At our July 28th lunch gathering we welcomed our good friends Bill Borst, Betsy Kmiecik, and Jim Wales as guests. Many thanks to Mike Clements for his commitment to the club, its development and its appetite over the past several years.  Reminder that our meeting on Thursday, August 4 will be at Ditka's Trackside.  Also Sunday, August 14th is Rotary Day at the Races, to there will be no club meeting on Thursday, August 11. Linda Borton reminded everyone that August is a busy time at the immunization clinic and she is looking for at least three more volunteers for the August 8 clinic. 
 
We also got to know new(ish) Rotarians Maggie Albertson and Joe Skibbie a lot better during their classification speeches. 
 
Maggie was born in Berwick, Pennsylvania, a town of approximately 10,000 residents, home of Wise Potato Chips, legendary high school (and Notre Dame) quarterback Ron Powlus, and her father's own Albertson Eye Care. Maggie was one of four children in the Albertson family, and her adventures included collegiate swimming at Division II to Shippensburg University, where she still holds the eighth fastest time in the 200 breaststroke.  Maggie was a 2012 graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago's Brownsville neighborhood and followed her education with time at the Dayton Ohio VA Hospital.  Maggie now practices at Northwest Eye Physicians (also the home of fellow Rotarian Adam Pinkett), where Maggie's practice includes the full scope of eye care, including a focus on helping patients with hard-to-fit contact lens situations.
 
Joe Skibbie was born in Glendale Heights, attended Elmhurst College (where he played defensive end), and was introduced to our club by Mike Clements.  Joe has enjoyed visiting many places, including Mexico, Vienna, Hungary, Prague, and Morocco. His early work adventures included roofing, CBOT runner, bartender, and security.  Joe's professional experience included marketing/branding/public policy work, and now owning and operating JRS Marketing and Communications since 2008. JRS focuses on social media and website development for small and medium size businesses.  Joe "relaxes" in his garage gym (both he and his wife are Cross Fit enthusiasts), the garden (he's an avid gardener), and the kitchen (he's a "hobby" chef).  Joe and his wife Janet have a daughter Alyssa and a son Dominic.