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Pearls of the Club


through thickest glass
our hands will meet
only love to pass
'til healing complete

     by Mary Beth Bretzlauf

This poem appears in this month's Highland Park Neighbors Magazine

Notes From the July 20th Meeting
President Dale Mugler opened the meeting by greeting our members and guest, Past ADG Don Gwinn.
Member Mike Lubelfeld's father passed away. Those wishing to send a card can do so at Mike's home address, 1223 Greenwood Avenue, Deerfield, IL 60015.
We wish Mike Lubelfeld a Happy Birthday (30th), and congratulated Sandra Bast one year Rotary anniversary. She of course, was a member of the Good Morning Club for many years and a Past President. She is very excited to be back with Rotary.
Volunteer Opportunities are waiting for YOU! Membership needs two more members to round out the committee and Community Service needs at least one more. If there is a committee that interests you, please contact these Chairpersons...
MembershipEric Ephraim (Director)
Public Relations/Communications
Ghida Neukirch  (Director)
Mike Babian
Paul Clements (Director)
Paul Munk (Director)
Youth Service
Len Tenner
Paul Munk/Jenanne Rock
Community Service
Scott Coren (Director)
The Rotary Foundation
Court Williams (Director)
Phil Lazarus
Jeff Colman (Director)
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
DAG Don Gwinn (Evanston Lighthouse)
Happy Dollars
Larry Block donated to welcome Doris Xie to the Club; Doris Xie donated because she is so happy to be a part of this Club; Mike Babian gave in honor of his cousin's wedding this past weekend; Len Tenner donated to welcome Doris to the Club and for the time he and Bobbie had with their daughter during her visit home; Jeff Colman was happy to have a happy wife and home again - the cat Tarquin escaped to explore his world. Lucy was very worried (and rightfully so) during those six days. We can report Tarquin returned home after sowing his oats as they say. Jeff was also able to bring his son home from LA to be with them in this pandemic; Skip Jacobs gave in honor of his two grandchildren who graduated from high school and will be attending college in the fall.
It's back and easy!  Please click on the yellow box below to give your Happy Dollars via PayPal. Then send Mary Beth an email of what you are happy about - hphwrotary@gmail.com
The Day's Program
Our newest member Doris Xie is the CFO of Rotary International. Doris shared with us an overview of RI and the many layers of RI and The Rotary Foundation financials. Her department is responsible for financial accounting and reporting for RI and TRF, providing financial analysis, forecasting for the executive team, committees, Directors, Trustees ad secretarial staff. They also support all planning, strategic decision-making activities, including budgeting and forecasting. Financial reports including budgets and senior leaders' expenses, can be found at https://my.rotary.org/en/financial-reports
Department goals for the future will focus on process improvement, shorten month-end close process, provide meaningful GM level financial analysis while providing continuous communication. They will also fine tune their internal controls, and effectively manage expenses (consulting, travel, payroll, etc. and be more involved with the Strategic Planning team.
In regards to membership, there is currently more than 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide in 36,152 Club. Women make up 23% of membership and only 6% are under the age of 40. People join Rotary for service in their community and globally. RI has taken a look at the longevity of membership and found that in the past 5 years, most stayed for about 2 years. About 30% of those who left Rotary sited time and or cost, 23% said the Club's environment, 19% left due to unmet expectations. 
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, RI asked Clubs how they are responding to the crisis in their communities and around the world - 65% of the clubs have participated in a service project.
RI asked how can Rotary help during the pandemic. The responses were:
  • Provide essential supplies & equipment to hospitals
  • Provide food to vulnerable groups
  • Partner with government, businesses and NGOs
  • Help disseminate pulic health information
  • Support elderly club members & those directly impacted by COVID-19
Currently in this crisis, 72% of Clubs conduct their weekly meetings online. Some clubs that are thriving have reported increased community service in response to the pandemic, have easily adapted to virtual meetings and have increased connections with other clubs via online meetings. Clubs that are struggling report they have difficulty holding regular meetings either because some members are not comfortable with or interested in online meetings, and attendance at these virtual meetings is decreasing for some as the pandemic wears on. Fellowship is more challenging due to physical distancing, heightened stress levels and low morale. Some members are experiencing significant financial loss. RI does forecast that despite this pandemic, membership will stay consistent through 2024.
The mission of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.
As we know, there are several areas of action -
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution.
  • Disease prevention and treatment.
  • Water and sanitation.
  • Maternal and child health.
  • Basic education and literacy.
  • Economic and community development.
  • Supporting the environment
Since 1985, when RI took up the campaign to eradicate polio, only 2 countries remain polio=endemic - Afghanistan ans Pakistan!
So what still needs to be done? More that 400 million children in up to 60 need to be immunized every year. We need 150,00 polio-funded workers in up to 70 countries as well as disease surveillance activities.
Doris joined RI last June. She has 22 years of experience at Abbie, Abbott, Deloitte and Kemper Reinsurance. She lives with her husband and college-aged daughter in Lake Forest. Her daughter in a renown pianist and you may recall her performing for us through MYAC as a Ling-Ling Scholar!


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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Public Image
Director Community Service
Director International Service
Youth/Interact Liaison
Fellowship Chair
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Skip Jacobs
July 2
Doris Xie
July 23
Michael Lubelfeld
July 30
William L. Pigati
July 30
Russell Hampton
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