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The Light for May 3, 2022
The Light for May 3, 2022
By Myra Janus
The first in-person meeting of the club in about two years was presided over by club president Linda Gerber.
Why We are Rotarians and The Thought for the Day were presented by Georgia Valhos:
"People are pretty much alike.  It's only that our differences are more susceptible to definition than our similarities.”  Linda Ellerbee
"Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism.  It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved.  It is a type of confidence.  And it is fragile.  It can be blackened by fear and superstition." Bernard Beckett
"Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost." The Dalai Lama
Linda Gerber:  Tomorrow is the 35th anniversary of the day women won the right to join Rotary. On May 4, 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Rotary clubs may not exclude women from membership. Two years later, at its first meeting after the 1987 Supreme Court decision, the RI Council on Legislation voted to eliminate the requirement in the RI Constitution that membership in Rotary clubs be limited to men. This year, 117 years after the founding of Rotary, we will at last welcome our first woman president of Rotary International. 
Interestingly, two weeks ago, here in Chicago, representatives to the 2022 Council on Legislation voted overwhelmingly on their first day of sessions to add “equity and inclusion” to Rotary International bylaws, affirming the organization’s continued effort to be more inclusive and to reflect the communities it serves. In this country, Diversity training first emerged in the mid-1960s following the introduction of equal employment laws and affirmative action. 
Following RI’s lead, our club’s Bylaws Committee met yesterday to further incorporate equity and inclusion into ever ything we do to put "diversity, equity, and inclusion" into action.  Onward and upward, almost 60 years after diversity training first emerged.
Albert Menard: The next Golf Road trash pickup will be Saturday, May 14, at 8:30 a.m., starting from the TJ MAXX parking lot on Golf Road.  Please bring your work gloves.  It should be over by 9:30.
Brien Johnson: The Rotary Clubs of Wilmette will sponsor Rotary Hope Walk for the Homeless, a 10-day walk-a-thon May 5-14 anywhere and a 5K Fun Run/Walk on May 14 in Wilmette's Gillson Park.
Proceeds will bolster organizations that support homeless people in Chicago and the suburbs. Our club is helping to energize and publicize the fundraiser.
Evelyn Lee: This year's District 6440 Conferenceis taking place May 20-22 in Lake Geneva. Full information is available online at
Rotary District 6440 Spring Training for new and experienced board members is taking place on Zoom, Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be an opening general session featuring training in Youth Protection, Crisis Management, and the Learning Center, followed by role-based informational breakout sessions. 
Don Gwinn showed slides and thanked the following Rotarians for their work on Rebuilding Together at 743 Brown St. last week: Steve Goranson, Joan Borg, Chris Joyce, Dan Coyne, Myra Janus, Georgia Vlahos, Helen Oloroso, Hal Gerber, Randy Usen, Bill Vernon, John Osterlund, Bruce Baumberger, Linda Gerber, Helen Dickson, Vishal Vaghani, Mark Lowry, and Dave Stumpf.
Bill Glader and Randy Usen: Please send your ideas for possible sponsors for the Taste of Evanston. 
Marisa Naujokas asked members for their input about the style of bike racks with the Rotary Logo.
Kathy Tate-Bradish announced that Steve Goranson will continue to chair the Environmental Justice Committee, which is one of two committees that the Bylaws Committee will propose be elevated to board level, along with our new DEI committee chaired by Clarence Weaver.
Hillary Hufford-Tucker announced that our club needs volunteers for the Umbrella Arts Festival, in celebration of our Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander communities through arts, music, dancing and food! The event will take place in Fountain Square on Saturday, May 14, from 1 to 6:00 p.m.  Set -up will take place at 11 a.m. We will be sending a Sign-up Genius registration and request that club members help greet guests at the table to support this important event. In addition to celebrating Asian-American Heritage Month, it will be a chance for us to let people know more about Rotary. Please contact Marisa or Kathy for more information.
Topic: The Book, A Heavy Dose of Allison Tandy
Speaker: Jeff Bishop
Raised in Evanston, Jeff Bishop graduated from ETHS in 2012 and from The University of Illinois Champaign with a degree in Economics in 2018. He now lives in Los Angeles and his job of musical supervision involves selecting songs for TV shows including Love and Hip Hop, and working on his second book. He is also the stepson of Steve Steiber, but he asked that we not hold that against him.
His first book is coming out in a couple of months. Fiction for young adults is a growing gendre. In 2017 he was selected for a program called Pitch Wars, which linked Jeff as a new author with a mentor who worked with Jeff for about two months on his manuscript. Jeff worked with Christopher Schelling of Select Artists starting in December 2017 and his book was sold to Putnam/Penguin in August 2018 after being taken out for submission. Christopher continues to be his agent. The book, A Heavy Dose of Alison Tandy  is coming out on Buzzfeed later this month and is loosely based on his time in Evanston.
It's a bit of a throwback to the John Hughes movies which were based in “Shermer” Illinois (a former name of Glenview) and many of which were filmed in this area. He talked a bit about current publishing houses and their history.
Jeff was able to give input on his book cover design, including a reference to pills taken without it being too offensive to the parent audience. He recounted the stages of this process as well as the process of selecting blurbs for the cover and the many details that they pay attention to.
Jeff also explained the options process and the fact that most books do not get made into movies, but the author may continue going through the process and getting checks every 12-18 months over a long period of time.  
Jeff Bishop
Guests and Milestones
Visiting Rotarian
Evelyn Lee
Other Guests
Charlotte Bishop, wife of Steve Steiber and mother of the speaker,
MaLu SimónMay 7
Club Anniversaries
Clarence Weaver- 1 year - May 4, 2021
Fran Caan - 13 years - May 5, 2009
Bill Glader - 13 years - May 5, 2009
Technical Staff
Bryant Wallace and Bruce Baumberger