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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.


"The Wheel"

Edited by Greg Siedlecki



Today we welcome all our Valentine’s Day couples! Please enjoy the flowers as our Rotary gift to you. Coincidently February is "Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month. Davis Louis will have a presentation on conflict coaching. Enjoy the luncheon and the fellowship of Rotary

Don Brummet, CPA

District 6450 News
by District Gov Scott McAdams

  Our District Conference 2018 will be on May 5th and 6th in Burr Ridge. Some of the speakers will be Father Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Church, Pat Sullivan, former basketball coach and Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway Sign up for the conference and bring the whole club out for Club Pride Night Saturday. Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge 1200 Burr Ridge Pkwy Burr Ridge, IL 60527.

Upcoming Programs

Fri Feb 16...
Conflict Coaching/ "Valentines Luncheon"

Fri Feb 23...
Humane Society, Tom Van Winkle

Fri March 2...
USO of Illinois, Tom Norton

Past Programs

Last Week Fri Feb 9....Snow Day

Fri Feb 2.....
Merit Awards

Greeter Schedule

Fri Feb 16....
Siedlecki and Oostendorp

Fri Feb 23....
Parsons and I. Raiser

Fri March 2... M Raiser and Sedlak

Fri March 9...Snyder and Snyder

Special Get Well Wishes to Michael James!!

Save the Date
Oct 14, 2018
Rotary Run Charity Classic!!

Hinsdale Club News
by Tom Norton

On February 15th, the Board approved a plan to work with the USO of Illinois to provide 100 bikes to the kids of active members of the military who are living in Illinois. Hinsdale Rotary will provide funding, volunteers for assembly, and support for the project in the Hinsdale area. The concept includes the prospect of working with the US Army 416th Engineering Reserve Unit that is based in Darien. If approvals are obtained, the 416th facility would be the site of assembly, storage, and final distribution. USO of Illinois, Hinsdale Rotary, possibly other local Rotary Clubs, as well as the prospect of area teen service clubs could be called upon to help with the project. Bike acquisition, assembly and distribution is being planned for late spring/early summer. An interesting service project for Hinsdale Rotary!


Here's What's Happening at Hinsdale Rotary 

Feb. 2, 2017
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


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:

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

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!

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.

"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!

"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.

In Memoriam

Brian Andersen
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
and great-grandchildren.