Annual Chili Cookoff & Calcutta

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On the Saturday in January before Superbowl Sunday weekend, the Fox Lake Round Lake Rotary invites the community to our Annual Chili Cookoff and Calcutta.

During the evening, attendees sample the various local restaurant chili recipes, bid on silent auction items, and partake of our Super Calcutta raffle.

One of our biggest fundraisers for the year, this event allows our organization to continue with our involvement in the community and help support the services we provide throughout the year. These services include but are not limited to:

  • High School Scholarships - Through an interview process, each year the Rotary selects high school recipients from Grant Community and Round Lake High Schools who will receive scholarship dollars to be applied towards their college education.
  • George Watson's Children In Need Christmas Party - For over 35 years, this organization has provided toys, winter clothing, and a holiday stocking filled with personal items for the children of our communities. In addition, the children receive a wonderful luncheon, entertainment from the Grant Community and Round Lake High School choirs, and finally, a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves. We recently served over 400 children.
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA participants can be ages 14-30, but most clubs and districts choose to focus on a narrower age range, such as 14-18 or 19-30. RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to
    • Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
    • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
    • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
    • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities
  • Rotaract - Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. Rotaract clubs are either community or university based, and they’re sponsored by a local Rotary club. This makes them true "partners in service" and key members of the family of Rotary. All Rotaract efforts begin at the local, grassroots level, with members addressing their communities’ physical and social needs while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service.
  • Interact - Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community. Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of:
    • Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
    • Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
    • Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
    • Advancing international understanding and goodwill
  • Rotary Youth Exchange - This is open to students of ages 15 - 25 worlwide; they’ll spend up to a year living with host families and attending school in a different country. They’ll learn a new way of living, a great deal about themselves, and maybe even a new language. They’ll also be an ambassador, teaching people they meet about their country, culture, and ideas. They can help bring the world closer – and make some good friends in the process.
  • World Affairs Seminar- The World Affairs Seminar (WAS) is a unique interactive educational program for high school students. The week-long experience provides an opportunity for international students from a variety of backgrounds to discuss issues in a non-threatening environment. They experience new and different ideas and viewpoints brought forward both by their colleagues and by world renowned experts. In small and large groups students discuss information and ideas and put their new knowledge to use. Through public policy simulations they work through the complex interactions of different countries, corporations and organizations to develop their own policy initiative. The university setting provides a college-like experience, including use of the residence halls and campus dining. Throughout the week students have time for recreational activities which bring greater awareness and understanding of the world around them. Critical thinking, negotiation skills and the process of learning about new friends from around the world are all part of this incredible experience.