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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


September 16, 2021  - Grant Dixon, a Rotarian, who is a personal injury attorney, to give a presentation on "Five things to do before you have your next automobile accident"

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 - Rotarian Linda Kemp, will present on new, vibrant networking program, currently meeting virtually; "Chicagoland Rotary Means Business." This networking forum is also open to Non-Rotarians,
             "Each month we offer new and innovative tools and techniques to help you to get the most out of your networking experiences."


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

October 21, 2021 - CLUB BOARD MEETING - Club members only, and invited guests only.


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

November 4, 2021  - Diveheart, a 501c3 non-profit organization,since 2001, has innovated the premieradaptive scuba training program inthe industry, while growing Diveheart Scuba Experience pool programs (DSE’s), adaptivescuba adventure trips and adaptive outreachand education opportunities for individuals withdisabilities.

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

Novermber 18, 2021  - Kieth Cross - long term consultant for companies in dealing with cyber security issues, as well as with individuals. Another opportunity to gain perspective on this occasional frightening issue, as well as glean pearl's of wisdom

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

December 2, 2021 - HOLIDAY EVENT - SPECIFICS PENDING


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

December 16, 2021 - CLUB BOARD MEETING - Club members only, and invited guests only.


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 - Ron Beck, a numismatist, will make a presentation on the collection of currency. Mr. Beck provides consulting services to indivuals, such as with Platinum Adventures - affiliated Wintrust Bank, as an example of professional services that he provides.

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 - Club members only, and invited guests only.


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 - Club members only, and invited guests only.


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



Club Leadership

President
Debora Willage

President Elect
 Robert Mantsh

Immediate Past President
Robert Mantsh

Secretary / Program Chair
Marc Willage

Treasurer
Tom Baltz

Membership
Gus Samius

Community Service
Cliff Harstad

Executive Secretary
Dennis Gorman
 
World Service
Vickie Dorgan

Programs
Marc Willage
 
Social / Fund Raising / Sergeant of Arms
Marilyn Sainsot


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.