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Polio's Retreat
As photojournalist Allison Kwesell walks through the narrow streets of an Indian village, familiarity sets in. She visited here four years ago, when she first met Samir and his family. He was two years old then and had recently contracted polio. Kwesell approaches the front porch of a home when she hears an older woman yelling “Samir! Samir!” She runs toward the voice, wondering if she’ll recognize the boy. She sees six children playing chase on the dry earth, the dirt forming clouds around their feet. From afar she notices a young boy, not unlike the other barefoot children in the backyard...
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...

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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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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.

There were 27 members present along with two guests.  Dave Gotaas brought Tammy Wener, an investment adviser who is from Vernon Hills and works in Northfield.  Ned Meisner’s guest was Rob Engstrom, an accountant from Lake Forest.
President Baker encouraged the membership to sign-up to work at the Community House’s “Last Blast of Summer” block party on Saturday, August 23rd.  Rich Lalley announced the fall campaign for “Operation Warm” noting that this year the coats are even better and come in more color combinations.   It is an opportunity to assist low-income families provide warm outerwear for their children.
Fred Schwimmer gave a plug for a program sponsored by The Winnetka Club and the Book Stall that will bring author Michael Hingson to the Winnetka Community House on September 12 at 7:00 p.m.  Mr. Hingson, who is blind, will recount his escape from the 78th floor of the World Trade Center on 911 with the aid of his dog Roselle.  Our Rotary club with be one of the beneficiaries of this event along with The Winnetka Club and Hadley School for the Blind.
Barb Tubekis and Kristen Leahy announced the Club’s fall service project.  We will be showing our appreciation for our local police and fire departments by providing baked goods and other food.  You can assist with the project by making a monetary contribution or bringing baked goods.  See Barb or Kristen for more details.
The Club sang to David Birkenstein who celebrated his birthday (somewhere between his 50th and 100th according to Bob Baker).
Happy Buck$ - Barb Tubekis celebrated 30 years of wedded bliss, while Wes Baumann celebrated is 50th this summer.  Wes also contributed in recognition and thanks for the great ‘meeting recaps’ written in his absence by Lee Padgitt, Keith Reed and John Thomas.  John then provided the members with two great stories for Dig n Grin.
The day’s program was introduced by Rich Lalley, the proud father of our speaker Alex Lalley.  Alex has completed three years of a five-year doctoral program in Forensic Psychology.  Alex, also a graduate of Loyola University, is working toward his Ph.D. at the Adler School of Psychology in Chicago.  Adler is the oldest independent school offering a doctoral degree in psychology in the country.  Social justice is one of the primary goals of the school.  Its program is very community oriented.
Alex explained the type of work done by forensic psychologists, including evaluations in child custody cases, pre-screening of police candidates, evaluation of prisoners prior to release in an attempt to determine how dangerous the person may be to society as well as themselves.  Alex has performed both cognitive and personality assessments on prisoners about to be released.  The persons evaluated are really not the clients of the psychologists as the courts, judges and/or the attorneys usually request these reports.  A sex offender judged to be too dangerous to society could be institutionalized as a civil commitment after serving a criminal sentence.  He mentioned that it is very difficult to determine the role of mental illness in criminal cases and very few persons are judged insane.  The criminal penalties are often more severe if a person has been determined to be faking mental illness to avoid punishment.
Alex feels there are way too many people place in prison for using drugs and he feels strongly that ALL drugs should be legalized and REGULATED!  Homelessness is another significant cause of incarceration as the homeless frequently resort to crime to support themselves.  Many of those incarcerated today would be better served in the mental health system. 


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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