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Welcome to Wauconda Rotary Club!


Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Wauconda Cafe
405 W. Liberty St
Wauconda, IL  60084
United States
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Rotary Club of Wauconda happenings
Terry Abrahamson - "In the Belly of the Blues" stopped by to enlighten the Rotary Club of Wauconda and anyone who was interested in taking a walk through blues history. His story telling style and enthusiasm for all things blues was infectious. He combined his story mastery with video clips to tell a story from his youth and his discovery of and love for the blues. This was a terrific evening with a true blues historian. We'll have to invite him back to cast his blues spell on us again. You can visit his site at
Diane Helgeland from Partners for Progress stopped by to visit the Rotary Club of Wauconda t share how PFP is helping adults and children in our area lead more productive lives. They accomplish this through careful evaluation and tailor a therapy plan to the individual. They use horses to increase body awareness and have some riders compete in equestrian riding competitions to build confidence and responsibility. They have a team of therapists who are dedicated to making a difference to the individuals they work with.  On March 5th they will have their annual Plop O' Gold fundraiser, they have a chili cook-off, raffles, and tours of their stables. Great family fun. You can learn more about PFP NFP on their website
Megan & Carl visited the Rotary today to talk about the new upscale meat and cheese shop on Main St in Wauconda. They talked about what made this desire to open a retail shop drive them to not only do business together but do it in Wauconda. Both have roots in the village and a passion to be a part of a vibrant Main St scene. They carry cuts of meats not typically carried in chain stores but more importantly great cuts of meat at affordable prices! Megan is sourcing artisan cheeses from around the states and provides samples for customers to taste prior to purchase. This level of passion, quality product, and personal customer service make Legacy 1878 a place you should visit soon! The serve Boar's Head meat too. You can visit them online at Legacy 1878 or stop by the shop at 107 S Main St Wauconda IL 60084.
Maria Weisbruch Executive Director of the Wauconda Chamber of Commerce stopped by the Rotary meeting this morning at the Wauconda Cafe. Maria shared information about the Chamber, new businesses in the village and how the chamber is working to maintain and grow our vibrant Main St. business district along with the Liberty St business corridor. looking to expand its reach the Chamber has started a young professionals group this will help future growth.  A monthly meeting called "Lunch Lessons" covers topics like "Instagram for Business." The Chamber is a great resource for all local businesses visit them at
Join us Wednesday February 1st at 7:00AM to hear from Maria Weisbruch of the Wauconda Chamber of Commerce. Meeting held at the Wauconda Cafe 405 W Liberty St.
random act of kindness or RAoK is a selfless act performed by kind people to either help or cheer up a random stranger, for no reason other than to make people happier. Either spontaneous or planned in advance, RAoKs are encouraged by various online and offline communities.
Tom Kern & Ashleigh, of the Wauconda Area Library, shared with the Rotary all of the wonderful resources available at the library for both young and old alike. Tom explained that the role of the library has become more of a community center offering private study rooms, meeting rooms and a terrific media studio. All available to the library patrons for free! The library is State-of-The-Art and has a section called "Kid City" dedicated to the enrichment of our youngest residents. They even have an app available for both Apple and Android phones, that will allow access to not only the library's collection but eBooks from Overdrive and Hoopla. As their catch phrase says "Start here. Go anywhere." Stop by the library, you will be pleasantly surprised.
Please note that our meeting on January 25, 2017, will not be held in our usual location, Wauconda Café.  We will meet at the Wauconda Area Library to hear a presentation by Mr. Tom Kern, Director, Wauconda Area Library.  The library is located at 801 North Main Street, Wauconda, IL 60084.  For more information about the library, see:  We hope you can join us on Wednesday morning.
Terry Thourson visited the Rotary Club of Wauconda last Wednesday to share with us "Why anger is all the rage."  Terry shared information about how detrimental anger can be physically for all of us. More importantly, he shared techniques we can use every day to keep ourselves emotionally and physically in balance. 
Happy New Year from the men and women of the Rotary Club or Wauconda!  May 2017 bring you peace and comfort.
Merry Christmas from the Rotary Club of Wauconda, Wauconda, IL.
Steve Beck, of Steve Beck seminars, stopped by to visit the Wauconda Rotary to invigorate and inspire us. Steves message was simple "Don't just let life happen to you". Every day we either make the conscience choice to let outside forces determine our effectiveness, or we take an active role in managing our attitudes to change our outcomes. Steve Beck is an exceptional speaker who is available to do keynotes, workshops, and training to help organizations big and small become more effective. If you would like more information on Beck Seminars  go to:
Betsy Skibinski gave a wonderful presentation on Understanding Alzheimers. She shared information on recognizing its onset, how to care for loved ones who may be dealing with this devastating disease. She also shared a very touching story of her struggles in caring for her mother who had the disease. Betsy did a great job in keeping life spirit and humor in a highly emotional subject. If you would like additional information on Alzheimers you can go
On the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, We invited Paula Carballido of North Chicago, to speak to the Rotary Club of Wauconda about how Lake County Honor Flights was formed, and what they do for veterans. Lake County Honor flights host Lake county veterans of World War II on a two-     day tour of the World war II and other memorials in Washington DC.  Each veteran is teamed up with a Guardian who acts as a "concierge" for the vet they accompany. The veterans depart with great fanfare and return to a welcome befitting their service. Paula and her team work tirelessly to honor and lift the spirit of each and every veteran they touch. If you would like to learn more about Lake County Honor Flights go to
Happy Thanksgiving from the Rotary Club of Wauconda family.
We had the pleasure of hosting Rotary District 6440 Governor Rick Rivkin at our weekly meeting.  The Governor spoke to the group about our Rotary history, what brought us to Rotary, and the state of our club.  He shared his vision and goals for the District and offered support as we pursue and align our goals with his.  Thank you to our Assistant District Governor, Rich Lalley, and Governor Rivkin, for meeting with our board, and the club.  We are proud to be members of the Rotary Club of Wauconda, and District 6440, "the home district".   
This past weekend, we had the pleasure of serving at the  Lake Zurich Coats for Kids distribution at The Chapel in Lake Zurich.  Our club donated $1,000 toward the event and received a District Grant for another $1,000.  We are grateful to Wauconda Guns 'n Hoses for an additional donation of $1,000.  With several individual donations, the Rotary Club of Wauconda contributed more than $3,300 to Operation Warm, the provider of the brand new, quality coats, that were distributed by Lake Zurich Coats for Kids.  In addition, hats, gloves, and scarves were given to children.  Representatives of Rosalind Franklin University provided blood pressure screening, cholesterol tests, and flu shots - at no charge!   While recipients came from many different areas, 141 were from zip code 60084 (Wauconda).  That's an increase of 12 from last year. 
We have several people to thank:
Rich Lalley, our Assistant District Governor, for inviting us to support Lake Zurich Coats for Kids. 
Denise Rasbid, Team Leader, Lake Zurich Coats for Kids, for encouraging us to partner with her team and participate at the event.
Wauconda Police Chief David Wermes and Wauconda Fire Chief Michael Wahl for the contribution from Guns 'n Hoses.
Our individual donors. 
It was our honor and pleasure to participate, and we hope this partnership endures.
The 2016 Road Rally is almost here!  We hope to see you on Oct. 1.
In place of our weekly meeting on Wednesday, July 20, we went on a field trip to the Volo Bog State Natural Area.  According to the website, the site includes Volo Bog, the only quaking bog in Illinois, significant in that it exhibits all stages of bog succession. A floating mat of sphagnum moss, cattails and sedges surrounds an open pool of water in the center of the bog.  After an outdoor breakfast in the picnic area, our tour guide walked us along the board walk through all five stages representative of a bog.  The park is located at 28478 W. Brandenburg Rd., Ingleside IL, 60041, just about ten minutes north of Wauconda off of Route 12.  To learn more about Volo Bog, visit  To learn about how you can support the park visit  
We recently had Wauconda Township Supervisor, Glenn Swanson, speak to us about the services provided to the 21,730 people who live in the Township.  Glenn, pictured in red above, described the Township as covering 25.25 square miles, responsible for 32 miles of roads, and assessing 11,297 parcels of property.  By law, the Township provides three main functions: general assistance for the indigent, maintenance of roads not under any other control, and assessment of real property for the purpose of taxation.  In addition, Wauconda Township takes a lead role in providing services and transportation to senior citizens through the Senior Advocate and Senior Transportation programs.   Please go to: for a description of the departments, services, and activities the Township provides.  Most importantly, if you have not already done so, see the website to subscribe to Glenn's electronic newsletter.  We appreciate Glenn's time in educating and updating us on Wauconda Township.   
We wish you a very happy Fourth of July. 
At today's meeting, incoming President Jim Schneider presented outgoing President Mark Geraci with a Paul Harris Fellowship in thanks for his leadership in the 2015 - 2016 Rotary year.  Among other accomplishments, we completed District 6440 lead Club Visioning, and grew the club by a net 3 members.  Thank you, Mark, for your dedication and willingness to be a leader. 
Today is Flag Day, June 14, 2016.  Please remember to fly your flag accordingly.
Our President, Mark Geraci, LPL Financial, invited Rena Ballard, Attorney at Law, to speak to the group about estate planning and elder law at yesterday's meeting.  You can learn more about Ms. Ballard's practice at
Happy Memorial Day. 
Photo courtesy of Arlington National Cemetery Photography.
Please remember the reason we celebrate Memorial Day.  Photo courtesy of Arlington National Cemetery photography. 
At a recent club meeting, Brad Fink, who is both a club member and Director of Public Works for the Village of Wauconda, gave an update on the project to bring Lake Michigan Water to the Village.  The Village is working with Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA) to complete the work. 
Please consider supporting Bookfriends International by purchasing books at the Deer Park Store or online as follows:
Bookfriends International Barnes and Noble Bookfair
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Barnes and Noble Deer Park - 20600 North Rand Road
Your assistance will help fund book deliveries to students in Africa who desperately need reading materials. 
Simply mention book fair ID 11841772 at checkout, or make your online purchases between 04/24/16 and 04/28/16 using the same ID.  Online purchases can be made at: BN.COM/bookfairs.  To learn more about Bookfriends, see:   
The Rotary Club of Wauconda participated in Spring Road Way Clean Up along with members of other organizations in town.  The event is organized twice per year by Star Runners. Representatives of several clubs, charities, and service organizations gather to be sure Wauconda looks good for big events, like the Bunny Hop and Turkey Trot.  Bryan Anderson and his son, Marge Blaurock, and Fred Holtgren all participated.  Nice vests!
We were proud to have the Chief of Police, David Wermes, come to our meeting to describe his career in law enforcment.  He described his assessment of the Wauconda Police Department and the general area, and spoke of his near future plans for this important part of our community. 
We were very happy to participate in the recent Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.  One lucky person won our raffle for a Stetson hat and two tickets to our May 21st Barn Dance. 
At today's meeting, President Mark Geraci presented a check to Mr. Steve Kutschat.  Steve, a member of our club, is also the founding member of Bookfriends International.  Steve and his wife Paulie coordinate a group of volunteers who collect and prepare donated educational books for shipment to students in several areas of Africa.  To learn more, see  The last shipment, which is on it's way to Africa now, included a donation of eye glasses that came to Bookfriends through the cooperation of the Wauconda Lions Club. 
We will not be meeting at our regular location on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.  We will be taking a field trip to Bookfriends International,  Our club member, Steve Kutschat, is the founder of Bookfriends, along with his wife, Paulie.  We are proud of the work they have done to provide educational materials to children in Africa.  Please visit their website, or find them on Facebook, to learn more about the work they do.  It is noteworthy that the Wauconda Lions Club has also been involved by providing eye glasses for children in Africa who might not other wise have them.  
President Mark Geraci inducted two members to our club today. Debbie Stettin, Fifth Third Bank, was previously an active member of our club, and has now rejoined us. Miguel Lopez was a member of the Lake in the Hills Rotary Club, but has now come to the Rotary Club of Wauconda, which is close to his employer, Stack-On Products, where he is a member of the Human Resources team.  We welcome you both, and are proud to have you with us. 
At today's meeting, our Club Member, and author, Miguel Lopez, auctioned a copy of his book about Judo.  The lucky winner was Fred Holtgren.  Congratulations, Fred! 
Our speaker yesterday was our own Club member, Vickie Laureys.  Vickie is the owner of Vicki's Personal Touch, Ltd., a full service salon and day spa, in Wauconda, IL.  The business has served clients in the area for 30 years.  Aside from having been our Club President for two terms, here are some of her other accomplishments:  President of the affiliate #47 Cosmetologist Association from 1982-1984. President of the Wauconda Chamber of Commerce 1991-1993.  Member of the Lions Club, Business Exchange, Wauconda Chamber of Commerce Women's Club, founder of the Wauconda High School's Interact Club, and assistant 4-H leader.
Vickie talked about operating a business through some of the most trying economic times we have experienced. She described the challenges of staff selection and motivation, maintaining focus on what is best for the business and clients, and the excitement of moving from her original location to a brand new facility.  Throughout it all, Vickie keeps her focus on enjoying what she is doing becuase, after all, she is "the fun one" in the Rotary Club of Wauconda.  
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