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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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Larry Niemann - 2-7
Todd Rollins - 2-7
Millie Palmer - 2-11
Mark Tauber 2-11
Mike Clements 2-12
Joe Musolino 2-25
Birthday Chair -
Lyndsey Shaner



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.


At this week's meeting, Jim Thomson recognized first time Paul Harris Fellows, Patti Lock and Dave Weiner, presenting them with pins and certificates.  Jim also presented repeat Paul Harris Fellow, C.W. Moellenkamp with a Paul Harris +5 pin.  



We started  off the New Year by recognizing our newest Paul Harris Fellows,  James Feddor, Mary Jablonsky, Adam Prickett, and Lyndsey Shaner.   Congratulations to all and thank you for supporting the Rotary Foundation.

From Millie Palmer, fine mistress for the month, we learned that it is illegal to:   fish while wearing PJ’s in Chicago,  hang male and female clothing on the same clothesline in Minnesota, duel in Paraguay unless you’re a blood donor, or carry old chewing gum on your nose in Somalia.  
Visiting and speaking from NSSEO were left to right:  Julie Jilek, Assistant Superintendent,  Jim Platt, NSSEO Foundation Director, and Judy Hackett, Superintendent.
NSSEO serves students from age 3 through 22 with a wide range of physical, cognitive, and behavioral disabilities.  It’s mission is to build and strengthen home/school/community partnerships to enable these students to become contributing members of society.   This is accomplished through the development of academic, social, work and life skills, all of which are focused on transition programming.   According to Dr. Hackett, their goal is to try to make the day after students “age out” of programming look exactly like the day before. 
Both NSSEO and the NSSEO Foundation have identified collaborative partnerships as a goal that will help them achieve their vision of building a promising future for students.    They have identified some large projects that require funding, for example the  purchase of transportation vehicles and installation of an elevator in one of their facilities, but are also looking for local businesses that could provide opportunities for students to experience what it is like to be in the workplace.   For more information about NSSEO and their programs, visit the NSSEO website,

Newer members Megan Specht (Left, Picket Fence Realty) and Debbie Smart (in disguise, right -- Tuscan Market) entertained us this last meeting before the Holidays by giving their Classification / New-Member-Get-To-Know-You Talks in a creative way. 
They passed out a quiz of fun, True or False statements about each other.  Fellow Rotarians tried to guess the answers, collecting candy-cane awards for the most correct. Meg and Deb gave the real answers along with interesting, expanded background.  Whose mom dated a "Rocker"?  Who lived in Cuba?  Who's won trophies in tennis?  More conversation and Q & A followed. 
Our thanks go to both for an especially enjoyable, informative presentation.  Thanks also for enthusiastic community service as new members.  Welcome to Rotary -- Service through Fellowship!  To see the Quiz, click "More".
At our December 3, 2015 lunch meeting, we heard from Randy Recklaus and Lyndsey Shaner, who each delivered their classification speech.  Randy is the Arlington Heights Village Manager, and has lived in town for six months. He was born in Woodridge, Illinois, and attended Downers Grove North High School where he met his wife Tracy. Randy graduated from Northern Illinois University with an undergraduate degree in political science, and a Master's degree in public administration. After graduation he became the youngest elect official in Illinois when he was elected to the DeKalb County Board. Randy has two children, Regan age 11 and Ray age 8, and of course, Rocky the dog.  Randy and his wife like to cook and are very adventurous eaters.  Randy is also a science fiction nerd and already has his Star Wars tickets (his favorite Star Wars movie is Empire Strikes Back, and his least favorite is Attack of the Clones), and he's also fanatical about the Chicago Bears. Prior to joining the Village of Arlington Heights, Randy worked for the Village of St. Charles, was a consultant for SB Friedman, was the Assistant Village Manager for City of Batavia and was the Village Manager for Clarendon Hills.
Lyndsey Shaner was born in Dearborn, Michigan, the home of all things Ford.  Dearborn also has the largest population of Arabs in the United States and the largest mosque in North America. Lyndsey was married to Alex in September 2015, and has a brother Kyle, age 28, but her best (non-human) buddy is her dog Charlie Brown, a nine-year-old beagle.  Lyndsey's mother was also raised in Dearborn, Michigan and her father was from nearby Redford Township.  Her father earned a scholarship to play football at Indiana University, but was injured and then went on to dentistry at Wayne State University. He eventually operated an oil distribution business. Lyndsey's parents now spend half their year in sunny southwest Florida. Lyndsey met her husband, Alex, at a music festival in Chicago. They now live in Logan Square where they own a condominium. Lyndsey graduated from DePaul University in 2007 with a bachelors degree in communications, and obtained her master's degree from DePaul in 2010. Lindsey is a licensed clinical social worker, and is now in business development for Manor Care. Her favorite thing to do is travel, most often with her family. Lyndsey has been to 22 countries on five continents and plans to visit South America in 2016.

We will hold our Annual meeting during this week's  regularly scheduled Club meeting, on December 3rd.  The election of Officers and Directors for the 2016/17 Rotary year will be held at that time.  
Following the procedures set forth in the Club's bylaws, Immediate Past President Linda Borton 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:     Jim Bertucci
​President-elect:  Jim Thomson
​Vice President:  Jon Ridler
Secretary:  Lindsey Shaner
​Assistant Secretary/Treasurer:  Jennifer Burnidge
​Director-Club Administration:  Neil Scheufler
Director-International Service:  Ron Crawford
Director-New Generations:  Mary Jablonski
Director-Vocational Service:  Sue Duchek
Immediate Past President:  C.W. Moellenkamp
Incumbents serving the second year of a 2-year term:
Treasurer: Chris McClure
Director- Community Service:  Brian Meyer
Director- Membership:  Joe Musolino
​Director- Public Relations:  Rex Paisley

Recently retired FBI Special Agent Leo Durkacz showed a 12 minute video about the history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) and answered questions from the audience.
The video covered the origination of the FBI in 1908 and reviewed the changes up to the present with its increasing fight against cybercrime and its impact on a large portion of the population.  Over the years the Bureau has had to adapt to working with foreign law enforcement in dealing with crimes having international reach.
The FBI’s mission is to fight crimes in the United States.   However, Leo assured us that it does not want to achieve this by spying on its citizens.
With regard to employment opportunities with the FBI, the bureau still seeks accountants and attorneys, but now hires police officers, military veterans and cyber experts.  The job classifications are agents who carry guns and make arrests, and analysts.  Undercover agents have additional training and are continually psychologically evaluated.
Leo still works for the FBI in a limited capacity and lives in Arlington Heights.

Dr. Adam Prickett, MD - Classifiction Medical - Opthalmology

On November 12th, the speakers at our Rotary lunch meeting were Liz Major, the Manager of Health and Wellness at the Lattof YMCA in Des Plaines, and Annette Tarchala, the Membership Experience Director.  Liz addressed staying healthy through the holidays, and pointed out that the holidays really start around Halloween and end sometime around the Super Bowl, making them approximately three months long.  Many of the problems we encounter during the holidays involve eating and drinking too much, and sleeping and exercising too little. Studies show that people gain 1 to 5 pounds during the holidays, and those pounds often don’t come off.
Many of the things that we do during the holidays are focused primarily around food and drink. Liz recommended that we focus on high intensity exercise for shorter periods of time, thus avoiding the excuse of "I just don't have enough time during the holidays".  Any exercise will generally result in some weight loss, improvement of attitude, and reduction in stress level.  Liz also recommended at we JUST MOVE!!  Get off the couch and do something, rather than nothing.  Also incorporate a level of accountability in our exercise program with a workout buddy or registration for a class.
Liz also recommended the following: 
  • Don't use the common excuses for excessive eating during the holidays - "This is the only time of year that I eat like this"; "I don't want to say no to the host"; "I'll stop eating like this after the holidays"; and "I'll just have one".
  • Don't fall into the trap of thinking that by overeating one meal you have ruined that entire day or week.
  • Don't just plan to eat better or exercise “after New Year's” because that allows you to over eat now.
  • Be realistic, and focus on weight maintenance rather than weight loss during the holidays.
  • Eat a healthy snack before going to a holiday party.
  • Swap out high calorie ingredients for low-calorie ingredients or use a healthier preparation method.
    And remember, Abs are made in the kitchen not in the gym!  You can't exercise away a poor diet.

After Ms. Freveletti's talk as Thursday's speaker, she had us running, too... to buy some of her books!  She talked of her career, her craft as an author, getting the assignment to take over writing the Ludlum Borne Identity novel series, and shared off-the-record comments about some upcoming events.  Our thanks for Mark Tauber for seeking out this exciting and informative program. 
To see her in a You-Tube Video about Running from the Devil, paste or click
For details about how she practices her craft, how her career developed, and about surveillance, click "More"
In photo, author Jamie Freveletti autographs some copies of her books as Mark Tauber (right) and CW (left) look on.
THINKING OF TRAVELING?  The following information may be helpful.
The speaker at our October 29, 2015 lunch meeting was author Jim Proebstle. Jim spoke to us about his 2011 book Fatal Incident. Fatal Incident is based on the true events of a US Army transport flight on September 17, 1944 from Anchorage to Fairbanks, Alaska. The flight carried 20 Army personnel, most of whom were young enlisted men on furlough. The captain made his scheduled radio check-in halfway into its flight, but never made any of the scheduled subsequent check-ins. After the flight did not land in Fairbanks as scheduled, the US Army mysteriously determined to not initiate a search and rescue mission. Three days later and after significant congressional pressure, a search and rescue mission was initiated and the wreckage of the flight was found in a remote area of Alaska now called Mt. Deception. Although the wreckage was located, no human remains were found, and there was no evidence of a fire in the crash. To this date, there is no evidence of what happened to any of the 20 people on the flight.
Jim's father's brother was the captain and the pilot of the flight, which was Jim's reason for writing the book. The book dives into what conspiracies could have surrounded the failure to immediately initiate a search and rescue mission, and what could have caused the flight and what happened to the 20 people on the flight. Jim made a Freedom of Information request in 2006, but the US government replied that all documents related to the incident had been destroyed.
Jim also discussed his third book Unintended Impact, which is the true story of his brother who played amateur football and lived with the results of CTE dementia from the many concussions he suffered.

Chairman of the Membership Committee, Joe Musolino, gave us an update on the club’s membership.
The club added 12 new members during the recently ended fiscal year June 30, 2015.  We currently have 68 active members of which 4 are “shared” memberships.  77% of our members are male.  30 percent of our members have been members for less than 5 years.  
Joe stated that in years past we have had members with classifications of clergy, dentist, jewelry, retail, and signs.  He would like to see us add some new members in these classifications to increase the club’s diversity.  The club’s bylaws limit members to represent no more than 10% of total membership in any classification.  Presently, we have 7 financial advisors.
Joe invites us to offer ideas to grow our membership.  He is enthusiastic about having a video about the Rotary Santa Run on YouTube.

Joseph Skibbie, JRS Marketing Consultants, sponsored by Mike Clements.  October 8, 2015.

Today’s program featured two families and the interesting backgrounds of Rotarians Ben Weaver and Jason Ivy, shared while these new members gave their Classification Talks.  Both Ben and Jason showed slides of their wonderful families.  For many of we older Rotarians, it was heartwarming to think back to those hectic, yet wonderful young-family years.
To read about Ben (top photo) and Jason (lower photo), click "more"... 
Colin Walker, Regional Director, Wells Fargo Funds, presented an informative, positive view of the economy.  Our thanks go to A.H. Rotarian Ron Walter for providing this program.
Some "take aways" -- These days the U.S. is still attractive, though in the future we should expect earnings growth in Europe, China and India to be greater than in the U.S.  At the moment, economic indicators don't show an upcoming recession.
Bull markets last longer than Bear markets.  There doesn't seem to be over exuberance.  The Fed seems like it will phase in interest rate increases gradually and transparently over time.   Municipal bonds hold up better than corporate bonds in period of rising interest rates.  He cautioned that it's important to deal with someone who has a good knowledge of such bonds.
Reflecting on proportions within a portfolio, he said that 60/40 stocks to bonds has never had negative returns.  He felt Illinois overall still has corporate strength, and is a good place to invest.
For more information, contact Ron Walter

Rotary Speaker September 24, 2015
Liz McKay, a member of our own Ron Walter’s church, is a retired community college administrator who is active with others in learning and talking about Human Trafficking.  She talked to us today about sex trafficking and in particular trafficked teens in the Chicago area.  Mostly females with an average entry age of 12-14 years and some as young as 11, it is estimated that some 16,000 to 25,000 women participate in sex trafficking each day.
Worldwide, sex trafficking has been estimated to be $150 billion a year industry.  The U.S. share of this industry is $9.5 billion consisting of 7,781,205 transactions and that some 100,000 youths participate therein.
Kids are recruited on the internet, in schools, in parks and at malls.  A child may be living at home, attending school and still be sold for sex.
Ms. McKay urged us to view the Sundance Film Festival Director’s Award Winning Dreamcatcher Documentary being shown Sunday September 27 at the Metropolis that exposes human trafficking in our neighborhoods.  A viewing donation of $20.00 is suggested.
Dreamcatcher Foundation has outreach, intervention and prevention programs. 
Raymond Benson author of numerous novels and novelettes about super spy James Bond.
Rotary Speaker September 24, 2015
Liz McKay, a member of our own Ron Walter’s church, is a retired community college administrator who is active with others in learning and talking about Human Trafficking.  She talked to us today about sex trafficking and in particular trafficked teens in the Chicago area.  Mostly females with an average entry age of 12-14 years and some as young as 11, it is estimated that some 16,000 to 25,000 women participate in sex trafficking each day.
Worldwide, sex trafficking has been estimated to be $150 billion a year industry.  The U.S. share of this industry is $9.5 billion consisting of 7,781,205 transactions and that some 100,000 youths participate therein.
Kids are recruited on the internet, in schools, in parks and at malls.  A child may be living at home, attending school and still be sold for sex.
Ms. McKay urged us to view the Sundance Film Festival Director’s Award Winning Dreamcatcher Documentary being shown Sunday September 27 at the Metropolis that exposes human trafficking in our neighborhoods.  A viewing donation of $20.00 is suggested.
Dreamcatcher Foundation has outreach, intervention and prevention programs
September 3rd News and Updates:  Neil Scheufler and Nanette Sowa (of SLSF) are looking for additional foursomes and raffle prizes for the Arlington Classic Duffer of the Year outing on September 16th at Fox Run Golf Links in Elk Grove Village.  The outing benefits the Special Leisure Services Foundation and our Rotary Club.
At our September 3rd lunch meeting we received a "visit" from Charles Benedetti.  Charles is a man of many colors whose resume includes time as a Catholic priest, psychology student, dream analyst, handwriting expert, student of quantum physics, music student, and advocate for music and cursive writing in schools.  Charlie also believes in UFOs, is convinced that the media and government are involved in a massive series of cover-ups, and enjoys talking to the trees and the birds during his walks around the Marriott Lincolnshire golf course.  Charlie asked that any of us that are involved in local PTAs consider providing his contact information to PTA leadership so that Charlie can have the opportunity to speak to PTA groups to push music and cursive handwriting returning to the schools.

Representing The Rotary Foundation, Amanda Runge spoke to us about how the money flows through the Rotary International Foundation.  She introduced herself as one of six hundred persons working for Rotary International and the Foundation in Evanston, Illinois.  During its 2013 through 2014 year, the foundation disbursed $234 million.  Our club raised over $9000.
There are three(3) funds that makeup the Foundation – 1) Annual Fund, 2) Polio Plus, and 3) Endowment.  Rotary International Foundation is rated A+ by the American Institute of Philanthropy.  And, 92 percent of receipts are spent on programs.  The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) for tax purposes.
Most contributions to the Foundation are designated for the Annual Fund.  After being held for three years, 50 percent  of the money is distributed to the Districts and subsequently used for local grants.  The other 50% is distributed for international grants.
Contributions designated for Rotary’s polio program are run through Polio Plus and are used to End Polio Now through a worldwide vaccination program.  The Gates Foundation has been matching contributions to this fund.
The Endowment Fund is made from large one time gifts.  With limited choices, donors may designate how their contributions are spent.
Contributors to the Rotary Foundation are recognized at the individual level as Paul Harris Fellows and at the club level by the District.  Individuals contributing $250,000 become members of the Arch Klumph Society.  There is an anonymous person in our District who will match up to $500 per member who makes a contribution to the Foundation and will count towards a Paul Harris Fellowship.
ROTARY DIRECT is a program that allows donors to make regular contributions to the Foundation and tabulate them for recognition at the individual and club level.  Enroll Online at
Feb 11, 2016
Andrew Grant, author of False Positive
Feb 18, 2016
K-9 Unit Demonstration
Feb 25, 2016
Detective Ed Commers
Cybercrime in Arlington Heights
Mar 03, 2016
Joe Rosner
Author & Educator: Crime Safety & Self Defense
Mar 10, 2016
Mar 17, 2016
Paddy Homan
History of Ireland, St. Pat's Celebration / Music
Mar 24, 2016
Larry Kosiek
Author: Born Survivors
Mar 31, 2016
Tom Kastle
Ship Captain/Singer/Songwriter
Apr 07, 2016
Harvey Mysel
Living Kidney Donor Network
Apr 14, 2016
Apr 21, 2016
Mayor Tom Hayes - TBD
State of the Village
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