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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Grayslake!


Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 11:30 AM
The Vine
101 Center Street
Grayslake, IL 60030
United States of America
Our mailing address is: Rotary Club of Grayslake P.O. Box 886 Grayslake. IL 60030
November 2020

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NEW!  -  Fall 2020 COVID-19 Food Pantry Donation Challenge
As COVID-19 began to negatively impact the Grayslake area economically in the spring of 2020, the Grayslake Rotary Club issued a community-wide appeal to support the local Lord of Glory (LOG) food pantry via a $1 Challenge.  We asked you to donate just $1 to the food pantry, and our club pledged  to match those donations up to $2000.  The Grayslake community responded fantastically, donating a total of $1100.43 via PayPal donations.  An additional anonymous donor generously contributed $1000 to this worthy cause.  With the Rotary match, this resulted in a total donation of over $4000 to the Lord of Glory food pantry!  
These funds provided direct relief to the food insecurity needs of members of the immediate Grayslake community, especially those suffering from income and job losses stemming from the lockdowns and business restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus. Unfortunately, these lockdowns and restrictions have persisted much longer than expected, and the negative financial impact and strain they bring have continued and grown.  
As a result, the Grayslake Rotary Club is again soliciting the community's support in addressing the food insecurity needs of our impacted neighbors.  We are again partnering with the Lord of Glory food pantry, and soliciting your donations to support this worthy effort.  Again, the Grayslake Rotary Club is pledging to match your donations up to $1000.  We urge you to donate to the LOG food pantry directly, or via the Grayslake Rotary Club PayPal donation button.  As a 501c3 tax exempt organization, with the strong accountability ethic of Rotary, you are guaranteed that 100% of the funds that we receive from your donation will be applied to local area COVID-19 relief.
Join us and we can ensure everyone in our community overcomes the threat of COVID-19!

$1 Donation Challenge - Grayslake Community Coronavirus Response






Today, the Grayslake community, our state of Illinois, the United States of America, and in fact the entire global population are facing hard times.  COVID-19 threatens the health and well-being of every individual person, their families, friends, and loved ones.  Its impact on health, the economy, and our relationships with our families, friends, and community is significant - in some cases life-threatening, and at the very least, it has disrupted our normal lives.  The Rotary Club of Grayslake hopes that everyone is protecting themselves and at-risk persons in their lives, and remains healthy.  


We salute the outstanding dedication and the brave service of our medical professionals in treating those who have contracted the virus. Similarly, we acknowledge the workers in many fields who continue to provide the services we need to live our daily lives, even as we stay at home to "flatten the curve"and alleviate the strain on our medical facilities.  Unfortunately, this quarantine measure has left many in our midst without jobs, with reduced or lost incomes, yet all the obligations to support themselves and their families remain.  The Rotary Club of Grayslake is committed to doing what it can to help our neighbors during these trying times.


As part of this effort, the Grayslake Rotary Club, a 501c3 tax-exempt organization,  is donating funds where it identifies needs created by the COVID-19 crisis.  Our initial focus has been on local area food pantry support, to ensure the immediate food insecurity needs of affected families can been addressed.  We have received a matching funds grant from Rotary District 6440 to supplement our donation, but we think we can do more. However, we need YOUR help!


A contribution of as little as ONE DOLLAR towards alleviating food insecurity, donated by EVERYONE in our community, would raise an amount of funds that could help ensure no family goes hungry in Grayslake during this crisis.  The Rotary Club of Grayslake pledges to match every donated dollar, up to $2000, to double the effect of every donation.  And as a 501c3 tax exempt organization, with the strong accountability ethic of Rotary, you are guaranteed that 100% of the funds that we receive from your donation will be applied to local area COVID-19 relief.


For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you can help your neighbors make it through these trying times. So stay healthy, protect yourself and your loved ones, and join us as we combat the COVID-19 challenge!




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“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” 
― Albert Einstein

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Initial results indicate that this year's UnCorked wine-tasting fundraiser event will continue the string of successes for the Grayslake Rotary Club.  Defying the threats of the coronavirus, plenty of folks bravely turned out for a fun evening of great wines, delicious food, uplifting music, delightful silent and live auction items, and an overall fantastic evening at Prairie Crossing's Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake.  In partnership with the Liberty Prairie Foundation, and with the essential and greatly appreciated support of Mike Pruitt and his staff from The Vine in Grayslake, the UnCorked event, in this its 9th year,  has continued to delight our attendees and to generate much needed revenues to fund the Grayslake Rotary Club's service efforts for the local and international community.
Here are the early incomplete results:
Total attendees (not including club members, Vine staff, or wine vendors) - 121
50-50 Raffle Proceeds:  over $600
Live Auction Sales:  over $1400
Silent Auction Sales: over $1900
Sponsorships:  Over $11000
Bottom Line:   A projected profit of over $11000!
The Rotary Club of Grayslake wishes to extend our deepest thanks to all of our sponsors, donors, and other supporters who made UnCorked 2020 a satisfying success.  We could not do it without you!
Grayslake Rotarian Larry Herzog aka Raffle Guy, with the lucky Uncorked 2020 50-50 raffle winner
Steve Sarich - Grayslake Farmer's Market
Desmond Clark, Chicago Bears
Pam Weiss, Executive Director, The Book Bridge
On March 6, 2015, the Grayslake Rotary Club, in partnership with the Liberty Prairie Foundation, held the fourth annual UnCorked wine-tasting.  This fund-raising event at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake featured 8 wine vendors, was supported by 33 individual or corporate sponsors and 34 silent and live auction item donors, and attracted 143 attendees through advance and door ticket sales.  The event grossed just over $14000 and after expenses, netted just under $12000 to fund the Grayslake Rotary Foundation's charitable goals for the 2015 Rotary year.
Grayslake Rotarians John Millar & John Wheeler working the door at Uncorked 2015
Thanks to all of the Grayslake Rotarians who worked so hard this year to make it the best UnCorked yet - this year's proceeds set a record for our club and the event.  With 100% of the proceeds benefiting our target charities, the success of the event is crucial to our club making a positive impact in varied areas of need in our community and the world.
Grayslake Rotarian Greg Koeppen and friend enjoying Uncorked 2015
The funds earned from UnCorked this year will benefit the following programs:
  • Grayslake High Schoool Academic Scholarships
  • Collage of Lake County Needs-Based Scholarships
  • Grayslake OASIS Youth Center
  • Local Area Food Pantries
  • Shelterbox International Disaster Relief
  • PolioPlus Global Polio Eradication Effort
Thanks to everyone who supported UnCorked this year, especially our generous sponsors and donors - without their help, we could not have made UnCorked the success it has been nor have the positive effect on helping these deserving causes!
The Grayslake Rotary Club regularly hosts speakers at our weekly lunch meetings; one can normally expect two speakers every month that cover a wide variety of topics including charity endeavors, community and local government activities, high school and community college developments, and the like.  
The club recently hosted Sean Nelson, the Rotary District 6440 director for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) program.  Sean visited Grayslake on January 19th to discuss the RYLA application process and the plans for this year's 3-day retreats in March and April at Camp Edwards YMCA and Conference Center in East Troy, Wisconsin. 
Sean Nelson, Rotray District 6440 RYLA Director at Jan 19th meeting
RYLA was established by Rotary International as a special award for young people, of high school age, who have displayed leadership skills or potential, as shown by their active participation in groups or services.  Each student is from Rotary District 6440.  The three day program includes motivational and educational speakers from around the United States.  The program will greatly enhance leadership skills through lectures, hands on activities, team leadership activities, and interaction with other student leaders from around the District.  Every single participant (more than 2,000 over the last twelve years) has rated the camp very high in terms of the experience. The average attendee rating over the last five years is an amazing 9.6 (out of 10), based on educational content and fun. Yes, fun is an element of this experience! This is both an educational experience as well as a reward for leadership skills already demonstrated.   The Grayslake Rotary Club sponsors two RYLA attendees every year, representing Grayslake Central and North High Schools.
On March 16th, Bill Heinz from the Grayslake Department of Public Works joined our club for lunch and to address ongoing development projects in the Grayslake area.  The public works department is resposnible for constructing and maintaining the village water supply and sewage systems, the street lighting systems, and the maintenance and snow plowing for the road system.  
Bill Heinz, Grayslake Department of Public Works, at March 16th meeting
Bill also updated our club on ongoing and future road improvement projects, including the Lake County projects at Peterson Road and Rt 83, the Washington Street railroad underpass, and the federally backed project to resurface Center and Lake Streets;  the total expenditures on resurfacing these roads will top $5 million.
Public Service Practicum members at Grayslake North hosted a panel discussion in partnership with the Rotary International Club of Grayslake.  The panel was moderated by Mr. Marassa (the D127 Director of Technology and current President of the Grayslake Rotary Club) and featured panelists Mr. Keith Brin (Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court), Mr. Rich Lalley (Executive Director of Operation Warm), and Ms. Tina Vaughn (Development Specialist at CYN) (All 3 panel members are Rotarians.)  Panelists talked about their own experiences as public servants and offered advice and insights for students looking to keep a commitment to public service an important part of their future professional and/or personal lives. The focus of the panel was to address the following questions:
(1) How does distribution of power influence community needs and public service? 
(2) What are the various types of service, and when should each be used? 
(3) What are the causes and effects of some pressing problems in our community, and what could be done about the problems?    
As part of their seminar the PSP students learned about Round Lake Beach's People Lending Assistance Network (PLAN) Food pantry, how it was formed and structured, its daily operations and obligations, and how they could assist in its efforts.  As part of the Grayslake Rotary Club's support of local area food pantries, Grayslake Rotary Club president Michael Marassa presented a donation check for $1250 on behalf of the club to PLAN.
PLAN founder Michael Pimpo accepting donation from Grayslake Rotary Club president Michael Marassa


Wine Tasting
Friday, March 6, 2020
6 -8:30 PM
Tickets $30
($35 at the door)

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