“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” –Maya Angelou – 1928-2014 –

American Poet


“The habit of giving only enhances the desire to give.” – Walt Whitman – 1819-1892, Poet and Essayist


“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson – 1803-1882 – American Essayist-Poet




(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)


There is NO Rotary meeting this Thursday on January 30th.


Sunrise Karaoke fundraiser is on February 27th at Lodgic. Door open at 6:30 p.m. and program at 7:00 p.m.


Read Across America is February 29th.





Champaign Mayor, Deb Feinen, discussed the community program of Goal Getters. Goal Getters is for those students who struggle socially and academically and need a push to get on the right track. The program grew out of the tragic event in 2009 when a teenager was accidentally shot by a Champaign police officer. The program is intended to reduce gun violence and provide leadership skills to youth in Champaign.


School staff identify students who are at risk and recruit them into the Goal Getters program. Those who participate in the program are required to sign a contract that says they willl stay on top of their schoolwork and out of trouble. Participants meet several times a month in a social and learning setting. Many of these students have weak family structures, and they struggle with just getting to school on time or transportation problems if they were to have a job. Because of these struggles, the program wraps around the whole family in an effort to get those close to the students involved in going the right direction.


The initiative was created by the Champaign Unit 4 Schools, the City of Champaign and the Champaign Community Coalition. Funding comes from the City of Champaign and the C-U Schools Foundation. 




  Jan 30th Feb 6th Feb 13th Feb 20th
Introductions No regular Mary Hodson Andrew Kerins Bob La Charite
Reflection morning Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry
Greeters meeting  Mary Hodson Andrew Kerins Bob La Charite
this week Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Lou Simpson
Song Leader   Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby
Notetaker   Hodson Conforti Conforti



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

January 30th – 5th Thursday of the month – No meeting – Social on Sunday, 2/2 instead

February 6th – Jennifer Shelby (Cary)

February 13th – TBD

February 20th – Stephanie Davenport – DSC (Charlie)

February 27th – No regular morning meeting – Club Karaoke 

March 5th – Sarah Edwards or Danda Beard from WILL (Mary)

March 12th – TBD

March 19th – Evelyn Shapiro of Champaign Public Library (Ondine)

March 26th – TBD (Tom)

April 2nd – TBD (David)