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May 16th, 2019 Newsletter

 

“You are not your struggles. You are the survivor who keeps moving forward in spite of them.” – Lori Deschene

 

“May your life preach more loudly than your lips.” – William Ellery Channing

 

“When you move on, the universe moves with you.” – Rune Lazuli

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(notes provided by the distinguished gentleman from Connecticut, Eduardo Perry)

 

Instead of our regular meeting on Thursday, May 30th we will have a “bowling” club social that evening starting at 5:30 at Old Orchard Lanes in Savoy. All are invited to attend. Keith will check at next week’s meeting as to who plans to attend for bowling, pizza and/or liquid refreshments.  

 

Bob reported that last Saturday’s volunteer project for the Habitat build was a success.

 

Cary noted that Scott and Paul have put a booklet together of our club’s personal memories of Penn Nelson. The plan is to share this with the Nelson family. Also, there are plans being put together to do a Buddy Bench project with the Boy’s and Girl’s club in Penn’s memory.

 

Our club’s “Pass the Gavel” day will take place on July 11th. 

 

PROGRAM

 

Darlene Kloeppel presented information about her responsibilities as the first ever Champaign County Executive. Champaign County is only the second county in Illinois to establish this form of government (the other is Will County). In 2016, Champaign County voters approved a ballot measure to restructure to an executive form of county government.  Darlene was elected in November 2018 as our first County Executive. This three-branch form of government – administrative, legislative and judicial – creates checks and balances in public decision making. 

 

Darlene explained her many responsibilities which include budget making, working with an independent staff, and having veto power over the county board. Part of her responsibilities also include supervising the Departments of Administration Services, Informational Technology, Planning and Zoning, Facilities, Assessments and the Board of Review.

 

Currently 90 employees are under her responsibility and she has made over 40 appointments to the many county districts. She has planned to travel throughout the county and meet the public. The next big task will be the county budget. The budget making process officially starting in July and completes in November. For additional information about her office and the services provided check out the website www.co.champaign.il.us.  

 

 

 

  May 23rd May 30th June 6th June 13th
Introductions Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann Andrew Kerins Bob La Charite
Reflection John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley Robb Patton
Greeters Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann Larry Johnson Andrew Kerins
Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Lou Simpson
Song Leader Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite
Notetaker Penwell Hodson Conforti Perry

 

 

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

May 23rd – Erin Lippitz and Lisa Bralts, both from WILL, will discuss the 45th Anniversary of Friends of WILL and the upcoming documentary Illinois Country, respectively (David)

May 30th – No AM meeting – Club Social – 5:30 Bowling at Old Orchard Lanes in Savoy

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 – Karl Gnadt, Managing Director, Champaign-Urban Mass Transit District (CUMTD) (Bob)

July 4th – TBD

July 11th – Pass the Gavel and annual Club Awards ceremony

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May 9th, 2019 Newsletter

 

“The expert in anything was once a beginner.” – Helen Hayes

 

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

 

“A little progress each day adds up to big results.” – Diana Martin

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Rotary International has eliminated the Rotary Senior Active dues waiver. Therefore, our club will not offer a senior active dues waiver effective this coming fiscal year.

 

Club Dues and Cash Flow: If you can please pay your dues in advance, either quarterly or yearly. This helps the club more effectively budget the year.

 

Bob reminded everyone that there is a Habitat for Humanity event Saturday May 11 from 8am – 4pm at 903 W Beardsley. Lunch will be included.

 

Keith announced May 30th as our club’s next social. It will be a bowling event, most likely at Old Orchard Lanes in Savoy.

 

Darrell announced that Mayor Deb Feinen is asking for Rotary support for the CU Schools Foundation ‘Goal Getters” program, created to provide academic and behavioral guidance, mentorship, family focused activities and positive community experiences to a select group of Unit 4 high school males.

 

May Bucket Money is for Children’s Advocacy Center, 201 W. Kenyon Rd., Suite 1 Champaign, IL 61820

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Mary introduced Nestor Ramirez, MD, MPH (Master Public Health). Dr. Nestor Ramirez-Lopez is a neonatologist in Champaign, a board member of The Illinois State Medical Society and a member of Illinois’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Board whose mission was to identify the now 40 conditions allowed for the legal use of marijuana in the state of Illinois. Nestor is also a Champaign West Rotarian and a frequent visitor to our club meetings.

 

Nestor’s presentation was the History of Marijuana, changes in laws in some U.S. states, and specifically Illinois’ legalization of the “compassionate use of marijuana”.

 

The presentation covered the entire known history of the usage of the Cannabis plant, which has two species; Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica of which Indica is the most well known as the type associated with physical and mental effects commonly known as a “high” with Sativa more suitable for hemp use.

 

While there are many active ingredients in the type of cannabis most commonly known as marijuana there are 4 major components:

 

– THC which produces a psychoactive “high” feeling of euphoria and well-being.

– CBD which produces a relaxation/sedation feeling that is known to relieve pain from a number of maladies including migraines and arthritis, decreases in seizures and has anti-cancer properties.

– CBG which is non-psychoactive acting as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-convulsive, anti-insomnia and antidepressant.

– THCV which moderates the effects of THC while suppressing appetite and treating metabolic disorders (obesity, diabetes), Parkinson’s, PTSD, anxiety and stress.

 

Nestor concluded that marijuana is not always “that” marijuana but because the DEA classifies all cannabis as a Schedule 1 Drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (Schedule 1 includes heroin, LSD, Peyote, Ecstasy, Quaalude and Psilocybin mushrooms) cannabis cannot be scientifically studied in the United States. This legal sitaution leaves the usage of medical marijuana and its components largely supported by studies outside the US and conjecture. And, while one would think that medical marijuana can be prescribed in states in which it has been legalized, it still cannot be prescribed. A doctor can only certify that you have one of the 40 conditions (in Illinois) in which medical marijuana can be “compassionately” dispensed. Medical marijuana cannot be covered by insurance and is difficult to use in a controlled manner.

 

There are many forms of cannabis. Some strongly narcotic, some not. Some useful medicinally and some useful commercially. However, being classified as a Schedule 1 drug (codeine and morphine are Schedule 2) it is illegal to research cannabis in this country and it cannot be prescribed in a manner that allows for control and feedback.

 

Cannabis is a useful plant, and research is needed to better mine its potential.

 

  May 16th May 23rd May 30th June 6th
Introductions David Henry Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann Andrew Kerins
Reflection Ben Mast John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley
Greeters David Henry Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann Larry Johnson
Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby
Song Leader Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts
Notetaker Perry Penwell Hodson Conforti

 

 

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

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

May 23rd – TBD (David)

May 30th – No AM meeting – Club Social – Bowling TBD

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 – Karl Gnadt, Managing Director, Champaign-Urban Mass Transit District (CUMTD) (Bob)

July 4th – TBD

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May 2nd, 2019 Newsletter

 

“We need much less than we think we need.” – Maya Angelou

 

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

The club sent condolences to the family of our friend and past president, Penn Nelson.

 

Les and Rita Shulte are selling tickets for the Illini After Five Brews for Books fundraiser.  It will be held at Riggs Brewery from 5-8 PM on May 22.   Proceeds will go to support their Dictionary Project and the International Prep Academy.

 

The next Habitat for Humanity event is scheduled for Saturday, May 11.  Contact Bob if you can help out.

 

May Bucket Money will be donated to the Children’s Advocacy Center.   

 

David and Tiffany Henry have returned from visiting their Rotary Youth Exchange daughter, Lauren, in France.

 

Jon Rector brought a potential member, Blake Quinlan.

 

We were sad to hear that Maarten will be moving out of state in July.

 

 

PROGRAM – ASSEMBLY

 

The Fundraising Committee is looking at a number of options.   Robb will be making a trip to Key West to attend a singer-songwriter fest, with the thought that it might be an event that we could replicate.   Another member of the committee suggested a bike race.  In the meantime, we will continue the fruit sales.

 

Michelle reported for the Youth and Vocational Committees.   They are exploring the ideas of starting an Early Act club at Edison and of working with the vocational program at Central High School.

 

Diana’s committee will be doing a survey regarding membership.

 

The Program Committee needs another member.   This would involve making speaker arrangements about once every five weeks.   Contact Mary at maryfhodson@aol.com if you would be interested in joining the committee or helping out with a single program.

 

Lou will be getting the Decker Garden schedule out soon.

 

 

  May 9th May 16th May 23rd May 30th
Introductions Ondine Gross David Henry Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann
Reflection Candy Loyd Ben Mast John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo
Greeters Ondine Gross David Henry Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann
Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover
Song Leader Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry
Notetaker Conforti Perry Penwell Hodson

 

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

May 9th – Nestor Ramirez will discuss his recent book on the legalization of marijuana (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

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April 25th, 2019 Newsletter

 

“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

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
(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.

 

 

PROGRAM

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

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April 18th, 2019 Newsletter

 

 

“Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.” – Shira Tamir

 

“There is an unpanned gold in every soul you run into, no matter what walk of life they are from.” –

Robert Downey, Jr.

 

“Change can be beautiful when we are brave enough to evolve with it, and change can be brutal when we fearfully resist.” – Bryant McGill

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS & PROGRAM

 

Last week our regular Thursday meeting was canceled in favor of the all-area Rotary meeting at Round Barn.

 

 

  Apr 25th May 2nd May 9th May 16th
Introductions Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan Ondine Gross David Henry
Reflection Andrew Kerins Bob La Charite Candy Loyd Ben Mast
Greeters Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan Ondine Gross David Henry
Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts
Song Leader John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley Robb Patton
Notetaker Penwell Hodson Conforti Perry

 

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

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

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April 11th, 2019 Newsletter

 

“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

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(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.

 

 

PROGRAM

 

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

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April 4th, 2019 Newsletter

 

“Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date. Take a deep breath and try again.” -KT Witten

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The results of the CU Sunrise Election are as follows:

President – Mary Kay Smith
Treasurer – Billy Stull
Secretary – Allan Penwell
Club Service Director – Keith Brandau
Community Service Director: Robb Patton
International Service Director – Charlie Smith
New Generations Director – Michelle Barbey
Vocational Service Director – Angie Schoonover

Thank you to all of our elected officers and directors. Your special commitment to Service above Self in guiding our club is to be commended!

April 11: Michelle announced the International Fair from 6-8 PM. There is a $5 at the door donation, but there will be lots of food and great young adults to meet!

April 18:  Our meeting with be cancelled in favor of the April 17 All Area Rotary Club Noon Meeting at the Round Barn.

April 27: Eastern Illinois Food Repack 5:30 – 7:30, 2405 N. Shore Dr., Urbana, IL 61802. 

May 11: Bob announced a planned Habitat for Humanity project. More info to follow at a later date.

Books for Prisoners: If you have books, dictionaries and non-fiction in particular, please bring them to a meeting. Mary is our coordinating.

 

PROGRAM

David introduced Kathy Sweedler, University of Illinois Extension Educator of Consumer Economics.

Kathy Sweedler provides consumer economics programming in a four-county area of Central Illinois for individuals and families, with an emphasis in the area of financial management. Kathy focuses on providing individuals with research-based information and strategies to help them make positive changes in their financial behaviors.

Kathy and her team are called Money Mentors. Money Mentors are volunteers who help individuals with their money management. Money Mentors assist mentees in free and confidential one-on-one meetings with budgeting, building savings, setting goals, managing credit and organizing finances.

Money Mentors can be used by just about everyone, from junior high students learning about the importance of savings to older adults learning about and avoiding financial exploitation schemes. Many clients are doing fine with money management but want to explore ways to do even better.

Money Mentors are always looking for new Money Mentor volunteers. Volunteers are trained by Kathy’s staff. Contact Kathy if you are interested in becoming a volunteer Money Mentor.

For more information see Money Mentors: go.illinois.edu/MoneyMentors

 

 

  Apr 11th April 18th Apr 25th May 2nd
Introductions Maarten de Witte Meeting  Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan
Reflection Darrell Hoemann cancelled Andrew Kerins Bob La Charite
Greeters Maarten de Witte due to  Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan
Scott Paceley all-area Robb Patton Allan Penwell
Song Leader Ben Mast Rotary meeting John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo
Notetaker Perry   Penwell Hodson

 

 

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

April 11th – William O Brien, PhD, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC, will speak about his research projects involving ultrasonic bioengineering and biophysics (Mary)

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 – TBD (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

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March 28th, 2019 Newsletter

 

“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
(notes provided by the unconventional and unorthodox Paul Conforti)

 

April 4: CU Sunrise officer election will be held at our meeting.

April 11: Michelle announced the International Fair from 6-8 PM.

April 18:  Our meeting with be cancelled in favor of the April 17 All Area Rotary Club Noon Meeting at the Round Barn.

April 27: Eastern Illinois Food Repack 5:30 – 7:30 at their facility, 2405 N. Shore Dr., Urbana, IL 61802. 

Books for Prisoners: If you have books, dictionaries and non-fiction in particular, please bring them to a meeting. Mary is coordinating the effort.

 

PROGRAM

Charlie introduced a fun new CU Sunrise feature called “Whose My Rotarian” in which current CU Sunrisers read brief but informative personal bios including four little known but interesting factoids about themselves, one of which may not actually be true. CU Sunrisers were asked to guess which factoids they suspected to be untrue.

Cary went first and actually was thrown off an express train in France once upon a time.

Maarten was the second contestant and has had lunch with both Donald Trump and Buckminster Fuller (but not at the same time).

Michelle followed, and who knew she’s into novelty socks?

Jenn has done a little of everything.

Larry allegedly is a homebody and adverse to travel.

Charlie went last and demonstrated (by his revelation of having a Panamanian supreme court judge as a relative) that this new feature is both informative and fun.

 

 

 

  Apr 4th Apr 11th April 18th Apr 25th
Introductions Paul Conforti Maarten de Witte Meeting  Diana Dummitt
Reflection Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann cancelled Andrew Kerins
Greeters Paul Conforti Maarten de Witte due to  Diana Dummitt
Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley all-area Robb Patton
Song Leader Candy Loyd Ben Mast Rotary meeting John McDaniel
Notetaker Conforti Perry   Penwell

 

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

March 28th – TBD (Charlie)

April 4th –  Kathy Sweedler, University of Illinois Extension, will speak about the Money Mentor program (David)

April 11th – William O Brien, PhD, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will speak about his research projects involving ultrasonic bioengineering and biophysics (Mary)

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 – TBD (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

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March 21st, 2019 Newsletter

 

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” –Booker T. Washington

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Michelle announced two Interact events at Central High School: the Interact Trivia Night on March 30 and the International Fair from 6-8 PM on April 11.

 

The April 18 meeting with be cancelled in favor of the April 17 All Area Rotary Club Noon Meeting at the Round Barn.

 

David Henry announced that his family will host a Rotary Youth Exchange from Thailand in the fall.

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Bob introduced Professor Eric Freyfogel, Swanlund Chair Emeritus at the University of Illlinois College of Law.  Professor Freyfogel specializes in conservation law and private property rights.   He authored the first wildlife law casebook.  His newest book, “Wildlife Law, a Primer”, will come out later this year.  Professor Freyfogel also serves on the boards of the National Wildlife Federation and Prairie Rivers Network.

 

People have moved animals with them across continents.  Red Foxes, Ring Necked Pheasants, House Sparrows, European Starlings and Asian Carp are all immigrants to this area.  However, only about 10% of animals introduced into a new area can survive.   For example, sixty-five species of parrots are found in Florida but few reproduce.  There are rising populations of species that get along with people, such as Canada Geese, White Tailed Deer, and Raccoons.  They thrive because their natural predators are missing.

 

Due to the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, birds are the most protected animals in this country. Some larger birds such as the Coopers Hawk, Bald Eagle, Great Blue Herron, Wild Turkey and Sandhill Crane are rebounding or returning to Illinois.

 

However, human activity has reduced the world’s biomass of wild animals by seven-fold.  Studies have established that there is a significant decline in wildlife populations around the world, caused primarily by loss of habitat or habitat fragmentation.  In May 2017, a study completed by the National Academy of Science concluded that 96% of the biomass of mammals on the planet are either humans or livestock.  Poultry outnumber wild birds by four to one.  Another study showed a 60% decline in average vertebrate populations since 1970.  There is also a massive decline in insect populations around the world.  This is significant because insects are at the base of the food chain.

 

Climate change will also affect animal populations.  In other words, the 6th mass extinction crisis is in progress.  

 

Professor Freyfogel said that wildlife will come back if you provide a habitat.  He thinks the government as well as individuals should take a more active role in restoring animal habitats

 

 

  Mar 28th Apr 4th Apr 11th April 18th
Introductions Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Maarten de Witte Meeting 
Reflection David Henry Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann cancelled
Greeters Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Maarten de Witte due to 
John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley all-area
Song Leader Bob La Charite Candy Loyd Ben Mast Rotary meeting
Notetaker Conforti Conforti Perry  

 

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

March 28th – TBD (Charlie)

April 4th –  Kathy Sweedler, University of Illinois Extension, will speak about the Money Mentor program (David)

April 11th – William O Brien, PhD, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will speak about his research projects involving ultrasonic bioengineering and biophysics (Mary)

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 – TBD (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

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March 14th, 2019 Newsletter

 

“If you don’t have any critics you’ll likely have no success.” – Malcolm X

 

“The people who succeed are irrationally passionate about something.” – Naval Ravikant

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)

Club elections will take place during our April 4th meeting. We also plan to have a club assembly in April.

 

Champaign West is again hosting the annual celebration of the founding of Rotary. Mark your calendars for April 17 for this event which is the 114th anniversary at the Round Barn Center. We will be taking a head count, and also volunteers are needed.

 

PROGRAM

Our speaker at the meeting on March 14th was Kimberly Kendall, PhD. Her topic was “Aging, Leisure, Stress & Wellness in Our Culture and in C-U.”

Kim comes from a large family, and family was everything to her mother. After her husband passed away, Kim was able to observe her mother and how she handled this life-changing event.

There are three themes of research in the step to wellness for seniors which are called the Tripod of Success:  (1) leisure, (2) fitness, and (3) mental wellness.

Leisure wellness has two components which are cognitive and physical. Cognitive includes examples of reading, writing, and card games. Physical would include examples like swimming, biking, and walking. Both of these lead to a happy leisure theme.

Stressor components are health and financial well-being. Seniors need to get help from others to include relatives, friends, and professionals. Let your friends be real people and not the television set. One needs to accept his or her new role in life.

Mental wellness is connected to success in the leisure and stressor elements and understanding your new identity. Kim closed with this quote from Kierkegaard—“Although life must be lived forward, it can only be understood by looking back.”

 

 

 

  Mar 21st Mar 28th Apr 4th Apr 11th
Introductions Michelle Barbey Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Maarten de Witte
Reflection Ondine Gross David Henry Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann
Greeters Michelle Barbey Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Maarten de Witte
Candy Loyd John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley
Song Leader Larry Johnson Bob La Charite Candy Loyd Ben Mast
Notetaker Hodson Conforti Conforti Perry

 

 

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

March 21st – Eric Freyfogle, Research Professor and Swanlund Chair, Emeritus, University of Illinois College of Law will discuss dwindling wildlife populations (Bob)

March 28th – TBD (Charlie)

April 4th –  Kathy Sweedler, University of Illinois Extension, will speak about the Money Mentor program (David)

April 11th – William O Brien, PhD, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will speak about his research projects involving ultrasonic bioengineering and biophysics (Mary)

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

April 25th – TBD (Phyllis)

May 2nd – Club Assembly 

May 9th – TBD (Bob)

May 16th – TBD (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

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