What is your gift?
Last Tuesday we heard from Tim Wambach, who addressed the “most taboo subject” (no, not sex, not politics, not religion) but your relationship with yourself!  Tim’s take is, that like grabbing the oxygen for yourself before helping others, your personal health will enhance everything else important to you (like family). In additional to being a very personable and engaging presenter, Tim exudes humanity and joy.
He has an amazing story that if you did not catch him speaking to our club pre-pandemic, I hope you saw this meeting, and if not? Yeah! It’s available on YouTube or our Facebook page.
Tim began with our collective experience which was on or around March 12ish how life changed for all of us. The pandemic made us face the unknown, fear reigned supreme.  However, the Covid-19 wake-up call also allowed us to focus on what was important – like our wellbeing and health.  Tim’s own philosophy is “my life is god’s gift to me, what I do with my life, is my gift to god.” Something many people believe and practice. Taking it a step further, Tim mentioned the importance of
making our own wellness plan. It was an interactive conversation, where he engaged the club members.
Below you’ll find some background about Tim from various web bios.  According to Tim’s LinkedIn bio: for the last decade he has mastered his marketing, communication strategies, and sales process. He was able to achieve this by constantly improving my craft as a motivational speaker and business owner. Closing over 300 presentations and negotiating every aspect of those contracts has given me a unique perspective and a better understanding of how to relate to all types of people.

Tim tackles all obstacles with the same enthusiasm and commitment. He is trained on over 20+ tools including: CRMs, lead generation, sales automation, and productivity tools. He has researched and replicated sales systems from preHIRED’s Science-Based Sales® methodology, in order to help teams grow their sales pipeline and crush sales quotas.

Long distance running has shaped his life and equipped him with the perseverance and mental fortitude needed as a salesman. It has prepared him for any obstacle. His mantra: Plan ahead and adjust on the fly. Train when you don't want to. Manage your time like a pro. Know when to lead and when to follow. Laugh at the pain. Do it all again tomorrow.
Tim is also the founding member of Handicap This, President of the Keep On Keeping On Foundation, Tim was counselor for 13 years at a Summer Camp for Special Education students. Tim graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a BA in Speech/Communications. He has worked as Youth Director for St. Mary of the Woods (Chicago), Sales Rep for elementary textbooks, speaker for National Financial Educators, Speech Coach at Glenbrook South High School, and trainer for Next Level Consulting providing training services for Fortune 500 companies.
Tim authored the book “How We Roll” in March of 2010, a book describing his relationship with Mike Berkson. Find out more at their website: Tim ran 717 miles between Orlando, FL and Chicago, IL in August of 2005 to raise awareness for Cerebral Palsy.In 2006, Dr. Bernard Brommel, retired speech professor of NEIU, dedicated a scholarship in Tim’s name for students overcoming great odds.
Fun fact: At the ripe age of 11, Tim won a batting contest and got to take batting practice at Comiskey Park in 1985.
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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Operation Santa Claus Celebrating 30 Years!
A Generation of Literacy - Congrats Gary & Bev celebrating 30th OSC
The Rotary Club of Northbrook announces the kickoff of the 30th year of Operation Santa Claus [OSC], an initiative that brings the gift of literacy to 1,200 inner city children every year during the holiday season.  This life changing mission was the brainchild of Rotarians and retired elementary school Principals Gary Moriello and Beverly Hides-Moriello.
The Moriello’s stress that the gift of a book can be critical to supporting good - as is backed by studies such as this: Whether rich or poor, illiterate or college graduates, parents who have books in the home increase the level of education their children will attain, according to a 20-year study led by Mariah Evans, University of Nevada, Reno associate professor of sociology and resource economics.
The program works with two inner city schools, Goethe Elementary in Chicago and Forrestal Elementary in North Chicago.  The goal is for each child (from Pre-K through eighth grade) to receive their own new books. Each child creates a list of books for their "wish list."  Sponsors get involved when they commit to funding as many book-lists as they can, which are around $30 each.  They can purchase the books, wrap them for the big day.  The Operation Santa Claus team makes the final delivery of books to the children at a festive school event.
“If you don’t have time to shop and wrap, OSC will shop for you! Simply make a donation to cover the number of children’s book-lists you want to sponsor.” says Beverly Hides-Moriello.
“It’s important that all children in the participating classes receive books. This year families and businesses are looking for ways to connect by doing something for those less fortunate.” states Gary Moriello. “This is a project has been supported by many individuals who live or work in or near Northbrook for many years, but we can always use more participants to make sure that not one child is ever left out. 
Book Bin has been participating for years, too. Sponsors can drop off their lists to this local independent book seller and owner Ally Gilley and her team will shop and wrap for you. OSC picks the books up from the shop. Book Bin also donates a portion of these sales back to OSC.”
“We hope you’ll join us to provide books and love for these precious children through the gift of books!” Interested?  To receive more information, email Gary Moriello at for the sponsorship/participation guidelines. 
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!  
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