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February 13
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February 15
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February 17
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February 17
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February 18
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February 21
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February 21
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February 24
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February 26
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February 1, 1986
37 years
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February 4, 1992
31 years
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February 9, 2010
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February 10, 2020
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February 17, 2014
9 years
William Kaplan
February 20, 1996
27 years
Ann O'Neill
February 25, 2003
20 years
Jeff Tyner
February 25, 2003
20 years
Bret Mitchell
February 26, 2002
21 years
Diane DeVries
February 28, 2017
6 years
Gary Fuqua
February 28, 2017
6 years
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February 28, 2006
17 years
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Feb 21, 2023
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Regular Meeting FEB 14, 2023

President MARY SHEEHAN of

Joliet Rotary invites you to our REGULAR MEETING at

The Jacob Henry Mansion


Duffy Blackburn &
Tom Mahalik
50/50 RAFFLE
Marc Gorsch &
Jeff Pierson
Graham Rogers
FEB 14 - Tuscany Chicken
FEB 21 - Turkey, Potato and Vegetable
FEB 28 - Asiago Chicken
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)
Mike Rittof

To Pay Fines and Happy Dollars Via Web:

Bishop's Hill Winery
Damon Zdunich
Ed Dollinger
... The District 6450 Membership Committee invites
you to Discover Rotary! The membership committee
is hosting events in the month of February which
will cover Rotary history, resources available and,
most importantly, a chance for fellow Rotarians to
share their stories and experiences in Rotary.  These
events are open to everyone.  

Dates, locations and registration links: 

February 18 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at the
Eola Community Center in Aurora - 
image Register NOW for Discover Rotary

If you have any issues with the registration links
provided, go to the District Website to register.
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
Duffy Blackburn &
Tom Mahalik
Marc Gorsch &
Jeff Pierson
Graham RogersMike Rittof
Tim Brophy &
Dan Malinowski
Mel Gray &
Amanda Quinn
Jackie McTeeJeff Pierson
Jeff Budz &
Shawn Marconi
Mark Griglione &
Mike Rittof
Jeff AllenDiane Cepela
Jeff Carey &
Kam Martinez
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 24 - February 2, 2023

Information Every Club in District 6450 Can Use

Comments from Governor Ade

February is Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month!

February 23 — Rotary's Anniversary! 

Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention. Prevention is better than cure, as the saying goes. 'As a humanitarian organization, promoting peace is a cornerstone of our mission.' In our district, clubs carry out the mission of peacebuilding locally and globally through many avenues within the areas of focus - grants, peace fellow scholarships, youth exchange, and various ways that foster a stable community environment. What projects are you engaged in that promote peace in your community? Check out the Learning Center for more understanding of Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention. Follow this link for an example of how Rotarians help create an environment that fosters peace by leading the campaign to build Rwanda's first public library. 'A bastion against ignorance and tyranny, it has become a gathering place where a culture of reading, the arts, and democracy thrives.' -

117th Anniversary of 'Doing good things in the World! On February 23, 2023, we will celebrate another birthday of Rotary. Let us toast all the Rotarians, past, present, and future, for changing lives.

2023-2024 Rotary theme. At the recently completed International Assembly, RIPE Gordon McInally introduced his theme for the 2023-2024 year - 'Create Hope in the World.' He acknowledged this historical year and asked us to create a new beginning by building a bridge that continues previous RI initiatives. Emphasizing continuity by building on past work to create something more significant. He urges us to move forward to create hope in the World. Working together with others to put hope in their lives. Rotary helps create peace and opportunity for a world worth living in. You may screen his message at

Attention all Club Presidents and all Club Membership Chairs
During my club visit, I shared the decades-long dismal membership retention rate with you. I informed you about the district's orientation initiative for this year. Well, now is the time for your members to register. There will be three sessions for your members to choose from. All members that have joined in the last five years are expected to attend one of the sessions. I implore you to use your persuasive leadership skills to sign them up. We hope to see all Membership Chairs. I will be at each session to welcome you as we 'Discover ROTARY!" – 

You can attend via Zoom on February 6 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, in person on February 11 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Fountaindale Library in Bolingbrook, or February 18 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Eola Community Center in Aurora. Visit the District website and register for one of the sessions. Learn about Rotary and share your experience with us. Register now

Please 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

  • Everyone is invited to DISCOVER ROTARY. There will be 3 Discover Rotary sessions which will include Rotary history, Rotary resources and Rotary stories. It will be a fun and informative program. You can attend via Zoom on February 6 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, in person on February 18 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Eola Community Center in Aurora. Please register through the links on the home page of the district website.

  • President-elects – register now for Midwest PETS March 3-5, 2023. You should have received a personal registration link; if you didn’t we may not know you’re the PE for your club. Contact Linda Yates at for help registering.

  • 2023 District Conference & Club Expo, May 6, 2023. Plan on spending Saturday, May 6, from 10am-4pm 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

  • Bolingbrook Mac & Cheese CompetitionSaturday, March 11, 2023Click for More Information

  • 2023 Annual CORKL Luncheon presented by Western Springs RotaryFriday, March 17, 2023. CORKL stands for Chamber, Optimist, Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions. Join local service organizations and business professionals at this fun event. CORKL Registration

  • Aurora Sunrise Wine & Chocolate ExtravaganzaSaturday, March 25, 2023Get your tickets and see auction items here

  • ROTARY/One Chicago Woman of the Year Award Ceremony Nominations, Deadline Tuesday, February 5, 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

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

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:  FEB 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.