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Pearls of the Club
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa


Notes From the August 10th Meeting
President Dale Mugler opened the meeting by greeting our members, and our speaker, Jennifer Dotson. We recited the Four Way Test. 
In RI News: we could see a woman president of RI! Jennifer Jones of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario has been nominated for the 2022-23 term.
Scott Coren, Community Service Chair, said the community service project with Aperion Care seniors via, telephone, email or old fashioned letters and cards will begin soon. Freedom Home Care in Highland Park is also on board with this project. Anyone else who'd like to get on board, please contact him at scoren@cityofhighwood.org.
Ghida Neukirch gave a brief update on how the City's is dealing with the pandemic. With lower tax revenue, the City has had to cut $10 million dollars from their budget.
Bella Via is willing to open for us in their outdoor area. We are shooting for a date in the near future to meet face-to-face. Keep watching the bulletin when more details are available.
Have you committed to our Rotary in Motion fundraiser yet? Well, several of our members have already! Join Dale Mugler, Karen Dennis, Eric Ephraim, Jeff Colman, Ghida Neukirch Doris Xie, Paul Clements and Larry Block in an activity (swimming, walking, etc.), to raise money for our club when this pandemic. Get your friends and family to support your commitment by pledging money toward your achievement.  See the chart below:
NAMEDescription of their fund-raising activityFunding goal
Karen DennisWalk and swim (when HP Center pool opens) for 1 hour/day for 8 weeks$10/week, total $80
Ghida NeukirchWalking and jogging (2.5 miles/day), biking 10 miles/week$100
Dale MuglerWalking (the equivalent) from Highland Park to Indianapolis, about 210 miles$400
Jeff ColmanSwimming (the equivalent) across Lake Michigan, 190 km  total.  Lake Michigan at it's widest point which is 118.2 miles or 190 Kilometers. Do this by the end of September and starting July 20.$3/km, $570 total personally.  Ten pledges at $1/km totaling $190 each.  Total of $2,470.
Eric EphraimWalking (the equivalent) 10 times the perimeter of Highland Park, or from Highland Park to South Bend, about 120 miles$2/mile, Total $240
Doris XieWalking, 3 miles per day, 4 days per week$300 to $500
Larry Block
Walking from HP to Hyde Park and back (68 miles) $3/mile
is his goal or $204 dollars
Paul Clementswalking from HP to Madison, WI or 159 miles $2/mile$318
 Totals as of July 26 $                          4032
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Jennifer Dotson, Speaker
Happy Dollars
Mary Beth Bretzlauf donated to welcome her poet friend and speaker, Jennifer Dotson; Karen Dennis for double silver lining during this pandemic, She's been able to spend a couple months with her grandsons and one of her daughters, and now she will be having some time with her other daughter and grandchildren! Ghida Neukirch gave for Jennifer Dotson is an important asset to her office, but also for the other city employees who have been exemplary during this pandemic; Paul Clements donated for his ride-along with HPPD and the great work they do to support the community AND that his wife's staff at Sunrise completed their COVID-19 testing and 100% of them were negative! Larry Block to also welcome Jennifer, and to Paul Clements for the wonderful article as well as how important the publication Highland Park Neighbors is to our community.
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
Jennifer Dotson works for both City Manager Ghida Neukirch and Mayor Nancy Rotering. As if that's not a busy enough job, Jennifer, who has lived in HP since 2002, started Highland Park Poetry in 2007. However, that still doesn't adequately describe all she does when she's not at work. She's a wife and mother, teacher, publisher, promoter, HP Neighbors contributor, and TV host. Since she appears on the cover of this month's edition of Highland Park Neighbors, we can call her a cover girl as well!
Jennifer started Highland Park Poetry not to compete with the East on Central organization and their hard work but to dovetail it by bringing poets together and compliment the array of art within the community. Along with a website which posts poems from local poets, she also organizes a once a month open mic for poets to share their poems. Before the pandemic, these open mic nights would take place at Coffeespeaks, in Port Clinton and would also host a featured poet. She also arranges contests, promotes poetry to high school students in the area as well as publish poetry chapbooks that feature poets from across the country with a theme in her Muses' Gallery. Jennifer also conducts poetry and memoir classes through the HP Library U. She also puts together the April is Poetry Month displays in the library with the help of other HP Poets.
During HP's 150th birthday, Jennifer put together a collections of poems (again by local poets) that told of historic events in town. Through an arts grant she was able to arrange a reading of these poems by ARTicuLIT Readers. In addition, Jennifer put together the HP 150 Commemorative book. In 2017 she started "Art Gets In Your Eyes" an ekphrastic art challenge. Displayed artwork on Central was offered to poets to write a poem that either describes or pays tribute to the piece of visual art. The poems were then printed on signs and placed next to the artwork. This year, the artwork expanded to all of the city's artwork, including Ravinia's sculpture collection. The Art Gets In Your Eyes 2020 collection will be on display for only a few more weeks, so get out and enjoy this imaginative collaboration!  All poetry challenges are open to all.
Although she isn't able to continue her monthly cable show "Poetry Today" during the pandemic, she's been able to apply that free time to promoting her second collection of poetry entitled "Late Night Talk Show Fantasy and Other Poems", published by Kelsay Books, which had a virtual launch online with a live 'house band" and the "Top Ten Questions You Shouldn't Ask a Poet" to get you into that late night talk show feeling.
Jennifer shared a few of her poems, each with a touch of humor. Her poems are imaginative and many feel like an old friend. She sprinkles different poetic forms (sonnet, villanelle, etc.) throughout the book which keep the poems interesting. Her subjects can range from Jack's mother living with a beanstalk, a dead giant in the back yard yet an empty pantry, to conversing with her protesting knee, or the sanctity of Scrabble in her family and a letter to herself at age 99.
Both Paul Clements and I have read the book and agree that this is such a wonderful read. It is definitely a collection to enjoy again and again. To find out more, you can go to her poet website, jenniferdotsonpoet.com and you can see and learn more about HP Poetry at highlandparkpoetry.org
Be sure to read Paul's wonderful article about Jennifer in this month's Highland Park Neighbors!
This and That
AmazonSmile Donations!!!
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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!
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