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                       ROTARY SERVING HUMANITY
 
                    We meet on Thursdays at 12:10 PM
 
                               Glen Oak Country Club
                                 21 W 451 Hill Avenue
                              Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
                                      
 
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What an evening we had!...First we started with good old fashioned fellowship around good drinks and excellent food....Then we had John Mulherin as our Master of Ceremony....With Penny Belke backing up each speaker and presenter...

 
 
 

 

Just a reminder that tomorrow is the Annual President and Board Installation.

We will begin with a cocktail time at 6:30 PM and dinner is at 7:00 PM.

 

 
 
 
Rotary Member Spotlight is here!
 
Each month we will feature one of the many Glen Ellyn Rotary members that make such a difference in our communities. These are people that fill many roles in their day to day lives and apply Rotary values in everything they do.  This month’s member is John Helledy. John is our 2015-2016 President and in his short time with Rotary has demonstrated a desire to be deeply engaged from the very beginning.
 
When did you become a Rotarian?
John: I became a Glen Ellyn Rotarian on May 13, 2010, under the Presidency of Dawn Bussey.
 
Why did you join Rotary?
John: I have a high school friend who happens to be our Greeter/Fine Master.  Upon my retirement, he asked me if I was going t sit in my rocking chair on the front porch or would I like to do something worthwhile.  Soon I was attending meetings of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn and the rest is history.
 
What is your best Rotary memory?
John: This would have to be when I was asked if I would be interested in becoming President of our Club.  I had been our Club Secretary for several years and did not expect to move up so quickly.  As I thought about my answer, I didn’t know how the club would adjust to a person 45  years older than my predecessor who was much better looking, and a different gender. Since I am retired, I had no reason to decline the offer. 
     
What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of Rotary?
John: These change somewhat as the years go by.  We do enjoy spending time at our lake home in Wisconsin.  We also enjoy traveling, and are active in our church.
 
What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?
John: Most of my career was in the global business area.  Through business and pleasure I have been fortunate to travel to 76 countries.  The experiences and friendships are numerous.  Traveling overseas helps one appreciate how lucky we are to be Americans.
 
We are lucky to live in this great country.  Thank you for being a great President to our club this past year!
 

 
 
Our guest speaker today, at Baronies Restaurant, was none other than our own Rtn Paul (PJ) Keenon. He took part in a cultural exchange to Pakistan in March. Then several delegates from Punjab Pakistan came to our district for our District 6440 conference and 10 days of our culture, Paul spoke mostly about the cultural and religious differences between our two countries and a comparison of the safety and crime in the US vs Pakistan particularly Chicago (9.5 million People) and Lahore (12.5 million people). He came dressed in the traditional Pakistan men's clothes and hat(s).  He has a desire to go back to Pakistan and see if he can learn more about the people and the land. He enjoyed his time and discussions in homes of Muslim families.
 
 
 

Annually the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn holds two major fund raisers, a Citrus Sale and Big Wheel Night, to accrue revenue to provide for those organizations our Glen Ellyn Rotary Club Foundation deems qualified in need of the members help. This year we have awarded $17,000 in grants to 21 non-profit organizations and $14,000 in scholarships to  8 deserving students at Glenbard South and Glenbard West.

The organizations listed below are the grant recipients for 2015/16 Rotary Year.
Friends of DuPage Animal Care & Control Foundation
BR Ryall YMCA
Bridge Communities
DuPage CASA
DONKA
DuPage PADS
DuPage Senior Citizens Council
Family Shelter Svcs
Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities
Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center
GE Historical Society
GE Public Library
GE Youth and Family Svcs
Humanitarian Svc Project
JUST of DuPage
NAMI
People's Resource Center
Repeat Boutique
SCARCE
Teen Parent Connection
YWCA
Salvation Army
 
The photo above represents the Organizations given grants, but is not all inclusive.
 
Our special thanks to the members of the Glen Ellyn Rotary Club Foundation Board for their diligent work in screening the recipients and managing our funds. Also to the members of the Glen Ellyn Rotary Club for the donations and fund raising endeavors each one participated in to help those less fortunate.

 

 
 
 

 

 
We were honored to welcome visiting Rotarians, Mr. & Mrs. Yosy Shargil.  They live in Haifa, Israel and were visiting their son here in Glen Ellyn.
 

 
 
Rotary Member Spotlight is here!
 
Each month we will feature one of the many Glen Ellyn Rotary members that make such a difference in our communities. These are people that fill many roles in their day to day lives and apply Rotary values in everything they do.
 
This month’s member is Scott Park.  Rotary is rooted deep in his family from his father to his children and is our incoming President. 
 
When did you become a Rotarian? 
Scott: Officially 2005, however, I frequently helped my father with Rotary projects while growing up in Alpena, MI.
 
Why did you join Rotary?
Scott:  “Meet with community Leaders, Exchange Ideas and Take Action”.  I want to provide service to those in need (Glen Ellyn and outside of Glen Ellyn).
 
What is your best Rotary memory?
Scott: When my daughters were inducted as the Presidents of the Glenbard West Interact club.  As I child, I enjoyed working the annual Alpena Rotary Radio Auction and helping to build the Bi-Centennial Bike Path in Alpena.
 
What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of Rotary? 
Scott: Platform Tennis is my true passion.  We have grown the Glen Ellyn club from 1 men’s team of 10 players in 2010 to 14 men’s teams and 3 ladies’ teams.  Golfing with my 12 year-old son Ryan.
 
What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?
Scott: I get to see the world by attending the summer Olympics: 1976 Montreal , 1984 LA, 1988 Seoul, 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London ……Rio number 10!
 

 

It's 10 days now until Big Wheel Night, and there are 17 of the 100 tickets yet to be sold.

28 of our 46 Glen Ellyn Rotary members have signed up for one or more tickets. 

Thanks to the members who are supporting our second most important fund raiser that funds college scholarships and community grants!!

We have one more meeting at Baronies' on Thursday, then Big Wheel Night on Wednesday the 20 th followed by our Member Guest Social on the 28 th (no regular meeting on the 28 th).  We return to Glen Oak on May 5.

Bring some tip money on Thursday to thank our wait staff on Baronies'.  They served us well.

I've received payment for only 30 Big Wheel tickets so to make things easy on me bring your checks on Thursday.

Lastly and separately, I will email a flyer with the detail of the Member Guest Social.  Please sign up on Thursday or email Kathy Borello so she will know how much food to order.

Merrill

 

 
GE Rotary Member Guest Social - April 28th
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
Paul Keenon presenting Assistant Governor Carrie Fullerton the trade banner from the Rotary International Personal Representative PDG, Leslie Salehuddin, from the Rotary Club of Gombak, Kuala Lampur, Indonesia. Paul also presented Glen Ellyn President John Helledy with the trade banner from the Rotary club of Islamabad Downtown. All of these banners were presented to Paul to bring back to our Rotary Club by these clubs from the Cultural Exchange trip to Pakistan representing District 6440 and it's delegation lead by District Governor Rodney Adams.
 

 

 

 
Right To Be Free is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of enslaved children in Africa and broadening the public awareness of human trafficking. Thank you to Lori Dillon for educating us on the realities of issues like this. Learn more atwww.righttobefree.org.
 

 
 

 

Our club was pleased to have Judy Meikle as our guest. She shared her unique story of being a heart transplant recipient. Judy knew who her donor was - Army Ranger Corporal Ben Kopp. He was shot in the leg in 2009 while raiding a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan. Due to massive blood loss he unfortunately did not make it. A common friend of the families connected Judy with the Kopp family and two days later Judy received a new heart, courtesy of an American war hero. Thank you for sharing your fascinating story with us. You can learn more about organ donation here http://www.dmv.org/il-illinois/organ-donor.php
 

 

 

This past week we welcomed past District 6440 Governor, Carlos Frum, to share details of the Rotary HealthRays project with us.  Rotary has partnered with Guatemala's Ministry of Public Health and the Pan American Health Organization with the goal to buy and install 29 x-ray machines to serve the rural poor in Guatemala.  Why is this important?  As many as 4 billion people around the globe do not have access to simple x-ray technology.  In fact, many people don't even know it exists.  Making these machines available could allow for better health care, increased productivity and extended life spans.  Visit www.healthrays.info to learn more about this important project and see how you can get involved in helping Rotary 6440 reach their goal of 29 units.
 

 
 

 

DiveHeart is an organization that looks to build confidence, independence and self-esteem in the lives of children, adults and veterans with disabilities through scuba diving, scuba therapy and related activities. Thank you to Jim and TinaMarie for sharing all the great work you do with our Rotary club. To learn more about how you can get involved visit http://diveheart.org/
 

 
 

It is our sad obligation to announce the passing of our friend and fellow Glen Ellyn Rotary Club member. May the Lord be with you! Patrick J. Schauer passed this week. More information will be forth coming when we know more.

Pat was born  January 13, 1953 and died in December 2015. He was inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn in 1988. He was a Past President in the years 2012-13.

He was also an honored multiple "Paul Harris Fellow".

He held many club board positions in addition to being the Past President. He was International Chair, Membership Chair and a member of the scholarship committee. Many of these board posts he held many times.  Pat was also an avid attendee of "Rotary International Conventions" in many countries around the world.

We are saddened by his passing and wish his family peace and contentment in knowing his belief was that he would be with the Lord this day. His long term suffering is over.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Citrus arrived last weekend! Thank you to everyone that supported our fundraiser, helping us raise money for scholarships and local community grants. Our rotarians and other volunteers working the dock had a great time sharing in fellowship, meeting our customers and sampling the fruit!
 

 
 

 

 
Our club collected and wrapped gifts for 50 children for the Humanitarian Service Project. This is a program that we participate in each holiday season. If you aren't familiar with the impact this organization has in our communities, please check out their website at www.humanitarianservice.org.
 
A special thank you to Rotarian Ken Bucheit who has pulled this program together for our club over the years.
 

 
 
 
This week we welcomed two new Rotarians into our club.  Welcome to Tammy Lemke, CEO of the BR Ryall YMCA in Glen Ellyn and Drew Malone, Financial Advisor with Robert Baird.  District Governor, Rodney Adams, was our guest and had the honor of inducting them.   
 

 
 
 
Thank you to Rotarian Sue Martin of TMC2.  Sue helped us navigate our way through the Windows 10 update so we could more clearly understand the differences, how it may affect current programs and strategies to customize the view for our individual needs. Sue is known throughout the community not only as a savvy computer expert, but as a friend and leader. 
 

 
 
 
Our Rotary Club was honored to once again sponsor Mentor Day.  Glenbard South and Glenbard West students are given the opportunity to shadow professionals in various jobs to gain insight to their own career paths.  This was the largest group participating since the program began.  52 students spent the morning with attorneys, engineers, teachers, doctors, media professionals and many more!
 

 
 
 
Thank you to Glen Ellyn Fire Chief Jim Bodony for hosting our club at the fire house.  For over 100 years, a company of volunteer firefighters has stood watch over Glen ELlyn.  While many communities have transitioned to tax-supported fire departments, Glen Ellyn is proud that its all volunteer fire company remains steadfastly committed to serve and protect its neighbors.  You can learn more about at www.glenellynfire.com.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Dear Friends,
 
For the 29th year, the Glen Ellyn Rotary Club is selling citrus to fund college scholarships and grants for local charitable organizations.  Our 2014 sale was so successful that we were able to donate 1200 pounds of fruit, fund 9 scholarships to deserving young adults in need, as well as support 22 charities, which include:
Bridge Communities
DuPage Pads
Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center
DuPage Senior Citizens Council
Western DuPage Special Recreation Assoc.
People’s Resource Center
Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans
CASA of DuPage
Teen Parent Connection
Donka
 
NEW FOR 2015 – INDIAN RIVER TANGELOS!  In addition to our Florida Ruby Red Grapefruit and Florida Navel Oranges, we are now offering Tangelos which are a hybrid of a tangerine and grapefruit.  Tangelos are the size of an adult fist, easy to peel and super juicy!  All the fruit is picked and packaged the week of delivery so it’s very fresh.  The fruit is a fresh treat during the cold winter season and higher quality than you can buy in the grocery store.  It makes a great holiday gift to friends, family, clients, employees, or charity.
 
Orders can be picked up at Village Links Golf Course on:
 Friday, December 11th 1:00pm-5:00pm and Saturday, December 12th 9:00am-1:00pm
 
Please submit your order by Monday November 30, 2015
 
Orders may also be placed online at www.glenellynrotary.org and click on Order Citrus .
(subject to an additional $1/case fee due to processing costs)
 
Thank you for your support of these great programs and opportunities we provide!
 
 
You can also print an order form HERE
Make checks payable to:  Glen Ellyn Rotary Foundation
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
Where are we in the fight to end polio? What are our successes and challenges? How can we make history
together? Find out during a live event for World Polio Day. 
The Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn is committed to ending Polio.  
http://livestream.com/rotaryinternational/worldpolioday
 
 
 

 
 
 
Speakers
Jul 07, 2016
Harvey Mysel
Meeting @ GOCC - Blood Pressure Screening Program
Jul 14, 2016
Donna Adler
Meeting @ GOCC - Club membership program
Jul 21, 2016
Scott Park
Meeting @ GOCC - visit to Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea
Jul 28, 2016
Dr. Ann Rondeau, President - College of DuPage
Meeting @ GOCC - introducing Dr. Rondeau to our Rotary Club & community
Aug 04, 2016
All GE Rotarians
Meeting @ GOCC - tentative GE Rotary Golf Outing @ Village Links
Aug 11, 2016
Marin McKlellan & friends
Meeting @ GOCC - Study abroad programs & more @ COD
Aug 18, 2016
All GE Rotarians & families
Member social gathering - location TBA
Aug 25, 2016
District Governor Rick Rivkin
Meeting @ GOCC - Club Board meeting @ 10:30 and lunch @ 12:10 with District Governor Rick Rivkin
Sep 01, 2016
Donna Adler
Meeting @ GOCC - Criminal Justice Reform community project
Sep 08, 2016
Rob Layton
Meeting @ GOCC - Tri-State Bicycle Rides
Sep 15, 2016
TBA -
Meeting @ GOCC -
Sep 22, 2016
Mr. Steen Metz
Meeting @ GOCC - Memories of Childhood in a Nazi Concentration Camp
Sep 29, 2016
TBA -
Meeting @ GOCC -
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Treasurer
Secretary
Community Service
Vocational Services
Club Service
International Service
Youth Service
Rotary Foundation
Membership Chairperson
Public Relations
Web Site Coordinator
Sergeant at Arms
Co-Community Service Chair
Program Chairman
 
 

Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn  P.O. Box 3510 Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60138