Posted by Keith Reed
The meeting was attended by 32 members and no guests. Rick Borjesson gave the “thought of the day” about the importance of being grateful.  David Birkenstein led the Pledge of Allegiance.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Bob Baker read off a list of our charitable grantees who have written thank you notes to the Club, among which were A Just Harvest, De La Gente, Hadley School, Josselyn Center, Right to be Free, and Samaritan Counseling Center. Tom announced that Connie Berman had a birthday but no one sang because she was absent. Tom reminded members that we are encouraging all members to give $100 before our year end to help defray operation expenses and that Rich will gladly  receive such donations. Dick Tussing wanted us to remember that Mather High School in Chicago is having its annual fund raiser on June 15 and that members will be receiving an email announcement regarding this event.  Greg Nelson reminded members that the Winnetka Farmers’ Market will be starting next Saturday.  There was a notice on the tables from Felicia O’Malley that she and others from the Eastgate Capital Advisors group were having an Open House from 5-7 pm on June 16 at their office at 560 Green Bay Road for those who want to stop in for “hearty apps and drinks” during the Winnetka Music Festival.
HAPPY BUCKS:  Rich Lalley contributed in recognition of the Rotary Peace Conference which he attended recently at the South Shore Cultural Center and he confirmed that there were 39 Rotarians among those creating the United Nations and 49 Rotarians who created UNESCO.  Robert Mardirossian gave because, although he didn’t see the unlikely grand slam home by Jason Heyward, he missed it only because he was “grooving” at a concert of Paul Simon at the United Center.    Bob Baker filled in with the “dig and grin” noting the importance of people “lending a hand” to those in need.
SPEAKER NAN GREENOUGH:  Nan’s very impressive bio was in last week’s Rotary meeting notice, and her speech centered on the preservation of important buildings and sites all the way from Mt. Vernon to Crow Island. She explained that the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is the federal government’s official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance. A property listed in the National Register may qualify for tax incentives derived from the total value of expenses incurred preserving the property, but local governments also have some control over how the property can be treated, improved, changed etc . The NRHP is administered by the National Park Service, an agency within the US Department of the Interior which also administers the National Historic Landmarks, National Historic Sites, National Historical Parks, National Memorials and National Monuments. Three Winnetka structures that are part of the NRHP are the Winnetka Community House, Crow Island School and the log cabin in Crow Island woods.  Nan showed pictures of how Mt. Vernon and Monticello both fell into disrepair after those Presidents died, primarily because their descendants couldn’t afford the cost of maintaining the properties. That is when private citizens, many of them women’s groups, started the expensive projects of rehabbing and preserving these homes.  Monticello was sold off by Jefferson’s relatives after his death and was used as a barn during the Civil War.  Jefferson Monroe Levy bought the property in 1881 and actually lived there while it was rehabbed and then eventually sold it to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.  Williamsburg, Virginia is another village where private money (mostly from Dr. Goodwin, an Episcopalian minister,  and J.D. Rockefeller) was used to rehab and preserve about 85% of the original buildings.  Nan described many of these structures and districts as “physical touchstones to the ideas and beliefs”   of our early political and community leaders.