Upcoming Events
Interact Meeting and Speaker
Nov 15, 2019
HPHS Interact Youth Assembly
Nov 23, 2019
7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Interact Club Event
Dec 14, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
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Nov 13, 2019 7:30 AM
Meet our amazing Interact Club!
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Pearls of the Club

The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.

  - Jonas Salk
Notes From the October 21st Meeting
President Paul Munk welcomed attendees and led the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance and reciting the Four Way Test.

The City of Highland Park invites you to the HP150 Sculpture and Sponsor Brick Unveiling on Tuesday, October 29 at 4:30 PM at our new Sesquicentennial Park at the intersection of Deerfield Road, Hickory Street, and Laurel Avenue. Parking is available at Immaculate Conception Parish, 770 Deerfield Rd.

Heroes Day at Ryan Field for the Northwestern Football game - ticket donated by Northwestern Partners celebrating all military heroes.
November 13th is the Interact Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the high school cafeteria. Our HPHS Rotary Interact Club has 117 members!! Come meet these incredible students! Please RSVP to Paul Munk or Mary Beth Bretzlauf at hphwrotary@gmail.com.
Anyone who can play an instrument is invited to join the District Conference Band.
Mark your calendar!  Our annual Gala will be held May 16th at Exmoor Country Club.
50/50 Winners
1st Place: Skip Jacobs
2nd Place: Eric Ephraim
3rd Place: Ron Davis
Happy Dollars
Happy dollars were given by: Dick Stone, Fred Orkin and Paul Munk because the Washington Nationals made it to the World Series; Bill Pigati in honor of HP contributor Stan Freehling who recently passed away; Jon Levey for surviving HP HOCO weekend, and excited that State's Attorney Mike Nerheim will speak at HPB&T regarding the vaping and opioid crises; Larry Block for Jeff Colman and Neil Dahlmann attending the HP Strings concert. December 14th is the Rotary sponsored concert - mark you calendars; Skip Jacobs for having two grandsons in college; Neil Dahlmann wearing his Fighting Illini gear because they beat Wisconsin - a rare feat; Karen Dennis for three great concerts on Sunday, Oct.13th, after which she and Allan took a road trip to Upstate New York to visit family and friends; Dan Pierce for his son speaking about his book at the HP library; Jenanne Rock just happy to be at a meeting again;
The Day's Program
Dr. Manu Khodadad was born in Iran in the Capital of the 5th province – Kermanshah. At that time Iran was separated into 10 provinces.  He is ethnically Kurd and part of the Kurdish tribe. There were 50-60,000 Kurdish villages at that time.  He is from a family of 7 children.  His older brother passed away from measles before he was born and that devastated his father as his father was very attached to his late brother.  When Dr. Manu was born, his resemblance to his late brother gave him a special attachment and relationship with his father. 
When he was 4 ½ years old he contracted typhoid disease.  His dad was friends with a Jewish doctor,  Dr. Habbib – which means “Beloved”.  This doctor visited with him twice a day while he was sick and had an amazing bedside manner – showing a kindness and caring way of treating his patient.   He would greet Dr. Manu  with “Hows my brave lion cub” - even though he was quite weak and emaciated.  From a very young age, Dr. Manu  wanted to be a doctor just like Dr. Habbib. 
Dr. Manu grew up in Iran when both the Jews and Baha’is were targeted. As a child he was bullied by other children.  Only 10% of the population was Jewish.   Shia Muslims had a month of mourning where they would walk around the town beating their chest and whipping themselves with chains in a frenzied manner.  During this time, there was great fear among Jews and Baha’is.  The Chief Rabbi at the time met with Dr. Manu’s dad and they discussed what to do to help ensure and protect the 120-125 Jewish families.  His father brought 10 Jewish families each with 3-4 kids to their home, each family of 5-6 shared one bedroom and each family then took turns cooking for everyone in the house.  The government issued 100 rifles with 10,000 rounds of ammunition to protect the tribe from the Shia’s.  They hired 6 men to walk the roof of the home with the rifles to protect the families inside. In the end they were able to return all 100 rifles and ammunition to the government without 1 single shot used. 
His medical school in Iran was 6 years and he then decided to further his education in the US.  His wife came here first and the plan was to learn more in the US and return to Iran. They first arrived in Cleveland.  His first impression when he came here was that there were no walls separating the homes -the yards were all connected and he realized this must be a safe place. His second was that all the hospitals he came across were NOT government owned and operated but they were religious based and run by foundations or the religious group and he loved this. His third impression was the people here had real freedom of religion and speech.
He then came to Chicago to work at Resurrection Hospital and Loyola and spent time at Michael Reese Hospital. 
The first vacation he ever took was to VA and FL.  They drove and spent time in S. and N. Carolina.  He was shocked to see the segregation in restrooms for black and white only.
After 3 years he went to Canada to do research.  He came back to US and was hired by a Jewish Hospital in Louisville, KY.  In Kentucky, he had to be a citizen to get a full license to practice medicine and he only had a temporary license there.  So he came to Illinois and started his own practice.  Not one single patient ever refused to go to him because he was from Iran, not one single physician refused to refer to him because he was from Iran. 
He decided to become a citizen of US.  He returned to Iran in 1977, his wife was offered a position in a top university there.  They considered it for a moment but with all the fighting they decided to return to US.  The Hamani tribe at that time confiscated all their property – they received a letter of notice when that occurred saying, they could return and go to court to try to get it back.  Which he knew would not end in their favor and was more of a ploy to persecute them if they returned. 
His wife Jenna  majored in Cell biology and anatomy and has PHD from Northwestern in Molecular Biology.  Dr. Manu retired 10 years ago as a surgeon. Eighty percent of his practice was Oncology.
Dr. Manu provided an amazing perspective of his life and the major events in his life that shaped who he is, what he values, what brought him to Highland Park and why he loves this country so much.  It was a beautiful presentation!
Thanks to Jenanne Rock for her notes!
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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
Bill Siskel
October 2
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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