ROTARY INTERNATIONAL COVENTION
SEOUL KOREAMay 29, 2016 – Jun 01, 2016
Santa Run Meeting
May 31, 2016
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Food Pantry Shopping-Aldi's
Jun 08, 2016
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Village of Arlington Heights- Immunization Clinic
Village HallJun 13, 2016
4:45 PM – 7:00 PM
St. Thomas of Canterbury Soup Kitchen
St. Thomas of CanterburyJun 21, 2016
3:30 PM – 7:00 PM
2016-2017 Annual Installation Dinner
Rolling Green Country ClubJun 30, 2016
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
- 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 RCAHCommunity@gmail.com. The deadline for submission is May 7, 2016.
- Grantees will be notified by June 30, 2016.
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.
Photo and story, courtesy of the Daily Herald (Melissa Silverberg, reporter, and Joe Lewnard, staff photographer).
- 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 http://rotary6440.org 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.
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. www.chicagomaritimefestival.org
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.
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 www.iamirelandshow.com, and arrange for bookings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
California's Loss is Chicago's Gain
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.