Welcome to the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn
Rotary is an international membership organization made up of people who share a passion for and commitment to enhancing communities and improving lives across the world.  
  • The Glen Ellyn Rotary Club was established in 1943 and currently has over 40 active members. 
  • We support our community by providing scholarships to high schools students and community grants as well as opportunities to give back through community service projects. 
  • The Glen Ellyn Rotary Club also supports projects and provides help when needed internationally. There are over 35,000 Rotary clubs in more than 220 countries around the world. 
  • We have a lot of fun while we raise funds and serve our community. The friendships made in our club are lifelong! 
We would like you to get to know us! All are welcome to attend one of our weekly lunch programs to meet members and learn more about us. Do you want to give back to your community and beyond?  Are you service minded?  Join us for lunch and learn more!  Contact Liz Mager at gle@stamchocolate.com to express your interest and rsvp for lunch as our guest! 

Thank you to our
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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

Sam Mitrani, Professor of History COD gave a very interesting lesson on "How the World Arrived on Lake Michigan Shores"

He informed us of more than the traditional stories of the inhabitation of our area. One of the best programs of the year.
Each year we ask the teaching staff at Glenbard West and Glenbard South to find students that have over achieved or have made great strides to improve. The photo represents the solid, persistent work by these students and their teachers.
Beth Clower, from the Glen Ellyn Public Library presented to us the idea of the Community Cupboard!
The Community Cupboard is a door-less cabinet in the lobby near the Library Services Desk that contains free items available to anyone who needs them. Available items vary depending on donations. The containers are intentionally not labeled, and the bins are clear so that people can identify the contents. People are encouraged to help themselves to items they need.
The Community Cupboard is totally donation based. No tax money is used to purchase the free items in the Community Cupboard. To donate items, please use the Glen Ellyn Public Library
Sargent Downey and Chief Phil Norton updated us on the recent happenings involving Police responses to emergencies.
Along with that, we were introduced to the Body Cameras worn by all responding officers on the department and how the program and equipment were financed and the practicality of them.
Own own Rotarian and the Executive Director of the "The Philip J. Rock Center and School", Bonnie Jordon, brought us the exuberance that she is known for.  Her dedication to her students is palpable and contagious.
Her presentation was to update us on the "Rocks" future expansion and the needs that still are not accounted for.
Our club has been a support to the "Rock" for many years and we hope to add to our support in time, talent and resources.
John Mulherin, President of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn Foundation, gave us a short history lesson about our foundation.
Fred L. Biester: Father of Glenbard 
​His influence was first felt in the fall of 1918 as the principal of Glenbard High School.  He later became the superintendent of Glenbard High School District 87.  Mr. Biester passed away on March 20, 1962, just months away from his retirement. His remarkable career touched parts of six decades. Rotarian, Fred Biester was Club President in 1944/45. The clubs second president.
Fred donated scholarships, personally and anonymously,  for dozens of students during his tenure.
For over sixty years, the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn has provided educational and vocational scholarships in varying amounts to students at Glenbard West and Glenbard South. Much of the original seed money came from former G.W. principal Fred L. Biester’s own pockets. Hence the name “Fred L. Biester Memorial Scholarship Fund”.
Rotarian, John Mulherin
Rotarian Fred Biester

November 7th was Mentor Day for Glen Ellyn Rotary!


Every year students from Glenbard South and West shadow professionals in their field of interest. Students worked with attorneys, cpas, financial consultants, engineers, veterinarians, architects, chefs,  doctors, dentists, journalists, the Chamber of Commerce, the College of Dupage Nursing program, and teachers to get a behind the scenes look at careers that they had a particular interest in. This impressive group of young people shared their impressions of their experience. This was an inspiring lunch for everyone. Thank you Mentors, Students and Glenbard South and West for working with Rotary to make this happen.


Jim Kelly doing his usual outstanding job introducing the students and mentors.

Thank you Jim for all that you do!


Catherine Lynott, Executive Director

The Outreach House’s reason for being is simple – to provide compassionate and effective assistance to individuals and families in need with dignity and without judgment. 

Following a long and successful community presence addressing urgent needs for food, clothing, infant/toddler essentials and emergency financial assistance, our four programs – First Things First, Food Pantry, Clothes Closet and Walk-in Assistance - merged as one organization under The Outreach House. 


The economic impact of the pandemic over the past two years has increased demand for services across all four of our programs – especially for those who are unemployed, underemployed, have a disability or are on fixed incomes. This continuing increase in demand for comprehensive assistance has highlighted the need for more accessible and welcoming working and storage space to enable programs of The Outreach House to provide efficient and dignified service for the ongoing needs of our community.

We have moved to 805 S. Main St, Lombard, into a one-story building, where we now offer all of our programs under one roof: easily accessible with increased storage for food, diapers and clothing.

Dual language is part of the core curriculum starting in first grade, Spanish and English.
The Department of ESL and Bilingual Services strives to prepare students for an expanding global environment by accelerating academic excellence through the teaching of a second language.
  • The ESL program assists non-native English speakers in acquiring the language proficiency and skills necessary to be successful academically in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking while also fostering individual students’ languages and cultures.
  • The Dual Language and Foreign Language at the Elementary Schools (FLES) programs give students the opportunity to learn a second language (Spanish) during the optimal years of language acquisition. The programs foster learning environments that develop competence in learners to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural.
PEANUT BUTTER is a good source of proteins.
Someone informed the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry that families who are food insecure need proteins and meat is not easy for food pantries to store and deliver but PEANUT BUTTER is a good source of proteins. Rotarian and Glen Ellyn Library Director responded to the need and rallied the club to donate dozens of jars of peanut butter, 103lbs in total. She and Rotarian Paul J. Keenon, (not in the photo) delivered the food to the pantry and a volunteer Rich Wloszek helped us to store them.
This studious looking Rotarian presented historic speeches and anecdotal material for the presidential instillations of two past club presidents that he originally delivered, Paul Keenon and Dawn Bussey. It was really just an excuse to get rid of Rotary materials stacking up in his garage. He needed to get ride of them before his upcoming move. Rotarian Peter Zeuthen we really appreciate your membership and the levity you bring to our meetings....PJ
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
President Nominee
Immediate Past President
Rotary Foundation
Program/Greeter Chair
Membership Chair
Finance Chair
Club Foundation Chair
Club Photographer
Web Site Coordinator
Gilda Ross
Sep 28, 2023 12:00 PM
Upcoming GPS Programs@GOCC
Annual Citrus Sale Kick-off
Oct 05, 2023 12:00 PM
@GE Police Department
Max Wiersum@GOCC
Oct 12, 2023 12:00 PM
Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley
GE Rotary Membership and Club Assembly
Oct 19, 2023 12:00 PM
Meredith Hannah@GOCC
Oct 26, 2023 12:00 PM
Business Development in Glen Ellyn
Mentor Day
Nov 02, 2023 12:00 PM
Interact Students @GOCC
Nov 09, 2023 12:00 PM
Allison, Alex and Molly from MFS
Nov 16, 2023 12:00 PM
MFS Programs@GOCC
Happy Thanksgiving
Nov 23, 2023
No meeting
Georgia Koch
Nov 30, 2023 12:00 PM
Career Vision @ GOCC
The Unaccompanied Minors from Glenbard South
Dec 07, 2023 12:00 PM
Holiday Luncheon and Election of Officers @GOCC
No Meeting
Dec 21, 2023
Happy Holidays