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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

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.


Hinsdale Rotary's Biggest Event of the Year is Less Than a Month Away!

Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic
Sunday, October 15, 2017


Sign Up Today!

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                                                                      Only 24 days until the big race!

The Rotary Run Charity Classic has something for every member of your family! On 
Sunday, October 15, 2017 you can participate in any of our race events:

• Morgan Stanley 10K Run
• Rooney 5K Run
• Hinsdale Bank and Trust 3K Run
• Molex 5K walk
• The Mutt Strut
The Birches 100 Meter Walk 'n Roll

Race day will also feature a school district 181 Mascot Race! After you race, stay for the food, awards and more fun.

Each event winds through the historic streets of Hinsdale and beautiful surrounding neighborhoods. All events begin and end at The Community House, located at 415 West Eighth Street, Hinsdale. During and after the race there is a morning of fun, activities and an awards ceremony. All events are held, rain or shine! 
Save $10 if you register before October 1!

The event benefits the international efforts of the Hinsdale Rotary Club, including ending polio, fighting homelessness, and supporting families in need. The race also supports the Hinsdale Rotary Club's local scholarships and the missions of amazing community organizations who have a daily positive impact on the lives of those in the western suburbs of Chicago:


  • The Community House
  • District 181 Foundation
  • Hinsdale Hospital Foundation
  • Ray Graham
  • Rotary Club of Hinsdale Foundation

  • Hinsdale Humane Society


Everyone can enter the Rotary Run Charity Classic!

There are  days to our 2017 Rotary Run Charity Classic!

Visit the new 2017 Rotary Run Charity Classic website. It's up and running! Register today!

Click here  --- -- to register for the Rotary Run Charity Classic


RRCC 2017 Update

Preparations for the 2017 Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic moved into high gear this week as event posters were distributed to six teams of Rotarians. Their job? Place more than 85 posters in businesses, libraries, schools and organizations in Hinsdale and the surrounding area.

Our thanks to Rotarians Bridget McGuiggan, Karen Keefe, Virgil Oostendorp, Paul Flood, Ashan Karim, Lowel Culver, Chuck Snyder, & Keith Larson for placing these notices.

Start looking for the RRCC 2017 posters all over Hinsdale and the surrounding communities. If you want to place a poster in a business or organization in your neighborhood, please contact either Keith Larson or Tom Norton to obtain one.



                                                                               "The Wheel"
                                                                        Edited by Greg Seidlecki

Greeter Schedule

Fri Sept 22.......Hartley and Herring
Fri Sept 29.......Keefe and Klotz
Fri Oct 6.......Kramer and K Larson

Upcoming Events

Fri Sept 15...
Susan Dunn - 9/11

Fri Sept 22...TBA

Fri Sept 29..Picnic at the Hansen Center.

Fri Oct 6...Physical Therapy

Fri Oct 13...2017 RRCC Promo  

Oct 20... Tom Norton - "Toronto 2018"

Fri Oct 27...Race Celebration

Sunday Oct 15....Rotary Run !!!

Upcoming Hinsdale Rotary Board Meetings

(3:30 - 5:00pm Hinsdale Community House)

Sept 21st, Oct. 19th, Nov 16th, Dec. 21

Our country has suffered two major hurricanes that have decimated areas in our east and southwest coasts. Our board will be discussing next week some of the ways that our club can potentially help in these damaged areas.

Also as of today, we are exactly 30 days away until our Race. Please help out where you can as it takes all hands on deck to be a successful Race and fundraiser for our club! 

Don Brummet, CPA

President, Hinsdale Rotary


Dupage PADs Fundraiser 2017

Wake Up Your Spirit Breakfast Speaker...Eric Soderholm, former Chicago White Sox third baseman Wed., Nov. 8, 2017 at 7:00am-8:30am Benedictine University, Krasa Center 5700 College Road, Lisle, IL 60532 Proceeds of this event will assist families and individuals who are homeless in obtaining housing, supportive services and employment. For info see Jim Curto.



Preparing for Hinsdale Rotary's June 2018 Visit to the Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Canada

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 -- 2.7 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:

Toronto Islands

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!

Toronto Islands

"Casa Loma"

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,[1] who designed several other city landmarks. Casa Loma sits at an elevation of 140 metres (460 ft) above sea level.[2]

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!


October 24th is World Polio Day!

Bill Gates - The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

October 24th, at 4:30PM Central Time, Bill and Melinda Gates, along with Rotary International, will livestream an event formalizing the Gates Foundation Challenge to RI -- Raise $50 million each year, for the next three years, to work towards world eradication of polio.  If RI succeeds, the Gates Foundation will match our $50 million per year with an additional $100 million for each year RI reaches that goal of $50 million.  If RI succeeds, $450 million will have been raised to work towards international polio eradication.

In the years since Rotary's PolioPlus campaign was launched, the combined effort of Rotary, the governments of the world, and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have brought the number of cases of polio down from an estimated 350,000 per year to just a few so far in 2017.  The goal is to reach zero, and keep that number stable going forward.

To do that, Rotary will need everyone's help.  Join us in observing World Polio Day on October 24th!

The Kensington Market -- A Fun Place to Visit, and Shop

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!


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.

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