“Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them, just find a new way to stand.” – Oprah Winfrey


“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi


“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin




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


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. 

Jack Kamerer announced that he will be “officially and completely” retired from our Rotary club. Jack was a charter member of our club and served as an active member and club treasurer for nearly 30 years. He served on our club’s board of directors for many of our club’s early years. He and his wife of nearly 60 years, Carol, will be splitting time here in Champaign, at their home in Florida and traveling/visiting with their children and grandchildren. Jack offered to continue to help with any club activities when needed.  

Cary introduced a guest, Paul Kelly, to the club. Paul was a charter member of our club and was visiting this morning as his son John was one of this morning’s program speakers. Paul was active in our club in it’s early years before moving to Kentucky. He was involved in one of our club’s first international projects with Belize.

Mary and Tom Hodson are seeking members for the District ShelterBox Committee.   Serving on this committee would involve occasionally helping with set up of the ShelterBox at Rotary functions and/or talking with groups about ShelterBox.  Contact Mary at maryfhodson@aol.com




Tom introduced our speakers this morning, John Kelly and Randy Hulett of OSF Healthcare. Randy is the Vice President of Ancillary and Support Services for OSF Healthcare. His presentation centered around the history of OSF, its growth and the numerous and various services that the OSF Health organization provides.


OSF can trace its roots in Illinois to Peoria, when St. Francis Hospital started in 1877. Growth has continued ever since that time and now have 124 locations providing health care in Illinois and Michigan. OSF continues to expand with the emphasis on providing health care and better access to health care. Randy touched on the various services in Urbana/Champaign and the additional specialty services in the Peoria area. 


Locally, OSF Healthcare Heart of Mary Medical Center is a 206-bed comprehensive health care facility located at 1400 West Park in Urbana. Founded in 1919, the hospital became part of OSF in 2018 and has a staff of nearly 700 and provides a full range services. OSF is currently expanding to provide Urgent Care (OSF Urgo) by opening convenient walk in treatment centers that provide quick care minor illnesses and injuries. 


OSF also has local collaborations with Crisis Nursery, Promise Healthcare, Champaign and Urbana Park Districts and various community event sponsorships. To learn more about what OSF offers check out osfheartofmary.org




  June 27th July 4th July 11th July 18th
Introductions Candy Loyd No C-U Sunrise Ben Mast
Reflection Allan Penwell Meeting Rotary Ed Perry
Greeters Candy Loyd This Annual Ben Mast
Charlie Smith Week Awards Mary Kay Smith
Song Leader Angie Schoonover Happy Extravaganza Jen Shelby
Notetaker Penwell July 4th Hodson Conforti
Decker Weeding Shelby Johnson Penwell & LaCharite Perry
Next Weekend        



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

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

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

August 22nd – TBD (Charlie)

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

September 5th – TBD (Cary)

September 12th – Club Assembly

September 19th – TBD (Ondine)

September 26th – TBD (Tom)

October 3rd – TBD (Bob)

October 10th – Club Assembly

October 17th – TBD (Cary)

October 24th – TBD (Charlie)

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

November 7th – TBD (David)

November 14th – Club Assembly

November 21st – TBD (Ondine)

November 28th – TBD 

December 5th – TBD

December 12th – Club Assembly