“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.” ― Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
(notes provided by the erudite Mary Hodson)
Remember to turn your fruit sale money into Jennifer.
February and March “Bucket Money” will go to DSC.
Read Across America is on March 5. You can sign up to read on our website.
Linda Tammen reminded us that the Youth Literature Festival will be held again on October 20-22, 2016. During the first two days of the festival, authors will make visits to 100 schools in seven counties in and around Champaign-Urbana. Linda is recruiting volunteers to drive the authors to the schools.
On October 22, everyone is invited to celebrate youth literature during Community Day at the I-Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. This even, free to the public, includes author readings, presentations, book signings, music, art, puppetry and a variethy of hands-on activities and live entertainment.
A preview will be held on March 5 from 10 AM to 5 PM at Barnes and Noble. The Youth Literature books will be on display. There will be activities for kids, including readings by the Illinois Football Team members.
Linda introduced Dan Keding, a local story teller who has won national and international awards. Dan grew up on the South side of Chicago with his Croatian grandmother telling him her stories of the old country. He is now an adjunct at the U of I in the Graduate School of Information and Library Science. He has over a dozen recordings and five published books and travels worldwide telling stories. Dan believes that stories are what binds the generations. He says, “If we continue to tell kids stories, there won’t be a generation gap.”
Dan shared a heart-warming story about his 5th-6th grade baseball team, The Horrible, Terrifying, Mutilating Vikings. To make his story short, they were in last place until a tall girl who was rejected by the 7th-8th grade team asked to join theirs. They became Rosie’s Boys, had a perfect season and even beat the 7th-8th grade champs! Looking back, he believes that Rosie gave them the “gift of possibilities”, the greatest gift that you can give someone.
Finally, Dan gave us a demonstration of spoon playing, which he teaches the kids at the Youth Festival.
For more information about the Illinois Youth Literature Festival, see http://youthfestival.education.illinois.edu.
|Jan 28th||Feb 4th||Feb 11th||Feb 18th|
|Introductions||Darrell Hoemann||Mary Hodson||Phillip Holthaus||Andrew Kerins|
|Invocation||Gary Olsen||Scott Paceley||Robb Patton||Allan Penwell|
|Greeters||Darrell Hoemann||Mary Hodson||Phillip Holthaus||Andrew Kerins|
|BJ Lytle||Ben Mast||John McDaniel||Phyllis Mischo|
|Song Leader||Dave Krchak||Bob La Charite||BJ Lytle||Ben Mast|
January 28th – Leslie Deem, Program Coordinator at the UIUC Pollinatarium
February 4th – Dr. Matthew Winters, Associate Professor of Political Science, UIUC, will present What Works in International Development: The Latest Evidence
February 11th – Club Assembly
February 18th – Ray Cunningham will discuss North Korea
February 25th – Rod Beadle, PE, Engineers in Action
March 3rd – TBD
March 10th – TBD
March 17th – TBD
March 24th – Molly Delaney, Executive Director, C-U Schools Foundation, will discuss their first cross-district, collaborative grant
March 31st – Dee Brown, Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics, UIUC
April 7th – Megan McKisson, vice president of Illinois 2015-2016 Vis International Commercial Arbitration Team
June 9th – Megan Casey, Frances Nelson and SmileHealthy