Some of you may not know, or just haven't noticed it yet, but the Bell Tower is up and looks great! I know it seems silly to mention it this long after it was raised, but I want to give credit to TEP and Page STeel for the donations, even though they will probably not see this newsletter. Without their work, contributions and manpower, the tower would never have become a reality.
In addition, Steve should get a lot of credit for the original plan and drive to get it done. He brought this idea to the club back when he was President, 4 years ago. It was a great group effort, but we did it, and this just goes to show what our little club can do. 
So you all understand the funds, our club put in $1,000 from our account, which we matched to a District Grant for another $1,000. That money paid for the enormous concrete and rebar base that we contracted and paid to have poured. TEP donated the labor and Page Steel donated all the materials for the tower itself. FInally TEP, had their people transport it and raise the tower with their own crane. (Which was really cool to see!)
So thanks to everyone who was involved!
The Tower 2018-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
RI President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”
RI President-elect Barry Rassin Announces New Theme for 2018-19 2018-01-24 07:00:00Z 0
We have a serious issue folks...we're pretty close to broke.
We have been spending money for years on good projects, that make a difference in our community and abroad, but we haven't had any income. We need to reverse that! I've had some ideas and I want to run those by you all.
  1. Drive In Movie
  2. Selling popcorn, soda or something at 4th of July Parade
  3. Doing something to raise funds at Eagar Daze, like a food booth or Dunk Tank. (This would require Steve being the Dunkee)
  4. Re-inserting the Wishing Well back in Bashas, Safeway or Western Drug this time.
  5. And of course our Masquerade Ball which is coming up in October.
  6. I think we need to talk about these and any other ideas we can come up with.
So the next projects coming up are: 
  • RYLA Camp - Richard is taking our student this weekend
  • Scholarship Interviews and Dinner. Who is running the interviews? Do we have dates and times, nailed down? The Dinner is the big task and Mercedes has agreed to run it. The food and plan are already in the works.
  • Masquerade Ball, October 13th. We still need to pick a menu, get donations, book the band and organize with the other clubs for decorations, auctioneer and other details. This is an "Everyone" kinda deal.
Currently, we stand at 11 members. The more hands the lighter the work, and all that. If you have someone, you think would make a great member, bring them to breakfast and lets get to know them.
Please remember, if anyone has a field trip or speaker they would like to have come talk about their project, program or business, let me know, so we can try to schedule it.
See you all April 18.
What's Up 2018-01-23 07:00:00Z 0
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0