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Representives from local charities recieved $55,000 at our annual charitable giving dinner April 29th.
Representives from local charities recieved $55,000 at our annual charitable giving dinner April 29th. 2015-05-14 00:00:00Z
Lisa Stueckemann from Feed My Starving Children shares how they distributed over 200 million meals to chidren around the world last year.
Lisa Stueckemann from Feed My Starving Children shares how they distributed over 200 million meals to chidren around the world last year. 2015-05-13 06:00:00Z
Lake County States attorney Mike Nerheim speaking at our April 15th meeting.
Lake County States attorney Mike Nerheim speaking at our April 15th meeting. 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z
Steve Kershner recieves congratulations from Tucker Olson for his contribution to the Rotary Foundation.
Steve Kershner recieves congratulations from Tucker Olson for his contribution to the Rotary Foundation. 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z
Sponsor Rick Mittelman welcoming new member Chuck Nozicka
Sponsor Rick Mittelman welcoming new member Chuck Nozicka 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z
Donville James explaining Waukegan to college at a March meeting.
Donville James explaining Waukegan to college at a March meeting. 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z
2015 Winter Fundraiser at Royal Mebourne
2015 Winter Fundraiser at Royal Mebourne 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z
February 4, 2014 Bulletin
Gary C. K. Huang  - President of Rotary International 
Ellen Young - Governor of District 6440 
With President Fendon off on a well deserved sabbatical, Jeff Harger led the meeting in his stead.
Seeing that Ken Chapin had returned after a long absence and realizing how much everyone has
missed Ken, Jeff called on our prodigal son to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

GUESTS
Davide Ollearo came as a guest of Brian Paulson

BRAGS:
Ken Chapin apparently had an ulterior motive for rejoining us this week.  He wanted everyone to
know that his son Ryan was the top scorer in a district basketball tournament with forty points to
his credit. 
Steve Risley has had a son accepted at a PhD program at the University of Alabama, and
apparently he has gotten a generous enough financial package that Steve will not have to return
to the work force to help pay his tuition.
Bill Taranowski bragged that he and his family are hosting a fourteen year old Chinese exchange
student.
Tucker Olson informed us that his son Ben is getting married this summer.
Brian Paulson bragged about his colleague Davide Ollearo, a Presbyterian Pastor, who came all
the way from Italy to join us for breakfast this week. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
The winter dinner dance/fund-raiser is still on for February 21, 2015 at the Royal Melbourne
Country Club.  Steve Risley urges you to get in your auction items ( it’s probably too late to say
“early”) before the last minute, so he has time to put them in the catalogue, and Tucker Olson
encourages everyone to sell more tickets.  Also do not forget to bring in a bottle of your favorite
wine for the wine auction.
Tony Collins is in charge of the casino at Carmel High School’s Street Scenes this year, and
Tony would love to have you suggest to any skilled Black Jack dealers you know that they
volunteer to help him out with the event. 
 
February 4, 2014 Bulletin 2015-02-08 00:00:00Z
Sunrise Rotary 2014 Holiday Party at Fines Restaurant
Sunrise Rotary 2014 Holiday Party at Fines Restaurant 2015-01-06 00:00:00Z
November 26, 2014

Gary C. K. Huang - President of Rotary International

Ellen Young - Governor of District 6440

President Doug Fendon called the meeting to order, and we sang America the Beautiful.

 

BRAGS:

Elliott Pinsel proudly informed us that he has two athletic sons. One played football in the super bowl, and the other one made the varsity swim team.

ANNOUNCEMENTS :

Elliot Pinsel confirmed that he will do his holiday gift pick-up at the Christmas party on December 10 at Fines.

The club’s Holiday Party is set for 6:00 p.m on the evening of December 10 at Fine’s Restaurant. There will be a gift exchange for those who wish to participate with a recommended gift of $15.00.

Peggy Freese advised that we had given out 55 Thanksgiving turkey dinners through our collections on behalf of the food pantry.

Scott Fine announced that beginning December 1, he will contribute 25% of sales at his restaurant from Rotary members to Rotary, which should bring some much appreciated coins to our coffers.

Salvation Bell Ringing is on for Saturday December 6. Schedules have been published, and everyone is expected to pull his weight. Contact Tim Dempsey, if you have any questions.

In showing that we do indeed practice long range planning our president informed us that our winter dinner dance fund-raiser has been scheduled for February 21, 2015 at the Royal Melbourne Country Club. We have a great band lined up. He have also set July 1, 2015 as the date for our installation dinner.

Our December 17 meeting will be our traditional holiday musical festival.

You still have until December 15 to make reservations for next year’s International Rotary Convention in Brazil.

 

FUN AND FROLICS:

Bill Taranowski brought us omens of the near future by presenting us with a quiz on snow. We found out that the world’s largest snowflake crystalized on January 28, 1987 in Montana. It was 15 inches wide. Also the world’s tallest snowman reached a height of 113 feet.

 

PROGRAM:

Our speaker this week was Bruce Dir the owner of Tighthead Brewery in Mundelein. Bruce use to be into gardening until 20 years ago, when his wife (then his fiancee) gave him a beer brewing kit and from then on learning about beer became his only hobby. He had a career in human resources, but after Corporate America downsized him twice, he decided to turn his hobby into a business, and in 2011 he opened his brewery. This required him to take out an SBA loan and attend brewer school at the age of 45, but he has followed his dream and he believes it was worth it.

His product is now distributed at approximately 250 locations in Lake County. His most popular brew is Scarlet Fire Red Ale.

 

RAFFLE:

Richard Schoeneman won the weekly prize. Brian McMurrough had his name drawn for the progressive pot. However, this necessitated a little last minute maneuvering to keep the game honest, when Brian admitted that he knew where the Ace of Spades was in the deck. Apparently the adjustments were successful, because Brian did not win and the big money continues to grow. We also raffled off two Tighthead gift cards, courtesy of our speaker, which went to Tim Klein and Melanie Van Heirseele.

NEXT WEEK:

Fun and Frolics: Diana Taylor

Greeter and Prayer: Sam Rinella

 

QUOTE FOR THE DAY:

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."

Winston Churchill

November 26, 2014 Patrick Hart 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z
Bulletin - November 19, 2014
President Doug Fendon opened the meeting and Rick Mittelman led us in the pledge. Jon Robb gave the prayer and Songmeister Steve Kershner led another rousing rendition of "Smile" for the third time this quarter! Glad we bought those new song books!
 
BRAGS:
- Teri Dreher announced the approval of the grant for the project in South Africa. She is planning a Spring friendship exchange trip to South Africa and she is having a fund raiser at the Tranel Group building on December 4th.
- Guest speaker Janelle Moravek bragged that Youth and Family Services raised $ 141,000 at their recent fundraiser. Our own Tucker Olson was the auctioneer.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
- Ron Lapins' father passed away last Tuesday.
- Pat Hart informed us of Club runner problems. No bulletin for the last two weeks.
- Rick Mittelman announced that the club Holiday Party is December 10th at Fine's.
- the Salvation Army bell ringing event is Saturday December 6th. The schedule is out. Find a sub if you can't make your shift. The bells belong to the Club so the last shift is    asked to bring them back to the next morning meeting.
- Elliot Pinsel has distributed over 600 ornaments. He asks that each gift be wrapped and tagged with the ornament. Drop off is at the Holiday Party.
- Peggy Freese announced that the Club raised more than enough money for 55 Thanksgiving meals for the needy. The excess will go for Christmas dinners.
- Dinner with RI President Gary Huang will be on January 7th.
- Treasurer Bob McConnell reminded us to pay our dues!
 
FUN & FROLICS:
 -Tom Dorow entertained us with a difficult Thanksgiving quiz.
Bulletin - November 19, 2014 Tim Dempsey 2014-11-24 00:00:00Z
Volunteers from this years pumpkin fest at Cook Park.

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Volunteers from this years pumpkin fest at Cook Park. Jon Robb 2014-10-12 00:00:00Z
Larry Neal taking the ice bucket challenge and collecting over $600 in the process.

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Larry Neal taking the ice bucket challenge and collecting over $600 in the process. Jon Robb 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z
Representatives of 33 local charities received $52,000 in grants at our annual giving dinner 4/30/14

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Representatives of 33 local charities received $52,000 in grants at our annual giving dinner 4/30/14 Jon Robb 2014-04-30 00:00:00Z
The Club Welcomes back Jim Naylor as a member.
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The Club Welcomes back Jim Naylor as a member. Jon Robb 2014-04-17 00:00:00Z
President Jeff Harger Presents a check for $17,950 to Marge Blaurock for Shelter boxes at our April 9th meeting. These boxes will be used in Chile
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President Jeff Harger Presents a check for $17,950 to Marge Blaurock for Shelter boxes at our April 9th meeting. These boxes will be used in Chile Jon Robb 2014-04-17 00:00:00Z
Two time Olympic Speed Skater Brian Hansen shared his experience's at our April 16th meeting
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Two time Olympic Speed Skater Brian Hansen shared his experience's at our April 16th meeting Jon Robb 2014-04-17 00:00:00Z
A Fines Holiday Party

The Grinch did NOT steal the fun, but after all the "stealing" in the gift exchange, everyone went home filled with holiday spirit, compliments of our host, Fines Foods! 

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A Fines Holiday Party Dennis Kratohwil 2013-12-12 00:00:00Z
Swiss Family Hagmann

The whole family of  our Swiss inbound exchange student, Dominic Hagmann, celebrated his successful Libertyville Year at the July 17th club meeting.  The family was then off to a two week RV tour of the U.S. West, including national parks, before their return to Switzerland.  Here, from left to right, are Dr. Angelika Hagmann, Dr. Andreas,  Fabienne, Dominic, and Sylvan.

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Swiss Family Hagmann Dennis Kratohwil 2013-07-24 00:00:00Z
Zengeler Cleaners Earns Rotary Humanitarian Award

 The Rotary Humanitarian Patriot Award  honors outstanding area community contributors and their humanitarian efforts supporting Veterans and Returning Warriors. 

Tom Zengeler is the current President of Zengeler Cleaners and the 5th generation of Zengeler family leadership for Illinois’ oldest and the Midwest’s largest Cleaner. He is a charter member of the Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club, having been a Rotarian now for nearly 26years.

 

Through his efforts, and community support, Zengeler Cleaners has supported Veteran’s programs since 2004, when they joined with Weinstein Family Services for the “Operation Sweaters for Veteran’s” program .  Starting in 2008, in conjunction with the Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club, he led Zengeler Cleaners and the Rotary Club in the “Coats for Vets” program that each fall collects coats, jackets, gloves, and other winter apparel. 

 

Since that time Zengeler's has collected more than 10,000 articles of winter clothing. These are then inspected, repaired and cleaned before being delivered to veterans by Zengeler's.

 

Tom’s own words express his motivation and commitment best:

 

 “Far too many veterans have been negatively impacted by the slowdown in the economy. Now more than ever, we need to support them. After all, every American owes our way of life thanks to the service of our vets. With some international military engagements winding down, that means even more veterans than ever are coming home in need of jobs, food, clothing and housing. ‘Coats for Vets’ is a great opportunity for each of us to show our appreciation in a very meaningful way.”

 

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At Wednesday's meeting at Lamb's Farm, Tom Zengeler received the plaque from Club President Bob Zamor, who had accepted it on Tom's behalf at the May 21st luncheon at the Captain James A. Lovell Center. 

Zengeler Cleaners Earns Rotary Humanitarian Award Dennis Kratohwil 2013-05-30 00:00:00Z
Over $80,000 Distributed to 38 Charities - Annual Charitable Giving Reception
On Wednesday, May 1st, President Bob Zamor presided over this year's annual event.  Charitable Committee head, Steve Risley observed, "The Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club is pleased and proud to support these organizations. Since its’ inception in 1987, our club has provided over $750,000 in grants to local, regional and international groups embodying Rotary’s motto of: SERVICE ABOVE SELF"
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For a list of Recipients, click on the "More" link below this picure.
Over $80,000 Distributed to 38 Charities - Annual Charitable Giving Reception Dennis Kratohwil 2013-05-02 00:00:00Z
Sunrise Rotary to the Aid of Salvation Army

On Saturday December 1st, club members mobilized again to ring Christmas bells at several of the Salvation Army‘s kettles helping to raise funds to benefit the Army’s programs in Lake County.  For over 17 years, the members have been volunteering to man the  kettles for one Saturday in December.  Participation by club members has always been nearly 100 %, with the only acceptable excuse being unavoidable circumstances such as death in the family, out of town on business, etc..  This years’ chair was Rick Mittelman, who admitted no Krugerrands had turned up, but maybe next year!  Rotarians Alan Burack and Terry Weppler get an assist from Reindog, Molly, at the Jewel Food Store on Milwaukee Avenue.

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Sunrise Rotary to the Aid of Salvation Army Dennis Kratohwil 2012-12-01 00:00:00Z
"Rotary Reads" Thrives and Expands

Steve Risley of the Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club organized this year’s “Rotary Reads.”  With Steve, were thirteen volunteers from the club, including four family members, plus fourteen volunteers from the Libertyville High School, Rotary sponsored, INTERACT Club. The philosophy behind the “Rotary Reads” program is to encourage reading at the very early elementary levels by the participation of members of the public.

   Libertyville Sunrise Rotary supplied each reader with a bag of books as a gift to each classroom.  After delivering the books, each “reader” was there to not only read to the students but to also ask questions about how reading is emphasized in the class room.  After each story time, the students were given an opportunity to ask the reader questions.The high school INTERACT Club’s participation has been a fantastic part of the program, and the  high school students enjoyed it so much most have already volunteered for next year’s program. 

In all, Adler, Butterfield, Copeland, Rockland, and Oak Grove Schools received 250 books through this year’s event.  Chair of the event, Risley remarked “The success of this reading program shows what a wonderful type of citizenry we have in Lake County, which allows such a great interaction between people of all ages.”   The program has been a great success and will be expanding into Waukegan schools this November with two schools involved initially, and 500 books donated.

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Rotarian Ron Lapins and his daughter, Jessica, have Ms. Zilch’s third grade class at Butterfield School involved in a funny story.  

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Libertyville High School INTERACT Club students Julia Curry (L) and Elizabeth Woo (R), read to Rockland School students.

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Jane Risley reads to Rockland School students.

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"Rotary Reads" Thrives and Expands Dennis Kratohwil 2012-10-19 00:00:00Z
The Goose Is Loose 2012.....a Success!
Photo: Great fun at the goose is loose





On behalf of all of the members of the Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club, we would like to thank our event sponsors, all of you who bought raffle tickets, and all of you who attended last nights event. We hope that you had as good a time as we did, and, you can be assured that all of the proceeds will go to very worthy causes. Your participation will help a lot of people in need.

And, of course let's not forget to congratulate this year's Raffle Winners!!!!!

The 2012
Goose Is Loose Raffle Winners!!!!

Rick Mittelman $15,000 !

Bob Panos $1,000
Jeff Harger $1,000
Ed McGlynn $1,000
Janice Matthews $1,000
Mike Ralston $1,000
Jason Martens $1,000
Pat Rinella $1,000
Kim Rinella $1,000
George Frangos $1,000
Timothy Curran $1,000

Steve Freese $500
Matt Kovatch $500
Pat Hart $500
Jefffrey Cheatham $500
Ken Neumann $500
Pat Konen $500
Scott Kuhlmey $500
Myretta & Glen Taylor $500
Paul LaRoche $500
Michael Papierniak $500

Congratulations and Thank You for your support!

We hope to see all of you again next year, and please don't hesitate to share your suggestions how we can make this event an even better experience for you and your friends.
The Goose Is Loose 2012.....a Success! Robert Zamor 2012-07-31 00:00:00Z
Local Charities Benefit from Rotary Donations Local Charities Benefit from Rotary Donations Janice Matthews 2012-04-25 00:00:00Z
Goose is Loose in Libertyville
 The Goose is Loose Festival was a great success in downtown Libertyville July 2011.
This was the first time we held the event in town. All of the proceeds go to the charities we support. Thanks to our members who worked on this fund-raiser and to chairperson, Scott Hezner. Image.
Goose is Loose in Libertyville Janice Matthews 2011-07-23 00:00:00Z
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Bob Stemper and Jim Naylor welcoming our newest member Tom Dorow to the club at our August 20th meeting.

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Bob Stemper and Jim Naylor welcoming our newest member Tom Dorow to the club at our August 20th meeting. Jon Robb
Jeff Wagner Rotary foreign exchange student shares experiences from his trip to Brazil

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Jeff Wagner Rotary foreign exchange student shares experiences from his trip to Brazil Jon Robb
Bruce Johnson President of Nicasa speaks to the club at our October 8th meeting.

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Bruce Johnson President of Nicasa speaks to the club at our October 8th meeting. Jon Robb
Despite the weather everyone had a great time at the Northshore Wine Beer and Cigar festival. One of our main fundraisers

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Despite the weather everyone had a great time at the Northshore Wine Beer and Cigar festival. One of our main fundraisers Jon Robb
Bulletin - August 20, 2014

Today was substitute day. After checking in with stand in Sergeant at Arms Tucker Olson, immediate past President Jeff Harger called the meeting to order. Ken Chapin gave the prayer and in possible anticipation of a successful Festival on Saturday, songmeister Steve Kershner led us in the song:" Happy days are here again!" Wasting no time, Tucker wheeled Jon Robb for failing to sign in.

BRAGS:

Ron Lapis just returned from a vacation on St. John where he stayed an extra 4 days and received his scuba certification.

Scott Hezner bragged about his 15 foot tall sunflower. Is sunflower code for something else?

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Steve Risley reminded us that Sunday morning is "Willow House walk to remember" and they need volunteers to set up and clean up. Could be a good way to work off a hangover from too much wine at the festival! Contact Steve.

NEW MEMBER INDUCTION:

The club welcomed new member Tom Dovow. Tom bought Bob Stemper's wine and spirit store. Tom had a mid life crisis after a career in marketing. Not sure why Bob had the bigger smile on his face!

FUN & FROLICS:

Larry Neal regaled us with a matching quiz. Match the fundraiser with the cause. He then challenged us to raise $500 for the ALS Challenge.Larry's daughter Hannah did the honors of dumping the bucket of ice water on her Dad. We donated a total of $639 to ALS research!

 

 

Bulletin - August 20, 2014 Timothy Dempsey
Bulletin - July 23, 2014

New President Doug Fendon opened the meeting and Bob McConnell led us in the pledge.Greeter Scott Fine gave the prayer and Steve Kershner led us in a rousing rendition of "Smile". Glad we invested in those song books!

BRAGS:

Jim Naylor's son celebrated the 1 year anniversary of his restaurant Blackwood Bar-b-que.

Jeff Harger is expecting his third grandson.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Tickets for the fundraiser are available today. Payment can be made by credit card on the website online only. Cash  and checks work!

Sign up sheet next week for the Festival. A work uniform will be provided.

NEW MEMBER INDUCTION:

The Club inducted a new member today. Jeff O'Kelley is an estate planning attorney in Lake Forest. He, his wife and 2 year old daughter live in Libertyville.

FUN & FROLICS:

In honor of the Apollo 11 space mission, Brian McMurrough gave us a quiz on the space program.

 

Bulletin - July 23, 2014 Timothy Dempsey
Dennis Kratohwil recieving the Rotarian of the year award from Jeff Harger at our July2nd 2014 installation dinner.

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Dennis Kratohwil recieving the Rotarian of the year award from Jeff Harger at our July2nd 2014 installation dinner. Jon Robb
Teri Dreher being presented Rotarian of the year award by Jeff Harger at the July 2nd 2014 Installation dinner.

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Teri Dreher being presented Rotarian of the year award by Jeff Harger at the July 2nd 2014 Installation dinner. Jon Robb
President Doug Fendon being sworn in by immediate past President Jeff Harger at our July 2nd installation dinner

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President Doug Fendon being sworn in by immediate past President Jeff Harger at our July 2nd installation dinner Jon Robb
New Member Jeff O'Kelley being welcomed by District Govenor Ellen Young, Jim Naylor & Doug Fendon

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New Member Jeff O'Kelley being welcomed by District Govenor Ellen Young, Jim Naylor & Doug Fendon Jon Robb
Club sponsored exchange student Kyra Pan discussed her time in Finland at our May 28th meeting.

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Club sponsored exchange student Kyra Pan discussed her time in Finland at our May 28th meeting. Jon Robb
Tucker Olson recognizing Melanie Van Heirseele on earning her 6th Paul Harris Fellow award.

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Tucker Olson recognizing Melanie Van Heirseele on earning her 6th Paul Harris Fellow award. Jon Robb
Former Congressman Bob Dold speaking at our June 4th meeting.

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Former Congressman Bob Dold speaking at our June 4th meeting. Jon Robb
Dave Ritland being inducted as our newest member with jeff Harger and sponsor John Schuler

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Dave Ritland being inducted as our newest member with jeff Harger and sponsor John Schuler Jon Robb
New Member Chris Vick being welcomed to the club by President Jeff Harger and sponsor Rich Schoeneman

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New Member Chris Vick being welcomed to the club by President Jeff Harger and sponsor Rich Schoeneman Jon Robb
Bulletin - May 21, 2014

Jeff "downhill slide" Harger opened the meeting and Tim Klein gave an inspiring prayer. Songmeister Steve Kershner led us in a rousing version of " In the good old summer time". Guess the song books don't help!

BRAGS:

- John Schueler attended the LHS awards ceremony and gave out two sets of scholarships.

- Larry Neal visited the WW II museum in New Orleans.

- Jeff Harger bragged about Doug Fendon's help on the February fundraiser.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

- The club received a thank you letter from the Free Spirits and several others who received grants at our Charitable Giving dinner.

- Steve Risley told us that the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind needs a volunteer to read mail to blind man in Libertyville.

- John Schueler updated us on the Festival on August 23rd. Doug Fendon is in charge of layout and Jon Robb is handling marketing and publicity. Get the word out!

- Mother's Trust golf outing is June 13th. See Larry Neal for details.

- The next Feed my Starving Children packing is 5/31 from 9 to 11. Volunteers are still needed. See Pat Hart.

-Membership Contest 2014: Rich's Raiders - 17, Hessenthaler's Henchmen - 6, Tony's Tigers - 3, Hijackers - 3, Captain Bob and Paulson's Peeps - 1 each. The contest ends on June 18th. As Tuck would say " There is still time"!

FUN & FROLICS:

Mark Houser gave us a quiz on religion. Tough but most got one right!

 

 

 

Bulletin - May 21, 2014 Timothy Dempsey
Jason Powell from Hope International discusses the Guatemalan charity at our May 7th meeting.

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Jason Powell from Hope International discusses the Guatemalan charity at our May 7th meeting. Jon Robb
$52,000 was distributed to thirty three local charities at our April 30th annual giving dinner.
$52,000 was distributed to thirty three local charities at our April 30th annual giving dinner. Jon Robb
Winter Gala Raises Spirits - and Funds for Charities

Auctioneer, Tucker Olson, vanquishes the Polar Vortex and heats up the bidding with with the "Live Auction".

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The 2014 Winter Gala held on February 1st at Midlane Country Club was attended by 190 guests.  Over 120 auction items donated by local businesses and members-which included live and silent auction items - netted proceeds of $55,000. $15,000 was raised specifically for Shelter Box Disaster Relief. The remaining $40,000 will be distributed, together with funds from other fundraising activities during the year, to two dozen local charities at the Sunrise Rotary Annual Giving Dinner in early May.

Winter Gala Raises Spirits - and Funds for Charities Dennis Kratohwil
Bulletin - February 12, 2014

Prez "over the hump" Harger opened the meeting and Diana Taylor led us in the Pledge. Following a Valentine theme Rev Brian Paulson conducted a special version of "Let me call you sweetheart". Puzzled looks on the faces of younger members! Guests included Andrew Zengeler and Jim Stamoolis.

BRAGS:

-Tucker proclaimed that we have collected nearly all the money from the Fundraiser. The live auction netted nearly $20k for the shelter boxes and another $50k for local charities!

-Teri Dreher will be conducting a workshop on March 22nd called: "Empowered Patient". Details to follow.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

-On a sad note, Peggy Freese' Dad suffered a stroke. Please keep him in your prayers.

-The hat was passed for the Food Pantry and $390 was raised!

-Steve Risley told us that every group that received $ last year will get an application. If you have a new group for a donation, let Steve know.

-Rick Mittelman, new Fellowship Chair, is looking for ideas for events. He will send a email to everyone asking for thoughts.

FUN & FROLICS:

Future Rotarian Andrew Zengler and dad Tom gave us a quiz from Andrew's school. Each table chose questions from math or geography.

 

Bulletin - February 12, 2014 Timothy Dempsey
Bulletin - January 22, 2014

Prez Jeff opened the meeting and Dennis Kratohwil led us in the pledge. Bill Rickert gave an inspiring prayer and song meister Steve Kershner conducted a song of his own called: "The Rotary Song" to the tune of the Mickey Mouse Club anthem. Way fun! Guests included:Rotarian Roger Simonsen from the Deerfield Club, past member Marty Neal, Andrew "I'm learning about gambling" Zengler and our speaker Dennis Mudd.

BRAGS:

-Scott fine is having a poker tournament at his restaurant to benefit local police and the Special Olympics.

-Ken chapin's son Ryan scored 22 points in his basketball game and they are going to the state tournament.

-Steve Risley says we are closing in on a good auction. Many items have come in.

-Bob Stemper would like to start a poker game. He offered to have it at his store. One can only imagine the refreshments!

-ANNOUNCEMENTS:

-Doug Fendon reminded us about our fundraiser on 2/1 themed "Go for the gold". 

-Steve Risley asked that we share the auction list, coming out in email, with guests to get the in the bidding mood.

Dennis Kratohwil will assume the duties of Membership Chair.

ROTARY FOUNDATION:

-Tucker Olson told us that we are starting on our second $million of fund raising as a Club! We have the 3rd highest per capita giving level in the District. We support 40 local charities and several international projects. Tuck presented Ron Lapins with his first Paul Harris award and Rick Mittleman earned his second. We have the highest number of major donors ($10,000+ to the Rotary Foundation) in the District!

FUN & FROLICS: Larry Neal did a unique Fun & Frolics. No quiz just pay a $3 fine. Why didn't I think of that? Not much fun though. 

Bulletin - January 22, 2014 Timothy Dempsey
Member and Son Making a Big Difference

Elliot Pinsel with his son Sam surveying some of the gifts from the his annual gift drive.

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Member and Son Making a Big Difference Dennis Kratohwil
Report On Global Terrorism

Former CNN reporter, Brian Jenkins, spoke at a November meeting on the new reality of global terrorism.

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Report On Global Terrorism Dennis Kratohwil
Gala Fundraiser Coming Soon

The Libertyville Sunrise Rotary will be hosting our annual Winter Fundraiser Saturday Evening February 1st  at Midlane Country Club in Wadsworth. The doors open at 6 pm with dinner at 7. This year’s fundraiser has over 100 silent and live auction items including everything from a Door County weekend, an instant wine cellar, and golf packages to some of the nicest courses in the area. Entertainment will be provided by the Peter Henna Orchestra.

 

We distribute the proceeds from are fundraisers  each spring at our annual giving dinner. At our 2013 dinner 38 local charities were honored and received $80,000 in funds. In our 26 year history we have donated over $1,000,000

To local and international charities, including local literacy and scholarship programs, programs to combat hunger, homelessness, domestic violence, the eradication of polio and many more.

 

Tickets to the event are $100. For information please contact event chairperson Doug Fendon at DFendon@maspremium.com or call him at 513-289-3244

 

Gala Fundraiser Coming Soon Dennis Kratohwil
Winter Is Coming - Veterans Need Our Help

Libertyville Sunrise Rotary is launching its annual “Coats for Vets” collection drive this month.

The goal is to collect winter coats, jackets and other seasonal apparel for veterans throughout the northern Illinois area.

Donations can be given to any member of Libertyville Rotary Sunrise, or dropped off at either of Zengeler Cleaners two Libertyville stores, 539 E. Park Ave. and 1401 Peterson Road, the official collection locations for the 2013 drive.

While many people associate Veterans Day in November as the distribution date, the first key date is “Stand Down Day” Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Mike Peck of the Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County said that’s the day 900 at-risk local veterans and their families can receive a variety of services, including health care screening, financial assistance, and food and clothing.

Additionally, employment assistance will also be available, helping vets find jobs. This is a critical need, as unemployment among veterans is typically higher than that found in the general population.

Libertyville Rotary Sunrise has once again teamed up with Zengeler Cleaners’ two Libertyville stores to assist in the collection of clothing items. All donated clothing items will be inspected and cleaned at no charge by the family-owned cleaner.

“We owe a big debt to the veterans who have sacrificed for the freedom and lifestyle we enjoy,” said Tom Zengeler, president of Zengeler Cleaners.

“Now more than ever, we need to support those returning from duty. Many are in need of jobs, food, clothing and housing. ‘Coats for Vets’ is a great opportunity for each of us to show our appreciation and support in a very meaningful way.”

While the drive is called “Coats For Vets,” all types of clothing are welcomed, according to Zengeler.

“In addition to coats and jackets, veterans also need blankets, gloves, hats and other seasonal apparel. This is a great time to look through your closet and donate items our vets need very badly.

“We welcome donations of all kinds, and with the help of generous individuals in the community, we’re confident this year’s drive will be a huge success,” he said.

Donations will continue to be accepted after “Stand Down Day” throughThursday, Oct. 31.

Once the donations are gathered, the Zengeler team will inspect, repair as needed and clean each item. Zengeler Cleaners will deliver all remaining items to the V.A. Hospital in time for Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

For more information about the 2013 “Coats for Vets” drive, contact Tom Zengeler at (847) 272-6550, ext. 14, or visit www.zengelercleaners.com.

Winter Is Coming - Veterans Need Our Help Dennis Kratohwil
Pumpkin Fest - A Smash Hit

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Cook Memorial Park was the scene last Saturday, October 5th, of the annual Pumpkin Fest.  Libertyville Sunrise Rotary collected food and cash contributions in exchange for several hundred pumpkins.  Libertyville Township Food Pantry receives and distributes these contributions to the hungry in the area.

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Pumpkin Fest - A Smash Hit Dennis Kratohwil
Bulletin - September 25, 2013

President Harger opened the meeting and Jim Babowice led us in the pledge. Bob Stemper gave us a thoughtful prayer and guests included Yatziri and Sam "Bacon Boy" Pinsel. Rev. Paulson led us in a rendition of "You are my Sunshine". Where are those song books? If we pass a continuing resolution, can we get some new songs? 

BRAGS:

-Dr. Dave Potts just returned from a 10 day trip to England with the Libertyville Bank & Trust group.

-Tucker Olson bragged that the Club cleared $35k from the Brainerd Fundraiser. This is $8k more than we made on any previous event.

-Ron Lapins recently turned 60 and celebrated with four generations of his family including his 89 year old father!

-Seb Cattanach told us her new company is doing well and she is going to Europe for two weeks for business.

-Scott Hezner just celebrated 29 years of marriage. Son Mason has an apartment in the city and is officially off the payroll.

-Teri Dreher reminded us of the Tanzania trip in November. They hope to raise enough money to build a second playground. 

-Rev. Brian Paulson told us his Church is presenting the living Bible next weekend. Brian loves being in the Club because we do so much for the community.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

-Phil Gafka has resigned because of business reasons.

-The Club will be out shortly with a survey on how to make the Club better.

-There will be a makeup credit issued for taking Yatziri for an evening.

-Prez Harger is meeting with the Noon Club Prez to pursue joint projects.

-Tom Zengler announced that the "Coats for Vets" Campaign is now underway. Any and all clothing is needed including childrens clothing. Jeff Harger presented Tom with a plaque that has been missing since 2010 for event sponsorship.

- Elliott will conduct his 21st gift drive during the holidays. He will be on trial the first few weeks of December, so he needs help with collecting and distributing the gifts. See Elliott if you would like to help out. 

-Steve Risley announced that "Rotary Reads" will be on Thursday October 17th from 10 to 11 at Dist 70 and Oak Grove schools.

-Pat Hart told us that Pumpkinfest is October 5th this year. Sign up next week.

FUN & FROLICS: Rick Mittleman entertained us with games of Study Hall Football.

Bulletin - September 25, 2013 Timothy Dempsey
Devoted to Service

At our regualar weekly meeting at Lambs Farm, Membership Chair, Patty Loris "pins" Brian McMurrough as our newest member.  Brian’s family owns and operates McMurrough Funeral Home in Libertyville.

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Devoted to Service Dennis Kratohwil
Welcome to Exchange Student Yatziri Pereira

2013/14 inbound exchange student Yatziri Pereira from Ciudad Carmen Mexico was welcomed to the club by President Jeff Harger and Jim Babowice at our regular meeting at Lambs.

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Welcome to Exchange Student Yatziri Pereira Dennis Kratohwil
Bulletin August 21, 2013

President elect Doug Fendon called the meeting to order. Jon Robb recited the pledge, Steve Risley led us in prayer and Songmeister Steve Kershner found the missing song book and gave us the "Get together Song"!

Guests included visiting Rotarian Melvina Lube from the Mundelein/Vernon Hills Club and Brian McMurrough.

BRAGS:

-Dennis Kratowil told us about Rich Schoeneman's natural eagle on the 18th hole during Monday night's golf league! 

-Ken Chapin bragged that they closed on a house for his son.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

-Terry Weppler has resigned.

-New member Brian McMurrough was inducted into the Club.

FUN & FROLICS:

Ron Lapins conducted another quiz. Boring!   

Bulletin August 21, 2013 Timothy Dempsey
And Another Fine Member

At the July 17th meeting, Scott Fine, owner of Fine's, a new restaurant in Libertyville, became the newest member of the club.  Here, membership chair, Patty Loris, gives Scott the recipe for becoming a great Rotarian while sponsor, Bob Zamor, (far right) helps welcome Scott.

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And Another Fine Member Dennis Kratohwil
“Goose Festival Joins Brainerd Fest August 24, 2013”

Less than 10 days to the Festival!!!

Buy your tickets online or from a Club Member & Save!!!!

Purchase Tickets Here:  http://www.northshorewinebeerfest.com/Buy_Tickets_2013.html

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The Brainerd Community Center organization and the Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club are excited to announce a partnership between two organizations. The annual Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club Goose is Loose Raffle will be featured this year as part of the
North Shore Wine, Beer, Cigar & Food Festival!

 Sunrise Rotary Club President Jeff Harger sees the match of the two organizations as a successful partnership, “the Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club is excited to work with the Brainerd Foundation on a combined event that brings great awareness to our Rotary Charities and the Brainerd Community Center. The entire community will benefit from this exciting joint venture.”

The Fourth Annual North Shore Wine, Beer, Cigar and Food Festival is set for 4-8pm, Saturday
August 24th, 2013. A VIP tasting will take place between 3p-4p for attendees who commit to
spending $100 on wine, beer or cigars at the Festival. General admission opens at 4pm. The
Festival will feature over 350 wines, 150 craft beers, fine cigars and food. With the addition
of the Goose is Loose raffle, the Festival will feature an opportunity to win over $30,000 in
prizes!

"This year's Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever with the excitement of a cash
raffle with $30,000 in prizes. Another addition this year is a VIP preview tasting for committed
buyers.” Said Brainerd Community Center Board Executive Committee member John Snow. “Our homebrew contest continues as a unique feature that adds to the fun. Sampling the finer things in life on a warm afternoon while supporting community charities, there's nothing better under the sun."

Festival admission and raffle tickets are able to be purchased together or separately. Festival
admission: $30 in advance, $40 at the door – the day of the event. A designated driver ticket is
available for $10 at the door. Raffle tickets are available for $25 each or five for $100. A
combination ticket available for $50 will provide one admission to the festival, plus one raffle
ticket.

Tickets are available for purchase from members of both organizations, at Libertyville Village
Hall, select Libertyville retailers or online at www.northshorewinebeerfest.com. Proceeds from
the festival and raffle will benefit Libertyville Sunrise Rotary charities and the Brainerd
Community Center project.

The Libertyville Sunrise Rotary since its inception in 1987, has provided over $750,000 in grants to local, regional and international charities. For information about the club please visit their website http://libertyvillesunriserotary.com or contact club President Jeff Harger.  The Brainerd Community Center organization has been working to preserve Libertyville’s historic Brainerd High School building with a vision of the creation of a Community Center. Once completed, the Brainerd Community Center will offer a home to community performing arts and athletic programs.

What: North Shore Wine, Beer, Cigar & Food Festival:
When: Saturday, August 24th, 2013 - 4pm to 8pm
Where: Brainerd Field / Brainerd Community Center – Rt. 176 and Brainerd Avenue, Libertyville, IL

Purchase Tickets Here:  http://www.northshorewinebeerfest.com/Buy_Tickets_2013.html



“Goose Festival Joins Brainerd Fest August 24, 2013” Robert Zamor
Our Exchange Students

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Jeff - Outbound to Brazil, Dominic - Inbound from Switzerland, Kyra - Outbound to Finland

Our Exchange Students Dennis Kratohwil
Highway Crew Cleans Up

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On Saturday May 18 these volunteers from the Club, including Dominic our Exchange Student, launched the first of our four times per year highway cleanups for the stretch of  Peterson Road, (Route 137) between Butterfield Road east to Milwaukee Avenue. After a long winter, the highway is in particular need of this Spring Cleanup.  Since Adopting this Highway in 1996, an estimated 600 “man hours” have resulted in thousands of pounds of garbage being removed from the roadside. 

Highway Crew Cleans Up Dennis Kratohwil
Bulletin - May 15, 2013

Inbound Prez Harger opened the meeting and Bill Rickert led us in the Pledge. Greeter Larry Neal gave an inspiring prayer and Steve Kershner led us in a rendition of: "Smile". Seems the song book is getting a little thin!

BRAGS:

 - Dr Dave Potts gave the Club a thank you for helping with "Smiles from the Heart" last Friday. 66 patients were served. Teri Dreher recounted that a patient had told her that she was an abuse victim and she "hadn't smiled in years".

 - Steve Risley's fourth child was inducted into the National Honor Society recently. Must not take after dad!

 - Rich Babjak thanked the club for participating in the latest Misericordia Candy Days. Over $10,000 was raised over the weekend.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 - The installation golf outing and dinner will be June 26th at White Deer Run.

 - Tucker Olson reminded us that the Goose Fest will be August 24th. There will be numerous opportunities to volunteer. Tickets are $30 or $40 at the door and include a tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets. A combo ticket will be available for $50 that includes addmission and a raffle ticket. We will receive the profits from the raffle and will have an array of cash prizes similar to last year. $15,000 wil be the top prize. The hours will be 4 to 8 and the Club will begin a big push June 1st. Press releases are needed!

 - Tucker also gave us Foundation news. The focus this year is conflict resolution and bigger projects. We will sponsor a $45,000 project in South Africa. We hope to leverage a $5,000 cotribution into the $45k grant. We are the fourth largest Club in Rotary for Foundation contributions. If you wish to make a contribution this Rotary year make it through the Club to get the match. Our contributions to the Foundation affect the size of our grants.

 - Doug Fendon reminded us that dues are due!

 - The next Board meeting is June 11th at Lambs.

 - For those of you who like to plan ahead, the new District governor will be here on September 11th.

 - Dominic and Steve Kershner attended the "Saturday at the Races" with the GSE Team.

FUN AND FROLICS:

Yours truly entertained the Club (I think?) with a  putting contest. Only table was able to make a putt.  

Bulletin - May 15, 2013 Timothy Dempsey
Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim Visits Libertyville Sunrise Rotary
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Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim Visits Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Dennis Kratohwil
Bulletin - March 27, 2013

President Zamor called the meeting to order with Bill Rickert multitasking with the pledge and prayer.

GUESTS: Past President Pete Clark was our only guest. Welcome back Pete!

BRAGS:

     -Teri Dreher returned from a trip to South Africa with a bottle of wine for Bob Zamor and 3 flags from clubs she visited.

     -Steve Kershner bragged that he married off a daughter in Ann Arbor Michigan and paid for his brag with his last $5!

     -Bill Rickert's step son Adam is an Assistant Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University. Guess we know who Bill was rooting for in the NCAA  

      basketball tournament.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

     -Rotary Reads will in Waukegan will take place on April 18th followed by lunch with the Waukegan Rotary Club.

     -Friday 4/19, the District Conference begins with the Foundation presentation.

     -Saturday 4/20 8:00 to noon is the District Assembly. Food packing will take place in the afternoon.

     -Sunday 2 volunteers are needed to accompany the GSE team from India to the White Sox game. Contact Bob Zamor for details.

     -Volunteers are needed on May 10th for Dr Dave Potts' "Dentistry from the Heart".

     -Rotary Reads in North Chicago will take place in early May.

FUN & FROLICS:

     -Jackie Buerstatte entertained us with Easter eggs that contained Easter questions. Jackie must think the recession is over because she assessed

      a hefty fine of $3 on everyone!  

    

 

Bulletin - March 27, 2013 Timothy Dempsey
Bulletin - February 20, 2013

Prez Zamor opened the meeting and Ron Lapins led us in the pledge. Rich Schoeneman gave a prayer and Rev Brian Paulson roused us with a version of: " My Country Tis of Thee". Unfortunately the second verse was known to no one!

BRAGS:

-Steve Risley's son graduated from college in May and now has a job. Another kid off the payroll!

-Jeff Harger bragged about the Blackhawks and their hot start. He took Dominic to Friday's game.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

-Pat Hart reminded us about the food packing at Feed my Starving Children Saturday from 9 to 11 at the Libertyville facility. There is still room for a few more volunteers.

-Prez Bob informed us about the summer fundraiser. We will partner with the Save Brainard Group on the Northshore Wine, Beer and Cigar Fest. Our emphasis will still be the raffle. Each ticket will include admission and a raffle ticket. Branding is a priority and volunteers are welcome. 1600 people attended last year's Fest.

-We received an email from Teri Dreher updating us on her tour of South Africa.

-Jeff Fougerousse from the Mundelein Club had raffle tickets for sale. Their raffle is their major fundraiser.

-Dominic is raising money for the LHS track team by selling gourmet foods. Upscale girl scout cookies?

-The LHS Interact Club is raising money to replace books at the Community Center. We passed the hat and raised $210!

-The club inducted a new member. Diana Taylor is an attorney who is a partner in the firm of DeSanto, Morgan and Taylor. Diana has lived in Libertyville since age 9. She graduated from Connecticut College and received a degree from Tulane Law School in sports law. While at law school in New Orleans she worked with the Saints and Hornets. She also served with Habitat for Humanity and the St Bernard Project. She joined Rotary to get more involved in volunteering in the local community.

FUN & FROLICS:

Rich Schoenemann entertained us with a game of Yaht zee. Something about dice games in the morning!

   

Bulletin - February 20, 2013 Timothy Dempsey
A Turkey of a Project
Yes, Turkey dinners - complete and boxed and provided to over 120 families for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Jeff Harger and his team headed this up in partnership with Sunset Foods.  Donations from the club members provided needy families with the means to gather around the feast and enjoy the Holidays.ImageImage
A Turkey of a Project Dennis Kratohwil
First Rotarian Couple Members

The regular weekly meeting was anything but, when the first married couple was installed as the newest members.  Steve and Ann McKnight .Both graduates of Purdue, they've been married for 30 years. They initially lived in the Chicago area; then in Appleton, WI, and now back here.  Steve is in the packaging industry and Ann is a former business person and  teacher.  They have always volunteered in many capacities.  They have two sons, Connor, 27, is a sports broadcaster with the Score 670 AM in Chicago.  Ian, 25 is a middle band director in Appleton.  We welcome Ann and Steve. President Bob Zamor pins Steve, and Membership Chair Patti Loris presents Ann with hers during their induction.

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First Rotarian Couple Members Dennis Kratohwil
"Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Service"

This coming February 2nd, the Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club will be holding a Dinner/Dance at the Midlane Country Club in Wadsworth.  During the evening, the Club will celebrate its 25th Anniversary of Service.  Music by the Peter Hennes Orchestra as well as both Silent & Live Auctions will provide entertainment for this celebration which also serves as the Club's principal fund-raiser.  Over two dozen local and international charities and projects are supported by the Club, including local literacy and scholarship programs, programs to combat hunger, homelessness, domestic violence, the eradication of polio, and many, many more.

The gala is open to the public and tickets are available by contacting Event Chairperson, Jeff Harger at jharger@hlpsystems.com or call 847-362-0777

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"Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Service" Robert Zamor
Bulletin August 29, 2012
Sajuki Tanaka - President of Rotary International
Mike Yesner - Governor of district 6440

President "Safari" Bob Zamor, fresh from Africa, opened the meeting. Steve Risley led us in the pledge. Greeter Brian Kelchen helped us pray nad Rev Brian Paulson led in yet another rendition of "America the Beautiful".

VISITING ROTARIANS & GUESTS:
-Vera Meyer(Rotarian from an unknown club)
-District Gov Mike Yesner
-Dominic Hegmann from Condel, guest of Ken Chapin 

BRAGS:
-Bob Stemper bragged that he and his wife celebrated their 3rd anniversary in business. they also celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary which is remarkable since they have been in business together for 3 years!
-Steve Risley bragged/announced that he has coupon books, a fundraiser for his daughter.
-Bob Zamor bragged about his trip to Africa where his major accomplishment was learning how to order beer in Swahili and stated that: "there is no place like home!"
-Sebnem told us about her vacation @ Yellowstone. She failed to meet Yogi.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
-Guatemala trips wil take place in January and February.
-There is still time to nominate a team leader or team memmber for the GST trip to India.
Steve Kershner reported that everyone showed up for Highway cleanuo.
-golf will continue until the end of September @ Pine Meadow.
Goose is Loose wrapup @ Bob Stemper's store Thur night. Anyone with comments or an interest in planning next year's event should attend.

FUN & FROLICS:
Mark Houser entertained us with an Olympics quiz. Remarkably most tables knew or guessed atleast one annnnnnswer.
Bulletin August 29, 2012 Timothy Dempsey
Bulletin for August 1, 2012
OPENING:
Prez Zamor opened the meeting and Jon Robb led us in the pledge. Greeter Ron Lapins led us in prayer and Rev Paulson gave us a resounding rendition of the James Taylor song: "When you call out my name" in honor of the lottery winners.

BRAGS:
- Bob Zamor bragged about the Goose Fest nad the big "kick" at the end. We will have preliminary numbers next week. His daughter is working at Camp Kindle this summer. The camp is for children with HIV. Bob and his wife celebrated their 39th anniversary Saturday and are leaving on a safari to Africa.
- Big winner Rick Mittleman bragged about winning.
- Jeff Harger and Tom Miller bragged about the leadership of our Prez putting together the Goose Festival.
- Bob Stemper recently celebrated the 3rd anniversary of his store. No shameless self promotion there!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
- Peggy Freese said we raised $314 for the Food Pantry.
- Guest Valencia announced that Feed my Starving Children will open a new megasite at the old Solar building. There is an executive pack on 8/19 at the Chicago Executive Airport.
- Tucker Olson told us that Tim Curran donated his $1000 priiize back to the foundation. Sounds like a new recruit!

SPECIAL PROGRAM:
Bill Rickert gave special recognition to Rev. Bob Davis. Bob was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship for his work in the community. Bob was the runnerup for the recently awarded Service Above Self Award.
Bob was recommended by Tom Miller. He became Pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in 1991. He has conducted many drives for various charities including: Habitat for Humanity, Pads Support, Cool Food Pantry, Rosebud Indian Reservation, Project Build in Africa, and Feed my Starving Children which included packing 3 milllion+ meals in the last 4 years. 
Bulletin for August 1, 2012 Timothy Dempsey
DIANA SCHNELL SERVICE ABOVE SELF AWARD

Diana Schnell was recently presented with the Service Above Self Award by the Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club. 

The award was established by the Club in 1997 to recognize non-Rotarians who exemplify the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self". 

"This award is a great way in which our club recognizes unsung heroes within our community", noted Bill Rickert, chairman of the award committee.

Schnell was selected for this award for her tireless efforts with the Equestrian Connection, a therapeutic riding center in Lake County.

In 1990, Diana gave birth to twin boys, both of whom were born with severe cerebral palsy.  they have been confined to wheelchairs their entire lives.  Through the age of 10, they were engaged in traditional forms of therapy and were not seeing results.  Diana had heard about therapeutic horseback riding and took her boys to a farm in Wisconsin.  The results were impressive as the twins responded positively to the horses.

Diana decided to start a therapeutic riding center in Lake County and in 2001, Equestrian Connection was born.  It started in rented facilities with borrowed horses.  In the intervening years, acting as volunteer Executive Director, Diana has overseen the growth of Equestrian Connection to today, where they own ten acres of land and a 26,000 square foot barn.  They have 19 horses and see over 220 riders every week, over 11,000 annual visits.  In addition to fundraising, Diana coordinates programming and over 500 volunteers and an annual budget approaching $1 million.  She routinely works over 50 hours a week in a strictly volunteer capacity, receiving no compensation.  She has invested personal funds into Equestrian Connection on numerous occasions to cover cash flow deficiencies.

Additionally, prior to Equestrian Connection, Diana was instrumental in the Libertyville High School CATS Special Olympics swim team as parent, coach, lifeguard and fundraiser.  She has competed in numerous marathons and Ironman triathlons with the sole purpose of raising funds and awareness for Equestrian Connection.  She is a tireless advocate for those with disabilities and advocates with no expectation of personal gain or recognition.

According to Rotary, Schnell exemplifies the criteria for the Service Above Self Award.  It states:  "Nominee saw a need and, without hesitation and without being instructed to do so, took on the tasks to meet that need."

The Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club is a local chapter of Rotary International.  Founded in 1905 by Paul Harris in Chicago, it is an international humanitarian service organization.

 

DIANA SCHNELL SERVICE ABOVE SELF AWARD Janice Matthews
We Support Local Charities

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One of the best events of the year, is the dinner we host for the charities we support. As the checks are presented, we ask each charity to tell us about their work.  It is incredible to hear all of the amazing things these people do to lift up others in our community.

We Support Local Charities Janice Matthews
Visioning Presentation
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Presentation by our club's President, Janice Matthews, reviewing the outcome of our vision workshop.  After a great turnout the results were shared and our club now has a road map to the future.
Visioning Presentation Michael Basler
Visioning
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On October 28, twenty members of our club created the vision for the year 2015.  The rotary district provided great facilitators to help us create our future plans.
Visioning Janice Matthews
Goose Festival Success
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Rotarians celebrate another great Goose Drop.  The crowd enjoyed music, refreshments, a dunk tank, golf games and of course watching the geese fly.   The proceeds from the festival will support the work of many, many local charities this year.
Goose Festival Success Janice Matthews
Condell Visit
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The Sunrise Rotarians were the guest of Condell Hospital, viewed the latest guest rooms, and toured the new hospital tower.
Condell Visit Janice Matthews
District Conference Leadership
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Our own Tucker Olson was the Master of Ceremonies at the District Conference Luncheon in Lake Geneva.  Bob Zamor led a session on the visiting GSA Young People Teams.  How lucky we are to be working with rotary members who invest their time and talents beyond our own club! 
District Conference Leadership Janice Matthews
House Painting Fellowship
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We enjoyed a week-end of fun as we assisted with a home renovation.  Thank you to Patty Loris who organized this valuable event to to the Rotarians and their families who helped.
House Painting Fellowship Janice Matthews
Rotary International YouTube
Rotary International YouTube Linda Vadnais
 
Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club
P.O. Box 242
Libertyville, IL 60048