Posted by David Grant
Patti led today’s meeting with 18 Rotarians in person, and 2 on zoom. 
Significant Upcoming Rotary Dates:
  • Thursday, 5/4 Rotary lunch is the Pollinator Garden Service Project during our regularly scheduled meeting.Heidi Siebert and Martin Landscaping will be hosting this hands-on project where we help plant a garden at the WCH.Our Club received a District Grant which pays for ½ of this project.Heidi says: “Wear your grubbies to the meeting and be prepared to hear about the birds and the bees!”
  • Saturday, 5/6 our Club is participating in the ‘Walk for the Homeless’ organized by the Rotary Club of Wilmette. It will be held in Gillson Park, beginning at 10AM. 
  • Thursday, 5/11 is a social meeting at Avli restaurant in the Laundry Mall in lieu of our regular meeting location of the WCH that Thursday for lunch.No speaker – so come to enjoy the company of fellow Rotarians.
  • Saturday, 5/13 isDistrict Conference in Schaumberg.
Happy Bucks:
  • Tony is happy to be back from his one month vacation in the West Indies.
Dig ‘N Grin:  Bob Sanfilippo is on the cutting edge of Artificial Intelligence by asking ChatGPT to retell the same joke in the style of Hemingway and Shakespeare.
Speaker:  Our member Michael Goldenberg introduced our speaker today: Victoria Mostov.  Victoria was born in the Ukraine and moved to the U.S. in 1992.  Through her many excellent contacts still in the Ukraine, Victoria is helping rescue orphaned animals caused by the Russian invasion.  Her 501c charitable organization is Help4Paws. 
Many of Victoria’s on-the-ground volunteers are based in unoccupied areas of the Ukraine, and they are able to ship animal food to occupied areas.  Help4Paws also funds home shelters like the one she described with 100 animals in a 3 bedroom apartment. They go where bigger organizations like PETA can’t go.
Several members were moved by Victoria’s presentation, and they requested details on how to donate to help Victoria.  Here are 3 ways:
  1. Send a check to:  Help4Paws c/o Victoria Mostov 1405 Oxford Drive Buffalo Grove, IL 60089.
  2. Paypal:  @help4pawscharity
  3. Zelle: