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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Naperville – Downtown!

Thanks to all volunteers and for all generous donations to the Hurricane Florence Relief Effort hosted by Rotary Clubs of Naperville!

Part II! The project for Hurricane Florence Relief continues in Clarendon Hills organized by the Rotary Club of Hinsdale with connections to Rotary Clubs of Naperville and District 6450.

November 15 / Rotary Club of Hinsdale Collection of School Items for Hurricane Florence Relief in Lumberton, NC. Transport of items was coordinated by Cadence Premier Logistics with the help of 4:44 Rotarians Chuck Corrigan and Rocky Caylor and the Illinois Trucking Foundation. The items are expected to arrive in Lumberton by Thanksgiving weekend.

As Chuck noted at the Rotary meeting on Nov. 14, Rotary Clubs again have come together to assist Lumberton. Rotary Club of Naperville provided a grant to help underwrite cost of school supplies for 1,000 packs headed for students in Lumberton.

On Nov. 15, students were photographed placing items in bags. “This is amazing!” said Rocky from the gymnasium in Clarendon Hills. Chuck added, “Looks like a great project! Thanks for getting some pictures to share.”

Collection hours at the Garden Plots on West Street and doors to the 53-ft. trailer closed at 6PM Sat., Oct. 13, 2018.

At 2PM Wed., Oct. 24, the full trailer was opened again in Lumberton, NC, for unloading 18 pallets of new items.

UPDATE, Oct. 13 / The entire community was welcomed to help fill a trailer provided by Cadence Premier Logistics with much needed items to send to Lumberton, North Carolina. Rotary Clubs of Naperville invited all service clubs, faith organizations, homeowners associations, businesses and individuals to join a community-wide service project by donating items for victims of devastation caused by Hurricane Florence. Items collected will go to Lumberton, NC, one of the cities in economic distress and ravaged by flooding. Fuel is being provided by the Illinois Trucking Association.

After donations placed in large Gaylord cartons on pallets are inspected and repacked for balance at the Cadence warehouse in Joliet, the trailer will head to Lumberton mid-week where they will be received by the Rotary Club of Lumberton for distribution to individuals and families in need.

Again, many thanks to all for donating the new items requested on the long list. Though clothing and footwear were not requested, it’s likely the donation of 100 pairs of new flip flops, all sizes, will come in handy for folks staying at shelters. All the gently-used tools and ladders also are appreciated. Stay tuned for updates.

UPDATE, Oct. 8 / Monday morning, organizers from the Rotary Clubs of Naperville contacted the team in North Carolina that will receive the trailer of supplies, asking for an update regarding what’s needed most.

“Boxed fans, insect repellent, cleaning supplies, rakes, mops, brooms, gloves are all items needed at this stage of recovery,” replied April Clark, Rotary District Governor 7730. “Thank you for all for what you are doing for our community.”

“Here is a snap shot of the effects, our efforts and the need for long-term support,” she added, saying she’s just put together a video. “Many homes owned by Rotarians were destroyed in the flood. The situation sometimes is bleak, but the outpouring of support from Rotarians has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Weekend One – Oct. 6 & 7 / Despite the threat of rain, volunteers were busy unloading vehicles with donations from generous residents for the better parts of the weekend. Pet food was the donation of choice. At the moment, two “Gaylord” boxes are filled to the brim with dog food, cat food and other pet supplies.

Throughout the spacious trailer, “Gaylord Boxes” (double wall containers that are 48 x 40 x 36″) now are labeled by category in order to collect, then to transfer bulk product safely when shrink wrapped and placed on a skid. Rotary Clubs in North Carolina will accept the trailer later in October. Again, thanks to all who stopped by with donations and to dozens of volunteers, including members of the Naperville Noon Lions Club, who filled the shifts.

Here’s an update of a few of the most-needed new items at the moment:

Personal Care & Hygiene Items:  Adult Diapers, Baby Diapers, Baby Powder, Baby Wipes, Baby Formula,

Toothbrushes & Toothpaste, Sanitary Napkins, Tampons, Shampoo, Conditioner / Blankets, Pillows,

Sheets & Towels, Hand Sanitizer, Canned Foods Bleach, Bath Soap, Brooms, Laundry Detergent, Deodorant,

Utility Knives, Contractor Tape, Trash Bags, Box Fans, Sponges, Flashlights, Batteries

Mosquito Repellent, Portable Lights, Canned Foods, Bottled Water  (See full list of requests below.)

Please note: Gently-used hand tools and ladders in good condition are OK. Thanks.

From the first shift on Oct. 6 (pictured above) to the last shifts (pictured below) on Oct. 7, volunteers helped fill 2-hour shifts and the trailer until time to close the doors. At the end of the first weekend, the 53-ft. trailer was about one/third full of new items. Packaging and boxing the donations were made possible with packing supplies provided by Phoenix Closures, Bedford Motor Transport and know-how from the Cadence family team.

The one constant throughout the collection hours was the generosity of the donations. Again, many thanks!

The Rotary Clubs of Naperville appreciate that the Naperville Park District permitted the trailer to park at the Garden Plots on West Street for the collection through Oct. 13. Look for banners and the large trailer stationed along West Street when the collection site is open again from 8AM to 6PM, Fri., Oct. 12 and Sat., Oct. 13. The Cadence trailer is expected to depart at 6PM on Sat., Oct. 13. (Note: If trailer fills sooner, an additional trailer will become available.)

Dry Run! Driver Trainer Ray Tirado and Rotarian Rocky Caylor stopped by the Garden Plots early Sept. 29 with a large tractor/trailer where Rotary Clubs of Naperville will host a community-wide collection to benefit Hurricane Florence Relief. Stay tuned for updates. Thank you.

Garden Plots on West Street Collection Hours / 8AM to 6PM, Fri., Oct. 12, and Sat., Oct. 13, 2018

Questions? Ask a Rotary Club of Naperville President for the club’s relief effort coordinator: Jeff Davis (4::44), Randy Ems (RCN), Jeanette Oakeshott (Sunrise) and Mary Morrissey (After Dark).     —Update 10-6-2018

Thanks to Rotarian Kristy Sullivan of Rotary After Dark for coordinating volunteer opportunities.

Sign Up Today to Help Oct. 12 and/or 13! Thanks. Or just stop by to see if help is needed.

Calling all volunteers! Sign up for a 2-hour shift via the Sign Up Genius by clicking here.

Suggested nonperishable items needed for collection / New items only / ***Indicates Most Needed / Thanks.

Tarps*** Dehumidifiers***, 5-gallon Buckets***, Cordless Power Tools, Shop Vacs, Hammers*** & Nails, Rubber Gloves, Dog Food & Cat Food, Paper Towels***, Shop Rags, Adult Diapers

Baby Diapers***, Baby Powder***, Baby Wipes***, Baby Formula***, Empty Spray Bottles, Face (dust) Masks, Toothbrushes & Toothpaste, Shovels, Box Fans***, Sponges, Flashlights

Sanitary Napkins***, Tampons***, Batteries***, Shampoo***, Conditioner***, Blankets***, Pillows***, Sheets*** & Towels***, Bibles, Hand Sanitizer, Canned Foods***

Bleach***, Ladders, Bath Soap***, Brooms, Laundry Detergent***, Deodorant***, Utility Knives, Contractor Tape, Trash Bags***, Mosquito Repellent***, Portable Lights

Paper, Pens, Markers, Pencils & Pencil Sharpeners, Canned Foods***, Bottled Water***  (NOTE! Absolutely no clothing in this collection drive.)

Rotary Club of Naperville – Downtown since 2007

The Rotary Club of Naperville / Downtown is one of four Rotary Clubs serving Naperville, Illinois. Chartered in February 2007, RCN/ Downtown is a member of Rotary International and District 6450.


The Club meets weekly at 4:44PM on most Wednesdays in the Fish Pond at Hugo’s Frog Bar and Fish House in Main Street Promenade, located at 55 South Main Street in downtown Naperville. Typically, members start arriving at 4:30PM for fellowship and fun, take attendance at 4:44PM and begin the official meeting at 5PM where the focus is on engaging and enlightening programs, complete with Q&A.

Look for the yellow Rotary signboard in the plaza for directions to the meeting room.  All Rotarians from around the world are welcome as well as those community-minded individuals interested in the weekly educational program. The guest fee is $20 which includes delicious appetizers and assorted beverages and/or wine graciously provided by RCN/Downtown and Hugo’s. Whether a Rotarian or not, guests always are welcome to this casual small interactive club.

Upcoming Programs at 4:44…

Meeting & Notes Schedule / 4:44 Rotarians work together to plan enlightening programs throughout the year. Members are responsible for arranging programs and contacting the Program Coordinator with ideas for the calendar.

Rotary Club of Naperville/Downtown celebrated its birthday bash to mark its first 11 years in late February 2018. Seasoned Rotarians will remember that Rotary International was chartered on Feb. 23, 1905, in Chicago. Downtown Rotarians have strived to keep the connection. At this year’s dinner, this Rotary club recognized a number of community members with Paul Harris Fellowships, an honor individual Rotary clubs may from time to time bestow on individuals who meet high professional and personal standards set forth by Paul Harris. Paul Harris recognition is not limited to Rotarians. (A Paul Harris Fellow receives a special certificate and a gold pin.)

Note: Founded in 1917, the Rotary Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that “supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs.” The Rotary Club of Naperville/Downtown also is celebrating the 100th birthday of the Rotary Foundation with tributes to the programs it has supported through life-changing service.

Special Alzheimer’s/Dementia Awareness by Rotarians

In recent years, planters of forget-me-not flowers were placed at the businesses of Rotarians to grow awareness about Alzheimer’s. Forget-me-nots are reminders that during the month of June, individuals worldwide are asked to take the Purple Pledge. Use your brains to fight Alzheimer’s Disease and Progressive Dementia!

For information about a Rotary initiative highlighted in the April 2015 Rotarian Magazine titled “Slow Fade, New Hope in the Fight to Stop Alzheimer’s,” click here.

Now designated to become an annual service project, look for the planters mostly at local independent businesses with a few in front of homes of Rotarians. In addition to raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and Dementia, the Rotary Downtown initiative provides an opportunity to express gratitude to helpful caregivers and compassionate hospice volunteers.

Every planter includes a small sign on a stick that reads, “Forget met not! Remember June is the month to use your brain to create awareness about Alzheimer’s and Dementia with gratitude toward caregivers. Visit”

Naperville Rotary 4:44 Fun & Fundraising

The Rotary Club of Naperville/Downtown hosts one annual fundraiser, Rotary Ride, in memory of Carmen DiGiovani. Thanks to all cyclists and sponsors that have participated in Rotary Ride since its beginning when it was first imagined by the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise.. Registration soon will be in progress for 2019 Rotary Ride. Click here to more info coming soon about the bike ride slated for Sun., Aug. 11, 2019. Currently, the link is a showcase of photos and updates. Beneficiaries again will be Rotary International End Polio Now as well as three local nonprofit organizations, Naperville Responds for Our Veterans, Loaves & Fishes Community Services and 360 Youth Services.

Other community service grants, recommended by club members, are supported by the club’s semi-annual giving program. Membership also is 100 percent vested the Every Rotarian Every Year initiative, a program that asks every Rotarian to support The Rotary Foundation.

For  a little history with the club’s focus on bicycling, (Click here for Naperville Rotary Ride photos from 2015.) the Rotary International Team under the leadership of RI General Secretary John Hewko has participated in Miles to End Polio as part of El Tour de Tucson. Click here to help End Polio Now. Thank you.

About Rotary…

Rotary International, a service organization founded 1905, is comprised of 32,000 clubs in 200 countries. More than 1.2 million individuals have come together to become Rotarians by joining one of the clubs aimed at making positive and lasting changes in their communities and beyond.

Members of RCN/Downtown and all Rotary Clubs always are welcomed to visit any Rotary Club in Illinois, the United States or the world where they’ll receive a friendly “hello.” Visiting other Rotary Clubs is a great way to learn about Rotary projects and fundraisers that can make a difference for unmet needs as well as to experience first hand what’s happening in other communities. Rotary Clubs meet weekly to build friendships, goodwill and peace worldwide with a motto of “Service above Self.” Guest fees vary from club to club. The guest fee for Rotary 4:44 is $20. To learn more about Rotary, visit Rotary International.

2018-19 Rotary Club of Naperville / Downtown President Jeff Davis reminds readers to be inspired and to learn more about the 63 clubs in Rotary District 6450, the birthplace of Rotary, with a visit to

Members of RCN/Downtown are actively engaged in many community and service initiatives to augment Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self.” When RCN/Downtown members identify charitable causes for their grants, they qualify the cause by asking, “Will the grant make a difference and will it fulfill an unmet need?” In the broad spirit of all Rotary Clubs around the world, RCN/Downtown has its own personality with a focus on local youth, healthcare, education, college scholarships and the arts.

RCN/Downtown is 100 percent vested in Paul Harris Fellowships, denoting contributions from every member to the Rotary Foundation, an endowment established in 1917. Anyone who contributes $1,000 or more over time to The Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund may become a Paul Harris Fellow. Typically, Rotary clubs recognize Paul Harris awards once a year. RCN/Downtown hosts its annual Paul Harris Fellowship / Anniversary Dinner every February, the month of its charter in 2007 and to commemorate the founding of Rotary in Chicago on February 23, 1905.

Find the Rotary Club of Naperville/Downtown with more photos on Facebook, too.

Mailing Address: Rotary Club of Naperville/Downtown, P.O. Box 5336, Naperville, IL 60567