Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
The Summer Inn
Nov 17, 2021 10:30 AM
Board Meeting
The Summer Inn
Dec 15, 2021 10:30 AM
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Oct 27, 2021 11:30 AM
WWII memories
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Pearls of the Club
Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
             - Isaac Asimov
Notes From the Oct 20th Meeting
President Karen Dennis welcomed our speaker Carmen Patlan, guest Mary Bak from the Glenview Sunrise Club, and Club members, then  opened the meeting and the Club recited the Pledge of Allegiance and The Four Way Test. 
Program Chair Paul Clements is now also Club Champion for Operation Pollination.  
An Uplifting Evening!
Our Gala was a wonderful event - and we are so thankful for all who attended and donated!
Congratulations to our Raffle winners:
     $5,000 50 Abby Block
     $2,500 to Len Tenner
     $1000 to Barb Reppen 
Special thanks to our Event Sponsors: 
Platinum Sponsor: First Bank of Highland Park
Silver Sponsors: Highland Park Bank & Trust, Sunset Foods, Sunset Foods and Joseph Palminteri's State Farm Agency
Bronze Sponsors: Mary Beth Bretzlauf, Tim & Jill Cunniff, and Joe Lolli 
Pictures will soon follow!

Pajama Drive for area Foster Children!
New pajamas, socks and mittens are needed to give area foster children warmer and happier holidays! From newborn to teenager and all sizes in between!
Collection day will be Wednesday November 10th - bring your new clothing to the meeting that day!!!! They will then be delivered to State Senator Julie Morrison's office.
MLK, Jr. DAY OF SERVICE Plans are already in the works! We will again be collecting for PADS.
Watch this space for the list of needed items.

Volunteers Needed at Bernie's Book Bank
The start of the school year is right around the corner and we need your help! Volunteer to sort, sticker and pack books for under-served children throughout Chicagoland at Bernie's Book Bank in Lake Bluff.  Sessions are limited to 25 volunteers. Visit their website
for more information 

Updated information and headshots for the directory!
Mike Mills has convinced us that it is time for a new directory. So pictures will be taken (if you want a new one) and an update form will be available at the next meeting. If you have professional pictures or information you want updated, you can send it to Mary Beth at hphwrotary@gmail.com.

Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Carmen Patlan, Speaker
Ron Borden, potential new member
Sheri Hammond, potential new member
Mary Bak, ADG Elect, Glenview Sunrise Club
50/50 Winners
1st Place:  Sandra Bast
2nd Place:  Ron Borden
3rd Place:  Beth Alberts
Happy Dollars
This week, Club members were happy for: Sandra Bast was happy to remember a few people's names, and she is excited that her mother will be accompanying her to the Gala! Eric Ephraim was happy because his wife asked him to;  Len Tenner was happy to welcome the day's guests; Karen Dennis was also happy to welcome our guests; Mike Mills wishing the Club the best of luck with the raffle!
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
If you were searching the dictionary for the word "dynamo", you would find our speaker's picture next to it. Carmen Patlan is a Waukegan resident who immigrated with her parents to the U.S. when she was 7 years old. She took the struggling Waukegan Library from being just "okay," to a IMLS top library in the country in 2013.
She was approached by the Highwood Library Board to come and recreate the same magic. She joked that they offered her a wonderful decrease in pay. She initially turned down the position, but when she was asked a second time, she said yes. It was the challenge that perhaps pulled her in. She soon realized this was where she needed to be. She had to take the "easy to forget about" library and turn it into a place that was relevant to the community. Her staff is learning Spanish to communicate  with the public.
The current home of the Highwood Public Library was built in 1976 and was stuck in a sort of time warp, she said. She got to work forming partnerships like she did in Waukegan. Slowly, she transformed the library into a community center ready with resources for the families in need. English as a second language for so many of the parents and tutoring for the students, computers, even the basic needs like shoes and clothes. She increased the budget and in doing so, increased the traffic of the library which is actually housed in three buildings. Like many other older libraries, they are landlocked.
With immigrants, so many of them are illiterate - parents and children, many times it is the child writing checks and paying bills for the parents. Carmen developed learning partners (mentors - not tutors!) which means junior high students help elementary students, junior high students get help from senior high students, and medical students from Rosalind University help high school students. The 25 learning partners are paired with the one student each. Adult literacy and GED help is addressed as well.
Carmen created a Friends of the Library Board to help fundraise. She received donations for furniture, applied for a grant that challenged the recipient to raise $1.3M for a total of $2M in funds for improvements. Carmen - in her vast network, has a volunteer architect to help with the improvements. With the necessity of all the air, plumbing and electrical upgrades, renovations have become a $4M project. State money that was earmarked for the library by Sen. Julie Morrison, is on it's way. Carmen continues to apply for grants.
Carmen said U.S. Representative Brad Schneider has informed her that the Highwood Library is one of three finalists for this year's IMLS Award!
It looks like she hasn't lost her touch!
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
Martha Gray
October 6
Jim Berardi
October 9
Jenanne Rock
October 17
Frank Lomoro
October 28
Christopher Sheahen
October 30
Russell Hampton
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