September 11, 2018

This Week's Meeting
Today September 11, 2018: We welcome Roch Tranel from The Tranel Financial Group
Last Regular Meeting
Last Regular Meeting: We welcomed Jennifer Krause from ENJEN who talked about helping connect small businesses with government incentives.
Mark Your Calendar
September 11th: Club Board Meeting 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Civic Room at the Northbrook Public Library.
September 17th: Dinner Meeting at Granite City Food & Brewery.  Join us for an evening meeting beginning at 6:00 pm at Granite City Food & Brewery.  More details and RSVP information to follow.
September 18th: NO Noon Meeting  
September 29th: Blood Drive at Sunset Foods
October 10th:  Club Board Meeting 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Pollack Room A at the Northbrook Public Library.
October 20th: One Rotary Summit Fall Training Day.  7:30 am - 12:00 pm at Harper College Wojcik Center.  Click here for more information.
October 24th:  World Polio Day
October 26th: Rotary 800 
November 10th: 2018 Youth Assembly.  9:00 am - 3:30 pm, Forest View Education Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights.  Click here for more information.
Lucky Bucks winner:  Kate Hall
Travel as a Force for Peace by Rick Steves (from The Rotarian)

It was 1969, I was 14 years old, and one night my dad came home and said, “Son, we’re going to Norway to see the relatives.” I thought, “Stupid idea.”  

A few days after arriving, I was sitting on the carpet with my cousins in Bergen watching Neil Armstrong on TV as he took “et lite skritt for et menneske ... one giant leap for mankind.” It occurred to me that this was more than an American celebration. It was a human one.

Without my realizing it, travel was broadening my perspective. While reinforcing how thankful I was to be an American, it was also making me a better citizen of the planet. It was shaping the 14-year-old me to be a force for peace and an advocate for the importance of travel. 

Since 1975, I’ve spent four months a year in Europe. I’m a travel teacher. And for the first decade of my career, my focus was budget tips. I wrote Europe Through the Back Door, which taught travelers how to get a good meal affordably, how to find a charming local guesthouse, how to pack light, and how to enjoy the sights. Then I became interested in teaching people about the art and history of Europe. I wrote Europe 101 to encourage travelers to connect with culture in a deeper register. 

But since 9/11, I’ve realized that my mission is about more than saving money or visiting museums. Travel can also be a force for peace – but that depends upon how you travel and where. If you travel thoughtfully, travel can become a political act. Ever since that epiphany, my goal has been to inspire and equip Americans to come home from their travels with the most valuable souvenir: empathy for the other 96 percent of humanity. And that teaching led me to write Travel as a Political Act. 

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Larry Kanar
September 1
Ned Schechter
September 6
Gary Moriello
September 21
Ernst Janzen
September 22
Rob Bassler
September 25
Daniel Craig
October 2
Edward Gordon
October 2
Alan Karzen
October 4
Stanley Sherman
October 6
Kyint Chwa
October 8
Rick Rivkin
October 13
Ev Schwartz
October 15
Nathan Levin
October 20
Patrick Doland
October 26
David Schwalb
Shawna Schwalb
September 4
Howard Schultz
September 4
Dick Hochschild
September 5
Scott Rose
Gwen Rose
September 15
Andy Vass
September 16
James Mazzetti
September 20
Jeff Tideman
September 21
Joel Meisel
Penny Meisel
October 5
Mitch Portugal
Sharyl Portugal
October 5
Daniel Sideman
Eva Sideman
October 27
Join Date
Ernst Janzen
September 1, 1966
52 years
Stanley Sherman
September 1, 1970
48 years
Ev Schwartz
September 3, 2013
5 years
Alan Karzen
September 15, 2009
9 years
Joel Meisel
September 24, 2002
16 years
Gayle Curcio
September 27, 2006
12 years
Courtney Olson
October 7, 2008
10 years
Norm Levine
October 7, 2008
10 years
Sandy Früm
October 9, 2001
17 years
Larry Hewitt
October 16, 2007
11 years
Nate Ruben
October 18, 2016
2 years
Michael Ellison
October 27, 2015
3 years
David Masters
October 31, 2000
18 years
Tom Len
October 31, 2017
1 year
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