Luncheon with RI President

Dawnbreakers attended a luncheon with
Rotary International President Gordon McInally and his wife Heather
Luncheon with RI President Mary Bishop 2024-04-21 05:00:00Z 0

Keeping Families Covered

Nancy Shanahan from Keeping Families Covered
spoke at the Dawnbreaker meeting so we turned it into
a Diaper Drive!
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Dawnbreaker Christmas Tree

The Dawnbreakers sponsored and decorated a Christmas tree at Depot Park
through the Downtown Crystal Lake association
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Food Packing

Dawnbreaker volunteers joined with 11 other Rotary Clubs for a Food Packing event for Ukrainian refugees.
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Sail On Mary Bishop 2023-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
Crystal Lake Food Pantry First Thursday Service Meetings 2023-01-17 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Rocks the Raue 2022 2022-09-21 05:00:00Z 0

Main Beach Concert

Heather and Greg are ready for the crowd at the Dawnbreaker-sponsored Main Beach Concert
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Ribbon Cutting for Pollinator Garden 2022-08-11 05:00:00Z 0

Dawnbreakers Sail in the Cardboard Cup!

The Dawnbreakers are sailing in the Crystal Lake Cardboard Cup Regatta!
Saturday July 23rd
Main Beach
Our festivities will start at 11:00, with the races beginning at noon.
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Veteran's Path to Hope Housewarming Party 2022-05-19 05:00:00Z 0

Food Bank Truck

The Dawnbreakers sponsored a truck from the Northern Illinois Food Bank
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Spring Road Clean-Up 2022-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
Dawnbreakers Plant Pollinator Pocket 2022-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
Star 105.5 Podcast with the Dawnbreakers 2022-05-12 05:00:00Z 0
Dawnbreakers Social at Jude's 2022-03-24 05:00:00Z 0
Dawnbreakers Learning Yoga 2022-03-24 05:00:00Z 0
Wrapping for Breakfast with Santa 2021-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
Breakfast with Santa 2021 Mary Bishop 2021-12-14 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Bike Rack Ribbon Cutting!

Join us at the bike rack ribbon cutting ceremony outside the Chamber of Commerce building
Tuesday, Oct 12th at 4:00 p.m. 
If you can't make the ceremony we'll also be on Facebook Live!
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Rotary Rocks the Raue 2021-09-03 05:00:00Z 0
Sponsors of the Crystal Lake Main Beach Concert 2021-09-03 05:00:00Z 0
Dawnbreakers help Habitat for Humanity Mary Bishop 2021-09-03 05:00:00Z 0

Spring Road Clean Up

We had a great time at our spring Road Clean Up!  Great weather and long overdue safe fellowship!
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Breakfast with Santa 2020 Mary Bishop 2020-12-30 06:00:00Z 0
Dawnbreakers Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army Mary Bishop 2020-12-30 06:00:00Z 0
Dream Big 2021 NYE Raffle 2020-11-15 06:00:00Z 0

Dawnbreakers-Farmer's Market

Jen from Crystal Lake Downtown joins Dawnbreaker Heather Marts giving away Dawnbreaker facemasks at a recent Crystal Lake Farmer's Market
Dawnbreakers-Farmer's Market Mary Bishop 2020-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
30th Annual Western Auction Ryan Yantis 2019-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

Fall Road Clean UP!

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Fall Road Clean Up was a great success on Sat. Sept 29.  Nine outstanding Dawnbreakers, family, & friends did quick work on our section of Rakow Road, finishing well ahead of the estimated 2 hours.  The weather was outstanding as well.  Service Before Self!
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America's Cardboard Cup Regatta 2018-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
Dawnbreaker 30th Western Auction - 2019 Ryan Yantis 2018-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
Coat A Kid 2017-11-14 06:00:00Z 0

Dawnbreakers Visited by Habitat for Humanity

We were lucky enough this morning to have Holly from Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County speak and tell us about all the work being done in the area. Will the Dawnbreakers be taking part in the construction of a home?? Stay tuned to find out!
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Dawnbreakers Working on Their Flexibility!

Last Wednesday, Denise Smith from Smith Running & Physical Therapy led The Dawnbreakers in some early morning stretching. Join us every Wednesday morning at 6:30am for all the fun and fellowship!
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Join Us for the 28th Annual Western Auction

Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers is proud to host the 28th Annual Western Auction on Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake. Over the course of 28 years, the Dawnbreakers have donated over $1.5 million to charity, both locally and globally through the Rotary International initiatives, from money raised at the auction.

This year, the auction will include dinner, silent and live auctions, a "Show Me the Money" $10,000 cash raffle, 50/50 cash raffles, and a mechanical bull.

Those interested in attending can view auction items, purchase tickets, and register for night of bidding on the Auction Website at Bidding for Good. Updates are made daily, so continue to check the site!…

Please join us for a night of fun that truly lives up to the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self!"

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Dawnbreaker Sushi and Saki Night

Dawnbreakers gather for dinner, fellowship, and something new at Kumi Sushi! Experts were on hand for the sushi-saki tasting.
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The Auction is Coming! 

The 28th Annual Western Charity Auction and Dinner will take place on Saturday March 4th from 5:30-10pm. Attendees can expect a four course meal, a live and silent auction, 50/50 Cash Raffle, A Show Me the Money Cash Raffle, and much more! 100% of proceeds from the night will be donated to charities. Talk to your favorite Dawnbreaker or visit the auction website,, to purchase tickets and view gifts.
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Dawnbreaker Kate Romutis Recognized as Paul Harris Fellow 2017-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Dawnbreakers Celebrate the Holidays 2017-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Dawnbreakers Conclude Annual Coat-A-Kid Drive 2016-12-15 00:00:00Z 0

Interactors and Dawnbreakers Welcome Santa Claus!

Interactors from Crystal Lake Central and Prairie Ridge came together to help the Dawnbreakers at the annual Breakfast with Santa Event. This year, 39 children were invited with their families to attend the event. Everyone ate, sang, and had a great morning!
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Dawnbreakers Distribute to Core Charities

The Dawnbreakers gave their Four Core Charities checks on Wednesday November 23rd, totaling $20,000. We are proud to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County, Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA), Bravehearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center, and Crystal Lake Food Pantry. The money donated will help each organization with scholarships, special projects, and operational costs. Thank you for all you do in the Community!
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Dawnbreakers Sponsor Mobile Food Pantry at Sage YMCA 2016-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor Rick Rivkin and Assistant Governor John Kim Visit the Dawnbreakers 2016-11-14 00:00:00Z 0


Join us in our annual Coat-A-Kid event!
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Food Truck distribution at Sage YMCA

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.
Food Truck distribution at Sage YMCA Terry Mueller 2016-05-26 00:00:00Z 0

Interact Clubs Installation Party

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!
Interact Clubs Installation Party Terry Mueller 2016-05-23 00:00:00Z 0

Road Cleanup

Dawnbreakers had a beautiful day to cleanup Rakow Road.  Many hands made easy work.
Road Cleanup Terry Mueller 2016-05-21 00:00:00Z 0

CLC Interact Board Visits

Posted on Sep 08, 2015
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!
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Governor Rodney Presents New Major Donor Awards

Posted by Terry Mueller on Sep 01, 2015
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.
Governor Rodney Presents New Major Donor Awards Terry Mueller 2015-09-02 00:00:00Z 0

Narayan speaks to Club about the Guatemala project

Posted by Terry Mueller on Aug 25, 2015
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.
Narayan speaks to Club about the Guatemala project Terry Mueller 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z 0

CL Park District Police

Posted on Aug 25, 2015
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!
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Dawnbreakers Annual Western Auction 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Mystery Plane Trip 2014 to Covered Bridges Festival 2014-10-19 00:00:00Z 0


Dawnbreakers decorate for the NISRA Luau
NISRA Luau Terry Mueller 2014-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Dawnbreakers in 2014 CL Independence Parade Mary Bishop 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0

Presidential Citation

Posted by Terry Mueller on Apr 29, 2014
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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.
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Cliff Jackson receives award

Posted by Terry Mueller on Apr 09, 2014
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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)

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Rotary Theme for 2014-14

Posted by Terry Mueller on Jan 13, 2014
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RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness."


"There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help. Many people say, 'There's nothing I can do.' So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark," Huang told the 537 district governors and their spouses and partners who are attending the 2014 International Assembly in San Diego, California.


"The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world," said Huang, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei in Taiwan.


After announcing his theme at the opening session of the five-day training meeting, Huang urged club members to Light Up Rotary in the coming year by hosting a Rotary Day in their community and including local Rotaract and Interact members in their service projects.


"How you Light Up Rotary is up to you," Huang said. "You know where you are strong, you know what your community needs, and you know how you can help."


Huang also shared his membership development goals, including the need for more women and young adults and his goal to increase membership to a total of 1.3 million members. He asked Rotarians to invite their spouses, family members, and friends to join Rotary.


"We need to assume leadership for building strong clubs, and that starts with bringing in new members," he said.


Addressing the status of the fight against polio, Huang noted that with the current momentum Rotary is on track to achieve full polio eradication by 2018.


"When we eradicate polio — and we will — we will have proved ourselves an organization capable of great things. And we'll be even better equipped for the next challenge we choose to take on. We'll have given the world a gift that will endure forever," he said.


By continuing to fight against polio, setting an example in local communities, and growing membership, Huang hopes to see Rotary shine brighter than ever.


"Light Up Rotary is our theme, but it is more than our theme. It is how we live in Rotary, how we think in Rotary, how we feel, how we work," Huang said. "It is how we make a difference — every day, in every club, every district, and every country where we serve."


Rotary Theme for 2014-14 Terry Mueller 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0

Core Charities Receive "Big" Check from Rotary Club of Crystal Lake - Dawnbreakers

Posted by Terry Mueller on Nov 26, 2013

It was a busy morning on Nov. 27th at Dawnbreakers meeting.  Four local charities received in total $16,000.00. Receiving funds ($4000.00 each) were: NISRA, Big Brother Big Sisters, Pioneer Center and Crystal Lake Food Pantry.  

The  Rotary Club of Crystal Lake, Dawnbreakers raises funds for local charities with their principal fund raising event being the annual Western Auction. The 2014 Auction will be held on March 1st. Please mark this date in your calendars and join the Dawnbreakers in a fun night collecting for local charities. Over last 25 years, more than One Million Dollars has been raised for the needy at this event.  

Pictured from Left to right.  Rotarian - Mary Bishop, Brian Shahinian - NISRA, Dave Dauphin - NISRA, Joshua Baker -Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cate Williams - Crystal Lake Food Pantry, Patrick Maynard - Pioneer Center, Rotarian Kay Stanish.



Core Charities Receive "Big" Check from Rotary Club of Crystal Lake - Dawnbreakers Terry Mueller 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z 0

Vocational Service Award

Posted by Terry Mueller on Nov 26, 2013

At their meeting on Wednesday Nov. 27th, The Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers, awarded James Richter II, Assistant Director of Economic Development for the City of Crystal Lake, with the Rotary Vocational Service Award for 2013.


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Executive Director of the National Diaper Bank

Posted by Terry Mueller on Nov 19, 2013

Pictured from left to right are Rotarian guest Father Jim Swarthout and Joanne Samuel Goldblum, Executive Director of the National Diaper Bank Network.  They talked about success of National Diaper Banks with over 150 throughout the USA and thanked the Dawnbreakers for their support from early days of the Diaper Bank. Please visit  diaper Networkwebsite for more information on great work done by Diaper Bank in helping needy families.  


Executive Director of the National Diaper Bank Terry Mueller 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z 0

New Exchange Student Arrives

Posted by Terry Mueller on Aug 13, 2013

Welcome to Marina, 2013-14 Rotary Exchange student from Uberlandia - Brazil.
Pictured from left to Right Marina Silverio and Kim Kerkbashian.


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Vocational Scholarship Recepient

Posted by Terry Mueller on Aug 06, 2013

Brett Gauger a student at MCC was awarded the 2013-2014 Joe Helbling Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship, awarded annually by the Dawnbreakers is valued at $1000.00 and can be awarded up to two times to the same recipient. This is the second time Brett has received this scholarship.
Brett got 2 A's and a B in his course work in 2012-13. Great Job Brett!

Brett is studying for his business associates Certificate in Management.

Pictured left to right after the award ceremony are Carol Gauger, Brett Gauger and Rotarian Dawnbreaker, Krista Huffmann


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Family Health Partnership Donation

Posted by Terry Mueller on Jul 30, 2013

Ground breaking recognition of Dr. DuBose’s donation of $25,000 and announcement that match raised an additional $37,000 for construction of the new Family Health Partnership Clinic in Crystal Lake, today.


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Governor Sarah Visits the Dawnbreakers

Posted by Terry Mueller on Jul 16, 2013

The Dawnbreakers had the honor of having District Governor Sarah Oliver induct our two newest members this week! Pictured are Membership Chair Cliff Jackson, District Governor Sarah Oliver, new members Jim Wiseman and John Parisi, Past District Governor Terry Mueller and President Mary Bishop.
Welcome Jim and John!


Governor Sarah Visits the Dawnbreakers Terry Mueller 2013-07-17 00:00:00Z 0

Dawnbreaker Installation

Posted by Terry Mueller on Jun 29, 2013


The Dawnbreakers held their annual installation dinner on June 30th at Marzano's Restaurant.  Soon to be Past President Gary Riegler awarded Mary Miller with the Rotarian of the Year award for all her many contributions to the club over the years.  2013-14 President Mary Bishop presents 2012-13 President Gary Riegler with a past president's plaque.

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District 6440 Reception in Lisbon

Posted by Terry Mueller on Jun 21, 2013

Mary Bishop, Judy Sedlack and Terry Mueller with Scott Mueller Scholarship recepient, David Wales, at the District reception in Lisbon.


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Vocational Service Award

Posted by Terry Mueller on Apr 30, 2013


Mr. Joe Alger received the annual Vocational Service Award from the Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers for outstanding service.

Rotary promotes the dignity of each affiliate’s vocation and in celebration of this effort, the Dawnbreakers designed the Vocational Service Award to present to a member of the community who reaches out to train, inform and support people in achieving the best they can in various vocations.  Joe Alger, COO of JA Frate, was a unanimous choice for this year’s award.

“JA Frate employees are trained to the highest driving proficiency standard to elevate their career path”, according to Jill Dinsmore, President.  Alger encourages everyone to be team players who consistently give outstanding customer service and receive ongoing technical training so that their service is excellent and their fleet of vehicles is safe and well maintained.

Alger is well known for serving veterans through the Patriot Guard Riders to honor military families and the Warriors’ Watch Riders, who organize homecoming ceremonies for returning solders with fellow Harley-Davidson riders.  He reaches out to soldiers overseas through Operation Support Our Troops America and supports the Wounded Heroes Foundation which provides financial assistance and resources to wounded veterans.  The Dawnbreakers are proud to honor Joe Algers with the 2013 Vocational Service Award.

(from left: Kathleen Anderson, office manager, Joe Alger, Doug Jennings, CEO and Jill Dinsmore, President)



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Read, Write and Win

Posted by Terry Mueller on Apr 21, 2013


Awards night for the Read, Write and Win program sponsored by the Dawnbreakers, C.L. Library and McHenry County College was held Monday, April 22nd at Hussman School.  The Dawnbreakers awarded $1,500.00 in prizes to the lucky winners.  Students choose a book from a select few and write or illustrate the ending.  Teachers from MCC judge the entries and select the winners.  This year 150 students from District 47 participated in the contest.

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Holocaust Museum

Posted by Karen Hutchings on Mar 03, 2013

On Presidents Day we had a history lesson at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie. Eva Ramos from Peru,(Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers),  Naara Julia from Mexico (Palatine club), Ruben Jereves from Ecuador (Elgin Noon club), the Mark Billings family and Dominic Hagmann from Switzerland (Libertyville club) toured the museum.

The history of Genocide; today and in the past was explained, discussed and for many, remembered.  It was an amazing day and we recommend that everyone take a day to visit and learn so that history of this nature does not repeat itself.


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Meeting at NISRA

Posted by Terry Mueller on Jan 22, 2013

The Dawnbreakers held their January 23rd meeting at the NISRA Sage Therapeutic Recreation Center in Crystal Lake.  Heidi Jenkins gave a presnetation on Therapeutic Adventures of a Lifetime, a program for troubled youth ages 13 to 18 who are referred to them through the court system.  The Dawnbreakers were then given a tour of the new facility by Heidi and Jim


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Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Posted by Terry Mueller on Nov 30, 2012


Dawnbreakers Ryan Farrell & son and Chris Hindley & granddaughter ring the bell for the Salvation Army

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Coat A Kid

Posted by Terry Mueller on Nov 28, 2012


Several Dawnbreakers hang coats for the last Coat A Kid distribution

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Core Charities

Posted by Terry Mueller on Nov 20, 2012


Representatives from NISRA, Home of the Sparrow, Pioneer Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the CL Food Pantry attended the Dawnbreaker meeting on November 11th.  Each organization received a check for $5,000.00 as a Core Charity of the Dawnbreakers.

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Halloween Diaper Drive

Posted by Terry Mueller on Oct 30, 2012


The Dawnbreakers held a diaper drive at their meeting on Halloween.  A doctor, golf pro, bunny, casino boss, several witches, Little Red Riding Hood and club members bought and donated diapers to the St. Paul Diaper Bank of McHenry County.

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Eva at Trail of History

Posted by Karen Hutchings on Oct 20, 2012
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Eva, our youth exchange student from Peru, enjoyed making a corn husk doll, dipping candles, playing games, and trying wild rice stew and root beer at the annual Trail of History, depicting life in this area between 1650 and 1820.Image
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Dawnbreakers Diaper Bank Delights RI Conventioneers

Posted by Sue Dobbe on Jun 16, 2011
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by Carolyn Dobbe, daughter of Sue Dobbe

I found myself at the Rotary International Convention in New Orleans—a representative of the Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers—and my experience at the convention deepened both my understanding and respect for the organization immeasurably.

Walking through the convention center, I saw booth after booth of Rotarians with programs all engineered at affecting social change in their communities in all aspects and seeking to share their unique programs with communities around the world. Having the opportunity to represent such a program with the Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers’ Diaper Bank, not only did I get to hang out with the coolest priest I’ve ever met, but I also got to feel the sense of pride and genuine investment Rotarians devote to their mission of “Service before Self.” As people passed by our booth and saw a table littered with diapers and a banner reading “Start a Diaper Bank!” the first question out of everyone’s mouth was unfailingly, “What’s a diaper bank??” (Complete with two question marks.) We’d smile and begin to explain the concept of collecting diapers through drives in the community and distributing them through an existing network of social service organizations, and we could see the realization dawn on their faces. Whatever they might have initially thought a diaper bank was, the reality was both more accessible and viable than they expected.

The pinnacle of the convention was a speech by Bill Gates; and while I expected it would be a pretty big to-do, I was stunned by the sheer size of the hall we were in and the thousands of people in attendance. Over the loudspeaker we heard directions in several different languages instructing everyone which radio station they could turn to for a translated version of the ceremony; and although I had noticed various cultural differences (language barriers, etc.) throughout the week, I realized once again just how globally expansive Rotary International is and how many people from so many countries were all brought to one spot in support of a common cause. Bill Gates spoke to the room about Rotary International’s effort to eradicate polio, which has succeeded in reducing cases of polio worldwide by 99%, and insisted, “The last 1 percent will be the longest and hardest 1 percent.” The statistic evidence of the work Rotary has done to eradicate polio spoke for itself; and as we saw them flash across the video screens, the energy in the room was palpable.

It was incredible to be in the presence of so many people gathered together to support one another in this collective effort, and I could see that all the good work that has been done thus far only motivates Rotary International and furthers their momentum in the fight against polio.  As thousands of people celebrated the power of their togetherness and positivity and resolved to keep going further in the effort of “Service above Self,” I understood more fully than ever before that Rotary is both a local and global organization of human beings, using their strength to make change in the world; and I felt privileged to be able to participate.

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MCC Promise

Posted by Dody LeSueur on Jan 18, 2010
On December 16, 2009, the Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers presented a check to the Friends of MCC Foundation matching $5,490 donated to the MCC Promise program.
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Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers are in Lisbon!

Posted by Jane Busch
 Bright sunshine everyday and highs in the 80s and low 90's.  We had a district reception in
the hotel last night, and a zone
luncheon cruise on the Tagas River today. We're having a
great time at the Rotary International Convention!

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Senior Services

Posted by Terry Mueller


Dawnbreaker Sue Dobbe proudly presenting a check to Senior Services’ Meg Lamonica  and Claudia Aquilina. 

The check for $1000 is for the Senior Services Holiday Shopping Mall from Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreaker's Charity Fund Board.

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District Governor Visits the Dawnbreakers

Posted by Mary Bishop
ImageHere's a photo from last week's visit from the District Governor, Mike Yesner, seen here with our Assistant District Governor, Don Brewer, and most of the Dawnbreaker Board
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Youth Exchange Picnic

Posted by Terry Mueller

Every year in the summer, it is time to say goodbye to our inbound youth exchange student, welcome back our outbound student and send off outbound students.  A picnic was held at Veteran's Acres in Crystal with the students, their families and Rotary Club members. Pictured are Agus, inbound student from Argentina, and his host families

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Scott Mueller Scholarship Recipients

Posted by Terry Mueller

Four students from the local high schools were awarded their Scott Mueller Scholarship checks at a recent Rotary meeting.  These students are well rounded, active in their school and community and have top grades.  Each will be attending a four year university.  Six checks are awarded yearly.  One student received his check at an earlier meeting and one was attending Scout Camp.  His father received the award in his place.  Congratulations to all on a job well done in high school.

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2012-12 Dawnbreaker Board Installation

Posted by Terry Mueller

Assistant Governor Don Brewer installed President Gary Riegler and the 2012-13 board of Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers on a beautiful Sunday at Three Oaks Recreation Area.

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Scott Mueller Scholarship Recipient

Posted by Terry Mueller

Nick Nissen from Prairie Ridge High School accepts his scholarship check from Rotarian Dee Meyer. Nick will be attending the University of Notre Dame suudying pre-med.

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Gary with Nancy Hiatt and Debbie DeGraw

Posted by Terry Mueller


Charity Fund Board President Gary presented Nancy Hiatt and Debbie DeGraw a check to buy equipment for Home of the Sparrow.  Home of the Sparrow has been serving homeless women and children in McHenry County and northern Illinois since 1986.



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President-elect Gary in Thailand

Posted by Terry Mueller

President-elect Gary Riegler takes a turn leading a tour group at a temple in Bangkok, Thailand.  Gary and Sue along with PDG Terry and Mike Mueller attended the Rotary International Convention in Thailand May 6-9, 2012

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Taiwan GSE Presentation

Posted by Terry Mueller

The Group Study Exchange Team from Taiwan gave an informative and entertaining presentation to 80 Rotarians and guests at D'Andrea's in Crystal Lake on May 2nd.

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GSE Team From Taiwan

Posted by Terry Mueller

GSE Team from Taiwan visits the Challenger Learning Center in Woodstock

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Read Write & Win

Posted by Terry Mueller

These students wrote the winning essays for the Read Write and Win program.  A record number of students participated this year in the event sponsored by the RC of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers, the Crystal Lake library and McHenry County College

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Turning Point

Posted by Terry Mueller

Roxie Kaminski shared the passion of Turning Point's mission


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Former Exchange Student Visits

Posted by Terry Mueller

Exchange Student Willem Groendijk from the Netherlands payed a visit to the Dawnbreakers on Wednesday, April 4th.  Willem updated the club on his activities over the past 14 years including his studies, career and family.


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Applicants Sought for World Class Fellowship in Peace and Conflict Resolution

Posted by Terry Mueller

Rotary District 6440 is pleased to announce that The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the world-competitive Rotary Peace Fellowship. The fellowship provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving conflicts around the world. Up to 110 fellows are selected every year to earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies. Fellows study at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Japan, Sweden, the United States, and Thailand. Watch as several Peace Fellows discuss the program and their work.

Applicants must be endorsed by a local Rotary Club and District. Contact Terry Mueller if you need more information about the District's application process. 

Applications are due to the District office by June 1. Applicants can learn more about the program at

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Our Exchange Student has Arrived!

Posted by Jane Busch


Agus, (Augustin Julian Santellan Fernandez) from Argentina, was greeted at O'Hare by Karen Hutchings, Youth Exchange Chair, Kevin and Ellen Bruning, his first Host Parents, and Melissa Thorpe, our outbound Exchange Student to Argentina last year.  Welcome Agus!  The Welcome Picnic will be August 18 at Veterans Acres Jaycee Pavilion at 6PM.  Come meet Agus! 




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McHenry County Health Fair

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 Dawnbreakers once again participated in the McHenry County Health Fair at MMC on August 3.  Bilingual Englixh-Spanish Books are distributed to every family attending the Health Fair.
Here, Marla and Connee attend the table at the entrance to the gym.

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Installation Picnic

Posted by Mary Bishop
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Assistant District Governor Don Brewer speaks to incoming President Todd Schroll and the Dawnbreaker 2011-2012 Board at the Installation Dinner.
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McHenry County Special Courts Fund donation

Posted by Mary Bishop
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Scott Block accepts a check for $2000 on behalf of the McHenry County Special Courts Fund.  Dawnbreakers Connee Meschini and Penny Johns-Thompsen are seen representing the Dawnbreakers Charity Fund Board.
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New Dawnbreaker

Posted by Mary Bishop
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Peter Schmitz of CL Nutrition is the Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers newest member!  He is welcomed here by Gary Riegler and Sue Dobbe of the Dawnbreakers.
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Vocational Service Award

Posted by Karen Hutchings
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Nick Sarillo of Nick's Pizza & Pub,

Nick was awarded the Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers 2010 Vocational Service Award. 

Vocational Service focuses on:
* Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors, and the public.
*  The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, not just those that are pursued by Rotarians.
* The contribution of your vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community.

Nick attended the January 19, 2011 meeting and was presented the award by Krista Huffman. 

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Dawnbreakers Donate Auction Funds to Charities

Posted by Sue Dobbe


For 21 years the Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers has been raising funds at their Annual Western Auction.  In 2010 over $77,000 was raised on one February night with  more than 440 attendees at the Holiday Inn of Crystal Lake.  Each year, the funds are donated to charities, and this year was no exception.   The day before Thanksgiving the club handed checks to six area charities for local support. "We are grateful to the community that helps us raise these funds and grateful we live in such a wonderful, service-focused county," said club president Penny Johns-Thompsen.

Checks for $3500 were given to Turning Point, Home of the Sparrow, Crystal Lake Food Pantry and Faith in Action. The Crystal Lake Police Department received a check for $2500 for their Early Intervention System and Salvation Army received $950 to support local families at Christmas.

Additional donations will be given in future weeks to Hospice of Northeastern Illinois and NISRA. These are in addition to the club's commitment to educational scholarships through the Scott Mueller Scholarship and Joe Helbling Scholarship program.

According to the club's Charity Fund president John Daly, giving back is at the core of Rotary. "Every dollar raised at the Annual Western Auction is donated. Service Above Self is the motto of our club and of Rotary International. We raise funds in order to give back to the community and support Rotary around the world."

The 22nd Annual Wester Auction will be March 5, 2011, and the club is committed to raising more than 2010.  Auction Chair Cliff Jackson announced:  "This year's goal is $100,000 as a start on the second million dollars raised by this club."

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Auction 2011

Posted by Jane Busch
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The SAVE THE DATE Card is ready for Auction 2011 - To see it, save it and share it with your guests - Click here for a pdf file and here for a jpeg file.
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Three New Dawnbreakers

Posted by Jane Busch

The Dawnbreakers inducted three new members on November 10.  Kay Stanish, Chadwick Lech and Greg Johnson were welcomed into Rotary by President Penny Johns-Thompsen.

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Dawnbreakers awarded Presidential Citation

Posted by Jane Busch
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On November 10 Past District Governor Bill Ferreira presented Dawnbreaker Past President Sue Dobbe with a District 6440 Presidential Citation for Dawnbreaker accomplishments during the 2009-2010 Rotary Year.
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Dawnbreaker Bonfire Fellowship

Posted by Jane Busch
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Dawnbreakers and guests shared fellowship at a lovely Bonfire and dinner on a perfect autumn evening at the end of October.  HERE are the pictures!

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Gov Bruce Visits

Posted by Jane Busch
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Governor Bruce Baumberger and Mrs. Baumberger visited the Dawnbreaker's
early morning meeting on October 6, 2010.  Along with an excellent presentation, Governor Bruce installed a new member of the Dawnbreakers, Father Chip Graves
of St. Mary Episcopal Church in Crystal Lake.  Welcome Father Chip!

 New Member Chip Graves      New Member Chip Graves
Sponsor Karen Hutchings       Sponsor Karen Hutchings
Governor Bruce                       Governor Bruce
                                            President Penny Johns

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End Polio Now Fundraiser

Posted by Jane Busch
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The newest Dawnbreaker Members planned, prepared and presented a lovely fundraiser for End Polio Now on October 7, 2010, at the Crystal Lake Country Club with a Wine, Tequila, Scotch and Beer "Tasting" and more!
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Mystery Plane Trip 2010

Posted by Jane Busch
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The Dawnbreakers Annual Mystery Plane Trip visited SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS,
from September 16 to 19 this year.  Click HERE to see stories and pictures
of another fun Mystery Plane Trip weekend.

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Tall Ships August 28

Posted by Jane Busch
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Dawnbreakers enjoyed a beautiful day at Navy Pier, "Sailed Away" on one of the Tallships, listened to the bands and singers around Navy Pier and avoided the traffic with a comfortable bus ride.  See the many pictures - click on "more".

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Wine Tasting and Dinner to End Polio Now

Posted by Jane Busch
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Wine Tasting, Scotch, Beer & Tequila, 3 Course Dinner with Paired Wines, Live Jazz Ensemble, Keynote Speaker John T. Osterlund, General Manager of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  Thursday, October 7, 2010, 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Crystal Lake Country Club.
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Read, Write and Win!

Posted by Dody LeSueur
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Area students recently participated in the Dawnbreaker's Literacy Program; Read, Write and Win! The students are assigned a book to read and asked to re-write the ending.
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Main Stay receives funding

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The Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Academy recently received funding from the Dawnbreaker's Charity Fund for the purchase of saddle pads, halters and leads designed to work with special needs students. Accepting the gift from Rotarian Karen Hutchings was Roxie and a 19 year old working horse, Cowboy.

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News from Kelsey

Posted by Dody LeSueur
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Click on "Youth Exchange" / "Kelsey in Peru" / "The latest news from Kelsey". Her most recent report will make us all wish we could be Youth Exchange Students!
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Much Obliged!

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The Dawnbreakers are once again so very grateful for the incredible support from our community at our Annual Charity Auction! We are thrilled with the success of this year's auction and we look forward to donating the proceeds to worthwhile organizations both locally and throughout the world.
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Dawnbreakers Support MCC Promise

Posted by Dody LeSueur
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On December 16, 2009, the Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers presented a check to the Friends of MCC Foundation matching $5,490 donated to the MCC Promise program. Pictured are: Dee Meyer, Dawnbreaker /MCC Promise Taskforce Leader, Mary Miller, Dawnbreaker & MCC Board, Bill Brennan Executive Director, MCC Promise, Karen Hutchings Dawnbreaker, Ron Koeller Crystal Lake Rotary Noon Club, Sue Kirby Dawnbreaker.
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Shelter Box

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The Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers supports Shelter Box, an organization dedicated to providing emergency shelter in areas hit by natural disasters. Click on SHELTER BOX under Club Links.
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The Object of Rotary

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Throughout Rotary's history, several basic principles have been developed to guide Rotarians in achieving the ideal of service and high ethical standards. The Object of Rotary was first formulated in 1910 and adapted through the years as Rotary's mission expanded. The Object of Rotary provides a succinct definition of the organization's purpose as well as the club member's responsibilities. The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: FIRST The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; SECOND High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society; THIRD The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life; FOURTH The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
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Dawnbreakers in Springfield

Posted by Jane Busch
A group of Dawnbreakers had a fun weekend in Springfield visiting various Abraham Lincoln sites in honor of his 200th birthday thanks to our excellent trip planner, Judy Sedlack!  Thanks Judy!  To see some pictures, click on the "more".
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22 Dawnbreakers and Friends enjoyed sun, sand, shopping and seafood during a long weekend at Pawley's Island, South Carolina.  Excursions to Myrtle Beach, Georgetown, Charleston and Boone Hall Plantation highlighted the trip, between ventures to the pool and beach and cocktails on the ocean-view balconies.  Marvelous low-country cuisine, fresh-caught seafood and barbque ribs were the order of the day, and everyone enjoyed the custom "MPT 2009" bag to tote the treasures we found.  A wonderfully delightful Mystery Plane Trip 2009  Click "More" to see some pictures
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Dawnbreakers enjoyed a wonderful Oktoberfest Social with a great German dinner from Deeter's and plenty of Oktoberfest beer and wine!  Many thanks to Sue Kirby, Club Service Chair, for organizing, and to Ron and Amy Tessler for hosting a very entertaining social in true Dawnbreaker tradition!  Take a look at the photos in the Oktoberfest Photo journal.

Rotary Support The Arts

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The Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers support a variety of organizations throughout the community including the Raue Center For The Arts.  Pictured here are Dawnbreakers who joined in the annual Stargazers Ball recently held at the Boulder Ridge Country Club.  The evening's event represents the kick-off of the theaters new program season.  Rotary Dawnbreakers have selected the Raue's Mission Imagination program for children as one of its core charities.  Through their contribution, Dawnbreakers are able to assist the Raue with various program materials for this worth while arts education program for area school children.


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Kelsey participates in Community Service in Peru

Posted by Jane Busch
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Kelsey Thorpe, and other Exchange Students from her District in Peru, recently participated in a Community Service Project at a local orphanage and medical facility and then had dinner at Papa Joes's Pizza.  Click "more" to see the pictures
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Home State Bank's Dawnbreaker Auction Pig Roast

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The Dawnbreaker Auction Pig Roast won by Home State Bank was a success thanks to Mary Bishop!  It was held at Veterans Acres on September 13 and featured a whole piggy in the roaster after a last minute scramble by Mary when the original purveyor suffered a heart attack.

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Diaper Day at Dawnbreakers

Posted by Jane Busch

Fr. Jim kicked off his Diaper Bank project with a presentation at the September 9 meeting and an invitation to the Dawnbreakers to help him in his efforts to "stock the shelves" of the first Diaper Bank in Illinois!  Dawnbreakers answered the call and brought diapers, diapers, and more diapers on Wednesday morning - over 4,500 diapers!  Click More to see additional pictures.
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