Upcoming Events
Last Wednesday for March Meeting at Del Rio!!!!
Del Rio Restaurant
Mar 30, 2022
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Board Meeting Via Zoom
Miramar Bistro
Apr 20, 2022 1:00 PM
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Mar 30, 2022 6:00 PM
Apr 06, 2022 11:30 AM
Apr 13, 2022
Communication, Connection & Creativity in Healing
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Pearls of the Club
Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.
             - Samuel Johnson                                                                                   
This Day In History
March 23, 2011 - Elizabeth Taylor dies at age 79.
March 23, 1998 - James Cameron's "Titanic" wins 11 Academy Awards.
March 23, 1919 - Mussolini founds the Fascist Party.
March 23, 1839 - "OK" becomes part of the national vernacular.
Notes From the March 23rd Meeting

President Karen Dennis greeted our speaker, Candice Dalyrmple, Ron Bernardi from Northbrook Rotary, and members both in person and via Zoom.

We will continue meeting at Miramar through March. An evening event is planned at Del Rio March 30th. Check your emails! It went out Tuesday night. ONLY 40 SEATS AVAILABLE!!!

Don't forget to RSVP and record your order (in the comments box) before Tuesday afternoon so we can send the order ahead to Miramar. Now that the website is set up to accept credit cards, you can pay for your lunch ahead of time. This makes it easier and quicker for Miramar to serve us.

Mark Your Calendar!!!!
A memorial for Dick Stone will held at Makom Solel Lakeside on Clavey Rd. in Highland Park on Sunday, May 15 at 11 a.m. Sadly, no one from the Club went to the Shiva.

City of Highland Park is looking for volunteer counters for the Bike/Walk Count (Move HP). 
Since 2012 of Highland Park’s first Bike and Pedestrian Plan, now called MoveHP, the City has been counting walkers and cyclists at various intersections almost semi-annually. These counts help the City plan for future street and sidewalk improvements. Data from past counts has informed the goals in MoveHP, and has enabled the City to receive grants to improve the non-motorized transportation network and to be designated a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.

Planning is underway for the Spring 2022 Bike & Pedestrian count, to be held on May 3, 4 and 7 and we need your help!

There are 5 different time slots and several locations around HP where we'll be counting. This year, we will be using sign up genius to manage the schedule. You may sign up for one or more shifts, but please sign up for only one location per shift. If you'd like to be on call in case of a last minute cancellation, there are spaces to sign up as an alternate for each time slot. The count happens rain or shine. Please share the sign up with others who might be able to help.
There are two locations where we are counting on the west side this year - Clavey and Ridge Road, and Park Ave W and the Skokie Valley Bike Trail. I am definitely hoping some neighbors would be interested in counting at these locations!

A virtual training for new counters will be held on April 21 at 6:30 pm. If you are unable to attend, the training will be recorded and available to view at your convenience.
Prior to the count, we will contact people who have signed up with details and provide everything needed for the count. Please fill in your name, email address and cell phone number so that we can reach you.
And here is the link for sign-ups:
Northern Illinois Food Bank and Moraine Township Food Pantry are looking for volunteers. Click here to sign up.
Volunteers needed on: 
      April 1st & 22nd

Tutor a child, change two lives
Reading Power, Inc., an early literacy tutoring program working one-to-one with elementary school children in North Chicago, Waukegan, and Zion schools, is seeking volunteers to tutor prekindergarten through second grade students. Tutors commit to once-a-week tutoring. Both virtual and in-person opportunities are available. Guided and trained by Reading Power staff, tutors provide literacy instruction while forming meaningful relationships with students during the school day tutoring sessions.
Come join us! Visit www.readingpowerinc.org or email Kristin Fine at Kristin.fine@readingpowerinc.org  to learn more and apply.

A 2014 Survey given by Rotarian Quentin Wodon, a Lead Economist at World Bank, our fellow Rotarians said these top five things were the main reason they joined Rotary:
     1) Serving the local community (1st by a wide margin)
     2) Enjoyed weekly meetings
     3) maintaining/developing friendships
     4) Serving the international community
     5) Networking professionally
Know anyone else like that? Bring them to lunch!
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Candice Dalrymple, Habitat Highand Park, Speaker
Ron Bernardi, Northbrook Rotary 
The Day's Program
Candice Dalrymple of Habitat Highland Park shared with us the organization's initiative to earn National Wildlife Federation (NWF) certification and why becoming known as a wildlife habitat community is so important. Habitat Highland Park is sponsored by Go Green Highland Park and League of Women Voters of Highland Park/Highwood.
To be known as NWF Community Habitat Certified means a significant percentage of residents are engaged in habitat building to support pollinators and wildlife. It is based on a point system. Points are awarded for the number of registered wildlife habitats in backyards, gardens, church or synagogue grounds, and natural areas. The habitats can be registered by individuals, groups, or schools.  Certification of our community requires 400 points. 250 for habitats and 150 points for education, outreach, communication activity to build community support for pollinator environments. For instance, by speaking to us today, the organization has earned two points, she has been speaking to the schools and is most excited about the enthusiasm she received from the students, especially at the high school. Many of the environmental science students are Interact students. Candice said they currently have 90 points.
The reason for habitats like this are for the pollinators. Most of us know about bees and butterflies, but many other insects are considered pollinators like mayflies, who are important to water life. Bats, and birds are also pollinators. Pollinators carry pollen from one plant to another, fertilizing plant health and ability to reproduce plants such as fruits, seeds and food crops, and wildlife environments. These pollinators are critical for biodiversity and healthy environments. Pollinators are decreasing in numbers. This is partly due to climate change, which has interrupted the reproduction cycle for so many of them, and partly from the increasing use of toxic pesticides.
Songbird population has decreased 30% from the 1970 populations count; mayflies have had a 50% drop in population in just the past years. rusty-patched bumblebees have had an 87% decreased since 2000, and monarchs decreased 90% from just 22 years ago! Globally, there has been a 75% loss of insect biomass in 27 years. Half of the surveyed moth, butterfly and beetle species are in decline, with 1/3 of them threatened with extinction.
Habitat HP will be making more appearances in the community by attending the farmers' market and Food Truck Thursdays.  Candice is also working with the library and the city to hold a how-to demonstration (by the Stupey cabin) on how easy it is to create a habitat in your own yard. 
Adding plants and such to your garden also means there should be things you shouldn't do - like excessive watering, toxins like pesticides and fertilizer. Increasing development of turf consumes more land use than corn, wheat and fruit trees combined (according to NASA). Watering our lawns wastes as much as 7 billion gallons a day. Lawn sprinkler systems overwater by 50%. Lawn equipment increases air pollution, produces carbon and sound pollution. Candice recommends not mowing your lawn until after Mother's Day as a way of cutting back on the pollution.
There are 4 criteria for achieving certification - participants self-certify. Water (a bird bath), food (seeds), safety (from chemicals) and a place to raise young trees, bushes, or gardens. Even an apartment or condo dweller can do their part - a bird bath or bowl of water and seeds in a birdfeeder are a great start.
Candice suggests we each consider designating a portion of your yard as wildlife/pollinator habitat. Once that is completed, you can register your habitat with NWF, which tracks all HP registrations. And last but not least, help spread the word.
If you have questions, Candice can be reached at cdalrymple@jhu.edu or 401-913-5454.
This and That
Interact News from Ida Fiore
We kicked off the month with our MARCH 1st SOCIAL with the very first “INTERACTS Got Talent”.    The socials seem to be a very popular event for all of our members. 
We delivered pizzas to families in the community that are part of the Love2Learn program.   The Interact tutors delivered to the students they tutor.  
Our shoveling team shoveled 3 driveways of families needing service
Interact sent care packages to six Air Force servicemen serving in the Middle east (Qatar) , teammates of D112 and D113 graduate, Connor McCraren.  Connor has been stationed in Qutar for six months.  
Interact members continue to tutor in the Love2LEARN program. Love2Learn provides free, one hour, one-on-one, in-person tutoring by caring high school students for K-6 children from the Highwood/Highland Park area. 
Interact continues to support Boys and Girls Club of Lake County, spending quality time interacting with club members and assisting in activities that promote academics, healthy lifestyle choices and good character & citizenship. 
On March 13th: Interact got up bright and early, springing forward into service at Lake Bluff Open Lands
A huge THANK YOU to the adult Rotary Club for making all of this possible!
Sneak Peak to April/May:  
New student Board will be selected with the help of Len by May 1. The new board will be attending the Rotary International Convention in June. Funded by Rohan Malmempati's parents.
Planning a project to support the children of Ukraine. 
We are planning a senior send off on April 20th that will include the entire club and our senior’s parents.   Save the date and let us know if you would like to attend. 
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!
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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
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