Upcoming Events
Interact Meeting and Speaker
Nov 15, 2019
Dinner at Curts Cafe
Nov 19, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
HPHS Interact Youth Assembly
Nov 23, 2019
7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
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Nov 11, 2019
A Special Veterans Day Presentation
Nov 13, 2019 7:30 AM
Meet our amazing Interact Club!
Nov 18, 2019
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Pearls of the Club

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

  - George Bernard Shaw
Notes From the November 4th Meeting
President Paul Munk welcomed guests and attendees and led the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance and reciting the Four Way Test.
November 13th is the Interact Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the high school cafeteria. Our HPHS Rotary Interact Club has 117 members!! Come meet these incredible students! Please RSVP to Paul Munk or Mary Beth Bretzlauf at hphwrotary@gmail.com.
Our Nominating Committe is: President Paul Munk, President Elect Dale Mugler, Larry Block, Phil Lazarus, Fred Orkin and Len Tenner.
Northwoods Gives Back is having another Day of Giving event. Volunteers are needed for December 4th and 5th. More information about volunteering to come.  However, in the meantime, we can all help by checking out the list of needed items. You'll find later in this bulletin.
The Interact Club is stuffing packages for the troops.
We will be a fellowship dinner at Curts Cafe for dinner on Tuesday November 19th. Please RSVP to Mike Babian for a head count. RSVP at 432-5570 or michael.babian@gmail.com  DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15th!
With 2020 looming, it's time for Club Visioning Sessions! (20/20, get it?)The last time it occurred was in 2012-2013. At that time about 30 members spent 3-4 hours at a workshop, making a plan for what Rotary wants to do in the next 3-5 years..
A somber reminder: on October 24, 2017, the City of Highland Park recognized that day as World Polio Day in recognition of Rotary International's effort to eliminate this paralyzing disease for which there is no cure, but which can be prevented through vaccines.
Anyone who can play an instrument is invited to join the District Conference Band.
Mark your calendar!  Our annual Gala will be held May 16th at Exmoor Country Club.
Guests and Visiting Rotarians

Margaret Vena, guest of Frank Vena

50/50 Winners
1st Place: Larry Block
2nd Place: Paul Munk
3rd Place: Joe Lolli
Happy Dollars
Happy dollars were given by: Jon Levey who is going on a much needed vacation to Mexico Phil Lazarus who is recovering from knee replacement surgery; Mike Babian to remind everyone about dinner at Curts Cafe coming up; Joe Lolli wishing Phil a speedy recovery and reminding him to do his physical therapy; Neil Dahlmann recognizing his football team hat and for the beautiful wedding for his granddaughter Elizabeth's wedding in Arizona last week.; 
The Day's Program
Our guest speaker was our very own Court Williams. Reverend Court began his ministry with Trinity Episcopal Church September 1st, 2015.  He and his wife Julie and their two children Maggie and Joe moved here from Eugene, Oregon where Fr. Court had served as rector to St. Thomas Episcopal Church for six years.  In his personal ministry statement, Fr. Court revealed, "I want to welcome all people into a deeper relationship with God, known in Jesus Christ and experienced through the Holy Spirit, through Christian formation, vibrant worship, radical hospitality and outreach to the local and global community." 
Reverend Court reminded members how Trinity has been involved with giving back for a long time with a desire to help the local community thrive. The church even opens their doors to allow other organizations and groups to use the open space for various functions, and pointing out the churches beautiful stained glass and architectural features.
Rev Courts main discussion was on his involvement as co-president of an organization called Community The Anti-Drug whose mission is keeping our teens drug and alcohol free. This outreach was started after a tragic accident in Deerfield involving a teen who had been drinking and driving. It started as Parent The Anti-Drug and ultimately evolved to Community the Anti-Drug. This anti-drug coalition is dedicated to reducing the use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs among youth in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Highland Park, Highwood and Riverwoods. The organization formed a group of youth called Delta from both Deerfield and Highland Park High schools. DELTA which means change are a group of kids helping change kids attitudes, by spreading awareness, and designing major ads for the anti-drug coalition. There are also materials created in Spanish as well. Court spoke about some current topics involving vaping and how it could be causing permanent brain damage to students and that their organization is trying to get this information to schools and the public immediately. There was an open discussion with questions relating to issues in Highland Park and the surrounding area and how the parents really need to be more involved and set the standards regarding what is acceptable.
About one in five of DHS and HPHS students have tried vaping and/or marijuana. Vaping is a newer concern based on the recent reports of respiratory illnesses associated with young people across the country. Of those who report having tried marijuana say they vaped. Symptoms of the respiratory illness include: cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever or abdominal pain. Not one specific device or product has been identified as an underlying factor for this rising health issue.
The presentation was excellent and Rev. Court even left us with some goodies which included keys chains, informational folders on Community the Anti-Drug and even some packets that can be used to destroy drugs that you might find laying around.
Thanks to Mike Babian for his notes!
Day of Giving 2019
Northwood Junior High's community project club, Northwood Gives Back is again hosting a Day of Giving. From now until December 5th, they are sharing their wish list with us to help those families in our community that is in need. There are a couple ways to help:
  1. let Northwood Gives Back do the shopping by making a financial contribution to: North Shore School District 112. Please indicate that you donation is for Day of Giving ad send to:  Day of Giving Committee/Northwood @ Elm Place 2031 sheridan Road, Highland Park, IL 60035
  2. let Amazon do the shopping - Visit Amazon Wishlist "Day of Giving 2019/Northwood" and items will be sent directly to Northwood Junior High at Elm Place
  3. Pick up a number of items when doing your normal shopping. Drop them off at the nearest collection centers - to be revealed soon!
Aside from the items below, there is also a need for gift cards to places like Target, Walmart, Jewel and gas stations. Here is their wish list, items in bold are extremely helpful:
NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS:                     
Refried beans
Peanut Butter
Oil (corn & vegetable)
Baby Food/Formula
Macaroni & Cheese
Pancake Mix & Syrup
Chili/Soup/Beef Stew
Apple Juice
Body wash
Liquid hand soap
Paper towels
Toilet Paper
Diapers & Wipes
Zip-lock bags
Garbage bags (13 & 30 gallons)
Laundry detergent
Dish detergent
Cleaning Supplies
Warm Blanket/Bedding
Gloves & Mittens
Hats & Scarves
Boots & Shoes
Snow pants
Winter Coats
Sweaters & Shirts
NO toys with weapons or violent themes like guns, knives, swords and other projectiles (even foam)
AmazonSmile Donations!!!
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!
Click on the link below:
#StartWithaSmile at  smile.amazon.com/ch/02-0471910 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
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
Dale Mugler
November 8
Ghida Neukirch
November 10
Mike Stroz
November 22
Sandra Bast
November 30
Russell Hampton
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