McHenry Area Rotary hosts mixer at The Vixen June 16

  • Rotary volunteers stack up tables as the McHenry Area Rotary Blues, Brews & BBQ Fest winds down in 2019.

    Rotary volunteers stack up tables as the McHenry Area Rotary Blues, Brews & BBQ Fest winds down in 2019. Courtesy of Cynthia Wolf | Wolf Wordsmithing

Updated 6/13/2022 1:12 PM

The McHenry Area Rotary Club hosts a casual meet-and-greet from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at The Vixen, a new live performance venue at 1208 N. Green St., McHenry.

The club -- which has coordinated Blues, Brews & BBQ at Petersen Park each August for the past 10 years, and plans to do so again this Aug. 19-21 -- hopes to attract new members.


Those attending will enjoy appetizers and a cash bar, along with the chance to meet local Rotarians and learn more about club activities.

"Blues, Brews & BBQ and our Secret Santa program have become fairly well-known in the area. But perhaps lesser known are the club's other undertakings," said Mark Adams, McHenry Area Rotary president. "Membership really does offer people the chance to have fun while giving back."

Whether it's planting a pollinator garden at Johnsburg High School, collecting coats for Kids In Need of McHenry County or sending teams to compete in a Feed My Starving Children shipment-packing session, camaraderie prevails, Adams said.

Like many service organizations, though, the McHenry Area Rotary has battled to maintain and boost membership, which currently stands at 26.

"We'd really like to see that increase to 35," Adams said. "Not only do many hands make light work, but many faces also bring more smiles.

"With the $63,000-plus in grants our club has given over the past year, we can be proud of our achievements. But imagine what we could do with double or triple our current numbers," he continued. "We hope to meet several potential new members during our June 16 get-together at The Vixen. Anyone who is at all curious is encouraged to attend."

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Rotary International includes about 1.2 million members in more than 35,000 clubs across 200 countries. Membership is open to men or women of good character with a solid business, professional or community reputation.

McHenry Area Rotary Club dues are $375 annually. The club meets at noon Thursdays at Buddyz Pizzeria, 1138 N. Green St., McHenry. Anyone interested is welcome to drop in on a lunch meeting. No noon meeting will take place June 16, however, as that is the date of the mixer.

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