Meeting Notes from April 25, 2017
Presiding was President Brad Weiss and the Thought for the Day was provided by Kea Gorden quoting Marianne Williamson.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others.”
Brad Weiss announced that Luiz Abreu, our exchange student, will have a featured role in the ETHS Spring Musical: Jesus Christ Superstar playing on April 21, 22, 28 and 29.
Ken Green made a presentation about Campus Kitchens. He discussed the activities and facilities involved in Campus Kitchens which consist mainly in delivering foods to Evanston residents not having the mobility to go out to shop. Campus Kitchens takes place on Sundays at 2 p.m. and last about an hour.
Brad Weiss encouraged everyone to participate and related his experiences participating in Campus Kitchens last weekend with his two sons.
Brad Weiss provided highlights from the last board meeting:
Currently, the breakfast cost per person is around $17.95, the club charges each member approximately $12. The difference is made up by members who do not attend the breakfast meetings; however it is becoming an unsustainable situation and the club is looking at ways to close the gap.
Bill Glader presented on the Taste of Evanston event indicating that a website has been created ( to provide details regarding the event and enabling the purchase of tickets. Tickets are $80/adult; $25/student; and $10/children under 12 years old.
Brad mentioned that Joan Borg has managed the duty roster for a couple of years now and we are looking for a new duty roster champion. The board is looking at different arrangements, including a group of six people every month.
The next board meeting is scheduled for May 8 at 7 p.m. – 2725 Lincoln St. at Brad’s house.
Gary Peterson announced the next Golf Road clean-up will be on May 6 at 8:30 a.m. in front of TJ Maxx.
Don Gwinn announced the next Rebuilding Together event will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29, at 1127 Sherman Ave. Friday will be from 9 a.m. to early afternoon and Saturday will be starting at 8:30 a.m. The activities on Friday will consist of cleaning out the basement and prepping for painting on Saturday. Lunch will be provided on Saturday and Don encouraged everyone to bring rain gear in case it rains.
Joan Borg announced the Fellowship Dinner will take place at Union Pizzeria tomorrow starting at 6:30 p.m. Union Pizzeria is one of the sponsors of the Taste of Evanston.
Brad Weiss and Steve Steiber presented the Paul Harris Fellow Plus 4 to Kristin Brown. Donations to the Paul Harris Foundation support many major projects all around the world.
Kristen Brown and Steve Steiber
Ken Green announced that the Community Service Committee award grantees will be present at breakfast on May 23. One of the grantees, Books and Breakfast, is looking for volunteers to assist in their activities. Brad Weiss emphasized that this opportunity falls in line with the club’s focus on hands-on activities.
Ann Searles announced that Evanston’s Aging Well Conference will take place a week from this Friday – May 5 - at the Levy Senior Citizen’s Center.
Charlotta Koppanyi is a featured speaker at the event. She will be speaking about seniors using arts in their lives. The event is free and breakfast is provided.
Marv Edelstein announced the next meeting for the Young Leaders Committee on May 11. All are invited to attend.
Linda Gerber noted that May 19 will be the designated charitable contribution day to the club at Terra and Vine. Terra and Vine is also a sponsor of the Taste of Evanston.
Elaine Clemens announced the meeting for the Vocational Service Committee will be held at her house a week from today – Tuesday, May 2.
Roasts and Boasts
Chuck Bartling boasted the club for the many members who recently joined the Evanston History Center. He was at the Dawes House recently and was pleased to report the election of Louis Allred as president of the Current Events Class of Evanston for next year, its 99th season.
Steve Steiber boasted his son for passing his 2nd year exam in medical school.
Ann Searles boasted a friend who is a client of Brad Weiss and who donated proceeds of a gold tooth to Rotary.
Kristin Brown boasted the attendees of the March for Science on Saturday – Linda Gerber, Helen Oloroso and Marissa Naujokas. Kristin brought a sign that said: “Got Polio? Me neither. Thanks to Science.”
Elaine Clemens boasted her daughter for having been accepted at the DePaul University School of Social Work.
Bruce Baumberger boasted Karena Bierman for being appointed to the City of Evanston’s Ethics Board. He noted how appropriate for a Rotarian to be on the ethics board.
Marv Edelstein roasted himself for sending an email informing the members of the need to submit two district grants,only to be corrected by Bruce Baumberger that only one district grant was allowed per club.
D. J. Hoek from the Northwestern University Archival Collection
Fran Caan introduced D. J. Hoek as the Associate University Librarian for Collections Strategies at Northwestern University, where he directs the development and preservation of all library collections. Prior to this position, he served for many years as head of Northwestern’s music library, and he continues to teach courses in the Bienen School of Music. He holds advanced degrees in music and librarianship, and his research in both fields has resulted in two books and numerous other publications. His current work focuses on copyright and licensing of digital media, as well as historical intersections of experimental music with jazz and rock.
D. J. began by noting that it was 47 years ago that the Beatles broke up as a group and two years before he was born. D. J. explained that Northwestern University has a terrific research library system consisting of more than 27 million items from books, manuscripts, music, and other formats. They cover all disciplines and are used by undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty. The collections range from Mesopotamian plates to music manuscripts.
Today, D.J. indicated his focus will be on manuscripts from the early days of The Beatles.
D.J. started by outlining the timeline on how the manuscripts ended up at Northwestern University. John Cage launched the Notations project in 1965. Yoko Ono started to send her own work along with contributions from the Beatles around 1966–67. In 1970, NU Music Library expands mission, with particular commitment to contemporary music. In 1973, Cage began placing materials at NU, including all Notations manuscripts and related correspondence.
He went over an example of the album entitled Revolver and played several sections of these songs while showing the original manuscript.
He mentioned that the Beatles did not know how to read music and made very interesting notes in their manuscripts.
D. J. highlighted a few key aspects of the collection.
The manuscripts show lyrics only, no musical notation. They are unsigned and contain many revisions and doodles. The manuscripts are rare and valuable and constitute eight of 100 known Beatles manuscripts.  There are periodic exhibits at NU when the manuscripts are shown to the public.
D.J. ended by quoting Hunter Davies: “One of the strange things about the Beatles phenomenon is that the further we get away from them, the bigger they become.”
Brad Weiss and D. J. Hoek
Guests and Milestones
Bill Siegfried, prospective member
Debi Genthe, prospective member
Luiz Abreu, exchange student
Cassie Tingley, exchange student
Lucas Albright, prospective member, guest of Neil Gambow
Mike Merdinger, April 26
Horton Kellogg, April 28
Club Anniversary
Louis Allred, 26 years
Next Week’s Assignments
Greeters: Horton Kellogg and Charlotta Koppanyi
Thought for the Day: Jackie Mack
Scribe: Helen Oloroso
Meeting set-up: Carol Bild and Joan Borg
Breakdown: Marisa Naujokas and Harvey Newcomb