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September 17, 2020 Meeting Notes
In Person (North Park) & Remote (ZOOM) Meeting!!

Attendance:  Stan Roelker, Brad Burke, Neil Perlman, Deepti Patel, Alan Nerad
 
Guests: Lyle Staab - District Governor; Rich Lalley - Assistant Governor
 
Pledge: Stan Roelker

Four-Way Test: Brad Burke

Thought for the Day: Rich Lalley

Fun & Frolic: None

Happy Bucks/Sad Bucks: None

Binish Desai, former Rotary Youth Exchange Student hosted by the Waukegan Rotary Club in 2009, heads today his own EcoEclectic Technologies - EETech company designing and implementing processes for recycling solutions.  Now, Dr. Binish Desai having earned a degree in Environmental Engineering, has a spot on Forbes' 2018 list of Asia's top social entrepreneurs under the age 30.  [Recorded Program]  His story is featured in the August 2020 issue of the Rotarian Magazine, "Full Circle" starting on page 34. He credits his success to the boost received from his Rotary experience.  
www.binishdesai.com

Annalise Morelli, coordinates a life-changing teen court program that in partnership with Police Departments in different Lake County communities, offer an alternative to the traditional justice system for first time youth offenders ages 10 – 18. Based on principles of balanced and restorative justice, Teen Court sentences are determined by a volunteer jury of teen peers.  Successful completion prevents the youth from having a court record for the offense.  There are currently 6 courts across the County: 2 in Round Lake Beach, 1 each in Waukegan, North Chicago, Gurnee and Round Lake.  Teen Court sessions are held one evening per month in each community Teen Court.  The program targets juvenile offenders of misdemeanor crimes such a theft, curfew, trespassing and possession of drugs or alcohol. The offender’s sentence consists of community service hours and a TRACK class (Taking Responsibilities and Accepting Choices through Knowledge), and may include letters of apology, essays, or other tasks.  Nicasa’s Teen Court where high school students volunteer as jurors, is the largest in the state of Illinois and has been in operation since 1995. Nicasa is a not-for-profit behavioral health services organization that has been building brighter futures for vulnerable and at-risk children, adults, and families in Lake County and northern Illinois, since 1966.  Nicasa’s network of dedicated and caring professionals has been pioneering award-winning efforts in prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery. Nicasa's mission is transforming one life at a time through our behavioral and social health services. This mission drives our vision strengthen the communities we serve by being the premier behavioral and social health services provider.  https://nicasa.org/youth-services/

Chief of Police, Joe Leonas talked about the Concept of Community Trust • Guardian vs Warrior philosophy • Campaign Zero, #8CANTWAIT, and the Lincolnshire Police Department.  The department recruits from the human race and it tries to treat the “human condition.”   • Police officers have discretion to take action or not, and there very few absolutes.  Their jobs are complicated and require a wide range of options.  Click here for the complete slide presentation.
 
   
   
New Executive Director, Mark Ingrum shared the enormous challenges he encountered just a couple of months into his new job. Founded in 1976, Riverside Foundation is a not-for-profit, community-based organization serving adults with moderate-to-severe intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Residents are given the opportunity to develop skills and assume responsibilities for real-life work through our Riverside Work and Activity Center (RWA) in nearby Vernon Hills.  Early March 2020, Covid-19 restrictions were put in place affecting all residents and 100+ staff.  Their health was affected and their lives changed. Their developmental training program suffered major setbacks, and all traditionally planned fundraisers were cancelled.  A fundraising campaign and online auction became evermore critical to the over 100 residents with mental and developmental challenges who currently call Riverside Foundation home. In the fall, the Work and Activity center will be moving locations and expanding Riverside Foundation’s programing designed to improve residents’ skill sets, independence and fulfilling lives. Funds will be used to purchase; computers, iPads and supplies for teaching lifelong skills, special furniture designed for limited mobility and handicap equipment, and work training and recreational offerings.  Ongoing help needed:  http://www.riversidefoundation.net/
 
Lisa Wilkerson shared her own personal experiences with racism, and discrimination.  Her presentation included personal insights into the current cultural shifts, Black Lives Matter, and suggested what all of us can do to support a unified community.  
 
Lisa was born and raised in New Orleans, where she graduated pharmacy school at Xavier University of Louisiana, before moving here to Chicago nearly 30 yrs ago.  After working for a few years as a traditional pharmacist, Lisa transitioned her career to the pharmaceutical industry where she has worked in a variety of roles for more than 25 yrs.  During that time, she took the opportunity to attend Loyola University to earn an MBA and an Masters Degree in Marketing and to start a family.  She is the proud parent of two children, a rising college sophomore and a rising college freshman.  Her community involvement during her years living in Lake County has included volunteering for multiple agency and serving as a Board of Director member for non-profit organizations that focus on education and health. 
Tonya Zozulya and Ben Gilbertson presented on the status of three major projects within the Village of Lincolnshire:  the St. James, the Home2Suites Hotel and Stevenson High School.
 
Vernon Township thanks our Lincolnshire Morning Star Rotary Club for participating in the 2019 Sponsor a Family Program during the 2019 Holiday Season.  Our club got also a heartwarming thank you note from our sponsored family!  Great start into the New Year!
 
  
Remembering our dearest Fellow Rotarians, Vic Fernitz, Shirley & Dan Friedlander.  Their Rotary legacy lives in our hearts, and in our communities.
 
-Stevenson HS Interactor, and current President of the IAY IL Chapter, Trisha Patel presented on the activities of the International Association of Youth.  A non-for-profit organization, the IAY is dedicated to promoting leadership skills to youth around the world; hosting Leadership Forums, Human Rights Forums and Education Expos.  The IAY also donates supplies to underprivileged schools.  They recently donated 50 sleeping bags to the homeless students at the Zion school districts.
 
              
The Lincolnshire Morning Star teams up again with the Mundelein/Vernon Hills Rotary Club to sell onsite roasted corn for Rotary Charities.  Great day at Century Park in Vernon Hills. 
 
   
Great Day at Spring Lake Park, celebrating the Blue, Red & White with a 5K Race, Parade, FireWorks, while enjoying onsite Roasted Corn & Snow Cones.  Pancake breakfast prepared by the Boy Scouts and Lincolnshire Rotary Booth manned by the Rotary Youth Club members from Stevenson High School.
 
Rotarian Xander Horwitz of Edward Jones hosted a very informative educational event, attended among others by ret. Long Grove Rotarian, John Bonnett and fellow Rotarian Marianna Zeidler.
 
 
 
Francis Gary Powers Jr. presented on Operation Overflight, A Memoir of the U-2 Incident, when his father was made prisoner of the former U.S.S.R.  The evening which was sponsored by the Lincolnshire Morning Star Rotary and the Vernon Area Public Library, was attended by over 60 patrons.
 
    
Stevenson High School Interactors and Lincolnshire Rotary Club Members take care of their Adopt-A-Highway responsibilities.
Adopt A Highway 
Two clubs team up to sell Rotary Roasted Corn for charities.
 
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Eric Foote
Sep 24, 2020
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