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International Committee Heads to Nigeria

Lead by Chairman Chuck Newman, our very own International Committee will be heading to Nigeria for a week long visit with that African country. Traveling with Chuck will be PDG Pat Merryweather, Warren Young and Rachael Ossyra. Beginning with this issue, Rachael and the crew intend to take us along on their trip through posting of pictures and keeping a Blog - really a diary of their trip. Click here to read the latest post and come back often to stay up to date with our world travelers as they take the word of Naperville's Rotary Club to Africa. 

2014 International - Nsukka - Nigeria


Welcome to The Rotary Club of Naperville


For 71 years, the Rotary Club of Naperville has provided service to our community by helping others. Through the inspired commitment of our members, we provide college scholarships, funding for medical screenings, food pantries, homeless shelters, clean water and health initiatives worldwide and much more, and the most important signature project of our generation, eliminating Polio. Polio is a serious disease that cripples, paralyzes, or kills many children under the age of 5. Rotarians worldwide have volunteered their time and personal resources to reach more than two billion children in 122 countries with oral polio vaccine. More than $900 million has been contributed by Rotarians worldwide since 1985 and incidence of polio has decreased from 125 countries to just 3 endemic countries: Pakistan, Afganistan, and Nigeria and cases have plummeted by more than 99 percent. When Rotary began it's polio eradication work more than 350,000 children were infected annually. In 2009, fewer than 1,700 cases were reported worldwide.


Next Meeting - The Rotary Club of Naperville will meet at 12:15pm on Thursday, April 17th, at Meson Sabika located at 1025 Aurora Avenue in Naperville.  Kathryn Birkett, Superintendent School District 204, will introduce the new District 204 Superintendent. 
Taking Community Service Grant Applications

The Rotary Club of Naperville offers annual grants for humanitarian programs to non-profit organizations through the Rotary Club of Naperville Community Service Grant Committee and through Naperville Rotary Charities. You may apply for a grant using the form below. All applications are due by March 28, 2014.




   Taking Applications for 2014 Scholarships for High School Seniors

 The Rotary Club of Naperville is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for high school seniors. The primary criteria for selection are demonstrated leadership qualities, school service, and community service. The following is a breakdown of the different scholarships available to students and payable for one year only.  Since 1980, the Naperville Rotary Club has awarded scholarships/grants totaling more than $218,000.

Gene Drendel Scholarship. This $5,000 scholarship was introduced to honor Gene Drendel who was a distinguished Rotarian, a long-time and well-respected educator, and life-long resident of Naperville. This scholarship is awarded to one high school senior who demonstrates academic and athletic excellence.


Service Above Self Scholarship. This $4,000 scholarship is awarded annually to two high school seniors who successfully demonstrate academic excellence and a substantial commitment to service.


At-Hope Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is for a high school senior who is able to demonstrate a dramatic academic improvement over the course of their high school career. One scholarship will be awarded for each of the five, local high schools.

North Central College-Make a Difference Scholarship.  This $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a local high school senior who will be attending North Central College and has an interest in leadership, service, and displays the spirit of Rotary.  In the case of multiple qualified candidates, the scholarship may be divided based upon the recommendation of the Scholarship Committee.

Submissions due on March 31.  Semi-finalists will be notified by May 15th, and Finalists will be honored at the annual Scholarship Breakfast at Mason Sabika on June 5th, 2014.

Download application here - 2014 Rotary Scholarship Application


2013 Scholarships Awards




What do Rotarians Do at Night?
?You may find them dancing up a storm - like Dan Bridges and Kevin Harris 
just meeting for Happy Hour instead of Lunch for fellowship and membership


2013 Rotary Day of Work


A huge thank you to Keith Druek, Jason Altenbern, and Wendy Gross on the 
Community Service project. 
To Bill & Karen Garlough for feeding us with the fabulous My Chef food.  
Bill didn't just bring us coffee and pastries but followed up with lunches and cookies. 
It truly was difficult for us to get started once again. Delicious, as always Bill.

Ron Ory, our Master Gardener consultant for his expertise and photography.

Thank you to all the Rotarians and spouses  who gave hours and hours 
of "Service above Service".  Hours of weeding, weed whacking, mowing, 
raking, sweeping, and filling 39 yard waste bags.


What a Rotary day today (Saturday, August 24, 2013)!  
Over 20 Rotarians and spouses came out today tohelp out on a Community Service project  for a well deserving elderly couple here in Naperville.

As a result of a Club Visioning session during Frank Slocumb's year, a Hands On service project was decided upon.  After months of searching for a deserving family, Bill Garlough nominated this couple.  Jason Altenbern and Keith Druek stopped by to talk with the homeowners, no thank-you was their answer.

Bill Garlough stops by talks about Rotary, the good people in his club and tells them about our service locally and globally.


Keith and Jason talk some more and a project is born.


Here's some of the numbers:


20 plus Rotarians

3 Spouses

8:00 am - 3:30 pm

8 knocks of the neighbors' door, the Rotarians are coming!  Please come join us.  

1 Surprise - What's that deserving older gentleman is a Marine!

1 Phone Call to Mayor Geroge Pradel

2 Donated Bob Jung painters

1 Donated Kevin Dickson

1 Grateful President

1 Donated dumpster

20 plus bags of Mulch

39 Filled Yard Waste bags ( at the 50 lb limit)

1 Naperville Mayor

2 or 3 Phone Calls from the Mayor

The before and after pictures will blow you away!

How did this Saturday afternoon project go from 
awesome to phenomenal !


Our Rotary International theme this year is "Engage Rotary Change Lives" as 
I have shared with you over and over.  When the project started this morning, 
I bet you thought this would only impact the couple.  
I can guarantee that everyone who showed up today was impacted also.  


Gratitude to all for everything that was accomplished today.

 Thank you for helping make this year's Upendo Fundraiser a success!


2013 Upendo Village Fundraiser


Sister talks about the importance of their work in Kenya
The Annual Picnic - True Rotary Fellowship


2013 Picnic


Naperville Rotarians gathered at US Cellular to watch 
the White Sox take on Detroit. They joined over 800 Rotarians 
and Veterans move a little closer to eradicating Polio. 


2013 White Sox Game


The Club Welcomes District Governor Cliff Lyda 
for his Annual Visit

Club President Liz Zienty talks with DG Cliff Lyda about her plans for the new year.

Liz Zienty Inducted As President of the Rotary Club of Naperville – 
At an installation ceremony held on Thursday, June 20, 2013, 
at a dinner event held at Meson Sabika, 
Liz Zienty and her team of Board Directors were sworn in 
as officers of the Rotary Club of Naperville.  The following Rotarians 
were recognized for their contributions to the 
Rotary Club of Naperville by outgoing President Frank Slocumb.



2013 President Liz Installation



  • Rotarians of the Year – Pat MerryweatherJohn Gallagher
  • Rookie of the Year – Adam Parks
  • Four Avenues of Service Award – Liz Zienty
  • Service Above Self Award – Bill AndersonHilary Decent
  • Gerry CassioppiMary Lynn Hofer, and Hunter Byington
  • Special Service Above Self Award – Bill and Karen Garlough 
  • (for their invention and continuing support of theSoup’s On fundraiser)
  • Rita Harvard Lifetime Achievement Award – Brand Bobosky 
  • (for his strong, continuous contributions to the community 
  • and the Rotary Club of Naperville as Club President, 
  • Century Walk President, Little Friends fundraising, 
  • Chamber President, JayCee’s President etc. )
Rotary District Governor, Pat Merryweather
presented Frank Slocumb with the Rotary International Presidential Citation.  
This was the eighteenth year in a row that the club received this prestigious award!


Community Service Grants

The Rotary Club of Naperville and Naperville Rotary Charities are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Community Service Grants program. Funding criteria is as follows:
  • Applicants must be 501c3 organizations.
  • No distributions are made to individuals, political groups or political activities, or to Rotarians and their families.
  • No awards are made to foundations or other endowment funds which retain the monies.
  • Awards are made for the current Rotary year only. There are no multi-year commitments. Annual requests are required. Maximum annual award is $10,000.
  • Focus is on organizations with low fundraising and administrative expenses. Form 990 Page 1 - Required.
  • Distributions must benefit Naperville and surrounding area.
  • Rotary funds must have a measurable impact on the organization and community it serves.
  • Completed applications must be received by Friday, March 22, 2013. Verbal requests will not be accepted.
All notifications and distributions of funds are typically finalized before the end of the Rotary fiscal year (June 30). For any further correspondences, please email Community Service Grants at Please click on the following box below for access to the grant application. 
Please send completed applications to:
The Rotary Club of Naperville
P.O. Box 2 
Naperville, IL 60566
Via Email Attachment to:
Community Service Grants Committee

Soups On celebrated its fifth year - pulling in over 2200+ attendees on a beautiful day in October. We had the largest silent auction ever along with more than 25 restaurants sharing their best. District 203, 204 and Benet presented their talented students offering every possible kind of entertainment. Click on the link in the next box to relive the Day. Also, for five years, Tellabs has been the home for our event. The leader of Tellabs, Rob Pullen passed away earlier this year. In remembrance of his life and his commitment to Soups On - a special musical tribute was presented. Click on the link to hear this emotional tribute.

Re-live Soups On through the photo essay of Ron Hume, Rosemary Wisnosky, Hunter Byington and Sun Kwok. Click on the image below and then click on the lower right hand area to fill your screen. Be sure to click on the High Definition setting to see all the pictures...



Click here to see the Children's Museum at Soups On...


A special tribute was performed by the Waubonsie Singers (video taped by Kevin Kochman and posted on YouTube) as we paid tribute to Rob Pullen. Click below to see the introduction



and in the clip below, the musical tribute.




In memory of Art Davis

Naperville Rotarian, past president and past district governor Art Davis passed away Tuesday night. Well known for his gentle humor and big heart, Art played a major role in our club and district, participating in Oktoberfest, Naperville Rotary Charities, leading the effort to donate a Naperville ambulance to Metropolis Illinois and the surrounding county, working with Easter Seals, and so much more. He will be greatly missed. 

Please hold his wife Sandy in your thoughts.

Professor C - Gerry Cassioppi - 

holds class on the Rotary Foundation - 

Face Forward and listen in!

If you would like to contribute to Professor C's retirement fund - known as the Rotary Foundation - click here and let Gerry Know.

As the new year begins, 25 members of the club developed a vision for the next five years. District Trainer Terry Bass shares with the group what they saw. Its a short two minutes, so please click below to listen to Terry's review and let us know what you think!

The question we were answering was 

"What would our club look like five years from now?" 

Click here to drop Frank a note about your thoughts.

2012 GSE Team Blogs

The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for business people and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country's culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.

In a typical four-week tour, applicants participate in five full days of vocational visits, 15 to 20 club presentations, 10 to 15 formal visits and social events, two to three days at the district conference, three to four hours per day of cultural and site tours, and three to four hours per day of free time with host families.

For each team member, the Foundation provides the most economical round-trip airline ticket between the home and host countries. Rotarians in the host area provide for meals, lodging, and group travel within their district.

You can find out more information about the program here: GSE Team Information

This year we had both an Outbound Team from the United States to India, and an Inbound team from India to the United States, and they kept a blog of their travels! You can see them below.

District 3060 Team that Visited Naperville Team Blog

District 6450 Outbound Team that visited India Team Blog

Chuck Newman (L) and Pat Merryweather (R) in Nigeria with Polio Volunteers, April 2012

Incoming District Governor Pat Merryweather has given us a report on her recent trip to Nigeria. Attached is a draft report focused on more of the healthcare aspects of the recent trip to Nigeria.  It was a great trip and great time with Rotarians and the people of Nsukka. which you can view here: Healthcare and Education Support to Nsukka Nigeria

A Rotary Christmas - A Festival of Lights and Fellowship

December 15th will be one of the year's highlights as over 109 Rotarians and friends gathered to celebrate the Christmas season. Meeting at the Rubin Center, My Chef provided an array of food and drinks as members talked about their Christmas plans (travel and family!) and listened to the holiday music provided by the Sounds Abounds. Check out the  pictures of the fun, captured by Ron Ory. 


Photo by Jini Clare

Last year's Kids' Best Friend Award winners, Liz and Norm Zienty, joined this year's Kids' Best Friend honorees, Sandy and Art Davis, at The Education Center's annual award benefit dinner and auction last Friday. 


On Sunday, 2000+ braved the threatening rain clouds
to contribute and participate in our signature event.
With 30 restaurants providing unique and enjoyable foods
(from soups to cheeses to steak sandwiches
to more chocolate than you could imagine),
everyone had a good time. 

If you would like to relive or just remember -
Club photographers Rosemary Wisnosky and Ron Hume were able to
capture the best of Soups On!  If you were able to join us,
or you wanted to join us,
click below to see pictures from the event.

Go here    And here

2010 Exchange Student Ruth Baneszova goes to Medical School!

Ruth Baneszova, third from the left.

Ruth Baneszova, our exchange student last year from Nitra, Slovakia, just wrote us a note with some good news:

Hello Rosemary,

I just wanted to let you know I got accepted to the medical school in Bratislava. I hope you have a nice time with your family.



Rotary Club of Naperville Provides Much Needed Help to Area Residents

Once again the benevolence of the Rotary Club of Naperville has helped hundreds – if  not thousands – of individuals in need within our hometown communities.  Ron Czalbowski, chair of the Rotary Club of Naperville Community Service Committee, reports that 15 not-for-profit organizations have become beneficiaries of $65,000 in total grants recently awarded.  The recipients include: the Naperville Education Foundation (support for at-risk students); The Education Center of Developmental Resources (life-coaching programs); Edward Foundation (public education for signs of mental illness); Community Career Center (educating job seekers); Friends for Lisle Township (food for the Lisle Food Pantry); the YMCA (low-income family school program); Humanitarian Service Project (food for Seniors); Samaritan Interfaith Counseling (counseling and psychotherapy); NCO Youth & Family Services (therapeutic services expense); Ecumenical Adult Care (salary support for elderly care); NAMI of DuPage County (support group for mental illness); CASA of DuPage County (child advocates); Naperville Elderly Homes (low-income senior housing and food); Naperville Cares (financial assistance program), and Families Helping Families (housing for one homeless family).

“This year the community service committee’s objective was to focus funding specifically on basic humanitarian needs in the Naperville community,” explained Czalbowski. “Basic criteria for the eligibility requirements were redefined by the committee and required non-profit organizations to submit projects that focused strongly on purposes that would significantly impact the lives of individuals struggling for the basics in life – such as food, shelter, clothing, mental and physical health, education, and sanitation. The goal was to prevent at-risk residents from falling into crisis situations.  All money awarded by the committee this year was received from Naperville Rotary Charities.” He added, “These decisions are never easy, but the committee believes that the diversity in the organizations selected will impact a wide-range of worthy causes.”

The Rotary Club of Naperville was founded in 1941 by a group of Naperville business leaders and has grown to over 140 members.  Each year, this Rotary Club routinely contributes over $315,000 to local community non-profit organizations and national and global causes.

Years ago, the club established Naperville Rotary Charities (NRC) which has sponsored the House of Dreams charity raffle since 1993. Naperville Rotary Charities is a community-based licensed 501(c)(3) charitable organization run by volunteers. Its annual fund-raising efforts support a charitable endowment, which provides monies to non-profit organizations that give quality care and services to children and families in need. As well as helping causes large and small, over the years NRC has been a major donor for three core charitable organizations and programs: Children's Memorial Hospital, Polio Plus (eradicating polio worldwide) and the American Red Cross. NRC has awarded millions of dollars to date and is committed to continuing its support of children and family-based charitable programs via annual grants in perpetuity. 

 Come Join Us! Join Rotary Today!

Do you believe in Service Above Self? Would you like to make a difference in Naperville and in the world?

Rotary is the worlds first service organization. The Rotary Club of Naperville is an group of business, civic, and non-profit leaders and people interested in helping their community by providing their time and talents to promote world peace, understanding, and helping their fellow man.

It's a great way to make new friends, to get out of the office for lunch once a week, learn about your community, and to give back to your community. If you are interested in joining our club you are very welcome to visit one of our meetings! Please contact us for more information.

Donna Dziedzic - Executive Director of the
Naperville Public Library Celebrates 11 Years of #1

More Photos!

8th Grade Service Above Self Awards

Every year at this time, The Rotary Club of Naperville recognizes two graduating 8th grade students at each school in Naperville who best eptiomize the Rotary Ideals of truthfulness, fairness, goodwill, friendship and service. The recipients are chosen by each schools faculty and staff, with these criteria in mind. This year's recipients of the Service Above Self Awards are:

School Rotarian Presenter Girl Recipient Boy Recipientent
Jefferson Junior High Steve Coates Emily Akins Jeff Zugay
Kennedy Junior High Jerry Feldott Dana Paulo Kyle Crementent         
Lincoln Junior High Ray Kinney Charlotte Brooks Jacob Verreyey
Madison Junior High Tom Kallay Michelle Ross Thomas Zhangang
Washington Junior High  John Gallagher Chelsea Smith Spencer Stibbeibbe
Crone Middle School Justin Karubas Brooke Kuzniewicz Jonathan Lelekelek
Granger Middle School Roger Schnorr Dianna Leigh Matthew Salernoalerno
Gregory Middle School no presenter  Kara Abunassar Chrysovallantis Michelisantis Michelis
Hill Middle School Justin Karubas   Avery Ericksen-Russo Spencer Calhounalhoun
Scullen Middle School No Presenter  Rachel McMullan Thomas Berarderard
Still Middle School Justin Karubas 9:00 Hayley Morton Sanjay Roa
Ss. Peter & Paul Liz Zienty Colleen Rafferty Scott Kleiserer
St. Raphael's School John Knobloch Kathryn Harrington Connor Druhanuhan
Bethany Lutheran School Barry McKeown Meredith Staunch David Mackeykey
All Saints Catholic Academy Bonnie Marshall Tara Mayoralgo Mark Egan
Fischer Middle School Kathy Beedle Julianna Dantzer Christopher Wilsonr Wilson





Polio epidemics have crippled thousands of people, mostly young children. The disease has caused paralysis and death for much of human history.  A global effort to eradicate polio began in 1988, led by the World Health OrganizationUNICEF, and The Rotary Foundation. These efforts have reduced the number of annual diagnosed cases by 99%; from an estimated 350,000 cases in 1988 to a low of 483 cases in 2001, after which it has remained at a level of about 1,000 cases per year (1,606 in 2009). Polio is one of only two diseases currently the subject of a global eradication program, the other being Guinea worm disease. If the global Polio Eradication initiative is successful it would be only the third time humankind has ever completely eradicated a disease, after smallpox in 1979 and rinderpest in 2010.

We are THIS CLOSE, to ENDING POLIO (Rotary Website) FOREVER. World Health Organization Polio Status Website
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