Mar 15, 2021 11:30 AM
Update on SD112
Mar 22, 2021 11:30 AM
Stem Cell Research
Mar 29, 2021 11:30 AM
Practical Preparation for Progress
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Pearls of the Club
Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better.
           - Albert Einstein
This Day In History
March 8, 1917- February Revolution begins in Russia, leading to the end of the Czarist rule.
March 8, 1884 - Susan B. Anthony appears before the Judiciary Committee at the House of Representatives arguing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that grants women the right to vote.
March 8, 1669Mount Etna begins rumbling.
Notes From the March 8th Meeting
President Dale Mugler opened the meeting by greeting members and visiting Rotarians, and our speaker Ryan Aderman. We recited the Four Way Test. 
Happy International Women's Day to all the incredible women within our Club!
Connecting with the Belfast Club
Many of us gathered on Zoom Sunday afternoon with members of the Belfast Club in Northern Ireland. For most of us, it was greeting old friends and for a few of us, it was making new ones.  Most of our conversations centered around the pandemic and the ways our respective countries were handling it. We look forward to hearing from the students in a month or so.
We are Making a Difference
A few weeks ago, Mike Leubelfeld, Frank Lomoro and Paul Munk arranged to address the hunger problem with students in D112. We purchased $15,000 in food gift cards from Sunset Foods and with the help of Mike Lubelfeld, the gift cards were distributed to those students in need. Here are a couple letters of thanks. Even without the help of a translation, you can see how much the food gift cards helped. Violetta says neither of her parents are working now.
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Barbara Reppen, new member
Don Gwinn, ADG
Happy Dollars
Members were happy for: Skip Jacobs for being sprung from quarantine after his second dose of the vaccine. His first stop - the barber! Paul Munk for a couple pieces of news - one sad and one happy. Paul learned over the weekend that his childhood neighbor in Prague died from COVID-19 - his second exposure to the disease. His good news was that his son's card game he developed (Cards Against Humanity) was a Jeopardy answer! Now that's when you know you've made it! Mary Beth Bretzlauf donated to welcome new member Barbara Reppen; Barbara Reppen gave being so happy to join; Karen Dennis for the successful concerts yesterday under their tent; Dale Mugler for the upcoming presentation to a military research group for future funding; and Eric Ephraim is excited that FBHP has again ranked one of the best places to work, four years running! He is also excited that football is back! HPHS will have their first game this weekend! We are all cheering on the team!
The Day's Program
Scott Coren introduced Highwood's Mayor, Charlie Pecaro. Charlie is an honorary member of the Club and it's always great to see him.  He's been Mayor since 2009, serving on the city council as an alderman before that. He is behind the Celebrate Highwood campaign that does it's best to highlight the great community that Highwood is.
With attracting young families in mind, the city is renovating Everts Park (located at Highwood Avenue and Green Bay Road). On the 8 acre site, new play equipment and band shell are planned as well as upgraded electricity and lighting. They are also expanding parking in a few areas nearby. This has been possible with a $400,000 grant to match the funds they had earmarked for this project.
Highwood's library is also scheduled for a serious upgrade, thanks to a $600,000 grant from the state that is an addition of the $2.1 million the city slated for the project.  This will create more of a community space for patrons. Computers and wifi is part of that plan.  Also in the pipes are a couple multi unit apartment buildings. One is located in the old Bartucci building and is already fully rented. These buildings will be near the train station, making it more appealing for commuters.
Despite the pandemic, only one business closed in Highwood (Humble Pub). The city eased restrictions and provided glass huts for outdoor dining - anything that would help the restaurants adjust their businesses to make it. Loyal customers from surrounding communities helped keep them open. Mayor Pecaro also told us of a couple of new businesses. In the former shop where the shoe repairman was, a toffee shop will be opening in the next couple months and a Noon-O Kebob (a favorite of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot) in May. The city will soon see its first cannabis store, Windy City Cannabis.  Things are definitely happening in Highwood!
Some of the Celebrate Highwood festivities are still planned. Pumpkin Fest, Taco Fest and Nashwood are still slated to happen, Inferno Fest will be replace by Margarita Fest (I wholeheartedly approve of this one!).  
Charlie credits his outstanding staff, Scott Coren, the City Manager, and City Council in making these things happen.
Joe Lolli, who grew up in Highwood, was a Past-President of the Highwood Chamber of Commerce (among so many other leadership roles he held), commended Mayor Pecaro for his fine job at running Highwood.
From Our Friends Across the Pond
Compliments from our friend  and historian Basil Lewis...
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Public Image
Rotary Foundation
Grants Chair
Director Community Service
Director International Service
Youth/Interact Liaison
Fellowship Chair
Virtual Meeting Coordinator
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Ronald Davis
March 2
Court Williams
March 16
Jeff Colman
March 16
Russell Hampton
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