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Pearls of the Club
Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish so much.
- Blaise Pascal
This Day In History
October 12, 2000 - the U.S.S. Cole was bombed
October 12, 1997 - John Denver died in a plan crash
October 12, 1933 - John Dillinger escapes from an Indiana prison
October 12, 1492 - Christopher Columbus landed in the Bahamas
Notes From the October 12th Meeting
President Dale Mugler opened the meeting by greeting members, and our guest speaker, Sam Dotson. We recited the Four Way Test. 
World Polio Day! October 24, 2020 is World Polio Day. Rotary's theme is "A win against polio is a win for global health."  Polio cases remain in two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Four countries are at-risk of polio returning: Indonesia, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea.
Karen Dennis announced three days of new MYA concerts (Weather Permitting and BYOC Bring Your Own Chair):
Sunday, October 25th -
     10:30 a.m. - Jazz Ensemble
     12:15 p.m. - Jazz Orchestra
     2:30 p.m. - Jazz Workshop and Combos
     4:45 P.M. - Concert Jazz Band and Combos
Saturday, October 31st - 
     9:00 a.m. - Concert A Concert
    10:00 a.m. Reading/Cadet Concert
    11:00 a.m. - Concert B Concert
    Noon - Concertino/Orchestra Concert
     1:30 p.m. - Symphony A Concert
     2:45 P.M. - Philharmonia Concert
     4:15 p.m. - Symphony B Concert
Sunday, November 1st -
     12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. - Sunday Chamber Music Soirees
     2:15 p.m. - Voices Rising Concert
     4:00 p.m. - Vocal Point Concert
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Samuel Dotson, University of Illinois, Nuclear Energy Research Assistant
Happy Dollars
October birthdays were the happy reasons this week. Mike Babian donated for the October birthdays (which includes his grandfather and fellow Rotarian, Joe Palmitieri) and because he missed coming to meetings; Rhoda Pierce gave for her birthday last week and for all the Rotarians who volunteered to have her campaign yard signs in their yards; Mary Beth Bretzlauf donated for her birthday this week. 
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
Sam Dotson is a Highland Park resident, and a graduate student and research assistant at University of Illinois in computational reactor physics. He brought us up to date with the future of nuclear energy.
Currently in Illinois, 50-55% of our energy comes from nuclear energy - which is clean energy - only steam (water vapor) is emitted from nuclear plants. Illinois also gets 6% of its energy from wind. However, it is likely to change in 2021. Two reactors (Dresden and Byron) are slated to close due to the State not extending the clean air grants, dashing their hopes for expansion.
There is an emerging market for small and micro-nuclear energy, and Ultra Safe Nuclear Co. (USNC) is working to fill that need with the Nuclear Alternative Project. USNC is building reactors for remote locations and countries with developing grid systems. These micro-nuclear reactors are factory assembled, are "walk away safe" and because of their size, and they are easily transportable.
"Walk away safe" means a reactor controlled by physics to guarantee safety. In the case of the micro-reactor from Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation:
1. The temperature is limited by physics! If the core temperature rises, the chain reaction naturally slows down and brings the temperature back down.
2. A micro-reactor doesn't produce enough power to reach the melting point of the fuel (this is true of smaller reactors in general). This means if all of the active coolant escapes, air flow is enough to keep the core cool -- like the engine of a sports car.
3. The USNC micro-reactor uses an extremely strong fuel. The melting point of the fuel is more than 2x higher than hot lava. But the reactor will never reach that temperature because of items (1) and (2). 
Advanced nuclear could benefit communities like Highland Park. In fact, three of these micro-reactors can fit inside the city's water treatment plant. They could provide 30 years of energy for the city before the nuclear source would need to be replaced.
If people want to watch the talk again or for the first time, Sam has posted the recording on Youtube here:  https://youtu.be/TY0_yvAC5Xg
Information about the USNC reactor can be found here: https://usnc.com

For more information on nuclear energy, Sam also suggested these website/links:
AmazonSmile Donations!!!
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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
Public Image
Rotary Foundation
Director Community Service
Director International Service
Youth/Interact Liaison
Fellowship Chair
Virtual Meeting Coordinator
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bill Siskel
October 2
Martha Gray
October 6
Jim Berardi
October 9
Alec Edwards
October 12
Jenanne Rock
October 17
Frank Lomoro
October 28
Christopher Sheahen
October 30
Russell Hampton
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