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Rotopep for April 16, 2020
Rotopep Vol. 100 No. 36
Rotary Club of Evanston
April 16, 2020
Program: Monique B Jones, President & CEO, Evanston Community Foundation
Location: ONLINE!  See the instructions below for our virtual Club meeting!

Join the Weekly Rotary Club of Evanston Meeting from your computer!
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Scribe: Paul Larson
Greeter: Jane Lawicki
Greeter: Bill Logan
Sgt -at-Arms: Barbara Huffman
Inspiration: Bridget McDonough

Meeting of April 9, 2020:
Inspiration:  President Evelyn read Rotary's Vision Statement and Karen Kring shared that her vision for Rotarians ... is to work together, and hope that as people stay in place, we use the time for calming themselves, not being anxious and be in touch with themselves and their own homes.  
Visiting Rotarians: Ann Searles, Chris Joyce, Don Gwinn, Helen Oloroso from the Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse
Diane Krier-Morrow from the Rotary Club of Skokie Valley
Guests of Rotarians: Sue Swigert (Tom Swigert), Michaela Whan (Evelyn Lee), and Carmen Garcia
April 30th: No Thursday Club Meeting
May 1st: Save the Date for a virtual Centennial Celebration from 6 to 7 pm, on Friday
June 16th: PizzaFest, canceled, stay tuned for other fundraising options!
Aug 22nd: Cancelled: Centennial Gala at the Orrington. We had hoped to hold the Gala on this date; however, the hotel has suspended operations until Sept 8th
Birthdays:  Paul Fischl, 4/1/5, Pam Rosenbusch  4/16, Tom Swigert 4/17,  Pete Giancreco 4/19  and Paul Harris!
Anniversaries:   Bridget McDonough (32 yrs), Karen Kring (10 yrs), Jane Lawicki (5 yrs), Mark Lowry (5 yrs), Jose Romero (Chef Elio) (5 yrs), 
Janet Butterfield (1 yr), Bjorn Gylling (1 yr), and Tori Foreman (1 yr)!
There will be no club meeting on April 30.  
The Centennial Gala, originally planned for August 22, will now be an online event and has been rescheduled for Friday, May 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. We had hoped to have the gala at the Orrington on 8/22, but the hotel has suspended operations until Sept. 8.
Details are being worked out by the Gala Committee and more announcements will be coming soon. Meantime, please mark your calendars! The online event will be a fundraiser as well as a celebration of our 100-year anniversary.
Pizzafest has been canceled for June 6.  We hope to have other fundraising options.
Shawn Iles reports that charitable funds have been distributed to local organizations addressing food security during the COVID-19 crisis. La Principal, Bagel Art Cafe, Curt's Cafe and NaKorn all received grants of $1,000 each. Hillside Pantry received $2,000.
Paul Larson reported on the Volunteer Community Corps organized by our club.  In six years since it began, we now have 85 members who are Evanstonians and have signed up to be available when volunteers are needed.  The club sends periodic emails to them, letting them know about local needs and how they can pitch in. During the current health crisis, volunteers are sought to help with such activities as food deliveries and donating blood or masks.
Karen Kring commented that the Volunteer Corps is an important activity for the club and helps us make strong connections in the community.  "The more we share the better."
Speaker: Mayor Stephen H. Hagerty, City of Evanston
Mayor Steve Hagerty joined us as our special guest speaker on Thursday, April 9, 2020.  
Mayor Hagerty began by thanking the Rotary Club of Evanston for its' focus on address food insecurity, noting that it is a difficult for many people to put food on the table. Everyone in the country is impacted by the current crisis.  
The Mayor noted that Evanston was quick to declare a local state of emergency and becoming a certified emergency management agency with an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), giving our city the ability to get essential services and products we need.  Key agencies and leaders are represented on a newly formed city's emergency team, ranging from the fire and police chiefs to the public works and health and human services directors. We also have a special citywide task force now in place which includes leaders from many sectors, including education, senior living communities, mental-health leaders, not-for-profits, elected officials and others. 
Mayor Hagerty outlined the city’s seven objectives during the crisis:
1. Coordinate with hospitals to expand capacity and services. 
2. Assist long term care facilities in Evanston so they can serve the city’s most vulnerable and at-risk populations.
3. Develop and implement housing and transportation services. The goal is to ensure that everyone who needs to self-isolate or quarantine can do so, including the city’s homeless population. The city is working with organizations and hotels to find isolation rooms for those in need.
4. Maintain the supply chain of personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes ensuring a supply of gear such as N95 masks for health care workers. 
5.  Protect city staff and residents by keeping up a good flow of public information. Mayor Hagerty stressed that every single person can play an important part in the battle. 
6.  Track the spread and new developments for COVID-19. The goal is to slow the spread and flatten the curve of infection. The city has created a dynamic website with data analytics that residents can check regularly for new information. The website is located at:
Evanston is one of only four communities in Illinois that has its own local Health and Human Services department. Our neighboring town, Skokie also has this department, and it is a major advantage for us during this crisis.
7. Maintain food security and accessibility during the crisis for populations, especially those with special needs and special diets. This includes working with Meals on Wheels and other agencies to ensure coverage.
Mayor Hagerty also reviewed with us a detailed report of the daily metrics and updated statistics around COVID-19.  The Illinois Department of Public Health has overall data on testing and shared that he provides frequent updates to the community.
Among other highlights and special points made by Mayor Hagerty as of April 9th:
  • The city’s congregate living centers are a great concern. Staff and residents at nursing homes are particularly vulnerable.
  • To date, the city has been keeping up with the demand for PPE.
  • Evanston is working hard to make sure we are in line to receive all of the federal funding that is being made available to respond to the crisis.  We are in a good position to get grants and funds from various programs.
  • Those who are doing volunteer work regarding COVID-19 should track their expenses.  Federal rules make it possible to offset costs shared by volunteers who do eligible work.  For volunteer opportunities, in Evanston, visit
  • Evanston has good hospital-bed capacity and is fortunate to have major hospital systems within our community. 
  • As more people get tested, we hope to see the number of hospital admissions go down and then the number of deaths go down as well.
  • On the positive side, we are learning that we are all in this together, and the Mayor has watched the residents of Evanston come together in amazing ways.
  • The Institute for Health Metric Evaluation is evaluating data from all over the world. Residents of Illinois currently need to stay at home until at least the end of April. 
Mayor Hagerty closed by saying that in his 25 years of helping communities recover from disasters, he has found that the communities with the strongest social fabric are the ones that bounce back the most quickly. Evanston is strong in this regard and he is confident that by working together, the city will experience a gradual progression in function.
After responding to several questions from the on-line audience, Mayor Hagerty ended by saying that he was looking forward to the Rotary Club of Evanston’s Centennial celebration and stated that Hagerty Consulting will continue to be a sponsor for the upcoming virtual celebration to be held on Friday, May 1st. 
A special thanks to Paul Larson, and Diane Krier-Morrow for detailed notes on the Mayor's COVID-19 overview.


Our club proudly celebrates 100 years of service this year on Friday, May 1, 2020! 


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