Greetings from the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights

Greetings from the
Rotary Club of Arlington Heights!

Arlington Heights

Service Above Self

2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursdays at 12Noon / 1st Thursdays - Evening Event TBD
Coopers Hawk
798 West Algonquin Road
Corner Golf Road & Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL  60005
United States
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AUGUST BIRTHDAYS !
 
August 1    Sue Duchek
August 9     Mike Silverman
August 9    Harry Vaswani
August 15   Jim Hassenplug
August 23   Ron Walter
August 25   Glenn Garlick
August 29   Jason Ivy
 
 
                                                    Birthday Chair -  Neil Scheufler
 
It seemed like we had a similar crowd ! ... at our new approach for having one casual evening meeting a month.  Though somewhat crowded, the outside patio venue at the Peggy Kinanne's had great weather and fellowship.  We'll recall that one of the beliefs of Rotary is that through building friendships and acquaintance among us, we become even more productive in giving service to our communities -- relationship, trust and understanding help us work better together.   An informal pole of several members said generally they were glad they had come and getting to talk and know other Rotarians better.  They also shared some reflections/advice for our board as we move forward.  As for this photo, it actually typifies the crowd at the two-day event which followed --  The Mane Event/Taste of Arlington.  For a summary of sample comments and the attendance figures (including potential members), Read more...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Don’t forget that there is no meeting next week.  Instead of our regular lunch meeting, we will be meeting at Peggy Kinane’s from 6-8 pm for our “First Thursday” social networking.  Registration is required.  If you have not yet registered, you can sign up by clicking here.
  • The club is exploring ways that our club can financially assist victims of the recent River Trails fire in Prospect Heights both through the District and directly as a club.  For those wishing to provide hands on assistance, here are two opportunities to help sort and stock shelves with clothing and other items that have been donated:
    • Ruffalo’s Grocery at the corner of Palatine Rd. and Milwaukee.  Friday, July 28 10:00 am
    • River Trails Condo Association Building, 811 Apple Dr, Lower Level,  Prospect Heights,  Friday July 28 9am- 9pm.
  • The Chicagoland Korean Club will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary with an evening of traditional Korean entertainment to be held at Christian Heritage Academy, Northfield. The reception will start at 4:00 PM with a light meal of  Korean cuisine followed by the performance at 6:00 PM.  One of their sponsors has made it  possible to offer special discounted tickets for all Rotarians to promote  Korean music and dance.  ($10 for the performance, $30 for the performance and reception).  If you are interested in attending, please contact John Kim Johnkim797@yahoo.com.
  • Volunteers and foursomes are still needed for the golf outing on September 13.   There will not be a regular meeting that day due to the golf outing, so if you are not a golfer, please plan to volunteer.  See Brian Meyer for more information.
Every year, 45,000 Americans die by suicide.The rate of suicide is highest in middle aged white men (ages 35-64).For every recorded suicide, it is estimated that there are 25 attempts.The numbers are both staggering and tragic, but according to our speaker, Mike Bushman, a volunteer with the Illinois chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide should be viewed first and foremost as a health issue that can be prevented.  
 
There is no single cause for suicide.There are however risk factors that place some people at higher risk.These include health factors such as mental health conditions, environmental factors such as prolonged stress and stressful live events, and historical factors such as previous suicide attempts, or a history of child abuse.
 
Many people who die by suicide don’t think much before they do it, so when it comes to prevention timing is critical.AFSP stresses that reaching out can help save a life.This entails learning about the risks and warning signs of suicide, talking in private to let them know you care, and helping direct them to resources like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK).For more information and links to resources visit AFSP.org

On July 19, 2018 the speaker at our Rotary club lunch meeting with Beth Mosher, the Director of Public Affairs for AAA Auto Club.  AAA was founded in 1902 and now consists of 30 affiliated clubs across the US.  AAA has 58 million members, which is 25% of all drivers, and is the largest paid membership organization and United States.  AAA is involved in insurance, banking, travel planning, discount and rewards programs, driver education, and traffic safety.

 

The AAA traffic safety foundation focuses on driving and traffic safety for kids, teens, and seniors.  The kids program includes a focus on car seat installation and safety, the school safety patrol program, bicycle and helmet safety and the new bike repair program.  The foundation’s senior program focuses on keeping seniors on the road as long as safely possible, and the CarFit program that familiarizes seniors with the updated technology and basic equipment of cars.

 

The foundation’s teen program includes significant research regarding distracted driving, which has revealed several levels of “mental distractions”.  Mild distractions include the car radio and audiobooks, and moderate distractions include talking on mobile phones. The most dangerous distractions include the use of voice activated texting systems.  The foundation’s research has shown that these voice activated systems create, rather than cure, safety problems primarily because of the cognitive distraction that occurs when using the systems.  AAA works with automobile manufacturers to make the systems safer.  Teens are the most at risk group, and the foundation’s research shows that the biggest distraction among teens isn’t a teen drivers use of a mobile phone while driving, but rather the presence of other teens in the car.

 

More information can be found at https://www.aaa.com

 

 

Make a Difference in Arlington Heights
 
 
 
Are you part of an Arlington Heights organization looking to launch or expand programming to benefit more residents? The Rotary Club of Arlington Heights Charitable Foundation is currently taking submissions for the 2018 Community Grants Program. If you know someone else who would benefit, please share this information with them.
PROPOSAL FOR MEMBERSHIP  7-17-18
    
Full Membership:
John Kent-
Transfer from Arlington Heights Sunset Rotary Club
                   
 
 

Thursday’s meeting was both informative and topical – our 2018-2019 President, Jon Ridler, gave a summary of club finances and led a discussion about changes the board plans to implement this Rotary fiscal year.  Finances are remarkably good compared to years past: we have significant balances in our accounts.  These balances have been built up in part through the change in member fining for charity.  Other changes were discussed.  Our Fine Manager of Happiness welcomed Happy Fines and tested us with summer fragrance of an entertaining quiz.  For more of the club changes, discussion and the Quiz, click / "read more”.
The first meeting under 2018/19 Club President Jon Ridler entailed an interesting and enjoyable approach -- a 6 p.m. meeting at a local bar/restaurant, with no formal meeting! 
 
Instead, we had an opportunity to move around to readily meet and talk without the constraints of our regular weekly format.  President Jon feels these meetings also give an informal opportunity to bring prospective members and share more about Rotary, including one of it's tenets, Fellowship.  Through acquaintance and friendships, we're more able to effectively provide service to the community. Great weather, casual tables outside Courtland's Garage, plus good music from across the street in Harmony Park made for an enjoyable evening!  We don't have photos to share for this story...maybe due to a good cause: folks busy conversing, talking Rotary, and eating (and sipping +/-) !
Courtlands Garage, at the corner of Vail and Campbell in Arlington will be our first "1st Thursday Evening Meeting", 6-8 p.m.  The social and prospective new member gathering will be a regular opportunity to get to know each other better in a casual setting.  We're planning to gather in the outdoor seating area facing Vail Street.  Advanced reservations are required.
 
Our Fine Fun and Fundraising Mistress of Happiness Fungibility, Millie Palmer, welcomed Happy Fines and tested our wits.
Patty celebrated her return from an Alaska vacation and her retirement.  Kevin was pleased about work for the Wheeling Food Pantry.  Bob paid to give us advice and a story on how to determine if a potential spouse is “a keeper”, Millie was happy to tell of being in Greece.
In keeping with the upcoming holiday, she quizzed us on 4th of July-related items. 
"Mindfulness" was top of mind in a presentation by Lori Corrigan, a licensed clinical professional counselor (and president of the Rotary Schaumburg A.M. club).  And we had a chance to briefly practice an approach to the practice…with a couple of Rotarians expressing positive results.
 
She said mindfulness decreases stress and helps a person to live life as he or she wants, not simply “react” to what life throws at us.  In these ways, it helps improve focus as well as  both physical and mental well-being.  She distributed two sheets which outlined her presentation and listed “twenty ways to practice mindful living”.  To read these, and for Lori's contact information, click/see “Read more”.
At today’s meeting, outgoing/Immediate Past President, Jim Thomson (right), shared a heartfelt thanks, thoughts and looked to the future, citing the 4_Way Test as a guide.  He cited recent club accomplishments of contributing over $18,000 to the Rotary Foundation through happy “fines” and contributions, our partnering with the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club to give $5,000 fight Aids in Africa, and support of the Breadfruit project in Haiti…”day-to-day, making a difference in the world”. Thank you, Jim, for your leadership, service and commitment to Rotary!
 
Announcements – remember, our second largest fund raiser, the Duffer Golf Outing, has foursome and sponsorship opportunities.  The budget for the coming year will be similar to last year’s.  The club board voted to pay a club member to be the Race Coordinator for our largest fund raiser, the Santa Run. This month’s “seasonal” Fine Master for charity, Jim Hassenplug gave us a chance (for a voluntary fee) to share personal news which makes us happy, and enjoy his Solstice Quiz.  Due to the unexpected absence of today's speaker, Joe Musolino (left) stepped up and entertained us with "ice breakers" questions to get to know fellow club members -- Most awkward thing which happens repeatedly? Dumbest injury? Something about you we'd be surprised to know? Worst bug story?  To learn the answers and details, click "Read more".
  • Do you know a Rotarian, (or non-Rotarian) who you would like to recognize at this year’s Installation Dinner?  Time is running out to submit your recommendation.   President Jim Thomson is accepting forms until next Tuesday’s Board meeting.  Click here to download a form.
  • THERE WILL BE NO MEETING ON THURSDAY, JUNE 14.  Instead new officers and directors will be sworn in at the Installation Dinner on Saturday, June 16.  Registration for the Installation Dinner closes at noon on Friday, June 8.   If you’re reading this after June 8, please note there will be no accommodations for late registrations or walk-ins.
  • Mary Kendall is looking for volunteers to teach financial literacy to elementary students on June 26 from 9am- 12pm.   She will provide training for the volunteers.  If you’re interested in volunteering or learning more, please contact Mary.
  • The Elk Grove Rotary Fest is next  week.  They can use volunteers as well as guests.
Don Arnold’s life journey has taken him from a degree in journalism, to a career in plumbing product design, to rural Kenya where he worked on installing biosand water filters in a rural community and most recently to the Nairobi slum of Mukuru. Most importantly has been the journey from success to significance.  
 It was while he was travelling through Nairobi en route to the village that his eyes were opened to the need for clean water for the millions of people living in Kenya’s urban slums. While there are many organizations working to bring clean water to Africans, the majority are focused in rural areas.  In urban settings the needs are similar, but met in a different way.

The speakers at our May 31, 2018 Rotary lunch were Mike Kerley of Road Home, the Care Center for Veterans and their Families at Rush University Medical Center, and Danny C., a veteran and participant in Road Home programs.  Mike is the Road Home outreach manager and described how service members have been impacted by the invisible wounds of war. Since 9/11, over 2 million service members have been deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and 850,000 of those deployed have been deployed at least twice; 31% of those deployed suffer from PTSD or a similar war-induced mental health issue.  As many as 20 veterans per day commit suicide, and between 2005-2009 an active duty service member committed suicide every 36 hours.  The goal of Road Home is to provide the necessary care to service members and their families to heal the invisible wounds of war and reduce these statistics.  One of the major programs of Road Home is the intensive outpatient program (IOP), which is a three-week in patient program that includes a holistic approach (including yoga and nutrition), individual therapy, and group therapy.  The final week of IOP involves the participation of family members that will have the biggest impact on the participant’s healthy recovery.

 

Danny C. delivered an emotional message about Road Home that left us all speechless.  He spoke of his combat experiences in Afghanistan and how those experiences have resulted in significant post dramatic stress disorder for him.  In short, Danny’s life and relationships were destroyed as a result of his experiences in Afghanistan, and he has found that only Road Home allowed him to be able to start to recover.  In Danny’s words, Road Home “saved his life.”  Especially helpful to Danny was the education he received at Road Home about his symptoms from people who really cared, and even the fact that the Road Home chaplain is ex-special forces.  Rotary members can help Road Home by completing IOP participant welcome bags (we stuffed 100 bags after lunch), volunteering for IOP outings, donating funds to host dinners at the IOP guest house, and donating tickets to area sporting and cultural events.  For more information, see https://roadhomeprogram.org/

 

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May BIRTHDAYS !
May 1     Jon Ridler
May 10   Matt Staley
May 18   David Jaffee
May 23   Betsy Kmiecik
May 24   Rich Morton
May 26   Trey Higgins
May 26   Kari Koebernick
May 27   Lynn Jensen
May 27   David Tafur
May 29   Bob Arnold
May 30   David Schultz
                                              Birthday Chair - James Feddor (May)
 
  • Thank you, Wendy Davis: members signed thanks/acknowledgement cards for veterans, and will be inserted into Welcome Bags to vets who participate in the “Road Home” program at Rush Hospital, administered by fellow Rotarian Will Beiersdorf.
  • EG Rotary Event reminder: The Elk Grove Rotary Fest will take place June 13th- June 18th.
  • Conversation and driving for some visitors from India, please contact Linda Borton.  Planned itinerary (see “more” for description).  .
  • Mark the Date for President-Elect Jon Ridler’s induction dinner, June 14 !  There won’t be a noon meeting.
  • Kerry Pearson asked for school supplies and suit cases so that the Prospect High Rotary Interact Club can send needed items to Africa and make them available to low income kids in our own area.  Contact Kerry for more info.
  • Brian Meyer found a meaningful experience in Mock Interviews at South Jr. High, noting he used the occasion to let students know of the High School Rotary Interact clubs and the good work they do.  Other Rotarians participate in the “interview” too and have said it’s a very meaningful break from our busy business days.  Thanks, Brian for your involvement
  • Bob (Larsen) Paddock was happy to have celebrated Norwegian Constitution Day, and for the several Lisagor Awards won by the Daily Herald staff for journalistic excellence.
  • Jon Ridler was both happy and resigned for the upcoming college life of his daughter.
  • For changes for our meetings and membership procedures, see 5/17 Board Meeting Notes in story below.
  • Fine Master of Happiness (and good posture), Dr. Joe Musolino, entertained us and garnered fees for charity via today’s Rotary Quiz. To see if you know the answers, read "more".
President Jim reported that our club had a large contingent participate at the Dist. Conference in Sheboygan, that the event was well worth attending.  Highlights included a  speaker from a south side Chicago Rotary club who has doubled membership in two years.  Key is inviting business leaders you know to attend a Rotary meeting, especially one at which we have an especially interesting speaker.  Another interesting presenter was the son of U-2 captured pilot Gary Powers; the movie Bridge of Spies was about his father’s return.  A third topic was polio eradication – a traveling “iron lung” display is available to Rotary clubs to remind the public of what polio meant years ago.  There was also an exemplary young woman who raise $90,000 as part of a polio fund-raising bike ride.  Next year’s district conference will be close to  home in Schaumburg.
Ernest R. Blomquist III, well-known, well-regarded long-time attorney provided a “Conversation with a Criminal Lawyer”.  He reminded and educated us about the constitutional provisions which form the basis of our court and legal proceedings.  These provisions  affect us as citizens…and help explain  some of the legal proceedings and maneuvers we read about in the press, see in movies, TV shows, and including some especially significant events happening Thursday and this week in Washington, D.C.  To read more, click “more”. 
 
Ernie has represented the Village for many years as village prosecutor, has lectured, taught, and written about the law.  He represented the village before the Supreme Court in a precedent setting case in the 1970s, one which affects President Trump’s travel ban (see Daily Herald article by clicking here).  For more from the presentation, and to find out more about Ernie, click "more". 
  • The Elk Grove Rotary Fest will take place June 13th- June 18th.
  • Board Updates
    • The Club and our Foundation are in good shape financially.  The Club is essentially at budget for the year.   The Foundation, in spite of starting the year with a budgeted deficit is now projected to increase its reserves by a significant amount.
    • Each year the Club is eligible to apply for District Designated Funds (“DDF”)to support a club based project.  For the past few years we have applied and used our DDF to fund the George and Marion Harris Book Scholarships.  Next year, we will be taking a different direction and will apply our DDF funds to support the Wheeling Township and Harper College food pantries.
    • In keeping with Rotary’s focus as a non-denominational service organization that is welcoming to people of all faiths, the Board has decided to replace the weekly invocation with 10 seconds of silence for individual prayer and reflection.
  • Volunteers are needed for the Memorial Day Parade to help pass out water at the beginning of the parade and afterward at the ceremony at Memorial Park.   Anyone who is interested should contact Jon Ridler.
  • Jon Ridler, our incoming President, discussed some new things that will be coming up next year as he starts his term:
    • The Installation Dinner will be June 16th at Big Shots.  Invitations will be going out soon.
    • The Club will be piloting a new membership level, where members will only pay for the meals at the meetings they attend at the time of the meeting.  Members wishing to continue to pay dues under the current method will still be able to.
    • In order to encourage more club fellowship, the first Thursday of each month will be an afterhours social event instead of the regular Thursday meeting.
From left:  President Jim Thomson, Mike Clements (sponsor), John Corbett
Jennifer Mallo, Jon Ridler (sponsor)
Our special guests this week were Olivia Hepke, Allie Ontenda, and Amy Albert, Interact participants from Rolling Meadows High School along with their advisors Linda Thorson and Eileen Herbster.  Olivia, Allie, and Amy  presented a brief overview of everything that they have done this year to provide service, and raise funds for their “signature project” scholarships for girls at Ak’Tenamit.  They started the year with a purple pinkie fundraiser for polio and they never stopped.  They packed Thanksgiving food boxes with our club, and then assisted at the Santa Run.
 
 
Mary Jablonsky, vice president and foundation chair presented Ron Crawford with a Paul Harris + 8  pin in recognition of his generous support of the Rotary Foundation.  In making the presentation, Mary  noted the many contributions that Ron has made to Rotary in addition to his financial support.  He has served as Club President, been a key volunteer organizer of the Santa Run since its inception, and restored and donated over 1000 bicycles.  Along with his wife Diane, Ron has also led and participated in over 10 service trips to Ak’Tenamit, Guatemala. 
wrote, Those who attended Mayor Tom Hayes' Arlington Heights' annual State of the Village address Thursday got a real-world example of what officials describe as a healthy local business climate, wrote Chris Placek of the Daily Herald  Our meeting was held as part of a combined gathering with the Chamber of Commerce in the Metropolis ballroom, downtown Arlington.  To read the rest of the story, click here.
 
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Secretary
Assistant Sec/Treasurer
Treasurer
Vice President
Membership Director
Public Image Chair
Vocational Services Chair
International Chair
Community Service Chair
Youth Services Chair
Administration Chair
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
Speakers
District Governor
Sep 06, 2018
TBD
No Meeting-Golf Outing
Sep 13, 2018
Chris McClure
Sep 20, 2018
Prison Outreach
 
 
 
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