Rotary Club of Cary-Grove

"Making Communities Better"


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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove!

Visit Us On Thursday Mornings!


"Service Above Self"

We meet Thursdays at 07:30 AM
Cary Park District
255 Briargate Road
P.O. Box 645
Cary, IL  60013
United States
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The Rotary Club of McHenry Sunrise will be holding an Octoberfest on Saturday, October 14. The event will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park, located at 3400 Pearl Street in McHenry. Activities and entertainment will be held throughout the day. Visit their website at to view more details about this event. Tickets can be purchased online at Raffle tickets will be available for an opportunity to win tickets to a Chicago Black Hawks game!
The October Alternate Evening Meeting is set for Thursday, October 12th. The event will be held at Cary Ale House beginning at 6:30PM. This meeting is separate from our regular social meeting and is intended to attract new members for our club. Any member that has a perspective member in mind is invited to attend this meeting.  Please let Pat Finlon or Steve Cherveny know if you plan to be in attendance.
Today's program was Club Assembly:
  • Utilize new opportunities to report attendance makeups to Sue--visit other clubs, events, meetings, etc.
  • Reviewed Succession Planning worksheet presented by Joe Trexler
  • The membership approved the expenditure of $1,000 toward the sponsorship of District 6440's Iron Lung Display
  • District Governor visits on 11/1/17 Officers & Board Members and 11/2/17 Entire Membership
  • Club Storage Trailer will receive pre-maintenance treatment on floor and exterior bottom before completed
  • End Polio Now Day October 24th - Village Proclamation, Banner and advertising updates
  • Sue reported setting up the presentation of the $500 check toward snow removal for Home of the Sparrow Home
  • Encourage investigating Rotary Fellowship Memberships through Rotary International
  • Board approved expenditure of $125 toward Merry Cary Parade hosted by Cary-Grove Chamber of Commerce
The October social meeting will be held on Thursday, October 19th at M Supper Club in Crystal Lake. The event will begin at 6:30PM. Please contact Chuck to let him know if you are planning on attending.
The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove will not be meeting at the Park District in the morning on Thursday, October 19, 2017.
We will be having our "Evening Social" at M Supper Club located at 394 West Virginia Street, Crystal Lake, IL starting at 6:30 PM.  Please contact Chuck Barrett with your attendance numbers.  Even if you are not able to attend, I think Chuck would appreciate your RSVP.  Thank you.
Attendees at this morning's meeting were fortunate to hear a bit about our newest member, Chris Moore.  Chris grew up in the West Virginia Countryside where he loved racing go carts.  So much so, that he was good enough to compete out-of-state.
Upon completion of high school, Chris set off to college at West Virginia University Tech.  Following a path in Chemistry he moved on to the University of Virginia.  With the support of an encouraging woman, Michelle who he later married, he pursued a career in Environmental Chemistry and the effects of Mercury in the environment.  This path kept him moving around a great deal--Shenandoah National Park, Greenland, California, Alaska are just a few.
After focusing on Mercury in the environment, Chris changed his career to the effects of gasses in the Environment.  This change moved his family to Cary, Illinois where he now works as Senior Scientist for Gas Technology Institute in Des Plaines.  Please take the time to introduce yourself to Dr. Chris Moore.  Don't let that "Dr." title fool you.  He's a very down-to-earth fun person to be around.
At this morning's meeting, Chris Moore was officially installed as a member of the Rotary Club of Cary-Grove.  Chris is sponsored by President, Jack Giel and is a welcome asset to the club.  Congratulations, Chris!
This morning's members were delighted to share in the Classification talk given by Chuck Barrett.  As always, Chuck's humor helped to make light of some difficult times in his life, while his positive outlook and character helped him succeed.  Gil was grateful to finally learn where all of his athletic tape disappeared to back when he was a trainer and Chuck was playing football in high school.  
Pam Losey, President and Founder of the Cary-Grove Historical Society, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Cary-Grove's meeting this morning. Pam discussed their newest project, which is to install a bronze bust of William Dennison Cary (founder of Cary) in the Jaycee Park located along Three-Oaks Road. The Historical Society is hoping to have the bust completed by early summer. William is one of the first settlers of the area, purchasing 80+ acres of land in 1841 for the lofty price of $1.25 per acre. 
The bust is being sculptured by artist, Guy J Bellaver, who was also in attendance at this morning's meeting. The sculpture is being designed after a photo of Cary that was taken in the 1840 time-frame. Guy explained his process for creating the 1 1/2 time life-size bust as well as the process that will be used to convert the clay prototype into a bronze bust. He has fashioned numerous works in Pennsylvania, Geneva and St. Charles, IL. More information about his works can be found at his website
Today's guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Cary-Grove was Jeremy Lessaris, CEO of Payment Brokers.  Jeremy is an entrepreneur that specializes in helping small to medium-sized businesses become more efficient.  Finding new ways to manage credit card processing is at the heart of what Payment Brokers does.   Their service includes shopping for the best credit rate available and monitoring the billing activity to insure the credit card company is maintaining its agreement.  Sounds simple, but for the average small business, it's a function that normally doesn't get addressed, and one that could be the cause of unnecessary expense.  
To learn more about the services provided by Payment Brokers, visit their website at  
Those in attendance at this morning's meeting were fortunate enough to meet and hear author, Robert Beezat.  Bob shared a presentation on his book "Knowing and Loving, The Keys to Real Happiness".  His insightful book covers understanding who and what we are as human beings.  He also demonstrated how the Rotary Four-Way Test ties nicely into achieving this goal.  Bob also stayed after the meeting to sign copies of his book.
More information about Bob and his books is available at his website  
Our guest speaker today was Martin Konsor, a Financial Advisor and a member of the Rotary Club of Barrington Noon.  He shared a multiple of tips toward negotiationg the purchase of a vehicle whether it be new, used or leased.  Just a few things to consider are research the price, negotiate the price, take an extended test drive, consider purchasing out-of-state, avoid add-ons such as extended warranties or VIN etching, etc.  Know what vehicle you want and for what price.  Don't negotiate back and forth and be prepared to walk away "literally".  If you have any additional questions, you may call Martin at 847-571-2567.
Today's guest speaker was Barb Swanson from Habitat for Humanity.  Habitat was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller.  According to their website, the concept of providing "partnership housing" centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side-by-side with volunteers to build decent, affordable houses. The houses would be built at no profit. New homeowners’ house payments would be combined with no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fundraising to create “The Fund for Humanity,” which would then be used to build more homes.

Rotary Club of Cary-Grove President, Jack Giel, presented a check to Amy Knop at the club's weekly meeting this morning.  Officer Knop is the Vice-President of The McHenry County Sheriff's "Shop with a Cop" program and was the guess speaker at this morning's meeting.
Officer Knop gave an overview of the program and stated that it was in its 25th year of existence.  The program is dedicated to providing Christmas to children throughout McHenry County who might not otherwise be able to enjoy the Holiday.  The program involves local law enforcement taking these children on a shopping spree where they are each provided as much as $150 to spend on gifts.  Each also receives a winter hat, coat, gloves and boots.  The check that was presented this morning represents individual contributions from club members as well as a matching amount given from the club's charitable fund.
To learn more about this program, visit the McHenry County Sheriff's website at
We will not be meeting at the Cary Park District in the morning on Thursday, January 19th.  The club has decided that the 3rd Thursday of each month will be our Evening Social Meeting, and will not be meeting in the mornings on each 3rd Thursday.  Members, please check your bulletins for details.
The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove recently gifted approximately 50 blood pressure monitoring kits to McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH).  Jack Giel, President of the Rotary Club, presented the kits to Community Health staffers Carol Waggoner, RN and Susan Borucki.  The kits, manufactured by Synteligent Inc. are named “iLowerBP” and designed for home use.  Contents include a wristband-style BP monitor, a training video and the book “High Blood Pressure for Dummies”.
"McHenry County Department of Health is committed to supporting residents in their quest to achieve good health", said Pam Morzos, Director of Nursing for MCDH.  “This generous gift from The Rotary Club of Cary Grove helps with that mission by offering folks a tool for monitoring their blood pressure at home.”
Carol Waggoner, who manages Heart Age education for The Department, is appreciative of this generous donation which will be used in conjunction with the current MCDH Heart Health program.  MCDH conducts Heart Age Screening education periodically at events throughout the County. Heart Age screening and education is offered by MCDH staff members and Medical Reserve Corps (MRV) volunteers.
Often referred to as “the silent killer” learn about high blood pressure by visiting the Community Health Nursing section of The Department website at or find blood pressure facts at
This morning's members in attendance had the pleasure of listening to Carol Wells, District 6440 End Polio Now Chair.  Carol presented a brief history and update on the End Polio Now Campaign.  She reviewed the history of polio, highlighting Rotary International's partnering with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 1988.  This newly formed partnership committed to eradicate Polio worldwide.  There are still a few remote areas in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan experiencing outbreaks.  Political unrest and conflict in these areas make it difficult to deliver the much needed vaccine.
Our club's support toward this effort has continued to be generous.  Carol stressed that "Polio Eradication will be Rotary's Legacy to the World".  Thanks to all who continue to support the campaign--no matter how small.  We are very, very close to our goal.
To learn more about this topic and what you can do, visit Rotary International's website at
The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove held its Steak Fry on Saturday, September 17.  The Steak Fry is part of the Chamber of Commerce's "Main Street Fest" and is the second year that the Club has hosted it. The catering for the event was provided by Coleman's in The Park.  Proceeds from the event will be used to off-set the cost of community projects conducted by the Rotary Club.
Charles Barrett was inducted as a new member of the Rotary Club of Cary-Grove at its regular weekly meeting this morning.  Chuck is with Frisch & Barrett Insurance Agency in Cary.  Welcome, Chuck.
The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove held it's annual installation picnic at Lake Julian.  A special thank you to both Dave and Andi Miller for again hosting the event.  Steve Cherveny was the out-going president having served in that position the past year.  In-coming officers for the 2016-2017 year are Jack Giel (President), Pat Finlon (President-Elect), Sue Maifield (Secretary) and Steve Cherveny (Treasurer).  A special recognition was given to the out-going Treasurer, Bob Blumberg, for his many years of service to the Rotary Club.      
What a great venue and wonderful food prepared and served by Bret Coleman, "Coleman's in the Park".  In addition to Rotarian spouses and their families at the Installation picnic, additional guests included Assistant District Governor, Jim Wales and his family and recipients of this year's scholarship awards.
A warm-felt thank you to Steve for his year of service to the club, and congratulations to Jack and his new slate of officers for the coming year.  
In support of local farmers and vendors, The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove will be hosting a Farmers' Market on Sundays during the summer months beginning in June and running through September.  The event will be held between the hours of 9:00 am - 1:00 PM in the Metra Parking lot, which is located in downtown Cary. The first Market will be held on June 5th. 
The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove’s membership is a diverse group of individuals that work together to improve the communities of Cary and Fox River Grove.  If you are interested in learning more, or in getting involved, come as our guest to one of our morning meetings.  We meet on Thursdays beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Cary Park District located at 255 Briargate Road, Cary Illinois.  Visitors are always welcome.
Today's Guest Speaker was Carol Dolan from the Friends of the Fox River Grove Library.  The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove was able to secure a Matching Grant of $2,000, which club President Steve Cherveny presented to Carol at there weekly meeting this morning.  The Rotary club has been supporting the Friends of the Fox River Grove Library since 2008.  This year's contribution will allow the library to continue the "Young Authors Project", their "Summer Reading Program" as well as allow them to add a "Middle School Book Club".    
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