Sycamore Rotarian Jim Buck regales club members on his “linguistic pet peeves or quirks.”  His multiple page list had enough examples to challenge, entertain, and educate the scholars in attendance.
Linguistic Pet Peeves or Quirks, According to Jim Buck
Jim Buck began his Rotary linguistic overview by commenting on the evolution of the reply to a comment going from “you’re welcome,” to “ no problem,” and now “no worries.”  Through multiple pages of examples, Buck sought to educate, often with humor, on how different generations give words and phrases entirely new meanings.  For example, did you ever think a “dashboard” would refer to a computer screen image instead of the panel where gauges are mounted for the driver of a car?
Buck also noted how mistakes in grammar are now commonly accepted.  You frequently hear the phrase “hopefully we’ll win” when it should be “we hope we’ll win.”   The first phrase incorrectly uses an adverb as a verb.
On the pet peeve side of things, Jim didn’t hold back with his criticism.  Right at the top of his list was the almost universal adaptation of the phrase “going forward” instead of using “in the future.”   Jim asked, “why is everyone afraid of saying in the future?”
Among the “quirks” mentioned by Buck were “homophones.”  These are same-sounding words spelled differently and with different meanings or uses.  His list of examples included “to, too, and two” along with “rain, reign, and rein.”
Buck gave credit to his legal colleagues for pointing out and explaining many of the phrases and definitions he shared during his talk.  And should you ever be in a conversation with Jim and he looks at you quizzically or with irritation, you know you’ve probably used language from his pet peeves or quirks list.
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Rotary Reader Program
South Prairie Elementary School, 820 Borden Avenue, Sycamore
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Famous Birthdays This Week
March 18, 1837 - The 22nd and 24th President, Grover Cleveland, is born in Caldwell, New Jersey.  He is the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms in office.
March 19, 1869 – Flamboyant showman and theater producer, Florence Ziegfeld, is born in Chicago.  His  Ziegfeld Follies revue ran on Broadway from 1907 through 1931.
March 21, 1685 – Organist and prolific composer Johann Sebastian Bach is born in Eisenach, Germany.
March 22, 1948 – Composer and theatrical producer Andrew Lloyd Weber is born in Kensington, London, England.
This Week in History
March 17, 461– Ireland, and eventually anywhere in the world where the Irish gather, pays homage to the death of St. Patrick of Ireland, the fifth century missionary and later bishop who brought Christianity to Ireland’s masses. 
March 18, 1974 – The five-month-old Arab oil embargo against the U.S is lifted.  The embargo was in retaliation for the American support of Israel during the Yom Kipper War of 1973 in which Egypt and Syria suffered a crushing defeat.  The embargo caused U.S. gas prices to soar 300%.
March 19, 2003 – The U.S launched an attack to topple Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.  Troops made rapid progress and conquered the capital, Baghdad, in just 21 days ending Hussein’s rule.
March 23, 1775 – Patrick Henry helps ignite the American Revolution with a speech in Richmond, Virginia.  He delivers these now famous words to those assembled, “…I know not what course others will take; but for me, give me liberty or give me death.”
Birthdays & Club Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Robert Wildenradt
June 1
Jeff Keicher
June 17
Robert Brown
June 24
Christine Kalina
June 25
Join Date
Julie Sgarlata
June 6, 2012
12 years
Tasha Sims
June 7, 2023
1 year
President – Brandon Diviak
President Elect – Steve Wilder
Director (President Nominee) – Jonelle Bailey
Director (President Designee) - Becky Springer
Past President – Tim Neubert
Treasurer – Dr. Michele Jurkovic
Secretary – Sally Bruch
Sergeant at Arms – Paulette Renault
Monthly Committees
July: Board of Directors
August: Jeff Keicher, Brandon Diviak, Pat Shafer
September: Dave Hamilton, Jeff Jacobson, Jim Stoddard
October: Paul Callighan, Matt Nelson, Paul Stromborg
November: Sue Emberson, Jeff Frank, Heidi Wright
December: Paul Barnaby, Larry Berke, Riley Oncken
January: Ray Dembinski, Joyce Klein, Rob Mondi, Tim Neubert
February: Jonelle Bailey, Becky Springer, Tasha Sims
March: Chip Houdek, Brendan Wilson, Jim Buck
April: Bob Hammon, Jeff Petersen, Alicia Cosky
May: Bob Brown, Steve Kuhn
June: Steve Wilder, Paulette Renault

Standing Committees

Membership: Jonelle Bailey, Ray Dembinski, Bob Hammon, Steve Kuhn, Jeff Petersen, Bob Wildendradt, Jeff Jacobson, Brandon Diviak, Matt Nelson, Riley Oncken

Public Image: Bob Brown, Paul Callighan, Jeff Keicher, Joyce Klein, Tasha Sims

Fellowship: Paulette Renault, Pat Shafer, Sally Bruch, Sue Emberson, Dave Hamilton, Paul Barnaby, Larry Berke

Service: Brandon Diviak, Jeff Frank, Michele Jurkovic, Rob Mondi, Brendan Wilson, Heidi Wright, Alicia Cosky, Tim Neubert

Foundations: Jim Buck, Sue Emberson, Matt Nelson, Jim Stoddard, Paul Stromborg

New Generations: Chip Houdek, Julie Sgarlata, Becky Springer, Steve Wilder

Scholarships: Tim Neubert, Julie Sgarlata, Ray Dembinski, Steve Kuhn, Michele Jurkovic, Don Clayberg

Upcoming Events
St. Mary's Parish Activity Center
Jun. 19, 2024
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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Sycamore Rotary Club Installation Dinner
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Jun. 26, 2024
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St. Mary's Parish Activity Center
Jul. 03, 2024
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St. Mary's Parish Activity Center
Jul. 10, 2024
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