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A Message from the Rotary Club of Park Forest:


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Weekly Speaker:

Thursday, April 24, 2014
12:15 to 1:35 PM

38th State Representative Al Riley

State Representative Al Riley credits his decision to pursue a life of public service to his father. Sam Riley had been a union steward with UAW Local 6 and a leader in the Chicago civil rights movement early in his career.  Later, the elder Riley administered the Model Cities program under the federal Office of Economic Opportunity and served as Director of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for Region 5 of H.U.D.  Under his father’s tutelage, young Riley made a decision to pursue an eclectic career of public policy and quantitative research while in his teens.  In the summer of 1967, Riley was a Headstart teachers’ aide at the age of 14.  His achievement and analysis on outreach to minority populations led to a meeting with R. Sargent Shriver, the Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity under President Lyndon Johnson.

Professionally, Riley is an urban planner and statistician. Prior to coming to Springfield, Riley’s career included service on the research staff of the American Society of Planning Officials (nee APA) in the early ‘70’s.  Some of his other areas of service include being a Chief Planner and Director in county government, Director of Institutional Research and Planning for Thornton Community College and Director of Biostatistics and Computer Services for the Illinois Cancer Council.  He also served in executive positions in the private sector.  Riley also taught urban studies and public health planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and was an adjunct professor of Public Administration and Statistics at Governors State University for eleven years.  He has written in the diverse areas of cancer clinical trials, housing, labor economics, educational research and health planning, and presented papers or seminars in those fields. He holds Bachelors degrees in Economic Geography and Secondary Education from Chicago State University, Master of Urban Planning and Policy Analysis and Statistics, and Doctoral study in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago.   Riley is a long time member of the American Planning Association, American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Statistical Association and the American Educational Research Association.

Since coming to Springfield, Representative Riley’s focus has been to use his professional and political experience in advancing the issues of resource allocation and equity for the Southland region of the Chicago metropolitan area. Specific problems initially faced in the region included mass transit and transportation inequities, education funding reform, property tax relief and reform, and a lack of coordinated economic development. Working with other dedicated members of the General Assembly came legislation which addressed many Southland concerns.  The landmark Mass Transit bill included a permanent south suburban seat on the Metra board, money for innovative transit solutions for PACE, a bond issue promise for new cars and improvements on the Metra Electric line and development of the SouthEast Service line. Riley pledges to continue work on the passage of education funding reform, especially comprehensive education bills which equitably provides funds to Illinois students while simultaneously reducing property taxes.

Riley’s other elected positions include three terms as Trustee in the Village of Olympia Fields, Trustee, Rich Township and Rich Township Supervisor.Riley also served on active and Reserve duty in the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1978 in the branches of Psychological Operations and Civil Affairs.

Representative Riley has served on many civic and charitable foundations including the executive boards of the Boy Scouts of America-Calumet Council, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Jazz in the Park for Charity, Unity Coalition of the South Suburbs and the UIC College of Urban Planning Alumni Association.   He is also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Theta Mu Lambda Chapter.

Lunch will be served from 12:15pm-12:55pm. 

If you have any dietary needs please reply with your  
requests when you RSVP. 

The program begins promptly at 1pm

Non Members are welcome. 
The cost for lunch for non members is $12. 

Message From Our President

Ms. Tiffani Graham


Our Park Forest Rotary Club is one of 33,334 clubs worldwide dedicated to community service, world peace, and international understanding. 

We do this through local school involvement, financial contributions to local and international worthwhile charities, and community projects such as the Dictionary project giving dictionaries to 3rd graders, our Early Act programs and , as well as providing entertainment for the local community and promoting fellowship opportunities through our fundraising activities like our Pointsetta Plant Sale, The "Do It Yourself Messiah", Live/ Silent Auction and our Golden Opportunities Coupon Book sales

Today, our club's membership includes over 20 men and women from all walks of life.  In the last three years alone, the Park Forest Rotary Club has contributed more than $40,000 in gifts and contributions.  We meet every Thursday from 12:15 until 1:30 at the University Park Golf Club & Conference Center in University Park, IL.

Weekly Lunch Menu

1. Turkey Divan: Succulent sliced Turkey rolled over fresh steam broccoli baked and napped with a thin Mornay Sauce.

2. Chop steak: Savory season grounded chuck formed and slow baked , served with
a demi-glace and topped with sautéed mushrooms 

3.Herb Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast:
Char- broiled boneless breast of chicken served with a sauce natural

4.Chicken and Spinach Penne: Sautéed strips of chicken, fresh spinach, cherry
tomatoes and penne pasta with a hint of Cajun spiced-glazed with wine and a
chicken velout'e.

5. Chef Salad: a mix of sliced turkey, ham, a blend of cheeses, boiled egg on a bed of

fresh mixed greens with a house dressing.

6. Peppered Steak: Sautéed beef with a mix of bell peppers and onions deglazed
with red wine and brown sauce.

7.Turkey Tetrazzini: Julienne turkey sautéed with onion, a melody of bell, peppers,
herbs, mushrooms, and a hint of white wine folded into a supreme sauce and
served over a flaky puff pastry shell.

8. Grilled Chicken Wrap: Sliced Marinated grilled breast of chicken served on a
spinach tortilla with fresh mixed greens and tomatoes, napped with a zesty
chipotle sauce.

(Entrees will be served with our choice of a soup or salad with chefs dessert.)

The lunches will be rotated every 8 weeks. 
If another meal is desired, please let us know prior to the meeting day. 

The Rotary Club of Park Forest was chartered in 1953 with Rotary International . Our club is diverse in occupation, gender, and race. Following the weekly meal, we participate in a 30 minute program consisting of a visiting speaker or presentation.

The Rotary was founded in 1905 in Chicago as an outlet for business and professional leaders who wanted to volunteer and give back to their community. Today, Rotary International includes more than 33,334 clubs in more than 160 countries worldwide. Rotarians meet weekly for fellowship and discussion of local, regional, national and global topics.

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

First: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

Second: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

Third: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;

Fourth: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

We end each meeting by reciting our four way test in unison. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The 4-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions:

"Of the things we think, say or do:

Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"

Where and when can you visit?
We meet each Thursday for lunch at the University Park Golf Club and Conference Center located at:
23520 Crawford Ave.
University Park, IL 60466
Rotary Club of Park Forest Leadership

District Governor
Cliff Lyda

Assistant Governor, Area P
J.N Settles Sr.



Tiffani Graham
2013-2014 President

Rotary Club of Park Forest Leadership Team

Tiffani Graham

Jim Saxton

Dr. Michael M. Townsend Sr.

Brian Vagt
Eugene Sparing

May. John Ostenburg

Avenues of Service

Dan Graham

Foundation Chair
Robert Pierce

Fundraising Chair
Jim Saxton

Program Chair

Kelley Nichols

Christel Allen


Immediate Past President

Dan Graham


Past President's

J.N Settles Sr.
Janet Muchnik
Eugene Sparing

Grace Simpson
Robert Pierce


Mailing Address:
Rotary Club of Park Forest
P.O. Box 73
Park Forest, IL 60466

(708) 374-7190
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