Deep Thoughts Mike Kukulski 2018-01-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kukulski Mike on Mar 22, 2015
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!
 
Uncorked 2015 Record-Breaking Success Kukulski Mike 2015-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kukulski Mike
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.
RYLA and Roads Kukulski Mike 2015-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
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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
 
PSP/Rotary Panel in January Kukulski Mike 2015-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kukulski Mike on Jan 03, 2015
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.
Scholarship Winner Visits Grayslake Rotary Club Kukulski Mike 2015-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kukulski Mike on Jan 03, 2015
On Nov 3rd, the Grayslake Rotary Club hosted Grayslake Central High School prinicpal Dan Landry as our luncheon guest and featured speaker.  Dan has been a Grayslake educator since 1995 and assumed the helm of G.L. Central H.S. in 2014.  
Grayslake Rotary Club President Michael Marassa with Grayslake Central High School Principal Dan Landry
 
Dan discussed the challenges the school faces, and outlined the plans his administration has to address the students' needs at the school.  The Grayslake Rotary Club enjoys a close relationship with both of our local high schools, and it was both informative and rewarding to hear directly from Mr Landry about the accomplishments of and plans for Grayslake Central.
Grayslake Central H.S. Principal Visit Kukulski Mike 2015-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kukulski Mike on Jan 03, 2015
The Grayslake Rotary Club hosted Mr. Dustin Chierico and 3 students from Grayslake Central High School at the Oct 27th meeting to update our membership on the activities and accomplishments of the school's Public Service Practicum (PSP) course. This course, for high school seniors and juniors, focuses on student involvement in community service projects, from initial conception through planning and execution. Both of our local high school PSP programs have had a very accomplished record of service to our community.  
 
PSP Instructor Dustin Chierico with students Kayleigh Brown, Michael Benko, and Taha Tayyabi at Grayslake Rotary Club meeting
 
The many projects run just by Grayslake Central include a backpack and school supplies drive, a holiday food drive (over 60000 pounds of food collected this year), a Veteran's Day Breakfast, Breast Cancer Month, Senior Citizens' Dinner Dance, and support for the Oasis Youth Center Santa Claus visit and Tree-Lighting.  Accompanying Mr Chierico to our meeting were students Michael Benko, Kayleigh Brown, and Taha Tayyabi, who each described the day-to-day conduct of the course and their perspectives on its benefits.  It was great to see the enthusiasm of our town's young adults for community service, and humbling to witness the extraordinarily positive impacts their efforts have brought.  Congratulations to all of the PSP participants for their outstanding work, and thanks to Mr. Chierico and the Grayslake high school faculties for their guidance and support for these young men and women.
Grayslake Central High School PSP Update Kukulski Mike 2015-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Oct 18, 2014

The guest and featured speaker at the Oct 13th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club was Mr. Bob Dold, who is running for the 10th District Congressional seat in next month's elections.  Mr. Dold was elected to this position in 2010, but lost to Congressman Brad Schneider in the 2012 bid. 

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10th Congressional District candidate Bob Dold discusses issues over lunch with Grayslake Rotarians

Mr. Dold gave a short presentation about his background in the community, his business experiences outside of politics, and his views on issues facing voters in this election cycle, including jobs, health care, education, and partisanship in government.  One item he emphasized greatly was the large role Illinois and the greater Chicagoland area plays in our nations's economy, as both a demographically diverse large population center and as an education, manufacturing, transportation, and business hub.  A short Q&A session followed his presentation as members discussed with him their specific concerns.  

We appreciate that Mr. Dold took the time to share his views with us at our club meeting, and the Grayslake Rotary Club encourages all voters to get informed about the issues and the candidates facing the upcoming election, and to make a difference and vote!

Congressional Candidate Bob Dold Visits Grayslake Rotary Mike Kukulski 2014-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Oct 04, 2014

At the Sept 22nd meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club, Barb Oilschlager hosted Karen Schmidt and Erin Fowles, from the College of Lake County Foundation, as our club's guests and featured speakers.  Karen is the Executive Director of the CLC Foundation, and Erin is the Director of Financial Aid.  Their presentation to our club was a follow-up to earlier interest we had expressed towards sponsoring a needs-based scholarship for students attending CLC.  

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Grayslake Rotarians Michael Marassa & Barb Oilschlaager present first scholarship check to CLC Foundation's Karen Schmidt and Erin Fowles

They discussed the CLC student demographic makeup, the costs of attending CLC, the need for financial support for CLC students, and the structure and administration of the CLC Foundation in awarding scholarships to CLC students.  They answered members' questions about selection processes, funding schedules, and offered recommendations to our club to determine how we would structure our scholarship.  As a result, our club decided to proceed with funding a $1000 annual needs-based scholarship to a local area CLC student, beginning with this fall semester.  On behalf of our club, President Michael Marassa and Barb Oilschlager presented Karen and Erin with a check for $1000 for our first CLC Foundation scholarship.  Our club is excited and proud to support our local CLC students, and we look forward to many years of assisting the CLC Foundation in matching needed tuition funds for deserving CLC students.

New Scholarship Partnership between Grayslake Rotary Club and CLC Foundation Mike Kukulski 2014-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Oct 04, 2014

At the Sept 15th meeting of the Grayslake Rotray Club, Lyne Reynolds hosted Luann K. Satzger, the Marketing and Community Coordinator for the College of Lake County's James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts.

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Luann Satzger discussing CLC arts programs with Grayslake Rotary Club

Luann joined us for lunch, and gave a presentation of the many arts programs supported by CLC, and the specific schedule of events for this coming year, which include: musical performances and concerts, theatrical shows and plays, dance recitals, literary/spoken word performances, international film series, the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art, and other special programs.  For specific information about upcoming events, schedules, and ticket purchase, visit the Center's website at http://jlcenter.clcillinois.edu.

 

CLC Lumber Center for the Arts Benefits Local Community Mike Kukulski 2014-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Oct 04, 2014

 

This year's Grayslake Summer days again featured the Kiss the Pig contest, discussed below in a reprint of the Aug 17th Lake County News-Sun article by Jim Newton.  The great success of this project was completely due to the outstanding efforts of Larry Herzog, who planned and managed this project from start to finish.  Kudos to Larry for a job well done!

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With the help of Jodi Miller of Lambs Farm, Father John Chrzan of St. Gilbert Catholic Church in Grayslake kisses Maybelline the pig during Grayslake Summer Days celebration on Saturday. Chrzan won the honor by drawing the most donations in Grayslake's Kiss the Pig Contest to raise money for local charities.  (Jim Newton/Sun-Times Media)

It’s a safe bet that if you wanted to see a priest kiss a pig in Lake County Saturday, there was only one place that was going to happen — Grayslake Summer Days.

And it was for a great cause, of course.

Father John Chrzan of St. Gilbert’s Catholic Church in Grayslake was the top fundraiser in a donation contest that included local clergy members as part of the Rotary Club of Grayslake’s Kiss the Pig Contest.

For this feat, he had the honor of kissing Maybelline, a 1-year-old pig from Lambs Farm near Libertyville, in front of the Summer Days crowd on Saturday afternoon.

He handled it with good humor and grace, and a little help from Lambs Farm assistant farm manager Jodi Miller, who held Maybelline. Miller said Maybelline is a pretty good sport too, as far as being kissed by humans goes.

“She pretty good with it,” Miller said.

The Kiss the Pig Contest raised more than $1,200 this year, according to Michael Marassa, Grayslake Rotary president, who said it is one of several yearly events the club holds to benefit local groups and causes such as the Oasis Youth Grayslake Youth Center, the Avon Township food pantry, and scholarships at local schools.

After the contest winner was announced, Rotary officials presented Joyce Campbell, president of the Oasis Youth Center, with a check for $2,500.

“I just want to say thank you to the Rotary Club for its ongoing support,” Campbell said. “We run purely on donations and it allows us to provide a free, stimulating, safe environment for kids.”

Other clergy members participating in the Kiss the Pig Contest included Rev. Dr. Jane Clark of St. Andrew Episcopal Church in Grayslake, Pastor Rich Valinet of Living Waters Assembly of God in Grayslake, Pastor Gary Waters of United Protestant Church of Grayslake, and Pastor Kris Firkin of Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Grayslake.

Kiss the Pig a Huge Success! Mike Kukulski 2014-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Oct 04, 2014

At the August 11th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club, we were visited by the Rotary District 6440 Governor, Ellen Young, who was our club's guest and featured speaker.  Gov Ellen had a PowerPoint presentation on the current state of Rotary International, our local District activities, and the status of ongoing Rotary projects such as End Polio Now and the new Foundation grant system.  As always, it was good to  "meet the boss" and get updated on the goings-on of Rotary above our local level.  We enjoyed Gov Ellen's visit, and look forward to working with her in the coming months to make it a productive and rewarding Rotary year.

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Dist 6440 Governor Ellen Young addresses the Grayslake Rotary Club

As serendipity would have it, Tina Vaughn was due to be inducted as a new club member at this meeting, so we prevailed upon Gov Ellen for the honor of presenting Tina her Rotary membership pin, after being sworn in by Club President Michael Marassa.  Welcome to Tina as our newest Rotarian - we look forward to doing great things together!

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Asst Gov Rick Kuehn, Dist Gov Ellen Young, new Rotarian Tina Vaughn, and Club President Michael Marassa

District 6440 Governor Visits Grayslake Rotary, Inducts New Member Mike Kukulski 2014-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Aug 03, 2014

At the Aug 4th meeting, Grayslake Rotary Club President Michael Marassa hosted one of the two winners of the academic scholarships sponsored by our club this year.  Visiting the club, along with her mother and brother, was Grayslake North High School graduate Ashley Kiddle, who joined the club for lunch and gave a short presentation on her high school career and college aspirations.  

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Grayslake Rotary President Michael Marassa welcomes scholarship winner Ashley Kiddle and her family

Ashley is entering the Engineering program at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in just a couple of weeks; Ashley's motivation to pursue engineering stems from the loss of her father to ALS several years ago, and her desire to address the needs of ALS patients as they battle the disease.  Ashley has put together an outstanding high school record of academic and extracurricular accomplishments, and her effervescent demeanor, enthusiasm, and energy should continue to serve her well as she pursues her goals in college. The Grayslake Rotary Club is proud to recognize and support outstanding achievers like Ashley, and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.

Rotary Scholarship Winner Visits Grayslake Rotary Club Mike Kukulski 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Aug 02, 2014

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The Grayslake Rotary Club's Kiss the Pig fundraiser will take place on Saturday, August 16th, 4 PM on stage at the Grayslake Summer Days festival at Center and Seymour Streets in beautiful downtown Grayslake.  

In the past, our contestant groups have included school principals, Village dignitaries, and local business leaders.  This year, the candidates are the following local clergy members, in alphabetic order:

Father John Chrzan of Saint Gilberts Cathloic Church

Reverend Doctor Jane Clark of Saint Andrews Episcopal Church

Pastor Kris Ferkin of Shephard of the Lakes Lutheran Church

Pastor Rich Valkinet of Living Waters Assembly of God

Senior Pastor Gary Waters of United Protestant Church of Grayslake

One of these clerical leaders will be kissing an adolescent pot belly pig named Maybelline, provided by Lambs Farm.  The local press has always been present for photos and interviews.

The Grayslake Rotary Club places collection cans in our community with photos of each candidate during July and August, and the candidate with the most dollars raised wins the right to kiss the pig on stage. The event generally raises $800 to $1,000 for our Rotary charitable Foundation account, and we funnel that money back into our community in the form of college scholarships for Grayslake High students, and donations to local food pantries and social service agencies. Rotary also funds national and international programs related to health and safety, such as shelter box disaster relief, polio eradication, clean water programs, irrigation, and more.

Please support our efforts in any way you can:  tell your friends, co-workers, and church leaders; ask them to encourage donations in the collection cans;  talk about and publicize our event;  find collection cans at local restaurants, Village Hall and participating churches. Again, the candidate with the most dollars raised will 'win' the right to kiss Maybelline on stage! .

Rotary Kiss the Pig - August 16, 2014 Mike Kukulski 2014-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jul 20, 2014

At the June 2nd meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club, President-Elect Michael Marassa hosted the two Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) winners that the club sponsored in 2014.  

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Liam Hunt and Michael Benko visit the Grayslake Rotary Club

Liam Hunt and Michael Benko joined us for lunch, along with their parents, and each gave a short presentation describing their school activities and goals, as well as their impressions of the Youth Leadership Conference they attended this past March and April at Camp Edwards YMCA Camp & Conference Center in East Troy, Wisconsin.  RYLA has been established by Rotary International as a special award for young people of high school age who have displayed leadership skills, or the potential, as shown by their active participation in groups or services.  

2014 RYLA Winners Visit Grayslake Rotary Club Mike Kukulski 2014-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Apr 27, 2014

The Grayslake Rotary Club hosted Jim Rockwell, the Grayslake Lions Club secretary, as our guest and featured speaker at the April 28th meeting.  Jim described the history of the Lions Club, which was founded in 1917 in Chicago, just 12 years after Rotary's founding, also in Chicago.  Today, the Lions include 1.35 million members in 46000 clubs worldwide (Rotary has 1.2 million members in 34000 clubs worldwide).

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Grayslake Lion Jim Rockwell addresses the Grayslake Rotary Club

The Lions' mission is also similar to that of Rotary, to be global leaders in community and humanitarian service. Following a presentation by Helen Keller in the 1930's, the Lions adopted a focus on addressing the needs of the seeing impaired, evidenced by the used glasses collection boxes you may find in many communities.  The Grayslake Lion Club supports these missions, and also sponsors scholarships at the Grayslake high schools, PADS, and annual Christmas food baskets.  They support these programs via funds raised by pancake breakfasts and their annual Steer Roast fundraiser every September.

The Grayslake Lions Club meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm at Whitney's in downtown Grayslake.

Lions & Rotarians in the Same Room - No Injuries Reported! Mike Kukulski 2014-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Mar 16, 2014

Another Uncorked wine-tasting fundraiser is now behind us, and this year's event continues a record of success in service.  2014 marked the third year the Grayslake Rotary Club has hosted its signature fundraiser, and this year brought the club another successful venture.  The total revenue from this year's event was actually up from previous years, but that was offset by increased costs to host the event.  As a result, while our total profit of $7046 this year was down a bit from earlier years, we still enjoyed an enthusiastic response from the community, generous donations from sponsors and silent auction donors, and excellent wine, food, and live entertainment for our guests to enjoy.  

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100% of the proceeds of this event will go to our targeted charities for 2014:  the Avon Township Food Pantry, the Oasis Grayslake Youth Center, academic merit scholarships to the two local high schools, and support for Rotary's PolioPlus effort.  Kudos to all of the hardworking Grayslake Rotarians who helped make Uncorked 2014 a success, and special thanks to all of our event sponsors and auction item donors, whose generosity made hosting this event possible.  Plans are already underway for Uncorked 2015 - see you there next year!

Special Thanks to all of the sponsors and donors for Uncorked 2014!

Grand Cru & Naming Sponsor ($2000+):  Liberty Prairie Foundation

Bordeaux Sponsor ($1000+):  Strang Funeral Chapel

Cabernet Sauvignon Sponsors ($500+):  State Banks of the Lakes, The Vine Martine & Wine Bar

Merlot Sponsors ($250+):  Aspire Wealth Management, ID Label Inc., Jesse Oaks, Joyce Campbell Insurance (State Farm), Marvin Design Gallery, Market Financial Group, Community Trust Credit Union

Pinot Noir Sponsors ($100+):  American Family Insurance, Edwards Jone Investments, Andresen Automotive, Emil's, Gynecological & Obstetric Associates SC, Designs on You, Warren Edwards Builders Inc., QCI Restoration, Ace Hardware Grayslake, Sawyer Falduto Asset Manangement LLC, Fox Valley Graphics, Alwin Anthony Salon  

Silent Auction Donors:  Grayslake Rotary Club, Grayslake Hobby World, Canine Clippers, This Old Book, Melissa Rigoni, Alwin Anthony Salon, Central Bark Doggie Daycare, Ben Bates, CLC Ceramics, David Bolton, Director, CLC Ceramics, Neil Estrick Gallery, LLC, Waukegan Tire, Comfort Suites Grayslake, Mike & Corinne Kukulski, University Center of Lake County, Grayslake Fire Department, Tang’s Restaurant, Music Source, Kim Schneider @ Debby & Company, Schweitzer Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Salutos, Cacao Sweets & Treats, Millers Area Heating, Culvers Grayslake, Lynne Reynolds, Eagle Flag & Flagpoles, John Wheeler, That Pasta Place, Clow Family, SEDOL

 

Uncorked 2014 Successful! Mike Kukulski 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Feb 09, 2014

At its February 10th meeting, the Grayslake Rotary Club offically welcomed John Wheeler as a new member of the club.  John recently moved to the Grayslake area, and is a previous Rotarian and Paul Harris fellow. John was introduced to the Grayslake club by John Miller, who presented him with his club pin during the induction ceremony.  Please welcome John to the club - we look forward to working and serving together!

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Grayslake Rotary Club Welcomes New Member Mike Kukulski 2014-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jan 26, 2014

We are just 40 days away from UnCorked! - our annual fundraiser - how we fund our club's scholarships, food pantry and Oasis support, and other charitable giving - and we are behind the power curve!

To date, we have no corporate sponsorships locked up, with the exception of Liberty Prairie Holdings sponsorship of our venue rental of the Byron Colby Barn.

But it is NOT too late - we still have plenty of time to hit the streets and hustle for sponsorships, to solicit donations for the silent auction, and to sell tickets.  But we need to start doing that NOW!

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The good news is that The Vine is already on board to support us with food, and to coordinate for our wine vendors.  We also have secured a band to provide music for the event. We just need to tie up some loose ends.

The immediate priority, other than securing sponsors, is to get tickets and advertising posters/flyers printed.  We need to get the word out marketing our event, and we need to have tickets to both sell and to award to our sponsors.

You will receive copies via separate e-mail of our task assignments, sponsorship letter, sponsorship details, donation receipts, and the latest version of our event flyer.  Please use to these as you seek sponsors and ask local businesses to help promote our fundraiser.

We are a bit behind the timeline, but it is now time to put the holidays behind us, roll up our sleeves, and get this party started!

UnCorked!  Friday, March 7, 2014, 5:30-9:00 PM

 

UnCorked Countdown - 40 Days to Go! Mike Kukulski 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Dec 21, 2013

Grayslake Rotarian Michael Marassa hosted several Grayslake Central High School teachers and students as our luncheon guests and the featured speakers for the Dec 16th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club.  Visiting our club were Barb Georges, Department Chair for Science & Career Tech Education, Tom Kim, Associate Principal for Curriculum & Instruction, and four students, Will Mock, Kasey Wanek, Katelynn Weidman, and Brian Zador.  Barb and Tom introduced two programs recently introduced at Grayslake Central High School, the first being Project Lead the Way, and the second an initiative to introduce iPads into the classroom.

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(l to r) Assoc Principal Tom Kim, Dept Chair Barb Georges, students Katelynn Weidman, Kasey Wanek, Will Mock, Brian Zador, and Grayslake Rotarian Michael Marrassa

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education is at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy. For America to remain economically competitive, our next generation of leaders -- the students of today -- must develop the critical-reasoning and problem-solving skills that will help make them the most productive in the world.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a provider of rigorous and innovative STEM education curricular programs used in schools. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, PLTW exists to prepare students for the global economy through its world-class curriculum, high-quality professional development, and an engaged network of educators, students, universities, and professionals. PLTW’s comprehensive curriculum has been designed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and real-world problem solving skills in students. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success. 

STEM education programs like the one offered by PLTW engage students in activities-, projects-, and problem-based (APPB) learning, which provides hands-on classroom experiences. Students create, design, build, discover, collaborate and solve problems while applying what they learn in math and science. They're also exposed to STEM fields through professionals from local industries who supplement the real-world aspect of the curriculum through mentorships and workplace experiences. 

Both Will and Brian detailed their participation in PLTW; the integration of their mainstream academic classes, particularly math and science, with what have been traditional vocational trade classes such as wood or metal shop.  They discussed the use of concept engineering software such as Inventor in their projects, as well as the use of 3-D printing technology to fabricate mockups or one-off parts for their projects.  The merging of these disparate disciplines has allowed them to complete projects from concept stages through to production, as in the case of a charcoal chimney project they have worked on.

Kasey and Katelynn gave an account of their experience with a new iPad initiative being implemented in the school biology program.  The school provides students with iPads in class as textbook proxies; this capability is supplemented by the iPad's further use as a research tool, as well its use to collate and analyze data from experiments and projects. Both young ladies were enthusiastic in their assessments of the devices, describing the synergistic effect they have on course curriculum.  Barb did also address the concerns these devices can raise about over-fascination with technology; considerable thought has gone into ensuring these technological aids augment real learning versus just shining the apple.

What can these kinds of programs do to improve actual learning?  Here are the outcomes the national PLTW has observed:

• PLTW alumni are studying engineering and technology at five to 10 times the average rate of all students.
• PLTW students have a higher retention rate in college engineering, science, and related programs than other students in those areas.
• 97% of PLTW seniors intend to pursue a four-year degree or higher, whereas the national average is 67%.
• 80% of PLTW seniors say they will study engineering, technology, or computer science in college, whereas the national average is 32%.
• PLTW students achieve significantly higher scores in reading, mathematics, and science than Career and Technical Education (CTE) students in the same schools in similar CTE fields. 

Overall, this was a interesting insight into innovative new programs offered to our community's students - it is encouraging to see experiments like these that try to break out of the objective/test-oriented education philosophy to address real-world application of school-based learning.  For more information about PLTW, see their national website at http://www.pltw.org

 

Project Lead the Way Mike Kukulski 2013-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Dec 07, 2013

Rotarian Jim Franson hosted our guest and featured speaker, Nina Lustig, at the Dec 2nd meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club.  Nina is the Executive Director of Lake County Cares (LCC).  LCC was founded in 1967 as the Volunteer Bureau of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff, to connect resident volunteers with opportunities to serve and help solve community needs. Its name changed to the Volunteer Center of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff to better align with the national network of Volunteer Centers, and in 2009 again changed to Lake County Cares to better represent the communities it serves.

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Lake County Cares Executive Director Nina Lustig speaking to the Grayslake Rotary Club

The mission of Lake County Cares is to be the premier volunteer service hub of Lake County. LCC is an active center that strengthens communities by operating essential outreach programs and facilitating daily connections between its volunteer corps and local agencies, municipalities, schools, civic groups, and religious organizations. LCC's vision is to be the primary resource Lake County residents rely on to connect with outreach programs and service opportunities that make a difference in their community and the county at large.

LCC's outreach programs address Hunger, Literacy, Domestic Violence, Senior Well Being Environment, Homelessness Youth Leadership, and Civic Engagement via such programs as: The Giving Tree; Heart 2 Heart; HUGS Food Drive; Big Hands, Little Hearts; Open Doors; Sarah's Dream: Read With Me; Summer of Service; and Veterans Give Back.  Through its agency support programs it provides more than 115 social service agencies with the publicity and resources they need to accomplish their important missions. LCC helps member agencies, non-profits, parks, libraries, schools and religious organizations through ongoing referral of volunteers, volunteer management training and many other services. Lastly, LCC provides a Care Corps, a collective group of volunteer individuals to whom it provides experienced consultation and matches with opportunities appropriate to their interest and/or skills.

Anyone that would like to support the mission of LCC can do so via monetary donations, donations of items to associated agencies, or via donations of time and/or talent.  For more information about Lake County Cares, or to assist in their efforts, see their website at http://www.lakecountycares.org

Lake County Cares Mike Kukulski 2013-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Dec 01, 2013

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The Philippine typhoon and Illinois tornado relief efforts by Rotary are discussed in the following excerpts from the latest Rotary District 6440 governor's newsletter:

 

...our club members were deciding what they might do to assist in relief efforts after Super Typhoon Hayian in the Philippines and energetically raising money to support the work of ShelterBox, a Rotary partner for emergency relief situations. Rotarians are "buying" traditional fully-packed green boxes for use there and also supporting the ShelterBox Solution Fund that allows that agency to provide supplies as needed and is not limited to the complete ShelterBox.

 

Two weeks after Fall Seminar Day we found ourselves working with Rotarians in District 6460 to assist victims of tornadoes in central Illinois. I reached out immediately on our behalf to Rotarian friends in that area, and webmaster Rich Lalley posted information about where to send monetary donations to support those Rotarians as they work tirelessly to help neighbors and friends who lost homes and businesses in the winds.

 

In conjunction with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, FEMA and other voluntary agency partners, representatives of District 6460 are working tirelessly to assist victims of the recent tornadoes.  The single Facebook location for vetted and confirmed information about relief efforts is Central Illinois Emergency Information.  Any other Facebook page is not official or verified.  Similarly, up-to-date official information for all the state tornado sites may be found athttp://www.ready.illinois.gov.  The relevant story on our district website will be updated quickly as new information becomes available.Our district website will be updated frequently to let you know quickly as specific needs change The checks that you send now are the best help you can give at this point.


Disaster Relief Updates Mike Kukulski 2013-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Dec 01, 2013

The featured speaker and luncheon guest for the Grayslake Rotary Club Nov 25th meeting was Dennis Mudd, from the Hundred Club of Lake County.  Dennis is a Libertyville resident, retired from the moving and storage business, and serves as the chaplain for the Libertyville police and fire departments, the Lake County Sheriffs office and Illinois State Police Districts 2 and 15.  

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Dennis Mudd from the One Hundred Club addresses Grayslake Rotarians

The Hundred Club of Lake County was organized in 1979, patterned after similar clubs throughout the country, to offer financial assistance to the widows and families of police and fire department personnel killed in the line of duty.  In the event of such a death, the club delivers a check to cover the family's immediate expenses, and then provides follow-up support to meet the specific circumstances of the case, up through college scholarships for orphaned children.  Funds of the club's mission come from corporate and individual donations, and are invested until needed; there are no Hundred Club employees - all services are donated by its members.

Fortunately, the services of the Hundred Club have not been required since 1985; no police officer or firemen have perished in Lake County in the line of duty since then.  But the need for a ready source of emergency funds remains - while there have been no recent losses, Lake County suffered 4 on-duty deaths in as many years leading up the the 1985 loss.  Due to the unpredictable nature of this type of loss, the club needs to maintain sufficient funds to respond to a future loss, or even worse, multiple losses in a short period of time.

The Hundred Club is directed by a community-based board.  Annual dues are $150, with associate memberships for persons under 35 available for $50.  For more information, contact the club at The Hundred Club of Lake County, P.O. Box 163, Libertyville IL 60041, 847-247-9173.

Hundred Club Serving First Responder Families Mike Kukulski 2013-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Nov 24, 2013

The recent natural disasters caused by the Philippines typhoon and the Illinois tornados has our club wishing to contribute aid to the affected areas.  

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The best methods to to do this was discussed at our last meeting.  Since the Illinois tornados hit downstate the day before our meeting, there were no official relief response instruments yet established by Rotary.  Because of the large scope of damage and the vast need for relief, our club has decided to wait until response efforts are firmed up by Rotary wherein we can leverage our contributions to effect a greater helpful impact. Expect more to follow on this subject.

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Disaster Relief Options Reviewed Mike Kukulski 2013-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Nov 17, 2013


Club Rotarian and Grayslake North High School Principal Jim Roscoe hosted three students, Jason Petrillo, Karolina Ptasinski, and Shannon Dacey, along with their teacher, Ms. Emily Weiss, from the Grayslake North High School Public Service Practicum (PSP) course as guests and featured speakers for the Nov 4th Grayslake Rotary Club meeting.  All three students detailed the purpose and activities of the program, the benefits they individually realized from participating in the program, and its positive impact on the Grayslake community.

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GNHS PSP students Jason Petrillo, Karolina Ptasinski, and Shannon Dacey at Grayslake Rotary Club meeting

The Public Service Practicum course is a unique year-long class in its seventh year at Grayslake North High School.  PSP students work together to create meaningful experiences that will develop an understanding of public service and civic engagement.  This class emphasizes skills in teamwork, leadership, professional communication, and personal reflection, and includes hands-on service projects, education/advocacy campaigns, readings, discussions, and papers.  This course is not designed as a club for which one earns academic credit; rather, it is a rigorous study of personal responsibility and the interaction between individuals and society.

 

Public Service Practicum at Grayslake North High School Mike Kukulski 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
REMINDER - No Nov 11th Grayslake Rotary Club Meeting! Mike Kukulski 2013-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Nov 03, 2013

At the Oct 28th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club, Greg Gulliver hosted Kirk Smith, Village of Grayslake Zoning Officer, as our club's luncheon guest and featured speaker.

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Rotarian Greg Gulliver (left) with Grayslake Zoning Officer Kirk Smith

Kirk took the time to update our membership on the status of many business and community improvement projects in the Grayslake area, including: the Prairie Medical Building on IL Rt 45; the Lakefront Lodge (Mercy Housing) affordable housing for seniors 55+; Advance Auto Parts on IL Rt 120; Northwestern/lake Forest Hospital expansion plans; Nordic Properties at Lake St and IL Rt 120; Farmers Marketplace (former Piggly Wiggly site) on Center St; Premier Auto Estates on Peterson Rd and Il Rt 83; and development plans for the former Lake County fairgrounds.  

Also covered were ongoing and planned transportation projects, such as the Atkinson Rd extension, the Washington St railroad underpass, Highland Rd improvements, and intersection expansion at Lake St and IL Rt 120.  

Lastly, Kirk detailed the results of the rehabilitation project for the Lake Street METRA station, as well as planned improvements for Grayslake's downtown village center. It is encouraging to see the many plans underway to make Grayslake an even better place to be in the future!

Grayslake Rotary gets Updated on Local Zoning Mike Kukulski 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Oct 19, 2013

At the Oct 7th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club, Larry Herzog hosted Grayslake Police Commander Guy Fiasche as our lunch guest and featured speaker.  Guy spoke at length about Lake County area police agency partnerships and mutual aid agreements.  

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Grayslake Police Commander Guy Fiasche with Rotarian Larry Herzog

The primary benefits realized by these mutual aid programs include:  cost savings to individual municipalities and police agencies by not requiring each to train and equip complete specialized units such as SWAT, drug investigation, etc.; access to specialized expertise from outside agencies, providing each local agency with capabilities beyond what their size would allow; quicker and more expansive response to larger scale emergency situations; and ultimately, more comprehensive law enforcement service to each municipality, leading to safer communities.  The specific organizations that comprise these mutual aid agreements include:

  • Northern Illinois Regional Crime Laboratory: full-service laboratory providing analysis in the following areas: Drug Chemistry, Fingerprints, Forensic Biology/DNA, Toxicology, Firearms, and Toolmarks.

  • Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT): Provides response and thorough professional crash investigations to member agencies.

  • Lake County Major Crimes Task Force: Investigates major crimes that take place in the Lake County area with participation from multiple police agencies.

  • Law Enforcement Aviation Coalition (LEAC): Is a helicopter program supports several agencies that together provide air support to Fire/EMS and law enforcement agencies throughout the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin region. Known by their familiar "AIR-ONE" call sign, these helicopters are frequently called upon by local agencies that would otherwise not have airborne capabilities available. 

  • Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS): Is a consortium of over 900 local governments designed to meet the needs of local law enforcement throughout the State of Illinois in matters of mutual aid, emergency response and the combining of resources for public safety and terrorism prevention and response.

  • Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS): Is comprised of suburban municipal police departments in the Chicago metropolitan area and is designed to assist member agencies in any situation where its command staff believes the agency cannot handle with its own resources. Whether faced with a natural disaster or the unexpected results of a special event, NIPAS is there to supplement local police agencies at a level appropriate for the given situation. Grayslake Police currently have two officers directly participating in the NIPAS SWAT assignment and the mobile field force.

  • Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group (LCMEG): Is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement task force concentrating in illegal drugs, gangs and weapons offenses. Grayslake Police have an officer assigned to participation in the LCMEG. 

It was very reassuring to hear from Guy about the many varied programs that have been adopted by the Grayslake and other local police forces to maximize their impact on crime prevention and law enforcement in the northern Illinois region.  It seems that despite Larry's retirement as Grayslake Police Chief, Grayslake remains safe in the good hands of the dedicated officers of the Grayslake Police Department.

 

Lake County Police Departments Cooperate to Ensure a Safer Grayslake Mike Kukulski 2013-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Oct 06, 2013

Lynne Reynolds hosted our guests and featured speakers at the Sept 30th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club.  Visiting our club were Myra Gaylan-Morales, the University Center Assistant Dean for Academic Programs and Services, and Sabah Hassan, the Illinois State University Project Coordinator for the Transitioning Paraprofessionals into Teachers (TPT) Program.  

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Sabah Hassan, Lynne Reynolds, and Myra Gayton-Morales at Sept 30th Grayslake Rotary Club meeting

The TPT program is a federally funded program designed to prepare bilingual paraprofessionals for certification as elementary/bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers.  This program specifically addresses the shortage of certified bilingual educators in high-needs schools.  The program is an evening study curriculum that allows paraprofessionals to continue working at their paying jobs, and with the exception of some testing and other miscellaneous fees, is free for accepted participants.  Interested candidates must be a bilingual paraprofessional or teacher's aide, have an AA degree, at least a 2.5 GPA, and a passing score on the Illinois Certification Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), and must commit to teach in a high-needs school/district for 3 years.  For more information on TPT, contact Sabah at shassan@IllinoisState.edu or at 847-665-4113.  

In addition to the TPT program, Myra detailed the programs offered at the University Center for bachelor's degrees and advanced degrees. These programs are offered by 20 top Illinois colleges and universities.  The University Center is hosting an Open House on Oct 8th, from 6-8 PM, for anyone interested in these educational opportunities; additional information is also available at www.ucenter.org.

TPT & University Center Programs for Grayslake Area Mike Kukulski 2013-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Sep 22, 2013

The featured speaker at the Sept 16th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club was our own club member, Dr. Ben Hasan.  Ben discussed his family and sports medicine practice, his approach to meeting the challenges he faces in managing a successful practice in Grayslake, and the impact of current health industry practices on both health care providers and recipients.  

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Grayslake Rotarian Dr. Ben A.Hasan, MD

He also discussed the effect that the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) will have on the health care industry.  Of particular note were his comments regarding the different nature of health care in different regions of the United States; he contrasted a more socialized approach in California to the more free market approach here in Illinois; from his comments, it seems certain that the effect of the new laws will vary to some extent based on the environment currently in place. 

Ben is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and has been practicing since 1991.  His practice is with the Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group (NMPG), and more information is available at the NMPG website.

Health Care Challenges in Review Mike Kukulski 2013-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Sep 06, 2013

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Our club was saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our most valued members, Someone Else.

Someone's passing creates a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. Else has been with us for many years and for every one of those years, Someone did far more than a normal person's share of the work. Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach, or a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone's list, "Let Someone Else do it."

Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as results; "Someone Else can work with that group." It was common knowledge that Someone Else was among the most liberal givers in our club. Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed Someone Else would make up the difference.

Someone Else was a wonderful person; sometimes appearing superhuman. Were the truth known, everybody expected too much of Someone Else. Now Someone Else is gone! We wonder what we are going to do. Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow, but who is going to follow it? Who is going to do the things Someone Else did?

When you are asked to help, remember -- we can't depend on Someone Else anymore.


Obituary Mike Kukulski 2013-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Sep 06, 2013

Grayslake Community High School District 127 Superintendent Catherine M. Finger, Ed.D., was the welcome guest and featured speaker for the Aug 26th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club.  Catherine's career in Illinois education has spanned 29 years, as both a teacher and an administrator, and she exudes a passion and commitment to the education of our community's children that is both gratifying and encouraging.  

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Catherine M. Finger, Ed.D., Grayslake Community High School District 127 Superintendent

Catherine discussed current trends in Illinois education, both political and fiscal, and detailed how the Grayslake district is involved in both.  Her primary emphasis was on the progress of the District's Strategic Long Range Plan, (in which several of our club's members were participants), and the growth and development of the District's mission and goals.  (For more information about the strategic plan, see its dedicated webpage.) 

Superintendent Describes High School District's Future Mike Kukulski 2013-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Sep 06, 2013

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Be vewy, vewy quiet ...  I'm hunting SPONSORS!

It is never too early to start soliciting for sponsors for Uncorked 2104; in fact, for large level corporation sponsorship, NOW is the time to start making contact and starting the paperwork that many of these large organizations require. Every club member should have received via clubruner email introduction and sponsorship description letters for your use in reaching out to sponsors for their donations.  A couple of big corporation sponsorships secured now can have a huge impact on our total revenues for this effort - please take the time to score a sponsor for our club's efforts.  Imagine if each member could get just one sponsor committed to support Uncorked!

 

 

 

It's Open Season on Sponsor Hunting for Uncorked 2104! Mike Kukulski 2013-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Aug 25, 2013

John Miller was the host and greeter for our Rotray Club's Aug 19th meeting, and he invited Marianna Zeidler as our guest and featured speaker.  Mariana gave a a presentation on her Rotary experiences, "To the Max,", and detailed the background and program elements of the Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group (WASRAG). 

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L to R:  PDG Tadashi Enami, Pres Chip Edwards, Marianna Zeidler, DGE Ellen Young, Sam Rinella, and AG Rick Kuehn

Also visiting the club was Sam Rinella, of Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club, to promote his club's fundraiser, the Goose is Loose Raffle.  We also hosted PDG Tadashi Enami, who chartered the Rotary Club of Grayslake in 2006 as the then District Gov, as well as DGE Ellen Young and AG Rick Kuehn.  Special thanks to John Miller for arranging an entertaining meeting!

Lots of Visitors to Aug 19th Meeting Mike Kukulski 2013-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Aug 18, 2013

At this year's Grayslake Summer Days festival this past Saturday, The Grayslake Rotary Club held its inaugural "Kiss the Pig" contest fundraiser.  "Kiss the Pig" was originally held by the Grayslake Kiwanis Club, and when that club returned its charter the Grayslake Rotary Club decided to adopt the program and maintain the tradition.  In the "Kiss the Pig" contest, local areas candidates are voted on by the community at large for the dubious honor of kissing a pig onstage at the Grayslake Summer Days festival.  Votes are recorded by donations collected in the weeks, days, and hours leading up to the festival.  The donations were collected from voting/collection cans depicting each candidate's name and picture, with sets of the cans strategically placed throughout the community at local businesses and gathering spots.  

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"Kiss the Pig" candidates Marcus Smith, Jim Roscoe, and John Bolger

The worthy candidates this year hailed from the local education establishment, with three school principals competing: John Bolger from Grayslake Central High School, Jim Roscoe from Grayslake North High School and Marcus Smith from Grayslake Middle School.  This year, the generous participation of the local community resulted in $911 worth of votes, all of which proceeds to be directed towards the Grayslake Rotary Club focus charities and Rotary Foundation.  

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An intimate moment at "Kiss the Pig"

The lucky(?) winner this year was Dr. Jim Roscoe, Grayslake North High School principal and Grayslake Rotarian.  Congratulations to Jim for this select honor!  And kudos to all of the Rotarians who worked to make this venture so successful, especially Larry Herzog, Jim Roscoe, Mike Marassa, Chip Edwards, and Greg Koeppen.

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Doesn't seem fair to the pig, does it?

"Kiss the Pig" Brings Home the Bacon! Mike Kukulski 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Aug 18, 2013

In the past couple of weeks the Grayslake Rotary Club has been pleased to host a couple of interesting people as guests at our Monday meetings. At our club's July 29th meeting, the Rotary District 6440 Governor, Sarah Oliver, was the featured guest and speaker.  Sarah detailed current operations at the district, as well as International and District plans for the upcoming Rotary year.  It was a pleasure for all of our members to get to meet Sarah, and we all look forward to working with her.

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District Governor Sarah Oliver with members of the Grayslake Rotary Club

The following week, we had Joyce Campbell, President of the Oasis Grayslake Youth Center, visit as our guest.  Joyce updated the club on issues and events at  the Oasis, which of course is one of the focus charities of the Grayslake Rotary Club. 

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Joyce campbell, of the Oasis Grayslake Youth Center

The Oasis opened in April 2008 to provide the teenagers of Grayslake and surrounding communities a safe and stimulating place to go after school and on weekends. Within The Oasis, guests find a friendly and clean environment designed just for them. The Oasis is stocked with video games, high speed wireless internet, flat screen TVs (with movies available to watch) and basic snacks. There is no charge during the week, and a $5 donation is requested on Friday and Saturday. Most weekend evenings, the Oasis features live entertainment with a wide variety of local and regional bands.  More information about the Oasis and upcoming events can be found on the Oasis website.

Recent Visits to Grayslake Rotary Club Mike Kukulski 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jul 21, 2013

The new, expanded District Grant program has a number of key features:

    District Grants now can be for either domestic or international projects. 

    District Grants can be in larger amounts than before, with the District providing up to $3,750 in matching dollars (the bigger the grant, the more details are needed on the application and the matching dollars by D6440 get smaller, but you can qualify for more matching dollars than before).

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    Clubs can put in a primary application and they can also submit a second application which will be reviewed if matching funds are not exhausted.  

    All District Grant applications will be taken online. Simply go to www.rotary6440.org , login, and click on the District Grant button to get to the application. 

    The Club President will authorize people to submit applications. If you’re not authorized, your application won’t count, so get authorized.  Note:   Rotarians who attended a Grant Management Seminar are already authorized.

    Two really important things to remember:

    1)      The deadline for District Grant applications is September 1 .  Submissions after that date cannot be considered.

     

    2)      If your club did not submit its Memo of Understanding (MOU in Rotary speak) as required by The Rotary Foundation, you won’t be able to receive a District Grant.   (If you have questions about your Club’s MOU, contact District Administrative Assistant, Kristina Laib, at admin@rotary6440.org). 

    If you visit the District website (www.rotary6440.org) and click on the Foundation tab, then the Grants Committee page, you will be able to download the District’s grant policies, a quick reference guide, and a FAQs document of frequently asked questions about District Grants.  

    Contact our District Grants team with any questions by email at distgrants@rotary6440.org .

     

    New Rotary District 6440 Grant Program Mike Kukulski 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jul 14, 2013

    The newest member of the Grayslake Rotary Club, Michael Marassa, was the featured speaker at the July 8th meeting of the club.  Michael used this opportunity to introduce himself to the entire club and to let us know a little bit more about him.

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    Michael Marassa, new Rotarian, addressing the Grayslake Rotary Club

    Michael is the Grayslake Community High School District 127 Technology Director.  In this capacity he is responsible for the department planning for, implementing, and maintaining the currency of technology hardware and software for both district students and staff. Additionally, his department provides students' parents and the community access to information about the school and students via web access to student grades and through the district's informational website.  

    Michael graduated from Brother Rice High School, earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree in Education from University of Illinois Champaign, and his masters degree in Educational Administration from Eastern Illinois University. Michael and his wife, Lynn, have two daughters.  In addition to his work in teaching and technology, Michael has coached volleyball in the past, and is currently active in volleyball officiating for club and college level games.

     

    Meet New Grayslake Rotarian Michael Marassa Mike Kukulski 2013-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jul 07, 2013

    New Grayslake Rotary Club member Ken Idstein was the featured speaker at the July 1st meeting.   His presentation served as a forum for Ken to introduce himself to our club, tell us a bit about himself, and to detail his work history and current activities.  Ken is the owner and president of Idstein Mortgage Services, Inc., which has been in operation in Grayslake since 1990.  Prior to that, from 1965 to 1990, Ken served as a Loan Officer for Sears Mortgage and GMAC Mortgage.

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    New member Ken Idstein addresses the Grayslake Rotary Club

    With the slump in the housing market over the past few years, the mortgage industry has been challenged, but Ken sees some recent revival.  There have been some significant changes, though, especially in the mortgage process. Lenders are much more regulated and as a result, the days of "easy money" to buy a home may be over.  Ken described the extreme detail that borrowers must provide into every source of income to satisfy lenders' inquiries; even something as innocuous as depositing a $50 dollar Christmas gift check from Grandma will require documentation to verify the source of that income.  Ken addressed other changes in the industry as well, and fielded several questions from the membership about the current mortgage process and climate.  For more information about Idstein Mortgage Services, Inc, please visit their website.

    Grayslake Rotary Club Learns About One of its New Members Mike Kukulski 2013-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jun 29, 2013

    At the June 17th meeting, Denise Kindle hosted the recipients of the 2013 Grayslake Rotary Club Academic Merit Scholarships, along with their parents, as our club's guests and featured speakers.  The $1000 scholarship awards went to Kajal Chokshi, from Grayslake Central High School, and to Grayslake North High School's Krysten Gross.  Both of these outstanding young women are recently graduated seniors who rose to the top of a list of highly qualified and deserving candidates for the scholarship awards, and were selected by a panel of Grayslake Rotarians who interviewed all of the candidates to determine the scholarship winners.

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    (from left) Scholarship winner Kajal Chokshi, with Rotarian Denise Kindle, and scholarship winner Krysten Gross

    Kajal will be starting school this fall at Loyola University, where she plans to study Mathematics/Math Education.  Krysten will be attending Elmhurst College, in pursuit of a Business/Communications degree.  Both of these young ladies stand out for their outstanding academic performance in high school, for their comprehensive involvement in extracurricular activities, their commitment to community and service, their desire and intent to give back of themselves in their future work, and most evidently, for their vivacious and engaging personalities.

    Everyone from the Grayslake Rotary Club extends their warm congratulations to Kajal and Krysten for their distinctive accomplishments, and wishes them the very best of luck in the pursuit of their future studies and life goals!

    Grayslake Rotary Club Awards Scholarships to Grayslake High School Seniors Mike Kukulski 2013-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jun 16, 2013

    Jim Fransen hosted Beverly Hubbard as our guest and speaker for the Jun 10th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club.  Beverly is the Development Officer for the College of Lake County Foundation, which was established in 1974 as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charity. The Foundation raises funds for scholarships and to meet other institutional needs.  The CLC Foundation is dedicated to helping students through its scholarship awards program. Last year alone, the Foundation made 857 individual scholarship awards, totaling about $500,000.

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    Beverly Hubbard discusses CLC Foundation with the Grayslake Rotary Club

    The CLC Foundation has launched the Changing Lives scholarship campaign to raise funds to provide tuition assistance to CLC students.  Why is the Foundation seeking donations to support CLC scholarships?

    Because, today, access to college is essential. It used to be that a high school diploma was all that was needed to support a middle class lifestyle. Not so today. Without completing at least some college, today’s young people won’t have the higher-level skills they will need to move much beyond minimum wage jobs. And even in tough economic times, the benefits of college remain true. The more education you have, the more you will likely earn and the less likely you will be to become unemployed.

    Because many students can’t even afford CLC’s lower-cost tuition. Though about one in four of CLC students receives some form of financial aid, often it is not enough. On average, financial aid and family support runs short of meeting students’ basic living expenses by about $2,300 per year. For the poorest of financial aid students, staying in school is a constant financial battle. In a district with a median household income of nearly $80,000, these students have an annual family income of under $23,000.

    Because educated minds are our greatest resource. Access to college isn’t just important to individual lives. It’s also essential to the vitality of our local community and economy. CLC graduates, for example, generate millions of dollars in local, state and federal tax revenues, and they support schools, businesses and other vital community services. And CLC graduates comprise a skilled local workforce—an essential asset for employers in a global economy in which human capital is the competitive edge.

    Because at CLC your donation can go so far.  Because tuition at the College of Lake County is so much lower than at a university, your donation can have a wider reach, helping more students. Think about it this way: one or several donations totaling $10,000 can pay for the annual tuition of three students at CLC. At a public university, that amount would support just one student!

    For more information about the CLC Foundation or the Changing Lives scholarship campaign, see the Changing Lives website.

    Changing Lives - CLC Foundation Mike Kukulski 2013-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on May 25, 2013

    Just a reminder that the Grayslake Rotary Club will NOT meet on Monday, May 27th 2013 in observance of Memorial Day.  

    Please enjoy your extended weekend with family and friends, but do not forget the purpose of the holiday - to remember and honor those service men and women who gave their lives in the service of our nation and to preserve our freedom.

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    Grayslake will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade and Service on Monday, May 27, 2013.

    The Parade will kick off from the Hillside Avenue parking lot across from Grayslake Central High School on Lake Street at 9:30 AM and travel south on Lake Street to Junior and east on Junior to Memorial Park. The Service will be held at Memorial Park immediately following the Parade. For more information on the Memorial Day Parade and Service, please contact Village Hall at 847-223-8515.

    The next scheduled meeting for the Grayslake Rotary Club will be Monday, June 3rd 2013, and will be a club assembly.

    No Meeting in Observance of Memorial Day, May 27 Mike Kukulski 2013-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on May 25, 2013

    The Grayslake Rotary Club welcomed its newest member, Michael Marassa, into our club with his induction as the main event of the May 20th meeting.

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    Sponsor Denise Kindle after presenting new member Michael Marassa with his Rotary pin.


    Michael, who has been sponsored by Denise Kindle, is the Director of Technology at Grayslake High School District 127.  Michael received his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois - Champaign, and his master's degree in education from Eastern Illinois University.

    Join us in welcoming Michael to the Grayslake Rotary family!

    Grayslake Inducts New Rotarian Mike Kukulski 2013-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
    District Conference This Month Mike Kukulski 2013-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Mar 16, 2013

    Please join us on March 18th, at 11:30 am at the Vine in downtown Grayslake, as the Grayslake Rotary Club inducts its newest member, Ken Idstein.  

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    Ken is a longtime Grayslake resident, and the owner of Idstein Mortgage Service, Inc.  The club will hold a short induction ceremony at the beginning of our meeting, wherein Ken will be officially welcomed into the Rotary family, and presented his Rotary pin by his sponsor, Chip Edwards.  Join us in welcoming Ken, our newest Rotarian, to our club!

    Grayslake to Induct New Rotarian Mike Kukulski 2013-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Mar 08, 2013

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    This is a reminder that the Grayslake Rotary Club will not be meeting on Mar 11th; the next scheduled meeting will be Mar 18th, when we will induct Ken Idstein as a new club member.

    There will be a Rotary Night Out at the Vine on Monday, Mar 11th, at 5:00 pm.

    REMINDER - No Mar 11th Grayslake Rotary Club Meeting! Mike Kukulski 2013-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Mar 02, 2013

    That's right, only four more working days until the Grayslake Rotary Club hosts the second annual Uncorked! wine-tasting, our top fund-raising effort for the year!

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    We are inviting friends and family, and the entire Grayslake-area community to join us for a festive night of great wine, delicious food, surfin' rock music, a smoking silent auction and an all-round FUN evening.  Tickets are just $25 per person, available now from any Grayslake Rotary Club member and also at the door (must be 21.)  The fun starts at 5:30 pm on Friday, March 8th, at Prairie Crossing's Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake (1561 Jones Point Road) and runs through 9:00 pm.  All proceeds benefit the Avon Township Food pantry, the Oasis Grayslake Youth Center, Grayslake High School academic and leadership scholarships, and Rotary International's worldwide polio eradication program.

    For Grayslake Rotary Club members, this means only four more days to nail down all the details remaining in our planning and preparation - time to knuckle down, shift into high gear, and get the job done right!


    Only 4 Days to Uncorked! Mike Kukulski 2013-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Feb 23, 2013

    So what does the 24th Amendment and the Northern Illinois Food Bank have in common?  Nothing, except that both were presentation topics at the Grayslake Rotary Club's meeting last week on Feb 18th.  Our planned speaker was Marisa Reongpongdit of AmeriCorps, speaking on her work with the NI Food Bank.  However, due to a scheduling slip-up, we also had Heather Ritchey, along with her mother and sister, appear to speak.

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    Heather Ritchey giving her presentation of the 24th Amendment  

    Heather is a high school student participating in an American Legion speaking competition, and she was with us to make practice presentations of her prepared subjects. Due to the conflict with Marisa on our schedule, Heather flexed admirably from her longer prepared speech to her 3-5 minute presentation on the 24th Amendment, which prohibits both Congress and the states from conditioning the right to vote federal elections on payment of poll tax or other types of tax. The amendment was proposed by Congress to the states on August 27, 1962, and was ratified by the states on January 23, 1964. Heather very ably detailed the history of the amendment's development, the debate over its adoption, and the impact of this amendment on civil rights in the united States. We all learned a bit about the amendment, and we all certainly enjoyed a very skilled presentation from Heather - we all wish her the best of luck as she continues in the competition.

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    Marisa Reongpongdit discusses the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

    Marisa Reongpongdit also spoke to us at this meeting, on the subject of the Northern Illinois Food Bank.  This cause is one close to our club members' hearts, as the NI Food Bank is the primary food source for the Avon Township Food Bank, one of our club's focus charities for the year.  In FY 2012, the NI Food Bank distributed over 6,000,000 pounds of food in Lake County, providing over 5,000,000 meals.  These efforts support the 78,530 county residents (11.3%) identified as at risk of hunger, of which 42,406 are ineligible for public benefits.  To address these needs, the NI Food Bank partners with 65 emergency food providers, 50 food pantries, 10 soup kitchens, 7 group homes, 6 shelters, 3 youth programs, 2 supplemental programs, one adult disabled program,  and one senior program.  It also supports the BackPack program with 22 partners to provide meals to school children, and with 29 partners in an After School Program to address hungry children's needs.  For more information about these programs, or the Northern Illinois Food Bank, see their website at www.solvehungertoday.org.

    The 24th Amendment and the Northern Illinois Food Bank Mike Kukulski 2013-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Feb 16, 2013

    Ben Hasan hosted Rene Apack, our club's guest and featured speaker, at the February 11th meeting.  Rene, a long time friend of Ben's, is a life and long-term-care insurance advisor from Libertyville. Rene shared with our club, via a multimedia presentation, many interesting facts about our actuarial odds of needing long-term-care in our lifetimes, and the projected costs for such care.  

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    Rene Apack addresses the Grayslake Rotary Club on LTC.

    For example, the odds of your home having a fire are 1 in 1200, the odds of your car being totaled in an accident are 5 in 1200, and the odds of your requiring hospitalization are 105 in 1200;  all of these risks are generally covered by insurance most people carry.  In contrast, the odds of needing long-term-care are 720 in 1200, and many people do not carry insurance against this risk.  Rene detailed different insurance approaches and the financial assumptions on which they are based, with the bottom line message urging everyone to address this personal risk sooner than later.  For more information, see Rene's website.

    Looking Ahead to Long-Term Care Mike Kukulski 2013-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Feb 03, 2013

    At our Jan 28th meeting, John Miller hosted Pat Richardson, from the Grayslake Youth Baseball Association (GYBA), as our club's guest and featured speaker.  Pat spoke to us about the founding and development of the GYBA, and its distinctive commitment to the youth in the Grayslake community.  GYBA administers a baseball program for local boys and girls through both local and traveling teams, and in cooperation with the Park District, maintains the village's baseball fields.  

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    The GYBA enforces high standards of conduct for players and coaches, with an emphasis on character and good sportsmanship, and offers a grant in aid program for low-income players to ensure all children in the village have access to the program. GYBA also presents the annual David G. Peregrin Scholarship to a Grayslake High School graduating baseball or softball player to further their college education.  The GYBA's funding comes from player registrations, fund-raising sales, and sponsorships from the local community.  In addition to the regular schedule, the GYBA also holds its annual Alex John Richardson Memorial Tournament every summer, where all-star teams of 9-14 year old players from towns across northern Illinois come to compete.  This tournament is named after Pat's son, an avid baseball and football athlete who was lost in a snow-mobiling accident at age 16 in 2007.

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    Pat Richardson discusses the GYBA with the Grayslake Rotary Club

    After Pat's presentation, the club discussed the admirable mission and goals of the GYBA, and elected to sponsor a team.  Try to make time this summer to go out and support our town's young people as they enjoy the pleasures of baseball, courtesy of the Grayslake Youth Baseball Association.  For more information about GYBA, see their website.

    Grayslake Rotary On Deck with GYBA Mike Kukulski 2013-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jan 26, 2013

    Chuck Clow hosted B. Tucker Olson, from the Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club, as our club's guest and featured speaker at our Jan 14th meeting.  Tucker is a past President of the Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club. a past Assistant District Governor, a former Rotarian of the Year, and is their club's current Foundation Chair and Treasurer.  

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    B. Tucker Olson addresses the Grayslake Rotary Club

    Tucker shared with us his views on successes and lessons learned from his Rotary experiences, and added his perspective on the current direction of Rotary, with emphasis on the Rotary Foundation and the Future Vision program.  We all enjoyed meeting Tucker, learning from his experience, and making a new Rotarian friend.

    Libertyville Rotarian Shares with Grayslake Rotary Mike Kukulski 2013-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jan 12, 2013

    Mike Kukulski hosted our guest and speaker for the Jan 7th meeting, Christina Scocchera. Christina graduated from Grant Community High School in Fox Lake in the spring of 2012 and is currently double-majoring in music education and communication disorders at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. 

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    Music has been her passion since she began learning musical instruments in third grade. She has been involved in the concert, marching, pep, jazz, and pit (musical) band in high school and is currently in concert, pep, jazz, wind symphony, and brass choir in college. In seventh grade, Christina saw her first Drum Corps International competition, and vowed to be involved in such a prestigious activity. For the past two years, she has been a euphonium player for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, an organization that has, over the past five years, successfully competed in the DCI World Championship Finals, the marching arts equivalent of the Super Bowl. This year, along with being a euphonium player on the field, she was selected for a leadership position “Baritone and Euphonium Section Leader” which means she will be in charge of 27 other high school and college-aged marching members on the field. 

    This summer, Christina will perform with the Blue Stars all across the United States, making friends, learning from some of the best music educators, and learning skills and responsibilities that will last a lifetime. This activity, however, has a cost, and Christina is seeking donations as an investment in her growth and success this summer. Donations of any size help tremendously; fees for the 2013 season are $3500.  To see the Blue Stars in action, attend one of the following nearby competitions: June 21 – Rockford, IL July 5 – Whitewater, WI July 7 – Lisle, IL August 9 – DCI World Championship Prelims –Lucas Oil Stadium- Indianapolis, IN August 10 – DCI Word Championship Semifinals –Lucas Oil Stadium- Indianapolis, IN August 11 – DCI World Championship Finals –Lucas Oil Stadium- Indianapolis, IN.  You can find out more about the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps at their website.

    Drum Corps International Musician Seeks Sponsorship Mike Kukulski 2013-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Dec 08, 2012

    Jim Fransen hosted Amy Knutson-Strack of Northerly Outfitters as our club's guest and featured speaker at the Dec 3rd meeting.  Amy described her background and how she came to establish an outdoors shop in the Grayslake area.  Of particular note to us, as Rotarians, was the commitment her company has to the community and giving back to it. We welcome her and Northerly Outfitters to Grayslake and wish them great success!

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    Rotarian Jim Fransen hosted Amy Knutson-Strack, of Northerly Outfitters to the Dec 3rd meeting

    Northerly Outfitters is a story that began when founder Amy Knutson-Strack, like many Scandinavian children, got her first pair of snow skis at age 3. She and her brother Joel spent most of their time outdoors growing up and, when sitting idle, were often told by their parents that they "could be doing something better with their time." This rang particularly true a year ago when Amy, then fully entrenched in a corporate career, found herself practically living at O'Hare Airport. While she loved traveling pockets of the U.S. and the world, "This is not living," she thought.

    So Amy decided to shift her attention toward a new venture, and to do it in a way that involved her family and friends, and the entire community. She and her husband Steve fondly remembered the small, outdoor shops they frequented when they lived in Oregon, and Amy has always enjoyed finding practical treasures and unique gifts for her travels and adventures. They longed for a place that helped people of all abilities enjoy the world around them; that didn't have a strict definition of "outdoorsy;" that showcased products that were practical, unique and made by people with admirable business practices; and that took the time to understand that activities and traveling mean different things to different people. That dream is now Northerly Outfitters. 
    Rotary Welcomes Northerly Outfitters to Grayslake Mike Kukulski 2012-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Dec 01, 2012

    Mike Kukulski hosted Erin Buhrmester as our club's guest and featured speaker at our Nov 26th meeting.  Erin is the North Star District Executive for the Northeast Illinois Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and she spoke to our club about the mission of Scouting and its current status in the Grayslake area.

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    She shared with us the history of the BSA, detailed the types of programs (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Learning for Life, and Exploring) and activities offered by Scouting, and discussed Scouting's mission.  We learned that in the Grayslake area, there are 3 Cub Scout Packs, 4 Boy Scout Troops, and 2 Venturing Crews, encompassing almost 3300 traditional Scouts

    Erin is a Rotarian, formerly with the Waukegan Rotary, and considering joining us in the Grayslake Rotary as her work is taking her west of I-294.

    'On my honor..." Scouting Visits Grayslake Rotary Mike Kukulski 2012-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Nov 17, 2012

    John Christian hosted Erin Richter, our guest and speaker, and her mother at the Nov 5th meeting.  Erin is an eighth grader at Prairie Crossing Charter School and is working on a service project for a charity called Clean the World, which was the subject of her well-organzied presentation to the Grayslake Rotary Club.  Erin has already given this same presentation to the Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club.

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    Erin Richter addressing the Grayslake Rotray Club about Clean the World

    Clean the World is committed to:  (1) reducing the waste created by discarded soap and shampoo products from the hospitality industry, and; (2) preventing the millions of deaths every year caused by hygiene-related illnesses around the world. The organization collects soap from hotels all over the country, cleans and reprocess it into new bars that they distribute to places like Haiti and other developing countries where access to soap is limited. In just three years Clean the World has collected, recycled, and distributed more than 10 million soap bars in the U.S., Canada, and 45 other countries.

    Erin is trying to increase awareness about Clean the World because most people have never heard of it, and she did a great job educating our Rotary Club's members about the need for the program and its effectiveness.  To learn more about Clean the World please visit their website at www.cleantheworld.org

    Local Eight Grader Looking for Help to "Clean the World" Mike Kukulski 2012-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Nov 02, 2012

    As everyone is aware, the east coast of the United States has suffered immensely from the impact and after-effects of hurricane Sandy.  The tragic loss of life and property has been a sad and heavy burden on those immediately affected, but we all share in their suffering and would like to help in some way.  Initial indications are that the best way to assist relief efforts is via direct financial support to charitable relief agencies, such as Red Cross, Salvation Army, etc., and this was the initial thrust of our club.  

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    However, Greg Koeppen researched east coast area Rotary clubs and discovered that the Rotary Club of Canton NY was establishing a relief fund with at least one other NY-area Rotary club to to aid recovery efforts.  Due to the close and trustworthy relationships all Rotary Clubs share, the selfless stewardship of donated dollars, and the hands-on administration of these efforts by Rotary clubs on the scene, we may find that this option better ensures that our donated dollars have the maximum positive impact.  Greg hopes to have bank account information from the NY-area clubs after the weekend, hopefully in time for our meeting on Monday.

    While we do have a planned speaker for the meeting, we will dedicate some time to discuss our club's desires regarding donating to the relief effort, as well as the best target for those donations and the actual amount.  Please consider this over the weekend so we can discuss the pertinent issues quickly and decisively at the meeting - I propose that our goal should be a check in the mail ($500-1000) by Monday evening if the club so decides. Thank you for your consideration of this important issue.



    Hurricane Sandy Relief on our Immediate Agenda Mike Kukulski 2012-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Nov 02, 2012

    The featured guest and speaker at the Oct 29th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club was PDG Bruce Baumberger, who shared with us a PowerPoint presentation of Future Vison, Rotary's new program for the Rotary Foundation and matching grants.  

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    Bruce detailed the need for Rotary International to plan ahead for the day when Polio no longer demands the lion's share of Rotary's financial backing, and we can turn to other deserving or underserved causes.  He also described the need for the matching grants program to become more accessible, less bureaucratic, better coordinated, and more effective to ensure that limited Rotary dollars are directed at efforts with long-term and sustainable effects and results.  Grants will be available at both the District and global levels to address differing levels of need.


    Rotary Foundation District Grants 

    District grants are block grants made to districts for up to 50 percent of their District Designated Fund (DDF). District grants offer the flexibility to respond quickly to immediate needs or to plan projects with clubs locally or in other countries.


    Rotary Foundation Global Grants 

    Global grants support large international projects with sustainable, high-impact outcomes in the six areas of focus that correspond to the Foundation's mission.


    Areas of focus

    1. Peace and conflict prevention/resolution 

    2. Disease prevention and treatment 

    3. Water and sanitation 

    4. Maternal and child health 

    5. Basic education and literacy 

    6. Economic and community development

    A key requirement for clubs to qualify for grants in the future is that each club must have at least one member formally trained in the Future Vision grant management system, and that the club re-certifies every year.  Mike and Lynne Reynolds will attend the training session on Nov 10th to ensure our club meets this requirement for the coming year.

    Future Vision Comes to Grayslake Rotary Mike Kukulski 2012-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Oct 21, 2012

    The Grayslake Rotary Club hosted a open house to meet and recruit potential new club members at The Vine in downtown Grayslake on Oct 17th.  The event was planned and chaired by John Miller, with lots of support and participation by the entire club membership.  

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    Rotarian Chip Edwards with club visitor Sue Vehlow, of Grayslake Patch.com

    Following a targeted marketing campaign and individual reach-outs, we were pleased to realize a good response and turn-out at the event.  We had visitors from a wide range of professions, and enjoyed learning about them and letting them get to know about us and the Rotary Club.  Only time will tell, as we follow up on this enjoyable evening, as to the success of this venture.  Thanks to all for their support!

    Grayslake Rotary Club Hosts Membership Open House Mike Kukulski 2012-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Oct 21, 2012

    The Oct 15th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club featured Paulette Schaeffer, of Tri-County Pregnancy and Parenting Services, as our club's guest and featured speaker.  Paulette was hosted by Lynne Reynolds, and spoke about the services provided by the 20 year old organization, with offices in Grayslake and Crystal Lake. 

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    Paulette Schaeffer briefs the Grayslake Rotary Club on Tri-County Pregnancy and Parent Services

    The non-profit pregnancy centers provide up-to-date information to women and men to help them make informed choices about pregnancy, sexual health, and relationships.  All services are provided confidentially and free of charge, and include:


    Pregnancy Testing

    Peer Counseling

    Parenting Through Adoption Support

    Abortion Counseling and Referals

    Parenting and Marriage Support

    Single Parenting Support

    Baby Layettes

    24/7 Helpline

    STD/STI Information

    Abstinance Program

    Adoption Referrals

    Church Referrals

    Community Referrals

    Childbirth Classes

    Pre-Natal Classes

    Spanish Speaking Services

    For more information, see their website at www.informedchoices.org



    Expectant Moms Get Help/Advice Mike Kukulski 2012-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Oct 13, 2012
    Larry Herzog hosted Pat Carey, former Grayslake mayor and current Lake County Board member, as our club's guest and featured speaker at the Oct 1st meeting.  Pat discussed many issues that she has been involved with on behalf of the county, including the judicial system, re-districting, health programs, and public works.  She gave us insight into the ongoing Dept of Transportation work currently underway on the Rt 21 & Rt 137 intersection, as well as at Rollins Road & Rt83 - of note on these projects is the fact that while these should be state-funded, the county has taken them on to effect the desired improvements despite the lack of financial commitment from the state.  

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    Lake County Board member Pat Carey (left) with Grayslake Rotarian Barb Oilschlager

    Pat described her affinity for local government work versus any aspirations for state or higher level office - she likes that local government is more accountable to the people it represents and serves, and that it works in a decidedly more non-partisan environment than does downstate or federal level government.  Pat cited the county increase in recycling from 38% to 60% as a worthy achievement. and its ongoing focus on economic development to create jobs.  It was a fact-filled meeting, and much appreciated by all in attendance.
    Lake County Board Member Pat Carey Visits Grayslake Rotary Mike Kukulski 2012-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Sep 30, 2012
    The Grayslake Rotary Club welcomed its newest member with the induction of Dr. Benjamin A. Hasan at the September 24th meeting.  President Mike conducted the induction, while sponsor Greg Koeppen presented Ben with his new Rotary pin.

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    New Rotarian Dr. Ben Hasan (center) with (from left) President Mike Kukulski, Treasurer Greg Gulliver, Secretary Denise Kindle, and sponsor Greg Koeppen

    Ben is a doctor specializing in Sports Medicine and Family Practice, and works for HealthGrades, with an office in Glenview, and now here in Grayslake with Northwestern Memorial Physician's Group, and is on the medical staff at Highland Park Hospital.  He is a graduate of the University of Illinois School of Medicine Chicago, interned at Wayne State University Hospital, and completed his residency at William Beaumont Hospital in 1991.

    You can learn more about Ben and his approach to family practice by viewing his video at https://www.lfh.org/physician/benjamin_hasan
    Grayslake Rotary Club Ranks Grow by One! Mike Kukulski 2012-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Sep 15, 2012
    Barb Oilschlager hosted Jeff Nehila, Grayslake Park District Executive Director, as our club's guest and featured speaker at the Sept 10th meeting.  

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    Executive Director Jeff Nehila describes planned Grayslake Park District projects

    Jeff provided a brief overview of his background, and then detailed the ongoing and future planned projects for the Grayslake Park District.  Like all public facilities in the state, the Park District is facing budgetary challenges as it strives to improve the quantity and quality of the services it offers our community.  State funding for improvement projects such as the Jones Island renovation is on a competitive grant basis, so the Park District must successfully promote its plans to the state to realize the full potential of any planned improvements.

    Also discussed were ways that organizations such as the Rotary Club can help in the form of monetary contributions or via actual sweat equity on facility cleanup and improvement projects.  The means to sponsor facilities on Park District properties was discussed, as were as fund-raising opportunities, such as the glow stick sales at the 4th of July fireworks event, previously done by the Kiwanis.

    The Grayslake Community Park District is a separate government agency established for the purpose of providing leisure programs, parks and recreation facilities for the community. The Grayslake Community Park District is committed to enhancing the quality of life in the Grayslake Community by providing year round leisure services, preserving open space and fostering community pride.

    Grayslake Park District Plans for the Community Mike Kukulski 2012-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Sep 08, 2012
    Chuck Clow hosted new Grayslake Police Chief Phil Perlini as our club's guest and speaker at the Aug 27th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club.  Chief Perlini detailed his job experience and initial impressions of Grayslake and the police force.  He has been favorably impressed by both and it looking forward to working closely with Grayslake and its residents.

    Perlini, 51, a longtime central Lake County resident, said there is a certain style of policing that he prefers.  “I like police work to be delivered in a personal manner and a personal way to people,” he said after receiving a thumbs-up from the Grayslake village board.

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    Chief Phil Perlini speaks to the Grayslake Rotary Club

    Perlini, who’s been a certified firefighter/paramedic with the Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District since 2001, was 18 when he launched his career in what previously was known as the radio room of the Park Ridge Police Department.  Former Grayslake Police Chief and Grayslake Rotarian Larry Herzog was a lieutenant in Park Ridge when Perlini started there. Perlini, who left Park Ridge to become a full-time officer for Hoffman Estates in 1983, said Herzog was a good boss.  Grayslake Mayor Rhett Taylor said Herzog gave Perlini “a nice stamp of approval” when he was deciding whom to recommend as Grayslake’s police chief.

    Phil was hired as a full-time police officer in Glenview in 1984 and spent the next 28 years with the department, serving as sergeant, commander and deputy chief. He has experience as a patrol commander, support services commander, and commander of investigations.  Chief Perlini received a bachelor of science degree in business management and a master’s degree from Dominican University.

    New Grayslake Police Chief Meets Rotary Club Mike Kukulski 2012-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Aug 26, 2012
    As a club, we need to select a charity as a focus for our fundraising for this year.  Last year, we supported the Avon Township Food Pantry in addition to our standing commitments, the high school scholarships and PolioPlus.  

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    Anyone who has a suggestion or recommendation for a charity deserving our focused support this year should make a case for that cause at one of the next couple of meetings.  We need to select our causes so we can identify them and publicize them in our future fundraising efforts and promotion.  We already have proposals to support the Oasis Youth Center in downtown Grayslake, and we have a speaker coming in early September to discuss Grayslake Park District needs.  Any other ideas or suggestions, PLEASE let us all know!
    Time to Pick This Year's Focus Charity Mike Kukulski 2012-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Aug 19, 2012
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    Grayslake Rotary participated in the Grayslake Summer Days Parade on Aug 18th.  Members joined Larry Herzog with his vintage Corvette to give a little visibility into Rotary to Grayslake residents,and to give lots of candy to the kids watching the parade.  A great time was had by all on a beautiful day.
    Grayslake Rotary on Parade Mike Kukulski 2012-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Aug 19, 2012
    Rotary District 6440 Governor Mike Yesner visited the Grayslake Rotary Club at the Aug 13th meeting as the featured guest and speaker.  Governor Mike is an outgoing and engaging personality, and was warmly welcomed and received by the membership.

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    Governor Mike discussed many subjects with the club, but mainly wanted to get the word out to the membership that the District organization exists to support the local clubs, not the other way around.  Specific programs he covered included his encouragement of a club Facebook page to reach the social networking element in our community. He also discussed at length the $500-$1000 Simplified District Grant program, as well as FutureVision, the new Rotary Foundation Grant program, for which we will need to have a member attend a seminar to be able to submit grant requests.  Lastly, he urged our club to support the District Presidents' project, supporting an education initiative in Monterrey, Mexico. 
    District 6440 Governor Visits Grayslake Rotary Mike Kukulski 2012-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Aug 19, 2012
    As you should have heard via email from Greg Koeppen, we did not have enough participation for the planned Aug 23rd Lake Geneva cruise club social event.  
    Lake Geneva Cruise Club Social Cancelled Mike Kukulski 2012-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Aug 11, 2012
    At the Aug 6th meeting, Jim Fransen hosted attorney Ronald Runkle as our guest and featured speaker.  Ron's specialty is estate planning and elder law, and he discussed Medicaid legalities and strategies to protect assets from nursing home / senior care expenses and for the benefit of loved ones.  

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    Attorney Ron Runkle briefs Grayslake Rotarians on Medicaid issues

    He discussed new Illinois Medicaid regulations that detail lookback periods that determine asset eligibility and possible penalties.  The issues get more complicated with jointly-owned accounts and jointly-owned real estate assets, so Ron covered several scenarios to illustrate possible options in these areas.  Overall, Ron gave an entertaining and enlightening look into this complicated issue that we will all face as we age, and encouraged us to start making our plans now, with legal assistance as required, to ensure our desires and wishes are best met in light of the legal realities.
    Grayslake Rotary gets Medicaid 101 Mike Kukulski 2012-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Aug 04, 2012
    Denise Kindle hosted the two winners of this year's Grayslake Rotary Club merit scholarships at the July 30th meeting.  Joining us for lunch was Grayslake North winner Jessamyn Larsen, along with her father, Tom, and Grayslake Central winner Carolyn Kick, and her mother, Kris.  Jessamyn and Carolyn were selected by our club's scholarship committee as the most accomplished and deserving from a slate of 12 super-qualified applicants.  As usual, the young people competing for our scholarship from both high schools have all distinguished themselves through exemplary academic achievement and extensive extracurricular involvement.  They all deserve scholarship awards, but we can only choose two each year for special recognition.

    Jessamyn distinguished herself at Grayslake North through her accomplishments as 1st chair tuba in the symphonic band, as a member of the Marching Knights, Pep Band, and Jazz Ensemble (2nd part trombone), as a Winter Guard member, math team member, and pit band member for North/Central production.  She has participated in Hawaii Youth Symphony, Concert Orchestra, Hawaii Central District Honor Band, and Hawaii Select Band II. She has also worked as a summer teen staff member for the Navy MWR day care center.  While maintaining such a busy musical and service schedule, she has also excelled in school, earning a 3.798 cumulative GPA.  Jessamyn plans to major in music education, with an instrumental emphasis, at Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, and wants to teach music to middle or high school students.

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    Carolyn Kick (left) and Jessamyn Larsen visit the Grayslake Rotary Club

    Carolyn's standout characteristic at Grayslake Central has been her commitment to community service.  While maintaining a rigorous academic schedule and earning a 4.314 cumulative GPA, she has served as VP for National Honor Society, VP for the Class of 2012 (student council/government), founded and led the National Organization for Women Central, and was involved in Key Club, Link Crew, and Brothers and Sisters United.  Via her Public Service Practicum class, she has put in over 200 hours of community service, including fundraising for breast cancer research, collecting school supplies for underprivileged children, running a school talent show, and increasing awareness of pediatric cancer.  She has worked at Save-A-Pet, volunteered at Grayslake Park District programs, and has helped at senior citizen lunch services.  She was selected to attend the 2011 Fox Valley Leadership Conference.  Carolyn will be attending Carthage College in Kenosha to study Political Science/Government, Women's and Gender Studies, and Secondary Education, and plans to follow that with graduate school and a career in government, advocating for charitable organizations and founding her own non-profit organization.

    Congratulations to both of these great young ladies for their accomplishments to date, and best of luck to them as they pursue their dreams!
    Grayslake Rotary Recognizes High School Merit Scholarship Winners Mike Kukulski 2012-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jul 29, 2012
    Marianna Zeidler visited the Grayslake Rotary Club on July 23rd, along with her guest, Rodolfo Ruiz-Velasco, to discuss the possibility of sponsoring a Rotaract Club at the College of Lake County.  Rodolfo is the faculty advisor for CLC's Latino Alliance and the Men of Vision organizations, and is wiling to advise a Rotaract club there as well.  Marianna's presentation covered the purpose and goals of Rotaract, and some of the details in establishing and sponsoring a Rotaract club.

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    Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. Rotaract clubs are either community or university based, and they’re sponsored by a local Rotary club. This makes them true "partners in service" and key members of the family of Rotary.


    As one of Rotary’s most significant and fastest-growing service programs, with more than 8,400 clubs in about 170 countries and geographical areas, Rotaract has become a worldwide phenomenon.


    How does it work?


    All Rotaract efforts begin at the local, grassroots level, with members addressing their communities’ physical and social needs while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service.


    What are some other opportunities available to Rotaractors?


    Rotaractors may also

    • Work together with Interact  clubs or mentor Interactors

    • Participate in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

    • Become Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholars  or Group Study Exchange  team members

    • Seek membership in their local Rotary club after their Rotaract membership ends. 


    While our club is very committed to sponsoring an Interact club with SEDOL, we feel we may also be able to work with and sponsor a Rotaract club with CLC, and see potential synergies between all three clubs.  Marianna, Rodolfo, and Mike Kukulski will continue a dialog to see if this idea can be successfully realized here in Grayslake and CLC.
    Rotaract at CLC? Mike Kukulski 2012-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jul 22, 2012
    Chip Edwards hosted his son, Jacob Edwards, as our club's featured guest and speaker at the July 16th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club.  jacob, who will enter his senior year at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee this fall, is majoring in Web programming and Development.  He has also been interning with a web development company, which helped him develop the concept of his presentation to our club.  
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    Jacob Edwards discusses internet strategy at Grayslake Rotary meeting

    Jacob's talk emphasized how a small company can leverage the features of internet search engines, particularly Google, to best market their companies services to current and future clients.  He discussed tactics to increase the visibility of your business's web presence in search engine results, to both capture new clients, and to better inform current clients about trends and important information concerning your industry and business in particular.
    Harnessing the internet for your Small Business Mike Kukulski 2012-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jul 15, 2012
    Mike Kukulski hosted Grayslake Public Library Director Roberta Thomas as our club's guest and featured speaker at the July 9th meeting.  Roberta discussed the ongoing programs at the library, such as the Youth Services Department, the preschool area, the teen programs, its summer concert series, and its adult programs.  Of particular note are the ongoing efforts to introduce new media technologies for library patrons, such as Kindle readers, and self-contained audio and video players - these new features complement the already extensive concentration on Internet computers and electronic reference and database systems.  

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    Grayslake Library Director Roberta Thomas addresses Grayslake Rotarians

    The Grayslake Library began as a circulating library founded by the Grayslake Women's Club in 1931.  After 10 years as a volunteer project, it became a tax-supported institution serving Grayslake village residents.  In 1958, Grayslake became the first Public Library District in Illinois.  The library has continually expanded to its current 34,300 square foot facility, which opened in January 1997.  The Grayslake Area Public Library District encompasses two thirds of Avon Township and includes parts of seven towns.
    Grayslake Library Serving Local Community Mike Kukulski 2012-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jul 08, 2012
    At the June 25th meeting, Larry Herzog hosted our guest and speaker, Jack McKeever, Grayslake's Interim Police Chief.  Chief McKeever gave an interesting talk on the nature of crime and law in our society today, and presented his views on the direction both are taking in the future.  

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    Chief Jack McKeever speaking with Grayslake Rotarians

    Chief McKeever was hired out of retirement to serve as Grayslake's acting police chief when Police Chief McCutcheon resigned his position.  “I had no intention of ever working again full time,” said McKeever, who retired as Lindenhurst’s top cop in 2011 ending a 40-year career that began in Highland Park as a patrol officer. “I kind of owed it to the profession.”  Chief McKeever had served as Lindenhurst’s police chief from 1993 until his retirement in 2011.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and master’s degrees in public administration and theology.
    Grayslake Interim Police Chief Visits Rotary Mike Kukulski 2012-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jun 17, 2012

    As incoming Trustee Chairman of your Rotary Foundation, there are several goals we will focus on together to strengthen our Foundation.   Next year, we will End Polio Now; we will prepare for the global launch of the Future Vision Plan; we will foster peace through greater participation in Foundation programs; we will ensure sound stewardship of Foundation funds; and we will encourage every Rotarian to contribute to our Foundation.    

    When it comes to supporting The Rotary Foundation, one of the most effective and efficient ways of doing so is through our recurring giving program, Rotary Direct. By enrolling in Rotary Direct you are providing a stable stream of support to Rotary Foundation’s programs at an amount, payment method and frequency convenient to you.  No more reminders, no more checks, and no more stamps. It is automatic, quick, safe and secure. With Rotary Direct you will be leading by example while having more time to spend on your other goals and activities, and less time chasing down contributions.
     
    I have recently enrolled in Rotary Direct and invite you to do the same today. Whether you invest $10 a month or $250 a quarter, you will be affecting change in extraordinary ways. You will also be leading by example, inspiring every Rotarian in your club to join you in supporting our Foundation, every year
      
    To make a recurring contribution through Rotary Direct, you can enroll online or by using The Rotary Foundation’s Contribution Form.  I thank you for your consideration, and I wish you great success as you lead your Rotary club.

    Sincerely,
     
                                                                                                               
    Wilfrid J. Wilkinson
    Rotary Club of Trenton, Ontario, Canada
    Chair, The Rotary Foundation Trustees, 2012-13
     

    P.S. If you enroll in Rotary Direct today, and select your first scheduled contribution to occur on 1 July 2012, you will receive double Foundation recognition points for that initial Rotary Direct contribution. Learn more.

    Rotary Direct - A Letter from the Rotary Foundation Mike Kukulski 2012-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jun 03, 2012
    At the May 21st meeting the Grayslake Rotary Club held a club assembly to determine, among other things, our slate of officers for the next couple of years.  
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    After a bit of frank discussion, several members stepped up to volunteer their services.  The future officers will be:

    2012-2013:
    President - Mike Kukulski
    Secretary - Denise Kindle
    Treasurer - Greg Gulliver

    2013-2014:
    President - Chip Edwards
    Secretary - Larry Herzog
    Treasurer - Greg Gulliver

    Be sure to thank these members for their commitment to our club and Rotary, and support them with your input, participation, fellowship, and enthusiasm!
    Club Officers for 2012 & 2013 Determined Mike Kukulski 2012-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on May 13, 2012

    Grayslake Rotarian Denise Kindle arranged for this year's Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) winners from Grayslake Central and Grayslake North high schools to visit our club and tell us about their RYLA experience.  At the May 7th meeting, the Grayslake Rotary Club hosted Nikita Rodgers, from Grayslake Central, along with his mother Anna, school counselor Glenn Miller, and principal Syd Klocke.   We also hosted Krysten Gross, from Grayslake North, along with her parents, Loren and Jacqueline Gross, school counselor Jamie McKenna, and principal Scott Fech.

    RYLA is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs across the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program. Young people ages 14–30 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club's district committee. Participants are chosen for their leadership potential. Rotary Clubs and the Rotary District cover all expenses for the participants. The format of the event vary from district to district, but commonly take the form of a seminar, camp, or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. Rotary clubs and districts select participants and facilitate the event's curriculum.

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    Nikita Rodgers and Krysten Gross share their RYLA experiences with the Grayslake Rotary Club

    RYLA aims to:

    ▪   Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth;

    ▪   Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders;

    ▪   Encourage leadership of youth by youth;

    ▪   Recognise publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities.

    Every RYLA program covers the following core topics:

    ▪   Fundamentals of leadership

    ▪   Ethics of positive leadership

    ▪   Importance of communication skills in effective leadership

    ▪   Problem-solving and conflict management

    ▪   Rotary's purpose and service to the community

    ▪   Building self confidence and self-esteem

    ▪   Elements of community and global citizenship


    Nikita and Krysten took turns at the meeting discussing the RYLA conference they attended at the Edwards Camp & Conference Center in East Troy, Wisconsin earlier this spring, and presented a DVD slideshow depicting the participants and activities involved.  Their enthusiasm about the program was infectious, and the lessons they learned there promise to help them grow into great future leaders.  For more info about RYLA, visit its website.
    RYLA Winners Meet Grayslake Rotary Mike Kukulski 2012-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on May 05, 2012
    Chuck Clow hosted Joan Hornby of the Mundelein Rotary Club as our featured speaker at the April 30th meeting.  Joan has been an active sponsor of the Mundelein High School Interact Club, and was able to offer useful insight into the challenges of establishing and sustaining an Interact Club in the local high school, and the rewards for doing so.  The Mundelein Interact Club has about 35 active members, and runs several projects and programs to serve the community, including blood drives (goal of 500 pints at 5 drives), adopting needy Mundelein-area families for Christmas (136 needy children adopted this year), a Purple Pinkies for Polio fundraiser that raised $500, a Senior Citizen Prom at the Regent Center in Mundelein, monthly Super Seniors dinners at the high school, and weekly support for the PADS shelter at St Mary's of Fremont Church (40 lunches made a week since 1990).

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    Joan Hornby, Mundelein Rotary Club, with Grayslake Rotarian and host Chuck Clow

    In addition to her insight into the workings the Mundelein Interact Club, Joan had encouraging words for our efforts to start up a targeted Interact Club with SEDOL, the Special Education District of Lake County.
    Grayslake Rotary Learns About INTERACT Mike Kukulski 2012-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Apr 21, 2012
    At the April 16th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club, Mike Kukulski hosted Avon Township Supervisor Sam Yingling as our guest and featured speaker.  

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    Mike Kukulski presents Grayslake Rotary Club donation check to Avon Township Supervisor Sam Yingling (left)

    Sam gave a detailed overview of the Township's functions, its efforts to reduce costs and spending, and the many programs it offers to assist township residents in need, including: 
    • General Assistance
    • Emergency Assistance
    • Food Pantry (For Avon Township residents that need assistance with food)
    • Prescription Discount Cards
    • Circuit Breaker Forms
    • Salvation Army/Sharing the Warmth Program
    • Referrals to Other Agencies for Assistance
    • Handicap Placard (Form must be signed by a doctor and brought to the Township Office)
    • RTA, Metra, Pace Senior Passes
    • 911 Anytime Anywhere Cell Phone Program
    • Voter Registration
    • Absentee Voting
    • Early Voting
    • Notary Service
    • Farmers Market Coupons
    • Mosquito Abatement Larvae Control
    • Drop-off Point for Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids for Lions Club
    Avon Township cut taxes by over 13% this year by using its record surplus from last year.  Since the Township is entirely debt free, the Avon Township Board has choosen to pass these savings directly to the taxpayers.  Since 2009, Avon Township has cut taxes by over 20%. 

    Avon Township operates a bus service for the residence of Avon Township.  This is a curb-to-curb service that will take passengers within 20 miles of the township building.  The bus operates Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.  The fare is $1.00 each way and appointments are scheduled on a first come first served basis.  If you require the bus to take you to a doctor's visit or other medical/dental need, you may call up to two weeks in advance of the appointment to schedule your ride.  All other needs (library, shopping, visits etc) can be scheduled up to a week in advance.  There is no need to register for this service.  To schedule an appointment, call the township at (847) 546-1446

    The Avon Township Food Pantry was founded in 1990 for the residents of Avon Township applying for General Assistance and/or Emergency Assistance. Today, the Avon Township Food Pantry is a non-profit organization working to meet the needs of our community.

    In 2010, the Avon Township Food Pantry provided emergency sustenance to over 29,000 township residents;  it serves an average of 650 per month which equates to 2500 people. Without the generosity of area residents, churches, and service organizations the pantry would not be able to service the number of people in need.  

    95% of the pantry's food is purchased from the Northern Illinois Food Bank.  No tax monies are used to buy food; the pantry depends solely on donations.  A $1.00 donation can buy on average 8 pounds of food.   For what you spend on a single box of cereal at the grocery store, the pantry's buying power through the Northern Illinois Food Bank allows it purchase a case of cereal.

    The Avon Township Food Pantry is one of our club's focus charity for this Rotary year, along with our scholarship program and PolioPlus. Our recent successful wine tasting fundraiser enabled our club to make a $1000 donation to Supervisor Yingling after his presentation at Monday's meeting. We see this donation as just a first installment, and look forward to supporting this deserving cause further this year. For more information about Avon Township or the Food Pantry, please see the township's website.

    Avon Township Supervisor Visits Grayslake Rotary Club Mike Kukulski 2012-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Apr 21, 2012
    At the April 16th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club, Mike Kukulski hosted Avon Township Supervisor Sam Yingling as our guest and featured speaker.  Sam gave a detailed overview of the Township's functions, its efforts to reduce costs and spending, and the many programs it offers to assist township residents in need, including: 
    • General Assistance
    • Emergency Assistance
    • Food Pantry (For Avon Township residents that need assistance with food)
    • Prescription Discount Cards
    • Circuit Breaker Forms
    • Salvation Army/Sharing the Warmth Program
    • Referrals to Other Agencies for Assistance
    • Handicap Placard (Form must be signed by a doctor and brought to the Township Office)
    • RTA, Metra, Pace Senior Passes
    • 911 Anytime Anywhere Cell Phone Program
    • Voter Registration
    • Absentee Voting
    • Early Voting
    • Notary Service
    • Farmers Market Coupons
    • Mosquito Abatement Larvae Control
    • Drop-off Point for Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids for Lions Club
    Avon Township cut taxes by over 13% this year by using its record surplus from last year.  Since the Township is entirely debt free, the Avon Township Board has choosen to pass these savings directly to the taxpayers.  Since 2009, Avon Township has cut taxes by over 20%. 

    Avon Township operates a bus service for the residence of Avon Township.  This is a curb-to-curb service that will take passengers within 20 miles of the township building.  The bus operates Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.  The fare is $1.00 each way and appointments are scheduled on a first come first served basis.  If you require the bus to take you to a doctor's visit or other medical/dental need, you may call up to two weeks in advance of the appointment to schedule your ride.  All other needs (library, shopping, visits etc) can be scheduled up to a week in advance.  There is no need to register for this service.  To schedule an appointment, call the township at (847) 546-1446

    The Avon Township Food Pantry was founded in 1990 for the residents of Avon Township applying for General Assistance and/or Emergency Assistance. Today, the Avon Township Food Pantry is a non-profit organization working to meet the needs of our community.

    In 2010, the Avon Township Food Pantry provided emergency sustenance to over 29,000 township residents;  it serves an average of 650 per month which equates to 2500 people. Without the generosity of area residents, churches, and service organizations the pantry would not be able to service the number of people in need.  

    95% of the pantry's food is purchased from the Northern Illinois Food Bank.  No tax monies are used to buy food; the pantry depends solely on donations.  A $1.00 donation can buy on average 8 pounds of food.   For what you spend on a single box of cereal at the grocery store, the pantry's buying power through the Northern Illinois Food Bank allows it purchase a case of cereal.


    The Avon Township Food Pantry is one of our club's focus charity for this Rotary year, along with our scholarship program and PolioPlus.  Our recent successful wine tasting fundraiser enabled our club to make a $1000 donation to Supervisor Yingling after his presentation at Monday's meeting.  We see this donation as just a first installment, and look forward to supporting this deserving cause further this year.  For more information about Avon Township or the Food Pantry, please see the township's website.

    Avon Township Supervisor Visits Grayslake Rotary Club Mike Kukulski 2012-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Apr 15, 2012

    REMINDER !!!


    The Grayslake Rotary Club will not be meeting as regularly scheduled on Monday, April 23rd.  Instead, our membership will be visiting the Mundelein Rotary Club, who are hosting the GSE team from Taiwan.  Their meeting time and location is:

    Meeting Date/Time: Monday at 12:15 PM
    Meeting Venue: Dover Straits Restaurant
    890 E. Rte. 45 
    Mundelein IL 60060
    United States

    Our next scheduled meeting is back at The Vine on April 30, when Chuck Clow will be hosting Joan Hornby from Mundelein Rotary Club, speaking about INTERACT.
    REMINDER - No April 23rd Grayslake Rotary Club Meeting! Mike Kukulski 2012-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Apr 14, 2012
    The Grayslake Rotary Club will be interviewing academic merit scholarship applicants this week at both Grayslake Central and Grayslake North High Schools.  Interviews at Grayslake North will be held on April 18th, from 9:15 am to 1:30 pm, and at Grayslake Central on April 20th, from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm.  
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    We have 13 super qualified applicants this year, and it will tough to select just two for scholarship awards.  Be sure to thank Denise Kindle for her efforts in promoting, organizing, and scheduling our scholarship program again this year!
    Grayslake Rotary Scholarship Interviews Scheduled Mike Kukulski 2012-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Apr 01, 2012

    Jim Franson hosted Dr. Tom Moline, Superintendant for the Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL) as our featured speaker at the March 26th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club.  Dr. Moline, himself a past Rotarian and club president, has been very active in education in both the teaching field and in management.  Most of his experience has been in Michigan, where he taught special education, and served as a principal and a superintendent.  He is excited about moving to Lake County where he is able to combine his core interest in special education with a significant leadership opportunity.  Dr. Moline provided us a description of how special education is managed in Lake County, and detailed the special facilities in the county that exist to serve specific special education needs.  He also detailed some of the goals and operations of the Transition Center, which serves students aged 18-22 as they transition from school to work and community living environments.  Following his presentation he entertained questions from our members, and we found a shared interest in an INTERACT-type program that perhaps our club could sponsor for special education transition student; Dr. Moline was very enthusiastic about this idea and thought it would be feasible based on his previous INTERACT club experience.  We hope to learn more about this together and see if our club can further pursue this idea.  

    Our club also enjoyed a visit from past District 6440 Governor Bill Ferreira, who spoke briefly about the upcoming International Convention in Bangkok, and about a Rotary Cookbook fundraising option.
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    Past District 6440 Gov. Bill Ferreira, SEDOL Superintendant Tom Moline, and Grayslake Rotary Club's Mike Kukulski
    SEDOL Director Visits Grayslake Rotary Mike Kukulski 2012-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Mar 31, 2012

    REMEMBER
    that we have changed the meeting venue for the Grayslake Rotary Club,  Effective 2 April 2012, we will be meeting every Monday for lunch at 11:30 am at The Vine in downtown Grayslake at 101 Center Street, Grayslake, IL 60030.  
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    See you there!  (If you are late, we will know you went to our old meeting place at the NWLF Hospital first!)
    REMINDER - Meeting Venue Change! Mike Kukulski 2012-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Mar 17, 2012
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    As everyone involved is very much aware, our inaugural wine tasting Uncorked! event at the Byron Colby Barn on March 10th was a huge success.  Our Treasurer John Christian will have the exact figures for us as we tally all of the tickets and sponsorship proceeds, but it looks like we grossed over $9000 and will net over $8000 after paying our overhead expenses.  This is an incredible achievement for our small club, and affords us the financial means to address real needs and concerns in our community and worldwide.  

    The primary reason for the success of Uncorked! was the combined effort and commitment of every Grayslake Rotarian - this was not an individual effort, but rather concerted and coordinated contributions from every member - it was a Grayslake Rotary Club accomplishment. Thanks to every single member for their help!

    Specific kudos go to:

    - Barb Oilschlager, who came up with the idea of a wine tasting fundraiser in the very first place.
    - Greg Koeppen and Denise Kindle, for their PR work on flyers, posters, and press releases.
    - Chuck Clow, for researching and securing our liability insurance certificate.
    - Greg Gulliver, for working with the village to obtain our temporary liquor permit.
    - John Christian, John Miller and Lynne Reynolds for their team effort to coordinate our sponsorships and local businesses' support.  Further thanks to John Christian for coordinating for our live band for the event, for providing the AV equipment for the PowerPoint presentation, and for tracking the many flows of funds involved.  John Christian and Lynne also coordinated for our food catering with Mike Pruitt at the Vine. Finally, thanks to Lynne for securing all the sundry serving items we needed for the night, the glasses, tablecloths, napkins, etc., in colors that reflected our Rotary roots.
    - Jim Fransen for managing the many aspects of our silent auction, which netted a total of about $1700.
    - Larry Herzog, for stepping up to run the 50-50 raffle, which ran a pot of $930, yielding a $465 payout to one lucky Uncorked! attendee.
    - Chip Edwards, for arranging for the printing of our tickets, and managing their distribution. Also, enough cannot be said for Chip's ability to find sponsorships and donations for Uncorked! - he truly led the way in this area for our club and set a high standard for future events.

    Thanks are also due to every club member who secured valuable sponsorships for the event (half our net revenue came from sponsorships), who secured financial and silent auction donations, who met ticket sale goals (or exceeded them!), who made personal donations for the event, who supported other members when the call for help went out, and who stepped up to man the oars on the event night.  We could not have done it without every single one of you!

    Lastly, we must acknowledge and deeply thank all off our sponsors and donors for their generous support - we appreciate your commitment to and support for our community, and for the Grayslake Rotary Club's mission.  Our heartfelt thanks and salute go to:


    Bordeaux Sponsor:  

    Estates Windows, Ltd

    Cabernet Sauvignon Sponsors:

    Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
    Strang Funeral Chapel
    The Vine Martini & Wine Bar

    Merlot Sponsors:

    Joyce D. Campbell Insurance Agency
    Drs Terry A Sellke & Donald J. Reily - SR Orthodontics
    Lightscape Inc
    TOPS Veterinary Rehabilitation Inc
    Warren Edwards Builders Inc

    Pinot Noir Sponsors:

    Edward Jones
    Emil's Tavern on Center
    Eventfully Entwined
    Everlasting Memorials
    Jessie Oaks
    Premier Chiropractic
    State Bank of the Lakes
    Waddell & Reed, Inc

    All of Our Silent Auction Donors (click on "more" to view a list)





    Uncorked! a Great Success! Mike Kukulski 2012-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Mar 10, 2012
    REMINDER - NO Regular Meeting for the Grayslake Rotary Club on March 12, 2012.  

    There will be a Rotary Night Out instead on March 12, at The Vine, in downtown Grayslake, beginning at 6 PM.  Bring your spouse / significant other and join as we celebrate / wind down from our hugely successful Uncorked! wine tasting fundraiser!
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    We've all worked hard - now let's party!
    REMINDER - No March 12 Meeting Mike Kukulski 2012-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Mar 03, 2012
    At the Feb 27th meeting, Denise Kindle hosted Hayden Felipez Taylor as our club's guest and featured speaker.  Hayden is a partner in the new Lulo's Cuban Cafe, which opened for business in Prairie Crossing's Station Village on February 22nd.  According to Hayden, Lulo's goal is to serve authentic Cuban cuisine with fast, friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere.
     
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    Hayden Felipez Taylor speaking to the Grayslake Rotary Club about Lulo's Cuban Cafe.

    Even though the restaurant is very new, she has been pleased by the public response to its opening, and is encouraged by already receiving return business, a good indicator of what great Cuban food we are missing until we go ourselves.  In our meeting, Hayden also heard our club planning for our wine tasting fundraiser, and graciously offered to donate a lemon and almond polenta cake for our silent auction.  

    Thanks, Hayden! We appreciate your support and look forward to visiting Lulo's for a great Cuban dining experience!  For more information about Lulo's, please see their website.
    Cuban Flavor Come to Grayslake Mike Kukulski 2012-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Feb 14, 2012

    The Exchange Club of Grayslake presents the third annual auction, "Make it, Bake it, Sew it, Grow it, Buy it" on Friday, Feb. 24.
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    Click on the poster above for a full size version

    This auction will be held in the State Bank of the Lakes banquet room in Grayslake.  All guests are asked to bring an item to be auctioned off as their admission.  Some of the items that will be auctioned off are: a four-hour sailing trip on Lake Michigan; original artwork; jewelry; hand-crafted baked goods; sushi party for 10; and so much more!  Appetizers begin at 6 p.m. with the auction beginning promptly at 7 p.m. The auction is open to the public!

    Proceeds from the auction will be used to help organizations in Lake County in support of families and children.

    Exchange, America's Service Club, is a group of men and women working together to make our communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities, and its National Project-The Prevention of Child Abuse.  For more information please visit the website, www.exchangeofgrayslake.org.

    Grayslake Exchange Club Auction to Benefit Lake County Children Mike Kukulski 2012-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Feb 08, 2012
    The Empty Bowls project returns to CLC on March 14th.

    Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of chili. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

    Click on the picture below to see the full-size flyer.
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    Empty Bowls Return to CLC on March 14 Mike Kukulski 2012-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Feb 04, 2012

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    Chip Edwards hosted Julie Hupp of the 12 Oaks Foundation as our featured speaker at the Jan 30th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club at The Vine in downtown Grayslake.  

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     Julie founded 12 Oaks in memory of her son, Matt, who died of cancer at age 13.   

    12 Oaks Foundation’s mission is to provide a resource that will help defray the cost of sports and community programs for children of families suffering financial hardship. Working with local organizations, the 12 Oaks Foundation will provide grants to families in need so their kids won’t have to miss some of the best parts of childhood.  Funds are awarded based on financial need, with special consideration given to children in families coping with cancer.

    12 Oaks Foundation runs two major fundraisers each year: Matt's Mile and 5K ("MM5K") in the fall and Hoops for Hope in the spring. The 2nd Annual MM5K was a huge success this year with almost 900 runners, walkers, participants and volunteers who enjoyed a beautiful October evening while generating over $30,000 for Twelve Oaks. 

    Matt Hupp was born to love sports.  Basketball, baseball, football—he loved them all. He took chances on snow boards, and took medals running track. His participation in sports helped to define just who he was. Even at 13, Matt had self-confidence, courage, discipline, perseverance and leadership.  It’s hard to imagine him without a number 12 on his shirt bounding out the door for a game.

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    Matt Hupp doing what he loved.

    The life lessons Matt learned on the field helped him in his fight with cancer. He stared it in the eye and kept fighting.  And although he lost his battle in 2009 at age 13, he won something else—the love and respect of everyone who knew him.

    No child should have to miss the opportunity to develop a strong character through teamwork, competition, and problem-solving that comes with these activities. 

    Honoring Matt’s favorite sports number, 12 Oaks is more than homage to this brave young man.  It’s also a thank you to all those who took the time to help a family in crisis.  But most of all, 12 Oaks is a promise; a promise to help remove financial barriers for children of families in distress. 


    12 Oaks Foundation and Matt's Mile Mike Kukulski 2012-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
    Leadership - Need We Say More? Mike Kukulski 2012-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jan 21, 2012
    Armen Mesrobian hosted a speaker well-known to the Grayslake Rotary Club at our Jan 16th meeting; none other than Lincolnshire Rotary Club's Marianna Zeidler.  Marianna spoke to our club about her work on Rotary matching grants for projects in the Dominican Republic to build a library and computer labs in the La Vega area.  Of note was the fact that for one of the projects an original investment of about $7K grew to about $22K when matched by Rotary District and International funds, or about $2 added to every $1 the clubs are able to raise alone. 
     
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    Through Matching Grants, The Rotary Foundation matches contributions raised for international service projects by Rotary clubs and districts in two or more countries. The Foundation provides a one-to-one match for District Designated Fund (DDF)/SHARE  contributions and a $0.50 match for every new $1 cash contribution. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $200,000. 
     
    As we grow our club's finances and are able to consider supporting these types of programs, it is encouraging to know that any efforts we make can be so generously supplemented by Rotary funds.
    The Helping Hands of Rotary Matching Grants Mike Kukulski 2012-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jan 14, 2012

    John Christian hosted Mike Pruitt from The Vine in Grayslake at the Jan 9th meeting.  Mike, head of operations and a partner in The Vine, gave a quick review of business at the restaurant, and detailed special events that they have sponsored, and the types of entertainment they have hosted.  The Vine has been heavily involved in sponsoring many community and charitable activities; in fact, the Grayslake Economic Development Commission named Mike the 2011 Volunteer of the Year.  Mike looks to only be more busy in the community in the future as the President-Elect of the Grayslake Exchange Club.

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    The Vine Martini & Wine Bar at 101 Center Street in downtown Grayslake. 

    Mike took some time to discuss planning considerations for a successful wine-tasting fundraiser event.  He described a typical wine-tasting as drawing 75-100 people,with tickets costing $25-50 each, and netting $3-4K in proceeds.  Supplemental sources of revenue could be a 50-50 raffle, a wine raffle, a silent auction, and sponsorships.  Mike stressed the key importance of effective marketing to the success of the venture.  He also advised us to seek donations for food and stemware if possible to reduce overhead costs.  Lastly we discussed the need for temporary liquor licenses and certificates of insurance for liability.  

    Mike offered much appreciated insider perspective to the issues involved in a successful wine-tasting, and offered much needed encouragement for our efforts.

    The Vine Visits Grayslake Rotary Club Mike Kukulski 2012-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jan 07, 2012

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    Happy New Year to the Grayslake Rotary Club!


    What is in store for us this year?  

    • Wine-Tasting Fundraiser on March 10th
    • RYLA Sponsorships in March and April
    • District Conference in Milwaukee in April
    • Academic Scholarships in May
    • PolioPlus $200 million deadline on June 30th
    • 2011 Donation Pledge to Avon Township Food Pantry NLT July 1
    • Summerfest and Bingo in July
    • Octoberfest / Chili Cookoff Fundraiser in October
    • Holiday Meals Donations for Thanksgiving and Christmas 
    • Club Christmas Party in Dec 
    • Every Monday a lunch meeting of fellowship and working together in service
    • Rotary evenings out for fellowship (and adult beverages)
    • Whatever else we want or need to do as Rotarians!
    Let's make it a great new year!
    Happy New Year! Mike Kukulski 2012-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Nov 12, 2011

    Larry Herzog hosted Stan Rosenberg, from the Prairie Crossing Bryon Colby Barn, as the featured speaker at the club's Nov 7th meeting.  

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    Stan Rosenberg speaks to the Grayslake Rotary Club 

    Stan, who manages the facility, detailed the BC Barn's features, amenities, and suitability for a potential club wine-tasting fundraiser we are planning for the February timeframe.  Stan has considerable experience in hosting similar events at the facility, and offered valuable insights for our planning consideration.  

    Discussions on this event and this potential site will resume at this week's meeting.

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    Interior View of the Bryon Colby Barn 

    Grayslake Rotary Assesses Bryon Colby Barn as Fundraiser Venue Mike Kukulski 2011-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Oct 22, 2011

    Denise Kindle, with the assistance of former Grayslake Rotarian Scott Fech, hosted Grayslake Community High School District 127's District Transition Specialist, Mary Ellen Kasik, as the featured speaker at the Oct 13th Grayslake Rotary Club meeting.

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    Mary Ellen Kasik addresses the Grayslake Rotary Club 

    Mary discussed the Transition Program's objectives and goals regarding developing and promoting educational, service, and employment  opportunities for Grayslake High School students with disabilities.  Of particular interest were opportunities for students in the local community and with local businesses, and possibly partnerships with other organizations such as our local Rotary Club.  Accompanying Mary were three students currently in the program, and they spoke with our club about their experiences and perspectives, specifically in work opportunities at Goodwill and the Prairie Crossing Learning Farm.  

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    Scott Fech introduces Ms. Kasik and Grayslake H.S. students 

    The overall presentation proved enlightening, inspiring, and gave promise for possible collaborative efforts in the future to the benefit of both our Rotary Club and the Transition Program.

    Grayslake High School Transition Program at Grayslake Rotary Mike Kukulski 2011-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Oct 16, 2011

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    Jim Franson hosted Karen Larsen, from Comfort Keepers, at the Oct 3rd Grayslake Rotary Club meeting.  Comfort Keepers' mission is to help people live full, independent and dignified lives within the comfort of their own homes. Comfort Keepers is dedicated to providing in-home care that enriches their clients' lives and helps them maintain the highest possible level of independent living.  Comfort Keepers provides in-home assistance that may include:

    Companionship

    Meal preparation

    Transportation to doctor appointments or other commitments

    Light housekeeping

      In-home safety technology 

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     Karen Larsen speaking to the Grayslake Rotary Club

     

    More information about Comfort Keepers can be found at their website

    Comfort Keepers Assist Local Elderly Mike Kukulski 2011-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Oct 01, 2011

    Chip Edwards hosted Rick Lesser as the featured speaker at the Sept 26th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club. Rick is a past-president of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Rotary Club, and is currently running for the District 13 position on the Lake County Board.  

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    Rick is running on a platform of business growth and fiscal responsibility, and discussed with our club membership various issues of interest to Lake County residents.  Rick has a website regarding his candidacy available for anyone interested in more information about his positions and views.

    Lake County Issues Discussed at Grayslake Rotary Club Mike Kukulski 2011-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Sep 18, 2011
     This year our club has decided to support a local church Holiday Meals program for needy families in lieu of sponsoring specific families for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  

    It was thought that our donated dollars will positively impact more families in need by partnering with ongoing church efforts versus picking one or two "lucky" families.  
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    Through our church partners, every $16 donated will purchase a complete holiday meal for a family in need.  With each holiday meal that our members' donations buy will be enclosed a card stating the meal was donated by the Rotary Club of Grayslake.

    In past years where we have sponsored families for the holidays, the typical donation requested of each of our club's members has been approximately $35.  Therefore, we are asking all members interested in supporting this Holiday Meals program to consider donating $32 this year, sponsoring two families with Holiday Meals.  

    To donate, please send a check to our Treasurer, John Christian, for whatever amount you choose, made out to the Rotary Foundation and "Holiday Meals" in the memo line.  Please make your donation before 30 September so the funds can be delivered to the church in time for this year's Holiday Meal distribution.

    Thanks to Denise Kindle for her coordination with her church on this program, and to all of you in advance for your generous support for local families in need this holiday season.
    Holiday Meals - Donate NLT 30 September!! Mike Kukulski 2011-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Sep 10, 2011

    Mike Kukulski hosted John Anderson, the Wisconsin Water for the World (WWW) Committee Chairman, as our featured speaker at the Aug 29th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club. The Wisconsin Water for the World Committee works to provide resources for safe drinking water to people in needy communities, defined by a set of objective criteria developed by the WWW committee.  The Committee raises funds to develop projects for sustainable drinking water, system operations training, sanitation, health & hygiene, and on-line youth education called Adventure Kids Learn Expeditions. For the past three years, WWW has been traveling to rural Guatemala to engineer and build sustainable and safe water delivery systems for low income villages.  John provided a multimedia presentation on the program's goals and achievements, and addressed members' questions about the program and the needs of poor regions of Guatemala.

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      John Anderson discusses Guatemalan water projects with the Grayslake Rotary Club.  

    Wisconsin Water for the World Mike Kukulski 2011-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Aug 20, 2011
    Thanks to all of our members who volunteered this past weekend to work the Bingo tent, sponsored by the Grayslake Chamber of Commerce, during the Grayslake Summer Days event.  While we do not yet have a total amount earned (or our club's share of the earning), we should see a reasonable amount to dedicate towards our charitable funds for polio eradication and local scholarships - we will report the amount we earned when the Chamber is able to provide the information.  We also added a 50-50 raffle to the event, with a single drawing for the pot made at 10:00 pm on Saturday.  We collected a total of $152 in the raffle and awarded $76 to our winner, Ann Thompson, of Grayslake.  Special kudos to our vivacious Bingo caller, Curt Miller, (honorary Grayslake Rotary member) and celebrity Bingo caller Arnold Schwarzenegger (aka Grayslake Rotarian Greg Koeppen)!
    Rotary at Grayslake Summer Days Mike Kukulski 2011-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Aug 13, 2011
    Lynne Reynolds hosted the featured speaker, Roycealee Wood, at the Aug 8th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club.  

    Roycealee J. Wood is the Lake County, Illinois Regional Superintendent of Schools with interaction with and responsibility for the 45 Lake County School Districts.

    She is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Waukegan, the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff League of Women Voters, Lake Forest-Lake Bluff A.A.U.W.-American Association of University Women, IASA-Illinois Association of School Administrators, IARSS-Illinois Association of Regional School Superintendents, Women In Management Lake-Cook Chapter, Beta Upsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Education Sorority, Chicago North Shore Chapter of Zeta Phi Eta Communications Sorority and Phi Delta Kappa Lake-Kenosha-Racine County Chapter.  Mrs. Wood also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society-Lake County Regional Unit, Allendale Association, Inc., Friends of the Lake County Museum, A Safe Place (Advisory Board), Central Baptist Youth Services, the N.E. Illinois Council-BSA, NICASA and the Great Lakes Naval Museum Association, Inc.  She served for three years as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Crossroads Council of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. with responsibility for 24,000 girls and 8,000 volunteers.  She is currently Chair of the Council’s Advisory Board and Honorary Chairperson for endowment donations.

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    Royce Woods discussing Lake County education with the Grayslake Rotary Club

    She is a Past President of the Great Lakes Region of the Navy League of the U.S., and has been a member of the Navy League of the U.S. for 30 years.  In addition to the Great Lakes Presidency, Mrs. Wood has also served as president of the Lake County Council of the NLUS, Illinois State President of the NLUS, and as National Director of the NLUS for 19 years.

    Mrs. Wood served the North Chicago, Illinois Public Schools at all levels.  She worked in the role of teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, guidance director and as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.  On November 5, 2002, she was elected as Regional Superintendent of Schools for Lake County, Illinois and assumed that position on July 1, 2003.

    Royce described the role of the ROE, which among other things encompasses advisory, advocacy, and administrative functions, bus training, alternative school programs, calendars, teacher training and certification, finance, homeschooling, truancy, and GED programs.  Royce detailed these many functions via a Powerpoint presentation, covering the scope and impact of the ROE over all aspects of Lake County education.  Key challenges include the demands imposed by legislative actions coupled with reduced funding.  Ending on a positive more, Royce assured us that: Lake County government (and education) is fiscally sound; the communities support education; the existing education support programs are solid and well-run; the school districts are responsible and student-focused; and federal funding is helping to bridge some gaps.  For more info, see the LCROE website

    Lake County Education Reviewed at Aug 8th Meeting Mike Kukulski 2011-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Aug 06, 2011

    Larry Herzog hosted Joyce Campbell, founder and director of the Oasis Grayslake Youth Center, as our guest speaker at the July 31st meeting.  Joyce opened the Oasis after many years of fund-raising, and the center has enjoyed great acceptance in the community and success as a place for 12-18 year-old Grayslake residents to relax, mingle, and have fun in a safe, stimulating, and comfortable environment. 

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    Joyce Campbell discussing the Oasis at the July 31st meeting 

    The center served well over 15000 young people last year, and offers Wifi capabilities, computers for homework and entertainment, music, dining, and games such as foosball, air hockey, pool and pinball.  The center has a fully equipped music sound stage for band performances and open mic nights, and hosts live music with 5-6 local bands on Friday and Saturday nights.  The facility is also available for rent for private parties on Sundays.

    As a 501c(3) not for profit organization, and with annual operating costs of about $40000, the Oasis is constantly soliciting support donations and actively fundraising. The center held its golf outing fundraiser last week, and has three additional events in the next couple months: the "Cruisin' for the Kids" Car Show in downtown Grayslake on Aug 28; the "Downtown Rib Throwdown" Rib-fest on Sept 18; and the "Shooting for the Stars" Clay Pigeon Shoot / Cocktails / Dinner on Oct 7.

    For more information about the Oasis, please visit their website.

    Oasis Grayslake Youth Center Thriving Mike Kukulski 2011-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jul 10, 2011

     The Grayslake Rotary Club held its installation dinner for 2011 officers at the Stonewall Orchard Gold Course on June 27th.  A good meal was enjoyed by all members and their guests, and music entertainment was provided by local band Snipers for Penguins.  The club acknowledged the contributions of Immediate Past President John Miller and presented him a plaque and pin to express its gratitude for his service.  The Club also greatly appreciates the efforts of past Treasurer Matt for his service this past year.  Lynne Reynolds will continue as club Secretary and backbone of the club's administration, and we all appreciate her selfless service.

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    2011 President Mike Kukulski presents 2010 President John Miller with a plaque of appreciation at the installation dinner.  

    Grayslake Rotary Installs New Officers Mike Kukulski 2011-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jun 18, 2011

    knowingandlovingGreg Gulliver hosted the speaker, Robert Beezat, at our June 13th meeting.  Robert is the author of Knowing and Loving: The Keys to Real Happiness, and shared with our clubs some of his book's main ideas, and how they so closely corresponded with the Rotary's Four Way Test.  

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    Robert urges everyone to be the happy person they were born to be, and asserts that understanding, developing, and nurturing the human capacities of knowing and loving are the keys to finding deep and long lasting human happiness.  You can find out more about Robert's ideas and his book at his website.

    The Keys to Real Happiness Mike Kukulski 2011-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jun 11, 2011

    Barb Oilschlager hosted Tammy Johnson and Dave Matz, both from the CLC Center for Personal Enrichment, at the June 6th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club.  Tammy and Dave briefed the membership on the goals and scope of the Personal Enrishment course offerings at the College of Lake County.  

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    Tammy Johnson of the CLC Center for Personal Enrichment  

    The programs offers non-credit, non-graded courses aimed at all ages, from youths, teens, adults and seniors.  The course subjects span a wide range of activities and interests, from art and crafts, to computer skills, dance, gardening, language learning, music, photography, and more.  The enrichment program currently serves 6300 students annually at CLC, and anyone from lake County is encouraged to explore a subject of interest and enroll.  For more information, see the program's webpage at www.clcillinois.edu/noncredit

    Personal Enrichment at CLC Mike Kukulski 2011-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Jun 04, 2011

    At the May 23rd meeting, Grayslake Rotary Club President John Miller hosted past Rotary District 6440 Governor Dave Waring as the featured speaker.  Dave gave us an overview of the structure of the Rotary Foundation, how it is administered, and what it accomplishes.  He detailed the annual fund, matching grants, ambassadorial scholarships, peace scholarships, international aid projects, polio eradication, and Gates Foundation partnering.

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     Past District Governor Dave Waring speaks to the Grayslake Rotary Club  

    He also covered information about District simplified grants, wherein the 1st 40 district clubs to apply can obtain $1000 grants  of matching funds from the District for hands-on projects.  While we may all still have questions about the Foundation and how we can best contribute and utilize its resources for our Rotary projects, it was a enlightening insight into the Foundation.

    Grayslake Rotary Learns about the Rotary Foundation Mike Kukulski 2011-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on May 21, 2011

    The Grayslake Rotary Club hosted the recipients of its high school graduate academic and Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) scholarships at its April 25th and May 2nd meetings. First to join the club for lunch were our RYLA attendees, Pravleen Bain and Natalie Wickencamp, who recounted the events, highlights, and lessons learned from their RYLA experience, and shared a video memoir of their weekend. 

     RYLA was established by Rotary International as a special award for young people of high school age who have displayed leadership skills, or the potential, as shown by their active participation in groups or services.  Each participant is from Rotary District 6440, and attended a three day program held at Edwards Camp & Conference Centerin East Troy Wisconsin.  The three day program includes motivational and educational speakers from around the United States. The program greatly enhanced leadership skills through lectures, hands on activities and recreational activities and interaction with other student leaders from around the District.  Every single participant (more than 1150 over the last seven years) has met and had fun with many of their peers. Yes, fun is an element of this experience! This is both an educational experience as well as a reward for leadership skills already demonstrated. 

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     Marissa Turturro addresses the Grayslake Rotary Club at the May 2nd Meeting  

    Our academic award winners were Sandy Vien and Marissa Turturro.  Sandy will be attending Loyola University in pursuit of a career as a pediatrician.  Marissa will be studying Athletic Training & Physical Therapy at Northern Michigan, and hopes to follow that with a Doctorate in Physical therapy at Central Michigan.  Both of these young women were selected from a highly competitive field of very qualified applicants for our scholarship awards.  It was their hard work and standout excellence in academics, civic involvement, and leadership that earned them these scholarships.  We wish them the very best in their future endeavors.

    Grayslake Rotary Awards Local High School Scholars Mike Kukulski 2011-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on May 21, 2011

    At the May 16th Grayslake Rotary Club meeting, President John MIller hosted Paul Gilbertson, of the non-profit organization REACH-a-Child, who briefed us about the program's origins and goals.

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    In 2007, Children's Book Author, Paul Gilbertson, and his wife, Chris, wanted to find a way to help children who are unfortunate victims of crises.  When the little town of Gays Mills, Wisconsin was flooded that same year, Paul jumped at the chance to try and improve the situation for all the children who were affected by the disaster.  Paul and his daughter packed up the car with boxes of children's' books and started their journey.  A few hours later, the two arrived at the scene only to be greeted by yellow police tape, first responders and emergency vehicles.  Although this first attempt to "Bring a smile to the face of a child in the time of need" was not successful, it was just the beginning.  On the drive home that day, Paul realized in order to REACH a Child at the time of crisis, he needed to team up with the people who arrive at the unfortunate crisis first.

    Out of this experience the R.E.A.C.H. a Child "B.A.C.K. Packets" program was born, this initiative centers around providing approximately 10-12 various children's books to officers and first responders in a red backpack for them to give to children that they see at the scene of an accident, fire, domestic disturbance or in other traumatic situations.

    Currently these red backpacks are in over 15,000 squad cars and ambulances throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska and California.  Within our first two years REACH-a-Child has donated over 175,000 Children's books to children in crisis situations with the help of these First Responders, Police, Sheriff and State Patrol officers!  Likewise, it has waiting list of over 2,000 squad cars and EMS ambulances in over 15 states wanting to get involved in this "B.A.C.K. Packets" program!  

    The goal is to expand the REACH a Child and our "B.A.C.K. Packets" program across the United States in an effort to reach as many children on crisis as possible because of the positive impact that it is having on children in crisis.   For more information about REACH-a-Child see its website.

     

     

    REACH-a-Child Visits Grayslake Rotary Mike Kukulski 2011-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Apr 23, 2011

    Grayslake Rotary Club President John Miller has forwarded a couple pictures and these comments from Saturdays Bike collection event. We know for certain that at least Jim Franson had a good time!

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    We collected a total of 35 bicycles. As you can see by the photo we filled the Working Bikes truck. John still have 5 bikes in his truck as there was no room left in their truck. The people dropping off their bikes were excited to see their bikes continue their use full life in helping others.The last person to drop off her bike told John how she had her bike for 14 years and had just recently purchased a new one. She had so many great memories she thought she could never part with her old bike until she read about our bike collection and the Working Bikes program.  Overall - a very successful club project - Thanks to all our members who particpated!

     

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    Grayslake Rotary Helps Working Bikes Mike Kukulski 2011-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Apr 23, 2011
    youthexchangeUlrich (Rick) Greg Kuhn, of the Antioch Rotary Club, and the District 6440 Short Term Youth Exchange Program director, gave a short presentation at the April 18th meeting about Rotary's Short Term Exchange Program (STEP) for high school aged young adults.  District 6440's STEP is a reciprocal program where kids will spend 3-6 weeks abroad, and a child from their host family will stay with them for a similar period - generally during the summer.   The main details of STEP are:
    • Ages 15-19
    • Several days to several weeks long
    • Don’t involve attending high school, but students can tailor their experience to match their interests
    • Can include homestays, tours, and international youth camps
    You can find out more about STEP through its brochure
    Grayslake Rotary Learns about STEP Mike Kukulski 2011-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Apr 23, 2011
    P1000427The Grayslake Rotary Club inducted a new member into the club at the April 18th meeting.  Our new member, Dr. Armen Mesrobian, is transferring from the Antioch Rotary Club.  Armen was born in Massachusetts, and got his extensive medical education through Boston College, Tufts University, and Harvard University.  He then spent 35 years teaching medicine, initially at the University of Detroit and more recently, the University of Illinois, where he also conducted research in experimental wound healing and cancer.  Now retired, he and his lovely wife, Joyce, live in Victory Village in Lindenhurst.  Please be sure to welcome Armen and Joyce to our Grayslake Rotary family.
    Grayslake Rotary Inducts New Member Mike Kukulski 2011-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Apr 18, 2011
    fieldersKelly Wells, Lake County Fielders Community Relations Director and Ron Poe, Group Ticket Sales Director, were hosted by Greg Koeppen at the April 11th Grayslake Rotary Club meeting, where they updated the membership on the latest news with the Fielders baseball team, the 2011 schedule, and the progress on their new stadium. Of interest to all was discussion of Rotary nights, with fundraising options, as well as ongoing promotional prizes that include vacation trips to Las vegas and Maui. 
    Lake County Fielders Pitch To Grayslake Rotary Mike Kukulski 2011-04-18 10:28:54Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Apr 10, 2011

    wbcLogoRaoul Gonzales, of Working Bikes, was hosted by Jim Franson as the speaker for the Grayslake Rotary meeting on April 4th.  Raoul detailed the background and objectives of the program, which was started in 1998 to take discarded and unused bicycles in the United States, refurbish them, and distribute them to developing countries around the world.  In countries such as Tanzania, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Kenya, Angola, El Salvador, and others, a bicycle can be the difference between work and unemployment, and are used for transportation, cargo, and even emergency vehicles.  Working Bikes shipped 5000 bikes abroad in 2010, in 10 shipping containers that cost $5000 each to ship.  U.S. sales of donated bikes and donations to the organization fund these shipping costs, and non-governmental agencies in the recipient countries handle distribution.  The Grayslake Rotary Club is conducting a drive for bike donation on April 23rd in support of Working Bikes.  For more information about working bikes visit their website.


    Working Bikes Aids Developing Countries Mike Kukulski 2011-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski on Apr 03, 2011

    The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is opening its doors to the area’s Rotary Clubs to help raise money for Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign during the April 15-17 concerts.


    The event, sponsored by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in partnership with Rotary Dist. 6440 and the Elgin Breakfast, Elgin Noon and Dundee Township Rotary Clubs, includes three Gershwin in Blue concerts at the Hemmens Cultural Center in downtown Elgin. The ESO is donating 25 percent of the ticket proceeds to Dist. 6440 and End Polio Now at its performances at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15; 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 17.


    Elgin Breakfast, Noon and Dundee Township clubs have also pledged over $5,000 in Polio Plus donations during the event.

    Polio eradication has been Rotary’s top priority for more than two decades. The international humanitarian service organization is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF. 

    Rotary club members worldwide have contributed more than $1 billion and countless volunteer hours to the polio eradication effort, and have recently pledged to raise an additional US$200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. All of the resulting $555 million will be spent in support of eradication activities. 

    Great progress has been made, and the incidence of polio infection has plunged from about 350,000 cases in 1988 to fewer than 1,000 cases in 2010. More than two billion children have been immunized in 122 countries, preventing five million cases of paralysis and 250,000 pediatric deaths.  There are still pockets of the virus in 5 countries.  With your help, polio can be eradicated completely worldwide. To learn more about polio eradication and this historic effort, visit www.rotary.org/endpolio

    For more information and to order tickets, call the ESO’s box office at (847) 888-0400.  Reservations can be made for tickets in a variety of price ranges from $25 to $65 each for any one of the three concerts. 


    The ESO, in its 61st consecutive season, is a 69-piece professional orchestra playing 45 concerts annually at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin and Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg before an estimated 55,000 patrons. 


    Gershwin in Blue will include the iconic works of pianist and American composer George Gershwin, including Strike Up the Band, Promenade, Girl Crazy Overture, Rhapsody in Blue and selections from Porgy & Bess. Soprano Ollie Watts Davis, pianist Jodie De Salvo and the Elgin Choral Union join conductor Stephen Squires during the two-hour performance.  www.elginsymphony.org 

     

    Information for Rotary Clubs:


    Rotarians may order tickets in a variety of price ranges from $25 to $65 for any one of the three concerts. Clubs will receive a credit toward their End Polio Now campaign pledge for the 2010-11 fiscal year.   This credit will be 25% of the ticket price.   Please turn in receipts from any club members or friends of your clubs to:   Mark Billings m.billings@elginsymphony.org  by May 2, 2011, so that your club can be given credit. 

    Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Rotary Unite to End Polio Now Mike Kukulski 2011-04-04 01:05:04Z 0
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    Tim Perry, of the State Bank of the Lakes, and past Mayor of Grayslake, was the featured speaker at the March 28th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary.  Mr Perry was hosted by Chip Edwards, and discussed with the club the current economic and business growth climate in Grayslake, from the perspective of one who was involved in much of the planning and execution of what we see today in the community.  While development projects for the former Lake County fairgrounds and the Rt 83/Peterson Road initiative were discussed, other points of broader interest were also covered.  Mr Perry informed us that Grayslake, even in these trying financial times, finds itself debt-free, with $250 million in TARP money paid back to the federal government.  He described positive growth in corporate construction projects, but flatter activity in the retail market for the area.  In all, Mr Perry offered an interesting insight into Grayslake's relative success in planning and financial prudence, and guarded optimism for the community's continued growth and prosperity.

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    The speaker at the March 21st meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club was Carrie Wings,Victim Witness Counselor for the Lake County State's Attorney's Office.

    Carrie detailed the Victim-Offender Mediation (VOM) program, a restorative justice approach that is being established to provide the victims of juvenile crime answers and closure to the crime committed against them.  It also allows the victim to work directly with the offender to establish terms for an agreement to satisfactorily resolve the impact of the crime.   VOM helps all parties understand why the delinquent behavior happened, restores feelings of safety and trust  for the victims, and holds juvenile offenders accountable for their actions, outside the scope of the legal system, where it could have a permanent impact on their lives and ability to be future responsible members of society.

    Carrie is soliciting up to 24 screened, approved volunteers to become community-based mediators for the program.  Interested individuals can find out more information via her information sheet or can contact Carrie for more information at 847-377-7824 or cwings@lakecountyil.gov.

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    The Grayslake Rotary Club's favorite Police Chief, Larry Herzog, has announced his plans to retire from the Grayslake Police Department effective in early July 2011.  We are sure that this will allow Larry even more time to manage the club's Happy Dollar and 50-50 raffle programs.   Please be sure to congratulate Larry on his upcoming retirement and thank him for his dedication in a life of public service.

     


    Grayslake Rotarian Larry Herzog to Retire from Police Chief Position Mike Kukulski 2011-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
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    Grayslake Rotary Club member Jim Fransen hosted Anna Ottolino, the speaker for the Nov 29th meeting. Anna is the owner of and a yoga instructor at The Yoga Effect in downtown Grayslake. The Yoga Effect's goal is to provide wellness for the mind and body in a safe and inspiring manner for students. The business offers classes for all experience and age levels, instructor training, workshops, and meditation retreats. For more information, see The Yoga Effect's website.
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    Lynne Reynolds hosted two speakers for the Oct 11th Grayslake Rotary Club meeting. The first, Myra Gaytan Morales, discussed the Waukegan University Center efforts to promote higher education in the Waukegan area, particularly among minority groups. Challenges discussed included funding, facilities, and cooperative efforts with CLC. Our second speaker, Carolina Herrera, of the Coalicion Latinos Unidos De Lake County (CLULC) or the Latino Coalition, discussed related issues with respect to the CLULC's mission to improve the local area Latino community's quality of life through education, professional networking, and accessibility of services.
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    Jim Bell hosted Jim Zimmerman, of HealthReach Inc., as our guest speaker at the Oct 25th Grayslake Rotary Club meeting. Jim detailed the activities of the not-for-profit agency in its mission to provide access to free safety net healthcare services to medically underserved residents of Lake County, a number that ranges between 100,000 and 200,000 people. The agency operates free clinics in Waukegan and Mundelein, and a licensed pharmacy in Libertyville. With 90% of their patients representing minority and immigrant populations, HealthReach provides medical, dental, vision, and pharmacy services to under-insured and uninsured people in an attempt to meet their healthcare needs. For more information, see their website at www.healthreachcares.org
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    At the Sept 27th meeting, Barb Oilschlager hosted our speaker, Darl Drummond. Darl is the Vice President for Student Development for the College of Lake County, and she detailed the programs CLC offers for CLC students to improve retention, to attract new students from various demographics, including military veterans, and to further the quality of the CLC experience for every student.
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    District Governor Bruce Baumberger visited the Grayslake Rotary Club at its weekly meeting on Aug 16 2010, and spoke with us about a variety of Rotary subjects. It was a great opportunity for the Grayslake Rotary Club to meet our new DG and to learn about our organization's past and current accomplishments and future plans.
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    At the Aug 2nd club meeting, Curt Miller kicked off the club's efforts for a new fundraiser. We will be running the Grayslake Rotary Christmas Tree Decorating Contest, which will generate revenue from artificial tree sales, sponsorships, voting, and the auctioning off of the completed trees. Initial planning objectives were discussed, to include: dates; fund targets, marketing/publicity focus; contest rules; contest prizes; locations, etc.. It was generally agreed to begin tree sales around Halloween and to hold the auction in conjunction with the Grayslake Tree Lighting on Nov 26th.
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    At the Sept 27th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club, Denise Kindle was inducted as the newest member of the Club. With Denise, the active club membership roll now grows to 15 members. Please welcome Denise to our fold and make her feel at home as we further the Rotary mission together.
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    John Miller was sworn in as the 5th President of the Grayslake Rotary Club at an installation dinner at the Stonewall Orchard Golf Course on July 15th. Following a short recap of the club's accomplishments over the past year, Immediate Past-President Chuck Clow congratulated John on his assuming leadership of the club. Out-going District Conference Co-Chair Mimi Altman presided over the event.
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    The Grayslake Rotary Club will be working the Bingo tent on Aug 20-21 as part of the Grayslake Summer Days. We need volunteers to work both dates -- this is a low-impact opportunity for our club to raise some funds, and is always an enjoyable event to work (adult beverages are available!)
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    The Grayslake Rotary Club welcomes Denise Kindle, Grayslake Community High School District 127 Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Services, as a new prospective member of our club. Denise was introduced to the club by Scott Fech.
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    Matt Koschmann hosted Mike Sands, of Grayslake's conservation community Prairie Crossing, as the featured speaker at the May 3rd meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club.  Mike discussed Prairie Crossing's agricultural programs, including its commercial organic farm, Sandhill Organics, the Prairie Crossing Farm Market, the Prairie Crossing Stable, and in more detail, the programs of the Prairie Crossing Learning Farm.
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    At the May 10th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club, member Mike Kukulski gave a presentation, "The Population Bomb versus the Green Revolution," that contrasted the dire environmental predictions circa 1970 with the inspiring life and food production accomplishments of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, 1914-2009.  To learn more about this Nobel Prize winner and his dedicated work in combating world hunger through technological advancement in agriculture, please read this Wall Street Journal obituary or this The Atlantic Online article.
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    At the March 29th meeting, the Grayslake Rotary Club received an update from a representative from the Lake County Forest Preserve Cultural Resources department on the current status of the Lake County Discovery Museum and ongoing plans to move to a new location in Libertyville.
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    At the March 15th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club (held at the Lake County Farm Bureau, courtesy of Greg Koeppen) the club heard a presentation on the development of a professional minor league baseball stadium in Zion.  Mike Beauvais, VP of Sales for the Lake County Fielders, detailed the plans for the team, with emphasis on the ongoing project of building a stadium in Zion, to open in June 2010.  The stadium will be family-friendly, and will feature three distinguished group party decks, a stadium club, a banquet facility, and a permanent concert stage.  Owned in part by actor Kevin Costner, the Lake County Fielders Stadium holds promise as a great baseball and social venue for Lake County residents in the near future.
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    The Grayslake Rotary Club welcomes its newest member, Chip Edwards, to our membership.  Sponsored by John Miller, Chip was inducted as a Rotarian at our last club meeting on March 22nd.  Be sure to welcome Chip aboard as a new Rotarian!
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    The deadline to submit applications for the 4-year scholarship sponsored by the Grayslake Rotary Club is March 19th.
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    At the March 1 Grayslake Rotary Club meeting, the featured speaker, Cynthia Tomusiak, of the Fox Lake/Round Lake Rotary Club, discussed her recent trip to Guatemala in support of the Rotary-sponsored Ak' Tenamit school.  A major focus of her work trip was early stages of construction of a library for the school.

    Ak Tenamit is an indigenous community development organization that promotes long-term solutions to poverty through education, health, income generation and cultural programs run by and for the Q'eqchi Maya supported by the Guatemalan Tomorrow Fund, a US based non-profit (501 C-3) that raises funds for Ak Tenamit.

    Of the 500 students at the Fr. Moran Education Center, 425 are boarding students from 100 villages. Half are studying for a diploma in Community Development – promoting health care and sanitation, infrastructure and income generation in the villagers.
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    Greg Koeppen hosted Fran Forys of Maristella, a support group for homeless women and mothers with children, at the Feb 8th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club.  In her presentation, Fran detailed the start of Maristella in Lake County in 1998, the organization's goals, the challenges it faces, and the ways everyone can help Maristella provide much needed support to Lake County women in need.
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    The featured speaker at the Feb 1st Grayslake Rotary Club meeting was Sean Nelson, RYLA District Chairman, who spoke on the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program.  Sean detailed the RYLA Conference, to be held at Camp Edwards, near East Troy, WI, on Mar 11-14, 2010 and Apr 8-11, 2010.  The program features motivational speakers that especially can relate to teens, leadership challenge courses, and leadership workshops and laboratories for select teens to learn about their own leadership styles and how to improve them.  The coed course is completely free for youths, and costs $325 per youth for the conference.  Grayslake sponsored 2 youths last year, and is again committing to sponsor 2 youths to this years' conference.  All Rotarians are encouraged to volunteer to help with the conference, and are also invited to visit the conference to observe the program in action.
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    Bill Ferreira, the Rotary District 6440 Governor, paid the Grayslake Rotary Club a visit at its Jan 25th meeting.  Bill discussed current affairs at the District level, and detailed specifics about the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, the matching funds program for ShelterBoxes for Haitian relief, and the upcoming District Conference, scheduled for April 29 - May 2, 2010, at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, WI.  Bill also encouraged our members to broaden their Rotary circle by completing meeting make-ups at another club.  Finally, he encouraged our club to develop and pursue plans for projects that can benefit from Rotary Foundation matching funds from District and International levels, leveraging our club's limited funds into what can ultimately become significant expenditures on worthy programs.
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    At the Jan 18th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club, the organization unanimously voted to donate $1000 to purchase a ShelterBox for the Haitian relief effort.  This donation will be matched by Rotary District 6440 as part of their $50,000 authorization to support the ShelterBox program.  The 2 ShelterBoxes funded as a result of this effort will provide urgent emergency shelter, survival equipment, tools, cooking equipment, and other essentials for as many as 20 persons displaced by the earthquake.  Congratulations to every Grayslake Rotary Club member for your humanitarian support of our Haitian neighbors in their time of need.
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    (Reprinted from Rotary District 6440)
    By now you are aware that the earthquake to our South in the country of Haiti is a major catastrophe affecting millions of human beings. We Rotarians have always reached out in challenging circumstances and this time is no different.  This disaster reminds us of the New Orleans flood a few years back.  Haiti, being a third world country, had problems before the earthquake.  The difficulties are now compounded.  How can we help as Rotarians?
     
    Our District Humanitarian Committee has authorized up to $50,000 of District Designated Funds (DDF) for the ShelterBox program to be matched by clubs on a dollar per dollar basis.  The match per club is $1,000.  The District will waive the need to have given $1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund.  Clubs that have had one grant may also apply for this match.
     
    As we all know, Rotary is not a first responder to disaster relief.  Other groups are equipped with trained personnel to respond immediately. Rotary does an excellent job in following up once the dust settles and the needs are determined.  There are 15 Rotary Clubs in Haiti.  The largest club is 29 members.  As I write this, Rotary International is gathering information from those clubs.  Once we know the needs we can proceed and get the paper work going to use our DDF.
     
    The current needs are being met by the first responders.  We will not be far behind with projects that will help the people of Haiti.
     
    Some clubs have expressed a desire to send ShelterBoxes to Haiti now. This is a great idea but we in Rotary can't move fast in clearing the paper work. If you wish to do a ShelterBox immediately without the district match you can do so directly with the ShelterBox group. Please use the attached ShelterBox Sponsorship Form. Remember to include your club name. You may also make a direct contribution to Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund via the Rotary Foundation Donor Advised Fund. Please use the attached RF Donor Advised Fund form.
     
    It is very difficult to look at the TV or see pictures in the newspaper or hear reports on the needs and not be able to respond.  Please keep in mind this will be a long term project. It will take years to rebuild the infrastructure of Haiti.  Rotary will be there as we have been in the past.
     
    If you wish to take advantage of the district match, please send your $1000.00 Matching Grant request for the ShelterBox (the match will be for $1,000, one per club) and once the needs are assessed the project will go forth.
     
    Both forms can be download as one file from the link below. As always they will be available on the District web site at www.Rotary6440.org
     
    Thank you for your Rotary Concern and for supporting the people of Haiti.

    RF Donor and Shelterbox link:
    http://www.crsadmin.com/gen/Accounts/50032/Eml/57b8370d-d3e8-431b-bb3b-755224c2c08d.pdf

    You can Google "Haiti Rotary" and learn more about Rotary Club efforts to support relief for Haiti.
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    Larry Herzog briefed the club membership on a campaign that US Cellular is sponsoring to provide funds to schools, and that Grayslake's Prairie Crossing Charter School has put out a call for local area support. 

    From US Cellular's website:

    We believe educating our kids has never been more of a priority. That's why we're out to support the cause by giving schools money to use toward what they feel is important.

    From November 13, 2009, through January 15, 2010, visit any U.S. Cellular® store to get a code to use online to vote for your school. There is no purchase necessary to vote.

    The 10 schools with the most votes will receive $100,000 to use however they choose.

    Whether the school is big, small, public, private, a primary, middle or high school, they're all eligible to be a Calling All Communities champion.
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    The members of the Grayslake Rotary Club had two great holiday season get-togethers. The first was on Monday, Dec 14th, at the Vine in downtown Grayslake, where members enjoyed a fun evening of drinks, appetizers, and fellowship.  The theme was repeated again on Dec 20th at The Christmas Open House at Corinne and Mike Kukulski's home.  Here's hoping everyone had a great Christmas and a wish for everyone for a great New Year!
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    Let the Holidays begin!

    Please note that the December 14th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club will not be at our usual location and time -- we will meet instead at 5:00 PM on Monday evening at The Vine (on Center Street in downtown Grayslake) for appetizers and adult beverages.  Please RSVP to Greg Koeppen if you plan to attend, along with any spouses or guests, so he has a good count for the food services. 

    Also, the Grayslake Rotary Club Christmas Open House at the Kukulski's home on 20 December will take the place of that week's meeting.  You can RSVP for that event online on the Clubrunner site (under Event Registrations on the Admin page) or directly to Mike via e-mail.  Spouses, guests, and all friends of the Grayslake Rotary Club are welcome to help usher in the Christmas season!
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    The Grayslake Rotary Club welcomed its newest member with the induction of Jim Bell at the November 30th club luncheon meeting.  Jim was inducted by President Chuck Clow after a reading of new members' Rotary responsibilities and is seen in the accompanying photo receiving his Rotary pin from sponsor Scott Fech.
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    John Miller hosted John Shiel, of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), as the featured speaker at the November 30th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club.
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    At the November 23rd club meeting, Greg Koeppen hosted Pastor Robert Davis, of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Libertyville, who spoke about the One Million Meals initiative in support of the Feed My Starving Children program.
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    Members of the Grayslake Rotary Club handed out treats to ghouls, goblins, and the occasional little mermaid to help celebrate Halloween on Saturday, Oct 31st.  The Rotary joined downtown Grayslake businesses in hosting and entertaining a big turnout of trick-or-treating families despite low temperatures and brisk winds.  Our Club handed out treats from John Miller's business office, where we were able to offer a short respite from the cold along with the candy.   The photo features John welcoming trick-or-treaters into the office.
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    The Grayslake Rotary Club reluctantly bid goodbye to our President, Peter Primasen, at a farewell party in his honor on Sept 23rd, hosted by Larry Herzog at his home.  Peter and his family have relocated to the Indianapolis area, where they have excitedly bought a new home, and are looking forward to this exciting new phase of their lives.  Peter, a charter member of our club, has been a enthusiastic and active Rotarian, and an able guiding light for the Grayslake Rotary Club.  His leadership, committment, and most of all, his valued fellowship with all our members will be sorely missed.  Everyone in the Grayslake Rotary Club fondly wishes Peter and his family best wishes and Godspeed!
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    Heather Barcal, Program Director for the Lake County Center for Independent Living (LCCIL), spoke at the Sept 14 meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club.  Founded in 1990, the Center is a not-for-profit grassroots advocacy, service, and resource organization for people with disabilities.  Guided by the philosophy that people with disabilities have both the right and the responsibility to direct their own lives and pursue their own personal goals, the LCCIL offers disabled people services in independent living skills, advocacy, peer mentoring, and information and referral.  More information is available at their website at www.lccil.org.
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    Grayslake Summer days is here Aug 21-23!

    Chuck Clow will be driving his convertible in the parade on Aug 23 -- the parade starts at noon with line up at 11 am.   If you will be able to participate in the parade, please let Peter Primasen know. 
     
    In addition, the Grayslake Rotary Club will be running the Bingo tent Friday night from 7pm-10pm, and then on Saturday from 1pm-10pm.  We will need EVERYONE to be there for some part of the weekend (preferably 2-3 hour shift).  Please let Peter know when you can be there.  It's a fun event, and Peter says he will buy you a beer!
     
    Don't forget to wear your yellow Grayslake Rotary Shirt!
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    Sharon Roberts, Gerontologist from the Lake County Health Department, gave an overview of what her department provides in servicing residents of Lake County.  She will be missed by many when she retires at years end.
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    At the June 29th meeting, Shirley Christian hosted Kirk Smith, of the Grayslake Economic Development Commission (EDC).  Kirk detailed the latest news on upcoming plans to bring new business growth to Grayslake and to further develop the existing economic base.
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    Our regularly visiting Rotarian friend from Waukegan, Al Oller, provided the Grayslake Rotary Club an interesting view into the growing practice of reverse mortgages at our June 22nd weekly meeting.  Al was hosted this week by Lynne Reynolds, who also provided the week's Fun & Frolics in the form of a trivia quiz on financial terms -- the quiz proved rather easy for all our members when Lynne inadvertantly handed out the answer sheet to everyone before staritng the quiz!
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    Thanks to the efforts of many of our Grayslake Rotary Club members, led by our fearless President, Peter "The Lobster" Primasen, local residents visiting ArtFest 09 in downtown Grayslake on Saturday, June 20th, found cool and free respite from the heat and sun in the form of free bottles of ice cold water.  The free water handout was "hotly" welcomed, served as a great calling card for our club, increased our exposure to the Grayslake community, and helped inform interested residents about our mission and how to get involved locally in Rotary.
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    Shawn Nelson, director of the the RI District 6440 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) program, visited the Grayslake Rotary Club on April 20th.  He also escorted two local area students, Jessica and Dylan, whom the Grayslake Rotary Club helped sponsor for this year's award.
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    The Grayslake Rotary Club Board met after the regular meeting on May 11, 2009.  Topics discussed were the treasurer's report and how to structure the bank accounts, the situation with our tax returns, how to handle lunch payments for members who are on leave of absence or exempt from attending meetings or who have dietary restrictions, and how to encourage members to donate to the Rotary International Foundation through "Every Rotarian, Every Year".
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    Mike Kukulski won the 50-50 raffle at the April 13th meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club.  He also drew the lucky Joker from the deck, winning the current pot holdings of $172.  The 50-50 raffle continues at the next meeting, starting a new pot.
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    The Grayslake Rotary Club's Greg Koeppen was fortunate enough to receive tickets for the Obama inauguration in Washington D.C. last week.  We look forward to hearing from him about his experiences and impressions, now that he is a Beltway "insider."
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    Joe Duea hosted Michael Pimpo, Director of PLAN, People Lending Assistance Network, as the featured speaker at the March 23rd meeting of the Grayslake Rotary Club.
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    The lucky winner of the 50-50 drawing at the Oct 27 meeting was Lynne Reynolds, earning $6 as the new pot grows to $22.
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    Part of the goal for the End Polio Now District 6440 Committee is to raise community awareness. There are many ways do this, and clubs throughout the District have been actively engaged in End Polio Now activities. To see what other clubs have already done check the district website and click on the End Polio Now link.

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    Many clubs in the district are aware of the 25 Vocational Scholarships that will be awarded in April 2009. What every club needs to know is that it is eligible to participate in this program and submit two candidates to the selection committee. If your club has never participated before it should be good news to you that the process is simple. The instructions, application form and requirements are available on the district website (http://www.rotary6440.org/) under the Vocational Service tab. Your club needs to get the application to the high schools in your area and solicit candidates, usually through the counselor's office.
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    The Grayslake Rotary Club gathered together at Shirley Christian's home on the evening of December 10th to celebrate the holiday season.  Shirley hosted a delightful evening featuring good food, cups of cheer, an inviting atmosphere, and great friendship as Grayslake Rotarians shared their best wishes with each other for this joyous time of the year.  A warm thank you to Shirley for her hospitality and a memorable night!
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    Please RVSP for the Grayslake Rotary Club Holiday Party  (on Dec 10th, hosted by Shirley Christian) by registering.  Just click on the "Holiday Party" link under "Events" on the club's home page or in your e-bulletin.  Thanks!
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    Randy Cashmore won $8 in the 50-50 raffle at the Nov 10th meeting, but failed to draw the Joker from the deck, leaving the pot at $38.
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    The Grayslake Rotary Club set a club record at the Nov 10th meeting, according to Larry Herzog, when a total of 20 "Happy Dollars" were donated.  Looks like our members are doing something right!
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    Asst District Governor Mimi Makar installed Scott Fech as the newest member of the Grayslake Rotary Club at our Oct 20th meeting.  Please be sure to welcome Scott to our club!
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    Grayslake Fire Chief Don Mobley gave an impromptu presentation on the pending referendum for the Grayslake Fire District.  Don detailed the financial history and current status of the fire district, and discussed the relative merits of the added funding (improved fire protection service to outlying regions of the district) against the added tax burden the referendum would entail.  In addressing club members' questions, Don gave everyone a better insight to the issue and provoked thought for our upcoming votes on the referendum.  For more info see the Fire District website.
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    Our district is running a matching program for contributions to the Annual Giving Fund of The Rotary Foundation but you must act quickly: the program lasts until December 31st (or sooner if points run out) and the deadline is firm.

    Matches are available for contributions of $500 or more in $100 increments. The match is 1:1 with recognition points with a maximum of $1,000. Please make checks payable to The Rotary Foundation and mark them for Annual Giving (no matches are available for contributions to polio eradication this year). Mail them to PDG Terry Mueller, 6201 North Wyndwood Drive, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. Please direct questions to Terry at roterry@sbcglobal.net.
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    Greg Gulliver won $9 in the 50-50 raffle at the Nov 3rd meeting.  He did not pick the Joker, however, so the pot grows to $30.
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    Scott Fech, our newest member to join the Grayslake Rotary Club, was the lucky winner of our 50-50 raffle at the Oct 6th meeting.  He also drew the Joker to win the long accumulating pot of $504 -- there were only 7 cards left in the deck.  Thanks to all our members for supporting this fundraising effort and congratulations to Scott!
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    President Peter Primason installed Pam Coleman (sponsored by Lynne Reynolds) as the newest member of the Grayslake Rotary Club at our Oct 27th meeting.  All members present at the meeting welcomed Pam to our club in an informal receiving line after the installation.  Please help make Pam at home in our club!
    Pam Coleman Newest Grayslake Rotary Club Member Mike Kukulski 0
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    The Grayslake Rotary Club sponsored an informational booth at the CLC University Center on Oct 21st and Oct 23rd to increase public awareness of Rotary's polio eradication program and to raise funds for the effort. Local club members rotated shifts at the booth on both days, handing out stickers and polio program brochures to inform the public, and soliciting donations.  The event was planned and led by Lynne Reynolds, who reported a total receipt of $285 in donations.
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    Posted by Lynne Reynolds

    The membership push is still a prime focus for this Rotary year.  It will be great to have the District Governor present when Randy is inducted, but each member will be encouraged to seek out new members.

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    Rotary Polio Day - Update Mike Kukulski 0
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    Chuck Clow won the 50-50 raffle at the Sept 15th meeting.  Chuck did not draw the Joker so the pot grows to $486 with only 9 cards left in the deck.
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    Posted by Mike Kukulski
    Just a reminder that on August 11th, the new District Governor will be addressing the Grayslake Rotary Club at the board meeting, which will be BEFORE the regular club meeting.  That makes 10:30 am the correct time for the board meeting.
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    Greg Koeppen won the 50-50 raffle at the Aug 11th meeting.  Greg did not draw the Joker so the big pot grows to $460 with only 13 cards left in the deck. 
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    Greg Koeppen has advised us the this year's Grayslake Rotary Golf Outing has been cancelled.  There were not enough participants enrolled to make it a viable event, both for the golf course to make money and for our club to raise funds.
    Grayslake Rotary Golf Outing CANCELLED Mike Kukulski 0
    Board Meeting Minutes September 15, 2008 Lynne Reynolds 0
    Posted by Mike Kukulski
    The New Zealand GSE team will be guests at our club's Sept 29th meeting.  Their visit has a focus on education, and they will be touring CLC and the University Center as part of their visit. 

    They will also be at the Oct 1 meeting for the Lake Forest Rotary Club, who are inviting any interested Rotarians to attend.  They meet at 7:15 AM at 554 Westmoreland, Lake Forest.  Breakfast cost is $14.  RSVP by Sept 24th to Cheri Richardson at chr1005@comcast.net.
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    John Miller was recognized as a new Paul Harris Fellow at the Sept 8th meeting.  President Peter Primason presented John with his Paul Harris Fellow pin.
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    Jim related to the club that he had participated in the recent Lake Geneva Triathalon.  He competed in the Super Sprint event (1/4 mile swim, 12 mile bike, and 1 mile run); he exploited a loophole in the age rules to enter 60-64 age group, despite being a mere 59 years old.  Capitalizing on his youthful vigor (it's all relative), he triumphed in placing first in this division.  He has promptly retired from competition, citing this Triathalon as his "first and last," thus ensuring an unblemished record in the prestgious Lake Geneva Triathalon annals.

    No pictures of Jim in his competition Speedo were available at press time.
    Killian Crushes Lake Geneva Triathalon Foes Mike Kukulski 0
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    Grayslake Rotary Club member Jim Killian gave a presentation on the Guatemala Service Project that District 6440 is planning for February 2009. 
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    At the Aug 11 meeting, the Grayslake Rotary welcomed Randy Cashmore aboard as our newest member.  Randy was inducted into the club by our visiting District Governor, Pam Kerr, and Asst District Governor, Mimi Makar.
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    On Thursday, July 17th Chief Larry Herzog (along with Greg and Peter) hosted an awesome Installation Party for our new Rotary Club president Peter Primason. There was an abundance of food so Joe took the leftovers to the church and made 8 meals for 4 people in ziplock bags, froze them, and are available for people in need of food. Thank you!
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    At the August 4th lunch meeting, Grayslake Rotary Club members were provided an informative presentation about coyotes in Lake County by the Lake County Forest Preserves Department.
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    Jim Fransen was recognized as a new Paul Harris Fellow at the Jun 30th meeting.  Outgoing President Barb Oilschlager presented Jim with his Paul Harris Fellow pin.
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    Donna Gulley, of the Northbrook Rotary Club, spoke at our June 16th meeting.  Donna is the District #6440 representative for ShelterBox USA, an organization dedicated to providing immediate shelter aid globally to areas stricken by natural disaster.  
    Shelterbox Presentation Mike Kukulski 0
    Grayslake Rotary Swears in New Officers Mike Kukulski 0
    Posted by Lynne Reynolds
    Items discussed included processes for new members, Spinoza Buddy Bears, meeting time and length,and increasing membership.
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    With our club's recent committment to support a Rotary international micro-finance project, I thought this recent article from Aug 21 2008 USA Today would be of interest.
    Micro-Finance Supplement? Mike Kukulski 0
    Board Minutes June 2, 2008 Lynne Reynolds 0
    Posted by Betty Fallos
    Time to sign up to be a part of the Relay Team: We need people from set up at about 4:30 until 6 a.m Sunday morning. Please commit to a minimum of one hour and try not to leave any gaps of time. The first Lap is the survivor Lap and the second lap is the caregiver lap, then the team lap begins. If you go under up coming events it will allow you to register for this event, I will then email you back to confirm what time you are commiting to. Thanks,
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    Lake County Clerk Speaks to Grayslake Rotary Club Mike Kukulski 0
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    The club held our monthly assembly, and discussd the board minutes, our club scholarships,  Rotary road signs, Grayslake Days Bingo, our budget, New Officer Installation plans, Relay for Life, and a presentation on the Clubruner site.  
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    Board Minutes May 5, 2008 Lynne Reynolds 0
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    Mike Kukulski gave a presentation on how to use our ClubRunner website during the Club Assembly at the May 12th meeting.
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    The Paris GSE Team visited the Grayslake Rotary Club at the April 28th meeting.
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