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Published: 5/22/2008 12:12 AM

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McHenry County Legionnaires: McHenry County Legionnaires from all County Posts are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the McHenry County Council at 7 p.m. today.

The group will meet at American Legion, Lake in the Hills Post 1231, 1101 W. Algonquin Road, in Lake in the Hills. The host post is Lake in the Hills Post 1231.

For details, call Commander Don McMullen of LITH Post 1231 at (847) 658-5548 or the McHenry County Council Commander, Robert Howe, at (815) 653-6391.

The McHenry County Council will perform the "Post Everlasting" Ceremony to honor the Legionnaires who died during the last year and attending post delegates are invited to bring lists of their departed Legionnaires on tracing paper for this ceremony.

Toast of the Fox: Toast of the Fox Toastmasters Club 8325 will meet from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Elgin Academy's Sears Gallery, 350 Park St. Elgin. Membership is open to adults who would like to improve their communication skills. Visitors are welcome.

For information visit, e-mail or call Troy LaPorte, public relations, at (630) 306-1911.

Baby Boomers Singles Club: The group will meet from 8 to 11:30 p.m. on Friday. Cost is $10 per person, with a cash bar. The Milk Pail is at 14630 Route 25, East Dundee, Visit Web site for directions.

South Elgin Lions: South Elgin Lions Club Bingo night is on Saturday. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo and raffle games start at 7 p.m. with an early-bird game at 6:50 p.m.

The first 200 bingo players will be given a free chance to win $25,000. All this action takes place at South Elgin Lions Club, 500 Fulton St. The club offers hands free computerized bingo play and two smoking breaks during the evening; a covered shelter is provided.

Food and beverages are available for purchase. A total of $2,200 will be paid out on all bingo games in addition to our raffle payouts.

The South Elgin Lions Club will offer half-price bingo when games begin at 7 p.m. May 31. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Elgin Lions: The Elgin Lions Club has volunteered to man a water station Memorial Day for the 31st annual Fox Trot which raises money for the Elgin Youth Scholarship Fund.

On Monday, the Lions, wearing their navy and gold caps, will be handing out water supplied by the city of Elgin, to runners as they pass by. They also will be helping in the cleanup of the discarded cups.

For information about the Elgin Lions Club, call Dan Weiler at (630) 587-5600.

Golden K Kiwanis: The Elgin Golden K Kiwanis will meet at 9 a.m. May 28 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 357 Division St., Elgin. The program will be by Bill Beattie on "Geo-Thermal Heating & Air Conditioning." For information, call (847) 741-7176.

Mothers & More: Parenting today is more challenging than ever, as all parents know.

Mothers & More welcomes you to join the group for a program about Soulful Parenting, which is a model for parenting compassionately from the heart.

Clinical director of Northwest Community Counseling Services, Candace Sinclair, will share tools for being present "in the moment" with our children. This approach helps us respond to the challenges of motherhood from a place of peace to honor our children and ourselves.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. May 28 at Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce, 427 W. Virginia St., Crystal Lake. Refreshments will be served.

Mothers & More is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of mothers.

For information about Mothers & More, call (815) 334-7813 or go to Web site

Sinclair, a mother and grandmother, looks forward to sharing her learning from a career of counseling families in crisis.

RSVP for this program by May 25 at (815) 479-5733 or e-mail to

EAA chapter 101: Chapter 101 of the Experimental Aircraft Association will hold its Young Eagles Rally from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1. Young Eagles is to promote aviation to children, ages 8 to 17. All boys and girls who come out will get the chance to take their first flight in a private airplane. Meet the pilots, see the different types of aircraft and maybe even get the chance to control the plane while flying with the pilots assistance. The rally is held the first Sunday of each month till December at Schaumburg Regional Airport, off Irving Park Road and Wright Boulevard in Schaumburg. Bring a friend, bring your parents and get ready for some fun. The rally is held weather permitting. For information or to register, call Chuck Soumar at (708) 788-6390 or

Henpeck HEA: The Henpeck Unit of Kane County Homemakers Education Association will meet June 3 at the home of Dorothy Murry on Widmayer Road in Hampshire. The lesson on Greek feasts, anniversaries and customs will be presented by the hostess. A luncheon of selected Greek foods will be prepared by members. Guests are welcome; call Dorothy at (847) 683-3632 for details and directions.

Mention the word "de-cluttering" and members' ears perked up when the Unit met May 6 at the home of Dorothy Gurke (Ocie Manser's niece) in Elgin. In addition to the hostess, the group welcomed guests, Sue Kuschmierz and Joyce Stading. Six members answered roll call by describing a person (other than a Unit members) with whom they enjoy spending time.

The annual meeting will be held May 21 at Lincoln Inn in Batavia. The business meeting and a buffet luncheon will be followed by a program to be presented by Carolyn Finzer as a "Flower Fairy." Each Unit is asked to donate a centerpiece with a flower theme which will be used as a door prize. Donations of used books to benefit the Little City Foundation also will be accepted at the annual meeting.

Members were asked to study the list of Greek recipes, distributed at a previous meeting, and notify International Director Dorothy Murry, of their choice of recipes to prepare for the Unit food lesson next month.

Food and cash donations were collected for the Hampshire/Burlington Food Pantry at this meeting.

Donations of insect repellant will be collected for the Community Crisis Center in Elgin next meeting.

The lesson titled "Finding Sanity in Today's World: De-cluttering Your Life" was facilitated by Betty Nissen and Mary Ann Harter. It provoked a lively discussion from members and guests describing their methods of organizing, simplifying and storing important documents and other "keepsakes." Every person attending this lesson could identify with spending too much time piling, sorting and moving stacks from one place to another and, therefore, should be able to use suggestions offered in the lesson sheet. A handout on what to store, where and for how long was distributed for home study.

For information about the organization and free one-year membership in the Henpeck Unit, call Peggy Gross at (847) 683-3826 or Mary Ann Harter at (847) 683-3632.

Zonta Club: The Zonta Club of St. Charles-Geneva-Batavia meets the first Tuesday of each month at Prairie Landing Golf Course in West Chicago.

The next meeting will be June 3 with networking at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost of dinner is $25.

Individuals interested in "Advancing the Status of Women" are welcome to attend. Reservations must be called in to Christie Plotzke at (847) 931-2292 one-week prior to the meeting date.

For information about Zonta, e-mail club president Bobbie Gerbrecht at