Posted by Paul W. Larson on Nov 04, 2019
Rotopep Vol. 100 No. 18
Rotary Club of Evanston
November 7, 2019
Program: Club Assembly: Annual Meeting of the Rotary Club of Evanston
Location: Lower Level Dining Room
Scribe:  Tracy Tebear
Greeter: Brittiny Martin
Greeter: Don Bally
Sgt.-at-Arms:  Helen Dickson
Inspiration: Pam Rosenbusch

Rotary Club of Evanston Thursday, October 31, 2019

Posted by Paul Larson

The club gathered on a snowy and cold Halloween!
Inspiration was given by Tom Swigert, who marveled at the speakers during the World Polio Day event and the incredible volume of service hours put in over many years in Rotary by the various volunteers who turned up for our recent meal- and hygiene-kit packing sessions. Many thanks to all for pitching in.
Visiting Rotarians
Visiting Rotarians included the team from District 6440: Our distinguished Governor, Suzanne Gibson, and her husband Mark, both of the Barrington Breakfast Club (Mark is also an Immediate Past President of the Barrington Breakfast Club and a District 6440 Assistant Governor); and Assistant Governor Mary Bak of the Glenview Sunrise Club, who was filling in for Assistant Governor Don Gwinn. Governor Suzanne and her team had a productive meeting with our club’s Board of Directors before the regular club meeting.
Guests of Rotarians
Helen Dickson introduced Dr. Michael Waller, PhD, of Everest Transportation Services. Tracy Tebear’s guest was Anita Mechler, who is a new Rotary staff member working in Records Management.
Orchids and Onions:
Helen Dickson and Stephanie Murray had orchids for the Rotarians that contributed to the Oct. 23 service event at Beth Emet and the Oct. 27 service event at Rotary International headquarters. Volunteers packed 200 meals and 120 hygiene kits for the needy and provided sustenance to hungry Evanstonians.
Dick Peach had an orchid for Thirsty Tuesday, which is now being held at the Celtic Knot. Roughly 10 people joined in at our most recent gathering. Join us again on Tuesday, Nov. 26 for a fun social get-together at the Knot!
Tom Swigert’s orchid was for his impending move and downsizing (moving his business to his home) – hope that goes well, Tom!
Tracy Tebear had an orchid for Michigan’s recent convincing football win over Notre Dame.
Michele Berg thanked her father -- and fellow Rotarian -- Paul for rescuing the dog during a recent incursion by workers at home.
Phill Klein’s orchid was for being back at the club after an absence for some time. We are thrilled to see you back and looking good, Phill!
Karen Danczak Lyons’ orchid was for the Tribune’s recent article about libraries.
Meanwhile, Paul Fischl had kudos for Karen for appearing on the cover of this week’s Evanston Review, and for Bridget McDonough for being recently featured on the cover of Evanston Woman.
Abby McNear was recently in Tanzania, visiting her daughter, who is thriving as a Peace Corps volunteer there.
Additional orchids from Evelyn Lee and Kelly Fidei for Helen, Stephanie, and all of our club’s hardworking volunteers!
Sergeant at Arms:
Dave Stumpf quizzed us on “famous people named Gibson” in honor of our District Governor, Suzanne Gibson.
Want to participate in the Ride to End Polio, but can't get to Tucson this year? If so, join The Indoor Ride to End Polio on Sunday, November 17th at McGaw YMCA in Evanston and bike for just 30 to 60 minutes indoors to raise donations for PolioPlus. The minimum donation is $30.00. Visit: "Indoor Ride to End Polio" to register. Other locations are in Barrington and Naperville. Visit "Indoor Ride to End Polio" to register!
Paul Larson reminded everyone that this year’s Heads Up, Evanston meeting, on Nov. 14, will be devoted exclusively to the topic of food insecurity.  More than 20 organizations working in some way on food related issues will be joining us. After introductions, we will engage in a group dialogue about the challenges and opportunities in the community as we dive into our food insecurity efforts.  The program gets underway promptly at 12:20 p.m. and we have reserved the meeting room until 2 p.m. to give our guest-organizations plenty of time to share their ideas with us.
Club Calendar:
Nov. 7th: Club Assembly – Annual Meeting of the Rotary Club of Evanston
Nov. 14th: Heads Up, Evanston: Addressing Food Insecurity
Dec. 12th: Holiday Party at Chef’s Station
May 2, 2020: Club’s Centennial Gala – mark your calendars!
Speaker: Suzanne Gibson, District 6440 Governor
President Evelyn introduced District 6440 Governor Suzanne Gibson, who is in the process of visiting each of the District’s 68 clubs.
Governor Suzanne began by presenting special Paul Harris Plus-6 honors to Abby McNear. Thank you, Abby, for your generosity in supporting the Rotary Foundation!
Governor Suzanne described how she got started in Rotary, noting that it is the power of our connections with people, particularly internationally, that make us such an impactful organization. She and her husband, Mark, have traveled to Central America more than a dozen times for service projects there and has been very active in helping with the Ak Tenamit community and other District 6440 projects in Guatemala.
During her year as Governor, she has been encouraging clubs in our district to work in partnership more often with each other. As an example, 11 clubs in the northwest area have banded together to form the “McHenry County Coalition.” They meet regularly to find new ways to leverage their impact by sharing resources. This is particularly helpful for smaller clubs.
Governor Suzanne stressed the key goals for Rotarians in 2019-2020: Increase our impact, expand our reach, and enhance participation and engagement.
She encouraged all of us to attend the District Conference, coming to Schaumberg this spring, and next year’s International Convention, to be held in Hawaii.
Our thanks to Governor Suzanne, for her visit and her leadership!

We invite you to ride with members of the Miles To End Polio team for The Indoor Ride To End Polio on Sunday November 17th at one of three locations in Chicagoland. During this fun indoor cycling event, you can do an indoor bike ride for 30 to 60 minutes in order to raise donations for polio eradication. Each rider donates and/or solicits donations for PolioPlus with a minimum donation of $30.00. The locations are Evanston, Barrington and Naperville at the following locations.






McGaw  YMCA                               

LA Fitness

Good Shepherd Fitness

1000 Grove Street       

Evanston, IL 60201

1836 Freedom Drive  

Naperville, IL 60563   

1301 S. Barrington Road

Barrington, IL              







Between 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM   

Between 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Between 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM





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Register For NAPERVILLE at:

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