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2nd annual Changing of the guard boat trip on the Fox river.
A new president in charge and great 1st speaker for the year.
9 club members and 2 members from the Johnsburg Interact club 
cleaned up Rt. 120 from Crystal Lake Rd. West to River Rd. 
Several members started out at Matt Colby's house for a camp
style breakfast. Fun was had by all!

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McHenry - Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Windhill Pancake Parlor
3307 W. Rt. 120
McHenry, IL  60050
United States
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Guest today was Lorraine Kopcyznski of the Rotary Club of McHenry (our sponsor).
10 members in attendance for the club assembly meeting, along with a guest: Curt Bremer of the McHenry Lions Club.
15 members in attendance, a guest, Nicole of Kumon, and our speaker, Father Jim Swarthout of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in McHenry. 
This meeting was our monthly fellowship meeting at the Brunch Cafe; so much of the meeting was spent getting to know each other better.
The really cool Rotarians turned out for this meeting. Wait, I did make it this week? How coincidental!
*** The McHenry Noon Club will host a poker tournament at the McHenry Moose Lodge on Friday, November 12th. Volunteers are welcome.
Lively group this week reminding us of upcoming events, such as Wreath Distribution on Saturday, December 4th, from 9:00 to 12:00 noon. 
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Thirteen members were in attendance at this meeting.

American Community Bank to host Santa:  Maureen Biederer announced Santa will be coming to the bank (on Route 31 in McHenry) on Saturday, 12/11, from 9:00 – 12 noon.  Bring the kids and grandkids, and your camera.  This Santa is the real deal!  There will be cookies, apple cider and lots of fun.  Come on out and start the holiday celebration!


Wreath Distribution Day – Saturday, 12/4:  Shawn and Jeff will be at the Shah Center at 8:30 a.m. with the truckload of wreaths, which Shawn organized this morning.  (Gosh, we meet at 7:30 a.m., which means Shawn was working at… you wild thing!)

Please sign-up to help with the distribution.  Trista suggested having about $25 available to make change should someone want to buy one of the extra wreaths that were ordered.


Board of Directors for 7/1/2011 – 6/30/2012:  And the Oscar goes to… (oh, wait, wrong presentation, but you get the idea!)

President Elect:  Shawn Strach

Vice President:  Trista Iodice

Secretary:  Maureen Biederer

Treasurer:  Duane Myers

Sergeant - at - arms:  Mark Adams

Director-at-large (2 members):  Dan Arvidson and Mike Lehman


Paul Harris Fellowship Presentation:  Jeff Batt announced there are four (4) new Paul Harris Fellows for our club.  Shelly Casella-Dercole received her award at this meeting, and the balance will be presented at the Club Assembly later this month.  Congrats, Shelly!  Jeff gave a brief overview about this award, noting Paul Harris started Rotary in Chicago in 1905.  As Rotarians contribute into this foundation cause, which supports Rotary International (RI) efforts worldwide, our club becomes eligible to receive grants from RI.


Recap of 2010:  Jeff outlined the accomplishments of our club since its beginning stages in January of 2010.

§  January 17th – first meeting of 7 members with an idea of organizing a new club.

§  Five year goals were set:  50 active members, 12 service projects per year, and raise $100,000 for charity annually.

§  April 20th – received Charter from RI, noting we were one of the quickest clubs to receive charter from time of first organizational meeting.

§  April 25th- Sunrise volunteered and helped Home of the Sparrow with raising money

§  May 18th – Sunrise assisted Rotary Club of McHenry with Boone Creek cleanup

§  May 22nd – Sunrise assisted Rotary Club of McHenry with FISH food pantry money collection day

§  June 2nd – Sunrise held its Charter Night event at McHenry Country Club

§  June 8th - Sunrise assisted Rotary Club of McHenry with Mobile Food Pantry Distribution

§  August 8th – Sunrise held its first annual fellowship picnic for members and family, and potential new members

§  October 9th – Sunrise held the first annual car show, and raised $2,100 for MAYC (McHenry Area Youth Commission)

§  October 17th - Sunrise assisted Rotary Club of McHenry with their annual ham dinner

§  October 23rd – Sunrise assisted the McHenry Lions Club with both the food drive and money collection for FISH food pantry with our club raising an additional $600 towards that cause, plus collecting food

§  November 12th - Sunrise assisted Rotary Club of McHenry with their poker tournament

§  November 15th – Sunrise undertook its first annual wreath sale fundraiser and raised approximately $700 (without significant time or inventory commitment)


Going forward, the club will work to become a stronger club, driving towards our 5-year goals.

Our December 22nd meeting will be our monthly fellowship breakfast at the Brunch Cafe at 7:30 a.m. We will not meet on December 29th due to the holidays and will resume meeting at the Shah Center on January 5th. Happy New Year!
Membership survey: members are comfortable meeting when we do and where we do; but are up for any changes that meet the club's long-term goals and don't raise our annual dues much if at all.
Three prospective members attended: Dave Homan, Rebecca Stiemke, T Hepner. Wayne Jett was officially inducted. Terry Hargrove from the Noon club was also a guest today.

T Hephner and Dave Homan were inducted.  Our official active member count stands at 28!

February 9th Rotary morning meeting:  will be at Sage Cancer Center, which is at the west end of Centegra Hospital – McHenry.  Easiest way to get there is to follow the road behind the hospital (which passes by the Emergency Department on the north side and Childtime Day Care on the south side) to the end across from the helicopter / Flight for Life.  Tours will also be part of our time at Sage Cancer Center, and the tours wil be given by Amy Moerschbaecher, Executive Director of the Center.  Denise Brausen is hosting this meeting.
Tour of Centegra Sage Cancer Center.
Sue Dobbe from Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers spoke about her club's upcoming charity auction event on March 5th.
This meeting was the February fellowship breakfast held at the Brunch Cafe.
This meeting covered St. Patrick's Day Parade and paper-goods-drive planning.
The meeting on 3/16 featured a Polio Plus presentation by PDG Dave Waring.

Jim Marinangel from McHenry Savings Bank gave a presentation on the Kiwanis Soap Box Derby that will be held on Waukegan Road on June 11th.  He provided us with details of the event and explained that our club may want to consider sponsoring a car and driver.


Shelly asked for input on why we joined this club and whether we'd like anything different out of the meetings.  The general consensus from those in attendance was that the day and time is fine; rather simply that there are times of the year that are more conducive to actual attendance than others.



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Impromptu Photo By Shawn. They can be found on FB  @ImpromptuPhotobyShawn

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