Rotary Club of Des Plaines

Service Above Self

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Happenings
Mary Kate is the new Regional Executive Director of the Presence/Amita Holy Family Foundation. While Presence Health has always had a robust foundation funding activities across the country, this is the first time that Holy Family will have its own  foundation targeted to Des Plaines community health projects. The first project on Mary's to do list is the completion and promotion of the Keys to Recovery Alcohol and Drug Rehab Center, a $2 million dollar project.
 
The "Keys" project has a very special service at its heart; the Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP).  Police officers and other first responders have a truly difficult set of circumstances that put them at risk - exposure to violence, stress, narcotics, and an entrenched culture that makes it very hard to ask for help of any kind. The new LEAP program has a strong connection with the Des Plaines Police Department to start, and will serve LEOs from around Chicagoland. 
 
You can call them 847.298.9355 day or night. This is needed and exciting and we're proud to have it located in Des Plaines!
 
Tim Costello, School Head of the remarkable Science and Arts Academy, gave us an inspiring and thoughtful summary of what a gifted school really is and everything it can do for its students.  Children from 65 zip codes attend the SAA, which was established in Des Plaines twenty five years ago. Nina Menis, Director of School Advancement, told us that the Rotary Club of Des Plaines played a big part of that early development (thanks Dave, Denny, Paul, and others!).
 
We are supporting the school's Little Free Library, and we hope to be more involved in the school over the coming year. Thanks for visiting us, Tim and Nina!
 
On March 29th, Steve Pokrak and George Schelter presented a check for $500 to Debra Walusiak, Executive Director of the Self-Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines. The Pantry supports hundreds of families and individuals who need a a little help meeting nutritional needs, a warm coat in cold weather, and even supplies like laundry detergent. The Pantry has been in Des Plaines since 1971, and their red donation barrels are a familiar sight around town. 
 
Debbie is the Pantry's ONLY paid employee, and the organization relies on regular volunteers to collect food from the over 50 red barrel sites, stock the pantry, and serve their guests. We are so glad we could make a contribution to such an generous and valuable organization!
 
They led the competition from the beginning and finished with 52 points out of 80 in a challenging evening!  We all had a great time and raised almost $3,000 for our club. Thanks to everyone who joined us and we plan on seeing you next year too.
 

Join us for our Sixth Annual Rotary Trivia Night at the Frisbie Senior Center! The buffet opens at 6:30 and the games begin at 7 p.m. As usual, this event is BYOB. Our 2018 theme is GAMES: video, board, Olympic, gladiators, you name it!

Single tickets are $30 and a team table (10 people) is only $250. There will be prize raffles throughout the event too! Join us at:

52 E. Northwest Highway (at Mount Prospect Road)

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Just look at these proud previous winners! THIS COULD BE YOU:
 
 
And how about these cheerful folks!
 
Join us for our annual service of Thanksgiving Lunch at the Frisbie Senior Center on Thursday, November 16th. This fun event will take the place of our regular lunch meeting at Club Casa. Meet us at the Frisbie at 11 a.m. We will serve everyone and then have a delicious turkey dinner with the attendees. 
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!
 
 
 
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Des Plaines

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Golf Center Club Casa
353 N. River Road
3rd floor
Des Plaines, IL  60016
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Happenings
Mary Kate is the new Regional Executive Director of the Presence/Amita Holy Family Foundation. While Presence Health has always had a robust foundation funding activities across the country, this is the first time that Holy Family will have its own  foundation targeted to Des Plaines community health projects. The first project on Mary's to do list is the completion and promotion of the Keys to Recovery Alcohol and Drug Rehab Center, a $2 million dollar project.
 
The "Keys" project has a very special service at its heart; the Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP).  Police officers and other first responders have a truly difficult set of circumstances that put them at risk - exposure to violence, stress, narcotics, and an entrenched culture that makes it very hard to ask for help of any kind. The new LEAP program has a strong connection with the Des Plaines Police Department to start, and will serve LEOs from around Chicagoland. 
 
You can call them 847.298.9355 day or night. This is needed and exciting and we're proud to have it located in Des Plaines!
 
Tim Costello, School Head of the remarkable Science and Arts Academy, gave us an inspiring and thoughtful summary of what a gifted school really is and everything it can do for its students.  Children from 65 zip codes attend the SAA, which was established in Des Plaines twenty five years ago. Nina Menis, Director of School Advancement, told us that the Rotary Club of Des Plaines played a big part of that early development (thanks Dave, Denny, Paul, and others!).
 
We are supporting the school's Little Free Library, and we hope to be more involved in the school over the coming year. Thanks for visiting us, Tim and Nina!
 
On March 29th, Steve Pokrak and George Schelter presented a check for $500 to Debra Walusiak, Executive Director of the Self-Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines. The Pantry supports hundreds of families and individuals who need a a little help meeting nutritional needs, a warm coat in cold weather, and even supplies like laundry detergent. The Pantry has been in Des Plaines since 1971, and their red donation barrels are a familiar sight around town. 
 
Debbie is the Pantry's ONLY paid employee, and the organization relies on regular volunteers to collect food from the over 50 red barrel sites, stock the pantry, and serve their guests. We are so glad we could make a contribution to such an generous and valuable organization!
 
They led the competition from the beginning and finished with 52 points out of 80 in a challenging evening!  We all had a great time and raised almost $3,000 for our club. Thanks to everyone who joined us and we plan on seeing you next year too.
 

Join us for our Sixth Annual Rotary Trivia Night at the Frisbie Senior Center! The buffet opens at 6:30 and the games begin at 7 p.m. As usual, this event is BYOB. Our 2018 theme is GAMES: video, board, Olympic, gladiators, you name it!

Single tickets are $30 and a team table (10 people) is only $250. There will be prize raffles throughout the event too! Join us at:

52 E. Northwest Highway (at Mount Prospect Road)

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Just look at these proud previous winners! THIS COULD BE YOU:
 
 
And how about these cheerful folks!
 
Join us for our annual service of Thanksgiving Lunch at the Frisbie Senior Center on Thursday, November 16th. This fun event will take the place of our regular lunch meeting at Club Casa. Meet us at the Frisbie at 11 a.m. We will serve everyone and then have a delicious turkey dinner with the attendees. 
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!
 
 
 
 
 
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