Rotary Club of Wauconda

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Sergeant at Arms
Membership Chair
Public Image Chair
Web Site Coordinator
Club Service Chair
Fellowship Chair
Fundraising Chair
Vocational Service Chair
Scholarships Chair
Literacy Chair
Community Service Chair
International Service Chair
Shelter Box
Youth Service Chair
Rotary Foundation
End Polio Coordinator
Club Information

Welcome to Wauconda Rotary Club!


Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Wauconda Cafe
405 W. Liberty
Wauconda, IL  60084
United States
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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.  

The Rotary Club of Wauconda will not be meeting on Wednesday, December 30, 2015.  We will be back to our normal schedule the following week.  

One picture tells the whole story!  The Rotary Club of Wauconda annual Christmas celebration at Wauconda Bowl  ended with the "old timers" wiping out the "youngsters".  Service to our community, our club, new generations, our vocations, and the international community is hard work.  Sometimes, we just need to lighten things up and have fun. 

The men and women of the Rotary Club of Wauconda, District 6440, wish you a peaceful Thanksgiving Day.  


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