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 04, 2019
Nov 11, 2019
A Special Veterans Day Presentation
Nov 13, 2019 7:30 AM
Meet our amazing Interact Club!
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Pearls of the Club

Out of difficulties grow miracles.

  - Jean de la Bruyere
Notes From the October 28th Meeting
President Paul Munk welcomed guests and attendees and led the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance and reciting the Four Way Test.
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.
The Interact Club is stuffing packages for the troops.
We will be a fellowship meeting at Curts Cafe for dinner on Tuesday November 19th. Please RSVP to Paul Munk for a head count.
With 2020 looming, it's time for Club Visioning Sessions! (20/20, get it?)The last time it occurred was in 2012-2013. At that time about 30 members spent 3-4 hours at a workshop, making a plan for what Rotary wants to do in the next 3-5 years..
A somber reminder: on October 24, 2017, the City of Highland Park recognized that day as World Polio Day in recognition of Rotary International's effort to eliminate this paralyzing disease for which there is no cure, but which can be prevented through vaccines.
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.
Guests and Visiting Rotarians

James Lynch, Exec. Director, The Art Center of Highland Park, speaker
Jerry Adler, guest of Jenanne Rock
Rhoda Pierce, guest of Dan Pierce

50/50 Winners
1st Place: John Pasquesi
2nd Place: Larry Block
3rd Place: Jenanne Rock
Happy Dollars
Happy dollars were given by: Sandra Bast for the great trip to Didier Farms she help chaperone kids John Pasquesi who visited his son at college. The oldest is at Cornell College and his youngest just turned 17!; Dick Pierce is NOT giving for the football turnout, but has 2 old fraternity brothers that are new members; Larry Block for his son-in-law David Rubin who was featured in Chicago Magazine - David is a wonderful GI doctor.; Jon Levey who declared Manu Khodadad's presentation last week was FANTASTIC! A few hours later, he met a friend that also happened to be Baha'i - him and his wife LOVE Manu and suggested he should talk about his theories of world peace; Diana Sotelo who is happy to be back;  Stuart Taussig for his grandson's Bar Mitzvah; Dick Stone who visited the Liberty Tower at the 9/11 museum. He was amazed and in awe of the spirit our country has and a tribute to the men and women who lost their lives; Paul Clements who was happy to have James Lynch as a speaker today. His daughter is an aspiring artist and will have 2 paintings displayed at The Art Center.; Jim Berardi who heard Greg Diedtrich play at Octoberfest, saw his daughter Jackie and watched the HPHS football game.
The Day's Program
James Lynch has a background in acting and started at Art Center years ago teaching acting to non actors.  He has done Ted Talks on leadership and management training and has also worked as an executive coach.
He took over as the Executive Director about a year and a half ago.   The Art Center was struggling with its local and non profit relationships and funding.  Staff morale was not great.  He was able to apply his background of teaching/coaching/acting to change the culture of the organization.
Common Themes he worked from:
  • Start with Yes – “The Answer is Yes”, whatever the question. He taught his staff to say YES.
  • Do good while doing well
  • Make Art available to All
  • Expand Horizons
  • Inspire, Educate and Connect
TAC provides over 400+ visual art classes and workshops to over 2400 individuals children to seniors.
Provides Event space to rent, host birthday parties
All art exhibits are free – they ask for donations only
The 4 Agreements for his staff:
  • Be impeccable with your word
  • Don’t take things personally
  • Don’t make assumptions
  • Always do your best
TAC is very committed to increasing and growing partnerships with local non profits and business owners – if you have a project or an idea let James know!!!
  • Working with City of HP to promote art and culture in our community.  They will host a micro-gallery at  City Hall and are requesting submissions for art work now. 
James provided a beautiful Powerpoint slide show of past art exhibits and some upcoming ones…
  • Pop Art 2.0
  • Just recently held their recycled art sale this month: one of the fundraiser events they put on, was very successful and had great donations from corporations and private residents
  • Spring Benefit: Zoraida Sambolin was the Celebrity Host and is very committed to arts – she loved it and they are asking her back for Spring 2020
  • Festival of Fine Arts each Summer is hosted by The Art Center and features around 100 artists from around the world
2020 is the 60th Anniversary of The Art Center – lots fun activities are planned!
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
Dale Mugler
November 8
Ghida Neukirch
November 10
Mike Stroz
November 22
Sandra Bast
November 30
Russell Hampton
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