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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January 3rd, 2019 Newsletter

 
“In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.” – Anne Frank
 
“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.” – Edward Abbey
 
“The wilderness and the idea of wilderness is one of the permanent homes of the human spirit.” – Joseph Wood Krutch
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
(notes courteous of the erudite Mary Hodson)
 
Bob passed around a sign-up sheet for our next Habitat project, scheduled for January 19.   He also introduced his son, David.
 
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
 
Charlie introduced Jori Orsini, Executive Director of LODGIC.   She explained that the fraternal order of the Moose is the parent organization of LODGIC.   With membership falling, they came up with a new concept for raising funds to support Mooseheart, their school for children in crisis in North Aurora, and Moosehaven, their retirement home in Florida.
 
Jori pointed out that millennials are not joining fraternal organizations but they do want to do good in their communities.   Many of them are free lancers and contractors.  The founders of LODGIC asked themselves, “How can we assist them?”    The Champaign property currently has four programs:
 
1)  LODGIC Kids Camp, flexible, on demand, pay by the hour child care, open from 6:30 AM to 9:00 PM.  They take children from 12 months to 12 years of age.   A membership costs $60 per year.
 
2)  Workplace, offering a desk, printing and quiet call booths and accessible 24 hours a day.
 
3)  Clever Moose, a market cafe open at 6:30 AM
 
4)  Everyday Kitchen, offering craft food and drink, open for lunch and dinner.   They also have event space for social and corporate events.
 
Champaign was selected for the first LODGIC location because it is a college town with an urban mindset but which is underserved by national players.   The next installment will be in Madison, WI. They are also looking at Iowa City and Ann Arbor.

 

  Jan 10th Jan 17th Jan 24th Jan 31st
Introductions Ed Perry Rod Roberts Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby
Reflection Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry
Greeters Ed Perry Rod Roberts Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby
Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan
Song Leader Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Ethan Chew
Notetaker Conforti Perry Penwell Hodson


 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (with program committee member responsible listed in parentheses)
January 10th – Kim Gollings from Habitat for Humanity (Bob)
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
February 21st – TBD
February 28th – TBD

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December 27th, 2018 Newsletter

 
“Being brave means knowing that when you fail, you don’t fail forever.” – Lana Del Rey
 
“Wake up determined to go to bed satisfied.” – Dwayne Johnson
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)
Our meeting on January 3rd will be at Lodgic. Meal cost is $10.00. See you there!
 
Fruit sale money is due to Billy. Looks like we had a good year.
 
Bucket money for February will be for Books for Prisoners. If you have books you would like to donate, contact Mary. Popular books are mysteries, paperback dictionaries, paperbacks, and books in Spanish.
 
During bucket money, Jen mentioned her company is getting in a new line of Vintage Cruisers. It’s part of the Gulfstream products and pretty cool. Check it out on line.
 
PROGRAM
Mary introduced her husband Tom who is chair of the District Scholarship Committee. Tom is also chair of the district’s committee for ShelterBox USA. Tom’s comments related to Global Grants which a few years ago replaced the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship.
The following is a description from the RI website:  “Global grants are for graduate students studying abroad in one of Rotary’s six causes:  (1) promoting peace, (2) fighting disease, (3) providing clean water,   sanitation, and hygiene, (4) saving mothers and children, (5) supporting education, and (6) growing local economies.”
A Global Grant Scholarship must be used for a degree granting program.  However, it does not cover the entire cost of the program.  So far, our district has limited its funding to $15,000 of District Designated Funds, which, with the match from the The Rotary Foundation results can be $30,000.  Our most recent application also was funded $3,000 generously from the Chicago Rotary Club so the total scholarship was $33,000.
The Rotary Foundation fully funds all expenses for Peace Fellowships.  That is a different and more selective program for which no contribution is required from the District.
In the past year our District submitted one application for one Global Grant Scholarship, and that application has been funded.  We also sponsored an application for a Peace Fellowship, and that application was also successful.
The following is a description from the RI website:  “Global grants are for graduate students studying abroad in one of Rotary’s six causes:  (1) promoting peace, (2) fighting disease, (3) Providing clean water,   sanitation, and hygiene, (4) saving mothers and children, (5) supporting education, and (6) growing local economies.”
Scholarships last from one to four years and can include an entire degree program. Global grant scholarships are funded using cash or District Designated Funds matched by the World Fund. District grants can be used to sponsor secondary school, undergraduate, or graduate students studying any subject, either locally or abroad. The scholarship may cover any length of time, from a six-week language training program to a year or more of university study.
The district committee is looking for candidates that have a solid focus at the undergraduate level in a particular area that would relate to their project proposal for their scholarship. Another qualification is community or global service to demonstrate their interest in this funding for principally international service.  Our district approved two scholars in the last RI fiscal year for worthy projects.
 
 

 

  Jan 3rd Jan 10th Jan 17th Jan 24th
Introductions Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts Angie Schoonover
Reflection Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell
Greeters Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts Angie Schoonover
Keith Brandau Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt
Song Leader Adam Wright Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau
Notetaker Hodson Conforti Perry Penwell

 

 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (with program committee member responsible listed in parentheses)
January 3rd -Jori Orsini, the Executive Director of Lodgic, will talk about the Lodgic Every Day Community, our new meeting place (Charlie)
January 10th – Kim Gollings from Habitat for Humanity (Bob)
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
February 21st – TBD
February 28th – TBD

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December 20th, 2018 Newsletter

 
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” – John Steinbeck
 
“The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory.” – Gary Zukav
 
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
(notes provided by the distinguished gentleman from Connecticut, Edwardini Perry)
 
Cary noted that next week’s meeting (December 27th) will be our last at Hawthorne Suites. On January 3, 2019, we will meet at our new location, Lodgic Everyday Community. We will meet in their restaurant area. Meeting times are the same with the doors unlocked at 6:30am. 
 
Billy announced that costs for the breakfast will be $10 at our new location. This pays for the food and room set up. Billy distributed information for the additional costs for those who have signed up for quarterly, semi-annual or annual food plans.
 
Cary and Billy also noted that our annual membership dues will be increasing next year to get in line with Rotary International and our actual expenses/costs. They handed out a Member Dues Analysis showing the July 2018 through June 2019 income and expenses. Both regular and senior member dues will be increased.  
 
Robb noted that the fruit sale was successful with approximately 400 cases sold. Everyone needs to get their money in to Billy by January 10th. 
 
Darrell noted that he, Scott and Paul have put together and issued our updated Club’s rack/information card showing our new club location. These can be picked up at club meetings.
 
Bob announced that Saturday, January 19th is the date for our club’s next community project. We will be helping with a Habitat for Humanity home build project. The work will be indoor work.
 
PROGRAM
 
Mary introduced Maarten de Witte as our speaker. Maarten is an Gemologist specializing in diamonds and diamond cutting. He grew up in Urbana and as a young man traveled in Europe. During these travels he saw the Crown Jewels in London and realized he wanted to be part of the diamond business.
 
Maarten entered a diamond cutting school in Nevada and has spent the last 40+ years in California as a diamond worker. He and his wife recently moved back to Urbana. His topics this morning touched on the brief history of diamonds, diamond cutting, marketing of diamonds and the current synthetic diamond. 
 
From the 13th to the 19th century diamonds were only affordable by royalty. As additional diamonds were found in the world and advancements in cutting methods took place the diamond’s unique visual properties began to be fully appreciated. In the 20th century, mass production of diamonds began to fill the growing market. Improved cutting methods and technology made diamonds more affordable by reducing the size of the stone and enhancing their brilliance.
 
Maarten explained the different shapes and cuts for diamonds and their effect on how light passes through the stone for its brilliance. Rose Cuts, Round Brilliant, Star Brilliant and Bullseye Cuts were several cuts explained by Maarten. While learning the cutting trade, he also learned about the marketing and branding used in the diamond business. He noted how diamonds have a strong emotional attachment to buyers. Natural diamonds “last forever” and retain their value.
 
Maarten’s interests continue to grow, and he also commented on laboratory-made diamonds. Originally used in industry for cutting tools, they are also being successfully produced for jewelry and are at prices available to everyone. 
 

 

  Dec 27th Jan 3rd Jan 10th Jan 17th
Introductions Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts
Reflection John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley Robb Patton
Greeters Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts
Oktay Baran Keith Brandau Ethan Chew Paul Conforti
Song Leader Mary Kay Smithy Adam Wright Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey
Notetaker Penwell Hodson Conforti Perry

 

 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (with program committee member responsible listed in parentheses)
December 27th – Tom Hodson, District Scholarship Chair, will talk about our Rotary Global Scholars (Mary)
January 3rd -Jori Orsini, the Executive Director of Lodgic, will talk about the Lodgic Every Day Community, our new meeting place (Charlie)
January 10th – Kim Gollings from Habitat for Humanity (Bob)
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)

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December 13th, 2018 Newsletter

 
“You will never able to escape from your heart. So it is better to listen to what it has to say.” – Paul Coelho
 
“Every day is a new day, and you’ll never able to find happiness if you don’t move on.” – Carrie Underwood
 
“Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depths.” – Rumi
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND PROGRAM
Last week’s meeting featured the annual CUSR Holiday Party Extravaganza.  Thanks to all who attended!
 

 

  Dec 20th Dec 27th Jan 3rd Jan 10th
Introductions Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry
Reflection Ben Mast John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley
Greeters Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry
Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Ethan Chew
Song Leader Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smithy Adam Wright Oktay Baran
Notetaker Perry Penwell Hodson Conforti


 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (with program committee member responsible listed in parentheses)
December 20th –  Maarten DeWitte will discuss diamonds and diamond cutting (Tom)
December 27th – TBD (Bob)
January 3rd -Jori Orsini, the Executive Director of Lodgic, will talk about the Lodgic Every Day Community, our new meeting place (Charlie)
January 10th – Kim Gooling from Habitat for Humanity (Bob)
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 – TBD (Tom)
February 7th – Tiffani Henry will discuss Rotary Youth Exchange (David)

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December 6th, 2018 Newsletter

 
“World, they have taken the small children like butterflies and thrown them, beating their wings, into the fire–” ― Nelly Sachs
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
(notes provided by the unconventional and unorthodox Paul Conforti)
 
Our annual holiday party is Thursday, December 13th in the Savoy Room in the hotel formerly known as Hawthorne Suites. Please let Diana know if you have guest, especially children, accompanying you. Please refer to President Cary’s 12/7 email for complete details.
 
Salvation Army Bell Ringing is Saturday, December 15th, Walmart on N. Prospect from 10am to 7pm. President Cary has the sign-up sheet. Please email if you can make it.
 
CU Sunrise is moving its meet venue to Lodgic beginning with our Thursday, January 3rd meeting. Lodgic is in the Illini Plaza which is on south Neil Street at Fox Dr. Details to come.
 
CU Sunrise is mentioned on page 3 of the Rotary District 6490 newsletter. The district newsletter can be found linked on the front page of the district’s web site: www.rotarydistrict6490.org
 
PROGRAM
 
Mary introduced Glenn Harbin, membership director of Rotary District 6490. Glenn’s program was about Kiva.
 
Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or realize their potential. For some, it’s a matter of survival, for others it’s the fuel for a life-long ambition.100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans. Kiva covers costs primarily through optional donations, as well as through support from grants and sponsors.
 
Kiva works by having a borrower apply for a loan, the loan goes through an underwriting and approval process. Upon approval the loan is posted on the Kiva website for lenders to support. The borrower repays the loan and lenders use repayments to fund new loans, donate or withdraw the money. 
 
Your account can be accessed anytime online to view updates on your loans.
 
This is something individuals can do, or entire clubs. Glenn’s home club in Bloomington has funded a variety of projects. Loan updates are presented to member Rotarians at their meetings.
 

  Dec 13th Dec 20th Dec 27th Jan 3rd
Introductions CU Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell
Reflection Sunrise Ben Mast John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo
Greeters Holiday Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell
Party Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau
Song Leader Extravaganza Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smithy Adam Wright
Notetaker   Perry Penwell Hodson

 

 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (with program committee member responsible listed in parentheses)
December 13th – CUSR Holiday Party EXTRAVAGANZA!
December Maarten DeWitte will discuss diamonds and diamond cutting (Tom)
December 27th – TBD (Bob)
January 3rd – TBD (Charlie)
January 10th – TBD (David)
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 – TBD (Tom)

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November 29th, 2018 Newsletter

 
“Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
(notes provided by the erudite Mary Hodson)
 
Our family holiday party will be on December 13.  Please RSVP to Diana.  She needs to know the number coming and the ages and sexes of any children, including teens.   Please also let her know if you have any suggestions for musical entertainment.
 
Salvation Army bell ringing is scheduled for December 15.
 
We will move our meetings to LODGIC on January 1.   
 
President Cary welcomed Ondine Gross to the club.    Ondine is originally from California.  Her dad was a film editor and she was an extra in shows like “The Adams Family” and “Mr. Ed”.    She and her husband came to Champaign in 1994.   They have 29 year old twin daughters.  One lives in NY and the other lives in Chicago.   Ondine was a school psychologist at Centennial and has written a book about mediation and conflict resolution in schools and workplaces.
 
PROGRAM
 
David introduced Sue Grey, president of the United Way of Champaign County.   Sue formerly worked for the Girl Scouts and for the Park District.   She is a member of the Unit 4 School Board and the Champaign Rotary Club.
 
Sue said that the United Way had a good offer to sell their old building.   They used the profits from the sale to buy a newer building at 5 Dunlap Ct in Savoy.  
 
Our United Way wants to be a problem solver.  Sue talked about the many ways that the United Way has helped our community, including opening up a dental clinic at France Nelson, funding the “Mother Goose on the Loose” program, helping to provide shelter to homeless men over the winter months and distributing “Getting Ready for Kindergarten” calendars.
 
The school district allows United Way to farm their property on Olympian Drive.   The labor is also donated.   Over the past five years, they have provided $125,000 to food programs including Peace Meals and Meals on Wheels.  
 
United Way’s future goals include efforts towards work force development, financial education and  health.
 

  Dec 6th Dec 13th Dec 20th Dec 27th
Introductions Phyllis Mischo CU Scott Paceley Robb Patton
Reflection Candy Loyd Sunrise Ben Mast John McDaniel
Greeters Phyllis Mischo Holiday Scott Paceley Robb Patton
Adam Wright Party Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey
Song Leader Lou Simpson Extravaganza Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smithy
Notetaker Conforti   Perry Penwell

 

 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (with program committee member responsible listed in parentheses)
December 6th – Glenn Harbin, District 6490 Membership Chair, is going to tell us about a micro loan organization, Kiva (Mary)
December 13th – CUSR Holiday Party EXTRAVAGANZA!
December Maarten DeWitte will discuss diamonds and diamond cutting (Tom)
December 27th – TBD (Bob)
January 3rd – TBD (Charlie)
January 10th – TBD (David)
January 17th – PDG Larry Howell will discuss the Heart to Heart Zone trip to Mexico (Mary)
January 24th – TBD (Phyllis)
January 31st – TBD (Tom)

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