Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Sergeant At Arms
Club Service
Program Chair
International Service
Vocational Services
Community Service
Youth Service Chair
Youth/Interact Liaison
Youth Exchange Officer
Rotary Foundation
Auction Chair
Public Relations
Rotary’s World Polio Day event looks ahead to ending the disease for good
While the fight to eradicate polio suffered a blow this year when the virus re-emerged in Nigeria, Rotary leaders and top health experts focused Monday on the big picture: the global presence  of the paralyzing disease has never been smaller. The headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, served as the site of Rotary’s fourth annual World Polio Day event. Some of the biggest names in the polio eradication campaign were there to reflect on the year’s progress and discuss what’s needed to end the disease for good. More than 200 people...
Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis. "It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better get...
Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out...
Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 6:30 AM
Holiday Inn-Crystal Lake
800 S. Route 31
Crystal Lake, IL  60014
United States
District Site
Venue Map
Home Page Stories
New member Ryan Yantis was inducted into the club on Wednesday October 12, 2016. Welcome to the Dawnbreakers, Ryan!

The Dawnbreakers partnered with Walgreens and Centegra at the Sage YMCA.  The Rotarians handed out food from the Illinois Food Bank Truck before the storms moved in.

Crystal Lake Central HS Interact Club and Prairie Ridge HS Interact Club year end party at Nicks Pizza sponsored by Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers!! Great fun!

Dawnbreakers had a beautiful day to cleanup Rakow Road.  Many hands made easy work.

Did you know that the Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers sponsor the Crystal Lake Central High School, Interact Club?
A few of their 50+ members stopped by today to discuss their upcoming projects.
Keep up the good work!

Governor Rodney Adams and Foundation Chair Terry Mueller award the CL Dawnbreaker's newest, Paul Harris Major Donors! Receiving the awards are Gary and Sue Reigler, Judy Sedlack and Marla Strauss.

Narayan Murarka of the Barrington Breakfast Club, updates the club about an international clean water and malnutrition program that we help fund in Guatemala. This is the fourth international program that we have supported due to, Narayan's passion for helping the global community.
 Narayan exemplifies, Service Above Self.

The Dawnbreakers recently funded a much needed, battery for the CL Park District's Segway.
Pictured is, Officer Cipri on National Night at Three Oaks Recreation Area.
Thanks to the Crystal Lake Park District for keeping our parks and recreation areas safe!

Each year, our club awards five (5) - $1000 scholarships to support educational programs preparing students for vocational/technical careers attainable with an associate’s degree, certification or license.
These awards all called the ‘Joe Helbling Vocational Scholarships’, named in memory of Dr. Joseph P. Helbling, Jr. – a PHD in Occupational Education Administration, past Dean of Occupational Studies at MCC, and beloved Rotary ‘Dawnbreaker’ prior to his passing back in 2002 at the young age of 54.  These scholarships are funded by the efforts and dedication of our membership, guests and sponsors of our club’s annual ‘western’ auction heading into its 27th year held each March at the Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake, IL.
Pictured left to right
Tyler Nickleski, attending, McHenry County College to prepare for a career in Networking & Communications Management
Lucas Blazyk, (pictured) attending, McHenry County College to prepare for a career in Food Management
Andy Buchta, Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers, Vocational Chair
Dawnbreakers decorate for the NISRA Luau


Dawnbreakers shared in congratulating fellow Rotarian, Cliff Jackson, on being  presented with the NISRA Compassion award for 2014.


Presenting the award were Jill Giese (pictured center) and Jim Wiseman (right)


District 6440 Governor Sarah Oliver awarded the Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers the 2013-2014 Presidential Citation with Distinction this morning. Only 5 clubs in the district earned this honor! Pictured is Governor Sarah with Dawnbreakers President Mary Bishop accepting on behalf of the club.



Oct 26, 2016
Mystery Plane Trip
Nov 02, 2016
Nov 09, 2016
Kristin Miller
Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole
Nov 16, 2016
Leslie Coen
Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County
Nov 23, 2016
Andy and Auction Committee
Important Auction Meeting!
Upcoming Events