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Newsletter - Current Nov 16, 2017
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Rotary Club of Villa Park Newsletter

Boys & Girls Club of Old Towne

Opening Ceremonies:

Invocation: Greg Mills

Pledge of Allegiance: Diane Rothi

Rotary Four Way Test: Marc Hurd

Song : "Zippity Do Dah" Teri Elmendorf

Greeter: Genene Dunn

Secret Greeter: Milt Stamos

Sgt At Arms: Dale Dagley




Tony Tripp- Boys & Girls Club of Old Towne

Leslie Flay -  "           "

Brian Clark

Steve Palmer- guest of Pam Dunn

Meg Rothi

Richard Ingle-



Dr. Ken Miller-VHS Principal- School is closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday next week

   - 3 weeks into the 2nd academic quarter

   - Winter sports getting started- water-polo, basketball

   - Football- the Spartans suffered a disappointing season ending  loss to EL Toro- 50 -45

      the boys had a great season posting 9 wins  in a  14 week season that seemed more like a collegiate season

   Dusan Ancich- VPHS Football Coach-  is conducting exit interviews with team members and is impressed with hearing future plans of the graduating seniors 

Dr. Linda Bartrom- Earthquake Drill today- 

    - Chemistry students are learning to write compounds/ Physics students are moving on to study dynamics.

BIll Underwood- Membership Chair

    -Introduced our visitors- Brian Clark- formerly of Bank of America and the Coto Rotary is joining Edward Jones-

            He and Ed Howard had memories of a Jonesville Themed party while at USC complete with cool-aid.

        - Steve Palmer is an old friend, employee and former volunteer fire fighter with Bob Bell.  He is in industrial real estate and is currently semi-retired.

        - Leslie Flay is here with our speaker  Tony Tripp of the Boys and Girls Club.

Ken Caplin- Foundation Chair-You can continue to make donations to the Rotary Foundation until December 31st.   The more we donate the more money comes

        back to the club for District Grants and projects.

     We Give Thanks- Volunteers needed this Sunday to help unwrap the turkeys at the Anaheim Hilton.  Meet at Ken's office on Sunday at 9:30 am.

          Thanksgiving Day- our club covers the 9-12:30 shift reheating turkeys at the Honda Center.  Over  13,000 meals will be served.

               We are full for our shift, but there is a 12:30 - 3 shift that has openings- Contact Ken.

Steve Stern- Club Service- Steve has been pressing Rockwell's to give us a more varied breakfast menu.

       Gala Questionnaires- please fill these out and get them back to Steve.

Mike Brunhober- International Service- Caborca Polio Trip is fully booked-get your checks to Mike for $225 for the trip. 9 club members are going this year.

      - Medical Van for Caborca,Mexico Global Grant is fully funded and the money has been sent to Caborca.  We hope the van will be there for our trip in February.

      - Caborca Children's Treatment Fund- the club donates $500, but individual contributions are accepted. 

Robert Shumate- Vocational Service- Teacher Mini-grants- Robert wanted to thank those members who helped review the grants at Rockwell's yesterday afternoon.

        - 18 grants were approved.

Bill Campbell- Is in charge of this year's Skyview School holiday gifts.  He needs some guidance from individuals involved in past year's giving.

Jill Kuli- Joanie's Purse Progect- check your closets for old purses, hygeine products & cosmetics are also accepted.   Drop them at Jill's home by December 4th.



Al & Yvonne Verkuylen are celebrating a wedding anniversary tomorrow.

Bill Langstaff- celebrating 6 years in Rotary

Paula Meyer's husband Brad is celebrating a birthday on the 18th

Jim & Carolyn Reichert are celebrating their 62nd  wedding anniversary in Cabo.


Happy Bucks:

Lesslie Giacobbi- wanted to thank Robert Shumate for all the great things he does for the club

      Chad Zimmerman- seconded the sentiment.

Teri Elmendorf- has been supporting the Villa Park High Football Team for 20 years and can't say enough good things about the boys. 

          She credits that to the marvelous coaching staff.

Bill Campbell- called club beekeeper Chad Zimmerman with son will to help solve a bee problem in his garage.  Turned out they were wasps and

           a call went out to Ed Carter to " kill the bees"

Ed Howard- gave his presentation on his trip to North Korea at Bob Kreisberg's new club in Carlsbad.  Bob introduced Happy Bucks to the club. 



Speaker: Tony Tripp

Old Towne Boys & Girls Club

Introduced by Mark Schmidt

Tony has done a great job breathing new life into the old YMCA building in Old Town providing a place for kids from Cambridge, Palmyra and West Orange Elementary

Schools to go after school.  The Club concept which began in 1860 and has evolved over the years to include both boys and girls with a mission to  Engage, Inspire and

Empower.  The Club currently has 120 kids per day who come after school.  Many of the kids are picked up by staff members and walk over 1 mile to the facility.

The club has sports and recreational activities, basketball and other sports, education with tutoring done by local high school students who also serve as mentors/ big brothers or sisters to the kids.  They also have an arts program to  allow for positive self expression, as well as health and wellness programs that teach proper eating,

good decision making and provide mentoring. The big emphasis is on character and leadership development programs that helps the kids develop good character; learning to do the right thing.   A career development program is planned for the future.   Many of the students do not have enough money for the fees, but no one is excluded from participation because  of donations through  sponsorship programs.   It costs about $1200 per year per student; 85%  of the students pay nothing. The facility is open daily after school till 6:30pm. 


Chad Zimmerman & Tony Tripp


Calender:  Next week 11/23- Happy Thanksgiving- no meeting

                    11/30- Mark Lowery

                    12/10 - Boat Parade

                    12/12- Rotary Board Meeting.

                    12/14- annual meeting- election of new officers and board.