Rotary Club of Des Plaines

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Happenings
Due to conflicts with other community events and fundraisers, Casino Night at the Des Plaines Public Library has been rescheduled to April 19th, 2018.  Look for a new flyer with all the details once the snow flies.  It will be a blast!
We learned a lot about services to the elderly in our community when John McNabola, Executive Director of the Center of Concern, visited us today. The Center of Concern has long focused on meeting the needs of seniors, whether it is a lack of social interaction, nutritious meals, affordable housing, or help to stay in their own home. This summer, they are offering a daily lunch to anyone over 60, at no charge. The hot lunch is served at the Des Plaines Public Library every week day at 11:30. The Center will also offer seniors conversation, entertainment, and some easy-going education over the course of the six month meal program.
 
Our club was happy to donate $200 to the Center of Concern to help support their efforts.
 
Below, President Steve Pokrak presents the check to John McNabola.
 
 
 
 
 
CypherCon 2.0 is a vibrant Wisconsin Hacker Conference held at Milwaukee’s Discovery World. The event is open to anyone interested in exploring and manipulating new technologies. This year's CypherCon 2.0 was literally flooded by visitors young and old. Not only from the Midwest, but people from coast to coast, including many visitors from foreign lands. Hackers were showcasing their security skills in an enlightening environment. CypherCon 2.0 showcases electronics, wireless hacking, lock picking, safe cracking, cryptography puzzles, hardware hacking, biotechnologies, hacker history, and over twenty trusted speakers.
 
The Cold War Museum - Midwest Chapter - was present with an information booth. The Midwest Chapter's historical aim is to educate the public on U. S. history and is supported in part by the Rotary Club of Des Plaines, Illinois.
 
Werner staffs the booth - ask him about Espionage Village!
 
 
Christ Sturdevant and friends were also there.
 
Join us on Saturday, Marcy 11th at 6 p.m. for our SIXTH annual trivia night! We'll be serving a light buffet, but please BYOB - whatever you'd like to serve at your table. The Frisbie Senior Center at 52 E. Northwest Highway is our gracious host again this year, and we'll have fantastic gift baskets and the famous Gift Card Tree to raffle off.
 
Some of last year's smiling faces:
 
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It is usually a happy thing to celebrate someone's retirement, but in this case we are even more cheerful because we are not losing George Schelter as a member of our club. We plied George with dessert (three kinds!) and told stories about our friendship at lunch today. In his honor, we donated $100 to the Trinity Lutheran Fine Arts Series (George's congregation for many years) and presented the man himself with a gift certificate to Via Roma.  We look forward to many MORE years celebrating with George!
 
President Steve (on the left) and our beaming retiree, George Schelter:
 
From the left, that's Steve Samuelson, new member Aksana Sherman, and President Steve Pokrak. Sharon Lynch and Gloria Ludwig also stepped up to greet our neighbors at Sam's Club. We saw multiple twenties go in the bucket this year!
 
 
Looking for a volunteer opportunity? The Frisbie is serving a delicious holiday dinner at 11:00 on November 16th - and they can always use volunteers to serve and share a meal with the group. 
Harvey Mysel, founder of the Living Kidney Donor Network, spoke eloquently to our club about the importance of keeping a watchful eye on our blood pressure. "Check it often, and don't ignore the high readings!" Harvey even brought a home use machine and gave us our readings to take with us.
 
Controlling blood pressure is hugely effective against kidney disease; the medications are effective and inexpensive. Also important is the need for living kidney donors! One living donor can impact multiple lives, and there aren't nearly enough deceased donors. Did you know you can live a long, healthy life with only one kidney? Visit the Living Kidney Donor Network for more information, and stop by the Des Plaines Public Library when the city nurse is here to check YOUR blood pressure.
 
Harvey Mysel 2016
We were lucky to spend an hour with Representative Schakowsky at lunch two weeks ago. It's a particularly frenetic political season, and we had a large group of Rotarians eager to hear her opinions and goals. Our conversation ranged from the country's response to 9/11 to consumer product safety. Jan Schakowsky is a political veteran, and she knows how hard it is to get two sides with strong opinions to meet at all, let alone in a fruitful compromise. But her experience has also taught her that progress CAN and WILL be made. It's hard work like that that gives us all hope for our future.
 
Don't forget, the Des Plaines Public Library is hosting two weeks of early voting starting October 24th, right up until Monday, November 7th. And the library can always register new voters, too!
 
Illinois State Senator Laura Murphy joined us for lunch today, to talk about the state of Illinois governance in general, and what the next year may hold for residents. Senator Murphy serves the 28th District, an area that includes two counties and ten municipalities, from Rosemont west to Hanover Park.
 
Laura's vocation and passion has always been higher education, as well as that major impediment to education, alcohol and substance abuse in young people. She has been a teacher, a Des Plaines alderman, and a member of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.
 
The Senator knows what a logjam Illinois government and finances are currently in, but she hopes that combining reform, mediation, and term limits will bring Illinois into a much better position. The state is rich in natural, business, and human resources, but of course politics and power don't always work to everyone's advantage.
 
We had a great turnout to hear Senator Murphy, and we hope to see you all at future events too! 
 
Our second Tomatina fundraiser dinner is fast approaching on September 6, 2016. The deadline to register is September 1 (you can pay at the door), so please get the word out to friends and family! We will be promoting the event at the Chamber's First Friday in August, and I will bring more flyers to the meetings as well. The flyer is available to download on the website too (top right corner)!
 
Many thanks to Via Roma for making this such a fun and affordable event! We want to see YOU at 686 Lee Street, for the 5:30 or 7:00 seating.
 
Cheers,
 
Roberta
 
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Des Plaines

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
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353 N. River Road
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Des Plaines, IL  60016
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Happenings
Due to conflicts with other community events and fundraisers, Casino Night at the Des Plaines Public Library has been rescheduled to April 19th, 2018.  Look for a new flyer with all the details once the snow flies.  It will be a blast!
We learned a lot about services to the elderly in our community when John McNabola, Executive Director of the Center of Concern, visited us today. The Center of Concern has long focused on meeting the needs of seniors, whether it is a lack of social interaction, nutritious meals, affordable housing, or help to stay in their own home. This summer, they are offering a daily lunch to anyone over 60, at no charge. The hot lunch is served at the Des Plaines Public Library every week day at 11:30. The Center will also offer seniors conversation, entertainment, and some easy-going education over the course of the six month meal program.
 
Our club was happy to donate $200 to the Center of Concern to help support their efforts.
 
Below, President Steve Pokrak presents the check to John McNabola.
 
 
 
 
 
CypherCon 2.0 is a vibrant Wisconsin Hacker Conference held at Milwaukee’s Discovery World. The event is open to anyone interested in exploring and manipulating new technologies. This year's CypherCon 2.0 was literally flooded by visitors young and old. Not only from the Midwest, but people from coast to coast, including many visitors from foreign lands. Hackers were showcasing their security skills in an enlightening environment. CypherCon 2.0 showcases electronics, wireless hacking, lock picking, safe cracking, cryptography puzzles, hardware hacking, biotechnologies, hacker history, and over twenty trusted speakers.
 
The Cold War Museum - Midwest Chapter - was present with an information booth. The Midwest Chapter's historical aim is to educate the public on U. S. history and is supported in part by the Rotary Club of Des Plaines, Illinois.
 
Werner staffs the booth - ask him about Espionage Village!
 
 
Christ Sturdevant and friends were also there.
 
Join us on Saturday, Marcy 11th at 6 p.m. for our SIXTH annual trivia night! We'll be serving a light buffet, but please BYOB - whatever you'd like to serve at your table. The Frisbie Senior Center at 52 E. Northwest Highway is our gracious host again this year, and we'll have fantastic gift baskets and the famous Gift Card Tree to raffle off.
 
Some of last year's smiling faces:
 
\
 
It is usually a happy thing to celebrate someone's retirement, but in this case we are even more cheerful because we are not losing George Schelter as a member of our club. We plied George with dessert (three kinds!) and told stories about our friendship at lunch today. In his honor, we donated $100 to the Trinity Lutheran Fine Arts Series (George's congregation for many years) and presented the man himself with a gift certificate to Via Roma.  We look forward to many MORE years celebrating with George!
 
President Steve (on the left) and our beaming retiree, George Schelter:
 
From the left, that's Steve Samuelson, new member Aksana Sherman, and President Steve Pokrak. Sharon Lynch and Gloria Ludwig also stepped up to greet our neighbors at Sam's Club. We saw multiple twenties go in the bucket this year!
 
 
Looking for a volunteer opportunity? The Frisbie is serving a delicious holiday dinner at 11:00 on November 16th - and they can always use volunteers to serve and share a meal with the group. 
Harvey Mysel, founder of the Living Kidney Donor Network, spoke eloquently to our club about the importance of keeping a watchful eye on our blood pressure. "Check it often, and don't ignore the high readings!" Harvey even brought a home use machine and gave us our readings to take with us.
 
Controlling blood pressure is hugely effective against kidney disease; the medications are effective and inexpensive. Also important is the need for living kidney donors! One living donor can impact multiple lives, and there aren't nearly enough deceased donors. Did you know you can live a long, healthy life with only one kidney? Visit the Living Kidney Donor Network for more information, and stop by the Des Plaines Public Library when the city nurse is here to check YOUR blood pressure.
 
Harvey Mysel 2016
We were lucky to spend an hour with Representative Schakowsky at lunch two weeks ago. It's a particularly frenetic political season, and we had a large group of Rotarians eager to hear her opinions and goals. Our conversation ranged from the country's response to 9/11 to consumer product safety. Jan Schakowsky is a political veteran, and she knows how hard it is to get two sides with strong opinions to meet at all, let alone in a fruitful compromise. But her experience has also taught her that progress CAN and WILL be made. It's hard work like that that gives us all hope for our future.
 
Don't forget, the Des Plaines Public Library is hosting two weeks of early voting starting October 24th, right up until Monday, November 7th. And the library can always register new voters, too!
 
Illinois State Senator Laura Murphy joined us for lunch today, to talk about the state of Illinois governance in general, and what the next year may hold for residents. Senator Murphy serves the 28th District, an area that includes two counties and ten municipalities, from Rosemont west to Hanover Park.
 
Laura's vocation and passion has always been higher education, as well as that major impediment to education, alcohol and substance abuse in young people. She has been a teacher, a Des Plaines alderman, and a member of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.
 
The Senator knows what a logjam Illinois government and finances are currently in, but she hopes that combining reform, mediation, and term limits will bring Illinois into a much better position. The state is rich in natural, business, and human resources, but of course politics and power don't always work to everyone's advantage.
 
We had a great turnout to hear Senator Murphy, and we hope to see you all at future events too! 
 
Our second Tomatina fundraiser dinner is fast approaching on September 6, 2016. The deadline to register is September 1 (you can pay at the door), so please get the word out to friends and family! We will be promoting the event at the Chamber's First Friday in August, and I will bring more flyers to the meetings as well. The flyer is available to download on the website too (top right corner)!
 
Many thanks to Via Roma for making this such a fun and affordable event! We want to see YOU at 686 Lee Street, for the 5:30 or 7:00 seating.
 
Cheers,
 
Roberta
 
 
 
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Due to conflicts with other community events and fundraisers, Casino Night at the Des Plaines Public Library has been rescheduled to April 19th, 2018.  Look for a new flyer with all the details once the snow flies.  It will be a blast!
Looking for a volunteer opportunity? The Frisbie is serving a delicious holiday dinner at 11:00 on November 16th - and they can always use volunteers to serve and share a meal with the group.