The Rotary Club of Evanston

About Our Club

The Rotary Club of Evanston is network of local business, community and thought leaders who share the ideals of service, integrity, diversity, leadership and friendship. The club has been a gathering place and catalyst for change for over 100 years. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 12:00pm Central. To visit, or get involved, please contact us at rcevanston@gmail.com.

 

Club News
In an effort to help address the COVID-19 crisis as it impacts Evanston, the Rotary Club of Evanston continues to host its meetings online, rather than in-person, and will divert funds previously budgeted for its weekly lunches to support organizations that are helping ensure food security in Evanston.
 
So far, the club has donated funds to local restaurants cooking and delivering meals to the elderly, hospital workers and economically disadvantaged, including La Principal, Bagel Art Cafe, Curt's Cafe and NaKorn. Additional funding has been provided for Hillside Pantry to be utilized to purchase non-perishable foods.

The work of these organizations is vital locally, in providing meals to both health care workers and citizens in need as a result of COVID-19. For more information about our food insecurity efforts in Evanston, please visit our food insecurity pages
 
The Rotary Club of Evanston continues to meet weekly online, due to the COVID-19 crisis. Visitors are welcome to join us on Thursdays at noon Central Time as we conduct club business and hear from a weekly speaker. You can participate in our meeting by computer or phone.
 
Please contact ZoomForRotaryHomeClub@gmail.com for login information.
 
When we are able, we will return to a bi-weekly in-person meeting.  
The Rotary Club of Evanston has announced a new annual award for civic engagement and leadership. The William H. Logan Jr. Legacy Service Award is named for former Evanston Police Chief William “Bill” Logan,  a longtime member of the club. The award recognizes a pioneer in the community who is making significant contributions to Evanston through their time, action, talents and dedication. Honorees will be seen as a role models of civic engagement who have established a history of distinguished service.  Chief Logan, the city's first black Chief of Police, has made significant contributions to the city over the course of his life. Congratulations to our friend, and dedicated Rotarian, Bill Logan!
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 led 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.
 
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Upcoming Speakers
Board Meeting/Rotarian Choice
May 19, 2022
No Regular Noon Meeting
Heidi King
May 26, 2022
College Inside Track
Happy Hour/Service
Jun 02, 2022
No Regular Noon Club Meeting
Bob Tanner
Jun 09, 2022
Perspective Gallery
Board Meeting/Rotarian Choice
Jun 16, 2022
No Regular Noon Meeting
Transition Party
Jun 23, 2022
Date Still to be Confirmed
Video: 100 Years of Service
Watch Our Centennial Celebration Online!
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Rotary Club of Evanston's Centennial Gala was hosted online.  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
 
Take Our Centennial Quiz
How well do you know the Rotary Club of Evanston? Take our Centennial Quiz to find out!