Posted by Pamela Rosenbusch on Mar 24, 2020
Rotopep Vol. 100 No. 33
Rotary Club of Evanston
March 26, 2020
Program:  Gene Servillo and Bryant WallaceCybersecurity
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Scribe:  Karen Danczak Lyons
Inspiration: Tori Foreman

Evelyn Lee, President, called to meeting to order at 12:15.  She also covered the Inspiration from the District, of washing hands with soap and water, frequently.
Visiting Rotarians:1.Haresh Ramchandani, Rotary Club of Montego Bay-East, Jamaica.
2.Stephen Goranson, Chris Joyce, Miguel Hernandez, Zbig Skiba, and Don Gwinn from the Evanston Lighthouse Club.
3.Diane Krier-Morrow from the Rotary Club of Skokie Valley.
Orchids and Onions:
1. Helen Dickson for Dave Stumpf for picking up at RI the food in the donation box in the lobby and delivering the 40 pounds of food to the Hillside Food Pantry.
2. Paul Fischl who is organizing his office, due to only handling dental emergencies during this period,  and thankful for a new dentist, Dr. Lorenzo Prieto who is joining Paul's and his wife's dental practice.
Announcements from Evelyn Lee:
1. Dave Stumpf's Birthday
2. Several Anniversaries
3. There will be a rescheduling of the 3/17/20 fundraiser by The Rotaract Club.  When Evelyn has the new date, she will pass it on to us.
4.  Tuesday Toasters for 3/31/20 has been canceled.
5. The Nan Sharp dinner for April 3rd has been canceled.  An email will be sent out with more information.
6. Michele Berg announced that the Rotary Gala scheduled for May, 2nd, 2020 has been moved to Saturday, August 22, 2020, at the Hilton Orrington Hotel.
7. Pizza Fest is on the schedule for June 16, 2020.
8.  Our Rotary Club meetings, board meetings, and committee meetings will be virtual at least through April 30, 2020.
9. Dick Peach will contact Steve Hagerty to ask if he wants to speak virtually to the club on April 9, 2020.
10. Dave Stumpf stated that the RYLA conferences were canceled for March and April 2020.
11. Evelyn Lee put in a plug for The Hillside Food Pantry at 2727 Crawford in Evanston who could use canned food donations, dropped off in the parking lot behind the church, on Wednesday's between 3:30 and 6 PM and on Saturday's between 1:30 and 6 PM.  They do not take donations in glass containers or perishable food.
Family Focus' food pantry on Foster Street in Evanston is also in need of food or monetary donations during this high demand for food and other help.
Evelyn Lee concluded the meeting at 12:30.
Who would have thought that Rotary’s WASH programs about hand-washing in far-off lands would have relevance today in our own communities? As Covid-19 cases in the US surge to more than 1,000, there’s one consumer product critical to our great national battle to slow the epidemic: soap. Humble, ancient, cheap, and effective soap. (from Respiratory viruses — like the novel coronavirus, the flu, and the common cold — can be spread via our hands. If someone is sick, a hand can touch some mucus and viral particles will stick to the hand. If someone is well, hands act like sticky traps for viruses. We can pick up droplets that contain the virus, and they’ll stay on our hands, and perhaps enter our bodies if we touch our hands to our faces. And then we can get sick! The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) prioritizes soap. Hand sanitizer containing over 60 percent alcohol works against Covid-19 and is a good option when you’re not near a sink. But soap is actually more effective than hand sanitizer. Because when you wash your hands with soap and water, you’re not just wiping viruses off your hands and sending them down the drain. You’re actually annihilating the viruses, rendering them harmless – so long as you wash for at least 20 seconds. Soap is common phrase for what chemists call “amphiphiles.” These are molecules that have a dual nature. One end of the molecule is attracted to water and repelled by fats and proteins. The other side of the molecule is attracted to fats and is repelled by water. So how does soap destroy viruses? One side of the soap molecule (the one that’s attracted to fat and repelled by water) buries its way into the virus’s fat and protein shell. The chemical bonds holding the virus together aren’t very strong, so this intrusion is enough to break the virus’s coat. Then the harmless shards of virus get flushed down the drain. This all takes a little time to happen, and that’s why you need to take at least 20 seconds to wash your hands. So, imagine a battle being waged on the nano-scale in the teeny-tiny folds of your skin. The soap is charging in, sticking to viruses (as well as dirt and other grease), and tearing them apart in brutal, heroic fashion. Be sure to let the plain ‘ole soap do its work – and do your part to keep Covid-19 away from your friends and family!


Our club proudly celebrates 100 years of service this year and will host a Centennial Gala.  Save the Date: August 22, 2020! 

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