Meeting Notes from January 9, 2018
 
President Marv Edelstein welcomed members to the meeting. Marisa led members in the  ‘Why We Are Rotarians’ pledge.
 
Announcements
 
Marv Edelstein encouraged Board members to convene for a brief “piano meeting” after the regular meeting.
 
Ann Searles reminded the membership that a Memorial Service for Sid Doolittle, former ELRC president, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2515 Central Park Ave. It would be nice to have good representation from our club. 
 
Elaine Clemens, as chair of the Community Service Committee, explained that her committee has modified its grant application process.  This year the CSC seeks to fund programs that will deliver mental health services to Evanston residents.  As our club website and Facebook page currently state, the ELRC is announcing a Call for Letters of Intent for its Community Service Grants with a deadline of February 1.  In order to be eligible to receive grants (from $1,000 to $3,000) in late April or early May, 501(c)3 organizations must send a letter of intent to Elaine (emama47@att.net) by the deadline, with a brief description of the organization, its mission statement, and a 100-word description of the project for which it’s seeking funding (including the total cost, who would be served, how the ELRC grant would impact the project, and how the project would be sustained).   The CSC will review the Letters of Intent and applications will then be electronically sent to those organizations approved for the application process.  Elaine also noted that the Community Service Committee will be meeting at her home at 1106 Seward this evening at 7 p.m.
 
Marcia Kazurinsky explained that she will be performing this weekend (Friday through Tuesday) in The Tragedy of Coriolanus with The Shakespeare Project of Chicago.  Over the course of its season, the Shakespeare Project puts on free, staged readings of Shakespeare (and his contemporaries) at public libraries in the area (including the Newberry, Niles, Wilmette, and others).  For more information, please check the project website: http://www.shakespeareprojectchicago.org/weekend. 
 
Having attended a meeting in upstate New York, Holly Halliday returned with a club banner from the Rotary Club of North Creek.  Our club banner will now proudly hang in the local restaurant where they meet.
 
Marv Edelstein and Holly Halliday
 
Helen Oloroso explained that the Jan. 25 Fellowship Dinner is being postponed.  ELRC member Dale Bradley will be inducted as Evanston Chamber of Commerce President that night and another event – the Dinner with Nice People – will be held on Jan. 31, 2018.   Helen also did a quick straw poll, gauging interest in holding our club picnic on July 4 after the parade.
 
Horton Kellogg encouraged members to save the date – Sunday, Feb. 18 – for the annual Old Men’s Jazz Band Performance & Buffet.  More publicity will follow.  For those anxious for details, this popular Big Band Jazz event has found a new location – White Eagle Banquets at 6839 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Niles.
 
Having completed the requirements, Jacob Bachman received his blue ELRC badge.
 
Jacob Bachman and Marv Edelstein
 
Roasts & Boasts
 
Helen Oloroso boasted her son Christopher who finally “popped the question” to his now-fiancée Alexa.  Both families are thrilled (and relieved)!
 
Don Gwinn boasted his writer/actor son Peter, who played an Apartment Manager in last week’s episode of Chicago Fire.
 
Steve Steiber toasted the Holiday Sale (and Ann Searles)!   At a non-Rotary gathering where ham was served, he overhead the question “Is this an Ann Searles ham?”
 
Ann Searles explained that she’d enjoyed one of last year’s holiday sale hams on Saturday.  It was still delicious!  Ann also boasted her man, Stedman Graham, who appeared on Oprah’s arm at the recent Golden Globes ceremony. 
 
Neil Gambow boasted Kristin Brown and Katherine Adams-Delgado who each included our Youth Exchange student “C” in several outings over the Christmas break.  “C” has enjoyed three of Chicago’s museums recently.  Thanks to Katherine and Kristin for stepping up! 
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Albert Menard interviewed Bob Teska, inquiring how Rotary has affected Bob’s non-Rotary life. Professionally, Bob has valued Rotary’s emphasis on trust and ethics.  He also noted the importance of Rotary friendships in his life, both locally and internationally.   In response to the “What do most people not know about you?” question, Bob explained that his wife Diane is also an active Rotarian, having served as president of her club and assistant district governor.    Bob also revealed that he has a long history of participation in Drum & Bugle Corps, as a Racine Kiltie. Originally a ragtag group, the Kilties grew and thrived over the years, performing successfully in numerous regional and national championships.  Bob worked with the corps for more than ten years, starting at age 10.  To this day, American Legion and VFW parades – featuring 40+ drum & bugle corps and lasting more than 10 hours – are a sight to see!
 
Bob Teska
Program
 
Participatory meeting
 
President-Elect Kristin Brown briefly recapped last January’s Strategic Planning meeting, a four-hour Visioning session facilitated by District leaders.  At that time, the charge was to “Imagine 2020.”  
 
Who are we and what do we do?   Imagining three years out, the group developed the following description of the ELRC:  We are 90 to 100 active members, representing many diverse communities and ethnicities.  Our club is a place to socialize and do good work, with a reputation for getting things done.  We identify and engage both locally and internationally where we can have an impact, and we partner with others to solve challenges.  With a sound plan to raise funds, we bring in approximately $150,000/year.  We communicate effectively with Rotarians and other communities.
 
How did we get here?  More than 100 statements were offered (and carefully compiled by Dave Simmons).  These statements were then prioritized using a colored dot system.  The top five priorities were:  Achieved Every Rotarian Every Year (Everyone contributes to the Rotary Foundation), Increased joint involvement/promotion with other clubs, Partnered to address Evanston youth issues (hunger, homelessness, health, education), Updated excellent website, Taste of Evanston is a popular community event.
 
Kristin Brown was identified as a friendly curmudgeon, tasked with keeping the ELRC ‘on track’.  An elevator speech was developed:  We are community and business leaders who have become friends and are working to improve people’s lives, locally and internationally.  For example, we sponsor an Evanston youth leadership conference, international water projects, and for many years we have worked with Rebuilding Together to maintain the homes of fellow Evanston residents in need.
 
For today’s session, the breakfast tables were charged with developing action steps.  How can we ensure that our top five priorities are achieved/successful?
 
Every Rotarian Every Year -  Put donation envelopes on the tables for one month and encourage cash/check contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  We might pick up contributions from a few additional Rotarians who have eschewed online giving.
Partner to address youth issues -  Invite heads of Evanston agencies to our meetings.  “Get them in the room.”  Offer to donate time when we’re not able to donate money.  Develop ad hoc committees and form alliances with different organizations that serve our minority communities (Chamber of Commerce, Chessman, FAAM).  Keep in mind vocational career paths as viable options for Evanston youth.
 
Taste of Evanston (TOE) -  Use the event as a vehicle to increase membership and involve youth. Engage youth in planning, setup, activities.  Could the event be expanded?  Battle of the bands?  Karaoke?  Use TOE as a way to help people understand what Rotary does.  Tell community about RYLA, Youth Leadership Day, etc. 
 
Other comments -   The Trees of Evanston project offers an opportunity to partner with others and expand our reach.  While there has been talk of a BIG project for our club, our members have diverse interests and support diverse projects.  We can focus on doing good in the community in lots of different ways, without necessarily having an overarching goal or project.  There may be ways to expand our Rebuilding Together efforts.  Affordable housing is a huge need in Evanston that could benefit from our labor year-round, rather than one week/year.
 
Kristen Brown
Guests and Milestones
 
Guest
 
Patida Phanithullawat, “C”,  Youth Exchange student
 
Birthdays
 
Dick Moenning – Jan. 10
Yves Lassere – Jan. 13
 
 
Sponsors