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The home of Kathy Tate-Bradish and Bob Bradish
Dec 15, 2019
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Meeting Notes from December 10, 2019
The Light for December 10, 2019
 
By Katherine Peterson
 
Photography by John Searles
 
Members of the Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse gathered with President Helen Oloroso presiding and leading the group in the Why We Are Rotarians Pledge.  The Thought for the Day was presented remotely by Yves Lassere, who also attended via live stream.
 
Announcements
 
December is Rotary International Family Month, with a focus on disease prevention and treatment  globally.   Rotary is recognized for its signature project, the eradication of polio.  Prevention is important, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care.  Rotary in its Water, Sanitation and Health or WASH program is committed to becoming a leader along with other organizations in finding practical and sustainable solutions to major health issues.  
Action for all of us is to join an action group – Alzheimer’s, Blindness Prevention, Blood Donation, Dental Volunteers, Diabetes, Family Health & AIDS Prevention, Health Education and Wellness, Hearing, Malaria, Multiple Sclerosis, Polio Survivors, Population Growth—all focus on health related issues this week in the Rotary World.
 
Sbig Skiba announced after much thought his resignation from the role of President-Elect of the club.  It was a tough decision necessitated by a need to focus on work, and he decided it would be fair to all concerned to step down at this time.  Sbig promised to remain active and take on the role of President at some point in the future.  Luckily, we have been able to fill in the slate. 
 
Helen Oloroso added that it was a sign of Sbig’s deep and intense commitment to the club that he took this responsibility so seriously that he realized it was not the right time.  It is the Board that fills vacancies and last night the Board accepted Sbig’s resignation and also approved the filling of the vacancy with Chris Joyce, who is willing to step up six months early.  Sbig Skiba, Chris Joyce, Bruce Baumberger, and Helen Oloroso worked to complete the slate.  Because of the holidays, this will be a compressed election cycle, so the vote will be taken next Tuesday, Dec. 17.
 
Chris Joyce stated that he was still willing to take nominations from the floor.  The slate is: Barb Miles will continue as Club Director, Susan Prout will continue as Community Service Chair, Steve Steiber as Fundraising Chair, Kathy Tate-Bradish as Membership Chair, Jackie Mack Program Chair, Gary Peterson Rotary Foundation Grants Chair, Nick Powers as Sergeant at Arms,  Marv Edelstein as Technology Chair, Charlotta Koppanyi as Vocational Service Chair, Jackie Mack as Youth Exchange Officer working with Neil Gambow and thanks for those continuing on, and Chris stated his appreciation to these individuals moving forward.  Brand new is Club Service Chair, Katherine Peterson, Foundation Treasurer during transition is Miguel Hernandez, International Service Chair is Patrick Owuor, President Nominee is Linda Gerber.  Secretary is Sue Bova.  Taking over for Young Leaders Chair will be Kassandre McGovern, and our Public Image Chair will be Malou Simon.  Thank you for stepping up to help.
 
Chris Joyce said the Club Service Committee met Dec. 4 at Rotary International.  They discussed in some detail the upcoming Holiday Party, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. at Kathy Tate-Bradish’s home, 2307 Orrington Ave. Helen Oloroso and Carol Bild are handling details.  An invite has gone out to members and an upcoming email will give members a chance to sign up for dishes to bring as well as a volunteer sign-up for set-up and clean-up. 
 
The upcoming 35th Anniversary of the club was discussed with the current idea to have the celebration on Sunday evening before a Tuesday when we cannot meet at Rotary.  Those dates are March 10 and April 12.  The Sunday before is Easter so the current suggested date is March 8, 2020, on the campus of Northwestern, with catering provided by Northwestern.  Details forthcoming.
 
There will be no Club meeting on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 with an email coming about that topic.  The next Club Service Meeting is, tentatively, Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 8 a.m. at the Rotary Cafeteria.  Any issues regarding breakfast or meeting arrangement may be addressed by Chris Joyce.
 
Please note:  Please use the form provided on all tables at Club meetings for announcements that would like to be included in “The Light.”  Write legibly and include all information to be given to the scribe in written form or via email by 12 p.m., the Tuesday of the meeting date.
 
Serving as Sergeant at Arms, in the absence of Nick Powers, was Al Menard.
 
 
Roasts & Boasts
 
Sbig Skiba wanted to thank Helen Oloroso for being understanding and supportive and Chris Joyce for being willing to step his Presidency up a year and appreciated their support.
 
Chris Joyce responded by thanking Helen Oloroso, and Bruce Baumberger, who made the job a whole lot easier.
 
Leslie Peters boasted Bruce Baumberger for Holiday Sales behind the scenes in Shopify technology and a tremendous amount of effort for making this technology possible, and asked all the other people who have been involved to please stand to receive our appreciation.
 
Neil Gambow boasted the Club.  When attending other meetings he reported regularly hearing Susan Gibson all the way down to the Youth Exchange about what a great club because people participate and all the activities.
 
Kathy Tate-Bradish wanted to boast our newest members Willie, Sue, and Vashdi.  They need your signatures; please introduce yourselves.  Kathy went on to boast herself as grandchildren are still staying with them.  The seasonal gingerbread village is finished with a theme for fairy tales and we look forward to seeing everyone at the Holiday Party this Sunday at 5 p.m.
 
Bruce Baumberger said the most important person to boast for the Holiday Sales is Steve Goranson, because he is a person who accepted the invitation for the prototype for Shopify and it grew into a massive wonderful new system.  Thank you, Steve.
 
Jean Saunders boasted her father-in-law, who we recognized last week for his Paul Harris donation and is celebrating his 96th birthday.
 
Charlotta Koppanyi said we will be celebrating our business ethics person of the year for her enormous generosity to the community, Jackie Chen, proprietor of Koi Restaurant.
 
Program
 
Speaker: Doug Meffley, Manager and Co-Director of Honor Flight Chicago
 
Honor Flight Chicago is a non-profit organization that recognizes the bravery, determination, and patriotism of our senior war veterans with a one of a kind journey to Washngton, D.C.  The trip is only one day, but the experience is life changing.  This includes World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War veterans.
 
The Honor Flight Chicago is very heavy in the south side of the city and is happy to be in the “backyard” of the city.  Honor Flight is the largest independent hub of 130 hubs in a nationwide network.  It was founded in 2005 to bring World War II veterans to the newly constructed WWII war memorial, which wasn’t completed until 60 years after the completion of WWII.  Many of the veterans were unable to attend the event due to age. 
 
Two gentlemen in Ohio had two WWII veteran friends whom they took on their Cessna plane to Washington for a day trip to see the memorial.  The impact was so powerful that they recruited more friends with planes and went back to Washington, and a movement was born.
 
The Chicago hub was founded in 2007 and the first flight was made in 2008.  Their co-founder and recently retired CEO took her stepfather to the WWII Memorial.  As a result of that trip, four Chicago based women founded Honor Flight Chicago with the first flight in 2008.  Just finished their 12th season and have flown 95 times to Washington and taken 8,728 veterans, the most out of any hub. 
 
With the diminishing WWII population, Honor Flight expanded to the Korean War veterans in 2016, and later on to the Vietnam War veterans.  These flights provide a much needed thank you to many veterans who never were acknowledged, and closure for many who were forgotten. 
 
This is a one day program, leaving from Midway Airport with many veterans operating on adrenaline due to the length of the day starting at 4:30 a.m.  They charter with Southwest Airlines allowing them to take over the airport.  At the gate the Legacy Girls, now known as Sweet Reminders, sing along with serving coffee and donuts. 
 
Once there, they see the Marine Corp. Memorial, the Air Force Memorial, the WWII Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.   There are prizes and ceremonies throughout the day.  They also see the Air & Space Museum and the campus of Dulles Airport and the Smithsonian Museum.  The flight home involves mail call, and they distribute letters from friends and family with an opportunity to thank the veteran for his or her service, commitment, and courage.
 
Doug Meffley and Helen Oloroso
 
Guests and Milestones
 
Guests
 
Doug Meffley, Honor Flight Chicago
 
Birthdays
 
Pramugdha Chakraborty, December 10
Chip Uchtman, December 12
Marv Edelstein, December 16
 
Club Anniversary
 
Sue Seiller, 11 years
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