January 2017 Newsletter - Happy New Year!

President's Letter

Happy New Year Everyone! Hopefully, each of you have had a fabulous holiday season in a year when Hanukkah and Christmas converged. We are just starting into 2017. I don’t know about you, but I am still trying to figure out where 2016 went. I am sure you have heard the saying - you are not getting older, you are getting better. Well, the same is true of the WLC. 2017 should be our best year ever — we have settled into our new building and have some awesome new programs in the works, as well as continuing the successful ones we have had for years.

As we say goodbye to 2016, we want to remind you that The WLC officially became a 501c3 organization in 2016. This brings with it the advantage that any donations we receive are tax deductible. So, if you are writing those end of the year donation checks, we would love to be on your list. And, any philanthropy contributions that you made for this fiscal year (before December 31, 2016) are tax deductible in 2016.

In the meantime, stay warm and be warm. Doing good things for others is a gift you give yourself that costs nothing and means so much. We are in the midst of some turbulent times in our country, let’s hope that this year brings peace and tolerance to everyone.

Sincerely, Max Retsky

Club Calendar

On the Lookout
Calling All Future Board Members!

WLC is seeking people interested in joining the board beginning July 1 of 2017. We are looking for board members who believe in our mission and are willing to be active in their governance roles. We believe that this work has never been more important than it is today. Once elected, our board members will participate in at least one committee. While we do ask that our board members play an active role, we pride ourselves on supporting each other as a team and believe that we offer an opportunity for our members to learn and grow with the organization.

If you would like to be considered for a board position, please fill out application online here. We are also looking for members who would like to be more involved in the club - either being a chairperson or heading up a special event. If that is of interest to you, please email Max at president@wlcglencoe.com.

New Member Perk

A new program this year is the “There really is such a thing as a free lunch.” Each month, one WLC member will be drawn at random to join us at our monthly lunch without charge.

Jan 11th Free Lunch Winner - Martha Kirtley!

Martha has been a member of the WLC since 2013. She is a regular volunteer at the North Shore Exchange and was the programing chair for WLC for a year. Congratulations Martha. We are looking forward to seeing you on the 11th.

Watch the newsletter and website for February’s winner.

WLC Fun Fact
  "Let him that hath two loaves go sell one and buy therewith the flowers of the Narcissus, for as bread nourisheth the body so do the flowers of the Narcissus nourish the soul"

"Let him that hath two loaves go sell one and buy therewith the flowers of the Narcissus, for as bread nourisheth the body so do the flowers of the Narcissus nourish the soul"

Credit: March 1927 WLC Newsletter.
Learn more about the narcissus here.

Our forever home gets a shout out from the WSJ as the Best Theater of 2016. Click here to view article.

Financial Notes

We just received a very generous donation from Peg Malloy. Peg was the President of the WLC for many years, she took the club through lots of important and time consuming transitions, including the formation of the NSE and lease with WT. Unfortunately, Peg’s health does not allow her to come to events right now, but she sent us a lovely note with a check. It is the WLC that should be thanking Peg — not the other way around. 

While the calendar year is just beginning, our fiscal year is half over. Financially, we continue to be extremely sound. Our membership is growing, club cash reserves are growing, our philanthropy account is growing and our expenses are at or below where they were last year at this time. Given everything that is going on around us, the board is very proud to be able to convey this information to you. If you would like more detailed information regarding any part of our financial picture, please let us know. Our books are open to all club members. 

Healthy Holidays

And All Year Long
Recipe Spotlight

Guest Columnist Evey Schweig recommends 5 key elements to looking and feeling your optimal best throughout the holidays and all year long.

It is never too late to get into good eating habits. Follow these tips through the New Year and all year long to maintain a healthy weight and energy levels.

  • Keep hydrated - Ideally you want to have 8 glasses of water a day
  • Load up on vegetables and fruits - Don’t go into the holiday season on a strict diet. Accept the fact that there will be a lot of food put in front of you and you might be tempted to eat more than you might want. The trick is not to deny yourself food, but to be mindful about your choices and add in healthy choices whenever possible such as vegetables and fruits. Add color to your meal. Color indicates nutrition and health.
  • Maintain your exercise routine - You need to keep moving during the cold winter months. Make yourself a promise that you will either stick to your exercise routine or develop one. And don't try to do too much at once. Develop a routine you can stick to and feel good about. It will guarantee that you will stick with it longer. Keep a reasonable activity level and try to sneak in activity where you can (park at the far end of the mall parking lot, take the stairs whenever possible, take a break to walk the dog or with a friend).
  • Get enough sleep - Sleepiness can be mistaken for hunger. When this happens, we reach for sugar instead of taking a needed nap. Try to get 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep nightly. Develop and maintain a bedtime routine.
  • Take a multi-vitamin - Healthy foods are most important, but vitamins are an extra insurance policy for maintaining balanced nutrition.

Visit Evey's website at EveySchweig.com for more healthy eating and lifestyle tips!

Looking for a delicious healthy appetizer? Our guest columnist, Evey Schweig offers up her delicious Sweet Potato Hummus recipe. Serve it with fresh vegetable crudité such as carrots, cucumber, celery, jicama sticks, peapods, and sweet peppers!

The sweet potatoes make this appetizer sweet and creamy, but you can also use butternut or acorn squash. If pressed for time, you can use canned pumpkin puree, but the flavor won’t be as sweet. Try using with pumpkin pie spices.

View full recipe here: Sweet Potato Hummus

Visit Evey's website at EveySchweig.com for more healthy eating and lifestyle tips!

Have a recipe? Submit it here!

We Love (being) Charitable

The WLC prides itself on being charitable, not only with raising funds but also offering our time and services to help out the community.  See the latest volunteer opportunities below, its always a great time and good for the spirit.

Since opening in March 2013, NSE has given away $700,000 in funds to well-deserving charities. 

NSE is always looking for volunteers and depend on our support!  If you have some volunteer time to spare, please contact Missy or just stop over Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5:30pm and check it out.

Have clothes and/or household items you no longer want? Donate or consign to NSE. 

Missy Brownson

In conjunction with Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week (February 12-18, 2017), Family Service of Glencoe (FSG) is inviting you to participate in our second annual kindness challenge. We would love for the WLC to join us.

Our 2014 community-wide needs assessment revealed that 30% of Glencoe respondents feel they lack an adequate social support network and 36% noted that they feel lonely or isolated. FSG is taking on this special venture to help residents make connections that keep us healthy and happy. We hope you are up for the challenge.

Thank you for your time and consideration of our challenge. To sign up or to gather more information, please contact lcardonick@comcast.net.

The kindness challenge is on!

Local Pulse

Events, happenings and news around Glencoe and the surrounding communities.

The Legacy Project, a collaboration between Family Service of Glencoe and Glencoe Junior High Project, echoes the oral traditions of the past with a little help from modern technology.

They are looking for older adults willing to be interviewed by middle school students. Thursdays, February 16 - April 20.

Please contact Chuck chuck@familyserviceofglencoe.org 847-835-5111 for more information or to get involved.

Have something you would like to add? We would love to hear from you. Please contact us at newsletter@wlcglencoe.com
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