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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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On April 23rd Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes delivered his “State of the Village” address at our lunch meeting.  Mayor Hayes remarked how quickly time has passed during the first two years of his mayoral administration after 24 years as a Village trustee, and how sometimes he is so busy that he'll mistakenly wear mismatched shoes. He also recognized the tremendous support of the Village trustees, and its citizens, clubs and community organizations, and even it terrific kids.  Mayor Hayes’ message was informative but challenging, and included the following points:
  • The Village recently moved its budget process from a fiscal year end to a calendar year each.
  • 12% of property taxes go to the Village.  Year-to-date revenue is 3% over budget, and the hotel/motel tax is 8% more than budget. On the other hand, Village expenses are 3% under budget year-to-date.
  • The municipal garage, the north garage, and Vail Street garage will all undergo significant repairs this year.
  • Although Mayor Hayes supports Governor Rauner’s proposal to cure many years of fiscal mismanagement in Illinois state government, the governor’s current proposal will negatively affect villages. Specifically, the Governor’s current proposal would result in a $3.7 million reduction in state funding to the Village (but the actual reduction will likely be less after negotiation). The reduction in funding will primarily affect essential services such as police fire and public works. In order to meet this funding reduction, the Village can cut services, increase property taxes and/or dip into its reserves, all of which are tough choices.
  • The Village is moving forward on its plans to construct a new police station to replace the existing police station built in 1979 that is out of date in many ways. The new police station will be built on the current site, which will require temporary accommodations for employees, vehicles, witnesses and prisoners. 
  • The Village had the fourth lowest crime rate in a 2013 survey of 437 communities in the United States with populations in excess of 75,000 people.
  • Metropolis is funded exclusively by the food and beverage tax assessed in the Village. The result is that much of the Metropolis funding comes from non-residents of the Village who visit and patronize Village businesses. A recent survey confirmed that 75% of the tickets sold at Metropolis are sold non-residents of Arlington Heights.  How do we get more Village residents to utilize Metropolis?
  • The Rohrman Lexus dealership on Dundee will be opening soon, and One North Arlington at Euclid and Rohlwing Road is already 33% occupied.

We have our first four prospective new members under our pilot Shared Membership Program:
Karin "Kari" Koebernick,  teacher, Schaumburg District 59.   Primary member:  Rick Koebernick
Megan Specht,  Real Estate, Picket Fence Realty.  Primary member:  Sue Duchek
Deb Smart, Retail/Restaurant, Tuscan Market.  Primary member:  Amy Philpott
Chris Wood, Physician, Northwest Eye Physicians.  Primary member:  Bill Park 

ImageHappy Birthday Rotarians
Mike Field April 19


Team Go Gang Green Wins the F.U.N. Challenge #2 to Hold on to the Lead

In a close competition, Team Go Gang Green, pictured above performing their original version of the Rotary Shuffle, 
edged out the Blue Light Specials to win Challenge #2 in this year's F.U.N. Challenge series.  Challenge #2 tasked the teams with 
creating a 1-2 minute commercial on Why Rotary.   
 "Bus" driver, Tim Corrigan, learns all about Rotary from his fellow
Team Fun in the Sun passengers.
To ensure that judging was fair to all concerned and completely impartial, President Borton lined up an esteemed panel of highly qualified celebrity judges:  
Colleen Wales (Lake in the Hills Rotary), Nanette Sowa (Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates Rotary), Jim Wales (Lake in the Hill Rotary) and our ADG, Al Anile.

At our March 19th lunch meeting, we started our FUN Challenge with an event designed to increase fellowship, and it sure worked. For the event, we were divided into four teams, and each team was challenged to match fun facts to the Rotarians on other teams that the fun fact applied to. It was a great opportunity to chat with everyone for 20 minutes, and we all certainly learned some very interesting and entertaining facts about each other.  Marquis the European race car driver!?  Duchek the champion angler!?
The next event in the FUN Challenge begins next week and will require each team will create a two minute commercial about Rotary, which basically answers the question "Why Rotary"?  Each team will create its commercial next week and present it the following week.

All Rotarians were treated to cake in February and March.  Birthdays were celebrated and enjoyed by all.

At our meeting Thurday, we were joined by menbers of the Calderwood family, village police and officials to celebrate AHPD's Doug Glanz being awarded officer of the year. "Bill" Calderwood was a Rotarian and former chief of police.  Our club administers the award fund set up by the Calderwood family in his honor.  We host the ceremony as a public service.
Office Glanz said "he got the genes to be a good police officer from his father, who spent 36 years on the force in Evanston...There's nothing else I'd rather do. A lot of the way I police is because of him,' Glanz said Thursday after the Arlington Heights Police Department named him its L.W. Calderwood Officer of the Year. 'It's in my blood.'"  [from DH reporter Mellissa Silverberg's story}
For the story and a meaningful video which appeared in the Daily Herald Friday, click here [ ], or see below without video.
 Over the past few months, we have discussed a new program that we are initiating called the Paul Harris Fellow Jumpstart Program.  The program is described in a document which is posted in our Club Documents in the Member Area of Clubrunner.
The purpose of this program, is to effectively use both the Club’s and individual Members’ Foundation Recognition Points and provide Paul Harris Fellows for each new member as they join the Club.  This will help us attain and remain a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club in the future!
Foundation Recognition Points are provided for each dollar that a Rotary Member contributes to the Rotary Foundation.  The only use for these Recognition Points is (in the spirit of Rotary International) to give them away (or “transfer” them) to another person for purposes of obtaining a Paul Harris Fellow.  As a Club, we have 27,000 points accumulated!  And many members have more than 500 points.  Let’s put these to good use by providing a boost to our new members so that they can become a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) upon entering our great Club!
The program allows for a new member to donate $100 to the Rotary Foundation, while the Club will transfer 650 points and a Club member will transfer 250 points in the new member’s name which will provide the new member with their first PHF.  Our VP of the Foundation will work with the members of the Club to identify one who would be willing to transfer points for each new member.
We hope that this member will also take the time to get to know the new member a little better and once again explain the benefits of PHF and the great affect that the Rotary Foundation makes in our community, our nation and around the world.  As new members are engaged and blessed by this initial action, all of our members will be encouraged to continually “Be a Gift to the World” throughout our life as Rotarians.  And as New Members begin to understand this earlier in their Rotary experience, perhaps they will want to continue to obtain multiple Paul Harris Fellows so that they can “pay it forward” to “future new members.”

President Borton reviewed the results of the recent member satisfaction survey she had sent out.  Linda said taking the club's pulse at this half-way point in the year could be useful and we were able to do so frugally by using a basic survey version from Survey Monkey.
It had a great response rate-- 46 of 59 members participated !  Though most members were satisfied, she said that interestingly, the answers reflected the age groupings within the club.  The purpose of the survey was to explore satisfaction with meeting organization, content and the venue. 

After the meeting 2 weeks ago, a couple of people asked me about the cause of the Butterfly population shrinkage... Coincidentally the Herald ran an interesting article on the subject in Sundays Paper. So Im submitting the following for posting...
In case you are interested in the cause and solutions to the devastating reduction in the worldwide population of the once common Monarch Butterfly check out the follow up article the Daily Herald did to our Fine Master program in the 3/1 Sunday Daily Herald paper or check out

At our February 26, 2015 lunch meeting, the club inducted a record-breaking five new Rotary members!  The new inductees are Lyndsey Shaner, Todd Rollins, Bob Sztapka, Mary Jablonski and Dave Weiner.  Welcome new members!
Our lunch speakers were George Heyman and Sgt. Clayton Ferguson from Toys For Tots.  Toys For Tots was started in the 1940s as a US Marine Corps program, and continues today as a Marine Corps Reserve program today.  The program receives donations of toys from individuals and corporate sponsors, and then donates those toys to recipient groups, including churches, YMCAs, hospitals, and other not-for-profit organizations. Those organizations then distribute the toys to children in need.  Donations of cash are of course also accepted, and those donations are used to buy toys that are distributed to children in the same way.  Demand is very high, and donations of toys and cash are slightly down, so keep Toys For Tots in mind for your giving plans.

Rotarians Ron Crawford, Glenn Garlick, Don Marquis, and Neil Scheuffler stepped up for the February Rotary Reads Program.  The next Rotary Reads opportunity will be on Wednesday, March 18.  Sign up on Clubrunner or contact Mike Field for more information.



At our February 19, 2015 lunch meeting, Ron and Diane Crawford spoke about the work that has been done by our club, and other Rotary clubs, at the Ak Tenamit school in Guatemala over the past several years.  Several of our Rotary club members have made the service trip over the past several years, and everyone is encouraged to consider going in the future.  The cost is approximately $1700 per person.
The Ak Tenamit school has about 500 students at two campuses, one for boys and one for girls.  Because of the extreme poverty in the area, it is a privilege to be able to attend the school. There are three restaurants on the school site, and much of the training at the school is focused on restaurant services.
Our club's work at Ak Tenamit over the past several years has included construction of dormitories, bunk beds, a library, bungalows, and a gathering deck and computer lab for the girls.  Our club members also deliver water filters to the school on an annual basis.  Diane Crawford also described an effort over the past several years related to improvements in agriculture and farming, sanitation, and dental services. The primary goal of the Ak Tenamit school is to educate girls, and provide them with educational and occupational opportunities.  If anyone is interested in participating in the At Tenamit/Guatemala service trip, please contact Ron Crawford.

Please note that the following individuals have been proposed for membership:
Lyndsey Shaner - Health Care: Facility/Nursing - Manor Care - Sponsor Joe Musolino
Todd Rollins - Financial Planning - WEG - Sponsor Rich Morton
David Weiner - Real Estate - Sponsor Jennifer Burnidge
Mary L. Jablonsky - Retired Educator - Sponsor Jon Ridler
Robert Sztapka - Credit Merchant - Sponsor Mike Clements

Glen Smith's project was to help a local organization called Designing for Veterans renovate and restore the home of an Arlington Hts. Marine Sgt. who was paralyzed from the waste down in a diving accident. Glen did all the planning, fundraising, materials purchasing and coordinating and led his troop to renovate a master bedroom and family room, as well as clean and reorganize their two car garage.
Designing for Veterans built an addition to the main home that provides Sgt. Dan with his own state-of-the-art living area. The addition created structural damage to the adjoining walls of the main home of his parents, so Glen's project restored the walls and rooms of the main home. Allowing Sgt. Dan's family to regain use of their entire home. It was one of the most labor intensive projects ever accomplished by a Troop 34 Eagle Scout and involved almost two dozen scouts and adult leaders over several weekends.
Congratulations Glen and Troop 34

Expert job-seeking assistance and networking for people new to the United States is the focus of a new program, “Landing a Job in your New Land,” being co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights and the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.   A series of programs and networking opportunities for English language learners seeking employment include career panels, resume writing, interviewing tips, computer classes and a Beginner’s LinkedIn seminar.  Funding for the program speakers comes from our Rotary club’s Vocational Committee, and is an extension of the partnership formed with the Library in 2009 to launch the Job Seekers series.

Who are those two photogenic folks in the pictures?  A younger version of our speaker, Dennis Depcik, and his wife of forty-one years, Maggie…she, though now deceased, was the inspiration of a book about the couple’s enduring love…and a surviving partner’s efforts to reconcile to loss.  The presentation was a fitting Valentine’s Day celebration with our special guests and significant others – meaningful and well-delivered with gentle humor.
Dennis, a Buffalo Grove Rotarian, told of his path through grief, lighted by writing in various forms, including his book, “Wouldn’t It Be Something”.    Noting that individuals deal with grief in different ways, he took us through some he had experienced.
To see more of his presentation, click on "More"...
Until recently an Arlington Rotarian, Bob Morman has had more than his share of medical having a knee replacement.  A conversation with his dear wife Joanne today told of some exciting and wonderful travel has been a balm in the past few years -- a cruise in the Caribbean during which a storm broke their stateroom's porthole, water splashing her face and Bob getting out of bed and into water on the floor !  She said, "Never an outside cabin again!  I thought we were going down."  This past year they took a wonderful cruise in the Far East, this time with a remarkably spacious inside cabin.  In China during some excursions, Bob wasn't able to move fast enough, so they hired a private guide.  Said Joanne, "For the little more it cost, it certainly was worthwhile.  And the Great Wall -- it's a sight of a lifetime !"
For more about Bob, click "More"...
At our January 29, 2015 lunch meeting, our club President Linda Borton conducted an informal Club Assembly.  Linda officially delivered the great news that the Arlington Heights Noon Rotary won the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce 2014 Not-For-Profit of the Year award, club member Neil Scheufler won the Volunteer of the Year award, and Clementi's Restaurant won the 2014 Business of the Year award.  Congratulations to our club, Neil and Mike, and all remembers on a successful 2014!   Among the very useful bits of club information that Linda shared with us, she told us that our club had 59 members as of December 31, 2014, 83% of whom are men and 17% of whom are women.  Also, very significantly, almost half of our club members (47%) have been members for less than five years, which makes very clear the importance of member retention and club programs that support retention.  We also spent a good deal of time reviewing the our club and Rotary International goals for the year, and programs that can better achieve those goals.

A member of President Linda Borton and speaker Bill DurkinHinsdale Rotary for 6 months, Bill Durkin gave a program entitled, 'Thriving in Negative Times, How to Have Positivity.'  He described Thriving as “To make steady progress; grow vigorously;  flourish; do more than simply survive.”  His distributed flyer described his feelings about Rotary and his topic, so its wording is included below..  He said we need to consciously work to filter out an overdose of negative news and information in todays world, and to celebrate and create a lot more of the positive.  A key step is seeing the innate good in everyone, and avoid getting stuck in grudges...and this includes avoiding our own negative self-talk.
“Today, the demands placed on [ourselves] our family, friends and co-workers can be overwhelming…Now more than ever we have an opportunity and responsibility to help others thrive, not merely survive.
“Since Paul Harris started the first Rotary Club in 1905, Rotarians have been thriving while exchanging ideas, building lifelong friendships and serving others in remarkable ways…Gary C. K. Huang, Rotary International’s current President, wants to keep growing.  He hopes to increase membership to 1.3 million by the end of his ter.  Why?   ‘It’s simple.  The more members we have, the more people we can help.  A stronger membership base will result in stronger communities,’  says Huang.
“In my opinion, our homes and places of work, worship, education and healing need to be filled with more positive Rotarians, excited about ‘putting service above self’ and using the Four Way Test to guide what they think, say or do….”  Bill can bne reached at One Positive Place, 760 Viullage Center Dr. – Suite 210, Burr Ridge, Il  60527.  630-215-5144.  .  .  He works with The Synergy Companies, Inc. as part of a team of HR professional providing business owners and non-profits resources to thrive.

Our Master garnering Fines for Charity Thursday was Millie Palmer.  Said she was sad this was the last time for her to be our "Fine Mistress" this month.  We could take a dollar off if we read an article from the Rotarian Magazine this month, and maybe pay a Happy Fine if we read more than one ! 
A sad fine was offered in memory of former Rotarian Harry Bates (Budget Sign Co.).  He was a Korean War Hero who won the Silver Star.  Wendy Davis was happy for having a guest who is interested in joining a service organization.  Kris Niemann was Happy for Rex Paisley stepping in to fill in today doing check ins.  Rex was especially Happy for our Santa Run and for the opportunity it gives us all to volunteer…so please contact him to help with 2015's.  Linda  Borton was Happy for Deb Whisler stepping in to do the pledge and 4-way test today, and for the wonderful Cherubs which have been gifted.  Bob Paddock, though being amendable to cherubs wanted to determine if anyone didn’t use the website to retrieve information (seems most folks do use it).  He also wanted to celebrate the life of Daily Herald sports reporter Mike Splellman who passed away unexpectedly in his 50s.  Ron Walter said he was Happy for the free dinner ... but mainly the celebration of Terry Ennes’ daughter’s wedding …and so was Terry.  Millie, you did a Fine job: thanks.
Quiz of the Day revolved around State of the Union addresses – 1. The first address entitled “State of the Union” was given by….  2. The first status of the nation speech was given to Congress by….  3. The president who stopped the practice of delivering such a speech was….  4. The longest State of the Union address was given by….  5. The shortest was given by….  6. The two presidents who didn’t give either oral or written summaries were….  7. The speech shifted from day time to Prime Time in ….
President Linda presided with a house full of Visitors – Rex Paisley announced potential members Lunosey Shaner and Mark Jablonsky, Todd Rollins, guest of Rich Morton, and Kacey Froney, guest of Wendy Davis.  Welcome all!
Announcements –  President Linda reminded us to do the Survey Monkey survey (link in a previous e-mail) to give our opinions, but not bananas (no, Survey Monkey is not counting those).  Our replies to the survey can be of help to club leadership address our needs.
We'll be partnering with Special Leisure Services, in part because we’ve worked with them for years.  Mt. Prospect/Arlington Sunrise will be dissolving due to low membership numbers.  Because we were their chartering club, we will take over some of their projects such as working with Cub Scout Troupe 169 (our Scout mentor, Terry Ennes, has volunteered to help temporarily).  There is information on Shared Memberships posted on our website.  Sue Duchek presented President Linda with a pair of cherubs given to the club from one of our Thanksgiving recipient families.  An Elgin Symphony performance in March tied to End Polio Now efforts is listed on the website calendar.  The Art of Dr. Seuss Galary will continue to donate to Rotary; in addition to a percent of sales this weekend…during the rest of the year mention you are a Rotarian and 10% of the sale will be contributed. 
Dr. Bill Park gave us a Rotary Minute, describing  remarkable scholarships available through Rotary Peace Fellowship – 50, 21-month masters degree scholarships are given worldwide to study peace and conflict resolution.  Go to the RI site to find out more by clicking here..


Rotary and Rotarians "rocked" the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner. The Arlington Heights Noon Rotary Club took home the award for Not-for-Profit of the Year. Rotarian Mike Clements and Clementi's won the Business of the Year award and Neil Scheufler was honored as the volunteer of the year!  Outgoing president (and Rotarian) Jim Bertucci shared highlights of his year;  past president (and Rotarian) Sue Duchek swore in new president (and soon to be reactivated Rotarian) Amy Philpott.   

Rotary brings together business and community leaders to exchange ideas and take actions to solve problems and improve communities. Looking around at the dinner, seeing all of the Rotarians in attendance it was clear to see that that is exactly what is happening here in Arlington Heights!


We are officially starting our shared membership pilot, as described by Membership Chair, Joe Musolino, at the January 8th meeting.  The Shared Membership Application and FAQs can be downloaded directly from the Club Runner website from the Home Page Download Files pane located at the lower right of the home page.  Any questions about the program please contact Joe Musolino, Bill Kmiecik or Linda Borton.


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.



May 07, 2015
Linda Borton & Sue Duchek
F.U.N. Presidential Challenge #4
May 14, 2015
CW Moellenkamp
Mystery Party Event NO REGULAR MEETING
May 21, 2015
Linda Borton
F.U.N. Presidential Challenge #5


Council on Legislation dues increase begins in July
An increase to the Council on Legislation dues goes into effect in July, and it will be reflected on the July club invoice. The Rotary International Board of Directors approved the increase from $1 to $1.50 in October 2014. The Council, which meets every three years, will meet 10-15 April in Chicago. The Council considers proposals to change RI's constitutional documents and resolutions that express an opinion or make a recommendation to the Board. RI's Bylaws, which govern the relationship between Rotary International and Rotary clubs, can be changed only by legislation by the Council. The...
The talent around the table: Mitty Chang
When it comes to Rotary, Mitty Chang is practically a lifer – and he's only 26. Chang joined Interact 10 years ago in Fremont, Calif., where almost a quarter of the 2,000 students at his high school were Interactors. He went on to organize two Rotaract clubs. Now an entrepreneur who works with small businesses and nonprofits to build their online identity and brand, he plans to become a Rotarian within the next few years. "I expect to have a long life in Rotary," he says. We caught up with Chang at the 2014 Rotary convention in Sydney, Australia, to find out what being a member of the Rotary...
Rotary, Shelterbox organizing aid for quake victims in Nepal
Rescue missions and emergency aid continue to arrive in Nepal after a massive earthquake hit the country on 25 April, killing at least 5,200 people and injuring thousands more. The 7.8-magnitude quake, the worst to hit Nepal in more than 80 years, has affected 8 million people in the country's 39 districts, including 1.4 million needing food assistance, according to government officials. "Rotarians worldwide stand together in expressing a profound sadness at the devastation resulting from this weekend's deadly earthquake in Nepal," says RI President Gary C.K. Huang. "As we mourn the thousands...
Simplified billing process gets positive reviews from club leaders
The single-page invoice that Rotary clubs received in January, which replaces a complex document they'd previously had to complete, is being cheered by many club officers. In the past, club secretaries had to fill out an eight-part semiannual report to calculate the amount their club owed Rotary International for membership dues, subscriptions, and outstanding balances. New members were written in, old members were crossed out, and many calculations were required before the club treasurer could pay the invoice. "Nobody wanted to do the semiannual report; it was confusing," says Gail...
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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