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Batavia Illinois Rotary Club

 
 
 
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International Service Chair
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New Generations Chair
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End Polio coordinator
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Welcome to Our Club!

Welcome to Our Club!

Batavia

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
Apple Villa
1961 W Wilson Street
Batavia, IL  60510
United States
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Thursday, August 11th - 6:30 p.m.

Cougars vs. Cedar Rapids - $12 each - Fifth Third Bank Ballpark

One night at a baseball game, a great time to be had by all. Take this time and consider a child who needs a polio vaccine.  Just think: for the price of one hot dog you can save a child from Polio. Join the Batavia Rotary Club and help us strike this disease off the face of the earth forever. 

Contact us if you would like to attend: info@bataviarotaryclub.org

 

 
 

 
Congratulations to our new President Rick Pumo and to our outgoing President Holly Deitchman. Looking forward to a great year in Rotary. 
Pictured from upper left. Bruce Hartman receives the "Service Above Self" Award for all his hard work making sure we balance out & Dan Hoefler for "Rotarian of the Year" on being the "Best Rotarian" he can be. New President Rick Pumo with Assistant. Gov. Paul Keenan and Immediate Past President Holly Deitchman. The new 2016-17 board is sworn in by Assistant Gov. Paul Keenan.
 

 
Come out and have some fun at the Peg Bond Center RiverWalk on Wednesday's for great concerts in the park. Check out our new Rotary flag. "Do Something Really Great"
 

 
Many thanks to Melinda Kintz and Cecelia Hoffman of the Batavia United Way for providing us with an update on the Success by Six Kindergarten Scholarship Program. The Batavia Rotary is so proud to partner with the United Way in this effort. Through their leadership, an impressive list of donors (Rotary, Kewanis, Batavia Township, Batavia Mothers Club, Tri-Cities Exchange, Chik-fil-A, BHS Honors Society and private donors!) has made it possible for every Kindergartener to attend the full-day kindergarten program. The typical cost of upgrading from the standard half-day program to the full-day enrichment plan is in excess of $3000 per student. Success by Six ensures that scholarships are available to qualifying low-income families. 
 
Fifteen children applied and were approved in 2015. Through outreach and awareness efforts, we expect that figure to grow by more than 40% in 2016 After Kindergarten Enrichment needs are met, Success By Six will fund pre-school scholarships for low income and homeless as well. It is our goal to have as many children as possible have Success By age 6 and develop skills and habits for a life of learning.
 

 
Congratulations to our 2016 Rotary Scholarship Winners, Meghan Razimoff (left) and Madison Astling (right). Both graduates have impressive resumes with outstanding academic achievements, practical work experience, and purposeful community service. We wish them both great success at the University of Iowa and Georgia Tech!
 

 
Batavia Rotarians came out in force to Marshall the Batavia Loyalty Day Parade. President Holly Dietchman, Dick Larson, Rich Pumo, tom Van Cleave, Tom Von Lunen, Jack Jangelis, and Dave Pedersen in support rode his bike with the Batavia Bike Commission. You Go Rotarians.
 

 
Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles Rotary Club meet last week at out Tri-Cities Rotary Club meeting and welcomed Rotarians from Pakistan. These four special Rotarians were apart of a group Rotarian Exchange Program. A group of Rotarians from our district went to Pakistan to understand the Rotarian Ways and issues surrounding Rotary Communities in Pakistan. One thing that set us apart is our need to look out and help internationally those in need, In Pakistan those needs are far to close; terrorism, hunger, Polio are just some of the issues these Rotarians work with every day.
 

 
With our support for 12 children these children will have birthdays to remember. Our grant provides fun presents on their birthday and three new toys to open on Christmas Day! Batavia rotary helping to make memories possible.
 

 
A Successful Batavia Interact Night! Congratulations and a huge thank you to all Batavia High School Interactors. It's great to hear about and honor this special group. A big thank you to Haley Nickolaou the fearless leader of the Batavia Interactors and The Batavia Rotarians for their dedication to to this Club.
 

 
Today it was an honor to have Steve Heronemus present to our Club. Steve has ALS and shared some of his life stories with the Club. Steve first asked us "What does disability mean?" As we all pondered that question Steve sat in his highly advanced computer aided mobility vehicle. He let us know that he was unable to use his arms or legs and how he met those challenges on a daily basis. The more we got to know Steve we all thought about "disability" the meaning of not being able to do something. With today's technology those walls are coming down and more and more are moving from disability to ability. Thank you Steve for sharing with us Rotarians and doing your part to knock down those barriers. If you see Steve around town stop and say hello.
 
 

 
Every month that contains a 5th Tuesday Batavia Rotary Club prepares and serves up dinner for Lazarus House in St. Charles. Lazarus House is a charitable organization that serves persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and connected to mid-Kane County. We at the Batavia Rotary Club are very committed to this organization because of all the good they share in the Tri-Cities and surrounding communities. 
 
 
 

 

To help welcome and get to know our new member we asked Amy a few questions. See below:

 

Hometown?  Harvard, IL….Home of Milk Days!!

Backstory?  I grew up in Harvard, IL and had less than 100 people in my graduating class, so I decided I wanted to go to a large university, with a warm climate, in a far off place.  I moved AZ two weeks before my 18th birthday and went to Arizona State University and Scottsdale Community College.  I lived in AZ for 5 years and moved back to IL in 2000, after I graduated.  I began working for the Boy Scouts a few months later.  I married my husband Duff in 2007 and we have a 5 year old daughter named Jenna.   

What are your interests and/or hobbies outside of Rotary?  I am an avid reader, who loves talking books and book recommendations.  I love to cook, garden, go to concerts and outdoor festivals, canoe, kayak, and spend as much time as possible with my daughter and husband.

Most memorable motivating/inspirational moment?  I attended an Eagle Scout ceremony for a Scout named Brandon back in 2003 or so.  Brandon was the most amazing person I have ever met.  He was born completely blind, yet he accomplished anything he set his mind to.  He used to come to day camp and talk to the younger Scouts about the scouting ranks that he was working on.  He had such a great attitude and the younger scouts loved asking him questions.   I remember one year he came and brought the Harry Potter book he was reading at the time.  His braille version of the book was contained in 3 or 4 computer paper boxes.

We look forward to sharing many Rotary moments with Amy now and in the years to come. 

Welcome and Yours in Rotary,

Batavia Rotary Club

 

 
 

 
Club President, Holly Deitchman, is joined by David Hood, "Give the Gift of Literacy" Bookfair co-chair, to help distribute books to one of our recipients, Jana Minor of Aunt Mary’s Storybook Project.
 

 
Our Tri-City meeting presenter, Fellow Rotarian, Kevin Stevens presented on new developments in the treatment of PTSD.
 

 

Packing Potatoes at the Northern Illinois Food Bank

Batavia Interact High Schoolers and the Batavia Rotary Club join forces at the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The few hours we were there we bagged hundreds of pounds of potatoes. Thank you to all who came out and got your hands dirty. Special thanks to Haley Nickolaou, Interact Coordinator and Holly Deitchman, Batavia Rotary President for setting this up so we can share in aiding those in our communities and at the same time sharing in wonderful fellowship.

 

 
Thank you to Jamie Saam for joining us to present on all the great things Batavia MainStreet does for our community.
 

 

Winner of the 27th Annual Corvette Raffle takes the keys!

Roy Wackerlin takes delivery of his Brand New 2016 Corvette Convertible. Members of the Batavia rotary Club were there to thank Roy for his participation in the 2015 Annual Corvette Raffle. Batavia Rotary Club President Holly Deitchman (pictured) was there to hand Roy the keys.  

The Rotary Club of Batavia, Illinois Annual Corvette Raffle enables us to do the great work which includes support for local, national, and international service projects. We support programs to eradicate polio, fight hunger, provide clean water, promote literacy, and alleviate suffering worldwide. We get involved!

 

 

Congratulations to the Winners of the 27th Annual Corvette Raffle Winner of the 2016 Corvette Convertible or $40,000 Ticket Number 775 - Roy Wackerlin

#498 - Anita King - $1,500 

#805 - Dan Hoefler - $1,000 

#759 - John & Aaron Anderson - $500 

#252 - James Paschal - $500 

#623 - David Satkus - $500 

#88 - Dave Kleren - $500 

#450 - Robert Albrecht - $300 

#474 - Jerry Fagan - $300 

#195 - Matt Foley - $200

 

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to all who participated.

 

 

The Batavia Rotary Club in Partner with Barnes and Noble (Geneva Commons), St Charles (Noon) Rotary Club, St. Charles Breakfast Rotary Club and Geneva Rotary Club hosted the book fair on October 17. Over $5,000 of books and merchandise were sold during the event. A portion of all the proceeds will go to benefit many groups and individuals. Books were also purchased that will go directly to Lazarus House, Aunt Mary's Story Book Project, CASA, Illinois Youth Center, Batavia Apartments and Two Rivers Head Start. Thank you to all Rotarians and friends who participated and came out to help make this a huge success.

 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
Speakers
Aug 30, 2016
Andrew Rausch
Chicago Steel Hockey Team
Sep 13, 2016
Northwestern Medicine
Warrenville Proton Center
Sep 27, 2016
Kurt Riesselmann
Deputy Director of Communications at FermiLab - LBNF/DUNE experiments.
Oct 18, 2016
 
 
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