Posted by Al Anile
We did not have any guest speakers per se this week, however club member John Jekot spoke on behalf grant recipients Emilia Walasik, Youth Minister at St. John Brebeuf, and Golf Maine Park Distric, where John is the temporary Program Coordinator. 
St. John Brebeuf Church Youth Ministry's goal is to bring young people between 7th and 12th grades together to grow together in faith, service, and fellowship. They meet once a month for Mass and a gathering afterwards.
Throughout the year they get involved in service opportunities both inside and outside the parish. Every summer they participate in a Catholic faith based service camp called Alive in You where we travel for a week to a given location to serve those most in need, as  an example house repairs. They also engage in daily faith building activities there and fellowship with other young people from across the country.
The Rotary donation goes towards their next trip to the Alive in You Camp. It was originally planned to be used for this summer but because of the COVID-19 outbreak it has been put to the side for next summer's service trip.
Emilia said that her youth group is immensely grateful for this donation, more than words can ever express.
"Thank you Rotary Club of Skokie Valley and God bless you!"
The grant donation to Golf Maine Park District is used for kids who want to participate in programs but need financial assistance. Kids in need may also apply for financial assistance.