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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
United States
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There were 24 members of our club in attendance on June 25.  We had one visiting Rotarian, Dan Barnett, a community college retired administrator from Bonita Springs.  Additionally we had one potential new member as a guest of David Birkenstein, Thys Wallace, who is with the North Shore Youth Rugby Club.  Bridgette Ferraro, from West Lafayette, Indiana and Michelle Michelson from Elgin, who both work for C2 Education, which is a test prep organization.
Rich Lalley announced that there were only a few more days left to the Rotary Year.  He said that we exceeded our goal of $6000 for the “Every Rotarian-Every Year campaign by $2000, but sadly only 40% of the membership had contributed.  John Thomas announced that the day’s Dig ’n Grin money would be donated to the WYO’s service trip to Sheboygan, Wisconsin where the youth will work for Habitat for Humanity.
Happy Buck$ this week came from Chuck Young and Heather Higgins.  Wes Baumann celebrated his 30th year in Rotary.
Mark Kotz introduced the speaker David Whitlock who spoke about his firm The Happiness Catalyst.  David works with young adults, aged 15 to 25, to help them understand themselves better to make better choices in their lives.  David has discovered that there are many motivated young people but who have little direction in their lives. His goal is for the client to discover their calling.  He wants them to discover who they are and to find out what makes them happy and satisfied.  Then he wants them to imagine what the world will need in the future.  By matching their skills with what makes them happy and satisfied he hopes they can discover their calling in life.  Too many young people go through school without any thought of what they want to do in their adult lives.  By focusing on realistic goals their educational path and even good part-time jobs will give them more direction.  Hopefully their passion can be tied into how they spend most of the time in their adult lives.



The 2014-15 Rotary Year is nearly over, and our club has accomplished much.  Our members are engaged; our Operation Warm, Kids Against Hunger and Community Grants programs were all great successes.  We supported many fine local and international non-profits and just held another successful and very fun fundraising dinner to support our Community Grants fund for next year. We have much to be proud about our club, and about being a part of the greater fellowship of Rotary.

The final goal we have reached is our contributions to the Annual Program Fund of The Rotary Foundation.  Through June 29, 32 of 60 members (plus 2 honorary members) of our club have contributed $9,980 to The Rotary Foundation's Annual Programs Fund, exceeding the goal set by President Bob and our board, and the most our club has contributed in recent years! We thank these 32 Rotarians for already making their annual contribution, especially those in bold who are Paul Harris Fellows:

Sam Badger*+, Bob Baker, David Birkenstein, Mary Lou Bilder, Wes Baumann, Connie Berman, Tom Evans, Dave Gotaas, David Grant*, Heather Higgins, Tony Kambich*Mark Kotz, Marie Kuipers+Rich Lalley+, Denny Lauer, Kristen Leahy, Robert MardirossianMike Malloy+Bernie Michna, Rodger Morris*Chuck  Norton, Lee Padgitt, Alan Ramsay, Keith Reed, Randy Reeves, Fred Schwimmer+, Mike Shelton, John Stone, John Thomas, Barb Tubekis, Dirk TussingPatti Van Cleave and Carl Yudell.
* signifies a Major Donor signifies Paul Harris Society ($1,000 per year)

There are many reasons to give to the The Rotary Foundation:

  • Contributions support humanitarian and educational projects initiated and run by Rotary Clubs and Districts in six areas of focus- Disease prevention and treatment, maternal & child health, education & literacy, water and sanitation, economic & community development and peace & conflict resolution.  Learn more by reviewing the Foundation’s annual report.
  • Contributions come back to support projects of our club's projects, like our coats for kids, Kids Against Hunger and International grants projects like the water well project we helped fund for an orphanage in Kenya and the digital x-ray/community health clinic project organized by District 6440. This year, we received nearly $4,000 for our Kids Against Hunger project! But we must give to receive.
  • Charity Navigator gives The Rotary Foundation its highest “Four Star” rating, giving it a score 92.45 out of 100.
  • Giving to The Rotary Foundation is an easy way for you to participate in Rotary’s service work beyond our club, providing you a personal connection to this great organization and the good it does throughout the world.

It’s easy to give.  You can donate with a check or credit card at lunch; you can send a check to “WNRCF” (mark TRF in the memo line) to our club at 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka; you can donate via PayPal by clicking here, or you can donate directly to The Rotary Foundation at or by calling 866-976-8279. One very convenient way to give is by making a recurring monthly gift on your credit card, which you can set up on Rotary’s website.

If you have any questions about The Rotary Foundation or how to give, contact Rich Lalley.


Thanks to all of our club members, Rotarians from other local clubs and over 400 service minded local citizens, we successfully completed our 5th annual Kids Against Hunger event on March 21. 100,000 highly nutritious meals are on the way to Nicaragua.  Great job by all who contributed time and funding to make this Community & International Service project a success.

Our Club's foundation board has recently approved all allocations for our annual Community Grants for 2015. Fifteen organizations received grants this year, representing a total of $28,000. Recipients will attend our Grants Program lunch on March 12 to receive their checks and share information about their programs.
Club members have the opportunity to designate additional funds to any of these organizations. These funds will be matched, dollar for dollar by the club's foundation, up to the limit of our annual budget. Those additional funds will be added to the organization's allocation, and organizations will be notified of the member's donation. Members interested in contributing matching funds should make checks out to WNRCF and note the organization's name. 
Here are our grantees for 2015, and their club sponsor:
Angles (formerly LINKS)                       Van Cleave
Blues Kids Foundation                          Lalley
Erika's Lighthouse                                Leahy
Good News Partners                            Tubekis
​Hadley School for the Blind                   Willian
​Jewish Council for Youth Services         E. Birkenstein
​Lawrence Hall Youth Services               Van Cleave
Literature for All of Us                           Van Cleave
Midwest CareCenter                              Holland
North Shore Center/Performing Arts       E. Birkenstein
​Operation North Pole                            Lalley
​Right to be Free                                   Lalley
​Samaritan Counseling Center                Tubekis
​Volunteer Center                                  Sich
Winnetka Youth Organization                Thomas
Foundation board members:
Bob Baker, Connie Berman, David Birkenstein, Eric Birkenstein, Tony Kambich, Rich Lalley, Tim McCabe, Rodger Morris, Brooke Peppey,Patti Van Cleave


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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.


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