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A Great Night was had by all !

John Gallagher's Installation check out the fun!

 
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2014 Pres John Installation

 
 

Next Meeting:  "Where Does the Money Go?"  Each of us has likely said this when in the process of balancing a checkbook or paying the monthly bills.  The same question can be asked about the funds raised through Soup's On! and from the House of Dreams raffles.  Well, some of those funds are allocated by the club's Community Service committee. 

 

This Thursday our guests will be representatives of the recipients of community service grants for the 2013-2014 Rotary year, each presenting short explanation of the work of their organizations and how they are using the funds received from the club.  This promises to be an informative meeting with a lot of stories to be shared.  Our speakers know they need to be really brief (think of speed dating) so we can get everyone out on time and with so much good news to be shared, the meeting promises to leave you feeling good about the work that your club is doing in the community and proud to be a Naperville Rotarian. 

 

Join us this Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 12:15 p.m. at Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Avenue, Naperville.

 

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.

 hugs

Ruth

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.
 




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
       

THE ROTARY CLUB OF NAPERVILLE HAS BEEN A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO HUMANITARIAN RELIEF, CHARITABLE CAUSES AND SCHOLARSHIPS IN NAPERVILLE AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD FOR MORE THAN 65 YEARS. RECENTLY, THE ROTARY CLUB OF NAPERVILLE AWARDED $30,000 TO ASSIST 6 STUDENTS AT C.O.D, AND WILL ALSO AWARD 15 GRADUATING SENIORS FROM NAPERVILLE’S HIGH SCHOOLS, WITH 15 SCHOLARSHIPS TOTALLING $70,000. THIS PAST YEAR ALONE, OUR LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL GIVING EXCEEDED $500,000 

 WE MEASURE THE THINGS WE THINK, DO, AND SAY BY OUR 4 WAY TEST - 

IS IT THE TRUTH?
IS IT FAIR TO ALL CONCERNED?
WILL IT BUILD GOODWILL AND BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
WILL IT BE BENEFICIAL TO ALL CONCERNED?

 END POLIO NOW!




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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