Welcome to the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn
Rotary is an international membership organization made up of people who share a passion for and commitment to enhancing communities and improving lives across the world.  
  • The Glen Ellyn Rotary Club was established in 1943 and currently has over 40 active members. 
  • We support our community by providing scholarships to high schools students and community grants as well as opportunities to give back through community service projects. 
  • The Glen Ellyn Rotary Club also supports projects and provides help when needed internationally. There are over 35,000 Rotary clubs in more than 220 countries around the world. 
  • We have a lot of fun while we raise funds and serve our community. The friendships made in our club are lifelong! 
We would like you to get to know us! All are welcome to attend one of our weekly lunch programs to meet members and learn more about us. Do you want to give back to your community and beyond?  Are you service minded?  Join us for lunch and learn more!  Contact Jeff Castle at jeffcastlecarpentry@gmail.com to express your interest and rsvp for lunch as our guest! 
Club Information
Glen Ellyn

"The Friendliest Club in Rotary"

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Barones Restaurant of Glen Ellyn
475 Pennsylvania Ave.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
United States of America
(630) 309-1851
John Mulherin, President of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn Foundation, gave us a short history lesson about our foundation.
Fred L. Biester: Father of Glenbard 
​His influence was first felt in the fall of 1918 as the principal of Glenbard High School.  He later became the superintendent of Glenbard High School District 87.  Mr. Biester passed away on March 20, 1962, just months away from his retirement. His remarkable career touched parts of six decades. Rotarian, Fred Biester was Club President in 1944/45. The clubs second president.
Fred donated scholarships, personally and anonymously,  for dozens of students during his tenure.
For over sixty years, the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn has provided educational and vocational scholarships in varying amounts to students at Glenbard West and Glenbard South. Much of the original seed money came from former G.W. principal Fred L. Biester’s own pockets. Hence the name “Fred L. Biester Memorial Scholarship Fund”.
Rotarian, John Mulherin
Rotarian Fred Biester

November 7th was Mentor Day for Glen Ellyn Rotary!


Every year students from Glenbard South and West shadow professionals in their field of interest. Students worked with attorneys, cpas, financial consultants, engineers, veterinarians, architects, chefs,  doctors, dentists, journalists, the Chamber of Commerce, the College of Dupage Nursing program, and teachers to get a behind the scenes look at careers that they had a particular interest in. This impressive group of young people shared their impressions of their experience. This was an inspiring lunch for everyone. Thank you Mentors, Students and Glenbard South and West for working with Rotary to make this happen.


Jim Kelly doing his usual outstanding job introducing the students and mentors.

Thank you Jim for all that you do!


Catherine Lynott, Executive Director

The Outreach House’s reason for being is simple – to provide compassionate and effective assistance to individuals and families in need with dignity and without judgment. 

Following a long and successful community presence addressing urgent needs for food, clothing, infant/toddler essentials and emergency financial assistance, our four programs – First Things First, Food Pantry, Clothes Closet and Walk-in Assistance - merged as one organization under The Outreach House. 


The economic impact of the pandemic over the past two years has increased demand for services across all four of our programs – especially for those who are unemployed, underemployed, have a disability or are on fixed incomes. This continuing increase in demand for comprehensive assistance has highlighted the need for more accessible and welcoming working and storage space to enable programs of The Outreach House to provide efficient and dignified service for the ongoing needs of our community.

We have moved to 805 S. Main St, Lombard, into a one-story building, where we now offer all of our programs under one roof: easily accessible with increased storage for food, diapers and clothing.

Dual language is part of the core curriculum starting in first grade, Spanish and English.
The Department of ESL and Bilingual Services strives to prepare students for an expanding global environment by accelerating academic excellence through the teaching of a second language.
  • The ESL program assists non-native English speakers in acquiring the language proficiency and skills necessary to be successful academically in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking while also fostering individual students’ languages and cultures.
  • The Dual Language and Foreign Language at the Elementary Schools (FLES) programs give students the opportunity to learn a second language (Spanish) during the optimal years of language acquisition. The programs foster learning environments that develop competence in learners to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural.
PEANUT BUTTER is a good source of proteins.
Someone informed the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry that families who are food insecure need proteins and meat is not easy for food pantries to store and deliver but PEANUT BUTTER is a good source of proteins. Rotarian and Glen Ellyn Library Director responded to the need and rallied the club to donate dozens of jars of peanut butter, 103lbs in total. She and Rotarian Paul J. Keenon, (not in the photo) delivered the food to the pantry and a volunteer Rich Wloszek helped us to store them.
This studious looking Rotarian presented historic speeches and anecdotal material for the presidential instillations of two past club presidents that he originally delivered, Paul Keenon and Dawn Bussey. It was really just an excuse to get rid of Rotary materials stacking up in his garage. He needed to get ride of them before his upcoming move. Rotarian Peter Zeuthen we really appreciate your membership and the levity you bring to our meetings....PJ
Beans - No Beans - White - Green - Red - Hot - Mild; it's just how you like it! Chili!
At the invitation of Glen Ellyn Masonic Lodge #950 we partook in a culinary delight.
The 1st. chili cook off!
We were joined by the Glen Ellyn Lyons Club.
About a dozen chefs cooked multiple pots of chili for us to taste and vote on. 
Of course the Glen Ellyn Rotary Club chefs won the most votes and to top of the competition Rotarian Dawn Bussey won first place.
She was joined on the club team of cooks by Sue Martin and Erika Krehbiel.
Erika gave a short description of what Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn does for the community and then called on Peter Zeuthen to share our involvement in International projects.
Our own Rotarian and Village Manager, Mark Franz, filled us in on many facets of Glen Ellyn business.
The villages strategic plan, street scape updates, updates on ongoing building plans.
More so he gave an overview of the budget and personal retention and hiring practices.
All in all, it was a very informative !
This was fun one!
Leslie Goddard a professional speaker reminded us of Chicago born foods.
From hot dogs Chicago style with all the trimmings and deep dish pizza as well as Chicago' reputation for being a center for candy production.
One of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn's many holiday time projects is purchasing and helping pack food for the Glen Ellyn Junior Woman's club. We have fun with this project every year.
This year we were joined by several Glenbard South students and their leader.
After a  month hustling to sell oranges and grapefruits to provide the funding for our many community grants and $17,000 in college scholarships, we spent a couple of cold days serving the customers at the "Village Links Golf Course". The club used their facilities from the dock at the maintenance building to the front drive of the club house to fill the orders. Other members of the club were driving to three counties, 10 towns and visiting near by Rotary Clubs to deliver the nearly thousand cases of fruit. A special thank you to Bob McNees from the Carol Stream Club for his coordination and the use of his office to deliver dozens of cases to two other clubs.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
President Nominee
Immediate Past President
Rotary International Foundation Chair
Foundation President
Club Service
Community Service
International Service
Grants Chair
Youth Services
Sergeant at Arms
Public Image PR
Web Site Coordinator
Club Photographer
Virtual Meeting Coordinator
Finance Chair
No Meeting - Spring Break
Mar 30, 2023 12:00 PM
Bonnie Jordan @Barones
Apr 06, 2023 12:00 PM
The Philip J. Rock Center Building Program
Beth Clower @Barones
Apr 13, 2023 12:00 PM
Community Cupboard at the Glen Ellyn Public Library
Gabriella Filippi@Barone's
Apr 20, 2023 12:00 PM
The Mentor Coach Foundation
Big Wheel
Apr 26, 2023 6:00 PM
No Meeting
Apr 27, 2023
Significant Achievers @Barones
May 04, 2023 12:00 PM
Sam Mitrani, Professor of History COD
May 11, 2023 12:00 PM
How the World Arrived on Lake Michigan Shores @Barone's
Club Assembly @ Barones
May 25, 2023 12:00 PM
Scholarships @ Barones
Jun 01, 2023 12:00 PM
Local Grants @
Jun 08, 2023 12:00 PM
Local Grants @
Jun 15, 2023 12:00 PM