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Posted by JRS
Each year, Rotary members have the opportunity to take their time and talent abroad with International Service Trips. These trips provide opportunities to volunteer in and experience local communities who need the resources, expertise, and energy we—and Rotary—can provide. They’re also a way to see the world—and make a positive impact while doing so. Join us and help us create lasting change in communities around the world.
Our Rotary District, District 6440, offers several opportunities to travel this winter and spring.
Posted on Feb 15, 2017
For Membership - Patrick Mogge - Classification: Education
For Shared membership - Trey Higgens - Classification: Retired Sales
Posted by rpjr on Feb 16, 2017
Ben Pohl, now an adult affected by a distracted-driving accident when a young man, described the toll such driving takes on others and, potentially, on you as a distracted driver. We've heard and read statistics of increased accidents due to texting and phone use while driving, but the caution to us all is to be mindful of our driving habits -- eating, talking with passengers, listening to the radio.
Ben has made a commitment to do the best he can with his life after the accident, spreading the word through poignant speaking engagements using facts, figures, personal testimony and humor. To find out more about his "Speaking Against Distracted Driving" campaign, see his website www.benpohlspeaks.com ; or contact him -- 630-930-7298, email@example.com.
Posted by rpjr on Feb 09, 2017
President Bertucci welcomed our co-workers, Significant Others and guests to this year’s Rotary Valentine’s Day luncheon.
Some members had none : (
Whereas others had one : )
And still others had several : ) ) !!!
Good "barbershop" musical fun, fellowship with our guests, plus a little wine and chocolate strawberries were a great way to say “You’re Appreciated!" Our thanks go to our guests, to the club members who put on today’s events, and to Cooper’s Hawk for a good-tasting luncheon. For information about our entertainment The Chordmasters, plus some additional photos, see "More".
Club Announcements -- Please extend your prayers, thoughts and positive energy to Emily Kmiecik, daughter of Bill and Betsy, on the recurrence of her illness. We're rooting for you Emily, and you're in our hearts !
Remember to sign up soon for the Calderwood police recognition luncheon. For more info, read "More".
Also, "Random Acts of Kindness" Day is 2/17/16 (Week is 2/12-18), For background and more info, click here. For a "You are the recipient" card template to print and cut out, click here.
Posted by Patrick McMahon
The speaker at our February 2, 2017 lunch was Rick Hanetho, Executive Director of Arlington Heights Park District. Rick grew up in Palatine, attended Palatine High School and Southern Illinois University, and had his first job at the Palatine Park District. Rick has spent the last 30 years of his life in the area of parks and recreation, first with Schaumburg Park District, then Carol Stream Park District, then as Executive Director of the Northbrook Park District, and now as the Executive Director of the Arlington Heights Park District. The executive director job in Arlington Heights is the only job for which he would have left the Northbrook Park District. The Arlington Heights Park District is one of the best respected park districts in the US, and is one of only four AAA-rated park districts in the State of Illinois. Rick always strives for excellence at his park districts, not merely being "good enough for government." Ricks 15 minutes of fame is related the idea that he and others at the Schaumburg park district had in 2000 to establish the National Amateur Dodgeball Association, which was the basis for much of the 2004 movie "Dodgeball" starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. The Arlington Heights Park District is nearing the successful completion of its last comprehensive plan, and Rick and his team will be developing a new strategic comprehensive plan in the near future. Rick will be looking for opportunities for the Rotary club and park district to work together on projects in the near future.
In other Club news -
We had a moment of silence for Marsha Silverman who passed away recently. Masha is the wife of long time Club member Mike Silverman.
The Arlington Heights Historical Society and CrimeStoppers are sponsoring their annual trivia contest on Sunday, February 12 at the Arlington Lakes Golf Course. Contact either group for information and sign up.
Please RSVP to the Calderwood lunch invitation as soon as possible, and long before the March 2, 2017 registration deadline.
The Joseph C. Morton College Scholarship Fund is again awarding three $1000 scholarships to high school seniors. Information and application is located on our Club website.
The International Service Committee is conducting its food packing event on March 18 from 10:30am-11:30am in conjunction with the Rolling Meadows Interract Club in Roselle, and needs approximately 20 volunteers. Contact Sue Duchek for more information.
Posted by JRS
Posted by Neil Scheufler on Feb 02, 2017
February 7 - Larry Niemann
February 7 - Todd Rollins
February 11 - Millie Palmer
February 11 - Mark Tauber
February 12 - Mike Clements
February 25 - Joe Musolino
Birthday Chair - Dave Weiner
Posted by Patrick McMahon
On Thursday, January 26th our club unanimously elected the following proposed slate of candidates for 2017-2018: Jim Thompson, President; Jon Ridler, President Elect; Mary Jablonski, Vice President; Chris McClure, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer; Dave Weiner, Treasurer; Karen Baker, Community Service Director; Jason Ivy, Membership Director; and Joe Musolino, Public Relations Director. A few more news items
- Please be watching for the ClubRunner invitation to sign up for the immunization clinic on February 13; we need 4-5 more volunteers.
- RSVP to the Valentine's Day invitation email asap, and be watching for the Calderwood Award invitation for March 9.
- Maggie Albertson is running the 2017 Vocational Scholarship of $1500 and is seeking applicants.
- Our club is also now on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, so include the Club in your social media activity.
Our lunch speaker on January 26th was Mitch Granger, the founder of SPARK, Students Performing Acts Of Random Kindness. Mitch helped form SPARK in 2014 as a group of student athletes from the University of Illinois - Chicago who were trying to make a difference in the lives of the homeless. Since 2014, SPARK has grown from a small group of five volunteers helping to clothe 10 people and feed 20 people, to an organization of as many as 300 volunteers that have clothed and fed 4500 people in need. Spark has been featured on FOXNews, WGN, WCIU, Comcast and the Horizon League Network. Spark has also partnered with local businesses and restaurants who donate money, food, supplies, and community service hours to SPARK's mission. SPARK's reach with volunteers has moved beyond UIC and now includes events with students from DePaul University, Chicago State University, and Wisconsin Lutheran/Milwaukee. SPARK now also runs regular missions with the UIC Hospital and American Red Cross. Find more information at http://sparkchicago.org/, find SPARK/UIC on Facebook, or write to SPARK at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also learn more here: http://http//www.fox32chicago.com/news/chicago-at-the-tipping-point/26030235-story
Posted by JRS on Jan 16, 2017
Resolve to Get Involved
With the New Year comes a blank canvas. January offers a chance to reflect, to set goals, to imagine how you’d like to grow and to positively change your life and community in the 365 days to come. Perhaps at no other point in the year are we so primed for change, so open to new opportunities to shift established routines.
Many of the goals we set and resolutions we make center on ourselves: lose weight, exercise more, eat more healthfully, finally clear out the clutter at home. And, while many of these resolutions are beneficial, they also offer a well-trodden and inwardly focused path.
Posted by rpjr on Jan 18, 2017
Kalyn Hutchinson, Manager of Ticket Sales for the Windy City Bulls, development team of the Chicago Bulls, told us of this team’s community outreach, the role of the “D League”, and how her career in sports marketing developed. This is the inaugural season at the Sears Center for the team which provides professional-level completion featuring players from the Bulls and other teams. Rotary has a fund-raiser with the team Saturday, 2/11 -- Windy City Bulls - Fundraiser for EndPolio Now (click the link for more information) at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates. For details of her presentation, read "More".
Posted by rpjr on Jan 19, 2017
It was a good day for the health of the club -- visitors included two walk-ins who expressed interested in community service & involvement and fellowship. And we inducted two new members ! (Barbara Higgens and David Zuehlke)
The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is coming up February 2 -- it's a meaningful coming together of the community. Contact Jim Bertucci for more information ('email@example.com'). Some new members have heard from our friend Survey Monkey; Membership Chair Joe Musolino says it’s short and asks that you complete it -- it helps the club determine your interests and club direction. Rotarian birthdays were acknowledged, as well as the sponsors of those who had brought the them into the club. Among the sponsors were the first woman in the club, Margaret McDonald of the Northwest Community Hospital Foundation ... who brought in the second, Mary Cay, of Northwest Speech and Hearing. Other sponsors were Jon Ridler, Jim Bertucci, and Bob Paddock.
"Fine" Maven Millie Palmer, Esq. was happy to collect charitable fines from former long-time member and snow bird, Bill Borst (Glad to have you here, Bill!) and Bob Paddock who hoped to minimize a fine, and Patty Lock who was about another fine program she had lined up for us. Patty also asked that we bring extra unused personal hygiene items we may have collected in our travels – we’ll give items to Sue Thomson to combine with what she has collected for the homeless. Maven Millie tested us on the names of cities where the RI convention has been held. City nick names/slogans were the clues. See which you know: A. Angel City, B. City with a Future, C. The Land of Drizzle D. Paris of the Americas, E. Lion City. Answers can be found if you click “More"
Posted by rpjr on Jan 11, 2017
This thought-provoking, informative discussion was moderated by Rotarian/A.H. Chamber Exec. Jon Ridler. “School is complex. It is further challenged by the complexities of Children. Add technology and Social Media….” Panelists were former principal and consultant Dr. Deb Cross (right), principal Ms. Christy Campbell (center), and parent Mr. Randy Recklaus (left). Brief biographical information along with key points can be seen by clicking on “More”.
Posted by rpjr on Jan 11, 2017
For new and current Rotarians, the ABCs of Rotary session at Rotary International in Evanston this Saturday -- it is interesting, helpful, and an opportunity to meet Rotarians from other clubs (and see RI). And the same is true for the District Conference this spring! Check your calendar and contact Lynn Jensen (firstname.lastname@example.org 847-222-8022). As for our “education” at the meeting, our thanks go to Dr. Joe for his Trivia session and Happy Fines which help the club and its activities.
Posted by LBS
- Lynn Jensen reported that 14 are signed up for the ABC’s of Rotary, which is scheduled for January 23 from 2-7 at Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston. Space is limited. If you are interested in attending please get in touch with Lynn ASAP and he will see if there is still availability.
- President Bertucci reminded members of the Club recognition program for acknowledging members or community members who had made notable contributions to the Club. If you know of someone who should be recognized, please contact Jim.
- The annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will take place on February 2. Jim invited members of the Club to attend.
- President Bertucci also reported that Mike Silverman, a long time member had submitted a resignation letter. The good news was that his resignation was not health related. Jim asked members to consider dropping Mike a line to thank him for his many contributions to the Club throughout his membership.
- With Finemistress Millie Palmer opening the New Year, there was lots of happiness: Mark Poulos reported that the recipient of his “Paint it Forward” initiative had been selected; Neil Scheufler celebrated the holidays with his son who was home from Berlin, and prepared for his upcoming summer wedding; Patti Lock was excited to be hosting the entire Chicago Sky marketing team; Mark Tauber was proud of his granddaughter who captured 1st place in the mile in her age group at the Santa Run, and was featured in the Daily Herald; and Bob Paddock was happy to be alive….not his exact words.
- In honor of our speaker from the Chicago Sky, Ms. Palmer focused on basketball trivia. We learned: at its inception each team fielded 9 players on the floor at a time, there are 122 “nubs” on a basketball, basketball was first played by men in 1891, and by women in 1893, and that quarters in women’s games are 10 minutes long. Who knew?......Not many of us.
Posted by LBS on Jan 04, 2017
It was clear from the outset, that our guest speaker Jim Burda had done his homework and prepared his presentation with a Rotary audience in mind. Before even starting, he paid his own happy fine to celebrate the recent birth of his 7th grandchild. Instead of telling us why we should all go buy tickets to see the Sky, he described the challenges that he had encountered with marketing an independently owned team, with a weak social media presence to companies that had stopped doing sports marketing. Using an approach that focused on connecting with the community and then leveraging that connection when meeting with companies and media trade partners has resulted in record breaking attendance and the development of a diverse fan base for the organization. For more information on their community programs, partners and of course the team go to www.sky.wnba.com.
- The ABC’s of Rotary will be held at the Evanston Headquarters of RI on January 23 from 2-7 pm. This is open to any interested Rotarian, and the Club will pay the registration fee. If you would like to attend contact Lynn Jensen.
- Based on lots of positive feedback from Club members, the Board recently decided that we will make Coopers Hawk our permanent meeting location.
- Wheeling Township sent a nice letter thanking us for our Thanksgiving basket donations.
Posted by lbs on Dec 26, 2016
If you’re scared about Internet security, it is not paranoia. According to this week’s guest speaker Terry Kurzynski of Halock internet crime is on the rise and continuing to grow. Bob Paddock shared a very real and frightening example of how sophisticated internet criminals have become. Attacks can come from a variety of sources: kids, organized crime, advanced persistent threats from countries like China and Russia, and inside jobsI. It only takes one user to make a mistake that can expose an entire organization which has mbiggest ade users the “attack vector” with attacks that can come in the form of “wire me, click me, open me, plug me, and even log-ins.” Terry recommended never opening email attachments – even from trusted senders, unless you are expecting them. Other recommendations included creating “strong” and unique passwords, changing passwords frequently, and opting for multifactor authentication when it is available.
The speakers at our December 1, 2016 lunch gathering were the Directors of our club's five Avenues of Service - Maggie Albertson for Vocational Service, Sue Duchek for Community Service, Mary Jablonski for Youth Service, Ron Crawford for International Service, and Neil Scheufler for Club Service/Administration.
The Avenues of International, Community, Vocational and Youth Services all involve the activities by which club and its members serve the outside world, and are all funded by our club fundraisers such as the Santa Run and Duffer golf outing. The Avenue of Club Service/Administration involves the activities and events that the club establishes for its members.
Sue Duchek spoke on behalf of Community Service, which supports club activities with the food pantry, holiday shopping project, Thanksgiving project, and Boy Scouts. Community Service also has approximately $20,000 in funds that will be used to fulfill grants from local applicants.
Maggie Albertson spoke on behalf of Vocational Service, of which one of the primary goals is to support the District 6440 vocational scholarship to be awarded to a qualified applicant to enter vocational school or obtain an associates degree or certificate. The applicants are typically veterans, mothers reentering the workforce, for those involved in a change of career. District 6440 will award approximately 16 such scholarships of $1500 each, and our club intends to submit two of those applicants. If either of our applicants does not receive the district vocational scholarship, our club has a $3000 budget to award our own scholarship to those applicants. Vocational Service also supports the literacy program at District 214 that was led by Mike Field for many years.
Ron Crawford spoke on behalf of International Service. Our club continues to support the Ak Tenamit school in Guatemala and recently gave the school $2000 for much-needed new beds. International Service is also focusing on sustainability projects including a potential micro finance project. Through International Service, the club also recently purchased two shelter boxes which are to be deployed in 2017.
Mary Jablonski spoke on behalf of Youth Services, which is primarily much focused on development of our club's relationship with the Interact Club at Rolling Meadows High School. Our club is also looking to start a new Interact Club at Prospect High School and Kerry Pearson and his son David have been active actively involved in that venture. Youth Services is also looking to increase local high school student involvement at the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy, supports the E-scribe program which helps establish a penpal relationship between students at Rolling Meadows High School and Ak Tenamit students, and also runs the George Harris Book Scholar program.
Neil Scheufler spoke on behalf of Club Service/Administration, which is primarily focused on our club website, club communication with its members, club event signups, and lunch duty assignments. Club Service also runs all of the internal club events such as the holiday party, steak fry, Valentine's Day event and the Spring Fling.
Thanks to Sue, Maggie, Ron and Mary for your service to our Rotary Club and its mission.
Posted by LBS on Nov 17, 2016
With the holiday season fast approaching there are many hands-on opportunities for people who want to get involved.
- Thanksgiving Basket Stuffing will be on Monday, November 21 at Rolling Meadows High School from 3-5. We will also be stuffing Santa Run bags then. Sign up on line here.
- There are still shifts to fill for Santa Run Pre-event Registration and Packet Pick-up. Sign up here.
- Santa Run Race Day, December 3.
To sign up for Registration, Packet Pick-up or Traffic Management, click here.
To sign up as a corner marshall, click here.
- Holiday Shopping. Sunday, December 4. Meet at Target to shop, then go to the Sports Page for gift wrapping and fellowship.
- Immunization Clinic Monday, December 12 from 4:45- 7:00. Sign up on-line here.
Don't miss the Holiday Party. It will be held on Thursday, December 15 at Cooper's Hawk from 5:30- 9:30 pm. Register here.
Posted by LBS on Nov 17, 2016
Bill Kmiecik, Annual Fund Development Chair for the District, announced that our Club has been recognized for its support of the Annual Fund in 16/17 by Rotary International, and presented two recognition banners to President Bertucci. We were recognized for the following:
- 100 % Foundation Giving Club. Awarded to clubs where 100% of all members contribute $ 100 or more to any Rotary Foundation fund. 4,609 clubs out of 35,399 worldwide receive this distinction.
- 100% Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Club, also referred to as Every Rotarian, Every Year Sustaining Club. Awarded to clubs where 100% of all members contribute $ 100 or more to the Annual Fund. 2,253 clubs worldwide received this distinction.
- Top Three Highest in Per Capita Annual Giving in our District. In this category, we were one of 1564 clubs worldwide.
Bill also urged everyone to consider making a contribution to the Rotary Foundation for Giving Tuesday, which is November 29th. Anyone wishing to make a gift should contact Bill.
Posted by LBS on Nov 17, 2016
This week's speaker, our own Mary Jablonsky, opened with the disclaimer that she never forces others to view her vacation pictures... If all of her trips are like her trip to Africa, it is hard to see why. Earlier this year, Mary traveled with her niece and nephew to Kenya. What a trip it was. They started in Nairobi where they met up with local Rotarians, delivered supplies and clothing to a school, and toured the impoverished neighborhood in which it was located. They were hosted for a traditional Kenyan meal, and were met with wonderful hospitality.
Traveling just a short distance outside of Nairobi, they encountered a totally different world full of wildlife and birds, including lions, rhinos, giraffes, impalas, ostriches, flamingos, warthogs, and hyenas. They even visited an elephant orphanage. The trip was a graduation present for Mary's niece, and based on Mary's wonderful pictures, it looked like an unforgettable experience.
The Elk Grove High School Interact Club challenged our Rolling Meadows High School Interact Club to the Cereal Bowl to see which club could collect the most boxes of cereal. Congratulations to our Interact club. They blew away Elk Grove. They collected 1,087 boxes while Elk Grove collected only 220. They now have the honor of keeping the sliver Cereal Bowl for the next year.
Posted by rpjr on Nov 09, 2016
Mary Kendall and Walter Grandberry gave their Classification Talks, introducing themselves in greater detail than Dr. Joe’s 3 Facts and a Lie. Walter told of growing up in Chicago with two brothers and playing the alto sax in grade school. After attending the military academy he was stationed in Ft. Benning Georgia. He met Jennifer, his wife-to-be, at Chicago’s Kingston Mines. What helped convince her? Being a man of his word and having good dental hygiene! They’ve been married 13 years and have lived in Arlington for the past 11, having two daughters, 10 and 8.
Working in pharmaceutical sales, he switched to health care and then fund raising for the organization, Gateway for Cancer Research. He proudly noted that for the organization, 99 cents on the dollar go to fund meaningful and breakthrough clinical trials worldwide that help people living with cancer to feel better, live longer and conquer their disease.
Mary Kendal, the oldest of 5, grew up in Skokie, often working at her father’s nursery. Having attended St. Scholastica High School, Chicago, and U of I for textile and apparel marketing, has been working part time and as a mom (She and her husband have two children). She related life in which she had to reinvent herself several times as she followed her husband to different cities for his job -- 5 houses over 25 years ! Wherever she has gone she has found community service a great way to help, meet people and get connected. For contact information and to learn more, click...
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Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...