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Pearls of the Club

Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized.

 - Leo Buscaglia

Notes From the February 3rd Meeting
President Paul Munk welcomed Club members, guests Carolyn Cerf and Rich Basofin. Carolyn led the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance.and the Four Way Test.
There is a Board Meeting after this meeting.
Ghida Neukirch  reminded the Club it's that time of year again - Rotary's Random Acts of Kindness.  RAK day is next Monday the 17th. If you need the RAK cards, please contact Ghida. This year we are hoping to get photos of the recipients of these acts to post on the Club's FB page and share with District 6440. Please see Ghida for more information.
Polio Tragedy - Two polio workers were killed on Wednesday when their team came under attack in Swabi's Parmoli area of Pakistan. Eradicating polio comes at a huge cost.
Toastmasters District 30 Invites us to FREE workshops on Saturday, February 29th from 2:00 - 4:-- p.m. at Carriage Greens Country Club, 8700 Carriage Green Drive, Darien, IL. Workshop choices are :
  • Why Bad Emceeing Happens to Good People
  • The Do's and Don'ts of Being Master of Ceremonies
  • Storytelling: Remembering the Power of "Once Upon A Time" 
  • TedEx Experience - Video Brought the Toastmaster Star.
If you are interested, let Paul Munk know, and he will send you a link so you can register online.
Mike Babian mentioned the Club is looking at having a social event to help defray the activity costs of the TABU students when they are here. Plans are to have this event take place next month with eyes on 28 Mile Vodka Co. 
Each Tuesday/Wednesday, you will receive an email from the website from Mary Beth asking you to RSVP by Friday noon. Today was a good example of members who showed up without RSVP by the deadline.
Gala "save the dates" were sent out last week. You should have received yours. If you don't see it, please let Mary Beth know (847-432-1500). There is much to do to have a successful evening and successful fundraiser. If you want to help, please let Paul know.
Our annual Gala will be held May 16th at Exmoor Country Club. We will be honoring our own Dan and Rhoda Pierce!
District News: 
Central States Rotary Youth Exchange - Rotary leaders from six states and 19 districts convened to share strategies and best practices for Youth Exchange this past weekend at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg. Our Youth Exchange team was there to share, listen and learn. The most powerful force in the promotion of international understanding and peace is exposure to different cultures. It's been a few years since we have participated and next year we may want to pick this up again. Anyone interested in hosting an incoming student in the fall, now would be the time to get started.
District Dates of Note:
  • 6440 has a new Global Grant Scholar! Ms. Katherine Snyman, submitted by the Enfield-Chase Club and D6440, has been approved by The Rotary Foundation to study for a PhD in Infectious & Tropical Deseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England.
  • February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day. District wide project. Details forthcoming,
  • April 24th - 25th - Save the Date: District Conference - Registration will open soon
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Carolyn Cerf, Executive Director, Highwood Chamber of Commerce, Speaker
Rich Basofin, Family Service of Lake County
50/50 Winners
1st Place: Mary Beth Bretzlauf
2nd Place: Martha Gray
3rd Place: Rich Basofin
Happy Dollars
Happy dollars were given by: Phil Lazarus, for Larry Block and the HP Strings performance the day before; Eric Ephraim, for excitement all football fans should be having right now with the XFL! Larry Block, for all those Club members who came to the concert; Martha Gray, for Larry's concert and to welcome back Carolyn CerfCarolyn Cerf, for how special this day is for her because she has missed all of us! Joe Lolli for February 12th coming up - which is not only Lincoln's birthday, but Joe's as well! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE!!! Ron Davis, for Larry's concert; Len Tenner, for Larry's concert, but also that his friend Rich Basofin being here; Mike Babian, to welcome back Carolyn; Jon Levey - just because! Mike Mills for the club trying different places; and Greg Dietrich for the upcoming MYA concert spotlighting the Walgeens National Concerto Competition winners.See the whole rundown of events below in This and That.
The Day's Program
Our speaker Carolyn Cerf serves as Executive Director of Highwood Chamber of Commerce, a position she’s held since April of last year. Prior to her current role, she was a Director of Government Relations for American Heart Association in downtown Chicago, and of course most of us know Carolyn from her active membership in this club when she was with Walgreens, employed as Government Relations Grassroots Coordinator. Carolyn is a native of Highland Park, a product of Indian Trail grade School, Elm Place middle school and HPHS. She has an undergraduate degree from Hendrix College in International Relations and is also a certified paralegal. 
Carolyn told the Club that she has the most amazing job! She loves bringing her business skills to help the community. She also touts the skills she learned through Rotary are being put to practice every day. She credits Rotary with igniting the spark in her to help the community. Using her Rotary know-how, living in Highland Park and working in Highwood, Carolyn feels all of these give her a great advantage.
For the past few years, Highwood has recently experienced accelerated growth. This community has limited resources from taxes and doesn't have a park district. Besides the ability to attract new small businesses, more residential buildings are coming, giving this small community double digit growth!
Carolyn cited Macy's at Northbrook Court - closed and being torn down as a sign of the times. The irony is that Amazon delivery trucks are parked right out front. The shift of consumers shopping to online has seen the closing of many retail stores. What brings people out is the experience - and that is what Highwood offers with their restaurant and service sectors. Patrons come from not only HP and Highwood, but also Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, and as far as Gurnee. Sometimes just having a venue is difficult - Function 429 is available for special occasions or meetings. - just one example of Highwood meeting a challenge head on.
Highwood has capitalized on its 'small but mighty, blazing new trails' slogan. Celebrate Highwood started with three big festivals - Pumpkin Fest, Bloody Mary Fest, Inferno Fest, expanding even to Taco Fest, Red Head Fest, and Nashwood. Another sector of the community that the Chamber of Commerce has focused on are home design.and  improvement. You may have seen signs around town, "Highwood Design District".  With the creation of "Girls Night Out', what started as a way to bring women together, it also brought the number of women business owners to the forefront. FYI - Girls Night Out also welcomes men to come out and enjoy what Highwood has to offer.
There are bigger cities with bigger resources, and the chamber has taken on an out-sized role in getting traffic to all these businesses. The Chamber of Commerce is even more relevant now. They've been advertising in North Shore and Sheridan Road magazines and developed a relationship with Lake County Visitors' Bureau. Highwood businesses that join the Chamber of Commerce will get a discount on membership when they join the LCVB. Two businesses that have taken advantage of that are 28 Mile Vodka and Miramar. The LCVB has a Libation Trail throughout the county and it stopped before Highwood. Carolyn has worked to extend that Libation Trail to include businesses in Highwood.
Restaurant Week is February 18th - March 8th. Social media will also play a part in this event. If you check in, post a picture of your meal on Facebook and include the hashtag #HighwoodChamber you could win a prize, The participating restaurants are: Slyce, Disotto, Miramar, Scott's on Sheridan and Club 210.
Another step the Chamber, other organizations and area businesses are doing to fill the gap that exists without a park district, is open their businesses for yoga, organize walks on trails among other fitness opportunities.
The annual Chamber of Commerce meeting is next week. You must RSVP for the event, but it is open to the public. 
The annual meeting is tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. and you must RSVP. The cost is $45 for a buffet and glass of wine or beer. This will take place upstairs at Maria's Bakery in Highwood. Contact Carolyn at info@highwoodchamber.com.
This and That
MYA Conservatory has the upcoming event:
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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
Frank Vena
February 2
Karen Dennis
February 3
Neil Dahlmann
February 4
Joseph Lolli
February 12
Paul Munk
February 16
Brian Romes
February 20
Manu Khodadad
February 25
Eric Ephraim
February 26
Cynthia Plouché
February 28
Joseph Pasquesi
February 28
Russell Hampton
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