Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates marks 50 years of service

  • Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates members partnered with the Schaumburg Fire Department and the American Red Cross to install fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at the homes of Weathersfield Commons residents Oct. 19.

    Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates members partnered with the Schaumburg Fire Department and the American Red Cross to install fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at the homes of Weathersfield Commons residents Oct. 19. Courtesy of Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates

  • Members of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, from left, Darrell Moon, Ernie Ternovitz, Jack Lucas and Terry Parke shared stories and memories with guests at the club's 50th birthday dinner Thursday, Oct. 17.

    Members of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, from left, Darrell Moon, Ernie Ternovitz, Jack Lucas and Terry Parke shared stories and memories with guests at the club's 50th birthday dinner Thursday, Oct. 17. Courtesy of Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates

 
Posted10/24/2019 6:40 AM

Members of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates work year-round on community projects, but on Oct. 17, they rested.

More than 160 members and their guests gathered at Chandler's Chophouse in Schaumburg to kick off the club's 50th anniversary year. It was billed as a birthday bash and included watching a video -- set to iconic music from 1969 -- with photos from many of their projects over the decades.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates celebrated its 50th year Oct. 17 with a party at Chandler's Chophouse.
The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates celebrated its 50th year Oct. 17 with a party at Chandler's Chophouse. - Courtesy of Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates

More than reminiscing over photos, club members celebrated just how much money they have raised since their inception: more than $5 million for local community efforts.

"Clearly, the work we have done enhances our sense of community," says Pat Groenewold of Hoffman Estates, club president. "But collaboration is key. We don't just give money, we get involved."

Consider some of the club's ongoing projects:

• Empowering and healing abused children and preventing violence against children by working with the Children's Advocacy Center in Schaumburg.

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The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates celebrated its 50th year Oct. 17 with a party at Chandler's Chophouse. Holly Fath, left, and Allen Gabe, at podium, auctioned off a metal Rotary International logo wheel.
The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates celebrated its 50th year Oct. 17 with a party at Chandler's Chophouse. Holly Fath, left, and Allen Gabe, at podium, auctioned off a metal Rotary International logo wheel. - Courtesy of Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates

• Breaking the cycle of domestic violence by working with WINGS in Palatine.

• Building a lifetime of learning for children born in high-risk environments by working with Children's Home and Aid Society.

•Providing recreational opportunities for children with disabilities by working with Northwest Special Recreation Association in Rolling Meadows.

• Supporting children and adults with Down syndrome through their support of GiGi's Playhouse in Hoffman Estates.

• Feeding hungry students to foster a quest for learning through partnerships with Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54.

Rotarian Sarah Billmeyer assists Lt. Bob Norman of the Schaumburg Fire Department to install a smoke alarm at a home in Schaumburg as a community service project.
Rotarian Sarah Billmeyer assists Lt. Bob Norman of the Schaumburg Fire Department to install a smoke alarm at a home in Schaumburg as a community service project. - Courtesy of Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

• Providing nutritious meals and fellowship to seniors through work with Schaumburg Township.

• Funding scholarships to underemployed and unemployed adults through scholarships to Harper College in Palatine.

This summer, club members, from left, Eileen Higginbotham, Steve Lamp, friend of Rotary Peter Arno, Don Minor and Mike Turgeon installed a moon gate at the Healing Butterfly Garden they built three years ago at the Children's Advocacy Center in Hoffman Estates.
This summer, club members, from left, Eileen Higginbotham, Steve Lamp, friend of Rotary Peter Arno, Don Minor and Mike Turgeon installed a moon gate at the Healing Butterfly Garden they built three years ago at the Children's Advocacy Center in Hoffman Estates. - Courtesy of Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates

Currently, members are working with community partners to enhance a healing butterfly garden at the Children's Advocacy Center while, last month, club members presented checks to administrators with Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates high schools for their "Blessings in a Backpack" program. It supports students and families with nutritional food for the weekends.

At the anniversary party, club members reflected on their roots, back to the pivotal year of 1969 when Dr. Howard Baker formed the Rotary Club of Schaumburg as a way for area businesses to give back to the community. There were 35 charter members its first year.

Don Minor, member of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, enjoyed the "Chuck Jones Summer of Creativity" Exhibit that the club helped sponsor June 1 to Aug. 17 at the Schaumburg Township District Library in collaboration with Backyard Experience and the Chicagoland Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.
Don Minor, member of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, enjoyed the "Chuck Jones Summer of Creativity" Exhibit that the club helped sponsor June 1 to Aug. 17 at the Schaumburg Township District Library in collaboration with Backyard Experience and the Chicagoland Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. - Courtesy of Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates

In 1991, the club would rename itself to reflect its Hoffman Estates business leaders, and they also would go on to charter two more Rotary Clubs: the Schaumburg Morning Club and the Rotary Club of Bloomingdale-Roselle.

Rotary District 6440 Governor Suzanne Gibson, left, congratulated club President Pat Groenewold and all members of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates for 50 years of dedicated service to the community Oct. 17 at Chandler's Chophouse in Schaumburg.
Rotary District 6440 Governor Suzanne Gibson, left, congratulated club President Pat Groenewold and all members of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates for 50 years of dedicated service to the community Oct. 17 at Chandler's Chophouse in Schaumburg. - Courtesy of Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates

Groenewold is relatively new to the Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates club. She joined after moving to the area and retiring from her work with nonprofit management. However, she brought her background from serving more than 25 years with another Rotary Club, as well as working on the staff of Rotary International, which is based in Evanston.

After collaborating with members of the Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates club, she says their nickname for themselves, "the Friendly Club," is true.

"I can honestly say that this is one of the most engaging -- as well as engaged clubs -- I've seen," Groenewold says. "Building community is one of the real foundations of Rotary. That and, of course, service over self.

"Both are alive and well in Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates," she adds. "It's not a meeting that you have to go to, it's a meeting you want to go to."

For details on the club, visit portal.clubrunner.ca/2404 or email info@scherotary.org.

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