September 12, 2019 Newsletter

 

“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” John Maynard Keynes – 1883-1946 – Economist-Mathematician

 

“Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.” – Paulo Coelho – Lyricist-Novelist

 

“Our civic society is really all we have by way of nationhood.” – Cokie Roberts – Broadcast Journalist-Author

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(notes provided by the erudite Mary Hodson)

 

October 24 is World Polio Day.  

 

President Darrell announced that we will schedule a club assembly for the second Thursday of each month.

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Charlie introduced “Know Your Rotarian”:

 

1) Ed Bridges went to Centennial High where he was on the track team.  Later, he attended Parkland College and worked for Mayflower.   During high school, Ed played in a band with Robb.   Ed has been to 16 countries and has met Pope Paul and Jessie Owens.

 

2) Lou Simpson was born on Forbes Air Force Base.  Growing up, he lived in Indianapolis, Palatine and LaGrange.  He got his undergraduate and MBA degrees at Western IL University where he was a member of the WEIU Newcomers Swing Choir.  He and Larry are members of the Lawn Rangers and performed in President Obama’s inaugural parade.

 

3) Keith Brandau is originally from Dixon and lived five years in Yorkville.  He wrestled and played football in high school.  Keith graduated from UIUC with a degree in structural engineering.   He spends his free time on his house boat on Lake Shelbyville.

 

Mary Jane introduced our “See You at Sunrise” membership campaign. She has divided the club into teams, each with a breakfast-based theme.   The winning team will be the one that brings the most guests to CU Sunrise between now and December.

 

 

 

 

  Sept 19th Sept 26th Oct 3rd Oct 10th
Introductions Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Eddie Bridges Cary Woolard
Reflection Mary Kay Smith Adam Wright Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey
Greeters Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Eddie Bridges Cary Woolard
Eddie Bridges Ondine Gross David Henry Mary Hodson
Song Leader Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan Ondine Gross
Notetaker Conforti Perry Penwell Hodson

 

 

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

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

September 26th – Meghan Gentry will speak about foster care in Champaign-Urbana (Ondine)

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

October 10th – Club Assembly

October 17th – TBD (Cary)

October 24th – Rob Dalhaus from CU at Home (Charlie)

October 29th – Tuesday – C-U Sunrise Rotary Charter Anniversary banquet at Biaggi’s

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

November 7th – TBD (David)

November 14th – District Governor Julie Dobski

November 21st – TBD (Ondine)

November 28th – TBD 

December 5th – John Paul Buzard from Buzard Pipe Organ Builders will speak to our club about building organs (Bob)

December 12th – Club Assembly

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September 5th, 2019 Newsletter

 

“It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens.” – Jillian Michaels

 

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

 

“What is success? It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace.” –

Paulo Coelho

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

 

Darrell thanked everyone for helping with and attending this past week’s rededication of the Don Decker Garden. 

 

September’s bucket money will be going to C-U @ Home.

 

Darrell also reminded everyone that next week’s meeting will be a club assembly with the focus on membership.

 

Larry noted that our club is volunteering for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank’s “Operation Orange” on Friday, September 27th from 4 to 6pm. Sign up directly online with the Foodbank.

 

Phillis announced that she has prepared and sent in our club’s district grant application to help Promise Healthcare/Francis Nelson Health Center with food needs and medical help. The grant includes money donation and the donating of club volunteer services. Grants will be announced in October. 

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Cary introduced Katie Blakeman, Champaign County’s Circuit Clerk. Katie described the various functions and tasks of the County’s Circuit Clerk office. Included in the list are the preservation of all of the Circuit Courts records, the collection and disbursement of County fees and fines, and providing public access to these records. The Circuit Clerks office also handles the notification and actions needed for jury services, the County’s drainage district elections and the disposition reporting to state agencies.

 

The Champaign County Circuit Clerk’s office is the public face of the court system and has a staff of 40 full-time employees.  The office handles nearly 36,000 cases a year, has 750 to 2,000 visitors a day, averages over 600 phone calls a day and deals with a revenue of $9-10 million a year. They have court records going back to the 1830s, including cases in which Abraham Lincoln serves=d as an attorney, and all records must be preserved. They continuously micro-film paper documents for safe keeping.

 

Katie is active in various state organizations and committees focusing on issues and the need for improvements. Current technological improvements include electronic filing, E-filing, and electronic storage of records, E-Record. For certain traffic and conservation tickets one can plead guilty by using E-Plea/E-Guilty. Law enforcement agencies are moving to E-Citations for traffic tickets. Katie is working to update the court systems away from paper with E-filling, E-Citations, Auto Court date and payment reminders. Improving speed and public access are important issues.

 

Upcoming events that her office is taking the lead with are Amnesty Week on September 9 -13th for those with outstanding payments due. The additional late fees will be waived. For those eligible to expunge parts of their criminal records there will be Expungement and Record sealing meeting on October 5th at Stone Creek Church. 

Katie shared statistics showing that 1 in 3 people have been arrested by the age of 23. A criminal record can have a devastating effect on one’s future. 65% of employers will not hire a criminal and 47% of the landlords will not rent to someone with a criminal record, the result being unemployment and homelessness. The need for criminal relief is warranted for those wanting to improve their lives, find jobs and a place to live. Expungement for those with no conviction and the sealing of records on certain convictions is one way to open the door for possible employment.

 

 

  Sept 12th Sept 19th Sept 26th Oct 3rd
Introductions Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Eddie Bridges
Reflection Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith Adam Wright Oktay Baran
Greeters Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Eddie Bridges
Ata Durukan Eddie Bridges Ondine Gross David Henry
Song Leader Keith Brandau Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan
Notetaker Hodson Conforti Perry Penwell

 

 

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

September 12th – Club Assembly

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

September 26th – Meghan Gentry will speak about foster care in Champaign-Urbana (Ondine)

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

October 10th – Club Assembly

October 17th – TBD (Cary)

October 24th – Rob Dalhaus from CU at Home (Charlie)

October 29th – Tuesday – C-U Sunrise Rotary Charter Anniversary banquet at Biaggi’s

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

November 7th – TBD (David)

November 14th – District Governor Julie Dobski

November 21st – TBD (Ondine)

November 28th – TBD 

December 5th – John Paul Buzard from Buzard Pipe Organ Builders will speak to our club about building organs (Bob)

December 12th – Club Assembly

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August 29th, 2019 Newsletter

 

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” – Muhammad Ali

 

“Winning and losing isn’t everything. Sometimes, the journey is just as important as the outcome.” – Alex Morgan

 

“Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.” – Misty Copeland

 

NOTES

C-U Sunrise did not hold our regularly scheduled morning meeting last week.  Instead, we gathered in the evening for a rededication of the Decker Garden in Mattis Park in Champaign.

 

 

  Sept 5th Sept 12th Sept 19th Sept 26th
Introductions Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby
Reflection Cary Woolard Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith Adam Wright
Greeters Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby
Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan Eddie Bridges Ondine Gross
Song Leader Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt
Notetaker Penwell Hodson Conforti Perry

 

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

September 5th – Katie Blakeman, Champaign County Circuit Clerk (Cary)

September 12th – Club Assembly

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

September 26th – Meghan Gentry will speak about foster care in Champaign-Urbana (Ondine)

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

October 10th – Club Assembly

October 17th – TBD (Cary)

October 24th – Rob Dalhaus from CU at Home (Charlie)

October 29th – Tuesday – C-U Sunrise Rotary Charter Anniversary banquet at Biaggi’s

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

November 7th – TBD (David)

November 14th – District Governor Julie Dobski

November 21st – TBD (Ondine)

November 28th – TBD 

December 5th – John Paul Buzard from Buzard Pipe Organ Builders will speak to our club about building organs (Bob)

December 12th – Club Assembly

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August 22nd, 2019 Newsletter

 

“In calmness of mind is greatness.” – Innocent Mwatsikesimbe

“Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.” – Eckhart Tolle

“The ability to remain calm and focused in stressful situations is central to making positive decisions.” – Goldie Hawn

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)

 

Champaign Rotary has their corn roast on September 9th. Golf at Lake of the Woods if you are interested. DG Julie Dobski will be there as her official visit. Location is Rotary Hill at LOW.

 

The Rotary booth was successful at the Taste of C-U. There were 22 sign-ups of interested people.

 

The Decker Garden rededication is next Thursday in place of our regular morning meeting. See you there at 5:30 p.m. for a short presentation and then off to Lodgic for refreshments.

 

Cary announced that football picks are coming up. Since no meeting next week, you will receive an email. Go Eddie!

 

The September 12th meeting will be a club assembly. Please come as we will focus on membership, and it should be meaningful. There will be NO get-together-in-groups routine as done in the past.

 

Board meetings are now the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 a.m. at Lodgic. Everyone is invited.

 

Bucket money for August goes for school supplies at Garden Hills Elementary School.

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Mitch Marlow is the Sales & Public Relations Manager at Virginia Theatre.  Mitch updated us on goings-on at The Virginia. He teamed up with Larry Frederickson (more about him later).

 

The theater opened in 1921 as a vaudeville house which only lasted eight years. It became an RKO movie theater until 1960 when it was purchased by GKC. In 2001 the 1,463 seat venue was purchased by the Champaign Park District.

 

The Virginia has received two significant grants. A $50,000 grant was used to purchase an intelligent lighting system which many performers request. In the past this had to be rented when needed. The second grant was for a $750,000 sound system to be installed by next year. As with the new lighting, the sound system had to be rented if needed for performances.

 

Mitch also talked about performances this season. You can read about it on line or grab a brochure.

 

Larry talked about the Bob Nutt Tribute concert who was a Rock & Roll musician in C-U. The event is at The Virginia on September 28th when you can rock out.  Read about Bob in this NG column by Jim Dey at

https://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/columns/jim-dey-i-was-comforted-by-the-fact-that-bob/article_893bb824-adc9-58a3-b273-0b0b82e90f93.html.

 

 

 

 

  Aug 29th Sept 5th Sept 12th Sept 19th
Introductions No regular Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover
Reflection morning Cary Woolard Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith
Greeters meeting. Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover
Meet at 5:30pm Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan Eddie Bridges
Song Leader at Decker Garden Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Paul Conforti
Notetaker for re-dedication. Penwell Hodson Conforti
Decker Weeding Johnson      

 

 

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

August 29th – No regular meeting (5th Thursday) – Meet at 5:30pm for the Decker Garden re-dedication at Mattis Park

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 – Meghan Gentry will speak about foster care in Champaign-Urbana (Ondine)

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

October 10th – Club Assembly

October 17th – TBD (Cary)

October 24th – Rob Dalhaus from CU at Home (Charlie)

October 29th – Tuesday – C-U Sunrise Rotary Charter Anniversary banquet at Biaggi’s

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

November 7th – TBD (David)

November 14th – District Governor Julie Dobski

November 21st – TBD (Ondine)

November 28th – TBD 

December 5th – TBD (Bob)

December 12th – Club Assembly

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August 15th, 2019 Newsletter

 

“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.” – Paulo Coelho

 

“Fear cannot be banished, but it can be calm and without panic; it can be mitigated by reason and evaluation.” – Vannevar Bush

 

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(notes provided by the unconventional and unorthodox Paul Conforti)

 

 

Our club will have/had a recruiting booth at Taste of Champaign

 

Our club’s charter anniversary dinner will be October 29 at Biaggi’s. A signup sheet for club members and a guest was passed around. There is still time to get your name added. Just let us know.

 

The Decker Garden re-dedication will be September 29, 5:30pm at the Decker Garden which is in Mattis Park (which oddly enough is not near Mattis St). Mattis Park is on Devonshire about 1/4mi west of the Harvest Market gas station.

 

We have a new exalted football guesser who will finally guide our lost club to the top of the football guessing mountain.  The anointed one is Eddie Bridges! All hail Eddie!!

 

PROGRAM

 

The program this week was delivered by Mike Hirschi from the Champaign West Rotary Club.  Mike came to our club to talk about Rotary Foundation giving.

 

Simply put, giving to the Rotary Foundation allows Rotary to carry out its prime directive: “The Mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.”

 

The Foundation awarded $86 million in funding to 1,306 club and or district grants during fiscal year 2018. These grants supported things such as disease prevention, clean water initiatives, educational improvements, growing local economies, saving mothers and children and promoting peace. For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio. $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness. $500 can launch an anti-bullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.

 

Polio eradication is one of the largest and longest running Rotary Foundation goals. Since 1986 when polio reduction efforts started new cases are down 99.9%. October 24, 2019 is “World Polio Day” and is an opportunity for the global polio eradication community to renew its promise to every child at-risk from this preventable, paralyzing disease and to realize a polio-free world for future generations. Rotary will have an announcement on the big scoreboard at Memorial Stadium during the homecoming football game.

 

Our club was down in Foundation giving from previous years. It’s pretty easy to get involved. Go to Rotary.org and select the “Give” button. You can even set up reoccurring payments.

 

 

 

  Aug 22nd Aug 29th Sept 5th Sept 12th
Introductions Eddie Bridges No regular Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite
Reflection Lou Simpson morning Cary Woolard Charlie Smith
Greeters Eddie Bridges meeting. Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite
Paul Conforti Meet at 5:30pm Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan
Song Leader Oktay Baran at Decker Garden Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau
Notetaker Penwell for re-dedication. Penwell Hodson
Decker Weeding Baran Johnson    

 

 

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

August 22nd – Mitch Marlow from the Virginia Theater will speak to us about the Virginia’s upcoming season (Charlie)

August 29th – No regular meeting (5th Thursday) – Meet at 5:30pm for the Decker Garden re-dedication at Mattis Park

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 – Meghan Gentry will speak about foster care in Champaign-Urbana (Ondine)

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

October 10th – Club Assembly

October 17th – TBD (Cary)

October 24th – Rob Dalhaus from CU at Home (Charlie)

October 29th – Tuesday – C-U Sunrise Rotary Charter Anniversary banquet at Biaggi’s

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

November 7th – TBD (David)

November 14th – District Governor Julie Dobski

November 21st – TBD (Ondine)

November 28th – TBD 

December 5th – TBD (Bob)

December 12th – Club Assembly

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August 8th, 2019 Newsletter

 

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” – Princess Diana

 

“You are allowed to outgrow people. This includes past versions of yourself.” – Mandy Hale

 

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(notes provided by the erudite Mary Hodson)

 

There will be no morning meeting on August 29.  Diana asked members to invite former members and friends of Don Decker to the Decker Garden Rededication at 5:30 PM that day.   After the Rededication, we will remove to LODGIC.

 

 

PROGRAM

 

David Henry introduced his daughter Lauryn who has returned from a Rotary Youth Exchange in France.  Lauryn never heard about Rotary Youth Exchange at her school.  Rather, she learned about it from her mother Tiffani, who had been a Youth Exchange to the Philippines.

 

Lauryn explained that during her exchange she stayed in three homes around Lyon, about two hours from Geneva.   Although she had four years of high school French, she didn’t understand her first host family for about two weeks.   On weekdays, she attended a private Catholic school from 8 AM to 5:15 PM.  She missed the diversity of Centennial High School.

 

Her first host family took her to Paris, Normandy and Mt. San Michel.   She met the extended family at their very formal Christmas dinner.   After four months, she moved to a second home in the countryside.  Her second host family took her to ski resorts, the south of France and Spain where they visited Gaudi architecture and the Dali Museum.

 

Lauryn was initially apprehensive about her third hosts, a divorced couple.   She switched homes each week, but it worked out very well.  During this time, Rotary allowed her to go out of the country to visit her cousin in Poland.

 

Lauryn made many friends through the activities arranged by the Rotarians for the Youth Exchange students.   The Rotarians took them on a bus trip to Paris and Switzerland.   She made friends from Finland and Austria.   

 

Asked about French attitudes toward Americans, Lauryn said most had fixed ideas based on the media.  She felt she could better represent the USA to them.  Our members all agreed that she is a great ambassador!

 

She described coming home after ten months was “bittersweet”.  Now she wants to share her experiences and speak to students about Youth Exchange.  She also introduced Fah Inthachak, a Youth Exchange from Thailand, who has been with her family for just two days.

 

 

 

  Aug 15th Aug 22nd Aug 29th Sept 5th
Introductions Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite
Reflection Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Cary Woolard Charlie Smith
Greeters Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite
Keith Brandau Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan
Song Leader Adam Wright Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau
Notetaker Conforti Perry Penwell Hodson
Decker Weeding Penwell Baran Johnson  
Next Weekend        

 

 

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

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

August 22nd – Mitch Marlow from the Virginia Theater will speak to us the Virginia’s upcoming season (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 – Meghan Gentry will speak about foster care in Champaign-Urbana (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 29th – Tuesday – C-U Sunrise Rotary Charter Anniversary banquet at Biaggi’s

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

November 7th – TBD (David)

November 14th – District Governor Julie Dobski

November 21st – TBD (Ondine)

November 28th – TBD 

December 5th – TBD

December 12th – Club Assembly

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August 1st, 2019 Newsletter

 

“You don’t have to be someone special to achieve something amazing. You’ve just got to have a dream, believe in it and work hard.” – Jessica Watson

 

“Having a specific meaning and purpose in your life helps to encourage you towards living a fulfilling and inspired life.” – Vic Johnson

 

“Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)

 

Cassie Carroll of Champaign West passed out fliers on Solar Urbana-Champaign and asked us to consider linking up with their group purchasing program. Being in a group helps to lower installation costs of residential solar by 40%. Presentations are being made through the end of August at various public venues around C-U.

 

Tod announced a workday this Saturday at the Habitat home at 909 W. Beardsley.

 

Members are signing up to work at the Rotary booth at Taste of C-U.

 

Bucket money for August goes for school supplies at Garden Hills Elementary School.

 

 

Program

 

Bruce Knight, Director of Planning at the City of Champaign, was our speaker. Bruce is also a long-time member of Champaign West Rotary. He gave an eye-popping presentation about The Yards development in downtown Champaign.

 

The Yards is a multi-faceted development south of University and east of Walnut in downtown Champaign. The focus of this 10.46 acre tract is a 5,000-seat hockey arena, but it also includes a 180 room hotel, 179 residential units, offices, retail, conference center, and parking deck. It is a proposed partnership with the city, the CUMTD, and the University of Illinois.

 

The project will allow expansion of the transportation center at the Illinois Terminal Building which is out of capacity. It will bring a hockey venue to C-U with the ice arena and two additional sheets of ice for practice. The conference center will provide a larger space than is currently available in C-U.  The Yards will help also the 40+ bars and restaurants in downtown Champaign. Their demand is good in the summer but slows in the winter, and hockey is a sport which straddles the end of the year. The walking paths from campus through the Second Street Basin will allow access for students to The Yards as well as the campus bus systems.

 

Details and financing of the project is coming together, and hopefully there will be an announcement coming soon.

 

 

 

 

  Aug 8th Aug 15th Aug 22nd Aug 29th
Introductions Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts
Reflection Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Cary Woolard
Greeters Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts
Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt
Song Leader Mary Kay Smith Adam Wright Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey
Notetaker Hodson Conforti Perry Penwell
Decker Weeding Hoemann Penwell Baran Johnson
Next Weekend        

 

 

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

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

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

August 22nd – Mitch Marlow from the Virginia Theater will speak to us the Virginia’s upcoming season (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 – Meghan Gentry will speak about foster care in Champaign-Urbana (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 29th – Tuesday – C-U Sunrise Rotary Charter Anniversary banquet at Biaggi’s

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

November 7th – TBD (David)

November 14th – District Governor Julie Dobski

November 21st – TBD (Ondine)

November 28th – TBD 

December 5th – TBD

December 12th – Club Assembly

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July 25th, 2019 Newsletter

 

“Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.” – William James

 

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino

 

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

 

Darrell passed out a signup sheet asking for volunteer help for the Rotary Informational Booth during the Taste of Champaign-Urbana in West Side Park the weekend of August 17th. 

 

The Rotary Blood Drive ends this week.  Please consider giving blood all year long at the Community Blood Services, 1408 W. University Avenue, Urbana.

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Mary introduced Joan Dixon, President/CEO of The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois (CFECI). CFECI is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) tax exempt philanthropic organization serving Champaign and surrounding counties.

 

CFECI was created in 1972 to encourage and receive contributions establishing endowments. In its first year, CFECI started with $1,300 and this year it’s assets will be over $27 million. CFECI in one of the over 800 Community Foundations throughout the country. This past year CFECI stewarded more than 140 funds, administered grant dollars with distributions of more than $1 million dollars to non-profit organizations, and provided over 30 scholarships to high school seniors.   

 

Joan described the various methods one can donate to the Community Foundation such as cash, securities, real estate, equipment, collectables, bequests, retirement funds, and life insurance to name a few. Those that donate to the Community Foundations can express how they wish the funds be directed.  Several examples of such directions including being designated or undesignated endowments, field of interest, projects, scholarships, or non-profit organizations.

 

CFECI’s required minimum donation is $5,000. CFECI partners up with local banks and investment companies for investing guidance. Among its various services CFECI also provides start up and organizational information to non-profits. 

 

CFECI publishes a publicly available annual financial statement and report. This and much more information can be found at www.cfeci.org.   

 

  Aug 1st Aug 8th Aug 15th Aug 22nd
Introductions Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry
Reflection Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Lou Simpson
Greeters Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry
Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Paul Conforti
Song Leader Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith Adam Wright Oktay Baran
Notetaker Penwell Hodson Conforti Perry
Decker Weeding Stull Hoemann Penwell Baran

 

 

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

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 – Mitch Marlow from the Virginia Theater will speak to us the Virginia’s upcoming season (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 – Meghan Gentry will speak about foster care in Champaign-Urbana (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 29th – C-U Sunrise Rotary Charter Anniversary banquet at Biaggi’s

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

November 7th – TBD (David)

November 14th – District Governor Julie Dobski

November 21st – TBD (Ondine)

November 28th – TBD 

December 5th – TBD

December 12th – Club Assembly

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July 18th, 2019 Newsletter

 

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” – Hermann Hesse

 

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” –

William Faulkner

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(notes provided by the unconventional and unorthodox Paul Conforti)

 

Nestor Ramirez – Annual Rotary Blood Drive July 22-27, Community Blood Services, University & Wright Streets.  We are in the midst of our annual summertime blood shortage. Supplies are down 20%. Much of the shortage is due to many students not being in town. Blood donations are extremely important to those individuals fighting cancer. 

 

Congratulations to Mary who was awarded her 4th Paul Harris pin!

 

Eddy Bridges was officially welcomed into the club as a new member by virtue of a certificate, rotary pin and name badge.  Congratulations Eddy!

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Tod Satterthwaite recapped his 6-month long Peace Corps volunteer trip to village of Batuan on the island of Bahol, one of over 7,000 islands that make up the Philippines. Tod’s assignment was to consult the local municipality of 12,000 residents on building an ecotourism industry.

 

The #1 tourist attraction on Bahol is the World Heritage designated geographical formation called the Chocolate Hills, 20 square miles of over 1,700 conical shaped hills. This area is extremely scenic as well as unique geologically. While Batuan is perfectly situated to be a high tourist area, other municipalities have taken the lead to develop resorts, welcome centers and infrastructure to develop the tourism trade. Tod’s role was to advise how to develop ecotourism in Batuan. Tod was with a group of 15 fellow Peace Corps volunteers.

 

Tod showed many wonderful slides of the hills, caves, and river rapids from which additional opportunities of tours, hiking, kayaking and tubing could be developed. Tod’s wife Beth assisted in helping develop a Batuan tourism website.

 

 

  July 25th Aug 1st Aug 8th Aug 15th
Introductions Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell
Reflection Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby
Greeters Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell
Adam Wright Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau
Song Leader Lou Simpson Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith Adam Wright
Notetaker Perry Penwell Hodson Conforti
Decker Weeding Patton Stull Hoemann Penwell

 

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

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 – Mitch Marlow from the Virginia Theater will speak to us the Virginia’s upcoming season (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 – District Governor Julie Dobski

November 21st – TBD (Ondine)

November 28th – TBD 

December 5th – TBD

December 12th – Club Assembly

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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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