Posted by John Halbleib on Jul 22, 2017
Rotary Club of McHenry - We are People of action.  We are social and fun, mysterious, and more.  In 2017, our Club received an award recognizing excellent service to our Club.
The Rotary Club of McHenry pursues five Avenues of Service as part of our Service Above Self.  These Avenues of Service are Club, Community, International, Vocational and Youth. 
Club Service involves such Member actions as drive the successful of our Club.  Club Service is funded by Member contributions and achieved through Member involvement. 
International Service comprises those Member activities as serve to advance international understanding, goodwill, and peace, as well as projects designed to help people in other lands.  International Service is funded primarily through Member contributions and achieved through Member involvement.  Some funding is achieved through funding received during the annual Bleus, Brews, and Barbecue festivities through a special booth setup for such purpose – such as Rotary Foundation, PolioPlus and ShelterBox.  
Here are some examples:
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International  – which Foundation funds and sponsors a large volume of projects around the world, including the eradication of polio.  The Rotary Foundation recently celebrated its Centennial.
Members often fund the Rotary Foundation through individual contributions of $1,000 (or more) and thereby become “Paul Harris Fellows”.  Here are some examples of funding of International Service through the Paul Harris program (listing is of recipient of award):
Other International Service projects include:
The proceeds from Blues, Brews and Barbecue go back into our shared community.  You have fun and your fun benefits our shared community.  The event sponsor is the Rotary Club of McHenry Charitable Foundation.  Substantially all of such proceeds help fund our Community Service, Vocational Service and Youth Service in the Greater McHenry, Illinois area, including but not limited to these Illinois, USA locations: Bull Valley, Johnsburg, McHenry, Prairie Grove, Ringwood, Spring Grove, Volo, and Wonder Lake.  Here are some examples:
Community Service comprises varied efforts that Members make (sometimes in conjunction with others) to improve the quality of life of those who live within our Club’s community.  As you review these examples, keep in mind that Vocational Service and Youth Service are simultaneously “Community Service”, described below.
Also, see Vocational and Youth, below
Vocational Service promotes high ethical standards in businesses and professions, recognizing the worthiness of all dignified occupations, and fostering the ideal of service in the pursuit of all vocations. The role of Members includes conducting themselves and their businesses in accordance with Rotary’s principles and lending their vocational skills to Club-developed projects in order to address the issues and needs of society.
Youth or New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.