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April 3
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April 3
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April 13
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April 21
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April 22
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April 27
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John Spesia
April 2, 1996
28 years
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April 16, 1996
28 years
Tracy Simons
April 17, 2020
4 years
Ed Dollinger
April 21, 1987
37 years
Bob Filotto
April 23, 2002
22 years
Dan Mihelich
April 23, 2002
22 years
Paul Gantzert
April 23, 2002
22 years
Jim Slacke
April 26, 2022
2 years
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April 27, 2004
20 years
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Regular Meeting APR 16, 2024

President Diane Cepela invites you
to the REGULAR MEETING this week.


Laura Daley & Mike Merritt

50/50 RAFFLE

Brad McCann & Deb Condotti


Ed Dollinger
APR 16:  Beef Stroganoff
APR 23:  Malibu Chicken
APR 30:  Soup/Salad/Sandwich
MAY 07:  Taco Salad Bowl
All Luncheons include:  Fresh garden salad; 
choice of dressing; warmed rolls; breads and
butter; and water all served to the table.
Serve yourself dessert and coffee.
** Please note- Gluten Free and Vegetarian Meal
available upon request.
( If possible, please feel free to email Sue
prior to arrival)
Mike Merritt

To Pay Fines and Happy Dollars Via Web:

Adult Nutrition
Gloria Dollinger
Mike Paone
You may volunteer for ANY committee
and ANY project! Ask your sponsor or 
President Diane where you are needed.
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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
Laura Daley &
Mike Merritt
Brad McCann &
Deb Condotti
Ed DollingerMike Merritt
Tamela Daniels &
Dan Mihelich
Troy Cicero &
Cheryl McCarthy
Diane HabigerSue Bebar
Rich DeGrush &
Ken Mihelich
Pete Colarelli &
Brian McDaniel
Jane HopkinsPaul Schrik
Diane DeVries &
Megan Millen
Jane Condon &
Dianne McDonald
Lauren LasBrianne Hetman
MAY 14
Ed Dollinger &
Bret Mitchell
Deb Condotti &
Jacque McTee
Dan AdlerPete Colarelli
MAY 21
Gloria Dollinger &
Nick Moran
Priscilla Cordero &
Mary Kay SheehanDan Mihelich

Rotary District News

NEWS Every Club in District 6450 Can Use!
District News
  • District Conference 2024 - Saturday, April 20,2024 Let's celebrate a year of CREATING HOPE IN THE WORLD!. Reconnect with friends from 6450 and make new friends from 6440 at our joint District Conference at One Rotary Center in Evanston. Check out the schedule and REGISTER HERE!
  • District 6450 Annual Meeting - Monday, May 6, 2024, 6pm on Zoom.  Every district Rotarian is invited to the Annual Meeting where a review of the 2023-24 Rotary year will be provided, the budget for the 2024-25 year will be presented, and other business of the District will be discussed and voted on.  Everyone should register to make sure we have enough space on Zoom, and you must declare during registration if you will be a voting delegate for your club.  Here is the list of allowed voting delegates - Click Here.  For the Annual Meeting, Register Here.
  • District Governor Installation - Sunday, June 23, 2024, 5-8pm.  Get started making your club Simply Irresistable and learning about the Magic of Rotary by attending the District Governor Installation at The Barn at Blackberry Farm in Aurora, IL.  Check out the fun you can have at Blackberry Farm and REGISTER HERE!
  • District Board - There are 2 District Board positions available for 2-year terms (2024-2026).  If you are interested in being considered for a District 6450 Board position, please fill out the BOARD APPLICATION and return it to District Governor Nominee Bonnie Sanchez-Carlson at on or before April 25, 2024.
  • Global Grants - Are you interested in participating in a Global Grant but don't know how?  You're District Global Grant Committee wants to help your club get involved.  They have resources to help clubs investigate what grants are in process and which clubs might participate.  For more information, contact District Grants Chair MARSHALL SCHMIDT.
  • Environmental Service Committee - News from Mary Onorad, Chair
    Check out this Operation Pollination video and consider how your club might get involved - Do you like to eat?  For more information go to
  • New District Grant Program Platform - Due to recent security concerns, we have switched the District Grants process platform from to DACdb starting with the 2024-2025 cycle. (This will not impact the current year District Grants.) This is a positive development which will improve the user experience and provide some additional capabilities and efficiencies by consolidating our platform into DACdb. We are currently configuring the interface, which will have a similar, but improved, feel to the current platform. We believe that anyone familiar with the current platform should find the DACdb Grants module easy to use. Within the next couple of weeks, the District Foundation and Grants Committees led by Chuck Corrigan and Marshall Schmitt will reach out to PEs to provide general instructions, a timeline and links to training materials on how to use the module to enter and report on your grants projects. We plan to provide multiple online workshops where you or your designee can receive live coaching from our Grants team on entering your project into the platform.
  • The Rotary Means Business Downtown Networking Group has started meeting the first Monday of each month at Barnes & Thornburg, LP.  For more information on all of the Rotary Means Business networking opportunities, go to

Club News

  • Chicago Citywide Service Annual Earth Day Cleanup - April 21, 10am-noon, Grant Park 
    Join the Rotary Club of Chicago Citywide Service on April 21, the 1st day of Earth Week 2024, for our Annual Earth Day Clean-Up of Grant Park. Volunteers will be spending the morning, from 10 a to 12 pm,  cleaning up the front yard of the City of Chicago, Grant Park! Trash bags and gloves will be provided. 
    Volunteers can sign up at: Grant Park Cleanup Registration 
    For information or large group sign-ups, please contact Jim Wales at
  • Hinsdale Rotary Bikes for Military Kids - May 18, 2024, Hinsdale Community House
    Hinsdale Rotary will distribute bikes to children of active military families.  For more information go to the Hinsdale Rotary Website or contact Tom Norton.

Additional News

Make a lasting impact in communities around the world without leaving home
Rotary and Rotaract members are eligible to serve in Peace Corps’ Virtual Service Pilot. Participants donate 5-15 hours per week for 3 to 6 months to support organizations abroad with their community-level projects related to education, health, agriculture, youth development, and entrepreneurship. Apply your professional skills, language skills, and interest in both global friendships and cultural exchange to build capacity and sustainability through a short-term, virtual engagement.  Learn more about Virtual Service opportunities and apply.

Now is the perfect time for clubs in our district to become Rotary’s Promise Clubs to increase the impact that we can make in the world.

This club recognition opportunity, achieved when 100% of active members contribute US$1,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation’s Endowment, amplifies our ability to create lasting change.

A robust Endowment empowers Rotary to make a difference for generations, even in challenging times. Contributions from club members in your district can be outright gifts or can be commitments or bequests in a will or estate plan.

To support the Foundation’s continued impact, we invite you to encourage clubs in the district to meet the qualifications to become Rotary’s Promise Clubs. 


For more information, contact DG Conor.

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

If needed, Zoom Link:

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.