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"Friendliest Club in Rotary"
We meet on Thursday at 12:00 PM
 
Glen Oak Country Club
21W431 Hill Ave.
Glen Ellyn IL, 60137
 
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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 Mark Franz. Mark always has a positive attitude and a friendly smile to share.  We are grateful for Mark’s service both professionally as the Glen Ellyn Village Manager and personally in his commitment to Rotary.
 
When did you become a Rotarian?
2003 in Homewood, Illinois  and 2011 in Glen Ellyn.
 
Why did you join Rotary?
It was a good way to give back to the community and world; while working closing with people who really care about those things.
 
What is your best Rotary memory?
The dictionary and health fair projects in Homewood and freezing at the Village Links while loading up oranges. The Prairie Path Park project was pretty fun too.
 
What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of Rotary?
Kids and sports (golf, paddle tennis, basketball, and coaching)
 
What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?
I have vacationed in beautiful Lake Mills, Wisconsin over the July 4th weekend for 44 years straight. (The place time forgot)
 
 
If you want to know what Glen Ellyn Rotary does for the community just check out the doings of this weekend. Not only was there a ribbon cutting for the Prairie Path Park, that we gave a major donation to and co-operated with the Village of Glen Ellyn, the Glen Ellyn Park District and the Glen Ellyn Public Library,  we built picnic tables and Adirondack chairs for the YMCA to go with the pavilion to be built in the not distant future.
Last week I posted about one of our great meetings where we award community grants. This week at the Glen Ellyn Park District, Maryknowll Park Club House we shared lunch and awarded eight Glenbard South and West students their scholarships. This year we gave $17,000 in college grants to the eight students.
Another good day for the residents of Glen Ellyn. The Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn distributed $23,000 through our Community Grants Program, to 20 organizations serving the local area.
 
 
Those represented today are: B.R. Ryall YMCA, Bridge Communities, DuPage Pads, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Donka, Inc, Family Shelter Services, DuPage Animal Friends, Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities, Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center, Glen Ellyn Historical Society, and Glen Ellyn Public Library. Glen Ellyn Youth and Family Services, Humanitarian Service Project, Just of DuPage, Nami of DuPage County, People's Resource, Salvation Army, Teen parent Connection, Western DuPage Special Recreation Assoc., and YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago West Suburban.  We thank all the organizations that contribute to the betterment of daily lives for those less fortunate in DuPage County.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Kathy Borello Oldham. Kathy brings a smile to everyone's face and is the first to step up and volunteer for a project. She has an uplifting attitude that makes everyone else want to join her. We are grateful for her service and her friendship.
 
When did you become a Rotarian?
In the Summer of 2010, once I moved back to the area after graduating from Dental school. 
 
Why did you join Rotary?
To give back to the community. I was born and raised in this wonderful town and want to help keep it great. 
 
What is your best Rotary memory?
The first and most impressionable memory was when I was just a child. My mother brought me with to help with a hands-on service project at the YMCA. The fellowship and willingness to serve left a lasting impression on me. I told myself one day I will be part of the organization. 
 
What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of Rotary?
My family and I enjoy the outdoors, whether it be golfing, boating, camping, sitting by a bonfire, or BBQing. 
 
What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?
I have a black thumb and I love power tools, always working on a new project. 
 
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 Ed Scheer. Ed has a wicked sense of humor and a huge heart. We think this is the perfect combination of qualifications for someone about to be our next club president! Ed will be a great president, helping us serve by the 4 way test and putting the FUN in the 5th test.
 
When did you become a Rotarian? 
I joined the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole in 2003, as a way to get more involved in the community. 
 
Why did you join Rotary? 
Of all the service organizations in town, Rotary was by far the strongest. Not only did the lunch club offer the most impact on the community but it had a strong international service focus.
 
What is your best Rotary memory?  
One of the iconic features of Jackson Hole are the elk antler arches on the town square.  I was involved with the club to make a duplicate arch welcoming passengers into the airport from the tarmac. It provided a great sense of fellowship among club members and made a lasting impact on travelers coming to town.
 
What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of Rotary? 
I’ve run 13 marathons, a couple of 200-mile relays and 50K’s and one hundred mile race. This past April, I ran my 9th Boston Marathon. In September, I’m running another 100-mile race. I also love to bake, cook and bbq. (Not necessarily in that order.)
 
What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?  
To help put myself through college (okay, it was for the beer money) I taught Tae Kwon Do and could have made a profession out of it. Instead, grad school and stint in Europe changed the trajectory of my life.  
 
Dr. Penny Belke (Glen Ellyn Rotarian) spontaneously substituted for a speaker that became sick. She did a wonderful job of describing to us why we should breath through our noses. It may sound silly, but it is a matter of life and death.
 
Last week we had a very informative speaker, Tim Kustusch, from World Relief DuPage/Aurora. World Relief is a non-profit organization helping Refugees assimilate into the culture of the United states. 
A couple of weeks ago our Glen Ellyn Rotary Club met at the Brookdale Senior Living Center hosted by Les and Mary Ann Sommers. They are residents of the  center and Les has been a member of our club for 40 years,. He is a Past District 6440 Governor.
 
 
Erika Krehbiel and Laura Flamion instructed our club in the "Technology Tidbits" that will help our us communicate and promote ourselves better with hands on demonstrations. We all brought our personal communication tools.
 
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Rotary Member Spotlight Is Here!

Each month we 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 Don Fischer. Don has been a driving force of good in his professional and personal life. He is humble man who cares very deeply about others. We are fortunate to call him our friend and fellow Rotarian.
 
When did you become a Rotarian?
I became a Rotarian with the Hinsdale Rotary club in 1967.A job and location change took me out of Rotary for 6-7 years but in 1980, when I became President of a local bank, I  joined Glen Ellyn Rotary.
 
Why did you join Rotary?
 I became a Rotarian first for the business connections and second, to be an active citizen and add something back to the community where I worked.
 
What is your best Rotary memory?
My best rotary memories relate to adding value to Glen Ellyn Rotary through being the catalyst for both  our Christmas celebration of gifts to children and our Significant Achievement Awards program.
 
What are some of your hobbies/interests outside Rotary?
I truly enjoy  theater,  travel, reading, community service, and entertaining friends.
 
What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?
For many years I owned and rode  motorcycles and was an active scuba diver.
Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn,
 
I  would like to introduce you to our newest Rotarian, Sarah Elizabeth  Oldham! 
She was born yesterday, February 20, at only 36 weeks old at 4:56pm, measuring 6 lb 12 Oz, and 20 1/4 inches. Sarah and I are going great! ....Kathy Borello Oldham,
 
What can you and what can you not recycle?   That is the question! - Kay McKean
Kay gave us the rundown on many interesting recycling ideas and the do's and don'ts of recycling.
 
Status of the Village of Glen Ellyn with Village President Alex Demos and Village Manager Mark Franz

 

Today we mark 112 years since the founding of Rotary. It's incredible to think about how much has changed since the first Rotary Club met in Chicago, with Paul Harris as a founding member.
 
We will never know how different the world would have been without Rotary. But I do know that the world is a far better place with Rotary and Rotary itself is stronger because of everyone of you. Thank you for being a part of Rotary Serving Humanity.
 
I hope that you take the time to not only reflect on all that we have done in the past 112 years, but also celebrate our recent accomplishments. 
 
~Yours in Rotary
 
John F. Germ
Rotary International President 2016-17.
District 6440 Past Governor Sarah Oliver enlightened us with a preview of the
Grants Seminar Training scheduled February 18, 2017.
As many of you already know, our friend and a member of the
Glen Ellyn Rotary Club for close to 50 years,
Stuart (Stu) Stone, passed away yesterday, February 4, 2017, from a protracted illness.
 

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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 Jeff Waters. Jeff is among our numerous ‘best kept secret’ type of members. He does an amazing amount of charity work not just in our club, but in our community. He gives his time selflessly and quietly. Jeff is one of the kindest people you could be fortunate to meet in this world.
 
When did you become a Rotarian?
I became a Rotarian in 2009.
 
Why did you join Rotary?
I joined Rotary after meeting several Rotarians from other clubs over the years including the Wheaton and Elmhurst clubs. I did not know much about Rotary, however, I admired the men and women who I knew in the community and at church who were Rotarians.
 
What is your best Rotary memory?
One of my favorite Rotary memories includes working outside the Glen Ellyn Public Library landscaping the area along the Prairie Path.
 
What are some of your hobbies/interests outside Rotary?
My hobbies include hiking, biking, bank reconciliations, skiing and coaching soccer.
 
What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?
I'll have to get back to you on this one - I don't think this one applies to accountants!
 
College of DuPage Madrigal singers
 
Thank you for supporting the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn Citrus Sale.  Your support makes it possible for us to offer college scholarships to students from Glenbard South and Glenbard West
High Schools as well as fund many impactful local charities.  Today is the last day to pick up your order at the Village Links. Visit us from 9:00am until 1:00pm to get your juicy oranges and grapefruit. Check out our photo album from yesterday's deliveries!  Citrus 2016 Photo Album
 
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 Peter Zeuthen. Peter is a fascinating person to speak with, widely traveled and has a great sense of humor.
 
When did you become a Rotarian?
I first was exposed to Rotary in the mid-50s when my father became a charter member of Odense Øster Rotary Klub, D-1460. It was a group of very distinguished, cigar-smoking and at my young age, very old business men in my home town of Odense, Denmark. After I was transferred to Chicago in 1973, I was approached by a Glen Ellyn Rotarian, John Rosch, to consider joining Glen Ellyn Rotary Club. On June 30, 1979, during the final days of the reign of Club President Bob Williamson, the pharmacist at the Glen Ellyn Clinic, I was inducted.
Why did you join Rotary?
My upbringing was somewhat internationally-influenced. My father was known to occasionally bring home a hungry foreign hitchhiker for a home-cooked meal and without warning, much to my mother's surprise; this plus hosting a Rotary GSE member from Bureau County, Illinois in 1968 coupled with my European travels as a teenager, and later my fantastic experience as a foreign exchange student in Ohio all widened my horizon and whetted my appetite to be a Rotarian. I wanted other youths to  experience being a foreign exchange student, and the hosts to experience hosting. (President Les Sommers asked me to be his Youth Exchange committee chair in '80-'81, it was the kick to get involved), and our Club had many exciting years hosting foreign students and raising funds for it. Our years of fun Cheese & Wine parties in Rotarians' homes are still remembered by some of us, with Les Sommers the fantastic raffle ticket salesman. Simultaneously, we sent local high students abroad; one of those students has been a big citrus customer of mine for a good number of years as a Wheaton Rotarian.  
 
What is your best Rotary memory?
Rotary has brought me many unforgettable memories and friendships, both here in Glen Ellyn and elsewhere as it has others. Rotary's international conventions that Beth and I attended were all highlights. Being told by District 6440 to find a host family to a foreign exchange student in 1988 presented a challenge. I finally pushed this young girl from Brazil on my neighbors down the street, the Fondas, and a beautiful exchange experience followed for all involved. The student had a wonderful year, partially warmed by a winter coat from Don Fischer, and we became friends with the Fondas and with other Rotarians through this. In November 1999 we all attended the wedding of our exchange student daughter in Brasilia, Brazil. In 2006 I proposed Roy Fonda as a potential member, he was accepted and the rest is history. Roy's induction and Beth's introduction of him in song (with revolvers present) was an unforgettable Rotary event.
 
 
What are some of your hobbies/interests outside Rotary?
Outside our 7 grandchildren and their parents scattered throughout the Midwest, I am interested in travels with my wife, Beth, in good foods and good wines, in history and in genealogy. 
 
 
What is one fact about you that no one might know?
When traveling to Brazil for the wedding of a former Glen Ellyn Rotary Club foreign exchange student, don't let a future Glen Ellyn Rotarian talk you into diving into a Sheraton swimming pool with an elevated bottom.....you will immediately incur a blemish on your forehead.
 
 
 
Glenbard South and Glenbard West High School students came together with professionals from the area to explore various careers during Mentor Day. Our Rotary club has supported this important program for many years and are very appreciative of the time people in our community give to show these young adults a glimpse into their careers.  Students shadowed people in careers ranging from early childhood education, medical professions, law, architecture, interior design, law enforcement and more. Check our more photos from this fun day HERE!
 
 
 
Speakers
Peter Monahan, principal GB West HS
Jun 29, 2017
Meeting @ GB West HS - lunch & tour of new addition
All GE Rotarians
Jul 06, 2017
NO Meeting today
All GE Rotarians
Jul 12, 2017
Dinner @ GOCC - President Ed Sheer installation & dinner. Cocktails @ 6:30. Dinner to follow.
All GE Rotarians
Jul 13, 2017
No lunch meeting today - Board meeting @ 11 am.
Morgan Abate
Jul 20, 2017
Meeting @ GOCC - Northern Illinois Food Bank
Denise Elsbree
Jul 27, 2017
Meeting @ GOCC - "Mental Health First Aid"
Sally Bryant, instructor
Aug 03, 2017
Meeting @ GOCC - Taoist Tai Chi Society - demo
Kathy Borello Oldham
Aug 05, 2017
Adopt A Highway cleanup - 8am - meet at Kathy's house
Dick Cavanaugh
Aug 10, 2017
Meeting @ GOCC - tales from a well lived life
GE Police Chief Phil Norton
Aug 17, 2017
Meeting @ GEPD - lunch and a tour of the new Police Department facility
Paul Keenon
Aug 24, 2017
Meeting @ GOCC - ???
All GE Rotarians
Aug 31, 2017
Partying @ ??? - evening Member Social - NO lunch meeting
TBA
Sep 07, 2017
Meeting @ GOCC - 9/11 Memorial program
Chris Danzi, RN
Sep 14, 2017
Meeting @ GOCC - Elder Ridge Home Health Care
TBA
Sep 21, 2017
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Secretary
Treasurer
Sergeant at Arms
Public Image PR
Vocational
Club Service
Community Service
Club Service
Web Site Coordinator
Programs
Club Photographer
International Service
Rotary Foundation
Local Project Chair
 
 

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