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posted: 7/18/2014 2:06 PM

Rotary Club of Palatine installs officers, board

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Submitted by Jackie Knight

On Tuesday, July 1, the Rotary Club of Palatine installed its 2014-2015 officers and board of directors at Durty Nellie's restaurant in downtown Palatine.

Incoming offers include: Ben Hebebrand, president; Oliver Girke, president-elect; Jeff Johnson, vice president; Bob Heselbarth, secretary; Matt Bickel, treasurer; and Ken Spengler, sergeant-at-arms.

In addition, Dane Pinter, Ken Chalmers, Jim McLin, Jaime Suszek, Bill Buchta, Scott Thompson, Chuck Young, Al Stoeckel, Liz Noe, Jacqueline Knight, Kathy Millin, Paul McKown, Robert Steinberg, Dan Anderson, Dave Reiser and Susan Strunk join the board as directors and liaisons to various club service projects. The incoming board of the Rotary Club of Palatine will serve a one-year term from July 2014 through June 2015.

"The Rotary Club of Palatine represents our community so well, and I'm thrilled for our officers and committee chairs to serve in this dynamic service organization," said club president Ben Hebebrand. "We've accomplished so many things as a club these past 50 years, and we look to continue to shape ourselves and future members for continued excellence within our community."

Club membership chairmen Dane Pinter and Ken Chalmers invite men and women of the Palatine community to learn more about Rotary.

"Those interested in learning more about our impactful service organization are welcome to join us on Tuesday mornings," said Chalmers."We are always seeking individuals to build goodwill in our local community as well as around the globe."

Recently the Rotary Club of Palatine celebrated its 50th anniversary and dedicated Rotary Plaza at the corners of Plum Grove and Palatine roads in honor of this milestone.

Be sure to save the date for the Rotary Club of Palatine's seventh annual Oktoberfest taking place Friday, Sept. 19-Sunday, Sept. 21, in downtown Palatine. All are welcome to attend this free event which includes authentic German food, beverages and entertainment, along with Family Day activities on Saturday. Proceeds will support local community projects and charities.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. The Rotary Club of Palatine represents a cross-section of the community's business and professional men and women. The Rotary Club of Palatine meets 7:15 a.m. every Tuesday, at the Red Apple, 2121 Plum Grove Road, in Palatine. For information visit the club online at