“Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.” – William James


“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino


“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou




(notes provided by the distinguished gentleman from Puerto Rico, Ed Perry)


Darrell passed out a signup sheet asking for volunteer help for the Rotary Informational Booth during the Taste of Champaign-Urbana in West Side Park the weekend of August 17th. 


The Rotary Blood Drive ends this week.  Please consider giving blood all year long at the Community Blood Services, 1408 W. University Avenue, Urbana.





Mary introduced Joan Dixon, President/CEO of The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois (CFECI). CFECI is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) tax exempt philanthropic organization serving Champaign and surrounding counties.


CFECI was created in 1972 to encourage and receive contributions establishing endowments. In its first year, CFECI started with $1,300 and this year it’s assets will be over $27 million. CFECI in one of the over 800 Community Foundations throughout the country. This past year CFECI stewarded more than 140 funds, administered grant dollars with distributions of more than $1 million dollars to non-profit organizations, and provided over 30 scholarships to high school seniors.   


Joan described the various methods one can donate to the Community Foundation such as cash, securities, real estate, equipment, collectables, bequests, retirement funds, and life insurance to name a few. Those that donate to the Community Foundations can express how they wish the funds be directed.  Several examples of such directions including being designated or undesignated endowments, field of interest, projects, scholarships, or non-profit organizations.


CFECI’s required minimum donation is $5,000. CFECI partners up with local banks and investment companies for investing guidance. Among its various services CFECI also provides start up and organizational information to non-profits. 


CFECI publishes a publicly available annual financial statement and report. This and much more information can be found at www.cfeci.org.   


  Aug 1st Aug 8th Aug 15th Aug 22nd
Introductions Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry
Reflection Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover Jen Shelby Lou Simpson
Greeters Scott Paceley Robb Patton Allan Penwell Ed Perry
Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau Paul Conforti
Song Leader Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith Adam Wright Oktay Baran
Notetaker Penwell Hodson Conforti Perry
Decker Weeding Stull Hoemann Penwell Baran



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

August 1st – Bruce Knight,  Director of Community Planning Services, City of Champaign, will discuss The Yards project (Bob)

August 8th – Lauryn Henry will discuss her RYE experience in France (David)

August 15th – Mike Hirschi will discuss the Rotary Foundation (Darrell)

August 22nd – Mitch Marlow from the Virginia Theater will speak to us the Virginia’s upcoming season (Charlie)

August 29th – No regular meeting (5th Thursday) – 

September 5th – TBD (Cary)

September 12th – Club Assembly

September 19th – Michelle Layser, Assistant Professor of Law, UIUC will discuss tax law and social policy (Tom)

September 26th – Meghan Gentry will speak about foster care in Champaign-Urbana (Ondine)

October 3rd – Lisa Wilson, Executive Director, East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center (ECIRMAC) (Bob)

October 10th – Club Assembly

October 17th – TBD (Cary)

October 24th – TBD (Charlie)

October 29th – C-U Sunrise Rotary Charter Anniversary banquet at Biaggi’s

October 31st – No regular meeting (5th Thursday) – 

November 7th – TBD (David)

November 14th – District Governor Julie Dobski

November 21st – TBD (Ondine)

November 28th – TBD 

December 5th – TBD

December 12th – Club Assembly