The Light for August 7, 2018
 
By Neil Gambow
 
Photography by John Searles
 
Meeting was called to order by President Kristin Brown at 7:30 a.m., and the Rotary Pledge was led by her.  The thought of the day was given by Ann Searles used in the curriculum for her Vacation Bible Camp called Peace Lab. 
 
Announcements 
 
Kristin Brown – The Rotary theme for the month of August continues to be member recruitment and retention.  Our next Club Board Meeting is on August 27 at her house.  The budget for this year’s Holiday Sale has been tempered by the closure of our flower supplier, Anton’s.  Our 2018-19 Annual Meeting is scheduled for December 11. 
 
Chris Joyce – A list for the Greeter assignments covering the full year is being generated.  Our Club picnic is scheduled for September 11 at Fran Caan’s house.  We are still working on the final cost of the breakfast foods and should have that done very soon.  At this moment, oatmeal, fruit, and pastry are included in the continental breakfast.  Susan Prout is keeping track of everyone’s preference for full breakfast or continental breakfast. 
 
Marisa Naujokas – the 2018 Taste of Evanston netted $69,000.  Fantastic!  55% of the net will be split between two beneficiaries ($19,000 each) and 54% to the Club ($31,000).  Every Club member participated on some way, which is really remarkable.  The Holiday Sale team is working hard to resolve the issue of Anton’s closure.  Flowers make up about 30  percent  of our total sales. 
 
Linda Gerber – Her International team is looking for places that can identify Syrian refugee assistance needs.  Contact Leslie Peters or Linda if anyone has ideas.   She and her global grant team submitted the final global grant application with support coming from the Barrington, Evanston, Northbrook clubs totaling $28,000.  This global grant process is very intense and she thanked her team for their excellent work!
 
Leslie Peters – Working on more fun club fellowship ideas.  Currently working on a quarterly dinner at a Club member’s house for eight people.  It is a pot luck format.  More to come.  Contact Jean Saunders or Leslie if you have any thoughts on this. 
 
Ann Searles – Reminded us about the Ravinia club fellowship event on August 9. 
 
Neil Gambow – Three of our Youth Exchange students – Guilherme Isfer, Bella Hubbard, and Cassie Tingley – will be attending our meeting on August 21.
 
Mary Bak (Assistant District Governor) - Julie Clark, District 6440 Governor, will be attending our next Board meeting on August 27 and our regular Club meeting on August 28.  A Rotary Summit will take place on October 20 at Harper College.  More to come on that.  She offered her congratulations on the work done on the global grant. 
 
Roasts & Boasts
 
Susan Prout - she played in a softball tournament recently after a 12-year hiatus.  Her team finished in 2nd and she had a hit in each game plus one other hit in the season.  GO FIGHTING METHODISTS!!
 
Kate Collinson – Boasted the birth of her first granddaughter in Brooklyn, NY ,two and a half weeks ago.
 
Gary Peterson – Boasted Sue Smith and her dragon boat race team – who finished dead last in the most recent race.
 
Lucas Albright – his daughter, son-in-law,and grandson are visiting from Tokyo, Japan.  His grandson was selected as the best soccer player in his age group in all of Tokyo.  Congratulations!!
 
Kea Gordon – Invited any interested person to join her on open-water swimming at Lee Street Beach.  She swam 2.4 miles on Sunday!
 
Harold Bauer – Boasted Chris Joyce for the great job he is doing getting the breakfast foods in order.
 
Helen Oloroso – took her first bike ride since breaking her wrist – 12 miles!
 
Sargent at Arms – interviewed Jackie Mack
 
  • Most memorable Rotary moment: As prospective member, she was inspired by all we do. 
  • Something we did not know about her – She adopted her three children from Russia.
Attempted to stump us with a question about a cartoon character in a fictitious national park – Yogi Bear in Jellystone Park.  Try again!! 
 
Program – Skokie Holocaust Museum
 
Speaker: Neal Goodfriend – Skokie Museum Docent
 
Neal is a lifetime Chicago resident and grew up on the southeast side of Chicago in Jeffrey Manor. He graduated from Bowen High School in South Chicago in 1971, college at University of Illinois Chicago with a degree in History and Political Science in 1975, and Law School at DePaul University in 1978. He was a prosecutor for 29 years for the Attorney General of Illinois and the State's Attorney of Cook County and was also a criminal defense attorney  for five years.  He began his training to become a docent at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in November 2017 and was certified docent April 2018.
 
He began by speaking about the relevance of the Museum in today’s world.  The goal of the Museum is never to forget the Holocaust. It is worth noting that the State of Illinois is the only state mandating the inclusion of the Holocaust in school curriculums.  As an educational museum, there have been 150,000 visitors, including 62,000 students, touring the Museum last year. 
 
A significant part of the Museum is the stories told by the Holocaust survivors.  Many of their stories have been permanently saved and are used to educate visitors using holograms that are activated by Museum docents on tours. 
 
The Nazis came to power legitimately in 1933.  During the period from 1933 to September 1, 1939, the Nazis worked to eject Jews from Germany.  Most countries, including the U.S., would not take them.  On September 1, 1939, Hitler changed the policy to killing Jews instead of getting them out of Germany.  That started the Holocaust for the Jews.  Others were actually interred in German concentration camps starting in 1933 but not Jews.
       
Genocide is still with us.  The list includes Armenia, Cambodia, Darfur, Rwanda and, most recently, Myanmar.  This is why it is important to keep the Holocaust in our sights. 
   
Ann Searles asked about what to tell students about how to prevent holocaust events.  The response is to keep it local, prevent bullying, and so on.
 
Harold Bauer told the story of his sister and her singing group, the Seven Sisters.  She was the only one to survive after barely escaping a dragnet that caught the other six members who were later killed.  He found a picture of the Seven Sisters in his basement and sent it to an organization in Israel that collects all they can about the Holocaust.
 
Helen Oloroso talked about a significant find of taped stories from Holocaust survivors that is in the IIT archives.  The project was initiated by Dr. Sohair Wastawy when she was the Dean of Libraries at IIT.  Sohair became a good friend of Helen’s when they worked together at IIT; she is now the head of the Qatar National Library in Doha.  The archives can be found by going to the IIT website .
 
Neal Goodfriend and Kristin Brown
 
Guests and Milestones
 
Visiting Rotarians
 
Mary Bak – Assistant District 6440 Governor
Gary Knepper
 
Other Guests
 
Cassie Tingley – Exchange Student
Nancy Tarpey Cole – Friend of Speaker
Margee Minnis – Friend of Speaker
Paul Weber – Malu’s husband
 
Club Anniversaries
 
Gerry Baumann, 11 years
Harold Bauer, 12 years
Marisa Naujokas, 3 years
 
 
 
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