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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March 7th, 2019 Newsletter

 

“Before a child talks they sing.  Before they write they draw.  As soon as they stand they dance.  Art is fundamental to human expression.” – Phylicia Rashad

 

“Feelings are much like waves, we can’t stop them from coming but we can choose which ones to surf.” – Unknown

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(notes provided by the unorthodox and unconventional Paul Conforti)

 

Allan Penwell presented the following CU Sunrise officer and director slate. This slate of officers was recommended by the CU Sunrise board of directors nominating committee, and will be voted on at our April 4th meeting:

 

President-Elect: 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

 

A write in nomination line will also be on the ballot.

 

Michelle said the Read Across America (Saturday March 2nd) event went great and kids in attendance loved it. Thanks to all who helped with their participation and support.

 

Charlie announced a planned upcoming meeting game tentatively called “Name My Rotarian.” CU Sunrisers will be given a questionnaire asking questions about themselves, and at subsequent meetings these facts and interesting tidbits about our members will be read aloud and we’ll be asked to Name My Rotarian!

 

Central Interact is co-sponsoring a trivia event Saturday, March 30th with proceeds benefiting Austin’s Place. Please see the announcement sent by Michelle on February 28th to our members.

 

Mary Kay is going to Rotary Leadership Institute on March 30th at Richland Community College in Decatur. Join Mary Kay for a great six hours in learning about Rotary. 

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Phyllis introduced Dr. Don Wuebbles, The Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and University of Illinois Presidential Fellow, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Wuebbles (Don) gave his presentation titled Climate Change and the Four Way Test (Don is a Rotarian).

 

Dr. Wuebbles is an expert in atmospheric physics and chemistry, with over 500 scientific publications related to the Earth’s climate, air quality, and the ozone layer. His work provides analyses and development of metrics used in national and international policy and in developing analyses for understanding climate impacts on society and ecosystems, plus potential societal responses. He has co-authored a number of international and national scientific assessments, including several international climate assessments led by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that resulted in IPCC being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. 

 

Dr. Wuebbles has two degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois (1970, 1972) and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of California, Davis (1983).

Don and his wife Barbara are both from farming families in Illinois. They met at the University of Illinois when they were students and have been married for nearly 50 years. They have 3 sons and 5 grandchildren.

 

Dr. Wuebbles discussed the importance of distinguishing weather and climate. Weather describes the climate in terms of weeks whereas climate describes the weather in terms of decades. According to Dr. Wuebbles, The warmest years on record (since the 1880’s start of record keeping) are: 2016, 2017, 2015, 2018, and 2014. The year 2018 is the wettest winter on record in the U.S.

 

There have been warmer periods in Earth’s history; the difference is that recent warming activity is occurring more rapidly. At the arctic, changes are occurring twice the rate observed at more temperate latitudes. Our climate is changing, it is happening now, and it is happening at an extremely rapid pace. Natural cycles cannot explain these changes. 

 

Climate change is largely happening because of human activities and associated pollution. There are no credible alternative explanations. This assessment is data driven. Comparisons over time (1860 to present) of land surface temperature, sea surface temperature, tropospheric temperature, ocean heat content, humidity, snow cover, arctic sea ice and glacier mass all indicate a significant warming trend over this timeline and increasingly so since around 1980.

 

Certain types of extreme events show important trends both globally and in the United States: Heat waves are increasing in number and intensity, cold waves are decreasing, increased precipitation as larger events occur in the NE, increasing intensity of droughts in the SW, increased incidence of wildfires in the west and Alaska. Increasing intensity of hurricanes are expected and tornado activity will be more variable with an increase in outbreaks. The recent deadly large tornado in Alabama was not unto itself unusual, but the number of tornadoes that day was unusual making the intensity of any single one more difficult to predict.

 

Many lines of evidence demonstrate that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are primarily responsible for the observed climate changes.

 

What should we do?

There are only three options:

> Mitigation: measures to reduce the pace and magnitude of changes in the climate. 

> Adaption: measures to reduce the adverse impacts on human well-being resulting from climate change.

> Suffering: the adverse impacts and societal disruption not avoided by mitigation or adaption.

 

What can you do?

> Speak up!

> Write your representatives

> Vote with care

> Be energy efficient: LED light bulbs, efficient appliances, cold water washing

> Eat organic, less meat, buy local

> Use mass transit, walk, etc.

>Drive fuel efficient vehicles

>Use solar or other renewable energy

 

Don ended with a quote from his colleague Sir David King, head of the Chemistry Department at Cambridge and science advisor to the Prime Minister of the U.K., “Climate change is not the biggest challenge of our time, it’s the biggest challenge of all time.”

 

 

  Mar 14th Mar 21st Mar 28th Apr 4th
Introductions Keith Brandau Michelle Barbey Ethan Chew Paul Conforti
Reflection Adam Wright Ondine Gross David Henry Mary Hodson
Greeters Keith Brandau Michelle Barbey Ethan Chew Paul Conforti
Candy Loyd Ben Mast John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo
Song Leader Darrell Hoemann Larry Johnson Bob La Charite Candy Loyd
Notetaker Penwell Penwell Hodson Conforti

 

 

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

March 14th – Kimberly Kendall will discuss Leisure, Aging, and Wellness (Tom)

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 – TBD (Mary)

April 18th – TBD (Ondine)

April 25th – TBD (Phyllis)

May 2nd – TBD (Tom)

May 9th – TBD (Bob)

May 16th – TBD (Charlie)

May 23rd – TBD (David)

May 30th – TBD (Mary)

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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February 28th, 2019 Newsletter

 

“You can perceive real beauty in a person as they get older.” – Anouk Aimee

 

“Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.” – Will Rogers

 

“You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” – Louise Hay

 

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)

At our March 7th meeting the nominating committee will present its slate of officers and directors for the next Rotary year. If you have someone to nominate that is not on the list, nominations may be made from the floor. In accordance with our bylaws the club will vote on the recommendations at our April 4th meeting.

 

Central Interact is co-sponsoring a trivia event Saturday, March 30th with proceeds benefiting Austin’s Place. Please see the announcement sent by Michelle on February 28th to our members.

 

Mary Kay is going to Rotary Leadership Institute on March 30th at Richland Community College in Decatur. Join Mary Kay for a great six hours in learning about Rotary.

 

Allan was presented with his pin for his PHF+3. When asked by President Cary he commented that he became a Rotarian because Rotary has standards of personal conduct similar to when he was a Boy Scout, and he enjoys being part of a group. He joins Mary, Lou, and Maarten as Paul Harris Fellows at that giving level to The Rotary Foundation.

 

PROGRAM

Our speaker at last week’s meeting was Dr. George Gross who is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UIUC. George is also married to CUSR member Ondine Gross. George has consulted on electricity issues with utilities, government organizations and research institutions worldwide. George and Ondine moved to Champaign in 1993 and have twin daughters. The theme of the presentation was modernization of the electrical grid.

Electricity is the lifeblood of modern society and our key to global competitiveness. Retail sales of electricity in the U.S. are $400 billion annually which punctuates the need for affordable, reliable and especially clean electricity. It was noted that in countries where the standard of living increases, the demand for clean energy and lower pollution sources increases.

A transmission grid includes not only the transmission lines from differing sources but also the electricity generating stations. While electricity is abundant in the U.S., the grid is in need of upgrades. Our grids are owned by a mixture of federal, state, and municipal entities (even not for profits and cooperatives). This diverse ownership is an issue which contributes to the difficulty for all participants to focus equally on grid improvement.  Improvements include renewable energy sources, better demand response, and increasing capacity.

In Illinois, our transmission grid is #2 in the country in terms of modernization. On the flip side the Illinois energy source for electricity is 50% from coal whereas in the U.S. it has decreased to 30%. Very little of Illinois energy is hydroelectric, 9% is from wind, natural gas is 20%, and nuclear is 16%. Solar sources are still modest.

Renewable energy sources are increasing and total over 15% in the U.S. according to some statistics. Data from 2017 show the breakdown of renewables is 37.5% from wind, 44.1% from hydroelectric, and solar is 7.7% but increasing. The issue with wind and solar is storage because production is inconsistent. As of now, conventional power plants will still be needed unless energy storage advances well beyond the capability of today.

Commercial and personal transportation use the most fossil fuels with the exception of the one million electric cars in the U.S. Until there become more charging stations and more efficient electric cars, trucks and trains, there will not be a leap to renewable sources for transportation power. George told the story that when Tesla announced their Model 3 in 2016, there were 325,000 reservations for the car in the first seven days.  He was one of them, but availability was such that he recently had a notification that he could have one delivered but only if it had a black interior. He did not mention if he took them up on their offer.

 

  Mar 7th Mar 14th Mar 21st Mar 28th
Introductions Oktay Baran Keith Brandau Michelle Barbey Ethan Chew
Reflection Mary Kay Smith Adam Wright Ondine Gross David Henry
Greeters Oktay Baran Keith Brandau Michelle Barbey Ethan Chew
Bob La Charite Candy Loyd Ben Mast John McDaniel
Song Leader Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann Larry Johnson Bob La Charite
Notetaker Conforti Perry Penwell Hodson

 

 

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

March 7th – Don Wuebbles, The Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and University of Illinois Presidential Fellow, will speak about climate change (Phyllis)

March 14th – Kimberly Kendall will discuss Leisure, Aging, and Wellness (Tom)

March 21st – TBD (Bob)

March 28th – TBD (Charlie)

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

April 11th – TBD (Mary)

April 18th – TBD (Ondine)

April 25th – TBD (Phyllis)

May 2nd – TBD (Tom)

May 9th – TBD (Bob)

May 16th – TBD (Charlie)

May 23rd – TBD (

 

Rescheduled – William D O’Brien, Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC, will tell us about his current research in ultrasonic bioengineering (Mary)

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February 21st, 2019 Newsletter

 

“What we all need to do is find the wellspring that keeps us going, that gives us the strength and patience to keep up this struggle for a long time.” – Winona LaDuke

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(notes provided by the erudite Mary Hodson)

 

Condolences to Larry Johnson, whose father passed away on February 20.

 

Darrell reported that he attended the chartering of the Champaign Community Rotaract Club.    He also announced that he is offering head shots at his studio after the March meetings.

 

PROGRAM

 

Tom Ulen introduced his colleague Professor Robert Lawless.   Bob received his BA and JD at the University of Illinois.  He co-authored “Empirical Methods in Law” with Tom who recruited him to return to the University of Illinois to teach.  Bob has also worked with Elizabeth Warren on research in the field of Bankruptcy Law and recently authored a NYT article entitled “The Graying of US Bankruptcy and Fallout from Life in a Risk Society”.

 

Professor Lawless described the “Consumer Bankruptcy Project” founded by Senator Warren and two others.   They collect public court records on bankruptcies.  They send paper surveys to a random sample and follow up with telephone interviews.  The major reasons for bankruptcy cited by the respondents are medical, job interruption and divorce.  When asked what they did to try to avoid bankruptcy, younger people are more likely to say that they worked more.   Older people are more likely to say that they took money out of their 401k.  

 

The findings show that bankruptcies among those 65 and older are “exploding”.   In 1991, one in  25 bankruptcies were filed on behalf of people over age 65.   Today, one in eight are over 65, a 478% increase, and the statistics show that it is not just because the population is aging.  

 

Across all age groups, 2/3 of respondent cite medical costs as a reason.  Among young people, 21% cite student debt.   Among those 65 and older, 22% say that they have helped someone else financially.  

 

Professor Lawless also believes that the shift from defined benefit to defined contribution pension plans is causing risks to be shifted to older individuals.  According to Lawless, “Resources that  used to be there are no longer there, and we need to fix gaps in the safety net.”   He also blames the increase in bankruptcies on the increased access to consumer debt beginning in  the 1980’s.  He said that campaign contributions from the consumer finance industry are the “poster child” for campaign finance reform.

 

 

  Feb 28th Mar 7th Mar 14th Mar 21st
Introductions Adam Wright Oktay Baran Keith Brandau Michelle Barbey
Reflection Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith Adam Wright Ondine Gross
Greeters Adam Wright Oktay Baran Keith Brandau Michelle Barbey
Andrew Kerins Bob La Charite Candy Loyd Ben Mast
Song Leader David Henry Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann Larry Johnson
Notetaker Hodson Conforti Perry Penwell

 

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

February 28th – Dr. George Gross, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC (Ondine)

March 7th – Don Wuebbles, The Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and University of Illinois Presidential Fellow, will speak about climate change (Phyllis)

March 14th – Kimberly Kendall will discuss Leisure, Aging, and Wellness (Tom)

March 21st – TBD (Bob)

March 28th – TBD (Charlie)

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

April 11th – TBD (Mary)

April 18th – TBD (Ondine)

April 25th – TBD (Phyllis)

May 2nd – TBD

 

Rescheduled – William D O’Brien, Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC, will tell us about his current research in ultrasonic bioengineering (Mary)

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February 14th, 2019 Newsletter

 

“I’m fighting hard to make the world a better place, and you can, too. Get involved with your community, be a leader, set an example, be passionate, be your best.” – Gabrielle Giffords

 

“You’ve got to be confident when you’re competing. You’ve got to be a beast.” – Gabby Douglas

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

 

Michelle passed out a signup sheet for a few more readers needed at “Read Across America”, March 2 at Lincoln Square in Urbana.

 

Cary noted that all members are asked to double check the club listings for your email address and phone number. The current listing is available at the next few meetings. The plan is to contact each member by text when and if a meeting is canceled due to weather or other emergency. 

 

PROGRAM

 

Charlie introduced Mark Kessler as this morning’s speaker. Mark is an instructor at Parkland College and an advisor for Parkland’s “CobraVenture.” The CobraVenture program was established to give Parkland College students with entrepreneurial business ideas the opportunity to get real-word experience. Mark has a very successful business background, and he shared his experiences with Parkland students in the classroom as well as through CobraVenture.

 

For the past nine years Parkland College Foundation has been honoring local “Entrepreneurs of the Year.” Now, with CobraVenture, an advisory board picked 11 students, from 32 applications, as its first CobraVenture class. These selected students will participate in 10 learning workshops this spring focusing on launching their own businesses. The workshop topics deal with defining and selling your potential business, identifying your customer and developing a marketing plan along with understanding business law and financial management. At the last workshop, the students will “pitch” their business plan in a competition to a panel of judges who will award a $3,000.00 scholarship to the winner as seed money to start the company. 

 

Mark’s goal is for the students to encourage, engage, equip, and execute their plan into reality. While this is the first year for CobraVenture, it will become an annual event with workshops in the spring as invitations are already out for accepting applications this coming fall.

 

For more information please see Parkland College’s web site: CobraVenture. 

 

 

 

  Feb 21st Feb 28th Mar 7th Mar 14th
Introductions Mary Kay Smithy Adam Wright Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey
Reflection Jen Shelby Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith Adam Wright
Greeters Mary Kay Smith Adam Wright Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey
Darrell Hoemann Andrew Kerins Bob La Charite Candy Loyd
Song Leader Ata Durukan David Henry Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann
Notetaker Penwell Hodson Conforti Perry


 

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

February 21st – Dr. Bob Lawless, Max L. Rowe Professor of Law, UIUC, will discuss the elderly and bankruptcy (Tom)

February 28th – Dr. George Gross, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC (Ondine)

March 7th – Don Wuebbles, The Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and University of Illinois Presidential Fellow, will speak about climate change (Phyllis)

March 14th – Kimberly Kendall will discuss Leisure, Aging, and Wellness (Tom)

March 21st – TBD (Bob)

March 28th – TBD (Charlie)

April 4th – TBD (David)

April 11th – TBD (Mary)

April 18th – TBD (Ondine)

April 25th – TBD (Phyllis)

May 2nd – TBD

Rescheduled – William D O’Brien, Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC, will tell us about his current research in ultrasonic bioengineering (Mary)

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February 7th, 2019 Newsletter

 
“My passion for surfing was more than my fear of sharks.” – Bethany Hamilton
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)
Mary announced that we have received many thank you notes from children who have received our books through Head Start.
 
Michelle noted that Read Across America is Saturday, March 2nd at Lincoln Square Mall. Please volunteer to be a reader.
 
Bob mentioned that we had to cancel two previous builds for Habitat for Humanity because of weather. He is working on another date and will let us know of the opportunity.
 
 
PROGRAM
Dave’s wife, Tiffani, gave us an inspiring program on Rotary Youth Exchange. Several years ago she was an exchange student in the Philippines which opened her eyes to the wonders of knowing people from other countries. Unfortunately, there is no exchange program in our local Rotary clubs, but the Champaign club will have one next year.
Tiffani introduced two University of Illinois students who were in Rotary Youth Exchange who described their experiences. Aaron Blue was sponsored by the Jacksonville Rotary Club and Ellie Carpenter was sponsored by the Monticello Rotary Club. Both had terrific experiences with the host families in their destination countries. Aaron was in the Netherlands and said that he could not speak a word of Dutch, but he quickly learned so a language prerequisite is not necessary. Ellie was an exchange student in France and had a similarly wonderful experience.
Exchange students stay with three different host families, and all said these families have become life-long friends for them. In addition to staying in their designated country, both students were able to travel in Europe which was an added bonus.
Tiffani is working to get other local clubs back into Rotary Youth Exchange because it is such a good program. A club has to donate $1,000 to the program and find three host families for the exchange students. There are also certain requirements for the host families which must be met such as a bedroom for the student and desk. The other benefit to hosting students is that we can have outbound students which we have not had. I think many of our club members were surprised that area clubs have not been participating in this program.
 

 

  Feb 14th Feb 21st Feb 28th Mar 7th
Introductions Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smithy Adam Wright Oktay Baran
Reflection Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith
Greeters Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith Adam Wright Oktay Baran
Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann Andrew Kerins Bob La Charite
Song Leader Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan David Henry Mary Hodson
Notetaker Perry Penwell Hodson Conforti


 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (with program committee member responsible listed in parentheses)
February 14th – Mark Kessler will discuss Parkland’s Cobra Ventures program (Charlie)
February 21st – Dr. Bob Lawless, Max L. Rowe Professor of Law, UIUC, will discuss the elderly and bankruptcy (Tom)
February 28th – Dr. George Gross, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC (Ondine)
March 7th – Don Wuebbles, The Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and University of Illinois Presidential Fellow, will speak about climate change (Phyllis)
March 14th – Kimberly Kendall will discuss Leisure, Aging, and Wellness (Tom)
March 21st – TBD (Bob)
March 28th – TBD (Charlie)
April 4th – TBD (David)
April 11th – TBD (Mary)
April 18th – TBD (Ondine)
April 25th – TBD (Phyllis)
May 2nd – TBD
Rescheduled – William D O’Brien, Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC, will tell us about his current research in ultrasonic bioengineering (Mary)

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January 31st, 2019 Newsletter

 
“I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.” –  Maya Angelou
 
NOTES
There was no regular meeting last week.  Instead, we gathered for a social at Pour Brothers in downtown Champaign.  Thanks to all who made it!
 

 
 

  Feb 7th Feb 14th Feb 21st Feb 28th
Introductions Lou Simpson Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smithy Adam Wright
Reflection Rod Roberts Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Charlie Smith
Greeters Lou Simpson Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smithy Adam Wright
David Henry Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann Larry Johnson
Song Leader Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan David Henry
Notetaker Conforti Perry Penwell Hodson

 

 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (with program committee member responsible listed in parentheses)
Rescheduled – William D O’Brien, Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC, will tell us about his current research in ultrasonic bioengineering (Mary)
February 7th – Tiffani Henry will discuss Rotary Youth Exchange (David)
February 14th – Mark Kessler will discuss Parkland’s Cobra Ventures program (Charlie)
February 21st – Dr. Bob Lawless, Max L. Rowe Professor of Law, UIUC, will discuss the elderly and bankruptcy (Tom)
February 28th – Dr. George Gross, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC (Ondine)
March 7th – Don Wuebbles, The Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and University of Illinois Presidential Fellow, will speak about climate change (Phyllis)
March 14th – TBD (Tom)
March 21st – TBD (Bob)
March 28th – TBD (Charlie)
April 4th – TBD (David)
April 11th – TBD (Mary)
April 18th – TBD (Ondine)
April 25th – TBD (Phyllis)
May 2nd – TBD

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January 24th, 2019 Newsletter

 
“A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.” – Eugene Ionesco
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)
There is no meeting on January 31st. We will have a social starting at 5:30PM at Pour Brothers at 40 East University Avenue, Champaign.
 
Robb reports we netted $7,000 for the fruit sale. The primary beneficiary is Crisis Nursery.
 
PROGRAM
Phyllis introduced Viktor Gruev who is an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His primary interest is in biomedical imaging, bioengineering, and acoustics – biosensors and bioelectronics.
This is the 10th year your notetaker has been reporting for you, but I came up empty-handed in my notes at last Thursday’s meeting having been a little overwhelmed with scientific terms, etc. Consequently, here is what I have copied off Viktor’s website.
“We are working on developing a new class of sensors inspired from nature. The visual system of various animals, such as mantis shrimp or morpho butterflies, are able to detect spectral and polarization information with higher acuity compared to state of the art man-made imaging systems. Using a combination of CMOS technology and various nano-structures, we are developing a new class of bio-inspires spectral and polarization imaging sensors.
Our bio-inspired sensors have extreme sensitivity enabling many biomedical applications. These sensors are currently used for sentinel lymph node mapping in patients with breast cancer and blood flow evaluation in diabetic patients.
We are also currently working with a group of marine biologists to deploy our bio-inspired polarization sensors back in nature and understand why and how polarization information is exploited in nature. Our sensors are used for field studies from the Florida Keys to the Great Barrier Reef and the Mediterranean Sea. “
 
 

 

  Jan 31st Feb 7th Feb 14th Feb 21st
Introductions Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smithy
Reflection Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover
Greeters Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith
Ata Durukan David Henry Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann
Song Leader Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan
Notetaker Hodson Conforti Perry Penwell


 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (with program committee member responsible listed in parentheses)
January 31st – Club Social – 5:30PM at Pour Brothers in downtown Champaign
Rescheduled – William D O’Brien, Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC, will tell us about his current research in ultrasonic bioengineering (Mary)
February 7th – Tiffani Henry will discuss Rotary Youth Exchange (David)
February 14th – Mark Kessler will discuss Parkland’s Cobra Ventures program (Charlie)
February 21st – Dr. Bob Lawless, Max L. Rowe Professor of Law, UIUC, will discuss the elderly and bankruptcy (Tom)
February 28th – TBD (Ondine)
March 7th – Don Wuebbles, The Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and University of Illinois Presidential Fellow, will speak about climate change (Phyllis)
March 14th – TBD (Tom)
March 21st – TBD (Bob)
March 28th – TBD (Charlie)
April 4th – TBD (David)
April 11th – TBD (Mary)
April 18th – TBD (Ondine)
April 25th – TBD (Phyllis)
May 2nd – TBD

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January 17th, 2019 Newsletter

 
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
(notes provided by the distinguished gentleman from Connecticut, Edwards Perry)
 
Cary reminded that any one that has not yet turned in their money from the fruit sale to do so immediately. This year’s fruit sale was a success, netting over $7,000.
 
Mary noted that our club’s “Books for Prisoners” book drive is still going on. Any book donations can be brought to our Thursday meetings.  
 
 
PROGRAM
 
Mary introduced Past District Governor Larry Howell who talked about the Rotary “Heart 2 Heart” projects in Mexico. PDG Larry continues to serve on various Rotary committees and explained that the “Heart 2 Heart” project in a cooperative Rotary project in which many districts in Rotary Zones 30 and 31 are active in these projects and has partnered with The Rotary Foundation.
 
Heart 2 Heart started in 2005 with a Rotary Group Study Project trip to central Mexico and seeing the need to help the local area. Over the last 14 years the projects have grown, and Larry has visited the area. Here’s a list of some of the projects. 
 
Rotary Foundation Matching Funds Grant money($2.5 Million so far) projects:
Water projects: providing 10,000 gallon water storage tanks for elementary schools
Up dating restroom facilities, drinking fountains and washing facilities
Sun Screens for school play grounds
Building additions to schools and building renovation projects   
Medical assistance projects for Kidney Transplants, Pacemakers, and Midwife Training
 
Non Grant Projects
Building low cost shelters for homes damaged by recent earthquakes
Providing computer labs, computer training, school equipment and science classrooms
Teaching advanced Spanish and math
Providing water pumps, solar panels and firewood ovens
Rebuilding wheel chairs and donating to those in need
Neurological Center
Cleft lip & palate surgery
Cancer medical equipment
 
With the support of Rotary International Global Grants, Rotaract and Interact, these projects have helped many people in need and additional projects are being planned. Mexico Rotary clubs are also active and do all the grant money paper work, but these projects need our help in raising money. We can help by starting a project using District Designated Funds, donate money from a club fundraiser and support The Rotary Foundation.
 
There is another planned trip to visit these projects in November 2019 and you can make the trip. The estimated “pilgrimage” cost is approximately $1,800.00.  Additional information can be found at www.heart2heartprojects.org.  
 
 

 

  Jan 24th Jan 31st Feb 7th Feb 14th
Introductions Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Charlie Smith
Reflection Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite
Greeters Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Charlie Smith
Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan David Henry Mary Hodson
Song Leader Keith Brandau Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt
Notetaker Penwell Hodson Conforti Perry

 

 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (with program committee member responsible listed in parentheses)
January 24th – Viktor Gruev, Associate Professor, UI Electrical and Computer Engineering, will speak about his research applications [self-driving cars, cancer detection, ocean exploration]  of a bio-inspired camera (Phyllis)
January 31st – Club Social – 5:30PM at Pour Brothers in downtown Champaign
Rescheduled – William D O’Brien, Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC, will tell us about his current research in ultrasonic bioengineering (Mary)
February 7th – Tiffani Henry will discuss Rotary Youth Exchange (David)
February 14th – TBD (Charlie)
February 21st – TBD (Tom)
February 28th – TBD (Ondine)
March 7th – TBD (Phyllis)
March 14th – TBD (Tom)
March 21st – TBD (Bob)
March 28th – TBD (Charlie)
April 4th – TBD (David)
April 11th – TBD (Mary)
April 18th – TBD (Ondine)
April 25th – TBD (Phyllis)
May 2nd – TBD

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January 10th, 2019 Newsletter

 
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu
 
“The difference between a flower and a weed is a judgement.” – Unknown
 
“Friendship is a sheltering tree.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
 

 

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

 

President Cary introduced a new tradition (hopefully) in starting the meeting with audio/visual accompaniment of America the Beautiful and the Flag for the Pledge of Allegiance! We either sang much better or the speaker volume was up high, and either way it was great!

ADG Mike Hirschi told us about the 2019 edition of CU’s Got Talent to be held on February 2nd from 6-9pm at the Virginia Theater and sponsored by the Champaign West Rotary. Complete info at www.cugottalent.org/

Paul Conforti was a first time winner of the annual Foundation Bowl Football contest and donated $112 to our CU Sunrise Foundation.

Bob passed around a sign-up sheet for our next Habitat project, scheduled for January 19. 

February bucket money will go to Books 2 Prisoners.   Mary will also be collecting books you wish to donate.   The most requested include paperback dictionaries, Spanish-English dictionaries, other books in Spanish, books on business, writing and the trades, and mysteries by popular authors.

 

PROGRAM

 

Bob introduced Kim Gollings, Community Development Director of Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County. Kim played an excellent video titled Home Matters outlining what Habitat for Humanity does, especially here in Champaign County.

A home, as we all know is much more than a house. But for many families in our community a home offers a treasure of benefits others may take for granted. For a child  a home offers security, and for the family a home adds to community cohesiveness. Homes are worth the investment for just these impacts. Habitat for Humanity built five homes in 2018, and plans on the same amount for 2019.

The average house is four bedrooms plus a garage.  The total cost of these homes is around $110,000 with a monthly rent of $550 including tax.

Habitat’s ReStore is a great way to help support Habitat’s mission. Furniture (not mattresses), hardware, dishes and books are great donations. Working electronics are accepted. Clothing and toys are not. The ReStore has a truck to pick up larger donated items and it can be scheduled online at cuhabitat.org. Tuesday is the best day to shop at the ReStore.

 

 

  Jan 17th Jan 24th Jan 31st Feb 7th
Introductions Rod Roberts Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Lou Simpson
Reflection Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts
Greeters Rod Roberts Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Lou Simpson
Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan David Henry
Song Leader Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Ethan Chew Paul Conforti
Notetaker Perry Penwell Hodson Conforti

 

 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (with program committee member responsible listed in parentheses)
January 17th – PDG Larry Howell will discuss the Heart to Heart Zone trip to Mexico (Mary)
January 24th – Viktor Gruev, Associate Professor, UI Electrical and Computer Engineering, will speak about his research applications [self-driving cars, cancer detection, ocean exploration]  of a bio-inspired camera (Phyllis)
January 31st – William D O’Brien, Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC, will tell us about his current research in ultrasonic bioengineering (Mary)
February 7th – Tiffani Henry will discuss Rotary Youth Exchange (David)
February 14th – TBD (Charlie)
February 21st – TBD (Tom)
February 28th – TBD (Ondine)
March 7th – TBD (Phyllis)
March 14th – TBD (Tom)
March 21st – TBD (Bob)
March 28th – TBD (Charlie)
April 4th – TBD (David)
April 11th – TBD (Mary)
April 18th – TBD (Ondine)
April 25th – TBD (Phyllis)
May 2nd – TBD
 

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