Club Addresses Food Insecurity & Honors Healthcare Heroes

Donation to New Trier Township Food Pantry; Meal Donations to Local Nonprofits and Hospital Workers

With COVID-19 upon us, the Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield has once again answered the call of "Service Above Self."

Club members quickly determined that the most urgent need in the community during this pandemic is food insecurity. With this in mind---and thanks to a matching grant from The Rotary Foundation--- the club made a sizeable donation to the New Trier Township Food Pantry.

Donating money directly to the pantry allows them to acquire food at deep discounts through The Greater Chicago Food Depository, where every dollar buys about eight times more food than it would in traditional retail stores. "The New Trier Pantry typically serves 250 families each week. Township staff and volunteers have made big adjustments in how the Pantry operates to meet Covid19 safety requirements. Many families are experiencing higher levels of need due COVID's economic impact. The widespread layoffs and work closures are beginning to lead to more pantry users." said Rotarian and Township Trustee John Thomas.

The Winnetka-Northfield Rotary has also prioritized caring for our nearby seniors, women and children affected by domestic violence, and essential front-line health workers. The club is partnering with its regular caterer "Donna Goodman Events" of Wilmette to provide family-style meals to seniors, sheltered families, and other vulnerable citizens. The club will provide these meals to local nonprofits like Lydia HomeGood News Partners and Mary Lou's Place each week while it meets "virtually" during the current stay at home order.

To support local Healthcare Heroes, the club has partnered with Northfield restaurant Stormy's Tavern and Grille to provide hygienically prepared and packaged meals to NorthShore University HealthSystem hospitals. Dinner for twenty-five was delivered to Evanston hospital on April 19, and will be delivered to Highland Park Hospital on April 25. According to club President Marie Kuipers, "This is a small gesture of gratitude to those dedicated professionals who are fighting this pandemic with all they have."

Funding for the ongoing food deliveries come from club member fees that normally pay for lunch at the club's weekly meetings, and from donations from local citizens. Contributions to the club's COVID-19 Response fund can be made here:

Stay at Home Reading Ideas
Emily Compton-Dzak, the Interim Director of the Winnetka/Northfield library, shared some "Good Reads" with us on a recent zoom meeting.  Here are her suggestions:
Queen Marie is Selling Her Eggs for Good!

Our esteemed Rotary Club President, "Queen Marie", is selling her eggs for good!

Not those eggs. Fresh eggs from her chickens. 

Proceeds will support the Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield's COVID-19 Community Support programs. We will be purchasing meals from local businesses and sending them to health care providers, first responders and/or local nonprofits serving people in need. 

Marie will arrange for delivery of 6 fresh, organic eggs for a $20 or more tax deductible donation.  

Note, you can make a donation without taking delivery of eggs. Just let Marie know you do not need her eggs. 
Zoom Security
Zoom has added new security features. Going forward, passwords will be required for all meetings. We will use the same password for all Thursday lunch and Monday cocktail hour meetings. The meeting link and passwords will be included in emails that go to all members 30 minutes before our meetings. Contact Rich if you need assistance joining meetings.  
Do you need help with Zoom?
If you would like to attend our Rotary meetings being held on Zoom, and are not sure how to do this, I can help. Let me know by return email or give me a call and we can schedule a time for me to walk you through the process and you can join a test meeting. After you do this the first time, it be much easier to join future meetings. 
Note, everyone can join a Zoom meeting. You can join via a computer, tablet, iPad or smartphone that has internet access, or you can join via a plain old fashion phone. 
I am confident that with a one on one session, we can get you onto Zoom so that you can continue to be a part of our club during these uncertain and trying times.
Let me know if you would like assistance. 
Rich Lalley
​Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield
​Club Secretary; WNRCF Treasurer
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