Club Meeting Information

Service Above Self

Mt.Prospect-Prospect Hts.

Friends Working for the Future

We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Holiday Inn
200 E. Rand Road
Mount Prospect, IL  60056
United States
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Sergeant at Arms/Fine Master
Membership Chair
Web Site Coordinator
Public Image Coordinator
Club Service/Director
Bulletin Editor
Fundraising Chairperson
Community Service/Projects Chair
Vocational Service/Director
Scholarships Chair
Literacy Chair
International Service/Director
Rotary Foundation / Grants
Club Foundation Chair
Grants Chair/Certified
Guests Are Always Welcome!
The Mount Prospect/Prospect Heights Rotary Club welcomes guests to join us for lunch at any time.
We meet at the newly renovated Holiday Inn at 200 E. Rand Road in Mount Prospect near Randhurst Village. Just show up and ask for the Rotary Room. Be our guest at no charge to you and learn more about our organization
Ben Pohl was our speaker today.  More importantly, Fred Pfeifer was our photographer!  Even he can't make Conrad look good, though.  Still, it's better than anything I can do...
As always the Serenading Strings from the McArthur Middle School were excellent.
Mount Prospect Village Manager enjoyed receiving his Rotary cookbook AND his Rotary shopping sack for all the groceries he'll need to buy!
Kathy, Jen and Christina standing by our lollipop tree during the Halloween FunFair at Rielly Elementary School.  
Somehow I missed taking photos at this meeting so I thought watching a hedgehog getting a belly rub would make a nice substitute.  

Tony Livernois gave us some tips on how to be a better speaker.  
He missed a critical bit of advice for Bret - less is more.  Please, Bret - less is more!
Welcome Christina Ferraro, our newest Rotarian!
Israel was one of the most interesting speakers we've had in a very long time.  Thanks to Brian for bringing him in and talking to us!
Jan Gibson has had several remarkable careers - from life guard to entrepreneur, to library board president.  Serving as General Manager of the Genesee Theater is just the latest!  
District Governor Rick Rivkin talked about the Power of One - One Rotarian, One Club, One District, One Rotary.  
Someone asked a question afterwards about how no one ever seems to hang out after meetings anymore. Everyone seemed to agree that they need to get back to the office, especially if they were going to make to the horse track later - it was Come One Come All day!
Today we dedicated to Club business.  Check out the calendar for some fun upcoming events!   
I know there were happy dollars, but I didn't take notes :(  The only one I can remember is Bret being happy that his son's two baseball leagues are wrapping up this week which should allow him to eat dinner before 9pm.  
Rodney was happy about something.  But then again, he always is, isn't he?
Oh yea!  Brian was happy that his landlord was indicted for bank fraud.  Sounds cruel, but Brian is forced to switch offices to a new building after the landlord jacked up his rent by 250%.  I guess the fraud wasn't that successful?
Lekan Ahmed and Bret
A motlier bunch there never was.  Believe me, the shade is a blessing.
Rod is the first recipient of our new swag bag! 
The unpostable photo has been posted!
Dawn Bluemke from Black Diamond Charities talked about her work providing kids with school supplies and veterans with career skills.
Jim Zawlocki and Bret answering questions about scams and frauds.  Well, Jim is, at least.
Bret, Alan, Mike and of course Bane.  Bane's always playing!  Then again, the bad guys may not like the game he plays...
Long lost member Jennifer Brennan returned to talk about all the great things going on at Harper's Learning and Career Center in Prospect Heights.
Brian with Agnes Wojnarski and Dana Sievertson from the Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission
Keary Bramwell overcame a few technology glitches to give a great presentation on zSpace and STEAM kits at the Mount Prospect Public Library!
Aldona Salska hopes the Rotary International cookbook has a good pierogi recipe!  
Our annual contest and fundraiser is upon us!  
Click here for more information.  
CPA Conrad and IRS guy Harry Fitzsimmons with a cookbook.  Or are they cooking the books?  Hmmmmm
"Just what a librarian needs - another book!" - Conrad May to Beth Klein, Youth Program Coordinator at the Prospect Heights Public Library District.  
Actually, anyone can use a new cookbook!
Jeff Langguth made Conrad a happy man with his overview of the newly redesigned Mount Prospect Golf Course!
Erin Brooks, Executive Director of the District 214 Education Foundation (left) with club Conrad May and what appears to be the worlds largest pocket protector.
Division I Football Umpire Brett Dencker was our speaker today.  Being a ref is hard work, but none of us realized just how hard it is.
Tracy Crawford is the Executive Director of the Northwest Special Recreation Association.  The NWSRA provides outstanding opportunities through recreation for children and adults with disabilities.
Mariyana Spyropoulos is the President of the Board of the Municipal Water Reclamation District.  
Andy Ullman from the Des Plaines club talked about how his club's plans to sponsor a refugee family this spring.  
Ashley Richardson had an eggcelent presentation today!
District Foundation Chair Mike Ericson talked about how our contributions to the Foundation come back to benefit our community 3 fold and helps other clubs world wide as well.  
Also check out our cool new club banner!  
Karen Kaplan was our speaker today and she shared the remarkable, heartbreaking story of her father as well as her own journey towards forgiveness.  She is the author of Decendents of Rajgrod: Learning to Forgive.  
Hersey Principal Gordon Sisson knows more about buildnig security and student safety than any of us.  Sadly, it is an all-too-important aspect of his job these days.  
Sadly, not a very good speaker photo.  On the 'bright side' has Conrad ever looked better?  M'thinks not!
Where's Fred when you need him?
Nathan Hayes is the Director of the Major Case Assistance Team, or MCAT.  MCAT conentrates and shares the investigative expertise of officers from twenty-three agencies in twenty municipalities in Cook County.  
Rebecca Rosario is one of two victim's advocates working with the Prospect Heights Police Department.  Her ability to speak Spanish and her partner's Polish fluency allow them to work with most of the community in their most comfortable language.  
Betsy Skidinski promotes Alzheimer's awareness and works to raise funds to find its cure. 
Bret and his cache of geocaching equipment
Conrad showing off the $1,500 matching grant
from District for Operation Warm!
Conrad with our speaker Joe Rosner.  Hard to imagine
that just a few minutes earlier, they were
at each other's throats!
Dale, Wendy and Rod teamed up for a great presentation on DI's annual conference in Brazil. 
Of course we forgot to take pictures on the day least likely to break the camera.
Congratulations and good luck to all of our scholarship winners!
Chelsa Laliberte is from Live4Lali, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the growing drug abuse epidemic.
No speaker today as we took advantage of the great weather to take photos of the Kentucky Coffee Tree we recently donated to the River Trails Park District's Rob Roy Golf Course.
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Off to see the tree!
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District Governor Rodney Adams is back home already!  I guess 'boomerang children' doesn't mean just college kids!
Conrad awarding Wendy a well-deserved plaque recognizing her two years as Club President!
Wendy and Conrad getting ready to ride in the Prospect Heights 4th of July Parade in a very sweet ride!
District Governor Ellen Young Presenting Wendy and our club with the District's Presidential Citation
Tom Pope, River Trails Park District Director of Parks knows a great deal about the Kentucky Coffee Tree!
New Prospect Heights City Manager Joe Wade is eager to tackle the challenges facing the city. 
Our speaker today was Joe Vertone, Joe is a 24 year veteran and currently assigned to a Federal task force with the DEA.  Joe talked about his work disrupting drug availability in Chicago and suburbs and how the task force operates with suburban, state and federal officials.
Past District Governor Mike  Yesner
and Club President Wendy Morgan
Kathy Nowicki, Alex Todd
Wendy Morgan and Bret Fahnstrom
In 2013, a tornado struck the central Illinois town of Washington.  Hearing the reports inspired Eric Schlichting to form a group of volunteers to travel to the town and help. 
Frank Novak is one of the teachers of Prospect's app development class.  The year-long elective leads students from the basics of coding to designing and building iPhone apps that are used by businesses. 
Our speakers today were Luke Pavone, Lynn Thompson and Doug Berg from the Student Services department at Prospect High School. But the truly special guest was Junie, the therapy dog who calls Prospect High her home. 
We had a very successful District Annual Conference with seven members attending!  As always, a big highlight is seeing the enthusiasm from the various Interact Clubs from throughout the District. 
Scott McDermott is the Associate Principal for Technology at Prospect High School and he's talked to our club before about some of the exciting projects and programs happening at the school and throughout District 214. 
Our speakers (and guests) today were Tracey Crawford and Julie Clasen from the Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA).  SRAs were established in Illinois in 1969.  Of the 35 SRAs in Illinois, the NWSRA is the largest, bringing together 17 park districts to provide a full range of services to children and adults with disabilities. 
Suleyman Girit, District 2420 Foundation Chair from Istanbul exchanges flags with Wendy
Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer and Wendy
Golf historian Charlie Toss and Wendy
Anne Wall from HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HandsOn) was our speaker today.  HandsOn  recruits volunteers and matches them with projects in 44 communities throughout the Chicago area.  Anne's work focuses on helping corporations give back to their communities. 
Conrad gives new member Tom Moriarity his Rotary pin!
Jorie Ouimet and Danielle Strauss from Link Together with Conrad
Jon Eilering with members of Mount Prospect's Sister City Commission, including Mayor Arlene Juracek and past Mayor Skip Farley.
Fred Pfifer is a regular guest of our club and frequent speaker as well.  "Droning" is something that can typically be applied to his talks, but this time he switched things up and used the word as a noun instead of a verb! 
The lucky final Ten! 
(Yes, there are only 7 pictured, but some were representing more than one ticket). 
 Rotarian Brian Wegzryn may be our longest tenured member, but he sure looked like a 10 year old boy meeting Dez Clark!
Club President Wendy Morgan-Adams pins Dez Clark with our District's 50 Year Anniversary pin.

We had several guests join us today.  Shelly Lawler from Window Art Bill Balling came from the Buffalo Grove club.  He’s also the City Manager of Prospect Heights.  And we also welcomed Greg’s brother and sister-in-law John and Amber GuarrineCreations is our speaker.


Our speakers today were Kathi Grummel and Terry Younglove from the Northwest Community Hospital Foundation.  The hospital is a 501c3 non-profit organization which is relatively rare for a hospital these days.  It’s also independently operated, which is even more rare.  The hospital’s status gives them the freedom to establish new services that might not initially be profitable.
Our speaker today was Julie Kane from Mount Prospect's Human Services Department.  Julie supervises a staff of ten people (including an intern) and they are all busy, all the time.  The department offers a range of services, but they focus mainly on nursing and social services. 
Our speaker today was Rod McKenzie of Higher Up Ministries.  Rod and his wife Jan have been working with youth in the area since 1986.  Their ministry grew to the point where they felt the need to work with the entire community rather than keeping their focus on young adults (though that is still a major facet of their work).  
Tom Zander was our speaker.  Tom and his wife own Picket Fence Realty.  Tom has over 25 years’ experience  in real estate and spoke to us about how the Great Recession impacted home prices and whether the next few years will bring a rebound. 
Our speaker today was Phil Zaleski from the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance.  The Alliance, though not well known has had a major impact on Illinois.  Chief among them, they were instrumental in passing the legislation mandating smoke detectors in all buildings.  Their daily focus is to raise awareness of and education about fire safety.  They have pamphlets, classes, camps and conferences for people of all ages addressing any possible topic. 

Our speaker today was Bill Durkin, a motivational speaker and author of Strive to Survive Today.  Bill talked about how people fail to thrive in today’s world, despite having an incredible range of advantages that previous generations couldn’t dream of.  He cited a lack of positivity as the principle cause. 

Alice Bisanz Johnson was our speaker.  Alice is the School Liaison Librarian at the Prospect Heights Public Library as well as the Library’s volunteer coordinator.  The Library’s motto for its volunteers “You’re needed, You’re Wanted, You’re Welcomed” really shines through when you look at the statistics. 
We were happy and proud to host Ellen Young, our District Governor today!  Ellen is a member of the Lincolnshire Morning Star Club and she shared with us how her small club was able to marshal the full resources of Rotary to establish two computer labs in the Dominican Republic. The initiative for the project came from Ellen’s daughter who saw the need first hand while doing volunteer work.  It was inspiring to hear how quickly and efficiently Rotary can dedicate funds at the the point of need. 

Today’s speakers were Nancy Filatre and Ann Marie Thomas from the Prospect Heights Library.  They were on hand to talk about September being National Library Card Signup Month.  They also brought a sample of the myriad of items that can be checked out from the library – beyond just books!  They had games and puzzles for kids, movies for adults, and all sorts of electronic devices for people of all ages.  The club seemed particularly interested in a device called the Watt Detective that patrons can borrow to help them find and eliminate wasted electricity. 

We had several guests today.  Past District Governor Bill Ferriera of the Long Grove Club joined us along with Brandy Rybak from Wendy Morgan’s law firm and Joe Mulae, owner of Tri-Tower Printing
Chris Schoenherr was our speaker again today.  Chris visited us back in March to talk about the Prospect Heights Public Library’s 3D printer.  Today, Chris talked about two services designed for patrons on the go. 

Today we welcomed our three scholarship winners Kevin Morton, Daniel Niersbach, Alexandra Wilson and their families to our meeting.
We are proud of each of our scholarship winners and wish them the best of luck and success as they head off to college.
We had a guest visiting from Bulgaria today.  Georgi Buchkov is visiting his daughter, but is also planning a permanent move to Mount Prospect himself.  He has visited us before and we were very happy to see him again.
The Club presented $300.00 to the Prospect Heights Park District
This was also the first week where we have our monthly board meetings at our weekly meetings.  As a result we didn’t have an outside speaker.  Also as a result, attendance at the board meeting reached a record high!

Our speaker today was Jennifer Brennan from the Harper Community College Learning & Career Center.
Wendy was our speaker (along with Rodney).  They shared pictures from their trip to Australia for the Rotary International Conference in June.
Today we had two members from Illinois Right to Know GMO, a group dedicated to educating the public on genetically modified foods.
Danielle Baron is a K-9 police officer with Buffalo Grove and she brought along her partner Saxon, a 5 year old German shepherd.
Club President Wendy Morgan sings "America the Beautiful" at District Governor Ellen Young installation. Lincolnshire Morning Star also inducted Stan Roelker, as their club president during the event.

Today we had Prospect Heights’ new City Administrator Ken Lopez who gave us a summary of the city’s budget for the coming year.  Ken explained that the city had 21 different funds that helped organize city operations.
Today we welcomed Jamie and Karmi from Catholic Charities.  They spoke about their work with Northwest Senior Charities and preventing elder abuse.

Today incoming Mount Prospect Police Chief Tim Janowick was our speaker.
Jorie & Danielle from Omni Youth Services provided an energetic and interesting presentation of their organization, goals and programs. They also talked about their work with our local communities, high schools and you
Today we had Cameron Monti, a lawyer, author, and law professor specializing on Illinois’ medical marijuana laws and the concealed carrying of weapons in Illinois.
Our speakers were Terri Campbell from the Prospect Heights Public Library and Anne Shaughnessy from the Mount Prospect Public Library.
RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness."


Mount Prospect/Prospect Heights Rotary Club celebrating 50 years

By Submitted by Mount Prospect/Prospect Heights Rotary Club

Past and present Rotarians, guests and friends of Rotary will be enjoying a dinner wine pairing evening with specially selected wines to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Mount Prospect/Prospect Heights on Saturday, Aug. 3.

This year's 50th anniversary, will be highlighted by the installation of the club's 51st president, Wendy R. Morgan; installation of the 2013-2014 officers; and the induction of five new club members.

Leaving your comforts and profession to travel to the jungles of Guatemala gives you a new prospective of how blessed we are here at home.
Every year the club awards 4 or 5 scholarships to students from our local highschools This year's recipients were chosen from applications made from Prospect, Hersey and Wheeling High School.
There is nothing more exciting than visiting another Rotary Club, while in another country.
To see first hand how an upcoming tribal Mayan community respects those who have died trying to make a difference with human rights brings tears to your eyes. Seen in the photo is a Mayan ceremony in remembrance to a teacher who worked with the tribal communities on human rights. She paid with her life.
Incoming Club President Wendy Morgan had the opportunity to spend a little time with incoming Rotary International President Ron Burton and his wife, at the 2013 Northbrook installation.

Top 7 Reasons to Join Rotary!

1. Friendship: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.
2. Business Development: The second original reason for Rotary's beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.
3. Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and education in human relations and personal development.
4. Leadership Development: Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education. Leadership: - learning how to motivate, influence, and lead leaders.
5. Citizenship in the Community: Membership in a Rotary club makes one a better community citizen. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of any community.
6. Continuing Education: Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep one informed about what is going on in the community, nation, and world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers and a variety of timely topics.
7. Fun: Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. The service is fun.
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