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                       ROTARY SERVING HUMANITY
 
                    We meet on Thursdays at 12:10 PM
 
                               Glen Oak Country Club
                                 21 W 451 Hill Avenue
                              Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
                                      
 
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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 Peter Zeuthen. Peter is a fascinating person to speak with, widely traveled and has a great sense of humor.
 
When did you become a Rotarian?
I first was exposed to Rotary in the mid-50s when my father became a charter member of Odense Øster Rotary Klub, D-1460. It was a group of very distinguished, cigar-smoking and at my young age, very old business men in my home town of Odense, Denmark. After I was transferred to Chicago in 1973, I was approached by a Glen Ellyn Rotarian, John Rosch, to consider joining Glen Ellyn Rotary Club. On June 30, 1979, during the final days of the reign of Club President Bob Williamson, the pharmacist at the Glen Ellyn Clinic, I was inducted.
Why did you join Rotary?
My upbringing was somewhat internationally-influenced. My father was known to occasionally bring home a hungry foreign hitchhiker for a home-cooked meal and without warning, much to my mother's surprise; this plus hosting a Rotary GSE member from Bureau County, Illinois in 1968 coupled with my European travels as a teenager, and later my fantastic experience as a foreign exchange student in Ohio all widened my horizon and whetted my appetite to be a Rotarian. I wanted other youths to  experience being a foreign exchange student, and the hosts to experience hosting. (President Les Sommers asked me to be his Youth Exchange committee chair in '80-'81, it was the kick to get involved), and our Club had many exciting years hosting foreign students and raising funds for it. Our years of fun Cheese & Wine parties in Rotarians' homes are still remembered by some of us, with Les Sommers the fantastic raffle ticket salesman. Simultaneously, we sent local high students abroad; one of those students has been a big citrus customer of mine for a good number of years as a Wheaton Rotarian.  
 
What is your best Rotary memory?
Rotary has brought me many unforgettable memories and friendships, both here in Glen Ellyn and elsewhere as it has others. Rotary's international conventions that Beth and I attended were all highlights. Being told by District 6440 to find a host family to a foreign exchange student in 1988 presented a challenge. I finally pushed this young girl from Brazil on my neighbors down the street, the Fondas, and a beautiful exchange experience followed for all involved. The student had a wonderful year, partially warmed by a winter coat from Don Fischer, and we became friends with the Fondas and with other Rotarians through this. In November 1999 we all attended the wedding of our exchange student daughter in Brasilia, Brazil. In 2006 I proposed Roy Fonda as a potential member, he was accepted and the rest is history. Roy's induction and Beth's introduction of him in song (with revolvers present) was an unforgettable Rotary event.
 
 
What are some of your hobbies/interests outside Rotary?
Outside our 7 grandchildren and their parents scattered throughout the Midwest, I am interested in travels with my wife, Beth, in good foods and good wines, in history and in genealogy. 
 
 
What is one fact about you that no one might know?
When traveling to Brazil for the wedding of a former Glen Ellyn Rotary Club foreign exchange student, don't let a future Glen Ellyn Rotarian talk you into diving into a Sheraton swimming pool with an elevated bottom.....you will immediately incur a blemish on your forehead.
 
 
 
Glenbard South and Glenbard West High School students came together with professionals from the area to explore various careers during Mentor Day. Our Rotary club has supported this important program for many years and are very appreciative of the time people in our community give to show these young adults a glimpse into their careers.  Students shadowed people in careers ranging from early childhood education, medical professions, law, architecture, interior design, law enforcement and more. Check our more photos from this fun day HERE!
 
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 John Mulherin. In addition to John's generosity, he has a natural ability to share stories and connect with people.
 
When did you become a Rotarian?
I joined the Glen Ellyn Rotary Club in October of 1987.  I was sponsored by, who else, Don Fischer.  
 
Why did you join Rotary?
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.
 
What is your best Rotary memory?
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.
 
What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of Rotary?
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.  
 
What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?
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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We couldn't have asked for better weather this past Sunday for the first annual Pumpkin Flotilla event. The Glen Ellyn Park District hosted a family fun afternoon and evening full of music, children's activities, recipe contest, pumpkin carving demonstrations and the pumpkin parade on the lake. We had Rotarians and Interact students out in full force serving hot dogs and brats in the newly renovated boat house.  We love getting out into the community and spreading some fellowship outside our club walls. Thanks to everyone that helped make the event a success and thank you to all the families that stopped by to grab a bite to eat and say hello!  See more pictures from the event HERE.
Announcement:  
 
Our meeting this week - 10 20 16 - will be at:         
  • B.R. Ryall YMCA of Northwestern DuPage County
    49 Deicke Dr., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Please don't go to the Glen Oak Country Club because you will eating lunch with the wait staff by yourself....PJ Keenon

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
 
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 Roy Fonda. Roy is one of the most welcoming and sincere people you will ever meet.
 
When did you become a Rotarian?
Roy: I became a member of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn on June 28, 2006.
 
Why did you join Rotary?
Roy: I joined Rotary to get Peter Zeuthen to stop bugging me about it!  No, actually I was retired and had the time and interest to participate in a service organization.  I had attended a number of Rotary meetings and events as Peter's guest and knew quite a few of the then current members of the Glen Ellyn Club, even though I was no longer living in Glen Ellyn.
 
What is your best Rotary memory?
Roy: My best Rotary memory is the night of my induction into the Glen Ellyn Club.  Unknown to me, my family had been invited and surprised me by being there.  Beth Zeuthen, Peter's lovely wife, made up a song about me becoming a member to the music of Home on the Range, and she sang it in front of everyone at that meeting.  My second best Rotary memory, even though I was not yet a member then, is the school year long (9 months) hosting of a Rotary exchange student from Brazil, Patricia Borello de Castro, who later married my son's best friend and currently lives with her family in Naperville.
 
What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of Rotary?
Roy: I play golf and enjoy making simple woodworking projects.  I closely follow the University of Illinois Fighting Illini and the Chicago White Sox.  I attend almost all of my daughter's coached Glenbard South High School Softball games.  I am active in my college fraternity alumni organization, served on the board of directors of our homeowner's association and am a member of the Village of Winfield's Public Works Committee. 
 
What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?
Roy: When I was working for IDOT as the District Operations Engineer, I was interviewed on live television early one weekday morning by ABC Channel 7's Roz Varon, while I was at home sitting in my living room in my pajamas! 
 
 
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 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!
 
When did you become a Rotarian?
Sue: June 2013
 
Why did you join Rotary?
Sue: I was asked to do program on technology safety. I really liked the energy and fun they had at the meeting. About a year later my friend, Don Fischer asked me to come to a meeting and consider membership. I learned about the work the club did on behalf of our community. The club supports a number of organizations that we work with. This was important to me.  I liked that there are a number of civic leaders in the club who keep us informed about important things happening in our town.
 
What is your best Rotary memory?
In June of 2015 I was named Rotarian of the year along with Meryl Rajeck.  This was a complete surprise.
 
What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of Rotary?
 I’m a runner.  I’m an animal lover and I love being outside with my dog.
 
What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?
Sue: A LONG  time ago, before my husband and I started dating, I was the manager of his band and provided them practice space and got them gigs. That was back when I was cool.
 
District 6640 Governor Richard A. Rivkin of the Rotary Club of Northbrook joined us last week to share his vision for our District's work and our theme this year Rotary Serving Humanity. 

 

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?
Paul:  1997.

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!

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 Dawn Bussey.  Dawn is the type of person that makes things happen!  We are so lucky to have her in our community and in our club.  
 
When did you become a Rotarian?
Dawn: I joined the OakPark River Forest Rotary in 2004 and then transferred to GE Rotary in 2007 when I became the Director of the Glen Ellyn Library.
 
Why did you join Rotary?
Dawn:  I joined Rotary because it is the Service Organization of choice for Library Directors in IL.
 
What is your best Rotary memory?
Dawn: My best Rotary memory would be when a group of us had a booth at the Chamber Halloween event and provided a bowling for ghosts game for children to play- which gave us a chance to tell parents about Rotary.
     
What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of Rotary?
Dawn: My hobby - I love to cook. I spend my free time looking for new recipes and gathering ingredients to make new dishes.
 
What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?
Dawn: A fun fact about me would be that my nickname in middle school was Turtle. 
 
Dawn, you can guarantee someone is going to be asking you about that Turtle nickname next time they see you! 
 
The Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn was represented at the 4th of July Parade by members Ken Bucheit, Roy Fonda and Jeff Waters, along with 3 of our scholarship winners, Diana A, Diana R and Katherine B.  

 

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.

 
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 John Helledy. John is our 2015-2016 President and in his short time with Rotary has demonstrated a desire to be deeply engaged from the very beginning.
 
When did you become a Rotarian?
John: I became a Glen Ellyn Rotarian on May 13, 2010, under the Presidency of Dawn Bussey.
 
Why did you join Rotary?
John: I have a high school friend who happens to be our Greeter/Fine Master.  Upon my retirement, he asked me if I was going t sit in my rocking chair on the front porch or would I like to do something worthwhile.  Soon I was attending meetings of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn and the rest is history.
 
What is your best Rotary memory?
John: This would have to be when I was asked if I would be interested in becoming President of our Club.  I had been our Club Secretary for several years and did not expect to move up so quickly.  As I thought about my answer, I didn’t know how the club would adjust to a person 45  years older than my predecessor who was much better looking, and a different gender. Since I am retired, I had no reason to decline the offer. 
     
What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of Rotary?
John: These change somewhat as the years go by.  We do enjoy spending time at our lake home in Wisconsin.  We also enjoy traveling, and are active in our church.
 
What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?
John: Most of my career was in the global business area.  Through business and pleasure I have been fortunate to travel to 76 countries.  The experiences and friendships are numerous.  Traveling overseas helps one appreciate how lucky we are to be Americans.
 
We are lucky to live in this great country.  Thank you for being a great President to our club this past year!
Our guest speaker today, at Baronies Restaurant, was none other than our own Rtn Paul (PJ) Keenon. He took part in a cultural exchange to Pakistan in March. Then several delegates from Punjab Pakistan came to our district for our District 6440 conference and 10 days of our culture, Paul spoke mostly about the cultural and religious differences between our two countries and a comparison of the safety and crime in the US vs Pakistan particularly Chicago (9.5 million People) and Lahore (12.5 million people). He came dressed in the traditional Pakistan men's clothes and hat(s).  He has a desire to go back to Pakistan and see if he can learn more about the people and the land. He enjoyed his time and discussions in homes of Muslim families.

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.

The organizations listed below are the grant recipients for 2015/16 Rotary Year.
Friends of DuPage Animal Care & Control Foundation
BR Ryall YMCA
Bridge Communities
DuPage CASA
DONKA
DuPage PADS
DuPage Senior Citizens Council
Family Shelter Svcs
Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities
Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center
GE Historical Society
GE Public Library
GE Youth and Family Svcs
Humanitarian Svc Project
JUST of DuPage
NAMI
People's Resource Center
Repeat Boutique
SCARCE
Teen Parent Connection
YWCA
Salvation Army
 
The photo above represents the Organizations given grants, but is not all inclusive.
 
Our special thanks to the members of the Glen Ellyn Rotary Club Foundation Board for their diligent work in screening the recipients and managing our funds. Also to the members of the Glen Ellyn Rotary Club for the donations and fund raising endeavors each one participated in to help those less fortunate.

 

 

 
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.

Merrill

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 atwww.righttobefree.org.

 

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 http://www.dmv.org/il-illinois/organ-donor.php

 

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 www.healthrays.info to learn more about this important project and see how you can get involved in helping Rotary 6440 reach their goal of 29 units.
 
 
 
Speakers
College of DuPage Drama students
Dec 08, 2016
Meeting @ GOCC - COD students present Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
GB South Madrigals
Dec 15, 2016
Meeting @ GOCC - Holiday program by the GB South Madrigals
TBA -
Dec 22, 2016
Meeting @ GOCC - Holiday program
All GE Rotarians
Dec 25, 2016
Merry Christmas !
All GE Rotarians
Dec 29, 2016
No meeting today. Happy Holidays !
All GE Rotarians
Jan 01, 2017
Happy New Year !
Steve Beck
Jan 05, 2017
Meeting @ Barones - How to have a Great Day, Everyday!
Ann Marie Andexler
Jan 12, 2017
Meeting @ Barones - update, Northwestern Medicine ( CDH )
Michelle Gale de Oliveira
Jan 19, 2017
Meeting @ Barones - former District 6440 RYE student & Director at The UMMA Center in Chicago
TBA -
Jan 26, 2017
Meeting @ Barones -
Ben Pohl
Feb 02, 2017
Meeting @ Barones - Distractive Driving program
Sarah Oliver
Feb 09, 2017
Meeting @ Barones - District 6440 Grants & Endowment Fund
GE Village President, Alex Demos
Feb 16, 2017
Meeting @ Barones - Update - what's happening in Glen Ellyn
Kay McKean
Feb 23, 2017
Meeting @ Barones - Update - whats happening @ Scarce
TBA
Mar 02, 2017
Meeting @ Barones -
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Secretary
Treasurer
Sergeant at Arms
Public Image PR
Vocational
Club Service
Youth Services
Community Service
Club Service
Web Site Coordinator
Programs
Club Photographer
International Service
Rotary Foundation
Local Project Chair
 
 

Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn  P.O. Box 3510 Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60138