Never Put Ketchup on a Hot Dog Passes the 4-way Test!
“Never Put Ketchup on a Hotdog”
Bob Schwartz on “Dragging It Through The Garden”
On Tuesday we had a wonderful speaker, Bob Schwartz who shared a love of Hot Dogs (hold the ketchup please) as a long-time VP of Vienna® Beef.
Vienna® Beef was founded in 1893 by Emil Reichel and Samuel Ladany, Austrian-Hungarian immigrants who introduced the family frankfurter recipe at the legendary Columbian Expo/World’s Fair. The hot dog was a hit and Vienna® Beef was born! 125 years later they are still making sausages the old-fashioned way, with premium domestic beef and their original recipe, to the highest quality standards and hickory-smoked flavor.
He is also an author of a book called “Never Put Ketchup on a Hotdog.” Not sure if that is because Dirty Harry said it, or due to his Cleveland background, but either way he knows a good dog and their hotdog stands!
Take some time to listen to him on our Rotary Facebook live meeting video. Below are excerpts from the many interviews Bob and his Hot Dog legacy are part of.
From “Travel through Chicago's neighborhoods and suburban communities both past and present with an eye on the passion and the people behind Chicago hot dog stands. With a preface by Joe Mantegna, star of stage, screen and television and a a foreword by Chicago's famed news anchor, Bob Sirott, the book focuses on how these hot dog stands can get into your soul.
The first edition of the book proved not only to be a fun read, but kind of a year book of sorts that many folks have taken to their favorite stands for an autograph with the hope of making their own hot dog stand memories. In keeping with that, our Collector's Edition perpetuates that approach by including a Chicago-style hot dog stand directory with nearly 200 Chicago-area listings and over 100 more out of town Chicago hot dog ambassadors listed by state.
The second edition also features neighborhood, suburban and national maps as well as many additional stories, pictures, and updates. With more than three-quarters of a century of hot dog love and lore to build on, the book also takes a glimpse at what's hot now and expected in the near future.
Dragging It Through The Garden is the look and taste of the Chicago-style hot dog with yellow mustard, white chopped onions, green relish, red tomato slices, a pickle spear, a couple of sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt, and you're ready to go. Nowhere on that list will you find ketchup, and as Chicago White Sox Chairman, Jerry Reinsdorf, said on a recent television show called The Club - Thou shalt not put ketchup on a hot dog. So, have one with everything, sit back, and enjoy the book. 
From the Levy Organization round up of Celebrating National Hot Dog Month, Part 4:
By way of Cleveland, Bob moved to Chicago in 1972 to work for Vienna Beef, jump-starting his passion for the Chicago dog.
“Cleveland was a great deli town…When I came to work for Vienna, I knew that they were a company that made corned beef and pastrami and salami, because that’s what they sold to a lot of the delis,” Bob said, “We didn’t have hot dog stands.”
Once his career with Vienna Beef started taking off, Bob’s knowledge and fascination with the Chicago dog stands skyrocketed. To this day, Bob can confidently recite the street names on which early Vienna Beef factories and hot dog stands were located, and which elements of the classic hot dog have evolved over time.
“The first hot dog stands really appeared during the Depression…They created the Depression dog, which is a way you get all your food groups for a nickel. You put on mustard, a little relish, chopped onions, and cucumber,” Bob recalled, “That was their version of dragging it through the garden.”
As a former Clevelander myself – I can say mustard is my condiment of choice. As a vegetarian – I miss hot dogs the most! My favorite? New York style – kraut and mustard! What is your favorite dog and stand? Please post on our Facebook and share!
From the Daily Herald 2012
Bob Schwartz gets up every morning and talks to people about hot dogs.
The senior vice president of Vienna Beef and the author of "Never Put Ketchup on a Hot Dog," Schwartz is more than professionally involved -- he is a genuine Chicago dog fan.
"The Chicago hot dog stand is such an important part of not only our culture, but our community," Schwartz said. "It's part of a lifestyle in Chicago."
Schwartz said his appreciation of the humble hot dog grew after he left his native Ohio. Now with more than a third of a century of hot dog sales under his belt, he can speak with authority about well-known hot dog stands in the Chicago area and the people who operated them.
"It's amazing how many inspiring stories you get from these people," he said. "The stories in the book are more about the people behind the hot dog stand."
The word "stand" is appropriate, he said. Many of the places were so small that's literally what you had to do. The all-beef frankfurter that is center of the Chicago hot dog got its start during the 1893 World Columbian Exposition when two Austrian immigrants came over to sell them to fairgoers. They stayed to open a store and then the Vienna Beef factory, now located on Damen Avenue. Schwartz said the popularity of Chicago hot dog likely goes back to the Great Depression when a hot dog on a bun was a meal in itself that included mustard, relish, onion and cucumber.
Officially, today's dragged-through-the-garden style Chicago hot dog is an all-beef frankfurter on a poppy seed bun dressed with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, a couple sport peppers and dash of celery salt. No ketchup!
"The hot dog wants to be enjoyed and savored," Schwartz explained. "Ketchup is very sweet and acidic and it would take over the other condiments and the hot dog itself."
Schwartz believes that the friendliness of the local hot dog stand is as much of the attraction as the dog itself. "They want to know about their favorite places," he said of people who come to his presentations. "They want to tell their own stories."
Superdawg, Fluky's and Jimmy's Red Hots are a few of the names of well-known stands, which Schwartz identifies by geographic area in his book. The 
Western Suburbs has Portillo's, which has grown to much more than a hot dog stand, he said. Schwartz won't name any favorite hot dog joint of his own -- saying he has more than one -- but he does confess to a slight deviation in how he dresses his Chicago dog.
"I kind of leave the relish off my own dog. I relish the dog, but not the relish," he said.
Rotarian Donna Gulley Wins Award
Northbrook Area Volunteer Donna Gulley Earns President’s Volunteer Service Award for her ShelterBox Work
Northbrook area Rotarian, Donna Lee Gulley, has been recognized by the US Presidential Administration and humanitarian organization, ShelterBox USA, with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her efforts in 2019 to provide emergency shelter and supplies to people who have lost their homes to natural disaster or fled because of civil conflict.
With help from Gulley’s efforts of raising awareness and funds for ShelterBox, the organization provided shelter and life-saving supplies to more than 145,000 people in 11 countries, including Paraguay after severe flooding, Malawi after Cylone Idai, Syria to support families affected by conflict, and many others.
“The lifesaving work of ShelterBox is only possible because of our inspiring volunteers like Donna Lee Gulley, whose service in their communities is ensuring families made homeless by disaster and conflict situations have access to essential shelter and supplies.” said Kerri Murray, President of ShelterBox USA. “This distinction truly sets her apart as someone committed to serving others and making the world a better place.”
ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid in the form of family-sized tents and essential tools to start repairing and rebuilding homes. Additionally, the organization’s kits and boxes contain items that help transform shelter into a home, like cooking sets, solar lights, blankets, water filtration, and mosquito nets. More than shelter, these items enable families to recovery following disaster, providing a way to keep communities and families together and allowing them the space to focus on the future.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a special recognition and is part of a national recognition program created in 2003 through the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation for individuals of all ages who contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer activities.
Legacy giving and corporate giving options are available as well. ShelterBox USA is a 4-Star rated charity by Charity Navigator and has Platinum status from GuideStar. About ShelterBox Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth, and hope following more than 300 disasters in over 100 countries.
ShelterBox serves the most vulnerable families who have been displaced due to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami, or conflict by delivering essential shelter aid and life-saving supplies. ShelterBox’s core aid items include a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, a water filtration system, emergency lighting, and other tools for survival.
ShelterBox USA is based in Santa Barbara, California and is an official Project Partner of Rotary International.
Tax-deductible donations to the organization can be made at or or go to  
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Shout out to Lucinda Kasperson
Theme: Service Above Self President 2005 - 2006  
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  • Donation to District 6440 hurricane Katrina relief fund.
  • 40th annual "Coat off your Back" raised over $2,700 for the Chicago Christian Industrial League and filled a truck full of coats, clothing and small appliances. The joint project with the Deerfield Rotary Club has raised over $100,000 for the League since it began in 1965.
  • Team Rotary walked in the Relay for Life at GBN and raised more than $2,500 for the American Cancer Society.
  • Six academic scholarships totaling $6,500, three Vocational Scholarships totaling $3,000 and a $1,500 Robert Friedman Inspiration Scholarship were presented to graduating Glenbrook North students
  • A District 6440 Vocation Scholarship totaling $1,500 was awarded to a candidate sponsored by Northbrook Rotary.
  • The Charitable Fund granted $25,000 to 21 not-for-profit agencies working in the community.
  • The $6,00 budget for International Service distribution was:
    $1,000 to the Rotary Club of Hickory NC as part of their project to supply mattresses to select orphanages in Moldava; $1,000 to LAMP to support their Latin American Medical Program and $4,000 to Misioneros Del Camino in Guatemala for a playground fence, paving a block road, and computers.
  • The money refunded to the club from the District 6440 convention fund was used to send $1100 to the Rotary District 3270 Pakistan earthquake relief fund and to purchase a ShelterBox for $900. 
  • Student guests program in 33rd year.
  • Four students attended RYLA.
  • Members participated in the "Giving Tree" program at The Book Bin.
  • Sponsors Boy Scout Troop 162.
  • Collected food and donated Fun & Frolic money each month to the Northfield Food Pantry
  • Purchased a book for each child whose family uses the Northfield Township Food Pantry.
  • Began working with the Waveland, Mississippi Rotary Club on a multi-year Literacy project.
  • Club members engaged in an amazing 11,493 hours of service during the year. Averaging 144 per hours per Rotarian this year.
  • Club awarded the District 6440 Vocational Service award for the Ethics in the Workplace program.
Lucinda was a proud graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania where she was among their earliest female graduates.  She married Richard W. Kasperson in November 1957 and enjoyed nearly 60 years of marriage until his death in May 2017.  Lucinda described herself as having had eight careers: mother of special needs children, researcher, economist, educator, politician, computer consultant, banker in Bosnia and volunteer.
She was always active with a focus on ways in which her efforts might enrich the lives of others. She taught Economics at Loyola University Chicago.
She was on the Northbrook Village Board for 18 years and served for 4 years as the Village President. In 1987, at age 59, she started MBA Computer Consulting to assist small businesses and grandparents to fully realize the benefits of computers.
In 2001, when she was 73, Lucinda and her husband purchased an interest in a bank in Bosnia. She spent the next several years working to bring success to that effort. While there, she also helped found a school for girls in order to help them reach their full potential. Returning to Northbrook, Lucinda continued her computer business and concentrated on Rotary where she participated in many activities. Philanthropy was an important focus in her life.
She was instrumental in raising money for the Boy Scouts, Rotary, Mount Holyoke, the American Cancer Society and other worthwhile causes. The Northeast Illinois Council BSA named their headquarters building the Kasperson Center for Scouting at Morrison Park, acknowledging the leadership of both Lucinda and Dick.
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