Welcome to The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove!
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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
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, Dave Miller ljdave65@gmail.com
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 program was new member Nimeet Shah's Classification Talk. Nimeet was born in the United States, but spent part of his life growing up in Kenya. Both of his parents are of India decent and met in Kenya. He shared with us that his parents moved to Glenview just in time for the huge Blizzard of '79. His Mom worked for United Airlines which allowed for some amazing travel perks.
As a child he loved playing with his Game Boy which helped develop his skill and interest in IT. After graduating from college he worked for United and American College of Surgeons the ISACA where he met his wife, Sarah. Shah considers himself to be a "Cloud Architect" and announced this morning that his business is officially incorporated. We are very fortunate and proud that he has accepted membership into the Rotary club of Cary-Grove.
On March 3, 2022, the club's program was a classification talk presented by new member, Joe Turner. Joe and his wife, Carrie, started the restoration business 5 years ago with the assistance of their daughters Lily and Lucy. It grew rapidly and allowed them to franchise using the name "Restoration 1 Water-Fire-Mold". They now have 14 employees, 9 vehicles and 2 trailers. His franchise covers the area from Mundelein to almost Rockford.
Joe grew up in Michigan north of Charlevoix and often returns to visit his parents who live on Beaver Island in the middle of northern Lake Michigan. Joe loves marketing and enjoys giving away gadgets with his company name. Please take time to get to know Joe better. He's an interesting and fun addition to our membership.
Today's program was a "Classification Talk" by current President, David Miller, who is currently serving his second term as President. Dave has been married to his wife, Andrea, for 41 years. He has two children, four grandchildren and a fifth grandson to be born very soon.
Dave was born in Fox River Grove and moved to Cary when he was 3 years old. He owns and operates Lake Julian Contracting.
I hear a lot of speakers at Rotary meetings.  None in recent memory was as riveting – or as disturbing – as Sam Wijeyakumar of Rahab’s Daughters, who spoke to my Rotary club Wednesday night.  Starting with her own experience, she shared stories and statistics of sex and labor trafficking all around us – including the suburban communities of Lake County. 
The video (click here) is about an hour long.  Those of us who heard Sam believe you’ll find it worth your time.
You’ll hear how Rahab’s Daughters is scaling up to provide both on-the-ground intervention and hot lines for those being trafficked at next month’s NFL Championship game in Los Angeles.   From February 3rd to 13th, from 5PM to 2AM Central Time, their volunteers will answer calls from those at risk.  In fact, they are in desperate need of people to work those phone lines at their offices in Barrington.  If after watching the video, you’d like to volunteer, even for a few hours, contact Rahab’s Daughters at  1-833-4NEW DAY.
Their website is https://www.rahabsdaughters.org/, and a copy of their brochure is attached. 
May God Bless those, like Rahab’s Daughters, that are determined to Make A Difference.
(From former member, Bob Blumberg)
The attached are photos were taken during the past week of the Nicaraguans working on the water  project. It was delayed for quite a while until Rotary International got involved at our request. Now it seems to be chugging along at a good rate and the Club members in Nicaragua seem to be excited about the future. If anyone wants more detailed information, you can contact Melanie at melaniephe@aol.com.
We are extremely happy and proud to announce the installation of two new members into the Rotary Club of Cary-Grove. New members are Joe Turner, Restoration 1 of Cary and Nimeet Shah, CellTrak Technologies in Schaumburg. Both bring a great deal of talent and will be tremendous assets to our club.  We are excited to welcome and look forward to getting to know more about both of them.
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 date $100 to the PolioPlus Fund by June 30, 2022. Click here to join now
Today's program was presented by our guest speaker, Vitaliy Bedrodnov of Rotary Children's Fund. Founded in 2003, RCF is part of a larger organization (Golden Gates) which is an International Culture Exchange program for young artists and musicians. The program recruits students from public schools and public art centers throughout the United States and Internationally, and offers them the ability to share their talents to audiences worldwide. In addition to traveling and sharing their talents and skills, students that are selected to participate are given the rare opportunity to be cultural ambassadors of their country and to learn more about the people of the countries they visit. As stated by Vitaliy, "The program has been building bridges across cultures through music and dance for more than a decade." The Golden Gates Project has been primarily self-sustaining along with funds provided through RCF. To learn more about this program and their tour schedule, visit their website at http://www.rotarychildrensfund.org/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RotaryCF/
Earlier this year, the Village of Cary announced its partnership with The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove in the development of a new park, "Cary Lake at Rotary Park". The Rotary Club is pleased to announce that it has begun soliciting donations for the construction of a picnic shelter that will be located near the main parking area of this facility. The pavilion will provide another feature to the park for the benefit of everyone that visits for many years to come. The estimated cost of this project is $70,000. The club is seeking the support of community members and local business owners in order to bring this to a quick, successful completion. Contributions are being accepted at the Club's Go Fund Me Page: http://gf.me/u/y6kq5f
Project updates will be posted to our website and FaceBook page as construction at the site progresses.
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 https://www.pioneercenter.org/homeless-services/mchenry-county-pads/
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.”
Members of the Rotary Club of Cary-Grove present a check to the Cary-Grove Food Pantry, located at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church in Cary. Funds for the presentation were raised at the Club's "Steak Fry", which was held at Cary's "Main Street Fest" this past September. A special thanks to all those who attended that event, which made this donation possible.  
Several club members were present at the ribbon cutting ceremony for "Cary Lake at Rotary Park" last Tuesday. The membership is excited about this partnership with the village and looks forward to seeing the site developed over the next several years. Chuck has asked for volunteers to serve on a committee that will make recommendations and identify probable enhancements for the park.
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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