I joined the Glen Ellyn Rotary Club in October of 1987. I was sponsored by, who else, Don Fischer.
I had been the guest of several other Rotarians over the years so I was familiar with Rotary. Don had been a tremendous, friend and colleague for some time and it was his recommendation that induced me to join Rotary. I wanted to be more active in my community and it was obvious that being a part of this organization would give me that opportunity.
I have two “Rotary memories.” The first was my attendance of the RI Convention in Nice France in June of 1995. It was an amazing experience to be exposed to fellow Rotarians from so many counties. I experienced Rotarian fellowship; a common bond of people from all over the world. The second was instigated by Peter Zeuthen. Peter, the late Pat Schauer and I traveled to Denmark in February of 2005. I was privileged to speak before the Rotary Club of Copenhagen on the one hundred year of the anniversary of Rotary, February 23, 2005.
Outside of law and Rotary I spent many years in community theater. I performed in over seventeen plays and directed two plays for Wheaton Drama. I am most proud of having directed The Lion in Winter.
I was in a professional production. The play, Scapino, was produced in October of 1996 in conjunction with the opening of what is now the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage.
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49 Deicke Dr., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Glen Ellyn Rotary Club social night - "Platform Tennis" hosted by President Scott Park at the Glen Ellyn Park District Platform Tennis Facility. Steve Morris GEPTC Past President and Jim Nelson GEPTC board member gave a short talk on the Platform Tennis Club founding and development. Training in rudimentary techniques and play were given to several club Rotary club members. The rest of us ate pizza from Nancy's Pizza and socialized. - See more photos 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 Sue Martin, although she probably needs no introduction. Her family has a long history in our town and she runs TMC2 computer consulting services in town. Everyone should be so lucky as to know Sue. She has great character and wonderful outlook on life!
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 Paul Keenon. Paul has dedicated his life to service, family and is a gifted photographer.
When did you become a Rotarian?
Why did you join Rotary?
Paul: I wanted to have a community of people of integrity to associate with outside of my church so I could experience people of other faiths and to be able to share with them my faith experience. Plus, I wanted to give back to the community that provided so much for the teens I was caring for through Open Door for Teens.
What is your best Rotary memory?
Paul: How do you pick one? Trips to deliver wheel chairs, being Club President, being an Assistant District Governor, being awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship, giving together, working together, Cultural Exchange experiences, learning to love a diverse group of dedicated people. If you truly get involved in Rotary the experiences of note pile up. One outstanding adventure was helping a group of four young adults start the Rotaract Club at the College of DuPage.
What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of Rotary?
Paul: Bible Study, reading novels, traveling, studying other cultures, baby sitting my 29 grandchildren and most passionately fine art photography.
What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?
Paul: I have had three last names and I have never been adopted! Ryan, Pembleton, and Keenon. Ask me if you are interested in knowing the riddle!
Everyone loves a good riddle. We can’t wait to hear it at the next Rotary luncheon!
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.
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.
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.
Glen Ellyn Rotary Club
Members and Guests Social – Thursday, April 28th
5 to 7 p.m. @ Pyramid Sports Bar, Addison , IL
Directions: Take Route #53 north, turn right on Army Trail Road . Follow Army Trail Road across Lake Street (Route #20) into the shopping center. Pyramid Sports Bar is middle left in the line of stores at the back of the lot.
Oh! And sign up Thursday or email Kathy Borello (KathyBorello @ gmail.com) so we will know how much food to order.