STILL TIME TO REGISTER
FOR THE HINSDALE ROTARY RUN!!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14th
Last Minute Registrations
The Hinsdale Community House
415 W. 8th Street, Hinsdale
Hours: Saturday 8:30AM to 3:00PM
Sunday 6:00AM to 8:30AM
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The Hinsdale Rotary Clock, downtown Hinsdale
The Rotary Club of Hinsdale
Meets every Friday12:15 PM
The Community House of Hinsdale
415 W. 8th St., Hinsdale, IL.
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We also periodically meet on weekends and the occasional weeknight for social events. These events will be noted on our website "Club Events" area, which can be found by checking http://www.hinsdale.clubexpress.com/
We invite all Rotary Members and those who may interested in learning about, or becoming a member of Rotary, to join us for our weekly meetings and programming.
The Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic of 2018, Hinsdale's Family Race, is open for October 14th registrations!
The race will be run on Sunday morning, Oct. 14th, and features new, lower registration fees spread over three sign up periods. Check out these deadlines today and sign up for the 2018 Great Rotary Run!
1. From June 2nd to October 1st, individual registration - $25; families of four or more - $90
2. After Oct. 1st until Race Sunday, Oct. 14th, individual registration - $30; families of four or more $100.
Our Thanks to the
2018 Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic
Morgan Stanley 10K Run
Rooney 5K Run
Molex 5K Run
Hinsdale Bank and Trust 3K Run
Napleton Porsche 3K Walk
The Birches Walk n' Roll
Edited by Greg Siedlecki
By Jim Curto, President
PRESIDENT’S CORNER 10/12/18
There are 2 days left to our 2018 Rotary Run Charity Classic, Oct 14. We already have over 500 participants. Special thanks to Keith Larson and his committee for their hard work with this event. Please sign up as a volunteer with Jenifer Fabian for Fri , Sat and Sunday.
Hinsdale Rotary Events
Save the Date Oct 14, 2018
Volunteers needed for all shifts on Fri Oct 12, Sat Oct 13 and Sun Oct 14. See Jennifer Fabian to sign up.
RYLA at Lake Geneva
Last weekend ,Oct. 5th - Oct. 8th, Mike James, Cheri Vana and Ahsan Karim attended RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. It is a leadership experience for approximately 80 high school students that can be transformative for them. Mike has been involved with this Rotary youth leadership program for the past 15 years and is still amazed by our youth who attend. It's gratifying to see their learning experiences throughout the Friday through Monday weekend. The colder weather and occasional raindrops didn't dampen their spirits. Ahsan Karim & Mike volunteered for the "Reality Store" on Saturday afternoon and evening. Our Hinsdale Rotary Club also donated funds for two students to attend this year's RYLA program. Rotary International makes an investment in potential future leaders through this youth leadership program. Please consider joining us as a RYLA volunteer next year for at least one evening. It's usually held over Columbus Day weekend and is a worthwhile experience you'll never forget.
(RRCC 2018, Oct. 14th!!)
Fri Oct 12....Race Committee Update
Fri Oct 19....Oak Brook Park District
Fri Oct 26....Rotary Run Thank You Lunch
Fri Nov 2....Merit Awards
Fri Nov 9....US Coast Guard
Fri Nov 16....Sushank Uptay Patent Law
Nov. 23....No Meeting
Fri Nov 30... Holiday Luncheon at the Hanson Center
Dec 9.... Holiday Party
Fri Oct 12.....Raiser and Raiser
Fri Oct 19.....Pauritsch and Dick R
Fri Oct 26.....Sedlak and Greg S
HINSDALE CLUB NEWS
Potential New Member
The board has approved the membership application of Stephanie Sarris. Stephanie is self employed as an interior designer for her company, Bellehaven Designs Inc. in Naperville. She is sponsored by Tom Norton. This is the second of 2 notices that will appear in the Wheel. If anybody objects to her application notify the president in confidence otherwise she will be sworn in as a member. Rotary District News September is Rotary
The board has approved the membership application of Asrid Slesser. She is sponsored by Jim Slesser. This is the first of 2 notices that will appear in the Wheel. If anybody objects to her application notify the president in confidence otherwise she will be sworn in as a member.
District Fall Training....
This event will be held on Saturday October 20th at the Marriott Burr Ridge Hotel. This is a free event open to all District 6450 members
Here's What's Happening at Hinsdale Rotary
The Hinsdale Rotary Run Benefits from a "Proceeds Night" at the Fuller House in Hinsdale
Hinsdale Rotary worked hard to get as many people as possible to patronize The Fuller House Bar and Restaurant on Monday evening, Aug. 27th, 6-9pm.
Why did the club do this?
The Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic was to receive 10% of the proceeds from all food and drink sold that night at the Fuller House and the more people who came, the more benefit for the race.
As it turned out, it was a good night at the Fuller House. Dozens of people came out and in the end, the Hinsdale Rotary Run netted about $400.00 towards the total sponsorship of the Oct. 14th race.
A great night, with good food and drink, all for a great cause -- The 2018 Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic!
Celebrating "Proceeds Night" for Hinsdale Rotary
Right to Left: Meg Cooperman, President, District 181 Foundation; Greg Siedlecki, Hinsdale Rotary; Erin Norton, Hinsdale Rotary supporter; and Marianne Biedryzcki, Oak School PE Instructor and Grand Marshal of the 2018 Hinsdale Rotary Run
Hinsdale Rotary Generates Huge Presence in the
2018 Hinsdale Fourth of July Parade
& Village Celebrations
The Annual Hinsdale Rotary "Turtle Races" --- Rotary Turtle Race Chairman, Greg Donnelly, with Gabriel, the overall Champion "Turtle Whisperer"!
"Mrs. B" and Oak School's mascot, "Hootie", promoting the October 14, 2018 Hinsdale Rotary Charity Classic (www.rotaryruncharityclassic.org)
The "Bikes for Military Kids" pick up carrying active military and their families...
...And the Hanson Center Horse Trailer donated to the organization by Hinsdale Rotary.
Riding the Rails in the Toronto Subway System...otherwise known as the "Red Rocket"
Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Canada
June 22-27, 2018
Over 25 thousand Rotarians from all over the world gathered in Toronto for Rotary's 109th Annual Meeting.
Hinsdale Rotary sent a delegation of nine (six Rotarians - Bob Parsons, Jim Curto, Cheri Vana, Chuck and Carolyn Snyder, & Tom Norton) and three spouse/guests to the event which included key addresses from Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, former First Lady Laura Bush, and many other globally notable speakers.
Break out sessions lasted for three days and covered everything from polishing up club websites, to increasing membership, learning about RI Foundation Giving, and dozens of other topics.
It wasn't all work though! The Hinsdale crew got away for a wonderful group dinner at the Nove Trattoria Italian restaurant in MidTown Toronto,(see left) and also attended a great event at the Toronto Lawn and Tennis Club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Toronto Eglinton, Tom Norton's old Canadian club.
All and all, a super event in a booming North American city!
"Bikes for Military Kids"
May 21, 2018
100 children from military families receive bikes from Hinsdale Rotary Club
A hundred children left the Community House with a new bicycle Saturday morning, in honor of Armed Forces Day and courtesy of the Rotary Club of Hinsdale.
All the boys and girls, ages 3 to 9, are children of Illinois men and women serving in the military.
Twenty-five boys and 25 girls, age 3 to 5, received a 12-inch bicycle and 25 boys and 25 girls, age 6 to 9, received a 20-inch bicycle. They all also were given a bicycle helmet.
The USO of Illinois last year donated 100 bicycles to children of military families and saw they could have given away many more.
So this year, the Hinsdale Rotary Club decided to partner with the USO and pay for the bikes, said Tom Norton, a Hinsdale Rotarian and a USO volunteer.
Norton stored the 100 bicycles for more than two weeks in his garage.
“My grandchildren have been lustfully looking at them,” he said.
But after he explained who will get the bicycles they were satisfied to just look, he said.
Neighbors who have seen the bikes filling his garage asked him if he was going into the bicycle-selling business.
The Rotary Club learned buying 100 bicycles at a time was more difficult than they thought. Club members expected to buy the bicycles en masse and have them delivered, but that was not an option.
Instead, they bought the bicycles from the Walmart in Darien and rented a truck to transport the bikes from the store to Norton’s garage in early May.
“I give a pat on the back to the Darien Walmart,” Norton said. “When they learned why we wanted them, they had their full team come out and load them on the truck.”
That was after Walmart employees made sure the bicycles were properly assembled, with all the bolts tightened and the tires properly inflated, Norton said.
The Rotarians rented another truck to take the bikes from Norton’s house to the Community House. And the night before delivery, they double-checked that the bicycles were ready to go, so after the families took them home, the children could get right on and start riding.
Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti was on hand to help with the giveaway.
The USO has an online service where it publicizes opportunities and outings for military families. Within two days of posting the bicycle giveaway, 168 families had signed up, Norton said.
At that point, the USO cut off registration and chose which of the 168 families would get a new bicycle in a random lottery.
The USO reports about 25,000 active military personnel live in Illinois and about half of them are married, Norton said.
The Rotary Club invited all the children who received a bicycle at the Community House to march and ride with them in Hinsdale’s Fourth of July parade.
Our thanks to USO of Illinois for coordinating "Bikes for Military Kids"!
(L to R) Oak School Principal, Dr. Martha Henrickson, “Hooty” the Oak School mascot, and Marianne Biedrzycki (“Mrs. B”) during the awarding of the “Mrs. B Trophy” during the 2016 Great Rotary Run in Hinsdale.
Marianne Biedrzycki, "Mrs. B", Named
for the Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic Scheduled for Oct. 14, 2018
Living healthy. Giving back to your community. Touching the lives of others…
This is what the Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic means to Oak School teacher Marianne Biedrzycki who has been named The Grand Marshal for the Great Rotary Run of 2018, which is set for Sunday,
Marianne, known as “Mrs. B” to her District 181 students, for the past 20 years has encouraged her elementary school classes to participate in the annual community race. During those years, the race has evolved into a major Hinsdale Rotary Club “family fall event” designed as a fundraiser for not only the Hinsdale Rotary Foundation, but also for The Community House of Hinsdale, The District 181 Foundation, The Ray Graham Foundation, and the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation.
Back in 2011, it was decided that the trophy awarded to the District 181 school that not only registered the most runners, but actually turned them out to run in The Great Rotary Run of Hinsdale, should be named “The Mrs. B Trophy”. This was done to honor Marianne for her years and years of dedicated effort on behalf of the race and her undying devotion to the community in which she works.
“Initially I felt the Great Rotary Run was a fun way to culminate my fitness unit and to participate in an important community event,” Biedrzycki said, who got involved with the run as a PE teacher at Monroe School back in 1998.
“As the run got bigger and bigger, the kids liked it, more and more” she added. “To this day we’re building teams, touching lives and trying to win that “Mrs. B” participation trophy.
It’s hoped the community with turn out to support her and to thank her for her many years of service to the community. Be sure to register for the Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic now at:
Take advantage of the new, low, discounted registration fees as you help the Hinsdale Rotary Club honor “Mrs. B” and her 20 years of service to the community.
Congratulations from Hinsdale Rotary to Marianne Biedrzycki! See you on October 14th!
February 23, 2018
Hinsdale Humane Society
Tom Van Winkle, newly appointed Executive Director of the Hinsdale Humane Society, spoke to the club on the new direction of that local non-profit. He detailed the rehab of the old Crown Center that will be completed by next fall, offering a completely new Hinsdale Humane Society facility to the community.
Van Winkle stressed that the new center is an "area" humane society, taking in animals from at least eight neighboring villages, as well as accepting animals displaced by floods, hurricanes, and even the California fires.
President Don Brummet proudly presents Rotary Youth Merit Awards to Seniors Emma Suvacarov and Daniella Di Stefano of the Hinsdale Adventist Academy
Feb. 2, 2018
Youth Merit Awards
And 8th graders Phillip Suvacarov and Katherine Arroyo also of the Hinsdale Adventist Academy
January 19, 2018
Craig Anderson, Executive Director, Illinois High School Association, presented a wide ranging program addressing Illinois High School sports and many activities that are sanctioned and managed by the IHSA.
Anderson also addressed controversial areas of high school sports today such as football concussions, "single sport" athletes, and how IHSA is managing social issues such as transgender athletes.
Youth Merit Awards - Dec. 8th
Hinsdale Rotary President, Don Brummet proudly presents Youth Merit Awards to:
Hinsdale Central High School- Kathryn Hodakowski
Clarendon Hills Middle School - 8th grader Micah Mc Curry
Hinsdale Middle School - 8th graders Emma Biegansky and Killian Hughes
Ray Graham/Hanson Center Christmas Party - December 1, 2017
Hinsdale Rotary team serving lunch The team that made it happen at the Hanson Center!
Hinsdale Rotary provides an early Christmas Celebration and luncheon for Hanson Center class, including caroling!
Christmas Comes Early at the Hanson Center!
On Dec. 5th, the Hinsdale Rotary Foundation
Donated a New Three Horse Trailer to The Hanson Center Therapeutic Horse Program
The Ray Graham Association’s Hanson Center, located in Burr Ridge, is home to the Therapeutic Horsemanship Program.
The program utilizes over 20 therapy horses to help children and adults with developmental disabilities, wounded veterans and those challenged with issues such as anxiety and traumatic brain injury.
Over the years, the Hinsdale Rotary Club has made countless gifts to the Hanson Center and in the past few years started hosting three parties each year for the people supported there and the staff. The club’s generosity doesn’t stop there.
Christmas came early this year in the form of a new three-horse trailer donated to the Hanson Center by the Hinsdale Rotary Club Foundation. The Foundation does charitable work both locally and internationally.
Funding comes from individual Rotarians, donations from the community, fundraising events like the Hinsdale Rotary Run each fall, and grants.
“Getting a new horse trailer was one of our top needs,” said Cathy LeBeau, administrator of the Therapeutic Horsemanship Program. “In the past we have had to borrow a trailer to take our horses to a horse show or to an emergency vet appointment. We didn’t have the resources to buy the trailer on our own.”
“We were so happy that the Foundation could help,” said Rotarian and past president Bob Parsons. We are happy to support the work they do there and appreciate their commitment to the community and helping those in need.”
Youth Merit Award Winners Nov. 17th
LaGrange Rotary "Pilgrim Pie Run" Nov. 23rd
Nov. 23rd, 2017 - Tom and Erin Norton; and Char and Keith Larson run/walk in the LaGrange Rotary 2017 5k "Pilgrim Pie Run" on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone got a pie!
Hinsdale Rotary Club President, Don Brummet proudly presents the Youth Merit Award to the following deserving students:
St. Isaac Jogues School - 8th graders Elizabeth (Lily) Danaher, and Caroline Miller
Notre Dame School - 8th graders Erin Howard, Emma Shannon
Nov. 6, 2017 - Rotary Exchange Students Visit the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
Our seven West Suburban Rotary Exchange Students toured the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry on Nov. 6th. Hinsdale Rotarians Cheri Vana and Tom Norton organized the trip
Hinsdale Rotary Welcomes Rotarian John Mulindabigwi of Uganda and North Lawndale Coordinator Mike Trout, Oct. 27th, 2017
Hinsdale Rotary welcomed Ugandan Rotarian, John Mulindabigwi, who is involved in a number of Rotary projects in Uganda, and Mike Trout of the North Lawndale community to our weekly meeting.
The pair spoke about several educational, sanitation, and industrial projects that Mr. Mulindadigwi has headed up for the last ten years in Uganda with assistance from Illinois Rotary Clubs and local West Suburban churches.
Event Raises Over $70,000 for Charities
500 Racers from 40 Communities participate in 23rd Annual
Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic, October 15th
Courtesy: Hinsdale "Doings" 10.16.17
The 23rd Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic Race, a CARA certified annual event, brought participants, spectators and hundreds of volunteers out for the Morgan Stanley 10K run, the Rooney 5K run, the Molex 5K walk, the Hinsdale Bank & Trust 3K run, the Birches Walk & Stroll, the Mutt Strut, and the Hinsdale Grade School Mascot Race to the historic streets of Hinsdale and beautiful surrounding neighborhoods before returning to The Community House at 415 West Eighth St.
A wide variety of family activities were featured on the grounds, including: an awards ceremony, pumpkin decorating, vendor/sponsor booths, music and refreshments. The result link on this website rotaryruncharityclassic.org takes you to all of the race results.
The start of the RRCC 2017 10K race!
(Photo courtesy Dick Goers)
Oak School wins the "Mrs. B" Trophy!
Rotary Member and race sponsor, Kirsten Jepsen, with Dick Coan, who at 76 was the oldest racer in RRCC 2017
The "Mr. K Trophy" was won by Hinsdale Middle School
In an incredibly close race, it's called a tie between Oak School Mascot, "Hooty" and Madison School, "Paws"...(See video, below)
(Photo courtesy Dick Goers)
There were over 500 runners and walkers, from 40 communities who pariticipated.
District 181 schools continued their long-standing tradition of a friendly competition for the highest percentage of student and staff Rotary Run event registrants.
Hinsdale Middle School won the "Mr. K Cup", and Oak School won the "Mrs. B Trophy".
The world famous mascot race ended in a tie between “Hootie” from Oak School; and “Paws” from Madison School (See video, below)
The 23rd annual Rotary Run Charity Classic, which raised over $70,000 for charity, partnered with AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center, Hinsdale, making it a true community event.
The RRCC benefited some of the most well-known charities in our suburban area including The Hinsdale Community House, Amita Medical Center, Hinsdale, Foundation, District 181 Foundation, Rotary Club of Hinsdale Foundation, Hinsdale Humane Society and the Ray Graham Association- Hanson Center.
Hinsdale Rotary Run for Charity results can be found here.
(Copy courtesy Enterprise Communications.com)
Race MC, Member Greg Donnelly, (fourth from left) poses with Hinsdale District 181 grade school mascots at end of the RRCC races
Seventy five "serious runners" kick off the 10K race at the start of the 23rd Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic...
Hundreds more followed in the 5K, 3K, Mutt Strut, and Rock and Roll races.
The incredile Hinsdale Grade School "Mascot Race" -- A tie between the Oak School Mascot, "Hooty" and the Madison School Mascot, "Paws"
Hinsdale Rotary thanks the President of the Glen Ellyn Rotary, Ed Scheer, for running in the 10K event of the 2017 Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic!
Some who shouted their support, others who gave their all as volunteers, and the many, many more who ran...
Thanks to everyone who sponsored, volunteered, cheered, and most of all, raced in the 2017 Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic!
Chilly weather, but NO RAIN, keep spirits up at this RRCC water table...
A Big Thank You to the Sponsors of
The 2017 Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic
Amita Health Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale
Voyager Media Publications
Hinsdale Bank and Trust Company
The Birches Assisted Living
Diamond and Gold Sponsors
Bukes Salon and Spa
MPS Loria Financial Planners
Manor Care Hinsdale
Patina Now Copper Treatment
Burr Ridge Bank and Trust
Shell Food Mart
Brummet and Olsen Certified Public Accountants
Keith R. Larson Architect and Engineer
Dr. Bob Parsons
Bill Jacobs Range Rover Hinsdale
Hinsdale Fruit Store
Virgil Oostendorp CLU & Associates
Einstein Brothers Bagels
Kirsten's Danish Bakery
The Rotary Club of Hinsdale
Greatly Appreciates Support for the 2017 RRCC
The Rotary Club of Darien
The Rotary Club of Downers Grove
The Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn
The Rotary Club of Hinsdale-Oak Brook Sunrise
The Rotary Club of LaGrange
The Rotary Club of Oak Park
The Rotary Club of Western Springs
The Rotary Club of Westmont
"Service Above Self"
2017 Hinsdale Rotary Race Charity Classic Coordinator and Chairman, Keith Larson, giving a "thumbs up" to all the local Rotary clubs that supported this 23rd running of the RRCC.
Project LEAP Teachers from South Africa Visit Hinsdale Rotary, September 22nd
Seven teachers from the South Africa LEAP Program (http://leapschool.org.za/) came to Hinsdale Rotary to share their personal experiences in being educated in the LEAP schools, and now being able to teach new students in those same schools. The seven teachers are in Hinsdale visiting Hinsdale Central and spending time with families in the area to gain perspective on American education and home life.
Hinsdale Rotary is a proud sponsor of the LEAP Program and will continue to do so in the future.
Association House of Chicago receives 550 amenity kits from Hinsdale Rotary and O'Hare Rotary Clubs, September 7th, 2017
Following the recent District 6450 Conference, Member Bob Parsons obtained a Club endorsement of a project to obtain (business class) airline amenity kits from the Chicago O'Hare Rotary Club for the mobile HIV-Aids testing unit at Association House of Chicago.
After coordination with Association House and the O'Hare club, on Sept 7th, Bob arranged to pick up 550 plus kits and deliver them to Association House. AS Bob points out, this was a project of, and gift from, the Hinsdale Rotary Club and the O'Hare Rotary Club. This should be a 6 month supply for the Association House.
Well done, Bob!
The Association House of Chicago mobile van
Bob Parsons delivering airline amenity kits to the Association 550 kits were delivered. A 6 month supply!
House of Chicago
Rotary "White Sox" Night at Guaranteed Rate Field, Aug. 1, 2017
The White Sox lost 8-4 to the Toronto Blue Jays, but it was a night filled with fun and Rotary fellowship...Don Brummet and Keith Larson with family members and friends, and Tom Norton with wife, Erin.
Eleventh Annual Hinsdale Rotary Club Fourth of July "Turtle Race", 2017 -- A Success!
250 kids raced 30 turtles...And once again, the Hinsdale Police Department turtle, beat the turtle from the Hinsdale Fire Department. Village President, Tom Cauley,(in red shirt) called the race along with Rotary Turtle Race coordinator, Greg Donnelly, between the two Hinsdale departments.
Bill Gates at the June 2017 Rotary International Convention, Atlanta, GA
Bill Gates commits an additional $450 million dollars to the Rotary Polio Eradication Program on June 12th, during the International Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. John Germ, Rotary International President, 2016-17, accepts the Gates' Foundation gift on behalf of all Rotarians
Incoming Hinsdale Rotary President, Tom Cunningham, and club members Carolyn and Chuck Snyder attended the Atlanta event.
(Photo courtesy of Bloomberg News)
Nearly 40,000 members of Rotary – a global network of professional and community leaders committed to improving lives and bringing positive, lasting change to communities around the world – convened this week in Atlanta, GA for Rotary International's organization’s 108th International Convention.
As noted above, Bill Gates once again, through his significant financial and moral support, got behind Rotary's Polio Eradication Campaign--100%!
Strategic Planning Session for 2017/2018
Nicki Scott leads Hinsdale Rotary Board through a strategic planning session for the 2017/18 year on June 6th. Members described the session as very useful to determining club goals for the next year.
Humane Society Run Hot Dog Tent, June 4th
ABC 7 TV Reporter, Judy Hsu, joins the Hinsdale Rotary Hot Dog and Brat Tent crew at the Hinsdale Humane Society Run, June 4th
Visit to the Museum of Science and Industry of Chicago for Our District 6450 Rotary Exchange Students, June 5th
Ashifa Primardhika, Indonesia; Paula Patino, Mexico; Chloe Tirard, France take in a day at the Chicago MSI. They were accompanied by Hinsdale Rotarians Cheri Vana, District Coordinator for Rotary Exchange students, and Tom Norton.
The Rotary Exchange Students with Tom Norton at the "Wright 1903 Flyer" replica Tom's MSI team created for the museum in 2003
Past District Governor
Member, Rotary Club of Darien
Brian A. Andersen, age 76, of Downers Grove, passed away
on October 2nd. He is survived by his best friend and
beloved wife Caryl, sons Brian, Jr. (Barbara) and
Timothy (Julie), stepdaughter Rebecca Ralston, grand children