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Lake Zurich

Service Above Self
We meet In Person
Mondays at 6:30 PM
Lake Zurich Family Martial Arts
215 S. Rand Rd.
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
United States of America
(847) 340-0262
1st and 3rd Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

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Micro Loans Chair
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Interact Advisor
Literacy Chair
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Community Service Chair
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Youth/Interact Liaison
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Special Events Chair
Micro Loans Chair
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Hybrid Meeting: Please join us for our hybrid Lake Zurich Rotary meeting today at 6:30 p.m. We're doing a lot of good stuff and we'll discuss how we'll be working together to  move everything forward. Please attend in person at Lake Zurich Family Martial Arts, 215 S. Rand Rd, Lake Zurich, or on Zoom.  The link for the Zoom is here:
Electronics Recycling: Please volunteer for our electronics recycling event this Saturday.  Three shifts available, starting at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. at The Chapel, 330 S. Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich.  Volunteer here:  It should be a lot of fun.  And tell your friends where they can come to recycle their old electronic junk!  More info on our Facebook page:  This event benefits disabled employees who do the recycling.  Come and help us.
Rotarian of the Week: Also, we are looking for Rotarians to feature in "Rotarian of the Week."  Please let Nancy know if you want to promote your business this way.  Nancy can help you write it or interview you.  We need one or two paragraphs about your business and (if you want) your personal background.
Introducing Lake Zurich Rotary's Annual Corporate Giving Campaign
(click on the image above to donate by credit card)
Do you know of a company that might sponsor our club? You know we support good causes in our community and in the world, including Kid Power, End Polio Now, literacy for needy kids, scholarships, outdoor education and more.  If you know businesses large or small that want to support our community, our Annual Corporate Giving Campaign gives you a chance to ask them to support us.  Many companies have charitable budgets and only need to be asked to support us and be given an easy way to do so.
Every member should be able to get a sponsorship from at least one business (employer, client, vendor, favorite restaurant?). Please forward this link (click the photo) and sponsorship information to anyone you talk to about giving to Rotary.  If you work for a corporation, we'd be happy to help you navigate corporate giving procedures.  Let us know how what we can do to make this easy for you!
Sponsors can donate by clicking the "Donate" link on  Sponsorship checks can be mailed to Lake Zurich Rotary, P.O. Box 188, Lake Zurich, IL 60047.  Lake Zurich Rotary is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.  You will get recognition for any sponsorships you attract to our club.  And if your sponsors want recognition on our website and social media, let us know.
Suzanne "Sam" Martinez
President, Lake Zurich Rotary
Roadside Cleanup, Saturday October 16, 10:30 a.m.  Make plans to join us next Saturday, October 16 at 10:30 a.m. for our Lake Zurich Rotary roadside cleanup. We're going to clean up our portion of road (Ela between Rt. 22 and Cuba).  We'll bring the vests, bags and pickers -- you bring your enthusiasm and wear sturdy shoes and gloves. Meet at the southwest corner of Ela and Rt. 22 in the Jewel parking lot.  When we get done, hope you'll join us for brunch and conversation.  Hope to see you there!  Please RSVP to
This Thursday September 23: Book Giveaway at the Food Pantry
We're having our book giveaway for needy children again this Thursday September 23.  Join us at 5:00 p.m. to give away books at the Lake Zurich Food Pantry.  We'll be done before 6:30.
Please volunteer for a slot this link:   Or you can just stop by and say hi.  We encourage you to do that, especially if you have never been to the Food Pantry before.
And if you or your friends have good used kids' books or cookbooks, send an email to and we'll arrange to get them.
Each Friday from now until September 10, the LZ Rotary Club will sell beer, wine, and water at the Farmers Market at Paulus Park. The proceeds benefit our charities and scholarships. 
Members and others can sign up for shifts from 3-5 and 5-7 p.m.  We also need people specifically to help set up at 2:15 every Friday.
Sign up at this link for all the shifts you want.
Look at your calendars now for the dates that work for you.
On Monday August 23 (tomorrow) at 7:30 p.m., we will hear from the girls at the school in India that we are planning to support, called Kid Power India.  The director of the school will speak to us and then introduce the girls at the school who talk to us and present a little entertainment.  We'll start our meeting at 7:30 p.m. this time only to accommodate the time difference to India. 
So please join us -- via Zoom only this time -- on August 23rd at 7:30 p.m. 
Rotary Club of Lake Zurich is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Time: Aug 23, 2021 07:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Welcome to Rotary Lake Zurich 2021-22 year. As we launch into summer, hope you and yours are doing well. We would like to initiate our first connect on Monday, July 19 from 6.30 - 7.30 PM CST. This meeting will be hybrid with in person and via Zoom. Here is the details of the location and zoom.
Location :  Lake Zurich Family Martial Arts studio which is located at 215 S Old Rand Road   (It's north of Rt. 22 behind Dairy Queen and next door to Tacos El Norte.)  Masks will be required while not eating. Thank you Kera and Ted for extending your facility :-)  Please RSVP to if you are planning to join us in person.
If you are joining via Zoom here is the link:
Rotary Club of Lake Zurich is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Time: Jun 28, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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1. Future meetings ; Date/Time, Location, Frequency and for both clubs
2. Installation of new member, Appaji Valavala
3. July 24th Installation
4. Date/Time for Rotary Lake Zurich Strategy Meeting
Peace and Best Wishes,
Sam & Subbarao
We are pleased to present Ancient Oaks with a $5000 check that we were able to raise with a Multi-Club District Grant. We have raised the money and have earmarked it for the Kuechmann Kove Nature Playscape Project.  For more information or to make a donation please click on the link below:
Thank you to Rotary Club of Long Grove/Kildeer/Hawthorn Woods and Rotary Club of North Chicago for joining us with our fundraising efforts!!  We couldn't have done it without them! All 3 Rotary Clubs will be involved with the planning and building the Discovery Lab.
Shown from left to right:  Sarah Knight-President of Rotary Club Long Grove/Kildeer/Hawthorn Woods, Petra Croneigh - President of Rotary Club Lake Zurich, Judi Thode - President of Ancient Oaks Foundation and Angela Walker - President of Rotary Club of North Chicago.
Update on Ancient Oaks Kueschmann Kove - Our grant was approved and now we just have to wait for approval from Lake Zurich for construction to begin.  We'll keep you posted on volunteer opportunities because a hands-on component is required for our grant to be successfully completed!
Did I say WOW??!!  WOW!!  We had an amazing turnout for our Electronics Recycle Event!  THANK YOU JOHN CASPER for letting us use your location for the event!!  I know it was a bit overwhelming but you did a great job with snaking the cars in your parking lot.
We had close to 200 cars and took in over 4 TONS of electronics...the most they have collected yet!!   We had to close early because the trucks were full.  They will be doing home pick-ups for almost 40 names that we took and that will still be added to our event.  We are going to look at running another event in February but at a different location.  Information will be coming out soon and we will hopefully have more members come out and volunteer.
Thank you to Barbara, Bob, John Casper, John Croneigh, Dale, Doug, Nancy and Petra for coming out! Actually it really wasn't that cold out, sun was shining and no wind!!
UPDATE: The home pick-ups that Blue Star is doing this week for people who arrived after the truck was full have added about 2 tons to the haul.  A great showing for Lake Zurich!  Stay tuned -- another event will be scheduled soon.
This Friday: Business meeting.  Come hear how we spread good in the world.
This Sunday: We run the Special Olympics Baseball Throw/Tennis Ball Throw!
On Sunday, May 6, the Rotary Club of Lake Zurich will be sponsoring the Tennis Ball/Softball Throw for the Special Olympics Area 13 Spring Games.
Lake Zurich High School, 300 Church St., Lake Zurich
When: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What's Needed: Volunteers for a Heart-Warming Job!
The Lake Zurich Rotary Club, Interact, and Cognizant will be supplying all the volunteers to run that event.
You are welcome to join us at 8:30 a.m. at the field east of the stadium.  Please contact to volunteer.  Volunteers will guide the athletes to their competition areas, measure throws and retrieve balls. Youth ages 14 and above, as well as adults, may volunteer.
Athletes compete in divisions by gender and ability levels.  To compete in the Special Olympics Illinois Area Spring Games, athletes must train for eight weeks. Athletes who win a gold medal at these Area games qualify to compete in the Special Olympics Illinois State Summer Games to be held in June.
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George Young | Chief Information Security Officer
George Young has over 30 years of experience in secure computing and is responsible for networking and cybersecurity at CB Technologies, Inc.   In addition, he is currently Co-Chairman of the Security Privacy & Trust in IoT Center of Excellence. Before joining CB Technologies Inc. in 2014, George held key positions within IBM, as well as startup organizations that went on to become extremely successful public companies. 
George dedicates a significant amount of his time in supporting charitable organizations such as the Shriners, Scottish Rite and Rotary International.  Having recently joined the Rotary, he says that he can see the impact that our Rotary Club provides, whether it’s donating books to children at the local food pantry or sponsoring the education of girls who to live in the slums of India, as well as providing assistance to a local domestic violence organization that provides shelter, advocacy, counseling and education for families in crisis. He holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University in Communication Systems. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor teaching Operating Systems, Information Technology and Cybersecurity at the University level.
In Dubuque, Iowa I was invited to my first Rotary meeting in 2004.   I was hooked on the philosophy of, "Service Above Self" and have remained a member ever since.  When I moved to Lake Zurich, Illinois in 2019, one of the first things I did was to look for a Rotary Club to which I could become a member.   By far, one of the chief draws is the people within the organization and the individuals with whom I serve.  One of the great events in which I was involved is "Operation Warm."   To see the smiles on the faces of the children after they receive a new coat is very heartwarming.  In the past, I have hosted adult educators and business entrepreneurs from Poland and Italy into my home.  It was fascinating to learn of the challenges and successes they have had in their country and the many similar experiences we as Americans have shared as well.  It is truly a small world.
I have been affiliated in healthcare for the past 48 years.  First as a respiratory therapist then a nursing home administrator. I have always enjoyed working with people and even now in my retirement years, I work on a per diem basis at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital.  I enjoy volunteering in the community and continue to do so through Rotary.  I currently serve as the secretary for the Lake Zurich Club.  My personal pursuits include tennis, trap shooting, and daily workouts at the gym.  Staying healthy in mind and body helps me continue my endeavors with Rotary and in my personal life.
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