Upcoming Events
Summer Inn Restaurant
Jul 14, 2021
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Our Annual Golf Outing
Sunset Valley Golf Course
Aug 19, 2021
1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Jul 05, 2021
Jul 14, 2021 11:30 AM
Also Ramesh Kanapareddy, HPPW
Jul 21, 2021 11:30 AM
2021 Grant Recipient with an Update
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Pearls of the Club
The home is the chief school of human virtues.
           - William Ellery Channing
Notes From the June 28th Meeting
President-Elect Karen Dennis opened the meeting by greeting our speakers, Ida Fiore and Brad Swanson, and members. We recited the Four Way Test. 
Club News
In Person Meetings begin with the installation of our 2021-22 officers!
We will be meeting at The Summer Inn Restaurant (formerly Beelow's), on Wednesdays beginning July 14, 2021
1850 Second Street. 
Golf Outing - time to get your foursome lined up!
Mark your calendar for Thursday, August 19th at Sunset Valley Golf Club
the registration form and flyer are on the website - check "Downloads"
Save the Date!
Our Gala will be October 23rd at the Exmoor Country Club.
More details to follow...
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Ida Fiore, Shop N Drop, Speaker
Brad Swanson, Shop N Drop, Speaker
Happy Dollars
Members were happy for: Len Tenner and Mike Babian gave to welcome our speakers, Brad and Ida who are also our new Interact Sponsors!!! Karen Dennis gave a dollar for each day she got to spend with her grandchildren last month - and more than half of those were spent in the pool! Mary Beth Bretzlauf gave because her brothers painted her living room and hallway (and she discovered her brothers aren't very good at it, but they did it out of love).
The Day's Program
Our speakers, Ida Fiore and Brad Swanson wear many hats. They are both teachers and sponsors for SaLT, Shop N Drop, Love2Learn, Dream BIG and now they will be our Interact sponsors.  Ida is also responsible for the Northwood Gives Back program where she teaches. Fresh from their SaLT (Service and Learning Together) trip to New Orleans with 8 HPHS students (some Interact members), Brad and Ida shared a video of the service projects the students were involved in as well as a tour of Tulane, a bayou and the Myrtles Plantation which left a deep emotional impression on them. They worked with a water reclamation project that involved painting decorative designs on rain barrels for reuse which will help with New Orleans' flooding issues. They also worked with a community gardening project and Lower 9th ward rebuilding that continues even today, 15 years after the catastrophic event, Hurricane Katrina.
There are seven guiding principles of SaLT. In how to act and think, students respect first, serve second; communicate love; this is it; unplug (no phones); be flexible; it will happen little by little, and bring that compassion home. Their motto is a quote attributed to Matahma Gandhi: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
It has been a year since Shop N Drop began. An HPHS alumnae came up with the idea while sitting at home during the lockdown. She was seeing some of her classmates and their families not being able to work and having no food. At the height of the SND program they provided food (both cold and dry) as well as paper products. The student volunteers also created cards for each family and put together art projects for the kids. Ida and Brad are so proud of their student leaders. 
In the 13 months of its inception, 312 volunteers have been a part of this program either collecting food, getting bags ready, handing out the groceries at the pick up site or delivering them. Eighteen of those students were Interact members who contacted Ida on their own. During this time they followed all the CDC guidances. Each family was contacted to make sure they had what they needed and from this came the need to help these students with tutoring. That is how Love2Learn came about. Dream BIG started when they realized children needed a more creative or active outlet. When weather permits, children play soccer outside near the Highwood library and inside, children will partake in arts and crafts.
Ida mentioned that although things are getting better, many of the many served by SND are in "catch up mode" so the food is still needed for so many. They are currently providing food for about 100 families every other week.
Aside from the very generous private donations (one person donated $500 Target gift cards at Christmas time), businesses and organizations that support the programs include Port Clinton Square, Sunset Foods, Girl Scout Cookies, Once Upon a Bagel, Blessings in a Backpack, Bent Fork, Craftwood, Barilla, the Highland Park Community Foundation and our Club.
With all of these projects going on, Ida and Brad still make the time for the students to reflect on their experiences - either by journaling or discussing.
Now with their Interact commitment, Brad and Ida have met with the Interact co-presidents - Zach and Dillon Freed, They are excited to begin the application process. Their goal is to have two service projects and three meetings a month. Ida and Brad would love to hear from us as to what we would like them to focus on. Suggestions and ideas can be sent to Len Tenner, our Interact liaison. 
AmazonSmile Donations!!!
Good news! AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones. You can use the copy and assets below to share the news with your supporters.

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
Grants Chair
Director Community Service
Youth/Interact Liaison
Fellowship Chair
Virtual Meeting Coordinator
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Ronald Domsky
June 20
Penny Levin-Fields
June 26
Russell Hampton
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