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Rotary releases $34.8 million for polio immunization activities worldwide
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President-elect urges Rotary members to ‘Be a Gift to the World’
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There were 28 members, one visiting Rotarian and two guests in attendance on February 26.  Penny Field, visiting Rotarian from Highland Park brought along a guest, Barbara Rubin, and former member Jim Corboy was present. 
There were more reminders about our biggest project of the year, Kids Against Hunger, scheduled for Saturday, March 21st.  All members were encouraged to sign up for one of the three two-hour shifts that day.  If you cannot attend then consider being a sponsor at some level.  The goal is to get 100% of our club involved.
Penny Field invited our members to come to the HP club meeting at noon on March 2, to hear a presentation on Neuro-Bio Feedback.
Happy Buck$ this week came from Rebecca Wolf, John Thomas and Dave Gotaas.
Mark Kotz introduced our speaker, Bruno Esposito, a 35-year aviation enthusiast.  His love for flying and aviation began in 1969, when as a 10-year old, he witnessed the first test flight of the Concorde from his home in Toulouse, France.  As a 20 year old he was living his dream as a fighter pilot for the French Air Force. In 1986 Bruno had set his sights higher and joined the French National Space Center.  He has flown solo over the Atlantic Ocean four times in a single engine plane in commemoration of the early days of airmail.
Mr. Esposito chose to talk about six topics to pique our interest in aviation.  His first topic was ‘airport slots.’  A slot is the right for one landing and takeoff per day at an airport.  The cost of slots at high-traffic airports like Heathrow in London can range from $32.7 to $52 million at an auction.  That can be the cost for one landing and takeoff slot in peak times.
Fuel costs for airlines rose from 13.6% of operating costs in 2003 to 26.1% this year.  With fuel costs going down recently some airlines are extending the service lives of their planes and they are delaying delivery of more fuel-efficient aircraft.  This is due to the narrowing gap between the very expensive new fuel-efficient aircraft and the higher operating costs of older jets.
Airplanes are frequently thought of as big polluters, however Bruno pointed out that while all the flights worldwide produce 705 million tons of CO2, however humans are responsible for 36 billion tons of CO2 per year.  The latest versions of both Boeing and Airbus models use less than a gallon of fuel per 100 passenger kilometers.   By 2050 the net aviation carbon emissions will likely be half of what they were in 2005.
The aviation industry is a major contributor to the global economy.  Airbus is predicting a growth rate that will create the need for over 30,000 new aircraft, while Boeing is projecting a need for over 33,000 new planes.  The cost for these two company’s new aircraft is estimated at over nine billion dollars.  Most (just under 40%) will go to countries in the Asia Pacific region, where it is predicted that China will have the largest traffic flow in less than 20 years.
One of the challenges for air traffic will be presence drones.  There is an ever-growing demand for commercial drones.  The drone industry will add many new jobs to our economy.  Bruno said that drones are a natural extension of what has happened in the cockpit over the past 60 years.  We have gradually moved from a cockpit crew of five to a crew of two, and in some cases only one pilot.  The aviation industry has estimated that the vast majority of accidents (70 – 90%)
involving planes are due to human errors.  With all of the advances in technology Bruno posed two questions – “Do we still need a pilot in the plane and do we need human air traffic controllers?”
The final topic Bruno covered was air traffic management.  He said we are moving toward a satellite-based system from our current ground-based radar system.  GPS technology will be used to shorten routes and reduce traffic delays, which will lead to savings in time and fuel.  Also, planes will be able to fly closer together and avoid airport “stacking” as planes wait for runways to become available.  In the U.S. this new system is called the NextGen system; Europe has a similar initiative in development.
Bruno predicted that the airline industry would continue to grow, provide safer, quieter and more fuel-efficient transportation.  To move along this path we need a highly educated populace that can be trained for high skill jobs if the U.S. and Europe are to remain the prime drivers of this vital industry.

Our Club's foundation board has recently approved all allocations for our annual Community Grants for 2015. Fifteen organizations received grants this year, representing a total of $28,000. Recipients will attend our Grants Program lunch on March 12 to receive their checks and share information about their programs.
Club members have the opportunity to designate additional funds to any of these organizations. These funds will be matched, dollar for dollar by the club's foundation, up to the limit of our annual budget. Those additional funds will be added to the organization's allocation, and organizations will be notified of the member's donation. Members interested in contributing matching funds should make checks out to WNRCF and note the organization's name. 
Here are our grantees for 2015, and their club sponsor:
Angles (formerly LINKS)                       Van Cleave
Blues Kids Foundation                          Lalley
Erika's Lighthouse                                Leahy
Good News Partners                            Tubekis
​Hadley School for the Blind                   Willian
​Jewish Council for Youth Services         E. Birkenstein
​Lawrence Hall Youth Services               Van Cleave
Literature for All of Us                           Van Cleave
Midwest CareCenter                              Holland
North Shore Center/Performing Arts       E. Birkenstein
​Operation North Pole                            Lalley
​Right to be Free                                   Lalley
​Samaritan Counseling Center                Tubekis
​Volunteer Center                                  Sich
Winnetka Youth Organization                Thomas
Foundation board members:
Bob Baker, Connie Berman, David Birkenstein, Eric Birkenstein, Tony Kambich, Rich Lalley, Tim McCabe, Rodger Morris, Brooke Peppey,Patti Van Cleave

Plans are underway for our 5th Annual Kids Against Hunger Food Packing Event.  Participant registration is open and solicitation of sponsors is underway.  Please help us make this signature event for our club a success by recruiting participants, making a tax deductible donation or being a table sponsor.  Huge thanks to those members and businesses that have already stepped up to commit to sponsoring this wonderful community event that supports the hungry.
 Eventbrite - Kids Against Hunger Food Packing 2015- 100,000 Meals for the Hungry

Thanks to Keith Reed, Mark Kotz, Tom Evans, Mike Malloy, David Birkenstein, Dave Gotaas and Rich Lalley for helping to promote Rotary and our Operation Warm project to provide hundreds of local kids with the happiness and warmth of a new winter coat!  We raised awareness of our club, gave out a few "4-Way Test" coloring books and raise over $100 for new coats.


Your contribution will help us provide new winter coats to needy children in Chicago and on the North Shore.

Again this year, we ill be bringing the happiness and warmth of new Operation Warm winter coats to children living in need in the Chicago metro area. In 2013, our club provided new coats to 780 children.  This year, our plans are to provide coats to children served by several local organizations:
When children have a new coat, their self-esteem gets a boost and they are empowered to attend school and partake in outdoor play on cold winter days.  This simple and inexpensive gift does so much for a child.
Only through the generosity of our members and their network can we accomplish our goal for providing new coats to 700 or more area children.  Please donate generously; each $20 gift allows another child to receive the gift of warmth.
You may donate online via PayPal or by check made payable to Winnetka Northfield Rotary Charitable Foundation (WNRCF) sent to 620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka IL 60093.


Our Club's Charitable Foundation is now accepting Community Grants applications for funding for the 2014-15 funding year. Applications are due by November 30, with grants to be awarded in March, 2015. Our Foundation typically funds about 15 organizations, both local and international. Applicants are required to have a club member as a sponsor of their organization. This person can be a board member, volunteer or donor to the organization. Grants are typically $500-2,000. A list of last year's recipients is below.

Any questions? Email Patti Van Cleave, Foundation Chair at

The application can be found by clicking here

2014 grants awarded
Allowance for Good
Erika’s Lighthouse
Good News Partners
Hadley School for the Blind
Holy Family Ministries
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Meals at Home
Midwest CareCenter
Northeastern Illinois University Scholarship with Right Start 4 Kids  
Rebuilding Together
Samaritan Counseling Center
Volunteer Center
Winnetka Community House 


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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.



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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Feb 26, 2015
Bruno Esposito
My Lifelong Passion for the Aviation Industry
Mar 05, 2015
Van Gilmer
Power of Music
Mar 12, 2015
Winnetka-Northfield Rotary Foundation
Community Grants Presentation
Mar 19, 2015
George Harmon
Problems facing print media.
Mar 26, 2015
Bruce Baumberger
Apr 09, 2015
Richard Laible
'Improv' your Life
Apr 30, 2015
Basil Lewis
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