Welcome to the Woodridge Rotary Club, Inc.!
On behalf of the Club Officers and Members, we sincerely welcome you to our dynamic club.
Woodridge Rotary, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, is committed to the mission of Rotary which is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through a fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. We assist in developing community service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as youth-at-risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. We also support programs for youth, educational opportunities, and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development.
The Rotary motto is Service Above Self! It is our hope that you will support the Woodridge Rotary Club’s efforts to make a difference in the community and abroad to improve the quality of life for those in need.
Rotary Club of Woodridge - 2015 Service Above Self Scholarship Award
The Rotary Club of Woodridge is seeking applicants for its Service Above Self Scholarships. The $2,000 award recognizes exceptional community services performed by graduating high school student(s) pursuing higher education. The scholarships fund advanced educations at colleges, trade or technical schools. Eligible applicants include all Village of Woodridge residents as well as non-residents where Woodridge is the primary Rotary Club. Two (2) $2,000 scholarships will be awarded.
Click Here to access additional information and application form.
Woodridge Rotary Club Announces Charitable Giving Selections from Mini Triathlon Participants
For the second year, participants at the August 17th Woodridge Rotary Mini Triathlon selected one of six organizations for charitable giving as they registered. Five dollars is given by the Rotary Club for each selection by a person registering for the event.
And for the second year, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer organization received the most participant votes with 320 people clicking on that name to donate $5 of their registration fee. Bear Necessities will receive $1600 from Woodridge Rotary Club. Next in order of votes and donations: Family Shelter Services, 183 votes, $915; Dupage Habitat for Humanity, 123 votes, $615; West Suburban Community Pantry, $110 votes, $550; SEASPAR, 102 votes, $510; and Hope’s Front Door, 28 votes, $140.
The 15th annual race event was deemed a success again by Race Director Mike Adams. This year’s race again broke both the number of registrants. Six states were represented, with Oregon being the most distant state sending a participant. The local town with the most registrants (12%) was Downers Grove, while 11.5% were from Woodridge. More women (53%) than men (46%) rose to the challenge. Half of those who returned their surveys said it was their first time at the event, and most of those people would recommend it to others.
Woodridge Rotary Club is in its 25th year in Woodridge. The mini triathlon started 15 years ago as a fun event with about 50 participants. It has grown every year since. Rotary is an international humanitarian service organization whose motto is Service Above Self.
Woodridge Rotary's 15th Annual Mini-Triathlon
Scheduled for August 17, 2014 - Registration deadline August 13, 2014 @ 6:30 P.M.
For Event Details go to "Mini Triathlon" link at top of page.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED! (No late or walkup reigstrations permitted)
Metropolitan Family Services Back-to-School Fundraiser
The Woodridge Rotary Club will hold a back to school picnic and fundraiser to benefit Metropolitan Family Services DuPage on Sunday, August 10th from 1- 4 PM at Shanahan’s Restaurant in Woodridge. The family event will include activities such as face-painting and balloon-sculpting. Food will include hot dogs and hamburgers grilled by Rotary members, chips and beverage for a donation of $20 per family or $5 for an individual.
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Woodridge Rotary Mini-Triathlon Event Named Recipient of Illinois Governor’s Home Town Award
Four Woodridge Rotary Club members traveled to Springfield on Tuesday, November 5, to participate in an awards ceremony at the Illinois Executive Mansion when Governor Pat Quinn announced the winners of the 31st Annual Governor’s Hometown Awards. “The Governor’s Home Town Awards honor the efforts of 22 remarkable groups who have selflessly dedicated their time and efforts to making their communities a better place to live,” Governor Quinn said. “We applaud these groups of volunteers for improving the lives of others and truly making a difference in our state.”
The Governor’s Home Town Award recipients are selected by volunteer judges who review and rank applications based on a variety of factors, including local need, volunteer participation, use of resources and results achieved. The projects are judged within their population categories as well as within project categories. Project categories include services and mentorship, beautification and sustainability, parks and recreation, memorials and monuments and history and historic preservation. The judges then select one project from each population category to compete for the coveted Governor’s Cup.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) administers the Governor’s Home Town Awards Program. Each winning group receives a road sign for its community and plaque recognizing its efforts. The Governor’s Cup winner receives the traveling trophy and a unique road sign that proclaims its status as the overall winner.
"These awards celebrate the spirit of volunteerism in Illinois, "DCEO Director Adam Pollet said. "They show the connection between grass-roots activism and community improvements. When people unite behind a cause, they make a huge difference in the lives of their neighbors." These 22 winning projects represent the work of nearly 5,000 volunteers who devoted more than 90,000 hours of their time. Their volunteer service was estimated to be worth $2.1 million, and the groups raised neraly $1.8 million in donated funds, materials and services.
Attending the ceremony for the Woodridge Rotary Club were Mike Adams, Executive Director of the Woodridge Park District; Mayor Gina Cunningham; Village Manager Katy Rush; and Rich Moore, owner of Shanahan’s Pub in Woodridge. The Woodridge Rotary Club started its Mini Triathlon (Chicagoland's LARGEST Mini Tri) 14 years ago as a way to have fun and promote good health. The event has grown from 60 participants to more than 800 this past year. It is not only a major athletic event in the community, but it has become the major fundraiser for the Woodridge Rotary Club, which gives the proceeds back to non-profit organizations in the area. Volunteers provide almost all the work on the event.
Woodridge Rotary Stand Down Day
Community Coat Drive 2013
Rotary Club of Woodridge has partnered with VFW Post 1578 Woodridge in collecting gently used adult male coats, hats, gloves and scarves to help Homeless Veterans. Donations will be accepted through 11/30/13.
Drop off locations:
- Bess Mocek State Farm Insurance, 7544 Janes Avenue, Woodridge, IL
- Bridgeview Bank/Woodridge, 3540 Hobson Road, Woodridge, IL
- Collision Centers of America, 6823 Hobson Valley Dr., Ste 101, Woodridge,IL
- Dr. Rob Girgis, 7350 Janes Avenue, Woodridge, IL
- Shannahan's Food & Spirits, 1999 W. 75th Street, Woodridge, IL
- Woodridge Park District Community Center, 2600 Center Drive, Woodridge, IL
- Village of Woodridge, Village Hall, Five Plaza Drive, Woodridge, IL
- Woodridge Police Department & Public Works, One Plaza Drive, Woodridge, IL
- Woodridge Public Library, Three Plaza Drive, Woodridge, IL
Woodridge Rotary Donates Proceeds from Mini Triathlon to Local Charities
This year the Woodridge Rotary Club earmarked a portion of this year's Mini Triathlon's proceeds to local charitable organizations. This year $5 per Mini Triathlon registrant was donated to each organziation as chosen by the registrant. A total $4,170 was donated. This year's recipients included:
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer
Family Shelter Services
West Suburban Community Pantry
DuPage Habitat for Humanity
South East Association for Special Parks & Recreation
Woodridge Community Resource Center (CRC)
Woodridge Rotary Club Distributes Dictionaries to 3rd Graders
In early September, Woodridge Rotary Club President Gina Cunningham-Pick and other Club members distributed student dictionaries to children in Ms. Vickiela Wright’s third grade class at Meadowview School. While this class was selected to be photographed, every 3rd grader in Woodridge District 68 and St. Scholastica schools each received the same dictionaries. Students were excited to receive their “own” dictionary and enjoyed finding such things as a sign-language chart and the longest word in the English language in their books.
Woodridge Rotary is especially committed to providing needed resources for children in Woodridge. The dictionaries have been given annually to Woodridge 3rd graders over many years. The books are purchased from The Dictionary Project in South Carolina, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 by a couple responding to a need for dictionaries for disadvantaged youth in their state. Project partners now include Rotary, Kiwanis, and other service organizations across the country. Nationally, in 2011 nearly 2.4 million children received dictionaries through The Dictionary Project.
Club Partners w/ Woodridge Park District to Donate Play Equipment to
Kids Around the World
On Tuesday, August 28th Woodridge Rotary Club members volunteered in conjunction with Woodridge Park District staff and Kids Around the World to disassemble existing play equipment at Echo Point Park in Woodridge, IL. The play equipment is being donated by the Park District to Kids Around the World to be refurbished and installed in another country where children and families have been affected by war, poverty, illness, and natural disasters.
Jenny Knitter, Woodridge Park District's Superintendent of Planning & Development stated, "this was a great community effort and saved the District approximately $4,000 which usually goes into demolition and legal disposal of the equipment. The money saved by this effort was reinvested into purchasing more playground equipment for the kids of Woodridge and best of all will also provide the same FUN experience for kids in another part of the world."
As part of the volunteeer service project, the Woodridge Rotary donated $1,000 to Kids Around the World.
Click Here for Woodridge Patch news article recapping the service project.