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Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Village Inn Family Restaurant
11713 East Main Street
Huntley, IL 60142
United States of America
Phone:
(858) 876-8279
Currently meeting in person and virtually the FIRST & THIRD WEEKS. To join our virtual meetings contact HuntleyRotary@yahoo.com. Check our website for updates, service projects and socials.
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Wreaths Across America December 17, 2022
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Allen Pollak
Jun 02, 2022 7:30 AM
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Jun 16, 2022 7:30 AM
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People of Action
Six graduating seniors from Huntley High School each received a $500 unrestricted scholarship May 5, 2022 from Rotary Club of Huntley.  Students were joined by their parents at Village Inn on Huntley square for breakfast along with Thom and Nancy Palmer, Ken and Karen Black, plus Laura Martens and Dr. Marcus Belin from the high school.
 
From left: Dr. Belin, Seth Kardys, Thom Palmer, Ken Black, Laura Martens and Monique Mahon in rear.
Front: Madeline Meucci, Madalyn Marino, Breanna Westberg, Riley Chadwick & Emma Fries.
 

The Huntley Rotary Club was chartered May 17, 2000 and has contributed to many worthwhile projects locally and around the world. Local projects include sponsoring Rotary Exchange Students, providing digital literacy tools to children and students in School District 158 and the Huntley Area Public Library, support for the Grafton Food Pantry and local Salvation Army projects, and fundraisers which raise awareness and funds for other local non-profit groups. Most recently the club has established the Warren Higgins Scholarships for Vocational Training in Nigeria and contributes also to Wheelchairs of Hope in Nigeria.
 
 
 
Thom Palmer, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Huntley, was a contributing participant, club President and Paul Harris Fellow.  Thom retired December 2021 from the Huntley Park District after 23 years as the first Executive Director.  In honor of Thom, a $500 scholarship is offered for a student pursuing  a career in Parks and Recreation.  
Help make dreams come true. Scholarships for graduating seniors, at Huntley High School or living in Huntley, are offered for vocational and academic studies. 
Apply for a four-year program, such as the Thom Palmer Parks & Recreation, or trade school one-or-two year training options.  We will send the application, information and instructions to you – simply email www.HuntleyRotary.org and return before the end of March.
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RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards – a 3-day fun, educational training for high school students.  Held in Wisconsin, with bus transportation provided from local communities, RYLA is an interactive motivational and educational program in a camping atmosphere.  Learn teamwork, meet new friends, express opinions and enjoy at either session:  March 10-14 or April 7-10, 2022. Information and application at RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) | Rotary District 6440 (rotary6440.org)
Send your application to: www.HuntleyRotary.org ASAP to be selected.
Dave Johnson, Village Manager and Tim Hoeft, Mayor of Village of Huntley joined our club February 3 to update us on the new restaurant and apartments planned for downtown, the re-routing of Kreutzer Road at the RR curve and other news, such as the delay on opening our new hotel.  We are fortunate to have approachable and friendly people in our local government.  Yes, Huntley is a great place to live.
Harriet Ford of the Grafton Food Pantry accepted $1,000 from Monique Mahon, President of the Rotary Club of Huntley, then thanked Rotarians for $8,000, which is the buying power she has with the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Donate a basket or bucket of necessities by December 10th to help local families with items not readily available at the food pantry. Needed are Cleaning supplies and personal care products. Thank you for caring for others.
 Every Veteran's grave should have a wreath for the holidays.  The Village of Huntley, American Legion Post 673 and Rotary Club of Huntley hope to meet our goal of placing a lovely fresh wreath with red ribbon on every Veteran's Grave at Huntley, St. Mary Parish, Union, Riley and Harmony Cemeteries.  You are invited Saturday, December 18 at noon to a Veteran Celebration at Huntley Cemetery.  Wreaths are $15 each payable to American Legion Post 673, P O Box 389, Huntley, IL 60142. Order today and honor a veteran who helped keep you free.
 
 
 
The Sparrow's Nest, McHenry, received decorating help from Wally & Kelly Kochan of General Kinematics Corp and Huntley Rotarian members and friends, Larry Graf, Karen Hutchings and Carl Schorsch over the weekend.  Acting as Christmas Elves, they polished, decorated trees, and arranged Christmas ornaments, decorator pillows, strings of lights, toys, wreaths and garlands so the Sparrow's Nest will be ready for busy shoppers.  When you shop at the Sparrow's Nest, you are supporting local women to secure jobs and gain more tools to raise, and care for their families.
The Taste of Jamaica & Southern Cooking Food Truck entrees were enjoyed by Woodstock, Crystal Lake and Cary-Grove Rotarians who joined Huntley Rotarians at Sew Hop'd Brewery on Route 47, Thursday, for fun and a chance to bounce ideas off a diverse group of networking and service oriented friends. 
Did you know the polio virus is still in Afghanistan and Pakistan?  The Salk and Sabin vaccines helped eradicate the disease from the Americas by 1994 but it is only a plane ride away from coming back to us.  Join us at Deicke Park Fall Fest September 25 and 26 and see the traveling Iron Lung educational exhibit presented by Rotary Club of Huntley.
District Director, Lyle Staab, recognized Steve Capes as a member of the Rotary Club of Huntley.  Steve was welcomed by his sponsor, Jim Drendel and President, Monique Mahon.
Nathan Dudzinski, Michael King, Josey Hackemack, Raquel Radermacher and Jacob Richardson, graduates of Huntley High School, accompanied by their families, received scholarships from the Rotary Club of Huntley, May 20, 2021 during a breakfast meeting at Pinecrest Golf Club. 
 
Happy and upbeat variety from Operator portraid by Zack Barnvos to gymnastics, piano selections, dance  and to Sweet Home Chicago by Angela Walker - the 2nd annual Huntley's Got Talent 2021 was a success.  Look for us early next year to be on stage so you can be in the audience.  Virtual works, but it is better to all be in the same theater - up front and personal.
Rotary Club of Huntley members Monique Mahon, Jim Drendel, Tetyana Torzhevska, Karen Hutchings, Larry Graf, Rudi Welvers and Grafton Food Pantry representative Lydia Locke who received a $1,000 check from Jim Drendel to cover meals for a family of 8 for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Bob Wyler, with nominator, John Boyle. Sean Cratty; Due to Covid-19, Monique Mahon accepted Mary Holzkopf’s certificate, while Bryant Haniszewski was unable to attend. Tim Dorsey is with Jim Uszler.

 
 
HUNTLEY HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS - $3,000
Six seniors were each awarded $500 scholarships from the Rotary Club of Huntley. Parents, along with their students attended a virtual zoom meeting to talk about dreams and goals for this summer, their advanced education and how they have contributed to our community.
 
Julianna Ghanayem, volunteered at NW Community Hospital to learn about the medical field since prior to her freshman year she was inspired by many doctors and care givers. She attended the Medical Academy and Police Academy and worked 15+ hours a week at Woodman’s for the last two years. Other volunteering included Habitat for Humanity since 2016 and Grafton Food Pantry. She plans to be a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, beginning her studies at Carroll University, Waukesha, WI this fall.
 
Hadley Giovacchini’s interest in medicine began with a biology class where she was fascinated on why and how the body works. She attended HHS Medical Academy, National Student Leadership Conference at NW University, and received CNA certification for service at Crystal Pines Rehabilitation. She also helped at Heritage Woods, worked with Peer jury and Dream Riders and was employed at Tom’s Market. Hadley will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI for pre-med/ bio-chemistry and Spanish to learn how to treat and prevent illnesses.
 
Samantha Martel will study to be an ER doctor or surgeon in Pre-med/Neuroscience at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She attended Medical Academy with youth residency at NW-Huntley and was on the board for Buddies Club and VP of National Honors Society. For three years Sammy has had the same “little” at Big Brothers Big Sisters and she had the most volunteer hours in her graduating class which included Huntley Park District, Heritage Woods, Horizon Camp, Advocate Sherman and classroom assistance.
 
Victoria Smolen plans to study computer science and Spanish at DePaul University in Chicago . She enjoys theatre, having volunteered 500 hours at HHS theater, plus helped at Heritage Woods, Huntley Park District, Horizon Camp, Advocate Sherman and in classrooms. She was in IHSA theater at IL State, was in GEMS (girls in engineering) plus participated in NHS, yearbook and speech team. Tori designed an App for seniors for Huntley Fire Department, which Apple is expected to approve soon.
 
Heather Strait will train at McHenry County College to be a Vision Itinerate Certified Teacher to ensure children are able to fully meet their potential within their educational setting. She has worked with two “littles” at Big Brothers Big Sisters for two years while being employed at Alden Nursing Home, working 3 to 4 days a week in 8 hour shifts, averaging 32 hours a week.
 
Maryam Syed enjoys Biology which sparked an interest on her first day in class and changed her career path from being a teacher. “It struck me that the true value of biology is that it’s a lens through which healthcare professionals can understand and assist patients by listening to their concerns and correctly diagnosing medical conditions.”. She plans to study at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI as a physician assistant. She is secretary of Future Business Leaders of America, competes in Broadcast journalism, participated in Summer leadership conference plus volunteers at Grafton Food pantry, tutors in middle school, at her mosque and the Huntley Area Public Library.
 
Rotary Club of Huntley raises funds for civic support, including scholarships through the annual Memorial Day Carnival (when we don’t have a pandemic) “Huntley’s Got Talent” variety show and the Fresh Sweet Corn booth at Rockin’ Ribfest. You are invited to visit us for programs, leadership opportunities, breakfasts at Pinecrest, socials at local attractions, virtual meetings and opportunities to give service. Contact Jim for information.
Dr. Elizabeth Eyles-Lagerhausen who recently opened her Lake in the Hills Family Chiropractic office on Algonquin Road and Alice Benedict, Data Operations Manager of American Veterinarian Medical Association were installed in the Rotary Club of Huntley today.  Everyone is pleased and excited to join in service projects and learning opportunities together.  
Jazz, opera, classics, skits and magic acts excited the audience along with Irish dancers, hip hop and comedy.  Huntley's Got Talent Community Variety Show was a colorful and convenient way to see good local talent while supporting scholarships for Huntley High School students.  Thanks Huntley for an entertaining evening.  Look for us again next January!
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