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Rotary Club of Chicago Financial District


 
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Club Leadership

President
Cliff Harstad

 

President Elect

Victoria Dorgan

 

Past President

Jerry McIlvain


Secretary

Robert Mantsh


Treasurer
John Robertson
 
Executive Secretary
Dennis Gorman 

Membership
Gus Samios

Community Service
Andrew Horberg

International Service
John Schwandke

Speakers/Programs

Vickie
Dorgan
Eve Herdea

Rotary Foundation

John Schwandke
 
Fundraising
Marilyn Sainsot
 
Social Chairman
Gerald McIlvain
 
Website
Werner Gonnison
John Schwandke
 
Sargeant at Arms
Ed Keating
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


   
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About Us                  

The Rotary Club of Chicago - Financial District was founded in February 1985. At the time, ours was only the second charter issued in Chicago since Rotary was founded in 1905. The club had its beginnings near O'Hare Airport. It was known as the Rotary Club of Chicago - New Chicago. Subsequently we migrated to downtown Chicago in the Loop. The Loop is in the heart of Chicago's business district. It takes its name from the circumnavigations of the elevated train system, the "El". Paul Harris' office, where Rotary was started, was in the Unity Building (since demolished) at 127 N Dearborn. was also within the boundaries of the Loop.

As our club found its new home in Chicago's financial district, the name was updated. Since the move down town, we have held our regular meetings in historically significant locations. These included the Midland Hotel (now the W Hotel City Center) and the original Berghoff's Restaurant (now 17 West at the Berghoff) both buildings are still standing and may be seen at 172 W Adams and 17 West Adams respectively. Presently, the club's weekly luncheons take place in the Union League Club at 65 W. Jackson.

Our meetings begin promptly at 12:10 p.m. and end at 1:15 p.m. and our members include professionals from many business sectors including banking, law, real estate, education, technology, and non-profits. We frequently have out-of-town and out-of-country guest and visiting Rotarians at our lunches and hope to see you at our club soon.

Rotary, founded in 1905 right here in Chicago, is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

Rotary clubs support community projects at home and abroad. Known as the world's largest private provider of international education scholarships, the Rotary Foundation funds more than 1,000 students annually to study overseas and act as ambassadors. Rotary also partners with eight prestigious universities around the globe to educate mid-career professionals in peace and conflict resolution.

 

Join Us at our Club Meetings

        

April 10, 2014 
Rotary "Service Above Self' Award Winner Scott Dudley is our Guest Speaker today.
 
April 17, 2014 
Rex Fritschi presents a slideshow tour of his trip through the South Caucauses (Uzbekistan, Armenia & Georgia)
 
April 24, 2014
Joel Brammeier, President & CEO of "Alliance for the Great Lakes" explains their mission to conserve and restore the world's largest fresh water resource. https://www.greatlakes.org/ 
 
May 01, 2014 
Club Assembly Mtg.
 
May 08, 2014 
Lee Neubecker, President of Chicago based "Forensicon" will explain how "Computer Forensics" is used to catch terrorists. http://www.forensicon.com/
 
May 15, 2014
Astronomer and Visual Artist Jose Francisco Salgado is our speaker: JoseFranciscoBio
 
May 22, 2014
Bill Getzoff will speak about the c 1435 "Decent From the Cross" painting, currently on display at Museo del Prado.  Link: Descent From the Cross
 
May 29, 2014
Cassandra Francis, President of "Friends of the Parks" is our guest speaker today. Click here: http://fotp.org/
 
June 05, 2014
Club Assembly
 
June 12, 2014
Today's Guest Speaker is Mr. Halil Demir, Executive Director of Zakat Foundation of America.
 
June 19, 2014
Michael Christiano, Director of Smart Museum Education & Outreach, will explain how they bring art education to Chicago Public Schools. Link: Smart Museum K-12 
 
June 26, 2014
Incoming President Vickie Dorgan Installation Dinner.