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
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798 West Algonquin Road
Corner Golf Road & Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL  60005
United States
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Santa doesn’t work alone… and neither should you! Create a team and run like reindeer on Christmas Eve at the area’s oldest holiday fun run! #RunforaClaus
 
The 2018 Rotary Santa Run will be held on Saturday, December 1st at 10 a.m. Start the holiday season off even merrier and get your family, best buddies, or coworkers to run with you!
 
While the 5k Run/1-mile Walk is open to folks of all ages and abilities, it’s also chip-timed for the more competitive members of your team. With over 2,000 Santa’s cruising through downtown Arlington Heights, there’s plenty of ho ho holiday cheer to go around.
PROPOSAL FOR MEMBERSHIP  10-12-18
    
Shared Membership:
Shared Membership with Lutheran Home
 
Primary Member: Andrew Kazmierczak
Associate Member: Rex Paisley
Associate Member: Linda Smith
                   
 
 

Save Dec. 1st to participate in the oldest holiday run in the region: a 5K (3.1 mile) Run/Walk sponsored by the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights. Register today to keep your name off of Santa’s Naughty List. You might even say you’ll #RunforaCause !
Our Fine Fun Fund Master, Jim Hassenplug, Happily did his duty for the club and charity, and reminded us of the remarkably large financial impact of the Rotary Foundation.  Save the Date: 12/6 for our Rotary Holiday Fellowship Party (sign up will soon be available on the website).  And Save the  Date: 11/1 First Thursday alternate meeting format event at Waverly Inn here in Arlington.  President Jon tells us there will be celebrity Rotary Chefs doing their thing for us as part of the evening.  This particularly 1st Thursday event will be open to  spouses and significant others too.  The facility hasn't officially opened, so this is an early look at a "memory care" independent living facility which they say gives "all of the fun, and none of the cares."  Someone joked, "Make sure your significant other promises to take you back home afterwards!"
 
Speaking today was Tricia Conway, Director - External Affairs, AT&T Illinois, talking about the concept of "Smart Cities" and AT&T's efforts in this regard. "Smart City projects have the ability to increase citizen satisfaction, safety, economic development, and sustainability. How? By enabling improvements across key drivers in transit, lighting, parking, security, the environment and infrastructure."  To learn more about the concept and see her video overview , click here. The impressive presentation also prompted some thought and comment about the ramifications of a "connected" world.  She can be reached at her Libertyville office via email at tf2748@att.com
 
Art from our recent 1st Thursday meeting at "bottle & bottega... Art Uncorked art studiio...."  In addition to get-to-know-you-better good fellowship, our Rotarians created (admittedly, with a little help) pieces like these.  These will be displayed in businesses in town to help promote our big Santa Run fund raiser.  https://www.bottleandbottega.com/arlington-heights/
Today's meeting entailed important and impressive presentations on the service our club's committees do (what's in our Court, so to speak).  We also had a Fun and Fund Raising Quiz on the Supreme Court.  See separate story summarizing the reports. 
 
Our elucidating Quiz on the Supreme Court's past, was presided over by our Master of Happy Fines (for charity), Terry Ennes.  To try the fun and interesting quiz, read "More".  Our own Court of members had some Happiness to share -- happiness for the birth of Terry's grandchild; announcement of a Daily Herald  "Facts Matter" program at Forrest View Education Center; and appreciation for a great job done by our Chair of Admin., Dave, putting on and pulling off our end-of-summer fellowship "Steak Fry".  And Thank You, Wendy, for the use of your beautiful yard!
 
Other announcements included the Chamber of Commerce's "Arlington on Tap" with a wide assortment of beverages 10/13 to try before peppermint schnapps weather kicks in. For details, click "read More".  Snowbird Bill Borst and his wife are now happily residing nearby in the Moorings (President Jon says they  encourage seniors to plan ahead.  Jon, some of us think you're not old enough to have lunch over there yet!).
 
 
Our program for the day was an impressive outline of activities in our Court of service to our community and our club.  Looks to be a great year!  Whether you're a member of the club or a visitor to our website, to learn what our President is doing, read of the productive service work the committees are doing, read "More".  A clue: being "social".
  • Everyone that is signed up for the End of Summer BBQ is asked to bring a donation of paper goods for the Wheeling Township Food Pantry. 
  • Registration for the Santa Run is open.
  • One Rotary Summit will take place on October 20th at Harper College.  It is a training day that is open to all Rotarians.
  • The First Rotary Reads volunteer opportunity will be Wednesday, September 26th.  Please email Marc Poulos if you can attend.
In 2008, Chris McClure started volunteering with his church’s prison ministry, and he has continued to be an active volunteer ever since.  At this week’s meeting, he educated us on things that most people don’t know about prisoners, discussed his own experiences as a volunteer, and shared ways that members interested in providing service to this population can get involved.  Among the interesting, and in many cases disturbing facts that Chris shared:
  • The technical term for prisoner is offender
  • 95% of offenders will be released, but 43% will be reincarcerated.  Of those reincarcerated, 19% will be convicted of a new crime, and the remainder will be sent back on a technicality.
  • The US incarcerates more people than any other country in the world.  In Illinois we currently have 40,000 inmates.
  • In Illinois, inmates must have someone claim their clothes and possessions within 30 days of incarceration or they will be thrown out.  As a result most offenders are released in grey sweats with canvas shoes and $ 10.  
  • The prison population is disproportionately minority and poor.
 
Hello Fellow Rotarians,
 
Below is the Fall Schedule for Rotary Reads Held at Forest View Academy
We need (5) Readers for each of the following dates:
 
Sept. 26th,
Oct 17th 
Nov 14th
 
Please email- Rotarian Marc Poulos if you can volunteer for one or multiple dates.   Email:   marc@marcpoulospainting.com
 
Thank you for being a Rotary Reads Participant.
Imagine what it’s like to be a child fighting a serious illness in the hospital.   Then imagine how their face lights up when Batman enters the room, and they are transported to a world of wonder and amazement, temporarily leaving their illness behind.   Inspired by a scary situation when his own son was hospitalized, SuperHero Collective founder Tim Brigham became committed to the betterment of sick children and giving them that chance to escape their illness.   In addition to visiting hospitals dressed as Superheroes,  the Collective has sponsored toy drives, and currently has its sights set on rehabbing a house for the family of a child fighting a serious illness.  For more information, visit www.thesuperherocollective.com.
  • Bob Arnold celebrated his 56th wedding anniversary last week.
  • John Glueckert announced that the Illinois Department of Public Health projects that 2,155 Illinois residents will die from an accidental overdose in 2018.  From August 27-31, 2018, advocates from across Illinois will band together to train 2155 people in overdose prevention and reversal strategies and equip people who need naloxone with a free kit.  Here in Arlington Heights, Glueckert Funeral Home will be offering Training Classes in administering Naloxone, to reverse Opioid Overdose .Training will take place at Glueckert Funeral Home, 1520 N. Arlington Heights Rd.

    Monday 8/27 thru Thursday 8/31. 2 classes; 11 am and 6 pm. 
    Friday 8/31: Training Classes at 9 am, 11 am, 3:30 pm & 6 pm 
    No appointment is necessary and all are welcome.
Karen Baker reviews the Community Services Committee 2018-2019 plans.
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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.
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)
 
 
 
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
Dr. Wesam Shalaby
Oct 25, 2018
Egyptian Opthalmologist
1st Thursday (Evening Event) at Waverly Inn
Nov 01, 2018
Celebrity Chef's of Rotary
Chip Brooks
Nov 08, 2018
Hey Nonny-Arlington Heights Newest Live Music/Entertainment Venue
Diane Kastiel
Nov 15, 2018
First Person Live- The Art of Story Telling
Grant Recipients Presentation
Mar 21, 2019
Grant Award Winners
Grant Award Recipients
Mar 28, 2019
Award Winners Presentations
Grant Recipient Award Winners
Apr 18, 2019
Award Winners Presentations
Grant Recipients Award Presentations
Apr 25, 2019
Award Winners Presentations
5th Thurs-In Hse Community Service Project
May 30, 2019
At Community Resource Center
 
 
 
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