“Times of transition are strenuous, but I love them. They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities, and be intentional about new habits. We can make our new normal any way we want.” ― Kristin Armstrong 


“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” ― Lao Tzu 



Notes provided by Allan Penwell

Former Rotarian Molly Delaney visited our club. She announced that 2018 is the 30th anniversary of the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation. On April 14, 2018 there will be a gala where three distinguished honorees for this year will be celebrated. You can sign up through the website or call 217.398.2873. Molly also noted that she is leaving the Foundation and moving over to the  Eastern Illinois Foodbank.


Tod asked for clean-up volunteers for the men’s’ shelter. Call him if you would like to help but did not sign the form he passed around. Bowling for Big Brothers Big Sisters is on April 6th.



Mark Johnson, CEO of the Stephens Family YMCA, was our speaker last week. Mark was a wrestling coach for 30 years, 17 of which was as head coach at the University of Illinois. He is retiring in April and will be involved with The Beat the Streets Wrestling Program in Chicago as well as some national wrestling associations.


After wrestling Mark was recruited by the Y and raised $18 million to build the building in Southwest Champaign. Membership rose from 2,000 to 13,000 members, and there are building plans to expand further.


Mark gave an inspiring speech about his career, his life, and the work of the YMCA.



  Mar 15th Mar 22nd Mar 29th Apr 5th
Introductions Candy Loyd BJ Lytle Ben Mast John McDaniel
Invocation Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan Mary Hodson
Greeters Candy Loyd BJ Lytle Ben Mast John McDaniel
David Henry Ed Perry Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite
Song Leader John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo Scott Paceley Robb Patton
Notetaker Hodson Conforti Perry Penwell


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

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 – Gerri Kirshner, CU Symphony will discuss the symphony and their upcoming season (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