Club Information
Glen Ellyn

"The Friendliest Club in Rotary"

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Glen Oak Country Club
21 W 451 Hill Ave.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
United States of America
(630) 309-1851
Milton Township Supervisor John Monino presented at the Rotary Club weekly meeting on November 11.  Thank you for sharing information about what is happening in the township.
Rotarian and Executive Director of the Glen Ellyn Public Library Dawn Bussey shared information about their hopes for a van to provide more mobile services. They have launched a campaign to help support the purchase of the van for the community.
Glen Ellyn Rotarian and Executive Director of the Philip Rock School Bonnie Jordan presented information about a new school they will be building on the existing school site. She shared the history of the school, information about who they serve, and how the new building will support students and staff.
We welcomed District 6440 Governor Kevin Stevens to one of our regular meetings on September 30. We heard his vision for the district and engaged in thoughtful conversation about the future of Rotary. Click here for more information about Governor Stevens.
May be an image of 4 people, outdoors and text that says 'SHELTERBOX HER BRONZE THIS BRONZE HERO AWARD RECOGNIZES THE OUTSTANDING DEDICATION AND SUPPORT OF Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn BOX Thank you on behalf of everyone at ShelterBox and the families we serve. Cang Kerm nurrais Rotary District 6440 SheterBox'
Congratulations on receiving ShelterBox HERO recognition for Rotary Year 2020-2021. Your support is very much appreciated.
Your club will be listed on our HERO page, your club will receive a banner to display: it will come from ShelterBox.
ShelterBox has provided aid to over 2 million people since 2000. We could not have reached them without clubs like yours. COVID 19 has not stopped our efforts. Your help has provided aid to over 33,000 families in 2020, and over 13,000 households in the first half of 2021.
In the aftermath of the 7.2 earthquake in Haiti and Tropical Storm Grace, ShelterBox is deploying response teams to assess what we can do to help all the displaced people. Afghanistan and Ida will be next. Your contributions are much appreciated by the people we help, giving them HOPE as provided by the shelter, dignity, and comfort of the ShelterBox response. 
After the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, our district wrote the first and only global grant for ShelterBox.  That year, we provided enough aid to ShelterBox that our District was #1 in USA and #6 in the world! Can we do it again?
Yours in service: Rotary and ShelterBox,
 ShelterBox Ambassador - Northbrook Rotarian
Donna Lee Gulley    
Three guys!
Peter Zeuthen, Mark Franz and Roy Fonda,
who appreciate the Public Image grant from District 6440 for our Rotary ware so we can promote the opportunities available through our Rotary club to serve others....PJ
Christy Blodett from "World Relief" , one of the countries premier refugee resettlement agencies,
came to help us understand the current situations with refugees in our local area.
World Relief is a global Christian humanitarian organization whose mission is to empower the local church to serve the most vulnerable. We aim to tackle the world’s greatest problems with holistic, locally-driven solutions that lead to lasting change — whether in response to disastersextreme povertyviolence, oppression or mass displacement and immigration. World Relief’s work in the United States, specifically, focuses on helping refugees and other immigrants in vulnerable situations rebuild their lives in a new country.
College of DuPage President, Brian Caputo
College of DuPage President, Brian Caputo, spent some time with us a few weeks ago updating us on upcoming plans for the college and a description of the many programs and geographic parameters of the college service area and tax district (see the photos).
Karen Hall the Director of the Glen Ellyn Historical Society presented the future plans of the center.
- Finish flood recovery
- Fall fundraiser - mums
- Book Discussion - September 9, "Heartland: An American History"
- Fall Kick off reception
- Lizzy Borden - September 16 - Leslie Goddard
- Emmitt Till - September 29 - "Spark of Modern Civil; Rights Movement"
- Recognizing the 150th Anniversary of the Chicago Fire - October 10
- Chicago's Memory of the Civil War - October 23
About the Trail :  Illinois Prairie Path - Erik Spande
Erik Spande, representing the Illinois Prairie Path spoke to the club about the Trail.
The Illinois Prairie Path is a multi-use nature trail for non-motorized public use. It spans approximately 61 miles in Cook, DuPage and Kane Counties in northeasten Illinois. A former right-of-way for the old Chicago Aurora & Elgin electric railroad, it was the first U.S. rail-to-trail conversion in the nation in the 1960’s.
Islamic Circle of North America Relief (ICNA) 
Asma Jarad
Ms. Jarad gave a very informative overview of the program for relief of family needs.
ICNA has a shelter in Glendale Heights for mothers and children. This is one facility in one of  26 states with 45 offices that provide similar help. The program last from 6 to 9 months.
There are six flagship programs.
ICNA works in cooperation with many agencies including Keeping Families Together and Catholic Charities. Their programs are not for Muslims alone, although they agency is faith based. They will help any families in need.
Most members of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn know that we have supported the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. We gave $1,000 for books to help with literacy. Please, give a personal gift through the Glen Ellyn Library or to the quilt raffle fund, both mentioned below....PJ
D41 Kids Foundation, supporting the work of the Glen Ellyn District 41 Schools, with the support of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn, has established a Dolly Parton Imagination Library serving all children from birth through age 4 who live within the District 41 school boundaries. Free personalized, age-appropriate books are mailed to every registered child each month. The program is free to parents and guardians, being funded solely by the D41 Kids Foundation’s generous donors. Those who qualify can register by going to our website at
Rotarian Tom Van Winkle receiving his first "Paul Harris Fellow" recognition.
A Paul Harris Fellow is someone who has contributed a particular level of philanthropy at Rotary International Foundation.
Presenter Jeff Reiter of Cantigny Park (and Glen Ellyn resident), spoke about birding and gave us a birding 101 lesson. 
Many varieties of birds are found right here in DuPage County and in our own backyards!  Thanks, Jeff, for sharing your love of birds and the art of birding with the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn
Another year and the club not only survived but excelled. Last night the leadership of  the club changed hands. Erika Krehbiel is now the Past President and Mark Franz was installed as the President of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn. As a club we respect and honor those that serve. Many awards were presented to members for their contributions to the success of the last year. Also, six Paul Harris Fellowship awards were presented to members for their donations to the International Foundation. All in all it was very respectful and honoring evening. We can be proud of the good the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn does!
Christy Truitt, Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission,
visited our club on the same day as the Interactors, so we had a very full program.
It was a good way to get back into full participation in club interests after a time of regrouping after the restricted last year.
I am including some resources that Christy provided for our use.

The Interact Club of Glenbard West succeeds in spite of the challenges of the last year!
Our club is privileged to sponsor the Interact Club at Glenbard West High School. The President of the club 2020/21, Anna Burrus, and two other club officers presented us a program highlighting the success for the club despite the odds against them in a year of quarantine:
  • They were able to accomplish a few projects and organizational changes: Birthday In A Box
  • Glen Ellyn Food Pantry Drive
  • Valentine’s For Vets
  • Christmas Cards
  • Gratitude Day
  • Board elections 
The incoming Interact Club officers and Senior Advisor, Anna, (that is her title in her Senior year to help the new President make the transition) and club school Adult Glenbard West Advisor Jim Kelly, who was present at our club meeting as well have already chosen 8 priorities for the 2021/22 year so they can get a running start....Congratulations to the Interactors of 2020/21 for their perseverance and dedication to the causes of Rotary International.....PJ
Rotarian Scott Park, Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn Youth Advisor, and Jim Kelly, Adult Glenbard West Advisor,
with three of the officers of the Interact Club of Glenbard West.
Rotarian Penny Belke presenting President Erika Krehbiel with a memento marking the Frida Kahlo celebration in Glen Ellyn this summer. Several Rotary clubs in the local area are partnering to sponsor one of the rooms displaying art and memorabilia about polio.
In spite of circumstances of this past year, the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn has surpassed it 's past generosity.
The friends of the club came through with gusto. Socially, we made the best of it. We gathered in a parking lot for a meeting, we used ZOOM to stay in communication and we doubled down on fundraising. We raise around $45,000. Yet we dispersed almost $83,540!
- $2,000  we gave to polio eradication
- $1,000 Shelter Box (disaster relief)
- $5,000 to a Veterans Park Project in Copenhagen, Demark (international)
- $18,000 to student at Glenbard West and Glenbard South for college scholarships,
- $10,000 for vocational scholarships for two years with funds provided by the Bryant Fund
- $18,000 in local non-profit grants to about 15 organizations
- $2,500 to the local school districts.
To top it off we made a grant of $25,000 to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry for construction and renovation of the home they will be moving to in December. And then another matching district grant to the pay for "Snack Packs" of which we helped pack and awarded another $1,540 for the food in the packs.
I almost forgot, we provided money and man power to the Jr. Woman's Club of Glen Ellyn for Christmas presents and food. We also helped sort and distribute the food.
In addition we participated using Designated District Funds (DDF) on two international projects. One in India and one in Colombia, partnering with Rotary Club of River City.
This is success! This is serving! This is "Service Above Self" and we had fun doing it....PJ
Glen Ellyn Food Pantry Grant Presentation
 Rotary District 6440 and the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn strive to serve others. They have undertaken and participated in many endeavors over the years, but in this case they chose to support us. Laura Glaza, Pantry Executive Director (left), and Paula Nugent, Pantry Board President (right), were proud to accept their generous donation this week, represented here by Rotarian Kathy Borello Oldham, Sarah Oldham, and Rotarian Paul Keenon. The funds are a matching grant with the club and Rotary District 6440.
This amazing support will make a difference for the Pantry's backpack program for children at risk of hunger.  We are thankful to both groups, and are proud of all of the great work they do in our community!
For those of you who have never been to the food pantry, below are a few photos....PJ
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.
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Meeting @GOCC Place Citrus Order
Dec 02, 2021 12:00 PM
Hands on Project
Dec 09, 2021 12:00 PM
Junior Woman Christmas baskets at Parkview Community Church
Citrus Distribution@The LINKS
Dec 10, 2021 1:00 PM
Citrus Distribution@The LINKS
Dec 11, 2021 9:00 AM
No Meeting
Dec 23, 2021
Happy Holidays!!
No Meeting
Dec 30, 2021
Happy Holidays!!
Donna Gulley
Jan 13, 2022 12:00 PM
Club Assembly@Barones
Jan 20, 2022 12:00 PM
Rob or Katie@Barone's
Jan 27, 2022 12:00 PM
What's New at the B.R. Ryall YMCA
John Mulherin
Feb 03, 2022 12:00 PM
Rotary District Grants
Paul Keenon
Feb 10, 2022 12:00 PM
Rotary Membership Part I
Paul Keenon
Feb 17, 2022
Rotary Membership Part II
Paul Keenon
Feb 24, 2022 12:00 PM
Rotary Membership Part III
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
President Nominee
Immediate Past President
International Service
Youth Services
Foundation President
Club Service
Community Service
Sergeant at Arms
Public Image PR
Web Site Coordinator
Club Photographer
Virtual Meeting Coordinator