SPOKES VOL. LXIV NO. 21                                                                               November 28, 2017
Our Greeters this morning were Deb Davidson and Don Hodgman.
We opened our meeting with “America the Beautiful” and Art Ayers offered our invocation. 
President Renner introduced our guest today, prospective member Dan Thompson. Dan is up for membership so any members with concerns should contact President Renner.  We also welcomed back Jean Stein, sling and all, and Bob Brickman for a short visit.  Bob and Gail Brickman have volunteered to continue to publish a printed directory of our club, a very popular decision, and our thanks go out to them for continuing to undertake this task.
Jerry Gruber spoke to us about the Open Door Community Dinner we work on December 19th.  Due to changes in the health department regulations, we will have some changes in the procedures for cooking and serving the dinner, mostly involving the number of people in the kitchen.
Bob Boerma was our song leader this morning, directing us with his utmost skill in "Me and My Shadow", a 1927 popular song. Officially the credits show it as written by Al Jolson, Billy Rose, and Dave Dreyer; in fact, Billy Rose was exclusively a lyricist, Dreyer a composer, and Al Jolson a performer who was often given credits so he could earn more money. We followed that with another 1927 song, “Side by Side" was featured in the movie Richie Rich as the password to the Rich's safe.  We finished with “Sing, Rotarians” sung to the tune of “On Wisconsin” as we mostly wished the Badgers good luck against the team from south of Ann Arbor this weekend.
  • Snowbirds are reminded to let Bob Straits and Rhonda know when you will be gone and to take care of your financial arrangements prior to leaving.
  • Our Christmas Party has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 12th at Hawkshead.  Please put this date on your calendar.  A sign up list has been passed around.
  • Bell Ringing will take place on Saturday, December 23rd.  Please put this date on your calendar and plan to give us a (cold) hand.  Sign up list is being passed around.
  • Based on the survey results and board discussion, it has been determined that we will not put on a pancake breakfast next Labor Day.
  • We are doing Blessings in a Backpack on Friday, December 1st.  1:30 at Lincoln School.
  • We have Dick and Carol Averill’s new address.  It would be nice if they were added to your Christmas card list.  We are sure they would be delighted to hear from Rotarians and friends.  Dick and Carol Averill, 21840 Lake Cook Road, Deer Park, IL 60010.  The name of their development is “The Solana”.
Jerry Portman was able to draw the card as he had the lucky ticket and he drew the “2”, winning half of the $16 pot, which he donated back to the club.  Jerry Gruber won the $2 prize.
  • Rhonda Wendzel was delighted to have her granddaughter for a visit last week.
  • Bob Copping told us a story, but it was just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Tom Renner announced that Cub’s season tickets are now on sale and he has copies of their schedule for anyone interested – Jeremy?
  • Jerry Portman celebrated the birthdays of his youngest grandsons.
  • Jerry Gruber celebrated the birthday of his oldest son, Clark, this week.
  • Dorothy Lockwood’s son celebrated a birthday this week.
  • Stu Comiskey’s daughter in Korea also had a birthday and they celebrated via phone.  (Paul Hix asked if the call was on a “party line”)
  • Tom Fleming enjoyed the birthday of one of his granddaughters and reminded us it is Big Ten Tuesday if you have a Shell Rewards Card.
  • Ted Weber reminded us, on this beautiful morning that we are one day closer to spring.
  • Jean Stein thanked all for the card and the visits and yes, the dog is now at her granddaughters.
  • Jerry Gruber, and after prodding, Larry Wittkop paid for their granddaughter’s pictures in the paper for their performance at the state swim meet.
President Renner introduced Richard Swanson who stood in for our speaker this morning.
Sarah Yore- van Oosterhorst is the executive director of Lighthouse Immigration Services in Holland.She was unable to be at our meeting, so Richard briefly talked about the need to fix the dilemma faced by young people who were brought to the United States by their parents.Called “Dreamers”, many of these young people have achieved high levels of education, begun professional careers or otherwise are contributing to the growth of the U S and our economy.Without congressional action, they could be forced to return to the country of their birth.
The conversation among club members centered on the need for congress to get their act together and pass legislation that gives these people a path to citizenship.There seems to be bi-partisan support for this kind of legislation but it may be held up by other legislative agendas.
President Renner presented Richard with one of our speaker’s gifts for his fine effort this morning.
Next week’s program: TBA
Next week’s Greeters:  Jerry Portman and Art Ayers
Editarian:  Dene Hadden