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.