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December 11th, 2014 Newsletter

ANNOUNCEMENTS  

(notes provided by the erudite Mary Hodson)

 

The Holiday party will be held during our December 18 meeting.   Our RYE, Antonia Rivera, will be attending, along with her new host parents, the Miller’s.    Antonia will also be speaking to the club on January 22.

Robb announced that we have reached our $10,000 goal for the fruit sale.    Please turn your money in as soon as possible.  Members who did not sell fruit are asked to make a donation to the CU Sunrise Rotary Foundation.

Molly announced that there will be a “Savory Pie Party” fundraiser for CU Schools Foundation on January 29 at Jennifer Shelby’s house.

Jennifer announced that she is negotiating the purchase of the Ford dealership in Hoopeston.  She is also the executive producer of a documentary on Ebert Fest.

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Bob introduced Sam Reese,  Associate Professor Emeritus of Music Education at the University of Illinois.   Sam was a public school music teacher and school administrator for 24 years before joining the Illinois faculty for 11 years.   He is the author of numerous publications and a frequent presenter at national and international conferences.   Sam’s OLLI and Rhoades Scholar tours  to the Chicago Jazz Festival are very popular.

Sam’s topic was “Jazz in Chicago, Yesterday and Today”.    Chicago has been home to hundreds of jazz musicians of renown, including Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Nat King Cole, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke and Marion McPartland.

Sam explained the reasons that Chicago became a jazz center.    The inventions of the McCormick reaper and John Deere steel plow created an agricultural economic boom.   Between 1830 and 1900, the population grew from 100 to 1,700,000, the most rapid rate of urban growth of any city in the U.S.

The fire of 1871 left a blank slate for architects.   By 1900, Chicago had the world’s greatest concentration of high rise buildings.

The Colombian Exposition of 1893 made the world aware of Chicago.   One third of all Americans alive at the time attended the Exposition.   For the first time, people hear Rag Time music performed by Scott Joplin.

By the 1920’s, Chicago had become the Jazz capital of the world, due to the influences of the African American migration and Prohibition.   A half million African Americans fled the Jim Crow South for jobs in industries such as farm equipment, the stock yards and steel mills.   They brought with them their music tastes and skills.   At the same time, new European immigrants were arriving in Chicago, creating a cross fertilization of European harmonies and Blues rhythms and harmonies.    A good example of the blend of influences would be the clarinet music of Benny Goodman.
Prohibition, from 1920 to 1933, created a surge in illegal alcohol.   by 1925, fifteen Chicago breweries were operating at full capacity.   A profusion of speak easies, cabarets and dance halls created a golden age for musicians.   Each had a band.   In 1922, the most celebrated of all Chicago jazz musicians, Louis Armstrong, was called to Chicago by his mentor, Joe “King” Oliver.   “King and Louie” performed at Lincoln Gardens on 459 E. 31st St.

Between 1925 and 1928, “Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five” and “Louis Armstrong and His Hot Seven” made 89 jazz recordings, introducing people on the coasts and even Europeans to jazz.  Initially, many whites saw jazz as a black cult and a corrupting influence on young people.  But Benny Goodman changed attitudes and brought jazz into the lives of middle class white Americans.

There are still great jazz clubs in Chicago such as “Jazz Showcase”, “Andy’s Jazz Club” and “The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge”.  In July and August, there are free concerts on Thursdaynights and on Labor Day weekend, there is a Jazz Festival at Millenium Park.

Sam also said great jazz can also be heard every other Wednesday at the Iron Post in Urbana.

 

 

Dec 18th Jan 8th Jan 15th Jan 22nd
Introductions Holiday Rod Roberts Jen Shelby Lou Simpson
Invocation Party Alan Chalifoux Neal Chamberlain Reuben Chambers
Greeters means Rod Roberts Jen Shelby Lou Simpson
Chuck Bryan Bradshaw Keith Brandau Alan Chalifoux
Song Leader wears Harold Adams Curt Anderson Laura Auteberry
Notetaker red Hodson Lintner Conforti
Rotary Minute jacket Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Kris Young

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

December 18th – C-U Sunrise Rotary Holiday Party – don’t forget your fancy clothes!

December 25th – No meeting, beware of men in red suits

January 1st – No meeting, beware of Y2K chaos

January 8th – Cloydia Larimore, Cunningham Children’s Home and Richard McGuire as Judge Joseph Cunningham

January 15th – Karen Pickard will speak about The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

January 22nd – Antonia River, Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) student from Chile

January 29th – TBD

February 5th – TBD

February 12th – TBD

February 19th – Dr. James Leonard, CEO of Carle Hospital, will discuss the challenges with health care in the future

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December 4th, 2014 Newsletter

Announcements

(notes provided by the distinguished gentleman from Connecticut, Ed Perry)

 

Diana announced that the Club Christmas Party is coming together nicely for our meeting on Thursday, 12/18/14. Plan to arrive a few minutes earlier as breakfast will be ready to be serves at 6:30am. Diana needs a count of all who are attending as well as information on the children who will be in attendance. Please respond to Diana’s emails, or else…

 

Chief Fruithead Robb Patton reported that the Fruit is scheduled to be delivered this week to the CDC Paper and Janitor Supply Warehouse….same place as last year at 804 N. Elm, Champaign, Il. See Robb’s emails for more up to date info.

 

Jeff noted that we still need a third host family for our exchange student.

 

Tod invited everyone to the Sola Gratia Farm End-of-the-Year Happy Hour at the Blind Pig this Thursday 5:30 to 7:30pm

 

 

Program

 

Patricia Barrett Malik, PH.D., Interim Director of the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services(DRES), presented a very informative program dealing with the many services and programs for those University of Illinois students with disabilities. Patricia has served at many positions in her career, has given national presentations and her entire professional career has focused on supporting people with disabilities. The goal being that they reach their highest potential.

 

As past Director of the University of Illinois Beckwith Center, Pat gave many examples on how the University of Illinois is a world leader in providing support, facilities, and opportunities for disabled students and disabled student athletes. Starting back in 1948, Tim Nugent started a program for those with disabilities at the University of Illinois and, with that start, the University continues to lead the way. Wheel Chair athletes such as Sharon Hedrick, Jean Driscoll and Tatyana McFadden are world famous athletes from the University of Illinois and have added to the growth of programs for the disabled here. This past September the U of I was awarded to be the US Paralympic Training Site.

 

For more information on this please see www.disability.illinois.edu

 

 

Dec 11th Dec 18th Jan 8th Jan 15th
Introductions Ed Perry Holiday Rod Roberts Jen Shelby
Invocation Keith Brandau Party Alan Chalifoux Neal Chamberlain
Greeters Ed Perry means Rod Roberts Jen Shelby
Oktay Baran Chuck Bryan Bradshaw Keith Brandau
Song Leader Kris Young wears Harold Adams Curt Anderson
Notetaker Penwell red Hodson Lintner
Rotary Minute Mitch Schluter jacket Jen Shelby Lou Simpson

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

December 11th – Sam Reese will discuss the history of Jazz and Chicago

December 18th – C-U Sunrise Rotary Holiday Party – don’t forget your fancy clothes!

December 25th – No meeting, beware of men in red suits

January 1st – No meeting?

January 8th – Cloydia Larimore, Cunningham Children’s Home and Richard McGuire as Judge Joseph Cunningham

January 15th – Karen Pickard will speak about The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

January 22nd – Antonia River, Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) student from Chile

January 29th – TBD

February 5th – TBD

February 12th – TBD

February 19th – Dr. James Leonard, CEO of Carle Hospital, will discuss the challenges with health care in the future

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