Club Information

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
ZOOM Meetings
20 Harbor Drive
PO Box 731
Wilmette, IL 60091-2881
United States of America
Service above Self is our motto. Currently we are meeting virtually via ZOOM. There is an evening meeting the first Wednesday of each month. Make business and personal connections. Serve the community. Have FUN! All are welcome. Please join us.
Wilmette Harbor Rotary Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Statement
The Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor has no tolerance for racism. We seek to understand the impact of racism on ourselves and our community, promote diversity in our club, create a welcoming environment, support organizations committed to anti-racism, and consider underrepresented groups when issuing grants and scholarships. Learn more.
Earth Day 2021
Over 30 Rotarians from local Rotary Clubs, (Wilmette Harbor, Wilmette Noon, Wilmette Evening and Northeast Chicagoland Passport) cleaned up debris from Elmwood Dunes and the waterfront in Wilmette on Saturday, April 24. Thank you to Maureen Barry, Chris Simcox and George Pearce for organizing!
JANUARY BOOK DRIVE
The Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor collected over 1,200 books for Open Books Chicago to support literacy and educational programs for Chicago families. Special Thanks to Rotary Club member Ben Chung – Hong Kong Auto Service for support of the Book Drive.
 
2020 Holiday Fundraiser Success!
Our annual holiday fundraiser was a huge success with gross proceeds higher than the last five years! There were almost 800 items purchased including over 360 bottles of wine and over 200 raffle tickets. The Board is meeting soon to review distribution for the funds raised. Thank you to everyone who made this year's fundraiser so successful!
We did it!  Our members purchased 50 new sleeping bags for those that are homeless in Chicago. These purchases helped meet the request from the Noon Club for donations for the Fraternite Notre Dame in Chicago who are distributing the new sleeping bags to the homeless.

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

How We Serve and Support:
 
Club Executives & Directors
Co-President
Co-President
President Elect
Treasurer
Secretary
Sergeant at Arms
Immediate Past President
Director
Director
Director
Director
Director
Community Service Chair
International Service
Membership Chair
Web Site Coordinator
Fundraising
Club Foundation Chair
Grants Chair
Virtual Meeting Coordinator
Upcoming Events
Speakers
Wilmette Police Chief Kyle Murphy
May 26, 2021 7:00 AM
Community Update
Diana Rauner
Jun 09, 2021 7:15 AM
Start Early
Anthony Auston, Director, Library
Jul 28, 2021 7:30 AM
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WEEKLY UPDATE

Last week's meeting

We enjoyed member bios from Brent Hendricks, Jackie Boland and Andrew Levy. Thank you for sharing.  We learned so much and we hope we can do more in the future.

This week's meeting 

We will have our monthly club forum with discussions on what we accomplished this year and where we want to focus in the year ahead. 
 
Other News:
  • Beth DeWall has been working hard on the Pasek Garden.  Ben Chung's two sons Mason and Dixon helped Beth this past week.  Thanks to Ben and Sanny Chung for their support.  
  • Our May 26th meeting is shaping up and we encourage members to invite friends.  A planning meeting is scheduled for Thursday May 20th at 8 am. From Corinne McClintic:  You are invited to an information session by Zoom at 7:30 am Wednesday, May 26th featuring Wilmette’s Police Chief Kyle Murphy and Fire Chief Brian Lambel.  We will also be joined by such distinguished guests as Michael Braiman-Village Manager, Sonia Plunkett-Village President, Kathy Dodd-Village Trustee, Steve Wilson-Executive Director of Wilmette Park District and Anthony Auston-Director of Wilmette Public Library.  This meeting is the first of the series sponsored by the Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club to further link the Rotary efforts to our immediate Community which would inform both volunteer and grant efforts going forward.
  • Mark your calendar for our June 2 first Wednesday evening social night.  The focus will be on our DEI initiatives.
  • Our annual installation dinner will take place Wednesday evening, June 16th. More details to come.
 
 

Last week's meeting

Aaron Buehler and his colleague from the Rotary Club of River Cities provided details of the Tecnodomo - Innovation and Technology Center in Colombia which their club is supporting.
 
 
This week's meeting 
 
Please join us Wednesday evening at the Wilmette Harbor Club for our monthly social meeting, our first in person meeting in a long time!  We plan to meet outdoor on the deck. Sue Watson will share some history of the Wilmette Harbor Club, which has been our wonderful home for many years. 
 
 
Other News:
 
  • New Trier Food Pantry had a recent fire and is low on supplies.  We ask our members to support the pantry and bring items to our Wednesday evening meeting.  The pantry really needs: 
    • Cereal and oatmeal
    • Brown and white rice
    • Canned fruit
    • Salad dressings
    • Juices
    • Laundry detergent
    • Paper towels
  • Welcome home Jim Pockcross just back from Arizona. Thanks for your early morning wake up to host our weekly meetings.
 

Last week's meeting

Edie Rowell - of the Wilmette Woman's Club provided us a detailed history of the 130 year old club and an overview of the recent renovation project.
 
 
This week's meeting 
 
Aauron Buehler of the Arlington Height Rotary Club will share details of the Tecnodomo - Innovation and Technology Center in Colombia. 
 
Other News:
 
  • Thank you Maureen Barry, George Pearce and Chris Simcox for celebrating Earth Day with a cleanup morning at Elmwood Dunes.  They had a good turnout of volunteers and decent weather.    
  • We have confirmed our first Monday evening meeting on Wednesday, May 5th will take place outdoors on the upper deck of the Wilmette Harbor Club from 5 to 7:30 pm.  Mark your calendars.
  • From our DG: Two important events coming up: 
    • April 28th: Protecting the Environment – Opportunities for Rotary and the Planet: Join Ian Riseley, Past RI President and Chair of Rotary’s Environmental Issues Task Force, to hear the background of this new Area of Focus and learn which activities are fundable with Global Grants.
    • May 1rst:  International Service Summit:
      • Meet and Network with People and Teams Performing Service Work Throughout the World.
      • View Informative Presentations from Experienced Leaders in International Service
      • View Exhibits from Non-Profits, Service Organizations, Religious Groups, and Supporting Vendors
    • May 15th: District 6440 Spring Training Assembly
      • ​​​​​​​Opportunity for club officers and leaders to prepare for the upcoming year.  Registration required.
 
 
 
 

Last week's meeting

Rick Olson provided an overview and the challenges of the Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda. Rick's presentation was followed by our monthly club forum.
 
This week's meeting 
 
Edie Rowell - of the Wilmette Woman's Club will provide the club an overview of the recent renovation project and a history of the organization.  
 
Other News:
 
  • Do your part on Earth Day!  A cleanup will be held at Elmwood Dunes for Club members and family or friends on Saturday, April 24 from 10am - 12pm.  The event is part of the Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup, a multi-district initiative of Rotary Clubs throughout the Great Lakes region and through the Alliance for the Great Lakes.  Members from the NE Chicagoland Passport Club will be joining us.  Please bring your own buckets or paper bags, reusable gloves and any water or snacks for each participant, as we want to avoid adding additional waste to our collection!  Please contact Maureen Barry, George Pearce and/or Chris Simcox if you plan to attend!  More information can be found at: https://adopt.greatlakes.org/s/cleanup/a2o1L000000hkljQAA/aab19509
  • We are hoping for an in-person meeting for our first Monday evening meeting on Wednesday, May 5th.  More information to follow.
  • From our DG: Two important events coming up: 
    • April 28th: Protecting the Environment – Opportunities for Rotary and the Planet: Join Ian Riseley, Past RI President and Chair of Rotary’s Environmental Issues Task Force, to hear the background of this new Area of Focus and learn which activities are fundable with Global Grants.
    • May 1rst:  International Service Summit:
      • Meet and Network with People and Teams Performing Service Work Throughout the World.
      • View Informative Presentations from Experienced Leaders in International Service
      • View Exhibits from Non-Profits, Service Organizations, Religious Groups, and Supporting Vendors
 
 
 
 

Last week's meeting

For our first Wednesday evening meeting we welcomed back Bill Norris, CIBC Bank to discuss the economy.  Bill's outlook was positive and his presentation is available in case members missed the meeting.  Thank you again Jacky Boland for sponsoring our speaker. 
 
This week's meeting 
 
1.) Rick Olson - Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda
Rick will share details of the Global Grant 2122662 Providing Safe Drinking Water in Nakivale Refugee Settlement, Uganda. 
2.) Monthly Club Forum: Discuss membership, DEI and other club business
 
Other News:
  • Remember our club will host a clean up event on April 24th - 10 am to 12 noon at the Elmwood Dunes park to recognize Earth Day 2021.  Maureen Barry and George Pearce are helping organize Rotary Club events for the district including ours on the 24th.
  • Yard candidate signs can be dropped of for recycling behind the Village Hall.   Look for a Village pick up truck close the the large cell tower.
  • April Club Board meeting is Monday April 12th at 5 pm. 
  • From our DG: Two important events coming up: 
    • April 28th: Protecting the Environment – Opportunities for Rotary and the Planet: Join Ian Riseley, Past RI President and Chair of Rotary’s Environmental Issues Task Force, to hear the background of this new Area of Focus and learn which activities are fundable with Global Grant
    • May 1rst:  International Service Summit:
      • Meet and Network with People and Teams Performing Service Work Throughout the World.
      • View Informative Presentations from Experienced Leaders in International Service
      • View Exhibits from Non-Profits, Service Organizations, Religious Groups, and Supporting Vendors
 
 
 
 

Last week's meeting

Beth Drucker - Go Green Wilmette provided us an informative update regarding environmental issues in the community including ways our club and each of us can take action to protect our environment.
 
This week's meeting 
 
Join us on Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm for our First Wednesday evening program.  This month we welcome back Bill Norris,  CIBC Bank to discuss the economy.  Thank you Jacky Boland for sponsoring our speaker.  
 

Other News:

  • Our club will host a clean up event on April 24th - 10 am to 12 noon at the Elmwood Dunes park to recognize Earth Day 2021.  Maureen Barry and George Pearce are helping organize Rotary Club events for the district including ours on the 24th.
  • From Rich Lalley: "Greetings Rotarians. Our shoes have shipped and will be delivered this week to PDG Rick Rivkin’s warehouse in Northbrook. We will have our “shoe pick n pack” operation next Saturday, April 10, at 9:30am. If you are coordinating the delivery of shoes to a beneficiary organization(s), please plan to be there or send a delegate to help with picking and packing and to take your shoes with you."  Saf-T-Gard Warehouse, 205 Huehl Road, Northbrook IL 60062. Masks are required.  Rich Lalley asks volunteers to sign up in advance.  Please contact Corinne McClintic or Ben Ivory if you want to help next Saturday. 
  • From our DG: Two important events coming up: 
    • April 28th: Protecting the Environment – Opportunities for Rotary and the Planet: Join Ian Riseley, Past RI President and Chair of Rotary’s Environmental Issues Task Force, to hear the background of this new Area of Focus and learn which activities are fundable with Global Grant
    • May 1rst:  International Service Summit:
      • Meet and Network with People and Teams Performing Service Work Throughout the World.
      • View Informative Presentations from Experienced Leaders in International Service
      • View Exhibits from Non-Profits, Service Organizations, Religious Groups, and Supporting Vendors