Chicagoland Korean Rotary Club



Club Executives & Directors

President Elect
President Nominee
Immediately Past President
Sergeant at Arms
Membership Chair
Public Image Chair
Website Coordinator
Fundraising Chair
Rotary Foundation
End Polio Coordinator
Club Foundation Chair
Service Projects Chair
Club Service Chair
Youth Service Chair
International Service
Vocational Service
Community Service

Welcome to our Club! 시카고한인로타리클럽에 오신것을 환영합니다.

Chicagoland Korean Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 7:00 PM
Hilton Hotel - 847.480.7500
2855 N Milwaukee Ave

Northbrook, IL  60062
United States
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Venue Map

Home Page Stories

2014 Installation Dinner
was held at Woo Lae Oak, Chicago, IL on June 23, 2014.
2013-2014-scholarship-award-dinner was held at Woo Rae Oak(Rolling Meadows, IL)
Scholarship awardees
Daniel Ahn,    Shawn Kim,     Brad Lee,    Noelle  Lee,     Lucas Yun
Rotarian Christmas party 2013 was held at Woo Rae Oak(Rolling Meadows, IL) - See more at:
Rotarian Christmas party 2013 was held at Woo Rae Oak(Rolling Meadows, IL) - See more at:

Rotarian Christmas party 2013 was held at Woo Rae Oak(Rolling Meadows, IL)






October 26th 2013

Forest Way Grove, Glencoe



the 5th anniversary of Chicagoland Korean Rotary Club

which was held at Woo Lae Oak, Chicago, IL on Sept 20th



2013 Installation Dinner was held at Woo Lae Oak, Chicago, IL on June 24, 2013.Image



A new club brochure has just been published. It provides a bird's eye view of Rotary Club of Chicagoland Korean-Northbrook. Please feel free to distribute it to interested parties to let them know who we are; what we do; how they can join or help us for good cause; and so on.


Distribution of the brochure is easy: Just copy, paste and send the following links; Download, print and distribute; or pick up hardcopy brochures during weekly meetings for distribution.





Give Lights, Give 등불 - February 2013!

"Give Lights, Give 등불 - February 2013"  -- 시카고 한인 로타리클럽은 국제 봉사사업의 일환으로 2월15일부터 19일까지 도미니카 공화국에 봉사단을 파견, 현지 극빈 가정 250세대에 태양열 등불을 기부하고 주민들을 찾아 성금을 전달하는등 봉사활동을 펼쳤다. 박현주 회장이 이끈 6인 봉사단은 도미니카 공화국의 수도 산토 도밍고에서 약 200마일 서쪽에 소재한 빈민타운인 라스 야야스 (Las Yayas)와 로스 토로스 (Los Toros)의 2개 초등학교를 방문해 극빈층 학생들과 그들의 가족을 대상으로 인도주의 봉사를 펼쳤다. 



At the weekly meeting on Mar. 26, 2002, the talk was given about rotary club fund as to collection and usage by the honorable Walter Reed, Dist 6440 Foundation Chair.

After the talk, a check of $500 from Chicagoland Korean Rotary Club and the matching fund of $500 from CEO of Bisco, Byung In Suh





Because of illness of the webmaster, this site has been neglected. However, thanks to remarkable improvement with the treatment, I became to be active again although not in 100 percent. Many thanks to those who send to me get-well cards, e-mail, telephone calls, and visits, who supported great deal to give me so much moral support.




Dear Scholarship Applicant:


Thank you for applying for the Rotary Club Scholarship.


The Rotary International is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million businesses,

professional and community leaders.  Members provide humanitarian service, encourage high

ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace throughout the world.


This year will be offering scholarships to 5 high school students.  Our selection criteria area as follows:

1.      High school juniors/seniors of Korean ethnic background

2.      Outstanding community service record

3.      Academic performance

4.      Financial need


Applications must be submitted by Oct. 27, 2011. We will notify scholarship recipients by early to mid-November.


Please find all necessary application forms on the following pages.


Best wishes,


John Kim, Ph.D

Scholarship Committee Chair

Rotary Club of Chicagoland Korean-Northbrook






Rotary Club of Chicagoland Korean - Northbrook


 장학생 선발 공고
By Rotary Club Scholarship Committee

시카고  한인 로타리 클럽에서는 현재 시카고 인근에 위치한 각 고등학교에 재학중인 11학년/ 12학년 한국 학생들 중에서 아래와 같이 우수한 장학생을 모집합니다.
장학금 지원에는 다음과 같은 서류가 필요합니다.
.  지원 서류 (Scholarship Application)
.  Essay in English ( - 400 word): 제목은 자유로이 선택하되, 주제는 사회 봉사 경험과 연관된
   에세이를 작성하기를 권고합니다.
.  고등학교 성적표
.  SAT or ACT score (copies are acceptable, but must be able to product the original if asked at a later
.  사회 봉사 경력, 날짜, 단체 이름, 사회 봉사 기간.
지원자들은 장학 위원회의 심사를 거쳐 11월 초에 수상 여부를 연락받으며, 시상식은 그 후
12월 Chicagoland Korean Rotary Club 연말 파티에서 거행하게 됩니다.
지원 서류는 에서 받을 수 있습니다.
질문이나, 그 외의 사항은 아래와 같이 연락바랍니다.

  1. Dr. John Kim / Unidex Group, Inc.

            Tel: 630-438-6600, E-mail:  

  1. Mr. James Hahn

Tel: 847-858-7556, E-mail:


New district president of the Chicagoland Korean Rotary Club, Paul Byungtag Kim, was recently interviewed by the Chicago Radio Korea's Good Morning Chicago program.  You can listen to the interview by clicking the following link:

Chicago Radio Korea Interview with Paul Byungtag Kim (July 29, 2011)




It is my honor and privilege to serve you as the Club President for RY 2011 – 12.  Since it was founded in 2008, the Chicagoland Korean Rotary Club has actively participated in various service projects locally and worldwide.  These past achievements were made possible due to the warm heart and enthusiasm of our preceding presidents, Dr. Sung Won Kim, Mr. Won Yoon, and Dr. Byoung In Suh, Ph.D.  ‘Reach Within to Embrace Humanity’ is the theme of 2011 – 12 RI.  Carlos Früm, the Governor of Rotary District 6440, asks us, ‘Why did you join Rotary?’  It is because we want to help others, as it is part of our humanity.  ‘Service and Fellowship’ is our Club motto.  We will continue to strengthen the fellowship between the club members, which is a prerequisite element for providing humanitarian service, be it within our community or global-wide.  Our committees are encouraged to commit to various service projects.  We will continue to strive to be true Rotarians.  We will work together and dedicate ourselves to service.  I wish you will enjoy your time in the club.


Sincerely yours,


Paul Byungtag Kim

President of Chicagoland Korean Rotary Club



At July 11th Meeting, a ceremony for gratitude plaque presentation to the going-off staff members was held. The new president, Kim, Byung Tag presented to the previous president, Suh, Byung I and other members praising their extraordinary works and achievements for the organization and asked for the contineous support to improve, especially in terms of membership retainment and drive.

Photo-images at the ceremony are shown. 

Plaque Presentation to Previous PresidentNew & Old PresidentsOld President & VPNew & Old Key members


On June 24, 2011,the  inauguration ceremony of new Chicagoland Korean Rotary Club took place in conjunction with the inauguration of District President. Paul Byung Tag Kim tookover the duty of presidency of Chicagoland Korean Rotary Club while Mr. Frum tookover the presidency duty of District. The inauguration ceremony was held in Northbrook Hilton Hotel master ceremonied by our rotarian Jane Park. After ceremony, entertainment program including Korean traditional folk dance followed.





MC Jane Park

Master of ceremony, Jane Park 


District & Chicagoland Korean Rotary Club President , Mr. Frum & Paul Byung Tag Kim



One of our club rotarian, Young Hee kang is the out-goig president of Korean Culture Center, who has served past three yaears. She has also servd for various civic orgarnizations such as president of Ewha Univesity, president of Chicago Korean Womens Association, etc. She has been instrumental for making possible for Korean Cultural Center to open to the public and practically functional in reality. Since she took over the post, she worked relentlessly to accomplish the task for acqisition of Koran Cultural Center Building in Wheeling, Illinois.


Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Wheeling Village President, Abruscato and Korean Ambassador to USA,  Han, Sung Soo 



Kang Young Hee 1

Kang, Young Hee making a speech at opening ceremony of Korean Culture Center 





Oh, Shin Ae
 Above Photo - Attendees at Annual Dinner Board of Trustees Meeting


Oh Shin Ae There are many prominent and recognizable members in Chicagoland
Korean Rotary Club, who are contributing a great deal to Korean Community,
consequently to all people in Chicago area. One of them is Oh, Shin Ae. She is
currently the President of Board of Directors of Little OL Korea. Little OL
Korea is a cultural organization, which is consisted of 9-13 year old children,
comprises three groups; Girls Choir, Boys Orchestra, Girls Folk Dance Group.
All groups  are mainly learning and performing Korean culture based performing arts
to disseminate and advocate Korean culture, thereby, people of all ethnic
background get known
Korea and Korean people better. It is also thought that children of
Korean heritage would build their confidence in their root and pride of being
part of Korean Heritage by learning Korean culture.


Oh, Shin Ae has served very successfully this organization as the president of Board of Directors since 2006. We wish for much success with her work and promising future project!


Dear Chicagoland Korean Rotary Club Members:

Cold weather gets more harsh as winter gets deeper. How is
everyone doing out there while it is freezing cold?

Because tormenting cold winter is here, warm spring is wanted more
expecting sweet spring time will greet us. However, now whole world is covered
with celestial snow which still give us beautiful scenery. If we adventure with
winter fun such as strolling over snow covered field, cross country skiing,
downhill skiing, etc. we may encounter wonderful nature and even have fun.

Unless we are fortunate enough to escape winter cold somewhere in
south or west, we should confront harsh winter weather not with reluctance,
rather enjoyment so that we can get by easier.

I put here some poems about winter season which I wrote a while


친애하는 시카고지역 한인 로타리클럽 회원 어러분께


여러분, 또 한해가 저물어 가고있어 크리스마스 그리고 신년 맞이 준비에 분주하시겠조? 올일년 동안에는 모든 회원께서는 공적으로나 사적으로 많은 일에 좋은 성과를 거두어신바 명년에는 더욱 보람있고 훌륭한 사업계획을 갖고서 좋은 성과를 거두기를 기원하는 바임니다.


지난 17일 금요일 저녁에는 많은 회원과 손님들을 모시고 즐거운 유흥 프로그램과 선물 교환으로 마지막 으로 한해를 보내는 뜻있는 저녁을 모두가 함께 즐겼음니다. 그때 찍은 사진일부를 이 웹사이트에 계재하는바 더 많은 사진을  Photo-Album Column 에서 볼수있음니다.


웹 마스터  노재욱 올림



 지난 11월 18일 11명의 우리 로타리언들은 Greater Chicago Food Depository 의 봉사활동에 참여했다.

8천 파운드의 음식물을 8백여 개의 박스에 나누어 담는 일을 세 시간에 해냈다.

처음에는 낯선 일에 서툴기 짝이 없었지만 곧 익숙해져 수련공 못지않은 솜씨들를 뽐냈다.

포장된 이 음식물들은 시카고 주변 교회와 셸터에 보내어 배고픈이들 에게 전달 된다고 한다.

피곤도 잊은 채 다음 봉사를 서로 또 약속하는 우리 멤버들의 얼굴에는 봉사하는 즐거움으로

환하게 빛났다.







시카고 한인 문화회관에 텔레비전 증정


시카고지역 한인 로터리클럽에서 문화회관 구입증축을 축하해 텔레비전 한 대를 증정하기로 결정하여 1122일 저녁 모임에서 수표 $3,000 불을 강영희 문화회관 회장에게 증정했다. 이 텔레비전이 문화회관이 주관하는 문화활동에 큰 도움이 되기를 모든 회원이 바라는 바다.

사진은 서병인 회장이 강영희 문화회관 회장께 심지로 문화회관 부회장이 동참한 가운데 수표를 증정하는 장면




노재욱 올림




김총무님의 클럽연말 파티 에관한 Announcemnt  입니다.

반드시 RSVP 를 해 주시고, 연락은 김경자 부총무님께서 해 주시면 참석 인원을 카운트하실 겁니다.
또 한 가지 특별히 부탁드릴 사항은 Minimum 인원이 있으니 회원님들은 가능한 부부동반해 주시고 Guest 도 대환영입니다.
그리고 회원 일인당 (부부에 하나) $30 상당의 교환용/뽑기용 선물 지참 바랍니다.

RSVP 는 다음 Link 를 이용하여 주시면 대단히 감사 하겠습니다.

Gift Box에 쬐그맣게 이름을 써 주시면 받는 분이 "아, 누구가 정성껏 준비한 것이구나!" 도 알 수 있고,
내 것이 누구한테 갔는지도 알 수 있어 좋을 것 같네요.



회원 여러분,

서회장님께서 L.A. 출장을 가시면서 보내신 eMail 을 여러분께 전해드림니다. 한경진

존경하는 Rotarians, 회원 여러분,

시카고의 아름다운 가을날씨 즐기고 계시지요?

어제 열린 이사회에서 2010-2011 의 Service Projects 에 관한 여러 중요한 안건들이 통과 되었습니다. 그동안 수고하신 Service Projects Committee 윤원 Chair 님 과 Committee members 여러분께 감사를 드리면서,  2010-2011 년 Service Projects 로 채택된 사업을 여러 회원임께 알려 드리겠습니다.

장학 추진위원회 발족 (John Kim, Julie Choi, Yung Ki Moon, Tae Woo Kim, Yong C. Kwon) - Funding - Cash & pledge - $20,000 as of 10/4/10

PolioPlus $200 Million Challenge 에 $2,500 기부
District 6440 의 Haiti 구호 사업 추가지원 $1,000
문화회관 개관기념 TV 증정 Up to $2,500

자원봉사 - Greater Chicago Food Depository - 11/18/2010 오후

자원봉사 - Food Basket Program @ Kennedy-Kings College - 12/8/10 - Details to be provided by Service Projects Committee (SPC). 
TRF Ambassadorial Scholarship - Project to be carried out by SPC with the manpower and funding support of the club. Click the link,, for more info.

Interact Club - Project to be carried out by SPC with the manpower and funding support of the club. Click the link,, for more info.
Additional International Service Projects - Announcement on these projects will be made in November.

Have a nice day!

회장 서병인




Autumn has arrived to bring cool pleasant breeze and cornucopia of harvest. Although it often puts us in nostalgic, sometimes even melancholic mood, autumn is a great season. Since autumn equinox passed by  quite a while ago, days are getting short and nights are getting longer and holyday season is approaching. It is time for us to read more and think more. I have a poem on October and one of my own which was written some time ago.

As autumn comes

As autumn comes,

What I remember most

While I am inhaling cool air

That is scented with chrysanthemums

Is my mother.

She used to collect flower petals

Of chrysanthemums

To use for chrysanthemum wine

Which she loved to brew

For holidays and guests.

I loved to help her for picking chrysanthemum

And watch her

While she was brewing wine.

Those good times has long gone

But it is still vivid in my memory.

Now, I am far away

In a remote country.

I am still longing for the time

When I was young and gallant

And every thing seemed pleasurable

While my mother was around.


Jae Ro


Club Website 를 방문해 주셔서 감사합니다. Club Website 에 대한 회장님의 안내말씀 more ... 를 Click 하시면 읽으실수 있습니다.
September 23 is Autumn Equinox, which has equal length of day and night, and also coincide with first day of Autumn. From now on, night starts to get longer until it reaches Winter Solstice. Autumn season is great, at least to me, which brings cornucopia of harvest and cool pleasant breeze, although often fetches nostalgic, even melancholic mood. That is why people become ponderous and more sophistcated while reading and thinking. Anyway, it is time to enjoy great nature, beautiful autumn foliage!


Dear Chicagoland Korean Rotarians:


Whenever we tear off a sheet of calendar, especially when a season turns to another, we feel that times flow like a flowing stream. August has passed by and September has arrived as hot sultry season is just about over.

I just came back from a tour in the nations around Baltic Sea, which has given to me unforgettable experience and  memories. Here, I would like to share with you some by posting pictures, which I took during the tour.


How are you, all members of Chicagoland Korean Rotary Club?


It has been hot sultry days so everyone must feel uncomfortable. However I am sure everyone is doing ok.


I have been asked to take reponsibility to manage website. I'll do my best to make the website better and useful, though it is useless unless members use it. Please visit as often as possible. In the future, I'll give some sessions to all so everyone can get used to and accustomed to it


Ill be leaving for European tour around Baltic Sea on Sunday so I'll miss two weekly meetings and all of you. I hope everyone have nice time until I see you again!


The following is the youtube website where you can get USA National Anthem. By clicking it, you can have vocal and lyric of National Anthem.




Jae Ro


ps: Apparently there is some problem in the program as to filtering images so it appears somewhat fuzzy. I am working on to make them appear clear.




Thirty plus Chicagoland Korean Rotarians and guests gathered at Irae60 Sushi Restaurant at Vernon Hill. It began with brief introduction speech and toast by President, Suh ByoungIn. After a great Sushi dinner, there was anniversary cake cutting. Everyone, who attended, seemed to have a great time.




At weekly meeting on July, 19, Jian Ping, the author of Mulberry Child, presented her story as a child during Cultural Revolution in China. It was a moving story, thereby all attendants enjoyed the evening with her. She also autographed the book for one who bought.




 Dear fellow Rotarians and friends,

It is my honor and privilege to serve you as Club President for RY2011. As you all are aware, we are still in our infancy as a club. One of my goals as President is to continue our growth into a more robust and mature Rotary Club. This year's Rotary International motto is "Building Communities and Bridging Continents." As a club, we will work together to promote fellowship among fellow Rotarians, and to encourage and foster the ideal of service to communities – both local and global. We will also continue our fundraising efforts for End Polio Now, as part of the US$200 Million Challenge. For more information on supporting our efforts please contact us. I look forward to a year of exciting projects, successful fundraisers, and membership growth. Let's work together to build our communities and bridge continents!

Sincerely yours,

Byoung Suh President, Chicagoland Korean Rotary Club




Ceremony and party was held at Woo Lae Oak Restaurant on June 28. New President, Byoung In Suh was sworn in, which was witnessed by many attendants including past RI President, Lee Dong Geun. Photo shows Rotary Club Banner Transfer Ceremony.


Coming Sunday, June 21, is Father's Day, which is as much significant as Mother's Day just as mother and father are equally important in the family. Everybody has a father, therfore everybody should honor father. Give a big hug to him and a celebration by giving a gift or taking him to the restaurant for dinner, etc.
May 25, Monday, is Memorial Day, which is fedral holiday so this weekend becomes a long weekend known as Memorial Day Weekend.
A video-message on activities of Rotary International through

Double Sapphire Pin was awarded to Suh, ByunIn for his generous contribution to Rotary Club. The picture shows that President Kim, SungWun is putting the pin on the lapel of Suh, Byung In.



Following is a greeting message from President, Sung Wun Kim:

(The picture is of President and his wife taken at recent Portugal Spain trip)


I am certain on that everybody is prepared to celebrate Mother's day, whoever he or she is, son, daugther, son in law, daughter in law, etc. May 10, Sunday is Mother's Day.

Following is a talk about Mother's Day:


May! The word of May alone may make us excited. May is the month of family, while we celebrate Mother's day, graduation, wedding, etc. along with spring festivity.

Members of Chicagoland Korean Rotary Club, how have you been? It seems many months have passed away since I went to Portugal and Spain for a tour with President, Sung Wun Kim and some other members. In fact it was only 10 days. We spent a wonderful time over there while enjoying beautiful sceneries and unforgetful historical as well as cultural experiences. I intend to talk about the trip more later on.

Picture is Earth seen from Apollo_17. For more stories about Earth Day, please read the following article.



Earth Day is coming soon. April 22 is the day for Earth Day Celebration. How are we going to celebrate? To me, it is not having a party but doing something meaningful for the earth.

When April comes, everyone feels that spring has sprung. It is really springtime.


She did not disappoint us!

 She is really a queen of ice-figure skating, the champion of champions on the ice. After she won world championship of figure skating in 2009, she got olympic gold medal acquiring indisputablle reputation that no one can beat her on ice, just as Scott Hamilton said: It is hard for anyone to beat her!


"Do not look for spring faraway from your vicinity. Spring comes first always near you just like happiness is in the corner around you."

It is still chilly outside but if you have gone outside to look around in your backyard, you might have found crocus blooming. It means spring is here already.

This is the third poem on spring, which is titled "Sea of Golden Daffodils" and written by Jae Ro
This is the poem titled "The Daffodils" and written by William Wordsworth.
This is the first poem on nature in the springtime.

I am genuinely happy to launch the Website of Chicagoland Korean Rotary Club. This website will help us to communicate better among members and promote our goal to fit for "The Four Way Test".

Remember that the website is worthless unless being used.




Blown away by the realities of human trafficking
At the age of 17, Jennifer was sleeping on the streets of Atlanta. She'd felt abandoned most of her life, unprotected from her brothers and her mother's boyfriends, who physically and sexually abused her since she was five. And now, kicked out of her house, Jennifer - whose last name is withheld for privacy - was alone and vulnerable. She was soon lured into sex trafficking and was unable to escape for two years. Then she found Covenant House. "Studies have shown that if a young person ends up on the street, within 48 hours someone is going to approach them with the intention of exploiting...
Drug wars, financial setbacks no match for Mexico clinic
About 300 miles south of Ciudad Juarez, one of Mexico's most dangerous cities, is the small town of Guerrero in central Chihuahua. The community is home to the Guerrero Clinic, which has weathered neighboring drug wars and financial setbacks to treat the poor since 1980. Walter Branson, a member of the Rotary Club of Brazosport, Texas, in the United States, has been involved with the clinic since 1983. Branson says the governor of Chihuahua credits the clinic with providing 60 percent of indigent care in the state. The drug wars in Mexico, which began in 2006, initially scared away U.S....
President Burton reflects on his call to ‘Engage Rotary, Change Lives’
Ron Burton has made the world his office. Over the past year, the Rotary International president has traveled more than half-a-million miles across 50 countries, to inspire and motivate Rotary's 1.2 million members. Although many encouraged him to use cheaper, virtual alternatives, he believes it takes face-to-face engagement. "I was the first president to have a Google Hangout and have done Facebook chats," Burton says, reflecting on his term, which ends at midnight 30 June. "But I asked Rotarians this year to Engage Rotary, Change Lives, so I needed to live that as well, by sitting at...
Why the Rotary year begins 1 July
Ever wonder why the Rotary year begins 1 July? The international convention initially played a key role in determining the start date of our fiscal and administrative year. Rotary's first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended, on 18 August 1910. The 1911-12 fiscal year also related to the convention, beginning with the first day of the 1911 convention on 21 August. At its August 1912 meeting, the Board of Directors ordered an audit of the International Association of Rotary Clubs' finances. The auditors recommended that the organization end its fiscal year on 30 June to...
Polio detected in sewage sample near São Paulo
This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) was detected in a sewage sample collected in March 2014 near São Paulo, home of this year's World Cup. Brazilian authorities are conducting further investigations to rule out any local spread, but at this time no cases of polio have been reported in Brazil, which has been polio-free since 1989. Genetic sequencing found the positive sample to be most closely related to a virus found in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in March. The risk of further exportation of polio from Equatorial Guinea remains high as...
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