Rotary Club of McHenry

Chartered April 12, 1955


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We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
McHenry Country Club
John Street
McHenry, IL  60050-5705
United States
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   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.



++   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.

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

                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.” 

  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.