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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++   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.  

                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.

   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!  

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 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.