Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor
January 31, 2021 Bulletin
Weekly Update  February 7, 2021

Last week's meeting

For our first Wednesday Social evening,, Jim Pockross led an excellent book club discussion of - The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.  We had 15 members participate and share their unanimous appreciation for the book.  
This week's meeting
Our Speakers; Hal Sprague and Emily Hammermeister - Trajectory Energy Partners
Topic: Solar Energy Programs

Hal grew up in New Jersey, and moved to Illinois in 1993 to work as an environmental lawyer at Abbott Laboratories. He lives in Evanston and has been very active as a board member of Citizens’ Greener Evanston, helping the City implement its Climate Action & Resilience Plan. Hal graduated from Williams College, in Massachusetts, with a B.A. in Biology, from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, with a M.S. in Water Resource Management, and from the University of Colorado, in Boulder, with a J.D. 

Hal is very excited to be learning as much as he can about the critical and growing field for renewable energy, and in particular helping individuals, business and faith communities, schools and municipalities go solar to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Emily grew up and continues to live in Northwest Indiana, right in the backyard of huge refineries, where she gained an initial interest in the environment. She is a recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago, earning a B.S. in Environmental Science, and is interested in the science and social injustice that surrounds the environmental field. At Trajectory, Emily works on developing solar projects in Illinois and is excited to be able to provide community solar for all.
Other News:
  • Beth DeWall and Jack Close remind us that we can pay our Rotary dues via links on our webpage.  Super easy! 
    • Go to Club website
    • Member login
    • Find Membership Dues -  right side of the Home page under Club Links
    • This link goes to the page with the dues options listed.
    • Please note that there is a small service fee that PayPal charges and that is included on the PayPal payment page
  • Thanks again for the support of Open Books-Chicago.  With the help of George Pearce and Ben Chung, our Open Book colleague Marlo Koch collected our over 1,200 books Wednesday.   Thanks again to Ben Chung and his wife Sanny.   They made the project so easy!
  • Our Board meets Monday evening at 5:00 pm.  The International Committee meets Tuesday evening at 5:00 pm.
  • Important news from the district:

      We’re working to promote and assist vaccination in our five counties. If you have information or ideas you’d like to share, send it to
    COVID VACCINATION INFORMATION SPEAKERS SERIES  D6440 will host a number of terrific speakers who will educate us on the vaccines and vaccination.  All are welcome; we encourage Clubs to invite their community partners.   The events will be both on Zoom and streamed on Facebook Live. Details coming soon.
  • At noon next Wednesday the 10th, and again on Friday the 12th, Dr. Stuart Marcus, Chief Clinical Officer of Amita Health.
  • Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, will speak to Rotarians from across Illinois at a special event the week of February 15th.  She is familiar with Rotary’s commitment to eradicate polio and will be asking for our help.
  • Dr. Jim Keller, Chief Medical Officer at Lutheran General, at noon on February 22nd.
  • We will hear from both Rafael Malpica, Community Outreach Coordinator with Advocate Aurora, and a Spanish-speaking physician, at a later date. 

    Here are a few opportunities you can share right now with your membership.  More are on their way.
  • Advocate Health Care needs volunteers at Vaccine Clinics across Illinois.  If you’re willing to be a greeter or to help with registration, sanitation, and supplies, click here for more information and apply here.  All volunteers serving onsite for these clinics will be offered the COVID vaccine. 
  • Those in Kane County can volunteer through the Medical Reserve Corps.  See here for more details, and click here to download the attachments mentioned in the email.
  • Those in Lake County can volunteer to assist at the mass vaccination site at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake.  Click here for more information.  
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Maureen Barry
February 6
Chris Simcox
February 26
Carol Wells
March 3
Mike Bailey
March 8
Spouse Birthdays
Renee Freireich
March 20
Susan Fisher
Jonathan Yenkin
March 16
Join Date
Keith Dronen
February 3, 2010
11 years
Jack Close
February 18, 2014
7 years
Ben Ivory
February 21, 2010
11 years
Chuck Heller
March 1, 2018
3 years
Jacqueline Boland
March 1, 2017
4 years
Ben Chung
March 19, 2010
11 years
Sarah Oliver
March 31, 1997
24 years
Upcoming Events
February Club Board Meeting
Feb 08, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
International Committee Meeting
Feb 09, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Club Forum
Feb 17, 2021
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
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Feb 10, 2021 7:30 AM
Solar Energy Programs
Feb 24, 2021
Evanston Reparations Program
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Rotary District 6440
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Sergeant at Arms
Membership Chair
Web Site Coordinator
Community Service Chair
International Service
Club Foundation Chair
Grants Chair
Virtual Meeting Coordinator
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