- Use reusable dishes, glassware, silverware and napkins for entertaining rather than disposables ones
- Fr formal affairs, consider buying clothing from consignment shops
- Give leftovers to guests to take home, put in containers and freeze for another time, or compost
- Turn heat down. Guests will warm up the room naturally
- Postmasters report that up to 20% of all mail is incorrectly addressed or otherwise undeliverable. Save time, money and resources by updating and paring down your list, and by sending e-mail wishes
- Avoid cards with laminated, foil-stamped or metallic links – look for cards printed with soy-based ink
- Avoid glitzy foil-lined envelopes – they cannot be recycled
- Look for high post-consumer waste content for recycled paper cards (100% if possible)
- Plan ahead. Making a list and checking it twice will save time, money and last-minute shopping frenzies
- Give gifts of the “heart” – give your time or talents. Offer to baby-sit, wash the car, do house chores, run errands, make a “trash to treasure” gift from odds and ends, give baked goods, etc., or make a charitable donation in a loved one’s memory
- Keep it simple – less can be more. Think carefully about what gifts friends and family really need and want
- Start a savings account or give a savings bond for children. It is fun to watch the money grow and it teaches children the value of fiscal conservation
- Shop for gifts at an antique store, estate sale or a flea market, since one person’s trash is another’s treasure
- Give waste-less gifts such as tickets to concerts, museums, or sporting events, gift certificates or house plants
- Give durable products that will last
- Need a stocking stuffer? Give packets of seeds. Plant indoors and transplant to the garden in spring
- Bring your own durable cloth shopping bag to the store with you and consolidate purchases into one bag rather than getting a new bag for each purchase
- Donate unwanted or unused gifts to charity or a shelter. Be sure to call your local charity or shelter to find out what donations are accepted
- Make your own personalized, festive gift wrap using materials you already have around the house or classroom (shopping bags, scraps or fabric, buttons, stencils, paint, etc.)
- Use the comics for kids, the Financial Section for your favorite banker, and old map for the traveler, etc.
- Decorate packages with your own stamps. Draw a design on a potato, sponge or cork, then cut the material away from the outside of the design. Press the design into paint or an inkpad and stamp away
- Make shiny ribbon by cutting strips of potato chip bag (inside of bag)
- Make your own gift tag from old cards or decorative paper, use pinking shears for fancy
- Reuse a container, bag or box that might have been thrown away to box a gift
- Make paper heads from pieces of oddly shaped gift wrap and magazines.
- Approximately fifty million Christmas trees are purchased each year in the United States. Consider a potted tree that can be planted in the yard, or an artificial one to be reused for years to come
- The smaller bulbs on a light strand, the lower the wattage. Low-wattage bulbs consume less energy and give off less heat
- Homemade ornaments: Make a nature ornament from a twig, bark, pine cones, etc., or drill a hole in fast food meal toys to create an ornament when a book is added, or laminate a special photo for the tree
- Tie old buttons on to a length of strings to make old-fashioned looking garland
- Make your own luminaries. Rinse out empty soup of coffee-type cans, remove the label and punch holes into the sides to make a snowflake design. Then place a candle in the bottom and light it
- Save some fresh evergreen needles in the dish and set it in the your bathroom. Whenever the air needs a fresh scent stir up the needles
- Use dried-out thee sprigs as kindling for cozy fire.
No one event inspired this work. Instead, the project had several sources. One source was the blizzard of global media and information that arose at the turn of the 21st century. This provoked the question: What was authentic experience in our lives anymore? Also, as more open land disappeared in the face of urban development, it seemed the idea of "nature" was becoming increasingly abstract.
We wondered what Earth might have been like before humanity arose. If we could travel to places that echoed that early time, devoid of human voices, what would we experience? It was then that we conceived of the project to journey to the world's oldest sites. The sites have been studied scientifically, but our goal was to see them as artists. We wanted to arrive with few preconceptions, simply to listen. We had no idea what was waiting for us, or that we would travel so far, or that eventually we would found a company based on our work.
How do you know where the oldest sites are?
We talked with geologists, who gave us a list of the oldest sites that have been scientifically dated. The list included places in Western Australia, Canada, Greenland, South Africa, the United States, and Brazil. Other sites in Asia and Russia have also been identified. We started with the site of the oldest minerals on Earth, found at Mt. Narryer and Jack Hills in Western Australia.
Do you have a background in geology or photography?
At our photography show in Vevey, Switzerland, we were asked by one person, "Are you geologsts?" "No," we answered, "although we've had a life-long interest in stones and Earth history. And we've interviewed geologists for the project." "Are you photographers then?" "Not exactly," we said. "We let the places more or less dictate when and how to take the photographs."
At this point, our questioner's face lit up in sudden understanding. "Ah, then you are artists!"
That moment affirmed our calling and our task. This journey has meant not only traveling to ancient places; it has meant blending two ways of knowing--scientific fact and artistic response--to convey the mystery of what we encountered.
- 1952 - Worst year of polio infection with 57,000 cases in the US (3,000 deaths)
- 1979 - Smallpox is eradicated worldwide and Rotary starts an international project to buy and deliver Polio vaccine to 6 million in the Philippines (The seed of an idea is born)
- 1985 – Rotary pledges 120 millions to eradicate Polio – Largest coordinated support of a Public Health Institute
- 1988 – Rotary, WHO, UNICEF and the CDC launch the Global Polio Eradication Institute
- 2003/2008 – First and Second spillover of poliovirus from Nigeria into surrounding countries
- 2014 – India was declared as polio free
- 2015 – Nigeria was declared polio free
- 2016 – 3 cases of Wild Polio Virus (WPV) reported in Borno State of Northern Nigeria
- Listen to music
- Spend time outdoor
- Exercise at least 3 to 5 times a week
- Do mindful breathing from your diaphragm
- Eat healthy food
- Drink plenty of water
- Limit caffeine, especially after lunch
- Make time for enjoyable relaxation
- Spend time with friends who are fun and supportive
- Be creative
- Keep organized
- Tackle a task you’ve been avoiding
- Explore new places
- Spend time with pets
- Pray, attend church or other spiritual activities
- Accept and listen to your feelings
- Express gratitude to yourself and others
- Get enough sleep every night
- Wake up at a consistent time everyday
- Take medications as prescribed by your health practitioner
- Get help for or take care of illnesses or injuries
- Focus on something else when you are ruminating
- Inspire yourself with poems, quotes or images
- Wear comfortable clothes that make you feel good
- Say no when you need to
- Ask for help when you need to
- Balance responsibilities and fun
7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Sunday from June 12 through November 6, 2016
5127 Oakton Street
Skokie, Illinois 60077
Free parking in Village parking lots.
- Children and adults with disabilities do best within the embrace of their own community, so we integrate participants into the mainstream of life at every opportunity.
- We can serve individuals with complicated needs, so we do not have specific criteria for program acceptance.
- No participant should be turned away for inability to pay for services, so we strive tirelessly to collaborate with donors, foundations, and program partners to keep tuitions reasonable and scholarships available.
- Our community partners and donors should share in the lives and successes of the individuals we serve, so we deeply involve those stakeholders in the life of the organization.
"In other words" Adam said, "in healthcare we are finding ways to deconstruct the patient-doctor encounter and re-imagine how care can be delivered in a patient-centric world. How can we take what other industries are doing and apply it to healthcare?
This catalyst behind changing how healthcare will be delivered is technology. Technology is key to engaging patients more proactively in their own healthcare.
Digital health, then, is a series of tools that can be leveraged by both patients and their doctors to help patients maintain their own health and manage chronic illnesses".
"Encountering Rare Books: A Lasting Impression" was the title of a short presentation given given to the club by Guest Speaker Kurt Gippert. Kurt was the guest of Joaquin Meija.
On display were signed copies of First edition works by John Le Carre (A Small Town in Germany), Cornelias Ryan (The Longest Day: June 6, 1944), Clarence Darrow's autobiography (The Story of My Life) signed and inscribed by him, a book from Darrow's library also signed by Darrow, The Ingoldsby Legends beautifully illustrated by Arthur Rackham, an 18th Century volume of a rare work by the poetess Ann Murry in an Edwards of Halifax binding with multiple watercolor paintings hidden under the gilt on the fore-edge, a 1693 map of the Great Lakes region by Coronelli, and an 1811 land grant signed by President James Madison and by James Monroe as Secretary of State.
During this presentation, Mr. Gippert illustrated how important printed material has been for over 500 years as the predominant technology for storing, sharing and preserving knowledge, ideas and information. While the digital format of much of today's current output is unrivaled in the cost of production and distribution, it is not necessarily the same experience of what a printed book offers.
Hearkening back to an earlier day, it was pointed out that everyone in the room began with a life rich with books, and that everyone seemed to have benefited from that exposure.
These items that may have had an important impact on our lives, and which used to occupy a place in one's home, are disappearing from homes on a grand scale.
Why? The digital age is upon us. The previous housing crisis crippled the American Dream, and as a consequence, younger generations are renting and living lean. The glowing screens attract us and flicker away with immeasurable access to just about anything.
But all that glimmers is not gold.
What has changed with the digital age is that the customary handing down of collections from generation to generation has diminished drastically. Just ask the Baby Boomer generation, who typically choose to disperse their collections rather than leave the task to what is generally found to be a disinterested next generation.
The millennials are often not purchasing homes, and are frequently not interested in collecting antiques and such.
So this collision of a lot of objects being dislodged from collections and offered for sale has found a relatively unenthusiastic next generation. In the model of the past these younger folks would typically continue and evolve collections. Instead, there is a lot of material being dumped on the market without many buyers. What will happen is that much of it will simply disappear.
Why should you care? What can be done?
There is not going to be a successful Luddite movement to ban all electronic reading, nor should there be. Ebooks, Kindles, Googlebooks; these are all here to stay. What I implore you to consider is that books remain alongside these other tools. Books have been so meaningful to so many people for so many hundreds of years; surely we cannot abandon them now.
I think it is our responsibility to help build a better future. Are we laying the groundwork for building a literate, historically aware, erudite and sophisticated future?
As a bookseller, I take that task seriously and spend a lot of time and effort to introduce people to books and collecting. I'm not asking anyone to buy a book, but in addition to taking your grandchildren to the museum and the Apple Store, take them to a book or map exhibit at the Newberry Library. Visit an antiquarian or used bookstore while they still exist (Bookworks of 32 years announced their imminent closing on the day of the lecture). Attend free literary festivals such as Lit Fest in the Printer's Row district, or even bring them to events where specialists from Chicago and around the world bring wonderful rare items and display them for all to see.
A few events where I exhibit are the Chicago International Map Fair, which is held at the Chicago Cultural Center October 28-30. 40-50 dealers from all over the country and the world will bring important maps, globes, charts and objects. Also, the Winnetka Community House Antiques and Modernism Show November 3-6. Looking ahead to 2017, in celebration of International Rare Book and Copyright Day and as a fundraiser to UNESCO on April 23rd there is a pop-up bookfair. The pop-up fair was held at the Glessner House this year, complimentary food and drinks were provided, and admission is free. Then on June 10th there is the MWABA bookfair held at the Plumber's Union Hall. About 50 booksellers including dealers from New York and as far away as London exhibit interesting and sometimes amazing things. Free parking is widely available, and there are paper marbling and bookbinding demonstrations, and august book-collecting organizations such as the Caxton Club participate in this annual event.
I ask each of you consider your role in perpetuating the book in our culture, and make a lasting impression on someone by leading the way to them encountering books.
Kurt Gippert has a 4500 sq. ft. bookstore with free parking and is open by appointment. He has been selling books since 1990 and has 50,000 books, autographs, historic documents and items in his inventory. He is currently the president of the Midwest Chapter of the Antiquarian Bookseller's Association of America, is on the Board of the Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association, and is a member of The Caxton Club. He also organizes the Chicago pop-up bookfair, held internationally on April 23rd in celebration of Rare Book and Copyright Day in conjunction with 25 other simultaneous worldwide events, and is a member of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.
Kurt Gippert Bookseller
1757 N. Kimball Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
- To share with you the supportive, nurturing energy of the oldest rock and mineral sites through products, patterns, and prints designed by ancient Earth. Items we use everyday can enfold this energy into our lives.
- To join with you to protect and preserve Earth’s resources and ancient sites by creating new ways to live and work on our planet. Nature can teach us a great deal about how to build a company, a city, a country and make it life-sustaining.
Club President Michelle Tuft (left) and Anni Braverman Shore Joseph Koenig, Sr. Training Center (right)
Club President Michelle Tuft (left) and Pamela Perez from St. John Brebeuf (right)
RYLA taught me how we can work together to accomplish something amazing. I discovered things about myself and others in ways I never could have imagined.
The team building exercises were not only fun, but brought my group of strangers together. I learned so much about different types of leaders within a group and different ways to approach challenges while making sure everyone is involved and happy. Team building activities taught me to ask questions and think outside of the box.
Being in a group with strangers pushed me to interact with more participants and get to know almost everyone. The weekend I was there was one of the biggest groups they have had at the camp, over 300 teens, but I still got to know almost everyone. Many of my new RYLA friends have stayed connected with me through social media. My overall experience gave me the courage to be myself and taught me that with the right people and thoughts, I can achieve everything I set my mind to.
Another take away from RYLA is that leaders come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes the best way to lead is just to listen to someone else.
One thing I took out of the program was learning to be not only a leader, but a positive force in others' lives. I learned how just speaking to someone one time can make them feel good, and how being a role model for others can lead a whole group into positivity".
"Overall RYLA was a great experience for me!" Beth concluded.
ATTENTION CLUB MEMBERS AND VISITING GUESTS
Tuesday March 29 instead of our regular weekly meeting we will have our Monthly Fellowship Night Out.
The place is:
Buffalo Wild Wings, located at 4999 Old Orchard Shopping Center, Unit D-150 in Skokie
Event Starts at 5:30 PM
The menu includes:
Boneless Chicken Wings with honey BBQ sauce
Mini Corn Dogs
Chips and Salsa
Soft Drinks are included
No additional Cost (except alcohol), for lunch-prepaid member
For non-prepaid members and guests the cost at the door is $18.00 per person. (Alcohol not included)
Join us for an evening of good food and great company. Guests are welcome
Above are mages from the Skokie valley Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast 2015.
Once again, thanks to event chair Al Rigoni, and all the other volunteers, this annual
fundraiser was a total success. This important fundraiser will benefit local charity
organizations as it has it has been doing for the past several years.
Raymond Hartstein, 1918-2014
June 6, 7 and 8 - Rediscover Downtown Skokie, providing free friendly activities and entertainment for everyone.
June 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. – Skokie Farmers Market, continuing every Sunday through the summer at 5155 Oakton Street, Skokie
July 4 at 12 Noon _ Skokie Fourth of July parade followed by more celebration at 5:00 p.m. and fireworks at dusk
July 12 and 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Skokie Art Guild’s 53rd Annual Art Fair
August 1 at 7:00 p.m. – Skokie First Friday, continuing every Friday though the summer with events in Downtown Skokie
August 22, 23 and 24 – Skokie backlot Bash, visit www.backlotbash.com for more details
On Sunday 3/30/2014 the Skokie Valley Rotary Club Soup Kitchen Squad pictured above, left to right: Terry and Gerry Gangloff, Bob Samson, Jordan Glassner and Al Anile, served over 140 needy people.
The communities served by the Rotary Club of Skokie Valley are: Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles and Skokie
From District 6440 Governor Sarah Oliver