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"Combining Head & Heart For More Meaningful Care" is the mantra for CareSmart.
The Day is coming up - Friday, February 17. Google "random acts Rotary" to see lots of websites and related stories from this and other years. 
 Get your cards from President Jim, and pass one to the recipient of your random act. Make that "acts."
On February 7 we had a fine presentation by Joe Rosner, former cop, body guard, black belt and excellent and entertaining presenter, with tips on how to avoid, confront  or defend against a personal attack.
We recently received personal "Thank You" notes from each of the five families we adopted as part of the Christopher House Adopt a Family program in December.  They were all in Spanish, so I will need to have Robert translate them for us.  Thanks to Ross Spencer for bringing this wonderful Holiday program to our attention, and to Adam Keppel for providing transportation for the gifts to downtown Chicago.
We recently received the following "Thank You" note from the Lake County Haven Women's and Children's Shelter in Libertyville.  
"Thank you for adopting December 1st at our shelter.  Today we worked with our residents on self-esteem.  Each women explored her personal strengths and ways she does good in the world.  This is such an important exercise for our residents who struggle to see their positive qualities.  Thank you for making this possible."
We just received the following letter from a former Rotary Scholar.  Jean-Noel is now the Chief Financial Officer for Aqua-Lung International Inc.  Clearly, Rotary and the kindness of our departed friend Jim Runnfeldt made a difference in his life.  We've passed this on to Jim's children, Kelly and Jay.  
My mail will probably surprise you, but I felt you and the Rotary club you are managing deserves it and probably for a long time …
I have been honored to be a Rotary Scholar in 1988-89, when I finished my studies at Northwestern doing a Master of science in Geotechnics. I was appointed Jim R. as a main contact for the year I spent in Evanston. Even probably your club or the district sponsored me, I do not remember precisely how it worked at that time.
In this context I had the extreme pleasure to meet Jim and his family, enjoyed visiting Rotary clubs around together with Jim. We travelled together north of Chicago in his family home in the lovely countryside, I met his family many times, his mother and enjoyed meeting with all when I visited Jim a few years after I graduated.
A quarter of a century later I have been offered a position to work in San Diego. When I came back on US territory I tried in March 2016 to establish contact with Jim. I left messages on his phone which by chance did not change for years … But no response until I looked deeper on internet and found that he passed away the same month! I felt a little bit orphan that day! Jim has been such of a great support, always enthusiastic about helping the others and establishing new contacts.
I just wanted to share this thoughts with you. I would also be very happy if you could help me to get in contact with his son or daughter. If I have the chance to go back in northern Illinois I will let know and if possible be happy you to join one of your weekly meeting.
I wish you, all Rotary members and the Jim’s Family and excellent 2017 year.
Jean-Noel Picard
DO YOU KNOW AN OUTSTANDING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT? Then nominate them to attend RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. It’s directed at high school students who could benefit from realizing their potential.
Thousands of young people around the world participate in this program, which emphasizes leadership skills, personal development, and citizenship. Our local RYLA is an all-expense paid, three day camp for talented young people across northern Illinois. There are two sessions in early 2017: March 9-12 and April 6-9.
Our Club is hoping to sponsor at least three young people this year. Without exception, the students we’ve sent previously return motivated and grateful. All we ask is that they attend one of our meetings to tell us about their experience.
If you'd like to learn more, see the brochure and video at And if you'd like to apply, we ask you to download our Club's form at
Applications should be submitted by the end of January, but we will consider those received after that date.
This year, our Rotary Club is participating for the first time in the Adopt-A-Family Program through Christopher House in Chicago.  The Club has adopted a family of four, and several other Club members have adopted families of 2, 3, and 5 family members.  Jim and Marilyn Dopler purchased gifts for the Club sponsored family.  The Club is also funding a rental truck to deliver packages to Christopher House in downtown Chicago in early December.  Thanks to Ross Spencer for bringing this area charity to our attention.
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