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Students from Israel and Palestine sat together at a local art studio in Encinitas, California, USA, one day last summer, drawing portraits of one another and learning how to live in peace. Kelly Mellos, an organizer of the project from the Rotary Club of Encinitas Coastal, says that drawing someone who is sitting so close helps break down social barriers between the young people. "They see how many similarities there are between them," she says. "And they begin to understand we are all just people. There is a respect and trust that builds." The students were participating in a program run by...
Rotary releases $34.8 million for polio immunization activities worldwide
Rotary International released an additional $34.8 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, the three countries where the disease has never been stopped. The funds, whose release was announced 20 January, will be used by the World Health Organization and UNICEF for polio immunization and surveillance activities in the 10 countries, as well as to provide technical assistance in several other countries in Africa. The grants include $8.1 million for Nigeria to support its final push to eradicate the disease. Nigeria...
President-elect urges Rotary members to ‘Be a Gift to the World’
Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year. Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life." "All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting...
Man in iron lung discovers Rotary
One might think a man living with polio in an iron lung would know about Rotary. But it wasn't until Paul Alexander had a business meeting with a member in Duncanville, Texas, earlier this year that he learned Rotary fights to eradicate the very disease that left him almost completely paralyzed. "I was completely blown away by the idea. For all these years, I didn't know the work they were doing," says Alexander, a practicing attorney in Dallas. "It's such a perfect fit for me." Alexander contracted polio during a major U.S. outbreak of the disease in the late 1950s when he was six years old...
Alumni recognized for expanding mental health services and supporting Rotary’s work
Dr. Geetha Jayaram has dedicated her life to helping people in her native India and the United States overcome the torment of severe depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and other mental illnesses. Jayaram is a psychiatrist and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Her work expanding access to mental health services is much needed. Depression affects at least 350 million people and is the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. "In India, there is no mental...

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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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Seven guests joined 35 members at this week’s meeting.  The guests included visiting Rotarian Penny Fields from the Highland Park club; Penny brought a guest Bobbie Ruby a writer from Evanston.  Carl Yudell, a Northbrook attorney was Sam Badger’s guest for the third time.  Tim McCabe hosted Alana Flatley, the Director of Institutional Advancement at the Community House as well former Winnetka Rotarian, Joan Evanich who is the Chair of the WCH Board of Governors.  Robert Farmer from the Winnetka Park District was the guest of Bob Smith.  Finally, this week's representative from the Hadley School for the Blind was Chuck Young, their Executive Director, who made a donation of $50 to our club as Happy Buck$. 
President Bob reminded the membership of the Club Assembly scheduled for January 29th.  We will be conducting the annual election of officers and the Board for the 2015-16 Rotary year.   He also reminded the Club of the “Kids Against Hunger” scheduled for March 21st.  We still need $11,000 in sponsorship and we need all members to sign-up to work one of the three shifts to be held on that Saturday.
The Club celebrated Jean Wright’s birthday in silence, at her request.  Singing apparently is not a strong suit for the Winnetka-Northfield Rotary Club.
Barb Tubekis reported on the fantastic success of the “MLK – Day of Service.”  She reported that there were over 700 persons did volunteer work for 12 non-profit organizations.
Happy Buck$ this week were contributed by Chuck Young Barb Tubekis, Marie Kuipers , Jean Beckman, Tom Nash and Wes Baumann.
Our own Tim McCabe, the Executive Director of the Winnetka Community House, presented the day’s program.  The Winnetka Community House has a long and important history in Winnetka and the North Shore.  The Winnetka Congregational Church founded the Community House in 1911.  It served as the first home of The Hadley School for the Blind, the North Shore Senior Center and the Winnetka Historical Society, three recognized organizations that now have their own permanent sites.  It is the continuing home for the Winnetka Rotary Club and the North Shore Art League both founded in 1924 as well as the 47-year old Winnetka Youth Organization.  Matz Theater also provides a performing venue for the Children’s Theatre in Winnetka, the Village Follies and the 74 year old Winnetka Children’s Hour.  In 1965 the Congregational Church deeded both the building and the property to the WCH. In 1998 a major addition to the building was the result of a successful fundraising program.   Again, in 2004 they upgraded the Garden Under the Arches.  Now they are turning their attention to the oldest part of their facility.
Tim told us about the Second Century Campaign being initiated by the Community House.  The purpose of the fundraising program is to address the infrastructure and program issues of the Legacy Building, that is the eastern half of the building.  The Community House is a non-profit organization that receives no revenue from taxes.  Their revenue comes primarily from contributions, program fees and rentals, both long term and single events.
The old section of the building currently serves a large portion of the programs, including rentals to three religious organizations, the North Shore Art League, the Winnetka Youth Organization, the Children’s Theatre of Winnetka to name a few.  Unfortunately, the legacy building does not have air-conditioning so the preliminary plans calls for a complete redo of the HVAC system (including air-conditioning), electrical upgrades, new roofing and windows.  Additionally, there will be considerable remodeling of the rooms in the legacy building and a redesigned Pine Street entrance.  The result will be to bring this part of the facility into the 21st century, enhance rental opportunities and better serve the community.
The goal of the “Second Century Campaign” is to raise $7.5 million.  Tim said they are in the ‘silent phase’ of the campaign – getting some initial large gifts before kicking off the more public campaign.  Joan Evanich, the Chair of the Board of Governors, showed some preliminary sketches, that included the room we meet in during the cooler months when AC is not needed.  We hope that the WCH reaches its goal so we can enjoy the remodeled facilities along with the entire community.

Plans are underway for our 5th Annual Kids Against Hunger Food Packing Event.  Participant registration is open and solicitation of sponsors is underway.  Please help us make this signature event for our club a success by recruiting participants, making a tax deductible donation or being a table sponsor.  Huge thanks to those members and businesses that have already stepped up to commit to sponsoring this wonderful community event that supports the hungry.
 Eventbrite - Kids Against Hunger Food Packing 2015- 100,000 Meals for the Hungry

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.

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