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Pearls of the Club
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
- e. e. cummings
This Day In History
November 2, 2000 - The first residential crew arrives at the International Space Station
November 2, 1948 - President Truman defeats Thomas Dewy in the presidential election that year.
November 2, 1947 - Howard Hughes flew is wooden plan the Spruce Goose in Long Beach, California
November 2, 1889 - North Dakota and South Dakota were admitted into the Union as the 39th and 40th states respectively.
Notes From the November 2nd Meeting
President Dale Mugler opened the meeting by greeting members, AG Don Gwinn,  and our guest speaker, Susan Shulman. We recited the Four Way Test. 
Put your thinking caps on!  Do you have an idea of a virtual service project for MLK Day of Service? Contact Dale Mugler.  Len Tenner reported the Interact Club is working with Terry Grossberg, Park District Liaison to the Human Relations Advisory Group to brain storm ideas for a service project that can be done with social distancing. Our very own Sandra Bast has been a member of the Human Relations Advisory Group.
"Shop the Block" is a way to support Downtown Highland Park businesses this holiday season! This week (11/1-11/7)  the block is 583 Central through 558 Central and 844 First St through 855 First St.  A list of stores can be found here.
AG Don Gwinn informed us he received notice from District Governor Lyle Staab, that our Club has reached our commitment level for the Countdown to Polio event! Way to go!
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Susan Shulman, Legal Aid Clinic, Speaker
Don Gwinn, Assistant District Governor
Happy Dollars
Members were happy for: Len Tenner donated to welcome our speaker Susan Shulman, to wish Mary Beth Bretzlauf's husband, Richard for a speedy recovery, and thankful we vote tomorrow and put an end to all the ads and phone calls; Fred Orkin for his Buckeyes!  Rhoda Pierce gave in hopes she wins the election (North Shore Water Reclamation District). Larry Block pledges $10 if she wins.
It's back and easy!  Please click on the yellow box below to give your Happy Dollars via PayPal. Then send Mary Beth an email of what you are happy about - hphwrotary@gmail.com
The Day's Program
Susan Shulman is the Executive Director of North Shore Legal Aid Clinic, located on Laurel Avenue across from Highland Park Library. She has spent her career in public interest law, law firms and the business world. Most recently, Susan was General Counsel and Director of Operations for Metrist Partners. Prior to joining Metrist Partners, Susan was the Pro Bono Initiative Director at the Public Interest Law Initiative. She received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and is a graduate of Brandeis University with a B.A. in Economics. Just Sunday night the clinic was featured on CBS News!
Five years ago, when the legal aid clinic began, it had  only a couple people on staff and a budget of $60,000 working 70 cases. Now, with 14 people, over a million dollar budget and 7,000 cases, Susan said this proves the area was lacking such a service.
The clinic's goal is for their clients to live a more productive and secure life. This can range from a woman no longer living in fear of abuse, to a person obtaining a visa or citizenship, or a family in fear of losing their residence due to no income during this pandemic. Most of the people they help are in Highland Park and Highwood.
The clinic also works closely with the area police departments and their social workers in the event of domestic abuse. The number of domestic abuse cases is up 44% since the start of the pandemic. One in three women is a survivor of abuse. If hands of their abuser touch their throats during an abusive encounter, they are seven times more likely to be strangled. Partnering with the Vernon Hills library, domestic abuse victims can access help from the clinic by using bananabread.org, which provides privacy for them. If anyone walking by, it would look like they were looking up bread recipes. Should the clinic get a call in the middle of the night, there is someone on hand to take those calls. The first question they will ask is "are you safe?" From there, they can get them to a safe place and or arrange a time and place to talk.
With the pandemic, the Hispanic community has been hit the hardest. They currently have 400 immigration and naturalization cases. From 1990 to 2009 the Hispanic population in Lake County grew 49%. With most resources for them in Chicago, there was the need for the same resources be made locally. Now, with high unemployment due to closed businesses due to COVID-19, an eviction moratorium is in place. It hasn't stopped landlords from trying to evict their tenants.
Most of the clinic's staff are working remotely these days. With internet connectivity an issue for many of these people, many of the clinic's lawyers connect with their clients by phone. If there is any filing or court appearances, the Lake County Clerk and Courthouse have enabled e-filing for cases and Zoom meetings for trials and hearings.
When it comes to the clinic's budget, they receive a federal grant and one from the state. They also receive donations from the Highland Park Community Foundation and other organizations such as ours. They do hold a few fundraisers through the year as well. Susan told the Club that their fundraising efforts are almost on target with last year despite the pandemic. The one area they are uncertain of is the funding from the state.
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
Dale Mugler
November 8
Ghida Neukirch
November 10
Mike Stroz
November 22
Sandra Bast
November 30
Russell Hampton
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