December 14, 2019
9am fun and games, 10am movie starts
Bring your kids to Cinema 12 in Carpentersville for a free movie showing of The Polar Express and some fun and games too!

Doors open at 9:00 AM so attendees can participate in various arts and crafts in addition to several fun games. Candy and goodie bags will be available! Movie starts at 10 AM.
Free Holiday Movie: The Polar Express Morgan Bergquist 2019-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
Carpentersville Morning Rotary Club presents Hotel Transylvania at Classic Cinemas Cinema 12 Theatre on Saturday, October 26 at 10:00am. FREE admission! Seating is limited.

Games and prizes will be at 9am, and the movie starts at 10am, so be sure to come early.

Movie description: Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teenaged daughter.
Free Movie: Hotel Transylvania Morgan Bergquist 2019-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

Raceway Woods 5K/3K

Challenge yourself on the historic Meadowdale International Raceway

Race proceeds raise money to support those in need within our community. We partner with the F.I.S.H Food Pantry and Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township, as well as “Agua Es Vida” Water project in Mexico.

Registration begins at 7am and the race starts at 8am.

Run with your dog!

Race a 5K or walk a 3K with your doggo! You will run with other dog runners in a separate start. Dogs are welcome to participate in the run or walk as long as they are leashed at all times, current on rabies and distemper vaccines, and have excellent temperament with other dogs and children. Water and bowls will be provided at the start/finish. Please clean up after your dog. 

The first 50 dogs registered will get a doggie goodie bag!

Register now >

Raceway Woods 5K Andy Sauder 2019-06-23 05:00:00Z 0
Want to know more about the causes that our club supports? Read this booklet that we put together to explain to new members what Rotary is all about. But to sum it up in a phrase..."Service above self!" We put on events to raise money for serving others, and we're all volunteers meeting at local businesses, so we have almost no overhead costs. Come join us for breakfast on Wednesday mornings at Southern Belles at 7am. 
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Bring your kids for a free movie showing of Monster House and some fun and games too! 

Doors open at 9:00 AM when attendees can participate in various arts and crafts in addition to several fun games. Candy and Goodie Bags will be available too! Movie starts at 10am. 

Movie description: A small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told - the first Christmas.
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Help us supply new warm winter coats for students in Carpentersville. Drop us $20 on Venmo and another kid is good to go! Be sure to mention “Operation Warm” in the Venmo comment.

Or if you'd like to pay via check, please make checks payable to:
Rotary Club of Carpentersville, P.O.Box 946, Carpentersville, IL 60110
A new coat goes beyond a second-hand one to help foster self-confidence, school attendance and outdoor play on cold days. We want to give children a gift of warmth, confidence and hope so they are empowered to succeed.
Please help us support local children this winter by making a tax-deductible donation. Even a small donation will help us achieve our goal. 
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At 10:00 AM Saturday 10/27/18

The Rotary Club of Carpentersville will be sponsoring a free showing of the animated movie Monster House, at Classic Cinema 12, 100 Besinger Drive in Carpentersville.

Doors open at 9:00 AM when attendees can participate in fun games and various activities in arts and crafts. Free candy and Goodie Bags will be available too!
Free Halloween Movie: Monster House Andy Sauder 2018-09-11 05:00:00Z 0

Save the date! 

Challenge yourself on the historic Meadowdale International Raceway. 

Race proceeds raise money to support those in need within our community. We partner with the Operation Warm, F.I.S.H Food Pantry and Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township, as well as “Aqua Es Vida” Water project in Mexico.

Run with your dog!

Race a 5K or walk a 3K with your doggo! You will runwith other dog runners in a separate start. (Friendly, leashed dogs that are picked up after )

Visit the Raceway Woods 5K Website >

Raceway Woods 5K Challenge Andy Sauder 2018-05-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 09, 2017
The free holiday showing of Arthur Christmas at Classic Cinemas was such a hit, they had to open a second screen. Over 250 moviegoers came out, watched a movie, played some games and took a photo with Santa! The kids had a great time. Thanks to all of our volunteers and the theater for helping make this happen!
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Posted on Oct 25, 2017
We're happy to announce a new Little Free Library that was installed today at Aunt Martha's Carpentersville Community Health Center at Rt 68 and Wakefield Dr. It's now fully stocked with lots of great books—many Spanish titles. 
Little Free Library | Aunt Martha's Andy Sauder 2017-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
Free Holiday Movie Presented by Carpentersville Rotary 10/21 10:00 am Nason 2017-09-15 05:00:00Z 0
The 2017 Annual Pub Crawl is here! Starting at Bikini Bottom and ending at Bandito Barneys with plenty of places in between. Get your crew together and start training now. 

All of our proceeds benefit kids in need throughout the Dundee and Carpentersville area.
Tickets are only $15 pp (charitable donation to Operation Warm)

Sat 10-21-2017. 4-10 pm For tickets:
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Posted on Jan 25, 2017
Our month long Toiletries Drive for the Carpentersville FISH Food Pantry is back for the 5th consecutive year!
Throughout the entire month of February 2017 we will be collecting any toiletry items and donating them to our local food pantry. More information on how you can help coming soon!
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Posted on Jan 05, 2017
Applications for the 2017 Carpentersville Rotary Jim Krenz Memorial Scholarships are now being accepted. Download the application via the the download section on the left hand side of the main page! Open to District 300 students!
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Aye Governor!
As his final stop on a 5 month long tour of visiting each Rotary club in our district we were very happy to finally have our official visit from our district governor Rick Rivkin! With plenty of practice under his belt, which was just accumulated over the past 5 months, he gave a great presentation about the "Power of One"!
The Power of One.... One Person... One Rotary Club... One Rotary District.... One Rotary International Organization! Individually we are one person but that's where it starts and most of the time that is all it takes! One person with one idea and reaches out to one Rotary club, then one Rotary District, then one Rotary International Organization until it grows into a global effort!
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We Are Thankful! 2016-11-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 18, 2016
On a unseasonably warm day in November we once again distributed 300 coats to local children in need just in time for the cold weather which is just around the corner!
THANK YOU to all those people who support us through out the year at our various events who have given us this opportunity to give back for the last 8 years.
THANK YOU the the various clubs of the Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township and the Social worker staff at District 300 for all their help with the children and distribution.
THANK YOU to all club members who volunteered and the staff at Polynt Composites USA for their time and contributions as well.
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Posted on Oct 17, 2016
The fight against Poilo has been one of Rotary International's biggest fight and through all the years of hard work they are truly "This Close" to defeating the disease!
As part of the Rotary International community we constantly hear about the need to support the effort to eradicate Polio but unless we do the actual research we lack a basic knowledge about the actual disease. Thanks to a recent visit from Rotary District 6440 Polio chair Carol Wells we now have a better knowledge of the disease, the fight and the ways to help! A little knowledge can go a long way and clarify our understanding and encourage more of a willingness to contribute to the cause! All thanks to Carol and her informative presentation.
Polio eradication is ongoing fight and anyone willing to learn more can visit: We want thank Carol for the time she took out to visit our club and inform us on the latest information with the End Poilo Now effort.
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Posted on Sep 14, 2016
(Pictured Above is Jamie Garcia from Centro De Informacion who spoke to us about all the opportunities they are able to provide for the local Hispanic communities)
There was a time not too long ago where Hispanic families in our communities had few resources or outlets to reach out too for help or information which left them vulnerable to be taken advantage of. Fortunately the need for a Organization that could provide help was realized and acted upon!
Case in point is the Centro De Informacion Organization whose main goal is to "empower Hispanics with the ability to effectively integrate into our greater community through the facilitation of information, education, citizenship and well-being". The resources Centro has available to the Hispanic community are very beneficial and ideal to help families become respectable parts of our communities.  Anyone with any interest in finding out more about Centro De Informacion can visit their website at:
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Posted on Sep 13, 2016
On Monday September 12, 2016 we had our official Ribbon Cutting ceremony for our very own Little Free Library here in Carpentersville. The few that gathered brought books to donate, and enjoyed a brief presentation as we made the Grand Opening official. Thanks to everyone who made it a success and a possibility!
Remember you can find our Little Free Library located at the south entrance of the village hall or use coordinates Lat: 42.1178 Long: -88.2646 on your GPS to take you right to it!
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Posted on May 31, 2016
During our service trip down in El Vaquero, SLP Mexico in 2014 we made a commitment to that community to somehow bring them a sustainable water source which they lack and desperately need. We are happy to announce that current plans are in progress to help make this commitment a reality and has been deemed our "Agua Es Vida" (Water is Life) Rain Harvesting Project. Below is a link to a great video that describes the project in detail done by another Rotary club and is the base for our upcoming project later this year.
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Posted on May 18, 2016
During our path in life we could always use some assistance/coaching on the way especially when we loose direction! Good thing there are individuals like Miriam lwrey who are there to help and who ask the questions we need to hear to start realizing where we need to go. She also helps individuals develop trust with in themselves, take on fear, turn bad thoughts into good thoughts and define that path that needs to be taken to accomplish goals and move on to the next challenge.
We want to thank Miriam for taking her time out to visit with our club and share her inspirational wisdom. Anyone interested in getting a hold of Miriam to seek her help can contact her at: 773-690-0616 or visit her company site at:
Life Coach at Any Age!! 2016-05-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 16, 2016
Despite the lack of summer weather and with a definite chill in the air we made the most of our situation and had a great 2016 kickoff to Summer event anyway! Thanks to the facilities at the Carpentersville Middle School we were able to re-locate at the last minute and have the event indoors. After some mass last minute notifications everyone was updated and were able to make there way out for an entertaining evening.

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Posted on May 09, 2016
Many people want pets but not many people know how to properly take care of them which leads to more and more cases of animal neglect and abandonment! If it wasn't for places like the Hoof Woof and Meow Animal rescue some of these neglected pets would not have a chance in life at all.
Stacy Pryek is part of the core group of volunteers at the Hoof Woof & Meow Animal Rescue and she has many stories of the cases she has come across with her time at the rescue. Cases that hit close to home for fellow animal owners and almost instantly put them in a positing to want to help. During her brief visit with our club Stacy presented her rescue, their mission and the sad situations she deals with throughout the year. Its not all sad and depressing though! The great upside is the work her and her other volunteers put in to bring these animals back from the brink of death and forward into a healthy life with a loving family.
There are many ways to help or learn more about the work her and her rescue does just by visiting their website: We want to thank Stacey for her visit and wish nothing but the best for her, her volunteers and all the animals she helps!
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Posted on Apr 19, 2016
Up and early on a Saturday morning on a beautiful spring day! After a delicious meal at our favorite breakfast place (Denny's in Carpentersville) we were hard at play... we mean work!! We quickly gathered our work supplies, snapped a few photos and proceeded to clean the road. A winters worth of debris was scattered throughout the landscape and we did our best to get every last piece!
Thanks to all the members who came out and did a great job cleaning the roads! Check out the pictures in the 2016 Spring Highway Clean Up Photo Album!
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Posted on Apr 06, 2016
It's amazing to see the ability of a young individual who deals with a lot of personal issues growing up and yet is able to accomplish so much with the help of organizations like our local Boys & Girls Club. Each year through their Youth of the Year program these select young individuals have a great opportunity to get the support they need to be successful as well as pass on the knowledge to the next generation and beyond.
Nichiya Pippins, who recently visited our club, is another great example of what the Youth of the Year program is all about. Currently only a sophomore at Dundee Crown High School, Nichiya has put in the work with her academics, with her athletics and with her life at home to become this years Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township Youth of the Year. A title which has earned her a $10,000 scholarship. As a sophomore she still has a great opportunity to again qualify for youth of they year and additional scholarship money for her remaining 2 years of high school which can do a lot for her college education potential.
Impressed with her as a young individual our club will be sending Nichiya to the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) where she will work with similar minded young individuals and improve her leadership skills to be that much better as a person.   Best of luck Nichiya... you have all the right tools to make all the right moves!!
2016 B&G Club Youth of the Year Nachiya Pippins 2016-04-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 28, 2016
With Easter being so early this year, preparation for our 5th annual Easter Dinner Basket Distribution was fast and furious, but we were still able to have another successful distribution event. Between the collecting, the shopping, the assembling, and the organizing everything was done in a short amount of time! In the end we were able to distribute of 30 Easter Dinner Baskets to local families in need. 
We want to send a special Thank You to the children of the Lakewood Boy's & Girls Club who spent and evening crafting very Easter-esk goodie bags for each of our baskets. Thank you to each of our club members who made a contribution and those who did all the shopping and organizing. Last but not least we want to thank all those who support us at our various events whose contributions make stuff like this possible!! Check out all the pictures in our 2016 Easter Dinner Album.
5th Annual Easter Dinner Baskets for local families in need! 2016-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 02, 2016
Another successful month long toiletries drive capped off by another successful day of service. We showed up at the Carpentersville FISH Food Pantry with our all the remaining donations and before we knew it we were busy at work! So busy that we had little time to take many pictures captivating the event!
Stocking shelves, filling orders, taking out trash, sorting through eggs and even inputting orders into the computer, our group of Rotary volunteers were able to take part in a little bit of everything that goes on during their typical distribution day. Just as fast as it started it was over with and just as fast as the donations came in they went out to local families in need.
It's an amazing process completed each and every week my amazing volunteers and people who donate and we highly recommend anyone interested in volunteering to take the time out and do just that! Thank You to everyone that contributed and continue to contribute as the families who receive the help are very grateful to bring food and supplies to care for their families.
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Posted on Feb 22, 2016
Another week has passed by and another new member has joined our ranks! We are once again excited to welcome Justin Searles, Youth Pastor Extraordinaire, to our club and our beloved community! His passion for youth service is right up our alley and will be a great addition to our group! It's always nice to get a new member but to get 2 new members in the same month is an even bigger bonus!! We are blessed!
From all of us here at the club and at Rotary International.... Welcome Mr. Searles!
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Posted on Feb 16, 2016
It's been a while since we have welcomed a new member but it's always nice to see the club grow and the great people we attract to make a difference in this community. Introducing Mrs. Lauren Rosenthal.... Librarian Extraordinaire!! Her literacy expertise will come in very handy in our future endeavors and we are excited to see what else she will bring to the table!! Welcome Welcome!!
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Posted on Jan 20, 2016
Most people only think about personal security the moment they need it! Unfortunately in some cases, it may be a little too late! Thankfully there are individuals like Joe Rosner who are experts in Self Defense and Personal Security and are more than willing to share their knowledge to help make society potentially safer as a whole. 
Personal Security with Joe Rosner 2016-01-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 18, 2016
Do you know of any outstanding high school students who could benefit from developing their leadership skills?  If so, encourage them to apply for sponsorship by our Rotary Club for one of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) retreats in Spring 2016 (March 10-13 and April 7-10).  Student feedback on this experience is always outstanding.  Take a look at this video to get a feel for RYLA. A program brochure and application packet can be downloaded on our home page. All applications are do no later thand February 29th.
2016 RYLA Applications Now Being Accepting 2016-01-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 13, 2016
Introducing our month long Round Up for Rotary change collection campaign now through mid February at our favorite breakfast location:
Denny's in Carpentersville (200 Spring Hill Dr.)
Next time you visit Denny's in Carpentersville (200 Spring Hill Rd.) and are paying your bill... look for our collection jar and
"Let Your Change Make a Change" to those in need!
Round Up for Rotary!
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Posted on Jan 05, 2016
New Year, New Opportunity to make a difference! See you out there!
HAPPY 2016 2016-01-05 06:00:00Z 0
Holiday Party at the Nutt House 2015-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 14, 2015
What another great year! With over 200 children on hand and over 300 people total, including the parents and guardians, our 2015 FREE Holiday Movie event was a big success! The children were well entertained with the great activities, crafts, and prizes provided by our club and the staff at the Jerri Hoffmann Child & Family Center! Santa was also on hand to visit and take pictures with the children. Thanks to all the club members and staff at the Jerri Hoffmann Child & Family Center who made it a very entertaining and festive morning for everyone involved. Check out the event photos in the 2015 FREE Holiday Movie photo album!
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Posted on Dec 07, 2015
For the past 4 years we have had the great opportunity to volunteer at the community annual Shop with a Cop event coordinated by the Carpentersville Police Department. Each year the event has grown and with it so has the need for volunteers. This is a great annual program and even better chance to give back. The families and children who are selected to participate leave feeling very blessed and grateful which carries over to all those involved. Learn more at
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Posted on Dec 07, 2015
Another successful year! On "Giving Tuesday" we conducted our 7th annual Operation Warm program providing 300 new winter coats to local children in need. With the help of the Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township we made our way through 5 local grade schools to distribute various amounts of coats to select children at each school. Additional coats were given to the District 300 staff to have on hand and provide it to a child when it is really needed. Check out the full set of photos in the 2015 Operation Warm Photo Album. Additional photos taken by the Boys & Girls Club staff can be found via this link here:
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Posted by James Olvera on Nov 30, 2015
Over the past year Alvaro and his family in El Vaquero SLP, Mexico have really made the Super Adobe house we built for them their own. With recent torrential rains that plagued the area they were able to stay dry and protected from the elements. More and more each day the realize the benefits and become more appreciative of what we have been able to provide. Check out all the latest photos in th photo Album!
2014 Build A Dream Project Update James Olvera 2015-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 08, 2015
Another BIG successful night and we have nothing but THANKS for everyone that came out and made it such a success! A very entertaining evening indeed!! Full event pictures are available now in the 2015 Rotary Pub Crawl 6.0 Photo Album!!
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Posted on Sep 28, 2015
Another successful FREE Halloween movie event which everyone seemed to enjoy! Plenty of fun to be had, a classic Halloween movie to watch and some delicious treats to go home with. Thank you to the Jerri Hoffmann Child & Family center for the great crafts and activities and all the club volunteers and contributors who made it a very entertaining morning. Also... Thank You the Classic Cinemas Cinema 12 for giving us the opportunity to provide events like this for our community!
Check out the full set of pictures in the 2015 Free Halloween Movie Photo Album!
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Posted on Sep 21, 2015
Congratulations to the Carpentersville Fire Department on the Centennial Anniversary serving our commuity. Check out this great video of the celebration parade put together by Elginnet Media:
CFD Celebrating 100 Years!! 2015-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 20, 2015
With over 170 runners our 3rd annual RaceWay 5K Fun Run & Walk was a big success and helped raised thousands of dollars for our charity organization! The weather was as good as it could of been with the storms and hot temps that were lurking the night before.
It was an early morning for our members and volunteers as we prepared for the gathering of the races. Sure enough the showed and we were well on our way to another successful event! 8am the horn sounded and the racers were off with the "formula 1" racers in the front of the pack and the "go cart" racers not far behind! 17 minutes later our winner crosses the finish line with all the runner ups soon to follow! Before we knew it we were awarding the winners and celebrating the individual victories!
We want to thank everyone involved and who supported the event for the continued success year after year. A full set of event pictures are available in the 2015 RaceWay 5K Photo Album! Check out this great event video put together by our friends at Fox Valley Community TV Network. Check out this great News Paper article written by Lauren Rhor from the daily herald:
2015 RaceWay 5K Fun Run & Walk!! 2015-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 05, 2015
A great small community event on a beautiful summer evening! Many families and their children came out to enjoy a free entertaining evening the everyone seemed to enjoy . Check out the few pictures that were taken in the Carpentersville national Night Out Photo Album!
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2015 School Supplies Drive 2015-08-04 05:00:00Z 0
What had the makings of a great local fest was unfortunately cut short by mother nature! There is definitely a lot of potential and to look forward to next year!
NKCC Fest on the FOX 2015-08-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Aug 04, 2015
This years league was another great success! Final tournament week turned out to be a barn burner with lots of intense action on a beautiful moon lit summer night. Congratulations to the Dill Kicklz for defending their title and becoming back to back league champions! Check out the full 9 weeks of action in our 2015 KickBall Konfederation League photo album!
2015 KicBall Konfederation Summer League James Olvera 2015-08-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 13, 2015
Congratulations and welcome to our new 2015-16 Board Members lead by new club president Amalia Woolf.
Check out the rest of the pictures in our 2015-16 installation Evening Photo Album!
Welcome 2015-16 Board 2015-07-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jun 23, 2015
We had a great evening filled with plentiful mustaches, madness and mayhem!!! Thanks to everyone who come out and had a good time supporting our organization! It was a very entertaining night filled with dancing, socializing, eating, racing, lip singing, an unbeatable pinata, door prizes and a $500 cash draw. Check all the nights pics in the 2015 Mustache Bash Photo Album!!
2015 Mustache Bash Fundraising Event James Olvera 2015-06-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jun 15, 2015
Congratulations to this years recipients of our Annual Jim Krenz Memorial Scholarship who were presented their awards at our weekly meeting on June 10, 2015. Two very bright and positive young ladies who have a lot to look forward too with the educational paths that each of them have chose. Best of luck ladies! You are always welcome to come back and visit and share with us your experience on taking the next step to becoming responsible adults.
Thank you to all those who support us for making this happen and to the Krenz Family for their continued support and donations to make this a successful scholarship for a 3rd year in a row!
2015 Jim Krenz Memorial Scholarship James Olvera 2015-06-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jun 08, 2015
Through his life of service author Robert Beezat is a very loving individual who has lived a great life and shares what he has learned through his book "Knowing & Loving: The Keys to Real Happiness" so that others can benefit from the knowledge he has obtained over the years. The hopes behind the book is that others can also live a good life or ask the questions they need to start the path to a better life.
Recently Robert spoke to our club and discussed the meaning behind his book and shared with some of his fondest memories which have developed him into the man he is today. In his words "We are born to know and love" and through that we as individuals are able to make life decisions tha will hopefully will lead us to live a good authentic life. Most people can relate to what Robert has to say and reading his book can benefit you in more ways than one. to learn mor about Robert and hi book visit his link here:
Knowing & Loving James Olvera 2015-06-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jun 08, 2015
The New Jerri Hoffmann Child & Family in Center from the Children Home & Aid Organization here in Carpentersville will provide top notch child care opportunities for those who seek and for those who qualify for assistance. Children who are currently enrolled and the old facility who will be soon moving to the new facility will experience a major upgrade and increased enjoyment for everything the new center has to offer.
Recently Julie Carson from the Children Home & Aid Organization visited our club to discuss the latest and greatest with the new facility. Set to open in July, the new state of the art facility will quickly become one of the premier child care facilities in our local community and any parent interested in enrolling their child should consider sooner than later. The center does provide government assistance for those who qualify which will allow any parent to still provide excellent childcare at a much reduced rate which is very beneficial for the parent and child in many ways! For more information about enrollment and the new center itself  you can contact Julie at: 847.426.9505 or
New Jerri Hoffmann Center James Olvera 2015-06-08 05:00:00Z 0
2015 Carpentersville Community Kickoff to Summer Celebration James Olvera 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
2015 FREE Spring Jazz Concert James Olvera 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Apr 08, 2015
Gambling is not a glamorous or highly publicized addiction but it is a n addiction none the less!
Gambling Addiction? James Olvera 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Apr 05, 2015
We are again happy to introduce the 2nd part of our newest members Mrs. Bibiana Garcia who became official on Wednesday April 1, 2015. The club is growing which is very exciting! With as much as we accomplish now who knows what the potential will be with our newly acquired members. Welcome to the Club Rotarian Bibiana... its always nice to add new talent and another pretty face to our ever growing group.
New Member.. New Member.. New Member.. Part 2 James Olvera 2015-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
4th Annual Easter Dinner Baskets for Local Families in Need James Olvera 2015-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Mar 30, 2015
We are very excited to present our newest member (Part 1)... from the city of Carpentersville... Owner of Meadowdale Performance Garage... with a 10 and 0 record including 8 TKO's..... Mr. Humberto Garcia..aaaaaaaaa!!! Welcome to the club! We can't wait to see the new dynamic you will bring to our great local organization!!
New Member.. New Member.. New Member.. Part 1 James Olvera 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Mar 30, 2015
A lot of good can be said about our local Shop with A Cop program and it is all thanks to the hard work and dedication that CPD Joe Pilarski and Griselda Hernandez put in over the last several years which have developed this program to the great annual event it is today!
Shop with A Cop of Dundee Township James Olvera 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Mar 30, 2015
Another successful spring highway cleanup in the books! It was a cold spring morning and members and volunteers still came out to clean up our sections of adopted highway and did our part to make our little section of Carpentersville that much more beautiful! Thanks to everyone who came out and joined the fun! Check out all the action shots in our 2015 Spring Highway Clean Up photo album.
2015 Spring Highway Cleanup! James Olvera 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Mar 24, 2015
Any person or child raised by a single parent knows how difficult it can be to live a normal life style but Korey Huges has not let that hold him back and is quickly developing into a great young adult with all the potential to make a difference in anything he does.
2015 Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year Korey Huges James Olvera 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Mar 02, 2015
Another successful month long toiletries drive for our local FISH food pantry here in Carpentersville. Collecting the remaining items from our collection points and turning them in on the last Wednesday of the month as we volunteered for the day helping providing much needed food and toiletry items to local families...
4th Annual Toiletries Drive for FISH James Olvera 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Feb 22, 2015
For some time now District 300 high school students have had great opportunities to gain real world experience in a field of their interest at a young age...
District 300 Internship Program James Olvera 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Feb 09, 2015
Habitat for Humanity is a great organization that has been around for some time and thrives on providing affordable and adequate housing for families all throughout the United States...
Habitat for Humanity Northern Fox Valley James Olvera 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jan 19, 2015
After a few visits and seeing what our club is all about we were excited to hear that a former friend of the club has decided to become an official member. We are very excited to welcome our newest club Member Dave Nutt who was presented to the club on January 14, 2015! There is definite strength in numbers and his addition will increase our might and make us that much more better! Welcome to the club Dave!
New Year... New Member James Olvera 2015-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jan 12, 2015
Here is our very own Tina Curtis with Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang and his lovely wife during his recent visit to the Chicago land are in early January
Picture with the President! James Olvera 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jan 04, 2015
2014 is behind us and 2015 is only just beginning! As our club develops year after year we are starting to find the groove of our monthly activity schedule which has helps us know what to expect and prepare for throughout the year...
2015... The Year Ahead! James Olvera 2015-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Dec 21, 2014
With well over 200 people in attendance our 2nd annual Free Holiday Movie event was another success. Many children and their families got to enjoy a visit with Santa, a few holiday crafts, some reindeer games and a classic holiday comedy on the big screen...
2014 FREE Holiday Movie Event James Olvera 2014-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Holiday Dinner at the BGCDT - Paul Knox Teen Center James Olvera 2014-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Nov 19, 2014
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!...
2014 6th Annual Operation Warm Event James Olvera 2014-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Nov 16, 2014
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...
Friends of the Fox Organization James Olvera 2014-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Nov 16, 2014
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.
KickBall Konfederation Fall League James Olvera 2014-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Nov 03, 2014
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.

Recent Club Pictures James Olvera 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Oct 26, 2014
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...
FREE Halloween Movie James Olvera 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Oct 26, 2014
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.
Benefiting from monthly speakers! James Olvera 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Oct 20, 2014
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.
2014 Carpentersville Oktoberfest!! James Olvera 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Oct 13, 2014

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:

Neighborhood Housing Services of the Fox Valley James Olvera 2014-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Sep 22, 2014

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!...


Rotary Pub Crawl 5.0 James Olvera 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Sep 14, 2014

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


Sandy Sullivan's Green Bay Love Stories James Olvera 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Aug 24, 2014

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

2014 RaceWay 5K James Olvera 2014-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Aug 24, 2014

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!

Light Up Rotary w/Dist. Governor Ellen Young James Olvera 2014-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Aug 10, 2014

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!


2014 School Supplies Drive James Olvera 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jul 27, 2014

ImageHaving the opportunity to suddenly make a decision to stop your normal day to day activities and decide to take a trip around the globe usually does not present itself, but it did for Annette Jahnel! Hailing from South Africa she made the decision to give up her good life as an artist and photographer to take a journey around the globe on a quest to communicate with middle aged men from various parts of the world and discover their general views in life. What she discovers is that typical men, regardless of where they are from, generally want the same thing!

ImageThrough various quotes she had written on her traveling vehicle by all the men she came into contact with during her 1 year trip around the world she discovered that a lot of men are like "Beauty Queens" and strive for world peace, feeding the hungry and respect for one another! Annette has a great presentation that she is willto share with anybody is willing to listen. To learn more about her, how to schedule her as a speaker, her book "My Year of Beds" and her current book in progress "Searching for Galileo" click on the picture to visit her site!

World Traveler Annette Jahnel James Olvera 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jul 27, 2014

ImageWeek 2: I was back home and back to my normal schedule but the work was still progressing. This week we had to hire local laborers to do the work as the volunteer students all went back to school and could no longer help on the jobsite. At first we did not think we would have the workers we needed but word got out and workers showed up more than willing to work. Wayne and Ulises both stayed on site that week to ensure the progress with the construction. 

This week the Super Adobe Vault style house was finally starting to take shape as the roofs were formed, the floor was formed, electrical put in place and walls were stuccoed and painted. By the end of the week the windows and doors were on sit to be put in place and additional bags were on hand to finish forming the exterior houses.

The hired workers did their best to get the house to a point where Alvaro (father of the family receiving the house) could finish the rest to his liking to officially make the house theirs. Upon Wayne's return home after that week of work we met for lunch to discuss the project in detail. He brought a gift the children of the school had made for me which I humbly accepted. One last gift he was able to provide was the discussion we had about the appreciation shown by Alvaro and his family shown on Wayne's final day down there. Wayne described him as almost coming to tears for being so appreciative of the work we had done and new housing we had provided for his family even though we are stranger from another country!

ImageGetting to know the family and people in general was a very humbling experience that one can only expect to experience by seeing it first hand! The thought never came across my mind that I would ever be part of a project like this but I am very grateful for the experience. Our plan is to continue the work and continue building similar houses for the families in this community year after year. In addition to that our goal over the next year is to provide a water well for this community because it is desperately needed and in their words "Agua Es Vida"... Water Is Life! With water they can do anything!

Check out all the build pictures in the Jose Santos photo album!

Build a Dream Project Part 2: Weeks 1 & 2 James Olvera 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jul 27, 2014

It is sad to say our inaugural KickBall Konfederation Co-Ed Kickball League is officially over! After 8 weeks of the fun regular season we battled it out during championship week and we are proud to announce our inaugural champions the Dill Kicklz! Facing the CVillains for the final match they battled it out through 11 innings of intense play and came out victorious with 1 out remaining in the bottom of the inning!

It was a great time had by all and adding the the nights excitement was the free nachos and last official game night after party at Dylan's Pub in West Dundee. Congratulations again and thanks for all the support! We will definitely do it again next year and possibly in the fall as there was some interest generated ant the finale of the summer season! Check out all the great pics in the 2014 KickBall Konfederation League photo album.


Carpentersville Rotary KickBall Konfederation Adult Co-Ed Kickball League James Olvera 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jul 06, 2014

After years of being an Honorary Member Melissa Hernandez was glad to become official and enlist as a full time Active Member. She has been a great member as Honorary and we would not expect anything less as an Active member. I was more than happy to present her with her official New Member Packet as part of one of my 1st official duties as president.


Welcome Melissa Hernandez! James Olvera 2014-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jun 29, 2014

A great night with great people and great food as we installed our incoming officers for the 2014-15 Rotary Year. Thank you to Immediate Past President Jeff Provisor for his great year of service and leading the way for the next man up! Check out all the great pictures of the nights activities in our 2014-15 Installation dinner photo album.


2014-15 Installation Dinner James Olvera 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jun 29, 2014

It was a very interesting weekend selling Ice Cream with the rainy weather and the heat but it was a fun time none the less. Thank you to all the members and volunteers who came out and made the most of the weekend and thank you to the Odd Fellows organization for giving us the opportunity to fundraise for our club.

Ice Cream is still available while supplies last at Main Street Bikes in Carpentersville. All proceeds benefit the operation and charities of the rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning. Check out all the pictures in the 2014 Rock the Fox Photo album!


2014 Rock the Fox Music Festival James Olvera 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jun 22, 2014

ImageImageWe recently had 2 surprise guests attend our meeting who came to the club with information about a Little Free Library they have established. For those of you who don't know what a little free library is visit the link here. Currently they have a dire need for Spanish children's books as these seem to be the books that are checked out but rarely returned. As adults we all know how important reading is and there are plenty of statistics that back it up. During summer time children are more concerned with relaxing versus worrying about continue to learn. In some cases they just lack the resources to acquire educational material to continue learning while there on a break from the school year. Little Free Libraries like theirs provides a resource  to learn and is only possible through the volunteers like them and donations from supporting organizations.

Like mentioned above Spanish Children's books are in dire need and any donation will be much appreciated. Feel Free to pass along the information and anybody that can help can contact Robin Ross via her email:

Little Free Library James Olvera 2014-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jun 22, 2014

ImageAfter 5 years of bouncing around we finally feel like we have a home! Thanks to the Carpentersville Staf & Management for making us feel so welcomed! Here you see club president Jeff Provisor presenting a meeting plaque to Denny's Manage Rich!

Denny's... Our Official Home! James Olvera 2014-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jun 16, 2014

Our club is growing again and we could not be any more happier! Welcome to our newest member Mario Castillo Branch Manager of the BMO Harris Bank on Rte. 25 in Carpentersville. Your presence has been uplifting already and we look forward to what your membership will bring.



Welcome Mario Castillo! James Olvera 2014-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jun 08, 2014

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!



2014 Jim Krenz Scholarship Winners James Olvera 2014-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on May 12, 2014

ImageWith all the could weather this winter and spring we could have not of asked for a better day to host our 2nd annual End of School Year Kickoff to Summer Celebration which we held  on Saturday May 10, 2014. It ended up being one of the better days in the season and we definitely took advantage of it with all the activities we had going on at the event.

The music was great and very entertaining provided by the Carpentersville Middle School Jazz band! There were children activities provided by the Tom Thumb Community Child Care Center and the local Boys and Girls Club. The Dundee Township Park District was on hand to promote summer programs and the local book mobile from the Fox Valley Library Imagealso got the opportunity to promote their summer programs. The local Police and Fire Department were also on hand to showcase their vehicles and hand out goodies to the children. We had our free ice pops which every one took advantage of. The biggest hit of the night was the dunk tank which the children lined up to be a part of and dunk their fellow students. 

All in all it was another great night and definitely something we will plan on doing next year. So until then.. check out all the great pics from out Kickoff to Summer Celebration photo album. 

2014 Kick Off to Summer End of School Year Celebration James Olvera 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on May 04, 2014

Recently we had a visitor to our club and before you know it he decided to become an official member on Wednesday April 23, 2014. So we want to officiall welcome Albert Morgan Bergquist as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning. Welcome Morgan! We are very happy youu made the decision to be part of our club and the Rotary Organization as a whole.

Welcome Albert Morgan Bergquist James Olvera 2014-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on May 04, 2014

ImageAnother year... another Cinco de Mayo Mustache Bash fundraising event. With any event there is always a lot to learn but we are very grateful for everyone who came out and showed their support. We also wold like to extend our gratitude to the Carpentersville Moose Lodge for working with us to help put on the event by allowing us to utilize their facilities and volunteers. Thank you to all those who made a donation to out door prize raffle, which was a definite highlight of the night. The $500 cash draw was also a big high light in addition to the pinto bean races, mustache pinata, and delicious walking tacos. No to mention the awesome margaritas and mustache cake that was also served that night. 

ImageEveryone who attended had a great time and enjoyed the company of one another which we are also very grateful for. Our goal is to make this successful annual event and it would not all be possible with the support and help from others. Check out the full line up of 2014 Cinco De Mayo Mustache Bash pictures in our photo albums.

2nd Annual Cinco De Mayo Mustache Bash!! James Olvera 2014-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on May 04, 2014


We had another successful year distributing over 35 full Easter Dinners baskets to local families in need just in time for the Easter Holiday. With the club support and donations from all our friends and sponsors families were able to have the opportunity to provide a complete delicious Easter meal for their families. Thanks to Griselda Hernandez and Patty Birones who are social workers for the Carpentersville Police department who helped select all of the families and allowed us to utilize the village hall meeting room as our distribution place. Thank You to the ladies of our club for taking the time out to shop for and assemble each of the baskets that cash donations were made for. Without all the support and effort none of this would be possible so we do our best to make sure the work they or anyone els puts in is much appreciated. We will once again plan to do it again next year and look forward to our next opportunity.


2014 Easter Dinner Baskets For Local Needy Families James Olvera 2014-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
How do I join the Carpentersville Rotary Club? James Olvera 2014-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Apr 13, 2014

ImagePart 2: In addition to the great education opportunities at Elgin Community College there is also great opportunity for financial support to help soften the burden students face trying afford some of these classes. Katherine Sayer, who is the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and Foundation for Elgin Community College, recently spoke to our club and was able to describe the ways there are able to help students financially and also help organizations who have scholarships available disperse and manage the scholarship process through their foundation.

The ECC Foundation has been in existence for over 50 years and has always strived to provide any financial assistance they can to students and provide an outlet for organizations who are looking for an effective way to distribute scholarships that are available. Through there various contacts with these outside organizations students have the ability to apply for all of them through 1 application process. Any student knows that applying for financial assistance can be very tedious and time consuming so to have 1 application process for a chance a t a variety of options is ideal!

To learn more about Elgin Community College visit their website:

Great Opportunities at Elgin Community College James Olvera 2014-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Mar 30, 2014
It didn't feel like spring but we cleaned the roads none the less. Thanks to all members and volunteers who came out early on that cold morning to help with the efforts. Check out all the rest of the pictures in our photo albums.
2014 Spring Highway Cleanup James Olvera 2014-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Mar 30, 2014

ImageWell over a year ago we were introduced to the Lori Hewitt and the CASA Organization and learned about what they do for children in the Kane County court system who are negatively affected bad family/living situations that are monitored by the court. After learning about the amount of children they help in the Carpentersville community, which is about 11% of the total children they help in Kane County, we knew that supporting their organization would directly effect the children in our community. Our goal from the beginning is helping the youth which is why we continue to supports efforts such as this to give these children every opportunity we can so they become successful and effectively contribute to society.

Here you see club President Jeff Provisor presenting Lori with a check for $500 for her CASA organization for their ongoing work with the troubled youth in the Kane County court system. to learn more about CASA and ways to help vistit their site via this link:

2014 CASA Contribution James Olvera 2014-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Vision for a Better World by RI James Olvera 2014-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Mar 10, 2014

ImageAttending the Presidential Elect training this past weekend I had a slight idea what I was in for but did not expect what I was going to take from the overall experience. In short there were great speakers to listen to, the break out groups came in a close second, the food and service was excellent, the fellowship and networking was even better. All of which were very educational, informative, creative, and motivational to encourage me to to the best job I can to represent my club and our Organization the best way possible in our community and in the world!


Presidential Elect Training 2014 James Olvera 2014-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Mar 02, 2014

Almost a year has passed since we first met Wayne and Fred from the Build A Dream Organization and ever since our initial interaction our club has been trying to figure out a way to work together to help assist with the work they are doing in the rural town of El Vaquero, Mexico.  Now we are happy to say that a plan is in motion and we are on our way to what will hopefully become a sustainable project for years to come.



Check out this great article written by Carpentersville community columinist Erin Sauder from the Courier News


(Here you see President Elect James Olvera present Fred Neuschel from the Build a Dream Organization with a check of $3,000 for the cost of the construction of 1 dome house for a family in need in the rural town of El Vaquero, Mexico)


"Build a Dream" Dome House Project Part 1 James Olvera 2014-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Mar 02, 2014

Thanks to a collaboration with all club members and all of our friends and followers we are happy to have successfully completed our 3rd annual Toiletries Drive for the Carpentersville FISH Food Pantry. Through our established donation drop off sites and the new ones we just acquired this year we were able to collect and donate well over 300 items throughout the entire month which was distributed almost just as soon as it came in to local families in need.   

Thanks to great coverage from local Courier News Reporter Erin Sauder, who wrote this fantastic article, we had a fantastic out pour of support and received a surge of donations soon after it's release! Thank You Erin!

The staff at the FISH Food pantry is very grateful for everything we and our supporters are able to accomplish the last 3 years. Donations can continue to be made at any point throughout the year when the Pantry is open for business on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for those of you with any interest. We express our most sincere gratitude for those who contributed and will once again plan on doing it again next year! THANK YOU and See You Then!!

2014 February FISH Food Pantry Toiletries Drive James Olvera 2014-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Mar 02, 2014

ImageThis Years RYLA applications have been submitted and are currently under review. We are very happy to have the chance to send another District 300 student to participate in the District Rotary Youth Leadership Award program and will have more to report back once and candidate has been selected and is able to attend  the 3 day program. 


2014 RYLA Applications Have Been Accepted! James Olvera 2014-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Mar 02, 2014

ImageIn honor of our founding member Jim Krenz we are glad to announce our 2nd annual Carpentersville Rotary Jim Krenz Scholarship which has increased to the amount of $2,500 thanks to donations from the Krenz family. Due to the increased amount we are offering 2 - $1,000 scholarships and 1 - $500 scholarship. The scholarships are available exclusively to young men and women in District 300 who are preparing to go to college or possibly pursue a vocational course. Applications have been submitted and are currently under review! Applicants will be notified for an interview and a decisions will be made in the up coming months.   

For those who don't know Jim Krenz is the founding member of the Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning and deserves every bit of praise we have earned from what our group has done and continues to do in the Carpentersville & International Rotary Communities. Without his initial drive a determination to get a group like this together we would not be in existence. Going through our fifth year as a club we are happy to continue to have this ability to provide a scholarship and honor the life of our founding member. 

Introducing the 2nd Annual Jim Krenz Scholarship James Olvera 2014-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Feb 23, 2014

ImageWith multiple tours as a Marine protecting our beautiful country and his time spent on Capitol Hill Larry Kaifesh has returned home determined to utilize his acquired knowledge to attempt to make a major positive difference in the current state of the Illinois government. Born and raised in the Carpentersville community he is currently trying to secure representation for his home district to get to a point where his ideas are herd and natural leadership is showcased to those who can help him make a difference.

As a club we were very well impressed with Larry when he was our guest speaker on February 19th and wish nothing but the best for him and the challenges he faces trying to make a difference in the government which we all know is difficult. To learn more about Larry and his campaign you can visit their site at: 

Kaifesh for Congress James Olvera 2014-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jan 15, 2014

ImageImageIn December local author and historian Philip Aleo visited our club an presented his book The Midwest Motorsport Legend - Meadowdale Raceways which depicted the entire history of the historical Meadowdale Raceway in Carpentersville. In the presentation he described the people behind the project, the process of it being built, the originals races that took place there, some of the tragedy and triumphs of the track and the current state of the track and it landmarks. Throughout his presentation it was hard not feel like you wished you had been around to witness a racing track of this magnitude with the star studded drivers who once roamed the tracks. For years that track was widely used for various forms of motor racing from stock cars to even snowmobiles in the winter time and then slowly became underutilized as years went along. Currently the are is used for walkers, runners and bike riders and of course our annual RaceWay 5K event which was the 1st actual race there since the track was officially closed. 

Philip also has other books depicting the history of Carpentersville and Dundee area which with all the great pictures these books contain, it is very easy to go through and see how this are started and where it is today. For more information on Philip you can visit his site:   

Local Author & Historian Philip Aleo James Olvera 2014-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jan 15, 2014
ImageBack in November and even just recently Suzanne Ness, professional Life Coach and founder of the Living Forward Foundation, presented to our club her foundation and discussed a Life Coaching program she runs for individuals ranging from teenagers to adults. The program runs 10 weeks long and covers topics ranging from decision making to eliminating self doubt which can be very beneficial to those who need that extra boost to allow to progress in life as a whole. Suzanne has currently completed a successful 10 week program through the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township Teen center which was very well received by all the teens who were involved. The potential a program like this has to help those who lack the confidence to progress in life is phenomenal and us as a Rotary club hope to implement her program for other other groups of students in the community. More info to come!
Living Forward Foundation James Olvera 2014-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jan 13, 2014

RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness."

"There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help. Many people say, 'There's nothing I can do.' So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark," Huang told the 537 district governors and their spouses and partners who are attending the 2014 International Assembly in San Diego, California.


2014 - 2015 New Rotary International Theme James Olvera 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jan 12, 2014

EREY-EN-kWater Projects Have Ripple Effect
Here's a good video (in both English and Spanish) about water projects and their effects -- freeing time for education and long-term operation because of community involvement.  To see the video in English click here, and for Spanish, here. More…

Idea -- Example of Timely, interesting use of District Grant grant money, good local service, and good groundwork for PR.
Arlington Heights Sunset Rotary has service project with the Wheeling Township Food Pantry -- A Grant Project Refrigerator.  A member of the club said, "we will be taking the official photos of the refrigerator our club purchased as part of the Rotary District 6440 grant on 1/8 at the Wheeling Township Food Pantry.. More…

New Dates for April Rotary Youth Leadership (RYLA) Session
The April RYLA session at Camp Edwards now will take place April 17-20, later in the month than announced originally.  Website information and brochures have been updated to reflect this change.  More…

January District News James Olvera 2014-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jan 01, 2014

We accomplished a lot before the month of December was over and here are a few pics of what we did which included a club holiday after hours, gift wrapping at the mall, volunteering at the Shop with A Cop Event and of course plenty of fellowship! More pics to follow!


Busy 2013 December James Olvera 2014-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Dec 29, 2013

Happy Holidays from the Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning! Check out more pics from our festive Holiday party in the 2013 Holiday party photo album. 


Happy Holidays! James Olvera 2013-12-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Dec 29, 2013

Our 1st annual FREE Christmas Move was a huge success! With a visit from Santa, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and a bunch of mischievous elves all the children who attended had a great time and awesome holiday experience. Thanks to the support from the staff at the Tom Thumb Child Care Community center who provided the great holiday crafts and games before the movie started which mad the event that much more festive. Children lined up to take pictures with Santa and Rudolph and occasionally the "held elf" snuck herself into some of the pictures.

Check out all the great pics like this one in out Holiday Movie Photo Album!


FREE Christmas Movie! James Olvera 2013-12-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Nov 24, 2013

This year’s Operation Warm event was a full day of running around to distribute the coats. We started out the day bright and early distributing over 100 coats to the great Social Worker staff at the District 300 Administration building. A number of these coats will go to a select group of students who are currently in need and the rest will be held on retainer for them to use as they see fit. Knowing that this staff works with these children each and every day we see they are very well aware of identifying those students in actual need and we are confident they will distribute the coats to the right children.

We continued the day later on that afternoon carrying on our tradition of distributing coats to the children in need in the Local Boys & Girls clubs in 4 of the community schools. This is always a fun and chaotic time trying to wrangle up the children to give them their new coats. Soon after they receive it there is a lot of excitement in the air and many kids running around the gymnasium who quickly learn how warm these coats really are!! Their initial reaction and overwhelming gratitude is what makes it all worth wile! There are a lot of happy kids who are better prepared to take on the elements through the winter season!

We are very grateful for this opportunity and having the ability to continue this program for our 5th year in a row. Without all the support we receive at our various fundraisers throughout the year we would be very limited on what we could actually accomplish. Thankfully for us this is not the case and the support for our organization continues to grow and grow each year! Check out of this year pictures in the 2013 Operation warm Photo Album!

Check out this great article from the Carpentersville Community Courier News Reporter Erin Sauder:

Our 5th Annual Operation Warm Event! James Olvera 2013-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Nov 24, 2013

Thanks to all of those who have donated and continue to donate to the rebuilding of the Illinois communities recently hit by the destructive Tornadoes. We have learned though our District 6440 leadership that the biggest donations needed at this point is money and that District 6460 has currently put the following plan in place:

In conjunction with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, FEMA and other voluntary agency partners, representatives of District 6460 are working tirelessly to assist victims of the recent tornadoes in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties. Financial contributions are the most important effort we can make at the moment to support the work of our fellow Rotarians.  We have two choices:  the Rotary District 6460 Foundation that is supporting efforts wherever needed within that district, or the Washington Rotary Club Foundation whose resources will be used 100% within Washington.  Specific directions about information needed on the checks and the address to which each must be sent are shown on the home page of our district website link.

Up-to-date official information for all the state tornado sites may be found at


Illinois Tornado Tragedy James Olvera 2013-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Nov 17, 2013

As we are all pretty well aware of the recent natural disaster that took place in the Philippines and us as Rotarians are willing to lend a hand when the opportunity presents itself. Our Rotary District in conjunction with the Shelter Box Organization has committed to partially fund at least 15 Shelter Boxes to send to the region and has asked us as individual clubs to sponsor the remaining amount. After a brief club discussion and a unanimous vote we were very happy to be able to sponsor the remaining $800 Shelter Box cost of $1000 ea. ($200 sponsored by the District) to send out in relief for all those currently in need in the Philippines.

Shelter boxes are just that, a box that is filled with the basic essentials a small family would need to provide a little security if they were in a position where they lost everything. As you can see in the picture below each Shelter Box contains mostly everything you need to shelter a small family, keep warm, provide warm meals and provide other basic materials to assist in times of desperation. To learn more about the Shelter Box Organization feel free to visit their site in the link provided.


Tragedy in the Philippines James Olvera 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Nov 10, 2013

ImageDid you know that 1 unit of Blood donated can save up to 3 lives? That is pretty astounding and somewhat encouraging for someone who may be on the fringe about possibly donating blood.

Roxie Kaminski who is a representative from the local Hertland Blood Centers spoke to our club on Wednesday November 6th and discussed all the great benefits and lives that are saved from people who donate blood.She also promoted a local drive that took place that same week in addition to some upcoming drives in other local surrounding communities. We also found out that with a few months coordination we or any other organization that is interested could host their own drive to help contribute to the constant need of fresh blood.

Anyone who knows anybody in the surrounding local hospitals that had to receive blood for any reason there is probably a good chance that it came from one of the local Heartland Blood Centers. Through their local drives and donation centers they have been able to develop into one of the biggest suppliers of fresh blood for a majority of the various hospitals surrounding the Carpentersville community. 

To learn more about the Heartland Blood Centers Organization or ways to donate visit there site here:

Giving Blood.. Saving Lives James Olvera 2013-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Nov 03, 2013
ImageClub President-Elect James Olvera and Club Secretary Nina Pearson at the 2013 District Fall Seminar on Saturday November 2, 2013!
District Fall Seminar 2013 James Olvera 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Oct 30, 2013


Being able to work one on one with local troubled youth and doing whatever one can to help them succeed in life is an everyday occurrence for District 300 Social worker Patricia Briones, her boss Don Wesemann and Carpentersville Police Social worker Griselda Hernandez. In no way is it an easy job but these individual are willing to do it and in more ways they are able to reap the rewards when they see the end result of all their hard work.

Most of their work goes unseen out of respect to the children and families they help. No one wants to be looked down upon because of their inability to properly care for themselves or their families and these local social workers work tirelessly to get the resources they need to help out in any way they can. From simple things like providing snacks in between meals and a chance to was dirty clothes to coordinating transportation to and from school or making sure they have a place to sleep and everything in between. Through state grants and help from local organizations they are able to do what they can to maximize the support they receive to help as many youths and individuals who may be in need. 

As a club we were all pretty astonished by the information that they discussed with us on Wednesday October 30th and it didn't take much to realize that we want to be a part of this and contribute in any way we can now and through the future. With this being said plans are in the works to help out and we will have more information later on the progress of our ideas to be had! Stay Tuned!

Social Work at its Best! James Olvera 2013-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Oct 27, 2013

ImageWhat an exciting morning! Before we knew it the parking lot was full and 2 theaters were occupied full of all the children in their costumes and their families who came out to see our Free Halloween Movie Hotel Transylvania! Well over 450 people came to our 2nd Annual Free Halloween Movie, 3x as much as we expected, and boy was it a fun time.

By joining forces with the local Tom Thumb Child Care Community Center and the great staff at Cinema 12 we were able to provide a very entertaining morning for everyone that came out. From face painting to coloring activities.. mystery box game to being wrapped like mummies there was a lot going on and everyone seemed to be having a great time. No to mention all the free treats that were being handed out!

ImageThanks to donations from our club members, the staff at the Tom Thumb Community Center and the local Fire Department we were able to provide treat bags to a select number of kids and coloring books w/stickers for everyone else after the movie got out. With attendance near 500 people we will definitely need to work on having something for everyone! We also want to extend our gratitude to the great staff and managers at Cinema 12 for hosting the event and giving us the opportunity to provide a free movie for the community.

We are not done though!!! Saturday December 21st, we will be hosting our 1st annual FREE Christmas Movie featuring the movie ELF! We will also have photo opportunities with Santa with his "Elf" Helpers!! Plus some more exciting Christmas activities for all children and their families!! 

Check out all the pictures in our FREE Halloween Movie Photo Album!

FREE Halloween Movie!! James Olvera 2013-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Oct 20, 2013

ImageFor the 1st time in who knows how long the weather was perfect for the Carpentersville Community Oktoberfest and CycleCross Race. Granted it was a little chilly but that just made our coffee and hot chocolate that much better!

Bright and early at 6am, before the sunrise, we were brewing coffee, heating up water, and assembling our brand new Rotary booth preparing for the day ahead! After some great team work we were up and running and ready to serve anyone who was willing to partake in what we had to offer. Soon after the Sasquatch hunt was on as one by one hunters came and gave it their best shot but could just not hit the elusive target.Image

Before we knew it the park was packed and things were happening everywhere you looked. The sun even made an appearance every once in a while providing some heat on this chilly Autumn day. Thank You to all club members who made it out to help, especially those who were up extra early on a Sunday morning!!

Check out all the Pictures in our Photo Albums!

2013 Carpentersville Oktoberfest Sunday October 20th James Olvera 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Oct 06, 2013

During our first meeting in October we were lucky enough to have the 66th District State Representative Mike Tryon speak to our club about the current state of the Illinois Government. Through his first hand experience Mike was able give us a great picture of the latest happening at the state government level and described some of the concerns us as resident should consider or possibly be worried about.

As a former Rotarian from a local near by club and a obvious deep passion for the good of our local communities it was easy to see Mike was out to make a positive difference through his work in state government. As we all know Government work is not easy and trying to solve problems where everyone is satisfied and taken care of equally in today's society is almost impossible. But, it is always good to know that there are individuals out there like Mike who educate themselves about these problems, consider who all is affected by the decision making, and wholeheartedly tries to generate the best solution possible to positively impact everyone who is involved. 

Once again we were very happy and privileged to have Mike as our guest and wish him nothing but the best in all his future endeavors. To lean more about the 66th State Rep Mike Tryon you can visit his site here.

Mike Tryon the 66th District State Rep James Olvera 2013-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary in Action! James Olvera 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Sep 22, 2013

ImageAny child growing up who has participated in an organized team sport know the benefits, comradery, and life skills developed from their participation and more often than not they are better off from what the have learned. Any child with special needs of any sort may not always have the opportunity to participate in organized team sports because of their disabilities which contributes to one more obstacle that holds them back from properly developing as other normal children. do. Thanks to people like Donna Patterson (seen in the picture to the left) and organizations like her Tri Cities Little League Challenger Program, special needs children are given that opportunity and ability to develop skills like normal children do.

The Tri Cities Little League was established in 1953 but when the need was realized it wasn't until 2009 when the Challenger Program was put into place. Since it's inception it has given a large number of local special needs children the opportunity to participate and acquire that life skills that are developed when playing an organized team sport. The program is completely run by volunteers which include "buddies" for the individual players who are constantly assisting these children on and off the field. Through generous sponsorship from many great local companies they are able to provide the Challenger program FREE to those who with interest. This year's team was lucky enough to be selected to participate in the Little League World Series in Pennsylvanian. For more information about the Tri Cities Little League Challenger Program visit their site here.

Tri Cities Little League Challenger Program James Olvera 2013-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Sep 15, 2013
On Wednesday our newest member John Skillman hosted our weekly meeting at the Carpentersville Fire House No. 1 where we were able to partake in the  9/11 Remembrance Ceremony that took place that morning to honor and commemorate those who were lost on that tragic day 12 years ago and those who continue to serve and protect us day by day. 
9/11 Remembrance Ceremony James Olvera 2013-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Sep 08, 2013


We had another successful year at our annual Rotary Rock N Pop Pub Crawl in beautiful Downtown Dundee Illinois! We the help of everyone involved that helped make it happen and all those who came out and supported us we were able to raise over $3,000 four our various charities which we are very grateful for. Many thanks go out to all club members for their contributions, all donating companies and individuals, each of the bars for hosting, and all the individuals who cam out and supported our event. Check out all the great photos in our photo albums!


Rotary Rock N Pop Pub Crawl 2013 James Olvera 2013-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Aug 27, 2013
ImageWe are very excited and thrilled to welcome our newest member Mr. John Skillman who is the Deputy Fire Chief of Carpentersville to our Club on Wednesday August 28, 2013. John has been a "hang around" or "prospect" for some time and we finally made him official and welcomed him in to our club. We are very grateful for what you have done for the club already and will continue to do as our newest member.
Our Newest Member Mr. John Skillman James Olvera 2013-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Aug 25, 2013

ImageIn today's society raising children and  properly preparing them to attend school on their own can sometimes get over looked or even avoided all together. Many factors play into this lack of preparation and the majority of the time the reasoning for this relates back to the type of environment a child is raised in. Ranging from young or in experienced parents, parents lack of education, generations of families living the same way year after year, lack of consistent income, broken homes, children being abandoned or any other factor that can deter a young child from having the basic skills he or she needs to succeed in the education system. Fortunate enough there is help available which sometimes is not always evident!

The Tom Thumb Community Center in Carpentersville realized the need of our community and does whatever they can to help parents in need with quality day care and education for their young children at low to now cost for those who qualify. One of the programs offered is the Preschool For All program (which is taught by Angela Horner seen in the article picture) that is designed to house preschool children for a couple hours a day throughout the week and teach these children the basic problem solving, communication, and behavioral skills they need to succeed through their education career and life in general. Any child who completes this program, or any other the program that the center offers, can rest assure that they will be ready and more prepared to take on the everyday challenges of being young student. With any good foundation the possibilities of what can be built on top of that is endless, which is why preparing children at a young age can ensure a better future for years to come. 

Thank you to Angela for taking the time out to inform us of her organization and the great programs they are able to provide to the preschool children in our community. Anyone interested in learning more about the Tom Thumb Community Center or possibly partaking in the services they have to offer can visit their site for full contact and organization information.

Tom Thumb Community Center PreSchool For All Program James Olvera 2013-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Aug 18, 2013

If you build it they will come!! That is definitely what happened at our inaugural Raceway 5K event on Saturday August 17, 2013. Well over 100 runners and walkers showed up and were prepared to give it all they got! Sponsors, vendors, and volunteers were up extra early to prepare for the event and all the hard work that was put into hosting the event payed off. This doesn't go without saying that there were not any hiccups on the way, but overall it was a big success and something we plan to make an annual event. 

One by one they showed up and prepared themselves for the race and before you knew it the count down to the start of the race began. Jeff Provisor, our current club President and event coordinator, MC'd the race providing great play by play and did the course justice by paying homage to it's heyday by starting the race with a "Racers Start Your Engines" with the sound effects to match and the waving of a green flag to send the racers on their way! With that being said this is the 1st time a race has been conducted on this historical course since it closed which we are very happy to be a part of. 

The weather was perfect and the scenery along the course was in full bloom giving runners an ideal setting as they pushed them selves to do their best throughout the entire race. Spectators and race marshals were positioned along the course cheering on the racers as the ran by shouting out words of encouragement to motivate them to give it their all. Shortly after the 18 minute mark our first racer passes the finish line and was greeted by a crowd of spectators cheering them to victory. Keep in mind that there a couple tough hills in this course so to finish it in 18 minutes is very impressive!

Check out all the pics in our photo albums!



RaceWay 5K Fun Run & Walk James Olvera 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Aug 11, 2013

We had a blast at this year's parade in downtown Gilberts on Sunday August 11, 2013. We got their earlier to make sure our float was decorated and man did it look good! Our 2 celebrities "Lady Liberty" and "Rosie the Riveter" received a lot of compliments and they were more than happy to reward the crowd with hand fulls of candy! Note for next year: Soft chocolate candy is no good on warm days!!! Check out all the great pics in our Photo albums!


WWII Veterans Memorial Parade 8.11.13 James Olvera 2013-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Aug 06, 2013

Check out these Awesome ladies who were gracious enough to donate a box full of  new school supplies to help support our drive and essentially the needy children in the community.

With school starting on August 14 we are once again conducting our New School Supplies Drive for local children in need. Sometimes parents are unable to get children the supplies they need in time for the school year and programs like this will help soften that burden. Anyone interested in possibly contributing contact us at to set up a delivery date.

 Items needed include: 

Pencils (lots), Colored Pencils, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Crayons, Markers (washable), Dry erase markers, Ruled paper (wide), Pocket folders, Highlighters, Scotch tape, Glue sticks, Rulers (with inches & cm), Scissors, Disinfecting wipes, Hand Sanitizer


New School Supplies Drive 2013 James Olvera 2013-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Aug 06, 2013

We were happy to host our guest speaker Jim Wiseman from the Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association Organization and even more excited to learn he was a fellow Rotarian from a neighboring community. Jim has been with the organization for over 30 years and it was easy to tell the personal satisfaction he receives from his day to day work activities.

For those of you who don't know Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association, NISRA for short, is an established organization that works with community park districts to run and host recreational activities for individual with special needs. Allowing these individuals a chance to interact with one another and experience fun and educational recreational activities, that range from simple art work & crafts to rock climbing & ice skating, that this organization is able to provide.The joy and excitement these individuals experience or teaching them the ability to interact with others and build friendships are just some of the benefits received from the people and volunteers who work for the NISRA organization and make it all worth wile. To learn more about the NISRA Organization visit their website: 


The NISRA Organization James Olvera 2013-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Aug 04, 2013

On Wednesday July 24th the new District Governor Sarah Oliver joined us for breakfast on her district wide club tour and we were more than happy tho have her as our guest. With her many years of Rotary experience  it wasn't long before we realized how much of an asset she is to our club, in addition to all of the other district clubs,and the Rotary International Organization. Motivation and education were her key speaking points as she informed us of the latest and the greatest at the district level and provided encouragement for the Rotary year to come.

Thank You Sarah! Your encouraging words and educational input will be very beneficial in the year to come! 


Breakfast with the Governor! James Olvera 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jul 15, 2013

ImageThis years Ribfest was a BIG success and not to mention a lot of FUN! Located just adjacent to the Huntley Rotary club, who were selling roasted corn like there was no tomorrow, the Rotary fellowship that developed between our 2 clubs was a definite highlight to the weekend's activities.The money we were able to make from all the ice cream that we sold was just an added bonus. 

Each day we were ready to go at the opening of the fest but the customers were slow coming. The other food vendors around us had no problems selling food right off the bat but we had to wait. But it wasn't long before the fest goers came to their senses and realized that an ice cream sound pretty good after gorging on ribs, french fries, and all the roasted corn they could eat. Soon our line was out the tent pushing our ice cream machine to the limits but it did it's job and the people were very happy. There was great music going on in the background and plenty of people to socialize with not to mention the perfect weather for each of the 4 days.

THANK YOU to all our volunteers, the Lake in the Hills Rotary club, and the ice cream man Bob Long for making this successful fundraising event for our club. Check out some of the pics in our photo gallery.


Ribfest 2013 James Olvera 2013-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jul 01, 2013

On June 26th we installed the new officers for the Rotary Year of 2013/2014 and with that we looked back upon the many accomplishments we made over the past year. Many clubs who are just starting out normally don't make it past the 3rd year and we are more the happy to be entering our 5th. Our club is very active and for a small group we get a lot done and have a lot to look forward to in the up coming year.

Special thanks to the 2012/2013 board and especially to our immediate past president "Mr. Fantastic"... Charles Nason! With his guidance we were able to successfully continue our successful programs in addition to adding a few new ones. As we continue to grow so will our ability to give back and for that we are really grateful.

Here is incoming president Jeff Provisor presenting our immediate past president Charles Nason with a plaque for his year in service. Check out the photo albums for more pics from our installation dinner.

New Rotary Year In July James Olvera 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jun 09, 2013

In the words of our esteemed speaker Jim KOKO from the BeingU Organization "The only barriers you have in life are the ones you set for yourself and the ones you allow others set for you"! Thinking about his quote on a personal level there is a lot of truth to his statement which encourages you to take a step and re-analyze some of the things holding us all back in life. With this mindset and seeing how it could be applied to helping children with special needs by utilizing new technology to provide a teaching/stimulating outlet Jim founded the BeingU organization to do just that.

Through out his life and career Jim has established many contacts an great relationships which now he has a great opportunity to provide a great service to individuals with special needs. Through all his contacts he is able to bring people together form opposite sides of the spectrum with a few similarities in common to figure out solutions to problems or develop applications to help educate, comfort  stimulate individuals with special needs. With all the new tablet technologies and the possibilities  of type of apps Jim, his organization and many contacts will work together to come up with creative solutions to help those in need.

Want to help or learn more about the BeingU Organization visit their website here

Jim KOKO & the BeingU Organization James Olvera 2013-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jun 03, 2013

For the past couple of years Carpentersville has hosted a Healing Field visual put on by the True Patriots Care Foundation in Carpenter Park to commemorate and honor those who serve our country and our community. For those of you who don't know what a healing field is just imaging a vast field filled with rows and rows of flying American flags all dedicated to those in service who do their part and have done their party tho make this beautiful country what it is today!

Jerry Christopherson (who spoke to our club on Wednesday May 29, 2013) is the president of the True Patriots Care Foundation and has been one of the main organizers of this event year after year. This year the event will take place on August 11 and commemorate Word War II veterans and feature other family activities everyone can enjoy. Unfortunately due to upgrades  being made to Carpenter Park this summer the event will take place in the Gilberts Town Center Park. Activities planed include a 5K race, parade, Commemorate Ceremony, Fire works and much more. For up to date information and ways you can help visit their website

True Patriots Care Foundation James Olvera 2013-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on May 27, 2013

Letter from our District Governor Mike Yesner:

Many of you have inquired about a possible response to the tragedy in Moore, OK.

The Rotarians in Districts 5750 and 5770 are organizing a fund for the area.  Details will be posted, probably sometime today, at

I urge you to visit the site, and do what you can to provide help.

Mike Yesner


Tornado Tragedy in Moore, OK: Way to Help! James Olvera 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on May 19, 2013

On the morning of 5.15.13 Fellow Rotarian Samuel Brown visited our club via Skype and shared with us his Project Amigo organization and showcased the work they are doing for rural towns in Mexico. Check out this great youtube video that displays the work they are doing.


Project Amigo James Olvera 2013-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on May 19, 2013
ImageImageIt's that time of year! Time for a spring clean up... & that's exactly what we did with our adopted stretches of highway in the Carpentersville Comunity. Thanks to all club members & club friends who made it out and did their part to keep the community looking good! Check out the few photos in our photo albums. 
Spring Highway Cleanup 2013 James Olvera 2013-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on May 19, 2013
ImageThe weather was perfect and there was no need for a rain date! Community families came out and enjoyed all the free activities the Kickoff to Summer Celebration had to offer. The Fire & Police Department were well represented and entertained the children as well as they could. The children had chances to cool down their friends with a real fire hose and experience the ins & outs of a real police car & fire truck including turning on the lights and sirens! ImageThe jazz band played wonderfully and entertained the adults who were casually enjoying their own personal picnics. The FREE Ice Pops were flowing and each child and adult who wanted one had their fare share. The dunk tank although empty at first soon found its first victim and the children quickly lined up to dunk the "poor" volunteers into the cold water multiple times. Face painting was next including some small games and a tug of war rope that the young men quickly lined up for to prove their strength. ImageIn all it was a great evening that everyone enjoyed and became anxious to do it again next year. It was a big success and a great representation of the community coming together to provide free entertainment and celebrate the end of the school year and kickoff the summer. See You Next Year! Check out all the great pics on our photo album page!
Carpentersville Community Kickoff to Summer Celebration James Olvera 2013-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on May 12, 2013

The Carpentersville Community is very fortunate to have a potential World Class Bike park right in our own back yard and it is up to us as a community to try and help make that happen because of the great potential positive impcact. The CAMBr organization has bravely taken on the massive project that will take years to complete and a lot of money and community support in order to be successful. As a community group we feel it is extremely necessary to get the word about this Bike Park and the CAMBr organization in order for them to get the support they need which will benefit the Carpentersville Community as a whole in more ways than one. 

Walking through Andres Park now there is not much to look at but a bunch of evasive plants and garbage but through a recent cleanup and site build the gradual change is starting to take place. A small skills section has been built already that has been utilize by young children on a daily basis. Take a look at the picture below for the park design plan which was completely designed by a professional bike park design group and when all said and done can become a world class bike park right here in Carpentersville.


Andres Bike Park James Olvera 2013-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on May 12, 2013


Allison Nason was one of the young adults sponsored by our club to participate in the District RYLA program where she spent the weekend with fellow like minded young leaders and experienced all that the RYLA program had to offer. On Wednesday May 8th Allison spoke to our club about her experience and shared he gratefullness for the opportunity to be chosen to participate. As a Rotary club, with a major goal of helping the youth in the community, sending young adults to programs like RYLA has great potential to increase the leadership abilities of the future generation which we are very happy to be a part of.

RYLA Applications Have Been Accepted. James Olvera 2013-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on May 05, 2013

The weather was great, the planets were aligned, the mustaches were on point and the people came out. We had a great time celebrating the Cinco De Mayo holiday with our friends and supporters who helped help raise money for our various charities. The night was filled with many great surprises that made each moment more enjoyable. We are very happy to have provided a very entertaining night and plan to do it again next year so keep us in mind for your Cinco De Mayo celebration. Check out the full set of photos in or photo albums page

Thank You to everyone who came out and supported the event in addition the bars who hosted and club members who donated their time to help run the event. None of this would have been possible without you! 


Cinco De Mayo Mustache Bash James Olvera 2013-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Apr 28, 2013

On Saturday April 27, 2013 members of the Carpentersville Rotary Club, the Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township, Carpentersville Employees, Comcast Employees, and members of the Chicago Area Mountain Bikers all joined together to volunteer and begin the multi-year construction  process of the proposed Mountain Bike path in Keith Andres Park in Carpentersville. When it is all said and done this park will be one of the Elite Mountain Bike Trails in the area. As volunteers we were all glad to be part of the inaugural cleaning and build efforts and look forward to the positive attention it will bring to the Carpentersville Community!

Check out the Pics in our Photo Albums


Our Day Cleaning up at Andres Park James Olvera 2013-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Apr 28, 2013

What is Rotary International? Your Local Rotary Club Is Doing More Than You Think

Even after I joined the Salt Lake Rotary Club six months ago, I wasn’t sure just what to think. The average age of our active club members—judging by appearances—is north of 65. The image of a bunch of senior men—with a few younger women and a smattering of guys who still have hair that isn’t all gray—singing the National Anthem and reciting the pledge of allegiance seemed a throwback to a time before I was even born... More

Great Rotary Article from James Olvera 2013-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Apr 28, 2013

As the Mustache Mariachis we took 4th place out of 15 teams at this year's Boys & Girls Club Trivia Night! Not bad for our rookie team!


Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township Events James Olvera 2013-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Apr 21, 2013


After a recent visit to the FISH Food pantry we got an Emergency Request for much needed Toiletry items to replenish the depleted innovatory the Pantry currently had. We quickly scrambled and got the word out. After one weekends worth of collecting we were able to conjure up hefty donations which included over $400 of items purchased from our club, a truck load of items donated by the employees at OTTO Engineering and several more donations made from other various groups. Thank You to all that donated and make this last minute drive possible.  


Emergency Toiletries Drive James Olvera 2013-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Apr 14, 2013


As a young man Ricardo Paniagua was shy and very hesitant to open up to others. It wasn't until his mother forced him to join the local Boys & Girls Club that he developed into the promising young man he is today.

As a young member of the Boys & Girls club he was skeptical of what it could offer but he soon realized, through activities & club engagement, the potential & learning possibilities the club is capable of providing. After a while as a member it wasn't long before he started to open up more and more and taking advantage of everything that was available and develop into a respectable young adult.

2013 B & G Club Youth of the Year Ricardo Paniagua James Olvera 2013-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Apr 03, 2013

Working hard in the industry as a caregiver for several years and being caregiver for her own family members it wasn’t long before Michelle Dacy (Founder of Special Needs Chicago) made the decision to start her own organization. She soon formed Special Needs Chicago and strived to provide basic transportation and caregiver needs for elderly and disabled people.

Transporting individuals in wheel chairs is no simple task unless you have vehicles designed to do so which most people don’t have access to. Many times an ambulance is called for transportation needs which can quickly become extremely costly.  Seeing the need Michelle worked with her contacts, other non-for profits and municipalities to form a network of volunteers and sponsors to help fund and operate the day to day transportation needs of these elderly and disabled people.

Check out the video below from Michelle and her organization being featured on the Channel 7 news:


Michelle Dacy from Special Needs Chicago James Olvera 2013-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Mar 31, 2013

ImageFor the 2nd year in a row we had another successful Easter Dinner Basket Give Away event on Saturday Morning of March 30, 2013.

We scrambled around to collect the remaining donations and ended up with 36 total Easter Dinner Baskets, filled with a complete Easter Dinner & treats for the kids, to distribute to needy families in the Carpentersville Community. Working with the local Police Social Worker Griselda Hernandez and her Angel/Assistant Patty we had 33 families who were pre-selected and notified to come pick up a basket at the village hall that morning. 

ImageThere we were waiting with baskets, seeing if anyone would show up. Before we knew it here they came, one by one, each one just as happy as the last. Grateful for the donation and the opportunity to treat their family to a nice Easter Dinner at minimal cost to them. Hearing what some of these families are dealing with and having the ability to give back and help them out in their time of need is what makes it all worth wile and a main reason why we as a Charity Organization will continue to do what we can to help those in need.

2013 Easter Dinner Baskets for Local Needy Families James Olvera 2013-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Mar 24, 2013

ImageFirefighters Coats for Kids Takes Off with Promise

Operation Warm's latest collaboration is a program with the International Association of Firefighters, it is branded especially for the hometown heroes who are fundraising in their communities to break the cycle of poverty. Firefighters work on the front lines and are witnesses to levels of poverty that many can't understand. The necessity of a warm coat and the lack thereof in so many impoverished families couldn't be more apparent to our new distribution partners, who've shared countless stories about providing shelter for struggling children at the firehouse.  

Kids Helping Kids

Meet Nikolas Toocheck. Nikolas looks like the average 4th grader but what he has already accomplished and plans to accomplish is far from ordinary. Nikolas's dream is to raise money and awareness for Operation Warm by running a marathon on each of the seven continents. And, at 9 years old, he has already completed two of these marathons. Visit Nik's Website to learn more »

Operation Warm Update James Olvera 2013-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Mar 16, 2013

ImageMeet Lucky! …Lucky is an Irish Potato and he was our special guest at our meeting on the morning of March 17th! Lucky came with gifts, but with those gifts came SHENANIGANS! ….





…. Meet Mike! Mike is a club member and always attends weekly meetings! Mike said “Shenanigans… Schle-manigans!... I am going to win those gifts!” … And he did! Congrats Mike!

Gifts: Irish Cap, Sack of Gold Coins, & Irish Whiskey



ImageSorry Lucky!! :(

Lucky the Irish Potatoe! James Olvera 2013-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Mar 10, 2013


Wednesday March 6th Wayne & Fred from the Build a Dream Organization spoke to our club and discussed how they found themselves spending their retirement helping underprivileged families & children in a rural town in Mexico. What started out with helping a single local Hispanic family facing deportation turned into helping an entire Mexican community and changing the lives of many of their residents in the process.

Wayne Prindiville of Build a Dream Organization James Olvera 2013-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Mar 04, 2013


With hundreds of toiletries items donated, our month long drive came to an end Wednesday (February 27th) morning as we all gathered to turn in the remaining items and volunteer at the pantry. We quickly stocked the shelves, sorted the produce, sorted the breads, and prepared for the day at hand. Not before long the orders came in and we were busy filling the carts with the necessary items. 2 cans of this 3 bags of that, we were finding our grove and getting the orders out as fast as we could. Before we knew it the orders were filled and our time there was coming to an end but not before we all had a great sense of accomplishment and pride for the work we had just accomplished!

February Toiletries Drive 2013 James Olvera 2013-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Feb 24, 2013


We had a great time at the movies with fellow Rotarians and other local business leaders last Thursday evening at our After Hours Event at Cinema 12 in Carpentersville. We were fortunate enough to be granted free pop corn, soda, a movie ticket and access to the projector rooms where we got a first hand experience of how the theater operates. Not to mention the great socializing, networking and fellowship that took place that evening. We want to send out a special Thank You to the staff at Cinema 12 and the Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce for the help and guidance in helping us host the event. Check out the pictures in the photo albums.

After Hours at the Movies! James Olvera 2013-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Feb 19, 2013


Jim Proebstle, award winning author and fellow Rotarian, spoke to our club Wednesday February 20, 2013 and shared with us his book titled “Fatal Incident”. Fatal Incident is a story based on true events involving a military air disaster on September 18, 1944 at 11,000 feet in an uncharted area of the Mt. McKinley range in Alaska. No evidence as to the cause of this crash was ever uncovered and no evidence of the 3 crew and 16 passengers, dead or alive, ever surfaced. Ooooh… Enticing!

Within minutes of his presentation and introduction of the book the group as a whole was quickly swept up into the story line and wanted to know more. First the plane crash was described, then the main characters were introduced, then some additional characters were introduced and finally the storyline that brought the whole book together. Before we knew it the time for the presentation was up! Good thing Jim brought several copies of his book that we were able to purchase and have the individual opportunity to read the entire book and find out the whole story. As an added bonus he was more than happy to sign them for us.

Fatal Incident Book Presentation James Olvera 2013-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Feb 12, 2013

Being disabled in any way usually comes with a life time of being told “You can’t do that!... You are disabled.” Being told “No” and “You can’t..” all the time can quickly eliminate any confidence and willingness to try something new especially when it is experienced your entire life. This is the case for many individuals living with disabilities.

Jim Elliott (founder of the DiveHeart Organization) experienced the “No’s” and “You Cant’s” through the lives of his own children and because of that he now spends a good part of his life changing that attitude in others through his organization.  The Diveheart Organization helps children, adults and veterans with disabilities build confidence and independence through SCUBA diving and SCUBA therapy.

Below are a few links to articles and video links to help better explain the benefits the DiveHeart organization is able to provide and the positive changes it has made with the many individuals the organization helps out.

 Diving Into Therapy on NBC News

Making a Difference with Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News

Turning Point: Diveheart on BYU TV

Leaders with Heart on CNN 

Illinois Dive Helps Disabled Vets Defy Gravity Underwater in the Huffington Post

The DiveHeart Organization James Olvera 2013-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jan 20, 2013

ImageSince it’s beginning in 1989 the DayOne Network Organization has strived to do whatever it can to help those who struggle with disabilities and their families who support them.

On the morning of January 16, 2013 Stephen Taylor, who is the current Executive Director of DayOne and a retired long time Rotarian, introduced our club to the DayOne Network and opened our eyes to the great work they have accomplished and continue to strive to do in the Kane & Kendall counties. We were amazed about their work and stunned about the little notoriety this organization receives for everything they do.   

Through various grants and fundraisers the DayOne organization is able to work with selected individuals, both children & adults, who are mentally disabled and provide various forms of help and support. Unfortunately the current need for support like this is much greater than the abilities of the DayOne Organization alone. They are only able to help a select few who are deemed qualified through a thorough screening process. Other candidates are left to wait until they are selected. Anyone dealing with family members or individuals with mental disabilities understand the effort, patience, and heart needed to take care of them which is why support from organizations like DayOne are so important.  

To learn more about their Organization and possible ways to help visit their website:   

DayOne Network Organization James Olvera 2013-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jan 14, 2013

ImageThe Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning has a limited number left of the Rotarian Flavors of the World Cookbook as a fundraiser for our club in addition to supporting the Eradication of Polio efforts through Rotary International. For Every Cookbook purchased, $5.00 goes to Polio Eradication!

The Rotarian Flavors of the World Cook Book is:

A unique collection of over 400 recipes from Rotary districts in over 150 countries. Plus: Information on Rotary and The Rotary Foundation

This Cookbook features Appetizers and Beverages * Soups and Salads * Vegetable Dishes * Meat Dishes * Desserts * 10 Minute Meals

Enjoy with family and friends

A great Gift to: Mother, Wife, Sister, Aunt, In-laws, Neighbors, Friends

Timely Gift for: Birthdays, Anniversaries, Special Celebrations, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines Day, Mothers Day, New Year And special events

The Books are $20 and can be purchased through any club member. For more information please contact us at 

Posted by James Olvera on Jan 14, 2013

ImageI am pleased to inform you that earlier today RI President-Elect Ron D. Burton announced the 2013-2014 theme, “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”

The theme announcement was made during the opening plenary session of the International Assembly, the annual training event in San Diego for incoming district governors. In explaining how he came to choose the theme, President-Elect Burton said, “If we really want to take Rotary service forward, then we must make sure that every single Rotarian has the same feeling about Rotary that each one of us here has today. We need to make sure that every Rotarian has a meaningful role to play, that they’re all making a contribution, and that their contribution is valued.”

Go to the  Rotary International website to read more and to see the new logo.

 I look forward to working with engaged District 6440 Rotarians during 2013-2014 to change lives.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Sarah Oliver

2013-2014 District Governor

New theme for 2013/2014 Rotary Year James Olvera 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jan 06, 2013

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...

Cost to be Member of Rotary?? James Olvera 2013-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jan 03, 2013


Dealing with pediatric cancer is almost certainly devastating to any family as no parent wants to lay their child to rest. Not much can be done when a child is lost but the family of a young man named Cal Sutter felt otherwise.

While experiencing the trials and tribulations associated with the pediatric cancer obtained by their young son and realizing the importance of support in a desperate time of need the Sutter Family created the Cal’s All Star Angel Foundation to honor and celebrate the life of Cal Sutter. The foundation is designed to help support the families of children with pediatric cancer in any way they possibly can. From granting wishes, helping with bills, gifts for patients and their siblings, pizza parties and whatever can be done to lift the spirits and support the families of the children suffering from pediatric cancer.

Thanks to Beth Jareczek, who is a long time friend of the club, who helped inform of this great foundation and her new position with the foundation. She has a big job on her hands but we all know she is more than capable of making it happen!

For more information on Cal’s All Star Angel Foundation visit their website!

Cal's All Star Angel Foundation James Olvera 2013-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jan 01, 2013

ImageIt is official! She is a part of our club now and we are happy and excited she made the decision to be a part of our great organization! Just one more thing on the to-do list!

Welcome Beth Jareczek!

Welcome Beth Jareczek! James Olvera 2013-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Dec 02, 2012

Check out ths great article from the Daily Herald!

In collaboration with other Local Rotary Clubs we are proud to announce our participation in a project providing local CASA children with suitcases filled with basic essentials a child will need when being relocated to a safe location through court appointment. Over 500 children are helped through this program and 8% of these children come from the Carpentersville area! Through our recent fundraising events and support from people like you we are able to donate


to the cause which will provide a number of suitcases and essentials for needy children in the CASA program.

Here is a picture of club member and village mayor Ed Ritter with a donation check to the CASA organization.


Rotary CASA Project James Olvera 2012-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Dec 02, 2012

ImageCheck out the article from the Courier News!

Operation Warm 2012 Complete!

With the weather still mildly warm but cold weather lurking around the corner club members and volunteers made it out for our 4th annual Operation Warm coat distribution to 4 grade schools in the Carpentersville Community on Friday November 16, 2012. Selective members of the Boys & Girls clubs from each school location were brought into the gymnasium completely unaware of what they were about to receive. One by one they made their way up to the coat table with their name slip in hand and to their surprise were given a brand new winter coat. Each coat is equipped with a hoody and thick liner to keep the children warm throughout the winter season. Before long the children were running around the gymnasium  quick to realize how warm the jackets actually were as the began to sweat. Before we knew it the simple coat distribution turned into a coat party!

Operation Warm 2012 James Olvera 2012-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Nov 20, 2012

Check out this recent newspaper article from the Courier News highlighting our efforts in this project. 

Project Complete! Thanks to all our hard work and volunteer hours both rooms have been completed.The new practice room is already getting plenty of use by the students and the new storage room is ready to be utilized. This was all made possible by 3 great local groups concerned with making a child's music educational experience more enjoyable and functional. (OTTO Engineering, The District 300 Foundation, & Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning)

BIG THANK YOU to friends of the club Brian & Richard and all participating club members for all their hard work and willingness to donate their time.

Take a look at our Photo Album to see the complete transformation!

Room 1 Before & After


Room 2 Before & After


Carpentersville Middle School Music Room Remodeling Project James Olvera 2012-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Nov 11, 2012

As the East Coast continues to recover from Superstorm Sandy, The Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning in conjunction with other Rotary Clubs in Northern Illinois Districts 6420, 6440 and 6450 effortlessly responded to the emergency needs of men, women and children in crisis.

During the Rotary District 6440 Fall Training Seminar held on Saturday, November 10th at Medinah Banquets in Addison, Illinois approximately 300 members of suburban Rotary clubs gathered to assemble donated relief supplies for Hurricane Sandy victims.

Carpentersville Rotary joins other clubs to help Sandy Victims James Olvera 2012-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Oct 28, 2012

ImageThe doors were opened at 9 am and we were ready to greet the children and their families as they entered the Free Movie Event! Slowly but surely they started to show up ready to enjoy their time at the theater. Some young children even came in costume. Check out this little guy who came dressed as a dragon!.. Perfect fit for the movie that was showing which is why we had to take the picture.Image




As a club who's focus is centered around the youth of the Carpentersville community we were happy and excited to sponsor this event and hoped it provided entertainment and joy to all those who attended. Thanks to all club members who can out to work the event and the movie goers who donated to our Operation Warm program.   

Free Halloween Movie James Olvera 2012-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Oct 28, 2012

ImageThis past week our immediate past President Tina Curtis took a trip to Southern California and had the chance to participate in a Rotary meeting with the Anaheim Rotary Club which meets Monday's at noon at the Diamond Club in Angel Stadium. In addition to the great weather and awesome view Tina had a great time with fellow Rotarians from another state and was able to share her experiences obtained during her year as president.

(Taken from the Squeak: Anaheim Rotary Newsletter) 

A Time-Honored tradition at Rotary Clubs around the world is the flag exchange. It‘s customary to exchange your club’s banner when visiting another club. Tina Curtis, the Past President of the Rotary Club of Carpentersville, Illinois is shown exchanging banners with our President, Steve Sain.


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The Club Visit: A Time Honored Tradition James Olvera 2012-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Oct 14, 2012
ImageCloudy, Rainy, Windy, Rainy, Cold, Windy, Rainy, Sunshine, Warm, Cloudy, Rainy, Tornado Warning, Windy, Rainy.... This year's Carpentersville Oktoberfest did not have the best weather or ideal conditions but people still came out to try and enjoy themselves.

Pop Up tents were prone to getting blown away if not properly anchored down, the rain seem liked it was coming from any direction possible, everything was soggy and could not stay dry, cyclist were coming of the course drenched in mud from head to toe. All these factors contributed to making this year's event one to remember.

As a Rotary club we made our attempt to keep the people some what warm by providing Hot Coffee & Hot Chocolate, keeping Imagethem energized with the variety of sugary snack cakes we had available, and keeping them entertained with our fishing game and "Futterung" idea. Fest goers came and showed their support but the continuous changing weather just put s major damper on all of the activities.

Thank You to all club members who came out to work the event and a special Thank You to the NKCC Chamber for all their help & support. Check out all the Pics in our Photo Albums.   
2012 Carpentersville Oktoberfest James Olvera 2012-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Aug 29, 2012

ImageMegan Butler the Local representative for Energy Impact Illinois spoke to our club on Wednesday August 29 and introduced us all to a federally funded program that will help us make our homes more energy efficient and comfortable while saving us money at the same time!

As a fairly new program the government will provide instant rebates up to $1,750, & low percentage loans to homeowners who are willing to willing to make their homes more energy efficient and reduce their environmental imprint. The money saved over time through reduced energy costs pays for any out of pocket expense a home owner may experience while participating in the program. Plus the upgrades are there for life!

Energy Impact Illinois James Olvera 2012-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Aug 23, 2012

ImageNew District 6440 Governor Mr. Mike Yesner visited our club the morning of Wednesday August 22, 2012 with his over sized engagement ring and blue blazer ready to make his presence known! He was excited to meet and greet all of our club members and willing to share knowledge gained from his years of service with Rotary. “Engage us” if you will, with fresh ideas and motivational encouragement making us proud and excited to continue to be a Rotarian.

As we sat there, ate our breakfast and started our casual conversation it wasn’t long before we got down to business and discussed the latest and greatest with Rotary and our local District. As a single local group we can only do so much but combining ourselves we are capable of doing so much more! The possibilities are so much wider and the positive effect will be so much greater!

Breakfast with the Governor! James Olvera 2012-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Aug 19, 2012

ImageHere is a great letter from the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township showing their appreciation for all the help they receive starting out this new school year on the right foot. 

Dear BGCDT Friends & Investors,
On Monday, August 13th the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township opened our doors to welcome back nearly 500, new and returning Club Members (grades 1st – 12th), for the start of the 2012 – 2013 academic school year.  In doing so, these Club Members will take full advantage of the wonderful opportunities that our after-school programs offer, both socially and academically. 


This opportunity is made possible by YOU, our friends, investors and community supporters that selflessly donate to BGCDT throughout the year.  Through your support, our BGCDT Staff is able to impact over 1,200 local at-risk youth annually that enter our program, all with the hopes and dreams of finding their own place and purpose in life.   

Letter of Appreciation from the B & G Club of Dundee Township James Olvera 2012-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Aug 12, 2012
School Supplies Drive Success!
Even with short notice and a quick turn around the Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning and it's supporters were able to gather a a good amount of new school supplies to donate to local children through the Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township! Check out this great picture of a donation made by Express Employment Professionals in Carpentersville.
One of the best things the Boys & Girls Club offers to the youth in the community is tutoring and designating a time for them to do their homework before any club activities. Anyone can remember being young in school and thinking... homework is the last thing I want to do, especially when being around all my friends. That is when we stared to think of any excuse we could not to do it like.. I don't have any paper!.. I left my supplies in my locker!.. I traded it for a cheeseburger! Whatever it was it all boiled down to not having the supplies you needed to do your work!

Thanks to our great donation of new school supplies the Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township can take on any excuse a child will try to give to them! No paper? Here take a stack!.. Left the scissors and glue in your locker? Bam!... Here you go! No excuses! Now lets work! In some cases a child's personal supplies is very limited with an inability to purchase anything new. Here is where the donation helps those who need it the most! In the end the entire donation will help make a difference, big or little, to children in the Carpentersville community which is what our club is all about.

Thanks to all club members and club supporters who helped make this a successful school supplies drive for a 3rd year in a row. Check out this great pic of current Boys & Girls Club leaders and the total donation!      
Thanks! from the Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning
New School Supplies for the New Year James Olvera 2012-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jul 29, 2012

By Arnold R. Grahl 
Rotary News -- 24 July 2012

In 1958, Bob Izon ran the mile in world-record time in the under-16 age category, becoming the English schools champion.

But the most meaningful run of his life took place in May, when the founding member of the Rotary Club of Hereford Wye Valley, Herefordshire, England, carried the Olympic torch through his hometown.

Izon is one of several Rotarians who have carried the torch on its relay to the new Olympic Stadium in London for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics on 27 July. More...

Rotarians carry the Olympic torch James Olvera 2012-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jul 23, 2012
ImageClub members Andrew & Siru Knox attend the Rotary Youth Conference in Michigan the week of July 9th, 2012 and were able to take a picture with RI President - Elect Ron Burton and his wife.
2012 Youth Conference James Olvera 2012-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jul 02, 2012
New Year In July!
ImageCongratulations and Thank You to Tina Curtis our immediate Past President for her successful Rotary Year and numerous accomplishments and awards that went a long with it. She carried us through a tough transition year and came out on top in the end leading us to our most successful year as a young club. Even though Tina has small feet she definitely has BIG SHOES to fill!Image

Which brings us to our current President "Mr. Faaantastic!" Charles Nason! Coming in as a new member only 2 years back to becoming our leader and in a position to continue the success of our growing club. Good Luck Charlie! We have all the confidence you will do a great job and keep this club headed in the right direction.     
New Rotary Year James Olvera 2012-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jul 02, 2012

The Circus came to town and entertained the masses!

We raised over $5,000 for our charities and operations!

Thank You to everyone who came out and supported the event. All 7 shows had a good showing and entertained a lot of people. The weather, although a little warm at times, could not have been any nicer. 
Check out the pictures in our photo albums!

The Circus Came to Town! James Olvera 2012-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks for All The Support! James Olvera 2012-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jun 23, 2012

Congratulations to all our winners of our Circus coloring contest who received 2 FREE tickets to the circus. Thanks to all our sponsors, each entry was able to receive at least 1 FREE ticket.

Check out more of the contest winners in our photo albums!

Coloring Contest Winners! James Olvera 2012-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jun 19, 2012
ImageThe cat is out of the bag! Through our successful work with Operation Warm for the past 3 years and we have earned a Significant Achievement Award from Rotary International president Kalyan Banerjee.

Governor Carlos surprised us this morning (Wednesday June 20, 2012) with his presence and the only Significant Achievement Award which was awarded to our club. In addition to that we received a letter directly from Kalyan Banerjee (the President of Rotary International) praising our successful work. Check the Pictures out in our photo album.

Our hard work and dedication has paid off and will continue to be a part of our evolving club. Image

Significant Achievement Award from Rotary International James Olvera 2012-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jun 13, 2012
ImageThank You to all the other companies and individuals who purchased children's tickets to donate to local children.

E Dahlin & Assoc LTD, Muffler Merlin's, T. Corporation, Egor's Tobacco & Gifts, Effert Financial Solutions, Dairy Queen, Aquatic Therapy & Wellness, Avion Energy Group, Pluymert, MacDonald & Hargrove, Gordon Flesch Company, Reddy & Associates, Davey Tree Experts, Your Choice Real Estate, Care Dog Training, Quiltmasters Inc, Light of the Day Coaching, VP Automotive, & Ideal Moment Photography
Children Ticket Sponsors James Olvera 2012-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jun 13, 2012
to all our Circus Sponsors for supporting our organization and giving some local children an opportunity to see the circus for FREE!

Allen Skillicorn
Circus Sponsors James Olvera 2012-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jun 07, 2012

Yi Liu from the Mid USA Falun Dafa Association  spoke to our club on June 6, 2012 and we were told it was going to be a presentation on Chinese Culture. What we didn't expect was how the presentation of the Chinese culture was going to be presented.  

Yi introduced the club to a presentation of Chinese Culture which included breathtaking classical chinese dance, live orchestra fusing East and West, exquisite handcrafted costumes, state of the art animated backdrops and 5,000 years of myths legends and stories. Shen Yun is the name of the theatrical show which Yi was presenting and it is currently playing in cities throughout the world. Although the presentation was a brief overview it was still enough to generate a need to want to know more and possibly see a show in the future.
Thanks Yi!

Shen Yun: An Ancient Culture Reborn James Olvera 2012-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Videos From Bangkok James Olvera 2012-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on May 06, 2012
ImageHaving the ability to read, like many other simple daily tasks, is something we take for granted. Going about our normal routine with no fear of the inability to comprehend any new task that may require any bit of reading . To a large number of people throughout the world this fear is an actuality and limits their potential because they have the inability or difficulty reading. The problem also becomes more difficult when a person who is illiterate in their native language and goes on to try and learn a new language. With the diversity of the surrounding local communities this continues to become a problem for a part of the population.   

This does not go without saying that the inability to read completely inhibits a person from accomplishing a lot.

The Elgin Literacy Connection has been around for close to 28 years and came to be because of the realization of the need to provide a literacy service for the growing diverse population. The Elgin Literacy Connection provides Literacy services and Tutoring for children and families who are in need of developing their reading and comprehension skills. Their are located in the Gail Borden Public Library on Grove Avenue in Elgin, IL.  For full information visit their site
Elgin Literacy Connection James Olvera 2012-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on May 06, 2012

ImageWe are proud to announce that Operation Warm has been nominated for a CLASSY Award for Human Services! The award will go to the human services charity that's made the most extraordinary achievement on behalf of families and children.

The CLASSYs have been called “the Oscars of Philanthropy,” celebrating the greatest charitable achievements by nonprofit organizations, socially conscious businesses, and individuals worldwide. The collective efforts of the 2011 CLASSY nominees impacted the lives of more than 200 million people in 71 countries worldwide. Check out Operation Warm’s CLASSY Achievement page!

Operation Warm is Nominated for a CLASSY Award! James Olvera 2012-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on May 06, 2012
Dear Operation Warm Supporters,

We have just served our one millionth child! Can you believe it? Second-grader Imani from Philadelphia received the millionth Operation Warm coat on February 27. “I love my new coat because it’s pink and pretty,” she said. We celebrate this milestone with pride and gratitude, because none of this would be possible without you, our supporters, volunteers, and community partners from throughout the years!

A Letter From Operation Warm! James Olvera 2012-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
District 6440 Conference Video James Olvera 2012-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Apr 23, 2012
To be awarded as the Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township says a lot about the individual that it is awarded to. The Youth of the Year is the premier youth recognition program for Club members which promotes and celebrates service to Club, community and family; academic performance; moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability.This year Jasmine M. from Dundee Crown has received that honor and by doing so will compete for the chance at National Honors and a possible $15,000 in scholarship money. 

Jasmine will participate in the state competition. State winners will then participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive an engraved plaque and a $5,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $10,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.

From the brief time Jasmine spent with our club on Wednesday morning (April 18, 2012) it was easy to see and hear why Jasmine has received this honor. Weather it be her general consideration of others, willingness to give back, or overall outgoing personality (just to name a few!) she definitely has the mind set to succeed in life.

The world is yours Jasmine!.... Good luck in everything that you do!
Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year James Olvera 2012-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Apr 08, 2012
ImageUp early on the Saturday just before Easter and running around collecting the last remaining baskets. We gathered up all we had, made the last additions, and lined up the baskets ready to be picked up! One last bonus, a trunk full of Beanie Babies donated to the children of the families, not to mention the additional Easter candy that was included in each basket. Finally we were ready!... Now only time will tell if the families will show up!

ImageSure enough they came with happy faces and excited children thrilled about what they were about to receive. A good Easter Dinner with extra goodies and food to spare! As long as it took to put together and collect all of the baskets it was all over in a matter of an hour. Job Well Done!   

As the final days grew closer to our delivery date (4.7.12) the Easter Dinner Baskets were starting to pile up. In the end we had a total of 28 baskets given out to needy families in the Carpentersville Community. Just 7 short of goal of 35. In all, not to bad for our first year collecting Easter Dinner Baskets!

Thank You to everyone that donated, the local social workers and Church Pastor, and all of the club members who participated! We greatly appreciate your participation and willingness to support the local Carpentersville Community.
Easter Dinner for Local Needy Families James Olvera 2012-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Mar 25, 2012

A little bit of rain or early morning grogginess did not stop the Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning from conducting a spring clean up on our adopted Highway in Carpentersville. Bright and early (8 am… on a Saturday Morning!) we gathered for breakfast ensuring we would have the energy to walk up and down the street to pick up debris that had been collecting since our last clean up only a few months back. Hubcaps, VHS tapes, a front end of a Acura, fast food wrappers, winter hats, a dresser drawer and of course cigarette butts are just some of the many items that filled our bright orange bags.

It is actually pretty amazing the amount of garbage that is actually collected. When we gathered and were handed our safety vests and nifty grabbers we were also given the orange garbage bags that almost seemed to large for the task at hand. When driving by, it did not seem like there was much to pick up! But it wasn’t long before the bags were busting out the bottom and in need of being doubled up because all of the garbage that had been collected. As we got to the end of the route the once empty bags were full, heavy, wet and stinky ready to be taken away no sooner then we wanted to get rid of them. End result, a clean highway in Carpentersville!Image

Thanks to our volunteers and all the club members who came out to work for a few hours on a Saturday morning that had sleeping in written all over it!

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Spring Highway Clean Up! We did it! James Olvera 2012-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Mar 14, 2012
ImageDear Friends in Rotary:


Should this be a choice or should one be part of the other?


As I was sitting, ready to write this message, it dawned on me that I was the only one in the district doing it. There is one monthly message to the district and one governor and I was it! Then the next question was why take this on?


When you read this, I will probably be doing what I enjoy most about being a Rotarian these days. I will be in a classroom full of Mayan teenagers trying to instill in them some entrepreneurship desires so they can find a way of getting out of poverty. This is what I understand to be 'Service above self'.

Being a Rotarian vs. Serving James Olvera 2012-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Mar 11, 2012
Mike Fellow and his associates (Wendy Shaw & Dan Brooster) spoke to our club on March 7, 2012 where they discussed the local Boy Scouts of America organization and their constant positive contributions to society through the development of young men.
The Boy Scouts of America have been around just like Rotary has for over 100 years and is still going strong today. Teaching young men values and obedience while bestowing upon them confidence and integrity and other great values that will allow these young men to become a pivotal part of society. "Be Prepared!" is a motto that they live by which can be applied for every aspect or situation in life. After going through the scouting program these young men more often than not continue to live their lives according the organizations motto(s) and look to spread the word to future generations.

The Boys Scouts of America is a great organization and has a definite need for volunteers for whoever is willing to participate. For full information on the Local Scouting organization visit their site at   
Boy Scouts of America James Olvera 2012-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Mar 04, 2012

What a successful event! The Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning Members showed up bright and early at the Carpentersville FISH Food Pantry Wednesday February 29th ready to work and the staff at the pantry was ready to put us work. Before we knew it we were stocking shelves, breaking down boxes, and sorting all of the donations. Soon after that we prepared to fill the family orders and eventually the assembly line began.

First meat, then dried goods and canned vegetables, then breads, snacks, and finish off with toiletry and cleaning items. They also offered children with birthdays gift boxes filled with cake mix, frosting, pudding mix, and other items to try and provide some type of birthday treat. The end result… a grocery cart full of items for the individual needy families to use and consume. In the end there were over 40 families served which is pretty amazing seeing as how the pantry does this 3 times a week.  

Thank You to all the club members who donated and collected donations, the staff at Express Employment Professionals for their gracious donation, and our extra volunteers Pat Krenz and Mike Fellow for their help. In all we were able to collect and donate close to 1,000 toiletry items, throughout the month of February, which are still trickling in and being donated.    

The Carpentersville FISH Food Pantry takes donations all year round and will always welcome anyone willing to volunteer. Baby items and Pet Food is desperately needed as they do not have a direct donation source for these items and when they are in stock they are taken as fast as they are stocked. Feel free to pass the word along if you know of any one or any company willing to donate.

Check out the Pics!
February Toiletries Drive! James Olvera 2012-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Feb 23, 2012

February 22, 2012 Diane Magerko and David Ward from the District 300 Foundation introduce their organization to our club and shared with us the many great programs and projects they have participated in. All of which are directed to provide and exceptional educational experience that normally is not available due to lack of funds or resources. Working with many local businesses and other organizations like ours the District 300 Foundation does everything it can to ensure the funds and resources are available to provide the exceptional educational services throughout all the schools in the entire District.

Foundation Friendship! James Olvera 2012-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Feb 16, 2012

Cliff Surges spoke to our club on February 15, 2012 and discussed his views and plans for running for the State Senate seat for our local 33rd District. You probably have seen the yard signs already but if you haven’t you will now that I have mentioned it!

As a local business owner of an American Family Insurance Agency and man of faith, Cliff had not considered running for any public office position until a simple question was asked to him by his young daughter after a brief and simple political discussion. What are you going to do about it?
Now Running for State Senate… Cliff Surges! James Olvera 2012-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Polio Eradication James Olvera 2012-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jan 23, 2012

Rotary International has succeeded in meeting the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s US$200 million match in funding for polio eradication, raising more than $202.6 million as of 17 January.


“We’ll celebrate this milestone, but it doesn’t mean that we’ll stop raising money or spreading the word about polio eradication,” Rotary Foundation Trustee John F. Germ told Rotary leaders at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “We can’t stop until our entire world is certified as polio-free.” 


Find the full article here!

Rotary clubs worldwide meet US$200 million fundraising challenge James Olvera 2012-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jan 15, 2012

Ever have the notion to drop whatever it is your doing in life to try and support a notable cause in a foreign country? Well that is exactly what Jose Merlos is currently doing with his life.


In his late 20’s Jose realized a need for fresh water in rural areas of Africa and decided to do whatever he could to help raise money to build a fresh water well. With biking quickly growing into one of his better hobbies he decided to drop what he was doing, which included his job and current comforts of living, to bike across the country and raise money for his cause. $15,000 is his ultimate goal, which will cover the entire cost to build the well.

Biking the U.S. for Clean Water James Olvera 2012-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jan 09, 2012

Looking back at 2011 a lot of good things have happened for the Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning, which doesn’t go without saying we have had some struggles as well. The good thing is the good outweigh the bad! We are definitely moving in the right direction!

Accomplishments for 2011 include:

-          3rd Annual Operation Warm: In our 3rd year of Operation Warm, which provides brand new warm winter coats to local needy children, we were able to raise enough money for and distribute over 350 coats which is 3 times the amount of our 1st year back in 2009! Definitely a growing success!


-          2nd Annual Rotary Pub Crawl: Growing into a great annual fundraiser this Pub Crawl just gets better every year. September 2012 SAVE THE DATE!

2012 and Carpentersville Rotary James Olvera 2012-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jan 08, 2012


A great night was had by the Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning at the Chicago Express Hockey Game on Friday January 6th 2012. We enjoyed the company and fellowship of our friends and family all while taking in a great local sports venue. Not to mention the $1 beers and $1 hot dogs which was an entertaining factor all on its own! Despite the fact that the Express lost 9 to 2 and one of the biggest highlights of the night was a minor scuffle late in the third period, there was plenty of other entertainment around to keep us occupied throughout the night. 



Special thanks to Katrina with the Chicago Express for helping us make this an entertaining evening. This is something we will definitely do again in the future… maybe near future!



One of our lucky guests even got to ride the Zamboni between periods! Check out the PICS!

All aboard the Hockey Train! James Olvera 2012-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Nov 27, 2011

Our tree has been planted! Here is the picture!

The Rotary-Club of Carpentersville-Morning is working on reducing our own individual carbon foot prints and will provide updated stories and pictures to show the steps we are taking.... Stay tuned!


The Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning is proud to announce our participation in the Nosso Bosque Tree Planting program to help reduce the carbon footprint in the country of Brazil as well as in our home town. A tree has been planted in the name of our club by the Rotary club of St. Andrew North, Brazil  in an attempt to reduce the carbon foot print in Brazil. As part of the agreement our club will try to reduce the local carbon foot print on an individual basis. For ideas on how to reduce our individual footprint visit this link here

For full information on the Nosso Bosque program visit their site here.   

Reducing our Carbon Foot Print! James Olvera 2011-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Membership by Katie Ischkin James Olvera 2011-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Oct 31, 2011

He made it!... and is still alive minus 8 lbs, a few toe nails and some sore feet and knees! Larry Barnet and his son Brad completed the 7 day hike to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro this past September, all while raising funds to dig new drinking wells in Kenya. Larry visited our club on October 26 to update us on the success of his trip and shared with us the enjoyment of his great accomplishment. The money he has raised so far has brought him half way to his $50,000 goal and will allow him to continue digging fresh water wells for the Kenyan communities. With the help of Rotary clubs like ours and Larry’s church, Larry has successfully completed 7 wells and plans to do more in addition to building facilities for hospital and educational purposes. Great Job Larry & Brad!


Check out the newspaper article here!

Climb for Water Update James Olvera 2011-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Oct 24, 2011
Steve Bilden a local representative of Viridian Energy recently spoke to our club about his company and the great benefits it provides to consumers and the environment in more ways than one. In general the company is "Green" in every sense of the word! Doing it's part by conducting business and providing services with direct positive consideration of the impact the company is having on the environment in addition to doing it in a cost efficient manor. In today's economy cost efficient is definitely the way to go! That environmental consideration and cost efficient manor is then passed on to the consumer who can reap the benefits of receiving a green energy source which helps the environment and saving money at the same time. Win...Win!
Green Energy by Viridian James Olvera 2011-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Oct 24, 2011
Thanks to our final push at the Oktoberfest event and an anonymous donation of $600 (Thank You Very Much!) we have reached our goal for this year's Operation Warm. The coats have been ordered and will be here on time for our distribution date set for early November. Just in time for the winter season!
Thank You .....Everyone!
Thank You AMY Plumbing for you gracious sponsorship for the 3rd year in a row and taking care of the shipping cost so we can use every bit of the money collected to buy more coats. 
We did it!.... $6,000... which will buy us over 300 coats!
Funds have been collected for this year's Operation Warm. Thank you to all of those who have donated via the collection cans and coming out to support us during our collection time at the Jewel Osco on Algonquin Rd. September 3rd and 4th. Thank you to all of those who came out and supported us outside Village Pizza Sunday September 18. As of 10.25.11 our collection total is $6,000.63.
BIG Thanks to Express Employment Professionals in Carpentersville for their gracious donation of $500 to get the collecting started off with a bang!
BIG Thanks to the Anonymous Doner for their gracious donation of $600 to top off collections and help us reach our goal!
Money Earned form Collection Cans: $1,022.63
Pub Crawl Earnings: $1,320
Donations: $2,658
District Grant: $1,000
2011 Collections for Operation Warm! James Olvera 2011-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Oct 16, 2011


Besides the early morning showers and late afternoon gusts of wind it was a great day at this years Oktoberfest/Oktobercross event. With close to 600 racers and a good mix of local residents this years event was a success!

For those of you who never attended a bicycle cross race just as this, it is definitely a site to see. The race course consisted of tight turns, sand traps, creeks to cross, hills to climb, mud pits, corn fields, bumpy rollers, and grassy straight a ways. All of which contributed to the entertaining bike races that were taking place all day. Other entertaining factors include the various snack or drinks such as twinkies, bacon & whiskey bystanders extended out to the racers as they passed by and the constant heckling of the racers for not living up to the standards of the viewing bystanders. Not to mention all the great food and drinks that were available and all the children activities and local vendors who came out to showcase their local business. All in all... a good time! 

Thank You to everyone who came out and supported this great local event on Sunday the 16th of October. Thank You to all of those who visited the Rotary booth and bought twinkies or raffle twinkies for the Sony PSP Sports Pack. Congratulations to the winner of the PSP! Special thanks to Mudslingers for all their hard work serving the endless line of coffee drinkers and donut eaters. 

Check out the Pictures!

Oktoberfest/Oktobercross 2011 James Olvera 2011-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Sep 26, 2011
Martina Mathisen spoke to our club (Wednesday September 21, 2011) about her amazing ability to create ideal business contacts through effective customer appreciation. A little extra effort can go a long way. The great thing is, is that her principals can be applied to any aspects in life that involves generating relationships and general interactions with other people.

The idea of a more personalized attempt when showing appreciation or even just acknowledging someone’s effort more times than not will have a positive impact on the people receiving the appreciation/acknowledgement. That positive impact can go along way when it comes to them making future decision, referrals and presenting business opportunities. Being customer friendly will turn your business into one that others envy!  

Thank you Martina for speaking to our club and sharing your awesome ability!

Customer Friendly = Business Envy James Olvera 2011-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Sep 18, 2011


It was a perfect to go out and help the community and the Carpentersville Rotary Club, in addition to other great volunteers, would take advantage of it. This year the club was glad to participate in the 3rd annual Carpentersville Pant-A-Thon which took place at 4 different houses trough out the village. With the paint provided by Home Depot and all the great volunteers we successfully completed all 4 houses. 

Check out the pics!    

Carpentersville Paint-A-Thon 2011 James Olvera 2011-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Sep 12, 2011


Even with the late night of Pub Crawling the night before club members still managed to get up early the next morning and gladly participate in the 9.11.01 memorial parade which took place in downtown Carpentersville. Club members in addition to a line of other groups lined up and marched down Main Street starting at noon where the made a silent march pass Fire Station 1 for those who were lost on that tragic day. ImageImage 

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Patriot Day Parade James Olvera 2011-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Sep 12, 2011


This year's pub crawl was a great success! With close to 140 crawlers, live entertainment, cash prizes, door prizes, food specials, drink specials, and great fellowship we were bound to have a great night. 

Thank you to all of those who came out to support us, all our volunteers, all our sponsors, and everyone who donated to the event. With out all of you guys this night would have never happened.   

Check out the pics!  

Rotary Belly Busters Pub Crawl 2011 James Olvera 2011-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Aug 20, 2011


At Operation Warm, Inc. those words have so many meanings.

For a child without a warm winter coat, it may mean receiving a brand new coat! A delight, to be sure.

For a parent struggling to make ends meet, it may mean the relief of knowing your child now has the warm winter coat she needs in order to get to school this winter. A wonderful delight!

For people who share our vision that every child should feel warm in winter, it may be knowing that you provided that coat from the kindness of your heart.
What could be more delightful?

"Share Your Delight" and Provide Coats for Kids James Olvera 2011-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Aug 10, 2011


This past Wednesday club members stepped up with bags full of new school supplies, ready to be donated to children through the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township. This was our 2nd successful year of collecting donated school supplies but it will not be our last.  The school supplies will help students complete their homework during their designated homework time at their individual Boys and Girls Club. No Excuses! The supplies are there!

With the school year just around the corner making sure you get everything on the supply list can sometimes be stressful. Through donations and the ability to pass the donations out to the individuals who need them the most, some of that stress can be relieved.   

Thank you to all the members who donated or collected donations.

New School Supplies! James Olvera 2011-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Aug 06, 2011

If cigarette butts were dollar bills we would be rich right now!


This past Saturday was our firs Highway clean up for the 2 stretches of Highway we recently adopted.  Carpentersville Rotary members in addition to 2 wonderful volunteers took time out of their Saturday morning to dodge traffic, bare the elements and clean a highway.  We picked up trash ranging from car parts, rebar, broken glass, paper cups, wrappers, and of course cigarette butts. Just a little way in trying to do our part in keeping this community clean!  

Thank you to all Club members who showed up and to our wonderful volunteers!

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Clean up on the Highway! James Olvera 2011-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Jul 12, 2011

The dinner was great, the speaker was entertaining, and the fellowship was plentiful. This year’s club annual Installation Dinner was a success! Now in our 3rd year we are starting to get the hang of participating and hosting these types of events and can only hope it will continue on for years to come.

In recognition of the recent passing of Jim Krenz, who is the Key Charter Member when the club was created, the club will establish a scholarship in his honor.

Congratulations to our new president Tina Curtis, but also for becoming a Paul Harris Fellow which she accomplished by personally donating at least $1,000 to annual program funds. Oh Yeah… and for donating her 50/50 winnings back to End Polio Now…. Sorry Chip!

Thank You Jason Nowitzki for your past year as president and congratulations to the newly installed board members.

Carlos tied the entire night together by gracing us with his presence and speaking to the club which encouraged the witty banter between club members and our Rotary guests. Good Times!

Last Thank You... for all our guests and the Holiday Inn in Elgin for providing the great professional service at our dinner and becoming the new home for the Carpentersville Rotary meeting place.       

Check out the Pics.    

Installation Dinner Recap James Olvera 2011-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Olvera on Nov 10, 2010

The Children have their Jackets!

Another successfully year was had handing out warm winter coats to children in need. Just in time for the winter season. All the hard work put into collecting funds to purchase the coats for Operation Warm has paid off. As with anything else with the Carpentersville Rotary Club does we strive to progress in what we do and this was definitely a step up from last year’s Operation Warm program.

The children came in at each of the three locations not knowing what to expect until they were surprised with the fact that they were receiving a new winter coat. There was a quick change in attitude from confusion to excitement as each kid was handed their coat. There was a definite sense of overwhelming joy in the room!

Thank you to everyone involved for making this such a great program for the children in the community.

Special thanks to Rotarians Donna Zoellick and Tina Curtis for all of there help with all the collections and putting this event together for a second consecutive year. Thanks again to all the Rotarians who helped collect the money, everyone who made donations, and all the hard work the staff of the Dundee Township Boy's and Girl's Club has done and continues to do everyday.   


Look back later for testimonials from the children and the volunteers! Check out the photos below. Tell us what you think and we will post it on the website!

Operation Warm 2010 James Olvera 2010-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Nowitzki
The Group Study Exchange Team from Brazil visited the Carpentersville Rotary on Wednesday, April 14th, 2010.
Brazil GSE Team Visit Jason Nowitzki 0
Operation Warm Event Huge Success! Jason Nowitzki 0