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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 VIRTUALLY on the first and third Thursday of each month

December 3, 2020  - Lori Clark, Executive Director of Jane Addams Senior Caucus (501C3) and Jane Addams Seniors in Action  (501C4) Both organizations are grass roots NGOs run by seniors.  The Caucus advocates for the remedy of issues facing senior citizens, such as for well checks in senior housing. Jane Addams Seniors in Action is the sister organization that can participate political campaigns.

December 10, 2020 - 
No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.
 

December 17, 2020  - CLUB BOARD MEETING

December 24, 2020 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.                              - 

December 31, 2020 - NO MEETING FIFTH THURSDAY.

January 7, 2021 - Our very own club member, Cliff Harstad, to present on the basics of estate planning, and what should be recommended.

January 14, 2021 - 
No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.
 

January 21, 2021 - Alex Yates will be presenting "Engagement: It's not Rocket Science, it's Neuroscience." The talk will address the influencing of decision Making 

                          
January 28, 2021
 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

February 4, 2021
 - Speaker to be determined

February 11, 2021 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

February 18, 2021 - CLUB BOARD MEETING


February 25, 2021 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month. 


March 4, 2021 - Martin Williams, Regional District Director for the Vitalant Blood Collection and Processing Centers, talking on blood donation and overall operations and needs.

March 11, 2021 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

March 18, 2021 - Speaker to be determined


March 25, 2021 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.


April 1, 2021  Speaker to be determined. 

April 8, 2021 - 
No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.
 

April 15, 2021  - CLUB BOARD MEETING

April 22, 2021 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.                              - 

April 29, 2021 - NO MEETING FIFTH THURSDAY.

May 6, 2021 - Speaker to be determined


May 13, 2021 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

May 20, 2021 - Speaker to be determined
 

May 27, 2021 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month. 

June 3, 2021 - Speaker to be determined

June 10, 2021 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

June 17, 2021 - CLUB BOARD MEETING


June 24, 2021 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

July 1, 2021  Speaker to be determined. 

July 8, 2021 - 
No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.
 

July 15, 2021  - Speaker to be determined

July 22, 2021
 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.                              - 

July 29, 2021 - NO MEETING FIFTH THURSDAY.

August 5, 2021 - Speaker to be determined


August 12, 2021 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

August 19, 2021 - CLUB BOARD MEETING


August 26, 2021 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.








Club Leadership

President
Robert Mantsh

President Elect
To Be Announced

Immediate Past President
Travis Marcum

Secretary
Jerry McIlvain

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.