Empower Parenthood Project founder and executive director Kendall Hampton speaks about the need for diapers to help low-income families at a podium surrounded by diaper donations from Rotarians.  Hampton, who is pursuing a graduate degree in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University, explained that there are no government subsidies to help offset the ever-increasing cost of diapers for babies and toddlers.
Addressing Diaper Security for Families in Need
Northern Illinois University graduate student Kendall Hampton is on a mission to help overcome diaper insecurity for young families in need.  The DeKalb native became aware that no government subsidies are available to young families to offset the cost of diapers.  Similarly, many community resource programs, including food pantries, do not include diapers as a stocked item.  With costs for diapers soaring by as much as 60% since 2019, Hampton was moved to create the non-profit Empower Parenthood Project.  The Empower Parenthood Project holds diaper collection events and then distributes them through community events, usually in partnership with other non-profits.  The non-profit officially launched with its 501C3 tax status last year.
Sycamore Rotarians heard Hampton’s story this week and were encouraged to bring a diaper donation.  Hampton estimated that the volume of diapers collected would theoretically help cover up to a month’s worth of usage.  Her current diaper drive is in partnership with Northwestern Medicine which has various drop-off locations.  Other drives and fundraisers have even included baking 500 cookies.  Hampton also wants to raise awareness on how cash-strapped families don’t have access to any subsidy for this essential child item.  She said there are some allowance-type bills pending in Springfield, but they have not yet moved to the passage stage.
Further information on events and fundraising is available at the Empower Parenthood Project website: .  Kendall Hampton may be contacted through email at:
Famous Birthdays This Week
May 19, 1930 – Playwright Lorraine Hansberry, whose work “A Raisin in the Sun” was the first drama by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway (in 1959), is born in Chicago.
May 20, 1908 – Academy Award winning actor James Stewart (The Philadelphia Story), is born in Indiana, Pennsylvania.  Stewart is also known for his portrayals in It’s a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and Harvey.  He was also a decorated World War II Air Force officer and remained in the Air Force reserves after the war, retiring as a Brigadier General.
May 22, 1859 – Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
May 25, 1803 – American author and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson is born in Boston, Massachusetts.
This Week in History
May 19, 1980 – The Mt. St. Helens volcano erupts in Washington State, its first major eruption since 1857, sending steam and ash eleven miles into the sky.  It is the deadliest and most economic destructive volcanic event in U.S. history.  A total of 57 people are killed and 200 homes,47 bridges, 15 miles of railway, and 185 miles of highway are destroyed.  
May 20, 1927 – 25-year-old Charles Lindberg takes off in the “Spirit of Saint Louis” and becomes the first person to complete a solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.  On this same date in 1932 Amelia Earhart would become the first woman to complete a solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic.
May 24, 1844 – Samuel FB Morse taps out “What hath God wrought” in the first message from an official telegraph office located in the basement of the U. S. Capital building which was then received at a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station in Baltimore.
May 25, 1787 – The Colonial Constitutional Convention began in Philadelphia with delegates from seven states forming a quorum.
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.
Sycamore Rotary Club Golf Outing
Sycamore Golf Club
Jun. 19, 2024
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sycamore Rotary Club Installation Dinner
Sycamore Golf Club
Jun. 19, 2024
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sycamore Rotary Club: Program TBD
St. Mary's Parish Activity Center
Jun. 26, 2024
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sycamore Rotary Club: NO MEETING THIS WEEK
St. Mary's Parish Activity Center
Jul. 03, 2024
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sycamore Rotary Club: Program TBD
St. Mary's Parish Activity Center
Jul. 10, 2024
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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