Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
The Summer Inn
Sep 22, 2021 1:00 PM
Board Meeting
The Summer Inn
Oct 20, 2021
Board Meeting
The Summer Inn
Oct 20, 2021 10:30 AM
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Sep 22, 2021 11:30 AM
Rotary's Operation Pollination
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Pearls of the Club
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
           - Edmund Burke
This Day In History
September 15, 1978 - Muhammad Ali wins world heavyweight championship.
September 15, 1963 - Four Black girls are killed in Birmingham church bombing. 
September 15, 1890 - Agatha Christie is born.
September 15, 1857 - Future President William Taft is born.
Notes From the Sept 15th Meeting
President Karen Dennis opened the meting and the Club recited the Pledge of Allegiance and The Four Way Test. 
Support by the community by volunteering at the Highwood Mobile Food Pantry
Volunteers are needed to pack food boxes and then distribute them to people in need.  This is an outdoor volunteer project although masks are strongly encouraged.  
Friday, October 22, 2021
Fort Sheridan Metra Station, 508 E. Old Elm Road, Highwood
2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Please RSVP to Ghida Neukirch at gneukirch@cityhpil.com
Wanted!  Updated information and headshots for the directory!
Mike Mills has convinced us that it is time for a new directory. So pictures will be taken (if you want a new one) and an update form will be available at the next meeting. If you have professional pictures or information you want updated, you can send it to Mary Beth at hphwrotary@gmail.com.

Volunteers Needed at Bernie's Book Bank
The start of the school year is right around the corner and we need your help! Volunteer to sort, sticker and pack books for under-served children throughout Chicagoland at Bernie's Book Bank in Lake Bluff.  Sessions are limited to 25 volunteers. Visit their website
for more information 

Save the Date!
Our Gala will be October 23rd at the Exmoor Country Club.
Check your mail - be on the look out for your invitation, raffle tickets and sponsorship opportunities!
FYI: Amazon Smile donations for the last quarter was $29.90! Way to go, everyone!  
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Bruce Erickson, of Summer Home Classics, Speaker
Jack Diamond, guest of Phil Lazarus
50/50 Winners
1st Place:  Phil Lazarus
2nd Place: Len Tenner
3rd Place: Fred Orkin
Happy Dollars
This week, Club members were happy for: Phil Lazarus and Fred Orkin were happy to be here; Len Tenner was happy because although Saturday was September 11th, he and Bobbie celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary, bought some glass and then got to see two of their granddaughters in Ann Arbor! Dale Mugler was happy that his company prepared a 75 page proposal on a medical device they are working on and he has high hopes it will be accepted - plus he and Karla will be off on a 2 week cruise; Mary Beth Bretzlauf was happy that the biopsies taken on her dog Wrigley turned out to be benign; Mike Mills was happy to report the growth on his face was benign! Karen Dennis was also happy to be here, and she and Allan celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary last week. Karen also thanks Bobbie, the owner of The Summer Inn for opening up for us today. And a special thanks goes out to Jim Berardi for a successful golf outing!
You don't have to wait until meeting day to share your happiness! Click on the yellow box below, donate your happy dollars and then email Mary Beth at hphwrotary@gmail.com and tell her what you're happy about!
The Day's Program
Bruce Erickson is owner and president of Summer Classics Home Chicago. He is also one of 30 design businesses anticipating in Highwood's third annual Design Week which begins next week. It will highlight all aspect of design - media, cabinetry, fashions for the home as well as ourselves, and even banking through which these dreams are achieved.
The activities kick off this coming Monday evening at Summer Classics Home (just a few doors down from our meeting place, The Summer Inn).  The launch party  with appetizers and drinks begins at 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. A fashion show will take place at the store at 6:30. The event is organized in partnership with PowerHouse SMART. The fashion show is featuring fashions from the I Am The Carter Projekt  by Melissa Carter who helps people reconsider their approach to their wardrobes. Registration is free but required since capacity is limited due to Covid.
The rest of the week's activities are:  Tuesday: Proclamation Night at City Hall by Highwood Mayor Charlie Pecaro at 6:30 p.m. Afterwards you can follow the Highwood Chamber of Commerce and crowd to Beermiscuous. FWC Architects are buying the first round! On Wednesday, Wellness Design in the Home is the theme. A two-part presentation opens with a Sherwin-Williams course on intrinsic color and the role it plays in wellness and biophilic design. Then Street Level Studio will give a presentation on Beyond the Surface which uses custom digitally designed wallpaper to connect with the colors and patterns of nature and bringing them indoors. Thursday at 5 p.m. is cocktails with Real Producers Magazine at the ABL Group showroom. Realtors and design pros will be among those present, so it is a great networking opportunity. Friday you're invited to Earth Renovation & Design's new showroom. The week is capped off by Design Expo and CHAIRity Auction to benefiting Designs 4 Dignity on Saturday.  The decorated Adirondack chairs that you have seen about town will be included in the auction.
Design 4 Dignity is a Chicago non-profit where interior decorators volunteer to help improve the home of low-income families.
Bruce also gave us an insight into Summer Classics Home, which is actually 40 years old. It began in the south, crafting outdoor furniture. Now they produce indoor furnishings as well, including lighting and other accessories. All the upholstery work is done in their factory in Birmingham, AL, and the outdoor frames are constructed in Indonesia. They have made a great effort to seek other sources outside of China. However, freight is still the biggest factor in any manufactured product. 
Summer Classics Home in-house designers will come to your home at no charge to help you create your perfect room.
During the lockdown and the rest of 2020, Bruce said demand for their outdoor furniture was off the charts. If you could find an umbrella for your patio last year, you were one of the lucky ones! April surpassed March's numbers, May surpassed April, and so on. Customers usually waited about 6 to 8 weeks for delivery, but at the height of the pandemic, they were being told up to 40 weeks! Customers can now expect to wait anywhere from 8 weeks to 6 months.
Now go out there and get our design swagger on!
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!
Shop at smile.amazon.com and AmazonSmile donates to Rotary Club of Highland Park- Highwood at no cost to you!
Click on the link below:
#StartWithaSmile at  smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2957334 for your holiday gifts and Amazon donates to Rotary Club of Highland Park-Highwood.
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Membership Co-Chair
Rotary Foundation
Director Community Service
Director Youth Service
Director International Service
Youth/Interact Liaison
Program/Greeter Chair
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Dick Stone
September 10
Michael Babian
September 12
Russell Hampton
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