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Meeting Recap - District Governor Visit

The Rotary of Villa Park has been very busy this past month.  We welcomed our District Governor, Mary Bak, and she swore in a new member. Paul Keenon, our Assistant/Area Governor, was also in attendance. Governor Bak shared information about the focus for Rotary this year and shared some tips and strategies on how we can unleash the power of Rotary. 

We just finished the 6th week of the President’s Raffle, and we are gearing up for our Annual Golf Under the Stars Outing at Sugar Creek Golf Course. Each week, we have a raffle and a little light-hearted trivia.  Join us for fun and fellowship during our meetings!

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Night Golf Fundraiser!

The annual Night Golf Fundraiser with Villa Park Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club of Villa Park - Illinois will be held at Sugar Creek Golf Course on Friday, October 6! Here are all of the details, we hope to see you there!
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Installation Dinner!

Our club's Installation Dinner is scheduled for TONIGHT (Wednesday, June 28).
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Meeting Recap - Tuesday, November 15, 2022

At today's meeting (Tuesday, November 15, 2022), we had a presentation from DuCap. DuPage County Area Project, or DuCAP for short, is a private, chartered, Illinois 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.  They are not a county agency; they are a non-sectarian, non-political organization of volunteers and trauma-informed staff who develop and sponsor efforts aimed at preventing juvenile delinquency, creating a strong community, and keeping the community’s youth out of trouble. - From the DuCap website at:
The annual holiday dinner flyer is attached. We will have tickets available soon for members. Al had a few trivia questions for us, and Earl held the weekly raffle which included the mystery bag.
We will also induct Michael Guerra into the club on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 as a new member. Paul Keenon of the Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn will do the honors. 
Reminder from last week's email bulletin:
  • It was decided that we would leave off "live auction" from the flyer and see if any items are received to auction off that are greater in value.
  • We will continue to hold the Silent Auction part of the evening as we have in the past.
  • You may drop off your donated items to Kandice at the Villa Park Public Library, or to Dr. Saul's office. 
  • As a reminder, each club member is responsible for purchasing two tickets to the Christmas Dinner & Auction, and donating an item(s) that is valued at $100 or more. 
  • The Club will also be co-hosting a Trivia Night Fundraiser at Crazy Pour on Thursday, March 16 at 7pm with the Friends of the Villa Park Library. More details to come. 
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Official District Governor visit!

District Governor Bill will be conducting his official visit to our Board and Club on Tuesday, September 6, 2022
The Board meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:45 AM and the Club visit at 12:15 PM.  Both meetings will be held at Crazy Pour. Please mark your calendar and plan on attending!
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Night Golf Fundraiser!

Thank you to all who attended the Kiwanis/Rotary Night Golf event this past Friday (10/8). A great time was had by all. We appreciate your support!
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Installation Dinner

The Installation Dinner for Rich is scheduled for Tuesday, July 9th at Greek Islands in Lombard. Social hour will begin at 6:00 pm and dinner will begin at 6:30 pm. Here is the address for Greek Islands: 300 E 22nd St, Lombard, IL 60148

As a reminder, we will not have a lunch meeting at Crazy Pour on the 9th. 


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Villa Park Rotary Club Awards Scholarships!

Posted by Kre on May 15, 2018
On May 8, the Rotary Club of Villa Park presented its 2017-18 scholarships to Addison Trail and Willowbrook seniors. Congratulations to all! The scholarship recipients are:

Rotary Club of Villa Park Vocational Scholarship
George Boulahanis, Willowbrook

Hannah Lechtenberg, Willowbrook

Elikajane Mendiola, Willowbrook

Rafael Olaguez, Willowbrook

Katherine Portilla, Willowbrook

James Reed, Willowbrook (Reed has been selected to compete at the Rotary District level)

Bernardo Soval, Willowbrook

Ramiro Ramos, Addison Trail

Marcin Safin, Addison Trail

Rotary Club of Villa Park Scavone Memorial Scholarship
Samuel Pakeltis, Willowbrook

Rotary Club of Villa Park Ann Johnson Scholarship
Giorgio Quagliato, Addison Trail

Rotary Club of Villa Park Leadership Scholarship
Anahi Alcauter, Addison Trail

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Recap from July 25, 2017 meeting

Posted by Joan Cavazos on Jul 28, 2017
At the July 25, 2017 Rotary Meeting, we were honored to have Mr. Denny Gagnon from Honor Flight Chicago join us and tell us about this organization and his role as a volunteer.   Currently Honor Flight Chicago is sending WW II and Korean War Vets to Washington D.C. for the day.  This program started about 12 years ago and is a 501(C)3 organization - Ifwhich means they receive NO Federal funding.  It costs approximately $200,000 per flight (even though Southwest Airlines supplies the airplane), costs are still incurred for the pilots, flight assistants, fuel, equipment rental, buses, etc.  They run about 7 flights per year - taking 100-110 per flight along with 130 volunteers per fight.  Actual volunteers are about 400 for all the prep work and actual day of activities.
We presented and donated a check in the amount of $250.00 to Honor Flight - Chicago.
Happy News was shared and we welcomed back David Cain who was feeling good after his surgery.
Al conducted trivia about "Famous Lasts."
Mark your calendar for August 22nd.  Jim Saul invited everyone to his home for a "Going Away" get together for Karen, who is moving to Colorado.  Please RSVP to Jim if you wish to attend, so he knows for food and beverages.
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Recap of July 18, 2017 Meeting

Today we had a guest speak, Dr. Vito Spatafino, Chiropractor with West Suburban Wellness.  He spoke to the group about living a healthy life style, eating well, exercising.  He offered a special price for any Rotary member interested in coming in for an evaluation.
Gary Sinagra was a guest of Bob Smith.   Gary is the former President of the Addison Rotary Club for the past 5 years.
Scott Helton has invited everyone to a Community Breakfast on Thursday, August 10th At 2 Friendship Plaza.  The time is 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM.   This is going to be for all new teachers to District #88, (Willowbrook H.S. and Addison Trail H.S.).   Scott is inviting the community so that new teachers can see that we are community based and we care about our teachers.    Please RSVP to Tony Palmisano or Scott Helton if you would like to attend.
Denny Gagnon will be our guest speaker next week speaking about the Honor Flight.
Board Meeting - August 15th @ 5:30 PM at Round Heads.
Mark your calendar for September 12th - Golf Outing at Sugar Creek Golf Course.
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Installation Dinner Recap

Posted by Joan Cavazos on Jul 12, 2017
The Installation Dinner for the 2017-2018 Rotary Club was held on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Emmett's Brewing Company in Wheaton.  It was a lovely evening.  The Social Hour was full of fun and meeting spouses and guests of our Villa Park Rotary members.   Guests included Lori Palmisano, wife of our new elected Villa Park Rotary President, Tony Palmisano; Jean Hockensmith from School District #45, Bill McGurr, District Assistant Governor and his wife, Lynn.  Other distinguished guests included Tom Fiola (husband of Jan Fiola); Karl Hartman (husband of Karen Hartman), Eva Sanchez (guest of Scott Helton); Mathew Janis (son of Walter Janis); Suzanne Reed (wife of Al Reed), Andrea Shewe (wife of Bill Schewe), and Ethel May (guest of Jay Tovian).
After Social Hour, we all entered the adjoining room and were treated to a delicious dinner, accompanied by an excellent summer desert of Raspberry Tiramisu - a twist on the traditional tiramisu (an Italian favorite of Tony's).   After dinner, Tony started with the Introductions for the evening, gave a Summary of the Past Year, and then presented the Perfect Attendance Awards to Earl Johnson - with 39 years of perfect attendance AND Buzz Janis with 37 years of perfect attendance.   Congratulations to Earl and Buzz - what an accomplishment you two gentlemen have achieved!!!   Kandace Krettler was introduced as President-Elect, and Joan Cavazos was introduced as the new Secretary for the year..  Tony concluded with thoughts about Looking Ahead to the coming year and plans that he has.
Thank you all for welcoming me to the Villa Park Rotary Club.  I am looking forward to being and working with you this coming year.
Thank you, Kandance for teaching me about Club Runner.  I hope I can continue sharing our Club's news as well as Kandance did.
Joan Cavazos
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Meeting recap from June 27, 2017

Posted by Kandice Krettler on Jun 27, 2017
Greetings everyone,
Here is a brief recap from today's meeting:
  • There will be no meeting Tuesday, July 4 due to the holiday.
  • There will also be no noon meeting on Tuesday, July 11 as that is the day of our Installation Dinner.
  • The Installation Dinner will be held at Emmett's Brewing Company located at: 121 W Front St, Wheaton, IL 60187 at 6:30pm.
  • The Golf Outing is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, please mark your calendar.
  • Happy news was shared.
That's all for today's meeting. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!
Respectfully submitted,
Kandice Krettler
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June 6, 2017 Meeting Recap

Posted by Kandice Krettler on Jun 06, 2017
Greetings everyone,
At today's meeting we celebrated three birthdays: Earl, Jan & Karen. Happy birthday everyone!
This is a reminder that the Installation Dinner is scheduled for 6:30pm on Tuesday, June 27 at Emmett's Brewing Company, located at: 121 W. Front Street in Wheaton.
Respectfully submitted,
Kandice Krettler
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Meeting recap from 11/122/16

Posted by Kandice Krettler on Nov 24, 2016
Here is a brief recap from the weekly Rotary meeting from November 22: 
  • Don't forget about the Annual Christmas Dinner & Auction, which is scheduled for Tuesday, December 6. The event will begin with a social hour at 6pm. The event will be held at the Diplomat West in Elmhurst once again this year. Event information is available on a flyer on our website. 
  • Donation items can be brought to the Villa Park Public Library. Please see Sandy Hill or Kandice Krettler. Please remember to fill out your donation form, which can also be found on our website.
  • Guest Roy Fonda shared information about the Glen Ellyn club's Annual Citrus Sale. The flyer and order form are also available on our club's website.
  • The Jackson Middle School orchestra is interested in performing for our club at an upcoming meeting. A few dates were thrown out and December 20 was decided upon as a possibility. Tony Palmisano will confirm and let the club know next week.
  • The next board meeting will be on Thursday, December 1. The meeting will begin at 5:30pm at Roundheads in Lombard.
  • Rotarians present at today's meeting passed the hat for York Township collection.
  • Happy news was shared and the weekly raffle was held.
Respectfully submitted,
Kandice Krettler
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July 28, 2015 Meeting Update

Posted by Kandice Krettler

Guests: We had several guests at our meeting today.  The Winners of the Vocational Scholarships were present and two of the girls brought their fathers.  The three winners were: Cecilia Diaz, Maria Perez, and Lluvia Perez.  The purpose of the vocational scholarship program is to provide educational opportunities for those who are preparing for careers which require less than a four-year degree. 


  • A few dates were discussed for the Golf Outing.  Choices included: August 15 (Saturday) or September 8 (Tuesday).  Members selected Tuesday, August 8th for the Golf Outing.  Sign up forms and sponsor forms are on the Villa Park Rotary website, located under the downloads section on the right hand side of the screen as PDF files. 

Happy News: Bill Schewe shared news of his vacation in Europe.

Birthdays: None.


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July 21, 2015 Meeting Update

Posted by Kandice Krettler


  • The group gave a warm welcome to Assistant/Area Governor Roy Fonda, our guest for the day.


  • David Cain.  Happy birthday David!  We hope you enjoyed your special birthday song.


  • Dues envelopes were passed out to all members present.  Treasurer duties will be shifting to Jan Fiola beginning next week.
  • Rotary Family Fun Day at the Chicago White Sox will be held on Tuesday, August 4 at 7:10pm.  More details can be found here:
  • Planning will begin on the annual golf outing shortly with an anticipated September date.  More details to follow.

Respectfully submitted,

Kandice Krettler, Secretary

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July 7, 2015 Meeting Update

Posted by Kandice Krettler

Here is a brief overview of our meeting from Tuesday, July 7:


  • We need to begin planning the golf outing as well as fall programming.

Happy News:

  • Al's daughter made the Dean's List at her school.  Congratulations!
  • Kandice shared news of the upcoming Trivia Night sponsored by the Library and hosted by Crazy Pour.  This event is scheduled for Tuesday, July 21 beginning at 7:30pm.  All members are invited.
  • Earl shared his happiness for being able to walk again.  Welcome back Earl!


President Pavelchik introduced our speaker for the afternoon, Joanne Mitrenga, the Executive Director of the Tri-Town YMCA.  Tri-Town YMCA serves the communities of Lombard, Villa Park, and Oakbrook Terrace.  Joanne thanked our group for the donation we made to her organization.  Tri-Town YMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.  Tri-Town YMCA also works with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to offer a free breakfast to any child under the age of 18.  Tri-Town YMCA supports other activities within the communities they serve including: donating refrigeration coolers for Disciples Food Pantry, Outreach House and others; donated via the Village of Villa Park a water fountain that has a dog bowl and water bowl refill dispenser; and sponsors healthy cooking classes & container gardening classes offered at the Villa Park Public Library.

For more details about Tri-Town YMCA, please visit their website at:

Respectfully submitted,

Kandice Krettler


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Service Above Self

Posted by David Cain
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The Villa Park Rotary Club is an organization of business and community leaders dedicated to supporting the local and international community through service projects and financial contributions.  Our current service focus is literacy, youth services, clean water and health care, and hunger.  

We meet on a weekly basis, normally for lunch, for fellowship and to learn more about the work of Rotary International, the Rotary Foundation, and other service organizations.  If you would like more information or may be interested in joining us, use one of the links to the side to email a Rotarian, or contact David Cain at (630) 941-8650.

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Golf Outing A Success

Posted by David Cain
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Our annual Golf Outing, held on September 22nd was a success, raising over $3,000 for local organizations.  Each foursome was given a silver coin to award to one of its members.  Prizes were awarded for longest drive and closeest to the hole.  All participants had a good time.
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White Sox Welcome Our Exchange Students

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On Thursday, July 29th, the Chicago White Sox welcomed our exchange students to the game against Seattle.  Not only did the girls get to see a White Sox victory and 4 White Sox homeruns, but also thier name in lights!
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Our Inbound Exchange Student

Posted by David Cain
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Michelle Spangenberg arrived on June 29th as part of the 5 week short term exchange program.  Michelle is from Bad-Wildungen Germany, located in the central part of the country.  Michelle is enjoying the Chicago area, attending concerts, visiting the museums, parks, and Navy Pier, viewing the city from the SkyLedge at the Sears Tower, boating and tubing on the Chain of Lakes, playing badminton, and attending various Rotary functions.

Michelle returns home on August 5th.

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Students Join Club for Lunch

Posted by Ann Kimpton
The club had the pleasure of having Rotary Scholarship winners and our Rotary Exchange student and her German guest attend the July 13 lunch meeting. Scholarship winners Jacqueline Valle, who will be attending Paul Mitchell School for Cosmetology, and Allison Tazelar, who will be attending Grand Valley State University, thanked the club for supporting their further studies. Rachel Cain, who will be leaving for Germany in August, brought Michelle Spangenberg, a Rotary exchange student from Germany who is staying with the Cains. Club members enjoyed talking with the students about their future endeavors.
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Cain honored as Rotarian of the Year

Posted by Ann Kimpton
Long-time club member, David Cain, was honored in June as the Villa Park Rotary Club's 2010 Rotarian of the Year. Dave was chosen for his service-above-self attitude. He has served the club in various capacities including president, and this year, he filled an important role by stepping in mid-year when our treasurer was unable to complete the term. Additionally, Dave is an active participant in all club fund-raising efforts and continuously promotes the good will of the Rotary organization. Thank you, Dave, for your valuable contribution to Rotary.
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Humanitarian Service Project Showcased

Posted by Ann Kimpton
Beth Danna from the Dupage/Kane County Humanitarian Service Project outlined the numerous projects the group supports.  This year, 115 seniors, 1264 children at the holidays and 800 children for the Birthday Project. have received some time of benefit from the project.  During the summer, the group provides food to families with children.  For the past eight years, the Villa Park Rotary has been a proud sponsor of the project that was founded in 1979.
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Guest shares story of Clare Woods Academy

Posted by Ann Kimpton

Linda Frye-Danner from Clare Woods Academy was the presenter at the April 20 meeting of the Villa Park Rotary.  Linda shared the mission of Clare Woods, a facility that provides educational and special services to students with learning and developmental disabilities.  Linda, a former Rotary president, asked the club to consider a financial contribution toward its campaign to raise funds to renovate the aging facility.

The board will consider the request at its next meeting.


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District Conference

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The annual Rotary District Conference was held at the Grand Geneva resort in Lake Geneva, WI. on April 30 - May 2.  Our club was represented by President Jim Saul, President Elect Buzz Janis, Immediate Past President Dave Cain, and Youth Exchange Student Rachel Cain.

It was announced at the District Conference that Rotary International has added a 5th Avenue of Service - Service to Youth.  This is in addition to the traditional 4 Avenues of Service that Rotary has had - Club, Community, International and Vocational.  Also, RI approved the establishment of eClubs to allow people to meet and makeup online. 

At the end of the conference, Rachel met the incoming District Governor.

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