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Literacy Chair
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McHenry - Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Windhill Pancake Parlor
3307 W. Rt. 120
McHenry, IL  60050
United States
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Two great presentations on Wednesday. Tom Geraci from District 156 and Joe Starzynski from Woodstock Rotary. Tom was here to share McHenry District 156’s transition program. He helps student from 18 to 22. He helps these students develop independent living and job skills. He works with local businesses to find jobs for these students. He is looking for speakers from local businesses to come in and speak to the students about what they do. He has these students go on field trips to learn about what that business does. He also has a train to hire program to make sure the student has the skills for that job. He is looking to meet with local businesses that may need employees. Joe came to talk about the foreign exchange students. He brought Vivie from Finland and Lisa from Sweden. They like the program and think it is great that they were part of Rotary. Joe is looking for clubs to host and the more clubs that hosts the more students we get to send.


The meeting was called to order at 7:30 a.m. Present were Mike, Carl, Matt, Duane, Scott, Ryan, and Trista.

Upcoming Dates:

July 23rd - Fellowship Breakfast at Brunch Cafe

July 30th - Annette Jahnell, "My Year of Beds"

August 1st thru 3rd - Noon Club's Blues Brews & BBQs

August 4th - Cruise Night (still seeking volunteers)

August 6th - Vera Mayer, District 6440 Youth Exchange Coordinator

August 11th - Oktoberfest Committee meeting at 4:30 p.m. at VFW

August 13th - Dr. David Shinherr, Centegra Back & Spine Center + Board Meeting


Mike reported that we have four sponsors thus far. A few members are in discussions with other companies regarding additional sponsorships, so keep finding new ones.

Keep selling raffle tickets.

The Chamber is still looking for parade help this Sunday, July 20th. If you can volunteer, meet at Main Street Station at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Shawn has officially resigned his membership.

Carl reported that the McHenry Community Fellowship Breakfast will be a free event with limited availability (tickets will be distributed) on Wednesday, 11/26, from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at the McHenry High School West Campus cafeteria. Since this event conflicts with our usual fourth-Wednesday fellowship breakfast at Brunch Cafe, we will relocate that month to this event instead.

Carl also reported that the book drive will still occur later this year. Carl has been thinking about the idea of an annual literacy award through which one or more classroom teachers would be rewarded for their unique literacy efforts with a library purchased for their class. Scott recommended we reach out to Follett as a possible sponsor for this reward.

Matt provided an Oktoberfest update. We currently have seven beer vendors with the intention to secure up to twelve vendors. We have three bands that will donate their services in lieu of tasting mugs. The VFW is secured as both the venue and the food provider. Mike found a mug that will work on which our logo can be printed. We will find inexpensive lanyards to affix to each mug. Mark will get an estimate on 50 T-shirts through a supplier he knows. Tickets sold will be limited to 300. Advertising for the event will begin in September. Businesses who would like to sponsor our club for the year and wish to be featured on advertising for this event must have their sponsorship payment submitted to the club by early August at the latest.

If Route 120 construction is still in full swing by October 29th, our annual adopt-a-highway clean-up will cover from Green Street east over the bridge only.

We should start taking pictures of the club president with our program presenters to submit to the Northwest Herald as news items.

The marble game rolled over.

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 a.m. 



Well, my friends, it has been quite a year. Thank you for this token of it and for putting your faith in me to guide our club through it. I am happy to pass the torch to the very capable hands of Mike Lehman, who is this year's Rotarian of the Year and now Paul Harris Fellow. I also congratulate Georgene Hefner Sergeant as the now two-time recipient of the Chuck R. Peterson Service Award along with Mike's second place finish and Ryan Conway's third place finish in the Service Above Self Challenge. My husband Nick Iodice is also very grateful for your thoughtfulness in recognition of his assistance. Thanks to all who attended tonight's Installation Dinner as we look forward to what will surely be another successful Rotary year together.




It's been awhile since we've updated our newsletter; so here's a general summary of what's gone on in our club since the end of May.

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