A Very American Story... 
On Tuesday we had a fascinating guest, a good friend of Rotarian Larry Levine, Ron Mantegna – a Northbrook resident, long-time volunteer and Kayak fisherman. Oh, and his brother Joe is an actor. But this talk was not about Joe. This was about one family’s story and how it applies to all families – a true American story if you will.
Ron would have liked to share the story of his Italian family - but the DNA of the Mantegna’s is more than that. From an African beginning 79,000 years ago to over thousands of years moving to Turkey, Greece and finally Sicily, Ron shared an amazing DNA journey -one he suggested everyone take one day.
His “Sherpa blood” was due to the Mantegnas’ several centuries in a tiny mountain village Calascibetta or in Arabian Calet Shabet meaning ‘top of the mountain.” Either way this village was one of the highest points in Italy.
Ron went on to share the Mantegna’s journey that landed them in the United States of America – where his family, as immigrants embraced the ‘best country in the world” contributing as coal miners and eventually landowners. Salvatore came to America with $14 in his pocket (that would be $400 today) and lived in Chicago. In fact, his room was at 420 ½ S. Clark Street where he shared a 26 X 16 ft room with 3 other people.
At some point in 1905 he moved to McAlester, Oklahoma a Choctaw nation -where immigrants worked in the most dangerous coal mines in the USA.  The Sicilians in McAlester practiced a “Amish” like tradition of working and building a home, that they did for each other.
By 1917 Sal bought his own land, 50 acres from the Indian Nation for $400 and built a home, and this land remains in the family to this day.
But Sal came back in 1923 to Chicago’s Little Italy, where he married Mary Ann Novelli. The family grew on Chicago’s West Side – a neighborhood that was more a “salad” than a melting pot -all separate and different.
The Novelli- Mantegna combined family includes four 1st generations of WWII heroes, a “Rosie the Riveter,” an actor, a kayaking fisherman who tells one fascinating story about how his Sicilian family (with roots in Africa!) became the ultimate American melting pot today!
Please take the time to play the meeting video and listen to our neighbor Ron Mantegna share his American story. It’s all our story, and worth the time!  
Rotary and Polio - Our mission

Rotary and Polio

End Polio Now Challenge. Our club challenge is to have each member donate a minimum of $75 each to our End Polio Now drive. Bonus-  Governor Lyle will donate an added $25 to boost this to $100 for End Polio Now!  Our leader in our End Polio Now campaign is John Howard who can be called at 847-727-0721 or email him at for additional information. Donate online using this link:
Continue reading to find out more about Rotary efforts:
Poliomyelitis, or polio, is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. Poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in hours. It can strike people of any age but mainly affects children under five. Polio can be prevented by vaccines, but it is not curable. Unlike most diseases, polio can be eradicated.
For more than 30 years, Rotary and our partners have driven the effort to eradicate polio worldwide. Our PolioPlus program was the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication by vaccinating children on a massive scale. As a core partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary focuses on advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and awareness-building.
Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.
Polio Today
When Rotary and its partners formed the GPEI in 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries every year. Today, we have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent, and just two countries continue to report cases of wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Because of the efforts of Rotary and its partners, nearly 19 million people who would otherwise have been paralyzed are walking, and more than 1.5 million people are alive who would otherwise have died. The infrastructure we helped build to end polio is also being used to treat and prevent other diseases (including COVID-19) and create lasting impact in other areas of public health.
Rotary and our partners have made tremendous progress against polio, but eliminating all cases is going to take even more progress and perseverance. Afghanistan and Pakistan face unique challenges, including political insecurity, highly mobile populations, difficult terrain, and, in some instances, vaccine refusal and misinformation. With sufficient resources, the commitment of national governments, and innovations that improve access to remote areas, we are optimistic that we can eliminate polio.
Ensuring Success
Rotary has committed to raising $50 million per year for polio eradication. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that 2-to-1, for a total commitment of $150 million each year. These funds provide much-needed operational support, medical workers, laboratory equipment, and educational materials. Governments, corporations, and private donors all play a crucial role in funding.
Rotary in Action
More than 1 million Rotary members have donated their time and money to eradicate polio, and every year, hundreds of members work with health workers to vaccinate children in countries affected by polio. Rotary members work with UNICEF and other partners to prepare and distribute informational materials for people in areas that are isolated by conflict, geography, or poverty. They also mobilize to recruit fellow volunteers, assist in transporting the vaccine, and provide other logistical support.
Celebrity Support
Rotary has a growing list of public figures and celebrities who support our fight against polio, including Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; actresses Kristen Bell and Archie Panjabi; actor and wrestling superstar John Cena; supermodel Isabeli Fontana; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; action-movie star Jackie Chan; actor Donald Sutherland; boxing great Manny Pacquiao; pop star Psy; golf legend Jack Nicklaus; conservationist Jane Goodall; premier violinist Itzhak Perlman; Grammy Award winners A.R. Rahman, Angélique Kidjo, and Ziggy Marley; and peace advocate Queen Noor of Jordan. These ambassadors help Rotary educate the public about the disease and the fight to end polio for good.  
Donate Now to our End Polio Now Challenge
Our club challenge is to have each member donate a minimum of $75 each to our End Polio Now drive. Bonus-  Governor Lyle will donate an added $25 to boost this to $100 for End Polio Now! Our leader in our End Polio Now campaign is John Howard who can be called at 847-727-0721 or email him at for additional information. Donate online using this link: 

Changing up Halloween by focusing on CANs not CANdy!
Changing up Halloween by focusing on CANs not CANdy!

What if we could do something to break the Covid dull apathy we have been experiencing? Rotarian Ed Gordan had an idea, that came from a friend and Rotary supporter Michael Greenberg, MD.
A few years ago, Greenberg, while doing medical trade shows, got an idea but ‘it fizzled flat, but thought now might just be the time to resurrect it.’ Covid-world has some silver-linings after all!

Greenberg said, “We're heading into winter and it appears that the government isn't going to continue to print and distribute money so easily.  We already have hungry people, but those numbers are going to increase and so many of us have more than enough.”
So, he reached out on Facebook to a number of friends including Ed Gordon. Gordon is a long-time Rotary Club of Northbrook, member, a former club president, active volunteer and community leader.

Ed mentions, “The Rotary Club of Northbrook has been a supporter of food insecurity programs for a long time. The members are comprised of corporate leaders who live in and around Northbrook. As Rotarians who work on many global projects, we know that food insecurity can happen in communities that others see only as being affluent. So our efforts are needed.”
As regular volunteers and donors to the Northfield Food Pantry, the Rotary club has also granted funds to Hunger Resources, Hunger Free Northbrook and recently made a $1,000 grant donation to the Northbrook Farmers Market to help them reach their goals of providing additional food to SNAP users purchasing at the market.
So, when the topic came up about possibly having Halloween trick or treating “cancelled” in various municipalities Rotarians and their friends thought about Greenberg’s idea; “What if this Halloween, we change our focus from candy to cans? What if each child and/or family committed to collecting anywhere from 6 to 12 cans of food for their local food pantry? In my life, I have found that doing something for somebody else is a surefire way of feeling good and who doesn't need to feel a little bit better these days.”

Candy is good, Trick-or-Treating is fun -but this year let’s “Treat” Those in Need
Rotary is stepping in to encourage parents, grandparents, area businesses and their employees to show our youth that community service can be fun and lifechanging. How? By encouraging children to help those who may not be as fortunate by collecting CANs instead of CANDY!!
You can go through your pantry or shop at the grocery. Let each child pick out 6 cans or more of needed foods such as canned tuna; chicken; veggie, tomato, lentil soups; or creamy soups that can be added to rice or pastas; canned pasta with meats; or even boxes of rice sides; 100% Juices in cans or boxes.
Open up a conversation on how this can help a family get through trying times. Great conversations to have with you’re your children or grandchildren, share with neighbors and those at your church or temple. These are trying times for children and this project can help them feel safe and empowered: helping others; selecting foods to share; being kind (never to early to learn the Rotary way)!
Then the adventure begins! Dress up in costume if you like to deliver your food to either Sunset Foods drop box in the Northbrook store. Or drive over to the Northfield Township Food Panty to deliver. Since hours and needed foods can change call 847-724-8300 for updates or visit their website .
If you can’t or do not want to go out shopping you can make a donation right through our Rotary Club at this link:
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Hunger is Unacceptable in Our Community has been the Northfield Township Food Pantry’s mission for the past 50 years.  The pantry helps residents of Glenview, Northbrook and Northfield who are unable to provide enough food for themselves and their families.
Over the years, the pantry has gone through many changes, starting out distributing bags of food from a supply closet to now operating a full client choice food pantry.  The pantry has seen the number of households accessing services spike to over 800 after the 2008 economic crisis before leveling off at close to 600.
This latest challenge brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the numbers to rise again with over 250 new households turning to the pantry for help in the last several months.
The tremendous outpouring of support we have received since the pandemic started has been heartwarming. Daily food and monetary donations and volunteer help have made it possible for us to continue meeting the needs of our community.
“We are grateful to operate in such a caring community.  The pantry has always been a story of neighbors helping neighbors and that shine particularly bright during a crisis,” said Jill Brickman, Northfield Township Supervisor.
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Rotary Fall Training Alert!
Fall is definitely here, which means it's time for Fall Training  
Training this year will focus on issues that all clubs face; issues which are made even more challenging this year as we navigate our new virtual/hybrid world:  
How do we maintain and increase member engagement?
Do our service projects still work, and how can we tell?
How can we hold successful fundraisers and expand our reach?
How can we successfully manage the changes that it will take to survive and thrive?
Please join us for insights, ideas, and tools on how to face these challenges in today's environment.
Training will take place in 2 two-hour  Zoom sessions:  
Thursday, October 22  4-6 pm 
Thursday, October 29, 4-6 pm
Please register today for each session by clicking the links below.   Course materials and zoom links will be sent prior to each session.
I hope to see you there!
Linda Borton
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October 2
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October 4
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October 6
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October 13
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October 13
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October 15
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October 7, 2008
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October 9, 2001
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October 16, 2007
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October 27, 2015
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October 31, 2000
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October 31, 2017
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