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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Grayslake!


Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 11:30 AM
The Vine
101 Center Street
Grayslake, IL  60030
United States
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February 2020

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

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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
On Dec 29th, Grayslake Central High School graduate, and Grayslake Rotary Club 2014 Scholarship winner Marissa Brown, along with her father, visited with our club at our weekly meeting.  Marissa expressed her thanks for our scholarship support, and shared with us the details about her new life as a college freshman at Austin University, north of Dallas, TX.  
Scholarship winner Marissa Brown with her father at Grayslake Rotary Club lunch meeting.
Marissa is working on a 5-year program that will earn her a master's degree in education, after which she hopes to teach.  As always, is is very gratifying for our club to see the continued success of the scholarship winners we have sponsored, and we wish all of them, and now Marissa, the best of luck in their future endeavors.
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