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- Please join us in congratulating Ethan Witz on becoming Troop 34's newest Eagle Scout! Ethan passed his Eagle Board of Review on Saturday, October 4th!
Congratulations again, Ethan!
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 email@example.com. 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 , firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 – email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org , 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 email@example.com.
Beginning April 4th, we will assign people the job of serving as a greeter--exactly in the same way we handle the Pledge, 4-Way Test & Invocation responsibility for each meeting.
The link for greeter assignments can be found in the SITE PAGES BOX in the upper left hand corner of our website's home page, below the homepage banner OR by Clicking . . .
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.
President Bill Kmiecik asked Ron Crawford to introduce our guests: Debbie Nelson from the Daily Herald, Rotarian Steve Sharer of Arlington Sunset, and our speaker Mary Beth Beiersdorf
- Next Thursday, 6/19, there will be No lunch meeting. Instead, our Fast Eddie’s member involvement contest will be celebrated at Eddie’s on Northwest Highway at 6 p.m. If you haven’t registered, please do so on the club website if you’ve not already replied. (to do so, click here)
- Next, next Thursday’s meeting, 6/26 again will not be a lunch meeting. Instead we’ll be celebrating the installation of President-Elect Linda Borton Jun 26, 2014, 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM. RSVP and Register on the club website if you’ve not already replied.
- Special thanks to Kris Niemann for her efforts in tracking down RSVP replies during our meeting.
- “Birthday wishes and cake!”, said Bill Mahoney -- for Bob Arnold (from last month), Bill Mahoney (sponsored by Bill Harbericter in 1982), Peter Jezioro (heard about the club, came and joined in 2011), Ron Walter (sponsored by Paul Hester in 2001), Neil “Interim” Scheufler (sponsored by Kris Niemann in 2011), and Bob Paddock (sponsored by Bob Paddock in 1989…”Sr.”, that is). “Congratulations!” to our Birthday Rotarians, and a “Thank You!” to their sponsors. Bill also reminded us to register our birthdays on the website member data – among other things, it will help ensure you get your fair share of cake !
- Linda Borton said there’s a Budget Meeting Monday. Though geared toward the incoming club Board Members, all club members are welcome. See the website for time and place.
- Welcome new member Karen Baker! President Bill and sponsor Linda Borton reminded us of the responsibilities of Rotary membership and opportunities of fellowship. Karen is Director, Community Services, Northwest Community Healthcare, 3060 Salt Creek Lane, Arlington Heights, IL 60005 [ firstname.lastname@example.org , 847-618-5570 (phone), 847-618-4279 (fax) ].
- Steve Sharer from the Arlington Heights Sunset Club announced walk-ins are welcome at Saturday’s wine tasting benefiting Salute, Inc. It’s a good opportunity to support our sister club and Salute, Inc. [p.s., since this newsletter is coming out after the weekend, your Scribe of the Week adds that it was an enjoyable, meaningful Salute event attended by some of our own club members. Good fellowship with our sister club Rotarians, good cause, good event, and good weather!]
Fine Master Jim Bertucci got us to be Happy and celebrate our upcoming Flag Day holiday.
Happy were – Neil Scheufler for Bill Kmiecik’s acknowledgements last week re. the Metropolis concert, and Rotarian kid ties being found even in a pub in Ireland (ask Neil or Jim); Bill Kmiecik for the great news of tests from his daughter Emily's bone marrow biopsy – no sign of the leukemia ! [We're very happy for the Kmiecik's too, Bill.] Ron Crawford for being able to give $60 from Bike Tune Up efforts to the club Foundation. Also, he is on the board of the Arlington Cares organization. It is holding its annual fund raiser at Cooper’s Hawk. Anyone who buys a ticket will get a free tune up, said Ron. Contact him for more information, email@example.com.
Linda Borton was happy about the hospital’s Karen Baker being a new member of the club…and for surprise meetings at the International Convention in Sydney; Karen Baker was “first time Rotary” Happy; Mark Tauber for Bill Mahoney’s birthday cake; Kerry Pearson for library board members’ efforts and for his son’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor; Wendy Davis for the help from Matt Bennett, Ron Crawford, and Terry Ennes in clearing away a fallen tree, making way for our Steak Fry; Kris Niemann for a bike a long-due bike repair fee; and Bob Paddock, sadly apologizing for work at the office causing him to skip some Rotary duties last week, and happy for having work which enables him to pay the fine !
Jim’s quiz for Monday, Flag Day – 1. According to flag etiquette, can our flag be flown at night? 2. Describe the pace of raising and lowering the flag. 3. On Memorial Day, what is the special way the flag is to be flown? 4. Can the flag ever be flown upside down? 5. a. Why are two persons often used to raise the flag?
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On behalf of Linda Borton, President Bill reminded us of the 8/5/14 Rotary outing to U.S. Cellular Field (Sox vs. Rangers). It should be a threefer + one -- a day to raise money for Rotary’s Polio Plus campaign, help Veterans, raise public awareness of Rotary, and enjoy good fellowship. Of the $22 ticket cost, $10 will go to Rotary’s effort to fight polio. We have the option of donating tickets to veterans. Contact Linda to sign up (firstname.lastname@example.org , 847-253-0310, or see her at the installation.
As you can see in another story today, Fast Eddie's contest's Court Date was 6/19. Enjoying these "visiting hours" were the two Eddie's, Bill and Betsy! We can tell they haven't minded serving time together (34 years of "good time" ). Buy Bill a beverage some time and ask him how he got his nickname -- it's a great story.
No lunch meet up this week -- instead will be the Installation at which Linda will become an official "Made" Rotarian President. Try to join "us guys" for a great time at Club Rolling Green!
Fast Eddie’s Enforcer (a.k.a., Fine Master) from Elmwood Park was Jim Bertucci asked if there were any Happy Fines. quizzed the tables on “gangsta” history. See if you know some of our dubious history – 1. What Palatine place was known for mobsters? 2. What real Chicagoland figure was Joe Pesci in the movie Casino based? 3. What “theater” in Chicago is remembered for well-known mob experience? 4. For what crime was Al Capone convicted? 5. Who was the recent book Family Secrets about? For the answers, see "More" below.
Jim, the old neighborhood not only produced a good Rotarian, it helped make him an entertaining Fine Master ! Bob Paddock was glad to have a visit from his wife, Marcie. Deb Whisler was happy for her "adorable husband" Bob. Bill Kmiecik was happy to regale us with the story of how he got his nickname. Sue Duchek told of former exchange student Ivan Soberan's successful growth in Rotary, and her plan to give her Paul Harris to him. She felt his visit here helped pursade him to be a part of Rotary service.
In his end-of-term speech...recalling his address from the start of his term...(Immediate Past) President Bill told of the reasons for joining, the reasons for continuing, and his perspective about a successful club and successful members. He shared his experience benefiting from Rotary during a time of family difficulty. He also spoke of the usefulness of asking and being asked to be involved, of the challenges of leadership, and of his appreciation of the club.
To read more about "chickens and pigs", "involvement and commitment", read Bill's moving, insightful speech by seeing "More" below.
Thanks, Bill, to you, your outgoing team, and your family, for a great year...and for being part of the Arlington Rotary family.
This week’s meeting, 6/19, was changed from Lunch to a Dinner celebration concluding the Fast Eddie’s contest. President Bill Kmiecik said a team put together by Sue Duchek created a contest reflecting one the important goals of Rotary…member engagement. Without engagement new Rotarians drop and long-term one's fade away. To see the awards and list of winners, see "More" below.
Said Sue, "This event was to engage Rotarians in the many wonderful things our club does. An active member (particularly a new member) tends to find more value in their membership and remains a member. This is an initiative that the current District Rotary Leadership is encouraging.
"My thanks were to Bill Borst who did a wonderful job of gathering the points that were submitted. Kris Niemann was of great help organizing the events especially with encouraging attendance." Our fellowship was made all the more enjoyable by the efforts of Eddie's owner, Mike Taft, and staff member Michelle.
Our thanks to all who participated in Engaging Rotary !
Mary Beth Beiersdorf, representing veteran’s aid organization Salute, Inc., presented an overview of the organization, saying it works to, as its mission statement says, “passionately pursue meeting the financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families. We strive to raise awareness of their sacrifices and provide a safety net to ensure every military family is treated with honor and dignity.”
Through a video and stories, she shared examples of local veterans in need. She also told of efforts to increase awareness and raise funds such as the upcoming 8/12/14 Homestretch for Heroes Run to be held on the track at Arlington Park International Racecourse.
Mary Beth is a board member of the organization and co-founder with Rotarian husband Will. To read more and get the link to their website, click “more” below.
Our club has sent representatives to the District’s annual project trip to Guatemala for the last seven years. This week, Ron Crawford will update us on the latest trip to Ak’Tenamit, and the impact that our District has had on this residential high school in the rain forest. District 6440 is also working with the Guatemala Sur Club to support several water and sanitation projects for school in the Sumpango area. In the picture above, Diane Crawford , Wendy Davis and Ron pause from their work to memorialize this trip in a photo.
At our club's April 11 meeting, Mayor Mulder will speak to the club about the State of The Village.
Instead of our usual venue at Clementi's Restaurant, that meeting will be held at Rolling Green Country Club.
On May 29th, we had speakers/participants of three Rotary programs – Interact, RYLA, and Youth Exchange.
The co-presidents Elizabeth Wessel and Tim Stricker, and co-vice presidents Kaylee Campbell and Carrie Cyboran of the Rolling Meadows Interact club told us about the various community service projects they did over the past year: 1) working with the RMHS student council to gather 3400 pounds of food to feed 110 families, 2) operating a Christmas Giving Tree that benefited 100 families, 3) conducted a “senior Olympics” consisting of various table games, and 4) raised money for the orphanage Melor Vinyewo in Ghana.
Eliza Kramarz, a Rolling Meadows H.S. student, recently attended the annual RYLA seminar. Rotary sponsors high school students to attend a leadership development weekend conference organized by our District 6440. She appreciated the motivational speaker and speaker Rck Metzger and learned a lot about herself.
Isabelle Gaboriau, our former 1983-84 exchange student from France, told us about her host family and her own life over the last 30 years. Each of Isabelle’s 3 children followed in her footsteps in living with another family in another country for a year during their high school years. Attending the meeting today was Sandy Fernstrom her former host mother whom she affectionately refers to as “mum.”
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On Saturday, April 20, 2013 approximately 500 incoming Rotary International Council on Legislation Delegates will arrive at O’Hare International Airport for a Rotary International meeting.
Travelers really appreciate seeing a friendly face greet them when they arrive in town; and that’s what our district plans to do. Our district has agreed to provide greeters, with Rotary signs, to welcome these delegates and to assure that they will have a pleasant and stress free arrival.
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Ken Bellis from Search, Inc. spoke to us about his organization that serves adults with developmental disabilities. Search serves to integrate these individuals into a lifestyle similar to the non-developmentally disabled. Specific services include education, independent living, housing, evaluation, counseling, job training, trips, medical care, employment, talent development and in-home visits. Ken emphasized Outstanding Services and Life-Changing Experiences.
Search has facilities in 4 locations in the Chicago area - Chicago, Evanston, Mt. Prospect, and Waukegan. Currently 414 people are receiving services daily and 100 of the clients have full or part-time employment through the program. There are 29 group live-in homes with 172 residents.
While Search is an acronym for Special Education Association for Retarded Children, it has significantly expanded its scope of services since its inception in 1968. Autism is only one area of focus.
To emphasize the broad spectrum of services provided, Ken mentioned that some of the clients have sold their artwork for hundreds of dollars and could rightly be called legitimate artists.
For more information see www.search-inc.org
Contact Jessica Leighton, Intake Manager, 847-789-7155 Ext. 291, email@example.com.
Written by Bill Hoff
As your President-Elect, I would like to be the first to wish you a Happy Festivus! On May 3 our club will be celebrating Festivus at the residence of Treasurer-in-waiting, Jim Thomson and his lovely wife Sue.
We will be enjoying several different types of ethnic foods, beers and wines and participating in normal Festivus activities as well as some traditional party activities. If you feel so inspired, please bring a dessert to share.
So come party with us:
When: May 3rd, beginning at 7:00 pm
Where: Home of Jim and Sue Thomson (531 S Allen Lane, Arlington Heights)
There is no additional cost to members. The charge for each guest is only $15.
We need a good count of attendees to make sure we have enough food and refreshments. So please use ClubRunner to . . . SIGN UP.
It didn't seem that long ago that we were celebrating our 50th birthday. And we have the pictures to prove it.
Past President Ron Crawford proudly shows off another baking creation by C W Moellenkamp. This time it is a cake to celebrate the club's 57th year.
Unfortunately, the Rotarians with March birthdays--Bob Heller and Don Marquis--were not present to enjoy the cake and camaraderie.
Happy Birthday Rotarians!
At its March 12th meeting the RCAH Board approved presenting to the club a set of Policies, Procedures & Guidelines (PP&G).
This document is primarily a compilation of materials that will augment and clarify parts of the current Club Constitution (Adopted August 2011) and the Club Bylaws (adopted April 2012). For the most part, the policies have been adopted by past Board actions; the procedures explain in detail how our club has traditionally done certain tasks or functions; and the guidelines outline approaches to carrying out essential club jobs.
Please click on the corresponding links above to view and/or download copies of these documents.
The PP&G document will be discussed and, as appropriate, voted on at the club's April 18 meeting.
Bill Pardue talked to us about the replacement of the NorthStarNet community information system with the Localwiki.org system. For 16 years Bill has been involved with information systems at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library and coordinated the listing of organizations and businesses on the free internet listing service through the northern Illinois information system called NorthStarNet. The new listing system for local groups is more accessible via the “wiki” software and is supported by the National not-for-profit “Localwiki.org”.
Bill likened “Localwiki” to the “Wikipedia” where users are able to easily edit the content and/or post new information/pictures at any time. Bill has taken on the role of managing the “AHwiki” website, monitoring the content, and assisting organizations and individuals trying to post information on the site. He is currently focusing on getting the word out about the site and encouraging the use of it. Information on AHwiki.org is to pertain to Arlington Heights only.
He encourages us to add and update information/pictures about our organizations/businesses, local history and resources. http://www.AHwiki.org
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.
On Monday, March 18th 24 Club members attended a Strategic Planning Meeting for 2013-2014 Rotary Year facilitated by President Mark Tauber and President-Elect Bill Kmiecik. The event was held at Village Hall from 6:00-8:15pm.
For President Mark's complete report on the meeting,
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Let it be known this 14th day of May the year of our Lord 2014, to all those of the Rotary of Arlington Heights Noon Club that Karen Baker is being considered as a potential member of our club.
On Saturday April 20th at the Rotary District 6440 Conference, our club received an award from Governor Mike Yesner for engaging both Rotarians and our Community in an exemplary fashion. In the above picture (l. to r), President-Elect Bill Kmiecik, Vice President Linda Borton, Immediate Past President Tim Corrigan and Wendy Davis were on hand to receive our Certificate of Engagement Achievement. Not shown in the picture, but in attendance at the District Conference was President Mark Tauber.
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In the above picture in the foreground, CW Moellenkamp, K C Adams, Terry Ennes, and Jim Ryan are lead by Glen Garlick in a discussion about which International Service projects from the "brainstorming" session satisfy the criteria developed by the whole group earlier in the evening. In the background, Mike Sweeney, Deb Whisler, Ron Walter, Kris Stabler Nieman and Jim Thomson are being lead by Mike Cassady (not visible in the picture) through a similar exercise for New Generations projects.
Also in attendance as this meeting were Jim Bertucci, Will Beiersdorf, Linda Borton (leading the Community Service discussion), Tim Corrigan, Wendy Davis, Mike Field, Lynn Jensen, Bill Kmiecik, Don Marquis (leading the Vocational Service discussion), Kerry Pearson, Jon Ridler, Mark Tauber and Harry Vaswani.
As you can see from other articles on our club's homepage, we are in full swing to identify projects that deserve our funds and talents in Rotary Year 20123-14.
Along with this planning effort comes the need for every club member to join a committee. The best way to make your voice heard is to join a committee early.
Please review the committee list below and click here to SIGN UP for the committee of your choice.
Now is the best time to SIGN UP
Bob Arnold, Chair of the organization "Journeys| The Road Home," described the extent of homelessness in the suburbs, the types of services offered by the organization and described the homeless population. It provides “shelter and services to those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.” Although Bob was to address the club in May, he graciously filled in last Thursday (when asked that very morning!) for a flood-bound speaker who was unable to get to our club meeting.
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The "Fast Eddies" contest will be held Thursday June 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM. The location has been changed to Eddie's Restaurant located at 10 E Northwest Hwy, Arlington Hts, IL 60004. Guests are welcome at $16 per person. Members costs have been covered by your dures. Please RSVP using the link on this weeks BIG WHEEL under the events section.
Our very own Troop 34 ran into a problem recently. Due to a change in corporate policy Marianos is no longer able to allow the Scouts to collect food items for their annual Great Food Drive project. Thanks to quick action, the Scouts found another site for their drive at Ultra foods. Although down from what they collected at Marianos in previous years they still collected 49 boxes of items, and $90 in cash. Tr 34 will use the cash donation to buy additional items for delivery to the food pantry along with all the items collected.
On March 28, Dominick gave a presentation to the club on Literacy, Rotary International's theme for the month of March. As part of the presentation, he discussed facts about local, national, and international literacy rates as well as what we as Rotarians can do to help improve literacy rates. As Rotarian we are not alone in our service to help others; he reviewed local, national and international partnerships that focus on this important issue.
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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!”
At our April 18 meeting, Rex Paisley was welcomed into Club membership by President Mark and Rex's sponsor C W Moellenkamp. Rex's classification is Communications and Community Relations.
Rex is the Director of Corporate Communications at Lutheran Life Communities. He is an Arlington Heights resident. Among other things, Rex coaches youth baseball and basketball.
Please take an opportunity to introduce yourself and personally welcome our newest member.
Glenn Garlick is a volunteer. He has volunteered as a greeter as well as chair of International Service, a major standing committee for RY 2013-24.
But at the March 28th club meeting, he joined two other club members who all received certificates of recognition for their participation in the Rotary Reads program.
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President Mark Tauber tried a new/old tradition after he inducted Rex Paisley, sponsored by C W Moellenkamp. Rex ran the gauntlet of a line of hand-shaking Rotarians. Welcome aboard! Thanks and congrats, CW, on sponsoring a new member!
Jim Bertucci encouraged us to volunteer to help Salute with their Race on May 26th, noting that Salute volunteers had helped a lot with our Santa Run. You can go to www.saluteinc.org/ to learn about the good work of Salute, and to volunteer, or contact club member Will Beiersdorf.
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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
Thanks to the ROTARY CLUB of Arlington Heights sponsorship one of our Troop 34 High Adventure Contingents is exploring the National Parks in this southwest this week. Here is part of the crew in Bryce Canyon and another shot overlooking the Grand Canyon." There is a good chance many of these young men would not be able to experience these parks at this level if it weren't for Troop 34!
Jim, a Senior Business Adviser of Sunbelt Business Advisers, a franchise business sales and acquisition consultancy firm, told us he and spouse Coleen have been married 24 years and live in Arlington Heights. When not consulting or enjoying time with Coleen, Jim golfs and fishes. He and his wife enjoy vacationing...though all too often he receives client calls on his cell phone wherever he is.
Raised in the Chicago area, attending Harper College and the University of New Mexico, he said his real education though was in the business world. First was in the printing industry, then residential loan financing, commercial lending and now as a business broker with the world’s largest business franchise brokerage. He said Sunbelt has been the best business brokerage for 15 years in a row, and sells more businesses each year than anyone, and has offices world wide.
He described a 9 step process for selling a business (see “more” below). The firm has a large data base of active buyers. About 70% of the business is sales, 30% is buying. Described some interesting aspects of the business, he said a sale price is often based on 3 years of cash flow (weighted toward the most recent), and a multiple based on industry and popularity. Often the multiple is 2 to 4 times earnings up to $10,000,000, and somewhat high for larger firms. Most of his business is with family firms, with most sales taking from 6-9 months.
You can get a copy of his Power Point presentation about his work with Sunbelt, or contact Jim at 150 N. Martingale Rd. – Suite 201, Schaumburg, IL 60173. 847-605-1310, firstname.lastname@example.org , www.chicagosunbelt.com
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 !
We have just updated the club's photo directory with current pictures for well over 90% of our members.
This would be a great time to check out the club's photo directory. Just go to the login page of our website, find the My ClubRunner section of the administration page (upper left hand box) and click on View Club Photo Directory (9 entries from top). You will be impressed.
Dan Patlak, (left in picture), Commissioner Cook County Board of Review (1st District) added his comments to an overview provided by our own property tax expert, Terry Ennes. He spoke of his efforts to educate the public about property taxes, as well as his own background. Tools for us to use can be found at Dan Patlak's website.
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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.
Katlyn Smith of the Daily Herald wrote in her published story, "With his first year steering Arlington Heights on the books, Mayor Tom Hayes touted the village's finances and looked ahead to plans for a new police station in his inaugural State of the Village address Thursday."
To see the video of the speech, click here.
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The opportunity to host another Group Study Exchange (GSE) has presented itself to our club. The group study exchange team from India District 3230, will visit our district from Sunday April 14th thru Tuesday May 14th. Our club would be responsible to co-host the GSE group from Thursday May 9th to Monday May 13th.
In the near future, we will ask our club members to help with a number of tasks to make our hosting this GSE team a success. Watch for opportunities to volunteer.
The Rotary Club of Arlington Heights presented the 24th Annual L.W. Calderwood Officer of the Year Award to investigator Todd Radek of the Arlington Heights Police Department. Officer Radek sent us a nice Thank You Letter.
In the picture to the left, Village Mayor Arlene Mulder recognizes Officer Radek. To learn more about him and his accomplishments, just click
On Saturday May 11, 2013--beginning at Noon--District 6440 is sponsoring a Day At The Races at Arlington International Racecourse.
There will also be a GSE Team Farewell during this event.
For more information click this link for the
Everyone in the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights undoubtedly knows that our own Wendy Davis has just completed another, out of many, international Rotary mission trips to such places as India, Guatemala and the Ivory Coast. This time she took Rotary's battle against Polio to Nigeria.
What you may not realize, however, is the great publicity that this is generating for our club. Wendy's exploits are covered in the Arlington Heights Patch, the Daily Herald as well as in the Chicago Trib Local.
The story is not only interesting in and of itself, but also a great advertisement for our Rotary Club. Be sure to check this article out by clicking on one of the links above.
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...
Beginning in July, Michael Sweeney will assume the Board Position of Director of Membership and Chair of the Membership Committee.
Although Mike will have overall responsibility for the club's efforts to attract and retain members, MEMBERSHIP IS EVERYONE'S BUSINESS!
We can all pitch in to help keep our club strong and growing, by:
- Joining the Membership Committee
- Bringing Prospective Members to a Club Meeting
- Proposing a New Member
Talk to Mike about what you can do to help.
Did you know any member of the club can propose a new member? It is easy to do, just download the Membership Application Form and follow the simple steps in the accompanying instructions.
As she prepares to retire after two decades as Arlington Heights mayor and 34 years in public service, Village President Arlene Mulder gave her last State of the Village speech to the Arlington Heights Rotary Thursday afternoon and said that the village is in good shape, and in good hands for the future.
Click here to see OUR photo album. To see photos, video and the local news coverage, just click the Daily Herald.
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Peter Maslanka, a recent graduate of Marquette University and Field Organizer, briefed the Club on Energy Impact Illinois.
On March 7th, Peter Maslanka described the benefits of Energy Impact Illinois, which is an alliance funded by a federal grant that is dedicated to helping Illinois homeowners make their homes more energy efficient. Homeowners can obtain a low cost energy audit of their home, and then a 70% instant rebate (up to $1750) for the work recommended by the audit. Call 1-855-9-IMPACT or visit www.energyimpactillinois.org for more information.
We use the News Section of our website for stories that you may want to refer to after they have been removed from the main Stories column--for example, the slate of officers and directors for the coming year. We also put other information in this section when it involves non-urgent events that are happening around the District or at other clubs near us.
A listing of news articles is displayed right below the Stories, at the bottom of the center column of our homepage. Just click on the title when you want to read the full story. Check out the stories that have been moved to this section just this week.
Want to see ALL of the news stories that have ever been published on our site:
Click on the News tab on the left hand side of our website's banner at the top of your browser, below this Rotary Year's theme icon "Peace Through Service." The News tab in the banner will always take you to the News section of our website, where you can pick articles to read that interest you.
We have a club of volunteers. That is what Rotary is all about.
But some of our members go above and beyond. They seem to volunteer for everything. They don't do it because they want recognition. They do it because they see someone who could use some help or something that needs done.
That doesn't, however, mean that we shouldn't recognize them. In fact our Club has a perfect and easy way to recognize such people.
- Download the nominating form for recognizing individuals
- Fill it out in 25 words or less and
- Give it to President Mark. He will do the rest.
Surely you know club members who should be singled out for a club "thank you." Don't delay, fill out the form today and give it to Mark at the next club meeting.
Are you on Facebook? If so, you can go to our club's Facebook page by clicking on this link:
http://www.facebook.com/RotaryClubOfArlingtonHeights (or cutting and pasteing this URL into a browser if the link doesn't work directly) OR
Clicking on the RCAH Facebook here or in the left-hand column of our homepage, the last entry in the Club Links section.
Once there, make sure you click on the "like" link on our Facebook page.
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 !