Beaupre 2014-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jan 29, 2014

 

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President Rosanna DeFrenza Thanks Paul Kelly(Principal) and Bob Murphy(Vice Principal student activities) from Elk Grove High School after they updated the club regarding the exciting new 5K race.  The Race will be held the Saturday of Rotaryfest which is June 14 at 11:30 am.  The race will have entertainment along the route and will end at the fest with a band playing under the big tent.  The event is being organized by the Elk Grove High school to raise funds for the school as well as funds for The Soldier Memoria Fundl.  The run is being supported by Elk Grove Village as well as the Elk Grove Rotary club.  Visit www.egrocknrun5k.com for all of the information and to sign up.  Sign up early to guarantee a Dry Fit shirt.

Elk Grove Rock N Run Rotary 5K Bill Beaupre 2014-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jan 22, 2014

 

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President Rosanna Defrenza thanks the members of the Mead Interact club which made a wonderful presentation during our regular lunch meeting.  The kids are extremely involved with the community and are committed to making the world a better place.  They talked about many of their activities including Candy Grams.  The students arranged selling candy canes for .50 and then they  would deliver them with little notes.  The event took place during the holiday season and raised about $1500.  The students then went to Target and did some shopping for local families who asked for things from the giving tree.  The students have done a wonderful job with many other events including a Halloween dance,  partnership breakfast as well performing a play for the preschoolers to promote literacy..  The Interact club also spends many hours helping to run and supply the food pantry which is located in the school.  The children have done a wonderful job but the staff at the school should also be congratulated for their  support to foster such superior ethics and character.

Mead Interact speaks at Rotary lunch Bill Beaupre 2014-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jan 08, 2014

 

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President Rosanna DeFrenza accepts the award from Lori Chalfie, Barbara Howard and Marjorie Orr.  Christ the Healer Award was presented to the club in gratitude of the clubs $25,000 commitment over a five year period to support Alexian Brothers School Mental Health Service Project.  We are currently in the second year of the commitment and were pleased to present Alexian Brothers with a check for $5000.  The program is designed to support student mental health at Elk Grove High School.  A specialist is able to be on site several days a week for students addressing issues like academic , grief , loss, family, and other areas of mental health for teens.

Elk Grove Rotary Club is awarded with Christ the Healer Award Bill Beaupre 2014-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jan 07, 2014

 

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Find the application here.

Elk Grove Rotary Club has been giving out scholarships for many years and in just the last ten years have given out close to $150,000 to local seniors graduating and wanting to further their education.  Last years lunch was hosted by the club for the winners at BlackSteer Charhouse(pictured above).  The scholarships offered are a little different in that you could apply for one of three different types.  The first is for an individual attending a four year college or University.  The second is for an individual attending a two year or community college.  The Third is for an individual applying to a vocational college to pursue a career like Beautician or Auto Mechanic.  The applicant must live in Elk Grove Village, have decent grades and have been involved in some community service.  Review the application for all guidelines and qualifying criteria.  The Scholarship application  can be found to the side of this website listed under the download section.  Take time and apply today you could be one of this years winners!

Elk Grove Rotary Scholarship Application Available Now Bill Beaupre 2014-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Dec 18, 2013

 

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Elk Grove Rotarians along with friends and family gathered for a wonderful evening of cheer to celebrate the Holiday season at the Westwood Tavern and Tap in Schaumburg.  The night was filled with lots of surprises including a picture slide show of all of the Rotarians in action.

Elk Grove Rotary annual Holiday Party Bill Beaupre 2013-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Dec 11, 2013

 

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Several Elk Grove Rotarians spent time on  Saturday at the Elk Grove Park District Foundations Spin-a-Thon.  The Rotarians rode stationary bikes for an hour to raise funds which will allow less advantage children the ability to participate in Park District activities.  The wonderful snowman was decorated by Rotarians and can be seen at the Park District Pavilion during the Holiday season.

Elk Grove Rotary Supports Parks Foundation Bill Beaupre 2013-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Elk Grove Rotarians group photo at the Holiday lunch Bill Beaupre 2013-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Dec 11, 2013

 

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Elk Grove Rotarians show appreciation to the local seniors with a wonderful holiday lunch.  Every year the club caters a holiday feast with turkey, stuffing, potatoes, corn, cranberries, rolls and a wonderful cake from Jarosch bakery.  The local high school students sing and entertain prior to the feast to get everyone into the holiday spirit.

Annual Senior Lunch to show our appreciation Bill Beaupre 2013-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
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Jim Cunningham and The Rob Post Band played at The Post in Elk Grove Village.  They asked for people to bring food to help the Elk Grove Rotary Club stock the local food pantry.  Several generous people brought food and it was once again a huge success.

 

Rob Post Band Collects Food Bill Beaupre 2013-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Dec 04, 2013

 

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President Rosanna DeFrenza Thanks Jeff Scanlan after his entertaining presentation to the club.  Jeff is a professional magician and master artist of impossible bottles.  Jeff has been entertaining throughout the country including Fortune 500 companies for more than 21 years.  Jeff used his magic to entertain while showing the club how to become better problem solvers.

Jeff Scanlan Brings Magic To Rotary Bill Beaupre 2013-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Nov 25, 2013

 

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Board members from The Mead Junior High Interact perform an adaptation of the Three Little Pigs for children from the Early Childhood Program.

Mead Interact Performs for children Bill Beaupre 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Nov 20, 2013

 

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Trisha Johnson stopped by for lunch and to talk about her incredible trip to Sierrra Leone and to Thank the Club for its support.  The trip was with Dr. Bulanda who is a Fulbright Scholar in Sierra Leone.  Sierra Leone is a small country in West Africa.    Sierra Leone has about 6,000,000 people and continually ranks among the lowest of the Human Development Index.  Trisha spent some time there actually teaching in the classroom of a small school called Agape.  The school is in need of repairs and supplies.  Dr. Bulanda is continuing his work there to promote literacy.

Trisha Johnson speaks about Literacy in Africa Bill Beaupre 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Nov 20, 2013

 

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Elk Grove Rotarians Mary Ellen Larson and Bill Beaupre are picture above with Terry Walker(center).  Terry Walker is the Assistant Executive Director for the Elk Grove Township Community Daycare Center.  The Elk Grove Rotarians read to several classrooms at the daycare to promote literacy.  Each one of the children will receive the book tote pictured above four books to take home.  The children really enjoyed being read to and especially appreciate bringing home their very own books.

Elk Grove Rotary Reads to Children for Literacy Day Bill Beaupre 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Nov 20, 2013

 

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Elk Grove Rotarians took time out of their busy day to perform an adaptation of the Three Little Pigs for the Ridge School.  Also helping was Justin son of Rotarian Felicia Nelson.  The kids really enjoyed the Rotarians acting out the different roles.

Elk Grove Rotary Performs at Ridge School Bill Beaupre 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Nov 13, 2013

 

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Claire Naughton, MA is the Pavilion Fitness General Manager with the Elk Grove Park District.  The Pavilion was built in 1994 with a mission of "where your fitness goals become a reality".  The Pavilion includes a large fitness area with basketball courts, racquetball courts, dance studios and even a large carousel for all to enjoy.  Claire spoke about the importance of Wellness in the community.  The Park District is also very excited about keeping work places healthy and visiting several local business with different classes including Zumba and Kick boxing.  The Park District also offers discounts to local businesses if multiple employees join together.

Elk Grove Park District's Claire Naughton speaks about Community Wellness Bill Beaupre 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Oct 30, 2013

 

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It's Halloween and Renee Dorn visits the club to talk about the bullying program at some local schools.  Renee is the Challenge Program Coordinator for the Elk Grove Township Youth Services.  The club supports the program which is filtered through all the grade levels in an effort to not just end or control bullying, but attempt to identify and empower kids at a young age.  Renee Dorn(left) is pictured above with Elk Grove Rotary President Rosanna DeFrenza.

Renee Dorn Visits the Club Bill Beaupre 2013-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Oct 25, 2013

 

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Elk Grove Rotarian Bill Marston and his wife Kathy(above Left) brought Finland Exchange student Janina and Elk Grove Rotary President Rosanna DeFrenza to see The Chicago Black Hawks game.  The Black Hawks took on the Minnesota Wild.  Little Trivia question:  Can you name the NHL Hockey teams that do not end in "S".  Hint, there are three and the first is the Wild.

Janina goes to the Hawks Bill Beaupre 2013-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Oct 23, 2013

 

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Janina visits with Mayor Johnson during her tour of the Elk Grove Village Hall.  Janina was given a tour of the facility as well as the Police department.  The tour concluded with Janina visiting the EGTV television station where she got the opportunity to help the Mayor with a segment regarding the upcoming events of the Village.

Janina visits Village Hall Bill Beaupre 2013-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Oct 23, 2013

 

 

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President Rosanna DeFrenza thanks Marge Hart, coordinator of A Caring Place-Community Respite Care Program located in Christus Victor Church in Elk Grove.  Also pictured are Jane Slogar R.N., M.S. Community Health Nurse and Intern student Nicole.  This is a program that cares for seniors by playing games, reading, exercising and keeping them engaged in their everyday lives.

A Caring Place-Community Respite Care Program Bill Beaupre 2013-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Oct 12, 2013

 

 

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Elk Grove Rotarian Bill Beaupre and his family took Janina(above Right) the clubs exchange student to visit the castle of Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament.  It was a great evening which included a four course feast similar to the middle ages.  During the dinner incredible spanish horses performed as well as a Falcon flying around the arena.  After the feast the Knights started with some games then jousted and competed to determine a champion.

An Incredible Knight at Medieval Times Bill Beaupre 2013-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Oct 09, 2013

 

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Sarah Oliver(Pictured above left) is a member of the Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor and is the current District 6440 Governor 2013-2014.  Sarah is pictured above with current Rotary Club of Elk Grove's President Rosanna DeFrenza. The Governor visited with our club prior to our regular lunch and then stayed and talked with the whole club.  The Governor meets with every club in the district and stressed how the Districts main role is to support the clubs.  The Governor spoke about the importance of membership,  Foundation, Polio Eradication, support of youth groups like Interact and RYLA and reminded us about long range strategic planning.  Over all it was a very informative meeting and the Governor was pleased with our club and appreciated all of the hard work of each and everyone of the members. 

District 6440 Governor joins us for Lunch Bill Beaupre 2013-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Oct 08, 2013

 

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Elk Grove Rotarian Cheri Dial brought Finland exchange student Janina to wonderful Wrigley field.  It was a beautiful September day to watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Atlanta Braves.

Janina goes to Wrigley Bill Beaupre 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarians, friends and family talk around the display table at The Oktoberfast 5K run Bill Beaupre 2013-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Oct 04, 2013

 

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More than 600 runners participated in the 5th annual Itasca Oktoberfast 5K on October 5, 2013..  The run is organized by the Itasca Runners club and the proceeds help support people in need by providing food, mentoring, financial assistance and emergency assistance.  The event is a USATF certified course with awards for top men and women in their age groups.  There is also a post race party with raffle, beer and brats.

Rotary Club supports Itasca's Oktoberfast 5K run Bill Beaupre 2013-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Sep 29, 2013

 

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Elk Grove Rotarian Dawn Cunninghams husband Jim help to organize a food drive on Saturday, September 28, 2013.  People were asked to bring food to help stock the Mead food pantry.  The people were treated to several bands playing at the T'Wood Restaurant in Wood Dale including Rob Post Band.  The Elk Grove Rotary Club is a sponsor of the Mead Food Pantry and has been active working with the students of the Junior High.  The Food Pantry has been extremely successful and has helped many families. 

Music benefits Mead Food Pantry Bill Beaupre 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Sep 28, 2013

 

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Elk Grove Rotarian Paula Sheffield and her family spent the afternoon at the Brookfield Zoo with the clubs  Exchange student Janina.  It was an absolutely beautiful afternoon to see all of the incredible animals.  There were also many Dinosaurs on display including Triceratops and Shantungosaurus.

Lions, Tigers and Dinosaurs? Bill Beaupre 2013-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Sep 25, 2013

 

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Elk Grove Rotarian Jeff Martin along with Elk Grove Rotary President Rosanna DeFrenza present Waleed Ajlouni(center) with the Blackhawks stick signed by the members of the 2010 Stanley Cup Championship.  There were also many other raffle items given away during the lunch.

Big Winner at Bob Nicholas Golf Outing Bill Beaupre 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Sep 25, 2013

 

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The Bob Nicholas Golf outing was held at Bloomingdale Golf Course on an absolutely beautiful day.  Many golfers teed off at 8:00 am for a great day of golf and a delicious lunch was served immediately following the round.  Elk Grove Rotarian Jeff Martin and his committee should be commended for a perfect day.

Bob Nicholas Golf Outing was fun for all Bill Beaupre 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Sep 25, 2013

 

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The first annual Bob Nicholas Golf outing was held on September 26, 2013.  The Elk Grove Rotary club held the golf outing to raise money for upcoming scholarships which will be given out to local high school students graduating in the spring.  There are three type of scholarships available,  a four year college, two year college or a vocational college and the amounts awarded vary.  Students are encouraged to apply starting the in January.  All information can be found at www.elkgroverotary.com

Elk Grove Rotary's First Bob Nicholas Golf Outing Bill Beaupre 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Sep 19, 2013

 

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Elk Grove Rotarians Rod Pickett and Cheri Dial were at the ELk Grove High School football game along with other rotarians to raise money and awareness for End Polio Now.  The End polio now campaign was organized by Rotary International to eradicate Polio in the world.  Polio cases have rapidly declined since 1985 and the world is 99% polio free.  Polio is a crippling and in some cases potentially fatal infectious disease.  A child can be protected from the virus with a vaccine that cost as little as $0.60.

Rotarians raise money and awareness for End Polio Now Bill Beaupre 2013-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Sep 18, 2013

 

 

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The Club traveled to Arlington Park for their regular lunch meeting.  It was an absolutely beautiful day that started with a buffet lunch.  The lunch was served in the International Room and include a carving station with Turkey and Ham.  There were also a number of salads, cheeses, breads and some incredible sweet potato hash.  A fun time was had by all.

Rotary Club Visits Arlington Park Bill Beaupre 2013-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Sep 12, 2013

 

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Elk Grove Rotarian Frank Griseta organized a wonderful evening for Janina to attend the Chicago Sky Basketball game.  Janina is the clubs exchange student from Finland and she was able to meet the team and be on the court during the pre game warm ups.  The Chicago Sky is the womens WNBA pro basketball team which plays at the Allstate Arena.  The game was extrememly exciting and the Sky won the game.  Pictured above is Janina(back-left) with several Rotarians and family which attended the game.

Janina attends a Chicago Sky Basketball Game Bill Beaupre 2013-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Elk Grove Rotary Club Visits the Elk Grove Fire Station Bill Beaupre 2013-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Sep 11, 2013

 

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The Elk Grove Village Rotary club visited the Elk Grove Fire house.  Fire Chief Richard Mikel talked to the club about his incredible department.  The fire department is here to serve this exceptional community and they are constantly striving to be beyond business friendly.  The village has about 33,000 residents and covers about 10 square miles.  It is also home to the largest business park in North America with 3800 businesses.  The department has about 100 employees and will go out on over 5000 incidents per year.  The village carries an ISO class 2 which is very good and the class 2 helps local homes and businesses lower their insurance costs.  The department is fortunate to have a large amount of equipment to help with Fire Suppression, Hazardous MAterials, Water Rescue as well as Technical Rescue.

Elk Grove Fire Chief Talks to Rotary Bill Beaupre 2013-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
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President Rosanna DeFrenza presents Mitchell Bruski and LaKesha Lockett with a Rotarian cook book after the informative talk about Kenneth Young Center.  Mitchell is the CEO and talked about the new housing development located in Mount Prospect.  The building has just recently opened and already has a long waiting list for individuals to live.  The facility allows individuals with disabilities to live an independent life.  Lakesha is the Coordinator of Communications and she talked about the many volunteer opportunities at the Kenneth Young Center.  More information about all of the great programs offered can be seen at www.kennethyoung.org

 

Elk Grove Rotary learns a little about the Kenneth Young Center Bill Beaupre 2013-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Aug 21, 2013

 

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President Rosanna DeFrenza welcomes the newest member of the Elk Grove Rotary Club, Mary Ellen Larson.  Mary Ellen is a long time resident of Elk Grove and has worked at Alexian Brothers for several years.  Mary Ellen is currently the Manager of Public Relations and Special Events for Alexian Brothers Hospital Network.

Elk Grove Rotary Welcomes Newest Member Bill Beaupre 2013-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Aug 21, 2013

 

 

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Dan Patlak, Commissioner of the office of the Cook County Board of Review visited the club for lunch.  The county is moving towards digital files and may soon be available on line.  Since Dan has moved into office he has focused on education, especially assessment, appeals, seminars and professional IRS training for current staff.

Dan Patlak Speaks at Elk Grove Rotary Bill Beaupre 2013-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Aug 21, 2013

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Susan Breier recieves her Paul Harris plus 5 pin from Foundation chair Cheri Dial and Elk Grove Rotary President Rosanna DeFrenza. 

Susan Breier becomes a Paul Harris Plus 5 Bill Beaupre 2013-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Aug 19, 2013

 

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Elk Grove Rotarians pictured above with Gabby and Austin helped with the packing of 25 boxes during the Packages4Patriots August packing.  The organization meets the third tuesday of each month to pack and mail supplies to troops around the world.  Boxes are filled with magazines, soups, beef jerky, tic tacs, hygiene products and lots of candy.  The troops receive the boxes and are extremely grateful for the little bit of home sent in the box.  Troops often take the time to send back thank you letters about the boxes.  More information about the wonderful organization can be found at packages4patriots.com

Packages4Patriots Bill Beaupre 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Aug 14, 2013

 

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Elk Grove Rotary Club welcomes Exchange student Janina Holmqvist(pictured center with Blue Blazer) and host parent Mark McConnell(pictured directly behind Janina) to the clubs regular lunch.

Elk Grove Rotary Exchange Student Visits Club Bill Beaupre 2013-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Aug 14, 2013

 

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Janina Holmqvist visits Elk Grove Rotary Club and shares alot of information about herself, her family and the country she is form Finland.  Janina is from the town of Nokia Finland which is known for industry especially the Nokia phone. The population of Nokia is just over 32,000 people.  Janina has two brothers and a sister.  She plays the number one position , point guard on her basketball team and loves movies and shopping.  Her current high school in Finland has about 400 students.  Janina speaks English as well as Finis, Swedish,and Russian.  Janina had some very interesting facts about Finland including biggest coffee drinking country, known for incredible chocolates, Hockey, tourism, home of Santa Clause and the place where Angry Birds was created.

Janina Speaks To Elk Grove Rotary Club Bill Beaupre 2013-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
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Elk Grove Rotary President Rosanna DeFrenza and Elk Grove Rotary Vocational Chair Steve Pickett were at Ohare International Airport to welcome Janina Holmqvist.  Janina is an exchange student from Finland which is being sponsored by the Elk Grove Rotary Club.  Janina will be staying at a host family in Schaumburg while attending school for the next year.

Exchange Student Arrives from Finland Bill Beaupre 2013-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Aug 07, 2013

 

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Pictured above is Lisa Ballantine with Alyssa Urban and Natalie Burrous.  The Elk Grove Rotary CLub donated $10,010 to the Filter Pure Project which allowed us to donate 186 filters with delivery and training.  Alyssa and Natalie worked with Rustic Pathways and was able to raise funds to donate an additional 150 filters.  The total project donated over 300 filters to work camps in Juan Dolio Dominican Republic. The Filters are a specially designed clay pot that takes dirty contaminated water and makes it drinkable. 

Elk Grove Rotary International Water Project Bill Beaupre 2013-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Aug 03, 2013

 

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Elk Grove Rotary President Rosanna DeFrenza and Rotarian Kitty Weiner on the podium with the winners of the Rotary Club of Elk Grove Village Masters Cat. 1/2/3 race at The Tour Of Elk Grove.  The Tour of Elk Grove is a wonderful week end filled with exceptional bike racing, music, food and fun.  The event started on Friday with Three Rotarians(President Rosanna DeFrenza, Cheri Dial, and Bill Beaupre) taking part in the Charity Time Trial which helped to raise money for the Soldier Memorial Fund. Kitty Weiner is the Community Service Chair for the Elk Grove Rotary Club and was responsible for organizing The clubs involvement with the race.  The club got great visibility during the event especially with the announcements during the event about what our club has accomplished locally and internationally.  Kitty also did an incredible job organizing and scheduling volunteers for the refreshment tent during the event which got really crowded for the two concerts on Friday and Saturday night. 

Rotary Race Podium Bill Beaupre 2013-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Aug 03, 2013

 

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President Rosanna Defrenza, Rotarian Kitty Weiner and Bill Marsten watch as the riders come in to finish the Rotary Race.

Rotarians Watch as Riders Finish Bill Beaupre 2013-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
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Riders pass the Elk Grove Rotary Club banner as they complete a lap during the Rotary Club of Elk Grove Village Masters 35+ category 1/2/3.

Riders during the Elk Grove Rotary Race Bill Beaupre 2013-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Aug 03, 2013

 

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Rotarian Bill Beaupre is pictured on the big Screen during the Rotary Club of Elk Grove Village Master 35+ Cat 1/2/3 Race.  The big screens are used to help view the riders during the race out on the course.  The race is streamed live locally on EGTV channel 6 for the local viewers.  There will be a one hour production of the Tour of Elk Grove races that will be replayed  nationally.

Billy Makes the Big Screen Bill Beaupre 2013-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Aug 03, 2013

 

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Elk Grove Rotary President Rosanna Defrenza officially starts the race along with Rotarian Kitty Weiner.  The race was named after the club and was one of the many races that took place during the week end at The Tour Of Elk Grove.  The race featured riders 35 and older in categories 1,2,3. 

Rotary Club of Elk Grove Village Masters 35+ Category 1/2/3 Bill Beaupre 2013-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jul 31, 2013

 

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Kerry Butz presented the club with a certificate for the ongoing support for the Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

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Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jul 31, 2013

 

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Kerry Butz is the Income Development Representative with the American Cancer Society located in Arlington Heights.  Kerry is presenting President Rosanna DeFrenza with a certificate acknowledging the support The Elk Grove Rotary Club has shown this year as well as previous years.  The Club makes a monetary donation as well as contributing and serving pizza and pasta for the Relay for Life at mid night.  The American Cancer Society does so much with the funds to help empower people to fight back against cancer.  Funds are used for research, Look good feel good program with make up and wigs, first haircuts, and support for recovery just to name a few. 

Kerry Butz visits from American Cancer Society Bill Beaupre 2013-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jul 24, 2013

 

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Elk Grove Rotary club hosted a wonderful dinner to say Thank You to all of its volunteers and sponsors that helped at this years Rotary Fest.  The event included a delicious dinner at Belvedere Banquets.  The volunteers and sponsors are critical to making the fest a success.  The funds from the fest are used to fund the clubs charitable activities.

Volunteer and Sponsor Thank You Dinner Bill Beaupre 2013-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jul 17, 2013

 

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Rotarians Arun Goyal, Cheri Dial and Dale Markay congratulate Juan Garcia after a wonderful presentation about his goal of teaching English at a school in Mexico.  Juan was born and raised in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico and came to the states in 1984.  Juan's goal is to return to Leon to teach kids English.

Juan Garcia talks to club about teaching English at school in Mexico Bill Beaupre 2013-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jul 17, 2013

 

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Elk Grove Rotary Club Foundation chair Cheri Dial presents Robert Naumann with his Paul Harris fellow pin, certificate and medallion.  Robert is the newest Paul Harris fellow for the Elk Grove Rotary club.  The club was acknowledged several years back as being a 100% Paul Harris Club. 

Robert Naumann Elk Grove Rotarys newest Paul Harris Fellow Bill Beaupre 2013-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jul 17, 2013

 

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Past President Shirlanne Lemm receives the traditional gavel from President Rosanna DeFrenza.  The gavel was presented to Shirlanne for her dedication and leadership to the club for the past year.

Shirlanne Lemm receives traditional gavel Bill Beaupre 2013-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jul 17, 2013

 

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The Elk Grove Rotary Club spent some time Thursday helping out at The Kenneth Young Resale Shop located at Wise and Roselle Rd. in Schaumburg.  Several Rotarians with Family and friends helped to organize the shop as part of the clubs community service.

Elk Grove Rotary volunteers at Kenneth Young Resale Shop Bill Beaupre 2013-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jul 10, 2013

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Dave Simmons with Friends of Cycling in Elk Grove visited the club with some information about the new club which was formed in October 2011.  Dave is the President of the club and spends his time talking to groups about smart cycling as well as the health advantages to cycling.  The club's goal is to promote, support and improve cycling in Elk Grove.  For more information check out their web site www.egvbikes.org

 

 

Dave Simmons with Friends of Cycling Bill Beaupre 2013-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 26, 2013

 

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Outgoing President Shirlanne Lemm welcomes incoming President Rosanna DeFrenza during the installation dinner at Ram Restaurant on June 27, 2013.  Part of the Elk Grove Rotary Tradition is to hand over the Paul Harris portrait to the new President.  The new President will now be able to display the portrait in their own home for the next year.  President Defrenza spoke briefly about her goals and vision for the upcoming year. 

New President Rosanna DeFrenza Bill Beaupre 2013-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 26, 2013

 

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President Shirlanne Lemm presents Bill Beaupre with The Rotarian of the Year award during the President Installation dinner on June 27, 2013.  Bill Beaupre has been a Rotarian for 13 years and has been active on the board for many of those years.  Bill served as the club's sergeant at arms for the past year and helped with the club activities and was active with community service projects.  Bill also acted as the editor for the news letter and helped keep the website up to date.

Rotarian of the Year Bill Beaupre Bill Beaupre 2013-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 26, 2013

 

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President Shirlanne Lemm discusses the highlights of the past year in Rotary at the President Installation dinner on June 27, 2013.  Several Rotarians and guests celebrated at the Ram restaurant in Schaumburg.  Shirlanne was extremely proud of the club and its accomplishments over the past year.  The club continued to be extremely active in all avenues of service including Literacy, international projects as well as many local projects here in the community.

President Shirlanne Lemm talks about the past year in Rotary Bill Beaupre 2013-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 16, 2013

 

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Elk Grove Rotarians finished up another successful Rotaryfest.  The fest started a little slow with the cancelation of Wednesday due to weather concerns.  However the fest opened up with the band Sugar High on Thursday and the Fest did not stop Rocking until the band Arra played on Sunday.  Many people came out to enjoy the rides, music, food and fun.  Sunday night concluded with an incredible Fire works display.  The above picture was created by Emil Schiavo.

Rotaryfest 2013 Bill Beaupre 2013-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
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Sunday was a great day for entertainment.  The day started with Serendipity followed by the band In Session and then concluded with ARRA. 

Sunday Night at the Fest Bill Beaupre 2013-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
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The raffle was concluded on Sunday night with Rotarian Cheri Dial announcing the winners for the two raffles.  The first raffle was for a Hockey stick which was signed by the players of the Chicago Black Hawks and the second raffle was a 50/50 split the pot raffle.

Raffle Give Away Bill Beaupre 2013-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jun 05, 2013

 

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Debbi Dennison returned to the Elk Grove Rotary Club with some great news.  The documentary about The Elk Grove Rotary Club won The Award of Achievement at the 2013 WCM and ACM Best of the Midwest Video Festival.  The documentary was created by Debbi and EGTV Channel 6 and is still airing on EGTV  and can be viewed by clicking the link at the bottom of the web site page.  The documentary shows what Elk Grove Rotary club does in the community and around the world to make a difference in so many lives. 

Award Winning Documentary Bill Beaupre 2013-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Mayor Johnson Speaks at the Elk Grove Rotary Club Select Member 2013-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Marston on May 19, 2013

ImageThe Chicago Blackhawks have presented the Rotary Club Of Elk Grove Village with a Signed Hockey Stick, signed by the Entire Team !

The Stick is being raffled as part of the 2013 Rotaryfest. Tickets are on sale for $5.00/Ticket - 6 tickets for $25.00.

 

The framed stick will be raffled in support of charities supported by The Elk Grove Village Rotary. The raffle is in Memoriam of Bob Nicholas. The Drawing will take place on Fathers Day at the Fest Grounds.

 

If Interested in purchasing tickets, send an e-mail to Cheri Dial @ c_dial@sbcglobal.net or Call 847-593-9661. Ask for Ms. Smarty Pants.

Announcing 2013 Chicago Blackhawk Signed Hockey Stick Raffle!!!!!!!!!! William Marston 2013-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on May 15, 2013
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The Elk Grove Rotary club welcomed the Scholarship winners for 2013.  David Cortese, Lukas Dybicz, Angelica Ford, Taylor Marquardt, Patricia Murray, Jacqueline Noto, Allyson Rajewski, Madeline Vanko, and Kaley Wandorf.   The scholarship winners and members of their family joined the club for a wonderful lunch at the Black Steer Charhouse.  This year the scholarship committee, chaired by Rotarian Steve Pickett, gave out a total of $12000 in scholarships.  The students had to complete an application with an essay and were interviewed by a board of Rotarians.  Several applications were received and reviewed but only 9 applicants were chosen to receive scholarships.

Scholarship Winners 2013 Bill Beaupre 2013-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on May 08, 2013

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President Shirlanne Lemm with the help of Frank Ramljak and Leigh Ferstein help induct the newest Elk Grove Rotarian Felicia Nelson at a recent Rotary Lunch.  Felicia received her New Rotarian kit as well as her Rotary Pin.  Felicia will be classified as Insurance.

New Member Joins Elk Grove Rotary Club Bill Beaupre 2013-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on May 08, 2013

 

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The posters have been printed and delivered by Fantasy Amusement Company it must be time for another Rotaryfest.  This years Fest will be from June 12 thru June 16.  It will once again have a large carnival, lots of great food and some incredible live entertainment.  The bands include 7th Heaven, Sugar High, The Modern Day Romeos, CoverGurl, Kashmir: The Led Zepplin Show, Flyte, Your Villain My Hero, The Lounge Puppets, Serendipity, In Session, and ARRA. 

Elk Grove Rotaryfest 2013 Bill Beaupre 2013-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on May 08, 2013

 

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Heather DeCook is a counselor and runs the Mentoring Program at Elk Grove High school.  The Mentoring Program is only in its second year but has already seen some positive impact on the students.  Currently there are about 33 students and 27 mentors.  Mentoring is a tier 2 intervention which utilizes PBIS.  PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention Systems.  Mentors will normally meet on a weekly basis with the students to help create weekly and quarterly goals.  Students earn small rewards by meeting their goals.

Heather DeCook speaks about Mentoring Program Bill Beaupre 2013-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on May 01, 2013

 

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The Elk Grove Rotary club announces it will have two great raffles this year during its annual Rotaryfest.  The first raffle will be for an incredible hockey stick signed by the players of The Chicago Black hawks.  The stick is beautifully mounted inside a box with a letter from The Chicago Black Hawks confirming the authenticity.  The second raffle will be a simple split the pot raffle wichh the winner will receive half of the money collected with a minimum prize of $1000.  Both of the drawings will be held the last night of Rotaryfest which will be June 16, 2013.  Winner need not be present to win.  Proceeds from the Raffles will be used to support charities supported by The Elk Grove Rotary Club.

Elk Grove Rotary Raffle 2013 Bill Beaupre 2013-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on May 01, 2013

 

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Once a year the Elk Grove Rotary club will cancel its regular lunch meeting and have a dinner meeting.  This year they selected the Greek Village in Schaumburg which specializes in Mediterranean food.  The family style service enabled Rotarians to try many different selections with lots of food to go around.  This was a wonderful fellowship opportunity and everyone had a great time.

Elk Grove Rotary visits the Greek Village in Schaumburg Bill Beaupre 2013-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
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The Elk Grove Rotary Club had a booth at the GOA Business Expo on April 25, 2013.  This was a wonderful opportuinity for the club to get out and talk about the many great things we do in the community and around the world.  The club was lucky enough to meet many people who were either interested in becoming a member, helping out as a volunteer at our annual Rotary fest or becoming a sponsor of the fest.  There were also many Rotarians from other clubs that just stopped over to say Hi.

Elk Grove Rotary visits GOA Business Expo Bill Beaupre 2013-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Apr 24, 2013

 

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Chris Anchor took time from his busy schedule to speak at the Elk Grove Rotary Club on April 25, 2013.  Chris is the wildlife Biologist for The Forest Preserve District of Cook County.  Chris informed the club about the territory changes over the past several years for several large predators including Black Bears, Cougars and Wolves.  It was an extremely informative presentation explaining how a cougar ended up in Chicago and how a Black bears had  been tracked to central Illinois.  The other large predator the Wolf has also been tracked within local areas.  Many people confuse coyotes for Wolves and Chris was able to show us many ways to determine the difference. 

Chris Anchor Talks About Cougars, Bears and Wolves. Bill Beaupre 2013-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Apr 19, 2013

 

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Rotary District 6440 held their District Conference in Oakbrook from April 18-21.  This year included a new segment called New Generations Assembly, which highlighted  the Interact, Rotaract and Youth exchange clubs.  Pictured above are Leigh Ferstein, the interact representative from Elk Grove Rotary, Jill Sagan, Mead Vice Principle.  Pete Hannigan, Mead Principle and Schaumburg Rotarian.  Melinda Hayes, Social Worker and Elizabeth James.  Also attending were Seven students of the Mead Junior High which are also Interact Club outgoing and incoming board members. 

Interat Club Visits District Conference Bill Beaupre 2013-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
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President Shirlanne Lemm presents Cindy Nelson with a donation from the Elk Grove Rotary Club.  Cindy is the Director of Special Events for Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago.  Their mission statement is "Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago maximizes independence and creates opportunities for people with disabilities and other special needs to live, learn, work, and play in their communities by providing a lifespan of premier services".  Also pictured are Savino D'argento and his son Enzo D'argento.  Savino is a fellow Rotarian and has been extremely active with raising funds to help with the fight to find a cure for Autism.

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago Bill Beaupre 2013-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Mar 27, 2013
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Elk Grove Rotarian Cheri Dial presents Jim Elliott with a donation to Diveheart.  Jim is the president of Diveheart which is making possibilities for disabilities.  Diveheart is an incredible organization that uses scuba diving to make a difference in peoples lives.  Many individuals with disabilities have had positive experiences and made incredible progress when worked with in the water.  Diveheart has made an incredible impact on several wounded military. For more information visit www.diveheart.org

Diveheart Making possibilities for disabilities Bill Beaupre 2013-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Mar 03, 2013

 

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The Elk Grove Rotary club held its annual Food drive and was able to supply over six tables of food as well as some money and gift cards for the Elk Grove Township Food Pantry.  Pictured above are (Back row L to R) Sandra Nowak Township General Assistance Administrator, Paula Sheffield Rotarian, Ann Hartney Township Case Worker, Kitty Weiner Rotarian.  (Front Row L to R)  Leigh Ferstein Rotarian, Shirlanne Lemm Elk Grove Rotary President, Nanci Vanderweel Elk Grove Township Supervisor.  Paula and Leigh did an incredible job with the food drive and allowed each of their place of business to used as collection sites.  Paula is with the Elk Grove Bank and Trust and Leigh is with the Elk Grove Park District. 

Elk Grove Rotary Annual Food Drive Bill Beaupre 2013-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Feb 27, 2013

 

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The Elk Grove Rotary Club as well as the Black Steer Charhouse hosted the Elk Grove Chamber Business after hours event on February 28, 2013.  Robert Grunwald is presenting Shirlann Lemm a certificate of appreciation to the Rotary Club as well as Frank Griseta presenting one to Louie Fronimos(pictured in the blue shirt) with Black Steer Charhouse.  The event was a wonderful opportunity to network with many local  business while enjoying great food.  Many individuals brought non perishable food items to help with the clubs annual food drive.

Elk Grove Chamber Business After Hours Bill Beaupre 2013-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Feb 20, 2013
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President Shirlanne Lemm thanks Dr. Raymond Lauk for his informative presentation regarding the safety of schools.  Dr. Lauk is the Superintendent of the Cook County School District 130 Blue Island, IL.  From 2006-2009, Dr. Lauk was the Education Solutions Manager at GE Security, a GE Company that Specialized in keeping school safe using advance technology and expert analysis.  The program was titled the facts, the fiction and the fairy tales.

Dr. Raymond Lauk Talks School Safety Bill Beaupre 2013-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jan 30, 2013

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Dr. Peter Hannigan, Principal of Mead Jr. High, as well as some teachers and students from the school joined us for lunch on January 31, 2013.  The group updated us on all the incredible things happening at Mead.  The food pantry is doing better than ever and has had great success with getting volunteers as well as getting many local stores to help with the supplies.  The students help with the food pantry but were very excited to tell us about their achievements with the Rotary Prep and the Rotary Interact clubs.  The clubs have planned food drives, Books and Burgers fund raiser, Diabetes fund raiser, raised funds for toys for the less fortunate.

Mead Jr. High Interact and Rotary Prep Clubs Bill Beaupre 2013-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jan 23, 2013
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Mayor of Palatine Jim Schwantz took time out of his busy schedule to stop by The Elk Grove Rotary Club lunch.  Jim is seen here with Rotarian Bill Beaupre.  Jim grew up in Palatine and attended Fremd High school.  Jim received a scholarship to play football at Purdue University.  After college JIm was picked up by the Chicago Bears and eventually found his way to The Dallas Cowboys where he won a Super bowl.  Jim was extremely entertaining with some great stories about his great career.  Jim was also kind enough to let everyone see his incredible championship ring.  Jim is currently living in Palatine with a wonderful family including his wife he met at Fremd high school.  Jim also spends time on the radio as well as working in sales for a local moving company

Mayor Jim Schwantz Speaks at Elk Grove Rotary Bill Beaupre 2013-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jan 16, 2013
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President Shirlanne Lemm inducts Leigh Ferstein into the Rotary Club of Elk Grove as Membership chair Frank Ramljak and President Elect Rosanna DeFrenza help with the ceremony.  Leigh currently works for the Elk Grove Park District.  Leigh's category for Rotary will be Fitness and Wellness.


Elk Grove Rotary Welcomes another new member Bill Beaupre 2013-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Dec 26, 2012
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Major General Robert S. Walsh visited the Elk Grove Rotary Club and is being thanked by President Shirlanne Lemm.  Robert is currently serving as the Deputy Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command.  Robert grew up in Elk Grove Village and attended St Viator High school.  Robert then attended the Naval Academy before entering the Marines.  Robert spoke a little about is incredible career but primarily spoke with passion about the troops.  The personal stories shared were truly captivating.

Major General Robert S. Walsh Bill Beaupre 2012-12-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Dec 18, 2012
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The club spent time on November 29, like they do every year promoting literacy.  Several Rotarians read books to children at the local daycare center.  Each child was given a wonderful bag filled with several books.  The kids are always excited to have books of their own to share with family.  Rotarians also spent time at another school acting out a version of The Three Little Pigs.  Students really enjoyed the play. 

Literacy Day 2012 Bill Beaupre 2012-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Dec 09, 2012
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Several Elk Grove Rotarians Helped at the District 54 Food Pantry located at Mead Junior High in Elk Grove.  Rotarians helped stock the shelves with lots of different items.  The pantry is used by families that are referred by the school social workers.  There are approximately 60 families that visit the pantry on a quarterly basis.  The pantry has been open for just over a year.

District 54 Food Pantry Bill Beaupre 2012-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Dec 07, 2012
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Elk Grove Rotary Club continued its support of the Elk Grove Parks Foundation by participating in the recent spin-o-thon.  Rotarians Paula, Rosanna and Kitty rode stationary bikes for an hour and helped raise funds for the foundation.  Several different individuals and groups also rode the bikes and the foundation raised over $3000.  The foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the Elk Grove Village Community.

Elk Grove Parks Foundation Bill Beaupre 2012-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Dec 05, 2012
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The Elk Grove Rotary Club hosted their annual Senior lunch on December 6, 2012.  The clubs annual lunch took place at the Sheila Ray Adult center located in Elk Grove Village.  There were almost 150 individuals that attended the event.  At noon the group was treated to some wonderful holiday music from the students of ELk Grove High school.  As soon as the music was done it was time to enjoy the Turkey, stuffing, mash potatoes, gravy, corn cranberries, rolls as well as some wonderful cake from Jarosch Bakery.  This is always a wonderful event and it is made possible from the proceeds of Rotaryfest.

Annual Holiday Senior Lunch Bill Beaupre 2012-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Nov 19, 2012
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Packages 4 Patriots is a wonderful organization which has been around about three years and has sent over 2600 packages to our troops. Packages 4 Patriots meet Every third Tuesday to pack and send packages from the Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Elk Grove.  On November 20, 2012 several Elk Grove Rotarians and their families helped pack more than 100 boxes.  The boxes included some comforts from home like chocolate, twinkies, oatmeal, ravioli, trail mix, and beef jerky to to name a few.  They also included soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste.  The packages also had a special holiday stocking which had lots of stuff including a beanie baby.  The beanie baby is carried by the troops and given to local children

Packages 4 Patriots Bill Beaupre 2012-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Nov 14, 2012
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The Elk Grove Rotary Club honored Rob Jordan and Kevin Walter with becoming Paul Harris Fellows.  Rotarians Bill Beaupre and Cheri Dial presented the certificates at the lunch on November 15, 2012.  Rob and Kevin have been incredible supporters of Rotary for many years.  Year after Year they have helped with the the lunch at the Rotaryfest for the kids from NWSRA.  Each year the Rotary club hosts about two hundred children and staff from the NWSRA.  This event is then capped off with the children enjoying the rides at the carnival in the afternoon.  Rob and Kevin are being recognized by The Elk Grove Rotary Club for the ways in which their lives exemplify the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation.  Rob and Kevin truly share in our commitment for world understanding and peace.

Rob Jordan and Kevin Walter become New Paul Harris Fellows Bill Beaupre 2012-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Nov 07, 2012
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President Shirlanne Lemm and Rotarian Bill Marston present Ross Spencer from ShelterBox with a coffee mug and a donation for a ShelterBox.  Ross stopped by to fill the club in on the current disasters around the world that ShelterBox is helping .  ShelterBox is a wonderful organization that sends a box filled with a tent, blanket, stove, pots, dishes, water filtration as well many other necessities including a childrens activity kit.  Elk Grove Rotary Club has already donated 4 boxes this year which are still waiting to be deployed.  The club has also donated box #5144 and #5145 which were sent to Hargeisa Somaliland in 2008.  As well as box #9192 and #9193 which were sent to Haiti in 2010.  In 2011 the club sponsored box #16,299 which was sent to Kenya.  In total the club has sponsored eight boxes since getting involved with this incredible organization in 2008.  For more information or to track where our next boxes will be sent visit www.shelterboxusa.org

Ross Spencer visits from Shelterbox Bill Beaupre 2012-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Nov 07, 2012
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Elk Grove Club Foundation chair Cheri Dial presents Jeff Martin with his certificate, pin and medallion after becoming the newest Paul Harris Fellow.  The Elk Grove Rotary Club was a 100% Paul Harris club for several years and continues to strive for that perfection.

Jeff Martin becomes Elk Grove's newest Paul Harris Fellow Bill Beaupre 2012-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Oct 31, 2012


ImageMike Yesner is the Rotary International Governor of District 6440 for 2012-2013.  The Governor visited the Elk Grove Rotary Club on November 1, 2012.  Elk Grove Rotary was the 66th club the Governor has visited already this year.  There are a total of 72 clubs that he will be visiting in our district.  The Governor was kind enough to present Elk Grove Rotarian Cerna Rand with her first Paul Harris.  The Elk Grove Rotary club has a proud tradition of being 100% Paul Harris for the past several years.  Governor Yesner came to the club with lots of great ideas to help the club continue to be successful.  Time was spent discussing the importance of searching for new members as well as getting new members involved immediately with club activities.  


Rotary District 6440 Governor Mike Yesner Visits Club Bill Beaupre 2012-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Oct 24, 2012

Amanda woods and Brooke Bartlow joined us for lunch on October 25, 2012.  They talked about the incredible organization called Fellowship Housing.  The organization has been in the Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates area for 21 years.  The main goal is to help single mothers and their children go from homelessness to hope.  The program helps those mothers that are over 21, currently employed, have their own transportation and have 3 or fewer children.  The program is a two year program designed to help debt, income, savings and credit score.  At the conclusion of their program President Lemm presented a donation on behalf of the club.

Fellowship Housing homelessness to hope Bill Beaupre 2012-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Oct 24, 2012
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President Lemm watches as membership chair Frank Ramljak places the Rotary pin onto Frank Griseta's jacket.  Frank Griseta is a financial advisor with The Griseta Group located in Elk Grove Village.  Frank was inducted into the club during our lunch on October 25, 2012.

New Rotarian Frank Griseta Bill Beaupre 2012-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Oct 17, 2012
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President Lemm presents a donation to Beth Stiff.  Beth stiff is the Illinois Ambassador to Arlington for the Wreaths Across America.  Beth was kind enough to join us for lunch on October 18, 2012.  The goal of Wreaths Across America is to REMEMBER the fallen,  HONOR those who serve and their families,and TEACH our children the values of freedom.  The club made a donation to to the charity and helped Beth get closer to their goal of placing a Wreath at approximately 225,000 sites at Arlington Cemetery.  The ceremony will be held on December 15, 2012.  Last year there were about 30,000 people that attended to help place the wreaths and to make certain that no one is forgotten.
Wreaths Across America Bill Beaupre 2012-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Oct 11, 2012
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The Elk Grove Rotary Club was at the Elk Grove High School football game on October 12, 2012, collecting funds to help in the fight against the crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease known as Polio.  This was the second game this year the club collected funds and the total amount collected was $592.44.  The club agreed to match any funds collected which means the total contribution to eradicating polio is $1184.88.  Rotary International started a large international campaign for Polio eradication called Polio Plus in 1985.  In 1988 there were more than 125 countries polio endemic.  Now with India surpassing a year polio free there are only 3 countries polio endemic.  A child can be protected for life from the virus for as little as $.60 which means our contribution will protect over 1900 children.  A special thanks the generous football fans, friends, volunteers as well as the Elk Grove High school Students who helped with the events. 
Elk Grove Rotary Club Raises Money For End Polio Now Bill Beaupre 2012-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Oct 10, 2012
ImagePresident Shirlanne Lemm and membership chair Frank Ramljak induct  Paula Sheffield at our lunch on October 11, 2012.  Paula is Branch Manager with the Elk Grove Village Bank and Trust and her classification will be Banking.
Elk Grove Rotary Club welcomes Paula Sheffield Bill Beaupre 2012-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Oct 10, 2012
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Steve Silic is the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Fisheries Biologist and he was kind enough to be the clubs guest speaker on October 11, 2012.  Steve spent time telling us about the incredible Walleye reproduction/stocking program that takes place at Lake Tampier which is just south west of Chicago.  Steve starts in early spring by catching several adult walleye from the lake using gillnets, fyke nets as well as Electro shock.  The electro shock is done at night when walleyes are most active and can yield as many as eighty in an hour.  The fish are sorted by sex and as many as 35,000 to 615,000 eggs are harvested from a female per year.  The eggs are mixed and fertilized in bowls and hatched at the McGinnis Field station.  The fry are then transported to a small holding pond for about 6-8 weeks until they are two to three inches and are then called fingerlings.  The fingerlings will then be transported to Lake Tampier and will now have a 25% survival rate compared to the only 1% if they were released as fry. Lake Tampier has an incredible walleye population with several walleye weighing in from eight to twelve pounds.
Steve Silic Talks Fish Bill Beaupre 2012-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Oct 09, 2012
ImageCheri Dial, Bill Beaupre and Kitty Weiner were honored with being inducted into Elk Grove High school's Alumni Wall of Achievement on September 28, 2012.  The three graduated from Elk Grove High school and were being honored because of their individual success in their profession as well as their commitment to community service. Each has committed countless hours to many different  volunteer opportunities but all of them belong to The Elk Grove Rotary Club.  The day had many activities but the highlight was spending time telling the students about themselves and the organizations they have spent countless hours volunteering.  The three took the opportunity to send a positive message to the students and highlighted the many different aspects of Rotary.
Three Rotarians Honored with Alumni Wall of Achievement Bill Beaupre 2012-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Oct 03, 2012

The club welcomed back Ambassadorial Scholar Ryan M. Brod.  Ryan was the winner of the 2010 Rotary Foundations Ambassadorial Scholarship.  Ryan was a member of the Cadet Class of 2011 at the Military Academy of West Point.  Our sponsorship and Ryan's impressive credentials enabled him to win about $25,000 towards his education abroad.  Ryan returned to us with a wealth of knowledge learned and experiences he will remember forever.  Among many of his incredible experiences he took time to raise money for Shelterbox.  Ryan with some  of his friends took part in the Three Peak Challenge.  They climbed three peaks, Ben Nevis(4406ft), Scafell(3210ft) and Snowdon(3560ft).  The club contributed to Ryan's efforts with a donation to help with Shelterbox.  Ryan did extremely well with his studies and now looks to complete his Military assignment.  Ryan would strongly recommend this experience and was very appreciative of the opportunity.
Ambassadorial Scholar Ryan M. Brod visits the club Bill Beaupre 2012-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Sep 26, 2012
The Elk Grove Rotary annual Golf outing was on September 27, 2012.  It was a beautiful fall day and most of the club attended this wonderful fellowship opportunity.  Rotarians tried their best to win some of the great prizes available at most of the holes.  There was the longest putt, shortest putt, closest to the pin as well as the longest drive.  The longest drive did come with a little controversy, some wanted to count the ball even if in the sand hazard.  After several minutes of discussing an amicable solution was determined.  After golf a wonderful steak dinner in the club house. Following dinner was an entertaining raffle and everyone went home a winner. 
Elk Grove Rotary Golf Outing Bill Beaupre 2012-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Sep 19, 2012
Joshua Grodzin is the Director of Business Development and Marketing for the Village of Elk Grove.  Joshua joined us for lunch on September 20, 2012.  Joshua filled us in on all of the exciting things currently happening in Elk Grove village.  He took the time to inform us on the current vacancy rate in the business park and how it has actually dropped almost 2% since 2010.  There have been a number of tear downs and new construction as well as several new retail establishments that have moved into Elk Grove.  Currently you can go to www.elkgrovesites.com for an interactive database of available space.  Joshua also shared with us a new brochure which is given to new companies moving into area.
Joshua Grodzin Speaks at Lunch Bill Beaupre 2012-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Aug 29, 2012

Elk Grove Rotary President Shirlanne Lemm presents Mark Schumacher from the Itasca Running Club with a sponsorship check for their upcoming event.  The Itasca Running club will be hosting  their fourth annual 5K run/walk on October 13, 2012.  They anticipate having over 600 participants in this years event which includes give aways and a post race party.  The funds raised are used to help local charities. 
Itasca Running Club Bill Beaupre 2012-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Aug 22, 2012

Elk Grove Rotarian Cheri Dial gets things started at the Volunteer appreciation dinner by reciting the 4 way test of the things we think say or do.  This is the clubs second annual appreciation dinner for all of the volunteers and sponsors that made RotaryFest 2012 such a success.  It was a night which included a wonderful dinner and lots of fun.  Each guest brought home a chocolate bar and several guests took home some wonderful prizes  The guests were also treated to music for the evening from Chuck Masny.  With the help of the volunteers and sponsors the 2012 RotaryFest was a big success.  The funds from the Fest will enable our club to continue to make a big difference in the community and around the world.  For additional photos of the evening please click on the link to the left.
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner 8-23-12 Bill Beaupre 2012-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Aug 15, 2012

John McCabe with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County speaks at the Elk Grove Rotary Club on August 16, 2012.  John discussed the recent devastation from the Emerald Ash Borer.  John visited the club a few years back explaining to us how the EAB bug had devastated the Michigan Ash trees and  was on its way to Illinois.  Unfortunately John was correct and the EAB Bug is now in Illinois and devastating local communities and the Cook County Forest Preserve.  The EAB Bug targets Ash trees which is a very popular tree in the area. The Forest Preserve has spent a great deal of money and time already battling the bug by removing and replanting many trees. 
John McCabe speaks about EAB Bill Beaupre 2012-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Aug 04, 2012

The Masters +35 category 1/2 racers are about to get started during the Alexian Brothers Tour of ELk Grove On Sunday August 5, 2012.  The Elk Grove Rotary CLub sponsored this race and President Shirlanne Lemm, Kitty Weiner and Rosanna Defrenza were on the stage ready to hand out the winners medals.  The Club also volunteered their time helping out at the refreshment booth.  Aside form the big Rotaryfest this is our other fundraiser that has become an annual event.  In addition to the incredible professional field of men and woman cyclists the event also host two great block parties with entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights as well as Fireworks.
Elk Grove Rotary Sponsors Race and volunteers at Tour Of Elk Grove Bill Beaupre 2012-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Beaupre on Jul 25, 2012


Guest Speaker Murray Bannerman visited our club on July 26, 2012.  Murray is a retired BlackHawk Goalie which was selected 58th overall in 1977 by the Vancouver Canucks.  He became famous for his many years with the Blcakhawks and was a 1983 allstar.  His name is so recognizable because of the stadium announcer Pat Foley sreaming his name B-aaa-nner-maaaaaaaaan.  He talked about many of hs games as well as the dedication and hard wrok it takes to be a professional.  He also spoke highly of his relationship with Goalie Tony Esposito.
Murray Bannerman Visits the Club Bill Beaupre 2012-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Pickett on Nov 16, 2011

 Elk Grove Rotarians Perform at Ridge School

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Elk Grove Village Rotarians perform a readers theater adaptation of the Three Little Pigs. Pictured are Rod Pickett, Kara Pickett, Cheri Dial, Bob Nicholas, Mrs. Zabroske and Steve Pickett.

World Literacy Day Rod Pickett 2011-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Pickett on Aug 20, 2011

Thank You for your support with the 2011 RotaryFest

All volunteers are invited to an appreciation dinner on Thursday, September 8, at the Rainbow Falls Banquet Room.

Appetizers will be served from 6:00 to 6:30. Dinner will be served at 6:30.

Please RSVP to Rosanna DeFrenza by August 31.

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Posted by Rod Pickett on Jul 20, 2011

 Governor Früm Visits Elk Grove

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L-R: Bill Beaupre, Rosanna DeFrenza, President Rod Pickett, Governor Carlos Früm

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Installation of Officers for 2011 Rod Pickett 2011-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Big Taste Grill Visits Rotaryfest! William Marston 2011-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Shelter Box and Elk Grove Rotary Continue cooperation!! William Marston 2011-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Marston on Mar 21, 2011

The Elk Grove Rotary was pleased to Host Connie Payton and guest, and shared information on the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation. The Club donated to this cause.

Connie invited all to participate in the 6th Annual Kendall County "Sweetness 5K-8K Run/Walk, Saturday June 4th, 2011. The event will take place at Yorkville High School, 797 Game Farm Road, Yorkville ILlinois.

Details can be found in our download section to the left.

Information can also be found at www.payton34.com

 

 

 

Connie Payton Speaks with Elk Grove Rotary William Marston 2011-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Helmut Gottfert on Nov 04, 2010

It is our great pleasure to announce Ryan M. Brod as the winner of the 2010 Rotary Foundation’s Ambassadorial Scholarship. Ryan is currently a member the Cadet Class of 2011 at the Military Academy at West Point. Our sponsorship and Ryan’s impressive credentials resulted in the granting of this award over thousands of other candidates throughout the world, and commits $25,000 toward his education abroad.

 

Ambassadorial Scholarships, The Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program, was founded in 1947. Since then, more than 40,000 men and women from about 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices. Today it is one of the world's largest privately funded international scholarships programs. Nearly 700 scholarships were awarded for study in 2009-10. Through grants totaling approximately US$16.2 million, recipients from about 70 countries studied in more than 80 nations.

The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors academic year scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.

Generous contributions from Rotarians worldwide represent a continued faith that today’s Ambassadorial Scholars will be tomorrow's community and world leaders.

Ryan M. Brod Ambassadorial Scholarship Recipient Helmut Gottfert 2010-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cheri Dial on Oct 24, 2010
 Our Club continues to be a 100% Paul Harris Club and a pleased to announce that we have two new Paul Harris Fellows.
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Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford speaks to the Elk Grove Rotary Club on July 19, 2012.  It was a full house with several guests including the Village Mayor Craig Johnson as well as some of the Village Trustees and staff.  Dan Rutheford was very informative with the current conditions of the state.  In addition to talking to the club the State Treasurer also brought along his computers and tried to give back some of the unclaimed money sitting with the state.  Several individuals were able to claim some of their lost and or forgotten funds.
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Illinois State Treasurer Visits club Bill Beaupre 0
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Austin Beaupre received the Service Above Self Award from the Elk Grove Rotary Club on his most recent visit.  Austin showed outstanding dedication and service to the club for his help at the annual Rotaryfest.  Austin spends many hours before during and after the fest and has been helping for several years.  Susan Breier the Fest chair, Bill Marston the Club Secretary and Shirlanne Lemm the CLub President presented Austin with the prestigious award.
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Austin Beaupre receives High Honor from Club Bill Beaupre 0
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to all of the volunteers who helped make our 2012 RotaryFest a great success. We couldn't have done it without you. We hope you can join us for our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, August 23rd from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Rainbow Falls. We will be sending invitations soon. Thanks again!
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Posted by Rod Pickett
EGTV has produced an excellent documentary of the Elk Grove Rotary Club. You can view it here.

Thanks to Debbi Dennison and EGTV!
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Posted by Rod Pickett
If you would like to help out at this year's RotaryFest download this PDF. Once you've completed the form click the submit button and it will automatically be e-mailed. We appreciate all the dedicated volunteers that make RotaryFest possible.
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Posted by Shirlanne Lemm
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   June 13th - 17th 
  
Come enjoy live entertainment, food, beer, fireworks, carnival and much more. This annual event draws thousands of visitors each year.  Don't miss this Elk Grove Village summertime tradition. 

Lions Park
200 Rev. Morrison Blvd.
Elk Grove Village

Click more for the 2012 RotaryFest schedule
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Posted by Rod Pickett
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Pictured (L-R): Dr. Mario Parlato, President of the Termini Imerese Rotary Club; Salvatore Burrafato, Mayor of Termini Imerese; Rod Pickett, President of the Elk Grove Village Rotary Club; Giovanni Gullo,Chairman of the Elk Grove Village Italian Sister Cities; Dr. Salvatore Cirignotta, Director General of the Azienda Sanitaria for the Region of Sicily.

In a ceremony on March 30, 2012, the most ambitious International Service project of the Elk Grove Rotary Club was officially completed.A new video colonoscopy machine was installed at the Salvatore Cimino Hospital in Termini Imerese, Italy--Sister City of Elk Grove Village. The multi-year project which cost $50,000 was realized with the assistance of the Termini Imerese Rotary Club, the Elk Grove Italian Sister Cities Association, the Termini Imerese Sister Cities Association, and several individuals from the Alexian Brother Medical Center.
Colonoscopy Machine for Termini Imerese Rod Pickett 0
Posted by Rod Pickett
Providence Rubingisa, a Rwandan genocide survivor, founded Stuff for the Poor to help those still fighting poverty in Africa. Stuff for the Poor has found a unique business model for their ministry. They collect used shoes and sell them at a very low cost to entrepreneurs in Africa. The money is used to support educational efforts, and the shoes provide an important stimulus to the local economy.

The Rotary Club of Elk Grove collected several hundred pairs of shoes and made a $500 contribution.

For more information about this important work visit StuffForThePoor.org

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Stuff for the Poor Rod Pickett 0
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