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Bash in the Brush (Orland Grasslands Event)

Alex Hothan has arranged a great Bash in the Brush at Orland Grasslands in lieu of our regular Thursday meeting on January 11, 2018 (Noon to 2pm).   Over 900 acres of restored grasslands and wetlands and woods, the Forest Preserve unit is one of the best grassland bird habitats in Chicago area.  Rotarians will work with Chicago Audubon and other volunteers on an invasion of Callery Pear brush.  We will have a roaring fire, food and drink.  About 2 hours of a little work and fun.  Sign up with Alex.  Dress warm in layers.  Click here for directions.

Event Gathering for Holiday

Attend a food sorting event at the OP Food Pantry (on Ravinia) with our local Interact Club earlier in the day.  Then meet at Fox’s Pub on 143rd St for holiday cheer and treats at 6:30 pm.  For full details or to confirm, contact Bill Paglia. 

Club Updates – Fall 2017

President Patrick and the Board are working to engage Rotarians more in the community. Here are some of the updates.

1. Club Meetings – The Club will not meet on the 1st Thursday of the month, beginning with November.
2. A new Christmas event will be scheduled rather than the traditional Christmas Party in early December.
3. A Progressive Dinner is planned for October – see emails from Bill Paglia.
4. For a limited time (at no charge) Club members are encouraged to bring colleagues to lunch to experience Rotary through our eyes.
5. The annual Club Golf Outing is Sept 7 at Silver Lake Country Club.
6. The Club is participating in the Walk for Alzheimer’s in Orland Park on Sept. 30.

We are re-activating our public Rotary Club Calendar.  Check the calendar for schedule changes, meetings outside SLCC, and other activities.  The Calendar may be viewed, printed, and shared at either of these links:

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Hey Hey! Raffle this May!

Get your raffle tickets now by contacting a member of the Orland Park Rotary.

Raffle to be held on May 25th, at 6:30PM – Silver Lake Country Club.

The annual raffle benefits education assistance to local high school graduates for college or vocational training.

Grand Prize is $20,000, and limited amount of tickets are sold – $100 each.
Each raffle ticket purchased is good for two people to come to the dinner buffet at Silver Lake Country Club.

New Bingo SignUp Method

The Club has joined Kiwanis with a new Bingo volunteer signup site. The new site requires a login. Contact Bill Buikema for Bingo volunteer if you don’t have a login.  See .


Wait till Next Year Announcement Now in March 2017. The Club is now accepting applications for the 2016 Orland Park Rotary Club scholarship awards.   Applications are due to the school’s guidance office by March 17, 2017.  The Career Scholarship Award is $1,500.   The College Scholarship Award is $3,000.   There are eligibility requirements, including residency within the Club boundaries and that any award be the only local monetary scholarship award to the student.   For more information and an application, please download the forms here.

You can find the following docs at above link:
1. The COLLEGE scholarship counselor program letter;
2. The COLLEGE scholarship program application and reference forms;
3. The CAREER scholarship counselor program letter; and
4. The CAREER Scholarship program application and reference forms.
All high school students from participating schools are encouraged to review the requirements of each program and apply. Contact your Principal or Guidance Dept. for assistance (all counselors must receive your application no later than March 10, 2017).


On the 4th Thursday of the month, the regular Club meeting will be an evening meeting at various locations.   The first meeting is Thursday 10/22/2015 at 5pm at Gatto’s Restaurant in Orland Park (on 143rd St in Riveria complex).   At … Continue reading

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bingo-logoTime Slots for Bingo have recently changed.   When you visit the Bingo sign-up sheet (see link at bottom of Club home page), the first two columns are for the EARLY time slot of 5 to 7 pm.  The 3rd column is for the LATE time slot of 6 to 8 pm.    There are two new columns as well – FIREPLUG and REGISTRATION slots.  More on the latter two slots soon.

Club Installed New President & Board June 25

Incoming and Outgoing Presidents of the Orland Park Rotary Club

Incoming and Outgoing Presidents of the Orland Park Rotary Club

The annual installation dinner of the OPRC was held June 25 at 6:30 pm at Moraine Valley Community College, Bldg M.  The Club welcomed Sue Linn, Executive Director of the MVCC Foundation, as its new President for 2015-16.   Other officers to lead next year are: Mike Hardek, Vice-President/PE, Patrick Zomparelli, Treasurer, and Deb Baker, Secretary.  Outgoing president Rob Siegel received a framed appreciation gavel for his service this past year. Culinary students from MVCC prepared the meal.

Officers & Members Attend 2015 District Conference in Davenport

RotaryD6450ConferenceIowa (5)The 2015 District 6450 Conference, held in union with District 6420, was held in Davenport Iowa River City Center facilities.   Current President Rob and PE Sue, along with AG Lou, Keloryn, and District Secretary Melanie attended on behalf of the Club.  Debi also was spotted there.  Highlights were the Parade of Flags, motivational speaker John O’Leary and RI representatives, Jennifer Jones and Tamie Babb who spoke on the Why’s of Rotary.