Posted by John Thomas
The meeting was opened at 12:15 by President Tom Nash and followed by a “Thought for the Day.”  Then the pledge of allegiance was led by Joe Fell. Lunch was served and the meeting itself started about 12:30. The lunch meeting in the Winnetka Community House with 30 of our 52 members (58%) in attendance. There were 2 guests present: Felicia O’Malley with Liz Taylor and Jack Doyle with Joe Fell.  Also with us from the Village was Acting Police Chief Mark Hornstein.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: President Tom noted we will be participating with a booth in the WPD Fall Fest and said sign-up sheets were on each table. He also said there will be a Membership Committee session next Monday at 8:30 in Liz Taylor’s North Shore Community Bank.  Liz Taylor called attention to a networking event sponsored by the NS Community Bank on Sept. 28, Oct. 4 and Nov. 14.The subjects of these midday affairs ideas for small home office entrepreneurs. Separately Liz called attention to a Wine Walk benefit at Lincoln and Elm on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 4-7 PM.  Tony Kambich noted the new storm Irma had devastated his place in Barbados and would be looking maybe for aid contributions.  In the same vein, John Stone started an aid kitty for either Houston or Florida. The pot will be kept by Mark Kotz until a clearer picture emerges where it might be best used.
HAPPY BUCKS: As a Park Commissioner, John Thomas was happy the long-awaited opening of the all-new Dwyer Park occurred last week. Both adults and children had an awesome time with the new equipment. He said the South end of the park had been redesigned and landscaped to provide a pleasant environment for sitting and relaxation.
DIG AND GRIN Terry Dason told a very funny anecdote with an O’Henry ending.
 SPEAKER NOTES: Introduced by Patti Van Cleave, the speaker was Laurie Peterson, whose subject was the Crow Island School. Ms. Peterson is the editor of the AIA Guide to Chicago and a long-time docent at Crow Island. The unique school was built in 1940 and designed by the architects Eliel and Eero Saarinen. Subsequent expansion in the 1950’s was done using the same guidelines as the original school.The school had many unique design feature and was aimed at proving a child-oriented education in a warm and stimulating environment. It is now a National Historical Landmark, the only school in the area to ever gain that coveted designation.
A brief Q&A ensued and ended at 1:30. The meeting then closed with a rousing recital of Rotary’s four-way test.