Celebrate Woodridge


The Woodridge Rotary Club is celebrating its 30th year anniversary this year. As part of the 2019 Celebrate Woodridge Festivities the weekend of September 27-29, Rotary participated in the parade on Saturday morning and as a food vendor on Saturday evening at the Woodridge Oktoberfest 2019 held at Cypress Cove where there was live music, food, and beer.

Rotary Youth Leadership Activities

Rotary Youth Leadership Activities (RYLA) is a training program for leaders and potential leaders. It is an all-expense paid four day camp providing an effective training experience for selected youth in local area high schools. The Woodridge Rotary club sponsored three students from Downers Grove South to attend. They are given the opportunity to express ideas and concepts, to feel and give acceptance of and to each other, and to experience the joy of teamwork. They learn how to reach out and make new friends. This annual event demonstrates Rotary’s respect and concern for youth. President Debbie Mascitti and member Beverly Tripp attended and volunteered their time on Saturday of the weekend long activities.

Rotary International District 6450 Family Fun Day


Over 500 Rotary family members, friends, and supporters attended the Chicago White Sox vs. New York Mets game on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. The price of each ticket included a contribution to our “End Polio Now” project. 100% of the ticket profits will go to “End Polio Now.” We are just inches away from our final target of eradicating the polio virus in the entire world.

It was a fun event! Look at those happy faces of the Woodridge Rotary Club.

The Woodridge Rotary Club held its Annual Giving Dinner Event


The Woodridge Rotary Club held its "Annual Giving Dinner" at Shanahan's Food and Spirits on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Organizations were invited to receive funding on behalf of the charities they represent.


2018 - 2019 Awards Presented:


  • Hopes Front Door 

  • Tears In Heaven

  • Almost Home Quilters 

  • WPD Golden Years Club 

  • Live Like Mike

  • Woodridge Lions Club 

  • Smiles for Veterans 

  • Naperville Area Humane Society

  • CASA DuPage

  • JANO 

  • Woodridge School District 68 Lunch Program 

  • Family Shelter Service

  • VFW Post 1578

  • Community Pantry, Backpack Project


  • The Heart Organization 



The Woodridge Rotary holds several fundraisers throughout the year in order to fund these local charities. The major fundraising event is the Mini-Triathlon. This year the club will be celebrating twenty years of hosting this great community event and Thirty years as a Rotary club in Woodridge! Each year the club members recommend local charities in need of support and the Rotary club acknowledges that need as a result of their fund raising efforts.

Woodridge Rotary Club Honors 12 New Paul Harris Fellows

A Paul Harris Fellow is a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of the Rotary Foundation.

The Paul Harris Dinner was hosted at Shanahan's Food & Spirits on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. This group of Paul Harris Fellows brings the total of the Rotary Club of Woodridge Paul Harris Fellows to 104. The dinner was well attended in support of the Rotary mission. The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to establish world understanding, good will, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.


John Kozlowski, President of the Woodridge Rotary Club, announced the new officers for the anniversary year. They are: Debbie Mascitti, President; Rich Moore, Vice President; Al Stonitsch, President Elect; and Mary Onorad, Secretary. The Woodridge Rotary Club holds a number of fundraisers throughout the year. 

Dr. Chris Reilly, Past District Governor of Rotary District 6450, and Rich Moore, Vice President of the Woodridge Rotary Club, presented twelve individuals with the distinguished honor of becoming a Paul Harris Fellows.


This years recipients included the following individuals: 


  • Geoffrey Lowe

  • Jennifer Lowe

  • Diana Lyons

  • Jim Lyons

  • Brett Manning

  • Mary Onorad

  • Michael Plass

  • Dave Rice

  • Donna Rice

  • Lenny Richier

  • Bill Wilkiel

  • Adam Perry (not pictured)

Congratulations to all the recipients!

In April 2019, the Woodridge Rotary Club collected Easter baskets to be distributed by the West Suburban Community Pantry. We had a goal of twenty baskets but our very generous club collected thirty one baskets.

Pictured with some of the baskets is Treasurer/President Elect Debbie Mascitti and President John Kozlowski.

John Kozlowski


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