(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.
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|
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