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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 of America
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Speaker on January 23
Raul Guzman of Blue Star Recycling will speak about a different approach to the recycling challenge.  Their mission is recycling electronics and other materials to create local jobs for people with autism and other disabilities.
Meeting Recap January 16
President Marie called the meeting to order at 12:15 in the Garden Room.
Bob Baker stood in for Liz Taylor and shared an inspirational quote.
Todd Stephens led us in the Pledge.
After lunch, Greeter Heidi Sibert asked Heather Higgins to introduce her guest, her grandson Thomas.
Birthdays: Jean Wright on January 19. A card was sent to her in Florida signed by members of the club. 
  • District Grant Management seminar is on February 15 at Harper College. We need a club member to attend in order to qualify for a District Grant next year.
  • District Conference is April 24-25 in Schaumburg.
  • Heidi announced that plans are underway for our 10th Kids Against Hunger on March 14. We will pack our millionth meal. We need some volunteers to complete a number of tasks for this event. She distributed a flyer.
  • Patti announced that it is RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) time again. This is a leadership retreat weekend for high school students. We would like to send at least 3 students. All may contribute; Patti will reach out to those who have contributed in the past.
  • Barb announced that the MLK Day event on Monday will be at the Community House and encouraged all to attend. She distributed a flyer.
We enjoyed a few minutes for affirmations of each other, directed to the Rotarian across the table.
Happy Bucks:
  • Patti gave a Happy Buck for Mike, who is leaving for Tucson for a few months with wife Julie.
Dig N Grin:
  • Robert filled in for Peter Skalski who is in Florida, sharing several facts called “stuff you didn’t know you didn’t know”.
Our program was two Member Bios provided by Krysten Warnes and Amy Skalinder.
Krysten shared the somewhat circuitous route that brought her from a small town in Ohio to Chicago. After three years of college, which included several changes in her intended degree, she changed course before her senior year when her father died suddenly from a heart attack. She moved to Florida and attended Full Sail University, earning a degree in Music Business. After working in Florida and Washington DC, she moved to Chicago to expand programming for Bach to Rock, providing music programming for kids. After opening two sites in the Chicago area, she was looking for a new challenge when she saw the ad for the WYO. She loves mentoring teens and building new programs for the WYO. She remembers her father’s advice: “Stop worrying and everything will work out as it is supposed to”.
Amy has strong local roots, including a grandfather who was a physician in Winnetka,  her mother taught at Washburne School, and her uncle who taught at North Shore Country Day School. She attended Tufts, then got a Masters in Social Work at Loyola University. Amy has worked for many local organizations:  American Youth Foundation, McGaw YMCA, Angles (formerly LINKS), North Shore University Healthcare and most recently Howard Area Community Center. She was named President of the Community House-Winnetka in November. Personally, she shares her life with her wife Erin and children Corinne and Ella, who attend Niles North High School. She plays women’s hockey and sings in a small choral group as well as her church choir, with her children, at St. Luke’s in Evanston. In closing, Amy gave an overview of the many activities available at the Community House, encouraging us to pick up a program guide and check it out.
Robert won the card pull; Marie called for adjournment at 1:30, reciting the Four Way Test as always.
Make Young Leaders Through RYLA- Make a Donation Today!
RYLA, the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program, provides life changing experiences to high school students. RYLA recognizes young people who have demonstrated leadership skills or show the potential to be leaders, and provides them with an opportunity to explore and further develop these skills with other with similar capabilities.
RYLA recipients and attendees are nominated and sponsored by Rotary Clubs. The cost to Rotary Clubs is $350 per student. This fee includes: coach bus transportation, to and from the conference,  (there are eight different bus pick up and drop off locations per weekend) room and meals, speaker fees, staffing, night security, snacks, supplies, RYLA tee shirt. All photos and videos from the weekends will uplinked to a private Facebook page. Students who attend RYLA are expected to speak at the sponsoring Rotary Club sometime within the following few months after their attendance.
Please help our club sponsor future leaders by making a donation today
Give School Supplies to Peruvian Children

Winnetka-Northfield Rotarian Rik Borjesson will soon be traveling to Peru. While there, he will be visiting Pinchollo, the most remote village in the Peruvian Andes. 

Rik plans to bring school supplies to the local school. In such a poor region, the schools have very limited essential supplies for their students. 

Please make a difference in a child´s education by donating for their most essential school supplies. Pinchollo is the most remote village in the Peruvian Andes at 11,000 ft above sea level. The main source of income is farming, the median income in Pinchollo per family is estimated to be 2 dollars a day.

With only 10 dollars you can send one student to school with their most essential supplies. You can contribute to this effort here

• 6 large notebooks

• 1 set of 12 colored pencils

• 1 set of 12 colored markers

• 1 pair of scissors

• 1 bottle of glue and 1 roll of scotch tape

• 2 red and blue pens, 1 ruler

• 4 pencils with eraser and pencil sharpener.

• 1 set of playdoh

• 1 set of watercolors

• 100 sheets of colored paper

• 5 sheets of cardboard

• Pencil case

100% of your donation will be used for school supplies. Please give what you can to support our fellow Rotarian and friend and to support children's education.
Meeting Assignments
January 23
GreeterBarb Tubekis 
Dig-n-GrinRebecca Wolf 
Thought Carl Yudell 
Sgt-at-ArmsSam Badger 
ScribeJohn Thomas 
January 30
GreeterWes Baumann
Dig-n-GrinPatti Van Cleave
Thought Bob Baker
Sgt-at-ArmsConnie Berman
ScribeCarl Yudell
February 6
GreeterRik Boerjesson 
Dig-n-GrinDavid Birkenstein
Thought Eric Birkenstein
Sgt-at-ArmsLaura Cunningham
ScribeKeith Reed
If you are unable to fulfill your assignment, please find a substitute. Sgt-at-arms helps set up and store our stuff, please come 15 minutes early and be prepared to stay a few minutes after the meeting; Greeter greets and announces names of visiting Rotarians and guests; Thought of the Day can be spontaneous or read from a script; Dig 'n Grin can make us laugh or think seriously.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jean Wright
January 19
Bob Sanfilippo
January 27
Markie Gekas
January 27
Join Date
Jean Wright
January 1, 1993
27 years
Markie Gekas
January 1, 1998
22 years
Chuck Norton
January 30, 1998
22 years