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Welcome To The Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills

We are an enthusiastic, diverse group of business and professional leaders who enjoy working with others and taking an active role in our community.  Since the Lake in the Hills Rotary Club chartered in 2004, we have been supporting and assisting area organizations and international efforts.
 
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Lake in the Hills

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Moretti's Pizzeria
220 N. Randall Road
Lake in the Hills, IL  60156
United States
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What's Going On & Coming Up

As the Rotary year winds to an end, the Club had the pleasure of awarding a major grant award of $1,800 to Options and Advocacy for McHenry County. Prior to the presentation, Executve Director Cindy Sullivan gave a presentation to the club on organization. Options and Advocacy is an organization with the goal of empowering individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through advocacy and coordination of service options for a better life. 
 
Executive Director Sullivan presenting on the organization she leads.
 
 
Presentation of $1,800 check!
 

 
On June 24 Dot Dustin was installed as the Club's President for the 2016-2017 Rotary year! Dot, as were the Officers and Directors for 2016/2017, were installed by DGN Don Brewer, a past Assistant Governor for our Club. 
 
 

 
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 upgrades 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. On June 15, 2016, the Club awarded its 3rd Major Grant Award to Turning Point, a domestic violence agency serving McHenry County. Turning Point assists victims of domestic abuse with advocacy services, counseling and emergency shelter. Jane Farmer, Executive Director for Turning Point, told the members at the meeting that the award of $2,000 will be used to purchase a new refrigerator for their shelter as well a bed.
 
Today, the Club awarded Grant # 4 and Grant #5! The first grant went to the Senior Care Volunteer Network, an organization dedicated to help seniors remain independent and at home for as long as possible. Their successful grant application for  $1,540 will fund a senior birthday bag program for 750 recipients. Executive Director Sarah Ponitz was on hand to receive the award. The second award was to Mane in Heaven, an organization that provides therapeutic benefits through animal assisted activity and therapy visits with miniature horses. Their successful grant application for $651 will help fund educational and therapy visits. Board members Jennifer Chernak and Hans Mach were on hand to accept the award on behalf of Mane in Heaven.
 
Executive Director Sarah Ponitz receiving grant check!
 
Board members Jennifer Chernak and Hans Mach receiving grant check!
 
 

 
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!
 
Today, the Club awarded its 3rd Major Grant Award to Turning Point, a domestic violence agency serving McHenry County. Turning Point assists victims of domestic abuse with advocacy services, counseling and emergency shelter. Jane Farmer, Executive Director for Turning Point, told the members at the meeting that the award of $2,000 will be used to purchase a new refrigerator for their shelter as well a bed. 
 

 

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!

 

 
Several weeks ago it was mentioned at the weekly meeting that our club was disbursing funds from the emergency/disaster relief line item in the budget.  We sent $1000 to Fairdale, IL and $1000 to Quito, Ecuador.  
 
Tomorrow we have a wonderful opportunity as Rotarian Marcelo Avila from the Rotary Club Quito Latitude Cero, will be a guest at our meeting. He will visit with us and talk about how those monies are helping his community get back on its feet.
 
Please join us for a unique opportunity to hear first hand how our Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills is making a difference globally and giving the people of Quito, Ecuador hope in the face of insurmountable devastation from the recent earthquake.
 

 
 Please share with any high school seniors you know who may be eligible to benefit!
 
The Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills is offering scholarship opportunities for graduating high-school seniors.  The following is a breakdown of the different scholarships available for the school year 2015/2016: 
 
Tom Stock Memorial Scholarship: This $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to one high school senior who is a Rotary Interact member, demonstrates academic excellence, a significant commitment to community service and is involved in extra-curricular activities. 
 
Service Above Self Scholarship: This $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to one high school senior who successfully demonstrates academic excellence and a significant commitment to service. 
 
Making a Difference Community Scholarship: This $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to four high school seniors who successfully made a difference in our community. 
 
Completed applications are due April 29, 2016.
 
For more information and the application, go to link on this page, left side, under Forms, Scholarship Information and Application or go to:  
 
 

 
After many hours of making blankets by our Rotarians and Jacobs HS Interactors at today's meeting representatives from Phil's Friends were present where they gave a presentation on their organization and they were given over 70 blankets. The blankets are part of a Care Package that Phil's Friends provides to cancer patients around the country.
 

 
On Tuesday, February 16, 2016, the Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills joined forces with the Jacobs High School Interact Club to make 77 blankets. The blankets are going to be donated to Phil's Friends, an organization that assists cancer patients, including providing care packages as they are undergoing treatment. Great teamwork project for a great cause!
 
 

 
On Wednesday evening, a number of our Club members braved the winter weather to stand outside a local food store to sing Christmas carols, greet shoppers and raise funds for the Salvation Army!
 

 
At At our December 2, 2015 regular meeting, the Club presented Pioneer Center for Human Services with a $5,000 check donation!  
 

 
On November 20, 2015, our Club, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Huntley, presented checks at Conley Elementary School to support the Battle of the Books program. Rotary has embraced programs that enhance literacy and these funds will help the program acquire over 200 books. In May of 2016, the two Clubs will return with volunteers to help run the final contest involved in the program.
 

 
Once every quarter, instead of our regular meeting at Morettie's (our regular meeting location at 220 N. Randall Rd.), the Club tries to have a working meeting at the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Food Pantry. On October 28, 2015, Club members spent the time cleaning bins to be used for food donations as well as cleaning counters and floors.  Additionally the members helped stock the shelves!
 

 
This past week's Wednesday meeting was held at the Algonquin - Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry. The club is testing a pilot project where every 3 months instead of meeting at the club's normal meeting venue, Morettie's, the Club will meet at the food pantry and it will be a working lunch. This meeting, which kicked off this project, had club members cleaning up several refrigerators and food bins. 
 
 
     On January 28, 2015, Phil Zielke, a 2 time cancer survivor and creator of Phil’s Friends, gave a presentation to the Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills on the objectives of his organization. After a difficult and painful treatment for Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Phil’s Friends was created. The goal was to reach out to cancer patients to help them in 3 ways – deliver CARE packages, Cards of Hope and emotional support and guidance.
After the presentation, the club decided to take on a project with Phil’s Friends to help them in their support of cancer patients.
     The Club purchased fabric material so that blankets, an item that goes into every CARE package, could be made. The Jacobs High School Interact Club, under the direction of their advisor, Kim Barone, then began the process of starting the assembling process for the blankets.
     On Thursday, March 5, 2015, several Club members completed the assembly process, ultimately arriving at 57 blankets to be donated to Phil’s Friends.
 
     On Saturday, March 7, 2015, a number of representatives from the Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills went to the national headquarters for Phil’s Friends, located in Roselle, Illinois. There, in addition to delivering the blankets, they volunteered and worked that morning at the headquarters, putting together CARE packages for delivery to hospitals, stenciling the CARE package boxes and completing Cards of Hopes which go to each of the cancer patients. 
           
           
 

 

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.

 
 
 
The Club ended 2014 similar to the way it began the year - volunteering at the STC Soup Kitchen. On December 12, 2014, fourteen representatives from the Club spent the afternoon and early evening working at the soup kitchen serving those less fortunate. One of the many ways the Club strives to meet the primary motto of Rotary - Service Above Self!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nine members from the Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills recently returned from Cusco, Peru.  During their visit, they completed three projects for two local schools (Huillcapata School and Chicuchas Wasi School) which educate young girls ages 11 and younger.  “You can’t help but come back different” said Dot Dustin, “It’s emotional and rewarding when you see what an impact you are making for these young girls.”
 
 
 
 
Lake in the Hills Rotary Club is bringing the carnival to town October 10 – 12, 2014!!  
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills is hosting their Annual Rotary Ride on September 7, 2014 to raise funds to assist our club and our Interact Club towards our upcoming international efforts in Peru and AkTenamit in the jungles of Guatemala.  It will be a great ride for those who are motorcycle enthusiasts and their friends and at the same time raises funds for a GREAT project! Please consider and pass it on to friends, family, and coworkers. View details and registrationImage
 

 
The Lake in the Hills Rotary Club has had a busy summer! Recently, Club members awarded $12,000 in scholarships to the following students: “Service Above Self” Scholarship Recipients were Blake Jacobs and Sai Sivakumar.  “Make a Difference “Community” Scholarship Recipients were Abigail Nordeen, Emma Nickoley, Alyssa Reinke and Andrew Frey. We wish all of these young adults success in their endeavors.
 
 

 
During last month’s Community Mobile Food Pantry, over 150 families were served.  This event was sponsored by the Lake in the Hills Rotary Club.  Their next scheduled Community Mobile Food Pantry will be on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 600 Harvest Gate in Lake in the Hills from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Anyone is welcome to attend.
 
 

The Lake in the Hills Rotary Club has committed $45,000 over three years to help with the construction of the Lake in the Hills Veterans Memorial project. The first installment of $15,000 was presented during this week’s Lake in the Hills Village Board meeting. 

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 Lake in the Hills Rotary Club, visit www.lithrotary.org

To contribute to the Village of Lake in the Hills Veterans Memorial Fund account, visit the Castle Bank locations in the village at 2100 W. Algonquin Road or 4520 W. Algonquin Road.

 
 
The Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills came together during the first quarter to envision what the club would like to accomplish in the next three years both locally and around the world. During a four hour session with three facilitators, the members discussed the Club’s future in areas such as community service, vocational service (high ethical standards), international service and the efforts of creating a stronger Club organization. 
 
 
 

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. Image

 

 

 
 
 

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The Lake in the Hills Rotary Club meets every Wednesday, Noon to 1:00 p.m. at Moretti's Ristorante in Lake in the Hills.
For more information, call 847-742-3378.