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Rotary AIDS day event turns spotlight on world’s deadliest infectious disease
The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the worst ever, has claimed several thousand lives and generated worldwide concern. But its impact pales in comparison to that of AIDS, which, despite advances in treatment, still kills more than a million people a year, the majority of them in Africa. "Even with the Ebola outbreak at its worst expected levels, it's never going to reach what we've seen with the HIV/AIDS epidemic," said Dr. Timothy B. Erickson, director of the Center for Global Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, speaking at Rotary's World AIDS Day event in Evanston on 1...
Statement by Rotary International on the deadly school attack in Pakistan
Rotary International condemns the horrific attack that killed more than 130 schoolchildren and wounded over 100 of their classmates in Peshawar, Pakistan. We believe that children everywhere have the basic right to receive an education in an environment unthreatened by violence or fear. Rotary extends our heartfelt sympathy to all of the families in Pakistan, including those of seven Rotary members, who have lost children as a result of this unfathomable tragedy. We stand with them in mourning their loss. Gary C.K. Huang, PresidentRotary International
Indoor air pollution linked to millions of deaths
After decades dreaming about the Himalayas, Rotary member George Basch went on his first trek through the mountains in 2001, when he was 64. A member of the Rotary Club of Taos-Melagro in New Mexico, USA, Basch found that the experience was even more than he had hoped. "My expectations were high, and dramatically exceeded," he remembers. But a less-than-pleasant aspect of the experience was the indoor smoke pollution he encountered in the guest houses and private homes he visited. Many families in the Himalayas use rudimentary cookstoves or, in some cases, an open fire pit inside the home to...
Rotary staff members bond over Miles to End Polio bike ride
For six staff members from Rotary headquarters in Evanston, the fight to eradicate polio has become personal. Together, they biked the physically grueling 104-mile (167-kilometer) Tour de Tucson in Arizona, USA, collectively raising more than $20,000 for polio eradication while putting their bodies and minds through a feat of endurance. For the tightknit group, the experience was about more than just raising money and crossing the finish line. It was about learning about each other and what Rotary members are doing to rid the world of this crippling disease. They advocated together, trained...
How a simple school project in India became a global grant
Two years ago, U.S. Rotary members in Maine set out to improve the education system in Bikaner, Rajasthan, an Indian city near the border of Pakistan. The Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside chose Bikaner because club member Rohit Mehta was originally from the area and had connections there. Mehta put the club in contact with Rotarians in India to provide desks for four government-run schools. But when community leaders returned with a request for more desks, the Maine Rotarians decided they had to think bigger. The Rotary Foundation had rolled out its new grant model, which required that the...
 

Welcome to our Club! Celebrating 90 Years of Service.

Come join us for lunch, fellowship and service.

Winnetka-Northfield

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Avenue
Tyrrell Room (winter) 111A (summer)
Winnetka, IL  60093
United States
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President Bob Baker rang our bell promptly at 12:15 and thirty-six (of 61)members were present.  Our one guest was Larry Dickman, Liz Taylor's work colleague. Also Chuck Young from the Hadley School joined us.
 
Baker read us a nice thank-you note from the Open Arms group. Then, Patti Van Cleave noted a) we should all look at the W/NRF web site and, b) she is putting together the Rotary Foundation grant request.
 
Bob Baker asked us to remember we will have again a joint meeting with our Wilmette brethren in April. Mark Kotz reminded us there was a C.of C. open house in Thursday evening.
 
Marie Kuiper had some Happy Bucks to announce her roller derby team starts its season this Friday. David Grant added to the kitty in celebration of his 17th anniversary.
 
Dig and Grin humor was supplied by Fred Schwimmer. He said he has stopped eating "natural" foods as he reads in the obits that too many people die of "natural" causes.
 
The weeks' program was provided by member Bob Smith, the Winnetka Park Districts' Executive Director. With both charts of the plans and a Power Point presentation, he showed us an extensive proposal for rehabilitation of the Hubbard Woods Park.
 
It will be an major renovation costing  over $2,000,000, but a substantial grant has been applied for from the IDNR. Like other recent Park District capital projects, this rehab will be financed by a combination of non-tax bonds and reserves. The plan goes to the Plan Commission next Wednesday and then to the Village Council in January.
 
Bob was asked what will happen to outdoor winter ice skating if the new building is not heated and the existing dilapidated warming hut is removed. He said various options for that are still under consideration.
 
 
For those who have yet to see the details of this gateway project, the full details are available on the Park District web-site, www.winpark.org.
 
 

 
 
Thanks to Keith Reed, Mark Kotz, Tom Evans, Mike Malloy, David Birkenstein, Dave Gotaas and Rich Lalley for helping to promote Rotary and our Operation Warm project to provide hundreds of local kids with the happiness and warmth of a new winter coat!  We raised awareness of our club, gave out a few "4-Way Test" coloring books and raise over $100 for new coats.

 
 
 
 

 
 
Your contribution will help us provide new winter coats to needy children in Chicago and on the North Shore.

Again this year, we ill be bringing the happiness and warmth of new Operation Warm winter coats to children living in need in the Chicago metro area. In 2013, our club provided new coats to 780 children.  This year, our plans are to provide coats to children served by several local organizations:
When children have a new coat, their self-esteem gets a boost and they are empowered to attend school and partake in outdoor play on cold winter days.  This simple and inexpensive gift does so much for a child.
 
Only through the generosity of our members and their network can we accomplish our goal for providing new coats to 700 or more area children.  Please donate generously; each $20 gift allows another child to receive the gift of warmth.
 
You may donate online via PayPal or by check made payable to Winnetka Northfield Rotary Charitable Foundation (WNRCF) sent to 620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka IL 60093.
 
 

 
 

Our Club's Charitable Foundation is now accepting Community Grants applications for funding for the 2014-15 funding year. Applications are due by November 30, with grants to be awarded in March, 2015. Our Foundation typically funds about 15 organizations, both local and international. Applicants are required to have a club member as a sponsor of their organization. This person can be a board member, volunteer or donor to the organization. Grants are typically $500-2,000. A list of last year's recipients is below.

Any questions? Email Patti Van Cleave, Foundation Chair at vancleave.patti@gmail.com

The application can be found by clicking here

2014 grants awarded
 
Allowance for Good
Erika’s Lighthouse
Good News Partners
Hadley School for the Blind
Holy Family Ministries
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Meals at Home
Midwest CareCenter
Northeastern Illinois University Scholarship with Right Start 4 Kids  
Rebuilding Together
Samaritan Counseling Center
Volunteer Center
Winnetka Community House 
 

 
 

Are you thinking about joining our club, but have some questions?  Or have you recently joined and want to know more about how things work?  Check our our new FAQs:

Still have questions?  Send them to info@wnrotary.org and we'll send you an answer and update our FAQs.

 

 
 

Last year, our club helped fund a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant program supporting a Rotary Club sponsored prosthesis clinic in Bolivia.  Our club's funds were matched with funds from The Rotary Foundation; $2.50 for each $1 we contributed.  Take a look at the impact this program has had on one gentleman!

Our club was able to participate in the matching grant program because our members contribute each year the the Annual Programs Fund of The Rotary Foundation.  You can make a contribution via PayPal by clicking here.

 

 
 

A panel of distinguished guests attended our July 7 meeting to discuss their first hand accounts of how The Rotary Foundation changes lives for the better.  The panel included a former Ambassadorial Scholar, a former Rotary Peace Scholar and the leader of an international humanitarian matching grant project in Guatemala.

The meeting also introduced a new giving program for club members to use to support The Rotary Foundation- TRF Direct.

Watch videos of the program by clicking "More."

 
 
 
 
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