June 21st, 2018 Newsletter

 

 “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” ― Gilda Rander

 

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” ― Dalai Lama 

 

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ― Anais Nin 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

 

We presented a $1,000 check to Dr. Palmer for the Men’s Emergency Shelter. The Men’s Emergency Shelter in Champaign is one of the recipients of the beneficiaries of our fruit sale fundraiser. Dr. Palmer thanked the club as the Men’s Emergency Shelter averaged 48 men every winter night, doubling its previous number and increasing the need for more capacity.

 

Mary and Darrell, as well as their spouses, are headed to Rotary International’s Annual Convention in Toronto, Canada next week. They will report back with a club program at our July 5th meeting.

 

Darrell noted that our club will have a booth at two events this summer: Taste of Champaign and Urbana’s Sweet Corn Festival. These events take place the last two weekends of August, and volunteers will be needed.  

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Charlie introduced Mark Herriott of Columbia Street Roastery. Mark started the successful Coffee Roastery in Champaign, and now produces 250,000 pounds of roasted coffee per year. They also provide tea, but coffee remains the biggest seller. He also provides roasted coffee to the Chicago area.

 

Mark provided interesting information about the world coffee locations, the workers involved and the harvesting, preparation and the roasting of the coffee bean. Coffee is grown in the mountainous area of tropical locations in the world. Approximately 10 feet of rain is needed each year to grow coffee in those areas. Before purchasing coffee in its raw form, Mark will inspect the international locations, meet with the plantation owners, inspect the land and methods of harvesting, and see how the workers are treated as well as their living conditions.

 

He showed the various stages of coffee production from harvesting to your hot cup of coffee. He showed a video of the hand picking method of harvesting and had examples of, and went through, the processes of washing, depulping, fermentation, drying and husking of the coffee bean.

 

Mark purchases the raw coffee bean and does the roasting. Blending the beans from different locations that are washed with those that are dried provides the various coffee tastes. Roasting time and temperatures can also vary and provide different flavors. 

 

He provided interesting facts about and benefits of coffee, including: coffee is a fruit; coffee is a good “fat burning” source if taken before working out as it allows the release of fatty acids in the blood stream; coffee and tea have the same amount of antioxidants; two cups of coffee provides 15% of your Vitamin B and helps increase the good cholesterol and lowers the bad cholesterol.  Furthermore, a single coffee tree can be harvested 3 times per year and will produce 1 pound of coffee. 

 

Mark employs 16 people locally and expressed the joy he gets from providing good coffee and helping provide the field workers with suitable incomes.   

 

 

 

  Jun 28th July 5th July 12th July 19th
Introductions Adam Wright Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau
Reflection Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover
Greeters Adam Wright Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau
Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan David Henry Mary Hodson
Song Leader Keith Brandau Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt
Notetaker Hodson Conforti Conforti Perry
Decker Weeding Johnson Hodson Johnson Kerins
Next Weekend        
Decker Garden Johnson Johnson Simpson Simpson
Watering        

 

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

June 28th – Annual Awards and Pass the Gavel Ceremony

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 – TBD (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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June 14th, 2018 Newsletter

 

“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” ― Martha Washington 

 

“Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.”― Franklin D. Roosevelt 

 

 

 “Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” ― Anne Frank

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS      

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

 

Darrell thanked everyone who helped the last two weeks with the setup, clean up, and food preparation at our temporary location. Our meeting on June 21st will be back at the Hawthorne. The actual meeting room in the Hawthorne is unknown.

 

Lou thanked everyone for their help at last weekend’s volunteer project. Lou brought in a few treasures collected during the removal of honeysuckle from Weaver Park in Urbana.  

 

Bob announced that our club’s Hot Air Balloon Festival project will not take place this year. It will hopefully take place next year. Everyone was thankful to John for all the hard work he has done this year trying to get the Hot Air Balloon festival up and flying.

 

Cary noted that we have received a thank you note from Big Brothers/Big Sisters for our donations this past year. 

 

Mary noted that our Club’s Rotary Global Scholar, Miranda, has completed her degree and is now actively looking for a job. She will be headed back home in a couple weeks. 

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Bob introduced today’s speaker, Micah Putman, who is the assistant facilities manager at The Robert Allerton Park in Monticello. Micah, who has been with the park 11 years, gave an overview of Allerton Park.

 

Allerton is a 1,517 acre park, nature preserve, and conference center located just west of Monticello, Il. Robert Allerton donated the land and buildings to the University of Illinois in 1946. In the last few years, with the help of donations and endowments, the Park has completed many projects to improve the park and increase its many activities. Micah noted that more such improvement projects are on the way.

 

The Robert Allerton Mansion continues to host conferences of all sizes, the visitor center has added a new café, and the clearing/enhancement continues in the formal gardens and open concert areas. The number of visitors continues to grow with over 150,000 expected this year. Please check their website, allertoninfo@illinois.edu or their Facebook page for all the new activities.

 

Micah gave detailed reports on current projects such as the Mansion accessibility/driveway improvements, the Triangle Parterre renovations and the Picnic Area improvements. All of these projects are done with respect to the history of the park and its natural setting.

 

Micah noted that there are many ways to provide volunteer services. One project he mentioned would be to help plant redbud and dogwood saplings along the new access walk to the Mansion. Micah noted the timeline for this project is this fall or early next spring, and that he would be happy to partner with CUSR to complete it.

 

With all the current projects and planned improvements, Allerton Park, known as the hidden jewel in east central Illinois, will shine even more brightly. 

 

 

  Jun 21st Jun 28th July 5th July 12th
Introductions Jeff Van Buren Adam Wright Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey
Reflection Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite
Greeters Jeff Van Buren Adam Wright Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey
Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan David Henry
Song Leader Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Ethan Chew Paul Conforti
Notetaker Penwell Hodson Conforti Conforti
Decker Weeding Shelby Johnson Hodson  
Next Weekend        
Decker Garden Henry Johnson Johnson Van Buren
Watering        

 

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

June 21st – Mark Herriott, Columbia Street Roastery will discuss coffee, tea, and the roastery (Charlie)

June 28th – Annual Awards and Pass the Gavel Ceremony

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 – TBD (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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June 7th, 2018 Newsletter

 

One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.”― Eleanore Roosevelt 

 

 “The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.”― Rabindranath Tagore 

 

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” ― Abraham Lincoln 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(notes provided by the unconventional and unorthodox Paul Conforti)

 

This weeks meeting was held at Good Shepard Lutheran Church at the corner of Prospect and Devonshire in Champaign.

 

Les Schulte from Illini After 5 promoted his club’s upcoming fundraiser, Brews for Books, to be held this upcoming Wednesday, June 13 from 5-8 at Riggs Brewery in Urbana.Tickets are $12. Each ticket is good for one of the following: a full-sized beer or three sampler-sized beers or a full-sized beverage (like wine or soda). Additional beer and beverages available for purchase. Rosati’s Pizza will be there with $6 slices. A portion of all pizza sales goes to support C-U Illini After Five Rotary literacy projects. Music by Wellspring Duo (5 to 6:00 p.m.) and Riders of the Golden Maize (6 to 8:00 p.m.)

Angela introduced Central High School student Mikaela Williams, the winner of our annual Rotary Scholarship. Mikaela, who attended with her mom, made a very nice acceptance speech and thought our breakfast offering was a big plus!

Lou reminded everyone about the volunteer activity to clear invasive species on Saturday, June 9 at Urbana Park District’s Weaver Park. Meet at the park at 8am, and plan on finishing by 10am.

Neal Chamberlain and his wife Bernie will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday June 16th at 2pm at First United Methodist Church in Champaign. All are invited to stop by to celebrate this amazing milestone.

 

PROGRAM

Mary introduced our speaker, Timothy R Pauketat, who is professor of medieval studies in the Department of Anthropology at UIUC. Professor Pauketat’s spoke about his interest in the ancient Illinois civilization that existed near and around Cahokia.  He discussed the culture that nurtured it, why it thrived for several centuries and why it eventually declined and disappeared.

At its peak around 1050 AD, Cahokia had between 40,000-50,000 inhabitants. Professor Pauketat revealed what we know about early urbanization of a place this size that was able to exist for so long. Anthropologists are beginning to understand that communities of people can exist and thrive when an area appeals to the spirituality of the people, whatever that might be. Indeed, if you visit Cahokia, one of the more important historical places in Illinois, you will now be able to explore how the “city” was designed to align with a variety of astrological markers including a once per generation moon occurrence and how 12 specific mounds pertain to 12 astrological “months”.

Professor Pauketat has an amazing Wikipedia page that those curious about ancient Illinois civilizations will find fascinating.

 

 

  Jun 14th Jun 21st Jun 28th July 5th
Introductions Lou Simpson Jeff Van Buren Adam Wright Oktay Baran
Reflection Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts
Greeters Lou Simpson Jeff Van Buren Adam Wright Oktay Baran
Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan
Song Leader Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Ethan Chew
Notetaker Perry Penwell Hodson Conforti
Decker Weeding Loyd Shelby    
Next Weekend        
Decker Garden Henry Henry    
Watering        

 

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

June 14th – Alternate Location – Micah Putnam, Allerton Park and Retreat Center (Mary)

June 21st – Mark Herriott, Columbia Street Roastery will discuss coffee, tea, and the roastery (Charlie)

June 28th – Annual Awards and Pass the Gavel Ceremony

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 – TBD (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 – TBD (Mary)

August 30th – No regular meeting

September 6th – TBD (David)

September 13th – TBD (Phyllis)

September 20th – TBD (Tom)

September 27th – TBD (Bob)

October 4th – TBD (Charlie)

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May 24th, 2018 Newsletter

 

“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”― Marcel Proust 

 

“Did you know there’s a difference between being busy and being fruitful? Did you ever stop to think that just being busy – running around in circles all day but not accomplishing anything – is the same as wasting your time? It’s frustrating to expend so much energy and time and not have any fruit from your effort!” ― Joyce Meyer 

 

 

“Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.” ― Charles Stanley 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(notes provided by the erudite Mary Hodson)

 

No meeting on May 31.    Meetings on June 7 and 14 will be held at Good Shepard Lutheran Church at the corner of Prospect and Devonshire.

 

David Henry invited everyone to attend an event to be held on June 1-2 at Clinton Lake for Rotary Youth Exchange.

 

Dues of $240 are due on July 1.

 

Pass the Gavel will be on June 28 and installation of District Officers will be on July 8.

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Mary introduced Rachel Rasmussen, Volunteer Coordinator for Books2Prisioners.  Books2Prisoners was started 14 years ago by a group of teachers and retired librarians.   They are currently housed in the basement of the IMC building in Urbana, where volunteers respond to an average of 250 book requests per month.  To date, they have sent over 20,000 books to people incarcerated in Illinois prisons.   Books2Prisoners also runs lending libraries in the two local jails.   They collaborate with Reading Reduces Recidivism, an organization that puts books in libraries in correctional facilities.   

 

Books2Prisioners accepts donated books in good condition.  Donation bins are located in Lincoln Square outside of Common Ground and in the Post Office at the IMC.   They do not accept encyclopedias, large volume sets of books, journals, textbooks over five years old, CDs, DVDs or tapes.  Volunteers shelve the books that are appropriate to be sent and the rest are sold at one of two semi-annual sales held at the IMC building.   Proceeds from those sales are used to cover operating expenses such as mailing costs.   

The book most requested by prisoners is the dictionary.   Books2Prisoners purchases boxes of softcover dictionaries to meet the requests.  Other books in high demand are GED preparation books, urban fiction, Spanish books, books about addiction and recovery, the trades, how to write, Norse mythology, American sign language and thrillers by Patterson, Grisham and Koontz.   

 

Volunteer sessions are held on Tuesday evenings, Thursday afternoons and two Saturdays per month.   See the Books2Prisoners website for more details.

 

Education is the most effective intervention in breaking the high rate of recidivism among prisoners.   Part of the Books2Prisoners mission is also to provide a quality experience that gives volunteers an opportunity to connect with incarcerated people.

 

Rachel read several moving letters from incarcerated people who expressed their gratitude for the books they had received and described how reading had changed their lives.

 

 

  May 31st Jun 7th Jun 14th Jun 21st
Introductions Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Jeff Van Buren
Reflection Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell
Greeters Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Jeff Van Buren
Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Ethan Chew Paul Conforti
Song Leader Jeff Van Buren Adam Wright Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey
Notetaker Hodson Conforti Perry Penwell
Decker Weeding Baran Kamerer Loyd Shelby
Next Weekend        
Decker Garden Simpson Simpson Henry Henry
Watering        

 

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

May 31st – No morning meeting – Club Social instead

June 7th – Alternate Location – Dr Pauketat, U of I professor of Anthropology and Archaeologist at Cahokia World Heritage Site

June 14th – Alternate Location – Micah Putnam, Allerton Park and Retreat Center (Mary)

June 21st – TBD (Charlie)

June 28th – Annual Awards and Pass the Gavel Ceremony

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

July 12th – TBD (Mary)

July 19th – TBD (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 – TBD (Mary)

August 30th – No regular meeting

September 6th – TBD (David)

September 13th – TBD (Phyllis)

September 20th – TBD (Tom)

September 27th – TBD (Bob)

October 4th – TBD (Charlie)

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May 17th, 2018 Newsletter

 

“If you don’t think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. Learn how to cope, sweet friend. There will always be dark days.” ― Kris Carr

 

“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” ― Samuel Johnson 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

 

Tod passed around the sign-up list for the gardening and seed sale volunteer project on Saturday May 19th at the Sola Gratia farm in Urbana. 

 

Oktay reminded everyone to send him club awards nominations by May 21st. See Oktay’s recent email for more information. 

 

Keith asked everyone to let him know if they plan on attending the club’s party on his and Kim’s house boat on May 27th, from 1pm to 4 pm. He will also be providing rides on his vintage runabout. Those wishing a closer look at Lake Shelbyville may take tube rides. See his recent email for further information and please let him know if you are attending so they can have enough refreshments. This social gathering takes the place of our May 31st meeting. 

 

Darrell noted that due to the kitchen remodeling at the Hawthorn Suites, our regular CUSR morning meetings of June 7th and June 14th will be at the Good Shepard Lutheran Church, 2101 S. Prospect, Champaign. Times with be the same and a light breakfast will be catered in.

 

CU Sunrise Rotary Charter Member, Jack Kamerer is back in town and stopped by to say hello to all.

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Phyllis introduced Laura Weisskopf Bleill as today’s speaker. Laura is the associate director of the University of Illinois Research Park. Her role includes directing the Research Park’s community building efforts, managing communications and branding, and facilitating resources for early-stage technology entrepreneurs. In 2017, she was honored by the Champaign County Innovation Celebration with the Entrepreneurial Excellence in Management Award.

 

Laura gave a brief history and the mission of the Research Park, it’s successful and continued growth, the various sponsors and contributors, and she touched on the future plans. The research park serves as a Tech Hub for startup companies, opportunities for national and international companies to do hands on research and development with talented University of Illinois students in a multi-discipline environment.

 

Starting as a joint public and private relationship between the University of Illinois and the local Fox/Atkins Development Group, the U of I Research Park is one of the top 20 research parks in the United States. Two hundred acres of land between South Oak and 4th Streets have been dedicated to the Research Park, and currently 100 acres have been developed.

 

The companies that have moved into the research park are among the leaders in the world. These companies are working with talented and skilled students from interdisciplinary backgrounds with superior skills that may include math, languages, chemistry, physics, engineering, arts, and communications. The opportunity for the companies to work with these students as interns enhances their recruitment opportunities. The current buildings in the park are near capacity with additional buildings currently being built and planned.   

 

 

 

  May 24th May 31st Jun 7th Jun 14th
Introductions Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Lou Simpson
Reflection John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley Robb Patton
Greeters Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Lou Simpson
Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Ethan Chew
Song Leader Lou Simpson Jeff Van Buren Adam Wright Oktay Baran
Notetaker Penwell Hodson Conforti Perry

 

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

May 24th – Barbara Kessel, Books to Prisoners (Mary)

May 31st – No morning meeting – Club Social instead

June 7th – Alternate Location – Dr Pauketat, U of I professor of Anthropology and Archaeologist at Cahokia World Heritage Site

June 14th – Alternate Location – Micah Putnam, Allerton Park and Retreat Center (Mary)

June 21st – TBD (Charlie)

June 28th – Annual Awards and Pass the Gavel Ceremony

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

July 12th – TBD (Mary)

July 19th – TBD (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 – TBD (Mary)

August 30th – No regular meeting

September 6th – TBD (David)

September 13th – TBD (Phyllis)

September 20th – TBD (Tom)

September 27th – TBD (Bob)

October 4th – TBD (Charlie)

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May 10th, 2018 Newsletter

 

“Out of the fires of desperation burn hope and solidarity.” ― Sharan Burrow 

 

“To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.” ― Katharine Hepburn 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(notes provided by the unconventional and unorthodox Paul Conforti)

 

Elections were held for next year’s club leadership positions. Check your email for results.

 

Keith has reserved a boat for a club excursion on Lake Shelbyville for May 27th.

 

There will be no meeting on May 31st.

 

Tod passed around a signup sheet for a volunteer activity at Sola Gratia Farm on Saturday May 19.

Help is needed for a plant sale as well as field work such as mulching and weeding.

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Mary introduced the speaker, Claudia Lennoff, who is the Executive Director of Champaign County Health Care Consumers (CCHCC).

 

CCHCC believes that health care is a basic human right, and is dedicated to the mission of working for quality affordable health care for all. CCHCC organizes individuals and communities to have a voice in the health care system and to affect social change. CCHCC carries out its mission through consumer education, advocacy, and community organizing.

 

CCHCC provides free services to about 500 area residents who for a variety of reasons find health care resources challenging to access. It is part of the mission of CCHCC to eliminate barriers to health care. CCHCC workers (aka Community Health Workers) provide a front line, hands on approach to helping people with health care options including help with insurance, especially AHCA, and Medicare. Assistance is also provided to make calls to health care providers as well as financial support for co-pays. CCHCC also has on staff a prison advocate working with the uninsured on issues such as mental health and substance abuse.

 

CCHCC also is involved in local health issues such as the 5th and Hill Neighborhood Rights Campaign. Started in 2007, this is an environmental justice campaign dedicated to protecting the health of the neighborhood residents and the rights of the community in relation to the former manufactured gas plant toxic site owned by Ameren, located at 5th and Hill Streets in Champaign. 

 

Learn more at www.healthcareconsumers.org or email Claudia Lennoff at claudia@shout.net

 

 

  May 17th May 24th May 31st Jun 7th
Introductions Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby
Reflection Ben Mast John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley
Greeters Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby
Adam Wright Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau
Song Leader Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Jeff Van Buren Adam Wright
Notetaker Perry Penwell Hodson Conforti

 

 

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

May 17th – Laura Bleill, Associate Director, Research Park, will provide an overview of Research Park and future development (Phyllis)

May 24th – Barbara Kessel, Books to Prisoners (Mary)

May 31st – TBD – Club Social

June 7th – Dr Pauketat, U of I professor of Anthropology and Archaeologist at Cahokia World Heritage Site

June 14th – Micah Putnam, Allerton Park and Retreat Center (Mary)

June 21st – TBD

June 28th – TBD

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

July 12th – TBD (Mary)

July 19th – TBD (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 – TBD (Mary)

August 30th – No regular meeting

September 6th – TBD (David)

September 13th – TBD (Phyllis)

September 20th – TBD (Tom)

September 27th – TBD (Bob)

October 4th – TBD (Charlie)

 

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May 3rd, 2018 Newsletter

 

“All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.”― Friedrich Nietzsche

 

 “Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.”― Mahatma Gandhi 

 

“We are constituted so that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity or expressing gratitude, have a positive effect on our long-term moods. The key to the happy life, it seems, is the good life: a life with sustained relationships, challenging work, and connections to community.”― Paul Bloom 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(notes provided by the erudite Mary Hodson)

 

 

May Bucket Money will go to the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen.

 

May 10 – Election of Officers – The slate includes: 

               President – Cary

               VP – Darrell

               Treasurer – Billy

               Secretary – Allan

               Club Service Director- Robb

               International Director – Charlie

               New Generations Director – Michelle

               Vocational Director – Angie

 

May 19 – Volunteer opportunity at Sola Gratia Farm – contact Tod

 

May 31 – No AM meeting – Club Social on the Lake Shelbyville Party Barge, May 27

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Mary Kay introduced Dave Leake, Director of the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College which will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.   Dave is also the president of the CU Astronomical Society.   

 

There are 3,767 known planets in our solar system.   Dave encouraged us to look up at the night sky for the planet Venus, which is currently the brightest body in the sky after the sun and moon.  As Venus sets, Jupiter rises.   With binoculars, you can see Jupiter’s four moons.   Early in the morning, Mars arises.   Over the summer, it will gradually rise earlier.   By July 28, 2018, Mars will be at its closest orbit to the earth in the last 15 years.

 

Sydney, Homer and the Middle Fork River Forest Preserve are the darkest places for viewing the night sky in Champaign County.  Middle Fork will soon be the first dark sky park in Illinois, meaning that all electrical lights are directed downward.  There are also monthly open houses at the new observatory southwest of Willard Airport.

 

Staerkel Planetarium will be closed for 3-4 weeks in August for a software upgrade.

 

 

  May 10th May 17th May 24th May 31st
Introductions Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover
Reflection BJ Lytle Ben Mast John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo
Greeters Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover
Cary Woolard Adam Wright Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey
Song Leader Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Jeff Van Buren
Notetaker Conforti Perry Penwell Hodson

 

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

May 10th – Claudia Lennhoff, Executive Director, Champaign County Healthcare Consumers

May 17th – Laura Bleill, Associate Director, Research Park, will provide an overview of Research Park and future development (Phyllis)

May 24th – Barbara Kessel, Books to Prisoners (Mary)

May 31st – TBD – Club Social

June 7th – Dr Pauketat, U of I professor of Anthropology and Archaeologist at Cahokia World Heritage Site

June 14th – Micah Putnam, Allerton Park and Retreat Center (Mary)

June 21st – TBD

June 28th – TBD

July 5th – TBD (David)

July 12th – TBD (Mary)

July 19th – TBD (Phyllis)

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

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April 26th, 2018 Newsletter

 

“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” ― Shirley Chisholm

 
“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.” ― Carl Jung 

 

“Both desire and imagination are stored in the mind of the individual and when stretched, both have the potential to position a person for greatness.” ― Eric Thomas 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)

 

Club elections will be May 10, 2018.

 

Our speaker for May 3, 2018 will be David Leake, Planetarium Director, Parkland College. Mr. Leake will discuss the new observatory that just opened west of Tolono.

 

Bucket money for May will go to the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen on First Street. Bucket money for April went to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

 

 

PROGRAM

Dennis Hesch is EVP and CFO at Carle and was our speaker last week. He discussed the organization’s new development, Carle At The Fields, which is at the northwest quadrant of the Curtis Road interchange on I-57.

The new administration building has over 1,500 employees and has consolidated 11 different buildings that Carle was occupying. The new location also makes it convenient for employees traveling from out of town plus there is convenient interstate access to travel to other Carle locations throughout Illinois. Carle continues to expand and has added 150 physicians in the last 18 months, and the new facility accommodates the administration for this expansion.

In addition to the large administration building in the development, there are 48 apartment units and a retail area under construction. An El Toro restaurant has committed for a space, and they are hopeful to attract a gas and convenient store. A Hampton Inn also will open this year. There will be a medical campus with an ambulatory surgical center to accommodate both Carle and Christie doctors and patients.

There will also be amenities for pedestrians such as walking paths, landscaping, and fountains. The Stephens Family YMCA is nearby, and Carle is planning to donate additional land for their expansion.

 

 

  May 3rd May 10th May 17th May 24th
Introductions Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite
Reflection Candy Loyd BJ Lytle Ben Mast John McDaniel
Greeters Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite
Jeff Van Buren Cary Woolard Adam Wright Oktay Baran
Song Leader Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Lou Simpson
Notetaker Hodson Conforti Perry Penwell

 

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

May 3rd – Dave Leake, Planetarium Director, Parkland College (Mary Kay)

May 10th – Claudia Lennhoff, Executive Director, Champaign County Healthcare Consumers

May 17th – Laura Bleill, Associate Director, Research Park, will provide an overview of Research Park and future development (Phyllis)

May 24th – Barbara Kessel, Books to Prisoners (Mary)

May 31st – TBD – Club Social

June 7th – TBD

June 14th – Micah Putnam, Allerton Park and Retreat Center (Mary)

June 21st – TBD

June 28th – TBD

July 5th – TBD

July 12th – TBD

July 19th – TBD

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

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April 19th, 2018 Newsletter

 

 “The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.” ― Max Lerner 

 

“Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.” ― Frank A. Clark 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

 

Adam is looking for a couple more volunteers to help with the Eastern Illinois Foodbank food distribution in Mansfield on April 28.

 

Mary noted that she had dinner with Maranda, our Rotary Global Scholar, who will be finishing her 2-year stay in May.

 

Cary reminded everyone of the upcoming Club elections next month.

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Darrell Hoemann gave a very informative presentation of the river cruise he and his wife took last December in Germany. The trip started in early December aboard a vessel cruising the Danube and Rhine rivers visiting the Christmas Holiday Markets of several German villages. Flying into Munich, Germany, they joined a group of 150 travelers, a portion of which included a group of U of I alumni.  The river boat included three levels of state rooms and a crew of 50. Starting in Nuremberg and navigating the Danube and Rhine Rivers, they sailed through and docked at towns along the way to Cologne, Germany. Travelers could spend time walking through the various cities and towns or just relax on board the boat and enjoy music, food and drink.   

 

The 8-day river cruise passed thru 41 locks, where the boat would raise and lower with the water levels. Many historically significant buildings, castles, vineyards and Cathedrals were seen along the way with each city and village containing Christmas celebrations and decorated Christmas markets. Darrell’s presentation contained photos of the trip including local buildings, beautiful building interiors, vineyards, Christmas markets, streetscapes, Christmas decorations including merry-go-rounds, and cobblestone walkways. 

 

At each stop, the travelers were able to take a bus or walk to the holiday celebrations that were set up in the city squares.  Christmas mulled wines (Gluhwein) and smoked beer were among the various drinks with a wide choice of Bratwurst, meats and Christmas sweets, to mention only a few, local meals to eat. Many of the stops served the mulled wines in special designed mugs from that particular city or region. Darrell brought home several such mugs for souvenirs. Each market would contain large, specially designed and built displays for that area with vendors displaying an endless variety of Christmas items for sale (think knickknacks, but better). The river cruise ended in Cologne, Germany, with it’s Christmas market and the 13th Century Gothic cathedral.  

 

 

  Apr 26th May 3rd May 10th May 17th
Introductions Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts
Reflection Andrew Kerins Candy Loyd BJ Lytle Ben Mast
Greeters Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry Rod Roberts
Lou Simpson Jeff Van Buren Cary Woolard Adam Wright
Song Leader Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby
Notetaker Penwell Hodson Conforti Perry

 

 

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

April 26th – Dennis Hesch, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The Carle Foundation, will discuss  Carle’s expansion/development at the Curtis/I-57 interchange (Phyllis)

May 3rd – TBD (Charlie)

May 10th – Zayd Jawad, Business Buddies (Mary)

May 17th – Laura Bleill, Associate Director, Research Park, will provide an overview of Research Park and future development (Phyllis)

May 24th – Barbara Kessel, Books to Prisoners (Mary)

May 31st – TBD – Club Social

June 7th – Hostile takeover of CUSR leadership

June 14th – Micah Putnam, Allerton Park and Retreat Center (Mary)

June 21st – TBD

June 28th – TBD

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April 12th, 2018 Newsletter

 

“We’re never so vulnerable than when we trust someone – but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.”― Walter Anderson 

 

“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.”― Lao Tzu

 

 

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

 

Robb Patton announced that our CU Sunrise team for our Big Brothers Big Sisters “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” Bowl-a-thon raised over $1,000.

 

Michelle reminded us that Central High School is hosting their annual International Fair Thursday April 12th from 6-8pm. $3 for students, $5 for adults. There will be food, activities, and live performances to enjoy. 100% of Proceeds will be going to Doctors without Borders. 

 

Adam announced that on April 28th we are looking for volunteers for a CIFB truck to Mansfield.

 

Keith is planning another Lake Shelbyville party boat excursion for Sunday, May 27th. Watch this space for more information.

 

Darryl distributed the new CU Sunrise information card we can now use as a marketing tool, especially for prospects who may have an interest in Rotary. The cards will be available at our meetings. We will also use them for events such as the Sweetcorn Festival, Taste of Champaign, etc.

 

Thursday, May 10th will be new officer election day for our club.  The officer slate includes:

 

*2018-2019 President Elect is Cary Woolard who was appointed at the 11-8-17 board meeting as that position became open.

*2019-2020 President Elect: Darrell Hoeman

*Past-President: Bob LaCharite

*Treasurer: Billy Stull

*Secretary: Allan Penwell

*Club Service Director: Keith Brandau

*Community Service Director: Robb Patton

*International Service Director: open

*New Generations Director: Michelle Barbey

*Vocational Service Director: Angie Schoonover

 

 

PROGRAM

 

Jim Hack & Dean Olson – Habitat for Humanity, El Salvador (Habitat para Humanidad El Salvador).

 

Since 2011 Champaign’s Good Shepherd Lutheran Church has sponsored an annual trip to El Salvador to work with Habitat for Humanity El Salvador building homes.

 

El Salvador is the smallest non-island country in the America’s with a 70% poverty rate (average annual income of $5,900/yr).

 

Over the past 10 years, Habitat has hosted 750 “build teams” consisting of 9500 volunteers, constructing 750 houses housing 3,750 Salvadorians. 70% of all team members return for a repeat build.

 

Their overall goal is not simply to build houses, but to build and strengthen neighborhoods, starting with the neighborhood community center, with houses built around that. Building the community is the theme for these volunteer trips.

 

It costs each volunteer about $1,160 to participate for a 9-day trip (airfare, accommodations and meals included). The next trip is slated for this August 13 through August 21.

 

Jim and Dean are actively seeking volunteers for this years trip. They can be reached via email at Jim Hack (b.j.hack@comcast.net) and Dean Olson (DeanLOLson@gmail.com). 

 

 

 

 

  Apr 19th Apr 26th May 3rd May 10th
Introductions Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry
Reflection David Henry Andrew Kerins Candy Loyd BJ Lytle
Greeters Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry
Jen Shelby Lou Simpson Jeff Van Buren Cary Woolard
Song Leader Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover
Notetaker Perry Penwell Hodson Conforti

 

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

April 19th – Darrell Hoemann, Cruising the Rhine and Germany’s Holiday Markets (Mary)

April 26th – Dennis Hesch, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The Carle Foundation, will discuss  Carle’s expansion/development at the Curtis/I-57 interchange (Phyllis)

May 3rd – Gerri Kirshner, CU Symphony will discuss the symphony and their upcoming season (Charlie)

May 10th – Zayd Jawad, Business Buddies (Mary)

May 17th – Laura Bleill, Associate Director, Research Park, will provide an overview of Research Park and future development (Phyllis)

May 24th – Barbara Kessel, Books to Prisoners (Mary)

May 31st – TBD – Club Social

June 7th – Hostile takeover of CUSR leadership

June 14th – Micah Putnam, Allerton Park and Retreat Center (Mary)

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