Upcoming Events
Board Meeting Via Zoom
Miramar Bistro
Feb 16, 2022 10:30 AM
Board Meeting Via Zoom
Miramar Bistro
Mar 16, 2022 10:30 AM
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Feb 02, 2022 11:30 AM
D112 Update
Feb 09, 2022 11:30 AM
Feb 16, 2022 11:30 AM
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Pearls of the Club
Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.
             - William Wordsworth                                                                                           
Notes From the Feb 2nd Meeting

President Karen Dennis greeted our guests and members in person and via Zoom.

Everyone who gathered at Miramar for our meeting enjoyed being in person, great food and service. We will continue meeting at Miramar through March. An evening event is planned in March - stay tuned for more details!

Go Green Highland Park News
Solar for Homeowners: Wednesday, February 23, 7-8 PM
Find out how you can go solar! Join us for this webinar featuring Jay Futterman, a solar ambassador from the Illinois Solar Education Association. For most households, solar is the cheapest way to get electricity and key to combating climate change. Learn about roof top solar installations and find out if it is right for you. Learn how much solar panels cost, new state incentives, and how much you might save. Jay will also discuss alternative ways to support renewable energy like leasing options and community solar. Register here.
Presented by Go Green HP, Go Green Wilmette, Go Green Glen Ellyn and Go Green Northbrook.

Sneak Peek! April Book Discussion
Get your copy today and start reading our next great pick, Under a White Sky, by Elizabeth Kolbert. 

Northern Illinois Food Bank and Moraine Township Food Pantry are looking for volunteers. Click here to sign up.
Volunteers needed on: 
     February 4th & 18th
     March 4th & 18th
      April 1st & 22nd

In Progress - Member Directory!
I have sent out emails to those members we are missing photographs for our new printed directory. This is also the perfect time to update your profile on the website. If you aren't comfortable doing it yourself, you can send it to Mary Beth at hphwrotary@gmail.com. Our goal is to publish in next month! 
Thanks, Mary Beth

Golfers, listen up! An event from our Rotarian family in Carol Stream:
To purchase raffle tickets or have a question, contact Marina Mattingly at marina@restorationcoalition.com
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Carol Lazarus, guest of Phil Lazarus
Teresa Mak, guest of Jenanne Rock
Carmen Patlan, guest of Sandra Bast
Happy Dollars
This week Club members were happy for: Many were happy to hear (and see) our speaker, Mike Lubelfeld; Bill Pigati shared a story about the Highwood Library and former mayor  Fidel Ghini, and Mike Mills shared a story about the HP swimming pool. Karen Dennis was happy about the Music at the Fort Recital this Saturday (2/5) to hear the Cavani String Quartet.
You don't have to wait until meeting day to share your happiness! Click on the yellow box below, donate your happy dollars and then email Mary Beth at hphwrotary@gmail.com and tell her what you're happy about!
The Day's Program
Our speaker, Mike Lubelfeld always brings high energy with him, especially when he's talking about D112.
Some stats about D112:
  • 3800 students (Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, Black and Multiracial)
  • 550 Staff (also Caucasian, Black, Hispanic, Asian)
  • 10 Schools
    • 1 Early Learning Center
    • 7 Elementary School
    • 2 Middle School
    • Over 635,000 sq ft of maintained facilities
  • Serves three communities - 
    • Highland Park
    • Highwood
    • Ft. Sheridan
Among the District's points of pride are:
  • The awarded Blue Ribbon schools (Indian Train in 2020 and Braeside in 2021).
  • Northwood Jr. High was modernized and re-opened with LEED-certification. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.
  • Taking the lead during the uncertain times.
  • Investing in math interventionists, tutoring, instructional coaches and literacy training for students and staff
  • Gold Medallion National School Public Relations Award for COVID-19 communication
  • Dr. Schroeder was named Illinois Personnel Administrator of the Year
  • With the improvements to Edgewood completed in 2023, both middle schools will be fully modernized
The District has a balanced budget and a 6 year history of operating fund surpluses. They have a AAA bond rating assigned by the S&P Global (affirmed in 2019), and they have strong cash reserves in the amount of $53.1 Million which id 59% of operating revenue as of June 2021. They reduced staff by 14$ (just under 100 employees) over the past 10 years in accordance with the district's enrollment decline. D112 also received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting in 1998. And probably one of the important to the district and tax payers, they have addressed the the Phase 1 Long-Range Plan (the middle school construction) without increasing the current tax rate!
A couple of questions centered around the Dual Language Program. At the moment, the program is being highly advertised both to newcomers to the community and mass mailers that recently went out. The program will still be a part of the school programs, but where it will be is a question depending on next year's enrollment.
AmazonSmile Donations!!!
Good news! AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones. You can use the copy and assets below to share the news with your supporters.

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!
Shop at smile.amazon.com and AmazonSmile donates to Rotary Club of Highland Park- Highwood at no cost to you!
Click on the link below:
#StartWithaSmile at  smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2957334 for your holiday gifts and Amazon donates to Rotary Club of Highland Park-Highwood.
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Membership Co-Chair
Rotary Foundation
Director Community Service
Director Youth Service
Director International Service
Youth/Interact Liaison
Program/Greeter Chair
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Frank Vena
February 2
Karen Dennis
February 3
Neil Dahlmann
February 4
Paul Munk
February 16
Brian Romes
February 20
Manu Khodadad
February 25
Eric Ephraim
February 26
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