December 5, 2017

This Week's Meeting
Today, December 5th we will host Alli Mengarelli from The Book Bin.
Today is also Food Pantry Day.  Don't forget to bring non-perishable food donations for the Northfield Township Food Pantry.
Last Regular Meeting
At our last regular meeting we heard from the directors of the 5 Avenues of Service and learned about upcoming Club projects.
Operation Santa Claus: The deadline for Rotarians to turn in Operation Santa Claus gifts is Tuesday, December 5th.  If you haven't already turned in your gifts please remember to bring them to the meeting on Tuesday.
Mark You Calendar
December 7th: Youth Services Holiday Gift Wrapping.  We will have a group wrapping gifts from 6:00 - 7:00 pm at Chicago Harley Davidson located at 2929 Patriot Blvd in Glenview.  Click here to sign up or email Dave Masters at
December 15th: Operation Santa Claus distribution at Goethe School. If you want to help with the distribution please contact Gary Moriello.
December 15th: Annual Holiday Open House at the Karagianis Home beginning at 6:00 pm.  Please RSVP to Jim Karagianis at
December 19th: Annual Holiday Lunch with a performance from the GBN Chorus.
December 20th: Operation Santa Claus distribution at Forrestal Elementary School. If you want to help with the distribution please contact Gary Moriello.
December 26th: NO MEETING
Lucky Bucks Winner: Mike Ellison
Invocations at Club Meetings
In many Rotary clubs, it is customary to open weekly meetings with an appropriate invocation or blessing.
Usually such invocations are offered without reference to specific religious denominations or faiths. 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.
More Comments from a Rotary Scholar
During my time as a Rotary scholar, I learned to look at development differently. We often think of international aid in terms of poverty reduction, and we often see poverty reduction in terms of dollars spent and earned. The anthropology of development aims to analyze global aid in another way. We pay particular attention to how initiatives play out on the ground to determine just what local communities’ needs are and how those needs might be met sustainably and, eventually, autonomously. 
Rotary’s six areas of focus mesh neatly with these goals. Such measures require money, but more than that, they require in-tense cultural collaboration to make them sustainable. Who better than Rotary, with its worldwide network of business and community leaders, to understand the challenges and respond effectively? 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Friedoon Hakimian
November 2
Ron Dahlquist
November 6
David Schwalb
November 21
Courtney Olson
December 7
Donna Gulley
December 7
Marvin Feig
December 16
Jeff Tideman
December 29
Marvin Feig
November 11
Kate Hall
Jon Hall
November 12
David Masters
Vicki Masters
November 19
Michael Doman
Devra Doman
November 19
Larry Kanar
December 4
Join Date
John Cavanaugh
November 3, 2015
2 years
Ron Dahlquist
December 1, 1973
44 years
JP Deheeger
December 2, 2014
3 years
Ken Kurtz
December 7, 2010
7 years
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