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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.

500 Race 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 Rooney 5K run, the Hinsdale Bank & Trust 3K run, the Birches 5K walk & roll, the Molex 5K walk, the Mutt Strut and Morgan Stanley 10K run 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, walkers and registered participants. 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 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 partnered with AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center, Hinsdale and with the Rooney 5k Run, making it a true community event and benefiting some of the most well-known charities in our suburban area including The Community House, Hinsdale Hospital Foundation, District 181 Foundation, Rotary Club of Hinsdale Foundation, Hinsdale Humane Society and 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!


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.


"The Wheel"

Edited by Greg Siedlecki


10/20/17 Thanks to all the volunteers, runners and sponsors who helped make our race a success despite the wet weather. We are now able to continue to support our race beneficiaries and our local and international projects. 

Members should note that the Hinsdale Rotary Club will be collecting food and clothing items for the Family Shelter Services on Nov 1 and Nov 8. See Carolyn Snyder for more information.

Don Brummet, CPA

Greeter Schedule

Fri Oct 20.......Mueller and Norton Fri Oct 27.......Virgil O and Paro Fri Nov 3.......Parsons and I Raiser Fri Nov10.......M Raiser and Roth Fri Nov17.......Roudebush and Sedlak Fri Dec 1.......Siedlecki and Slesser Fri Dec 8.......Snyder and Snyder The Hinsdale Rotary Club will be collecting food and clothing items for the Family Shelter Services on Nov 1 and Nov 8. See Carolyn Snyder for more information.

Don Brummet, CPA
President, Hinsdale Rotary

RotaryDistrict News

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards - October 6-9, volunteers needed. Be an integral part of teaching leadership to our high school students! Sign up to be a weekend chaperone and facilitator or join us for the Reality Store on Saturday night.The event is Friday-Monday, October 6-9 (Oct 9 is Columbus Day & a school holiday) The venue is the Holiday Home Camp in Williams Bay, WI See Mike James or Cheri Vana for more information
Upcoming Programs

Fri Oct 20...Tom Norton -
City of Toronto 2018

Fri Oct 27...TBD 

Fri Nov 3...Hinsdale Rotary Race Celebration

Fri Nov 10...Western Springs

Fri Nov 17...Youth Merit Awards

Fri Nov 24...No Meeting/ Restaurant Breakfast TBA

Fri Dec 1...Hanson Center Christmas party Fri

Dec 8...Youth Merit Awards

Hinsdale Club News

PADS 2017 “Wake Up Your Spirit” Breakfast

Speaker...Eric Soderholm, former Chicago White Sox third baseman

Wed., Nov. 8, 2017
7:00am-8:30am Benedictine University, Krasa Center 5700 College Road, Lisle, IL 60532

Enjoy an uplifting morning featuring Eric Soderholm, Sporting News 1977’s American League Comeback Player of the Year and owner of Soderworld Wellness Center. Soderholm will share how his life has changed since his baseball days. Participants will enjoy a warm breakfast and hear from a DuPagePads program participant whose life has been transformed. Proceeds of this event will assist families and individuals who are homeless

Clean Water & Food Security Initiative

District 6450 Governor Scott McAdams Call to Action for Clean Water & Food Security District Governor Scott is challenging all Rotary Clubs in our District to Make A Difference by taking action to improve Clean Water and Food Security for people in need around the globe or in our own backyard. Did you know: 844 million people in the world – 1 in 10 – do not have clean water. 2.3 billion people in the world – 1 in 3 – do not have a decent toilet. 289,000 children under 5 die each year due to diarrheal diseases caused by poor water.

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.

Rotary District 6450 News

  • Zone Institute - ChiZone- District leaders from Zone's 28 and 29 gather in Itasca for training.October 27-29is open to all.If interest, explore and register at:
  • Promote a 'get acquainted with Rotary' luncheon being held at ChiZone onSunday, October 29th. For any prospective member, $30 per person. Click here for more info:Prospect Outreach Program


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

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.

"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.

"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!


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.

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