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
WEEKLY UPDATE

Last week's meeting

We enjoyed our annual installation dinner.  Thank you Jackie Boland for organizing. Highlights:

  • We hosted over 30 members and guests including Evelyn Lee and Fire Chief Brian Lambel for a in-person meeting at the Wilmette Harbor Club. Member John Kay offered a beautiful thought and pledge to open the meeting/dinner.
  • Congratulations to our Rotarian of the Year - Susan Fisher. 
  • We thanked outgoing Board members including our hard-working Treasurer Jack Close.
  • We swore in our incoming Board and President Mike Bailey.
  • Thank you and congrats to the 50/50 raffle winner Chris Simcox who donated his winnings to the club!

This week's meeting

Our Wednesday, June 23rd meeting will be our monthly club forum.  The meeting will be in-person meeting at the club.  
 
Other News:
  • Please consider this as official notice of the Board's unanimous vote to approve a new corporate membership for the Village of Wilmette. 

  • Happy Father's Day! 

 
 

Last week's meeting

On Wednesday, June 9 we welcomed Kristin Bernhard, J.D., Sr. Vice President, Advocacy & Policy - who provided an educational overview of the Start Early Program.

This week's meeting

Join us Wednesday Night June 16th for our annual installation dinner.  Thank you Jackie Boland for organizing.  If you haven't already please RSVP to Ben Ivory.  Jim Pockross will be selling tickets for a Fifty-Fifty Raffle.   
 
Other News:
  • Congratulations to the club for being recognized as meeting the Governor's Challenge with Distinction.   Thanks Jim Pockross for keeping on task throughout the year and for all the club member's efforts and contributions throughout the year!
  • Mark your calendars for first Wednesday evening social meeting on July 7th hosted by incoming president Mike Bailey.
 
 

Last week's meeting

A good group of club members met on June 2 for our first Wednesday evening social night.  We took advantage of the good weather and met at the Village Hall picnic tables.  Susan Fisher and George led a discussion regarding the direction of our DEI program.

This week's meeting

On Wednesday, June 9 we will welcome Kristin Bernhard, J.D., Sr. Vice President, Advocacy & Policy at Start Early. For nearly 40 years, Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce) has been a champion for quality early learning and care, focused on closing the opportunity gap for children from before birth through their earliest years. Kristin leads the advocacy and policy strategy at Start Early, where she oversees teams that advocate, consult and connect to ensure stronger early learning systems in communities, states across the country, and federally. Kristin will introduce us to Start Early and their work, as well as discuss current historic federal policy advancements in early learning, including how President Biden’s American Rescue Plan and American Families Plan have the opportunity to shape early childhood education for generations to come.
 
Other News:
  • Jim Pockross shares with us that on June 11th our club will celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day.  Members are asked to use their time and creativity to show kindness to someone or something....more to share at our Wednesday meeting.
  • Remember our annual installation dinner will take place Wednesday evening, June 16th. More details to come.
  • Our 2020-2021 board and new 2021-2022 board will meet on Monday evening, June 7th at 5:00 pm. 
 
 

Last week's meeting

We had our successful Community Conversation meeting featuring Wilmette’s Police Chief Kyle Murphy and Fire Chief Brian Lambel.  We had close to 50 members and guests attending.  Thank you Corinne McClintic, George Pearce and the committee for all the work that went into the meeting.

This week's meeting 

Our June 2 first Wednesday evening social night is scheduled as a ZOOM call. The focus will be our DEI initiatives with a discussion on next steps and future projects. 

 
Other News:
  • Thank you Jim Waite and Beth DeWall for a new club PowerPoint presentation highlighting our club's projects. 
  • Jim Pockross invites members to review his latest book, a memoir You can find it at https://jimpockross.wordpress.com/
  • Remember our annual installation dinner will take place Wednesday evening, June 16th. More details to come.
  • Our 2020-2021 board and 2021-2022 board will meet on Monday evening, June 7th at 5:00 pm. 
 
 

Last week's meeting

We held our monthly club forum and discussed our current year and potential goals for the new year.  We also discussed the potential for in-person meetings.  The current plan is to have our June 16th meeting in-person and tentatively return to in-person meetings beginning June 23rd.

This week's meeting 

Corinne McClintic and committee members have been diligently working on the May 26th meeting agenda.   The meeting feature 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 will inform both volunteer and grant efforts going forward.  We encourage members to attend and invite friends. 
 
Other News:
  • Jim Pockross invites members to review his latest book, a memoir You can find it at https://jimpockross.wordpress.com/
  • Mark your calendar for our June 2 first Wednesday evening social night.  The focus will be DEI initiatives.
  • Our annual installation dinner will take place Wednesday evening, June 16th. More details to come.
 
 

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.