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Vickie Dorgan
 
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John Schwandke

 

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John Schwandke

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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")
 
  
   
 
 
 
Speakers
Feb. 9, 2017 - NO MEETING - PLEASE NOTE - The Rotary Club of Chicago Financial District meets twice per month, on the first and third Thursdays!! 
 
February 16, 2017
- Regular Meeting - 
Award Winning TV Reporter Randi Belasomo from Chanel 9 news with her co-founder Dr. Mary Mulcahy, will address our club about how Life Matters Media came to be and the services it provides. 
The Chicago-based organization is among those leading a national cultural shift that prioritizes the planning that can lead to true quality of life at the end of life. Its digital resource, lifemattersmedia.org has been hailed by The New York Times as a “website to visit.”  The organization’s public programming has been described by The Chicago Tribune as “passionate, lively and enlightening.”  http://wgntv.com/author/randi-belisomo/ .

Feb. 23, 2017 - NO MEETING - PLEASE NOTE - The Rotary Club of Chicago Financial District meets twice per month, on the first and third Thursdays!! 

March 2, 2017
- Board Meeting -
S
tart at 11:00 
- Luncheon Meeting -
Dr. Scott Hanlon D.O. - President, Chicago KICS Community Academy

March 9, 2017
- NO MEETING - PLEASE NOTE - The Rotary Club of Chicago Financial District meets twice per month, on the first and third Thursdays!! 


March 16, 2017
- Luncheon Meeting - Connor Cunneen is a proud Irishman and former Marketing VP at Unileaver.   He hails from a wee village in County Cork and retains his brogue to prove it.  Today he resides in Chicago and is a professional motivational speaker.  Connor also provides insightful, funny and extremely well researched emcee / master of ceremonies services to corporate and association clients who marvel at his off the cuff witticism.  His passion is to Improve People, Performance and Productivity as enjoyably as possible. 

April 6, 2017
- Board Meeting -
Start at 11:00 
- Luncheon Meeting - Speaker TBD

April 20, 2017
- Luncheon Meeting - Speaker TBD


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  Club Leadership
 
President
Marc Willage
 
President Elect
Gerald McIIvain
  
Past President
John Schwandke
 
Secretary
Robert Mantsh
 
Treasurer
Dennis Gorman
 
Membership
Gus Samios
 
Community Service
Cliff Harstad 
 
World Service
Vickie Dorgan
 
Programs
Jerry McIlvain
312.859.1542
gerald.mcilvain@gmail.com
 
Social & FundRaising
Marilyn Sainsot
Travis Marcum
 
Website
Travis Marcum
 
Sergeant-at-Arms
John Lamson