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                    We meet on Thursdays at 12:10 PM
                               Glen Oak Country Club
                                21 W 431 Hill Avenue
                            Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
                                      United States

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How close are we to a polio-free world? What’s needed to finish the job? Can we make history together?

Join us on 23 October for our third annual World Polio Day event. We’ll be streaming live from New York City, so tune in at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time to watch a global status update on the fight to end polio and take part in the conversation. Guests will include Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, celebrity ambassadors, polio survivors, and others.

If you can’t join us live, you can still be a part of this moment in history. Share your voice online, advocate with your government, or create your own World Polio Day event. Download the resources below to get started.

Add the event to your calendar.


ShelterBox was founded to provide shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disasters and humanitarian crises around the world. It is the largest Rotary club project in the world. Our club has participated in the project for a few years and had the honor of having Mark Dyer, a ShelterBox response team member, share his experiences across the world. We had quite a full room, including a visit from Assistant Governor, Carrie Fullerton.



There are some exciting changes happening at the Glen Ellyn Public Library!  The Youth Department is currently undergoing a major renovation which will include a new early reader nook, interactive children's play area, walk-up LEGO wall, custom puppet theater and more.  They also didn't forget about the middle schoolers!  A new space dedicated to middle schoolers will be created towards the front of the department. The room will include a study area, large chalk board surface to encourage creativity and self-express and so much more! In addition to these new spaces, the Youth Program Room will be enlarged to help accommodate the growing number of people at youth programs.  There is so many great changes that are going to bring this department into the twenty-first century!
Thank you to Youth Department Director, Renee Grassi, for providing our club a special preview of what is to come!



School District 89 aims to empower all learners to recognize and optimize their full potential. Our communities are fortunate to have resources like strong school districts. Thank you to Rotarian and CCSD89 Superintendent, Dr. John Perdue, for sharing the district's strategic plan with us.



Our own Penny Belke is known for her generous service to our community and her successful dental practice, but did you know she also is a travel agent? She donates proceeds from her travel hobby to Rotary. Thanks Penny for sharing your travel expertise with the group!



Our new club President John Helledy held his first club assembly meeting to fill us in on news from the district. He was little jet lagged from a trip to Mongolia and Siberia! We are fortunate to continue to have such great leaders in our community setting the vision for our club.  



Ronald McDonald House


Can you tell we had fun touring the spacious home with it's multiple stoves, washer and dryers, family rooms and even a golf green with walking paths and playground? This home for youth with cancer or other life threatening health issues is a testament not only to the McDonald company but to the donors and caring volunteers that provide for these families in need.

Do you think we could recruit Ronald to be a Rotarian?

The brick honoring the donation made by the members of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn.




Sergeant Harvey from the Glen Ellyn Police Department demonstrating CPR and the Norcan nasal injection for opiate over dose aid.



Bocce Ball and Bags was a great event.  Penny and John were fabulous hosts!
The Food Pantry received thirty cans of Peaches / Pears while we were all treated to a very memorable evening.
Thanks to Penny, John and all who were able to take part in the evening.

Fellow Rotarian, Paul Keenon, gave a talk last week that he called "From the Mundane to the Macabre!" He shared fascinating stories about the 29 jobs he has held over his lifetime.  Sharing our stories and learning from each other is such a wonderful aspect of Rotary.



Glenbard West students that were selected for the Significant Achievers recognition.

Glenbard South students that were selected for the Significant Achievers recognition.




The Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn was out in full force this morning cleaning up Park Blvd. What a great way to start out a Saturday morning - with fellowship and service!.



Thank you to Scott, Mark, Dawn, Natalie, Steve, Adam, Pat, Elizabeth, John and Sally for donating their time to the Food Pantry this evening!




Thank you to Glen Ellyn Village Manager, Mark Franz, who gave our club an update on the state of the village. There are quite a few projects and updates for our town. Make sure to sign up for the monthly newsletter to stay current on all the happenings and news!




When our program presenters join us for a meeting we like to show our gratitude. We don't give them another coffee mug or a pen, no, we do something even better! We dedicate a book at the Glen Ellyn Library in their name and ask them to.....CHECK IT OUT!

Last weeks program was the state of the Glen Ellyn Library. Program speaker and library director,Dawn Busse, doesn't have far to travel to check out her book!


We enjoy getting to know our members better when they provide classification presentations...although these two men are already well known in our community. A testament to how Rotarians are engaged individuals!  Thank you to Kurt Buchholz and Chief Norton for providing great content at our meetings.




Rotarian Dave Clayton gave an inspiring speech to the club, imparting his wisdom on life and being happy.

"Things work out for the best for those who make the best out of the way things work out"




Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn collects "Peaches for the Pantry". Once a quarter our club hosts an evening meeting where we invite family, friends or individuals who would like to learn more about what our Rotary family is all about. Thank you to everyone who came out to Reserve 22 last night. In addition to good fellowship, we collected 31 cans and some cash donations.



We were pleased to have Jennifer Taff of Habitat for Humanity join our club meeting. DuPage Habitat provides a solution to the community's affordable housing need.  Habitat gives a hand to families who want to work for a better life for themselves and their children.


Elevate Energy

Elevate Energy advocates for smarter energy use for all.  They are a non profit that believes that everyone should have access to resources that enable more efficient energy use.  Megan Visk, an Elevate Energy representative, demonstrated ways we could possibly reduce our energy costs with very little to get the most bang for our buck!  Some of their programs include an evaluation to see if homeowner's should select alternative pricing structures, home efficiency tests and vetted contractors to provide practical, easy and affordable upgrades to your home. 
As part of a grant from the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation, Elevate Energy is also educating consumers about how to benefit from the new smart grid meters.

The Glen Ellyn Rotary Club invites you to our 32nd  annual
Big Wheel Night
7 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Glen Oak Country Club
Certificate price of $150 includes reception, dinner and a chance to win
Cash prizes of $1,500, $1,000 and $500
There will be many valuable door prizes, and ….
 only 100 tickets are sold.
Big Wheel night helps fund college scholarships for Glenbard High School students as well as community grants for local charities and organizations. To participate, complete the contact us form on the menu bar.
Look at the presents!  Thank you to all the Rotarians that adopted families this year for the Humanitarian Service Project.  Glen Ellyn Rotarian, Ken Bucheit, organized our members to do some holiday shopping for kids in need.  Long standing member, Penny Belke, was extremely generous in donating gift cards to accompany each present.  What a better way to spend a Thursday morning than wrapping gifts, eating donuts and hanging out with your friends!

Based on all her personal brushes with death, you may not want to stand too close to Kelly, but our Rotary Club decided it was worth having her join our lunch meeting to hear her inspirational story. What a great speaker!
Our illustrious President Kathy packs fruit for our customers!
For details of the 28th Annual Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn Citrus Sale 2014-15 see below


Oct 08, 2015
Roy Fonda & Ward Highstone
Meeting @ GOCC- Citrus Sale Kick Off Meeting
Oct 15, 2015
Dr. Cornwell
Meeting @ GOCC - Home Healthcare
Oct 22, 2015
Stuart Stone
Meeting @ Fire Dept. Station #2 Taft Ave. - Fire Prevention Week
Oct 29, 2015
Evening Event
No Meeting @ GOCC -
Nov 05, 2015
HS Principals
Meeting @ GOCC - Mentor Day
Nov 12, 2015
Sue Martin
Meeting @ GOCC - Windows 10 software update
Nov 19, 2015
Gov. Rodney Adams
Meeting @ GOCC District Governor Visit
Nov 26, 2015
No Meeting
No Meeting - Happy Thanksgiving!
Dec 03, 2015
Jeff Waters
Meeting @ GOCC - Partners in Mission - Africa
Dec 10, 2015
Meeting @ GOCC - Holiday Program
Dec 11, 2015
Dec 12, 2015
Dec 17, 2015
Holiday Program - gift exchange
Dec 24, 2015
No Meeting
No Meeting - Merry Christmas!
Dec 31, 2015
No Meeting
No Meeting - Happy New Year!

Club Executives & Directors

President Elect
Immediate Past President
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