Rotary Club of Arlington Heights

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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 12:15 PM
Clementi's Restaurant
602 West Northwest Highway
Arlington Heights, IL  60004
United States
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Jon Ridler - 5-1
Rich Morton - 5-24
Kari Koebernick - 5-26
Lynn Jensen - 5-27
Bob Arnold - 5-29
Dave Schultz - 5-30
Birthday Chair -
Amy Philpott

Using funds generated by the Rotary Santa Run and other activities, we are currently seeking proposals for programs and/or projects that will meet our 2016 Community Service theme:   Improving the lives of Arlington Heights residents. 
The following guidelines will apply:
  • Eligible applicants are Arlington Heights based organizations or projects that benefit Arlington Heights residents.
  • Projects should address a need not supported by the organization's ongoing operating budget.
  • Proposals for projects or programs should request only the amount needed for the specific project or program, but in no case should the requested amount exceed $ 1,500.
  • Organizations are encouraged to apply for support of new initiatives or to increase the impact of an existing program.  
  • Applications should be submitted by e-mail to    The deadline for submission is May 7, 2016.
  • Grantees will be notified by June 30, 2016.
The application can be downloaded here.

Wendy Davis, who recently returned from a Friendship Exchange trip to Pakistan, welcomed three visiting Pakistani Rotarians who are now here visiting Clubs in District 6440.  Shown at left are Drs.  Sohail Qureshi,  Arjumand Sohail, and Aamer Sohail.  Drs. Sohail Qureshi and his wife, Dr. Arjumand are members of Rotary Club Sahiwal 101.  Their son, Aamer is a recent medical school graduate and Rotaracter.  They provided us with a brief virtual tour and overview of Pakistan-  just enough to tempt visitors, as well as some background on their club.  Their service projects have focused flood relief, adult literacy, empowerment of women, and healthcare education and screening.
President C.W. Moellenkamp exchanges flags with Dr. Sohail Qureshi while Wendy Davis looks on.

How many of the managers in your career would you want to work for again?  That is the question posed by Jeffrey Anderson, president of the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.  Based on several studies, the average response is only somewhere between 30-50%, representing an astoundingly high rate of "failure."  While self awareness can help to avoid some of the pitfalls that lead to a failing or plateauing career path, accurate awareness is hard.  The deficiency that causes the problem in the first place makes it difficult, if not impossible to recognize the deficiency.  There are, however, identified causes of derailment.  
Jeffrey Anderson(right), responding to a question raised by Harry Vashwani.
Bob Stzapka, Marc Poulos, and Rick Koebernick (left to right) welcome
Dave Jaffe who was inducted at this week's meeting.

Arlington Heights Village President Tom Hayes called the state of the village "once again, very strong" during his annual speech to the Rotary Club on Thursday afternoon.
Hayes, who is in the third year of his first term, said the years have passed much more quickly than he expected, but he is proud of what Arlington Heights has accomplished.
"As I often say, the quality of life in Arlington Heights is second to none," he said during the lunch held at Clementi's.
To read the rest of the story, click here.

Photo and story, courtesy of the Daily Herald (Melissa Silverberg, reporter, and Joe Lewnard, staff photographer).

David Jaffe - Classification: Real Estate - Coldwell Banker


PE Jim Bertucci opened the meeting with several announcements:
  • This year's Spring Fling will be a fun-filled evening at the Metropolis on Thursday, May 5th.  It will start with cocktails and appetizers, followed by a performance by students of the School of Performing Arts and a preview of Rent.  Registration is required.  Don't wait until the last minute;  you can sign-up here.
  • Next Wednesday, volunteers are invited to meet at Aldi to help shop for the Wheeling Food Pantry, followed by fellowship and fun at The Sports Page.  Click here for more information.  
  • There was a problem with the Community Grants application that was distributed last week and loaded onto the website.  The application has been fixed and replaced.  It can be downloaded here from the website.  If you have shared applications, please pass this information along.
  • There is still time to sign-up for the District Conference on April 28 and 29.  Go to the District website to register.
  • NWSRA has part-time summer jobs available.  For more information contact Nanette Sowa at NWSRA or Jim Bertucci.
  • Rich Morton announced that they will be accepting scholarship applications for 2 more weeks.  Scholarships are available to high school seniors.  The application can be downloaded from the website.

Harvey Mysel, this week's speaker, is a man on a mission.  He uses numbers and pictures to tell a compelling story.  There are 102,000 people on the waiting list for donor kidneys, yet last year there were less than 20,000 kidney transplants.  It is a sad, but familiar story;  there are just not enough kidneys to meet the need.   However,  there could be.    While most organs used for transplant come from deceased individuals, kidneys are different in that they may come from living donors.  
Harvey's mission is to raise awareness of living kidney donation, including what is involved and and who can donate.  He explained how paired kidney exchanges are becoming a very common and exciting option for kidney recipient and donor pairs who are not compatible with each other.   While most living kidney donors have some type of family or social relationship with the organ recipient,  there is also a growing number of "non-directed," altruistic donors, who choose to donate for purely selfless motives.     To find out more about living kidney donation, visit Harvey's website:

Jim Bertucci, standing in for President Moellenkamp 
does the induction honors for Marc, while Jon Ridler gets his pin ready.
Immediately after joining, Marc paid a nice Happy Fine, AND signed up to volunteer at the Immunization Clinic.  Way to go Marc!



It's hard to define Tom Kastle in a single word or phrase.  He's a singer, songwriter, actor, tall ship captain, historian, and story teller, and we were treated to examples of almost all of his talents this week.  
He entertained us with sea shanties, and original songs, even getting us to sing along.  
He shared personal stories; his first ship  was the Charlotte Ann, a 1888 Chesapeake Bay Oyster boat schooner; he fell in love with tall ships and never looked back.
He told us that in the 1880's, Chicago was the fourth busiest sailing port in the world with 1800 sailing ships on the Great Lakes.  The Chicago River was a traffic nightmare with 35 pivot bridges and 1200 openings a day.  
For anyone interested in hearing more of Tom, check out the Chicago Maritime Festival which is taking place on April 16th at the Old Town School of Folk Music.  It's a full day of seminars, workshops, demonstrations and singing.

Two of our Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) participants, Jason and Carolyn, shared their thoughts about the RYLA experience.  Both are Freshmen and initially were hesitant about participating.  They didn't know others who were going, and both felt somewhat shy. But it turned out that they loved the experience -- motivated by the speakers, met interesting people, made new friends, and experienced training which gave them confidence.  Congratulations; we Rotarians are proud to have you as our representatives !

Fine Master Bill Kimiecik, back from a service trip to Peru with other Rotarians, shared his experiences.  Buy him a beverage of his choice and ask him more.
Bill went on to raise funds for the club by giving us a quiz highlighting Rotary's international character.  See if you know the answers:  1.  What country had the first Rotary Club outside the U.S.?  2.  The first club outside North America?  3.  The first non-English- speaking club?  4.  The location of the first International convention outside the U.S.?


Larry Kosiek (left) told us of a book about the four surviving babies born in Nazi prison camps...a remarkable tale (Born Survivors by Wendy Holden).  In the process of telling the story of that book, he also told us a remarkable story about his dad.
He explained how a coincidental contact with one of the babies, now a woman, led him to know his dad had rescued her !  It is a remarkable story of his 1st Lt. father and the 23 soldiers of his unit who pursued an assigned objective and  accidentally found hundreds of German soldiers who became their prisoners.  His father persuaded the high-ranking German officers that in effect he had the authority of a general to accept their surrender and give them orders !  He and his men also showed the courage to disobey an order, instead saving hundreds of lives as the Nazis were preparing to slaughter the living evidence of their extermination camp efforts.
To see the book and learn how to contact Larry, click/see "More"...


During our St. Patrick's Day lunch gathering on March 17th, we were entertained by Patty Homan with portions of his one-man show "I am Ireland". The show celebrates Ireland's road to independence through the songs and stories of her people from 1798 through the Easter Uprising in 1916.  We enjoyed great songs and music, along with great storytelling from Patty, all in vivid historical perspective. You can find out more about Patty's show "I am Ireland" at, and arrange for bookings at



On Thursday, March 3, 2016, the speaker at our lunch meeting was author and educator Joe Rosner, who spoke to us about crime prevention, crime safety, and self-defense. 
The best way to prevent crime is to avoid the situation entirely, and use a strategic information long-term approach. For example, check the sex offender registry for the area you are or will be in. Keep in mind though one of the problems with the sex offender registry is that there is a lot of old information on the site. A check of the crime statistics of where you are or will be going can also be useful.
From a tactical point of view, we rely upon our intuition, basically responding to what our subconscious directs us to do. Check around before you get out of your car to see if there are there any suspicious people in the area, and don't get out if the feeling is not right. Who is that man and why is he here? What's your plan? 
The best plan in response to a dangerous situation is to run. The next best choice is to get help by calling 911 or pulling an alarm. The third choice is to yell as loud possible. The fourth choice is try to talk your way out of it, and last, to use self-defense.  You only use self-defense when you were approached by an attacker. To use self-defense, first turn sideways and put your hands up indicating "stop", and then next yell "back off" as loud as you possibly can. If the attacker does not stop, stomp kick on the front of the attacker's shin and ankle and then run.
Self-defense products may also be used. A gun is an obvious possibility, but is a good choice for only a very few, highly trained persons.  Stun guns, blunt or sharp weapons, and improvised weapons are also options. Improvised weapons include keys, aerosols or any spray, a fire extinguisher, or anything granular like salt sand or sugar. But, the best self-defense tool is pepper spray, which is cheap, legal, easy to use and doesn't do any permanent harm.

Dr. Margaret (Maggie) Albertson, O.D., was inducted as a new member by Dr. Adam Prickett, Northwest Eye Physicians, and President CW Moellenkamp reading the responsibilities of membership. 
She has joined as part of Rotary's new Shared Membership program for companies.  We welcome you, Maggie, to the (and we brag) Best Rotary Club.  We look forward to your participation in Rotary Service and Fellowship !

New member David Tafur described his reasons for joining our club.  He came from the Cicero club, transferring to ours as his work moved here.  He is a Boy Scout executive and was president of the Cicero-Berwyn club in the past. Welcome, Dave!  You can find his contact information in the club on-line directory.
Jim Thomson, our Rotary Foundation Chair, oversaw the presentation of Randy Recklaus' Paul Harris, awarded with the generous help of Jim Bertucci through the Jump Start program.  Long-time members might consider using his or her points to help new members get started this way in Paul Harris charitable giving.  Contact JimT to find out. here.

Shown is Kris Niemann "pinning" husband Larry with his Paul Harris.  What a romantic thing to do for Valentine's Day!  Thanks, Kris and Larry.
There are some great photos from this event (very good photos of several couples) along with other events on our Facebook page.  Take a look:

Arlington Det. Ed Commers shared the departments first cybercrime presentation with us.  He told us of scams (e.g., Nigerian/919), ransomware, Aps on kids’ cell phones, and data breaches.  If you have questions about cybercrime, contact him -- 847-368-5357; .   To read more about these terms and his comments, please click/see …More. 
The Arlington Heights Police K9 (Canine) Unit said this and more as they explained their mission and showed techniques.  More photos can  be found on the club Facebook page:
It was amazing to hear of the dogs' versatility, purposefulness, and yet being a loving part of a family. 
Our thanks go to the Canine Unit for their presentation, and also for their service to the community!

Reviewer Chelsea Cain wrote about Andrew Grant’s novel Run, “A tightly written, expertly plotted, whizzbang of a novel with just the right done of smart-ass.”  So one could wonder if a guy like Grant (left) could have a romantic story to tell for Valentine’s Day?  The answer is “Yes!” 
He told it as part of this story of becoming an author and sharing  interesting reflections on writing.  ...His life had led up to this authors' event, a tedious meet-and-greet being held in a bar.  He walked in and quickly was  found by his wife-to-be, without having approach her! 
To read some notes from his comments, click More.  We thank Rotarian Deb Smart (seated next to Adrew) for providing this great program.

The speaker at our lunch meeting on February 4th was Kris Tsau of Rotary International who delivered an encouraging polio eradication update.  The year 2014 ended with 359 worldwide cases of polio, but there have been several recent significant developments. Nigeria had its last case of polio in July 2014 and in September 2015 it was removed from the list of polio endemic countries.  There have been no new reported polio cases worldwide in 2016, and no new cases in Africa in the last 18 months. India became polio free five years ago.  Type 1 polio was eradicated worldwide more than a decade ago, and there have been no new type 3 polio cases since November 2012.  Afghanistan and Pakistan are now the last two polio endemic countries, and they ended 2015 with a total of only 73 cases of polio.  Due to the civil unrest in both countries populations of people are moving across borders, which has created access to these people while they are on the move, but also presents significant risks.  Polio sites have been established at borders between the countries, but this also puts polio workers at risk of being involved in military conflict. 


The 2016 Rotary priorities for polio are to focus on eradication in Pakistan and Afghanistan and also to sustain all of the polio free countries. This year will also involve changing from a trivalent vaccine (addresses all 3 types of polio) to an injectable bivalent vaccine (address only types 1 and 3) because type 2 polio is now certified eradicated.  Also in 2016 the global polio eradication community will evaluate how the structure, facilities and people utilized to eradicate polio can be used for other purposes.  For example, the polio structure, facilities and people were used to conquer Ebola in Nigeria, and can be used for other similar purposes after polio is eradicated.




This week’s guest was our very own Jon Ridler, Executive Director of the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.  Jon was joined by Mindy Phillips, and Kristin Brown.   Jon kicked off the presentation with a brief history of the Chamber which dates back to 1924.  Today, it has over 500 business members.  The Chamber’s focus  is on “Connect, Engage, Succeed” and this theme is carried throughout its programs and initiatives. 

Jon provided an overview of the variety of opportunities for connection and networking offered by the Chamber.  In addition to social events such as Business Before and After Hours,  there are Business Builder networking groups, an educational Entrepreneurs Forum, a Technology Advisory Group and the Professional Women’s Connection among others. 

Jon introduced Mindy Phillips, Associate Director, who formerly served as the Executive Director of the Palatine Chamber.  Expressing her excitement in joining the Arlington Chamber, Mindy shared that her primary focus is on programming, events, and connections.  Planning is currently underway for several events including the annual Golf Outing, Mane Event, and some new speed networking before and after hours events.
Kristin Brown, who started at the Chamber as an intern is now the Marketing and Communications Manager.  Kristin has been working on a new website that will be launched soon, explaining that it will be easier for businesses to connect with consumers and each other.  Other modes of communication include targeted e-mails, consumer newsletters, and social media outlets.
The Chamber team is rounded out by Sandra Tutkute, Connection Manager, and Jim Platt, Business Development Director.  According to Jon, one of the things that is unique about Arlington Heights is the close working relationship that exists between business owners, the Village of Arlington Heights and the Chamber.  This is exemplified by the Small Business Development Program, a three year agreement between the Chamber and the Village.  The program is designed to bridge the gaps between business owners that want to start or expand a business so that they can circumvent problems and streamline timeframes.  Jim Platt is the point person for the program, which is available to non-Chamber members as well as Chamber members. 
With a history of significant crossover of Rotary and Chamber membership, many members are already very familiar with the benefits of Chamber membership;  but for anyone who wants further information, go to or contact Jon.


California's Loss is Chicago's Gain

Adam Prickett, who was born and raised in California showed a keen early interest in math, science, engineering, and taking things apart.  While still in high school, he participated in math olympiads and won an international bridge building contest. He studied mechanical engineering at Stanford, where he was part of the solar car team, developing the accelerator on a solar car that drove coast-to-coast.  
Following graduation, prior to starting work in research and development at Agilent Technologies, Adam volunteered for a medical mission to Vietnam.  This reinforced his realization that he wanted a career that provided greater interaction with people so he applied and was accepted at Standford Medical School.  He decided to specialize in ophthalmology, and his residency match brought him to the University of Illinois in Chicago.  
After completing a fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Adam returned to Chicago, and joined Northwest Eye Physicians in Arlington Heights.  He and his wife Elizabeth are the proud parents of a 7-month old.   


In contrast to Adam, Bill Kennedy is pure Chicago.  He was raised in Rogers Park, and currently resides in Deerfield with his wife of fifty-two years.  After graduating from law school, Bill went to work in advertising with his father.  Describing this as a "character building" experience, Bill shared that Mad Men was so true to life that it was difficult at times to watch.  He has lots of stories from that era;  ask him about the man with the glass eyeball(s).   
Bill left the advertising field when he joined Molon Motors, and he has been there ever since.  His original partner at Molon worked with a company that made specialty cars and limousines for heads of state.  Today, Molon is a privately held manufacturer of custom designed fractional horsepower motors and gearmotors.   Bill met Bob Paddock, when Molon bought the site of its current headquarters from the Daily Herald.  He credits Bob for introducing him to Rotary.


When Rotarian Bob Arnold introduced this week's guest speaker, Becky Hume (shown at left with Club President C.W. Moellenkamp), he gave an exceptionally thorough introduction.  It turns out this was more than just good preparation, Becky, the Village Clerk of Arlington Heights is his daughter.

Becky has served as the Village Clerk for over five years.  While the majority of time, the clerk is an elected position, that is not the case in Arlington Heights where it has been an appointed position since 1974.  The scope and duties of the Clerk are variable from entity to entity.  While Becky describes her position as a catch-all, perhaps due to the random questions that she fields from both internal and external sources, she has several areas of primary responsibility.  These include stewardship of all Village documents, certification, notarization, and execution of Village documents, administering all oaths of office and maintaining board and committee minutes.  Becky is also responsible for managing the Village election process, including voter registration, acceptance of location election petitions,  ballot creation, and overall coordination of local village elections.  

Stressing that one of her goals is transparency, Becky provided an overview of the term limit referendum that was originally introduced in 2013.  When it was originally presented, it was challenged on several grounds, including the wording which was not in the form of a question.  The challenge was reviewed by the electoral board, and upheld.  The petitioner reposed the question, taking the language that had been used for another governing body.  Upon presentation, it was challenged once again, this time for lacking specificity.   The electoral board reviewed and upheld the challenge a second time.  Acknowledging the frustration of the petitioner, Becky explained that there is no provision that allows the Clerk to modify language which is why she recommends working with experienced legal counsel.   She went on to say that even after the second challenge was upheld there was little feedback or comment  from community members.


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