The Rotary Club of Evanston

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
The Rotary Club of Evanston hosted its 6th annual "Heads Up, Evanston" community networking luncheon on November 14, inviting more than 20 organizations to join in a dialogue on the topic of food insecurity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. In 2017, an estimated 1 in 8 Americans were food insecure – that’s 40 million Americans, including more than 12 million children. Even in a community as prosperous as Evanston, food insecurity is a problem. The Rotary Club of Evanston will focus its fundraising and hands-on service efforts on this topic for the next several years and the November 14 luncheon brought together local leaders to help get the initiative started. See photos of the event at our Facebook photo album here. Our thanks to the 38 community leaders who joined us for this discussion -- you make us proud to live in Evanston! (Pictured: Meeting participant Kelly Diaz of Evanston Township High School Nutrition Services.) 
 
Photo by Jeremy Pardoe.
Rotary Club of Evanston members spent a chilly Halloween morning and lunch hour with Rotary District 6440 Governor Suzanne Gibson, who provided informative updates on various district activities and goals for the year. Afterwards, members of the club posed in front of Rotary headquarters with Governor Gibson's well-decorated car!  Governor Gibson stressed the key goals for Rotarians in 2019-2020: Increase our impact, expand our reach, and enhance participation and engagement.
 
Members of the club were joined by Rotarians from the U.S., Austria and Switzerland at Rotary's global headquarters in downtown Evanston for a bit of community service on Sunday, October 27. Together, the volunteers packed more than 200 meal and 120 hygiene kits for distribution to local nonprofits for those in need. The kits will be distributed in partnership with Interfaith Action of Evanston. Thanks to all for pitching in! 
The club had an inspiring meeting on Oct. 17 with Rotary International President Mark Maloney. President Maloney reminded the club of the many ways that Rotary Connects the World and shared key points of Rotary’s new action plan. During the meeting, new club member Barbara Huffman was inducted by President Maloney, along with her sponsor Tom Swigert and mentor Paul Fischl.
Rotary International staff took advantage of their volunteer service day to help the club clean up our International Friendship Garden and plant bulbs before winter. Together with members of the club, they planted 1,800 bulbs! The garden, which promotes international peace and goodwill,  is located at the corner of McCormick Blvd. and Bridge Street in Evanston and is open to the public.
Sue Murphy, Executive Director of Interfaith Action of Evanston, was the club's featured speaker on Oct. 3, discussing all of the resources available in the Evanston community for those who are hungry and/or homeless. This organization, powered by volunteers and the faith community, offers a hospitality center for the homeless, soup kitchens, warming centers, an overnight emergency shelter and the Producemobile.
 
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Upcoming Speakers
RCE Club Event
Dec 19, 2019
Special LeadershipEvanston Event
No Meeting
Dec 26, 2019