May 25, 2020
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Pearls of the Club
You're only as good as your last haircut.

 - Fran Lebowitz

Notes From the May 18th Meeting
President Munk opened the meeting greeting our guests, Anne Flanagan Bassi of Moraine Township, Scott Verne and Assistant DG Don Gwinn
A Speaker Series within the District began last week and continues through May to June 8th. Outgoing RI President Mark Maloney will be speaking on May 21st  at 7:30 a.m. in a virtual format. Check out the District website for more information on the speakers.
SaLT has begun a service project that Club members may wish to help. "Shop & Drop" gives you the opportunity to donate either money, gift cards or a bag of groceries to be delivered to local families in need. Sunset Foods has been a big supporter of this plan. They have delivered about 55 meals a week. This is supervised by Brad Swanson and Ida Fiore. Four students (one HPHS Interact student and three Northwood junior high students) are involved. If you'd like more information, please see the flyer below in "This and That".
RI has announced this year's convention will go virtual - June 20 - 26, 2020. Don't forget to wear your Hawaiian shirt!
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Anne Flanagan Bassi, Moraine Township, Speaker
Don Gwinn, Assistant District Governor
Scott Verne, guest of Mary Beth Bretzlauf
The Day's Program
Anne Flanagan Bassi, Moraine Township Supervisor gave the club an update on their response to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Even with the lack of volunteers, they have been able to continue helping families. Right now, two employees are managing the critical services - case workers and the food pantry. Although the need for food is always there, the food pantry is not open due to its small space and the amount of traffic it would pull at this time. They are open for four hours on Tuesdays to hand out the staples like rice, pasta and beans, ground beef, onions, potatoes and carrots, bread donated by a local bakery, and gift cards to Jewel or Sunset gift cards to fill the dietary void. They are delivering food for seniors and those who are sick but that has been reduced from three days a week to one. Anne has been in contact with several food distributors like Sysco as well as Jewel and Sunset Foods . The Township receives a discount for the gift cards they purchase from the grocers. Anne's main concern is the hitch in the supply chain for the much needed staples. Frank Lomoro confirmed that pantry staples such as rice and beans are hard to come by at this time.
Anne said the Township is also helping those in need of rent assistance, enrolling for Medicaid and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). To be able to register for Medicaid ans SNAP, a recipient needs to prove residency.  Dialysis patients in need of a ride are still able to get a ride, but now the caregivers are not able to join them due to social distancing. To help get the word out about the Township's services, they provide information in the Highlander every month and network with all of Highwood's organizations, other social services, as well as the school districts. Information about their services have been translated into Spanish.  Anyone who asks for services gets them.
Anne expressed her gratitude for the continued assistance our Club has provided them.
This and That
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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
Virtual Meeting Coordinator
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Burt Schmarak
May 4
Mike Mills
May 12
Phil Lazarus
May 12
Diana Sotelo
May 15
Fred Orkin
May 22
Jack Soderlund
May 22
John Pasquesi
May 27
Russell Hampton
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