Posted on Nov 16, 2019
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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.
Evanston Rotary Tackles Issue of Food Insecurity 2019-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 12, 2019
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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.
 
District 6440 Governor Visits Club Paul W. Larson 2019-11-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 27, 2019
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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! 
Packing Meal and Hygiene Kits for Those in Need 2019-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 17, 2019
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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.
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Posted on Oct 10, 2019
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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.
Volunteers Keep Friendship Garden Looking Great! 2019-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 04, 2019
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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.
Interfaith Action Updates Club on Activities 2019-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 22, 2019
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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.
Oakton Community College Food Security Program 2019-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 15, 2019
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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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Posted on Jul 25, 2019
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The Rotary Club of Evanston Charitable Fund presented checks to two local organizations to support their efforts at reducing hateful speech and intolerant behavior among youth on Thursday, July 25 at Rotary headquarters in downtown Evanston. The Center for Independent Futures and the Evanston Public Library received $2,500 each for special programs that will launch later this year. 

Accompanying the grant recipients were representatives of Byline Bank, Hagerty Consulting, NorthShore University HealthSystem and Romano Brothers & Co. Wealth Management, who funded this year’s Rotary grants.
 
2019 Community Grant Recipients 2019-07-25 05:00:00Z 0
Evanston Rotary Clubs March in 4th July Parade Jeremy Pardoe 2019-07-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 27, 2019
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Our new Club President Evelyn Lee will assume responsibility for leading the club during the 2019-2020 Rotary year, succeeding Michele Berg.  She is leading our efforts during an exciting period as we celebrate our Club's Centennial year and launch our signature project, addressing food insecurity. Congratulations Evelyn!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our new club president Evelyn Lee Jeremy Pardoe 2019-06-27 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Evanston Charitable Fund 2019 Community Grant Recipients Announced Helen Dickson 2019-06-20 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International senior manager named Nonprofit Person of the Year by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce Helen Dickson 2019-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Helen Dickson on Nov 27, 2018
Recognizing the growing importance that corporations place on corporate social responsibility, the Club has created the corporate membership initiative. Corporate memberships invite corporations to participate in giving back to the community through the well-organized systems and structures of Rotary.
 
The Rotary Club of Evanston offers a Corporate Membership program for corporations and large businesses. To read more about the qualifications, download the PDF or read below. Questions about this policy can be directed to rcevanston@gmail.com
Rotary Club of Evanston Corporate Membership Policy Helen Dickson 2018-11-27 06:00:00Z 0
RI VP Jennifer Jones Shares Insights on Telling "My Rotary Story" Jane Lawicki 2016-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Marches in Evanston 4th of July Parade Paul Fischl 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 15, 2016

Northwestern University Baseball Head Coach Spencer Allen updated the Club on the prospects of the team in the coming year.
Allen Updates Club on NU Baseball 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 09, 2016
 
Dennis "Sonar" Greene joined the Club this week.
Greene Joins Club 2016-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 08, 2016

Autobarn Owner Richard Fisher shared with the Club the dealership's history and plans to open a new facility in south Evanston next month.
Fisher Shares Autobarn Expansion 2016-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Evanston Community Foundation President Updates Club 2016-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
NU President Schapiro Speaks to Club Joint Meeting 2016-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 18, 2016

The 2016 Pizza Fest was an outstanding success.  Thank you to everyone who attended.
2016 Pizza Fest 2016-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 04, 2016
 
The Club inducted new member Evelyn Lee this week with help from Rotary District 6440 Governor Rodney Adams. 
Welcome Evelyn Lee 2016-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Degliantoni Updates on Evanston Magazine 2016-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 01, 2016

PizzaFest 2016 is May 17 and 18 at Gigio's Pizza, 1001 Davis Street.  Tuesday May 17 is for pickup and delivery only.  Wednesday May 18 is for dining in.  For further information and how to get tickets, see our PizzaFest website.
PizzaFest 2016 - May 17 and 18 2016-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 18, 2016
 
The club held a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse to recognize Evanston students from Evanston Township High School and Beacon Academy who participated this year in the District 6440 Rotary Young Leader Academy.
Evanston Rotary Clubs Recognize RYLA Participants 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Merry Updates on Evanston Cradle to Career 2016-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
"The Rotarian" Editor Discusses Spreading Works of Rotary 2016-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Beebe and Toussaint Join Club 2016-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 23, 2016
 
Frances Willard Historical Association Executive Director Glen Madeja made a presentation on the life of Frances Willard and her pivotal role in the history of woman's rights and empowerment all from her home in Evanston.
Frances Willard: Evanston's Most Famous Person 2016-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Suffredin Gives Post Election Analysis 2016-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
D65 Supt. Paul Goren Updates Club on Education in Evanston 2016-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Japan Consul-General Discusses U.S. Japan Relations 2016-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Professor Hurd Challenges Club on Religious Violence 2016-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 11, 2016
 
Oruna Foods North America President Roisin Hennerty spoke to the Club this week about marketing Irsih dairy products under the Kerrygold brand.  Oruna Foods USA operation is based in Evanston.
The Evanston - Irish Dairy Connection 2016-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 05, 2016
 
Club member Mark Steele updates the Club on the success of our "Soap to Water II" international project which is empowering women in Africa to help themselves economically by selling soap.
"Soap to Water II" International Project Update 2016-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Bierman Discusses Estate Planning to Support Rotary 2016-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Evanston Police Chief Eddington Discusses Community Safety 2016-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 06, 2016
 
Youth and Opportunity United Executive Director Seth Green spoke to the Club to provide an update on the organization's work helping youth and families in Evanston.
Y.O.U. Executive Director Green Updates Club 2016-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 20, 2015
 
The club was honored last week to welcome Bob Adams to membership in our Club.  Bob was a Rotarian in Tennessee and Arkansas before recently moving to Evanston.  Welcome Bob!
Welcome Bob Adams 2015-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Club Distributes Hats and Gloves to 120 Evanston Kids 2015-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Club Kenya Water Project Featured in December "Rotary Africa" Magazine 2015-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 03, 2015

 
The Club was fortunate to welcome The Rotary Foundation Chair Ray Klinginsmith as our speaker this week. He shared with us updates on the work of the Foundation as well as history as to how Rotary came to be headquartered in Evanston. Not surprising to find out, members of our Club had a hand in Rotary's move from Chicago in the 1950s.
The Rotary Foundation Chair Klinginsmith Updates Club 2015-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome Yunxiao He and Don Bally 2015-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Oakton Community College Moves Foward with Vocational Education 2015-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 14, 2015

Twenty five Evanston community organizations joined us today for our second annual "Heads Up Evanston" where community organizations share what they do and learn more about Rotary.
"Heads Up Evanston" Great Success 2015-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 07, 2015

 
Thanks to Joe Flint and John Cahill for talking with the Club today about the important work of the Cradle adoption agency, based in Evanston since 1923.
The Cradle Helps Families 2015-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 30, 2015

Evanston icon Bill Logan was honored today as the Club awarded him a Paul Harris Fellow award.  Logan, who has been a 31 year member of the Club was recognized for his long time service to the Evanston community.
Logan Honored as Paul Harris Fellow 2015-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 30, 2015
The Club heard today from Karen Demorest and Eileen Hailstrom from the Youth Job Center on issues facing youth and young adults in the job market.  Their talk kicked off October as Rotary Vocational Education Month.
 
Youth Job Center Discusses Job Issues in Community 2015-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 23, 2015
Our thanks to Evanston Public Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons (left) and Collections Manager Betsy Bird for attending our meeting to give us an update on all the great things happening at EPL. 
Updates from Evanston Public Library 2015-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 23, 2015
The club welcomed Tina Pinkston as a new member today.  Tina comes from a family of Rotarians.  We are excited to have her as a member of the club.
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Club Welcomes District 6440 Governor Rodney Adams 2015-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Club Participates in "Streets Alive" 2015-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 27, 2015

 
We were so happy this week to welcome back Bob Loweth as a member of our club.  He was away living in the San Diego area for a few years and now is back in Evanston again.  Welcome back!!
Club Welcomes Back Bob Loweth 2015-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Larson on Aug 26, 2015

Rotopep: Vol. 96 No. 8

Rotary Club of Evanston

August 27, 2015

Program: Club Assembly / Membership, Brian King

Rotarian of the Week: Paul Fischl

Inspiration: Kat Eiff

Sergeant At Arms: Michael Nabors

Scribe: Jane Lawicki

Greeter: Stephanie Murray

Greeter: Fiona Mensah
 

Aug. 20 Club Meeting

Visiting Rotarians

Max Prince, Gosford Rotary Club, Sydney, Australia

Hashim Taqvi, Mississauga City Centre Club, Ontario, Canada

Guests of Rotarians

Tina Pingston, guest of Paul Larson

Announcements

Wally Bobkiewicz opened the meeting with a preview of upcoming meetings. August 27 will be a club assembly featuring Brian King, who will focus on membership plans for the upcoming year. We will not meet on Sept. 3 due to the Labor Day weekend. September meetings include:

Sept. 10 – Irwin Weil, expert on Russia

Sept. 17 – District 6440 Governor Rodney Adams

Sept. 24 – Karen Danczak Lyons, Director, Evanston Library

On Oct. 1, we will meet at the new Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center on Church Street – stay tuned for more details.

Diane Krier Morrow reminded club members to mark their calendars for Streets Alive, which will be held Sunday, Sept. 13 on Main Street. The club will again have a booth and this year we will be hosting a raffle to raise money for international projects.

Dick Peach promoted a new program from Northwestern created just for Rotarians and Rotary staff members, offering them tickets for NU football as low as $15. You can order tickets online by using the promo code NUROTARY at NUsports.com/groups. For more information, see Dick or call 888-467-8775, ext. 7848.

Diane Claussen urged members to support a “Chopped Challenge,” cooking event to be held Sat. Oct. 17 at Kendall College in Chicago, benefiting Culinary Care – the organization that provides meals for cancer patients and their families. (Courtney White, President and Founder, was our speaker several weeks ago.) See Diane for more details.

It was great to see Bob Loweth again, who is in the process of transferring his membership from the Carlsbad, California club back to the Home Club. Welcome back to Evanston, Bob.

Orchids and Onions

Diane Krier Morrow and Ada Kahn had a great time at Light Opera Works’ production of South Pacific – it runs until Aug. 30.

Dick Peach loves the great weather we’ve had, but it reminds him of being on his fishing vacation – a fading memory.

Ada Kahn just returned from a 7-day Lake Michigan cruise with her 15-year old grandson, who is a Paul Harris Fellow.

Sgt. At Arms

President Wally quizzed us with trivia about U.S. President Benjamin Harrison.

Program: Service Project

Rather than a speaker, we spent the reminder of the lunch meeting finishing up our Summer 2015 hands-on service project. Kat Eiff and the Service Committee organized another great back-to-school supplies drive, which involved club members purchasing school supplies and packing them in boxes to be delivered to help several Evanston pre-schools. Overall we contributed nearly $1,000 in school supplies this year – a great effort!

Rotopep for August 27, 2015 Paul Larson 2015-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Club Donates School Supplies for Evanston Pre-Schools WJB 2015-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 05, 2015

 

 
Northwestern University Football Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald spoke to the club and was honored for his service to the Evanston community.  President-elect Joe Brownlee presented Coach Fitz with a plaque from the club.
NU Head Football Coach Fitzgerald Honored WJB 2015-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 30, 2015
 
Courtney White, President and Founder, Culinary Care - Courtney shared her personal experience founding Culinary Care 2 ½ years ago, inspired by her father’s battle with cancer. Culinary Care delivers complimentary meals to ensure individuals fighting cancer don’t have to worry about feeding themselves or their family. Presently, they serve approximately 40 meals per month, each feeding 4-6 individuals. http://www.culinarycare.org.
Culinary Care Helps Families Facing Cancer WJB 2015-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Club Rededicates International Friendship Garden 2015-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 16, 2015

Representatives from the City of Evanston Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services spoke to the Club today.  Director/Deputy City Manager Joe McRae gave an overview of department programs and activities, Senior Program Coordinator Myra Gorman discussed the Evanston Farmer's Market and Fleetwood Jourdain Theater Artistic Director Tim Rhoze discussed the current season at the theater.
Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Update WJB 2015-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by April Jensen on Jul 15, 2015

Rotopep: Vol. 96 No. 2

Rotary Club of Evanston

July 16, 2015

 
Rotarian of the Week: Phill Klein
 
Inspiration: Gary Bowen
 
Sgt.-at-Arms:  Abby McNear
 
Scribe:  Gail Jones
 
Greeter:  Bill Logan
 
Greeter:  Elio Romero
 
Summary of July 9th Meeting
 
Greeters:  Jane Lawicki, John Robertson
 
Inspiration:  Michele Berg gave an inspirational toast to the new year.
 
Guests of Rotarians: Mary Jane Alagheband, guest of Dick Peach and Steve Newman, Executive Director from Evanston Scholars, guest of Jane Lawicki
 
Rotarian of the week: Gene Servillo
 
New Member Inducted:  Welcome Brian Brown, Roscoe Village Wintrust Bank / Paul Larson: sponsor.  Please be sure to introduce yourself to Brian and help welcome him to our club!
Brian Brown induction
 
Paul Harris Fellow presentations:
 
Paul Fischl received a Paul Harris Fellow +2, Michele Berg received a Paul Harris Fellow +4 and Gene Servillo received a Paul Harris Fellow +6
 
Announcements:  Each week there will be rotating assignments for inspiration, sergeant at arms, scribe and greeters.  Assignments can be found at the bottom Rotopep in club runner.
 
Streets Alive is on September 13th this year and we will be participating again with a booth.  Stephanie Murray is serving as the Chair for this event and is working on forming a committee.  Several people volunteered including Jane Lawicki, Fionah Mensah, Rev. Michael Nabors and Diane Claussen.
 
Sergeant at Arms:  Mark Lowry
 
Orchids and Onions:
Bridget McDonough had an orchid to celebrate Nigeria being two weeks away from eradicating polio!  Diane Krier-Morrow had an orchid: she is going to be a Grandmother on Jan. 16thJohn Robertson had an orchid for his 2 week trip to Florence, Italy.  Paul Fischl shared that he was happy that his son had been deployed to Lithuania and was going to the Greek Isles in two weeks.  Rev. Michael Nabors had an orchid to commemorate the $1300 raised for the Mother Emanuel Charitable Fund in Charleston, SC.  Michele Berg had an orchid for a successful convention and also for her 2 week trip to Italy and one for a successful 4th of July parade!  Dave Stumpf had an orchid to thank folks for participating in the 4th of July parade and the Race against Hate.  He also had a plug for the “Great Lake Plunge” event on 22 August.   Kat Eiff had an orchid for her Father turning 75 and her success at the Foundation Square Art Fair.  Paul Larson had an orchid his band is playing at Central Street sidewalk sale this weekend from 2 to 4 in Independence Park.  Dick Peach – his son got three days off from chemo therapy this week; he is heading to MN in a week and a half.  Gene Servillo had an orchid for peace and quiet for Dick’s coworker Bill while Dick is gone.
This Week’s Program: 
First official meeting with Wally Bobkiewicz as Club President; Happy New Rotary Year!  Two videos were shown highlighting the So Paulo International Convention in June.  The first video was an overview of the many convention plenaries and events.  The second video was a moving address by President Ravi Ravindran in which he talked about his experiences in Rotary and his plans for the year.  He highlighted a new member benefits program called Rotary Global Rewards that Rotarians can sign up for at rotary.org.
 
Next week, July 16th: Joe McRae from COE Youth, Meeting in 3rd floor Atrium/Auditorium
 
July 23rd: meeting at the Evanston Ecology Center/Friendship Garden
 
Rotopep for July 16, 2015 April Jensen 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 08, 2015
 
The club welcomed today new member Brian Brown.  Brown is a long time Evanston community member active with Family Focus and the FAAM basketball league.  He is currently the Roscoe Village Branch Manager of Wintrust Bank.  We welcome Brian to our club.
Club Welcomes New Member Brian Brown WJB 2015-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wally Bobkiewicz on Jul 08, 2015

Rotopep: Vol. 96 No. 1

Rotary Club of Evanston

July 9, 2015

Note: Meeting in Lower Level Dining Room of Rotary International Building

Rotarian of the Week: Gene Servillo

Inspiration:  Michelle Berg

Sergeant at Arms: Mark Lowry

Scribe: April Jensen

Greeter: Jane Lawicki

Greeter: John Robertson

Speaker: Club President Wally Bobkiewicz: "New Rotary Year: Be a Gift to the World"

Fourth of July Parade Great Success

 Thanks to everyone who came out for the parade this year.  We had a great turnout and were honored to be joined by RI President Ravi and District Governor Rodney.

 Meeting Thursday

Our meeting Thursday will be in the lower level cafeteria area.  The program will be a welcome to the year and an overview from the International Convention.

Meeting Responsibilities

As I mentioned at Club Assembly a few weeks back, I am asking club members to take a greater role in meeting responsibilities.  Rather than a sign-up sheet periodically, I am going to assign tasks to club members.  ClubRunner (the software that the club uses for Rotary Club management) allows assignments to be made and for you to view them.  The assignments should also be at the beginning of each issue of Rotopep.  I will publish list of assignments at the beginning of each month for the next eight weeks.  If you are unable to take on responsibility because of a planned absence, please find your own replacement and let me know.

Everyone in the club will get to do an inspiration, be Sergeant at Arms, be a Greeter (perhaps twice or three times during year) and be the Scribe for the meeting to include highlights in Rotopep.  In addition, each week there will be a Rotarian of the Week.  The next eight week calendar will be out this week.

Meeting RSVP

I will be sending out an email from ClubRunner each week asking that every member let us know if they plan to attend the Thursday meeting.  Your RSVP helps us better manage lunch costs.

2015-16 Committees

Thank you for letting me know your committee preferences.  I will have final draft list of committee assignments out this week.  I would appreciate getting any change requests by the meeting Thursday and final list will be out after that.

Club Assembly Planned for July 23

There will be a Club Assembly on Thursday July 23 to discuss plans for the club in the coming year.  I urge you all to attend.

Rotopep for July 9, 2015 Wally Bobkiewicz 2015-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 25, 2015

Rotary International President Gary Huang presents Club President Paul Larson and President-elect Wally Bobkiewicz the 2014-15 Presidential Citation for the Club's outstanding work during the year.
Rotary International President Honors Club WJB 2015-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul W. Larson on Apr 29, 2015

Rotopep: Vol. 95 No. 44

Rotary Club of Evanston

April 30, 2015

Attention: If you are receiving this newsletter by email, please click the link at the top of the page to view it in its entirety online.

Inspiration: Joe Brownlee

Sergeant at Arms: Tom Swigert

This Week’s Program: Elaine Kemna-Irish, Executive Director, Evanston Chamber of Commerce

Special note to Gmail users:

We have been informed of a Gmail feature that may be interfering with Gmail users’ weekly email issue of Rotopep. Longer issues of Rotopep may be automatically truncated by Gmail, thus eliminating portions of the newsletter from your viewing screen. If you are a Gmail user, you will see a link at the top of the Rotopep page, that says:

Having trouble viewing this email? Click here to view it online.

If your copy is truncated, just click on the link provided and you will be able to read the full issue

Announcements

Thanks for making a busy Rotary week a success!

Many thanks to the club members who turned out for our joint program with the Music Institute of Chicago on April 23, the Stand Against Racism on April 24 and Rebuilding Together on April 25! It was a busy week, and your involvement in these three activities made a difference.

Feedback about our special concert on April 23, featuring violin prodigy Julian Rhee, has been excellent. We had good turnout by non-Rotarians, including guests from various businesses in the Rotary International building. Our partnership with the Music Institute of Chicago remains strong.

More than 80 organizations and an estimated 3,000 people took part in the Stand Against Racism on April 24 on Ridge Ave. Rotary was among the 80 supporting this event. Like our relationship with the Music Institute, our support for YWCA programs, and their participation in our events, is an important part of our club’s community outreach.

Rotarians from our club were also on hand Saturday, April 25 to help out with the Rebuilding Together home refurbishing at 1817 Emerson Street. Interactors and NU Rotaract members were also there, along with members of the Rotary Club of Evanston, Lighthouse. In addition to helping with refurbishing, our club coordinated food for the volunteers.

Rotopep for April 30, 2015 Paul W. Larson 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul W. Larson on Apr 15, 2015

Rotopep:

 

Vol. 95 No. 42

 

Rotary Club of Evanston

 

April 16, 2015

 

Attention: If you are receiving this newsletter by email, please click the link at the top of the page to view it in its entirety online.

 

Inspiration: To be announced

 

Sergeant at Arms: Dave Stumpf

 

This Week’s Program: Garry Shumaker, Evanston Viaduct Improvement Project

 

Special note to Gmail users:

We have been informed of a Gmail feature that may be interfering with Gmail users’ weekly email issue of Rotopep. Longer issues of Rotopep may be automatically truncated by Gmail, thus eliminating portions of the newsletter from your viewing screen. If you are a Gmail user, you will see a link at the top of the Rotopep page, that says:

 

Having trouble viewing this email? Click here to view it online.

 

if your copy is truncated, just click on the link provided and you will be able to read the full issue

 

Announcements

 

Don’t miss our special musical performance on April 23!

On April 23, our meeting will be a special musical program from the Music Institute of Chicago. The program, by 14-year-old violin prodigy Julian Rhee, will be held in the Rotary International Auditorium on the third floor of the RI building, from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. We will have an abbreviated meeting in the atrium outside the auditorium between noon and 12:30 p.m.

 

The public is invited to this free event and we have also sent special invitations to all tenants of the Rotary building inviting them to join us. Though reservations are not required, we are strongly encouraging guests to reserve a seat. They can do so by visiting our webpage at www.evanstonrotary.org or calling 847-475-1283.

 

Julian Rhee is a very talented violinist and he will be introduced by Mark George, President and CEO of the Music Institute. Please plan on bringing friends and potential club members to this event!

 

PizzaFest has a new data and location!

This year we will have our annual fundraiser at Gigio’s Pizza, 1001 Davis Street (corner of Davis and Maple). Time and date is 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19. If you haven’t received your tickets yet, please see Dave Stumpf or Gene Servillo. Prices this year will be: $20/adult and $12/child (12 or under), with tickets available at the door:  $25/adult and $15/child. For more information please see either Dave or Gene.

 

Please sign up for Rebuilding Together on April 25

We will be partnering with the Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse on Saturday, April 25, to clean up a house at 1817 Emerson Street in Evanston.

 

Our club has had a good turnout in the past and we hope you will join in again. Among other things, we will clean out part of basement and yard, remove carpeting, replace smoke detectors, clean the kitchen, do some simple painting and make a few minor repairs.

 

We will have a sign-up sheet at the April 16 meeting -- please volunteer!

 

Paul Giddings Going Away

We’re all saddened by the news that Paul and Cease Giddings are moving to Houston! But our club will get a special chance to say goodbye as a co-host of a party, along with the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and the North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau, on Tuesday April 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn. Please be sure to  RSVP to the email you should have received by now. If you HAVEN’T gotten the email, please see President Paul to RSVP. This is a free event and will include complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine.

 

Successful District Conference

Thanks to members of the club who represented us at the 2015 District Conference in Itasca: Wally Bobkiewicz, Diane Krier Morrow, Paul Larson and Dick Peach. Nearly 500 people showed up for the conference, including many youth involved in Rotary activities. Congratulations to Diane Krier Morrow, who was honored Friday for her work on international projects in the District!

 

Special Note: World’s Largest Music Lesson

The Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club will raise money for polio eradication by attempting to set the world’s record for the largest music lesson on April 26 at 4:30 p.m. in the Barrington High School gymnasium, 616 W. Main Street, Barrington. The club hopes to assemble 2,500 guitarists to set the record, which has officially been registered with the Guinness Book of World Records. If you want to be a part of it, please visit musiclesson.eventbrite.com or send an email to martinezillini@yahoo.com.

 

Club Meeting Summary, April 9, 2015

 

Visiting Rotarians

Don Gwinn from Rotary Club of Evanston, Lighthouse.

 

Announcements

President Paul again thanked Kat Eiff and all of the volunteers who participated in our March 19 project at Peer Services. Thirteen Rotarians turned out and we had fun while doing good! Under Kat’s leadership we have had a very strong year of service to the community.

 

The 2015 Officer Transition Party is the evening of Tuesday, June 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn. Please plan to be there as we pass the presidential baton to Wally Bobkiewicz and install our other new officers. More details to follow, meantime, mark your calendars.

 

President Paul reminded the club about the Paul and Cease Giddings Going Away Party, Tuesday, April 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn. All club members are invited.

 

New member Jane Lawicki informed club members of two events: An April 14 event at Rotary headquarters welcoming the Rotary Flame (similar to the Olympic Torch) on its journey to Sao Paulo, and an April 17 Chicago luncheon on global leadership featuring RI General Secretary John Hewko.

 

Program: Lisa Degliantoni, Open Studios

 

Karen Kring introduced Lisa Degliantoni, Director of Evanston’s Open Studios, who provided an overview of this innovative and exciting program, which puts the spotlight on Evanston’s many outstanding artists.

 

This annual event, which invites Evanstonians to visit artists in their studios and see their work, will be held June 6, 2015, from noon to 5 p.m.

 

During this citywide celebration of the arts, artists, arts organizations, galleries and boutiques are invited to open their studios and spaces and join the celebration. Maps and a list of participants are provided day of the event at locations throughout the city.  

 

Open Studios Evanston Exhibit at Noyes Cultural Center 2nd Floor Gallery will feature the work of participating artists, June 4 - July 6.The opening reception will be held this year on Thursday, June 4., from 6 to 9 p.m., with wine and cheese and live music.

 

Lisa shared the work of several of the artists who will be participating, and explained how the cultural life of a city is integral to having a successful and thriving community.

 

Our thanks to LIsa for an outstanding presentation!
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Posted by Paul W. Larson on Apr 06, 2015

 

Rotopep: Vol. 95 No. 41

 

Rotary Club of Evanston

 

April 9, 2015

 

Attention: If you are receiving this newsletter by email, please click the link at the top of the page to view it in its entirety online.

 

Inspiration: Wally Bobkiewicz

 

Sergeant at Arms: Gary Bowen

 

This Week’s Program: Lisa Degliantoni, Open Studio Project

 

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Announcements

 

New members welcomed

President Paul officially inducted our four new members April 2: Adrian Dortch, Owner, Dortch Wellness (sponsor, Paul Giddings); Jane Lawicki, Director, External & Public Relations, Rotary International (sponsor, Karen Kring); Mark Lowry, Director, Operations & Administration, Rotary International (sponsor, Gene Servillo); and Elio Romero, Owner of Chef’s Station Restaurant (sponsor, Tom Swigert). Welcome to all -- we are delighted you have joined us!

 

PizzaFest has a new data and location!

This year we will have our annual fundraiser at Gigio’s Pizza, 1001 Davis Street (corner of Davis and Maple). Time and date is 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19. Your tickets will be issued soon! Prices this year will be: $20/adult and $12/child (12 or under), with tickets available at the door:  $25/adult and $15/child. For more information please see either Dave Stumpf or Gene Servillo.

 

Mark your calendars for District Conference

The annual District 6440 Conference is coming April 10-12 in Itasca. Our club will have car-pooling available for anyone who wants to go.  Please see President Paul if you are interested in attending. Some club members are planning on attending on Saturday, April 11 if you want to go for just one day.

 

Tuesday Toasters is Tuesday, April 14 at Sips on Sherman, 1741 Sherman AVe. -- don’t miss it!

 

Special musical performance on April 23!

On April 23, our meeting will be a special musical program from the Music Institute of Chicago. The program, by 14-year-old violin prodigy Julian Rhee, will be held in the Rotary International Auditorium on the third floor of the RI building, from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Stay tuned for more details -- meantime, mark your calendars.

 

Special Note: World’s Largest Music Lesson

The Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club will raise money for polio eradication by attempting to set the world’s record for the largest music lesson on April 26 at 4:30 p.m. in the Barrington High School gymnasium, 616 W. Main Street, Barrington. The club hopes to assemble 2,500 guitarists to set the record, which has officially been registered with the Guinness Book of World Records. If you want to be a part of it, please visit musiclesson.eventbrite.com or send an email to martinezillini@yahoo.com.

 

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Posted on Apr 01, 2015

Rotopep: Vol. 95 No. 40

Rotary Club of Evanston

April 2, 2015

Attention: If you are receiving this newsletter by email, please click the link at the top of the page to view it in its entirety online.

Inspiration: Guy Riendeau

Sergeant at Arms: Dave Stumpf

This Week’s Program: Jennifer Moran, Leadership Evanston

Announcements

Welcome to our new members!

Please say hello to our newest members: Adrian Dortch, Owner, Dortch Wellness; Jane Lawicki, Director, External & Public Relations, Rotary International; Mark Lowry, Director, Operations & Administration, Rotary International; and Elio Romero, Owner of Chef’s Station Restaurant.

John White Program, March 25 -- great turnout!

Thanks to everyone who turned out for our special evening Rotary program in the Rotary International Auditorium on Wednesday, March 25, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist John H. White speaking on “Peace and the Power of Photography.” Well over 120 people attended and response to John’s presentation was excellent.  A special thank you to Karen Kring and Gary Bowen for their instrumental work in making this event possible, and to the many Rotary volunteers who helped with registration and set-up that night.

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Other Club News
 

  • PizzaFest has a new data and location! This year we will have our annual fundraiser at Gigio’s Pizza, 1001 Davis Street (corner of Davis and Maple). Time and date is 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19. Your tickets will be issued soon! Prices this year will be: $20/adult and $12/child (12 or under), with tickets available at the door:  $25/adult and $15/child. For more information please see either Dave Stumpf or Gene Servillo.

 
  • Mark your Calendars for District Conference: The annual District 6440 Conference is coming April 10-12 in Itasca. Our club will have car-pooling available for anyone who wants to go.  Please see President Paul if you are interested in attending. Some club members are planning on attending on Saturday, April 11 if you want to go for just one day.

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Rotopep: Vol. 95 No. 39

Rotary Club of Evanston

March 26, 2015

Inspiration: None today

Sergeant at Arms: None today

This Week’s Program: NO MEETING AT RI HEADQUARTERS THIS WEEK

Announcements

Welcome to our new members!

Please say hello to our newest members: Adrian Dortch, Owner, Dortch Wellness; Jane Lawicki, Director, External & Public Relations, Rotary International; Mark Lowry, Director, Operations & Administration, Rotary International; and Elio Romero, Owner of Chef’s Station Restaurant. Our new members will be formally inducted during our April 2 meeting -- please be sure to attend that day to welcome them!

Reminder: Our meeting this week is Wednesday night!

Our club meeting this week will be the EVENING Rotary program on Wednesday, March 25, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist John H. White. This meeting requires reservations and is completely full. If you have reserved space, we will see you at the Rotary International Auditorium that night. White’s presentation, on “Peace and the Power of Photography,” will be from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Rotary International auditorium and a short reception with refreshments will follow the event. Mr. White’s presentation will be on “Peace and the Power of Photography.”

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Rotopep: Vol. 95 No. 38

Rotary Club of Evanston

March 19, 2015

Inspiration: None today -- offsite meeting

Sergeant at Arms: None today -- offsite meeting  

This Week’s Program: Hands-on Service Project at Peer Services, 906 Davis Street -- NO MEETING AT RI HEADQUARTERS

Announcements  

Prospective Members Applications Approved

The Club Board of Directors has approved the applications of four new member-candidates. They are:

Adrian Dortch, Owner, Dortch Wellness

Classification: Wellness Service

Sponsor: Paul Giddings 

Jane Lawicki, Director, External & Public Relations, Rotary International

Classification: External Relations

Sponsor: Karen Kring

Mark Lowry, Director, Operations & Administration, Rotary International            Classification: Non-Profit Administration

Sponsor: Gene Servillo

Elio Romero, Owner of Chef’s Station Restaurant

Classification: Restaurants

Sponsor: Tom Swigert

New Membership Policies Announced

Club members should be aware of  two important new policies approved by the Board of Directors:

Employer Representation Level

The Board has had recent discussions about the allocation of membership among organizations represented in the club. The goal for the club is to achieve diverse representation among employers, and to avoid having disproportionate membership from any single employer. The Board therefore approved a policy that representation by any single employer should not exceed 20 percent of the club’s total membership.

If an employer is at or exceeds that level in the future, applications from that employer won’t be considered until the employer’s membership percentage falls below 20 percent.   

Our club, which meets at Rotary International headquarters, understandably has a large percentage of RI staff. Under the new policy, RI has reached the 20 percent limit and any new RI applications beyond the two that were recently approved by the Board of Directors won’t be considered until the percentage is reduced.

The new policy is aimed at and will be applied to all employers as the club continues to grow. The Membership Council will be seeking new members in as many sectors, and from as many employers, as possible.   

Reduced Meal-Plan Pilot Project

The Board has also approved a pilot test of an option for new members that would enable them to sign up for a 21-meal membership plan for a total yearly cost of $564. This cost would cover meals AND dues. (The current full-year plan covers 42 meals, along with dues, at a total cost of $780.) This option is available immediately for NEW MEMBERS ONLY and will be tested for one year to evaluate its impact on membership, attendance, food costs, etc.

If at the end of the test period the Board opts to continue with the new 21-meal option, this alternative plan will be made available to all club members. If the Board concludes that the new 21-meal option has negative impacts that outweigh its benefits, it will be discontinued.   

The pilot test has been created as a way of providing increased flexibility for prospective members who seek a lower-cost option for membership or who may want to attend but not always have a meal.

During the pilot test the club will also be analyzing food usage and attendance figures to ensure we have accurate statistics on our food costs for budgeting purposes in the future.  

If anyone has any questions about these policies, please contact President Paul.

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Rotopep: Vol. 95 No. 37

Rotary Club of Evanston

March 12, 2015

Inspiration: Annie Coakley

Sergeant at Arms: Wally Bobkiewicz

This Week’s Program: ETHS Day with Eric Witherspoon, staff and students

Announcements

Prospective Members Applications Approved

The Club Board of Directors has approved the applications of four new member-candidates. They are:

Adrian Dortch, Owner, Dortch Wellness

Classification: Wellness Service

Sponsor: Paul Giddings

Jane Lawicki, Director, External & Public Relations, Rotary International

Classification: External Relations

Sponsor: Karen Kring

Mark Lowry, Director, Operations & Administration, Rotary International Classification: Non-Profit Administration

Sponsor: Gene Servillo

Elio Romero, Owner of Chef’s Station Restaurant

Classification: Restaurants

Sponsor: Tom Swigert

Other Club News

  • The EVENING Rotary program on Wednesday, March 25, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist John H. White, is sold out! If you haven’t reserved but want to attend, please contact President Paul right away at larsonpw@gmail.com and we will try to find space for you. White’s presentation, on “Peace and the Power of Photography,” will be from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Rotary International auditorium and a short reception will follow the event.

  • On Thursday, March 19, we’ll have our third hands-on volunteer day of the year. This time we will be helping Peer Services, which offers substance-abuse prevention, education and recovery services. On March 19, we will actually visit Peer Services’ offices at 906 Davis Street  to help them process a mass mailing for their Annual Benefit, to be held May 2nd,  that they need to get out...so be ready to help stuff envelopes and provide assistance in organizing this mailing. Again, this volunteer activity will NOT be at RI headquarters! We have limited volunteer slots for this project, so it will be first come-first served. Please let Kat Eiff know if you can make it by no later than Thursday, March 12. You can send an email to Kat at katherine@eobgroup.com. We’ll be on site at Peer Services over the lunch hour -- from noon to 1:15 p.m.

  • President-elect Wally Bobkiewicz represented our club at last weekend’s Rotary Presidents-Elect Training Seminar (PETS), at the Westin Itasca. Wally joined hundreds of incoming presidents from all over the Midwest for leadership training and orientation on Rotary initiatives and priorities. Wally starts his presidential term on July 1.

  • You can read a nice article about our “Building a More Peaceful Evanston” initiative in the Daily Northwestern. Click the link below:

http://dailynorthwestern.com/2015/03/05/city/rotary-club-of-evanston-offers-new-grant-to-address-community-violence/

Thank you, Tracy Tebear, for your work in coordinating grants for the initiative again this year and leading the Charitable Fund!

 

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Rotopep: Vol. 95 No. 36
 
Rotary Club of Evanston
 
March 5, 2015
 
Inspiration: John Robertson
 
Sergeant at Arms: Abby McNear
 
Program Today: Kate and Caryl Drohan - NU Softball
 
Announcements
 
  • If you haven’t made a reservation for our EVENING Rotary program on Wednesday, March 25, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist John H. White, do it soon! Seats are limited and they are filling up fast! Just visit www.eventbrite.com and type “John White” in the search box. White’s presentation, on “Peace and the Power of Photography,” will be from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Rotary International auditorium and a short reception will follow the event.
 
  • A special tribute to ETHS is being planned for our March 12 meeting. District 202 Superintendent Eric Witherspoon will be our speaker that day and we will celebrate the strong historical connection between our club and the high school. We’ll have lots of guests that day and will also be shining a spotlight on our club’s ETHS alumni. Note: This will be a longer meeting than usual -- it will conclude close to 1:30 p.m.
 
  • On Thursday, March 19, we’ll have our third hands-on volunteer day of the year. This time we will be helping Peer Services, which offers substance-abuse prevention, education and recovery services. On March 19, we will actually visit Peer Services’ offices at 906 Davis Street  to help them process a mass mailing for their Annual Benefit, to be held May 2nd,  that they need to get out...so be ready to help stuff envelopes and provide assistance in organizing this mailing. Again, this volunteer activity will NOT be at RI headquarters! We have limited volunteer slots for this project, so it will be first come-first served. Please let Kat Eiff know if you can make it by no later than Thursday, March 12. You can send an email to Kat at katherine@eobgroup.com. We’ll be on site at Peer Services over the lunch hour -- from noon to 1:15 p.m.
 
  • Thanks, everyone, for helping us achieve 100 percent participation in giving to the Rotary Foundation for 2014-15! Thanks to your generosity, we did it! Our giving levels to the Foundation will be significant this year, and that will help us NEXT year when it comes time for District 6440 and RI to allocate matching-grant funds for clubs. We will have access to more Rotary funding for the projects we support because of your donations. Way to go!
 
  • Help our Local Rotaract Club...Hye Sun Kim of the Northwestern Rotaract Club recently updated us on a Networking Event for Rotaract that Rotarians can support on Tuesday, March 10th in the first floor conference rooms of Rotary International, from 6-7 p.m. The event is an opportunity to make connections with Rotaract & non-Rotaract students. They are eager to hear about our work experiences and community service involvement. If you are interested in participating in this informal session, please email the following details to Hye Sun at hyekim2015@u.northwestern.edu by March 5th: Name, email address, areas of work (education, consulting, non-profit, etc.) and years of involvement.  Any and all participation will be appreciated! To learn more, visit, www.facebook.com/NURotaract.
 
  • Good luck to President-elect Wally Bobkiewicz, who will be representing our club at this weekend’s Rotary Presidents-Elect Training Seminar (PETS), to be held at the Westin Itasca. Wally starts his presidential term on July 1.
 
February 26 Meeting Summary
 
Visiting Rotarians
District Governor Ellen Young Rotary Club of Lincolnshire.
 
Guests of Rotarians
Don Baker and Mark Lowry, guests of Gene Servillo; Joan Gunzberg, Amy Monday and Patty Reece of the Evanston Community Foundation and Judy Kemp of Celebrate!Evanston, also guests of Gene Servillo; Jane Lawicki, guest of Karen Kring; Elio Romero, guest of Paul Larson; Rebecca Mendoza, guest of Abby McNear; Adrian Dortch, guest of Paul Giddings.
 
Announcements
 
Happy Birthday, Rotary!
President Paul noted that Feb. 23 was Rotary’s 110th anniversary, and in recognition of that special day urged club members to remember to observe the Four Way Test whenever they can -- whether in the workplace, at home, or in any life situation. It’s a great tool to help with sound decision-making!
 
Friendship Garden Update
President Paul announced that the Evanston City Council voted 5 to 4 in support of the proposal to widen and pave pathways in the Ladd Arboretum. Our focus now will be doing all we can to ensure the health of plantings in the Friendship Garden as the proposal moves forward.  
 
Foundation 100% Giving Campaign
President Paul urged club members to participate in the club’s Foundation 100 Percent Giving Campaign.
 
Mark your Calendars for District Conference
District Governor Ellen provided a few details about the upcoming District Conference at the Westin Itasca April 10-12. This is a great event, especially for new Rotarians who want to learn more about Rotary. Please see President Paul if you are interested in attending. Some club members are planning on attending on Saturday, April 11 if you want to go for just one day.
 
Sergeant at Arms
Paul Giddings came to the meeting with raffle tickets in hand and delivered a memorable Swindle -- raising lots of money for the Charitable Fund. Thanks, Paul!
 
Program: Renee Brownlee, Gift of Life International
 
Renee Brownlee, a board member of Gift of Life International, presented a moving story of the organization and her family’s experience with a child born with a heart defect. Sophia, who is now 4 years old, is her and husband Joe’s “Miracle Story.”
 
She mentioned that Gift of Life was founded by Rotary in 1975. Since that time 17,000 lives from 67 countries have been affected. In 2003, Gift of Life International was founded and continues the work today in countries like Uganda, Jamaica, and El Salvador. Haiti is now one of their focus countries. Training of doctors is a major challenge in Haiti and other similar countries with no Pediatric Cardiologists in residence. Help is needed in areas of government participation and investment, hospital administration, pediatric surgery programs and NGO’s working with in-country programs.
 
Renee’s goals in working with Gift of Life International here in Evanston are outlined in three steps:
 
  1. Inform and explore the interest of local Midwest Rotary Clubs
  2. Increase the awareness and participation of the local medical community
  3. Increase the sustainability of the current Gifts of Life International programs.
 
Renee’s presentation inspired many to ask questions at the meeting. Her focus and determination to further the impact of this important organization are a testimony to her experience, her family’s experience and her willingness to share Sophia’s story - her “Miracle Story.”
 
We wish her well in continuing the conversation with other Rotary Clubs and those of influence in medical communities that can help sustain the work to help so many children and families in need here and abroad.
 
March 12 program
ETHS Day! Join us as we celebrate our Club’s long relationship with ETHS!
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John White, widely considered one of the best photojournalists in the world, will be a special guest of the Rotary Club of Evanston on Wednesday, March 25, giving a special presentation titled “Peace and the Power of Photography.” White’s presentation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Rotary International Auditorium, 1560 Sherman Ave. in Evanston. A short reception will be held following the presentation. 

Based in Chicago since 1969, White worked for the Chicago Daily News before joining the staff of the Chicago Sun Times in 1978, where he worked for 35 years. During his time at the Sun Times, he won the Pulitzer Prize and gained widespread acclaim for the breadth and quality of his photography. 
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Rotopep: Vol. 95 No. 35

Rotary Club of Evanston

Feb.26, 2015

Inspiration: Diane Claussen

Sergeant at Arms: Paul Giddings

Program Today: Gift of Life International, with Renee Brownlee

Announcements

 
  • Please be sure to mark your calendars for our EVENING Rotary program on Wednesday, March 25, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist John H. White. Tentative time is 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Many more details to come!

 
  • A special tribute to ETHS is being planned for our March 12 meeting. District 202 Superintendent Eric Witherspoon will be our speaker that day and we will celebrate the strong historical connection between our club and the high school.

 
  • Our next hands-on service project will be held March 19. Location and focus will be announced soon...Please make a point of joining us -- this will be our third hands-on service project of the Rotary Year.

 
  • Please donate to the Rotary Foundation this week so we can achieve 100 percent participation! You will receive an email this week if you haven’t donated yet...Even if it’s a very small amount, our goal is for EVERY member to contribute -- please join in!


February 19 Meeting Summary

 

On Feb. 19 we had an unusual joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Park Ridge. Fifteen members of the club, including President Allan Bartel, visited RI headquarters to tour the building, and joined us for lunch.

President Paul and President Al exchanged banners -- putting a warm touch on a fun meeting for both clubs! Our colleagues from Park Ridge were great guests and we wish them well!

Other Visiting Rotarians

Past District Governor Jack Blane of the Rotary Club of Wheeling; John Osterlund and Harvey Newcomb of the Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse; Ada Cheng, Past District Governor of District 3450 and a member of the Wai Chai Rotary Club in Hong Kong.

President Paul noted the significant impact Jack Blane has had on Rotary International’s polio eradication efforts and the club give PDG Jack a standing ovation. Well deserved for a person who was a pioneer in the polio effort.  

Guests of Rotarians

Nancy Cuniff, guest of Diane Claussen; Jane Lawicki, guest of Karen Kring; Elio Romero, guest of Howard Frimark of the Park Ridge Rotary Club; MIchael Bonaguro, guest of Phill Klein; Hye Sun Kim, of the NU Rotaract Club, guest of Adam Doty; Diane Keely and Diane Petersmarck, guests of Paul Larson.

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Rotary Club of Evanston Announces Availability of Anti-Violence Grants

Funding for local organizations continues as part of “Building a More Peaceful Evanston” Initiative

(February 17, 2016 -- Evanston, IL) The Rotary Club of Evanston will extend its effort to reduce violence in the community again this year, offering grants to Evanston organizations working in partnerships that are addressing such issues as youth gang activity, bullying in schools and domestic violence. 

Recognizing the destructive impact of violence on communities, the Rotary Club of Evanston Charitable Fund will award $3,000 community grants to fund programs supported by two or more not-for-profit organizations in Evanston partnering on programs in 2016 to combat violence in the community and to sustain a more peaceful Evanston.
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Posted on Aug 13, 2014

Members of the Rotary Club of Evanston formally welcomed Rotary Global Scholar Junji Takaoka to the club on Aug. 14. Junji is enrolled at the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern. He will receive two degrees in 2016 from NU -- an MBA and a master’s in engineering.  Junji's sponsoring Rotary club is the Matsudo-East Club in Japan. President Paul Larson presented Junji with a club banner. 

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Rotary Club of Evanston Welcomes Rotary Global Scholar From Japan Richard Peach 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 13, 2014

Doug Silverstein, President of Northshore Evanston Hospital, addressed the Rotary Club of Evanston on Aug. 14. Mr. Silverstein spoke about national issues related to health care, and a variety of issues faced by hospitals in the U.S., including the impact of the Affordable Care Act. He discussed NorthShore University Health Systems’ affiliations with the University of Chicago and the Mayo Clinic and various services offered to help keep residents of Evanston healthy. 

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President of NorthShore Evanston Hospital Addresses Rotary Club of Evanston Richard Peach 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Evanston Marches in Evanston Fourth of July Parade Richard Peach 2014-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 17, 2014

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RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness."
 
"There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help. Many people say, 'There's nothing I can do.' So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark," Huang told the 537 district governors and their spouses and partners who are attending the 2014 International Assembly in San Diego, California.
 
"The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world," said Huang, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei in Taiwan.
New Rotary Theme Announced for 2014-2015 Richard Peach 2014-01-18 00:00:00Z 0

For more than 90 years, the Rotary Club of Evanston has divided its service to the community between hands-on, volunteer projects, and raising funds to help organizations and causes. It has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for not-for-profit organizations, helping Evanston cope with pressing issues ranging from illiteracy to HIV/AIDS to homelessness and poverty.

The club’s philosophy is to provide general assistance wherever it is needed – thus it has provided volunteers for everything from building homes for low-income families to cleaning up Evanston’s beaches to delivering hot meals to the needy.

In its recent history, the club has placed a strong emphasis on helping Evanston’s youth. Projects range from youth mentoring to after-school reading programs and scholarships.

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The Rotary Club of Evanston planned and built the International Friendship Garden in the early 1960s as a living symbol of goodwill toward all people of the earth. It is a central part of Evanston’s 23-acre Ladd Arboretum on McCormick Blvd. The club maintains this beautiful resource, available to all Evanstonians, on an annual basis, planting flowers and providing general upkeep.

 

In 2012, the Rotary Club of Evanston hosted two special tree-planting ceremonies celebrating the Garden’s 50th anniversary. At both events, Rotary’s top elected official – its International President, Sakuji Tanaka, was present.

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Maintaining the Friendship Garden Richard Peach 0