September 25th, 2014 Newsletter

 

Announcements
(notes provided by the crafty and courageous Barb Lintner)

Janice Ateer from DSC accepted a check from CU Sunrise for $5,150 to pay for a software package which can be used to generate pictures for clients to take with them as an aid to communication.  CU Sunrise was awarded a Rotary District 6490 Grant for $2,000 and the club provided the rest to purchase the software.  Thanks to Rod for his work on this project.

Jen announced that the Fur Ball, the annual Humane Society fundraiser will be held on October 10 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Remember to bring potential members to next week’s meeting.  U of I Women’s Volleyball Coach Kevin Hambly will be our speaker.

Volunteers are needed to help out at the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Run and Dye 5K race in October.

 

Special Note from Phyllis Mischo

Thanks to everyone who helped in the Decker Garden this year.  I’ve met a lot of people there who comment on the Garden, talk about Don Decker, or takes pictures.  Children dance on the keyboard and make music. The Garden brings joy and peace to visitors because of your efforts.

Last week I was working at the Garden and I talked with two people who knew Don Decker.  It’s not unusual to hear stories of Don–told with fondness and thoughtfulness.  Don must have been an extraordinary person to have left such wonderful memories with so many people.

More recently, Larry, Judy, Lou and I planted some tulip and daffodil bulbs and with luck we’ll see some spring color.  Lou packed up the hose which means it’s the end of the gardening season.

It’s been my pleasure to help with the Garden this season.  Gardeners are a bit like Cubs fans.  Some plants exceed your expectations and some don’t ever show up—but there’s always next year!

 

Club Assembly

Board members gave a brief overview and club members split into groups to hold committee meetings.

Club Service needs volunteers to plan and host the Christmas Party.  A club social is in the planning stages for this fall.

New Generations reported that they have a meeting planned with Liz Deetz, the new Interact advisor at Central High School

Community Service will be conducting the Fruit Sale again this year but are also open to new fundraising ideas.  Last year we sold 700 cases and made about $10,000.  This year it will be a 3 week sale with delivery early in December.

Project Development will continue to work with the Food bank, Decker Garden, Habitat, Big Brother, and the Idea Store.

Vocational Services:  Our scholarship has been upped to $2000 and expanded to nursing students.   Dave Krchak will be in charge of the Parkland Scholarship this year.

International Service:  We will work this year with the University YMCA which serves many international students.

Rotary Foundation:  The committee will meet by email and plans to sponsor programs this year.

Shelterbox:  Gary Olsen will speak about Shelterbox at a Women’s Club program in Monticello next month.

 

 

 

Oct 2nd Oct 9th Oct 16th Oct 23rd
Introductions Barb Lintner BJ Lytle Ben Mast John McDaniel
Invocation Jen Shelby Jeff Van Buren Cary Woolard Kris Young
Greeters Barb Lintner BJ Lytle Ben Mast John McDaniel
Rod Roberts Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Jeff Van Buren
Song Leader Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry
Notetaker Conforti Chamberlain Perry Penwell
Rotary Minute BJ Lytle Ben Mast John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

October 2nd – Kevin Hambly, Head Women’s Volleyball Coach, University of Illinois

October 9th – Heidi Leuszler, Associate Professor of Biology, Parkland College, will discuss her time in Costa Rica

October 16th – Robin Christian Peters will discuss directing movies, interactive media, and video development

October 23rd – Dr. Paul Diehl, Henning Larsen Professor of Political Science, UIUC, will discuss international relations

October 30th – Joe Hooker, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Champaign, will discuss the Mahomet Aquifer

November 6th –  Anne Sautman, Director of Education at Krannert Art Museum, will talk about KAM’s current exhibits of Goya prints and French WW I posters

November 13th – Carl Burkybile, Champaign Rotary World Community Service Co-chair, Caring for Kenya Director, Healing Hands International Director of Agriculture

November 20th – TBD

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C-U Sunrise Rotary Helps the IDEA Store Clean Out Their Storage Room

Bob in IDEA Store's 'store room'

Tod managed the dumpster at the IDEA Store

Filling up the dumpster

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IDEA Store Volunteer Opportunity

C-U Sunrise Rotarians will be filling up this dumpster tomorrow at the IDEA Store at 28 E. Springfield Avenue.

Dumpster at IDEA Store

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DSC Receives Check for Boardmaker Software

Tod Satterthwaite and Janice McAteer

Club president Tod Satterthwaite presents Janice McAteer of DSC a check for $5150

On September 25, 2014, C-U Sunrise Rotary Club presented a check for $5,150 to Developmental Services Center to purchase Boardmaker software. Club President Tod Satterthwaite presented the check to Janice MacAteer, Director of Development from DSC during our club meeting.

This software allows individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities the ability to communicate through visual support systems. “Boardmaker is a highly customizable representation of language that will meet the individual needs of each person who uses it” says MacAteer.

Rotary District 6490 is funding $2,000 of the cost through the 2014-15 District Grant Program and the balance of $3,150 is being funded by C-U Sunrise Rotary Club with money generated from our annual fundraiser of Holiday Citrus Fruit sales.

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Developmental Services Center to Receive Donation

DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES CENTER TO RECEIVE GRANT FROM C-U SUNRISE ROTARY, DISTRICT6490

 

September 22, 2014—(Champaign, IL) – DSC is looking forward to receiving a check for $5,150 to purchase Boardmaker Software.  This software allows individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities the ability to communicate through visual support systems.  Boardmaker is a highly customizable representation of language that will meet the individual needs of each person who uses it. Rotary District 6490 is funding $2000 of the cost through the 2014-2015 District Grant Program and the balance of $3150 is being funded by the C-U Sunrise Rotary Club from our annual fundraiser of Holiday Citrus Fruit sales.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Run or Dye 5K

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September 18th, 2014 Newsletter

 ANNOUNCEMENTS
(notes provided by the erudite Mary Hodson)

 

RYE Antonia Rivera and her host mom, Robin Ferguson, visited the club.

 

Todd introduced a prospective member, Judy Swanson.

 

Bob LaCharite gave the Rotary Minute. He grew up in Assumption, IL and graduated from the U of I in 1969. He then served two years in the Army at a Nike Missle site in the Chicago area. He worked for the FDIC and the IRS during his work career and was able to move back to Champaign from Massachusetts with the IRS in 2006. He served in the Champaign IRS office as a customer service specialist through his retirement in 2012. He now volunteers for Carle Hospital and as a tax preparer in the senior center during tax season. Since retirement, he has taken courses through OLLI and Parkand and has traveled to Japan twice to visit with his son David, who serves as an English language teacher in a Japanese school there.

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Phyllis introduced Todd Gleason, who is with the U of I Extension.  Todd discussed the challenges with modern farming, including the fluctuations in the commodity market, as well as the ever-adapting role of technology in our daily lives.

 

Todd was the 5th of 6 boys growing up on a farm in Logan County.   Four of his brothers and his dad still farm.   In 1986, Todd got a degree in Ag Communications from the U of I.

 

He gives the “Closing Market Report” and hosts “Commodity Week” on WILL AM 580.    The WILL 580 signal covers 138 counties in Illinois and Indiana.

 

American farmers provide the bulk of the food for 320 million Americans, plus exports.   In 1800, there were about 2 billion people on the earth.  By 1900, the world population was 3 billion.  Today there are 7 billion mouths to feed.    Todd explained how farmer’s incomes go up and down, tied to oil prices and weather conditions.   During the drought, corn sold for $8 a bushel.  Today the price is $3.41.    A tractor costs between $85,000-100,000 and a combine typically costs between $500,000-700,000.  A typical farm family must farm around 800- 1200 acres and have at least one job off the farm to survive.

 

Todd gave several examples of how he and farmers use technology in their lives.    The first is by using SKYPE.    His phone interviews are done by SKYPE.   He also uses it to keep track of his invalid father.

 

Todd uses Twitter to communicate with farmers.   Farmers don’t sit in front of computers all day.   They get information via their phones.    Todd has over 1,000 Twitter followers all over the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia.    He also blogs and set up his own website using Google.

 

Finally, Todd proudly explained how he has lost between 35-40 pounds using his “audible diet”.    He walks for an hour, almost every day of the week.  Although he walks the same route or uses a treadmill, he never gets bored because he listens to books on tape!   He has listened to 35 books since last October.

 

Flag Exchange

Geoffrey Rugege, brother-in-law of Iblaimu Kakoma, visited the club and presented a flag from the Kigale Virunga Club in District 9150 in Ruanda.   His club would be interested in working on projects with ours.   Geoffrey’s email is rugege@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

Sept 25th Oct 2nd Oct 9th Oct 16th
Introductions Bob La Charite Barb Lintner BJ Lytle Ben Mast
Invocation Rod Roberts Jen Shelby Jeff Van Buren Cary Woolard
Greeters Bob La Charite Barb Lintner BJ Lytle Ben Mast
Ed Perry Rod Roberts Jen Shelby Lou Simpson
Song Leader Gary Olsen Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell
Notetaker Lintner Conforti Chamberlain Perry
Rotary Minute Barb Lintner BJ Lytle Ben Mast John McDaniel

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

September 25th – Club Assembly

October 2nd – Kevin Hambly, Head Women’s Volleyball Coach, University of Illinois

October 9th – TBD

October 16th – Robin Christian Peters will discuss directing movies, interactive media, and video development

October 23rd – Dr. Paul Diehl, Henning Larsen Professor of Political Science, UIUC, will discuss international relations

October 30th – Joe Hooker, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Champaign, will discuss the Mahomet Aquifer

November 6th –  Anne Sautman, Director of Education at Krannert Art Museum, will talk about KAM’s current exhibits of Goya prints and French WW I posters

November 13th – TBD

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Concert Pianist Honoring Veterans

Ian Gindes, a professional concert pianist who has also served in the Army National Guard for 10 years, is giving a performance at Krannert Center.  The performance will honor veterans, those who defend the United States,and their families. Krannert Center is sponsoring this event in conjunction with their remembrance of the 100th anniversary of World War I.  The concert will be Nov. 2, 2014 at 3:00PM in Foellinger Great Hall.  It will feature a variety of American music, including famous works by Aaron Copland and George Gershwin.

The Krannert Center will have more information posted on their website and will begin their publicity next week.

All veterans, their families, and those in Rotary are invited to attend. It would be great if you could join us and show your support. We would like to see the entire hall overflowing with fans in a show of support for veterans and to enjoy what will be a fantastic concert!

If you have any questions, please contact Ann Gindes at 217-979-9525.

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September 11, 2014 Newsletter

 Announcements

(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)

Last week Betsy Barringer, who is the wife of deceased Rotarian Larry Barringer, visited our club.  Betsy presented a contribution to Gary Olsen on behalf of the Barringer family for ShelterBox.  We thank Betsy and her family for the generous gift.

 

Our next volunteer opportunity will be a clean-up at the IDEA Store on Saturday, September 27th.  Molly passed around a sign-up sheet for this event at 28 East Springfield and please help.

 

August bucket money goes to the University YMCA which will fund educators in Africa for the ebola virus.

 

Ata invites everyone to join the Rotary Veterans Day 1 on 1 event planning committee on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 4:30pm at First Federal, 1311 S. Neil Street in Champaign.  The event is open to all Rotarians.

 

 

Program

Our program for September 11th was Dr. Judy Weigand who is superintendent of Champaign Unit #4 schools.  She has been in the school system since 1987 and has served in several positions including principal of Centennial High School.  She is a Champaign West Rotarian.  Dr. Weigand discussed the issues related to the pending vote for the $149 million expansion of the two high schools.

 

It has been an eight-year journey to acquire the appropriate land and lay out plans for the construction of a new Central High School on North Neil Street and Interstate Drive and a remodel and expansion of Centennial.

 

The Unit #4 board reviewed the issues related to the two projects.  They are a growing student population; a need for upgraded science labs and technology advances; existing temporary facilities (trailers); and need for new career programs such as industrial technology.  There are many other issues such as an outdated swimming pool at Centennial, and Central has no sports fields on campus and shares the Centennial football field.

 

At present, Centennial is using 14-15 trailers to accommodate students, and it is operating at 104% capacity.  Projections show that in 6 to 8 years, the school will be at 120% capacity.  Central is operating out of an old building with lack of sports fields, parking, and no air conditioning.  Statistics show that Unit #4 students have 115-122 square feet of space per student.  This compares to other conference schools with 288 SF per student.  The two high schools skew the overall average significantly downward as the square foot per student at Central is 97.7 SF per student and 51.3 SF at Centennial.

 

As to the crowding issue specifics, the Central band room was designed to accommodate 40 band members, but there are now 100+ musicians in band.  In a recent News-Gazette article, Champaign High School graduates spoke out about their facilities.  It noted classrooms so crowded with desks that it’s impossible to slide between them.  The heat on 90 degree days is unbearable, and classes have to be let out early. The locker rooms are inadequate for all of the teams that use them.  Use of the swimming pool at Centennial is unpredictable because of maintenance issues with the old filtration system.

 

All of these changes come at a cost.  Estimates show that a $100,000 home in Champaign would have an annual increase of around $160 in property taxes.  This correlates to about $.51 per $100 of assessed valuation which according to the school district, the rate would still be the fourth lowest in the high school conference.  However, it is noted that in general citizens want their public buildings to be top notch and generally have approved previous requests for improvements.

 

Sept 18th Sept 25th Oct 2nd Oct 9th
Introductions Dave Krchak Bob La Charite Barb Lintner BJ Lytle
Invocation Ed Perry Rod Roberts Jen Shelby Lou Simpson
Greeters Dave Krchak Bob La Charite Barb Lintner BJ Lytle
Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts Jen Shelby
Song Leader Penn Nelson Gary Olsen Scott Paceley Robb Patton
Notetaker Hodson Lintner Conforti Chamberlain
Rotary Minute Bob La Charite Barb Lintner BJ Lytle Ben Mast

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

September 18th – Todd Gleason, Farm Broadcaster, UIUC, will discuss the commodities markets

September 25th – Club Assembly

October 2nd – Kevin Hambly, Head Women’s Volleyball Coach, University of Illinois

October 9th – TBD

October 16th – TBD

October 23rd – Dr. Paul Diehl, Henning Larsen Professor of Political Science, UIUC, will discuss international relations

October 30th – TBD

November 6th – TBD

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September 4th, 2014 Newsletter

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(notes provided by the unconventional and unorthodox Paul Conforti)

 

Jeff Van Buren is having a happy birthday/ meet and greet for Antonia at his house on Thursday, Sept. 11th at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday is Antonia’s 17th birthday.  Pizza and refreshments will be served. The address is 1807 Bentbrook Drive, Champaign.  Please RSVP either way.

 

Molly Delaney introduced Suzanne Linder, the new WILL Education Outreach Coordinator.  Suzanne thanked the club for its service in the past, and asked for volunteers again this year to serve as book reading mentors. Several sites are available, but there is a particular need at the Savoy location.  Mentors are asked to arrive a little early before reading and doing an activity for thirty minutes.  The overall commitment is one hour, including your transportation time.  Contact Suzanne at 217-333-2870 or slinder@illinois.edu

 

Despite ample opportunities, Allan Penwell stood firm in his desire to not divulge details about his birthday golf outing.

 

Ata invites everyone to join the Rotary Veterans Day 1 on 1 event planning committee on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 4:30pm at First Federal, 1311 S. Neil Street in Champaign.  The event is open to all Rotarians.

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Molly Delaney introduced David Thiel, Content Director for WILL TV, AM & FM.  David reviewed the fall TV schedule on WILL.

September 14-20
Ken Burns returns with an intimate 7 night, 14 hour look at the “The Roosevelts”. The film weaves the individual stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor spanning over 100 years.

 

Illinois Pioneers returns Thursday’s @ 7pm
Shozo Sato – Japan House, Rainer Martens – Human Kinetics, IU Professor Fred Kummerow – anti-trans fat scientist, Ed Scharlau – Busey Bank, Mark Rubel – music producer, May Berenbaum – UI entomologist

 

Doc Martin follows @ 8pm: Big city surgeon with a blood phobia becomes a country doctor

 

Miss Marple starts season 7 on 9/21

 

Beginning September 23, Tuesdays @ 7pm

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates is a 10 week series exploring the ancestry of 30 guests including the likes of Derek Jeter, Anderson Cooper, Carole King, Tina Fey, George Stephanopoulos and Ben Affleck.

Beginning September 30, Tuesdays @ 8pm
Makers – Season 2 shares the stories of women in six spheres of influence, comedy, Hollywood, space, business and politics.

 

September 28th and Sundays @ 8 (8 part series)
Season 2 of Masterpiece Classic: The Paradise

 

October 15
How We Got to Now, with Steve Johnson (like the old Connections series)
A six-part series produced for PBS by Nutopia and hosted by the popular American science author and media theorist, explores the power and the legacy of great ideas. Topics explored in the series include why and how ideas happen, and their sometimes unintended results, including how the search for clean water opened the way to invention of the iPhone, and how the nagging problem of overheating in a New York printing business led to the invention of air conditioning, which inspired mass migration and a political transformation.

 

October 26 & November 2
Masterpiece Mystery – Death Comes to Pemberly (the sequel to The Pride and The Prejudice)

 

Downton Abbey returns January 14th!

 

Not to mention NOVA, American Experience (well I mentioned it with The Roosevelts), Nature, Frontline, Antiques Roadshow, American Master’s, and lots more!
All programming can be found at will.illinois.edu/.  And you can reach Dave Thiel at:
Illinois Public Media
300 N. Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-333-7300
FAX: 217-244-2656
Email: dthiel@illinois.edu

 

Sept 11th Sept 18th Sept 25th Oct 2nd
Introductions Lou Simpson Dave Krchak Bob La Charite Barb Lintner
Invocation Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts Jen Shelby
Greeters Lou Simpson Dave Krchak Bob La Charite Barb Lintner
Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts
Song Leader Phyllis Mischo Penn Nelson Gary Olsen Scott Paceley
Notetaker Penwell Hodson Lintner Conforti
Rotary Minute Andrew Kerins Bob La Charite Barb Lintner BJ Lytle

 

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

September 11th – Dr. Judy Wiegand, Superintendent of Unit 4 Schools

September 18th – Todd Gleason, Farm Broadcaster, UIUC, will discuss the commodities markets

September 25th – Club Assembly

October 2nd – Kevin Hambly, Head Women’s Volleyball Coach, University of Illinois

October 9th – TBD

October 16th – TBD

October 23rd – Dr. Paul Diehl, Henning Larsen Professor of Political Science, UIUC, will discuss international relations

October 30th – TBD

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