Upcoming Events
Bernie's Books
Mar 16, 2019
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Curl Up with Rotary
Mar 21, 2019
Ronald McDonald House ( Lurie Children's Hospital)
Apr 14, 2019
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Feb 18, 2019
Dogs On The Go
Feb 25, 2019
Mar 04, 2019
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Pearls of the Club

There is no instinct like that of the heart. 
   - Lord Byron

Notes From the February 11th Meeting
President Ghida Neukirch called the meeting to order and welcomed Rob Mardrosian, visiting Rotarian from the Winnetka Rotary Club and our speaker Christine Taylor Conda from Ravinia.They led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four Way Test.  
Lyle Staab, District Governor-Elect, introduced himself and shared information about the District.
Ghida thanked Carol and Mickey Govern  and the Trillium Foundation for funding a new scholarship for students going into the health care profession in honor of late Rotary member, Frank J. Schwermin.
Herb Loeb passed away and his services were this past Sunday.  He will always be remembered.
Ghida reminded members that the Curl Up with Rotary event is scheduled for March 21st at Exmoor Country Club from 5:30 - 8:30p.m.. Members are asked to share the flyers around town. Interact parents have been invited in an opportunity to get to know them. In addition to appetizers, individuals will have an opportunity to curl! The cost is $35 per person with a cash bar. A sign up sheet coming in the next few weeks or RSVP to ghidaneuk@gmailcom.  Mike Mills offered to talk about the sport at an upcoming meeting to give Club members a better understanding.
March 4th will be a planning and update meeting and we will not have a speaker.  Committee Chairs are asked to prepare an update on Committee activities.
Jim Berardi shared that back by popular demand, we will be again hosting a golf outing, which is scheduled for Aug. 8 at Sunset.
Jon Levey shared that there is a Charities Committee meeting on Feb. 25th right after the regular meeting
Save the Date! Tell your friends!  
Our Spring Gala will be held Saturday, April 27th at the Exmoor Country Club at 6 p.m. We will be honoring our very own Larry Block for his 40 years of passionate work with the Highland Park Strings. More information to follow.
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Christine Taylor Conda, Reach, Teach, Play of Ravinia, Speaker
Carol and Micky Govern, Trillium Foundation
Robert Mardrosian, Winnetka Club
Lyle Staab, District Governor Elect
50/50 Winners
50/50 Winners  
 1st Place: Rick Nelson
2nd Place: Dan Pierce
3rd Place: Rob Mardrosian
Happy Dollars
Happy dollars were given by: many members gave dollars in honor of Herb Loeb. Other members gave in honor of the HP Strings and Larry Block, who is the honoree for our gala. Jon Levey and Eric Ephraim gave in honor of Liza McElroy’s retirement.
The Day's Program
Our speaker, Christine Taylor Conda from Ravinia Festival shared information about Ravinia’s Reach, Teach, and Play programs. Ravinia's programs extend their reach throughout the Chicagoland area. The core of the programs are to teach the foundation of music to children and adults, and encourage students to play and experience live music.
The Reach program puts guest artists in the classrooms of Chicago and Lake County. Over 1500 pavilion tickets are distributed to students and families from 13 music organizations. One Score Chicago provides 25,000 community members access to lawn passes and online resource guides. About 2200 students attend a performance of the One Score selection at Ravinia. HP school students receive workshops and live performances. Concerts designed for kids reach 16,000 family members. Almost 1500 students are served in 5 summer day camps.
The Teach program is a music discovery and professional development program. Some 6000 students in 34 Chicago Public Elementary School benefit from Teaching Artist residencies. Almost 200 classroom teachers attend professional development workshops.
Play has a jazz mentor program, Ravinia Lawndale Family Music school and the Sistema Ravinia program, which is an orchestra program with 400 3rd-8th graders. 
Thank you Carrie Callas for your notes!
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Frank Vena
February 2
Karen Dennis
February 3
Neil Dahlmann
February 4
Bob Morgan
February 11
Joseph Lolli
February 12
Yesim Sönmez
February 15
Paul Munk
February 16
Manu Khodadad
February 25
Eric Ephraim
February 26
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February 28
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February 28
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