The Rotary Club of Evanston

A SPECIAL MESSAGE REGARDING COVID-19

As a result of the pandemic, the Rotary Club of Evanston has suspended its weekly in-person meetings and moved them online. We gather "virtually" each Thursday at noon Central Time. Please contact Jane Ricciardi at ZoomForRotaryHomeClub@gmail.com for login information. If we can be of help to your organization, please reach out to us at rcevanston@gmail.com.

About Our Club

The Rotary Club of Evanston is an organization of local leaders and volunteers who are working together to improve Evanston and the world through service and giving back to the community. The club has been a gathering place and forum for leadership for nearly 100 years. We meet every Thursday at 12:00pm at Rotary International headquarters, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, Illinois. Contact us at rcevanston@gmail.com.

We invite you to join us in celebrating our 100th year of service to Evanston and the world during our Centennial in 2020! 

Club News
Tracy Tebear officially became President of the Rotary Club of Evanston on July 1! Tracy and Immediate Past President Evelyn Lee symbolically transitioned the presidency by "tossing the globe" at the International Friendship Garden -- thus kicking off another year of Rotary activity in Evanston. Tracy has already introduced a new, streamlined committee structure and fresh ideas for our weekly meetings. We look forward to Tracy's year of leadership! 

 
As the 2019-20 Rotary year draws to a close at the end of June, we congratulate our club President, Evelyn Lee, on a very successful year. Evelyn lead many important projects forward, including launching our 100-year anniversary celebration! Evelyn made it possible to continue with our weekly meetings in a virtual format when COVID-19 brought challenges and she played an instrumental role in helping ensure that our club was able to step in and support those in need in Evanston during the pandemic -- both through financial assistance and hands-on service. Pictured here with Rotary District 6440 Governor Suzanne Gibson, Evelyn will now step into her next leadership role as District 6440 Assistant Governor. Thanks for a great year, Evelyn! 
Grace Lehner, Director of Archives and Administration at the Evanston History Center, was our special guest via Zoom on June 11.  Grace shared a wealth of information about the Evanston History Center, with some highlights. The Center (originally the Evanston Historical Society) was founded in 1898 and is headquartered in the Charles G. Dawes House, 225 Greenwood Street, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. As a 501c3 organization, it does not receive funding from the city. Residents often visit the Evanston History Center to research homes and buildings, since records of all permits and other documents have been preserved since the 1890s. There are many categories of historic documents preserved by the History Center. The Sanborn maps are of particular interest for those researching the City of Evanston. The Center also received a grant to digitize content from the 1990s to the 2000s, converting VHS and other content to more stable media forms. Frank Foster, who was for many years a member of the club, was a major benefactor of the Center, and its reading room is named in his honor. It is worth a visit to the Center to learn about the past -- and for those who are creating history in Evanston today, consider bringing content to be preserved there! Many programs, events and lectures are offered throughout the year at the Center. For the latest updates, visit www.evanstonhistorycenter.org.
 
Evanston's Interim City Manager, Erika Storlie, provided the club with an update on the city on June 4. Ms. Storlie touched on a number of issues, beginning with COVID-19 and how it is impacting Evanston. The city is now in Phase 3 of re-opening, with it's curve of COVID-19 cases beginning to flatten. She warned that if we have spikes of infection, the city may have to return to Phase 2. In the meantime, various re-openings are under way. The city is hoping to add staff positions to its Health Department as a result of the pandemic, and likely will be changing the way it allocates its resources. The Civic Center on Ridge Avenue is no longer optimal for city-government use, and the city is considering options -- including housing some services at the public library or in other locations. Tax revenues are significantly reduced as a result of the pandemic, and the current projection is that we will have a $2 million budget shortfall. Ms. Storlie also touched on the recent national protests over policing and stressed that the city has been reviewing its own policies in recent years. Our thanks to Interim City Manager Erika Storlie! 
We were joined on May 28 by former Evanston City Council member Jane Grover, who is a Principal with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). We learned a wealth of information about CMAPs role in the allocation and prioritization of transportation funding and being organized to receive billions of dollars in federal funds to support transportation. There are 8.5 million residents in the Chicago Metropolitan region, which includes 284 municipalities. Two-thirds of Illinois residents live in our region. We have more than 20,000 miles of roads, traveled by 165 million vehicles per day, and our region is considered the “center of the universe” for national shipping, as half the nation's intermodal trains move through Chicago. Ms. Grover discussed CMAP's strategic visioning for the region, including transitioning transportation to a self-driving-vehicle model and encouraging pedestrian friendly communities, taking steps to help preserve and protect our water sources, dealing with climate change,  and balancing housing supply and demand. 
Our speaker May 21 was Mark Trapp, Attorney and Author of “A Destiny of Undying Greatness: Kiffin Rockwell and the Boys Who Remembered Lafayette." Our program, in honor of Memorial Day, was a tribute to the patriotism of Kiffin Rockwell and several other Americans -- Kiffin’s brother Paul, Alan Seeger, and Norman Prince -- who volunteered to fight for France before the United States joined World War I. These young men all came from middle class or very wealthy families, and remembering that Lafayette had come to help the United States during the American Revolution, felt they owed something to France. Their stories of heroism and idealism were uplifting as we prepared to celebrate Memorial Day in the United States.  To learn more about the book, visit https://undyinggreatness.com/extras
Andy Vass, Henry Fetta and Daniel Jariabka of the Hunger Resource Network joined us May 7 to share their insights about the issue and how their unique organization is helping feed those in need. The Network is an all-volunteer non-profit created 11 years ago and based in Northbrook. The Network started 20 years ago as a church effort to rescue unpurchased food from grocer Sunset Foods. Repurposing more than 50,000 pounds of food per year, they were able to help feed many Northbrook-area people in need. Their focus in recent years has been on supplying protein sources -- such as chicken -- for food pantries. 
 
Since then, the Network has reached out to other local non-profits and expanded significantly – now working with agencies in other communities, including Evanston. Partners include Hillside Pantry, St Mary’s, Hilda’s Kitchen, Ebenezer Soup Kitchen, Second Baptist Church, Connections for the homeless, and the Salvation Army.  They also rescue produce from the Evanston Farmers Market. To learn more, visit https://www.hungerresourcenetwork.org/.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Evanston formally celebrated its 100th birthday with an online gala and fundraising event May 1, 2020. You can watch a full recording of the event  here. Club members and visitors from all over the world tuned in to a special evening that included remarks from Rotary International President Mark Maloney and Jennifer Jones, a member of Rotary International's Board of Directors (who served as emcee during the evening). More than $25,000 was raised to benefit the club's various charitable efforts. During the event we also launched a new award honoring long-time club member and former Evanston Chief of Police Bill Logan. Many thanks to Gala co-chairs Michele Berg and Helen Dickson, our event-planning partner, Bon Events, and our sponsors, whose generous support made a huge difference:  Hagerty Consulting, Fischl Dental Associates, Albion Evanston, Northshore University Health System, Alim, Byline Bank, the Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse, Dempster Auto Rebuilders, First Northern Credit Union, Avidor, Gene Servillo Consulting, Levy Senior Center Foundation, the Isrealite Group, ZS and Swigert & Associates. Thanks to all who made this event a success!
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Watch Our Centennial Celebration Online!
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Rotary Club of Evanston's Centennial Gala was hosted online Friday, May 1. We proudly celebrated 100 years in Evanston and had a wonderful evening, raising thousands of dollars for our Charitable Fund.  You can watch a recording of the full celebration at  our Facebook page
 
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Upcoming Speakers
President Tracy Tebear
Jul 09, 2020
Club Assembly: Making the most out of "Going Virtual"
No Meeting This Week
Jul 16, 2020
Members Choice
Elio Romero
Jul 23, 2020
My personal fight with COVID-19
Colette Martin-Wilde
Jul 30, 2020
Fireside Chat (5th Thursday)
Upcoming Events
 
Recipient of the 2020 Vibrant Club Award!