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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Villa Park!

Welcome to our Club!

Villa Park

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Crazy Pour
105 E. North Ave.
Villa Park, IL  60181
United States of America
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The Installation Dinner for Rich is scheduled for Tuesday, July 9th at Greek Islands in Lombard. Social hour will begin at 6:00 pm and dinner will begin at 6:30 pm. Here is the address for Greek Islands: 300 E 22nd St, Lombard, IL 60148

As a reminder, we will not have a lunch meeting at Crazy Pour on the 9th. 


There will be no lunch meeting on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at Crazy Pour. Instead, the Installation Dinner will be held at Greek Islands Restaurant located at 300 E 22nd St, in Lombard, IL 60148. The evening will begin at 6:30pm with a social gathering. Dinner will begin at 7pm.
Please email Kandice at if you plan on attending. 
On May 8, the Rotary Club of Villa Park presented its 2017-18 scholarships to Addison Trail and Willowbrook seniors. Congratulations to all! The scholarship recipients are:

Rotary Club of Villa Park Vocational Scholarship
George Boulahanis, Willowbrook

Hannah Lechtenberg, Willowbrook

Elikajane Mendiola, Willowbrook

Rafael Olaguez, Willowbrook

Katherine Portilla, Willowbrook

James Reed, Willowbrook (Reed has been selected to compete at the Rotary District level)

Bernardo Soval, Willowbrook

Ramiro Ramos, Addison Trail

Marcin Safin, Addison Trail

Rotary Club of Villa Park Scavone Memorial Scholarship
Samuel Pakeltis, Willowbrook

Rotary Club of Villa Park Ann Johnson Scholarship
Giorgio Quagliato, Addison Trail

Rotary Club of Villa Park Leadership Scholarship
Anahi Alcauter, Addison Trail

At the July 25, 2017 Rotary Meeting, we were honored to have Mr. Denny Gagnon from Honor Flight Chicago join us and tell us about this organization and his role as a volunteer.   Currently Honor Flight Chicago is sending WW II and Korean War Vets to Washington D.C. for the day.  This program started about 12 years ago and is a 501(C)3 organization - Ifwhich means they receive NO Federal funding.  It costs approximately $200,000 per flight (even though Southwest Airlines supplies the airplane), costs are still incurred for the pilots, flight assistants, fuel, equipment rental, buses, etc.  They run about 7 flights per year - taking 100-110 per flight along with 130 volunteers per fight.  Actual volunteers are about 400 for all the prep work and actual day of activities.
We presented and donated a check in the amount of $250.00 to Honor Flight - Chicago.
Happy News was shared and we welcomed back David Cain who was feeling good after his surgery.
Al conducted trivia about "Famous Lasts."
Mark your calendar for August 22nd.  Jim Saul invited everyone to his home for a "Going Away" get together for Karen, who is moving to Colorado.  Please RSVP to Jim if you wish to attend, so he knows for food and beverages.
Today we had a guest speak, Dr. Vito Spatafino, Chiropractor with West Suburban Wellness.  He spoke to the group about living a healthy life style, eating well, exercising.  He offered a special price for any Rotary member interested in coming in for an evaluation.
Gary Sinagra was a guest of Bob Smith.   Gary is the former President of the Addison Rotary Club for the past 5 years.
Scott Helton has invited everyone to a Community Breakfast on Thursday, August 10th At 2 Friendship Plaza.  The time is 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM.   This is going to be for all new teachers to District #88, (Willowbrook H.S. and Addison Trail H.S.).   Scott is inviting the community so that new teachers can see that we are community based and we care about our teachers.    Please RSVP to Tony Palmisano or Scott Helton if you would like to attend.
Denny Gagnon will be our guest speaker next week speaking about the Honor Flight.
Board Meeting - August 15th @ 5:30 PM at Round Heads.
Mark your calendar for September 12th - Golf Outing at Sugar Creek Golf Course.
The Installation Dinner for the 2017-2018 Rotary Club was held on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Emmett's Brewing Company in Wheaton.  It was a lovely evening.  The Social Hour was full of fun and meeting spouses and guests of our Villa Park Rotary members.   Guests included Lori Palmisano, wife of our new elected Villa Park Rotary President, Tony Palmisano; Jean Hockensmith from School District #45, Bill McGurr, District Assistant Governor and his wife, Lynn.  Other distinguished guests included Tom Fiola (husband of Jan Fiola); Karl Hartman (husband of Karen Hartman), Eva Sanchez (guest of Scott Helton); Mathew Janis (son of Walter Janis); Suzanne Reed (wife of Al Reed), Andrea Shewe (wife of Bill Schewe), and Ethel May (guest of Jay Tovian).
After Social Hour, we all entered the adjoining room and were treated to a delicious dinner, accompanied by an excellent summer desert of Raspberry Tiramisu - a twist on the traditional tiramisu (an Italian favorite of Tony's).   After dinner, Tony started with the Introductions for the evening, gave a Summary of the Past Year, and then presented the Perfect Attendance Awards to Earl Johnson - with 39 years of perfect attendance AND Buzz Janis with 37 years of perfect attendance.   Congratulations to Earl and Buzz - what an accomplishment you two gentlemen have achieved!!!   Kandace Krettler was introduced as President-Elect, and Joan Cavazos was introduced as the new Secretary for the year..  Tony concluded with thoughts about Looking Ahead to the coming year and plans that he has.
Thank you all for welcoming me to the Villa Park Rotary Club.  I am looking forward to being and working with you this coming year.
Thank you, Kandance for teaching me about Club Runner.  I hope I can continue sharing our Club's news as well as Kandance did.
Joan Cavazos
Greetings everyone,
Here is a brief recap from today's meeting:
  • There will be no meeting Tuesday, July 4 due to the holiday.
  • There will also be no noon meeting on Tuesday, July 11 as that is the day of our Installation Dinner.
  • The Installation Dinner will be held at Emmett's Brewing Company located at: 121 W Front St, Wheaton, IL 60187 at 6:30pm.
  • The Golf Outing is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, please mark your calendar.
  • Happy news was shared.
That's all for today's meeting. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!
Respectfully submitted,
Kandice Krettler
Hi everyone,
Here is a brief recap from today's meeting:
Tony reminded everyone that the Installation Dinner date has changed. The new date is July 11, 2017 at 6:30pm. The location will be Emmett's in Wheaton. Assistant Governor Bill McGurr will join us at the Installation Dinner.
There was a request from a student at DePaul University for financial assistance with overseas studies. Members present had a brief discussion and decided not to support this request at this time.
A discussion was held about possible upcoming presentations to our club.
Happy news was shared.
Respectfully submitted,
Kandice Krettler
Greetings everyone,
At today's meeting we celebrated three birthdays: Earl, Jan & Karen. Happy birthday everyone!
This is a reminder that the Installation Dinner is scheduled for 6:30pm on Tuesday, June 27 at Emmett's Brewing Company, located at: 121 W. Front Street in Wheaton.
Respectfully submitted,
Kandice Krettler
Notes from our meeting yesterday:
PLEASE NOTE: On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, we will be meeting at
Highview Restaurant
(located at 425 W Saint Charles Rd, Villa Park) 
for a presentation from the Schafer School Destination Imagination Group.
  • On Tuesday, April 25, we will be having a performance by the School District 45 Destination Imagination group from Schafer School. The kids from the Schafer DI team recently were awarded the Renaissance Award. This meeting will be held at Highview as noted above.
  • Scott Helton shared the news that there will be a town hall meeting at Willowbrook on Saturday, April 22. Please see the attachments on our website for all of the details.
  • Scott also shared news about the D88 Interact Club who have the opportunity to visit Nevada for a group trip. The club will receive a scholarship for the hotel and activities, but need to raise funds for transportation to Las Vegas. Tony made a motion to donate $1,000 to the D88 Interact Club to assist with the transportation. Buzz seconded the motion. All were in favor. None were opposed. The motion passed.
  • Jay shared information about the Rotary 6440 Conference at the end of April. There is also a Youth Conference for Interact and RYLA members at this time. Rich made a motion to send 10 students from District 88 (5 from each school) to the Youth Conference. The fee is $25 per student. Bob seconded. All were in favor. None were opposed. 
  • Our club was also contacted to host another Youth Exchange student. After a brief discussion it was decided that we would look to host another exchange student for the 2018-2019 school year. Bill S. made a motion to host an exchange student during the 2018-19 school year. Jan seconded. All were in favor. None were opposed. The motion passed. 
We did not have a speaker this week, but we did have a guest make a brief presentation about an upcoming Eagle Scout project. Ethan Rojek from Boy Scout Troop #242 talked about his upcoming Eagle Scout Project. He will be working on improving the entrance to the Great Western Trail. Ethan will focus on the benches and stamped concrete to be added to beautify the area and another Boy Scout will work on cleaning up the bushes, trees, etc. The time frame for the project start will be June or late July with an estimated completion time of August. Our club presented Ethan with a check in the amount of $750.00 for a bench sponsored by our club.
The next Board meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 27 at 5:30pm. 
Mike Byron was this week's winner of the President's Raflle.
Happy news was shared.
Respectfully submitted,
Kandice Krettler
Here is a brief recap from the weekly Rotary meeting of Tuesday, December 20, 2016 held at Jackson Middle School:
  • Rotarians in attendance passed the hat to collect for a York Township donation
  • Our meeting next week will be back at Crazy Pour
  • Jan gave a holiday auction financial recap from the Annual Christmas Dinner & Auction. The raffle made $700 and auction items (Silent & Live) brought in $5,293.18. The total profit from this year's event was $8,163.00.
  • A suggestion was made for next year's auction that we publicize the acceptance of credit cards on the event flyer.
  • The date has been reserved with Diplomat West for 2017
  • A few birthdays were celebrated
After the brief meeting, the club members enjoyed a performance by the Chamber Strings Orchestra of Jackson Middle School. The kids sounded great and everyone in attendance enjoyed the holiday music.
Respectfully submitted,
Kandice Krettler
Here is a brief recap from the weekly Rotary meeting from November 22: 
  • Don't forget about the Annual Christmas Dinner & Auction, which is scheduled for Tuesday, December 6. The event will begin with a social hour at 6pm. The event will be held at the Diplomat West in Elmhurst once again this year. Event information is available on a flyer on our website. 
  • Donation items can be brought to the Villa Park Public Library. Please see Sandy Hill or Kandice Krettler. Please remember to fill out your donation form, which can also be found on our website.
  • Guest Roy Fonda shared information about the Glen Ellyn club's Annual Citrus Sale. The flyer and order form are also available on our club's website.
  • The Jackson Middle School orchestra is interested in performing for our club at an upcoming meeting. A few dates were thrown out and December 20 was decided upon as a possibility. Tony Palmisano will confirm and let the club know next week.
  • The next board meeting will be on Thursday, December 1. The meeting will begin at 5:30pm at Roundheads in Lombard.
  • Rotarians present at today's meeting passed the hat for York Township collection.
  • Happy news was shared and the weekly raffle was held.
Respectfully submitted,
Kandice Krettler
Greetings everyone,
Here is a brief recap from today's meeting (11/01/16) and from last week (10/25/16):
11/01/16 Meeting Update:
  • At today's meeting we welcomed a visitor. James Stelter from the Rotary Club of Bensenville and Wood Dale stopped in to invite members to their annual fundraiser. This event will be held on Thursday, November 10 at the White Pines Banquet Hall in Bensenville. Tickets are $60 each and dinner is included. If you would like more details, please contact Jim at or call him at (630) 7656-5940 x 1108.
  • Tonight kicks off the first night of the annual Shoe & Boot Drive at Payless from 6-8pm. The sign-up sheet is available so if you haven't seen it yet and would like to sign up for a time slot, please let Tom know.
  • Our club voted to make a donation to the Salvation Army in the amount of $250.00 in lieu of bell ringing this year.
  • This is a reminder that the annual Holiday Dinner & Auction will be held on December 6th. A flyer will be available shortly and shared with members of the club. It's time to start gathering prizes and selling tickets. Tickets will be $50 per person.
  • Our club received a nice complimentary letter from the District Governor in regards to his past visit.
  • We will be having a speaker from Easter Seals within the next few weeks.
  • Happy news was shared and club members participated in Al's trivia.
10/25/16 Meeting Update
Today's meeting featured a presentation by the Interact Club from both Addison Trail High School and Willowbrook High School. Sponsors Marco Gasca and Jeorge de Leon from Addison Trail High School and Andrew Levin from Willowbrook High School introduced representatives from the Interact Club from each high school.
Addison Trail High School Seniors Leslie Tolentino, Club President and Diana Graciano, Club Publicist were in attendance to talk about some of the activities and events planned for the year. Rotary club members were invited to attend the Kermes Latino Food Festival, which will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 11am-3pm at the Addison Trail High School Student Cafeteria. Here are more details:;jsessionid=74A732EC16FC8A23443F3287B1E7E4B7.  This is a fundraiser to support student scholarships. The ATHS Interact Club also participates in the annual Salt Creek Clean-up, serve at a PADS shelter in Itasca, helps out with Kiwanis Peanuts Day, serves as bell ringers for the Salvation Army during the holidays, and also participates in "Feed My Starving Children" an initiative to help provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children.  
Willowbrook High School Seniors Allison Letson and Valbora Shameti were also in attendance to talk about their clubs activities. The WBHS Interact Club works on a project to help provide clean water with their water and sanitation project. Their club has also worked on helping to establish a library in Senegal. The club has helped collect and send 54,000 books to help start the library. They are also participating in the "10,000 Girls" project, where they aim to help 10,000 girls graduate from college.
After the presentation, our club made a donation to each Interact Club to help continue their projects.
Happy news was shared and trivia was held.
Respectfully submitted,
Kandice Krettler