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Posted by John Halbleib on Oct 19, 2017
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At our regular Rotary Club of McHenry meeting, Lyle Staab, District 6440 Governor Nominee Designate and member of the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, Hawthorn Woods, talked about Rotary Youth Programs.  Each year, Rotary connects thousands of young people to a global network of friendshipservice, and action. As members of Rotaract or Interact clubs, they learn about "Service Above Self" and make a difference in communities at home and abroad. At RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) weekends, they learn skills that will help them succeed as community leaders and in life.  And students on a Rotary Youth Exchange, whether a Long-Term year-long program or a Short-Term experience lasting four to eight weeks, learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens.  Each year, 500,000 young people participate in Rotary Youth Service programs worldwide.
 
In Rotary District 6440, there are 2,146 Rotarians (of the more than 1.2 Million Rotarians worldwide from more than 33,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas) and more than 2,800 youth who participated in our Rotaract, Interact, RYLA, and Rotary Youth Exchange (plus at least a thousand more in other activities).  Lyle’s presentation can be accessed by clicking here.
 
Pictured below is Lyle Staab, District 6440 Governor Nominee Designate and member of the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, Hawthorn Woods
 
Rotary Youth Programs John Halbleib 2017-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Oct 17, 2017
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Members of the Rotary Club of McHenry (serving the greater McHenry area) are among millions reaching out on World Polio Day, October 24th, 2017 to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio.  A vaccine prevents this crippling and paralyzing disease that still threatens children in parts of our world today.  
 
Each of the City of McHenry and the Villages of Johnsburg, McCullom Lake, and Wonder Lake recently issued a proclamation supporting this campaign (click on the name of the City or Village to view its Proclamation); each has proclaimed Tuesday, October 24, 2017 “World Polio Day” in support of the global effort to eradicate polio.  Members of the Rotary Club of McHenry request that residents in these communities likewise honor this day and become part of this historic event.
 
Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 37 cases in 2016.  Since 1985, Rotary members worldwide have contributed more than $1.7 billion in our effort to eradicate polio; this includes major sums from the Rotary Club of McHenry and separately from individual Members and other community residents.  The global Initiative includes the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments around the world.
 
To sustain this progress and protect all children from polio, Rotary has committed to raising $50 million per year over the next three years. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match Rotary’s commitment 2:1.  Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.
 
So far only one disease, smallpox, has been eradicated by vaccines, saving approximately 5 million lives annually. Polio could be next.  If you would like to participate in making a difference in the World that has only been achieved one other time (that is, the eradication of smallpox), consider making a tax deductible donation to the “Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc.” by sending your check to P.O. Box 28, McHenry, IL 60051, marked “EndPolioNOW”.  Every dollar you donate becomes three dollars (with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation matching).  Become part of this historic event – the eradication of polio.
 
For information on the Rotary Club of McHenry, click here or go to www.McHenryRotary.org. We are also on Facebook.
 
For more information, contact us at rotaryclubofmchenry@gmail.com
 
October 24, 2017 – World Polio Day John Halbleib 2017-10-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Oct 14, 2017
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November 4, 2017
 
Father Godwin is a Member of the Rotary Club of McHenry.  Rev. Fr. Godwin Nsikan-Ubom Asuquo, is also Pastor of Saint Patrick Church in McHenry and a Founder of Im A Bridge Africa.
 
On November 4, 2017 ImaBridge Africa's Annual Benefit Dinner is being held at The Church Of Holy Apostles Fr. Sherry's Center (5211 Bull Valley Rd, McHenry, Illinois 60050) beginning at 5:30 PM .  For event tickets, click here or for Facebook details click here. Cocktail Hour and appetizers begin at 5:30 PM, which is followed by dinner.  For additional event details, please click here.
 
Tickets are $50 each ($45 for senior citizens 65+).  For a Table of 8 – $350.
 
Become a pillar in our Bridge of Love to Africa!
 
ImaBridge Africa hosts their annual benefit dinner to support their efforts in providing for the poor and underprivileged in Nigeria.
 
ImaBridge Africa - Annual Benefit Dinner John Halbleib 2017-10-14 05:00:00Z 0
David Hirsch - 21 Century Dads Tony Huemann 2017-10-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Oct 12, 2017
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Jim Proebstle’s first two novels have received outstanding reviews from readers and industry professionals. They have been recognized with awards from the Eric Hoffer Award, the Indie Book Award, and the International Book Award. He and his wife, Carole, live in Deer Park, IL and call northern Minnesota home for the summer months.

Proebstle received his BA and MBA from Michigan State University and was honored as an outstanding alumni from the Eli Broad College of Business in 2001. He was fortunate enough to play on a National Championship football team in 1965 and earn academic honors. Jim and Carole are loyal Spartans.

Today's presentation concerned Fatal Incident.  Inspired by a true story of an Air Transport Command (ATC) aircraft disaster in Alaska in 1944, Fatal Incident reveals the dark secrets of a WW II conspiracy of how twenty U.S. military deaths have gone unsolved for over 66 years. Jim described the book and answered various questions - all without providing a single spoiler.  Jim did provide various details of interest and . . . . 

From Left to Right are: Jim Proebstle and John Halbleib (Club President-Elect) 

Jim Proebstle John Halbleib 2017-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Oct 05, 2017
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At our regular Thursday Noon meeting on October 5, 2017, Eric Birkenstein of Birkenstein Financial Associates presented An Update on The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), a copy of which you can obtain by clicking here
 
The presentation was informative.  Eric answered various questions, including questions regarding costs, coverage, Medicare, Medicaid, group versus individual coverage and etc. asked by individuals, business entrepreneurs, as well as representatives of municipal employers.
 
Pictured below are (from left to right) Denis Buch (Club President) and Eric Birkenstein (of Birkenstein Financial Associates):
 
An Update on The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) John Halbleib 2017-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Oct 05, 2017
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On Thursday, October 5, 2017, Denis Buch (Club President) presented Ross Spencer with a check payable to ShelterBox USA for USA Disaster Relief.   These funds were derived from our recent Blues, Brews & Barbecue; our Club Members are considering sending additional funds to help address our current unprecedented USA disasters.  Additional funds were received from participants in our Blues, Brews & Barbecue through a collection jar and such funds will be sent to ShelterBox USA.  The students and staff at local Junior High Schools - Johnsburg Junior High School and McHenry Middle School - are raising funds to further address USA DisastersJohnsburg  McHenry
 
From left to right are: Denis Buch (Club President) and Ross Spencer (Ross Spencer is a ShelterBox USA volunteer as well as a member and the Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Kildeer, and Hawthorn Woods)
 
USA Disaster Relief - ShelterBox USA John Halbleib 2017-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Oct 02, 2017
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USA Natural Disaster Relief - Update
 
The United States is the middle of an unfortunate spate of natural disasters.  In Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico the aftermath of Category 4 Atlantic Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria mark the first time two such hurricanes have devastated the United States in the same year; in the western United States dry conditions and extreme heat are causing widespread forest fires.  If you would like to assist in the relief of these natural disasters, you can send tax deductible donations to the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc. at P.O. Box 28, McHenry, IL 60051.  Please note on your check “USA Natural Disaster Relief”.  Our Foundation will forward your donations to assist those affected by such natural disasters. 
 
USA Natural Disaster Relief John Halbleib 2017-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Sep 28, 2017
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At the regular Noon meeting of the Rotary Club of McHenry on September 27, 2017, Rudy Horist (Deputy Chief of Administration) of the McHenry Township Fire Protection District presented McHenry Township’s siren emergency warming system which now includes 13 sirens, including the three new McHenry Township Emergency Warning Sirens.  The locations and range of the sirens can be found by clicking here and the recent addition of new sirens is discussed in the McHenry Township Spring 2017 Newsletter, which is available by clicking here
 
The McHenry Township Emergency Warning Sirens were not designed to be a warning device for people inside their homes.  It was designed to warn people who are outside of their homes, away from radios or televisions, which may be broadcasting warnings. When you hear a siren – seek shelter!  The siren indicates approaching severe storms capable of producing hazardous conditions.
 
Pictured from left to right are Denis Buch (President of the Rotary Club of McHenry), Rudy Horist (Deputy Chief of Administration of MTFPD), Linda Willetts (Public Education Coordinator of MTFPD), and Steve Spraker (Deputy Chief of Operations of MTFPD)
McHenry Township Emergency Warning System John Halbleib 2017-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Sep 21, 2017
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At our regular Thursday Noon meeting on September 21, 2017 at the McHenry VFW Fox River Post 4600 at 3002 IL-120, McHenry, IL 60051, Senator Pamela Althoff spoke to members of the Rotary Club of McHenrySenator Althoff reviewed recent Illinois State actions mentioning both unpublicized achievements that were excellent, as well as compromises that were less than optimal but necessary to allow the State to move forward.  Senator Althoff also answered a few questions.
 
Illinois Senator Pamela Althoff John Halbleib 2017-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Sep 19, 2017
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On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Eric Dohrmann (Vocational Service Chair of the Rotary Club of McHenry and Assistant Principal of Johnsburg Junior High School), Andy Reinhard (7th and 8th Grade) and Christine Laudadio (6th Grade)  (JJHS Student Council sponsors),  Denis Buch (Club President) and John Halbleib (Club President-Elect and Foundation Secretary) introduced the ShelterBox USA fundraisers to students and staff at the Johnsburg Junior High School
 
Eric Dohrmann briefly explained the Rotary Club of McHenry and introduced Denis Buch and John Halbleib.  Denis and John explained Rotary, ShelterBox, and how to donate, presented visual displays relative to ShelterBox USA, showed a brief video, and answered student questions.  Andy Reinhard and Christine Laudadio, Student Council sponsors, explained (1) the upcoming student Fall Dance, (2) the “Penny Wars” that will start soon in the JJHS café, and (3) that profits from the dance and all other donations will go to ShelterBox USA to assist in funding disaster relief for those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. 
 
From left to right are: John Halbleib (Club President-Elect, Foundation Secretary), Eric Dohrmann (Club Vocational Service Chair, Assistant Principal – JJHS), Denis Buch (Club President)
 
Johnsburg Junior High School - ShelterBox USA John Halbleib 2017-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Sep 15, 2017
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McHenry Middle School Principal Michael Glover writes: “This school year we are welcoming Rachel’s Challenge to bring a focus on kindness at our school and of course “Being Nice” to each other.”
 
On September 14, 2017, the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc. presented a check at the McHenry Middle School (Grades 6-8) in support of the McHenry School District 15’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.  For more details regarding this program and the school’s bullying policy, click here .
 
 
 
McHenry Middle School - Rachel's Challenge John Halbleib 2017-09-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Sep 15, 2017
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Rotary International and ShelterBox USA are partners providing disaster relief. The United States is the middle of an unfortunate spate of natural disasters.  In Texas and Florida the aftermath of Category 4 Atlantic Hurricanes Irma and Harvey mark the first time two such hurricanes have devastated the United States in the same year.
 
The Rotary Club of McHenry has encouraged local schools to help disaster relief through ShelterBox USA, which provides (among other relief) shelters within shelters.  This assistance will be used to assist those in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma and those in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. 
 
Florida – Hurricane Irma
 
 
Texas – Hurricane Harvey
 
 
On Thursday, September 14, 2017 Denis Buch (Club President) and Don Tonyan Sr. (Co-Chair of the Blues, Brews & Barbecue Committee, Co-Chair of the Club’s Service Projects Committee) introduced the ShelterBox USA fundraiser to students and staff at the McHenry Middle School.  Additional presentations are scheduled for additional schools in McHenry, Johnsburg and other nearby communities.
 
If you would like to assist in the relief of these natural disasters, you can send tax deductible donations to the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc. at P.O. Box 28, McHenry, IL 60051.  Please note on your check “USA Natural Disaster Relief”.  Our Foundation will forward your donations to assist those affected by such natural disasters.
 
Pictured below (from left to right) are Don Tonyan Sr. (Co-Chair of the Blues, Brews & Barbecue Committee, Co-Chair of the Club’s Service Projects Committee) and Denis Buch (Club President) holding our check for $1,000 for ShelterBox USA manifesting our commitment to ShelterBox’s disaster relief for those in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma and Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey
 

 
ShelterBox USA - Relief for Hurricanes Irma and Harvey John Halbleib 2017-09-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Sep 14, 2017
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On September 14, 2017, Executive Director Robin Doeden presented the McHenry County Community Foundation. Robin described numerous programs of the McHenry County Community Foundation.  One of McHenry County Community Foundation's current projects shares similar goals with those sought by Rachel’s Challenge.  It is called McHELP.
 
 
 
 
For more information, click on the following links:
 
 
 
To download the free APP, click on the link below applicable to your cell phone:
 
 
 
Pictured below from left to right are Robin Doeden (Executive Director of McHenry County Community Foundation) and Denis Buch (Club President)
 
 
McHELP and the McHenry County Community Foundation John Halbleib 2017-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Sep 10, 2017
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Thanks to the excellent levels of attendance at the Rotary Club of McHenry’s 2017 Blues, Brews & Barbecue, this fundraiser was a great success. Proceeds more than doubled those from 2016; these proceeds will be invested in our shared community (like the more than $150,000 the Rotary Club of McHenry has reinvested in our shared community over the last five years).  See This is Us for details. We appreciate the excellent participation of our community.
 
The Kansas City Barbecue Society competition was a great success. We had 36 teams competing and more than 40 judges and other individuals who officiated the competition.  The results can be viewed by clicking here
 
The KCBS Representative estimated a public attendance of 10,000.  Although this was our first, we received excellent reviews from the KCBS Representative; that is, in all of the eight categories to be evaluated, our first KCBS event received the highest “excellent” rating.
 
 
For additional pictures of the event, click here 
2017 Blues, Brews and Barbecue - a great success John Halbleib 2017-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Sep 07, 2017
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McHenry School District 15’s Josh Reitz (Assistant Superintendent for Learning Service) and Brian Kilinski (Director of Human Resources) presented the District’s programs better known as “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and “STEAM” (which includes Arts).  McHenry School District 15 is comprised of 8 schools (5 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 1 year-round elementary school) educating children in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.
 
Josh and Brian reviewed various attributes of the STEM/STEAM programs, including courses, facilities, technologies, and personnel.  There is a great deal of excitement about the STEM program, which excitement is growing.  STEAM includes emphasis on the Arts, which prompted a discussion regarding music and related programs.  
 
Pictured from left to right are Josh Reitz (Assistant Superintendent for Learning Services, McHenry School District 15), Denis Buch (Rotary Club of McHenry President), and Brian Kilinski (Director of Human Resources, McHenry School District 15).
 
McHenry School District 15’s STEM/STEAM Programs John Halbleib 2017-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
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Posted by John Halbleib on Aug 10, 2017
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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
 
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Posted by John Halbleib on Aug 03, 2017
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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)
 
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Posted by John Halbleib on Jul 30, 2017
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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.
 
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Posted by John Halbleib on Jul 22, 2017
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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.
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Posted by John Halbleib on Jul 13, 2017
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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))
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Posted by John Halbleib on Jul 06, 2017
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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 
Neighbors Food Pantry of Wonder Lake John Halbleib 2017-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Jul 06, 2017
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.
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Posted by John Halbleib on Jun 29, 2017
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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
 
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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.
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Posted by John Halbleib on Jun 22, 2017
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
 
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Posted by John Halbleib on Jun 08, 2017
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.
 
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Posted by John Halbleib on Jun 01, 2017
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)
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Posted by John Halbleib on May 25, 2017
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
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Posted by John Halbleib on May 18, 2017
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)
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Posted by John Halbleib on May 11, 2017

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)

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Posted by John Halbleib on May 11, 2017
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

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Posted by John Halbleib on May 04, 2017
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.
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Posted by John Halbleib on Apr 28, 2017
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.   
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Posted by John Halbleib on Apr 27, 2017
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
 
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Posted by John Halbleib on Apr 20, 2017
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)
 
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Posted by John Halbleib on Apr 06, 2017
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”.
 
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Posted by John Halbleib on Mar 31, 2017
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
 
 
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Posted by John Halbleib on Mar 10, 2017
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.
 
 
Everyday Hero – Rotary Club of McHenry Ron Bykowski John Halbleib 2017-03-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Mar 09, 2017
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.
 
 
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Posted by John Halbleib on Mar 02, 2017
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:
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Posted by John Halbleib on Mar 02, 2017
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.
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Posted by John Halbleib on Feb 23, 2017
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:
 
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Posted by John Halbleib on Feb 23, 2017
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
 
 
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Posted by John Halbleib on Feb 21, 2017
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.
 
Blues, Brews & Barbecue Committee John Halbleib 2017-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Feb 16, 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
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Posted by John Halbleib on Feb 09, 2017
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)
 
Foundation Donation of $3,000 to the McHenry School District 156 John Halbleib 2017-02-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Feb 03, 2017
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.).
 
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Posted by John Halbleib on Feb 02, 2017
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)
 
ImaBridge Africa 2017 Mission Trip to Nigeria John Halbleib 2017-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Jan 26, 2017
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.
 
Donation to the VFW Post 4600 John Halbleib 2017-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Jan 26, 2017
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
 
 
 
 
New Officers for 2017-2018 Fiscal Year John Halbleib 2017-01-26 06:00:00Z 0
Northern Illinois Food Bank John Halbleib 2017-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Jan 11, 2017
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)
 
Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County John Halbleib 2017-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Dec 21, 2016
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
 
 
Rotary Award for Humanitarian Services John Halbleib 2016-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Dec 21, 2016
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).
 
Craig M. Adams John Halbleib 2016-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Dec 21, 2016
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 Charitable Foundation John Halbleib 2016-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Dec 07, 2016
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.
 
Medical Cannabis in Illinois John Halbleib 2016-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Nov 16, 2016
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
 
Rachel’s Challenge – Promoting Acts of Kindness John Halbleib 2016-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Nov 12, 2016
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.
 
Rotary Foundation Centennial John Halbleib 2016-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Nov 09, 2016
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.
 
McHenry County Adult Program John Halbleib 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Nov 02, 2016
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.).
 
Holiday Meals John Halbleib 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Nov 02, 2016
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.
 
The Rotary Foundation Centennial John Halbleib 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Oct 26, 2016
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.
 
Magical Mystery Tour John Halbleib 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Oct 12, 2016
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.
 
Character Based Management John Halbleib 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Pioneer Center - Annual Fall Farm Fest John Halbleib 2016-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Oct 05, 2016
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.
 
Save a Life John Halbleib 2016-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Sep 28, 2016
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”
 
PolioPlus John Halbleib 2016-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Sep 21, 2016
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)
 
Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center John Halbleib 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Sep 21, 2016
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)
 
Food for Thought John Halbleib 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Sep 15, 2016
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.
 
District Governor Rick Rivkin welcomes Dawn Cassiday Turner John Halbleib 2016-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Sep 15, 2016
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.
 
District Governor Rick Rivkin visits the Rotary Club of McHenry John Halbleib 2016-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotary Club of McHenry on Sep 01, 2016
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)
 
Welcome New Member Dawn Cassiday Turner Rotary Club of McHenry 2016-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Aug 31, 2016
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
 
Traditional Attire in Nigeria John Halbleib 2016-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Aug 26, 2016
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
Father Ephraim Ukpeh  John Halbleib 2016-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halbleib on Jul 27, 2016
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
 
Kathy (Kat) Beringer, Assistant Governor – Northwest Sector – Rotary International John Halbleib 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill McLemore on Jul 21, 2016

        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.

PAST PRESIDENT, TONY HUEMANN, HONORED AS A PAUL HARRIS FELLOW Bill McLemore 2016-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill McLemore on Jul 06, 2016
   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.  
BYKOWSKI'S AWARD FR GODWIN PAUL HARRIS FELLOW Bill McLemore 2016-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
BILL MCLEMORE INDUCTED AS CLUB PRESIDENT Bill McLemore 2016-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
MCHENRY ROTARY WELCOMES TWO NEW MEMBERS Bill 2016-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
FORMER MCHENRY ROTARIANS VISIT THE CLUB Bill McLemore 2016-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill McLemore on May 11, 2016

    (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.

ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD (RYLA) VISITS MCHENRY ROTARY Bill McLemore 2016-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
‘HOME OF THE SPARROW’ RECEIVES MCHENRY ROTARY SUPPORT Bill McLemore 2016-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
McHENRY ROTARY LEARNS ABOUT ADVOCACY FOR CHILDREN Bill McLemore 2016-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
MCHENRY ROTARY WELCOMES NEW MEMBER Bill McLemore 2016-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
McHENRY ROTARIANS LEARN ABOUT THE FOX WATERWAY Bill McLemore 2016-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
BRAD BURGESS SPEAKS ON LOCAL VOLNTEER CENTER OF MCHENRY COUNTY Bill McLemore 2016-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
DG ELECT, RICK RIVKIN, VISITS MCHENRY ROTARY Bill McLemore 2016-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
DON TONYAN BRIEFS CLUB ON PLANS FOR THE BLUES - BREWS - BBQ Bill McLemore 2016-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
CLUB RECEIVES AWARD FOR SUPPORT OF ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM 2016-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill McLemore on Mar 10, 2016
     John F. Halbleib, proposed by member Lori Lowe, was officially inducted by unanimous approval, as a member of the Rotary Club of McHenry.  John gave the Club a brief overview of his background and vocation.  He lists his position as Member/Owner of John F Halbleib, LLC as well as President & Chairman of the Life, Liberty & Pursuit of Happiness Research, Inc.  His wife is Jeanne Duffy.  John's birthday is May 5th, her birthday is June 26, and their anniversary is October 3rd.    
CLUB WELCOMES A NEW MEMBER Bill McLemore 2016-03-10 06:00:00Z 0
CIRCUIT JUDGE ADDRESSES MCHENRY ROTARY Bill McLemore 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
MEMBER BECOMES A PAUL HARRIS FELLOW Bill McLemore 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
TONYAN EXPLAINS THE INTRICACIES OF ICE FISHING Bill McLemore 2016-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
AG KAT BERINGER VISITS MCHENRY ROTARY Bill McLemore 2016-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill McLemore on Jan 20, 2016

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

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

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

PAUL HARRIS FELLOW RECOGNITION Bill McLemore 2016-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
HELPING WITH ADVANCE PLACEMENT EXAMS Bill McLemore 2016-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
HELPING WITH ADVANCE PLACEMENT EXAMS Bill McLemore 2016-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
COUPLE RECEIVE MAJOR DONOR RECOGNITION 2016-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
LOCAL MCHENRY WOMAN RECEIVES A PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIP HONOR. 2015-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
MCHENRY ROTARY WELCOMES CATHY PATENAUDE Bill McLemore 2015-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BANQUET Bill McLemore 2015-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
McHENRY ROTARIANS JOIN TO "FEED THE STARVING CHILDREN." Bill McLemore 2015-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
MCHENRY ROTARY AT STADE'S FARM WITH PIONEER CENTER Bill McLemore 2015-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
SIX YEAR OLD GUEST! Bill McLemore 2015-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT GOVERNOR, RODNEY ADAMS, VISIT MCHENRY ROTARY 2015-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT GOVERNOR PRESENTS PAUL HARRIS FELLOW TO LINDA BYKOWSKI Bill McLemore 2015-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
DON TONYAN GIVES REPORT ON WEEKEND BB&B Bill McLemore 2015-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
BB&B ORIENTATION BILL MCLEMORE 2015-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
GIFT BAG "BRIGADE" Bill McLemore 2015-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill McLemore on Jun 25, 2015

++   After enjoying a delicious steak and baked potato meal with a lemon sherbert for dessert, the 2015-2016 officers were installed including incoming President, Tony Huemann (shown in the photo being sworn in by Assistant Governor, Don Brewer).  

++  Other than President Huemann; the 2015-16 Club Officers are: Brian Thoma, Immediate Past President; Denis Buch, Vice-President; Cheryden Juergensen, Treasurer; Terry Fitzgibbons, Secretary; Karen Lavin, Director for International Service; Ron Bykowski, Charitable Foundation Chair; Phil Sweeney, Membership Chair; and Phil Bartmann, Rotary Foundation Chair.

++ In his closing remarks, President Huemann outlined three basic goals for his administration: (1) Increase club membership by at least 3 new members; (2) Increase our activity in Polio Plus; and (3) Increase club awareness of the international nature of Rotary.  

++ Last but not least, Bob Blake won the weekly raffle which comes to about $100.

CLUB OFFICER INSTALLATION Bill McLemore 2015-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill McLemore on Jun 15, 2015
N. Earl Ferris II
    Earl Ferris, a member of McHenry Rotary in the 1990's died Saturday, July 13th, at his home in Huntley.
    He was born May 24, 1929 the son of S. Wayne and Allice (Herring) Ferris.  He was raised and educated in Hampton, Iowa, graduating from Hampton High School in 1947.
   Earl attended Iowa State University and later enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served in the Korean War.  
   March 30, 1951, he married Wanda M. Wiese in Eldora, Iowa, and they lived in Hampton where he owned and operated the Earl Ferris Nursery.  
   He was a life-long Rotarian serving in the Hampton Rotary Club, the Round Lake Rotary Club, and the McHenry Rotary Club, rising to the office of President in several and becoming a Paul Harris fellow multiple times.
   He is survived by his companion, Marjorie Hanson of Huntley, his children, Skip (Terri) Ferris of Gilbert, Minnesota, Bill (Linn) Ferris of Lakeville, Minnesota, Maryann Sudmeier of Arvada, Colorado, Bob (Patty) Ferris of Crystal Lake, Illinois, and John (Heather) Ferris of the Village of Greenwood, Illinois, 8 grandchildren, 6 great- grandchildren, his sister, Patricia Boehmler of Mesa, Arizona and his brother, Wayne "Mickey" Ferris.  Earl was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Wanda.
   A memorial gathering will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 19th at the DeFlore-Jorgensen Funeral Home, 10763 Dundee Road, Huntley, Illinois.
   A Memorial Service will be held at 2 P.M. on Saturday, June 20th with visitation an hour prior at the First Congregational Church, 11628 E Main Street, Huntley, Illinois.  
   Burial with full military honors will be at Hampton Cemetery in Hampton, Iowa, Monday, June 22nd, 11 a.m.
   Instead of flowers, the family lists several avenues for contributions including the Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693 or at Rotary.org.
 
EARL FERRIS, FORMER MCHENRY ROTARIAN DIES Bill McLemore 2015-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill McLemore on Jun 10, 2015
                The McHenry Rotary Club welcomed Kathrine P. Violett, Community Development Associate at McHenry Savings Bank to their Thursday, June 11th, noon meeting, at the McHenry Country Club.  Kathrine, an accomplished fund raiser, gave some basics to the membership regarding securing sponsors for the club’s “Blues, Brews, & BBQ, scheduled for the weekend of July 31-August 2nd, at Petersen Park in McHenry.  This annual even raises funds for club projects such as scholarships, food banks, and other local charities.  She said the secret is to know the “right person, the right ask, the right time, and the right way.” 
LOCAL FUND RAISER GIVES HELPFUL HINTS TO MCHENRY ROTARIANS Bill McLemore 2015-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill McLemore on Jun 10, 2015
  Don Arvidson, a member of the McHenry Rotary Club since April 12, 1964, architect and general contractor, brought his son, LTC Mark Arvidson, recently retired from the U. S. Army to our regular meeting, Thursday, June 11th, at the McHenry Country Club.  
DON ARVIDSON BRINGS HIS SON AS A GUEST TO THE JUNE 11TH MEETING Bill McLemore 2015-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
RROTARIANS TAKE A “BOAT RIDE” DOWN THE CHAIN O’LAKES 2015-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
A MONTH IN AFRICA: A MARK-ROLOW SHOW Bill McLemore, Publicity Chair 2015-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
ROTARIANS CLEAR LAND AT PETERSEN PARK Bill McLemore 2015-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Members Attending the Final Meeting at Marzano's Italian Restaurant, Thursday, April 30th Bill McLemore, Publicity Chair 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
VFW WOMEN ADDRESS CLUB ON ‘REACH ACROSS AMERICA’ Bill McLemore 2015-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
STATE SENATOR ALTHOFF MCHENRY ROTARY GUEST SPEAKER Bill McLemore 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
THURSDAY, APRIL 2ND, MEETING INCLUDES A "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" 2015-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
VISTA MEMBER ADDRESSES MCHENRY ROTARY ON LOCAL FOOD BANK Bill McLemore 2015-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
PIONEER CENTER DAY PROGRAM DIRECTOR ADDRESSES MCHENRY ROTARY 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
                The McHenry Rotary Club welcomed guest speaker, Marsha Potthoff, Principal of McHenry High School, West Campus, who explained the ‘Advanced Placement Program’ at the school.   Twenty separated courses are offered at the High School including, art, biology, chemistry, geography, history, physics, and psychology.  The stumbling block for many students is the cost of testing which she hopes can be assisted with scholarship help.   The program was held Thursday, February 26th, 12 noon, at the regular meeting in St. Paul’s Church, McHenry. Photo: Rotarian, Terry Fitzgibbons, a school official from East Campus, with Marsha Pottoff, Principal at the West Campus, McHenry High School.
HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL TALKS ON ‘ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM’ 2015-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
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F.I.S.H. VOLUNTEER EXPLAINS LOCAL FOOD BANK PROGRAM 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
   The annual McHenry Rotary Club Christmas Banquet was held at the North 31 Banquet and Conference Center, 6 P.M., Thursday evening, December 4th.  About 40 guests enjoyed a fellowship time with cash bar refreshments, a delicious meal featuring roast beef and barbeque chicken, and a violin program featuring eight young women violinists and their instructor.  Music varied from the classical to the popular and included Tennessee fiddling!  
CHRISTMAS BANQUET FEATURES VIOLINISTS Bill 2014-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
    The first McHenry Community Fellowship Breakfast was held at 7:30 A.M. at McHenry High School West Campus, Wednesday morning, November 26th.  Hundreds of leaders and citizens of the community attended the breakfast sponsored by the High School National Honor Society, Kiwanis, Lions, and the two Rotary Clubs of McHenry.  Kiwanian, Nancy Tunberg, who brought the idea to fruition welcomed everyone, along with Jared Kaminiski and Alec Lancaster of the Honor Society.  The McHenry High School Choir provided music for the occasion and led the group in the singing of the National Anthem.  The keynote speaker was Kit Carstens who talked of the history of community development in McHenry, the present situation, and the future possibilities.  The meeting ended with a 17 minute video presentation featuring alumni of McHenry High School West Campus.   Among those attending from the McHenry Noon Rotary Club were Tony Huemann, Sue Low, Bill McLemore, Donna Schaefer, Phil Sweeney, Don Tonyan, and Tom Webb.
McHENRY ROTARY JOINS IN HOSTING A COMMUNITY BREAKFAST 2014-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
German Rotarians Bicycle for Rotary Service
     “Rotarians launched from the burg of Bad Vilbel renowned for its mineral springs, on 3 May.  The 527 cyclists – ‘Rotaryians, families, little kids with backpacks,’ according to Angela Schmitt-Glaser, of the Rotary Club of Frankfurt/Main International—got rolling on a 22 miles trek to Franfurt that raise 877,000 Euros in pledge to help end polio and promote children’s health.”  (Read the full article on p. 14)
 
Frank Buren on Building Generosity
   “Wealth isolates.  Big houses.  Big cars.  No need to ask favors of people.  Perhaps this is what underlies much of the shift in behavior among wealthy individuals.  When we don’t need to interact with others, our ability to imagine their lives diminishes.”  (Read the full article on p. 25)
 
Damon and White Talk About Water Projects (Cover Story)
   “When we were in India last year, Gary and I had a conversation with a woman who was paying 20 rupees every day to obtain water for her family from the water vendor.  She was also paying 20 rupees a day to use the public toilet in their slum.  She was spending 40 rupees a day for her family for water and a toilet.  If you add that up over the course of a year, it is a tremendous cost.  She took out a WaterCredit loan to build a toilet in her home and to obtain a water connection into her house.”  The article continues to say she’s now paying about the same as she was on her loan, but in two years will pay it off.  (Read the full story on p. 28)
 
“Facts of the Matter” on Ants
   “Ants can be excellent problem solvers—and ruthless.  To survive, some steal ant larvae from other colonies and use those ants as workers.”  (p. 54)
THE DECEMBER 2014 ISSUE OF THE ROTARIAN 2014-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
   Past District Governor and Club Member, Bill McLemore, presents a two jeweled gold pin to Terry Hargrove whose generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation have earned him the honor of a second Paul Harris Fellow award.  The presentation was made at the regular club meeting, Thursday, November 20, 2014, at the noon gathering of the club in the river side meeting room of the McHenry Country Club.  (Photo courtesy of Donna Schaefer)
HARGROVE AWARDED SECOND PAUL HARRIS FELLOW 2014-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
   Terry Fitzgibbons presented a plaque to our Rotary Club at the regular meeting, Thursday, November 13th from the Warrior Academy's Speaker Series, for our club's contribution to help pay the expenses for a recent guest speaker, Keith Hawkins.   Hawkins addressed five local schools on the subject of how to deal with bullying among students.  The plaque details Mr. Hawkin's background and information about his presentations, times and places.  According to Terry, this program was very well received by the students.
CLUB RECEIVES APPRECIATION PLAQUE Bill McLemore 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill McLemore on Nov 05, 2014
                The McHenry Rotary Club welcomed guest speaker, Charles Benedetti, a graphologist from Lincolnshire, Illinois, to its regular noon meeting, Thursday, November 6th, at the McHenry Country Club.  He detailed what he looks for in handwriting analysis as well as stressed the importance of children learning cursive writing at an early age.   He is anxious to bring his message to schools where the act of cursive writing seems no longer important.   He feels that learning cursive writing is very important for mental acuity and brain to muscle control.  Shown above, Brian Thomas (left) and Don Tonyan (right) look on as Charles Benedetti demonstrates the benefits of learning and using cursive writing.
GRAPHOLOGIST DESCRIBES MENTAL BENEFITS OF CURSIVE WRITING! Bill McLemore 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
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                The McHenry Rotary Club welcomed guest speaker, Johnsburg Police Chief, Keith Von Allmen, who gave an informative presentation on his department’s community outreach programs which include an Explorer Youth Program, Shop with a Cop, Community Police Academy, Bowl with a Cop, and a Prescription Drug Takeback program.  Club President, Brian Thoma, also presented a check representing McHenry Rotary’s support of the Explorer Youth Program at the regular Thursday noon meeting, October 23rd, at the McHenry Country Club. 
JOHNSBURG POLICE CHIEF EXPLAINS OUTREACH PROGRAMS Bill McLemore 2014-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Thursday, October 16th, Stade's Farm... McHenry Rotarians gathered for lunch here today and assisted with the visit of exceptional children and adults from a local agency.  They enjoyed petting animals, a hay ride, and other activities at this popular local farm and park.  Photo courtesy of Donna Schaefer.

McHENRY ROTARY AT STADE'S FARM William McLemore 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
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                The McHenry Rotary Club welcomed guest speaker, Robin R. Doeden, Executive Director for the McHenry County Community Foundation at their noon meeting, Thursday, October 9th, at the McHenry Country Club.  Ms. Doeden outlined several programs of her organization that helps veterans, especially in the area of medical treatment and education services.  The McHenry County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Chicago Community Trust.

MCHENRY COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SERVES VETERANS William McLemore 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
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                The McHenry Rotary Club welcomed guest speaker, Joe Rosner, a local self-defense instructor from Hebron, Illinois.  Rosner put forth some no-nonsense ways in which persons could increase their safety when accosted by a threatening person.  His talk was given at the regular Thursday meeting of the McHenry Rotary Club at noon, October 2nd, in the McHenry Country Club.  His presentation included a role play with a Rotarian to show how to thwart physical aggressive movements.  Photo:  Rosner demonstrates how to break a choke hold with McHenry Rotarian, Terry Hargrove.

ROTARIANS LEARN ART OF SELF DEFENSE FROM JOE ROSNER William McLemore 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
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                Donald Brewer, Assistant Governor for Rotary District 6440, has been elected to serve as District Governor for the Rotary year 2017-2018.  Don is a member of the Algonquin Rotary Club and has served as Assistant Governor for a number of years.   He visited the McHenry Rotary Club at its regular meeting, Thursday, October 2nd, at the McHenry Country Club.  Brewer is shown in this photograph being congratulated by McHenry Past President, Tom Webb.

ALGONQUIN ROTARIAN TAPPED AS DISTRICT GOVERNOR William McLemore 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
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                The Rotary Club of McHenry, at its Thursday noon meeting, September 25th, at the McHenry Country Club, McHenry, welcomed Chief John Jones of the McHenry Police Department who gave a talk on steps taken in McHenry to respond to possible armed attacks at local schools.   The Chief outlined the training and community based cooperation of police, fire, public works, and educational leaders to prepare for the eventuality of someone bringing a weapon to school as an act of terror.    Photo:  Club President, Brian Thoma, is shown with guest speaker, Chief John Jones.

POLICE CHIEF ON SCHOOL SECURITY William McLemore 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
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                The Rotary Club of McHenry, at its Thursday noon meeting, September 25th, at the McHenry Country Club, McHenry, had member, PDG Bill McLemore, present two Paul Harris Fellows with their certificates and pins.   Ron Bykowski, through a substantial contribution to the Rotary Foundation, increased his giving level to 8 and designated a portion of his gift to honor new member, Susie Franks, as a Paul Harris Fellow.   Photo:  (Left to right, benefactor Ron Bykowski, Paul Harris Fellow Susie Frank, and PDG Bill McLemore.  Photo courtesy of Donna Schaefer.

McHENRY ROTARY PDG PRESENTS TWO PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIPS William McLemore 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
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                The Rotary Club of McHenry, at its Thursday noon meeting, September 25th, at the McHenry Country Club, McHenry, inducted Susie Frank, founder and director of Mission Community Center for Sacramental Growth, MCCSG.    Her organization is a McHenry Resource Center for home schooling and education program for our county area.  Photo:  Club President, Brian Thoma, (on the right) inducts Susie Frank as a member of the McHenry Rotary Club.

                

McHENRY ROTARY WELCOMES NEW MEMBER William McLemore 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
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Sister Mary Martha from Marengo visited our club once again and sat next to long-time member Phil Bartmann, who needs the blessings of a holy woman!  Phil said he just had physical therapy before the Rotary meeting and welcomed such a blessings as she provided their table!

VISITING ROTARIAN SISTER MARY MARTHA AND MEMBER PHIL BARTMANN William McLemore 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
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                The Rotary Club of McHenry, at its Thursday noon meeting, September 11th, at the McHenry Country Club, McHenry, welcomed Dan Volkers of the McHenry County Farm Bureau.   Mr. Volkers presented a power point talk of the current activities and programs of our local farm bureau.  Photo:  Club President, Brian Thoma, is shown with guest speaker, Dan Volkers.

ROTARIANS LEARN ABOUT LOCAL FARMING William McLemore 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
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                 Faculty members (left to right), Terry Fitzgibbons and Jen Beattie, and Senior High student, Bradley Smith, make an appeal to the members of the McHenry Rotary Club, Thursday, September 11th, 12 noon, to support a program of driving safety, “Celebrate My Drive,” of State Farm Insurance Company.   The school that receives the most “votes” at www,celebratemydrive.com” will receive $100,000 in education grants.  The meeting was at the McHenry Country Club on John’s Street in McHenry.

PLEASE CALL “CELEBRATE MY DRIVE” HIGH SCHOOL VISITORS IMPLORE! William McLemore 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
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                The Rotary Club of McHenry, at its Thursday noon meeting at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, McHenry, welcomed Sharon and Bob Naskrent of the Illinois/Wisconsin Search and Rescue Team with two of their search dogs.  They spoke of the many ways these dogs have saved lives with their unique ability to track and smell. 

 

LOCAL COUPLE BRING SEARCH DOGS TO McHENRY ROTARY William McLemore 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
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To celebrate his 45th year as a Rotary, Bill McLemore, treated the club to a spaghetti dinner at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.  With the help of his wife, Lori Lowe, also a Rotarian and Rector of St. Paul's, and Phil and Janice Bartmann, around 30 people enjoyed a meal.  During the meeting, President Brian Thoma, presented Bill with a handsome curved glass plaque honoring his 45 years of Rotary service.   He joined Rotary in September 1969 and the McHenry Club is his 7th Rotary Club to belong to over the years.  

McLEMORE TREATS CLUB TO LUNCH, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH William McLemore 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
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                The Rotary Club of McHenry, at its Thursday noon meeting at the McHenry County Club, welcomed local historian, Pat Wirtz, who presented a program on the history of the Petersen Farm and the community activities planned by the Petersen Farm Foundation.  The farm dates back to 1842 when Page Colby purchased 240 acres along what would become McCullon Lake Road.  Every year the Foundations holds a “Petersen Farm Day” with tours of the farm  house, activities for the children, and other forms of entertainment.  Over 1,500 attended their last event.

MCHENRY ROTARY LEARNS ABOUT THE HISTORIC PETERSEN FARM William McLemore 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
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ROTARIAN TAKES ICE BUCKET FOR ALS AT MEETING

                Mayor Sue Low dared Phil Sweeney, both members of the McHenry Rotary Club, to take the ALS ice water challenge.  Phil accepted the challenge and the club elected Jim Vyduna and Don Tonyan to lift and pour the bucket of ice and water over his head.  Through a process of auction and club action, the group raised nearly $200 to help fight ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ‘Lou Gehrig’s Disease'         

                Phil, in his pre-dousing speech, named his siblings, brothers Brendan and Frank, sister, Maureen, to join the thousands who have taken the ice bath for ALS.   The whole procedure ended the weekly noon meeting of the McHenry Rotary Club on the grounds of the McHenry Country Club, facing the members looking through the windows. 

Photo:  Jim Vyduna and Don Tonyan pour the ice water over fellow Rotarian Phil Sweeney.  

PHOTO STORY OF THE SWEENEY ICE SLOSHING William McLemore 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
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                The Rotary Club of McHenry welcomed the Governor of Rotary District 6440, Ellen Young, at its regular meeting, Thursday, August 14th, at the McHenry Country Club.  The governor presented a brief power point program highlighting the world-wide service projects of Rotary International and spoke of the importance of involvement in community service.  District 6440 has over 2,000 members in about 66 clubs in the northeast corner of Illinois.  Photo:  Governor Meets with Board of Directors. (Clockwise from left), Donna Schaefer, Tony Huemann, Assistant Governor Don Brewer, Governor Ellen Young, Cheryden Juergensen, (backs to camera), Past President Tom Webb, President Brian Thoma

DISTRICT GOVERNOR, ELLEN YOUNG, VISITS MCHENRY ROTARY William McLemore 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
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                Mayor Sue Low presents a McHenry proclamation to member Don Weingart, a long-time McHenry Rotarian, for his support of the United States Military during World War II.  These awards were presented at the veterans appreciation ceremonies at the Pearl Street Park the preceding Sunday which Don was unable to attend.  The photo shows Don and Mayor Sue with the proclamation at the Thursday, August 14th, noon meeting of the club.  Ron Bykowski also noted the World War II service of member Bob Blake.  

MAYOR HONORS LOCAL CITIZEN FOR WORLD WAR II DOMESTIC SUPPORT William McLemore 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
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                Bill McLemore, Priest Associate Retired, of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, McHenry, receives a check for $948.10 from Rotarian Don Tonyan as part of the Community Service monies raised at their recent Blues, Brews, and Barbecues.  From all reports, this was one of the most successful of these annual events sponsored by McHenry Rotary.  Early estimates indicate the club will be able to offer nearly $20,000 outreach to the community.  

McHENRY ROTARY PRESENTS $948.10 CONTRIBUTION TO LOCAL DIAPER BANK William McLemore 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on Aug 07, 2014
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   I have been scanning the photos and papers left by Jack Kelsey(about 200 so far) and found a real treasure for our history.  Among the photos, newsletters, and memorabilia, is his 1965-1966 membership notebook.  Not only with photos and brief bios of all the members in that day, but in the back is a brief history of each year from 1954-1966.  The attached photo is of Jack's page in the directory.  It will take a while to finish scanning the material, but I just wanted to share this.  I've scanned every page.  Bill McLemore, Club Historian

KELSEY PAPERS REVEAL VALUABLE CLUB HISTORY William McLemore 2014-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
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 Mary Mahady, McHenry Township Assessor was the guest speaker at our club meeting, July 24th, 12:00 noon, at the McHenry Country Club.

TAX ASSESSOR JULY 24th CLUB PROGRAM William McLemore 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Schaefer on Jul 14, 2014

President Thoma called the meeting to order, with 15 Rotarians in attendance and our guest speaker, Lucy Tonyan (see Bill McLemore's story about our speaker). Phil Sweeney lead us in the Pledge, Denny Welter the 4 Way Test, Don Weingart a song and Bill McLemore a prayer of thanks and hope for a speedy recovery for Phil Bartmann.

Fun and Frolic - Brian quizzed us "On This Day In History"

Mystery Hand Shaker - Phil Sweeney

Happy Dollars - Brian for Phil B. coming home from the hospital and fleecing Sweeney at poker, Jim Vyduna for his stay at his condo in Colorado, Kathy for her upcoming trip to Alaska, Patrick for spending some time with his 9 month old granddaughter in Ohio and Bill McLemore for the return of Lori from her grandmother duties out of state.

Reports:

Picnic In The Park - July 17th - 5 pm Veterans Park...BYOB (bring your own beverage) - No meeting at the Country Club

Bags Tournament - July 19th - corner of 120 and Riverside Drive - benefit for St. Pauls Diaper Bank

Fiesta Day Parade - July 20th - volunteers needed to hand out brochures during parade

50/50 drawing - Sue Low had the ticket but the white marble remains...pot is now $ 121

 

Reel - July 10, 2014 Donna Schaefer 2014-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
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    Lucy Tonyan, a long-time resident of McHenry, recently an Art Teacher at Montini Catholic School for 18 years, talked to the McHenry Rotary Club about the importance of art for children and adults.  She recently resigned from her teaching position to spend full time with her art school studio she began in downtown McHenry.  She believes that art can be applied to many different disciplines such as geography, reading, writing, and history.  Lucy mentioned the "Art Parties" at her studio every Friday and Saturday night.  She also explained a new medium, Chalk Paint, which can be used to decorate furniture, walls, and paint effects.  Lucy is shown in the photo attached to the right of McHenry Rotarian, Donna Schaefer.  

LOCAL ARTIST PRESENTS THE PROGRAM FOR JULY 10th William McLemore 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Dr. Laura L. V. King, formerly with the Center for Therapeutic Services and Psychodiagnostic, now a Commander with the McHenry Police Department, gave a 30 minute power point talk on the new Illinois Medical Marijuana Law.  She said the effort was to explain the basic guidelines for the program and to assure the public that precautions at every level were being taken.   She noted that all the marijuana in this program is high grade and must be grown in Illinois.  Strict procedures are being made for the growing, processing, and storing of the product.  One form of the marijuana used involves regular plastic sandwich bags which hold 140 joints--a 10 day supply of 10 joints per day.  She didn't know the actual cost of the bag, but believed a single joint would be about $5.00.  (This would mean a 140 joint bag would run for around $600)  Several members asked if she brought any free samples, but the Country Club served ice cream instead!  Her program was very informative and enjoyed by those present.

CLUB GETS AN INFORMATION "HIGH" ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA William McLemore 2014-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
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   Assistant District Governor, Don Brewer, made it official at the picnic style club meeting, Thursday noon, January 26th, on the terrace west of Fox Lake at the McHenry Country Club.  He thanked outgoing president, Tom Webb, and gave the oath of office to the incoming president, Brian Thoma.

BRIAN THOMA SUCCEEDS TOM WEBB AS CLUB PRESIDENT William McLemore 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
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Fred Neuschel who presented a program several months ago on his "Build A Dream" program that seeks to help poor families in El Vaquero, Mexico, through a process of education, was award a $1,000 contribution as part of our club's community support.  Pictured is Fred with Ron Bykowski, who gave him the check at the regular noon meeting of the club, Thursday, January 26th.  

FRED NEUSCHEL RECEIVES CHECK FOR $1,000 TO AID POOR FAMILIES IN MEXICO William McLemore 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
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  Ron Bykowski, on behalf of McHenry Rotary, presented a check for  $1,000.00 to Phyllis Mueller, Director of the St. Paul's Diaper Bank as part of the charitable giving of the club for community service.  The Diaper Bank collects diapers for children and adults to agencies in the community that distribute them.  The check was presented Thursday, June 26th, at the regular noon meeting of the club on the McHenry Country Club terrace.

CLUB MAKES GIFT TO ST PAUL'S DIAPER BANK William McLemore 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
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Kathy Pelz, Immediate Past President, was selected by outgoing President Thomas Webb as the recipient of the President's Award.  President Webb commended her for exceptional service to the club.  The award was given as a part of the Installation of the new president, Brian Thoma, at a picnic meeting of the club on the terrace of the McHenry Country Club, Thursday, June 26th, at 12:30 P.M. 

KATHY PELZ WINS PRESIDENT'S AWARD William McLemore 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
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   Patrick Maynard, Phd, President and CEO of the Pioneer Center for Human Services, joined our club June 12th.   This will be his third Rotary Club having just come from the Sunrise Club of Crystal Lake.  Please take a moment to introduce yourself to Patrick.

NEW MEMBER DR. PATRICK MAYNARD William McLemore 2014-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
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   The Rotary Club of McHenry welcomed Sandy Sullivan of Franklin, Wisconsin, the author of “Green Bay Love Stories” who entertained the members telling of her association with the Green Bay Packers beginning in 1961.  Sandy addressed the club at their regular noon meeting, Thursday, June 5th, at the McHenry Country Club.  She shared her personal memories of what she calls the “Packers glory days.”   Photo:  Guest speaker, Sandy Sullivan, is shown with Club President, Tom Webb. 

 

ROTARIANS OF McHENRY ENJOY ‘GREEN BAY LOVE STORIES’ William McLemore 2014-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
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   The Rotary Club of McHenry welcomed Roy Stoppenbach, an Electrical Engineer with Continental Automotive Systems as well as a licensed judge for homebrew.  He will be one of the judges for the upcoming Blues-Brews-Barbecues scheduled August 1-3rd at Petersen Park in McHenry.  Roy described the 5 areas to be considered in the judging.  The homebrew contest is just one of the many activities planned for this annual fund raiser of McHenry Rotarians.   Roy is pictured with Don Tonyan, Chair of the BB&B weekend.

McHENRY ROTARY VISITED BY HOMEBREW JUDGE William McLemore 2014-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
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We always enjoy it when members bring their family to club meetings and we were blessed today with Donna Schaefer and her daughter Hannah!  

MOTHER AND DAUGHTER AT ROTARY William McLemore 2014-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on May 21, 2014

   The Rotary Club of McHenry welcomed Jesse Lopez, one of three awarded a $3,000 scholarship by the club Scholarship Committee.  Jesse graduated from McHenry High School West Campus where he played varsity soccer and will be entering St. Xavier University in Chicago with a major in business and finance.    Jesse is on the left of Scholarship Chair, Terry Fitzgibbons, in this photograph.  

McHENRY ROTARY MEETS RECENT SCHOLARSHIP HONOREE William McLemore 2014-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on May 14, 2014

   The Rotary Club of McHenry welcomed Sherry and Hugh McGowan, Directors of “Visiting Angels,” a local program for living assistance among the elderly and infirm.  The couple spoke alternately on the training of their volunteers and the value of home bound health and wellness care.  Among their services  are meal preparation, errands and shopping, light housekeeping, and companionship.  Their offices are located at 12 E. Crystal Lake Avenue in Crystal Lake.  They made their presentation at the regular Thursday meeting of McHenry Rotary, May 15th, in the river side dining hall of the McHenry Country Club.

McHENRY ROTARY LEARNS ABOUT A SPECIAL HOME HEALTH CARE PROGRAM William McLemore 2014-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on May 14, 2014
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   The Rotary Club of McHenry welcomed a group of local High School students who have recently participated in the Rotary Youth Leadership Award training workshops.   These three day events include learning communications skills, problem solving, conflict management, being effective leaders, and community and global citizenship.  The students were presented and introduced by Jeff Batt of the McHenry Sunrise Rotary, to the Thursday noon meeting of the McHenry Rotary Club, May 15th, at the McHenry Country Club. Photo: (left to right): Jeff Batt , Sunrise Rotary Club; Liesl Zostrow, McHenry West Campus; Cassiddy Wowrzos, McHenry West Campus; Roberto Varela, McHenry East Campus; and Caitlyn Grubich, McHenry East Campus.

McHENRY ROTARY WELCOMES ROTARY YOUTH LEADERS William McLemore 2014-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
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  Our club welcomed a group of participants in the Mission Community Center for Sacramental Growth (MCCSG) Thursday, May 8th, at the McHenry Country Club.  The program was scheduled by Susie Frank (see photograph) of the organization who gave the opening talk about their purpose and mission.  Other speakers directed their comments on various aspects of the non-profit group that seeks to imporove education through tutoring, sports, and club activities.

HOME SCHOOLING PROGRAM FOR THURSDAY, MAY 8TH William McLemore 2014-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
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   The Rotary Club of McHenry welcomed Tony Huemann, Chief of McHenry Township Fire Protection District, and also a club member since 2010, as their program Thursday, May 1st, at the McHenry Country Club.  Chief Huemann spoke to the members about the arrangement planned for fire protection during the road construction underway and planned for three areas: Route 31 and Route 120 in downtown McHenry, Route 31 and Bull Valley Road south of the city, and a round-a-bout in Johnsburg at a major intersection.  Plans include a temporary fire house in a vacant auto mechanic building as well as coordinating with construction activities.

MANAGING FIRE TRUCKS WITH ROAD CONSTRUCTION William McLemore 2014-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
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   Our Rotary Club welcomed three local High School students who have each been awarded a $500 Vocational Scholarship by this club.   (Left to right) Stuart Swanson, Johnsburg High, looks to a career in equine care; Ashley Burr and Colin Ellison, who both attend McHenry High West Campus.  Ashley looks to study nursing and Colin seeks to become a firefighter and paramedic. 

VOCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS VISIT McHENRY ROTARY William McLemore 2014-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
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     Ron Burton, R I President 2013-14 has an extensive 7 page article in the May issue of the ROTARIAN.   The lead statement for the article is: "For the past decade, Rotary's membership has lingered around 1.2 million.  That means for every person who joined in the last 10 years, another person left.  Today's numbers show Rotary is not only stagnant but in decline in many areas." 

    The article begins on page 62 and covers many different aspect of membership growth.  The last page (illustrated here) is TAKE ACTION--Not sure why your club is shrinking?  Ask these questions:

(1) Is my club's meeting time, format, and location convenient for members with families or younger professions still building their careers?

(2) How well does my club reflect the age, gender, and professional diversity of my community?

(3) Whose interests are reflected with my club's programs?

(4) Do ceremonial activities take time away from speakers, club business, project planning, and networking?

(5) Does my club have plans in place to contact guests after they visit?

R. I. PRESIDENT ADDRESSES MEMBERSHIP GROWTH William McLemore 2014-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
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   The Rotary Club of McHenry welcomed its own Jim Vyduna who recently returned from a skiing trip in British Columbia who gave a program on snow skiing and avalanche safety.  After some informative power point videos of a skier sliding a down a steep mountain slope, Jim carefully explained the extensive equipment needed for this alpine sport and survival.   Of special interest was his demonstration of a special inflated protection device use in case of an avalanche.  He noted that each skier carries a GPS that pinpoints his or her location as well as a signal emitter in case of being covered under snow.  Vyduna provided the program Thursday, April 17th, at the regular noon meeting in the McHenry Country Club.

ROTARIANS GET A “SKI LIFT” William McLemore 2014-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on Apr 03, 2014
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Nancy Tunberg, Bank Manager of the local First Midwest Bank, shared her former experience of an annual Prayer Breakfast in Gurnee sponsored by the local civic clubs.  She wants to have the same type of breakfast here in McHenry and called on help by the McHenry Rotary Club.   A suggestion was made to hold it on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving this year as the children will be out of school that day.  Several members agreed to serve on the committee to help plan and execute this breakfast.  Photo of Club President, Tom Webb, and Nancy Tunberg.  Photo and submission by Bill McLemore, Club Publicity Chair,  Thursday, April 3, 2014.
PRAYER BREAKFAST PROPOSED FOR WEEK OF THANKSGIVING William McLemore 2014-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on Mar 26, 2014
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   We welcomed Nakisha Wilson, District Executive of the Blackhawk Area Council of the Boy Scouts and Dave Boudreau, McHenry District Director.  They gave an overview of the scouting program in this area along with an introduction to the new Venture Scout Program.   They noted their goals are “building  youth of character, confidence, and leadership.”  The presentation was made at our regular noon meeting, Thursday, March 27th, in the McHenry Country Club.  Photo:  (Left to right) Tom Webb, Club President; Nakisha Wilson, and Dane Boudreau.

BOY SCOUT EXECUTIVES ADDRESS OUR CLUB William McLemore 2014-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
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   President Tom Webb, at the Club Assembly, Thursday, March 20th, reminded all the members of the importance of bringing new members into the club.  100% of the members were so excited about the prospect that they posed for this attractive group photograph which reveals the warm community spirit of McHenry Rotary.  Club Publicity Chair, Bill McLemore, took this photograph to illustrate how compelling Rotarians can be when challenged to spread the word about Rotary and our local club.
PRESIDENT WEBB INITIATES CLUB MEMBERSHIP DRIVE! William McLemore 2014-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on Mar 12, 2014
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    The Rotary Club of McHenry welcomed Michael L. Roberts, Ed. D., McHenry County District 156 Superintendent of Schools, to its Thursday noon meeting, March 13th, at the McHenry Country Club.  Dr. Roberts also brought Eric Blake, Principal of the East Campus High School; and Marsha Potthoff, Principal of West Campus, and introduced them to the club.   The superintendent spoke at length of the many changes in the school education programs but emphasized that the students and their education were the main focus of his administration.  Photo:  Superintendent, Michael Roberts, with Principals Marsha Potthoff and Eric Blake.

McHENRY HIGH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT ADDRESSES ROTARIANS William McLemore 2014-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
McHENRY ROTARY LEARNS OF NEW LOCAL BREWERY William McLemore 2014-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on Feb 26, 2014
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    The Rotary Club of McHenry welcomed Amy Barrett and Roberta Levinson who respectively presented programs on Financial and Estate planning.  The two local attorneys “busted myths” associated with both of these important life issues.  (Pictured to the left are Amy Barrett; Club President, Tom Webb; and Roberta Levinson.
McHENRY ROTARY GETS ESTATE AND FINANCIAL PLANNING ADVICE William McLemore 2014-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
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Cheryl and the chefs outdid themselves for our lunch meal this Thursday, February 20th.  She said, 'I'm using you as guinea pigs to test my menu for a regional PLAV supper meeting to be held here."  I took this photo of Tony Huemann's plate which only includes a few of the selections offered.

POLISH GOURMET LUNCHEON FEAST! William McLemore 2014-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
“BUILD A DREAM” REPRESENTATIVE FRED NEUSCHEL TELLS OF AID TO THE POOR IN MEXICO William McLemore 2014-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
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Mother Mary Martha, a sister of the Fraternite Notre Dame order, surprised us with her "make up" Thursday, February 6th.  She is with the Shrine of Ecce Homo, 10002 Harmony Hill Road in Marengo and a member of the Marengo Rotary Club.  She joined Rotary in New York City in 1997 and has been an active Rotarian ever since.  She spoke briefly of the work of her order which is to operate soup kitchens for the homeless and needy people and children.  She is shown in this photograph with Club President, Tom Webb.
CATHOLIC NUN MAKES UP A ROTARY MEETING IN MCHENRY! William McLemore 2014-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on Jan 29, 2014
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    The Rotary Club of McHenry welcomed Patrick Wirtz, McHenry Historian, who gave a slide show of people and places of the community dating back to the earliest history of its settlement.  Pat has a photographic memory which augmented his commentary as he showed his pictures.   

CLUB GETS PHOTO HISTORY OF MCHENRY FROM PAT WIRTZ! William McLemore 2014-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on Jan 22, 2014
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   Mike Ossler, our newest member, brought his daughter, Veronica, to today's meeting.  The photograph shows them listening to the discussions on the Club Assembly which formed the program for today's, January 23rd, regular meeting at the Polish League of American Veterans lodge.  Another frequent guest welcomed was Janice Bartmann, wife of Phil. 
FATHER-DAUGHTER ATTENTION TO CLUB ASSEMBLY William McLemore 2014-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
MINISTRY TO CHICAGO HOMELESS FEATURED IN FEBRUARY "ROTARIAN" William McLemore 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on Jan 15, 2014
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    The Rotary Club of McHenry welcomed Barb Swanson of the Pioneer Center as guest speaker, Thursday, January 16th, at their noon meeting in the Polish Legion of American Veterans Post on North Park Street in McHenry.
“THE HOMELESS COULD BE YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR” William McLemore 2014-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on Jan 15, 2014
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    Ronald Newman, who joined our McHenry Rotary Club in September 2011, was honored with the award as a “Paul Harris Fellow” at the January 16, 2014 meeting of his club in the Polish Legion of American Veterans Post on North Park Street in McHenry. 

ROTARIAN HONORED AS A “PAUL HARRIS FELLOW” William McLemore 2014-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on Jan 08, 2014
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    The Rotary Club of McHenry welcomed Carl Vallianatos, Assistant Principal at McHenry High School-West Campus, to its regular Thursday noon meeting, January 9th, at the Polish Legion of American Veterans Post on North Park Street in McHenry. 

McHENRY HIGH ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL ADDRESSES CLUB William McLemore 2014-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
DON TONYAN TREATS MARY TO A ROTARY BIRTHDAY DINNER! William McLemore 2014-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on Jan 01, 2014
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Mike Ossler and his wife, Carla, and daughter, Veronica, who visited us on August 29th this summer, has moved into the area and will be a regular attender at our meetings.   This photo was taken January 2nd, at the Polish Veteran's Lodge.  Please welcome Mike when you see him at up-coming meetings.  As President Tom Webb put it, "he's our first new member of 2014!"
NEW MEMBER, MIKE OSSLER William McLemore 2014-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on Dec 18, 2013
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    The Rotary Club of McHenry had a special guest for its Annual Christmas banquet in Julie Ostrow of “Find the Funny Enterprises.”  She presented several humor and improvisation exercised to facilitate laughter, healing, and enhanced communication.  The event was held at the McHenry VFW on Thursday evening, December 19th from 6-9 PM. 

 

McHENRY ROTARY LEARNS THE THERAPY OF LAUGHTER William McLemore 2013-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
McHENRY HOUSING DIRECTOR REVIEWS SERVICES William McLemore 2013-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on Dec 04, 2013
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   McHenry Rotarian, Ron Newman, with Mutual of Omaha, presented the program Thursday, December 5th, at the regular meeting of the club. He is pictured in the photo with Past President Kathy Pelz holding one of the guides to the Health Insurance Marketplace of the Affordable Care Act.
RON NEWMAN, CLUB MEMBER, PRESENTS PROGRAM ON AFFORDABLE CARE ACT William McLemore 2013-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Schaefer on Nov 18, 2013

Dear fellow Rotarians:

As we all know, on November 8th the worst recorded storm to make landfall flattened entire coastal towns and villages in the Philippines. Thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands more are struggling to survive without access to food, water, and shelter.

I know we all want to help. I am urging our clubs to take action to provide emergency aid now and begin planning for the future when we can help rebuild homes, schools, and businesses. While Rotary is not an emergency disaster-relief organization, we are in the business of helping people in need. Every one of our six areas of focus is affected when disasters of this size occur.

I saw first-hand the difference Rotarians can make after one of the deadliest tornadoes on record tore through communities in my home state of Oklahoma. The widespread destruction was heartbreaking. Almost immediately after the storm, Rotarians were out in force cleaning debris, collecting food and water, and comforting families who lost everything. The Rotary clubs in the affected areas showed perseverance and strength. We helped pick up the pieces and build them back up.

What really moved me was the support and compassion from clubs around the world. In the face of calamity, we were not alone. Rotary’s collective spirit is the essence of how we Engage Rotary and Change Lives.

Rotary partner ShelterBox has committed aid for thousands of families in the form of emergency shelter and other relief assistance. They were already in the Philippines when the typhoon hit providing aid to families who lost homes in the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the Philippines in September.

Such disasters are the reason why we entered into our partnership with ShelterBox. On Friday, I visited their website and sponsored a ShelterBox to help a family in need, and I encourage you to do the same if you’re able to do so – any level of support will help to change lives for the better. The organization welcomes help from Rotary members to identify need and provide support. You can contact them at rotaryrequest@shelterbox.org.

We have more than 21,000 Rotary members in the Philippines. The hardest hit areas include Districts 3860, 3850, and 3830. We are working with our governors in the affected areas to determine what type of support will be most effective, and we will continue to provide updates on www.rotary.org.

I know I can count on Rotarians around the world to come to the aid of our friends in the Philippines. If you have any questions about how you can help, please write to relief@rotary.org.
Thank you.

Sincerely,
Ron Burton

ONE ROTARY CENTER

1560 SHERMAN AVENUE

EVANSTON, ILLINOIS 60201-3698 USA

ROTARY.ORG

A letter from the President of Rotary Donna Schaefer 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
‘FLIGHT FOR LIFE’ TAMMY CHATMAN EXPLAINS AIR MEDICAL TRANSPORT William McLemore 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
GUEST SPEAKER NOVEMBER 7TH... William McLemore 2013-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
ROTARIANS HEAR “GHOST STORY” FROM SPRING GROVE FIRE CHIEF William McLemore 2013-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
THREE MEMBERS HAD HOLIDAY COLOR TO MEETING William McLemore 2013-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
'PIRATE' PHIL INVADES HALLOWEEN MEETING William McLemore 2013-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
KIM LARSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FAMILY ALLIANCE, OCTOBER 10TH PROGRAM William McLemore 2013-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on Sep 25, 2013
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    Members of the McHenry Rotary Club joined about 80  developmentally challenged adults at Stades Farm 10 miles north of the city for a morning of petting animals, hay rides, pumpkin pickings and many other activities Thursday, September 26th, from 10:30 AM until 2:00 PM/
Dozen Club Members Attend Pioneer Center Outing at Stades Farm William McLemore 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on Sep 20, 2013
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   Important article by a young Rotarian in the northwest gives excellent points about membership growth.
RECRUITING ROTARY MEMBERS William McLemore 2013-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on Sep 11, 2013
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    The Rotary Club of McHenry welcomed Adam Diamond, a member of the Rotary Club of McHenry Sunrise, to its noon meeting Thursday, September 12th, at the McHenry Country Club.  Adam is shown in the attached photograph with Past President, Kathy Pelz, who presided at this meeting.
SUNRISE ROTARIAN SHARES CLUB PROJECTS WITH THE NOON CLUB William McLemore 2013-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on Sep 05, 2013
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Flavia Susaro, who was an exchange student with our club 30 years ago, attended our regular meeting, Thursday, September 5th, at the McHenry Country Club, and present the program.  She is shown between Janice and Phil Bartmann in the attached photograph.  She was good friends with their daughter while attending the Johnsburg school.
FORMER EXCHANGE STUDENT RETURNS AFTER 30 YEARS William McLemore 2013-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor Elect, Ellen Young, visits McHenry Rotary William McLemore 2013-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on Aug 14, 2013
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   Denis M. Buch, a local general contractor; and Darren Wagner, Sales Manager for the Elm Street Walgreen's, were both inducted into our club by Assistant District Governor, Don Brewer, at the club meeting, Thursday, August 15th, 12:30 P.M., in the McHenry Country Club.
TWO NEW MEMBERS INDUCTED INTO OUR CLUB, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15TH William McLemore 2013-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thomas Webb on Aug 05, 2013
 The following was submitted to the Northwest Herald
Rotary Blues Brews & BBQ
To the Editor:
The Rotary Club of McHenry extends a big THANK YOU to the city of McHenry( Administration, Parks & Recreation, Police); McHenry Township Fire Protection Dist.; Corporate Sponsors including Northwest Herald, Gary Lang Auto, Buss Ford, Sunnyside Chrysler; Chas. Herdrich & Son; Rex Towing for Parking; along with many others too numerous to list. We also would like to thank the individuals that attended, along with volunteers,  bands and vendors for their support of our 2nd annual event that ran Aug. 2-4 at Petersen Park.
 
Great music & food, 5K Run for Youth Leadership, BBQ Cook-off, plus perfect summer weather made it a great success. The event allowed Rotary to engage the community and promote the ideals of our 1.2 million global member organization: "Service Above Self". We strive to improve the quality of life of the community every day and 100% of the events proceeds will go to the projects we do. To see in detail what Rotary does, please go to: www.rotary.org
 
Lastly, thanks to our fellow Rotarians ( and spouses), including the McHenry Sunrise Rotary Club for the hundreds of man hours it took to plan and execute the event.
Sincerely,
Kathy Pelz & Don Tonyan, Event Co-Chairs
Thomas Webb, President
Rotary Club of McHenry
Northwest Herald/Letter to the Editor Thomas Webb 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT GOVERNOR SARAH OLIVER VISITS McHENRY ROTARY William McLemore 2013-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
RON AND LINDA BYKOWSKI RECEIVE PAUL HARRIS FELLOW RECOGNITION William McLemore 2013-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on Jul 22, 2013
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   Your new "Rotarian" should have arrived in the mail this week.  Here are some highlights from this issue.
THE ROTARIAN - August 2013 William McLemore 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McLemore on Jun 26, 2013
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Photo:  L-R, Assistant Governor, Don Brewer; President Tom Webb and his wife, Kathy; and outgoing President, Kathy Pelz, hands the gavel over.
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DREAMBUILDER COACH TOM WENDT ENCOURAGES LIFE WELLNESS William McLemore 2013-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
GUEST SPEAKER, MARY DONNER, SETS THE 'Pace" FOR LOCAL TRANSPORTATION William McLemore 2013-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
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   Rotarian Lorraine Kopczynski brought Lance DeRosa (shown in the attached photo) as a guest to our regular Thursday meeting, June 6th.
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Club Welcomes Recent Scholarship Winner William McLemore 2013-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
McHenry Rotary Club Meeting - May 9, 2013 William McLemore 2013-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
McHenry Rotary Club Meeting - May 2, 2013 - McHenry Country Club William McLemore 2013-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
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   Don Tonyan, Editor of the club e-letter, "The Reel," hard at work jotting down all the information from today's Club Assembly meeting.
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CENTEGRA FOUNDATION PROMOTES WELLNESS THROUGH ‘TELEMONITORING.’ William McLemore 2013-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Dr. David A. Shinherr, DC, Director of Orthopedics and Neurology at the Centegra Health Center, gave an information address to the club today, April 4th, on efforts to curb the concussions and cardiac problems in local sports activities.
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CLUB HEARS TALK ON ADVOCACY FOR DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED YOUTH AND ADULTS William McLemore 2013-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
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 This news release has been sent to the Herald and the Tribune and is shared here as an on-going story about the 'Service Above Self' effort of the McHenry Rotary Club.        

SHAVED TO DO "SERVICE ABOVE SELF" William McLemore 2013-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
CLUB LEARNS OF RESOURCE FOR UNINSURED McHENRY CITIZENS William McLemore 2013-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
SPECIAL COMMUNITY RECREATION EFFORTS ARE FEBRUARY 14th, PROGRAM William McLemore 2013-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
OUR CLUB LEARNS OF LOCAL HOUSING NEEDS William McLemore 2013-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Assistant Governor Brewer Visits Our Club William McLemore 2013-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Bill Gates talks about ending polio in India Donna Schaefer 2013-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
COUNTY DEPUTY TREASURER ADDRESSES THE CLUB William McLemore 2013-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Club Learns of Local Diaper Bank Ministry William McLemore 2013-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
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     Rotary International, President-Elect, Ron Burton unveiled the 2013-2014 Rotary International theme during the opening plenary session of the 2013 International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, the annual training event for incoming district governors.
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   President Kathy Pelz presents attendance award certificates to three members with significant perfect attendance records.
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Ahhhhhhhhh.....back to the PLAV!!!!!  Pork chops, scallop potatoes, grean beans and cherry cheesecake for dessert.  I guess the post-holiday diet will have to wait until March.   President Pelz called the meeting to order, assigning opening duties to Tom W. (4-Way Test), Don W. (Song), & Lori (Prayer).  Yours truly walked in during the pledge, and it appeared that whoever led did an excellent job.   

Visitors:  Michelle Z. 

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Calendar update:

Jan 4th - Fish Fry - Wind Hill

Mar. 17 - St. Pat's Parade

April 18 - District Conference

B-days/Anniversaries:  Bill & Lori - January 8th

Announcements:

The following rotarians were recognized for their many years of perfect attendence:

Don Weingart:  57 years 

When Don started his perfect attendence streak, this is what was going on in the world:  Winston Churchill resigned as prime minister of Great Britain, Richard J. Daley becomes mayor of Chicago, the Salk polio vaccine receives full approval from the FDA, ABC broadcasts a "sneak peek" of Disneyland - which had yet to open, "Gunsmoke" debuts on CBS, actor James Dean is killed in a car accident, in Montgomery, AL Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white passenger and is arrested, and Brian Thoma's mother celebrated her 7th birthday!!!!!

Don Arvidson:  48 years

Denny Welter:  34 years

Mystery Handshaker: Lori

Happy Dollars: Lori & Bill (Anniversery), Karen(Mexican trip), Terry (Christmas with grandbaby), Mike(Christmas in FL), and Lorrain (upcoming 3 months in FL)

F & F: Chief Tony stumped almost nobody with trivia on significant events in January.  Dig a little deeper next week Tony!!!

Make-Ups - Denny Welter, Richmond (In a speedo????)

Program: Mayor Low gave an update on "what's happening" in McHenry

Sullivan Foods deal fell through

Possible suiter for the Borders and old Wal-Mart properties

Buffalo Wild Wings will be going in next to Olive Garden

Dog Park will open next to Kohls

Fort McHenry will be refurbished this Spring

Reorganization of the Police Dept Admin.

Finance - the city's budget is balanced

50/50: No drawing today - We left the marbles at MCC.

  

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Walter Reed, a guest speaker from the Wilmette Rotary Harbor Club, addressed the McHenry Rotary Club, Thursday, December 6th, on “The Rotary Foundation: Then, Now, and in the Future.”
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Mitten Ladies attend November 29th Club Meeting William McLemore 2012-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
McHENRY ROTARIANS RECEIVE UPDATE ON COUNTY TRANSPORTATION William McLemore 2012-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
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On a beautiful, brisk and sunny October day, Rotarians and 75 developmentally disabled adults from Pioneer Center and 25 staff spent an afternoon of fall activities at Stades Farm. Everyone enjoyed hayrides and petting zoo. Stades apple cider donuts and a pumpkins were given to all in attendance.  This is the second year that the Rotary Club of McHenry has sponsored this event.  Rotarians assisted with getting clients on and off the hay wagon and visited with them as they enjoyed the outdoors.
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ImageHigh winds and extreme heat did not keep area residents from lining up for a food distribution sponsored by McHenry Township and staffed by the Rotary Club of McHenry members and families.  The mobile food truck from the Northern Illinois Food Bank brought meat, breads, fresh produce, snack bars and condiments. 10,000 lbs of food was distributed to 125 households (279 adults and 127 children)
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Ingrid Danler's New Address Donna Schaefer 2011-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary of McHenry will not be meeting at McHenry Country Club on September 4th. In honor of Rotarian Bill McLemore's 45 Anniversary of being a Rotarian, he is hosting the club (and any visiting Rotarians) to a specially prepared spaghetti luncheon with cake from Riverside Bakery. The celebration will take place at noon at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 3706 W. St. Paul's Avenue, McHenry 60050.  St. Paul's Avenue is north of the intersection of Green Street and Charles Miller Road on the west side of Green Street. It is north of Knox Park and the Public Works Building is on the corner. The church is on the right (north side) of the street.

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Due to preparations for Blues, Brews and BBQ our regularly scheduled weekly meeting of July 31, will take place August 1 at Petersen Park in McHenry. We are sorry for the inconvenience of Rotarians wishing to make-up a meeting.  We will return to the McHenry Country Club on the following Thursday.

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   The Rotary Club of McHenry welcomed Chantel Madson, Executive Director of the Challenger Learning Center in Woodstock, at their regular Thursday noon meeting, June 19th, at the McHenry Country Club.  Ms. Madson gave an informative power point presentation beginning with the tragic explosion of the Space Shuttle in 1986 and the effort to honor the deaths of those astronauts with learning centers around the country providing experiences in rocketry, robotics, and space engineering.  She noted that our local center last year conducted 300 missions involving 9,000 students.   Photo shows Ms. Madson with Club President, Tom Webb.  

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26  faithful  gathered as President  Webb rang the bell, calling our meeting to order.  Opening duties were delegated to Bykowski who us in lead the Pledge,  Sweeney  the 4-way test, Weingart was back and so was the key for our Song, and Hein said our Prayer.

 

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CALANDER UPDATE

Dec. 19th  Christmas Party  -VFW 6:00 Cocktails 7:00 Dinner.   

Jan. 2nd weekly noon meeting at the PLAV. 1304 N. Park St.

Jan. 21st. Board mtg. and BB&B mtg.

Jan. and Feb. Meetings at the PLAV at 1304 N. Park St.

   

Announcements   

The Sunrise club is looking for help with wrapping presents on Dec. 21st and 22nd.

Elections for 2013 / 2014 Club Officers and Chairs took place and are as follows.  Brian Thoma -Pres., Tony Huemann- P.E., Terry Fitzgibbons- Sec., Cheryden Juergensen- Tres.,  Ron Newman- Com. Serv., Karen Lavin- Int., Bill McLemore-P.R., Phil Bartman- Rotary Int. Foundation,  Ron Bykowski-Club Foundation,  Terry Hargrove – Scholarships, and Phil Sweeney – Member Dev.

The Club Budget for next year was presented and unanimously approved.   

The guest fee for our Club Christmas Party is $20.  Please pay at the door.   

Rotarian Mike Ossler and his wife Carla are moving here from Detroit Lakes Mn.  Mike will become a member of our club in two weeks if no objections arise.     

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Mystery Hand shaker-   Ron Bykowski, anyone not shaking Ron’s Hand owes $1.00

Happy Dollars   Arvidson is heading to San Antonio for the holidays,  Hargrove for surviving a fight with a car fender, Newman for his granddaughter heading to London to compete in World competition in Irish Dance, Bykowski for his 9 yr old and 12 yr old grandkids being first chairs at the school Christmas’s concert,  McLemore for  Florida State’s football championship , Denny has been summoned to protect the S.W. Florida coast for the winter, and Weingart was very happy to be back at a meeting.

Fun & Frolics     Mayor Low combined Christmas and her favorite town as she collected from all using  Holiday Traditions that no longer exist in McHenry.  Missing are the water tower star at Rotary Park, the lights that hung over Rt. 120 at Green S and Riverside Dr. in an X  and the Christmas Tree on a raft in the Fox River.   

Program  Julie Clausen from The McHenry County Housing Authority.  See attached story by Bill McLemore.

  

50/50   Donna Schaefer drew two colored marbles, so the prize grows.

See you at the Christmas Party and don’t forget to bring your sense of humor.    

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New District Governor Mike Yesner will be visiting our club on August 16th.  The Governor will meet with the board at 10:30 am prior to our regularly scheduled meeting.  All members (and board members) should make every attempt to attend this meeting and welcome our new Governor.
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On June 5, a group of Rotarians and their family members traveled to the northwest suburbs to participate in a project to package over 7000 meals for hungry children and their families in the impoverished villages and cities in Nicaragua.  The meals are part of the program "Kids Against Hunger" which has approximately 100 similar sites serving people around the world.  The nutrient enhanced rice casserole is made with a flavored nutrient base, rice, soy and dehydrated vegetables and is sealed in airtight bags with a shelf life of several years.  The cost per meal is 25 cents, each bag has 6 meals which is cooked by adding water which boils for 20 minutes (also killing water borne impurities). The Rotary Club of McHenry donated $ 1800 to purchase and package a pallet of meals. Part of the costs helps pay for the distribution of the meals to orphanages and missions assisting the needy in Nicaragua.
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FISH Food Pantry is inviting the Rotary of McHenry to join them for an Open House on June 3rd, 2012 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at their new pantry building at 3515 N. Richmond Rd., Johnsburg.  The building is across the parking lot from the Senior Center on the McHenry Township campus.
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On March 15th, as part of the McHenry Community Shave, our Rotarians shaved their heads for St. Baldrick's Day.  The St. Baldrick's event raises awareness and funds to help families with children with cancer.   McHenry is one of the largest events in the country. Rotary Club of McHenry shavees included: President Phil Sweeney, McHenry Mayor Sue Low, McHenry Township Fire District Chief Tony Huemann, McHenry Police Chief John Jones, McHenry Township Supervisor Donna Schaefer, McHenry Area Chamber Executive Director Kay Bates.  McHenry Sunrise Club's Ryan Conway and Adam Diamond also shaved their heads.  Rotary was well represented in the Community Leaders team at the event.  Service above self!
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Click on "About Our Club" in the left-hand column on our Home page to learn more about the Rotary Club of McHenry and its service to the community.

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