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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

August 31, 2017 - RARE FIFTH THURSDAY AFTER HOURS SOCIAL EVENT TENTATIVELY BADERBRAU TAP AND BREWERY.  5:30 to 8:00 includes food and soft drinks and a chance to tast some of the best beers being brewed in Chicago fun, fun, fun.  Each member is encouraged to bring a guest and sample the wares.  

September 7, 2017
- Board Meeting at 11:10 on 9th floor at the Union League Club
- Luncheon Meeting - Scott McAdam (Oak Park - River Forest) is our 2017/2018 District Governor.  He will be visiting our club today to tell us of his plans for our 6450 clubs during his term as our leader.  Please attend and ask good questions. 


September 14, 2017 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

September 21, 2017
- Luncheon Meeting - Robert Beezat will discuss Character Based Management . 

What makes us a good or bad boss are the behaviors we call a person’s character. We can improve our character, and thereby improve our organization’s effectiveness and productivity as well as our job satisfaction. Now is the time to start!


September 28, 2017 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

October 5, 2017 - Board Meeting
- Luncheon Meeting - Katherine Anderson, a member of our club -
will present her Classification Talk. She is a Vice President at Wintrust - Chicago, 221 S LaSalle Street.  She can be reached at 312-447-7354 or Kanderson@wintrust.com .

October 12, 2017 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.
 
October 19, 2017
- Luncheon Meeting - Speaker to be determined 


October 26, 2017 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

November 2, 2017 - Luncheon Meeting - Ned Meismer - To present information about creating a personal strategy of philanthropic giving. Member of a Rotary Club in the Chicago area.


November 9, 2017 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month. . 

November 16, 2017  
- Luncheon Meeting - Speaker to be determined No speaker has yet been secured for this date

November 23, 2017 - Happy Thanksgiving NO Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

November 30, 2017 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

November 2, 2017 - NO Board Meeting
- Holiday Celebration NO Luncheon Meeting

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Club Leadership
President
Gerald McIIvain
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