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November 6
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November 9
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November 11
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November 13
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November 17
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November 19
Troy Cicero
November 20
Shawn Marconi
Todd Marconi
November 14
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Carrie Schelling
November 16
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Jake Mahalik
November 14, 2017
6 years
Marc Gorsch
November 14, 2016
7 years
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November 20, 2013
10 years
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November 21, 2017
6 years
Shawn Marconi
November 21, 2017
6 years
Rudy Mahalik
November 26, 1985
38 years
David Thornton
November 29, 1994
29 years
Nov 14, 2023
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Nov 21, 2023
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Regular Meeting NOV 14, 2023

President Diane Cepela invites you

to the REGULAR MEETING this week.


Bill Kaplan & Michael Thiel

50/50 RAFFLE

Laura Daley & Nick Moran


Jeff Budz 

To Pay Fines and Happy Dollars Via Web:

11/14- Soup/Sandwich
11/21- Jumbalaya (meeting in gathering room)
11/28- Ham
12/5- Pot Roast (meeting in gathering room)
All Luncheons include:  Fresh garden salad; choice
of dressing; warmed rolls; breads and butter;
dessert; coffee and water - all served to the table
** Please note- Gluten Free and Vegetarian Meal
available upon request.
( If possible, please feel free to email Sue
prior to arrival)
Mary Sheehan
Boys & Girls Club of Joliet
New CEO Chantel Gamboa
Mark Inserra
Looking for five volunteers to help at Warren-
Sharpe community center food pantry on
Tuesday, November 21 and Tuesday,
December 19 from 10:30am-Noon. To volunteer
please contact Jane Condon via
email at
815-735-3002 or sign-up sheets at luncheons.

Rotarian volunteers are needed for the 
“Light of the Holidays” Christmas Market:
Friday, Nov. 24th, 7:30am to 5:30pm. Jobs
include set-up, help during the market,
selling anniversary mugs, and tear-down.
They are looking for about 10 people.
To help, contact Rotarian Priscilla Cordero
Joliet City Center Partnership Exec. Dir. 
If you have any stories, memories or 
history notes for this space, please email to
Tim Brophy at: 
Thank you!

Upcoming Meeting Volunteers

Please seek substitute if you cannot
honor your assignment.
50/50 TIX
Bill Kaplan &
Michael Thiel
Laura Daley &
Nick Moran
Jeff BudzMary Sheehan
Kristi Kelly &
Dave Thornton
Rich DeGrush &
Kathleen ZydekNick Tyrell
Bruce Konzelman &
Jeff Tyner
Diane DeVries &
Tim Brophy
Marc GorschMarc Gorsch

Rotary District News


November 1, 2023

Every Club in District 6450 Can Use


District News
  • The District Facebook Page is back! Make sure you check it out at
  • 2023 Veterans Coat Drive & Stand Down Day, November 15 & 16.  Coats can be donated and volunteers are needed for Stand Down Day.  To find out more about how to donate coats and when and where to volunteer, go to the STAND DAY REGISTRATION.
  • Help Districts 6440 and 6450 Advance for Rotary Programs of Scale!  Rotary Programs of Scale is a once-a-year, $2+ million funding opportunity that supports work that has proven impact and is ready to scale. This year, District 6440 and 6450 Rotarians have helped lead an application to the final stage! District Governors Conor Gee and Mary Bak invite you to join a webinar on Friday, November 17 at 12 pm Central to hear from the team behind the "One Million Healthy Mothers and Newborns in Uganda" Program of Scale application, including locals Steve Jambor and Richard Siegler and PDG John Magezi Ndamira from District 9213 in Uganda. Click this calendar link for more information and Zoom link. We hope that many clubs can consider getting involved with this $3.5+ million Program of Scale to serve more than 1 million mothers and babies in Uganda by applying proven methods to reduce newborn and maternal mortality. This would be a signature international effort to come out of our districts for years to come! Check out more information on Rotary Programs of Scale.
  • Environmental Service Grant  Your club can make an impact on the environment in your community by applying for an Environmental Service Grant.  Go to the new Environmental Service page on our website to find out more by CLICKING HERE.

Club News

  • Woodridge Rotary Holiday Gala, December 6, 6:30-11pm.  The Rotary Club of Woodridge is hosting its second annual Holiday Gala Fundraiser to benefit the Woodridge VFW and Project Cure.  The event will  be on December 6, 2023 and include live  music.  To register for tickets and sponsorship opportunitiesCLICK HERE.

Additional News
  • Diveheart Documentary now available on YouTube  Diveheart's documentary Adapting to Dive, which received 10 international film festival awards in the last year, is now FREE on YouTube Great stories of hope and healing through adaptive scuba diving.
  • Maui Relief Fund, If your club and/or members would like to help those devastated by the wildfires on Maui, we have an important connection to help with the effort.  Heidi, daughter of Channahon-Minooka Rotarian Noreen Dollinger, is a resident of Lahaina and a member of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset.  The Rotary District 5000 Foundation has set up a Maui Fire Relief Fund.  Go to to donate.

Invite a Guest.
Know Your Board Members

It is a privilege to be a Rotarian!
Lead the way--Invite a guest and/or
Nominate a new member today!
Someone thought enough of you to invite you into the Club.
Each of us is charged with doing the same!
It's easy and it is the privilege of EVERY current member.
Start with an invite as a guest to lunch. If interested,
the application for YOU to nominate a potential
Joliet Rotary Club member is available in the
DOWNLOAD FILES section of the e-Wheel newsletter
and the Joliet Rotary Club website at
All New Member applications go to:
Diane Cepela in person
or at



YOUR Joliet Rotary Club officers:

Terms July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024

President-Diane Cepela

President Elect-Pete Colarelli

President Nominee-Megan Millen

Treasurer-Brad McCann

Secretary-Jennifer Lynch

Club Services-Tracy Simons

Community Services-Jane Condon

International Projects-John Spesia

Vocational Services-Gloria Dollinger

Past President-Mary Sheehan

All Welcome to attend Board Meetings!

All Joliet Rotarians are invited to attend the
meetings of the Rotary Club of Joliet
Board of Directors.

These usually take place on


Meetings are held at

Lightways Hospice Center

250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet, IL 60431

Next:  NOV 28th; 7:30 AM

Watch for invite reminders

from President Diane via email.

Join the meeting to see how your fellow members

manage the affairs of your Rotary Club.