“When people rely on surface appearances and false racial stereotypes, rather than in-depth knowledge of others at the level of the heart, mind and spirit, their ability to assess and understand people accurately is compromised.” ― James A. Forbes
(notes submitted by the erudite Mary Hodson)
Book Mentors are still needed. Training is scheduled for 3:30 PM Tuesday, September 29 at Campbell Hall.
The Illinois Humanities Council will be showing a film about migrants entitled, “The Long Journey Home”, 7 PM Tuesday, September 29 in the Spurlock Museum auditorium.
There will be a Club Assembly on October 29.
Be sure to read the email from President Reuben regarding the short term offer of a match on Paul Harris Foundation donations.
President Reuben announced that there are two ladies size large Polo Shirts available for a donation.
Ed introduced the University of IL. head softball coach, Tyra Perry. Tyra is from Zachery, LA, the oldest of four children of a high school principal and coach. She participated in 3 sports in high school and credits her father for everything she knows about coaching.
Perry attended two years at Nicholls State University before being asked by her coach to go with her to start a softball program at LSU. She earned a degree in kinesiology in 1997 and a masters in sports administration 1998.
Tyra was hired as the University of Illinois’s second-ever head coach in June. She spent the previous 15 seasons as a NCAA Division I softball head coach, totaling 409 career victories as the head coach at Ball State, Western Kentucky and Birmingham Southern. Perry was named 2014 MAC Coach of the Year during her first season at Ball State.
Tyra explained that pitchers are integral to the game. Pitching underhand is less stressful on the athlete’s arm/should and makes it possible for one dominant pitcher to pitch all games. Elite pitchers are tall like basketball or volleyball players and pitch 60-70 MPH. Tyra likes to have left handed pitchers. Both left and right handed batters have difficulty hitting balls thrown by a left handed pitcher. They can throw a rise ball pitch which is unique to softball. It looks like a flat pitch but rises just before the batter.
Tyra described the U of I team as a group of outstanding young women with an average 3.35 GPA.
Softball is a spring sport but they have fall games. Tyra invited members to come out to Eichelberger field for one of their two remaining fall games. Through October 10, there are also open practices from 2-5 PM Tuesdays through Fridays and at 9 AM on Saturdays.
In closing, Tyra said that she is excited to be part of the current rapidly growing trend of women’s softball.
|Oct 1st||Oct 8th||Oct 15th||Oct 22nd|
|Introductions||Jen Shelby||Lou Simpson||Jeff Van Buren||Cary Woolard|
|Invocation||Molly Delaney||Ata Durukan||Diana Dummitt||Darrell Hoemann|
|Greeters||Jen Shelby||Lou Simpson||Jeff Van Buren||Cary Woolard|
|Alan Chalifoux||Neal Chamberlain||Paul Conforti||Molly Delaney|
|Song Leader||Laura Auteberry||Oktay Baran||Keith Brandau||Alan Chalifoux|
|Rotary Minute||Lou Simpson||Jeff Van Buren||Cary Woolard|
October 1st – Christine Catanzarite, Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Illinois
October 8th – Jessica DeYoung, Director of the C-U Special Recreation Program
October 15th – Sue Grey from United Way of Champaign County will discuss their new Family Emergency Shelters
October 22nd – Mike DeLorenzo, Associate Chancellor, UIUC, will discuss Willard Airport
October 29th – TBD
November 5th – Brenda Koenig, Director of the C-U Folk & Roots Festival
November 12th – Guy Fraker, attorney and Lincoln scholar
November 19th – TBD
November 26th – Thanksgiving, no meeting
December 3rd – TBD
Feb 5 – Dr. Matthew Winters, Associate Professor of Political Science, UIUC, will present What Works in International Development: The Latest Evidence