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                               Glen Oak Country Club
                                 21 W 451 Hill Avenue
                              Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
                                      United States
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We were honored to welcome visiting Rotarians, Mr. & Mrs. Yosy Shargil.  They live in Haifa, Israel and were visiting their son here in Glen Ellyn.

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 Scott Park.  Rotary is rooted deep in his family from his father to his children and is our incoming President. 
When did you become a Rotarian? 
Scott: Officially 2005, however, I frequently helped my father with Rotary projects while growing up in Alpena, MI.
Why did you join Rotary?
Scott:  “Meet with community Leaders, Exchange Ideas and Take Action”.  I want to provide service to those in need (Glen Ellyn and outside of Glen Ellyn).
What is your best Rotary memory?
Scott: When my daughters were inducted as the Presidents of the Glenbard West Interact club.  As I child, I enjoyed working the annual Alpena Rotary Radio Auction and helping to build the Bi-Centennial Bike Path in Alpena.
What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of Rotary? 
Scott: Platform Tennis is my true passion.  We have grown the Glen Ellyn club from 1 men’s team of 10 players in 2010 to 14 men’s teams and 3 ladies’ teams.  Golfing with my 12 year-old son Ryan.
What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?
Scott: I get to see the world by attending the summer Olympics: 1976 Montreal , 1984 LA, 1988 Seoul, 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London ……Rio number 10!


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.



GE Rotary Member Guest Social - April 28th



Paul Keenon presenting Assistant Governor Carrie Fullerton the trade banner from the Rotary International Personal Representative PDG, Leslie Salehuddin, from the Rotary Club of Gombak, Kuala Lampur, Indonesia. Paul also presented Glen Ellyn President John Helledy with the trade banner from the Rotary club of Islamabad Downtown. All of these banners were presented to Paul to bring back to our Rotary Club by these clubs from the Cultural Exchange trip to Pakistan representing District 6440 and it's delegation lead by District Governor Rodney Adams.



Right To Be Free is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of enslaved children in Africa and broadening the public awareness of human trafficking. Thank you to Lori Dillon for educating us on the realities of issues like this. Learn more



Our club was pleased to have Judy Meikle as our guest. She shared her unique story of being a heart transplant recipient. Judy knew who her donor was - Army Ranger Corporal Ben Kopp. He was shot in the leg in 2009 while raiding a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan. Due to massive blood loss he unfortunately did not make it. A common friend of the families connected Judy with the Kopp family and two days later Judy received a new heart, courtesy of an American war hero. Thank you for sharing your fascinating story with us. You can learn more about organ donation here



This past week we welcomed past District 6440 Governor, Carlos Frum, to share details of the Rotary HealthRays project with us.  Rotary has partnered with Guatemala's Ministry of Public Health and the Pan American Health Organization with the goal to buy and install 29 x-ray machines to serve the rural poor in Guatemala.  Why is this important?  As many as 4 billion people around the globe do not have access to simple x-ray technology.  In fact, many people don't even know it exists.  Making these machines available could allow for better health care, increased productivity and extended life spans.  Visit to learn more about this important project and see how you can get involved in helping Rotary 6440 reach their goal of 29 units.



DiveHeart is an organization that looks to build confidence, independence and self-esteem in the lives of children, adults and veterans with disabilities through scuba diving, scuba therapy and related activities. Thank you to Jim and TinaMarie for sharing all the great work you do with our Rotary club. To learn more about how you can get involved visit


It is our sad obligation to announce the passing of our friend and fellow Glen Ellyn Rotary Club member. May the Lord be with you! Patrick J. Schauer passed this week. More information will be forth coming when we know more.

Pat was born  January 13, 1953 and died in December 2015. He was inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn in 1988. He was a Past President in the years 2012-13.

He was also an honored multiple "Paul Harris Fellow".

He held many club board positions in addition to being the Past President. He was International Chair, Membership Chair and a member of the scholarship committee. Many of these board posts he held many times.  Pat was also an avid attendee of "Rotary International Conventions" in many countries around the world.

We are saddened by his passing and wish his family peace and contentment in knowing his belief was that he would be with the Lord this day. His long term suffering is over.









Citrus arrived last weekend! Thank you to everyone that supported our fundraiser, helping us raise money for scholarships and local community grants. Our rotarians and other volunteers working the dock had a great time sharing in fellowship, meeting our customers and sampling the fruit!



Our club collected and wrapped gifts for 50 children for the Humanitarian Service Project. This is a program that we participate in each holiday season. If you aren't familiar with the impact this organization has in our communities, please check out their website at
A special thank you to Rotarian Ken Bucheit who has pulled this program together for our club over the years.

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.

May 26, 2016
Rick Polad - novelist
Meeting @ GOCC - "The Spencer Manning Mysteries"
May 29, 2016
All GE Rotarians
Rotary International Convention in Seoul Korea , May 29 thru June 1st
Jun 02, 2016
Glenbard HS students
Meeting @ GOCC - High School Scholarship winners
Jun 09, 2016
Paul Keenon
Meeting @ GOCC - District 6440 Cultural Exchange with Pakistan
Jun 16, 2016
Tammy Cook
Meeting @ GOCC - the art or affliction of "procrastination"
Jun 16, 2016
President John Helledy
Meeting @ GOCC - Rotary Board meeting
Jun 23, 2016
Beth Mund
Meeting @ GOCC - Life lessons from NASA
Jun 29, 2016
All GE Rotarians
President Scott Park Installation Dinner @ GOCC - cocktails at ... dinner at ...
Jul 07, 2016
Harvey Mysel
Meeting @ GOCC - Blood Pressure Screening Program
Jul 14, 2016
Donna Adler
Meeting @ GOCC - Club membership program
Jul 21, 2016
Scott Park
Meeting @ GOCC - visit to Rotary Internation Convention in Seoul, Korea
Jul 28, 2016
Meeting @ GOCC -
Aug 04, 2016
TBA - on hold
Meeting @ GOCC - tentative GE Rotary Golf Outing
Aug 11, 2016
Marin McKlellan & friends
Meeting @ GOCC - Study abroad programs & more @ COD
Aug 18, 2016
Meeting @ GOCC -
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