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MEETING INFO
Location: Italian Kitchen
648 Deerfield Road
Deerfield, IL 60015

Time: noon
 
Date: Thursdays
 
 
Club Executives & Directors
Co-President
Co-President
Immediate Past President
Secretary
Treasurer
Director
Membership Chair
Vocational Service Chair
Community Service Chair
Youth Service Chair
Website Coordinator
Publicity
Fellowship Chair
Bulletin Editor
International Service Chair
Rotary Foundation
 
 
Home Page Stories
Together with neighboring clubs, we will be sponsoring a Bocce Night at Pinstripes in Northbrook on Friday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m. to raise money for the district's HealthRays project in Guatemala. 
 
Tickets cost $55 each, which includes light dinner and Bocce (cash bar). You can purchase tickets from any of the participating Rotary clubs, including Deerfield, Northbrook, Buffalo Grove, Glenview Noon, or Vernon Hills/Mundelein. 
 
Questions? Contact Peter Fitzgerald or Natalie Kirsch.
We need your help in supporting the Huatulco Rotary Club's efforts to aid earthquake victims in the Itsmo region. On September 7, an 8.2-magnitude quake caused death and widespread destruction in Juchitan, Oaxaca, Mexico, and surrounding areas. Huatulco is approximately two hours from the epicenter.
 
Our friends in the Rotary club there have sent us two letters asking for our help. We are working to find a way to offer financial assistance. Please contact Peter Fitzgerald for more information, and let's find a way to help our fellow Rotarians as they help those most in need. 
Our annual “Coat Off Your Back” drive runs from September through December, and will be headed by Pete Wirtz this year. Pete’s goal is to increase the number of collection bins throughout Deerfield, and likewise to increase the amount of coats and clothing collected. If you have a business or an apartment/condo complex where we can place a bin, please let Pete know.
We have agreed to partner with Senator Julie Morrison for a "Shred and Share" event on October 14 from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the municipal lot at Rosemary Terrace on Deerfield Road. There will be a truck for free shredding, and we will be collecting outerwear (that is the share part!) for our Coat Off Your Back project. We all need to help in getting the word out and to help with the collection that morning. Senator Morrison will have a sign (Shred and Share with Senator Morrison and Deerfield Rotary) made up to put out on the street. Contact Peter or Natalie to sign up to help!
Together with neighboring clubs, we will be sponsoring a Bocce Night at Pinstripes in Northbrook on Friday, November 3 to raise money for the district's HealthRays project in Guatemala. 
 
We need members to serve on the planning committee, which meets Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. at Sunset Foods in Northbrook. We will have a speaker, video presentation, raffles, and a silent auction. This is your chance to get in on the ground floor and work on a great event with other area Rotarians. Please contact Peter Fitzgerald if interested. 
We will be making our annual trip to Nicasa in North Chicago on Wednesday, August 23. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet some of the  clients and families served by Nicasa, an organization we have supported for a number of years now.
 
Please let Natalie and Peter know if you plan on attending. Nicasa is located at 2031 Dugdale Road, North Chicago 60064, and we will be  serving food at 6 p.m.
On Thursday, August 17, we enjoyed the great outdoors with our annual club picnic at the shelter in Jewett Park. It was a beautiful summer day and everyone enjoyed the delicious food and great company. We were happy to have such a great turnout, including State Senator Julie Morrison, as well as several students from the new Interact Club at Deerfield High School.
 
Our speaker was Debi Leer from Nicasa, a not-for-profit behavioral health services organization that we have supported for a number of years now. 
A number of our club Rotarians and guests attended the tailgate and baseball game at Miller Park on Saturday, July 29 to benefit veterans from the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in Chicago. Our club sponsored four veterans.
 
The game was attended by over 200 Rotarians and guests, including DG Brewer, other PDGs, and other District officials. Oh by the way—the Cubs won 2-1 in 11 innings!
Register today for our annual Fourth of July 10K Race and 5K non-competitive walk/run. Pre-registration is $25 through 24 June, after which cost becomes $30 for all ages. The race will start promptly at 8 a.m. at Walden School, 630 Essex Court, in Deerfield. 
 
Our 10K run is an official CARA certified Race. The two loop USTAF certified Cours (6.2 miles) is through neighborhoods shaded by trees. The 5K walkers/runners do one loop for 3.1 miles. First aid, water, and refreshments are available.
Our annual Fourth of July Rotary Race as part of the Deerfield Family Days events is quickly approaching, and there are lots of volunteer opportunities available to help make this a successful event.
 
Race Day Volunteers - Tuesday, July 4,
6:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.:
  • Registrars
  • Refreshment and water handlers
  • Help with setup and take-down
  • Race marshals
  • Timekeepers
Farmers Market - Saturday, June 24:
  • Help with setup and take-down of our booth
  • Help promote race and register participants
Thursday, June 29:
  • Help fill "goodie bags"
A volunteer sign-up sheet will be distributed at our meeting on Thursday, June 1, or you can contact Barry Gray or Peter Fitzgerald directly. 
Congratulations to the new Interact Club of Deerfield High School, chartered by Rotary International on Monday, May 22! Thank you to everyone who attended the chartering ceremony at the high school, and a big thanks to District Governor Rick Rivkin for being there to help us celebrate.
 
We are very excited about this new club, which has 25 charter members committed to Service Above Self. The Interact Club has already begun fundraising for ShelterBox.
At a recent meeting, we passed out a survey about Club interests and events. Download the survey here, fill it out, and return it to us so we can proceed in the coming Rotary year. We are looking to have active participation throughout our membership, so we can provide "Service above Self".
The new Interact Club of Deerfield High School (Club NO. 214667) has been chartered by Rotary International. We thank Mr. Joe Taylor, Assistant Principal, for being the club sponsor at the high school and District Governor Rick Rivkin for his support and assistance. Special thanks go to Club Co-President Natalie Kirsch for her drive and determination to start this Interact Club. We will shortly announce a Charter celebration date.
 
It is now the time for our Rotary members to work together with the Interact students to inspire positive change in our community, starting with "Jam for Justice" at the high school on May 12. 
Our 2nd Annual Cinco de Mayo Game Night will be held at the Deerfield Golf Club on Friday, May 5 from 6:00 - 11:00 p.m. Whether your game is Hearts, Mahjongg, Mexican Train, or Checkers, bring your own games and players and we'll provide you with a table, meal, and refreshments. 
 
Reservations are required, $50 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance's Camp "I Am Me", a special and unforgettable one-week camp experience for children and teenagers who have suffered injuries from burns.
 
Download the poster for more information and to make your reservation!
Last week, Deerfield Rotarian Barry Gray returned to Guatemala with wife Susie for a service trip with a group of 12 District 6440 Rotary volunteers to help build structures and teach the Mayan students at  Ak' Tenamit, an indigenous community development organization that promotes long-term solutions to poverty through education, health, income generation, and cultural programs. The goal is to Educate the Girls. Reduce Poverty.
We are excited to expand our Shared Membership Program. In November, we welcomed shared members from the Deerfield Public Library and Deerfield School District 109 (pictured right). This month, we are adding the Deerfield Park District. Jeff Nehila, Executive Director, is sharing his membership with Linda Anderson, Davis Shamrock, Sherry Prause and Tony Korzyniewski. Learn how our shared membership program works and contact us if you are interested in joining.
The Rotary Club of Huatulco is having a raffle on 18 February for a beautiful pair of sapphire earrings valued at $500. Tickets cost $5 each. The proceeds will support the library that we helped to build (see story below). If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please contact our club and ask for Peter Fitzgerald.
We enjoyed the company of about 40 guests for our Dine & Wine event 25 July. We were able to raise more than $750 for our major project this year, a therapy dog named Mitchel who brings comfort to the children at the Lake County Childrens Advocacy Center.
We were able to raise more than $3,000 for the Children's Advocacy Center with our 2-mile Walk with Mitchell 30 April. About 30 dogs and their owners took part, from tiny Bichon Frise to huge Mastiffs. 

Mitchell is a very special therapy dog that comforts the children of abuse at the Children’s Advocacy Center. You can still make a donation to the Advocacy Center to support the walk and their great work.  
 
We are creating positive change in Huatulco, Mexico, supporting a library that is going to help local residents improve their English and learn skills that will allow them to get better paying jobs.
 
Huatulco is a remote vacation spot located on the Pacific ocean with a population of roughly 50,000. The major industry is tourism, from the resorts that line nine bays and dozens of beaches. Most better paying jobs, however, go to those with an education who speak fluent English, while locals often scrap out a meager living selling trinkets to tourists, or working low paying jobs as maids, busboys, street cleaners or the like. 
 
The library and literacy center will be built on land donated to the Huatulco Rotary club by the local government. The donated land covers 1,175 square meters. Work has already begun on plumbing, flooring, lighting, electrical work, windows and doors on the first wing of the library.
This year the Deerfield Rotary Club is working with District 6440's Youth Exchange program to welcome an inbound foreign exchange student. We are looking for host families in the Deerfield High School attendance boundaries willing to host this student for the year.Up to three families can share the hosting. Interested families should contact our Youth Exchange Director listed to the left of this page in the list of officers. The club works with the family to ensure a positive and smooth experience for the inbound student. 
We were honored to have Allen Lynch, a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery during the Vietnam War, as our speaker today. Lynch exhibited valor above and beyond the call of duty during his service as a radio telephone operator in the 1st Cavalry Division, Company D, 1st Battalion. He was serving in a forward unit near the village of My An when his unit became attacked by a much larger enemy force.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To help children have access to books, the Huatulco Rotary club, in conjunction with the Deerfield Rotary Club, plan to create a learning center in the U2 sector of Huatulco, Mexico.

On 19 August, we visited NICASA to deliver school supplies for children and put on a picnic for the families. Every year we sponsor children whose parents are struggling with addictions and trying to get back on their feet with the help of NICASA. We fill backpacks of school supplies for the kids, provide a picnic, and generally love on the children.Contact us if you would like to join us or help.