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Pearls of the Club
We cannot put off living until we are ready.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset
This Day In History
January 11, 1935 - Amelia Earhart flies from Hawaii to California. 
January 11, 1908 - Theodore Roosevelt makes the Grand Canyon a national monument.
January 11, 1755 (or 57) - Alexander Hamilton was born on this day on the island of Nevis in the British West Indies.
From Our Friends Across the Pond
Compliments from our friend Basil Lewis...
Here are Murphy's Laws
1. Nothing is as easy as it looks.
2. Everything takes longer than you think.
3. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
4. If there is a possibility of several
things going wrong, the one that will
cause the most damage will be the one
to go wrong. Corollary: if there is a
worse time for something to go wrong,
it will happen then.
5. If anything simply cannot go wrong,
it will anyway.
6. If you perceive that there are four
possible ways in which a procedure can
go wrong, and circumvent these, then
a fifth way, unprepared for, will
promptly develop.
7. Left to themselves, things tend to go
from bad to worse. Physicists call this 
8. If everything seems to be going well,
you have obviously overlooked something.
9. Nature always sides with a hidden flaw.
10. Mother nature is a bitch.
11. It is impossible to make anything
foolproof because fools are so ingenious.
12. Whenever you set out to do
something, something else must be
done first.
13. Every solution breeds new problems.
Thanks to Ian MacFarlane
Notes From the January 11th Meeting
President Dale Mugler opened the meeting by greeting members and our guest speaker, Carolyn Hersch. We recited the Four Way Test. 
Service Opportunities on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday January 18, 2021. We will be collecting donations and put together personal care items like toothpaste, etc., "I Care" Packets for PADS (Providing Advocacy Dignity and Shelter). If you have donations, you can notify Ghida or bring them to the HPCC on Monday, January 18, 2021 between NOON to 2 PM. The donated items will them be driven up to PADS of Lake County in Waukegan. Only one more driver is needed.  Please contact Ghida Neukirch at 847-926-1003 or Dale Mugler at dalemugler@gmail.com.
PADS Wish List 
hand sanitizer
latex gloves
toilet paper
cleaning supplies
men's and women's sweatshirts and sweatpants (new, please)
travel size spray bottles
microwave safe single serve food containers
bottled water
grocery store gift cards
fast food gift cards
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Carolyn Hersch, CHP Business Development Manager,  Speaker
Happy Dollars
Members were happy for: Len Tenner was happy for his wife, Bobbie, and his his birthday are this week. Combining their ages, they are 164 years old; Karen LeBuhn was happy (actually over the moon happy) for getting a look at her first grandchild (due this spring) in a ultrasound; Ghida Neukirch was happy to welcome our speaker, Carolyn Hersch and her development team. It is a pleasure to be working with her.
The Day's Program
Our Speaker, Carolyn Hersch, has been the Business Development Manager for Highland Park for 15 years. She is an advocate in all areas of business development in the City. Today, Carolyn focused on the City's response to the the businesses during this pandemic. 
After conducting a study of the impact of COVID-19 on business, Carolyn and her team assessed the immediate challenges and needs to help them reopen. First, they notified businesses of state and local Executive Orders and any updates and guidelines. Next they encouraged property owners to offer rent relief assistance. Designated reserved parking spaces were created for convenient curbside service to help increase sales. Also, the team provided reopening preparedness assistance to businesses with PPE, resources for cleaning products and best practices for a safe reopening.
Outdoor expansion was going to be critical for many of the restaurants and other businesses, so the city established a no fee temporary permit application and then expedited the more than 50 applications within 24 - 48 hours. They also worked with businesses for creative and collaborative ideas to adapt their site plans (tents, igloos, heaters and fire pits).
In the Ravinia District, Carolyn and her team helped facilitate socially distanced activities and events on Roger Williams Avenue. For Downtown HP, they created a marketplace - think of it like HP's own Amazon. Other assistance to market local business they created a website, used social media and digital kiosks. You may recall seeing and partaking in: #BYOBlanket, Shop the Block and At Your Service, Business of the Week and National Food and Drink Holidays.
Carolyn also established a Financial Assistance for Retailers and Restaurants (FARR) Grant .It has total budget is $25,000 designed to help offset expenses related to creating safe and comfortable environments during the pandemic. They are 50/50 matching grants that provided $5,000 for retailers and $10,000 for restaurants. To be eligible, the primary operation must be retail sale of goods and merchandise and has a net worth of less than $2M and showing less than average of $200,000 in profit per year for two consecutive years after taxes. These businesses must be located in commercial property within CHP. If a business receiving this money move out of the city, there is a claw back provision. FARR Grant eligible(from August 15, 2020 - December 31, 2021) expenses include: sanitizers and dispensers, cleaning equipment, barriers, air purification/filtration systems, tents and outdoor furniture, signage, touchless features and marketing.
Other business development activities include the attraction of 53 new businesses and 40 corporate employees to the Ravinia District. The City has begun the first phase of streetscape furniture installation. The City has also amended zoning codes like eliminating Pedestrian Oriented Shopping Overlay restriction requiring retail business in ground floor spaces; allow additional business uses in the Central Business District (CBD) and allowing residential development in certain location within the CBD. Other projects in the hopper, include a comprehensive plan for the Crossroads Subarea, and Briergate cleanup of invasive species.
New developments are Albion at Highland Park (1850  Green Bay Road) and Albion at Renaissance Place (1849 Green Bay Road) which are both 5 story multi-family projects; Oakwood Residences at Mulberry Place is a 5 story, 20 unit multi-family project; Atria Senior Housing at Central and Deerfield will a three story assisted living and memory care facility. Ravinia Crossing at 555 Roger Williams is a 4 story, 30 unit residential mixed use project with ground floor commercial space.
Post-pandemic, Carolyn plans on an overhaul of the Business District Development Strategic Plan by assessing the business landscape and its strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
AmazonSmile Donations!!!
Good news! AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones. You can use the copy and assets below to share the news with your supporters.

AmazonSmile customers can now support Rotary Club of Highland Park- Highwood in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.
  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
  3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app, update your app. Click here for instructions.
You can help raise money for our club by simply shopping on Amazon!
Everyday is a great day to get something special for yourself or someone you love and also give our club a boost by reminding you to shop at smile.amazon.com, and Amazon will donate to Rotary Club of Highland Park- Highwood when you shop!
Shop at smile.amazon.com and AmazonSmile donates to Rotary Club of Highland Park- Highwood at no cost to you!
Click on the link below:
#StartWithaSmile at  smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2957334 for your holiday gifts and Amazon donates to Rotary Club of Highland Park-Highwood.
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Public Image
Rotary Foundation
Director Community Service
Director International Service
Youth/Interact Liaison
Fellowship Chair
Virtual Meeting Coordinator
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Henry Kohn
January 7
Len Tenner
January 16
Rick Nelson
January 29
Russell Hampton
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