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Regular Meeting SEP 05, 2023

President Diane Cepela invites you

to the REGULAR MEETING this week.


Joe Hammer & Erik Schelling

50/50 RAFFLE

Jeff Budz & Shawn Marconi


Jane Condon

To Pay Fines and Happy Dollars Via Web:

Tuesday Sept 5th- Apricot Stuffed 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)
Jake Mahalik
Joliet Rotary Planning Session
All of us! Please participate.
Rotary District 5000 includes the clubs on Maui, 
Hawaii. Donations are requested. See the QR code

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
Joe Hammer &
Erik Schelling
Jeff Budz &
Shawn Marconi
Jane CondonJake Mahalik
Mike Hennessy &
Paul Schrik
Jeff Carey &
Kamala Martinez
Jennifer LynchClyne Namuo
Brianne Hetman &
Mary Frances Seeley
Brian Cedergren &
Brad McCann
Mike RittofJane Condon
Hudson Hollister &
Scott Segobiano
Brian McDaniel &
Mark Griglione
Kathy Giegerich
Volunteer needed
Brian Hopkins &
Mary Sheehan
Troy Cicero &
Dianne McDonald
Shawn MarconiKen Mihelich
Jane Hopkins &
Tracy Simons
Pete Colarelli &
Jackie McTee
Brad McCannDiane DeVries

Rotary District News


August 25, 2023

Information Every Club in District 6450 Can Use


District News
  • Maui Relief Fund, If your club and/or members would like to help those devastated by the wildfires on Maui, we have an important connection to help with the effort.  Heidi, daughter of Channahon-Minooka Rotarian Noreen Dollinger, is a resident of Lahaina and a member of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset.  The Rotary District 5000 Foundation has set up a Maui Fire Relief Fund.  Go to to donate.
  • Ukraine: A Country Under Siege Symposium, Friday, September 15, 2023 1pm.  Given the tremendous humanitarian support for Ukraine from the Chicago-area Rotary members, RI General Secretary John Hewko is extending an invitation to attend a symposium organized by the Consulate General of Ukraine and a Ukraine-focused foundation. The symposium, which aims to provide a historical context to the current situation in Ukraine, will feature two panels of speakers, including Viktor Yushchenko, the third president of Ukraine, and his wife, former First Lady Kateryna Yushchenko.  The discussion will include the history of Soviet aggression against Ukraine and the effects of Russia‚Äôs disinformation campaign which seeks to influence the war in Ukraine today.  For more information see the flyer on the District Calendar. Registration is required at this link - Ukraine Symposium
  • MOMA HOPE Monarch Statue is coming to Chicago Oct 17- Nov 3.  Environmental Committee Chair Mary Onorad would like to bring the statue to various club meetings and is looking for clubs who meet on Thursday, Nov 2.  If you would like a presentation, please contact Mary at
    Mary is looking for interested individuals who would like to join the Environment Committee and would like to know what environmental projects your club is doing.  Please contact her at the above email.
  • ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE  The District Youth Exchange Committee is looking for outbound candidates for the 2024-25 school year.  There is a preliminary meeting for interested students September 16 and outbound interviews will be September 30.  Go to the YOUTH EXCHANGE page on the district website or contact outbound coordinator SUE DEBOLT for more information.
  • NIGERIAN ROTARY FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE  Our District is hosting a Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) for approximately 20 Rotarians from Nigerian District 9141 Oct 22-29.  We need hosts to provide lodging for the group during those dates.  If you're interested and/or have questions about what hosting an RFE team member means, contact PDG Osei David Andrews-Hutchinson at or at 773-562-3506.
  • 2022 DEI SURVEY RESULTS  The summary of the 2022 DEI survey was sent out earlier this year.  If you would like to review the summary and/or the full survey results, they are on the district website at
    The DEI Committee is looking for new members to help implement some of the forward-looking recommendations that have come from the survey analysis.  If interested, please contact co-chairs ALETA WILLIAMS or OSEI DAVID ANDREWS-HUTCHINSON.
  • Zones 25B-29 Institute October 18-22, 2023.  Our Zone Institute is a gathering of regional Rotary leadership from the Midwest and Texas who come together for Rotary and role specific education and training.  This year the Institute will be in Evanston at Rotary International Headquarters and RI Director Pat Merryweather is asking for district Rotarians to help in several ways.  Specifically, we need local Rotarians to serve as Greeters at O'Hare and Midway airports and to serve as Ambassadors in Evanston to help attendees get from local hotels to One Rotary Center, around One Rotary Center, and to our dinner venues during the 5 days. If you would like to rise to the opportunity to be a part of the "Zone Experience" in these capacities, please contact PDG Osei David Andrews-Hutchinson at, who is serving as the Chair of the event.

Club News

  • Western Springs Rotary Annual Steak Fry, Friday, September 22, 2023, noon.  Each year Western Springs Rotary holds a Steak Fry to honor Veterans and First Responders.  If you would like more information and to attend and/or sponsor a veteran or first responder CLICK HERE
  • Hinsdale Rotary Rotary Run Charity Classic and Prize Drawing, October 1, 2023.  This year Hinsdale Rotary has added a Prize Drawing to their annual Run.  For more information on the Prize Drawing and to register for the race go to the Prize Drawing website.

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:  SEPT. 26th; 7:30 AM

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.