Upcoming Events
Interact Club Event
Dec 14, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
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Nov 25, 2019
A Belated Special Veterans Day Presentation
Dec 02, 2019
Keeping Safe & Becoming Less Vulnerable
Dec 09, 2019
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Pearls of the Club

The beat way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.

  - Paul Valery
Please enjoy these announcements from the last two weeks...
Every day is a good day to thank a veteran for his or her service. However, it's particularly important on November 11th, Veteran's Day.  We honor the sacrifices so many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy. It is the very foundation of Veteran's Day. For your bravery, hard work and dedication to our country, we thank all of our veterans! 
The 9th Annual Day of Giving event is hosted at Northwood Junior High School. Students organized clothes, toiletries, food and other necessities by donated by families. across District 112. Other students made blankets, cards and gift bags for local families. The 112 Education Foundation is proud to support this service-learning program. See below for the list of needed items in the article titled "Day of Giving 2019".  Our club member Scott Coren will be coordinating our effort. Volunteers needed for Friday December 6th and especially Saturday morning (the 7th) when kids are no longer involved. Businesses acting as collection points are both HP and Highwood City Halls, FBHP, HPB&T and at Northwood Junior High.
This just in......Our holiday party will be held December 13th at Fred Orkin and Sylvis Aruffo's home.  More details to follow very soon!
NSSD 112 and the 112 Education Foundation hosts a robotics tournament each December. This year several "refereed" are needed. They will train the day of the event, so no prior knowledge is necessary. The commitment is from 8:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m. on Saturday December 14th with a pizza lunch included.  Contact Bill Steinbach at bsteinbach@nssd112.org.
Around the District
Deerfield Rotary Club President Pete Wirtz, asks clubs to open their hearts to support the rebuilding of Boy Scout Reservation MaKaJaWan which was hit by a severe thunderstorm on the evening of July 19th, 2019, The camp suffered substantial damage. Thousands of trees are down. Many buildings and program areas requires reconstruction. The clean-up process will be lengthy and costly. An estimated 3,000 to 5,000 scouts from in the District 6440 geographical area use this camp during the summer.  Individuals and Clubs can donate to rebuild MaKaJaWan. If you wish to donate, Contact North Shore Illinois Council District, Boy Scouts of America. Attn: Rebuilding MaKaJaWan.
Northbrook Rotary Club: International service veteran Larry Kanar of the Northbrook Rotary Club will be leading a service trip to Ak' Tenamit, a development in Eastern Guatemala on the beautiful Dulce River. This project has been supported by District 6440 for many years.The site includes a school and Healthcare Clinic. The group is limited to 20 Rotarians, family and friends. The experience includes service projects and teaching at Ak' Tenamit for 5-6 days then head to Copán, the archaeological site of the Mayan civilization in Western Honduras for some history and relaxation. There are openings for 5 more participants for this project. Contact Barry Gray at the Rotary Club of Deerfield.
Rotary Interact Inauguration Breakfast 2019-2020
Getting up early for a morning meeting is never fun. When you add the frigid temperatures and the drive, you find yourself grumbling for more coffee before you even arrive at your destination.
That was me last week.  I worked on fringes of the Interact Breakfast  and felt invested enough that I wanted to be a part of that event - to meet these incredible 117 students. The early alarm clock and cold drive in the dark was well worth it. Most of us know how amazing the kids in the Interact Club are - after all, we work with them on several community service projects throughout the year. To see all of them in one room  bright, energized and ready for whatever is next was a warm and contagious feeling. I will admit, I shed a few tears at the story of Rohan, the guiding spirit of the Club. More on Rohan next week.
We welcome the 2019-2020 Interact Club and congratulations to their sponsors, Melissa Zientara and Jennifer Ginopolis!
Happy Dollars for November 19th
Sandra Bast for her daughter who was recently on a PBS episode of Nova; Eric Ephraim to Curt's Cafe for hosting this evening; Diana Sotelo for riding to End Polio last weekend and for expanding her business into Michigan; Pete Koukos for his granddaughter Margaret who is teaching yoga in South Africa this week; Ron Davis for all the new members present tonight; Paul for Curt's Cafe and Susan Trieschmann for hosting; Jim Berardi for the Interact Inauguration Breakfast last week - 117 students and 70 parents attended! It was very energizing and inspirational.
Curt's Cafe
Club members were greeted warmly by Sam, our waitstaff and the eclectic ambiance of Curt's Cafe Highland Park. We dined on salmon, lasagna, vegetable rice pilaf and a couple of yummy salads. Of course, we can't forget the delicious dessert bars either!
The Highland Park site has only been open for three weeks and we were their first in-house catered event. Owner and founder, Susan Trieshmann spoke about the opportunities and services offered to at risk youth. Not only will the students learn job skills at all levels of the business: handling cash, making specialty coffees, waiting on customers and even cooking and food handling. There is also a full time social worker or counselor on hand to help each student through any PTSD, anxiety and anger issues that they might have. We look forward to Curt's Cafe to being a a success in our community!
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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