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2019 Economic Breakfast

Charles Evans, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee was our featured speaker. 
2019 Economic Breakfast 2019-10-22 05:00:00Z 0
Student Recognition Breakfast Happie Datt 2019-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of LF-LB Annual Food Drive for North Chicago Family Care Closet Sonia Penaranda-Taggart 2019-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

Helping communities, one at the time.

Posted on Aug 18, 2018

Helping Communities, One at the Time.

A tribute to the citizens of North Chicago, erected in 1948 who gave their lives in service of our country was in need of maintenance. . Rotary Club of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff stepped in with a generous donation to refurbish the monument to honor their memory. Work commenced on August 12, 2018 to strip the plastic sheathing and prepare the surface for a new finish. A big thanks to Phil Manley and his son, Tanner of Manley Construction to head the volunteer team.

Located at 1850 N Lewis in North Chicago



Helping communities, one at the time. Sonia Penaranda-Taggart 2018-08-18 05:00:00Z 0
The 2018 Economic Breakfast presented by The Lake Forest - Lake Bluff Rotary Club, featuring Guest Speaker: Charles Evans, President & CEO of the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank 2018-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
T-Ann Pierce and Brenda Ooms stopped by the club to share information on Heart Smart Cardiac Screening and The Max Schewitz Foundation 2017-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
Brian McCaskey VP Chicago Bears discusses Business Strategy and Family Tradition 2017-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. Robin Nusslock Department of Psychology Northwestern University speaks about Friendship and Service 2017-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
Tina Marie Hernandez, Executive Director, Diveheart, visits our club. 2017-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
Lake Bluff Village Administrator & Club Member Drew Irvin discusses Lake Bluff's Branding Initiative 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
Lake Forest - Lake Bluff Rotary Club Exchange Student from Germany, Adrian Dinter reflects on his time here 2017-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
2017 Lake Forest - Lake Bluff Rotary Club Youth Recognition Breakfast 2017-05-30 05:00:00Z 0
Mark Litzsinger informed the Club about his battle with Depression and how he fights it. 2017-04-22 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. Jean Sophie, Superintendent of Lake Bluff Schools, updates the Club on the Elementary and Middle Schools 2017-04-14 05:00:00Z 0
Club Member Michael Edelberg discusses Data Privacy 2017-04-06 05:00:00Z 0
Club Member Fred Jackson recalls the origins of Lake Forest and his tenure as Lake Forest's Parks and Recreation Executive Director 2017-03-30 05:00:00Z 0
Captain James Lovell visits our club with a few out of this world stories 2017-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
Another great outing by our Rotarian's at Feed My Starving Children 2017-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
The highest honor of the Lake Forest - Lake Bluff Rotary Club, the Fred Jackson Award was bestowed upon some members recently 2017-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
Walter Willis, Executive Director of SWALCO educates the club about Lake County Recycling 2017-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
The Lake Forest - Lake Bluff Rotary Club welcomes new member Tong Zhang 2017-02-16 06:00:00Z 0
Certified Dog Trainer Brenda Belmonte teaches the Club how to Sit Up and Pay Attention 2017-02-16 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Holiday Party 2016 at LifeWorking 2017-01-03 06:00:00Z 0
Local Rotarian's Volunteer at Feed My Starving Children 2017-01-03 06:00:00Z 0
The Lake Forest High School Madrigal Singers Ring in the Season by entertaining the Lake Forest - Lake Bluff Rotary Club in their annual visit. 2016-12-12 06:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Delivered Coats for Operation Warm 2016 2016-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
Evan Hunter of ScholarLeaders Speaks to our club about Leadership 2016-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
Artist David Dallison visits our club 2016-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
Video from the 2016 Economic Breakfast 2016-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
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Rotarians Help Out at Feed My Starving Children 2016-09-24 05:00:00Z 0

The Economy and Investing: What Lies Ahead?

Gain a better understanding of quantitative easing, China, Brexit, the presidential election and other topics of concern to all investors. Hear about the current economy and insights into what the future may bring, including an update on Federal Reserve policy on interest rates and the unprecedented expansion of the Fed’s balance sheet.
The event will commence with a buffet breakfast and networking at the Lake Forest Club, followed by the featured speaker. The Economic Breakfast will bring together an audience of over 200 local business owners, professionals, and community leaders.
We invite you to support the Lake Forest–Lake Bluff Rotary’s philanthropic mission. For the past 55 years, the Rotary has given over $1 million to improve the lives of others in our community and our world.
Senior Economic Advisor, Chicago Federal Reserve Bank
Executive Vice President and Chief Economist, The Northern Trust Company
Julian Crews, WGN News
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How Rotary Foundation is doing good in the world

Posted on Apr 21, 2016

This update from the Rotary Foundation gives an impressive snapshot of what the Foundation—and our support of it—is accomplishing.

In the Rotary year of 2014-15, the Rotary Foundation approved 487 district grants that totaled $23.8 million. They supported smaller-scale, short-term projects related the Foundation’s mission.

The Foundation approved 1,078 global grants totaling $64.9 million dollars. Rotary’s global grants support large-scale, sustainable international activities that have measurable outcomes; they support humanitarian projects, scholarships, and vocational training teams.   

And in 2013-14, a total of $235 million dollars was distributed through Rotary’s grant process to the world. This is more than the Rockefeller, JB Morgan Chase, and MacArthur Foundations put together!   

Thank you, Rotarians, for “doing good in the world!”

How Rotary Foundation is doing good in the world 2016-04-21 05:00:00Z 0

Dispensing medicinal marijuana: Just the facts

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 we heard an interesting presentation from Lake Forest resident Andy Hunt, who, along with his wife, Veronica, is opening the area's first medical marijuana dispensary. The facility will be located in Highland Park.

The dispensary, called Elevele, will provide medical marijuana in the form of buds, concentrates, infused edibles, and topical creams to patients who hold valid registration cards under the state's Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. Under the program, patients suffering from one of dozens of qualifying conditions will be able to legally purchase up to 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana every two weeks.

Dispensing medicinal marijuana: Just the facts 2016-02-24 06:00:00Z 0
Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Club’s Winter Coat Donations Warmly Received 2016-01-19 06:00:00Z 0

This Week: New Member, Returning Member, Great Programs!

Posted on Jan 14, 2016

This week we met MICHAEL NERHEIM, Lake County State’s Attorney, who told us about the Children's Advocacy Centers of Illinois. RICK LESSER was our host. Next week JEFF HEINEN, Co-CEO of Heinen's Grocery Stores (including Lake Bluff), will be here to tell us about “Operating a Grocery Chain.” DREW IRVIN is our Program Host.

This Week: New Member, Returning Member, Great Programs! 2016-01-14 06:00:00Z 0

Traditional Indian dance performance

Posted on Dec 09, 2015

Today we had another rare holiday treat: a demonstration of traditional Indian dance, in the style called Kalakshetra, performed for us by Anagha Sundararajan. Anagha is a University of Chicago graduate law student who has been studying and performing traditional dance since the age of 4 years.

She presented slides and explained briefly the history of traditional styles of dance in various regions of India. These dances are a way of telling stories in a visual "language" using symbolism inherent to the culture of the audience. Most of the dances are religion-themed, with specific gestures and positions representing various Hindu deities.

Here is Anagha performing a dance with musical accompaniment:

Traditional Indian dance performance 2015-12-09 06:00:00Z 0
A visit from the LFHS Madrigal Singers 2015-12-02 06:00:00Z 0

This week's update

Posted on Nov 19, 2015

Dictionaries arrived last week, and Project Chair TERRY DESMOND - along with JACK MEIERHOFF, GEORGE ESPLIN, JOHN SWAINE and Highland Park Rotarian KAREN DENNIS - delivered them to Oak Grove School in Highwood. Thanks to MARC MUNDER for also helping out and for taking pictures!

This week's update 2015-11-19 06:00:00Z 0

Remembrances of a Holocaust survivor

Posted on Jul 08, 2015

Today we met Steen Metz, a native of Denmark with a very interesting story to tell of his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp as a child.

Mr. Metz was one of only about 7,500 Jews living in Denmark at the time of the German occupation in 1940. For the first few years of the occupation life went on as usual, but all that changed in 1943, when those who had no warning of what was to come, including the 8-year-old Steen and his parents, were loaded into cattle cars and shipped to the Terazin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp in what was then Czechoslovakia.

Remembrances of a Holocaust survivor 2015-07-08 05:00:00Z 0

News and notes for this week

Posted on Jun 03, 2015

Today we heard about the photographic adventures of our own JIM FONDRIEST. Along with being a famed dental specialist, Dr. Jim has “developed” into a marvelously talented touring photographer, as anyone who visits his Facebook page will know. Jim displayed some of his nondental work and gave us their back stories. Thanks to Program Chair MARK DEWART.

News and notes for this week 2015-06-03 05:00:00Z 0

In remembrance of T.J. Jeong

Posted on May 27, 2015

We were sad to learn recently of the passing of former Club member Tung Hon (T.J.) Jeong. TJ had a remarkable life’s journey - starting as an orphan in war-torn China in 1931, learning English by reading the comics in Texas, getting his PhD in Nuclear Physics, and eventually discovering the wonders of holography. He became a world-renowned pioneer in the field while teaching at Lake Forest College.

Many members remember T.J. fondly. Read more about his life here.

In remembrance of T.J. Jeong 2015-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

We're all Paul Harris Fellows here!

Posted on May 12, 2015

We are proud to announce that, as of today, our club membership is 100% Paul Harris Fellows! Here is our exchange student, Jan Roessler, receiving his Paul Harris certificate and pin today from our Rotary Foundation president Larry Kuhl.

Named for Rotary International founder Paul Harris, the Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

We're all Paul Harris Fellows here! 2015-05-13 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting updates: what to do in the event of a car accident, news from the County Clerk, and more

Posted on May 12, 2015

Today we heard about what TO do and what NOT to do in the event of a car accident or breakdown. Rick Schumaker and Bruce Bertucci of Rick's Autocare in Highland Park shared their hints and experience. Thanks to Len Dedo for the program arrangements.

LAST WEEK we learned about the challenges of Illinois Election Law Changes from CARLA WYCKOFF, our Lake County Clerk. One interesting phenomenon is the continuing decline in voter turnout - despite the many new programs designed to make it easier to vote. Thanks to DAVID BARKHAUSEN for the program.

Meeting updates: what to do in the event of a car accident, news from the County Clerk, and more 2015-05-13 00:00:00Z 0

Update on Our Fellowship Programs

Posted on Jan 07, 2015

As our Club members know, there are several ways we can support our own club's charitable activities as well as the global work of Rotary International. Below is an update on our two fellowship programs.

Update on Our Fellowship Programs Larry Kuhl 2015-01-08 00:00:00Z 0

Career Connections at Lake Forest High School

Posted on Sep 24, 2014

Four members of the administrative team at Lake Forest High School visited us today to talk about the school's Career Connections program. The program is coordinated by Kathy O'Hara, LFHS Student Service/Community Coordinator (and Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary member).

Superintendent Michael Simeck explained the background for the program in terms of the District's recent process of defining its mission, vision, and goals. He said the school's purpose is to develop accomplished, confident, and compassionate people.

Career Connections at Lake Forest High School 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0

Bitcoin: What, Why, and Who Cares?

Posted on Sep 09, 2014

Stewart Foley, Lecturer in Finance at Lake Forest College, opened his presentation by asking, "How many in the room are using Bitcoin?" No one raised their hand, making us the perfect audience for his presentation on what Bitcoin is, why it exists ... and why hardly anyone's using it.

Mr. Foley explained that Bitcoin is an alternative to government-controlled currency. Such an alternative may be appealing because it can't be manipulated by a government the way a fiat currency can be (a fiat currency being one that has value because "the government says so" instead of being tied to the price of gold or some other commodity).

Bitcoin: What, Why, and Who Cares? 2014-09-10 00:00:00Z 0

Human Trafficking: It's More Pervasive Than You Think

Posted on Jul 29, 2014

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. It's the second-largest industry in the world, a bigger business than drug trafficking. It is often used to fund the arms and drug trade. An estimated 29.8 million adults and children are being used for the sex trade and forced labor right now across the world.

Several years ago Lake Forest resident Lorraine Dillon became so concerned about this growing problem that she decided to do something about it. She is now president of Right To Be Free, a 501(c)3 non-profit that raises funds for the rescue and rehabilitation of victims of human trafficking, primarily children in Ghana, West Africa.

The organization also raises awareness of human trafficking by giving presentations to local community groups and schools, and Lorraine spoke to our club today.

Human Trafficking: It's More Pervasive Than You Think 2014-07-30 00:00:00Z 0

Two Welcome Visitors

Posted on Jul 15, 2014

On July 16 we welcomed two old friends to our meeting: Ellen Young, our new District 6440 Governor (and former president of the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Noon Rotary Club); and Ninna Damberg, our 2012-2013 exchange student.


Two Welcome Visitors 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z 0

Peter Bensinger's Thoughts on Legalization of Marijuana

Posted on Jul 08, 2014

Peter Bensinger was appointed head of the US Drug Enforcement Agency by the Gerald Ford administration in 1976 and served in that position through 1981 under Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan. Today Mr. Bensinger is a frequent speaker on the topic of legalization of marijuana, and we were honored to have him as our speaker.

Mr. Bensinger started by giving us a verbal quiz to test our knowledge of the effects of marijuana use, its extent, and the impact on the criminal justice system.

Peter Bensinger's Thoughts on Legalization of Marijuana 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0

A new Rotary year begins with the Installation Dinner

Posted on Jun 24, 2014

On June 25 we said goodbye to President Larry Kuhl and hello to President Brad Andersen during a festive Installation Dinner at Gorton Community Center.

The event, which was attended by the majority of our members and their spouses, featured a lively social hour followed by a delicious dinner provided by Kenny's Catering. Larry spoke about his year as Rotary president and then introduced Brad Andersen as incoming president and Bill Summers as president-elect. Brad spoke briefly and presented Larry with a plaque to show the club's appreciation for his service.

A new Rotary year begins with the Installation Dinner 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0

Thank you, Larry Kuhl, for a great year as club president

Posted on Jun 17, 2014

Today was Larry Kuhl's last regular meeting as our club president, and a very productive year it was. Larry's organizational skills were evident all year as he set goals for himself and the club and then moved us all forward to meet those goals.

During Larry's term our committee structure was refined and members were encouraged to become more actively engaged in committees. Larry also addressed some "housekeeping" issues in our club paperwork and filings - not glamorous but very necessary - and we'll be thanking him for that for years to come.

During Larry's term we also had a highly successful Economic Breakfast fundraiser, in addition to all our regular charitable activities. Fittingly, our club received a Rotary International Presidential Citation for 2013-2014.

Many thanks to Larry for all he's done for our club. Now maybe he can relax a little!

Thank you, Larry Kuhl, for a great year as club president 2014-06-18 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation grants awarded

Posted on Apr 22, 2014
On April 23, the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Foundation awarded two grants: $5,000 to HealthReach and $1,500 to Big Dreams for Little Hearts.
The grant to HealthReach was accepted by Executive Director Nancy Bock. HealthReach, which was a designated recipient of part of the proceeds from the Rotary Economic Breakfast held in March, is the only free medical clinic in Lake County.

Big Dreams for Little Hearts is a nonprofit foundation established by one of our own members, Ron Salski, who was present to receive the donation. Ron and his wife started the foundation after one of their daughters was diagnosed with an unusual condition that can cause serious heart arrhythmias and they were advised to keep an automated external defibrillator (AED) at home. The foundation helps purchase AEDs for families with children with heart rhythm problems who cannot afford the expensive device, which insurance usually does not cover.

Rotary Foundation grants awarded 2014-04-23 00:00:00Z 0

Video: Economic Breakfast 2014

In case you missed our outstanding breakfast and panel discussion on March 5, you can experience it here - minus the delicious breakfast, unfortunately. Watch the video below.

Video: Economic Breakfast 2014 2014-03-11 00:00:00Z 0

Economic Breakfast Draws a Full House

Posted on Mar 04, 2014

Despite a snowy start to the day, the 2014 Economic Breakfast this morning drew a crowd of almost 200 to listen as noted economists and business experts discussed Illinois' economy and how it impacts businesses.

Economic Breakfast Draws a Full House 2014-03-05 00:00:00Z 0

Leadership Team for 2014-2015

Posted on Dec 11, 2013

Today at our meeting we voted on an outstanding slate of candidates to serve as our leadership team for 2014-2015. These new officers and chairs will take office July 1, 2014. We thank them for their commitment to service.

Leadership Team for 2014-2015 2013-12-12 00:00:00Z 0

Recent charitable activity

Posted on Nov 21, 2013

Our board met this week and discussed the great need in two areas of the world after natural disasters, one close to home and the other far away.

The board voted to donate $800 to the District (which will be matched with $200 for a total of $1,000) for relief in Tacloban, the Philippines, after the devastating typhoon there. We also donated $1,000 to the Rotary Club of Washington, Illinois, to assist with recovery efforts after last week's killer tornado.

These grants demonstrate how we can use the power of Rotary to leverage our philanthropic capabilities. Often after a disaster, the Rotary Club on the ground in the affected area is able to determine how our assistance can be put to best use. Rotary gives us a worldwide network of colleagues who share our mission of service and support where it's needed most.

Even closer to home, our own club has raised more than $11,500 for Operation Warm this fall. These donations will buy warm winter coats for children in North Chicago, Highwood, and other areas of need right in our own back yard. Many thanks to Dave Schafer for leading this project.

Recent charitable activity 2013-11-22 00:00:00Z 0

A fresh perspective on Ethiopa

Posted on Oct 29, 2013

What do you know about Ethiopia? If you're like many of us, you may be picturing famine, drought, and starving children. But that occurred long ago and in a relatively small area, we learned from Matt Wilson.

Matt recently returned from southern Ethiopia after more than two years of service in the Peace Corps as a trainer of English teachers. He told us about preparing mentally and logistically for an extended period in a foreign country, the training he received from the Peace Corps, the friends he made, the food he learned to love, and much more - all accompanied by photos. 

A fresh perspective on Ethiopa 2013-10-30 00:00:00Z 0

Volume vs. Value: Making the Case for Health Care Reform

Posted on Sep 24, 2013

Today we heard a refreshingly nonpolitical talk on health care reform in the United States - what some of the issues are, what has caused them, and (as far as time permitted) what can be done about them.

Steven Potsic, MD, MPH, FACPM, spoke from a public health perspective about the health care system in the U.S. Although we are fortunate to have outstanding medical care available, there are vast inequities in its accessibility that translate to differences in survival and life expectancy. The World Health Organization ranks the U.S. woefully low in measures of overall quality of the health care system.

Volume vs. Value: Making the Case for Health Care Reform 2013-09-25 00:00:00Z 0

Dictionary Project 2013

Posted on Sep 19, 2013

Spanish-English dictionaries were delivered today by club members to Oak Terrace and St. James Schools in Highwood. A worthwhile project, well received! Thanks to all who volunteered to prepare and deliver the books.

Dictionary Project 2013 2013-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Reading Power: Promoting a love of reading and writing in North Chicago students 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0

A Breath of Fresh Air to Start the Day

Posted on Aug 27, 2013

When was the last time you walked, biked, ran, or fished in one of our Lake County Forest Preserves? Ann Maine, our speaker this morning, inspired us to do one of those things as soon as our schedules permit. Ann, the president of the Lake County Forest Preserve Board, holds a PhD in biochemistry and is passionate and informative on the topic of nature in general and the Lake County forest preserves in specific.

A Breath of Fresh Air to Start the Day 2013-08-28 00:00:00Z 0

A visit from our new District Governor

Posted on Aug 14, 2013

Today we met our new District Governor, Sarah Oliver. Sarah talked about club membership - why people become members, why they stay, and how to share our enthusiasm for Rotary with others. She emphasized that we are our club's best ambassadors - any encounter may become a recruitment opportunity, so all members should be prepared to tell in a few words why they care about Rotary.

A visit from our new District Governor 2013-08-15 00:00:00Z 0

Our parade entry is a winner!

Posted on Aug 11, 2013

Lake Forest Day is always a great time for our club members who participate in the parade, and to top it off this year, our parade entry won first place in our category (Fraternal and Civic Organizations)!

Fifteen club members walked in the parade on August 7, accompanied by a Kinnucan Tree Experts truck (thanks to member Bob Kinnucan) bearing our Rotary sign and banner. The weather was terrific, the crowd was enthusiastic, and we saw many friends along the way.

Our parade entry is a winner! 2013-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

An exciting future for our schools

Posted on Jul 23, 2013

Mike Simeck wants every child in our schools to find something he or she is passionate about and be encouraged to pursue it. As Superintendent of Lake Forest Elementary District 67 and High School District 115, he is well positioned to make this vision a reality. Having recently completed his first year in the districts, Mike spoke to our club at breakfast on July 24.

An exciting future for our schools 2013-07-24 00:00:00Z 0

Why County government matters

Posted on Jul 16, 2013

Today our guests were Mike Rummel and Sandra Hart, the Lake County Board representatives for Districts 12 and 13. They made an adroit "tag team" in telling us about their roles on the County Board - and why the County matters to all of us.

Mike opened by asking how many people own property in Lake County ... use the bathroom ... have ever been bitten by a mosquito ... These questions elicited laughs, but Mike explained that via the County Stormwater Management, Sanitary District, Mosquito Abatement District, and more, County government is directly related to everyone's daily life.

Why County government matters 2013-07-17 00:00:00Z 0

Farewell to Ninna

Posted on Jul 09, 2013

Today we bid a fond farewell to our young friend Ninna Damberg, our 2012-2013 Rotary Youth Exchange student from Denmark. During the past year we have come to know and love her for her sunny disposition, her eagerness for new experiences, and her friendly manner. Members of two of Ninna's host families, the Gregorys and the Kennehans, joined us for breakfast today to wish Ninna well.

Farewell to Ninna 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z 0

Youth Recognition Breakfast

Posted on May 21, 2013

Image On May 22 we had our annual Youth Recognition Breakfast, where we honored approximately 80 area young people for their volunteer service. Many of the students and their families attended the breakfast at Forest Park Beach in Lake Forest despite the rain. Entertainment was provided by the Lake Forest High School Brass Quintet.

These students exemplify the Rotary motto "Service Above Self" in all of their varied volunteer activities. We are so proud of them!
Youth Recognition Breakfast Nicki Snoblin 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting the Group Study Exchange participants from India

Posted on Apr 23, 2013

On April 24 we met the five members of Rotary International’s Group Study Exchange from District 3230 in India. We welcomed Team Leader Satyan (Public Relations) and Team Members Kalai (Event Planner), Ash (Attorney), Karthi (Journalist), and Geetha (Biomedical Research). Each team member told us about his/her background and experiences on their trip.

Meeting the Group Study Exchange participants from India Nicki Snoblin 2013-04-24 00:00:00Z 0

Learning about what the Clerk of the Court's office does

Posted by Nicki Snoblin on Feb 26, 2013

Our speaker today was Keith Brin, newly elected Clerk of the Circuit Court in Lake County. Keith talked to us about the importance of the clerk's office - it underlies many vital functions such as processing traffic tickets, court cases, divorces, etc. The office is a repository of enormous quantities of documents, and Keith's first goal is to introduce paperless record keeping by instituting an e-filing system.

Learning about what the Clerk of the Court's office does Nicki Snoblin 2013-02-27 00:00:00Z 0

Cuba: The Longest 90 Miles

Posted by Nicki Snoblin on Feb 12, 2013

On February 13 our speaker was Amelia Snoblin, Seton Hall '12, who gave an interesting presentation on her study-abroad experience in Cuba in January 2012. Topics included the Cuban educational system, culture, food, the local economy, and agriculture. 

Cuba: The Longest 90 Miles Nicki Snoblin 2013-02-13 00:00:00Z 0

An Interesting Presentation About the Atomic Bomb

Posted by Nicki Snoblin on Jan 15, 2013

ImageOn January 16 we heard from James Lamont, a fascinating speaker who shared his extensive knowledge of the development and implementation of the atomic bomb. Mr. Lamont lived in Japan in the post-WWII years and has seen firsthand the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He was able to make nuclear fission interesting to our mostly non-scientific audience and corrected a number of common misconceptions about the terminology and characteristics of the bomb.

ImageClub member Tom Coyle also presented a flag from the Rotary Club of Kawana Waters, Queensland, Australia. Thanks, Tom!

An Interesting Presentation About the Atomic Bomb Nicki Snoblin 2013-01-16 00:00:00Z 0

Thanks to many volunteers and donors, Operation Warm was a big success!

Posted by Nicki Snoblin on Jan 03, 2013
Once again this year the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Rotary Club provided new warm coats for children without adequate winter outerwear through a project called Operation Warm. The Rotary Club has sponsored this worthwhile project for the last several years. This year’s chair was David Schafer, the Club’s community service director.

The Club received a $1,000 grant from Rotary International to jumpstart this year’s drive. The Rotary Club of North Chicago made an additional donation of $1,000, many of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Rotary Club members made individual donations, and the Club received matching grants from the Rotary District level. For the first time this year, an appeal was made to the community at large in an effort to assist more children, and a number of generous donations were received.

Over $9,000 in donations were received this year, funding the purchase of more than 500 coats, which were distributed to children in North Chicago and Highwood through the schools and the Nuestro Center. On December 13 the coats were delivered, and Club members pitched in to unpack, sort, and distribute them to the children. Making the deliveries to the schools was a memorable experience for all the volunteers, reaffirming the importance of this project.

Club member Bill Summers (left) and Forrestal School principal Stacey McNeeley (right) with students in their new coats.

Image Club member Russell Clark with South School principal Carol Lombardi.

Thanks to many volunteers and donors, Operation Warm was a big success! Nicki Snoblin 2013-01-04 00:00:00Z 0

Getting organized for the new year

Posted by Nicki Snoblin on Jan 01, 2013

We had a lightly attended meeting today - possibly many members were still on their way home from holiday trips - but important business was taken care of by the members present. The topic of the day was organizing for the 2013-2014 year by electing our new leadership team.

We now have our seven committees in place, and each committee has selected its next chair. Those chairs will now serve as club directors, in addition to the officers (president, president-elect, immediate past president, secretary, and treasurer) and the vocational service director.

The club's bylaws are being reviewed and will be amended to reflect the new structure.

Getting organized for the new year Nicki Snoblin 2013-01-02 00:00:00Z 0

The critical mission of Family Service

Posted by Nicki Snoblin on Nov 13, 2012


ImageToday we welcomed new member Jim Held, Lake Forest Chief of Police. Jim was sponsored by Bill Gallagher, Lake Bluff Police Chief, and received his pin from District Governor Rodney Adams, who visited us today.

Our speaker was Gail Hodges, Development Director of Family Service. Many of us see the work of Family Service without ever knowing what Family Service is. Gail enlightened us on the many ways the organization responds to diverse community needs.

The critical mission of Family Service Nicki Snoblin 2012-11-14 00:00:00Z 0

A triathlon of travel

Posted by Nicki Snoblin on Nov 06, 2012

ImageOn November 7 we heard from Anthony Reinert of Lake Forest, a remarkable young man who has accomplished things that most of us leave on our "bucket list" for decades: He's hiked the full length of the Appalachian Trail, AND he's canoed the entire length of the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana, AND to top it off he traveled by bicycle from here to California - all since graduating from Lake Forest High School in 2010.
A triathlon of travel Nicki Snoblin 2012-11-07 00:00:00Z 0

Visit from our District Governor

Posted by Nicki Snoblin on Oct 23, 2012

On October 24 we had a visit from Mike Yesner, District 6440 Governor. Mike has an extraordinary wealth of information about all things Rotary and is a fascinating man to talk to. Mike spoke to us about the "big picture" of Rotary.

In the last 2 years Rotary worldwide has grown by 10%, but in North America it shrank by 12%. The problem: Clubs are not retaining new members. More attention needs to be given from transitioning new members to Rotarians.

Visit from our District Governor Nicki Snoblin 2012-10-24 00:00:00Z 0

Bernie's Book Bank

Posted by Nicki Snoblin on Oct 09, 2012
ImageToday our guest was Brian Floriani, Executive Director of Bernie’s Book Bank. The Book Bank, based in Lake Forest, is an innovative new initiative to put books into the hands of children from preschool to sixth grade who would otherwise not have access to them.

Brian left his job as a golf professional to become a reading paraprofessional for Shiloh Park Elementary in Zion, Illinois. The sudden death of his father, Dr. Bernard P. Floriani - for whom Bernie’s Book Bank is named - inspired him to do something different with his life.

Bernie's Book Bank has provided books to 55,000 children across the Chicago area this year, and their goal is to expand to become a nationwide program. Book drives and cash donations are both instrumental in providing this service.
Bernie's Book Bank Nicki Snoblin 2012-10-10 00:00:00Z 0

Update on LFHS Sports - Go Scouts!

Posted by Nicki Snoblin on Sep 26, 2012
ImageOn September 26 we heard a report from Tim Burkhalter, athletic director at Lake Forest High School. Tim ran us though all the different sports the high school offers and listed the many teams that had great finishes last year.

The football team plays its last home game of the season this Friday at Varsity Field. The Scouts are 4-1, but so are three other teams in the division. We wish them luck against Libertyville on Friday.

Tim the the brother-in-law of Rotary member Jayson Kraus.
Update on LFHS Sports - Go Scouts! Nicki Snoblin 2012-09-27 00:00:00Z 0

An Amazing Collection of WWII Memorabilia

Posted by Nicki Snoblin on Sep 04, 2012
ImageImageOn September 5 were were visitied by Desmond LaPlace and his wife Jean. Mr. LaPlace has been collecting letters, autographed photos, and other memorabilia from World War II military figures both great and obscure since he was a boy. He brought several fine examples.

Desmond's hobby began in 1944, when he was just 12 years old. He began writing letters to notable generals expressing his admiration for the job they were doing and asking for their photo or autograph. To his delight, most of them responded, sometimes with a personal letter of encouragement. Desmond's hobby grew until he had collected several hundred letters, photos, and artifacts.

He has announced his intention of someday donating his extensive and unique collection to the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago.
An Amazing Collection of WWII Memorabilia Nicki Snoblin 2012-09-05 00:00:00Z 0

The Art and Science of Aging Well

Posted by Nicki Snoblin on Aug 28, 2012
ImageToday we had a fascinating presentation by Kenneth Janson, MD (cousin of member Dick Janson) on a topic of interest to all of us: how to take control of the aging process and make the most of our health in later years.

Ken described how, through a combination of a strict diet and exercise regimen and selective hormone replacement, men and women can live longer, healthier lives. He's involved in a venture that takes patients through a rigorous testing process and then develops a customized program for them.

This was food for thought and a great way to start our day!
The Art and Science of Aging Well Nicki Snoblin 2012-08-29 00:00:00Z 0

Lake Forest Day, August 1, 2012

Posted by Nicki Snoblin on Jul 31, 2012
It was a beautiful day for a parade, and we had a good Rotary contingent. See the photo album for more!
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Join the Rotary Clean Communities Coalition

Posted by Nicki Snoblin on Jul 29, 2012

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Club has formed a “Rotary Clean Communities Coalition” to keep our towns litter-free. We are seeking volunteers to join our Rotary members in regularly removing litter from our streets and neighborhoods.

For two communities that are among the prettiest anywhere, the presence of litter on our streets and parkways is an eyesore. We need to pick litter up when we see it as we make our way around town and encourage our friends and neighbors to do the same.

Join the Rotary Clean Communities Coalition Nicki Snoblin 2012-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Plans Service Day, Golf Outing on Sept. 20

Posted by Jim Powers on Sep 04, 2011

The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Club will combine a day of service with its annual fall golf outing on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The day begins with a morning visit to the Green Youth Farm site in North Chicago to help the students harvest their crops. The site is located at the Greenbelt Forest Preserve off of Green Bay Road between 10th and 14th Street on the border of North Chicago and Waukegan.

To view a video on the Green Youth Farm, click on this YouTube Video.

For information or to register, contact club President Chris Webb at

In the afternoon, Rotary tees off its annual golf outing starting at noon at Conway Farms, located off Route 60 on Conway Farms Road. For a map, visit the Conway Farms Golf Course website.

Conway Farms is a walking golf course. For those with physical restrictions, limited carts are available. Lockers will be assigned to everyone. The cost is $150 per person, and there will be $250 in prizes given out.

For information or to register, contact John Looby at

Rotary Plans Service Day, Golf Outing on Sept. 20 Jim Powers 2011-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Hosts Youth Recognition Breakfast

Posted by Len Dedo on Jun 04, 2011

The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Club hosted its Youth Recognition Breakfast on May18 at Forest Park's North Beach Pavilion. Over 100 recipients from local area schools were honored for their community service contributions and projects. 


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Rotary Uncorked Auction -- Part One

Posted by Debbie Fisher on May 03, 2011

Rotary Uncorked Auction   Part One


The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary believes literacy prevents poverty.  The proceeds from Rotary Uncorked will help fund projects that support this ideal, including College Bound Opportunities, a North Shore based charity.


College Bound Opportunities coaches economically disadvantaged students to realize their potential, graduate from college, pursue meaningful professions and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.   College Bound Opportunities draws its candidates from low and moderate income families in North Shore communities including Lake Bluff and Lake Forest.

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11th Annual Plant Sale

Posted by Len Dedo on Apr 30, 2011
The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary will hold its 11th Annual Plant Sale in Market Square on May 21-22.
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Japan Disaster Relief

Posted by Len Dedo on Apr 08, 2011

Japan Disaster Relief 

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Club continues its fundraising effort for Japan Disaster Relief

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Rotarians Raise Funds for Japan ShelterBoxes

Posted by Len Dedo on Apr 01, 2011

Lake Forest - Lake Bluff Rotary members were out at area train stations Wednesday morning to raise awareness and funds for special shelter kits to be sent to Japan's earthquake victims


Rotarians Raise Funds for Japan ShelterBoxes Len Dedo 2011-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
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Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Seeks Donations for Japan Relief

Posted by Len Dedo on Mar 21, 2011

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Seeks Donations for Japan Relief Len Dedo 2011-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Happy Holidays!

Posted by Nicki Snoblin


The Lake Forest High School Madrigal Singers graced our breakfast today with their beautiful and haunting renditions of classical holiday pieces. There was also an audience singalong - we didn't sound nearly as good as the students, though. Happy Holidays to all our members, friends, visitors, and Rotarians around the world. Here's hoping for a peaceful New Year.

Click here for more photos!

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Rotary Hosts Taiwan Contingent on Vocational, Cultural Exchange

Posted by Jim Powers

A Rotary International Group Study Exchange team from Taiwan visited the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff  Rotary Club last week as part of the organization's vocational, cultural and ambassadorial effort.

Five hundred similar teams from the U.S. are also visiting different countries around the world as part of this international exchange.

Each team was comprised of a Rotarian leader and four young non-Rotarian professionals who met with local counterpart citizens that had similar skills. In turn, the area Rotary district sent a team to Taipei, Taiwan last month for a similar experience.

The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary club learned much about the island nation, such as:
  • Taiwan is a democratic Chinese nation about the size of Tennessee inhabited by more than 23 million people despite 70 percent of the land being mountains
  • Taiwan has no natural resources and even has to import sand and gravel for their building construction
  •  As a result of its ingenuity, Taiwan possesses no debt and the fourth largest financial reserves in the world
Rotary member Terry Desmond was able to lead a similar team to South Africa for five weeks in the fall of 2010. "A life experience," he related.
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Rotary Celebrates World Polio Day on October 24

Posted by Jim Powers
  The Rotary Club of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff recognizes Oct. 24 as World Polio Day as part of Rotary’s 26-year mission to eradicate the crippling childhood disease polio.

Rotary is close to reaching its goal of raising $200 million by June 2012 in its campaign to match a $355 million challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The humanitarian service organization has raised more than $180 million to date. The funding will provide critical support to polio eradication activities in parts of Africa and South Asia.

Since 1985, Rotary has contributed more than $1 billion and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries.

A highly infectious disease, polio causes paralysis and is sometimes fatal.  As there is no cure, the best protection is prevention. For as little as US 60 cents worth of vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life. After an international investment of more than US$8 billion, and the successful engagement of over 200 countries and 20 million volunteers, polio could be the first human disease of the 21st century to be eradicated. 

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is spearheaded by the World Health Organization, Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  It includes the support of governments and other private sector donors. 

Rotary invites the public to support the polio eradication initiative by visiting

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2010 Operation Warm

Posted by Joe Erkenswick
Don and Rick had a great time delivering coats to the kids at Katzenmaier Elementary School in North Chicago on Thursday, December 9th. Thought you might like to see what your Happy Dollars are doing!
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