“Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before.” – Bonnie Blair – Professional Speed Skater


“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” – Helen Keller – 1880-1968 – Author


“Winning is fun, but those moments that you can touch someone’s life in a very positive way are better.” – Tim Howard – Professional Athlete




(notes provided by the unconventional and unorthodox Paul Conforti)


Darrell said there will be a volunteer opportunity coming up for a reading program at the Danville Prison.





Kelly White, Executive Director at 40 North | 88 West.


Kelly joined 40 North | 88 West in September 2009 as Project Coordinator of two programs for downtown Champaign: Art & Sol – an outdoor performance series, and Sight Specific – a series of storefront exhibits. Kelly was previously the manager of Verde Gallery in Champaign. Prior to re-locating to the Champaign-Urbana area, Kelly held the position of Assistant Museum Curator and Collections Manager for the SCAD Museum of Art at the Savannah College of Art and Design where she received her MFA and MA in Art History and Painting. She is also currently an Art History instructor at Parkland College. kwhite@40north.org 

40 North | 88 West Mission: Cultivating Creativity in Champaign County!

40 North is dedicated to fueling the growth and well-being of Champaign County by nurturing its arts, culture, and education community. It is guided in this effort by three principal themes:


ADVOCATE for the individuals, organizations, and enterprises in Champaign County that constitute its arts, culture, education community by promoting awareness of the extraordinary quality, quantity, and diversity of arts, culture and education activity in the County.


INFORM: 40 North will serve as an extensive repository of information about the individuals, organizations, and enterprises in Champaign County that constitute its arts, culture and education community. This information will be made publicly available and distributed through distinctively designed and effectively employed vehicles, including an engaging, powerful, and user-friendly website linked to an extensive arts, culture and education database


COLLABORATE: 40 North will encourage, support, and enable collaboration not only between members of the arts, culture and education community, but between that community, business, government and the public at large through a sustained process of cross-sector communication, convening, and event planning.


Friday Night Live is 40 North’s most widely attended program, running from the last weekend in May through August. Friday Night Live includes an eclectic mix of music and street performances including bluegrass, jazz, folk, soul, rock, country, and blues, along with a free kids’ activity every week.


Other 40 North programs include The Boneyard Arts Festival (which will celebrate its 18th year in April 2020), the MTD ART: Moving Pictures Through Your Neighborhood (focused on the inclusion of art on all MTD busses), and the Community Supported Art program (an endeavor to support local art, artists, and collectors.


For more information see: https://40north.org/



  Oct 24th Oct 31st Nov 7th Nov 14th
Introductions Mary Kay Smith No Adam Wright Oktay Baran
Reflection Paul Conforti regular Diana Dummitt Ata Durukan
Greeters Mary Kay Smith morning Adam Wright Oktay Baran
Andrew Kerins meeting Bob La Charite Eddie Bridges
Song Leader Mary Hodson today. Eddie Bridges Larry Johnson
Notetaker Perry Social? Penwell Hodson



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

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 – Molly Delaney, Vice President of Development, Eastern Central Illinois Foodbank (ECIFB) (Mary)

December 19th – CUSR Holiday Party

December 26th – No meeting

January 2nd – TBD (David)

January 9th – Club Assembly

January 16th – Rush Record, Executive Director, CASA (Mary)