Scholarships Applications Available:
COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIPS - Open to High School Seniors   Deadline:  March 25, 2024
VOCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS - Open to those who wish to receive 2 Year Degrees, Vocational Training, or Certificate Training. Deadline:  March 8, 2024
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RYLA 2023-2024 Sessions

RYLA - Scholarships Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, weekend of training, leadership, and bonding experiences for high school students.  April 2024 dates - deadline approaching 3/15/2024.
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Ukraine Meal Packing 2.0!

November 15, 2023   4:40 pm
 Nine Rotary Clubs and the St. Edwards Catholic High School Interact Club packed over 30,000 meals to be sent to Ukraine.
That's ten lines of packers, 140 energetic volunteers and $11,000 in donations toward the meals.   
LINK TO VIDEO:     Video by StorySave Productions
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Collecting Socks for 2023 Christmas Giving

Posted on Oct 27, 2023
The Sock Monster was busy collecting over 1000 pairs of children's socks for Salvation Army's Christmas Giving which serves over 900 families. Watch your finger - Sock Monster doesn't always let go!
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THANK YOU to our sponsors, volunteers, members, friends, and all those who attended Oktoberfest. A good time was had by all, and we could not have done it with you!
Check out more information:
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Ukraine Meal Packing 04/07/2022

Posted on Apr 07, 2022
On April 7, 2022, the Rotary Clubs of:  Elgin, Elgin Breakfast, Carpentersville, Dundee Township, Glen Ellyn, Fox Valley Sunset and St.Edwards Interact, all contributed $1,100 each.   With over 100 volunteers, 7 assembly lines, over 24,000 meals were sent to Ukraine.  There were two very nice articles:  Chicago Tribune and The Daily Herald.  Our Club collected over $2,500 in cash donations that were sent to Rotary International Ukraine Relief Fund.  There are 62 Rotary Clubs in Ukraine.  60 of them are still meeting on a regular basis as of this time. Enjoy the video!

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We Are Celebrating!

Our Club celebrated a Century of Service!
Friday, April 29, 2022 at 5:30 pm
Golf Club of Illinois, 1575 Edgewood Drive, Algonquin, IL 60102
Special Dinner, Program and Recognition of 100 years of service.  
Thank you to everyone who attended and made it such a special event. Our Honorary Paul Harris Fellows - Ernie Broadnax and Chief Ana Lalley.  And, all our Past Presidents.  
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100 "Spread the Love" Totes for Seniors

Celebrating Seniors as we approach our "Century of Service" on May 22, 2022!  
Thank you to members, friends, family and Interact members.  On Valentine's Day, they took the time to assemble the Caring Kits for Seniors.  You were able to do 100 tote bags in 45 minutes.  Truly AMAZING!   We appreciate all of you. 
The large tote bags contained:  Handcrafted lap blankets or a neck pillow, hand sanitizer, bacterial wipes, masks, lip balm, facial tissue, lotion, puzzle or coloring books, Ensure, assorted tea and chocolates.  A special thank you to the Library Crew who made the lap blankets!
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100 Care Kits for the Homeless

Celebrating 100 years of service as of May 22, 2022!. In honor of this milestone - we completed 100 Care Kits for the Homeless. Each kit had gloves, hat, socks, hand sanitizer, mask, and many other personal care products.   Pictures are from the  December 13, 2021 meeting where kits were assembled.  Before Christmas, these were distributed in the community by social agencies in Elgin. Thank you to all the members and volunteers who helped make this happen.  
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Rotary 5000 - Let'em Roll

Thank you EVERYONE for helping us raise over $10,500 which will go toward Scholarships, Youth Programs, Literacy and Community Projects!
PS  Virtual Fundraisers are not as fun as In-Person.  We miss seeing everyone's smiling faces.  Looking forward to the next one.  
Our Annual Fundraiser
to support Scholarships, Literacy Programs, and many Projects in your Community ! 
Reverse Raffle with $5,000 in cash prizes, Live Auction, Special Guest and more!  This will be held on Zoom, 6pm to 7:30 pm on Friday, April 16, 2021.
Make a Donation here:
Celebrating 99 Years of Service above Self. 
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Books, Books, Books!

We embarked on a Literacy Project that we never expected to be so HUGE thanks to the generous assistance from Bernie's Books! 
The Rotary Club of Elgin provided about 18,000 books, games, puzzles, and interactive electronic books to the Hope for the Holidays Christmas Gift Program through Elgin's Salvation Army and Community Crisis Center. 
More books, totaling over 2,200 were given to:  Centro de Informacion, Fox Valley Christian Action, Marklund School & Residences, TLC Pregnancy, Gail Borden Public Library's "Welcome Baby" Program,  the YWCA, Good Shepherd Preschool, Literacy Connection, Second Baptist Church, and South Elgin Police Department.
As Wiggles the Bookworm says "Just Pick Up a Book and Read"!  
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A Final Update to Our 2020 Charitable Projects Fundraiser UPDATE

Friday, March 13th at 5:30 pm  (This date turned out to be very bad luck!  Canceled due to COVID!)  After several interim attempts, this even was  rescheduled to June 26, 2020 (wait, isn't 13x 2 = 26) via Zoom.  On June 26,  we experienced a Horrible Storm and Intermittent Loss of Internet Connectivity.   BUT - We got through it!
FINAL UPDATE:  We gave away the $5,000 in prize money.   Congrats to the Winners!   Thank you to Terry Dunning who weathered his first ever virtual live auction!  We raised over $10,000 to be used for scholarships and other community charitable projects
The Highly Coveted Past President's Award:   Steven Maske
Rookie Rotarian of the Year:                             Kyla Brittain
Community Service Award:                               Heather Montenegro
Rotarian of the Year:                                         Dave Considine
We REALLY appreciate your support that this time as we work to support the community during this stay-at-home situation.  We are all in this together!  You can donate using the links here on the home page.  
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May 20 2020 Senior Home Goods Delivery

Rotary continues to be people of action. Another home delivery with so many great home pantry items!  Elgin Police Department provided a flyer on Senior Scams and clip-on book lights!   Thanks to Salvation Army, Bear Family Foundation and their volunteers!   
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Senior Home Delivery

Posted on May 08, 2020
Thank you Rotarians, Kiwanians,  and Senior Service Volunteers! We had over 50 drivers. They delivered boxes of food from Food For Greater Elgin to over 130 of our senior neighbors who are abiding by the stay-at-home order. And, with absolute minimal contact for their safety and ours! All boxes were on their way within an hour. This was our 3rd delivery project. And, thanks to our Captain Heather - the most organized person we know! 
Pictured: (from Left) Peggy -Senior Services,  Cindi and Laurie - Co-President Elects, Capt. Heather - Rotarian and Salvation Army,  Mike Montgomery - Food For Greater Elgin. 
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Another Great Day!

On April 24, 2020 -

Another successful project!   Boxes and bags of food were packed, stacked, mapped and tracked.  They found their way to 100 seniors' homes.   Thanks to everyone who helped out!   It was a heart-warming collaboration between Senior Service, The Salvation Army, Rotary Club of Elgin,  Elgin Breakfast Rotary, and Kiwanis.  If you didn't get to see the ballerina hippo - you certainly missed out!  
Thank you to everyone who participated.  



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Posted on Apr 05, 2020

On April 3, 2020 - Rotary Club of Elgin helped sponsor and volunteer so 70 Seniors would have doorstep delivery of home goods (yes, even TP!), and an abundant supply of fresh and non-perishable groceries. We worked with The Salvation Army and Senior Services as well as volunteers from the Breakfast Rotary Club, Elgin Kiwanis Club, and Senior Services.  Thanks everyone!

A special shout out to Captain Heather (the one with the clipboard) who was the glue that held it all together and made it run so smoothly!

This was mentioned yesterday in an NBC News Show.
Another is planned for April 24, 2020. We are all in this together!



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Welcome Steve & Thank You to Dave

Posted on Jul 24, 2019
Rotary's Year runs from July 1 to June 30
This year, the Club welcomes Steve Maske as our New President!   Thanks for stepping into this leadership role.
The Club also recognizes Dave Burisek as our Past President.  It is said that "Past President" is the most coveted title in a Rotary Club.  Dave is the only person in our club to have repeated in the role of President.  We are deeply indebted to Dave for taking on this task for 2 of the last 3 years.  
Are you interested in the Community?  Are you interested in making a difference?   Consider joining Rotary! 
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Our Annual Fundraiser:

Rotary 5000 – Funding the Future
FRIDAY, April 4, 2019
From 6:00 pm until “Pass Go Collect $5,000!”
Holiday Inn & Suites
405 Airport Road, Elgin – (Near Rt 31 & I-90)
  Tickets are $50 in advance, $55 at the door.  $450 for a table of 10.
Festivities include:
 A $5,000 Prize Reverse Raffle (Only 125 tickets will be sold),
Live Auction, Cash Bar, Music and Heavy hors d’ oeuvres. 
All Proceeds will fund community needs, including vocational scholarships, 
support for the local food pantries, literacy programs and
many other charitable programs in your community.
Link to purchase Raffle Tickets, Event Tickets:  (live link to the left)
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Rotary Promotes Peace

Posted on Nov 05, 2018
Our Club sponsored and decorated this tree for Ecker Center For Mental Health's Festival of Trees.  It will be auctioned off November 10 at their fundraiser.
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Changing of the Guard

Incoming President of the Rotary Club of Elgin Dave Burisek presents outgoing President Greg Weider with a token of the club's appreciation for his year of service.
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Rotary Club of Elgin Installs Club Officers

On July 25th the Rotary Club of Elgin installed its club officers for the 2018-19 Rotary year. President Dave Burisek, Past President Greg Weider, Treasurer Cindi Rozycki, President-Elect Steve Maske and Secretary Rick Mogler. The club is looking forward to another productive year of fellowship and community service.

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Rotary Club of Elgin Supports the City's Youth

Rotary Club of Elgin President Greg Weider presents a check to Debra Ficken from the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin in support of her organization's efforts to help young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Boys & Girls Club of Elgin believes that every child deserves a place to feel safe, connected and most importantly belong.
The Rotary Club of Elgin works to make our community a great place to live.  In an effort to help nonprofit organizations that serve the Greater Elgin Area the club fundraises to provide philanthropic support to causes with a demonstrated need.
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Elgin Rotary Meets President Riseley's Challenge

The Rotary Club of Elgin in partnership with the City of Elgin has planted three brand new trees in our community. Our club is excited to be part of Rotary International President Ian Riseley’s challenge to beautify our community and have a positive impact on our environment by planting trees.

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Friendship Exchange from India visits the Rotary Club of Elgin 2018-06-11 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Elgin makes a contribution to support the work of FVCA.

Rotary Club of Elgin Secretary Rick Mogler presents a check to Jay Curtis, President and CEO of Fox Valley Christian Action in support of FVCA's efforts to serve disadvantaged youth in the Greater Fox Valley Area.  Each year the Rotary Club of Elgin provides philanthropic support to nonprofit organizations that work to have a positive impact on the lives of people in our community.  
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Rotary Club of Elgin provides philanthropic support to CASA Kane County

Rotary Club of Elgin President Greg Weider presents a check to Amy Daeschler and Julie Hipp from CASA Kane County in support of their organization's efforts advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system.
Through their fundraising efforts the Rotary Club of Elgin provides philanthropic support to a number of worthy nonprofit organizations that serve the Greater Elgin Area
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Dave Ziegler Receive Paul Harris Award

Mr. David Ziegler, CEO of Ziegler's Ace Hardware receives a Paul Harris (plus two) Award from Rotary International Chairperson Craig Stokely and Rotary Club of Elgin President Greg Weider.
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Students Receive Rotary Scholarships

Students from Harvest Christian Academy, Elgin High School, Larkin High School and St. Edwards High School were awarded scholarships at The Rotary Club of Elgin's 90th Annual Rotary Student Awards Day Luncheon.  The event recognizes local students who achieve straight As for the academic school year.  This year's event hosted over 700 students and their parents and was held at Judson University.  Congratulations to Tia, Holley, Madison and Lourdes.
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Rotary Welcomes Dave Zielger

The Rotary Club of Elgin welcomes David Ziegler, CEO of Ziegler's Ace Hardware to the 90th Annual Student Awards Day Luncheon at Judson University. Mr. Ziegler was the keynote speaker for this year's luncheon and spoke to over 700 students and their parents.  Annually the Rotary Club of Elgin recognizes area students who achieve straight As for the academic year.
Pictured: Craig Stokely, Greg Weider, David Ziegler, Dr. Will Friesen and Dave Burisek
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St. Laurence Interact visits the Rotary Club of Elgin 2018-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Club of Elgin Welcomes New Member Greg Weider 2018-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
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St. Edwards Interact works to support the Ecker Center 2018-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
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Chasing the Polio Bug

Posted on Nov 08, 2017
Ecker Center for Mental Health's Festival of Trees.    The club sponsored this tree to raise money for mental health treatment at Ecker Center.  
Rotary Club of Elgin supports local not-for-profits as well as the worldwide eradication of the Polio Virus. 
Why it’s important: 
World Polio Day (October 24) was established by Rotary International to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis.
Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are vaccines.
In 1952, the polio epidemic became the worst outbreak in America’s history.  Of nearly 58,000 cases reported that year 3,145 died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.
In the two years before the vaccine was widely available, the average number of polio cases in the U.S. was more than 45,000. By 1962, that number dropped to 910.
In 1980, WHO certified the world free from smallpox.  However, an estimated 500,000 children worldwide were still being paralysed by polio every year.
In 2016, there were a total of 37 polio cases worldwide.
To date in 2017, there have been 12 polio cases worldwide.
We’re 99.5% polio-free, but it’s not enough.
It takes only one case, one unimmunized child to keep the polio virus alive and crippling children in our world.  If immunizations were stopped, the following year, there would be an estimated 200,000 new cases of polio. 
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PHF Recognition - 04/18/2016

Congratulations!  Presentation was made at today's meeting:  A Paul Harris Plus 4 to Frank and a Paul Harris Plus 3 to Steve.  This is in recognition of their ongoing and awesome support of Rotary International Foundation.  
Pictured (from Left):  RI Chair Craig, Club President Rick, Steve and Frank

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New Paul Harris Fellows

New Paul Harris Fellows

Congratulations to Dave Burisek and Greg Weider!
Rotary International Foundation recognizes your generous gift with the bestowment of a Paul Harris Fellow.  
Pictured:  President Rick, Rotary Foundation Chair Craig, Assistant District Governor Tina, Greg and Dave.  
We also want to mention a special thank you to Greg and Dave for serving on the Club's Board of Directors.
Your service is very much appreciated!

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MKD Electric receives PHF

Posted on Sep 15, 2015

Mike Wesa recieves a Paul Harris Fellow Certificate of Appreciation

Mike Wesa of MKD Electric received a Paul Harris Fellow Certificate of Appreciation at Monday's meeting (9/14) in recognition of his company's service to its employees, customers and community. Mike Warren presented the award.

Jerry Z, a former employee, also presented awards to Mike Wesa and the Rotary Club of Elgin.  
Thank you Jerry and Mike for a great program!
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Interact and Graduation Day

This was the inaugural year for Elgin High School's Interact Club.  Pictured is Megan Alexander, President, and driving force in starting the EHS Club.  She was also one of three class valedictorians at EHS.  Congratulations and thank you, Megan.  Notice her Interact Graduation Sash. 
Additionally, South Elgin High School graduated 19 seniors who were part of their Interact Club.  Thank you Interact Members and your advisor, Ms. Samantha Nickolaou, for your service to the school and community.  
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Club helps SEHS Interact

What a collection!  South Elgin High School Interact Club is collecting diapers, baby wipes, and deodorant for Community Crisis Center.  Here's our club's contribution to help with their year-end community project.  
We're very proud of our three Interact Clubs representing:  St. Laurence School, Elgin High School, and South Elgin High School.  Thank you for your leadership and community service.
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New Location!

Posted on Apr 07, 2015
The remodeling is complete!  
Starting Monday, April 13 
The club will be meeting back at The Highlands Golf Club
in the Grumpy Goat Grille
May 4:  Meeting will be at Judson University to honor the community's Straight A High School Students - Our club tradition since 1926!  
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Posted on Oct 22, 2014
Rotary Club of Elgin Members Raise $50,000 for Rotary International Foundation!

32 members of the Rotary Club of Elgin were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows for recent total gifts of $50,000 to the Rotary International Foundation (Photo 1).  Congratulations to all those who were just awarded your first Paul Harris Fellow, your multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and the Plus-8 Paul Harris Fellows. Plus-8 Rotarians (Photo 2) pictured with District Governor Ellen Young and District RI Foundation Chair Mike Erickson. Thank you all for your support of Rotary International!
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Welcome to the Club!!!

Posted by Daniel Heckle on Sep 07, 2014
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Elgin Noon Rotary has welcomed Mr. Greg Weider, Executive Director of Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice.  Image

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Posted on May 11, 2014


Craig Lamp presents a Paul Harris Fellow to John Meschewswki, an extraordinary coach and school supporter.  A well deserved recognition for John who exemplifies the ideals of Rotary. (Pictured from left;  Craig Stokely, RI Foundation Chair; Rotarian & Past President Craig Lamp; John and his wife Debbie; and  President David Considine.)

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Rotary Club of Elgin recognizes area youth for outstanding scholastic efforts. Daniel Heckle 2014-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
86 Annuaul Student Awards Luncheon. President David Considine, Craig Stokely and Rep. Roskam with his Paul Harris Fellow Award. Daniel Heckle 2014-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
U-46 South Elgin High School- Interact Club, Rotary Club for High School Students Daniel Heckle 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
William and Taffy Hoffer Honored with Paul Harris awards Daniel Heckle 2014-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Honorary Paul Harris Awards for William and Taffy Hoffer Daniel Heckle 2014-03-03 00:00:00Z 0

Theodore Roosevelt 26th President of the United States

Posted by David Considine on Nov 03, 2013

Guest Program Speaker Theodore Roosevelt spoke to the Elgin Rotary Club on 04 November 2013.  Chief Jeff Swoboda, President Dave Considine, Past President Dave Mengler, and President Theodore Roosevelt pose for a group phot shot.   ImageJoe Wiegand, regarded as the best living history reprisor of Theodore Roosevelt, bringing him to life in a full blown version that entertains, informs and inspires. 

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Author Shannon Stoker David Considine 2013-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Rhonda Huber on Jul 05, 2013


The Rotary Club of Elgin installed their officers for 2013-2014 in a ceremony held at Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation on Thursday, June 27, 2013.  Officers for new term are: President, David Considine; President Elect, Wendy Romero, Past President, Brian Borkowicz; Treasurer, Maureen Chovancek; and Secretary, Tim Moore.

For more photos, click on following link: 2013 Installation Dinner Photos


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Posted by Rhonda Huber on Feb 28, 2013


The Rotary Club of Elgin's annual fundraiser was a huge success.  Everyone had a great time raising money for Elgin's local charities. 

Visit our Facebook page at Rotary Club of Elgin Facebook Page or our Photo Albums on our website main page for more fun photos.

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Posted by Rhonda Huber on Sep 30, 2012
Posted 10/1/12 Philanthropy News Digest

Supporters of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have announced new commitments to bolster global efforts to eliminate the disease, including a $75 million commitment from Rotary International.

At a side event during the United Nations General Assembly last week, the heads of state of Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan — countries where polio remains endemic — were joined by officials from donor governments and public- and private-sector donors in calling for a long-term commitment of resources to polio eradication. Spearheaded by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Rotary International and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GPEI launched an emergency action plan earlier this year. Implementation of the plan is contingent on closing a funding gap of nearly $1 billion by the end of 2013, however.

To that end, Rotary International and other donors are stepping up their commitments to the initiative. The Islamic Development Bank, a new donor, announced a three-year, $227 million financing package to Pakistan to cover the majority of its polio vaccination campaign costs, as well as a $3 million grant for polio eradication activities in Afghanistan. The United Kingdom announced a commitment of an additional £25 million (about $40.3 million) to GPEI in 2012. And the government of Canada announced an initiative that will engage civil society organization in matching contributions to GPEI, while Football Club Barcelona and its FCB Foundation announced the club's engagement in the effort in collaboration with the Gates Foundation and telecom operator Etisalat.

"Governments need to step up and honor their commitments to polio eradication if we are to achieve a polio-free world," said Wilfrid Wilkinson, chair of the Rotary Foundation, which already had contributed $1.2 billion to polio eradication efforts. "We must seize the advantage by acting immediately, or risk breaking our pledge to the world's children."

"The evidence is clear: if we all do our part, we can and will end this disease. But we must act quickly and give ourselves the very best chance to succeed," said Gates Foundation co-chair Bill Gates. "When we defeat polio, it will motivate us to aim for other great health and development milestones."
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Posted on Mar 04, 2012
In spite of the snow, we had a great turnout for our Rotary Community Challenge on March 2.  It helped us raise funds for the Rotary Foundation.  The Foundation supports many needs in the community:  Needs-Based Scholarships, Youth Leadership, Food Pantry Support, Literacy Programs, and many, many more. 

Great food, great prizes, tropical music, great time!  Thank you Holiday Inn Elgin for your hospitality.  And, Mahalo Nui Loa



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Posted by Laurie Bitter on Jun 26, 2011
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Our club has sponsored  many Mobile Food Pantry through Feeding Greater Elgin.  June 27, we had 10 club members and several Interact Club members  helping out.   We also presented a check to sponsor a future food pantry to Sue Ericson of Feed Greater Elgin. 

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83rd Annual Student Awards

Posted by Laurie Bitter on May 01, 2011
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Today 369 outstanding students from 7 local high schools were honored at a luncheon at Judson University.  This marks the 83rd year of honoring high schoolers.   With parents, guests, and students, there were about 550 in attendance.  Michael Angelo Caruso, an international speaker and author, was the keynote speaker. 
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Elgin Junior Service Board - Honorary PHF

Posted by Laurie Bitter on May 01, 2011
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Members of the Elgin Junior Service Board were honored today for their community involvement with a Paul Harris Fellow. 
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Great Presentation

Posted by Laurie Bitter on May 01, 2011

EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP - How to Get People to Take Action

Was held May 2, at Judson University.  We had over 115 attend this professional development seminar by international author and speaker Michael Angelo Caruso. Topics included: how to motivate your work team, increase revenue, and have more fun on the job. Sharpen your presentation, improve meetings, and, of course, learn how to get people to do stuff.    

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Mobile Food Pantry

Posted by Laurie Bitter on Apr 29, 2011
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April 28 was cold, rainy and windy, but that didn't stop our club members and  South Elgin High School Interact members!   The club sponsored this mobile food pantry as well as 3 additional truckloads for Feeding Greater Elgin.  Over 125 grateful families benefited from this event.
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Installation Dinner

Posted on Mar 22, 2011
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Thank you District Gov. Bruce Baumberger for installing our new club officers along with the Breakfast Rotary Club's new officers.  Terrific time, great food, great friends, wonderful weather!
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Rotarians / Kiwanians Collaboration

Posted by Brian Borkowicz on Mar 22, 2011
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Kiwanis' President Karen Maki and Rotarian President Mike Warren take time for a photo opportunity.  Thank you Kiwanis for your support of our club's successful Shelter Box program for Haiti earthquake relief.
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Rotary 5000 Hawaiian Beach Party March 5, 2010

Posted on Mar 22, 2011
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Thank you all for making this such a Hula of an Event!   It was a night of fun, auctions, and we had a $5000 winner!  It is our Annual Fundraiser to support need-based scholarships and support community hunger relief.  Website:  Join us on Facebook - pictures of the event have been posted.

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The Rotary Club of Elgin is a 100% Paul Harris Club

Posted by Michael McKay on Mar 22, 2011
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On April 25, 2008, the Rotary Club of Elgin was recognized as a 100% Paul Harris Club at the Paul Harris luncheon of the 6440 District Conference. Qualifying Rotary clubs receive a recognition banner, shown here, and the club's name will be engraved on a plaque in the Arch C. Klumph Gallery at RI World Headquarters.
The Rotary Club of Elgin is a 100% Paul Harris Club Michael McKay 2011-03-22 11:59:42Z 0
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Posted by Brian Borkowicz on Mar 20, 2011
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Help support relief efforts thru Rotary! Help those affected get back on their feet. All funds will be used toward ShelterBox funding.  ShelterBox contains a 10-person ten, bedding, utensils, cooking equipment, water purification assistance, tools, books, radios, etc. Rotarian assistance is already in Japan and  New Zealand,awaiting additional shipments of these much needed supplies.

 Use following Link to Donate:

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Interact Club

Posted by Laurie Bitter on Feb 21, 2011
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The Officers and Directors of the Interact Club of South Elgin.  The inaugaration and club member induction took place 2/22/2011.  Congratualtions to this enthusicastic energetic group!  They have over 25 members who have promised to make us proud!

Interact Club Laurie Bitter 2011-02-22 00:00:00Z 0

Mahalo Everyone!

Posted on Jan 16, 2011
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Was held  Friday, March 4 - 2011   It was a hula-of-a good time!  It will be providing funding for needs-based scholarships, food pantries, literacy programs and youth leadership programs.   Grass Skirts and Hawaiian Shirts Optional, but Encouraged.    

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Welcome New Member

Posted by Laurie Bitter on Jan 09, 2011
Mumtaz Siddique, DDS has joined our ranks.  A warm welcome!  His dental office is on McLean Blvd, in Elgin.  His sponsors are Dr. Jerry Cain and David Perlman. 
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Welcome New Member

Posted by Laurie Bitter on Oct 10, 2010
Today we welcomed Bob Spellmeyer as a member.  Bob is a CPA with Borhart, Spellmeyer & Company LLC.  Bob was member of the club in the past, and we are glad to have him back.
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Sept. 25 - Food Pantry Collection and Community Cook Out

Posted by Laurie Bitter on Sep 26, 2010
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Our Rotary Club had great visibility at this community event.  Salvation Army, Community Crisis Center, Centro de Informacion,  and All Peoples Interfaith Food Pantries stopped by to pick up some of the over 180 birthday bags our club put together.  There will be many happy families able to celebrate their child's birthday.  The Rotary Club of Elgin has the word out there - we support the food pantries!  Pictures are under "Journals" to the left on the website.  Hope to rename that "Photo Albums" when the clubrunner system is able to cooperate.    
Sept. 25 - Food Pantry Collection and Community Cook Out Laurie Bitter 2010-09-27 00:00:00Z 0

Two More Members

Posted by Laurie Bitter on Aug 29, 2010
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Welcome Cheryl Wendt of Boys and Girls Club of Elgin and Vicki Wright of the Girl Scouts of America.   Sorry for not having a camera.  The picture is the logo for  "More Women in Rotary"
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New Pins

Posted on Aug 22, 2010
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Stu Howes, on behalf of Rotary International Foundation, presents Harry Blizzard, Jon Hutchison and Mike Warren with their next level Paul Harris Pins.  Though it looks like everyone has their heads bowed in prayer, they are just counting the sapphires in their new pins.

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Welcome New Member

Posted on Aug 22, 2010
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Susan Angell-Case of Baird & Warner Real Estate is inducted into membership. Pictured with Pres. Laurie and Susan's mentor,  Karen Beyer.


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Welcome New Member

Posted on Aug 01, 2010
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Chief of Police, Jeff Swoboda, has joined our club.  Welcome! 

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Scholarships & Grants

Posted on May 24, 2010

Congratulations to our scholarship recipients!  The club awarded $21,000 in Scholarships.  Thank you to all the members and EFS Foundation for making this possible.  Additionally, the donations were made to four local food pantries and to the Boys and Girls Club for afterschool programs. 

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82nd Student Awards Luncheon

Posted on May 04, 2010
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Over 400 Straight A Students from the area high schools were honored on May 3.  Mayor Edward Schock was presented with an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow Award for his service to the community.  In attendance were many proud parents and grandparents as well as the Rotary District Governor Bill Ferreira.  The keynote speaker was Bob Muzikowski, founder of Chicago Hope Acadamy and subject of the movie Hard Ball.

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Small World

Posted on Mar 21, 2010
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Coming to us from the Rotary Club of Las Vegas:  Our members Rick & Sharon Jakle with the Las Vegas Rotary Club's featured speaker - our own District Governor Bill Ferreira.  It truly is a small world.
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Club teams up with Provena Saint Joseph Hospital & Sherman Hospital to eradicate Polio 2008-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary International President Wilfrid J. Wilkinson visits Club 2008-03-22 00:00:00Z 0


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Would you like to volunteer to help us out  on one of our projects?  Or maybe become a member?

You can E-mail or phone:    President Brian Borkowicz or one of our Membership Chairs.  You can e-mail by "rolling over" their names on this webpage.  Or send an email to

Or, Come join us for lunch and see how much fun we have.    We hope to see you soon!

Want to see what we do?  Take a look  at  "Stories" tab as well as the membership link at the top right of this page under "Downloads"


Club Address

Rotary Club of Elgin P.O. Box 604, Elgin, IL 60121-0604
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Members: You can pay dues here.

Posted by Laurie Bitter

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Installation Cook-Out at Max McGraw's

Come help welcome our new club leadership.  July 11, 5:30 pm at Max McGraw's Wildlife Center.  $30/person.  Please email Brian or Wendy Romero with your reservation.  (you can just "mouse over" their name and the email will pop up from there).   Congratulations, President Brian Borkowicz!
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Monday, April 30, 2012 will mark the 84th year that the Rotary Club has honored the Straight A High School Students of the area.  Judson University will help us host about 400 students from Central, Elgin Academy, Elgin, Larkin, South Elgin, St. Edward and Westminister Catholic High Schools.   The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Jerry Cain of Judson University.   Paul Harris Fellow Awards will also be presented to Ruth Munson, Mayor David Kaptain, and Megan Buttermore.

Our 81st Year of Honoring Area High School Students

Posted by Laurie Bitter
The 81st annual luncheon to honor Straight A Students was held at Judson University. There were over 300 students along with more than 200 proud parents and grandparents attending. Mark Siegel, local business leader, was an inspirational keynote speaker.
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Honor Flight Chicago - Jun 17

Posted by Laurie Bitter
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The Website: The club sponsored 3 Vets for the June 17 Flight. Club members were among about 1000 people greeting and thanking this group of WWII Veterans as they arrive back home. A very moving experience.
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