Experiences as a Peace Corp Volunteer in China
Alice is currently serving as president of the Lakeview Rotary Club in Chicago.
Club Membership - A Call to Service Opportunities
WALKINAG THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO - SEVERAL DIFFERENT ROUTES
The traditional routes of pilgrimage, transverse France, Spain, as well as Portugal. Tradition mandates that the last 100 km of the pilgrimage are required to be walked by foot. Otherwise, various forms of transportation are permitted, such as a boat, or a train, but not cars and motorcycles, and possibly buses.
This pilgrimage came into existence when it became too dangerous to go to Jerusalem, or Rome, during times of the crusades and the reformation. There are many small stores and shops and restaurants to be available for supplies along the different routes.
Pictured is Vickie, standing in front of the map, showing for several rows off standing in front of the map, showing the various routes to the Santiago cathedral.
STAYING IN A "FOR EVER" HOME
August 4, 2022 - Sharon Newman a Rotarian with Right Choice Home Care, an agency that she started 7 years ago, presented strategies to equip your or a loved one's home so they can remain in the home.
There are a variety of possible other options, such as moving in with an adult child, independent living, assisted living, and even a nursing home placement. Additional topics were discussed, such as assisting a person with dementia; it is important that this problem is diagnosed as soon as possible. Hospice care can be provided in any of these settings.
Also, Sharon's guest, Daniel Olofsosson, was introduced; Dan is a Medicare consultant, who assists clients with identifying the option that is best for them, or a loved one.
In the photograph, is Sharon on the left, and Daniel on the right.
REHABILITATION FOR A SUBSTANTIAL INJURY
INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER DESCRIBES EXTENSIVE REHABILITATION FOLLOWING A GUN SHOT WOUND AS A YOUNG TEENAGER
On June 2, 2022 - Freddie Almaza, a member of the Rotaract Club of Chicago, is a relatively new transplant from California who decided he needed something new in his life and picked up and moved to Chicago. Freddie gave a overview of usually 45 minute presentation.
APPLYING THE PRINCIPALS OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION TO A ROTARY CLUB
APPLYING THE PRINCIPALS OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION TO ROTARY, AND TO THE WORLD
On May 19, 2022, Aleta Williams presented a program to our club, addressing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and the application of these three principles to all levels of Rotary international; in part, to serve as an example to the community, and to the world.
Aleta is heading up the efforts to incorporate these principals within our district, District 4650. Aleta has been a Rotarian for seven years, and has been coordinating efforts to adopt these values - for approximately one year.The task force for adopting DEI was established in September of 2020 by Rotary International. The DEI Task Force Is endeavoring to achieve measurable and meaningful outcomes by Rotary, as per the adaptation by the Rotary International board of these statements supporting such action in January 2019.
The task force for adopting DEI was established in September of 2020 by Rotary International. The DEI Task Force Is endeavoring to achieve measurable and meaningful outcomes by Rotary, as per the adaptation by the Rotary International board of these statements supporting such action in January 2019.
NON-FOR-PROFIT PROVIDES SCHOOL SUPPLIES
NON-FOR-PROFIT PROVIDES SCHOOL "LOADED" SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS T0 SCHOOL SUPPTO NEEDY CHILDREN
On April 7, 2022 - Matthew Kurtzmam, Chairman of the Board and founder of a non profit organization, Board B2SA (Back to School America). Originally starting with the loading up of shopping carts at Target in 2007, the organization is expanding to other states. To date, more than 300,000 have provided to needy children. Each kit is packed with school supplies, as we saw today. They need volunteers to write inspirational notes and and to pack the kits.
At this time, the organization is working on assembling Art Kits.
As far as Illinois goes, B2SA has a long term goal to provide 1,000,000 kits to disadvantage children per year. They interface with Veterans groups, schools, service clubs and businesses.
In the photo, is club member Vickie Dorgan on the left, and our Speaker - Matthew Kurtzman on the right
UPDATE ON ROTARY TOPICS, THEN ONTO CYBERSECURITY
Today, 17 March, 2022, Keith Cross and his wife Fayrene, joined us for today’s club meeting. Keith wore two hats as he gave us an enthusiastic meeting presentation: Rotary as well as cyber security;
Keith and his wife are members of the Chicago Southeast Rotary club. Keith has been active in the Rotary organization for many years, and he is currently an assistant district governor within the 6450 district. He had a very interesting discussion concerning fundraising and service.
Keith also presented a talk regarding cyber security and identity theft. He continues his work with LegalShield and IDShiel. Kieth updated us on ongoing and new trends since his last visit with us in 2019. He talked about how we all tend to give out our email addresses, which is necessary to carry out virtually any sort of web-based activity. He talked about an obvious need for VPN to be used when accessing the web with any device, most particularly with cell phones and computers.
In the photograph, is club member - Marilyn Sainsot, speaker - Kieth Cross, Club President - Debbie Willage, Fayrene Cross - also a member of the Chicago Southeast Rotary Club with her husband Kieth. and club member - Cliff Harstad.
JUST SOME ORIGINAL TUNES
On March 3, 2022, club member Marc Willage performed 5 of his songs that he had written over the years. He has played guitar, on and off, since the mid-1960's. He likes to play some mandolin, but guitar is his major instrument. There were several years-long periods when he did not pick up a guitar, during times when his medical practice and/or child rearing activities would become more "labor-intensive"; Marc has played in some primarily "glorified garage bands" (occasional paid gig!) while in high school and college, but he has primarily played over the years for friends and family.
APPRECIATING UNUSUAL AND OTHER INTERESTING COINS
January 6, 2022 - Ron Beckstrom, a numismatist, presented a program on coin collecting and apreciation of coins. This included the evalation of various coin objects that members were invited to bring; of course each of these objects - for instance, a bueatiful neckice consisting of goild coins, each had their story to tell. Ron's company is Golden Rule Coins provides consulting services to indivuals, as well as with organizations. He works extensively with Wintrust Bank.
"DIVEHEART," A PROGRAM THAT ALLOWS INCREASED MOBILITY TO BE EXPERIENCED BY THOSE PHYSICALLY CHALENGED
On November 4, 2021 - Diveheart, presented by Jim Elliott, which is 501C3 non-profit organization - since 2001, has innovated the premier adaptive scuba training program in the industry, while growing Diveheart Scuba Experience pool programs (DSE’s), adaptive scuba adventure trips and adaptive outreachand education opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Positive experiences apparently foster increased experiences in the future for those that those that this program serves.
Jim expressed his thanks, to Rotary, who helped to make "Diveheart" make transformative developement to a global presence. Borrowing inspiration from skying programs serving a similar population, it came to be appreciated that are alot more swimming pools than skying venues.
NETWORK OPPORTUNITY FOR ROTARIANS AND NON-ROTARIANS ALIKE
On October 7, 2021 - Linda Kemp, a fellow Rotarian (who had served as president for own club), prepared for our club, a YouTube presentation concerning a recurring networking program at the district level, that she largely put together. In this unique forum, not only for Rotarians - BUT ALSO NON-Rotarians, are invited to participate, Throughout the year, these events alternate between in-person and virtual formates.
The group's name is Chicagland Rotary Means Business. A link to the website: https://chicagolandvocationaln
SEVERAL RELEVANT TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY
He presented a program on at least three highly relevant topics:
First, Stress reduction, including how to take a not-so-deep breath that is based on a “sigh,” which is immediately relaxing - while relaxing the abdominal muscles.
Second, Sandy lead a discussion on “underachievers,” which he has proposed to be included as in diagnostic item in the DSM (Diagnostic and statistical manual of Psychiatry).
Third, In a book that he just published, appeared - in large part - to be addressing underachievement, tittle: “71 Keys to getting better grades, easier and in less time.”
MEMBERSHIP MATTERS FROM OUR OUR DISTRICT PERSPECTIVE
Nicholas described that there is a team of six individuals in the district, who are to available to assist clubs interested in specifics, tailored to specific needs of an individual club, as well as overall considerations.
HERCULIAN EFFORTS BY THE CHICAGO LITHUANIAN ROTARY CLUB IN AIDING UKRAINE
Pictured is club president Jerry McIlvain on the left, and speaker Sandra Scendrina.
NON-FOR-PROFIT PROVIDES SERVICES TO REDUCE RESIDAVISM
In Chicago, Defy Ventures currently is staffed by 4 full time staff and 2 part time staff. They provide services to inmates in one womens' prison and two men's prisons.
The program seeks to assist the inmates they serve upon release, to find housing and jobs, even before release. Preparations well before release from prison, including the completion of training in the prison, on how to successfully work in a job, and/or even becoming an entrepreneur.
Melisa noted that recidivism of clients served to be10% at one years and 15% at three years.