Club Information

Glen Ellyn

"The Friendliest Club in Rotary"

We meet Thursdays at 12:10 PM
Barones Resturant
475 Pennsylvania Ave
Glen Ellyn, IL  60137
United States

Phone:
(630) 386-6641
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Governor Don and his wife Roseann visited our club and conducted a board meeting before the club meeting. Both meetings were casual and congenial as is the way with our current Governor. Roseann has mad all the club visits with him and is well received as his time keeper and organizer. Governor Don allowed the board members to discuss their hopes for the future of the club and their desires  for their part in it's future.
 
 
 
Whether you are interested in guided events or looking to create your own unique adventure, there is tons to do here at Cantigny. Below are some activities that are always available at Cantigny. Join the fun and make your visit to Cantigny one-of-a-kind!
Picnic Grounds
We have a spacious picnic area with coal receptacles and pavilions to rent.
Nature Walks
Explore our 2½ mile nature trail through woods, fields and gardens.
Playground + Tank Park
Our playground is currently under construction until May 2018, but the tank park is open for climbing.
families.
The First Division Museum, dedicated to the history of the Big Red One, t
Geocaching
Join us in an outdoor treasure hunting game that lets you explore the park in a unique way.
 
The Robert R. McCormick Museum, a historic house museum interpreting the life and legacy of the Colonel. The mansion reveals the public and private sides of one of America’s wealthiest and most philanthropic he famed 1st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. Many exhibits are interactive and all of them provide fascinating insights about America’s military, past and present.
 
 
Changes must come! Will it be because we choose or are swept up with the winds of change? Tammy and Penny lead us through a session asking "What would you like to see us do as a club? 
Then  a lively discussion ensued with give and take from many visions and desires. All in all it was a worth while endeavor to get us thinking.
 
Impressive, Yes Impressive! Easter Seals is strength, perseverance and love to so many people with physical difficulties.
Amy says, "Live each day with an attitude of gratitude!"
 
 
 

Country

Over Party

Our own Ken Bucheit spoke to us about  "NO Labels". Non partison reasoning to bring about true Democracy!
 
 

 

 

 

Changes must come! Will it be because we choose or are swept up with the winds of change? Tammy and Penny lead us through a session asking "What would you like to see us do as a club? 
Then  a lively discussion ensued with give and take from many visions and desires. All in all it was a worth while endeavor to get us thinking.
 
 
ROTARY 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 Tammy Lemke. Tammy is the type of person who gets things done and always has a smile on her face. Her compassion and commitment to do good in the world are contagious. We are lucky to have her as a member of our club.
 
When did you become a Rotarian?
I first became a Rotarian in 2003 – Joined the Champaign West Rotary in Champaign IL. Received the Newcomer Award in 2003-2004. Unfortunately, moved to Glen Ellyn in 2007 and left the Champaign Club.  After being appointed the B.R. Ryall YMCA CEO in 2015, Les Sommers asked me to attend the Glen Ellyn Rotary Club as his guest. My journey continues.
 
Why did you join Rotary?
I joined Rotary in 2003 to associate with a group of people who all wanted to make our community better. I rejoined in 2015 for the same reason.   
 
What is your best Rotary memory?
My best memory so far is working the Pumpkin Flotilla last year. What fun! Enjoyed sharing the Rotary story with others and making memories with my fellow Rotarians.
 
What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of Rotary?
What do I like to do? I enjoy the outdoors, decorating, and hanging with my family. 
 
What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?
A fun fact?  I was voted Ms. Congeniality in the Miss Villa Grove Contest (high school).  Unfortunately, my arch nemesis won – so can’t get over that!
 
 
Gifts are one of the traditions of the Christmas holiday. With Rotary clubs it is no different.
One difference is that the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn does not give gifts to each other, rather we each select one or more children to bless with the joy of the season by providing their gifts. Also, we include a gift card so they may choose a gift for themselves. As you can see we make a party out of the tradition.
 
 
 
 
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Ian Riseley
President, 2017-18
 
 
 

Dear fellow Rotarians,

As we look ahead to 2018, it is time to look ahead as well to the next stage of our work to eradicate polio. When you look at the numbers we’ve seen over the last few years, it is clear what trajectory we are on. We had 416 cases of polio in 2013, 359 cases in 2014, 74 cases in 2015, 37 cases in 2016 and 17 cases so far in 2017. We are on our way to zero—and 2018 may well be the year we reach it.

It’s important to understand that this won’t mean our work is over. Rotary is committed to polio eradication until the world is certified polio free. For that to happen, we must be sure beyond any doubt that there is not a single virus left anywhere in the world. Poliovirus is very good at hiding and that is why we put so much effort into surveillance: looking not only for new cases of the disease, but for signs of the virus in waterways and sewage.

Once at least three years have passed from the last time poliovirus is found, an independent committee will certify the world polio-free. Then, and only then, will our work be done. Until then, it’s vital that we keep on doing everything we’re doing now: all the surveillance, all the immunizations, and all the advocacy work.

In 2016, Rotary helped vaccinate 450 million children, preventing an estimated 650,000 cases of paralysis. It could never have been done without a strong membership, ready and able to do the work. Looking ahead, all of us need to do our part to ensure that Rotary’s membership stays strong and ready for any future challenge. Each January, Rotary sees a sharp increase in prospective members reaching out to express their interest in being connected with a Rotary club. These prospective members are screened by Rotary, then assigned to districts to be reviewed and sent to a club via the membership leads program. Yet less than half of the leads we received last year were followed up by districts and only a quarter were assigned to clubs in 2016-17. I ask all of you to ensure that any membership leads you receive are followed up appropriately. If you have any questions about the membership leads program, see Connect to Membership Leads.

In other news, our Rotary Peace Centers Committee, having considered over 550 candidates, has selected the finalists for our 100 Rotary Peace Fellowships. The selected finalists represent citizenship from over 50 countries, and we are delighted to welcome them.

Finally, as some of you start thinking about holiday shopping, I’d like to remind you that Rotary Global Rewards is a wonderful way to get the most for your money; you can find it right in the Rotary Club Locator app on your phone. And for those who need an idea for the Rotarian on their list, why not commemorate the Foundation’s Centennial Year with a copy of its history? It’s a beautiful way to look back on some of our Foundation’s achievements, and be inspired by what is yet to come.

Juliet and I send all of you our warmest wishes for a healthy and happy 2018, full of friends, family, and Rotary service.

Sincerely,

Ian Riseley
Rotary International President, 2017-18

 
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        ROTARY 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 Dave “Doc” Clayton. Doc is skilled at storytelling. He has the gift of humor, while at the same time, sharing wisdom and life lessons that inspire us all to be better people.  

        When did you become a Rotarian?
        I joined Rotary in 1968.

        Why did you join Rotary?
        I joined to meet other business leaders and to give back to the community. 

        What is your best Rotary memory?
        My best memory is becoming president in 1676 and as a result, going to the International Convention in Montreal.

        What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of Rotary?
        I enjoy golf, reading, being involved in my businesses, and keeping up with my five grandchildren.

        What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?
        I have been a farm hand, bus boy, shoe salesman, kennel cleaner, bartender and martial arts black belt. All leading to becoming a veterinarian, go figure!

        Jill Keenon,  RN, BSN, CLNC, and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach  spoke to the club about Brain Health the why's, wherefore's, and disciplines to avoid brain deterioration, especially Alzheimer's. 
         
        The Glen Ellyn Junior Woman's Club Christmas Sponsor a Family Program, one the local organizations that we have honored with a grant for the last several years through the direction of Rotarian Stu Stone.
        Lynn Lullo and Dawn Cassata, Co-chairs of the Christmas Basket drive filled us in.
         
        Partners in Missions, a Ugandan Ministry with headquarters in Glen Ellyn, IL with a mission to God's marginalized children. Rev. Canon John Mulindbigwi and his companion Joel traveled from Uganda to inform us about the work there. Barbara Retelny is the local US President of the board.
         
        The Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn Mentor Day for Glenbard West and Glenbard South high school students was held on Thursday, November 2. Mentor Day has been in existence for over 20 years and continues to grow.
         
         

        ROTARY 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 George Bradshaw. George is a friendly face that is always ready to stop and listen.  

        When did you become a Rotarian?
        I joined Rotary in 1977.

        Why did you join Rotary?
        Shortly after moving my office into Glen Ellyn, I was invited to attend a meeting by Perry Woodward. While I initially saw it as a way to meet business and community leaders, I soon found that I enjoyed the comradery and that the ideals of Rotary were consistent with my own. 

        What is your best Rotary memory?
        Over the course of 40 years, there are so many. In my early years, I always enjoyed the interplay between Woody Webb and Chief Hill. This was followed by the more recent comedy team of Chiefs Stone and Norton.

        What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of Rotary?
        I have always been an avid golfer. I also enjoy traveling whenever I can.

        What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?
        I am originally from New Jersey. I moved to Illinois in 1965 to attend Elmhurst College and loved the Chicago area so much that I decided to make it my home. But I have traveled back to the Jersey Shore nearly every year since.

         
        Kitty Weiner from the Rotary Club of Elk Grove Village gave us a brief self introduction.
         
        She is a first year Assistant Governor. Please give her a strong welcome. Her relationship to the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen is as an advisor to the club. She will guide our president and board on issues that need to be clarified from the district or Rotary International.
         
         
        Glen Ellyn Rotary Club President, Ed Scheer and District 6440 Assistant Governor Kitty Weiner

        Suzanne Gibson - Dist. Gov. Nominee
        Lyle Staab - Dist. Gov. Designate

        Lyle spoke at the Rotary Club Glen Ellyn on the many youth programs offered in District 6440.

        Then Paul J. Keenon escorted Suzanne Gibson and Lyle Staab to a local project that they heard about at the meeting. Prairie Path Park in downtown Glen Ellyn. Our club partnered with the Village of Glen Ellyn, the Glen Ellyn Public Library and the Glen Ellyn Park District to clean, plant shrubs, and flowers and to provide funding for permanent a ping pong table, chess tables and the storybook walk.

         

         

         
        ROTARY 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 Merrill Rajeck. Merrill greets us at meetings with a big smile and handshake. He challenges us with interesting trivia and makes our meetings fun! Make sure you say hello to Merrill when you see him walking around town!
         
        When did you become a Rotarian?
        I joined GE Rotary in 1984.
         
        Why did you join Rotary?
        After commuting to LaSalle St. for some 20 years, in 1982, I located my new business venture in Glen Ellyn, and I felt it was time to become more involved in my community. Rotary seemed the best way to achieve that goal.
         
        What is your best Rotary memory?
        There have been many good Rotary memories.  One was the inauguration dinner with my family present when I became president for1989-90.  Another vivid memory was the following regular club meeting when I presented my serious plan for the year.  As soon as I finished, all those present stood up and threw their dinner napkins at me.  It was the defining moment for a great year.
         
        What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of Rotary?
        In addition to family activities, I like playing mediocre golf, swimming, bicycling and walking about our beautiful town.
         
        What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?
        A few know I'm an uber-townie, a fourth generation GlenEllyn-ite. 
         
        SERVICE ABOVE SELF
         
        THE GLEN ELLYN ROTARY CLUB
         
        November 4th  9 AM to 11 AM
        Odeum, 1033 North Villa Ave. Villa Park, IL
        Please wear your Rotary Gear!!!
         
        What’s happening…..SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
        We’ll be packing 400,000 meals for starving kids with Feed My Starving Children MobilePack™ (FMSC) at the Odeum Expo Center. We’re calling the event “Live the Love” and hope to bring together individuals, businesses, and organizations like churches, schools, civic groups and others in the Western Suburbs to help.
         
        Why are we packing 400,000 meals?
        5.9 million children under the age of five die each year of all causes, but nearly half are due to hunger.** From this data, FMSC estimates at least 6,200 children die each day from under-nutrition. We want to provide nutritionally-balanced meals to help change this statistic.
         
        What are the meals like?
        FMSC’s nutritious MannaPack™ meal formulas are specifically designed to aid in reversing malnutrition, providing the protein (soy), carbohydrates (rice) and key nutrients (blend of vitamins and vegetables) a child needs to thrive. Each meal is packed in a sealed bag to be cooked when received.
         
        When is the event happening?
        The MobilePack™ event will be Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017; Glen Ellyn Rotary shift from 9-11AM at the Odeum, 1033 North Villa Avenue, Villa Park, IL.
         
        How are we going to pack 400,000 meals?
        Glen Ellyn Rotary will man the 9 to 11 AM 2-hour MobilePack™ shift in which teams of 8-10 people will work together to measure, mix and seal ingredients for each meal in a plastic bag. After filling a shipping box with meals, the team cheers loudly to have an FMSC worker remove the box so they can start on another. It’s a fast-moving, fun event with a lot of enthusiasm, competition and motivating music!

        Who is FMSC?
        Founded in 1987, FMSC is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals for starving, malnourished kids in 70 nations. Pre-packaged dry meals cost just 22 cents each and are funded and assembled by donor-volunteers ages five to 100+. More than 99 percent of FMSC meals have safely reached their intended destination. FMSC consistently receives the highest awards for accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator.
         
        How Can You or Your Organization Help?
        To make this event a huge success, we need the following: 
        1. Volunteers – We will need 1,500 volunteers to pack 400,000 meals.  Glen Ellyn Rotarians, Family Members, and Friends are welcome…be sure to get their name on the sign-up sheet!
        2. Become a Sponsor – Individuals and organizations are invited to be a sponsor by donating. It will take $88,000 to pay for 400,000 meals. All donations to FMSC are tax deductible and go directly for food cost. Glen Ellyn Rotary has committed $500 from the President’s Fund….additional donations are optional.
         
        What are the benefits?
        There are several.
        1. This is a good team-building activity. This offers an opportunity for people from different departments or responsibility levels to work together in a friendly, non-threatening way.
        2. Employees have a shared experience that helps them feel good about themselves and their employer.
        3. You have publicity possibilities. Sponsors names will be on promotional materials.
        4. Your customers and employees will see that you are a caring organization.
        5. It is tax-deductible.
         
        Will Rotarians have to make a donation?
        No, a donation is not required to volunteer. However, we would appreciate your organization’s help to promote their participation, either as volunteers or financially. For example, you might promote FMSC on a certain day by asking everyone to give up one treat of their choice and putting the cost of it in an FMSC collection container. This would give everyone an opportunity to be part of the action.
         
        Why is the event being held at the Odeum?
        The Odeum is generously donating their facility as one of our sponsors. The facility is centrally located and has space and the parking needed to accommodate the volunteers and activity.
         
         
        Each day, at least 6,200 people die from starvation.**
        We can make a difference.
         
        **UNICEF: The State of the World’s Children 2016: A fair chance for every child
        Special Guests from Pakistan - 09 14 17
         
        Our special guest came to this area the first time for a cultural exchange, building relationships between Pakistan and the USA for peace,.about a year ago. They have been back to visit several times and always make contact with Rotarian Paul Keenon. Paul and their entire family have become good friends. All three are doctors of some prominence and own a hospital and clinic out side of Lahore Pakistan. Dr. Mohammad Sohail Qureshi founded his Rotary Club in Sahiwal. Pakistan They have two other adult children who are also medical doctors. Their son, Aamer, founded the Roteract club in Sahiwal.
         
         
         
        ElderBridge Supportive Services
         
        Registered Nurse Chris Danzi gave explanation of the behaviors to be watchful for when caring for an elderly person. Then gave practical ways to help influence the patient to agree to allowing help. ElderBridge supplies in home care.
         
         
         
        John Chereskin, Administrator Glen Ellyn Vol Fire Co.
         
        We were reminded of the sacrifices of the first responders on the fateful day of September 11 2001. Then we were updated about the day to day workings of the Fire Department and the outstanding work done on behalf of the community.
         
         
         
         
        Refugees or Detainees?
        Paul Keenon spoke on his experience working in a refugee camp called Moria on the Greek Island of Lesvos. He explained the process the asylum seekers must go through just to be able to go the main land of Greece and then further into the European continent. Is was heart rendering and informative..
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        Speakers
        Club In-Service Day
        Mar 01, 2018
        Meeting @ Barones - Discussion of Big Wheel preparation.
        Rick Poole CFP, CIMA (Hartford Funds)
        Mar 08, 2018
        Meeting @Barones - 5 ways Technology is changing the way we age --Content from the MIT Agelab.
        Steve Johnson
        Mar 15, 2018 12:10 PM
        Meeting @ Barones - "Joys of Making up!"
        Mary Beth Growney-Selene
        Mar 22, 2018 12:10 PM
        Meeting @ Barones - Rotary International
        Jens Nielsen
        Mar 29, 2018
        Nicaragua-Direct (Meeting @ Barones)
        Roger E. Breisch
        Apr 05, 2018 12:10 PM
        Meeting @ Barone's - Suicide Hot line -Experiences
        Marion Ruthig
        Apr 12, 2018 12:10 PM
        Founder and E.D. of "I Support Community" Developing Kids with Character Inside and Out -Mtg @ GOCC
        Big Wheel Night!
        Apr 18, 2018
        Meeting @ GOCC
        No Meeting
        Apr 19, 2018
        Brett Weiss (Rotarian from Naperville)
        Apr 26, 2018
        Meeting @ GOCC - Elsie Weiss Dago Scholarship Fund
        Significant Achievers Day
        May 03, 2018
        Meeting @ GOCC
        Sania Irwin
        May 10, 2018 12:10 PM
        Celebrating Glen Ellyn's diversity and overcoming prejudice. Meeting @ GOCC
        Mark Franz or President McGinley
        May 17, 2018 12:10 PM
        State of the Village Update. Meeting @ GOCC
         
        Club Executives & Directors
        President
        President Elect
        President Nominee
        Immediate Past President
        Secretary
        Treasurer
        Sergeant at Arms
        Membership
        Public Image PR
        Vocational
        Club Service
        Youth Services
        Community Service
        Web Site Coordinator
        Programs
        Club Photographer
        International Service
        Rotary Foundation
        Local Project Chair