Club Information

Glen Ellyn

"The Friendliest Club in Rotary"

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Glen Oak Country Club
21W451 Hill Ave.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
United States of America
(630) 309-1851
Great thing are happening at the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn!
We are beginning to re-gather in person with covid protections but many still have a personal reasons for coming to the meetings on Zoom. This week we had 13 in person and about 7 on Zoom.

Next and so joyous is the that two new members were inducted into the club by Assistan Govenor and Glen Ellyn member Paul J. Keenon. Kevin and Lyndi Bowers have joined in a shared membership with Lyndi as the primary member and Kevin, who will b e just as much a part of the club, as the other member in the group. Let's call it the "Bowers" group! Please congratulate them as you see them or with a an e-mail. Kevin is a Research Director at TSIA and Lyndi is a Portfolio Marketing Manager. They have 6 children ranging in age from 20 to 1 years old. Our President Erika Krehbiel is their sponsor.

Another important happening is that Peter Zeuthen has received yet another "Paul Harris Fellow" award. This is Peters 5th Paul Harris Fellow award. Congratulations Peter.
Paula Nugent, from the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry,
brought us the plans for the new, permanent building to house the pantry and distribution center.
She presented from the Glen Oak Country Club with a hybrid in person and Zoom meeting. We thank her for adjusting to this unique situation.
Read on there is much more information!
One of the most particle speakers we have had in months!
Look up Liz Repking, Cyber Safety Consulting, you won't be disappointed.
She is an expert in cyber scams and cyber safety issues particularly when it comes to teens and twines.


Virtually, Governor Lyle Staab came to visit though Zoom/hybrid. He was joined by Assistant Governor Sam Johnson and 7 in person and 16 virtual club members.

Rotarian Penny Belke opened her home for those who wanted to attend the Governors board and regular club meeting.

Invest in Kids Act- Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program....Edward F. Burjek: CPWA®, CFP®, CRPC®
Senior Vice President - Wealth Management
Wealth Management Advisor

A program worth looking at if you have children or grandchildren that will some day go to college....PJ





Ten of our members made our routine clean up of Park Boulevard in Glen Ellyn. It was remarkably clean.. Possibly due to Covid 19. No classes at College of DuPage, No classes at Glenbard South and No church services at St James the Apostle Catholic Church....So a clean area but we had some minor pick up and a great deal of personal contact and good conversations in person. It was refreshing to be with good friends...

In the first photo you will see a big orange thing, It's not a carrot, that is our own Ed Scheer social distancing and wearing a mask...PJ

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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Beef or Fish
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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Amount enclosed:  $ _________
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Barbara L. Yong
Oct 22, 2020 12:00 PM
History of the 1990 Appeal of the Decision of the Board of Directors of Rotary International
Tom Malinowski, Middle School Librarian at GEPL
Oct 29, 2020 12:00 PM
"SPOOKY" Stories
Stella Young, Comedian - TED Talk
Nov 05, 2020 12:00 PM
A Disability Does not Make You Exceptional
Derek Elijah Denton "Eli"
Nov 12, 2020 12:00 PM
The Borgen Project
Club Assembly
Nov 19, 2020 12:10 PM
Citrus Final Numbers and Details
Dec 03, 2020 12:00 PM
All Club Meeting
Dec 11, 2020
Citrus pick-up
All Club Meeting
Dec 12, 2020
Citrus pick-up
Election of Officers
Dec 17, 2020 12:10 PM
Holiday Celebration
Happy New Year - No Meeting
Dec 31, 2020 12:10 PM
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
President Nominee
Immediate Past President
Youth Services
Foundation President
International Service
Community Service
Club Service
Sergeant at Arms
Public Image PR
Web Site Coordinator
Club Photographer
Grants Chair
Virtual Meeting Coordinator