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Rotaract award winners celebrated for their life-changing projects
The village of Kumbharwadi is one of many in a drought-prone region near Mumbai, India. Until recently, its residents had access to only one well with drinkable water. During the summer months, the well runs dry, and the women and girls of the village travel three to four hours a day to search for water. Enter Project Boond, undertaken by a Rotaract club, a Rotary club, and the Watershed Organization Trust to provide clean drinking water and sanitation facilities in Kumbharwadi. Nikunj Pherwani, 2013-14 president of the Rotaract Club of Hassaram Rijhumal College of Commerce and Economics in...
Young writers get published with the help of Rotary
In Jamaica, 11-year-old Jordan Allwood reads his classmates a story about a lonely puppy who finds a new family. The puppy grows into a big dog, enjoys walks along the beach, and survives a frightening autumn day when he is caught in a trap before being rescued by his family. Jordan's story is one of hundreds that were written by children ages 7-11 for a writing contest organized by the Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean 7020 and supported by clubs in 10 Caribbean nations. The best stories, including Jordan's, were published in "The Butterfly StoryBook," produced by the club and sold through...
Clubs breaking down barriers to clean water in Ghana
When Marty Hatala, a member of the Rotary Club of Boaz, Alabama, first traveled to Ghana in 2010 to volunteer at a local orphanage, she saw how local communities struggled to find clean water. Though at least 80 percent of the country's population has access to improved water sources, according to UNICEF, 5 million Ghanaians still use water from unsafe sources. That leaves a significant part of the country's population susceptible to a range of diseases. Worldwide, one out of every five deaths among those under the age of five is caused by water-related diseases. Hatala's experiences in Ghana...
Secrets of a successful crowdsourcing campaign
In case you haven't heard, a man raised nearly $60,000 to make potato salad as a spoof on a popular fundraising site. If he can do that, a campaign to raise money for feeding hungry children or building a school in a war-torn country should be a snap, right? Wrong. The Internet is littered with humanitarians struggling to raise the money and gather the resources for projects that could make a positive impact in the world. So, what is the secret to a successful crowdsourcing campaign? It's simple, really: make it easy to give. Here are some ways you can make it easy for supporters to back your...
Rotary supports WHO director-general’s public health emergency for polio
In May, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the international spread of polio a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), and issued a set of recommendations to all polio-impacted countries. On 31 July, the situation was reassessed and the Director-General has declared polio remains a public health emergency. Several factors played into this decision, including: Both Pakistan and Equatorial Guinea have exported the virus internationally since May. Polio thrives in areas compromised by conflict. The unfortunate reality is that there are...
 

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Winnetka-Northfield

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Avenue
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Winnetka, IL  60093
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Twenty-eight members attended this week’s meeting. Eric Birkenstein brought a guest, Michael Karger who is longtime friend and potential new member.  Kristen Leahy brought two guests. Mary Walden who is her boss as the new WYO Board President (replacing John Thomas) and who may be interested in membership. Ms. Leahy also brought Dr. Stephen Neuberger who is the WYO Treasurer.
 
President Bob Baker opened the meeting and was followed by Greg Skirving who gave the Thought for the Day, Baker also called our attention to sign-up sheets fliers on the tables for the Last Blast of Summer. Volunteers will be needed to serve beer on behalf of our club.
 
Eric Birkenstein gave out a set of Rotary glasses as thank you gifts for retiring WNRC Board members David Grant and Connie Berman.
 
Several members had Happy Bucks moments. Robert Madirossian had a thought and D.J. Gotaas was particularly pleased to tell us the last of his children finished college.
 
Bob Baker then introduced the speaker who was Tim Crossin, head of Operation North Pole. This is a non-profit volunteer group that stages a December Christmas party for 50-60 families and about 120 kids who are in hospitals, They gather the kids from both Lurie’s Children’s hospital and the parents from the four Ronald McDonald’s residency in the Chicago area.
 
The event starts with a morning breakfast for all, a train ride in lavishly decorated car, a mini-parade and finally a party at the Rosemont Convention Center,  He also noted they are now getting coats for some of the kids from Rotary’s Operation Warm courtesy of our Rich Lalley.
 
All in all, Operation North Pole is a monster affair and done all by volunteers with only some food and renting the train being out-of-pocket expenses.
 
 
 

 
 

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 
 

 
 

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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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Speakers

Sep 04, 2014
Lorraine Dillon
Human Trafficking in Ghana
Sep 18, 2014
Richard Davidson
Your History is Showing
Oct 02, 2014
Oct 09, 2014
Stacy Sigman and Fred Gougler
Northfield after Willow Road
 
 
 
 
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