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


Club News
Thanks to City of Evanston Economic Development Manager, Paul Zalmezak, for providing an excellent, and encouraging update today on recent and upcoming efforts to keep Evanston vibrant and thriving! 
Members learned about:
● Current economic conditions in Evanston
● City Council approval of ARPA plan
● Investment in Northlight, The Aux, and ASPIRE program
● A new retail / business district strategy
● Efforts to finalize a Clean Team recommendation
● Recent and upcoming development updates
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.
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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!
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
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. 
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Upcoming Speakers
Luke Stowe
Oct 13, 2022
Evanston City Manager
Upcoming Events
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
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