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Welcome to Wauconda Rotary Club!


Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Wauconda Cafe
405 W. Liberty St
Wauconda, IL  60084
United States
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Rotary Club of Wauconda happenings
Members of the FBLA team from Wauconda High School stopped by this morning to share the results of their performance at state finals.
Terry Abrahamson - "In the Belly of the Blues" stopped by to enlighten the Rotary Club of Wauconda and anyone who was interested in taking a walk through blues history. His story telling style and enthusiasm for all things blues was infectious. He combined his story mastery with video clips to tell a story from his youth and his discovery of and love for the blues. This was a terrific evening with a true blues historian. We'll have to invite him back to cast his blues spell on us again. You can visit his site at
Diane Helgeland from Partners for Progress stopped by to visit the Rotary Club of Wauconda t share how PFP is helping adults and children in our area lead more productive lives. They accomplish this through careful evaluation and tailor a therapy plan to the individual. They use horses to increase body awareness and have some riders compete in equestrian riding competitions to build confidence and responsibility. They have a team of therapists who are dedicated to making a difference to the individuals they work with.  On March 5th they will have their annual Plop O' Gold fundraiser, they have a chili cook-off, raffles, and tours of their stables. Great family fun. You can learn more about PFP NFP on their website
Megan & Carl visited the Rotary today to talk about the new upscale meat and cheese shop on Main St in Wauconda. They talked about what made this desire to open a retail shop drive them to not only do business together but do it in Wauconda. Both have roots in the village and a passion to be a part of a vibrant Main St scene. They carry cuts of meats not typically carried in chain stores but more importantly great cuts of meat at affordable prices! Megan is sourcing artisan cheeses from around the states and provides samples for customers to taste prior to purchase. This level of passion, quality product, and personal customer service make Legacy 1878 a place you should visit soon! The serve Boar's Head meat too. You can visit them online at Legacy 1878 or stop by the shop at 107 S Main St Wauconda IL 60084.
Maria Weisbruch Executive Director of the Wauconda Chamber of Commerce stopped by the Rotary meeting this morning at the Wauconda Cafe. Maria shared information about the Chamber, new businesses in the village and how the chamber is working to maintain and grow our vibrant Main St. business district along with the Liberty St business corridor. looking to expand its reach the Chamber has started a young professionals group this will help future growth.  A monthly meeting called "Lunch Lessons" covers topics like "Instagram for Business." The Chamber is a great resource for all local businesses visit them at
Join us Wednesday February 1st at 7:00AM to hear from Maria Weisbruch of the Wauconda Chamber of Commerce. Meeting held at the Wauconda Cafe 405 W Liberty St.
random act of kindness or RAoK is a selfless act performed by kind people to either help or cheer up a random stranger, for no reason other than to make people happier. Either spontaneous or planned in advance, RAoKs are encouraged by various online and offline communities.
Tom Kern & Ashleigh, of the Wauconda Area Library, shared with the Rotary all of the wonderful resources available at the library for both young and old alike. Tom explained that the role of the library has become more of a community center offering private study rooms, meeting rooms and a terrific media studio. All available to the library patrons for free! The library is State-of-The-Art and has a section called "Kid City" dedicated to the enrichment of our youngest residents. They even have an app available for both Apple and Android phones, that will allow access to not only the library's collection but eBooks from Overdrive and Hoopla. As their catch phrase says "Start here. Go anywhere." Stop by the library, you will be pleasantly surprised.
Please note that our meeting on January 25, 2017, will not be held in our usual location, Wauconda Café.  We will meet at the Wauconda Area Library to hear a presentation by Mr. Tom Kern, Director, Wauconda Area Library.  The library is located at 801 North Main Street, Wauconda, IL 60084.  For more information about the library, see:  We hope you can join us on Wednesday morning.
Terry Thourson visited the Rotary Club of Wauconda last Wednesday to share with us "Why anger is all the rage."  Terry shared information about how detrimental anger can be physically for all of us. More importantly, he shared techniques we can use every day to keep ourselves emotionally and physically in balance. 
April 2017


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The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
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The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...