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Rotary
Darien


We're Rotating* Our Meeting Locations and Times!


If you're looking for our fundraiser, visit us at A Taste of Route 66!  If you can't attend, click TOR66 Remote Bid Guide (PDF) to learn how to bid remotely!

Our Meetings:

  • March 17, 2020 -MEETING CANCELLED due to Coronavirus
  • March 24, 2020 - A Taste of Route 66 EVENT POSTPONED indefinitely.  
  • March 31, 2020 - 12:15 PM VIRTUAL MEETING
  • April 7, 2020 - 12:15 PM VIRTUAL MEETING
  • April 14, 2020 - 12:15 PM VIRTUAL MEETING
  • April 21, 2020 - 12:15 PM - VIRTUAL MEETING
  • April 28, 2020 - 12:15 PM - VIRTUAL MEETING
If you are interested in attending one of our virtual meetings, please email us for the details. 


* Rotary is called that because we used to rotate between meeting places.



Darien Rotary Club Taste of Route 66 Event POSTPONED

 

The volunteers who comprise the Taste of Route 66 Committee recently met and decided to postpone the event.  Due to the highly fluid situation with COVID-19 / Coronavirus, we have not set a new date.  When we do, you will be among the first to know. 


The Darien Rotary Club’s signature project is feeding kids in Darien, Willowbrook and Burr Ridge.  We buy every bit of food we distribute – nothing is donated.  Hunger is not going away as a result of the current crisis.  If anything, there will be many economic disruptions in the days ahead, resulting in more hungry kids.  Anything you can do to help now will be greatly appreciated. 

Donations welcome - please click here.


Sincerely,

Joan Wayman, President






Darien Rotary Club Grant Program
Our Grant program is open to individuals or organizations in the Darien area for whom the financial support will make a significant difference in their lives or to Darien residents or to the immediate area.
If you wish to apply to the Darien Rotary Club for a grant, please click on the link button below to learn how.


Rotary Food For Kids Program

The Rotary Club of Darien's "Food for Kids Program" provides nutritional meals to food-insecure school children on weekends during the school year.  This program supplements the primary source of food for these students, which is often the school cafeteria.  

Every Friday during the school year, the administrators of Lace, Mark Delay, Concord, Gower West, and Anne M Jeans Elementary Schools discretely place the bags of food into select children's backpacks, keeping the children anonymous from their peers. 

The sack of food items sustains the children until they return to school Monday morning. This supports the child's nutritional, mental, and well-being needs, so they can focus on learning.

The success experienced by participants in this type of program is astonishing and can only realize its full potential from the continued
support of Community, Corporations and Volunteers like YOU!!!  The packing schedule for 2019--2020 is below.  All events start at 5:30 PM at the gym in Lace School (7414 S. Cass Ave, Darien).  We finish between 6:30 and 7:00 PM.  Walk-ins are welcome:
  • September 10, 2019
  • October 15, 2019
  • November 20, 2019
  • January 9, 2020
  • February 25, 2020
  • April 8, 2020
100% of the funds received for this program go to the food we buy at Walmart and to maintain, at a minimum, a two-year support cycle for each recipient.  Currently, our budget allows for supporting 195 children for the current school years.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  We couldn't do this without the generous support from you - our sponsors. 

Please click on the links below to find out more about the program and how you can help make a difference in a child's life....


Click here to email committee with questions
              Food For Kids Program Informative Video             
 
              Food For Kids Website      2019-2020 flyer and donation form      Donate Now Online
 
 


Darien Rotary is Looking for New Members

 
 If you are interested in becoming a Rotarian, why not the Darien Rotary Club?  Join us for a 
complimentary lunch to find out more.  Please click below for information and application.
  
 


 
Upcoming Special Events

Food For Kids Packing Nights
2019 - 2020 School Year

Times: 5:30-6:45 pm Central Time
Location: Lace Elementary School 
              7414 Cass Ave
              Darien, IL 60561


Dates  

No more packing nights for the 2019 - 2020 school year. 
 

       

Rotary Fundraiser - Our 3rd Year at the same location

EVENT POSTPONED - new date TBD

Taste of Route 66
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Ashyana Banquets and Catering
1620 75th Street
Downers Grove. IL 60516

Please contact Chris Gerrib with questions
cell 630-253-2497
email jcgerrib [at] comcast.net

For more info www.rotarybackpack.org

Click here to buy tickets!