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Paul Keenon
Dec 07, 2017
Greece Refugees
Holly Zissman
Dec 21, 2017 12:00 PM
McHenry Habitat for Humanity
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Jan 04, 2018
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District 6440 Governor Don Brewer
Jan 11, 2018 12:00 PM
Mandy Ramsey
Jan 25, 2018 12:00 PM
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Chairman Jack Franks
Feb 01, 2018
McHenry County Politics
 
 
 

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3002 Route 120 (east side of Fox River)
McHenry, IL  60051
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On November 30, 2017, the Rotary Club of McHenry is expressing thanks for the tremendous support given to our Club – and in turn our community – over the past six years by the sponsors of Blues, Brews and BBQ.  In addition to food, beverages, and other festivities, we are streaming a video thanking each sponsor.  The video includes a clip from Blues, Brews and BBQ’s as well as one answering the question “What is Rotary”.  To manifest the community benefits our sponsors have facilitated, the streamed video also displays various grant recipient logos, photos of checks delivered to recipients, as well as the numerous NW Herald stories in which these moments have been publicized. Here is the video -

 
 
 
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On November 16, 2017 Tony Huemann, Program Chair, introduced the guest speakers, Chief Ricardo Pagan and Assistant Chief John Carlson of the McHenry County Sheriff's Office.  Chief Pagan and Assistant Chief Carlson gave a complete overview of the scope of responsibility and operation of the McHenry County Sheriff's Office. At the end of their presentation, they answered questions.  One area of discussion revolved around the opioid crisis in America (including its expansion to herione use), which is worsening

On November 30, 2017, the Rotary Club of McHenry is expressing thanks for the tremendous support given to our Club – and in turn our community – over the past six years by the sponsors of Blues, Brews and BBQ.  In addition to food, beverages, and other festivities, we are streaming a video thanking each sponsor.  The video includes a clip from Blues, Brews and BBQ’s as well as one answering the question “What is Rotary”.  To manifest the community benefits our sponsors have facilitated, the streamed video also displays various grant recipient logos, photos of checks delivered to recipients, as well as the numerous NW Herald stories in which these moments have been publicized. Here is the video -

 
 

The Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc (a Section 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization) presented a $1,750 check to Home of the Sparrow (HOS), which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary.   These funds arose from two sources through the Club's Foundation. A sum of $750 arose from the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation Chuck & Lois Peterson Endowment, which was established in 2012 by Chuck & Lois Peterson.  An additional $1,000 came directly from the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, which represent primarily proceeds from it fundraiser Blues, Brews & BBQ.      

Their mission statement is “to provide Hope, Opportunity and Support that empowers women and children as they journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency.”  The number of individuals served grows each year in keeping with increased needs. In 2011, HOS programs served 105 individuals; in 2012, that was 123; in 2013, HOS served 159 persons; in 2014, that number was 224 women and children, and during the 2015 fiscal year, 553 individuals found help through HOS programs. During the 2016 fiscal year, HOS again exceeded their goal by serving 831 individuals

The Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc (a Section 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization) presented a $1,750 check to Friends in Service Here or FISH.   These funds arose from two sources through the Club's Foundation. A sum of $750 arose from the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation Chuck & Lois Peterson Endowment, which was established in 2012 by Chuck & Lois Peterson.  An additional $1,000 came directly from the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, which represent primarily proceeds from it fundraiser Blues, Brews & BBQ.

 

"Friends in Service Here" (FISH of McHenry – Food Pantry) makes food available to those who need it.  FISH has no paid employees; rather, everyone at FISH is a volunteer, even its directors.  For every $1 donated to FISH, FISH is able to procure approximately $8 of food for distribution through its food pantry.  Click here for the most recent FISH newsletter. In August & September 2017, FISH served 1,124 families or 3,605 individuals; the FISH team distributed more than 8,900 bags of food! 

Barb Swanson, Pioneer Center Director of Funding Development and Events, joined the Rotary Club of McHenry for lunch.  She delivered a thank you card "From Your Friends at Pioneer Center", thanking the members of the Rotary Club of McHenry for our 2017 Pioneer Center Annual Stade's Farm Outing
 
On December 1, 2017 - Pioneer Center is having a Holiday Book Review at D'Andrea Banquets & Conference Center located at 4419 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014.

On December 21, 2017 - Pioneer Center is having a Christmas luncheon.
 
2018 is the Pioneer Center for Human Service's 60th Anniversary.  Click here to see the many benefits it delivers to our community.
 
On November 9, 2017, the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc. (organizer of Blues, Brews & Barbeque) presented the McHenry Knights of Columbus, Council #1288, McHenry, IL with a check for Holiday Meals.  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 Charitable Foundation, Inc. ) help to fund various investments back into our shared community and its citizens. 
 
 
On November 4, 2017, the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc presented a  $2,000 donation to ImaBridge Africa at its Annual Benefit Dinner which was held at The Church Of Holy Apostles Fr. Sherry's Center.   Rev. Father Godwin Nsikan-Ubom Asuquo (a Member of the Rotary Club of McHenry) is also Pastor of Saint Patrick Church in McHenry and a Founder of ImaBridge Africa.  Those who participated in the Annual Benefit Dinner (and many others who could not be there in person) became pillars in the Bridge of Love to Africa organized by ImaBridge Africa.  Proceeds from ImaBridge Africa’s annual benefit dinner support their efforts in providing for the poor and underprivileged in Nigeria. ImaBridge Africa works cooperatively with leadership at the grassroots level in Africa on priority development projects in health, economics, education, empowerment of women and social justice.
 
Pictured below from left to right are Rev. Father Godwin Nsikan-Ubom Asuquo (a Member of the Rotary Club of McHenry), Ron Bykowski (Chair of the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc), Denis Buch (Club President), Christine Carrington (President of ImaBridge Africa), and Thomas Webb (Vice-Chair of the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc):
 
Results from the Johnsburg Junior High School student Fall Dance and “Penny Wars” are in.   Proceeds from these fundraisers will assist in USA Natural Disaster relief through the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc. and ShelterBox USA
 
Members of JJHS’ 6th Grade won the Penny Wars, which raised more than $500.  The Fall Dance (and other sources) raised nearly $1,600.  Members of the JJHS Student Counsel used a check to share these excellent results with other students and staff.  From left to right are student council members: Tommy Oeffling, Mei Macey, and Kiera Welch.
 
 
Adding to these excellent JJHS student and staff results, the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc. is increasing the overall funding to assist in USA Natural Disaster relief.  Pictured below from left to right are Eric Dohrmann (Club Vocational Service Chair, Assistant Principal – JJHS) and Don Tonyan Sr. (Club Co-Chair of the Blues, Brews & Barbecue CommitteeCo-Chair of the Club’s Service Projects Committee) holding a check which reflects that the JJHS student and staff efforts have been further increased through matched funding by the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation, Inc.
 
On October 26, 2017 we had our annual Fall Farm Fest at Stade's Farm & Market with our friends at Pioneer Center. We and our friends enjoyed Stade's Farm & Market, donuts and cider, lunch, the petting zoo, hayrides and pumpkin picking, as well as other Stade's Farm attractions.   
 
Click here for pictures from our Club's October 26, 2017 outing with our guests from Pioneer Center. 
 
Here are pictures from numerous past Fall Farm Fests with our guests from Pioneer Center.
 
Thank you to Vern Stade and his staff as well as our Pioneer Center guests.
 
 
 
 
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
 
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
 
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.
 

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) 

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):
 
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)
 
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)
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.
 
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)
 
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)
 
 
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 .
 
 
 
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
 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

Suzanne Hoban, MPH, Executive Director of Family Health Partnership Clinic presented to the Rotary Club of McHenry various aspects of their program including their move from Woodstock to Crystal Lake (401 E. Congress, Crystal Lake, IL  60014), the recent addition of a dental clinic, health care for the homeless (in connection with which they have hired a nurse who has experience in this area).  
 
Their Vision is: “Over the next ten years, the Family Health Partnership Clinic will assure that the residents of the McHenry County area will enjoy the benefit of full access to high quality health care, regardless of the ability to pay. The Clinic operates on a sliding fee scale, although no patient is turned away due to inability to pay. At registration, patients will be asked to provide some proof of income. NOTE: Because all of the doctors and some of the nurses volunteer their time, hours when patients can be seen is limited. Appointments are necessary. Call the Clinic main phone number at 770.220.9300 to schedule an appointment.”
 
Click here for a copy of their 2016 Annual Report
 
Below is Suzanne Hoban, MPH, Executive Director of Family Health Partnership Clinic presenting aspects of their program.
Rotary District 6440 held an award ceremony on April 28, 2017.  Generally, awards are determined based on the “Tier” to which a Rotary Clubs belongs.  Here are the “Tiers”: “Tier awards are based on Club membership as of July 1, 2016
  • Tier I: Under 23 members.
  • Tier II: 23-39 members.
  • Tier III: 40 or more members.”
The Rotary Club of McHenry is in Tier II: 23-39 members.
 
Awards are determined for each Rotary Avenue of Service, which include: Club, Community, International, Vocational and Youth.  Generally, one Avenue of Service Award was given in each Tier for the best overall achievement in such Avenue of Service.  Thus, for all Five Avenues of Service for the three Tiers there are a total of 15 Avenues of Service Awards for Rotary District 6440.  Rotary District 6440 has approximately 71 Rotary Clubs. 
 
First, our Club and its Members earned the 2017 Club Service Award for Tier II: 23-39 Members.  The Rotary District 6440 Club Service Award is awarded for the best overall achievement in Club Service/Club Administration, which includes such matters as:
  • officer and Board succession plans (including timely and consistent nomination and election);
  • documents and strategic planning (e.g., Constitution, Bylaws and etc.) review and revision;
  • knowledge of Rotary History;
  • calendar of speakers;
  • “Family of Rotary” matters (e.g., condolence cards, get well cards, birthday cards, and etc.);
  • new Member induction and orientation;
  • online reporting (e.g., attendance, new members, officers, minutes, and etc.);
  • club socials/holiday celebrations/charter night celebrations, and so on;
  • timely payment of dues;
  • Club goals, achievements and other matters
Second, our Club also received the “End Polio Now – Challenge Award” for our contribution of at least $60 per Member.
 
Congratulations to all Members of the Rotary Club of McHenry for these excellent achievements.
 
Pictured below is Denis Buch (President-Elect) accepting the Club Service Award.   
Don Weingart is one of the Founding Members of the Rotary Club of McHenry.  Our Club was founded on April 12, 1955.  Throughout our history, Don has been and continues to be an active Member. 
 
We usually begin each of our meetings with a song led by Don.  Recently, Don has been at The Springs at Crystal Lake Rehabilitation Center.  There is agreement that Don’s leadership in song is a tradition we all enjoy.  Here we are at The Springs having our weekly meeting, once again led in song by Don.    
 
From left to right – Standing: John Halbleib, Mike Low, Phil Bartmann, Lori Lowe, Ron Newman, Tony Huemann, Denny Welter, Don Tonyan Sr., Tom Webb, Denis Buch, Bill McLemore, Ron Bykowski, Don Arvidson, Jim Vyduna, Diana Mark, and Dave Rolow; Seated: Bob Blake (a Founding Member), Don Weingart (a Founding Member) and Dorothy Arvidson; Front Row: Sue Conway Low, Donna Schaefer and Craig Adams
 
Joshua Shefner presented “Blue Mango” to the Rotary Club of McHenry.  He is a student at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and recipient of the Thomas W. Davis Student Leadership Award.  Josh is a civil engineering major and team leader of an eight student team from MSOE’s University Scholars honors program; this team participated in a yearlong project to design and build a solar food dehydrator for a rural village in Jamaica. They were asked by the Blue Mountain Project, a non-profit located in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, to design technology to dehydrate an often unused crop in the region – mangoes.  This team now refers to itself as the “Blue Mango”.  In addition to designing and building the dehydrator, Blue Mango also created a business model and training program to teach local residents how to use the equipment.  This project serves to improve the health, education and economy in the region.
 
Josh is also a member of the successful MSOE student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers which in early April 2017 hosted the annual Great Lakes Region Student Conference. “Students from 19 universities participated, including Marquette, MSOE, Northwestern, Notre Dame, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee and others.” MSOE students organized the entire conference.  The MSOE team achieved these awards: 5 – 1st place (including “1st place: Conference Overall”); 2 – 2nd place; and 1 – 3rd place.
 
 
Josh graduated from McHenry High School - East Campus as a member of the Class of 2015.
 
Pictured below from left to right are Josh Shefner and Terry Fitzgibbons (Club member, Associate Principal – McHenry Community High School District 156, McHenry High School, West Campus and Assistant Principal – McHenry High School, East Campus)
 
 
 
 
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