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
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.
Adequate access to food impacts academic success at all ages -- and Oakton Community College is addressing this issue through the Oakton Caring Closet, which provides immediate support to students.  Representatives of Oakton -- Katherine Sawyer, Krissie Harris and Tania Boisson -- visited the club on Sept. 5 to provide an update of Oakton's efforts to address food security on campus.
 
The Rotary Club of Evanston will be focusing on the issue of food security in coming years and we thank Katherine, Krissie and Tania for enlightening us with this very important program.
 
You can support Oakton's efforts by donating food and personal items outlined at www.oakton.edu/caringcloset.
Rotarians April Jensen, left, and Janet Butterfield were among the many volunteers who helped fill backpacks with school supplies for Evanston students on August 15. The Rotary Club of Evanston provides funding and volunteer support for a variety of local causes. 
 
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