2023-2024 Club President Brandon Diviak shared a few words during the dinner following this Wednesday's golf outing, including thanking Sally Bruch (14 years of service as Club Secretary!) and Tim Neubert (5 years of service on the Board). The installation of 2024-2025 board members was postponed until the 6/26 meeting (as several board members were unable to attend), but it was nevertheless a great opportunity for fellowship among Rotarians and their family members! 12 golfers (three foursomes) braved the warm temperatures at the Sycamore Golf Course.
Another successful Drive-Thru Dinner fundraiser, thanks to many Rotarians and their family members (both pictured and not). 270 pork chop dinners were prepared for the Thursday event!
Heather Tomlinson's two sons (and future Rotarians, perhaps?) were important contributors to the success of the Drive-Thru Dinner, serving as runners to deliver bags of food to ticket purchasers. Not only did the rain not bother either of them, they seemed to enjoy it!
The pork chop dinners were well-received by many, with Bob Brown's granddaughter exclaiming to her mother when she saw everything that came with the dinner: "Grandpa's a genius!"
World Refugee Day highlights a misunderstood group

When people think of refugees, they may imagine a group that is utterly without means and dependent on others. But that’s a misleading assumption, says Quentin Wodon, chair of the Rotary Action Group for Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Migration.

“There are studies suggesting that refugees actually contribute more to the economy than the value of the services provided to them,” says Wodon, a member of the Rotary Club of Washington Global, Washington, D.C., USA. “Refugees often have amazing skills. They’re often very driven. And they can be assets for a country as opposed to liabilities.”

World Refugee Day on 20 June puts a spotlight on this misunderstood group, many of whom have fled war, persecution, or violence. More than 117 million people around the world were forcibly displaced at the end of 2023, according to UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency.

That includes refugees who fled their home nations, people who were displaced within their countries, people who weren’t recognized as citizens of any nation, and others. The countries with the most refugees protected or assisted by UNHCR are Syria, Ukraine, and Afghanistan.

The Rotary action group coordinates projects worldwide, such as promoting social entrepreneurship in the Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda, delivering meals and other necessities to Venezuelan refugees in Colombia, and sponsoring webinars about refugees in the United States who have become successful entrepreneurs.

Wodon says Rotary members can help refugees by applying for global grants to fund projects and engaging the power of Rotary at the local level. “Rotary clubs can mobilize the community,” he says, suggesting that clubs first learn which organizations are active in their area. “You can be involved either in the provision of education or skills, or in helping people find jobs. There are so many things that you can do, and the personal connection you can have is very important.”

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Famous Birthdays This Week
June 16, 1890 – Film comedian Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy fame is born in Ulverston, England.
June 19, 1902 – Baseball’s “Iron Horse”, Lou Gehrig, is born in New York City.  He played in 2,130 consecutive games and seven World Series for the Yankees only to die at age 37 from the degenerative muscle disease that bears his name.
June 20, 1924 – American military hero Audie Murphy is born in Kingston, Texas.  He was the most decorated American soldier of World War II, awarded 37 medals including the Medal of honor.  After the war he became an actor, making 45 films.
June 21, 1982 – Britain’s Prince William is born in London to Princess Diana and Prince Charles becoming second in line for the British throne.
This Week in History
June 18, 1815 – On the fields of Waterloo in central Belgium, 72,000 French troops led by Napoleon suffer a crushing military defeat from a combined army of 113,000 British, Dutch, Belgian, and Prussian troops.
June 19, 1865 (Juneteenth Day) – In Galveston, Texas, General Gordan Granger enters the city officially placing Texas under Union control to close out the Civil War.  He publicly reads General Order #3 transmitting the news of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation freeing 256,000 enslaved Texans (two years after the proclamation was originally issued).  The date becomes a Federal Holiday in 2021.
June 19, 1829 – British Home Secretary Robert Peel introduces the Metropolitan Police Act into Parliament to establish a unified police force for London.  The result is the city’s first modern police force whose officers are appropriately nicknamed “Bobbies” after their founder. 
June 20, 1975 – The movie “Jaws” , based on the book by Peter Benchley, directed by Steven Spielberg, a score by John Williams, and starring Roy Scheider is released.  It won Academy Awards for Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound; it established the practice of summer blockbuster releases by major studios (becoming the first film to earn $100 million in U.S. theatrical rentals) and is ranked number two on the American Film Institute’s scariest movie list behind “Psycho.”    
Birthdays & Club Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Paul Barnaby
July 1
Sejal Patel
July 9
Jim Stoddard
July 11
Steve Wilder
July 26
Join Date
Steve Wilder
July 1, 2020
4 years
President – Steve Wilder
President Elect – Jonelle Bailey
Director (President Nominee) – Becky Springer
Director (President Designee) - Matt Nelson
Past President – Brandon Diviak
Treasurer – Dr. Michele Jurkovic
Secretary – Pat Shafer
Sergeant at Arms – Paulette Renault
Monthly Committees
July: Board of Directors
August: Brandon Diviak, Jeff Keicher, Pat Shafer
September: Dave Hamilton, Jeff Jacobson, Jim Stoddard
October: Paul Callighan, Matt Nelson, Paul Stromborg
November: Sue Emberson, Jeff Frank, Phil Meyer
December: Paul Barnaby, Larry Berke, Riley Oncken
January: Ray Dembinski, Joyce Klein, Rob Mondi, Tim Neubert
February: Jonelle Bailey, Becky Springer, Tasha Sims
March: Jim Buck, Chip Houdek, Brendan Wilson
April: Alicia Cosky, Bob Hammon, Jeff Petersen
May: Bob Brown, Steve Kuhn. Heather Tomlinson
June: Paulette Renault, Steve Wilder

Standing Committees

Fellowship: Paulette Renault, Pat Shafer, Larry Berke, Sue Emberson, Dave Hamilton, Pat Shafer

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Events
Sycamore Rotary Club: Program TBD
St. Mary's Parish Activity Center
Jul. 24, 2024
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sycamore Rotary Club: Paranormal Phenomenon
St. Mary's Parish Activity Center
Jul. 31, 2024
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sycamore Rotary Club: Update from Rep. Keicher
St. Mary's Parish Activity Center
Aug. 07, 2024
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sycamore Rotary Club: DKC Forest Preserve
St. Mary's Parish Activity Center
Aug. 14, 2024
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sycamore Rotary Club: Coach Ryan, SHS Football
St. Mary's Parish Activity Center
Aug. 21, 2024
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sycamore Rotary Club: Marvin Barnes
St. Mary's Parish Activity Center
Aug. 28, 2024
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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