Upcoming Events
Bernie's Books
Mar 16, 2019
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Curl Up with Rotary
Mar 21, 2019
Ronald McDonald House ( Lurie Children's Hospital)
Apr 14, 2019
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Feb 11, 2019
Feb 18, 2019
Dogs On The Go
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Pearls of the Club

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness. 
   - Dalai Lama

Notes From the February 4th Meeting
President Ghida Neukirch called the meeting to order and welcomed Mary Beth Bretzlauf and guest speaker Steven Love.  President Neukirch asked our speaker to lead those gathered in the Pledge of Allegiance. The club recited the Four Way Test.
President Neukirch passed a card around for Club members to sign for Herb Loeb who had a stroke last week. 
A card will be sent around next week for the Koukos family, who buried their daughter in law Lisa this day. Please keep the family in your prayers.
MLK Day of Service - We had a great show of numbers! Over 500 food kits were assembled, then Mike Stroz delivered them to Wings for distribution of women and children in need.
Paul Munk gave a scholarship committee update. the scholarship applications have been sent to the HPHS counselors. There are three scholarship applications this year: the Service Above Self scholarship, a Vocational Scholarship and the Frank Schwermin Scholarship for students going into the medical field. this is in conjunction with the Trillium Foundation.
Len Tenner announced a Rotary Foundation meeting this Saturday, the 16th, at Harper College. He will be attending, if someone would like to attend, please contact him.
Interact is hosting a Bake Goods and Bingo Night at HPHS on Wednesday, February 13th from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The entrance fee is $5 per person that supports the HPHS Charity Drive. I'm told that fiver will get you all the bingo and baked goods you could want!
Curl up with Rotary  is coming soon! It's a community outreach event planned to take place Thursday, March 21st at Exmoor Country Club from 5:30 to 8:30p.m. Interact parents have been invited in an opportunity to get to know them. In addition to appetizers, individuals will have an opportunity to curl! The cost is $35 per person with a cash bar. A sign up sheet coming in the next few weeks or RSVP to ghidaneuk@gmailcom.  Mike Mills offered to talk about the sport at an upcoming meeting to give Club members a better understanding.
Save the Date! Tell your friends!  
Our Spring Gala will be held Saturday, April 27th at the Exmoor Country Club at 6 p.m. We will be honoring our very own Larry Block for his 40 years of passionate work with the Highland Park Strings. More information to follow.
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Steven Love, PADS of Lake County, Speaker
50/50 Winners
50/50 Winners  
 1st Place: Steven Love
2nd Place: Phil Lazarus
3rd Place: Frank Lomoro
Happy Dollars
Happy dollars were given by: Greg Diethrich with get well dollars for Karen Dennis who underwent emergency gall bladder surgery. She hopes to come home this week and be back at Rotary next week; Jon Levey for Karen Dennis and Herb Loeb and his daughter who as a concussion; Phil Lazarus and Frank Lomoro returned their winnings with get well dollars for Karen and Herb; Len Tenner for Herb, Karen and Burt Schmarak who is not well. Burt is fighting a staph infection from his hip replacement; Larry Block for the speaker's lucky 50/50 pick.
The Day's Program
The day's speaker, Steven Love, is the Director of Development at Providing Advocacy, Dignity and Shelter (PADS) of Lake County. This 31 year old organization is community based, providing trauma-informed support, resources and shelter to families and individuals experiencing a housing crisis.
There is not a typical client of PADS Lake County - no family or individuals are typical. Many of them use the office's address (1800 Grand Avenue, Waukegan) as their own. An example of that is college acceptance letters from Ivy League colleges and universities have been mailed to homeless applicants along with other mail.
Homelessness in Lake County is a hidden issue. If you went to lower Wacker Drive in Chicago, the issue is in the open. In Lake County, tent cities may appear deep within forest preserves, or under bridges. Lake County is the perfect storm for homelessness - the lack of affordable housing and living wages.
Three PADS programs address the issues of homelessness. The first is Prevention and Diversion - intercepting homelessness before it happens. This happens when the verbal warnings of eviction are in play. A PADS case manager will step in as a mediator between the landlord and tenant. Financial classes are required for the tenants. In many cases some assistance from their resources, the tenant and the landlord work together to keep the family or individual in their home.  In the three years since this program was implemented, 800 families were prevented from entering the homeless population. This program is so well received by the landlords they work with, many make contributions to PADS at pledge time.
The second program is Homeless Healthcare Access. In moments of crisis, like a job loss or fleeing abuse, a person's physical health often goes on the back burner. Many times they are also taking care of their parents or children. PADS works with the Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park and Healthcare Foundation of Lake County in getting those the help they need whether it is transportation to and from appointments or getting their prescriptions. They often work as liaisons with the physician and patient. Mental Health is a crisis not only in Lake County but across the nation. Many homeless need their medication, but it can take up to six months to get an appointment with a psychiatrist, so they are off their meds. One in three people in the U.S. go undiagnosed with mental issues.
The third program is the Outreach Program. PADS will search out the homeless who are often transient to bring them into their shelters. With the recent polar vortex, budget cuts and the government shut down, they continue to meet the challenge. An outreach coordinator spent the last three years connecting with the homeless he's come across. Only twenty five have been documented over the in the three years. So many of them being transient makes it harder to track and count. Seven of the 25 are currently housed. Housing is always the first priority. Once a person has a safe pace, the other issues can be addressed. HUD conducts the homeless count. Eighty percent of PADS clientele are families, the remaining 20% are individuals.
PADS has 15 sites, mainly houses of worship with 4000 volunteers. There are at least two sites open every night across the county with about 200 people seeking shelter. An average of 95 of those are not the chronically homeless. Many organizations like United Way and the Z Center, corporations like Abbott volunteer and partner with PADS. Many come in as part of a day of service. PADS welcomes both financial and volunteer support.
Thirty-one years ago, PADS stood for Public Action to Deliver Shelter, now it has grown with its efforts to meet the rising challenges the county (and the nation) faces.
Our speaker has a long history of working with underserved populations within Lake County, bringing 12 years experience to PADS. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Studies, a Master's Degree in Historical/Theological Studies and a Certificate in History from Oxford University, U.K. Steven and his wife have four children. Steven is also pastor of New Life Baptist Church in Vernon Hills.
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Frank Vena
February 2
Karen Dennis
February 3
Neil Dahlmann
February 4
Bob Morgan
February 11
Joseph Lolli
February 12
Yesim Sönmez
February 15
Paul Munk
February 16
Manu Khodadad
February 25
Eric Ephraim
February 26
Cynthia Plouché
February 28
Joseph Pasquesi
February 28
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