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Greetings from the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights

Greetings from the
Rotary Club of Arlington Heights!

Arlington Heights

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Clementi's Restaurant
602 West Northwest Highway
Arlington Heights, IL  60004
United States
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ImageHappy Birthday Rotarians!

Matt Bennett Dec 5

Karen Baker Dec 9

Wendy Davis Dec 25 

Kris Niemann Dec 28

CW Moellenkamp Dec 29










We will hold our Annual meeting during the regularly scheduled Club meeting on December 18th.  The election of Officers and Directors for the 2015/16 Rotary year will be held at that time.  
Following the procedures set forth in the Club's bylaws, Immediate Past President Bill Kmiecik convened meetings of the Slate Proposing Committee and Nominating Committee for the purpose of developing a recommended slate.  Here is the slate that is being put forward by the Nominating Committee:
President:     Carl Moellenkamp
​President-elect:  Jim Bertucci
​Vice President:  Jim Thompson
Treasurer:  Chris McClure
Director- Community Service:  Brian Meyer
Director- Membership:  Joe Musolino
​Director- Public Relations:  Rex Paisley
Immediate Past President:  Linda Borton
Incumbents serving the second year of a 2-year term:
Secretary:  Mike Sweeney
Director- Administration:  Kris Niemann
​Director- International Service:  Glenn Garlick
Director- New Generations:  Mike Cassady
Director-Vocational Service:  Don Marquis



  • Check our the NEW and Improved website at - Speakers for the coming meetings are now posted and the menu when received
  • Thank you to those who helped with making our 7th Annual Rotary Santa Run a success!
  • Thank you to the volunteers for this year's annual Holiday Giving event.


During our December 4, 2014 lunch meeting president Linda Barton led us through a fun event called "Classification Tag" that she learned about from Bob Heller and Jan Behrens.  The game involves a Rotarian giving an impromptu three minute speed classification talk, and then passing off the microphone to another Rotarian for him or her to give their speed classification talk.  We heard some great updates and anecdotes from Larry Neiman, Jim Hassenplug, Millie Palmer, Rex Paisley, Don Marquis, Brian Meyer, Neil Scheufler, Mike Sweeney, Tim Corrigan, and Linda herself, among others.

Carrying on a favorite holiday service project tradition with a new twist, on Monday, November 24, Rotarians were joined by Rolling Meadows High School Interacters, and members of the Arlington Heights Chambers Young Professionals for our annual Thanksgiving Basket Packing. 
Today we heard from Kris Tsau, a volunteer Advocacy Specialist for Rotary’s End Polio program.
Ms. Tsau reminded us that when Rotary initially got involved in polio immunization in 1985, the rate of infection was 1000 new cases per day.  Today, there are only 3 countries in the world where polio remains endemic – Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  India has recently been certified “polio free”.  So far this year, Pakistan has had 236 new cases of polio and Nigeria has had only 6.
“As long as we have polio in those 3 countries, it will continue to spread to other countries.”  “At any moment there can be outbreaks of polio” as exhibited by cases in West Africa, Central Africa, Somalia, and the Horn of Africa, which have been “imported” from Nigeria.   Kris believes that we are close to eradicating polio in Nigeria.
The major reason that polio is not eradicated is because of “political instability”, poor infrastructures, geographic barriers, and active conflicts.  In Pakistan, armed security forces protect the vaccinators.
Globally, $11 billion has been collected to inoculate children in the countries where polio is not eradicated -   $1.3 billion of that has come from Rotarians.  Currently, the Gates Foundation is contributing $2 for every $1 given by Rotarians.  In 2013 the budget to finish the job of eradicating polio worldwide by 2018 was $5.5 billion.
  • Charitably Happy were -- Chris McClure announced a new accounting system, Quick Books.  Special thanks go to Treasurer Jim Thomson for the extra work!  Linda Borton thanked Tim Corrigan and others the efforts as the program the previous week in getting Club Runner running for us.  Bob Paddock was happy about the Herald’s efforts at diversification -- the purchase of Profile Publications, a national publisher of chamber of commerce community guides.  He was also happy for the ready fellowship and friendship our membership in Rotary brings, even when he comes in late for a meeting (he then asked his patient table mates Mary Cay Chisholm and Deb Whisler to pass the olive oil and bread again! : )
  • Fine Fine Master Dr. Joe Musolino did an especially Fun and Fine job entertaining for charity.  He used a slide show to quiz us on little known aspects of speaker Karen Baker’s life.  Among other things, could we guess her favorite Dr. Seuss book?  Favorite Chinese carry-out item?  Her fantasy celebrity dinner companion?  Song she readily knows all the lyrics of?  As president Borton said afterwards, “Joe’s presentation was a great example of the ‘Fun’ in Rotary.”  Contact Joe to show it to you.
  • Our speaker, Karen, had told us in a regular luncheon program about her job as Director of Community Outreach at Northwest Community Hospital, so this week in her Classification talk she told us more about herself.  Raised in Palatine and Arlington, she graduated from Arlington High School along with fellow Rotarian Mike Cassidy.  Her first job was selling merchandise with Charles of the Ritz, then moving into training.  Parents and grandparents among us, note that good things can come from being a band groupie -- she married a band member,  Kevin Baker !  She and her husband have three children.  She said her hardest job ever was being an active stay-at-home mom. Having been very involved in schools and activities, one of her children got to the point asking, “Are you going to be at school again today ! ?  She felt it was time to go back into the workforce. 
  • Feeling she wanted something more than selling, she worked as Palatine Township  outreach coordinator.  At an event there she met her friend and mentor, Ron Buch, who brought her to NW Community Hospital.  In addition to community outreach she also handles the tasks of regulatory reporting, community needs assessment, government relations, charitable giving, and Latino outreach
  • On a personal basis, travel is a hobby and pleasure.  The family has enjoyed adventure travel, the kids most of all, plus she and Kevin have enjoyed several trips as just a couple.  Cooking and country music are other pleasures, along with family time, sister time, Dudley (12-year-old beagle), friends and Bunko pals…and of course, Rotary.
Returning to our club after a 30 year hiatus, recently inducted Chris McClure gave his updated classification talk.  Working as a CPA for the past 34 years he is partnered in the firm McClure, Inserra & Co., Chtd and located in Arlington Heights.  Started in 1980 this full service CPA firm performs a lot of audits, trust and estate services as well as normal tax, accounting and QuickBooks found in most CPA firms.  The firm has also been performing peer reviews of other CPA firms since 1990.
Chris was born and raised in Peoria and cited the town’s notoriety of the Illinois River, Bradley Braves Basketball, World Headquarters of Caterpillar Tractor Co. and Emo’s Diary Mart (operated by his Uncle Emo).  He did a lot of water skiing on the Illinois River.  Upon graduating from Illinois State University he passed the CPA exam in August, 1978.   He married Dawn in December, 1979 and has a son Jonathan, two daughters Molly and Katie.  Kathie, a missionary currently on a sabbatical, has a two month old and is currently living with him and Dawn.
Chris has been participating in the Angel Tree program and serving at the prison in Pontiac, Illinois.  Dawn runs the Angel Tree program through their church.  Not quite monthly, Chris goes to prison and participates in this voluntary 48 week program to help prisoners adjust to life outside the prison after their release.  Chris goes with a group of nine other volunteers and tries to develop a dialog with individual prisoners during his 4 1/2 hour visit on Saturdays.  Chris related many observations of what life is like for prisoners inside the big house.
Written by
Bill Hoff
At our October 30th lunch meeting our club president Linda Borton led us through a fun learning exercise with the club website ( and Clubrunner.  Although some members struggled to recall their username and password, most successfully maneuvered their way around the website and Clubrunner to answer the 16 question scavenger hunt that Linda challenged us with.  Congratulations to Team Bertucci/Burnidge/Feddor/Kobernick/McMahon/Palmer for their hard-fought victory in the scavenger hunt, and thanks to Linda for a fun and instructive lunch event.

The speaker at our October 16 lunch meeting was Kate Schneider from Ignite Hope.  Ignite Hope is a not-for-profit program that helps young adults recovering from addiction get healthy through free access to fitness and volunteering opportunities.  Arlington Height businesses 9 Round Kickback Fitness, Corepower Yoga and the Arlington Heights Park district all off free exercise programs to participants.
The program started in July 2014 and is looking for its first participants. The target participants are men and women aged 18-25 who are currently in outpatient substance-abuse programs.  The group focuses on transitioning participants from the reliance on structured rehabilitation programs to a balanced lifestyle of recovery, exercise, positive relationships, health and involvement in community. Participants make a commitment to exercise with one of the fitness partners a minimum of two times per week, and volunteer with one of the charitable partners one hour per month.  At the completion of one year in the program participants are eligible to apply for a loyalty grant starting at $1000, to be used toward further education or personal enrichment.
An applicant can enroll in Ignite Hope by visiting the website at  Consider referring a recovering addict aged 18 to 25 to Ignite Hope. Everyone knows, or knows of, someone that fits the target profile, so keep your eyes open and spread the word about Ignite Hope.  For more information in enrollment visit the website, or call or email Kate Schneider at 847-630-2255;

In introducing our speaker, Jim Bertucci reflected on how great it is to see our kids and their friends mature.  Sallyann Price is writer and editor for the Rotarian Magazine, haven spoken to us about two years ago.  Here topic today was about Rotarians investing in Detroit’s entrepreneurs.  She told of what Rotary is doing in Detroit in the wake of the default, noting there are 700,000 people left there, about one half of whom are in poverty.  See the September Issue of the Rotarian Magazine for the complete story; click the link for an exciting on-line experience, and to find the September issue and story – ).  Her piece was developed with a photographer who has taken photos throughout the world for Rotary.  She said the pictures are a study in contrasts, documenting both decay and beauty.  Kevin Boyle wrote an essay, “Back to Business”, putting the current situation in perspective ( ).
The efforts of Michigan Rotarians were part of the Launch Detroit project, an overall effort which included loans, business education, networking, and mentorship.  It is an effort to see if programs, such as micro lending which worked in other parts of the world, would work here. 
She was pleased with her story in part because it was an opportunity to interview both Rotarians and recipients.  She said the efforts of local Rotarians “have taken on a life of their own now.  Entrepreneurs who received help have gotten a taste of Rotary.  Many who have been helped have seen Rotary values and hope to give back to the community.” 
She said it was a strategy to help grow businesses, not bail them out.  In response to questions, she said this approach could be tried in Chicago.  Many who have moved out of the city have come back.  There’s ongoing discussion about whether this is an overall solution or one-on-one, one-by-one steps.  Most of the effort has been by nearby Michigan Rotary clubs, up to now not Rotary International.
She also told us about the revised Rotary Magazine website, saying the publication had decided to have a site of its own rather than be a part of Rotary’s.  She felt part of the attractiveness of the site was that one doesn’t have to log in.  Try it at
Sallyann Price can be reached at or, call/text to 248-520-7308
An abandoned building in Detroit in counterpoint to a contemporary mural.  It's hoped that the building will redeveloped soon.  See the September Issue of the Rotarian Magazine for more photos.

Mark Tauber was also our Fine Fine Master.  He happened to be happy himself for Terry Ennes taking over Happiness Duties last week.   Mark went on to give us the opportunity to be happy, too --  Jim Bertucci for the presence of his son and friend, Linda Borton about a perfect day of biking at the Lincoln Park Zoo, Matt Bennett for his 10-year wedding anniversary. Bill Kmiecik was probably happy about wearing those stylish cuff links and wondered if Rotary Cuff Links qualified as wearing a Rotary pin.  Test your recollection of Mark’s Trivia Quiz – What were the advertising slogans for the following products ?
  1. 7-Up
  2. A-1 Steak Sauce
  3. Alka Seltzer
  4. Brill Cream
  5. Birds Eye frozen vegetables
  6. Dial Soap
  7. Eastern Airlines
For the answers, see "More" below.
With President Borton presiding, our welcomed guests were Tim Bertucci (yes, son of Jim Bertucci) and our speaker, Sallyann Price, writer/reporter for The Rotarian Magazine.
Rotary Reads is this Wednesday.  See signup on our website, or contact Mike Field (c 847-217-8924, , or see "More" below.
About the Polio Fight -- Dr. Suess and more – this week, 10/17,18, and 19 is the reception.  Click here for more information. 
Our club will try to support the district’s Dr. Seuss effort on 10/17, 7 p.m.  “The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery”, located on the second floor of Water Tower Place, is presenting the opportunity to view Dr. Seuss' never-before-seen Hat Collection alongside works from the Secret Art of Dr. Seuss.  Opening Reception:  Friday, October 17 from 6-8 p.m. with Champagne and Hors d'oevres and a 7 pm presentation by Bill Dreyer, Curator, The Art of Dr. Seuss.  RSVP:  312-475-9620 or e-mail .  See "More" below.
The polio fight was recapped by Wendy Davis and Linda Borton – the remaining countries with polio are Pakistan with 224 cases so far this year compared with 20 last year (inoculation staffers were kicked out), Afghanistan had only 1 this year (perhaps 8 last year), and Nigeria had fewer than ever before.  The experience of the polio program is helping with the Ebola problem.  See the October edition of the Rotary Magazine.  Fight Polio lapel flowers were available at the meeting for a donation at the badge box counter.
Nov 1 is Fall Seminar Day.  It will have four "tracks" and is a great experience for new members and long-time members, new officers, The club will pay your cost.  Click the following link for the registration page on the district website.  If you run into any charges during the registration, pay them, keep track, and turn them in for reimbursement: - See more at:
A 3-Year Perfect Attendance Award was presented to Mark Tauber; Congratulations, Mark, and thanks for your commitment to the club !
Lawyer and Arlington Heights resident John Kukankos gave a heart-felt description of his volunteer work raising scholarship funds for the schooling of El Salvador young women.  He said he “doesn’t have an end game, it's just that the effort there is very fulfilling.  A program like this may create a person may change the country. “
John’s interest in El Salvador started after he had to leave Turkey as a Peace Corps volunteer because a professor there published a book saying the volunteers worked with the CIA.  He subsequently was stationed in El Salvador, coming to love the country and the people.  After several years of marriage and a career, he decided to visit El Salvador again with a friend.  After talking with NGOs and knowledgeable people there, he and his friend decided providing scholarships was the best thing they could do to help. 
Why scholarships for girls?  He said that "at age 14 or 15, if a girl is not in school she gets pregnant. The father leaves and she gets pregnant again and again...soon having 2-3 kids."  He said women “carry the water in more ways than one” and has found that if you educate a mom, she in turn will educate her kids: “You get geometrical bang for your buck” with scholarships.  They provide about $300 to high school student and $2,500/year to college students.  Responding to a request from the audience, the our Board will consider contributing.
John said the country is beautiful, safe, poor, Catholic (Protestants making inroads), friendly to the U.S., and run by about 15 families.   A significant part of the money ordinary people have comes from workers in the U.S. and elsewhere sending money back to their families.  He has been impressed by several Rotarians he has met in his work there.  He would welcome Rotarians who would want to accompany him on his visits.   His program is part of “Project Salvedor” based in Colorado, .  To find out more about the program, see “More” below, or contact John at, phone at 312-578-7414, One S. Wacker Drive – Suite 2500, Chicago, IL  60606-4673.  Currently, his efforts are in the western part of the country; he would like to expand them throughout.

Here is a video of this year's Steak Fry produced by Don Marquis



Our speaker spoke of new beginnings: a new location for Hopeful Biginnings, and of the essence of the organization -- an organization which facilitates Imageadoptions and gives maternity options counseling, reaching out in most any way needed to help mothers in need and their families.

Ms. Bratta formerly a school nurse in Rolling Meadows High School and worked with the Teen Parenting Program.  She is now the Executive Director of Hopeful Beginnings, an organization which doesn’t use government funds and is related to the Episcopal Church.  It's roots were as an orphanage in Chicago 126 years ago.  It works with women and families and tries to help women grown, and is now operating the Teen program for the school district.

One of its goals is to try to keep the birth mother involved in the adoption, with their preferred approach being “Relationship Adoption”, similar to “open adoption”.    Q&A established that it acknowledges the rights of birth fathers, too.  Most clients come to their agency so far enough along in the pregnancy that abortion is not feasible.  But if early on, [the Episcapal faith requires that] all three approaches are explained -- abortion, keeping the child in the family, and adoption.

Located now above Dr. Favia’s dental office on Northwest Highway, Joanne Bratta, R.N., B.S.N., M.S., is is Executive Director and can be reached at   The address is 300 E. Northwest Highway, Ste. 200, Arlington Heights, 60004.  Office phone is 847-870-8181, Cell Phone is 847-951-4853.  Accompanying  her was Outreach Coordinator Jennifer Vergara, MSW, LSW , .  



Our guests this week, introduced by Bill Park,  were Joanne Bratta and Jennifer Vergara of St. Mary’s Services/Hopeful Beginnings, our speakers, and Nick Mitzen.

Announcements were presided over by President Linda Borton, turning to Ron Crawford to describe plans for the “Tour d’Arlington” .  To see theImage news story about our Saturday morning 9/6 event, click here. [Congrats and thanks to Ron and the Team for a good first-year effort, especially in publicizing Rotary and End Polio Now.]

Remember, our Steak Fry is next Friday, 9//12, 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 at Wendy Davis’, 1102 West Claredon Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60004, (847) 870-8706. 

No meetings 9/11 and 9/18 because of the Steak Fry meeting substitute and our supporting the special 9/25 Golf with Mary Cay (and the Kenneth Young Center and Arlington Morning Rotary).  If you don’t want to golf, you can still come, pay for dinner at Arlington Lakes .  It will be a great event to do good and to honor Mary Cay’s  many efforts in the community.  Jim Bertucci encouraged us to try to attend our next meeting, the first Thursday in October to hear former Rotarian Rotarian Magazine intern, now working there and who will talk of Rotary's rebuilding here.

Lynn JensImageen had his operation the 4th.  We wish him a speedy recovery.  Remember, Lynn, though you can’t pinch the ladies in the hospital, it’s okay to squeeze the fine lady at home !  And speaking of getting back, welcome back, Mike (Field): we missed you.

Rotary Reads has three sessions scheduled – 9/17, 10/15, and 11/12.  Contact Mike Field for info or sign up.  It’s a manageable commitment, 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Use Door #2 for access at the Forrest View Education Center.

We have a fine(able!) new member, Nick Mitzen.  Welcome to the club, Nick.  Thanks, Joe (Musolino) for your follow through as Membership Chair.  Nick is in our directory –, 331-210-8466. Zounds Hearing, 905 E. Rand Rd.,  847-306-3808.  His field is about  hearing aid manufacturing, selling and distributing.



Our Fine Fine Master Fining for Charity, Terry Ennes, asked for extra generosity because we’ll have only two meetings during his month as Fine Master.   Generously happy for the first time was Nick Mitzen, having relocated back here from Arizona.  Bill Kmiecik doubled his fine in order to have a Curious Fine about what seemed to be President Borton’s  special  relationship with Rolling Meadows.  Fodder for another fine was new member Nick, Mark Tauber saying Nick had been a student of his at Lake Forest Graduate School.  Kris Niemann was happy for Bill Park’s willingness to be both Pledger and Greeter on very short notice.  Jim Hassenplug was happy about having taken a cruise in New England.  Jon Ridler for having the Chamber Office back up and running quickly after the flooding (and the Santa Suits are okay, too!).   Millie Palmer was happy about her son’s team winning their how opener.  Millie said it seemed maybe the game was dedicated to Rolling Meadows Rotary and Linda Borton !  Bill Park was happy to hear our club lauded when he “made up” at Park Ridge.  Linda Borton was happy for our “collaboration” with Rolling Meadows and inducting her first new member as president.   Joe Musolino was happy as an ambitious Membership Chair to be fortunate to have his first new member.

Our Fine Quiz was based on "Name That Tune" – listening to the song, naming it, telling who performed it, then answering some questions about it.  For the answers and interesting background, see "More" below.  Get yourself to humming these tunes --

  • Heartbreak Hotel  [ The inspiration for the song got an "All right !" from Bob Paddock when it turned out to be a newspaper article about a suicide of a lonely man who jumped from a hotel window].
  • Cryin’
  • I want to hold your hand.
  • All Along The Watchtower
  • Born to Be Wild
  • Superstar
  • Call Me
  • Candle in the Wind

For answers and more info, see More…




Bob Heller, a member of our club for 57 years, gave us an updated classification talk.  Having grown up in Arlington Heights, he worked for the Park District during summers cleaning the pools.  In 1952 he graduated from Iowa State University and married Ginny.

He has worked in Heller Lumber all his life and recounts supplying coal as a being important in getting them through the Great Depression.

During WWII they could not get any dry lumber and he remembers getting and selling torpedo casings for building.  He said 4 homes were built with this lumber in Arlington Heights.

Bob passed around various wood products made of laminated wood pieces that were intended to replace natural cut wood.

Bob has attended Rotary meetings is Germany,  New Delhi India and Cairo Egypt.

By Bill Hoff  



What do these photos have in common?  Read below...


GImageiving his classification talk as an Aviation Profession was William, a.k.a. Larry, and spouse of long-time member Kris.  Larry flew us, so to speak, around the world and who he is, giving us an overview of his life as a young man, a military pilot, a commercial pilot, a trainer and inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration, and now as a Rotarian.

Using a slide show spiced with quiet humor, Larry told of his family – 2 sisters, 2 nephews, wife, daughters (one, Tracy, works for Manor Care), and grandchildren… told of a heritage including immigrants from 1632, and his being a son of English Loyalists and a Son of the American Revolution!  In his youth, he lived in Hinsdale, a ranch in North Dakota, and at times at Kelly Lake, Wisconsin.

Graduating in 1965 from all-male Wabash College with a liberal arts degree, he went into the military and flew a wide variety of planes including prop and jet trainers, C-141 Starlifters, and the “Mean Mutha” A-10 Warthog.  Part of his time was as a forward air controller in Vietnam, on the ground and in the air.

ImageHe later became a civilian pilot with Eastern Airlines, then a FAA safety inspector.  He certified pilots, dispatchers, and airlines.  Part of his job included investigating the DC-10 crash May 25, 1979.  He also was the Principal Operations Inspector for Midway, Midwest Express and Air Wisconsin Airlines.

Now retired, he no longer looks after airlines…instead, he looks after Kris !  Here in the Arlington area, he has been the A.H. Bicycle Advisory Commission Chairman, VACON, EGT Trustee, and a trustee candidate for the village.  These days in Rotary he has participated in service such as going to Guatemala.


  For some photos of other planes he has flown, see "more" below.


ImageOn August 21st our fellow Rotarian Jennifer Burnidge (accompanied by her two children Ryan and Ashley) spoke at our lunch meeting about her 2013 accident and how it has affected her life.  On Saturday, September 7, 2013 Jennifer was involved an accident with an automobile while she was driving her moped.  That Saturday was fairly normal; Jennifer went to work, went to the gym, and went to Ryan's soccer game. She was on her way to the Rotary gathering at the Northwestern football game and was driving her moped in the left lane of Rand Road south of Central Road when a car in the right lane of Rand Road swerved and hit the moped, causing Jennifer to crash.  She never lost consciousness (yes, she was wearing a helmet!), but broke she broke her left leg in several places (her left foot was turned 180° in the wrong direction, eek).  Several observers lifted her into a nearby SUV, where she waited for the ambulance to arrive. The ambulance took her to Northwest Community Hospital where Dr. David Zoellick performed a three hour surgery after consultation with the level III trauma team at Lutheran General Hospital.

Over the next several months Jennifer had six surgeries including surgeries to fix the several breaks, rule out or prevent infections, and bone graft surgeries. Jennifer journaled extensively during her recovery on topics such as medications, pain, sleeping patterns, activities and her State Farm business. But, worst of all, she had no cable TV during her time stuck in bed!

Jennifer is thankful to the many Rotarians who sent her food and visited her, but especially Dave Schultz who visited regularly to tend to her medical needs, and Sue Duchek who helped her sell her home and purchase a much more convenient condominium.  Jennifer is also thankful to Rick Koebernick who used his tow truck to lift Jennifer's piano into the back of a pickup truck during the move.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Jennifer initially pled not guilty, but based upon Jennifer's testimony he was found guilty of a traffic violations.  The driver had State Farm liability insurance, but it included only $50,000 in medical coverage (not nearly enough to cover Jennifer's medical expenses), so Jennifer has initiated a underinsured motorist claim through her own policy.

Jennifer has been out of her leg cast since mid-May, is now in physical therapy several times per week, and is feeling pretty good; except that her doctor won't let her wear flip-flops!



Jennifer Holik, genealogical and military researcher, speaker and author, told of her efforts as a historian and writer to feel and convey what going to war wasImage like, for the soldiers and for their families.  She read moving passages from her books which immortalized and document the lives of ordinary people.  About four years ago because of a family interest, she started researching D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge and World War I.  She said the stories she found highlighted what was lost, broken or changed…but also things which were found and built upon.

She said she hopes to help people be able to track down lost records and details of the lives of relatives and others, and gain a deeper understanding of the events of their lives.    She cited types of records which aren’t normally thought of as searchable, such as military unit orders, for clues about points in a person’s life and feelings.  She said not to be deterred when hearing that records in the military repository had been burned up in a fire.  She also pointed out that stories can be told in different ways, and feels most anyone can be comfortable in recounting them.

She has written several books including, The Tiger’s Widow; Engaging the Next Generation: A Guide for Genealogy Societies and Libraries;  and Stories from the Battlefield: A Beginning Guide to World War II Research.    Writing to the reader in the introduction to Stories of the Lost, “Basic research is important so you have an overview of events, however, you must dig deeper.  Entrench yourself in the mud and snow, pain and grief, death and dying of war.  Feel what the men felt.  Experience the battle through their senses.  Witness what the family felt upon hearing of their loved one’s death.”

A historian, she specializes in research of WWII, Women, Italian Genealogy and Youth Education.  She can be reached through , 630-802-0947 , and and .  To read more about her, see "More" below.


On July 31st Scott Speegle of the Illinois Department of Transportation spoke to at lunch meeting about the Chicago to St. Louis Illinois High-Speed Rail program. Scott is the Passenger Rail Marketing Manager for IDOT.  The program has now entered its fifth year and is scheduled for completion in 2017.  The program made significant accomplishments since its 2010 inception, including installing over 243 miles of new rail, 635,000 new concrete ties and 1,300,000 tons of stone ballast.  When the program is completed in 2017, the current Chicago to St. Louis travel time will be reduced from 5.5 hours to 4.5 hours.  The current top speed along the route is 79 mph, and will be increased to 110 mph upon completion.  Certain segments along the route have already been complImageeted for 110mph high-speed testing, including the Dwight to Pontiac segment, and the Joliet to Carlinville segment. The program also includes purchase of many new rail cars and locomotives, many new or rebuilt stations, significant improvements to reliability and safety, and makes the route compliant with ADA access requirements.  Funding for the $1.53 billion program has come primarily from the federal government, but also from Union Pacific, Amtrak, the Illinois Commerce Commission, and other partners.  The high speed program does not include segments from Joliet to Chicago, from East St. Louis to St. Louis, or within Springfield or Normal, all of which will be addressed separately because of their unique urban settings.  More information about the program is available at, or from Scott at




A new day and a new Rotary Year.  June 27 the 2014-2015 Board of Directors Installation Dinner was held at Rolling Green Country Club in Arlington Heights.  Please refer to the list of officers in the Big Wheel and take a moment to see pictures of the event in the Rotary Album in the Big Wheel also.  Article to follow in next weeks Big Wheel.





On May 8, 2014 incoming president Linda Borton presided over our club assembly meeting.  Linda reviewed our accomplishments for the 2013-2014 Rotary year, and outlined our plans for the coming 2014-2015 Rotary year.  Our 2013-2014 accomplishments include another successful Santa run, addressing "the needs of those around us" on a local, national and international basis, support of the youth in our community, and a successful partnership with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on our Job Seekers program. Image


Image2014 Rotary Zone 28 Success Seminar

President Linda Borton and Board Members Glenn Garlick and Bill Kmiecik attended the 2014 Rotary Zone 28 Success Seminar on Saturday July 26th at Medinah Banquets in Addison, IL.  President Borton indicated that, “it is always fun to create new Rotarian friendships, renew old friendships and receive kudos from District Governors and Past District Governors as they talk about how great of the club Arlington Heights is.

Topics discussed at the seminar included opportunities and challenges facing Rotary, the Rotary Public Image, the Business of Rotary and the ongoing discussion of attendance at meetings vs engagement in Rotary.

Regarding the Business of Rotary, it was explained that our Club President is really the Chief Marketing Officer of our club, our Public Relations members are the advertising staff and the Community, International, Vocational and New Generations committees are all customer service reps.  Satisfied Customers equals happy members and happy members mean more members.

Regarding attendance vs engagement it was pointed out that more and more clubs do not consider attendance as important as it once was.  The focus of many new or reinvented Rotary clubs is service projects with the social aspect of Rotary, which we call lunch, being events where members can just chat or have fun, not necessarily at the same time each week and not necessarily with a meal or refreshments.

Rotarian Garlick found the meeting very interesting and wondered, “why wouldn’t every club have at least one member, or as many as wanted to attend, attend these meetings.  They are so valuable!”




Tim Corrigan proved he was a very capable computer guy and a swell Rotarian by successfully showing us informative and motivating Rotary video presentations on our 5th Avenue of Service, New Generations !  We learned about Interact (12-18 year-olds), Rotaract (18-30 year-olds), the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Training (RYLA), and the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.  Of special note was the video about Olivia, a student in California who said she became involved for resume-building activities as many students do, “but the second you get involved, that motive is out of your mind….”  Show the videos to others or look again yourself.  The Youtube links are "More" below.

 He complimented Millie Palmer, a representative of our club, and Rolling Meadows principal Eileen Hart for encouraging over 80 students to be involved in service projects, goof fellowshiop and fun fund raising (e.g., raising $16,000 for an orphanage in Ghana, a water bore hole, and stocking food pantries).  Our Interact Club members have also helped at our Thanksgiving project  and the Rotary Santa Run for the last two years.

Tim later shared, “The following link is to a video that I did not have time to show. The first two above are professionally produced videos from RI. This next video was produced and developed by Interact Club members. It was the 2012 RI Interact Video Contest winner. The second link below is to additional 2012 contest winners. If RCAH members want to be inspired by Interact Clubs, then they should watch some of these videos. These kids are amazing! "  And us renewed hope for the future of Rotary!

Students Making A Difference

2012 Winning Videos



Northwest Special Recreation Association representatives Mary Mazzaroli and Nanette Sowa explained how contributed funds are used, talked about the newpartnership program Pursuit, and reminded us of the upcoming Duffer of the Year Golf Tourney recognizing our own Mary Cay Chisholm.  Good programs, good people, good fun!  To learn more, click "More" below...


For the Fine Master segment, there was yet another example of Rotarians stepping up when needed -- Jim Bertucci took the place of Ron Walter today, ably giving us an opportunity to share our Happiness:  Chris McClure for being a 1st-time grandparent! Linda Borton to reciprocate and pass the word about husband Edward's fundraising effort, the Woodfield Area Children’s Organization Wingfest (for their website, click here).  New member Bill Park was happy his membership opened an opportunity for him to speak about eye health at the Park Ridge Rotary.

Ron Crawford was happy for daughter Andrea's completing an Iron Man half marathon (with all Ron’s biking, there must be exercise in the genes !  For a breathless description of her event, see below).  Kris Niemann was happy about club members’ participation in the Sr. Center Golf outing. and Sue Duchek was happy two-fold…for Kris’ great job with the Center and for Sue's own upcoming vacation time in Wisconsin.  Mark Tauber was happy for his foursome coming in 2nd and for his Rotarian golf mates Bob Arnold, Bob Heller and Jan BehrensMary Cay Chisholm was very happy for the group of club Rotarians becoming the featured sponsor in our sister club's Duffer fundraiser (which even made the news in Detroit!).  There was happiness, too, for Rick Koebernick’s impromptu “Rotary meeting" (sic?) Saturday night: Rotary Fellowship can happen at more than at Thursday meetings !

Jim went on to entertain us with (in the spirit of political correctness) a colorful and humorous quiz.  Thanks for stepping in, Jim !


President LInda Borton used a Powerpoint presentation to give a State of the Club speech as well as her leadership team's plan for the 2014-2015 Rotary Year.  ImageWe're in good shape financially, we're active in service locally and internationally, and we are a growing club!  The plan for next year dovetails with Gov. Ellen’s goals for the District.

ImageThe slide presentation was comprehensive (and undoubtedly more accurate than your Scribe's notes), so instead of summarizing it here, you may follow a link to the Photo Album on our home page by clicking here.




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Home Page News


RI President-Elect Ron D Burton announced the 2013-2014 theme, “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”

The theme announcement was made during the opening plenary session of the International Assembly, the annual training event in San Diego for incoming district governors.


In the absence of our Presidents Current and Elect, the  meeting was presided over by “Speaker of the House” / “Lady in Charge”, Linda Borton…reigning with a smile, of course.  She turned over some of her time to Nick Pecora to introduce 4 guests today, including two from the Arlington Evening Club, ________ and _________.  Our other guests were _______________ and _______________.


Lost your glasses ?  Jim Thomson must have been serving “the good stuff” at the recent Festivus party, because someone apparently got cured and no longer needed their glasses !  Some gold-rimmed glasses in a case were left at Jim’s.  Contact him if they are yours.


Birthdays were announced by Chairman of our "House Birthday Committee", Bill Mahoney.  Our four celebrants were Jon Ridler, joining in 2005, sponsored by Ken Alger; Mike Sweeney, 2012, by Mike Anthony; Rich Morton, 2012, by Will Beiersdorf; and Lynn Jensen, 2005, by Scott Davis.  Said Lynn, “Like many new Rotarians, my sponsor talked me in to being in charge of something back then…he and I not knowing what we were in for…now I’m in charge of Administration again, and I know what I’m doing this time !”  Congrats and thanks to our Birthday Rotarians, and their sponsors!  And yes, Lynn, you indeed know what you’re doing…you’re making Scott proud.

Fine Fine Master Joe Musolino gave us a chance to be happy, and quizzed us on Da Bear's.  Ron Crawford passed along a $50 donation made for a bike tuned up through the bike program.  Bob Paddock was happy about a just completed visit with relatives in Norway, happy that a company tornado drill went well, and puzzled that staff listened more to this than to what he normally says !  Will Beiersdorf was  happy about the special award Salute had won (ask Wil for more details). Jim Bertucci was especially happy about his son graduating with manga cum laude with three majors from Loyola, and having a job in Rome representing the university.  Congratulations All !




To find out more about about World Polio Day and The Global Polio Eradication Initiative go to the polio news website.



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Northwest Community Hospital
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Neil Schueffer
Thank You and Results of the 2014 Rotary Santa Run


Rotary AIDS day event turns spotlight on world’s deadliest infectious disease
The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the worst ever, has claimed several thousand lives and generated worldwide concern. But its impact pales in comparison to that of AIDS, which, despite advances in treatment, still kills more than a million people a year, the majority of them in Africa. "Even with the Ebola outbreak at its worst expected levels, it's never going to reach what we've seen with the HIV/AIDS epidemic," said Dr. Timothy B. Erickson, director of the Center for Global Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, speaking at Rotary's World AIDS Day event in Evanston on 1...
Statement by Rotary International on the deadly school attack in Pakistan
Rotary International condemns the horrific attack that killed more than 130 schoolchildren and wounded over 100 of their classmates in Peshawar, Pakistan. We believe that children everywhere have the basic right to receive an education in an environment unthreatened by violence or fear. Rotary extends our heartfelt sympathy to all of the families in Pakistan, including those of seven Rotary members, who have lost children as a result of this unfathomable tragedy. We stand with them in mourning their loss. Gary C.K. Huang, PresidentRotary International
Indoor air pollution linked to millions of deaths
After decades dreaming about the Himalayas, Rotary member George Basch went on his first trek through the mountains in 2001, when he was 64. A member of the Rotary Club of Taos-Melagro in New Mexico, USA, Basch found that the experience was even more than he had hoped. "My expectations were high, and dramatically exceeded," he remembers. But a less-than-pleasant aspect of the experience was the indoor smoke pollution he encountered in the guest houses and private homes he visited. Many families in the Himalayas use rudimentary cookstoves or, in some cases, an open fire pit inside the home to...
Rotary staff members bond over Miles to End Polio bike ride
For six staff members from Rotary headquarters in Evanston, the fight to eradicate polio has become personal. Together, they biked the physically grueling 104-mile (167-kilometer) Tour de Tucson in Arizona, USA, collectively raising more than $20,000 for polio eradication while putting their bodies and minds through a feat of endurance. For the tightknit group, the experience was about more than just raising money and crossing the finish line. It was about learning about each other and what Rotary members are doing to rid the world of this crippling disease. They advocated together, trained...
How a simple school project in India became a global grant
Two years ago, U.S. Rotary members in Maine set out to improve the education system in Bikaner, Rajasthan, an Indian city near the border of Pakistan. The Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside chose Bikaner because club member Rohit Mehta was originally from the area and had connections there. Mehta put the club in contact with Rotarians in India to provide desks for four government-run schools. But when community leaders returned with a request for more desks, the Maine Rotarians decided they had to think bigger. The Rotary Foundation had rolled out its new grant model, which required that the...
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