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Steven Vanisko
July 1
Diane DeVries
July 2
Peter Paros
July 7
Bradley McCann
July 8
Pam Heavens
July 14
Pete Colarelli
Angela Colarelli
July 2
Marc Gorsch
July 16
Join Date
Amanda Quinn
July 21, 2017
7 years
Jane Hopkins
July 27, 1999
25 years
Kevin Blackburn
July 28, 2015
9 years
Mike Paone
July 28, 2019
5 years
Jul 16, 2024
Transformation of the Joliet Arsenal
Jul 23, 2024
District Governor Visit
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President-Elect Megan Millen invites you to 
the REGULAR meeting.
GREETER Volunteers
Paul Gantzert & Mike Paone
50/50 Raffle Volunteers
Gloria Dollinger & Nick Moran
Pledge & Invocation
Dan Kuska
JUL 16:  Soup/Sandwich
JUL 23:  Lemon Pepper Chicken
JUL 30:  Beef Taco Bowl
AUG 06:  Soup Sandwich
All luncheons include:  Fresh garden salad;
choice of dressing; warmed rolls, breads &
butter; and water, all served to the table.
Serve yourself dessert & coffee.
**Please note:  Gluten-free and Vegetarian
meals are available upon request. Please 
email prior
to arrival.
Diane Cepela
To pay fines and happy dollars via WEB:
Transformation of the Joliet Arsenal
Ragan Pattison & Zach Harbour,
Tim Brophy, Chairman
Joliet Arsenal Development Authority
Rotarians, do you know...
Your new Joliet Rotary Board members
and officers will gather Thursday 7/18
beginning at 5 PM for the annual
"Visioning Session." All Rotarians are
welcome to attend and participate.
Channahon-Minooka Rotary Club
celebrates their 10th anniversary on
Tues, July 23rd at 6 PM at Ace's Garage
Bar & Grill in Minooka. $40 for dinner; 
cash bar. All invited to attend. Ok to pay
at the door. RSVP by 7/16 to: 
If you have any announcements,
stories, memories or history notes for
this space, please email to Tim Brophy

Upcoming Meeting Volunteers

Please seek substitute if you cannot
honor your assignment.
50/50 TIX
Paul Gantzert &
Mike Paone
Gloria Dollinger &
Nick Moran
Dan KuskaDiane Cepela
Marc Gorsch &
Brian Cedergren
Bob Filotto &
David Nelson
Sue BornhofenJackie McTee
Mel Gray &
Kathy Peterson
Gary Fuqua &
Ann O'Neill
Dan AdlerErica Holmes
Mark Griglione &
Greg Peyla
Art Galli &
Sarah Oprzedek
Tracy SimonsDiane Habiger

Rotary District News

NEWS Every Club in District 6450 Can Use!

Dear Irresistible District 6450 Rotary Members,

I hope you are having a great summer enjoying family, friends and new adventures!

It is an honor and privilege to follow in the footsteps of Immediate Past District Governor Conor Gee and all our past district governors. I’m excited to serve alongside our dedicated District Team, Club Presidents and all our People of Action to share and grow The Magic of Rotary.

We all have The Magic of Rotary within us. It comes from our fellowship, our values, our Service Above Self ideal and Rotary’s rich framework of resources, programs and partnerships that we can engage throughout our global humanitarian network. The Magic of Rotary is ours to share and grow. So let’s do that and revolutionize Rotary to become Simply Irresistible!

Please enjoy this brief video by RIP Stephanie Urchick about the annual theme.

I am asking for your help to support RIP Stephanie’s important initiative to be an IRRESISTILBE DISTRICT by forming at least 4 new clubs (traditional, satellite, caused-based, Rotaract, …) and achieving a net membership increase of at least 100 or more this Rotary year. Attracting new members, retaining members and establishing new clubs is not easy. But our members are IRRESISTIBLE and together we can inspire the action needed to make this happen in our District.

I’m also focused on enhancing teamwork in the District Team (District Team Contact List) so that we can collaborate better to support our clubs. We will be looking for allies and partners everywhere to expand our reach.

And we’re providing resources for our clubs to grow Rotary and grow our impact:
  • Simply Irresistible Coaches and Club Gold Membership Plan to help grow, address challenges and start new clubs,
  • Strengthen and grow our Youth programs, including Interact, Early Act, RYLA and Youth Exchange to focus on service, leadership development and peace building,
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid initiative and Kindness Counts campaigns.
  • Project funds for environmental service, youth mental health, homeless veterans support, cards for senior and disaster response.
  • Several District-wide Days of Service, starting August 10.
  • Fall Grants Extravaganza, October 26, to introduce more clubs to opportunities and collaboration.
  • Advance our DEI action plan to ensure everyone feels safe, valued and that they belong.

I’m looking forward to visiting with all our members throughout the District. It’s going to be a great year with all of us working together to grow and celebrate The Magic of Rotary!

Yours in Rotary,

Rachel Ossyra
District Governor 2024-25


  • District-wide Day of Service - Saturday, August 10. SAVE THE DATE. Details coming soon. 
  • White Sox Family Fun Day - Friday, August 30 (game time 7:10pm). Get your tickets for this year's Rotary Family Fun Night at the White Sox game! Registration is open, CLICK HERE.
  • Fall Assembly - Grants Extravaganza - Saturday, October 26. SAVE THE DATE and plan to learn about all the ways we can do good in our communities and around the world using our donations to The Rotary Foundation.
  • Rotary Cigar Event - Wednesday, July 24. Do you enjoy a nice cigar, cocktails, conversations & networking? Join the District 6450 Cigar Fellowship for their next event. See the District calendar for more details. RSVP is required.
  • Rotary Means Business (RMB) Conference 2024 - July 26 & 27. For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.
  • RYLA - October 11-13. Save the 2024 RYLA dates! The application will be available on the District website RYLA page in the next few days.


  • Plainfield Rotary Ducks4Bucks - Sunday, July 21, 2:32pm. Buy your ducks and get ready to race. For more information on Plainfield Rotary's annual duck race, CLICK HERE.
  • Chicago Heights-Park Forest Corn Roast/Picnic - Thursday, August 15, 5-7pm. Join the Chicago Heights-Park Forest for a corn roast and picnic which includes raffles, games, prizes, fishing, and the dedication of the "Jim Settles" bench. For more information and to RSVP, contact Mary Dankowski.
  • Naperville Sunrise Rotary Ride - Sunday, August 11. Grease your bike chain and put air in the tires so you can join Naperville Sunrise for the 27th Annual Rotary Ride. For more information and to register, go to
  • Channahon-Minooka Oktoberfest - Saturday, September 14. Save the Date! More information to come.
  • Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic - Sunday, October 6. Dust off your running (or walking) shoes and plan to participate in or volunteer at the Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic. For more information and to register, go to CHARITY CLASSIC.

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:
Pete Colarelli in person
or at



YOUR Joliet Rotary Club officers:

Terms July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025

President - Pete Colarelli

President Elect - Megan Millen

President Nominee - John Spesia

Treasurer-Brad McCann

Secretary-Jennifer Lynch

Club Services-Tracy Simons

Community Services-Jane Condon

International Projects- Mark Inserra

Vocational Services-Gloria Dollinger

Past President- Diane Cepela

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:  JULY 30, 2024; 7:30 AM; In-Person Meeting.

If needed, Zoom Link:

Watch for invite reminders

from President Pete via email.

Join the meeting to see how your fellow members

manage the affairs of your Rotary Club.