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Rotary Club of Chicago Financial District


 
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Club Leadership
 
 
President
Vickie Dorgan
 
President Elect
John Schwandke

 

Past President

Cliff Harstad

   
Secretary
Robert Mantsh

Treasurer
Dennis Gorman
 
Membership
Gus Samios

Community Service
Andrew Horberg

World Service
John Schwandke

Programs
Eve Herdea

Rotary Foundation
John Schwandke
 
Social Committee
Patrick Crowley
 
Fundraising
Marilyn Sainsot
 
Public Relations
Werner Gonnison
John Schwandke
 
Sargeant at Arms
John Lamson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

   
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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.

 

"Rotary Smart"

Our "Rotary Smart" project promotes peace by improving thinking and reasoning skills through experiences with art. The program provides 3rd graders with two visits to the Smart Museum of Art and 10 in-class art lessons from a teaching artist.
 

Join Us at our Club Meetings

        

  
Mar. 05, 2015 - SPECIAL 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION MEETING!
 
Mar. 12, 2015 - Andrea Mattson, founder of "Edible Alchemy Foods" will tell us the motivation behind her new startup food cooperative. 
 
Mar. 19, 2015 - Speaker Ashley Richardson presents... "The Incredible Edible Egg & You." 
 
Mar. 26, 2015 - Guest Speaker is Andrei Russu, First Secretary of the Romanian Consulate in Chicago
 
Apr. 02, 2015 - Club Assembly Mtg. - Project Reports
 
Apr. 09, 2015 - Guest Speaker Amy Kozyra will explain the "Cystic Fibrosis Foundation" and its mission.
 
Apr. 16, 2015 - Prof. Tom Plagge, from the University of Chicago, will speak about "strategic acquisition of abandoned property."
 
Apr. 23, 2015 - College Advisor Jessica O'Connell, will the Illinois College Advising Corps. 
 
Apr. 30, 2015 - Guest Speaker is Ben Hollis, creator of WTTW's long running "W.I.L.D. Chicago" television series.
 
May 07, 2015 - Club Assembly Mtg. - Project Reports
 
May 28, 2015 - Guest Speaker Douglas Chien tells us about "Friends of the Forest Preserves." http://www.fotfp.org/
  
June 11, 2015 -  Mariyana Spyropoulos , President of MWRD, an award winning government agency responsible for wastewater treatment and storm water management, will present on this topic.