“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.” ― Abraham Maslow


“Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.” ― Norman Vincent Peale




(notes provided by the erudite Mary Hodson)



May Bucket Money is going to the University of Illinois Pollinatarium.   June Bucket money goes to Champaign Central Drama Club for their trip to competition in Nebraska.


We received a thank you note from the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen.


The Club welcomed Jack and Penn back into town.






Dave introduced C-U Sunrise Rotarian Darrell Hoeman.  Darrell is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Columbia.  He is retired from the News-Gazette.


In January, Darrell and his wife Katherine were chaperones for a study abroad program with the College of Business.  They took MBA students to India to study marketplace literacy.


They flew into Bangaluru, which has a population of 9 million and where great wealth exists alongside dire poverty.


The group visited NGOs and entrepreneurial projects in the surrounding communities.   The first project they observed was testing potable water in Tamu Nadu.  Middle class people get water from delivery trucks.   This project involves a testing device that allows poor housewives to know if their water is safe enough to drink.   Another project allows nurses in rural communities to use smart phones to screen for eye disease in children.


One problem in India is that kids finish school at age 14.  Even if they go on to college at age 18, they have a four year gap.   One NGO the group visited addresses this gap.  Every six weeks, they teach English and basic technical skills to 200 kids.    The students will go on to work in call centers or hotel service.


Darrell shared a lot of interesting anecdotes about life in India.   Every place they visited was like a state visit with tea service.  They experienced lots of traffic jams but never observed road rage.   Cows are everywhere and ladies follow the cows to pick up dung for fuel.   Buildings are not taxed until completed, so many buildings are not finished.


The last leg of the trip included a visit to the Taj Mahal.    Agra has been designated an industry free zone, to avoid pollution damage to the monument.   Therefore the only industry is tourism.


For more information, see www.marketplaceliteracy.com.



  May 19th May 26th June 2nd June 9th
Introductions Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Lou Simpson Billy Stull
Invocation Keith Brandau Paul Conforti Molly Delaney Ata Durukan
Greeters Rod Roberts Tod Satterthwaite Lou Simpson Billy Stull
Cary Woolard Harold Adams Julie Allen Laura Auteberry
Song Leader Billy Stull Jeff Van Buren Cary Woolard Harold Adams
Notetaker Lintner Conforti Perry Penwell




May 19th – Outstanding Citizen award presentation

May 26th – (meeting held in Savoy Room) TJ Blakeman, President, Champaign County Historical Society

June 2nd – Geri Wirth, representing Avicenna Community Health Center

June 9th – Megan Casey, Frances Nelson and SmileHealthy

June 16th – TBD

June 23rd – TBD

June 30th – TBD

July 7th – TBD

July 14th – TBD

July 21st – TBD

July 28th – TBD