Those old adages – you attract more with honey; do unto others – are true. You can get attention by being acerbic or mean or making a bizarre comment. But by being nice, being empathetic, building relationships and listening, people begin to recognize that you’re thoughtful and respectful of their position.” ― Shelley Moore Capito 
I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.
― Khalil Gibran 
(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)
Darrell noted that our booth at the Taste of Champaign was a success. We had several sign-ups for the club and Rotaract, and our volunteers distributed 28 bags of Sunrise coffee. Thanks to our Rotarian volunteers for helping.
The Literacy and Education Committee of District 6490 is sponsoring the fourth District 6490 Writing Contest. The contest is open to high school students residing within Rotary District 6490. Michelle is looking for judges for the District writing contest to review local submissions.
There is no meeting on August 30th. A social event is being planned and watch your email for an announcement.
We will not be meeting, but football guessing is next week. Maybe the swami will do the guessing for us.
Mary introduced Ondine Gross who is a school psychologist who is an expert in dealing with conflict relationships with students in grades K-12. She has published the book Restore the Respect which shows how to mediate school conflicts and keep students learning.
District 6490 had a Global Grant to sponsor training in June for Jamaican school teachers to deal with bullying in schools. The grant was the inspiration of Rotarian, Rick Davidson, who has been instrumental in various international projects for our district. The teachers traveled to Charleston for the five-day sessions which were moderated by our speaker.
Ondine spoke to the work she does with students and teachers. The goal is to have a mediation technique which strengthens and repairs relationships among all members of a school community:  teachers, students, staff members, and parents. Trust and respect is built among participants with different backgrounds by using listening techniques followed up with moderated discussion. This fits perfectly with the school framework to promote positive outcomes among participants.


  Aug 30th Sept 6th Septh 13th Sept 20th
Introductions No Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt
Reflection meeting Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau
Greeters this Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt
week Ben Mast John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo
Song Leader   Bob La Charite Candy Loyd Ben Mast
Notetaker Hodson      
Decker Weeding        
Next Weekend        
Decker Garden Simpson      


UPCOMING SCHEDULE (with program committee member responsible listed in parentheses)
August 30th – No regular meeting
September 6th – Emily Reichman, Hope Lives Rescue Ranch (David)
September 13th – Lola Lewis, Donation Liaison, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network (Phyllis)
September 20th – Deb Feinen, Mayor, City of Champaign (Tom)
September 27th – TBD (Bob)
October 4th – TBD (Charlie)
October 11th – TBD (David)
October 18th – Kate Williams, Associate Professor, UIUC, and Abdul Alkalima, Professor Emeritus, African American Studies, UIUC, will discuss New Philadelphia, the early settlement in western Illinois  (Ed)
October 25th – Chris Gleason, Executive Director, Rosecrance Central Illinois, will speak about the heroin/opioid crisis in central Illinois (Phyllis)
November 1st – TBD (Tom)
November 8th – TBD (Bob)
November 15th – TBD (Charlie)
November 22nd – No Meeting – Thanksgiving
November 29th – TBD (David)