Club Information

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Wilmette Harbor Club
20 Harbor Drive
PO Box 731
Wilmette, IL 60091-2881
United States of America
Service above Self is our motto. 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.
 

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

How We Serve and Support:
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
Treasurer
Secretary
Sergeant at Arms
Immediate Past President
Immediate Past President
Director
Director
Director
Director
Membership Chair
Public Image Chair
Community Service Chair
International Service
Fundraising
RI Foundation Liason
Club Foundation Chair
Grants Chair
Environmental Committee Chair
WEEKLY UPDATE
Last Week
 
On Wednesday, July 14 at 7:30 am, Elizabeth Novak and Rebecca Immanuel of Connections for the Homeless made an interesting and informative presentation to the Club. Liz and Becca provided an update of developments at Connections for the Homeless, and also included a discussion of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative of their organization.  We are hopeful that we can continue to learn about ways to collaborate with Connections for the Homeless, and also learn from their efforts in implementing their DEI initiative.
 
 
July 14 Meeting
 
The next meeting of the Club will be held on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 7:30 am at the Harbor Club.  Meetings will continue to be held in hybrid form, so that members and guests can participate either in person and by Zoom.  The link to the hybrid meeting will be emailed to members.
 
The meeting will be a Club Forum.  Agenda items to be discussed include an overview of the Club budget and the most important considerations for the budget, the manner of conducting meetings (including a discussion of hybrid, Zoom and in-person meetings), the roles and responsibilities of committees, the Club's Community Conversation initiative and other initiatives relating to new membership.
  
 
Ongoing Initiatives
 
One of the most important ongoing initiatives of the Club is the continued roll-out and improvement of "Community Conversations."  Each Community Conversation provides an opportunity for one or more community leaders to provide an update of important current developments within the community.  The Community Conversations also present an opportunity for those in attendance to ask questions and offer comments.  Interested members of the community are invited to join us.
 
The Club will be holding Community Conversations on the last Wednesday of each month at 7:30 am at the Harbor Club in Gillson Park.
 
Our first Community Conversation was held on June 30, and featured Steve Wilson, Executive Director of the Wilmette Park District.  Our next presenter will be Anthony Austin, Director of the Wilmette Public Library.  Anthony will provide an update of new developments, including how the Library has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and new programs to reach out to the community.  On August 25 John Jacoby is scheduled to speak about his new book Wilmette at 150.  
 
Member duties
 
Thought and Pledge:  Jackie Boland
Greeter:  John Kessler

Last week's meeting

On Wednesday, June 30 Steve Wilson, Executive Director of the Wilmette Park District, provided an update of recent developments at the Club.  Among other things, he discussed the project for improvements at Gillson Park which will be considered by the Park District in upcoming months.  Also in attendance were members of the Park District Board, the Village Board and the Village President.  
 
This event was our second hybrid meeting, conducted both in person and by Zoom.  Suggestions about how to improve our hybrid meetings are welcomed, as we learn more about how to effectively conduct our meetings in this format.   

This week's meeting

On Tuesday, July 6 at 5:00 pm Karen Glennemeier will provide a Prairie Garden Tour and Talk at 719 Laurel, Wilmette (the prairie garden is the front yard of 710 Laurel).  The tour will include a description of different wildflower species.  Karen will also talk about why native prairie gardens are important, how she designed her native garden, and what maintaining a native garden entails.
 
Karen is Present and Senior Ecologist, Habitat Research LLC.  
 
Following Karen's tour and talk, Mike Bailey will be holding an informal reception at 710 Laurel until about 6:30 pm.  Guests are welcome!
 
Other News:
  • Happy 4th of July.   
 
 

Last week's meeting

We had a productive club forum Wednesday in a hybrid format.  Big thanks to Mike Bailey, Jim Waite, and Jim Pockross for their work in preparing the technology to present in both in-person and via ZOOM.  

This week's meeting

On Wednesday, June 30 we will welcome Steve Wilson, Executive Director of the Wilmette Park District.  Jim Waite and Corinne McClinitic have developed emails to send to friends.  Please help promote the event.  Just to confirm, the event will be at the Wilmette Harbor Club and via ZOOM.  The ZOOM meeting will open at 7:15 am.
 
Other News:
  • Jim Pockross attended the installation picnic on Saturday for of our new District 6440 Governor Kevin Stevens.
  • Beth DeWall and Ben Ivory "installed" some new plantings at the Pasek Garden on Friday.  The recent rain was perfectly tied. Thanks Beth for coordinating.   Karen Glennemeier was kind to provide guidance.  We can thank Karen next month on the July 6th social evening.  
  • On a similar note, our Rotary supported plantings at the Village Hall are looking great as is the the Pollinator Coordinator. 
  • Happy 4th of July.   
 
 

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.