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Club Leadership
 
 
President
Vickie Dorgan
 
President Elect
John Schwandke

 

Past President

Cliff Harstad

   
Secretary
Robert Mantsh

Treasurer
Dennis Gorman
 
Membership
Gus Samios

Community Service
Andrew Horberg

World Service
John Schwandke

Programs
Eve Herdea

Rotary Foundation
John Schwandke
 
Social Committee
Patrick Crowley
 
Fundraising
Marilyn Sainsot
 
Public Relations
Werner Gonnison
John Schwandke
 
Sargeant at Arms
John Lamson
 
  
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

   
HomeSmart Art
 
The "Smart Art Project" was conceived by the Rotary Club of Chicago Financial District and has now grown to include multiple Clubs throughout Rotary's District 6450. 
 
 We feel it is unacceptable for any child to live in an environment of constant violence... or to lack some type of basic art education. According to an article from the New York Times... "Art Makes You Smart!"  The purpose of the program is NOT to train potential artists... but rather to develop the mind to think in different ways and perspectives.  An environment of violence, in whatever form, stifles the ability of a child to develop to his or her potential.  Far too often, it ends the life of a child.
 
There are many organizations doing great things to address the problem, but as a community, a country, and a world, we've got to do more!  We've got to stop failing future generations. The "Rotary Smart Art" program is designed to supplement, not supplant, the work of others.  "Smart Art" is a basic awareness program for elementary school children that exposes them to what art is... so as to "spark their imagination, creativity, and to develop new ways of thinking."  Using Art as the medium, the message is that violence (in all its ugly forms, to include domestic violence, bullying, and street violence) is not a given and must be diminished... or eliminated. 
 
Started by the Rotary Club of Chicago Financial District, our team now consists of multiple Rotary Clubs... plus the Near South Planning Board ... Smart Museum of Art... and the University of Chicago Provost's Office.  Our goal is to continually expand the program, first in Chicago, and then ever outward.  The goal is to enlist involvement from communities, residents and businesses. At present, the program consists of: 
 
    1. An Initial Visit to the Smart Museum at University of Chicago for an interactive introduction to art.
    2. 10 in school classroom sessions with our Art Director, spread over a 5 week period, with a focus on awareness of violence
        issues through the use of various art techniques and media.
    3. A 2nd visit to the Smart Museum so the children can share what they have learned, display their own art work, and interact
        with museum staff and volunteers who also participate in the program.
    4. The final Museum Visit is very exciting and includes a catered lunch. 
 
Volunteer helpers assist with the in-class sessions and museum visits.  The cost to conduct one class of 30 students is $2,500.  The original "Pilot Program" was launched with one Chicago Southside School in 2014. Learning from that initial experience, it was then expanded to two schools in the second year... and, with additional "streamlining", we conducted the program on an even larger scale (7 schools) during 2016. As more people get involved, we can continue expanding the program, which has received "rave reviews" from the students and faculty who benefit from the program.  Would you like to join us? 
    
Click the "Studiology" video below to meet our Art Director,
Kevin Sparks  (aka "Mr. K")
 
  
   
 
 
Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

Speakers

April 5, 2017 -  11:10 Board Meeting before luncheon
                        - Luncheon Meeting - Mat Phelps, presenting an overview of the Salvation Army, focusing on the organization's Cadet Traing program here in Chicago, Along an interesting career, Mat is currently an instructor at the accademy.

April 12,
2018 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

April 19, 2018 - John Saccomono will present his thoughts on fund raising; a timely subject for our Ratory Club.

April 26,
2018 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

May 3, 2018 Luncheon Meeting Moved to 231 S. LaSalle, 2nd floor - Special New Member Luncheon- WITH Debi Ross presenting on building Membership                             

May 10, 2018 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.


May 17, 2018 - Luncheon Meeting - Hannah Willage on the workings of the Interfaith Youth Core

May 31, 2018 - NO LUNCHEON MEETING FIFTH THURSDAY.  There is no regular luncheon meeting.  We will be having an after hours event Location to be determined

June 7, 2018 -  11:10 Board Meeting before luncheon
                         Luncheon Meeting - Speaker to be determined


June 14, 2018 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.


June 21, 2018 - No Luncheon; Dinner Meeting - Welcome our new Club President Travis Marcum Installation Dinner today Location to be determined. 

June 28, 2018 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.


July 5, 2018 - No Meeting, Happy 4th of July.

July 12, 2018 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

July 19, 2018 - Luncheon Meeting - Mariyana Spyropoulos, President of MWRD (Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago), talking on environmental issues, such as water treatment and proper pharmaceutical disposal


July 26, 2018 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month

August 2, 2018  11:10 Board Meeting before luncheon
                         Luncheon Meeting - Speaker to be determined

August 9, 2018 - 
No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.
 

August 16, 2018 - Luncheon Meeting - Speaker to be determined.

August 23, 2018
 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month
                       
August 30, 2018 NO LUNCHEON MEETING FIFTH THURSDAY. 

September 6, 2018 - Luncheon Meeting - Speaker to be determined


September 13, 2018 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month. 

September 20, 2018 - Luncheon Meeting - Speaker to be determined. 

September 27, 2018
 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month

October 4, 2018  11:10 Board Meeting before luncheon
                         Luncheon Meeting - Speaker to be determined

October 11, 2018 - 
No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.
 

October 18, 2018 - Luncheon Meeting - Randal Avolio - Consulting to optimize the function of companies.

October 25, 2018
 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month







 
Club Leadership
President
Gerald McIIvain
President Elect
Travis Marcum
Past President
Marc Willage
Secretary
Robert Mantsh
Treasurer
Gus Samius
Membership
Gus Samios
Community Service
Cliff Harstad 
World Service
Vickie Dorgan
Programs
Marc Willage
Social & FundRaising
Marilyn Sainsot
Travis Marcum
Website
Travis Marcum
Sergeant-at-Arms
Debora Willage