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The Rotary Club of Hinsdale

Meets every Friday12:15 PM
The Community House of Hinsdale 
415 W. 8th St., Hinsdale, IL.  

PO Box 395
Hinsdale,  IL  60521
United States of America

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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.

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Here's What's Happening at Hinsdale Rotary

Bikes for Military Kids, May 18, 2019

Saturday morning, May 18th, 2019, Armed Forces Day in the USA, Hinsdale Rotary honored Illinois active military by presenting 102 bicycles to children of military families.  We call the program, "Bikes for Military Kids".  

In its second year, and in cooperation with USO of Illinois and The Community House of Hinsdale, Hinsdale Rotary has presented more than 200 bicycles to the active military families of Illinois.

This year we also had 5 students from District 181 Hinsdale Middle School assisting with the distribution, and HMS Principal Pena joined in the fun as well.

It is a joyous event with many of the kids receiving their first bikes.  Military kids move often and many have never had a bicycle before.  The childrens' faces light up as they were told, "Pick any bike you want, and it is yours!"

This year, all 102 bicycles were claimed and 102 children happily road away with "Bikes for Military Kids"!

102 "Bikes for Military Kids" Delivered to Community House

May 16, 2019 - Early the morning of May 16th, eight Hinsdale Rotarians gathered at the Darien Walmart Super Center to move 102 bikes and 102 helmets to the Community House for distribution to 102 kids on Saturday, May 18th, Armed Forces Day in the USA. 

It took two trips in our 26' rented truck to make the move, but all 102 bikes/helmets made it in good shape and are now waiting to meet their new, young "Military Kid" owners Saturday morning, starting at 8AM.

The "Walmart Team" left to right: Mike Pauritsch, Tom Norton, Jim Curto, Ahsan Karim, Don Brummet, Chuck Snyder, Oskar  Savolainen, and Greg Siedlecki.

The Great Spring Storage Bin Clean Up!

May 11, 2019 - Rotarian Ahsan Karim lines up a "selfie" with the five other Hindsale Rotarians (Greg Siedlecki, Charlie Hartley, Tom Norton, Caryl Andersen, Virgil Oostendorp) who worked two hours on Saturday morning, clearing out old and non-useable items from the Rotary storage bin.  Goal was to reduce our saved items and move to a smaller, more economical storage bin.

Hinsdale Assistant Fire Chief, Tim McElroy, speaks to Hinsdale Rotary

May 10, 2019 - Hinsdale's Assistant Fire Chief, Tim McElroy, spoke to the Hinsdale Rotary Club about the changing role of fireman in our society.  McElroy pointed out that when he began service with the Hinsdale Fire Department in 1979, the department fielded 250 calls for the year.  During the most recent year, Hinsdale Fire Department managed 2,700 calls.

McElroy stated that role of fireman in society today has changed from simply dealing with fire emergencies and medical calls, to backing up the police in shooting incidents, dealing with drug overdoses cases, and leading general public safety in their towns and villages.

He also outlined the tech driven "sharing" of responsibilities between Hinsdale and its neighboring fire departments.  He pointed out one fire two years ago in Hinsdale that caused 10 neighboring fire departments to converge on a large burning house that required many fireman and a lot of specialized equipment to bring under control.

A great talk and much enlightment shared by Assistant Fire Chief Tim McElroy.


Community House "Walk the Walk" 2019

April 28, 2019 - Following a 5" late April snowfall(!), nine hardy Hinsdale Rotarians presented water and energy bars to the estimated 700 walkers in the 2019 Community House "Walk the Walk" for Autism and associated mental health issues.

Hinsdale Rotary also used the event as a "cross marketing" opportunity to promote the Oct. 6th Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic to the walkers as they completed their 3K course. Happy to report that 5 walkers took the opportunity to sign up for the Rotary Run Fall Classic! 

Pictured to the left are: Astrid Slesser, Jim Slesser, Carolyn Snyder, Chuck Snyder, Tom Cunningham, Ahsan Karim, Virgil Oostendorp, Ralph Mueller, and Tom Norton

Dr. Balakrishnan Discusses Hospice Care with Hinsdale Rotary

April 26, 2019 -  Dr. Balu Balakrishnan provided an insightful presentation on the topic of hospice care.  Dr. Balakrishnan's position on hospice care is that like any other plan in life, making a careful hospice care plan is a very reasonable, and wise idea to carefully consider.  Dr. Balakrishnan led the club in a discussion which covered why people resist end of life care?  What are some of the options now available to people?  And how should a person interested in planning for hospice care go about initiating it?

Our thanks to Dr. Balakrishnan for his presentation.

Hinsdale Rotary Says "Thanks" to School District 181 Teachers and Staff

April 26, 2019 - During the meeting today of the Hinsdale Rotary Club, the club sent out a big "Thank You" to the teachers and staff of School District 181 in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10.

The club is holding up a recently presented check which was provided to the District 181 Foundation.

The Rotary Club of Hinsdale appreciates the support that the teachers and staff give to the annual Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic that will be presented this year on Oct. 6, 2019.  To register go to:

Hinsdale Rotary Presents D 181 Foundation with Check for $5,200 

April 18th, 2019 - Rotarians Keith Larson, RRCC Chairman 2018 and Tom Cunningham, RRCC Chairman 2019 (right), presented School District 181 Foundation CEO, Meg Cooper and Foundation President, James Fawley (left), with a check for $5,200 at the Foundation's Board Meeting last week.  This contribution to the D181 Foundation was funded from the proceeds of the Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic, 2018.

April 19th, 2019
Visiting Hamburg, Germany with the Culvers!

April 19, 2019 - Anke and Lowell Culver presented a personal review and discussion on the City of Hamburg, Germany where the 2019 RI Convention will be held this June.

Anke grew up just to the north of Hamburg on the North Sea and told of her remembrances of WW II in the Hamburg area, and how the city has recovered from that period.

Lowell told of his first trips to Hamburg for the US government in the early 1950's and of meeting Anke there.

Lowell and Anke will host a reception at their Hamburg home for Hinsdale Rotarians who will be in city for the RI Convention and also will lead the Hinsdale delegation to Hamburg restaurants and a lake cruise, May 31 thru June 5.

Incoming RI President, Mark Maloney, Addresses Local Rotaries

March 11, 2019 -  Incoming Rotary International President, Mark Maloney, appeared at the Burr Ridge, IL Marriott to address new President-Elects and local Rotary Club members.  About 200 hundred attended the evening event.

Hinsdale Rotary was well represented with 10 members participating and all were inspired by Mr. Maloney's thoughts on new membership, programming, and the goals of Rotary 

Incoming RI President, Mark Maloney, addresses local Rotarians at the Burr Ridge Marriott, March 11th.

Member Fred Glinke Retires to Florida

Hinsdale Rotary Member, Fred Glinke, Owner of Glinke Plumbing, has sold his business and is moving to Daytona Beach, FL. Fred has been a member of Hinsdale Rotary for 43 years.

On Friday, February 22nd, Hinsdale Rotary made Fred an Honorary Member and looks forward to seeing during his visits back to Hinsdale from his new home in Florida.

Good luck and best wishes, Fred!

February 1, 2019 - Six local Merit Scholars received recognition from Hinsdale Rotary  

They were: (L to R)
Laith Khartabil, Grace Epstein, Clarendon Hills MS; Lauren Priest, Hinsdale MS; Jame Curto, President Hinsdale Rotary; Olivia Kreischer, Hinsdale Central HS; Mehlum Anjarwala, Hinsdale MS; Eric Miscimarra, Hinsdale Central HS.

All recipients also received complimentary registrations to next fall's 25th running of the Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic, Oct. 6th, 2019.

Jan. 4, 2019 - Rotary Foreign Students Tour Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

Cheri Vana leads seven of the District 6450 Foreign Exchange Students to the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry.  This has become an annual trip organized by Member Tom Norton.

District 6450 Rotary Foreign Exchange Students in front of the MSI Rotunda Christmas Tree...

The Hinsdalean - Nov. 21st

It's in the bag — Young volunteer Andrew Patel does his part for the Care for Carolina drive Nov. 15 at Clarendon Hills Middle School. Members of the District 181 community, in partnership with the District 181 Foundation and the Rotary Club of Hinsdale, collected school supplies for students in Robeson County,  N.C., whose schools were devastated by Hurricane Florence in September. (Jim Slonoff photo)

"Care for Carolina"

The afternoon of Nov. 15th, members of the Hinsdale Rotary Club helped hundreds of School District 181 students and staff load up 1,000 school bags full of supplies -- in only 60 minutes!

The bags will be shipped to Robeson County, NC where Rotarians from the Lumberton, NC Rotary Club will help the Robeson County School District distribute the supplies and bags.

Special thanks to the Rotary Clubs of Naperville that gave a big assist to our Hinsdale Club in this effort and also to Cadence Premier Logistics of Joliet, IL for providing the truck that will deliver the supplies to Lumberton.

Cadence is estimating that the school supplies will be in Lumberton before Thanksgiving.

Check out the great District 181 video of the event here:

Astrid Slesser helps distribute rulers to each book bag

  Carolyn, Carole, and Jim load pencils     Bob wrestles with loose pencils             Chuck on ruler duty
Loading up 1,000 book bags in 60 minutes! The Cadence Premier Logistics crew that made it happen

District 181, Foundation and Hinsdale Rotary Team Up to Support Hurricane Relief for North Carolina Schools

Community Asked to Donate School Supplies for Students in Need Nov. 12-16



Community Consolidated School District 181, The District 181 Foundation and the Hinsdale Rotary Club are coming together in a community effort to support the devastating losses incurred by the Robeson County, North Carolina School District during Hurricane Florence.

As a result of the destruction caused by hurricane Florence, the school system was closed for several weeks due to hazardous road conditions as well as damage to schools and school facilities.  As one local resident stated, ‘There's so much devastation in this county. I don't know what's going to happen.’


To support our fellow educators and students, we’re asking our communities to donate school supplies from now to November 14th.  November 12-16 is National Education Week, a fitting designation for our schools to show that we have a heart for high-quality education not just in our own communities but nationwide.


Donations of goods or cash will be collected at all D181 schools during school hours and at drop-off sites throughout the community. Cash donations can also be accepted online at  Click on the donate link by the Care for Carolina event on the homepage.  All cash donations will be used to purchase school supply items.

Our goal is for D181 schools to fill 1,000 book bags with school supplies that are deeply needed by Robeson County schools.  Schools are being asked to collect the following items, which will then be packed into backpacks and shipped to North Carolina.

The drive will culminate with a volunteer event on November 15th at CHMS from 3:30-6:30 where the supplies are packed up and loaded into a truck that will take them to Robeson County. 

Rotarians are asked to volunteer, along with the District 181 students, in assembling the book bags on November 15th.  A sign up sheet will be available at our Friday Club meetings.

The logistics and truck were made possible through a partnership between the  Rotary Club of Hinsdale, The Rotary Club of Naperville, The Rotary Club of Lumberton, NC, and Cadence Premier Logistics. The District 181 Foundation is providing “Kids Grants” to D181 students to encourage them to use their ingenuity in reaching their collection goals.




Retiring Oak School PE Teacher, Marianne Biedrzycki, (second from right) was recognized by School District 181 for 20 years of collaboration with the Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic.  "Mrs. B" was instrumental in recruiting many students and families to participate in the run since 1998.

Mrs. B also served as the Grand Marshal of the 2018 Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic and oversaw a very successful race!

Also pictured on the right of the shot is new, incoming Hinsdale Rotary Member, Dr. Hector Garcia, Superintendent of District 181.

Event Logo

The start of the 10K race for the 2018 Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic

Photo: Courtesy: "The Doings"

A young girl cheers on her Mom in the Hinsdale Rotary Run
(Photo: Courtesy: "Hinsdalean" - Jim Slonoff, photographer)

Sunday October 14th dawned as a clear, crisp autumn day with more than 700 runners joining in the fun surrounding the 24th running of the 2018 Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic. "Hinsdale's Family Race" did not disappoint in any way! The CARA certified 10K race got off promptly at 8:30AM with the 5K and 3K races stepping off shortly afterwards.

Following the running races came the 5K and 3K walks, The "Walk and Roll", and finally, The Mutt Strut.

The "World Famous" District 181 Mascot Race rounded out the competition this year. "Bowser" the Mascot of the Elm School Bulldogs bested the very tough field of 8 mascot racers.

This year's race was overseen by Grand Marshal, Marianne Biedrzycki, (Mrs. B) who has urged her students in Oak School PE classes to register and run in the annual event for 20 years. Hinsdale Rotary believes Marianne is responsible for thousands of registrations of kids and their families in the Rotary Run -- and salutes "Mrs. B" for her service and dedication to her students and school as she prepares to retire in 2019.

An estimated $80,000 was raised by this year's edition of the Rotary Run and will be donated to the The Hinsdale Hospital Foundation, the Ray Graham and Hanson Center Foundation, The District 181 Foundation, The Community House of Hinsdale, and the Hinsdale Rotary Club Foundation.  Over the 24 years that the race has been run, the Rotary Run has raised over $2,000,000 for local charities in and around Hinsdale.

Runners at all level participate in the 24th Running of the Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic

10K runner, finishing strong!

Everyone runs!

Young 3K runner finishes!

The Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic is made up of runners from every level, of every running interest. At its heart, it is "Hinsdale's Family Run"

Those on the sidelines, cheer the runners on!

The 10K Winners!

Ed Scheer, Men's 10K Champ...and Women's 10K Champ, Rebecca Cozzi, with Tom Norton and "Mrs. B"

  Oak School Wins the 2018 "Mrs. B" Trophy!

The "World Famous" District 181
School Mascot Race...for 2018

The Mascot Race is won, pulling away, by "Bowser", School Mascot for the Elm School Bulldogs!

Thanks to Jamie Laviguere, District 181 Communications Director for the use of her pictures in this presentation.
Hinsdale Rotary President, Jim Curto, closes the 2018 Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic and thanks all the runners and their families for their great support of this year's event...

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 (

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.

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!

Riding the Rails in the Toronto Subway System...otherwise known as the "Red Rocket"

"Bikes for Military Kids"

Hinsdale “Doings”

May 21, 2018


100 children from military families receive bikes from Hinsdale Rotary Club

Kimberly Fornek Contact Reporter

Pioneer Press



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
Grand Marshal 
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,
October 14th.

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.

Feb. 2, 2018
Youth Merit Awards
President Don Brummet proudly presents Rotary Youth Merit Awards to Seniors Emma Suvacarov and Daniella Di Stefano of the Hinsdale Adventist Academy 

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 provides an early Christmas Celebration and luncheon for Hanson Center class, including caroling!

Hinsdale Rotary team serving lunch The team that made it happen at the Hanson Center!

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.”


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!

Youth Merit Award Winners Nov. 17th
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.

A Success!
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 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


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

Platinum Sponsor

Amita Health Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale

Race Sponsors

Voyager Media Publications

Hinsdale Bank and Trust Company

Morgan Stanley

The Birches Assisted Living


Diamond and Gold Sponsors

Bukes Salon and Spa

Crowe Horwath

MPS Loria Financial Planners

Manor Care Hinsdale

DeSitter Flooring

Patina Now Copper Treatment

Tate Enterprises

Burr Ridge Bank and Trust

Shell Food Mart

Silver Sponsors

Calamos Investments

Brummet and Olsen Certified Public Accountants

Keith R. Larson Architect and Engineer

Caldwell Banker

Golden Trail

Dr. Bob Parsons

Bill Jacobs Range Rover Hinsdale

Bronze Sponsors

Kramer Foods

Costco Wholesale

Hinsdale Fruit Store

Fuller's Hardware

Edward Jones

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

Thank You!

"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 ( 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

In Memoriam

Gregory B. Donnelly 


Rotarian 1992-2018 
Past President 2006 
Secretary 2004 
Sgt -at- Arms 2003 
Asst District Governor 2010-13 
Rotarian of the Year 2004, 2009 
Service Above Self 1992, 2003, 2006 
Chairman RotaryRun thru 2015 
Founder RCH Turtle Races 
Paul Harris Fellow 6X 
Paul Harris Society

Donations in Greg’s memory may be made to the Hinsdale Rotary Foundation and may be mailed to P.O. 395, Hinsdale, IL 60521.

In Memoriam

Brian Andersen
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
and great-grandchildren.

Jim Curto


Meeting Location:

 The Community House

415 W 8th
 Hinsdale, IL 60521

Every Friday, 12:15 pm 


Tom Norton


Don Brummet

Immediate Past President
Ahsan Karim
Vice President

Karen Keefe


 Cheri Vana


Carolyn Snyder

Sergeant at Arms


Caryl Andersen
Ingrid Raiser
Keith Larson
Jeni Fabian
Carolyn Snyder
Dick Goers
Janet Klotz


Youth Merit 
Cheri Vana
Youth Exchange 
 Chuck Snyder
Ahsan Karim
The Wheel
Greg Siedlecki
Carolyn Snyder
Rotary Run 
 Tom Cunningham 
 Merit Scholars 
 Debra Anthony  
  Michael James
Paul Harris Fundraising
Dr. Bob Parsons
Jim Curto  
 Allan Alongi


Mailing Address:

Rotary Club Of Hinsdale 

PO Box 395 
 Hinsdale, IL 60522