“Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey
(notes provided by the erudite Mary Hodson)
Our family holiday party will be on December 13.  Please RSVP to Diana.  She needs to know the number coming and the ages and sexes of any children, including teens.   Please also let her know if you have any suggestions for musical entertainment.
Salvation Army bell ringing is scheduled for December 15.
We will move our meetings to LODGIC on January 1.   
President Cary welcomed Ondine Gross to the club.    Ondine is originally from California.  Her dad was a film editor and she was an extra in shows like “The Adams Family” and “Mr. Ed”.    She and her husband came to Champaign in 1994.   They have 29 year old twin daughters.  One lives in NY and the other lives in Chicago.   Ondine was a school psychologist at Centennial and has written a book about mediation and conflict resolution in schools and workplaces.
David introduced Sue Grey, president of the United Way of Champaign County.   Sue formerly worked for the Girl Scouts and for the Park District.   She is a member of the Unit 4 School Board and the Champaign Rotary Club.
Sue said that the United Way had a good offer to sell their old building.   They used the profits from the sale to buy a newer building at 5 Dunlap Ct in Savoy.  
Our United Way wants to be a problem solver.  Sue talked about the many ways that the United Way has helped our community, including opening up a dental clinic at France Nelson, funding the “Mother Goose on the Loose” program, helping to provide shelter to homeless men over the winter months and distributing “Getting Ready for Kindergarten” calendars.
The school district allows United Way to farm their property on Olympian Drive.   The labor is also donated.   Over the past five years, they have provided $125,000 to food programs including Peace Meals and Meals on Wheels.  
United Way’s future goals include efforts towards work force development, financial education and  health.

  Dec 6th Dec 13th Dec 20th Dec 27th
Introductions Phyllis Mischo CU Scott Paceley Robb Patton
Reflection Candy Loyd Sunrise Ben Mast John McDaniel
Greeters Phyllis Mischo Holiday Scott Paceley Robb Patton
Adam Wright Party Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey
Song Leader Lou Simpson Extravaganza Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smithy
Notetaker Conforti   Perry Penwell


UPCOMING SCHEDULE (with program committee member responsible listed in parentheses)
December 6th – Glenn Harbin, District 6490 Membership Chair, is going to tell us about a micro loan organization, Kiva (Mary)
December 13th – CUSR Holiday Party EXTRAVAGANZA!
December Maarten DeWitte will discuss diamonds and diamond cutting (Tom)
December 27th – TBD (Bob)
January 3rd – TBD (Charlie)
January 10th – TBD (David)
January 17th – PDG Larry Howell will discuss the Heart to Heart Zone trip to Mexico (Mary)
January 24th – TBD (Phyllis)
January 31st – TBD (Tom)