Accelerating Accessibility in a Changing World

Accelerating Accessibility in a Changing World by Lauren Branch Being a CEO for 25 years has brought with it no shortage of ups and downs. Challenges and triumphs come with the territory. If there’s been one constant, it has been change – whether that change is intentional or not. Change isn’t always a bad thing, […]

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Hope Springs: Gratitude and Giving Back to Make a Life

Hope Springs: Gratitude and Giving Back to Make a Life by Stacy McNeiland Spring marks a time of renewal, and this spring, the world seems to need renewal a little bit more than usual. The last two years have marked unprecedented challenges and changes. A pandemic … war in Europe … it can all feel […]

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The World is Out of Control

The World is Out of Control by Dave Rhea I hear this phrase a lot: “The world is out of control.” So, I started thinking about what “out of control” means. In this phrase’s cheapest usage, it’s a way for cable-news channels, for example (but certainly not exclusive to them), to attract and retain an […]

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What Goes Around Comes Around..

What goes around comes around – even Rotary’s role in eradicating life-threatening illnesses. by Russ Florence In 1979, Rotary began its worldwide fight against polio with an ambitious project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. Six years later, Rotary International launched the first and largest coordinated private-sector support of a public health initiative, […]

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It’s a Question of Trust

It’s a Question of Trust by Terri Watkins I spent most of my adult life working in the media, first as a radio reporter and then in television. I wanted to be a reporter from the time I started reading Nancy Drew and never stopped. When I was studying Political Science and then Journalism, it […]

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A Wild Ride

A Wild Ride by Pat Rooney Here’s a question. What can lose $1.32 trillion in three months and nobody cares? Cryptocurrencies. These currencies are actually treated more like securities these days, or the commodities, with their wild fluctuations in price. A bigger question is why crypto went so high in the first place. With a […]

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Yard Lights

Yard Lights By Ron Page When the glacier retreated from northern Illinois, it left in our county a lake roughly 15 miles in diameter. Over the centuries, it receded to “swamp” status, and, around 1910, it was drained, leaving a flat-as-a- pool-table layer of thick, black, fertile soil. Our house and outbuildings sat on a […]

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Navigating the Legislature the Rotary Way

Navigating the Legislature the Rotary Way by Emily Lang As a new legislative session gets underway, policy makers are again considering the priorities and direction for our state. Participation in our democracy is an obligation, and as someone who has been in and around the state capitol for the last two decades, I can tell […]

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Genealogy Makes History

Genealogy Makes History by Dick Hefton Being a bit of Personal Privilege, this column falls on my Birthday Week, February 6! Aquarius types by definition “don’t do anything they don’t want to do.” Writing “Reflections” columns has been a joy these near ten years which I’ve valued greatly along with the focus and fellowship founded […]

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I Sing Because I’m Happy

I Sing Because I’m Happy by Franci Hart “I sing because I’m happy. I sing because I’m free. For his eye is on the sparrow and I know he watches me.” This old gospel hymn resonates with me, especially in January when the weather is often dark and cold. It helps me remember all my […]

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The ABCs of Inflation

The ABCs of Inflation by John Frost Everyone has experienced inflation.  It is most notable in gasoline prices, food prices, entertainment, recreational prices and, in general, the cost of living.  We live in a capitalistic economic system wherein prices are affected by supply and demand issues, supply chain bottlenecks and, unfortunately, the behavior of providers […]

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Rotary New Year, New Commitment

Rotary New Year, New Commitment by Abby Broyles I’ve always gotten a kick out of New Year’s resolutions, mostly because I’m guilty (like most) of falling off the bandwagon mid-February. Eating healthier, joining a gym, learning a new skill – they’re all worthwhile endeavors, but this year I encourage us as Rotarians to recommit to […]

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