Vocational Projects & Youth Service Projects

Ethics Awards

Bary Lundberg, Gary Anton, and Jay Vaught

At our meeting on 13 June 2013, Barry Lundberg on the left, Chair of our Holiday Sale fundraiser, and Brad Weiss on the right, Chair of the Vocational and Youth Service Committee, presented Gary Anton, center, the Individual Ethics Award for his support of our Holiday Sale by providing high quality products at very fair prices. Barry noted that Gary Anton has been a strong partner in our fundraising.

Jay Vaught, Mike Graham, and Brad Weiss At our meeting on 25 September 2012, Jay Vaught, Club President on the left, and Brad Weiss, Chair of the Vocational Projects and New Generations Committee on the right, presented a Paul Harris Fellow Award for ethical business conduct to Mike Graham of Mike’s Shoe Repair. Mike’s has been on Central Street for 38 years. He was nominated by a number of Rotarians for this award.

The Rotaract Club of Northwestern University


Four Rotaractors at Rotary club meeting on 8-May-12

At our club meeting on 8 May 2012, Anna Cassell, Mayra Garcia, Sandeep Jain, and Colette Ghunim reported on their projects in Guatemala during their spring break. They visited a hospital to learn about the work that TESS Unlimited does to improve children’s health care and nutrition in a country where over 50% of the children are malnourished. They volunteered at a school that prepares youth for a career in the tourism industry by teaching math, English, and computer skills. The Rotaractors called the opportunity to develop relationships with these students ages 8 to 14 years old and to tell them about life in the United States as "life-changing." During part of the week, they lived with families where they immersed themselves in the Spanish language, and learned about family life and what it means to be Guatemalan. On excursions to coffee plantations and textile factories, they gained an understanding of working conditions. As a result of this trip, they will be holding fundraisers to support TESS Unlimited and keeping in contact with their new Guatemalan friends.

In 2010 and 2011, the NU Rotaractors went on spring break trips to Peru. They helped on several projects in the village of Pisco which was heavily damaged by an 8.0 magnitude earthquake in August 2007. For information about these trips, see the following links:

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards  (RYLA)

Karena Bierman, Brad Weiss, Fran Caan, John Phillips, Jeff Russel, Ellem Romberg

RYLA participants at our club meeting on 31 May 2011 are: ETHS students Orthon Ortega, Zach Sandler, and Dylan Blanchard. Orthon shared a slide presentation with us and each of the young men spoke about the experience. They all agreed that it was a wonderful experience where they heard inspirational speakers, learned a lot about being a better leader, enjoyed their discussion groups, and worked on their leadership skills.

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ETHS Interact Club

Eanston Lighthouse sponsors an Interact Club at the high school. Club members have raised funds for Rotary’s US$ 200Million Challenge to eradicate polio, and Interact members have attended youth leadership conferences in Wisconsin (RYLA Awards). Darrel Dixson is working with the club.

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Rotary Youth Exchange

club president Karena and Othon At our club meeting on 24 August 2010, President Karena welcomed Othon Ortega, our inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student from Mexico. He is a student at ETHS. Keith Sarpolis and his family were the initial host family for Othon. Exchange students normally have more than one host family during the school year.

Will and Fran Caan Will Cann, son of Fran Caan, was our outbound Youth Exchange student living with Rotarians in Normandy France during 2010-11. The picture was taken shortly before Will left for France in the summer of 2010.

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