January 26th, 2017 Newsletter

 

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”― J. K. Rowling 

 

“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” ― Mary Tyler Moore 

 

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

 

There will be no meeting in the morning on February 2.  Instead we will meet that Thursday at 5:30pm at Riggs Brewery in Urbana.  This is a great time to bring a guest.

April 26 is the date for the All Rotary meeting at the Round Barn Center at 11:30am.  We will cancel our meeting that week (4/27) so please plan on attending the All Rotary meeting.

Our volunteer project this month will be the Eastern Illinois Food bank’s Pop up Food Pantry at the County Market on Kirby on February 22 from 3 to 6 pm.  Todd will send out more information this week.

Michelle announced that Read Across America will be on March 4 at Lincoln Square in Urbana.  We will need six readers for 30 minutes each to cover the reading times from 10 am to 1 pm. 

BJ announced the Rotary District 6490 Literacy Committee Writing Contest.  Watch for more information.

 

SPEAKER

Josh Whitman, Athletic Director at the University of Illinois, was our speaker this morning.  He is from Indiana but came to the U of I as an undergraduate in finance and played football here.  He returned after a professional career in athletics to complete a graduate degree in law.  One of his professors and a CU Sunrise Rotarian, Tom Ulen, who is currently serving as the Chair of the U of I Athletic Board, introduced our speaker today. 

Josh Whitman characterized his past year as Athletic Director as a rewarding opportunity to work with remarkable students, blending academia and athletics.  We are fortunate to have outstanding young people representing themselves, the University and the broader community.  His experience here in Champaign as a student changed the course of his life and he wants that kind of experience for the athletes to prepare them to become leaders of the future.  He has enjoyed watching them grow. 

He emphasized the importance of having a community of people surrounding the athletes.  The University has to compete with bigger and better known schools that have more resources.  He cited Michigan’s $165 million budget compared to our $100 million as an example.  The challenge is how to close that gap, change the game, and develop a sense of who we are.   We have to “out people” the others and show them that a smaller program has advantages such as a family-type feel at a great world-class University in a smaller, more close-knit community.  Josh is proud to be a part of the University of Illinois. 

A question and answer session followed:

When asked about the Horseshoe, Josh said plans were to renovate the south and east part of Memorial Stadium by 2018.  Josh answered a question about the NCAA and mega conferences by saying that there is a broad divide between the haves and have nots, so that of all the 1100 schools in the NCAA the 65 Division One schools help the other divisions who don’t generate as much money.  The autonomy recently granted in the rule making process has made it less likely that the Division One schools would step aside from the NCAA. He did not think beer sales inside the stadium would be allowed in the near future, since there is a beer tent and alcohol is allowed in the premium seats. There are new scoreboards in the State Farm Center which is 99.5% complete.  There are things like banners and some graphics which will soon be in place.

The biggest challenge in the next 5 to 10 years is to consolidate facilities so that there can be larger weight rooms, sports medicine, and dining rooms where athletes can train and experience college life together in a hub for all.  When asked if The Big Ten will expand beyond 14 schools Josh said he thinks the Big Twelve is most at risk with more changes possible into the 2020’s.  He stated that recruiting is the life blood of athletics.  Social media has changed everything because everyone knows what is being discussed, -coaches, students, and fans.

 

  Jan 26th Feb 2nd Feb 9th Feb 16th
Introductions Tod Satterthwaite Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Billy Stull
Invocation Robin Ferguson Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann Larry Johnson
Greeters Tod Satterthwaite Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Billy Stull
Adam Wright Angie Schoonover Angie Schoonover Angie Schoonover
Song Leader Billy Stull Jeff Van Buren Cary Woolard Adam Wright
Notetaker Lintner Conforti Perry Penwell

 

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (with program committee member responsible listed in parentheses)

February 2nd – AM meeting canceled; Instead, meet at 5:30PM at Riggs Brewery in Urbana (Laura)

February 9th – Pam Dempsey, Executive Director, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting (Mary)

February 16th- Garrett Anderson, Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education, UIUC (Phyllis)

February 23rd – Dr. King Li, Dean and Chief Academic Officer, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, will speak about the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine (Tod)

March 2nd – Miranda Ming, Ambassadorial Scholar (Mary)

March 9th – TBD (Bob)

Marcy 16th – TBD (Laura)

March 23rd – TBD (Mary)

March 30th – No am meeting; CUSR Social

April 6th – TBD (Phyllis)

April 13th – TBD

April 20th – TBD (Tom)

April 27th – TBD (Bob)

May 4th – TBD (Laura)

May 11th – TBD (Mary)

May 18th – TBD (Phyllis)

May 25th – TBD

June 1st – TBD (Tom)

June 8th – TBD (Bob)

June 15th – TBD (Laura)

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Why I am a Rotarian – Mary Hodson

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Josh Whitman Visits C-U Sunrise Rotary

Last Thursday morning, January 26th, University of Illinois Athletic Director, Josh Whitman was our honored guest. He spoke about his vision for university athletics and answered some tough questions from the filled- to-capacity room. 

Josh Whitman speaks to C-U Sunrise Rotary

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Sunrise Volunteers Distribute Food

On a beautiful, warm Saturday, January 21, ten C-U Sunrise Rotary Club members gave up their morning to help the Eastern Illinois Food Bank distribute food to over 70 families in Bement, Illinois.

Todd Satterthwaite and Jeff Van Buren

John McDaniel and Robb Patton distributes can goods

Lou Simpson and Rod Roberts distribute packaged soft drinks

Tod Satterthwaite hands out fruit

Oktay Baran, master salesman, hands out Dragon Fruit.

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January 19th, 2017 Newsletter

 

“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.” ― Benjamin Franklin 

 

 

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” ― Harriet Beecher Stowe 

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
(notes provided by the erudite Mary Hodson)

President Rod and Chief Fruithead Robb presented a check to Russ Millet and Julie Cartell from The Times Center.

Rod announced that CU Sunrise, along with the Champaign, Mahoney and Champaign West Clubs, have pledged $5,000 each to help keep the Men’s shelter open until March.

Laura announced that the morning meeting for Feb. 2 has been cancelled in favor of a 5:30PM meeting at Riggs Brewery.  Riggs is located on Rte 30 in Urbana.

The All Rotary meeting will be held on April 26 at Round Barn.  Our regular morning meeting on April 27 will likely be canceled.

Champaign West’s CUs Got Talent fundraiser will be held on Feb. 4.

Read Across America is on March 4.

District 6940 will host it’s annual conference on May 6-7.

Andrew announced that his family is expecting the addition of a daughter around June 7.

 

PROGRAM

Bob introduced Karen Pickard, a volunteer with The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen.

The soup kitchen was founded in 1980 by Ellen McDowell.   In 1989, they bought a house on Randolph.   Due to the size of the house, one group of guests had to wait outside in the elements while another group ate.

In 2009, they moved to New Covenant Church.   However, there, they could only serve meals Monday through Friday.

Late last year, the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen moved to their newly renovated space at 116 N University Ave, site of the old Emerald City Lounge.  Every day, they serve an entree, three kinds of soup, salads and desserts.   Karen was very proud to note that the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen is fully staffed by volunteers.

Champaign County has a poverty rate of 23.4 percent, the third highest in the State.

Karen related many stories about the guests of the soup kitchen.  She said “Our guests are fantastic people. Some are homeless but most are working poor.”   Oftentimes guests are single parents who can’t afford to buy fresh fruits and vegetables for their children.   Other guests are elderly citizens who are looking for a meal and socialization.

She also expressed thanks to many groups that donate food.  El Toro Restaurant donates food to serve 200 once per month.  Panera donates bagels, coffee cake and rolls.  Arby’s donates and serves meals.  Piato Cafe donates one meal per month.  Michael’s, Classic Events, Hendrick House and the UIUC dorms all donate leftover food.

She also thanked CU Sunrise for donating oranges.

The soup kitchen currently needs volunteers on the weekends.  Go to their website to find out how you can help.

 

 

  Jan 26th Feb 2nd Feb 9th Feb 16th
Introductions Tod Satterthwaite Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Billy Stull
Invocation Robin Ferguson Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann Larry Johnson
Greeters Tod Satterthwaite Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Billy Stull
Adam Wright Angie Schoonover Angie Schoonover Angie Schoonover
Song Leader Billy Stull Jeff Van Buren Cary Woolard Adam Wright
Notetaker Lintner Conforti Perry Penwell

 

 

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (with program committee member responsible listed in parentheses)

January 26th – Josh Whitman, Athletic Director, UIUC (Jeff)

February 2nd – AM meeting canceled; Instead, meet at 5:30PM at Riggs Brewery in Urbana (Laura)

February 9th – Pam Dempsey, Executive Director, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting (Mary)

February 16th- Garrett Anderson, Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education, UIUC (Phyllis)

February 23rd – Dr. King Li, Dean and Chief Academic Officer, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, will speak about the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine (Tod)

March 2nd – Miranda Ming, Ambassadorial Scholar (Mary)

March 9th – TBD (Bob)

Marcy 16th – TBD (Laura)

March 23rd – TBD (Mary)

March 30th – No am meeting; CUSR Social

April 6th – TBD (Phyllis)

April 13th – TBD

April 20th – TBD (Tom)

April 27th – TBD (Bob)

May 4th – TBD (Laura)

May 11th – TBD (Mary)

May 18th – TBD (Phyllis)

May 25th – TBD

June 1st – TBD (Tom)

June 8th – TBD (Bob)

June 15th – TBD (Laura)

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C-U Sunrise Rotary Club’s Newest Member

We welcomed new member Angela Schoonover, principal of Edison Middle School to CU Sunrise Rotary on January 12th.

New Member Angie Schooner

Angela Schoonover

 
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Our First Presenter for 2017 – County Board Member, Chris Alix

Chris Alix, Champaign County Board member from District 10, gave us an overview of issues facing the county, including the challenges faced by the county nursing home.

C-U Sunrise Rotary Club meeting

Chris Alix

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Our Last Presenter in 2016 – Mitch Davis

Our last morning meeting for 2016 had Mitch Davis as our speaker. Mitch is the Executive Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association for Central Illinois. 
He spoke of MDA’s three C’s – Cure, Care and Champion – the aspects of MDA’s response to the challenge of neuro-muscular disease.

Mitch Davis presenting to C-U Sunrise

Mitch Davis

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Why I am a Rotarian – Oktay Baran

Oktay Baran

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January 12th, 2017 Newsletter

 

“Treat others as you wish to be treated. Don’t just be nice, but be kind to other people. That can be so rewarding.” ― Mary Lambert 

 

“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.” ― Cavett Robert 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)

Angie Schoonover joined our club.  Angie is the principal at Edison Middle School, and Larry Johnson was her sponsor.  She is working on her doctorate, is in a women’s golf league, and is a runner.  Welcome to our club, Angie!

There is no morning meeting on February 2nd.  We are having a social at Riggs Beer Company on the same day at 5:30 p.m.  Evening meetings with this crowd are fun!

May 6-7 is the annual District 6490 conference which, this year, is conveniently held in Champaign.  Mark your calendars, and think about at least attending the lunch which is a great experience.

On January 21st we will meet in the Hawthorne Suites parking lot, and at 8:00 a.m. there will be a carpool to Bement to distribute food from the Eastern Illinois Food Bank.  Bement is about a 45 minute drive, and we will be back at noon.  Thanks to our volunteers for doing this.

Here is something to think about—visit other Rotary clubs in town.  It’s a good way to make business contacts and see how other clubs are run.

Don’t forget to check our CUSR web page.  You can upload a current picture and put in a few extra things on your bio.  Some have never logged in and would be amazed at all of the things that are already set up for you (including the clown picture for Ed Perry).

 

PROGRAM

This week’s speaker was Chris Alix.  Chris Alix is a Champaign businessman who owns Prairie City Computing, but he is very involved in public service in Urbana and the County.  He currently is on the Champaign County board and serves as chair of the finance committee.  There are 22 members on the county board, and many of the projects are always in progress.  Chris said that he is a moderate Democrat with leanings toward Barry Goldwater.

The County budget is $125 million, and funds are administered for a number of different areas such as roads, social services, judges and courts, the nursing home, animal control, and land use.  In addition, the County is a landlord for many buildings such as the court house and Brookens.

The County faces many challenges, and expenses are growing faster than income.  The county work force has been reduced by 10% in the last few years. The cost of crime is up.  Over $3 million is needed in deferred property maintenance repairs.  The nursing home is running a deficit.  There are many unfunded mandates such as criminal justice reform.  All of these challenges are further complicated due to property tax caps and a state budget crisis that does not seem close to going away.

   

 

 

  Jan 19th Jan 26th Feb 2nd Feb 9th
Introductions Ed Perry Tod Satterthwaite Jen Shelby Lou Simpson
Invocation Ata Durukan Robin Ferguson Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann
Greeters Ed Perry Tod Satterthwaite Jen Shelby Lou Simpson
Adam Wright Adam Wright Angie Schoonover Angie Schoonover
Song Leader Cary Woolard Billy Stull Jeff Van Buren Cary Woolard
Notetaker Hodson Lintner Conforti Perry

 

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (with program committee member responsible listed in parentheses)

January 19th – Katherine Pickard, Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, will discuss their new facility on 1st Street (Bob)

January 26th – Josh Whitman, Athletic Director, UIUC (Jeff?)

February 2nd – AM meeting canceled; Instead, meet at 5:30PM at Riggs Brewery in Urbana (Laura)

February 9th – Pam Dempsey, Executive Director, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting (Mary)

February 16th- Garrett Anderson, Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education, UIUC (Phyllis)

February 23rd – Dr. King Li, Dean and Chief Academic Officer, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, will speak about the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine (Tod)

March 2nd – Miranda Ming, Ambassadorial Scholar (Mary)

March 9th – TBD (Bob)

Marcy 16th – TBD (Laura)

March 23rd – TBD (Mary)

March 30th – No am meeting; CUSR Social

April 6th – TBD (Phyllis)

April 13th – TBD

April 20th – TBD (Tom)

April 27th – TBD (Bob)

May 4th – TBD (Laura)

May 11th – TBD (Mary)

May 18th – TBD (Phyllis)

May 25th – TBD

June 1st – TBD (Tom)

June 8th – TBD (Bob)

June 15th – TBD (Laura)

June 22nd – TBD (Mary)

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