We're profiling our members! Come learn more about some of the amazing people that make up the Rotary Club of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff.
This spotlight focuses on member Randy Daniel

Please describe a bit about yourself:

Randy: There have been so many blessings in my life. I enjoy spoiling my grandchildren, traveling with my beautiful wife, playing golf, fly fishing, and helping others who are less fortunate.

What inspired you to join Rotary?

After retiring and now traveling less, I wanted to be involved in a local organization/club whose mission is to help others. We graduated from Newcomers Club. Once our kids were grown, we no longer needed to attend kid/school activities. I knew a couple of members in the club, including Ron Hirasawa and Cliff Kiel, and reached out to them to learn more. I wanted to meet even more people in this community, including community leaders.

In what Rotary activities do you most enjoy participating?

I most enjoy Operation Warm coats, Feed my Starving Children events, supporting NCCP sponsored North Chicago Community High School Family Care Closet, placing American flags around Lake Forest during key holidays with the American Legion, and our club’s weekly breakfast meetings.

Have you visited other Rotary Clubs? What was your experience?

Yes! I’ve visited Rotary Clubs in Fredericksburg, Texas and Williamsburg, Virginia. Each club has a different atmosphere. The Club in Fredericksburg met at a restaurant whereas the club in Williamsburg met at a country club. The Williamsburg Club’s President was focused on leadership. Their scope, strategy, and roles were clear – even to new members and visitors.

What would you like to see Rotary accomplish in the future?

I would like to see our local Rotary Club grow in membership. We could increase the diversity of our membership in terms of age, gender, backgrounds, professional fields, ideas, etc.

For what are you known?

In my career and at home, I’m known for being a problem solver. Now the grandkids know I (Grandpa ‘boots’) will fix it.

What do you do for work? How did you get into the field?

I’m retired. For many years, I had an active work-life involving a great deal of travel, human interaction, and experience during times of acquisition. I worked in the clinical diagnostics healthcare industry and specialized in leading great teams. I capped off my career with 5 years working in private equity.

In what ways can Rotary help you accomplish your goals?

Rotary has delivered on supporting local organizations that make a difference in our communities and that is meaningful to me. Our Club has graciously, with time and money, supported Operation Warm coats and the NCCP Family Care Closet every year that I have been a member of Rotary. More recently, we gave a grant to COOL Ministries for their work in providing family housing and a food pantry.

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about community service and being a part of great teams. I currently lead the Charity Gift Committee within our Club’s local Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Club Foundation. I’m very involved in community service, both within the Club and through my church. We seek to help many of the communities north of us including North Chicago and Waukegan.

What should we know about upcoming events and how to reach you?

If you are interested in helping to support the good work we do through our local Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Foundation, you can contribute via our website at https://lflbrotary.org/page/donate. If you have questions about making a contribution or joining us, please email info@lflbrotary.org. We look forward to hearing from you.