It Is Good to Be Back Together!

 
The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates held it's first hybrid (in person and virtual) meeting on Friday, July 31, 2020 at Chandler's and will continue with this model for the foreseeable future. The formal meetings begin at 12:30 pm, both in person and virtually.  Information on how to access the virtual meeting will be sent to anyone contacting the club at the above email address.  Lunch is served outdoors at 11:45 am,  prior to moving indoors for the meeting. 
 
All safety precautions will be in place including masks, social distancing and temperature screening prior to entering.  This three option approach (virtual, in person meeting only or meeting with meal) is designed to accommodate the full range of comfort levels with gathering in public during this time.
 
State Representative Michelle Mussman (56th District) provided a very informative and interesting  program at this meeting.  She responded to questions from both the in person audience and those attending virtually.  We are looking forward to continuing our fellowship in the weeks to come.
 

 

It Is Good to Be Back Together! Pat Groenewold 2020-08-05 05:00:00Z 0

In Person Meetings Resume

The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates is resuming in person meetings beginning Friday, July 31, 2020 at Chandler's.  The formal meeting will begin at 12:30 pm, both in person and virtually.  Information on how to access the virtual meeting will be sent to anyone contacting the club at the above email address.
 
For those club members and guests who would also like to share a lunch experience, the meal will be served outdoors at 11:45 prior to moving indoors for the meeting.  All safety precautions will be in place including masks, social distancing, temperature screening prior to entering.  This three option approach (virtual, in person meeting only or meeting with meal) is designed to accommodate the full range of comfort levels with gathering in public during this time.
In Person Meetings Resume Pat Groenewold 2020-07-27 05:00:00Z 0

2020-21 Officers Installed

On Thursday, June 25th, the Rotarians and friends of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates gathered for the first ever "drive in" installation of officers and directors at Fabbrini Park.  This "Installation with Separation" event was the first time the club had gathered in person since the CORVID-19 pandemic changed everyone's plans.  The installation program was broadcast via FM radio to those in their automobiles and as a Facebook Live Stream to those who watched from their homes.  All appropriate safety measures were observed during the event.
The venue for this installation was particularly appropriate for the Installation of Wesley Crockett astt the club's 51st President.  Wes is the grandson of Joe Fabbrini for whom the park is named.  As a third generation member of the club, Wes brings both the vision and energy of youth and the strong sense of tradition and deep understanding of Rotary that comes from growing up in a Rotary family.  Also installed that evening were Treasurer Tom Gosche, Secretary Brian Berg, Directors Sarah Billmeyer, Holly Fath, Robery Fleisher, Allen Gabe, Nancy Redmon, Mary Jo Shepherd and Immediate Past President Pat Groenewold. 
 
Recognition of the service and achievements during this past Rotary year was also an important part of the program that evening.  (See photo album on this home page for more photos from the event.)
2020-21 Officers Installed 2020-06-29 05:00:00Z 0

Thank Yous from Our Partners

We have received a number or expressions of appreciation for the assistance we have provided this year.  A selection of thank you notes are posted in the folder titled "Thank You Notes from Our Partners within the documents section of this website at  https://content.clubrunner.ca/2404/Document/List.  Please check them out.
Thank Yous from Our Partners Pat Groenewold 2020-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

Vibrant Club Award

District Governor Suzanne Gibson visited our virtual meeting on Friday, 5 June to present our club with the Governor's Vibrant Club Challenge Award, recognizing the club's accomplishments in support of RI President Mark Maloney's theme Rotary Connects the World, through our efforts to unite people and take action to make this a better world for those in our communities and around the world.   We are proud to be able to display this recognition logo.
 
Vibrant Club Award Pat Groenewold 2020-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

COVID-19 Action Squad Steps Up

In mid-March, when the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic became apparent to all, the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates formed a team that adopted the name "Action Squad" in the spirit of Rotarians being "People of Action."  That group has met (virtually, of course) regularly since its formation and has contacted many of the community partners with which we work on an ongoing basis,  They developed a plan to respond to this unprecedented situation and the club approved funding to carry out these efforts.   In the weeks since this group came together approximately $14,000 has been expended in efforts to help those in need in our communities. 
 
Projects have included funding for the Schaumburg Township Food Pantry, meals for senior citizens served by the Barn in Schaumburg, grocery store gift cards and Chuck Jones art kids to families served by HEC/POC, food and needed supplies for the WINGS shelter serving victims of abuse in our communities, food and other assistance for veterans served by Trickster Gallery and various items for the Kenneth Young Center to enable them to continue their service and mental health counselling activities.
COVID-19 Action Squad Steps Up 2020-05-03 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Thoughts as We "Stay-at-Home" 

With recognition of the Rotary Club of Morisset, New South Wales, Australia for their creativity, we share these tools for "COVID Isolation Well-Being."
 
 
 
Rotarian Thoughts as We "Stay-at-Home" 2020-04-14 05:00:00Z 0

Virtual Meetings Fridays at 12:15 CDT

The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates continues to meet virtually each Friday at 12:15 Central Daylight Savings Time during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Club members receive meeting login information each week. 
 
Guests are welcome.  Contact the club at info@scherotary.org  for login information
Virtual Meetings Fridays at 12:15 CDT Pat Groenewold 2020-03-17 05:00:00Z 0

CLUB MEETINGS HAVE GONE VIRTUAL!

The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates has cancelled its regular in-person meetings until the "all-clear" is given for groups to gather again.  That does not mean that we are not still dedicated to Service Above Self in this challenging time. 
 
Our first virtual club meeting was held Friday, 27 March, attended by over 45 members.  We heard about the good work of our PEOPLE OF ACTION SQUAD in identifying immediate needs and making plans to meet those needs.  Special funding has been approved to make these responses possible.
 
We will continue to meet via the internet during the time we are unable to come together in the usual way.  Information on how to join this meeting will be shared each week.
 
We will also be posting information on our efforts to help meet the extraordinary needs around us at this time and any updates we have on future meetings. Club members, please check your email regularly for updates on ways we can help in this time of serious disruption of ordinary activity. 
 
CLUB MEETINGS HAVE GONE VIRTUAL! Pat Groenewold 2020-03-17 05:00:00Z 0

VIRTUAL CLASSIC 50TH BIRTHDAY BASH

Posted by Pat Groenewold
CLASSIC LIVE PRESENTATION  can be seen on our Facebook Page. 
facebook.com/rotaryclubofschaumburghoffmanestates
 
WITH JUST TWO DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE CLUB'S CLASSIC 50TH BIRTHDAY BASH EVERYTHING CHANGED
What had been planned for our gala evening on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the Schaumburg Marriott became the first ever VIRTUAL CLASSIC!  
 
A small team gathered in a meeting room at the Marriott on Friday, March 13th to design a whole new event when on Thursday it had became obvious that it was neither prudent nor responsible to bring 350+ people together in a ballroom that Saturday.  A plan was sketched out and tasks were assigned -- so much to do in less than 24 hours!
 
Then came Saturday.  That dedicated team gathered again and began production of the live Facebook stream of the reinvented Classic program.  The meeting room became the Rotary studio with all the trimings.  While this was going on, Marriott chefs prepared the 350 meals in the afternoon, so that Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Rotarians could deliver the food to some of the club's partner agencies to be provided to people in need in the community.  The challenge of what to do with all the food that had already been purchased by the hotel was handled and we were on to the next challenge.
 
Gradually the few other players in this program arrived in full 1969 attire, practiced and prepared for the evening's adventure.  Then it was "show time."  Smaller groups gathered in various homes around the community to participate virtually in the event.  The auction was held with bidding being done electronically from near and far, the videos were shown and presentations made. The grand prize drawing capped off the night.  The event may have been different that what had been planned, but the mission was the same: fun, fellowship and fund-raising for the many charitable projects next year.  
The recording of this telecast can be found on our Facebook page.  Behind the scenes photos from the Marriott "sound stage" are in the Photo Album on our Website Home Page.  
 
We owe a great deal to our generous sponsors listed below, as well as to those whose names can be found in the photos on this website .  Thank you to all who contributed to the success of this first ever VIRTUAL CLASSIC -- 1969, 21st Century Style!!!!  
 
MAJOR SPONSORS
          
Anne & Loren Trimble
      
      
 
VIRTUAL CLASSIC 50TH BIRTHDAY BASH Pat Groenewold 2020-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

The Holidays -- Happy Service Opportunities for Rotarians

The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates celebrated the holidays this year in true "Service Above Self" style.  December was a very busy month for our Rotarians.  We rang bells, helped "Shop with a Cop," served meals and provided gifts for Partners for Our Communities (POC) families.
The Holidays -- Happy Service Opportunities for Rotarians Pat Groenewold 2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

No Meeting at Chandlers Nov. 29 and Dec. 6

We will have a Joint meeting with the Bloomingdale-Roselle Rotary club on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.  We will meet at the Bloomingdale Golf Club located at 181 Glen Ellyn Rd, Bloomingdale, IL 60108.at 12:15 p.m.  
 
On December 6, 2019 we will gather at Belevedere Banquets, 1170 West Devon, Elk Grove Village, IL  60007 for our annual holiday party .beginning at 5:30 with cocktails and   & Hors D’Oeuvres.  There will be a White Elephant gift exchange for anyone wishing to participate.
No Meeting at Chandlers Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 Pat 2019-11-25 06:00:00Z 0

Roadside Warriors at Work

A mighty group of Rotarians joined forces on Saturday, Novermber 9th, to clean up Golf Road from Roselle to Plum Grove. And, we got it done just in time for winter to arrive with a vengeance!  A dozen members and friends of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates made quick work of the accumulated roadside debris, while wondering 'What in the world is that?" and "How did THAT get there?" 
Along with the satisfaction of service rendered was the enjoyment of good fellowship.  Yes, even picking up trash can be fun for Rotarians working together!
 
Roadside Warriors at Work Pat Groenewold 2019-11-18 06:00:00Z 0
Community Fire Alarm & Smoke Detector Installation Rosemary Justen 2019-10-24 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You from Fellowship Housing Program

Local Rotary Makes Fellowship Kids' Lives Better
 
It's no secret that one of the pinnacles of the Fellowship Housing program is budgeting. Our moms adhere to a VERY lean budget -- which means that any extra-curricular activities that their children want to participate in are often put on hold so that the moms can focus on their debt and savings goals. But, we all know the enormous benefits to children being able to explore their passion areas through sports, art, music and beyond. These activities open up opportunities for teamwork, new friendships, self-confidence, and stress reduction.
Thanks to the generous support of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates, our children are now able to explore these different activities! It has been a joy seeing which activities the children lean towards, from swim lessons to gymnastics. The excitement of the moms being able to say "Yes!" to something their child wants to pursue is palpable. Thank you to the rotary for making this possible for our children, we cannot wait to see the positive effects that come as a result of your support!!
Thank You from Fellowship Housing Program Pat Groenewold 2019-10-23 05:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day - October 24, 2019

On Monday, October 21, 2019 a delegation from the Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Rotary Club attended the Villiage of Hoffman Estates Board Meeting.  Mayor McLeod and the Board presented the club with a Proclamation declaring October 24th as World Polio Day in Hoffman Estates and recognizing the significant contributions of Rotary to polio eradication efforts worldwide.  The Villiage of Schaumburg's Village President Tom Dailly also issued a similar proclamation for Schaumburg, encouraging all citizens to join Rotary International in the fight for a polio free world.
 
World Polio Day - October 24, 2019 Pat Groenewold 2019-10-22 05:00:00Z 0

One Rotary Center Visit

Bill Kelley, Jean.Schlinkmann and Eileen Higginbotham at RI Headquarters to be meet with Global Grants Manager and Economic Development Director Jean and Eileen  were also interviewed for a video that RI will use to promote Global Grants within the United States.
                     
As you can see they made it a fun time, Iincluding a handshake with Paul Harris and a visit to the RI President's office.
 
One Rotary Center Visit Pat Groenewold 2019-10-22 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrating the Big 50

The 120 members and friends of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates who gathered to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the chartering of the club enjoyed great fellowship and were treated to a retrospective video and entertaining stories about the early days of the club.  Pictured above are the members who were there demonstrating the 50 with hand signals! Click Read More to see the Video
 
 
Celebrating the Big 50 Pat Groenewold 2019-10-18 05:00:00Z 0

October Service Opportunity

This year’s Smoke Detector Installation Service Project will be held on Oct 19th. We will be visiting the Weathersfield Commons Subdivision that we were not able to finish in the spring. We will meet at the Clubhouse at 108 Carver Ln. at 8:30 AM. This is near the corner of Schaumburg Road and Springinsguth Road. We will begin visiting people’s homes checking Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors at 9:00 AM until Noon.
 
This project is a joint project with the Village of Schaumburg Fire Department and the Red Cross. Last year was very fun. Many places we visited did not have any Smoke Detectors or Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Many of the existing Smoke Detectors found were over 30 years old and needed replacement anyway.
 
Our club provides the Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Any leftover Smoke Detectors and/or Carbon Monoxide Detectors are used by the Fire Department during the year when they provide Home Safety Visits for Older Adults.
October Service Opportunity Pat Groenewold 2019-10-02 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrating 50 Years of Service

On October 17, 1969 the Rotary Club of Schaumburg (which later became the Rotary Club of ;Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates) received its charter from Rotary International.  
 
On October 17, 2019 the club will be celebrating its charter anniversary with a
 
 
50th Birthday Bash
Good Music, Good Food, Good Fellowship
Chandlers Chop House and Banquets
6 PM until ????
 
Celebrating 50 Years of Service Pat Groenewold 2019-10-02 05:00:00Z 0

Blessings in a Backpack Check Presentation

On Friday, September 27, the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates presented checks to Hoffman Estates High School and Schaumburg High School to help fund the work of both schools in supporting students and their families with nutritional food for the weekend when the schools' breakfast and lunch programs are not available.  These growing programs are just one way our club partners with local schools to assist our kids.
Blessings in a Backpack Check Presentation Pat Groenewold 2019-10-02 05:00:00Z 0

Club Meeting at GiGi's Playhouse 

Hoffman Estates - Down Syndrome Achievement Center
The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates will be meeting at Gigi's Playhouse, 2350 West Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates, IL  60169 on Friday, 13 September 2019.  We had the opportunity to meet a number of the young adult clients there as well as staff and volunteers.  Gigi's is one of our clubs community partners and we are very proud of the work that they do and difference they are making for families in Hoffman Estates, neighboring communities and indeed around the world,  
Club Meeting at GiGi's Playhouse Pat Groenewold 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

Club Support for Summer Program at the Library

Summer time meant time for Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Wile e Coyote, Road Runner, Daffy Duck and all their friends to visit the Schaumburg Township Library.
The Rotarians of the Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates club helped sponsor the amazing 10 week summer program, Chuck Jones Summer for Creativity, at the Schaumburg Township Library, which ran from June 1 - Aug. 17.  This interactive experience for all ages was brought to Schaumburg Township in large part by BackYard Experience and the Chicagoland Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, with support from a limited number of other sponsors, including our club.  Participants were able to earn badges by reading and completing activities while appreciating the art behind characters like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.  It is estimated that more than 120,000 people viewed and experienced the exhibit during its time at the library.  
Club Support for Summer Program at the Library Pat Groenewold 2019-08-12 05:00:00Z 0

National Night Out Event

Members of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates participated in the National Night Out event held at the Hoffman Estates Police Station on Tuesday evening, August 6th.
 
National Night Out Event Rosemary Justen 2019-08-06 05:00:00Z 0

Fishing Well Scholar Says "Thank You"

Dear Rotary Club of Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates,

 

Hello, my name is Bridget Downing. I am studying to be a nurse at Harper College, I am in my first semester here. I am a divorced single mother with two children, I work part-time as a CNA for a local home health care agency, and I am a full time student here at Harper.

 

Thank you so much for this opportunity! I have dreamed of being a nurse for almost 7 years now, and with your donation I am now able to do just that. I couldn’t believe that I had been selected! I told everyone I knew I had gotten a scholarship to be a nurse. Thank you for believing in me and giving me this opportunity.

 

This scholarship is helping to pay for some of the mandatory testing workshops I attend so I am well prepared upon graduation to take the NCLEX and become an RN. It will also help to cover the cost of material such as my nursing supplies kit, uniforms, and clinical supplies, and my classes, which run at double tuition.

 

I chose to get my nursing degree at Harper as opposed to other schools because they are one of the few accredited nursing colleges that is adorable for students, and all hospitals I have spoken with about Harper speak very highly of the students that are attending, or have graduated from the nursing program.

 

Obtaining this scholarship has made me feel like someone actually believes that I can be an amazing nurse and deserving of the opportunity to obtain the education and realize my dream.

 

Thank you,

Bridget Downing

Fishing Well Scholar Says "Thank You" Pat Groenewold 2019-08-06 05:00:00Z 0

Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Rotary Butterfly Garden Update

Early June saw Rotarians and their families at work on the Spring Clean-up of the Healing Butterfly Garden at the Children's Advocacy Center. 
 
June 22, marked the unveiling of our new moongate archway into the Healing Butterfly Garden at the CAC and Rotarians helping the CAC during their 5K run fundraiser (see message below). Club members manned a vendor booth to sell engraved pavers in the garden. 
 
Additional photos from the garden are posted in the Photo Album section on this home page.
 
Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Rotary Butterfly Garden Update Pat Groenewold 2019-07-10 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary at Work in the Community

The following thank you message was received by the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates 
 
 
Thank You Schaumburg/HE Rotary 
for supporting CAC’s 5K !
 
 
Wow! We can’t believe how positive this year’s Champions for Children 5K Run/Walk was. Together we raised $24,000 and had 167 people register for the event!

The money raised from our Champions for Children 5K directly helps children in the community who have suffered physical and sexual abuse. These children find a safe place to begin healing from their past trauma once they walk through the doors of CAC.

Your support truly makes a difference. Thanks to you, the children who seek CAC’s services can find their smiles again.

We hope to see you next year!
Rotary at Work in the Community Pat Groenewold 2019-07-10 05:00:00Z 0

Installation Dinner Party - Fun for All!

    

On Thursday, June 27th Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Rotarians and guests gathered for the Installation of 2019-2020 Officers and to recognize the accomplishments of the year just completed.  These accomplishments include a successful Global Grant application and project kick-off, a most successful Classic fund raising event plus scholarships, grants and service projects too numerous to list.  Congratulations to Immediate Past President Steve Lamp on his year and the achievements of the club under his leadership.

 This gathering also launched a year-long celebration of the club's 50th Anniversary.  New President Pat Groenewold suggested that there may be some surprises along the way as the club recognizes it's 50-year history, while planning ahead for the future of Rotary in Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates.

Installation Dinner Party - Fun for All! Pat Groenewold 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

No Club Meeting on July 5th

In honor of the Independence Day Holiday and community celebrations, there will be NO club meeting on Friday, July 5th.  Our  next regular meeting is Friday July 12th.  We look forward to starting our new Rotary year together then.
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A Special Delivery

Along with delivering baked goods donated by Deerfield's Bakery, Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Rotarian Holly Fath delivered a special Mother's Day gift to WINGS residents.  Holly assembled vanity bags with assorted toiletries and delivered them in time for Mother's Day.  A small kindness can mean a great deal.
A Special Delivery Pat Groenewold 2019-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

HEHS Staff Honored at Club Meeting

Rotarian Don Minor and Club President Steve Lamp presented Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Service Above Self Awards to two very deserving teachers at the Hoffman Estates High School. The first award went to Maggie King, who serves as the for the Interact Club at HEHS She has done a spectacular job developing and working with this active and vibrant Interact Club. The second Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Service Above Self award went to Dave Ligman, a teacher in the vocational department at HEHS whose recommendations to the vocational scholarship committee have been tremendously helpful the Rotarians who have served on that committee. Thanks to Maggie and Dave for being inspirations to the students at HEHS and to us all!  They are pictured here along with HEHS Principle Joshua Schumacher.
 
 
 
HEHS Staff Honored at Club Meeting Pat Groenewold 2019-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

Installation Dinner Replaces Regular Meeting

The annual Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Installation Dinner is on Thursday, June 27th at Moretti's Banquets, 2475 W Higgins Rd, Hoffman Estates beginning at 6 PM.  There will be no club meeting on Friday June 28th.  
Installation Dinner Replaces Regular Meeting Pat Groenewold 2019-05-11 05:00:00Z 0

2019 RYLA Participants at Club Meeting

 
The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates sponsored 20 local high school students to attend the District 6440 RYLA this spring.  RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a Rotary program designed to recognize young people who have demonstrated leadership skills or shown the potential to be leaders, and to provide them with an opportunity to explore and further develop these skills with other with similar capabilities.  A number of the students joined us for lunch on 26 April and reported on their experiences.  Photos are available in the Photo Album section of this Home Page.
2019 RYLA Participants at Club Meeting Pat Groenewold 2019-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now

 

Vaccines save lives. This week is World Immunization Week, and it’s an opportunity for the world to reflect on the work being done to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases like polio, measles, and tuberculosis.

 

Through the global fight to #endpolio, @RotaryInternational and its partners have protected more than 2.5 billion children from polio. Because of their work and the efforts of tens of thousands of health workers, polio will one day soon be a distant memory. [LINK] #VaccinesWork

 

When Brazil faced dangerously low immunization rates, Rotary members sprang into action by organizing a massive national immunization campaign. 95% of kids age one to five were vaccinated against diseases like polio and measles, reversing Brazil’s plummeting vaccination coverage.  This is just one example of the good work done by Rotarians around the world to vaccinate the world's children against preventable diseases such as polio.

 

End Polio Now Pat Groenewold 2019-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

Service Above Self in Action

The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates will be undertaking its annual Smoke Detector Installation Service Project on April 27th. We will be visiting homes in the Weathersfield Commons Subdivision, checking Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors between 9:00 AM and Noon.
 
Service Above Self in Action 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

Classic Silent Auction Ready for Bidding

The Classic Committee is very excited to announce the opening of this year’s Silent Auction website!

You can start this bidding on silent auction items today!

You do not need to be attending The Classic to participate in the bidding.

Please feel free to share this information with anyone who may be interested in bidding. 

  1. Visit:  http://theclassic2019.auction-bid.org/
  2. To View items, scroll down to “ITEMS”
  3. To start placing bids or to prepare for bidding during The Classic
    1. Click on “REGISTER” in the top right corner
    2. Enter your personal details and credit card information
    3. Once you are registered, start bidding!


Check the website throughout next week for additional items.

Your support of this auction helps to support the charitable work in the Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates Communities and around the world!

Classic Silent Auction Ready for Bidding Pat Groenewold 2019-03-04 06:00:00Z 0
A Special Thank You to the Classic Sponsors Pat Groenewold 2019-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

Classic Sponsors:  Making a Difference

The Annual Classic Dinner/Dance is the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates' primary fund raiser each year.  The proceeds of this event enable the club to fund many wonderful projects and scholarships for the community each year.  The sponsorship of this event increases the opportunities make a significant positive difference in the lives of a broad spectrum of residents of the area.  We are proud to acknowledge the generous contributions of the following sponsors for 2019:
 
Platinum Sponsor $10,000
AArete
LAJCK Foundation
Aqueity, Inc.
Alliant Financial Strategies Group
 
Gold Sponsor $5,000
Verit Advisors, LLC
Canning Foundation
Montgomery and Eaton Dental
Harper College
Travelliance

BMO Harris

 

Silver Sponsor $2,500
Glenview State Bank
Redmon's Village Towing, Inc.
Bruning & Associates, P.C.
BNC Quality Auto Body, Inc.
Kelley, Kelley & Kelley
Law Offices of Bruce Dopke
AMITA Health
Allen Gabe Law P.C.
Berg Engineering Consultants, Ltd
 
Bronze Sponsor $1,500
R. C. Keller & Company
Lamp Incorporated
Lavelle Law
 
Chrome Sponsor $500-$1,499
Heritage Bank of Schaumburg
The Royal Family LLC
G & J Accounting Inc.
Napleton's Subaru
 
Classic Sponsors: Making a Difference Pat Groenewold 2019-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

2019 Project Selection 

The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates engages in year-round fundraising to make possible a wide range of service project in our communities and around the world.  Each year the club’s The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates award grants to not-for-profit organizations which are either located within or serve the citizens of Schaumburg and/or Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The club provides these grants in an effort to strengthen our network of support, addressing basic needs and empowering those in need in our community.  This year the the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates will award up to $30,000 in such grants. 

 

2019 Project Selection Pat Groenewold 2019-02-27 06:00:00Z 0
2019 Classic Coming Soon!!! Pat Groenewold 2019-02-26 06:00:00Z 0
2019 Chili Cookoff a Great Success Pat Groenewold 2019-02-18 06:00:00Z 0

Fellowship Is an Important Part of Rotary

The Rotary Club of Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates works hard to serve our community and beyond.  Service is perhaps the backbone of our club.  However, we also have a "funny bone" as demonstrated in our recent fellowship outing to the comedy club Laugh Out Loud in Schaumburg.  Pictured above is Jan Minor (spouse of Rotarian Don Minor) on stage with the Improv Actors helping to solve a most unusual mystery.  A good time was had by all.
Fellowship Is an Important Part of Rotary 2019-01-21 06:00:00Z 0

Regular Club Meetings on 21 & 28 December

The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates will meeting at the regularly scheduled time on the last two Fridays of December.  Welcome in the official start of winter with a warm and friendly time with fellow Rotarians this week.  Next week, on the 28th we will be electing the 2019-20 leadership for our club.  We hope to see good crowds both days as we celebrate the holiday season with Rotary fellowship together.
Regular Club Meetings on 21 & 28 December 2018-12-20 06:00:00Z 0

No Noon Meeting on 7 December

Instead of our regular lunch meeting, club members and spouses/significant others will gather for our annual Holiday Party.
 
Rotary Holiday Party
 
Date: Friday, December 7, 2018
 
Time: 5:30 - 10:30 PM 
Cocktails & Hors D’Oeuvres ~ Dinner Service
 
Location: BELVEDERE Events & Banquets 
1170 West Devon,
Elk Grove Village 
For those who wish to participate, we will be having a White Elephant Exchange. 
 
No Noon Meeting on 7 December 2018-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

No Club Meeting on 23 November

Posted on Nov 21, 2018
There will be no regular lunch meeting this week.  We had the privilege of sharing in a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Bloomingdale-Roselle on Tuesday instead.  Toys for Tots was the theme of that meeting, with a challenge between the two clubs to see which club could bring the most toys for this annual holiday event.  We enjoyed a presentation on the Marine's Toys for Tots program history and current successes.  Each club  provided a mountain of toys and the real winners of that challenge are the kids who will receive those toys this Christmas.  A good time was had by all!
No Club Meeting on 23 November 2018-11-21 06:00:00Z 0

Eagle Scout Project at the CAC Healing Garden

Even at 48 degrees and raining Max Schmidt and 3 other Eagle Scouts worked to finish the conservation project at the CAC Rotary Healing Butterfly garden. Also pictured is Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Rotarian Peter Arno who assisted the Scouts with their project.  Additional photos may be viewed in the photo album on this home page.
Eagle Scout Project at the CAC Healing Garden Pat Groenewold 2018-11-09 06:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Club Service 

On Friday, 26 November, the Rotaract Club at Harper College, completed a service project with the Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA), assisting with a Halloween celebration that was greatly enjoyed by all.  More photos are available in the home page photo album.

 

Rotaract Club Service Lauren Chilvers 2018-11-07 06:00:00Z 0

Shop with a Cop Kickoff

 
On 12 October, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, Club President Steve Lamp presented a check to Hoffman Estate Police Officers Lt. Carl Baunert, Joe Kruschel and Mark Wondolkowski to kick off the club's participation in this year's Shop With A Cop program.  In addition to funding assistance, our club will have significant hands-on involvement is this wonderful community service effort, as we have done for several years.  
Shop with a Cop Kickoff Pat Groenewold 2018-10-13 05:00:00Z 0

Vacation Raffle Winners Announced

 

Winners of the 2018 Vacation Raffle were drawn by Hoffman Estates Mayor William D. McLeod at the club’s regular meeting on Friday, 28 September 2018.  Proceeds from this raffle help fund our many community service activities including scholarships, support for various community organizations such as Children’s Advocacy Center, Gigi’s Playhouse, WINGS, NWSRA, Kenneth Young Center, Schaumburg Barn Senior Center, District 54 Food Pantry and breakfast programs, Blessings in a Backpack and many more.  We thank all who participated in this year’s raffle. The money raised will make a positive difference in the Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates communities.

 

This year’s winners were:  Jerry Wattron (Grand Prize), Paul Sowa (2nd Prize) and Vicki Jacobsen.  Congratulations!!!!

Vacation Raffle Winners Announced Pat Groenewold 2018-10-03 05:00:00Z 0

Happy Birthday Butterfly Garden!

 
It's hard to believe that we're already celebrating the Healing Butterfly Garden's first birthday! Last year the Rotary Club of Schaumburg/ Hoffman Estates donated the garden to the CAC as a special place for CAC clients to come after a forensic interview or therapy session.
 
We especially want to thank Jeff Miller and Divine Signs of Schaumburg for the beautiful signage they have provided for the garden
Happy Birthday Butterfly Garden! 2018-09-19 05:00:00Z 0

Something New in the Garden


Thank you to Jim and Bonnie McCulla for their good work in obtaining and refinishing this park bench for the Children's Advocacy Center Butterfly Garden.  If you haven't visited the garden recently, you are missing a real treat -- come and sit, relax and enjoy
Something New in the Garden Pat Groenewold 2018-08-27 05:00:00Z 0
Vacation Raffle Ticket Now Available Pat Groenewold 2018-08-22 05:00:00Z 0

New School Year – New Service Opportunity

The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates continues to support the Blessings in a Backpack program at Hoffman Estates High School.  This program provides weekend meals for students and their families where there is a need for such support.  Receiving the check on behalf of HEHS are Josh Schumacher, principal and Debby Miller.  The check is being presented by Club President Steve Lamp and Community Service Director Eileen Higginbotham.

 

 

District 54, in response to the very real needs of our communities, began providing free breakfasts in our schools.  Last year the Rotary Club of Schaumburg committed to fund the free breakfast program for Keller Junior High School.  We were the second sponsor to step up and commit to providing funding for an entire school.  With the start of the new school year our club has donated another $10,000 to continue the program at Keller this year.  Receiving the check on behalf of District 54 are Daryl Saylor, District 54 Trustee and Jennifer Waldorf, Communications Specialist for School District 54

New School Year – New Service Opportunity pat 2018-08-21 05:00:00Z 0

Community Service in Action

Saturday morning a small group of Rotarians and family members gathered to share in our roadside clean-up task.  Starting with donuts and paperwork, the group moved out to tackle the litter that collected along Golf Road between Roselle Road and Plum Grove since our last clean-up event.  In addition to making a difference in our community, the group also had a good time and enjoyed good fellowship along the way.  There will be another fall clean-up later this year, date to be announced.  Please consider joining the fun then.  Thank you to Steve Lamp, Cris Hinojosa, Pat Groenewold, the Royal Hartwig family, Holly Fath and Bob Fleisher for their good work.  Photos of the team at work are available in the Photo album section of this Home Page.
Community Service in Action 2018-08-21 05:00:00Z 0

How Does Your Garden Grow?

The garden grows for butterflies and as a peaceful place for staff and clients at the Children’s Advocacy Center to sit and talk or just enjoy the beauty around them.  

It also grows contribution to the ongoing work of the Center.  The 18 bricks installed recently means $1,800 for the center. 

These bricks form the walkway in the middle of the garden and provide a wonderful opportunity for individuals or groups to  remember someone special or honor a person or commemorate an event. 
  
How Does Your Garden Grow? Pat Groenewold 2018-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

A Visit with a Former Exchange Student

Jeanne and Bill Kelley had the opportunity to visit with our club’s former exchange student, Audrey Lavis, while in Brussels, Belgium.  The three of them are posed in front of the most famous Belgium statue, Manneken Pies, the folk hero of Brussels.
 
Audrey sends her warm regards to our entire club.  
A Visit with a Former Exchange Student William Kelley 2018-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

Our Service IS Appreciated

Brian Berg, who coordinated our club's participation in the installation of smoke detectors last May, received this note of appreciation.
 
Hi Brian,
 
I apologize for my delay; I was waiting on some additional paperwork from the Red Cross. Once again, I would like to thank the Schaumburg-Hoffman Rotary Club for participating in our smoke alarm event with the Red Cross. We were able to complete visits in 50 homes, install 110 smoke alarms, and install 38 carbon monoxide alarms on May 5th. Once again, I think we had a tremendous impact on the Schaumburg community. The Fire Department has also received a number of additional calls from residents in the area and throughout Schaumburg requesting home safety visits. Another positive impact of these events is the publicity it generates that results in additional visits for our department.
 
Please pass on my sincere thanks to your entire organization for once again participating in our event. We hope to continue to do these events on a regular basis and would be thrilled to have the Schaumburg-Hoffman Rotary Club continue to participate.
 
Michael Rons
Fire Marshal
Village of Schaumburg
Our Service IS Appreciated Pat Groenewold 2018-07-26 05:00:00Z 0

Governor Julie and Club President Steve Installed

 
On 12 July, Julie Clark was duly installed as the 2018-19 Governor of District 6440 and Installed our club's president, Steve Lamp, and his Board later at the same installation dinner.  Photos from that evening appear in the Hope Page Photo Album at the right.  It was a very festive start for what promises to be a great Rotary ear!
Governor Julie and Club President Steve Installed Pat Groenewold 2018-07-14 05:00:00Z 0

2018 Scholarships Awarded

Each year the Rotary Club of Schaumburg Hoffman-Estates awards more than $20,000 in scholarships to students in Schaumburg Township who are pursuing post-secondary education.  On 25 May this year's scholarship winners were announced for four of the scholarship categories.  These scholarships are in addition to our "Fishing Well" Scholarships described in another story on this home page.  The recipients attended our regular club meeting and each one told us a littlie bit of their story.  The scholarship committees worked diligently to select these recipients from among the many applications received this year.  
Club President Cris Hinojosa with scholarship recipients Yemarian Eyob, U'Daria Smith, Bianca Aguiler, Brad Hostetler, Aman Patel, Leticia Buenas, Alice Borkenhagen, Dana Nicole Ong and Valeria Morena.  (Not pictured here are Sharon Rice, Lesley Torres and Abbas Ali Khan)
2018 Scholarships Awarded Pat Groenewold 2018-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

Community Service Saturday!

Saturday, 19 May was a busy day for Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Rotarians.  While some of our members were at the District 6440 Conference in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, others were busy with two different community service projects. 

One team spent their time on our first roadside clean-up of the season.  Our club is responsible for the section of Golf Road between Roselle and Plum Grove Road.  In spite of uncooperative weather, our fearless ROAD WARRIORS Brian Townsend, Brian Berg, Rosemary Justen and Jack Lucas completed the task, leaving that stretch of road in good shape for the start of a new season.

A second group of Rotarians and friends gathered at the Children’s Advocacy Center located at 640 Illinois Blvd. to do the spring clean-up and planting at our club's Healing Butterfly garden built for CAC last year.  They were joined by Mark Parr, Director of the center.  The construction and maintenance of this garden is an ongoing project of our club.  Photos from this workday may be viewed in the photo album section of this home page.

Community Service Saturday! 2018-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

Project Selection Grants Awarded

Each year the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates awards grants to not-for-profit organizations which serve the citizens of Schaumburg and/or Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The club provides these grants in an effort to strengthen our network of support, addressing basic needs and empowering those in need in our community.  This year the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates made grants totaling over $30,000.  Checks were presented to representatives of the selected organizations at the regular club meeting on Friday, 11 May.

 Additional photos may be viewed by clicking on the 2018 Project Selection Recipients in the right-hand column of this page.

Project Selection Grants Awarded Pat 2018-05-07 05:00:00Z 0

Scholarship News

Fishing Well’s early success prompts additional financial commitment from Rotary Club

  • Harper College News Bureau
  • March 16, 2018
Fishing Well Scholarship Recipients

Four current Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates Rotary Fishing Well Scholarship recipients (left to right): Sarah Yeo, Karen Schimpf, Oscar Alvarado and Carlos Segura

The Rotary Club of Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates has been so impressed by the early success of its innovative Fishing Well Scholarship through Harper College, the club couldn’t pass up an opportunity to increase its support even more.

“By providing access to higher education for those that may not have it, (scholarship recipients) improve their lives, their family and the entire community by having better employment opportunities and more earning power,” said Eileen Higginbotham, the Rotary Club’s Director of Community Service. “As the program started to roll out, we saw the potential and the results. We thought, ‘Well, let’s see what we can do to extend this.’”

Scholarship News Lauren Chilvers 2018-04-14 05:00:00Z 0

Check Presentation

On Monday, 9 April 2018 our club president, Cris Hinojosa, presented a check from the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates to the new Rotary Northwest Supper Club which meets on Monday evenings at Biaggi’s in AlgonquinThis club includes the areas of Crystal Lake, Lake in the Hills and Huntley.

The check was a new club charter gift from our Club. We are pleased to welcome this newest addition to the District 6440 Rotary family.

Check Presentation Pat 2018-04-14 05:00:00Z 0

April Fellowship Event

 
April Fellowship Dinner
April 14, 2018
6:00pm
 

Yu's Mandarin

Schaumburg

200 E Golf Rd.,
Schaumburg, IL 60173
847-882-5340
 
 
April Fellowship Event 2018-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

ROTARY’S RUN FOR THE ROSES held 3 March 2018 at the Arlington International Racecourse Million Room

The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates holds its major fundraising event each year in March.  This year’s event was a great success.  Although final figures are not yet in, we are happy to report that significant funds were raised in support of the work of our charitable foundation for the coming year.  These funds will enable continued support of many community projects, including our various scholarship programs, and financial assistance to our service partners such as Gigi’s Playhouse, Wings, Blessings in a Backpack, the Schaumburg Barn Senior Center, School District 54’s Food Pantry, the Children’s Advocacy Center, the Kenneth Young Center, and many others. 

It is because of the hard work of our Rotarians and the generous support of event sponsors that we achieved our goals for this event.  Thank you to all who worked so hard over the past months!

In addition to helping raise the money needed to continue our work in the community and around the world, this event is also a time of great fun and fellowship.  Photos from the event are posted in a Photo Album that may be accessed on our home page at the right.

ROTARY’S RUN FOR THE ROSES held 3 March 2018 at the Arlington International Racecourse Million Room Pat Groenewold 2018-03-15 05:00:00Z 0

Keller Career Day Invitation

 

Helen Keller Junior High School is hosting its Second Annual College/Career Day Event on: Wednesday, March 7th , 2018 and the Rotary Club of Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates has been invited to participate in the presentations that day.  Vince Sanasardo is coordinating this activity for our club.  Please contact him with questions.  More detail can be seen by clicking on read more box

 

Keller Career Day Invitation 2017-12-05 06:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Club at Harper College

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A Rotaract service club began at Harper College this year! In collaboration with the Rotary Club of Schaumburg / Hoffman Estates & Barrington Breakfast Rotary, Schaumburg AM Rotary Club sponsored a Rotaract Club at Harper College in Palatine. This student-led club held its inaugural meeting on Harper’s campus this September with 15 of its 20+ inaugural members in attendance. Club members had the opportunity to get to know one another a bit at the meeting & many great ideas were shared! The club’s focus is on performing community service & they facilitated their first service project on Friday, September 22 by helping to clean up and beautify a park in the Arlington Heights community.
Rotaract Club at Harper College Lauren Chilvers 2017-11-08 06:00:00Z 0

Friendship Exchange Going to Taiwan

Three member of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates -- Jillian Bernas, Anita Forte-Scott and Bill Kelley -- are participating in the second half of a Rotary Friendship Exchange between Districts 6440 and 3461.  The sixteen-member team began their visit to Taiwan on 7 November.  They will be visiting at least eight clubs while in District 3461.  This visit comprises a cultural exchange and a service project.  Some of the Rotarians travelling from District 6440 will be leading and immersion English as a Second Language (ESL) experience for elementary students in Taiwan. 
 
A delegation of Taiwanese Rotarians came to our district in June.  They were hosted by District 6440 Rotarians, attended clubs in our district, including Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates and visited many cultural sites in the area and well as enjoying a number of fellowship opportunities.  
Friendship Exchange Going to Taiwan Pat Groenewold 2017-11-02 05:00:00Z 0

Community Fire Safety Checks

Members of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates assisted Schaumburg Fire Department Firefighters conduct Fire Safety Checks in the homes of Lexington Lane on Saturday, September 23.
Community Fire Safety Checks 2017-09-28 05:00:00Z 0

2017 PROJECT SELECTION APPLICATION

Posted by Terry Parke on Apr 12, 2017
The 2017 PROJECT SELECTION APPLICATION is now available to any Charitable Organization serving people in the Schaumburg / Hoffman Estates areas.
Please use the link located on the right under the heading: "Home Page Download Files" to open the Application document.
All Applications and supporting documentation will be due by May 12, 2017 and are to be emailed to Terry Parke, 2017 Project Selection Chair as indicated in the Application.  The Charitable Foundation for the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates has worked hard to raise $25,000 through year-long fundraising efforts.  Now we would like to award community grants to not-for-profit organizations which are either located within or serve the citizens of Schaumburg and/or Hoffman Estates, Illinois.  Each year we provide these grants in an effort to strengthen our network of support, addressing basic needs and empowering those in need in our community.
2017 PROJECT SELECTION APPLICATION Terry Parke 2017-04-12 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution. Give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!  http://www.rotary.org

The Rotary Foundation ANITA FORTE-SCOTT 2017-03-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Help Rotaract Students Bring Holiday Joy to Those in Need

On Thursday, December 15, 2016, members of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates assisted students from Keller Junior High School's Rotaract Club shop for toys and games for their Winter Wonderland event t benefit fellow students experiencing financial difficulty. The Rotary Club funded the holiday giving activity. 
 
Rotarians Help Rotaract Students Bring Holiday Joy to Those in Need 2016-12-15 06:00:00Z 0
Super Hero Run, Walk, Roll 2016 Jean Schlinkmann 2016-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

ROTARY DISTRICT 6440 “PRESIDENT OF THE YEAR” AWARD ANNOUNCED AT LOCAL CLUB’S AWARDS AND INSTALLATION DINNER

Posted by ANITA FORTE-SCOTT on Jul 01, 2016
On Thursday, June 23, 2016, members of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates gathered at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Schaumburg to celebrate its accomplishments of this past Rotary year and install the leadership team for its coming year. District Governor Rodney Adams of Rotary District 6440 was on hand to award the club’s 2015-2016 President Terry Parke with the distinguished “District President of the Year” award.
 
Terry Parke, Rotary District 6440’s 2015-2016 President of the Year
 
“District Governor Adams commented, “Club President Terry Parke and The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates have impressed the heck out of me this entire year. I had numerous conversations with Terry Parke, and how I believe his club should be one of the showcase clubs in District 6440, for other clubs to learn from.
 
“The club met all of their club Rotary International Giving and Community involvement goals, and has ended the year with a large increase in membership (net 11) to rank in the top 2 (out of 70 clubs). Terry is employed full time at the Pathway to Adventure Council, Boy Scouts of America, yet worked with his club’s leadership team this year to insure their club was a top performer in the district.
 
“Additionally, for community involvement and giving, they set a new standard. Their next community goal to benefit all of our clubs and the community at large is to grow their “Fishing Well Scholarship” in partnership with other district clubs and Harper College.”
 
District Governor Rodney Adams and President Terry Parke recognized Terry’s leadership team, Bill Kelley, Cris Hinojosa, Steve Lamp, Eileen Higginbotham, Julie Clark, Mike Ericksen, Nancy Redmon, Stephanie Sarnoff, and Anita Forte-Scott.
 
Culminating the evening’s festivities, Terry Parke passed the club’s gavel to the 2016-2017 President Bill Kelley who was installed by incoming District Governor Rick Rivkin. Also installed was Bill Kelley’s leadership team, Steve Lamp, Cris Hinojosa, John Curry, Nancy Redmon, Eileen Higginbotham, Don Crocket, Patricia Groenewold, Gil Kerbashian, and Terry Parke.
 
 
Members of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates celebrated their achievements of the 2015-2016 Rotary year and installed their leadership team for the 2016-2017 Rotary year.
ROTARY DISTRICT 6440 “PRESIDENT OF THE YEAR” AWARD ANNOUNCED AT LOCAL CLUB’S AWARDS AND INSTALLATION DINNER ANITA FORTE-SCOTT 2016-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
Awards & Installation Dinner - Save the Date Rosemary Justen 2016-05-05 05:00:00Z 0

Speakeasy Spectacular, A Huge Success!

Posted by Rosemary Justen
This Year's Speakeasy Spectacular Classic 2016 was a fabulous event. Thank you to everyone who organized, volunteered and came out for this fun filled evening.  Here are some photos to take you back to a bygone era. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Speakeasy Spectacular, A Huge Success! Rosemary Justen 2016-03-19 05:00:00Z 0

37th Rotary Classic Speakeasy Spectacular

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott
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The Rotary Club of Schaumburg / Hoffman Estates Charitable Foundation Inc. presents:
 
 
SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2016
 
For Tickets, Email: RotaryClubofSchHE@gmail.com
 
 
Your contribution helps provide funding for scholarships and local community aid to support non-profit organizations.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
37th Rotary Classic Speakeasy Spectacular Anita Forte-Scott 2016-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

Holiday Party 2015

 
If you weren't there, you missed an evening filled with frivolity, fellowship, fabulous food, and a fun-filled White Elephant exchange. Enjoy the pictures!
 
Your Fellowship Committee,
Nancy, Bonnie, Gayle, Joanne, and Rosemary
Holiday Party 2015 2015-12-10 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarians In Action

Posted by Rosemary Justen on Sep 14, 2015
Wow! Our club members have been VERY busy this month working throughout the community. On Labor Day, we organized the Schaumburg Septemberfest 5K Race and later marched with the Miss Septemberfest float in the parades.
 
On Saturday, September 12, 2015, we organized the Hoffman Estates Platzkonzert 5K Race.
 
There was a great turnout of runners, marchers, and volunteers from our club at these events. I captured a bit of the action in pictures and attach several collages for your enjoyment. 
 
Thanks to everyone who participated.
 
Rosemary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotarians In Action Rosemary Justen 2015-09-14 05:00:00Z 0

Chick-Fil-A Schaumburg 5K Challenge

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Sep 07, 2015

Chick-Fil-A Schaumburg 5K Challenge

How many times have you turned on your television and seen a commercial featuring large-eyed children and families suffering from poverty, sickness, homelessness, etc.?  You wanted to help, but couldn’t commit to a monthly donation or a large check.  BUT… can you commit to running/walking in a 5K or even two 5 K races in a week?
 
One challenge, two races that’s the Chick-fil-a Challenge. Individually the races are the Chick-Fil-A Schaumburg 5K Run/Walk and the Hoffman Estates Germanfest 5K.
 
 
 
 
Proceeds from these races will benefit The Rotary Club of Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates. The Rotary Club touches lives all over the world through its efforts to eradicate polio, provide clean drinking water and promote literacy, but Rotary also helps right here in Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates. Here are some of the Club’s local projects:
  • Providing school supplies to families in need
  • Helping folks who struggle with mental health issues find needed services
  • Providing funding and resources so Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates High Schools can send weekend food packages home with students living in food insecure families
  • Giving scholarships to hard working students who need help financing their college tuition and fees.
  • Helping people get back to work and/or find better jobs.
  • Working with the Schaumburg Barn Senior Nutritional Program serving the Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates area
These people live right here in your backyard and you can help, you can make a difference. Register today at http://www.schaumburgshuffle.com/home-1
 
Thank you in advance for your support,
 
The Rotary Club of Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates
 
Chick-Fil-A Schaumburg 5K Challenge Anita Forte-Scott 2015-09-07 05:00:00Z 0

Miss Septemberfest 2015 Luncheon & Crowning

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Sep 04, 2015

Miss Septemberfest 2015 Luncheon & Crowning

 
On Friday, September 4, 2015 the Rotary Club of Schaumburg / Hoffman Estates welcomed the Miss Septemberfest contestants, their families and Schaumburg dignitaries to our luncheon.  On this special occassion the 2015 Miss Septemberfest was crowned.  Each of the five candidates introduced themselves and shared their fine accomplishments to the packed room.  All five young ladies are from Schaumburg High School and are already impressive leaders in the community.  Kelly Christopher (center) was named Miss Septemberfest 2015.  Her court included: Aannie Finneran, Kelsey Davis, Michelle Borla and Alyssa Peterson.  Each young lady was awarded a scholarship from the Rotary Club of Schaumburg / Hoffman Estates and received gifts from other sponsors. Congratulations everyone!
Miss Septemberfest 2015 Luncheon & Crowning Anita Forte-Scott 2015-09-04 05:00:00Z 0

PROJECT SELECTION 2015

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Aug 04, 2015
At a recent Rotary Club meeting, Debbie Schmidt, the 2013-2014 Club President had the honor of awarding grants to some of our most prominent community partner organizations.  She said: 
 
Please allow me to once again thank those club members who actively participated in the project selection committee meeting, and also thank those who voted on this year's recipients.  After tallying 40 ballots, I am pleased to announce that 37 ballots voted unanimously to support the six organizations below.
 
$5,000 grants awarded to:
WINGS
Kenneth Young Center
Gigi's Playhouse
Special Leisure Services Foundation
 
$2,750 grant awarded to:
Village of Schaumburg BARN
 
$2,250 seed grant awarded to:
Center for Health Services

We will have representatives from each of these organizations at our regular meeting at Chandler's on July 10, 2015 to receive their checks.
 
Each organization will be invited to come back to our club in the future to share the current state of our partnership with their organization, and how this project grant will enhance that partnership over the next few years.
 
I truly hope that all of you congratulate these organizations on their important work in our community.
 
Yours in Service,

Debbie
 
 
PROJECT SELECTION 2015 Anita Forte-Scott 2015-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

2015 Awards & Installation Dinner

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Jul 01, 2015

Terry Parke - Club President 2015-2016

 
On June 25, 2015, Terry Parke was Inducted as the 2015-2015 Rotary Club President.  This will be his second time serving as Club President.  His first term was from 1977-1978.  He is the second person of this clubs' history to repeat a Presidency, the other man was our clubs' founder, Howard "Doc" Baker in the years 1969-1970 & 1970-1971.  Thank you Terry for your Years of Service.
 

Aaron Ruff Four Way Test Award Winner 2015

Selected by previous recipients, this Rotarian has demonstrated use of the Four Way Test in business and personal interactions.  Named in memory of a member, Aaron Ruff, who lived by practicing the tenets of the Four Way Test.  
 
2015 Award Winner, Roger Smith pictured here with the 2014 Award Winner, Eileen Higgenbotham. 
 
2015 Awards & Installation Dinner Anita Forte-Scott 2015-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

Good Things Happen at Rotary....

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on May 22, 2015
On Friday, May 22nd we were happy to provide
 
Scholarships to many impressive local students.
 
We also welcomed Susie Huang,
 
a visiting Rotarian from Taipei, Taiwan.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Good Things Happen at Rotary.... Anita Forte-Scott 2015-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
The Passing of a Great Rotarian and Friend Anita Forte-Scott 2015-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

Chili Cook-Off Fellowship

It's always a great time getting to know fellow Rotarians, it's even better when chili is involved. Congrats to Barb Sanasardo for winning 1st place! 
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Fabbrini Flowers

Rotarian Jim Fabbrini spoke about Fabbrini Flowers. Established by his parents in 1966, really it was his mother's dream, it is the oldest business in Hoffman Estates. At one point they had four shops in the area and were the first independent shop located within Woodfield Mall in 1971. For the last four years Fabbrini's has been voted #1 florist on the "Best of the Knot" wedding website. They are also ranked 68th of 20,000 florists in the US. Jim's favorite part of the business is meeting with people. Valentine's Day is the single most busy day and the week preceding Mother's Day is the busiest week of the year. 
Fabbrini Flowers Dana Hollandsworth 2015-01-09 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary International President Gary CK Huang and Corinna

On January 7, 2015, 250 Rotarians had the pleasure of welcoming Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang and his wife Carissa at a dinner reception at The Cotillion Banquets in Palatine. A collaborative effort of the Rotary Clubs of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg AM, Buffalo Grove, and LongGrove/Kildeer/Hawthorn Woods, Rotarians from Districts 6420, 6440, and 6450 enjoyed an evening of inspiration and entertainment (Cooper Middle School Jazz Band, Buffalo Grove and Yang Dance Academy, Chicago). 
President Huang challenged all Rotarians to increase membership to 1.3 million by re-recruiting former members, women, and younger prospects. He interjected, "If Confucius were here tonight, he would say, 'It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.' The Rotary way is Confucius way...I light a candle; you light a candle; we all light up the world. I want you all to light up Rotary. How you do it is up to you. It is important that we finish a job we started a quarter century ago…that of eradicating Polio by 2018. We are almost there. Asia is now polio-free and there have been no new cases of polio reported in Africa since August. If we all work together, we will make a difference every day in every country where we serve. Let no one sit in darkness. Come together; light up Rotary; this year, let the Rotary light shine brighter than ever before.”
During the evening, six new Rotarians were inducted into Rotary by President Huang. All in attendance learned “The Happy Clap” — 1 clap; 2 claps; 3 claps; 4 claps; 2 claps. 
President Anita presented an oil painting of the Chicago skyline to the Huangs along with some “bling” for Carissa Huang.
Ellen Young, District Governor (6440) recognized Ed McCabe for being a beacon of hope to children around the world. Ed has contributed over $1 million to the Rotary Foundation to End Polio Now. 
 
Jack Blane (Wheeling Rotary Club), the longest continuous Rotary member in attendance, led the audience in The Four Way Test to conclude the evening’s program.
 
Rotary International President Gary CK Huang and Corinna Dana Hollandsworth 2015-01-07 00:00:00Z 0

Schaumburg Township Community Coalition for Positive Youth Development

Schaumburg Township Community Coalition for Positive Youth Development is a diverse group of individuals and organizations working together to reach a common goal. Their mission is to organize, educate and engage the community to prevent youth substance use and other harmful behaviors. So far high schools are changing Code of Conduct policies and beginning peer mentoring programs. A day-long event called "Snowball" was held to teach techniques to avoid bullying and pressure to take drugs and alcohol. Villages of Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates and Palatine are involved along with Alexian Brothers, business, D54 and D211, media, churches, police, parents and youth. The group is currently in the community assessment phase. The receive funding and organization support from teh Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association which also provides a public health model. 
Schaumburg Township Community Coalition for Positive Youth Development Dana Hollandsworth 2014-12-12 00:00:00Z 0

Shop With A Cop

Eileen Higginbotham and President Anita presented a $500 check to two Hoffman Estates police officers for the annual Shop With A Cop program. The officers raise money throughout the year and select 40 needy children to shop at Target for the holidays. Each child will select $150 worth of items which often include household necessities, personal hygiene items, gifts for family members and themselves. 
Other local service endeavors of the club include: Blessings in a Backpack, WINGS, Kenneth Young Center, Clearbrook Center, Alexian Brothers Children Hospital, coat drive and GiGi's playhouse.
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D211 Hoffman Estates High School Principle

Jim Britton, a new member, is the principle at Hoffman Estates High School, which he believes in the best job because he sees kid's lives changing every day. He grew up on the north side of Chicago in a very noisy and energetic Irish Catholic house. He's the 5th of 6 children. He graduated from U of I as an English Teacher and went to grad school at U of Chicago in social work. Jim taught at a very challenging alternative school in Robins and established the alternative school in Palatine for SD 211. he and his wife Tanya live in Elmhurst with sons Patrick, 5, and Sean, 2.
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Bio Impediance Analysis

 
Our very own Dana Hollandsworth DC gave a presentation on how we can live longer and healthier, with some really simple adjustments to nutrition, exercise and stress reduction. As you may know, Dana is a practicing Chiropractor in Schaumburg. She spoke at length on a number of subjects relating to the the above, among those was a test called a bio impedance analysis (BIA) which is painless, and can be used to assess your body's general health.
 
The BIA machine runs a weak electrical current though your body which can generate an amazingly detailed group of results which an informed practitioner can use to help a patient with dietary and related choices to improve the patient's general health. Than BIA test is not to be confused with the popularized "body mass index", which can often generate results that are meaningless (as a person who is overweight and sedate will often test the same body mass index as a bodybuilder with similar height and age). It gives more detailed information such as intracellular vs extracellular water, fat mass, lean mass, basal metabolic rate (the amount of energy one burns at rest) and more. It is a useful tool for anyone embarking on a lifestyle or dietary change as they will be able to tell if any weight loss is actual fat, water or lean tissue loss. For more information visit her website.
Dana Hollandsworth DC
 
 
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Road Rally Fellowship

Rotarians and their friends and family participated in a very fun-filled Halloween Road Rally on Friday night, October 25th. Armed with challenging clues, they set off to solve puzzles, discover new clues, and track down answers at locations throughout Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates. The team that accumulated the most points won a wine basket for their efforts — The Jersey Boys & Girls (Anita Forte-Scott, Greg Ring, Brian Bieschke, Linda Bieschke). Thanks to the Fellowship Committee (Nancy Redmon, Gayle Vandenbergh, Bonnie McCulla, Rosemary Justen) for organizing such a fun event.
 
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Vacation Raffle 2014 Winners

Posted by Dana Hollandsworth on Oct 23, 2014

Thank you to all those who purchased tickets for the 2014 Vacation Raffle. The money we raise goes right back into those in need in Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates communities. 

Congratulations to our winners for this year: 

Vacation and $1000 winner: Frank & Tiffany Kolaska

​$500 winner: Ken Kolinda

$200 winner: Jerry Wattron

 

Vacation Raffle 2014 Winners Dana Hollandsworth 2014-10-24 00:00:00Z 0

Center for Health Services

Posted by Dana Hollandsworth on Oct 02, 2014

Ris with Center for Health ServicesRis Orhorha founded the Center for Health Services several years ago. Her impetus was her six year old son who donated his entire piggy bank to the Leukemia Foundation and his subsequent interest in helping sick people. The Center focuses services on families in the NW suburbs with Autism, Down Syndrome, Sickle Cell Disease, and Diabetes. The Center currently provides screenings and testing and speech and behavior therapy. Non-verbal clients are taught to communicate with pictures on iPads. Ris serves as an advocate for many of her clients. The Center currently provides services to 50 families in their home. The Center hopes to expand to include physical therapy. Their fundraising gala is November 7. All are invited to attend or sponsor the event.

#CenterforHealthServices #Diabetes #Sicklecelldisease #downsyndrome #autism #rotary #schaumburghoffmanestatesrotary 

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NWSRA

Posted by Dana Hollandsworth on Sep 25, 2014

ImageNanette Sowa gave us an overview of the roles of the Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) and Special Leisure Service Foundation (SLSF). They provide the leisure service needs of residents with special disabilities living within 17 area park districts including Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates.  Jean and Ed Hagg were board members. Ed was a founding board member 40 years ago. Andrea Griffin, Manager for Inclusion Services, explained that when a special needs resident registers for a park district program NWSRA staff asses the program activities, specific adaptive needs of participant, train park district staff, provide adaptive equipment, and sometimes employ addition aides to assist one-on-one. Those of us present participated in disability awareness activities for learning disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, and visual impairments which gave us an appreciation for the difficulty to live and function with these impairments.

Click to see more photos of the Rotary Club visit to NWSRA.

#NWSRA, #leisureservice, #awareness, #rotary

 

NWSRA Dana Hollandsworth 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z 0

Flag Exchange

Posted by Dana Hollandsworth on Sep 18, 2014

ImageWe had a guest all the way from District 3180 in India, Rotarian Hasan Kumar join us for lunch today. President Anita Forte-Scott exchanged club flags with him. It was a pleasure meeting Hasan and we hope to see him for lunch again. 

 

Flag Exchange Dana Hollandsworth 2014-09-19 00:00:00Z 0

George Banas a real life James Bond

Posted by Dana Hollandsworth on Sep 11, 2014

We were graced with the incredible stories and company of a Vietnam veteran, author, and government contractor George Banas. He has local ties as he has been a resident of Lisle for nearly 30 years and resided in Woodridge for 18 years prior to that. The stories that he shared were incredible, it was almost as if James Bond was telling us about his rescue missions all over the world. He shared stories about rescuing family, friends, and those with information important about the safety and security of our country. Banas has authored a book based on his life called Terrorists and the Terchova Treasure: In My Bother's Place where he blends fact and fiction to create a powerful tale of action and intrigue. 

"Following the devastating attacks of September 11, 2001 on the United States, Joe Legion reactivates his secret life as a military and civilian operative to find and destroy international terrorists. Fighting to protect his American and European relatives from hidden enemies and turncoats, Joe sharpens his unique combat and survival skills learned years earlier in the Army when he replaced his brother in special operations. Frequently using his role as an international responder, Joe infiltrates and disrupts smaller terrorist organizations and supplier networks. With other terrorists yet to be captured, Joe begins his quest for the legendary treasure of Juraj Janosik, the early 18th-century Robin Hood and national hero of Slovakia. If this treasure does indeed exist and is found, Joe can use it as bait to lure other terrorists and their collaborators out of hiding. With American patriotism and an international flair for action, Joe sets forth on a quest against dangerous adversaries."Image

Thank you Geroge for your service and your dedication to our country. It was a pleasure having you. 

George Banas a real life James Bond Dana Hollandsworth 2014-09-12 00:00:00Z 0

Ali Rybicki is a Rotarian

Posted by Dana Hollandsworth on Aug 28, 2014

We would like to welcome Ali Rybicki as our newest Rotarian. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor who holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Professional Psychology from Roosevelt University and works as an individual, couples and family therapist.  Ali has worked with a variety of clients from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.  Her experience includes meeting with individuals and families affected by alcoholism and addiction and struggling with codependency.  Additionally, Ali specializes in supporting her clients through difficult life transitions such as disillusionment in marriage, divorce, loss of employment, and the death of a loved one. Ali provides private parenting sessions to assist parents with positive parenting, co-parenting, and building and maintaining healthy relationships with each other and with their children.  She also works with individuals suffering with depression, phobias, anxiety, and past history of abuse. 

Ali has been active in community service organizations throughout her life including Girl Scouts and Alpha Phi Omega. Her passion in life is helping people and she is happy to have found Rotary and is looking forward to helping the Schaumburg & Hoffman Estates communities. See if you can spot Ali's smiling face in the Septemberfest parade this Labor Day. 

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Ali Rybicki is a Rotarian Dana Hollandsworth 2014-08-29 00:00:00Z 0

Miss Septemberfest

Posted by Dana Hollandsworth on Aug 28, 2014

Today we welcomed the Miss Septemberfest finalists and their families, along with dignitaries from the village and park district. Finalists included:

Alyssa McDonald -- Conant HS member of Student Council and assistant teacher at St. Matthews, she also works at Kenneth Young Center.

Carly Bryeans -- Conant HS Varsity Golf Captain and member of St. Hubert’s youth ministry. Carly is also an event organizer for chariTEE.

Victoria Cifrino -- Schaumburg HS Student Council Vice President and member of the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra. She is also an American Cancer Society volunteer.

Isha Jog -- Loyola University. Spokesmodel for Schaumburg’s Feed My Starving Children, she founded the nonprofit Holiday Heroes and is an Indian classical and Bollywood dancer.

Carolyn Byrne -- Schaumburg HS National Honors Society President and member of SHO (students helping others), she tutors at Schaumburg Library.

The special meeting culminated with the crowning of Carly Bryeans as Miss Septemberfest 2014.

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Miss Septemberfest Dana Hollandsworth 2014-08-29 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Rotarians!

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Aug 05, 2014

Welcome new Rotarians Bonnie McCulla, Ris Orhorha, and returning Rotarian Royal Hartwig!
 

Welcome New Rotarians! Anita Forte-Scott 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z 0

Visit by Rotarian Paul Harmon

Posted by Dana Hollandsworth on Jul 10, 2014

Paul Harmon is a Pharmacist, Restaurateur, Bureaucrat, Rotarian, U.S. citizen, and now legal resident of Saint Martin, French West Indies (which allow him to remain in Saint Martin for as long as he desires as opposed to the 90-days/year restriction placed on tourists). Paul is from New York and resides in Lido Beach, Long Island when he is not living in Paradise. He owned and operated a thriving restaurant on Wall Street for many years.

Paul and his lovely wife, Carol, have been married for 58 years and have three boys, three daughters-in-law, and seven grandchildren. They have been living in Saint Martin for the past 30 years and still enjoy learning about the diversity of the island and its people. They spend 8 months a year on the island and have experienced hurricane season first hand both in Saint Martin and in Lido Beach.

Paul has been a passionate Rotarian since 2005 and has served as President and District Alumni Chair. Image

Visit by Rotarian Paul Harmon Dana Hollandsworth 2014-07-11 00:00:00Z 0

Emmah Is A ROTARIAN !!!!!

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Jun 02, 2014

I am So Happy to receive the following email from our former Exchange Daughter, Emmah Muringa from Zimbabwe!

Hey Anita!

 I hope you are keeping well. I just wanted to inform you that I was inducted as a Rotarian in April. I am the youngest Rotarian in our club and District. I am already involved with Youth Projects and I metor an Interact and a Rotaract Club.

Our Rotaract Club is working on a campaign to collect sanitary products for girls at orphanages in Bulawayo as there is a huge shortage. I am very happy to be involved with Rotary again. Rotary has given me so much in my life and am glad I can also give back to my community.

Our city turned 120years on June 1st and so our club did the 120smiles of Bulawayo Social Media campaign. We were asking random people to hold up a Rotary Sign and smile for our camera and we posted all 120 pics on our facebook and instagram pages.

I have attached my smile!

Big hugs miss you!  Love, Emmah

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Emmah Is A ROTARIAN !!!!! Anita Forte-Scott 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Partners Sharing Recognition

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on May 13, 2014
Hi Rotary Members,
Here are two of our Rotary Partners sharing recognition for all the thousands of dollars in plush toys and books that were donated to Alexian Brothers by Kohl's.
I was thrilled to be asked to be part of the presentation.  The person presenting the plaque to Kolh's from Alexian Brother's is Susie McDonald and the store manager's name is Cindy Iori.
Be proud,
Dom
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Rotary Partners Sharing Recognition Anita Forte-Scott 2014-05-14 00:00:00Z 0

4 Reasons Why Now is the Right Time for Rotary to Rebrand

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on May 08, 2014

by John Borst, Communications Director District 5550

Siegel+Gale-video

Why We Did It – Video

How does any organization know when to ask the big questions about itself and along with it, in this the era of consumerism, ask the big question about its brand identity at the same time?

In the case of Rotary International it was becoming clear that it met four of the classic qualifications that prompt many for-profit and not-for-profit companies to rebrand. What are these conditions; how did Rotary exemplify them and how did Siegel+Gale respond?

1. You’re transforming yourself.

Up until about 2000 the Rotary brand was for all intents and purposes local. Even though by that time, it was organizationally International, its clubs acted almost exclusively at the community level. Rather unwittingly, Rotary actually began the shift to an International brand when it created the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants in 1978 and shortly thereafter decided to eradicate polio from this world. Within Rotary, one result was the separation of The Rotary Foundation into the Annual Programs Fund and The PolioPlus fund. Post 2000, with the growth of the Internet and social media the Humanity in Motion series expanded Rotary’s brand as internationally focused, as a voice for peace, clean water, and “saving mothers and children”. Its message was “Doing Good in the World”. This was made even more concrete in The Foundation’s Future Vision Plan with its Six Areas of Focus.

During all these changes Rotary’s branding remained constant, the two color iconic wheel designed in 1926. But as Alfred Muccino CCO, at Liquid Agency has written “Rebranding serves as a symbol that the company is evolving and growing, seizing the opportunity to energize the brand for both external and internal audiences.”  By 2013 Rotary and its brand were out of sync.

2. You’re branching out into new markets.

Rotarians are very secure in how to put “Service Above Self” in working to better the community within which they work, live and play but they have also learned through the Polioplus experience that they can accomplish even more on a global scale if they work with other global partners. The development of a new branding identity for Rotary is sending a signal to the marketplace of future partners, members and donors that Rotary is leveraging its leadership and experience as a global force for good and offering new solutions in broader areas.

3. You’re striving to diversify your audience.

At the heart of Rotary are its 1.2 million members. Traditionally these members have been well educated entrepreneurial businessmen but at nearly the same time as it took on the challenge of eradicating the polio virus, it diversified its membership and accepted women.  Although Rotary has a long way to go to achieve genuine parity by gender the greater problem is a disparity in age.  The past three decades have seen the emergence of Generations X and Y and now the Millennials.  In business speak these are our new customers.

As the eradication of polio has demonstrated solving global problems is a multi-generational problem and the majority of today’s Rotarians are not going to be around to eradicate illiteracy or ensure material health for all mothers or clean water for humanity. To paraphrase Muccino “Since (Rotary) seeks to build awareness and influence with these new ‘customers’, the brand identity needed to evolve and take into account the expectations and aspirations of (this) sophisticated audience segment.”

4. Your growing up and evolving with the times.

Pepsi “Rare are the brand identities that can sustain the passage of time without being modernized to reflect contemporary aesthetics.” (Muccino) Just look at the evolution of Pepsi Cola above.

To this end, entered Siegel + Gale the global strategic branding firm. Despite its numerous promotional efforts Rotary had not fully rebranded itself since 1926. Clearly, the Rotary wheel was looking dated. So on September 19, 2013 Rotary and Siegel + Gale rolled out Rotary’s new branding “to enhance and amplify the volunteer service organization’s great story, visual identity and digital experience.”

Siegel+Gale-branding

 In their announcement they make it very clear that “…Rotary creates—community impact scaled globally.” They “clearly signaled they wanted to show “how both members and non-members can engage with Rotary” and they wanted to “tackle the organization’s digital experience…with a responsive design approach that provides an optimal experience across platforms—from desktop to mobile.”

So as Maccino says above, the one condition that justifies a new identity is simply being able to keep up with current aesthetic standards and this is what Rotary with Siegel + Gale’s help has done.

4 Reasons Why Now is the Right Time for Rotary to Rebrand Anita Forte-Scott 2014-05-09 00:00:00Z 0

"Why Rotary?"

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Apr 21, 2014

This 'Why Rotary' video is designed to capture the essence of Rotary, promote awareness of Rotary and to be used for a prospect who wants to know more about Rotary. Share it with your friends and potential members. From District 6780.


"Why Rotary?" Anita Forte-Scott 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0

District 6440 Conference - Engaging Rotarians

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Apr 17, 2014

The District 6440 Conference was held on April 11, 12 & 13.  Thank you to all of our club members who came out to the Paul Harris Luncheon on Friday.  The sessions were presented by caring Rotarians doing extraordinary things around the world.

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District 6440 Conference - Engaging Rotarians Anita Forte-Scott 2014-04-18 00:00:00Z 0

Sandy Sullivan, Author, Visited on April 4th

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Apr 17, 2014

Sandy Sullivan, Author of "Green Bay Love Stories and other affairs" came to visit us on April 4th.  She regaled us with her fantastic stories of growing up with and working for the Green Bay Packers organization and Vince Lombardi himself!

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Sandy Sullivan, Author, Visited on April 4th Anita Forte-Scott 2014-04-18 00:00:00Z 0

Fireside Chat @ Terry's

Posted by Terry Parke on Feb 15, 2014

All new members are encouraged to attend the Fireside Chat evening at Terry Parke's home.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 7:00 P.M. 

69 Tall Grass Court - Streamwood, IL. (Please park on the streets)  Google Map:  https://goo.gl/maps/OzlrC

Here you will be able to ask questions and get answers as they relate to Rotary and our club.

You will be able to find your passion and get to work helping others in our community by joining

a committee and help to make our club more involved in our community.Image

Fireside Chat @ Terry's Terry Parke 2014-02-16 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Members !

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Feb 06, 2014

We have been having a busy winter with new members abound!

Welcome to some of our newest Rotary Club members:

*Amanda Parker with Chicago Autism and Behavior Specialists

*Tara Lenius with Motorola Solutions

*Vinod Gupta with ATG Travel Tours

We look forward to sharing Rotary with all of our new members.

If you are interested in Rotary and membership in our club, please

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Welcome New Members ! Anita Forte-Scott 2014-02-07 00:00:00Z 0

Blessings in a Backpack / Whole Foods Event A Success!

Posted by Eileen Higginbotham on Aug 04, 2013

Thank you all for being there Saturday at the Whole Foods Ice Cream Social to benefit Blessings in a Backpack. Your help and support  raised $408 which means we can feed 5 more kids every weekend  for the entire school!! Anna from Whole Foods said this was a great result from a fund raiser for Whole Foods. I personally appreciated everyone donating their time on a Saturday to be there to make a difference. You are my Rotary Heroes!!

See all the pictures in the gallery tab.

Yours in Rotary,

Eileen

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Blessings in a Backpack / Whole Foods Event A Success! Eileen Higginbotham 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Debbie!

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Jul 11, 2013

Congratulations to our new President, Debbie Schmidt on the occasion of her first Rotary meeting of the year, July 12, 2013.

Engage Rotary, Change Lives!

 

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Congratulations Debbie! Anita Forte-Scott 2013-07-12 00:00:00Z 0

Board Minutes Posted to Club Runner

Posted by Leo Miller on Jun 20, 2013

The minutes for the May meeting of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates have been posted to Club Runner.

The document is located in the Club Documents section.

Respectfully submitted,

Leo Miller, Club Secretary

Board Minutes Posted to Club Runner Leo Miller 2013-06-21 00:00:00Z 0

Installation Dinner Announced

Posted by Gayle Vandenbergh on May 29, 2013

Hello Club Rotarians:

 

Please note that the Installation Dinner for our incoming Club President, Debbie Schmidt, and her board, is scheduled for Thursday, June 20th.

 

Time:  Cocktails - 6:30 p.m.

            Dinner:  - 7:00 p.m.

 

Location:  Westwood Tavern in Schaumburg (corner of Meacham and Golf, near Costco).

 This evening serves as our club official meeting that week, which means that there is NO CLUB MEETING AT POPLAR CREEK ON FRIDAY, JUNE 21.

 

You will see the installation dinner cost of $50 on your next club statement.

Please feel free to RSVP directly to ClubRunner.

 

Should you have any questions, please contact Gayle Vandenbergh or Debbie Schmidt.

 

Thank you~

 

Yours in Service,

Gayle Vandenbergh

Installation Dinner Announced Gayle Vandenbergh 2013-05-30 00:00:00Z 0

Board Minutes Posted to Club Runner

Posted by Leo Miller on May 10, 2013

The minutes from the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates held on April 12, 2013 have been posted to the Club Documents area of Club Runner.

Members are encouraged to review the board actions.

Respectfully submitted,

Leo Miller, Club Secretary

Board Minutes Posted to Club Runner Leo Miller 2013-05-11 00:00:00Z 0

Board Minutes Posted to Club Documents

Posted by Leo Miller on Apr 11, 2013

Two sets of minutes of the meetings of the Rotary Club of Hoffman Estates board of directors were approved at today's board meeting. They are available for review in the Club Documents section of Club Runner. 

Respectfully submitted,

Leo Miller, Club Secretary

Board Minutes Posted to Club Documents Leo Miller 2013-04-12 00:00:00Z 0

New Hoffman Estates children's hospital gets finishing touches

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Mar 11, 2013

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By Jessica Cilella

Besides some artwork resting on the floor, missing beds and furniture wrapped in plastic, the new Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates is just a few finishing touches away from opening its doors to patients.

On Monday, nurses were familiarizing themselves with the building while workers' hammering occasionally echoed down the halls. The smell of new equipment could be sensed on every floor, and blueprints taped on the walls had markings that showed what still needs to be done.

Alexian Brothers Health System President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Frey said he has enjoyed seeing the $125 million project come together over the last four years.

"It's been exciting," he said. "It's moved along pretty fast, but it's been a long time from concept to completion."

Construction on the hospital at the St. Alexius Medical Center Campus began in May 2011. It will open Saturday, April 6.

Among the highlights of the hospital is the new Center for Pediatric Brain, which will house neurology specialists, including a pediatric neurosurgeon, on the first floor. Services in the center will include epilepsy treatment, concussion recovery, and neuropsychological and developmental evaluations.

The 210,000-square-foot building also holds outpatient areas, a pediatric unit, a pediatric intensive care unit, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, and labor, delivery and recovery rooms.

"This is an environment that's designed with clinicians in mind," Frey said. "That's incredibly invaluable in terms of delivering great outcomes. ... If you're in an environment that's really not state-of-the-art you can do great work, but you can do even better work when you sort of have all the amenities."

Guests will be greeted by what Executive Director of Nursing Joan Cappelletti described as a whimsical, circuslike tent outside the building with lighting that can change colors.

Inside, the hallways and rooms are filled with a mix of neutral and bright colors.

Large paintings by local artists will adorn the walls, along with artwork by kids and photographs of children.

"We decided to use a lot of the natural wood tones and just pops of color," Cappelletti said, adding that there was a lot of thought put into making the hospital feel "homelike."

Among the many donations to the building was a $250,000 gift from the Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Rotary Club to create the second-floor family room, where a large fish tank still needs to be installed.

"We're really blessed to have these wonderful community partners help us," said Marcy Traxler, director of the pediatric service line.

Playrooms for different age groups can be found on the pediatric floor, including a sensory room with subdued colors and padded carpet, and a teen room with a large window, gaming chairs and a big-screen TV.

The fourth-floor neonatal unit will serve high-risk babies.

Cappelletti said some are delivered as early as 24 weeks and weigh only 1 pound, and their stays can be anywhere from six weeks to three or four months.

A sleeper sofa in each room allows parents the ability to stay with their child at any hour, for as long as they want, although they are encouraged to go home and take a break at times.

"It's a very stressful time for the parents," Cappelletti said. "They're able to really be a part of the care of their child."

Because multiples often end up in the neonatal unit, every third room on the floor is set up for twins, with a door connecting the two rooms.

A corner unit even has accommodations for triplets.

Cappelletti said the hospital is hoping to raise funds in the future to set up some sort of Skype program that would allow moms to watch their babies from home so they don't have to stay at the hospital as much.

Traxler said one of the great things about the hospital is how it will continue to serve the babies who were raised in the intensive care unit as they get older.

"A lot of those NICU kids end up going on for specialized services, so they become those recurring patients," she said.

"From a health system perspective, I think it just makes a lot of sense to be able to care for our patients instead of sending them out somewhere else, when really it's right here in their community where they want to stay."

"I think that it builds a much better environment for parents who have children who have chronic illnesses or illnesses that tend to recur," Frey added, noting the hospital will likely be appreciated by families who have kids with illnesses such as diabetes or regular seizures.

The fourth floor houses labor rooms and three operating rooms, along with eight antepartum rooms that overlook a golf course and from where, on a clear day, the Chicago skyline can be seen.

"If you're here for a long time you should have a great view," Traxler said.

The hospital staff — which will be mostly current workers from the medical center, along with between 25 and 30 new employees — is hoping to transfer all the laboring moms and pediatric and neonatal patients in the medical center to the new building in about four hours on the opening day, Cappelletti said.

"That's the biggest finishing touch, getting everybody moved," Frey said with a smile.

The hospital is hosting an open house from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 17.

For information on the hospital or to RSVP to the open house, visit myalexiankids.net.

New Hoffman Estates children's hospital gets finishing touches Anita Forte-Scott 2013-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Let's Get Engaged: Registration Now Open of District Conference & Assembly Anita Forte-Scott 2013-02-28 00:00:00Z 0

As Rotary celebrates 108th anniversary, gains against polio continue...

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Feb 23, 2013

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By Dan Nixon
Rotary News -- 21 February 2013

Rotary’s 108th anniversary on 23 February marks a year of both achievements in the fight to eradicate polio and a stepped-up commitment to finish the job.

Worldwide, 222 polio cases were reported in 2012, a little more than one-third of the 650 cases reported in 2011. India marked its second year without polio on 13 January. Overall, the annual incidence of polio has decreased more than 99 percent since the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched in 1988. Then polio infected about 350,000 children per year.

Although the wild poliovirus is now endemic only in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria, it could spread from there back to other countries.

Among Rotary’s chief responsibilities in the eradication initiative is advocacy, an increasingly important element of this latter stage of the effort. In addition to contributing more than US$1 billion to the GPEI, Rotary has helped secure over $9 billion from donor governments since the initiative began in 1988. Rotary is boosting its advocacy work in the 200 countries and regions where Rotary clubs exist to encourage every national government to help meet a $700 million shortfall (as of 1 February) in funding the GPEI through 2013.

Rotarians in Canada, for example, have used letter-writing campaigns to persuade members of Parliament to support polio eradication. In August 2012, Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair and Past RI President Wilfrid Wilkinson and International PolioPlus Committee Chair Robert Scott, both Canadians, took the lead by writing Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Every Rotarian in the country received a copy of the letter and another that asked them to contact their own members of parliament.

Within three days, Wilkinson heard back from Rotarians who had conveyed the message to the prime minister or friends serving in other government positions.

In September, the Canadian government announced the Pennies and More for Polio initiative at a high-level side meeting on polio eradication during the United Nations General Assembly. Through the initiative, which runs until 1 March, the Canadian International Development Agency and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are each contributing C$1 to the GPEI for every dollar raised by Canadian Rotarians, up to $1 million. By the end of December, Rotarians had already exceeded the $1 million potential match, with the combined effort generating more than $3 million for the GPEI.

“The fundraising by Rotarians allows them to ask for support from the public at large,” says Wilkinson. “The fact that the government of Canada and the Gates Foundation are behind Rotary’s polio eradication effort is a big plus and helps our overall awareness efforts.”

Canadian Rotarians are also inviting their parliamentary representatives to Rotary club meetings leading up to Rotary’s anniversary. Rotarians everywhere can join the advocacy effort by talking to their elected officials, business leaders, and friends about polio eradication. Here are three ideas for making effective contacts:

  • Share articles about polio eradication, like those on the Rotary Media Center, that draw attention to Rotary’s role and the need for support.
  • Use the graphics available at www.endpolionow.org to show the importance of ending polio.
  • Invite an elected official to speak to your Rotary club and use the event to highlight Rotary’s commitment to ending polio. Give the speaker a polio-related gift, such as an End Polio Now pin or a framed photo of a child being immunized, and a certificate announcing that a contribution to PolioPlus has been made in the speaker’s name.

“You have been given the greatest opportunity in history to end this disease,” said Bruce Aylward, assistant director-general for Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration at the World Health Organization, speaking at Rotary’s International Assembly in January. “We can only finish with Rotary's leadership.”

In the photo:  Rotarians in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, raise a banner outside city hall to publicize the polio eradication effort. Photo by Dave Andrews

As Rotary celebrates 108th anniversary, gains against polio continue... Anita Forte-Scott 2013-02-24 00:00:00Z 0

Board Minutes Posted to Club Documents

Posted by Leo Miller on Feb 07, 2013

The minutes for the Rotary Club of Schaumburg -  Hoffman Estates board of directors meetings of December 14, 2012 and January 14, 2013 have been posted to the club documents section of Club Runner.

Respectfully submitted, 

Leo Miller, Club Secretary

Board Minutes Posted to Club Documents Leo Miller 2013-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Good-Bye Polio - Thanks Rotary! Anita Forte-Scott 2013-02-01 00:00:00Z 0

"Rotary working to make sure kids have enough to eat" seen in Daily Herald

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Jan 29, 2013

Rotary working to make sure kids have enough to eat.

By Eileen O. Daday

Image     Students stock inventory at the District 54 food pantry at Mead Junior High in Schaumburg. (Elk Grove Village)

Mead Junior High School in Elk Grove Village might be one of the only schools in the area with a food pantry on site.

It serves families in Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54, and in two years has grown from serving 250 families to 400 this year.

The pantry has been so successful in meeting the needs of local families and building leadership among students who help with inventory, that plans are in the works for a second one to open this fall at Keller Junior High in Schaumburg.

School officials credit members of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates for starting the pantry, when they donated startup money two years ago. They recently donated another $10,000 toward establishing the second one.

Mead Principal Pete Hannigan said the Mead pantry is easy for parents to access.

"The on-site food pantry took away the obstacles parents face, when searching for the pantries," Hannigan says.

The Rotary Club's involvement has led companies in the area to make donations and volunteer at the pantry, Hannigan says. It also has obtained grant money and the help of nutritionists from Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village.

Debbie Schmidt, Rotary president and a business development director for the Alexian Brothers Health System, says Rotary's efforts are intended to help schools address hunger, literacy and poverty in their changing student population.

"Overall, we seek to keep conversations flowing between the local elementary, junior and high schools," Schmidt says, "so that we can keep in touch with their initiatives and current needs."

Earlier this month, Schmidt gave a check to Hoffman Estates High School Principal James Britton to help support 40 of students in the "Blessings in a Backpack" program.

"Over the last few years we have seen a growing need in our students whose families are low income," Britton says. "We now have over 42 percent of our student population that qualify for free and reduced lunch."

The national program makes sure school-age children are fed on the weekends throughout the school year. The food, purchased at cost through the program, is placed in nondescript backpacks which students pick up at the end of the school week.

Better test scores, improved reading skills, more positive behavior, improved health and increased attendance have all been attributed to this program, Britton says.

He credits the donations from his faculty and staff, and the Rotary with being able to provide weekend food for 38 weeks.

"The Rotary's enthusiasm for meeting community needs and financial support for this program have both inspired us and enabled us to respond to the our families' needs," Britton adds. "They are true partners in supporting the health and well-being of children."

See the full story here:  http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130128/news/701289794/

 

 

"Rotary working to make sure kids have enough to eat" seen in Daily Herald Anita Forte-Scott 2013-01-30 00:00:00Z 0

Incoming district governors discuss 2013-14 RI theme in Rotary Voices, Stories of service from around the world.

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Jan 16, 2013

By Daniela Garcia, RI editorial staff, reporting from the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA

Incoming district governors broke into applause as RI President-elect Ron Burton announced the 2013-14 RI theme, Engage Rotary, Change Lives, during the first plenary of the International Assembly, Rotary’s annual training event for future leaders.

I asked several of the future leaders their thoughts about the theme, moments after it had been announced here in San Diego, California, USA. Here is what they said:

Bonnie-Leight Anne Black, governor-elect of District 7040 (Canada):Engage Rotary, Change Lives is something that each one of us can definitely bring home and send the message to each of our incoming presidents, district councils…  

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Incoming district governors discuss 2013-14 RI theme in Rotary Voices, Stories of service from around the world. Anita Forte-Scott 2013-01-17 00:00:00Z 0

Board Slate for 2013/2014 Rotary Year Elected

Posted by Leo Miller on Dec 28, 2012

At the Rotary Club Meeting on December 28, 2012, the officers for the next Rotary year were elected, club members having been duly notified in advance of the meeting of the proposed slate. Upon motion by Past President Jerry Wiseman, seconded by Dick Wilson, the following slate was proposed:

  • President - Debbie Schmidt
  • President Elect/Treasurer - Leo Miller
  • Secretary - Anita Forte-Scott
  • Director Community Service - Colette Givens-Lanton
  • Director Club Service/Fundraising - Demian March
  • Director International Service - Stephanie Sarnoff
  • Director Vocation Service - Terry Parke
  • Director Fellowship/Membership - Rebecca Montgomery
  • Past President - Ted Gross

There being no nominations from the floor, a motion was made to suspend the procedure and to approve the slate by acclaimation by Past President Glen Szurgot, seconded by Past President Roger Smith. Motion approved.

Board Slate for 2013/2014 Rotary Year Elected Leo Miller 2012-12-29 00:00:00Z 0

Community Service Budget Increase

Posted by Leo Miller on Dec 28, 2012

At our club assembly time on Friday, December 21, the Community Service Committee, led by Director Colette Givens-Lanton, provided a review of their work in discussing ways in which our club can assist the Families of ISDs 54 and 211. District 54 includes the local elementary and middle schools while District 211 includes Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates and Conant High Schools.

A major issue identified by the committee is the changing local demographic that has resulted in the schools serving an rapidly increasing population of impoverished families. The schools reported that the number of children that qualify for the National free lunch program has risen to 42% of the population in the high schools. As you already know, our club is supporting the food pantry program at Mead Middle School, which provides a resource for food for 70 - 90 families each quarter. The club has been recognized by District 54 and the Illinois Board of Education for this project and the District has asked us to partner with them on an expansion of the program at Keller Middle School. The committee reviewed the project and proposed to the Rotary Club Board of Directors that we assist with the startup of the Keller Food Pantry program, which is expected to cost up to $10,000. The school board will build space to house the pantry. Our money will be used to assist with the acquisition of shelving and initial operating costs, much of which may be donated as in-kind contributions. Our contribution to the startup may be as much as $5,000.

To determine the amount to provide, the committee sought information from Pete Hannigan, club member and former principal of Mead, who was recently promoted to assistant superintendent for District 54. Pete indicated that the Mead Pantry has an annual operating cost outside of the school budget of approximately $10,000 and he would expect Keller to have a similar annual cost. The committee recommended that our club participate in our partnership with these programs at a level of 25% of the annual cost of the two pantries - $5,000. The Club was also awarded a $1,000 Rotary District 6440 Simplified Grant for this program that will also be committed to this effort.

District 211 has proposed that our initial effort with them should be for us to join in their “Blessings in a Bag” program, which has been sponsored by Meijer and Walmart. Each week, students who participate in the program receive a backpack filled with food to help their families through the weekend. The program costs $40 per student per semester and the committee proposed that the Club sponsor 40 students at Hoffman Estates High School and 40 students at Schaumburg High School for a total cost of $3,200.

Our annual budget for Community Service projects plus the District Grant totals $6,000. The Board recommended to the Club membership and to the membership of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffmann Estates Charitable Foundation, Inc. that the Community Service Avenue of Service budget for the 2012/2013 fiscal year be increased up to $10,000 to fund these projects.

At our club gathering of December 28, 2012, the meeting was briefly suspended to conduct the business of the foundation on motion by Mike Turgeon, seconded by Glen Szurgot. The Foundation meeting was presided over by Foundation President Ed Haag. It was proposed by Club President Ted Gross on behalf of the committee that the Foundation membership approve an increase to the Community Service Committee budget by up to $10,000. There being no further business for the Foundation to conduct, a motion to adjourn and resume the club meeting was offered and approved.

Respectfully submitted,

Leo Miller, Club Secretary

Community Service Budget Increase Leo Miller 2012-12-29 00:00:00Z 0

Family Day at Rotary 12-28-2012

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Dec 27, 2012

A good time was had by all at our annual Family Day today.  We welcomed over 80 people to our lunch which included arts & crafts and a trivia game for all of the children.  Happy New Year to all of our Rotary friends and family!

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Shopping for Kenneth Young Center 12/26/2012

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Dec 25, 2012

Thank you Glenn, Jean, Vicki and Anita for shopping and delivering $2,650.00 worth of food and goods to the Kenneth Young Center on 12-26-2012 for seniors in need.  Thank you to all of the Rotarians who donated towards this important cause.  Your generousity is greatly appreciated!

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Shopping for Kenneth Young Center 12/26/2012 Anita Forte-Scott 2012-12-26 00:00:00Z 0

Holiday Party Pictures 2012

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Dec 17, 2012

The Rotary Club Holiday Party pictures are now available to view on our website in the Photo Albums section.

A great time was had by all!

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Holiday Party Pictures 2012 Anita Forte-Scott 2012-12-18 00:00:00Z 0

November Board Minutes Posted to Club Documents

Posted by Leo Miller on Dec 14, 2012

The minutes from the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates have been posted to the club documents section of Club Runner. All members are encouraged to review the minutes each month.

 Respectfully submitted,

 

Leo Miller - Club Secretary 

November Board Minutes Posted to Club Documents Leo Miller 2012-12-15 00:00:00Z 0

Holiday Party 2012

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Nov 26, 2012
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It's time for us to celebrate in style with our Annual Holiday Party.

Friday, December 14, 2012

7:00 - 11:59 P.M., or later...

Haverford Place Club House - 5948 Leeds Road, Hoffman Estates

$45.00 per person includes Delectable Buffet of Delicious Selections, Dessert Arrangement, Spirits and Fellowship / Fun & Frollic!

Register on Club Runner.

Holiday Party 2012 Anita Forte-Scott 2012-11-27 00:00:00Z 0

November "Wine Wednesday"

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Nov 26, 2012
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You Survived Thanksgiving !

Celebrate with us at "Wine Wednesday"

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mariano's Fresh Market - 2575 W. Golf Road, Hoffman Estates

5:30 to 7:00 P.M.

$10 Special Includes One Glass of Wine or Beer AND a Personalized Antipasto Platter.

(Offer available to WW guests from 5:30 - 7:00 pm)

Bring a Friend and Meet New Friends with The Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce

November "Wine Wednesday" Anita Forte-Scott 2012-11-27 00:00:00Z 0

September Board Meeting Minutes Posted

Posted by Leo Miller on Oct 12, 2012
The minutes of the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg - Hoffman Estates have been posted to the Club Documents area in Club Runner.
To access the minutes, log into Club Runner and go the Admin Section. In the upper left hand box on that page, approximately half way down the box is the link to the Club Documents page. The minutes are posted there.

Respectively submitted,

Leo Miller, Club Secretary
September Board Meeting Minutes Posted Leo Miller 2012-10-13 00:00:00Z 0

Board Minutes Posted

Posted by Leo Miller on Sep 21, 2012

Minutes for the Regular August Board Meeting of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates have been posted to the Club Documents area in Club Runner. In addition, The minutes for a special meeting held on September 7, 2012 were also added.

These minutes were approved for publication by the board on September 21, 2012.

Leo Miller, Club Secretary

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Fireside Chat

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Sep 18, 2012

 

Please join us for an evening of lively discussion about Rotary.  This is an opportunity to socialize with and learn about other Rotarians, their interests and vocation, plus a good time to discuss club business and ideas that we don't usually have the time to cover during our regular meeting.

Please register for this event so that an accurate count can be had.

Contact Terry Parke if you have any questions.

 

Date / Time:  Oct 23, 2012 at 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
 
Event:  Fireside Chat
Location: The Home of Terry Parke, Boy Scout Extraordinaire!  
67 Tall Grass Court
Streamwood, IL, IL 60107
United States

 

Thank you!

Rotary Club of Schaumburg~Hoffman Estates Your Community Partner Since 1969 
Terry Parke / Anita Forte-Scott (Event Chairs)

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Welcome New Member, Daryl Saylor - Chick-fil-A, Schaumburg

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Sep 06, 2012
Today we welcomed new member, Daryl Saylor, to the Rotary Club of Schaumburg / Hoffman Estates.
Daryl and his wife are the Franchised Restaurant Operators of Chick-fil-A in Schaumburg.
Welcome Daryl!  Thank you PDG Michael Ericksen and PPP Roger Smith for inducting Daryl!
http://www.cfarestaurant.com/schaumburg/home
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September is New Generations Month in Rotary Anita Forte-Scott 2012-08-29 00:00:00Z 0

It's A Boy!!!

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Aug 27, 2012
Luis Alfonso Peschard Franco is on his way to us soon!!  He is from Zacatecas, Mexico.  He is 16 years old and will be attending Schaumburg High School during the 2012 / 2013 school year.

 



Make plans to get to know Luis and actively participate in his exchange year.  
It's A Boy!!! Anita Forte-Scott 2012-08-28 00:00:00Z 0

Golf Outing - August 24, 2012

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott on Aug 27, 2012
We were fortunate to have a glorious morning spent on the links at The Bridges of Poplar Creek Golf Course with new and old friends from our club.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the Golf Outing on August 24th!  Hope you had fun!

Click on the link ------->
for Golf Outing Photo Album to see more pictures.

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Approved Board Minutes Posted to Club Runner Leo Miller 2012-08-11 00:00:00Z 0

Approved Board Minutes Posted to Club Runner

Posted by Leo Miller on Aug 10, 2012

Minutes for the July 13, 2012 regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates and the special meetings held on July 20 and August 3 have been posted in the club documents area of Club Runner. The minutes were approved for publication at the board meeting held on August 10th.

Respectfully submitted,

Leo Miller, Club Secretary

Approved Board Minutes Posted to Club Runner Leo Miller 2012-08-11 00:00:00Z 0

Approved Board Minutes Posted

Posted by Leo Miller on Jul 15, 2012

The Board of Director Minutes for June and a special meeting held on July 6, 2012 have been posted to the Club Documents section of the website. To access minutes, login to the club members directory, select the Website tab and the Club Documents section under Website Content.

 Minutes will be redacted for any personal matters discussed at the board level for privacy purposes. If you have any questions regarding the content of the minutes, please contact a member of the board. 

 Respectfully submitted,

Leo Miller, Club Secretary 

Approved Board Minutes Posted Leo Miller 2012-07-16 00:00:00Z 0

Approved Board Minutes Posted

Posted by Leo Miller on Jul 15, 2012
The approved minutes for the board of directors meetings of June and July 6, 2012 have been published to the club documents site.

To access the minutes, sign into Club Runner, select the website tab and Club Documents on the Website Content index. The Board Minutes folder contains the minutes for the year to date.

The minutes will be redacted if any personal information is discussed at the board meeting to respect member's privacy. If you have any questions regarding the board actions, please contact a board member.

The next board meeting will be August 10, 2012 at 10:30 am. All meeting are held at the Bridges of Poplar Creek.

Respectively submitted,

Leo Miller, Club Secretary
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Rotarians Clean-Up Trash in Community

Posted by Elaine Vorberg on Jun 22, 2012
Community Service Director Collette Givens Lanton led a team of Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates and other community volunteers on a roadside clean-up project along Golf Road in Schaumburg.  Over 10 bags of trash were collected, beautifying the community and eliminating glass and other hazards from the sidewalksImage  
Rotarians Clean-Up Trash in Community Elaine Vorberg 2012-06-23 00:00:00Z 0

Club Presents $50,000 to Alexian Brothers Children's Hospital

Posted by Elaine Vorberg on Jun 07, 2012
In keeping with a pledge by the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates to raise $250,000 for the construction of the Alexian Brothers Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates, IL, the Club's President, Julie Clark, presented Ed Dernulc, Sr. Major Gifts Officer for Alexian Brothers Medical Center, with a $50,000 check.  The new hospital is slated to open in 2013.

To find out more about the Alexian Brother's Children's Hospital, visit the official website at www.myalexiankids.net
Club Presents $50,000 to Alexian Brothers Children's Hospital Elaine Vorberg 2012-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Club Participates in Observance of Memorial Day with Villages Elaine Vorberg 2012-05-28 00:00:00Z 0

Classic 2012

Posted by Julie Clark on Mar 01, 2012
THANK YOU , THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

First THANK YOU to our Honorary Chair Rita Canning for her support, ideas and enthusiasm.  Rita has brought things to this years event that we will be using for years to come.  There are not enough words to describe the impact that she has had with all of the women and children she has helped over the 20 years that WINGS has been around. As with everything that Rita touches it is absolutely golden!

Second THANK YOU to all of our sponsors this year:  Motorola, Alexian Brothers Hospital Network, Rita & John Canning, Aarete, Ameriprise Financial, Bruce Dopke Attorney at Law, Com Ed, Divine Signs and Graphics, Fabrini's Flowers, Inc, Harper College, Hoffman Estates Community Bank, Kelley, Kelly & Kelley, Richard & Martha Melman, Wyatt Austin Jewelers, 3 Monkeys & Aadvark Studios, Bill Landwer, BNC Quality Auto Body, Cornerstone Bank, Fox Valley Glass, Gabe Calzaretta LLC, The Panopoulos Group, Rebecca Montgomery DDS & Jefffery Eaton DDS, Redmon Towing

Third THANK YOU to all of the high ticket sellers:  Nancy Redmon, Loren Trimble, Allen Gabe, George Panopoulos, Glenn Szurgot, Bruce Dopke, Bill Kelley, Jack Bishop, Don Minor, Barry Christian, Michael Ericksen

Fourth THANK YOU to all of the Classic Committee: George Panopoulos, Bob Keller, Jack Bishop, John Curry, Jim Fabbrini, Allen Gabe, Marie Gildersleeve, Colette Givens-Lanton, Eileen Higginbotham, Cris Hinojosa, Rosemary Justen, Bill Kelley, Bill Landwer, Jaime Leyva, Jim Markgraf, Dana Mathews, Jim McCulla, Bonnie McCulla, Jeff Miller, Leo Miller, Don Minor, Rosie Paparella, Nany Redmon, Kristy Ritchie, Stephanie Sarnoff, Jean Schlinkmann, Erik Schmidt, Nanette Sowa, Glenn Szurgot, Mike Turgeon, Gayle Vandenbergh, George Vroustouris and Dick Wilson 

Without the support of all of the above mentioned as well as all of the members who work endless hours to bring this event together we would not be able to have the impact we have in both  the community and internationally.  Every year we challenge ourselves a little more and this year we have done that once again!

I am so proud to be part of this organization and family.  This is the best club hands down!!!!!


Julie Clark
President 2011-2012
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Club Honors Members, Installs New Board

Posted by Lisa Encarnacion on Jul 05, 2011
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The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates honored members for outstanding contributions and installed the 2011-2012 Board of Directors at its annual installation dinner on Thursday, June 30, 2011.

 

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Membership, Polio Update, and Long Grove Run

Posted by Dana Hollandsworth
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Past District Governor Bill Ferreira spoke to us about membership and member retention since August is Rotary Membership Month. President Gary Huang would like to increase worldwide membership from 1.2 to 1.3 million.He asked us who we knew who would be a potential Rotarian. Is it your spouse, your neighbor, co-worker, fellow members of other civic organizations in our community, or your friends? 

Bill also updated us on Polio eradication. India has been polio-free for 20 months. There are still three countries with polio outbreaks -- Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.

Bill announced the Long Grove Heritage 5K Run & 3K Walk and Pancake Breakfast on September 6 sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorne Woods. He also mentioned that purchasing a Rotary cookbook is a great way to support PolioPlus. 

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Pledge Fulfilled!

Posted by Leo Miller
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At the club meeting on May 31st, the past presidents that presided during the Alexian Brothers Women & Children's Hospital  pledge and fundraising joined the Hospital President and Vice President of Development for the presentation of the final installment on our $250,000 donation. Congratulations to all of the members of the Rotary Club for achieving this great goal.

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Board Minutes Posted to Club Runner

Posted by Leo Miller

Approved minutes from the February 8, 2013 regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates board of directors have been posted to the Club Documents area of Club Runner.

To access the minutes, sign into Club Runner and locate the Club Documents link on the Admin page.

Respectfully submitted,

Leo Miller, Club Secretary

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November Club Assembly

Posted by Leo Miller

On November 16, 2012, the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates held its monthly club assembly, President Ted Gross presiding. The secretary determined that a sufficient number of members attended the meeting to constitute a quorem.

On recommendation from the Board of Directors of the club, it was moved by Ed Haag and seconded by Vince Sansardo to transfer $2,500 to the Hurricane Sandy relief fund established by the Rotary Clubs of New York/New Jersey for purposes of coordinating the Rotary response to the storm and the damage it caused. The motion was approved by a voice vote of the membership. The donation is an unbudgeted item for the current fiscal year and will be paid from the surplus funds the club has accumulated.

On recommendation from the Board of Directors of the club, it was moved by Allen Gabe and seconded by Vince Sansardo to transfer $20,000 from the Rotary Club to the Foundation of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, Inc. for its charitable purposes. Following brief discussion, the motion was approved by a voice vote of the membership. The transfer to the foundation is an unbudgeted item for the current fiscal year and will be paid from the surplus funds the club has accumulated.

The club heard presentations from Bob Keller regarding the 2013 Classic and Jim McCulla presented a Paul Harris Fellow pin, with two sapphires to Shawn Parker recognizing her contributions to the Rotary International Foundation.

Respectfully submitted,

Leo Miller, Club Secretary

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October Board Minutes Posted

Posted by Leo Miller

The minutes for the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates have been posted to the Club Documents section of Club Runner.

To access the document, sign into Club Runner and go to the Admin page. Locate the Club Documents link in the upper left hand box of options. Clicking the link will take you to the Club Documents page where you find the minutes in the Board Minutes for 2012-2013 folder.

If you have any questions, please let Leo Miller know.

Respectfully submitted,

Leo Miller, Club Secretary

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Club Golf Outing - Sign Up Now for August 24th.

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott

You are invited to join some of your Rotary friends for our annual Golf Outing.  You can sign up as a single, pair or four-some.  We would love to see you again.  Please consider joining us for this fun morning of  Golf and fellowship.  Our regular meeting luncheon will begin at 12:15.  You are welcome to stay for lunch, however, the fee for lunch is not included in the Golf Outing fee.

 

Please reply to Anita Forte-Scott to reserve your space.  eMail: Cindernita@yahoo.com   Cell: 847-302-2214  

Event S/HE Rotary Club Golf Outing
Date Friday, August 24, 2012 - 7:30 A.M. Shotgun Start
Fee $40.00 per golfer
Location Bridges of Poplar Creek Golf and Country Club
View Map 1400 Poplar Creek Drive 
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
United States
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Rotary Club of

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Golf Outing

 

ImageImageFriday morning, August 24, 2012

7:30 A.M. Shotgun Start

 

Gather your Foursome for a Morning Filled with Friends, Fun and Golf!

 

$40.00 per person includes Green Fee & Cart

 

Our Regular Rotary Lunch Meeting will begin at the regular time of 12:15 on that day.

You are welcome to stay for lunch, however, the lunch fee is not included in the Golf Outing price. 

 

Awards will be given for:

Best Dressed Team

Best Dressed Individual

Most Inventive / Interesting Club Cover

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Best Decorated Golf Ball


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August is Rotary Membership and Extension month.

Posted by Anita Forte-Scott

We are a Club filled with Fun, Fellowship, Service Opportunities, High Ethical Standards, Leadership Opportunities and Networking WITH OTHERS! 

  “The two critical pieces of the North American Rotary Membership Plan are ATTRACTION and ENGAGEMENT.Interesting, they have a common theme. We need to ASK prospective members to join us and we need to ASK our new members to join in on the vibrancy and relevance of their Clubs.”

We work so hard to introduce Rotary to a prospective member, yet many times we seem to drop the ball when it comes to keeping our members. We all have the opportunity this year to change the culture in our Clubs and encourage all Rotarians to be engaged.”

 Zone Coordinator - Mary Beth Growney Selene 

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Clearbrook: Creating Opportunities

Posted by Lisa Encarnacion
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Brenda Devito, Child and Family Connections, and David Boggs, Developmental Training, Seniors and Autism Day Services, will talk to the Club about Clearbrook in Arlington Heights.
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In Case You Missed It for August 6, 2010

Posted by Lisa Encarnacion
Our fearless leader, Roger Smith, returned, only to inform us that he will again be gone on August 13, vacationing in Arkansas, and incoming President Julie Clark will be filling in.
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2010 Classic

Posted by George Vroustouris
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To the devoted members of our club, thank you all for your extraordinary efforts and generosity. Congratulations to Bill Kelley and the 2010 Classic Committee!
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Brad Carter, Principal at John Muir

Posted by Lisa Encarnacion
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JOHN MUIR SUCCESS STORY (from the Daily Herald, October 30, 2009) Town: Hoffman Estates Success story: After meeting federal No Child Left Behind bench marks two years in a row, John Muir was removed from Academic Early Warning status. How it improved: Developing a reading intervention system, increasing parental involvement, and implementing programs that extend the school day, including the "Breakfast with Books" program and "Falcon's Nest Homework Club." What it plans for next year: A focus on overall instruction. This November, teachers will be working with trainers to learn how to better differentiate instruction for various levels of students in one classroom. The school is also developing common tests for various grades. "A lot of it, what we've been doing is really been focusing on the whole school. Not a particular subgroup, but having high expectations from all of our kids," said Principal Brad Carter.
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Harper College President to Speak

Posted by Lisa Encarnacion
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Dr. Kenneth Ender, the president of William Rainey Harper College, will be the featured speaker at the Schaumburg Hoffman Estates Rotary Club's weekly meeting on Friday, January 15, 2010. The meeting begins at 12:15 p.m. at Chandler's Chophouse and Grille, 401 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg. Guests are welcome; there is a $15 fee for lunch.
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Club Honors Members, Installs New Board

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Outstanding Rotarians were honored and the 2009-2010 Board of Directors was installed at the Club's annual Awards Dinner, held Monday, June 29, 2009, at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows.
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Project Selection

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Project Selection Time 

 

It's that time of year again when the project selection team will be reviewing your applications.  It is a simple process for any community organization to apply for grant money from the Schaumburg Hoffman-Estates Rotary club for your current project(s). 

 

What :          We are giving away $25,000.  Awards luncheon June 5th.  Recipients notified the week of May 11th.

 

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Check out the NEW Guatemala site Page

Posted by Steven Lamp
Our thanks to Mary Smith, for putting together the site link for the Guatemala Water project.
Please click on the link to the left, to get the full story.
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January Birthdays

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January Birthdays!

Congratulations to these OLDER Members

Loren Trimble January 8
Vince Sanasardo January 10
Dom Re January 16
Roger Smith January 31

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December Birthdays!

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December Birthdays!


Congratulations to these OLDER Members

George Vroustorious December 4
Gail vandenburg December 4
Mike Ericksen December 7
Lisa Encarnacion December 11
Jim McCulla December 13
Tony Pantanella Dec 15

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