Posted by John Thomas
The meeting in the Winnetka Community House was opened at 12:16 by President Bill Leske. A brief “Thought for the Day” came from Joe Nash quoting JFK’s famous “Ask not what your country can do for you “. It was followed by the pledge of allegiance led by Robert Mardirossian.
Lunch was served at 12:24 and the meeting then started at 12:40. There were 23 of our 51 members in attendance.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: President Leske reminded us that the 4th of July parade next year will have the W/N Rotary included and volunteers will be needed He also noted  a “best kept secret” is that a Rotary Exchange visit from Italy is coming up and we’ll need hosts.
Rich Lalley again noted the end of May is the end of the Rotary year. He urged members to send modest contributions to the RI Foundation so we have a 100% participation as has been the case for some years now.
HAPPY BUCKS: Mr. Mardirossian was pleased to contribute $18 reflecting he has had perfect attendance for that many consecutive years. Rich Lalley said it appears we will have a record year in contributing to the Rotary International Foundation.
DIG & GRIN: Fred Schwimmer favored us with an anecdote about people running for Congess or the Senate which was well received.
SPEAKER : The speaker for the day was Ashwani Gard, MD. Dr. Garg is board certified in both primary care and lifestyle medicine. The latter is a new specialty in the medical arena. He practices as a primary care physician in Lincolnwood, working for Northshore Connect since October 2017. Prior to that, he was in private practice in Hoffman Estates and resides there with his wife and twin boys currently. Dr. Garg’s undergraduate degree was in biomedical engineering and he completed his medical education at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine
His talk centered about lifestyle medicine and the practical health results that come from paying attention to consumption of more fruits, legumes and greens and less starch and protein.  A lively Q&A followed for about 20 minutes.
The meeting closed at 1:26 p.m. with a recitation of the Rotary 4-Way Pledge.