Rotary Club of Rolling Meadows

Club Executives & Directors
Co-President Elect
Co-President Elect
Immediate Past President
Community Service Committee Chair
Youth/Interact Liaison
Literacy Chair
Public Image Committee Chair
Membership Committee Chair
Meeting Responsibilities
Lunch Orders
Crawford, Tracey

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Rolling Meadows

Service Above Self

1st & 3rd Mondays at noon (See Speakers for details
Rolling Meadows Park District
Park Central
3000 Central Road
Rolling Meadows , IL  60008
United States
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The Thanksgiving food drive was a huge success.  Thank you to Rolling Meadows High School Student Council for your ongoing efforts to collect food and paper-goods for those that are less fortunate.  Over 175 bags of food and 110 bags of paper-goods were collected.  This year the All Saints Lutheran Church Pantry was the recipient of the food. 
President Ed surveying the bags and that's just half of them!
Virginia Connelly Reading to first and second graders
Several Rolling Meadows Rotarians volunteered to read at Willow Bend School on Tuesday, April 18. Assistant Principal and Rotarian Kate Arenberg set up the event, the school has been hosting guest readers for the past few years, and it is something the teachers and students always enjoy. In 12 reading sessions, 16 classes were able to participate in the event.  Club President Ed commented that he was “impressed with the school and the level of manners of such nice kids!”
Amy Charlesworth Reading Quit Calling Me a Monster!
From collecting books for Bernie’s Book Bank, to stocking the PRNC library when it opened and the annual reading events at the library and schools Rotary has found a way to be engaged in the promotion of Literacy through reading for as long as the club has existed. 
Rotarian Ed Connelly was honored this week with an Illinois Park and Recreation Volunteer Recognition Award.  On hand to present the award were Tracey Crawford (Rotarian) Executive Director, and Andrea Griffin Superintendent of Recreation.  Ed volunteers weekly with the PURSUIT program and Liz Thomas PURSUIT Coordinator noted that Ed has been a tremendous asset to the program.  Here are Ed and his pals Mike Zirbes and Mark Chittenden (they like Ed a lot even though he is a Sox fan!)
Welcome New club member Wendy Aguilera!  Wendy works at Village Bank and Trust and will be working in Rolling Meadows when the new branch opens on Algonquin Road in the fall.  We are excited to have Wendy be a part of our club.
On Monday March 28, Amy, Ed, Fred, Russell and Virginia went to Feed My Starving Children as our monthly volunteer project.  The food packages that were being made that day were being shipped to Jamaica.  Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. Their process is simple. Donations given by people just like us fund the meal ingredients. Volunteers hand-pack the meals. Meals are donated to FMSC food partners around the world, where kids are fed and lives are saved! 
Our 17th annual St. Patrick's Day dinner was held on Saturday, May 11.  We ended up with 16 tables seating 150 guests.  Ninety-two reverse raffle tickets were sold and 5 winners went home with $460 each.  The tip jar at the bar is what put us over the top and this year we made $10,020.  As we move into the community giving and scholarship process we will determine what we will be giving back to the community.  President Ed had all club members jot down what was right/wrong with the event for future planning. 

On Monday, February 6th our club members decided to participate in the Random Acts of Kindness project by bringing a pizza lunch to our friends at PURSUIT. The PURSUIT program is a collaboration between the Northwest Special Recreation Association and Clearbrook.  PURSUIT meets the needs of individuals with disabilities ages 21 and older through four core elements:  Recreation & Leisure, Skills and Self Advocacy, Community Integrations and Health and Wellness.


Club members had a great time sharing a meal with our new friends.  We also had a tour of the Snoozelen Room, a state of the art sensory room.  A sensory room can be described as an environment that has been created for the purpose of helping individuals of all ages who may have various sensory disabilities. There are also therapeutic benefits such as relaxation, depending on the specific sensory products used in the room.  The equipment has many themes and activities that can be  used at  different times to cater specifically to those in it and their individual needs.


Club Member Russell Freund entertained the group with a sing-a-long. Check out the photo album on our home page on the right side.


Since the Rotary 2016/17 year began the Rotary Club of Rolling Meadows has welcomed several new members.  At the annual Installation Dinner club President Ed Connelly inducted Minuteman Press owner Russell Freund.
At our regular club meeting on January 30 new members Ed Rumsas, independent contractor at Aflac and Kate Arenberg, Assistant Principal at Willow Bend Elementary School were formally inducted. 
If you are interested in becoming a member of Rotary International please contact any of the club members listed on this website, all are welcome. 
A free spaghetti dinner was served to some 450 people on Thursday, December 2, by the City of Rolling Meadows and the City's Community Events Foundation.  This is an annual event, coupled with the lighting of the Christmas Tree in downtown Rolling Meadows.  Seven RM Rotarians volunteered, they showed up at the Meadows Street fire station to help serve spaghetti, meatballs, salad and focaccia bread to hungry locals.  Santa and reindeer put in an appearance, and Lori Ciezak, the Foundations director, call Rotary "a tremendous help" to the event. 
The ISBA hold an annual Holiday party for Illinois Families dealing with Spina Bifida.  Approximately 300 kids and family members attend the event.  The party was held at the John G. Conyers Learning Academy in Rolling Meadows on December 3, 2016.  This year the Rolling Meadows Rotary Club members assisted with decorating and setting up the space, and manning a registration table.  The club also made a donation of sugar cookies, frosting and candies for a cooling decorating activity for the kids.  Here club member checks in guests of the event. 
Members of the Rolling Meadows Rotary Club and friends came out in force to assist the Salvation Army with their annual holiday fundraising in front of Jewel-Osco on Kirchoff Road in Rolling Meadows on December 2, 2016.  Here Tracey Crawford and Jessica Vasalos add some holiday cheer to the community.
The 23rd annual "Bag a Holiday Meal" food drive was a huge success.   Food collection came in at 252 bags of groceries, paper goods collection total was 47 bags and there were $957 in donations. A big thank you to the Rolling Meadows High School students, RM Park District parks staff, BMO and all Rotarians for their contributions to the Bethel Lutheran Church Pantry. 
Each year the Rotary 6440 District Governor takes the time to visit every club in the District.  When Governor Rivkin visited our club he met with the entire club rather than just the Board.  He offered is assistance during this time of trying to grow the club membership.  He complimented our commitment to the community and the wide variety of projects we do and the service we give a true example of Rotary Serving Humanity.  Here's a candid shot of Gov. Rivkin taking a selfie with club President Ed Connelly.


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program run by Rotary. While participants can be any age, most events focus on secondary school students, university students, or young professionals. RYLA events are typically 3–10 days long and include presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Leadership fundamentals and ethics
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving and conflict management
  • Community and global citizenship

How can I participate in RYLA?

Typically the Rolling Meadows Rotary Club sends two students per year to RYLA. Contact any club member for more information.

Upcoming Events
Regular Meeting @ noon
Jan 22, 2018
Assembly / Board Meeting
No Regular Meeting
Jan 29, 2018
Fifth Monday of month
Regular Meeting @ noon
Feb 05, 2018
Guest Speaker TBD
Regular Meeting @ noon
Feb 19, 2018
Guest Speaker TBD / Presidents Day

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