Joliet Golf Club
1009 W. Illinois Hwy, Joliet 60433
Greeters:  Ruth Colby
& Megan Millen
50/50 Raffle:  Mike Paone
& Mike Carson
Mary Jaworski
Fried Chicken; 
Mashed Potatoes;
Green Beans;
Salad, Rolls;
Theresa Rowe
SPECIAL Meeting Reminder DEC 10, 2019 Tim Brophy 2019-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
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Rotary District News Tim Brophy 2019-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Las on Nov 04, 2019
In rural Districts of Malawi, Africa, literacy rates are as low as 60% and poverty rates are as high as 69%.  There are also significant inequities between male and female students, with 80% more males than females completing secondary school or going beyond secondary school and 14% of females versus 8% of males never attending school.
Along with the Limbe Malawi Rotary Club, Joliet Rotary is working with Chicago-based World Bicycle Relief to provide seventy bicycles to help address these issues.  Through a grant from The Rotary Foundation, Joliet Rotary is implementing a program that will provide 70 bicycles to qualified high school students and teachers in the Thyolo and Mulanji Districts of Malawi, Africa.  Approximately 70% of the bicycles will go to female students and 30% to male students in an effort to improve education outcomes for women and obstacles facing female students that males do not face.  Selection criteria for receipt of a bicycle will be established by a community-based committee comprised of local leaders.  A well-suited community member will also be trained as a bicycle mechanic and the program will ensure that there is an adequate supply of spare parts.  The local committees will also develop study-to-own-contracts whereby students can take ownership of their bike upon completing their studies.
Providing Bicycles to Improve Educational Opportunities in Malawi, Africa Lauren Las 2019-11-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Las on Sep 17, 2019
Joliet Rotary presented a check for $30,000 to the Spanish Community Center - Centro Español at the 9/17 meeting. The funds were raised through the annual raffle in the 2018-2019 Rotary year.

The 2019-2020 raffle is happening right now. Find any Joliet Rotarian to purchase a $100 ticket - you could win the grand prize of $10,000 and help another great non-profit in our community!

Pictured in this photo are Joliet Rotarians Jen Howard, Cheryl McCarthy, Jack Rogers, Veronica Gloria, and Jeff Pierson. 
2018 Raffle Proceeds Presented to the Spanish Community Center Lauren Las 2019-09-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lauren Las on Aug 28, 2019
We celebrated Pete Nichols's 96th birthday this week at our luncheon!
Pictured left to right: Brian Benton, Bill Lauer, Jim Watts, Rich DeGrush, Pete Nichols, Greg Peyla, Marc Gorsch, Dan Vera, and Jack Rogers.
Happy 96th Birthday, Pete Nichols! Lauren Las 2019-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to incoming President Jen Howard and our board members who were installed as officers of the Joliet Rotary Club for the 2019-2020 year, by District Governor debi Ross. The theme for the new Rotary year is "Rotary Connects the World." The President and Officers of the Joliet West High School Interact Club were also installed.
President - Jen Howard
President Elect - Michelle Balog
Treasurer - Marc Gorsch
Secretary - Lauren Las
Immediate Past President - Jeffrey Pierson
President Nominee - Brian Cedergren
International Projects - Bradley McCann
Club Services - Mary Sheehan
Vocational Services - Nick Tyrell
President Jen Howard and 2019-2020 Joliet Rotary Board Installed Lauren Las 2019-06-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 08, 2019

Joliet Rotarians are proud to be a long-time sponsor of the Joliet Chamber Education Committee's Top 25 Student banquet for local scholars!

Joliet Rotarians involved in the event included event chairman Mark Griglione, Joliet Chamber President Mary Jaworski, JTHS Superintendent Dr. Cheryl McCarthy, and JCA Principal Dr. Jeff Budz.

Many club members were also present at the banquet to support the students!

Joliet West High School students


Joliet Central High School students


Joliet Catholic Academy students

Top 25 Student Banquet 2018-2019 Lauren Las 2019-04-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 26, 2019
This week the Club sang Happy Birthday to Miriam Merrill who turned 91 over the weekend. Miriam has achieved perfect attendance for over 27 years!!
Miriam Merrill celebrates 91st birthday Lauren Las 2019-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 19, 2019

The 22nd Annual Rotary Club of Joliet Youth Leadership Conference took place this week at the Jacob Henry Mansion. Students from all three Joliet high schools were invited to hear from community leaders (many of them Rotarians!) about what makes a good leader.

At today’s luncheon, six students were chosen to speak about their experiences. Congratulations to all of these amazing students!

A huge thank you is in order to Rotarians Mary Jaworski and Jen Howard for another excellent year producing this conference.


22nd Annual Rotary Club of Joliet Youth Leadership Conference


2019 student leaders. The sons of two Joliet Rotarians, Sue Bebar and Jeff Budz, were among this year's group.


Daisy Collazo of Joliet West High School speaks to the club about her experience at the 2019 Rotary Club of Joliet Youth Leadership Conference.


Morgan Harmon of Joliet Central High Schoolspeaks to the club about her experience at the 2019 Rotary Club of Joliet Youth Leadership Conference.


Jack Smith from Joliet Catholic Academy speaks to the club about his experience at the 2019 Rotary Club of Joliet Youth Leadership Conference.

22nd Annual Rotary Club of Joliet Youth Leadership Conference 2019-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 03, 2019
Joliet Rotary President Elect Jen Howard attended Rotary District 6450’s Midwest President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) for 3 days of learning and networking in preparation for their year as club leaders. Jen had the opportunity to hear inspiring messages by Rotary International President-Elect Mark Daniel Maloney and District Governor-Elect debi Ross.
President Elect Jen Howard attends PETS Lauren Las 2019-03-03 06:00:00Z 0
Assistant Governor Visits and awards 2017-2018 Presidential Citation Lauren Las 2019-02-26 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 09, 2019
Joliet Rotarians visited local elementary schools today and to donate dictionaries to all third grade students.The students enjoyed learning about Rotary how to use the dictionaries.
Immediate Past President Dr. Cheryl McCarthy with students.
State's Attorney James W. Glasgow teaching students how to use their new dictionaries.
Duffy Blackburn and Val Devine with students.
Duffy and Val distributing the dictionaries.
2018-2019 Dictionary Project Lauren Las 2019-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 19, 2018
Congratulations to these Joliet Rotarians on receiving Perfect Attendance Awards at this week's meeting!
Dan Vera, 25 yrs; Miriam Merril, 26 years; George Buck, 40 years; Jim Smith, 27 years
Perfect attendance awards Lauren Las 2018-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 18, 2018
It was a bittersweet day at today’s Joliet Rotary Club meeting — our last Tuesday lunch meeting at Hollywood Casino! Thank you for the cake send-off, and baskets to replace to the old boxes and bucket we currently use. We will miss the fabulous servers, Margarita and Debra, and all the Epic Buffet staff. It’s been a wonderful 5 years!
Weekly Club meetings will now be held at the Holiday Inn & Suites Joliet Southwest - Rock Run Convention Center located at 1471 Rock Creek Boulevard, Joliet, IL 60431.
Final club meeting at Hollywood Casino Lauren Las 2018-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 04, 2018
Congratulations to Joliet Rotarian Greg Peerbolte on receiving the 2018 Joliet Area Young Professional (JAYP) of the Year award, presented by fellow Joliet Rotarians Duffy Blackburn (last year’s winner) and Joliet Chamber of Commerce President Mary Jaworski!
Joliet Rotarian Greg Peerbolte named Young Professional of the Year Lauren Las 2018-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
Joliet Rotarian Jane Hopkins named District 6450 Governor Designate Lauren Las 2018-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 19, 2018
Joliet Rotarians recently volunteered at the St. John Lutheran Church Food Pantry in Joliet.
Marc Gorsch, Graham Rogers, Troy Cicero, Val Devine, and Mike Thiel
Brian Hopkins, Laura Daley, Rich DeGrush, Troy Cicero, Nick Weis, Mark Griglioni, and Jane Condon
Joliet Rotarians volunteer at food pantry Lauren Las 2018-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 24, 2018
The club hosted Fall Member Orientation at Jameson's Pub tonight and had a great night of fellowship and learning! New members learned about Rotary and the Joliet club few current members. 
Fall New Member Orientation Lauren Las 2018-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
President Elect Jen Howard named 2018 Athena Award Winner Lauren Las 2018-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
Today Club President Jeff Pierson provided a cake and Joliet Rotarians sang “Happy Birthday” in honor of fellow Rotarian Pete Nichols’s 95th birthday!
Pete Nichols celebrates 95th birthday Lauren Las 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 17, 2018
Rotary International District 6450 Governor Pedro Cevallos-Candau visited this week to meet members and address the club. He discussed RI President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, which asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other.
District Governor Pedro Cevallos-Candau Visits Lauren Las 2018-07-17 05:00:00Z 0
President Jeff Pierson attends the Rotary International Convention Lauren Las 2018-06-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 19, 2018
Jeff Pierson was installed as President of the Joliet Rotary Club by outgoing President Dr. Cheryl McCarthy. Jeff will serve as President for the 2018-2019 Rotary year. Jeff is a financial advisor at the Voyager Group. He has served on the Joliet Township High School Board of Education for seventeen years. He serves on the Joliet Chamber of Commerce Executive Board and Guardian Angel Home Board of Directors.
Also installed were the 2018-2019 Joliet Rotary Board of Directors and the Joliet Township H.S. Interact Club President & Officers.
Jeff Pierson Installed as 2018-19 Club President Lauren Las 2018-06-19 05:00:00Z 0
Fellow Rotarians,
THIS TUESDAY is our Annual Raffle day! Remember we are asking that each Rotarian sell or purchase at least 4 tickets. Many have reached that goal and beyond--thank you! For the rest, please make an effort between now and Tuesday. Thank You and Good Luck.

BOO!  IT'S RAFFLE DRAWING DAY! Tim Brophy 2017-10-29 05:00:00Z 0
Joliet Area Community Hospice volunteer Jackie Castelli, received the Silver Eagle Award that honors local senior volunteers.
The Joliet Rotary Club Senior Eagle Award is designed to recognize individuals who are 65-years-old and over, who without fanfare, go “beyond the call of duty” and contribute their time and talent for the good of the community and its citizens. 
Jackie has been a valued Hospice volunteer for more than 14 years;  in 2016, she gave over 400 volunteer hours.
Jackie is pictured with Joliet Area Community Hospice volunteer manager Denise Payton, and Joliet Rotarian Ines Kutlesa.
Silver Eagle Award Presented to Joliet Area Community Hospice Volunteer 2017-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 08, 2017
Joliet Rotary will salute Big Brothers Big Sisters by throwing a party for them at Dollinger Farms. All members & guests are invited to attend. Event details include:
DATE:  Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017
TIME:  1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Cost:  $10 per person
Includes a t-shirt for each attendee. Specific size requests are due by Tuesday Oct. 3rd.
Sign up through Clubrunner ( or at the regular meeting.
For information contact Cheryl McCarthy at 815-955-0152.
THIS WEEKEND! Joliet Rotary Salutes BBBS Tim Brophy 2017-10-08 05:00:00Z 0
All Joliet Rotarians are invited 
to networking breakfast meetings.
Date:  2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month
Time:  7:30 a.m.
Place:  Diamand's Restaurant, 3000 Plainfield Rd., Joliet, IL 60435
Cost:  $0. (breakfast on your own.)
For more information contact:  Brian Hopkins:
Joliet Rotary Business Group Meeting Open! Tim Brophy 2017-09-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Brophy
Grant application deadline THIS WEEK!
The Welfare Committee is beginning the process of disbursing the funds raised last year by the Sergeants At Arms Volunteers managed by Diane Habiger and Jackie McTee. These funds are traditionally given to local social agencies with monetary requests between $500 and $1000. We ask Rotarians to be willing to sponsor a non-for-profit organization and submit a legitimate request for funds. If you wish to submit a request all that is needed is a brief description of what the funds would be used for, which Rotarian is sponsoring the request, and the amount requested. These requests can be emailed to either or

All requests must be received no later than September 01, 2017.

Rotary Welfare Funds Available Tim Brophy 2017-07-30 05:00:00Z 0
Dr. Cheryl McCarthy was installed as President of the Joliet Rotary Club by outgoing President Dan Malinowski and Assistant District Governor Bret Mitchell.  Also installed were the 2017-18 Joliet Rotary Board of Directors, and the Joliet Township H.S. Interact Club President & Officers. 
Dr. Cheryl McCarthy Installed as 2017-18 Club President 2017-07-05 05:00:00Z 0
The Joliet Rotary Club was honored to have the opportunity to support the Joliet Area YMCA and the George Werden Buck Boys & Girls Club of Joliet with donations from our 2016-2017 Rotary Raffle. $32,000 was raised and made available for local area charitable projects.

Pictured left to right: Rotary Past-President Mark Griglione, Boys/Girls Club Director Kahil Diab, YMCA Development Director Julie Wilkinson, YMCA CEO Jim Watts, and Rotary President Dan Malinowski.
Joliet Rotary Raffle Supports Local Charitable Organizations 2017-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

First, I would like to say Thanks:

  • To my wife of 30 years, Laura Baron Malinowski for supporting me, putting up with my varied life’s passions, not the least of which is this Club. As a note, our 15th wedding anniversary was my first day in the Rotary Club of Joliet. Our 30th will be celebrated during my year as President.
  • To my family, our children, Anna, Mary, Julia, Michael. I love them, love exploring life with them. They are not here today at the installation but that is because they are thankfully all gainfully employed.
  • To Bob Baron and his wife Lorraine who encouraged me to join Rotary 15 years ago, and for introducing me to the world of international Rotarians, not just Rotary International.
  • To the past and incoming Joliet Rotary Club Board members, you all have worked very hard to implement new ideas but also complete the good work started by previous Presidents and Boards.
  • To the past Joliet Rotary Club Presidents for your leadership, and guidance to me. So many of you have wished me well and promised your support. I will definitely lean on you all.
  • To District Governor Osei David Andrews-Hutchinson, thank you for coming here today, for engaging in our club, meeting with me at District events and in Seoul. Here is something for you – Zikomo, which is what the people of Malawi say to show gratitude.

You are all unique people in the overall population. You have made a choice to join a club that is more than a social club, it is a club where the members serve others. That is not a common decision in today's world. But you decided that this is the place to be for you. THANKS to you for making that decision.

President Dan Malinowski Installation Address 2016-12-26 06:00:00Z 0
Help Finish the Fight for Global Polio Eradication by joining with nine other Rotary Clubs in the southwest region of District 6450. This is a family-friendly event to raise awareness and funds for the eradication of polio.  >> Download flyer here.
The Rotary Clubs of Bolingbrook, Channahon/Minooka, Joliet, Lemont-Homer Glen, Lockport, Morris, New Lenox, Plainfield, Romeoville and Shorewood are hosting this event with the Joliet Slammers at Silver Cross Field on Saturday, June 4, 2016.  We are predicting a large turnout of Rotarians, families and friends.
Finish the Fight for Global Polio Eradication 2016-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Brophy on Apr 25, 2016

All District Rotarians and their families to are encouraged to attend.  The Conference will be held at the newly remodeled Illinois Beach Resort & Conference Center, One Lake Front Dr., Zion, IL 60099.  The conference runs from Thursday April 28 to Sunday May 1. Rotarian attendees registration fee is $400; spouse/guest, $250.  Special room rate is $109/night plus tax. For reservations call 847-625-7300, ext. 0.  Use the link below to register:

Last Chance: Rotary District Conference this week! Tim Brophy 2016-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Students Participate in 20th Annual Youth Leadership Conference Anastasia Tuskey 2016-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Silver Eagle Award Nominations Open Dan Kuska 2016-02-29 06:00:00Z 0
Grand Prize ($10,000) Larry Johnson
$1,000 - Joliet YMCA Group 1
              Scott Habiger
              Kathleen Zydek group of 3
              Brian DeGrush 
              Cliff Bender 
$500 -- Mark Griglione group of 2
            Bob Filotto 
2015 RAFFLE WINNERS Tim Brophy 2015-11-02 06:00:00Z 0
NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION Tim Brophy 2015-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
The new board members are front left to right: Bret Mitchell, past president; Anastasia Tuskey, director-club service; Kathleen Zydek, director-community service; Damon Sloan, director-vocational service; Jeff Pierson, treasurer; Jen Howard, secretary; Mark Griglione, president; Cheryl McCarthy, vice president; and Dan Malinowski, president elect.

At the June 30 meeting of the Joliet Rotary Club, new board members were installed marking the beginning of the new Rotary Year. The theme for this year is “Be a Gift to the World”.  Said President Griglione, “I am looking forward to a year of good work by our club and some fun too. We have a strong membership and board and which will allow us to “be a gift to the world” 
New Joliet Rotary Officers Installed 2015-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellows: Mike Hennessy, Joliet Rotary Foundation chair (far left) and Joliet Rotary Club President Bret Mitchell (far right) welcomed Tricia Simpson, Judge Bob Baron, Jeff Tyner, Judge Jeff Allen, Carol Andrew, Mel Gray, Joe Turk, and Jim Costello as Paul Harris Fellows in recognition for their continued support of the Rotary Foundation.

At the June 9 meeting, members of the Joliet Rotary Club who achieved a Paul Harris Fellow status of higher were recognized. Mike Hennessy, chairman of the Joliet club’s Rotary Foundation, noted this year’s foundation drive, to date, has surpassed the initial goal. 
“The Joliet Rotary Club members have been very generous in their support of this year’s foundation drive,” Hennessy said. “So far, we have raised $3,300 more than our original goal.”
Paul Harris Fellows Honored Anastasia Tuskey 2015-06-11 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Int’l Dist. 6450 Clubs of Bolingbrook, Channahon/Minooka, Joliet, Lockport, Morris, Romeoville and Shorewood joined together at a Joliet Slammers game, to raise funds for the global eradication of polio! Thanks to Asst. Governor Jane Hopkins for organizing the event, and Dist. 6450 PR Chair W. Hunter Byington all the photos, which can be seen here.
Dist. 6450 Clubs "Slammer" Down for Global Polio Eradication 2015-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 6450 Governor Nicki Scott paid a surprise visit to Joliet Rotary Club’s weekly luncheon. Her purpose: to present past Joliet Rotary Club President and current Assistant Governor Jane Hopkins with the District Rotarian of the Year award.
“This award was well-deserved by Jane,” said Scott. “Jane has gone above and beyond the duties of an Assistant Governor. She has successfully built a collaborative fundraiser for the primary mission of Rotary, eradicating polio.”
Scott also acknowledged Hopkin’s willingness to assume the trainer position in District 6450, the birthplace of Rotary, and create interesting content for the next generation of Rotarians. Hopkins joined the Joliet Rotary Club in 1999 and has served as Assistant Governor since 2012.
Joliet Rotarian Jane Hopkins Awarded 'District Rotarian of the Year' Anastasia Tuskey 2015-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
Illinois Comptroller (& Joliet Native) Leslie Geissler Munger Speaks at Joliet Rotary 2015-04-12 05:00:00Z 0
Peter Claver Center Thanks Joliet Rotarians 2015-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Message from President Bret Mitchell re: Member Database 2015-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Last Tuesday, the Rotary Club of Joliet kicked off its 2015 Rotary International Foundation drive. Rotary clubs around the world make a special contribution to the Rotary International Foundation which helps further the mission of the club to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, support of education, and the alleviation of poverty worldwide.  
Each Rotarian is encouraged to contribute a minimum of $100 each year in support of the Rotary International Foundation. 
Our club goal for the 2015 Rotary International Foundation Drive is $12,700, based upon the current membership of 127.  Last year, the Rotary Club of Joliet collected $16,965 through donations from 83 percent participation of the membership. 
At last Tuesday’s meeting, two members were acknowledged for their continued generosity in support of the Rotary mission.  Nick Andrew has achieved his Paul Harris +1 and Mike Rittof reached his Paul Harris +2.
Annual Rotary Int'l Foundation Drive Begins. 2015-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Save the Date: Rotary Dictionary Project - Feb. 18 Dan Mihelich 2015-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks to everyone who participated in the "Predictions for 2017" while Ed Dollinger was Sergeant-At-Arms on Tuesday, January 10th. Over 35 Rotarians participated. If you are still interested in participating, please answer the following questions by February 15th. Send to or fax to Ed at (888) 265-2884.
Thank you.
What will the Dow industrials return in 2017, including dividends?
  1. Negative
  2. Zero to 10%
  3. 10.1% to 20%
  4. Above 20%
What will be the year’s biggest financial surprise?
  1. Trump is bad for stocks. S&P 500 falls over 10%.
  2. Gold glitters and rises to more than $1,500 an ounce.
  3. Strong U.S. economy lifts U.S. 30-year bond yields to over 4%.
  4. Emerging-market stocks rally, MSCI index gains 15% or more.
  5. Bear market in crude oil. WTI ends year below $40 a barrel.
  6. None of the above.
Where will oil prices (WTI) finish 2017? Oil traded last week around $53 a barrel.
  1. Under $40 a barrel
  2. $40 to $55 a barrel
  3. $56 to $69 a barrel
  4. $70 a barrel or higher
What will happen in Washington with taxes?
  1. Corporate tax rate is cut to 25% or lower.
  2. Top personal rate is reduced to 33% or lower.
  3. Estate tax is eliminated.
  4. Carried interest loophole is eliminated.
Where will the 30-year T-bond end 2017? It recently yielded about 3.1%.
  1. Under 3%
  2. 3% to 3.5%
  3. 3.51% to 4%
  4. Above 4%
Where will the Dow industrials end 2017? The index closed on 01/06/2017 at 19,963.
Fill in your answer:_______________________
2017 Rotary Predictions from Jan. 10th Sgt. at Arms Ed Dollinger Tim B 2015-01-17 06:00:00Z 0
The Nominating Committee of the Joliet Rotary Club has recommended to the general membership the following slate of Club officers and directors for the 2015-2016 year:
  • Damon Sloan is nominated as Vocational Service Director for a two year term, 2015-2017.
  • John Spesia is nominated as International Service Director for a two year term, 2015-2017.
  • The following officers have been nominated for the 2015-2016 year:
President Elect: Dan Malinowski
Vice President: Cheryl McCarthy
Secretary: Jennifer Howard
Treasurer: Jeff Pierson 
Nomination of 2015-2016 Club Officers and Directors Jen Howard 2015-01-10 06:00:00Z 0
Joliet Rotarians are invited to suggest a local community worthwhile project in need of funds. The 2014 Joliet Rotary Raffle Project selection process needs your input. Applications are now welcome. Deadline to submit your project suggestion is March 3, 2015.
If you are in need of an application form, please contact:  Dave Thornton, 815-690-1523, or download here
Project Guidelines
The following guidelines must be met:
  • Each project must be sponsored by a member of the Joliet Rotary Club.  If the project is selected, that member, along with a representative of the organization or group, shall monitor the progress and report on the implementation.
  • The project must be a long term benefit for the Joliet Community and will be used for capital expenditures only (bricks/mortar, equipment) not for operation or program support.
  • The specific project must be clearly identified including the Rotary Club of Joliet recognition plan.
  • ​The project will be funded up to $30,000.  These funds are available as a result of the Annual Rotary Raffle Fundraising Event.  Each year the anticipated dollar amount will be determined by the Board of Directors. 
  • Bids or estimates from professionals for all work and supplies should be submitted with each application.
  • The Rotary Member sponsoring the project should return the application and supporting documentation to Past President Dave Thornton, or current President Bret Mitchell by Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
2014 Raffle Funds Available for 2014-2015 Project 2015-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Sue Bienias and John Cronin of Joliet were honored with the Rotary Club of Joliet’s Silver Eagle Award for exceptional volunteer service last week.  The notable award is designed to recognize individuals 65-years-old and over, who without fanfare, go “beyond the call of duty” in volunteering their time and talent for the good of the community and its citizens.  
2014-15 Silver Eagle Awards Presented Roxane Geraci-Militello 2014-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
Joliet West H.S. Interact Students Help Feed Hungry 2014-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anastasia Tuskey
Congratulations to all members of the Joliet Rotary Club for a record season in the 2014 raffle. Our raffle sales exceeded $51,000!
Special congratulations to Captain Jeff Pierson and his New Orleans Saints for selling 66 tickets. The Saints are this year’s Rotary Raffle Super Bowl Champions! Our AFC champions were Kate Schott and her L.A. Raiders with 48 tickets sold.  
This year’s MVP went to Bob Filotto with 56 tickets sold. In second place, Paul Morimoto sold 16 tickets; third place is Laurie Rambo selling 15 tickets; fourth place Jennifer Howard 13 tickets and fifth place to Ed Dollinger selling 11 tickets. Nearly all of our club’s members met their ticket sales obligation.
A well deserved shout out to the Raffle co-chairs Ann O’Neill and Rich DeGrush. They were the true leaders in this year’s raffle. Ann kept excellent records of the tickets sales and even delayed her annual migration to Arizona to help wrap up the raffle season. Rich did an outstanding job coordinating the Kangaroo Court and helping keep the motivation high during the entire season.
And a very sincere thank you to all the members who participated in this year’s raffle. Our success this year is a testament to your dedication to the mission of our Rotary Club – Service Above Self. We will be able to do great things with this year’s proceeds. ​
Bob Filotto honored with a Rotary Raffle MVP award for being the top raffle ticket seller for many years!
Top Rotary raffle sellers: Laurie Rambo (3rd place), Ed Dollinger (5th place) and Jen Howard (4th place).
Raffle co-chairs Anastasia Tuskey and Rich DeGrush and President Brett Mitchell acknowledge top Team Captain Jeff Pierson; while Jane Condon & Andy June collect their winnings!
$10,000 Rotary Raffle winner Mike Hansen thanks the club and announces he is donating $1,000 back to the Joliet Rotary Club.
The Joliet Rotary Raffle Names 'Super Bowl' Champs! Anastasia Tuskey 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
2014 Rotary Raffle Winners 2014-10-24 00:00:00Z 0

Chief Justice Rita Garman tells her story at Joliet Rotary Club
Published: Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
By: Lauren Leone-Cross
JOLIET – Rita B. Garman was traveling through Will County on Christmas Eve more than 40 years ago when she heard WGN radio announce that “a woman” had been appointed as a judge in downstate Illinois.
“And I knew who that was,” Garman recalled Tuesday to a room full of Joliet Rotary Club members at Hollywood Casino.
Herald News Coverage of Illinois Chief Justice Rita Garman Speaking at Joliet Rotary Club 2014-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
‘Tis the season for the annual Rotary Raffle. The team captains have been chosen...and the draft has been completed with each Rotarian assigned to a team.  In keeping with the football theme, the raffle teams will be divided into two conferences:
AFC Conference - newer Rotarians team captains:
Damon Sloan – Denver Broncos
Greg Peerbolte – Pittsburg Steelers
Kate Schott – Oakland Raiders
Brian Hopkins – Buffalo Bills
Dan Kennedy – New England Patriots
NFC Conference - seasoned Rotarians team captains:
George Buck – St. Louis Rams
Mark Griglione – Green Bay Packers
Kathleen Zydek/Jen Howard – Chicago Bears
Jeff Pierson – New Orleans Saints
Jane Condon – San Francisco 49ers
Each week, prizes will be awarded to the top sellers in each conference. Raffle sales will end on Oct. 21. The “Super Bowl” champions (the top selling team) and the MVS (most valuable seller) will be awarded a special prize.  Additionally, there is the Ultimate Challenge: outselling the defending Super Bowl Raffle Champions Seattle Seahawks, a 5 member team led by our Joliet Rotary President Bret Mitchell!
Every Rotarian is expected to sell at least three tickets. The proceeds from this annual raffle help to fund the club’s service projects.
Any questions can be directed to Anastasia Tuskey, Ann O’Neill, or Rich DeGrush.
Are You Ready for Some Football? 2014-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Hollywood Casino Makes Donation to Joliet Rotary 2014-07-21 00:00:00Z 0

Lisa Madigan: Reports of identity theft on the rise 
Attorney general advises preventative action

Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 
JOLIET – If you are the victim of identity theft, the attorney general’s office can help you.

“But it’s so much easier to take steps to prevent you from being the victim of a scam than try to clean up [your credit rating] afterward,” Lisa Madigan told members of the Rotary Club of Joliet during a meeting Tuesday at Hollywood Casino in Joliet.

Herald News Coverage of IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan Speaking at Joliet Rotary Club 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
What is Rotary?  If I asked each of you, I would probably get a different answer.  However, to me, it is the leading humanitarian organization in the world.  As an organization, we have the ability to change lives on a local, national and global scale. 
In 1905, Paul Harris and 3 other businessmen gathered in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago.  This was the first Rotary Club meeting.   These men initiated a "rotating" meeting in order to experience fellowship and undertake community service.
Today, all of us continue that enduring tradition.  I am proud to say that Rotary International leads the world in volunteer service.  It consists of 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs, in over 200 countries.  But, Rotary is not about is about service.   In the past year, I have been fortunate to discover, through President-Elect Training and District events, the true scope of the work that Rotary does on a local, national, and international scale.  Rotary International has identified specific causes to target in order to maximize our local and global impact. 
President Bret Mitchell's Installation Speech – July 1, 2014 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Joliet Rotarians who have contributed more than $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation were recently recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. A Paul Harris Fellow receives a special certificate and a gold pin. Multiple-time Paul Harris Fellows are recognized as they continue to contribute.
Paul Harris Fellow +8 - Jim Costello
Paul Harris +2 Fellows -
President Dave Thornton, Larry Johnson, Tricia Simpson, George Stuhr and Tom Thanas

Paul Harris +2 Fellow - Bob Filotto

New Paul Harris Fellow - Arvid Johnson
New Paul Harris Fellow - Joe Hammer 
Joliet Rotary Members Reach Paul Harris Fellow Giving Levels 2014-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Joliet Rotary Raffle proceeds of $30,000 have been approved by the Board of Directors for award to a local non-profit organization. The three finalists who will present their projects to the membership on May 20th are: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cornerstone Services, and Our Lady of Angels.
The selection committee, comprised of Tim Brophy, Dan Mihelich, Brian Hopkins, Michelle Balog, and Erik Korzen, reviewed seven applications. 
All Rotarians are encouraged to attend the regular Rotary Club of Joliet lunch meeting on the 20th and participate in the vote to select the recipient of these funds.
Rotary Raffle Project Finalists Selected 2014-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Five local organizations received donations from the Rotary Club of Joliet. The money was generated from the weekly Sergeant at Arms program. This year’s collections topped $6,000.
The recipients were nominated by club members and then selected by the Giving committee chaired by Diane Habiger and Jackie McTee.
“Each year, the selection process gets more and more difficult,” said McTee. “We are fortunate to have very high quality organization in the Joliet area and to choose only a few to receive our donations is quite challenging.”
This year’s donations include:
  • $1,700 to United Cerebral Palsy to purchase a Somatron, a special chair used in therapy for clients;
  • $1,000 to NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) to fund additional training for volunteers;
  • $2,000 to Habitat for Humanity to purchase a trailer to use on job sites;
  • $750 to the Cathedral of St. Ray’s to purchase a food truck;
  • Cornerstone Services received $1,800 to purchase fitness equipment for its clients
‘Tis the Season for Giving 2013-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
The Nomination Committee of the Joliet Rotary Club is recommending the following slate of Club officers and directors for the 2014-2015 year:
  • President: Bret Mitchell
  • Past President: Dave Thornton
  • President Elect: Mark Griglione
  • Vice President: Dan Malinowski
  • Secretary: Jennifer Howard
  • Treasurer: Tom Grotovsky 
  • Directors:
    • John Spesia to complete the second year of his two year term in 2014-2015 and will serve as International Service Director
    • Cheryl McCarthy (to complete the final year of Lisa Kinser's term as Vocational Service Director for her two year term, 2013-2015), Kathleen Zydek (Community Service Director for a two year term, 2014-2016), and Anastasia Tuskey (Club Service Director for a two year term, 2014-2016)
Officers & Directors Slated for 2014-2015 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci on Nov 11, 2013
Last week, George R. Block Sr. and Ruby Williams were honored with the Rotary Club of Joliet’s Silver Eagle Award for volunteer service Created for seniors 65-years-old and older, the award recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated “going beyond the call of duty” by providing volunteer service and leadership to the community.
See photos of the award recipients on the Joliet Rotary Facebook page - click here »
Silver Eagle Award Recipients George R. Block Sr. and Ruby Williams Roxane Geraci 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Meetings Cancelled Due to Holidays 2013-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anastasia Tuskey
The Rotary Club of Joliet is seeking applications from students attending Joliet high schools for six $1,000 scholarships. These scholarships may be used for tuition only at any accredited college or university.  The deadline for submission has been extended to December 31, 2013. 
The scholarship application includes three essay questions about extracurricular and volunteer activities, college and career goals, and describing two influential people in the student’s life.
Students who attend Joliet Township High Schools, West or Central campus, or Joliet Catholic Academy are eligible to apply. 
Applications Being Accepted for Annual Joliet Rotary Scholarships Anastasia Tuskey 2013-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
The winners of the 2013 Rotary Raffle are:
$10,000.00   Spectrum Eye Institute- Joliet, IL
 $1,000.00    Tricia Simpson- Frankfort, IL
 $1,000.00    Laurie Rambo, Stephanie Richardson- Joliet, IL
 $1,000.00    Theodore Kanellakes- Joliet
 $1,000.00    Steve and Terri Wibazg- Shorewood, IL
 $1,000.00    Sandra Thomas- Joliet, IL
    $500.00    Damon Sloan- Chicago, IL
    $500.00    Barry Sturtz- Peoria, IL
Many thanks to everyone who sold and purchased tickets to support local charities selected by the Joliet Rotary Club!
2013 Raffle Winners 2013-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann O'Neill
    FINAL 10/22/2013
Monkey Bay Jim Smith $8,200
Mzuzu Brett Mitchell $5,900
Thyolo Dan Vera   $5,500
Blantyre Ann O'Neill $5,200
Liwonde Kathy Giegerich $4,200
Salima Anastasia Tuskey $3,700
Mulanje Dan Adler $3,700
Luchenza Michael Reardon $3,600
Mangochi Damon Sloan $3,600
Zomba Howard Hamilton $3,500
Total $47,100
Bob Filotto     $400
Mike Murray     $400
Christopher Balaban   $400
Christopher Franklin   $400
Tom McGrath     $400
David Nelson     $400
Rhonda Sykes     $400
Raffle Update - FINAL! Ann O'Neill 2013-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci
Silver Eagle Award committee chair Roxane Geraci Militello is seeking nominations for the Joliet Rotary Club's notable Silver Eagle Award, honoring seniors 65-years-old and older for volunteer service and leadership.  APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 1.
Nominees must reside or perform volunteer service in the City of Joliet - and demonstrate “going beyond the call of duty” as a volunteer. Individuals may be nominated by a Rotarian - or an organization may nominate an individual, through a Rotary Club sponsor.
Last Chance to Nominate a Silver Eagle Award Recipient Roxane Geraci 2013-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anastasia Tuskey

Pictured: Rotarian Carol Andrew, Club President Dave Thornton welcomed Father Phillip Mbeta at the August 20 meeting. Father Phillip Mbeta shared information about the Malawi water project that was organized by Lori Spesia and Rotarian John Spesia.  John also gave a detailed report of a proposed project to help renovate a school in Malawi.

Rotary International has changed millions of lives around the world. And while it may be difficult to comprehend the number of people the organization helps, the Rotary Club of Joliet has a direct relationship with a village in Africa where the results of our donations can be seen firsthand.
Through a relationship with Father Phillip Mbeta, a priest who served at St. Mary Immaculate in Plainfield, the Rotary Club of Joliet has helped build three wells in Blantyre, Malawi. John Spesia met Father Mbeta and quickly learned of the needs of his village in Malawi. John quickly connected the Rotary slogan, “Service Above Self”, with an opportunity to help the people of this village.
Malawi: Continuing to Lend a Hand Anastasia Tuskey 2013-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Members of the Joliet Township High School 204 Interact Club had a great time at the Joliet Rotary Club's 100th Anniversary Centennial Gala featuring Rotary International President Ron Burton.  Putting Rotary's "Service Above Self" motto into action, the students volunteered to help with various jobs that night!
JTHS Interact Students Have Great Time at Centennial Gala 2013-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
A great time was had by all in attendance at our club's 100th Anniversary Centennial Celebration Dinner featuring Rotary International President Ron Burton on August 3, 2013.
A 'Once in a Century' Event! 2013-08-04 05:00:00Z 0
Listen to Joliet Rotary Centennial Featured on WJOL Radio 2013-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
RIP William C. Wunderlich, Past President 2013-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Under the direction of Rotary Foundation Chair Mike Hennessy, new Paul Harris Fellows were recognized:

President Dave Thornton congratulates Joliet Rotarian Jim Costello for reaching the Paul Harris +7 level of giving!

President Dave Thornton congratulates Joliet Rotarian Bruce Konzelman - a new Paul Harris Fellow.
Two new Paul Harris Fellows who were recognized but could not attend Tuesday's meeting were: Joseph Hammer & Thomas McGrath.
Paul Harris Fellows Recognized 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
The historic beginnings of the Rotary Club of Joliet is firmly rooted in the early development of Rotary International (RI), a global service organization with over 1.2 million members and more than 34,000 clubs worldwide.
However, a little more than 100 years ago and nearly 65 years after the first settlers came to Joliet, RI was just being established in 1905 Chicago. Recognized as the “world’s first service club,” RI was an idea initiated by Chicago attorney Paul P. Harris, and originally included four members - Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram Shorey, and Harris. The Chicago group named their club Rotary, due to membership rotating their weekly meetings. 
Joliet Rotary Celebrates Historic Beginnings in Centennial Year Roxane Geraci 2013-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
Dave Thornton (left) was installed as president for 2013-2014 by outgoing president Tim Brophy at the June 25 luncheon. Brophy will serve another year on the board as past president. Thornton outlined some of his goals as president which include member retention and attracting new members.  Thornton is following in his father’s legacy; Bob Thornton served as president of the Joliet Rotary Club in 1975-1976.
Dave Thornton Installed as 2013-2014 President 2013-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
President Tim Brophy (right) presented member James V. Smith with a Paul Harris 2+ at the June 25 luncheon in recognition of his generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Donations to the Rotary Foundation enable Rotarians to complete humanitarian and educational projects worldwide.
James V. Smith Achieves Paul Harris +2 Level 2013-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anastasia Tuskey
Captain Patrick Pelham (on right) and Staff Sergeant Carlandro Dudley of the United States Army Reserve were the guest speakers at the June 11 luncheon. The soldiers explained the purpose of the army reserve which includes supply delivery and medical care for combat troops as well as civil affairs with various countries around the globe.

The U.S. Army Reserve Training Center is a multi-million dollar facility located on McDonough Street in Joliet. More than 200 soldiers are stationed here and work with National Security functions. The soldiers provide “army strength” to the local community.
Army Strong Anastasia Tuskey 2013-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to our 2013 Paul Harris Fellows: Rev. Jim Allen, Bret Mitchell, Kathy Giegerich, Bill Kaplan, Miriam Merrill, Jim Slager, John Spesia, Jack Rogers and James V. Smith!
2013 Paul Harris Fellows Lisa Morel Las 2013-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
SPEAKER SPONSOR - Silver Cross Hospital
SOUVENIR SPONSOR - Dr. Paul Morimoto
FOUR WAY TEST SPONSORS - John D'Arcy & LaVerne "Bitz" Brown
DINNER WINE SPONSOR - Lewis University
INVITATION SPONSOR - Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center
James V. Smith
Rich DeGrush
First Midwest Bank
Mike Murray
Brian Hopkins -Window World
Mike Rittof
Dan Vera
Gregory Peyla
Diane Habiger
Russ Slinkard
John Spesia
William Jenkins
Jane Condon-Boyer
Bob Filotto
Kathy Giegerich
Estate of Aratula G. "Tula" Vedalakis
NuMark Credit Union
Tim Brophy
Beth Garrow
Bill Lauer
Louis Fish
Ann O'Neill
Tom Thanas
Joliet Junior College
Mary Jaworski
Debbie Condotti
Channahon-Minooka Rotary Club
THANKS TO OUR CENTENNIAL SPONSORS! Lisa Morel Las 2013-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Joliet Rotary Club cordially invites all members and their guests, to attend a free concert featuring musical pieces composed by Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, Rossini, & Gershwin; performed by internationally acclaimed pianist Francesco Attesti.   Internationally acclaimed pianist Francesco Attesti is a Rotarian & a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Cortona Valdichiana, Italy. 
Date: Jun 13, 2013, 5:30-8:30 PM
Location:  Lewis University Art Gallery, One University Place, Romeoville
RSVP online: click here»
Joliet Rotary Concert by Francesco Attesti Lisa Morel Las 2013-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las on Nov 17, 2012
All Rotarians and their families are invited to participate in the Joliet Rotary Club's entry in the 'Light Up the Holidays' parade, this Friday, November 23, 2012.  What a great way to celebrate and promote our Centennial Year!
Come early for some pre-parade socialization and cocktails at 3PM at The Department, 205 N. Chicago St., Joliet.  If you can't come early, meet the group at the 5PM line-up.  The Joliet Rotary Club entry is #64.
Questions?  Contact Mike Rittof at 815/671-0550.
Rotarians Invited to Light Up the Holidays Parade! Lisa Morel Las 2012-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anastasia Tuskey on Sep 06, 2012
The Rotary Club of Joliet honored the Students of the Month during the Sept. 4 luncheon. From left to right Kaitlin Contos, Frank Bruno, and Jacklyn Long.
  • Kaitlin Contos attends Joliet West High School. She is the daughter of Michael and Charleen Contos. Kaitlin plans to attend Southern Illinois University at Carbondale to study accounting and finance.  She is the niece of member Tony Contos.

  • Frank Bruno attends Joliet Catholic Academy. He is the son of Michael and Mary Lynn Bruno. Francis plans to study political science and journalism in college.

  • Jacklyn Long is a student at Joliet Central High School. She is the daughter of Brian and Joan Long. Jacklyn is currently taking dual credit classes at JJC and plans to transfer to the University of Chicago to study medicine.
September Students of the Month Anastasia Tuskey 2012-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Kinser on Sep 06, 2012
The weekly fines collected by the Sergeant at Arms definitely are for a good cause. At the Sept. 4 meeting, Lisa Kinser, former sergeant at arms, gave an update on where these proceeds go. 

  • Easter Seals submitted a request for funds to purchase roadside safety kits as recommended by their accrediting agency. These kits will be useful in the event an Easter Seals staff member runs into trouble on the road while transporting service recipients. The agency was awarded a grant in the amount of $800.00 toward the purchase of the roadside kits.

  • Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living submitted a request for $1,000 to purchase Assistive Technology Components for children that they serve. These assistive technologies could include items such as an iPad, therapeutic garments, or other items that address a child's needs and enable them to experience more independence. This grant request will enrich the lives of two to three children.  

  • The Will County Humane Society submitted a request for funds to build an outdoor pen for prospective adoptions of our furry friends. This area will facilitate successful adoptions by allowing prospective new owners to interact with adoptable dogs in a realistic environment, as well as provide a safe area for prospective new owners to introduce other dogs already in the home to the prospective adoptee. They are being awarded $1,000.00 to build the prospective adoption pen, which will feature a plaque recognizing the contribution of the Joliet Rotary Club.

  • Royal Family Kids submitted a request for funds to sponsor one child at the Royal Family Kids' Camp. The camp allows children in foster placement to experience the joys of attending camp in a safe environment. These children are in placement as a result of abuse, abandonment and neglect. They might not otherwise be able to experience activities that we often assume all children are provided, such as birthday parties, outdoor activities, and keepsakes to memorialize the experience. The committee felt very strongly that this program does great things locally and voted to award $1,300.00 to sponsor two children at the Royal Family Kids' Camp.

This is a great example of what Rotary does to help others. In support of our motto, Service Above Self, keep putting your dollars in to support this worthy program.
Rotary Dollars at Work Lisa Kinser 2012-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anastasia Tuskey on Jun 25, 2012
The Rotary Club of Joliet has a new slate of officers. At the June 26 meeting, Tim Brophy was sworn in as the club’s new president. Other new officers include David Thornton, president elect; Brett Mitchell, vice president; and Dan Malinowski, secretary. Mark Griglione will continue his service as treasurer.

Two new directors were also installed Tom Grotovsky and Laurie Rambo. Cathy Molck and Bill Jenkins will serve another year as directors.

2012-13 Officers and Directors Installed Anastasia Tuskey 2012-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Jenkins on Jun 17, 2012
On Tuesday, June 12, the Joliet Rotary Club sponsored a mobile food pantry from the Northern Illinois Food bank.  The event was held at the Warren Sharp Center in Joliet.  A great display of hard work and a spirit of helping our neighbors in need was front and center.  In all we were able to serve 167 households which accounts for 664 individuals.
Rotarians Help With Mobile Food Pantry William Jenkins 2012-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anastasia Tuskey on Apr 30, 2012

At the May 1st meeting, Ken Mihelich shared details about one of the first meetings of the newly formed Joliet club. Eighteen members and two guests met on April 13, 1913 at the Hobbs Hotel in Joliet with Chairman Maurice Lennon presiding.


Judge Charles Campbell of the 12th Illinois Circuit Court gave a speech about success. He enumerated several characteristics of success including good habits and good morals. Judge Campbell said, “No success can be achieved except by honorable means. The one essential for success is energy and endurance.” These are ideals still held high by Rotary clubs today.

Rotary Minute: Honoring the 100th Anniversary of the Joliet Rotary Club Anastasia Tuskey 2012-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Crain's Chicago Business $89 Special Offer for Rotary Members Lisa Morel Las 2012-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anastasia Tuskey on Apr 29, 2012
The Rotary Club of Joliet awarded six scholarships to local graduating students for the 2012-2013 school year. Pictured are : Katelyn Gannon, Benjamin Fox, Nicole Formhals, Adjo Tameklo, Samantha Marconi, and Kyle Teegardin. Also pictured are members of the scholarship committee Mark Griglioni, Mike Murray, and Ann O'Neill.


Proceeds from the club’s annual fundraising efforts support this scholarship program. Student applications are solicited from Joliet Central, Joliet West, and Joliet Catholic High Schools.
Scholarships Awarded to Local High School Seniors Anastasia Tuskey 2012-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las on Apr 29, 2012
District 6450 has distributed almost 60,000 postcards, like the one below, to prospective members and businesses within one mile of meeting locations.  This is their invitation to join us in Rotary.


The postcard directs potential members to a special website for them at and invites them to attend a meeting at their local Rotary Club.
District 6450 Sends Postcards to Increase Membership Lisa Morel Las 2012-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las on Jan 31, 2012
Joliet Rotarian Russ Slinkard was one of many club members who participated in this year's Dictionary Project, organized by fellow club member Ricardo Espinoza.  Rotarians talked about Rotary and the 4-Way Test, as well as the importance and use of dictionaries to 1,278 Joliet Public SD #86 and Rockdale SD #84 fourth grade students.  Each student received their own, brand new dictionary!

(Photo by Tim Brophy)
Rotarians Distribute Nearly 1300 Dictionaries to 4th Graders Lisa Morel Las 2012-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anastasia Tuskey on Jan 16, 2012

The Rotary Club of Joliet has chosen three finalist for its 2012 Service Recipient award.  (Download summary here.)
Club members heard first-hand from each of them at last Tuesday's meeting.  After the presentations, members were emailed online voting instructions from Bill Jenkins, to select who will be the recipient of up to $10,000 in Rotary Raffle proceeds.

Rotary Raffle Service Project Finalists Anastasia Tuskey 2012-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las on Dec 21, 2011
Rotarian John Spesia is pleased to report that the Malawi Clean Water Project is completed!

The project began after Joliet Rotarian Doug Spesia's death in 2010. A memorial fund was started to construct the Douglas Spesia Centre in Thyolo, Malawi. The village was in need of a clean water source because water-related illnesses such as cholera and typhoid, are common due to the lack of access to clean water.  Recognizing this need, the Joliet Rotary Club stepped in to help. On July 21, 2011, the Board of Directors of the Joliet Rotary Club approved funding to construct a deep well at the site of the Douglas Spesia Centre to provide clean water for the people of Thyolo. 


Below is the letter from Fr. Philip thanking the Joliet Rotary Club for the well that we constructed in Likwakwanda, Malawi.

Following are photos of the construction, Fr. Philip and some villagers at the well:
Malawi Clean Water Project Completed Lisa Morel Las 2011-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 10, 2011

Three community leaders were welcomed to the Joliet Rotary Club as new members recently, after being brought forth for introduction by their sponsors.  In the photo from the left, new Joliet Rotarians include: Carol Andrews, Head of the Joliet Montessori School (sponsor Russ Slinkard); Jim Mullins, President/CEO of UCP Illinois Prairieland (sponsor Brett Mitchell); and Dr. Charles Coleman, Superintendent of Joliet Public School District 86 (sponsor Russ Slinkard).


Three Community Leaders Join Joliet Rotary 2011-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci on Dec 03, 2011
The Holiday Cheer Committee would like to thank all Joliet Rotarians for their ongoing generosity and support of the food and necessities collection program.

Also thank you to the all great volunteers who’ve come together to ensure the program’s success.

Holiday Cheer committee members Tom Grotovsky and Laurie Rambo enjoy themselves as they help out with the weekly collection.
Holiday Cheer Thank You Roxane Geraci 2011-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las on Nov 19, 2011

At a recent club meeting, Joliet Rotarians listened as Hester Bury, director of the Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) spoke about their mission to provide nutritious food to those in need, through their work and with 600 partner agencies in 13 Northern Illinois counties.

Northern Illinois Food Bank Director Speaks to Joliet Rotarians Lisa Morel Las 2011-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Welfare Committee Presents Check to Child Care Resource & Referral for Winter Coats Roxane Geraci 2011-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci on Oct 15, 2011

Global understanding of environmental sustainability is a key focus for Sebastien Magnan, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and student at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Stuart School of Business. A recent guest at the Rotary Club of Joliet meeting, Magnan spoke about his experiences as a Rotary Scholar and also shared parts of his home and family in a presentation on Being a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.


French Rotary Scholar Shares U. S. Experiences Roxane Geraci 2011-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci on Sep 30, 2011
Joliet Rotarians recently heard the poignant story of author Sal Di Leo, who credits the Sisters of Saint Francis Mary Immaculate in Joliet for making a difference in his life.  A number of Franciscan Sisters, including Rotarian Sister Mary Frances Seeley,  proudly cheered him on.


Author Sal Di Leo Speaks to Club Roxane Geraci 2011-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci on Sep 20, 2011
It was all about oil – “black gold”, “Texas tea”… at a recent Joliet Rotary meeting when Jay Bergman, President and CEO of Petco Petroleum Corporation, gave members food for thought while presenting, “You Think $4 per Gallon is Expensive? Wait Until Next Year.”  As President/CEO of the independent oil and natural gas producer headquartered in Hinsdale, IL., Bergman gave the group insight on  how gas prices are determined and what to expect at the pump in the future.


“You Think $4 per Gallon is Expensive? Wait Until Next Year.” Roxane Geraci 2011-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci on Sep 09, 2011

Joliet Rotary members were all smiles at a recent meeting when Drilling into Dental History was not only the theme of Rotarian, Dr. Pete Nichols’ presentation, but the subject for a special Sergeant-of-Arms presentation with Diane Habiger and Jackie McTee.


Habiger and McTee drilled a group of Club volunteers while asking a number of questions about Dr. Nichols and his dentistry practice. Volunteers chipped away at the answers, allowing the special Sergeant-of-Arms to collect quite a few dollars for charity.
Drilling into Dental History Roxane Geraci 2011-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci on Aug 20, 2011

Joliet Rotarians were honored for perfect attendance at a recent Club meeting at the Renaissance Center. The Club meets on a weekly basis and if missed, members may attend make-up meetings at other Rotary Clubs.  Ranging  from 1-to-33 years of perfect attendance,  members include: George Buck (33 years); Jim Smith (20 years); Miriam Merrill (19 years), Dan Vera (18 years); Mike Rittof (12 years); Greg Peyla (11 years); Jane Hopkins (6 years); Art Galli (5 years); Dan Mihelich and Dave Thornton (4 years); Mark Griglione (3 years); Tom Grotovsky and Bill Kaplan (2 years); and Mike Murray and Laurie Rambo (1 year).


Perfect Attendance Awards for Joliet Rotarians Roxane Geraci 2011-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci on Aug 16, 2011

"Getting Your Garden Ready for Bed” was the subject of an informative and humorous presentation at the August 16 Joliet Rotary Club meeting. University of Illinois Extension’s Will County program coordinator and master gardener, Nancy Kuhajda, gave helpful and interesting tips on how to get rid of garden pests; grow healthy flowers and vegetables; and how to prepare for next year’s crops.


Getting Your Garden Ready for Bed Roxane Geraci 2011-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci on Aug 15, 2011

Joliet West High School’s Students of Service (SOS) recently formed an Interact Club with the Rotary Club of Joliet in order to work hand-in-hand on service projects for the community. At a recent Joliet Rotary meeting Joliet West students, Asha Reynolds, Haley Salazar, Anthony Schalk, and Frank Spesia sold 50/50 raffle tickets to club members with half of the proceeds going toward a new tee-shirt design for their student club. 

Joliet West’s Interact Club Forms to Join Joliet Rotarians in Service Projects for Community Roxane Geraci 2011-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci on Aug 11, 2011

Governor David Templin, Rotary District 6450 (2011-2012) spoke to Rotary Club of Joliet members during their August 9 club meeting at the Joliet Renaissance Center. He spoke passionately about making the transition from Rotary Member to Rotarian.

Rotary District 6450 Governor, David Templin
District Governor Shares History and Thoughts on the Future Roxane Geraci 2011-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci on Aug 01, 2011

U.S. House Representative (IL-11), Adam Kinzinger spoke to Joliet Rotarians about current issues effecting the district and U.S. Congress. He spoke about some of his positions on several key issues now in discussion by the House and Senate – and briefly, gave his thoughts on the redrawn district map and his desire to continue representing the district. Following his presentation, Rep. Kinzinger addressed questions during and after the club’s meeting.

U.S. Congress Rep. Kinzinger Visits Rotary Roxane Geraci 2011-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anastasia Tuskey on Jun 18, 2011

More than 150 families benefitted from a stop last week in Joliet of the Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry. The Rotary Club of Joliet hosted this event which offered fresh meat, fruit, baked goods and other dry staples to needy families in the area.

Joliet Rotary Hosts Mobile Food Pantry Anastasia Tuskey 2011-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci on Jun 07, 2011
As speaker at a recent Club meeting, Joliet Rotarian Dr. Paul Swantrom reflected on his years as superintendent at Joliet Township High School District 204 – and his June 30th retirement. After serving at the helm of the large high school district for nine years, Dr. Swanstrom spoke of progress and issues in education, not only at Joliet Central and West High Schools, but throughout the country.

Swanstrom Reflects on Superintendent Role Roxane Geraci 2011-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci on May 30, 2011
As co-chairs of the Rotary Club of Joliet Centennial Committee, Mike Rittof and Ed Dollinger spoke of plans for the Club’s 100-year celebration at a recent Club meeting.  They also introduced Centennial subcommittee chairs who briefly spoke of their roles.  The yearlong celebration will begin August 2012 and extend to August 2013, and will include several special activities, including an exhibit at the Joliet Area Historical Museum.

Mike Rittof
Joliet Rotary Centennial Committee Planning 100th Year Celebration Roxane Geraci 2011-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci on May 30, 2011

Sixteen Joliet Rotarians were recently recognized for obtaining various levels of giving as Paul Harris Fellows.  Part of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, the Paul Harris Society is named after the founder of Rotary International and recognizes friends of The Rotary Foundation who contribute $1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, and other approved Foundation grant activities.

Paul Harris Fellows Recognized Roxane Geraci 2011-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Brophy on May 11, 2011
Sharon May, chair of the Joliet Rotary Welfare Committee presented donations to JoAnn Nault of Grace Child Care Center at Grace United Methodist Church, Marilyn Farmer of Morning Star Mission, and Amanda Quinn of Joliet Junior College.
Welfare Fund Supports Local Needs Tim Brophy 2011-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci on May 03, 2011
At a recent Rotary Club of Joliet luncheon meeting, six high school seniors were awarded scholarships of $1,000 each for their academic achievements and community service.  The Joliet Club offered $6,000 in scholarships to seniors graduating in 2011 from Joliet Township High School Central Campus, Joliet Township High School West Campus and Joliet Catholic Academy.
Joliet Rotary Awards Scholarships to Six High School Seniors Roxane Geraci 2011-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci on Apr 23, 2011
William A. Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, joined the Rotary Club of Joliet as guest speaker, providing the Fed’s outlook for the U.S. economy in the next few years.  A handout of the slides used in the "Economic Outlook for 2011 and 2012" presentation is available for download on the Joliet Rotary Club website: click here.
Federal Reserve Bank Economist Speaks at Joliet Rotary Roxane Geraci 2011-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las on Mar 20, 2011
Brigadier General [Ret.] Patrick E. Rea, Village Clerk of Tinely Park, will explore the "Current Condition of the US Economy With a Closer Look at Illinois" at the March 29 Rotary Club meeting.  All Rotarians and their guests are encouraged to attend this timely presentation.
Current Conditions of the U.S. Economy To Be Discussed Lisa Morel Las 2011-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las on Mar 20, 2011
State Senator A.J. Wilhelmi (D-Joliet) will speak on the "Current Illinois Budget Crisis"  at the Joliet Rotary Club lunch meeting on March 22, 2011 at 12 noon.  All Rotarians and guests are encouraged to attend.
Sen. Wilhelmi to Speak at Joliet Rotary Club Lisa Morel Las 2011-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci on Mar 06, 2011
Membership Orientation Committee chairperson Sam Mancuso introduced two new members to the club:  Christopher Stayton of the Asset Care Team in Plainfield, and Lisa Kinser of  Dystrup, Hoster & Jarot, P.C. in Joliet.

(Left-right) Jeff Plyman, Tim Brophy, Sam Mancuso, Chris Stayton, Lisa Kinser and Bob Filotto.
New Members Inducted Roxane Geraci 2011-03-06 21:34:08Z 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci on Mar 06, 2011
Rotarian Miriam Merrill recognized club members for Perfect Attendance Tuesday, during the weekly meeting for the Rotary Club of Joliet. Rotarians honored for the 2009-10 year have perfect attendance ranging from 1 year to 32 years.

Perfect Attendance recipients with President Mike Murray include (front row, left-right) Jane Hopkins, Miriam Merrill, Dan Vera, Mike Griglione, Tony Contos, Janet Markelz and Art Galli. (back row, left-right) Jim Smith, George Buck, Dave Thornton, Greg Peyla, Mike Murray, Mike Rittof and Tom Grotovsky.
Club Members Honored for Perfect Attendance Roxane Geraci 2011-03-06 21:33:52Z 0
Win a free weekend to the Mardi Gras Conference 2011 Lisa Morel Las 2011-03-06 21:33:09Z 0
Posted on Mar 06, 2011
After much discussion, surveying the club members, and consulting with the Council of Past Presidents, the Board of Directors announces exciting new changes to the 2010-2011 Rotary Raffle!
Board Announces 2010-11 Raffle Changes 2011-03-06 21:32:54Z 0
Michael Murray Installed as Club President 2011-03-06 21:32:35Z 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las on Mar 06, 2011
Our annual Rotary Foundation Drive ends at the conclusion of Tuesday's meeting. Mike Hennessy reports that 115 Joliet Rotarians have made a contribution in support of our Rotary Foundation.
Every Rotarian $100 Every Year Lisa Morel Las 2011-03-06 21:32:14Z 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las on Mar 06, 2011
The Bylaw Committee presented a new set of bylaws for our club at last week's meeting. Club members will vote on the bylaws at the June 8th club meeting.
Proposed Bylaws Lisa Morel Las 2011-03-06 21:31:45Z 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las on Mar 06, 2011
Five new members were inducted to the Rotary Club of Joliet on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2010.
New Rotarians Inducted Lisa Morel Las 2011-03-06 21:31:01Z 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las on Feb 20, 2011
The Rotary Club's centennial celebration will include several special activities, including an exhibit at the Joliet Area Historical Museum, spearheaded by Larry Johnson and Tony Contos.  Past and current Rotarians and their families, as well as the general community, are encouraged to furnish historical Rotary items or artifacts for the exhibit.
Request for Historical Rotary Items & Artifacts Lisa Morel Las 2011-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las on Feb 19, 2011
Under the direction of Co-Chairs Mike Rittof and Ed Dollinger, plans are underway for the celebration of 100 years of service by the Joliet Rotary Club.  The yearlong celebration will begin August 2012 and extend to August 2013, and will include several special activities, including an exhibit at the Joliet Area Historical Museum.
Joliet Rotary to Celebrate 100 Years of Service Lisa Morel Las 2011-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Joliet Rotary Awards $10,000 to Boys and Girls Club Roxane Geraci 2011-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci on Feb 11, 2011
At a recent Joliet Rotary meeting, Lt. David Hausmann of the Joliet Fire Department spoke to the group about JFD’s Heartsaver classes. The lifesaving classes are offered by the department, along with other CPR programs. The program is in partnership with the American Heart Association.
Joliet Fire Department Touts HeartSaver Classes Roxane Geraci 2011-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las on Jan 28, 2011

Nearly 12 years after the Columbine High School Massacre (April 20, 1999), the compassionate memory of Rachel Joy Scott, the tragedy’s first victim, came to Joliet Rotary with the help of Joliet Township High School’s YESS (Youth Experiencing Success in School) program.

Rachel's Challenge Comes to Rotary Lisa Morel Las 2011-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las on Jan 17, 2011
Will County Land Use director, Curt Paddock and Marta Keane, environmental coordinator, recently spoke to the Joliet Rotary Club on the new Will County Green program and web site.
Will County Green Lisa Morel Las 2011-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci on Aug 12, 2010

The Rotary Club of Joliet recently recognized Paul Harris Fellows who have donated $1,000 or more to help support the Rotary Foundation’s humanitarian and educational programs worldwide. Members are asked to contribute on a yearly basis. Mike Hennessey, club foundation chair acknowledged the new Paul Harris Fellows for the 2009-10 year.

Paul Harris Fellows Recognized Roxane Geraci 2010-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Joliet Rotary on Facebook Lisa Morel Las 2009-09-07 00:00:00Z 0

Former Rotary Club of Joliet president Mary Ann Egger presented Centennial Co-Chairman Mike Rittoff and Joliet Rotary Club President Tim Brophy with a $500 donation for our centennial celebration during the March 26 meeting. Mary Ann is currently a member of the Channahon/Minooka Rotary Club. Several members of the Channahon/Minooka Rotary Club attended last week's meeting to show their support of the Joliet Club's 100th anniversary.


Read more in the Herald News article: click here.

Also at the meeting, District Governor Elect Cliff Lyda spoke about the importance of Women in Rotary at the March 26 meeting.


Channahon/Minooka Rotary Supports Joliet Rotary's Centennial 0
Posted by Anastasia Tuskey

Every year, our club selects one local agency to receive a $10,000 donation. At the Jan. 28 meeting, the three finalist agencies gave presentations about their services and explained what our donation would be used for.  Each member of the Rotary Club of Joliet is invited to vote for one agency to receive the funding. (Click here to download the ballot.) The voting will close on Tues. Feb. 12. Please email your choice to Dan Mihelich, raffle committee chairman, at

The three finalists are Crisis Line of Will County, Lamb’s Fold Center for Women and Children in Joliet, and United Cerebral Palsy of Illinois Prairieland

2013 Raffle Donation Presentations Anastasia Tuskey 0
Posted by Anastasia Tuskey

Rotarian Dan Malinowski tells students at Taft Elementary School in Joliet about the water projects the Rotary Club of Joliet is involved with during the annual dictionary distribution day.

Rotarians Distribute Dictionaries Anastasia Tuskey 0
Posted by Anastasia Tuskey

Twenty-seven students from the three Joliet high schools participated in this year's 17th Rotary Youth Leadership Seminar spearheaded by Mary Jaworski.

At the March 12 meeting, several students shared their experience during the leadership school including Joliet West senior Myra Perez-Hernandez said she appreciated the conference and the opportunity to meet with the local leaders. “I was very impressed with the information all of the speakers shared with us,” she said. “This was such a great opportunity for me as a senior to learn from leaders in our community.”

17th Annual Rotary Leadership Conference Anastasia Tuskey 0
Photos from 2012 Holiday Luncheon Lisa Morel Las 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las

Under the leadership of Attendance Chair Dan Vera, the following Joliet Rotarians received perfect attendance recognition for the 2011-2012 year:

  • 3 years:  Tom Grotovsky
  • 4 years:  Mark Griglione
  • 5 years:  Dan Mihelich, David Thornton
  • 6 years:  Art Galli
  • 7 years:  Jane Hopkins
  • 12 years: Greg Peyla
  • 13 years: Michael Rittof
  • 19 years: Daniel Vera
  • 20 years: Miriam Merrill
  • 21 years: James V. Smith
  • 34 years: George Buck
Rotarians Honored for 2011-2012 Perfect Attendance Lisa Morel Las 0
Posted by Anastasia Tuskey

The Rotary Club of Joliet is seeking volunteers to participate in the 2013 dictionary distribution on January 28 and January 30 at several local schools.  Committee chairs Ricardo Espinoza and Bob Kase are accepting volunteers for the following dates and times:

Eisenhower Academy - 9 a.m.
Farragut Elementary - 9 a.m.
Forest Park Elementary - 9 a.m.
Edna Keith Elementary - 9:30 a.m.
Thomas Jefferson - 10 a.m.
T.E. Culbertson Elementary -10 a.m.
M.J. Cunningham Elementary - 10 a.m.

Issac Singleton - 9 a.m.
Sator Sanchez - 9:30 a.m.
Carl Sandberg - 10 a.m.
Taft Elementary - 10 a.m.
Lynne Thigpen - 10 a.m.
Woodland - 10 a.m.

Please email Ricardo at or Bob at to sign up to volunteer.

Rotary Dictionary Project Dates - Sign Up Today! Anastasia Tuskey 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las

A festive group of Rotarians represented the Joliet Rotary Club at last weekend's 'Light Up the Holidays' parade in downtown Joliet. Many thanks to the following Rotarians who participated: Ed Dollinger, Mike Rittof, Jane Hopkins, Cheryl McCarthy, Brian Hopkins, Tom GrotovskyBill LauerRick Gregg, Tim Brophy, Dave Thornton, Dan Malinowski and Anastasia Tuskey.

Special thanks to Ed Dollinger for providing the photos below.




Joliet Rotary in Downtown Joliet's Light Up the Holidays Parade Lisa Morel Las 0
Posted by William Jenkins

The Silver Eagle Award is an honor provided to someone who has demonstrated an outstanding record of volunteer service.  Nominees must be 65 years of age and they must not be a Rotarian. We are looking for individuals who have gone above and beyond and maybe have gone under the radar. 

Please take time to think of people you know of that have volunteered their time to make difference in the community.  Please click here for the nomination form.   Once completed please email the form to or hand the form to either Bill Jenkins or President Tim Brophy at our weekly meeting. 

All submissions must be received by Monday, November 19th.

Silver Eagle Award Nominations Sought William Jenkins 0
Posted by Anastasia Tuskey
The lucky winners were chosen at last week’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Joliet. Ed Dollinger assisted raffle committee chairs Mary Beth Clausen, Laurie Rambo, and Carol Andrew in selecting this year’s winners. The annual raffle helps raise funds for the various projects the club supports each year.

This year’s winner of the $10,000 grand prize is Sara and Cindy Shutts.  Second prize winners of $1,000 each include Reid Filotto, Jackie McTee, Doug and Dave Anderson, Erin O’Sullivan, and Bob Hammack. Third prize winners of $500 were Beverly Holt and Michelle Rubovitz.

Top ticket seller was Bob Filotto who sold 27 tickets.

“We’d like to thank all of our members who worked hard to sell these raffle tickets,” Clausen said. “Our club is happy to be able to continue to support the important agencies in our community. “

Annual Raffle Drawing Held Anastasia Tuskey 0
Posted by William Jenkins
ImageOn November 8, Rotarians from District 6450 will join together with Hines and Jesse Brown VA, veteran organizations, and community based organizations to provide services to support the homeless veterans throughout the Chicagoland area. Rotarians will be providing and fitting the homeless veterans with coats, hats, gloves, and other clothing and blankets for the winter.

Of the adult homeless in the Chicago area, it is estimated that almost 40% of them are homeless veterans - many of which are from the Vietnam war. As we remember that 50 years ago this year we entered the Vietnam war, we also remember that for many of our homeless veterans they have struggled for as many
years. It has been only since 2009 that the veterans have been recognized and provided supportive services to address post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
and other conditions that can result from war.

At this time we are seeking new or gently user winter coats (no leather or fur please, sizes large and XL preferred), hats, gloves (with leather or Poly palms) and long underwear for November 8 Stand Down Day. We know that in 2011, 850 homeless veterans turned up for the November Stand Down Day and the veteran organizations only had 75 coats to provide to the 850 homeless veterans.  In an effort to make sure that this shortage does not occur again, we at the Joliet Rotary Club are committed gathering as many coats, hats and gloves as possible.  Our deadline for collection is October 30th.

Below you find a list of local businesses who have agreed to be a drop off site for the winter items.  You may also bring these items to our weekly meetings.  If you are interested in volunteering for the event on November 8th in Chicago or if you would like to help us locally with pick-up from our drop off sites please contact the Joliet Rotarians below.

Tom Grotovsky  (815) 378-2169  
Bill Jenkins  (815)-725-9887     
Clayt Gates  

  • R. Berti Building Solutions - 1604 Caton Farm Rd. Lockport 60441
    8-4:30 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday

  • Sprint Air 1 Wireless - 2296 Essington Rd.  Joliet, 60435
    Monday – Friday 8:00am- 8:00pm
    Sat-10:00am-8:00 pm
    Sunday- 11:00am-5:00pm

  • Sprint Air 1 Wireless - 2117 S Rt. 59, Plainfield
    Monday – Friday 8:00am- 8:00pm
    Sat- 10:00am-8:00 pm
    Sunday- 11:00am-5:00pm

  • J D Brown Pharmacy - 837 Plainfield Rd, Joliet
    Monday – Friday 8:00am- 5:00pm
    Sat- 10:00am-3:00 pm
The District has also set up the ability for you to give a monetary donation online via their web site. Please click here to visit their donation page.
Joliet Rotary & District 6450 Winter Clothing Drive for Homeless Veterans William Jenkins 0
Strike Up the Band! Anastasia Tuskey 0
Posted by Anastasia Tuskey
As one of the oldest clubs in the Rotary organization, the Rotary Club of Joliet is embarking on a year-long celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the club’s founding. Amidst a festively decorated ballroom, Club President Tim Brophy officially kicked off the celebration of “Service Above Self”, the motto of Rotary International, at the July 17 meeting.

Our club was the first Rotary club in a community of less than 70,000, Brophy said. “Thousands of members have passed through our club in the last 100 years and we are proud of our rich history and the impact our club has had on Joliet and the world.

The Centennial committee is led by co-chairs Mike Rittof and Ed Dollinger and the following subcommittees and chairs: History and Video - George Buck and Greg Peyla, Museum Exhibit - Tony Contos and Larry Johnson, Dinner Gala - Rick Gregg and Dan Vera, Public Relations: Debbie Condotti and Lisa Morel Las, Centennial Projects/Special Events: Howard Hamilton and Ken Mihelich, Sponsorship/Fundraising: Mary Jaworski and Russ Slinkard.
Joliet Rotary's Centennial Year Kicks Off Anastasia Tuskey 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci

Band Alumni and Rotarians Contos and Hamilton to play at Century of Musical Elegance Concert

Rotary Club of Joliet members, Tony Contos and Howard Hamilton will kick‐off the Club’s centennial year by joining the Joliet Township High School (JTHS) Band as they also celebrate their 100th year during a special concert on July 29. However, it’s no accident that Contos and Hamilton are playing in the concert celebrating the JTHS Band’s Century of Musical Excellence, nearly 70 band alumni will be joining them as well.

Both Contos and Hamilton men are deeply rooted in the JTHS community as band alumni. And both men are also members of Joliet Rotary, where one of its first acts of service was insuring the newly organized high school band had the necessary tools to compete.

(Photo by Anastasia Tuskey)

Joliet Rotary Club and JTHS Band Rooted in History as Each Celebrate 100 Years Roxane Geraci 0
Posted by Anastasia Tuskey
At the June 18 meeting of the Rotary Club of Joliet, six members were recognized for achieving the Paul Harris Fellow Level of Giving by the club’s foundation chairman Mike Hennessy. The Paul Harris Fellow award was established to honor members who contribute $1,000 or more annually to the Rotary Foundation program.

Jane Condon, John Gallo, Bill Jenkins, Dan Kuska, Kristin Mulvey and Rhonda Sykes were recognized with a certificate and a plaque for their financial commitment to Rotary.

Another four members were acknowledged for their contributions of $2,000 with the Paul Harris + 1 Level of Giving. They are George Buck, Marilyn Farmer, Mark Griglione and Russ Slinkard.

Pete Nichols received a Paul Harris + 2 Level of Giving of $3,000 and Craig Wright was recognized for his donation of $4,000 with a Paul Harris + 3 Level of Giving.
New Paul Harris Fellows Anastasia Tuskey 0
Posted by Debra Condotti
In the spirit of service above self, several members of the Joliet Rotary Club participated in the Easter Seals 17th Annual Celebration of Giving Telethon.  The live local broadcast highlighting local talent, Easter Seals direct service to children and adults with disabilities, and staff, volunteers and supporters, generated more than $190,000. 

Thanks to Michelle Cottrell, Rich Hagen, Kathyrn Brand who joined Debbie Condotti on the Rotary VIP Phone Team. Additionally, Larry Johnson served as a show host, and Ed Dollinger and John Spesia were show sponsors. Rotarians and their friends responded by contributing a total of $2,825 toward a goal of $3,000. 

Easter Seals founding father and Rotarian Edgar Allen defined the nature of Easter Seals’ work and the people who contribute their time, talent and treasure when he said, “Your life and mine shall be valued not by what we take, but by what we give.”


Joliet Rotarians Support Easter Seals Debra Condotti 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las
Welcome to new members Damon Sloan and Kathryn Brand!

Damon is the Dean of Student Services at the University of St. Francis and he lives in Morris.  He was sponsored by Robert Kase.

Kathryn is an account manager for Martin Whalen Office Solutions and lives in Lockport.  She was sponsored by Bret Mitchell.

(Photos by Anastasia Tuskey)
Two New Joliet Rotarians Lisa Morel Las 0
Posted by Anastasia Tuskey

Shad Hallihan and Alberto Filipponi from the Joliet Township High School District presented information at last week's meeting on a new program scheduled to pilot in the district in the fall of 2012. The program 1:1 will provide Netbook tablet computers to all incoming freshmen, on the first day of school at the Central campus and the second day of school at the West campus.


Rotarians Hear JTHS Freshmen Will Each Receive Netbook Computers Anastasia Tuskey 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las
To kick-off our club's Centennial Celebration, the Joliet Rotary Club will sponsor the Joliet Township High School Band's 100th anniversary concert in July.  Below is a copy of the ad that will appear on the back cover of the program, featuring the relationship between the Joliet Rotary Club and the JTHS band, created by Roxane Geraci.
Joliet Rotary Centennial Update Lisa Morel Las 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las
Under the leadership of Mary Jaworski, the 16th annual Youth Leadership Conference hosted 27 students from the three Joliet high schools.  Nine sophomores, nine juniors and nine seniors heard community leaders speak about a wide variety of leadership-focused topics in four sessions:
  • What is Leadership? - with Tom Thanas, Debbie Condotti, Ed Dollinger and JD Ross
  • Decision Making: with Judge Dinah Archambeault, Police Chief Mike Trafton, Ruth Colby and Ken Mihelich
  • Communications: with Scott Slocum, Lisa Lagger, John Quinn and Bonnie Winfrey 
  • Ethical Issues: with Jim Roolf, Dr. Charles Coleman, Tim Brophy and retired Judge Steve White

Jaworski Leads 16th Annual Youth Leadership Conference Lisa Morel Las 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las
Congratulations to the slate of incoming 2012-2013 Rotary officers and directors who were voted on at the annual meeting.
  • Past President: Dan Mihelich
  • President: Tim Brophy
  • President-Elect: Dave Thornton
  • Vice President:  Brett Mitchell
  • Treasurer:  Mark Griglione
  • Secretary:  Dan Malinowski
  • Director:  Cathy Molck
  • Director: Tom Grotovsky
  • Director: Bill Jenkins
  • Director:  Laurie Rambo
Incoming 2012-2013 Officers & Directors Lisa Morel Las 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las
ROTARY/One in Chicago recently celebrated their 107th birthday and Joliet Rotarian Tom Grotovsky was one of the150 Rotarians and friends from throughout the District in attendance. District Governor David Templin presented a check for over $40,000 from the 2012 Taste for Rotary proceeds to Easter Seals of Metropolitan Chicago.  Tom, who is Chairperson of the 2013 Taste for Rotary announced that the next Taste For Rotary will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2013.  Mark your calendars!

Taste For Rotary 2013 Date Set Lisa Morel Las 0
Rotary Welcomes You to Bangkok 2012 Lisa Morel Las 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci
Prior to his presentation on The Sound and the Symbol, Joliet Rotarian Dr. Robert Kase, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Saint Francis partnered with guitarist Jeff Jaskowiak, USF Director of Digital Audio and Recording Arts to provide great music throughout the meeting.  (Click here to see the Powerpoint presentation.)

A lifetime educator, Kase is also an international trumpet artist that has heralded high acclaims from around the world. His performances have taken him on solo tours of Sweden, Norway, England, Germany, France, Russia, Switzerland, Canada, and across the USA.


As a recording artist Kase has performed on more than 200 recording projects including four solo jazz recordings with his own quintet. He appears regularly at International Jazz Festivals and as trumpet soloist with symphony orchestras and concert bands

Joliet Rotarians Get a Wonderful Music Treat Roxane Geraci 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las
ImagePlease join your fellow Rotarians on Tuesday, November 15 from 5PM-8PM, for a Business After Hours event at Jameson's Pub in Joliet. The cost is $10 per Rotarian and $5 for spouses and friends.  The cost will cover a wide array of appetizers; cash bar available.

You may sign up and pay at the table outside the dining room at upcoming Joliet Rotary Club meetings. If you have any questions please email Dave Thornton.


Rotary Business After Hours Lisa Morel Las 0
Posted by John Spesia

After Joliet Rotarian Doug Spesia's death in 2010, a memorial fund was started to construct the Douglas Spesia Centre in Thyolo, Malawi. In Malawi, water-related illnesses, including cholera and typhoid, are common due to the lack of access to clean water. The village of Thyolo was in need of a clean water source. Recognizing this need, the Joliet Rotary Club stepped in to help. On July 21, 2011, the Board of Directors of the Joliet Rotary Club approved funding to construct a deep well at the site of the Douglas Spesia Centre to provide clean water for the people of Thyolo.

Peter Nkata, President of the Blantyre, Malawi Rotary Club discusses his Club's involvement in Malawi and role in the deep well construction project. Click here to view transcript of Mr. Nkata's comments

Fr. Philip Mbeta discusses the importance of having a clean water source near the Centre.  Click here to view transcript of Fr. Philip's comments.

Clean Water Provided by the Rotary Club of Joliet John Spesia 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las

Past President Michael Murray reminds Joliet Rotarians that it's the time of year for selecting our 2011 Raffle project.  This year we will be giving away $10,000 for a worthy project; as well as awarding six $1,000 scholarships in the spring, and setting aside $10,000 to go toward our Centennial project.

Click on the following links to download the Raffle Project Guidlines and the Raffle Project Application.

2011 Raffle Project Selection Lisa Morel Las 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci
The Joliet Junior College Career Connects program was introduced to Joliet Rotarians at a recent Club meeting by program specialists, Tammy Tschida (left) and Jeremy Ly. The Career Connects program is part of an online career guidance and planning program reaching over 60,000 students and job seekers in Will and Grundy Counties.


Career Connects Roxane Geraci 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci
Joliet Rotarian Anastasia Tuskey thanks club members for their continued generosity toward the collection for Joplin, Missouri tornado survivors.  Called the deadliest single tornado in 60 years, Tuskey announced that the collection has already netted $500 for devastated town members who saw at least 116 of their own killed. A project close to her heart, Joplin, Missouri is Tuskey’s hometown.  There will be an additional collection at the Joliet Rotary Cub meeting on July 12.
Helping Joplin Roxane Geraci 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci
WJOL Radio’s Lynne (Lichtenauer), Mary (Lancaster) and Natalie (Manley) entertained Joliet Rotarians during a recent club meeting at the Renaissance Center as they recalled humorous radio experiences, as well as how they came together to form the Lynne Mary and Natalie show nearly a decade ago. Their very popular show is on WJOL every Friday morning at 9 a.m.
WJOL Radio's Lynne, Mary & Natalie Visit Joliet Rotary Roxane Geraci 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci
The Rotary Club of Joliet recently donated items and gift cards to help replenish stock of three local community pantries after the holidays. As part of Joliet Rotary’s month‐long holiday‐giving program, 24 cartons of pantry items such as boxed and canned food, and baby, personal and paper products were distributed to Forest Park Community, Peter Claver and Spanish Community Centers in Joliet. Each Center was also awarded $250 gift card for additional pantry items.
Joliet Rotary Helps Replenish Pantries at Local Community Centers Roxane Geraci 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las
The following Rotarians have been slated for election as officers and directors for the 2011-2012 year at the December 14th annual meeting.

Tim Brophy - President-Elect
Dave Thornton
- Vice President
Scott Nelson
- Secretary
Mark Griglione
- Treasurer
Tom Grotovsky
- Director (One Year Term)
Bill Jenkins
- Director (Two Year Term)           
Cathy Molck
- Director (Two Year Term)

One additional Director, Bret Mitchell, is completing the first year of a two year term.  Current officers Mike Murray and Dan Mihelich do not stand for election as Past President and President respectively.
2011-2012 Rotary Nominations Lisa Morel Las 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las
On Thursday, Oct. 28, Joliet Rotarians enjoyed great food, an open bar, and warm fellowship at the first annual Dist. 6450 "Taste for Rotary" culinary event at Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn. Many thanks to Tom Grotovsky for his work on the District's planning committee that made the event a reality.  It was a great success!

Taste For Rotary: A Great Success! Lisa Morel Las 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci
Joliet Rotarians listened to interesting bits of Civil War history, when historian Bob Kuzma spoke about the Will County Regiment – the 100th Illinois during a recent Club meeting.

Introduced by Rotarian Judge Jeff Allen, Kuzma spoke about the regiment whose roots and membership came from Will County – many from Joliet.

Organized at Camp Irwin in Joliet, the 100th Illinois were routed to the South, including Louisville, Kentucky and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
History of 100th Illinois Regiment Roxane Geraci 0
Posted by Roxane Geraci
For 40 years Pat Andreasen of Plainfield has served as an auxiliary volunteer at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center. Among her many achievements, she was recently awarded the Silver Eagle Award by the Rotary Club of Joliet. This honor is awarded by the Club to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and volunteerism.

Provena SJMC Volunteer Honored With Silver Eagle Award Roxane Geraci 0
Posted by Tom Grotovsky
I want to thank the following Rotarians for being so supportive of the Taste for Rotary District 6450 event:

For your most generous gifts and monetary support: David Nelson, Tricia Simpson, Bill Jenkins, Mary Beth Clausen and Jeff Pierson

For taking time out of your schedule and attending the event:  Mike Murray, Lisa Las, Bill Kaplan, Mike Ritoff, Merriam Merril, Ricardo Espinoza, and Kathy Zydek (accompanied by her husband John).

The community of Joliet was also represented by the Chicagoland Speedway (who donated a 3-day pass for next season), the Department Restaurant, the Renaissance Center, who both donated food and service and to a whole table of distinct Joliet personalities who took time from their schedule to attend this event.

I was very proud to represent our great Rotary Club #78 in joining with Rotary District 6450 to plan this great event which brought in approximately $50,000.00 for Easter Seals and Autism.  Thank you everyone!
FROM TOM GROTOVSKY: A Note of Thanks Tom Grotovsky 0
Posted by Lisa Morel Las
Do you know of a worthwhile project in need of funds in our community?  The 2010 Rotary Raffle Project selection process has begun.

Applications for a possible project will be accepted until the deadline of Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010.  The application form is available in the DOWNLOADS section of the Joliet Rotary website, or by clicking here.  

For more information contact Jane Hopkins via e-mail: or call (815) 730-1900.
2010 Rotary Raffle Project Selection Guidelines Lisa Morel Las 0
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The Rotary Club of Joliet wrapped up their annual raffle sale during the club’s weekly meeting on Sept. 28.

There were eight monetary prizes – two (2) at $500, five (5) at $1,000, and one (1) at $10,000.

Dr. Craig T. Wright won the top prize. The raffle is a long-standing tradition and has contributed to many worthwhile causes in the community.

A special thank you to raffle chairs – Tom Grotovsky, Erin Webster O'Sullivan, Laurie Peyla Rambo, and Kathleen Zydek.
2010 Raffle Wrapped Up Lisa Morel Las 0
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The Rotary Club of Joliet is pleased to make available six (6) $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to two seniors graduating in 2011 from Joliet Township High School Central Campus, Joliet Township High School West Campus and Joliet Catholic Academy.
These scholarships will be provided in the form of a check made payable to the institutions accepting the scholarship recipients into an accredited two or four year college or university and must be used only for tuition.

Children and grandchildren of Joliet Rotary Club members are not eligible to be recipients of these scholarships.
Joliet Rotary Scholarships Lisa Morel Las 0
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Rotary Foundation Fund Drive Chair Mike Hennessy kicked off our club's drive to raise needed funds in support of our Rotary International Foundation.  Our club's goal, and the goal of Rotary International, is for every Joliet Rotarian to contribute a minimum of $100 in support of the Rotary Foundation.
Every Rotarian $100 Every Year Lisa Morel Las 0
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The Joliet Rotary Club Board of Directors agreed to join together with the Rotary Club of Chicago - ROTARY/One to gather monetary donations for support of Haiti relief efforts.  ROTARY/One, together with the ROTARY/One Foundation, has established a method by which Rotarians from other clubs can help the Haitians.
Joliet Rotary Club Joins Haiti Relief Efforts Lisa Morel Las 0
New Rotarians Inducted Lisa Morel Las 0
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In the spirit of service above self, several members of the Joliet Rotary Club participated with Easter Seals on the 14th Annual Celebration Telethon. 

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Dr. Phyllis Wilson 2009 ATHENA Winner Lisa Morel Las 0
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Winners of the 2009 Joliet Rotary Club Raffle were drawn on Tuesday, September 22, 2009.
2009 Raffle Winners Lisa Morel Las 0
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The Nominating Committee of the Joliet Rotary Club met for the purpose of proposing a slate of officers and directors for the 2010-2011 year.
2010-2011 Slate of Officers Lisa Morel Las 0
Jane Hopkins Installed as 2009-2010 Club President Lisa Morel Las 0