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McHenry

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McHenry VFW
3002 Route 120 (east side of Fox River)
McHenry, IL  60051
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Rotary District 6440 held an award ceremony on April 28, 2017.  Generally, awards are determined based on the “Tier” to which a Rotary Clubs belongs.  Here are the “Tiers”: “Tier awards are based on Club membership as of July 1, 2016
  • Tier I: Under 23 members.
  • Tier II: 23-39 members.
  • Tier III: 40 or more members.”
The Rotary Club of McHenry is in Tier II: 23-39 members.
 
Awards are determined for each Rotary Avenue of Service, which include: Club, Community, International, Vocational and Youth.  Generally, one Avenue of Service Award was given in each Tier for the best overall achievement in such Avenue of Service.  Thus, for all Five Avenues of Service for the three Tiers there are a total of 15 Avenues of Service Awards for Rotary District 6440.  Rotary District 6440 has approximately 71 Rotary Clubs. 
 
First, our Club and its Members earned the 2017 Club Service Award for Tier II: 23-39 Members.  The Rotary District 6440 Club Service Award is awarded for the best overall achievement in Club Service/Club Administration, which includes such matters as:
  • officer and Board succession plans (including timely and consistent nomination and election);
  • documents and strategic planning (e.g., Constitution, Bylaws and etc.) review and revision;
  • knowledge of Rotary History;
  • calendar of speakers;
  • “Family of Rotary” matters (e.g., condolence cards, get well cards, birthday cards, and etc.);
  • new Member induction and orientation;
  • online reporting (e.g., attendance, new members, officers, minutes, and etc.);
  • club socials/holiday celebrations/charter night celebrations, and so on;
  • timely payment of dues;
  • Club goals, achievements and other matters
Second, our Club also received the “End Polio Now – Challenge Award” for our contribution of at least $60 per Member.
 
Congratulations to all Members of the Rotary Club of McHenry for these excellent achievements.
 
Pictured below is Denis Buch (President-Elect) accepting the Club Service Award.   
Don Weingart is one of the Founding Members of the Rotary Club of McHenry.  Our Club was founded on April 12, 1955.  Throughout our history, Don has been and continues to be an active Member. 
 
We usually begin each of our meetings with a song led by Don.  Recently, Don has been at The Springs at Crystal Lake Rehabilitation Center.  There is agreement that Don’s leadership in song is a tradition we all enjoy.  Here we are at The Springs having our weekly meeting, once again led in song by Don.    
 
From left to right – Standing: John Halbleib, Mike Low, Phil Bartmann, Lori Lowe, Ron Newman, Tony Huemann, Denny Welter, Don Tonyan Sr., Tom Webb, Denis Buch, Bill McLemore, Ron Bykowski, Don Arvidson, Jim Vyduna, Diana Mark, and Dave Rolow; Seated: Bob Blake (a Founding Member), Don Weingart (a Founding Member) and Dorothy Arvidson; Front Row: Sue Conway Low, Donna Schaefer and Craig Adams
 
Joshua Shefner presented “Blue Mango” to the Rotary Club of McHenry.  He is a student at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and recipient of the Thomas W. Davis Student Leadership Award.  Josh is a civil engineering major and team leader of an eight student team from MSOE’s University Scholars honors program; this team participated in a yearlong project to design and build a solar food dehydrator for a rural village in Jamaica. They were asked by the Blue Mountain Project, a non-profit located in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, to design technology to dehydrate an often unused crop in the region – mangoes.  This team now refers to itself as the “Blue Mango”.  In addition to designing and building the dehydrator, Blue Mango also created a business model and training program to teach local residents how to use the equipment.  This project serves to improve the health, education and economy in the region.
 
Josh is also a member of the successful MSOE student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers which in early April 2017 hosted the annual Great Lakes Region Student Conference. “Students from 19 universities participated, including Marquette, MSOE, Northwestern, Notre Dame, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee and others.” MSOE students organized the entire conference.  The MSOE team achieved these awards: 5 – 1st place (including “1st place: Conference Overall”); 2 – 2nd place; and 1 – 3rd place.
 
 
Josh graduated from McHenry High School - East Campus as a member of the Class of 2015.
 
Pictured below from left to right are Josh Shefner and Terry Fitzgibbons (Club member, Associate Principal – McHenry Community High School District 156, McHenry High School, West Campus and Assistant Principal – McHenry High School, East Campus)
 
On Thursday, April 6, 2017 the Rotary Club of McHenry and Twisted Limits Escape Rooms joined together for an excellent night of real-life escape adventures designed to challenge and excite our team as we raced the clock to decipher clues, and complete a series of puzzles. We are pleased to report that our sleuthing paid off.  Twisted Limits is at 3735 W Elm Street in McHenry, IL
 
This event also generated a contribution to FISH of McHenry Food Pantry by Joe Panek and Keith Desmet (owners of Twisted Limits) from the proceeds of this Rotary Club event.  Joe and Keith, thank you for a fun and challenging evening, as well as your generous gift to FISH.
 
Below (from left to right), Keith Desmet and Joe Panek present to Bill McLemore (Club President) a $500 check made out to “FISH”.
 
Rotary Club of McHenry has been very social as a club while also combining “service above self” as we support our shared community.  Here are some examples:
 
In connection with our 2016 yearend Holiday Banquet, we encouraged Members to bring diapers for the Diaper Bank of Northern Illinois.  Recently, Rev. Phyllis Mueller, Diaper Bank of Northern Illinois, wrote "Thank you McHenry Rotary Noon Club for helping us with Size 1s! You are spectacular!"
 
 
On March 12, 2017 Members of the Club marched in the McHenry Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, joined by family and friends who marched in the Parade with us.
 
On March 31, 2017 we enjoyed the company of Members, family and friends at Liquid Blues Ltd, 126 N Benton St # 2, Woodstock, IL 60098.
 
On April 21, 2017, we enjoyed the company of Members, family and friends at D.C. Cobb's, 226 Main St, Woodstock, IL 60098.
 
Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc. is the organizer of Blues, Brews & Barbecue, which is scheduled at Petersen Park on August 18, 19 and 20, 2017.  Learn more about Blues, Brews and Barbecue here or here, view a video and/or become a sponsor at or click here .
 
Those interested in joining the Rotary Club of McHenry should let us know at RotaryClubofMcHenry@gMail.com   Support our shared community, come to the August 18-20, 2017 Blues, Brews and Barbecue
 
 
Pictured below (left to right) are Bill Brogan, Instructor – Criminal Justice, McHenry Community College, Scholarship recipients MCC  Students Roberto J Lopez and Luke Leon, and Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee, Rotarian Tom Webb.
 
 
Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc. is the organizer of Blues, Brews & Barbecue, which is scheduled at Petersen Park on August 18, 19 and 20, 2017.  Those interested in joining the Rotary Club of McHenry should let us know at   RotaryClubofMcHenry@gMail.com   Support our shared community, come to the August 18-20, 2017 Blues, Brews and Barbecue.  Learn more about Blues, Brews and Barbecue.
 
 
Sarah Michehl presented The Land Conservancy of McHenry County to the Rotary Club of McHenry.  As a local nonprofit, it mission is “To preserve natural, scenic and agricultural land resources in McHenry County by working with individuals, communities and a diversity of other partners.”  As of 2016, TLC was 25 years old and had preserved over 2,100 acres in McHenry County. TLC is a member–supported nonprofit organization whose members and volunteers continue to preserve open space for future generations.
 
Pictured below is Sarah Michehl, Community Engagement Specialist, The Land Conservancy of McHenry County:
Johnsburg High School is a public High School in Johnsburg, Illinois (Johnsburg School District 12).  The Skyhawks are known for many great accomplishments such as playing in the recent Illinois State football championship game.  Adding to their many accomplishments, the Skyhawks made the Advanced Placement® “honor roll” consisting of the 433 school districts in the United States of America and Canada. To do so the Skyhawks had to simultaneously achieve increases in access to Advanced Placement® courses for a broader number of students and also maintain or improve the rate at which their AP® students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam.  A score of 3 or higher facilitates earning college credit and/or advanced placement in colleges and universities throughout the United States (and other countries).
 
Below, the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc. presents a $1,000 to Johnsburg School District 12 for its Advanced Placement program.  Pictured are (from left to right): Eric Dohrmann (Club Member and Assistant Principal of Johnsburg Junior High School), Thomas Haurum (Guidance Counselor at Johnsburg High School),          Kevin Shelton (Principal of Johnsburg High School), Ron Bykowski (Chair of the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation), Jim Vyduna (Scholarship Committee Co-Chair (Academic)) and Tom Webb (Scholarship Committee Co-Chair (Vocational)).
 
 
Those interested in joining the Rotary Club of McHenry should let us know at  RotaryClubofMcHenry@gMail.com   Support our shared community, come to the August 18-20, 2017 Blues, Brews and BarbecueLearn more about Blues, Brews and Barbecue.
Ron Bykowski is involved in many activities which benefit the residents of our shared community.  Most of these are not public events. Rather his “service above self” is privately achieved on a daily basis in the community to which Ron is dedicated.  Ron’s recent receipt of the Illinois Senate’s “Everyday Hero” award celebrates Ron’s service-above-self to McHenry County.  Many residents have witnessed his efforts to “Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive”; Ron is a founder of the “Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive” event in McHenry.  Many have also heard his excellent 1,116 and growing number of performances of taps at patriotic events and graveside ceremonies for fallen veterans as part of Bugles Across America.   
 
Ron Bykowski is also a recipient of the McHenry Chamber of Commerce Frank E. Low Award (which is such “Chamber’s highest honor accorded to an individual for distinguished community service”). Ron is a Member of the Rotary Club of McHenry and Chairman of the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc.  Those interested in joining the Rotary Club of McHenry should let us know at   RotaryClubofMcHenry@gMail.com   Support our shared community, come to the August 18-20, 2017 Blues, Brews and BarbecueLearn more about Blues, Brews and Barbecue.
 
Pictured below is Ron Bykowski playing taps in celebration of our veterans.
 
 
Rotary Club of McHenry member Don Tonyan presented plans for the new, expanded, renovated, and fully modernized downtown theater at 1208 North Green Street in McHenry (old address 1204 North Green), which had closed in 2014.  Such project is being funded by Boone Creek Crossing LLC and has been approved by the McHenry City Council.  
 
Don Tonyan also introduced Scott Dehn.  Scott will be managing the new theater; he added ideas regarding its operation.  Scott Dehn is Owner and President of both: Golden Age Cinemas, LLC and Golden Age Holdings, LLC.  He owns and is successfully operating nearby movie theaters.
 
Pictured here from left to right are Scott Dehn and Don Tonyan:
 
Rotary was founded 112 years ago on February 23, 1905 in Chicago.  The Rotary Club of McHenry celebrated with (1) extraordinary member attendance at its recent regular Noon meeting (which is held every Thursday at the McHenry VFW Post #4600, 3002 West Route 120, McHenry, Illinois), (2) a birthday cake, and (3) "Fun and Frolics" questions on Rotary International (by member Diana Mark).  We learned that the smallest Rotary Club (with only 11 members) is the Pohnpei Rotary Club in the Federated States of Micronesia;  Pohnpei Island is an island among the Senyavin Islands, has a population of around 34,000 (2010), and is located in the Pacific Ocean South East of China and North East of Australia.
 
Those interested in joining the Rotary Club of McHenry should let us know at RotaryClubofMcHenry@gMail.com
 
 
This hard-working committee and other Rotary Club of McHenry members work hard throughout the year to make Blues, Brews & BBQ a blast each August. Some key decisions were made at this recent meeting. Keep an eye out for exciting band, food, beverage, and BBQ contest news! Meanwhile, shout out to (from left) Donna Schaefer, Phil Sweeney, Lori Lowe, Diana Mark, Phil Bartmann and Don Tonyan. Thanks for your dedication to our fun!
 
Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc. is the organizer of Blues, Brews & Barbecue, which is scheduled at Petersen Park on August 18, 19 and 20, 2017.
 
Dawn Cassiday-Turner presented her vocation as a "Relationship Banker" for the American Community Bank, McHenry, IL to the Rotary Club of McHenry.  As a relationship banker, Dawn manages the American Community Bank’s overall financial services relationship with its customers. 
 
Dawn studied at the University of Denver and then Columbia College, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree. 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. 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 be a member of the Rotary to further serve our community!”
 
Pictured below is Dawn Cassiday-Turner
On February 3, 2017, the McHenry Knights of Columbus Councils 1288 and 16446 sent a “thank you” letter to the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc. (organizer of Blues, Brews & Barbecue - which is scheduled at Petersen Park on August 18, 19 and 20, 2017) for its donation of $550.  Holiday Meals Committee Chairman Charles J Caner wrote: “Your contribution helped make it possible to provide a valuable gift of food to families in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas. We provided over 825 meals during the 2016 event which has only been made possible because of thoughtful contributions from people like you. For Thanksgiving each meal contained a turkey and for Christmas each meal contained a ham. Many of these families expressed their gratitude and thankfulness for our help which we pass on to you.”
 
Pictured here at the November 3, 2016 check presentation are from left to right: 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.).
 
The Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc. presented a check to the McHenry School District 156 for $3,000 in support of its Advanced Placement (AP) Program testing. AP courses and exams can help students earn college credit while still in high school and strengthen their college applications.  In other words, high school students have the option of taking advanced placement college courses and if they test above a certain level, such students can earn college credit hours.
  
However, there are costs associated with the AP testing program.  The Rotary Club of McHenry has provided grants to support such testing program at the McHenry School District 156.  We believe this is an excellent investment in our community’s high school students. 
 
Here is why:  An AP test costs around $93, but could earn the student 3 college credit hours. Assuming an average student takes 15 college credit hours during a typical college semester and the average college tuition per year is $20,000, then our $3,000 donation could help to fund the equivalent of approximately 3 years of full time college. Here is the potential of such grant to the AP program.  $3,000/$93 = 32.25 tests = 32.25 x 3 credit hours = 96.8 credit hours = 96.8 credit hours/30 credit hours per year = 3.2 years of college (spread across numerous students) = 3.2 years x $20,000 per year = $64,500 in saved tuition for such students.  Note: if the students go to more expensive schools, the cost savings is higher.  These are just approximate numbers, but they illustrate that the AP program can greatly benefit qualified students. 
 
The largest fundraiser of the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc. is Blues, Brews and Barbecue which is scheduled at Petersen Park on August 18, 19 and 20, 2017.  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).
 
Pictured (from left to right) are Ryan McTague (Dist 156 Superintendent), Maddie Weaver (AP student), Terry Fitzgibbons (standing in the second row, Associate Principal, West Campus), Jessica Long (AP student), Cole Petty (AP student), Tague Sode (AP student), Martha Potthoff (Principal), Bill McLemore (Club President), and Ron Bykowski (Foundation Chair)
 
ImaBridge Africa (IBA) recently visited Nigeria. IBA is a faith-based charity dedicated to building transformational relationships between people from dissimilar communities, the privileged and the underprivileged.  IBA is called to aid the African rural poor in developing skills, knowledge, attitudes and experience for self-reliance and the capacity to work together to solve their challenges.  IBA’s mission is guided by the worldwide 2015 UN Millennium Goals.  IBA’s mission is to provide financial and human resources for projects that empower the poor to eradicate extreme poverty, promote gender equality, reduce child and maternal mortality, and ensure environmental sustainability.
 
On Thursday, February 2, 2017, IBA made a presentation to the Rotary Club of McHenry regarding their recent visit. The IBA team members who visited Nigeria included Cecilia Adams, Christine Carrington (Vice President), Rev. Fr. Godwin Nsikan-Ubom Asuquo (Pastor of Saint Patrick Church in McHenry and Founding Director of IBA), and Carl Smith (Board Member).  The areas in which IBA contributions are made include Health, Education, Clean Water, and Micro Finance.  IBA’s presentation can be found at Rotary Presentation - Mission Trip 2017.pptx
 
If you wish to become involved, click here.
 
Pictured below from left to right:
Cecilia Adams (Team Member – ImaBridge Africa), Christine Carrington (Vice President – ImaBridge Africa), Denis Buch – President Elect Rotary Club of McHenry), Rev. Fr. Godwin Asuquo (Founding Director – ImaBridge Africa), and Carl Smith (Board Member – ImaBridge Africa)
 
Pictured are members of the Rotary Club of McHenry presenting to VFW Post 4600 Commander Bob Lungren a Da-Lite Professional Fully Motorized Movie Screen donated by Ron and Linda Bykowski on behalf of the Rotary Club of McHenry. The large screen was expertly installed by club members Tom Webb, Don Tonyan and Denis Buch.
 
The Club's weekly lunch meeting is held at the VFW every Thursday at 12:00 Noon.  Those interested in learning more about membership in the Rotary Club of McHenry are welcome to attend.
 
Pictured below from left to right are:
Back Row:  Denis Buch (President-Elect), Donald Arvidson, Dawn Cassidy-Turner, Thomas Webb, Phil Sweeney, Michael Hein, Ron Newman
Front Row (Standing): John Halbleib, Phil Bartmann, William McLemore (President), Commander Bob Lungren (VFW), Ron Bykowski
Seated:  Robert Blake, Donald Tonyan
The new screen is behind them.
 
Today, President-Elect Denis Buch (pictured below) announced the officers of the Rotary Club of McHenry for the July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 year.  They were elected by the Members of the Club as follows: President – Denis Buch; President-Elect – John Halbleib; First Vice President – Rev. Michael Hein; Secretary – Dawn Cassidy-Turner; Treasurer – Cheryden Juergensen and Co-Sargent at Arms – Craig Adams and Tony Huemann
 
 
 
 
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.