Historic Rotary Milestones Achieved by Bob and Tom Zengeler
Two leaders combine for 85 years of
service and commitment to Libertyville
Northbrook, IL, July 25, 2017: The Zengeler family just reached
another historic milestone with their support of Rotary
International. Bob Zengeler, the former President of Zengeler
Cleaners, became a charter member of Libertyville Rotary 55 years
ago. Tom Zengeler, Bob’s son and the current President of the
family-owned company, is a charter Member of Libertyville Rotary –
Sunrise. That chapter was formed in 1987, giving Tom 30 years of
service. Combined, the two Zengeler leaders have been active
Rotarians for an impressive 85 years.
Why does one family have such strong support for Rotary
International? “Rotary International is a wonderful example of the
type of organizations Zengeler Cleaners loves to support,” said
Tom Zengeler. “One of the hallmarks of Rotary is that they
continuously look for new ways to improve the well-being of people
throughout the world. One high-profile example was their
leadership in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide – a three-
decades long year battle that has brought the world closer and
closer to eradicating this debilitating disease.”
That effort recently received a giant boost from the Gates
Foundation. "Going forward, the Gates Foundation will match two-
to-one, up to $35 million per year, every dollar Rotary commits to
reduce the funding shortfall for polio eradication through 2018,"
said Jeff Raikes, the foundation's chief executive officer. "If
fully realized, the value of this new partnership with Rotary is
more than $500 million. In this way, your contributions to polio
will work twice as hard."
The joint effort, called “End Polio Now – Make History Today,”
comes during a critical phase for the Global Polio Eradication
Initiative. The estimated cost of the initiative's 2013-18 Polio
Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan is $5.5 billion. Funding
commitments, announced at the Global Vaccine Summit in April,
total $4 billion. Unless the $1.5 billion funding gap is met,
immunization levels in polio-affected countries will decrease. And
if polio is allowed to rebound, within a decade, more than 200,000
children worldwide could be paralyzed every year. Obviously,
Rotary and the Gates Foundation are determined not to let polio
make a comeback.
Rotary clubs are actively involved with service a little closer to
home, as well. The two Libertyville chapters have dozens of
active, concerned members who share a strong belief in service.
For example, Libertyville Rotary Sunrise is a long-time supporter
of the annual Coats for Vets drive. In 2016 alone, they collected
4,128 coats and jackets along with gloves, scarves and other
winter apparel with a retail value exceeding $400,000.00. The
donated items were then inspected, repaired as needed, then
cleaned and delivered to the VA hospital in North Chicago. This is
just one of the many projects spearheaded by the two chapters.
Rotary International is a 110-year old worldwide organization that
provides humanitarian service, encourages highly ethical standards
in all vocations, and works to build goodwill and peace in the
world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than
35,000 clubs in more than 200 countries.
A picture of Bob and Tom Zengeler is enclosed. For more
information about Zengeler Cleaners’ community involvement,
contact Tom Zengeler, President, at (847) 272-6550, ext.14 . . .
or visit Zengeler’s website at www.zengelercleaners.com. For more
information about Rotary International, visit www.rotary.org.
Zengeler Cleaners has stores in Deerfield, Hubbard Woods,
Northbrook, Northfield, Winnetka, Long Grove and two stores in