Posted by rpjr on Oct 18, 2018
Dr. Chris Wood gave his Classification Speech and told of his service work in Honduras, inspiring us with his varied experience, varied studies (we’ll ask him to play the trombone at one of our events), and his commitment to service. 
His parents started him on that road, and his commitment continued with marriage and his wife Julie.  He graduated from Yale and medical school at the State University of New York, with further study at University of Rochester Medical School and Loyola University Medical Center. 
 
His recent charitable work was part of a partnership with other practitioners, medical organizations and locals in Honduras.  As an ophthalmologist, he performed many surgeries on adults and children, symbolically and factually “an eye-opening experience!”  He and Julie live in Prospect Heights.  He is part of Northwest Eye Physicians (along with fellow shared-membership Rotarians) here in Arlington.  To read more about the medical practice, service and for more details about his life, click "more"...
 
For announcements and our Charitable Fun Fine Master Terry Ennes, read "more"...
[Details from Chris' Classification Talk are below.]
Announcements – Dr. Joe reminded us of the importance of supporting the Rotary Foundation.  This week’s Fun Fine Master for Good Causes was Terry Ennes.  Our thoughts and wishes to Jim Hassenplug and family re. his wife’s sister’s illness.   On the happy side, Terry announced that this is his 20th year in our club.  Chamber Exec. and our Pres., Jon Ridler, was happy about the Chamber’s recent wine, beer and bourbon celebration outside their office.  He said over 450 thirsty folks participated!  Bob Paddock was pleased with the Facts Matter series at Forest View.  Larry and Kris will be Snow Birds for six months – couldn’t tell if Larry was Happy, or sad about being away from us. 
 
Looking to the Happy Times “back then” as well as now -- Terry quizzed us:
  1. In what year was our club chartered?
  2. How many members do we have in our club?
  3. What is the Calderwood Award and who is/was Calderwood?
  4. How many current club members have served as club president?
  5. What is the piece of memorabilia passed on from one club president to the next, usually at the induction ceremony?What is its significance?
Answers:
  1. 1956
  2. 81 members
  3. “Bill” Calderwood was a long-time Rotarian and police chief in Arlington Heights.An excellence award is given each year in his name at a luncheon here at our club, honouring that year’s officer and memorializing Chief Calderwood.It is a cooperative effort among the Calderwood family, the police department and our Rotary club.
  4. 15 members
  5. A back scratcher, symbolizing to the new president that her or his predecessors “have your back!”
Details from Chris' Classification Talk
 
Born in Fairbanks, AK while Dad in Air Force.
 
Mom heavily into volunteer work and social justice - a trait shared by my dad which he inherited from his mom.
 
Moved back to the suburbs of Buffalo where Dad had trained in dentistry.
 
Dad joined Rotary when he started his orthodontic practice at the behest of his older partner.
 
Parents always involved in church and volunteer activities including many mission trips (Appalachia, inner cities, and Haiti), Habitat for Humanity, and Bronx exchange.
 
Family also very into music and my twin brother and I took piano lessons and studied our brass instruments.
 
Dad was a great trombonist and loved to play in Dixieland bands.
 
We had great music teachers and our high school band actually came to Chicago to perform at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic - still playing with local groups such as the Chicago Trombone Authority and Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest - World Doctors Orchestra.
 
I went to Yale University where my Mom had attended Divinity school - majored in biology with a minor in philosophy - loved the music scene and learned how to write well and think critically.
 
Went to SUNY Buffalo for medical school where I shared some of my Dad's professors from his dental education - I learned he was a more dedicated student than I!
 
Trained in ophthalmology at Loyola Medical Center/Hines VA - great practical training and allowed me to live in nearby Oak Park and meet and marry my upstairs neighbor, Julie - she was a busy architect and we both slowed down our schedules at the same time which gave us an opportunity to get to know each other better - also did a mission trip to Nigeria in my last year of ophthalmology training - great experience but definitely a culture shock!
 
Started at Northwest Eye Physicians in 1998 - founded by Carl Garfinkle in 1965 and George Spoerl and Christine Pundy joined later - took over running the practice in 2002 after George had a sudden heart attack and passed away.
 
Now working to modernize the practice and have the benefit of many new doctors to help in refreshing our knowledge and skills - I feel blessed to have such a great team of doctors, administrators, and staff - it's a testament to Carl and George's initial vision of the practice and its long history serving the community.
 
Lately, I'm focusing on doing more volunteer work both locally and internationally - Julie and I are both working with Viator House of Hospitality, a charity that supports asylum seekers who arrived here as minors - very much enjoyed the Rotary Guatemala trip to Ak' Tenamit and surgical mission to Honduras - Julie and I were both inspired by my Dad and his history of service as remembered at his memorial service last year
 
Glad to be a part of Rotary and all that it stands for - I feel privileged to be a part of this group and want to keep up the ideal of service above self whenever possible.
 
 
Christopher F. Wood, MD
Northwest Eye Physicians, Ltd
1588 N Arlington Heights Rd
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
www.nweyemd.com
(847) 392-9220 
FAX (847) 392-9252