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

Time: 12:00 noon
 
Date: Thursdays
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Executive Secretary
Executive Secretary
Secretary
Treasurer
Director
Membership Chair
Bulletin Editor
Rotary Foundation
Grants Chair
International Service Chair
Vocational Service Chair
Community Service Chair
 
 
 
Home Page Stories
Alzheimer's impacts too many Rotarians and their families. There are currently nearly 6 million Americans living with the disease with nearly 16 million caregivers. As the number of older Americans grows rapidly, so too will the number of new and existing cases of Alzheimer's. Rotary Clubs will be participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's, the world's largest Alzheimer's fundraiser, as a National Walk Team, led by the Alzheimer's Dementia Rotarian Action Group (ADRAG). 
Deerfield Rotary is excited to present our first annual Charity Golf Ball Drop at Woodland Park in Deerfield!  The Golf Ball Drop will take place on Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 pm.  If you would like to purchase golf balls please contact Pete Wirtz or any other Deerfield Rotary member to buy tickets.
member photoWe are honored to have District 6440 Governor Suzanne Gibson visit our club on July 25. Come and hear her vision for the 2019-20 Rotary Year as Rotary Connects the World 
The 53rd annual Deerfield Rotary 10K & 5K Walk/Run was a great success with 235 runners. Maplewood Park turned out to be a great venue for our annual event. Lots of green grass and trees for runners to lounge under after the race or warm up under before. This event takes a ton of work. Special thanks to Barry Gray, who pours his heart and soul into this event every year, and to Peter Fitzgerald, who secures refreshments from Sunset Foods, and to everyone who turned out to help July 4 .
 
 
The Club Banners are now on display at Patter Turner Center in Deerfield.  These Rotary Flags symbolize international fellowship and friendship!  Exchanging Rotary Flags is one of the colorful traditions of many Rotary clubs.  Rotarians traveling to near and distant locations often take banners to exchange at "make-up" meetings as a token of friendship.  Exchanging club banners is a very pleasant custom, especially when a creative and artistic banner tells an interesting store of community pride.  The exchange of banners is a significant tradition of Rotary and serves as a tangible symbol of our international fellowship.  Come check them out!
Ray Larson and Peter Fitzgerald hung several banners full of Rotary flags from around the world which our club has received as flag exchanges during visits, on the art wall of the Patty Turner Center.  There are more than 40 countries and just about every U.S. state represented.  Natalie Kirsch and Peter Fitzgerald discovered six of the banners three years ago in our storage locker, and decided to attach a bunch of loose flags to make two more banners.  Mike Zengeler from the cleaners steamed the banners for Deerfield Rotary!  Peter has contacted the Deerfield Historical Society, who may put up an auxiliary display, as our club is over 80 years old.
 
Calling all Dog People!  We are hosting our 2nd "Walk with Mitchell" event on Saturday, June 9th at 10:00 AM at Jaycee Park in Deerfield.  Bring your own dog or you can "rent" one from Orphans of the Storm Shelter.  This event is benefiting the Lake County Children's Advocacy Center.  Join us with State's Attorney Mike Nerheim and State Senator Julie Morrison for this event.  The cost of this walk is $35 and all of the profits go to the Advocacy Center.  A "Walk with Mitchell" t-shirt and plenty of snacks will be provided!  Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rotary-club-of-deerfield-2nd-annual-walk-with-mitchell-tickets-46616363799?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Deerfield Rotary welcomes the Deerfield High School Choraliers at our December 7 meeting.  The Choraliers have been our musical guests for our annual holiday meeting for more than two decades.  We can't wait for their delightful ensemble!
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. 
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. 
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.  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.