Vision Training - May 20 - 5PM to 9PM
Be sure to come to participate in strategic planning process for the Club. You will have a chance to offer compliments, critiques and dreams for our Club. ALL members are encouraged to attend.
Shape the Future of Our Club 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

Sharon Kristjanson, founder of SVK Intercultural, a consulting firm specializing in skill development for leaders, visited the April 17, 2019 meeting of the Club to talk about Better Angels, "a citizens’ organization uniting red and blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America." The name of the group comes from Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural address. Better Angels offers workshops and skills training sessions aimed at helping people learn ways to have respectful conversations with people who disagree on political isssues. There are two upcoming opportunities to take part in these sessions in Evanston during May.
Bridging the Red/Blue Divide 2019-04-18 05:00:00Z 0

Long-term Rotary Club of Wilmette member Billy Billimoria visited our luncheon on April 10th. Over the decades, he spearheaded 28 service programs for our club, mostly serving India, including the $2.5 million water treatment plant in his hometown. Billy attends Rotary meetings in Billimoria, India, when he is not in Wilmette and was recently honored with a plaque.

Welcome Back Billy! 2019-04-17 05:00:00Z 0

Dr Abramson is an internist and endocrinologist as well as the Executive Director of Old Irving Park Community Clinic (OIPCC). Dr. Abramson attended Northwestern University and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She became the OIPCC volunteer Executive Director in 2014.
Healthcare for Those Without Insurance 2019-04-17 05:00:00Z 0

At the March 27, 2019 meeting, the membership committee presented an overview of our 95-year-old club including great past activities and historic membership trends. They outlined an energized campaign to attract new members and called on everyone to join in. They said that members share responsibility for maintain a vibrant and energetic club. It is our  responsibility to keep the numbers up. Whether you are a long-time member or just considering membership, we welcome your enthusiasm and participation!

Attracting New Members - It's Our Responsibility 2019-03-30 05:00:00Z 0
At the March 13, 2019 meeting, Carole Wells, past president of the Wilmette Harbor Club and district Polio representative brought us up to date on the progress of polio eradication. Only three countries remain on the list of countries still experiencing polio cases:  Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.  While fewer than 28 cases were detected in these countries over the last year, monthly vaccinations of children under age 5 continue until no cases are experienced over a period of 3 years. Efforts to eradicate polio continue with the help of the World Health Organization, UNICEF, ministries of health of involved countries, and major donors such as the Gates Foundation.
Polio Eradication Update 2019-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

On March 20, Jill Kennon, RN, spoke at length to Club members about Alzheimer's Disease, which affects a growing number of seniors. She outlined lifestyle and medical interventions that can prevent, treat and sometimes even reverse the affects of this devastating illness.
Learning More About Alzheimer's Disease 2019-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

The gala celebration of the Rotary Club of Wilmette's 95th Anniversary was a great success. Thanks to all who attended and who helped to make it happen. Money raised at the event will be used to fund the Club's many service projects benefitting local organizations as well as international projects.
Wonderful Night of Celebration 2019-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

Many Rotary Club of Wilmette members and friends joined scores of others packing 100,000 meals for starving people at the Kids Against Hunger event March 16th at the Winnetka Community House. Thanks to all who participated!
Another Successful Kids Against Hunger Project 2019-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

Club members enjoyed a preview of the New Trier High School 2019 musical The Addams Family at the February 27 meeting. As part of an annual social event, several club members plan to attend the musical when it is performed at the high school.
Addams Family Preview by New Trier Cast 2019-03-13 05:00:00Z 0

Long-time members Bob Larsen and Sherm Marks shared stories from their lives with the rest of the club at the luncheon meeting on February 13, 2019. Of special note is Sherm's 50th anniversary as a member of Rotary coming up in August, 2020.
Getting To Know Our Members 2019-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
  The 2019 Kids Against Hunger food packaging event is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Winnetka Community House, 670 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka. This project, which our club has participated in for several years, packages food supplements for  hungry and malnourished children in Nicaragua. Arnie Klein is looking for volunteers to fill a table or two at this event from 11am to 1pm. It's always a fun gathering. Please let him know if you are interested.
Kids Against Hunger Project Needs You! 2019-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
Steve Jambor, a long time member of Rotary Club of Wilmette and the International Committee, shared moments of his recent trip to Uganda for the purpose of advancing our Global Grant to install ultrasounds at five rural clinics and provide the training of midwives to operate them for obstetrics and gynecological care of women. The trip covered meetings with our Rotarian host partners and visiting rural clinics with Imaging the World, our in-country service provider. Steve gave many great stories and images of the challenging situation there. It was program not to miss!
Wilmette Rotary in Unganda 2019-01-30 06:00:00Z 0

About 50 members of the Rotary Club of Wilmette and Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor socialized together at the Sheridan Shores Yacht Club Jan. 16th. We had very good interaction, fellowship, food and wine.

In the program, our president John Held, and the morning club president introduced their fellow officers and some committee chairs recapped their activities. Then, morning club member Jim Waite, who lived in China for many years, showed scenes and life there today. He then conducted a trivia contest where each table guessed the pictures, building, monuments and people of various Asian countries.

Pictures include John Held, Jim Waite and the group at tables listening to Frank Candioto telling about our Community Service Committee.

Wilmette Rotary Clubs Hold Joint Meeting 2019-01-17 06:00:00Z 0

On December 19, the talented voices of the New Trier Swing Choir provided a delightful mix of holiday favorites and jazz tunes to entertain members of the Club and their guests. This annual concert has become a favorite event each year.
Talented New Trier Swing Choir Visits Club 2019-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Wilmette collected 20,400 books to help inner-city students perform better and love reading.  Over 16 years, Rotary delivered nearly 150,000 books to grateful Chicago students. In photo, Rotary Club of Wilmette members and Catalyst school staff moved 500 cartons with 20,400 children’s books onto trucks for a trip to Catalyst Charter School’s two Marquette Park locations.
Another Successful Book Drive 2019-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

SAVE THE DATE - March 7, 2019!
Join our 95th Birthday Bash Fundraiser: An Evening of Enchantment

This year's fundraiser will include dinner and a performance by the most acclaimed "interpretive" artists in Las Vegas paying tribute to Dean Martin and Barbra Streisand. We will also have silent and live auctions, amazing raffle prizes, cash bar, and free parking.
Place: Valley Lo Club, Glenview
Time: 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $100 pp includes one free $35 raffle ticket
Dinner choice: Salmon, Filet Mignon, or Vegetarian

Click here or on the link in the Events box of our page for registration information.
REGISTER NOW! 2018-12-06 06:00:00Z 0

David Kohn (right) and Chris Falcon (left) spoke to the Club on December 5 about the potential of new forms of media outreach for spreading the word about Rotary or recruiting new members. Through their company, Media Podz, they are providing an easy way to create and distribute social media outreach messages, such as podcasts and YouTube videos, for those less familiar with the technology or lacking the equipment to produce high quality products. They are offering assistance for each step of the process at reasonable pricing.
Social Media Outreach Made Easy 2018-12-06 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Ross Spencer provided Club members with an update on Shelterbox's operations and some of the changes that have been made since its founding 18 years ago. He noted that in 2012 Shelterbox became Rotary International's first project partner enabling both organizations to collaborate more closely in disaster response. He showed some of the new equipment being used to respond in situations where housing may not be the first concern. Those wishing to contact ShelterboxUSA to learn more or to donate may go to
Shelterbox Still Providing Aid After 18 Years 2018-12-05 06:00:00Z 0

Diane Wojcik spoke at the November 28 meeting about her work as Transition/Vocational Coordinator in the Special Education Department at New Trier High School. Ms. Wojcik has extensive experience in career counseling and work with those who have different abilities. She is always looking for community partners to provide guided experiences for her students.
Transitions for Special Young Adults 2018-12-05 06:00:00Z 0

At the November 14 meeting, Rotary member, Ed MIlls, Professor Emeritus from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, gave a brief overview of economic cycles since the Great Depression of 1929. He then talked about the current economic situation in the country and gave the reasons he feels optimistic about continued growth. Ed has published over twenty books on economic issues and participated in numerous economic conferences around the world.
Club Member Mills Optimistic About US Economy 2018-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

Carey Kogol, Senior Development Director at iMentor Chicago, told our Club how iMentor works to secure funds from foundations, corporations, and individuals to build mentoring relationships that empower first-generation students from low-income communities to graduate from high school and succeed in college. iMentor is a national program with locations in New York City, the Bay Area, and Chicago. iMentor's program has increased college enrollment at participating schools by an average of 15 percentage points. Students at those school are nearly three times more likely to graduate from college than their peers. Ms. Kogol has been instrumental in helping iMentor Chicago reach from one high school in the westside of Chicago serving 207 students to four high schools throughout the city serving 1,334 students in three years.
Helping Students One-on-One 2018-11-14 06:00:00Z 0

On October 10th, Gayle Nelson and Cathy Carmody from the Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) spoke to the club about JCAST's efforts of eradicate sex trafficking in the Chicagoland area through public awareness efforts, community engagement, and advocacy at state, local and national levels. JCAST partners with interfaith and human rights groups, non-profit organizations, government officials, and law enforcement agencies to work with congregations, clergy, Jewish organizations and secular groups to educate the community and to take action to end demand for purchased sex and to protect children.
Eradicating Sex Trafficking in Chicago 2018-10-13 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary District Governor Julie Clark attended the Club meeting on August 29, 2018. She commented on the Club's activities and provided an overview of what is happening in the District. As District Governor, she will be visiting all 68 clubs over the next year. Pictured with Julie are Rotary Club of Wilmette President Pat Brown (left) and Assistant District Governor Rich Lalley (right).
District Governor Visits Club 2018-09-02 05:00:00Z 0

Mary Coy, Director of Development for HOW, addressed the members of the Club at the August 22, 2018 meeting. She described the various measures taken by HOW (Housing Opportunities for Women) are designed to prevent homelessness and support those in precarious living situations.
Help for the Homeless 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0

Dr. Stuart Sondheimer was the speaker at the August 1 meeting. Dr. Sondheimer is a board certified ophthalmologist from Skokie, IL. He spoke about the recent advances in eye care, the use of lasers to remove floaters from the eye and recent improvements and rehabilitation options in cataract surgery. Dr. Stuart is also spoke about his participation as a volunteer in providing cataract surgery in the developing world.
The Importance of Eye Care 2018-08-10 05:00:00Z 0

On July 25, David Gottlieb, founding executive director of Full Circle Communities, spoke about the organization's mission to expand access to quality affordable housing through preservation and development, thoughtful design and the provision of significant and targeted supportive services to residents and the surrounding communities.
Affordable Housing 2018-07-27 05:00:00Z 0

Author, Life Coach and CEO Michael Lauesen addressed the issues of how to deal with the challenges of daily living in a world filled with 24/7 familial responsibilities, the burden of deadlines and work agendas with ever increasing speed at the July 11 meeting. He discussed strategies for reducing stress, improving productivity and creating meaningful memories at home.
Getting Off The Treadmill 2018-07-12 05:00:00Z 0

The June 27, 2018 meeting celebrated the end of another successful year for the Club and the beginning of a new year. Long-time member Terry Porter was honored as Rotarian of the Year for his ongoing contributions to the Club. Then the presidential gavel was passed from out-going co-presidents Debora Morris and and Kent Meyers to Pat Brown. Congratulations to all and best wishes for the year ahead!
Celebrating a New Rotary Year 2018-06-27 05:00:00Z 0

Chris Spence, Director of Youth Engagement at Family Matters in Rogers Park, spoke to the club on June 20, 2018. He discussed how his organization equips neighborhood children with basis life skills, like swimming and first aid, as well as providing tutoring assistance and a safe place for activities with others. Visit their website at
Family Matters in Rogers Park 2018-06-27 05:00:00Z 0


Friendship Exchange is an international exchange program for Rotary members and friends that allows participants to take turns hosting one another in their homes and clubs. Our club hosted an exchange group from India plus their local hosts at our regular meeting on June 13. Banners were exchanged between members of the Wilmette and Indian clubs to mark the meeting. Among those attending were District 6440 Governor Donald Brewer and wife, Roseann, seen here with Rotary Club of Wilmette co-presidents Debora Morris and Kent Meyers, as well as Past District Governor Rick Rivkin and District Governor Nominee-Designate Lyle Staab.

Rotary Friendship Exchange Guests Visit 2018-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

Joey Cranford and Don Clark, co-owners of the new Chicago Magic Lounge joined Ellen Clark and other members and guests of the Club at the June 13 meeting to talk about the long history of magic in Chicago and the establishment of their new entertainment venue, the Chicago Magic Lounge.
Bringing the Magic Back to Chicago 2018-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Wilmette awarded 2018 scholarships to six outstanding students from New Trier, Loyola Academy and Regina Dominican High Schools. Pictured are Club Youth Chair Jackie Granat and the four recipients from New Trier High School.
2018 Scholarship Recipients 2018-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

The Wilmette Rotary Club is working with Galya Ruffer, Senior Lecturer at Northwestern University and founding Director of the Center for Forced Migration Studies in a community partnership project known as COMPASS. This program is designed to provide refugees additional assistance in the settlement process beyond the basic US government resources. The hope is that this will move refugees into active participation in their communities and thereby making their experience better for both the refugees and the communities they live in. This is a pilot project but there is interest throughout the country in using this model if it proves successful.
A Community Partner to Assist Refugees 2018-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
Free Legal Services from CARPL 2018-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

Mike and Mary McLaughlin joined us on May 23, 2018 to talk about their Trees That Feed Foundation. With a mission of planting food-bearing trees to feed people, create jobs, and benefit the environment, TTFF has made a positive, long-term difference in places like Haiti, Jamaica, Barbados, and Pakistan. Learn more at
Trees That Feed 2018-05-28 05:00:00Z 0

Allan Kaufman, national expert on distracted driving, talked to the club about the many ways drivers are distracted and the resulting significant increases in accidents, injuries and deaths. He also talked about the resulting costs to both the community and employers. He also described the increasing number of accidents due to distracted pedestrians and bike riders.
The Dangers of Distracted Driving 2018-05-07 05:00:00Z 0

Jesse Hallock, a coach and leadership trainer with the John Maxwell Team, spoke at the weekly Club meeting on April 18, 2018. He shared how his experiences as a child in the Amazon jungle led to insights in his current position as trainer for people operating in what he called the "concrete jungle." He told how he learned to focus on the greater purpose rather than short term goals as he faced many unusual tasks and challenges.
A Global Upbringing Taught Leadership Skills 2018-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

Jon Grand (center) of the Book Stall in Winnetka reviewed Washington's Farewell Address at our April 11th luncheon meeting. Club member John Dyrud, dressed in a Revolutionary War officer's uniform, introduced him. Dyrud is a member of the Sons of the Revolution. Club co-president Kent Meyers officiated.
George Washington Bids Farewell 2018-04-15 05:00:00Z 0
“Sustaining the Long Peace” is the final event in the Pathways to Peace series organized by Rotary International in partnership with the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. Using TEDx-style presentations, panelists will discuss how a new generation of peacebuilders are working in communities around the world to ensure that today’s challenges – from a record migrant population, to increasing unrest with global institutions of governance – do not undermine the reduction in overall violence in the last century.
This free event will take place on Tuesday, 10 April, in the auditorium at RI World Headquarters (1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston) from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Speakers include Rotary Peace Fellows Susan Stigant, Director of Africa Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and Abdi Ahmed, who has created innovative programs to integrate refugees in Canada. Harris Public Policy Alumni who will speak include Kristen Hajduk, Counterterrorism Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Hafsah Lak, who was instrumental in the creation of a first-of-its-kind Violence Against Women Center in Pakistan. A reception will follow immediately afterwards. Attendees can RSVP here:
SPECIAL PEACE-BUILDING EVENT - APRIL 10 2018-04-08 05:00:00Z 0

Beth Gunzel is a development professional with a background in food security and sustainable agriculture and has worked with Heifer International since November 2012. On March 28, she presented Heifer’s current program goals and objectives, as well as current projects and their impact on reducing hunger and poverty to our members at their weekly meeting.
Learning about Heifer International 2018-04-08 05:00:00Z 0
13 Rotary Club of Wilmette members and friends packed 2,600 highly-nutritious meals for starving people overseas at the Kids Against Hunger food packing event Saturday at the Winnetka Community House.  We were part of an all-day event with hundreds of community volunteers that packed 100,000 meals that day.  The Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield was primary sponsor.
Kids Against Hunger Food-Packing Event a Success 2018-03-17 05:00:00Z 0
Special Leadership Opportunity for Teens Through Young Professionals 2018-03-17 05:00:00Z 0

At the February 28 meeting we learned more about the Kids Against Hunger program and food packaging event. The 2018 KIDS AGAINST HUNGER food packaging event is scheduled for Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Winnetka Community House Gymnasium 620 Lincoln Ave. Winnetka, IL This project, in which our club has participated for several years, packages food supplements for the hungry and malnourished kids in Nicaragua and local food pantries. We have reserved a table for 12 volunteers from our club and will be working from 11am to 1pm. Please arrive at 10:30 for a prep talk and hair net distribution. We would like to see more than 12 club members and would welcome at least another 6. It is a lot of fun for all!

Left Photo - Kids Against Hunger Director Darrel Malcolm previewed this great service project at our Feb. 28th luncheon meeting. Right Photo -- Club Co-President Kent Meyers (center) presented a club check for $1,000 to help fund the Kids Against Hunger food-packing event. Rich Lalley (left) of the Rotary Winnetka-Northfield Club, which is sponsoring the event, and Darrell Malcolm appreciated the donation. 
Kids Against Hunger 2018-03-05 06:00:00Z 0

Several business owners who are members of the Wilmette/Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce have formed a network called Resources for Intelligent Aging. At the February 14, 2018 meeting, they introduced themselves and their concept of gathering these varied resources in one, easy to find grouping to assist seniors and their families find the guidance they need from trusted, local providers. A list of the members of this group can be found on the Chamber's website at
Resources for Intelligent Aging 2018-02-15 06:00:00Z 0
Suicide Prevention Sign

The Wilmette Rotary Clubs, in conjunction with Rotary District 6440 and the Union Pacific Railroad, have posted suicide prevention signs at the Kenilworth and Wilmette Metra Stations. The signs include contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

Recognizing this serious issue which has affected many communities including our own, the Rotary Suburban District is working to place signs at many Metra stations throughout Chicagoland.

Suicide Prevention Signs at Train Stations 2018-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

Our club’s Public Image Committee reviewed its work at the January 3rd luncheon meeting.  Committee Chair Richard Brill explained how Rotary North America intensified public image to bolster membership, foundation contributions and overall growth – and explained club public image programs.  Emily Prymula previewed new and enhanced social media platforms she’s creating for our club.  Joe Goldstein gave marketing strategies to make targeted neighbors more aware of Rotary and increase member leads.
Public Image Committee Report 2018-01-05 06:00:00Z 0

Dr. David Donnersberger is a practicing internist in Winnetka and is affiliated with the NorthShore University Health system. He is also a member of the ethics committee serving the Evanston Hospital. In his talk on December 20, 2017, Dr. Donnersberger described the how the committee, which is made up of volunteers from the medical community and the local community, works to assure good practices at the hospital.
Medical Ethics Oversight at NS Univ. Health-Evanston Hospital 2017-12-29 06:00:00Z 0

A visit from the New Trier Swing Choir has become one of the most anticipated annual events of the Rotary Club of Wilmette. On December 13 they once again provided luncheon attendees with a selection of songs, most with a holiday theme, that delighted all who were present.
New Trier Swing Choir Shares Holiday Music 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0

Capping another successful campaign, the Rotary Club of Wilmette collected 20,000 books for students in the Catalyst Charter Schools in Chicago's Marquette Park neighborhood. Generous donations were collected from Wilmette schools and several local libraries. In all, 500 cartons were sorted and packed by Club members. Pictured (from left) are Rotary members and friends Maurice Sullivan, Arnie Klein, Jack Flynn, Jean Peters, Nick Dallas, and Kent Meyers. Catalyst Head Librarian Cathy Donahue is on the right.
20,000 Books Collected for Donation to Schools 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0

Father Patrick Rearden provided Club members with a glimpse into his life as a missionary in Bolivia. He provided background about the country's economic situation and the difficulties the drug trade creates for the youth. Fr. Rearden is currently serving on the Chicago's south side.
Fr. Patrick Rearden's Experiences in Bolivia 2017-12-12 06:00:00Z 0

After the November 29th meeting, Club members Bob Taylor (left) and John Held delivered fifty bags of men's and women's clothing donated by club members to Connections for the Homeless in Evanston. Connections staff thanked the Club for these badly needed winter clothes and said it was their largest donation ever. Well done everyone!
2017 FALL CLOTHING DRIVE A BIG SUCCESS! 2017-12-02 06:00:00Z 0
Water Wells for Angolan School - Final Report 2017-12-02 06:00:00Z 0

Club member Debbie Stacey recently visited Taiwan with other Rotarians from District 6440. The trip provided the District with a chance to update the Sister Agreement between District 6440 and Taiwan District 3481. There were also opportunities to participate in an educational project. Debbie returned with many new club flags to share.
A Sister District in Taiwan 2017-12-02 06:00:00Z 0

At the November 29, 2017 meeting, April Harrington, Development Director at Growing Home, Inc. told Club members about how Growing Home is bringing fresh foods and much needed job training to the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago. Growing Home operates a successful farm in the area which provides over 35,000 pounds of organic produce that is sold at local farmers' markets or donated to organizations feeding those in need. Work is done by local residents providing opportunity for all, including the homeless or formerly incarcerated.
Farming and Job Training in Englewood 2017-12-02 06:00:00Z 0

Cynthia Gentleman (left), district director of the Northeast Illinois Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and Emily Prymula who covers Boy Scout organizations in Wilmette and nearby, told Rotary Club of Wilmette members about the programs, services and benefits of scouting. Their Council serves the North Shore area including Winnetka, Wilmette, Glencoe, Kenilworth, Skokie, Evanston, Golf, Glenview, Northbrook, and Northfield. Their 3,000 scouting volunteers provide a program to 12,000 scouts and their families. Both women are Rotarians, Cynthia with the Glenview Club and Emily with the Rotary Club of Wilmette.
Learning About the Boy Scouts of America 2017-11-17 06:00:00Z 0

Andrea Lutz, National Program Director at Random Acts of Flowers described the wonderful services her organization provides.  They improve the emotional health and well-being of individuals in health care facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement and personal moments of kindness.
Random Acts of Flowers 2017-10-11 05:00:00Z 0

Co-President Kent Meyers presented Jim Hardee with a 4th Level Paul Harris pin on October 4. Congratulations and Well Done, Jim!
Special Recognition 2017-10-11 05:00:00Z 0

Membership Chair Arnie Klein and Co-President Debora Morris welcomed Christine Somervill to Club membership with a formal induction on October 4. Welcome Christine!
Welcoming a New Member 2017-10-11 05:00:00Z 0

Lisa Braganca, attorney, spoke to the Club on September 27, 2017. She discussed dishonesty i corporations and how it can grow out of control. She experienced this first-hand at Arthur Anderson during the Enron scandal. She talked aobut some of the kpsychology behind the choices people make and how they can be influenced by the culture and environment of a corporation.
Fraud in the Corporate Environment 2017-10-03 05:00:00Z 0

Chelsea Dowty of the Chicago Literary Alliance spoke to members at the September 20, 2017 meeting about the Chicago Literacy Alliance. The Alliance is an association of more than 100 organizations which promote literacy in the Chicago area. Open Books, a group supported by our Club, is a member of this association.
The Chicago Literacy Alliance 2017-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
Celebrity Night Live! starring Rat Pack: A Live Tribute from Las Vegas and Alexandra Turpalas from Zanies Comedy Club will be held on November 2 at the Holiday Inn North Shore from 5:30 to 10:00. Reserve your tickets today by clicking here or on the link under Club Events on our webpage. See you there!!

The Rev. Craig Mousin, from DePaul University, talked to the Club about the process for vetting and settling refugees seeking to come to the United States. He explained that the existing application process is a lengthy and complex process involving several branches of the US government. He provided data that dispelled some common misconceptions about immigrants who are in the US.
Refugee Resettlement and Immigration in the US 2017-09-20 05:00:00Z 0

Immediately after our club meeting on September 13, there will be a short meeting for all volunteers who wish to participate in our 2017 Big Book Drive. Maurice Sullivan will distribute all necessary information, identify and confirm member's responsibilities. Please come!
BOOK DRIVE Meeting - Sept. 13 2017-09-05 05:00:00Z 0

Jim Boudreau, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Chicago Botanic Garden spoke to the Club at the August 8, 2017 meeting. Mr. Boudreau gave an overview of the Garden, including all the scientific and philanthropic endeavors that are little known to the public.
The Chicago Botanic Garden 2017-09-05 05:00:00Z 0

Artistic Director Scott Phelps talked to the Club about the Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest at our August 16 meeting. Scott described the founding of the theater company and the plans for productions in the upcoming year. To learn more about the Citadel Theatre go to
Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest 2017-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Attorney Alan Pearlman Speaks to Club 2017-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

Sam Fain, Group Sales Manager of the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago provided the Club with a history of the Joffrey and its current activities in Chicago at the August 2 meeting.
Learning about the Joffrey Ballet 2017-08-08 05:00:00Z 0

Robert McMillan, founder of Dearborn Denim, talked about his new venture, a jeans manufacturer, at the July 26th meeting. Rob left the financial world to set up a company that manufactures its jeans in Chicago while paying fair wages to its employees. Dearborn Denim ( is able to keep prices competitive by eliminating the retail markups and selling directly to customers. They have recently opened a storefront in Hyde Park.
Jeans Made In Chicago 2017-07-26 05:00:00Z 0

On June 28 the Rotary Club of Wilmette held its annual Installation Dinner marking the end of a very successful Rotary year and the transition to a new one. Outgoing president Rich Brill passed on the gavel to new co-presidents Debora Morris and Kent Meyers. Rich also honored long-time member Roland Catenacci as Rotarian of the Year. Congratulations to all!
Celebrating the Old; Welcoming the New 2017-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Nearly 30 Wilmette Rotarians and friends enjoyed a fun taco luncheon and conversation at this new Plaza del Lago restaurant on June 21.
A Special Lunch at Taco Lago 2017-06-23 05:00:00Z 0

The 2017 Wilmette Rotary Club civic award winners were recognized at the June 14 meeting. Pictured (left to right): Bob Taylor, Chair of the Club Community Service Committee; Ellen Clark,  Club member and recipient of the Fred W. Stoecker Award for Excellence in Public Service for her service as the Director of the Wilmette Public Library; Rabbi Sam Gordon and the Rev. Stephanie VanSlyke, recipients of the Dr. Willie Frankel Unity in Diversity Award for the interfaith activities between their two congregations; Sol Flores, recipient of the Dr. George Fischer Humanitarian Award for her leadership of La Casa Norte; Richard Brill, Club president.
Club Civic Awards Announced 2017-06-16 05:00:00Z 0

At the June 14 meeting of the Club, Ellen Clark and Terry Porter demonstrated some of the functions of the Club web page. Members are encouraged to check out the many features. Contact Ellen or Terry if you need help with your personal login.
Exploring Our Club Webpage 2017-06-16 05:00:00Z 0

Rich Brill told 70 Rotarians how to place stories and photos in local newspapers and online news media at the Rotary District 6440 Spring Training Session, May 20th at Oakton Community College.  District Governor Elect Don Brewer took the podium afterwards.
Rich Brill Shares Expertise at Training Session 2017-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

President Rich Brill took this picture to illustrate a successful interaction with the Village of Skokie. He reported that the Village of Skokie  placed a road sign on Old Orchard Road near  McCormick & Schmick’s that features the Rotary International logo, Rotary Club of Skokie Valley meeting time, Kiwanis logo and Skokie Kiwanis Club meeting time.   Soon after, we called the right Skokie department and they added another sign for us and our WEDNESDAY noon meeting time.  Go Skokie!
We're On The Map 2017-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

At the May 24 meeting, the Wilmette Rotary Club presented scholarships to four students from local high schools. Students represented New Trier High School, Loyola Academy, and Regina Dominican High School.
2017 Scholarships Announced 2017-05-30 05:00:00Z 0

Sophia duBrul ( provided a fascinating overview of her expertise and experiences in estate sales and antiques. She cautioned that it's not easy to determine current value for items you might own because current market interests are so important to sales. However, with advance planning, and the help of a professional appraiser and/or estate sales expert, many of your treasures can find new homes.
Dealing with your treasures 2017-05-24 05:00:00Z 0

Club members Frank Candioto, Joe Goldstein and Betsy Tucker provided insights into their personal lives as a part of an occasional series of member biographies.
Learning More About Our Members 2017-05-11 05:00:00Z 0

Club members Terry Porter, Richard Brill, John Dyrud, Betsy Tucker, and Frank Candioto joined members of the Wilmette Harbor Club for a great social evening at the Backyard Barbecue store in Wilmette.  They reported that the food and libations were delicious. The new location for Backyard Barbecue off Green Bay Road provides more space for display of barbecue equipment and has room for gatherings of up to 40 people.
Joint Social Event A Great Time! 2017-05-04 05:00:00Z 0

Glenview Rotarian Carl Kettler provided a photographic introduction to the Place de la Musique in Barrington, IL. The private museum, owned by the Sanfilippo Foundation, contains a large collection of functioning automatic musical instruments. The museum is used for fundraising events for charitable organizations. There are also concerts open to the public. Check their website for further information and schedules.
Musical Treasures in Barrington 2017-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

Membership Chair Arnie Klein formally welcomed Elizabeth (Betsy) Tucker into membership in the Club at the April 19th meeting. Betsy was sponsored by Gayle Inbinder. Welcome Betsy!
Welcome Betsy Tucker 2017-04-20 05:00:00Z 0

Mike Woodruff, Senior Pastor at Christ Church in Illinois and author of the book Future View, presented the luncheon program on April 19. He discussed the trends in our current world that will likely affect long-term changes in all parts of our lives.
A Peek Into the Future 2017-04-20 05:00:00Z 0
Joint New Trier Rotary Clubs Meeting 2017-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
Members of the Rotary Club of Wilmette and their friends joined others at the Winnetka Community House on March 11 to pack 100,000 meals for hungry people in Nicaragua. Well done everyone!
Feeding the Hungry 2017-03-14 05:00:00Z 0

New Trier High School Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Timothy Hayes was the speaker at the March 8 meeting of the Club. He discussed the recent Seminar Day on "Understanding Today's Struggle for Racial Civil Rights" held at NTHS on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. He described the planning process, which began two years ago when it became clear that the school year would need to be compacted due to construction constraints. The day was well attended and produced thoughtful dialog among the students and staff.
Learning about New Trier's Seminar Day 2017-03-09 06:00:00Z 0

  On March 12 the New Trier students will perform Guys and Dolls. As you know, the New Trier productions are always wonderful. Sherm Marks has tickets for the performance at $15 each. Following the show, Sherm is arranging a dinner at the Mission Hills Club for only $20 per person. Please contact Sherm now to secure your tickets and make you dinner arrangement.

Guys and Dolls Theater opportunity 2017-02-22 06:00:00Z 0
  The 2017 KIDS AGAINST HUNGER food packaging event is scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Winnetka Community House Gymnasium, 670 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka. This project, which our club has participated in for several years, packages food supplements for the hungry and malnourished kids. Arnie Klein is looking for 12 volunteers to fill a table at this event from 11am to 1pm. Please let him know if you are interested.
KIDS AGAINST HUNGER Volunteer Opportunity 2017-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
  Although February 17 is the official “Random Acts of Kindness Day”, our Club has a special opportunity for you to mark the day with five other Club members on February 24. As a part of Rotary International’s  Random Act of Kindness Day, our Club members will  serve  dinner at Just Harvest on Friday, February 24th, from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. Our members will be joining the many Just Harvest volunteers who have  served more than 1,430,000 meals to the homeless and hungry for over the last consecutive 8,950 days. This project is headed by member John Held.
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS 2017-01-29 06:00:00Z 0

Michelle Nichols, master Educator in the Astronomy Department at the Adler Planetarium, captivated Club members with her presentation about the amazing accomplishments of the Hubble Telescope at the January 25 meeting. See some of the them for yourself at the website.
The Wonder of the Hubble Telescope 2017-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
  On Wednesday, December 28, we celebrated the holidays at Jameson's Charhouse in Skokie. Many thanks to Yvonne Sito for organizing this successful event. See you in 2017!
A Wonderful Holiday Celebration 2017-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
There will be a special meeting of the Wilmette Rotary Club during the last week of November. On Monday, November 28, Ellen Clark and the Wilmette Public Library will host a lunch and tour of the library beginning at noon. This gathering will replace our meeting normally scheduled for November 30. Please watch this space for further details.
Meeting Time and Location Change for Last Week of November 2016-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks to Rich Brill for the following pictures of the good food, entertainment and company at our recent Wine, Dine and Dance fundraiser. And thanks to all of you who turned out for the night's celebration or who contributed in any way. We couldn't do it without you!
Wine, Dine and Dance Fun! 2016-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
 Come to our "Wine, Dine and Dance: Latin Style" party. It will be held at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Skokie on November 4, 2016. The party will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. plus after party dancing with a live DJ until 11 p.m. Among the many activities will be sampling gourmet food from Latin Cuisines around the world, live music and a professional dance performance. Prepaid tickets are $75 per person ($80 at the door). You also will have the opportunity to purchase the wines in time for your holiday entertaining and gift-giving. Join us for an evening of fun! Your generosity will help to improve the lives of many people in our local community, the inner city of Chicago and throughout the world. Click  here  or go the the Club Events link of our web page to register and purchase tickets online. We look forward to seeing you there!
WINE, DINE & DANCE: Latin Style! 2016 2016-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Many Wilmette Rotarians and friends joined 350 other community-minded gardeners planting habitats for migratory birds in Gillson Park on Sept.
24 and 25. Shown here are participants 1.  (l to r) Chris Porter, John Flanagin, Cindy Ulrich, Tori Wible, Arnie Klein, Terry Porter; 2. Joe Ceisel and Joe Goldstein; 3. Don Olson and Joe Ceisel.
Getting our hands dirty 2016-09-27 00:00:00Z 0

Our own Debbie Stacey presented an informative overview of the history of Rotary and what it means to be a Rotarian. Her talk was a shortened version of what she gives at larger District and Zone training events.
Rotary 101 2016-09-27 00:00:00Z 0

David Veatch, Sr. VP of Capitas Financial, spoke to the Club about insurance options for Long Term Care. 
Long Term Care 2016-09-15 00:00:00Z 0

Our Rotary Club partnered with the Wilmette Harbor morning club to staff a Rotary table at the Wilmette French Market Saturday, August 27.  We greeted passers by, talked about Rotary and gave-out literature.  In photo are Debora Morris, George Pearce and John Kessler of the morning club, and John Dyrud.  Richard Brill and Mike Harper were also there Saturday.
Rotary at Wilmette French Market 2016-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Howard Area Community Center 2016-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
LAST CHANCE TO HELP! The Community Service Committee is having its annual fall drive to collect clothing, with a focus on winter coats and other winter wear, for CONNECTIONS FOR THE HOMELESS.  The Committee asks our fellow members and friends to look through their closets when preparing the summer-to-fall-and winter-changeover and consider donating any extra or not-using-so-much-any-more clothing to this drive.  Donated clothing should be brought to the weekly, Wednesday lunch meeting. Alternatively, please contact a John Held to arrange for a home pick up. Collected clothing will be delivered to CONNECTIONS. For more information about CONNECTIONS click here to view their website.
2017 FALL CLOTHING DRIVE 2016-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
 The Community Service Committee is having its annual fall drive to collect clothing, with a focus on winter coats and other winter wear, for CONNECTIONS FOR THE HOMELESS.  The Committee asks our fellow members and friends to look through their closets when preparing the summer-to-fall-and winter-changeover and consider donating any extra or not-using-so-much-any-more clothing to this drive.  Donated clothing should be brought to the weekly, Wednesday lunch meeting. Alternatively, please contact a Committee member to arrange for a home pick up. Collected clothing will be delivered to CONNECTIONS. For more information about CONNECTIONS click here to view their website.
FALL CLOTHING DRIVE 2016-08-16 00:00:00Z 0

Wilmette Rotarians and family members joined the Build-A-Backpack campaign at Northwestern University Saturday.  Together, all volunteers stuffed 3,000 backpacks with school supplies for underprivileged kids in four Chicago public schools.  Rotarians walked the tables, filling backpacks with 3-ring binders, ruled pads, colored folders, pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners and post-it-note pads so kids can start school well equipped.
Building Backpacks on August 13 2016-08-16 00:00:00Z 0

Engineer and artist Amy Segami offered insights into how to do business with the Chinese - whether in China or with Chinese communities in the United States.
Doing Business with the Chinese 2016-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

On August 3, Club member Mariana Al Far spoke about the turbulence in the Middle East from her experience as a Jordanian reporter. She provided insight into the interaction between Sunni and Shiite Muslims as well as the different governmental responses to groups such as ISIS.
Living In A Muslim Country 2016-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
   On Saturday, August 13, from 1-4 p.m. volunteers will gather on the Northwestern University Arts South Lawn to assemble backpacks with school supplies for disadvantaged children in the Chicago Public Schools. It's a great way to reach out a helping hand while enjoying the company of other Rotarians and local volunteers. Please join in if you are able!
We Need You on Build a Backpack Day! 2016-08-02 00:00:00Z 0

At the July 20, 2016 meeting, Darrel Malcom, Executive Director of Kids Against Hunger - Fox Valley (, spoke to Club members about the origin of this program and its success throughout the world. He expressed gratitude for our annual participation in the spring packing event at the Winnetka Community House and encouraged consideration of an additional event to be held on "Make A Difference Day", Oct. 22, 2016, in Carol Stream.
Kids Against Hunger 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0

Evanston Lighthouse Rotarians Yves Lassere (at left above) and Zbig Skiva (not shown) attended the July 20, 2016 meeting to offer a new opportunity to local Rotarians. On July 28, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. there will be an inaugural meeting of a Rotary Business Networking group at the Firehouse Grill in Evanston. Enjoy good food and fellowship and provide input into the future of this local "Rotary Means Business" group! Go to for further information.
Rotary Business Network Meeting 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to our new Club President Richard Brill. Rich, shown here with his wife Marlene, was installed at a special celebrations dinner on June 29. (photo Gayle Inbinder)
Congratulations to our new President! 2016-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
 The annual Installation Dinner will be held on June 29 at McCormick & Schmick's. Cocktails at 6:00; dinner at 7:00. Get your reservations and food preferences to Roland as soon as possible!
Installation Dinner on June 29 2016-06-15 00:00:00Z 0

Emily Boling, founder of The Floured Apron , visited the Club to tell about the organization she founded to help women in disadvantaged situations get job training in the bakery field. Ms. Boling and her team provide students with training in baking as well as job hunting skills in a ten week program in Winnetka. She even brought along some delicious treats baked by her students! For more information go to
Sweetening Life's Possibilities 2016-06-15 00:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Chad Coe, of the Northbrook Club, visited on June 1 to talk about fundraising for club activities. Chad was confident we can do better!
Chad Coe Talks About Fundraising  2016-06-07 00:00:00Z 0

Club members Jackie Granat and President Jim Hardee were pleased to preside over the presentation of the Club's 2016 scholarship awards for students from New Trier, Loyola and Regina High Schools. Congratulations and Best Wishes to all!
2016 Scholarship Winners 2016-06-07 00:00:00Z 0

On May 25, Jessica Winegar, Associate Professor at Northwestern University, presented a program on the politics of Egypt at the Club's weekly luncheon.
The Politics of Egypt 2016-06-07 00:00:00Z 0

Club member Joe Goldstein shared his experiences on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. for US veterans at the May 11 lunch meeting. Joe served in the Philippines during WWII. He brought with him a wonderful remembrance booklet of the trip made for him by his daughter-in-law. Congratulations, Joe, and thanks for sharing this special time with us!
Honor Flight Memories 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Moran Center for Youth Advocacy 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
  Don't forget! Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo headlines the Wilmette Library’s One Book, Everybody Reads program this year. Mr. Russo will speak about his books Nobody's Fool and Everybody's Fool on May 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wilmette Jr. High School, 620 Locust Road, Wilmette.
Tickets are not required. A book signing will be held following the program and Mr. Russo’s books will be available on site for purchase from The Book Stall. Our club is one of the community sponsors for this event.
Wilmette Rotary supports Russo talk 2016-05-10 00:00:00Z 0

Tim Ryan hopes to educate drug users to get help and others to recognize what is happening. He shared his own story of drug addiction and the addiction of his son that lead to his son's death and how that has lead him to work toward recovery for other addicts at the May 4 meeting.
An Inspirational Story 2016-05-09 00:00:00Z 0

Joan McCarthy Lasonde, Republican candidate for the 9th Congressional District, introduced herself to Club members at the April 27 meeting. 
Meet Joan McCarthy Lasonde 2016-05-09 00:00:00Z 0

Mark Lutz spoke to the Club on April 20 about Opportunity International, an organization that provides micro-credit to people living in poverty through out in world in order to create independence and jobs.  
Opportunity for All 2016-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Jeanne Reed shared the inspiring story of her husband, Walter Reed, who was a survivor of the Holocaust, successful businessman, and active Rotarian. She also discussed Walter's book, The Children of La Hille, which was published shortly before Walter's death last winter.
Sharing Walter Reed's story 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
 Greeters are needed for 4 hour shifts at O'Hare Airport on Saturday, April 9 to welcome incoming Rotary delegates to the Council on Legislation and direct them to Rotary-arranged bus transportation to their hotel. If you can help out, please send your name, telephone number, and e-mail address to Rick Rivkin at . This is a joint responsibility of our District 6440 and District 6450.
Welcome Rotary Delegates 2016-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Past President Nick Dallas formally installed John Flanagin and Linda Strand as members of the Wilmette Rotary Club at the meeting on March 23. John was sponsored by member Bob Taylor and Linda by member Yvonne Sito. Welcome John and Linda!
Welcoming two new members 2016-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarian AJ Voth, with the help of some friends, shared information about a water distribution project in El Salvador.
Engineers without Borders 2016-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Ten Rotary Club of Wilmette members enjoyed hours of camaraderie and fun March 12 packing highly-nutritious food for hungry people in Nicaragua.  They joined hundreds of others from the Wilmette Harbor and Winnetka-Northfield Rotaries and other New Trier Township community groups, together packing 100,000 meals in plastic bags at the Winnetka Community House for the Kids against Hunger campaign.
Pictured are (from left) Arnie Klein, Nick Dallas, Kathy Owens, John Held, Jim Hardee, Bob Taylor, Kent Meyers, Linda Strand and Frank Candioto.   Not pictured is Richard Brill, who took the photo.
Kids Against Hunger food packing 2016-03-16 00:00:00Z 0

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky was the lunch speaker at the March 9 meeting. She spoke about legislative activities in Washington and then answered questions on a variety of topics. She praised the Rotary efforts to end Polio and encouraged members to continue to be a force for positive change in the world.
An Update From Washington with Congresswoman Schakowsky 2016-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
10,000 Small Businesses Train at City Colleges 2016-03-02 00:00:00Z 0

The Rev. Marilyn Pagan-Banks, Executive Director of A Just Harvest, visited the February 24 lunch meeting to talk about the work A Just Harvest does to address hunger and economic inequity on the north side of Chicago. She also talked about volunteer opportunities in their soup kitchen as well as in other endeavors they are working on.
A Just Harvest 2016-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
If you are looking for a way to tell people what our Rotary Club does, here is a handy list of local organizations that received support from our Club this year ready for saving to your computer or printing. Click here to download a list of recipients for the 2015-2016 Rotary year. Note that this list is also available from our webpage on the left side of the page in the box labeled "Homepage Download Files". For clickable links to the websites of each organization, click on "Service Projects - Local" in the Site Pages box.
We Support Local Organizations 2016-02-12 00:00:00Z 0

Donna Lee Gulley, member of the Northbrook Rotary Club, attended the February 10, 2016 lunch meeting to talk about Shelter Box International and the ways it works to assist those affected by major disasters throughout the world. Because this is an organization regularly supported by the Club, there was much interest in learning about the history of the types of aid delivered and some of the newer technologies being employed to provide fresh water.
Learning about Shelter Box 2016-02-12 00:00:00Z 0

On Wednesday, February 3, Mary Pettinato, one of the founders of the Honor Flight Chicago organization, spoke to the Club about her experiences accompanying World War II veterans on day-long trips to Washington DC. These all-expense-paid trips are meant to acknowledge and honor veterans who served in WWII, and, recently, the Korean War. WWII vet Irv Abramson shared his personal experience on one of the trips and encouraged all who know someone who might be qualified for the trip to encourage him or her to take advantage of the program. There also is an opportunity for anyone who is interested to take part in the welcome home festivities for each flight. For more information go to
Honor Flight Chicago 2016-02-08 00:00:00Z 0

Angela Moy, Cultural Event Coordinator of the Mid-USA Falun Dafa Association visited the January 13th meeting of the Club to talk about the many different traditional cultures that make up Chinese society. She included photographs from the Shen Yun stage show where performers dress and dance in traditional Chinese ways.
Chinese Culture presentation 2016-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
... Christmas Clipart Border | Clipart Panda - Free Clipart Images REMEMBER: There will be no lunch meeting this week. Instead, we will meet with family and friends at McCormick & Schmick's at 6:00 p.m. for dinner and fellowship. Because of the holidays, this will be the last meeting of the year. The next regular meeting will be on January 6 at 12:15 at McCormick & Schmick's, Old Orchard Shopping Mall. Here's wishing you all a peaceful and joyful holiday season and a very Happy New Year! 
Holiday Celebration and Good Wishes 2015-12-15 00:00:00Z 0

Northwestern University professor and best-selling author Harry Kraemer spoke to Club members about the values needed for strong leadership at the December 9 lunch meeting. He illustrated how leadership based in strong values can bring extraordinary results by telling the story of the creation of the One Acre Fund. For further information on Professor Kraemer, visit his website at You can find a link to the One Acre Fund on his site or you can visit the site directly at
Harry Kraemer Talks Leadership Values 2015-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 04, 2015

Members of the New Trier Swing Choir visited our December 2 meeting to provide selections of holiday and jazz music. It has been an annual tradition for this choir to visit and the members of the Club always look forward to hearing these very talented high school students sing.
A Little Lunch Music 2015-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
It's not too late to invite people to join us at the annual Wine & Dine Gala. It's easy to send an email. Here is some suggested text:
SAMPLE EMAIL MESSAGE FOR YOUR PERSONAL CONTACTS (please be sure to include as an attachment the PDF Invitation) 
Hi _____________,
As you probably know, I am an active member of the Rotary Club of Wilmette.  Our Club will be having an annual gala fundraiser on November 6, 2015 at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel in Skokie, from 6:30pm-9:30pm, with an "after party" for dancing until 11:30pm.  This will be an evening to have fun and I think you would enjoy the event.  Prepaid tickets are $75 prepaid ($80 at the door).  See attached invitation.
Among the many activities will be gourmet food paired with wines from around the world, live music, a silent and live auction, a 50/50 raffle, a professional dance performance and lesson, and a DJ for dancing after 9:30pm.  You will also have the opportunity to purchase the wines in time for your holiday entertaining and gift-giving. 
Let me know if you are interested in coming. You can purchase event tickets, raffle tickets, and/or donate through me, or you can purchase event tickets and donate online starting October 1 through our website, .
Have you invited your friends? 2015-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 30, 2015

Photographer Jerry Alt spoke at the Club luncheon on September 30. He shared some of his photographs and experiences from a recent trip to Cuba. He advised those who are interested to travel to Cuba sooner rather than later as he believes the environment will be quickly changed once tourism becomes more common.
Jerry Alt visits Cuba 2015-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Members of the New Trier High School Learning Center team attended the Club meeting on September 16 to offer insights into one of the special support programs available to students who need alternatives to the routine educational program. They encouraged local business owners to consider offering short internships or shadowing opportunities to these students to provide them with a chance to learn more about the real world.
New Trier High School Learning Center 2015-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Our Club will be having its annual gala fundraiser on November 6, 2015 in the Monaco Room of the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel in Skokie, from 6:30pm-9:30pm, with an "after party" for dancing until 11:00pm.  
This will be an evening to have fun. We know you will enjoy the event and the company.  Prepaid tickets are $75 ($85 at the door).  
Among the many activities will be sampling gourmet food paired with wines from around the world, live music, a silent and live auction for gifts and trips, a 50/50 raffle, a professional dance lesson and a DJ for dancing after 9:30pm.  You will also have the opportunity to bid on cases of fine wine or to purchase wines in time for your holiday entertaining and gift-giving.
Purchase event tickets or raffle tickets online.   View Product Catalog
You can also make a donation online.   View Product Catalog
Wine, Dine and Dance Gala 2015-09-10 00:00:00Z 0

Luanne Triolo Newman, District 6440 Social Media Coordinator and member of the Rotary Club of Carol Stream, spoke to the Club about ways to use various social media options to reach out to people outside the Club. Luanne also demonstrated ways to create and add videos using Periscope and Animoto to attract more interest to Facebook posts and tweets on Twitter.
Social Media - and Rotary 2015-09-03 00:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Wilmette welcomed 2015-16 District Governor Rodney Adams to its August 26 lunch meeting. DG Adams was accompanied by Assistant Governor Ross Mathee. DG Adams talked about the state of the District and the ways it interfaces with Rotary International as well as the local clubs. He encouraged thinking outside the box to create more vital clubs and to attract new members.
(DG Rodney Adams, Wilmette Club President Jim Hardee, AG Ross Mathee - photo by Debbie Stacey)
A Visit from the District Governor 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z 0

A check for $3,000 (includes District Grant of $1,340) for the Wilmette Housing Assistance Fund will be presented to the Village Board at their regular meeting on September 8, at 7:30.

Everyone is welcome to attend the presentation - please come!
SPECIAL EVENT 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z 0

On August 8 several Club members and some friends and family joined the Supplies for Dreams backpack packing event at Northwestern University to put together school supplies for children in the Chicago area. Club members were Bob Taylor, Kent Meyers, Nick Dallas, Debbie Stacey, Jim Hardee and (not shown) Rich Brill.
Supplies for Dreams a Success 2015-08-25 00:00:00Z 0

Wilmette Fire Chief, Mike McGreal was the luncheon speaker for the August 12 meeting. He talked about the strengths of the Wilmette Fire Department and his personal history with the department and then discussed the many changes he has seen in fire fighting in his years in the field. 
Mike McGreal 2015-08-21 00:00:00Z 0

Paul Hahn, Facitilites manager and CBO for the Village of Wilmette received this year's Fred W. Stoecker Award. The award is given by the Wilmette Club to a local citizen who has excelled in public service. In addition to the Stoecker Award, Paul was also made a Paul Harris Fellow.Congratulations, Paul, and thanks for all you've done for Wilmette!
Paul Hahn receives Stoecker Award 2015-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark

On July 29, 2015, the Rotary Club of Wilmette awarded its 2015 Willie Frankel Award to Gretchen Grad, founder of Hands of Peace. The award is given in honor of former member Rabbi William Frankel, who was a devoted civil rights and community activist. The award goes to someone who, like Rabbi Frankel, works to promote harmony and understanding, especially among peoples of different faiths. In 2003, Ms. Grad founded Hands of Peace in response to the 9/11 attacks. Each year since then this program brings American, Israeli and Palestinian teens together in Glenview, IL and San Diego, CA to participate in guided dialog and fellowship activities designed to promote leadership and peace-building skills. In addition to the Frankel Award, Ms. Grad was made a Paul Harris Fellow. We congratulate Gretchen on these honors.
(left to right: Bob Taylor, Gretchen Grad, Ellen Clark. photo by T. Porter)
Frankel Award presentation Ellen Clark 2015-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark

Susan Noyes, was the 2015 recipient of the Rotary Club of Wilmette George W. Fisher Award. The Award is given each year to an individual of goodwill who has distinguished him-or-herself in service to humanity. Ms. Noyes, the founder of Make It Better magazine, is a publisher, social entrepreneur and active philanthropist. In addition to the Award, Ms. Noyes was made a Paul Harris Fellow. We congratulate Susan on these honors.
(left to right: Bob Taylor, Susan Noyes, Cathy Pratt)
Susan Noyes receives Fischer Award Ellen Clark 2015-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Jun 24, 2015

One June 24, the Club held its annual installation of officers at McCormick & Schmick restaurant in Skokie, IL. At that meeting, Jim Hardee was installed as the Club president for the 2015-16 year by outgoing president Nick Dallas. Congratulations Jim!
President Hardee is installed Ellen Clark 2015-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Today the Club will be installing the officers for the 2015-2016 Rotary year. Congratulations to Jim Hardee on becoming President. And many thanks to Nick Dallas for his service as president during the past year.
Installation Day - June 24, 2015 Ellen Clark 2015-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Each year our club evaluates candidates for three recognition awards - The Fischer Humanitarian Award, The Stoecker Award for Excellence in Public Service, and The Frankel Award for Promotion of Harmony and Understanding. Who do you think deserves these honors? Please contact Bob Taylor with suggestions as soon as you can!
We Need Your Input! 2015-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
The Wilmette Rotary Club is once again a community partner in the Wilmette Public Library’s One Book, Everybody Reads program.  This year’s novel is Some Luck by Jane Smiley. It is the first book in a planned trilogy about a Midwestern farm family. Ms. Smiley will be visiting Wilmette to discuss her book at the Wilmette Junior High on April 26. You are encouraged to come and hear this Pulitzer Prize winning author speak. For more information about the program, visit the Library’s website at
One Book Everybody Reads 2015-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor will be hosting a multi-club meeting on Wednesday, April 15, at Sheridan Shore Yacht Club starting at 6 p.m. Our Club, the Winnetka/Northfield Rotary, and New Trier Interact are invited to this multi-club meeting. Three young pianists from the Music Institute of Chicago's (MIC) Community Music Festival  will play and a representative of MCI will provide some insight on community programs  This will replace our regular meeting on that day.
Joint Meeting - April 15 2015-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
District Conference - Last call! 2015-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Another photo of Club participants at the Kids Against Hunger event 2015-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Members and family of our Club joined the Winnetka-Northfield Club to pack meals for the Kids Against Hunger project on Saturday, March 21. Besides doing a good deed, all had a wonderful time! Below, members Bob Taylor, Jim Hardee and Kent Meyers are joined by Heather Hardee as they measure food for the packages. (Photo by Rich Brill)
Hands-On Service to the Community Ellen Clark 2015-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Nov 25, 2014


Debbie Stacey, Zone 28 Rotary Public Image Coordinator and former Club president, discussed Rotary's efforts to update and improve its public image throughout the world. She stressed the importance of the local clubs in the process. She provided examples of the current branding graphics that are modern, bold and flexible a variety of uses. She also outlined a simple but positive response to the question, "What is Rotary?" The suggested response include three key phrases: Rotary joins leaders together to exchange ideas and then take action to make the world a better place.

Strengthening Rotary Ellen Clark 2014-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Oct 01, 2014

Image   Our Wine and Dine Gala Fundraiser is only a few weeks away. Remember to invite friends and family to join us at this wonderful event! Send a Wine & Dine invitation to your email contacts. You can use the link provided in the story below to purchase your tickets. Don't forget to sell the raffle tickets (one for $10; 3 for $25). The winner of the raffle will receive 25% of the money taken in; second place will receive 15% and third place 10%. The Club will use the remaining 50% to support our various charitable activities.

Wine & Dine 2014 Ellen Clark 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Sep 23, 2014


Our Club will be having an annual gala fundraiser on November 7, 2014 at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel in Skokie, from 6:30pm-9:30pm, with an "after party" for dancing until 11:30pm.  This will be an evening to have fun and we think you will enjoy the event.  Prepaid tickets are $75 ($80 at the door).  


Among the many activities will be sampling gourmet food paired with wines from around the world, live music, a silent and live auction, a 50/50 raffle, a professional dance performance and a DJ for dancing after 9:30pm.  You will also have the opportunity to purchase the wines in time for your holiday entertaining and gift-giving. Let us know if you are interested in coming or purchasing raffle tickets ($10 each or 3 for $25).



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Wine & Dine Gala - Will you be there? Ellen Clark 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Video Showing Rotarians in Action in Our Community and Around the World Ellen Clark 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Aug 14, 2014

John Schmisek is headed to Belgium as a Rotary Youth Exchange student sponsored by our club. He is hoping to improve his French as he spends time with his host families. We wish him a wonderful experience and look forward to hearing updates from John during the year.

Best Wishes to our exchange student Ellen Clark 2014-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Aug 14, 2014


Many thanks to Bob Taylor, Steve Jambor, Nick Dallas, Debbie Stacey and families for helping to fill approximately 2000 back-to-school backpacks with the Supplies for Dreams organization at Northwestern University. The Club is proud to support this program with its dollars and the hands-on efforts of its members.

Putting Our Dollars Into Action Ellen Clark 2014-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Jul 23, 2014

ENDPOLIONOW_4p  On Monday, August 18, Itzhak Perlman will be performing at Ravinia. As a Polio survivor, Perlman shines a light on the seriousness of the disease and the good that can be realized if the Rotary End Polio Now campaign is successful in eliminating Polio. Roland is eager to put together a group to attend the concert and join other District Rotarians in some fellowship ahead of time. Please contact him if you are interested.

Fellowship and Beautiful Music Ellen Clark 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Jul 23, 2014

ImageNew District Governor Ellen Young addressed members of the Club at the July 23 lunch meeting. She spoke of her goals for the year and her hopes for the local clubs. In addition, Martha Carr talked about The Many Faces of Professional Writing.

District Governor Ellen Young Pays a Visit Ellen Clark 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Jul 23, 2014

On Sunday, July 13, a festive brunch was held at Pinstripes in Northbrook to install the 2014-15 officers and celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Club. Nick Dallas presented his vision for his presidential term encouraging everyone to participate in Club activities and bringing in members. Joe Goldstein was honored as Rotarian of the Year for his years of dedication. Ray Zeiss inducted several new members of the Paul Harris Society (and a few repeat members) as a tangible way to demonstrate the Club's ongoing commitment to the Rotary family at large.

Club Installation and 90th Birthday Celebration Ellen Clark 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Jun 22, 2014

smiley We need your smiling face! On Wednesday, June 25, we will take a Club picture in celebration of the Club's 90th birthday. Please come! We'd like the picture to be as complete as possible.

Don't Forget -- Wednesday, June 25 is Picture Day! Ellen Clark 2014-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Jun 22, 2014

Tuesday, August 5 is "Family Fun Day at the Ballgame." See the White Sox take on the Rangers and meet Rotarians from Districts 6420, 6440 and 6450. Or donate your tickets so veterans and their families are able to attend. Outfield tickets are $22 each and all profit on the tickets goes to End Polio Now. For more information or to print an order form click here. The deadline for ticket orders is June 30.

Attend a Sox game and support the End Polio Now campaign Ellen Clark 2014-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Jun 22, 2014

On June 19, we met with the Wilmette Harbor and Winnetka-Northfield Clubs. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart spoke about some of the issues he faces in his work. He discussed the problem of mental illness among those incarcerated, the growing use of heroin, especially on the North Shore, and the status of implementation of the concealed carry law. During questions and answers, he promised to share the names of some mental health organizations that might benefit from donations from our clubs.

Sheriff Tom Dart speaks to joint meeting Ellen Clark 2014-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Jun 05, 2014

Bob Bielinski, Village President of Wilmette, spoke to the Club at its June 4 meeting about the current health of the Village. With colorful graphs and photos he illustrated some of the strengths and challenges being faced by the Village board and staff as they deal with the effects of the economic downturn in 2008.

Wilmette Village President provides update Ellen Clark 2014-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Jun 02, 2014

EREY-EN-c   The Rotary year is coming to a close! If you have not already done so, please give your check for your Every-Rotarian-Every-Year (EREY) contribution to Kent Meyers at the meeting on Wednesday. Make the check out to Rotary Club of Wilmette Foundation and put EREY in the memo.

IMPORTANT: EREY Donations needed NOW! Ellen Clark 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Jun 02, 2014


During the last meeting in May five students were present to receive scholarships given annually to deserving students from the Club. In addition, member Ray Zeiss talked about the Club's service project in the Amazon.

Rotary past and future Ellen Clark 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Jun 02, 2014

In May our Club hosted a joint meeting with the Wilmette Harbor and Winnetka-Northfield Clubs at the Winnetka Community House. There was a wonderful chance for fellowship and a 50/50 raffle benefitting Polio Plus. Our speaker, David Snyder from Crain's Chicago Business, provided fascinating insights into the changing world of journalism and news communications.
Our next joint meeting is on Thursday, June 19. It also will be held at the Winnetka Community House at 6:00 p.m. and will feature Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart as the speaker. There will be no lunch meeting on Wednesday so we hope you will be there!
(in the photo l-r: Jeff Martin (Wilmette Harbor club president), David Snyder (Crain's speaker), Debbie Stacey (Wilmette club president), Eric Birkenstein (Winnetka-Northfield club president), Rich Lalley (Winnetka-Northfield Secretary, Web Coordinator, etc.)

Joint Meetings in May and June Ellen Clark 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on May 21, 2014

Now that the weather is finally getting warm, several of our members are getting together to play golf and they would love to have you join them. Contact Mike Harper if you are interested. (l-r: Tim Grodrian, Cathy Pratt, Mike Harper, Debbie Stacey, Don Olson)

Fellowship on the links Ellen Clark 2014-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on May 21, 2014

ENDPOLIONOW_4p    The End Polio campaign is putting together the world's biggest commercial and you can help. It's easy! Go to and click on the ADD YOUR PHOTO button to contribute a photo of you making the "this close" hand sign for use in this campaign. You may also donate to this campaign from this website. Do it now while you're thinking about it!

End Polio Campaign needs YOU Ellen Clark 2014-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on May 21, 2014

On May 21, Richard Rivkin, member of the Northbrook Rotary Club and District Governor-Elect for 2015-16, spoke to us about his trips to India and Nigeria to participate in National Innoculation Days to reduce the incidence of polio among the children of those nations. HIs facts, photos and inspiring stories reminded us all of the importance of the End Polio campaign. Remember: We are "this close."

Innoculating Children against Polio Ellen Clark 2014-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Apr 24, 2014
Chris Beacom, founder of the Illinois Baseball Academy, spoke to the Club on April 23 about his desire to change the experience of children playing baseball from a focus on competition to one of encouragement and community building. More information about Chris and the Illinois Baseball Academy can be found online at
Building Community with Baseball Ellen Clark 2014-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Apr 24, 2014

The answer to question #7 is that Clarence Quaintance was appointed to establish a high school youth exchange program between Rotary clubs in our District and clubs in other countries. During the five years of his tenure in the project, 135 high school boys and girls were hosted in our district while 125 teens from this area were sent abroad.

 ?  Question #8 concerns the frequently mentioned visit by Prince Philip of Great Britain to our Club in 1982. Do you know the reason Prince Philip visited?

90 Years Young - Trivia Question #8 Ellen Clark 2014-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Apr 14, 2014
The Rotary Club of Wilmette was well represented at this year's District Conference. From left to right: Debora Morris, Maurice Sullivan, Cliff Lyda (6450 District Governor), Sarah Oliver (6440 District Governor), Debbie Stacey, Roland Catenacci, Nick Dallas, Jackie Granat and Jim Hardee.
District Conference 2014 Ellen Clark 2014-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Apr 06, 2014
ImagePaul Harris was born on April 19, 1868 in Racine, Wisconsin. He grew up in Vermont under the care of his grandparents. He returned to the Midwest for law school at the University of Iowa. The rest, as they say, is history. Interested to learn more? See the "Life and Times of Paul P. Harris" at the Rotary First 100 website.
146th Anniversary of Paul Harris' Birth on April 19 Ellen Clark 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Apr 06, 2014
ImageTo all Club members:
Please give some thought and consideration for candidate nominations for any or all of the following three awards:

  • FISCHER AWARD     Service Above Self
  • FRANKEL AWARD     Harmony and Understanding
  • STOECKER AWARD  Excellence in Public Service 

Please submit your nominees (include a brief paragraph identifying accomplishments and qualifications)  for any of the above awards to Bob Taylor--   by April 10.  The Community Services Committee meets on April 10 to evaluate nominees and select awardees.

WANTED: Nominations for Wilmette Rotary Club Awards Ellen Clark 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Apr 06, 2014
John Hoeppner of MM Social Capital spoke at the April 2 Club lunch about the theory behind his firm's creation of an investment fund using the choices contemporary consumers are making as they choose between products and vendors like fast food and grocery store chains as predictors for good investments.
Learning About a New Definition of Social Investing Ellen Clark 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Mar 30, 2014
Join your fellow Rotarians in Oak Brook, IL, on April 11-13, for our District 6440 Conference 2014. You'll hear energetic and inspiring speakers, celebrate the impact of our engagement in the work of our clubs, and enjoy great entertainment and hospitality with members of our Rotary family from near and far during the 48 hours from Friday mid-day through Sunday morning. Registration for Conference and for the Saturday morning District Assembly that it wraps around must be made online.  You can link to registration through the district website by selecting “District Conference & Assembly” from the Upcoming Events menu or go directly to the registration page by clicking here. There is no cost to register but there is a charge for meals.

District Conference is coming up April 11-13! Ellen Clark 2014-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Mar 23, 2014

As those of you who attended the March 12 meeting know, the answer to question 6 is Richard Nixon who was affiliated with the Whittier CA club.

 ? In 1966 Clarence Quaintance of Wilmette was appointed to establish what program between the Rotary Clubs in our district and Clubs in other countries?

90 Years Young - Trivia Question #7 Ellen Clark 2014-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Mar 23, 2014
In a joint project with the Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield, several of our members donated a couple of hours of time on Saturday, March 22, to participate in the Kids Against Hunger project. Pictured packing nutritious meals are L to R: Joy Stacey, Roland Catenacci, Nick Dallas, Arnie Klein, Mike Harper & an unknown helper.
Volunteers help fight hunger Ellen Clark 2014-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Mar 23, 2014
The Youth Organizations Umbrella, or Y.O.U., is an organization providing after-school opportunities for at-risk youth and other services for families in Evanston and, recently, Skokie. Seth Green spoke to the Club about the organization's activities at the Club meeting on March 19. Y.O.U. would love to have more adult volunteers, especially as mentors. Check out their website at
Learning how Y.O.U. works with youth Ellen Clark 2014-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Mar 12, 2014
On March 12, we were fortunate to have Natalie Bonfante Ginez from Rotary International attend the Club meeting and provide information about the various ways to donate to Rotary International. As the Annual Giving Officer of Rotary, Natalie discussed the value of having Club members donate through Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY). She also answered questions about accumulating and using Paul Harris points.
Giving to Rotary - a refresher course Ellen Clark 2014-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Mar 11, 2014

The answer to the last trivia question was "Rotary Ann". I wonder, were any of the wives of our longer-term Club members Rotary Anns?

 ?  For question 6, which is another two part question, we will look at the 50th anniversary celebration of Rotary International in 1955. Which future US President began his address to the assembly with "I first want you to know how very proud I am to be able to begin my address to this historic Golden Jubilee Convention with the salutation 'Fellow Rotarians.' "? Do you know of which Club he was a member?

90 Years Young - Trivia Question #6 Ellen Clark 2014-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Mar 02, 2014
Image  The Rotary Club of Wilmette is a community partner in the Wilmette Library's annual community-wide reading and discussion program known as One Book, Everybody Reads. This year's book is Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat. There will be a series of programs leading up to a visit from the author on May 4. A copy of the book is being shared among interested members, or you may borrow a copy from the library. A schedule of events is attached.
Rotary Club of Wilmette partners with the Wilmette Public Library Ellen Clark 2014-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Mar 02, 2014
At the meeting on February 26, member Pat Brown brought his many years of experience in the insurance industry to the podium as he talked about the many changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act.
Pat Brown Looks at the Affordable Care Act Ellen Clark 2014-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Feb 23, 2014

The answer to question #4 is that Olar Norling-Christensen operated a veterinarian hospital on Hibbard Road, south of Lake, where he maintained a stable of Arabian horses.

 Question #5 should be an easier one. Rotary International did not admit women as full members until 1987. That did not mean that women did not participate in Rotary activities, however. What was the name given to women who participated in Rotary (as spouses or other relation) before 1987?

90 Years Young - Trivia Question #5 Ellen Clark 2014-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Feb 23, 2014
Dr. Jonathan Maks spoke at the Club's weekly meeting on February 19. He offered information about normal memory fluctuations as we age and suggested ways to keep the memory functioning at its best through mental and physical activity.
Dr. Maks shares insights on memory Ellen Clark 2014-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Jan 29, 2014

The answer to Trivia Question #3 was Charles Percy. Are you ready for the next question? This one has two parts:

 ?  In the 1940s, an annual Club picnic was held at Rotary member Ole Christensen's place of business on Hibbard Road. What was that business and what was the special attraction there?

90 Years Young - Trivia Question #4 Ellen Clark 2014-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Jan 29, 2014
At the January 29th lunch meeting, Club members Marsh Hammersley, Mike Harper and Bob Taylor provided their popular annual review of economic activity in the previous year and offered predictions of what might lie ahead. Club members were provided with a chance to guess where major indexes would be at the end of 2014. Winners of 2013 predictions were awarded a bottle of wine.
Annual Economic Review and Forecast Ellen Clark 2014-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Jan 20, 2014
Did you guess the answers to the first two questions? The club sponsoring the Wilmette Club was the Evanston Club. The number of members was 21.
 ?  The next question is about a young New Trier student orator who spoke at the club luncheon in 1937. He went on to become a U.S.Senator. Can you name him?
90 Years Young - Trivia Question #3 Ellen Clark 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Jan 15, 2014
Image  Ellen Clark, Director of the Wilmette Public Library and a Past President of this Club, spoke about the trends in library service today at the January 15th meeting. She also reviewed what's being planned at the Wilmette Library. (photo by Debbie Stacey)
Learning about "the library of today" Ellen Clark 2014-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Jan 13, 2014
Image  RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness."
"Light Up Rotary is our theme, but it is more than our theme. It is how we live in Rotary, how we think in Rotary, how we feel, how we work," Huang said. "It is how we make a difference — every day, in every club, every district, and every country where we serve."
Theme for the 2014-15 Rotary Year Ellen Clark 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Jan 12, 2014
The Rotary Club of Wilmette marks its 90th birthday in 2014. Special planning is underway to celebrate the occasion later this spring. As a warm-up, I'll post some trivia questions about the Club to see how much you know of our history. Answers will appear in the next post.
The first question is a two-part one: Which Rotary club sponsored the Wilmette Club? How many members were registered in the initial charter?
90 Years Young! Ellen Clark 2014-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Dec 18, 2013
Now is a good time to consider making an Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) contribution.  If interested, make sure you direct your contribution to the Annual Fund-SHARE, so it will be eligible for Paul Harris Fellow recognition and will generate District Designated Funds (DDF).  Contributions are tax deductible where allowed by law.  
There are many ways available to make a contribution:
•      online at  
•      online at the website, click “GIVE”
•      call 1-866-976-8279
•      give a check payable to “The Rotary Foundation” to our Foundation Treasurer, Kent Meyers   
You can find your membership ID on your “The Rotarian” mailing label or in Club Runner.  Our Club Number is #3150.
Debbie Stacey
Making your "Every Rotarian Every Year" donation Ellen Clark 2013-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Dec 18, 2013
Walter Reed and Sheila Gerber presented a captivating program at our December 18 lunch meeting. They told a little of their childhood stories as "hidden children" of the Holocaust as they read excerpts of their contributions to the book Out of Chaos: Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust, recently published by the Northwestern University Press. For those who are interested, copies of the book can be purchased online directly from the publisher at this address.
December 18 Meeting Book Information Ellen Clark 2013-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Dec 11, 2013


With vast community support, The Wilmette Rotary Club gathered nearly 14,000 books for needy inner-city schools to help students enjoy reading and perform better. The Club’s tenth annual book drive drew thousands of children’s, school and reference books from local institutions. Books came from McKenzie, Romona, Harper and Central Schools, Highcrest and Wilmette Junior High, Marie Murphy, St. Joseph and St. Francis Xavier Schools – all in Wilmette -- and St. Athanasius School in Evanston. Others came from New Trier and Regina Dominican High Schools and public libraries in Wilmette, Northfield/Winnetka, Glenview, Skokie and Lake Bluff. Books are being distributed to seven schools in the Little Village, Pilsen, Back of the Yards, Lawndale and Marquette Park neighborhoods. Their principals, teachers and students expressed deep gratitude for the donations.

Congratulations Maurice and team! (Front row from left are Nick Dallas, Maurice Sullivan, Jean Peters, Debbie Stacey, Lisa Roberts and Jack Flynn.  Back row from left are Arnie Klein, Bob Armbruster, Tim Grodrian, John Dyrud and Bob Matz.)
(photo/story by Richard Brill)

14,000 Books Gathered for Inner City Schools Ellen Clark 2013-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Dec 04, 2013


The New Trier Swing Choir made their annual visit to our Club lunch meeting on December 4. How lucky we are to be able to enjoy these talented musicians! (photo by Arnie Klein)

Beautiful Music Ellen Clark 2013-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Oct 02, 2013
Nick Dallas has arranged for a blood drive to be held at the North Shore Community Bank (1145 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette) on November 22. The times for appointments will cross the lunch hour so you will be able to give blood before or after a joint Club meeting that day at Depot Nuevo. Members of the Wilmette Harbor Club will be joining us. More details will be coming soon!
Blood Drive - November 22 Ellen Clark 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Oct 02, 2013
This year’s Fall Seminar Day will be at Medinah Banquets in Addison.  The event will have a tailgate theme, so casual sports attire is appropriate.  Following the breakfast plenary session, there will be four tracks: ABC’s of Rotary, Grant Mgmt. Seminar, Engaging Rotarians to Expand Your Service/Membership, and Using Public Image/Public Relations to Strengthen Your Club.   Please let Debbie Stacey know if you plan to attend.
Fall Seminar Day on November 2 Ellen Clark 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Sep 23, 2013
ImageLooking for a way to invite your friends and family to our Wine & Dine fund raiser on November 8? Just click on this link  Wine & Dine 2013 Invitation to open an invitation ready to be printed or saved to attached to an email. Note that there are links embedded in the invitation that can connect you to further information about the event, Rotary, and some of the sponsoring organizations. What could be easier?
Wine & Dine Invitation Ellen Clark 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Sep 23, 2013
It is with sadness that we note the passing of long-time member Bill Pool. He was a devoted and giving member of our Club. He will be missed.
Bill Pool Ellen Clark 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Sep 12, 2013

The Wilmette Rotary Club’s 2013 “Wine and Dine Around the World” benefit party is planned by (from left) Rotary members Bob Armbruster, Yvonne Sito and Debora Morris and Schaeffer’s Wines Certified Sommelier Mick Ter Haar.  Rotary chose Schaefer’s to supply fine wines from celebrated regions in France, Spain, Italy, California and New Zealand.

Getting ready to Wine & Dine - November 8, 2013 Ellen Clark 2013-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Aug 28, 2013

The ROTARIAN PEACE HALL OF FAME will be dedicated on September 26, 2013 at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, IL. The Rotarian Peace Hall of Fame is designed to highlight the acheivements of Rotarians who have contributed to peace throughout the world - while risking their personal safety. Sir Nicholas Winton, our FIRST honoree saved 669 children In Czechoslovakia before the Nazi invasion. He is a life long Rotarian and is 104 Years old.

For the event, there will be a PRIVATE PRE-RELEASE screening of the movie "Nicky's Family" - the official opening is on September 29th in the Chicagoland area. This dedication and showing is exclusively for Rotarians and their family/guests and is limited to 200.  A light dinner will be served and you will have the opportunity to meet some of the children saved by Sir Nicholas.  After the movie, these survivors will be conducting a Q & A session. Go to to register.

ROTARIAN PEACE HALL OF FAME Ellen Clark 2013-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Aug 25, 2013

 2011RIThemeLogo_Transp_150width Interested in the international aspect of Rotary? James Wales is working on building a Friendship Exchange Program for District 6440 and is looking for  6 or 7 Rotarians who would like to help. Please contact him directly at

Friendship Exchange opportunity Ellen Clark 2013-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Aug 25, 2013
 wh-4p-gd Beginning August 26, there is a completely new look and feel to the Rotary International website. Visit and look around. As you move your mouse over the menus at the top, additional options become available to explore. Be sure to register at the My Rotary link at the top of the page for access to tools and information especially for Rotary members.
New Rotary International Website Ellen Clark 2013-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Jim Allans Ellen Clark 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Jul 30, 2013
On June 30, Debbie was installed as our Club President at a joint ceremony with the new presidents of the Wilmette Harbor Club and the Highland Park Club and the new District Governor, Sarah Oliver. There was a great delegation from our Club present. Thanks to all who attended!Image
Installation Recap Ellen Clark 2013-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Jul 29, 2013
Thanks to Ned, Marsh, Debora and Kent (not pictured) who participated in the Wilmette beach clean-up on Saturday, July 27th. Image
Annual Beach Clean-up Ellen Clark 2013-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Jul 27, 2013

Put the date in your calendar! Our Club's annual fund-raiser will be held on November 8, 2013 from 6:00-11:00 p.m. at The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel - North Shore in Skokie. Watch for details on ways you can participate and help to raise funds for our many charitable activities.

Wine & Dine on November 8, 2013 Ellen Clark 2013-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Clark on Jul 11, 2013
The Wilmette Rotary Club installed 2013-2014 officers at a gala luncheon on July 10, 2013.
2013-14 Installation Ellen Clark 2013-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Armbruster


Here is an easy way to purchase tickets for your friends and family to our Wine & Dine fund raiser on Friday, November 8th! Just click on the following " buy " link to open a shopping cart window, enter the number of tickets and pay online for your tickets.

You will pick up your tickets at the door on the night of the event. What could be easier?

You can also make an donation to the Wilmette Rotary Club Foundation by clicking this link

Wine & Dine Tickets Bob Armbruster 0
Posted by Bob Armbruster
 The new Wilmette Rotary Club meeting location is McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant in the Old Orchard Shopping Center at the corner of Old Orchard Road and Skokie Boulevard.  We will enjoy our 12:15 lunch in either the upstairs or ground level banquet rooms so check with the maitre d' if you don't see us when you arrive. An elevator is available and there is plenty of free parking next to the restaurant.
Club Moves to New Meeting Location Bob Armbruster 0
Posted by Bob Armbruster
In hands-on community service, our Wilmette Rotarians did a mid-summer clean up of our spectacular beach from the rocks at the Harbor breakwater to the Park District swimming area. Starting early 7:00 am on Saturday morning July 23rd, Ned Leuchtner, Joe Ceisel, Joe Goldstein, Debora Morris and Cathy Pratt gathered up debris. They were cheered on by early morning beach-joggers who expressed their thanks.
Rotarians Clean the Wilmette Beach Bob Armbruster 0