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Meeting Notes from September 29, 2020
The Light for September 29, 2020
 
By Neil Gambow
 
The virtual meeting was called to order by President Chris Joyce at 7:30 a.m. on the dot with ringing his bell, followed by reciting Why We Are Rotarians
 
The thoughts for the day from Kate Collinson were quotes by the late Supreme Court justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
 
  • Don’t be distracted by emotions like anger and resentment; they just sap energy and waste time.
  • So often in life, things you regard as impediments turn out to be great good fortune.
  • In any good marriage, it helps sometimes to be a little deaf.
 
Announcements 
 
Patrick Owuor - The International Service Committee had its meeting yesterday. PDG Ijeoma Pearl Okoro gave a presentation on the eradication of polio in Africa and how COVID is affecting continuing immunization and other polio-related programs.
 
Katherine Peterson - Club Service is arranging ongoing weekly walks for all members to keep our fellowship momentum flowing.  Please join us weekly starting Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at Greenwood Beach, 1401 Sheridan Road, immediately east of the Charles Dawes House.  We will depart promptly at 5:40 p.m. and return to that location by 6:30 p.m.  There is a park bench in that area as well as generous free parking.  These weekly walks will continue indefinitely, weather permitting, with a time change on Nov. 3, for daylight savings.  Everyone is welcome!  Please join us for fellowship and fresh air.
 
Chris Joyce – The Nominating Committee is in place for the coming Rotary year.  It is chaired by Linda Gerber and members are Helen Oloroso, Bryant Wallace, Kathy Tate-Bradish, Kate Collinson, and Bill Glader.  The committee will present its report in mid-November, and the club will vote on the nominees at the annual meeting in early December. If you are interested in a position, or want to nominate someone else, please contact a committee member.
 
Brad Weiss – Golf Road cleanup will be Saturday, Oct. 10, starting at 8:30 a.m.  We will meet then at the TJMaxx parking lot.
 
Joan Borg – Highlighted Sketchbook Brewery and Bennison's Bakery as Taste of Evanston supporters.
 
Don Gwinn – Presented a visual geographic tour of the locations in Guatemala of the schools he and our club have supported.
 
Ann Searles (Sunshine report) – Sam  Lovering is recovering from hernia surgery.  She suggested giving him a call.
 
Susan Prout – Community Service Committee will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.  This will be a virtual meeting.  If you wish to attend, let Susan know and she will send the meeting link. 
 
Bruce Bamberger -- Reminded everyone to support “End Polio Now.”  He sent an email out earlier to that effect.  Donations can be made through the “My Rotary” portal. And the Holiday Sale is coming!  Kickoff will be in the next few weeks.  We will have great floral products with a new supplier. 
 
Bill Glader – Thanked Joan for her earlier comments and will send out a current list of Taste of Evanston restaurants.
 
Linda Gerber -  Suggested the addition of Rotary signs in the areas where we have planted trees. 
 
Roasts & Boasts
 
Marv Edelstein – Boasted Bruce Baumberger and Don Gwinn for stepping up and helping get the virtual meeting set up.
 
Nick quizzed us on presidential debate trivia.
 
Program – Member Bios
 
Steve Steiber
 
Steve started out with acknowledging his great fortune meeting his wife, Charlotte, 21 years ago. After a rough start on the dating path, they were married and brought together two families – 3 boys and 3 girls into a “Brady Bunch” family.  He mentioned a “Brady Bunch” honeymoon which was scotched in favor of a trial honeymoon.  Now, two are married, and two are engaged to be married.  No grandkids - yet!
 
His work life began in 1970.  He was advised when he graduated from high school to become an actor.  He went on to school and ultimately was awarded a doctorate.  After he figured out positions teaching as a professor were very limited he went on to work at a medical association which, ultimately, was not to his liking.  He then went on to “acting” in the form of consulting.  He has made a living in that arena for the last 40 years. 
 
Some 14 years ago, Charlotte asked him to work for her and her company.  What is it like working for your wife!  He is the Vice President of  Everything Else – marketing, website, payroll, payables, and so on.  He says he is half-way retired and doing his darndest to learn Spanish.  And ask him about the airplane incident in 1986!
 
Marv Edelstein (in the first person)
 
I am a native New Yorker and graduated from a high school in Merrick, a town on Long Island. I attended Cornell University where I earned a BS degree in Biochemistry. A motto at Cornell is Freedom with Responsibility. You are accountable for your actions.  That theme has guided me through my life.
 
After graduating from Cornell, I joined the Marines during the Viet Nam war.  I had never shot a gun before that, although I thought I could scare off the enemy with blood-curdling yells.  My drill instructor said I needed to qualify on the range because I would be protecting our citizens. So I was always ready for the enemy.
 
Upon leaving the Marines, I moved to Kansas City to do research in Physical Chemistry at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  I became friends with some TWA pilots and proceeded to earn a commercial pilot’s license and went on to fly for a commuter airline.  Unfortunately, the company went out of business before I had enough hours to be hired by a major airline.
 
On to Milwaukee for a sales job and then to Chicago where I opened up a brokerage in the housewares industry. I had a showroom at the Merchandise Mart, which is when I met Carol, the love of my life.  Carol had been a buyer for Marshall Fields.  We are still married, and we still talk to each other!
 
I enrolled in DePaul night classes and earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science.  Armed with my new degree, I was ready to listen, determined to succeed, and I was ready for the world!
 
With that in mind, I founded Secure Technology Solutions, where we designed and installed secure business networks.  The company was doing so well that Carol and I decided to sell the business - but life’s plans and our plans do not always align.  The crash of 2010 came and our computer business was destroyed.  Remembering the motto learned at Cornell and the confidence gained in the Marines, I would navigate the storm as I had done with my friends on the Gauley River. 
 
With very little cash and no experience, I started Winning Edge Properties. The goal had been to flip and rent property. I started by working with homeowners who were under water.  I would negotiate a short sale on their behalf and purchase the property when the price was greatly discounted.  I began to shore up our finances to run marathons.
 
Along the way, I was feeling more pleasure helping the owners avoid foreclosure than the thrill of purchasing a good deal.  I - was - ready - to - join – Rotary.
 
I served as Treasurer where I introduced paying dues by credit card, Club Service Chair where I introduced a budget item for technology, Young Leaders Chair when RYLA and Youth services were not in high focus with our club. But that changed.  During my tenure, Beacon Academy started an Interact Club, had Northwestern Roteractors join us when delivering meals, increased RYLA attendees from 5 to 30 and participated in RYLA with the kids and also the staff. 
 
I served as club President.  The position will be vivid in my memories forever - truly an experience to learn and grow from.  Presently, I am serving as the Technology Chair, and I can say it has been a ride.
 
I feel blessed for all the life experiences that have been available to me.  Being a Rotarian and a member of the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary family is part of that blessing and an awesome gift.
 
The Previous Week
 
Due to a technical snag, The Light for September 22 was never published and distributed. But the program for that week featured a presentation by Joan Borg and Don Gwinn. We heard a fascinating account of the many trips Don and Joan took to Guatemala with other Rotarians from our district to work on AK Tenamit, a vocational school for 300 students. Half of them girls. Due to Covid 19, the trip for 2020 was cancelled. But the district is hopeful for many more future trips.
 
Guests and Milestones
 
Guest
 
Troy Perkins – Guest of Steve Stieber
 
Birthdays
 
Kate Collinson
Barb Miles
 
Club Anniversaries
 
MaLu Simon, 9 years
Chip Uchtmann, 19 years
 
Paul Harris Award
 
Karena Bierman  +5
 
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