debi A. Ross (yes, that’s a lower case “d”)
debi has been a member of the Orland Park Rotary club since 2004 and held the office of President in 2012. While a member of the Orland Park Club, debi served as Club Secretary, Treasurer, Community Service Chair and the club’s one and only Centennial Float Chair. She partnered with other members to introduce EarlyAct and Interact to the Club. While President she was awarded District President of the Year. In 2014 debi served as District 6450 Membership Chair and was awarded Rotarian of the Year. Her role as District Governor begins July 1, 2019 and concludes June 30, 2020. Most recently, debi has created empowerLEADERS, a morning of Leadership, Mentorship and Scholarship for High School Seniors, College Students, and returning learners, to showcase Rotary’s message of leadership for and empowerment of young people.
debi is a Paul Harris Fellow plus 4.
In 1997 debi struck out on her own with the creation of Inside Looks and Special Looks. Inside Looks is an al-a-carte design firm. debi and her team provide residential, commercial, healthcare, institutional and contract interiors. Her company provides furnishings, draperies and accessories as well as remodeling and construction services for clients in the Chicagoland area, Southwest Michigan, Southeast Wisconsin, Arizona and Florida. Inside looks has been recognized as one of the Top Ten design firms for the Arlington Heights design center and was recently recognized by LUXlife (a digital luxury lifestyle publication) as a “Leading Designer for 2019”. HOUZZ has recognized Inside Looks for outstanding customer service.
debi coordinates the Art and Environment Committee at St. Francis of Assisi in Orland Park where she has also served on the Parish Pastoral Council, Bereavement Committee and Human Concerns Commission, and created the Catholic Charities at St. Francis Committee. debi has been recognized by Monsignor Boland for her work with Catholic Charities and was awarded the Bishop Quarter Award by Francis Cardinal George. She is also a member of the Lumen Cordium Society of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
In 2017 debi served as the President of the Orland Park Chamber of Commerce. She has served as a Chamber Ambassador, was the Chairwoman of the Ambassadors Committee, an Ambassador of the Year and Member of the Year. debi has also been a member of BNI, The Connection Network and is an Honorary member of the Orland Park Kiwanis Club. She is a 22-year resident of Orland Park.
Chuck and his wife, Mary, are members of the Rotary Club of Naperville Downtown, where Chuck was a charter member. He is a member of the Paul Harris Society, and is a Paul Harris Fellow, plus 5. He has served the District as an Assistant Governor, Grants Subcommittee Chair, and District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair, and is now the District Governor Nominee, to serve as Governor in 2020-21.
Jane Hopkins has been a member of the Rotary Club of Joliet since 1999. In that time, she served as President in 2009-2010, director, and chair of numerous committees. On the district level, she has served as District Trainer, District Conference Chair, Assistant District Governor, member of the District Grants Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors.
Chuck graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Economics, and received his law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he served on the Law Review. He has been selected as a Leading Illinois Attorney, and enjoys the highest rating available nationally for both skill and ethics as evaluated by Martindale-Hubbell Publishing.
Chuck has over thirty years of experience in a broad variety of business and civil litigation. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States District Court for Northern District of Illinois, including its trial bar, the Illinois Supreme Court, and all trial and appellate level courts in Illinois. He is a partner in the distinguished Naperville law firm of Dommermuth Cobine West Gensler Philipchuck Corrigan & Bernhard, Ltd.
Chuck has been actively involved as a leader in the Naperville community, where he and Mary have raised their five children. He has served as past president of the Rotary Club of Naperville Downtown, the West Suburban Irish, the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, and the Naperville Jaycees. He has served as Executive Director of Naperville’s Last Fling, and was a member of the Naperville Riverwalk Commission.
Jane is a founding member of the Rotary Southwest Leadership Council, bringing a regional group of Rotary clubs together to collaborate and support multi-club fundraising events. This group sponsored a minor league baseball event multiple years, raising money for End Polio Now and encourages networking and cooperation between local clubs and the community. This, along with many other behind the scenes activities led to her being named Rotarian of the Year in 2015 and 2016.
Jane has worked as a Realtor for the last 17 years in Joliet, Illinois, including being elected to the Three Rivers Association of Realtors Board of Directors. She has also spent many years working with local community organizations, ranging from service as a board member of Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, president of the Will County Union of Kings Daughters and Sons, president of Childerguild, and member of Holly Club. Her community involvement involves being a founding member of the Joliet Grade Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence, serving on the Joliet Area Historical Museum Development Committee, and the Joliet Area Historical Museum Prison Coalition, the guiding organization in the reopening and revitalization of the Old Joliet Prison for historical and educational preservation.
Jane’s family includes husband Paul, two daughters - Rebecca, and Amy (a second generation Rotarian with Chicago Lakeview), and numerous transient puppies through her work as a foster for Help Save Pets an animal welfare society. When not serving her community, she is an avid seamstress and fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Ade Onayemi has been a member of the Rotary Club of Oak Park-River Forest since 2005. A Rotarian of the Year (ROY) at his club, he served on the board and various committees, assisting with the Interact club, presiding over membership, and the annual dictionary project. In 2014, as Club President, he initiated the club’s flagship event that promotes Rotary in the community and tripled fundraising. He has served the District as an Assistant Governor and is currently a member of the board, Chair of the Youth Services Committee, and board liaison on the District Strategic Planning Task Force.
A graduate of the UIC School of Architecture, Ade is a licensed architect with over thirty-eight years of experience in the practice of architecture. He is the president of Urban Resource, Inc., Architects and Planners, an award-winning Chicago architectural firm. His firm maintains contracts with the State of Illinois, Capital Development Board, The Field Museum of Natural History, and various private enterprises throughout the Chicagoland area.
A former adjunct instructor at Triton College in River Grove, Ade has volunteered for educational organizations in the Oak Park, Austin, and neighboring communities of Chicago for many years. He is a former member and past President of the Board of Education in Oak Park Elementary School District #97. He was a Vice-Chairman of ED-RED, an Illinois school lobby organization representing 300,000 children in high school & elementary districts, and Special Ed Co-ops and ISCs in Suburban Cook, Lake, and DuPage Counties.
Within the Austin community, Ade provided mentoring opportunities for children and adults. He was a founding member and Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors for the Austin Business and Entrepreneurship Academy, located in the Austin High School Complex. He also serves as Chair Emeritus on the Board of Directors for the Austin African American Business Network, Inc., a non-profit organization responsible for pooling resources to bring about effective social and economic change in the Austin community.
Ade and his wife Kathy are both Paul Harris Fellows. They are residents of Oak Park, where Ade serves as a Township Trustee. They have two adult married children, Justin and Christine, and five grandchildren, two of whom are Interactors. The family is very supportive of the Rotary Youth Exchange program and has hosted a student from Finland.