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Pearls of the Club
There is a woman at the beginning of all great things.

 - Alphonse de Lamartine

Notes From the May 4th Meeting
President Munk opened the meeting greeting our guests, Speaker, Nancy Sawle-Knobloch, Executive Director of Family Service of Lake County, Rick Basofin, Arturo Medina, Henry Wisniewski, Gail Hodges, Alena Laube and all present members.
Paul reported on the Annual District meeting. You can view the State of the District report on YouTube. Click here. 
         Many of the Clubs are much like ours, with an Interact Club that out numbers our membership.
         RI has suspended all international exchanges for the coming fiscal year.
         Two satellite clubs have formed during this time - Wilmette and Hoffman Estates/Schaumburg.
         The District has begun making their film, and they received the 5 photographs from Len Tenner.
         The District now has one paid office support person.

The Charities Committee received 13 applications and are being reviewed.
A Speaker Series within the District begins this week and continues through May to June 8th. Wednesday night at 7 p.m. is Jennifer Jones, a former Rotary Director in our zone. She will share her experiences with developing the Covid-19 Facebook telethon and share about the broader Rotary world.  Outgoing RI President Mark Maloney will be speaking on May 21st  at 7:30 a.m. in a virtual format. Check out the District website for more information on the speakers.
The Interact Club is going to be having a Rotary Interact "Virtual" Day of Service on Saturday May 16th. The day will begin with a guest speaker (via ZOOM) who will talk about mental health and the coronavirus.  The speaker will be providing some great guidance about taking care of your mental health during this time.  The members will be able to choose from several service project opportunities they can complete from home (while honoring the stay-at-home order)!
SaLT has begun a service project that Club members may wish to help. "Shop & Drop" gives you the opportunity to donate either money, gift cards or a bag of groceries to be delivered to local families in need. Sunset Foods has been a big supporter of this plan. If you'd like more information, please email Mary Beth hphwrotary@gmail.com and she can forward the details to you.
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Nancy Sawle-Knobloch, Executive Director of Family Service of Lake County
Richard Basofin, President of Family Service 
Henry Wisniewski, Treasurer Family Service
Alena Laube, Board Member of Family Service
Gail Hodges, Director of Development 
Dennis Skolnick, Director of Finance
Arturo Medina, Director of Latino & Youth Services
Happy Dollars
A few weeks ago, we set up Happy Dollars on the home page of the website for donations through PayPal.  Members who gave to Happy Dollars this week were: Mike Lubelfeld.
The Day's Program
Nancy Sawle-Knobloch spent 30 years with Kraft before finding her way to Family Service of Lake County. She was recently named Executive Director and has jumped into her role to meet the needs of the community during this pandemic. The primary areas they service are Highland Park, Highwood and Deerfield. She came today to tell us how the pandemic has effected what Family Service provides.
During normal times, Family Service provides psychotherapy to all age groups, of all income levels. They also help seniors with basic needs like grab bars, to help them age in place. For students, they provide an afterschool reading programmer to their Latino youth using volunteers, may of them retired reading specialists. Caregivers are able to seek support groups led by Family Service.
Now, in the midst of the pandemic, the organization had pivoted and jumped a decade into the future in their effort to meet the needs of the community. Where some areas are shrinking their payroll and volunteers, Family Service is expanding. Last week, two people were hired to meet their goals and one is expected to be hired this week. They've had to provide the psychotherapy via Zoom Telehealth - many of then using their own computers and homes as virtual offices. A senior adult caseworker is making 200 calls a day to check in on seniors. With the aid of Zoom, the caregiver support groups are continuing. They are providing the basic needs (food, healthcare, medicine, cleaning supplies and PPE) for the 75 Latino families they serve. They have also given support to them by completing rent requests. Every week, seniors are checked on twice a week, and families twice a month.
During this time, Family Service has been fortunate to meet these needs because of the donations received by local organizations like HP Foundation, townships, and our Club. Support from individual donors, their other partners, and employees have been overwhelming. Currently their emergency fund of $160K is being used for the needs during this time - administration costs will not be funded by this money.
Nancy is in awe of FS employees who transitioned to remote work without missing a beat. Partnering with caterer Bella Ru, FS has help feed their Latino families with hot meals and delivered groceries.
The strategy of Family Service to meet the needs of those they serve, has not changed, but have been re-prioritized some of their goals. They have expanded the hours available for counseling, and optimized remote counseling through training and build trauma expertise. They have expanded counseling staff and launched an internship program. Getting technology in place to meet the remote needs was a definite priority. They are currently building collaborative goals with school districts for social, emotional, literacy and STEM for their Latino programing.
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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
Virtual Meeting Coordinator
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
John Pasquesi
May 27
Russell Hampton
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