Posted by Carl Yudell
Greg Nelson chaired the meeting commencing at 12:17. 
 
David Birkenstein introduced his wife Mary and two friends all of whom worked with Moha Bouacha at the Allen Center of Northwestern University.
 
Birthdays:  Liz Taylor is celebrating a birthday and we celebrated with singing a song.
Anniversaries:  There were no anniversaries this week.
Announcements:
  •             Rich Lalley announced that the Rotary Club of Wilmette has postponed the Our Place benefit concert Wednesday due to weather conditions.  The concert is being moved to next Wednesday, September 29.  More information can be found at: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2414/Event/benefit-concert-for-our-place-1
  •             Robert Mardirossian reported that Alan Ramsay, a long-time member of the Rotary Club, passed away.  A Memorial will take place at the Winnetka Congregational Church on Saturday, October 23.  The start time for the Memorial will be 10:00am. 
  •             Rich Lalley reminded us of the October 15 Benefit concert at Valley Lo with GERALD MCCLENDON "THE SOULKEEPER".  The concert benefits Operation Warm.  The cost is $60 for dinner and a cash bar.  More auction items are needed  More information can be found on the Web Site:  https://happeningnext.com/event/operation-warm-benefit-eid3a086ucfrr
Happy Bucks:  Rich Lalley reported that last year there were only 2 cases of polio—one in Pakistan and one in Afganistan.
 
Bob Baker was in charge of Dig and Grin and gave us interesting facts about September 23 in history - including the fact that Typhoid Mary was born on September 23, 1869 and the Jetsons premiered on September 23, 1962.
 
David Birkenstein introduced our speaker, Moha Bouacha.
 
Moha spoke to us about the Timoulilt Morocco Project.
 
Moha was born in Morocco.  His first trip to the US was as an American Exchange Student for a year program.  Upon returning to Morocco, he became an English teacher.  He returned to the US to pursue a graduate degree and then started a marketing career for 6 years before finally landing at Northwestern University where he eventually became head of facility management for the Kellogg Business School’s Allen Center. 
 
Morocco is not an Arab country, but instead is 60% Berber with its own language although many speak Arabic and the language of business is French.
 
Moha grew up in Timoulilt which had a population at that time of about 500, and  which has grown to 5,000 today.  In discussions with the leadership group of the Rotary Club of Belvidere, Moha suggested that his hometown of Timoulilt could use a pre-school for children ages 3,4 and 5 years old.  There was nothing in town at that time.  For a total cost of $52,000 (much of which was paid by Rotary International Foundation), a fabulous school was build for the pre-schoolers.  Moha has many before and after pictures which included a Playground –something the town had never seen.  To sustain a program like this, more money is needed annually.