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Lake Zurich

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:15 PM
Foglia YMCA
1025 N. Old McHenry Rd.
Lower Level
Lake Zurich, IL  60047
United States
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Please note this week's meeting will be at 12:00 to allow the LZ Students to speak about RYLA 
We will resume normal meeting time, 12:15, next week
This week's speakers will be five students from Lake Zurich High School who recently attended Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, RYLA. They will talk about the experience and what they learned. 
The Rotary's website says, "RYLA events are organized locally by Rotary clubs and districts for participants ages 14-30. Depending on community needs, RYLA may take the form of a one-day seminar, a three-day retreat, or a weeklong camp. Typically, events last 3-10 days and include presentations, activities, and workshops covering a variety of topics."
The five students, Sydney Shadrick (senior) , Jessica Mueller, Julia Wol (Sophmore), Alyson Wisnioski, and Chloe Faris will tell us the specifics of their event. They were sponsored by the Lake Zurich Rotary Club.
This week's luncheon will be a business meeting. Please bring committee reports and other topics to discuss
Join the Rotary Club of Lake Zurich for a most unique evening "April in Paris". Enjoy French themed entertainment, dining at one of Lake Zurich's best restaurants,and a French Market!
The fun begins at 6 o'clock p.m. at D & J French Bistro, 466 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich. We've reserved the whole restaurant for our friends!  Advance tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite are $50.00 (minimum donation), $55.00 at the door.  Click here for tickets.
Corporate sponsorships are also available with a lot of benefits.  For questions about that or anything else, please contact
Join us Friday when our guest speaker will be Brendan Cannon, Area 13 Director for Special Olympics Illinois. Brendan will be talking about the Spring Games at Lake Zurich High School on Sunday May 7. Additionally, he will talk about the LZ Rotary Club's management of the Baseball Throw/Softball Throw that we do each year. Brendan may be bringing an athlete, known as an Ambassador, to the meeting
Nancy will have a volunteer sign-up sheet for jobs at the event. If you cannot attend today's meeting, you may email her to sign up.
You can lean more about Special Olympics-Illinois at:
Tonight is our monthly book giveaway to children and adults who use the Lake Zurich Food Pantry.  
If you can help, please respond to this message.  
The event starts at 6 p.m. tonight at the St, Vincent de Paul Community Center, 135 S. Buesching, Lake Zurich.
Join the Rotary Club of Lake Zurich for a most unique evening "Springtime in Paris". Enjoy French themed entertainment, dining,a Marche Aux Puces, and Flea Market!!
The fun begins at 6 o'clock p.m. at D & J French Bistro, 466 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich. Advance tickets purchased on Eventbrite are $50.00 (minimum donation), $55.00 at the door.
Get your tickets at: April in Paris
You can also contact Mike Rein directly for tickets
Nous avons hâte de vous voir là-bas
 Join the fun at Rotary Club of Lake Zurich Craft Beer and Soulful Tunes Fall Festival, Thursday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Consume,  569 Rt. 22 in Lake Zurich. Good food, wine and soft drinks will also be served. $40 per person. Reserve your place at
We also need corporate sponsorships and raffle prizes.  Please think about who would be excited to support our work with youth (scholarships, Special Olympics, literacy). 
  At lunch today, the membership survey committee members will present the results!  It's a first step toward getting us all moving along in the same direction.  We'll discuss what the membership seems to be asking for and next steps.
SIGN UP NOW -- Great opportunity to give back -- ONLY 8 SLOTS LEFT!
What: Give Coats to needy Lake Zurich area kids (Operation Warm)
When: Saturday October 15
Time: 9:30am-12pm
Where: The Chapel, 330 S. Old Rand (near library), Lake Zurich
If you would like to help put bright smiles on children’s faces and true joy in children’s hearts, this is the event for you!  On this amazing day we will be inviting these special children to choose a brand new coat, hat and gloves with the assistance of our volunteers.  They will then try on their new winter gear, write their names inside their coats, and enjoy refreshments.
If you are interested in participating, please follow the SignUp Genius link below.  Children are welcome to volunteer, but if they are under the age of 14, we ask that they be accompanied by their parent.  The parent would fill the volunteer spot, and you may make a note of your child in the comments.
Signup Genius:
  On Friday, we'll be attending a special Foglia YMCA program at NOON in our regular meeting room.  We'll suspend our ordinary meeting agenda and listen to Dr. Shana Doronn, a featured therapist on A & E’s reality documentary “Obsessed”.  Along with her private practice in Los Angeles, she works with the UCLA OCD Intensive treatment program.  She will offer insight on how to cope with today’s many stresses, and how one can find a balance between anxiety, emotions, and happiness. Come and learn how to live life to the fullest!
This week's luncheon will be a business meeting.
We will discuss the membership survey, the November 17th Craft Beer and Soulful Tunes Fall Festival, and other miscellaneous topics 
If there is something specific you would like to discuss, please contact Sam by Thursday.
Join us Friday September, 30 when our guest speaker will be Mr. Bill Durkin, Founder of One Positive Place. Mr. Durkin's presentation, based on his forth-coming book,  " The Positive Way" will improve your relationships and productivity. 
Bill Durkin is an inspirational speaker, teacher, author and coach. For over 30 years, Bill has been helping leaders and teams stay positive and thrive during times of change.  His unique and positive approach has produced results for over 40,000 leaders throughout the United States, Canada, England, South America, Spain and Africa.  
Bill has spoken at many Rotary clubs throughout Northern Illinois and we are honored to welcome him to our meeting.
You can learn more about Bill and One Positive Place at:
Join us Friday September 23 where our guest speaker will be Mr. Louis W. Kosiba, Executive Director of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). His presentation, "Understanding IMRF" will discuss the status of pensions in the state of Illinois.
This presentation will answer questions such as:
-- What is the difference between state and public pensions?
-- What are the five state-run pension plans?
-- What is the current status of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund?
Louis W. Kosiba has been with the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) since 1988, and has served as executive director since 2001. Prior to his appointment as executive director, Kosiba was IMRF general counsel from 1990 to 2001. Kosiba has a juris doctor degree and a master’s in business administration from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Kosiba helped found the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, and is an active member of the National Association of State Retirement Administrators. Mr. Kosiba oversees a staff of 180 and reports directly to the eight-member IMRF board of trustees.                                                                                                                                                                                    
Carol Wells, End Polio Now - District Chair, will speak to the Club on Friday September 16th about Rotary International's EPN initiative.
Carol will provide insight into Rotary's strategy and on-going efforts to eradicate Polio.
She has traveled to Nigeria taking part in National Immunization Day, as well as, participating in Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) training conducted at the Center for Disease Control in June.
Beginning in 1979, Rotary has worked with other organizations to eradicate polio. Since the original vaccination program in the Philippines, cases of polio have been reduced by 99.9 percent worldwide. 

Just a reminder that we do not have a meeting on Friday Sept.2 in observance of the Labor Day holiday
Have a safe and happy Labor Day!
At its Friday August 19 luncheon, the Lake Zurich Rotary Club and community members will hear a powerful wake-up call from Bill Gentes, the county’s point person on substance abuse about the proliferation of the problem in Lake County and what we can do about it.
“Trends in Drug & Alcohol Abuse: What we know, and what we want to know!” will provide an overview of substance abuse among both teens and adults in Lake County. Things that will be discussed, are binge drinking, prescription drug abuse, heroin, and marijuana.
You are welcome to bring guests to this informative seminar.

Bill Gentes is the Project Coordinator for the Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force hosted by the Lake County Health Department. The Task Force was the leader in passage of the aggressive statewide social host law that became law in 2013, as well as numerous state laws in 2014. Bill was given the 2014 CADCA National Advocate of the Year for his work with federal and state officials.
On Friday August 12, Randi Frank of The Center for Enriched Living (CEL) in Riverwoods will speak at the weekly lunch meeting of the Lake Zurich Rotary Club.  The philosophy at CEL is “I can,” the conviction that transformation can happen in the lives of people with disabilities when barriers are removed and success is the goal.
Our speaker, Randi Frank, CFRE, has been a development professional for over 28 years, raising money for a diverse range of causes in Illinois, Baltimore, Austin Texas and her native New York.  Since 2006, she has been Director of Development for The Center for Enriched Living, which provides social, recreational and life skill programs for youth and adults with developmental disabilities. 
Our new district governor, Rick Rivkin, will be visiting us on Friday to find our about our club and to give us some insights into what he plans to achieve in Sam’s presidential year.  We hope you’ll all attend to give the governor a sense of what a vibrant and fun club we are.
Officers and Committee Chairs should plan to arrive at the Y at 10:30 a.m. on Friday for a board meeting with the governor.  We’ll then have our regular meeting with the District Governor as our speaker.
DG Rick Rivkin is a member of the Rotary Club of Northbrook and a resident of Deerfield.  He has been involved in international service in Guatemala for many years and has led polio vaccination trips to India and Nigeria.  Professionally Rick is President and CEO of Saf-T-Gard International, a global supplier of industrial safety products and personal protective equipment. 
Join us Friday as we welcome Rich Lalley, Executive Director of Operation Warm and Denise Rasbid to our meeting. They will speak on their efforts nationally and specifically within the Lake Zurich area.
Denise leads the local team which has given new Operation Warm coats to nearly 4,000 children living in need in Lake and Northern Cook County.
Dick Sanford started in 1998 with the help of the local Longwood Rotary Club to distribute 58 coats. Since then, Operation Warm has partnered with other Rotary clubs to assist in its distribution efforts. Today, over 230 clubs have provided 160,000+ children with winter coats.
Mr. Sanford started Operation Warm, with the belief that children born in poverty have less than a fair chance to thrive.  They greatly appreciate organizations which supply “gently worn” garments.  
Join us this Friday July 15th where our guest speaker, Will Snyder, Founder of WLZ Hope Group and Connect LZ will present to the club.
The mission of Connect LZ is to serve as a free marketplace for various non-profit organizations throughout Lake Zurich. Connect LZ’s information board, event calendar, and volunteer portal, helps raise public awareness of these groups.
Will is a student at Lake Zurich High School where he is actively involved in student government and technical theater. Through his community involvement, Will’s goal is to help others in their pursuit of excellence.
There are only a couple weeks left to the 2016 Lake Zurich's Farmer's Market. We are still need weekly volunteers.
Volunteers are needed each week to staff the booth selling beer, wine and water.
I recommend a minimum of 2 club members each shift (2:45 – 5 pm / 5 – 7 pm) each week.  The last Farmers Market is September 9.   So that’s 14 more weeks with 2 shifts/week = 28 shifts with 2 volunteers/shift = 56 volunteers.  That’s twice as many volunteer shifts as what we have club members.  So I would like to suggest that every club member work no less than one shift two different weeks. 
Here is a link to a signup genius page for you to sign up for the weeks and shifts you’re able to help.
You are encouraged to wear a Rotary shirt (if you have one) when you work a shift.  This event is not just a fundraising activity for the club but also a great potential recruiting tool.
Dale Perrin, IOM
Executive Director
Join us Friday June 17th when we will welcome Carolyn Keel, Executive Director for Rimland Services NFP.
Ms. Keel will share an overview of the lives of adults with autism, as well as, the 45 year history and unique support for individuals with autism provided by Rimland Services NFP. Rimland has been a part of Lake Zurich since 2013.
Rimland’s mission is to provide realistic and essential supports to adults with autism that reflect their desired conditions of living related to eight core dimensions to one’s life:
  • Emotional well-being
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Material well-being
  • Personal development
  • Physical well-being
  • Self-determination
  • Social inclusion
  • Individual rights
Carolyn Keel originally came to Rimland in 2005 as a Public Information Coordinator and Assistant to the CEO.  Her unique ability to overcome any obstacle has created a role for Carolyn that ranges from fundraising and grant writing, to managing all things technology-related and special projects.

2016 Scholarship Recipients Luncheon

Please join us today for the 2016 Lake Zurich Rotary Scholarship Recipients Luncheon
This year we presented six scholarships to both vocational and academic students.
The winners are:
  • Evan Petropoulos
  • Melissa Sharapata
  • Caroline Jokerst
  • Danielle Collins
  • Olivia Pura
  • Katherine McGuckin
The winners will attend with their parents. The recipients will be our guest speakers for the luncheon.
Save the Date: July 2nd
Mark your calendars for July 2nd at 4 PM
We will install president-elect Sam Martinez  before Mike Rein's annual Reinvinia party. Everyone is invited to stay to eat, drink, and enjoy. 
Mike's party will feature great food and live music.
The address is: 708 E. Main, Cary, IL
Come out and have fun


Please join Lake Zurich Rotary for a fun night of bowling, buffet dinner and raffles to benefit local Rotary scholarships and our effort to end polio worldwide.
The event will happen on Friday May 20,.starting at 6 p.m. at Sideouts, 4018 Roberts Rd Island Lake.
Tickets are just $35 per person for dinner, 3 games and shoes. Bring a team of five or just sign up and we'll put you on a team. Children may attend and bowl.
It doesn't matter if you are a good bowler or if you are definitely not. Many of us are definitely not, but we have a lot of fun.  There will also be a raffle and lots of prizes.
We hope to see you there!


More than Just Beautiful: Promoting World Peace Through Cranes
Hall Healy, former chairman of the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI, is trying to save rare crane species in North Korea by training farmers to plant sustainable crops and give the leftovers to the craines.  His talk, "An Alternative to Nukes on the Korean Peninsula" will show how volunteerism and a small amount of funding can have a big impact on the environment.
Healy will talk about the International Crane Foundation crane habitat restoration and sustainable farming project that has been going on since 2008. This is the kind of project can be used to help improve dialogue between countries like North and South Korea an promote Rotary's ideal of world peace.
Healy, a resident of Glencoe, was the chairman of the International Crane Foundation from 2010 to 2014.  The Foundation is dedicated to preserving the fifteen species of cranes and their habitats on five continents.
This Friday, May 29, members will be attending the District Conference Foundation Luncheon at the Marriott Lincolnshire.  To register, use this link:
The Club will reimburse members who attend.
Invite your friends and colleagues who can't come to our noon meetings!
“The Secrets of Great Grilling”
Presented by the grill experts from Weber Grill
7:30 a.m.
Friday April 22, 2016
A special morning meeting of the
Lake Zurich Rotary Club
at Foglia YMCA
1025 N. Old McHenry Rd.
Lake Zurich
For more information:
Noel Ilkow of Nonie's Bees in Crystal Lake will be speaking to us on Friday April 15 about bees and why we should care about them.  (Hint: they are essential to our food supply.)  
Noel’s love of bees began when her grandfather would take her to visit his bee yard located in the valley below their home.  Many years later a friend of Noel’s gave her a bee hive and her love of bees and the family legacy was reborn.  Noel now has 10 hives, four of which are located on an organic farm in Wisconsin.   
For Noel, the best part of bee keeping is being able to educate people, especially young people, about the importance of bees, the fragility of the bee population, how the bees impact the health of our earth, and what we can do to help our bees survive.  It is with this new-found knowledge she hopes to foster the next generation of bee keepers.   
In 2016, Noel is embarking on an ambitious program to distribute 10,000 bee blossom seed bombs.  Seed bombs are a simple gardening solution to grow indigenous pollinating plants. The motto of this program is “Let’s help save the bees so they can help save the world.” 
LZ Rotary Goes to the Dogs: Green Pup Shelter to Visit Friday
Anne Donnell's pup, Bella, pictured above, was adopted from Green Pup Shelter.  The founder of Green Pup will be speaking at our meeting Friday and bringing Bella and other dogs to show us.  
The shelter is called Green Pup because their motto is "Adopt a Recycled Dog."  Founded just over two years ago, it is staffed by all volunteers and relies on foster homes to socialize the dogs while they wait for their new homes.
Green Pup was a recent winner of the Trib Local Charity of Choice award.  It is a non-profit no-kill dog rescue.
Forest Preserve Executive to Speak at Lake Zurich Rotary Friday
Rebekah Synder, chief development officer of the Lake County Forest Preserves will speak to the Lake Zurich Rotary Club on Friday. Synder’s talk, “The Value of the Forest Preserves” will trace how Lake County residents came to have 30,700 acres of open space to enjoy. 
The Forest Preserves also manages  202 miles of multi-use trails, fishing ponds and lakes, public access to the Fox River and Lake Michigan, four public golf courses, and award winning educational, recreational and cultural opportunities for all ages. Each year more than 3.5 million enjoy the preserves or benefit from programs, even after eight years of declining public funds.  She'll tell us how they've managed to thrive by being economical with taxpayer dollars.
Synder, who works to attract private, non-profit and corporate funds to the Forest Preserves, has worked for the county since 2012.  She has also worked for the Nature Conservancy and the Chicago Botanical Gardens.  
Congressman Peter Roskam to Speak to Lake Zurich Rotary Club Friday
Please join us for an informative overview by Rep. Roskam of what's going on in Washington DC these days, followed by questions and answers.  It promises to be a lively session as the Congressman delves into the how Washington really works. Please let us know if you will be bringing friends. 
Fitness Trainer to Speak on Looking and Feeling Better!
On February 19 at 12:15 p.m. at the Foglia YMCA, Sean Lee, CEO of Restoration Fitness in Lake Zurich, will give us 16 strategies to lose weight and feel better for life.  Sean has been training people in the Lake Zurich area for the past 15 years and is a Certified Personal Trainer and popular motivational speaker.  "I have helped hundreds of Lake Zurich area residents reach their fitness goals using my simple lifestyle approach," says Sean.  "I think many people would be surprised at how some of the 'healthy' foods we eat are really not good for us."  Lunch, of course, is included.  A healthy fish dish for Lent will be served!
Grand Opening at State Farm Insurance
Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening Celebration for State Farm Trung Thai Agency
Thursday, February 18
12 pm
Come join the celebration!
(Note: Trung will be donating a big brag in exchange for this notice.  The executive board has decided that any member who has news may do the same in future issues of the bulletin.)

Special Olympics Ambassador to Speak at Lake Zurich Rotary
On Friday February 12, Special Olympics Ambassador Brent Kampert will talk to Rotarians in Lake Zurich about his experiences as a Special Olympics champion.  Jackie Hauswirth, Progam Manager will also talk about the annual Special Olympics preliminary state competition at Lake Zurich High School on May 1.
Lake Zurich Rotary will be in charge of the event’s softball and tennis ball throw for the third straight year.  Volunteers from the community are also invited to participate.  More than 200 Special Olympians participate in the event and are awarded prizes in a wide variety of throwing events.
Motivating Millennials
Courtney Quigley helped to organize her fellow students at Barrington High School to help people living near a dump in Guatamala.  On Friday, she'll talk to the Lake Zurich Rotary about motivating Millennials.  According to Courtney, the intersection of personal passions and compassion is important to everyone. However, the Millennial generation seems to have taken a unique liking to this intersection and this talk will give the tools to partner and engage Millennials with any organization, business or non-profit.
Will you help Lake Zurich Rotary get a District Grant?
One person from each club is required to attend this seminar each year in order to qualify for a District Grant.  Will you go?  The good news: the training will be much more interactive and engaging than it has been in the past.  Note: even if you have qualified to do this in the past, you must quality again by attending the seminar.
Here's the info:
Saturday Feb. 6
9 a.m. - Noon
Wojcik Conference Center at Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Road
RSVP at: (Hit the Member button in the upper left hand corner)
Find out how to grow our membership
Membership does not only mean getting new members but how we are engaging the members we have.  Come to the seminar and see what is new with membership engagement & recruitment.  This seminar will be at the same time and place as the Grant Management seminar.
Saturday Feb. 6
9 a.m. - Noon
Wojcik Conference Center at Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Road
RSVP at:​ (Send Julie Clark an email to RSVP by clicking her link in the upper right corner.)

Self Defense Expert to Speak

On Friday January 15, self-defense expert Joe Rosner will speak at our meeting.  Rosner specializes in helping businesses deal with workplace violence.  He also teaches individual simple techniques for personal protection.  He will demostrate some of those techniques at the meeting, which will take place at Foglia YMCA, 1025 N. Old McHenry Rd., Lake Zurich.
Rosner is a director of Best Defense USA and a nationally-recognized expert on workplace safety and personal protection techniques.  He has delivered his entertaining presentation to audiences as varied as Boy Scouts of America and the National Association of Realtors.
Businesspeople in the Lake Zurich area are invited to attend the meeting, free of charge.
Field Trip Friday!
To check out another possible meeting spot, we will be meeting at American Chartered Bank, Village Square Shopping Center, 459 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich, in the conference room this Friday.  This will is a business meeting so bring anything you need to discuss.  P.S. Book distribution will be on December 10 because of...
Lake Zurich Rotary 2015 Halloween Bash -- Prom Night!
Sponsored by Ahlgrim Funeral Home, Lake Zurich, and Barrington Bank & Trust
On Saturday, October 24, join the Lake Zurich Rotary Club for the best prom ever. Now's your chance to prom any which way you want and have a lot of fun.  Alex and the Allstars will provide the high-energy tunes. Dinner, drinks, dancing, prizes, and laughs are on tap, too.
Costumes are optional, but we hope you'll come dressed for your prom of choice...the elegant belle of the ball?  Carrie, all covered in blood? The class clown?  A handsome vampire?  Use your imagination or come as you are.  
When?  Saturday October 24, 6 p.m.
Where?  Columbus Centre Banquets, 365 Surryse Rd., Lake Zurich
Cost?  $35 per person, $65 per couple, includes dinner
Lake Zurich Rotary members are also selling tickets. Contact or 847-340-0262 for more information.  
See you at Prom!
Join Us: Roadside Cleanup This Friday, Noon
Meet us at the parking lot at the Jewel on Ela Road to help us clean up our roadside -- Ela from Rt. 22 to Cuba Road. Wear sturdy shoes and work gloves.  The work goes very fast and then we'll meet at DiPiero's afterward for pizza and snacks.

Mike Quigley to Give Update on Rotary Guatamala Project

Mike Quigley from the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club will visit this Friday, September 25, to give us an update on the school project in Guatamala that our fundraising helps to support.

Ret. Col. Jill Morgenthaler to Speak on Leadership

On September 18, Retired Army Colonel Jill Morgenthaler will speak to the club about her new book, The Courage to Take Command: Leadership Lessons from a Military Trailblazer. Colonel Morgenthaler will pass along  leadership lessons drawn from her three decades of military service--from her first days in ROTC to combat in some of the world's most dangerous war zones. Ironically, the military taught her that leadership isn’t about "command and control." Rather, it requires a fine balance of reason and emotion, distance and familiarity, hard and soft power.
The Courage to Take Command provides the strategies and tactics you need to follow through with your leadership vision, inspire your team, and execute your mission―even when the odds may seem overwhelming.
Col. Morgenthaler was the first woman battalion commander in the 88th Regional Support Command; she was the first woman brigade commander in the 84th Division; and she was the first female Homeland Security Advisor for the State of Illinois. The Colonel handled disaster recovery during the San Francisco earthquake, worked as a peacekeeper in Bosnia, and sheltered Kosovar refugees. For her leadership performance in Iraq in 2004, she received the Bronze Star.  Plus, she was invited to give a TED talk on her book, a great honor.  Watch it at:
Some days, you just would rather stay in bed, right?  On Friday, Roberta Smith, Ela Township’s Clinical Social Worker, will speak to Lake Zurich Rotary Club members on how to make sure you always feel prepared to do great things, in spite of your mood.
Smith offers a support group by the same name at Ela Township for people coping with depression, anxiety, anger, stress or other mood difficulties.  At the Friday luncheon, she will concentrate on aspects of cognitive behavior therapy that help with mood and how different thoughts on same event cause different emotions and actions.
Smith is employed by Ela Township to help township residents with difficult personal and family situations.  She also has a private social work practice in Cary, Illinois.

(l-r) Sarah Applebey, Maggie Hilton, Sarah Miller, Tyler Shadrick, Ethan Honegger, Connor Dickson, Lake Zurich Rotary Club president David Wheelock

The Lake Zurich Rotary Club welcomed all six scholarship winners and a parent at lunch last Friday at the Holiday Inn Express in Lake Zurich.  Winners were chosen based on their plans for furthering their education and their community service activities during high school. Unlike traditional scholarships, several Lake Zurich Rotary scholarships were given for two-year college educations.
Scholarship winners were:
  • Sarah Applebey, who graduated from the College of Lake County and plans to attend Lake Forest College in neuroscience
  • Maggie Hilton, a Lake Zurich High School graduate, who will attend Carroll College in physical therapy
  • Sarah Miller, Lake Zurich High School, who will attend community college in business
  • Connor Dickson, Lake Zurich High School, who will attend the University of Illinois in astrophysics
  • Tyler Shadrick, Lake Zurich High School, who will attend Miami University of Ohio in business economics
  • Eric Honegger, Lake Zurich High School, who will attend the University of Illinois in materials science.
Rotary Club president David Wheelock congratulated the students and expressed confidence that they would succeed in all their plans.  "This is a really excellent group of scholarship winners," he said, "and we are very proud of them."



Please join Lake Zurich Rotary for a fun night of bowling, buffet dinner and raffles to benefit local Rotary scholarships and our effort to end polio worldwide.
The event will happen on Friday May 20,.starting at 6 p.m. at Sideouts, 4018 Roberts Rd Island Lake.
Tickets are just $35 per person for dinner, 3 games and shoes. Bring a team of five or just sign up and we'll put you on a team. Children may attend and bowl.
It doesn't matter if you are a good bowler or if you are definitely not. Many of us are definitely not, but we have a lot of fun.  There will also be a raffle and lots of prizes.
We hope to see you there!


On Sunday, May 1, the Rotary Club of Lake Zurich will be sponsoring the Tennis Ball/Softball Throw for the Special Olympics Area 13 Spring Games at Lake Zurich High School.  The Lake Zurich Rotary Club will be supplying all the volunteers to run that event.
So, if you haven't already signed up, you are welcome to join the club at 8:30 a.m. at the field east of the stadium.  Please contact to volunteer.  Volunteers will guide the athletes to their competition areas, measure throws and retrieve balls. Youth ages 14 and above, as well as adults, may volunteer.
Athletes compete in divisions by gender and ability levels.  To compete in the Special Olympics Illinois Area Spring Games, athletes must train for eight weeks. Athletes who win a gold medal at these Area games qualify to compete in the Special Olympics Illinois State Summer Games to be held June 12-14.
Desmond Clark, former NFL tight-end for the Chicago Bears, member of the team from 2003 to 2011, will be speaking to our club Friday March 20, 2015 at 12:15 p .m.
 His talk is based on his playing days as well as those that came before and after. “Stand On Your Principles,” is an inspirational message that those who excel in spite of those trials and tribulations have a purpose and a plan, backed by passion that is executed through principle.
Clark is a financial adviser for Wayne Messmer and Associates and founded a tutoring and mentoring program for boys.  He had his own sports radio show and gives insprirational talks throughout the country.

Do you know of any outstanding high school students who could benefit from developing their leadership skills?  If so, encourage  them to apply for sponsorship by your Rotary Club for one of the two Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) retreats being held March 12 - 15 and April 16 - 19 2015.

Student feedback on this experience is always outstanding.

Click Here for RYLA Application. Sponsorship fee is $325 per student if registered and paid before February 15th, and $350 thereafter.  Lake Zurich Rotary Club covers the cost for five students per year!

This Friday, January 16, Sandy Sullivan will speak to the Lake Zurich Rotary Club about her experiences working for Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers and how his philosophy of “It ain’t over until it’s over” influenced her life.  Her book, Green Bay Love Stories, has been acknowledged as a significant historical account of the Packers Glory Years and the foreword is written by Packers Hall of Fame great, Paul Hornung.
A reviewer said: “It is doubtful if another woman has so openly and boldly shared with us her personal and private experiences with a professional football team. In fact, few women have had the opportunity or ability to fit in with the "guys" and create friendships which have endured for a lifetime.”
Sandy Sullivan, a life-long Wisconsin resident, is a teacher, businesswoman and motivational speaker.  Copies of her book, some signed by Green Bay Packers greats, will be on sale at the Rotary meeting.
The Lake Zurich Rotary Club meets at 12:15 p.m. on Fridays for lunch at the Holiday Inn Express, 197 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich.
     Friday November 14, 2014:  Melanie Santostefano will speak at the Lake Zurich Rotary Club.


In the presentation, Promoting Your Organization in the Digital World, Melanie Santostefano of Vicarious Productions will demonstrate how to utilize online media platforms by way of contributing UGC – otherwise known as User Generated Content.

Media platforms that will be addressed will include community contribution sections of the Trib Local, Daily Herald and

Best practices for utilizing Social Media platforms to further increase the impact and reach of UGC also will be touched on, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Melanie Santostefano has a close to 15 year background working in radio broadcasting and writing for news wire services and web-based media. She is the founder and president of Vicarious Productions, Inc. a marketing communications firm that provides writing services, public relations and social media management for clients throughout the Chicagoland area.




If you were poor, would you buy books or food?  Exactly.  So, every month, the Lake Zurich Rotary Club gives away gently used childrens' and aduits' books at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Lake Zurich, to feed minds.

Last month, Rotarians gave away almost 300 books to kids at the Food Pantry.  So the Club needs more.  If you have books they no longer need or want, the Club will accept them as tax-deductible donations.  Just indicate with your donation if you want a receipt.

Rotary Club members will pick up your donations from you if you send an email to  Or you may drop them off at R Professional Group, 535 Telser Road, Lake Zurich.  You may leave them at the door anytime, even if the business is closed. 

Or bring them to a Rotary Club meeting, Fridays, 12:15 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 195 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich.  You can even join us for lunch.

Image                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On On October 17, the Lake Zurich Rotary Club will be hearing from Mayor Tom Poynton of Lake Zurich and the village manager, Jason Slowinski, about the home rule referendum that will be on the November ballot.  They'll also to talk about how that might impact businesses in town.  This is an important topic and all business owners in the area are urged to attend.



This Friday, August 22, the Lake Zurich Rotary Club will welcome Pete Barber,business development specialist at Costco Wholesale in Lake Zurich.  Barber plans to talk about the Costco business model and how it has created strong growth and low turnover for the company.  He'll also tell the story of how Costco was able to succeed in the competitive retail space and what the future holds for consumers.

The Lake Zurich Rotary Club meets at 12:15 for lunch every Friday at the Holiday Inn Express, 197 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich.  (Behind Sonic.)  The first lunch for propective members is on us!

My Year of Beds Author to speak to Lake Zurich Rotary Friday

Image            Annette Jahnel, the South African author of My Year of Beds, is visiting the Lake Zurich Rotary Club on Friday as part of her world book tour.  She was the first woman to circle the globe by car and the book is her tale of the people she met, the traffic jams she endured, and the beds she occupied, mostly in private homes.

            “My purpose was - and is - to keep people aware of the fact that in spite of many interesting (and sometimes conflicting) differences... we remain a single family on a very small planet.”  She has spoken at many Rotary Clubs because her philosophy is very simiar to the Rotarian way of thinking.

            Her presentation is part travelogue, part motivational speech.  “If you’ve ever dreamed about stepping out into a real life adventure – but never quite found the time,” Annette says, “I invite you to join the quest.”

            The Lake Zurich Rotary Club meets on Fridays for lunch at 12:15 at the Holiday Inn Express, 195 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich.  First-time guests eat for free.

Do you know of any outstanding high school students who could benefit from developing their leadership skills?  If so, encourage  them to apply for sponsorship by your Rotary Club for one of the two Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) retreats being held March 12 - 15 and April 16 - 19.

Student feedback on this experience is always outstanding.

Click Here for RYLA Application. Sponsorship fee is $325 per student if registered and paid before February 15th, and $350 thereafter.  Lake Zurich Rotary Club covers the cost for five students per year!

Wouldn't It Be SomethingThis Friday, our speaker will be Dennis Depcek, author of "Wouldn't it Be Something," based on the letters he and his wife exchanged during WWII.  He also talks about how writing can help people deal with problems and loss, which all of us experience.  Many Rotary Clubs have had Dennis as a guest speaker who enjoyed his presentation of a memorable love story.

If the impImageossible suddenly seemed possible, would that help you solve your problems?  According to magician and business consultant Jeff Scanlan, solving both business and personal problems begins with adjusting your mindset so you can think more creatively and challenge your assumptions.  Scanlan will share his insights at the Friday lunch meeting of the Lake Zurich Rotary Club this week.

Scanlan is a motivational speaker, sports magician and an expert in "Impossible Bottles."  He'll show us how it's possible to put a baseball, a deck of cards and a wide variety of other objects into bottles that look too small to receive them.  How's that for impossible?

The Lake Zurich Rotary Club will meet this Friday at 12:15 at the Holiday Inn Express, 195 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich.  Guests are welcome to come for lunch.

The St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry is understaffed and is in need of volunteers to help distribute food every Thursday nite from 6:15-8:30 p.m.  Give an hour or work until closing whenever you have time.  This is not a weekly commitment unless you chose to do so -- all of the time you give is appreciated.  
KIVA is an organization dedicated to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.  The Lake Zurich Rotary Club is a proud sponsor of several business' in Africa.  To learn more about KIVA, visit or contact Larry Ginsberg at 847-975-4525.
INTERACT is a group of over 120 Lake Zurich High School students who participate in service projects throughout the year.  To learn more, logon to LZHS Interact Club or contact June Fournier.
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