August 30th, 2018 Newsletter

 

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” ― Emily Post 

 

“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” ― Maya Angelou 

 

  “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” ― Helen Keller 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

There was no regular meeting last week.

 

 

  Sept 6th Septh 13th Sept 20th Sept 27th
Introductions Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan
Reflection Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Ethan Chew
Greeters Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan
Ben Mast John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley
Song Leader Bob La Charite Candy Loyd Ben Mast John McDaniel

 

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

September 6th – Emily Reichman, Hope Lives Rescue Ranch (David)

September 13th – Lola Lewis, Donation Liaison, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network (Phyllis)

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

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

October 4th – TBD (David)

October 11th – TBD (Charlie)

October 18th – Kate Williams, Associate Professor, UIUC, and Abdul Alkalima, Professor Emeritus, African American Studies, UIUC, will discuss New Philadelphia, the early settlement in western Illinois  (Ed)

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

November 1st – TBD (Tom)

November 8th – TBD (Bob)

November 15th – TBD (Charlie)

November 22nd – No Meeting – Thanksgiving

November 29th – TBD (David)

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August 23rd, 2018 Newsletter

 

Those old adages – you attract more with honey; do unto others – are true. You can get attention by being acerbic or mean or making a bizarre comment. But by being nice, being empathetic, building relationships and listening, people begin to recognize that you’re thoughtful and respectful of their position.” ― Shelley Moore Capito 

 

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.
― Khalil Gibran 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)

Darrell noted that our booth at the Taste of Champaign was a success. We had several sign-ups for the club and Rotaract, and our volunteers distributed 28 bags of Sunrise coffee. Thanks to our Rotarian volunteers for helping.

 

The Literacy and Education Committee of District 6490 is sponsoring the fourth District 6490 Writing Contest. The contest is open to high school students residing within Rotary District 6490. Michelle is looking for judges for the District writing contest to review local submissions.

 

There is no meeting on August 30th. A social event is being planned and watch your email for an announcement.

 

We will not be meeting, but football guessing is next week. Maybe the swami will do the guessing for us.

 

PROGRAM

Mary introduced Ondine Gross who is a school psychologist who is an expert in dealing with conflict relationships with students in grades K-12. She has published the book Restore the Respect which shows how to mediate school conflicts and keep students learning.

District 6490 had a Global Grant to sponsor training in June for Jamaican school teachers to deal with bullying in schools. The grant was the inspiration of Rotarian, Rick Davidson, who has been instrumental in various international projects for our district. The teachers traveled to Charleston for the five-day sessions which were moderated by our speaker.

Ondine spoke to the work she does with students and teachers. The goal is to have a mediation technique which strengthens and repairs relationships among all members of a school community:  teachers, students, staff members, and parents. Trust and respect is built among participants with different backgrounds by using listening techniques followed up with moderated discussion. This fits perfectly with the school framework to promote positive outcomes among participants.

 

 

 

 

  Aug 30th Sept 6th Septh 13th Sept 20th
Introductions No Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt
Reflection meeting Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau
Greeters this Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt
week Ben Mast John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo
Song Leader   Bob La Charite Candy Loyd Ben Mast
Notetaker Hodson      
Decker Weeding        
Next Weekend        
Decker Garden Simpson      
Watering        

 

 

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

August 30th – No regular meeting

September 6th – Emily Reichman, Hope Lives Rescue Ranch (David)

September 13th – Lola Lewis, Donation Liaison, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network (Phyllis)

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

September 27th – TBD (Bob)

October 4th – TBD (Charlie)

October 11th – TBD (David)

October 18th – Kate Williams, Associate Professor, UIUC, and Abdul Alkalima, Professor Emeritus, African American Studies, UIUC, will discuss New Philadelphia, the early settlement in western Illinois  (Ed)

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

November 1st – TBD (Tom)

November 8th – TBD (Bob)

November 15th – TBD (Charlie)

November 22nd – No Meeting – Thanksgiving

November 29th – TBD (David)

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August 16th, 2018 Newsletter

 

“ Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.” – Plato 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
(notes provided by unconventional and unorthodox Paul Conforti)

CU Sunrise had an information booth at the Taste of Champaign on Saturday, August 18 from 10:30am through 9pm. Thanks to Darrell Hoemann (who organized this event), Scott Paceley (graphic design), and booth volunteers: Darrell, Ed, Diana, Phyllis, Paul, Tod, Allan, Bob, and Adam.

Anyone interested in guessing football this upcoming season? (The monkey does pretty well, maybe give it a temporary membership).

Tod announced he has volunteered with the Peace Corps for a 6-month stint in the Philippines to work with and consult locals in relatively unvisited areas to develop tourism. The focus will be to develop awareness of the amazing ecology of the Philippine islands (of which there are over 7,000) and boost travel interest from groups and individuals. Tod will be away from October through April. Beth will be able to join him sometime in November.

 

PROGRAM: Champaign-Urbana Symphony

Executive Director Gerri Kirchner, along with board member and musician (double bassist) Alex McHattie, presented what is new this season at the CUSO as well as the history of the symphony which was conceived in 1959 with its first concert on October 20, 1960.

In 1988, the CUSO was named as the Professional Orchestra in Residence at the Krannert Center.

This year the CUSO is one of five civic symphonies to have a “Music Alive Composer-in-Residence”, Stacy Garrop. Stacy’s music is centered on dramatic and lyrical storytelling. CUSO is excited to perform several of her works for orchestra and chamber ensemble this season. Stacy is a Cedille Records recording artist, and her works are published by Theodore Presser Company. For more information about Stacy and her work, visit her website at www.garrop.com.

The Music Director is Maestro Stephen Alltop.

The 2018-2019 season begins Saturday, October 13 featuring Metropolitan Opera soprano Amanda Majeski and works from Mahler and Strauss.

CU Ballet Nutcracker with the CUSO (Nov 30 – Dec 2 and Dec 7-9)

Holiday Glory, December 6

All the World’s A Stage, January 26 featuring violist Carol Cook from the Chicago’s Lyric Opera performing Stacy Garrop’s new viola concerto, Krakatoa. Also, on this program are works from Rossini, Schubert and Stravinsky.

Terra Nostra, March 9 by Stacy Garrop

April 17-18 – CUSO Youth Concerts

The Planets and Beyond, April 27, Gusatv Holst’s tour de force for large orchestra’s journey through the solar system!

https://cusymphony.org/

 

SPECIAL NOTE

Our June 7 speaker, Dr Timothy Pauketat, will be featured this fall in a PBS series called “Native America.”   The dates and times will be announced in the Patterns guide. 

 

  Aug 23rd Aug 30th Sept 6th Septh 13th
Introductions Keith Brandau Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt
Reflection Adam Wright Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau
Greeters Keith Brandau Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt
Candy Loyd Ben Mast John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo
Song Leader Andrew Kerins Bob La Charite Candy Loyd Ben Mast
Notetaker Penwell Hodson    
Decker Weeding Loyd      
Next Weekend        
Decker Garden Simpson Simpson    
Watering        

 

 

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

August 23rd – Ondine Gross, mediator and consultant who participated in the Conflict Management Training provided by a Global Grant (Mary)

August 30th – No regular meeting

September 6th – Emily Reichman, Hope Lives Rescue Ranch (David)

September 13th – Lola Lewis, Donation Liaison, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network (Phyllis)

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

September 27th – TBD (Bob)

October 4th – TBD (Charlie)

October 11th – TBD (David)

October 18th – Kate Williams, Associate Professor, UIUC, and Abdul Alkalima, Professor Emeritus, African American Studies, UIUC, will discuss New Philadelphia, the early settlement in western Illinois  (Ed)

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

November 1st – TBD (Tom)

November 8th – TBD (Bob)

November 15th – TBD (Charlie)

November 22nd – No Meeting – Thanksgiving

November 29th – TBD (David)

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August 9th, 2018 Newsletter

 

Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.” ― Joseph Campbell 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

 

Darrell noted that our booth set up for Saturday, August 18 is looking good. Any and all members are invited to stop by the booth while at the Taste of Champaign event in West Side Park.

 

Phillis noted that we are applying for a district grant of $2,000 to go towards helping the local Men’s Shelter this winter. 

 

Cary noted we still need a volunteer(s) to run the local Rotary Football Guessing contest this year. 

 

 

PROGRAM

CUSR member Mary Hodson, who also serves as an assistant District Governor for area 11, introduced our Rotary District Governor, Arlene Pennie. Arlene is visiting all the clubs in our district with her husband, Past District Governor Larry Pennie. Arlene is from the Bloomington-Normal area and has been active with her club and has served on many district offices and projects.

 

DG Pennie stated that his year’s Rotary Presidential theme is “Be the Inspiration.” This theme stresses the importance of each member being an inspiration not only for the club but also to our community and the world. She wants the District to be the inspiration to its clubs and described the many activities that the district will be doing during her tenure as District Governor.

 

DG Pennie noted that the district has set aside $40,000 for district grants that are available for club projects.  In addition, she said the District will award $1,000 quarterly to those clubs who increase their membership the most, proportional to the club size. She pointed out many opportunities for Rotarians such as the district sponsored training and other activities that are available throughout the year. The monthly District newsletter lists all the training events, activities volunteer opportunities.

 

Comparing Rotary to a flower garden, DG Pennie explained what makes up a Rotary club and keeps it growing and healthy. Like a flower garden with a variety of flowers, Rotary is made up from a variety of people. Each of the clubs and members are unique and can be successful when given the proper care, nurturing, and the opportunity for growth. She stressed how clubs need to replenish themselves with new members. New members, like new plants, need extra care to be successful. Through club activities, and the District’s many learning and training sessions, new and old members can continue to grow.

 

Each club should also publicize its projects in the local community, in the district newsletter and be the inspiration.   

 

 

 

  Aug 16th Aug 23rd Aug 30th Sept 6th
Introductions Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Ethan Chew Paul Conforti
Reflection Mary Kay Smith Adam Wright Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey
Greeters Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Ethan Chew Paul Conforti
Bob La Charite Candy Loyd Ben Mast John McDaniel
Song Leader Darrell Hoemann Andrew Kerins Bob La Charite Candy Loyd
Notetaker Perry Penwell Hodson  
Decker Weeding Perry Loyd    
Next Weekend        
Decker Garden Perry Simpson Simpson  
Watering        

 

 

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

August 16th – Jerri Kirshner, CU Symphony (Charlie) 

August 23rd – Ondine Gross, mediator and consultant who participated in the Conflict Management Training provided by a Global Grant (Mary)

August 30th – No regular meeting

September 6th – Emily Reichman, Hope Lives Rescue Ranch (David)

September 13th – Lola Lewis, Donation Liaison, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network (Phyllis)

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

September 27th – TBD (Bob)

October 4th – TBD (David)

October 11th – TBD 

October 18th – Kate Williams, Associate Professor, UIUC, and Abdul Alkalima, Professor Emeritus, African American Studies, UIUC, will discuss New Philadelphia, the early settlement in western Illinois  (Ed)

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

November 1st – TBD (Tom)

November 8th – TBD (Bob)

November 15th – TBD (Charlie)

November 22nd – No Meeting – Thanksgiving

November 29th – TBD (David)

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August 2nd, 2018 Newsletter

 

Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.” ― Jane Austen 

 

 

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” ― Winston Churchill 

 

 

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(notes provided by the erudite Mary Hodson)

 

Rotary Leadership Institute is scheduled for August 18.   See the District newsletter for more information.

 

More volunteers are needed to staff our booth at the Urbana Sweet Corn Festival on August 25.   Contact Darrell if you can help.

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Bob introduced Bruce Knight, Champaign West Rotarian and Planning and Development Director for the City of Champaign.  Bruce discussed current and projected plans for the Planning and Development Department.

 

The Curtis Road Interchange Plan was adopted in 2007 after the State of IL determined that the I-74/Prospect Ave. Interchange area was overdeveloped..  Development around Curtis Rd. was slowed by the recession of 2008.   Carle at the Fields has now developed the NW Quadrant.

 

The Boneyard Creek once ran where Green Street is today.  The City has done extensive work to take Campus Town out of the floodplain.  They have taken Green St. from four to two lanes to make room for bike lanes.   “The future of transportation is that you are going to have to share the road.” said Knight.   This has led to major redevelopment of the area.   Today’s students want the feel of urban living.  The City has subsequently dropped the minimum parking requirements for Campus Town high rises.   

 

In the Mid-Town area, the grocery built where Burnham used to stand is a very busy store with a diverse patronage. The City helped pay for the Mid-Town Plaza development which overlooks the Boneyard Basin.   It is fully leased.

 

The City removed the downtown pedestrian mall in 1986 and offered TIF funding and liquor licenses to encourage investment.   The 217 S. Neil project was the first building that required no financial incentive from the City.   

 

Plans are underway to develop the area south of the Illinois Terminal.  This $200 million project will include a hotel conference center, offices, and parking deck.

 

The City is currently studying the possibility of redeveloping the North Neil St. corridor from the Interstate to downtown.   This may lead to a downtown plaza.   The design process for this project is almost complete.  The next step will be corporate fundraising for the project.

 

 

  Aug 9th Aug 16th Aug 23rd Aug 30th
Introductions Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Ethan Chew
Reflection Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith Adam Wright Oktay Baran
Greeters Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Ethan Chew
Andrew Kerins Bob La Charite Candy Loyd Ben Mast
Song Leader Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann Andrew Kerins Bob La Charite
Notetaker Conforti Perry Penwell Hodson
Decker Weeding   Perry Loyd  
Next Weekend        
Decker Garden Perry Perry Simpson Simpson
Watering        

 

 

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

August 9th – District Governor Pennie’s visit

August 16th – Jerri Kirshner, CU Symphony (Charlie) 

August 23rd – Ondine Gross, mediator and consultant who participated in the Conflict Management Training provided by a Global Grant (Mary)

August 30th – No regular meeting

September 6th – Emily Reichman, Hope Lives Rescue Ranch (David)

September 13th – Lola Lewis, Donation Liaison, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network (Phyllis)

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

September 27th – TBD (Bob)

October 4th – TBD (David)

October 11th – TBD 

October 18th – Kate Williams, Associate Professor, UIUC, and Abdul Alkalima, Professor Emeritus, African American Studies, UIUC, will discuss New Philadelphia, the early settlement in western Illinois  (Ed)

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

November 1st – TBD (Tom)

November 8th – TBD (Bob)

November 15th – TBD (Charlie)

November 22nd – No Meeting – Thanksgiving

November 29th – TBD (David)

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July 26th, 2018 Newsletter

 

“The difference between science and the arts is not that they are different sides of the same coin even, or even different parts of the same continuum, but rather, they are manifestations of the same thing. The arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity.” – Mae Jemison

 

“People cannot be free unless they are willing to sacrifice some of their interests to guarantee the freedom of others. The price of democracy is the ongoing pursuit of the common good by all of the people.” – Saul Alinsky

 

“What is lovely never dies, But passes into other loveliness, Star-dust, or sea-foam, flower or winged air.” – Thomas Bailey Aldrich

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

 

Nestor reminded everyone that the Rotary Blood drive starts Monday July 30 and goes thru Saturday, August 4.

 

Phyllis is looking for a few more people to help with our volunteer project at Salt & Light in Urbana on Saturday, August 11th from 9am till 11am.

 

Darrell thanked those who have signed up to help with our Club’s booth at the Taste of C-U event on August 18th at West Side Park. The mission of our booth is to spread the Rotary word, invite those interested to provide their email address so we can in touch with them, and raise money from donations for the “CU Sunrise” coffee packet. Darrell also passed around a signup sheet this morning for our Club’s booth at the Urbana Sweet Corn Festival on Saturday, August 25th.

 

Angle received special recognition from the club as she has been selected in this year’s “40 under 40” community group. 

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Tom Ulen introduced Dr. Darren Pascavage as this morning’s speaker. Dr. Pascavage is the founding head of Academy High, the new independent, college-prep high school here in Champaign, IL.

 

Dr. Pascavage joined Academy High with an exceptional educational background and a wealth of experience in leading Independent Schools. He has served as founding headmaster and director at several schools in Atlanta and the State of Georgia as well as the Executive Director of Escuela Internacional Sampedrana in Pedro Sula, Honduras. He is a Trustee and remains active on several National Independent School Associations. He has also won several teaching awards in the State of Georgia. 

 

Dr. Pascavage first touched on the historical aspects of what we have thought education should be and the methods of teaching and learning in the future. Historically we have always wanted to use the best methods to inspire students so they can lead lives of excellence, purpose and joy. Today with all that technology has to offer, the future methods of learning are ever expanding. Past educational focus was for the students to learn for the known present, then there was a shift to learn for the known future and now learning should also include learning skills for the unknown future. 

 

Academy High is located at 2302 Fox Drive, Champaign and the facility is an open plan with flexible areas of learning. The first year there were 9 freshman students ,and with the start of the second year they are expecting enrollment to grow to 25 to 30 as the word gets out about the school. With classes starting at 9am the school has an academic core of math, science, social science, English and a second language. In addition they offer several “Modules” of learning to engage the student in art, technology, music, logic, geographic information systems, and communications to fill out the day. Independent studies at the U of I and Parkland are also emphasized.

 

The school does not receive any money from State or Federal government. Tuition is a sliding scale based on what the family can pay. The first year the range was approximately from $3,000 to $15,000 and scholarships are available.     

 

 

 

  Aug 2nd Aug 9th Aug 16th Aug 23rd
Introductions Paul Conforti Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau
Reflection Lou Simpson Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith Adam Wright
Greeters Paul Conforti Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau
Larry Johnson Andrew Kerins Bob La Charite Candy Loyd
Song Leader David Henry Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann Andrew Kerins
Notetaker Hodson Conforti Perry Penwell
Decker Weeding Stull   Perry Loyd
Next Weekend        
Decker Garden Simpson Perry Perry Simpson
Watering        

 

 

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

August 2nd – Bruce Knight, Planning & Development Director, City of Champaign (Bob)

August 9th – District Governor Pennie’s visit

August 16th – Jerri Kirshner, CU Symphony (Charlie) 

August 23rd – Ondine Gross, mediator and consultant who participated in the Conflict Management Training provided by a Global Grant (Mary)

August 30th – No regular meeting

September 6th – Emily Reichman, Hope Lives Rescue Ranch (David)

September 13th – Lola Lewis, Donation Liaison, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network (Phyllis)

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

September 27th – TBD (Bob)

October 4th – TBD (David)

October 11th – TBD 

October 18th – Kate Williams, Associate Professor, UIUC, and Abdul Alkalima, Professor Emeritus, African American Studies, UIUC, will discuss New Philadelphia, the early settlement in western Illinois  (Ed)

October 25th – TBD (Phyllis)

November 1st – TBD (Tom)

November 8th – TBD (Bob)

November 15th – TBD (Charlie)

November 22nd – No Meeting – Thanksgiving

November 29th – TBD (David)

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July 19th, 2018 Newsletter

 

Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone.” ― Steven Spielberg 

 

Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.” ― Cesar Chavez 

 

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” ― Buddha 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

 

Nestor reminded everyone about the Rotary Blood Drive that will take place July 30 to August 4 at the Blood bank on University Avenue. Most everyone qualifies to give blood, but if you have questions please contact the Blood Bank by phone or stop in and pick up a pamphlet.

 

Phyllis noted that volunteers are needed for a variety of activities at our Club’s volunteer project at Salt and Light in Urbana on Saturday, August 11 from 9-11am. Let Phyllis know if you can join in.

 

Darrell passed around a sign up sheet with time slots for our Club’s informational booth at the Taste of CU in West Side Park on Saturday, August 18. A special blend of CU Sunrise coffee will be sold at the booth too!

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Phyllis introduced our speaker, Jayne DeLuce, who is the President and CEO of Visit Champaign County. Jayne has been in the Sports and Tourism industry for over 30 years since getting her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UIUC in Recreation, Sport & Tourism, with an emphasis on marketing. Prior to heading “Visit Champaign County” in 2009, she worked on various national and local committees including the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. 

 

Visit Champaign County is a primarily publicly-funded organization whose mission is to market the many attractions of Champaign and surrounding counties. Through the use of PowerPoint and video, Jayne explained the various marketing tools that they use, the national conferences and trade shows that they attend, and the local associations they are part of to get the word out and bring groups in to visit this area. Jayne highlighted several positive organizations, festivals and attractions here in Central Illinois. The University of Illinois, agriculture, technology, research, arts & crafts, nature and outdoor activities, sports, and food and drink are just a few of the attractions that makes this area unique and a great place to visit. She emphasized that the friendly and welcoming attitude of the people in our community are among our strengths. 

 

Jayne touched on various examples that they continue to market and develop. One such example is the recent growth of Champaign’s downtown and midtown areas with plentiful food and drink options. U of I sports continues to be a big draw with emphasis on maintaining and attracting new activities, including Illinois high school football and wrestling state finals, baseball, soccer and sport camps. The Illinois Marathon draws an estimated $10 million benefit to the area . In addition, various conferences dealing with agriculture, technology and research also bring in visitors. We have so many activities taking place and Visit Champaign County tries to show case it all. 

 

In closing, Jayne again emphasized that the people here are truly the ambassadors that make this area a friendly place to visit and stay.  

 

 

  July 26th Aug 2nd Aug 9th Aug 16th
Introductions Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey
Reflection Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith
Greeters Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey
Darrell Hoemann Larry Johnson Andrew Kerins Bob La Charite
Song Leader Ata Durukan David Henry Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann
Notetaker Penwell Hodson Conforti Perry
Decker Weeding Patton Stull   Perry
Next Weekend        
Decker Garden Simpson Simpson Perry Perry
Watering        

 

 

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

July 26th – Dr. Darren Pascavage, Founding Head of School, Academy High (Tom)

August 2nd – Bruce Knight, Planning & Development Director, City of Champaign (Bob)

August 9th – District Governor Pennie’s visit

August 16th – Jerri Kirshner, CU Symphony (Charlie) 

August 23rd – Ondine Gross, mediator and consultant who participated in the Conflict Management Training provided by a Global Grant (Mary)

August 30th – No regular meeting

September 6th – Emily Reichman, Hope Lives Rescue Ranch (David)

September 13th – Lola Lewis, Donation Liaison, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network (Phyllis)

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

September 27th – TBD (Bob)

October 4th – TBD (Charlie)

October 11th – TBD

October 18th – Kate Williams, Associate Professor, UIUC, and Abdul Alkalima, Professor Emeritus, African American Studies, UIUC, will discuss New Philadelphia, the early settlement in western Illinois  (Ed)

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July 12th, 2018 Newsletter

 

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.” – Hermann Hesse 

 

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

 

Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.” ― Voltaire 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

President Cary nominated Billy Stull to form a search committee to find a new location for our meetings. Our current contract expires in December. Contact Billy (bstull@stephensstull.com) if you’d like to participate or if you have suggestions (not sure if Kams if open that early).

 

We are returning, on Saturday August 11th, to the Salt & Light retail store on Philo Road in Urbana. Our help is needed to sort and price clothing and in departments such as books and electronics. Contact Phyllis (phyllismischo@gmail.com) about this opportunity.

 

District 6490 Governor Arlene Pennie will visit our club on August 9th.

 

The next Rotary Leadership Institute will be held on August 18th at Richland Community College. Our Rotary Board will pick up expenses for all that wish to go. The purpose of the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is to strengthen your club and strengthen your life. Rotary provides an opportunity for all of us to provide service to our community and throughout the world. (Service Above Self) With that service comes a learning experience in the areas of leadership, team building, planning, marketing, communication and organization. RLI provides an opportunity to enrich that learning through sharing experiences and ideas with other Rotarian’s throughout the region.Contact Mary Kay Smith (mksmith1991@yahoo.com)

 

Rotarian Nestor Ramirez along with Terri McCarthy from the Community Blood Services in Urbana urged all Rotarian’s to participate in the Community Blood Services Rotary Donor Week from Monday July 30 through Saturday August 4th. Nestor stressed this is 1) good for the community, 2) counts as a make-up and 3) you will receive a beautiful Rotary pin with 10 red jewels. Blood supplies in our community are particularly low during summer as the student population is gone and many families are on vacations. 1 donation hour will save 3 lives.

 

PROGRAM

 

Ata introduced Dylan Gunn, a senior at Champaign Central. Dylan is involved with Mayan Families.org. Mayan Families.org works to educate, feed, shelter and heal the impoverished populations of the Lake Atitlán region of Guatamala.

 

Dylan recently made a mission trip to work in such Mayan communities. After the devastation of Hurricane Stan in 2005, Mayan communities have struggled immensely with daily necessities. Mayan Families.org helps build schools, install residential stoves, provide veterinarian services and elderly food programs. Illiteracy in Mayan communities is about 60%.  In addition. 50% of children under age five are malnourished, and 3 million people lack access to safe water. Over the years, Champaign Central’s Spanish Honor Society has held fund raising drives (shoes in 2015, back packs the past 3 years) to provide donations for elder care, a Hope for Animals program (strays are a big problem), support for entrepreneurial programs, and have also purchased and installed stoves and water filtration systems.

 

Dylan gave much credit to his mentor and Champaign Central educator Veronica Thompson for placing into motion most of these local initiatives. Champaign County has a significant Guatemalan population.

 

Please check out and donate if you can at: www.mayanfamilies.org

 

 

 

  July 19th July 26th Aug 2nd
Introductions Keith Brandau Ethan Chew Paul Conforti
Reflection Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Lou Simpson
Greeters Keith Brandau Ethan Chew Paul Conforti
Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann Larry Johnson
Song Leader Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan David Henry
Notetaker Perry Penwell Hodson
Decker Weeding Kerins Patton Stull
Next Weekend      
Decker Garden Simpson Simpson Simpson
Watering      

 

 

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

 

July 19th – Jayne DeLuce, President and CEO, Visit Champaign County  (Phyllis)

July 26th – Dr. Darren Pascavage, Founding Head of School, Academy High (Tom)

August 2nd – Bruce Knight, Planning & Development Director, City of Champaign (Bob)

August 9th – District Governor Pennie’s visit

August 16th – TBD (Charlie)

August 23rd – Ondine Gross, mediator and consultant who participated in the Conflict Management Training provided by a Global Grant (Mary)

August 30th – No regular meeting

September 6th – Emily Reichman, Hope Lives Rescue Ranch (David)

September 13th – Lola Lewis, Donation Liaison, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network (Phyllis)

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

September 27th – TBD (Bob)

October 4th – TBD (Charlie)

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July 5th, 2018 Newsletter

 

Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.” ― Marianne Williamson 

 

Someone who hates one group will end up hating everyone – and, ultimately, hating himself or herself.” ― Elie Wiesel 

 

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.” ― Mahatma Gandhi 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(notes provided by the erudite Mary Hodson)

 

Global Scholar Miranda Meng made her last visit to our club.   She will be returning to Taiwan on July 19.  

 

There will be a volunteer opportunity at Salt and Light on August 11.  

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Darrell Hoemann and Mary Hodson attended the Rotary International Convention from June 23 through 27, 2018 in Toronto.   

 

Over 25,000 Rotarians from around the world were in attendance.   During the convention, they heard from Her Highness Princess Anne, former First Lady Laura Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, the outgoing and incoming Rotary International Presidents and many more.  

 

The opening session on Sunday featured unique Canadian entertainment which included Cirque de Soleil performers, First Nation dancers and music performed on an Earth Harp.  

 

The schedule for the succeeding days consisted of a morning general session featuring inspiring speakers followed by afternoon break-out sessions and an evening ticketed social event.  

 

Darrell showed several slides from the House of Friendship, which showcased projects and programs from around the world.   

 

Mary signed up early enough to go to the Zone 30/31 Toronto Harbor Cruise and the Home Host Hospitality event.   She and Tom attended a barbecue hosted by three small rural Ontario clubs.  There they met many interesting Rotarians.  Mary was particularly impressed with PDG Wade Nomura from California.    Wade is a Foundation Cadre who travels the world to assess Rotary Global Grant projects.   Wayne supervises the volunteers who work on the Rotary Rose Bowl float.  Starting this year, he will also be in charge of 33 multi-District PETS.   Wade volunteers about 40 hours a week for Rotary, in addition to running his business and serving as vice-mayor of his town!

 

Darrell spoke about an informative breakout session on alternate membership categories.   Mary attended Wade Nomura’s break out on the new Global Grant requirement for a pre-project community assessment.  

 

Both Darrell and Mary agreed that the most valuable aspect of the convention was making new Rotary friends from around the world, and both recommended signing up early for the 2019 convention in Hamburg.  The 2020 Convention will be held in Hawaii, and the 2021 Convention will be held in Taiwan.  

 

 

  July 12th July 19th July 26th Aug 2nd
Introductions Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Ethan Chew Paul Conforti
Reflection Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Lou Simpson
Greeters Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Ethan Chew Paul Conforti
David Henry Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann Larry Johnson
Song Leader Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan David Henry
Notetaker Conforti Perry Penwell Hodson
Decker Weeding Johnson Kerins   Stull
Next Weekend        
Decker Garden Simpson Simpson Simpson Simpson
Watering        

 

 

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

July 12th – Dylan Gunn, Champaign Central High School Senior, will discuss his trip to Guatemala  (Mary)

July 19th – Jayne DeLuce, President and CEO, Visit Champaign County  (Phyllis)

July 26th – Dr. Darren Pascavage, Founding Head of School, Academy High (Tom)

August 2nd – Bruce Knight, Planning & Development Director, City of Champaign (Bob)

August 9th – District Governor Pennie’s visit

August 16th – TBD (Charlie)

August 23rd – Ondine Gross, mediator and consultant who participated in the Conflict Management Training provided by a Global Grant (Mary)

August 30th – No regular meeting

September 6th – Emily Reichman, Hope Lives Rescue Ranch (David)

September 13th – Lola Lewis, Donation Liaison, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network (Phyllis)

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

September 27th – TBD (Bob)

October 4th – TBD (Charlie)

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June 28th, 2018 Newsletter

 

 “People aren’t born good or bad. Maybe they’re born with tendencies either way, but its the way you live your life that matters.”― Cassandra Clare 

 

“When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’” ― Sydney J. Harris 

 

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” ― Ernest Hemingway 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

 

Bob and Robb handed a $3,500 check to Michael Ujcich of the Courage Connection. The money was made possible from our annual Fruit Sale fundraiser. The Courage Connection provides services so that individuals and families can achieve safety, stability and self-sufficiency.

 

Rotarian Nester Ramirez joined us this morning and brought us up to date on his life as he recently moved back to Champaign from Chicago. All his life, Nester has been very active in community service projects and various Rotary-related activities. 

 

David noted that the cookies that are part of our breakfast this morning were provided by his daughter as she is preparing to leave for France on the Rotary Exchange Student Program.

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Oktay was the master of ceremonies and presented awards for our annual club’s awards and pass-the-gavel meeting. He thanked Bob and the Club’s board of directors for their service this past year and gave special mention to Lou, Phyllis, Allan, Andrew, Rod, Mary, Adam, David, Darrell, program committee and note takers who work throughout the year providing the critical, behind-the-scenes service for our club and district. 

 

The following Rotarians received recognition and awards this morning for contributing significant amount of time and service to our club and community.

 

Perfect Attendance

Michelle Barbey, Keith Brandau, David Henry, Mary Hobson, Bob LaCharite, John McDaniel, Phyllis Mischo, Robb Patton, Allan Penwell, Rod Roberts, Charlie Smith, Mary Kay Smith and Oktay Baran. All receive Rotary hats as the award. 

 

Special Awards

Finn Kerins received an award wrist band for his attendance at many meetings and his great attitude, charm, passion and energy. 

 

Keith Brandau received a CU Sunrise Rotarian Captain’s Hat as a special thanks for hosting the club social events this past year on his boat at Lake Shelbyville. He captained the party boat cruise, provided boat rides in his speed boat around lake Shelbyville, and hosted get-togethers on his and Kim’s house boat.

 

Alive, Alert, Awake & Enthusiastic Award

Cary Woolard

 

Courage Award

Scott Paceley

 

Distinguished Service Award

Lou Simpson 

 

Special Presentations

John McDaniel for his considerable ground work for the Hot Air balloon Festival project. 

Lou Simpson for his 30 years of unending service to our club and Rotary.

   

The New Rotarian of the Year Award

Mary Kay Smith

 

Rotarian of the Year

Robb Patton for this year’s club service, leading our successful Fruit Sales fundraiser and is an excellent example of “Service above Self”. 

 

The meeting ended with Bob receiving his past president’s pin as well as his plaque/gavel.  Cary also received his new president’s pin. Bob cited our club’s many achievements of the past year, and Cary stated plans and thoughts for our club’s coming year. 

 

 

  July 5th July 12th July 19th July 26th
Introductions Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Ethan Chew
Reflection Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby
Greeters Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Ethan Chew
Ata Durukan David Henry Mary Hodson Darrell Hoemann
Song Leader Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan
Notetaker Conforti Conforti Perry Penwell
Decker Weeding Hodson Johnson Kerins  
Next Weekend        
Decker Garden Johnson Simpson Simpson Simpson
Watering        

 

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

July 5th – Mary and Darrell will discuss the Rotary International Convention

July 12th – Dylan Gunn, Champaign Central High School Senior, will discuss his trip to Guatemala  (Mary)

July 19th – Jayne DeLuce, President and CEO, Visit Champaign County  (Phyllis)

July 26th – Dr. Darren Pascavage, Founding Head of School, Academy High (Tom)

August 2nd – TBD (Bob)

August 9th – District Governor Pennie’s visit

August 16th – TBD (Charlie)

August 23rd – Ondine Gross, mediator and consultant who participated in the Conflict Management Training provided by a Global Grant (Mary)

August 30th – No regular meeting

September 6th – TBD (David)

September 13th – Lola Lewis, Donation Liaison, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network (Phyllis)

September 20th – TBD (Tom)

September 27th – TBD (Bob)

October 4th – TBD (Charlie)

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