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Previewing the World Polio Day Livestream event
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Creating works of art helps refugee children repair their lives
When asked to describe his future, a refugee child from Iraq draws a picture of himself as a doctor. Another child uses colorful paints to depict happy memories of his former life in Iraq. Both children are among the 200,000 displaced Iraqis who now live in Jordan, a country that has become a safe haven for those fleeing oppression and war in neighboring Palestine, Syria, and Iraq. Alexandra Dawley, a former volunteer with the Collateral Repair Project in Jordan, emphasizes how something as simple as an art project can help young refugees adjust to their new lives in a foreign country. With...
Chat with food experts on Twitter about alleviating hunger
Hunger affects more than 800 million people worldwide, according to the United Nations' World Food Programme, and one-third of all the food grown every year goes to waste. Together, we can change that. On World Food Day, Thursday, 16 October, join a conversation on Twitter from 12:00 to 13:00 Chicago time (UTC-5), using the hashtag #RotaryHunger. During the chat, food experts will talk about ways to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in your community and around the world. Rotary (@Rotary) will moderate the chat, and experts from organizations including Rotary First Harvest (@RFHarvest), the...

Welcome to our Club! Celebrating 90 Years of Service.

Come join us for lunch, fellowship and service.


Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Avenue
Tyrrell Room (winter) 111A (summer)
Winnetka, IL  60093
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We had 27 members in attendance along with three guests, one visiting Rotarian and our two speakers.  John Thomas brought his wife, Ellen, and a friend Ginny Grinstead, a local realtor; also Liz Taylor brought visiting Glencoe Rotarian, Melissa O’Malley, a banking colleague.
President Baker repeated his announcement that our November 6th meeting would be held at the Takiff Center in Glencoe due to the Modernism and Antique Show at the Community House.    The Celebrity Bartending event at Little Ricky’s was a big success and in a few hours it raised $560 in tips, with Liz Taylor and Gina Sich as the primary bartenders.  A big thanks to those two and to the members who supported the event.    Barb Tubekis announced that the Volunteer Center was conducting its 12th annual “Make a Difference Day” on Saturday, October 25th.  From 9 a.m. until Noon they will be collecting new or gently used items at the Indian Hill Train Station Parking Lot.  A list of items follows this recap.
Bob Baker reported that our District Governor, Ellen Young, left a bag full of  “Light Up Rotary” pins last week that he passed around for members to take.  He suggested that takers donate at least a dollar toward the End Polio Now fund.
Rich Lalley gave a Happy Buck because Operation Warm received an order of 8000 coats from a District Governor in Iowa.  John Stone used some of his winnings from last week’s raffle to buy 5 tickets for each table; however, none were winners this week.
This week’s speakers represented the Writers Theater in Glencoe.  They were here to tell us of their very ambitious plans of building a new theater.  Chad Peterson, Director of Marketing and Communication and John Faris, General Manager, were the presenters of this exciting project.  Writers Theater, founded by writer Michael Halberstam, began as a theater company in the back room of Books on Vernon about two decades ago.  When they outgrew their 50-seat performance area they moved to the Women’s Library Club building and doubled their capacity.  They are now embarking on a project to build a $31 million performing arts venue on the site of the Women’s Library Club.  They already have secured $25 million most of which came from six supporting families.  They will be breaking ground next week with a completion date of late 2015.  The new building has been designed by the famous Chicago architect, Jeannie Gang.  It will have two primary performance areas – a main theater seating 250 and a smaller performance with flexible seating for 90.  Ms. Gang did a lot of research into the style of architecture prevalent in Glencoe to make sure the new theater would complement the village.  It will be like a theater in the park.  It will have a Tudor influence with much of the façade being of plaster and wood.  The Women’s Library Club will maintain ownership of the land and rent space in the building that will be owned by the Writers Theater.  The goal of Writers Theater is to offer an intimate, face-to-face, theater experience.
List of items (new and gently used) being collected by the Volunteer Center on Saturday, October 25th at the Indian Hill Train Station:
Clothing – Adult & Children
Coats, Jackets, Hats, Gloves
Shoes & Boots
School Supplies, Backpacks
Games, Toys, Arts & Craft Supplies
Sports Equipment
Bicycles, Strollers & Wheelchairs
Eyeglasses & Cases
Non-Perishable Food
Newborn Formula & Diapers
Cleaning Supplies, Paper Goods
Kitchen Supplies
Blankets, Sheets (Full/Twin)
Duffel Bags & Sleeping Bags
Unused Toiletries
Toys, Towels, Dog & Cat Food

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

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 


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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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Serving the North Shore, Chicago and the World Since 1924
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