“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” – Maya Angelou


“Self-trust is the first secret of success.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe




(notes provided by the unconventional and unorthodox Paul Conforti)


David Henry received a thank you note from Hope Lives Rescue Ranch in Monticello for our club’s bucket money donation. Hope Lives Rescue Ranch aim is to help at-risk youth and their families recover from trauma, build resilience, and find purpose through equine assisted mentoring.


Dues are due by 6/29/19. Please a) pay promptly and b) if you at all can please sign up for a meal plan (quarterly, bi-annual or annual). This significantly helps with our club’s budgeting and cash flow.               


Stay tuned for upcoming service projects involving the Eastern Illinois Food Bank. Emails to come will provide further details.


June Bucket Money will benefit the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club.





Phyllis introduced our guest speakers, Nichole Millage and Chad Ijams.  Nichole Millage is the City of Champaign’s Recycling Coordinator. 


Nicole Millage has made a difference since her appointment as Champaign Recycle Coordinator in 2015. Nichole has changed the bi-annual electronics recycling to a reservation system and this has brought organization and reduction in the once long lines this event experienced. The next electronics recycle event is October 12, 2019.


Taking questions we found out from Nichole the following:

– The Champaign Recycle Office (across the side road from Home Depot) accepts batteries. It is illegal to dispose of batteries in the trash. Batteries contain corrosive materials and heavy metals that can contaminate the environment. Also, check the City of Champaign’s website for other battery disposal locations

– Latex paint, while less toxic than oil-based paint, still contain plastics. All paint should be disposed of properly by mixing with sand or kitty litter to dry out the paint and then disposing in residential trash. The empty paint cans and containers can then be recycled.

– Paint donations: Habitat for Humanity accepts unused cans of latex paint. The CU Theater Company will accept 1/2 cans or larger of latex paint for their sets.

– Styrofoam requires special equipment to recycle. The former-Solo Cup plant in Urbana has a Styrofoam recycle container in their parking lot.

– Prescription Bottles: police departments, Walgreens (Springfield & Mattis) and OSF Hospital has a recycle bin in their front lobby.

– Plastic shopping bags: most supermarkets. Nichole emphasized the importance of bringing your own bags or asking for paper when shopping.


Chad Ijams is General Manager of Midwest Fiber’s central Illinois operations which includes facilities in Decatur, Bloomington, Urbana, Springfield, Peoria and Terre Haute.


Midwest Fiber recently invested $3 million dollars in equipment that assists in reducing recycle contamination to under 5% thresholds. Recycle materials under 5% contamination are a marketable reusable commodity. An unwashed empty jar of peanut butter, for example, is essentially not recyclable. It’s too contaminated. But mostly washed and clean, it is. Other examples are plastic bags made of two types of plastic (Zip Loc). If the zip top is removed, then both parts can be recycled. Aluminum foil boxes, by removing the metal tear strip from the box makes both pieces recyclable while together they are not and will go to the land fill.



  June 20th June 27th July 4th July 11th
Introductions Bob La Charite Candy Loyd No C-U Sunrise
Reflection Robb Patton Allan Penwell Meeting Rotary
Greeters Bob La Charite Candy Loyd This Annual
Lou Simpson Charlie Smith Week Awards
Song Leader Tod Satterthwaite Angie Schoonover Happy Extravaganza
Notetaker Perry Penwell July 4th  
Decker Weeding Hodson Shelby Johnson Penwell & LaCharite
Next Weekend        



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

June 20th – John Kelly, OSF (Tom)

June 27th – Karl Gnadt, Managing Director, Champaign-Urban Mass Transit District (CUMTD) (Bob)

July 4th – No meeting

July 11th – Pass the Gavel and annual Club Awards ceremony

July 18th – Tod Satterthwaite will discuss his journey abroad

July 25th – Lisa Wilson, Executive Director, East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center (ECIRMAC)

August 1st – TBD (Bob)

August 8th – TBD (Cary)

August 15th – TBD 

August 22nd – TBD (Charlie)

August 29th – TBD 

September 5th – TBD (David)

September 12th – TBD (Mary)

September 19th – TBD (Ondine)

September 26th – TBD (Tom)

October 3rd – TBD (Bob)

October 10th – TBD 

October 17th – TBD (Cary)

October 24th – TBD (Charlie)

October 31st – TBD 

November 7th – TBD (David)

November 14th – TBD (Mary)

November 21st – TBD (Ondine)

November 28th – TBD