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Welcome to the Champaign-Urbana Sunrise Rotary Club website. We meet every Thursday morning at 6:45 a.m. (yes, 6:45 in the morning). Although this may be early for some, not for this lively group of philanthropic people. Each week we enjoy fellowship, fun and lots of laughter all the while supporting many worthy charitable organizations in our community, nationally and internationally.

Our 11/7/19 Program

Mary introduced Shannon O’Rouke Kasali as our speaker this morning. Mary noted that Shannon is an excellent example of how our donations to The International Rotary Foundation can help young people achieve their dreams of international peace and goodwill. Shannon is a Rotary Cultural Ambassadorial Scholar and a Rotary Global Peace Fellow. Her awards and service were initiated through our Rotary District. Shannon’s education began with her Bachelors degree in Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Masters in International Development from The George Washington University and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Library and Information sciences.

Shannon worked in Senegal, Mali, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo for international organizations and the United Nations as a Rotary Cultural Ambassador. As a 2016 Rotary Global Peace fellow she concentrated on Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution in Bangkok, Thailand.

She has made Rotary Connections through out the world visiting Rotary leaders in Hiroshima, Japan, and in Bangkok, Thailand and traveled to Nepal. Helping to build cultures of peace through education.

She is the Founder and Executive director of Books For Congo a non-profit organization that creates libraries and promotes reading in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Books are very difficult to get and are extremely valued by the people. Through her organization she has brought over 70,000 books to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Shannon is also involved in the building of libraries and organizing their staff. Her current emphasis is to bring books by African authors to these new libraries. Education, basic literacy and peace remain Shannon’s focus.

Shannon acknowledges that her accomplishments could not have been possible without the help of Rotary. She will continue to help educate all people with books as without education, there is no peace.

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October 10th, 2019 Newsletter

 

 

“I believe the world is as we choose to view it. Simple as that. Our happiness is, in the end, up to us, and to no one else.” – Susan Fletcher – Writer

 

“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” – Dalai Lama – Spiritual Leader

 

“The world is changed by your example not by your opinion.” – Paulo Coelho – Lyricist-Novelist

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

October 18 – CASA Dinner “Casablanca”, I-Hotel.  If you cannot attend, at least consider their “Adopt a Kid” program.   

 

EI Food Bank Food Truck – tentative distribution date October 19 in Clinton.   Wear a Rotary shirt.

 

District Conference – October 18-19, Doubletree, Bloomington.  Sign up before October 18 for one or two days. See the District website for details.

 

October 26 – Booth for World Polio Day at Market Place Mall.   Contact Darrell to sign up.

 

CU Sunrise Anniversary dinner, 5:30 PM October 29 at Biaggis. 

 

November 16 – Central Interact 5th Annual Turkey Trot, benefitting Salt and Light.   Volunteers needed from 8 – 11 AM.  Sign up with Michelle.

 

 

ASSEMBLY

 

Charlie two great Rotarians as part of “Know Your CU Sunrise Rotarian”.

 

Diana Dummitt was born in Mexico City.  She sometimes rode her horse to Morris High School.  She earned an undergraduate degree and a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois.     She earned a second Master’s degree from EIU where she also played volleyball.  She worked for the University as an academic professional.   Her favorite past time is spending time with her family.   Diana and her husband have two sons and a daughter.  Diana travels to New York and Virginia to visit her grandchildren.     

 

Ed Perry was born in Greenwich, CT.  He also lived in Davenport, IA, Park Forest and Morton, Illinois.   He graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Illinois and worked as an architect and general contractor for English Brothers.  He owns three classic British cars.  His favorite volunteer activities are home improvement projects.  He has been married to Marti for almost 50 years and they have one son.  Interesting facts about Ed are: 1) He still uses a slide rule; 2) He once shook hands with Bobby Kennedy and 3) He tried out for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team.

 

Tod and the Project Development Committee led a discussion about future volunteer opportunities.  The committee will continue its goal of one volunteer opportunity per month.

 

Diana is talking to Wylie Elementary School in Urbana about volunteer opportunities.   They have many third graders who cannot read, and we may be able to help by reading with them on a regular basis.  

 

 

 

  Oct 17th Oct 24th Oct 31st Nov 7th
Introductions Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith No Adam Wright
Reflection Keith Brandau Paul Conforti regular Diana Dummitt
Greeters Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith morning Adam Wright
Eddie Bridges Andrew Kerins meeting Bob La Charite
Song Leader David Henry Mary Hodson today. Eddie Bridges
Notetaker Conforti Perry Social? Penwell

 

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (with program committee member responsible listed in parentheses)

October 17th – Kelly White, Executive Director, 40 North | 88 West (Cary)

October 24th – Rob Dalhaus from CU at Home (Charlie)

October 29th – Tuesday – C-U Sunrise Rotary Charter Anniversary banquet at Biaggi’s

October 31st – No regular meeting (5th Thursday) – 

November 7th – Shannon O’Rourke Kasali, who was both a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and A Rotary Peace Scholar (Mary)

November 14th – District Governor Julie Dobski

November 21st – “A geneticist’s perspective on how the brain works” – Dr. Stephanie Ceman, Associate Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, UIUC, and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. (Ondine)

November 28th – TBD 

December 5th – John Paul Buzard from Buzard Pipe Organ Builders will speak to our club about building organs (Bob)

December 12th – TBD

December 19th – CUSR Holiday Party

December 26th – No meeting

January 2nd – TBD

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October 3rd, 2019 Newsletter

 

 

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain – 1835-1910 – Writer-Publisher-Lecturer-Entrepreneur

 

“Colors are brighter when the mind is open.” – Adriana Alarcon – Author

 

“Life is like a balloon. If you never let yourself go, you will never know how far you can rise!” – Linda Poindexter – Writer-Humorist

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)

 

Larry announced that we had a good turnout for the repack at Eastern Illinois Food Bank last Friday. We packaged 2,040 meals of elbow macaroni.

 

There is a note from Phyllis that volunteers are needed for the hazardous waste drop off at Market Place Mall. Call Phyllis for details.

 

Be sure to sign up for our charter anniversary dinner on October 29th at Biaggi’s.

 

We have names for two of our membership teams.  Team #3 is now the Baconators, and Team #2 is the Porridge Pack. Teams #1, #4, and #5 need to get busy with their team names.

 

Fast Eddie announced that we are in the middle of the pack on football guessing and only ½ of 1% behind first place.

 

 

Program

 

Lisa Wilson is the Executive Director of The Refugee Center in Champaign. She recently completed a 40 hour immigration law course co-sponsored by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and the Illinois Coalition for immigrant and Refugee Rights. Lisa joined us last Thursday to tell us about her organization.

 

The Refugee Center was created in 1980 and is located next to the C-U Public Health District on Kenyon Road. The original purpose was to help refugees from Vietnam, but it assists all immigrants as well as refugees. Recently The Center has seen more refugees from Afghanistan as these are families who have helped the U.S. to fight the anti-government forces in their former country.  Refugees of other countries are from the Congo, Honduras, and Vietnam.

 

The Center helps refugees to adapt to life in C-U with housing, food, the bus system, school, and to find work. The basics for new arrivals are to obtain a social security number and enroll them in an ESL program to learn English. Language is the biggest problem, and it usually takes two years for the refugees to find the skills to adapt to their new life.

 

The number of immigrants (and refugees) continues to grow in our community with an estimated population of 24,000 which is about 11% of the total. In a recent quarter, The Center served 331 individuals of 56 families. For the past year, there are over 2,200 who are served.

 

  Oct 10th Oct 17th Oct 24th Oct 31st
Introductions Cary Woolard Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith No
Reflection Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Paul Conforti regular
Greeters Cary Woolard Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith morning
Mary Hodson Eddie Bridges Andrew Kerins meeting
Song Leader Ondine Gross David Henry Mary Hodson today.
Notetaker Hodson Conforti Perry Social?

 

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (with program committee member responsible listed in parentheses)

October 3rd – Lisa Wilson, Executive Director, East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center (ECIRMAC) (Mary)

October 10th – Club Assembly

October 17th – Kelly White, Executive Director, 40 North | 88 West (Cary)

October 24th – Rob Dalhaus from CU at Home (Charlie)

October 29th – Tuesday – C-U Sunrise Rotary Charter Anniversary banquet at Biaggi’s

October 31st – No regular meeting (5th Thursday) – 

November 7th – Shannon O’Rourke Kasali, who was both a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and A Rotary Peace Scholar (Mary)

November 14th – District Governor Julie Dobski

November 21st – “A geneticist’s perspective on how the brain works” – Dr. Stephanie Ceman, Associate Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, UIUC, and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. (Ondine)

November 28th – TBD 

December 5th – John Paul Buzard from Buzard Pipe Organ Builders will speak to our club about building organs (Bob)

December 12th – TBD

December 19th – CUSR Holiday Party

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