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Regular Meeting JULY 19, 2022

President MARY SHEEHAN of

Joliet Rotary invites you to our


Jacob Henry Mansion GATHERING ROOM

**JULY 26th is LAST DATE for ZOOM**


Marc Gorsch &
Graham Rogers
50/50 RAFFLE
Mike Hennessey &
Jeff Tyner
Ann O'Neill
All Luncheons include:  Fresh garden salad; choice
of dressing; warmed rolls; breads and butter;
dessert; coffee and water - all served to the table
July 19- Lemon Pepper Chicken on a bed of Fettuccine Noodle
with Steamed Broccoli
July 26- Pulled Pork Sandwich- Complimentary Soup
August 2-  Traditional Meatloaf, Homemade Mashed
Potato and Gravy
** Please note- Gluten Free and Vegetarian Meal
available upon request.
( If possible please feel free to email Sue
prior to arrival)
Sandi Perzee
Malawi Grant Project
John Spesia
Fr. Philip Mbeta
The annual Rotary Raffle has provided
over $500,000 in local grants over the
past 20 years. Members are needed
now to lead this current effort. To step
up, contact Tracy Simons at today!
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
Marc Gorsch &
Graham Rogers
Mike Hennessy &
Jeff Tyner
Ann O'NeillSandi Perzee
Mel Gray &
Paul Schrik
Brian Hopkins &
Nick Tyrell
Tracy SimonDan Mihelich
Mary Fran Seeley &
Amanda Quinn
Jen Howard &
Steve Vanisko
Ruth Colby
Pam Heavens
Mark Griglione &
Amanda Quinn
Mark Inserra &
Dan Vera
Deb CondottiDiane Cepela
Diane Habiger &
Tracy Simons
Joe Hammer &
Kevin Watson
Gloria DollingerDan Kuska
Howard Hamilton &
John Spesia
Ben Stortz &
Nick Weis
Jane CondonMark Griglione
Joe Hammer &
Ben Stortz
Tim Brophy &
Julie Wilkinson
Diane CepelaNick Tyrell

All Welcome to attend Board Meetings!

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

These usually take place on


When in-person, meetings are held at

Lightways Hospice Center

250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet, IL 60431

Next:  JULY 26, 2022

Watch for invite reminder

from President Mary via email.

Join the meeting see how your fellow members

manage the affairs of your Rotary Club.

Doing so counts toward your attendance.


Nominate New Member

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:
Mary Sheehan in person
or at

Rotary District News

Vol. 1, Edition 13 - July 15, 2022

Information Every Club in District 6450 Can Use

  • Governor Ade Onayemi Shares D6450 Goals for 2022/23

  • Plainfield Rotary “Duck 4 Bucks”, July 17th

  • Oak Forest Rotary Golf Outing, July 21st

  • Sox, Sox, Sox!!! Rotary International D6450 Family Fun Day, July 22nd

  • Rotary Club of the Southland fundraising event on July 30th for the Cancer Support Center of Mokena/Homewood

  • Rotary Club of Naperville After Dark presents a “Totally Rad ‘80’s Trivia Night”, October 27th

  • RYLA “Live” returns October 7th-9th!

  • Rotary Club of Chicago Southeast presents a Cultural and Service Visit to Sierra Leone and Ghana, Africa, October 30th-November 12th


Fellow Rotarians, welcome to the New Rotary Year!
Congratulations to all the club presidents and officers for 2022-2023.

The theme for this year is Imagine Rotary. RI President Jones - imagines a Rotary where members act to make their dreams become reality and they make the most of their club experiences. She urges members to engage more with each other and use these connections to build partnerships that change the world.

President Jones explained the significance of the graphics.

The theme graphic was designed by an Australian indigenous artist to link with the 2023 Rotary Convention in Melbourne. The circle denotes our connection to one another. The dots around the circle represent our people. Each of the dots also represents the seven Areas of Focus. Together, the circle and dots portray a navigation star, our guiding light. The solid green line signifies a digging stick (used when doing hard work), the tools of the People of Action getting things done.

Purple, Green, and White colors celebrate DEI – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. They represent the freedom to express ourselves differently but with a special connection. Individually each color has a meaning.

Purple: Polio Green: The Environment White: Peace
Together, they represent Empowerment and Newness. These colors are utilized for the women's movement, allowing us to grow our female membership.

2022-2023 RI Initiative: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)                                        

In her message, RI President Jennifer Jones states, "In Rotary, we celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)." She notes that "DEI is not just a recommended practice. It is necessary to Rotary's success in providing meaningful leadership, networking, and service opportunities today and in the future." With an intentional focus on DEI, we can celebrate each person's contributions, advance equity, and create an inclusive culture where everyone knows they are valued.

Rotary International's Strategic Plan – The Action Plan
As we start the year, we ask clubs to review and incorporate Rotary International's strategic plan, known as The Rotary Action Plan, when shaping club priorities and goals. The four fundamental objectives of the ACTION PLAN are as follows.
  1. Increase our impact.
  2. Expand our reach.
  3. Enhance participant engagement (improve the involvement of participants).
  4. Increase our ability to adapt.
The plan "builds on our past success and sets the future direction to ensure that we continue to grow, unite people and make a lasting impact." Clubs' goals should be aligned accordingly. This is an opportunity to engage your members in discussion and visioning.

The Action Plan framework will guide our work with onboarding Rotaract, engaging our youth and the next generation, showcasing Rotary and DEI.

Onboarding Rotaract          

On July 1, we welcome the expansion of Rotary membership to include Rotaract clubs. Rotaract's elevated status was approved by Rotary's Council on Legislation in 2019 as part of an ongoing effort to make Rotary more appealing and welcoming to young professionals. The district board took the initiative to establish a director position for Rotaract last year. Additionally, Rotaractors will be included in all aspects and activities of the district.

Engaging youth and the next generation         

The future of Rotary lies in our clubs, where we must adapt to the changing reality of the present. Our challenge as an organization is to bring on the next generation of Rotarians. We must share the gift of membership with those who share our values. We must intentionally include Interactors and their families in service projects and Rotary activities. All clubs should seek opportunities to collaborate on projects with a Rotaract club. Clubs should include Interactors, faculty advisors, and families in their activities. Rotary youth programs include Interact, Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE), Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), New Generations Service Exchange, Rotary Peace Fellowships, and Rotary Community Corps. Rotary has invested heavily in these programs for many years. Yet, we don't retain an appreciative number of alumni from these programs as Rotarians. It is incumbent on every Rotary club to find an avenue to engage the next generation.

Rotary showcase        

Club presidents have set goals and priorities for the year that we expect them to share with members. During the President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS), presidents-elect were tasked with working to achieve The Rotary Citation

This award recognizes the challenging work that clubs do throughout the year. Clubs should select at least thirteen of the twenty-five available goals to apply toward citation achievement.

We must grow more to do more. In other parts of the world, Rotary is growing but not so much in the United States. Despite the array of initiatives, global grants, and community service, we struggle with membership in our district. We can change the trend and grow membership by telling our compelling stories and showcasing our projects. The theme for our 2023 District Conference will be 'A Showcase of Rotary.' 

On May 6, 2023, each Rotary, Rotaract, Interact, and Earlyact club, along with invited partners, will highlight their activities in an exposition format.

District DEI Survey            

In February 2022, the District DEI Committee was tasked to develop an initiative to start collecting demographic information from members to better help measure our clubs' diversity. With the approval of the district board, the committee's Survey Task Force worked with Justice Informed, a professional group, to create a survey. Every member of our district will be asked to participate in completing the survey that will serve as a baseline. Since the survey is being conducted by an independent organization, we are assured of complete confidentiality. I strongly urge you and your club members to complete the survey promptly. Thank you.

I look forward to a year of fun and Rotary service, as we all Imagine Rotary. A Rotary that is intentional in embracing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) well beyond the next century. In the words of Paul Harris, our founder, 'If Rotary is to realize its proper destiny, it must be evolutionary at all times, revolutionary on occasions.


Plainfield Rotary Ducks 4 Bucks, July 17th
Join the fun this Sunday, July 17th, at 2:32 pm as thousands of numbered yellow rubber ducks are launched into the DuPage River of the Lockport Street Bridge in downtown Plainfield, IL. Eight cash prizes are offered!  For info, contact Erica Egger, Designs by Erica, (815) 744-5500/(815) 483-0555.


Rotary Club of Oak Forest Park Golf Outing, July 21st
The Rotary Club of Oak Forest Park announces that sign-ups for their Golf Outing on Thursday, July 21st have begun. The event will take place at the Odyssey Golf Course, 19110 Ridgeland Avenue, Tinley Park, IL. Check in will begin at Noon.
Register Here:
For more info, contact Cindy Gawenda, (708) 567-2536.


Rotary Family Fun Day at the White Sox, July 22nd - Registration Deadline Extended
The Annual Rotary Day at White Sox Park has extended its registration day.  Act today as the White Sox continue to battle for the AL Central Division Championship.

The Sox will take on the Cleveland Guardians on Friday, July 22nd. The game starts at 7:10 pm. Gates open at 5:45 pm.
  • Game Tickets: $35
  • Patio Party: 2 hours all you can eat & drink, $50
  • Prepaid Parking: $25 (game day parking: $27)
Register Here


Rotary Club of the Southland, Denim Diamonds, July 30th
The Rotary Club of the Southland announces a fundraising event, Diamond Denims for the Cancer Support Center of Mokena / Homewood on July 30th.  The event will be held Balagio’s, 6:00 -10:00 pm, 17501 Dixie Hwy., Homewood, IL.

For more information, contact Sharon Newman, (708) 631-5846.

Register Here


Rotary Club of Naperville After Dark Totally Rad ‘80’s Trivia Night, October 27th
Join the Rotary Club of Naperville After Dark on October 27th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the Naperville VFW, 908 Jackson Avenue for a “Totally Rad ‘80’s Trivia Night” benefiting the DuPage PADS and the Hesed House.  Single registration, $35; 8-person team registration, $225.

For more information contact Kristy Sullivan, (630) 579-3827, or Mary Morrisey, (630) 221-1755.

Register Here


RYLA to return to “live” meeting this fall, October 7th-9th
RYLA is going back “in person” this Rotary year!  Get ready to nominate students to attend our District 6450 RYLA October 7th-9th at the Holiday Home Camp in Williams Bay, WI.  The RYLA team has decided to make this a soft start as we come further out of COVID, so we plan to limit participation to 50 students and are shortening the weekend to Friday-Sunday.  The cost will be $335/student.  Keep an eye out for the RYLA application which will be posted on the district website in the next few days.  We’re also looking for 1 or 2 weekend chaperones.  If you’ve always wanted to get involved in RYLA, now is your chance.  

For further information contact Bill Zerinskas at or Linda Yates at

Rotary Club of Chicago Southeast Cultural and Service Visit, October 30th-November 12th
Join the Rotary Club of Chicago Southeast October 30th through November 12, 2022 for a Cultural and Service visit to the African countries of Sierra Leone and Ghana.

During this trip the D6450 group will attend the opening of a Rotary library in Sierra Leone, as a Rotary clinic in Ghana.  The itinerary and details of the trip are available below.

Registration and deposits on travel are due shortly!  For more information, contact Osei David Andrews-Hutchinson, PDG, at

Application -
Itinerary and Details of trip -