“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” ― Marilyn Monroe 


Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” ― Nelson Mandela 


(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)

Tod announced that last week he delivered 600 snacks and 140 drinks for the men’s homeless shelter that were paid from our January bucket money. Help Tod by signing up for volunteer work at the shelter.


RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) is at Allerton from April 27 to April 29. This is for sophomore high school students who may not be the top leaders in a class but someone who needs a little push to the next level. If you know a student who fits, tell our club as we would like to send two students.


Tom Hodson is district chair for ShelterBox which provides emergency disaster relief all over the world. He is an ambassador for ShelterBox and is pleased to make a presentation to a club or group.


Think about bowling for the Girls and Boys Club in April.  More later.


Bucket money for February is for the Community Center for the Arts. It is in downtown Urbana and is a music school dedicated to bringing people together around high quality music. It serves area students.



Bob introduced Navy Captain Anthony Corapi who heads up the Naval ROTC unit on campus. He was born in Brooklyn and graduated and commissioned at The Citadel. At The Citadel, he dated and eventually married the commanding officer’s daughter who was also a Navy captain. The University of Illinois is his last assignment after a 26 year career. He will live in Champaign where his children go to school and near his wife’s parents who live in Decatur.


Captain Corapi was a naval pilot and was both a squadron and wing commander of planes which had anti-submarine missions. He also served aboard the USS Carl Vinson as the assistant navigator.


Almost all of the 71 Navy cadets at UIUC are engineering students. Captain Corapi noted that he must have a certain proportion (66%?) of these students in STEM fields because the Navy mandates these backgrounds for most of their operational units. The specific example he gave was the need to have trained technicians to work on nuclear reactors on aircraft carriers and submarines. 


Cadets have weekly classes as part of their training as well serving on board a ship during the summer. After graduation, the new officers have four or six year obligations in either the Navy or the Marines.



  Feb 15th Feb 22nd Mar 1st Mar 8th
Introductions Darrell Hoemann No morning Larry Johnson Andrew Kerins
Invocation Ethan Chew meeting David Henry David Henry
Greeters Darrell Hoemann due to Larry Johnson Andrew Kerins
Allan Penwell 5pm social at Ed Perry Rod Roberts
Song Leader Candy Loyd Krannert  BJ Lytle Ben Mast
Notetaker Conforti   Perry Penwell

*Robb Patton says he frequently skims this Newsletter, mostly paying attention to the quotes and then the duties list.  What are the chances he sees this comment?  Newsletter staff say the odds are 50-50.


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

February 15th – Dr. Kim Kidwell, Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, UIUC

February 22nd – 5pm social at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

March 1st – Micah Putnam, Superintendent of Grounds at Allerton Park (Bob)

March 8th – TBD (Charlie)

March 15th – Kevin Erickson, Associate Professor of Architecture at UIUC (Bob)

March 22nd – Stacey LeFeber, Girl Scouts (Jen)

March 29th – TBD – Club Social

April 5th – Dr. Marcia Pool will discuss the Cancer Scholars Program, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Phyllis)

April 12th – TBD (Tod)

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 – 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 – TBD (Tod)

May 31st – TBD – Club Social