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Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Web Site Coordinator
Public Relations
Vocational Service Chair
Community Service Chair
Club Historian
New Generations Chair
Fundraising Chair
End Polio coordinator
Club Foundation Chair

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Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
12 S. Water St.
Batavia, IL  60510
United States
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The Batavia Rotary Club in Partner with Barnes and Noble (Geneva Commons), St Charles (Noon) Rotary Club, St. Charles Breakfast Rotary Club and Geneva Rotary Club hosted the book fair on October 17. Over $5,000 of books and merchandise were sold during the event. A portion of all the proceeds will go to benefit many groups and individuals. Books were also purchased that will go directly to Lazarus House, Aunt Mary's Story Book Project, CASA, Illinois Youth Center, Batavia Apartments and Two Rivers Head Start. Thank you to all Rotarians and friends who participated and came out to help make this a huge success.

Tom VanCleave, Erin Reid, Tim Wullf, Holly Dietchman, Rick Pumo, Dick Larson and David Pedersen attended the event. The conference took place over the weekend and many Rotary subjects were addressed from legislative to youth, and always looking ahead as we head into next year. We had great attendance with 7 Rotarians and 3 BHS Interact students. This is an event that pulls us together, we can share stories, discuss successes and failures, and sometimes shed a tear as Rotarians. I thank all for coming out and experiencing the great fellowship we have through Rotary.

In one meeting Batavia Rotary Club presented a total of $1,750 to 2 very deserving groups. Both groups aid in the development of social skills and leadership by providing positive adult role models and opportunities for growth. If it’s on the football field or at a summer camp these experiences are worth their weight in gold for all involvolved. We are happy to help as Rotarians.​


Tom von Lunen, Raffle Chairman; Bruce Hartmann, Treasurer; Nick Ninedorf; David Pedersen, President; and Bruce Homan, Bob Jass Chevy deliver a brand spankin new 2015 Corvette to Terry and Cindy Huxtable. We hope to see Terry driving around in this beautiful piece of machinery. You shoud have seen the smiles on thier faces!!


New Member

Dean S. Hoskin, director of community recreation, Batavia Park District—Classification: “Community Recreation”—Sponsored by Holly A. Deitchman—Former member of the Rotary Club of Bensenville, Illinois (2006–2015)


Seven-Day Notice:

The following person has been proposed for membership in the Rotary Club of Batavia:

Michael S. “Mike” Glavin, financial advisor / director of investments, Aliquot Capital LLC—Classification: “Financial Services”—Proposed by David L. Pedersen







We sent 5 Interactors to RYLA this year. We received this heart felt Thank You from Ardiani Audwina letting us know how much this experience will benefit her in the future.




Meet the Furry Tribbles. Dick Larson, Nick Ninedorf, Jack Jangalis and Dan Hoefler. They did their best to answer every answer correct, but that did not happen. Instead they had a great time and did their part to represent our Club and help those in need to learn english as a second language.




March 23rd our very own Rotarian Lauren Egan and Lori Hewitt both from CASA informed the Club about the importance of CASA in our community. A $2,000 donation to CASA from Batavia Rotary Club will help to continue the great work our CASA's do for the youth in need.


PLANS FOR DISTRICT CONFERENCE 2015 HEATING UP – ROTARY LIGHTS THE WAY! – This year’s District Conference will take place April 10-12 at the Westin Hotel in Itasca, and will incorporate District Assembly and Youth Assembly on Saturday, April 11th.  MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!

  • Location:  Westin Itasca - $89/night – Great Food and Space for Everyone!
  • Friday, April 10, 2015 – FOUNDATION DAY
  • Luncheon speaker – RI Director Nominee Designate Jorge Aufranc
  • Dinner focus – International Youth Exchange – Keynote speaker -  RI President’s Representative PDG Mary Berge
  • 2014-2015 Presidents Breakfast starting at 7:00
  • General Breakfast including Presidents-Elect starting at 7:00
  • YOUTH ASSEMBLY – “Pay it Forward – Rotary Lights the Way
  • DISTRICT ASSEMBLY – Getting ready to “Be a Gift to the World”
  • Luncheon keynote speaker – Carol Weisman, author of
    “Raising Charitable Children”
  • CONFERENCE Dinner Keynote speaker – RI President’s Rep Mary Berge
  • Dance to a DJ who knows all the steps – Light up the night with Rotary!
  • Sunday, April 12, 2015 – Focus on Polio
  • End Polio Now Walk on Westin Grounds for Polio vaccines
  • Brunch for all Conference attendees – Keynote speaker is PDG Ann Lee Hussey on her work in the EPN warzones of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria
  • Final remarks from RI President’s Rep Mary Berge


Our very own Rotarian, Tom Von Lunen, has been awarded the honor of "Batavia Citizen of the Year". All of us in the Batavia Rotary Club are very proud of Tom and all of his accomplishments in the community and in Rotary. Rotarian George Scheetz nominated Tom and Rotarian / Director of the Chamber Holly Dietchman presented the Award. We came out in numbers to cheer for Tom and help out at the event to earn some funds to award to a deserving charity.





ImageOn Wednesday, January 28 the Inaugural Batavia Interact Club Recognition Night was hosted by the Batavia Rotary Club. It showed Rotary Youth Service at its best. Interactors and Parents were able to gain knowledge of all that Rotary has to offer the youth committed to Interact. Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people, ages 12 to 18, who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. Rotary club service chairs shared information on Youth Leadership Awards, Long and Short Term Exchange Programs and Scholarships offered from the Batavia Rotary Club.  The Interact Club to date has donated over 1,150 hours of service to those in need in our community and were also honored for their service. Batavia Interact Club has over 100 members.




Dec. - Dan Hoefler

Jan. - Bruce Hartman

Feb. - Bryan Barus

March - Roland Treiber

April - Dick Larson

May - Rick Pumo

June - Tom Von Lunen



Batavia Rotarians Ring the Bell & Deliver gifts/holiday meals to Shut In Seniors on December 13th. In the morning we visited many seniors with gifts and meals for those in need. We were greeted with smiles and many hugs that warmed our hearts on this chilly day. In the afternoon Rotarians raised $1,417.00 for the Salvation Army. Records were broke that day for the Salvation Army. We raised the most money ever on a single day at the Jewel Randall Rd. location. We all enjoyed fellowship with Rotarians, friends and family on this great day of "SERVICE" during the holidays - Great job Batavia Rotarians! A Great Big thank you goes out to Roland Treiber and Tom Van Cleave for chairing these annual events.




ImageCongratulations to the Winners of the 26th Annual Corvette Raffle

Winner of the 2015 Corvette Convertible or $40,000 Ticket Number 913 - Terry Huxtable

#27 - Joy Buri - $1,500

#223 - Gerald Wall - $1,000

#800 - Hugh Raymond - $500

#539 - Allan Larson - $500

#147 - Bob Close - $500

#464 - Jim Mitchell - $500

#693 - Richard Kretz - $300

#579 - Michael Appell - $300

#733 - Jacob DeKoyer - $200

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to all who participated this year.



Bruce's presentation was excellent, very informative and concise. Bruce answered the questions that had been presented by members several weeks ago and covered the topics that were suggested by Dick Larson. Bruce has been extremely busy. The club appreciated your willingness to speak. Thanks again.

Topics Bruce covered: the Annual Fund,  how funds are distributed, types of grants, how grants are administered, polio plus, zones and the purpose of zones, anything about Rotary that you would like clarification, etc.

President Dave gave Bruce our Club Flag as a gift of appreciation and for presenting to our Club.




Batavia Rotary Club Donates $4,000 to Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry

The great work of Rotary continues in our community. With generous donations from our members, the community, and Rotary International we were able to give $4,000 to the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry. This money enables the Food Pantry to purchase more than $30,000 in food and supplies from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. With your support Batavia Rotary can continue to help the economically disadvantaged residents of Batavia and Batavia Township. Please consider purchasing a Corvette Raffle Ticket (see ad) and help us give back.   If you are interested in becoming a Rotarian or would like to help us in the pursuit of the betterment of our community visit Thank you.




Our bench has a new coat. Yes the wood is still warped and cracked. It's not perfect but neither are we. But what I do know is that it is excellent and all that we do as Rotarians is excellent! Byran and I talked and he made a great point that this bench is a billboard for us and with that said why not paint it our Rotary colors. Dan Hoefler and I then gave it the paint job on Wednesday. Thank you Byan Barus for your help and continued research for a possible new bench and location for the future.Thank you Dan Hoefler for your help painting the bench. 




Batavia Rotary teams up and serves another great meal at Lazuras House. Homemade meatloaf & mash potatoes, salads, drinks and extras were provided by our very own Rotarians. All provided was enjoyed and appreciated by those staying at Lazarus House. Batavia Rotary takes great pride in helping those in need and does this every 5th Tuesday throughout the year for Lazarus House.

Pictured: Community Service Chair, Richard Munson; Fundraising Chair, Tom Von Lunen; not pictured President, David Pedersen doing what they do best - helping out.




ImageThe Club approved $750.00 for to help those who need a bike. We partnered with the Batavia Bike commission and All Spoked Up to provide bikes, helmets and locks to the people who need them. We provided a check to Matt Knolls of All Biked UP, of a check for the Bike Commission to rehab bikes for needy folks.



Jack Jangalis is presented a plaque for the Rotarian of the Year 2013-14 from Past President Jack Barshinger. Congratulations Jack for your dedication and commitment to Rotary.  In addition to his service to Batavia, for at least the past 2 years, Jack has been active with District 6440, including serving as co-chair of the District Conference.




March 4 Presentation will be presented by: Suicide Prevention Services



The meeting was called to order by President Jack at 7:35 a.m.  Guest Speaker, Frank Blazek, Batavia RSVP, Inc. was introduced by Tom Von Lunen.  

Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation - Dick Larson our Foundation Chair is requesting that every member give to the Rotary Foundation for this 2013-14 year. By doing so this gives our Club the honor of being one of the Rotary Clubs to join the in the "Every Rotarian Every Year" distinguished award. Please give generously to the Annual Fund. Rotary suggests that each Rotarian give a minimum of $100.00. Whatever your gift may be, it will be wisely spent and benefit many people, both here and abroad. Please send your checks payable to “The Rotary Foundation” to Dick Larson, Foundation Chair, Rotary Club of Batavia, 116 N. Buckingham Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554 or give them to Dick at a club meeting. Dick would like the contributions in by April 1, 2014.  

District Conference 2014 - April 12 - 14. All Rotarians are encouraged to attend. Get involved and make a difference the Rotary Way! Please talk with Jack Jangelis and join our team of Rotarians to help make this a great do not miss event.

Club Service - Walt Donat is now accepting applications for our 2014 Youth Academic and Vocational Scholarships. Each year Batavia Rotary awards two $1,000 scholarships to Batavia High School students for their outstanding achievements and goals. Deadline is March 15. 

AID Telethon Team - March 15th, Holly Deitchman passed out information packets to team members. More volunteers are needed. We would like to have a team of 10 Batavia Rotarians represent our Club. Please contact Holly for more information

2014 Trivia Bee team is solid. Event will be on Saturday March 22. Proceeds go towards hundreds of adults in the Fox Valley to learn to read, write, understand and speak English. Tutoring from Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley.

Frank Blazek (Past Skokie Rotarian and often visiting Rotarian to our Batavia Club) presented Batavia RSVP, Inc. (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) an organization established to help the senior citizens in our community. Batavia Rotary Club presented Frank with a check in the amount of $1,000 to go towards helping seniors to live independently in their homes as long as possible and to maintain as high a quality of life as possible.


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