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Naperville Rotary Sunrise recognizes fundraising and awareness, thanks to 2023 Rotary Ride


Above / Rotary Sunrise President Srini Namasivayam presents Jane DiGiovine with a Paul Harris Fellow pin during a Rotary Sunrise meeting when grants were given to four nonprofit organizations, proceeds from 2023 Rotary Ride. (Photo by Sunrise Rotarian Bruce Dixon)

On the second Sunday in August, the 26th Rotary Ride was presented by DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd., in memory of Carmen DiGiovine. In 1997, Sunrise Rotarian and avid cyclist DiGiovine served on the committee that developed the first Rotary Ride, a fundraising initiative that has geared up in charitable support ever since.

Many other local businesses joined DiGiovine Hnilo Jordan + Johnson Ltd. to support the 2023 ride that’s been hosted over the years by three of the four Rotary Clubs in Naperville, coming full circle in 2023 to return to leadership by the Rotary Club of Naperville-Sunrise on Aug. 13, 2023. Sunrise Rotarian Jim Ensign served as ride director.

The 2023 bike ride, not a race, benefited 360 Youth Services, Loaves and Fishes Community Services, Naperville Responds for Veterans and Rotary Polio Plus.

Friday morning, Oct. 6, during the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise regular meeting at Naperville Country Club, Rotarians presented grant recipients with checks. Members also recognized Jane DiGiovine for her ongoing support with a Paul Harris Fellow, her second. A Paul Harris Fellow, named for Rotary founder Paul Harris, distinguishes an individual who has done something significant for others. 

Jane DiGiovine is honored with a Paul Harris Fellow by members of Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise for her ongoing support of Rotary Ride. Pictured are Rotary Sunrise President Srini Namasivayam, Stephanie Colbert, DiGiovine and Mary Ann Bobosky. (Photo by Sunrise Rotarian Bruce Dixon)
Naperville Responds for Veterans Board President Dan Jurjovec accepts a check from Jim Ensign. (Photo by Bruce Dixon)
360 Youth Services Executive Director Scot Thurman accepts a check from Jim Ensign. (Photo by Bruce Dixon)
Janet Derrick, Executive VP Programs at Loaves & Fishes Community Services, accepts a check from Jim Ensign. Derrick also has served as an event volunteer during the Rotary Ride for seven years. (Photo by Bruce Dixon)
On behalf of Rotary Polio Plus, Sunrise Rotarian Nikhil Gupta accepts funds from Jim Ensign for Rotary International. Note also that World Polio Day, recognized annually on Oct. 24, is a time for Rotary members, public health advocates, and all who want a world free from polio to come together to address how to eradicate polio for good. (Photo by Bruce Dixon)

During the Sunrise Rotary weekly meeting, Program Director Bill Hassett also recognized sponsors of the 2023 Rotary Ride, including Gerald Subaru, Gary & Gloria Baumgartner, Jane DiGiovine & Family, Belgio’s Catering, Mill Race Cyclery, Quigley’s Irish Pub, Naperville Bank & Trust, Busey Bank, Boomer To and Seabreeze West.

Watch for registration of 2024 Naperville Rotary Ride beginning soon

Beginning and ending at Commissioners Park, located 3704 111th Street, the Ride offers a 1.4 mile family loop, 21, 41, and 62 (metric century) mile routes. Riders had a choice of time starts beginning at 6:30AM and no later than 10AM. Cyclists riding the 62-mile route must start by 8:30AM. Cyclists riding the 41-mile route must start by 9:15AM.

Riders will receive an extra friendly welcome at the Silver Springs Rest Stop. (Photo by PN)

All routes are SAG supported and rest stops are fully staffed with food and drinks. Proceeds from the Ride benefit Rotary International’s Campaign to End Polio and several local charities. Ensign again plans to serve as ride director.

For complete event details as they develop for 2024, visit www.napervillerotaryride.com.

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