Posted by John Thomas
The meeting in the Winnetka Community House was opened at 12:17 by President Tom Nash.   A 3-stage anecdotal “Thought for the Day” was proffered by Keith Reed.  It was followed by the pledge of allegiance led by Brooke Peppey.
Lunch was served at 12:21 and the meeting started at 12:38. 29 of our 51 members were in attendance.   A tuneful Happy Birthday was rendered for Bill Leske who is 57 years young.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: President Nash noted our annual W/N Rotary Club benefit will be May 11. Thus, the regular meeting of May 10 is cancelled. Rich Lalley noted our District Meeting will May 17-20 at a wonderful resort in Sheboygan. He also sold hard on the speakers and said “all in all, great place, great speakers and I urge you all to come”.
Rich also noted June 6 in Toronto will be the International Rotary meeting. Another great city and the only chance to attend a North American meeting of the like for some years to come.
Wes Baumann reminded us that next week we will be at New Trier H.S. Directions for gaining admittance were on our lunch tables
The Program Director for the WYO, Mary Komlofski, reminded us that their annual benefit will be Saturday, April 14 starting late afternoon at Avli’s restaurant in Winnetka. As a non-profit supported by the W/N Rotary, she hoped many of us will attend.
Patti Van Cleave told us she is now the Ex. Director of the Winnetka Club (neé the Winnetka Woman’s Club). Their current offices are now on the second floor of the WCH next to the Art League.
Robert Mardirossian stated that he and his brother will be going to the Cubs opening day game. When challenged of his accuracy since the game this year was away from Chicago, he riposted saying he and his brother had plane tix already in hand!
Heidi Sibert then reported that over 450 volunteers will pack over 100,000 meals at the Kids Against Hunger food packing free-for-all taking place Saturday March 17.
DIG & GRIN:  Filling in for Randy Reeves, Mark Kotz told several anecdotes. While none engendered raucous applause, no loud groans were evident either.
SPEAKER : The speaker was Marilyn Price whose overall topic was the use of puppets in speechifying. She was a last minute substitution for which we all thanked Rich Lalley. Ms. Price had an early career at the Booz, Allen, Hamilton consultancy where she started to learn meeting presentation skills. Her use of puppets to more effectively tell/sell her presentations developed gradually as she found it so effective.
Her 20 minute talk was mostly visual so it is not easily described in writing. However, the audience was well-entertained and she had a 12 minute Q&A after her talk was done
The meeting closed at 1:32 p.m. with a recitation of the Rotary 4-Way Pledge.