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President Linda Borton
President Elect CW (Carl) Moellenkamp
Vice President Jim Bertucci
Immediate Past President Bill Kmiecik
Sergeant at Arms James Hassenplug
Treasurer Jim Thomson
Secretary Michael Sweeney
Assistant Secretary Ronald Walter
Web Site Coordinator Kris Niemann
Public Image Chair Dennis Kalka
Membership Chair Joseph Musolino
Community Service Chair Debora Whisler
International Service Chair Glenn Garlick
Vocational Chair Don Marquis
New Generations Chair Michael Cassady
Club Administration Chair Kris Niemann
Rotary Foundation Chair Jim Bertucci
EPN Chair Linda Borton
Club Foundation Chair Jim Bertucci
RotaryTour d' Arlington Recreation Park
Sep 06, 2014 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Annual Rotary Steak Fry Sep 12, 2014 05:30 PM
AH Rotary Annual Steak Fry The Home of Wendy Davis
Sep 12, 2014 05:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Rotary Reads Forest View Educational Center
Sep 17, 2014 09:45 AM - 10:30 AM
ROTARY IMMUNIZATION CLINIC Village of Arlington Heights
Oct 13, 2014 04:45 PM - 07:00 PM
Rotary Reads Forest View Educational Center
Oct 15, 2014 09:45 AM - 10:30 AM
Rotary Reads Forest View Educational Center
Nov 12, 2014 09:45 AM - 10:30 AM
ROTARY IMMUNIZATION CLINIC Village of Arlington Heights
Dec 08, 2014 04:45 PM - 07:00 PM
ROTARY IMMUNIZATION CLINIC Village of Arlington Heights
Feb 09, 2015 04:45 PM - 07:00 PM
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Posted by Kristine Niemann on Aug 26, 2014


The link for Pledge and 4-WayTest Assignments can be found in the SITE PAGES BOX in the upper left hand corner of our website's home page.  From the Big Wheel, click just below the banner "HOME" to reach the Website page.

Posted by Kristine Niemann on Aug 26, 2014


Greeters Assignments

Please check to see when you have the assignment of greeting members and visitors.

The link for Greeter Assignments can be found in the SITE PAGES BOX in the upper left hand corner of our website's home page.  The home page may be reached from the Big Wheel by clicking on "Home" located below the banner.

Posted by Patrick McMahon on Aug 26, 2014

ImageOn August 21st our fellow Rotarian Jennifer Burnidge (accompanied by her two children Ryan and Ashley) spoke at our lunch meeting about her 2013 accident and how it has affected her life.  On Saturday, September 7, 2013 Jennifer was involved an accident with an automobile while she was driving her moped.  That Saturday was fairly normal; Jennifer went to work, went to the gym, and went to Ryan's soccer game. She was on her way to the Rotary gathering at the Northwestern football game and was driving her moped in the left lane of Rand Road south of Central Road when a car in the right lane of Rand Road swerved and hit the moped, causing Jennifer to crash.  She never lost consciousness (yes, she was wearing a helmet!), but broke she broke her left leg in several places (her left foot was turned 180° in the wrong direction, eek).  Several observers lifted her into a nearby SUV, where she waited for the ambulance to arrive. The ambulance took her to Northwest Community Hospital where Dr. David Zoellick performed a three hour surgery after consultation with the level III trauma team at Lutheran General Hospital.

Over the next several months Jennifer had six surgeries including surgeries to fix the several breaks, rule out or prevent infections, and bone graft surgeries. Jennifer journaled extensively during her recovery on topics such as medications, pain, sleeping patterns, activities and her State Farm business. But, worst of all, she had no cable TV during her time stuck in bed!

Jennifer is thankful to the many Rotarians who sent her food and visited her, but especially Dave Schultz who visited regularly to tend to her medical needs, and Sue Duchek who helped her sell her home and purchase a much more convenient condominium.  Jennifer is also thankful to Rick Koebernick who used his tow truck to lift Jennifer's piano into the back of a pickup truck during the move.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Jennifer initially pled not guilty, but based upon Jennifer's testimony he was found guilty of a traffic violations.  The driver had State Farm liability insurance, but it included only $50,000 in medical coverage (not nearly enough to cover Jennifer's medical expenses), so Jennifer has initiated a underinsured motorist claim through her own policy.

Jennifer has been out of her leg cast since mid-May, is now in physical therapy several times per week, and is feeling pretty good; except that her doctor won't let her wear flip-flops!

Posted by Robert Paddock on Aug 14, 2014


What do these photos have in common?  Read below...


GImageiving his classification talk as an Aviation Profession was William, a.k.a. Larry, and spouse of long-time member Kris.  Larry flew us, so to speak, around the world and who he is, giving us an overview of his life as a young man, a military pilot, a commercial pilot, a trainer and inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration, and now as a Rotarian.

Using a slide show spiced with quiet humor, Larry told of his family – 2 sisters, 2 nephews, wife, daughters (one, Tracy, works for Manor Care), and grandchildren… told of a heritage including immigrants from 1632, and his being a son of English Loyalists and a Son of the American Revolution!  In his youth, he lived in Hinsdale, a ranch in North Dakota, and at times at Kelly Lake, Wisconsin.

Graduating in 1965 from all-male Wabash College with a liberal arts degree, he went into the military and flew a wide variety of planes including prop and jet trainers, C-141 Starlifters, and the “Mean Mutha” A-10 Warthog.  Part of his time was as a forward air controller in Vietnam, on the ground and in the air.

ImageHe later became a civilian pilot with Eastern Airlines, then a FAA safety inspector.  He certified pilots, dispatchers, and airlines.  Part of his job included investigating the DC-10 crash May 25, 1979.  He also was the Principal Operations Inspector for Midway, Midwest Express and Air Wisconsin Airlines.

Now retired, he no longer looks after airlines…instead, he looks after Kris !  Here in the Arlington area, he has been the A.H. Bicycle Advisory Commission Chairman, VACON, EGT Trustee, and a trustee candidate for the village.  These days in Rotary he has participated in service such as going to Guatemala.


  For some photos of other planes he has flown, see "more" below.

Posted by Robert Paddock on Aug 19, 2014

President Linda Borton presided, turning to Karen Baker to introduce our guest: Rodney Adams, District Governor Elect, and our speaker Jennifer Holik.  Jennifer Burnidge was appropriately harassed about being able to attend again…though we probably said it last week, we’re glad you’re well and back!

Meaningful visitations: former Arlington Rotarian Jack Crump’s wake was remembered, with Bob Paddock noting how interesting it can be to learn what our fellow Rotarians do or have as an interest -- Jack, in addition to being a businessman and owner of his own company, was also quite an inventor.  One of the displays at the wake was a table full of his patents.  His family commented "How he loved his Rotary!"  See “More” below to see the drawings of his station wagon camper, the idea for which came from camping trips with a car full of family!  Last week also had a beautiful memorial service for Linda Borton’s mother.

August is Rotary Membership Month.  We’re encouraged to use Facebook to post photos of our Rotary activities and tell why we’re proud of them..

Tour d' Arlington -- Ron Crawford thanked Rex Paisley for printing his support of 9/6 Tour de Arlington Rotary End Polio Now ride.  See “More” for the Tour/Santa flyer, and information.  The Mt. Prospect Rotary club has joined us, being the third co-sponsor !

Posted by Robert Paddock on Aug 07, 2014

Jennifer Holik, genealogical and military researcher, speaker and author, told of her efforts as a historian and writer to feel and convey what going to war wasImage like, for the soldiers and for their families.  She read moving passages from her books which immortalized and document the lives of ordinary people.  About four years ago because of a family interest, she started researching D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge and World War I.  She said the stories she found highlighted what was lost, broken or changed…but also things which were found and built upon.

She said she hopes to help people be able to track down lost records and details of the lives of relatives and others, and gain a deeper understanding of the events of their lives.    She cited types of records which aren’t normally thought of as searchable, such as military unit orders, for clues about points in a person’s life and feelings.  She said not to be deterred when hearing that records in the military repository had been burned up in a fire.  She also pointed out that stories can be told in different ways, and feels most anyone can be comfortable in recounting them.

She has written several books including, The Tiger’s Widow; Engaging the Next Generation: A Guide for Genealogy Societies and Libraries;  and Stories from the Battlefield: A Beginning Guide to World War II Research.    Writing to the reader in the introduction to Stories of the Lost, “Basic research is important so you have an overview of events, however, you must dig deeper.  Entrench yourself in the mud and snow, pain and grief, death and dying of war.  Feel what the men felt.  Experience the battle through their senses.  Witness what the family felt upon hearing of their loved one’s death.”

A historian, she specializes in research of WWII, Women, Italian Genealogy and Youth Education.  She can be reached through , 630-802-0947 , and and .  To read more about her, see "More" below.

Posted by Patrick McMahon on Aug 12, 2014

On July 31st Scott Speegle of the Illinois Department of Transportation spoke to at lunch meeting about the Chicago to St. Louis Illinois High-Speed Rail program. Scott is the Passenger Rail Marketing Manager for IDOT.  The program has now entered its fifth year and is scheduled for completion in 2017.  The program made significant accomplishments since its 2010 inception, including installing over 243 miles of new rail, 635,000 new concrete ties and 1,300,000 tons of stone ballast.  When the program is completed in 2017, the current Chicago to St. Louis travel time will be reduced from 5.5 hours to 4.5 hours.  The current top speed along the route is 79 mph, and will be increased to 110 mph upon completion.  Certain segments along the route have already been complImageeted for 110mph high-speed testing, including the Dwight to Pontiac segment, and the Joliet to Carlinville segment. The program also includes purchase of many new rail cars and locomotives, many new or rebuilt stations, significant improvements to reliability and safety, and makes the route compliant with ADA access requirements.  Funding for the $1.53 billion program has come primarily from the federal government, but also from Union Pacific, Amtrak, the Illinois Commerce Commission, and other partners.  The high speed program does not include segments from Joliet to Chicago, from East St. Louis to St. Louis, or within Springfield or Normal, all of which will be addressed separately because of their unique urban settings.  More information about the program is available at, or from Scott at

Posted by Kristine Niemann on Aug 05, 2014


Posted by Kristine Niemann on Aug 05, 2014

Image2014 Rotary Zone 28 Success Seminar

President Linda Borton and Board Members Glenn Garlick and Bill Kmiecik attended the 2014 Rotary Zone 28 Success Seminar on Saturday July 26th at Medinah Banquets in Addison, IL.  President Borton indicated that, “it is always fun to create new Rotarian friendships, renew old friendships and receive kudos from District Governors and Past District Governors as they talk about how great of the club Arlington Heights is.

Topics discussed at the seminar included opportunities and challenges facing Rotary, the Rotary Public Image, the Business of Rotary and the ongoing discussion of attendance at meetings vs engagement in Rotary.

Regarding the Business of Rotary, it was explained that our Club President is really the Chief Marketing Officer of our club, our Public Relations members are the advertising staff and the Community, International, Vocational and New Generations committees are all customer service reps.  Satisfied Customers equals happy members and happy members mean more members.

Regarding attendance vs engagement it was pointed out that more and more clubs do not consider attendance as important as it once was.  The focus of many new or reinvented Rotary clubs is service projects with the social aspect of Rotary, which we call lunch, being events where members can just chat or have fun, not necessarily at the same time each week and not necessarily with a meal or refreshments.

Rotarian Garlick found the meeting very interesting and wondered, “why wouldn’t every club have at least one member, or as many as wanted to attend, attend these meetings.  They are so valuable!”

Posted by Kristine Niemann on Aug 05, 2014

Thanks to the ROTARY CLUB of Arlington Heights sponsorship one of our Troop 34 High Adventure Contingents is exploring the National Parks in this southwest this week. Here is part of the crew in Bryce Canyon and another shot overlooking the Grand Canyon."  There is a good chance many of these young men would not be able to experience these parks at this level if it weren't for Troop 34!Image

Posted by Robert Paddock on Jul 24, 2014

For the Fine Master segment, there was yet another example of Rotarians stepping up when needed -- Jim Bertucci took the place of Ron Walter today, ably giving us an opportunity to share our Happiness:  Chris McClure for being a 1st-time grandparent! Linda Borton to reciprocate and pass the word about husband Edward's fundraising effort, the Woodfield Area Children’s Organization Wingfest (for their website, click here).  New member Bill Park was happy his membership opened an opportunity for him to speak about eye health at the Park Ridge Rotary.

Ron Crawford was happy for daughter Andrea's completing an Iron Man half marathon (with all Ron’s biking, there must be exercise in the genes !  For a breathless description of her event, see below).  Kris Niemann was happy about club members’ participation in the Sr. Center Golf outing. and Sue Duchek was happy two-fold…for Kris’ great job with the Center and for Sue's own upcoming vacation time in Wisconsin.  Mark Tauber was happy for his foursome coming in 2nd and for his Rotarian golf mates Bob Arnold, Bob Heller and Jan BehrensMary Cay Chisholm was very happy for the group of club Rotarians becoming the featured sponsor in our sister club's Duffer fundraiser (which even made the news in Detroit!).  There was happiness, too, for Rick Koebernick’s impromptu “Rotary meeting" (sic?) Saturday night: Rotary Fellowship can happen at more than at Thursday meetings !

Jim went on to entertain us with (in the spirit of political correctness) a colorful and humorous quiz.  Thanks for stepping in, Jim !

Posted by Robert Paddock on Jul 24, 2014

President LInda Borton used a Powerpoint presentation to give a State of the Club speech as well as her leadership team's plan for the 2014-2015 Rotary Year.  ImageWe're in good shape financially, we're active in service locally and internationally, and we are a growing club!  The plan for next year dovetails with Gov. Ellen’s goals for the District.

ImageThe slide presentation was comprehensive (and undoubtedly more accurate than your Scribe's notes), so instead of summarizing it here, you may follow a link to the Photo Album on our home page by clicking here.


Posted by Robert Paddock on Jul 17, 2014

Happy (for charity Fines) and an elucidating Quiz were offered by Fine Master Ron WalterNeil Scheufler was happy to announce an opportunity for members and friends to support an 8/3 fundraiser luncheon and outing sponsored by Arlington Park and the Gary Sinise Foundation supporting military and first responders…it’s the 20th anniversary of the movie Forest Gump, so this will be part of the theme.  For more information and tickets, go to/click the Arlington Park websiteBob Paddock was happy for a conversation with absent member Bob Morman: his spirits seemed high; he appreciates being remember, hoping the medical treatments will permit him to attend again soon.

C.W. was happy about his new position at Luther Village as a Sr. Consultant for the organizations' whole system, and about starting graduate school with the University of Arizona.  Congratulations and best wishes!  To read more about this change at Luther Village, click "More" below.

Speaking of "school", Fine Master Ron was elucidating on the subject of history.  Here are his comments and questions in the spirit of the events surrounding July 4: 

  1. In March 1776, General Washington and his Continental Army had the British surrounded at Boston.  Washington allowed the British to evacuate.  Who was in command of the British forces? 

  2. The American Navy was almost nonexistent in 1776.  John Paul Jones received his first command in May of that year.  What ship did Jones first Captain? 

  3. On July 2, 1776, twelve of the thirteen colonial delegations voted for independence.  Which delegation abstained?

  4. In September 1776, General Washington needed to know what the British were planning from their position on Long Island.  Nathan Hale, a captain in Knowlton’s Rangers, volunteered to penetrate the British lines.  What was Hale disguised as? 


Posted by Robert Paddock on Jul 17, 2014


Northwest Special Recreation Association representatives Mary Mazzaroli and Nanette Sowa explained how contributed funds are used, talked about the newpartnership program Pursuit, and reminded us of the upcoming Duffer of the Year Golf Tourney recognizing our own Mary Cay Chisholm.  Good programs, good people, good fun!  To learn more, click "More" below...

Posted by Patrick McMahon on Jul 10, 2014


Posted by Robert Paddock on Jun 27, 2014

A new day and a new Rotary Year.  June 27 the 2014-2015 Board of Directors Installation Dinner was held at Rolling Green Country Club in Arlington Heights

"A new day and a new Rotary Year.On June 27 our 2014-2015 President, Linda Borton, was installed by Past District Governor Carlos FrÜm (photo to right), along with the other members of the board Board of Directors  The induction was part of the Installation Dinner held at Rolling Green Country Club in Arlington Heights. Highlights of the evening included especially meaningful speeches by Linda and and Past President Bill (see More below for Linda's complete text, and see additional story for Bill's).  Linda shared richly descriptive comments about her start in Rotary, how her Rotary experiences have changed her life through Rotary's sense of community and opportunity for service.

She went on to describer what she felt were "mission critical" goals for the year -- the club "remaining vibrant and attractive to new and younger members."  She asked newer members for participation and veteran members for "assistance, support and tolerance".

Our great thanks to 2013/14 Board Members for your service, and to the 2014/15 Board Members for your willingness to serve !

Our appreciation, also, to Rolling Green Country Club about their great venue, food and service.  Word has it, if you get a membership they'll also give good weather for your event or least on some days !  You can talk to them at (847) 253-0400 or


Posted by Robert Paddock on Jun 27, 2014

In his end-of-term speech...recalling his address from the start of his term...(Immediate Past) President Bill told of the reasons for joining, the reasons for continuing, and his perspective about a successful club and successful members.  He shared his experience benefiting from Rotary during a time of family difficulty.  He also spoke of the usefulness of asking and being asked to be involved, of the challenges of leadership, and of his appreciation of the club.

To read more about "chickens and pigs", "involvement and commitment", read Bill's moving, insightful speech by seeing "More" below.

Thanks, Bill, to you, your outgoing team, and your family, for a great year...and for being part of the Arlington Rotary family.

Posted by Dominic Gualtieri on Oct 08, 2012

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Once  there, make sure you click on the "like" link on our Facebook page.  

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