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President
Vickie Dorgan
 
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John Schwandke

 

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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
 
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Werner Gonnison
John Schwandke
 
Sargeant at Arms
John Lamson
 
  
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

   
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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.

 
Speakers 
 
December 8, 2016  -  Holiday Party no - regular meeting  Our Holiday party will be held at Kiki's Bistro 900 N Franklin Street in Chicago.  312.335.5454
 
December 15, 2016 - Club Gift Exchange - each members/ attendee brings a gift, then through a series of takeaways the gifts settle on members.  A fun exchange gifts should cost no more than $25.  Members should bring the gifts wrapped with no tags.  You are encouraged to bring hysterically funny gifts that will entice trading.
 
December 22, 2016 - Happy Holidays! No Regular Meeting - Informal luncheon to be held in the Carvery on the 4th floor of the Union League Club.  
 
December 29, 2016 - Happy New Year! No Regular Meeting - Informal luncheon to be held in the Carvery on the 4th floor of the Union League Club.  
 
January 5, 2017 - Regular Meeting - Nancy Needles Nancy will discuss how a vibrant theater community is good for Chicago for many reasons, including economic ones, which will also touch on the business of running a theater company.   I will also talk about some of the interesting aspects of Cinderella and how it fits into our new "diversity initiative."  Nancy is involved with The Hypocrites a not-for-profit theater group in Chicago.  This one of their upcoming productions A zany feminist riff on 'Cinderella' (with a side of potatoes) .

 

January 12, 2017 - NO MEETING  - The Rotary Club of Chicago Financial District meets only twice per month, on the first and third Thursdays!!  Please make a note of this new schedule.
 
January 19, 2017 - Regular Meeting - John Wasik - Author, Speaker, Journalist , As the award-winning author of 15 books, Wasik has spoken to crowds from coast to coast on investing, retirement and protecting your money. He is also a renowned biographer, using the past to draw parallels with the present. Click here to read about John and his latest book http://www.johnwasik.net/ 
 
January 26, 2017 - NO MEETING  - The Rotary Club of Chicago Financial District meets only twice per month, on the first and third Thursdays!!  Please make a note of this new schedule.
 
February 2, 2017 - Regular Meeting (Board to meet at 11:00) -  Social Entrepreneur Ingvill Ytreland from Norway, was on an Everest Expedition when an earthquake hit Nepal. She will share the story on how her life has changed dramatically since.
 
Feb. 09, 2017 - NO MEETING Speaker to be rescheduled! The Rotary Club of Chicago Financial District meets only twice per month, on the first and third Thursdays!!  Please make a note of this new schedule. 
 
February 16, 2017 - Regular Meeting -  Award Winning TV Reporter Randi Belasomo from Chanel 9 news with her co-founder Dr. Mary Mulcahy, will address our club about how Life Matters Media came to be and the services it provides. The Chicago-based organization is among those leading a national cultural shift that prioritizes the planning that can lead to true quality of life at the end of life. Its digital resource, lifemattersmedia.org has been hailed by The New York Times as a “website to visit.”  The organization’s public programming has been described by The Chicago Tribune as “passionate, lively and enlightening.”  http://wgntv.com/author/randi-belisomo/ .
 

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  Club Leadership
 
President
Marc Willage
 
President Elect
Gerald McIIvain
  
Past President
John Schwandke
 
Secretary
Robert Mantsh
 
Treasurer
Dennis Gorman
 
Membership
Gus Samios
 
Community Service
Cliff Harstad 
 
World Service
Vickie Dorgan
 
Programs
Jerry McIlvain
312.859.1542
gerald.mcilvain@gmail.com
 
Social & FundRaising
Marilyn Sainsot
Travis Marcum
 
Website
Travis Marcum
 
Sergeant-at-Arms
John Lamson