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Cary-Grove

"Making Communities Better"
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 Cary-Grove will not be meeting in the morning of Thursday, February 15, 2018. We will be having a "Fireside Chat". Members, please consult your bulletin for information and to RSVP.
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 meeting, members in attendance had the opportunity to hear Leslie Blake, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County. Leslie discussed the impact just an hour a week over lunch can make in the life of a youth.  Many have lost a parent or guardian for various reasons and are in need of  someone with whom they can spend time and to be a constant in their lives. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides this opportunity. It not only benefits the youth, but can provide the adult with a feeling of fulfillment knowing that they are making a difference in the life of an individual.
 
Through the generosity of several donors, they are in the process of moving into a new facility that is in need of some renovating. They will gladly accept volunteers willing to help in this endeavor. They also have an upcoming fundraiser called "Bowling For Kids' Sake."  There are various dates, times and venues to help this worthwhile cause.  Please go to their website at bbbsmchenry.org to learn more about opportunities to help out or support their fundraiser.
Sue Maifield received a letter from Home of the Sparrow to the membership.  The letter was a sincere "Thank You" to the the members for gift-card donations amounting to $295.  Thanks to each member for making their individual donations to this most worthy 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.
At today's meeting of the Rotary Club of Cary-Grove, Officer Tim Creighton received a check for $1,000 from Club President Pat Finlon. Officer Creighton was at the club's weekly meeting to discuss this year's McHenry County Police Charities' "Shop with a Cop" event, which will be held on Sunday, December 10th. Police officers from around the county will escort 200 youths on a shopping spree that will assist them in securing presents for themselves and members of their families. The program started in 1994 and involves approximately 200 volunteers, in addition to the 200 officers that participate. 
The Habitat for Humanity home at 6303 Hillcrest in Cary is progressing nicely. They are still welcoming volunteers on site. Jack has arranged for a group of our membership to work on Saturday, February 24th. We will be gathering at the site at 8:30am. Be sure to dress warmly. You can registered your attendance with Jack by going to the "Upcoming Events" link shown on this bulletin.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove was honored to be visited by Rotary District 6440 Governor, Don Brewer and his wife, Roseann. Fellowship was enjoyed by all on Wednesday evening when Don and Roseann met with Board members at Jameson's Charhouse to review the goals and aspirations of the Club. Governor Don met with the entire Rotary membership at its regular weekly meeting on Thursday. 
 
Don's message to the membership was to "focus on what you want for your communities. What can you do as a club to make Cary and Fox River Grove better communities." He shared a video entitled, "Seeing Red Cars" by Laura Goodrich.  The theme of the video was to get individuals to focus on what they want instead of what they don't want.  He also discussed the importance of having "our other" person to whom we can turn to for guidance and support. He referenced Dr. Henry Cloud's book, "The Power of the Other", and urged each member to find their "Other." He used the example of a three-legged stool to explain the stability each person needs to be successful in life. The first two legs represent your physical and emotional strengths. The third represents the fellowship. This includes friends and family, but also those that you can call upon to assist in your times of need.
At its weekly meeting, the Rotary Club of Cary-Grove presented a check for $500 to The Home of the Sparrow. Making the presentation is club secretary, Sue Maifield. Receiving the check are HOS representatives Debbie McGraw and Michelle Lussman. The donation will be used this winter for maintenance of the Fox River Grove Transitional House.
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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