Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Sep 23, 2019
Interact Meeting and Speaker
Oct 04, 2019
Beach Clean Up with Interact Club
Oct 05, 2019
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
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Sep 23, 2019
Sep 30, 2019
Oct 07, 2019
150 years strong- how we got here
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Pearls of the Club

The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion.

  - Nadia Boulanger
Notes From the September 23rd Meeting
President Paul Munk welcomed attendees and our guests. Our speaker Melissa Isaacson led the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Club recited the Four Way Test.
After a few miscues today, our new meeting room will be the large room on your left at the top of the stairs. 
Lawn signs for Interact students are coming. Any member interested getting one for yourself, the cost is $20. Please contact Ghida or Paul. They need to hear from you by Wednesday.
Our Beach Clean up with the Interact Club is Saturday October 5th at Millard Beach from 12:30 - 2 p.m.. We will meet at 12:30 at Ravine and Forest.
On October 19th at 4:30 p.m., the city will be unveiling the HP150 sculpture. Our bench is also located at the spot (Laurel and Deerfield). We are invited to attend.
On another note, Paul announced that on September 19th the Philippines reported a polio case. This case is serum derived. It is another reminder that the fight against polio continues.
Rotary Day at the United Nations is November 9th. It is open to all Rotarians on a first come basis. Tickets are $75 and limited. Registration is now open. To register, please visit www.rotaryundaynyc.org.
Hurricane Dorian Disaster Relief - Rotary District 6440 will monitor Rotary related activity. As always, Rotary's primary way of serving will as part of the long term recovery efforts. our District's Disaster Response team will explore developing or supporting hands on service opportunities and no doubt some of our clubs will join District 7020 to sponsor Global Grants to provide sustainable impacts in alignment with Rotary's Six Areas of Focus. We will keep everyone updated as developments warrant.
Chicago Ultimate Women's Expo, October 5-6, 2019. District 6440 has an unprecedented opportunity to reach out to 11,000 women during the expo. Click to learn more about the event. A collaboration with District 6450, our Chicago neighboring district, allows us an opportunity to raise awareness in Women in Rotary. Action Item: Women of 6440, eight volunteers are needed to join with District 6450 in the morning and afternoon in three hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday, October 5-6. Sign up with a friend to staff our shared booth with 6450. Contact our district administrator, Erin.
The Foundation Minute - Literacy Month
September is Literacy Month - Basic Education and Literacy is one of Rotary's Six Areas of Focus. 1.7 million additional teachers are needed worldwide to meet the goal of universal primary education; 781 million people over the age of 15 (60% are women) are illiterate; 57 million children worldwide are not in school.
Guests and Visiting Rotarians

Melissa Isaacson, speaker
Sandy Mauren, speaker
Yvette Kanter, Melissa Isaacson's superfan


50/50 Winners
1st Place: Larry Block
2nd Place: Larry Block
3rd Place: Stuart Taussig
Happy Dollars
Happy dollars were given by: Karen Dennis for a lovely weekend with friends at the Packers game; Mike Babian thanked everyone for coming to Rotary at Rosewood, Mary Beth for her help and for Sunset providing the delicious food; Jon Levey for the wonderful Community Foundation event last week where Jack Blaine's daughter spoke of Rotary and her father's push for Rotary to get involved with ending polio. He also invited members to come to the bank (HPB&T) on October 23rd. State's Attorney Mike Nerheim will be discussing the county's lawsuit against Juul, the e-cigarette maker - and he won't mention that his favorite baseball team brought a broom to Wrigley Field this weekend! Thanks Jon - we Cubs fans appreciate that!  Dick Stone welcomed our speaker Melissa Isaacson and our other guests, Sandy Mauren also thanked the Club for the warm welcome; Penny Fields who just returned from Boston where she got to see her brother on stage performing for the first time since his cardiac arrest on stage three months ago. A nurse in the audience is credited with saving not only his heart, but his brain as well. She encourages all of us to learn how to use a defibrillator and perform CPR; Len Tenner to celebrate his daughter's Emmy nomination for casting. She didn't win this year (she won a couple years ago), but this was her fourth nomination! Eric Ephraim wanted to let us know the HPHS Freshman/Sophomore football team is 4-0!!!!
The Day's Program
Program Chair Dick Stone introduced Melissa Isaacson, a pioneer in the field of women sportswriters.
Melissa was born in Lincolnwood and went to Niles West High School.  It was during her senior year (1979), as a player on the school's school basketball team, they won the first State Title for girls's basketball. Her book "State: A Team, A Triumph, A Transformation" not only recounts that win, but she follows up with her coach, principal and teammates. That win gave that team all the confidence to become what they wanted to be, whether it was to  compete in the business world, teach coach. In fact, 80% of women executives were competitive athletes.
After college, she wrote for several papers including USA Today until she found her way back home to Chicago and got a job as a sports columnist covering the Bulls (in the Michael Jordan era) and the Bears. Her luck came about when Tribune reporter Sam Smith wrote the book "Jordan Rules". The book removed the glossy veneer of Michael Jordan and the editorial staff felt he couldn't be impartial. Enter Melissa, who now got to cover the Bulls and the Bears and her own column. In 2009 she was caught up in the great lay off of journalists and she worked for ESPN covering the Olympics, tennis and golf. She is now on the faculty of Northwestern  University's Medill School of Journalism where she teaches both undergraduates and graduates. Most graduate students go onto law school, but many of the undergrads do find positions in journalism, many in ESPN like she did.  She refers to this time as a romantic time - sending out young adults to tell wonderful stories. She also makes certain her student know the brilliant journalists (especially here in Chicago like Mike Royko) who came before them, and whose shoulders they stand on.
In reflecting about that win in 1979, she recalls how confident these women felt and how this pivotal moment opened up the world for them. At the time, they were just teammates and they only knew each other as a team - no knowledge of what happened to them when they went home after school or games. Mental Illness, alcoholism and abuse were part of some of their lives. This team was their escape from those problems. Many of this is told in the book.
Melissa shared great stories of her years interviewing the Bulls in their hey-day as a woman in the men's locker room. Her experiences were almost positive - the players and other journalists were respectful. Only once did someone in the locker room say he wouldn't talk with a woman inside.
Today, for journalists it is all about the experiences they have and reporting the truth. She commends the work of The New York Times and Washington Post and other publications that persevere in their commitment to uncovering and telling the truth.
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Public Image
Rotary Foundation
Grants Chair
Director Vocational Service
Director Community Service
Director Youth Service
Director Club Service
Director International Service
Youth/Interact Liaison
Fellowship Chair
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Dick Stone
September 10
Michael Babian
September 12
Gerry Brin
September 27
Russell Hampton
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