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Pearls of the Club
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
           - Joseph Addison
This Day In History
May 3, 1952 - Joseph Fletcher lands first aircraft on the North Pole.
May 3, 1494 - Christopher Columbus sighted the island of Jamaica.
May 3, 1469 - Italian philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli was born.
Notes From the May 3rd Meeting
President Dale Mugler opened the meeting by greeting our speaker, James Lynch, and members. We recited the Four Way Test. 
Club News
Calling all Volunteers!
For those interested in volunteering for the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Highwood 
Volunteers are needed in the months of April, May, and June. The following are the dates:
Friday, April 30
Friday, May 14 & 28
Friday, June 18 & 25
If you’re available to serve, please sign up here.
Highland Park’s Bike/Walk Advisory Group (BWAG)
is asking for volunteers next week to perform their annual spring bike & pedestrian count (field surveys).
The field count provides data that is used to track the success of bike and pedestrian improvements, and to plan for the future. This year’s count comes on the heels of the City Council adopting the 5-year update of the City’s bike/walk transportation plan, MoveHP, last autumn. The information collected will be reported to the City Council, boards, commissions, advisory groups, and used in transportation planning. These counts will show pandemic-era impacts on walking and cycling within the Highland Park community, and prove to be very valuable to ongoing transportation planning work.
After you have signed up, BWAG will contact you with details and provide all of the materials you need for the count. Please provide your name, email address, and cell phone number so that we can reach you. Specific time slots are available for May 11, 12, and 15. The effort will need volunteers at 5 different time slots and 6 locations – and yes, you can volunteer for more than 1 shift or more than 1 location.
Please let Ghida know if you have any questions. You may also contact Peggy from BWAG, at laemle@sbcglobal.net
If you are able to help, please click on the button below to view the online signup sheet. If you know of others who might want to get involved, please share this link with them too.
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
James M. Lynch, The Art Center Highland Park, Speaker
Happy Dollars
Members were happy for: Rhoda Pierce was excited to share with the Club the recognition she just received by State Representative Bob Morgan for Dan's life and extensive service (HR 147); Len Tenner was happy his granddaughter completed her second straight year with straight A's! She has been named a James B Angel scholar; Larry Block was also happy that his grandson got 4 years of straight A's and is also a James B Angel scholar; Fred Orkin gave for Rhoda's happy news.
The Day's Program
James M. Lynch, Executive Director of The Art Center Highland Park has lived in Highland Park for 20 years. Before joining TACHP, he taught 'Acting for Non-Actors' and worked as an executive coach. He is the author of "The Hamlet Secret: A Self-Directed Workbook for Living a Passionate, Joy Filled Life".
The Center was founded in 1960 as the Suburban Fine Arts Center. They offer classes and workshops all four seasons with 2400 enrollments a year. James said 80-85% of them are returning customers. In normal times they have 6-8 self-generated exhibits a year aside from their three major events. The Center has about 30,000 visits a year! This year the Center has rebranded with a bolder logo that reflects the building and emphasizes the art in its name. Their mission statement also reflects their outreach and commitment to the North Shore community.
Just like the executive coach he is, James knew the way to look at the pandemic is to see it as the opportunity to do a quick redo.  He shared with us how The Art Center made changes to their approach of community outreach in the time of a pandemic. They moved what classes they could online, cancelled classes that weren't full and spent the time painting classrooms, going through every closet and storage space, selling off items like unused desks and displays  and reinvesting that money into blue-tooth speakers for every classroom. They also invested in air filtration.  A hybrid model of classes will begin in September.

Because summer camps were cancelled, TACHP responded by creating "art in a box" where every Wednesday, parents could pick up the kits and the children would get a link to the class instruction. They had to cancel their major fundraiser and fine art exhibits last year. James and his staff turned their focus on being a more welcome space by expanding their reach on the North Shore.
The TACHP staff is fully vaccinated They are supplying classes for the HP Senior Center, offering "art in a box" with bilingual teachers through the Highwood Library's Craft Café. This weekend kicks off the new season with "Draw Together" event this week is in conjunction with student artists from Ireland, Italy, Senegal, Switzerland, Israel and Australia who are sending chalk drawing virtually. The international aspect is part of "Project 2020: Together", a global connection through art in our lives . Chalk kits are $35 and $45 and can be picked up at The Center. Sunday Salons will be begin soon with speakers. This week also debuts a new exhibit: "Ephemera: The Power of Impermanence" which runs through June 12th, The Fine Arts Festival will return June 27th and 28th.
For more information about what is happening at The Art Center, click here.
From Our Friends Across the Pond
Compliments from our friend and historian Basil Lewis...
A68: Iceberg that became a social media star melts away
Jonathan Amos
Science correspondent BBC
Published 18/04/2021
Wide but extremely thin: A68 was about 230m thick on average
The iceberg that was for a time the biggest in the world is no more.
A68, as it was known, covered an area of nearly 6,000 sq km (2,300 sq miles) when
it broke away from Antarctica in 2017.
That's like a small country; it's equal to a quarter of the size of Wales.
But satellites show the mega-berg has now virtually gone, broken into countless
small fragments that the
US National Ice Center
says are no longer worth tracking.
A68 calved from the Larson C Ice Shelf
on the edge of the Antarctic Peninsula, and
for a year it hardly moved. But then it started to drift north with increasing speed,
riding on strong currents and winds.
The billion-tonne block took a familiar route, spinning out into the South Atlantic
towards the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia. The small island is where
many of the biggest icebergs go to die. Caught in the local shallows, they are
doomed to gradually melt away.
But this one somehow managed to escape that particular fate.
Instead, it was the waves, the warm water and higher air temperatures in the Atlantic
that eventually consumed A68. It simply shattered into smaller and smaller
"It's amazing that A68 lasted as long as it did,"
Adrian Luckman, from Swansea
, told BBC News.
"If you think about the thickness ratio - it's like four pieces of A4 paper stacked up on
top of one another. So this thing is incredibly flexible and fragile as it moved around
the ocean. It lasted for years like that. But it eventually broke into four-to-five pieces
and then those broke up as well."
Born into the age of satellites
A68 will probably be best remembered as the first iceberg to become a star on social
People around the world shared satellite pictures online, especially as the frozen
block neared South Georgia. Had it grounded, the berg's immense bulk could have
disrupted the foraging behaviour of the island's many penguins - and who isn't
worried about penguins in peril?
The daily conversation on the likes of Twitter and Instagram was made possible by
today's easy access to a suite of publicly available space data tools.
​"A68 caught the attention of a lot of different people," commented Laura Gerrish, a
mapping specialist with the
British Antarctic Survey (BAS)
. "We saw every little twist
and turn. We were able to follow its progress with daily satellite images, at a level of
detail we've not really been able to do before."
The largest fragment, A68a, had the look of a hand with an outstretched index finger
What did we learn from A68?
Of course, the iceberg wasn't just an object of wonder; it was also the target of some
serious scientific investigation.
Its place of origin, Larsen C, is an enormous floating platform of ice, built by the
merging of glacier tongues that have slid off the land into the ocean.
A68's life story will almost certainly tell researchers something both about how ice
shelves are constructed and how they break apart to produce icebergs.
"The one thing that is probably worth mentioning as a scientific result was how much
was learned about the fracture toughness of the suture zones where inland glaciers
joined together to form the floating shelf ice," commented Christopher Shuman from
the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and Nasa-Goddard.
"Because we had new sensors seeing the rift evolution more frequently, I'm sure
useful insights were gleaned that could not have been 'seen' in the decade before.
This is a real testament to the investments being made in Earth observation."
Larsen C is formed from an amalgam of glacier ice that has flowed off the land into the sea
Most glaciologists regard A68 as the product of a very natural process. Ice shelves
will maintain an equilibrium, and the ejection of bergs is one way they balance the
accumulation of mass from snowfall and the input of more ice from the feeding
glaciers on land.
So in that sense, A68 cannot be presented as a poster child for human-induced
climate change.
All that said, A68 did showcase the sorts of processes through which warming can
destroy ice structures.
How ice turns to mush very quickly
One of these is what's termed hydrofracturing. In this process, warming produces a
lot of surface meltwater that then fills fissures and cracks, driving these openings
through to the base of the ice.
There were some spectacular examples towards the end of A68's existence where
hydrofracturing turned remnant fragments to mush almost overnight.
"'Death by hydrofracture', 'slush puppies'," Ted Scambos called it. "Another example
of iceberg fast-forward evolution, showing us how ice shelves might collapse in a
warmer world. I guess the iceberg tested a lot of supposed knowledge, and the
knowledge mostly stood up to the challenge," the CIRES-University of Colorado
Boulder expert told BBC News.
Robots sent to investigate
BAS put robotic gliders in the water to study the environment around the berg
BAS also put a couple of robots in the ocean in February to try to study up close
some of A68's latter-day segments.
One went missing soon after, and the other actually got stuck under the ice for two
weeks before managing to free itself and continue its observations.
This robot will be recovered in May to pull down its data. It should reveal information
about how icebergs affect their surroundings by, for example, dumping huge
volumes of fresh water into the ocean as they melt.
How it all ended last week
The last major fragment, known as A68a, viewed at the edge of an icy slush
The USNIC is the body recognised internationally for naming icebergs and tracking
those that might pose a threat to shipping.
To make it on to the USNIC list of concern, a berg must either have a long-axis of
greater than 10 nautical miles (18.5km) or an area of at least 20 square nautical
miles (68.5 sq km).
None of A68's fragments now qualify. The last major piece, known as A68a, was
measured on Friday to be just 3 nautical miles by 2 nautical miles. RIP.
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Executives & Directors
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