Join us at Sheridan Shore Club for our annual Holiday Party Wednesday, December 5th!   
See calendar for details.
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Outgoing President Pearce presents Rotarian of the Year award to Jim Pockross             
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Our Club’s Charter from Rotary International dated May 22, 1990, and signed on the back by every Club President.  Tom Ryan's signature is the twenty ninth.
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1990-91 - Karen Kline, Charter President
Rotarian-of-the-Year was Steve Breitberg
1991-92 - Dennis Mullen, President 

Rotarian-of-the-Year: Andy Hansen
1992-93 - Ted Welch, President 

Rotarian-of-the-Year: Janet McCann
1993-94  - Dave Bradshaw, President
Rotarian-of-the-Year: Bill Jewett
1994-95 - Joyce Knauff, President
Rotarian-of-the-Year: Gil Gilbert
1995-96 - Herb McDowell, President
Rotarians of the Year: Lynn Brintle and George Pearce
1996-97 - Diane Teska, President

Rotarian-of-the-Year: Linda Frothingham
1997-98 - Olga Stokes, President

Rotarian-of-the-Year: Donna Owens
1998-99 - John Wertymer, President

Rotarian-of-the-Year: Kim Wojack
1999-2000 - President, Bernie Michna
Rotarian-of-the-Year: Alan Gerstner
2000-01 - George Carpenter, President
Rotarian-of-the-Year: Brett Hetrick

2001-02 - Sarah Oliver, President
Rotarians of the Year: Joan Hochschild and Walter Reed
2002-03 - Alan Gerstner, President
Rotarians of the Year: Carol Klatt and Tim Sherman
2003-04 - Pam Kerr, President
Rotarian-of-the-Year: Steve Jevelian
2004 -05 - Brett Hetrick, President
Rotarians of the Year: Thayer Casky and Karen Donnan
2005-06 - Heidi Voorhees, President
Deborah Pomponio Flynn and Walter Reed
2006-07 - Ray Hopkins, President
Rotarian-of-the-Year: George Carpenter
2007-08 - Karen Donnan, President

Greg Michel and Sue Segal
2008-09 - Pat McCann, President

Rotarian-of-the-Year: Rob Davis
2009-10 - Beth DeWall, President 
Rotarian-of-the-Year: Susan Fisher 
2010-2011 – Maureen Barry, President
Rotarian-of-the-Year: Puran Stevens
2011-2012 – Rob Davis, President
Rotarian-of-the-Year: Will Daniels
2012 - 2013 – Greg Michel, President
Rotarian-of-the-Year: Carol Wells
2013-14 – Jeff Martin, President
Rotarian of the year – Barry Miller
2014-15 - Susan Fisher, President
Rotarian of the year – Pam Kerr
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President Carol Wells with Paul Slocum, Karen Kline Scholarship Recipient 2015-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
Walter Reed and The Children of La Hille 2015-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
Induction of New Member Elias Friedman 2015-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
Harbor Light Newsletter
Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club
MEETING DATE:  July 22, 2015
GREETER:  Sarah Oliver
SCRIBE:  Greg Michel
Bob Armbruster from the Wilmette Noon Club, who was also our speaker for the day.
BIRTHDAYS:  Mike Donnell
Pam Kerr was recognizing for naming two Paul Harris awards to family members:  new granddaughter Audrey Vivan Kerr (Paul Harris certificate & pin), and daughter-in-law Lindsay A. Kerr (Paul Harris pin +1)
Susan Fisher is our new Program Chair, so if you have any speaker ideas, please contact her:
Dues are due.  You can take the easy route on the Club Website:
Joanne Aggens is home now.  She welcomes visitors (you might call first:  847-251-8545) … or, send a card:  1915 Highland Ave. Wilmette.
Our Club is handling the Soup Kitchen at Second Baptist Church in Evanston (on Benson) on Monday, Aug. 3 (11:00 am – 1:30 pm).  Contact Tom Ryan if you can help out:
On August 5, the Club will not have a morning meeting at Sheridan Shores.  Instead, we’ll be attending the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert at Ravinia.  If you would like to obtain tickets with a donation to the Club Foundation please contact George Pearce:
There will be a White Sox fundraiser on Tuesday August 4 Sox vs Rays, 7:10 pm, U.S. Cellular Field, involving everyone from Rotary Districts 6450, 6440 and 6420.  Carol sent the e-mail with the ticket order form on July 14, if it’s still in your files.  If you can’t attend, please consider donating the special package for a Veteran.
The Build a Backpack program is set for Saturday, August 8.
Our annual “signature project”:  The Beach Sweep, Sept. 19.  Check with John Baker to see how you can take part:
John Wertymer mentioned that there is a very good article in The Atlantic Monthly about the nuclear agreement with Iran.  An electronic version of the article can be found at:
Gil Gilson has a new grandson.
Bob Armbruster restores historic concrete on monuments, great architecture and works of art.  His projects include The Biltmore Estate, NC the Parthenon in Nashville, and the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington, DC.
For our program, he recounted is architecture construction and restoration of the Baha’i Temple.  He has designed and managed restoration projects on the Baha’i House of Worship for over 30 years.
To view some of the photos Bob showed during the meeting, go to the Club Website and click on “Baha’I” on the lower left.
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July 17, 2015 Harbor Light Newsletter
Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club

GREETERS:              Everyone
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:    Michael Donnelly
ATTENDANCE:              Unassigned
TREASURER:            Chris Simcox            
SCRIBE:                John Bowman
Joan O’Neill, 2 years on 7/17
Joanne Aggens is now at Midwest Palliative Care in Glenview (behind the Target on Willow). She has been in good spirits, despite her discomfort. She said she is hoping to go home maybe later this week.  She is happy to have visitors so just wanted to let all of you know. You may want to call first to see how she is feeling and also that she has not gone home.
Semi-Annual Club dues of $375 are due. Members are encouraged to also make an optional $50 donation to Rotary International. You can bring a check to Chris at the regular meeting or pay online from the club website (
Scribe duties have been simplified by no longer requiring detailed notes from the speaker presentation.
Please check the duty roster on the club website so you can plan for upcoming assignments.
Susan Fisher is our new Programs Chair so if you have any great speaker suggestions please contact her.
Aug 3 (Monday) Soup Kitchen at the Second Baptist Church on Benson in Evanston with volunteers needed between 11 am and 1:45 pm
Aug 4 (Tuesday) White Sox Fundraiser – everyone has been sent an email with the details. Contact Carol Wells if you need more info.
Aug 5 (Wednesday)  First Wednesday of month so evening meeting instead of morning meeting. This month we will hear CSO from lawn seats at Ravinia.
Good News/Bad News:
John Kessler and Carol Wells unexpectedly met at the Atlanta airport when they were scheduled for the same flight. Unfortunately, the flight was delayed so they spent an uncomfortable night trying to catch some sleep on the airport floor.
Frank Hussey was able to play racquetball for the first time in 6 months and won!   
PROGRAM: Sandy Sullivan
Sandy Sullivan is an author, teacher, businesswoman and motivational speaker who can deliver a rousing account of her experiences while working with Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers.
You’ll laugh and you’ll cry when you hear what she has accomplished, what she’s learned, and how and why she survived some very tough years; beginning with her husband’s unexpected death, to caring for her aging parents and raising a lovely daughter alone. She encourages others to stay positive and never give up because “It ‘ain’t’ over til it’s over!”
Her book, “Green Bay Love Stories,” has been acknowledged as a significant historical account of the Packers Glory Years and the foreword is written by Packers Hall of Fame great, Paul Hornung.
She’ll tell a wild survival story which starts with working for Vince Lombardi and the Packers in the ‘60’s and how that time influenced her life and it ends with a run for WI Secretary of State.
Greeters:   Margaret Wein  
Thought:  Susan Fisher
Shenanigans:  Hank Hufnagel
Set-Up:  Gil Gilbert                   
Attendance:   Susan Watson
Scribe:  Maureen Barry
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Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club 7/9/2015

Thought and Pledge:  Bob Meeder quoted Ben Franklin
Greeter:  Joyce Knauf
Attendance:  Ray Lechner
Treasurer: Chris Simcox
New president Carol thanked all who helped with the 25th Anniversary Party and Transition Dinner!
Design for Dignity:  Volunteers are requested to purchase items at Target and register online, so they can get a percentage of the proceeds.
First Wednesday of every month during Carol’s tenure, we will have an evening fellowship type meeting. Members are encouraged to invite guests and prospective Rotary members.  First evening meeting will be Wednesday, August 5th: Ravinia CSO concert outing.  Lawn tickets will be $10.
Club dues are due for the 1st half of FY 2015-2016.  Chris will send out reminders.
New District Governor invites all Rotarians to attend the White Sox game on August 4th.  If you can’t attend, consider buying a ticket to donate to a veteran.
Susan Fisher is the new Program Chair.  We are looking for speakers for the year.
The Club will have no booth at Wilmette Days this year.
Joanne Aggens is currently in hospice at Midwest Palliative. Well wishes and visits are welcome.  Sue Watson will deliver a plant to Joanne and is collecting money.
Pam Kerr said, Ted Welch, is a member of the Vienna, Virginia Rotary.  They sponsor a whole fund raiser called, Viva Vienna, and make $250,000.
Gil and Wynne Gilbert welcome grandson, Jack Authur Wyndham Woddy, 6lbs., 8ozs.  Born on 7/7 in England.
Maureen Chip just got back from camping in Yellowstone with her kids.
Carols Well’s daughter, Anna Callaghan, just got a job with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta!
Carolina, Club exchange student from Chile, spoke about her experiences here, with April Eschelman (host family) and her daughter.
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Thank You for supporting the Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club and Rotary International through your semi-annual dues payment of $375 and optional $50 donation to Rotary International. You can bring a check to the regular Wednesday meeting or use the PayPal buttons below to pay via credit card. The PayPal option includes a $10 service charge.
To pay Semi-Annual dues please click the button below:
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PRESIDING:  New President Carol Wells
GREETER:  Joyce Knauf
Bob Meeder, quoting Ben Franklin 
TREASURER:  Chris Simcox
SCRIBE:  Sue Segal
Club dues are due for the 1st half of FY 2015-2016.  Chris will send out reminders.
New District Governor invites all Rotarians to attend the White Sox game on August 4th.  If you can’t attend, consider buying a ticket to donate to a veteran.
Susan Fisher is the new Program Chair.  We are looking for speakers for the year.
The Club will have no booth at Wilmette Days this year.
Pam Kerr said, Ted Welch, is a member of the Vienna, Virginia Rotary.  They sponsor a whole fund raiser called, Viva Vienna, and make $250,000.
Design for Dignity:  Volunteers are requested to purchase items at Target and register online, so they can get a percentage of the proceeds.
First Wednesday of every month during Carol’s tenure, we will have an evening fellowship type meeting. Members are encouraged to invite guests and prospective Rotary members.  First evening meeting will be Wednesday, August 5th: Ravinia CSO concert outing.  Lawn tickets will be $10.
Joanne Aggens is currently in hospice at Midwest Palliative. Well wishes and visits are welcome.  Sue Watson will deliver a plant to Joanne and is collecting money.
Gil and Wynne Gilbert welcome grandson, Jack Authur Wyndham Woddy, 6lbs., 8ozs.  Born on 7/7 in England.
Maureen Chip just got back from camping in Yellowstone with her kids.
Carols Well’s daughter, Anna Callaghan, just got a job with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta!
Carolina, Club exchange student from Chile, spoke about her experiences here, with April Eschelman (host family) and her daughter.
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President: Susan Fisher:
Set-up: Gil Gilbert
Pledge:  Nina Zhou, Interact Club
Four Way Test: Bob Baker, Winnetka-Northfield Club
Greeters: John Glasgow, Chris Simcox
Scribe: Beth DeWall
Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor welcomes the Rotary Club of Wilmette, the Winnetka Northfield Rotary, and New Trier Interact to a multi-club social event and meeting. In addition, we welcome our District Governor Ellen Young and PDG Ann Lee from Maine.

Lighting of End Now Polio Flame:
    NK Gopinath, Rotary Club of Madras, India
    Rajesh Somasundaram, Rotary Club of Madras, India
    Susan Fisher, President, Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club
    Ellen Young, District Govenor
Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club’s Spring Fundraiser, Thursday May 14, Fresh Market, 7:30-9:30. Tickets are $37.50 per person. Each person is responsible for selling four tickets.
Winnetka-Northfield Club announces their Spring Fundraiser on Sat, May $16. Tickets are $100.00 each.

The Music Institute of Chicago's Community Music Festival presented three siblings and extremely accomplished musicians to perform for the evening, violin prodigy Hannah White and her brothers Jonah and Joshua White, both on piano. The MIC is 85 years old and has 2,000 students. This was an outstanding program.
PROGRAM FOR APRIL 22:  Sarah Cunningham, Rotary Peace Fellows
GREETERS:  Carol Wells  & Walter Reed
ATTENDANCE:  George Pearce
THOUGHT & PLEDGE:  John Wertymer
SCRIBE:  Jim Bowman
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Thought & Pledge:  Walter Reed
Greeters: Puran Stevens, Bob Meeder
Scribe: Beth DeWall
Set-up: Gil Gilbert
Attendance: Al Dolinko
Visitors: Nick Giacchiona, Peter Baugher
Kids against hunger event this Saturday , March 21. See WHRC website for more details.
March 25, 6:45 am   International Service meeting at SSYC
March 25, 6:45 am   Planning meeting for the WHRC evening meeting/Chamber event
Rotary peace fellowship candidate will be here next week our club 
Spring Fundraiser, Thursday May 14, Fresh Market, 7:30-9:30.  We need silent auction items. Joyce is expecting one auction item from each member with no less than $25.00 value. Each person is responsible for selling 4 tickets.
The 2015 grant applications are posted on our website. Deadline is March 31.
Shennanigans: George Pearce 
Speaker: Steve Wilson, Executive Director of the Wilmette Park District
Mr. Wilson spoke on the Wilmette Park Lakefront Project describing the proposed plans for  both forthcoming referendums.
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Presiding: President Susan Fisher


Thought & Pledge: John Glasgow


Greeters:  Rob Davis, Jack Close


Scribe: Beth DeWall


Set-up: Gil Gilbert


Attendance:  Jackie McGuire


Shenanigans:  Ellen Greenberger


Visiting Rotarians: Don Nord, Jane from Australia


Guests: Michael Bretag, Lauren Peddinghaus, Amy Rogers


Anniversaries: John Ray's 55th anniversary is this Friday; GIl Gilbert's 45th anniversary is on Saturday




Reminder about the Evening with Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at The Cotillion Banquets 360 S. Creekside Drive – Palatine, IL. Off of Route 14, ½ block west of Route 53.

This is a fantastic opportunity for all of us to hear RI President Gary share his message of Light Up Rotary.  Please plan on attending this event. Find more information and online registration at


Susan Fisher reminded the Club to consider contributions to The Wilmette Harbor Rotary Foundation. Walter Reed presented multiple member Heidi Voorhees another Paul Harris pin for her generous contribution to the Rotary Foundation.


George Pearce spoke about the successful 2014 Winter Fundraiser. Bob Meeder graciously offered his meticulously clean garage as the distribution point. A huge thank you went to John Bowman for organizing and tracking all online sales and mail in orders. The fundraiser did well this year in part due to cash donations (over $10,000). Walter Reed gave George Pearce a check for $1,000 which had just arrived in the mail, and Gil submitted another check that was received for $100.00.  Our approximate net is now $18,100. Gil had the most orders (27) followed by Barry Miller, Joyce Knauff, Frank Hussey, and George Pearce. 


Carol Wells announced the Board slate for next year 2015-2016. Nominations are: Sue Watson – President-Elect, George Pearce – Secretary, Chris Simcox – Treasurer. Three Directors-at-Large serving a two-year term, 2015-2017 are Ellen Falkof, Michael Bailey, Herb McDowell with Gil Gilbert as Honorary Sergeant of Arms


Today is Rob Davis' last day with our club as he moves to new adventures in Ephraim Wisconsin. Rob received a standing ovation for his 8 years of service and generosity to our Club.


Ben Chung donated colorful Hong Kong Auto key chains from his auto business.


Shennanigans: Ellen Greenberger


Speaker: Mark Schimmelpfenning, Topic:  Santa Claus - Talking to Kids


Mark Schimmelpfennig spent 18 years in the military, serving our country all over the world.  Later he attended McCormick seminary, where he started serving in a new way.  He will be starting the chaplaincy program at Northwestern Hospital in January.  Mark considers his role as "Santa" part of his ministry, as he primarily visits with sick or lower income children. 


Mark described what it’s like to play Santa and all the benefits. He started playing Santa Claus for his niece and nephew and described that first expericnce as "magical." This encouraged him to play Santa to other children. He noted that children ask funny questions for example, "Are you pregnant? You are so big!" Mark receives many “intangible” rewards when he hears the amusing comments, or the endearing desciptions of toys requested, and when he listens to very sick little children wanting nothing but to get better. He relishes the opportunity to offer hope and joy to all the children he meets. Mark ended his talk with this suggestion: “Never ever be afraid to get out of our comfort zone to help as what you get back will light your soul. Guaranteed."



January 7, 2015, Program:  Marcie Goldstein, New Member Bio


Club duties Jan. 7:


Greeters:  Heidi Voorhees & Herb McDowell


Thought & Pledge:  Frank Hussey


​Attendance:  Susan Segal


Scribe:  Apryl Eshelman


​Shenanigans:  Joanne Aggens







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Presiding:  Jeff Martin
Thought & Pledge:  John Glasgow
Greeters:  Maureen Barry and Sarah Oliver
Scribe: Sheri Miller
Set-up: Gil Gilbert
Attendance: Jack Close
Shenanigans:  Jim Bowman
Guests: Both Joan and Terry brought a guest
Visiting Rotarian:  John Dyfud, joined us from the Wilmette noon group.
Thank you to John Bowman and his wife for a very fun holiday gathering.
George P. updated all on the fundraiser.  He is guessing we will come in at over $15,000 net
An Evening with Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang:  6 8:30 Wednesday, January 7, 2015,  The Cotillion Banquets in Palatine, IL. 60074.  Tickets at regular price are available from November 16 through December 30, 2014 at $50 per attendee. After December 30, 2014 tickets will only be available at the event for $60 per attendee 
Joan shared that there will be a form on the website so when a Rotarian has a suggestion for a speaker, that Rotarian can fill out the form right there.  Please also know Joan is happy to receive forms in person if you are not a computer person.
​The speaker was James Graham. is author of Victura.  The book is about The Kennedy’s, a sailboat and the sea.  The boat is so important as part of the Kennedy’s history as it helped build the image/brand of the Kennedy family.


Next Speaker:  Santa Clause (Mark Schimmelpfennig) Talking to Kids

Club Duties for December 17


Scribe:  Beth DeWall


Greeters:  Rob Davis & Susan Segal


Thought & Pledge:  Mike Donnelly


Shennanigans:  Ellen Greenberger


Attendance:  Jackie McGuire


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GREETERS:  John Bowman and Rob Davis


THOUGHT:  John Bowman (for Katie LeMoyne)


ATTENDANCE:  Carol Wells and Theresa Nissen


SCRIBE:  Sue Watson


GUESTS:  Cathleen Pope, a friend of Joan O’Neil      




Ellen Young – The District 6440 Governor




Ben Chung, Theresa Nissen, and our lovely exchange student, Carolina (who turned 17 that very day).   























The formal Induction of Marcie Goldstein as a new member.  She's already made a substantial contribution to the Club and has volunteered to Co-Chair the Community Service Committee next year. 



George Pearce reported Holiday sales are going well, but only 50% participation by the club ... the goal is 100%. Cut-off: 12/6.  Orders are to be picked up 12/13 in Glenview at Bob Meeder's garage. Each Rotarian is to pick up the orders and delivers them to their friends:


Evening with Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang,   6 8:30 Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at The Cotillion Banquets in Palatine, IL. 60074.  Tickets: Nov. 16 through Dec. 30, are $50. After that tickets are $60 at the door:








This Saturday, Dec. 6th , 6.30 – 10.00 pm, John & Sue Bowman's, 321 Washington Ave. BYOB plus a dish to share.  Suggestions (by last name):

A – G – Salad or Veggies

H – Q – Appetizers

R – Z – Sweets





Empty Bowls at Oakton Community College


Dec. 6 from 10.30 – 2.00: Empty Bowls, a nonprofit that raises funds for food banks, soup kitchens, and other meal programs.





Margaret Wein had the club laughing at her jokes.  Here's a sample:

  1. 1)    2 Texans are sitting on a plane from Dallas and an old Jewish man is sitting between them.  The 1st Texan says – My name is Roger and I own 250,000 acres.  I have 1,000 heads of cattle and they call my “The Jolly Roger.”  

The 2nd Texan says – My name is John.  I own 350,000 acres and have 5,000 heads of cattle and they call my place “Big Johns.”  

They both looked down at the little man who says – My name is Irving and own only 300 acres.  

Roger looks down at him and says – 300 acres?  What do you raise? 

Nothing says Irving.  

Then John asks - Well then, what do you call it?  

Downtown Dallas Irving casually states.






December 3, 2014

In a recent edition of the New York Times, it was reported that the United Nations’ refugee agency announced that “the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people worldwide has, for the first time in the post-World War II era, exceeded 50 million people.  We seem to have spent the entire summer listening to reports of one tragedy after another, with bad news coming at us from every direction.


Earlier in August, Prime Minister David Cameron urged Britons to extinguish the lights in their homes at 10 p.m. on Monday, August 4th to leave a lone light or candle burning by 11 p.m.  the precise moment of the declaration of war on Germany.  


As I consider  commemorations of the past I am reminded of an essential reason why many of us become Rotarians.  100 years after the tragedy called “The Great War”, we are still struggling to find ways to get people of different faiths, economic backgrounds, political ideologies and ethnic backgrounds to live together in peace.


What’s going to be different during this coming year of Rotary Service?  The district has been divided into 5 sectors – each with a team of volunteers who will bring leadership closer to the club level on matters of membership, public image, youth service, foundation, and polio eradication.  


Throughout the rest of the year, sector leaders, along with the Assistant Governors will continue to share Rotary’s story with smaller groups of clubs and non-Rotarian community members in the individual sectors.   


We’ve launched a piece called “Pecha Kucha” to inform churches, clubs, schools and other non-profits about Rotary’s humanitarian initiatives.  The emphasis will be on “Kids Helping Kids”  


Let’s continue in the coming year to “Light up Rotary” for everyone who needs help as we serve Rotary and our world community in the months ahead.   Thank you.








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Presiding:   President Susan Fisher
Thought and Pledge:  Exchange Student: Carolina Perillo
Greeter:  Ellen Falkof 
Scribe: Sheri Miller
Set-up: Gil Gilbert
Attendance: Hank Hufnagel
Treasurer: Chris Simcox
Amber Nording was the guest of Sarah Oliver
Lali Watt was the guest of Joanne Aggens 
Michael Burtak was the guest of Joyce Knauff
Margaret Wein, on Nov. 18 and Jeff Martin on Nov. 29
Rotary anniversaries:  
Tim Frenzer, 5 years on Nov. 25. 

* John Bowman asked everyone to save the date -- 6 p.m. Dec. 6 -- for the Club holiday party at his house (321 Washington Ave.)  It'll be Pot luck,     and all are welcome for some great fun!
* George Pearce reported that Holiday gourmet food sales are going well ... we're at about 25% of our goal.  We have two more weeks before cut off of 12/6.  Orders are to be picked up 12/13 in Glenview at Bob R’s garage.Each Rotarian is to pick up the orders and delivers them to their friends.  This is the first year for selling popcorn and sales are good.  Please reimburse George $15 for wine tasting if you haven’t already.
* Maureen Barry- attended a dinner at Oakton Community College thanking supporters of its scholarship program

* Rob Davis reminds the club that Amazon will donate a portion of purchases to our foundation. Just select  “WHRC Foundation” in the Amazon Smile program 
* There will be a Rotary World AIDS Day event on December 1 at 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Sign up via Facebook for the  event (no cost)  One Rotary Center in the third-floor auditorium, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston

* Membership moment was presented by John Glasgow and Joanne A.

* Ellen Greenberger reminded everyone of the Wilmette  Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 22 
* Ellen also thanked the Rotarians who helped out at the Soup Kitchen:  Marcie Goldstein, Ellen Greenberg, Puran Stevens, Sarah Oliver, Frank Hussey, John Wertymer, Bob Meeder & his wife Margaret, Pam Kerr, and Gil Gilbert.  Over 120 people were served!

* More than a dozen Rotarians and friends attend the Abbey Romanek organized tour of the Exhibit on Race- Why are we different- at Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie. Sunday. Nov. 16 at 1 p.m.  
* There will be an Evening with Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang,   6 8:30 Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at
The Cotillion Banquets in Palatine, IL. 60074.  Tickets at regular price are available from November 16 through December 30, 2014 at $50 per attendee. After December 30, 2014 tickets will only be available at the event for $60 per attendee 
Good news/Bad news:  
o John Wertymer announced The Cornelia Arts Building is having a Holiday Open house from 6 - 10PM this Friday and from 1 - 5PM on Saturday.  

o Also, his oldest granddaughter, Madison Wilson, was captain of the Deerfield H.S. swim team.  She notes that her swim times would allow her to complete on the M.I.T. swim team to which she is applying as her "safety school."  

o John Bowman talked about his niece who was sick a while back.  Great news is that while she was visiting, he found out she was pregnant again.  Bad news was, she returned home to New York to the 5 feet plus of snow!

o Ellen shared that she will have a small group at her house for Thanksgiving and she is opening her house to others to join her.   If you'd like to join Ellen for Thanksgiving dinner please let her know immediatelyASAP, (ph: cell  847/722-3157 or home 847/251-3623 as she is picking up the turkey later today.   Dinnertime:  6 on Thursday. AWESOME!  Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Tim Frenzer – provided “The worst Thanksgiving Jokes”.  He suggest the quicker and louder we groaned the sooner he would quit sharing.
Speaker:  John Reilly – President Emeritus of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Subject:   The Obama foreign policy

* He inherited a very bad situation
* Most controversial decision was with Syria where he decided not to get involved.  
* The single largest mistake he has made has been that  he has not carried out his commitments, and this continues to erode America’s Credibility.
* His legacy remains uncertain.  
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Greeters:  Carol Wells, Walter Reed


Scribe:  Jim Bowman


Set-up:  Gil Gilbert


Attendance:  Jim Bowman


Treasurer: Bob Meeder


Thought for the day:  


John Wertymer informed us on how the $206 billion tobacco settlement was spent incorrectly by the states.


Guests:  Sarah Oliver brought Amber Nordely from Chase Bank




Jim Griffith had hip replacement surgery recently. 


Greg Michel is in the hospital with intestinal issues;  and Sheri Miller, hospitalized with diverticulitis,.  Get-well cards will be passed around.


Steve Goranson/Dick Moenning from the Evanston Lighthouse Club pitched their Holiday fundraiser.  They are selling poinsettia, wreaths, pecans, and hams among other items.


Abbey Romanek will be leading a tour and introduction of an exhibit at the Holocaust Museum on Sunday 11/16 at 1:00.


Susan Fisher informed us about the greetings from the Prague Rotary Club where Ben Ivory is currently a member.  


Barry Miller explained the expectation of each member to sell $800 of items or contribute $400 for our Holiday fundraiser. The wine tasting Monday was a success as 33 members attended.  Joyce, Gil, and Walter shared their success strategies for selling.


John Glascow brought Herb McDowell up for the Membership moment.  In an unplanned moment, Herb described his membership drive when he was President.  He strengthened the club by removing a number of inactive members.


Ellen Greenberger looked for volunteers for the 11/17 Soup kitchen and the 11/22 Holiday Parade marshall job.


John Kessler brought a flag back from the Berlin club and encouraged everyone to visit Rotary clubs when traveling. John will now head to Arizona for 6 months.


Puran Stevens announced that the Interfaith of North Shore will meet at the Bahai at 7:30 on 11/25.


Walter Reed highlighted that today was the 76th anniversary of his release after a mistaken arrest.  He has the police report to prove it


Shenanigans:  Tom Ryan entertained with Chicago linguistics and slang.


Speaker:  Joan O'Neill introduced Lydia Zopf who runs the Veterans Project at Thresholds in the city.  


They provide mental health services for veterans.  They were founded in 1959 and initiated the Veterans Project in 2010.  It already serves over 150 vets.  


Some of their services include affordable housing, mental health guidance, physical therapy, job training and links to employers, and help with substance abuse.  Their staff has grown to 20 with half of the staff being veterans themselves.  70% of their clients come to them homeless.  


A recent program uses dogs as a part of the therapy.  The vets receive training on how to help dogs who have been abused, are malnourished, lonely and depressed. The "broken" vets learn how to fix the "broken" dogs and find healing themselves in the process.  Lydia is very excited about the progress thus far.


Speaker for next meeting (Nov. 19):  John Reilly

President Emeritus of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs


Club Duties Nov. 19:


Greeters:  Ellen Falkof & Greg Michel


Scribe:  Ray Lechner


Set-up:  Gil Gilbert


Attendance:  Hank Hufnagel


Treasurer: Chris Simcox 


Thought for the day:  John Ray

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GREETERS:  John Glasgow and Walter Reed
Carolina, our Club’s exchange student who attends Loyola Academy
Marcie Goldstein, prospective new member who lives in Wilmette
Lali Watt, former Wimette Trustee, guest of Joanne Aggens
Anna Callahan, daughter and guest of WHRC President Elect Carol Wells
BIRTHDAY:   Rob Davis – November 11
Membership Chair John Glasgow hosted a Membership Moment and brought up to the podium member Tom Ryan, who recently celebrated his 2nd anniversary as a member of the WHRC, to ask about Tom’s involvement in Rotary.  Tom’s friend Herb McDowell, a Past President of the WHRC, nominated Tom to join Rotary.  Prior to joining Rotary Tom was not familiar with Rotary’s various service and fellowship initiatives other than Rotary’s efforts to End Polio.  Since becoming a Rotary Tom has become a very dedicated and active volunteer at the Club’s various service events, including the Soup Kitchen. In recognition of Tom’s dedication to Rotary he was recently invited to join the Board of the WHRC.

John Glasgow distributed a “Prospective Member Contact Sheet” to all “WHRC members in attendance, kicking off the Club’s New Member Campaign.  Each member is to provide the names and contact information for three individuals whom they believe would love Rotary, just as much as we Rotarians do. 
Walter Reed, a multiple times Paul Harris Fellow, congratulated President-Elect and Polio Plus Coordinator Carol Wells for earning her second  level Paul Harris Fellow recognition and presented Carol with a gemstone to be added to the Paul Harris Fellow lapel pin she earned with her first Paul Harris Fellow recognition.  Paul Percy Harris, a Chicago lawyer, founded Rotary in 1905.  Today, Rotary is a service  organization with 1.2 million members worldwide.  Paul Harris Fellow recognition is awarded to a donor or his/her designee each time a Rotarian donates cumulatively $1,000 over a 6-year period to the Annual Programs Fund (unrestricted), or Polio Plus and other designated programs of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  Contributions enable The Rotary Foundation to fund projects and programs that improve and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding.  This is the second time that Carol has reached this level of giving to The Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations Carol!

Walter reminded members that an anonymous donor in our Rotary District 6440 has agreed to match a member’s donation of $500 to the Rotary International Foundation, bringing the total donation up to $1,000 and entitling the member to recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow. 
Carol thanked fellow members Ellen Falkof and Rob Davis for introducing her to Rotary. 

Fundraising Committee Chair George Pearce announced that on Monday, November 11th from 5:30 – 7 the Bottle Shop, located at 1148 Central Street, Wilmette, will host a Wine Tasting at which the selected red and white wines to be sold at the WHRC Fall Fundraiser can be tasted.  Also available for tasting is the caramel popcorn product also offered for sale in this year’s Fall Fundraiser.  Cost to attend the fundraiser is $15 per person, which cost is waived with the purchase from the Bottle Shop of $25 or more.  Please reimburse George Pearce for your $15 tasting charge if you attend the Wine Tasting and do not make a purchase of $25 or more. 
Paper Order Forms for the WHRC Fall Fundraiser were distributed to Club members in attendance.  John Bowman will circulate to members an electronic order form.  Turn your completed paper order forms into John Bowman.  All orders are due by Saturday, December 6th.  Members can pick up ordered product on the morning of Saturday, December 13 from Bob Meeder’s garage at 906 Glenayre Drive in Glenview; home ph: 847/724-0681.
George announced the financial expectations for fundraising in the WHRC Fall Fundraiser.  Members are expected to sell or purchase $800 worth of products, or make a cash donation of $400.  Without full participation by all Club members we will not be able to continue funding at previous levels (approximately $20,000 in 2012, 2013 and 2014) community service grants awarded to several  not-for-profit organizations that support the health and welfare of youth, elderly, disabled, homeless, unemployed, and impoverished citizens and environment on the North Shore and North Side of Chicago.  Listed on the 2014 WHRC Fall Fundraiser Order Form are the names of the 20 not-for-profit organizations that received community service grants in 2014 from the WHRC.  
Each member of the Fundraising Committee consisting of George Pearce, Barry Miller, Joyce Knauff, Jim Bowman, John Bowman, Hank Hufnagel, Walter Reed, Bob Meeder, and Sheri Miller has been assigned to a group of 8 members of the Club to help coach and assist members in meeting their fund raising goals.
Member Jim Griffith will undergo hip replacement surgery next week.

Member Joan O’Neil just returned from a church mission trip to Haiti 

Al Dolinko, in anticipation of Veterans Day next week on November 11, 2014, spoke about the origins of the celebration of Veterans Day in America.  Armistice Day, which coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, is commemorated every year  on November 11th.  Armistice Day commemorates the ending of hostilities between the Allies and Germany on the Eastern Front with the signing of the armistice which ended World War I on the 11th hour of the morning on the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, November, 1918. 
Rotary’s Polio Plus Initiatives presented by WHRC President Elect & Polio Plus Coordinator Carol Wells and her daughter, Anna Callahan, a specialist in infectious diseases, who earlier in her career worked for Rotary International, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina-Faso in West Africa where she worked in public health clinics. Anna is a graduate of New Trier High School, the University of California-Berkley, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  
Polio is the oldest documented virus on record.  It dates back to Ancient Egypt and was transmitted through sanitation systems. But from the years 400 BC up until 1950 the polio virus went virtually dormant.  Polio is a disease with high morbidity and low mortality, which means that its negative affect on the quality of human life are dramatic - irreversible paralysis and disfigurement, but it doesn’t cause death to most of those infected.  Today it is mostly children under 5 years old who become infected with polio.  It is transmitted through fecal matter or orally.  It kills motor neurons in the brain.  Once infected, symptoms are not immediately apparent.  You can excrete the virus for up to 40 days.  
There exist today two different types of Polio Vaccines:
The Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) was invented by Dr. Jonas Salk in 1955 is an inactive form of the polio virus.  After receiving 3 doses of IPV in the arm 99% of those vaccinated become immune to the virus. 
The Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) was invented by Dr. Albert Sabin in 1961.  It is a weakened, but live form of the virus.  The oral medicine is digested in the stomach from where the polio virus can spread.  One in 750,000 persons vaccinated with the Oral Polio Vaccine can/will develop polio.
While the OPV is still used in many parts of the world, it has not been used in the United States since 2000. Using IPV eliminates the small risk of developing polio after receiving the live oral polio vaccine.
Why can polio be eradicated?  Three reasons:
1.  An effective intervention is available to interrupt transmission of the virus – the two different types of polio vaccines. 

2. There exist practical diagnostic tools to detect infection, which in turn can lessen transmission of the virus.

3. Humans are essential for the life-cycle of the virus.  Polio does not infect animals.

In sum, we should endeavor to vaccinate as many people in the population as possible.  And by making those vaccinated immune to the virus they in turn will not be able to transmit the virus to an unvaccinated individual who remains susceptible to the virus.  Unvaccinated individuals are indirectly protected by vaccinated individuals, as the latter are less likely to contract and transmit the disease between infected and susceptible individuals.
“Herd Immunity” or “Community Immunity” is the term used to describe a form of immunity that occurs when the vaccination of of a significant portion of a population (or herd) provides a measure of protection for individuals who have not been vaccinated and therefore have not developed immunity.  Herd immunity theory proposes that with contagious diseases that are transmitted from individual to individual, chains of infection are likely to be disrupted when large numbers of a population are immune or less susceptible to the disease. The greater the proportion of individuals who are resistant, the smaller the probability that a susceptible individual will come into contact with an infectious individual. Vaccination acts as a firewall in the spread of the disease, slowing or preventing further transmission of the disease to others.  
1952 was the worst year of polio infection.  57,000 cases of polio were reported in the US and 3,000 deaths were caused by polio. 
In 1988 The World Health Organization, Rotary International, UNICEF and the Centers for Disease Control launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in response to 350,000 reported polio cases that year affecting 120 countries. 
In 2007 the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged to Rotary International $100 million to match 2-to-1 RI’s funding of polio eradication. That matching program continues in effect today. 
To date in 2014 there are three countries where polio continues to infect people.  In Afghanistan 12 cases of polio have been reported, mostly among migrants from Pakistan.  In Pakistan 220 cases of polio have been reported, and in Nigeria 6 cases have been reported.  But Rotary is projecting that more cases of polio will occur in Nigeria.
Rotary International has renamed its End Polio Now campaign Polio Plus.  Why?  Because although polio has been eradicated in most countries of the world, there exist in the world today outbreaks of other highly communicable diseases for which Rotary’s Polio Eradication infrastructure can be used effectively, efficiently, and quickly to help support the public health needs of affected nations.  Rotary’s initiatives in the Polio Plus Campaign can continue to fight the spread of polio in those countries that continue to have polio outbreaks, but they can also be used to combat contagious diseases like Ebola.  
Unlike polio, however, Ebola can never be completely eradicated, because Ebola can be carried by humans and animals alike.  When and if an Ebola vaccine is available, Rotary’s polio eradication infrastructure could be used to vaccinate populations.  In the meantime, the Rotary’s polio eradication infrastructure can be used to perform “Contact Tracing” to help prevent a wide scale Ebola outbreak in countries like Nigeria.  
Carol and Anna recommended two books for persons interested in learning more about polio and other disease eradication. 
Non-Fiction:  “Polio: An American Story” by David M. Oshinsky (winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in History)
Fiction: “Nemesis” by Philip Roth
NEXT WEEK’S PROGRAM:  Lydia Zopf, Threshold Veterans Project 

Greeters:    Carol Wells & Walter Reed

Thought for the Day:  John Wertymer

Shenanigans:  Tom Ryan    

Set-Up:   Gil Gilbert

Attendance:  George Pearce

Scribe:  Jim Bowman
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PRESIDING:  Susan Fisher
GREETERS:      Tim Frenzer and Sue Kozak
John Wertymer drew an eloquent contrast of the open arms with which we welcomed immigrants from Europe during and after World War II, while there is much derision about our immigration policies today.
SHENANIGANS:    Barry Miller told two Uncle Moeshe stories.
ATTENDANCE:      Jackie McGuire
GUESTS:      Burt Streicker, guest of Joyce Knauff
Don Norton lives in Wilmette but member of Northbrook club.
Susan Stevens Clark, Puran's daughter.
John Bowman, four years on Oct. 26;  Sue Watson, five yuears on Oct. 28; and Hank Hufnagel, 14 yearss on Oct. 25
Carol thanked the club members who attended Friday's fundraiser at Dr. Seuss' gallery and spoke about the New Trier Interact club. She spoke to them about polio and Rotary's efforts plus she invited the Interactors to join us for breakfast. If club members are interested in speaking to the Interact club, Carol will put you in contact with the teacher who oversees it.
Carol also updated the club on World Polio Day, Friday 25 October. She mentioned that with Ebola, the emphasis on Polio has shifted and the infrastructure that delivers polio is breaking down and being succumbed to deal with Ebola. Sarah mentioned that Nigeria has been Ebola free for 40+ days, in part because of the infrastructure put in place for polio. The Board will take a group picture in their End Polio gear which will be tweeted.
Sue Watson mentioned that Thursday night is the Elmwood Dunes fundraiser, held at the yacht club, to raise money for hardscape. If you're interested in supporting the fundraiser, you can buy a small brick for $100 and a large for $200. The lower sections of the dunes have been cleared and planted.
Susan Fisher thanked all those that volunteered for the food drive.
Hank filled the club in on Operation Warm. Margaret Wein, Hank, Puran Stevens, Marcie and Susan Stevens Clark (Puran's daughter) delivered the coats to Family Matters. Every child ended up with the right coat and were very appreciative

It's time again to plant bulbs in the Pasek garden. If you can help, please join Beth DeWall this Sunday from 1 -2 pm. You can contact Beth at 
Abby Romanick sent a note saying there is a great exhibit on race at the Holocaust museum. If you're interested in viewing it with a group from the club, let Abbey know.
Gil voted early and highly recommends it because it is a long ballot.
Pam spoke about Jack Blane, a local Rotarian well known for his efforts in Polio eradication. He and the RI president of Rotary plus 20 others were invited to visit the CDC to see the final push efforts. Pam mentioned that Jack would be good speaker.
John Bowman told everyone about the dangers of thinking that the expiration date on your passport is the true expiration date. In reality, one must have three months from the date one wants to return to the US prior to expiration. John's nephew and new wife had to delay their honeymoon because the wife's passport did not have 3 months left on it. Instead of spending their first night in Italy, they spent it at John's while waiting to renew the passport.
George Vandervoort updated the club on Steve Anderson who now lives in Chicago.  George will introduce him to Park Ridge Rotary.
Chris Simcox related that in four weeks of collecting Shenanigan money for Operation Warm, we raised over $1200 for coats.
Rob Davis has donated $1,000 for international projects.
Instead of a speaker, the club held a membership recruitment workshop.
Chris explained that the club has two budgets : one for our foundation and one for administration. All monies raised through fundraising goes into the club foundation account and can only be used for the club’s projects and grants.
The club administrative budget is funded exclusively from dues. This money covers food, facility rent, dues to the district and RI plus other administrative activities of the club. Unfortunately, in spite of lowering our costs (reduced catering bill by $110/week), the club needs more paying members to support itself. We need 61 full paying members and we currently only have 57 which will be reduced to 56 when Rob Davis moves. The board will continue to look at how ways to continue to reduce administration expenses but it is up to the club members to bring in new members.
Each table held small group discussions and answered a variety of questions on the value of adding 5 more members, who to approach for membership, etc.

NEXT WEEK’S PROGRAM:  Kathy Myalls, Illinois State Government   

Greeters:    Frank Hussey & Beth DeWall
Thought & Pledge:  Mike Bailey
Shenanigans:   John Baker
Set-Up:   Gil Gilbert
Attendance:   Ellen Falkof
   John Bowman       
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Presiding: Susan Fisher
Greeter:  Sarah Oliver

Thought for the Day:  Linda Yonke

Attendance:   Art Beck

Setup:  Gil Gilbert

Scribe: Katie LeMoyne (with ‘help’ from Sadie LeMoyne!) 
Marcie Goldstein, friend of Margaret Wien and making application to become a new club member! 
Carolina, our exchange student! 
Narayan Murarka thanked WHRC for its ongoing partnership with his club, the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, on the Guatemala mechanical cow project, as well as a new water distribution project.  The mechanical cow project provides machines that make milk out of soy beans.  Two new mechanical cows were recently installed that provide high protein and nutrient milk to children aged 1 – 5.  The milk is also used to fortify tortillas so the entire family gets additional protein.  The new water distribution project provides clean water to 350 families with poor water access.  Through a partnership with municipality plans are currently in place to lay pipes to distribute water.
Art Beck – Oct 16; and Susan Fisher – Oct 16 
Carol Wells – 3 years; Ellen Greenberger – 2 years; Tom Ryan – 2 years  and Chris Simcox – 6 years 
Rob Davis announced that he will be making a special donation of $1000 to the WHRC foundation for international projects.  
The WHRC foundation met and agreed that Greg Michel will replace Rob Davis as the president of the foundation due to Rob’s planned departure from our club.
The WHRC Food Drive was a huge success!  We had a number of volunteers from our club, including Beth DeWall, Frank Hussey, Jackie McGuire, Joanne Aggens, Susan Fisher, Katie LeMoyne, Jim Bowman, Margaret Wein, and Marcie Goldstein – who did a three hour shift and isn’t even a member of the club yet!  We collected over 160 bags of groceries to support the New Trier Food Bank!  
The Operation Warm coat drop off will take place on October 15.  Members of WHRC, led by Margaret Wein, will drop off 72 coats, along with cupcakes and candy.  
October 24 is World Polio Day!  A story was recently featured in the New York Times about how polio is on the rise in Pakistan, a reminder that we need to keep working to eradicate the disease.   Carol Wells let the club know that the Dr. Seuss Gallery in Chicago is hosting a special exhibit the weekend of Oct 17 – 19 to raise funds for polio.  A cocktail reception is planned for Friday, Oct 17 from 6 – 8pm.  
Susan Fisher spoke about the WorldPolioDay concert planned on October 24 at at 1st Ward Event, featuring Tessanne Chin from The Voice. 1st Ward, 2033 W. North Ave Chicago, IL, 60647 Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM.
Susan Fisher also let the club know Barbara Winton - The Daughter of Sir Nicholas will be appearing at the Illinois Holocaust Museum on November 13th.  She has recently written a biography of her father entitled "If it's Not Impossible.......The Life of Sir Nicholas Winton".  The event begins at 6:30 P.M.  With a presentation by Barbara to be followed by a book signing!  The Museum is charging $15 for admission.
Joanne Aggens announced an event hosted by the League of Women Voters on Tuesday, October 21 at New Trier High School discussing a potential plan to release storm water into Lake Michigan.  
Frank Hussey tore his hamstring muscle and recently received an injection of platelet rich plasma as a treatment.  He’s hoping it works!  
Pam Kerr’s son completed the Chicago Marathon.  Pam and her husband Andy volunteered with the Chicago Northwestern Alumni association at the Marathon and served beer to hundreds of racers after the race in the 312 tent! 
Art Beck’s daughter also completed the Chicago Marathon. 

SHENANIGANS:  Gil Gilbert let us know who in the club shares a birthday with someone famous!  

PROGRAM:  Talei Thompson (Motivational Speaker) – Using Our Gifts 
Talei is a motivational speaker who regularly presents to rotary clubs, schools, youth programs and the Black Star Project organization.  His message focuses on encouraging people to use their gifts and follow their dreams, reminding us we are never too young or too seasoned to dream.  Mark Zuckerberg was a teenager when he founded Facebook, whereas Colonel Sanders was 63 when he opened his first fried chicken restaurant! 
Talei emphasized the following two points: 
#1  Re-evaluate your inner circle – It is important to assess your friends and determine who are the pusher and who are the pullers.  Pushers push you towards the level that you’re trying to get to and motivate you to move forward.  Even people who are already extremely successful need pushers to move them forward.  Pullers to hold you back and question whether you’ll be able to achieve your dreams. 
#2  Avoid doctor procrastination –Procrastination kills dreams.  
Looking a two letters in the word "IT", Talei noted that: 
I = Illegal – It should be illegal to dream and not act.  
T = Take - Everyone needs to take their rightful place in history and we were all born to do something extraordinary.  
NEXT WEEK’S PROGRAM:  John Glasgow & Susan Fisher -- A Membership Workshop

Greeters: Susan Kozak and Timothy Frenzer

Thought for the Day:  John Werthymer

Shenanigans: Barry Miller

Set-Up: Gil Gilbert

Attendance:  Jackie McGuire

Scribe:  Theresa Nissen
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Greeters  Puran Stevens & John Wertymer 
Set up:  Gil Gilbert
Thought for the day:   
Walter Reed-- Pointed out that there is great fellowship of among Rotarians, and asked each person to hug person next to them and tell them what they appreciate about each other!

Scribe:    Abbey Romanek

Treasurer: Chris Simcox
Visiting Rotarians:  
John Dyrud of Wilmette Noon who mentioned they will be having a wine tasting and dinner and auction 3rd week in November
Sue Stevens Clark,  Mesa Sunrise AZ (Puran Stevens' daughter)
Marcy Goldstein This was her third visit and was filling out application wants to be a Rotarian!
Nikki Dizon:  Director of cCmmunications for New Trier High School
Of course our exchange student Carolina.  Many thanks to  Jeff  Martin for hosting!

Birthdays:  John Wertymer, Oct 4; and   Joyce Knauff, Oct 7
Club Anniversaries  Carol Wells, 3 years on Oct. 5;  Ellen Greenberger & Tom Ryan, two years on Oct. 10
Shenanigans:  Chris Kondos wowed the crowd with three memorable tales ... including one about a rather spry elderly gentleman setting up shop in a care facility.
Attendance:        Al Dolinko
Good news/Bad news
Pam and Andy Kerr are going to be first time grandparents in April.

An anonymous member has donated Paul Harris Fellowship to the club.  Susan Fisher pointed out the importance of the Paul Harri Fund; $1,000 is dollar figure to become Paul Harris Fellow.  Gift from less than 3% of the memberhip of Rotary overall represent 35% of annual giving.  Many opportunities and matches available.
Operation warm  going down next Wednesday to family matters anyone who wants to come let Margaret Wein know
Bringing treats too.  We r
aised $750 in last two months in shenanigans. If you put in $25 or more let Chris know and he can send you a tax letter. The goal is $1,250.
Fundraising,  George Pearce:
Walter Reed, George, and Barry Miller tasted wine at bottle shop and report it was great. The Bottle Shop will deliver to Bob Meeder's garage for pick-up there. Kick off with product from Leonidas chocolate, Ziers, coffee,  Also, on Nov 10 we will have wine tasting at Bottle Shop from 5:30 to 7:00.  It's free, but we hope you'll buy wine! Tell friends.  Order forms will be available the Wednesday before Nov 10. First week of Nov. December 13 is delivery date.
This Saturday is our food drive for the New Trier Food Pantry. Still have some open slots for 1 hour shifts from 9 am to 230 pm. Pantry has asked for no canned foods. Jim Bowman will haul after pantry.
Joan o'Neill announced we need speaker suggestions for next year.   She would like to have speakers on national and world events. Like economy and Middle East.  Eventually she' going to have a Google doc for speaker suggestions. Until then email Joan.
Program:  Linda Yonke Superintendent New Trier High School dicussing the upcoming bond vote. Introduced by Al dolinko President of School Board
Importance of building to education they are a part of the education as well. Brief overview of project vision for future of ed and nt.
Address most critical needs.  Original 1901;750-800,000 sq feet, Here's the building looking southeast now.
The plan is to tear down old parts to add more square-footage but stay on same footprint.
Need to improve learning spaces nothing new since 1957. Improve energy efficiency. Tech arts has original heating system and ada accessibility.  Need classrooms, short on space, for a long time. If not for early bird and summer school science, would turn people away. Engineering is booming no room  Traffic patterns improved.
Phased from 4/15 to 8/17  This specific project began 1.5 years ago. Brought in community. Citizens task force. Did tours, workshops presentations to be sure to go in right direction for community. Had an impact on design. Storm water management. also important
Design this winter  Demolish tech arts first and build first half of building over next year.  Will be temp space.  New café before tear down old. Minimizes cost too.  There will be a central atrium to add much more light into the new building..
Construction managment company hired that worked on hospital in same manner allowing minimal disruption
Cost:  parameter is 100 million. Was 174 million. Community wanted to focus on academic spaces so no longer working on gates gym. Can use 11-15 million of reserve and still be ok financially maintain AAA bond rating.  So asking for 89 mil. Half of what asked for before but more than half of project.  Means extra $250 per household for 20 years.
Also avoiding $6-million in maintenance for the old building.

More info out there now. Good idea to use reserves.   
Majority now is yes per poll in June but need to continue to get info out.
Adding new access road to keep traffic out of neighborhoods. Adds drop off and pick up points.  Adding big storm water detention area which will be grassy area when complete. Front of school remains the same.
Coming up this week (Oct. 15) -
Speaker:  Talei Thompson, Using our gifts
Club Duties -- 
Greeter:  Sarah Oliver
Attendance:  Art Beck
Thought & Pledge:  Linda Yonke
Scribe:  Theresa Nissen
​Shenanigans:  Ben Chung
(Remember, if you can't serve this week, please switch with someone and let Susan Fisher/Katie LaMoyne know)
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PRESIDING:  Heidi Voorhees
GREETERS:  Margaret Wein and Carolina Perillo (our exchange student)
GUESTMarcy Goldstein
VISITING ROTARIAN:  Rich Lalley, Northfield–Winnetka Club
Carol Wells:  October 17, 18, 19 at the Dr. Seuss Gallery, Water Tower Place; 10% of sales to benefit Rotary’s End Polio Now program; the gallery is exhibiting the never-before- seen hat collection and art works by Dr. Seuss
Margaret Wein:  Erika’s Lighthouse Rock & Rally Walkathon; Sunday September 28th at Hubbard Woods gazebo; registration starts at 12:30pm; benefits suicide prevention.
George Pearce: 
(1) visited Ben Ivory at his club in Prague; George exchanged club banners;
(2) there will be no artisan fair fundraiser this year, but planning has begun already for the big holiday fundraiser which will kick off in late October or early November.
Margaret Wein:  the Shenanigans collection today and at the next three meetings will benefit Operation Warm, which gives winter coats to impoverished young children.
Ellen Greenberger (and John Baker in abstentia):  Annual Beach Sweep (Sept. 20th) was a huge success, collecting 68.5 pounds of trash that included 552 cigarette butts, 402 bottle caps, 124 cigar tips, and 1334 small plastic pieces. There were 215 volunteers plus 10 Rotarians, which earned the distinction of being the largest of all the groups cleaning beaches around the Great Lakes that day. Great Lakes Alliance
Ellen Greenberger:  looking for a leader for the Food Pantry drive on October 11th from 10 to 2.
Rob Davis:  an anonymous Rotarian in District 6440 once again has offered to match your $500 donation to the Rotary Foundation so that you can earn a Paul Harris award. The form and instructions can be found on the front page of the club’s website.
Joanne Aggens:  talked about her participation in the New York City Climate March with 400,000 other concerned citizens.
SHENANIGANS:  Hank Hufnagel shared with us the winner’s definition of “political correctness” for an competition sponsored by Bond University in Australia.
Rich Lalley, Executive Director, Operation Warm
Rich is responsible for the overall direction of the organization, which includes: development, coat procurement and manufacturing, communications and organizational strategy and developing strategic partnerships and community programs.
Rich began by describing his life journey from a normal work-centered career to becoming a member of Rotary Club to being a fully engaged Rotarian and then to being all consumed by Operation Warm.
Operation Warm was founded in 1998 by Richard Sanford, an entrepreneur (Intelligent Electronics, a 3.7 billion dollar company) and philanthropist. Sanford started by purchasing winter coats for children living near his home in SE Pennsylvania. By 2002 Sanford created a 501c3 because he realized the huge need that existed nationwide. Over time the volume of coats purchased gave OW leverage to purchase directly from manufacturers in China at substantial discounts – only $18 per coat. OW also purchases some coats made in the US for distribution by firefighters. In 2014 Operation Warm will distribute 300,000 coats nationwide. To date, OW has given new winter coats to over 1.4 million children throughout America.
The children receiving these winter coats come from impoverished families and don’t own a winter coat or have to share one with one or more siblings. Besides the health benefit, the self-esteem gained contributes to better performance in their schoolwork.
How big is the problem?
Chicago: 200,000 children live in poverty
Cook county: another 200,000 children
Nationwide:  16.4 million children (of those 9.0 million children come from families living in extreme poverty – income under 12,000 per year)
Operation Warm will distribute 25,000 coats in the Chicago area this year.
OW works through donor managed groups such as Rotary clubs, PTAs, and corporations who raise the funds to purchase the coats and distribute them locally. OW also receives funding from large foundations such as the Chicago Community Trust.
The Chicago Housing Authority goes another step beyond. When CHA distributes the coats it also organizes over 50 service agencies to be present to help the families of the 10,000 children receiving a coat.
The Weinberg Foundation (Baltimore), after constructing two new libraries for two elementary schools and providing funding for staff, decided to provide additional funding to purchase winter coats for these students.
For more information go to
From the Scribe: Please donate to Operation Warm through the club’s shenanigans collection during the next three meetings.
NEXT WEEK’S PROGRAM:  Babs Waldman, Project Haiti
NEXT MEETING CLUB DUTIES for October 1, 2014:
Greeters:  Michael Bailey and Joanne Aggens
Thought for the Day: Joan O’Neill
Shenanigans:  George Pearce
Set-Up: Gil Gilbert
Attendance:  Tom Ryan
Scribe:  Maureen Barry
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Presiding:  Joyce Knauff
Thought & Pledge:  Michael Donnelly
Four-way test--    
First:  Is it the truth?
Second: Is it fair to all concerned?
Third:  Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Fourth:  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Attendance:  Sheri Miller
Scribe:  Pamela :Kerr 

Shenanigans:  Gil Gilbert
Set up:  Gil
Treasurer:   Chris Simcox
Beth DeWall: Sep 20; Greg Michel: Sep 22; and Jim Griffith led the club in singing “Happy Birthday”

Club anniversary:  Margaret Wein, 7 years on Sep 19
Upcoming events and service opportunities:

--Rob Davis is generously offering to host a dinner at his home 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23. His home is 
1710 Livingston Street, Evanston. The dinner will be buffet style. Please sign up and put what you will bring:
If you haven’t already.  Signed up so far:  Desserts:  Joan O’Neill, Gil Gilbert, Jackie McGuire; Side dish:  Sarah Oliver, Jeff Martin and Carolina, Joanne Aggens, Chris Simcox, Jim Griffith and Zoe; and Puran Stevens; Appetiser:​  Carol Wells, Pam and Andy Kerr, Sue Segal, Maureen Barry, Norene Chip, and Sue Kozak. 

-- The Beach Sweep (a "signature community service projectt which the club started) is this Sat. Sept. 20. John Baker leads the effort.  Rotary club members please be there early (8:30am) to help us organize the 200+ volunteers.  9-11 am is the project time.
--  Erika’s Lighthouse (a suicide prevention organization) Rock-n-Rally Walkathon Sept. 28. Margaret Wein is coordinating and needs 12 volunteers. Meet at Hubbard Woods gazebo at 12:45am to help direct traffic.
-- Carol Wells participated in the Glenview run last week, and several more are coming up:    Sept. 21st the NE sector of the district will have a run, Oct. 18 the NW sector and Oct. 25th the SW sector.  Contact Carol for the details if you would like to participate.
-- Want to go to Guatemala? 
There's== are still openings for the February 28-March 9 Ak'Tenamit trip. Organizer Steve Swanson has background information. If you are interested, you'll probably want to contact Steve quickly as these popular ... meaningful trips ... and fill up fast.  (Thanks Joan for alerting us about the openings)  The cost of the trip is $1750. Contact for information.
We have a video up on our Facebook page illustrating the work of The Yellow Tractor Project. Last week speaker, Wendy Irwin, planned to show the video – but couldn’t due to the power failure.

Good news/Bad news
Joyce Knauff is healing quickly from her broken ankle.  She is down to one crutch now and will move to an air cast next week.  
John Wertymer will be seeing our previous exchange student, Peter Nagy in Budapest soon.  Send John a message for Peter if you like and he will deliver it.  
Joanne Aggens is taking a bus from Madison, WI with her daughter to participate in the Sierra Club’s march in New York City this coming weekend to direct attention to climate change.  She is anticipating a “grand adventure”!

Gil educated the club on the vote Scotland will be holding Thursday, September 18 to determine if they will become an independent country and leave the United Kingdom.  Gil listed the things the Brits won’t miss if Scotland leaves.
Ellen Greenberger introduced our speakers: Annie Place and Linda Steen -- Designs for Dignity
Designs for Dignity was founded 14 years ago on the belief that every individual should have access to environments that support the wellness of the human spirit. Linda Steen is  a board member and treasurer from Wilmette; Annie Place is Development Coordinator from Northfield, attended NTHS, U of Indiana, The New School and volunteered in Cambodia.
Design is a transformational force in human life. Our physical surroundings directly impact how we feel, react, aspire, and engage. Spaces of hope, dignity, and comfort are foundations for nurturing the growth and success of every human being.  The organization has a cash budget of $400,000 and pro bono supplies of approximately $800,000 annually ($1.2Million).  They average 10-15 projects a year that take approximately 7-12 months each.
Limited resources often prevent nonprofits from creating environments that preserve dignity for the people they serve. Designs for Dignity is a collection of individuals bound by a passion for the creative and taking its life changing capacity to those who need it most. We are committed to assisting nonprofit organizations that change lives. Our work transforms lives by transforming spaces into more functional and nurturing environments.

HOW WE DO IT. We harness the combined power of pro bono design and construction talent and donated materials to breathe new life into existing nonprofit spaces giving them the platform from which they can better serve individuals in their focus mission. We collaboratively design human-centric spaces rooted in the needs of each organization.

 They are contacted by nonprofits needing their help.  Family Matters, The Warming House in Wilmette and women’s shelters have been their clients.  Our grant is funding the McGaw YMCA in Evanston’s communal kitchen and gathering space in the basement.  A video was shown and photos of past projects and the plans for the YMCA.  Linda mentioned that they are looking for more architects to be involved.  Current corporate donors are primarily from the design industry but Fifth Third Bank is a recent addition. Volunteer opportunities can be found at www.DESIGNSFORDIGNITY.ORG. 
Next week's Program (Sept. 24) --  Rich Lalley:  Operation Warm
Club duties next week:
Greeters -- Mark Lundell & Margaret Wein
Thought & Pledge -- Carol Wells 
Attendance -- Susan Watson
Scribe -- Maureen Barry
Shenanigans -- Hank Hufnagel
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Carolina ran cross country at Loyola, completing two miles in 14:17 minutes.
John Bowman and George Pearce cleaned up the Pasek Garden. Contact Beth DeWall if you want to help with the Gillson Park garden. 
John Wertymer is going to visit Peter Nagy, our former exchange student from Budapest.
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Greeter:  Joyce Knauff
Scribe:  Susan Segal

Attendance: Ray Lechner

Treasurer: Chris Simcox

Set-up:  Gil Gilbert

Thought and Pledge:  Sue Kozak
Visitor:  Carolina, our exchange student from Chile
Birthdays:  Bob Spriggs, Will Daniels, Herb McDowell

- Carolina ran cross country last weekend at Loyola and did 2 miles in 14:17 minutes
- Our Facebook page has a photo of John Bowman and George Pearce who cleaned up the Pasek Garden. Contact Beth DeWall if you want to help. 
- John Wertymer is going to visit Peter Nagy (former exchange student) in Budapest.
Upcoming events:

- Rob Davis is hosting a get together yat his home on Tuesday, Sept. 23rd from 5-9.  He will provide the entree and members signed up to being salad, appetizer, side dish or dessert.  1710 Livingston, Evanston

- John Baker is coordinating the beach sweep on September 20th, 9:30-11:30.  Has 15 volunteers from the club.

- Sue Kozak announced the Erika's Lighthouse 5k Walk on Sept 28th

- Lincolnshire Rotary sponsoring a golf outing on the 17th for Special Olympics in Buffalo Grove. 

- Sue Watson spoke of the Elmwood Dunes  fundraiser October 23 at Sheridan Shores 7-10 pm.   They will be selling engraved bricks and plaques on benches starting at $75.  Monies raised will go to finish the hard scape and to an endowment fund.  
Good News/ Bad News:

-- Broke her ankle as a result if a bike and running accident.
-- Is having lunch with our friend, Bianca, from Cease Fire, who was given a scholarship to attend UIC for a BA and an MA.
-- Has a new best friend:  Bill Kurtis.
Shenanigan's:  John Wertymer
Wendy Irwin; Yellow Tractor Project
Wendy and her business partner, Ann Sorenson, started this project to build and encourage the planting of edible, sustainable gardens, in under-served areas, all over the country.  This started from a grant proposal to the district school board asking for money to build a garden at Central School and has blossomed into a nationwide collaboration of The Yellow Tractor Project with other organizations and businesses.
Wendy grew up in Port Arthur, Texas, where the soil and air are very toxic.  Many people are lost due to diseases born of toxicity in the environment from oil refineries.  Providing healthy grown foods in non toxic soil is her passion.  She says, we can no longer make health a by-product of industry."  The food industry still says they won't tell you what is in food.
Yellow Tractor has partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project and many other organizations to put in raised bed gardens (assuring the soil is good and non toxic). These projects have also evolved into micro- businesses for veterans.  Seniors in subsidized housing are growing gardens as well.
New avenues for collaboration are with the Pentagon, Blue Cross/ Blue Shield and other companies that are now requiring employees to volunteer some of their time with organizations like Yellow Tractor.
The Project also provides for ongoing teaching for sustainability to those who work in the gardens.  Canning and preserving are becoming part of the training to have food all year.
Program next week (Sept. 17):  Linda Steen, Board Member, Designs for Dignity
Club duties:
Greeters:  Keith Dronen & Linda Yonke
Thought and Pledge:  Mike Donnelly
Attendance:  Sheri Miller
Scribe:  Pam Kerr
Shenanigans:  Heidi Voorhees
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Help neighbors in need: Participate in the New Trier Township Food Pantry food drive. Club members will be encouraging shoppers to make their donations  at Jewel, 411 Green Bay Road, Saturday, October 11 from 10 a.m. to  3  p.m. 
Volunteer in Guatemala to help the Mayan community 
There's are still openings for the February 28-March 9 Ak'Tenamit trip. Organizer Steve Swanson has background information. If you are interested, you'll probably want to contact Steve quickly as these popular, meaningful trips and fill up fast.  Contact for information.
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Greeters:  John Wertymer & John Ray
Attendance:  Ellen Greenberger
​Thought & Pledge:  Bob Meeder
Scribe:  Will Daniels
Shenanigans:  Jack Close

Visiting Rotarian: 
Laura Fine, Glenview Sunrise Club (she is also today’s speaker)

Carol Moss, who introduced a new singing group, the “Sheridan A Cappella Group” who will be performing at Wilmette Theatre’s 100th anniversary Sept. 13 at Michigan Shore Club
Birthday this week:
Frank Hussey, Sept. 6, and he was serenaded by the Club singing Happy Birthday
Wedding Anniversaries this week:
Mike and Lisa Donnelly, 10 years on Sept. 4

John and Janet Glasglow, 33 years on Sept. 5

Ellen and Jim Greenberger, 27 years on Sept. 6
Club Anniversaries: 
Jackie McGuire, 21 years on Sept. 1
Sue Segal, 11  years on Sept. 3
George Vandervoort reported on another succcessful YAP picnic.  There were  20 guests and 7 workers, weather was good.  Our frequent morning guest, Steve Anderson ate 3 double hamburgers, 2 brats, and 4 hot dogs (needless to say, he enjoyed himself)!  George was there till 8:40 p.m, and some of the guests stayed for the sunset.  Extra food was given to the New Trier food pantry.  There were 12 angus burgers left over.  Does anyone know someone who would like?  Please contact George V.  Once again, Puran Stevens was a tremendous help at the picnic.

The Club received a letter from New Trier Township food pantry thanking us for help back in August.
Sad news
Puran Steven’s sister died on August 28th with her husband and children all around.  Puran's address is 2125 Schiller, Wilmette 60091 for condolences.
Upcoming events:

The Annual Beach sweep coming up 9 am – 11:30 on Saturday the 20th of September.  This is truly a "signature event" for the Club, as we've been doing the event since the club was formed.  A total of 15 people signed up to volunteer, along with 200 young people planning to attend and work.
Members are encouraged to supporting Erika’s Lighthouse Walkathon on September 28th.
Carol Wells presented several other running and walking opportunities, where the proceeds go to Rotary Foundation

-- Central Sector Heritage Run 9/6/14
-- Southeast Sector Chase the Bear 9/14/14
-- Northeast Sector Independence Grove 9/21/14
-- Northwest Sector Corn Stalk Challenge 10/18/14
-- Southwest Sector Service Challenge TBD
-- September 21 Evanston Bike Ride organized by Joan O’Niel
September 20th – Rotary Yachting Club Event for exchange students
Shenanigans from Jack Close, who met bartender who shared odd experiences …

      Baby seal walked into the bar, bartender said what do you want, baby seal replied anything but Canadian Club

      Bear walks into the bar and orders a Gin ….. & Tonic, bartender says, What’s with the big pause?

      French fry walks into the bar, bartender says, We don’t serve food here.

      Finally, Past, Present, Future walked into the bar, then things got tense
Joyce introduced speaker - Laura Fine, State Rep

Laura is the Illinois state representative for the 17th district, a full-time position she began in January 2013. The 17th district includes all or parts of Evanston, Glenview, Golf, Morton Grove, Northbrook, Skokie and Wilmette.  Fine previously served as the Northfield Township Clerk.
She grew up in Glenview and graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in telecommunications, then produced, wrote, reported and anchored news shows. Fine received a master's degree in political science from Northeastern Illinois University, where she later taught courses in American Government and the Constitution.
Married, Fine and her husband, Michael, have two sons.
Ms Fine said that pn Springfield, relationships are very important; and that being a legislator is not an easy job.
The Legislature recently passed a $35 billion maintenance budget.  If income tax rolls back, Illinois will face a $2 billion deficit this year and a $4 billion deficit next year.  Legislators want to wait until the governor is elected before doing something more substantive.
Illinois currently has $600 million worth of unpaid bills, not including pension.  The pension bill equals $6 billion.
Rep. Fine said things are getting better: unpaid bills went from 9.1 billion to 4.1 billion.
Pension bill SB-1:increases the age of retirement for those under age 45, and adjusts COLA from 3% down (only applies to $30,000 of retirement income).  The bill passed, and the Legislature was immediately sued.  The case is currently in our court system.
Bills promoted by Rep. Fine:

1) Prior authorization for prescriptions – insurance company now has 72 hours or mediation is automatically filed and insurance company must pay

2) Insurance company must reveal which meds they cover

3) My Backyard Bill, the Cyber Bullying law 

Under existing law, students face discipline only when bullying takes place on school grounds, at a school activity or on a school computer.  It is always difficult to see a child struggle with peer pressure and bullying, especially when it takes place in cyberspace leaving children and their parents feeling helpless.  Unfortunately, in our digital world, the challenge our young people must navigate continues to grow through the Internet, social media, cell phones and other mediums.
Fine's legislation is modeled after laws in other states that have addressed the growing problem of cyberbullying.
Students should not be able to get away with bullying classmates and disturbing their learning environment, whether they commit these acts at school or outside of school.  Some groups opposing the bill believed it violated free speech rights.  We don’t know if it is or is not. This is very new legislation. The Illinois and federal supreme courts have not looked at it.
In initiating her bill, Rep. Fine spoke to a psychologist about how bullying can have long-term effects.
The psychologist said its impact could last into adulthood. We want to end this problem soon in a child’s life.
Other issues:
-- Legitimizing medical marijuana; a difficult process ... launched a four year pilot program ... children with epilepsy added
-- First state to ban micro beads as of 2016 (???)
-- Flooding in 17th district ... Metropolitan Water Reclamation District can buy out your home if your house is in a flood zone
-- Psychologists can now prescribe certain medications once they get license from the state
-- watching SB-16 important because changes education funding in state ... Education in our state is currently 80-85% funded ... How do we get the funding where the State really needs it? ... must be careful of potential increases in property taxes of areas where funding is cut.

Next week's Program:  Wendy Irwin -- The Yellow Tractor Project
Duties for Sept. 10:
Greeters:  Joyce Knauff & Karen Donnan
Thought & Pledge:  Puran Stevens
Attendance:  Ray Lechner
Scribe:  Susan Segal
Shenanigans:  Herb McDowell
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Greeter – John Kessler 
Attendance – Jim Bowman
Acting Treasurer - Bob Meter
Scribe – John Baker

Thought and Pledge – Norene Chip

Norene talked about a you tube videos where a coach at the little league world series told his players that they were all his heroes.

Shenanigans – Barry Miller

Barry did a public service announcement for being nominated Rotarian of the Year. He encouraged us to find something within Rotary and our community we are passionate about and participate and see how getting more involved in Rotary can change us.  He encouraged us to bring new ideas to the board and join a committee.  Get engaged!

Carol Moss, guest of Joyce Knaff, has been considering joining Rotary for 6 years.  

Carolina was a guest again, she is a foreign exchange student from Chile living with Jeff Martin. 

Jackie McGuire
Jim Bowman
Announcements/Upcoming Events

-YAP picnic Wednesday August 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM at Sheridan Shores Yacht Club South of the main beach in the main picnic area. 

-Gilson Park Beach Sweep on Saturday September 20 from 9-12.  15 Rotarians signed up plus about 200 students so far.  

-Erica’s Lighthouse Out of the Darkness walkathon on Sunday September 28     from 11-330 starting in Hubbard Woods. (Mission – Suicide prevention and awareness) 

-Soup Kitchen volunteer dates have changed to first Monday in February and the first Monday in May. 

-There is a donation matching opportunity to become a Paul Harris fellow more quickly

-Go to to check out races in the area to end Polio

-Adaptive Adventures bicycle ride/race on Sunday September 21.  Joan O’Neill is organizing a team and there will be several wounded warriors in attendance.   

Good News Bad News

Hank Hufnagel is hosting an open house at his home in Wilmette

Former Wilmette Harbor Rotarian Kirk Reed and his wife are doing a cycling trip in Vietnam after recovering from a bad bike fall.  
Program:  Jennifer Jenkins 
Love fur Dogs
Joan O’Neill met Jennifer Jenkins in Choir at her Church and they have been friends since.  Joan introduced Jennifer to the club.
Jennifer has been speaking to Rotary Clubs for many years; she discussed a Bill that will be on the ballot this November that will give more rights to crime victims.  
Jennifer was born and raised in Winnetka, lives in Northfield.  Is one of a handful of certified master groomers in the nation and was certified as such in 1985.  She opened Love Fur Dogs, which is a grooming salon and vocational school for grooming and is one of the only of its kind run by a certified educator.
Jennifer started out by discussing how dogs bring people together from all demographics, backgrounds, etc.  Jennifer and her husband decided to open a grooming shop and vocational school and were motivated to open their store partly by their disabled daughter who could not attend college and was pursuing a vocation of her own.  
A major event that shaped Jennifer’s life was when Jennifer’s pregnant sister and her husband were murdered in 1990 in Winnetka.  In her sister’s final moments she drew a heart on the ground, which became the inspiration for the logo for “Love Fur Dogs”.  
“Love Fur Dogs” is family owned and operated business in Glencoe.  Jennifer and her family have been showing dogs for many years and discussed how it has not only brought their family closer together but also provided positive inspiration for disabled persons.   “Love Fur Dogs” caters towards older, disabled, service and therapy dogs.  The vocational school, “Bishop Training Academy” was created as a resource for high functioning disabled people so they can learn to be a professional dog groomer.        
Next week's Program:  IL Rep. Laura Fine, 17th district
Club duties next week ( ept. 3)
Greeters:  John Wertymber & John Ray
Attendance:  Ellen  Greenberger
Pledge & Oath:  Robert Meeder
Scribe:  Katie LaMoyner
Shenanigans:  Jack Close
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GREETER:  Puran Stevens
ATTENDANCE:  Will Daniels
SCRIBE:  Greg Michel
Hideki Atsugi who was a Rotary Exchange student from Japan three years ago was the guest of Jeff Martin.  He’s going to college in the area, and hopes to play soccer.
Barbara Rouse was the guest of Susan Segal.       

John Dyrud, Wilmette Noon

Ellen Greenberger on Aug. 14; Heidi Voorhees, August 15; and Sarah Oliver on Aug. 19
Puran Stevens, 6 years on August 19.
The Soup Kitchen was held at the Baptist Church in Evanston, serving 116 individuals It was a great success. Instead of hot French fries and hot mixed vegetables, Ellen got potato salad and cole steh, but it was not enough. The good thing there was no cooking at all.  WHRC volunteers included: Gil Gilbert, Jackie Maguire, Jim Bowman, Frank Hussy, Puran Stevens and Ellen Greenberger.

The Backpack Event for Chicago Public School students was held last Saturday 1-4 p.m. It was an outside event on the Northwestern Campus. The weather was great, the food was excellent, and there were plenty of volunteers from Six years old up. We did so fast that by 2:45 p.m. They called it off since we run out of supplies. About 2,500 bags were put together.  WHRC volunteers included:  Rob Davis, Theresa Nissen, Abby Romanek, Ellen Greenberger, Susan Fisher, and Puran Stevens.
Join other Rotarians on Monday, August 18, at Ravinia for a concert by Itzhak Perlman.  Gates open at 5:00 p.m., with the concert beginning at 8.  Lawn tickets are $20.  There is no special fund-raising aspect of the event, but Mr. Perlman is a polio survivor.
On Wednesday evening, August 27, our club will be hosting The Young Adult Program of Glencoe (and the surrounding North Shore).  The young people always have a grand time and are most appreciative of Rotary involvement and interest.  The event will start at 6:30 p.m. at Shelter 4/5 (see map).  George Vandervoort says it would be great to have three or four more club members to cook and/or help out.  Contact him at:
On Sunday, August 31st, Hank Hufnagel is hosting a house-warming to celebrate his marriage and co-habitation.  All WHRC members are invited.  Come around 5:00 p.m.
Inspired by the Canadian geese in the harbor Wednesday morning, John Glasgow had a vision.  He sees himself leading a group of Rotarians visiting Horicon Marsh for the huge waterfowl migration in Wisconsin before the crack of dawn some morning this fall.  Stay tuned.
Jim Griffith made his fourth crossing of Lake Michigan recently.  He’s concluded 14 hours is a bit too long in a small sailboat.  He came back with two shorter hops.
Rotary’s third digital X-ray machine is being dedicated on August 21st.  The Ministry gave military assistance to the Rotarians (see attached picture).  The Minister of Health was on the radio talking about the challenges to providing public health but mentioned our project as an example of the successes.  Past District Governor Jorge Aufranc heard the program and his Rotary club has offered to oversee the next scheduled clinic in Villa Canales, Guatemala.  The previous two clinics have been given a full time trauma MD by the Ministry of Health since the x-ray systems now allow patients to be diagnosed and treated locally.  
In honor of George Pearce’s absence (for whom she was subbing), Heidi Voorhees presented a long list of reasons Cubs Fans are better than Sox Fans.  The crowd roared in approval.
PROGRAM:   Elmwood Dunes Reserve – Village Director of Engineering Bridgette Berger and Julie Wolf a Village Trustee 
Perhaps the best way to share their excellent presentation is to post some of the principal slides:
NEXT WEEK’S PROGRAM:  Dale W. Laackman 
For the Kingdom and the Power: The Big Money Swindle That Spread Hate Across America

Greeters:    Joanne Aggens & Beth DeWall
Thought for the Day:  Puran Stevens
Shenanigans:  James Dominik
Set-Up:   Gil Gilbert
Attendance:  Abby Romanek
Scribe:  Jeff Martin
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Presiding: Susan Fisher
Greeters:  Heidi Voorhees, Joan O'Neil
Thought for the Day: George Pearce
Attendance:  Theresa Nissen
Setup:  Gil Gilbert
Scribe:  Beth DeWall
BIRTHDAY: John Kessler
WHRC District Grant has been approved for Elmwood Dunes - $3,750.00.
Maureen gave an update on our long-standing Oakton Community College, Karen Kline Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded again this year, $1,500.00 to an Oakton Community College student.
Today the WHRC Foundation Board passed the 2014-2015 budget. There will be an emphasis on vocational enrichment this year. The Club thanks Maureen Barry, President WHRC Foundation 2013-2014 under whose guidance the Club passed the $25,000 grant for the Elmwood Dunes project.
Ellen Greenberger noted this Saturday, Aug 9, the WHRC members will be volunteering to help pack backpacks at Northwestern University, Sat. 1:00 - 4:00 No Sign-up necessary. Contact Ellen Greenberger for more details.
Soup Kitchen on Monday, Aug 11.  Volunteers needed. 11:00 - 2:00. Cooks needed.
YAP - Young Adult Program Picnic. August 26, 6:00 PM. George Vandervoort and Puran Stevens are coordinating. Please refer to the WHRC website for more details.
Carol Wells spoke on the nice representation of Veterans at the August 5 White Sox game due to the Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club's generosity.
Itzah Pearlan will play at a special concert at Ravinia.

Sue Kozak is going to The Netherlands tomorow to see her son.
SHENANIGANS: John Wertymer
Amy Zarroba, Marketing Representative, Heartland Blood Centers
The Heartland Blood Center serves Northern Illinois and Northern Indiana. The mission of this organization is "To provide and maintain an adequate supply of blood components for area hospitals to draw upon in order to meet the anticipated and actual needs of patients." This non profit organization has been serving the community since 1943.
Throughout the entire world, someone needs blood every 2 seconds!
People tend not to donate blood for 1) fear of needles and 2) no one has asked them.
Summer and the holidays are the most difficult time for blood centers to keep their blood supply high.
20% of the nation's blood supply comes from students; 25% for Heartland.
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Presiding:  Susan Fisher
Thought for the Day and Pledge:  George Pearce.
Thoughts of the Day: “Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of
happiness or have gone stark raving mad."   --Norm Papernick
Greeters: Heidi Voorhees and Karen Donnan
Attendance: Susan Segal with support from John Glasgow
Scribe:  Apryl Eshelman
Treasurer:  Chris Simcox
Set-Up: John (Gil) Gilbert
Visiting Rotarian:
Rotary District 6440 Assistant Governor Chris Webb
Upcoming events:  
Build-A-Backpack Day at Northwestern University Lakefill on 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, August 9.
Soup Kitchen, Second Baptist Church, Evanston  Monday, Aug. 11.

Carol Wells announced that Wilmette Harbor Rotary members were gathering at Ravinia on Monday, August
18th, to enjoy Itzhak Perlman's performance in honor of End Polio Now.
Susan reminded the group about the August 5th White Sox baseball game, a fundraiser for End Polio Now. 
Ellen Greenberger circulated a sign up sheet announcing two service opportunities: 
--Build-A-Backpack Day at Northwestern University Lakefill on 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, August 9. 
It is an outdoor event. In the case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for August 16..
--Soup kitchen cooking and serving on Monday  August 11 at the Second Baptist Church on Benson Street in
Abbey Romanek invited all to join in the celebration of her swearing in as a Cook County's 9th Circuit Judge on Monday, August 4,
at Mo's Cantina on 155 West Kinzie from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Good News:

John Kessler reminded all to know the Four-Way Test well as it is a universal greeting among Rotarians.
Susan told the club about the wonderful experience she and her family are having as hosts for two Iraqi teen-aged boys who are in Chicago for a U.S.State Department-sponsored leadership program.  
Linda Yonke announced that her daughter will be giving birth to twins!
Pamela Kerr shared that her son is participating in the Chicago Mackinaw sailing event. He hopes, at his tender age, to be considered a Mackinaw Island "Goat" for his winning efforts.
Joanne Aggens:  "what do you call..." 
Bob Thomas, Executive Director and CEO of Rainbows for All Children:
a non-profit that helps children ages preschoolthrough high school deal with grief caused by loss of a
loved one, divorce, military deployment of a parent and other traumas.  
Rainbows for All Children was started 31 years ago and is now active across the US, Canada, UK, Australia, France, Japan and ten
other countries. T
he program is now located in Evanston so it can be near the various universities there, and convenient for the interns
from these universities who help with the program. 
All services are provided free of charge and face to face. Under Bob's leadership, he is moving the organization to be able to not only provide
services free of charge but also the training and the program materials without cost to the volunteers and host sites. Bob shared anecdotal evidence of the success of the program's important work. 
For more information about Rainbows for All Children, visit
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Presiding: Susan Fisher


Greeters:      Art Beck & Alan Dolinko    


Thought for the Day: Walter Reed 


Attendance:  Sue Watson 


Setup: Gil Gilbert


Scribe: Carol Wells    


GUEST: Whilhelmina Prius Koeller – visiting from Holland 


ROTARY ANNIVERSARIES:  Abbey Romanek – 4 years

                                              Joan O’Neill– 1 year




Susan Fisher thanked all who helped with the Summer Fest Table.  Ellen Greenberger was praised for all the work she was able to do remotely.  We had a nice tent from Rotary International.  The crowds were thin on Friday, but better on Saturday.


Joyce Knauff is the new “food czar” and will take any questions, comments or suggestions.


Margaret Wein brought a get well card for Greg Michel. who is recovering from hip replacement surgery at the Alden Estates in Skokie.


Sarah Oliver asked our club to continue to care for it’s members – keeping an eye on any difficult situations and making certain we are reaching out to all in our club.




Abbey Romanek thanked Gil for the great job he does every week and especially because he found Abbey’s jacket.


Pam Kerr spent the weekend sailing in Maine and made four of her family members Paul Harris Fellows.


Tom Ryan welcomed a future Rotarian, his new granddaughter – Lucille Pepper Gunderson


Gil thanked George Vandervoort for subbing for him while he was gone.  Gil also announced he had found the “missing flags”.


Rob Davis announced he will be retiring at the end of next week and he has found a beautiful new home in Door County and will be selling his beautiful home in Evanston.  The sad news is he will be making Door County his new permanent home.  


SHENANIGANS:  Jim Griffith


PROGRAM:  Getting Everyone Involved in the Club


Susan Fisher handed everyone a Club Involvement Plan.  We each had an opportunity to go around the room and discuss with each of the chairs about the different service opportunities in the club


John Bowman – International


George Pearce – Fundraising


John Glasgow – New Members


Walter Reed & John Wertymer – New Generations


Susan Watson – Club Service


Ellen Greenberger – Community Service


Each member had about 5 minutes to discuss at any table about the different projects and opportunities.




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Posted by John Bowman
Meeting Date:   July 9, 2014
Presiding:  Maureen Barry
Greeters:  George Pierce & Rob Davis
Thought for the Day:John Wertymer
Attendance:    Will Daniels
Setup:  George Vandervoort
Scribe:  John Bowman
GUEST: Steve Anderson
Ben Ivory is visiting from Prague. He has joined a club there and helped in several events including:
Hosted newcomers in a country-western event.
Dragon boat race event, which raised $2,500.
Ben invited anyone visiting Prague to get in touch with him.
Mark Lundell, Pam Kerr, and Sue Kozak
John Jawor, Mike Bailey, Jim Griffith, and Abbey Romanek
The club held its annual transition dinner last Wednesday. At the July 9 meeting, Jeff handed out several awards announced at the transition dinner including Rotarian of the Year, awarded to Barry Miller, and perfect attendance awards. In addition, the club thanked Theresa Nissen for organizing the event, setting up the dinner and working with volunteers to clean up at the end of the evening.

Rotarian of the Year is Barry Miller. Barry was praised for his outstanding job, stepping in as fundraising chairman.
Summerfest is this Friday & Saturday. WHRC is sharing a booth with the Rotary Noon club. Please drop by and volunteer to help if you can.
Next week, July 16, is a special club committee meeting. Please attend, if possible, and volunteer to help on one or more committees.
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Jeff Martin was missing in action, but Rob Davis quickly stood in and did an outstanding job.
GREETERS:  Frank & Frank
ATTENDANCE:  John Kesseler
SCRIBE: Joyce Knauff
Peggy Fong Bloom, founder member now residing in Milwaukee.  Peggy is the one that got us connected with Loyola Academy in Wilmette for our exchange students
Brittany Abrams is one of our Club’s scholarship students, going to Harper College with a focus of Health Information Systems 
Wendy Chen – Going to NW  University for her Masters, Joan O’Neill is her surrogate mother
Liz Eshelman, Apryl’s daughter and attended Ryla
Bob Meeder, June 15; Tim Frenser, June 16; and George Vandervoort, June 17
Bob Spriggs, 11 years today; and Mike Donnelly, 8 years June 12.  
July 2 Wed install dinner for our new President
On Saturday, June 14, 10 AM – Noon.. Elmwood Beach Community Project,  in need of volunteers. Details needed… contact Sue Watson 
White Sox Park tickets for 8/5,  Polio Plus event, veterans will be our guests.  Tickets must be purchased by end of June.  Please consider contributing $22 for a ticket to be given to a veteran to attend. 
Rob Davis announced that work was done on the Kathy Pasek garden.  Check out the Garden which is a WHRC Project which has been ongoing for a number years located by the entrance of the park..
PROGRAM: Jim Bellanca and Arline Paul -- former teachers at NTHS -- discussed their new book: "Becoming Self-Directed Learners" 
In the decade 1972-82, the Center for Self-Directed Learning with more than 600 students and faculty lived educational  innovation at New Trier East High School. Rotary member Sue Segal was a member of the pioneering class of 150 students and invited two founding faculty members to address the Wilmette Rotary Club on June 11. 
In the Center's program of study, the faculty, including Arline Paul and Jim Bellanca who spoke about the book of student and faculty memoirs which they edited, assisted students in developing their personal programs of study and skills of self direction. Students graduated with a portfolio of work presented to a committee rather than with grades, a grade point average or a class rank. In the students' final semester, they had to prove they had become self-directed learners by a set of standards.
Well ahead of its time, the Center allowed students to do individual studies of interest, internships, travel, study topics of student choice in small groups or participate in New Trier regular classes. Each semester, students, full time each day, had to set goals and carry out plans that were evaluated by the Center faculty and the volunteer teachers or guides of the student plans. Volunteers came from parents, universities, artists and others as the students traveled beyond the school walls.

The program had strong administrative support lead by Principal Ralph McGee and Director of Curriculum, Mary Ida McGuire. 

Each faculty member advised 26 students in two mixed age and gender advisor groups, called "community groups". Weekly, all came together in a Town Hall to govern the Center by consensus and plan special events.
Although some  worried that Center students would not get into colleges with only written evaluations and portfolios, the 35 memoirs in Becoming Self Directed Learners showed otherwise. In addition, many went on to earn Ph.Ds and thrive in careers as varied as a U.S. Senator, an academy award nominee, an international opera conductor, a College Dean, teachers, lawyers, a gas station owner and many artists and published writers.
"It turned out that this book became a rare long term study of the effects of the innovations, many of which are just now becoming part of school offerings. Although the program died when attitudes about schooling changed with Ronald Reagan," Mrs. Paul said, "the book shows the positive effects the program had on the students' life long self direction."
Since the books publication (its available on Amazon and at the Winnetka Bookstall), the editors have noted that other Center graduates have come forward on a Facebook page monitored by Sue Segal and other Center graduates. 'New Trier's records had less than 150 addresses for us to contact. The memoirs came from 70 who stepped up to help. That was an amazing percentage. And now we are hearing every day from others who have equally compelling stories to tell."
Bellanca, in a second career as a writer and editor of education books, noted how surprised they were with the essays that arrived for the book. "It chronicles a history of a very creative time in our schools. It is a longitudinal study that was much more than we expected."
Also on the program:  Liz Eshelman,
Apryl’s daughter, gave an outstanding power point presentation
about her experience
while attending the Reyla
weekend in April, 2014 up in Wisconsin.  

NEXT WEEK'S PROGRAM:  WHRC Community Grant Recipients


Greeters:  John Glasgow, John Baker
Thought for the Day:  Katie LaMoyne

Shenanigans:  John Wertymer

Set-Up:  Gil Gilbert
Attendance:  Greg Michel

Scribe:  Rob Davis
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George Vandervoort & Apryl Eshelman
Joan O’Neill shared the lovely poem In Flanders Fields, one of the most memorable war poems ever written, and instrumental in starting the tradition of passing out poppies on Memorial Day.   Each year around Memorial Day, Veterans of Foreign Wars members and American Legion Auxiliary volunteers distribute millions of bright red poppies in exchange for contributions to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans. Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD, of the Canadian Army, wrote the poem.

ATTENDANCE:  John Bowman
SCRIBE:  Greg Michel
Jimmy Lipsey and his Dad, Peter.  Jimmy was one of our RYLA students, and he spoke eloquently about his experiences.
Eleonore Kulp, one of the co-presidents of Interact this past year.  Carol Wells was invited to speak to the Interact Club last fall about End Polio Now.  The students were so receptive and engaged that they decided to sell purple EPN bracelets, They did a lunch time fundraiser selling the bracelets and raised $100  for EPN.
John Dyrud from Wilmette Noon.
Joan O’Neill, June 9
Frank Hussey, 24 years on June 1
Linda Frothingham, 21 years on June 1
George Vandervoort, 18 years on June 1
Joanne Aggens, 7 years on June 7
George Pearce, Barry Miller and Sheri Miller reported on the Spring Wine Tasting fundraiser … which was a great success!  Results are not yet final, but net income looks to be $11,000 or more.  Thanks to all who helped out at the event, and to all who took part!
Puran Stevens thanked all the volunteers who helped her serve 83 persons at the most recent Soup Kitchen:  Jackie McGuire, Ellen Falkof, Frank Hussey, Tom Riley, Susan Kozak, Jean Reed, Jim Bowman, Gil Gilbert, and especially Jim Ditkowsky (Margaret Wein’s husband) who has gone to Costco with Puran for several years to get the food for the Soup Kitchen, drives to the church and carries everything inside.
Jack Close reported on a successful food drive for the Wilmette Food Pantry.  Even though had scheduled another group on that day, Jack regrouped our team and they managed to fill two cars with food items.  The Food Pantry was most appreciative!
Jeff’s surprise  Jeff Martin’s final Wednesday club meeting will have a slight alteration:  It’s going to be on Friday, June 27.   Please be sure to attend, and show your flexibility as a Rotarian.  As an added incentive, Jeff is hosting a golf outing following the meeting (the hours of the meeting will be the same as usual)
Chris Simcox was offered and has accepted a position with JP Morgan Private Bank.  He will assume a book of business and will be working with affluent individuals and families through out Chicagoland. Chris is scheduled to begin on June 26 … and ia very excited about the opportunity.
John Kessler just returned from the four-day Washington D.C. party of his son Eric's wedding.   Eric started the New Trier Interact Club and was a student Rotary exchange student in Austria.  Having graduated from West Point he has continued his government career and is now working with US Secretary of State John Kerry in the Middle East efforts
Norene Chip’s daughter, Isabelle, received a scholarship to attend the Shedd Aquarium Marine Biology Program on the Shedd's research vessel in the Bahama's this summer.
John Wertymer was prepared to be unprepared, and shared a number of insightful observations of the advantages to being a man.
PROGRAM:   Erin Kahoa:  Live Lit Story Club
It’s not often when our meeting hits the energy pitch it did when Erin Kahoa spoke to us.  Declining an introduction by Margaret Wein (who invited him for our program, Erin launched directly into a story about a pivotal event while growing up on a farm in Oklahoma.
Live Lit Story Club is a nonfiction storytelling show. The goal of Story Club is to mix the spontaneity of an open mike with the experience of live theater. Each show has both open mike and featured performers.  The North Side Chicago show is held the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 pm. Chicago shows have a suggested donation of $10. On the North Side, food and drink are also available to order, provided by the Holiday Club wait staff.  The Holiday Club is located at 4000 N Sheridan Rd, on the corner of Sheridan Rd & Irving Park Rd.  It's a 1/2  block north of the Sheridan Red Line stop. 
Erin’s story was about a time in his youth growing up on a farm in Oklahoma.   His father was a cattle rancher and loved to attend cattle shows.  Erin had little interest, but was charged with showing the animals in the ring.  Once during a lull in the competition, Erin wandered off and managed to win a free hat at the midway.  He was beside himself with joy.  He rushed back to the barn, just in time to lead his animal back into the ring.  His heifer won first place … but was actually named the Grand Champion Shorthorn Heifer.  It was a culminating achievement for his father.
On the way back to the cattle barn, they met a neighbor.  Erin’s dad said, “Erin, till Mr. Smith the good news.”  Unaware of the significance of the cattle judging, he replied “I won a free hat!”.  Looking back at this even now as an adult, Erin realizes that this was a pivotal point in his relationship with his father.  Erin was never going to be a rancher.  He was going to go to college and study theater.  Their relationship was never close.
Erin’s energetic presentation was a spellbinder.  If you’d like to learn more about Live Lit, check out their web page:
International Service Projects:  John Bbowman etal

Greeters:   John Kessler & Sheri Miller
Thought for the Day:  Margaret Wein
Shenanigans:  Carol Wells
Set-Up:   Gil Gilbert
Attendance:  Greg Michel
Scribe:  Ellen Falkof
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Jack Close:  
Shared that he was born in Evanston and raised in Wilmette as the 6th child out of 7. Attended Laurel School, Xavier, Loyola Academy. His swimming coach signed him up as “Jack” for a meet and it stuck as his name. Attended his first Rotary meeting as a high school student. Attended Regis University in Denver. Met his wife in Denver. Received his MBA from Loyola and then became a CPA. Has 3 adult children who are all doing well.First CEO of North Shore Community Bank. Retired last year but is now working again in Evanston at First National Bank. Loves playing golf, playing guitar and hanging out with his granddaughter. Climbed his first 14’er in Denver at age 22 and then last year climbed Long’s Peak, the highest mountain in Colorado. 
with his son.
John Baker:
Born in Auburn, Indiana. Grandfather was a hero for John. He was in WWII and flew in a B-22 bomber where he and 3 other people parachuted down and became a prisoner of war. Yet, he never complained and always had an optimistic view of life.  John’s maternal grandfather also served in the military and received a Purple Heart. John’s father similarly joined the service during college but returned to school and obtained his degree. John’s mom grew up in a small town outside of St. Louis. Eventually obtained her nursing degree and has been a nurse for many years. John loved growing up in a small town where he spent many, many hours outdoors in contrast to how many kids spend time today. In 5th grade his family moved to Omaha which he also enjoyed. 
With John’s family’s military service history John decided to join the Marine Corps and went right after high school to boot camp in San Diego. John shared the challenges of boot camp. Went to University of Nebraska for college while in the National Reserve. In 2008 John was graduated college, got out of the Marines, married and had a dream job lined up. Then the job was eliminated the business day before starting. A friend helped him obtain a job with a brokerage firm which turned out to be a great opportunity as he loves working in the finance world. Moved to Chicago in 2010. He lives with his wife and his dog. Loves it here.
April Eshelman
Moved here 2 years ago from Pittsburgh. Born in Clarion, Pennsylvania and raised in small coal mining town. She enjoyed the freedom there to go anywhere. Her father’s family are Mennonites while her mom’s were active fun-loving.  Majored in finance and engineering at University of Pennsylvania. After graduation she worked as a real estate construction lending manager in different cities. She met her husband who works in the same industry.
She has 3 sons and one daughter. April’s daughter is from Syria and is hearing impaired. April left her job to support her daughter and has loved becoming involved with different causes. She currently works for the Alzheimer Association. She has been very involved with groups involved with supporting individuals with hearing loss, environmental causes, hosting international students, and learning disabilities. She will be hosting a Rotary Club student next year, Carolyn, from Chile. 
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GREETERS:  Joan O'Neill & Jack Close
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:   Carol Wells helped us reflect on the sad situation in Nigeria where over 200 girls remain abducted
ATTENDANCE:  Linda Yonke
SCRIBE:  Ellen Falkof
ANNOUNCEMENTS:   No Regular Meeting next week on Wednesday, May 21st
George Pierce announced that ticket sales for the Fresh Market event are going well but there are still more tickets to be sold. Everyone who attends will be entered into the raffle which will take place around 9 p.m. Sheri is doing a great job gathering items for the raffle. Fresh Market is doing a wonderful job promoting the event in addition to supplying everything. All the money we collect gets paid out to community groups. People who buy online will not receive an emailed ticket but their names will be on the list at check-in. George asked that members support Fresh Market through a purchase of wine or other store items that night.
John Wertymer announced that Cornelia Arts Building is having an open house Friday night, 6-10 p.m. at Addison and Cornelia near Ravenswood 
Thursday, May 15th, at Winnetka Community House there is a 3 way meeting coming up with Winnetka-Northfield Club and noon club. 
Theresa Nissen announced that on July 2nd, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Sheridan Shores will be the installation dinner for Susan Fisher’s upcoming year as Club President.
There will be a food pantry drive at the Jewel on Greenbay from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17th. Club volunteers will be collecting food for the New Trier Food Pantry.
Sue Watson is seeking volunteers for the June 14th Elmwood Dunes project.
Puran needs help for Soup Kitchen on Monday, May 19th at 11-1:00 at the Unitarian Church of Evanston.
John Wertymer announced that his grandaughter’s high school badmitton team beat New Trier.

PROGRAM:  (Club Members’ Bios)
Jack Close:  
Shared that he was born in Evanston and raised in Wilmette as the 6th child out of 7. Attended Laurel School, Xavier, Loyola Academy. His swimming coach signed him up as “Jack” for a meet and it stuck as his name. Attended his first Rotary meeting as a high school student. Attended Regis University in Denver. Met his wife in Denver. Received his MBA from Loyola and then became a CPA. Has 3 adult children who are all doing well.First CEO of North Shore Community Bank. Retired last year but is now working again in Evanston at First National Bank. Loves playing golf, playing guitar and hanging out with his granddaughter. Climbed his first 14’er in Denver at age 22 and then last year climbed Long’s Peak, the highest mountain in Colorado. 
with his son.
John Baker:
Born in Auburn, Indiana. Grandfather was a hero for John. He was in WWII and flew in a B-22 bomber where he and 3 other people parachuted down and became a prisoner of war. Yet, he never complained and always had an optimistic view of life.  John’s maternal grandfather also served in the military and received a Purple Heart. John’s father similarly joined the service during college but returned to school and obtained his degree. John’s mom grew up in a small town outside of St. Louis. Eventually obtained her nursing degree and has been a nurse for many years. John loved growing up in a small town where he spent many, many hours outdoors in contrast to how many kids spend time today. In 5th grade his family moved to Omaha which he also enjoyed. 
With John’s family’s military service history John decided to join the Marine Corps and went right after high school to boot camp in San Diego. John shared the challenges of boot camp. Went to University of Nebraska for college while in the National Reserve. In 2008 John was graduated college, got out of the Marines, married and had a dream job lined up. Then the job was eliminated the business day before starting. A friend helped him obtain a job with a brokerage firm which turned out to be a great opportunity as he loves working in the finance world. Moved to Chicago in 2010. He lives with his wife and his dog. Loves it here.
April Eshelman
Moved here 2 years ago from Pittsburgh. Born in Clarion, Pennsylvania and raised in small coal mining town. She enjoyed the freedom there to go anywhere. Her father’s family are Mennonites while her mom’s were active fun-loving.  Majored in finance and engineering at University of Pennsylvania. After graduation she worked as a real estate construction lending manager in different cities. She met her husband who works in the same industry.
She has 3 sons and one daughter. April’s daughter is from Syria and is hearing impaired. April left her job to support her daughter and has loved becoming involved with different causes. She currently works for the Alzheimer Association. She has been very involved with groups involved with supporting individuals with hearing loss, environmental causes, hosting international students, and learning disabilities. She will be hosting a Rotary Club student next year, Carolyn, from Chile. 
Club Duties for next Wednesday morning meeting (May 28)
GREETERS:  George Vandervoort & April Eshelman
ATTENDANCE:  John Bowman
SHENANIGANS:  John Wertymer
SCRIBE:  Greg Michel
HARBOR LIGHT NEWS LETTER 2014-05-14 Greg Michel 2014-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Community Service Committee Chair Jim Bowman -- and his dedicated team consisting of Ellen Greenberger, Sue Segal, Theresa Nissen, and Hank Hufnagel  -- have made the following sections for this year's grants.  All have been approved by the Club Board and the Foundation Board.

 ORGANIZATION                                2014 amount


Family Service Center                         $2,000

Family Matters                                     $1,500

Meals at Home                                    $1,500

Warming House                                   $1,500

Family Promise                                    $1,250

Haven For Youth                                  $1,250

Orchard Village                                    $1,000

Northwestern Special Olympics           $1,000

Literature For All of Us                         $1,000

Suppllies For Dreams                          $1,000

Erikas's Lighthouse                                 $800

Alliance for the Great Lakes                    $750

Boys Hope Girls Hope                             $500

Links                                                        $600

Connections for the Homeless                $500

Loyola Academy                                      $500

Wilmette Youth Connection                  $1,000

Adaptive Adventures                               $750

Designs for Dignity                                  $500

Career Resource Center                         $600

CJE                                                          $500


TOTAL                                                $20,000

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GREETERS:  Norene Chip & Sheri Miller
Susan Fisher shared a thought regarding the recent passing of Rabbi Myer Kripke who belonged to the same Rotary Club as Warren Buffet in Omaha, NE.  Rabbi Kripke reluctantly asked Mr. Buffet to manage his small nest egg (the families were neighbors and friends).  Eventually, the Kripkes were able to give $7-million to the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in Manhattan to rebuild a building destroyed by fire, and another $8-million to the school’s endowment fund.
ATTENDANCE:  John Kessler
SCRIBE:  Tom Ryan
Gary Rogers, Wilmette podiatrist  
Spring Fundraiser Ticket Sales:  As of today, half of the club members have not purchased any tickets for themselves … or sold to others.  This is a very beneficial fundraiser for us, and each member is responsible for the sale or purchase of four tickets.
Tim Frenzer just returned from Auburn University where his triplets just graduated.
SHENANIGANS:  Thresa Nissen

PROGRAM:   Rotary HealthRays Update
From Pam Kerr, Sarah Oliver and Walter Reed
One of the most basic tools of modern health care is the x-ray. Since its discovery just over a century ago, x-ray technology has either improved -- or in many cases saved -- the lives of millions and millions of people. And yet as many as four billion people around the globe - basically two thirds of the entire population -- have little or no access to simple x-ray technology, which is taken for granted as a basic health tool in most industrialized nations. 

Our District 6440 has launched an effort to address this problem, with a new cross-sector model for action that we have introduced in Guatemala and hope to replicate in countries around the world.
The model is simple: We raise funds for the purchase of digital x-ray machines, which are shipped internationally to medical clinics in impoverished areas, where local citizens are trained to use them. The technology can be administered by non-physicians. Digital images from the machines are sent via the Internet to hospitals or medical centers, where physicians read them and diagnose medical conditions for those in need. 

Working with partners that include the Guatemalan government, the Radiological Society of Guatemala (RSG), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and other Rotary clubs and districts, we have installed two digital x-ray stations so far in Guatemala, with another 27 planned. We estimate that our HealthRays: Guatemala project could eventually impact more than one and a half million people in that country, where health care outcomes are among the worst in Central America. 
In addition, our project will benefit Guatemala's economy by creating new jobs at the 29 medical clinics and by potentially improving the long-term health and work productivity of Guatemalans through better access to medical care. 
Rotary HealthRays Update will keep you apprised of our progress as we move forward. If you would like to learn more right now, visit

HARBOR LIGHT NEWS LETTER 2014-05-7 Greg Michel 2014-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
GRE ETERS: Bob Meeder & Apryl Eshelman
Mike shared observations on the relatively new Republic of South Africa (20 years), and the far-reaching impact of Nelson Mandela … along with a special quote.
SCRIBE:  Greg Michel
Steve Anderson  
Roland Catenacci from the Wilmette Noon club
Theresa Nissen, 19 years on May 1
Beth DeWall, 9 years on May 5  
Great way to support our Club Foundation
This from Katie LaMoyne:  Amazon has a new program called Amazon Smile where they will give 0.5% of your purchase total to a charity of your choice.  To select your charity click on 'Amazon Smile' in the top right corner or go to  In the 'Pick your own charity' box enter: Wilmette Harbor Rotary Foundation and you'll donate to the foundation with every online purchase! 

Walter Reed is about to sign a publishing contract with Syracuse University Press.  The title is "The Heroes of La Hille - How Nearly 100 Jewish Children Foiled the Nazi Murder Machine (1939-1945)" . Probable publication date is very late this year or early next year.
SHENANIGANS:  John Glasgow
A flowing review of major historic events involving reconciliation:  their impact, and their connectivity.
PROGRAM:   Beth White and Ben Helphand
The 606 – Chicago’s next great park
Beth is the Chicago-area Office Director for The Trust for Public Land.  Previous positions include serving as the Managing Director of Communications and Policy for the Chicago Housing Authority, the Chief of Staff for the Chicago Transit Authority's Chicago Transit Board, and the Assistant Commissioner for the City of Chicago's Department of Planning and Development.
Ben Helphand is the Executive Director of NeighborSpace, a nonprofit urban land trust dedicated to preserving and sustaining community managed open spaces in Chicago. He is a co-founder and board president of the Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail, a non-profit community organization that advocates for the conversion of the underused Bloomingdale rail embankment into an elevated, multi-use, linear park and trail. 
The 606 park and trail system builds on Chicago’s reputation for innovation and creativity with yet another great metropolitan icon. An unused, elevated rail line that once physically separated four neighborhoods will now knit them together, connecting thousands of children and their families, nature, and our community. The 606 brings together elevated trails for bikers and runners, art installations, and landscape design to create an urban oasis and a new way to explore Chicago.
For more information, go to
NEXT WEEK’S PROGRAM:  International Service Projects;
Conversation led by John Bowman

Greeters:   Norene Chip & Sheri Miller
Thought for the Day:  Katie LaMoyne
Shenanigans:  Theresa Nissen
Set-Up:   Gil Gilbert
Attendance:  John Kessler
Scribe:  Susan Segal
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GREETERS:  Hank Hufnagel & John Baker
ATTENDANCE:  Linda Frothingham
SCRIBE:  Greg Michel
Karen Isaacson was the guest of Susan Fisher   
Our shortest visitor was Miss Sadie LaMoyne, who demonstrated her exceptional walking ability.  
Three regular members were back among us:  Jackie McGuire from Florida; Mike Donnelly, who took time off to care for his wife while she battlied cancer (and all is now well!!); and John Kessler is back (with his annual crop of golf balls he “acquired” while in the sunny southwest).  They’re for sale @ $6/doz. with proceeds going to the Club Foundation.
Barry Miller – in noting the recent presentation of the Steve Jevelian Service Award – pointed out there would be a wonderful opportunity to reflect in a regular meeting each year on the many contributions made by members who left us too soon, due to illness. 
Rotary District 6440 Guatemala Trip Reunion
ALL Past, Present and Future Guatemalans are invited to a special celebration of present and future work in Guatemala.  It’s an opportunity to  reflect, share, & evaluate 2014 and to make suggestions for the trip in 2015.  (Typical cost for the next trip will be around $1,800.)  The Reunion/planning event will be held Sunday, April 27, 3:00 p.m. at the home of Wendy Davis, 1102 West Clarendon Road Arlington Heights, IL 60004.  Get more information and RSVP at this link:
Pam Kerr’s son, Drew, has accepted an offer from WildEarth Guardians to become their new Carnivore Advocate within their Wildlife Program. Guardians' mission is to safeguard the natural legacy of the American West by protecting and restoring wildlife, wild rivers, and wild lands.
Karen Donnan’s cousin Curtis Smith and his group Rebel Coast won on the Canadian TV show The Next Star Nation. The TV show is a Canadian version of American Idol. Rebel Coast has their first YouTube video called "We are the Brave" and a two year touring contract. The family is very excited for Curtis and hopes he does not turn into that other famous Canadian singer, Justin Bieber.
Joanne Aggens shared a story about our own Barry Miller.  The Aggens’ family dog was hit recently by a car. And Dr. Miller used kindles and special care to return the dog to normal.
Will Daniels raised the bar for Shenanigans to a challenging new height with his rendition of an age quiz.  Highlight was his demonstration of different dances popular in different eras.  Which one is this?  

PROGRAM:   Terrence Black, Wind & Solar Energy
Terrence is Senior Solar Representative for kFind & Solar Energy Design Company.  WINDFREE sells products and services related to sustainable and renewable energies.
For potential clients, from institutions to private users and from architects to families, they assess energy needs, outline objectives, determine appropriate energy solutions, implement systems from purchasing to installation and from construction management to permitting, and perform ongoing maintenance and future energy planning.
A solar system for a 4-bedroom house in Wilmette would generally require a “4,000-watt” system.  Currently, purchase/installation costs are around $5,000 per 2,000-watt capacity.  So, the unit for the “average” Wilmette house would be around $20,000.  The “pay-back” scenario is rather unique.
The system uses an “inverter” inside the house, connected into the system before the outside electric meter.  Any energy produced by the solar panels that exceeds the usage o0f the household is actually pushed back out into the grid system.  That continues until the panel output is less than house usage, and then electricity flows into the house from the grid.
Currently, payback for the system comes from two revenue streams:  First the $500/year savings in purchased energy, and second a $500/yr rebate from the State of Illinois.  The rebate is generated through what are called Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), which credit the homeowner for electricity that has been fed back into the system.
Currently, 11% of energy use in Illinois is supplied by renewable energy.  The goal is 25%.  One-third of the state’s power come from nuclear plants.  Legislation in support of renewable energy will have considerable impact on the industry.  In some states, legislation is being enacted to actually tax those who install renewable energy units.
For information, contact or go to
NEXT WEEK’S PROGRAM:    Beth White & Ben Helphand 
The 606 bike path (Chicago)

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Greeters:   Bob Meeder & Apryl Eshelman
Thought for the Day:  Mike Bailey
Shenanigans:  John Glasgow
Attendance:  Joan O’Neill
Scribe:  Linda Frothingham
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Posted by ROB DAVIS
Harbor Light Newsletter
Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club
MEETING DATE:  April 16, 2014
PRESIDING: president Jeff Martin (who was in absentia last week because he and family were vacationing in Ireland.
GREETERS:  Al Dolinko,
ATTENDANCE:  Chris Simcox
Ray Hopkins, former club member
Vern Squires, past village manager
Carolyn Jevelian, wife of the late Steve Jevelian
Carol and Greg Korak, recipient of Steve Jevelian award 
Vera Meyer, Northbrook club, district Youth Exchange Chair
  • Puran Stevens – needs volunteers for the club’s soup kitchen on May 19th at the Evanston Unitarian church
  • Puran Stevens – looking for a replacement to lead the soup kitchen next year
  • Puran Stevens – is a board member of Tahirih Justice Center, which recently raised $500,000. The TJC succeeded in passing a law that protects women from abuse when in the U.S. with a diplomatic official.
  • George Pearce and Barry Miller – the Fresh Market Wine Tasting event is Wednesday May 21st. Tickets are available for sale at $37.50 each. Each Rotarian is responsible for selling four tickets. Write checks payable to Wilmette Harbor Rotary Foundation. They are also looking for raffle items.
  • Will Daniels – there are four viable applications for our vocational scholarships, but with only $1500 in the budget, Will is requesting the club agree allocate some Shenanigans collections so that each applicant can receive a scholarship.
Presentation of the Steve Jevelian Award
(photo shows president Jeff Martin presenting the Steve Jevelian award to Greg Korak)   
Steve Jevelian was a former member of our club who died in 
2005. Ray Hopkins, who was the club’s president then, initiated this award in Jevelian’s memory to honor so
meone in the community who has exhibited exc
eptional service above self.
The club presented this year’s award to Greg Korak.  For fun, Greg is a tri-athlete, tennis player, and windsurfer. Greg has tutor students in math and science at Family Matters for the last ten years and also serves on the board of directors. Last year he started tutoring at Connections for the Homeless. If that weren’t enough, he teaches Sunday school, regularly volunteers for Family Promise AND volunteers for Adaptive Adventures, which reaches out to wounded warriors through sports.
(photo shows left to right: Greg Korak, Carolyn Jevelian, Carol Korak)
Greg’s comments: He said it’s humbling to be picked out to receive this aware when hundreds of others are actively involved in many services. He remembers Steve Jevelian as a welcoming and enthusiastic man who left a tremendous legacy. Greg say he follows a pattern of longevity:
  • 33 years in Wilmette house
  • 35 years married to Carol
  • 37 years Avon Products
  • 40 years with his 1961 Alfa Romeo
At Avon he is currently the Director of Global Engineering. Tutoring is his primary passion. His kids didn’t need study help so he felt under-utilized until he signed up to help at Family Matters ten years ago
SHENANIGANS:  Bob Meeder regaled us with pithy puns
Gail Schechter – Exec Director, Open Communities for the North Shore (previously known as Interfaith Housing for the Northern Suburbs) advocate of fair housing
Lorelei McLure, Wilmette Human Relations Commission (recipient of person of the year award0; founder of North Shore Race Unity Task Force; and, founder of Community council of international students at Northwestern University
Gail Schechter
  • Open Communities is a leading voice for housing, economic and social justice in north suburban Chicago, working to promote inclusive communities that are welcoming to all.
  • Investigates fair housing discrimination (Puran Stevens has participated in this activity.)
  • Counsels people on foreclosure prevention
  • Promotes homesharing to reduce housing costs
  • Advocates affordable housing options
  • Employee volunteers, undercover to measure living conditions; if necessary file complaints
  • Why is affordable housing important? Diverse housing options provide a win-win option economically and morally.
  • Affordable means housing costs represent <30% of income
  • Wilmette average house was $600,000 in June 2012 while the median income was $117,500. Average income in Chicago was $61,000.
  • Residents paying 35% or more of income for housing represented 27% of homeowners and 30% of renters.
  • Since 1990, Wilmette lost 225 rentals, 17% of stock, while gaining 14% owner occupied housing.
Lorelei McLure:
  • Wilmette Cares advocates for affordable, inclusive housing in Wilmette
  • There’s a true need in Wilmette where all four existing affordable housing buildings have long waiting lists
  • Unemployment, divorce, and illness are key factors contributing to housing stress.
  • Positive social and economic impact
  • Wilmette plans to adhere to the IL legislation, which requires 15% of all new development be devoted to affordable housing, but it did not want to continue financial support for it’s HAP (Housing Assistance Program) with the intent to let private money fill the gap.
Open Communities is a 501(c)3 organization located at 614 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, IL 60093
Greeters:    Hank Hufnagel and John Baker
Thought for the Day:  Karen Donnan
Shenanigans:  Will Daniels
Set-Up:   Gil Gilbert
Attendance:  Mike Bailey
Scribe:  Greg Michel
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Greg Korak has been named the recipient of the Steve Jevelian Community Service Award.  He is shown here with his wife Carol (right) and Carolyn Jevelian, wife of Steve who was a vibrant member and leader of our club until his death in 2005.  
In introducing Greg, George Vandervoort enumerated just a few of Greg's contributions to the community:
Greg has been a tutor for Family Matters for ten years, and currently serves on their board of directors.  He also began tutoring last year for Connections for the Homeless, the parent organization that oversees Hilda’s Kitchen and the homeless shelter.  He has been teaching Sunday School close to 20 years. He regularly volunteers for Family Promise, and last year he began volunteering for Adaptive Adventures, which offers outdoor activities like kayaking and skiing, for those who may have suffered the loss of a limb or other trauma.  Activities usually include participants front he Wounded Warrior program.
He has been down to Belize twice to contribute his time, talents and finances in support of Holy Cross Anglican School on Ambergris Key.  Take a look at two blogs about the trips: and
Greg is Director of Global Engineering for Avon, where he has worked for 36 years  He and Carol met while playing on the team's racquetball team.  After they were married, they lived in Buffalo Grove for two years, before moving to their current home in Wilmette.  Clearly, Greg is a steady guy. He and Carol have two daughters, both of whom are pursuing advanced college degrees.  Greg has an amazing record for helping others.  He exemplifies the Rotary motto Service Above Self, and The Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor is proud to name Greg the newest recipient of the Steve Jevelian Community Service Award.
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This group completes a large number of projects each year:  Beach Sweep, soup kitchens, food collection,  just to mention a few.  Lastly, review potential grant recipients.   Selection of the Grants are from the ground up.  So far this year, the committee has done 17 projects, involving 42 Club members volunteer.  Projects help own community of Wilmette, as well as the broader community of the metropolitan area.  New grants will be announced soon.  Ellen Greenberger and Marcie Goldstein co-chair this important committee
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Sheri Miller, one of four members who have recently joined Wilmette Harbor, shared her bio with the club during our April 9 meeting.  Sheri herself lives in Chicago.  She loves trying new restaurants, learning about wine, renovating her home.  She has a non profit that provides leadership development, mentoring and peer networking to leaders of other tax exempt organizations.

Meet Sheri Miller Greg Michel 2014-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Maureen Barry is the current Foundation Chair.  The purpose of the Club's Foundation is to create a 501-C-3 arm of the club to which members and others can contribute tax-deductible funds to support our Community and International Service grants.  The Foundation Board's members are elected by the Club.  Current members are:  Maureen Barry (President), Beth DeWall, Ray Lechner, Rob Davis and Greg Michel.  Beth and Ray will be moving off the board in July 2014, and will be replaced by Jeff Martin and Frank Hussey.  Foundation Board meetings are held quarterly (more, if needed) and are also attended by the Club President and the Club Treasurer as exoffcio members.
Outstanding job Maureen!!
OUR FOUNDATION: THE WAY WE SUPPORT PROJECTS Greg Michel 2014-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
This important function of the club is headed up by John Glasgow, noted historian, raconteur and club spirit inspiration.  His focus is on engagement ... especially of new members.  Each member will have a mentor, who will work to connect a new member with aspects of club activities that would be most advantageous to them .. and the club.  Long-time member will a part of thi engagement initiative too.
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Greeters:  Pam Kerr & Tim Frenzer
Thought for the Day:  Greg Michel
Attendance:  Mike Bailey
Scribe:  John Wertymer
Birthday:  Joanne Aggens
Guests:  Betsy Smith (former member) and Ben Duke
Barry Miller and George Pearce pumped up the breakfast crowd with info about the Spring Gala at Fresh Market on May 21st.  Fresh Market will be closed for two hours for the throngs of Rotarians and their friends for eating, drinking, and be merriment.  Sort of like opening day at Commisky Park, White Sox Park, or whatever it is called.  
Ray Lechner's suggestion for a round number for ticket prices was politely muted by Barry and George, explaining that  the ticket cost remains at $37.50 each with each member responsible for four tickets, which comes out to a round $150. Also, any wine purchase are discount 15%, and every ticket is qualified for the raffle. 
There is still a need for silent auction items in the $100 range.  A sheet was passed around to gain additional auction items. 
Pam Kerr announced that the Scottish "Tartan Day Pub Crawl" is Saturday at 5PM with a bagpiper escorting revelers from pub to pub. 
Carol Wells made a passionate plea for volunteers to help at the District Conference.  Sarah Oliver reminded everyone that attendance is free but all the good stuff involves paying for meals and listening to the excellent speakers from all over the world.
Gil pointed out that Ted Trainer, a past member who retired to Maine
Shenanigans: is 75 years old today.  It would be great to contact him at what the scribe believes is his telephone number --  207-985-2019.  
Shenanigans:  Welcome Back to Norene Chip, now skipping to a new tune, having a new job with a security firm.  
Will Daniels referenced some of the adventures of his dad, Rotarian Marv's African-American housing adventures in Wilmette and Winnetka.  The scribe pointed out that Jews weren't wanted in the area, when he was growing up in Winnetka, but, didn't get to tell the story of his dad renting an office to the first African-American in Winnetka in 1952, resulting in late night hate calls.  
Will then introduced Ilene Hinneman, Director of the Racial Justice Program at the Evanston YWCA.  
Her job is to help people discuss race.  She grew up on the South Side, when the big question always was, "When are 'they' going to cross the 'street', the 'street' being the border between "whites" and :colored folk."   She gained experience for the YWCA job doing anti-racial work for the Chicago Archdiocese.  
The Evanston YWCA was founded in 1931 as:
    1.  A safe place for traveling women (it was improper for women to travel alone)
    2.  A place where parents would have a safe place for their kids to stay
    3.  A place where African-American domestics who worked on the North Shore could go on their days off, since they                                    
             were not permitted to patronize Evanston stores or beaches.
From this last point, i.e., no privilege to use the beaches, arose a big myth.  That is, African-Americans didn't like the beaches, because they couldn't swim and tan.  Out of this grew many of the YWCA programs geared to empower everyone in our society:
    1.  Aquatics became a focus with the objective to teach every child in Evanston how to swim, starting in the second              grade.  The program has grown, now supporting the largest swim team in Illinois with 650 kids participating in the Flying Fish Aquatics Team.  
    2.  Domestic Violence Services, received 1800 hotline calls last year.  The YWCA has a 32 bed domestic violence shelter that last year accommodated 250 different women and their kids.  There are very few such facilities in Illinois -- Waukegan, Arlington Heights, and but a few in Chicago.  Clients can stay for 1-90 nights.  There is bilingual walk-in counseling available for women and children.  There are also classes to assist women at the shelter, e.g., economic empowerment, including money management; and, cooking skills, including healthy eating and vegetable gardening.  
    3.  Legal advocates are available at the Cook County's Skokie Court to assist people seeking Orders of Protection.  
    4   Relationship Building Program has been developed for schools.  There is a 10 week program in lower grades as well as a one week high school program that is taught at New Trier.  There emphasize anti-bullying techniques to avoid the abuse of power.  It teaches the use of power for good, i.e., how to share power and understand that power doesn't diminish but builds all up.   
    5.  Racial Justice became an emphasized program about ten years ago.  It grew out of observance of Rotary billboards in Uganda and Malawi, which pointed out health issues for which help was available.  The sign in front of the YWCA was changed to:  "Eliminating Racism - Empowering Women."  In this arena are such programs as:
                              a.  "Race: Why are we as we are?" in conjunction with the Holocaust Museum (Oct - Jan).  The object is to normalize conversation (see
          b.  Stand Against Racism -- signs are erected along Ridge Avenue (April 25th)
          c.  Race Against Hate -- 10K run; 5K run/walk; youth mile  (June 15th -
Late note:  Some states spend more money on incarceration than on education.  There is disproportionate punishment of African-Americans and minorities in schools.  There is a disproportionate incarceration of African-American males.  Just published on this subject is a book by Michelle Alexander:  The New Jim Crow. 
Next meeting duties (April 9)
Greeters:  Margaret Wein & Sheri Miller
Thought:  Joanne Aggens
Attendance  George Pearce
Scribe:  Joyce Knauff
Shenanigans:  John Ray
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Turn a new page: Participate in Wilmette Public Library’s 2014 One Book, Everybody Reads program Susan Fisher 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
GREETERS:  Al Dolinko & Heidi Voorhees
SCRIBE:  Linda Frothingham
Ryla Leadership Conference: Jeff Martin went to see what is was all about, and came away very impressed  ... with the kids attending as well as the instructors.  The next one is on April 17-20, if anyone is interested in seeing it in progress, as well. A letter was read by Jeff Martin from a recent participant:  "We as a generation have a real chance to make a change". 
For more information about the club’s vocational scholarship, see Will Daniels.
SAVE THE DATE Fundraiser:   Fresh Market Annual Wine Gala: Wednesday, May 21st, 8 to 10 pm. (Perhaps earlier.)
$37.50 per person – (new) includes a raffle ticket!  Each club member is responsible for four tickets.  George Pearce and Barry Miller suggested everone invite guests.    There's be a fine wine tasting and many Tastes of Delights.   
Shopping discounts available to participants.  We need raffle items.  Already offered:  Sox and Cubs tickets and other events.  Let Barry and George know if you have other items you're willing to donate.
Rotary District 6440 Conference in nearby Oakbrook, April 11 – 13, 2014.  Volunteers are needed. Sign up with Carol Wells.   Questions, contact Sara Oliver. 
Rotary Food Packing in Winnetka a fun event that packed 110,000 individual units on Saturday, March 22. 
We had 17 volunteers from our club:  Heidi  Voorhees, Donna McDonald, Theresa Nissen, Geor ge Vandervoort, Carol Wells, Susan Watson, Joyce Knauff, Joan O'Neile, Abbey Romanek, Katie LaMoyne, Beth DeWall, Tom Rkyan, Chris Simcox, Sue Kozak, John and Mary Bowman and Ellen Falkof (who also coordinated the volunteers).
Joanne Aggens is in Senegal, West Africa doing a mission trip for her church.  This is her sixth trip, and we are proud of her.
Apryl Eshelman's third son is now employed in Qatar.
The PROGRAM:   Ann Sickon, Executive Director, Center for Independent Futures
Serving Individuals with disabilities and their family.  

Non-profit since 2002.
Ann C. Sickon, J.D., Executive Director
Ann received her Nursing Diploma from Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing, her B.S. in Healthcare Administration from University of Michigan-Flint and her J. D. from Loyola University School of Law.
Ann has worked in hospital research and community health nursing, and has started and managed healthcare businesses. She practiced health law, focusing on merger and acquisitions and healthcare management issues. Ann is active with multiple charities, many focused on children and services for individuals with developmental disabilities. She has an adult sibling and a child with developmental disabilities
The Center for Independent Futures was founded by Kay Branz and Jane Doyle in Evanston, Illinois, in 2002.  Kay and Jane came together out of a shared experience raising daughters with developmental disabilities. They met over 20 years ago and together navigated the school system, advocating for programs and experiences that would help prepare their daughters for the world beyond high school.
Because of the lack of services in Illinois, the founders of CIF decided they needed to create ways to obtain needed services themselves. They searched to uncover best practices and services that support families and individuals with disabilities.
For the full story on their services and how you can help, go to their website at:
GREETERS:  Pam Kerr & Tim Frenzer
THOUGHT & PLEDGE:  Greg Michel
ATTENDANCE:  Susan Kozak
SCRIBE:  John Wertymer
SPEAKER:  Eileen Heineman:  Racial Justice  
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GREETERS:  Karen Donnan & Jim Dominik
THOUGHT & PLEDGE:  Donna McDonald
ATTENDANCE:  Al Dollinko
SCRIBE:  Walter Reed
TREASURER:  Treasurer: Bob Meeder
VISITING ROTARIAN:   Narayan Murarka, Barrington Breakfast RC.

GUESTS:   Three New Trier HS Interact Students – John Schmisek, Andrew Geiser, Eleanore Kulp. Also Steve Anderson.


The New Trier Interact students reported about current activities. They have about 20 members, would like to interact with us more closely and are raising money to help rehabilitate US military veterans through a concert.
Rotarian Murarka reported details of the Rotary Foundation matching grant and D-6440 Club contributions which have funded major projects in Guatemala over the past 3 years. $58,000 was funded for the Mechanical Cow project (a device to process soy milk) two years ago$154,000 for a 5-year plan to provide water in schools and communities last yearThe current year project in Guatemala, worth $194,000, is providing two more mechanical cows and water and sanitation facilities in 7 elementary schools and for nearby homes. Murarka reported that WHRC is involved in a new Guatemala project and WHRC Member Rob Davis is currently back in Guatemala. A total of $145,000 for the named projects was contributed from Clubs outside our District.
President Martin reported that a thank-you card had been received from Oakton Community College for the vocational scholarships funded by WHRC.
Elaine Falk asked for volunteers to help assemble food packages from 11:00 to 1:00 pm on Saturday at the Winnetka Community House.
District Governor/Member Sarah Oliver urged members to register for the annual District Conference and to serve as volunteers (which is customary for the Governor’s Club members). The Conference will be held at the Oakbrook Hills Resort in Oak brook from April 11-13. Carol Wells is coordinator for volunteers.
John Wertymer invited members to attend the public show at the Cornelia Arts Center on Friday, March 21 from 6:00 to midnight.

Sheri Miller’s family recently celebrated her father’s 85th birthday.

Joann Aggens will be going to Senegal with a church mission project.

The Hon. Abbey Romanek earned applause for winning the election yesterday as a County Judge.
SHENANIGANS:  George Vandervoort cited various authors and poets and their thoughts about Spring.
SPEAKER:  Rebecca Bloomfield of Jerry S. Pearlstein Insurance Ltd.
What women need to know about heart heatlh
Abbey introduced Rebecca who spoke about heart disease risks and incidence for women and recommended methods of prevention and diagnosis. She stated that 1 in 8 women die of breast cancer but more succumb to heart disease.
She advocated 7 prevention factors: Smoking, weight and body mass (women are NOT “small men”), slowing down while eating (“breathe while you eat”), exercise (150 minutes per week – walk, use a treadmill, walk upstairs), laughing (it’s “internal jogging” and reduces pain), lower cholesterol levels (“if you’re going to eat it, eat slowly).

Bloomfield also stated that cardiac problem manifestations are different for women and often more subtle. She named fatigue, sweating, nausea, dizziness, unusual sleeplessness for days, a sense of doom. 
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GREETERS:   Linda Frothingham & Mike Donnelly

THOUGHT:   Susan Segal

ATTENDANCE:       Puran Stevens
SCRIBE:  John Bowman

GUEST:     Steve Anderson

 50/50 RAFFLE:   Deferred to next week

Wil Daniels announced the club has selected three applicants that will be going to RYLA. 
Susan Fisher was at PETS and said she heard many great speakers. She also found out many clubs are singing clubs. 
All 3 people at last week’s Happy Hour had a good time last week.
Several members helped at Going Green last week-end. Linda Frothingham created several brochures that were handed out.

Joyce Knauff reminded members to vote on Tuesday for judges.

Walter Reed thanked members for signing the papers for his 90th Birthday. He has been in Scottsdale and Tucson Arizona where he reconnected with former WHRC member Kirk Reed who presented the birthday card as “dessert”. Kirk is president elect of his Rotary club. 
Gil met triplets on his flight back to Chicago the other day.
Jim Bowman reminded people local grants must be received by March 19. 

Sarah Oliver reminded people of District Conference in Oak Brook Apr 11 to 13. Members can register by going to the following website: 
SHENANIGANS:  Susan Fisher

At PETS Susan said she learned that other clubs allow members to donate money to stop bad jokes. She then told several bad jokes in an effort to try to raise money. Rob Davis and Will Daniels kicked in $5 but Susan held out for more money.  She finally stopped out of kindness (and pity) for the club. 
PROGRAM:  Catherine Jones - Show Up and Shine
Catherine works with entrepreneurs and professionals to improve their charisma. She has worked in radio and then moved into business where she teaches “Simple steps to boost charisma”. 
Many people believe charisma cannot be developed – it is natural gift. Catherine believes it can be developed. Asked for characteristics of charismatic people members suggested sense of humor, self confidence, command of room as some. 
Catherine thinks there are types of charisma she refers to as “shine” such as “Shine like Sun” and “Shine like Moon”. She believes introverts can be charismatic.
Catherine talked about how to develop presence. Being present is key. The average person has about 70,000 thoughts/day. Most are repeats. Many are negative. Thoughts can be of future or past. Emotions are the same. Catherine say to shift attention away from the negative. 
She teaches how to use the body to focus on present. She had the club get in good body position with neutral spinal alignment and focus on body sensation from the feet to the head. She said that process will help you feel centered and able to focus on the present.
Catherine feels charisma happens in an engagement with another if you can focus on that engagement.  
She used to do a radio show – “Who are you” where she asked random questions of callers. People used to wait on hold for an hour or more to talk. People craze the sense that someone is listening to them.

Catherine believes that if you are present to yourself and others and that will create charisma. 
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GREETER:  Jim Griffith
THOUGHT:   There was a heated competitinon between Barry Miller and Joyce Knauff, with Berry the consensus winner for overall quality of content. 
ATTENDANCE:      Sue Watson
GUEST:     Steve Anderson
50/50 RAFFLE:     Jim Bowman, Jim Griffith, George Vandervoort, and Greg Michel all drew cards but nobody won the raffle.
Rotary is 109 years old - started in 1905 by Paul Harris and three other men.
Andy Hansen fell and broke both ankles and is currently living in Des Plaines with his son while he recuperates. He'd love visitors but be sure to call before you go because he may be in physical therapy.
Susan Fisher announced that the club received 10 strong applications for the 25/25 Impact Grant. The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. There is an extensive evaluation process and the committee meets next week. The committee members are John Glasgow, Rob Davis, Greg Michel, Sue Watson, Katie Lemoyne, and Susan Fisher.
Jim announced that the Club's Community Service Grant deadline is the 19th of March. The application is on the website for anyone who is interested.
Pam Kerr gave an update on the digital x-ray project. The second of 29 machines was dedicated with Pam and Sarah Oliver in attendance. A grant for a third machine has been completed and is waiting for approval from TRF. One of the sites chosen by the Guatemalan government is in Livingston, which is the town closest to Ak' Tenament. Our club have given $5,000 for the project.
Barry's daughter-in-law has hit the wall with her pregnancy with 2 months to go. She was in a honeymoon stage until just recently and now feels fat, tired and cranky.
Tim Frenzer announced his son was accepted at vet school.
Gil announced that his former roommate's daughter, at 35, is the oldest patient at Children's Hospital. She has had over 29 surgeries in her lifetime. She now has a new heart and is doing well. 
Susan Fisher attended the President Elect's Training Seminar this weekend in preparation of taking over as President of the club on 1 July 2014.
Rob Davis filled in for Joan O'Neill and regaled the club with a number of bad snow jokes.
PROGRAM:  A lawyer/author discusses law and writing.
George Vandervoort introduced Steven J. Harper, an adjunct professor at Northwestern University and author. For 30 years prior to his retirement, Steve was a litigator in the firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  His books include Crossing Hoffa: a Teamster's Story (a Chicago Tribune "Best Book of the Year"), Straddling Worlds: The Jewish-American Journey of Professor Richard W. Leopold, a novel, The Partnership and his most recent book, The Lawyer Bubble - A Profession in Crisis. 
Steve indicated that he was an accidental author, he never had a burning desire to write. However, after going through his father's effects after his death, he found that his father had saved many newspaper articles from the time that he (Steve's father) took on the union. Steve's father was a truck driver who launched insurgency against the head of the union in Minneapolis who was skimming dues. Jimmy Hoffa had put this man in charge and Hoffa told his dad to stop. Steve's father refused but then became the target of death threats/murder attempts but survived. Steve Harper started thinking about his dad's life and two the questions drove him- why did his dad keep going after being told to stand down by Hoffa and why did Hoffa care about his truck driver dad.  Steve didn't start out to write a book but rather just chronicle the story for his family.
The second book - Straddling Worlds: The Jewish-American Journey of Professor Richard W. Leopold  started as a favor to Professor Leopold to write his obituary. Steve took Professor Leopold's class and stayed in touch with the professor throughout his life.  When Prof. Leopold indicated he was giving some thought to his obituary and was concerned that no one would know the facts of his life, Steve agreed to help him. What started as a relatively simple obituary culminated into a book as Prof. Leopold had 105 boxes of material going all the way back to his time at summer camp with Oppenheimer. Steve met with Prof. Leopold every Sunday for two years.
The third book, The Partnership was a novel and written for fun. Steve has been teaching a course at Northwestern for the last eight years, an advanced course for students heading to law school but not sure why. He feels that law school is a default for those who don't know what to do next and there is a huge gap between student expectations and the reality of practicing law. In the early years he would assign the John Grisham book The Firm to give show his students a slice of life as lawyer, however, the students only saw it as a thriller so Steve wrote a his own novel as a way to try and highlight what law is really like. 
His fourth and latest book, The Lawyer Bubble - A Profession in Crisis has out sold all the others combined. He wrote it as a supplement for his class.  It speaks to how the profession has evolved over the last 30 years. Steve feels that the emphasis is now on the short term- how much money can 1. the school bring in  and 2. how much money can the firm acquire.
Steve stated that he has had a great career. His complaint with the legal profession today is the direction that some have taken away from principles, etc. to a focus on money.

NEXT WEEK’S PROGRAM:     Catherine Jones - Show Up and Shine


Greeters:          Linda Frothingham and Michael Donnelly

Thought:         Susan Segal    

Shenanigans:       Susan Fisher    

Attendance:       Puran Stevens

Scribe:            John Bowman
HARBOR LIGHT NEWS LETTER 2014-03-05 Theresa Nissen 2014-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
GREETERS:  John Wertymer & Al Dolinko
ATTENDANCE:  Linda Frothingham
THOUGHT & PLEDGE:  Karen Donnan
SCRIBE:  Maureen Barry
SHENANIGANS:  Barry Miller
Puran thanked members for helping with the soup kitchen on Feb. 24.  61 people attended. 

Will made an announcement for RYLA. Applications are due March 10, but the sooner the better.
Vocational scholarships are due March 15. 
George Pearce visited Honolulu Rotary club and brought back a banner. They are really happy there.
Linda Frothingham invited members to participate in the Go Green Wilmette event March 9. 
Walter is turning 90. In lieu of a birthday song, he asks members to make a donation to The Rotary Foundation
Ellen Falcoff reserved a table on March 22 for the Kids Against Hunger, food packing service event on March 22 from 11-1:00     p.m. at the Winnetka Community House. The Winnetka-Northfield Rotary Club has organized this event. Let her know if you’d like to participate.

-- Jack Close (First Bank of Evanston - sponsored by Bob Meeder)
-- John Baker (Charles Schwab - sponsored by Joyce Knauf)
-- Sheri Miller (nonprofits - sponsored by Ray Lechner)
-- Apryl Eschelman (fundraising The Charmm'd Foundation  - who found us on the web).

Gil thanked people for signing sheets to give to Kirk Reed (a former member) in Arizona.
Charlie Smith, Executive Director of Haven Youth and Family Services.
Haven looks for solutions to problems family's face today. They are holding a benefit on April 12.
Haven Youth and Family Services fosters positive mental health of youth and their families in the community by offering programs focused on prevention, intervention and counseling.
Haven is committed to supporting youth 24 hours a day to skillfully navigate through adolescence. Haven was founded in 1976 when a group of churches in Wilmette began an outreach program for youth.  Soon after, Haven became a 24 hour crisis intervention service provider. Haven has continued to grow and now offers specialized treatment programs for adolescents and their families.  Haven licensed therapists provide treatment to teens who are struggling with depression, substance-abuse, or pressure, stress, family conflict, and a variety of other mental health issues.
Haven offers the following services: 
* confidential team and family counseling. 
* 24 hour crisis intervention. 
* Emergency housing. 
* Workshops. 
* Referrals. 
* Outreach services.
*  Youth board. 
* Clubs and groups. 
* Service – learning opportunities.
To schedule an appointment contact Haven at 847–251–6630.
HARBOR LIGHT NEWS LETTER 2014-02-26 Greg Michel 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
2014 Community Service Grant Application Form 2014-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
GREETERS:  Abbey Romanek & Tom Ryan
THOUGHT:  Theresa Nissen
SCRIBE:  Ellen Falkof
Four new members have been approved by the Board of Directors:  Jack Close (sponsored by Bob Meeder), John Baker (sponsored by Joyce Knauf), Sheri Miller (sponsored by Ray Lechner) and Apryl Eschelman (who found us on the web).  This is the largest class of new members in recent memory!
Plans for the Spring fundraiser are underway. We raised over $20,000 from the fall fundraiser and are ahead of last year’s fundraising at this point in time. 
This Sunday there will be a group from the club playing paddle from 4-6 at Wilmette’s new courts. Everyone is welcome to join us. Contact Jeff Martin for info.
Joan O’Neill just returned from Guatemala.  The trip surpassed her expectations. The accommodations were very nice. The project she worked on was renovating a health clinic which involved painting, carpentry and cleaning. It was a huge transformation of the facility during her stay and very rewarding. Rob Davis is going back to the clinic in March.
Puran is asking for sponsors for students at A’Ktenamit. The cost per student is $360 which can be split. 
Ellen Falkof will sign-up club members who want to participate in packing food for Kids against Hunger on March 22 from 11-1:00 p.m. at the Winnetka Community House. The Winnetka-Northfield Rotary Club has organized this event. So far there are 20 members from our club participating. Until February 22nd the sign-up fee is $20. After that, it is $25 to register. The sign-up fee covers supplies.
Puran is organizing the Soup Kitchen this Monday, February 24th from 11-1:00 at the Unitarian Church, Evanston. She still needs volunteers. Contact Puran if you can help.
Jim Bowman is organizing the community grants committee. He invited members to let him know if they want to help review grant applications.
Thursday, February 27th, at 5:30 p.m. at The Avenue in downtown Wilmette there will be a happy hour. Jim Griffith  is organizing this fellowship event. All are welcomed!
Maureen Barry’s mother-in-law passed away. 
Andy Hanson is in the hospital with a bad foot injury.

Diana Schnell, Executive Director, Equestrian Connections
Founded in 2001. Diana had participated in another program that had to close where she saw the transformation of children which inspired her to start Equestrian Connections. She raised $500,000 and bought the property in Lake County.  
The movement of the horse goes up the horse and into the rider. Riding helps with balance and strength, especially with the help of a therapist. They serve over 300 clients weekly. Over 30% need financial assistance. They have 17 different programs and also serve adults. They now offer adults with MS services that have a huge impact on their ability to improve movement.  
The growth of the program has been primarily through word of mouth. The primary Children’s Programs are hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, art therapy, camps, job skills, horse care. The Art Therapy is primarily program is primarily for people with communication challenges. There is also a program for preschool age children. Equestrian Connections is now helping quite a few kids with autism. 
For adults, there are several programs: hippotherapy, MS, Silver Spurs – Alzheimers, Veterans, caregivers. 
Illinois is ranked 48 out of the 50 states in funding for human services. EC is funded by private and corporate contributions. 90% of contributions goes directly to programs. It is $3600 a year for year of services. This includes one hour a week with personal individual therapy. 
HARBOR LIGHT NEWS LETTER 2014-2-19 Greg Michel 2014-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Semi-Annual WHRC Member Dues 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
2013 HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER Rob Davis 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Walter Reed, a long time member of this Rotary club and a German Jew, has an amazing story to tell. The following story appeared in the November 9th issue of Berliner Tageszeitung and translated here for you. Walter is in the center. His two brothers and parents did not survive.
Walter Reed's Story Walter Reed 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Aggens on Oct 08, 2013
Thought for the day:  Carol Wells
Breathing Meditation,  then, a quotation by Rimini
“The quitter you become the more you are able to hear.”
Guests:  Gills friend Bob Nash, a Wilmette resident
George’s wife, Mary Pearce.
  • Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the New Trier Township Food Pantry on Saturday, October 12, at the Jewel Store, 411 Green Bay Road in Wilmette.  12:30 and 2:30 p.m. are open sign-up dtimes.
  • Next Week’s meeting will be held at the Wilmette Harbor Club from 6-8 p.m.
    Col. Jill Morgenthaler will speak on Leadership. Dinner will be served (no extra cost).  This is a combined evening with Winnetka/Northfield and Wilmette Noon Rotary Clubs. 

  • If you are interested in participating in a movie night at the Wilmette Theatre to see the documentary movie made about Sir Nicholas  and his incredible efforts to save children from the Nazis, “Nickey’s Family” contact Jeff Martin.
  • Carol Wells shared our club’s opportunity to become the sole sponsor of the Winnetka Artisan Fair this year.  The date is December 4, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Winnetka Community House.  Last year, (the second year of the fair) the proceeds were $12,000 of which $2,000 went to Polio Now and the Wilmette Harbor Rotary Foundation received $4,000.  This year the Winnetka-Northfield club has backed out.  The artist preview will be from 4 – 7 p.m. the day before and will be open to Rotarians.  Last year our club provided GREAT volunteers.  Please mark your calendar to help again this year. 
  • On October 26, 8:30 – 3:30, John Glasgow has arranged for a big bus (big blast) to tour Civil War statutes in Chicago.  Already 30 of 55 seats are filled.  Meet at Edens Plaza at 8:30 sharp.  Bring $30 cash per person.
Good News/Bad News:
  • Greg Mitchel is back in Glenbrook hospital with GI Track issues.
  • Suzie Kozak is back
  • Walter Reeds trip was great.  Walter and Jean peddled 270 miles in ten days.  The first three days were all up hill.
John Bowman Introduced Clark Webber, former radio commentator at WLS and wonderful story teller and prankster.  Clark Weber has invested a life time in collecting relationships and conversations directed at you. He grew up in Milwaukee and began his career as a disk jockey when he was a junior at Wauwatosa High School in 1948.At that time his mom said, “Your too shy; Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”  This become his mantra for his many years in radio.  He started as a disk jockey, became program director, went to 6 p.m. Rock and Roll show at the club, Mr. Kelly’s. 
He shared stories related to giving budding artist their first chances to prove themselves at big venues in Chicago, including Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond, Sonny & Cher, Dianna Ross and Connie Stevens. He and his wife, Joan have been married 59 years. 
Clark has authored a book: Clark Webbers Rock and Roll Radio by Clark Weber, with Neal Samors, forward by Neil Sedaka; ISBN 0-9797892-1-4. 
HARBOR LIGHT NEWSLETTER 2013-10-09 Joanne Aggens 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club Sponsors Food Drive
to Benefit New Trier Township Food Pantry
Saturday, October 12th
Jewel Store, 411 Green Bay Rd in Wilmette
Rotarians plan to supply shoppers with a wish list of basic items needed for the New Trier Township Food Pantry to support local residents in need. Shoppers can simply pick up a few items as they shop and drop them off on their way out of the store, said Wilmette Harbor Rotarian Abbey Romanek, one of the food drive organizers. The Wilmette Harbor Rotarians will collect the supplies and take them to the Pantry at the end of the day, she said.
“Wilmette and Evanston residents are very generous and eager to help out their neighbors,” said Romanek of Wilmette. “By just asking shoppers to pick up a few extra items, we hope to make it easy to show that generosity.”
Food Drive for Food Pantry at Jewel on Green Bay Rd Oct 12 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 17, 2013
Our Rotary District 6440 says that it can entertain 10 outbound exchange students hosted by local Rotary clubs for the school year 2014-2015. The student must be born between February 1, 1996 and February 1, 1998. The club cost is $1400. The parental cost is $900 for the application fee and an additional $2500 to $6000 for airfare, conferences, blazer, insurance, language camp. Not included are side trips, host gifts, clothes, and spending allowance.
District application deadline is October 15, 2013
If you have an interested student, please contact WHRC president Jeff Martin or Will Daniels (see contact links, below left)
Outbound Exchange Student Opportunity for 2014-15 2013-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 10, 2013
Club Member, Barry Miller, Spoke On Lyme’s Disease
Lymes Disease (LD) is a bacterial infection discovered in Connecticut in 1975. The cause remained a mystery until 1982. Scientific name of the bacteria is Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted only by certain ticks, usually the Black-legged tick or Deer tick. It is not contagious from human to human. Ticks pick up the bacteria while feeding on infected animals such as deer or mice and pass it to humans and animals, such as dogs. There are different forms of the disease – indications are the same and treatments are the same. LD is found all over the US but highly concentrated in the Midwest and East. There are about 300,000 cases per year – partly due to lack of education.
Club Program for September 11, 2013 Rob Davis 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 03, 2013
Diagnostic Imaging for the Developing World 

 Donating expensive equipment to third world countries can be fraught with unwanted results.  Donations may end up in the wrong hands, unused, or misused.  This is a common occurrence that discourages donors.  A potential solution is partnering with recipients.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 2/3 of the world population lacks appropriate image diagnostic services.  More than four billion people, mostly economically marginalized, do not have access near their homes to basic x-ray systems.
Highly trained operators and radiologists rarely work in remote areas preferring instead cities with large populations and substantial health care facilities.  Remote clinics do not have facilities to house and power sophisticated x-ray systems.  Many donated systems end up underutilized, fallen in disrepair, or stolen.
Guatemala X-ray Project 2013-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Davis

Here are a few pictures taken by Wilmette Harbor Rotarian, Carol Wells, who in February participated in a Rotary-sponsored trip to immunize children in Nigeria.

Polio Immunization in Nigeria Robert Davis 2013-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Davis on May 21, 2013
Pictures showing the Ak'Tenamit (Guatemala) school and the 2013 service projects. For more information, click on the "International Groups" link in the Service Above Self box in the left column.
Ak'Tenamit, Guatemala 2013 Robert Davis 2013-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Khalil Dana on Nov 14, 2012

The van shows some of the food collected, with the picture of Chris Simcox and Abbey Romanek.

Food Collection Khalil Dana 2012-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 13, 2012

Gifts for the Holidays

The Annual Fundraiser from

the Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club

Order Before Wed. 12/12/12 !

Last year our Rotary Club assisted children, the elderly, the homeless, the disabled and single-mothers. Help us meet our $20,000 goal!

Our perennial favorites—Salmon, Chocolate & Coffee—are here again. So are the wine cases. But new this year, the 3-bottle gift boxes of wine feature more sophisticated wine choices.

Order today and beginning Saturday 12/15 your friendly Rotarian will deliver your purchases to your home.

Thank you in advance for your support!

(Follow this "more" link)

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Posted by Khalil Dana on Oct 22, 2012

Wednesday 10/24/2012 is World Polio Day and Carol Wells be selling the aprons for $20 - $14 goes to our club's End Polio Now account.  They are handmade in Burkina Faso with West African pagne fabric.  

World Polio Day Khalil Dana 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Khalil Dana on Oct 22, 2012

Mike Yesner and Greg Michel when he and his wife Donna visited our club.

District Governor Visit Khalil Dana 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Sadie Frances LeMoyne John Bowman 2012-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Carol Wells John Bowman 2012-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Heidi Voorhees John Glasgow 2012-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Chris Simcox 2012-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Greg Michel 2012-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
John Kessler John Bowman 2011-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Ben Ivory 2011-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
SARAH OLIVER more 2011-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Hank Hufnagel 2011-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
LINDA FROTHINGHAM 2011-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Ray Hopkins 2011-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Founders Photo's John Bowman 2011-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Alan Gerstner 2011-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Pam Kerr 2011-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Jim Griffith 2011-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Susan Fisher 2011-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Sheila Fitzsimmons 2011-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Tim Frenzer 2011-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Mike Rudnicki 2011-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Jim Dominik 2011-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Bowman on May 09, 2011
Date:  Jun 04, 2011 at 8:00 AM - Jun 04, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Event Fee:  40.00 USD 
Location:  Judson University
1151 N. State St.
Elgin , IL
Regional Success Seminar John Bowman 2011-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Bowman on May 09, 2011
Hope for the future as Japan rises to her feet
Hope for the future as Japan rises to her feet
A girl in front of her tent in Inwanua, Miyagi Prefecture. Photograph: Thomas Lay

There is a strong sense of hope for the future in Japan, according the ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) operating in the country.
Japan Shelter Boxes John Bowman 2011-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Bowman on May 04, 2011

Mark Dyer, a resident of Elmhurst, Illinois and ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member, has been delivering shelter and life-saving equipment to families in Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami earlier this month. 

Elmhurst Rotary member in Japan John Bowman 2011-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Maureen Barry 2011-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
William Daniels more... 2011-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Fine Wine Tasting Benefit John Bowman 2011-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Ben Chung more... 2011-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Art Beck more... 2011-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
District Conference John Bowman 2011-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Wilmette Chamber of Commerce Event John Bowman 2011-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Bowman on Apr 03, 2011

Puran Stevens from Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club is looking for sponsors for 5 students needing assistance with tuition in order to continue their schooling at Ak'Tenamit.

Rotarians to the Rescue John Bowman 2011-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Book Drive more... 2011-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Joanne Aggens more... 2011-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Bowman on Mar 26, 2011


ShelterBox tents being used to house tsunami-survivors in the town of Nagahama, Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, Japan on Thursday, 24th March, 2011. Photograph: Mark Pearson 

Shelter Boxes in Japan John Bowman 2011-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Bowman on Mar 23, 2011

RYLA was established by Rotary International as a special award for young people, of high school age, who have displayed leadership skills or potential, as shown by their active participation in groups or services. Participants will be involved in a three day program held at Edwards Camp & Conference Center in East Troy, Wisconsin. Attendees have exclusive use of the camp both weekends.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards John Bowman 2011-03-23 10:31:46Z 0
Posted on Mar 21, 2011


Staff members of The Rotarian. Front, from left: Jenny Llakmani, John Rezek, Margaret Smith and Barbara Ellis. Back row: Marc Duke, Janice Chambers, Diana Schoberg, Shannon Kelly and Donna Polydoros.  

Playboy Alumni join Rotarian Magazine more... 2011-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Bowman on Mar 19, 2011


Shelter Boxes are deployed in Madgascar, Peru, Bolivia, and now Japan. Click below to learn what's in them and how you can contribute.  

Shelter Box Projects John Bowman 2011-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Bowman on Mar 13, 2011
Foundation sets up fund to help earthquake, tsunami victims in Japan
Tsunami Disaster Recovery Fund John Bowman 2011-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Bowman on Mar 06, 2011

 Global disaster relief efforts continue             


A 10,000 acre lake, close to Ambovombe, Madagascar's capital, has inundated hundreds of homes. Photograph: Sallie Buck.
ShelterBox is currently helping families affected by disasters in Madagascar and New Zealand while a further ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is due to arrive in Bolivia later on today.  
Shelter Boxes in Madagascar John Bowman 2011-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Susan Kozak</> 2011-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Bowman on Feb 21, 2011
Colum McCann’s “Let the Great World Spin”
Wilmette Public Library’s 2011 “One Book, Everybody Reads” Program


“Let the Great World Spin,” the 2009 National Book Award winning novel by Colum McCann, is the Wilmette Public Library’s selection for its sixth annual “One Book, Everybody Reads” program to be held in spring 2011.  Mr. McCann will visit Wilmette on Sunday, May 22, 2011, to discuss the book.
Wilmette Public Library - One Book 2011 John Bowman 2011-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Bob Meeder 2011-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Bill Gates Calls for Final Push to Eradicate Polio John Bowman 2011-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Bowman on Jan 30, 2011

The regulary scheduled Wednesday (Feb. 2) morning meeting is cancelled due to weather.

 Please join us next week.  


Meeting Cancelled - Wednesday, Feb 2. John Bowman 2011-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Rudnicki on Jan 19, 2011
The Winter Fundraising product orderering is complete for 2010, BUT you can still make a cash donation via PayPal!

Our fundraiser raises over $20,000 with ALL proceeds
going towards both our local and international projects.


Winter Fundraiser - Donate Via PayPal Mike Rudnicki 2011-01-19 11:27:15Z 0
WINTER FUNDRAISER - ORDER BELOW Robert Davis 2011-01-19 11:26:43Z 0
Posted on Jan 19, 2011

District 6440 Rotary clubs are being asked to set a goal for a contribution to the District's Haiti Relief Fund by the end of January 2011.  The needs in Haiti are enormous.  

ACTION: Learn more about Rotary’s Haiti relief efforts here including a list of possible projects

ACTION: Watch videos about Rotary’s response to date:

Rotary helping Haiti (1)

Rotary helping Haiti (2)

UPDATE ON HAITI RELIEF 2011-01-19 11:24:13Z 0
Puran Stevens 2011-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
JOHN WERTYMER more 2010-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
BETH DEWALL more 2010-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
DIANE TESKA more 2010-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
BUCK CRIST more 2010-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
STEVE SANTACRUZ more 2010-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 18, 2010

Photo taken on Utah Beach, June 2009, during Normandy biking tour, exactly 65 years after landing off a landing craft 7 days after the invasion. The beach has changed much (and so have I).
WALTER REED (more) 2010-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
GEORGE CARPENTER 2010-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
GEORGE PEARCE more 2010-10-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 28, 2010

Each year the Wilmette Harbor club funds a
scholarship in honor of Karen Kline,
the club's founder and highly devoted to Rotary.
The scholarship goes to a student at Oakton
Community College. This year the $1500 scholarship
recipient is Andrea Denczek, who recently completed her
prerequisite course work and now entering the nursing
program in January. Beth DeWall and Rob Davis represented
the club at Oakton's annual banquet on September 29th,
where all scholarship recipients were recognized.

Karen Kline Scholarship 2010-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
JOHN RAY more 2010-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Annual Wilmette Beach Sweep 2010-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 22, 2010
Another Successful Fall Fundraiser
Many thanks go to Mike Rudnicki, Karen Donnan, Ray Lechner
and their team members for a very successful Fall fundraiser.

-BLACKHAWK TICKETS - Kent Heitzinger

-BEARS TICKETS - Jim Dominik
-(BONUS #1) FRESH MARKET - Andrea Ventrell
-(BONUS #3) CUBS TICKETS - Carol Wells

Late Breaking News 2010-09-23 00:00:00Z 0

Funds to support Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club's international service projects
(including: End Polio Now, ShelterBox, Ak'Tenamit and Fabretto).

TWELVE Chances to WIN 
Pro & College Sports Tickets and Dinner/Theatre Packages with just One Ticket!
Raffle Tickets: 
$10 Per Ticket, 
3 Tickets for $20, or 
10 Tickets for $50
Event Ticket Price: $50
Payable to Wilmette Harbor Rotary Foundation
Download Flyer - Home Page, lower right corner
Enjoy a City Supper and a View of Chicago!<span style="font-size: 12pt;> 2010-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
SUSAN SEGAL (link) 2010-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
ROB DAVIS 2010-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 31, 2010
 Water, Seed & Fertilizer Management Project has the possibility of eliminating hunger and helping many to earn their way out of poverty.  This is an opportunity to be involved in a large project that will bring independence to millions thru small farmers, mostly women.Click on title link, above, for WSJ article
Water, Seed & Fertilizer Management Project 2010-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 23, 2010
In response to the floods that have devastated many areas in Pakistan, The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees is accepting contributions to help fund Rotary projects that will support long-term disaster recovery in the affected areas. Rotarians, clubs, and districts can contribute both cash and District Designated Fund (DDF) allocations to the Rotary Pakistan Flooding Fund. This account is being administered through the Foundation’s Matching Grants program.
MARK LUNDELL 2010-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ellen Falkof on Jul 15, 2010
During the fiscal year ending June 2010 
Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club supported these organizations:
 Alliance for the Great Lakes Loyola Academy
 Between Friends Loyola Ramble 
 Connections for the Homeless Marfan Foundation 
 Cosmos Ed Meals at Home 
 Family Matters Music Institute of Chicago
 Family Service Center Northwestern, for Spec. Oympics 
 Haven for Youth Operation Warm 
 JJ's List Orchard Village 
 Links Samaritan Counseling Center 
 Literature for All of Us Youth Leadership Award 
Wilmette Harbor Rotary Helps Local Organizations Ellen Falkof 2010-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations Wilmette Harbor! Greg Michel 2010-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 13, 2010
 The Wilmette Harbor Club set up a table at Wilmette's Sidewalk Event on July 9th and 10th to raise money to combat polio, which now exists in just four countries. Rotary International has been leading the charge to eliminate polio for over 20 years and has raised hundreds of millions of dollars during that time. Each of Rotaries 32,000 clubs worldwide collect money for Polio Plus one dollar at a time. Through this local event alone our club netted $165. This is in addition to OVER $1000 our club raised since the beginning of the year. Rotary International Polio Plus About 187 people participated in our guessing game. Matte Thompson won the drinking mug and the candy contained within.
WHRC Raises Money for Polio Plus 2010-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
June - Rotary Run Rob Davis 2009-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Puran Stevens on Jul 20, 2009
Puran brought to Manuel's farewell party a rice and lentil dish that was a rave. Puran says: I do not cook according to recipes, so I have to guess. I think it may feed 4 people.
Puran Stevens' Rice and Lentil Recipe Puran Stevens 2009-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Walter Reed on Jul 20, 2009
Wilmette Harbor Rotary began it's fiscal year July 1st with Beth DeWall as its new president. She has been in training for a whole year as president-elect, so she's hitting the ground running. Maureen Barry is the new president-elect for the next year.
Beth DeWall Named WHRC President Walter Reed 2009-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Walter and Jeanne Reed in France Rob Davis 2009-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation recently announced that violin virtuoso and polio survivor Itzhak Perlman will join members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in his only Chicago performance this season for a concert on Monday, March 7, benefiting Rotary's campaign to end polio worldwide.  A block of tickets is reserved for Rotarians until November 30.  Concert information is HERE
Posted by Robert Davis

Our very own Sarah Oliver will be the next governor of Rotary District 6440. Sarah welcomes everyone in the Rotary family to come celebrate her installation and those of the new presidents for these local Rotary clubs:

Wilmette Harbor: Jeff Martin

Highland Park: Burt Schmarak & Leonard Tenner

Wilmette: Debbie Stacey

It's a family brunch affair on Sunday June 30, 2013.

Click on more (below) for details or go directly to registration.


Family of Rotary Celebration Brunch Robert Davis 0
Posted by John Bowman

ImageYou are invited to enjoy crab cakes, shrimp cocktail and other delightful hors d'oeuvres and up to a 15% discount on wine purchases at the Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor's spring event.


Edens Plaza Shopping Center

2601 West Lake Avenue

Wilmette, IL

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.


Tickets may be purchased by clicking: Wine Tasting.

Wine Tasting at The Fresh Market John Bowman 0
District Conference attendees Jeff Martin 0
Meritorius Award Winner - CONGRATS Walter! Jeff Martin 0
Kalai & Satyam from our India GSE team. Jeff Martin 0
Marines to speak at Apr 17 Meeting John Bowman 0
Posted by Khalil Dana

Rotary volunteers at recent soup kitchen. They served 100 people.


Feb Soup Kitchen Khalil Dana 0
Community Service Grant Forms John Bowman 0
Wilmette Public Library's 2013 "One Book, Everybody Reads" John Bowman 0
Posted by Khalil Dana

Peter requested an American flag. We got one through Sen. Kirk's office that had been flown over the U.S. Capitol on 23 Oct, Hungary's National Day.

Peter's Flag Khalil Dana 0
Posted by Khalil Dana

Ak'Tenamit provides basic health care for aprox. 6,000 people in 35 Q'eqchi Maya villages.  It gives more than 500 students a practical vocational education.
Ron Crawford Speaking on Ak' Tenamit Khalil Dana 0
Welcome New Members to Wilmette Harber Rotary Club Khalil Dana 0
Posted by Khalil Dana
Charlotte Ogorek
Sep 25, 2012
From the September 21Chicago Sun Times

Social media is playing a key role in Rotary International’s quest to make up for increasing costs and recession-wracked countries’ funding cuts to eradicate polio — just as the goal reaches a tipping point.

"We are 99 percent of the way to making polio the second disease to be ended after smallpox,' said Carol Pandak, director of PolioPlus, the Evanston-based organization’s polio-eradication effort. 'We have a chance to make history as a generation by eradicating the second disease."
Sun Times Reports on Rotary's Polio Eradication & Social Media Khalil Dana 0
Posted by John Bowman
Peter Nagy displaying his Rotary pins just before leaving for the airport on July 27.
Peter Nagy with Rotary Pins John Bowman 0
New Beach Sweep Record John Bowman 0
John Kessler joins Arch C. Klumph Society John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman

Exchange Student Peter Nagy and his date, Emma, ready for the Regina Dominican Prom.

Peter Nagy Prom Photo John Bowman 0
George Pearce at Sox Park John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman
What a great weekend Sharing the Rotary Experience at the fabulous Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. Thanks to all who participated and special thanks to Rod Pickett for sharing these wonderful images with us, and RI President's Rep PDG Don Alhart for capturing our memories in his

Ode to District 6440

In Milwaukee cause we care
A Rotary experience
For all of us to share
District Conference Remembered John Bowman 0
Wilmette Harbor Supports Fabretto Organization John Glasgow 0
Posted by John Bowman

The Rotary Club of Wilmette Harborhas been awarded the 2011-2012 Changemaker Award by Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee. The Award will be presented on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM in conjunction the ‘Innovations Presentations’ at our District Conference. The ceremony will take place at the Imperial Ballroom of the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, WI.

Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor recognized with Changemaker Award John Bowman 0
Applicants Sought for World Class Fellowship in Peace and Conflict Resolution John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman
Make plans now to attend the District Conference at the fabulous Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. This is a great opportunity to make new Rotary friends and share the Rotary experience with your family and fellow members of your club.

Register Today.
(click here)
We have great speakers and entertainment scheduled, as well as organized networking time with Rotarians and Youth Exchange students. We'll also organize sight seeing trips for Saturday afternoon.
District Conference Registration Still Open John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman

Statistics from Rotary's 2012 NID (National Immunization Day) in India on February 19 

800,000  vaccination booths 
2.3 Million vaccinators 
1.2 Million vaccination teams 
155,000 supervisors 
155,000 vehicles ( cars, motorcycles, mopeds, bicycles, boats, elephants, camels, etc)
220 Million doses of Polio Vaccine 
2.0 Million vaccine carrier bags 
6.3 Million ice packs 
91 Million homes visited
170 Million children immunized  


National Immunization Day in India John Bowman 0
Historic Moments: The first four Rotarians John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman

The Rotary Club of Evanston is planning a Farewell Reception for the GSE Team traveling to Taiwan. Join them on March 11 at the Celtic Knot Public House in Evanston from 4 - 6. Details and advanced registration form are available here.

GSE Team Farewell Party Announced John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman


John Hewko, RI General Secretary, spelled out five priorities for strengthening the organization, ones he said would put Rotary on the best footing possible as it begins its second century.  


Read More at Five Rotary Priorities, or,

Watch the Video at Five Rotary Priorities Video 



Rotary's Roadmap John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman
Shelter Box is one of many projects supported by Rotary Clubs including the Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club. We invite you to read and share the latest ShelterBox USA Annual Report and see how you’ve helped us make a difference in the lives of disaster survivors all around the globe. 
Shelter Box Annual Report John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman



(Applicant to fill out/Club to sign)

Application Deadline March 15, 2012


Scholarship grants in the amount of $1,000 each will be awarded to support educational programs preparing students for vocational or technical careers attainable with less than a four-year degree.  Grants will be limited to an Associate Degree or equivalent certification program.


The application form may be downloaded from the Download section on this page.  

Vocational Scholarship John Bowman 0
Rotary Clubs Worldwide Meet $200 Million Challenge For Polio Eradication John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman

“State of Wonder,” the latest novel from award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett, has been named the Wilmette Public Library’s 2012 “One Book, Everybody Reads” selection. Ms. Patchett will visit Wilmette on Sunday, May 20, to discuss her book.

Wilmette Public Library’s 2012 “One Book, Everybody Reads” John Bowman 0
'Peace Through Service' is 2012-13 RI theme John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman

Rotary club members worldwide are cautiously celebrating a major milestone in the global effort to eradicate polio. India, until recently an epicenter of the wild poliovirus, has gone one year without recording a new case of the crippling, sometimes fatal, disease.


See the full story at: Polio Milestone in India

Rotary celebrates India’s first polio-free year John Bowman 0
Rotary Annual Report John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman

Wilmette Harbor Rotary members can view some of Peter's adventures by logging on and visiting his Site Page on the left side of this page. 



Peter Nagy's Adventures in Wilmette John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman

Linda Frothingham, Linda Howard, Puran Stevens, and Rob Davis delivering books. 

Literature for All of Us director Karen Thomson is pictured on the left.


Literature for All of Us John Bowman 0
2012 Guatemala Service Project John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman


Wilmette Harbor Rotary Members can see information about Member Interests (such as the Walter Reed Family Memorial Story) and Fellowship events by signing on and visiting the "Member Interests & Fellowship" Site Page on the left.

Member Interests and Fellowship John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman

Check out the Wilmette Beacon article about the firetruck ride won by the Rudnicki family in this year's Fall Fundraiser at:

Wilmette Beacon Article

Sweet Ride John Bowman 0
Rotary Club Master Card Offer John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman


The Wilmette Rotary Noon Club's foundation presents
a Wine & Dine Around the World fundraiser
on Friday, November 11, 6:30-9pm
at the enchanting Kenilworth Club, 410 Kenilworth Ave.
Featuring paired wine and cuisines of four countries.

Click for more info 

Wine & Dine Fundraiser John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman



Check out the YAP Photo Albums for pictures from the summer picnic.

Just logon and click the "Photo Album" button above. Click any of the thmbnail picturs for a larger view!

2011 Summer YAP Picnic John Bowman 0
Earn double recognition and help end polio John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman

Rotary volunteer Jim Bowman is helping to deliver coats through Operation Warm.  

Operation Warm John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman


 See Pictures of the 2011 Beach Sweep by logging on and clicking the Photo Album Tab above. Click on a thumbnail or run the slide show for larger images!!

2011 Beach Sweep John Bowman 0
Fall Fundraiser in Local Print John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman

View Pictures of the Pasek Garden by Exploring the Pasek Garden Site Page. 

Simply click "Pasek Garden" in the Site Page Area on the left side of the Home Page!! 

Pasek Garden Photos John Bowman 0
Chicago Fall Fundraiser - Buy Raffle Tickets & Bid on Silent Auction Items Mike Rudnicki 0
Chicago Night for Niños - September 16, 2011 John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman

Nancy Chrzan is speaking about her trip to India on Aug. 10. Below is an e-mail she sent describing one of her recent days...

Nancy Chrzan in India John Bowman 0
2011 Transition Dinner John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman

Chloe Rudnicki helping to collect Pennies for Polio.

 On June 24, Rotary volunteers (and friends) collecting Pennies for Polio raised $715 at various Wilmette locations.  

Pennies for Polio John Bowman 0
Posted by John Bowman

Wednesday, June 29th is the Transition Dinner at Wilmette Yacht Club at 6:00 p.m. Please come and help Rob Davis launch his year as Rotary president.  There will be no a.m. meeting that Wednesday. BYOB, and Mark Lundell is collecting $20/person.

Transition Dinner John Bowman 0
Chicago Cares Volunteers Needed John Bowman 0
Rotary District Governor Visits Wilmette Harbor 0
Posted by Robert Davis
 Beth DeWall, Kent Heitzinger, Mark Lundell and Rob Davis give the Pasek Garden some tender loving care
PASEK GARDEN—Looking Good Robert Davis 0
JUNE 30TH marks the end of the Rotarian Year and the start of a new one. WHRC celebrated this annual transition as well as the momentous 20th anniversary of the club's founding.

We said thank you to Beth DeWall for a wonderful year under her leadership. And we simultaneously welcomed Maureen Barry as our new president.
These pictures were taken at the celebration dinner held June 30th at the Sheridan Shore Yacht Club. Smoque BBQ fed the happy crowd.

Sunday, August 29  from 5-7 p.m.
306 Laurel Avenue, Wilmette (Beth DeWall)

Last Names A-M: bring appetizers and side dishes
Last Names N-Z: bring desserts

RSVP: Abbey Romanek
Our Strategic Planning Documents are now posted.
Please check them out by clicking the WHRC Strategic Planning Com.
link on the left side of this page under Site Pages.
WHRC Continues Strategic Planning 0
Walter Reed Honored at Foundation 39 Event 0
Walter Reed Featured on WGN News 0
WHRC Presents $10,000 check to ShelterBoxes 0
Posted by Robert Davis
On Tuesday May 11th, The Fresh Market hosted for WHRC an exclusive tasting of over 40 wines accompanied by a delicious selection of hors d'oeuvres and signature desserts. This event was extremely successful. Not only did all 250 attendees have fun, but the club raised about $6300. All proceeds will benefit local charitable organizations.
Photos by Greg Michel and Rob Davis
Wine Tasting Benefit Robert Davis 0
Posted by Robert Davis
Buck Crist—July 22
Mark Lundell—July 22
Tom Weisman—Sep 21
Susan Watson—Oct 28
Larry Kahn—Nov17
Tim Frenzer—Nov 28
Will Daniels—Jan 16
Keith Dronen—Feb 12
Jeff Martin—Feb 12
Ben Ivory—Feb 23
Ben Chung—Mar 24
Sheila Fitzsimmons—Apr 22
A Big Welcome to Our Newest Members Robert Davis 0
Building a School Library in Guatemala 0
Posted by Michael Rudnicki
Michael James Rudnicki; born 4:04 pm Thursday; 7 lbs, 2 oz and 20" long
Mike Rudnicki now has 5 Michael Rudnicki 0
From the Wilmette Public Library, OBER is an effort to unite the local community in a shared reading experience. "We select one book, which we invite residents to read, and we then have a series of book discussions and other related events."

The highlight of the program is when the author visits Wilmette to discuss the book. This year, for the 5th annual OBER book program, the library selected the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winning book, Olive Kitteridge, by author Elizabeth Strout. Ms. Strout will visit Wilmette on Sunday, May 16, 2009.
One Book Everybody Reads 0
Shelter Boxes in Haiti 0
Posted by Rob Davis
Thursday Feb 11th at 6pm - arrive early in order to go through security check. At 6pm, Walter will give a short orientation, then you can tour on your own. We need to collect your money and have names of everyone attending by Jan 11th. Open to anyone—members, family, and friends.
Holocaust Museum Event Rob Davis 0
Posted by Beth DeWall
Five members of our club volunteered their time to help with crowd and traffic control during Wilmette's annual Thanksgiving parade.
Thanksgiving Good Deed Beth DeWall 0
Thursday November 12
A special film screening of About Face that tells the little-known and remarkable story of thousands of young Jewish immigrants who fled Germany and Austria in the early days of Hitler's regime. Followed by a book signing for THE ENEMY I KNEW: German Jews in the Allied Military During World War II
Event Details

Tribune Article

The Enemy I Knew 0
Posted by Susan Fisher
WHRC recently raised $627 for Operation Warm, which purchased 36 winter coats for children in need. On Nov 17th the club distributed these coats to children at Family Matters in Chicago.
Operation Warm Video

Operation Warm Susan Fisher 0
Literature for All of Us 
Thank you everyone for making this a successful event. We delivered 50 children's books and 78 journals.

2009 Holiday Book Drive 0
Email a form to all your friends, family, and last year's customers.
For Order Forms - go to bottom right corner of this page to download a color PDF or an Excel spreadsheet.

'Tis the Season 0
Posted by Greg Michel
Pam and Andy Kerr attended the Rotary International convention in Birmingham last Spring and met Dr. Jane Goodall
The Kerrs in Birmingham Greg Michel 0
The District 6440 international team has arranged two 2009-2010 hands-on-mission trips to Guatemala. Each group will be limited to 30 volunteers. The groups will travel back to back going the 3rd and 4th week of January. The first group will leave Chicago January 16 and the second  group will leave on January 23.
Hands-on Mission Trips to Guatemala 0
Welcome to Lucas, our new exchange student
Lucas Nogueira Silva Dantas,
from Aracaju, Sergipe, Brazil
first picture: Lucas with his host mother Margrit
(click on "More..." to see where Aracagu is located in Brazil)

WHRC Exchange Student from Brazil 0
Party Under the Stars! 0
Posted by Greg Michel
Puran Stevens was born in Isfahan, Iran.  But not - she points out - the Iran we know today, or the Iran perceived by many at this time. 

Puran Stevens Presents Her Story Greg Michel 0
On Sunday July 19th, the club celebrated a wonderful year with Manuel, from Columbia. While here, he attended Loyola Academy and lived with two families--the Aggens and the ???, both of Wilmette.
Farewell to Manuel 0
New RI President Speaks Rob Davis 0
What Rotary is All About 0
WHRC at the Wilmette Street Fair Rob Davis 0
WHRC Installation Dinner Rob Davis 0
Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club20-Year History Diane Teska 0
Posted by Rob Davis
The Fresh Market store was closed to the general public for this fundraiser. The store set up 11 different tasting stations, each with four different wines and an array of hors d'oeuvres.  As you can see by the pictures, everyone had a great time. People raved about the wine selections and wonderful food. The prime rib table appeared to be the most popular. The club thanks everyone who helped make this event a success. Click on More to see pictures.
WHRC Fundraiser at The Fresh Market Rob Davis 0
Jeanne D. Beckman, Ph.D., is literacy chair and board member of the Winnetka-Northfield Rotary.  She is a clinical psychologist with special expertise in developmental psychology and author of the book Tech Psychologist's Guide to Technology & Access Tools.  Active in literacy projects across the district, she shared glimpses into what other clubs are doing for the cause of literacy.
Dr. Jeanne Beckman--Club Literacy Projects 0

The Chain-of-Lakes and Fox River Clean-Up, postponed from May 2 because of high water, has been rescheduled for June 13.  District Governor Pam Kerr is encouraging all area Rotarians to pitch in and help out.  Participants can register the morning of the event at any of the following sites: Broken Oar, 614 Rawson Bridge Road, Port Barrington; Haling's Resort, 26365 W. Lotus Road, Antioch; Captain's Quarters, 38283 N. Bolton Place, Antioch; CJ Smith Resort, 25315 W. Grass Lake Road, Antioch; and the Fox Waterway Agency, 45 S. Pistakee Lake Road, Fox Lake. If you have a fishing boat or pontoon boat you would be willing to bring along, that would be very much appreciated.

Fox River Clean-up Rescheduled 0

On the very morning that the Chicago Tribune gives front-page attention to this important development in political reform in Illinois, David Hoffman is giving Wilmette Harbor Rotarians an inside look at the process and the product.

Dave Hoffman--Illinois Reform Commission 0
Great Lakes Base Tour & Award Luncheon 0


Rotary has already been a significant part of New Trier graduate Maggie Schwalbach's life.  After studying at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Candada, and Barcelona University in Spain, she garnered a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study at the United Nations' University for Peace in Costa Rica.

Maggie Schwalbach:Interfaith Youth Core 0


Winnetka resident  Mike Leonard regaled the club with tales of the serendipitous events that help shaped his career and make connections around the world.

While growing up in Glencoe and attending Loyola Academy, he tended to focus more on hockey than his studies.  One night while attending Ravinia, he was mesmerized by a then-little-known performer by the name of Bob Dylan.  From that moment, Mike knew he wanted to do something creative with his life.  But, he had no idea just what that might be.

Mike Leonard, author & Today Show producer 0

Once again, a new member biographic sketch turned into a terrific program.  JJ Hanley was born in Portsmouth, NH, but grew up in many different states as her father was stationed in at several bases in the US Air Force.   While her dad was flying B-52s in Viet Nam she, her mom and her three siblings lived with her grandparents in Maine.

Bio: Amazing JJ, one of our newest members 0

Stefanie Dziedzic is Director of Fund Development for The Cradle Foundation, shared some of the many achievements at this amazing facility just blocks from where we meet each week.
The Cradle, Evanston 0

Good News Partners began in 1976, when a small group of Northwestern University students and their pastor committed themselves to live out their faith and serve the poor. They chose the North of Howard neighborhood, a ten square block pocket of poverty in Rogers Park, as the place to try to build community. In 1980, Good News Partners incorporated as a separate 501(c)3 with the purchase of the Jonquil Hotel, once a haven for drugs, prostitution, and gangs.

Dr. Bud Ogle "Good News Partners" 0

Shortly after our Club was formed, Charter President Karen Kline asked Charter Member Craig Scott -- a prominent eyeglass specialist -- to see if he could collect a few hundred old eyeglasses that she could take to Central America on a trip she was going to make.  

Gil's Glasses -- We've made the 45,000-pair mark 0
Past Presidents & Rotarians of the Year 0