You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” ― Aristotle 


“To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.” – Tia Walker


“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” – George Washington Carver




(notes provided by the distinguished gentleman from Connecticut, Edward Perry)


Tod passed around a signup sheets for two volunteer projects. First, volunteers are needed to help with the Men’s Shelter clean up from 8:00-9:00am on Wednesdays at the New Covenant Fellowship, 124 W. White in Champaign. Second, bowlers are needed for our Club’s team in “Bowl for Kids Sake” at Old Orchard Lanes in Savoy on April 6, starting at 7:45pm.


Phyllis thanked the many volunteers who helped sort donated clothes, price items and bale worn out clothing last Saturday morning at Salt and Light in Urbana.


Keith noted that we will have another social gathering on March 29th.  He requested ideas from club members on possible locations on where to meet or what to do.


Robb announced a special fundraising event this Tuesday, March 6, 7 to 10pm at the The City Center, 505 S. Chestnut, Champaign, Il. It is called “Coaches vs. Cancer Lady Legends Event”. Seven ladies from the CU music scene will perform and Robb’s band will provide the back up.   


Hot Air Balloon Fun Raiser update – John McDaniel presented a short video on our Club’s Fun Raiser which is being planned for the weekend of September 28 and 29th. John is also showing the video to area clubs and asking each club if they wish to join us in this project. He is also asking everyone at the clubs and us to help sponsor hot air balloons. If you know a company or organization who may wish to sponsor a balloon please contact John at





Benny Lapid was back in Champaign-Urbana and attended this morning’s meeting. Before moving back home to Israel, Benny was an active member in our club and worked as a photographer specializing in weddings. His work takes him around the world, and he is well known for his ability to capture the heart of the wedding in his photos. This morning’s scheduled speaker did not show up so Benny was called upon to fill in.


Benny and his family live in Israel, and he still travels throughout the world taking photographs. His wife, after retiring from the U of I, now teaches classes in Israel dealing with the Hebrew language and Jewish religion. They now have 14 grandchildren and the number continues to climb. His son recently became a Colonel in the Israeli Air Force and flies fighter jets. Benny shared a few tales with the club about his current work and about his homeland. Club member, Gary Olsen and family will be visiting Benny later this year in Israel. Benny noted that the invitation to come and visits extends to all club members.



  Mar 8th Mar 15th Mar 22nd Mar 29th
Introductions Andrew Kerins Candy Loyd BJ Lytle Ben Mast
Invocation Andrew Kerins Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan
Greeters Andrew Kerins Candy Loyd BJ Lytle Ben Mast
David Henry David Henry Ed Perry Rod Roberts
Song Leader Ben Mast John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley
Notetaker Penwell Hodson Conforti Perry



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

March 8th – Mark Johnson, CEO, Stephens Family YMCA, will discuss the Y, his retirement plans, and wrestling (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 – Jim Hack, El Salvador – Habitat for Humanity Build Projects (Ata)

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