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Rotary Club of Arlington Heights!

Arlington Heights

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Clementi's Restaurant
602 West Northwest Highway
Arlington Heights, IL  60004
United States
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Don Marquis March 11
Nick Mitzen March 13
Bob Heller March 20
Rex Paisley March 26
 

 
 

New Rotary Logo - NOTES FROM THE EDITOR

  • Great news--1st shared membership application turned!
  • Please RSVP for the Calderwood Lunch NOW - March 12 at European Crystal
                   
 
 

 
 

 

 
10% of proceeds from your ticket purchase* for Rachmaninoff &Tchaikovsky: Sounds of Shakespeare on March 7-8, 2015 will be donated to Rotary District 6440 to aid in the fight against polio when you use coupon code 14-ROTARY online or through the Box Office.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotarians Ron Crawford, Glenn Garlick, Don Marquis, and Neil Scheuffler stepped up for the February Rotary Reads Program.  The next Rotary Reads opportunity will be on Wednesday, March 18.  Sign up on Clubrunner or contact Mike Field for more information.

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 

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

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

 

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

 
At our January 8th lunch meeting, President Linda Borton delivered the great news that Africa is close to being polio free, with no new diagnosis since August 2014.  Joe Musolino discussed the new shared membership pilot program for our club. The purpose of the program is to increase membership by attracting businesses and organizations that are not presently represented in the club.  The program will expose younger individuals who may not have the financial means or availability to be a regular member.  Any associate or employee of a Rotary member's organization or business, or the spouse of a member, is also eligible to be a shared member.  For more information, please see the shared membership FAQ and application on the rotary website.
 
Nick Mitzen also gave his rotary classification speech.  Nick shared quite a bit about his background and interests including growing up in Arlington Heights and his enrollment at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, which he was able to survive because of (or maybe despite!) the teachings of Mark Tauber.  Nick showed us photos of his time at Eastern Illinois University and his several foreign study programs, many of which included Nick with a beer glass in his hand.  Nick lives near the Hancock Center, and is passionate about homebrewing and running.  He also shared is diagnosis of and great progress battling against mystheria gravis over the past two years.
 
Bill Kmiecik's "Rotary Minute" reminded us that board meetings take place on the second Tuesday of every month at 11:30 AM at the Arlington Heights Village Hall. The meetings are open to any member, but if you'd like to attend please notify a board member.
 
 

 

 

Christmas came early to local children and families who received bright and shiny refurbished bicycles.    On the Saturday before Christmas, with the assistance of fellow Rotarians and friends, the bike donation program started by Ron Crawford and good friend of Rotary, John Amling,  gave away bikes
to over 40 lucky recipients.
 
 
 
 
We will hold our Annual meeting during the regularly scheduled Club meeting on December 18th.  The election of Officers and Directors for the 2015/16 Rotary year will be held at that time.  
 
Following the procedures set forth in the Club's bylaws, Immediate Past President Bill Kmiecik 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:     Carl Moellenkamp
​President-elect:  Jim Bertucci
​Vice President:  Jim Thompson
Treasurer:  Chris McClure
Director- Community Service:  Brian Meyer
Director- Membership:  Joe Musolino
​Director- Public Relations:  Rex Paisley
Immediate Past President:  Linda Borton
 
Incumbents serving the second year of a 2-year term:
Secretary:  Mike Sweeney
Director- Administration:  Kris Niemann
​Director- International Service:  Glenn Garlick
Director- New Generations:  Mike Cassady
Director-Vocational Service:  Don Marquis
 
 
 

 
 
During our December 4, 2014 lunch meeting president Linda Barton led us through a fun event called "Classification Tag" that she learned about from Bob Heller and Jan Behrens.  The game involves a Rotarian giving an impromptu three minute speed classification talk, and then passing off the microphone to another Rotarian for him or her to give their speed classification talk.  We heard some great updates and anecdotes from Larry Neiman, Jim Hassenplug, Millie Palmer, Rex Paisley, Don Marquis, Brian Meyer, Neil Scheufler, Mike Sweeney, Tim Corrigan, and Linda herself, among others.
 

 
 
 
Carrying on a favorite holiday service project tradition with a new twist, on Monday, November 24, Rotarians were joined by Rolling Meadows High School Interacters, and members of the Arlington Heights Chambers Young Professionals for our annual Thanksgiving Basket Packing. 
 
 
 
Today we heard from Kris Tsau, a volunteer Advocacy Specialist for Rotary’s End Polio program.
 
Ms. Tsau reminded us that when Rotary initially got involved in polio immunization in 1985, the rate of infection was 1000 new cases per day.  Today, there are only 3 countries in the world where polio remains endemic – Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  India has recently been certified “polio free”.  So far this year, Pakistan has had 236 new cases of polio and Nigeria has had only 6.
 
“As long as we have polio in those 3 countries, it will continue to spread to other countries.”  “At any moment there can be outbreaks of polio” as exhibited by cases in West Africa, Central Africa, Somalia, and the Horn of Africa, which have been “imported” from Nigeria.   Kris believes that we are close to eradicating polio in Nigeria.
 
The major reason that polio is not eradicated is because of “political instability”, poor infrastructures, geographic barriers, and active conflicts.  In Pakistan, armed security forces protect the vaccinators.
 
Globally, $11 billion has been collected to inoculate children in the countries where polio is not eradicated -   $1.3 billion of that has come from Rotarians.  Currently, the Gates Foundation is contributing $2 for every $1 given by Rotarians.  In 2013 the budget to finish the job of eradicating polio worldwide by 2018 was $5.5 billion.
 
 
 
 
  • Charitably Happy were -- Chris McClure announced a new accounting system, Quick Books.  Special thanks go to Treasurer Jim Thomson for the extra work!  Linda Borton thanked Tim Corrigan and others the efforts as the program the previous week in getting Club Runner running for us.  Bob Paddock was happy about the Herald’s efforts at diversification -- the purchase of Profile Publications, a national publisher of chamber of commerce community guides.  He was also happy for the ready fellowship and friendship our membership in Rotary brings, even when he comes in late for a meeting (he then asked his patient table mates Mary Cay Chisholm and Deb Whisler to pass the olive oil and bread again! : )
 
  • Fine Fine Master Dr. Joe Musolino did an especially Fun and Fine job entertaining for charity.  He used a slide show to quiz us on little known aspects of speaker Karen Baker’s life.  Among other things, could we guess her favorite Dr. Seuss book?  Favorite Chinese carry-out item?  Her fantasy celebrity dinner companion?  Song she readily knows all the lyrics of?  As president Borton said afterwards, “Joe’s presentation was a great example of the ‘Fun’ in Rotary.”  Contact Joe to show it to you.
 
  • Our speaker, Karen, had told us in a regular luncheon program about her job as Director of Community Outreach at Northwest Community Hospital, so this week in her Classification talk she told us more about herself.  Raised in Palatine and Arlington, she graduated from Arlington High School along with fellow Rotarian Mike Cassidy.  Her first job was selling merchandise with Charles of the Ritz, then moving into training.  Parents and grandparents among us, note that good things can come from being a band groupie -- she married a band member,  Kevin Baker !  She and her husband have three children.  She said her hardest job ever was being an active stay-at-home mom. Having been very involved in schools and activities, one of her children got to the point asking, “Are you going to be at school again today ! ?  She felt it was time to go back into the workforce. 
  • Feeling she wanted something more than selling, she worked as Palatine Township  outreach coordinator.  At an event there she met her friend and mentor, Ron Buch, who brought her to NW Community Hospital.  In addition to community outreach she also handles the tasks of regulatory reporting, community needs assessment, government relations, charitable giving, and Latino outreach
  • On a personal basis, travel is a hobby and pleasure.  The family has enjoyed adventure travel, the kids most of all, plus she and Kevin have enjoyed several trips as just a couple.  Cooking and country music are other pleasures, along with family time, sister time, Dudley (12-year-old beagle), friends and Bunko pals…and of course, Rotary.
 
 
 
Returning to our club after a 30 year hiatus, recently inducted Chris McClure gave his updated classification talk.  Working as a CPA for the past 34 years he is partnered in the firm McClure, Inserra & Co., Chtd and located in Arlington Heights.  Started in 1980 this full service CPA firm performs a lot of audits, trust and estate services as well as normal tax, accounting and QuickBooks found in most CPA firms.  The firm has also been performing peer reviews of other CPA firms since 1990.
 
Chris was born and raised in Peoria and cited the town’s notoriety of the Illinois River, Bradley Braves Basketball, World Headquarters of Caterpillar Tractor Co. and Emo’s Diary Mart (operated by his Uncle Emo).  He did a lot of water skiing on the Illinois River.  Upon graduating from Illinois State University he passed the CPA exam in August, 1978.   He married Dawn in December, 1979 and has a son Jonathan, two daughters Molly and Katie.  Kathie, a missionary currently on a sabbatical, has a two month old and is currently living with him and Dawn.
 
Chris has been participating in the Angel Tree program and serving at the prison in Pontiac, Illinois.  Dawn runs the Angel Tree program through their church.  Not quite monthly, Chris goes to prison and participates in this voluntary 48 week program to help prisoners adjust to life outside the prison after their release.  Chris goes with a group of nine other volunteers and tries to develop a dialog with individual prisoners during his 4 1/2 hour visit on Saturdays.  Chris related many observations of what life is like for prisoners inside the big house.
 
Written by
Bill Hoff
 
 
 

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RI President-Elect Ron D Burton announced the 2013-2014 theme, “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”

The theme announcement was made during the opening plenary session of the International Assembly, the annual training event in San Diego for incoming district governors.

 
 
 
 

In the absence of our Presidents Current and Elect, the  meeting was presided over by “Speaker of the House” / “Lady in Charge”, Linda Borton…reigning with a smile, of course.  She turned over some of her time to Nick Pecora to introduce 4 guests today, including two from the Arlington Evening Club, ________ and _________.  Our other guests were _______________ and _______________.

 

Lost your glasses ?  Jim Thomson must have been serving “the good stuff” at the recent Festivus party, because someone apparently got cured and no longer needed their glasses !  Some gold-rimmed glasses in a case were left at Jim’s.  Contact him if they are yours.

 

Birthdays were announced by Chairman of our "House Birthday Committee", Bill Mahoney.  Our four celebrants were Jon Ridler, joining in 2005, sponsored by Ken Alger; Mike Sweeney, 2012, by Mike Anthony; Rich Morton, 2012, by Will Beiersdorf; and Lynn Jensen, 2005, by Scott Davis.  Said Lynn, “Like many new Rotarians, my sponsor talked me in to being in charge of something back then…he and I not knowing what we were in for…now I’m in charge of Administration again, and I know what I’m doing this time !”  Congrats and thanks to our Birthday Rotarians, and their sponsors!  And yes, Lynn, you indeed know what you’re doing…you’re making Scott proud.

Fine Fine Master Joe Musolino gave us a chance to be happy, and quizzed us on Da Bear's.  Ron Crawford passed along a $50 donation made for a bike tuned up through the bike program.  Bob Paddock was happy about a just completed visit with relatives in Norway, happy that a company tornado drill went well, and puzzled that staff listened more to this than to what he normally says !  Will Beiersdorf was  happy about the special award Salute had won (ask Wil for more details). Jim Bertucci was especially happy about his son graduating with manga cum laude with three majors from Loyola, and having a job in Rome representing the university.  Congratulations All !

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

To find out more about about World Polio Day and The Global Polio Eradication Initiative go to the polio news website.

 
 
 

Speakers

Feb 26, 2015
Mar 05, 2015
Mar 12, 2015
Calderwood Awards
European Crystal
Apr 02, 2015
Linda Borton
Guatemala 2015 Trip One
Apr 09, 2015
TBD
Apr 16, 2015
Apr 23, 2015
TBD
Apr 30, 2015
TBD
 
 
 

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