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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: 3/22/2019
Subject: 2019 Nairator 3/21
From: Christine C Bloom


  Nairator The Rotary Club of Naperville    

Week of March 21, 2019
Presiding Officer: Randy Ems, President 
Song: Jo Raoul
Pledge: Keith Druek
Laura Wrasman
In Our Thoughts & Prayers:
Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of John Harvard, who died March 20.
Visitation Tuesday, March 26 3 - 8pm, Friedrich Jones Funeral Home
Funeral service will be held at Grace United Methodist Church on Wednesday, March 27, 11 am visitation one hour prior to the service, 10 am.
John Gallagher expressed thanks to all the many well wishers who reached out to him as he mended.
We are all glad to see you back, John!

John Knobloch welcomed Past President(2001-2002), Barb Dwyer, visiting from Franklin Rotary Club, Franklin, TN
2019 Franklin banner xchange  
Barb and President Randy Ems exchanged banners.

Nina Menis introduced Nancy Limberg-Meyer, who will be inducted at today's meeting
Alma Jones introduced Christina Cash, who will be inducted at today's meeting
Nina Menis introduced Carter Lukes, Eastern Illinois student studying Non Profit Management.
John Gallagher introduced William Moore, 
Nancy Wiersum introduced Amy Tomney, NCC Marketing & Communication Assistant 
Rachel Ossyra welcomed a new grandson, daughter and baby are doing well. Congratulations!


3/27  Board Meeting, Naperville Bank & Trust 4 PM
3/28  No Regular Meeting - Raise the Bar, Bar Louie, 5:30 pm
4/4    Regular meeting - Sunsense for the Skin, Dr. David Pezen, MD
4/11  Regular meeting - Plant with Purpose, David Mahar

 22 E Chicago Ave
MARCH 28, 5:30 pm

Please welcome our newest members!
Christina Cash
Christina Cash grew up in the small town of Ashtabula, Ohio where most of her family still resides. She attended Purdue University. She moved to the Naperville area in 1998 and became involved in community causes. She has been in the Jaycees, served on the Naperville Humane Society Board and is a member of the NACC. She created the annual " A CHAIR AFFAIR" fundraiser for Bridge Communities, now in its sixth year.
Christina worked for Americast Television Advertising and then for Roseland Draperies. She now works as a realtor for Keller Williams.
She is married to Joe Grill. They live in AUrora. They enjoy traveling, hiking, biking the Prairie Path and visiting dog parks with their two golden retrievers. Christina is sponsored by Alma Jones.
Nancy Limberg-Meyer Nancy Limberg-Meyer is a native Wisconsinite and YES a life long PACKER fan!
Nancy recently retired from Nalco where she worked in Marketing Communications for the last 19 years. Nancy is currently a member of the Executive Board of the Cancer Coalition for Life. She volunteers at Hesed House, Feed My Starving Children and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Nancy and her husband Ken moved to Naperville in 1986. They raised two children here, David and Kathryn. Nancy is sponsored by Nina Menis.

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


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
lean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life.  When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.  

Through water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs, Rotarians mobilize resources, form partnerships, and invest in infrastructure and training that yield long-term change. 

Rotary has partnered with the US Agency for International Development in Ghana, Madagascar, and Uganda to implement such programs.  It has done the same in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, India, and Kenya.  Since 2013 the Foundation has invested in more than 1000 such programs in more than 100 countries.  

2030 is the year Rotary hopes to finish projects, providing everyone with safe water, sanitation, and hygiene. 
Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  
Thank you for your generosity.  

 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. 

The Rotary Club of Naperville has chosen to honor several non-Rotarians each year with Paul Harris Fellowship Awards.

Club members nominate non-Rotarians from our community who they feel are worthy of consideration for a Paul Harris Fellowship. Nominations for the awards are organized under the “5 Avenues of Service” that guide Rotary Clubs worldwide. For the community awards, we extend the category definitions to include persons who contribute to other service clubs, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies serving our community. All nominees must not be members of any Rotary Club. 

Nominations are now being sought. Please use the application to submit those you know who are deserving of this award in the community. DEADLINE APRIL 1


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 WBEZ's Worldview, 
will once again moderate the panel discussion.

Keynote Speaker: Wendy Pearlman

Wendy Pearlman is Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University, where she also holds the Martin and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Professorship and is a Faculty Fellow at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies. She earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University, an MA from Georgetown University, and a BA from Brown University. Her research focuses on the comparative politics of the Middle East, social movements, political violence, refugees and migration, emotions and mobilization, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.Wendy Pearlman has studied or conducted research in Spain, Germany, Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, and the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Click  HERE For more information and to purchase your tickets !  

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 -  Meeting April 4, 1:30 pm Meson Sabika
The scholarship applications for 2019 have been posted to the website. Please share the information with interested seniors. Deadline for applying is March 31.
Rotary Club of Naperville AT HOPE Scholarship Application
Rotary Club of Naperville Scholarship Application
Eighth Grade Service Above Self Awards - The Committee needs nine volunteers to present the awards to students at local middle school ceremonies. Please contact Kristin Eccles to volunteer. Kristin Eccles.

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 Apr 4, May 2, June 6 1:30-3:00 pm, Meson Sabika
or if you'd like more information, please contact Kristin 

Please! Update your Bio and add a current Photo to your directory listing!  We ask that all members put a photo on the membership directory. This helps us all connect names to faces and helps get new members noticed. Your bio is accessed by members only. Please share your professional credits and something about yourself. This is what networking is all about!
LOG IN to the website, click Members, click Membership Directory, hit SEARCH, find your listing and click on it. By hitting the pencil icon, you can edit it your information, by hitting the ? you can upload a pic. Thank you!

Rotary Club of Naperville members attended the District's Spring Training, March 20. Sessions included membership, Foundation, social media, district grants, youth service, club administration, secretary/treasurer and more. Thank you to club members attending Randy Ems, Rachel Ossyra, Alma Jones, Bryan O'Malley, Atul Akhand, George Arges, Lisa Schwarz-Barry,Christine Bloom, Hunter Byington, Kristin Eccles, Dick Galitz, John Knobloch, Barry McKeown, Nina Menis, Curt Stowers, Rich Tatara


District Conference click HERE for more information and to register 

How Do I Create a MY ROTARY Account? Click on MY ROTARY 

  1. Go to, go to "For Members" and click on My Rotary or click on My Rotary where ever you see it.
  2. Click on Sign In/Register.
  3. If you are a first time user, click on Create account.
  4. Fill in the Account registration information and click on Continue. If club number is requested we are club #3359. Our District is 6540.
  5. You will be informed that an e-mail has been sent to you.
  6. Check your email for the address you provided in step 5. You will receive a message which will ask you to click on the blue link to finalize the process.
  7. Fill in all the mandatory information and click on Create account.
  8. When the screen refreshes you will be given information describing what you can do with the MyRotary account. After reading, click on Continue.

Honoring a 64 year commitment to water conservation and waste management, Prakash Tata, has been awarded the Ellis lsland Medal of Honor. The award recognizes the contributions and good works of immigrants to our nation. Prakash and his wife will travel to New York to receive his award in a ceremony on Ellis Island. Congratulations Prakash, BRAVO!
You can read more about the award here Prakash Tata


17th Annual Bowl to Strike Out Homelessness!

Saturday, April 13th – 12:00pm-3:00pm

Fox Bowl
1101 Butterfield Road
Wheaton, IL

DuPagePads 17th Annual Bowl to Strike Out Homelessness benefits DuPagePads and our mission to end homelessness in DuPage County!

Assemble your team of five and generate at least $500 in team fundraising for DuPagePads ($100 per team member). All team members will receive a t-shirt, pizza, ice cream and a chance to win great raffle prizes! Awards will be given to the top three fundraising teams and the teams with the three highest bowling scores. Register your team HERE




3/3 John Anderson   3/6 Morris Westerhold   3/11 Janet Derrick 
3/11 Jason Nagel  3/13 Stephanie Kastelic   3/23 Paul Lehman   
3/29  Christine Bloom   3/30  Bret Hintz  We'd like to wish you a Happy Birthday! Please update your bio in the member directory.

SARGENT AT ARMS - John Higgins
John Higgins
fined Keith Druek for calling him and his "twin" for the day, Jason Altenbern (dressed in the same colored sweater) "adorable". My daughter, who teaches 7th grade, texted me a picture from "twins day" at her school this week. Maybe John and Jason are starting a trend for Rotary? Twins Day at Rotary?? It might be adorable :)
John also fined Brand Bobosky. Brand recently took home an 'Oscar' presented at a 'Hollywood by way of Naperville' celebration of the Academy Awards in support of Variety, the Children’s Charity of Illinois! John and his wife also received a Best Dressed Couple Oscar. Congratulations to all.

PROGRAM - Rena Tamayo-Calabrese, CEO Naper Settlement
 Rena Tamayo-Calabrese
Rena Tamayo-Calabrese gave today's program and told the history of Naperville through stories of local heroines who helped shape our community. Starting with Hanna Ditzler, whose scrapbooks chronicled the 1800s, and the more familiar Caroline Martin Mitchell, whose land trust to Naperville defines our community, encompassing Edward Hospital, Naper Settlement, NCHS, Knoch Park, and the Riverwalk, Rena weaved a story of women's hard work, and vision. Whether it's the women working at Kroehler Manufacturing, or those serving in politics like Mary Lou Cowlishaw, Judy Biggert, Nancy Chen and Lauren Underwood, or others establishing public works like Jane Sindt, Naperville Heritage Society, and May Watts, Illinois Prairie Path, or enhancing local health care like Pam Davis or empowering entrepreneurs like Shintal Daftari, these women's contributions continue to impact our lives and we embrace their stories and honor their significance.


Be Here Pot - Colby Martin asked Barb Dwyer to draw a name. The person wasn't present, so it ROLLS OVER!

Four Way Test - Colin Dalough

See you at the next meeting!
Christine Bloom