The newly formed Oak Crest Area Rotary Club, organized
as a satellite of the Sycamore Rotary Club, just completed its
first work project after two months in existence.
Club members purchased, assembled and then planted flowers
and vegetable plants in two raised garden boxes, ideally suited
for tending and viewing by Oak Crest Health Center residents
Working with the DeKalb County Community Gardens, its founder
Dan Kenney, also a member of the new Rotary, and a volunteer
carpenter from DCCG, Manny Mascote, they assembled garden boxes
and added plants obtained from the Walnut Grove Vocational Farm.
The club has attracted 34 charter members, about half from
the Oak Crest retirement complex and the other half from the
surrounding DeKalb-Sycamore area. Until a June election, interim
officers are chair Sally Stevens, vice chair John Peterson and
secretary Barry Schrader. A board of directors and
Gathered around the two raised garden boxes they built
in the interior courtyard of the Oak Crest health center are
11 members of the new Oak Crest Area Rotary club. In back from
left are John Peterson, Jim Walter, Nancy Castle, Dan Kenney,
Steven Johnson, Sally Stevens and the volunteer carpenter Manny
Mascote. In front from left are Barry and Kay Schrader, Maylan
Dunn-Kenney, project cochairs Gayle Thistlethwaite, seated, and
officers for the coming fiscal year will be elected next month.
The club differs from most other service clubs in that
there is no meal charge since members can bring their own lunches
to the Oak Crest meeting room, and it only meets the second and
fourth Thursdays of each month for one hour at noon. Half the
hour is spent on club business and discussing potential projects
and the other half hour devoted to a program or speaker.
Initial speakers so far have been state Rep. Bob Pritchard,
Daily Chronicle General Manger Eric Olson, attorney Ron Klein,
DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith and Kishwaukee College President Laurie
The next two months speakers scheduled are DeKalb
County States Attorney Rick Amato, Sycamore Mayor Curt Lang,
retired NIU sports information director Mike Korcek, and historian
Rotary International is a service organization with 1.2
million members worldwide in 35,000 clubs. Other area Rotary
chapters in the area include the DeKalb club that meets Monday
evenings at the Ellwood House visitors center, Sycamore Rotary
that meets at noon Wednesdays at Blumen Gardens, and Kishwaukee
Sunrise Rotary that meets Tuesday mornings for breakfast at Northwestern
Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital.
People interested in learning more about the new Rotary
chapter can contact the secretary Barry Schrader at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 815-758-5424.