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Club Meeting: Community Service Grants Summary
May 16, 2023 7:30 AM
Board of Directors meeting
May 17, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Empowering Girls Initiative
One Rotary Center
May 20, 2023
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Golf Road Clean-up
May 20, 2023 8:30 AM
Club Meeting: Evanston Pride
May 23, 2023 7:30 AM
Club Meeting: Impact of Trauma on Children
May 30, 2023 7:30 AM
Club Meeting: Local Food
Jun 06, 2023 7:30 AM
Club Meeting: ELRC Intl. Service Year-End Report
Jun 13, 2023 7:30 AM
Club Service Committee - Zoom
Jun 14, 2023
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Club Service Meeting
Jun 14, 2023
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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The Light for May 16, 2023 

By Kate Collinson

President Kathy Tate-Bradish welcomed members to the meeting and read our Land Acknowledgment.  Gary Peterson led the group in the Statement of Purpose and shared a thought from Susan Cain: “Everyone shines, given the right lighting.” 
Aimee Resnick reminded members that the Northwestern Rotaract Club will be hosting their first annual Networking Night on Tuesday, May 16, from 6 – 9 p.m. The location is Parkes Hall 122 (Attached to the Alice Millar Chapel). It will feature speakers, delicious food from Pita Inn and Bennison's Bakery, and wonderful conversations. The keynote speakers are Tiffani Holmes and Gabori M. Partee, founders of Well Beings Chicago. Join 100 Rotarians, Northwestern students, local business leaders, and Evanston community leaders for a free evening of fun! Register here:"
Albert Menard announced that the final Golf Road Clean-up of the current Rotary club year will take place on Saturday, May 20, at 8:30 a.m. at the TJ Maxx parking lot on Golf Road.  In less than an hour, we’ll clear any winter trash from Golf Road between Crawford & McCormick.  Questions?  Contact Al Menard (, cell phone 312-550-3494, or home phone 847-492-2972). 
Rebeca Mendoza provided an update on the upcoming Empowering Girls Initiative, a multi-club event for 3rd to 8th grade girls, being held on Saturday, May 20, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Rotary International.  Focused on learning, earning and saving, the morning includes a light breakfast (8:30 a.m.), followed by presentations (9:00 a.m.), RI tours and break-out sessions with Armor Girls Down and Byline Bank (10:00 a.m.), women entrepreneur and activity stations (11:00 a.m.) and lunch (noon).  Please follow the Signup Genius link to volunteer:  Volunteer Sign Up    Interested young girls may still register via Eventbrite.
Kathy explained that our club will be supporting the Youth Pride Parade on Sunday, June 4, 1 p.m.  She will be hosting a sign painting session in her garage on the morning of the event.  More details to come.
Fourth of July Parade liaison Kassandre McGovern announced this year’s celebration theme --  Community United Will Not Be Divided.  After last year’s tragic events in Highland Park, it’s important that local parades return, demonstrating resilience and community unity.  Rotarian help is needed in several areas: picking up and returning flags to our storage unit, driving Rotarians and other guests (convertibles preferred!), photographing the event, and providing a vehicle to tow our trailer.  The parade is one of our club’s most impactful public image opportunities.  Please consider joining the walkers/riders, wearing your red End Polio Now t-shirt!  Sign-up info to come.   
Sunshine Lady Ann Searles reported that Bob Teska was back in the hospital but expects that adjustment of meds will make him fine and fit. Sam Lovering had another test re: bladder cancer and he is thankfully clear for now.  John Searles has had two cataract surgeries and a trip to ER but is fine now and seeing well. 
Ann also noted the high level of volunteer activity in the club recently!   Special thanks from Ann to those who helped with the Evanston History Center House Walk on Mother's Day -- Georgia Vlahos, Holly & Terry Halliday, Gary Peterson, Myra Janus, John Searles, and Aimee Resnick.
Linda Gerber shared slides and thanked those who staffed the Rotary table at Saturday’s drizzly (but enjoyable) Umbrella Arts Festival.  Bruce Baumberger, Ann Weatherhead, MaLu Simon (with four generations of family!), Kate Collinson, Bill Glader, Dan Coyne and Hal Gerber interacted with many community members and shared our Rotary story, while sampling wonderful food, art, and performance!
Special Announcement
Mentor Charlotta Koppanyi presented Aimee Resnick with a Paul Harris pin, acknowledging the breadth and depth of her commitment to our Club, our community, and the greater world.  Aimee was also just honored with the NU Arch Award, given to a first-year student who has modeled one or more of the competencies of Northwestern’s Leadership Framework, enhanced the campus community, and demonstrated a commitment to NU’s value.  Congrats to Aimee!  We have seen what you can do – and are so grateful to know you!

Roasts & Boasts

Marv Edelstein also boasted Aimee -- for facilitating a panel on empowering girls and women at the recent District Conference.   District 6440 is still talking about it!   Additional video to come.
Program: CS Grants 2022-2023
Community Service Chair Myra Janus explained this year’s atypical grant process and introduced our grantees and their good work!  
To see this presentation, click here


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