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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")
 
  
   
 
 
UPCOMING  EVENTS


May 20, 2021 - Dr. P. Leith Krakouer has some thirty years of experience as a Researcher and Educator of children and young adults with Cognitive Dysfunction, particularly in the domains of Autism, ADD/ADHD, Speech and Language Delay, Behavior Management and Dysl
         Dr. Krakouer is frequently invited to lecture in Europe and America to discuss how Autism impacts families, especially parents. He conducts intensive training sessions to equipt family members with vital knowledge and skills that are specifically designedto assist their Autistic child or other relative

 

May 27, 2021 - No Meeting meets on the first and third Thursday of each month. 
  
June 3, 2021 - Emma Williamson will present on her academic and personal journey from a Chicago public high school to a major university, and what she has done at both institut  ions.

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  - Meeting DELAYED until next week.

July 8, 2021 - (This being the 2nd Thursday of the month) The   I N S T A L L A T I O N   of our Officers and other Board members, for the 2021-2022 year - will take place.  ALSO, TODAY     M A Y    BE OUR FIRST IN PERSON MEETING

July 15, 2021  - Meeting DELAYED until next week.


July 22, 2021
 -  (This being the 4th Thursday of the monthAndres R. Valencia, MBA, PCC, will be presenting on his company, Deliberate Breakthroughs, LLC.  Mr. Valencia is Leadership and Performance Coach.                     - 

July 29, 2021 - NO MEETING FIFTH THURSDAY.

August 5, 2021 - Mathew Anderson, A Rotarian, will be presenting "Trust Yourself.”  In a world actively dealing with the fallout of the pandemic, the message is appreciated by those who have lost their jobs, as well as those who are fighting to keep their businesses alive. 


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.

September 2, 2021 - Our very own Rotary Club member, Vickie Dorgan, financial advisor, will be presenting on unpredictable market, and some long term options that may be worth considering.

September 9, 2021 - 
No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.
 

September 16, 2021  - Speaker to be determined

September 23, 2021
 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.                             - 

September 30, 2021 - NO MEETING FIFTH THURSDAY.

October 7, 2021 - Speaker to be determined


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

October 21, 2021 - CLUB BOARD MEETING


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

November 4, 2021  Speaker to be determined. 

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

Novermber 18, 2021  - Speaker to be determined

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

December 2, 2021 - Speaker to be determined


December 9, 2021 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

December 16, 2021 - CLUB BOARD MEETING


December 23, 2021 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

December 30, 2021 - NO MEETING FIFTH THURSDAY.

January 6, 2022 Speaker to be determined. 

January 13, 2022 - 
No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.
 

January 20, 2022  - Speaker to be determined

January 27, 2022
 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.                            - 

February 3, 2022 - Speaker to be determined

Februart 10, 2022 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

February 17, 2022 - CLUB BOARD MEETING


February 24, 2022 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

March 3, 2022 Speaker to be determined. 

March 10, 2022 - 
No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.
 

March 17, 2022  - Speaker to be determined

March 24, 2022
 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.                           - 

April 7, 2022- Speaker to be determined


April 14, 2022 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

April 21, 2022 - CLUB BOARD MEETING


April 28, 2022 - No Meeting, Rotary CFD meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.




Club Leadership

President
Robert Mantsh

President Elect
Debora Willage

President Nominee
Robert Mantsh

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.