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Highland Park-Highwood

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 11:30 AM
Highland Park Country Club
1201 Park Avenue West
Highland Park, IL  60035
United States
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Rotary Club of Highland Park/Highwood
PO Box 42
Highland Park, IL 60035
Activities and Stories
Dick Stone, Phil Lazarus, Ghida Neukirch, Yesim Sonmez and Pete Koukos with future Rotarians.
"Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle."  - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I learned another thing in my life that defined our lives - You don't need to be ordained to do the things that need to be done.
It was something I told a nun when my husband and I were being interviewed for the Deaconate in the Catholic church. "The nun sat back and nodded, "Yes. That is very true."
At the time, our son was small and although we were active in our parish, we were reaching our limit as to what we were able to do. Seeing the life of two busy schedules at that time left us to decline the acceptance into the program. It would have been endless service projects and I felt our son would be a casualty somewhere down the road. I wanted to do one thing right in my life - raise one child to the best of my abilities.
Now, with an empty nest and more hours open, 'doing' isn't as daunting as it was back then. Nowadays, 'doing' is a challenge. True, it doesn't require as much struggle or suffering. But those words by Dr. King (and there are so many inspiring ones) still ring with the same honesty they did fifty plus years ago. One act of kindness or service can make a difference in a person's life. 
If you have a few hours here and there and compassion for others, please contact your local Rotary Club. Your gift of you is always appreciated. -mb
Perhaps because of the holidays, perhaps because it was a date long forgotten, but between Christmas and New Years our club passed a landmark. 
On December 27, 1927, we turned 90 - officially.  Sure, we'd been celebrating it all year long with recognizing our 90 year olds - Herb, you're still on our radar - but we've also started working on club biographies. A way to preserve some of the history,collecting the vibrant patchwork of personalities that makes this club so special.
In 2016, we lost four remarkable men. Mort Gross, Ted Less, Henry Lipson and Percy Prior. In fact, besides perfect attendance for fifty years, Percy had another distinguishing tie to the club. His father, also Percy Prior, was one of our founding members! I started the biography project because I never knew them, and neither did the other newer members. I started with the oldest members. Frank Schwermin, Francis Sheahen, Joe Lolli and Mike Mills.
What I discovered listening to these men tell of their childhood, their  families growing up then raised families of their own, was also finding their way in life, sometimes by chance and others by focusing in on a career. Two of these men fought in World War II, and all of them have lived full and blessed lives. Even more remarkable, is they are still with us and we can continue to learn from them.
This year, the biography project continues. Herb Loeb, that busy man and others are next on my radar. I hope they will be open to telling me (and us) their stories.
Happy 2018 Everyone!
Biil Gates is on the current cover of Rotarian Magazine and rightfully so.  
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged to match 2:1 Rotary International’s commitment of $50 million dollars per year for the next three years totaling $450 million.
All of this money we’ve pledged is to kill an enemy we’ve been chasing for decades. One we’ve got cornered and in our sights. Polio.
The statistics of new polio cases is exciting to see. As of this week (September 20th), according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), only 10 new cases of wild poliovirus (WPV) and 49 Vaccine-derived Poliovirus (cVDPV) cases have been reported globally this year. These WPV cases were in endemic countries while the cVDPV vases were in non-endemic countries.  
Last year at this time we had 24 new WPV cases reported and 3cVDPV. The total for 2016 was 37 WPV and five cVDPV cases globally.
When you breakdown by country where these reports of new cases are occurring, Afghanistan (6) and Pakistan (4) for the WPV. Nine of the 49 Vaccine Derived Polio Virus cases were reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the rest were the Syrian Arab Republic.
This October 24th is World Polio Day. Leaders from across our land and Rotary Clubs around the world will pledge to eradicate this enemy through Polio Plus.  Launched in 1985 by Rotary, this effort is overseen by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. – Along with Rotary, that includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Its mission: to immunize all the children of the world against polio.
Just like many of us last year said we never thought we’d live to see the day when the Cubs won the World Series, we are on the cusp of seeing the actual eradication Polio.
We really are ‘thisclose’….
Frank Schwermin was born 95 years ago in Effingham, Illinois. He was the sixth of seven children to a railroad mechanic and homemaker. At the age of 18 he left home to work in the Surgeon General’s office in Washington, D.C. as a clerk typist. (Yes ladies, it's hard to believe, but at that time, men held that job!) It was during that time he took flying lessons and received his pilot's license, discovering his true passion - flying.
When the war broke out, Frank said, "I didn't want it to go on without me." He joined the Army Air Corps to become a fighter pilot at 19. He flew a B-24, known as "The Liberator" which held a crew of ten - four officers and six airmen. On his 19th mission with the 389th Bomb Squad, while flying over Germany, his plane was shot down. As the lead in squadron, as he was losing speed, he had to strategically lower his altitude so as not to collide with the airplanes behind him. One by one the other nine men of his crew parachuted from the plane. As the last to leave, and like the others, never having practiced parachuting before, his mind ran through all the rules during the 15,000 freefall - don't open your chute too soon so as not to be an easy target, and when you do open, swing to and fro to become a difficult target. By the time Frank opened the chute and grabbed the cords he needed to hold onto, he hit the ground.

On that stormy Wednesday morning last month, the dark ominous clouds broke apart long enough at O’Hare for our Club Secretary Neil Dahlmann, to take off on his secret mission east.
Ann Arbor, Michigan to be precise.
His mission? To infiltrate the Ann Arbor Rotary Club as a surprise guest for his nephew Andy. You see, Andy was being awarded something really special. Andy received their Distinguished Service Award, the highest award their club grants.
That recognition for Andy was for the Ann Arbor Rotary STRIVE program.  STRIVE stands for: Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education.
The students in this program are ones who could easily be left behind in our highly educated society. They would have been unlikely to progress to an education beyond high school.  Several students who have received STRIVE scholarships have gone on to Associate Degrees, a few even pursuing their Master’s Degree.
A key part of STRIVE is the one-on-one work that the mentors do.  This part of our program is coordinated by Andy Dahlmann. Mentoring is a unique opportunity for our Rotary members to encourage students to continue their education. It’s a challenging and rewarding experience. The work as a mentor helps to move youth in the direction of achieving more productive and fulfilling lives through education.
A few make-up locations close by are:

Northbrook - Tuesdays 12:15pm  at Allgauer's in the Hilton, 2855 N Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook

Lake Forest - Wednesdays 7:15am at the Lake Forest Club, 554 N Westmoreland Rd, Lake Forest 

Deerfield - Thursdays noon at Italian Kitchen, 648 Deerfield Rd, Deerfield

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Henry Kohn
    January 7
  • Len Tenner
    January 16
  • Cliff Bregstone
    January 19
  • Rick Nelson
    January 29
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