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of Naperville

Thursdays, 12:15 pm

Meson Sabika

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Club Mailing Address:
PO Box 2, Naperville IL 60566

2017 rotary making a difference


11/30 Regular Meeting
360 Youth Services &
School District 204

12/7   NO Regular Meeting HOLIDAY PARTY
5:30 - 10PM
Stonebridge Country Club
$40 for Members, $40 Guests


Festiville Awards, Dr Mark Ponzo, Prof of Trumpet-Northern IL U

12/20 Board Meeting 

Naperville Bank & Trust 4:30pm

12/21 NO Regular Meeting
12/28 NO Regular Meeting

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2017-2018 Officers


John Norman
President Elect

Randy Ems

President Nominee

Rachel Ossyra
Past President

Nina Menis


Mary Lyn Hoffer


Kathryn Hoffman
Sergeant at Arms

Janet Derrick

Director Club Service

Michele Clemen
Dir Community Service

Alma Jones

Brian O’Malley
Dir Vocational Service

John Wightkin
Dir International Service

Dick Galitz

Public Relations Chair

Kristin Giannini
Rotary Foundation Chair

Curt Stowers
Membership Chair

Jason Altenbern
New Generations Chair

Kim White
Program Chair

Rachel Ossyra
Newsletter Editor

Christine Bloom
Audit Committee Chair

Denise Gierach

John Knobloch
Hearts & Flowers

Sandy Davis

Randy Ems

Paul Feith

Partners in Rotary

Sister Clubs

Naperville Rotary New Gen

Naperville Rotary After Dark

Feb 10 - Vancouver

Environmental Sustainability

Feb 17 - Beirut

Providing Clean Water

Feb 24 - Coventry

Fighting Disease

March 17 - Sydney

Growing Local Economies

April 28 - Taranto, Italy

Saving Mothers & Children

June 2 - Chicago

Supporting Education

Rotary Salutes Veterans Program 


It was a wonderful program filled with honor and gratitude. Community Services Co-Director, Alma Jones introduced Dr Benjamin White who served as Master of Ceremonies for the program. Mayor Steve Cherico read a proclamation declaring November 9, 2017 Rotary Salutes Veterans Day in Naperville. Boy Scout Troop #106 presented the colors. The Metea Valley Chamber Singers entertained with patriotic songs. 
The highlight of the program was the presentation of the Quilts of Valor to five deserving veterans. The quilts were presented by Susan Wing and Carol Andermann, from the Illinois Quilts of Valor Foundation. 

2017 Honorees: Wayne Fischer, John Kunsch,Sr., Terry Jelinek (accepted by wife Sue), Mike Barbour, Michael C. Rechenmacher

The Education Center Honors
Three Rotary Clubs of Naperville

Club President's John Norman, Kevin McQuillan, and Justin Klestinski
The Education Center honored The Rotary Club of Naperville, The Sunrise Club and The Downtown Club at the Kid's Best Friend Benefit that was held on October 20. 
Congratulations to The Rotary Clubs of Naperville upon receiving the "Making A Difference" award.
Three Rotary Clubs of Naperville
present check to Police Department

2017 CAPS Banquet

Through a collaborative effort, The Rotary Club of Naperville, The Sunrise Club and The Downtown Club, presented a check to the Naperville Police Department at the annual CAPS Banquet. The monies will be used to purchase NARCAN, an anti-opiate that helps officers save lives.

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2017 Community Service Grants Recipients Luncheon

Dr. Michael Litow- Education Center Mark Milligan - Bridge Communities Shannon Payton - YMCA
The Rotary Club of Naperville proudly awarded this years Community Services Grants Recipients on Thursday, September 7th at Meson Sabika. The Rotary Club of Naperville offers annual grants for local organizations for the purpose of humanitarian programs. This year the club distributed $95,000 to 21 different organizations.


2017 Community Service Grant Recipients
360 Youth Services Bridge Communities CASA of DuPage
Community Career Center DuPage Pads Ecumenical Adult Care of Naperville
Education Center Family Shelter Services Gigis Playhouse Fox Valley
Hessed House Kids Matter Loaves & Fishes Community Services
NAMI of DuPage Naperville Education Foundation Naperville Elderly Homes
Naperville Seniors in Action SamaraCare Samaritan Network
Teen Parent Connection Turning Pointe Autism Foundation YMCA of Metro Chicago

Thank you to the Selection Committee and everyone who worked so hard on this years awards. It was truly a proud day for Rotary Club of Naperville.



2017 Scholarship Breakfast

The Rotary Club of Naperville hosted its annual Scholarship Breakfast on Thursday,June 8th. 

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 while providing service to his or her community.
Grace Hong, graduate NVHS attending Princeton University majoring in Computer Science. 

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.
Archit Dhar, graduate NVHS, attending University of Pennsylvania majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
Akshay Punukollu, graduate of NCHS, attending University of Illinois majoring in Marketing & Finance.

Make a Difference North Central College 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. 
Nathan Gray, graduate NNHS, attending North Central College majoring in Business and Sports Management.

At-Hope Scholarship 

This $1,000 scholarship is for a high school senior who is able to demonstrate overcoming a challenge over the course of their high school career.
Alexandra Sapiega, graduate NNHS, attending North Central College majoring in Elementary Education.
Olivia Celinski, graduate MVHS, attending COD, majoring in Health Services
Ali Piccininni, graduate NCHS, attending Marquette University, majoring in Secondary Education/Math.
Johnathan Keenan, graduate WVHS, attending Brigham Young University, majoring in Political Science/ Economics
Thomas Zugay, graduate NNHS, attending University of Utah, majoring in Electrical Engineering
Jeffrey Girardot, graduate Benet Academy, attending University of Notre Dame, majoring in PreProfessional Studies

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2017 Paul Harris Fellow: Tim Wierenga, Liz Spencer, Jan Fitzsimmons, Mike Hayala, Kent Duncan, Bev Patterson Frier, Al Carrius, Bill (Karen) Garlough, Vicky Coletta, Dr. Jeff Grimley - Photos by Ron Hume - Video by NCTV-17

The Rotary Club of Naperville honored 10 community members with Paul Harris Fellow Awards for Service. Rotary Foundation Chair, Curt Stowers made opening remarks and Tonia Khouri introduced the awardees.
The ceremony recognized this year’s recipients: 
Club Service
Vicki Coletta, President Project Hope 
Karen Garlough, My Chef Catering
Community Service
Mike Havala, CEO Loaves & Fishes Community Services    
Bev Paterson Frier, Naperville Senior Task Force
International Service
Dr Jeff Grimley, Doctors Without Borders
Vocational Service
Liz Spencer, Executive Director NCTV17     
Jan Fitzsimmons, PhD. NCC Junior Senior Scholars Program
Youth Services
Al Carrius NCC Head Men's Cross Country Coach   
Tim Wierenga, Assistant Superintendent, District 203
Kent Duncan, Chairman, IPEF Board , District 204

The Paul Harris Fellow Award is the highest recognition that Rotary bestows on individuals who exemplify Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self”. The Club honors individuals who have made a positive, lasting change in the quality of life in communities at home and abroad and have shown leadership in volunteer service.
Congratulations to all of this years' awardees!
Special Thanks to Ron Hume, event photographer
See all the pictures 2017 Paul Harris Fellows Luncheon


College of DuPage Scholarship Luncheon

2017 crop COD scholship

College of DuPage Scholarship recipient's were celebrated March 9. Recipients are chosen based on financial need, academic excellence, and community service and citizenship. 
Students shared stories of their personal struggles and their heartfelt gratitude for the very real impact the scholarship makes in their lives. Thank you to John Sims and the COD Scholarship Services Offices for their leadership in this important club program.

"Each year, we look forward to meeting the Rotary scholarship recipients. It is a very emotional day for us," saidJohn Sims, COD Scholarship Committee Chair. "We are supporting the future of this country's best citizens, and we have a wonderful group of students here today to prove that point. Assisting students with their college education is one of the greatest and most important things we do here at Rotary Club of Naperville."

2017 COD Scholarship Recipients
Kyana Amos  Lonnie Evans  Jonathon Bagnall  Bana Falaha  Dan Bailey  Jessica Halder   Natasha Breslieva  Maliha Khan
Hubert Celinski  Christopher Mack  Jacey Credo  Cristi Madlom  Deyna Parvanova  Plamen Pavlov  
Jennifer Pfeiffer  Zachary Sanchez  Julia Schroeder  Teresa Szymoniak  Alena Troia  David Zak

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service
that change lives close to home and worldwide.

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Help us celebrate 100 years of the Foundation
Help us achieve 100% of club participation Every Rotarian Every Year
Help us achieve every member at the sustaining level of $100

The contributions to the Foundation come back to clubs around the world as Grants focused on International projects. As a club, we have gotten back far more than we have contributed!

Please follow this link to help us reach our "300 GOAL"

It was a night to remember as

The Rotary Club of Naperville
Celebrated 75 years!


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Past Presidents Photo 75th Anniversary celebration
Photo courtesy of Jini Clare, Clare Communications

Past Presidents Photo from the 75th Anniversary Celebration.

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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!

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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 99.9%; from an estimated 350,000 cases in 1988 to a low of 37 cases in 2016!!

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.


World Health Organization Polio Status Website

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