July 11th, 2019 Newsletter

 

“He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.” –

Louisa May Alcott

 

“Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.” – Kerry Washington

 

“It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple.” – Rabindranath Tagore

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

July 11 was “Pass the Gavel Day”.   We honored Past President Cary for his service and welcomed President Darrell and his wife Kathryn.   Darrell spoke enthusiastically about how he “got hooked” on Rotary and about some of his exciting plans for the upcoming year.

 

Lou thanked Ed Perry and gave him an award in recognition for his help restoring the keyboard at the Decker Garden.   They raised $750 for the project.

 

 

AWARDS PROGRAM

 

Oktay thanked Barb Nelson and Cindy and Mike Sommers for attending our meeting in honor of our long-time member, Penn Nelson.  

 

Perfect Attendance awards were given to:

 

Michelle Barbey

Keith Brandau

Mary Hodson

Darrell Hoemann

Bob LaCharite

Scott Paceley

Allan Penwell

Ed Perry

Charlie Smith

Cary Woolard 

Oktay Baran

 

Cary Woolard was honored with the “Alive, Alert, Awake” award in memory of Don Decker

 

Tod Sattherwaite received the “Distinguished Service” award in recognition of his recent service in the Philippines.

 

Oktay thanked Jack Kamerer for 31 years of service to our club and gave him a special “Charter Member Service” award.

 

The “Courage Award” was given to Penn Nelson’s family in honor of his service to Rotary and our community and in recognition of his cheerfulness in the face of challenges.

 

Maarten de Witte was honored as the “New Rotarian of the Year.” 

 

Michelle Barbey was named “Rotarian of the Year”.  Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you for your continued service!

 

 

  July 18th July 25th Aug 1st Aug 8th
Introductions Ben Mast John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley
Reflection Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover
Greeters Ben Mast John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley
Mary Kay Smith Adam Wright Oktay  Baran Michelle Barbey
Song Leader Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith
Notetaker Conforti Perry Penwell Hodson
Decker Weeding Perry Patton Stull Hoemann
Next Weekend        

 

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

July 18th – Tod Satterthwaite will discuss his journey abroad

July 25th – Joan Dixon, President/CEO, the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois

August 1st – Bruce Knight,  Director of Community Planning Services, City of Champaign, will discuss The Yards project (Bob)

August 8th – Lauryn Henry will discuss her RYE experience in France (David)

August 15th – Mike Hirschi will discuss the Rotary Foundation (Darrell)

August 22nd – TBD (Charlie)

August 29th – No regular meeting (5th Thursday) – 

September 5th – TBD (Cary)

September 12th – Club Assembly

September 19th – Michelle Layser, Assistant Professor of Law, UIUC will discuss tax law and social policy (Tom)

September 26th – TBD (Ondine)

October 3rd – Lisa Wilson, Executive Director, East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center (ECIRMAC) (Bob)

October 10th – Club Assembly

October 17th – TBD (Cary)

October 24th – TBD (Charlie)

October 31st – No regular meeting (5th Thursday) – 

November 7th – TBD (David)

November 14th – Club Assembly

November 21st – TBD (Ondine)

November 28th – TBD 

December 5th – TBD

December 12th – Club Assembly

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June 27th, 2019 Newsletter

 

“Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you quit, try.” – William Arthur Ward

 

“Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do.” – Oprah Winfrey

 

“Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.” – Lao Tzu

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)

There is no meeting on Thursday, July 4th. The meeting on July 11th is Pass the Gavel Day.

 

June bucket money goes to a Buddy Bench at the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club in honor of Penn Nelson.

 

A big thank you to Lou Simpson and Ed Perry for their work in updating the keyboard at the Decker Garden.  See the publicity these two stars received: https://www.news-gazette.com/news/top-of-the-morning-july/article_4b6afe9d-1b39-5a3e-ad1e-bdfd524cb4af.html

 

SPECIAL NOTE

From: Laura Gallagher Watkin <lauragw@agestrong.org>

Hello-

I was not clear from your website who to reach out to so feel free to forward me on to the right person. I work at a non profit aging organization called CRIS Healthy-Aging Center and we are going to be offering a free class in Champaign for people  age 55+ called Aging Mastery. This is a national program and I have attached a flyer I can send you  for our upcoming session which starts on August 6 at 2:00 pm at the Champaign library. We are looking to get the word out about the class and were hoping you could help us.  I thought it might be of interest to some of your older members.  I am happy to answer any questions you may have about the class.

 

PROGRAM

Robb introduced Karl Gnadt, the Managing Director of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD). The CUMTD has introduced technology to public transportation and installed one of the first real time bus information systems. The UIUC has the fifth largest body of international students which is one of the reasons the CUMTD had nearly 12 million rides per year with their 111 buses. In comparison, other cities with larger populations do not have similar ridership, including Indianapolis with 9mm, Nashville with 9.5mm and Ann Arbor with 6.9mm.

The CUMTD is an efficient system with $2.50 of operating cost per ride. Indianapolis is $6.86. Nashville is $5.94, and Ann Arbor is $4.52.

There are 19 weekday routes. The MTD offers safe rides at night and will pick anyone up that is not on an operating route. An Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) service is provided, and now the MTD is county wide with transportation to Rantoul and St. Joseph.

Sustainability is very important at CUMTD.  While the life of a bus is usually 12 years, there are two articulated buses in the system that are in their 20th year.  As of now 85% of their diesel buses are hybrids and use 50% less fuel than the old buses. All of these efforts mean a big reduction in emissions, but they are going even further by testing fully electric buses using hydrogen fuel cells. The MTD will produce their own hydrogen on site.

Karl also talked about the MCORE project which will total over $50 million in transportation infrastructure improvements. The cities have contributed $16mm. The MTD has contributed $6mm of their reserves, and federal government funding has provided the balance. The MCORE project is scheduled to extend to downtown Urbana after the next phase is finished.

The Yards is another project in which CUMTD is involved. The MTD is involved because they are out of capacity at the 20-year old Illinois Terminal Building. There is not enough room for buses at peak transfer times. The Illinois Terminal building has always been self-sustaining through rental fees. Funding is in process for this proposal.

 

 

 

  July 11th July 18th July 25th Aug 1st
Introductions C-U Sunrise Ben Mast John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo
Reflection Rotary Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite
Greeters Annual Ben Mast John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo
Awards Mary Kay Smith Adam Wright Oktay  Baran
Song Leader Extravaganza Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Charlie Smith
Notetaker Hodson Conforti Perry Penwell
Decker Weeding Penwell & LaCharite Perry Patton Stull
Next Weekend        

 

 

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

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

July 18th – Tod Satterthwaite will discuss his journey abroad

July 25th – Joan Dixon, President/CEO, the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois

August 1st – TBD (Bob)

August 8th – Lauryn Henry will discuss her RYE experience in France (David)

August 15th – Mike Hirschi will discuss the Rotary Foundation (Darrell)

August 22nd – TBD (Charlie)

August 29th – No regular meeting (5th Thursday) – 

September 5th – TBD (Cary)

September 12th – Club Assembly

September 19th – Michelle Layser, Assistant Professor of Law, UIUC will discuss tax law and social policy (Tom)

September 26th – TBD (Ondine)

October 3rd – Lisa Wilson, Executive Director, East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center (ECIRMAC) (Bob)

October 10th – Club Assembly

October 17th – TBD (Cary)

October 24th – TBD (Charlie)

October 31st – No regular meeting (5th Thursday) – 

November 7th – TBD (David)

November 14th – Club Assembly

November 21st – TBD (Ondine)

November 28th – TBD 

December 5th – TBD

December 12th – Club Assembly

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June 20th, 2019 Newsletter

 

“Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them, just find a new way to stand.” – Oprah Winfrey

 

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

 

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

 

Dues are due by 6/29/19. Please a) pay promptly and b) if you at all can please sign up for a meal plan (quarterly, bi-annual or annual). This significantly helps with our club’s budgeting and cash flow. 

Jack Kamerer announced that he will be “officially and completely” retired from our Rotary club. Jack was a charter member of our club and served as an active member and club treasurer for nearly 30 years. He served on our club’s board of directors for many of our club’s early years. He and his wife of nearly 60 years, Carol, will be splitting time here in Champaign, at their home in Florida and traveling/visiting with their children and grandchildren. Jack offered to continue to help with any club activities when needed.  

Cary introduced a guest, Paul Kelly, to the club. Paul was a charter member of our club and was visiting this morning as his son John was one of this morning’s program speakers. Paul was active in our club in it’s early years before moving to Kentucky. He was involved in one of our club’s first international projects with Belize.

Mary and Tom Hodson are seeking members for the District ShelterBox Committee.   Serving on this committee would involve occasionally helping with set up of the ShelterBox at Rotary functions and/or talking with groups about ShelterBox.  Contact Mary at maryfhodson@aol.com

 

PROGRAM

 

Tom introduced our speakers this morning, John Kelly and Randy Hulett of OSF Healthcare. Randy is the Vice President of Ancillary and Support Services for OSF Healthcare. His presentation centered around the history of OSF, its growth and the numerous and various services that the OSF Health organization provides.

 

OSF can trace its roots in Illinois to Peoria, when St. Francis Hospital started in 1877. Growth has continued ever since that time and now have 124 locations providing health care in Illinois and Michigan. OSF continues to expand with the emphasis on providing health care and better access to health care. Randy touched on the various services in Urbana/Champaign and the additional specialty services in the Peoria area. 

 

Locally, OSF Healthcare Heart of Mary Medical Center is a 206-bed comprehensive health care facility located at 1400 West Park in Urbana. Founded in 1919, the hospital became part of OSF in 2018 and has a staff of nearly 700 and provides a full range services. OSF is currently expanding to provide Urgent Care (OSF Urgo) by opening convenient walk in treatment centers that provide quick care minor illnesses and injuries. 

 

OSF also has local collaborations with Crisis Nursery, Promise Healthcare, Champaign and Urbana Park Districts and various community event sponsorships. To learn more about what OSF offers check out osfheartofmary.org

 

 

 

  June 27th July 4th July 11th July 18th
Introductions Candy Loyd No C-U Sunrise Ben Mast
Reflection Allan Penwell Meeting Rotary Ed Perry
Greeters Candy Loyd This Annual Ben Mast
Charlie Smith Week Awards Mary Kay Smith
Song Leader Angie Schoonover Happy Extravaganza Jen Shelby
Notetaker Penwell July 4th Hodson Conforti
Decker Weeding Shelby Johnson Penwell & LaCharite Perry
Next Weekend        

 

 

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

June 27th – Karl Gnadt, Managing Director, Champaign-Urban Mass Transit District (CUMTD) (Bob)

July 4th – No meeting

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

July 18th – Tod Satterthwaite will discuss his journey abroad

July 25th – Lisa Wilson, Executive Director, East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center (ECIRMAC)

August 1st – TBD (Bob)

August 8th – Lauryn Henry will discuss her RYE experience in France (David)

August 15th – Mike Hirschi will discuss the Rotary Foundation (Darrell)

August 22nd – TBD (Charlie)

August 29th – No regular meeting (5th Thursday) – 

September 5th – TBD (Cary)

September 12th – Club Assembly

September 19th – TBD (Ondine)

September 26th – TBD (Tom)

October 3rd – TBD (Bob)

October 10th – Club Assembly

October 17th – TBD (Cary)

October 24th – TBD (Charlie)

October 31st – No regular meeting (5th Thursday) – 

November 7th – TBD (David)

November 14th – Club Assembly

November 21st – TBD (Ondine)

November 28th – TBD 

December 5th – TBD

December 12th – Club Assembly

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June 13th, 2019 Newsletter

 

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” – Maya Angelou

 

“Self-trust is the first secret of success.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(notes provided by the unconventional and unorthodox Paul Conforti)

 

David Henry received a thank you note from Hope Lives Rescue Ranch in Monticello for our club’s bucket money donation. Hope Lives Rescue Ranch aim is to help at-risk youth and their families recover from trauma, build resilience, and find purpose through equine assisted mentoring.

 

Dues are due by 6/29/19. Please a) pay promptly and b) if you at all can please sign up for a meal plan (quarterly, bi-annual or annual). This significantly helps with our club’s budgeting and cash flow.               

 

Stay tuned for upcoming service projects involving the Eastern Illinois Food Bank. Emails to come will provide further details.

 

June Bucket Money will benefit the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club.

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Phyllis introduced our guest speakers, Nichole Millage and Chad Ijams.  Nichole Millage is the City of Champaign’s Recycling Coordinator. 

 

Nicole Millage has made a difference since her appointment as Champaign Recycle Coordinator in 2015. Nichole has changed the bi-annual electronics recycling to a reservation system and this has brought organization and reduction in the once long lines this event experienced. The next electronics recycle event is October 12, 2019.

 

Taking questions we found out from Nichole the following:

– The Champaign Recycle Office (across the side road from Home Depot) accepts batteries. It is illegal to dispose of batteries in the trash. Batteries contain corrosive materials and heavy metals that can contaminate the environment. Also, check the City of Champaign’s website for other battery disposal locations

– Latex paint, while less toxic than oil-based paint, still contain plastics. All paint should be disposed of properly by mixing with sand or kitty litter to dry out the paint and then disposing in residential trash. The empty paint cans and containers can then be recycled.

– Paint donations: Habitat for Humanity accepts unused cans of latex paint. The CU Theater Company will accept 1/2 cans or larger of latex paint for their sets.

– Styrofoam requires special equipment to recycle. The former-Solo Cup plant in Urbana has a Styrofoam recycle container in their parking lot.

– Prescription Bottles: police departments, Walgreens (Springfield & Mattis) and OSF Hospital has a recycle bin in their front lobby.

– Plastic shopping bags: most supermarkets. Nichole emphasized the importance of bringing your own bags or asking for paper when shopping.

 

Chad Ijams is General Manager of Midwest Fiber’s central Illinois operations which includes facilities in Decatur, Bloomington, Urbana, Springfield, Peoria and Terre Haute.

 

Midwest Fiber recently invested $3 million dollars in equipment that assists in reducing recycle contamination to under 5% thresholds. Recycle materials under 5% contamination are a marketable reusable commodity. An unwashed empty jar of peanut butter, for example, is essentially not recyclable. It’s too contaminated. But mostly washed and clean, it is. Other examples are plastic bags made of two types of plastic (Zip Loc). If the zip top is removed, then both parts can be recycled. Aluminum foil boxes, by removing the metal tear strip from the box makes both pieces recyclable while together they are not and will go to the land fill.

 

 

  June 20th June 27th July 4th July 11th
Introductions Bob La Charite Candy Loyd No C-U Sunrise
Reflection Robb Patton Allan Penwell Meeting Rotary
Greeters Bob La Charite Candy Loyd This Annual
Lou Simpson Charlie Smith Week Awards
Song Leader Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover Happy Extravaganza
Notetaker Perry Penwell July 4th  
Decker Weeding Hodson Shelby Johnson Penwell & LaCharite
Next Weekend        

 

 

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

June 20th – John Kelly, OSF (Tom)

June 27th – Karl Gnadt, Managing Director, Champaign-Urban Mass Transit District (CUMTD) (Bob)

July 4th – No meeting

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

July 18th – Tod Satterthwaite will discuss his journey abroad

July 25th – Lisa Wilson, Executive Director, East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center (ECIRMAC)

August 1st – TBD (Bob)

August 8th – TBD (Cary)

August 15th – TBD 

August 22nd – TBD (Charlie)

August 29th – TBD 

September 5th – TBD (David)

September 12th – TBD (Mary)

September 19th – TBD (Ondine)

September 26th – TBD (Tom)

October 3rd – TBD (Bob)

October 10th – TBD 

October 17th – TBD (Cary)

October 24th – TBD (Charlie)

October 31st – TBD 

November 7th – TBD (David)

November 14th – TBD (Mary)

November 21st – TBD (Ondine)

November 28th – TBD 

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June 6th, 2019 Newsletter

 

“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.” ― John Muir

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
(notes provided by the erudite Mary Hodson)

 

Bucket money for June will go toward purchase of a Buddy Bench in honor of Penn Nelson.

 

CU Sunrise will have a booth at the Cambana Moms Play Date at Hessel Park, 5:30 to 7 PM, July 9.  Contact Darrell to sign up.   In addition, the local Rotary Clubs will be going together to staff a booth at the Taste of CU on the weekend of August 17.

 

Darrell asked members to make a donation to the Foundation before the end of June.  Donations made now will determine the amount of grant money that comes back to our District in the future.

 

The University of Illinois is seeking volunteers for a six week summer program called “Global Ambassadors”.   Global Ambassadors will help in welcoming international students, scholars and executives.   See get.illinois.edu or email them at globaled-training@illinois.edu.

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Ondine introduced Director Kelsey Langley and Board President Beth Hogan from “KOOP”, Kid Owned and Operated Play.   

 

Kelsey explained that KOOP provides child directed play opportunities for kids in our community.

 

The benefits of play include cognitive development, self-discovery, skill development.  Adventure playgrounds were started in  post WW II Copenhagen when adults noticed kids playing in  bombed out structures.

 

Kids get bored with prefab play structures.  In a prefab play structure, children can  do only what the structure provides.  KOOP collects and provides loose parts that children can utilize in open ended play.  Children building their own structures have infinite possibilities.  

 

Kelsey trains “Playworkers” to create flexible environments for play.  

 

KOOP partners with University Primary School to provide after school and summer camp programs.   They also partner with the Urbana and Champaign parks to provide “pop up” adventure playgrounds.

 

Go to www.KoopAdventurePlayground.com to see a list of spare parts you can donate.   KOOP also accepts donations to support kids who can’t afford their fee.

 

(newsletter posted late so the duties schedule was not included)

 

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

June 20th – John Kelly, OSF (Tom)

June 27th – Karl Gnadt, Managing Director, Champaign-Urban Mass Transit District (CUMTD) (Bob)

July 4th – No meeting

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

July 18th – Tod Satterthwaite will discuss his journey abroad

July 25th – Lisa Wilson, Executive Director, East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center (ECIRMAC)

August 1st – TBD

August 8th – TBD

August 15th – TBD

August 22nd – TBD

August 29th – TBD

September 5th – TBD

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May 23rd, 2019 Newsletter

 

“You teach people how to treat you by what you allow, what you stop and what you reinforce.” – Tony Gaskins

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” – Gloria Steinem

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.”  – Walt Whitman

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)

We welcomed back Tod Satterthwaite from his Peace Corps mission to the Philippines.  Hopefully we will hear more on his adventures with a program.

 

There is no meeting on Thursday, 5/30.  Instead, please come out to Old Orchards Lanes at 5:30 p.m. for a little fun and bowling.

 

Please see Lou’s email to sign up for a time to help with the Decker Garden.

 

Darrell will be in touch with members as to committee assignments for next year.

 

The board has agreed to donate $350 for a Buddy Bench to the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club in honor of Penn Nelson.

 

PROGRAM

Our program last week was presented by Erin Lippitz and Lisa Bralts. Erin is the Major Gifts Director for Illinois Public Media (WILL AM-FM-TV), and Lisa is the Director of Content and Strategic Communication.

WILL is a vital part of our community and has many different venues to communicate with listeners and viewers. Major funding of WILL comes from the Friends of WILL, the University of Illinois, the state (tiny), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

WILL started in 1922 as part of the U of I Engineering School and had its first full-time employee in 1939. The original FM station had 250 watts of power, and now WILL-FM is the most powerful FM station in the country. While FM has more limited range, WILL-AM has a signal that goes from Chicago to Effingham and over to Indiana. Content includes local news, classical music, National Public Radio, and the Public Broadcasting Service.

Be on the lookout for a Ken Burns special titled Country Music which is a 16 hour television series that will broadcast this fall. WILL is complementing it with a local program on Illinois Country.

 

 

  May 30th June 6th June 13th June 20th
Introductions No meeting Darrell Hoemann Andrew Kerins Bob La Charite
Reflection this week. Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley Robb Patton
Greeters Club social Darrell Hoemann Andrew Kerins Bob La Charite
at 5:30pm Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Lou Simpson
Song Leader at Old Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite
Notetaker Orchard Lanes. Hodson Conforti Perry

 

 

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

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

June 6th -Kelsey Langley and Beth Hogan, KOOP (kid-owned and operated play) ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND (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

July 18th – Tod Satterthwaite will discuss his journey abroad

July 25th – TBD

 

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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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