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Lake Zurich

Service Above Self
We meet In Person
Mondays at 6:30 PM
Ela Area Public Library
275 Mohawk Trail
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
United States of America
(847) 340-0262
1st and 3rd Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

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Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Executive Secretary
Assistant Treasurer
Sergeant at Arms
Membership Chair
Membership Co-Chair
Public Image
Service Projects Chair
Youth/Interact Liaison
Social Media Coordinator
Fundraising Chair
Funding Committee Chair
End Polio Coordinator
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You'll want to attend tonight's (June 6)Lake Zurich Rotary meeting.  Our scholarship winners, Grace Trumbull and Sasha Razin, will be introducing themselves to us personally to tell us about their community service projects and their plans for the future.  The scholarship committee selected these talented students to receive our support and it's always inspiring to hear from them as they move on to higher education. 
In addition, Subbarao's nephews, who also attended RYLA will join us via Zoom. We awarded them a full scholarship to RYLA on merit as well.
The meeting will be hybrid: in-person at Lake Zurich Family Martial Arts, 215 S. Rand Road, LZ and on Zoom.  We'll also have some discussion of our own projects, including the beer tent at the Farmers' Market.  Hope to see you there!
(If you are not a member and need the Zoom link, please call 847-340-0262.)
Tonight, on ZOOM only, at the Lake Zurich Rotary meeting, we'll hear from some of the students who attended RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) in Wisconsin, sponsored by our club.  They'll tell us how much they learned and how it changed their lives.  (They really loved it.)  Please attend and welcome them.  We'll also talk about some other things coming up for our Club.
The Zoom link will be sent to you in a separate email this afternoon.  After what happened earlier this year (Zoom bomber), we don't want to post it on line!
Hope to see you there to give the RYLA kids a big Lake Zurich Rotary welcome.
Roadside Cleanup, Sunday May 15 1 pm.  Make plans to join us Sunday 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.  Kids 10 or older are welcome, if accompanied by an adult.  Hope to see you there!  RSVP:
Remember we have a meeting Monday.  Yes, already.
Our next Rotary meeting is Monday May 2 at 6:30 p.m.  Hybrid at Lake Zurich Family Martial Arts, 215 S. Rand Rd. LZ and online via zoom.  Our speaker will be Harman Kaur, who applied for a Rotary Vocational Scholarship through our district.  She has a very moving story to tell.  Hope to see you there!  Please send email to if you need the zoom link.
TONIGHT at 6:30 pm, Damaris Lorta, the Chief Development Officer for A Safe Place, will tell us about the great work they are doing to help survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.
A Safe Place provides a surprisingly broad variety of services and Damaris will let us know the ways in which we can help.  Services include: a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, individual and group therapy, art therapy, affordable transitional and permanent housing, scattered site housing, mentoring for adolescent boys, education for teens on healthy relationships, community and professional education, and intervention services for abusers to learn accountability for their choices and actions. 
Please join us at 6:30 tonight at Lake Zurich Family Martial Arts, 215 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich.  We will also talk about other projects coming for Lake Zurich Rotary including book giveaway and roadside cleanup.  Plus we'll have a fun raffle and trivia contest!
John Casper, a 27-year member of Lake Zurich Rotary, has been president of our club and is currently our End Polio Now chair. John recently retired from Casper True Value and closed the business after a three-generation, 56-year run in Lake Zurich, supplying both hardware and advice. In January, he was honored by the Lake Zurich Chamber of Commerce for the business's 50 years of membership. 
John has been known for his utter devotion to customer service and love of golf, as well as for being one of the luckiest guys around.  And not just because he seems to win every raffle he enters.  He credits his wife, Brenda, and family for a lot of his success in life.
This Monday! LZ Rotary St. Patrick's Day Party
We'll be wearin' the green at our St. Paddy's Day party tonight.  There will be good conversation, some awards, entertainment, food, beverages, and a special Irish-themed trivia contest.
We'll bring in some food, but please bring a dish to pass, if you can.
And bring your spouse or significant other (or a date)This lively social gathering will take place in person at our usual wonderful meeting site: Lake Zurich Family Martial Arts, 215 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich.  Come and get to know your fellow Rotary Club members better.
Erin Go Braugh!  Which means: Let's Have Some Fun!
Hybrid Meeting: Please join us for our hybrid Lake Zurich Rotary meeting this Monday March 7 at 6:30 p.m. We'll discuss how we'll be working together to  move our Club. Plus a special initiative to help the Ukrainian people.  Please attend in person at Lake Zurich Family Martial Arts, 215 S. Rand Rd, Lake Zurich, or on Zoom. 
If you want to attend by Zoom, request the link at
At our meeting tonight, February 21, at 6:30pm, we'll be welcoming the dedicated and enthusiastic chair of Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in northern Illinois. Every year, high schools send outstanding students to this fun and motivational leadership program featuring challenges, discussions and motivational speakers.  Our club plans to send up to five students this spring.
We'll be meeting hybrid again, in-person at Lake Zurich Family Martial Arts, 215 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich at 6:30pm or via Zoom: 
Rotary Club of Lake Zurich is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Time: Feb 21, 2022 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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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 April 21: Book Giveaway at the Food Pantry
We're having our book giveaway for needy children again this Thursday.  Join us at 5:00 p.m. to give away books at the Lake Zurich Food Pantry,  St. Vincent de Paul Community Center, 135 S. Buesching Rd., Lake Zurich.  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. 
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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:
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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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Kera & Ted are the proud owners of LZFMA (Lake Zurich Family Martial Arts) and they teach martial arts in the Lake Zurich Community. Lake Zurich Family Martial Arts was voted the “New Business of the Year” by the Lake Zurich Chamber of Commerce on January 22nd, 2022.
The studio was recognized for its community impact through volunteer opportunities and generous donations. Some of the these contributions include: hosting several blood drives throughout the year, hosting a gigantic free family day event for anyone in the community, a school supply drive, collecting food for a local food bank, made several donations to Toys for Tots, offers programs that regularly donate to the American Cancer Society, served food to the hungry at the St. Francis charity dinner, and raised money for Operation Warm coat distribution for the needy.
Kera & Ted have trained and worked together in martial arts for many years now. They both decided to pursue their dream job as martial artists and school owners. Their martial arts programs are super friendly, student focused, safe, and they are family school! The studio has been in business for over 3 years and continues to grow. Most importantly they have created a positive culture of supporting each other. Kera and Ted always jump at the opportunity to do good! They continue to serve personally, as a business, and as part of the Rotary Club in the community.
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.
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