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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...
Korean sailor makes waves for End Polio Now
Enjoying calm winds and peaceful Pacific waters, Seung Jin Kim dove off his 43-foot sailboat, the Arapani, to swim with some dolphins nearby. The serenity that day near the equator was a stark contrast to the 60 mph winds and 23-foot waves he had to fight around Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America. But Kim, a veteran sailor and member of the Rotary Club of Seokmun, in Chungcheongnam, Korea, expected such challenges when he set out in mid-October on a 25,600-mile journey around the world. In addition to fulfilling a lifelong dream, Kim is using the trip to raise awareness and funds...
Monrovia club’s Ebola fight not finished
After the first cases of Ebola reached Liberia's capital, Monrovia, last June, local Rotary members feared that the city's limited health care system wouldn't be able to contain the highly infectious, often-deadly disease. Those fears were realized when infections quickly multiplied, underscoring the speed with which Ebola can spread in an urban center. It was the first time the hemorrhagic fever had threatened a major city since it erupted in West Africa last March. Now, after months of crisis-level response, and with the number of new cases declining, club members are looking to the long...
Rotary member takes fundraising to new heights -- the summit of Mount Everest
Despite his longstanding interest in polio eradication, polio was not on Joe Pratt's mind as he prepared for a mid-April 2012 climb of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth. But that changed in late 2011, when the resident of Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA, participated in a polio immunization project in Pakistan with fellow Rotary member Steve Puderbaugh. Moved by the efforts of the Pakistanis to battle the crippling disease, and by the vulnerability of the young victims, Pratt reset the focus of his climbing adventure. Pakistan is one of three countries where polio has never been...
San Francisco club reveals formula for growth and retention of members
Members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening meet at a wine bar after work, share a social outing, and promote all their activities on social media like Meetup and Facebook. As the first evening club in the city, it has attracted many young professionals from Silicon Valley tech firms whose work schedules keep them from joining a more traditional club that meets for breakfast or lunch. But more than that, the evening format has helped the club grow by 30 percent since it received its charter in mid-2013. Danielle Lallement, who was its charter president, says the club has been...
 

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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Twenty-nine members attended the April 9 meeting, along with Chuck Young’s two sons, Charlie and Jim, who came in from the West Coast to attend the festivities honoring their father.
 
The Club gave a resounding round of applause for two of its members - Patti Van Cleave and Chuck Young.  The Chamber of Commerce honored them the previous day as Winnetka’s Woman and Man of the Year. 
 
President Baker gave a last minute reminder for the District conference for the upcoming weekend.
 
Kristen Leahy announced that the Winnetka Youth Organization’s annual benefit would be held on May 1st at the Community House.  Our own John Thomas will be honored for his many years of service to the “YO.”  Kristen invited all the members and their ‘significant others’ to attend.
 
John Thomas then announced that the Rotary Benefit this year would be held on May 16.  The benefit committee is still looking for items for the silent auction.
 
Rich Lalley told the members about the District’s “Rotary Days 5K run & 3K Walk” to be held on May 9 at Independence Grove Park in Libertyville. Rich will be participating.  All proceeds support the humanitarian work of The Rotary Foundation and its campaign to End Polio Now.  For more information, go to district’s website at:  http://rotary6440.org.
 
Our club celebrated the birthdays of Todd Stephens, Ned Meisner and Mike Malloy.  We also acknowledged the Rotary anniversaries of Heather Higgins (20th) and Denny Lauer (40th).
 
Happy Buck$ this week came from Patti Van Cleave, David Gotaas, Ned Meissner, Gina Sich and Heather Higgins.
 
Patti Van Cleave introduced the day’s speaker, her neighbor Richard Laible, a professional meeting host.  Richard had another connection to our Rotary Club; earlier in his life he dated Rich Lalley’s sister.  He told us his career was started after buying a magic kit from a Wheat Chex cereal box for 50¢ and two box tops when he was a young boy.  He made it through a 100-person audition at Second City and was one of two hired.  Richard worked there for seven years with the likes of Steve Carell, Mike Myers and Tina Fey.
 
Richard serves as a meeting host for many corporate functions.  His job is to get the audience involved.  He gave us examples of how he engages his audience with several of the exercises that he uses with large groups.  He stressed the importance of active listening and how he incorporates that trait into his performance.  In one of the exercises he asked the members to seek out someone that they do not know very well.  Each member of the pair was to briefly talk about their worst job, tell something interesting that they had done and tell their partner who was the most famous person they had met.  Then a few members had to introduce their partner to the entire group.  In another exercise each table had to create a story with each person adding only one word.  That produced some interesting stories. 
 
Richard said that once you get people laughing they are listening.  He also urged us to never say NO in our conversation but attempt to say YES and build upon the conversation.  Richard made us give thought to how we interact with people, especially those we do not know.  He concluded his performance with an amazing card trick.
 
 

 
 
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
 

 
 
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.
 
 

 
 

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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Speakers

Apr 23, 2015
Steve Beres
Student and Ambassador for The Hadley School for the Blind
Apr 30, 2015
Basil Lewis
Why RIBI?
May 07, 2015
Kerri Elliott
Tanzania
May 14, 2015
May 21, 2015
 
 
 
 
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