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McHenry

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
McHenry VFW
3002 Route 120 (east side of Fox River)
McHenry, IL  60051
United States
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Contacts: Don Tonyan and Donna Schaefer
Rotary Club of McHenry Blues, Brews & BBQ’s co-chairs 
Tonyan: 815-482-0746; don@wmtonyan.com
Schaefer: 815-482-8805; donnaschaefer@comcast.net 
 
Blues, Brews & BBQ’s organizers 
ready for spiced-up fest
 
McHENRY — The inaugural Blues, Brews & BBQ’s pro-level cook-off already has proved to be a recipe for excitement. All 36 slots for the Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event are filled, event organizers said. 
 
Teams will set up Saturday, Aug. 19, with hand-ins and judging Sunday, Aug. 20. 
 
“Thank you Don Tonyan for spearheading this event and for encouraging us to take the leap of faith on this new part of our festival,” Donna Schaefer wrote in an email to Blues, Brews & BBQ’s Committee members. Schaefer and Tonyan are co-chairs of the Rotary Club of McHenry’s three-day music, barbecue and craft beer fest, which starts Friday, Aug. 18, at Petersen Park, McHenry. 
 
Schaefer noted that the pro-level contest brings added expenses including tent, electric and prize money. But with a full complement of 36 teams and the accompanying entry fees, the club — and in turn the community — will benefit.
 
“Over the last five years, the club has funded more than $150,000 in local and international service projects, with 80 percent of the money remaining local,” said John Halbleib, a Blues, Brews & BBQ’s Committee member. Recipients have included Family Alliance, Family Health Partnership Clinic, Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center and more. The majority of the money distributed was raised at Blues, Brews & BBQ’s, now in its sixth year. Anyone curious about other benefitting agencies can learn more at This is Us, Halbleib added.
 
Sponsorship opportunities remain available, ranging from the $100 Friends of Rotary level on up. Sponsors paying by Aug. 14 will be recognized through banners and announcements at the event. Visit www.mrbbb.com and click on the sponsors tab to learn more, or to make an online donation.
 
“Between our lineup, the always great craft beers, the barbecue vendors and all of the excitement the KCBS contest is generating, this is an especially good year to be a sponsor, and we are so grateful to the many who’ve already stepped up,” Schaefer said. 
 
Scheduled performers include Kevin Purcell in the Allman Brothers tribute band Rosehill Revival, as well as Pierre Lacocque, the BluesNiks, Mississippi Heat and Wall of Denial. The fest will begin and end with local favorites, the John Todd Band and Alabaster. Also featured will be Johnny Iguana and the Claudettes, and the Fernando Jones Kids, young musicians who wowed the Sunday crowd at last summer’s fest. The complete line-up and other fest information are available at mrbbb.com. Blues, Brews & BBQ’s fans also are encouraged to like the Facebook page
 
 
 
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In preparation for their presence at Blues, Brews, and Barbecue – August 18-20, 2017 at Petersen Park, McHenry, IL,  Ross Spencer presented ShelterBox USA – “Right now, around 85 million people around the world have been made homeless by natural disaster and conflict. ShelterBox is working to change this.”  There will be a booth at Blues, Brews, and Barbecue explaining Rotary, the impending eradication of Polio (only the second disease to be eradicated), and ShelterBox USA at the upcoming Blues, Brews and Barbecue – fun and entertainment which benefit our shared community.  Come have fun listening to great music – all the while making the world a better place.  Ross Spencer is a member and the Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods.
 
The proceeds from Blues, Brews and Barbecue go back into our shared community.  You have fun and your fun benefits our shared community.  The event sponsor is the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation.  Your Rotary Club of McHenry has generated over $150,000 during the last five years — mostly through Blues, Brews and Barbecue. These numbers do not begin to value the countless hours Rotarians volunteer through numerous service projects.  We have distributed more than $120,000 of such $150,000 to local community, vocational and youth service projects in the Greater McHenry, Illinois area, including but not limited to these Illinois, USA locations: Bull Valley, Johnsburg, McHenry, Prairie Grove, Ringwood, Spring Grove, Volo, and Wonder Lake.  Some examples can be found by clicking on This is Us.
 
Ross Spencer is pictured, below
 
Newest Club Members
 
Today, Members of the Rotary Club of McHenry welcomed Kelly Ann Johnson and Pastor Thomas E. Rogers Jr our newest members.
 
Kelly Ann Johnson is a manager with the McHenry Savings Bank.
 
Pastor Thomas E. Rogers, Jr recently became the pastor of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 404 N Green Street, McHenry IL 60050 and will be installed Saturday, August 12, 2017.  Pastor Rogers is a Rotarian who is transferring from the Rotary Club of Woodstock to the Rotary Club of McHenry. 
 
The Club is pleased and honored to have Kelly Ann and Pastor Tom as Members of our Club.
 
Pictured below from left to right are Pastor Thomas E. Rogers, Jr. (Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church), Kelly Ann Johnson (McHenry Savings Bank) and Club President Denis Buch (welcoming each of them as new Members)
 
Donald and Rose Mary Weingart Charitable Endowment
 
Don Weingart died on July 13, 2017. He was predeceased by his beloved Rose Mary
 
To honor Don and Rose Mary, the “Donald and Rose Mary Weingart Charitable Endowment of the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation” has been established.  Memorial donations may be made to the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 28, McHenry, IL 60051
 
Rotarian Walter Carey invited his business partner Don to join the Rotary Club of McHenry and Don join in November of 1963.  Rotary became and remained his passion. Don served as Club President (1971-1972), a director on its Board, and in various other officer and committee positions.  Don was a member for over 53 years and he remained a Rotarian until his death.  He maintained a perfect attendance and led the Club in song and good spirit.  Here we are at The Springs holding a regular weekly meeting with Don Weingart at the center of the meeting and having led us in song once again.  
 
He thoroughly enjoyed working on community projects.  Don particularly enjoyed the Annual Rotary Ham Dinner which he was instrumental in organizing over the years. Don also served on the McHenry School Board for 12 years, was Parade Marshall for Fiesta Days and was awarded the "Keys" to the City of McHenry for his service to the community.
 
Don Weingart and other Rotarians built numerous Club service projects throughout the greater McHenry and Johnsburg area.  To list just a few, here are some examples: Rotary Park (located at the North East corner of 3rd Avenue and Waukegan Street in McHenry); several concession stands at McCracken Athletic Field; Petersen Park playground equipment (e.g., slides, & etc.); Fort McHenry Playground; Walsh Park (1202 N Green Street) and Harry Dean Memorial Park; more than three decades of scholarships for local residents of McHenry or Johnsburg who are pursuing post-secondary education; funding for various service projects such as McHenry Area Youth Commission; life alert systems for residents who might not otherwise be able to afford them (distributed through Centegra); and playground equipment for Pioneer Center residents; and etc.  Internationally, the Rotary Club of McHenry funded (or co-funded) the eradication of Polio (now in its final stages), a fire engine truck for use in a remote area in South America, student computers for use in a school in a remote region of Central America.
 
For more about Don as a Rotarian, visit This is Us.
 
Rotary Club of McHenry - We are People of action.  We are social and fun, mysterious, and more.  In 2017, our Club received an award recognizing excellent service to our Club.
 
The Rotary Club of McHenry pursues five Avenues of Service as part of our Service Above Self.  These Avenues of Service are Club, Community, International, Vocational and Youth. 
 
Club Service involves such Member actions as drive the successful of our Club.  Club Service is funded by Member contributions and achieved through Member involvement. 
 
International Service comprises those Member activities as serve to advance international understanding, goodwill, and peace, as well as projects designed to help people in other lands.  International Service is funded primarily through Member contributions and achieved through Member involvement.  Some funding is achieved through funding received during the annual Bleus, Brews, and Barbecue festivities through a special booth setup for such purpose – such as Rotary Foundation, PolioPlus and ShelterBox.  
 
Here are some examples:
 
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International  – which Foundation funds and sponsors a large volume of projects around the world, including the eradication of polio.  The Rotary Foundation recently celebrated its Centennial.
 
Members often fund the Rotary Foundation through individual contributions of $1,000 (or more) and thereby become “Paul Harris Fellows”.  Here are some examples of funding of International Service through the Paul Harris program (listing is of recipient of award):
Other International Service projects include:
 
 
The proceeds from Blues, Brews and Barbecue go back into our shared community.  You have fun and your fun benefits our shared community.  The event sponsor is the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation.  Substantially all of such proceeds help fund our Community Service, Vocational Service and Youth Service in the Greater McHenry, Illinois area, including but not limited to these Illinois, USA locations: Bull Valley, Johnsburg, McHenry, Prairie Grove, Ringwood, Spring Grove, Volo, and Wonder Lake.  Here are some examples:
 
Community Service comprises varied efforts that Members make (sometimes in conjunction with others) to improve the quality of life of those who live within our Club’s community.  As you review these examples, keep in mind that Vocational Service and Youth Service are simultaneously “Community Service”, described below.
Also, see Vocational and Youth, below
 
Vocational Service promotes high ethical standards in businesses and professions, recognizing the worthiness of all dignified occupations, and fostering the ideal of service in the pursuit of all vocations. The role of Members includes conducting themselves and their businesses in accordance with Rotary’s principles and lending their vocational skills to Club-developed projects in order to address the issues and needs of society.
 
Youth or New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.
The regular Noon meeting on Thursday, July 13, 2017 included a special vocational presentation by Fire Chief Tony Huemann.  At McHenry Township Fire Protection District Station 5, Fire Chief Huemann explained the organization and operation of the McHenry Township Fire Protection District.  He also presented some of the details associated with the history, design, and construction of Station 5.  Click here to see the Fire Chief’s presentation.  The construction of Station 5 was completed on September 30, 2016, and it went into service on December 1, 2016.  Average call response time has decreased nearly 14.2% to 4 minutes and 20 seconds.
 
Formed in 1939, today the MTFPD provides Emergency Response Services to 56 square miles and approximately 65,000 residents residing in McHenry, Johnsburg, Lakemoor, McCullom Lake, Ringwood, Holiday Hills, and Bull Valley. The MTFPD operates 24 hours a day out of five stations with Paramedics and Firefighters.  In addition, the MTFPD has a full-time Chief, 2 Deputy Chief's, 3 Battalion Chief's, and a Fire & Life Safety Educator, as well as a Fire Prevention Bureau Director.  In addition, the MTFPD offers and/or lists numerous classes and programs relating to fire prevention, safety and health
 
“Our goal is to continue to operate with part-time personnel, find ways to become more efficient and fiscally responsible, and provide emergency services to the communities we protect.”
 
For more, see the Annual Reports for the MTFPD, which can be found by clicking here.
 
Pictured below is Fire Chief Tony Huemann (Rotary Club of McHenry President (2015-2016))
On June 29, 2017 Denis Buch (Owner of Boone Creek Cabinetry & Design) was inducted as President (2017-2018) of the Rotary Club of McHenry, by Rotary District 6440 Governor Donald Brewer of the Algonquin Rotary Club.  District Governor Brewer also used the opportunity to induct other officers of the Rotary Club of McHenry.
 
The night was highlighted by commemorating an event which occurred 62 years ago, and those that ensued thereafter.  One of the founding members of the Rotary Club of McHenry in 1955 was Jerome Buch.  Together with his wife Ethel and other members of the Club, the Club grew and many special traditions and achievements followed.  Jerome Buch served as Club President during the 1964-1965 Year, and here we are a half-century later and his son is now President of the Club – a “first” for our Club where a father and a son have both served as Club President.   Manifesting Jerome Buch’s nature as a true Rotarian, here are just some of Jerome’s achievements:
  • Charter Member – 1955;
  • President – 1964-1965 (during which NASA launched the United States' first two person crew (Gus Grissom, John Young) into Earth orbit on Gemini 3 and Astronaut Edward Higgins White made the first U.S. space walk from Gemini 4);
  • He and others set up the then well-known and popular “motorized tow rope of McHenry Country Club 10th fairway – pulling children and adults up to the top, where they would sled or toboggan back down to be greeted by Ethel Buch who was serving hot chocolate and cookies;
  • He and other Members of the Club started the famous “Rotary Ham Dinner” which continued for decades and supplied cookers and materials used at the Ham Dinners and other Rotary events;
  • Within the Club, he received the first Paul Harris honorary award;
  • During the 1960s, he and Ethel were active in the Rotary Youth Exchange;
  • During his 40 year membership he achieved perfect attendance; and 
  • The list goes on and on. 
Jerome Buch and other Members of the Rotary Club of McHenry designed, funded (or co-funded) and built numerous Club service projects throughout the greater McHenry and Johnsburg area.  To list just a few, here are some examples: Rotary Park (located at the North East corner of 3rd Avenue and Waukegan Street in McHenry); several concession stands at McCracken Athletic Field; Petersen Park playground equipment (e.g., slides, & etc.); Fort McHenry Playground; Walsh Park (1202 N Green Street) and Harry Dean Memorial Park; more than three decades of scholarships for local residents of McHenry or Johnsburg who are pursuing post-secondary education; funding for various service projects such as McHenry Area Youth Commission; life alert systems for residents who might not otherwise be able to afford them (distributed through Centegra); and playground equipment for Pioneer Center residents; and etc.  Internationally, the Rotary Club of McHenry funded (or co-funded) the eradication of Polio (now in its final stages), a fire engine truck for use in a remote area in South America, student computers for use in a school in a remote region of Central America.
 
To honor both his father and his mother, President Denis Buch established the “Jerome & Ethel Buch Charitable Endowment of the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation” effective (and funded on) the date Denis shared his father’s legacy of becoming President of the Club – June 29, 2017.
 
Today, charitable contributions and service projects like those mentioned above are funded from the proceeds of fundraisers like Blues, Brews and Barbecue (August 18-20, 2017 in Petersen Park) through the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization).  
 
 
Below are Denis Buch (President of the Rotary Club of McHenry 2017-2018) and his father Jerome Buch (President of the Rotary Club of McHenry 1964-1965, Founding Member, Perfect attendance for more than 40 years)
 
Denis & Jerome Buch
Denis Buch
Jerome Buch
 
On June 29, 2017 Denis Buch (Owner of Boone Creek Cabinetry & Design) was inducted as President (2017-2018) of the Rotary Club of McHenry by Rotary District 6440 Governor Donald Brewer of the Algonquin Rotary Club.  District Governor Brewer also used the opportunity to induct other officers of the Rotary Club of McHenry.
 
Below from left to right are Rotary District 6440 Governor Donald Brewer, Denis Buch (Club President), Dawn Cassiday-Turner (Club Secretary, a Relationship Banker with American Community Bank & Trust, McHenry) and John Halbleib (Club President-Elect)
 
 
This Club meeting was presided over by Bill McLemore, then Club President (2016-2017) and now Club Past President.  Bill thanked members of the Club for achieving an excellent year and for building momentum as we go into the next year.  Bill issued more than a dozen certificates of “Presidential Commendation” expressing appreciation for their service in many capacities. 
 
Following Denis’ induction as President, Denis made a brief presentation (1) summarizing his recent trip to the June 10-14, 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta; (2) described the extraordinary global momentum garnered in Atlanta to fund the $1.5 Billion dollars needed to finally eradicate Polio; (3) outlined certain overall goals and objectives for the Club and the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc.; and (4) made a $10,000 bequest to the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc. honoring his father (a Founding Member of the Club) and mother, entitled the “Jerome & Ethel Buch Charitable Endowment of the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation”.
 
As a team, Denis and his wife Michele attended the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta.  There were numerous “breakout” sessions.  So as to experience as much as possible, each attended and participated in as many as “breakout” sessions they could – each taking notes to share with the other. 
 
Below from left to right are Denis Buch and Michele Buch while attending the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta
 
 
Over 22,500 Rotarians were in attendance.  There were presentations by many famous individuals who shared their personal Rotary Stories.  The highlight was the initial main session at which Rotary International leaders outlined what it was going to take to completely eradicate Polio.  They estimated that it was going to require $1.5 Billion over the next three years to complete the eradication of Polio, a global campaign begun by Rotary International in 1985.  Within less than an hour and with the cooperation of numerous Rotary Groups in many Countries there were pledges of $1.25 Billion (including pledges from Rotary International, Canada, the U.S., the European World Health Organization, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (which pledged up to $300,000,000). 
 
Below from left to right are attendees of the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, Michele Buch, Mr & Mrs. John F. Germ (a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA and 2016-2017 President of Rotary International), and Denis Buch (President of the Rotary Club of McHenry 2017-1028)
 
 
As an effective team, President Buch identified a number of shared goals designed to serve our shared community in an ever expanding and more effective manner.  This requires individuals dedicated to service above self, acceptance of responsibilities in various offices, and as much funding as possible. 
 
  • The first goal is to achieve 20% growth in membership.  It is well to note that one third of this goal has already been achieved.   
 
  • The second (and an essential) goal is to distribute responsibilities to those who accept them; more than 20 Club and Foundation positions have been accepted by various members.  
 
  • The third goal is to ensure growth and stability in funding the Club’s and the Foundation’s charitable service projects.  These include charitable service projects in four Avenues of Service – Community, International, Vocational, and Youth.  To that end, the endowment of the Foundation was recently tripled, and a $10,000 additional endowment was added.  In addition, the Club/Foundation seek to add 1 to 2 additional “one night” fundraisers to the already fun and highly successful Blues, Brews and Barbecue in Peterson Park from August 18-20, 2017.  If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact RotaryClubOfMcHenry@gMail.com
 
  • The fourth goal is to enhance the social aspect of our Club through Members and their significant others, as well as encourage those interested in becoming a Member to join us and get to know us better.   Five such fun events are being planned. 
 
This will be achieved through teamwork and cooperation focused on the best interests of our shared community.
The Food Trust funded and/or sponsored by Rotary Club of McHenry, Neighbors Food Pantry of Wonder Lake, and Northern Illinois Food Bank was a great success.  Notwithstanding the 90 degree heat, organizing and distributing the food were more than 27 volunteers from the Rotary Club of McHenry, Neighbors Food Pantry of Wonder Lake,  Northern Illinois Food Bank and other local residents (and not so local – thank you Felix Curtis). The Food Truck also served many participants. Nativity Lutheran Church made their facilities available. Many thanks to all! 
 
Charitable contributions like this are funded from the proceeds of fundraisers like Blues, Brews and Barbecue (August 18-20, 2017 in Petersen Park) through the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc., which funded the food truck through Neighbors Food Pantry of Wonder Lake and the Northern Illinois Food Bank.  
 
For photos, click here 
On Thursday, June 22, 2017, Wayne S. Jett (Mayor of McHenry), Derik Morefield (McHenry’s City Administrator), and Doug Martin (McHenry’s Director of Economic Development) were guests of the Rotary Club of McHenry.  Mayor Jett reviewed numerous City of McHenry initiatives designed to encourage economic development, increase employment and in other ways serve our community well.  Mayor Jett, City Administrator Morefield, and Director Martin also answered questions from Members of the Rotary Club of McHenry.  
 
Pictured below is City of McHenry Mayor Wayne Jett
 
The Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc. has funded a food truck through the Northern Illinois Food Bank.  Members of the Rotary Club of McHenry (and other volunteers) will be distributing food on Thursday, July 6, 2017 between 4PM and 6PM at Nativity Lutheran Church, which is located at 3506 East Wonder Lake Road, Wonder Lake IL.  The Neighbors Food Pantry of Wonder Lake regularly operates a food pantry in association with the Nativity Lutheran Church.  Those who would like to volunteer should click here .  Charitable contributions like this are funded from the proceeds of fundraisers like Blues, Brews and Barbecue (August 18-20, 2017 in Petersen Park).  
 
Below is a picture on another Rotary Club of McHenry sponsored Northern Illinois Food Bank food distribution – providing nutritious meals to those in need.
When Ron Schrader is not teaching P.E. at Johnsburg Junior High School, throughout the Midwest Ron regularly competes in Kansas City Barbeque Society Sanctioned BBQ Cook-Offs.  Ron was a guest of the Rotary Club of McHenry at our regular Thursday lunch meeting.
 
The Club invited Ron to share his experience and advice as we develop this year’s KCBS BBQ Cook-Off at Blues, Brews and Barbecue August 18-20, 2017 in Petersen Park). 
 
Ron – thank you for helping us better plan an excellent experience for all competitors. 
 
Below, from left to right are Ron Schrader and Don Tonyan (Co-Chair of the Blues, Brews & Barbecue Committee).  Don welcomes Ron, as Ron completed his application to compete in this year’s KCBS BBQ Cook-Off.
 
On Thursday, June 1, 2017, Wayne S. Jett (Mayor of McHenry) and Derik Morefield (McHenry’s City Administrator) were guests of the Rotary Club of McHenry.  During this regular Club meeting, Lynn O'Shea (President/CEO of the Association for Individual Development (AID)) and Bob Zima (Director of AID-McHenry Behavioral Health Services) presented the Association for Individual Development.  For 54 years AID has provided services to individuals who have developmental, physical and/or mental disabilities, those who have suffered a trauma or those at risk. AID’s service areas in McHenry County included Algonquin, Cary, Harvard (beginning on May 25, 2017), Huntley, McHenry and Woodstock (with plans for expansion).  Bob Zima’s operates out of the McHenry Behavioral Health Services located at 5342 W. Elm Street, McHenry, IL 60050, Phone: 847.322.4591 (cell) or 847.931.2350.  For AID’s 2016 Annual Report, click here.
 
Pictured below (from left to right) are Derik Morefield (McHenry’s City Administrator) and Wayne S. Jett (Mayor of McHenry)
Don Tonyan on behalf of the Rotary Club of McHenry’s Blues, Brews & Barbecue Committee announced a number of exciting developments regarding the upcoming August 18 through August 20, 2017 Blues, Brews & Barbecue festival at Petersen Park, McHenry, IL:
  1. The band lineup;
  2. The addition the 2017 Kansas City Barbecue Society Sanctioned BBQ Cook-Off;
  3. A video of the 2016 Blues, Brews & Barbecue festival;
  4. A growing list of sponsors, which are already listed on every webpage;
  5. A growing list of food vendors; and
  6. An excellent opportunity to volunteer for this event.
 
Don Tonyan is pictured below as he presents an update regarding the Club's 2017 Blues, Brews & Barbecue festival August 18 through August 20, 2017 at Petersen Park, McHenry, IL
Each year the Rotary Club of McHenry and the Rotary Club of McHenry–Sunrise offer Rotary Youth Leadership Awards to high school students who exhibit leadership qualities. Generally, three students from each of McHenry Community High School – East, McHenry Community High School – West, and Johnsburg High School are selected to attend a weekend of leadership training.
 
At the Rotary Club of McHenry Noon meeting on May 18, 2017, Jeff Batt (RYLA coordinator and member of the Rotary Club of McHenry–Sunrise) and Amber Bowgren, Assistant Principal of McHenry Community High School – West, brought three Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipients who attended the RYLA weekend of leadership training.  These included Breanna Banker, Denise Beyer, and Rowan Coon.
 
Jeff Batt explained various aspects of the RYLA program.  Each of the three students shared memorable aspects of their experience at the RYLA weekend of leadership training, as well as how each felt it helped them become more refined and effective leaders.  As they continue their postsecondary education, each believed that the RYLA weekend of leadership training has provided meaningful preparation for future leadership.  Assistant Principal Amber Bowgren shared how RYLA has positively impact students at her school.
 
Pictured from left to right are Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipients Breanna Banker, Rowan Coon, Denise Beyer; Amber Bowgren (Assistant Principal of McHenry High School West Campus); and Jeff Batt (Member of the Rotary Club of McHenry - Sunrise)

To Members of the Rotary Club of McHenry, John Meyer from "Friends in Service Here" (FISH of McHenry – Food Pantry) presented a PowerPoint on our local FISH food pantry.  FISH makes food available to those who need it.  Members learned that FISH has no paid employees; rather, everyone at FISH is a volunteer, even its three directors.  Members also learned that for every $1 donated to FISH, FISH is able to procure $8 of food for distribution through its food pantry. 

 

Following John’s presentation, Keith Desmet (co-owner of Twisted Limits Escape Rooms) presented a $500 check to FISH; these funds will enable FISH to purchase $4,000 of food for distribution to those who need it.  Twisted Limits is at 3735 W Elm Street in McHenry, IL.

 

Pictured from left to right: John Meyer (FISH of McHenry – Food Pantry), Keith Desmet (co-owner of Twisted Limits Escape Rooms), and Bill McLemore (President of Rotary Club of McHenry)

Newly elected Mayor Wayne Jett (Mayor of McHenry effective May 1, 2017) shared a meal with Members of the Rotary Club of McHenry.  Sue Low invited Mayor Jett as her guest and introduced him to Members of the Rotary Club of McHenry.  Sue was Mayor of McHenry from 2003 to April 30, 2017.  She remains an active Member of the Rotary Club of McHenry.
 
Many Members already knew Wayne and others enjoyed meeting him. 
 
Pictured below from left to right are McHenry Mayor Wayne Jett and retired McHenry Mayor Sue Low

Suzanne Hoban, MPH, Executive Director of Family Health Partnership Clinic presented to the Rotary Club of McHenry various aspects of their program including their move from Woodstock to Crystal Lake (401 E. Congress, Crystal Lake, IL  60014), the recent addition of a dental clinic, health care for the homeless (in connection with which they have hired a nurse who has experience in this area).  
 
Their Vision is: “Over the next ten years, the Family Health Partnership Clinic will assure that the residents of the McHenry County area will enjoy the benefit of full access to high quality health care, regardless of the ability to pay. The Clinic operates on a sliding fee scale, although no patient is turned away due to inability to pay. At registration, patients will be asked to provide some proof of income. NOTE: Because all of the doctors and some of the nurses volunteer their time, hours when patients can be seen is limited. Appointments are necessary. Call the Clinic main phone number at 770.220.9300 to schedule an appointment.”
 
Click here for a copy of their 2016 Annual Report
 
Below is Suzanne Hoban, MPH, Executive Director of Family Health Partnership Clinic presenting aspects of their program.
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
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
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