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The Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning

Carpentersville Morning

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
200 Springhill Dr.
Carpentersville, IL  60110
United States
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An idea only a few months back to a reality just last night... our holiday dinner at the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township Paul Knox Teen Center was a big success. With plenty of food and sweets to go around and plenty of hungry young adults, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and the company of others. By the end of the evening we were all pretty full and satisfied and thankful for the opportunity that was right in front of us.
We want to wish the entire Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township a safe and happy holiday season and a prosperous 2015!

Come join for our FREE Holiday Movie Event on Saturday December 20, 2014 at Cinema 12 in Carpentersville. Doors open at 9am for Pre-Movie Holiday crafts, activities and an official visit from Santa himself. Bring your camera and your family to take your official holiday picture with Santa himself. 10am the movie will start which will feature the classic holiday comedy Home Alone. This Event is FREE For the Whole Family so bring everyone to enjoy this great holiday event. 

Enjoy great live music and supporting a great local service organization? We have the event for you! Sunday April 19, 2015 we will be hosting the Jazz Consortium Big Band at the Elgin Community College Art theater. Visit our JAZZ page for full event information, ticket purchasing, and information on how to sponsor a local band student to attend!

With current temperatures that are typical for mid January and early February not many of us were expecting it to be this cold this fast! Being caught off guard our preparation is not the best leaving us to scramble around just to make do! Unfortunately this is the situation for a lot of young parents who are doing what they can to make sure their child stays warm and is able to properly attend school during the cold season!
This is where we and our 6th Annual Operation Warm event step in to try and relieve some of the burden these parents face preparing their child for the winter season. For our 6th year in a row we worked with the Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township to determine a select group of children throughout the grade schools in the Carpentersville community who would benefit the most from receiving a new warm winter coat. We also work with School District 300 and supply them with an allotted amount to have on retainer and distribute as they see fit!
Once again we are very happy to say that it was a big success! Visiting 5 school locations and distributing to the school district itself we successfully completed our 6th annual event which again came at a perfect time with the below freezing temperatures we are currently enduring! Each child receiving a new coat has 1 less thing to worry about when considering staying warm going to and from school which is a big driving factor for us to continue the work we do!
View the 2014 Photo album and see all the happy faces of everyone involved! Thanks to everyone who helped out and contributed to this years event and made it another successful year!!

For most of us living in the Fox valley area we rarely think twice about our actions affecting the Fox River Water way that runs through the center of our individual towns. Little do we know that a lot of our day to day actions affect the water way in some way or another!! This general lack of knowledge is what contributes to the deterioration of the quality of the FOX river but with simple education we can continue to highlight it as a center point of our communities.
Gary Swick and his Friends of the Fox Organization is dedicated to educating communities about caring for the water way in addition to providing opportunities for hands on projects that directly have a positive effect on the Fox River Water way! At a recent presentation to our club Gary discussed the current quality and history/need for his organization. As a dedicated individual Gary and his Organization have dedicated a lot of time and effort ensuring and improving the water quality of the Fox River. To learn more about the organization and ways you can help visit their site at:

After a 10 week long season and a final day filled with cold temps and snowy conditions the KickBall Konfederation Fall League has come to an end. Congratulations to the CVillains for their victorious final day and acquiring the Fall League Championship title. Everyone involved had a great time and great experience especially playing in the snow!
Thank you all for coming out week after week to make it a successful fall season and encouraging us to do it once again next year!! Check out all the final days snow pictures in the fall league photo album.

After a few months of working when available, the super adobe home is near completion and it's all thanks to the help of the students and families in the El Vaquero community. Jose Santos and his family will be able to inhabit the new dwelling and reap the benefits of living in a more secure structure that will protect them more efficiently from the outside elements.
Its great to see the progress and the constant presence of the students who have worked very hard to help Jose and his family build the house. We are anxious to find out how the family appreciates and benefits after living in the new home for a period of time. Check out the latest photos in the Jose Santos photo album.

Here are some pictures of our week in Rotary which included a Halloween arts and crafts at our last weekly meeting and a group picture of our day at the recent Fall Seminar.


The start of a beautiful autumn day as we entertained over 150 children and their families with our FREE Halloween Movie event on Saturday October 25 at Cinema 12 in Carpentersville.
As soon as the children walked through the door they were quickly greeted by a life size Scooby Doo and escorted to the crafts and games both our club and the Tom Thumb Community Center had provided to entertain the masses. From making ghosts and pumpkins, to fishing for treats the children and their families seemed very well entertained and excited about the Halloween holiday.
We want to thank all our club members who came out and contributed, the Tom Thumb Community Center for providing arts and crafts, and the Cinema for giving us this opportunity to provide such a fun event for the children in the community. Check out all the great photos in the 2014 Free Halloween Movie Photo Album. Check back this December as we will be back at it with a free holiday movie event.... more information to follow. 

One of the great features of our weekly meetings are the monthly speakers and presentations we are able to schedule to break up the monotony of the constant club business. Recently we had 43rd District State Rep. Nominee Jeffery Meyer who spoke on his position and views on the state government and discussed his plans to run for the position.
Another Recent speaker included the Site Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township Paul Knox Teen Center Darren Buchanan who introduce himself to our club and presented his plans and current projects for the teens at the teen center. Both of these speakers are very respectable individuals and getting the opportunity to meet and collaborate with people like them opens doors and creates opportunity and adds to the benefits of being part of such a great organization.
Thanks for speaking to our club gentleman.

Another successful year at the Carpentersville Community Oktoberfest selling delicious Hot Chocolate on a brisk autumn day! Thank you to all the members and volunteers who contributed and came out and made it another successful event and help raise money for our charitable efforts. It was a great day with a lot of people in attendance.


ImageHow many times have you wished you could have been more educated before making a big decision like buying a house? Knowing what it takes to be a homeowner, the financial commit and management needed, the responsibilities you have to your house and your community?! Anyone new to the entire experience can become overwhelmed very quickly.

Who knew there were services and organizations out there like Neighborhood Housing Services of the Fox Valley whose main goal is to educate the average person, guide them in the right direction and lead them into successful home ownership! Just like anything else you don't really know what's there until you start looking for it.

Recently Mary Lu Seidel from the NHS Fox Valley came and spoke to our club about the programs they offer to help lessen the burden and manage the responsibilities of homeownership. Individuals are welcome to try and utilize the programs and financial opportunities they have to offer to put yourself in a better position to maintain and retain possession of your home dwelling! Visit their site for more information opportunities:



We did it again! It is hard to believe that we have successfully completed our 5th Annual Pub Crawl Event and it was a BIG SUCCESS! Of course we could not have done it without the help from everyone involved! Ranging from the supporting bars down to our club members and volunteers and everyone else in between. Thank You All for making it another great year! 

A good amount of money was raised that day which goes towards many of the great causes our organization supports and will help a lot of people in need both near and far! Check out all the Great Pictures in this years event photo album. We will be back at it again next year as we plan our 6th annual event. Thanks Again for all your support and we will see you next year!




It was a little unfortunate her presentation was limited to a half an hour time slot because we probably could have sat and listened to Sandy Sullivan's stories of her life working with the Green Bay Packers all day! Each of our members were very well entertained by her ability to share her life experiences in a way where we felt we were there first hand. Very personable, funny, witty and one of better presentation all of us could have enjoyed... Even though she is a true Packer fan!!

The great thing about wanting to hear more about her life experiences is that most of it is available in the book she wrote titled "Green Bay Lover Stories and Other Affairs" which if is as entertaining as her presentation we know it must be a good book to read! Thank you Sandy for sharing your stories and allowing us to relive your first hand experiences! Get your own copy of her book here: Green Bay Love Stories & Other Affairs




We did it! We successfully completed our 2nd Annual RaceWay 5K Fun Run & Walk! Way to go team!

Thanks to all our sponsor who helped make it a successful event for the 2nd year in a row! Thanks to all the runners who came back out to endure this challenging course. Thank You to all of our volunteers who got up extra early to organize and run the event! Thanks to community and county property owners for allow us to host this event on this historical and beautiful course! Thanks for all the support from the Village of Carpentersville. Thanks to the Jr. Charger Cheerleaders who were so cute and did an awesome job motivating the runners! THANK YOU TO ALL!

We could not have done it without all of your donations, help and support!! Congratulations to all of this years winners and all the runners in general for taking on this historic and tough track!

Full results available on the race website:! Keep us in mind for your race calendar next year because we will be back. Check out all 350 event Photos in the 2014 RaceWay 5K photo Album!



ImageOur annual visit with the District Governor has came and passed and we are better Rotarians for it! Any time we get a visit from the District Governor it is always an educational and motivational visit. As we are analyzed by our current club status and critiqued on our typical Rotary behaviors. All of which helps us become a better local Rotary group and better represent the entire Rotary Organization.

Light Up Rotary! Showcase our inner beauty and strengths! Be proud of the things we accomplish. Know that the our monetary contributions helps so many people throughout the world and not just in our home town! We are Rotary! Service Above Self! Proud and true to everything that we do!

Thank You Governor Ellen for enlightening us and motivating us to succeed in the 2014-15 Rotary Year!



Another Year another successful School Supplies Drive! Each of our members reached into their own pockets and helped purchase new school supplies to donate to the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township. Club President Elect Amalia Woolf, who is also the Vice President of Program Services for the Boys and girls Club of Dundee Township, was on hand to receive the donations to distribute later to children who are most in need that will be enrolling in their programing for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. Well over 200 items will make their way to these children and provide them with the basic essentials they need to succeed! Thanks Again to all members who donated and lets do it again next year!

We want to wish all students locally and world wide a successful and safe new school year and may they stay in good health and prosper as our future generation!




Congratulations to the 3 lucky young ladies Vanessa, Carla & Haley who are the recipients of this years Carpentersville Rotary Jim Krenz Memorial scholarship. Getting the chance to meet these beautiful young ladies, it is very clear to see that they have what it takes to make a difference in this world and if they stay on track with what they plan to accomplish success is definitely in their future. Special thanks to Krenz family for thier contributions and last minute gift increase the scholarship amounts for the well deserving young ladies!





ImageWhen anyone ever inquires about Rotary the usual first question is "What is Rotary?". After that is explained the second question usually is "Does it cost anything to be a member?" The answers is YES! Every Rotary Club has dues and each club is different.

As part of the makeup of the Rotary International Organization each club is required to pay a certain amount per each member annually which covers operation costs and a subscription to the Rotarian magazine. Add to that the additional cost of the meeting place and potential meal at every meeting. In short membership costs vary from $100 to $200  paid quarterly depending on the individual club. 

We know that paying this amount every 3 months can be a burden to people who would like to be pat of a club but are unable to make that much of a financial commitment. We are happy to announce a drastic change in our due structure to give people who want to be a part of the club but are not able to pay that much out of pocket.


Got Musical Instruments?...


... that are old and you are willing to donate? The Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning is teaming up with the District 300 Foundation to get the word out about their ongoing Instrument Drive dedicated to provide local students the opportunity to have access to musical instruments that normally would not be available. Even if the instrument is in need of repair the District 300 Foundation will take care of the expenses in order for the students to use them. To date the Foundation has collected and repaired over 35 instruments that are currently in use by students at Carpentersville Middle School & Lakewood.

Any musical instrument donated is put into an instrument library where students can check them out as needed just like they would in a normal library. For students who can't afford to purchase or rent an instrument this is a great way to give them free access to instruments they otherwise could not afford.

Feel free to pass on the information to anyone you think may help. Anyone able to donate please contact Diane Magerko @ to coordinate the donation. 



Carpentersville Rotary is always open to welcoming new speakers to our weekly meetings. Anyone with interest please let us know so we can schedule a time and date. If you know of anybody who would be willing to speak please let us know also. It is always nice to learn something new as well as meet a new person which is what any new speaker will bring to our club. Generally we have speakers at least twice a month and anyone asked to speak is given a 30 minute window during are weekly meetings to present themselves to the club, meet with the members, and enjoy a good breakfast!



We are always welcoming new and prospective members!



Dec 24, 2014
NO Weekly Meeting
Due To Christmas Holiday
Dec 31, 2014
NO Weekly Meeting
Due to New Year Holiday

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