Upcoming Events
RSVP: February 15, 2023 Meeting
Feb 15, 2023
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
LAST WEDNESDAY: February 22nd
28 Mile Distilling Co.
Feb 22, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Feb 15, 2023 11:30 AM
Eagle Scout Project for Zacharias Center
Feb 22, 2023 6:00 PM
SaLT Students recent trip to DC
Mar 08, 2023 11:30 AM
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Pearls of the Club
The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.
             - Leo Tolstoy                                                   
Notes From the February 1st & 8th Meeting

On February 1st, President Elect Paul Clements welcomed members and our speakers Brendan Sigfried and Nicoleta Girloanta. We recited the Pledge of Alliance and the Four-Way Test.

Today, President Eric Ephraim  welcomed members and our speaker Julia Foos from Sarah's Inn. We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four-Way Test.


Remember to RSVP for our Last Wednesday in February at 28 Mile Distillery.
Look for the RSVP email in your inbox.


Survey results will be discussed at the Board meeting next week.
Interact Parents Dan and Xenia Richter has sent out ideas to other Interact parents for project ideas.
We are looking into aiding earthquake victims of Turkey and Syria by sending a Shelterbox - Thanks to Mike Lubelfeld for reminding us of this essential for post-emergency living!  
This Just In!
With SNAP benefits scheduled to be severely reduced, and high use of our Food Pantry, food is going out as quickly as it comes in and our shelves  look sparce quickly.
Shopping for your family? Consider picking up an extra item for the Panty.
Here’s a list of foods our clients enjoy that our shelves are low on:
  1. Salad dressings
  2. Canned salmon
  3. Instant/boxed rice
  4. Cooking oil
  5. Sugar
  6. Condiments: olives, pickles
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
February 1, 2023
Nicoleta Girloanta of CASA of Lake County
Brendan Siegfried of CASA of Lake County
February 8, 2023
Julia Foos of Sarah's Inn
Happy Dollars
You don't have to wait until meeting day to share your happiness! Click on the yellow box below, donate your happy dollars and then email Mary Beth at hphwrotary@gmail.com and tell her what you're happy about! 
Last week, members were thankful for: Phil Lazarus was thankful to be here! Len Tenner was happy to see Doris Xie back home, a big welcome to our speakers and wishing Sandra Bast's sister a speedy recovery from a recent organ transplant surgery. Doris Xie was happy to be back. Her parents are here with her now as she straddles working and being a caregiver to them. Mike Babian was happy to welcome our speakers and for the great turnout at Astra Roasters last week. Ben Jagim was happy that he and his wife had a great time at Astra Roasters. Neil Dahlmann shared he was born in Toronto and was accustomed to really cold winters. He noted that while he was here braving the winter, his Canadian friends are currently in Florida! Paul Clements also welcomed our speakers and he announced that Mary Beth will be the featured poet at Highland Park Poetry March event. Saturday, March 11th at 4 p,m, at Laughlin Gallery, 1900 Sheridan Road.  Mary Beth was excited to be celebrating her mother's 85th birthday in San Antonio the coming weekend with all her siblings, her son and his fiancée, niece and nephews.
This week, members were happy for: Eric Ephraim thanked Paul Clements for standing in for him last week and to welcome our speaker, Julia Foos; Karen Dennis was excited for the upcoming MYA concerts. Walgreens, who has been an MYA sponsor for 15 years, is sponsoring this Sunday's MYA concert which will be presenting the winners of Walgreens' National Concerto Competition with this Sunday's Music At the Fort  at 6p.m, There is a $10.00 per person suggested donation.  A second concert this month is on Saturday the 25th at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The event starts a 2p.m.  Mike Lubelfeld was happy his son, a freshman at Deerfield HS was a part of DHS Varsity track team. His son's contribution helped the team take 2nd Place!! He was also happy to have moved D112's offices to the Viti Building - and here's the best part - he can walk to the meetings!!!!  Doris Xie was happy the Club's End Polio Now contributions met our goal. RI is receiving $100 Million dollars from the Gates Foundation toward EPN. Mike Babian was happy to welcome our speaker and announced the Last Wednesday of February will be at 28 Mile. Brad and Ida will join us along with the four SaLT students who traveled to DC. They will share their stories. Watch your inbox for more information.  Mary Beth was happy for the wonderful weekend to celebrate her mother's birthday with her family; she also reminded the Club to join her at Laughlin Gallery on March 11th at 4 p.m. where she will be one of the featured poets.
Note: If I didn't list your Happy Dollars from this week, please let me know and I will add it next time (I had to walk away to see about a lunch order). -mb
The Day's Program
February 1st - We learned February is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and welcomed Nicoleta Girloanta and Brendan Sigfried from CASA Lake County. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. Nicoleta and Brendan shared with us the many services CASA provides for children who are removed from their homes due to traumatic events. Those victims of events like neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse are faced with upheaval - from all aspects of their lives. Sometimes it can be a new home, new school, no familiar faces. The CASA volunteers build trust by listening to the child/children and their needs. The volunteer speaks for the child in court and takes on a two year commitment. Many stay in communication with the child long after the two years. CASA supports children until they are 21. Those wanting to become a volunteer can go to CASA's website, casalakecounty.com
February 8th - This week we welcomed former HPHS graduate, Julia Foos. Julia is the Community Educator for Sarah's Inn. Sarah's Inn is located in Oak Park and despite the name, is not a shelter for victims of domestic violence. It does, however, provide free services for these victims. The mission is to improve the lives of those affected by domestic violence and to break the cycle for future generations. The organization receives their money from fundraisers and from grants through the state. Sarah's Inn primarily helps the western Cook County and Chicago areas, many times collaborating with CASA. The services are free to those they serve, except that of the behavioral counseling of the abusers. You can find more information on their website, www.sarahsinn.org
We missed those of you who couldn't make it - we hope to see you soon!
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Membership Co-Chair
Public Image
Rotary Foundation
Director Community Service
Director Youth Service
Director Club Service
Director International Service
Youth/Interact Liaison
Program/Greeter Chair
Virtual Meeting Coordinator
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Frank Vena
February 2
Karen Dennis
February 3
Neil Dahlmann
February 4
Paul Munk
February 16
Brian Romes
February 20
Manu Khodadad
February 25
Eric Ephraim
February 26
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