Upcoming Events
April's Evening Meeting - Froggy's French Cafe
Froggy's French Cafe
Apr 27, 2022
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Board Meeting Via Zoom
Miramar Bistro
May 18, 2022 1:00 PM
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Apr 27, 2022 6:00 PM
May 04, 2022 11:30 AM
Lake County Emergency Management Agency
May 11, 2022 11:30 AM
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Pearls of the Club
It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow..
             - Robert H. Goddard                                                                                   
This Day In History
April 20, 1999 - Teen gunmen kill 13 at Columbine High School.
April 20, 1986 - Michael Jordan scores 63 points in playoff game.
April 20, 1898 - President McKinley asks foe declaration of war against Spain.
April 20, 1861 - Robert E. Lee resigns from the U.S. Army after Virginia secedes from Union.
Notes From the April 20th Meeting

President Karen Dennis greeted our speaker and fellow Rotarian Brian Romes as well as the members in person and online.

PLEASE NOTE: BEGINNING IN MAY,  WE WILL ONLY BE HOSTING HYBRID MEETINGS IF THE SPEAKER IS JOINING US ON ZOOM. We look forward to seeing you back in person! You have been missed!
The following week, on April 27th, there will not be a noon meeting. We will instead gather at Froggy's Cafe in Highwood for dinner and fellowship. Spouses are welcome! The cost for the dinner is $32.00 per person for the dinner (see menu options below) that includes soft drinks, tax and tip. There will be a cash bar. An email to register and pay for this event went out yesterday so check your inbox.  You do not have to know what you will eat now. You can inform the waitstaff that night.

Don't forget to RSVP and record your order (in the comments box) before Tuesday afternoon so we can send the order ahead to Miramar. Now that the website is set up to accept credit cards, you can pay for your lunch ahead of time. This makes it easier and quicker for Miramar to serve us.

Mark Your Calendar!!!!
A memorial for Dick Stone will held at Makom Solel Lakeside on Clavey Rd. in Highland Park on Sunday, May 15 at 11 a.m. Sadly, no one from the Club went to the Shiva.

City of Highland Park is looking for volunteer counters for the Bike/Walk Count (Move HP). 
Since 2012 of Highland Park’s first Bike and Pedestrian Plan, now called MoveHP, the City has been counting walkers and cyclists at various intersections almost semi-annually. These counts help the City plan for future street and sidewalk improvements. Data from past counts has informed the goals in MoveHP, and has enabled the City to receive grants to improve the non-motorized transportation network and to be designated a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.

Planning is underway for the Spring 2022 Bike & Pedestrian count, to be held on May 3, 4 and 7 and we need your help!

There are 5 different time slots and several locations around HP where we'll be counting. This year, we will be using sign up genius to manage the schedule. You may sign up for one or more shifts, but please sign up for only one location per shift. If you'd like to be on call in case of a last minute cancellation, there are spaces to sign up as an alternate for each time slot. The count happens rain or shine. Please share the sign up with others who might be able to help.
There are two locations where we are counting on the west side this year - Clavey and Ridge Road, and Park Ave W and the Skokie Valley Bike Trail. I am definitely hoping some neighbors would be interested in counting at these locations!

A virtual training for new counters will be held on April 21 at 6:30 pm. If you are unable to attend, the training will be recorded and available to view at your convenience.
Prior to the count, we will contact people who have signed up with details and provide everything needed for the count. Please fill in your name, email address and cell phone number so that we can reach you.
And here is the link for sign-ups:

Northern Illinois Food Bank and Moraine Township Food Pantry are looking for volunteers!
Help make a difference and support our community. Volunteers wanted at the Highwood Mobile Food Pantry
This is an outdoor volunteer opportunity whereby we sort food and then place them in vehicles of residents in need
Friday, June 10, 2022       
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Fort Sheridan Metra Station, 508 E. Old Elm Rd., Highwood
If you are unable to lift or move, you can still volunteer at the registration table.
Interested? Please RSVP to Ghida Neukirch at gneukirch@cityhpil.com
Guests and Visiting Rotarians
"Magnificent Manager" Cole Sangren, of Sunset Valley Golf Club and  guest of Ron Borden
Elke Friedman, Northbrook Club
The Day's Program
Before we let Brian speak, we did have to take care of some very important business - sing "Happy Birthday" to Larry Block! It was great to see our friend!
Our fellow Rotarian, Brian Romes, has been the Executive Director of the Park District Highland Park for the past three years. He has been with the Park District for over 16 years. Today, he shared with us an update on all that is the Park District of Highland Park (PDHP)!
As their Mission Statement declares, the PDHP is to enrich community life through healthy leisure pursuits and an appreciation of the natural world. This benefits to the community health-wise is all encompassing: physical, emotional and mental wellness.
There are 800 acres of parkland in 45 parks, 40 playgrounds, 41 acres of lakefront, nine facilities and 17 athletic fields. There are programs, classes, leagues, summer camps and events available to families. When it comes to the planning and stewardship of these lands, there is a ten year master plan that includes the lakefront, beach, and land management, athletic field, neighborhood parks and sustainability plans. 
Sunset Woods is getting it's third rocketship and the grand opening of that playground and Tot Lot is this June. Moroney Playground renovations are beginning this year and are expected to be completed in 2023.
With the Heller Nature Center and the Preserve of Highland Park (the former HPCC golf course) are among the 250 acres of natural land. This June the Preserve of Highland Park's trails will be opened to the public.
The four lakefront properties have witnessed the ravages of Climate change. Brian shared with us pictures of trails and beaches that have been affected. There have been years of excessive rain, higher levels of the lake and erosion of the beaches. Currently, Part Avenue North Beach and Millard Beach are passive (doesn't offer services or facilities). Moraine Beach allows for dogs to be off leash will be undergoing trail improvements this summer. Rosewood Beach has swimming, rentals and of course, the Interpretive Center. Park Avenue South Beach users will soon learn the Board's decision on the breakwater and boat ramp projects. The Board meets on the 27th.
Among the facilities slated for renovations is Deer Creek Racquet Club where the locker rooms will be updates and some of the courts will be converted into pickleball courts. The Rec Center's locker rooms will also be renovated this year. Hidden Creek Aqua Park will get a new pool shell this year. Heller Nature Center will have an updates display for their Interpretive Center, West Ridge Center has a rebuilding and renovation plan underway and the Centennial Ice Arena and Gymnastics center will begin improvements this summer. Sunset Golf Club has 3,000 annual rounds of golf for the past three years - this is attributed to "Magnificent Manager" Cole Sangren and his staff. In fact, several of our members echoed this claim.
As for financing, the Park District is supported 55% by tax revenue and 45% of it from user fees and alternative revenue sources such as grants and the Parks Foundation. Among the ways to communicate with the community, their website has been updated, they have a social media presence on Facebook and Instagram and a new app which can be downloaded from the Apple store or Google play!
This and That
Interact Senior Night
We had such a great event yesterday honoring the Interact Seniors, they gave a presentation of their service projects, we got to break down into small mentor group discussion led by an Interact mentor and each Rotarian got to be in each group talking with the parents and students. We all learned so much about each other. We had delicious catering from Sunset foods and cake. We also used it as an opportunity to talk to the parents about Rotary and we had over 10 parents possibly interested in joining!! (Thank you to Mike Babian for that report).
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:
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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
Kurt Schneider
April 29
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