1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

2018-19 Meeting Schedule, Notes & Photos

Guests always are welcome to general weekly meetings that begin at 4:44PM most Wednesdays in Hugo’s Frog Pond located in Main Street Promenade. A guest fee of $20 is charged to visiting Rotarians and other individuals who may be interested in attending. Every meeting includes light refreshments, soft drinks, wine, camaraderie and enlightening programs.

***Asterisks indicate events with Rotary connections; Rotary “Extras” on days other than Wednesdays.

These photos with “P.S.” long captions help tell the story of the Rotary Club of Naperville/Downtown, set to find a way to build fellowship while trying to enhance educational experiences every week, aimed at creating a warm welcome and better community for all concerned. Join us any week. We go around the room with introductions and a “question of the day” that typically connects to the theme of the day’s featured program. Cheers!

The 2018-2019 Rotary year / July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019

The Rotary Club of Naperville/Downtown held its annual Installation Dinner on June 27, 2018, at Meson Sabika for members and guests to witness the passing of the gavel from President Kevin McQuillan to President-Elect Jeff Davis.

Every meeting begins with the Pledge of Alliance and the club song, “Grand Old Flag,” followed by the president’s thought of the day, then the “unthought” of the day, likely to be continued by Kevin McQuillan.

You’re a grand old flag
You’re a high-flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave
You’re the emblem of
The land I love
The home of the free and the brave
Ev’ry heart beats true
Under red, white and blue
Where there’s never a boast or brag
But should old acquaintance be forgot
Keep your eye on the grand old flag
Rotary Club of Naperville – Downtown / 2018-2019 Board of Directors 
Jeff Davis, President / Nancy Nyberg, President Elect; Rocky Caylor, Vice President; Chuck Corrigan*, Rotary Ride /Treasurer / Club Service; Neal Cerne*, Secretary; Naish Shah*, Rotary Ride; Aaron Bonti, Sergeant at Arms; Mary Corrigan, Membership Chairman; Gary Baumgartner*, Foundation Chairman; Patti Powers, International Service/Hearts & Flowers; Pat Benton, Community Service; Stephanie Penick*, Rotary Reminders / Programs / PR; Kevin McQuillan*, Immediate Past President. (*Past President). Note: In this Rotary Club every member serves to assist committees for membership, club service, grants and programs.

New Rotary Year begins July 1, 2018 – Dues are due!

P.S. During the Installation Dinner at Meson Sabika, three new members were welcomed into the Rotary Club of Naperville/Downtown. Kevin McQuillan finished his year as president by attracting a total of four new members—Rocky Caylor, Eileen Belokin, Peter Paolilli and Aaron Bondi— to join the 11-year-old Rotary.

The theme for Rotary International this year is “Be the Inspiration.” Cheers to another great year for all!

July 4 / No meeting. Happy Independence Day!

July 11 / Naish Shah has asked Jeffrey Davis, founder and principal at jd2 Consulting Group, to address the topic “Togetherness: Achieving Sales and Marketing Alignment.” Most modern Business to Business (B2B) companies are dealing with an alarming and serious statistic – “B2B companies’ inability to align sales and marketing teams costs them 10% or more of revenue per year.” This is a long-standing problem between sales and marketing. However, with digital disruption changing buyer behavior, companies can no longer operate in this siloed way. This presentation will aim to help those in attendance understand how digital disruption has changed buyer behavior, the costs associated with misalignment and the strategies that leaders need to implement to transform the business into better alignment.

P.S. Jeff Davis, not to be confused with this year’s RCN Downtown Prez Jeff Davis, provided a delightful and engaging presentation about connecting sales and marketing that even a DuPage County Judge would say he enjoyed and appreciated. Davis shared his insights and passions— and more than 15 years of experience —that have brought him to the conclusion that digital has changed behaviors, sellers have not yet adapted, quotas are not being met and bottom lines are suffering. For instance, 80 percent of the content that marketing generates is not used by sales, even though most of it is created specifically for sales and channel enablement. With data to back up his insights, Davis suggests thinking of sales and marketing as the “revenue engine.” Great food for thought during these changing times. For more info about tools for success and the customer experience, visit

July 18 / Stephanie Penick has invited photographer and digital artist Paul Stonehouse to present his story that featured a gallery of portraits to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

July 25 / Chuck Corrigan will present our program with an “Inspirational Update of District 6450” and his role beyond being our club treasurer to serve the “Birthplace of Rotary.” The program will be in advance of a visit by District Governor Pedro Cevallos-Candau on Aug. 15. Save that date, too. (FYI: Chuck noted that Rotary International President Barry Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is following a theme for 2018-19 Rotary year, “Be the Inspiration.”)

August 1 / Club Assembly with Prez Jeff Davis. Details to follow.

August 8 / Stephanie Penick has arranged for David S. Olsen, Illinois State Representative- 81st Dist., to enlighten us during a nonpartisan conversation titled “Fair Maps: A State and National Perspective.”

***August 12 / Rotary Ride at Commissioners Park and then some.

August 15 / Prez Jeff Davis has arranged for Pedro Cevallos-Candau, Rotary Governor District 6450, to visit and present his goals for Rotary 2018-2019.

August 22 /  Our club member Eileen Belokin, Manager, Major Gifts & Sponsorships, Edward Foundation, and a co-presenter will provide a program on heart disease and the new structural heart center at Edward Hospital.

August 29 / Stephanie Penick has arranged for Naperville Fire Department Education Specialist Soraya McLaughlin to return with her latest program, “Fire and Life Safety 101.”

September 5 / No Rotary meeting. Happy Labor Day Week! (Date saved for a “field trip” to ENCLAVE. All members are welcome. Carpooling likely. Details coming soon from Kevin McQuillan.)

September 12 / Chuck Corrigan has arranged the program on the recommendation of Rick Thiernau of the Homewood Rotary Club. Two young teens from Naperville, Sanjana and Nandini, have started their own 501(c)(3) charity to help fund cleft palate surgeries for infants in areas of need, called Side by Side Smiles. They raise funds by selling charm bracelets at One of the girls was herself born with a cleft lip, and was easily treated here, but she wants to help thousands of children who are not so lucky.

September 19 / Bryan Ogg is scheduled return to play “Stump the Curator.” What’s more, Bryan will bring us up to speed about the local history project he’s about to launch in time for the holidays.

September 26 / Stephanie Penick has arranged for Dr. Scott Mitchell, Executive Director of SamaraCare, to return to update us about his organization’s recent expansion. With news that SamaraCare is growing to better serve mental health needs of young children and senior citizens, Scott also will address overall needs to understand mental health better by putting stigmas behind us. His presentation is titled “Dying of Despair.”

October 3 / Club Assembly with Prez Jeff Davis

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October 24 / Stephanie Penick has arranged the annual visit of Nicki Anderson, President/CEO, Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, to update members on plans for the business organization.

October 31 / Happy Halloween! Yes. We are meeting. You’ll be home in time for Trick or Treat!

***November 6 / Election Day! Rotary is a nonpartisan organization that encourages its members to participate as educated voters to make a difference in our world.

November 7 / Stephanie Penick has arranged for Naperville resident Mark Hattas to tell his story and the growing interest in the nonprofit organization, Journey’s Dream, that he co-founded to serve as a portal to a world of mental health solutions. Details will follow closer to the date of the presentation.

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November 28 / No meeting. Happy Thanksgiving!

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December 19 / Holiday Party with Holiday Trivia & Songs

December 26 / No meeting. Happy Christmas Day!

January 2 / No meeting. Happy New Year! Look for invoices and plan to pay dues for “second semester.”

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January 30 /

***January 31 / Dues are past due at midnight!

February 6 /

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February 20 / No meeting. President’s Day Week

February 27 / Founder’s Dinner – 12th Anniversary Paul Harris Recognition – 5:30PM

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March 27 / No meeting. Spring Break

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May 1 / Club Assembly with Prez Jeff Davis

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May 29 / No meeting. Thanks for observing Memorial Day.

June 5 /

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June 26 / Installation of New Officers Dinner – 5:30PM

Archived Meetings, Photos & Notes 2015-2018