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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove!

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Cary-Grove

"Making Communities Better"
We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Cary Park District
255 Briargate Road
P.O. Box 645
Cary, IL  60013
United States of America
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The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove will not be meeting in the morning on Thursday, May 23, 2019.  We will be having our "Evening Social".  Members please check your bulletins for the venue and time.
This mornings guest speaker was Larry Kanar from the Rotary Club of Northbrook. Larry updated the membership on the status of District 6440's Rotary Health Rays project in Guatemala. Each unit costs $75,000. Our district has raised more than $650,000 in funds pledged as of 10/10/17 to bring digital x-ray technology to Guatemala.  The plan is to install 29 digital x-ray machines in areas throughout Guatemala.  As of today, 11 have already been installed.  In our district, over 50 clubs have already signed to support the project, and they are hoping for 100% participation.  To learn more about this project, please visit the District's website. 
 
 
Our guest speaker this morning was Dr. Margaret Stefani from Pediatric Associates of Barrington. Dr. Stefani spoke to the membership about the health benefits of teaching children at a very young age to wear a helmet when riding a bike. A bicyclist herself, she encourages parents to be the role model for their children by wearing helmets when they ride. She is so passionate about this that she has offered to pay her own children $1,000 if she is ever caught riding without one.
 
Nationally, there are over one thousand bicycle related deaths annually, and over 50 thousand people are hospitalized as a result of bike accidents, a cost to the health industry of over $2 billion. Children and teens account for 60% of these accidents. Head injuries are the most prominent result of these incidents and most of them can be prevented by wearing a helmet. In fact, statistics have shown that 70% of these injuries could be prevented by a properly fitted helmet. Yet, just 40-48% of children admit to wearing them.
 
To help combat this, Dr. Stefani has teamed with the local Police Departments of Cary, Fox River Grove and Crystal Lake to help promote the idea of safe bicycling. Children seen riding their bikes while wearing a helmet are stopped by the Police Officers and presented a gift certificate from sponsoring local companies. While still relatively new, the program is gaining awareness. According to Police Chief Finlon, when kids see a patrol officer approaching, they point to their helmets. Can't get much better than that. Thank you, Dr. Stefani for your concern and passion surrounding this important issue.      
We are grateful to Past District Governor, Don Brewer, for being on-hand this morning to proudly present the Rotary Club of Cary-Grove with three separate awards. The first most notable award was for being 1st in the District for Foundation Giving. Out of approximately 72 clubs in our District, being No. 1 is a significant accomplishment. The second award was The Rotary Citation (formerly the Presidential Citation). This award was given to the club for meeting specific goals outlined by the District at the beginning of the year. The third award was for our "End Polio Now" contribution which was in excess of $1,500. We may be a small club, but our leadership is experienced and committed. Congratulations to all our Members, our Board and President, Pat Finlon, for all their hard work. We are very proud of our members and our leadership.
At today's meeting, Erik Morimoto, Director of Public Works, and Matt Anderson gave an overview of the Wastewater Treatment System for the Village of Cary. Matt described in detail the filtration process used by the village. Residents of Cary are fortunate in having the property, facility and expertise to ensure that our wastewater is efficiently processed in a cost-effective manner. And, the facility has the capacity to accommodate additional growth within the community without the need to upgrade equipment.
 
Erick reviewed some of the Construction Projects that are planned for the Village. At the top of that list is the upgrade to the Metro Station, a $2.3 million grant project that includes a new depot and pedestrian crossing at Route 14. Being the 60th busiest station out of Metra's 236 stations, this upgrade is much needed. Thanks to both Matt & Erik for a very informative program. 
Our guest speaker last week was Captain Andy Veath from the Cary Fire Protection District. Captain Veath updated the membership on current events and activities at the district. Founded over 100 years ago, the fire district is a separate entity from the Village of Cary. It provides protection for fire, rescue and life ambulance services to over 35,000 residents in the Cary area. 
 
Community involvement is an important aspect at the district. Most notable are the Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) classes that are open to the public. Classes are held on the first Wednesday of the month but do require pre-registration, which can be done by visiting their website. The classes teach adult, child and infant CPR as well as techniques in choking incidents and how to use an Automatic External Defibrillation device. To learn more about the services offered by the Fire District, visit their website at www.http://caryfire.com.
 
 
 
 
Elizabeth Kessler, Executive Director for the McHenry County Conservation District, was the guest speaker this morning at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Cary-Grove. Shawna Flavell, Executive Director for the McHenry County Conservation Foundation was also present at the meeting. Founded in 1971, MCCD established a mission of "Sustaining the Dream" by becoming stewards of the places we love in McHenry County. Nearly fifty years later, that dream still motivates the staff and volunteers that nurture the 25,000 plus acres that make up the district.
At the core of what it does, MCCD works at protecting the environment that local animals and plant species rely on for their habitat.  Thirty-four sites are open to the public featuring 105 miles of hiking trails, 45 miles of biking trails, 23 fishing ponds, 6 campgrounds, 4 canoe launches, 40 miles of horse trails, and 21 sites with picnic shelters, and a multitude of opportunities for wildlife viewing. Over 500 volunteers help with the maintenance of these properties.
The future activities for MCCD is guided by the McHenry County Citizens' Conservation Bill of Rights. To learn more about volunteer opportunities and how you can support the district, visit their website at http://www.mccdistrict.org.
 
 
At our Evening Social on February 21st, The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove was pleased to award A. Robert Abboud with a Paul Harris Fellowship. Sponsored by his long-time friend and partner Ted Wagner, Mr. Abboud proudly accepted the award. His many contributions to the community, and his connections throughout the world have exemplified the humanitarian and educational objectives of The Rotary Foundation. We are thankful for his demonstrating in his life and vocation a commitment to helping persons in need, here and around the world. Congratulations, Bob!
At today's meeting, Rotarian Ann Hughes from the Rotary Club of Woodstock, gave a presentation of an Agro-Ecological Training Farm located in La Esperanza, Ecuador. The project provides hands-on training for local residents of ancestral agricultural knowledge and introduces new technologies to improve nutritional health in the local communities. 
 
The lead club for this Rotary International grant project is the Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield. They have been working with the Club Rotario  de Quito Equinoccio for the past three years, and are once again, looking for partnership funding opportunities. Next steps will include the construction of a post-harvest building for cleaning and packaging produce grown on the farm. In addition, a retail store for selling the produce, and a mobile retail market which will transport produce to local neighborhoods is being considered.
 
Visit their website to learn more about this exciting adventure.
Members fron The Friends of the Fox River Grove Memorial Library and the Rotary Club of Cary-Grove dedicate the opening of the Little Free Libraries that were installed in Fox River Grove earlier this spring. One is located in Lion’s Park (pictured here), the other is in the Stone Hill Shopping Center located at Routes 22 & 14 in Fox River Grove. 
 
 
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