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March 23
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March 19
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March 2, 1999
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March 2, 1999
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March 2, 1993
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March 6, 2018
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March 6, 2018
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March 7, 2020
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March 12, 1964
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March 13, 2022
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March 15, 2022
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March 15, 2022
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March 17, 2009
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March 17, 2009
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March 18, 2013
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March 27, 2017
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Regular Meeting MAR 07, 2023

President MARY SHEEHAN of

Joliet Rotary invites you to our REGULAR MEETING at

The Jacob Henry Mansion


Jeff Carey &
Michael Merritt
50/50 RAFFLE
Diane Habiger &
Graham Rogers
Arvid Johnson
MAR 07:  Jambalaya
MAR 14:  Corned Beef; Cabbage; Potato; Carrots
MAR 21:  Soup; Salad; Sandwich
MAR 28:  Lemon Pepper Chicken
APR 04:  Beef Stroganoff
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)
Mark Griglione

To Pay Fines and Happy Dollars Via Web:

Red Badge Rotarian presentations
McDonald; Cordero; & Moran
Mike Paone
GOODBYE to Kamala Martinez and
Phil Ferguson--
both are moving to Florida!
WELCOME new Joliet Rotarians:
Michael Merritt, Dominic Perona, 
Joseph Kamper, and Lisa Sampalis
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
Jeff Carey &
Michael Merritt
Diane Habiger &
Graham Rogers
Arvid JohnsonMark Griglione
Brian Cedergren &
Brad McCann
Howard Hamilton &
Theresa Rouse
Sandi PerzeeTim Brophy
Diane Cepela &
Brian McDaniel
Joe Hammer &
Erik Schelling
Theresa RouseBob Filotto
Troy Cicero &
Dianne McDonald
Mike Hennessy &
Paul Schrik
Mary SheehanJane Condon

Rotary District News

Vol. 1, Edition 26 - March 1, 2023

Information Every Club in District 6450 Can Use

Comments from Governor Ade

March is Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Month! 

The Rotary Foundation has invested globally in water, sanitation, hygiene, and water resource management interventions. Providing clean water supply, water treatment or purification, waste management, irrigation, WASH in schools, sanitation, menstrual hygiene management, and hygiene in healthcare facilities are some of the projects that Rotarians support.  

Protecting the environment is one of Rotary’s areas of focus. Rotary is committed to supporting activities that conserve and protect natural resources, advance ecological sustainability, and foster harmony between communities and the environment. I invite you to visit the link below to see the types of water, sanitation, and hygiene projects and activities eligible for global grant funding.

Rotarians and Rotaractors are on the frontline providing humanitarian service in Turkey. 
Rotary members from ROTARY/One recently hosted a virtual meeting where the Chicago area and Rotary leaders from Turkey presented an overview of the devastation from the recent earthquake in Turkey and Northern Syria.  District Governor Emre Ozturk, District 2430, presented a three-stage disaster recovery plan for assisting the survivors that remain in the area. The first stage addresses the immediate emergency needs, the second stage focuses on providing accommodation, and the third stage will use global grants to provide a multi-clinic equipped with ultrasound equipment, a mobile kitchen, and a mobile childcare center. In addition, DG Ozturk’s presentation included information on ways to provide funding directly to the district.

13-19 March — World Rotaract Week – The district has many openings on our various committees. Serving on committees is an opportunity for you to engage in Rotary. Join a district committee and learn more about Rotary International. I implore you to share your talent while honing your leadership abilities and expanding your knowledge. Inquire about the following committees: Membership, Training, DEI, Interact & Youth Services, Youth Exchange, Mental Health, Community Services, and Public Image. 

31 March — Preregistration discount ends for the Rotary International Convention 
‘Sharpen your leadership skills, get inspired with new ideas, and learn from others at a breakout session in Melbourne, Australia, 27-31 May 2023. 

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the 2030 District Conference! The district conference will be held on Saturday, May 6, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at The Max in McCook, 4750 Vernon Avenue, McCook, IL. There is no charge, and food will be available for purchase.

As always, I urge you to continue to track your service hours and share a showcase of your work with Rotary and your community. 

Yours in Rotary Service,

Ade Onayemi


District Events

  • 2023 District Conference & Club Expo, May 6, 2023. Plan on spending Saturday, May 6, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at The Max in McCook bragging about what your club has accomplished this year and checking out what other clubs are doing. There is no charge and food will be available for purchase. Register here

  • Save the Date – 2023-24 District Governor Conor Gee Installation, June 24, 2023. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

  • Rotary Day at the White Sox, July 28, 2023. Get your club members together and order tickets now! Don’t forget to sponsor a veteran for the game and dinner.  For more information and to order tickets click here: 2023 White Sox Game

REMINDER:  Send your news items to be included in the District Headline News to

Club Events

  • ROTARY/One Chicago Woman of the Year Award Ceremony Nominations, Deadline extended to 5 pm on Friday, March 3, 2023. The Chicago Woman of the Year Committee would like to extend the call for honorees. To nominate a candidate, please fill out this automated Nomination FormClick here for more information or email Chicago Woman of the Year Committee Chair Lisa Russ or

  • Bolingbrook Mac & Cheese CompetitionSaturday, March 11, 2023, 12:00 - 2:00 pm, New Life Lutheran Church, Bolingbrook. Click for more information

  • 2023 Annual CORKL Luncheon presented by Western Springs RotaryFriday, March 17, 2023, 11:50 am, Village Club of Western Springs, 4221 Lawn Avenue, Western Springs. CORKL stands for Chamber, Optimist, Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions. Join local service organizations and business professionals at this fun event. CORKL registration

  • ROTARY/One Foundation Fundraiser - A Taste of GermanyThursday, March 23, 2023, 5:30 - 8:00 pm, DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, 4740 N Western Ave, Chicago IL 60625. Come out and enjoy German cuisine and support The ROTARY/One Foundation's mission. Register here

  • Aurora Sunrise Wine & Chocolate ExtravaganzaSaturday, March 25, 2023, 5:30 - 9:00 pm, Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora IL 60502. Get your tickets and see auction items here

  • Woodridge Rotary Presents Old St Andrews Virtual Golf ChallengeSunday, March 26, 2023, 4:00 - 8:00 pm, XGolf 1310 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove IL 60515. Click here for more information and registration

  • The Rotary Club of Chicago is requesting grant proposals from Chicago Public Schools teachers and administrators to support underserved areas and student populations and to improve educational outcomes in Chicago. Proposals are due April 1, 2023Click for more information

  • The Rotary Club of Darien Casino Night FundraiserTuesday, April 25, 2023, 6:00 - 10:00 pm, Ashyana Banquets - Events & Catering, 1620 75th Street, Downers Grove IL 60516. Come play Las Vegas style casino games and raise money to feed kids. Click for more information and registration

  • Help Hinsdale Rotary provide “Bikes for Military Kids”, Saturday, May 20, 2023, 8:00 - 11:00 am, The Community House of Hinsdale, 415 W. Eighth Street, Hinsdale IL 60521. Click for more information

  • The Rotary Club of Chicago - Calling all employers for their JOB1 Program. Please consider signing up to hire a summer intern and provide valuable work experience. Click for more information


Know Your In-coming Board

In-coming slate of officers you approved in

January. Terms begin July 1, 2023:

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

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

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:  MAR 28, 2023

Watch for invite reminders

from President Mary via email.

Join the meeting see how your fellow members

manage the affairs of your Rotary Club.