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Burt Schmarak
May 4
Frank Schwermin
May 7
Diana Sotelo
May 15
Fred Orkin
May 22
Jack Soderlund
May 22
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
President Cynthia Plouché opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of "My Country Tis Of Thee"  (led by none other than our very own Larry Block) and reciting The Four Way Test.
Congratulations to Jon Levey for his promotion to President at Highland Park Bank and Trust! The bank is holding an Open House in his honor next Monday, April 18th from 8 am to 5 pm with an after hours cocktail reception from 5 to 7pm. Please come out and wish our fellow Rotarian well in his venture. The Highland Park Bank and Trust is located at 1949 St. Johns Avenue, Highland Park, IL.
A reminder to reach out to and spread sunshine to our fellow Rotarians:
Ted Less at Whitehall (847-844--4600) 
Henry Lipson (cell is 847-275-4475).
Yesim Sonmez announced a scholarship committee meeting for next week after the regular Club meeting.
Karen Dennis passed around brochures for MYA's "Inspire Excellence" Concerts. One concert featuring Reading, Cadet, Concertino, Philharmonia and Concert Orchestras starts at 1:30 in the afternoonThe other is a Symphony Orchestra featuring Carrie Dennis, Principal Violist of the LA Philharmonic starting at 6:00 p.m.. Both concerts takes place Sunday April 24th at the Pick-Staiger Hall, 50 Arts Circle Dr Evanston, IL. For Tickets: click here
Family Service has a fundraiser that features Second City. "A Show of Support" proclaims "The Second City Hits Home on the North Shore". It takes place Saturday, April 30th at 7 p.m. at the Gorton Community Center, 400 E Illinois Road, Lake Forest. For tickets and more information visit (click here►)
Pete Fitzgerald from the Deerfield Club said their fundraiser will benefit the Lake County Children's Advocacy Center. Walk With Mitchell is a two mile dog walk also on Saturday, April 30th at 10 a.m. at Jaycee Memorial Park in Deerfield. To register or donate go online at or call 847-334-1480.
A reminder about our mini-fundraiser at Beelow's Restaurant on Tuesday, May 3rd from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Bartender tips will be donated to the Club (Club members will work as bartenders), and 25% of the proceeds from dinner afterward will be donated to the Club. If you plan to stay for dinner, reserve now at 847- 780-3300, Beelow's is at 1850 Second Street Highland Park, IL  Space is limited, so kindly RSVP by April 28th to Joanne at
President Plouché said that given Beelow’s event is on a Tuesday, we will not meet on Monday May 2.
A Safe Place, our speakers for today, are hosting a 5K Run/Walk to End Domestic Violence at Independence Grove, 16400 Buckley Road, Libertyville, Saturday May 7, 2016. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K begins at 9 a.m. Post-race party with entertainment and fun for all! Fees are: $35 for pre-registered, $45 for day-of registration, $15 for children five and younger. Questions? Contact Denise at 847-731-7165 x 104 or
Our Annual Fundraiser is set for Saturday May 14th at the Birchwood Club from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There are some changes for the event: the evening includes dinner with wine and a cash bar  as well as music designed to keep your toes tapping and perhaps twirl around the floor a time or two!  Tickets for the event are $75 each. Raffle tickets are being distributed and are $100 each. Like last year, each member is responsible for four tickets, so sell some to your friends!  Tables are available for purchase, so invite your friends and relatives. Single attendance is perfectly acceptable as well. All are welcome!  Contact Joanne Gordon at 847-338-2671 or for Event and Raffle tickets.

SAVE THE DATE: The Annual Golf Outing is August 5th Mark your Calendars: Contact Jim Berardi
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Denise Gentes, Speaker
Charlene Quint, Speaker
Lisa Radin, guest of Carolyn Cerf
Phil Lazarus, guest of the Club
Gail Hodges, guest of Carrie Callas
Larry Block led the Club in singing "April Showers" and "Happy Birthday" to himself!
50/50 Winners
1st Place: Neil Dahlmann
2nd Place:  Phil Lazarus
3rd Place:  Lisa Radin
The Day's Program
     The speakers from A Safe Place, Denise Gentes and Charlene Quint, shared with the Club the staggering data of domestic violence. One in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in his or her lifetime. Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually. Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup. Everyday in the U.S. , more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
     There are several forms of domestic violence, with the most common physical abuse. Although many think signs of physical abuse are visible, physical restraint and depriving of basic needs, and animal cruelty are not outward signs. Emotional and psychological abuse include: manipulation, intimidation, blackmail, destruction of sentimental property, and controlling whereabouts. Verbal abuse entails insults, threats to harm friends and family, obscene phone calls and degrading personal remarks including sexual comments. Economic abuse could be keeping a partner from getting a job, not allowing access to money, making the partner ask for money, and withholding money for family needs. Last but not least, sexual assault.
     A Safe Place was created from a task force formed out of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office to serve the needs of victims of domestic violence 37 years ago. Beginning in a small refurbished home, that could serve about 8 families, it is now the sole provider of services for victims in five locations in the county and surrounding areas.
     To help with these forms of abuse, A Safe Place has a 24-hour crisis line  that takes in about 200 calls a month. At the Lake County Courthouse, (out of the 1800 Orders of Protection issued in 2015, about 90% of the orders come through them) they provide trained court advocates who assist the victims through the entire Emergency Order of Protection process. They provide emergency shelter (7,233 nights in the past year) for women and their families, meet their basic needs of food and clothing. Men can stay at hotels they help provide. Transitional living (34,122 nights of safe housing in 2015) help victims transform from their life at the shelter before moving on to apartments in the community and receive counseling (2,100 people received counseling last year), community groups and safe locations. Children receive art therapy, and there is a Family Visitation Center that provides supervised visits and custody exchanges in a secure environment.
     In addition, their Abuser Intervention Program works with abusers to teach accountability and helping them change behaviors. With community education programs, like speaking at middle and high schools, they get the opportunity to talk to teens about healthy relationships, what’s normal, and how to spot someone experiencing domestic violence. A Safe Place is working to fight this scar on society from every angle.
     Charlene shared her own personal story, a successful corporate lawyer in Chicago living in Lake Forest, was forced to flee her home in 2012. She went into hiding for two years, only after then was she finally able to go back there with hired guards and a police escort to gather her personal belongings because her ex-husband was still physically and verbally abusive. When she eventually healed enough to function again, she knew she had to help other women who were going through the same terrible experience. So she partnered with A Safe Place and Zacharias Center for Sexual Abuse Recovery.
      Domestic abuse does not discriminate based on age, race, gender, socio-economic status, orientation or address. A lot of times people will think “domestic violence doesn’t happen in our community” but it very well could be happening next door.
What's up next for our Club....
Brad Swanson and students from SaLT and their New Orleans recap
My thanks to Bill Pigati for his help with this week's bulletin. I know it's difficult for many of you to take notes for the bulletin when your lives are so busy running businesses. I really appreciate all the effort it takes it goes into takes these notes and getting them to me. Thanks to all who have and will be taking notes! Mary Beth