Club Information

Glen Ellyn

"The Friendliest Club in Rotary"

We meet Thursdays at 12:10 PM
475 Pennsylvania Ave.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
United States of America
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The reason we Rotarians join this kind of club is to help! The list below is a testament to the dedication to Glen Ellyn and the surrounding area. We have supported many non-profit organizations since our charter in 1943. This year, in early April and May, we gave away 10 scholarships totaling about $25,000 to students at Glenbard South and Glenbard West as well as students from Technical Center of DuPage.
We also donated $3,000 to shelter Box, an organization that provides for families that are without a home or belongings because of disasters like hurricanes, floods, and war.
The list below is some of the organizations we supported in the last two weeks of presentations. The donations add up to approximately $15,000. The names with the organizations are those accepting the awards for their organizations. There are more but they will be awarded at another date.
Cosley Zoo - Sue Wahlgren
Easter Seals of Fox Valley - Courtney Bronec
Glen Ellyn Juniors - Lynn & Dawn
Inside Out Clubs - Marion Ruthig
Peoples Resource Center - Morgan
Turning Point Autism - Barb Brauer
CASA - Beth Stremel
1 Community - Gilda Ross & Erica Nelson
Giant Steps - Lisa Ewers
NAMI DuPage - Rachel Tsen
Glen Ellyn Children's Center - Leah Harding
Supplies for Success
Ryall YMCA - Rob Wilkinson
Teen Parent Connection - Emily Dudley
Glen Ellyn Public Library - Dawn Bussey
Chocolaterie Stam for Mothers Day at the Brookdale Retirement Home
The Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn donated chocolate roses to the woman of Brookdale Retirement Home in Glen Ellyn. President Elect Erika Krehbiel's daughter, Lauren Krehbiel, made the Happy Mothers Day sign. Thanks to the owner of the Chocolaterie Stam and Rotarian Liz Major for the delicious chocolates!....This is our Rotarians trying to brighten some lives during this Covid-19 lock down. All of the women in this home will not be able to see their loved ones this Mothers day.....PJ
If you missed the "Big Wheel" ZOOM event Wednesday  night, you missed a fun time. Phil Norton MC'd the event in the way only he can. President Penny deserves our gratitude and honor for all she did to make this event not only possible, in light of the social distancing, but to make it profitable. In no small way the success was do to her work and the vision of offering "Paul Harris" point to entice people to purchase more "Shares."
Thank you to all who purchased shares and raffle tickets in advance, and for the donations of door prizes and silent auction items.. 
A successful event !  39 attendees to Zoom!  19 door prizes awarded

Last four winners
#93 Briggs group
#100  Rich Jensen
#51 Belke/Borello
#6 Stone/Willsey
Do to the generosity from all the support we will clear $13,000 plus once all the proceeds are received!
9 members will become  Paul Harris Fellows with their second ticket donation to Big Wheel!
As most of you know the proceeds will go towards scholarships and local non-profit organizations ....PJ
Village Update - Mark Franz, Village Manager           
While we are all at home awaiting release from quarantine the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn has been moving forward. We have ZOOM'ed into action. Is that too cutesy for you Rotarians? That is the effect of quarantine on this normally curmudgeonly septuagenarian.
The club has used Zoom to have a "Rotary on the Road" gathering, to conduct the interviews of 20 scholarship applicants with four members presiding, a board meeting and one regular club lunch meeting. I for one am grateful to District 6440 for purchasing the Pro-Zoom app for each club in the district so we can stay connected and continue to do business in the community.
The club also gave a grant to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry of $1,400 to supplement the needs during this time of quarantine and loss of incomes for those less fortunate. $700 of this grant was matched buy Rotary District 6440.
Mark Franz filled us in on the Village of Glen Ellyn's two objectives: Essential services and communications to the citizens of the village. All departments are operative and NO employees have been diagnosed with Covid-19. The villages offices are closed and separation protocols are in place for essential village employees: staggered shifts, 45 lap tops assigned to workers to use at home. The unsheltered people we usually see in Glen Ellyn are being sheltered in hotels. About 90 rooms are being used. Churches and PADS are helping coordinated and provide food and other basic needs for the homeless.
The Frida Kahlo exhibit may be differed to another time. No final decision has been made. The Taste of Glen Ellyn has been moved to August 27 - 29 and the French start market to June 1. All other special events have been cancelled.
Some of the planned capital projects will go forward and some will have a 30 day hold or rescheduling.
More information about the Covid-19 news and plans for the village or county:, the village web site has a covid-19 dashboard with details and specifics about both the village and the county cases. AM 1620 is the Village local radio station.
Big Wheel Night is ON!
Maybe not the way you expect.
But, we all, must adjust to the new circumstances.
Here is the plan.
April 22, 2020 at 7:15 we will commence the gathering virtually. If you have purchased a certificate for the "Big Wheel" you will be sent an invitation to link up to the event. There will not be a dinner.
If you care to donate:
Purchase one certificate of the event is $120.00.
Cash prizes of $1,500, $1,000 and $500
Of course you can donate cash anytime!
Please, send your checks to the:
 Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn Foundation.
Mail you check to PO. Box 3510, Glen Ellyn, IL 60138.
The Glen Ellyn Rotary Foundation is a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and $120 of the ticket price is tax deductible.

The Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn uses these funds to fulfill the six targets of Rotary International: Supporting education, Growing local economies, Fighting disease, Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, Promoting peace!

Locally the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn provides 12 scholarships. Eight for students going on to college and two to students going on to trade school or College of DuPage. We also promote local non-profit agencies doing relief work and working with at risk youth form our area.





Join the ZOOM meeting!
Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn Members Covid-19 has our worlds upside down and stalled.
Our club is about to launch into the 21st century.
Zoom is our launch pad!
This week President Belke and I have been administering test meetings.
If you are interested in taking part in a training meeting, email or phone Penny or myself.
In the near future we will launch regular club meetings and Rotary on the Road meetings through Zoom.
This vehicle is a good way for all of us, and particularly the snow birds, to stay in touch.
It is simple, but to feel confident, you may want get up to date training ahead of time
The Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn board has determined that we will not be meeting until further notice!
We are conforming to the call to have no gathering of 10 or more people.
Therefore, the annual "Big Wheel" fundraiser (April 22) will be postponed as well.
Stay well and help those less fortunate. Share your commodities and your wealth with those that are suffering,
not only from the sickness but from financial losses and depression from isolation.
Particularly the elderly in care facilities and shut-ins.
Pray for our country and leaders to put aside differences for the good of the people.
Glen Ellyn Rotary Supports Guatemala Literacy Project
Thank you to our International Projects Chair Peter Zeuthen for coordinating a highly important international project for our club this year. 
The Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) is a network of individual Rotarians, Rotary clubs and districts, and the nonprofit organization Cooperative for Education (CoEd) with a common interest in improving education for under served students in Guatemala. It is one of the largest grassroots, multi-club, multi-district projects in Rotary, with over 600 participating clubs since 1997.
Our Rotary club is one of only 5 in Illinois to partner with this project. We donated $1,000 in October 2019. Our request for matching District Designated Funds (DDF) was approved just last month and was mentioned during last Saturday’s District Grants seminar.
Our contribution will help impoverished communities implement 4 complementary programs:
Reading: Trains teachers in effective reading instruction and provides them with quality children’s literature.
Textbooks: Provides textbooks to middle schools and trains teachers to use them effectively in the classroom
Computers: Teaches students to use technology to solve real-world problems so they can secure better jobs
Youth Development: Transforms young lives through youth development, social support, and scholarships
Monday March 2, 2020 you are invited to get to know the Glen Ellyn Rotarians.
The public and other club members are welcome and encouraged to join us for hors d'oevres and beverages.
See below for information.
You have nothing to loose and much to gain at Big Wheel Night. 
Look at the win, win opportunity you have! 
First, to have a fun evening and a wonderful dinner with family and friends.
Second, and more importantly, you will be giving every penny of your donations directly to the students of Glen Ellyn
and to charities and organizations that provide much needed food, clothing, counselling, housing and care for at risk children and much much more.
There is no overhead or salary costs. 100% goes to those in need.
How can you loose?
 Join the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn.
Eight members of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn and six members of the Kiwanis club of Central DuPage and Glen Ellyn packed backpacks with food. Our intention is to provide some basic food for Glen Ellyn school children on the weekend. They receive meals at school during the week but may not have enough on weekends.
During the summer we join with the Glen Ellyn Public library as partners to continue to see that at least some meals are provided. Some of the food is paid for by the cooperating clubs and some comes from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. If you are interested in helping provide funding please contact one of the three club or public library.

Eight members of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn and six members of the Kiwanis club of Central DuPage and Glen Ellyn packed backpacks with food. Our intention is to provide some basic food for Glen Ellyn school children on the weekend. They receive meals at school during the week but may not have enough on weekends.

During the summer we join with the Glen Ellyn Public library as partners to continue to see that at least some meals are provided. Some of the food is paid for by the cooperating clubs and some comes from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. If you are interested in helping provide funding please contact one of the three club or public library.

Glen Ellyn Rotary Club
The Glen Ellyn Rotary Club invites you to our 36th annual
Big Wheel Night
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at Glen Oak Country Club
Certificate price of $150 includes reception, dinner and a chance to win
Cash prizes of $1,500, $1,000 and $500
There will be many valuable door prizes, and …. only 100 tickets are sold.
Big Wheel night helps fund college scholarships for Glenbard High School students as well as community grants for local charities and organizations.
To participate, complete the form below and mail it with your check.  If you cannot attend $120 makes you eligible for the cash prize drawing.  The Glen Ellyn Rotary Foundation is a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and $120 of the ticket price is tax deductible.
Please mail your check by April 16th to receive your Big Wheel certificate.
Penny Belke, (630) 942-0323, Email:
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Make your check payable to:
Persons Attending:
Circle One:
Glen Ellyn Rotary Foundation
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Send to:
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Beef or Fish
Penny Belke
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2S408 Chaucer Ct.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
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Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn on the Road - 12 04 19
A big thank you for Dawn and Mark for opening their home to a loud crew of revelers.
A good time was had by all, just enjoying each others company and preparing for the busy week of serving and the Christmas season. 
If you want to see more photos go to the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn Facebook page. 
Every year the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn sponsors around 40 - 50 children to provide presents for Christmas.
We believe no child should be without a gift at Christmas so about 25 members purchased and wrapped gifts for Glen Ellyn Children.
We are honored to be able to give from our resources and from the heart of each one of us.
Annual 2019 Citrus Sale - Order Cut End Date!
The last time you can turn in your citrus orders will be at this Thursday meeting. Roy will be ordering the fruit directly after the meeting...So no exceptions! 
Get in your orders in at the Gift Wrap Event on Tuesday to hep him out.
Members of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn be encouraged and motivated to sell more. Here are the current stats:
363.5 cases sold
$17,781 Collected ($4,333 of that is donations)
Look what one past member of the club is doing for us. Can you do as much?

We need to sell another 500 cases or get $5,000 more in donations....PJ
Glenbard West Interact Club Serves the Community 
The Glenbard West Interact Club is an active club of over 70 members.  They meet once a month before school to plan for how to serve the community.  Most recently they have
packaged food for the Feed My Starving Children organization,
coordinated a Birthday-in-a-Box program,
hosted a school-wide food drive,
led Gratitude Day activities at the school,
and are providing gifts for needy families this holiday season.
  At the Interact Club meeting on Wednesday, November 20, Rotarian Scott Park presented the club with Rotary flags and pins for the officers. We are proud of the work these young Rotarians are doing to make a difference in our community and in the world.  
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45 students from Glenbard South and Glenbard West participated in the annual Glen Ellyn Rotary Mentor Day.

About Community Consolidated School District 89 Community Consolidated School District 89

Community Consolidated School District 89 serves nearly 2,300 students from Glen Ellyn, Lombard, and Wheaton, Illinois.
The students range from preschool to middle school. Dr. Emily K. Tammaru is the Superintendent for the district. The district includes four elementary schools and one middle school.
Top 10% of the schools in the country!
92nd percentile for reading.
86th percentile for math.
Travis Linderman
Aug 06, 2020 12:10 PM
Why startups are more vital to the economy than ever!
Edward F. Burjek
Aug 13, 2020 12:10 PM
Invest in Kids Act Tax Credit Scholarship Program
Governor Lyle Staab - Board meeting @ Hybrid Zoom
Aug 20, 2020 10:30 AM
District Governor Lyle Staab - Board meeting
District Governor Lyle Staab
Aug 20, 2020 12:00 PM
District Governor Lyle Staab
Eddie Ryan
Aug 27, 2020 12:10 PM
The Borgen Project
Paula Nugent
Sep 03, 2020 12:10 PM
Glen Ellyn Food Pantry
Mike Bertrand and Leslie Lopez
Sep 10, 2020 12:10 PM
Lutheren Child and Family Services of Illinois
Club Assembly
Sep 17, 2020 12:10 PM
Janet Sutherland-Madden
Sep 24, 2020 12:10 PM
Nose Over Toes
Citrus Kick-off
Oct 01, 2020 12:10 PM
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
President Nominee
Immediate Past President
Youth Services
Foundation President
Club Service
International Service
Community Service
Sergeant at Arms
Public Image PR
Web Site Coordinator
Club Photographer
Grants Chair