March 13, 2018

This Week's Meeting
Today March 13, 2018: We welcome Kim Svoboda, CEO and founder of Aspiration Catalyst, a global executive coaching and consulting firm.
Last Regular Meeting
Last Regular Meeting- Alison Henderson from Moving Image Consulting described how to address subconscious behavior which can contribute to a toxic environment in the workplace.
Welcome to the Club:
Steve Doblin and Suzy Gantz were inducted into the club at our last meeting.  Steve's sponsor is Herb Brenner and Suzy's sponsor is Larry Kanar. We look forward to getting to know Steve and Suzy.
From the Community Service Committee
Volunteer opportunities:
Northbrook Public Library: Ushers for film and music programs.
Special Gifts Theatre: Concession and ticket sales for performances on April 14th, 15th and May 20th.
Northbrook Symphony Orchestra: Serve water during event intermissions.  Performance dates: March 25th and May 6th.
Village of Northbrook: Clean up debris around the village on April 21st.
North Suburban Special Recreation Association: Register runners for 5K fun run on May 18th.
GBN Grad Night Committee: Help decorate GBN for Grad Night on June 1st or 2nd.
If you’re interested in any of these projects, please contact Dave Masters.
Mark Your Calendar
March 9th: Pasta Dinner benefiting the Northfield Township Food Pantry at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Northbrook.  Click here for more information.
May 17th-20th: District 6440 Conference in Sheboygan, WI.  
October 26th: Rotary 800
Lucky Bucks winner: Ed Gordon
Rotary District 6440 Conference
Mark Your Calendar!
This year's District Conference will be held at the Blue Harbor Resort and Conference Center in Sheboygan Wisconsin, May 17th-20th.  Registration is open! Visit to secure your spot.  

More than half a million Rohingya people are facing fresh perils living in makeshift camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh where the coming cyclone season threatens to wash away their flimsy plastic shelters.

Rotarian Liz Odell is currently working in Bangladesh as a response volunteer with the charity ShelterBox.

“Conditions are dire, with most people living in small shelters made of flimsy black plastic sheeting and bamboo poles,” reports Liz, a past president of the Rotary Club of Nailsworth in Gloucestershire.

“There is little space between the shelters, and the paths between them are a congealing soup of oozing mud.

“Most of the inhabitants have no possessions and only the clothes that they were wearing when they fled from their villages in Rakhine state. Many are traumatised by their experiences and the loss of loved ones.”

To put the disaster into perspective, imagine the entire population of Bristol crammed into a little over three square miles.

This is the result of over half a million Rohingya people – more than half of them children, thousands separated from their parents – arriving in Bangladesh by foot or by river crossing from Myanmar.

More than 500,000 Rohingyas are now settling in makeshift and spontaneous camps in the Cox’s Bazar area.

Poignantly, from these vantage points many of them are now able to see their former home villages burning in the distance across the border.

With the cyclone season fast approaching, there is concern that the camps which have been set up on terraces high above rice paddy fields, are prone to collapse.

Liz explained: “Much of the area around the camps is rice paddies – they are under water so the Rohingyas are forced to build their shelters on the precipitous slopes of the surrounding hills. Once the cyclone season arrives, these terraces are likely to collapse.”

ShelterBox, a UK based international disaster relief agency specialising in emergency shelter for families displaced by conflict and natural disasters, is making arrangements to bring in aid. This includes portable solar lighting, which has helped reduce gender-based violence in refugee camps worldwide.

Tools and tarpaulin will help with waterproof shelter construction, and to bring basic comfort to families without any possessions ShelterBox is also aiming to fly in blankets.

ShelterBox teams had arrived in Bangladesh in response to the worst flooding for decades, but now find themselves responding to a human flood as well.

Liz and her colleague Jimmy Griffith from New Zealand have visited the two largest camps, Kutupalong and Balukhali...

Click here to read the full story.

Invocations at Club Meetings
In many Rotary clubs, it is customary to open weekly meetings with an appropriate invocation or blessing. Rotary policy recognizes that throughout the world Rotarians represent many religious beliefs, ideas and creeds. The religious beliefs of each member are fully respected, and nothing in Rotary is intended to prevent each individual from being faithful to such convictions. At international assemblies and conventions, it is traditional for a silent invocation to be given. In respect for all religious beliefs and in the spirit of tolerance for a wide variety of personal faiths, all persons are invited to seek divine guidance and peace "each in his own way." It is an inspiring experience to join with thousands of Rotarians in an international "silent prayer" or act of personal devotion. Usually all Rotary International board and committee meetings begin with a few moments of silent meditation. In this period of silence, Rotary demonstrates respect for the beliefs of all members, who represent the religions of the world.
Since each Rotary club is autonomous, the practice of presenting a prayer or invocation at club meetings is left entirely to the traditions and customs of the individual club, with the understanding that these meeting rituals always be conducted in a manner that will respect the religious convictions and faiths of all members.
On a Lighter Side

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Mitch Portugal
March 1
Daniel Sideman
March 2
John Howard
March 7
Jay Glaubinger
March 8
Scott Rose
March 14
Jim Kucienski
March 18
John Cavanaugh
March 23
Ken Kurtz
March 25
Elke Friedman
April 3
Joel Meisel
April 16
Judy Warchol
April 20
Lawrence Lechner
March 11
Ken Kurtz
March 27
Gary Moriello
Beverly Hides-Moriello
March 29
Jim Kucienski
Nancy Kucienski
April 4
Ronald Bernardi
April 9
Join Date
Marvin Feig
March 1, 2016
2 years
Kate Hall
March 3, 2010
8 years
Gary Moriello
March 5, 2013
5 years
Patrick Doland
March 15, 1999
19 years
Michael Riggle
March 16, 1999
19 years
Kellie Allgauer
March 27, 2012
6 years
Jason Han
March 28, 2017
1 year
David Schwalb
April 4, 2017
1 year
Ica Gociman
April 8, 2014
4 years
Donna Gulley
April 13, 2004
14 years
James Mazzetti
April 18, 1995
23 years
Jay Glaubinger
April 20, 2010
8 years
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