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Glen Ellyn

"The Friendliest Club in Rotary"

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Glen Oak Country Club
21w451 Hill Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL  60137
United States
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The fruit got caught in the Alabama storm and has only made it as far as Louisville, KY as of this morning. The new delivery date will be Monday, December 11th from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm at Village Links in Glen Ellyn. If this time does not work for you, please contact the Rotarian that you placed your order with to arrange an alternative delivery plan. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

This message was last updated on 12/09/17 at 9:00 am

 

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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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 Al Lewek. Al is a long serving member of the club and a trusted Glen Ellyn business owner. He coordinates our guest speakers.
 
When did you become a Rotarian?
The Fall of 1988 in Glen Ellyn.
 
Why did you join Rotary?
Over the years, I was fortunate to get to know many long-time business owners & community leaders who were members of Kiwanis, Lions or Rotary.  They took great pride in serving the community.  When I was looking for a way to give back to the community that had accepted and supported me & my business for many years, longtime friend Ken Moreen said Rotary was the only way to go and got me involved.   
 
What is your best Rotary memory?
The best memories are of the many great people I got to know & work on projects with, many who are unfortunately not with us anymore.   
 
 
What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of Rotary?
Travel, searching for antiques (1930’s radios and interesting books & magazines) Ham Radio and gardening.
 
What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?
I used to be quite involved with gymkhana auto racing, having run a 1961 Mini & a 1969 Camaro.  Also, I’ve been riding motorcycles since high school.

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 Penny Belke Borello. Many in the club affectionally refer to her as mother Rotary. She is a reliable leader, friend and someone you can always count on.

 

When did you become a Rotarian?
My history with Rotary began in 1988.  I was attending a Chamber meeting when I was asked by Joe D’Agostino to join.  I spoke with my father who was a member of Rotary One.  His comment was "absolutely"!  My next concern was my family.  My husband encouraged me as well.

Why did you join Rotary?
Once I had the support to join I decided that my purpose was to give back to my community. I was given many blessing in sharing the need to volunteer with my family.  I can remember many rotary projects that I involved my family.  This, in turn, gave my children a better experience in caring for others.  Our actions in Rotary showed them more than any words could express how helping others helps yourself grow. 

What is your best Rotary memory?
All of my memories are the best. I value any time I am with my friends!  Whether together at a meeting, project or just at a social.

What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of Rotary?
I have the privilege to be able to try many hobbies. Golf and travel are my current interests. In the Winter, I try to perfect my skills at target shooting and baking new recipes.

What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?
My life is an open book for Rotary, but most recently my husband John and I agreed to be co-chairs for the B R Ryall 100-Year Celebration.

 
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.
 
 
 
Speakers
Penny Belke
Dec 14, 2017
Club Goals and Vision
All GE Rotarians
Dec 21, 2017
Christmas Party
All GE Rotarians
Dec 28, 2017
NO meeting today - Happy Holidays !!!
Ken Bucheit
Jan 04, 2018
No Labels: a non-profit organization whose mission is to combat partisan dysfunction in politics.
Jenny Chidlow
Jan 11, 2018
Volunteer and Community Engagement Coordinator, Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley
Sanura Young
Jan 18, 2018
Tuskegee Next provides a clear path to aviation careers for at-risk youth.
Joseph Cassidy
Jan 25, 2018 12:10 PM
Meeting @ Baronies -Innovation DuPage, COD
District 6440 Governor Don Brewer
Feb 01, 2018
Meeting @ Barones - District Governor visit
Matt LaFond Executive Director Cantigny Park
Feb 08, 2018 12:10 PM
Meeting @ Baronies Restaurant - Cantigny Park
DuPage Forest Preserve
Feb 15, 2018
 
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