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Glen Ellyn

"The Friendliest Club in Rotary"

We meet Thursdays at 12:10 PM
Glen Oak County Club
21W451 Hill Ave.
Glen Ellyn, IL  60137
United States
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When you give $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. To recognize someone else as a Paul Harris Fellow, you can give that amount in their name. This month we have eight additional Paul Harris Fellows. Several of the members represented here are multiple Paul Harris Fellows.
The culmination of a job well done! The collaboration of the Glen Ellyn Rotary Club, Rotary District 6440 matching grant, and the donors of the Ryall YMCA in Glen Ellyn provided this pavilion and the necessary Tables and Adirondack chairs to facilitate 50 more children of the summer camps at the YMCA. 
In this photo the ribbon is being cut by the Past President of the Glen Ellyn Rotary Club Scott Park with assistance from members of the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce, members of the Glen Ellyn Rotary Club and staff of Ryall YMCA.
What is this important event? The culmination of one of our goals, to provide deserving students who have good educational careers to this point, show promise as leaders and having a financial need to go on to higher education. These students from Glenbard West and Glenbard South have shown these qualifications. 
Three old timers got together with hundreds of other dedicated Rotarians at the District 6440 Annual Conference at Blue Harbour, Sheboygan WI. Every time we get together we feel the oneness of the Rotary family and the welcomeness of those here and abroad helping those in need. We were awed by the generosity, ability and virtue of the those that shared their stories with us over the weekend.
Achievers, yes we have them! They are special young students form Glenbard South and West. We recognize their special abilities and how they have exercised their potential to their fullest.
We have the finest students to be found anywhere. Please, help us congratulate them on a job well done.
Nicaragua Humanitarian Journey 2017
Jens and Jettee Nielsen
Founders of Nicaragua Direct
The first thing to understand is there are no administration cost for the work that is done by Nicaragua Direct.

This is a  One Hundred Percent Direct Effort.
NO – Administrative Expenses.  All costs are absorbed by us personally.

Welcome our most recent new member
Thomas (Tom) Van Winkle
President and owner of Sign Identity, Inc.
Inducted March 29, 2018
Assistant Governor Paul Keenon inducting Tom Van Winkle.
MaryBeth Growney Selene who is a past Rotary International Director and currently a Foundation Director with a Rotary leadership pedigree rivaled by none. She is the perfect person to expound on the inter- workings of the hierarchy of Rotary International.
Three Questions That Can Predict Future Quality of Life!
Rick Poole from CIMA Hartford MIT asked us some strange questions to ascertain the quality of our life
Our most frequent person who makes up for missed meetings at his own club, Rotary Club of Wheaton, and frequent guest of the Rotary Club of Carol Stream as well, therefore an expert on MAKING UP is the President Elect of the Rotary Club of Wheaton Steve Johnston helped us understand the Joys Of Making UP a missed Rotary club meeting. You thought maybe he was a counselor or psychiatrist didn't you?... Nope but he dose have over 20 years of perfect attendance in Rotary. That is 52 meetings a year for 20 years. That's well over 1,000 meetings with no misses...WOW!
The newest member of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn
John Chereskin,
Glen Ellyn Fire Department Administrator
Assistant Governor representing Governor Don Brewer inducts John Chereskin with Club President Ed Scheer
Governor Don and his wife Roseann visited our club and conducted a board meeting before the club meeting. Both meetings were casual and congenial as is the way with our current Governor. Roseann has mad all the club visits with him and is well received as his time keeper and organizer. Governor Don allowed the board members to discuss their hopes for the future of the club and their desires  for their part in it's future.
Whether you are interested in guided events or looking to create your own unique adventure, there is tons to do here at Cantigny. Below are some activities that are always available at Cantigny. Join the fun and make your visit to Cantigny one-of-a-kind!
Picnic Grounds
We have a spacious picnic area with coal receptacles and pavilions to rent.
Nature Walks
Explore our 2½ mile nature trail through woods, fields and gardens.
Playground + Tank Park
Our playground is currently under construction until May 2018, but the tank park is open for climbing.
The First Division Museum, dedicated to the history of the Big Red One, t
Join us in an outdoor treasure hunting game that lets you explore the park in a unique way.
The Robert R. McCormick Museum, a historic house museum interpreting the life and legacy of the Colonel. The mansion reveals the public and private sides of one of America’s wealthiest and most philanthropic he famed 1st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. Many exhibits are interactive and all of them provide fascinating insights about America’s military, past and present.
Changes must come! Will it be because we choose or are swept up with the winds of change? Tammy and Penny lead us through a session asking "What would you like to see us do as a club? 
Then  a lively discussion ensued with give and take from many visions and desires. All in all it was a worth while endeavor to get us thinking.
Impressive, Yes Impressive! Easter Seals is strength, perseverance and love to so many people with physical difficulties.
Amy says, "Live each day with an attitude of gratitude!"


Over Party

Our own Ken Bucheit spoke to us about  "NO Labels". Non partison reasoning to bring about true Democracy!




Changes must come! Will it be because we choose or are swept up with the winds of change? Tammy and Penny lead us through a session asking "What would you like to see us do as a club? 
Then  a lively discussion ensued with give and take from many visions and desires. All in all it was a worth while endeavor to get us thinking.
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 Tammy Lemke. Tammy is the type of person who gets things done and always has a smile on her face. Her compassion and commitment to do good in the world are contagious. We are lucky to have her as a member of our club.
When did you become a Rotarian?
I first became a Rotarian in 2003 – Joined the Champaign West Rotary in Champaign IL. Received the Newcomer Award in 2003-2004. Unfortunately, moved to Glen Ellyn in 2007 and left the Champaign Club.  After being appointed the B.R. Ryall YMCA CEO in 2015, Les Sommers asked me to attend the Glen Ellyn Rotary Club as his guest. My journey continues.
Why did you join Rotary?
I joined Rotary in 2003 to associate with a group of people who all wanted to make our community better. I rejoined in 2015 for the same reason.   
What is your best Rotary memory?
My best memory so far is working the Pumpkin Flotilla last year. What fun! Enjoyed sharing the Rotary story with others and making memories with my fellow Rotarians.
What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of Rotary?
What do I like to do? I enjoy the outdoors, decorating, and hanging with my family. 
What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?
A fun fact?  I was voted Ms. Congeniality in the Miss Villa Grove Contest (high school).  Unfortunately, my arch nemesis won – so can’t get over that!
Gifts are one of the traditions of the Christmas holiday. With Rotary clubs it is no different.
One difference is that the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn does not give gifts to each other, rather we each select one or more children to bless with the joy of the season by providing their gifts. Also, we include a gift card so they may choose a gift for themselves. As you can see we make a party out of the tradition.
Ian Riseley
President, 2017-18

Dear fellow Rotarians,

As we look ahead to 2018, it is time to look ahead as well to the next stage of our work to eradicate polio. When you look at the numbers we’ve seen over the last few years, it is clear what trajectory we are on. We had 416 cases of polio in 2013, 359 cases in 2014, 74 cases in 2015, 37 cases in 2016 and 17 cases so far in 2017. We are on our way to zero—and 2018 may well be the year we reach it.

It’s important to understand that this won’t mean our work is over. Rotary is committed to polio eradication until the world is certified polio free. For that to happen, we must be sure beyond any doubt that there is not a single virus left anywhere in the world. Poliovirus is very good at hiding and that is why we put so much effort into surveillance: looking not only for new cases of the disease, but for signs of the virus in waterways and sewage.

Once at least three years have passed from the last time poliovirus is found, an independent committee will certify the world polio-free. Then, and only then, will our work be done. Until then, it’s vital that we keep on doing everything we’re doing now: all the surveillance, all the immunizations, and all the advocacy work.

In 2016, Rotary helped vaccinate 450 million children, preventing an estimated 650,000 cases of paralysis. It could never have been done without a strong membership, ready and able to do the work. Looking ahead, all of us need to do our part to ensure that Rotary’s membership stays strong and ready for any future challenge. Each January, Rotary sees a sharp increase in prospective members reaching out to express their interest in being connected with a Rotary club. These prospective members are screened by Rotary, then assigned to districts to be reviewed and sent to a club via the membership leads program. Yet less than half of the leads we received last year were followed up by districts and only a quarter were assigned to clubs in 2016-17. I ask all of you to ensure that any membership leads you receive are followed up appropriately. If you have any questions about the membership leads program, see Connect to Membership Leads.

In other news, our Rotary Peace Centers Committee, having considered over 550 candidates, has selected the finalists for our 100 Rotary Peace Fellowships. The selected finalists represent citizenship from over 50 countries, and we are delighted to welcome them.

Finally, as some of you start thinking about holiday shopping, I’d like to remind you that Rotary Global Rewards is a wonderful way to get the most for your money; you can find it right in the Rotary Club Locator app on your phone. And for those who need an idea for the Rotarian on their list, why not commemorate the Foundation’s Centennial Year with a copy of its history? It’s a beautiful way to look back on some of our Foundation’s achievements, and be inspired by what is yet to come.

Juliet and I send all of you our warmest wishes for a healthy and happy 2018, full of friends, family, and Rotary service.


Ian Riseley
Rotary International President, 2017-18






        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 Dave “Doc” Clayton. Doc is skilled at storytelling. He has the gift of humor, while at the same time, sharing wisdom and life lessons that inspire us all to be better people.  

        When did you become a Rotarian?
        I joined Rotary in 1968.

        Why did you join Rotary?
        I joined to meet other business leaders and to give back to the community. 

        What is your best Rotary memory?
        My best memory is becoming president in 1676 and as a result, going to the International Convention in Montreal.

        What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of Rotary?
        I enjoy golf, reading, being involved in my businesses, and keeping up with my five grandchildren.

        What is one fun fact about you that no one might know?
        I have been a farm hand, bus boy, shoe salesman, kennel cleaner, bartender and martial arts black belt. All leading to becoming a veterinarian, go figure!

        Fire Department Representative
        Oct 18, 2018 12:10 PM
        Fire Prevention @ Station #2 Taft Ave.
        Katherine Jeffery
        Oct 25, 2018 12:10 PM
        The Generational Shift: Navigating a Way Forward
        Mentor Day
        Nov 01, 2018 12:10 PM
        @ GOCC
        All Club Meeting
        Nov 08, 2018 12:10 PM
        @ GOCC
        Dr. Parres Wright
        Nov 15, 2018 12:10 PM
        @ GOCC Low Vison and Trends in Optometry
        No Meeting
        Nov 22, 2018 12:00 PM
        Happy Thanksgiving
        Glenbard South Madrigal Singers @ GOCC
        Dec 06, 2018 12:10 PM
        Holiday Music
        Glenbard West Band Ensemble @ GOCC
        Dec 13, 2018 12:10 PM
        Holiday Music
        All Club Meeting
        Dec 20, 2018 12:10 PM
        Election of Officers @ GOCC
        No Meeting
        Dec 27, 2018
        Merry Christmas
        No Meeting
        Jan 03, 2019
        Happy New Year
        Bonnie Jordan Executive Director Philip J. Rock
        Jan 10, 2019 12:10 PM
        "Life at the Rock" @ Barones
        Club Executives & Directors
        President Elect
        President Nominee
        Immediate Past President
        Sergeant at Arms
        Public Image PR
        Club Service
        Youth Services
        Community Service
        Web Site Coordinator
        Club Photographer
        International Service
        Rotary Foundation