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Meeting Notes 3/15/2017

Joe Kosner  | Published on Wednesday, March 15, 2017
The meeting started promptly at 7:05am and our guests included Juraj Gago and his friend and his brother from Slovakia. Our other guest speaker was Rev. Keith Draper from World Relief.

World Relief
The organization is one of 9 in the US who is bringing in refugees from all over the world. They have offices in Wheaton and Aurora. The current administration has put the limit of 50,000 refugees being admitted into the US. Soon there will be a 120 day stop on all incoming as the vetting process is analyzed. World Relief is a Christian organization and even as funding has been cut other churches and businesses have stepped up to help. As people arrive into the US they have nothing so they also accept donations of all sorts to help refugees get started in the US.

Juraj Gago
Juraj has been travelling all over the world since he returned home. The trips included hitchhiking from London and back to Slovakia. Along with a friend of his he has written an inspirational book for young adults. The book is a best seller in Slovakia and he has the opportunity to meet the President of Slovakia to talk about his book. They are currently looking for help in publishing the book in English in the US. As each book has sold they have donated one tree per book to be planted in Slovakia. Juraj has also started a marketing company with a partner in the US. The young man has been up to many things and it was great to see how he has taken his experiences and put them to use to help others.

Chloe Update
Chloe spent last Saturday (thanks to her awesome host parents who took her to the train at 6 am) where she saw the river get dyed green for St Patricks Day. She then met up with some other in-bounds and they watched the parade in Chicago.
Badminton season has started and at this point it is mostly practice.

Patricia Update
Patricia has been cleared for sports after a concussion and she is also on the badminton team at WAHS.

Upcoming Events
March 31st Mutual Ground Event - Because we are a sponsor we have 4 tickets to the event. Please submit if you would like to go.
April 28th - Aurora Sunrise Rotary serving at Teen Night. We will be supplying dinner and serving.

Simply Destinee
Joe is now President of the BOD for Simply Destinee. A new lease has been negotiated with the Luxie Club and the board is moving forward.

50/50 Raffle
We had a winner and if you go back through old meetings it is no surprise that Joel Huffman had the winning number and cash winning King of Clubs was picked.

Guest Speakers
Next week Jim Pilmer from Fox Valley Park District
March 29 Dan VanHaften Abe Lincoln:Structure of Reason
April 5 open
April 12 Michelle Meyer Mutual Ground
April 19 open
April 26 Cynthia Wade

 Aurora Sunrise Rotary Club 
Club President
Benjamin Black

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Chris Olson
Brian Olsen


Harriet Parker
Sergeant At Arms
Dan Howard

Aurora Sunrise Rotary Board Members

Joel Huffman
Brian Olsen
Chris Olson
Harriet Parker
Joe Kosner
Charlie Schmalz
  One of the hardest things we do as a club comes out of the most rewarding. Year after year saying goodbye to our inbound students is never easy. Thank you Victoria for sharing your experiences this year with us.
  Who Does Aurora Sunrise Rotary Help?

We are now involved with helping Simply Destinee. Simply Destinee uses dance to reach teens to help prevent suicide and to increase the awareness in our community
Mutual Ground
Lifespring/Wayside Cross
CASA Kane County
Fox Valley Christian Action
Aurora Inter-Faith Food Pantry
Once a month we stock the shelves on a Monday

Another Year Goes By
It Is Always Hard To Say Goodbye
 Chloe and Parents
Chloe and her parents at her last meeting with us