Rotary Club of Sycamore, Illinois
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St. Mary's Parish Activity Center
312 Waterman Street
Sycamore, IL 60178
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Sycamore Varsity Head Football Coach Joe Ryan acknowledged there are high expectations for the team this season, but the team will approach each game individually as they come up on the schedule.  There are nine three-year starters this season as a result of the Covid-affected spring football season two years ago.  Last year’s team made it to the semi-finals.  He also said this year’s team is physically the strongest he’s coached.  Saying this year’s team is a “great bunch of kids,” Ryan said he wants to make sure that the hours of practice are not a grind but a way for team members to grow physically and mentally and “have some fun.”
Ryan said he’s changed his coaching approach over the years and hopes it keeps students interested in the sport of football.  He said there are 350 youth involved in Sycamore school district football programs with 175 of those in grades K-6 flag football.  He values this pipeline of future talent coming to the varsity level. 
Sycamore’s first game of the season is August 26 against neighboring DeKalb.  Ryan said his team’s total focus at this point in time is on that one game.  He expects to use technology like streaming video of the game in progress to help make any necessary adjustments to achieve a positive outcome.    
We are building on Saturday, August 6, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Can you join us in Malta (406 S. 4th Street)?
If you plan to attend, please email Teresa Bossert at
We will be building every Saturday through 2022, so if this week doesn't work for you, there will be many more opportunities to get involved.
If you have never volunteered with us before, see the notes below for more information. 
Thank you for your interest and support of Habitat for Humanity!
Construction Volunteer Information
Habitat for Humanity DeKalb County Illinois welcomes volunteers to our construction sites. Regardless of your skill level (first time you’ve held a hammer or skilled builder), we will provide opportunities to work alongside our partner family and other Habitat volunteers. Examples of volunteer jobs include: framing, siding, painting, insulating, flooring, trim work, landscaping, and cleaning. We will provide instruction throughout the day.
Build Day Schedule:
7:45a.m.- 8 a.m. Arrival and sign-in. (Please complete the required waiver form if this is your first day with Habitat). Volunteers between the ages of 16-18 years are required to have adult supervision and waiver completed before volunteering. The minimum age to volunteer with Habitat is 16 years old.
8:00 a.m. We begin with a Safety Talk and construction goals for the day.
12:00 p.m. Lunch is provided. Habitat provides lunch and water for volunteers.
2:30 p.m. Site clean-up begins
3:00 p.m. Workday complete. Thank you!
What to bring: Please wear clothing that you do not mind getting dirty or possibly damaged. Sturdy, hard-soled, closed-toed shoes are required. Sunscreen is advised when working outdoors.
Habitat provides tools for volunteers. However, if you have your own tools/toolbelt and wish to bring those, that is fine. You can check with the volunteer coordinator for a list of recommended tools. Please label all of your tools ahead of time.
Port-A-Potty: Yes, that’s right. Just want you to be aware that we do not have indoor plumbing or running water on site.
Covid-19 Safety Precautions:
Habitat for Humanity prioritizes the health and safety of our staff and volunteers. Currently, we have the following guidelines in place (subject to change based on case levels, as well as CDC, state, and local guidelines):
  • We ask that if you aren't feeling well, to please stay home out of precaution.
  • Use hand sanitizer throughout the day, especially before/after using tools.
  • Masks are no longer required; however, we welcome and support anyone that chooses to wear a mask.
  • We encourage volunteers and staff to practice social distancing when possible.
During her remarks at our July 20 meeting, District Governor Laura Kann encouraged us to use the "Club Health Check" survey document developed by Rotary International to improve our club. The board members of the Rotary Club of Sycamore strongly support this idea, and we now ask that each club member complete and return this anonymous survey by Wednesday, August 10.
Printed survey documents were distributed to each club member in attendance at this week's meeting. If you were not in attendance, you can obtain a survey form at the next meeting (August 3) or use the following URL to download the 12-page document.
The club's board values this anonymous input from you as we seek to improve our club. Thank you!
In lieu of a speaker program this week, club members were asked to sit with their fellow standing committees to eat their meal, and then have a discussion regarding what they hope the club can accomplish during this Rotary year in the areas of Membership, Public Image and Awareness, Fellowship, Service Above Self/Service Projects, Foundations and Grants, and New Generations. Based on committee reports which have so far made it back to me, the discussions were worthwhile and valuable. I will debrief with the club regarding each committee's takeaways in the coming weeks, following a discussion with my fellow board members.
Thank you for giving of yourself as best you can as we seek to make the Rotary Club of Sycamore's 2022-2023 year the best one yet!
We are excited to report that our 2022-2023 District Grant Application for "Supporting Habitat for Humanity's 2022 Home Build" has been approved! In fact, we recently received two checks in the amount of $1,350. $900 came from Rotary International and $450 came from District 6420!
Our District Grant proposed to "partner with Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County to complete the construction of their 2022 home build in DeKalb County (through service hours by Rotarians) and appropriately equip the home for occupancy by a family in need (through the provision of a refrigerator, a clothes washer, and a clothes dryer) in late 2022 or early 2023." It went on to state that "while the primary beneficiaries of this project will be the family who live in the newly-constructed home, providing affordable housing and resulting economic opportunity to families has a positive ripple effect throughout the community."
In order to receive this grant, the club is committed to provide at least the same amount of $1,350 to this project. The estimated total cost to the Rotary Club of Sycamore will be $1,389.92 ($2,739.92 total).
In addition to the purchase of appliances, it is the intention that a significant number of club members provide hours of service at some point during the home build, while all Club members share and publicize the effort throughout the community.
Yet another example of Service Above Self! Thank you, all!
Members of the Rotary Club of Sycamore volunteer each August to deliver Meals on Wheels through the Voluntary Action Center, and we will do so again next month! Thank you to the following volunteers for covering the Sycamore West route on the following dates:
Tuesday, August 2 - Michael DeVito & Sally Bruch
Wednesday, August 3 - Paulette Renault & Mark Spiegelhoff
Thursday, August 5 - Nicole Linke & Sue Emberson
Tuesday, August 9 - Paul Callighan & Julie Sgarlata
Thursday, August 11 - Bob Hammon & Bob Wildenradt
Friday, August 12 - Brandon Diviak & Matt Nelson
Tuesday, August 16 - Ray Dembinski & Pat Shafer
Thursday, August 18 - Paul Callighan & Dr. Michele Jurkovic
Friday, August 19 - Jeff Keicher & Eric Jones
Tuesday, August 23 - Dolores Davis & Tim Neubert
Thursday, August 25 - Jim Stoddard & Paul Stromborg
Friday, August 26 - Tim Neubert & Janet Neubert
Tuesday, August 30 - Dave Hamilton & Brandon Diviak
NOTE: The actual route can change daily if clients cancel or return from time off. Here are just a few things to note about delivering Meals on Wheels. VAC asks that volunteers arrive between 10:35 and 10:50 at the Meals on Wheels office (Voluntary Action Center, 1606 Bethany Road, Sycamore) to pick up the meals and route sheets. The route takes about an hour or so to deliver. Someone must be home to receive the meal. Meals cannot be left without some form of contact. VAC requests volunteers to call the client if no one answers the door and then the office (815-758-3932 ext. 232). Thank you!