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 together@sparkchicago.org.  You can also learn more here:  http://http//www.fox32chicago.com/news/chicago-at-the-tipping-point/26030235-story