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McHenry VFW
3002 Route 120 (east side of Fox River)
McHenry, IL  60051
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Morgan Abate,  representing the Northern Illinois Food Bank presented “Hunger in America 2014 Study” (statistics regarding hunger), the Northern Illinois Food Bank’s McHenry County Snapshot regarding Poverty Statistics for McHenry County, and some of the ways You can help the Northern Illinois Food Bank help others.
Pictured below, Morgan Abate
On January 12th, 2017 Barb Swanson, the Director of Development for Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County (HFHMC), presented some of the numerous programs offered to the community by HFHMC to the Rotary Club of McHenry.  HFHMC is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. HFHMC strives both to change the systems that lead to poverty housing and to build communities where everyone can afford to live.
Pictured below, left to right, are Bill McLemore (President of the Rotary Club of McHenry) and Barb Swanson (Director of Development for Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County)
Rev. Fr. Godwin Nsikan-Ubom Asuquo, Pastor of Saint Patrick Church in McHenry, is the recipient of the Rotary Award for Humanitarian services in connection with his efforts in forming and developing the ImaBridge Africa, USA, team. See his Founder’s Statement.  More on I’m a Bridge.  The ImaBridge Africa, USA, team has worked in supporting the people of Akwa Ibom State in areas of Healthcare, Provision of Clean Water, Education and Microfinance since its founding in 2008. Current efforts serve to provide relief and care for victims of a recent Church collapse.
Fr. Godwin Nsikan-Ubom Asuquo, Pastor of Saint Patrick Church, is also Pastor/Founding Director, ImaBridge Africa
Pictured below from left to right are Chris Carrington, Vice President and Board member of I’m a Bridge Africa, as well as Father Godwin
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! 
Ron Bykowski, Chairman of the Rotary Club Foundation, headed the annual meeting of the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc.  His report (and that of other officers of the Foundation) reported excellent asset growth and return on investments, as well as very high levels of local grants and scholarships designed to benefit the greater McHenry area.
The Rotary Club of McHenry and such Club’s Members formed the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc. (an Illinois not for profit corporation which is also a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code) to fund ongoing charitable/service operations on a tax exempt basis and to ensure continued sustainability of the Club’s charitable/service operations.  The Club and its Charitable Foundation develop, improve and maintain the cultural, recreational, economic, educational and social welfare of people in the greater McHenry area (and throughout the world).
The Foundation manages funding from the Club as well as various donor-directed endowments.  The Foundation also receives contributions from the public and encourages larger gifts that are ordinarily made by way of estate planning strategies. These include, but are not limited to, cash donations; securities which have appreciated in value such that donation to the Club Foundation will give rise to tax advantages for the donor; life insurance policies which name the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation Inc. as a beneficiary; naming the Club Foundation as beneficiary of the donor's retirement account(s); and so on.  Any and all such gifts may be named to give honor or recognition to a special person, donor, organization, or business entity in perpetuity.  The Foundation’s largest fundraiser each year is the Blues, Brews and Barbecue, which is scheduled for Petersen Park on August 18, 19, and 20, 2017. 
Ron Bykowski is pictured below
Rotary Club of McHenry welcomes its newest member, Craig M. Adams, McHenry Township Supervisor. 
Craig is shown below (left) with his sponsor, Don Tonyan (on the right).
Kirsten Velasco presented Medical Cannabis in Illinois in which she covered the various medical conditions for which it has proved beneficial, patient experience, the science and biology relevant to its medical use, as well as the relevant laws and politics.  Here is a link to the presentation.  Here is their Facebook page.
Kim McGann (Dean), Chelsea Baird (Assistant Principal), and Michael Glover (Principal) of McHenry Middle School (Grades 6-8) presented the school’s Rachel’s Challenge – Promoting Acts of Kindness program.  This program has been designed to address and reduce instances of “bullying”.  The program seeks to empower students and staff to initiate a chain reaction of kindness and compassion, as well as encourage students to deliberately reach out to others with kindness”.  The McHenry Middle School’s program seeks to address both in-person as well as “cyber” bullying.   
“Bullying” can be described as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.”
See for example
“Cyberbullying” can be described as “bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.
Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.” 
See for example
The Bullying policy is:
“BULLYING POLICY: McHenry Elementary School District 15 has an official policy prohibiting bullying and any other form of intimidation or harassment. Anyone having knowledge of such behavior is directed to contact the building principal immediately. Bullying might include any harassing or intimidating behavior (verbal, physical or visual) that unreasonably interferes with one’s education. Examples of prohibited conduct include name-calling, using derogatory slurs, or wearing or possessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice toward another person. Prohibited conduct includes any use of violence, force, noise, coercion, threats, intimidation, fear, harassment, bullying, including, but not limited to all forms of cyber-bullying via any media source, hazing, or other comparable conduct. This type of behavior will not be tolerated in District 15 schools and will be dealt with by school administrators according to building disciplinary policy”.
Pictured below from left to right are Kim McGann, Chelsea Baird, and Mike Glover
On Sunday, November 13, 2016, members of the Rotary Club of McHenry attended the 100th Anniversary of Rotary Foundation Banquet in Arlington Heights.  Those who attended included Fr. Godwin Nsikan-Ubom Asuquo, Pastor of Saint Patrick Church in McHenry, Denis and Michelle Buch of Boone Creek Cabinetry & Design, Ron and Linda Bykowski (Ron is the Chairman of the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc.), Rev. Lori M. Lowe, Rector of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, and Rev. William (Bill) McLemore, Rector of Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church and President of the Rotary Club of McHenry
The speaker was Past Rotary Foundation Trustee, Sam Owori from Uganda who is also the Rotary International President-elect for the year 2018-2019.  He is a member of the Kampala Rotary Club.  Sam Owori shared various aspects of the Rotary Foundation's profound impact in the world.
Fr. Godwin, Denis and Michelle Buch, Ron and Linda Bykowski, and Rev. Lori Lowe are pictured below.  Rev. Bill McLemore is taking the pictures.
On November 10, 2016, Carol Toft (a student’s mother), Marcia Chester (Director and a student’s mother), and Steve Chester (a student’s father) presented the McHenry County Adult Program (“McCAP”) to the Rotary Club of McHenry.  McCAP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves young adults with special needs in the greater McHenry County area. With a 2:1 student to staff ratio, each participant is encouraged and supported to reach their full potential and improve their quality of life.  McCAP’s mission is “To provide a meaningful learning experience that will enrich and expand the lives of young adults with serve and profound disabilities.”
From left to right are: Steve Chester, Marcia Chester (Director), David Chester, William McLemore (Rotary Club of McHenry President), Carol Toft, and Nikki Toft.
On November 3, 2016, the Rotary Club of McHenry Foundation, Inc. (organizer of Blues, Brews & Barbeque) presented the McHenry Knights of Columbus, Council #16446, McHenry, IL with a check for $550.  This reinvestment in our shared community assists in funding Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for McHenry residents who during the Holiday Season might find themselves without sufficient means to partake in these important American traditions – Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Through the net proceeds of Blues, Brews & Barbeque (and other similar events), those who participate in such community events (which are organized by the Rotary Club of McHenry Foundation, Inc.) help to fund various investments back into our shared community and its citizens. 
This wonderful Holiday season is extended more broadly to a larger number of our residents through the efforts of the McHenry Knights of Columbus, Council #16446, McHenry, IL and similar efforts of others. 
The McHenry Knights of Columbus will host a Holiday meal packing function at Holy Apostles Church (which is located at 5211 Bull Valley Rd, McHenry IL) on the following dates:
Email the event chair Charles Caner for this event at: http://kofcknights.org/EmailCouncilEC.asp?ID=95874&CNO=1288 if you would like to participate in the meal packing and/or delivery function. 
Pictured here from left to right are Denis Buch (President-Elect of the Rotary Club of McHenry), Carl W. Smith (SK Grand Knight St Patrick Council 16446), and Ron Bykowski (Chairman of the Rotary Club of McHenry Foundation, Inc.).
Sarah Oliver (member of the Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club) is the Chair of Rotary District 6440 Rotary Foundation Committee.  On November 3, 2016, she presented various aspects of the Rotary Foundation to the Rotary Club of McHenry, IL.  Sarah’s presentation was interesting and informative.  Rotary Clubs around the world continue to improve our world through service above self. 
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.”  The Rotary Foundation’s Centennial is 2017.
On October 27, 2016, members of the Rotary Club of McHenry (and guests) went on a Magical Mystery Tour. 
The details of the Magical Mystery Tour had been kept a well-guarded secret.  As the evening unfolded, we enjoyed a wonderful reception at Boone Creek Cabinetry & Design’s showroom, followed by a social, yet suspenseful, bus ride to an undisclosed location.  Upon arriving, we enjoyed appetizers and a delicious meal at the Pirch Kitchen, Bathroom, and Outdoor Store at 624 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook, Illinois. 
Denis (President-Elect of the Rotary Club of McHenry) and Michele Buch organized this extraordinary event.   This was fun, entertaining and most of all it served to build goodwill and better friendships, and it was beneficial to all.  Here are a few pictures from the event.
Our annual Fall Farm Fest at Stade's Farm & Market with our friends at Pioneer Center. We love having our friends at the farm for donuts and cider, petting zoo and hayrides and picking pumpkins. Thank you to Vern Stade and his staff.
Robert Beezat presented Character Based Management , his most recent book.  The book can be purchased online by clicking here.  The presentation can be downloaded from the home page of the Rotary Club of McHenry.
You can also download the free “Be A Better You” app, which is a personal workbook companion to the book Character Based Management  by clicking here.  The app’s goal is to help you keep track of the characteristics you want to focus on to become a more well-rounded manager. You'll fill out a short assessment, set a few action items upon which to focus, and the app will send you a weekly reminder email. Sign up for free, opt out any time.
For more on Robert Beezat’s experience, click here
Here is Robert Beezat presenting Character Based Management, his most recent book.
Harvey Mysel is the Founder & President of Living Kidney Donors Network (LKDN) (Blood Pressure Screening Program).  Harvey established the LKDN after recognizing the need for better resources while pursuing a successful living kidney transplant in 2006. LKDN's purpose is to share knowledge and build the confidence to enable the life changing benefits of living donation. 
Here is Harvey Mysel (left) administering a blood pressure test for Bill McLemore (right), President of the Rotary Club of McHenry.
Carol Wells presented the ongoing work of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the integral part Rotary has played (and continues to play) as we come closer to global eradication of polio.  See presentation on eradication of polio.
In 2015, PolioPlus celebrated its 30th Anniversary.  PolioPlus, the most ambitious program in Rotary’s history, is the volunteer arm of the global partnership dedicated to eradicating polio. For more than 30 years, Rotary has led the private sector in the global effort to rid the world of this crippling disease. Today, PolioPlus and its role in the initiative is recognized worldwide as a model of public-private cooperation in pursuit of a humanitarian goal.  In addition to providing financial and volunteer support, Rotary works to urge support from other public and private sector partners. This includes the campaign to End Polio Now”.  Learn more - click here.
Carol Wells is the current End Polio Now Chair (2016-2017) for Rotary District 6440.  She is the Immediate Past-President, Rotary Club of Wilmette Harbor (2015-2016) and has served as her club's End Polio Now Chair since joining Rotary in 2011.  In 2013, she traveled to Nigeria for a National Immunization Day with a group of International Rotarians led by the current Rotary District 6440 Governor, Rick Rivkin.  In June 2016, Carol observed the Stop Transmission of Polio training for a week at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. 
Pictured are Carol Wells and William “Bill” McLemore (President of Rotary Club of McHenry) indicating that “We are ‘this close’ to ending polio”
Executive Director Lupe Ortiz of the Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center, 3733 W. Elm Street, McHenry, IL 60050, is pictured here accepting a $5,000 check from the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation.  “The Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center exists to enhance the quality of life of the McHenry community by encouraging education, promoting healthy lifestyles, and developing multicultural relationships.”
Among other events, the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation sponsors the annual Blues, Brews and Barbeque.  Funding from such events is then invested in our community. The Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation is the 501(c)(3) tax exempt foundation associated with the Rotary Club of McHenry.
Pictured here from left to right are Ron Bykowski (Chairman of the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation) and Lupe Ortiz (Executive Director of the Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center)
Teachers from McHenry High School presented “Food for Thought”, a program which the McHenry High School offers to some of their students.  Click here for a full description of the "Food for Thought" program.  Here are a few details.
“In an effort to help our students reach their full learning potential, McHenry High School District 156 realized that we had to come face to face with the struggles our students encounter each day before they even step inside our schools. One of the most prevalent issues some experience is the lack of enough quality food in their diets to help sustain their ability to learn.  In 2014, according to Feeding America.org, “Although related, food insecurity and poverty are not the same, poverty in the United States is only one of many factors associated with food insecurity. In fact, higher unemployment, lower household assets, and certain demographic characteristics also lead to a lack of access to adequate, nutritious food.” Some important statistics that will help clarify the problems: [. . . .]
In McHenry High School District 156, 1 in 3.6 students qualify for a free lunch which requires the family to be at or below the poverty line (a family of four: approximately $24,000 yearly income). McHenry High School School District 156 is instituting a program (Food for Thought) to help with those students that are in need. We believe that by offering a food pantry at the school, we will help our students make the most of their education.  The Food for Thought program provides a weekend supply of nutritious food for children, commonly for low-income families, to replace the school meals that children miss during their weekend or extended breaks from school. Each weekend, we hope to provide a food bag that contains enough food for two breakfasts, two lunches, two snacks.  All food is nonperishable. ​
Children will be able to opt-in and opt-out of the program. We invite you to help as this will be run completely by wonderful volunteers; we will need folks to help pack food bags weekly and find and organize fundraising and donation drives that keep the program running, as it will be funded through the generous gifts of potential community donors.”
Pictured here from left to right are Ashley L. Diedrich (an English teacher at McHenry High School, West Campus), Aubrey Francis (a history teacher at McHenry High School, West Campus), and Terry Fitzgibbons (Associate Principal, McHenry Community High School District 156)
Father Godwin Asuquo, Pastor of McHenry’s St. Patrick Church, recently explained traditional attire for men and women in Nigeria.  On July 7, 2016 Father Godwin was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, a Rotary International honor.  Here he is pictured along with The Rev. Lori M. Lowe, SSAP, Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  Both are members of the Rotary Club of McHenry.
Father Godwin Asuquo (in traditional Nigerian attire) and Rev. Lori M. Lowe
Rotary District 6440 Governor Richard “Rick” Rivkin met with the members of the Rotary Club of McHenry.  We exchanged many examples and ideas regarding our shared avenues of “Service Above Self” – Community, Youth, Vocational, International and Club.  Joining Rick was Kathy (Kat) Beringer, Assistant Governor – Northwest Sector – Rotary International, who also visited with us on July 28 (see story posted below on July 30, 2016 for more on Kat).  Thank you Rick and Kat for your invaluable insight into the many avenues through which the Rotary Club of McHenry can continue to grow and further serve our community, including “The Power of One”.
Rick Rivkin joined the Rotary Club of Northbrook in 1999 and served as President during the 2009-2010 Rotary year.  During his tenure in the club, he served as International Service Chair and as Webmaster.  Rick participated in the first district mission to Guatemala in 2007 and returned to Guatemala a few years later.  In 2012 Rick organized and led a PolioPlus NID trip to India followed by a PolioPlus NID trip to Nigeria in 2013.
Professionally Rick is President and CEO of Saf-T-Gard International, Inc., a 4th generation family business based In Northbrook, IL.  Saf-T-Gard is a global supplier of industrial safety products and personal protective equipment. 
Rick and his wife Helen have lived in Deerfield since 1973.  They have 3 children and 4 grand-children.
Rotary District Governor Richard “Rick” Rivkin welcomes Dawn Cassiday Turner as the newest Rotary Club member.  Dawn studied at the University of Denver and then Columbia College, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree. She is a Relationship Banker with American Community Bank in McHenry, Illinois.  Dawn and her husband live in Spring Grove with their six children, along with a small menagerie of dogs, a cat and a couple of chickens.  Dawn also coaches the first-ever McHenry Warriors Girls High School lacrosse team, now in its third season. She has also served on the National Ski Patrol for 5 years at Wilmot, as a member of the District 114 Board of Education for 6 years and on United Way’s allocation panel.
Dawn: “I strongly believe in volunteering and I’m thrilled to become a member of the Rotary to further serve our community!”
From left to right:  Don Tonyan, Dawn Cassidy Turner, Rotary District Governor Richard “Rick” Rivkin and Club President William “Bill” McLemore.
Dawn Cassiday Turner, Relationship Banker at American Community Bank & Trust in McHenry, has become a member of the Rotary Club of McHenry.  Pictured here is President Bill McLemore welcoming Dawn on behalf of all members.
Dawn Cassiday Turner (Left) William “Bill” McLemore (Right)
Father Ephraim Ukpeh (first on the left), a Rotarian from Nigeria, visited the Rotary Club of McHenry.  No matter where Rotarians travel, each Rotarian knows there will be a welcoming nearby Rotary club.  Here Nigerian Rotarian Father Ephraim is welcomed by all members of the Rotary Club of McHenry, including those pictured – Mayor Sue Low (second from the left), McHenry Rotary Club President Bill McLemore (second from the right) and Father Godwin Asuquo (Pastor of McHenry’s St. Patrick Church, on the far right).
Pictured from left to right: Father Ephraim Ukpeh, Mayor Susan E. Low, President William P. McLemore, and Father Godwin Asuquo
Kathy (Kat) Beringer, Assistant Governor – Northwest Sector – Rotary International, presented members of the McHenry Rotary Club with the 2016-2017 Directory for Rotary International, District 6440 (“The Home District”).  Kat also mentioned a few upcoming anniversaries of various clubs (e.g., Waukegan Rotary Club’s 100th anniversary on December 1, having been formed on such date in 1916). 
Picture: Kat and Bill McLemore, McHenry Rotary Club President

        At the regular meeting of the McHenry Rotary Club, Thursday, July 21st, at the McHenry VFW Post, Past President, Tony Huemann received the anonymous gift of being made a Paul Harris Fellow. The award was presented by (Left to right in photo below) yours truly; with Rotary Foundation Chair, Phil Bartmann; and Tony and his wife, Brenda, Huemann present for the awarding. A goodly number of Tony's family attended the meal and ceremony.

   At the Thursday, July 7th, noon meeting of the McHenry Rotary Club (President McLemore's first), he presented, on behalf of Ron and Linda Bykowski, the Paul Harris Fellow citation to Fr. Godwin Asuquo, newly inducted Rotarian, and Pastor of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, McHenry.  Ron noted Fr. Godwin's mission work with his native country, Nigeria, and that he has been a resident of the United States for 17 years and is an American citizen.  (Shown below, left to right: Ron Bykowski, Fr. Godwin, Linda Bykowski, and President Bill McLemore.  
   The presentation followed the President's address in which he formed the club into four action committees under the direction of the Directors of Avenues of Service: Club Service (Donna Schaeffer); Community Service (Ron Newman); Vocational Service (Brian Thoma); and International Service (Karen Lavin).  He also introduced the Club Officers: Tony Huemann, Past President; Denis Buch, President Elect; Terry Fitzgibbons, Secretary; and Cheryden Juergensen, Treasurer.  

    (Left to right) Trista Iodice and Jeff Batt, McHenry Sunrise Club;  students: Kyle Lim,  Jim Myers,  Megan Jurek, and Bri Huff; and Amber Bowgren, Assistant Principal, McHenry High School West Campus.  They visited the McHenry Rotary Club at noon, Thursday, May 12th, at the McHenry VFW  Club to talk about their recent RYLA weekend.  The students were among 100 young women and men who met for three days at YMCA Camp Edwards in East Troy, Wisconsin, April 7-10th.   The youth were selected for their leadership abilities and skills from several local high schools.  The weekend included educational presentations on leadership, times for fellowship, and small group sharing.

     John F. Halbleib, proposed by member Lori Lowe, was officially inducted by unanimous approval, as a member of the Rotary Club of McHenry.  John is pictured here giving the club a brief introduction to himself.  He lists his position as President & Chairman, Owner, of the Life, Liberty & Pursuit of Happiness Research, Inc.  His wife is Jeanne Duffy.  John's birthday is May 5th, her birthday is June 26, and their anniversary is October 3rd.  They live at 3117 W Lorient Drive, McHenry, and their telephone number is 630-674-2100.  

   James A. Valley, long-time friend and business associate of Ron Bykowski, was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition at the regular noon meeting of the McHenry Rotary Club, Thursday, January 21st, at the McHenry VFW Lodge.  

     The Paul Harris recognition is presented by persons contributing $1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation.  This is an international fund which supports service projects all over the world, polio vaccines, education, water supplies, and many related needs.  Ron and Jim have worked together for 34 years and Ron added, "We have had fewer spats than either one of us with our wives."

    Left to right in the photograph: Ron and Linda Bykowski, Rita and Jim Valley, Bill McLemore.