“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein


“Saying yes to happiness means learning to say no to things and people that stress you out.” – Thema Davis


“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.” –Eleanor Roosevelt


(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)

Pat Kovar of Champaign West Rotary stopped by to sell raffle tickets for their forthcoming fund-raising event. Tickets are $10.00 each. Proceeds go to Carle’s mobile clinic, and others.


There were eight Sunrise members who volunteered for a food repack at East Illinois Food Bank last Tuesday night. Repacked were pinto beans, creamed corn, and potatoes. No word on how many beans or potatoes Ed Perry made off with.


Bob announced that May 11th is a work day for Habitat for Humanity. There is availability for a morning shift and an afternoon shift. Location is 909 West Beardsley which is in the first block east of Prospect. See Bob for sign-up information.


Club Assembly is next week. If you are a committee chair, prepare updates on what is going on. We also want to know any suggestions you have for our club to make it better.




Our speaker at the meeting last week was Rachel Graham of Crisis Nursery. We presented her with a check for $3,700 as the primary beneficiary of our 2018 Fruit Sale fundraiser. Rachel is Director of Development for Crisis Nursery, and she discussed the history and mission of the organization.

Crisis Nursery was started in 1984 by a few nurses and social workers at the old Burnham Hospital. They saw the need to help parents who had babies, toddlers, and young children who needed a place to go in a family crisis. Crisis Nursery creates an island of safety for children as well as help to strengthen families on a 24/7 basis. Their location is 1409 West Hill Street next to the north side of OSF.

Children come there for many reasons, including domestic disputes, family work issues, and abuse. The average stay is 8 hours with a maximum of 72 hours. When needed, referrals are made to social agencies for those children and families who have issues that cannot be resolved.

Crisis Nursery can hold up to 20 children, and it is staffed in a ratio of 3 children to one staff member. There are 30 staff members and over 150 volunteers. Funding comes from the state, OSF, United Way, and their two major events—a wine tasting and a golf outing. Another event is their holiday shop in which CUSR has helped in the past.




  May 2nd May 9th May 16th May 23rd
Introductions Ata Durukan Ondine Gross David Henry Mary Hodson
Reflection Bob La Charite Candy Loyd Ben Mast John McDaniel
Greeters Ata Durukan Ondine Gross David Henry Mary Hodson
Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite
Song Leader Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell
Notetaker Hodson Conforti Perry Penwell



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

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