Posted on Nov 28, 2018
Our 28 November meeting was jam-packed with visiting Rotarians, like Dr. Wassila Taha from the Rotary Club of Cairo Nile Valley, Egypt.

We then had a very special presentation from some of the students we sponsored at this year's District 6450 RYLA!

Next week will be our last meeting before the holidays, and we'll be joined by a very special guest: Rotary International President Barry Rassin. There are still tickets left, but they're going quickly - Visit our event page on Facebook for details and a chance to spend an unforgettable evening with us!
Visiting Rotarians, RYLA Participants John Hannes 2018-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
Coat Drive Kicks Off John Hannes 2018-11-25 06:00:00Z 0

spreading warmth…one coat at a time.

CHICAGO, IL – The Rotary Club of Chicago Lakeview is hosting a coat drive to collect clean, gently worn, warm coats from November 21 to December 11 between 12 PM and 8 PM at Rockwell's Neighborhood Grill. Area residents are invited to make a difference in our local community by donating to the coat drive and helping achieve the goal of collecting 100 coats and $500 dollars throughout the drive.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of gently worn coats are distributed across North America to children, women and men in need through One Warm Coat's Coat Drive program. The Rotary Club of Chicago Lakeview will collaborate with local service organizations for distribution of donated items.

"We are so grateful for our Coat Drive Ambassadors, like the Rotary Club of Chicago Lakeview! It is because of our incredible volunteers that we have been around for more than 25 years, helping get coats to our neighbors who need them," said Jennifer Stockard, President and Chief Executive Officer of One Warm Coat. "Thanks to the efforts of the Rotary Club of Chicago Lakeview and Rockwell's, many people in this community will have a much warmer winter."

Lakeview Rotary Club Seeks Coat Donations John Hannes 2018-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 29, 2018

Believe it or not, shopping season will soon be upon us! Did you know that there's a special way you can do your shopping while supporting a charity at the same time? We hope you'll consider supporting our club's service projects by using AmazonSmile*!

And, get this - Through Nov 2, AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times the usual amount) to the Rotary Club of Chicago Lakeview Foundation when you shop at

*AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know and love: same products, same prices, same service. 


Give Back with AmazonSmile! John Hannes 2018-10-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 15, 2018
On 14 October, our club took over Hamburger Mary's Chicago to host HamBINGO. Described as "not your typical church basement bingo," this weekly event features the area's favorite Bingo-Divas who call out the numbers and entertain the crowd with their wit and a song or dance. This is one of our favorite events, because all we have to do is show up, sell BINGO cards and the specials - everything else is provided! The funds go to benefit our club's foundation, and we turn that into service projects in our community.

To see photos from the evening, and to find out when we're hosting again, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!
B-I-N-G-Whoa! John Hannes 2018-10-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 05, 2018
We are proud to have been one of the 10 clubs in Rotary International District 6450 to have earned the 2017-2018 Rotary Citation!
Named the most important award for Rotary clubs, the Citation recognizes Clubs that are strong and making a positive difference in our communities as they achieve goals related to Rotary’s three strategic priorities: to support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service, and enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness.
Congratulations to all of our members, whose hard work and dedicated helped to achieve each component necessary for this recognition!
2017-2018 Rotary Citation Recipient John Hannes 2018-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 01, 2018
On 1 September 2018, we celebrate our 13th year in Rotary!

To commemorate the occasion, Club President Mike Theodore sent a message to the current membership:
"It is quite fitting that we are wrapping up such an eventful week on the 13th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Chicago Lakeview being chartered. We have come a long way since September 1, 2005 and our future is looking brighter than ever! 
To recognize this milestone, Rotary International President Barry Rassin has sent a letter congratulating us on all we have achieved as an organization. From his letter: "The success of a club depends on a number of factors, including a strong, active member base and a dedication to helping others. By reaching this milestone, your club has made a commitment to represent Rotary in your community, as well as Doing Good in the World through sustainable, meaningful service."
As we continue to grow, I also want to point out this quote on looking to the future: "I hope you also see this as an opportunity not only to reflect on what your club has accomplished so far but also to think of all that you still hope to achieve." 
I would like to recognize our Charter Members who are still with us as either active or honorary members:
  • James Damato
  • Mark Knight
  • Teddi Olson
  • Roger Staedtke
This club is very important to all of us, and I couldn't thank you enough for taking the initiative to build it to where it is today."
Congratulations to all of our members, past and present - Here’s to another 13 wonderful years!
Celebrating Our 13th Anniversary Mike Theodore 2018-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 30, 2018
August is Membership Month, and we were so happy to celebrate by having Rotary District 6450 Governor Pedro J. Cevallos-Candau induct our two newest members! The wonderful thing about Rotary is that everywhere you go in the world, you'll find fellow friends, and that certainly showed because we were joined by Rotarians Susanne and Werner from the Rotary Club of Soest-Fachwerk, Germany and Mark from the Rotary Club of Kyiv Multinational, Ukraine.
Explore our site to learn more about the Benefits of Membership, and then see us in action by Visiting Us at one of next meetings!
Celebrating Membership Month John Hannes 2018-08-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 15, 2018
In preparation for our visit with District 6450 Governor Pedro Cevallos-Candau, our club members spent 2 of our meetings discussing and setting our annual goals in Rotary Club Central! Capturing these not only gives us something to talk about with the DG as they visit, it provides us with a road map for where we would like to be at the end of the 2018-19 Rotary Year and helps us prepare for the years ahead!
Join us on Wednesday, 29 August to hear from DG Pedro, and learn more about where our district is going!
Preparing for the Governor's Visit John Hannes 2018-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 27, 2018
Two meetings later, and we have a winner! Congratulations to Nonnie who won our 50/50 card raffle! 

Join us next Wednesday at Select Cut Steakhouse to learn about the many ways we help serve our community, and help us be People of Action!
We Have a Winner! John Hannes 2018-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 17, 2018

Throughout the year, we ask our members and guests to bring in any sample-sized toiletries they may buy or grab from their travels so that we can donate them to our friends at The Night Ministry. We're hosting a service project during tomorrow night's meeting to sort through all of the donations and get them ready for the hand-off!

We'll see you tomorrow night, 7P at Select Cut Steakhouse!
Service Opportunity at our Weekly Meeting! John Hannes 2018-07-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 12, 2018
We had a GREAT first meeting of the 2018-19 Rotary Year! New club president Mike started off by asking members to recap their experiences at the recent Rotary International Convention, then moved on to talk about the year ahead! We honored immediate-past president Nonnie with a token of our appreciation, and finally had a winner pull the right card in our 50/50 card raffle! Congratulations to Alyssa, and thank you to everyone who contributed over the course of last year!
Great Way to Start the 2018-19 Rotary Year! John Hannes 2018-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
Great Way to Close the 2017-18 Rotary Year! John Hannes 2018-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
Join us for our 4th Crapple, where we will be raffling off various white-elephant-type items, with a drawing taking place every 30 minutes. Bring some cash, because in addition to the item raffle we’ll hold our first-ever "Unwrap the Ham," and even post a “wish board” in case you want to just show up and donate! In between drawings you can play games, eat, and try out the Pretty in Pink Lemonade Shot at the bar! All collected funds will be directed to our beneficiary, Supplies for Dreams.
$15 for admission to the Fundraiser
$5 for 5 raffle tickets
$10 for 15 raffle tickets
$20 for 40 raffle tickets
Eventbrite - Crapple!
Aw, CRAPPLE! John Hannes 2018-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
FREE Spring Training is this coming Saturday!

Rotarians can register now for a full morning of learning and growth for Rotarians and their clubs! Sessions include tips on membership, The Rotary Foundation, district grants, youth programs, My Rotary, club administration, as well as position specific training for secretaries, treasurers, and Foundation chairs. And, our very own club president-elect Mike and president-nominee Amy will be leading two sessions on social media! 
Learn more at 
Rotary 6450 Spring Training 2018 John Hannes 2018-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 29, 2018
Last night's guest speaker Jahmal Cole was incredibly inspirational, sharing with us the details of his hometown initiative for Chicago's underserved teens. Called My Block, My Hood, My City, Jahmal and his colleagues introduce our city's youth to experiences outside of their neighborhoods so that they can broaden their world views and begin to imagine life outside their block.
Watch the video below, then head to to see how you can be involved.
My Block ✶ My Hood ✶ My City John Hannes 2018-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 21, 2018
In place of our regular club meeting tonight (21 Mar) we'll be holding a private Pre-Chili Cook-off Cook-off to get ourselves ready for a big event coming up on 22 April!
We'll be pitted against our friends in the Chicago Club Coalition to see who has the best vegetarian and non-vegetarian chili. The proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to combat hunger in and around Chicago.  Tickets are already on sale - Click on the image above, or head to to reserve your spot today!
Preparing for the Chili Cook-Off John Hannes 2018-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 10, 2018
We had a wonderful time meeting many new faces at the 2018 Chicago Volunteer Expo! Held on 18 Feb, this annual event draws volunteers from all over the Chicago area so that they can find ways of giving back to our communities.
This being its 6th year, we are proud to have been included in the past 4 Expos! To add to our pride, we were also featured in a video produced by Medill-Northwestern University! Check out the video below, and then head over to the corresponding article - we hope to be involved for years to come!
Success at the 2018 Chicago Volunteer Expo! John Hannes 2018-03-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 11, 2018
There's no meeting this Wednesday (14 Feb), so join us as the 2018 Chicago Volunteer Expo, instead!

From 10A-4P on Sunday the 18th, we'll be hosting a table along with over 85 other nonprofits in and around Chicago. Although admission is free, bring a couple of canned goods with you to donate at the door!
For more information, visit the event's Facebook Page
Join Us at the 2018 Chicago Volunteer Expo! John Hannes 2018-02-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 29, 2018
At this week's meeting we'll hear from Dave Mahar, a team ambassador from Plant with Purpose. This nonprofit reverses deforestation and poverty around the world by transforming the lives of the rural poor through Environmental Restoration, Economic Empowerment, and Spiritual Renewal.
Come learn more in person, and remember to bring some cash because they'll plant 1 tree for every dollar we collect!
Bring $1, Have a Tree Planted!  John Hannes 2018-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 08, 2018
2018 is already off to a great start - and we're dedicating our next meeting to service! Join us on Wednesday (10 Jan) as we pack over 150 meals to distribute through our friends at The Night Ministry.
No speaker, no program - just fun and friendship!
Help us at our 1st Project in 2018!  John Hannes 2018-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
No Meetings on 22 & 29 November 2017  John Hannes 2017-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 04, 2017

Join us on World Polio Day (24 Oct) as we learn about the status of the disease and celebrate our accomplishments towards its eradication! We'll be watching the livestream event hosted by Rotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as videos about polio and our eradication efforts.

Your $30 ticket includes 2 drinks, buffet dinner, and a donation to The Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus Fund!

Bring cash - we'll also be hosting a 50/50 raffle and collecting donations to help End Polio NOW!

Use the following form purchase tickets (or make a donation) - or - head to: 



World Polio Day 2017  John Hannes 2017-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 05, 2017
As of 1 July, the New Rotary Year has begun - and we're starting off with a bang! At our next meeting (12 July), 2017-18 District Governor Scott McAdam of Rotary District 6450 will be making his official visit to our club. We're honored to have him induct our newest members, and share updates from both the District and Rotary! 
We hope you'll join us for this great meeting! Click the image above to RSVP, or head to our Facebook event page to let us know that you'll be there!
Happy New Rotary Year!  John Hannes 2017-07-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 01, 2017
The month of May closes with a bang! At our final meeting of the month our club held an assembly where we updated our bylaws and inducted our two, newest members: Adriana and Conner! We then held an orientation so that our members and guests could learn more about Rotary as a whole, and the impact of our very own club.
New Members, Club Bylaws, and Orientation John Hannes 2017-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
Rollin' With Rotary! John Hannes 2017-05-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 26, 2017


In place of our regular meeting, our club spent the evening in service! We packed over 200 first aid kits to be included with a much larger donation of supplies from the Rotary clubs in Chicago to the Jesse White Tumbling Team as contributions to trunks for college freshman.

Thank you to our members and guests who helped with the project!

Ending April in Service John Hannes 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 03, 2017

March was quite the month for us, and we are so happy to have inducted our 3 NEWEST Rotarians! Please join us in welcoming Amy who works as an instructional coach at a K-8 charter school; Michael who works as an Attorney focused in Personal Injury; and Brittany who also works as an Attorney here in Chicago!
3 New Members Inducted in March John Hannes 2017-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 23, 2017
As last night's meeting came to a close, our members and guests shared a special treat to celebrate Rotary International, which turns 112 today! Founded on 23 Feb 1905 with just 4 members, Rotary has since grown to over 1.2 millions members in over 34,000 clubs around the world. Together we have taught young people to read, improved access to clean water and fought disease!
Learn more about our great organization, then join us for our next meeting! 
Rotary International Turns 112 John Hannes 2017-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
In late November, we learned that the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bought out Johnny O'Hagan's to make way for a new 'fly-over' and we had to start seeking out a new meeting location.
After giving a few places a try, we landed on Select Cut Steak House! Located at 2808 N Halsted, Select Cut offers a great amount of quiet space for our club to meet as well as a fantastic menu. In fact, their famous burger was listed as one of the Top 5 Burgers in Chicago by the Chicago Tribune!
A great turnout at our new meeting location!

Join us each Wednesday at 7P!
New Year, New Meeting Location John Hannes 2017-02-03 06:00:00Z 0
Easy Way to Support The Rotary Club of Chicago Lakeview Foundation! 2016-11-22 06:00:00Z 0
Our club will be volunteering to support the Pumpkin in the Park 5K race in Lincoln Park on October 22nd, which benefits Chicago Park District’s Night out in the Parks. A minimum of 15 volunteers are needed. As long as we have at least 10 volunteers, our club's Foundation will receive some funding! This is a great opportunity to volunteer and also raise funds for our club's service projects! This event is NOT limited to Rotary members so please invite friends and family. You must register no later than Oct 10th. Further details will be distributed closer to the event.
Sign up at Lakeview Rotary Club
Pumpkins in the Park 5K Volunteer Opportunity 2016-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
A Visit with our 2016-17 District Governor 2016-09-17 05:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Visit with our 2016-17 District Governor John Hannes 2016-09-08 05:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Meetings and Events 2016-08-08 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarians from around the world have gathered in South Korea for the 2016 International Convention - and one of our very own members has been selected to serve as a Convention Minute Reporter! See what John has to say, and learn more about this wonderful event by following the hashtag #Rotary16 or through the Convention website Here's a peek at the latest video!
The 2016 Rotary International Convention is Underway! 2016-05-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Hannes


Sunday, 17 April 2016  |  8P-10P

Hamburger Mary's 
5400 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

HamBINGO Mary’s is a weekly charity event held in Hamburger Mary’s Dining Room, with a different charity beneficiary every week. This time, the Chicago Lakeview Rotary Club! Hosted by drag diva Velicity Metropolis (often dressed as Mary herself), this is NOT your typical “church basement bingo.” The show can get a little risqué, so enjoy the drink specials and leave the kids at home! It’s all about having fun while supporting local Chicagoland charities. 

Join us for our next Fundraiser! John Hannes 2016-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Hannes
Today Rotary clubs mark the 111th anniversary of the first Rotary club meeting! For more than a century, Rotary members have been committed to serving others by taking action to improve communities locally and around the world.
Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.
Rotary's 111th Anniversary! John Hannes 2016-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
Our newest ‪Rotarian‬ Amanda sang the National Anthem at THE 130th ‪Groundhog‬ Day Prognostication on Tuesday, 2 February 2016 - and our pals at the Rotary Club of Punxsutawney captured it all from the crowd: Click here to view!
 Photo source: Punxsutawney Phil's Facebook Page

Congratulations to Amanda, who did a lovely job, and helped usher in an early Spring!
Great Groundhog Greeting! John Hannes 2016-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Happy Holidays! 2015-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Today is #GivingTuesday!

Looking for a great organization to support today? Check out The Rotary Foundation! Whether you contribute to provide clean water, promote peace, or help ‪#‎EndPolio‬, you can be sure that your gift will go a long, long way!


Check out the video below, then head over to to make a difference!


Giving Tuesday 2015 John Hannes 2015-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Hannes
On 1 September 2015 we celebrate our 10th Anniversary as a club! We've accomplished quite a bit over the last decade, and we have quite a bit more to do as we examine how we all can Be a Gift to the World!


Rotary Club of Chicago Lakeview Celebrates 10 Years! John Hannes 2015-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Hannes
We're turning TEN years old on 1 September 2015!! To celebrate, we're holding a Trivia Night, Fundraiser, and Service Project all-in-one!

10th Anniversary Trivia Night John Hannes 2015-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
The theme for the 2015-16 Rotary year is Be a Gift to the World. RI President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran asks Rotary members to use their talents, expertise, and leadership to transform the lives of others. Watch this video to see the announcement of the theme and to learn more. Check out the theme brochure and download the theme materials and logos here.
Rotary Year 2015-16 Theme 2015-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Hannes
12 April 2015, marks 60 years since the Salk polio vaccine was declared safe, effective, and potent. In that time, the number of polio cases has dropped by 99% worldwide.
Believe it or not, there are still 3 countries that are dealing with this terrible disease and if we don't eradicate it, we run the risk of it spreading again.
Watch the video below - if you'd like to be part of a major piece of history, head over to today!
Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Salk Polio Vaccine John Hannes 2015-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Join us for Crapple 3.0!

Save the date *18 April 2015*, and join us for a chance to win some ridiculous crap!#Crapple #ChicagoLVRotary #SeeYouThere(A big THANK YOU to our member Chris, who filmed and edited this video!)

Posted by Chicago Lakeview Rotary Club on Saturday, March 28, 2015
SAVE THE DATE: 18 April 2015! John Hannes 2015-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Hannes on Dec 17, 2014
At our Annual Meeting on 17 December, we voted in our 2015-16 Board Members! 

President (elected Dec 2013): Nick Fairman
Vice President: Andrew Cross
Secretary: Alex Davies 
Treasurer: John Hannes
President-elect: Henry Payne 
Director: Linn Austin 
Director: Kenzie Schwefel 
Director: Katie Woodsen 
Director: Amy Zumbahlen
Immediate Past President (elected Dec 2012): Kyle Capone


2015-16 Board of Directors Elected John Hannes 2014-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
No Meeting on 26 Nov, New Location for 3 Dec John Hannes 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Miles to End Polio - 22 November Lauren Marquez-Viso 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Hannes on Oct 23, 2014


Today is #WorldPolioDay! Some of our members have had the honor to participate hands-on in eradication efforts, while others have supported by contributing to Rotary International's PolioPlus Fund!

YOU can be a part of history, too! See how by visiting, where you can learn about what we're doing and how your donations can help rid the world of this terrible disease - once and for all!

#EndPolioNOW #Rotary #ChicagoLVRotary

24 October is World Polio Day! John Hannes 2014-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Hannes on Oct 21, 2014

In lieu of our regularly scheduled meeting, we'll be supporting our friends in the Rotary Club of Chicago Cosmopolitan by attending their Halloween Fundraiser/Costume Party!


No Meeting Next Week (29 Oct) John Hannes 2014-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Hannes on Oct 08, 2014


We're excited to share that our pals at Blokes & Birds have added our meeting information to their slideshow - right next to the front door!

If you're in the area, snap a pic with our sign and post it to your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Don't forget to tag yourself, tag us, and add #ChicagoLVRotary when you upload!!

New Meeting Sign Added! John Hannes 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
2014-15 District Governor Nicki Scott to Visit on 8 October John Hannes 2014-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Food Drive for Common Pantry! John Hannes 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
August is Membership Month! John Hannes 2014-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rachel Greenhoe on Jul 24, 2014

Rotary's World Headquarters to Host Panel Discussion

7 August 2014

Violence in schools can affect learning. Attend a free panel discussion at Rotary's World Headquarters in #Evanston on 7 August to learn how you can strengthen peace efforts in your community.
Learning Peace Rachel Greenhoe 2014-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Apr 22, 2014

Grammy award winner Angélique Kidjo's new album, "Eve", honors the women of Africa and pays tribute to Rotary's work to end polio worldwide. Check out the video to the song "Eva" to hear a beautiful song and learn about the fight against polio. To read more about Kidjo, her work with Rotary, and her new album, check out this article.

Singer, Angélique Kidjo, Pioneer for Ending Polio Lauren Marquez-Viso 2014-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Apr 01, 2014

Please join Rotary for this great event on Thursday, April 3rd at One Rotary Center (1560 Sherman Ave. Evanston, IL)! There will be a farmer's marketplace from 6-7pm and a panel discussion on urban farming in Chicagoland from 7-8pm. Moderated by WBEZ's Monica Eng, representatives from local non-profits and city governance will discuss Chicagoland initiatives that employ urban farming as economic development. Visit our Facebook event page


Seeds to Success Event April 3rd Lauren Marquez-Viso 2014-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Member, Tzviatko, in the Rotary Voices Blog! Lauren Marquez-Viso 2014-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Feb 17, 2014
February 23rd was the 109th anniversary of the first Rotary club meeting. Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silverster Schiele and Hiram E. Schorey met in Loehr's office with then intent to build camaraderie among business associates. These meetings eventually grew into the creation of an international organization of service and fellowship.
109th Anniversary of the First Rotary Meeting Lauren Marquez-Viso 2014-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Feb 17, 2014

Check out the winning Interact club video for 2013. Congrats to the Interact Club of Kathmandu Mid-Town, Nepal (District 3292)! These children showcase their creativity and passion to be agents of positive change in the world. Interact is the youth branch of Rotary for youth ages 12-18. 


Inspirational Interactors Lauren Marquez-Viso 2014-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Feb 16, 2014

Thank you volunteers!

In partnership with the Night Ministry youth outreach, we served dinner at the corner of Belmont and Halsted in Chicago on February 25th. We prepared the sack lunches on Monday, February 24th from 6:30-9pm and served the dinner on Tuesday, February 25th from 8-10pm. Despite the freezing weather, we had a great time!

Thank you to Chris for getting the yummy soup donated and to Michael for getting the chips donated! Thank you to Nick for hosting the sandwich-making party and serving as the "home-base" for food preparation the day of the event!

Volunteer with Night Ministry Lauren Marquez-Viso 2014-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Feb 16, 2014

At the end of December, club members Rachel Greenhoe, June Ozman, and Maureen Ninneman traveled to Delhi, India with a group of Rotarians to participate in a National Immunization Day to help eradicate polio. They teamed up with local Rotarians to organize immunization efforts in various communities. Immunizing children against polio is critical in India, which has now been declared polio-free for the third year in a row. Check out this Flipboard to see the highlights leading up to this huge milestone. It is a strategy of intense outreach coupled with grassroots immunization and awareness campaigns that have allowed for the success in the fight against this terrible and crippling disease in India. 

Club member, Kyle Capone, is also traveling to India in February to assist with immunization efforts.  Our club members are truly an inspiration. Visit this site to learn what you can do to help combat polio and visit to learn how Rotary and its partners are trying to finish the fight against this disease.

Rotary Adventures in India Lauren Marquez-Viso 2014-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Feb 16, 2014

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 Confucius who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness."

"There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help. Many people say, 'There's nothing I can do.' So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark," Huang said.

"The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world. How you Light Up Rotary is up to you. You know where you are strong, you know what your community needs, and you know how you can help." said Huang. For the full story click here.


Rotary Theme for 2014-15 Lauren Marquez-Viso 2014-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Feb 04, 2014

Members of our club volunteered with Common Pantry 3 times in December. Thanks to all of you who braved the cold to come out and distribute groceries and presents to individuals in need. Check out our photos!Image

Common Pantry Volunteering Lauren Marquez-Viso 2014-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Nov 10, 2013

Winter is COLD! And it is even colder if you are homeless. Please consider collecting gently used or new men's coats, new gloves, new hats and blankets to donate to homeless veterans here in Chicago. Rotary District 6450 will team up again this year with Hines and Jesse Brown VA, and veterans organizations to provide services to support the homeless veterans at Stand Down Day on December 13th at the Humboldt Park Armory (1551 N. Kedzie Ave. Chicago). 

The need is very great. It is estimated that about 40% of the adult homeless males in Chicago are veterans.

Sign up to volunteer to hand out coats, serve a hot meal and provide support to the VA medical teams on the 13th. There are two shifts that day 7:30am-11 and 10:30am-2. 

Please contact Lauren with any questions.

In Need of Coats and Volunteers for Veterans Dec. 13 Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Nov 10, 2013

Check out this great New York Times article published in the annual "Giving" section that features Rotary clubs in Washington state who have been making a difference by fighting hunger in their communities through First Harvest. Rotary First Harvest collects surplus produce from local growers and distributes it to local foodbanks. It's great to see what Rotarians in other areas are doing to serve others.

Please share this article with family, friends and coworkers. 

Rotary First Harvest featured in New York Times Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Nov 05, 2013

On Saturday, November 23,  the District 6450 Rotary Foundation Conference will be held at Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston (1560 Sherman Ave. Evanston, IL 60201).  We are the first group to use Rotary's new Conference Center with state of the art multi-media equipment designed with a focus on the internationality of Rotary.

All Rotary Club Presidents, Presidents-Elect, Foundaton Chairs, Grants Chairs, Community Chairs, International Chairs, Vocational Chairs, Assistant Governors, and all Rotarians that have been in Rotary less than a year.  The Conference will highlight the breadth and depth of your Rotary Foundation and will have several guest presenters, including an inspiring and amazing Rotary Peace Scholar that will be joining us in-person. To register for the November 23 meeting, Click Here

Rotary Foundation Conference Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Nov 05, 2013
Rotary District 6450 is accepting applications for a $30,000 Global Grant Scholarship for graduate study from the fall of 2014 to the spring of 2015 in another country based on academic performance and economic need in the following areas of study: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution; Disease prevention and treatment; Water and sanitation; Maternal and child health; Basic education and literacy; Economic and community development.

The Global Scholarships program supports The Rotary Foundation’s ultimate goal of world understanding and peace by:
  • Increasing awareness of and respect for cultural differences by sending people of goodwill to study in another country
  • Instilling in scholars the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self through active participation in Rotary service projects
  • Encouraging scholars to dedicate their personal and professional lives to improving the quality of life for the people of their home community and country
  • Developing leaders who can address the humanitarian needs of the world community
  • Fostering a lifelong association between Rotary and its scholars


Monday, January 6, 2014: Application deadline.

Friday, January 31, 2014: Social hour with the Scholarship Committee and the candidates from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

Saturday, February 1, 2014: The Scholarship Committee will interview the candidates starting at 9:00 AM.

March 2014: The successful candidate will attend the Rotary International orientation session.

For Rules of Eligibility and Application: Global Scholarship Application 2013 2014

Rotary District 6450 Global Scholarship Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Oct 22, 2013
A big THANK YOU to June Ozman, Rachel Greenhoe and Terry McMahon for being strong supporters of the Rotary Foundation. They received Paul Harris Fellow recognition. Join our Foundation all-stars and give to the Foundation. Your gift directly supports the work of Rotary making a positive difference in the lives of millions around the world. You can even make your giving to the Foundation easy by enrolling in Rotary Direct, Rotary's recurring giving program. You can select an amount, frequency (monthly, quarterly or annually), and contribution method that's convenient for you.
Rotary Foundation All-stars Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Oct 22, 2013
A warm welcome to Yuri Haasz! Yuri is a Global Grant scholarship recipient from Brazil. He is earning his MA in Social Science at The University of Chicago. The general focus of his studies is Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution. Yuri has an impressive background in peace studies and peace building and was a Rotary Peace Fellow! Our club is serving as the host club, which means that we are his support network here in Chicago. We have helped him settle into life here and he is well into his studies. Yuri hopes to attend one of our meetings soon!
Welcome Yuri! Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Oct 22, 2013

What is Rotary? How do you describe an organization that is so many things to so many different people?

In research conducted over the past two years, we heard the same message from our members: Rotary brings together friends, family, and community leaders to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.

To help carry that message into the 21st century, a fresh, modern look and inspiring and inviting voice was created. You can see these changes in Rotary’s redesigned website and publications like Connect for Good and Rotary Leader. It includes a new signature (logo) and specific fonts and colors for digital and print media. Our voice is more action-oriented focusing on the why rather than the how: Join for our community. Stay for the world.

Download the Voice and Visual Identity Guidelines and review the frequently asked questions.

Read how to Help Strengthen Rotary’s Image and a news release explaining why it’s important to Rotary’s future.


Rotary's New Look Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Oct 22, 2013

World Polio Day Live Global Update

Join Rotary for a special Livestream event

Where are we in the fight to end polio? What have we accomplished? How can we make history together? Find out on World Polio Day

To mark World Polio Day on October 24, Rotary and Northwestern University’s Center for Global Health will host a live-streamed global update on the status of the fight to end polio. If you are a supporter of Rotary’s effort to eradicate polio – or simply want to learn more about it – you won’t want to miss World Polio Day: Making History.

World Polio Day is October 24 Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Oct 08, 2013

Thank you for joining us for an exciting Trivia Night on October 8th at O'Shaunessey's 4557 N. Ravenswood in Chicago! We had a really fun time and raised funds for our service projects that will benefit hundreds of individuals in need.

Thank you for your support!! Congrats to the winning team pictured below. Club member Nick Fairman and his friends did an amazing job. Especially with that Simpsons trivia!




Thank you for supporting our Trivia Night! Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Sep 25, 2013

If you haven't already, check out the new Rotary website at! There have been some big and exciting changes. First of all, the look and feel of the site has been totally revamped and is really clean and fresh! A unique difference is that there is a public-facing site and a members-facing site called My Rotary. You access both versions of the site at

Watch this video to take a tour of the public site. Check out this video to learn about My Rotary.

I encourage all club members to create a profile and sign in to My Rotary. It's a great experience!

New Rotary Website! Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Aug 18, 2013

For the past two years, our club has financially supported the education of Jennabeth Bodano, an elementary school student in the Philippines. Since 2011, the program, Feeding a Future, has assisted children that live near a garbage dumpsite by paying for their school fees, school supplies and uniforms, plus providing two meals a day. Prior to the program, these children typically spent their days in the dumpsite searching for recyclables to sell in hopes of making enough profit to buy food. They had to choose between going to school hungry or working in the dumpsite to earn a little money for food.

For $340 (14,246 Philippine pesos), Jennabeth is able to go to school, have uniforms, shoes, school supplies and breakfast and lunch for the year. We are very happy to continue supporting Jennabeth for this school year!


Supporting Jennabeth through Feeding a Future Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Aug 18, 2013

Our club has been keeping busy with volunteer events during the first 2 months of the new Rotary year. Check out our photo albums from our work with Mission Outreach, Retro on Roscoe (to support Common Pantry), and Supplies for Dreams

Thank you to all of you who came out to volunteer. We know that life is busy and we really appreciate that you carved out a few hours to make a positive difference in your community. THANK YOU! We look forward to seeing more club members at our volunteer events coming up.

28 September Food drive for Common Pantry 

6 October Prepare and serve dinner for young adults at the Crib (Night Ministry)

25 October Prepare and serve dinner for young adults at the Crib (Night Ministry)



Our Volunteer Efforts Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Aug 14, 2013

It's Rotary Club Day on September 7th at the Northwestern vs. Syracuse football game. Northwestern Football would like to invite Rotary Club members, as well as their families and friends, to Ryan Field to experience the best gameday experience in Chicago. Tickets starting at just $15! 

To purchase tickets, visit, select "Tickets" at the top, select "Buy Tickets Now", select "Promotions" from the side menu, enter the code NUROT to place your order. If you have any questions, call 888-467-8775 x 7847, ask for Amy.

Ryan Field is at 1501 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201. Go Wildcats!

Rotary Club Day Sept 7 Northwestern Football Game Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Aug 05, 2013

The future is here! On 1 July, all Rotary Districts began using the Rotary Foundation's new grant model, Future Vision. Learn how the new model increases Rotary's effectiveness. Watch this video.

Learn more about the grant model at

Quick Facts

3 Grant Types: Global Grants, District Grants, Packaged Grants

6 Areas of Focus: 1. Child and Maternal Health 2. Disease Prevention and Treatment 3. Basic Education and Literacy 4. Community and Economic Development 5. Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution 6. Water and Sanitation

Focus on: Identifying community needs and acheiving sustainable and measurable results



New Rotary Grant Model Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Jul 28, 2013

To show our sincere appreciation to Scott Best, and to thank him for his wonderful work as director of Common Pantry food pantry, our club named him a Paul Harris Fellow. Paul Harris is the founder of Rotary and the award in his name represents a dedication to service above self.  Our Rotary club has volunteered at Common Pantry for many years and enjoy a strong partnership with this amazing organization. We look forward to continuing our work with Scott and the Common Pantry.

Please visit the Common Pantry website to learn more about the organization and how you can get involved.

Paul Harris Fellow Awarded to Scott Best of Common Pantry Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Jul 28, 2013
A warm welcome to our three new members, Andrea Yao, Michael Jordhamo, and Beau Horner. All three were inducted at our meeting on the evening of 24 July.
Welcome New Members! Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Jun 19, 2013
At our meeting on the evening of June 19th, incoming club president, John Hannes, presented new member Tzviatko Chiderov with his member pin. Welcome to our newest member!!
Welcome to New Member Tzviatko! Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Jun 19, 2013
Check out our latest photo album featuring the finished product of our Matching Grant 78155 to provide industrial-grade kitchen equipment to the Tepehua Community Center in Chapala, Mexico. This was a collaborative effort with other Rotary clubs in the US and Canada who helped provide funding for the kitchen renovation in addition to the equipment and appliances. This was truly an amazing transformation of the kitchen space that allows the center to more effectively provide much-needed, nutritious meals to the community. Notice how many local community members are wearing the red volunteer smocks. You can see just how involved the community is in making their community center a success. It is very inspiring. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren.
Tepehua Kitchen Project Photos Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Jun 16, 2013

August 25th is the last blueberry harvest pick up date! The pick up location is MB Financial 2401 N. Halsted in Chicago. Order now at  

Help us sell delicious, locally-grown blueberries in order to support at-risk youth from Chicago. This is the first year of this unique program that allows youth to participate in an educational work program to gain business and agricultural skills. The sales of blueberries will serve to support this program. We need YOU to help us by buying blueberries and asking friends, family, and coworkers to do the same. One pound of freshly-picked blueberries is just $6. Please visit the website,, to learn more and make your purchase. Make sure to indicate Rotary Club of Chicago Lakeview when you make your purchase. If you have any questions, or can commit to making some sales, please contact Lauren Marquez-Viso. For more information, see below.


Last Chance to Buy Blueberries for a Cause! Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Jun 16, 2013

On Thursday, June 20th, The Night Ministry will be holding the annual Lighting Up the Night Awards Dinner and Auction. The event is held at the Four Seasons Hotel (120 E. Delaware Place, Chicago, IL) and begins at 5:30pm. This event celebrates the contributions of outstanding community partners and volunteers. The evening begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a dinner, honoree presentation, and live auction. The 2013 honorees include the Rotary club of Chicago Lakeview, Peoples Gas, and Willie Harris.

Thank you to the Night Ministry for honoring our club's commitment to assisting their organization!

Purchase Tickets or Contact Christy Prassas ( with any questions.

Lighting Up The Night Awards Dinner and Auction Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Apr 25, 2013
Thank you to everyone who attended our Crapple fundraiser on April 13th and to everyone who helped make this event a huge success. This was the first time we had a fundraiser of this type and it was extremely fun and successful. A special thank you to the Lakeview Men's Club where the event was held. Another special thank you to everyone who donated unique crapple/raffle prizes that made for an unforgettable prize-winning experience. Check out photos of the event here.
Successful Crapple Fundraiser! Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Apr 24, 2013
Welcome new members! We are so happy to have Emily Marxer, Emily DeWees, Jaime Allen and Amanda Young join our club. In the photo, Club President, Rachel Greenhoe, provides Jaime Allen with a member pin.
New Members Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
"Mary and Martha" free movie night Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
How To Reach Us Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Apr 11, 2013

Our volunteer event with the Night Ministry was a success! On Monday, February 25th we had a sandwich-making party and then had a great experience distributing them along with soup, chips, snacks, and hot chocolate the next day. It was snowy, slushy and cold but that didn't dampen our spirits! Check out the photos from the event.

We volunteered with Common Pantry on March 27th and had a great time! We distributed groceries to clients from 6-8pm. Some of us volunteers were veterans and for others it was their first time and everyone did really great! Nick was running to gather everything from frozen meat to boxes to diapers. Jane, Eric and Mark were pros at packing the canned and boxed goods. John was on duty at the refrigerator and helped people use their shopping points wisely. Lauren helped to ensure a smooth operation by assisting clients and bridging the gap between client registration and the grocery prep. Check out our photos.

Our volunteer efforts Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Apr 11, 2013
Twelve Rotarians were honored as Champions of Change at the White House on Friday, 5 April. Read about the ceremony and these wonderful Rotarians here. A Rotarian from our District, 6450, was chosen as one of the Champions! Neli Vazquez-Rowland is a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago. Vazquez-Rowland and her husband in 1994 established Safe Haven, a comprehensive program that helps thousands of people dealing with homelessness, hunger, addiction, chronic unemployment, and other issues.
Rotary Day at the White House Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Mar 02, 2013
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HOSTING A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY IN YOUR HOME? This summer, WorldChicago is receiving three groups of international students who are in Chicago to participate in a youth leadership program, practice their English, and live with an American family to learn more about the culture. They are coming from Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Iraq, on a international exchange sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. We are currently looking for host families to receive these youth for periods of 10 days to 2 weeks.
Opportunity From World Chicago Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Feb 21, 2013

Our Matching Grant 78155 to provide kitchen equipment to the Tepehua Community Center in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico is going so well! The grant was paid at the end of January and the equipment has been purchased. Please check out the Tepehua Community Center Facebook page for photos. You will see how they expanded the kitchen to make room for all of this wonderful, new, industrial-grade equipment.

This equipment will do wonders to increase their efficiency in preparing meals to serve those in need in the community. This volunteer-run community center does absolutely amazing things including running a medical clinic, dental clinic, sewing classes, English classes, activities for kids, a resale shop, and of course the weekly meals (comida).

Thank you all for supporting our club's participation in this project!

Tepehua Grant Update Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Feb 21, 2013

February 23rd is Rotary's 108th Anniversary! The best birthday present you could give Rotary would be to make a donation in any amount to the Annual Programs Fund! This fund helps support projects locally and globally - and you can help! Click this link to contribute:

For more exciting Rotary birthday news, click here. Also, check out this slideshow.

Happy Birthday Rotary!! Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Hannes on Feb 20, 2013

We are sad to share the news that Fletcher Gurney, a long time Rotarian, passed away earlier this week.  Our thoughts are with his wife Margaret, granddaughter Laura (both members of our club), and their family.

Long Time Rotarian, Fletcher Gurney, Passes Away John Hannes 2013-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Hannes on Jan 27, 2013
Our thoughts are with the family of RI Treasurer Betsy Demaray who passed away the morning of Friday, 25 January 2013. We are saddened by the loss of our representative on the RI Board of Directors, and thankful for the legacy she leaves behind.

Please visit our Zone's website for photographs of Betsy as well as information about visitation and funeral arrangements.  Also, click here to read a lovely tribute published on the RI Website. 

Rotary International Treasurer and Director Betsy Demaray Passes Away John Hannes 2013-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Club Video Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Jan 14, 2013

Rotary and polio are mentioned in another TIME magazine article, posted on on 13 January. The article discusses India’s successful battle against polio and positions Rotary as the leader in the global eradication effort.  Read the full story.

Rotary was also mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article, posted on 13 January.  It reflects on India’s tremendous achievement of two years polio-free and what it means for the country.  Rotary and its partners’ significant contributions to the fight against polio are recognized. Read the full story.

Rotary in TIME magazine and Wall Street Journal Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Jan 10, 2013

Our international project for this year is helping to provide kitchen equipment for the Tepehua Community Center in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico (Matching Grant 78155). They have a Facebook page (click here) and it would be great if you could "Like" them to help support this wonderful place that is helping to transform an impoverished community.

Our grant is nearly ready for payment. The folks at the community center are busy with the construction work to expand the kitchen. You can see photos of the work on their Facebook page. Once the construction work is complete, this grant will be paid. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren.

Tepehua Grant Update Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Jan 10, 2013

Add your photo to The World's Biggest Commercial that is being put together by Rotary! This commercial brings people together through Rotary to let the world know just how close we are to eradicating polio.   

Visit the webside and add your photo!

The World's Biggest Commercial Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Jan 07, 2013

On December 22, Dr. Carol Pandak, director of the PolioPlus program, and 87-year-old Rotarian Mary Stitt appeared on the ABC Ch. 7 morning show.  Mary, a retired educator from Arlington Heights, recently returned from Nigeria where she was helping inoculate children against polio.  Watch the video here.  Mary was also interviewed for a feature that aired on NBC Ch. 5 on 21 December.

Inspiring Local Rotarian Helps Eradicate Polio Lauren Marquez-Viso 2013-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Dec 09, 2012

At our meeting on December 5th, we voted on our new board members. Congratulations to our 2013-2014 board of directors! Thank you to everyone who stepped up to take on these very important positions.

We also voted to approve the revisions of our club's bi-laws. The revised copy will be available soon.

2013-2014 Board of Directors

  • President: John Hannes 
  • Vice President: Beverly Millison
  • President-elect: ...
  • Immediate past president: Rachel Greenhoe
  • Secretary: Jim Damato
  • Treasurer: Mark Knight
  • Directors: Sondra Rosin, Kyle Capone, Terry McMahon
  • Twilight club liaison: Nick Fairman
2013-2014 Club Board of Directors Lauren Marquez-Viso 2012-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Dec 09, 2012
Congratulations to our club! Our Matching Grant, 78155, has been approved! This grant will provide much-needed, heavy-duty kitchen equipment and supplies for the Tepehua Community Center in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. Our host partner club, Ajijic Rotary Club, is hard at work overseeing the kitchen expansion that will make room for this new equipment. This equipment will allow this community center to more effectively battle hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition in Chapala's poorest neighborhood. Our friends in Mexico have invited us down to visit the project any time. If you are interested in taking a trip to see our project or want more information about the project, please contact Lauren Marquez-Viso.
Grant approved! Lauren Marquez-Viso 2012-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Dec 09, 2012

United Airlines is once again giving away 10 million miles to its charity miles partners as part of a year-end gift. Charities receive a portion of the miles based on the percentage of the overall vote they receive through 25 December. Your vote could help Rotary win a greater share of miles.

Learn more about the contest
Help Rotary Win this Contest! Lauren Marquez-Viso 2012-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
New Photo Albums! Lauren Marquez-Viso 2012-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Nov 29, 2012
Familiarize yourself with Rotary's new grant model by reviewing the latest issue of Global Outlook. This is a great guide to understanding the new grant model. Check out this story too that showcases a Global Grant project in Turkey where Rotarians provided 2500 school children with new toilets and clean water facilities.
Rotary's New Grant Model Lauren Marquez-Viso 2012-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Nov 29, 2012
World AIDS Day is December 1. Rotary's action group, Rotarians For Family Health and AIDS Preventions is doing wonders to fight this disease and promote family health. Read this inspiring story in RotaryVoices.
World AIDS Day - December 1 Lauren Marquez-Viso 2012-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Oct 17, 2012

On World Polio Day, 24 October, you can help make history by lending your voice to spread the word. How?

Be part of the World’s Biggest Commercial to support polio eradication - the world’s biggest public health initiative – by adding a photo of yourself alongside  Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bill Gates, Jackie Chan, Amanda Peet and other world figures and celebrities participating in Rotary's "This Close" campaign.  Check out the prelaunch video to see how it works.  On 24 October, go to, to be included in the constantly expanding commercial.

Rotary has also created a page on the social media service Thunderclap, which enables supporters to sign up to share a single message through their social media accounts. The message will go out at a designated date and time to amplify the voice of our cause.   Visit our page on Thunderclap to add your voice.

October 24th is World Polio Day Lauren Marquez-Viso 2012-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Oct 17, 2012
Rotary International shared the polio eradication message with the world Saturday, September 29th during a massive charity concert in New York’s Central Park, organized by the Global Poverty Project. Headlined by the Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, and Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Global Citizen Festival 2012 drew a live audience of more than 60,000, and many more online and via television broadcasts.

Rotary produced a seven-minute segment preceding Neil Young, himself a polio survivor. Emmy-award winning actress Archie Panjabi, a celebrity participant in Rotary’s “This Close” public service campaign; Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, daughter of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and the country’s goodwill ambassador for polio eradication; Canadian Rotarian and polio-survivor Ramesh Ferris; and RI General Secretary John Hewko stirred up the crowd to help eradicate the disease.

“The long road bringing us to Central Park tonight began in the 1970s, when Rotary – an international humanitarian organization of business and professional leaders -- began vaccinating the world’s children against polio,” Hewko said. “Since then, Rotary and our partners -- UNICEF, WHO, the CDC, and the Gates Foundation -- have immunized more than 2 billion children, pushing polio out of almost every country on earth.”

The Global Festival, which organizers are calling the largest syndicated charity concert in online and broadcast television history, was timed to create awareness around the UN General Assembly in New York. At a high-level side event on polio eradication 27 September, Rotary announced a new funding commitment of US$75 million over three years to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Rotary has already contributed nearly $1.2 billion to the GPEI since the beginning of the campaign.
Click here to read the full article on Rotary's website.

Ending Polio: Rockin' in a polio-free world Lauren Marquez-Viso 2012-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Chicago Lakeview Rotary Video Mark Jak 2012-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Oct 09, 2012
Our club regularly volunteers at the Common Pantry food pantry at 3744 N. Damen Ave. Recently we have also provided them with much-needed office furniture. We all know what an amazing organization it is and it is so great to see that they were featured on Fox News. Check out to see the segment.

Please also visit their website and consider buying the new book I am Your Neighbor: Voices from a Chicago Food Pantry that contains the stories of Common Pantry clients. 100% of the proceeds from the book go to support Common Pantry.

We have a food drive to benefit Common Pantry Saturday, October 20, a re-stocking/clean-up day at the Pantry on Saturday, October 27th, and the Thanksgiving food distribution on Wednesday, November 21 (we need volunteers for these opportunities!). Please visit our events page for more information. Click on the Event Chair's name to send them a message.
Common Pantry on TV Lauren Marquez-Viso 2012-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso on Aug 27, 2012
Check out Rotary Showcase! Through Rotary Showcase you can promote your club's achievements to other Rotarians and your Facebook friends and see the great work that other clubs are doing. Let's think about adding something sometime!
Rotary Showcase Lauren Marquez-Viso 2012-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Krystan Lordahl on Jun 20, 2012
Below is some general wants of the organizations our club supports. If you're cleaning house, the garage, or just want to get rid of stuff, see the attached and perhaps someone can use what you no longer can. I'll be glad to arrange for pick up and delivery if needed.

Alarm Clocks
Small Screen TV's (not flat screen)
Wii, Xbox, Play Stations
Plants for front yard of Leland and labor to plant them
CD Radio
DVD movies (PG-13 or G rated only)
Jigsaw Puzzles
Board Games - pre-teen level
Word Games - easy to intermediate level
House of Good Shepherd
Disposable Diapers - size 5 and 6
Manual Can Openers
Alarm Clocks
Clock Radios
Wrist Watches
Kitchen Towels
Bath Towels and Washclothes
Pots and Pans
Crib size sheets
Twin Size sheets
Night Ministry Baby Shelter
Toddler Socks
Toddler T-Shirts
Baby Wipes
Twin Size Sheets
Baking Pans
Cooking Sheets
Disposable Diapers - Size 5 nd 6
Night Ministry - General
Socks - white cotton - adult sizes - Tube socks preferred
Bath Towels
Twin size Sheets
Mens and Women's underwear
Travel Size hygiene products
Common Pantry
Diapers - size 5 and 6
Toilet Paper (food stamps do not buy this)
Collection Items Krystan Lordahl 2012-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Knight on Jun 19, 2012

Daniel W. Bednarz

Daniel W. Bednarz, 71; beloved 30 year partner of Terrence McMahon; loving cousin; friend of Bill Wilson and faithful friend to many.   Preceded in death by his parents, the late Walter and Helene Bednarz and step-mother Ann Bednarz. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to Night Ministry, 4711 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, would be greatly appreciated. 

In Memoriam Mark Knight 2012-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Krystan Lordahl on Jun 18, 2012
Neumann Family Services thanks the Rotary Club of Chicago Lakeview in their newsletter. 


"Thanks to the Rotary Club of Chicago Lakeview, Neumann has launched its new "Adopt-a-Home" program, with the ultimate goal of matching a volunteer group with each of our 34 community homes in Chicago.  The program was initially piloted when the Rotary Club committed to providing its time, resources and talents to Neumann's Leland and Winnemac homes.  In the time since, Rotary Club members have donated furniture, lamps, bedding and artwork and helped secure paint and flooring donations (among other items) to help two of our homes receive much needed makeovers.  We are thrilled to share that a new volunteer group from Saint Clement Church is following in their footsteps, taking on painting projects and donating mattresses, bedding, lamps and other items to make a real difference at Neumann's Sacramento house."

Click Link Below to view the newsletter!
Neumann Family Services Thanks Club Krystan Lordahl 2012-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rachel Greenhoe on Apr 27, 2012

On Sunday, April 15th the Rotary Club of Chicago Lakeview gathered at 3160 Piano & Cabaret for an evening of food, drink and song.  The event raised nearly $10,000 in support of the club’s service projects for the upcoming year.  Guests enjoyed entertainment by Scott Gryder ( with Nick Sula on piano.  A special thanks to the event’s sponsors, William Blair, Terry McMahon and Don Staley. 

A Cabaret Soiree is a Success Rachel Greenhoe 2012-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Knight on Mar 01, 2012

A Cabaret Soiree
April 15th, 2012

6:30 - 9:00 PM

3160 Piano & Cabaret
3160 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

Join us for our annual fundraiser to support the Rotary Club of Chicago Lakeview's service projects for the 2012-13 year.

Includes open bar, heavy appetizers, silent auction and musical performance
by cabaret performer, Scott Gryder (

$60 per person, chair seating & standing room only
$80 per person, VIP Stage Level Table Seating

$250 Event Sponsor (includes 2 VIP Stage Level tickets to the event,
listing in the event program and mention in club's e-newsletter

To Register for this Event:  

Click on the link in the Club Events Section on our website or in our Club Bulletin 

2012 Spring Event Mark Knight 2012-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Damato on Feb 22, 2012
On 23 February 1905, Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Loehr's office for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting.  Harris' desire for camaraderie among business associates brought together these four men and eventually led to an international organization of service and fellowship.  

Throughout the week of 23 February, in honor of Rotary's anniversary, Rotary clubs and districts will be illuminating landmarks around the world with the End Polio Now message.  This year, the landmarks include:

The Water and Power Development Building in Lahore, Pakistan
Frere Hall in Karachi, Pakistan
Roppongi Hills Skyscraper in Tokyo, Japan
Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia
City Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
107th Anniversary of Rotary James Damato 2012-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Damato on Jan 16, 2012

Rotary International has succeeded in meeting the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s US$200 million match in funding for polio eradication, raising more than $202.6 million as of 17 January.

“We’ll celebrate this milestone, but it doesn’t mean that we’ll stop raising money or spreading the word about polio eradication,” Rotary Foundation Trustee John F. Germ told Rotary leaders at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “We can’t stop until our entire world is certified as polio-free.” 

The fundraising milestone was reached in response to $355 million in challenge grants awarded to The Rotary Foundation by the Gates Foundation. All funds have been earmarked to support polio immunization activities in affected countries where the vaccine-preventable disease continues to paralyze children. 

“In recognition of Rotary’s great work, and to inspire Rotarians in the future, the [Gates] foundation is committing an additional $50 million to extend our partnership,” said Jeff Raikes, chief executive officer of the Gates Foundation. “Rotary started the global fight against polio, and continues to set the tone for private fundraising, grassroots engagement, and maintaining polio at the top of the agenda with key policymakers.” Raikes also addressed Rotary leaders at the International Assembly. 

The new $50 million grant from the Gates Foundation is not a challenge grant.  

Rotary clubs worldwide meet US$200 million fundraising challenge James Damato 2012-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Lakeview Rotary Partners With Peruvian Medical Mission Mark Jak 2011-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Oct 23, 2011
The Lakeview club recently helped The Night Minitstry build out and update their computer learning room. The room help young adults with their computer skills and aids them in completing homework assignments. Our Club purchased and donated tables, desks, book cases, accessories for this room.  
Club Helps The Night Ministry With Donated Furniture Mark Jak 2011-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Lakeview Rotary To Host 3rd Annual Pub Quiz Rachel Greenhoe 2011-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
I Monelli Hosts Evening Club Dinner Mark Jak 2011-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Aug 17, 2011
Celia Christensen of the Citizens Utility Board (CUIB) was our speaker on August 18.  She explained the origins of the Board, which is to inform and advocate for Illinois citizens on all issues of cost of utilities, such as ComEd and the phone companies.  (Gov. Pat Quinn was a founding member.) CUB publishes "CUB Facts" and updates it weekly. It is filled with current information on rates, possible changes, and pricing comparisons of various utilities programs available to Illinois energy consumers. This material is available to all, and CUB also maintains phone lines to assist ciizens and answer questions on these issues plus conservation, recycling, bulb purchases and disposal, as well as many other topics. Also attending our Thursday meeting was a group from India.
1-800-669-5556 for practical hints on cutting energy costs

Citizen Utility Board Visits Rotary Lakeview Mark Jak 2011-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Aug 10, 2011
 Brigj and Shoba graciously hosted an evening on their pretty white boat, at their dock at the Yacht Club at Monroe Harbor on Thursday, August 11.  We welcomed members of Lakeview Rotary's satellite Rotaract Club with good food, drink and fellowship.  Perfect weather and view of the sun going down over the skyline, made it a pretty and  enjoyable evening.
Burnham Harbor Yacht Club Party Mark Jak 2011-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Knight on Aug 03, 2011
 At our meeting August 4, President Jim presented pins to :
Krys Lordahl, Maureen Ninneman, and Mark Jak for Board memberships, and Rachel for her President Elect position..
Board Members Pins Mark Knight 2011-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Jul 19, 2011
Scott Best, a director of Common Pantry, a food service located at Damen and Grace, told us about Common Pantry's three-prong approach to assisting those at need in the neighborhood. They not only do basic food distribution through a "shopping experience," but also make home deliveries. Thrid, they do Social Service outreach, to help their clients access the services, or solve the problems (jobs, housing) that cause them to need the food services. Their main clients are small families---about 300 each month.  Twenty percent are under five, and over 65 years of age. They distributed 150,000 pounds of food last year, and partner with other services to share food, information, assistance. Their program operates on about $60,000 a year: 1/2 from donations, 1'2 from fundraisers.  They welcome volunteers! David Brown, another director, also attended.
Our Service Committee is looking for volunteers to serve two shifts at Common Pantry on August 17.  To sign up, see Krys Lorhdal.
Common Pantry--Food Distribution with a Difference Mark Jak 2011-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Jun 29, 2011
 James Demato was honored and welcomed as the new president of the Lakeview Rotary Club at a party on June 26.  It was a perfect evening in the gorgeous gardens and home of Roger Staedtke and David Dewaard.   

Jim's term begins July 1, and Maureen Ninneman, outgoing president, was there in conclusion of her own term. 
More than 35 people attended---including guests--enjoying the company, the bar and the wide assortment of interesting and delicious dishes.  
Fine fellowship served as a kick-off for Jim's Presidential year.

New Lakeview President Is Honored Mark Jak 2011-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Jun 24, 2011
 Erin Knowles Wirsing is the Salvation Army manager for STOP-IT, a program which concentrates on all aspects related to traffiking of
human beings. The principal goal is to reach out to this victim population for intervention, immediate aid, and to put them in contact with needed help and services.  Another goal is to reach out to the community and organizations to make them aware of the many problems,  how widespread the situation is, how much help is needed, and how much danger there is to victims and the people trying to help them.
Erin spoke to us on June 23. Our member, Nicole Woodcox, had previously talked to us about this program. 
New member June Ozmon received her Rotary pin at the luncheon meeting on June 23. Roger Staedtke did the honors. Welcome, June!
New member Ricca Sloane received her Rotary pin at the luncheon meeting on June 23.  Maureen Ninneman "pinned " her, and Ricca, who had waited patiently for her pin, was glad to have it at last.  Welcome, Ricca!
New President Jim Damato presented outgoing President Maureen Ninneman with a gift to honor her year of outstanding service to the Club. Thank you, Maureen!

Club Welcomes Salvation Army Speaker and Welcomes Two New Members Mark Jak 2011-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Jun 24, 2011
 The Lakeview Rotary Club along with other local Rotary clubs generously donated $1500 to support a self-sustaining santition program in Glei, Togo. An updated photo of the residents of Glei using our santitation equipment is included. This will allow the village to properly collect, store and dispose trash that would otherwise could not be collected and cause an increase in transmittable diseases. TO SEE WHERE GLEI IS CLICK HERE
Updated Photo of Togo Sanitation Project Mark Jak 2011-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Jun 20, 2011
 Stephen Swan told us about his year in Germany as a Rotary Exchange Student, when he spoke to us on Thursday, June 16.  He attended high school on his Rotary scholarship in Delmenhorst,West German, just outside Bremen.  There he  lived with three different Rotary families, of varied socio-economic backgrounds. It was an eye-opening year for him, and changed the way he looks at the world. Those lessons inform his life, even today.  After graduating from college with majors in German and Philosophy, he returned to university in Bonn, Germany for an additional year of study in the same subjects. 
After seven years in the information technology field, he now owns his own company, Util IT, has a wife and two children, and is a prospective member of our club.
Stephen Swan Speaks About Ambassadorial Scholar Experience Mark Jak 2011-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Jun 18, 2011
 The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has just launched a 3-year strategic plan that outlines a vision and the steps necessary to immunizing every last child against polio - a terrible, disfiguing illness. The plan builds on lessons learned over the years, and expert analysis of overcoming the remaining barriers to stopping polio worldwide. The Gates Foundation is honored to have joined this effort and do its small part in the fight to eradicate only the second disease ever.


We are at an important point in the battle against polio. Mark Jak 2011-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Jun 08, 2011
 We were honored to have Tom Tunney, Alderman of the 44th Ward, as our speaker June 9.  He discussed the goals of his office in relationship to the community, particularly for school betterment and commercial growth, and the demographics of the neighborhood that have bearing on plans and decisions.  He has recently been appointed the Chairman of the Financial Committee of the City Council, which he feels will allow even more effectiveness in achieving plans.  He took questions concerning retail vacancies, the Wal-Mart store, and other community issues.  CLICK HERE FOR WARD INFORMATION
Alderman Tom Tunney Addresses Lakeview Rotary Club Mark Jak 2011-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Jun 01, 2011
 Renata Sago spoke to our club on Thursday, June 2.  She is a Rotary Ambassadorial scholar to the French Island of Guadaloupe for 2011-2012.  After a study program in Paris, she determined to pursue further studies in communications and the French language.  She gave a charming slide-illustrated talk.  She was accompanied by her mother, and will return next year to tell us about her experiences.READ MORE ABOUT GUADELOUPE
Renata Sago Captivates Rotary Luncheon With Her Ambassadorial Scholarship Experience Mark Jak 2011-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Grapes In the Gallery Raises over $10,000! Mark Jak 2011-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Apr 07, 2011

Take a look to see what we have accomplished as a group:

  1. Distributed food for at risk kids with Night Ministry
  2. Collected diapers and socks for Night Ministry/House of Good Shepherd
  3. Distributed dictionaries for St. Philip Neri School
  4. Audubon School Beatification project
  5. Distributed winter coats at House of Good Shepherd
  6. Distributed holiday gifts for Mercy Homes kids
  7. Distributed 25 baby layettes for St. Joseph and Night Ministry
  8. Valentines Party for Night Ministry Shelter


Supported Neuman Family Services, North Shore Housing and Supportive Services, Salvation Army, Sanitation Supplies for Togo and Medical Equipment for hospital in Arequipa, Peru


What Have We Done Lately Mark Jak 2011-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Mar 16, 2011

For the third consecutive year, our club has made layettes for the Laboure Outpatient Center at St. Joseph Hospital.  This year the layettes were delivered on March 16, 2011.

Labouré specializes in offering complete care for the entire family at every stage of life. Thye offer a comprehensive range of services from annual physicals, routine check-ups, and prenatal care to immunizations, well-baby care, pediatrics, infectious disease, and dermatology.

Rotary Lakeview Helps New Moms at St. Joseph Hospital Mark Jak 2011-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Mar 02, 2011
The Rotary Club of Chicago Lakeview has paired with 2 other local clubs (Oak Forest and Oak Park River Forest) to complete an international project with the village of Glei in Togo. Rotarian Jane McDonald (of Rotary One Chicago) has been a Peace Corps Volunteer stationed there for almost two years, and is acting as the on the ground coordinator for the project. The village members in Togo are working to move their waste-site further outside of the village limits in order to improve water and sanitation conditions. Historically, they have been doing this by hand without efficient or safe equipment. Funds raised by the clubs here in the Chicago area will go to purchase gloves, work boots, wheel barrows, rakes, shovels and uniforms. As of today, each club has donated $500 toward the cause.
Oak Forest Rotarian and International Director Michele Thornton will be visiting the village in Togo to meet with Jane McDonald and observe the completion of the project as well as join in the local celebration of Easter. She will be touring the area and attending the local Rotary meetings between April 16th and 30th. Michele hopes to develop a long term partnership with the village and identify future opportunities where small clubs like ours, can make a big impact overseas. Between now and April, we hope to raise further awareness about Togo, and hopefully gather additional items to bring along on the trip. Jane has reccommended things that are easy to transport, such as art supplies, hard candy, USA flags/stickers for the children in the village. Read More About Togo On Wikipedia
Lakeview Rotary Helps Improve Water and Sanitation in Togo Mark Jak 2011-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Feb 20, 2011
On February 17th, Terry Bass received his Paul Harris Fellow recogition for his donation of US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program.  Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate and a pin. 
Terry Bass Recognized as Paul Harris Fellow Mark Jak 2011-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Concert To End Polio Mark Jak 2011-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Jan 04, 2011

Don Staley generously returned from sunny Florida to host the Rotary Lakeview holiday party on December 12, a blizzard-white day in Chicago.  A lively crowd filled Don’s warm, 19th floor apartment, where the wide windows looked out on the beautiful, snowy Park landscape and icy Lake Michigan. Many Rotarians were present, along with friends and potential new club members.

Everyone enjoyed the wine and cocktails and a generous repast of cheeses, pate, dips, shrimp, Krys Lordahl’s hot hors d’ oeuvres, and enough cookies to open a cookie shop.

Don returned to Florida, (where the sun was still shining) and will be back in the Spring.

Holiday Party 2010 Mark Jak 2011-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Nov 29, 2010
For over a century, the lights of the famous Berghoff sign have been “on” when the restaurant is open and “off” when it is closed. Traditionally closed on Thanksgiving Thursday, Loop area passersby will see the sign aglow this year as Berghoff welcomes the people of Neumann Family Services, a local
Chicago nonprofit that serves individuals with development disabilities and mental illness.

The team of nearly 50 volunteers -made up of members of the Berghoff Group, the Neumann network and Chicago community organizations- will do everything from cooking the feast to setting the table to washing each dish. 10 members of the Lakeview Rotary Club helped make the first annual event a success and shared in the spirit and kinship that is Thanksgiving.
Rotary Lakeview helps The Berghoff Lights Go “On” this Thanksgiving for the Residents of Neumann Family Services Mark Jak 2010-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Interact Club raises money for Shelterbox Terry Bass 2010-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Knight on Oct 15, 2010
 On Saturday, October 16th, club members helped the parents group at Audubon School located on Addison and Hoyne clean up the school grounds.  We trimmed tree & bushes, planted tulip & daffodil bulbs, raked leaves, cleaned up trash, and etc.   Maureen and Mark found it funny that the school had thorned bushes on the property.   The weather was perfect, and we all had a great time.  Club Attendees:  Kathy Kessenich and her son, Ben; Maureen Ninneman, Club President, and Mark Knight.    We are planning another day in the Spring.  All are welcome to join us.  
Club Members Help Clean Up Audubon School Mark Knight 2010-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Oct 06, 2010
 On Wednesday, October 6 members of the Rotary Club of Lakeview and its supporters filled the back room of Chief  O'Neill's for the second annual Pub Quiz for a Cause, raising over $1,500.  Proceeds from the event will provide much needed winter coats to the children of  House of Good Shepherd and The Night Ministry's Response-Ability Pregnant & Parenting Program.

Many thanks to Mark Jak for coming up with the questions, and to Patrick, the evening's fabulous emcee!

2nd Annual Pub Quiz a Success! Mark Jak 2010-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Sep 26, 2010

On Monday, September 27, 2010 our service committee presented dictionaries to the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students who attend St. 

Philip Neri Catholic school located at 2110 East 72nd Street in Chicago. Each child also received a book donated by Dorothy Miasio, Executive Director, Literacy Volunteers of Illinois (LVI).


Pictured  are from left to right Linda Sanders, Principal, St. 

Philip Neri School, and Rotary Service Committee member, Anne Crevi.

Service Committee Delivers Dictionaries To St. Philip Neri Grade School Mark Jak 2010-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Lakeview Rotary Host PAMS Fundraising Event Mark Jak 2010-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Chicago Lakeview Rotary teams up with The Night Ministry and hits the street to feed “at risk” homeless youths and adults. Mark Jak 2010-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Knight on Aug 29, 2010

Written By: Margaret Gurney

Ten Rotarians showed up to sell beer at the Lakeview East Music Fest on Saturday, August 28.  A bright sunny day and a few beer drinkers garnered $72 in tips for our Club, in spite of Jim Damato's enthusiastic calling out to passersby.  Also present: Terry Bass, Brij Bharteey, Rachel Greenhoe, Margaret Gurney, Stephanie Kelly and her husband, David, Kathy Kessenich, Maureen Ninneman, and Roger Staedtke.

Lakeview Rotary Club at Music Fest Mark Knight 2010-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Aug 26, 2010
 Test your knowledge of everything from
history to pop-culture all while supporting
a good cause! Come with your team already
assembled or join one at the event.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
7 - 9 PM

1st Place team wins
$160 worth of gift certificates
to Chief O'Neill's Pub

Chief O'Neill's Pub
3471 N. Elston Avenue, Chicago
(2 blocks north of Roscoe)
$25 in advance / $30 at the door
Click Here For Registration
Lakeview Rotary Announce 2nd Annual Pub Quiz Mark Jak 2010-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Gurney on Aug 22, 2010

By Margaret Gurney


Rafael Rosa, VP of Education of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, told us about the activities of the Museum at our meeting held at the Museum on August 12.


The Museum opened in 1999, and incorporated the Chicago Academy of Science, which dates from 1867.  There are ongoing and special exhibitions, and the Museum is committed to public outreach and a leadership role in citizen initiatives to preserve endangered species and areas.

The Museum works with 425 schools; has programs for 85,000 students and thousands of teachers.  It interacts with more than two million visitors each year.  Some of the activities are nine on-site summer camps, teacher support programs, and guided workshops for 21,000 students.  There are 200 classrooms that participate in Science On the Go!, a program of Museum scientists visiting to conduct scientific experiments in underserved schools


Following his talk, Rafael generously took time to escort us through the Museum, concentrating on the special exhibit about migrating Monarch butterflies, and the Butterfly Haven, an outstanding and beautiful part of the Museum's program to protect butterfly habitat and teach preservation of butterflies. 


Eighteen members and guests attended; the catered lunch was arranged by Krys Lordahl.


Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Field Trip Margaret Gurney 2010-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald Staley on Aug 03, 2010

Their new Boat welcomed more than 20 Rotarian's and guests as members Brij and Shoba Bharteey hosted the first weekly meeting of the Lakeview Rotary Club held on a Boat.  Burnham Harbor was the setting with the beautiful Chicago skyline as the background as President Maureen Ninneman opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance.

An abundance of appetizers were served along with your choice of liquid beverages.  The main course was deep dish Connie's pizzas.  All in attendance agreed that this was one of the best meetings of our club.
Posted by Mark Jak on Aug 03, 2010

When the R.I. Council on Legislation met in April 2010, Don Staley volunteered to escort Rotarians from around the world on a tour of Rotary Headquarters in Evanston.  While on the tour, Don met 3 Rotary Presidents, John Kenny -President 2009-2010, Ray Klinginsmith - President 2010-2011 and Kalyan Banerjee- President-Elect 2011-2012. Don even received a tie from President Kenny.

Local Rotarian Meets Three Past Presidents Mark Jak 2010-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Mar 17, 2010
Our club has created a monthly dining club to experience the varied local cuisines of Chicago.
Isla Philipina Gathering Mark Jak 2010-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Jak on Jan 08, 2010
Please help our collection drive and donate sample size shampoo, conditioner, soap and moisturizer bottles for the needy. Bring your supplies to the Thursday Meeting
January Collection Mark Jak 2010-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Crapple Fundraiser THIS Saturday, April 26th 7pm!!! Lauren Marquez-Viso 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso
On May 2-4, District 6450 will hold the annual District Conference and Celebration in Lake Delavan, WI at Lake Lawn Resort. Join fellow Rotarians at this exciting event of Rotary fellowship! For more information please visit the district website calendar.
District Conference May 2-4 Lauren Marquez-Viso 0
Posted by Mark Jak
 Please note that our September 9th meeting will not be held at The Hallmark at 12:15. Rather we will meet at 6:30 at the home of Terry Bass. For more information please contact Terry Bass.
September 9th Meeting Mark Jak 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso

Check out these stories of the unique Rotary connection of Tony Clark, a former Rotary Youth Exchange student from Australia, who invented a really cool backpack bed ( for the homeless and came to our Chicago community to distribute them with the help of the Night Ministry! This was the first distribution of the backpack beds in the United States.

Story on Rotary's website

Story from the Chicago Tribune about his visit to Chicago and work with the Night Ministry

The Night Ministry and a Unique Rotary Connection Lauren Marquez-Viso 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso
The Rotary Foundation is the major funding vehicle for Rotary Service Above Self around the world. Rotarians often wonder what happens to the money that is donated to the Rotary Foundation. To better understand how contributions translate into the incredible achievements of the Rotary Foundation use the Rotary Foundation Funding module to learn how contributions pay for grants and which programs they can support.

If each Rotarian contributes $100 per year to the Rotary Foundation, Rotary, with its approximately 1.2 million members around the world, would collect $120 million. Help Rotary meet or exceed this goal! One hundred dollars per year is only 27 cents per day. That is a very small price to pay in the spirit of Service Above Self. These 27 cents per day will help the Rotary Foundation make an even bigger difference in the world. You can read about the Rotary Foundation at The Rotary Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 and all of its financial information is available to the public. Check out this site to learn more about Rotary's financials.

The grant funds that come back to our club and district for our service projects are the direct result of Rotarians giving to the Annual Fund. In the 2010-2011 year alone TRF provided $150.2 million in program awards to support the fight against polio, life-changing humanitarian grants and inspirational educational programs.

You can conveniently make a tax deductible $100 donation to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund online at You can even sign up for recurring contributions with Rotary Direct. Think about spreading out four $25 contributions over 12 months or $10 per month, super convenient!
Giving to the Rotary Foundation Lauren Marquez-Viso 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso
Our international service project this year is to provide an industrial-grade kitchen at a community center in the Tepehua community located near Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. 
The Tepehua community is the poorest in the Lake Chapala area and suffers from high levels of substance abuse, domestic abuse, high infant mortality, high levels of cervical cancer among women, lack of sanitation, lack of health/dental care, nutritional deficiencies, unemployment and general poverty. The local Rotarians helped create a community center just two years ago and have been instrumental in beginning to help this community raise itself up.
The community center provides a weekly meal (comida in Spanish) to help combat hunger, improve nutrition and gain trust in the community. The number of attendees started at 50 and now is up to 200! They have started a medical/maternal health clinic, dental clinic, hygiene and shower program, sewing classes, English classes, a thrift store/bazaar, counseling sessions, and assist with educational enrollment for children. All services are FREE to the community! The community members have really taken ownership of the center and its programs and help to run things there. They are very invested in the success of this valuable community resource which is a source of pride for the community.

Click here to see photos of the Tepehua Community Center. Please contact Lauren Marquez-Viso with any questions or thoughts.
International Service Project 2012-2013 Tepehua Community Kitchen Lauren Marquez-Viso 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso
Aziz Memon, Rotary's National PolioPlus Chair for Pakistan, was a guest on the August 22nd edition of the show "Worldview" with host Jerome McDonald on Chicago's Public Radio Station WBEZ.

Memon discussed Pakistan's recent progress in fighting polio, and the challenges that still remain. Listen here.

Also check out Rotary's new End Polio Now site
Rotary on Chicago Public Radio WBEZ Lauren Marquez-Viso 0
New Photo Albums! Lauren Marquez-Viso 0
The Future of Rotary Grants Lauren Marquez-Viso 0
Posted by Lauren Marquez-Viso
Dear Club Members,

I hope you have had a chance to visit our website recently ( in order to view the latest updates. There is a lot more content on our page including information about our club and Rotary, new events and volunteer opportunities and new photo albums! I encourage everyone to visit the site regularly to check out the newest enhancements.

On our website you will notice that you can LOGIN. Please know that the username for everyone follows the same model: firstname.lastname. If you do not know your password, click on forgot password. Then, check your email for a message from Club Runner (our website service provider) that will provide you with the information necessary to create a new password if necessary or it will remind you of your existing password. Everyone should login and see what you can do! Logging in will allow you to RSVP for events, update your personal profile, add photo albums, add stories, and more!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. 
Web Updates Lauren Marquez-Viso 0
Posted by Mark Jak
On Wednesday August 11th, members of the Chicago Lakeview Rotary Club and the Rotaract Club helped distribute food to 74 individuals and impacting over 250 people. Common Pantry supplies meat, produce, bread and other food items to those in need in the North Center area. Please visit Common Pantry's Website for more information. 
Rotary Helps Serve at The Common Pantry Mark Jak 0
Posted by Mark Jak
The Lakeview Rotary Club generously donated $1500 to support a self-sustaining santition program in Glei, Togo. This will allow the village to properly collect, store and dispose trash that would otherwise could not be collected and cause an increase in transmittable diseases. TO SEE WHERE GLEI IS CLICK HERE
Lakeview Club Donates to Glei, Togo Mark Jak 0
Posted by Margaret Gurney

Emerson F. Soares of Sao Paulo, Brazil, visited our Club Thursday, November 18. He is an employee of Valores Advisers, and was in Chicago for a conference.  He and President Maureen Ninneman exchanged flags.

Guest: Emerson Soares Margaret Gurney 0
Posted by Margaret Gurney

Patrick McCarthy brought musical instruments made from discarded toys and other elecronic cast-offs, and played them to show their potential for making individualistic sounds.  The youngsters who alter these items and play them are empowered by the sounds they produce and the sense of accomplishment they encourage.  Patrick holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and is a founder of Roth Mobot, and works through the Old Town School of Folk Music to reach out to Chicago Public Schools with these ground breaking programs. His group is in demand for performances and has has been written up extensively in local press and has participated and competed in numerous conferences from Chicago to Paris.
Past President Terry Bass presents a Rotary pen to Patrick McCarthy, Thursday, November 18.

Past Speaker: Patrick McCarthy Margaret Gurney 0
Posted by Mark Jak
This month we will be collection holiday gifts for the children at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. You will be paired off with a client of Mercy and will be able to purchase a holiday gift specifically tailored to their wants and needs. Its a great opportunity to help those in need during this time of year. For more information please visit their website: Mercy Home
November Club Collection Mark Jak 0
Posted by Krystan Lordahl
For the second year in a row, our club purchased winter coats for the children and mothers of two shelters -- House of Good Shepherd and the Night Ministry Teen Girl/Baby Facility. 

House of Good Shepherd welcomes with love and compassion women and children affected by domestic violence who seek their help. The shelter is a safe place which seeks to empower women, affirming them in their family role. A woman and her children are offered opportunities for emotional, social, educational and spiritual growth. They are committed to helping families by strengthening their self-esteem and giving hope and continued support for a better future.

The Night Ministry builds relationships with vulnerable youth and adults on the nighttime streets. Through these relationships and the provision of housing, health, outreach, spiritual, and social services, we seek to empower people of all ages to meet their own needs. Recognizing the uniqueness, dignity, and value of each person, we accept individuals as they are, in an affirming and compassionate manner.

We bought a total of 16 coats for the moms and 32 coats for the kids.  Nice warm "puff coats" were purchased for all -- lots of pink for the little girls, and navy and brown for the boys!
Lakeview Rotary Club Helps Kids Stay Warm This Winter Krystan Lordahl 0
Posted by Mark Knight

At our August 26th meeting, Nicole Woodcox was officially welcomed as a new member, with Mark Jak presenting her Rotary membership pin. 

New Member Mark Knight 0
Posted by Mark Knight

Written By: Margaret Gurney


Maureen   Martino, Executive Director of the Lake View East Chamber of Commerce, was our speaker Thursday, August 26.  She talked with enthusiasm about the focus of the CDC to promote business and vibrancy in this neighborhood of over 46,000 people.  Their activities range from working to try to lessen the effects of the City's parking contract that will drive parking prices high enough to hurt the area's business, through a whole range of publicity to attract business to the area, by understanding and publicizing the area and its demographics. Maureen described the wide choices available in special events, from the Music Fest, (where our Club manned one of the beer booths), to the juried Art Fest, Casino Night at Belmont Harbor, and Halloween festivities for kids, held at Nettlehorst School. Maureen emphasized how our club can connect with these activities to have a greater impact, and make a greater contribution to our neighborhood.


One special event at this meeting was Nicole Woodcox being officially welcomed as a new                member, with Mark Jak presenting her Rotary membership pin. 


Visiting Rotarians included Dr. William Setsumi Taguchi, PhD, a professor at The Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo in Brazil.  He and his wife, Rosa, were in Chicago attending the Urological Convention.


And from Australia were two sailors here for the Tall Ships parade: Rotarian Lindsay Ruby from the Rotary Club of Nerang, Queensland, Australia, and his guest and fellow sailor, Cecil Williams from Sydney.


Maureen Martino of Lake View East Chamber Mark Knight 0
Posted by Mark Jak
 Rotarian Don Staley hosted a party for the Chicago Air and Water Show on Sunday, August 15 at his Lakeview Hi-Rise apartment. More that 15 Rotarians and guests were in attendance and enjoyed an abundance of wonderful food treats and beverages as they watched the spectacular show from Don's 19th floor balcony.
Lakeview Rotary Enjoys Chicago Air and Water Show Mark Jak 0
Posted by Mark Knight
Welcome to our New Club President, Maureen Ninneman. Good Luck in your year as our President!
Maureen Ninneman Mark Knight 0
Posted by Mark Knight
2010-11 DG Robb Knuepfer
Installation Ceremony
Adler Planetarium
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Celebrate with us at the Adler Planetarium "The Future Is Now"
2010-2011 Installation & Dinner
Rotary District 6450 DG Robb Knuepfer
Installation Chairman: Rotarian Barry Axler
DG Installation & Dinner Mark Knight 0
Posted by Maureen Ninneman
On June 5th, members of the club volunteered at Night Ministry. Volunteers sorted shampoo, toothpaste, lotions and other toiletries to be distributed to homeless youth and others in need. Mark your calendars for August 17th. We are looking for volunteers to help prepare and then distribute a meal that night. Further information will follow.
Night Ministry Maureen Ninneman 0
Posted by Roger Staedtke
Club meeting at St.Joe's. Through the generosity of of our club member Beverly's employer, the Hospital of St Joseph, several of our club members enjoyed a delicious lunch consisting of roasted chicken and yummy fruit and veggies. Of course there was a variety of soft drinks as well as cookies for desert. We were then treated to several presentations by their volunteers who are "manning" the cloth closet for the needy pregnant patients. Their enthusiastic involvement and their lively presentation was a pleasure to hear. Their operation depends on donations of wearable women and men clothing. You can either bring them to the hospital or you can also have them picked up, if you have a lot. Anybody can donate and vice versa, anybody can come and buy "stuff"in support of this worthwhile business. If you have any free time left in your busy schedule, you can even volunteer and help out a few hours a week selling to the needy. We all enjoyed the change of the weekly Rotary program.
Meeting At St Joseph's Hospital Roger Staedtke 0
Posted by Mark Knight
Sister Florence Muia of Upendo Village On June 17th, Sr Florence Muia of Upendo Village visited the club to give us an update on the great things they are doing in Kenya. We were surprised to find out that the most common way for a mother to transmit HIV to her baby is breast milk. At Upendo Village they encourage the use of baby formula and provide it for all new babies. Also, Upendo Village encourages people to manage HIV with medication and proper nutrition. They even teach them how to grow food and raise fish. The Rotary Club of Chicago Lakeview is a proud supporter of Upendo Village. Upendo Village, NFP is a project designed to respond at the local level to the needs of women, men and their children living with HIV/AIDS. The project surrounds them with resources and support to improve their health, restore their self-respect, honor their dignity and increase their lifespan. Upendo Village is not a hospice program where death is the final outcome. We are providing hope, love, services and resources so that families can be strengthened and can plan for their future. UPENDO VILLAGE
Sister Muia of Upendo Village Mark Knight 0
Posted by Mark Jak

On May 27, our club delivered 25 layettes for the newborns in the Laboure Clinic at St Joseph Hospital.  A layette is a package of diapers, baby clothes, baby toiletries, baby book, and picture frame for the new mother.

Rotary Helps Mothers In Need Mark Jak 0
Help Kick Polio Out Of Africa Mark Jak 0
Wine Tasting a Success Mark Jak 0