Public Service Practicum members at Grayslake North hosted a panel discussion in partnership with the Rotary International Club of Grayslake.  The panel was moderated by Mr. Marassa (the D127 Director of Technology and current President of the Grayslake Rotary Club) and featured panelists Mr. Keith Brin (Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court), Mr. Rich Lalley (Executive Director of Operation Warm), and Ms. Tina Vaughn (Development Specialist at CYN) (All 3 panel members are Rotarians.)  Panelists talked about their own experiences as public servants and offered advice and insights for students looking to keep a commitment to public service an important part of their future professional and/or personal lives. The focus of the panel was to address the following questions:
 
(1) How does distribution of power influence community needs and public service? 
(2) What are the various types of service, and when should each be used? 
(3) What are the causes and effects of some pressing problems in our community, and what could be done about the problems?    
 
As part of their seminar the PSP students learned about Round Lake Beach's People Lending Assistance Network (PLAN) Food pantry, how it was formed and structured, its daily operations and obligations, and how they could assist in its efforts.  As part of the Grayslake Rotary Club's support of local area food pantries, Grayslake Rotary Club president Michael Marassa presented a donation check for $1250 on behalf of the club to PLAN.
PLAN founder Michael Pimpo accepting donation from Grayslake Rotary Club president Michael Marassa