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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove!

Visit Us On Thursday Mornings!

"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 be holding a social gathering on Thursday, April 12th for those wishing to learn more about Rotary. The meeting will be held at Cary Ale House , located at 208 W Main street in Cary, and will begin at 6:30PM. If you are interested in getting involved with a club that works on local and worldwide issues, consider stopping by and checking us out.
The Rotary Club of Cary-Grove will not be meeting at the Park District in the morning on April 19th.  In lieu of our regular meeting we will be having our evening social at Yummy Asian Bistro.  Members, please consult your bulletin for details.
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 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 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. 
Several club members were at The Habitat for Humanity home at 6303 Hillcrest in Cary last Saturday to participate in the work detail selected for our group. The specific work was to drywall the garage area, which I understand, went nicely. With the exception of Pat getting more glue on himself than the drywall, everything worked out well. More dates are available for further work details, so stay tuned for updates. If anyone has photos or additional details, email them to me, and I will get them posted on our website.
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
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