Day of Service at Bernie's Book Bin Deb 2021-11-09 06:00:00Z 0

Coat Off Your Back Update



What Our Club Members Can Do: Help Monitor Barrels; Encourage Friends & Family to Donate; Share on Your Social Media Pages

November 21, 2021 Report: Coat sorting started.  Photo description: The first two columns are adult winter (second column mostly empty so far).  The third (mostly empty) and fourth columns are adult light/medium weight.   The fifth column is kids winter.   Sixth is empty.  Seventh is kids light/medium. 
On the table in the foreground are adult dress coats.  On the right side of the picture, the black bags and the coats in the cabinets behind them are unsorted.   
The coats in the bags are from barrel pickup around town. The coats in the cabinets on the right are from Illuminate Northbrook.  Estimate:  150 sorted.  200 coats not yet sorted.  100-200 coats collected from barrels but not yet delivered to Holy Cross. Total coats collected so far are in the 500 range.
Rotary Club of Northbrook’s “Coat Off Your Back” drive has helped to mitigate a local problem in partnership with refugee settling organizations including World Relief Chicago.  This year – as you go through your previous season winterwear - consider donating to Coat Off Your Back! You may also buy new items to donate as well. Donation bins for the Rotary Club “Coats Off Your Back” drive can be found throughout the Village of Northbrook at the following locations:
  • NSYMCA: 2705 Techny Rd;
  • Northbrook Library: 1201 Cedar Ln;
  • Sunset Foods: 1127 Church St;
  • Northbrook Village Hall: 1225 Cedar Ln;
  • Northbrook Bank & Trust: Sanders-Dundee/Sanders-SE Corner;
  • Cleaners: Sanders-Dundee/Sanders-SE Corner;
  • Northern Weathermakers: 339 Anthony Trail;
  • North Shore Place: 1000 Sunset Ridge Rd;
  • Waterway Gas & Wash: 2300 Waukegan Rd;
  • Northbrook Bank & Trust: 1100 Waukegan Rd;
  • Orange Theory: 3101 Dundee Rd.
  • North Shore Transit: 2045 Shermer Rd. (Drive thru during open hours)
Please join The Rotary Club of Northbrook in collecting needed winter gear such as new or gently worn Jackets, Coats, Scarves, Hats, Gloves, and Boots for those served by World Relief.  All sizes and genders from adult to children will help. For additional locations, to donate to Rotary, or to contact John Cavanaugh, log on to
Coat Off Your Back Update  Kathi Quinn 2021-10-31 05:00:00Z 0 #COAT off your back,#Rotary Northbrook

Proactive Habits for Personal + Professional Success

Howard Wallach Presents
Proactive Habits for Personal + Professional Success
Oct 12, 2021
Howard Wallach is the 2021 winner of the Daily Herald Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards Lifetime Achievement Award.  
His business is A-Z Entertainment, LTD and his area of expertise is in corporate & special events, entertainment and production.  
In his presentation, Proactive Habits for Professional and Personal Success, he will focus on actionable tips to position yourself for achievement and accelerated performance.
This is a great event to attend for those considering Rotary membership for themselves or their corporate team!
Proactive Habits for Personal + Professional Success Kathi Quinn 2021-10-10 05:00:00Z 0 #motivational speaker,@A to Z Entertainment,@Howard Wallach
Bronze Award! Donna Gulley 2021-09-01 05:00:00Z 0 #shelterbox,Northbrook Rotary
District Conference - June 2 2021-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Blood Drive Success! Thanks Culver's! 2021-05-16 05:00:00Z 0 #Culvers #Blood Drive,#Rotary Northbrook

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
Each May, during Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we celebrate the history and achievements of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) across our Nation. This year has been particularly difficult for the AAPI community with many businesses and families dealing with the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as increases in anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents across the nation.
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month 2021-05-09 05:00:00Z 0 #APPI,#End Racism,#Rotary Exchange Students,#StopAsianHate,#Women in Rotary,#endracism,Rotary International


The Wilmette Harbor and Evanston Lighthouse Clubs are collaborating with the Alliance for the Great Lakes on a beach cleanup on April 24th in recognition of the Anniversary.  We encourage other clubs and/or individual members to adopt a beach, registering with the Alliance.  This is a great way to build relationships in your community, and to kick off “Supporting the Environment” as the new Rotary Area of Focus. Questions?  Contact District Environmental Chair Mark Gibson.
CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF EARTH DAY Kathi Quinn 2021-04-18 05:00:00Z 0 #ArborDay,#Earth day,#EarthDay,Northbrook Rotary,Service Projects

Do Not Miss This Event!


Event Celebrates 75 years of Rotary and UN

Posted on April 2, 2021
By Mary Eileen Shackleton, 2020-21 governor of District 7230 and multi-district conference convener
I was thrilled to be at the 2020 International Assembly when then Rotary International President-Elect Holger Knaack revealed his presidential theme, “Rotary Opens Opportunities.” Knaack gave those present a small puzzle based upon his theme as a memento. Little did I realize that it would later lead to an epiphany.
A few months later, COVID-19 was devastating Rotary District 7230 and my home of greater New York City – the United States epicenter of the pandemic. I was forced to cancel our in-person District Leadership Team Installation. Frankly, I was depressed, scared, and wondering how to pull it all together. It was then that I felt the full force that Rotary and three words can have. With a quick glance at Knaack’s theme puzzle, I realized I was going to have to put the pieces together and build our own doorways to opportunities.
Not long after, TV and movie actress Téa Leoni appeared on cable news to promote a telethon that she was hosting for UNICEF. Following in her grandmother’s and father’s footsteps, the actress is a board member of UNICEF USA and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. UNICEF is one of our partners in the fight to eradicate polio. Our district was getting the hang of virtual events, so I thought maybe we could build a doorway to invite Téa to speak about her work by planning our own celebration.
Speaker lineup
As the Rotary District where the United Nations (UN) Headquarters is located, our local Rotary family has welcomed Rotary members from around the world during the annual Rotary Day at the United Nations. But we haven’t tapped into our own district’s members and their deep connections with the UN in a long time.
Senior-level officials of the UN have been members of our local clubs. Many will be speaking at the upcoming celebration, 75 years of action between Rotary and the United Nations, which will be streamed live on 10 April 2021. They join an inspiring list of speakers who include:
  • Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who will deliver our keynote address;
  • Melissa Fleming, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications;
  • RI President Holger Knaack
  • Téa Leoni, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and National Board Member of UNICEF USA, reflecting upon her and her family’s generational commitment to children and the importance of partnerships, like the Rotary and UNICEF partnership.
  • A panel of Jennifer Jones, Rotary International President Nominee, RI Director Valarie Wafer, Past Trustee Carolyn Jones, and Sylvia Whitlock, the first female Rotary club president;
  • Ambassador Francis Okelo, our district International Service Chair, who worked directly with Kofi Annan running the UN’s peacekeeping missions;
  • Mahbub Ahmad, our immediate past district governor, who played a key role in crafting the UN’s internet presence during his long career as a senior staff member at the United Nations Secretariat;
  • Helen Reisler and Matts Ingemanson, past district governors, along with other members of the Rotary Club of New York, who lead a monthly “International Breakfast” that draws senior UN officials as guests;
  • Tom McConnon, a past assistant governor who wrote a book about Rotary and the UN.
A series of miracles began when Jason Gonzalez accepted my invitation to become Programme Chair of the event. A member of the Rotary Representative Network, he is also immediate past president of his Rotary club and co-founder of a Rotaract club. Jason bought into my concept and took it to a whole new level by inviting the Rotary Representative Network and its United Nations contacts to collaborate with us, and assembling a team of local-and global Rotary members to host our celebration!
Adding sizzle
I wrote a note to Téa’s public-relations team inviting her to be a speaker, and they wrote back to say yes! Interviewing Téa about UNICEF added just the right amount of sizzle.
The momentum snowballed from there, as Ahmad invited his former boss, Stéphane Dujarric, and he invited his boss Melissa Fleming to record comments. About the same time my dream panel of Jennifer Jones, Valarie Wafer, Carolyn Jones, and Sylvia Whitlock accepted. Other Rotary districts hosting United Nations agencies and offices in Rome, Geneva, Nairobi, and Addis Ababa also became part of what is turning into a true celebration.
I am still amazed at the power of our Rotary family and can’t wait to get this party started! You are cordially invited to join the livestream on Saturday, 10 April, from 9:00 to 12:00 Central Standard Time.
For further details and registration, visit
Do Not Miss This Event! Kathi Quinn 2021-04-04 05:00:00Z 0 #Humanitarian,#Northbrook Rotary,#Rotary International,Education,Northbrook Rotary,Rotary Club of Northbrook,The Rotary Network,United Nations,zoom

Branding our Club!

How can we succeed with our Golf Hole Sponsorship in June? This chamber fundraiser gives our Rotary Club an opportunity to build awareness and membership! The golfers will be businesspeople, executives and owners who may be interested in corporate memberships.  We decided to sponsor a Hole at the event, as we have in the past. This opportunity will allow us to promote membership in Rotary, along with creating awareness of all of our initiatives and is a great way to share our Rotary mission.
Since it isn’t a budgeted item – therefore we are asking our club members to make a special contribution to help us cover the sponsorship fee of $295. Simply log on to this link and use the “other” and add the word golf to donate any amount.
The Annual Chamber Golf Outing is on Friday, June 11th at the Glenview Park Golf Club. Updates will follow - watch the Bulletin!
Branding our Club! 2021-03-28 05:00:00Z 0 #Northbrook Rotary,#NorthbrookChamber,#Rotary Branding,#Rotary Service,#golf,#volunteer,@NorthbrookChamber,@Rotary,Rotary Branding,Rotary Club of Northbrook

Giving is Receiving - the Rotary Way!

Giving is Receiving - the Rotary Way!
Northbrook Rotarians volunteered at Community Action Partnership of Lake County (CAPLOC) the week before Christmas to assist the organization in its drive through pick-up program. Program recipients were individuals or families who signed up to receive a CAPLOC pantry packs.
These were the Feed6 boxes our club helped with decorating pantry packet boxes of goodies for those in need during a zoom event. In addition, recipients also received a large box with milk, cheese, fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs.
The 132 food Pantry Boxes (providing over 5,000 meals!) were distributed to Lake County families in need. According to Mitch, “These recipients included people who although employed, have had household incomes that are below the amount of income needed to pay their bills and have money for food.”  Something nobody should have to choose between. 
“We also had some coats that went straight “off your back” and onto another back immediately.” Suzi said, who also shared what an “incredibly humbling experience” it was helping in the final leg of this project.
Photos include our Rotary Club of Northbrook volunteers and housekeeping employees at Vista Hospital in Waukegan who receive the food our club packed from Outreach/Feed 6.
Thank you to our club members who participated in this multi-faceted event: Mitch Portugal; Ned Schechter; Helen and Rick Rivkin; Jean-Pierre Deheeger; Padmini Malladi; Suzi Gantz; Alan Karzan; Carlos and Sandy Frum; Ken Kurtz; John Howard and Jon Jay Miller who represented the club as volunteer spaces were limited to 11 participants!
Giving is Receiving - the Rotary Way! Kathi Quinn 2020-12-20 06:00:00Z 0 #COAT off your back,#Feed6 #Rotary,#Humanitarian,#volunteer,Education,Feed6 hunger,Northbrook Rotary,Service Projects,The Rotary Network
Rotary Blood Drive - Join Us   Kathi Quinn 2020-10-08 05:00:00Z 0 #Culvers #Blood Drive,#Life Source Blood,#Vitalant,Northbrook ILL,Rotary International,Service Projects,The Rotary Network,Women in Rotary,World Hearth Organization
Never Put Ketchup on a Hot Dog Passes the 4-way Test! Kathi Quinn 2020-08-30 05:00:00Z 0 Education,Northbrook Historical Society,Northbrook ILL,Vienna Beef,northbrook,rotary
Our Rotary Club's Women President Series Kathi Quinn 2020-08-30 05:00:00Z 0 Northbrook Historical Society,Northbrook ILL,Northbrook Rotary,Rotary International,Women in Rotary
Polio Ended in Africa! Kathi Quinn 2020-08-29 05:00:00Z 0 End Polio Now,Rotary International,Women in Rotary,northbrook,polio
Celebrating Women of Rotary Kathi Quinn 2020-08-18 05:00:00Z 0 100 Anniversary of Womens Right to Vote,Northbrook ILL,Northbrook Rotary,Rotary International,Women in Rotary
100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote Kathi Quinn 2020-08-18 05:00:00Z 0 Northbrook Rotary,Rotary International,Women in Rotary
Community Grant Funded Project Supported by Rotary Club Volunteers Kathi Quinn 2020-07-26 05:00:00Z 0 community service,grants,rotary,volunteer

Informative Rotary Breakouts- July Only!

From the Rotary Convention enjoy a variety of inspiring breakout sessions that will continue into July, via zoom, after the virtual convention, to help you start the Rotary year off right.
Register for July breakouts using the table found in the link (July Breakouts).  There you will find the session title, date and time, registration or recording link as well as a brief description for each breakout. Session times will be listed in UTC-5. All sessions are in English. Simultaneous interpretation will not be available.
Please note this table is updated by breakout session organizers. If you do not see all session details at this time, please check back regularly for updates. Links to any available recordings will be posted on an ongoing basis through the month of August. Session resources will be uploaded to the Convention Breakouts learning topic on the Learning Center  at the discretion of each breakout session organizer.
Informative Rotary Breakouts- July Only! Kathleen Quinn 2020-07-11 05:00:00Z 0 Education,Northbrook Rotary,convention,zoom

Community Grants Program

Northbrook Rotary is looking once again to make a difference in our communities. Throughout the year we have raised funds through various functions and now are looking for worthwhile organizations who have scheduled projects and would like financial assistance.
If you know of an organization that might be interested, please have them email Scott Rose at  
We would like to have completed applications returned no later than March 31, 2017. Please review the application and fill out as completely as possible. Questions can be directed and completed applications can be sent to Scott Rose at or mailed to the address on the application. You will be contacted and interviewed by a Rotarian and awarded grants will be distributed on June 6.
Community Grants Program 2017-03-09 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Northbrook Charity Raffle 2016-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
Installation Dinner - District Governor and Club President Rick Rivkin 2016-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
Fellowship at The Curragh 2015-11-03 06:00:00Z 0
The Adventures of Rotary Man 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Fellowship Fireside February 2015 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
White Elephant Auction February 2015 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z 0

Northbrook Rotary Supports USO

Rotarians from Northbrook and Deerfield served dinner to servicemen, servicewomen, and their families at the USO at Great Lakes Naval Training Center on May 6, 2015.  Northbrook Rotarian Jane McCarthy presented a check to the USO to pay for the dinner.  Eight Rotary clubs in District 6440 contributed financially to this service project.
Northbrook Rotary Supports USO 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
How Do You Spell Community Service 2015-04-25 00:00:00Z 0

Support Our Troops - USO No Dough Dinner

Northbrook Rotarians will be serving dinner on May 6, 2015, to service members and their families at the historic Great Lakes Naval Station.  The USO Great Lakes No Dough Dinner program provides free, hot meals to military personnel and their families in a friendly, "home away from home" environment.  Dinners serve 250-300 people the evening before a military pay day when service members may be running low on funds and a hearty, free meal is most welcome.  Contact Northbrook Rotarian Jane McCarthy to volunteer to serve dinner.  To make a donation to help pay for the No Dough Dinner, please send your check to USO Dinner, c/o Rotary Club of Northbrook, P.O. Box 283, Northbrook IL 60065-0283.
Support Our Troops - USO No Dough Dinner Jane McCarthy 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z 0

Holiday Luncheon December 2014

Entertainment by the GBN Express Choir from Glenbrook North High School
and a visit from Holiday Harry a/k/a Santa Claus!
Holiday Luncheon December 2014 2014-12-26 00:00:00Z 0
Bill Gates Congratulates Rotary 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary 800 2014 - And The Winners Are Chad Coe 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary After Hours Fellowship 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Speakers and Programs July-September 2014 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0



Biz Stone Says This Will Be the Future of Marketing

Forget social media or big advertising campaigns that cost big bucks. The new marketing strategy that's trumping traditional methods is philanthropy.

Most products or services can be purchased from multiple vendors across most geographic barriers. How can you differentiate yourself from the competition? One way may be giving money to charitable causes. Big businesses have been practicing philanthropy for a long time. A survey of large corporations by CECP found that 59 percent of them increased their philanthropy between 2007 and 2012. More companies are realizing that spending money on doing good is really good for business and the bottom line.
Philanthropy 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarians In Action 2014-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Speakers and Programs May-June 2014 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Speakers and Programs March-April 2014 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Vision for a Better World 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Meet Northbrook Rotary Officers and Board for 2014-2015 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Take Me Out to The Ball Game & Let's End Polio 2014-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
This is Rotary - Service Above Self 2014-03-10 00:00:00Z 0

One Minute of Rotary

Posted by Carlos Früm on Mar 09, 2014

A few names you don’t know:

Harry Ruggles, a printer and fifth member of Rotary introduced singing to Rotary.

Oscar Bjorge, of the Duluth club, redesigned the Rotary wheel and inserted a keyway so the wheel will not spin freely because ‘we are workers, not idlers’.

Sylvia Whitlock was the first woman president of any Rotary club.  She was from Duarte, California, the first club to induct women.

Daniel Cady of the Rotary Club of New York was the keynote speaker at the first Rotary Convention and forecasted 1,000 clubs in 80 years’.  We reached that goal in eleven years.

Astronaut Frank Borman took his club banner around the moon.  He was a member of the Space Center Houston club.


One Minute of Rotary Carlos Früm 2014-03-10 00:00:00Z 0

Light Up Rotary

Posted by Richard Rivkin on Jan 12, 2014

ImageConfucius once said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness." Although the Chinese philosopher died nearly 2,400 years before Rotary was founded, RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang calls him "the world's first Rotarian." Inspired by his teachings, Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15.

"There are so many problems in the world, so many people that need help. Many people say, 'There's nothing I can do.' So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark," Huang told the 537 district governors and their spouses and partners who are attending the 2014 International Assembly in San Diego, California.

"The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world," said Huang, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei in Taiwan.

After announcing his theme at the opening session of the five-day training meeting, Huang urged club members to Light Up Rotary in the coming year by hosting a Rotary Day in their community and including local Rotaract and Interact members in their service projects.

Light Up Rotary Richard Rivkin 2014-01-13 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Provides Clean Water in Guatemala

Posted by Richard Rivkin on Jan 02, 2014

Rotary Club of Northbrook and Rotary District 6440 have had a long working partnership with Club Rotario de Guatemala Sur and Rotary District 4250.  This video shows one such project.  Look for Northbrook Rotarian (and Past District 6440 Governor) Carlos Frum and our friend and Guatemalan Rotarian (and Past District 4250 Governor) Jorge Aufranc.

Rotary - Doing Good in the World.  Are you ready to join us?  

Rotary Provides Clean Water in Guatemala Richard Rivkin 2014-01-03 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary 800 2013 - Our Annual Major Fund-Raiser

Posted by Thomas Dolson on Dec 28, 2013

Rotary 800 is our club's annual major fund-raising (and fun-raising) event. On November 4, 2013, our raffle and auction benefited the Northbrook Rotary Charitable Projects Foundation while attendees watched the Bears-Packers Monday Night Football game.

Rotary 800 2013 - Our Annual Major Fund-Raiser Thomas Dolson 2013-12-29 00:00:00Z 0
Speakers and Programs October-November 2013 Patrick Doland 2013-12-29 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary - Doing Good In The World Gayle Curcio 2013-12-29 00:00:00Z 0
This Club Can Party - December 2013 Holiday Party Richard Rivkin 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0

December 2013 Holiday Luncheon

Posted by Richard Rivkin on Dec 16, 2013

With holiday entertainment from the Glenbrook North Express and a surprise visit from S.C.!

December 2013 Holiday Luncheon Richard Rivkin 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Northbrook Rotary Membership Inquiry Carlos Früm 2013-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Speakers and Programs July - September 2013 Patrick Doland 2013-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
July 4 Pancake Breakfast in Northbrook - A Northbrook Rotary Event Vera Mayer 2013-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Boxes That Make A Difference Gayle Curcio 2013-11-16 00:00:00Z 0

Rick Rivkin Named 2016-17 Governor Nominee Designate

Posted on Sep 23, 2013

The 2016-17 District Governor Nominating Committee has selected Richard (Rick) Rivkin as its nominee designate, announced Past District Governor and committee chair Mike Yesner. 

Richard (Rick) Rivkin joined the Rotary Club of Northbrook in 1999 and served as President during the 2009-2010 Rotary year. During his tenure in the club, he served as International Service Chair and continues as Webmaster. 

Rick participated in the first district mission to Guatemala in 2007 and returned to Guatemala a few years later. In 2012 Rick organized and led a PolioPlus NID trip to India followed by a PolioPlus NID trip to Nigeria in 2013. 

At the district level, Rick is an AG serving the Arlington Heights Sunset, Park Ridge, and Winnetka-Northfield clubs.

Professionally Rick is President and CEO of Saf-T-Gard International, a 4th generation family business based In Northbrook. Saf-T-Gard is a global supplier of industrial safety products and personal protective equipment. Rick and his wife Helen have lived in Deerfield since 1973. They have 3 children and 3 grand-children (soon to be 4). 

Rick Rivkin Named 2016-17 Governor Nominee Designate 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0

Rubber Ducky Winners 2013

Posted by Thomas Dolson on Jul 01, 2013

Our ducks got rained out!

Due to inclement weather, the Rotary Riverchance Rubber Ducky Race had to be cancelled.  Winners were selected by a random drawing of ticket stubs on July 2, 2013.

 Click "more" for the results.

We want to thank our sponsors Northbrook Tower, media sponsors, Steve Foley Cadillac, Hilton Chicago/Northbrook, Allgauer's on the Riverfront, UPS, Divine Word Missionaries, Alphagraphics North Shore, Abt Electronics and Sunset Foods. And of course we want to thank the Village of Northbrook and the Northbrook Park District for their assistance with this event.

See you next year!


Rubber Ducky Winners 2013 Thomas Dolson 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z 0

Speakers and Programs April-June 2013

Posted by Richard Rivkin on Jun 30, 2013

From April through June 2013, we had some dynamic speakers, including some of our own members, and an evening "fireside chat" where President-Elect Dave Masters shared his vision for the 2013-2014 Rotary year.


Speakers and Programs April-June 2013 Richard Rivkin 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Northbrook Rotary Distributes Thousands of Dollars to Local Organizations Howard Glaubinger 2013-06-18 00:00:00Z 0

Installation Dinner 2013 With Guest RI President-Elect Ron Burton

Posted by Edward Gordon on Jun 10, 2013

June 11, 2013, marked the changing of the guard with the installation of incoming club president Dave Masters and the new board of directors.  The guest speaker (guest of honor) was Rotary International President-Elect Ron Burton.


Installation Dinner 2013 With Guest RI President-Elect Ron Burton Edward Gordon 2013-06-11 00:00:00Z 0

What is Rotary International? Your Local Rotary Club Is Doing More Than You Think

Posted by Richard Rivkin on Jun 02, 2013

ImageEven after the writer joined a Rotary Club several months ago, he wasn’t sure just what to think. The average age of our active club members—judging by appearances—is north of 65. The image of a bunch of senior men—with a few younger women and a smattering of guys who still have hair that isn’t all gray—singing the National Anthem and reciting the pledge of allegiance seemed a throwback to a time before he was even born.

Click to read the full story from Forbes Magazine April 25, 2013


What is Rotary International? Your Local Rotary Club Is Doing More Than You Think Richard Rivkin 2013-06-03 00:00:00Z 0

International Service Project Improves Lives in Brazil 2012

Posted by Jeffrey Tideman on Apr 26, 2013

ImageThe Rotary Club of Northbrook participated in funding 2 international service projects in Brazil (Rotary District 4560) in 2012 together with the Rotary clubs in Deerfield and Highland Park. Matching grant funding was also provided by Rotary District 6440 and The Rotary Foundation. The projects benefited 3 local organizations whose missions are to provide services to the homeless, drug addicts, the severely handicapped, and children and adolescents at social risk.

Click more for details and pictures.



International Service Project Improves Lives in Brazil 2012 Jeffrey Tideman 2013-04-27 00:00:00Z 0

Turn-About - Glenbrook North Students Run The Meeting

Posted by Michael Riggle on Apr 08, 2013

During the school year, selected students from Glenbrook North High School join our weekly Rotary Club meetings.  On April 9 2013, the students took over the meeting.


Turn-About - Glenbrook North Students Run The Meeting Michael Riggle 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Speakers and Programs January-February-March 2013 Richard Rivkin 2013-03-31 00:00:00Z 0

Meet our Newsletter Editors

Posted by Edward Gordon on Mar 19, 2013


We greatfully recognize the work of our esteemed Newsletter Editors, Ron Dahlquist and Gayle Curcio. Thank you both for your wonderful service to our club!

Meet our Newsletter Editors Edward Gordon 2013-03-20 00:00:00Z 0

See What Our Polio Immunization Team Did in Nigeria

Posted by Richard Rivkin on Feb 18, 2013
Rotarians from the United States and Sweden were in Nigeria in February-March 2013 to join with Nigerian Rotarians and local health workers in immunizing children ages 0-5 against polio. This is part of Rotary International’s commitment to END POLIO NOW. Beginning with the first administration of oral polio vaccine in 1979 to children in the Philippines, Rotary International has been an active participant in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative together with project partners World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Northbrook Rotarians Rick Rivkin (with Helen), Larry Kanar, and Donna Gulley were on the team. Click here to follow the blog.
See What Our Polio Immunization Team Did in Nigeria Richard Rivkin 2013-02-19 00:00:00Z 0

Engage Rotary, Change Lives

Posted by Richard Rivkin on Jan 13, 2013
Rotary International President for 2013-2014 Ron Burton unveiled the RI theme during the opening plenary session of the 2013 International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, the annual training event for incoming district governors.  “If we really want to take Rotary service forward, then we must make sure that every single Rotarian has the same feeling about Rotary that each one of us here has today,” Burton said. “We need to make sure that every Rotarian has a meaningful role to play, that they’re all making a contribution, and that their contribution is valued.”  Burton said the July launch of The Rotary Foundation’s new grant model, Future Vision, makes it an exciting time to be a Rotarian. He said the new grant model, which has been used by about 100 pilot districts since 2010, represents a new era for the Foundation, and will help Rotarians get excited about Rotary’s ability to change lives.  “It takes everything that is wonderful about Rotary and raises it to a new level — by encouraging bigger, more sustainable projects while providing increased flexibility for local projects, both of which address the needs of the community being served,” he said.
Engage Rotary, Change Lives Richard Rivkin 2013-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
December 2012 Programs Richard Rivkin 2012-12-29 00:00:00Z 0

Four-Way Test Plaques Available for Businesses

Posted by Courtney Olson on Dec 26, 2012
District 6440 is proud to make available handsome and customizable "Four-Way Test Plaques" for businesses and clubs. Each plaque can feature a color logo of the recognized business or governmental body. Plaques cost $60 plus $7 shipping, with $15 for each plaque being donated to the End Polio Now campaign. Quantity discounts are also available.
Four-Way Test Plaques Available for Businesses Courtney Olson 2012-12-27 00:00:00Z 0
This Club Can Party - December 2012 Holiday Party Richard Rivkin 2012-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
November 2012 Programs Richard Rivkin 2012-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
WGN-TV Reports On Rotary Efforts To Send Supplies To Victims Of Hurricane Sandy Richard Rivkin 2012-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
What We Did Through Rotary For Victims of Hurricane Sandy Richard Rivkin 2012-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
October 2012 Programs Richard Rivkin 2012-11-09 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary 800 for 2012

Posted by Thomas Dolson on Oct 27, 2012

Click more to view the cash winners in the 2012 Northbrook Rotary 800 to benefit the Northbrook Rotary Charitable Projects Foundation:


Rotary 800 for 2012 Thomas Dolson 2012-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Lisa Mengarelli Selected For District Group Study Exchange Richard Rivkin 2012-10-10 00:00:00Z 0

September 2012 Programs

Posted by Richard Rivkin on Oct 07, 2012
We heard from our new members, our past district governor, and some fascinating speakers.
September 2012 Programs Richard Rivkin 2012-10-08 00:00:00Z 0

United Nations Commits to End Polio Now

Posted by Richard Rivkin on Oct 06, 2012
At the recent United Nations General Assembly session in September 2012, speakers ranging from the UN Secretary General to Bill Gates to government leaders made the commitment for the final push to END POLIO NOW.  Invest 1 hour & 15 minutes and watch the video.  It is truly inspiring.

United Nations Commits to End Polio Now Richard Rivkin 2012-10-07 00:00:00Z 0

Member Directory Available for Download

Members of the Rotary Club of Northbrook can download a member directory from our web-site.  Your log-in and password are required because this is secure, private date for the sole use of our members.  After log-in, select View Club Documents from the web-site Admin page.  Click here to access.
Member Directory Available for Download Richard Hochschild 2012-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
Social Media Aids Polio Fight Richard Rivkin 2012-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
And A Great Time Was Had By All Jill Narens 2012-09-08 00:00:00Z 0

Toxic Chemicals In Our Homes

Posted by Richard Rivkin on Aug 27, 2012
At our August 28, 2012, meeting, Karen Bashkin told us about toxic chemicals in our homes. She encouraged us to read the labels of any house hold products although many times not all the chemicals are listed. Many of the products are not regulated and outdated ones should never be used. Very often manufacturers 'Green wash' their merchandise to make them seem safer than they really are. Karen suggested that MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) are available on line and can be used (i.e.-TideMSDS) to check on any hazardous ingredients.  Click more for the list.
Toxic Chemicals In Our Homes Richard Rivkin 2012-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
August 2012 Programs Richard Rivkin 2012-08-27 00:00:00Z 0

Mao Sampei - Our Youth Exchange Student This Year

Posted by Vera Mayer on Aug 20, 2012
Welcome to our new Rotary Exchange student Mao Sampei from Osaka, Japan. She will be attending Glenbrook North High School this year and we look forward to hearing about some of her experiences and impressions of our country.
Mao Sampei - Our Youth Exchange Student This Year Vera Mayer 2012-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Scholar Returns from Morocco James Kucienski 2012-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
July 2012 Programs Richard Rivkin 2012-07-26 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Locator App for Smartphones

Posted by Richard Rivkin on Jul 12, 2012
You can now search for a Rotary club with RI's free mobile app. In the Apple app store and Android market, it's called the Rotary Club Locator from Rotary International. The app also will soon be offered for BlackBerry phones. Image



The Rotary Club Locator app helps you find a Rotary club meeting when you're on the go.

  • The "Near Me" search locates clubs within a physical radius of 100 miles. (Note: Actual driving distances may be further.)
  • A keyword search for clubs. This search looks for the keyword in either the club name or meeting location address. This is useful for finding clubs that are outside of the 100-mile radius from your current location.
  • A map showing a club's location and driving directions
  • The ability to save search results to a list of favorite clubs
  • The ability to add a club to your phone's contact list
  • The club's website and primary phone number, if available
  • A search function to find clubs by district
Rotary Club Locator App for Smartphones Richard Rivkin 2012-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarians In Action - July 4 Pancake Breakfast Richard Rivkin 2012-07-04 00:00:00Z 0

Memorial and Tribute Gifts

A gift to The Rotary Foundation for a loved one is meaningful way to honor or memorialize that person. Tribute gifts can be a perfect birthday, wedding, or holiday gift for the person who has everything. And now it can all be done online.

Why not let your gift build a bridge of hope for those less fortunate around the world? Your generosity can provide food for a hungry child, clean water for an entire village, medicine for the sick, and thousands of other good works in our global community.

When you make a tribute or memorial gift, The Rotary Foundation will send a letter to the recipient or the recipient's family to let them know about your gift. The amount of your gift is not disclosed. We also will send an acknowledgment to you as the donor. You will receive a separate tax receipt for gifts above US$25.

    Click here for more information or to make a donation.

Memorial and Tribute Gifts Larry Hewitt 2012-07-01 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by David Masters on Jun 30, 2012
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Northbrook Illinois and thank you for visiting our web site.
Welcome David Masters 2012-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
See What Our NID Team Did In India Richard Rivkin 2012-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Visit us on Facebook Richard Rivkin 2012-01-27 00:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox Team is Tops!

Posted by Donna Gulley on Mar 20, 2011
The District 6440 ShelterBox team of Donna Gulley, Andrew Kuby, Ross Spencer, Reese Mates, Cynthia Tomusiak and Dick Hattan were the top fundraisers in the nation for ShelterBox USA!

As you are probably aware, these folks are wonderful Rotarians who have made a difference in the lives of more than 305 families in the wake of a disaster.

ShelterBox Team is Tops! Donna Gulley 2011-03-20 11:39:57Z 0
Northbrook Chamber EXPO Muriel Collison 2011-03-20 11:35:45Z 0
October 2010 Muriel Collison 2011-03-20 11:35:10Z 0
What have we been up to??? Muriel Collison 2011-03-20 11:34:38Z 0
Installation Dinner Muriel Collison 2011-03-20 11:21:26Z 0
4th of July Parade Muriel Collison 2011-03-20 11:17:59Z 0

Announcing the winner of Get Healthy Northbrook

Posted by Muriel Collison on Mar 19, 2011

On November 20th,  the Rotary Club of Northbrook announced that Alan Karzan won the “Greatest Change in Lifestyle”.  This is the award that goes to the person who has had the greatest change in measured biomarkers and lifestyle as a part of Get Health Northbrook. 

Announcing the winner of Get Healthy Northbrook Muriel Collison 2011-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
YMCA Strong Kids Dinner Honoring Northbrook Rotary Muriel Collison 2011-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Annual Holiday Party 2010 Carlos Früm 2010-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Coat Off Your Back 2010 Carlos Früm 2010-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
HBO Academy-Award Nominated Documentary on Polio Richard Rivkin 2009-04-10 00:00:00Z 0

Join The Family Of Rotary

Posted by Richard Rivkin

ImageAre you ready for Rotary?  Northbrook Rotary is ready for you!  Rotary is an organization of business and professional men and women united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.  Membership in the Northbrook Rotary Club evidences a commitment to Service Above Self and offers a number of benefits, including

  • Supporting change within the community
  • Advancing business and professional contacts
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Having an impact on international humanitarian issues.

Want to know more?

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2012 Rubber Ducky and Ducks On Parade

Posted by Vera Mayer
Thank you to all who supported and made the 2012 Rotary Club of Northbrook Rubber Ducky Events a great success! 

The Rubber Ducky Race Winners are:

Ist Place- The Frum Family , winnings donated to the Club for support of scholarships awared to GBN students.

2nd Place:  Maral Poladian
3rd Place:  Vera Mayer , winnings donated to the Club for support of community grants

Special thanks to our event sponsors: Hilton Chicago/Northbrook, Allgauer's On The Riverfront, Steve Foley Cadillac, UPS, Glenview State Bank, Allegra Printing, Divine Word Missionaries and Northbrook Bank & Trust.
The "Ducks on Parade" decorating contest was a new and exciting addition to this year's events. Twenty six ducks competed and the winners by catergory are:

Northbrook Community Spirit:  Eliza Bojan
Northbrook Rotary's Commitment to Service:  Biebrach Family
Protecting our Environment: Biebrach Family
My Favorite Movie: Maxwell Glaubinger
Duck Done My Way- 2 Winners:   Madison Sherman  and Victoria Willard

Special thanks to our supporting sponsor The Northbrook Tower and our event sponsors: Sue Conat, Joan McBride and Friends of Rotary.

See the great pictures of the event posted on the website.

2012 Rubber Ducky and Ducks On Parade Vera Mayer 0
Elvis In the House for Valentine's Day! Vera Mayer 0

Rotary 800 - The Results

Posted by Vera Mayer




Thank you to all who attended the Rotary 800 event on Sunday, October 30, 2011, purchased and sold raffle tickets, our sponsors: Hilton Chicago/Northbrook, Allgauer's On The Riverfront, Pioneer Press, Steve Foley Cadillac, UPS, and to all involved in organizing the event.  The raffle winners were:  Grand Prize- Ken Douglas & Dennis Oster, 2nd Prize- Dr. Rev. Michael Nevling and 3rd Prize- Rick & Lori Kastenschmidt.  Our appreciation to all for your support and allowing us to continue to "Make A Difference."  

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Rotary Friendship Exchange

Posted by Vera Mayer


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On Tuesday, September 27, 2011 the Rotary Club of Northbrook had the pleasure of hosting a group of Rotary Friendship Exchange Rotarians from England.   The Rotary Friendship Exchange is an international program for Rotarians and their families that provides participants with the opportunity to experience other cultures by staying in the homes of Rotarians in other countries.  Our friends from across the pond first visited Rotarians in DIstrict 6420 , just to the west of District 6440, and arrived in our District this past Sunday.

They provided us with an entertaining and informative presentation on their country and the many activities and projects of their Clubs.   Our thanks and appreciation to our new friends , safe travels as you return home!

John Tyers member of the Soar Valley Rotary Club and his wife Lesley Tyers of the Rotary Club of Loughborough Beacon

Peter Balmbra member of the Soar Valley Rotary Club and his wife Christine

Graham & Susann Scorthorne both members of the Holbeach Rotary Club

Ken Knock member of the Holbeach Rotary Club 


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Posted by Vera Mayer




Thank you to Community Service Director Nancy Medin and International Service Director Jeff Tideman for their efforts in the successful bike and shoe drive.  The bikes collected, 60+ , were donated to "Working Bikes" and the shoes, 200+ pairs,  to " Share Your Soles."  Thank you to Divine Word Missions- Techny for hosting the Spokes & Soles Autumn Event on Saturday, October 1st.   A sunny but chilly day , pictures left to right: Nancy Medin loading shoe donations, John Howard with a donated bike and "Working Bikes" with some of the donations.

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Welcome New Rotary Club Members

Posted by Vera Mayer


New members Galina Iklov, sponsored by Gov. Carlos Frum, and Rev. Mike Nevling, sponsored by Jim Rohrabaugh, were inducted on Tueday, September 23, 2011.  Welcome to Galina and Rev. Mike ! 

Welcome New Rotary Club Members Vera Mayer 0
Governor Carlos Makes Official Visit to The Rotary Club of Northbrook Vera Mayer 0
2011 Northbrook Rotarian of the Year! Muriel Collison 0
November/December Muriel Collison 0
2010 Rotarian of the Year Muriel Collison 0


Posted by Muriel Collison
WHAT ROTARY HAS DONE FOR ME BY: ARCH C. KLUMPH (Director of International Association of Rotary Clubs; member of Executive Committee; member of Cleveland Rotary Club.) You ask what Rotary has done for me? Why, that's not hard to say. It has made me a broader, better man In every conceivable way. It has extended my list of acquaintances Till I number them by the score. It has cemented many deep friendships Which I value at a fortune or more. It has taught me diversified methods That have bought our best men success; It has taught me new ways of doing Things which make my labors less. Rotary has been an educator, too, In many different ways, For I have learned the inside of a thousand lines Through our members' verbal X-rays. You ask, Has it brought me orders? Well, this I cannot say, For Rotary to me has all its merit In a different sort of way. These are some things Rotary has done for me, I can eliminate all the rest, When I say its greatest teaching is, "He profits most who serves best."
June fireside Muriel Collison 0

Congratulations Judy Hughes

Posted by Muriel Collison
On June 1, Northbrook Rotarian, Judy Hughes, received the Governor's Service Award.
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Quck Quack

Posted by Muriel Collison
Nicholas Narens and Jacob Garza busy selling Rubber Ducky tickets at Starbucks.
Quck Quack Muriel Collison 0
Bocce Party Muriel Collison 0

Northbrook Rotary Awards Vocational Scholarships

Posted by Muriel Collison
The Northbrook Rotary Club awarded five $1,500 Vocational Scholarships on May 4, 2010. The scholarships are to help provide post-secondary educational opportunities for men and women at Glenbrook North High School and at Glenbrook Evening School who are preparing for careers that require less than a baccalaureate degree.
Northbrook Rotary Awards Vocational Scholarships Muriel Collison 0
District Conference Muriel Collison 0
GBN Student Day Muriel Collison 0
Rebuilding Together Muriel Collison 0

Northbrook Rotary Rebuilds Together

Posted by Muriel Collison
The Northbrook Rotary participated in Rebuilding Together on April 24th. Twenty Rotarians along with several Interact students from Glenbrook North worked all day to repair a leaking bathroom and fix an exterior patio that had sunken towards the house making it hard for the wheel chair bound residents to get outside.
Northbrook Rotary Rebuilds Together Muriel Collison 0
Interested In Becoming a Member? Richard Hochschild 0