The Light for June 11, 2019
By Chris Joyce
Photography by John Searles
President Kristin opened the meeting with a welcome and lead us in a recitation of the Rotary pledge. Jim McGuire presented the Thought For the Day.   He had several thoughts concerning Father’s Day: “A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.” “Being a really great father is a lot like shaving-no matter how well you shave today, you have to do it again tomorrow.” “A grandfather is a person with silver in his hair and gold in his heart.” “The best dads get promoted to grandpa!”
Kristin Brown announced that June 12 is the Rotary Day against Child Labor. June 13 is the anniversary of our club being chartered. Last night’s board meeting was the last board meeting of this Rotary year. As is our tradition, the incoming board attended as well. The installation dinner is June 25 at 6-8 p.m. at One Rotary Center on the third floor. No morning meeting that day. There will also be no morning meeting July 2. We will be marching in the July 4 parade instead.
Bill Glader, Linda Gerber, and Steve Steiber updated the club on the progress of the Taste of Evanston. Bill noted that we are ahead of last year in ticket sales. Linda told us about some new restaurant participants, such as Pete Miller’s. Steve reminded club members to please sign up to help out on that day.
Susan Prout invited club members to come to the First United Methodist Church tomorrow evening, June 12, at 7 p.m. to help wrap diapers for Bundled Blessings.
Kathy Tate-Bradish thanked those who have already volunteered to help June 22-23 at the Fountain Square Artisan Summer Fest. Funds will be collected for mental health and suicide prevention. Sandy Chen of Koi will provide an equal value gift certificate to Koi to club members who contribute to the club foundation for this purpose. Erica’s Lighthouse will be the recipient of the funds. Kathy also announced that Rotary International has stengthened its policy prohibition of any form of discrimination by clubs, to include race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
Neil Gambow discussed the 4th of July Parade.
Bruce Baumberger announced that the District Governor installation will be Saturday, June 22. Suzanne Gibson of the Barrington club will be the new governor and she has arranged for the event to be at the Sanfillippo Estate. It will be a fun evening. See the District website for details.
Marisa Naujokas reminded members to make their contribution to the club foundation if they have not already done so. June 30 is the deadline for this Rotary year.
Helen Oloroso thanked the club for allowing her to attend the annual Rotary convention in Hamburg. It was a very inspiring experience and great to see so many people from around the world working together to improve the world.
Roasts & Boasts
Harold Bauer boasted Marcia Kazurinsky. Marcia informed us that she has been taking ballroom dancing lessons and won two gold medals at a competition last weekend. She won for foxtrot and cha-cha-swing.
Jean Saunders boasted Rotary and all of the wonderful things it accomplishes. She, too, was inspired by the convention.
Helen Oloroso boasted Jean and her hard work at the booth at the convention.
Joy Joyce announced that she is going to Peru later this week with other economics educators. She would like to talk to any member who has been there to get their advice and suggestions.
John Searles announced that yesterday was his and Ann’s 30th wedding anniversary.
Bob Teska announced that he and his wife Diane will be celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary in 2 weeks.
Topic: Evanston Development Co-operative
Speakers:  Dick Co and Robinson Marcus
Dick Co and Robinson Marcus are co-founders of the Evanston Development Co-operative. Dick was a Northwestern chemistry professor for a decade until he left to co-found the cooperative. He currently serves on the Evanston Citizens’ Greener Board. Robbie is a senior at Northwestern majoring in political science with a minor in radio/TV/film. He has conducted independent housing research in Evanston to understand diversity trends since the 2008 recession. After graduating, Robbie will join EDC full time.
The Evanston Development Cooperative was founded on the premise of addressing the issues of housing insecurity and affordability in Evanston. Evanston has committed to becoming the first city in Illinois to use renewable energy, by 2030, and to be carbon neutral by 2050. What role can housing play in this commitment?
EDC uses a technology developed at Northwestern. Housing frames are prefabricated and come with windows, doors, and electrical outlet space precut into the framing pieces. The framing pieces can be put together in two hours. The interior work, because of the precut frame molds, can be completed in a very quick and efficient manner. An example of a recently completed 1,000 sq. ft. house was shown. There are two bedrooms, two handicap accessible bathrooms, and plenty of living space.
The insulation is polyurethanne, which is non-flammable. This provides a high level of safety, in addition to the ease with which the framing can be constructed. The framing is very strong as well, enabling it to withstand wind and other weather issues. Structures like this have withstood hurricanes.
How do we deploy this innovative housing technology? They have found partners to work with them. One partner is Eco-Panels, with whom they have an exclusive arrangement as the installer of these panels. Ultimately, they hope to construct them in Evanston, providing some light manufacturing jobs. They have also received support from the City of Evanston, in the form of a CDBG grant. An example of the planned housing was constructed in Evanston in one day, and passed all of the required inspections.
The plan is to build “sensible” affordable housing. One idea is to construct coach houses. These are houses that are in the back of existing houses and provide reasonable space. They can be attached to the garage, or on top of the garage. They have been successful in California. Evanston ordinances allow them to be rented. In this way, additional affordable housing can be made available in Evanston. Other, detached and affordable housing can also be built using these methods.   
Why set up EDC as a co-op? It is anchored by cooperative management, autonomous, community focused, and providing education, training, and information. It is an Illinois co-op, providing profit sharing, with a voting structure of one member, one vote. Workers and investors are all Evanston residents, and will remain community focused. Going forward, EDC will provide sensible, affordable housing to help Evanston solve its housing problems.
Kristin Brown, Robinson Marcus, and Dick Co
Guests & Milestones:
Visiting Rotarian
Mary Bak, Associate Governor
Other Guests
Dick Co, speaker
Robinson Marcus, speaker
Bill Vernon
Club Anniversaries
Bob Teska 34 years-charter member
Paul Brown 34 years-charter member