Upcoming Events
HP Festival of Fine Arts - Volunteers
Jun 22, 2019
9:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Board Meeting
Highland Park Country Club
Jun 24, 2019
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Board Meeting with DG Gibson
Highland Park Country Club
Aug 05, 2019
10:00 AM – 11:10 AM
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Jun 10, 2019
HP's Infrastructure Investment 2019.
Jun 17, 2019
New Season of Music, Unique programs & Prk Improvements
Jun 24, 2019
A side of him you may not know!
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Pearls of the Club

In honor of our scholarship recipients...

Be not simply good - be good for something.
   - Henry David Thoreau

Notes From the June 3rd Meeting
President Ghida Neukirch welcomed our guests, Susan Bell and Mari Najera of CBO,  Ashley Lew, Dana Castilla, Dario Castillo, Yailyn Compres, Emily Elizade, Haide Rojas,
Sebastian Vergara and their families. Ghida led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four Way Test.
Ghida announced our next community service project will be volunteering at the HP Fine Arts Festival on Saturday June 22nd from 9:45 a.m. to noon. A sign up sheet was available at the check-in table, Please see Ghida if you'd like to volunteer.

The HPHS Rotary Interact Club Sponsor Melissa Zientara reported that she will no longer serve as sponsor of the Club for the next school year and Matt Nieto will unfortunately no longer be at the District.  Rotary Club members are working with Ms. Zientara and Lesa Friedrich representing HPHS to promote the position opportunities for two new sponsors so there is a smooth transition.

Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Susan Bell, Executive Director CBO
Mari Najera, CBO
Scholarship Recipients:
Ashley Lew and family 
Dana Castilla and family, 
Dario Castillo and family, 
Yailyn Compres and family, 
Emily Elizalde and family
Haide Rojas and family
Sebastian Vergara and family
50/50 Winners
50/50 Winners  
 1st Place: Rick Nelson
2nd Place: Jim Berardi
3rd Place: Paul Munk
Happy Dollars
Happy dollars were given by:  Skip Jacobs - his family welcomed a new granddaughter last week, Ella Claire; Rick Nelson gave back his winnings because he is happy to be back from China and Hong Kong, where he got to attend part of a Hong Kong Rotary meeting; Len Tenner to welcome all the recipients and their families; Mike Mills for the wonderful weekend he spent as Grand Marshal marking the 75th anniversary of his graduation from Northwestern Military Academy on D-Day, 75 years ago this week; Ghida told the group with the city's 150th birthday festivities, Mike was interviewed for a feature article by The Landmark; Jim Berardi gave back his winnings and then some to celebrate his youngest daughter's graduation from HPHS last week and for the first HP Strings concert that he and Midge attended and felt it was stupendous; Paul Munk also gave in honor of our guests.
The Day's Program
Scholarship Committee Chair, Carrie Callas related to the Club and guests how the committee solicited and reviewed applications for the Service Above Self Scholarship and The Frank J. Schwermin Scholarship. It was a tough decision because all of the applicants had significant community service and high academic performance. The committee selected those they felt rose above the rest. 
The Service Above Service Scholarship was awarded to Emma Tenner:
Emma has been involved throughout her high school career in many activities, including Rotary Interact, in the roles of Treasurer and President during her time, field hockey, and Ambassador Club, to name a few.  She has participated in the Rotary Youth Leadership  Awards (RYLA), has volunteered in a variety of service projects.  Her honors include the Honor Society, and the Chinese Honor Society.  Emma has done very well academically and has taken multiple AP and Honors courses.  Emma will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall.  
Emma couldn't be present to accept her award, so she sent a video thanking the club. As a member of the Interact club, Rotary has meant a lot to her. Her interests lie in engineering, computer science and bio-chemistry. Len Tenner accepted the scholarship in her honor.
Ashley Lew received the Frank J. Schwermin Scholarship. This scholarship is to recognize commitment to community service, strong academics and support a student's pursuit of a career in the medical field. The Trillium Foundation helped to fund this particular award in honor of our mutual dear friend, the last Frank J. Schwermin.   Ashley has been involved in a myriad of community service projects, including Feed My Starving Children, Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House, Bernie’s Books, to name a few.  Ashley was a Rotary Interact member, played varsity tennis, was in the Honors Society, and was elected as the President of the Class Board, among many other accomplishments.  In Ashley’s essay, she stressed how important helping others is to her and how she learned these values through her parents. She plans to pursue a career in the medical profession, she noted in pediatrics, and will be attending Emory University in the fall.She thanked Rotary, for this scholarship is helping achieve her goal.
Susan Bell of College Bound Opportunities (CBO) appreciates Rotary helping these students. The mission of CBO is to mentor, empower and inspire first generation scholars to overcome barriers, graduate college and achieve success in life. She introduced this year's recipients:
Maria Bautista - University of Illinois, Springfield (not present)
Itzury Barriga - University of Illinois, Chicago (not present)
Dana Castilla - Northeastern Illinois University (Marketing & Advertising)
Dario Castillo - University of Illinois, Chicago (Architecture)
Yailyn Compres - Hope College Pre-med)
Emily Elizalde - Illinois State University (Criminal Justice)
Haide Rojas - Illinois State University (Business, Pre-med)
Sebastian Vergara - Northeastern Illinois University (Accounting)
l to r: Len Tenner, Carrie Callas, Ghida Neukirch, Ashley Lew, Dana Castilla, Sebastian Vergara, Haide Rojas, Emily Elizalde,
Yailyn Compres, Dario Castillo, Susan Bell (CBO) and Mari Najera (CBO)
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June 1
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June 6
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June 20
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June 26
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