Our Rotary Club's Women President Series
Shout out to Lucinda Kasperson
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Our Rotary Club's Women President Series
Shout out to Lucinda Kasperson
Theme: Service Above Self President 2005 - 2006  
85 members
  • Donation to District 6440 hurricane Katrina relief fund.
  • 40th annual "Coat off your Back" raised over $2,700 for the Chicago Christian Industrial League and filled a truck full of coats, clothing and small appliances. The joint project with the Deerfield Rotary Club has raised over $100,000 for the League since it began in 1965.
  • Team Rotary walked in the Relay for Life at GBN and raised more than $2,500 for the American Cancer Society.
  • Six academic scholarships totaling $6,500, three Vocational Scholarships totaling $3,000 and a $1,500 Robert Friedman Inspiration Scholarship were presented to graduating Glenbrook North students
  • A District 6440 Vocation Scholarship totaling $1,500 was awarded to a candidate sponsored by Northbrook Rotary.
  • The Charitable Fund granted $25,000 to 21 not-for-profit agencies working in the community.
  • The $6,00 budget for International Service distribution was:
    $1,000 to the Rotary Club of Hickory NC as part of their project to supply mattresses to select orphanages in Moldava; $1,000 to LAMP to support their Latin American Medical Program and $4,000 to Misioneros Del Camino in Guatemala for a playground fence, paving a block road, and computers.
  • The money refunded to the club from the District 6440 convention fund was used to send $1100 to the Rotary District 3270 Pakistan earthquake relief fund and to purchase a ShelterBox for $900. 
  • Student guests program in 33rd year.
  • Four students attended RYLA.
  • Members participated in the "Giving Tree" program at The Book Bin.
  • Sponsors Boy Scout Troop 162.
  • Collected food and donated Fun & Frolic money each month to the Northfield Food Pantry
  • Purchased a book for each child whose family uses the Northfield Township Food Pantry.
  • Began working with the Waveland, Mississippi Rotary Club on a multi-year Literacy project.
  • Club members engaged in an amazing 11,493 hours of service during the year. Averaging 144 per hours per Rotarian this year.
  • Club awarded the District 6440 Vocational Service award for the Ethics in the Workplace program.
Lucinda was a proud graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania where she was among their earliest female graduates.  She married Richard W. Kasperson in November 1957 and enjoyed nearly 60 years of marriage until his death in May 2017.  Lucinda described herself as having had eight careers: mother of special needs children, researcher, economist, educator, politician, computer consultant, banker in Bosnia and volunteer.
She was always active with a focus on ways in which her efforts might enrich the lives of others. She taught Economics at Loyola University Chicago.
She was on the Northbrook Village Board for 18 years and served for 4 years as the Village President. In 1987, at age 59, she started MBA Computer Consulting to assist small businesses and grandparents to fully realize the benefits of computers.
In 2001, when she was 73, Lucinda and her husband purchased an interest in a bank in Bosnia. She spent the next several years working to bring success to that effort. While there, she also helped found a school for girls in order to help them reach their full potential. Returning to Northbrook, Lucinda continued her computer business and concentrated on Rotary where she participated in many activities. Philanthropy was an important focus in her life.
She was instrumental in raising money for the Boy Scouts, Rotary, Mount Holyoke, the American Cancer Society and other worthwhile causes. The Northeast Illinois Council BSA named their headquarters building the Kasperson Center for Scouting at Morrison Park, acknowledging the leadership of both Lucinda and Dick.
Copy compiled from various internet sources