“Learn character from trees, values from roots, and change from leaves.” – Tasneem Hameed


“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” – John W. Gardner



(Notes provided by the distinguished gentlemen from Connecticut, Ed Perry)


Our regular meeting this week (4/18) has been cancelled so we will attend the all area Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday, 4/17, at the Round Barn starting at 11:30am.


Our volunteer service project helping with the Eastern Illinois Food Bank Re-pack will take place on Tuesday, 4/23, from 5:30pm to 7:30 pm at EIFB’s warehouse, 2405 N. Shore Drive, Urbana. Get there a few minutes early to sign in and receive instructional information. 


Bob announced that our club is signed up to help with a Habitat for Humanity on May 11th from 8am to 4pm. Bob will have signup sheets at future meetings. He would like to see people sign up for all day or a 4-hour shift. 


 Spring cleanup and landscaping preparation for our Don Decker Garden in Mattis Park took place this past Saturday.


Paul announced that the 6th annual CU Sunrise Rotary Club NCAA Basketball tournament bracket raised $100 for the Rotary Foundation. Tod came in first and Michelle was second with Alma Otter a spirited third.





Mary introduced University of Illinois Professor William D. O’Brien as this morning’s speaker. Dr. O’Brien received Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois and recently retired from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, but remains a Research Professor in Computational Imaging with the Beckman Affiliate Faculty. His honors, research, and publications are outstanding with his current focus being on the mechanisms by which acoustic energy interacts with biological and nonbiological materials and the applications of quantitative acoustic imaging in biology, agriculture, material science and medicine. 


His presentation this morning focused on the history, research, development today’s use of diagnostic and therapeutic of ultra sound. The University of Illinois and Dr. O’Brien have been at the forefront of this research and development for the last 60 years. With concerns for the health and safety of past “X-Ray” usage of Ultra sonic technology was found to be a way to provide safe images. Dr. O’Brien explained the safety concerns that were addressed over the years and the laws and regulations established by the FDA. Standards were developed to regulate the acoustic output and the ultra sound heat emitted. The development of improving the images and data achieved from an ultra sound has led to its increase in use. Ultra sound is currently used in diagnostic and therapy for brain cancer and, another use that is currently showing promise, is the use of ultra sound technology in determining the levels of liver disease.


For much more information on this topic please Google: Dr. William D. O’Brien. He is yet another example of the amazing people and the research work that takes place here at the University of Illinois.   



  April 18th Apr 25th May 2nd May 9th
Introductions Meeting  Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan Ondine Gross
Reflection cancelled Andrew Kerins Bob La Charite Candy Loyd
Greeters due to  Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan Ondine Gross
all-area Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry
Song Leader Rotary meeting John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley
Notetaker   Penwell Hodson Conforti




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

April 18th – Meeting cancelled in favor of April 17 all area Noon Rotary meeting at the Round Barn Center

April 25th – Rachel Graham, Crisis Nursery (Phyllis)

May 2nd – Club Assembly 

May 9th – TBD (Bob)

May 16th – Todd Gleason will discuss the future of farming (Charlie)

May 23rd – TBD (David)

May 30th – No AM meeting – Club Social TBA

June 6th – TBD (Ondine)

June 13th – Nichole Millage, Environmental Sustainability Specialist, City of Champaign Recycling, will speak about recycling(Phyllis)

June 20th – TBD (Tom)

June 27th – TBD (Bob)

July 4th – TBD