Upcoming Events
Brian Paff
Dec 06, 2016
Erie House
Bruce Crane
Dec 13, 2016
Nancy Baker
Dec 20, 2016
Work Ethic Program - All Labor Has Dignity
Sam Fain
Jan 17, 2017
The Lyric Opera
Yves Lassere and Brad Weiss
Feb 28, 2017
Haiti Water Project

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Club Leadership
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Sergeant at Arms
Club Treasurer
Membership Chair
Public Image
Web Site Coordinator
Young Leaders Chair
Youth/Interact Liaison
Youth/Rotaract Liaison
RYLA Liason
Club Service Chair
Program Chair
Community Service Chair
Vocational Service Chair
International Service Chair
Rotary Foundation
Foundation Treasurer

Welcome to our Club!

2012-13 President's theme

We meet Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
Hilton Garden Inn
1818 Maple Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
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District: 6440
Club:   22901


Club News

Our largest fundraiser, the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club 2016 Holiday Sale has begun! 
We have a wonderful array of products -- poinsettias, wreaths and other holiday greenery, fresh pecans, gourmet hams, 'just off the tree' citrus and trail mix.  Any Rotarian can help you with your order!   Products are delivered to you at no charge... in plenty of time for the holidays.
Please consider supporting our sale which funds our charitable work, locally and abroad.   If you don’t know one of our Rotarians, please email us at holiday@evlrc.net and a club member will contact you to help you place an order. 

Koi Restaurant (624 Davis) recently presented the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Foundation with a $600 check, representing the proceeds of its "Table 23" program.   As the restaurant's selected charity during the month of September, the ELRC Foundation earned a percentage of dining sales by Rotarians and also received some outright customer donations.  Thanks for supporting our charitable efforts in Evanston and around the world.  

 “Taste of Evanston” Takes a Bite Out of Hunger
Sunday, June 12,  Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club’s 2nd annual “Taste of Evanston: Take a Bite Out of Hunger” targeted two area hunger relief organizations as the principal beneficiaries of it’s fundraising effort:  Hillside Food Pantry which provides nutritious meals to 500 food insecure families each week and Hunger Resource Network which connects surplus food from farmers markets and grocery stores to food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters.   Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club’s other local and international philanthropic programs were also supported by the event’s proceeds of over $32,000.
The crowd of over 200 supporters was entertained by R&B band Suite Mollie and magician A.J. Sacco.  The fundraiser was also a zero waste event, with Evanston’s Collective Resource, Inc. collecting all food scraps as well as biodegradable plates, cups and flatware and transporting them to a commercial composting site.
Held at the garden plaza of Rotary International in Evanston, the fundraiser featured both well known and new Evanston restaurants including Bistro Bordeaux, Bluestone, Creperie Saint Germain, DB3 Donuts, Farmhouse, Foodstuffs, Hearth, Hecky’s Barbeque, Kabul House, Kingston Grill, Koi, LYFE Kitchen, Mount Everest, Olive Mountain, Peckish Pig, Temperance Beer Company, Union Pizza, /Union Squared, Vinic Wine Company and YoFresh Yogurt Café.
Upon learning of a desperate need for school supplies for 600-750 children, the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club partnered with Caring Outreach by Parents in Evanston (COPE), the Evanston Community Foundation (ECF), Evanston/Skokie School District 65, the District 65 PTA Council and others to raise the necessary funds to purchase the supplies.  The ERLC was proud to donate $2,000 to this worthwhile effort. 

Saturday, July 24th, 8 Rotarians and 3 family members were on hand for the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club's seasonal roadside clean-up along Golf Road from East Prairie to Crawford Avenue.
Led by Sam Lovering and his wife Joan, our newest members -- Raissa Bailey Eirich and Anton Dokov -- joined veteran Rotarians Louis Allred, Marv Edelstein, Bill Glader, Jackie Mack and Ken Green. Keeping our community clean and adopting this stretch of highway has been a longstanding Rotary tradition, dating back to 2001.  Coffee and donuts provided this energetic group of "do gooders" with a great start to the day.  Please consider joining us for the next Golf Road Clean-Up in the Fall.


The Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club is always looking for new members!  

If you are interested in community service, philanthropy & fellowship, please contact our Membership Chair Jackie Mack (jackie@jackiemack.com) to learn more about our activities!

The Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club meets Tuesdays from 7:15 to 8:30 am at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1818 Maple Avenue, Evanston, Illinois 60201, for breakfast and a speaker.  Membership is open to service-oriented residents and workers of the area.  Guests are welcome to attend the meetings. 

Please join us for a breakfast meeting!


More than 30 volunteers -- Evanston Lighthouse Rotarians, Cub Scouts, Boys Scouts and community members -- met on Saturday morning, September 20th, to clean-up the Lake Michigan shoreline.  The group collected more than 65 pounds of trash from the beach and dunes.  
Adopt-A-Beach is the Alliance for the Great Lakes' premier volunteer program.  More than just a beach sweep, Adopt-A-Beach teams conduct litter removal and monitoring and complete a beach health assessment that includes science-based observation and testing.  The teams collect information and enter it into the online system, where it is used to educate the public, share with local beach authorities and improve beaches.
Twice a year, the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary spearheads this effort locally.   Thanks to our community partners who help with this important work!

Rotarians Ilana Seligman, Julianne Dieterich & John Searles

Rotary Youth Exchange Student Irene Antonelli & Rotarian Kristin Brown

Evanston Lighthouse Rotarians and an enthusiastic group of Justin Wynners shopped, cooked, served and cleaned up a summer evening meal for 100 guests.   

The Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club distributed $17,400 in grants to 10 local organizations at its June 3rd meeting.  The ELRC's Community Service Committee sought to support local organizations and programs that help improve the quality of life for those Evanston residents most in need.  Proposals in the areas of education, hunger, homelessness, employment and health received priority consideration.

Funds for the grants, which ranged from $800 to $3000, were raised by club members through sales of poinsettias and other florals, citrus, nuts and hams at holiday time, as well as donations from members and other supporters.

For more details on the grant recipients, please click  "More..."  below

Comm Serv Grantees 2014

Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club 2014 Community Service  grantees. From left to right: Kathleen Watson Nadler and Sue Murphy, Interfaith Action of Evanston; Andrea Densham, Childcare Network of Evanston; Lori Dube, Curt’s Café; Jeanie Ramsey, Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes; Mary Fulton, Hillside Food Pantry; Elaine Clemens, Justin Wynn Fund; Sabrina Clark and Cari O’Donnell, Evanston School Children’s Clothing Association; Patti Anderson, Curt’s Café; Julianne Dieterich, Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club; Andrea Horton, Youth Organization Umbrella.  


The Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club is proud to be one of the most active clubs, internationally, in DIstrict 6440.

During the 2013-2014 club year, the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club provided funds to the following international organizations for their work around the globe:

For more information, please click "More..." below.​



Volunteers from NU Rotaract Club These are some of the volunteers from the Rotaract Club of Northwestern University who joined us on Saturday, 27 April, for our annual Rebuilding Together project. Volunteers cleaned up a basement with water damage, painted a ceiling, installed a floor in the kitchen, and installed kitchen cabinets. We could not get everything done in one day so a few volunteers worked additional days.

Merwan Benlamine, an Ambassadorial Scholar at the Kellogg School of Management, created a video:  

For more photos, click the "More" link below:



Sutdents washing hands at new water well

Students at Umuojima Ogbu Secondary School in Aba, Nigeria, now have drinking water at their school thanks to a grant from The Rotary Foundation. In the background are two Evanston Lighthouse Rotarians, Steve Carlson and Bob Maxman, who visited project sites in February. This is one of twenty-one schools to receive water wells, training in hygiene and sanitation, and new Interact Clubs. Read more about our Water and Sanitation Project partnership with the Rotary Club of Eziukwu-Aba.



St. Joseph Secondary School Aba

Students at St. Joseph Secondary School in Aba, Nigeria, have a new water well. The school can stay open longer each day because schools in Nigeria are required to close when their water supply runs out. All twenty–one water wells and two toilet facilities in our Rotary Foundation grant have been completed. Click here for more information on our club’s largest international service project.



Streetwise venders at table
StreetWise venders at table

Please bring non-perishable food items to our club meetings. Useful items include: canned vegetables, fruit, beans, chili, soup, dry beans, pasta, rice and soup mix. Someone from Streetwise will pick it up once a month. Bill Glader coordinates this activity, and volunteers take turns collecting food items at club meetings.

At our club meeting on 13 March 2012, Jim LoBianco, Executive Director of StreetWise, provided an overview of StreetWise’s programs. The magazine is sold by people without homes or those at-risk for homelessness. It is the oldest running street newspaper in North America. Supportive client programs target workforce development and training, housing outreach, and financial literacy. He stressed that StreetWise’s clients are men and women who are motivated to work and willing to take a job to attain or maintain stability in their lives and, generally, move on to more skilled, higher paying employment. He asked everyone to respect the work ethic and dignity of StreetWise vendors by taking the magazine if you pay for it. If you don't want to read it, pass it along to someone else.




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