Welcome To The Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills
What's Going On & Coming Up
This year, the Club started a new program initiated by our Community Service Committee. The Major Grant Awards program started with a call for applications from organizations and entities for programs and projects that help improve the quality of life for Lake in the Hills and McHenry County residents. One of the requirements was that the project should demonstrate a need not currently supported by the organization's ongoing operating budget. Proposals were due by May 15, 2016 and the Club received 25 completed grant requests! This made it extremely difficult for the Community Service Committee as all the applications represented projects that clearly were worthwhile and beneficial to the community. The Club started issuing the awards on June 1, with TLS Veterans receiving a $2,000 grant which will enable them to implement upgades at the New Horizons transitional living home. On June 8, 2016, the Club issued a $2,000 award to the National Alliance on Mental Illness - McHenry County (NAMI). This award will enable NAMI to provide Mental Health First Aid Training to approximately 120 first responders from the Lake in the Hills area. Stay tuned as the Club presents awards to other successful applicants!
On February 23, six representatives of the Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills returned from Guatemala, after being part of Rotary District 6440 Service projects team in Guatemala. The group departed on February 14, 2015, with 4 different objectives for their service trip, taking place in and around Sumpango Guatemala.
The first objective was transforming what had been a outside water fountain into a 2 story building to be used as a computer lab and library. The second objective was fixing up a building to be used as a health center in a small village outside of Sumpango. The 3rd objective was conducting educationally based activities with children in a local school. The 4th and final objective was the distribution of 50 water filtration kits to families for the provision of clean water. The major components of all 4 objectives were complicated in the ten days the team was in Guatemala.
The team returned on February 23, 2015, which happens to be the 110th Anniversary of Rotary International, a service organization dedicated to providing public service to local and international communities.
Presently, the village has $61,000 collected toward the project, said Village Trustee Russ Ruzanski. Trustee Ruzanski said the village is hoping to start work on the memorial at Village Hall between Labor Day and Veterans Day of this year. A formal groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Veterans' Day.
The memorial will include a brick walking path around the Village Hall and a curved wall, with five granite pieces representing different branches of military service.
It is through the success of the Club’s annual Rockin’ Rotary Ribfest that this contribution is possible. The Ribfest is the club’s sole fundraiser in which proceeds go towards community and international effots. To learn more about the
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Last weekend, some of our member's and their families volunteered at STC Soup Kitchen on the north side of Chicago! It was a great opportunity for service as well as an opportunity for those volunteering to see what we have to be thankful for.