Welcome to new members Trey Higgins, Patrick Mogge, and Matt Staley shown below with their sponsors Barb Higgins, Joe Musolino, and Jon Ridler.
- Last Call for Calderwood Reservations: Reservations are due by 3/1/2017. Neil reminded everyone that it is as important to decline- if you won’t be attending. If you are attending, be sure to make a meal selection.
- Betsy Kmiecik has agreed to co-chair this year’s Rotary Santa Run with Jennifer Burnidge. She is looking for members who want to get involved- with our club’s largest fundraiser. If you are interested in finding out more, you can contact her, or one of the subcommittee chairmen: Linda Borton (Administration), Ron Crawford (logistics), Jim Bertucci (sponsorship), Joe Skibbe (Marketing and Digital Media), and Jon Ridler (Post-Race Activities).
- The Buffalo Grove Rotary Club is looking for a family to host their inbound Youth Exchange student from mid-March to mid-July. The student is currently attending Buffalo Grove High School, so optimally it would be a family living in the District. If you are interest or want to find out more, contact Martha Weiss (Weiss.firstname.lastname@example.org).
This week’s session opened with Doing Good in the World, a Rotary video highlighting the work that Rotary does around the world through The Rotary Foundation. Noting that Rotary is a service and philanthropic organization, Jon explained that it was the goal of the foundation committee to help club members better understand how donations to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) worked. He reviewed a flowchart showing how funds flow into both TRF and our club foundation, as well as how they are subsequently deployed. He explained that through District matching grants, we have received funds to support our club projects, such as the Book Scholarships.
Our Rotary District, District 6440, offers several opportunities to travel this winter and spring.
- 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 email@example.com. You can also learn more here: http://http//www.fox32chicago.com/news/chicago-at-the-tipping-point/26030235-story
- 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.