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                                  Barone's Restaurant
                               75 Pennsylvania Avenue
                              Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
                                      United States
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This week we welcomed two new Rotarians into our club.  Welcome to Tammy Lemke, CEO of the BR Ryall YMCA in Glen Ellyn and Drew Malone, Financial Advisor with Robert Baird.  District Governor, Rodney Adams, was our guest and had the honor of inducting them.   

Thank you to Rotarian Sue Martin of TMC2.  Sue helped us navigate our way through the Windows 10 update so we could more clearly understand the differences, how it may affect current programs and strategies to customize the view for our individual needs. Sue is known throughout the community not only as a savvy computer expert, but as a friend and leader. 

Our Rotary Club was honored to once again sponsor Mentor Day.  Glenbard South and Glenbard West students are given the opportunity to shadow professionals in various jobs to gain insight to their own career paths.  This was the largest group participating since the program began.  52 students spent the morning with attorneys, engineers, teachers, doctors, media professionals and many more!

Thank you to Glen Ellyn Fire Chief Jim Bodony for hosting our club at the fire house.  For over 100 years, a company of volunteer firefighters has stood watch over Glen ELlyn.  While many communities have transitioned to tax-supported fire departments, Glen Ellyn is proud that its all volunteer fire company remains steadfastly committed to serve and protect its neighbors.  You can learn more about at

Dear Friends,
For the 29th year, the Glen Ellyn Rotary Club is selling citrus to fund college scholarships and grants for local charitable organizations.  Our 2014 sale was so successful that we were able to donate 1200 pounds of fruit, fund 9 scholarships to deserving young adults in need, as well as support 22 charities, which include:
Bridge Communities
DuPage Pads
Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center
DuPage Senior Citizens Council
Western DuPage Special Recreation Assoc.
People’s Resource Center
Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans
CASA of DuPage
Teen Parent Connection
NEW FOR 2015 – INDIAN RIVER TANGELOS!  In addition to our Florida Ruby Red Grapefruit and Florida Navel Oranges, we are now offering Tangelos which are a hybrid of a tangerine and grapefruit.  Tangelos are the size of an adult fist, easy to peel and super juicy!  All the fruit is picked and packaged the week of delivery so it’s very fresh.  The fruit is a fresh treat during the cold winter season and higher quality than you can buy in the grocery store.  It makes a great holiday gift to friends, family, clients, employees, or charity.
Orders can be picked up at Village Links Golf Course on:
 Friday, December 11th 1:00pm-5:00pm and Saturday, December 12th 9:00am-1:00pm
Please submit your order by Monday November 30, 2015
Orders may also be placed online at and click on Order Citrus .
(subject to an additional $1/case fee due to processing costs)
Thank you for your support of these great programs and opportunities we provide!
You can also print an order form HERE
Make checks payable to:  Glen Ellyn Rotary Foundation


Where are we in the fight to end polio? What are our successes and challenges? How can we make history
together? Find out during a live event for World Polio Day. 
The Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn is committed to ending Polio.


Giving back runs in the family of many Rotarians. John McCluskey's son, Patrick, joined us at our meeting to share his story of working as a Peace Corp Volunteer in South Africa as one of the first contingents to be sent there in response to the end of Apartheid. Pat lived with the town chief's family and share some of his life changing experiences with us. He hosts an annual fundraiser called the "Comfort Matlala Golf Open" to continue providing support to his South African family. While in South Africa he also jumped from the world's highest commercial bridge bungee.




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.

Dec 03, 2015
Jeff Waters
Meeting @ GOCC - Partners in Mission - Africa
Dec 03, 2015
All GE Rotarians
Christmas Gift Program - 8 am. Gift wrapping @ Glen Ellyn Bank & Trust, 500 Roosevelt Road
Dec 10, 2015
Meeting @ GOCC - Holiday Program
Dec 11, 2015
Citrus Delivery
Friday @ Village Links. 1 - 5pm
Dec 12, 2015
Citrus Delivery
Saturday @ Village Links. 9am - 1pm
Dec 17, 2015
Meeting @ GOCC - Holiday Program & Gift Exchange
Dec 24, 2015
No Meeting
No Meeting - Merry Christmas!
Dec 31, 2015
No Meeting
No Meeting - Happy New Year!
Jan 07, 2016
Meeting @ Barone's -
Jan 14, 2016
Paul Gordon
Meeting @ Barone's - District 41 Update
Jan 21, 2016
Meeting @ Barone's -
Jan 28, 2016
Meeting @ Barone's -
Feb 04, 2016
Meeting @ Barone's -
Feb 11, 2016
Meeting @ Barone's -
Feb 18, 2016
Meeting @ Barone's -
Feb 25, 2016
Meeting @ Barone's -
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Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn  P.O. Box 3510 Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60138