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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
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Activities and Stories
The wheel – is the symbol of Rotary.
 
It’s a cog working at every turn, joining with other cogs to create something – to make a difference. But I like to think that it’s also the face of a compass – its cogs symbolizing every direction where people from every land join at its center. We are a mosaic, a patchwork quilt, a painting.
 
Our club is exactly that mosaic. We come from other lands, speak different languages, practice different faiths, but it is our drive to help others that cements us.
 
Last week we were a shining example of this. Many of us gathered at a home – the center of families, to thank the previous officers and board members then, install the next leadership team. Over food from numerous countries and the opportunity to speak of things outside of Rotary, we personify the melting pot of this country. Many of us are here because our parents or grandparents survived terrible wrongs across the globe and found a new home here. And there are a few of us who have found ourselves here more recently because of persecutions that still exists in our modern world.
 
So like a wheel on the family’s station wagon on a road trip, we are on a journey of service and getting to know our Rotary family on the way.
 
I’ll start the song - join me … “the wheels on the bus go….”
For more than sixty years, historian Mike Mills has enjoyed the sport of curling. So last month when the U.S. Men's Olympic team won gold - to say he was estatic is an understatement. 
 
For decades, as a member of the Chicago Curling Club in Northbrook, Mike led his club to national competition twice. One competition was the 55 and older tournament - that time they finished second.
 
Introduced to the sport in 1951, Mike only stopped playing at the age of 90 in 2016! The concentration and finesse of the game have served him well to stay active and focused.
 
These days Mike is still touching base with the curling community. With a gold medal shining over our country, these days are much brighter for Mike and curlers everywhere!
Rotary International and Highland Park Civic Leader Jack Blane were a match made in heaven.
 
In 1937, at the age of fourteen, he attended a Boy Scout camp when a polio epidemic hit. Two boys died and six were paralyzed. More than 1000 boys remaining were sent home and quarantined.
 
That experience stayed with Jack. He vowed to one day prevent this from happening to others.
 
His Rotary life, which began when he joined in 1962, was where his dream of ending polio took flight.
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
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:
  • Skip Jacobs
    July 2
  • Carrie Callas
    July 26
  • Herbert Loeb
    July 28
  • Michael Lubelfeld
    July 30
  • William L. Pigati
    July 30
 
 
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Gray, Martha
 
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Loeb, Herbert
 
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Munk, Paul
 
 
 
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