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Rotary Scholar’s unique ability in bringing clubs together
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Rick Burns’ thoughtful approach to Iraq and Afghanistan
Humanitarian Rick Burns, a retired civil affairs officer in the U.S. Army, has been helping people in the war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq since 2003. He's seen a lot of good, but he's also seen what happens when good intentions go awry. Take the fertile grounds of Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan, for example. Burns recalls an initiative to help fruit exporters become profitable again after the war. Cold storage facilities were built, but because no one considered the country's spotty electricity, the facilities ended up being too expensive to maintain. "We really want to make...
Pedaling coast-to-coast for a purpose
Keith Harris is pedaling for a purpose. At the tender age of 50, he's set out on an eight-week, 4,400-mile bike ride across the U.S. to raise $25,000 for The Rotary Foundation. He's also hoping to raise an additional $2,500 for Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where a few years ago he was treated for a life-threatening heart condition. "The trip is sort of my midlife crisis," he admits but it's not the first time he's pedaled across the country. He made the trek about 20 years ago, before he married his wife, Christina. Harris has been a Rotary member for 18 years. He's...
Blown away by the realities of human trafficking
At the age of 17, Jennifer was sleeping on the streets of Atlanta. She'd felt abandoned most of her life, unprotected from her brothers and her mother's boyfriends, who physically and sexually abused her since she was five. And now, kicked out of her house, Jennifer - whose last name is withheld for privacy - was alone and vulnerable. She was soon lured into sex trafficking and was unable to escape for two years. Then she found Covenant House. "Studies have shown that if a young person ends up on the street, within 48 hours someone is going to approach them with the intention of exploiting...

Welcome to our Club! Celebrating 90 Years of Service.

Come join us for lunch, fellowship and service.


Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
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There were 30 members present and 2 guests on July 24. The guests were Charles Shabica (Winnetka), who works at Coastal Scientist, and Bob Anderson (Winnetka), retired.
Tom Nash presented the Thought for the Day, a quote about doing the “impossible” by Mohammed Ali.
President Bob Baker again announced his special President’s “Club Warming” on July 29 at his home at 1348 Edgewood Lane (Winnetka) from 5:30-7:30. Refreshments will be served and a good time “guaranteed”.
President Bob also reminded everyone that The Last Blast of Summer is scheduled at the Winnetka Community House on August 23 and our volunteers will be serving sandwiches and liquid refreshment, as usual.
Bob mentioned that Gina Di Sandro has a Club fund raising project in August involving the North Shore Chocolate Fair, where we sell tickets for participating vendors and get a commission from the tickets sold.
Past President Eric Birkenstein recognized and presented gifts to Gina and Heidi Sibert for their service as a Club Director during his term.
Mark Kotz announced that the Winnetka Chamber of Commerce is having a golf outing with the Skokie Chamber at Evanston Golf Club on Monday, 9/15.  Sponsorships are available and this is a good chance to make social and business contacts with the Skokie members.
Barb Tubekis  announced that we are a little behind on our donations of toiletries, paper goods and cleaning supplies to the Township Food Pantry. She solicited funds which she is taking to buy such items for the pantry. Liz Taylor mentioned that her bank is also collecting similar items for the pantry.
Birthdays celebrated were Peter Skalski  and Tom Evans. Patti Van Cleave was congratulated for  her 7th anniversary of Rotary membership.
Rodg Morris handled the “dig and grin” duties, which led into the main speaker.
Hall Heally from gave a presentation on “Conservation Diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula”, or more specific, “Can Birds Bring Peace to Korea”. Korea is a critical “flyway” for hundreds of bird species,  including cranes. These cranes fly from Russia and China and land in North Korea during the winter to get food. Gradually these cranes have been bypassing North Korea and going to the 38th parallel (DMZ) where the land is lush and food plentiful. There are many “eco” and political reasons why it is important to re-establish the feeding grounds in North Korea. This has been done by the efforts of the International Crane Foundation and others like Mr. Healy.  The project is based in the Anbyon Plain in North Korea where they have placed food, water, electrified crane sounds and imitation cranes to attract migrating cranes. By getting the cranes to land and spend the winter in this area, they have been able to accomplish other “eco” activities such as installation of a rice mill (which doubled the area’s rice production, with the cranes eating the “leftovers”); developed a fertilizer plant;   started producing other food products;  planted orchards;  developed a willow plant that serves as firewood so as to save the local trees; started building more houses and roads; and recently built a major irrigation ditch. The area sponsors major seminars on organic farming for  thousands of visitors. Cranes have played a vital role in creating many of these activities. They have been called “Ambassadors of Peace”. Such crane diplomacy has been done in Africa, Ecuador, Germany, Poland and Czechoslovakia. The “eco” activity generated from the cranes has created jobs and revenues from food production to tourism. It has also been responsible for major clean water conservation in the area.
The meeting ended promptly at 1:30.

Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield
Makes Annual Grants to Local Agencies
The Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield continues its 90 year tradition of supporting the good works of organizations locally and throughout the world with its annual presentation of community grants at its March 13th meeting.  Patti Van Cleave, President of the Winnetka-Northfield Rotary Charitable Foundation, and Eric Birlkenstein, Club President, will preside over the presentations at the club’s weekly lunch meeting at the Winnetka Community House.
“Rotary is all about “Service Above Self”, said Ms. Van Cleave.  “With these grants we are helping to provide physical and spiritual wellness, shelter and educational assistance to those in need, on the North Shore, in Chicago and in faraway places.”
Thank you to everyone who made our 4th Annual Kids Against Hunger project a great success!  Check out this great article and video by the Winnetka Talk:
We are so grateful to our Event Sponsors who help cover the cost of bulk food, packaging materials and transportation.  Let us know if you or your company will become a sponsor.
Chuck Norton


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Last year, our club helped fund a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant program supporting a Rotary Club sponsored prosthesis clinic in Bolivia.  Our club's funds were matched with funds from The Rotary Foundation; $2.50 for each $1 we contributed.  Take a look at the impact this program has had on one gentleman!

Our club was able to participate in the matching grant program because our members contribute each year the the Annual Programs Fund of The Rotary Foundation.  You can make a contribution via PayPal by clicking here.



Tony Kambich is making a request for the club to help children in Kampala, Uganda. Tony is working with a group in Kampala interested in having an elementary Montessori school environment, but lack the resources to equip a classroom. A former Deerfield/Riverwoods/Glenview Montessori intern, Lanam Kijange, began the Montessori primary school in his home in Kampala, Uganda last year. It has slowly grown to a point of expansion into the elementary grades, but he has no elementary Montessori materials to accommodate them, because at this point is impossible to purchase them in East Africa.Image

Tony's Montessori schools in the United States, in partnership with the Winnetka-Northfield Rotary Club, have been generous in the past in helping to establish and equip a Montessori primary and elementary campus in Entebbe, Uganda, (Directed by former intern Christine Kijange, sister of Lanam.) Her school has grown in ten years from 20 students to 450. It is now self sufficient. Mr. Kijange has appealed to our generosity and asked if we can help him raise $2,500 to purchase the Montessori materials and ship them by November 21 to Uganda in time to start the elementary class by the end of January 2013.

If you wish to assist us in making this dream possible on a timely basis, please make your contribution check payable to:

Deerfield Montessori Schools*


You can bring the check to Rotary, or mail it to: 3140 Riverwoods Rd, Riverwoods, IL 60015

Thank you for your consideration. Any amount will make a significant difference in the lives of these Ugandan children.



A panel of distinguished guests attended our July 7 meeting to discuss their first hand accounts of how The Rotary Foundation changes lives for the better.  The panel included a former Ambassadorial Scholar, a former Rotary Peace Scholar and the leader of an international humanitarian matching grant project in Guatemala.

The meeting also introduced a new giving program for club members to use to support The Rotary Foundation- TRF Direct.

Watch videos of the program by clicking "More."

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