DeKALB – There’s a new Rotary Club in town – and a bunch of first-time members, too.
A satellite club at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center, 2944 Greenwood Acres Drive, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sycamore, has launched. While it makes perfect sense for residents at the retirement community to join, anyone in the community is welcome to join.
The board, which still is adding three members according to Barry Schrader, club secretary, has met three times, and the club has about 17 members. Once its membership hits 25, the club will be eligible for recognition as a standalone Rotary Club. The formal inaugural meeting is scheduled for April 12, and the club will meet twice a month – at 11:45 a.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
Most Rotary Clubs meet four times a month, making attendance requirements a bit more lax in the satellite club. Also, there’s no mandatory meal charge, Schrader said.
“We don’t have a caterer and don’t meet at a restaurant,” he said. “If you want to bring your own food, you can.”
Monthly dues are $10.
Schrader, a former editor of the Daily Chronicle, said among the 17 members, many are first-time Rotarians. He said the ages range from 45 to 87 thus far, and that vocations – current and former – range from farmer to Northern Illinois University professor. The club’s chairwoman is Sally Stevens, and John Peterson is the vice chairman.
The club has been a shot in the arm for Schrader, who had to quit the Sycamore club about a year ago, when his wife, Kay, had a stroke.
To be involved again with the club, which focuses on tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, is invigorating, Schrader said.
“To see a new one built from scratch is very exciting,” he said. “It’s amazing, the amount of energy at the table.”