Welcome to Our Club

The Rotary Club of Wilmette has merged with the Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club, the combined clubs are now all officially the Rotary Club of Wilmette. The original Wilmette Rotary Club was chartered in 1924 and was known as the Noon Club.  In 1990, the Wilmette Harbor Club was chartered, and was known as the Morning Club.  In 2019, a satellite club was established as part of the Noon group.  Today there are over 80 active members who gather to do good for others while enjoying good fellowship, with the choice of meeting either morning, noon or evening.

Our Club members enthusiastically live the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” both locally and internationally. Recent projects include water well installation at schools in Angola, food packing and providing necessities to the homeless in Chicago, supplying ultrasound equipment and related training to people in Uganda, providing disaster relief supplies to hurricane, typhoon, and other natural disaster survivors, providing winter coats and shoes to low-oncome children, food packing for people in Guatemala and Central America, and supporting local food pantries, literacy efforts and diversity.

NOTICE: We are currently meeting in-person on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7:30 am and Noon, and the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6pm. Our meeting place for the 7:30 am meeting is the Sheridan Shores Yacht Club.  The Noon group meets at 1pm at Eva Dean's Bakery & Cafe, 1115 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette.  The evening meeting is at St. Joseph Church, Wilmette.

We’d love to have you join us!

Club Information

Our Motto: Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.
Eva Dean's Bakery & Cafe
1115 Central Avenue
Wilmette, IL 60091
United States of America
(847) 722-2115
Our Rotary Clubs meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7:30am at the Wilmette Harbor Club (inside Gillson Park) at 1pm at Eva Dean's Bakery and on 1st Tuesday at 6pm at St. Joseph Church, Wilmette. Mailing address: PO Box 111, Wilmette, IL 60091
Richard Koenig of Housing Opportunity Development Corp spoke to the morning group about the daunting task of building affordable housing on the North Shore. He showed photos of some recently built, affordable and very attractive, apartment buildings in Wilmette, Glenview, Highland park and other locations. It can take 4-6 years for a building to finally be constructed from concept to reality.  Many zoning regulations must be met and every step of the process is overseen by the local governments. There is always a long waiting list for tenants once a building is available to rent.
Ben Rodman, co-owner of Chicago Union, pro frisbee team, spoke to our midday group about the history of pro frisbee, how it is played, and how the Chicago Union team was formed. He showed video clips of this amazingly fast and exciting new sport. He also talked about the charity arm, Chicago Union Cares which works with youngsters to get them involved in the sport and participate with the players.
David Telisman, owner of David Telisman Communications based in Northbrook, gave an extremely informative and interesting presentation on ChatGPT.  He explained the history of ChatGPT, how it works, how it can be helpful and the pitfalls to watch for when using it.  It was an interactive discussion with David giving us live demonstrations.  
Our midday group enjoyed a presentation from Rodrigo Velarde, Health and Fitness Coach and Head Trainer at the Michigan Shores Club. Rodrigo outlined the basic concepts about how exercise can be beneficial at all stages of life, and especially for seniors. He explained the benefits of cardiovascular and strength training, stretching and choosing an exercise that is enjoyable.  He demonstrated some ways to increase balance and use progressions for exercises like push-ups.
Morning Meeting: Dick Farkas is a  Professor of Political Science at DePaul University. He has over fifty years of experience teaching about Russia and Ukraine. He spoke to us about cyber-crime and cyberwarfare. He explained that there is no such thing as cyber security, despite what is advertised by companies that sell "security" software.  The only security they can provide is from amateur hackers; the more sophisticated hacker can always get into your system.  Ransomware has become a very lucrative business as large companies that get hacked usually end up paying the hackers. The best advice he could give was to be as unimportant as possible so you will not become a likely target for hackers.
Midday Meeting: Lexy Gore, Chair of Community Outreach  and  Holly Stevens, President of Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.™) spoke to us about their volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization with a mission to serve the communities of Chicago's North Shore by fostering and supporting healthy, positive relationships between people and companion animals. They provide care to cats and dogs to prepare them for adoption.  When some of these animals first come to the shelter, they were abandoned and/or mistreated, so C.A.R.E. staff and volunteers nurture and return them to health before making them available to adopt. They also provide pet food to help owners to maintain healthy pets. for more information visit  https://www.carenorthshore.org/pantry .
Seven Rotarians marched in this year's Memorial Day Parade in Wilmette;  Jim Pockross, Mary White, Kurt Zoller, Mariana Alfar, Debora Morris, Patty Ohle and Brian Bradley.  We handed out small American flags and beads with Rotary medallions (created by Patty Ohle) along the route.  It is always fun and good exercise to participate in this annual event.
Member John Kilner presented a fascinating interactive method to prepare an Advance Directive or make medical decisions for an immediate medical situation. Using a program accessed through MedicalDecisions.info one can choose a direction to go based on several different scenarios.  At the end, a document is produced that can be used (once witnessed) as an Advance Directive for medical care.  This is a method that is thought-provoking and important for all adults, regardless of age, to navigate through in preparation for unforeseen medical situations. This online program is free and private.
Final numbers indicate that we raised over $10,000 from the Hope Walk for the Homeless. Proceeds will be distributed next year to the Rotary Clubs that participated based on their level of participation.  All Rotary Clubs will donate to organizations that provide services to the homeless in our area. Besides our club, the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club had the greatest participation as a group. We also had participants from the Rotary Clubs of Evanston, Glenview Sunrise and Winnetka/Northfield, the Women's Club of Wilmette, Connections for the Homeless, La Casa Norte, Interfaith Action of Evanston, and many friends, neighbors and others who wanted to be part of this fundraising effort.  Thank you to all who participated, including the volunteers who helped to set up and insure the event ran smoothly.
Abdullah Ansari,  Asma Jarad and Ahlam Al-Jebory spoke to us about ICNA, Islamic Circle of North America. This non-profit humanitarian organization provides, food, shelter, education, preventative health care and job assistance to all people of need in the Rogers Park community. Although founded by those of the Islamic faith and culture, ICNA works will people of all faiths and has sponsors that include Christian, Jewish and local business organizations as well. They serve newly arrived immigrants, to more established individuals in the community- working with over 14 different nationalities. They stress love, humility, compassion, and respect.
Kara Teeple, CEO and Moira Tuffy, VP of Development for Lawrence Hall, spoke to us about the important and impressive work being done with Chicago's youth and  families to overcome childhood  trauma and foster long-term healing and stability. They also work to rebuild trust and connection in the surrounding communities.
Annually serving over 1,400 youth and families, their core programs help peel back the different, difficult layers of childhood trauma and prepare individuals to live independent and productive lives. Their core programs include: Child and Family Treatment; Therapeutic Day School; Foster Care; Transitional and Independent Living; Workforce Development; Community Wellness.
To see slides of their presentation, contact debora@pftl.net
Los Angeles arranger/composer/producer John Philip Shenale and local music journalist/rock author Lisa Torem preseented an interesting program that explained the impact of AI on the music industry.  They emphasized that an artist's background is many times infused in his or her music which is lost with AI.  The time and energy an artist spends to develop their style and expression should not be underestimated.  Lisa and Phil played several selections from artists they have worked with for many years, explaining how their background stories  affected their music. 

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Todd Maxman
Jul 24, 2024 7:30 AM
Civil Rights and Social Justice
Civil Rights and Social Justice

Todd Maxman has been teaching and advising at New Trier for nearly thirty years now (gasp!). For most of that time he has been a Social Studies teacher. Before that, he was stationed on submarines in the US Navy for five years. Todd has been active at New Trier in its efforts to make it a more inclusive and intentionally anti-racist place to live and grow. He is very proud of his work as a co-sponsor of the Student Voices in Equity group and co-creating two new courses: Civics and Social Justice and Leadership in Social Justice at New Trier. Currently, Todd is teaching in the Integrated Global Studies School, a small school-within-a-school for self-directed learners at the Winnetka campus. A resident of Wilmette, Todd's two children are recent New Trier graduates.

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