Weekly Update  April 18, 2021

Last week's meeting

Rick Olson provided an overview and the challenges of the Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda. Rick's presentation was followed by our monthly club forum.
 
This week's meeting 
 
Edie Rowell - of the Wilmette Woman's Club will provide the club an overview of the recent renovation project and a history of the organization.  
 
Other News:
 
  • Do your part on Earth Day!  A cleanup will be held at Elmwood Dunes for Club members and family or friends on Saturday, April 24 from 10am - 12pm.  The event is part of the Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup, a multi-district initiative of Rotary Clubs throughout the Great Lakes region and through the Alliance for the Great Lakes.  Members from the NE Chicagoland Passport Club will be joining us.  Please bring your own buckets or paper bags, reusable gloves and any water or snacks for each participant, as we want to avoid adding additional waste to our collection!  Please contact Maureen Barry, George Pearce and/or Chris Simcox if you plan to attend!  More information can be found at: https://adopt.greatlakes.org/s/cleanup/a2o1L000000hkljQAA/aab19509
  • We are hoping for an in-person meeting for our first Monday evening meeting on Wednesday, May 5th.  More information to follow.
  • From our DG: Two important events coming up: 
    • April 28th: Protecting the Environment – Opportunities for Rotary and the Planet: Join Ian Riseley, Past RI President and Chair of Rotary’s Environmental Issues Task Force, to hear the background of this new Area of Focus and learn which activities are fundable with Global Grants.
    • May 1rst:  International Service Summit:
      • Meet and Network with People and Teams Performing Service Work Throughout the World.
      • View Informative Presentations from Experienced Leaders in International Service
      • View Exhibits from Non-Profits, Service Organizations, Religious Groups, and Supporting Vendors
 
 
 
 
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Weekly Update  April 10, 2021

Last week's meeting

For our first Wednesday evening meeting we welcomed back Bill Norris, CIBC Bank to discuss the economy.  Bill's outlook was positive and his presentation is available in case members missed the meeting.  Thank you again Jacky Boland for sponsoring our speaker. 
 
This week's meeting 
 
1.) Rick Olson - Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda
Rick will share details of the Global Grant 2122662 Providing Safe Drinking Water in Nakivale Refugee Settlement, Uganda. 
2.) Monthly Club Forum: Discuss membership, DEI and other club business
 
Other News:
  • Remember our club will host a clean up event on April 24th - 10 am to 12 noon at the Elmwood Dunes park to recognize Earth Day 2021.  Maureen Barry and George Pearce are helping organize Rotary Club events for the district including ours on the 24th.
  • Yard candidate signs can be dropped of for recycling behind the Village Hall.   Look for a Village pick up truck close the the large cell tower.
  • April Club Board meeting is Monday April 12th at 5 pm. 
  • From our DG: Two important events coming up: 
    • April 28th: Protecting the Environment – Opportunities for Rotary and the Planet: Join Ian Riseley, Past RI President and Chair of Rotary’s Environmental Issues Task Force, to hear the background of this new Area of Focus and learn which activities are fundable with Global Grant
    • May 1rst:  International Service Summit:
      • Meet and Network with People and Teams Performing Service Work Throughout the World.
      • View Informative Presentations from Experienced Leaders in International Service
      • View Exhibits from Non-Profits, Service Organizations, Religious Groups, and Supporting Vendors
 
 
 
 
Weekly Update April 10, 2021 2021-04-11 05:00:00Z 0

Weekly Update  April 4, 2021

Last week's meeting

Beth Drucker - Go Green Wilmette provided us an informative update regarding environmental issues in the community including ways our club and each of us can take action to protect our environment.
 
This week's meeting 
 
Join us on Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm for our First Wednesday evening program.  This month we welcome back Bill Norris,  CIBC Bank to discuss the economy.  Thank you Jacky Boland for sponsoring our speaker.  
 

Other News:

  • Our club will host a clean up event on April 24th - 10 am to 12 noon at the Elmwood Dunes park to recognize Earth Day 2021.  Maureen Barry and George Pearce are helping organize Rotary Club events for the district including ours on the 24th.
  • From Rich Lalley: "Greetings Rotarians. Our shoes have shipped and will be delivered this week to PDG Rick Rivkin’s warehouse in Northbrook. We will have our “shoe pick n pack” operation next Saturday, April 10, at 9:30am. If you are coordinating the delivery of shoes to a beneficiary organization(s), please plan to be there or send a delegate to help with picking and packing and to take your shoes with you."  Saf-T-Gard Warehouse, 205 Huehl Road, Northbrook IL 60062. Masks are required.  Rich Lalley asks volunteers to sign up in advance.  Please contact Corinne McClintic or Ben Ivory if you want to help next Saturday. 
  • From our DG: Two important events coming up: 
    • April 28th: Protecting the Environment – Opportunities for Rotary and the Planet: Join Ian Riseley, Past RI President and Chair of Rotary’s Environmental Issues Task Force, to hear the background of this new Area of Focus and learn which activities are fundable with Global Grant
    • May 1rst:  International Service Summit:
      • Meet and Network with People and Teams Performing Service Work Throughout the World.
      • View Informative Presentations from Experienced Leaders in International Service
      • View Exhibits from Non-Profits, Service Organizations, Religious Groups, and Supporting Vendors
 
 
 
 
Weekly Update April 4, 2021 2021-04-04 05:00:00Z 0

Weekly Update  March 28, 2021

Last week's meeting

Miya Hasegawa and Laurie Goldstein from the Wilmette based group HEROS (Healing Everyday Racism in Our Schools) provided an educational overview of the HEROS program.
 
This week's meeting 
 
Beth Drucker - Go Green Wilmette will provide us an update regarding environmental issues in the community.
 
 

Other News:

  • Our club will host a clean up event on April 24th - 10 am to 12 noon at the Elmwood Dunes park to recognize Earth Day 2021.  Maureen Barry and George Pearce are helping organize Rotary Club events for the district including ours on the 24th.
  • Susan Fisher shares how to get more information about recent club diversity, equity, and inclusion activities:
    HEROS – Healing Everyday Racism in Our Schools: http://heros.community/
    City of Evanston reparations: https://www.cityofevanston.org/government/city-council/reparatio
    Maywood Proviso Rotary panel discussion on Judas and the Black Messiah https://fb.watch/4uZbMNy1fV/
 
 
 
Weekly Update March 28, 2021 2021-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

Weekly Update  March 21, 2021

Last week's meeting

At our weekly club forum we had committee updates and continued the discussion regarding a community values initiative.  Jim Pockross also reviewed progress towards our Governor's Challenge Goals.
 
This week's meeting 
 
Miya Hasegawa and Laurie Goldstein from the Wilmette based group HEROS (Healing Everyday Racism in Our Schools) will speak to our club.
 

Other News:

  • We are pleased to welcome Andrew Levy as our newest club member! Andrew will provide a bio at a future club meeting. 
  • Our club will host a clean up event on April 24th - 10 am to 12 noon at the Elmwood Dunes park to recognize Earth Day 2021.  Maureen Barry and George Pearce are helping organize Rotary Club events for the district including ours on the 24th.
  • The district hosts a Toastmasters Alliance Speakers Series "Demo" Meeting on Tuesday evening March 23rd at 7:00 pm.  Registration is required.  For more information, see the district site. 
 
 
 
Weekly Update March 21, 2021 2021-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

Weekly Update  March 14, 2021

Last week's meeting

We welcomed Dr. Renee Dominquez and Bill Attea who shared more information regarding the Glenview Values Project.
 
This week's meeting 
 
We will have our weekly club forum with updates from the committees and general announcements.
 
Thought and Pledge: Heidi Voorhees 

Other News:

  • Our eye glass donation program alive.  Jim Waite is collecting glasses this winter until John Kessler's return from Arizona this spring,  Glasses can be dropped at the post office. For more information contact Jim Waite or John Kessler.   
  • Our club will host a clean up event on April 24th - 10 am to 12 noon at the Elmwood Dunes park to recognize Earth Day 2021.  Maureen Barry and George Pearce are helping organize Rotary Club events for the district including ours on the 24th.
  • Sunday (Today) at 5:00 pm the DEI Committee will host a  ZOOM showing of Judas and the Black Messiah.   See the calendar for details.
  • Friday, March 19th at 12 noon the district will host its next COVID Vaccination Speaker Series event. Dr. Damen Arnold, Medical Director at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois will speak on Vaccinations and the Black Community.   
 
 
 
Weekly Update March 14, 2021 2021-03-14 06:00:00Z 0

Weekly Update  March 7, 2021

Last week's meeting

We had a good turnout of members and guests for our First Wednesday Social night.  The founder of the Shorefront Legacy Center, Dino Robinson, shared an excellent overview of the Shorefront Legacy Center and discussed black history in the North Shore. http://www.shorefrontlegacy.org/
 
Thank you (again!) to Susan Fisher for facilitating the educational meeting !
 
This week's meeting 
 
We welcome Dr. Renee Dominquez who will share more information regarding the Glenview Values Project.

Other News:

  • The club March board meeting is this Tuesday evening at 5pm
  • Special thanks and best wishes to club member Jim Giffiths who dropped off two large bags of eye glasses for donation. Watch for an update regarding our eye glass program in the next couple of weeks.  
  • March 15th at 6:00 pm, the district will host a Rotary Town Hall on COVID-19: with Dr. Ngozi Ezike MD, Director, Illinois Department of Public Health. This is presented in collaboration with Districts 6420 & 6450.
 
 
 
Weekly Update March 7, 2021 2021-03-07 06:00:00Z 0

Weekly Update  February 14, 2021

Last week's meeting

Our Speakers; Hal Sprague and Emily Hammermeister - Trajectory Energy Partners
Topic: Solar Energy Programs
 
Hal and Emily provided a educational overview of the the solar energy programs available in Illinois.  Their contact information is available for those interested.
 
This week's meeting
 
We will have our monthly club forum with updates from our international, community service and DEI committees.  
 
Other News:
  • Club members distributed the special club financial support recently raised by the club.  A number of the awards supported district match opportunities.  Special thanks to the fundraising committee including Jim Pockross, Jim Waite and Jim Bowman who led the effort and Corinne McClintic and George Pearce for distributing the funds.   
  • Due to recent unwelcome ZOOM bombers on club meetings, we are now using the ZOOM waiting room feature.  For each meeting you will now be asked to wait for the host to accept you into the meeting.  Please be patient and be sure to ask if you have any questions.
  • 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 https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2415
    • 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.
    • Important news from the district:
  • COVID VACCINATION TASK FORCE  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 vaccination@rotary6440.org
     
    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.
    • 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.
​​​​​​​COVID VACCINATION VOLUNTEERING
  • 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.  
Weekly Update February 14, 2021 2021-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

Weekly Update  January 31, 2021

Last week's meeting

We responded to a last minute cancellation of our speaker by sharing Rotary Club President Holger Knaack's presentation to the Elgin Club.  We learned how Holger's priorities align with our club's and our districts goals for this Rotary year.   
 
This week's meeting
 
First Wednesday Social Evening;   Book Club Discussion - The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
 
Join us on ZOOM at 6;30 pm for a discussion regarding the book.
 
Other News:
  • Good news!  Beth DeWallBrent Hendricks and Jack Close worked together to provide an an online capability to pay Rotary dues.  Beth shares
    • Go to Club website https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2415
    • 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
      Big thanks to Beth, Brent and Jack for their efforts to create this helpful new feature.
  • Our January Book Drive in support of Open Books-Chicago took place this Saturday morning, January 30th at Hong Kong Auto Service.  We collected over 1,200 books.   John Glasgow won the "Most books donated" and "best packed"  awards.  Thank you to club member volunteers, George Pearce, Ben Ivory, Jim Waite, Frank Hussey, Jim Bowman, John Wertymer, Mike Bailey, Jacky Boland, Beth DeWall.  Also big thanks to Ben Chung and his wife Sanny, son's Mason and Dixon and Ben K. Ivory for helping.   
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Weekly Update  January 24, 2021

Last week's meeting

At our monthly Club Forum we received updates from the Community Service and DEI committees as well as an overview of our Club Foundation.  The Community Service Committee presented recommendations for immediate grants to organizations focused on food insecurity, clothing, mental health, populations in need and community partners. Our DEI committee provided an update on the development of our club's DEI/Anti Racism statement.  Maureen Barry provided an overview of our Foundation structure and board.
 
This week's meeting
 
Speaker: Bryce Weiler: The Beautiful Lives Project

Bryce Weiler is a blind individual who has been working on programs for people who are disabled with the Baltimore Orioles. With the Orioles, he has helped the team create programs to help people who are disabled be able to play on the field with players and coaches before games. Also, he has helped the Orioles become the first team in sports to wear Braille on their jerseys to honor people who are blind. He is helping run a nonprofit called The Beautiful Lives Project, which works to help people who are disabled be able to experience programs in sports, art, cheer and dance, as well as ballet. Our web site. www.beautifullives.org 

 
Thought and Pledge:  John Kessler 
 
Other News:
  • The Foundation Board met on Friday afternoon and approved the Community Service Committee's recommendations.
  • On Friday, Ben Ivory and Beth DeWall provided a basic training session to help interested club members use our Club Runner website for communication such as generating emails.  If members are interested in learning more please contact Ben or Beth.  Big thanks to Beth and Brent Hendricks for their efforts improving our website and FaceBook pages.
  • The DEI Book Club selection for January is "The Warmth of Other Suns" By Isabel Wilkerson.  We plan to discuss the book on our February 3rd social evening meeting. 
  • Our January Book Drive in support of Open Books-Chicago takes place this Saturday morning,  January 30th between 9 and 11 am at Hong Kong Auto Service.  Thank you to Ben Chung for allowing us to use his facility.  We are looking for two more strong volunteers to help unload books on Saturday morning. Please contact Ben Ivory if you need help with donations or would like to volunteer on January 30th.  For more information regarding the Book Drive, click HERE.
Weekly Update January 24, 2021 2021-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

Weekly Update  January 17, 2021

Last week's meeting

We welcomed Deb Kobak who shared  Providing Peace of Mind, Celebrating Life.  The helpful presentation covered the process of what happens when a death occurs and the benefit of pre-planning.  
 
This week's meeting
 
Join us Wednesday morning for our monthly Club Forum.  We will hear updates from the Community Service, DEI and International Committees.   
 
Thought and Pledge:  John Glasgow 
 
Other News:
  • The club's DEI Committee met this past week and is working on a club diversity statement. Susan Fisher and George and George Pearce will provide an update the Wednesday morning.  Next meeting is scheduled for February 11th at 5pm.  
  • YMCA of Evanston has a program on Racism on January 19th.  See link for more information. https://www.ywca-ens.org/blog/event/racial-healing-and-reparations-two-steps-toward-transformation/
  • The DEI Book Club selection for January is "The Warmth of Other Suns" By Isabel Wilkerson.  We plan to discuss the book on our February 3rd social evening meeting. 
  • The Community Service Committee met last Thursday.  Corinne McClintic has distributed a plan to provide immediate support to a number of worthy organizations.  Corinne will share details at the Club Forum.
  • Our January Book Drive in support of Open Books-Chicago is confirmed.  Donations can be dropped off January 30th between 9 and 11 am at Hong Kong Auto Service.  Thank you to Ben Chung for allowing us to use his facility.  Please contact Ben Ivory if you need help with donations or would like to volunteer on January 30th.  For more information regarding the Book Drive, click HERE.
Weekly Update January 17, 2021 2021-01-17 06:00:00Z 0

Weekly Update  January 10, 2021

Last week's meeting

We welcomed and enjoyed a presentation by our District Governor Lyle Staab.  Lyle complimented our club for its vibrancy and challenged our club to consider new ideas especially as we recruit new members.
 
This week's meeting
 
Join us Wednesday morning for a presentation by Deb Kobak titled Providing Peace of Mind, Celebrating Life.  The presentation covers the process of what happens when a death occurs and the benefit of pre-planning.  Deb is a former colleague of Beth DeWall and has spoken on this topic to various groups including Chicago area Rotary Clubs.   
 
Thought and Prayer:  John Glasgow 
 
Other News:
  • In case you missed it, Jim Pockross announced our DEI Book Club selection for January.   It is "The Warmth of Other Suns" By Isabel Wilkerson.  The book is available at the Wilmette Library and on Amazon in paperback for $10.75.  We plan to discuss the book on our February 3rd social evening meeting. 
  • Our January Book Drive in support of Open Books-Chicago is confirmed.  Donations can be dropped off January 30th between 9 and 11 am at Hong Kong Auto Service.  Thank you to Ben Chung for allowing us to use his facility.  Please contact Ben Ivory if you need help with donations or would like to volunteer on January 30th.  For more information regarding the Book Drive, click HERE.
  • Based on the success of the Fall/Winter Fundraiser, the Club Board has authorized the immediate distribution of funds for urgent local and international needs. The Community Service and International Committees are meeting to recommend the best options.  All members are welcome to participate.    
  • Your newsletter writer Ben Ivory just got approval for a family visit with his mother Mary Jane Ivory in South Carolina to celebrate her 100th Birthday, January 13th.  
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Weekly Update  January 3, 2021

Happy New Year! 

This week!

Join us Wednesday January 6th at 7:30 am for our special weekly meeting with our District 6440 Governor, Lyle Staub.  Lyle has led our district with energy and creativity this year.  Let's honor Lyle with our attendance and good questions.
 
Reminder: Our January board meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 5th at 5:00 pm with District Governor Lyle Staub as our guest. 
 
 
Other News:
 
  • Tom Ryan  (our Soup Kitchen leader) reports that the Club provided 75 lunches at the Evanston 2nd Baptist Church on Monday, December 28th.  Thanks Tom for keeping the program alive.
  • Jim Pockross has announced our DEI Book Club selection for January.   It is "The Warmth of Other Suns" By Isabel Wilkerson.  The book is available on Amazon in paperback for $10.75.  We plan to discuss the book on our February 3rd social evening meeting. 
  • We are still planning our January Book Drive in support of Open Books-Chicago.  We are looking for a site for a late January Saturday morning drop off.  If you have ideas, contact Ben Ivory.
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Weekly Update  December 27, 2020

Thanks again all for your support of the club in 2021.  Happy New Year! 

Mark your 2021 calendar for our special January 6th weekly meeting with our District 6440 Governor, Lyle Staub.  Lyle has led our district with energy and creativity this year.  Let's honor Lyle with our attendance and good questions.
 
Note to the Board:  Our January board meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 5th at 5:00 pm with District Governor Lyle Staub as our guest. 
 
 
Other News:
 
  • The Club Nominating Committee is finalizing a slate for the 2021-2022 club year. If you are interested in servicing on the Board or as an officer for the 2021 - 2022 year, please contact Jim Pockross, Ben Ivory or Mike Bailey. 
  • We are still planning our January Book Drive in support of Open Books-Chicago.  We are looking for a site for a late January Saturday morning drop off.  If you have ideas, contact Ben Ivory.
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Weekly Update  December 20, 2020

Last Week's Meeting

Glenview Rotary Sunrise and Noon Club members Bill Attea, Chuck Balling and Jill Brickman shared details of the Glenview Values Project.  Thank you Heidi Voorhees for organizing.

Next Week's Meeting:
 
No meeting the next two Wednesdays.  Have a wonderful two weeks and Happy New Year! 
 
Consider joining us on December 21rst to see if we can see the "Winter Star".  We will meet just after 4 pm at Highcrest School parking lot on the Northwest corner of the school.
 
 
Other News:
 
  • The Club Nominating Committee met last week. If you are interested in servicing on the Board or as an officer for the 2021 - 2022 year, please contact Jim Pockross, Ben Ivory or Mike Bailey.  
  • We are planning our January Book Drive in support of Open Books-Chicago.  We are looking for a site for a late January Saturday morning drop off.  If you have ideas, contact Ben Ivory.
Weekly Update December 20, 2020 2020-12-20 06:00:00Z 0

DEI Book Club  - Member Vote !

Jim Pockross has identified 5 potential books for members to read and discuss in early February.   Please send your top two votes to Jim Pockross by December 28th.  mpockross@comcast.net.  
 
 
How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
 
The author takes the reader through a widening circle of antiracist ideas that will help the reader see all forms of racism clearly, understand their consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and ourselves.
 
White Fragility-Why it's so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin Diangelo
 
This book explores the counter productive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.
 
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness by Michelle  Alexander
 
The book discusses race related issues specific to Black American males and mass incarceration in the United States.
 
The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
 
The author chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of Black citizens from the South to northern and western cities in search for a better life.
 
Growing up White by James Stobaugh
 
The book tells the story of a white growing up in the South in the 1960's and early 1970's and the harsh realities of racism that existed at the time.
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Club Presidents' Year End Letter of Gratitude

Subject: Holiday thought (with no pledge)
 
Dear Members of the Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor:
 
2021 is just around the corner.  2020 has been a year of serious challenges to us as individuals as well as to our club. We have met virtually for nine months and counting; key fundraising events were postponed indefinitely and worst of all, we have had very limited opportunity to meet together face-to-face. Despite these challenges our club has endured and in many ways has thrived!
 
As co-presidents of the club, we want to share how grateful we are for the energy, commitment and engagement of the club members. We continue to do good work with the community service projects.  How great to provide 290 Chicago girls and boys a new winter coat!  We launched two major initiatives with our diversity, equity and inclusion project as well as the community needs assessment in partnership with the noon club. Virtual club meeting attendance has been very high and our fall/winter fundraiser was very successful and far exceeded expectations in this difficult year.
 
So many of you have given so much!.
 
We want to thank you all for your energy, commitment and wanting to help the world.
 
Have a good, safe and joyous holiday season as we enter 2021. All the best to you.
 
Jim Pockross and Ben Ivory
Club Presidents' Year End Letter of Gratitude 2020-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

Weekly Update  December 13, 2020

Last Week's Meeting
Susan Schultz, Museum of Broadcast Communications provided the club an interesting presentation titled "The Role Broadcast Media Played in the 2020 Election".  

We conducted our holiday raffle!  Congratulations to the winners:

3rd prize: Jack Close
2nd prize: Frank Hussey
1rst prize:  Sheri Schmidt 

 

Next Week's Meeting: Wednesday, December 16th

Glenview Rotary Sunrise and Noon Club members Bill Attea, Chuck Balling and Jill Brickman will share details of the Glenview Values Project.  Thank you Heidi Voorhees for organizing.

 
Other News:
 
 
  • The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee met on December 10th at 5:00 pm. 12 members participated and discussed various next steps for the club including a statement regarding our vision on our web site, future speakers and a book club.  Susan Fisher and George Pearce will provide more updates in the weeks ahead.  
  • We had a spirited group participate on December 6 for our Holiday Zoom Party.  Thanks all for sharing good memories, photos and favorite movies.  Thank you Evelyn Lee for joining us! We look forward to a festive and in-person event next year!
  • A nominating committee for the 2021-2022 Board has been formed.  It includes, Jim Waite, Jim Pockross, Ben Ivory, Mike Bailey, Frank Hussey and Maureen Barry.  Please contact a member of the committee by January 1 if you are interested in serving on the board. 
  • Jim Bowman, Jim Waite  and helpers worked hard over the weekend to distribute purchases from Carol Well's garage. Thank you again Carol Wells for providing your garage!   The fundraiser is doing very this year and there is still time to contribute!
  • Watch for more information regarding a second annual book drive in January supporting Open Books - Chicago.
  • Join us on December 21, 2020 for a Winter Solstice outdoor, socially distanced event at Gillson Park.  Weather permitting we will observe the "Christmas Star" when Jupiter and Saturn appear closer together than they have since 1226 A.D.  Based on media reports, we should meet just after sundown (approx 4:30 pm).  
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Weekly Update  December 6, 2020

Last Week's Meeting
No meeting last week.  Look forward to our December 6 Holiday ZOOM party at 5 PM.

On Wednesday, December 9th
Join us for a presentation by Susan Schultz, Museum of Broadcast Communications . "The Role Broadcast Media Played in the 2020 Election".
 
Other News:
  • Heidi Voorhees and Beth DeWall organized support for the Wilmette Lunch Club effort to assist with purchasing sleeping bags for the homeless in Chicago.  Our club donated 50 sleeping bags!....Thanks to all for the support.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee will meet on December 10th at 5:00 pm. ZOOM details on the website.   
  • Our Holiday Fundraiser is close to completion.  Jim Bowman  is organizing his helpers to distribute purchases from Carol Well's garage (822 Chestnut) next Saturday morning December 12 from 9 to 10 am.  Thank you Carol Wells for providing you garage again this year!  
  • The Fundraiser Raffle winner will be drawn at the December 9th meeting.  
  • The Club December Board meeting in this Tuesday, December 8 at 5PM.
Weekly Update December 6, 2020 2020-12-06 06:00:00Z 0

Weekly Update  November 29, 2020

Last Week's Meeting

Linda Brennan Phd. shared practical tips for "Making it a Great COVID Winter".  Linda shared her slides and are available for members.  Find it here.

This Week's Meeting
 
Our next club event is the Christmas get together on Sunday, December 6th at 5pm.
 
On Wednesday, December 9th
 
Join us for a presentation by Susan Schultz, Museum of Broadcast Communications . "The Role Broadcast Media Played in the 2020 Election".
 
Thought and Pledge: Beth DeWall
 
Other News:
  • Heidi Voorhees and Beth DeWall have organized support for the Wilmette Lunch Club effort to assist with purchasing sleeping bags for the homeless in Chicago.  If you are interested in supporting, please contact Heidi or Beth.
  • Jim Pockross hosted a ZOOM Thanksgiving - Giving Thanks Call on Thursday morning at 9:00 am.  About 10 club members and family attended in what we hope will be an annual (in person) event.   Thanks Jim for organizing!
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee will next meet on December 10th at 5:00 pm.   
  • Our Holiday Fundraiser is well under way.  Jim Pockross reports that 50% of club members have participated as of November 27th.  Please find the easy to complete form on the website or see below.  Brent Hendricks sent out a helpful FaceBook posting for members to share. 
Weekly Update November 29, 2020 2020-11-29 06:00:00Z 0

Weekly Update  November 22, 2020

Last Week's Meeting
 
Our club forum focused on:
  • 2020 -2021 Club Goals - Thanks to our members hard work we are doing very well in achieving our Governor's Challenge Goals. Jim Pockross is keeping us on task!
  • Community Assessment - Corinne McClintic shared the report last week and led a discussion on how we can use the information for shot and long term planning.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee - Susan Fisher provided and update and got input from the membership.  Next meeting scheduled (see below).
  • Learned tips on sharing/posting club information on social media - Thank you Brent Hendricks whose tips will be very helpful with our Fall/Winter Fundraiser.
This Week's Meeting
 
Join us for a presentation by Linda Brennan. Phd  "Making it a Great COVID Winter"

About our speaker:

Linda’s career has spanned management and engineering positions at Philip Morris, IBM, the Quaker Oats Company, and the Coca-Cola Company; consulting in dozens of industries, and teaching leadership, management, and strategy to audiences from undergraduates to executives.

Her passion is to help others to help themselves for maximum impact.  Working with ambitious and dedicated professionals, she stresses the importance of working toward a clear vision with intentionality and accountability to provide bottom-line improvement.  Clients realize greater organizational performance and individual effectiveness as a result. 

A seasoned professional and creative problem solver, she is a widely published author. She completed her PhD from Northwestern University, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and her bachelor’s from the Georgia Institute of Technology. A Six Sigma Black Belt, she earned her professional engineering license in Georgia and has been a certified Project Management Professional.  

Other News:

  • Heidi Voorhees and Beth DeWall organized support for with Wilmette Lunch Club effort to assist with purchasing sleeping bags for the homeless in Chicago.  Thus far our members has funded over 20 sleeping bags!   If you are interested in supporting, please contact Heidi or Beth.
  • Jim Pockross will host a ZOOM Thanksgiving - Giving Thanks Call on Thursday morning at 9:00 am.  All are welcome and we encourage members to invite family members to attend.  Find ZOOM Details on the web site. 
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee will next meet on December 10th at 5:00 pm.   
  • Carol Wells shared that past President/Club Member - Rob Davis - lost his mother earlier this month.  If you would like to send him a card/note it can be sent to:
    Rob Davis
    P.O. Box 169
    2917 Settlement Rd.
    Ephraim, WI  54211
Weekly Update November 22, 2020 2020-11-22 06:00:00Z 0

Weekly Update  November 15, 2020

Last Week's Meeting
 
End Polio Now District Chair, Glenn Garlick provided a twenty-five-minute presentation of this year's Polio theme "Be Like Jack".  Glenn shared stories about the Gates family original connection with Rotary and the End Polio cause as well as famous individuals who overcame polio.  
 
Mariana Alfar of the Wilmette Rotary Lunch Club asked for our clubs help with purchasing sleeping bags for the Sister of Notre Dame's homeless shelter in the city.  Watch for more information on how we can support this important cause.
 
This Week's Meeting
 
We will host a club forum to
  • review our recently completed Community Assessment - 
  • get an update on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
  • hear tips on sharing/posting club information on social media
  • discuss 2020 -2021 Club Goals
 
Other News:
  • Our Fall/Winter Fundraiser is officially launched with wines, food items, and raffle prizes finalized.  See the article below.  Committee will receive orders on Saturday, November 21 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at Panera Wilmette. 
  • Susan Fisher and George Pearce hosted our second Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion meeting on November 12th at 5:00 pm.   Thanks for the great ideas and participation.  More information will be shared at the Club Forum this Wednesday.
  • The Community Assessment document was distributed last Friday.  Thanks again to Corinne McClintic and committee members for their efforts on this exciting project.
Weekly Update November 15, 2020 2020-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

Weekly Update 

Last Week's Social Meeting
 
We had a nice group join us at 4:30 pm on Wednesday at the Village Hall for an informal outdoor socially distanced get-together. The weather was absolutely perfect and it was great to see everyone.  
 
This Week's Weekly Meeting
 
End Polio Now District Chair, Glenn Garlick will provide a twenty-five-minute presentation of this year's Polio theme "Be Like Jack". 
 
Other News:
  • Our Fall/Winter Fundraiser is officially launched with wines, food items, and raffle prizes finalized.  See the article below.
  • November ZOOM Board meeting is this Tuesday at 5:00 pm.
  • Susan Fisher and George Pearce will host our second Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion meeting on November 12th at 5:00 pm.   
  • Operation Warm coats arrived and were distributed this past week!  Thanks again to Hank Huffnagel and George Pearce for coordinating.
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Holiday Fundraiser Beth 2020-11-05 06:00:00Z 0

Weekly Update 

Last Week's Meeting
 
Mike and Mary McLaughlin, founders of not-for-profit Trees That Feed Foundation provided an inspirational presentation of their organization. The foundation plants fruit trees to feed people, create jobs, and benefit the environment. In its effort to combat food insecurity and protect the environment with sustainable agroforestry, the foundation has blossomed in 12 years from a small-scale distributor of seedlings to a provider of nearly 200,000 breadfruit, mango, avocados, and other fruit-bearing trees for orchards, small farms, backyard plots, and urban gardens in 18 countries, including Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Kenya, and Pakistan. Our club was one of Mary's first presentations and earliest contributors. Thanks to Susan Fisher for sponsoring the talk,
 
This Week's Social Meeting
 
Join us at 4:30 pm on Wednesday at the Village Hall for an informal outdoor socially distanced get-together. Bring a chair, your drink of choice, and a Luminaire (solar light - if you have one).  
 
Other News:
  • Our Fall/Winter Fundraiser is officially launched with wines, food items, and raffle prizes finalized.  An easy online purchase is available on our website.  Thank you Brent Hendricks for the work developing the very easy-to-use electronic order form.  More information was sent by Jim Waite
  • Big thank you to Frank Hussey and all the volunteers who worked October 23, 24 and 25th and those who contributed for World End Polio Day. Early numbers were close to $2,000.
  • Susan Fisher and George Pearce hosted our first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion meeting October 29th. A follow-up meeting is scheduled for November 12th at 5:00 pm.   
Weekly Update 2020-11-01 05:00:00Z 0

Weekly Update 

Last Week's Meeting
 
We enjoyed a presentation by the Rotary Club Prague International providing us with a perspective from a Rotary club in Europe.  We had 5 Prague club members attend and we learned about the club history, their fundraising projects and a little about Prague and their COVID status.   The Prague Club invites our club to participate in an upcoming Dragon Boat event.
 
This Week's Meeting
 
Join us for a presentation by the Trees That Feed Foundation: 

WHAT WE DO:  We plant fruit trees

In Haiti, Jamaica, Antigua, The Bahamas, Barbados, Costa Rica, Dominica, Puerto Rico, St. Vincent, Suriname, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Pakistan, Tanzania, Uganda, and U.S. Virgin Islands.  We donate breadfruit trees, mango trees, avocados, cashews, and many others.

Our vision is seeing self-sustaining communities and entrepreneurs, based on agroforestry

Other News:
  • The Community Assessment Project continues with more successful interviews completed last week. 
  • Our Fall/Winter Fundraiser is launched with wines, food items, and raffle prizes finalized.  An easy online purchase is available on our website.  Thank you Jim Pockross, and committee members for organizing!
  • Coats are ordered and on their way for the Warm Coats Project.  
  • Rotarians were out this weekend honoring World End Polio Day. Thank you Frank Hussey for organizing.
  • Susan Fisher hosts our first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion meeting Thursday evening.  Look at the website for more information. 
Weekly Update 2020-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

Weekly Update

Last Week's Meeting
 
We had an enjoyable get-together Wednesday evening at the Wilmette Harbor Club.   Maureen Barry organized a short agenda with questions for members to share COVID 19 experiences and discuss how we can support each other.  Some of the positive experiences shared by the club members:
  • Chance for walks and observe nature (parks, birds, flowers) 
  • New puppy
  • Learn Pickleball
  • Finish projects
  • Sidewalk chalk art with grand-daughter
  • Slow down and catch up on sleep
  • Reconnections with old friends, nearby and around the world 
It was a beautiful fall evening and a nice chance to catch up with fellow Rotarians.  Beth DeWall distributed Rotary masks which we will make available to club members.
 
 
This Week's Meeting
 
Join us Wednesday morning for a presentation by Katherine Sawyer of Oakton Community College and scholarship recipient Beata Geryk to discuss our Karen Kline Scholarship Program.
 
Other News:
 
  • The Community Assessment Project is underway with the thoughtful leadership of Corinne McClintic.  Contact Corinne if you have questions or want to help.
  • We have a new map of Wilmette identifying the various Rotary Wilmette Harbor projects.  Thank you George Pearce and Kate Amoruso at the Village for getting this together. 
  • Watch for more information for an End Polio Now effort for Saturday, October 24th (World Polio Day).
  • Looking for ZOOM meeting information at the last minute?   Access the website and click on the event to find ZOOM info.  Also, consider downloading CR (Club Runner) app to your smartphone for easy access to member data and meeting information.
  • District Club Training "Have you done a club virtual check-up" has a two-part program on October 22nd and 29th.  Contact Jim Pockross for more information.
 
 
Weekly Update 2020-10-11 05:00:00Z 0

Weekly Update

Last Week's Meeting:   
 
We had good attendance and participation at our weekly meeting Wednesday morning.  The League of Women Voters of Wilmette provided a presentation regarding the Illinois Fair Tax Amendment.
 
This Week's Meeting:
 
Our first Monday of the month social meeting will be held at the Wilmette Harbor Club at 5:00 pm.  We plan to meet outdoors and adhere to all health safety guidelines.  Please join us for a rare opportunity to connect during the pleasant Fall weather.  
 
Other Updates:
 
Watch for information regarding our club's plans for World Polio Day on Saturday, October 24, 2020.
 
The Community Service Committee will host a training session this Wednesday morning for the Community Assessment Project. All members are welcome. This project is moving forward in conunction with the Noon Club.  Thanks to Corinne McClinitic for your efforts to lead this exciting project.
 
 
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Village Cleanup

Several Club members worked on Sunday to pick up debris throughout the center of the Village. Members that participated included John Kessler, George Pearce, Puran Stevens, Beth DeWall, Ben Ivory and Susan Fisher. Not pictured: Jim Pockross.
 
Village Cleanup Beth DeWall 2020-09-28 05:00:00Z 0

Village Planting

Seven enthusiastic Club members worked with the Village of Wilmette Engineering and Public Works staff to plant several areas in front of Village Hall with new perennials. As part of a district grant, our Club donated $5,200 to help defray the $,700 cost of the 1,368 new plants.  The planting crew of Club members were George Pearce, Beth DeWall, Corinne McClintic, Susan Fisher, Jim Bowman, Jim Waite, Mike Bailey and John Kessler. Not pictured:  key team member Corinne McClintic.
 
Village Planting Beth DeWall 2020-09-26 05:00:00Z 0

Pollinator Corridor Project in Wilmette

This summer, the Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor sponsored the Pollinator Coordinator Project at the SE corner of Lake and Laramie Avenues in Wilmette.  This exciting project will return native plantings to the area, eliminate the need for mowing by the village, reduce carbon emissions and save the Village labor costs for many years. Pictured: Member George Pearce
Pollinator Corridor Project in Wilmette Beth DeWall 2020-09-25 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Pasek Garden

The Rotary Pasek Garden, located just inside Gillson Park between Sheridan and Michigan Ave., is maintained by Club members who have spent many hours weeding, designing, re-designing, planting, and maintaining the garden in Spring, Summer and Fall. It is a visual testament to our Club’s dedication in keeping Wilmette beautiful.
Rotary's Pasek Garden Beth DeWall 2020-09-14 05:00:00Z 0

Community Assessment Project

Corinne McClintic provided an update to the community needs assessment project.
 
Corinne is coordinating the project with the Wilmette  Rotary (Noon) Club. 
 
The plan is to interview key people in the community to get their perspective on community needs that are not being met.  Interviews will begin soon with a report developed before the holiday season.  
 
The initial focus is the Wilmette area and it is hoped that we will uncover some needs and can develop a joint service project with the noon club to address those needs.
 
For more information or if you are interested in helping, please contact Corinne McClintic or Jim Pockross.
Community Assessment Project 2020-08-23 05:00:00Z 0