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 now until June 1st, individual registration - $20; families of four or more - $75
2. From June 2nd to October 1st, individual registration - $25; families of four or more - $90
3. After Oct. 1st until Race Sunday, Oct. 14th, individual registration - $30; families of four or more $100.
Run now at:
Edited by Greg Siedlecki
I think we are all still drying out from the very wet Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival Hot Dog/Brat tent that we ran all of last weekend.
Thanks to all who helped out especially those members who did more than several shifts in order to get it done.
Thanks to Greg Siedlecki for putting it all together so that it ran smoothly, even though we couldn’t control the weather!
Don Brummet, CPA
Hinsdale Club News Upcoming Events
The Installation Dinner for President-Elect Jim Curto - June 20th
The Rotary Club of Hinsdale has scheduled President-Elect Jim Curto's installation dinner for Wednesday, June 20, LaGrange Country Club 5:30PM.
The new District Governor, Pedro Cevallos Candau will be there to swear in the officers and board members.
June 23-27...RI Convention -Toronto
June 30....District Governor installation Union League of Chicago
July 4....4th of July Parade (Volunteers needed) and the Award Winning Turtle Races - (Volunteers needed)
Fri June 15... Behavioral Economics: Argonne Lab
Wed June 20... Installation Dinner for Jim Curto at the LaGrange Country Club with new District Governor, Pedro Cevallos-Candau 5:30PM
Fri June 22... No Meeting
Fri June 29...Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride
June 19 ......Keith Larson
June 20... Dick Goers
June 21 .....Lowell Culver
June 28.....Charlie Hartley
Fri June 15.......M Raiser and Norton
Fri June 22...No Meeting
Fri June 29....Sedlak and Siedlecki
Fri July 6....Slesser and Vana
Fri July 15......Snyder and Snyder
Save the Date
Oct 14, 2018
Rotary Run Charity Classic
Thank you to the sponsors that have committed over $52,000 to our race, already!
ONGOING EVENTS AT HINSDALE ROTARY
Roger Herring swore in our newest member, Antonio (Tony) Spizzirri, last week. Congratulations, Tony, and welcome to The Rotary Club of Hinsdale!
Tony is the manager of the new Countryside Bank of Hinsdale, located in Oak Brook.
Hot Dog Tent at Arts Festival
Thanks to all who helped out at the hot dog tent at the Fine Arts Fest last weekend. Lots of rain and lots of dogs and brats were sold.
Fun Summer Picnic!
Thanks to Carolyn Snyder for
organizing our summer picnic at Zimmerman Park on June 7.
Here's What's Happening at Hinsdale Rotary
"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.
Thursday May 24, 2018
Front Page Cover
A bicyle built for love — One young lady gives her dad a minute-by-minute update on the bicycle she selected Saturday morning at The Community House, with help from her mom and FaceTime. Her father is a Marine currently serving in Norway. The Hinsdale Rotary purchased 100 bikes to donate to the children of service men and women on active duty. The children also received a bike helmet. For more details turn to p. 7 (Jim Slonoff photo)
Rotary, USO join to put joy in motion
Bikes for Military Kids program eases pain of children who have a mom or dad deployed
By Ken Knutson
Eight-year-old Annalyssa was the picture of delight Saturday morning as she took possession of a sparkling new bike at The Community House.
“I like it a lot,” she said, examining the pink paint job and shimmering silver tassels cascading from the handle-bars.
Annalyssa was one of 100 children of deployed U.S. military service members from Illinois who were presented with a two-wheeled treasure on Armed Forces Day thanks to the Rotary Club of Hinsdale, in coordination with the USO of Illinois.
The Rotary’s Tom Norton, who helped organize the bike distribution, said the transitory nature of military life makes bikes more of a luxury than standard issue.
“For a lot these kids, it was the first time they ever had a bike,” Norton said.
Patrick Sullivan helps son Theoden get aboard his new bike during the Bikes for Military Kids event Saturday at The Community House. Rotary Club of Hinsdale, in partner- ship with USO Illinois, distributed 100 bikes and helmets to children of parents who serve in the U.S. military. (Jim Slonoff photo)
There are an estimated 25,000 active military members living in the state, many of whom are bringing up families in Illinois. Norton said the logistics of obtaining and transporting the new bikes was a challenge. But the payoff was worth it, he affirmed.
David Darroch, program director for USO Illinois, delighted in the emotions children displayed through out the morning.
“I’ve got the best job in the world to be able to do this kind of stuff,” Darroch said.
“That show of support from the community goes such a long way to not only maintain the morale of the soldiers, but maintain the morale of the families.
“If you’re deployed serving the country, and you don’t know that your family’s taken care of, it’s that much harder to do the mission,” he added.
Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti even stopped by to praise the effort.
Norton cited a Naval Reservist whose job loss here compelled him to accept a deployment to Europe, leaving behind his wife and young daughter. In addition to receiving care packages from the USO, the girl has a new bike to comfort her until dad comes home.
“All of this happens because of the (Rotary Run Charity Classic) and the fundraising that we do otherwise through the year. It all goes to our foundation, and we get to do stuff like this for these guys,” Norton said.
After a similar program last year revealed a great need for bikes and following discussions with USO of Illinois, the Rotary Club decided to offer another 100 bikes to military kids in Illinois for 2018.
“The club’s entry in (Hinsdale’s) Fourth of July parade is going to try to feature this event,” said Jim Curto, past president of Hinsdale Rotary. “(Norton) has invited a lot of the kids to ride in parade.”
“Hopefully they get a little practice in before then,” Darroch quipped as he noted several of the children struggling to ride their new bikes.
Annalyssa adjusted her helmet and inspected every inch of her new ride. This would be her first bike without training wheels.
“I thought this was just to make it stop,” she said, gesturing toward the kickstand.
She headed over to an wide, vehicle-free area conducive to test driving.
Darroch said the program is a show of respect for those making considerable sacrifice, both at home and over- seas, in order to defend the nation.
“Sometimes we need to give back to those who are doing a lot for us, and that’s what this is all about,” he said.
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
The Kensington Market -- A Fun Place to Visit, and Shop
Preparing for Hinsdale Rotary's June 2018 Visit to the Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Canada
Register here for the Monday evening event, June 25th, 6:30 hosted by our friends at the
Rotary Club of Toronto Eglinton:
(Copy this link to your browser and open -- to register)
Toronto is a large city, in many ways a lot like Chicago. In fact, most Chicagoans don't realize that the two cities are approximately the same size in population -- 2.8 million.
Toronto is a diverse, vibrant and rapidly growing town with wonderful attractions, restaurants, and a lively outdoor culture. For the next few months, we will be listing locations that Hinsdale Rotarians may want to look into while visiting Toronto for the Rotary International Convention, June 23-27, 2018. Here's our first suggestion:
Located just south of the city in Toronto's harbor, hop one of three ferries that run to the island all day long.
Restaurants, beaches, canoes, kayaks and bikes for rent make it a worthwhile destination while you are visiting Toronto!
The Kensington Market is not far from the Toronto City Hall, and is right next door to one of the largest Chinatowns in Toronto (Toronto has five Chinatowns).
Kensington Market is an eclectic make up of fresh fish, meat, and produce, along with many unusual shops and boutiques that offer clothing and goods from all over the world.
An easy walk from Center City or a quick cab ride, Kensington Market is a neighborhood worth strolling while you are attending the Rotary International Convention in Toronto!
Ossington Avenue Shopping and Restaurant District
A "funky" street, west of Downtown Toronto, is Ossington Avenue. It's lined with cool restaurants, off beat clothing stores, and several excellent art galleries. Ossington Avenue is easily reached from Downtown on the TTC street car that runs east-west along Queen Street. Hinsdale Rotarians should try to carve out some time to visit this very eclectic part of the New Toronto.
Towering over the City of Toronto is the Victorian castle known as "Casa Loma" or Hill House. It was built as a residence for flamboyant financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. Casa Loma was constructed from 1911 to 1914. The architect was E. J. Lennox, who designed several other city landmarks. Casa Loma sits at an elevation of 140 metres (460 ft) above sea level.
When in Toronton for the Rotary International Convention next June, be sure to take time to travel to the north end of the city and visit "Casa Loma". It's well worth the trip!
"The Distillery District"
Developed around a neighborhood of old whiskey distilleries, located to the east of downtown Toronto, "The Distillery District" is loaded with restaurants, galleries, and shops that make for a pleasant afternoon or evening getaway. It will be an easy cab ride or TTC Trolley ride over to the Distillery District from the location of the RI Convention.
Past District Governor
Member, Rotary Club of Hinsdale
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