“I believe the world is as we choose to view it. Simple as that. Our happiness is, in the end, up to us, and to no one else.” – Susan Fletcher – Writer


“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” – Dalai Lama – Spiritual Leader


“The world is changed by your example not by your opinion.” – Paulo Coelho – Lyricist-Novelist





October 18 – CASA Dinner “Casablanca”, I-Hotel.  If you cannot attend, at least consider their “Adopt a Kid” program.   


EI Food Bank Food Truck – tentative distribution date October 19 in Clinton.   Wear a Rotary shirt.


District Conference – October 18-19, Doubletree, Bloomington.  Sign up before October 18 for one or two days. See the District website for details.


October 26 – Booth for World Polio Day at Market Place Mall.   Contact Darrell to sign up.


CU Sunrise Anniversary dinner, 5:30 PM October 29 at Biaggis. 


November 16 – Central Interact 5th Annual Turkey Trot, benefitting Salt and Light.   Volunteers needed from 8 – 11 AM.  Sign up with Michelle.





Charlie two great Rotarians as part of “Know Your CU Sunrise Rotarian”.


Diana Dummitt was born in Mexico City.  She sometimes rode her horse to Morris High School.  She earned an undergraduate degree and a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois.     She earned a second Master’s degree from EIU where she also played volleyball.  She worked for the University as an academic professional.   Her favorite past time is spending time with her family.   Diana and her husband have two sons and a daughter.  Diana travels to New York and Virginia to visit her grandchildren.     


Ed Perry was born in Greenwich, CT.  He also lived in Davenport, IA, Park Forest and Morton, Illinois.   He graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Illinois and worked as an architect and general contractor for English Brothers.  He owns three classic British cars.  His favorite volunteer activities are home improvement projects.  He has been married to Marti for almost 50 years and they have one son.  Interesting facts about Ed are: 1) He still uses a slide rule; 2) He once shook hands with Bobby Kennedy and 3) He tried out for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team.


Tod and the Project Development Committee led a discussion about future volunteer opportunities.  The committee will continue its goal of one volunteer opportunity per month.


Diana is talking to Wylie Elementary School in Urbana about volunteer opportunities.   They have many third graders who cannot read, and we may be able to help by reading with them on a regular basis.  




  Oct 17th Oct 24th Oct 31st Nov 7th
Introductions Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith No Adam Wright
Reflection Keith Brandau Paul Conforti regular Diana Dummitt
Greeters Charlie Smith Mary Kay Smith morning Adam Wright
Eddie Bridges Andrew Kerins meeting Bob La Charite
Song Leader David Henry Mary Hodson today. Eddie Bridges
Notetaker Conforti Perry Social? Penwell



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

October 17th – Kelly White, Executive Director, 40 North | 88 West (Cary)

October 24th – Rob Dalhaus from CU at Home (Charlie)

October 29th – Tuesday – C-U Sunrise Rotary Charter Anniversary banquet at Biaggi’s

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

November 7th – Shannon O’Rourke Kasali, who was both a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and A Rotary Peace Scholar (Mary)

November 14th – District Governor Julie Dobski

November 21st – “A geneticist’s perspective on how the brain works” – Dr. Stephanie Ceman, Associate Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, UIUC, and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. (Ondine)

November 28th – TBD 

December 5th – John Paul Buzard from Buzard Pipe Organ Builders will speak to our club about building organs (Bob)

December 12th – TBD

December 19th – CUSR Holiday Party

December 26th – No meeting

January 2nd – TBD