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This Day In History
February 1, 1978 - Harriet Tubman becomes first African American woman to appear on a U.S. postage stamp.
February 1, 1902 - Poet and writer Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri.
February 1, 1896 - Puccini's "La Bohème" premieres in Turin, Italy.
February 1, 1884 - The Oxford Dictionary debuts.
Notes From the February 1st Meeting
President Dale Mugler opened the meeting by greeting members and our guests, and our speaker and honorary member Mayor Nancy Rotering. We recited the Four Way Test. 
International Chair Jeff Colman and President-Elect Karen Dennis have been hard at work securing presenters and facilitators for our virtual TABU conference. It will take place over two weekends in March (the 6th and 13th) with 12 HPHS students and 12 Northern Ireland students. More information to follow.
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Cookie Kohn, guest of Henry Kohn
Paul Altman, guest of the Club and HPHS Interact Parent
Maggie Winker, guest of Karen Dennis
Happy Dollars
Members were happy for: Len Tenner was happy toto have receeived his first vaccine shot and to welcome his friend, Mayor Nancy Rotering; Ghida Neukirch was happy to welcome Mayor Rotering as well.. Ghida said in her 28years of working in several municipalities, this mayor was by far the best one she ever worked with. She was also proud of the City's Public Works Department who have been working around the clock cleaning up the latest snow fall. Martha Gray was happy her granddaughter made her college selection - Miami of Ohio. Mike Babian was happy to to be back with everyone;  Mayor Rotering was happy to have her son home for a couple weeks - even shoveling snow together the day before.
The Day's Program
Our speaker, Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering gave the Club an update on the state of the City.
There is no denying that the pandemic has created a hardship on so many and a financial crisis as well. Every level of the city was impacted. Expenses were forced to be reduced by approximately $10 million due to shortfalls in revenue from all sources.  Mayor Rotering, the HP City Council and City staff, with public safety first and foremost in mind, knew some strategic planning was needed. There were hard choices to make in this difficult time. She credits City Manager Ghida Neukirch, her dedicated staff, primarily first responders for the tireless work they have done to managing and continuing to meet the needs of the community. Supervisors throughout the organization took furlough to help reduce expenses, and 10% of the City’s employment based was reduced through attrition and staff reductions, plus numerous operations and capital projects were cancelled or postponed.
The City also took several steps to initiate programs, to aid local businesses by initiating programs, grants and rolling back permit requirements allowing those businesses to adjust to doing business. Despite the obstacles and shortages, the City is continuing to help the community. Having service clubs like Rotary and stepping up has also been a help. 
With these decisions made, the Mayor and the Council approved balanced operating budget in Fiscal Year 2021. Planning to the future with the knowledge of the shortages, the City is continuing to build for a better and brighter Highland Park.
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Many thanks to Ghida for help with this article! -mb
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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
Frank Vena
February 2
Karen Dennis
February 3
Neil Dahlmann
February 4
Joseph Lolli
February 12
Paul Munk
February 16
Brian Romes
February 20
Manu Khodadad
February 25
Eric Ephraim
February 26
Russell Hampton
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