Welcome to the October Newscope. Your patience has been appreciated as we are transitioning committees!  Newscope will be published monthly, with periodic updates!  Newscope content will include summaries of our overall month of events and initiatives provided by board and committee heads.
On October 8th, Beverly & Gary Moriello shared their 29 year journey with the Operation Santa Clause project tge former educators founded.  Bev shared a number of heartbreaking stats about literacy in the USA and Illinois. The program entails a couple of schools in under-served areas where the gift of a book can be life changing. Each child creates a list of books for their "wish list" and donors buy the books and wrap them up. The Operation Santa teams delivers the books to the children at a festive school event. Donations are appreciated. 
On October 1st,  our guest speaker was Kevin Kuhn, Volunteer Coordinator, Cook County Forest Preserves (CCFP). In addition to catching us up on local initiatives, he provided maps, informative booklets and addressed opportunities for volunteering and attending events.
The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is a governmental commission in Cook County, Illinois, that owns and manages the Cook County Forest Preserves. The preserves are a network of open spaces, containing forest, prairie, wetland, streams, and lakes, that are mostly set aside as natural areas. Cook County contains Chicago, and is the center of the most densely populated urban metropolitan area in the Midwest. The Forest Preserves encompass approximately 68,000 acres of open space within the urban surroundings of Chicago. It contains facilities for recreation, as well as a zoo and a botanic garden. The forest preserve is an important asset of our county, state and country. Find out more at https://fpdcc.com.
Check out our programming for October. You may find something that resonates with a colleague, client, family member, friend, service provided or employee. Rotary offers a wide range of opportunities to explore ones’ philanthropic mission.
  • On Oct. 8th Gary & Bev Moriello’s Operation Santa Claus program. This program provides life changing books for lower income children.  
  • Then on the 15th hear David Carlton from the Samaritan Counseling Center (SamaraCare) discuss mental health issues in our community.
  • Followed by Donna Gulley sharing her global experiences, as an International Rotarian on the 22nd.
  • The evening of the 22nd we are all invited to attend the Village civic meeting where President Sandy Frum will present our club with a proclamation for End Polio Now.
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