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The Rotary Club
of Naperville

 Chartered in 1941, the Rotary Club of Naperville 

is one of the area's oldest civic organizations. 
Thank you for visiting our website, we'd love to have you visit in person. 

Our meetings are held Thursdays at 12:15 pm at   Meson Sabika.

Guests are Welcome
Club Mailing Address:
PO Box 2, Naperville IL 60566

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2017 Amazon Smile

2020 Convention


2018-2019 Officers


Randy Ems
President Elect

Rachel Ossyra
President Nominee

Alma Jones

Past President

John Norman


Curt Stowers

Kathryn Hoffman
Sergeant at Arms

John Higgins

Director Club Service

Kristin Giannini
Dir Community Service

Brian O’Malley
Dir Vocational Service

John Wightkin
Dir International Service

Dick Galitz
Director Youth Service
Kristin Eccles
Public Relations Chair

Christine Bloom
Rotary Foundation Chair

Richard Tatara
Membership Chair

John Gallagher
Program Chair

Alma Jones
Website/Nairator Editor

Christine Bloom

Audit Committee Chair

Denise Gierach


John Knobloch

Hearts & Flowers

Roger Iliff

Who We Are

The Club's members represent leaders in the 
business, professional, nonprofit, educational, 
and government communities who share a 
common commitment to community service.

 Partners in Rotary

Sister Clubs

Naperville Rotary
New Gen

Naperville Rotary
After Dark

Date: 2/22/2019
Subject: 2019 Nairator 2/21
From: Christine C Bloom


  Nairator The Rotary Club of Naperville     
2019 Aurora Shooting Tragedy 

A somber display at the Aurora Salvation Army. The community reaches out with words of comfort.

Week of February 21, 2019
Presiding Officer: Randy Ems                                Song: Sophia Luo   
Pledge: Brian O'Malley- HAPPY BIRTHDAY!       Invocation: Curt Stowers
In Our thoughts & Prayers
Our Hearts go out to the families of those lost in the Henry Pratt shooting. And also to the wounded officers who protect us everyday.
Marlin Reishus and his wife have moved to Sunrise assisted living. We wish them well as they adjust to their new surroundings.
Kim Spayer's husband Steven is dealing with health issues.
Jim Bergeron lost his mother, Kathy Bergeron, last week. Visitation information can be found on the FriedriechJones website HERE . We send our condolences to the Bergeron family.

Guests: Colin Dalough walked around the tables
John Gallagher introduced Nancy Limberg-Meyer, retired marketing manager, Ecolab. He had to mention that she was a fellow Green Bay fan :).
Monica Katsigazi introduced William Piecuch
Abul Abdullah introduced Shafeek Aboubaker, Naperville Sister Cities Commission
Brien Nagle introduced Ian Hazufuel, Nagel Obarski PC
Alma Jones welcomed Chris Cash, Realtor and Linda Linford, RCN inductee
Bill Anderson welcomed wife and today's speaker, Nicki, CEO NACC

2/27  Community Service Meeting, 5:30 pm, NACC, Conference Room A

2/28  No Regular Meeting - Stayin' Alive Disco Party, White Eagle GC, 6-10 pm
3/7    Regular Meeting COD Scholarship Luncheon, Start the Month with Music
3/7    Youth Service Committee Meeting, 1:30 pm
3/8    International Service Committee Meeting 7 am

3/14  Regular Meeting - National Rosie the Riveter Association
3/21  Regular Meeting - Naper Settlement, Women's History Month
3/27  Board Meeting, Naperville Bank & Trust 4 PM
3/28  No Regular Meeting - Raise the Bar, TBA


  Invite friends.
It's gonna be a fun evening of dancing and jivin'.
Relive the Glory Days of the 70's
or experience movin' and groovin' for the first time!
Come and learn the "Brooklyn Hustle".
It's Saturday Night Fever on a Thursday.

If you're needing some groovy duds, Kathryn Hoffman has found a costume shop in Aurora with all the fringe, sparkle and gold chains you could ask for!
All Dressed UP Costume Shop
Monday and Friday:  Noon -5 PM

Tuesday and Thursday:  Noon - 6 PM
Saturdays: 10 AM - 3 PM

Closed Wednesday and Sundays
call us:  630-879-5130

Please welcome our newest member, Linda Linford!
New member, Linda Linford was sponsored by John Knobloch
Most of Linda Linfords' career has been in the fitness industry and Non Profits.  Linda was the CEO of the Naperville Area Humane Society for many years and recently retired as Executive Director of the DuPage Care Center Foundation.
Linda holds a BFA at the University of Illinois Theatre Arts. Early on, she dabbled in acting and singing. Linda lives in Warrenville, where she served as an alderman. She has two adult children and three grandchildren.

Congratulations Abul Abdullah on earning your Blue Badge!
2019 abdul abdalluh 
Membership Chair, John Gallagher and President Randy Ems congratulate our newest Blue Badge Member, Abul Abdullah.

Banner Exchange
2019 monica katsigazi 2019 Banner Exchange Uganda 
Monica Katsigazi 
recently traveled to Uganda and visited Rotary Club of Kasangati. She returned with a banner and presented it to President Randy Ems.

COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMITTEE Meeting February 27, 5:30 PM, Naperville Chamber of Commerce - Conference Room A
Thank you to Alma Jones and Rachel Ossyra for delivering our notes of comfort.
Cards were available at this week's meeting for members to express their sympathy to the families of victims of the recent tragedy at the Henry Pratt plant. Words of comfort and get well wishes could be expressed to police officers injured during the confrontation as well. 

The recent tragedy in Aurora has left many of us feeling as though we want to help the murdered victim’s families as well as the injured police officers - however we can. The cards were a small token of the shared grief we all feel in the face of this senseless tragedy. We gather together to try to find some relief in our collective sorrow and let those most affected know that they are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Salvation Army Aurora office, Captain Rich Forney, organized a row of baskets in their Aurora office for each of the Police Officers recovering and for each of the victims families.  Anyone is invited to place an expression of concern, warmth, encouragement and caring into the baskets, which will then be delivered by The Salvation Army to the recipients.  
You can stop in this week (Tues-Fri 9-4) at:

The Salvation Army, 
437 E. Galena Blvd. 

The Community Service Committee is made up of members who are actively committed to provide direct outreach to the community with an emphasis on providing basic humanitarian support to those in need. Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.
Community Service Director Brian O'Malley invites anyone interested in learning more about the committees activities to join a meeting. Or contact Brian O'Malley at 
Community Service

Colin Dalough announced the winning team of the Membership Superbowl.
Kim Spayer's CRUSHERS took the win.
Nina Menis and Prakash Tata were named MVPs. 
Enjoy that delicious steak dinner!

But with a total of 45 guests, the club was the obvious winner!
Thank you to everyone who invited
, and friends to meetings.


Richard Tatara, Foundation Chair asks that each of us make a donation to the Rotary Foundation as part of the Every Rotarian Every Year campaign.  You can donate to the Foundation at MY ROTARY . You will need to register, if you haven't already. Or you can write a check to Rotary Club of Naperville and designate FOUNDATION in the memo line.
Thank you for your support!

Foundation Minute for the Week 

Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.  It expands access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future.  An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care and poor sanitation – all of which can be prevented.  

  • In Haiti where maternal and infant mortality is the highest in the world, Rotary provided a fully equipped medical Jeep for midwives and volunteers to reach mothers and children in remote areas.
  • In Chennai, India, Rotarians provided a mobile cancer screening unit and awareness training where there is a high mortality rate of women with breast and cervical cancer due to late diagnosis.
  • And in Nigeria, Rotarians launched a three million dollar, five-year pilot program to save lives of mothers and children during home deliveries, and since 2005 they have repaired 1,500 obstetric fistulas restoring dignity and hope to vulnerable mothers.  

Your contribution to TRF enables this to happen – Thank you.  

The Foundation Committee is starting to plan the Paul Harris Community Awards selection process and the luncheon meeting/gala planned for Thursday May 9, 2019. Start thinking about possible nominees.


Saturday,April 6
8 AM-1 PM
Goodwin Hall at Benedictine University, Lisle

This year's conference is titled "International Service as a Catalyst for Peace".
Jerome McDonnell, host of WBEZs Worldview, 
will once again moderate the panel discussion.

Click  HERE For more information and to purchase your tickets !

Simple Schools in Honduras - read/share the Chicago Tribune article HERE  

The International Service Committee meets the second Friday of the month, 7 am.
International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more. We invite anyone interested to join us at our meeting!
Contact Director Dick Galitz at International Service

YOUTH SERVICE COMMITTEE -  Meeting March 7, 1:30 pm Meson Sabika
The scholarship applications for 2019 have been posted to the website. Please share the information with interested seniors.

The Youth Service Committee invites all interested members to attend a committee meeting and see what their work is all about. The committee meets the first Thursday of every month, following the Rotary meeting at Meson Sabika, 1:30 pm.
This Avenue of Service involves outreach to our communities youth through Rotaract, Interact and RYLA. The committee is chaired by Kristin Eccles.
If you want to inspire and provide support to tomorrow's leaders, please join us!
Our meeting schedule is March 7, Apr 4, May 2, June 6 1:30-3:00 pm, Meson Sabika
or if you'd like more information, please contact Kristin 


Do you have a Facebook page? Are you on LinkedIn?
Then you can play an important role in PR for
Rotary Club of Naperville!

What better way to let people know you are proud to be a member of Rotary Club of Naperville!
Take a picture of yourself at Rotary! Share it, say something about the interesting program that week,
or give a shout out to a committee's work or an organization the club recently supported.

Be a proud Rotarian and let your friends and colleagues know what your club is doing through your digital networks. It's the first step in starting a conversation about Rotary.


click HERE for more information and to register

2019 early bird conference district



Get additional information and register HERE


2/2   Maria Caselli    2/7   Randy Ems   
2/9 Kevin Dickson    2/12 Dick Galitz 2/14  Kristin Giannini      2/20  Brian O'Malley

SARGENT AT ARMS - Steve Coates
Steve had the fines flying left and right. I thought the power was going to his head, when he paid someone else's fine. Nice guys always finish strong. Thank you Steve for filling in.
Colin Dalough shared news of his upcoming ski trip to Traverse City with his brothers. Enjoy...please, wear a helmet!


The 12th Annual Silent Samaritans Breakfast
February 26, 2019
at Hotel Arista in Naperville, IL
7:15 am:  check-in
7:30-9:00 am: program

Key Note Speaker: Dr. Katherine DeWitt, Associate Professor and the Clinical Coordinator at South University in Columbia, South Carolina

Dr. DeWitt will speak about the adverse impacts and victimization of Social Media on adolescents and vulnerable populations. Her journey in researching Social Media engagement and behaviors includes her own experiences of bullying and intimidation.  

For more information click Samaracare  

PROGRAM - Nicki Anderson, CEO Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce 
2019 NACC CEO nicki anderson
Nicki Anderson joined the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce as President & CEO after having previously owned Reality Fitness Inc.  Anderson built her success from the ground up, accumulating several individual and organizational awards including the Naperville Area Chambers Small Business of the Year Award for Service in 2001. 

Anderson began her career as a freelance writer with a focus on business management and customer service. She has also authored several books focused on marketing, customer service, and retention. In addition, she has several DVDs catered to business professionals of all industries covering such topics as customer service, marketing, branding, and how to start a business.
Anderson has been recognized with several community, leadership, and business awards. She was the 2004 recipient of the Influential Women in Business Award from the Chicago Business Ledger and the National Association of Women Business Owners and received the Women of Distinction Award from the DuPage County Area Business Ledger in 2001. In 2000, she was given the Success Under 40 Business Achievement Award for Entrepreneurs Under 40 by the Young Entrepreneurs Association.
As a lifelong Naperville resident, Anderson has been deeply involved in the community. She co-founded the Families Helping Families Annual Walk, to provide housing for homeless women and children. She has also served on several boards including Samaritan Interfaith, the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, and 360 Youth Services. 
What does the Chamber do?
Since 1913, the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce has been working to further the interests and opportunities for local businesses. In an effort to promote a pro-business environment, the Chamber works tirelessly to influence national, state and local legislation which directly impacts our business community. The Chamber is committed to preserving a strong business climate. 
Special events, unique networking opportunities, professional development and legislative advocacy.  
Members are a diverse group, including small start-up businesses to international corporations. Some of the challenges facing the NACC is attracting young professionals and meeting their needs. The NACC has rebranded itself and is making a $250K infrastructure investment to remain as an integral part of Naperville business community.

see you at the DISCO PARTY!

Be Here Pot - Ed Chapman asked Mary Lynn Hoffer to draw a name...Brand Bobosky was a winner! Congratulations Brand!

Four Way Test - Brand Bobosky

See you at the next meeting!
Christine Bloom