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Pearls of the Club
The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.
- Ayn Rand


Notes From the August 17th Meeting
President Dale Mugler opened the meeting by greeting our guests, current DG Lyle Staab, Immediate Past DG Suzanne Gibson, DGE Kevin Stevens, members, other visiting Rotarians and our speaker, Lisa Wilkerson. We recited the Four Way Test. 

The Club welcomed an old friend as a new member today. Rhoda Pierce had joined Rotary! Neil Dahlmann was Dan's sponsor, and he is honored to sponsor Rhoda. Rhoda is very busy filling Dan's term as a Board Member of the North Shore Water Reclamation District and her ties to the Illinois Arts Council as a vice chairman. Welcome Rhoda!
Have you committed to our Rotary in Motion fundraiser yet? Well, several of our members have already! Join Dale Mugler, Karen Dennis, Eric Ephraim, Jeff Colman, Ghida Neukirch Doris Xie, Paul Clements and Larry Block in an activity (swimming, walking, etc.), to raise money for our club when this pandemic. Get your friends and family to support your commitment by pledging money toward your achievement.  See the chart below:
Description of their fund-raising activity
Funding goal
Karen Dennis
Walk and swim (when HP Center pool opens) for 1 hour/day for 8 weeks
$10/week, total $80
Ghida Neukirch
Walking and jogging (2.5 miles/day), biking 10 miles/week
Dale Mugler
Walking (the equivalent) from Highland Park to Indianapolis, about 210 miles
Jeff Colman
Swimming (the equivalent) across Lake Michigan, 190 km  total.  Lake Michigan at it's widest point which is 118.2 miles or 190 Kilometers. Do this by the end of September and starting July 20.
$3/km, $570 total personally.  Ten pledges at $1/km totaling $190 each.  Total of $2,470.
Eric Ephraim
Walking (the equivalent) 10 times the perimeter of Highland Park, or from Highland Park to South Bend, about 120 miles
$2/mile, Total $240
Doris Xie
Walking, 3 miles per day, 4 days per week
$300 to $500
Paul Clements
Walking the equivalent distance from Highland Park to Madison, Wisconsin, or 159 miles
Larry Block
Walking from Highland Park to Hyde Park and back.  A total of 68 miles.  Goal of $3/mile or $204 plus pledges to be received.
Neil Dahlmann
Walking from Highland Park to Washington D.C.  A total of 600 miles.  Funding goal 50 cents/mile or $300.
Mike Babian
Hiking (the equivalent) Mount Fuji Yoshida Trail 2x per week for 4 weeks. totaling approx. 100 miles. $2/mile. Funding Goal $200
Totals as of August 18
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Lisa Wilkerson, Speaker
Lyle Staab, District Governor
Suzanne Gibson, Immediate Past DG
Kevin Stevens, DG Elect
Vicki Newman
Margaret Winker
Barbara Tolbert
Laurie Marston
Happy Dollars
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The Day's Program
Lisa Wilkerson, our Speaker is the Global Marketing Director at AbbVie. She helped to bring a new point of view about the issues that matter to the black community. In the days following George Floyd's death, we witnessed peaceful and not so peaceful protests and the cries for justice from the Black Lives Matter movement. Lisa will be the first to admit that the movement doesn't have a clear platform which leads to a lack a true, national leadership.
One thing that Lisa shared with us was the correlation of our Four Way Test and what is happening these days with Black Lives Matter and the current protests. If we apply the Four Way Test to the things that are happening around us, we get a better picture. The death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the number of the Black lives before them at the hands of police officers, brings to the forefront the social injustices, systemic racism and police brutality. Black Lives Matter is a cry, a plea to look at what is happening at the hands of police. These rallies occur when justice has not been served for the death of a black person at the hands of police. 
Lisa also said that just because a person of color has reached a level of success, it doesn't preclude them from being judged by the color of their skin. A personal story she shared is that recently her son (who is whip smart, an athlete and musician) was out with his friends and their skateboards one night. As a mother, she is always worried about her children out at night until they come home. That particular night, about 10 p.m., she sent her son a text to come home so she could get some sleep without worrying. He sent a text back that he would try. That answer wasn't to her satisfaction, so she called him.. He explained that he lost his wallet and was using the flashlight on his phone to find it. She feared that a resident in the neighborhood would be frightened at seeing a young black male shining a flashlight and call the police. She urged her son to come home and they would look for it later. The next day the police station called to say a person turned in the wallet. Still fearing the worst if her son went in person to pick up his property, she went instead. She feared they would start asking questions as to why he was in that particular neighborhood. This is what so many black parents fear - stereotyping because of the color of his skin.
The pandemic has also shined a bright spotlight on the inequalities when it comes to education and healthcare. Across the nation, when it comes to education, not every home has internet or even reliable internet; nor do they have the hardware or devices to access online schooling. Many of those children would use the library in pre-pandemic days to complete their homework.  More affluent school districts can provide two books per subject so one set is at school and one is at home. Students in less fortunate districts may not even have one book that is the latest edition. With healthcare, the statistics have shone the adverse number of those hit with the virus, more severe symptoms, and death rates are people of color than caucasians.
Ghida told the members and guests how Highland Park reviewed their policies after the death of George Floyd. These policy updates are on the City's website.
Lisa has a suggested reading/viewing/listening list for members who are interested in learning more about systemic racism.
    So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo
    How to be an anitracist by Ibram X Kendi
    White fragility: Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin DiAngelo
    NPR's Codeswitch
    NYT's 1619
    When they see us by Ava DuVernay
    13th by Ava DuVernay
    Reconstruction: America after the civil war - PBS
This and That
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Membership Chair
Public Image
Rotary Foundation
Director Community Service
Director International Service
Youth/Interact Liaison
Fellowship Chair
Virtual Meeting Coordinator
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Gabrielle Cummings
August 10
Jon Levey
August 10
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August 30
Russell Hampton
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