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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. 
        
November 7, 2019 - Lisa Salazar, with the Chicago Childrens' Choir.

November 14, 2019 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the fi third Thursday of each month. 

November 21, 2019 - Club Board Meeting at 11:10 , immediately prior to,

                               - Luncheon Meeting - Casey Ryana life coach and group facilitator who guides recovering addicts on overcoming self doubt from their past, and how to achieve an entrepreneurial mindset. 

November 28, 2019No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

December 5, 2019  - No meeting; Christmas Party off site.

December 12, 2019 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month. 

December 19,
 2019  - Luncheon Meeting - Annual Christmas White Elephant sale

December 26, 2019
 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each mont

January 9, 2020 / NOT 1/2 - Laura Zumdahl, will present on her organiztion, New Moms, on how this organzation finds stable housing for new mothers and their children, with the ultimate goal of finding employment for these new moms.

 January 23, 2020 / NOT 1/15Club Board Meeting at 11:10 , immediately prior to below
                               - Luncheon Meeting - Lisa Russ, on the role of women in Rotary.


January 30, 2020 - NO LUNCHEON MEETING FIFTH THURSDAY.

February 6, 2020  Luncheon Meeting - Speaker to be determined. 

February 13, 2020 - 
No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.
 

February 20, 2020  - Luncheon Meeting -  Ellie Bartlett, who is the Platinum Services Coordinator with the Wintrust Bank, will be presenting on the on her role with the program and examples of outings and trips made available to individuals over 59.

February 27, 2020 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each mont
                               - Luncheon Meeting - Speaker to be determined.

March 5, 2020 - Luncheon Meeting - To be determined

March 12, 2020 - 
No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the fi third Thursday of each month.
 

March 19, 2020 - Club Board Meeting at 11:10 , immediately prior to
 below
                               - Luncheon Meeting - Speaker to be determined

March 26, 2020
 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

April 2, 2020  Luncheon Meeting - Speaker to be determined. 

April 9, 2020 - 
No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.
 

April 16, 2020  - Luncheon Meeting - To be determined

April 23, 2020 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each mont
                               - Luncheon Meeting - Speaker to be determined.

April 30, 2020 - NO LUNCHEON MEETING FIFTH THURSDAY.





Club Leadership
President
Travis Marcum

President Elect
To Be Announced

Immediate Past President
Gerald McIlvain

Secretary
Robert Mantsh

Treasurer
Tom Baltz

Membership
Katherine Anderson

Community Service
Cliff Harstad

Executive Secretary
Dennis Gorman
 
World Service
Vickie Dorgan

Programs
Marc Willage

Social & FundRaising
Marilyn Sainsot

Sergeant-at-Arms
Debora Willage


October 4, 2018  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.