Speaker Date Topic
Susan Trieschmann, Curt's Cafe May 18, 2021
Food service program for at-risk youth
Food service program for at-risk youth

Susan Trieschmann, who founded Curt’s Café a food service program for youth at risk in Evanston and Highland Park will speak about Curt's Cafe, a non-profit open cafe concept workforce training program for at-risk young men and women. Curt's Cafe has pivoted during the pandemic and served their students as their trauma was increasing, alongside of all of ours. Suan will share what they have learned in the past year along with what changes they are making to not only serve students in the best way possible, but to serve all underserved communities.  www.curtscafe.org

Susan, her sister Nan, and her husband Curt each contributed $100 to begin her passion to help get kids off the streets. Curt Sharp was a Rotarian and died quite young from lung cancer. Susan left her thriving Food For Thought catering business that her sister is still running and is the third largest caterer in the Chicagoland area.

Once the young boys and girls have a record or come to the attention of the police, they were forced to live on the street. They could not live with their family in federally subsidized housing if they had a record. The Evanston Police helped identify those in the greatest need. Curt's Cafe helps teach them food service, enroll them in schools, and eventually obtain their GED's. Curt's also provides food whenever needed and helps them find jobs. When the kids receive a first check from that job, they bring their Moms or Aunties to Curt's for a lunch which they proudly pay for!

Sean Nelson May 25, 2021
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA)
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA)

Sean will discuss RYLA.

Ann Tennes, Marketing Manager Village of Skokie Jun 01, 2021
Skokie's Workforce Training Program

Ann will talk about the Workforce Training program in Skokie that is cosponsored by the Village Office of Human Services and Oakton Community College. The program assists residents who are unemployed or underemployed by helping them enroll in a certificate program at Oakton Community College, enabling them to earn a credential that will help them secure a job. The program has received start up funding from the Skokie Community Foundation and the District 219 Educational Foundation.

Howard Frank Jun 08, 2021
"Join me on a trip to Ecuador and the Amazon"

Club member Howard Frank, a skilled photographer, will show pictures of a trip he took to Ecuador and the Amazon.

Rotary International Director Suzi Howe Jun 15, 2021
Rotary International Update
Rotary International Update

Susan “Suzi” C. Howe

Director 2020-22

Director Bio, Suzi Howe

Rotary Club of Space Center

Houston, Texas, USA

Suzi Howe dedicated her career to education after graduating from the University of Kansas. She owned and operated South Shore Montessori, a private school, until her retirement in 2019. It was during the construction of that school that she first learned about Rotary, as her broker, architect, and others involved were all Rotarians. Within six months of joining Rotary in 1992, she was already serving on her club’s board.

Passionate about sharing her training and educational skills, she has volunteered as training leader and as a member of the Rotary Leadership Training and Development Committee. She has also served RI as regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, host committee advisor for the 2022 Rotary International Convention, and vice chair of the End Polio Now Countdown to History Challenge Committee. In 2005, Howe won the Dome City Award on behalf of all Houston-area Rotarians for her work running logistics for the 650 Rotarian volunteers at the Houston Astrodome who helped 250,000 Hurricane Katrina evacuees from New Orleans over a three-week period. 

Howe is also a talented fundraiser, having organized three separate Million Dollar Dinners, the last one alone raising $3.8 million for The Rotary Foundation. “If you make eye contact with me, I will be asking you to make a contribution,” she says.

Howe is a recipient of the Service Above Self Award, and The Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award and Citation for Meritorious Service. She and her husband, Bill, are Arch Klumph Society and Bequest Society members.