Rotary Club of Elk Grove Village
Club ID – 3119 District – 6440
Founded – 1970 Members – ~25
President: Ben Grey Secretary: John Bourke
Meeting Weekly on a Thursday at 12:15
Real Time Sports, 1120 W. Denon Avenue, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
In the UK the 30th August is National Toasted Marshmallows Day and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of marshmallows is in Elk Grove Village, Chicago, Illinois.
An annual festival has grown up over many years and now includes a large carnival, five nights of entertainment and food tents. Rotary Fest is the annual fundraising event for The Elk Grove Rotary Club with funds going to help support local, regional, national and international causes. The Rotary fest webpage advises visitors to bring their own chairs, which isn’t unusual … and to leave their firearms at home, which to those of us living in the UK seems a strange thing to have to request.
In keeping with the Rotary motto – Service Above Self – there is a focus on awarding scholarships to students who have emphasized service to others and personal character in their high school careers.
Every year the Rotary Club of Elk Grove Village offers scholarships to successful applicants who meet the following minimum criteria:
- Graduating high school at the time the application is offered
- Residing in Elk Grove Village
- Pursuing post-secondary education (vocational, college, or university)
The club has also provided over 1150 children’s scholastic books to promote literacy, and club members participate in an Arts and Community day at Child’s Voice when they read to the children and join them in an arts and crafts project.
Finally, as might be expected, Elk Grove Village Rotary Club supports a variety of local charities that provide services for older people and they also help at the Elk Grove Township Food Pantry.
“One of our favorite days of RotaryFest is hosting the Northwest Special Recreation Association – NWSRA Day Campers. We have as much fun as the campers!”