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Happy Birthday Rotarians!
Matt Bennett Dec 5
Karen Baker Dec 9
Wendy Davis Dec 25
Kris Niemann Dec 28
CW Moellenkamp Dec 29
NOTES FROM THE EDITOR
- Check our the NEW and Improved website at rotaryah.org - 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.
- 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.
- A-1 Steak Sauce
- Alka Seltzer
- Brill Cream
- Birds Eye frozen vegetables
- Dial Soap
- Eastern Airlines
Our speaker spoke of new beginnings: a new location for Hopeful Biginnings, and of the essence of the organization -- an organization which facilitates adoptions 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 , email@example.com .
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 the 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 Jensen 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org, 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].
- I want to hold your hand.
- All Along The Watchtower
- Born to Be Wild
- 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...
Giving 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.
He 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.
On 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 was 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 email@example.com , 630-802-0947 , and http://jenniferholik.com and http://blog.generationsbiz.com . 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 completed 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 www.idothsr.org, or from Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
2014 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 Behrens. Mary 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. We'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.
The 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 !