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November 8th, 2018 Newsletter

 

Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” ― Pope John Paul II 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

 

The club gave a warm welcome to past member Coletta Ackermann who was back in the area. 

 

Cary thanked Phyillis for her work in getting the District’s Grant money. The check has been received and will go to help the Times Shelter. 

 

Michelle thanks all those who helped this past Saturday with the Champaign Central Interact Club’s 5k fundraiser. CU Sunrise and Savoy’s Rotary club teamed up to help with this event. 

 

Cary noted that we will again be called upon this holiday season with bell ringing duties for the Salvation Army. Like past year’s we will be at the Walmart on north Prospect in Champaign. A sign-up sheet will be passed around at a future club meeting.

 

Robb noted that the Fruit Sale is going strong and would like all orders in as soon as possible. The Grapefruit and Oranges should be available for distribution the week of December 10th. The club’s wish is to have each member sell a minimum of 15 cases or donate $200 or a combination there of to reach our Club goal of $7,000.

 

PROGRAM

 

Bob introduced Dr. Angela Williams, associate director at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Dr. Williams topic this morning was “Hip Hop and Woman’s Voices in the Middle East and Africa. She presented information on the several current female rappers in that area and the message they are presenting. Music is one way to help change take place.

 

Hip Hop artists such as Soultana from Morocco, Malikah from Lebanon, Shada Mansour from Palestine, Mayan Mahmound from Eqypt and Salome MC from Iran were highlighted. These artists are raising their voices on current issues in the area. Such issues include women’s rights and historical social practices, the restrictions placed on women, women empowerment, clothing, respect and sexual harassment.These same issues continue in many countries today.

 

Dr. Williams presented video examples of several musical pieces. One video clip was from a TV show “Arabs Got Talent”, a popular show in the Middle East. Through social media, such as YouTube, Facebook and Soundcloud, also allows the performers to present their work to the people. Public performances/concerts, especially by women, can be restricted in many of these countries. 

 

 

  Nov 15th Nov 22nd Nov 29th Dec 6th
Introductions Ben Mast No  John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo
Reflection Larry Johnson meeting Bob La Charite Candy Loyd
Greeters Ben Mast on John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo
Charlie Smith Turkey Mary Kay Smithy Adam Wright
Song Leader Angie Schoonover Day Jen Shelby Lou Simpson
Notetaker Penwell   Hodson Conforti

 

 

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

November 15th – Bryan Medlin, Illinois Wrestling’s Regional Training Center (Charlie)

November 22nd – No Meeting – Thanksgiving

November 29th – Sue Grey, President / CEO United Way of Champaign County (David)

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

December 13th – TBD (Phyllis)

December 20th – TBD (Tom)

December 27th – TBD (Bob)

January 3rd – TBD (Charlie)

January 10th – TBD (David)

January 17th – TBD (Mary)

January 24th – TBD (Phyllis)

January 31st – TBD (Tom)

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November 1st, 2018 Newsletter

 

Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.” ― Marilu Henner 

 

There is nothing wrong in change, if it is in the right direction. To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.” ― Winston Churchill 

 

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” ― Buddha 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(notes provided by the unconventional and unorthodox Paul Conforti)

 

Tom Hodson, visiting from Champaign West, is taking orders for his club’s annual poinsettia sale. $10 each, deadline is Wednesday 11/28 and poinsettia pick up is 12/7 & 8. Send your order to cwrpoinsettia@gmail.com. Make checks payable to CWRC or call Susan Jepson at 217-202-1466. There are 3 choices: White Pink and Red.

 

CU Sunrise Fruit Fundraiser – Fruit Orders are due 11/19

 

District 7730 Raffle Fundraiser at www.rotary7730.org/

Grand Prize: 2019 Chevy Corvette (or $50,000 cash)

Drawing is December 15th (That Vette sure would look sweet on a snowy Thursday morning at 6:30am wherever our January meetings are going to be!)

 

Ata announced this year’s Rotary tribute to veterans, Veteran’s Day One on One, to be held Sunday November 11, at the Round Barn Center from 3pm to 6pm. This years keynote speaker is Royal P. Mortenson, Director Illinois Fire Service Institute, Colonel, USMC (Retired). Make sure you invite a veteran and sign up in advance. The admission cost with lunch is $20.00 per person.

 

PROGRAM

 

Our speaker this week was Kim Bryan, Director and founder of Rattle the Stars.

On April 7, 2016, Kim’s son Sam died of suicide. He was 19. Sam’s death shocked everyone who knew him. He was the last person anyone would think was depressed or suicidal. He was always smiling and goofy, doing anything to get a laugh out of those around him. He was involved in activities, running cross-country and track, playing percussion in the band, and playing ultimate Frisbee with several leagues. He was a lifeguard and was studying to be a firefighter because he was so passionate about saving others. He was surrounded by friends and family who loved him deeply. None of that was enough to overcome the power of the depression that took his thoughts and emotions hostage. Sam was diagnosed with depression less than 6 months before his death, but he had struggled with the illness since his early teens.

Kim started Rattle the Stars because she found there was a significant lack of information about suicide, for those who could benefit from knowing about an illness they felt powerless to overcome, but also for those (parents, students, friends and relatives) who had experienced suicide from someone in their lives. What do you do, what can you say? These are areas Kim’s organization is attempting to bridge.

In Champaign County there are approximately two times as many suicides than homicides annually.

Their mission is to beat the stigma of mental illness and prevent suicide in adolescents and young adults. To normalize the topics of mental illness and suicide so that no one ever feels alone or suffers in silence. Mental illness and suicide are not individual level issues and cannot be treated by individual level responses. People with mental illness and suicidal thoughts cannot be expected to be solely responsible for securing their own care. One cannot and should not wait for those suffering to to ask for help. We must identify them and intervene. We empower people to have constructive conversations about mental illness and suicide so that they can better help those who need them.

Donations and support are welcome and needed. Learn more at: rattlethestars.org

 

  Nov 8th Nov 15th Nov 22nd Nov 29th
Introductions Candy Loyd Ben Mast No  John McDaniel
Reflection Darrell Hoemann Larry Johnson meeting Bob La Charite
Greeters Candy Loyd Ben Mast on John McDaniel
Jen Shelby Charlie Smith Turkey Mary Kay Smithy
Song Leader Rod Roberts Angie Schoonover Day Jen Shelby
Notetaker Perry Penwell   Hodson

 

 

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

November 8th – Dr. Angela Williams, Associate Director, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, UIUC (Bob)

November 15th – Bryan Medlin, Illinois Wrestling’s Regional Training Center (Charlie)

November 22nd – No Meeting – Thanksgiving

November 29th – Sue Grey, President / CEO United Way of Champaign County (David)

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

December 13th – TBD (Phyllis)

December 20th – TBD (Tom)

December 27th – TBD (Bob)

January 3rd – TBD (Charlie)

January 10th – TBD (David)

January 17th – TBD (Mary)

January 24th – TBD (Phyllis)

January 31st – TBD (Tom)

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October 25th, 2018 Newsletter

 

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” ― Maya Angelou 

 

Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.” ― Richard Bach 

 

Grief can take care if itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.” ― Mark Twain 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(notes provided by the erudite Mary Hodson)

 

Cary announced that for health reasons, Neil is leaving the club.  Please contact Neil and wish him well.

 

Nestor Ramirez announced Prescription Drug Pay Back Day.   You can drop off old prescription drugs in a box at the OSF lobby.

 

Fruit orders are due by November 16.

 

Diana introduced Kim Bryan.   Kim is a potential member who will be our speaker next week.

 

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Mary introduced Chris Gleason, Executive Director of Rosecrance Central Illinois.  Rosecrance was originally founded as an orphanage in Rockford, Illinois.   Today, their mission has grown to include addiction treatment programs.   Rosecrance recently acquired Community Elements and the Prairie Center.   

 

Unless someone has cancer or a serious bone break, Ibruprofen or Tylenol are sufficient for pain control.   

 

People addicted to alcohol are two times more likely to get addicted to heroin.   People who use marijuana are three times more likely to become addicted to heroin.   People who use cocaine are 15 times more likely to do so.   People who become addicted to opioid painkillers are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin.  A bag of heroin costs just $10-20 and it takes just two weeks to get addicted. 

 

Champaign County had 56 opiate related mortalities last year.   That number is actually low compared to other counties in Illinois.   Those dying are typically age 22-27 or 55 and older.   Older people often get confused about their meds and don’t remember how many they have taken.  On average, 172 Americans die from opiate overdoses every day.

 

When someone goes to the Emergency Room with an overdose, they are given Narcan and sent home.   Chris’ dream would be to see those individuals referred immediately to an addiction counselor.    There will be no wait list for services at Rosecrance of Central Illinois.   Rosecrance provides services at their facilities located on Fox Drive, Walnut St. and Killarney.   Their Hill St. residential facility is moving to Moreland Dr. near Hobby Lobby.  

 

What can we do to help?   We need to support families touched by addiction just as we support families touched by cancer.   The most beneficial thing families can do is to sit down and have a family meal every night.   And we all should go through our medicine cabinets and take unused prescription drugs to drop off sites like OSF and the police department.  

 

  Nov 1st Nov 8th Nov 15th Nov 22nd
Introductions Bob La Charite Candy Loyd Ben Mast No 
Reflection Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann Larry Johnson meeting
Greeters Bob La Charite Candy Loyd Ben Mast on
Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Charlie Smith Turkey
Song Leader Ed Perry Rod Roberts Angie Schoonover Day
Notetaker Conforti Perry Penwell  

 

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

November 1st – Kim Bryan, Executive Director, Rattle the Stars (Diana)

November 8th – Dr. Angela Williams, Associate Director, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, UIUC (Bob)

November 15th – Bryan Medlin, Illinois Wrestling’s Regional Training Center (Charlie)

November 22nd – No Meeting – Thanksgiving

November 29th – Sue Grey, President / CEO United Way of Champaign County (David)

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

December 13th – TBD (Phyllis)

December 20th – TBD (Tom)

December 27th – TBD (Bob)

January 3rd – TBD (Charlie)

January 10th – TBD (David)

January 17th – TBD (Mary)

January 24th – TBD (Phyllis)

January 31st – TBD (Tom)

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October 18th, 2018 Newsletter

 

Truth is, I’ll never know all there is to know about you just as you will never know all there is to know about me. Humans are by nature too complicated to be understood fully. So, we can choose either to approach our fellow human beings with suspicion or to approach them with an open mind, a dash of optimism and a great deal of candor.” ― Tom Hanks 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)

The Interact 5K run is on November 3rd, and we will need to have some volunteers. See Michelle.

 

Veterans One-on-One is on November 11th. See Ata for further information or visit the web page at http://veteransdayoneonone.com.

 

Robb announced the annual fruit sale has started. The goal is to have a profit of $7,000 of which half will go to Crisis Nursery and the balance to Sunrise Charitable Foundation. Oktay passed around sign-up sheets for members to visit other area clubs.

 

Keith announced the Holiday Party is to be at the Hawthorne Suites on December 15th. It will be a family event so bring your family members.

 

Bob noted there will be a Habitat for Humanity work party on December 13th. It will be inside work and more details later.

 

PROGRAM

The speakers on October 18th were introduced by Ed Perry. They were Abdul McWhorter and Kate Williams-McWhorter who are with the University of Illinois. They have written a book, New Philadelphia: Can America Be America Again?

New Philadelphia in Pike County, Illinois was founded by Free Frank McWhorter in 1836. Frank McWhorter was the son of a Scotch-Irish farmer in Kentucky and an African mother. His father, George McWhorter, actually owned him. Frank McWhorter was entrepreneurial and made enough money to purchase him out of slavery.

Frank moved to Pike County, Illinois and organized the town of New Philadelphia which does not exist today. It grew as a multi-racial town during an age which was filled with racial strife. As Frank sold lots he was able to make enough money to purchase other family members out of slavery.

Frank McWhorter made a contribution to freedom and organized the community to help freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad travel to Canada. The town grew to a population of 165, but when the railroad came through, it bypassed the town. There were no likely reasons the railroad went around the town except for racial bias. People gradually moved away in the late 1800s and the land reverted to agriculture and prairie.

Abdul McWhorter is the great-great grandson of Free Frank McWhorter.

 

 

  Oct 25th Nov 1st Nov 8th Nov 15th
Introductions Larry Johnson Bob La Charite Candy Loyd Ben Mast
Reflection David Henry Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann Larry Johnson
Greeters Larry Johnson Bob La Charite Candy Loyd Ben Mast
Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby
Song Leader Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite
Notetaker Hodson Conforti Perry Penwell

 

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

October 25th – Chris Gleason, Executive Director, Rosecrance Central Illinois, will speak about the heroin/opioid crisis in central Illinois (Phyllis)

November 1st – Kim Bryan, Executive Director, Rattle the Stars (Diana)

November 8th – Dr. Angela Williams, Associate Director, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, UIUC (Bob)

November 15th – Bryan Medlin, Illinois Wrestling’s Regional Training Center (Charlie)

November 22nd – No Meeting – Thanksgiving

November 29th – Sue Grey, President / CEO United Way of Champaign County (David)

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

December 13th – TBD (Phyllis)

December 20th – TBD (Tom)

December 27th – TBD (Bob)

January 3rd – TBD (Charlie)

January 10th – TBD (David)

January 17th – TBD (Mary)

January 24th – TBD (Phyllis)

January 31st – TBD (Tom)

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October11th, 2018 Newsletter

 

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.” ― Confucius 

 

Never respond to an angry person with a fiery comeback, even if he deserves it… Don’t allow his anger to become your anger.” ― Bohdi Sanders 

 

True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.” ― Baltasar Gracian 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS          

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

 

Many activities and chances to volunteer are taking place these next few weeks:

*October 19: and 20th, Rotary District Conference in Normal, Illinois

*October 20: Eastern Illinois Food Bank’s food distribution in Mansfield, lL. at the Fire Station

*Nov. 3: Central Interact Club’s 5k run fundraiser 8:30 to 11:30am at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana

*Nov. 12: Veterans Luncheon at the Round Barn Center

 

Rob announced more information about this year’s club Fruit Sale. Our annual fundraiser will officially start in the next couple weeks, but you can start selling fruit now. Our goals for this year are for each club member to sell an average of 14 cases ($27 each) or contribute $200+/- in cash. A portion of the money this year will go to The Crisis Nursery. Orders will need to be in by November 16th with an estimated delivery date of the fruit on December 10th. 

 

Phyllis noted that The Times Center has purchased bed sheets and pillow cases for their men’s shelter with our donation from last year’s Fruit Sale. 

 

PROGRAM

 

Allan Penwell presented a program on his recent trip to Paris, France. He and his daughter, Ali, along with his son-in-law and family visited Paris for ten days in early September.

 

Staying in the heart of the city in a typical Paris street apartment with its elegant entrance doors, views from large windows and interior court yards, they were able to visit many historic locations, museums that contained the original works of art, enjoy fresh French pastries and meals, or just relax with a bottle of vino in many locations on the streets of Paris. 

 

Allan and family enjoyed the perfect fall weather for walking through the various neighborhoods, took advantage of Paris’ fine subway system, individual tour guide services, and a dinner cruise on the Seine river through the heart of Paris.   

 

His presentation included many photos of the trip such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre Museum, Arc de Triumphe, the Palace and Gardens of Versailles and a short trip to a region of Normandy, France.

 

Allan mentioned that he took art history classes in college and was able to see and enjoy the original works of several France’s great painters. 

 

  Oct 18th Oct 25th Nov 1st Nov 8th
Introductions Darrell Hoemann Larry Johnson Bob La Charite Candy Loyd
Reflection Ata Durukan David Henry Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann
Greeters Darrell Hoemann Larry Johnson Bob La Charite Candy Loyd
Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover
Song Leader Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts
Notetaker Penwell Hodson Conforti Perry

 

 

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

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 – Kim Bryan, Executive Director, Rattle the Stars (Diana)

November 8th – Dr. Angela Williams, Associate Director, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, UIUC (Bob)

November 15th – Bryan Medlin, Illinois Wrestling’s Regional Training Center (Charlie)

November 22nd – No Meeting – Thanksgiving

November 29th – Sue Grey, President / CEO United Way of Champaign County (David)

December 6th – TBD

December 13th – TBD

December 20th – TBD

December 27th – TBD

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October 4th, 2018 Newsletter

 

I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life; I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” ― Theodore Roosevelt 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bucket Money for October is for Urbana High School

Michele announced our November volunteer project helping with the Central Interact 5k. It will be take place from 8:30 – 11:00 (race 9:00 – 10:30) on Saturday, November 3rd at Crystal Lake Park.  We will meet at the Lake House, and volunteer parking is available off of Broadway Ave. Responsibilities include: We will be stationed near streets or parking lot entrances to prevent cars from entering the course and to cheer and direct runners. We will help with any clean up after the race.  Please let Michelle know if you will be able to take part in this event, and if you would like to order a race t-shirt ($12-$15 and orders due by 10/16). Michelle will bring a signup sheet to the next couple of meetings.

On October 11 the News Gazette will hold it’s annual Forty Under 40 luncheon and one of our members, Angela Schoonover , is being honored. The event will run from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the Hilton Garden Inn. Contact President Cary Woolard for more information.

Mark your calendars for the annual Veterans luncheon on Monday November 12 at the Round Barn Center (more info to follow).

CU Sunrise Holiday Party – if you have any ideas and or suggestions please see or contact Keith (kbrandau@fehr-graham.com)

Holiday Fruit Sale is approaching. Cases of fruit will once again be $27.  It is suggested that each member contribute $200 or sell at least 8 cases.

 

Phyllis, Billy and Charlie are the search committee for a new meeting location as our current contract expires December 31 of this year. If you have any suggestions on this matter please contact our committee.

Phyllis Mischo – phyllismischo@gmail.com

Billy Stull – bstull@stephensstull.com

Charlie – csmith1991@yahoo.com 

 

 

SPEAKER

 

There was not a speaker at this meeting.

 

  Oct 11th Oct 18th Oct 25th Nov 1st
Introductions Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann Larry Johnson Bob La Charite
Reflection Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan David Henry Mary Hodson
Greeters Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann Larry Johnson Bob La Charite
Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite
Song Leader Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry
Notetaker Perry Penwell Hodson Conforti

 

 

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

 

October 11th – TBD

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 – Kim Bryan, Executive Director, Rattle the Stars (Diana)

November 8th – Dr. Angela Williams, Associate Director, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, UIUC (Bob)

November 15th – Bryan Medlin, Illinois Wrestling’s Regional Training Center (Charlie)

November 22nd – No Meeting – Thanksgiving

November 29th – TBD (David)

December 6th – TBD

December 13th – TBD

December 20th – TBD

December 27th – TBD

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September 27th, 2018 Newsletter

 

Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.” ― Robert A. Heinlein 

 

Living in the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causes you to bump into people not going your way.” ― Edna Ferber 

 

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” ― Abraham Lincoln 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(notes provided by the erudite Mary Hodson)

 

This was Tod’s last meeting before leaving for Bohol Province, Philippines.

 

October 11, 11:30 AM, “40 Under 40” lunch at Hilton Garden Inn.   The Club has reserved a table.  Contact Cary.

 

District Conference is October 19-20.  See the District newsletter for reservations.

 

The Interact Race for the Crisis Nursery will be on Saturday, November 3.   Contact Michelle if you can help.

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Benjamin Lapid returned to give us a program on the “Customs and Traditions in Orthodox Weddings”.

 

Ben explained that Orthodox Jewish couples meet their prospective spouse through a matchmaker and there is a very low divorce rate among these couples.  The matchmakers match couples based on economic background and the level of religious observance.   When the girl agrees, the two meet in a public place and talk about their values and how they want to live.  

 

If the couple agree, their families meet to agree on a marriage contract.   The contract covers what wedding expenses each of the two families are going to pay for and how they are going to support the couple in the early years of the marriage.   Once the contract is settled, the couple are married right away.   A broken engagement would reflect poorly on both families.

 

The wedding photographs are taken before the wedding.  Because the bride and groom cannot see each other for two weeks before the wedding, her picture is later photoshopped into the pictures.  

 

The bride is brought to the reception by the two mothers.  The contract is read and the women break a plate to signify that there is no return.

 

Then the groom is brought in.  He does a reading and throws a veil over the bride’s face.  This is so that the people don’t focus on her exterior beauty, rather on the inner beauty.   Her father blesses her.   He is the only man allowed to touch the bride.

 

The groom is taken to a separate room where his tie, belt and shoe laces are loosened.   This is to signify that he has come “open” to the marriage.  The groom is blessed and both are lead to the Chuppah with two candles.  The bride goes around the groom seven times, a sacred number.  

 

After the ceremony there is a sermon and a glass is broken.  Then the couple go to a private room.  A silver spoon is placed at the door to symbolize affluence.

 

At the reception, the bride dances with all the women and the groom dances with all of the men in attendance.   After the solemn ceremony, this is a joyous and fun filled event.   

 

Thanks to Ben for an informative program!

 

SPECIAL NOTE 

Veterans Day One on One, a dinner event to honor veterans for their service, will be held on November 11th, 2018 at the Round Barn Banquet Centre.  The event runs from 3:00 – 6:00PM, with the program beginning at 4:00PM.  Tickets are $20 each for you and your veteran guest.  See Ata for further details.

 

  Oct 4th Oct 11th Oct 18th Oct 25th
Introductions David Henry Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann Larry Johnson
Reflection Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan David Henry
Greeters David Henry Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann Larry Johnson
Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts
Song Leader Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell
Notetaker Conforti Perry Penwell Hodson

 

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

October 4th – Todd Gleason, Media Communications Specialist, News & Public Affairs (Radio), University of Illinois Extension (Charlie)

October 11th – Nancy Fahey, Head Coach, UIUC Women’s Basketball (Mary/Jen)

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 – Kim Bryan, Executive Director, Rattle the Stars (Diana)

November 8th – Dr. Angela Williams, Associate Director, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, UIUC (Bob)

November 15th – Bryan Medlin, Illinois Wrestling’s Regional Training Center (Charlie)

November 22nd – No Meeting – Thanksgiving

November 29th – TBD (David)

December 6th – TBD

December 13th – TBD

December 20th – TBD

December 27th – TBD

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September 20th, 2018 Newsletter

 

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”  ― Louisa May Alcott

 

True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.” ― George Washington 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)

If you don’t see Tod Satterthwaite at club meetings for the next six months, it is for a good reason. He will be doing Peace Corps volunteer work in the Philippines. His work will be related to eco-tourism to create jobs. This isn’t his first time doing Peace Corps work. Tod was a volunteer in the West Indies in 2010, and did a two-year stint in 1990-1992. Safe travels!

 

Michelle thanked everyone who donated to the Interact car wash on September 15th. The Interact 5K is on November 3rd, and we will need to have some volunteers.

 

PROGRAM

Our speaker last week was Deb Feinen, Mayor of the City of Champaign. There are many projects going on with city planning:  the Neil Street Corridor Plan, the Curtis Road interchange, and the ice hockey rink called The Yard. Deb talked to us about a lesser known project simply called The Plaza.

The Plaza is the football-size triangle that is the big parking lot next to the Orpheum Children’s Museum and Meyer Drapery. It is presently in the conceptual stages as a gathering place for entertainment and community events where people don’t have to spend money. There are seven different areas of focus.

The Neil Street Esplanade (1) will be a walking area and entrance way into The Plaza. Washington Street (2) will have additional parking to make up for the loss of spaces in the new area. The Hickory Promenade (3) is the north-south Hickory Street which now dead ends into Washington Street. This will be an area for emergency vehicles and a spill-out space for businesses.

The north-east corner (4) will be adjacent to Hickory Street and another entrance way. The Great Lawn (5) will be entertainment space with a permanent stage space. It is located on the corner of Neil and Washington. The Plaza at Hill (6) is where Hill Street dead-ends into Neil Street and located next to The Great Lawn. There will be a water feature and possibly a skating rink. The Performance Perch (7) is a small entertainment area adjacent to Neil Street.

The price tag for The Plaza ranges from $7 to $15 million, and features would probably be phased in. It’s important to finish up on the concept plan as grants are available.

 

 

  Sept 27th Oct 4th Oct 11th Oct 18th
Introductions Ata Durukan David Henry Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann
Reflection Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan
Greeters Ata Durukan David Henry Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann
Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry
Song Leader John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley Robb Patton
Notetaker Hodson Conforti Perry Penwell

 

 

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

September 27th – Benjamin Lapid, Traditions in Jewish weddings (Bob)

October 4th – Todd Gleason, Media Communications Specialist, News & Public Affairs (Radio), University of Illinois Extension (Charlie)

October 11th – Nancy Fahey, Head Coach, UIUC Women’s Basketball (Mary/Jen)

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 – Dr. Angela Williams, Associate Director, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, UIUC (Bob)

November 15th – Bryan Medlin, Illinois Wrestling’s Regional Training Center (Charlie)

November 22nd – No Meeting – Thanksgiving

November 29th – TBD (David)

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September 13th, 2018 Newsletter

 

May we not succumb to thoughts of violence and revenge today, but rather to thoughts of mercy and compassion. We are to love our enemies that they might be returned to their right minds.” ― Marianne Williamson 

 

 The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” ― Oscar Wilde 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(Notes provided by the distinguished gentleman from Connecticut, Eddie Perry)

 

Cary noted that we need a new Projects committee chair. Past chair, Tod Satterthwaite, will be absent from club meetings starting in October as he and his wife, Beth, head to the Philippines with the Peace Corp.

 

David noted that his daughter, Lauryn, has started school in Leon, France, as our Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student. 

 

This month’s Bucket Money is going to Dr. Howard’s PTA to help with their transition to temporary quarters during the school’s building project.

 

Cary reminded everyone to help support Central’s Rotary Interact Club this Saturday at their annual car wash.

 

PROGRAM

 

Phyllis introduced Becky Ames as this morning’s speaker. Becky is the coordinator for the Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network for our area. 

 

Gift of Hope is a not-for-profit organ and tissue procurement organization. They work with 180 hospitals and serve 12 million people in Illinois and Northwest Indiana. Since 1986, they have helped save the lives of over 26,000 organ transplant recipients. Currently there are 4,300 people in Illinois on the organ donor waiting list. Kidneys, lungs, hearts, liver, pancreas, and small bowel make up the majority of organ transplants. The cornea, heart valve, bone, vein, skin and cartilage make up the majority of tissue donations. 

 

Becky’s work begins when a hospital notifies the Gift of Hope that they have a certified donor in critical condition and on a ventilator. Using the patient’s medical records, the Gift of Hope evaluates the patient, talks with the family, looks for a recipient that will match, and coordinates/schedules organ pick-ups. Time is critical as four hours is the maximum time that an organ can survive outside the body. 

 

Becky also touched on the respectful discussions that are typically part of the process, including with the donor’s family members, funeral arrangements, possible future communications between recipients and donor family, and insurance coverage.  She kindly answered many questions from the club after her presentation.

 

Additional information can be found at www.giftofhope.org and how to sign up as an organ donor with the State of Illinois at www.lifegoeson.com.

 

 

  Sept 20th Sept 27th Oct 4th Oct 11th
Introductions Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan David Henry Mary Hodson
Reflection Keith Brandau Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt
Greeters Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan David Henry Mary Hodson
Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell
Song Leader Ben Mast John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley
Notetaker Penwell Hodson Conforti Perry

 

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

September 20th – Deb Feinen, Mayor, City of Champaign (Tom)

September 27th – Benjamin Lapid, Traditions in Jewish weddings (Bob)

October 4th – Todd Gleason, Media Communications Specialist, News & Public Affairs (Radio), University of Illinois Extension (Charlie)

October 11th – TBD (Mary)

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)

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September 6th, 2018 Newsletter

 

 

 Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.” ― Horace Greeley 

 

Never regret anything you have done with a sincere affection; nothing is lost that is born of the heart.” ― Basil Rathbone 

 

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” ― Sophia Loren 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

 

David Henry’s daughter, Lauryn, has now settled in France and is ready to start her year as our Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student.

 

Janis with DSC announced the annual C-U Oktoberfest on October 6th in Downtown Champaign. Activities run from 3pm to midnight with a $5 charge at the gate. This is DSC’s big fundraiser. They also need volunteers to help with the festivities. Check their web site for more information 

www.dsc-illinois.org.

 

Lou announced we are in second place +/- in the annual Rotary Club Football Guessing contest. David gave the point spread for this week’s games.

 

Volunteers are still needed for the Rotary District’s High School Writing Contest. Please contact Michelle for more information.

 

Sign-up sheets are available for this year’s Rotary District Conference. See the District’s newsletter for more information and the registration form.

 

Andrew received a heartfelt applause and song from the club for his birthday and his 10th anniversary of joining out club. At an old 37 years of age he is no longer the youngest member in our club.

 

PROGRAM

 

David introduced Emily Reichman of Hope Lives Rescue Ranch as today’s speaker. Hope Lives Rescue Ranch is a non-profit organization that aims to help at-risk youth and families recover from trauma, build resistance and find purpose through equine assisted learning and mentoring.

 

From early May to the end of September the ranch provides one-on-one, 90 minute sessions with kids from ages 8 to 18. With the use of horses and miniature donkey’s, the kids learn healthy relationships, self-esteem, and an understanding of healthy boundaries. Each 7 week session begins with 10 to 15 minutes of chores with the remaining time spent exercising and riding the horses/donkeys. Games are also played on horseback with all activities tailored to each individual’s abilities and needs.

 

They currently have 3 horses available for 5 sessions a day with plans to expand that number and build an indoor arena for winter sessions.  Sessions are free with operating costs received through donations and fundraising.

 

More information can be found on Facebook or at their website www.hopelivesrescue.org. The weekend of September 14 and 15th will be a fundraising yard sale for the ranch at Catalyst Creative Studio, 818 S. Market Street in Monticello, Il. 

 

 

  Septh 13th Sept 20th Sept 27th Oct 4th
Introductions Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan David Henry
Reflection Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Ethan Chew Paul Conforti
Greeters Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan David Henry
John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley Robb Patton
Song Leader Candy Loyd Ben Mast John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo

 

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

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 – Benjamin Lapid, Traditions in Jewish weddings (Bob)

October 4th – Todd Gleason, Media Communications Specialist, News & Public Affairs (Radio), University of Illinois Extension (Charlie)

October 11th – TBD (Mary)

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)

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