Meeting Notes from May 14, 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. Kathy Tate-Bradish presented the Thought for the Day. She noted that on May 5, 1987, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that private clubs do not have constitutional rights to exclude women from membership. Specifically, the court ruled that states may outlaw such discrimination by Rotary Clubs. Kathy  boasted the Duarte Rotary Club of California, which had voted in 1977 to allow women to become members. In 1978, Rotary International terminated their charter!   
 
Announcements
 
Bryant Wallace announced that the Chessmen Club of Evanston’s annual golf outing is July 8 at Wilmette Country Club. Proceeds will support the club’s hunger initiative. They will provide food baskets for the needy. Our Rotary Club is sponsoring a hole. For tickets- https://e.givesmart.com/events/c3P/
 
Bryant Wallace and Kristin Brown
 
Zbig Skiba reported on the tree planting last Saturday, May 11. Some 42 trees were planted. In attendance to help were many Rotarians, and young people from the Officer and Gentlemen Academy, Interact from Beacon Academy, and members of the ETHS football team.
 
Ann Searles announced the annual garden sale of the Highland Garden Club of Evanston. It will be June 1. Funds from previous sales have been used to purchase trees for our tree planting project.
 
Kathy Tate-Bradish reported that the membership committee had a table at the tree planting. Membership materials were available. The table can be available at other local functions. She also mentioned that this Saturday is the 2nd annual Officer and Gentlemen Academy Empowerment Breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn, from 10-12. Tickets are $50. cityofevanston.org/ogabreakfast 
 
Elaine Clemens announced that next week’s Tuesday meeting will feature the recipients of the Community Service Committee’s annual grants. Also, please bring a non-perishable food item for Streetwise to next week’s meeting.
 
Members of the Taste of Evanston Committee presented an update. Linda Gerber discussed the benepartners of the Taste. She presented a history of the process whereby we identified our signature project. Housing stability is both the central focus of Taste, and of our Rotary Club as well.The intent is to focus on a community commitment to sustainable affordability. The Club has identified this as a core charitable commitment going forward. We have partnered with Joining Forces, a consortium of Evanston organizations promoting affordability.
 
Steve Steiber and Bill Glader talk about the Taste
 
Charlotta Koppanyi announced that North Shore Cidery, one of the Taste vendors, is creating a signature hard cider for the Taste. Charlotta said that there were two flavor possibilities-quince and elderberry. Elderberry is a flower with very pretty petals, from which a sweet syrup is produced. Quince is a bitter apple/pear fruit. After a club vote, elderberry was chosen.
 
Bill Glader announced that Early Bird tickets for Taste are on sale for two more weeks. The Open Studio Project will be presenting art opportunities for artists of all ages at Taste. Steve Steiber discussed the need for volunteers for Taste-for set up, during the event, and break down.
 
Roasts & Boasts
 
Bill Glader boasted Marisa Naujokas. She noticed at a recent fundraising events that there was food leftover. She got the food to Bill, who delivered it to Streetwise.
 
Linda Gerber boasted Kate Collinson for her superb scribing. Kate was able to present a difficult speech in a concise and understandable manner.
 
Gary Peterson boasted Jim McGuire. Jim is Gary’s office landlord. Last Saturday, a bird got into the office, and Jim was able to solve the problem quickly.
 
Paul Brown followed up on Kathy Tate-Bradish’s earlier comments on the admission of women to Rotary membership. He discussed how Joan Barr, Evanston mayor back in 1987, became the second woman member of the club.
 
Jean Saunders boasted Albert Menard for his tree planting skills. They planted a tree together last Saturday.
 
Program
 
Speaker: Sarah Laing
 
Topic: Open Studio Project
 
Sarah Laing is executive director of the Open Studio Project, with studios on Sherman in Evanston. She has a Master of Arts degree and is a Registered Art Therapist.
 
Sarah has worked with OSP since 2000, first as Associate Director until 2011, then on the Advisory Board, and as Executive Director since March 2019. She is an artist, art therapist, and community leader. Sarah is a strong advocate of art education and has long worked in the art education field, and has served on numerous related boards.
 
Open Studio Project is a non-profit arts and social service organization. For more than 25 years, OSP has provided dynamic, award-winning arts programming in a welcoming and supportive atmosphere-free of comment and critique. OSP’s unique art and writing process empowers people to bring meaningful change into their life and community. This is their 20th year in Evanston.
 
One unique facet of OSP is that there is no commenting or critiquing of any of the art produced. This results in a safe environment. With such a safe environment, very powerful, expressive and creative images result from the work of the artist.
 
This facet is exemplified in OSP’s mission-”To serve the community by teaching and disseminating a creative process that allows individuals of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to experience art as a vehicle for personal growth.”
 
As Sarah said, at OSP, they believe that art can change anything. The process involves intention setting, expressive art making, and journaling as a means to deepen self-awareness, find balance, experience freedom, and play.
 
OSP’s process is especially helpful when going through life changes. The process is intended to help, for example, people who are going through job changes, or family adjustments, or coming out of treatment. In addition, the process is very helpful for those on disability, or with mental health challenges. OSP is known in the psychology community as a place where people can come to get back on their feet.
 
Community outreach is a major focus of OSP. They believe that they contribute to the mental health of Evanston. OSP has been involved in community outreach for the 20 years that they have been in Evanston. OSP’s collaboration’s with Evanston’s schools and social service sector are at the very core of their mission.
 
Through their outreach, OSP is addressing many problems, including bullying, depression, substance abuse, and technology addiction. They have partnered with, among others, Youth and Opportunity United, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, and the Moran Center for Youth Advocacy. This commitment to outreach will continue, and expand.
 
A major program of OSP is the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Arts Programs in schools. SEL is a process through which children acquire skills needed to manage emotions, set and achieve goals, develop empathy, establish positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. SEL is currently in Evanston in pre-k and low income preschools programs, and also in Evanston and Chicago in various public schools.
 
OSP also has a scholarship Program. The Lillith scholarship fund provides opportunities for hundreds of youth and adults in need of having access to OSP’s unique process. Close to 25 percent of its fee-paying programs are available to under-resourced populations, and the demand continues to grow for these scholarships .  
 
OSP’s vision is for community and capacity for action, which is greatly aided by outside support. OSP has a tremendous impact with a small budget. OSP is extremely efficient and financially responsible, providing a community investment opportunity for the financial supporters.
 
Kristin Brown and Sarah Laing
 
Guests & Milestones
 
Guests
 
Kerstin Alischoeski, spouse of Dave SImmons and potential new member
Cassandra McGovern, to be inducted next week
 
Birthday
 
Steve Steiber, May 15
 
Club Anniversary
 
Carol Pandak, 14 years
 
Sponsors