Posted by Evelyn Lee on May 26, 2020
Rotopep Vol. 100 No. 42
Rotary Club of Evanston
May 28, 2020
Program: Jane Grover, Outreach Principal, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Location: Online--see Zoom Information Below
Scribe: Pete Giangreco
Greeter: Paul Giordano
Greeter:  Bjorn Gylling
Sgt-at-Arms: Karen Kring
Inspiration: Shawn Iles

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Meeting of May 21, 2020
Inspiration: Tom Swigert - feeling blessed and after speaking with his physician, very appreciative of the care that his physician is providing to COVID-19 patients
Visiting Rotarians:
Linda Brennan, Rotary Club of Downtown Macon, GA, moving to Evanston the end of June
Margaretta Swigert Gacheru, Rotary Club of Nairobi, Kenya
Chris Joyce, Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse
Guests of Rotarians:
Ashley Lipasek, returning Peace Corp Volunteer (Evelyn Lee)
Brian Cox (Ada Kahn)
Topic: Tuesday Toasters
Time: May 26, 2020 05:15 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Our Club Task Force on building food security will be meeting. Contact Shawn Iles if you would like to be on the task force that he and Kelly Fidei are co-leading.
Program: Mark Trapp, Attorney and Author of “A Destiny of Undying Greatness: Kiffin Rockwell and the Boys Who Remembered Lafayette”
This program, in honor of Memorial Day, was a tribute to the patriotism of Kiffin Rockwell and several other boys, Kiffin’s brother Paul, Alan Seeger, and Norman Prince. These boys were from either middle class or very wealthy families, and remembering that Lafayette had come to help the United States during the American Revolution, they were idealists, and felt they owed something to France. Thus, they volunteered to fight with France, even before the United States joined World War I. They felt called to save civilization.
The program began with a reminder of the practice of Decoration Day, when people decorated graves of those who died in the Civil War, and other wars, until WWI.
Mark shared stories about Kiffin Rockwell and the other boys that took us back in time and shared insights that could only be gained through the depth of research he conducted into this time in the history of U.S. and France. Mark’s presentation was like a movie brought to life, with photos, stories, and even a short video. Just a few highlights from the many stories that Mark shared with us:
-The story of an American flag, tied around a soldier’s waist until his death, and how this flag was memorialized
-The location and incident that may have led Alan Seeger to write the poem “I Have a Rendezvous with Death”
-Photos of the fighter pilots and planes
-Monuments in France that pay tribute to the U.S. and the Boys Who Remembered Lafayette.
For a closer look at the history and more details, visit
Movies which capture the essence of this time include Fly Boys (2006) and a film from the early 1900’s “Our American Boys in the European War”
Mark shares a wealth of knowledge and recants these stories and connections in history with a strong sense of patriotism and pride.
Orchids & Onions
Bridget: She’s back in the Chicago area
Bill: Thanked Mark for sharing the stories. Bill is a veteran of the Korean War and appreciated the recognition for the patriotism.
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