Club Information
Glen Ellyn

"The Friendliest Club in Rotary"

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Barone's of Glen Ellyn
475 Pennsylvania Ave.
Glen Ellyn,
United States of America
(630) 309-1851
At our "Big Wheel" fundraiser another momentous occasion took place. District Governor Lyle Staab inducted two new members. They are a shared membership. Lynn Bruno was inducted as an active member and her husband Robert was inducted as an Honorary member. Together they are the Bruno shared membership. Their membership brings the club total to 41 Active members and 8 Honorary members (shared) = 49 members. Club President Erika Krehbiel welcomes the Bruno's.
Paula Nugent, President of the Board of the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry attend our meeting to receive the pledged funding that we promised to the pantry. $25,000.
The Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn will be honored by having the "Community Room" named for our club.
Once again! Two clubs in co-operation for the good of the community.
The Kiwanis Club of Glen Ellyn and the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn
have come together at the United Methodist Church to pack about 150 "snack packs" for families that need a little fun food once in a while.
Penny Linneweh, Kiwanis, Glen Scott, Kiwanis, Penny Belke, Rotarian, and Dawn Bussey, Rotarian organize us and facilitate the pack.
This time there were 8 Rotarians and 2 Kiwanis of us jammed into this little room but it made it all the more fun...PJ
As members of our Rotary club, here is something that you should and may want to know!
We have an Interact club at Glenbard West High School.
What is an Interact Club you may ask?
We Traveled! With Elizabeth (Beth) Clower
Beth has take in us halfway around the world with her twice.
She is the Instruction Librarian and Business Liaison, with the Glen Ellyn Public Library.
She helped us in vision the travels to these exotic locals thorough the very experienced and knowledgeable eyes of a seasoned traveler...Traveling to South East Asia is not a trip for the faint of heart. First to Singapore and then to Bhutan. Beth shared many of the cultural differences she experienced living in Singapore and visiting Bhutan. I am going to let some of the photos tell the story. Please keep in mind these were taken of the screen through ZOOM.

Republic of Singapore,
Is a sovereign island city-state in maritime South-East Asia
Population - 2019 estimate - 5,703,600
Buddhism (33.0%)
  Christianity (18.0%)
  Islam (14.0%)
  Taoism and folk religion (10.0%)
  Hinduism (6.5%)
  Sikhism or Other religion (0.6%)
  None (18.5%)
This week the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn members worked a joint project to provide snack packs for Glen Ellyn District 47 students. The primary group who's project we helped on is the Kiwanis Club of Glen Ellyn. This is not our first cooperative project with their club and it won't be the last. We have another date set aside, February 18, 2021. Please put this date on your calendar. One of many ways our team and others in the Village of Glen Ellyn pull together to provide for the community...PJ
        Kiwanis Club of Glen Ellyn
Chartered in 1954      
Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn 
Chartered 1943
Our speaker was Richard Rosen, District 6440 Literacy Chair. His presentation was both melancholy and hopeful.
He laid out the thoughts behind saving a child from a life of poverty and crime.
"Early Childhood Literacy"
Print awareness, print motivation, narrative skills, vocabulary, and letter acknowledgement are the basic components of early childhood literacy.
Children can be abused in very insipid ways that scar as deeply as physical abuse and literacy is one of the keys to escape.
Along with the literacy parents are another key to lifting children out of limiting circumstances.
They must take part in influencing children to develop these skills.
Richard gave us back ground information pertaining to successes that children have when reading before 4th or 5th grade. He gave us resources to reach goals for the children.
This is a presentation worthy of our attention....PJ
In October the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn set in motion our annual citrus sale. The sales were abysmal at first, but the momentum built to a brisk pace in late November and the direct donations as well as our a citrus purchases picked up. One anonymous donor gave $6,000. Many others gave smaller but significant direct donations. These donations provide 100% profit, therefore the money goes so much further to help local non-profits and 14 scholarships to Glenbard South and West students as well as some vocational scholarships. Then the citrus sales picked up in early December and by the last day of sales we surpassed our goal for sales and donations. We are so thankful to all our members and those that support our "Citrus Sale." We are thankful to Wheaton Rotarian Sean Nelsen and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards students who helped deliver citrus to large purchasers. The Village Links in Glen Ellyn provided the use of their maintenance shed to store the fruit over night and then the Club entrance portico to use for purchasers to drive by to pick up the fruit.....This made Christmas hopeful for many families and students.
Tail Gate:
Rotarian Penny Belke made a big hit with the tail gate Rotary meeting she planned and executed for us in the parking lot of Alfie's Restaurant in Glen Ellyn. Alfies's accommodated us with their famous cheese burgers and fries in the middle of the lot. Penny gave a plate of home made cookies to each member in attendance. Merry Christmas!
It was our annual meeting to elect and ratify our club board. Previous to the regular meeting we had a meeting of our Foundation Board. The discussion revolved around the financial report and a possible international project with a club in Copenhagen Denmark, suggested by Peter Zeuthen.
Rotarian Mark Franz was elected President and his board nominations were ratified for the 2021/22 year.
27 members and guests attend the tail gate meeting in person and about 6 joined us by Zoom. This was the best attended meeting since the covid 19 lock down in March.
Our annual Christmas food packing project for the Jr. Woman's Club of Glen Ellyn was curtailed to ten people in the building as a result of the covid situation. We packed food packages for about 50 families that will be distributed with gifts to elderly and families in Glen Ellyn. 
Another curtailed activity is our Christmas gift wrapping for other families in the community. Our gift wrap for those wishing for a Christmas season with grace, hope and love...Merry Christmas!
Each Rotary member purchases gifts for one or two children and we wrap them at our annual wrapping gathering. Not this year! We made the donations but one member, Kathy Borello, purchased and delivered the presents. The money we collected from the members is matched by a Rotary District 6440 grant. These two activities benefit around 100 families. It is our privilege to be able to extend our service to our neighbors.
Lets do a "wheelie" for citrus. Get peddling and come down the "Village Links" golf course on December 11 or 12th for a marathon sale of fruit.
Thank you to Rotarian Peter Zeuthen for displaying our rolling citrus signs.
Our newest member, and the third in a month, is Janet Sutherland, author, speaker and dog lover.
She is a consultant with Sutherland Media Broadcasting & Media Production Company
Paul J. Keenon Assistant District Governor for District 6440  and Glen Ellyn Rotarian along with Penny Belke, performed the induction at our last meeting. Of course it was hybrid with Janet at her office and some of the members at the Glen Oak Country Club.
Please welcome Janet to the club. At the time of induction she was the newest member of Rotary in the entire world.
The Borgen Project is a bipartisan lobby group to help end global poverty. 

In a Nutshell: We fight extreme poverty.

Mission Statement: The Borgen Project believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. We’re the innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.

Derek Eli Denton is an intern with the Borgan Project.

To understand the scope of the project I suggest you check out their web site.



A timely topic! One that was handled very succinctly and with great aplomb. Dawn Bussey, Glen Ellyn Library Director and Rotarian, gave an overview of what the three words "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion" really mean. One notable take away, for me, was the difference between "Equality and Equity", how it makes more sense to strive for "Equity" and how this impacts the outcome of our efforts..... There will a be a series of conversation, planed for January, that will address these three words in regards to our community. It will be held via Zoom as a partnership with the Village of Glen Ellyn, GE library, Park District, College of DuPage, Districts 41, 87 and 89. Can you get more community minded that that...PJ
Rotarian Peter Zeuthen preparing the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn bicycle racks for World Polio Day.The world is two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and just a few case from Polio being totally eradicated. Please join us in our endeavor to completely eradicate Polio. The USA has been polio free since 1985....PJ
Great thing are happening at the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn!
We are beginning to re-gather in person with covid protections but many still have a personal reasons for coming to the meetings on Zoom. This week we had 13 in person and about 7 on Zoom.

Next and so joyous is the that two new members were inducted into the club by Assistan Govenor and Glen Ellyn member Paul J. Keenon. Kevin and Lyndi Bowers have joined in a shared membership with Lyndi as the primary member and Kevin, who will b e just as much a part of the club, as the other member in the group. Let's call it the "Bowers" group! Please congratulate them as you see them or with a an e-mail. Kevin is a Research Director at TSIA and Lyndi is a Portfolio Marketing Manager. They have 6 children ranging in age from 20 to 1 years old. Our President Erika Krehbiel is their sponsor.

Another important happening is that Peter Zeuthen has received yet another "Paul Harris Fellow" award. This is Peters 5th Paul Harris Fellow award. Congratulations Peter.
Paula Nugent, from the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry,
brought us the plans for the new, permanent building to house the pantry and distribution center.
She presented from the Glen Oak Country Club with a hybrid in person and Zoom meeting. We thank her for adjusting to this unique situation.
Read on there is much more information!
One of the most particle speakers we have had in months!
Look up Liz Repking, Cyber Safety Consulting, you won't be disappointed.
She is an expert in cyber scams and cyber safety issues particularly when it comes to teens and twines.


Virtually, Governor Lyle Staab came to visit though Zoom/hybrid. He was joined by Assistant Governor Sam Johnson and 7 in person and 16 virtual club members.

Rotarian Penny Belke opened her home for those who wanted to attend the Governors board and regular club meeting.

Local Grants
May 13, 2021 12:10 PM
Club Board Meeting
May 20, 2021 11:00 AM
Local Grants
May 20, 2021 12:10 PM
Club Assembly
May 27, 2021
Scholarship Awards
Jun 03, 2021 12:10 PM
Christy Truitt
Jun 10, 2021 12:00 PM
GE Environmental Commission Update
Frida Kahlo Exhibit
Jun 17, 2021 12:10 PM
2021-22 Presidential and Board installation
Jun 23, 2021
2021-22 Presidential and Board installation
No Meeting
Jun 24, 2021
No Meeting
Jul 01, 2021
Jeff Reiter and Bob Hutchinson@GlenOakCountryClub
Jul 08, 2021 12:00 PM
Birding the Chicagoland Region
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
President Nominee
Immediate Past President
Youth Services
Foundation President
International Service
Community Service
Club Service
Sergeant at Arms
Public Image PR
Web Site Coordinator
Club Photographer
Grants Chair
Virtual Meeting Coordinator