Welcome to Our Club


The Rotary Club of Wilmette has merged with the Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club, the combined clubs are now all officially the Rotary Club of Wilmette. The original Wilmette Rotary Club was chartered in 1924 and was known as the Noon Club.  In 1990, the Wilmette Harbor Club was chartered, and was known as the Morning Club.  In 2019, a satellite club was established as part of the Noon group.  Today there are over 80 active members who gather to do good for others while enjoying good fellowship, with the choice of meeting either morning, noon or evening.
 

Our Club members enthusiastically live the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” both locally and internationally. Recent projects include water well installation at schools in Angola, food packing and providing necessities to the homeless in Chicago, supplying ultrasound equipment and related training to people in Uganda, providing disaster relief supplies to hurricane, typhoon, and other natural disaster survivors, providing winter coats and shoes to low-oncome children, food packing for people in Guatemala and Central America, and supporting local food pantries, literacy efforts and diversity.

NOTICE: We are currently meeting in-person on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7:30 am and Noon, and the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm. Our meeting place for the 7:30 am meeting is the Sheridan Shores Yacht Club.  The Noon meeting is the Wilmette Golf Club. 3900 Fairway Drive, Wilmette.  Meeting place for the evening meeting will vary.

We’d love to have you join us!

 
Welcome!   
Wilmette

Our Motto:
Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.
Wilmette Golf Club
3900 Fairway Drive
Wilmette, IL 60091
United States of America
We have three groups: two meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7:30am at the Sheridan Shores Yacht Club and at Noon at Wilmette Golf Club. The other group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 7pm. Mailing address is: PO Box 111, Wilmette, IL 60091
Stories
There will be an educational event on Tuesday, February 27 to learn more about the buses arriving from Texas to the North Shore (especially to Wilmette), and how our communities can come together to respond. It will be at the St. Francis Xavier School gym , 808 Linden, Wilmette, from 7pm to 9pm. This is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical, interfaith community wide event. Anyone interested in gaining more information about the migrant bussing situation, and learning how they can help should attend.
 
Please register for the event at bit.ly/NS-227 . It is suggested that attendees bring a donation of new, unopened hygiene items (diapers, wipes, maxi pads, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste), gift cards or Ventra transit cards.
 
The event is sponsored by several non-profit organizations (including our Rotary Club), faith-based organizations and private citizens.
The morning group heard from Paul Boer with the Chicago Furniture Bank. This non-profit organization founded in July of 2018,  serves as an intermediary between Chicagoans who have extra furniture and those who need it. They provide furnishing packages to clients in need that include beds, couches, armchairs, dressers, desks, end tables, coffee tables, kitchen tables + chairs, dishware, rugs, lamps, artwork, mirrors, and more. As of 2023, the Chicago Furniture Bank has furnished over 13,000 homes for over 21,000 people and given away furniture weighing over 6,000 tons. Each home furnished by the Chicago Furniture Bank provides stability, dignity, and comfort to a Chicagoan in need.
 
The noon group heard from Sarah Murphy of Toes n' Water. This grass-roots organization's mission is to make those who love and use Lake Michigan become aware of how to protect it, explore it, and adore it. Through educational workshops, beach clean-ups, and everyday tips, they hope to make it easy for people to become "guardians" of Lake Michigan.
Tracy Mc Keithen, Executive Director of Family Promise Chicago NorthShore (FPC) spoke to us about her organization. FPC helps families with young children find stability and new homes.  Last year FPC also helped 1000 individuals.  FPC has been performing these services since 2010 to help families who are homeless (or at risk of being homeless) to get back on their feet and provide stable lifestyles for their children. 

FPC provides food, shelter, sleeping facilities, education and work training to its participants. It intervenes with landlords to help keep the needy from being displaced without cause; it provides summer camps for the children of working parents; it provides information about tenants’ rights and responsibilities, how to avoid eviction, how to do “life skills” functions such as use of laundry equipment, and how to save some money for emergencies.  

FPC offers families a daytime location with a mailing address and a place for their children to get picked up for school.  Presently they have approximately 28 local church congregations and other organizations who help the FPC program.
2023 was a turning point for our Rotary presence in Wilmette.  The merger of the Rotary Clubs of Wilmette Harbor and Wilmette resulted in an 80 member organization of Rotarians, under the name Rotary Club of Wilmette.
 
We organized and participated in several Community Service and fellowship opportunities. We gained some members and we lost some members. The three groups have made foward strides to working and socializing together.  The following is a recap of some of the events in 2023.
 
January (and monthly thereafter) - Lunch-packing for the homeless
 
February - Wine Tasting Party
 
March - Food packing for Kids Against Hunger
 
April - Trivia Night Fundraiser; Supported the building of a new well for a school in Angola; toured the Wilmette Theater
 
May - Hope Walk for the Homeless Fundraiser; Memorial Day Parade March
 
June - Installation of new President, Mariana Alfar
 
JULY - Merger complete.  New Rotary year begins as one Wilmette Rotary Club.
 
August - Beach Clean-up Gillson Park
 
September - Trivia Night Fundraiser; Wilmette Block Party
 
October - End Polio Now Drive
 
November -Warm Coat distribution to local  kids and adults in need; Holiday Gift Fundraiser
 
December - Amazon Wishlist Gifts to Homeless; Holiday parties; New Trier Swing Choir performs.
 
 New Members:  Frank Cheswick, Mojgan Bowers, Ariel Talen-Keller, Duncan Wardrop, Marcia Srivastava
In Memoriam - Marsh Hammersley, Julie Minato
 
 2024 is the 100th anniversary for both our club and the Winnetka/Northfield Rotary Club.  We plan to celebrate together.  The Winnetka/Northfield Club has set June 20 in the beautiful Garden Room at the Winnetka Community Center for the combined celebration. We will also include the Installastion of  Co-presidents for both club for the 2024-2024 Rotary year..  Volunteers are sought to participate in planning the 100th anniversary event.  Contact Mariana Alfar (marianafar@gmail.com) to volunteer to help out.  Representation from all three groups would be ideal for generating ideas for the celebration.
Member John Kessler has restarted a long-standing project to collect eyeglasses.   The former Wilmette Harbor Rotary  had been doing this project for many years. Collection stations have been placed in the post offices in Wilmette, Kenilworth and Winnetka. In association with the Lion's Club, the eyeglasses collected are recycled and distributed to those who need them, locally and abroad.  
Drs. Patel and Nasrallah spoke to us about their organization, Global Foundation for International Cardiac and Community Services.  They offer unique opportunities for medical practitioners in Kenya to expand their individual skills and knowledge with the goal of providing improved health care and health equity to their own communities. They also collaborate with local community organizations to provide health care, education and leadership development.
Deborah Mack, Executive Director for Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois (MWNEI) spoke to the RAD group about this organization's customized meal services. MWNEI is an amazing movement of neighbors volunteering to deliver fresh, healthy and delicious meals to those who are unable to prepare their own food at home. They serve not only senior citizens but also people with physical or cognitive disabilities and those who need help during a specific medical situation like recovering from surgery.  Unlike other organizations with the same name, Deborah's group customizes meal choices that are prepared according to hospital specifications. The food is high quality and is available to anyone in the region who requests it; the meals are paid for by the recipients on a sliding scale based on income.
Lori Lucchetti, co-founder of Building Peaceful Bridges spoke to our Morning group about the scope of this organization. Primarily organized to help refugees settle and assimilate to life in the US. They assist with rent, groceries, clothing, tutoring, and job search, as well as helping refugees study for citizenship. But most of all the volunteers offer friendship;  they meet regularly with refugee families and host cultural events. We were also very pleased to hear from Ismail Moradi a refugee from Afghanistan who was an interpreter for the US military.  He and his family were evacuated when the US pulled out of his country, which made him become a target for the Taliban because of his work with the US    .https://www.buildingpeacefulbridges.org/
 
 
Terri Guercio of the Three Pillars Initiative spoke to the Noon group. Terri explained that this is a 501(c)(3) philanthropy service organization whose mission is to create youth philanthropy education programs to prepare the next generation of charitable sector leaders. High school juniors from area schools apply for the program and commit to involvement until they graduate high school. They learn the art, science and business of philanthropy, through fundraising, charitable giving and service projects.   https://www.threepillarsinitiative.org/
                      
 
Our morning group heard from Phil Andrew and Beth Drucker spoke to the noon group.
 
Phil Andrew, principal of the Pax Group, LLC spoke to us about the prevalence of gun violence in the US compared to the rest of the world.  Phil explianed how even though mass shootings (4 or more killed) are increasing, most gun deaths occur with one or two people killed.  He also said that the most popular rifle, based on sales in the US, is the semi-automatic AR-15. The US far exceeds the number of gun deaths of any nation in the world.  
 
Beth Drucker founded Go Green Wilmette whose mission is to raise environmental awareness, inspire people to take action, and create a more sustainable community.  She told us about the many programs and initiatives that Go Green Wilmette has begun and actively promotes, including composting, installing heat pumps, using solar energy, conserving energy, recycling properly.  For more information visit https://gogreenwilmette.org/
Speakers
Lucy Mellen
Feb 28, 2024 7:30 AM
Sustainability in Village of Wilmette
Sustainability in Village of Wilmette

Lucy Mellen is the Sustainability Coordinator for the Village of Wilmette and Wilmette Park District. After receiving her bachelor’s degrees in Enviornmental Sustainabilty from Indiana University, Lucy knew that the municipal side of sustainability work was the path she wanted to follow. 

Join Lucy Mellen, Sustainability Coordinator for the Village of Wilmette and Wilmette Park District, to learn more about what sustainability is, what it looks like in Wilmette, and what you can do at home to be more environmentally-conscious.

Location: Wilmette Harbor Club

This presentation will be repeated at Noon at the Wilmette Golf Club.

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