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RSVP for May 11th Meeting
May 11, 2022
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Board Meeting
Miramar Bistro
May 18, 2022 1:00 PM
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May 11, 2022 11:30 AM
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Pearls of the Club
The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.
             - George Will                                                                               
This Day In History
May 4, 1970 - National Guard kills four students in Kent State shootings.
May 4, 1886 - Haymarket Square Riot
May 4, 1865 - President Lincoln is buried in Springfield, Illinois.
May 4, 1776  - Rhode Island becomes first colony to declare independence from England.
Notes From the May 4th Meeting

President Karen Dennis greeted our speaker, Rebecca Kumar, as well as members.

PLEASE NOTE: BEGINNING IN MAY,  WE WILL ONLY BE HOSTING HYBRID MEETINGS IF THE SPEAKER IS JOINING US ON ZOOM. We look forward to seeing you back in person! You have been missed!
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.

Northern Illinois Food Bank and Moraine Township Food Pantry are looking for volunteers!
Help make a difference and support our community. Volunteers wanted at the Highwood Mobile Food Pantry
This is an outdoor volunteer opportunity whereby we sort food and then place them in vehicles of residents in need
Friday, June 10, 2022       
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Fort Sheridan Metra Station, 508 E. Old Elm Rd., Highwood
If you are unable to lift or move, you can still volunteer at the registration table.
Interested? Please RSVP to Ghida Neukirch at gneukirch@cityhpil.com
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Rebecca Kumar, Lake County Emergency Management Office, Speaker
Ron Bernardi, Deerfield Club
Frank Kaskazis, guest of Ron Bernardi
Happy Dollars
This week Club members were happy for: Karen Dennis was happy to have Ron Bernardi and Frank Kazkaskis, she was also excited to see Sheri Hammonds has returned. Karen is happy to hear the weather will be good for MYA's concerts and fundraiser this weekend! Ron Borden was happy to be back from California where there are now not only fruits and nuts surrounding you, there are now tattoos everywhere. FYI, he didn't want to show us his! Dale Mugler was also happy to be back from South Carolina and he brought good news! His company has developed new methods of MRI for chemicals. Siemens suggested he attend the international conference in London that starts tomorrow. He won't be presenting, but he will be able to meeting with many people! We wish him the best! Len Tenner was happy that his granddaughter is graduating from college and has a full time time job! Neil Dahlmann was also happy because he has two grandchildren graduating from college - one in Arizona and the other in Massachusetts! Sheri Hammonds was happy to be back as well, but also that they were able to pack uup their computer equipment and drive to Florida for a few months and get work done! She has a new crossbody bag that she modeled for us - very cute!!! She also recently placed her mother at Arbor Terraces and that director would love to speak to our members. Eric Ephraim was happy to here and at the turnout! Karen mentioned we did have a wonderful turnout and speaker at Froggy's last week. 
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
Rebecca Kumar is the Emergency Management Specialist with Lake County Emergency Management Agency (LCEMA). She started with the agency just three months before we were locked down in the pandemic. Before she joined the LCEMA, she was a 911 dispatcher in Waukegan. 
LCEMA has 3 full time employees and 20 volunteers. With everything she and her colleagues have had to face these past two years demonstrates that perhaps the county should consider adding to another employee or two to the operating budget. 
The mission of the agency is to provide a comprehensive emergency management program that is able to prevent, prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from all hazards that may impact Lake County communities. LCEMA works as a coordinator with the Sheriff's department and the LC Health Department. Logistics is the one key task of the department.  They integrate county programs and staff of the Emergency Management Program, Homeland Security Program and the Emergency Response Program. For instance with the flooding along the Des Plaines River, they coordinated resources for stakeholders and residents along the flooded areas. They also provided links for residents to apply for state emergency and FEMA funds.
So far during this pandemic, LCEMA  has had an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) active for over 780 days. During that time they have assisted the LCHD in mass vaccination efforts and coordinating testing sites. They received over 200 requests for resources and information so far. There have been almost 250 requests to the State or PPE and supplies. Nearly five million items have been distributed and over 425,000 items have been donated to LCEMA for distribution. During the civil unrest they activated an additional response. Other minor response activities can be weather related like extreme heat or cold, and storms.
The agency's team stays informed about significant changes to the Emergency Management Program, any activations at the EOC, status of ongoing emergency operations, after-action reports and improvement plans and other significant information as recommended by LCEMA and coordinated by the County's Administrator's office. In times of emergencies, they coordinate with United Way, Red Cross and the Water Ways Agency.
So what does LCEMA do? 
  • Emergency Operations Planning and Response
  • Resource Management and Logistics
  • Training and Exercises
  • Continuity Planning
  • Threat and Hazard Analysis
  • Public Education and Outreach
  • Damage Assessment/Public Assistance Coordination
  • Emergency Communications
  • Volunteer Management
Their purpose is to coordinate and make decisions. This entails:
  • Acquire, allocate and track resources
  • Manage and share information
  • Establish response priorities among incidents
  • Provide legal and financial support
  • Liaison with other jurisdictions and other levels of government
It was a very interesting presentation and she even brought us handouts for emergency preparedness! 
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
Burt Schmarak
May 4
Mike Mills
May 12
Phil Lazarus
May 12
Diana Sotelo
May 15
Fred Orkin
May 22
Jack Soderlund
May 22
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