The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove has resumed to having in-person meetings at the Cary Park District for our regular meetings at 7:30 AM on Thursday mornings. ZOOM meetings will also be made available for those not able to meet in person. If you are interested in participating in one of our meetings, please email Club President Ed Connelly
Please note that the third meeting of the month is generally held at a rotating location, and we do not meet on the 5th Thursdays for the months that have five Thursdays. These are reserved for community projects.
Today's Guest was Helena Kedrok, and she is apart of the Girls Scouts of Northern Illinois. She is an eager volunteer that manages local Girl Scout Troops and Councils as well as organizing events and contributing to the Community Garden at Cary Hoffman Park. She had started six years ago with the Kindergarten group and took over. Helena's work with the Community Garden produces healthy, fresh foods which is given directly back to the Cary-Grove Food Pantry. Just last year Helena and the NIL Girl Scouts delivered over 2000 pounds of organic produce to the Pantry! The Girl Scout Leader told a few stories about how the girls love digging for worms and toting water, all while learning about the importance of Gardening and Giving Back. Helena has really enjoyed the people she meets, both kids and parents, of which many have become her best friends. From kindergarten to junior high, she has loved watching her Girl Scouts grow into empowered future Green Thumbs. 
The Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois are also sponsoring the 18th Annual Thin Mint Sprint 5K run on September 17, 2022.
Linda Trexler, Dave Miller, and Joe Turner presented the Jack Rensker Award, named after a Founding Member of the Rotary Club of Cary-Grove. She has also received an honorary Paul Harris Fellowship and Pin for her outstanding work!
President Ed Connelly has gone over this years Club Goals which include the following:
10 Community Projects
846 Man-hours
$100k+ Donations
Know someone that has a passion project? Eager to promote someone helping the Community? 
The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove is always eager to hear from new speakers and presenters each week. If you are interested in speaking to the Rotary, please email our President Ed Connelly
The McHenry County Coalition of Rotary Clubs will again be hosting a booth at this year's County Fair. The date of this event will be from August 2nd through August 7th. Volunteers from our club will be needed to help with the manning of the Coalition's booth. Register online by clicking the link above.
The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove was among the best represented of the multi-Rotary gathering!
District 6440 has launched the District 6440 PolioPlus Society to support Rotary's promises and recently announced endgame strategy to achieve and sustain a polio-free world by 2026. The district is inviting all members to become a Charter Member. 
PolioPlus Society members pledge to donate $100 every Rotary Year to the Rotary Foundation PolioPlus Fund until the world is certified polio-free. To become a Charter Member, make your pledge and donate $100 to the PolioPlus Fund by June 30, 2022. Click here to join now
Sam Tenuto of Pioneer Center for Human Services was our guest at this morning's zoom meeting. Sam gave the club a quick overview of the new 70 bed facility that is being constructed for McHenry County PADS. The facility is not yet complete, but is currently being used on a limited basis. Fundraising for a commercial kitchen that will accommodate the preparation of meals for the residents is almost complete. This is a major goal as it will also be used to teach residents food preparation skills that can be utilized when relocating from the facility. Funds are also needed for additional projects being considered. 
While most perceive PADS as being for adults only, there is also a need to provide shelter to families with children. The program at PADS is not a permanent solution, but is designed to give temporary assistance and training to allow residents to become self-sustaining. In their presentation, Carrie Freund reminds us that "most of us are one life event away from being homeless ourselves." To learn more about this effort, visit their website at
District Governor Lyle Staab announced today that Dr. Tunji Funsho, the chair of Rotary’s polio eradication program in Nigeria, was named to TIME Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2020 in recognition of his and our work. Funsho told TIME: “The polio eradication program in Nigeria has gone through some difficult times, but I never once doubted that this day would come.” He added: “One thing I know for certain, is if Nigeria could eliminate the wild poliovirus, any country can eliminate it.”
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"Making Communities Better"
We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Cary Park District
255 Briargate Road
P.O. Box 645
Cary, IL 60013
United States of America
Upcoming Events
Stephanie A. Urchick selected to be 2024-25 Rotary International President

Stephanie A. Urchick is selected to be the 2024-25 president of Rotary International

Recognizing a woman’s worth

Programs of Scale grant-winner Together for Healthy Families in Nigeria helps families by focusing on the fundamental needs of women

RI President Jennifer Jones crosses Canada from coast to coast to coast

Organized around several hubs, the tour started on 17 June to draw attention to the positive impact that clubs have in their communities.

Rotary Projects Around the Globe August 2022

Learn how Rotary clubs are taking action in the United States, Venezuela, Greece, Madagascar, and Kazakhstan.

Ryan Yantis
Aug 11, 2022
9/11 Author
Social Event TBD
Aug 18, 2022
Nimeet Shah
Aug 25, 2022
Communication Skills
Glen Garlick
Sep 01, 2022
End Polio Now and Rotary Foundation
Laura Franz
Sep 08, 2022
Veteran's Path to Hope (Crystal Lake)
Cary Park District
Sep 08, 2022
Program for Seniors
Zoom Meeting
Sep 15, 2022
Review of Craft Brew Festival on Sep 17
Club Assembly
Sep 22, 2022
No Meeting / 5th Thursday
Sep 29, 2022
Club Service Project: Craft Brew Festival
Guest Speaker TBD
Oct 06, 2022
Club Assembly
Oct 13, 2022
District Governor
Oct 20, 2022
Official District Governor visit
Marcey Ciaccio
Oct 27, 2022
The Community Foundation