February 20th, 2013 Newsletter

ANNOUNCEMENTS
(notes courteous of the erudite Mary Hodson)

 

Governor Bidner and AG Jon Rector welcomed Rotarians from the Arcola Sunrise, Champaign, CU Illini After 5, CU Sunrise, Champaign West, Mahomet, Monticello, Rantoul, Savoy and Urbana Rotary Clubs.

Urbana Rotarian Willie Summerville led us in song.

Proceeds from the Tin Cup Collection went to Big-Brothers Big-Sisters of Central Illinois.

Governor Bidner and Fay Rouseff-Baker, President of the Champaign Club, thanked Phyllis and Kyle Robeson for becoming Rotary Major Donors.

The President’s Council recognized members with 40 or more years of membership.

 

PROGRAM

The special guest speaker was Para Olympian medalist and Intelliwheels PR Director Josh George. Josh was disabled at age 4 when he fell from the 9th story window of his apartment building. He credits his parents for reinforcing the idea that there was nothing he couldn’t do. He just had to do things a little differently. Josh won a scholarship to attend the University of Illinois and play wheel chair basketball. He also competed for the University in wheel chair racing. He graduated with a Journalism degree in 2007. Josh explained that the trick in athletics and in life is to learn how to control one’s mental “feedback loops” and pointed out that the good that is done by Rotarians becomes a positive feedback loop.

 

Feb 28th Mar 7th Mar 14th Mar 21st
Introductions Mary Hodson Andrew Kerins Dave Krchak Benny Lapid
Invocation Marsha Reardon Chuck Reifsteck Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite
Greeters Mary Hodson Andrew Kerins Dave Krchak Benny Lapid
Allan Penwell Ed Perry Marsha Reardon Chuck Reifsteck
Song Leader John McDaniel Penn Nelson Gary Olsen Scott Paceley
Notetaker Hodson Lintner Conforti Chamberlain

Upcoming Schedule

Feb 28 – Rev. James B. Ellison, Bereaved Parents of the USA

Mar 7 – Lana Sample, Senior Services through the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission

Mar 14 – John Alexander, Executive Director of the Danville YMCA.  Immediately following the meeting will be a special meeting for the WILL Community Conversation.  This special meeting will take 60-75 minutes.

Mar 21 – Kimberlie Kranich, Director of Community Content and Engagement, Illinois Public Media

Mar 28 – David and Dorothy Deem will discuss upholstering and furniture

Apr 4 – Chuck Reifsteck will discuss his recent experience with UFOs

April 11 –

April 18th – Karen Kane and Yvette Whitely, Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

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Looking for Rotarians with 50+ Years

Rotarians with fifty years or more years of membership will be recognized at the District 6490 Conference in Normal on April 19-20. We need your help in learning the names, clubs, and membership years of those current Rotarians who first joined a Rotary club in 1963 or earlier. If you or a fellow club member qualify for this recognition, please respond to Ken Buel, Champaign Rotary Club, at kabuel@att.net. The information is needed by March 10 to be included in the program.

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February 14th, 2013 Newsletter

Announcements
(notes courteous of the striped-tie-wearing Allan Penwell)

 

Our Interact club at Central High School is having its international affair on April 25th from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  They need help setting up and taking down.  Any volunteers?

Dave Krchak announced that WILL is having Community Conversations with different group to understand what is important to us.  They need 10- 15 people to be effective, and it will take about an hour after our morning meeting.  There was a show of hands that several are interested.

Mark your calendars all you bowlers because March 1st is bowling night for Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Our goal is to raise $1,500.  There will be a practice session on February 28th at Old Orchard Lanes, and you can guess what that is all about.

Lou announced that on February 9th several of us helped distribute food for Eastern Illinois Food Bank in Bement.  Eighty-nine families were fed from ten different towns.

Wednesday, February 20th, is the all-area Rotary meeting at noon at the Round Barn Center.

April 19th and 20th is District Conference at the Hilton Garden.

State Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman will be our speaker on April 4th.  This is a good opportunity to invite a prospective club member.

March 2nd from 10am to 1pm will be Read Across America at Lincoln Square Mall.  Please contact Barb Lintner if you are able and interested in helping read to the young whippersnappers.

 

Program

Our speaker last Thursday was Jan Simon who is the director of Community Education at Parkland College.  The mission of this department is to engage the community in learning, and it is done through a whole variety of courses from on-line instruction to Zumba classes.  There are classes for kids and for seniors, and they are outlined in the semi-annual catalog that is mailed to all households in the community

 

 

Feb 21st Feb 28th Mar 7th Mar 14th
Introductions No Mary Hodson Andrew Kerins Dave Krchak
Invocation regular Marsha Reardon Chuck Reifsteck Rod Roberts
Greeters meeting – Mary Hodson Andrew Kerins Dave Krchak
Weds, 2/20 Allan Penwell Ed Perry Marsha Reardon
Song Leader Round Barn John McDaniel Penn Nelson Gary Olsen
Notetaker instead Hodson Lintner Conforti

Upcoming Schedule

Feb 21 – No regular meeting this day – instead, there will be a joint meeting at noon on Weds, 2/20/13, at Round Barn

Feb 28 – Rev. James B. Ellison, Bereaved Parents of the USA

Mar 7 – Lana Sample, Senior Services through the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission

Mar 14 – John Alexander, Executive Director of the Danville YMCA.  Immediately following the meeting will be a special meeting for the WILL Community Conversation.  This special meeting will take 60-75 minutes.

Mar 21 – Kimberlie Kranich, Director of Community Content and Engagement, Illinois Public Media

Mar 28 – David and Dorothy Deem will discuss upholstering and furniture

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The Charity Formal Dance

The Charity Formal dance will be on March 1st at the Savoy Rec Center. The RYLA students are working on a theme and deciding which charity to donate to. We could use some help with possibly two chaperones and any snacks Rotarians would be willing to donate. 

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February 7th, 2013 Newsletter

Announcements
(notes courteous of the distinguished gentleman from Conencticut, Ed Perry)

 

New Member orientation meeting will be February 18th, 7:00pm at ATA’s home.

The annual all area club Rotary meeting celebrating Rotary’s 108 years will be at Champaign West and take place February 20th. Our regular Thursday meeting will be canceled that week. Make plans to attend. Just the singing makes it worth it!

Bowlers need to be getting in shape for our club involvement in Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake Friday evening of March 1st. See Dave for more information.

Read across America will be taking place Saturday, March 2. See Barb for more information.

Savoy Rotary Club will be having their annual pancake and sausage breakfast Saturday morning, March 2, at the First Baptist Church in Savoy. Tickets are $5.

Cunningham Children’s Home’s annual Festival of Quilts will take place the weekend of April 12th. See BJ for more information and to purchase the $5 tickets.

Rotary District Conference will be April 19 and 20th. at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Normal, IL. See Bruce and Ed for information on entertainment establishments within walking distance of the Conference Center.

Jeff announced that “Women of Distinction” nominations are being taken by the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois. Jeff will send out an email with all the information.

Neal noted that Austin’s Place location and activities are currently in transition as they relocate. See Neal for more information.

 

Interact Update

The Charity Formal dance will be on March 1st at the Savoy Rec Center. The students are working on a theme and deciding which charity to donate to. We could use some help with possibly two chaperones and any snacks Rotarians would be willing to donate.

The International Fair will be on April 25th from 6:30 to 8:30. The students are super excited about this. I have attached a form if you are interested or possibly to be handed out at your meeting. We are looking for volunteers to run a table or demonstrate some culture. Of course, it would be great if people just came and attended! I am always so proud of these kids.

 

Program

If not for others, then who?  If not now, then when?

Mallory Davidson and Carly McCrory presented information about the Jamaica Dental Mission. Mallory and Carly are members of Douglas County Rotoract club and are active in the mission trip to Jamaica. Starting 14 years ago with Mallory’s father the mission is to provide dental services to those who need it in Jamaica. The one week program has grown in the number of volunteers and Services. They now provide additional services which include nurses, social workers, non-dental volunteers, computer technicians, medical supplies along with serving the dental needs of 125 people a day. The dental program has expanded from doing tooth extractions to the entire range of dental care.
While based in Tuscola the Jamaica Dental Mission is organizing and combining with an ever larger groups of people and Rotary Clubs from Indianapolis to St. Louis. They have shipped medical and dental supplies and equipment to Jamaica in quantities to fill transport containers. The containers are then planned to be used as site storage and building support. Currently they locate in an elementary school in Jamaica for their volunteer work and have plans to build an addition to the school. The number of Volunteers continues to grow with the main number of volunteers being 20 to 30 year old dental students. Each volunteer dedicates a week of service and pays for their way, room and board at a cost of $1,200 to $1,400 each.

Mallory and Carly are fine examples of “Service above Self” and are a bright future for Rotary. Additional information can be found by contacting Carly McCory at docorataract@gmail.com.

Feb 14th Feb 21st Feb 28th Mar 7th
Introductions Bruce Hatfield No Mary Hodson Andrew Kerins
Invocation Ed Perry regular Marsha Reardon Chuck Reifsteck
Greeters Bruce Hatfield meeting – Mary Hodson Andrew Kerins
Robb Patton Weds, 2/20 Allan Penwell Ed Perry
Song Leader Ben Mast Round Barn John McDaniel Penn Nelson
Notetaker Penwell instead Hodson Lintner

Upcoming Schedule

Feb 14 – Ms. Jan Simon, Director of Community Education, Parkland College

Feb 21 – No regular meeting this day – instead, there will be a joint meeting at noon on Weds, 2/20/13, at Round Barn

Feb 28 – Rev. James B. Ellison

Mar 7 – Lana Sample, Senior Services through the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission

Mar 14 – John Alexander, Executive Director of the Danville YMCA

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ShelterBox Update – February 2013

To All District 6490 Rotarians!

Please read the latest ShelterBox Deployment Brief.  SB is now in Jordan,  Lebanon and assisting with Syrian aid workers to distribute winter kits for the human crisis in Syria. We are concurrently in Australia and Tasmania responding to devastating bush fires, the Philippines responding to a disastrous Typhoon and in Nigeria due to widespread flooding.

Many of you know that SBUSA and most of the other global SB affiliates are experiencing a major downturn in donations to ShelterBox. Early in this Rotary year we established a goal for each D. 6490 Rotarian to donate $44 or as much as you can afford, to bolster the SBUSA finances so we can continue our mission of providing Shelter.Warmth.Dignity  & Hope to those families who find themselves in a natural or man made disaster. On any given day, more than 12 million people worldwide lack adequate shelter. Some Rotarians in our District have donated more than Double our request, however, we still have only received donations from just a few.  (more…)

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January 31st, 2013 Newsletter

ANNOUNCEMENTS
(courtesy of the venerable Neal Chamberlain)

 

President Jeff called the meeting with a welcome to members and guests, especially the return of Donna – we all missed you Donna and your movie reviews.

President Jeff presented membership certificate and pin to new member Eric Batsie.  Eric holds the position of Community Partnership Manager of Champaign County Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Eric comes to us from Russia where he was the National Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters.  He is a native of Champaign County.  He has 15 years of experience in the child welfare field.  We welcome you Eric, to CU Sunrise Rotary Club.

President Jeff the Paul Harris Fellow Award, certificate and pin, to Benny Lapid.  Congratulations Benny – you make us proud.

Jeff high lighted “One Hundred Years of History” in which the January, 1947 Chicago Tribune high lighted accomplishments of Paul Harris as he was a charter member of the original Rotary Club.  In the Tribune article it was noted that the number of Rotary clubs had grown to 5000.  Jeff commented that the number of clubs (world wide) has grown to approximately 30,000 clubs with approximately 2 million members.  Editorial note – Just because Rotary originated in Chicago does not mean you have to be a Cub fan to be a member in good standing!

 

Bucket Money Comments:

In a review that will surely turn heads around the nation, Donna Giertz expressed her dislike for the movie Les Miserables.  As the star reviewer put it, “The acting was good, but the singing was just terrible.  Did Anne Hathaway swallow a frog as a warm-up ritual?”

Ata thanked the club for expressions of sympathy in the death of his wife’s mother.

Jim noted that his wife, Tanya and son Peter, will be sleeping in a box tomorrow night, February 1st, in downtown Champaign.  They are doing this in support of “C.U.  at Home” which is an organization providing shelter for the homeless of our community.

 

PROGRAM

Mary introduced our speaker Debby Rehn, Executive Director, Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation.  Debby was a member of a Rotary Group Study Exchange trip to Germany in May/June of 2012.

Debby Rehn told of their group’s trip to 10 German cities.  She emphasized that the thrust of their trips was visiting small communities and farms of various types.  She explained that German farm families (usually) live in small communities – not on the farm that they own or rent – they commute the short distance to their farm.

Debby noted their trip’s points of interest:

*The crops raised are Potatoes, sugar beets, wheat, barley, rapeseed.

*Many farmers have biomass plants where they produce electrical energy.

*The biomass plants cost approximately one million dollars – the plants have a breakeven pay back of approximately 15 years.

*Germany is very interested in renewable energy and energy conservation (many wind generators).

*Dairy farms tend to stay in the family – generation to generation – but are only passed down to a single child.

*The hog farm they visited was very clean – very modern – owned by a young couple.

*The German Farm Progress Show was similar to the show in U.S.

*Churches are beautiful but not well attended – many of their contacts said they attend 4 or 5 times per year.

*Food tended to be sit down meals – not so much fast on the go fast food.

*Went to the Border Museum which illustrated how the “iron curtain” wall would often go through a small village.

*Visited Buchenwald concentration camp where thousands of Jews were killed.

*The fellowship of each visit was frequently a barbeque.

 

The Rotary Group Study Exchange trip was great opportunity for fellowship and learning.  The next trip is to Italy – Debby encouraged us to encourage anyone we know that might have an interest to go.

Feb 7th Feb 14th Feb 21st Feb 28th
Introductions Patrice Grant Bruce Hatfield Mary Hodson Andrew Kerins
Invocation Allan Penwell Ed Perry Marsha Reardon Chuck Reifsteck
Greeters Patrice Grant Bruce Hatfield Mary Hodson Andrew Kerins
Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry
Song Leader BJ Lytle Ben Mast John McDaniel Penn Nelson
Notetaker Perry Penwell Hodson Lintner

Upcoming Schedule

Feb 7 – Carly McRory and/or Mallory Davidson, Jamaica Dental Mission

Feb 14 – Ms. Jan Simon, Director of Community Education, Parkland College

Feb 21 – No regular meeting this day – instead, there will be a joint meeting at noon on Weds, 2/20/13, at Round Barn

Feb 28 – Rev. James B. Ellison

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