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Cary-Grove

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Cary Park District
255 Briargate Road
P.O. Box 645
Cary, IL  60013
United States
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Our guest speaker at last week's meeting was Brett Weiss of the Weiss scholarship Foundation. Brett is a member of the Rotary Club of Naperville.  Since 2009, Brett has traveled six times to Kenya in pursuit of following his dream for combating poverty in the village of Dago. Most of his efforts have been directed toward improving the education level of the children that live there. Dago is a tiny community of 3,000 people with an average family income of less than $2 per day. In Kenyan, the average education is only four years. Only 20% of the children actually go to High School.
 
To combat this, Brett established The Weiss Scholarship Foundation in 2011. The goal of this foundation is to have a positive impact on all of the youth members in Dago and the Kenya area. By providing a guaranteed source of income for students to continue their education through High School, Brett's hope is that the economic & health conditions of the area will improve. Since the Foundation was started, 42 full four year scholarships have be issued. Eleven students have graduated from High School and four have gone on to University.
 
A full sponsorship for four years of High School is approximately $3,500. To learn more about The Weiss Scholarship Foundation and how you can help support it, visit their site at https://weissscholarshipfoundation.org.
The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove will again be hosting the "Main Steak Fry", which will be catered by Brett Coleman of "Coleman's in the Park." This event is part of the "Cary Main Street Fest" and will take place on Saturday, September 15th between the hours of 5:00pm & 8:00pm. Tickets for the event are $35 and can be purchased from Rotary Club members (see club membership list on the club's website) or by sending an email to the club. The proceeds from this year's event will benefit The Cary Food Pantry.
 
 
A new slate of officers was installed at the Rotary Club of Cary-Grove's Installation Dinner held at Lake Julian. The officers are Pat Finlon (President), Chuck Barrett (President-Elect), Sue Maifield (Secretary) and Steve Cherveny (Treasurer). The event was catered by Coleman's in the Park and, at the request of the President, included a good-old fashion picnic menu of Brats, Burgers, Barbecue Chicken and Yummy Potato Salad.
 
Special recognition was given to Neil Donner and Allan Stewart. While no longer members, they were two of the original members when the club was formed in January of 1970. President Pat Finlon presented both with Founding Member pins. Also in attendance were Cary-Grove HS graduates who were recognized as being scholarship recipients. This year, the Rotary Club of Cary-Grove contributed $18,000 in scholarships to students who will be pursuing higher education.
 
A high point of the evening was the presentation of the Jack Renskers Community Hope Award. Named after long-time Rotarian and Founding Member Jack Renskers, this award is given to a non-rotarian within the community who volunteers their time and whose efforts are often under recognized, and may not be well known in the Cary & Fox River Grove area. As part of this award, the Rotary Club makes a $1,000 contribution to the Rotary International Foundation in their name and presents the recipient with a Paul Harris Fellow Award. This year's recipient is William Pickett with the Citizens Police Academy.  
Cary-Grove High School graduates were recognized at the recent Installation Dinner of the Rotary Club of Cary-Grove. Pictured above from left to right are Joe Stanley, Robert Deischer, President Pat Finlon, Kelly Crowther, Sarah Pilut and Isabel Stenho. Thanks to the generous contribution of past member Tom Decker, the club is able to assist students who wish to pursue higher education, at both vocational and academic institutions. This year, the club awarded $18,000 in scholarships. 
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. 
Today's guest speaker was Dr. Jeff Johnson. He discussed some of the Rotary projects that are being planned in the Comayagua Valley area of Honduras. These projects are being offered by El Ayudante Missions Inc, a non-profit group committed to changing lives and transforming communities in the rural, agricultural areas of Honduras.
 
The projects differ in size and scope and focus on improving the quality of health, education and basic sanitation for the 15,000 people living in the area. One badly needed project includes providing a well for the campus of El Ayudante which houses a Medical & Dental Clinic and a Learning Center. Another would give financial support to purchase medicine for the Clinica El Ayudante, which has the only doctors withing a 25-mile radius. Water Storage basins for community homes is a third project. Due to limited water availability in the area, local communities only receive water through the piping system for about an hour per day. As a result, individual families need to have a storage basin that allows them to acquire enough water for daily functional needs.
 
To learn more about their Mission and the various projects they support, visit their website at eahonduras.org.
 
 
Members of the Cary-Grove H.S. CNC class presented the club with a Thank You plaque in recognition for our commitment to purchase a plasma cutter for their machining & engineering class. The Rotary Wheel was designed in Wood & produced on their CNC laser cutter. This plaque will be duplicated in 1/4 metal and displayed next to the new cutter when it is installed.
Today's guest speaker was Lyle Staab, District Governor Nominee Designate and District Youth Service Advisor. Lyle is with the Rotary Club of Long Grove-Kildeer-Hawthorn Woods. He spoke about Rotary programs available for our youth, Interact, Rotaract, RYLA and Youth Exchange.
 
He thanked our club for sponsoring the Interact at Cary-Grove High School, and presented President, Pat Finlon with a banner for us to present to them.  In addition, he acknowledged our continued support of the RYLA program.  Of course a major focus for all Rotarians is Rotary's new Youth Protection Program which was covered at last week's meeting. An important upcoming event is Youth Assembly and Training Session at Harper College on November 10, 2018.
 
Visit the District's website for more information about Youth Services.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove has partnered with The Friends of the Fox River Grove Memorial Library over the past few years to help promote literacy. One of this year’s projects is to place two Little Free Libraries within their community. These are now completed and will be installed in the spring when the weather permits. Photos of the construction phase for these libraries can be found in the Photo Albums Section of our website.

Clean water and hygiene education can improve the health of children. That's the goal of Rotary International's Water, Sanitation And Hygiene (WASH) program. At today's meeting, Narayan Murarka from the Rotary Club of Barrington (Breakfast) informed the membership of the status of the work being done in Sumpango, a part of the Rotary Club of Guatemala Sur, which is part of Rotary District 4250.

The Barrington Breakfast Club has taken the lead on the Rotary International Challenge Grants program.  Of the 46 clubs that applied for these grants, Barrington was selected as one of the four winners. Their task was to solicit individual clubs within District 6640 to raise for this project. The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove was eager to participate in this endeavor. At today's meeting, President, Pat Finlon presented Narayan with the club's check, which will be matched by Rotary District 6440. 

To learn more about the specific goals this grant will enable, visit Rotary District 6440's website.

As mentioned at today's meeting by Sue, Tiffany Au has developed a website "The Greatest Wedding Ever Donated". Tiffany is a graduate of Cary-Grove High School and is a past recipient of the Decker Scholarship awarded by the Rotary Club of Cary-Grove. Her website highlights her upcoming wedding to Caleb Remington and talks about the work they are doing together to raise funds and awareness for the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. Visit her site http://www.thegwed.com to learn more about their efforts and to learn how you can contribute toward this wonderful cause.
 
At this morning's weekly meeting, members of the Rotary Club of Cary-Grove were saddened to hear of the passing of Tom Decker. Tom was a long-time member and is also the benefactor of the clubs Scholarship Fund. Tom will be remembered fondly by those who knew him before he moved to California. His legacy will live on by those students benefiting from his continuing scholarship fund. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his entire family and friends. Click on the link to view his obituary.
Rotary International has declared October 24th as "End Polio Now Day" and has asked local Rotary Clubs to help promote awareness of the significant advancements made toward the eradication of this disease over the past 30 years. A special thanks to Rotarians Dave Miller and Ted Wagner for placing "End Polio Now" awareness signs at their business locations. Dave has a billboard posted at the intersection of Jandus Road and Route 14, and Ted has information on his digital signs located at Stone Hill, Foxmoor & Cary Commons shopping centers. 
 
Where are we in the fight to end polio? What are our successes and challenges? Find out during a live event on World Polio Day by visiting Endpolio.org.
 
 
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