December 6th, 2018 Newsletter

 

“World, they have taken the small children like butterflies and thrown them, beating their wings, into the fire–” ― Nelly Sachs

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(notes provided by the unconventional and unorthodox Paul Conforti)

 

Our annual holiday party is Thursday, December 13th in the Savoy Room in the hotel formerly known as Hawthorne Suites. Please let Diana know if you have guest, especially children, accompanying you. Please refer to President Cary’s 12/7 email for complete details.

 

Salvation Army Bell Ringing is Saturday, December 15th, Walmart on N. Prospect from 10am to 7pm. President Cary has the sign-up sheet. Please email if you can make it.

 

CU Sunrise is moving its meet venue to Lodgic beginning with our Thursday, January 3rd meeting. Lodgic is in the Illini Plaza which is on south Neil Street at Fox Dr. Details to come.

 

CU Sunrise is mentioned on page 3 of the Rotary District 6490 newsletter. The district newsletter can be found linked on the front page of the district’s web site: www.rotarydistrict6490.org

 

PROGRAM

 

Mary introduced Glenn Harbin, membership director of Rotary District 6490. Glenn’s program was about Kiva.

 

Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or realize their potential. For some, it’s a matter of survival, for others it’s the fuel for a life-long ambition.100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans. Kiva covers costs primarily through optional donations, as well as through support from grants and sponsors.

 

Kiva works by having a borrower apply for a loan, the loan goes through an underwriting and approval process. Upon approval the loan is posted on the Kiva website for lenders to support. The borrower repays the loan and lenders use repayments to fund new loans, donate or withdraw the money. 

 

Your account can be accessed anytime online to view updates on your loans.

 

This is something individuals can do, or entire clubs. Glenn’s home club in Bloomington has funded a variety of projects. Loan updates are presented to member Rotarians at their meetings.

 

  Dec 13th Dec 20th Dec 27th Jan 3rd
Introductions CU Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell
Reflection Sunrise Ben Mast John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo
Greeters Holiday Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell
Party Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau
Song Leader Extravaganza Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smithy Adam Wright
Notetaker   Perry Penwell Hodson

 

 

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

December 13th – CUSR Holiday Party EXTRAVAGANZA!

December Maarten DeWitte will discuss diamonds and diamond cutting (Tom)

December 27th – TBD (Bob)

January 3rd – TBD (Charlie)

January 10th – TBD (David)

January 17th – PDG Larry Howell will discuss the Heart to Heart Zone trip to Mexico (Mary)

January 24th – Viktor Gruev, Associate Professor, UI Electrical and Computer Engineering, will speak about his research applications [self-driving cars, cancer detection, ocean exploration]  of a bio-inspired camera (Phyllis)

January 31st – TBD (Tom)

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November 29th, 2018 Newsletter

 

“Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
(notes provided by the erudite Mary Hodson)

 

Our family holiday party will be on December 13.  Please RSVP to Diana.  She needs to know the number coming and the ages and sexes of any children, including teens.   Please also let her know if you have any suggestions for musical entertainment.

 

Salvation Army bell ringing is scheduled for December 15.

 

We will move our meetings to LODGIC on January 1.   

 

President Cary welcomed Ondine Gross to the club.    Ondine is originally from California.  Her dad was a film editor and she was an extra in shows like “The Adams Family” and “Mr. Ed”.    She and her husband came to Champaign in 1994.   They have 29 year old twin daughters.  One lives in NY and the other lives in Chicago.   Ondine was a school psychologist at Centennial and has written a book about mediation and conflict resolution in schools and workplaces.

 

PROGRAM

 

David introduced Sue Grey, president of the United Way of Champaign County.   Sue formerly worked for the Girl Scouts and for the Park District.   She is a member of the Unit 4 School Board and the Champaign Rotary Club.

 

Sue said that the United Way had a good offer to sell their old building.   They used the profits from the sale to buy a newer building at 5 Dunlap Ct in Savoy.  

 

Our United Way wants to be a problem solver.  Sue talked about the many ways that the United Way has helped our community, including opening up a dental clinic at France Nelson, funding the “Mother Goose on the Loose” program, helping to provide shelter to homeless men over the winter months and distributing “Getting Ready for Kindergarten” calendars.

 

The school district allows United Way to farm their property on Olympian Drive.   The labor is also donated.   Over the past five years, they have provided $125,000 to food programs including Peace Meals and Meals on Wheels.  

 

United Way’s future goals include efforts towards work force development, financial education and  health.

 

  Dec 6th Dec 13th Dec 20th Dec 27th
Introductions Phyllis Mischo CU Scott Paceley Robb Patton
Reflection Candy Loyd Sunrise Ben Mast John McDaniel
Greeters Phyllis Mischo Holiday Scott Paceley Robb Patton
Adam Wright Party Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey
Song Leader Lou Simpson Extravaganza Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smithy
Notetaker Conforti   Perry Penwell

 

 

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

December 6th – Glenn Harbin, District 6490 Membership Chair, is going to tell us about a micro loan organization, Kiva (Mary)

December 13th – CUSR Holiday Party EXTRAVAGANZA!

December Maarten DeWitte will discuss diamonds and diamond cutting (Tom)

December 27th – TBD (Bob)

January 3rd – TBD (Charlie)

January 10th – TBD (David)

January 17th – PDG Larry Howell will discuss the Heart to Heart Zone trip to Mexico (Mary)

January 24th – TBD (Phyllis)

January 31st – TBD (Tom)

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