Posted by Jim Dopler on Dec 10, 2018
This past Saturday, the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer and Hawthorn Woods participated in the first "Rotary Ring Day" for the Salvation Army.  This was a District 6440 wide event which encouraged Clubs across our District in Northern Illinois to get out and ring the bells to raise money for this great cause.  Fifteen Clubs participated on 12/8/18.  An estimated 15 additional Clubs will be participating on other dates in December.  Thanks to Jim Dopler for organizing this District wide event.  Thanks to Jim Dopler, Lyle Staab, and Greg Cardelli's family for ringing the bells at Mariano's in Lake Zurich this past weekend.  We'll post total dollars earned for this weekend, and for the month of December, when they are available.  Much like Rotary, the Salvation Army has boots on the ground locally, nationally and internationally when disaster strikes.  This was a great opportunity to partner with another local organization and do good in our community.  Additional Rotarians were also ringing the bells on Friday, 12/7/18, at Woodfield Mall as part of an annual Radiothon in Schaumburg.  Thanks to all involved!
2018 Rotary Ring Day for the Salvation Army Jim Dopler 2018-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Dec 10, 2018
Members of the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods got together on Friday evening, 12/07/18, to celebrate the Holidays at their annual Holiday Party.  This year, the Club gathered for dinner at The Arboretum Golf Club and Banquets in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.  Members and guests enjoyed a wonderful evening of fellowship and had plenty of time to cath up on personal lives and reflect on the Club's activities from the past year.   The evening began with a happy hour, followed by a wonderful dinner and dessert.  We gave everyone a year off from the recent white elephant gift exchange.  We'll probably bring it back next year.  Thanks to everyone for another great Rotary year, and to our spouses and significant others for their participation and sacrifices!
2018 Holiday Party Jim Dopler 2018-12-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Dec 03, 2018
This year, the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods adopted a family of four for the Holidays from Christopher House in Chicago.  Four other Club members also adopted families on their own or on behalf of their businesses.  Thanks to all Club members who participated in this year's activities.  Thanks to Ross and Rich for coordinating the activity, and to Adam for offering to drive all Christmas gifts to Chicago again this year.  This annual project is always a great reminder that we all have so much to be thankful for.
2018 Christopher House Adopt A Family Jim Dopler 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Nov 14, 2018
Every December, we take time to re-charter our sponsorship of Pack 964 in the Northeast Illinois Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  We were the sponsoring Rotary Club when this pack was founded.  Over the years, we have made numerous donations to this Pack, the Aptakisic District organization, as well as several Eagle Scout projects for Scouts in the Villages of Long Grove, Kildeer and Hawthorn Woods.  We look forward to working with our Pack in 2019, as the organization begins to admit young women to this great leadership program.
2019 Scouting Sponsorship Jim Dopler 2018-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Nov 13, 2018
The 2018 District Youth Assembly was held on Saturday, November 10th.  The reviews are in and word on the street is that it was the best one ever!  Thanks for Lyle Staab, District Governor Nominee, for organizing this year's event.  Thanks to current Club President, Greg Cardelli, for helping with set up and all those last minute details.  Thanks to George Dorner for stepping in as one of the event photographers.  Thanks to Ross Spencer for setting up an information booth for Shelter Box.
2018 District 6440 Youth Assembly Jim Dopler 2018-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Nov 12, 2018
The Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods donated over 100 pounds of Butterball Turkeys to St. Mathew's Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods for their upcoming community dinner on Thanksgiving Day.  This is the third year the Club has participated in the event.  For the past two years, Jim Dopler, Past Club President, and his wife Marilyn have helped prepare and serve the meal.  This year's dinner will be served on Thursday, November 22nd.  Additional details are available on the church's web site.  The Club makes donations and/or serves in a number of other food related charities each year including: the food pantry at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Buffalo Grove, and the Emmaus House community dinner at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Lake Zurich.
Thanksgiving Dinner at St. Mathew's Lutheran Church Jim Dopler 2018-11-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Nov 10, 2018
On Saturday, November 10th, Jim Dopler, Bill Ferreira, and Linh Bailey helped to hand out 150 new childrens coats, hats and gloves to those in need in Lake Zurich and the greater Lake County area.
Our Club purchased the coats through Operation Warm and coordinated distribution of the coats through "The Chapel" in Lake Zurich.  The Rotary Club of Wauconda also made donations for coats again this year, and helped out with distribution.  Our 2018 District Grant was used to help fund our participation in this program.
Operation Warm 2018 Jim Dopler 2018-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Nov 04, 2018
Thanks to Club member Sara Knight for inviting the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildder and Hawthorn Woods over to her Open House last week.  Sara is the owner of Strata Earth Services in Palatine, and was celebrating her eighth year in business.  The company does core drillings in the construction industry.  Congratulations!
Strata Earth Services Open House Jim Dopler 2018-11-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Oct 24, 2018
2018 Fall Road Side cleanup in Long Grove
Sunday, October 21st was a great morning for our 2018 Fall Roadside cleanup on Route 53 in Long Grove..  Some of the the treasures collected included:. 4x large canyon wine bottles, 2x hub caps, 1x couch cushion, 1x yellow rain boot, 1x slipper,, 1x flip flop, 1x flare gun, 4x tobacco chew, and lots and lots of plastics.  Thanks to Linh Bailey, Sara Knight, Greg Cardelli and his sons Jake and Max, 
2018 Fall Road Side cleanup in Long Grove Jim Dopler 2018-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Oct 16, 2018
On Sunday, October 14th, our Rotary Club purchased and served the weekly community dinner at Emmaus House in Lake Zurich.  Thanks to Adam Keppel for organizing the event.  Thanks to Jim Dopler, George Dorner, Lyle Staab, and Greg Cardelli and his family for volunteering at the event.  It was our pleasure to serve fresh garden salad, fried chicken, vegetables, potato salad, and dessert..  Coffee and lemonade were also provided.  There was also quite a bit of fried chicken left over to send home with our clients for another meal.  After the dinner, clients could participate in the Sunday evening food pantry..  Thanks also to those core volunteers from Emmaus House that have been serving the community for nineteen years.
Serving the Community Dinner at Emmaus House Jim Dopler 2018-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Sep 30, 2018
Our first annual Rotary Oktoberfest is next Saturday, 10/6/18, from Noon to 10 PM at Buffalo Creek Brewing in down town Long Grove.  The Village Tavern will be cooking up brats and sauerkraut, and German potato salad.  Hope you're getting hungry!  This is a tented event so please come jion us rain or shine.  We've got great music, great food, and of course, great craft beer.  Tickets are $15 at the door.
Oktoberfest 2018 Jim Dopler 2018-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Sep 11, 2018

A ShelterBox HERO is a Rotary Club who has committed to making an ongoing impact in worldwide disaster response by pledging to support ShelterBox annually for three consecutive years.

This elite group has identified the continuing need to prepare for and immediately respond to the worst day ever.

Natural and other disasters are inevitable and frequent, and the need is continuous. Annual donations help ShelterBox stay prepared for upcoming disasters in several ways. It takes time for items to be purchased or manufactured before being packed into the ShelterBoxes and, by pre-packing aid, it is ready to go when needed.

Also, annual donations allow ShelterBox to pre-position aid in or near countries where we respond often, resulting in a more efficient and timely response.

Gifts via the HERO program will be designated to Deployment Essentials, directly and quickly aiding families in need.


Rotary Club earns Hero status with Shelter Box Jim Dopler 2018-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Sep 10, 2018
The Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods donated this beautiful gift basket to the Emmaus House fundraiser at Lake Zurich's "Rock the Block" event on September 8th.  Club member Jim Dopler volunteered more than 40 hours to help the charity raise more than $3,000 over the past two weeks.  The gift basket contained three bottles of wine, 4 wine glasses, a Rotary International Cookbook, two Rotary Club coffee mugs, and restaurant gift certificates to Enzo & Lucia in Long Grove, Oregano's in Hawthorn Woods, and Tsukasa in Kildeer.  The weather for "Rock the Block" was pleasant, although a bit windy.  The crowd estimate was more than 8,000.  The event included three live bands and numerouse food trucks.  Emmaus House also collected more than 500 pounds of non-perishable food items at the event to stock the shelves of their Sunday night food pantry at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Lake Zurich.  The Club also sponsors the Emmaus House Sunday evening community dinner one or two times each year.  
Raising Money for Emmaus House in Lake Zurich Jim Dopler 2018-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Sep 04, 2018
The Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods honored local Veterans this past holiday weekend by sponsoring four of them to attend the “2018 Rotary Road Trip to Miller Park”, on Labor Day, September 3rd
The program was coordinated by Rotary District 6440 and included a tail gate party, and a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the One World Medical Foundation – a 501(C)3 organization supporting PTSD, TBI and Moral Injury research and treatment for our United States Military Veterans.
The tail gate party included a full spread hosted by Saz’s Catering with live entertainment featuring MELLENCOUGAR .
Rotary Club sponsors Veterans at Chicago Cubs/Milwaukee Brewers game Jim Dopler 2018-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Aug 24, 2018
Dear Long Grove Rotary Club,
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent.  This is the Scout Law; the "words to live by" that we teach our Scouts.
Thank you for your support!  It's through the generosity of friends like you that we continue to teach these words to the young people in our community.  Scouting prepares young people to serve, to lead, and to be Prepared, For Life.
"Thank You" from Boy Scouts of America Jim Dopler 2018-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Aug 24, 2018
Dear Rotarians:
We, the Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council, just finished our 5K "i walk" to stamp out community hunger event.  This was a great event for our communities in that we raised over $7,200 which will be split among four local food pantries.
We want to thank you for your generous contribution and for the service you and all Rotarians give back to our communities and to the world..
"Thank You" from NW Suburban Interfaith Council Jim Dopler 2018-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Aug 22, 2018
Thanks to Marilyn Dopler and Don Biciste for donating books to fill our three Little Free Libraries in Lake Zurich and Hawthorn Woods.  Marilyn donated over 100 hard cover  novels and Don donated an assortment of novels and travel books.
Book Donations Jim Dopler 2018-08-22 05:00:00Z 0
Oktoberfest 2018 2018-08-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jul 19, 2018
The Village of Hawthorn Woods sent out the following as part of their eblast today......
Thank you!
The Village of Hawthorn Woods would like to thank the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods for sponsoring our Concert in the Park last week. We greatly appreciate your support of the Hawthorn Woods community!
Hawthorn Woods says "Thank You" Jim Dopler 2018-07-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jul 14, 2018
We've got our logo for our First Annual Rotary Octoberfest.  You'll be seeing a lot of this over the next three months as we get the word out about this great new fund raising opportunity for our Club.
Rotary Octoberfest 2018 Jim Dopler 2018-07-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jul 04, 2018
The Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer and Hawthorn Woods will be sponsoring a concert in the park on Friday, July 13th, at Hawthorn Woods Community Park.  Bring a picnic basket (think Ravinia) and some friends to enjoy "Moon Money" featuring Rotary Club member and frontman, Jon Jansky.  Hours are 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.
Concert in the Park Jim Dopler 2018-07-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jun 20, 2018
Bill Ferreira and Lyle Staab will be representing our Club at the 2018 Rotary International Conference in Toronto on June 23rd - June 26th.  Safe travels to you both.  Bill (and Pam) will also be selling our Rotary International cookbooks to raise funds for "End Polio Now".
Toronto Here We Come Jim Dopler 2018-06-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jun 20, 2018
On Tuesday evening, June 19th, we held our Installation Dinner at LaHacienda Restaurant in Deer Park.  Congratulations to our new officers and Board for the 2018-2019 Rotary year:  Greg Cardelli (President), Jim Dopler (Immediate Past President, Charitable Foundation), Ross Spencer (Treasurer), Linh Bailey (Secretary), Bill Ferreira (Director at Large), and Lyle Staab (Director at Large).  We all look forward to another great year serving our local communities as well as our international and district wide initiatives.
Installation of Board for 2018-2019 Jim Dopler 2018-06-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jun 02, 2018
Thanks to everyone who came out to help stock the St. Mary's Catholic Church Food Pantry in Buffalo Grove on June 1st.  Adam was kind enough to provide his truck and trailer to pick up the food at Aldi.  Our food unloaders and packers for the evening included: Jim, Greg, Ross, Sara, Robert and Kathy, Karl, Bill, and Don.  I believe we packed over 100 boxes of food for distribution next week.  Our Club has been volunteering at this monthly food pantry for many years now.  It's always our pleasure to support this great community charity for those in need. 
St. Mary's Food Pantry in Buffalo Grove Jim Dopler 2018-06-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on May 27, 2018
District 6440 recently purchased one of the few remaining iron lung machines in the Unites States.  It was on display at the Rotary 6440 District Conference last weekend.  It serves as a stark reminder of the devastating effects of polio, and just what those impacted by the disease had to go through to get some temporary relief from the disease.
District 6440 Iron Lung Jim Dopler 2018-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on May 24, 2018
Our speaker on May 22nd was our own Ross Spencer.  Ross provided the Club an excellent overview of the National Wildlife Refuge System.  This program encompases 150 million acres across the United States.  The presentation included a number of photos that Ross had taken himself at refuges across the country.
National Wildlife Refuge System Jim Dopler 2018-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on May 08, 2018
"Service Above Self" can be lonely at times.
Thanks to club members Sara Knight and Greg Cardelli for volunteering for our semi-annual Roadside Cleanup on Route 53 in Long Grove this past Sunday afternoon.  At least the weather was nice!
Roadside Cleanup Spring 2018 Jim Dopler 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Dorner on May 08, 2018
We were visited by Andrew Osborne, Superintendent of Educational Facilities for the Lake County Forest Preserves. He filled us in on the history of the old Lake County Museum, which closed in 2016 to prepare for the opening of the replacement and newly named Dunn Museum in Libertyville. About 3000  visitors attended the reopening recently.
Many of us will be visiting the Dunn Museum as a result of this exposure to a unique and valuable asset in our area. Others should put it on the list of things to do. Thanks, Andrew and thanks to Greg for arranging it on short notice.
We Learn about New Dunn (Lake County) Museum George Dorner 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Apr 17, 2018
This Fall, we will be holding our first annual "Oktoberfest" fundraising event at Buffalo Creek Brewing in downtown Long Grove, Illinois.  Prelimary plans call for beer, German style food, and of course German style music from Noon to 9 PM.  We've been serving the communities of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawhorn Woods for more than 25 years.  Help us get off to a great start as we look towards our next 25 years!
Hold the Date: October 6th, 2018 Jim Dopler 2018-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Apr 17, 2018
Our guest speaker this morning was Gabriel Silva Santana.  He is a Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Brazil.  He is being hosted by the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove.  Gabriel provided us with background information on his home country of Brazil.  He also taked about his family back in Brazil as well as his host family here in the Chicago area.  One of his long term goals is to be a business owner.  He would also like to "pay it forward" by hosting a Rotary Youth Exchange Student at his home in the future.  Thanks, Gabriel, for a wonderful presentation!
Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Brazil Jim Dopler 2018-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Apr 17, 2018
Thanks to Sara Knight, Linh Bailey and Lyle Staab for donating books for our three Little Free Libraries in Lake Zurich and Hawthorn Woods.  Thanks to Lyle Staab and Jim Dopler for serving as librarians this month and distributing the books as needed.
Little Free Libraries Jim Dopler 2018-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Apr 13, 2018
We recently received this nice hand written note from Shelter Box:
Dear Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer and Hawthorn Woods.
"Please accept my thanks for your generous donation to support the life saving work of Shelter Box.  Your contribution is greatly appreciated and truly what enables families made homeless in disaster or conflict to receive essential shelter and supplies.
With gratitude.
Kerri Murray
A "Thank You" from Shelter Box Jim Dopler 2018-04-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Apr 03, 2018
Following is a fly over of what the widening will look like on Quentin Road in Kildeer on completion, between Route 22 and White Pine Rd.
They are currently working on movement of utilities, with roadwork expected to begin mid Summer.
Major road construction in downtown Long Grove began this morning.  Primary working hours are from 9 AM to 3 PM.  Estimated completion date is late Fall of 2018.
Major Road Construction Updates Jim Dopler 2018-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Mar 28, 2018
This week, Mark and Suzanne Gibson from the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club joined us to present a well deserved award to Lyle and Ann Marie Staab.  Mark is the President Elect/Club Admin Chair, and Suzanne is the Membership Chair.  The award was for  stepping up to be charter members/sponsors of the Iron Lung exhibit which is being created in our District.  Well done!  The exhibit will be touring our District Clubs and events over the next year, to spread the word about Rotary's on going commitment to the eradication of polio around the world.
A Special Award for a Special Couple Jim Dopler 2018-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Mar 28, 2018
Lyle Staab and Jim Dopler recently attended the Rotary Club of Des Plaines Trivia night.  They ended up part of the winning team for the night!  Who knew.  Jim appeared to be the only one in the room who had ever heard of Taylor Swift and her current number one hit.  Lyle's knowledge of video games was amazing.  Over 100 Rotarians and community members were on hand to see the "crowning" ceremony..  This was a great event with a buffet dinner, gift baskets to bid on, and or course, great conversation.  Lyle and Jim are encouraging RCLG club members to visit other area clubs and their fundraising events this Spring as we investigate some new fundraising ideas.  No need to recreate the wheel.  Let's learn from the other Clubs in our District.
Rotary Club Royalty Jim Dopler 2018-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Dorner on Mar 18, 2018
Hey! That was fun!!
Lyle Staab Ann Marie hosted a fun and educational tour and more at the Copper Fiddle Distillery in Lake Zurich on St. Patrick's Day. We had a good turnout and it was one of our more enjoyable events of the year.
Check the slide show, "Copper Fiddle Tour", over to the right to get a feeling of the fun and the tour.
Rotarians Visit Local Distillery; Sample Wares; Polio Extermination Benefits George Dorner 2018-03-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Mar 05, 2018
Thanks to Adam Keppel for sitting our booth at the "Everything EXPO" this past Saturday.  We shared a booth with our friends at the Rotary Club of Lake Zurich.
Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce EXPO Jim Dopler 2018-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Dorner
After all, we're either already there - in the 55+ cohort - or on the way. 
Susan Dillon, Director of Adult & Senior Services for Ela Township, enthusiastically exposed us to the programs offered to "Seniors" through the township that most of us live in. Emphasizing the social side of providing activities and support services she described the many programs she oversees, including travel, exercise, meals, counseling, and topical presentations. There's something for everyone, if not now at some time in the future. This is a service that we as Rotarians should be aware of and supporting.
Consider subscribing to their informational, periodic school of events.
Ela 55+ Is Interesting Topic For All Of Us George Dorner 2018-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Feb 26, 2018
Dear Friends.
Thank you, on behalf of the patients and families we serve, for your generous contribution of $500 to "Be The Match".  Your gift saves lives.
Right now, thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma are in need of life saving marrow or cord blood transplant.  But many patients may face barriers that could keep them from getting the transplant they need.  Your financial gift will help more patients than ever to afford transplant, find a matching donor and have a successful transplant outcome.
Patients count of your support when they need it the most.  We thank you for your passion and dedication to saving lives.
Joy King
Executive Director
Thank You from "Be The Match" Foundation Jim Dopler 2018-02-26 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Feb 26, 2018

Christmas Holiday Roundup

1,048 Red Kettles throughout Chicagoland
$3,444,192 donations raised
2,974 volunteer bell ringers.

That’s a total of 116,024 hours ringing bells!


Thanks again to those Club members that volunteered as Salvation Army Bell Ringers this past Holiday Season.


Salvation Army - Red Kettle Results Jim Dopler 2018-02-26 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Dorner on Feb 13, 2018
.. that there is a lot to learn about Robert Mintz's latest hobby. 
Robert educated us about the history and what goes into a premier bourbon whiskey including why it's called that and what it's like to use it as perfume. Actually, we now know how to smell the alcohol, the corn, and the rye when presented with a fine bourbon.
That was great, Robert. We hope you don't merge that with your other hobbies of skiing, driving, and golf. And next time - more samples.
We learned from our own Bourbon Hound... George Dorner 2018-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Dorner
Ryan Birch had scheduled Joe Clancy, Franklin Templeton Investments, to speak when the recent stock market kerfuffle wasn't even on the horizon. Or, was it? 
It was informative to hear Joe expound on related issues and to field informed questions from our own experts.
Thanks, Joe, and thanks, Ryan.
Good Perspective on the Day After George Dorner 2018-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Feb 01, 2018
Thanks to our Little Free Library librarian, Marilyn Dopler, for checking all three LFLs and adding some more books to the mix.  Thanks also to Sara Knight for donating more books.  Marilyn was surprised to see a "Thank You" note from one of our young patrons at the LFL at the YMCA in Lake Zurich.
Little Free Library Update Jim Dopler 2018-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
January 2018 Fifth Tuesday Social Event at Buffalo Creek Brewing Jim Dopler 2018-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
Paul Keenon, member of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn, gave us plenty to think about with his excellent presentation about his many experiences while working to aid refugees and others caught between governments. While sharing statistics, photos, and personal experiences he gave us insights into the difficulties faced by those folks, governments faced with thorny problems of how to deal with this problem, and the activities of NGOs such as the one he has worked with in several settings. Most of Paul's presentation focused on his own experiences at Moira Base, a former military base now the stopping place for the steady flow of humanity trying to reach Europe through from just under five miles away in Turkey. Many have drowned or otherwise been exploited and human trafficking is rife. One had to admire Paul's enthusiasm and his willingness to be at risk himself while pursuing this example of Service Above Self.
What's It Like In A Refugee Camp? George Dorer 2018-01-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Dec 17, 2017
On December 15th, the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer and Hawthorn Woods awarded founding Club member, Bill Ferreira, and his wife Pam, a special award for their exceptional fundraising efforts towards Rotary International’s “End Polio Now” program.
Seven years ago, Pam and Bill Ferreira, came up with the idea to develop an International Cookbook.  The project began in 2010 with a District 6440 cook book, followed by the current cook book in 2013. They solicited recipes from Rotary Clubs around the world.  Over 5,000 recipes were submitted for consideration.  The resulting cookbook, “Rotarian Flavors of the World”, features over 400 recipes from Rotary districts in over 150 countries.
To date, Mr. Ferreira has sold approximately 7,500 cook books, and raised nearly $40,000 for Rotary’s “End Polio Now” program.  The project continues to be a worldwide fundraising project for polio eradication. For every cookbook sold at $15.00 (includes Shipping + handling in the US only), $5.00 goes to polio eradication. You may still order the cookbook by calling: 847-302-6310 or via email:
Rotary Honors Fund Raising Efforts Towards End Polio Now Jim Dopler 2017-12-17 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Dec 05, 2017
 I wanted to thank you again for the generous donation from last year.
We were able to put it towards purchasing a beautiful welcome sign
for our school in multiple languages.
We love it and the kids are very proud of it!
Vail V. Kieser
Kildeer Countryside Elementary School
New Welcome Sign Donated to Kildeer Countryside School Jim Dopler 2017-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Dec 05, 2017

On 12/02/2017, your kettle shift raised 485.10 for Salvation Army programs and services.

Every dollar you helped collect will fuel important services for individuals and families in crisis, through basic needs programs, disaster relief efforts, and so much more. Visit salvationarmy.orgto read about the help available in your community.

We hope you’ll consider 
another shift and share the idea of bell ringing with family and friends who are looking for volunteer opportunities.

Thank you for your gift of time to The Salvation Army.

Merry Christmas and God bless you,
Director of Volunteer Services
The Salvation Army
Salvation Army Bell Ringing Results Jim Dopler 2017-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Dec 04, 2017
Arlington Heights dentist, Dr. H. Edward Vallely, and his associate, Dr. Sophia Teckle, at Associates for General Dentistry, recently offered free dental care to military veterans.  Through the Illinois Dental Salute program, Illinois veterans were eligible to receive a complimentary dental exam at participating dental offices in their area on November 10th..   Dentists participating in the program provided treatment for free, focusing on cleanings, restorations and extractions.  Dr. Vallely’s office treated eight veterans.  Dr. Vallely indicated “it was an honor to be able to help out these brave men and women with their dental needs”.  Dr. Teckle is pictured treating a patient.
Dr. Ed Vallely Gives Back to Local Veterans Jim Dopler 2017-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Dec 02, 2017
The Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer and Hawthorn Woods has Holiday spirit, even if it was sunny and 50 degrees out on Saturday.  Jim Dopler, Ryan Biirch and Adam Keppel braved the elements to ring the bells for donations on behalf of the Salvation Army.  We covered the East door at Mariano's for six hours.  The change jingled as it was dropped n the kettle.  Dollar bills were folded several times over in order to fit through the narrow opening in the kettle.  This was our first year getting involved in fundraising for the Salvation Army.  We certainly hope it won't be our last.  The store customers were very generous.  Some made donations on the way in to the store, others on the way out.  Some customers even had their children deposit the donations.  What a great way to teach children the meaning of charity, and how to help their neighbors.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Mariano's Jim Dopler 2017-12-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Nov 15, 2017
This morning I purchased and delivered 200 pounds of frozen Butterball turkeys to our friends at St. Mathews Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods.  Each Thanksgiving Day, they put on a fabulous Holiday Dinner for residents of Lake County in need of a holiday dinner.  This is our second year proving turkeys for the event.  Thanks to our local Aldi, in Lake Zurich, for allowing us to purchase all these turkeys in a single shopping trip, and at a great price.  Last year, the leftovers from this event were shared with a partner church in Chicago, and helped feed another 200 local residents.
St. Mathews Annual Thanksgiving Meal Jim Dopler 2017-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Nov 14, 2017
We build communities.
We bridge continents.  We serve above self.  We eradicate polio.
We cure disease.  We pump water.  We build peace.
We support youth.  We build minds.  We bring hope.
We have fun.  We are leaders.
Do you or someone you know want to be a part of our work?
We meet every Tuesday morning at 7:15 AM at Joanie’s Pizzeria in downtown Long Grove, Illinois.  Join us!
Twelve Things Jim Dopler 2017-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Nov 07, 2017
The Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer and Hawthorn Woods was just listed in the Donor Honor Roll, in the annual report for 2016 for Shelter Box USA.  The Club has been making donations to the organization for most of it's 22 year history.  Shelter Box has provided emergency relief this past year in Haiti, Ecuador, Paraguay, Syria, Niger, Cameroon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nepal,Sri Lanka, DPRK, Philippines, and Fiji.  Thanks to Ross Spencer for his many years of service as the District 6440 representative for this very worthwhile International Relief organization.
Shelter Box USA Jim Dopler 2017-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Nov 07, 2017
On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, District Governor Donald Brewer presented the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer and Hawthorn Woods a Certificate of Appreciation for its financial support of End Polio Now, for the 2016-2017 Rotary Year.  Thanks go out to all Club members for for fulfilling our promise to the children of the world to eradicate polio.
The Rotary Foundation: End Polio Now Jim Dopler 2017-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Nov 07, 2017
On November 7, 2017, District Governor Donald Brewer presented the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer and Hawthorn Woods with a Certificate honoring it's 100% member participation in donations for the 2016-2017 Rotary Year, to the Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations to all Club members for their continuing generosity to this effort.
The Rotary Foundation: 100% Foundation Giving Club Jim Dopler 2017-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Nov 06, 2017
Thanks to Lyle Staab for leading the 2017 Youth Assembly at Harper College
this past Saturday.  Thanks also to Jim Dopler, Ross Spencer and Greg Cardelli
for helping out with other tasks.  Jim was on hand to answer questions about
Little Free Libraries, Ross set up a table on Shelter Box, and Greg taped
the presentations for future reference.
2017 Youth Assembly Jim Dopler 2017-11-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Oct 24, 2017
On Tuesday, October 24, Past District Governor Rick Rivkin stopped by our morning meeting to present our Club with the Rotary President's Citation for 2016-2017.  This award is presented annually to a small minority of Clubs in our District (6440) that meet predetermined criteria for fundraising, membership, and volunteer activities.
Club earns Prestigious Rotary Presidential Citation Jim Dopler 2017-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Oct 24, 2017
On Saturday morning, 10/28/17, our Club will meet for their semi-annual Adopt-A-Highway cleanup.  Members will meet at the Historic Long Grove Community Church at 8 AM, then proceed over to Route 83 in Long Grove.  The weather is expected to be nice, although cool.  Bring a sweater or jacket and join in on the fun.  You never know what kind of treasures we may turn up.
Adopt-A-Highway Program Jim Dopler 2017-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Oct 21, 2017
On Saturday, October 21st, The Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods helped distribute warm winter coats, hats and gloves to local area children in need.  The Club was a major donor to this effort coordinated by The Chapel in Lake Zurich.  This is the fifth year the church has held the event.  This is the first year the Club has participated with the event at The Chapel.  They used to hold their own coat distribution event at local grade schools for many years.  Club members helping with the event this morning included Jim Dopler, Lyle Staab, Greg Cardelli, Linh Bailey, and Kathy Minsk.  Overall, the event distributed nearly 2,000 coats this year.  Nearly 800 coats were distributed to groups in advance, and the remainder at this morning event at the church.  Over 70 volunteers from the church, the Rotary Club and the broader community were involved to make this event a success.  The Rotary Club of Wauconda was also a major sponsor this year.
Operation Warm - Bringing Winter Coats to Those in Need Jim Dopler 2017-10-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Oct 16, 2017
On Sunday evening, our Club had the pleasure of purchasing and preparing the weekly Community Dinner for residents of Lake County who are in need of a hot meal.  The meal was served in conjunction with Emmaus House, a ministry affiliated with St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Lake Zurich.  This is the fourth year we have hosted an event.  Thanks go out to Adam Keppel for organizing the event this time around.  Volunteers for the evening included Club members: Jim Dopler, Lyle Staab, Greg Cardelli, Rosss Spencer, and Linh Bailey.  Others volunteers joining us included: Mariyln Dopler, Christina Keppel, and Fran Spencer,
Emmaus House Community Dinner Jim Dopler 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Oct 03, 2017
Polio has been eradicated in the United States for so long, that I never thought I would actually meet someone impacted by the disease.  That was true until today.  I met someone who's father was diagnosed with polio at the age of three.  He passed away recently, but because of the support from groups like Rotary and the March of Dimes, he was able to live a long, full life, into his eighties.  The family was from a farm in nearby Wisconsin,  Our "End Polio Now" dinners, and other Polio fundraising efforts may just keep another family from having to experience this disease on a first hand basis.
Today I Met Someone Impacted by Polio Jim Dopler 2017-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Oct 03, 2017
At the October 3rd meeting, Jim Dopler (President), Ross Spenser (Treasurer) and Lyle Staab (Charitable Fund) provided updates
on the State of the Club, it's finances, and where our charitable donations are being made.  The Club's Board meetings are typically held in the evening, the third week of each month.  Members are invited to attend, but are asked to RSVP in advance.
RCLG 2017 Board Update and Q&A Jim Dopler 2017-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Our meeting on September 26 was held at the Arboria Assisted Living and Memory Care facility near the corner of Old 53 and Long Grove Road. After a good breakfast and short meeting we had an introduction to Arboria and tour of their facilities by Brad Jacobsen, Managing Director of the facility. He was aided by Judy Romo, a Care Counselor at the site.
The building and grounds, as well as the programs and facilities, were impressive, a welcome addition to the community which we serve. Check their website at:
See a photo of Brad and our meeting below.
Thanks to Robert Mintz for arranging this meeting.
Tour of Arboria of Long Grove 2017-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Sep 14, 2017
The Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, Hawthorn Woods has purchased 150 tree saplings for installation at Briarwoods Nature Preserve in Hawthorn Woods.  The trees will ship in early November.  On order are 50 Northern Red Oak, 50 Red Maple, and 50 White Dogwood.  It is our pleasure to continue working with our local Villages to coordinate on projects that are of both short term and long term benefit to our communities.
Rotary Club Purchases 150 Tree Saplings for New Park in Hawthorn Woods Jim Dopler 2017-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Sep 09, 2017
Following is a link to the results from this morning's Race:
Thanks to all of our charities, sponsors, runners, walkers, and volunteers.
Rotary Race for Charity - Results Jim Dopler 2017-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Aug 08, 2017
Two new sponsors are joining us this year in support of our 20th annual Rotary Race for Charity 5K Run and 3K Walk.  Joanie's Pizzeria of Long Grove and Arboria of Long Grove.  Welcome to both of you !  The Race is scheduled for Saturday, September 9th.
Two New Sponsors join the 2017 Rotary Race for Charity 5K Run and 3K Walk Jim Dopler 2017-08-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Aug 08, 2017
From now until September 9th, Rotary Club members will be selling Raffle Tickets as part of our fundraising effort for the 2017 Rotary Race for Charity 5K Run and 3K Walk.  Tickets are $25 each or four for $100.  The winner will be announced the day of the Race.  You need not be present to win!  First prize is a $1,000 travel voucher.  Second prize is $500 in cash.  Third prize is a golf threesome and lunch at The Grove Country Club in Long Grove.  Tickets will be available for sale the day of the Race.  The Race and the Raffle provide the funding for our Club to support our various causes locally, nationally, and internationally.
2017 Rotary Club Raffle Jim Dopler 2017-08-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Aug 08, 2017
On Friday, August 4th, the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods sponsored the Concert in the Park in Hawthorn Woods.  One of our own Club members, Jon Jansky, is the lead singer for the group performing that evening, Moon Money".  They covers songs from the 90's and forward.  Jon even wore his Rotary t-shirt to provide the Club some added publicity.  The weather was perfect and the music was fantastic.  This group really knows how to rock the crowd, and even got a lot of the smaller children dancing.  The group will be playing at numerous other venues in the Chicago suburbs between now and the end of the year, should you wish to hear more of them.
Rotary Club Sponsors Hawthorn Woods Summer Concert in the Park Series Jim Dopler 2017-08-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Aug 02, 2017
Thanks to Jim Dopler, George Dorner and Don Biciste for planting flowers in the hanging baskets on the patio at Joanie's Pizza in Long Grove.  We also planted flowers in the 42 feet of raised planting bed along the pond side of the restaurant.  This is just a small token of our appreciation for Joanie, who opens her restaurant just for us each Tuesday morning, for our weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kileer and Hawthorn Woods..
Planting Flowers at Joanie's Pizza Jim Dopler 2017-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Aug 02, 2017
Earlier this summer, the Village of Kildeer granted the Rotary Club of Long Grove,Kildeer and Hawthorn Woods a Commendation in recognition of their three year project to remove the noxious weed "teasel" from the intersection of Long Grove Road and Rand Road in Kildeer.  "Teasel" is a fast spreading weed, which grows up to six feet tall and one foot wide.  Every year the plant produces thousands of seeds which the wind can easily spread throughout an area.  The Commendation is in recognition of the outstanding volunteer spirit exhibited by the members of the Club on this multi-year project.    Previously, the Club had provided garden amenities to the Village of Kildeer which are still present at the Village Hall..  The project was spearheaded by founding Club member, George Dorner, of Kildeer, and Club member Sara Knight, also of Kildeer.  Long time Club sponsor, McGinty Bros Inc. Lawn & Tree Care, is assisting the group with the project.
Rotary Club Sponsors Environmental Project in Kildeer Jim Dopler 2017-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jul 27, 2017
The Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods recently donated their third Little Free Library (LFL) to the community, This time a new Library was installed at the Community Pool in Hawthorn Woods.  The new LFL blends well into the lush landscaping in the front on the venue.  It was painted in muted green colors to match the cedar trim of the Community Pool building.  It is surrounded by a wide variety of flowers and sculpture in every color you can imagine.  It is placed in between a bike rack and a bench, which makes for easy drop off or pickup of books by local residents.  It is near the left most entrance near the Community Center.  Thanks to Jim Dopler, Don Biciste, and the Village of Hawthorn Woods for pulling this project together.  This is the second LFL the Club has donated to Hawthorn Woods.  The first was installed last year at the Community Park at Quentin Road and Old McHenry Road. The other LFL donated by the Club was installed at the Foglia YMCA in Lake Zurich two years ago.
Rotary Club Donates Third Little Free Library to Community Jim Dopler 2017-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jul 24, 2017
On July 23rd, the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer and Hawthorn Woods sponsored the Sunday evening community dinner at Emmaus House in Lake Zurich.  The dinner is held weekly in the lower level of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.  Club members participating in the event included: Jim Dopler (President) of Kildeer, and his wife, Marilyn, Bill Ferreira (Past District Governor) of Long Grove, Adam Keppel of Cary and his wife, Cristina.  Numerous other volunteers from the local community also help out with the event each week.  A picnic themed menu was planned including fried chicken, along with assorted salads, vegetables, deserts and beverages.  Approximately 140 guests attended the event.  Emmaus House provides food, clothing and funding for shelter to families in need in Lake County, helping them move from crisis to stability.  
Rotary Club Sponsors Community Dinner at Emmaus House Jim Dopler 2017-07-24 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome to a New Rotary Year: 2017-2018 Jim Dopler 2017-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jun 30, 2017
On Tuesday evening, June 27th, members of the Rotary Club of Long grove, Kildeer, Hawthorn Woods gathered for dinner to install their new Officers and Directors for the 2017-2018 Rotary Year.  The dinner was held at La Hacienda de los Fernandez in Deer Park.  Officers for the new year include: Jim Dopler, President, Immediate Past President; Secretary, President Elect, Greg Cardeli; Treasurer, Ross Spencer; Charitable Fund, Lyle Staab; and Director, Bill Ferreira.
Installation of 2017-2018 Club Officers and Directors Jim Dopler 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jun 02, 2017
The Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods met on Friday evening, June 2nd, to stock the shelves at St Mary's Catholic Church Food Pantry in Buffalo Grove.  The Club members stopped at Aldi's to purchase $2,000 worth of food, then proceeded to the Church to unload and box the food for pickup by area residents in need..  The Club has been contributing to this food pantry for many years now.  This pantry provides much needed resources to residents of both Cook and Lake Counties in Illinois.  Thanks to club friends Jim Ronk and Paul Sherman and spouses Marilyn Dopler and JR Bailey (and son Wesley) for helping!
Rotarians Meet to Replenish Local Food Pantry Jim Dopler 2017-06-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jun 01, 2017
The Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods met this past Tuesday at Joanie's Pizzeria in Long Grove for our quarterly Social event.  Over half of our Club members were able to get away for a few hours of fun and frolic.  Several spouses were able to join us this time around as well.  The appetizers at Joanie's were fantastic, and everyone seemed to leave with a big smile on their face.
RCLG - Fifth Tuesday at Joanie's Pizzeria Jim Dopler 2017-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on May 23, 2017
For more than 20 years, the RCLG has been a morning breakfast Club.  In April of this year, the Club began a three month trial of holding an evening meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the Month.  In May, the Club met at ChatterBox of Long Grove.  It just happened to be "Tuesday Taco Night" at the ChatterBox, so we kept the kitchen busy for several hours pumping out steak and shrimp tacos, as well as several other wonderful appetizers from their menu.
RCLG Members Mix it Up with Several New Evening Meetings Jim Dopler 2017-05-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on May 08, 2017
Long time Club member Robert Mintz is now finalizing plans for our upcoming 2017 Raffle.  Tickets should be available by the end of the month.  Tickets will be priced at $25 each, or five for $100.  First prize is a $1,000 in airline travel vouchers.  Second prize is $500 in cash.  Third prize is a golf foursome and lunch sponsored by Huber Financial at The Grove Country Club in Long Grove..  This is a great opportunity for the local community to have some fun and support the many worthwhile projects of our Club, locally, nationally, and internationally.
Coming Soon...Our New Improved 2017 Raffle to benefit the projects of the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, Hawthorn Woods Jim Dopler 2017-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on May 08, 2017
Congratulations to one of our newest Club members, Linh Bailey, for volunteering with one of her friends this past weekend at a Special Olympics event.  The event was being sponsored in part by the Rotary Club of Lake Zurich.  It's great to be able to help out one of our other local Clubs whenever possible,  This is a great event that the LZ CLub has been supporting for many years.
Special Olympics at Lake Zurich High School Jim Dopler 2017-05-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 03, 2017
We received a note from the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation, thanking us for the donation of $350 to their Disaster Relief Fund. The Ottawa and Naplate areas were hit by tornados on February 28th. Pamela Beckett, the President of the Foundation and a Rotarian, asked us to pass on a special thanks to all our members.
Thank you note for donation to tornado relief fund Lyle Staab 2017-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Apr 29, 2017
This weekend, our Club was presented with two awards at the District 6440 Conference.  The event was held at the Marriott Lincolnshire.  First we were awarded a certificate for achieving a target goal of at least $26.50 in donations per Club member towards End Polio Now.  Secondly, we were awarded a certificate for having one of the top websites in the District.  Thanks to Past District Governor ,Bill Ferreira, for coordinating our End Polio Now events and donations, and to all members for their contributions to End Polio Now.  As for the website, I would like to extend a special "Thank You" to Lyle Staab for recently redesigning our website, and for providing content to the site.  Lyle also maintains our Facebook site.  Thanks also to George Dorner for his frequent contributions of photos and stories for the site.
RCLGKHW Wins Two Awards at District 6440 Conference Jim Dopler 2017-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Apr 17, 2017
The weather was so nice this weekend that the RCLGKHW Roving Photographer was out and about in our three Villages.  He came upon a beautiful display of Spring bulbs in all their glory.  Can anyone guess which member's home these Spring bulbs were on display at?
The RCLGKHW Roving Photographer Jim Dopler 2017-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Apr 10, 2017
Thanks to RCLG members Lyle Staab and Robert Mintz for updating us on the 2017 Rotary Race for Charity and the 2017 RCLG Raffle.  The Race is scheduled for Saturday, September 9th.  The dates for the Raffle are yet to be determined.
2017 Rotary Race for Charity and the 2017 Raffle Jim Dopler 2017-04-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Mar 13, 2017
Thanks to Lyle Staab, Harvey Stein, and Adam Keppel for staffing our booth at the Community Showcase.  It was a great opportunity to meet and greet members of our communities, and to get to know other Rotarians from our neighboring Lake Zurich Club.
RCLG Booth at Lake Zurich Community Showcase Jim Dopler 2017-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by sta

On February 28th, Carol Wells, District 6440 End Polio Now Chair, presented on Rotary's campaign to eradicate the disease. Carol speaks from experience: she has traveled to Nigeria to participate in a National Immunization Day, and attended the Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) training conducted at the Center for Disease Control last June. Carol explained the vectors of the disease, the vaccines available, the funding required, and the evolving strategy to make Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria polio-free. Beginning in 1979, Rotary's efforts have helped reduce cases of polio worldwide by 99.9 percent. We're at just three year to date. Great presentation, Carol.

Polio Eradication Update sta 2017-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lyle Staab

Members of our club did a Visioning exercise on the evening of Monday February 20th at the Foglia YMCA. This process, led by a team from District 6440, helped us clarify our mission and consider the projects and activities we want to focus on for the next three years. Thanks to the facilitators: Past District Governor Sarah Oliver, Linda Borton, Bret Mumenthaler, and Kevin Stevens. Over the coming weeks and month the club will translate these thoughts into an action plan.

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Club Visioning Session Lyle Staab 2017-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
Coming soon to a Little Free Library near you - bookmarks explaining our Club's involvement and promoting us in the community. We'll insert these in the books we (and others) donate. Our third LFL will be installed at the Hawthorn Woods Aquatic Center in a few months.
Little Free Library Bookmarks 2017-03-05 06:00:00Z 0
Dementia Awareness Gets Our Attention GCD 2017-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 14, 2017
Friday, February 17th was Random Acts of Kindness Day. Our club joined other Rotarians in northeastern Illinois’s District 6440 in engaging in random acts of kindness for two reasons - first, because it was fun, and second, to celebrate the centennial of the Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary International. Kind acts in our community and around the world is what the Rotary Foundation is all about. Here are a few of our Random Acts. #Rotary6440KindAct
Rotary Random Acts Of Kindness Day GCD 2017-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 07, 2017
On February 7 we had a fine presentation by Joe Rosner, former cop, body guard, black belt and excellent and entertaining presenter, with tips on how to avoid, confront  or defend against a personal attack.
A Lesson On Defending Ourselves by Joe Rosner GCD 2017-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jan 28, 2017
We recently received personal "Thank You" notes from each of the five families we adopted as part of the Christopher House Adopt a Family program in December.  They were all in Spanish, so I will need to have Robert translate them for us.  Thanks to Ross Spencer for bringing this wonderful Holiday program to our attention, and to Adam Keppel for providing transportation for the gifts to downtown Chicago.
Christopher House - Thank You Notes Jim Dopler 2017-01-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jan 28, 2017
We recently received the following "Thank You" note from the Lake County Haven Women's and Children's Shelter in Libertyville.  
"Thank you for adopting December 1st at our shelter.  Today we worked with our residents on self-esteem.  Each women explored her personal strengths and ways she does good in the world.  This is such an important exercise for our residents who struggle to see their positive qualities.  Thank you for making this possible."
Lake County Haven - Thank You ! Jim Dopler 2017-01-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lyle Staab on Jan 04, 2017
We just received the following letter from a former Rotary Scholar.  Jean-Noel is now the Chief Financial Officer for Aqua-Lung International Inc.  Clearly, Rotary and the kindness of our departed friend Jim Runnfeldt made a difference in his life.  We've passed this on to Jim's children, Kelly and Jay.  
My mail will probably surprise you, but I felt you and the Rotary club you are managing deserves it and probably for a long time …
I have been honored to be a Rotary Scholar in 1988-89, when I finished my studies at Northwestern doing a Master of science in Geotechnics. I was appointed Jim R. as a main contact for the year I spent in Evanston. Even probably your club or the district sponsored me, I do not remember precisely how it worked at that time.
In this context I had the extreme pleasure to meet Jim and his family, enjoyed visiting Rotary clubs around together with Jim. We travelled together north of Chicago in his family home in the lovely countryside, I met his family many times, his mother and enjoyed meeting with all when I visited Jim a few years after I graduated.
A quarter of a century later I have been offered a position to work in San Diego. When I came back on US territory I tried in March 2016 to establish contact with Jim. I left messages on his phone which by chance did not change for years … But no response until I looked deeper on internet and found that he passed away the same month! I felt a little bit orphan that day! Jim has been such of a great support, always enthusiastic about helping the others and establishing new contacts.
I just wanted to share this thoughts with you. I would also be very happy if you could help me to get in contact with his son or daughter. If I have the chance to go back in northern Illinois I will let know and if possible be happy you to join one of your weekly meeting.
I wish you, all Rotary members and the Jim’s Family and excellent 2017 year.
Jean-Noel Picard
Rotary Scholar remembers the kindness of Jim Runnfeldt Lyle Staab 2017-01-04 06:00:00Z 0
DO YOU KNOW AN OUTSTANDING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT? Then nominate them to attend RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. It’s directed at high school students who could benefit from realizing their potential.
Thousands of young people around the world participate in this program, which emphasizes leadership skills, personal development, and citizenship. Our local RYLA is an all-expense paid, three day camp for talented young people across northern Illinois. There are two sessions in early 2017: March 9-12 and April 6-9.
Our Club is hoping to sponsor at least three young people this year. Without exception, the students we’ve sent previously return motivated and grateful. All we ask is that they attend one of our meetings to tell us about their experience.
If you'd like to learn more, see the brochure and video at And if you'd like to apply, we ask you to download our Club's form at
Applications should be submitted by the end of January, but we will consider those received after that date.
We're Accepting RYLA Applications 2016-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Nov 29, 2016
This year, our Rotary Club is participating for the first time in the Adopt-A-Family Program through Christopher House in Chicago.  The Club has adopted a family of four, and several other Club members have adopted families of 2, 3, and 5 family members.  Jim and Marilyn Dopler purchased gifts for the Club sponsored family.  The Club is also funding a rental truck to deliver packages to Christopher House in downtown Chicago in early December.  Thanks to Ross Spencer for bringing this area charity to our attention.
2016 Adopt-A-Family Program Jim Dopler 2016-11-29 06:00:00Z 0

Nice notes from our Rotary Race for Charity partners the Christopher Steele Foundation and Exodus World Service thanking us for the donations we made to them in appreciation for 10 years participation. You're very welcome - and thank you for making the Race a success!

In addition, the Christopher Steele Foundation posted an article on its website about the Race. Check it out at….

Thanks received from Race partner charities 2016-11-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Nov 19, 2016
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods, Jim and Marilyn Dopler delivered 200 pounds of Butterball turkeys to St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods.  The food will be used for their upcoming Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner, which last year served over 125 local residents.  Jim Dopler also helped out in the kitchen on Tuesday with preparation of some side dishes to go along with the traditional Holiday meal.  He also brought along ten assorted pumpkin, apple and pecan pies to add to the dessert table.  These were also sponsored by the Club.
St. Matthew Church Thanksgiving Day Dinner Jim Dopler 2016-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by GCD on Nov 15, 2016
Buffalo Creek Brewing locates in former Studio of Long Grove. 
We get the lowdown from the Owner/ Brewmaster.
Mike Marr, who lives in Vernon Hills, is about to realize his dream of establishing a craft brewery, and it's right in our back yard. Mike spoke to us at our weekly Tuesday meeting on November 15.
Mike Marr, Bill Ferreira, and Josh Czarnik at Joanie's Pizza on Tuesday.
Expectant Brewers Whet Our Appetite GCD 2016-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Oct 31, 2016
Thanks to our Rotary Club members who rose bright and early last Saturday morning to take part in our semi-annual Roadside Cleanup project.  Sara Knight, Immediate Past President and Community Service Chair brought the donuts.  Others participating included: Robert Mintz, Ed Vallely, Howard Michael, and Adam Keppel.  Our Club has adopted one mile of Rt 83 near The Grove Country Club in Long Grove.  It's often interesting the types of items the Club finds during these roadside cleanups.  We'll check for an update at our weekly meeting on Tuesday morning.
Adopt A Highway Program in Long Grove Jim Dopler 2016-10-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Oct 15, 2016
Thanks to Karl Riehn, and his wife, Marlene, for hosting our first End Polio Now Dinner for the 2016-2017 Rotary Year.  The Riehn's welcomed Club members to their home to enjoy a traditional German style dinner..  Those attending included: Jim Dopler and his wife, Marilyn; Don Biciste and his wife, Jan; Lyle Staab; Adam Keppel and his wife, Christina, and Dr. Ed Vallely, and his wife,.  Great friends, great food, and a great cause!
End Polio Now Dinner Jim Dopler 2016-10-15 05:00:00Z 0
Race Director Lyle Staab led a recap and celebration of this year's Rotary Race for Charity at our meeting on October 11th. The highlight was the presentation of donations from the club to the four charities with continuous participation greater than five years, in appreciation of our enduring partnership. We reviewed the results of the survey sent out to participants, discussed what well well and could be improved, and were thanked for providing the opportunity the Race presents to small charities in the community. We were honored to be joined by representatives of four of our partner charities - Katie Lowitzki of Exodus World Service, Dave Charlton of the Christopher Steele Foundation, Susan Urbanski of the Mothers' Milk Bank, and Brenda Miller of the Riverside Foundation. Representatives of a number of our sponsors - Toyoda, Huber Financial, Historic Downtown Long Grove, Runners Hi 'n Tri, Associates for General Dentistry, and Riehn Insurance - were also in attendance. Thanks to all for their support and participation.
Recap and celebration of the 19th Rotary Race for Charity Lyle Staab 2016-10-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Oct 10, 2016
On Sunday evening, October 9th, The Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods hosted the weekly community dinner at Emmaus House in Lake Zurich.  The event was organized by Club President, Jim Dopler.  Other participating Club members included: Greg Cardelli, Bill Ferreira, Adam Keppel.  Spouses Marilyn Dopler and Christina Keppel also volunteered.  The dinner consisted of fried chicken, potato salad, dinner salad, several hot vegetables, coffee, lemonade, and assorted sweets..  This is the second time the Club has hosted the dinner this year.  Approximately 180 guests were served this week.
Rotary Club Hosts Emmaus House Community Dinner Jim Dopler 2016-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Oct 03, 2016
Robert Mintz and Jim Dopler just returned from our 2016 Dental Mission to the Dominican Republic.  The Mission was held at a parochial school in La Vega, Dominican Republic.  Other members of the team included Rotary members from the Cherry Creek, Colorado Rotary Club (Dr. Scott Johnson, Dr. Sarah Werner, Dr. William Bissell, Patty Nelson and her son JP) as well as from Scottsdale, AZ (Shirley Berk).  This group was supplemented by about 10 local Rotarians, several of which were also Dentists, as well as several volunteers from the school.  Still other Rotary volunteers helped out with all ground transportation.
La Vega is the third largest city in the Dominican Republic, originally founded by Christopher Columbus in the late 1400;s.  The metropolitan area has a population of nearly 250,000.  It also has a poverty rate exceeding 35%, far eclipsing that found in the United States.  Much of the local housing surrounding the school consisted of very small stucco type homes, mostly with metal roofs and dirt floors.
The team saw nearly 300 students over the course of the week, many requiring secondary visits during the week. The was the first time nearly all of the students had every received dental care.
The Rotarians set up a six chair dental clinic in the auditorium of the school.  Three chairs were used mostly for cleanings while the others were for more difficult dental procedures.
At the end of the trip, team members were invited to attend a weekly meeting of the local Rotary Club in La Vega, which has been in existence for 75 years.
Club flags were exchanged and Certificates of Appreciation were provided to team members.  Host Rotary members were also very gracious in opening their homes on two evenings and hosting dinners for team members.  Our thanks go out to PGD, Aura Basilis De Mena, for serving as our primary point of contact for the project in the Dominican Republic, and Robert Mintz, for arrangements for those coming from the U.S.
Next year, plans are already underway for a Dental Mission to Ecuador..
2016 Dental Mission to the Dominican Republic Jim Dopler 2016-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
2016 Rotary Race for Charity - Chicago Tribune Article 2016-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Sep 10, 2016
Today was our major fundraising event of the year.  It was our 19th annual Rotary Race for Charity.  This year we had nine local charities participating and a host of local business sponsors.  We were all at the race site at 5:45 AM to continue preparations.  Sausages to be grilled.  Pancakes to be flipped.  Walk-ins to be processed.  Tablecloths and chairs to be made ready.  Tropihies to be lined up.  We weren't going to let a little rain spoil all of this fun.  For some early photos of the event, please go to the Facebook page of one of our sponsors, Chick-fil-A of Kildeer.  We're still tallying the results.  Thanks again to all of our sponsors, charities, walkers, runners, Rotarians and friends and family who made this another great event for the community!  Race results may be found at:
2016 Rotary Race for Charity Jim Dopler 2016-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Sep 04, 2016
We're sponsoring a local Boy Scout, Reuben Gutmann, as he begins work on his Eagle Scout project.  He will be researching, designing and installing some new signs at Reed Turner Woods in Long Grove.  On completion, Reuben will be joining us at one of our breakfast meetings to provide a review of his project.
Eagle Scout Project Jim Dopler 2016-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Sep 04, 2016
A new bench has been ordered for the Foglia YMCA to install outdoors next to our Little Free Library.  It should be shipping and ready for installation by the end of October.
Rotary Club donates Bench to Foglia YMCA Jim Dopler 2016-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Sep 01, 2016
Our article publicizing Registration for the 2016 Rotary Race for Charity hit the Daily Herald today on page 2 of the Neighbor and Classifieds section.  Check it out.
Registration Underway for Rotary Race for Charity Jim Dopler 2016-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Aug 30, 2016
Thanks to Race Director, Lyle Staab, for coordinating and leading our Race Day Process Review meeting for this year.  Every year this meeting gives us a chance to review our processes with the charities one week before the Race.  This year we have eight returning charities and one new one.  This is always a great opportunity for our charities to get to know one another a little more in depth, and for us to answer any questions they may have.
2016 Rotary Race for Charity - Race Day Process Review Jim Dopler 2016-08-30 05:00:00Z 0
Sons of the Never Wrong on Sunday George Dorner 2016-08-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Aug 22, 2016
We recently received the following note from Emmaus House of Hospitality in Lake Zurich:  "Emmaus House would like to thank everyone on your Rotary team  for your generous donations of food and helpfulness at the recent Community Dinner.  It is only because of groups like yours that Emmaus House can provide these benefits to our community 48 of 52 Sunday evenings each year.  Thank you, one and all, for joining hands with us to take care of the Lord's people.  Blessings.  Emmaus House of Hospitality."
Thank You from Emmaus House Jim Dopler 2016-08-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Aug 08, 2016
This year our Club tried something new to get the word out about our Club.  We sponsored a local concert as part of the Hawthorn Woods Concert in the Park series.  The event was last Friday evening from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  The weather was great.  The band was "Second Time Around", who played classic rock.  Thanks to Lyle Staab for setting up a tent, display table, and our Rotary feather flags to help advertise our Club.  Lyle brought his family and a number of friends with him to enjoy a large table full of goodies.  Thanks for Jon Jansky (and Jen) for introducing the band and providing the crowd a little background on our Club.  Thanks to Jim and Marilyn Dopler for manning the table during the concert.  Thanks to Sara Knight, her family and friends for coming out for the evening.  Thanks also to Amy Scholz, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, for coordinating our sponsorship of the event with us.  The Mayor (Joe Mancino) and Chief Operating Officer (Pam Newton) were kind enough to drop by and say hello, and to thank us for getting more involved in the Village over the past year.  We all agreed to look for additional ways we could work together moving forward.  We also got to sit and watch a number of children checking out our recently installed Little Free Library.
Hawthorn Woods Concert in the Park Jim Dopler 2016-08-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Aug 03, 2016
The Riverside Foundation has facilities in both Lincolnshire and Vernon Hills.  They rebrand the Race as "Race for Riverside - 5K Run and 3K Walk".  They are providing excellent marketing of the event on their website, and have submitted articles to the local Lake Forest newspaper.  To learn more about their mission, please visit them at:
Spotlight on Our Rotary Race Charities - Riverside Foundation Jim Dopler 2016-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 23, 2016
Please follow this link to the Facebook page of one of our Charities for 2016, PADS, Lake County.
Please check their listing in June, advertising their upcoming participation in our event. 
Spotlight on Our Rotary Race Charities - PADS Lake County 2016-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 18, 2016
We were honored to have distinguished visitors at our meeting on July 12th.  Charter member Bill Schwartz, back from Australia and now living in Arizona, and 1998 inductee Prem Advani, who lives in Florida, were in town and joined us for breakfast.  Each gave us a few words on what they've been up to.  They were able to hear a great presentation by Ciri Stom on the efforts by her family to make a difference in memory of her sons who died of drug overdoses,  We wish luck to the Jeremy Stom Remembrance Foundation.  
Visit from Members Past Lyle Staab 2016-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jul 05, 2016
This week, new member Greg Cardelli spent some time going over his biography for us.  It included his background in Accounting, his family in Hawthorn Woods, and a unique assortment of family pets.  Thanks Greg, for sharing your life story.  Our second presenter of the day was Lyle Staab, with an update on the Rotary Race for Charity,  New marketing materials have been created for this year, as well as a redesigned front end website.  Most tasks are well underway.  We have nine charities on board so far for this year, and are hoping for one or two more.  We are still soliciting sponsors for the event, so please keep Robert Mintz informed of your efforts in this area.
A New Member Bio and a Rotary Race for Charity Update Jim Dopler 2016-07-05 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to new President Jim Dopler and his leadership team on their installation on June 28th. We're looking forward to another productive and fun filled year, working together.
From left: Installing Officer, Club Member, and Past District Governor Bill Ferreira; newly installed President Jim Dopler; and members of the Board.


Installation of officers for 2016-17 Lyle Staab 2016-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
Getting excited about the 19th Rotary Race for Charity! 2016-06-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jun 16, 2016
I'm not sure where to begin to say "Thank You" to Lyle Staab for completely redesigning the front end to our Race website.  Everything flows beautifully.  The new HOME page is attention grabbing with photos that really capture the feel of the event.  You can now directly link to our sponsor and charity websites as well.  We also need to thank Aaron Underwood for continuing to maintain the back end custom Registration system.  I know lots of hours go into keeping our Race application vibrant and ready for another year.  Check it out at
Great Job guys!  
New Website for Rotary Race for Charity Jim Dopler 2016-06-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jun 13, 2016
Thanks to everyone who came out to help prepare and serve dinner on Sunday evening at Emmaus House in Lake Zurich.  Participating Club members included: Jim Dopler, (Marilyn Dopler), Lyle Staab, Jon Jansky, Ed CruickshanK, (Stephanie Cruickshank) and Bill Ferreira.  The meal consisted of Fried chicken, peas, corn, potato salad, pasta salad, garden salad, veggie tray, coffee, and lemonade.  We had over 170 guests attending, which one of the highest headcounts of the year.  Emmaus House does a tremendous job of servicing those in need of food in Lake County.  They host this Sunday evening meal every week, along with a food pantry of donations from local food stores including Jewel, Marianno's, PeaPod, etc.  A core group of church volunteers has been running the program for more than ten years.  Emmaus House is a ministry of St. Francis de Sales Catholic church.  This is the third time our Rotary Club has sponsored the meal.  The Rotary Club of Lake Zurich also sponsors the meal several times per year.
Rotary Club Serves up Community Dinner at Emmaus House Jim Dopler 2016-06-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jun 05, 2016
Our Rotary Club completed its most recent project this past week with the installation of a new Little Free Library (LFL) at the Community Park in Hawthorn Woods.  The park is located at the northwest corner of Quentin and Old McHenry Roads.  The LFL, which is located between the pavilion and the children's playground, is in the shape of a rustic red barn, selected to match the style of the nearby Village Hall and Administrative Center.  The LFL was stocked with books generously donated by Club members over the past several weeks.  The Project was initiated by Club Secretary and President-Elect Jim Dopler with additional design and construction assistance from Don Biciste.  Installation work was completed by the Village of Hawthorn Woods.  Club members will all have a chance to view the new LFL later this summer when the Club sponsors one of the Concerts in the Park on August 5th.This is the second LFL donated by the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods.  The first was installed last year at the Foglia YMCA in Lake Zurich.  
New Little Free Library donated to Hawthorn Woods Jim Dopler 2016-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jun 04, 2016
Thanks to the Rotary Club members and guests that attended our recent Fifth Tuesday Social Event last Tuesday evening at Broken Earth Winery in Long Grove.  We had appetizers and pizza catered by Village Pizza and BBQ in Long Grove.  The comfy leather furniture led to three main conversation groups for the evening, with members free to come and go between them to catch up on all the latest area news.  It's nice to have these quarterly social get togethers and have more time to get to know each other on a more personal basis. 
Fifth Tuesday Social Event Jim Dopler 2016-06-04 05:00:00Z 0

On May 24th, Nimesh Jhaveri, a member of the Board of Directors of Imerman Angels, was our speaker. Imerman Angels partners anyone seeking cancer support with someone just like them – a “Mentor Angel”. A Mentor Angel is a cancer survivor or caregiver who is the same age, same gender, and most importantly who has faced the same type of cancer. Nimesh is also the executive director of pharmacy and healthcare experience of Walgreens. It was a great presentation, and several in the audience spoke to Nimesh after the meeting about getting involved with Imerman Angels. Thanks, Nimesh!

Nimesh also mentioned that Walgreen's adopted Rotary's Four Way Test in 1955, and that he has a copy displayed on his desk.  See  

Imerman Angels 2016-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. Neil Perlman, Past President of the Lincolnshire RC, gave an interesting, personal presentation about Lynch Syndrome, a genetic disorder which is carried in his family and often without knowledge along the family tree of many others. He presented many facts and advice to the rest of us about this syndrome.
Neil and his sister, also an M.D., have founded CCARE, the Colon Cancer Alliance for Research and Education for Lynch Syndrome, See
The pic shows Dr. Perlman coopted for a cookbook plug with Bill Ferreira
Fascinating Story of Little Known Cancer Indicator 2016-05-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Dorner on May 10, 2016
Our new meeting place is finally open for business and getting customers. Thanks to the Village Pizza and BBQ for hosting us during your startup. And the surroundings are fine. 
It's Spring! George Dorner 2016-05-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 09, 2016
Club member and Long Grove Historical Society President Aaron Underwood did his part to promote Long Grove's upcoming Chocolate Fest. See  
Club Member Aaron Underwood in character! 2016-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 03, 2016
Rotarian Ross Spencer, back from his winter hideaway in Florida, filled us in on one of our favorite charity's activities.
ShelterBOX Update 2016-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on May 03, 2016
On Friday, April 29th, several Club members attended the Memorial Service for Founding Club Member, Jim Runnfeldt.  Those attending included Jim Dopler, Lyle Staab, Ryan Birch, George Dorner, Bill Ferreira, Sara Knight, Aaron Underwood (and Angie), and Lucy Adduci.  Former Club member Wally Fricker and his wife even came down to join us from Galena, IL.  Numerous other Rotary members from around the Chicago area were also on hand.  The service was held in the Chapel at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, where Jim was a long time member and a volunteer.  There were over 100 friends and family in attendance.  Three of those attending were invited to speak as part of the program.  Jim's son was the first speaker to give everyone some insight into the family man.  Bill Ferreira was next up, to provide some perspective on Jim's involvement in Rotary for much of his life.  And finally, a member of Willow Creek Hospitality ministry was asked to speak, representing one of the many volunteer teams that Jim served on at the church.  At this morning's breakfast meeting, Bill Ferreira added that perhaps the best way we can all honor Jim is to keep the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods a vibrant, service oriented Club in the communities we serve.  Jim certainly gave us all a good example to follow.  
Memorial Service for Jim Runnfeldt Jim Dopler 2016-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on May 03, 2016
Several of our Club members were brave enough to ignore the forecast for rain on Sunday, May 1st, and participate in our Spring Roadside Clean Up project along Route 83 in Long Grove.  Current members Andrew Keppel, Robert Mintz, Ryan Birch, and Aaaron Underwood were joined by prospective new member Greg Cardelli.  No "treasures" were found this year, but it allowed some great quality time for the guys.  Thanks to all of you for helping to keep our community looking so good.  This effort is done several times per year by our Club as part of the State's "Adopt A Highway" program.
Spring 2016 Roadside Clean Up Jim Dopler 2016-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler
Thanks to Jon Jansky for extending our recent Pet Food Drive into March.  Last Saturday he made a special delivery of donated cat food and cat supplies to Barb's Precious Rescue in Palatine.  This weekend, Jon dropped off the dog related items at Jim Dopler's house, where they were collected by Foster 2 Home on Sunday..  Thanks again to Jon and his peers at Morgan Stanley in Deerfield for making this project a success.
Pet Food Drive Jim Dopler 2016-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lyle Staab on Apr 14, 2016

Jim Runnfeldt, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods, lifelong Rotarian, friend to many, and loving father, passed away on April 13th.  His daughter Kelly asked us to share the following message with his Rotary family:

Hello Everyone,

Jay and I wanted to let you all know that Dad passed away peacefully last night.  
As many of you know, his cancer had become incredibly aggressive and he was admitted to the ICU at the University of Chicago two weeks ago.  He was moved to the Marshak Family Hospice Care Center in Glenview this past weekend where the family was able to spend quality time with him before he passed.
We feel very fortunate for the care that he received, especially with hospice, as the people that surrounded us his last few days allowed us all to feel at peace.
The visitation and memorial will take place on Friday, April 29th in the Chapel at Willow Creek Community Church located at 67 E. Algonquin Road, South Barrington, IL 60010.
Visitation: 9:00AM - 10:45AM 
Memorial Service: 11:00AM 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rotary International, see attachment, or Willow Creek Community Church 67 E. Algonquin Road, South Barrington, IL 60010 with James H. Runnfeldt noted in the memo.
Please feel free to forward on this email.
We thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time,
Jay Runnfeldt and Kelly Zima 
Kelly Zima
Jay Runnfeldt
James H. Runnfeldt, RIP Lyle Staab 2016-04-14 05:00:00Z 0

Fran Lagno, a Rotary Youth Exchange student from Chile attending Buffalo Grove High School, was our speaker at the meeting on April 5th. She told us about Chile and her home town, displayed her Fiestas Patrias cueca dress, and shared her experiences in the Exchange program. Fran will join the other 10 Rotary Youth Exchange incoming students in entertaining the attendees of the District Conference banquet on April 30th.

Fran is sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Buffalo Grove and Wheeling. She was accompanied by Martha Weiss, Buffalo Grove Rotarian and exchange coordinator.

Chilean Rotary Youth Exchange Student 2016-04-06 05:00:00Z 0

Our program of March 15th on the new Primrose School of Long Grove, which will open this summer, featured owner Rich Wierzchon and school director Sarah Simon. They were joined by Village President (and honorary Club member) Angie Underwood, and by Ryan Messner and John Kopecky of the Historic Downtown Long Grove Association.

Angie's blog, "Life in Long Grove", mentioned the visit and detailed how Primrose plans to serve the community's children and make a difference in this area. Check it out: And join the notification list for Angie's blog, to get her reports on developments in the community.

Thanks, Rich and Sarah!

Primrose School is coming to Long Grove Lyle Staab 2016-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Mar 14, 2016
Thanks to Jim Dopler, Lyle Staab, George Dorner, and Bill Ferriera for participating in our Rotary information booth at the 2016 Lake Zurich Community Showcase this past Saturday.  We shared a booth with our friends from the Rotary Club of Lake Zurich.
RCLG at the 2016 Lake Zurich Community Showcase Jim Dopler 2016-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

At our meeting of March 8th, guest Karl Maurer (left) talked about the his involvement with Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital, starting with his son's medical condition, and later as a volunteer and advocate for patients.  Rich Goode, the Senior Planned and Major Gifts Officer at the hospital's Foundation, (second from right) then shared information about developments at the hospital and explained how contributions help them deliver their vision of making the world a better place for children and families.  Also pictured are Club President Sara Knight and program host Ed Cruickshank.

The Magic of Lurie Children's Hospital 2016-03-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Mar 06, 2016
President-Elect Jim Dopler attended the Midwest PETS Training Event this weekend.  Thanks again to everyone who donated cash (via Happy Dollars) and/or clothing and groceries for our Service Project this year.  As usual, the donations greatly exceeded all original expectations.  The beneficiaries were AMVETS of Wisconsin and Veterans Groups in Illinois.
Midwest PETS Training Jim Dopler 2016-03-06 06:00:00Z 0

Author Jim Proebstle presented at our meeting of March 1st to tell the story of his family's experience with football and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, as recounted in his book "Unintended Impact: One Athlete's Journey from Concussions in Amateur Football to CTE Dementia".

Personal Experience with CTE 2016-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
A great time was had by the attendees at the End Polio Now dinner hosted by the Staabs. There was more than enough food, more than a few laughs, and great conversation. Thanks for Lyle and AnnMarie for their hospitality, and thanks to the participants, whose generosity helped us raise $600 for the campaign to eradicate Polio.
Benefit Dinner to End Polio 2016-02-27 06:00:00Z 0

On February 9th, Brian Otte, VP of HR and IT at Toyoda Machinery USA spoke to us about how his company is applying Cloud Computing in its business, and deploying it to their workforce throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico

And on February 16th, Mark Small, Deputy Chief of the Long Grove Fire Protection District, provided an update on CERT and on FEMA's preparations for winter weather emergencies.


Recent Speakers 2016-02-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Feb 07, 2016
Our friends at the Lake County Haven recently sent us the following "Thank You" note.
Dear Jim and our friends with the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods.
Thank you for adopting December 1st at our shelter in honor of your 21st anniversary!  Thanks to your support, today we were able to offer our residents a career skills workshop to help them identify and present their marketable skills to potential employers.  Thank you so much for your generosity !
Lake County Haven
"Thank You" from Lake County Haven Jim Dopler 2016-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 02, 2016

Betsy Skibinski spoke at yesterday's meeting on Alzheimer's: Signs, Symptoms, and a Personal Story.
Presentation on Alzheimer's 2016-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jan 30, 2016

This morning, Marilyn and I dropped off 45 lbs of dog food at Petsmart in Mt. Prospect, where Foster 2 Home was holding one of their weekly adoption events. They had seven dogs on site and ready for adoption, with a few more new ones scheduled to arrive this afternoon. If tail wags are any indication, everyone was thrilled with the donation from our Pet Food Drive.

Founder Cathy Maloney had with her, a copy of an article about our 2016 Pet Food Drive that appeared this week in several community newspapers including the Lake Zurich Courier and the Buffalo Grove Countryside.

2016 Pet Food / Pet Supplies Drive Update Jim Dopler 2016-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 27, 2016

We're pleased to announce that Toyoda Machinery USA is the first sponsor to commit to support this year's Heritage Race, which will be held on Saturday, September 10th in Long Grove. Club Member and Toyoda USA's President and COO Howard Michael presented the check to Club President Sara Knight.

Over the Race's first 18 years, our Club has partnered with more 30 local charities to raise more than $1.3 million for our and their causes.



Rotary Club of Long Grove / Kildeer / Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, USA's photo.

Toyoda Machinery USA becomes this year's first Heritage Race Sponsor 2016-01-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jan 27, 2016


Angel, one of the many cats available for adoption at Barb's Precious Rescue and Adoption Center in Palatine, takes a few minutes to enjoy some of the wonderful pet food recently donated by the community through the 2016 Rotary Pet Food Drive.
2016 Rotary Pet Food / Pet Supplies Drive Update Jim Dopler 2016-01-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 26, 2016

We're sponsoring Tressa Macaludo, a sophomore at Stevenson High School, for a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards weekend in East Troy, WI in March. RYLA aims to recognise publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities, provide an effective training experience for potential leaders, and encourage leadership of youth by youth.
Tressa and her father Dave attended last week's meeting, where she read her terrific application essay.
We know you'll enjoy RYLA, Tressa!
Tressa Macaludo to attend RYLA 2016-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
Worldwide, there were 72 official cases of Polio in 2015: 19 in Afghanistan and 53 in Pakistan. This is the lowest level reported since Rotary pledged to eliminate the disease in 1985; that year, there were 350,000 cases.
As of January 25th, there have been zero new cases reported in 2016.
Polio Update 2016-01-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jan 14, 2016

We're sponsoring a Pet Food / Pet Supplies drive from January 1st to February 15th, 2016, to benefit two of our partner charities, Barb's Precious Rescue and Adoption Center in Palatine, and Foster 2 Home in Arlington Heights.
2016 Rotary Pet Food / Pet Supplies Drive Underway Jim Dopler 2016-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
Grant to Emmaus House Makes the News... 2015-12-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Nov 21, 2015
On Friday, November 20th, members of the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods purchased enough food to pack several SUVs and delivered it to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at St. Mary's Church in Buffalo Grove.  This has become an annual event for the Club.  Members participating included: Bill Ferreira, Ryan Birch, Ed Cruickshank, Ross Spencer, Lyle Staab, Ed Vallely, and Brian Cohan.  The coordinator for the event was Andrew Keppel.
St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at St. Mary's Church, Buffalo Grove Jim Dopler 2015-11-21 06:00:00Z 0
Nice Spread on Heritage Event 2015-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Emmaus House Community Dinner Jim Dopler 2015-10-19 05:00:00Z 0

Kevin Stevens, North Chicago Rotarian and Navy veteran, is Veteran Affairs Liaison for District 6440.  On September 22nd he gave us an overview of activities between Rotarians and local veterans. 

Veterans Affair Liaison addresses club Jim Dopler 2015-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
Our Little Free Library Gets Some Attention George Dorner 2015-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
We have a new Club brochure... 2015-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Article on upcoming Heritage Race George Dorner for Jim Dopler 2015-08-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jun 04, 2015

The Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, Hawthorn Woods has installed a new Little Free Library at the Foglia YMCA in Lake Zurich.  Jim Dopler and Don Biciste braved the heat wave in the mid-80s to install the library this week.  The cedar library was ordered on line.  However, there was still lots of fun to be had staining it, building and staining the post and actually installing it.  Don put his keen construction and hardware background to good use on this project, by designing in extra support.  I think this library could withstand a tornado.  The library shelf has been filled with books donated by Club members, along with a few children's book purchased from the local Goodwill store.  This is a great gift to the community we serve, and should be enjoyed for years to come.  Jim Dopler will be following up this project with a related request for funding for some flowers and a bench to accompany the library.

Little Free Library at Foglia YMCA Jim Dopler 2015-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Dopler on Jun 02, 2015
On May 27th, President Karl Riehn and his wife hosted an End Polio Now Dinner at their home in Long Grove.  It was a fabulous evening that began with drinks and h'orsdeuvres.  This was followed by a wonderful German themed meal.  Afterwards, everyone retired to the Family Room to watch the Chicago Blackhawks win game seven of their series to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
End Polio Now Dinner Jim Dopler 2015-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Dopler on Apr 19, 2015


Thanks to Ryan Birch, Howard Michael, Robert Mintz, Sara Knight, and George Dorner for getting up early this past Saturday and beautifying Old Route 53.  Special thanks to Jonathan Mintz for lending a helping hand (and young back).  It would have been a much longer morning without his help.

Earth Day - Roadside Clean Up on Old Route 53 James Dopler 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Foster 2 Home: A great article on one of our new LGHR charities for 2015 James Dopler 2015-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Nice article in The Herald on our Dental Mission George Dorner 2015-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Dopler on Jan 15, 2015

Last week, Club member, Robert Mintz, Long Grove, was the speaker at the regular weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer and Hawthorn Woods.  He provided an excellent presentation on a Dental Mission to Nicaragua, recently co-sponsored by the Club.  The meeting was held on Tuesday morning, at Smokin T’s restaurant, Long Grove.  Late last year, Club member, Dr. Ed Vallely and his son, Sean, were given the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua to help the underprivileged with their dental needs.  They served the Orphan Network of Casa Bernabe in Veracruz, which is a suburb of Managua. This mission was a combined effort between the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer and Hawthorn Woods and the Rotary Club of Denver.  They set up a temporary clinic on the premises and treated 400-500 people in need of dental care over the course of four days. A team of six doctors, two hygienists and five supporting team members from the United States participated. In addition, the Local Rotary provided more volunteers to make this a true international mission.  To learn more about the ORPHANetwork of Casa Bernabe, view photos, or read recent blog posts, please visit their website.  

It was quite an adventure for all involved.  Fourteen crates of equipment and disposables came along for the journey.  The group endured 90 degree heat, humidity, and even some torrential rains.  In addition to serving the children of the Orphanage, the group also provided services to two busloads of other local children per day, which were organized by local churches.  Robert Mintz, one of the supporting team members, had the opportunity to get interviewed about the project by the local television station (in Spanish).  In order to keep the children’s interest, the group brought along Beanie Babies, donated by the Rotary International staff in Chicago.  Several members of the team also provided face painting to keep the children entertained while awaiting their turn with the Dentists.  This was the 21st Dental Mission the group has been involved in over the years.  This is an ongoing sustainable project that is part of the international service that is provided by Rotary clubs in 34,000 communities in 200 countries and territories.

International Dental Mission in Nicaragua James Dopler 2015-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Dopler on Jan 12, 2015
Laura Sabino, Executive Director, The Lake County Haven, Libertyville, recently sent us a "Thank You" card as follows.  Thank you for your donation of $250.00 for our Adopt-a-Night program.  By sponsoring a night at the Haven's shelter, you provided safety, sanctuary, and the opportunity for a new start for homeless women and children.  Because of you there was a safe shelter, a warm bed, and a nutritious meal.  There was counseling, career help, and emotional support.  There was a caring community for women and children who have endured extensive trauma.  Your gift has changed people's lives, forever.  On behalf of the people you reached out and helped: thank you !  A hand written note was also included as follows.  Thank you so much for adopting December 20th at our shelter in honor of your 20th anniversary.  Our shelter was full with eleven women and children working hard to become independent.  One special moment for our home that evening was being able to hear one of our young moms sing a lullaby to her child as she rocked her to sleep.  This was possible because of your generosity.  Thank you.  Lake County Haven.
A Thank You Note from the Lake County Haven, Libertyville James Dopler 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
20th Anniversary or RCLG,K,HW Celebrated on November 1 George Dorner 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Emmaus House Community Dinner, 10/12/14 James Dopler 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Dorner on Sep 05, 2014

With perfect weather and a joyous crowd, Michael Marty was the top winner in the 17th Heritage Race today, September 6. Hs time of 18 minutes flat was over a minute faster than the second place finisher.


Theresa Peterson of Highland Park was the fastest woman in Long Grove this Saturday.


Photos with family members appear for each of our champions. Thanks and our congratulations to them for supporting our efforts to help 10 charities and ourselves.


2014 Heritage Event is History - Here are the top winners! George Dorner 2014-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by George Dorner on Jul 14, 2014


Don Biciste arranged a presentation about the Community Emergency Response Team for our area in the person of Gregg Heineman, Hawthorn Woods, who is the volunteer coordinator of the CERT organization for our area. Don serves on the Board of this organization. Gregg is shown here with Marc Small of the Long Grove Fire Protection District. Marc coordinates the CERT program for southern Lake County from the professional side.

Rotarians Hear About CERT George Dorner 2014-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Another Strawberry Fest Weekend in Long Grove George Dorner 2011-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Sign on Old 53 Acknowledges RCLG Cleanup Efforts George Dorner 2010-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
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President Karl with our delightful Brazilian exchange student, Bia Reis, and her Mom at the July 8 meeting. Mom is here to take Bia home in just a couple of weeks.

Bia and Mom Visit Us George Dorner 0
We Have A New Member! He Had A Unique Installation Experience! George Dorner 0
Posted by George Dorner


Julie Funnell, Cadaques, Spain  recently made a second trip to help support the loosely organized multi-national project we have participated in a remote village, Dassa Vedji, Benin. You probably won't find it on a map.

Video Walkaround of Benin Orphanage George Dorner 0
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If you look over to the left on the Home Page under Downloads, you will be able to get the PDF file showing the finishing order of 330 runners in the September 6, 2014 race.

And we include here a nice photo showing the top senior finisher, James Kubik, Glenview, and the top senior woman finisher in the race​, Suzanne Gibson, Barrington. Between them is her husband, Dr. Mark Gibson, who was the second senior finisher.

And there's another photo of Michael Marty, bearing down on the finish.







Complete 2014 Race Results to Download - More WInners George Dorner 0
Posted by George Dorner

On July 1 We met in the Riehn back yard for a picnic and the installation of new officers, who are now listed at the left. Karl Riehn was sworn in by Past District Governor Bill Ferreira for the second time as President. Karl Acknowledged Lyle Staab's guidance and leadership over the past year, and a plaque was presented. Lyle thanked him and urged us on to greater accomplishments.Image

New Regime Assumes Control Under President Riehn George Dorner 0
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Lyle Staab has been our President for almost a year now. His successor, Karl Riehn, presented him with this hat at a recent meeting.




Chairman Lyle's Rule Near An End George Dorner 0
2013 Heritage Run/Walk and Breakfast are history - a nice history George Dorner 0
Info on Rotarian World Cookbook on this webpage George Dorner 0
Posted by Aaron Underwood

Thomas Kinkade, the prolific painter of bucolic and idealized scenes who estimated that his mass-produced works hung in one out of 20 American homes, died on Friday at his home in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 54. Among his works was "The Rotary Club Meeting" depicted on our home page - RCLG.ORG
"The Rotary Club Meeting" Artist Passes Aaron Underwood 0
Rotarians & Friends at Food Pantry - June 3 George Dorner 0
Founding of Our Club James Runnfeldt 0
Posted by George Dorner
You may see a 3 minute video composed of photos shot at the September 12 Heritage Run/Walk on Youtube now.
See us on George Dorner 0
One of our own is the District Governor George Dorner 0