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News From Rotary International

Korean sailor makes waves for End Polio Now
Enjoying calm winds and peaceful Pacific waters, Seung Jin Kim dove off his 43-foot sailboat, the Arapani, to swim with some dolphins nearby. The serenity that day near the equator was a stark contrast to the 60 mph winds and 23-foot waves he had to fight around Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America. But Kim, a veteran sailor and member of the Rotary Club of Seokmun, in Chungcheongnam, Korea, expected such challenges when he set out in mid-October on a 25,600-mile journey around the world. In addition to fulfilling a lifelong dream, Kim is using the trip to raise awareness and funds...
Monrovia club’s Ebola fight not finished
After the first cases of Ebola reached Liberia's capital, Monrovia, last June, local Rotary members feared that the city's limited health care system wouldn't be able to contain the highly infectious, often-deadly disease. Those fears were realized when infections quickly multiplied, underscoring the speed with which Ebola can spread in an urban center. It was the first time the hemorrhagic fever had threatened a major city since it erupted in West Africa last March. Now, after months of crisis-level response, and with the number of new cases declining, club members are looking to the long...
Rotary member takes fundraising to new heights -- the summit of Mount Everest
Despite his longstanding interest in polio eradication, polio was not on Joe Pratt's mind as he prepared for a mid-April 2012 climb of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth. But that changed in late 2011, when the resident of Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA, participated in a polio immunization project in Pakistan with fellow Rotary member Steve Puderbaugh. Moved by the efforts of the Pakistanis to battle the crippling disease, and by the vulnerability of the young victims, Pratt reset the focus of his climbing adventure. Pakistan is one of three countries where polio has never been...
San Francisco club reveals formula for growth and retention of members
Members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening meet at a wine bar after work, share a social outing, and promote all their activities on social media like Meetup and Facebook. As the first evening club in the city, it has attracted many young professionals from Silicon Valley tech firms whose work schedules keep them from joining a more traditional club that meets for breakfast or lunch. But more than that, the evening format has helped the club grow by 30 percent since it received its charter in mid-2013. Danielle Lallement, who was its charter president, says the club has been...
Colorado joins Kosovo club to restore sanitation in blighted local schools
Blighted schools in the mountain city of Peja in western Kosovo are a reminder of the ethnic strife and war that ravaged this area in the 1990s. To restore ruined sanitation facilities in some of those schools, local Rotary members recently partnered with their counterparts from Colorado, USA. Though residents have been slowly rebuilding the city's infrastructure after years of neglect under earlier governments, most resources are going to improve roads, rebuild homes, and create new businesses. Little money remains to restore the schools. As a result, students have fallen ill, stayed home...

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
Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Avenue
Tyrrell Room (winter) 111A (summer)
Winnetka, IL  60093
United States
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Thanks to all of our club members, Rotarians from other local clubs and over 400 service minded local citizens, we successfully completed our 5th annual Kids Against Hunger event on March 21. 100,000 highly nutritious meals are on the way to Nicaragua.  Great job by all who contributed time and funding to make this Community & International Service project a success.

There were 29 members in attendance along with two guests and our speaker at the March 19 meeting.  This week’s guests included Lyric Hughes Hale and Jennifer  Kwang.  Lyric was a Winnetka Rotary Scholar in Japan and is currently a financial writer contributing to the LA Times, Financial Times, USA Today and others.  She brought her friend Jennifer, also a writer and publisher.
President Bob announced that the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce has chosen our own Patti Van Cleave, Executive Director of the Winnetka Historical Society, as Woman of the Year.  Chuck Young, Executive Director of the Hadley School for the Blind and also a member of our club, has been chosen Man of the Year.  These two great Winnetkans will be honored at the Chamber’s annual luncheon on April 8.
Heidi Sibert informed us that we now have over 440 volunteers for our annual Kids Against Hunger program on March 21.  They will also be selling raffle tickets at the event to assist with the expenses of this project.
The Club was reminded that our annual benefit is schedule for May 16th.  The event will be held at the Winnetka Community House, “Catered by Design” will provide the food and Keith Reed will provide the musical entertainment.  John Thomas, President-Elect, is the chair of this year’s benefit.  The proceeds will go toward funding our 2016 community grants program.
We celebrated the birthday of Rodger Morris, our most senior member, and Marie Kuipers’ 1st anniversary as a member of our club.
Our speaker for the day was former member, George Harmon, a professor of Journalism at Northwestern University.  George has been in the publishing business his entire life serving as a reporter, editor, and publisher in Chicago area daily newspapers.  His topic was the “Future of Print.” His contention was that the problem was neither quality nor readership; it was how the revenue has migrated.  The publishing industry is an $82 billion business and it is shrinking 1 to 2% a year. 
George said that we are in a sea change in the industry as to how print media is distributed and how it is used.  24-hour TV news and the Internet have caused major changes in how people get their news today.  So the newspaper and magazine industry have suffered the greatest losses, as they are dependent on advertising whereas the book industry has not been as greatly affected, as they were never reliant on advertising dollars.  Newspapers had received 80% of their revenue from advertising and with fewer people dependent on a traditional newspaper, businesses started to look elsewhere to spend their advertising dollars and to go elsewhere to get their message out.  Books on the other hand, never being dependent on advertising are experiencing decreased revenue, but it is more than offset by decreased publishing costs, think of how easy it is to sell e-books – no printing costs no distribution costs.  Also there has been tremendous growth in self-publishing.    Publishing houses do not have to maintain a large inventory of given titles with today’s technological advances in publishing.
George pointed out that numerous categories of books are decreasing rapidly for topics like cooking, travel, reference and other areas that the Internet can serve faster and more efficiently. Barnes and Noble is hanging on since they sell to many universities and they sell many more things besides books.  A few independent bookstores survive because they are known to have a knowledgeable sales staff and loyal customer following – think Chestnut Court in Winnetka.
The news cycle has shrunk due to the 24-hour cable “news” stations.  George expressed concern that much of our TV news is being delivered by opinionists, especially on the cable stations, so that a new story is delivered from a particular point of view.  He also said that the mainstream media is not as liberal as is characterized by the hard-left.  We will all be the poorer if we let excellent ethics (such as separating news from opinion) lose out to questionable ethics.  We cannot afford to let Americans get lazy and have the opinionators tell us how to interpret the news.
An unsettling trend is that due to the need to reduce costs by publishers there is declining pay for writers and photographers and many people want their news for free.  George said “free” is a lousy business model.  It leads to underemployment for professional people.  “Billionaires are being created today by shrinking costs in labor and distribution.  Median income is below where it was decades ago.  Guess why economic growth is slow.”  Good food for thought from George.

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

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.


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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.

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