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Board Meeting
The Summer Inn
Nov 17, 2021 10:30 AM
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The Summer Inn
Dec 15, 2021 10:30 AM
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Pearls of the Club
A promise must never be broken.
             - Alexander Hamilton
This Day In History
October 27, 1962 - The U.S. and Soviet Union step back from the brink of nuclear war.
October 27, 1904 - New York Subway opens.
October 27, 1858 - Theodore Roosevelt is born.
October 27, 1659- Quakers executed for religious beliefs.
Notes From the Oct 27th Meeting
President Karen Dennis welcomed our speaker (and birthday boy) Howard Cain and Club members. She 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. Our goal is to publish in 2022!

Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Howard Cain, Speaker
Ron Borden, new member
50/50 Winners
1st Place:  Howard Cain
2nd Place:  Ron Borden
3rd Place:  Eric Ephraim
Happy Dollars
This week, Club members were happy for: Eric Ephraim was happy to welcome our speaker, Howard Cain, the success of the Gala and that he got to sit at the best table - the table with the students! Mike Lubelfeld has much to be happy for - he was thankful to hear Howard's story, he also invited curious members to attend D112 facilities committee meeting that is online tonight; he was happy for his service trip to the Dominican Republic AND, his father-in-law went on the Honor Flight today! Ron Borden tells the story of Howard Cain's conversation with a young lady in Palm Springs, where he is a docent for the air museum there. She noted the WWII cap he was wearing, and she asked how did it feel to to serve in World War Eleven? He said he served in World War Two and was lucky to have missed the other 9! Jack Diamond was happy to remember his wife's uncles who served and died in WWII for South Africa. And with WWII and family members on our minds, Karen Dennis was remembering her grandfather who served in the war as well.
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 Howard Cain weaved the international events before and during WWII to tell his story. He is the son of Russian Immigrants and was raised on the South side of Chicago. In 1944, he was a 17 year-old senior in high school. With both of his older brothers already fighting, he knew two things - one that his number would come up in the draft at some point, and he would be placed in the infantry when that happened. But, if he volunteered, he would have a choice of which branch he could serve in. He wanted to fly or be working with planes. The snag? He wasn't 18 - he would need his parents' signatures. So, he went to the recruiter's office, brought home the form, found his birth certificate, signed his mother's name with his right hand and signed his father's with his left and return to the recruiter. Suffice it to say, his parents were not pleased. Soon Howard found himself in basic training at Keesler Field in Biloxi, Mississippi. He learned to become a flight engineer for a B29. He was assigned to the 416th Bombardiers in Okinawa.
Our history segment outlined the development of the nuclear bomb and the race to beat Germany and Russia, known now as the Manhattan Project. When FDR died in April of 1945, it is just a  month before victory in Europe is declared. When Truman takes office, he learns FDR had kept the knowledge of the bomb and it's testing from Truman. As the focus turns onto the war in the pacific, Truman learns that with the 3 million men fighting there, the casualty rate could possibly reach 50%. That was completely unacceptable. Negotiations with Japan hit a snag when the Japanese would not let the U.S. try Hirohito for war crimes. To the people of his country he was a hero. Truman made the decision to use the bomb on Hiroshima and Kokura, which was a weapons factory. On August 6th, the first bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The next bomb, slated for Kokura on the 9th, was changed to Nagasaki because there were too many clouds over Kokura and the tail gunner aboard that plane reported to the pilot they were taking ground fire.  As if that weren't stressful enough, they had used up a lot of fuel flying over the targets and had about a half an hour of fuel left by the time they landed in Okinawa.
One month later, Howard's plane was ordered to survey the damage of the two cities. His voice cracked when he shared what he saw and felt. "What I saw was a vastness of nothing. Nothing was standing. Nothing moved. There were no people, cars or rubble. Just nothing.
He said he once read a book about Vietnam and one soldier said about his time in that war, "I hope I go to heaven because I've done my time in hell." Howard has  his own version of that, "I hope I go to heaven because I've seen hell."
A master storyteller, Howard is retired from Leo Burnett Advertising Agency where he was a Senior Vice President Management Director. He is affiliated with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Charter Member of WWII Museum New Orleans, a participant of Honor Flight Chicago , Jewish War Veterans, and the American Legion.
The Language of Service

This is what we learned from Melissa during her speech:

In the past 10 years, this is HPHS Interact Club:

  • Approximately 150 families/children with serious/sometimes terminal medical conditions (Ronald McDonald House)
  • Over 600 Special Olympics Athletes (Special Olympics Floor Hockey and Basketball Tournament)
  • The families of the above 600 Special Olympics Athletes (Special Olympics Floor Hockey and Basketball Tournament)
  • Over 700 Members of our US Military Personnel Overseas  (Military Troop Care Package Drive)
  • Over 1500 kids without access to books  (Bernie’s Books)
  • Over 2000 children without access to food (Feed My Starving Children)
  • 150 children at Lurie Children’s Hospital (Letters of Hope)
  • 50 families at St. James Church  (Dinners with Dignity)

APPROX. 6000 lives that were touched by just our service projects alone!

And that doesn’t even include the almost $120,000 we raised for Special Olympics with our Polar Plunges, the $3000 we raised for MS research, and the $1500 we raised for PADS.  That fundraising impacted thousands more people, as well.


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
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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