It's the Home Stretch for Tickets!!

Less than a week to sell tickets! 


We are at 55%* of our GOAL!

March 14, 2023
Live Event & Sponsor Thank You Lunch

Prizes will be $3000, $2000 and $1000 dollars making it a popular annual event!  Each club member needs to sell $150 or more in tickets! Feel free to send links for your page to your contacts.  Tickets are $50.00 each.

When you solicit the sale of an on-line ticket, all this is essentially done for you.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to friends and relatives both near and far and give them the link to our raffle.  We have already gone LIVE with RallyUp. The link is on our website homepage. 
Our LIVE Pay It Forward Raffle will be held at the Hilton on March 14th. We are inviting our Sponsors' to join us at this event!  You will want to make sure you attend this exciting event so you can meet and thank them for helping our club!
Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors:
$5000-First Bank of Chicago; $3000- Saf-T-gard and Sunset Foods; $1000- Hobbytown USA, Lewis Floor and Home, Northbrook Ace Hardware, Northbrook Bank and Trust, Northern Weathermakers HVAC, Quick Kill Exterminating Co., Reds Garden Center, Shelter Box, Strategic Wealth Partners LLC, Carlos and Sandy Frum, Gary and Beverly Moriello, The Pollina Family
* as of this draft Sun. March 5th 10 am 
Midwest PETS

Midwest PETS Event

MIDWEST PETS is a premier training event for Rotary Presidents-Elect. Midwest PETS provides required training to serve as club president, as well as inspiration, and motivation.
DISTRICTS 6220, 6250, 6270, 6420, 6440, 6450, 6460
Midwest PETS is a SEVEN DISTRICT, 300+clubs training event, with an atmosphere of a mini Rotary International convention. Our speakers, District Governors-Elect, trainers and facilitators all have one thing in mind: equip and excite club presidents-elect for their year of service.

Club Housekeeping Alert- as of July 1

Thank you Rick for making a more seamless access for club info. In creating “general” generic E Mail addresses that get forward to the chair of the positions below.  After July 1 he will make changes due to changes of board positions - to make yearly transitions more seamless.
These emails are for club communications so remember - when our board changes so will the person reading the content.         forwards to Mitch         forwards to Beverly          forwards to Dave    forwards to Helen           forwards to Andy      forwards to John                for guests/non-members requesting access to our hybrid  meetings
Copy, Paste & Send! 
Feel free to use this "letter" for social media posts and emails to get donors! Thanks Rick for the copy:
We need your help. The members of the Rotary Club of Northbrook engage in Service Above Self 365 days a year. That has been Rotary’s motto since 1905. Our efforts are not for ourselves – it is to Pay It Forward to help the needy in our community and across the globe. Locally the Rotary Club Charitable Projects Foundation supports dozens of agencies feeding the needy, addressing mental health needs, engaging with our youth and seniors, supplying warm coats for refugees in our community, and providing vocational scholarships for needy and deserving students. Globally we have partnered with a Rotary Club in Germany to provide medical supplies to a hospital in Ukraine, supported ShelterBox delivering aid to victims of natural and man-made disasters, and continue to participate in Rotary’s commitment to End Polio Now worldwide.
Please help us with a donation. If your employer has a charitable fund, please forward our request with your recommendation.
Everybody gets a reward – because helping others is itself rewarding. In addition, each donation of $50.00 entitles you to be entered in a raffle to win a prize of either $3000, $2000, or $1000.
Please support our club so we can continue to PAY IT FORWARD.
We thank you for your consideration and your donation.
The raffle drawing will be on Facebook Live on March 14 at 12:45 pm.
March 2023 Report

Rotary projects around the globe b



This month the Rotary Club of Chincha is scheduled to unveil a new addition to a shelter that houses vulnerable girls ages 5 to 17 in the Ica region. The girls, some of whom have been abandoned by their families or are victims of abuse, “need a lot of psychological help,” says Mónica Avilés Calderón, a past club president. The club completed the first building, with a capacity of 30 residents, in 2000. Soon the number of girls living in the shelter more than doubled. Starting in 2018, the club expanded capacity with additional buildings, costing about $35,000 each. The three new structures were funded primarily by donations from the Rotary Club of Flawil, Switzerland, and District 2000 (Liechtenstein and Switzerland). The Chincha club raised the remaining funds.



United States

Southern Michigan lore tells of a wanderer who handed melon seeds to a greenhouse owner. The resulting Howell melon has been celebrated by townsfolk with an annual festival now in its 63rd year. The Rotary Club of Howell has gotten in on the festivities by selling a Howell melon–flavored ice cream.
In August the 40-member club sold 7,000 cups of the ice cream and 1,500 half-gallon containers over the weekend fair. More than 100 people, including Rotarians, members of the Interact Club of Howell High School, and school athletes, pitched in to help. The endeavor scooped up $30,000 for scholarships, local youth programs, and other community projects.
“It’s so popular that no matter what time we say we’re going to start selling there’s going to be a line,” says Sandie Cortez, a past president of the Howell club. “People go crazy over this.”
Process of continually moving forward

You asked. Gordon McInally answered.

Rotary’s president-elect says he’ll lead with caring as his core value

If you ask Gordon McInally anything about his upcoming year as Rotary International president, he’ll immediately stop you. “It’s not about my year. It’s about one of Rotary’s years,” he corrects. “I’m a great believer in continuity, and I don’t see the years in isolation.”

On a blustery October day, McInally (that’s pronounced MAK’-ihn-al-ee) sat down with six members of Rotary’s communications team to take questions gathered via social media from Rotary members around the world. He has a quick sense of humor and an easy banter that filled the room with laughter as a film crew set up boom mikes, cameras, and lights. In introducing himself as a member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry, Scotland, he quipped about his distinctive speech: “Despite the lack of an accent, I am Scottish, and very proud of that fact. McInally's Scottish heritage is apparent in his office, where a brightly colored landscape painting by the Scottish artist John Lowrie Morrison adorns a wall. Scotland isn't always as dreary as it is typically depicted, he notes. "Sometimes it's a very bright place." In fact, there are a lot of stereotypes about Scotland that McInally is looking to move past. "The tartan, the plaid, it's very traditional, very stereotypical," he says. His presidential tie, instead, was inspired by the bright colors used by Morrison, his favorite artist, along with the colors in a seashell from Thailand that helped inspire his presidential theme. Among other colorful curiosities in McInally's office is a giant cardboard rendition of his head, which he received after a Rotary institute in Minneapolis. Visitors are keen to hold it up for social media selfies. "I think they get more sense out of the head than they do out of me," he says with a laugh.
McInally joined the South Queensferry club when he was 26 years old. He and his wife, Heather, had recently gotten married and wanted to put down roots in the community outside of Edinburgh. A farmer they had met invited them to a Rotary social event and then to a couple of Rotary meetings, and before McInally knew it, he was on the road to Rotary membership. (Heather McInally is also a Rotarian, belonging to the Borderlands satellite club of the Rotary Club of Selkirk.) "I couldn't see how a dentist working in isolation in Edinburgh could make a huge difference in the world," he recalls. "But I very quickly realized that by being part of Rotary, I could, and I did."
He would like to use his year — scratch that, the 2023-24 Rotary year — to spotlight mental health, an issue that has touched his family directly and that is all too often kept under wraps. McInally is an ambassador for Bipolar UK, an organization that supports people with the illness as well as their families and caregivers. Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland recently launched a partnership with the organization to bring members' skills to help build a more robust network of support groups around the country. "I'm a big believer in using Rotary members' skills, rather than just their checkbooks," he says.
The following is a condensed version of the town hall.
What are your core values, and how do they shape how you lead?
Natarajan Sundaresan, Rotary Club of Koothapakkam, India
My core value can be expressed in one word, and that is "caring." I like to think that I care for people. Professionally as a dentist, I cared for people for many, many years. It's something that was instilled in me by my parents. It's something that we have instilled in our own children. And the great thing is I now see it being instilled in our grandchildren. I think if the world was a more caring place, a kinder place, then it would be a much happier place and a much more peaceful place. Peace is one of the issues that I particularly want to see us move forward.
How can we reignite members of Rotary who appear to have "lost their spark"?
Jannine and Paul Birtwistle, Rotary Club of Guernsey, in the Channel Islands
I know Jannine and Paul very well, and it's nice to receive a question from them. I think the way to reignite the lost spark in certain members of Rotary is to make sure that the Rotary club experience is as good as it can be and suits everybody. It's not a case of one-size-fits-all. Some clubs will want to meet in a country club and spend 2.5 hours over lunch. Other clubs will want to meet for 45 minutes on a Saturday morning over coffee and a bagel, and then get out and do service.
It all comes down to the service. We are a membership organization and a service organization. It's not either/or. We need to be out there doing service, because not only will we enjoy that more, we will also see more people want to come and join us because they can see us.
What concrete plans does Rotary have to address climate change in 2023-24?
Abdur Rahman, Rotary Club of Secunderabad, India
One of the big projects that we're working on at the moment is planting mangroves in various places around the world, and there are many others. But we have to remember that Rotary, on its own, will not be able to solve the problem of climate change. We need to work at the level we are capable of working at and encourage and advocate governments around the world to ensure that we address the issue of climate change going forward.
How can we motivate more Rotaractors to join Rotary clubs?
Dale Kerns, Rotary Club of North East, Maryland
We need to bring them into Rotary clubs as Rotaractors and allow them to help shape the club going forward. We talk about mentoring. But there's reverse mentoring, as well. We can learn so much from Rotaractors. One of the most successful places in the world at integrating Rotaractors into Rotary is in Hong Kong. They move seamlessly from Rotaract into Rotary. As a result, there's hardly a division. They have a wonderful way of integrating Rotaract and Rotary together. Both sides gain so much from that. People say that Rotaract is the future of Rotary, but it's actually the present.
What youth programs are important to you?
Lindy Beatie, Rotary Club of Penn Valley, California
I'm a great fan of RYLA [Rotary Youth Leadership Awards]. We have seen very successful RYLAs in our part of the world. If you take a high school student with potential to a RYLA experience, the change that can take place is amazing. Sometimes the quiet, introverted young students who go to a RYLA experience have, by the end of it, found themselves and are blossoming. It's important we send people with potential to the RYLA experience — not the highfliers, because they're going to fly high anyway. It's the people we have the potential to develop.
I'm also a great believer in Rotary Youth Exchange. I'm delighted that we are now in a position to reignite the Youth Exchange program. Just over the past few weeks, I've seen young people flying all around the world for what will be a life-changing experience. That comes back to the whole issue of creating a more peaceful world. Because if we can take young people and let them meet other young people and live in other cultures for a year, then we realize that basically we're all the same people. There is no need for conflict because we're all trying to pull in the same direction, and we all desire the same thing.
Rotary keeps creating new partnerships and launching new projects. How can we ensure continuity as one president takes over from another?
Marissa De Luna, Rotary Club of Sweetwater San Diego, California
When I talk about continuity, I don't just mean doing the same old things year after year after year. What I mean is a process of continually moving forward, continually improving. To do that, we need to be looking at different projects and at different initiatives, because at any given time, there are different needs and different demands being placed on us. So I don't think the two are mutually exclusive. I think we can be part of new projects, and we can look at doing new things. But we can still be practicing continuity, in that we're taking it forward in the long term and not rushing to conclude things in the space of any one presidential term.
What is the biggest potential you see in Rotary as an organization that has not been fully realized?
Claudia Arizmendi, Rotary Club of Hermosillo Milenio, Mexico
We saw a great increase in volunteerism during the pandemic. I think we have a great opportunity to connect with those people and encourage them to carry on volunteering through Rotary. I believe it's in everybody's nature to care for other people. If we can bring that out of people, and if we can build on the spirit of care that we saw during the pandemic, what a wonderful legacy. About 6.5 million people died as a result of COVID around the world, and so they must not die in vain. If we can connect with the people who reignited their spirit of volunteering during that period, then we will have achieved something.
This story originally appeared in the March 2023 issue of Rotary magazine. Photos by: Kevin Serna
Upcoming Events

SAVE-THE-DATES - make sure to update your calendar

  • 9-12th - RYLA Session 1
  • 14th    - Pay it Forward Drawing & Sponsor Lunch & Facebook Live Hybrid Meeting
  • 28th -    Hybrid meeting
  • 22nd  District 6440 Annual Meeting
  • 25th - Hybrid Meeting
  • 13th  District Conference
Reach out to Gary for details  for any volunteer opps and participation details.
Zoom link notice

Club Housekeeping Alert - hybrid & zoom meeting info

We have been publicizing that the March 14 meeting for the raffle drawing will stream live on Facebook.
So we will also run hybrid with Zoom and the Zoom feed will be on Facebook.
Take note - we will do hybrid meetings on March 28, and April 25 as well.
Here is the link for Club members to use for Zoom access.
Topic: Rotary Club of Northbrook Meeting
Time: Last Tuesday of the month March April 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 295 416 335
Passcode: Rotary1965
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Meeting Details 
March Meetings - NOTE hybrid - Facebook Live meeting scheduled
  • We have 6 meetings each month!
  • Satellite Club: Thursdays (2nd & 4th evening) 
  • Lunch meetings: Tuesday
  • NOTE: hybrid meetings on March 14 (Facebook live) March 28, and April 25
  • You are encouraged to invite guests interested in joining to attend. 
  • Advance Notice regarding Guests: 
    • Any Meetings: When you invite guests, let Helen know so she has a member lead, and Mike know with the lunch order, Andy for dinner order/location.
  • Notify Mike for lunch meetings and Andy for Satellite for food choices the Sunday prior to the meeting.
Meeting dates and times may change, always check our website for updates.
Mar 07, 2023
Open Books - Repurposing donated books for those in need
Mar 21, 2023
Apr 04, 2023
Maternal Health/Uganda
Apr 18, 2023
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Member Birthdays
John Howard
March 7
Jay Glaubinger
March 8
Steven Greene
March 15
Court Williams
March 16
Jim Kucienski
March 18
Mitch Portugal
March 19
Ken Kurtz
March 25
Ken Kurtz
March 27
Gary Moriello
Beverly Hides-Moriello
March 29
Join Date
Kate Hall
March 3, 2011
12 years
Gary Moriello
March 5, 2013
10 years
Madeline Farrell
March 10, 2021
2 years
Michaela Kohlstedt
March 10, 2021
2 years
Ordel Brown
March 15, 2022
1 year
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