Our monthly meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 3717 W. Main St. in McHenry unless otherwise noted.

6:30pm:   Refreshments

6:45pm:   Monthly program, followed by meeting


Upcoming Programs for 2020

January 16th – (members only)  Business Meeting

Hostesses:  Board Members

February 20thWINTER BIRDS OF MC HENRY COUNTY, a program presented by Kim Compton from the McHenry County Conservation District. Learn to identify McHenry County’s winter birds and how to attract them to your yard. 

      Hostesses: Gina Dunkley & Pat Schafer

March 19th DECOMPOSING/VERMICOMPOSTING, a program presented by Will Sutphin from the Crystal Lake Park District Nature Center.  Learn about an environmentally friendly way of getting rid of your organic waste and understand why compost is what you want. 

      Hostesses: Jennie Anderson and Barbara Rex

April 16thPROJECT–MAKING A WORM TUBE FOR VERMICOMPOSTING IN THE GARDEN, presented by members Laurel Mayer and Edyta Greczek.   Supplies for this project will be provided at the meeting

Hostesses: Sharon Barland & Karen Liston

May 21stMUSHROOMS OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS: A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY THROUGH THE SEASONS, a program presented by Moira Hunter Okeefe, a certified wild mushroom expert.  Showcased in the presentation will be the wild mushrooms of northern Illinois as they appear throughout the seasons: their defining characteristics, edibility and idiosyncrasies.

Hostesses: Laurel Mayer and Edyta Greczek

June 18thTOMATOES AND DAHLIAS, a program presented by Lisa Hilgenberg, manager of the fruit and vegetable garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden.  She teaches classes, writes and speaks for local and national magazines and trade shows.

Hostesses: Pat Leucht and Carol Haske

July 16th – (Closed Meeting at a member’s home) ANNUAL SUMMER POTLUCK PICNIC.  At the home and garden of Member Priscilla Rutter.

Hostesses:  Jackie Homa, Debbie Hoffmann and Diane Boedecker

August 20thDRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES, a program presented by Cindy Crosby, author /contributor to more than 20 books.  Discover the fascinating and bizarre lives of these garden flyers-with plenty of group fun during the presentation.

Hostesses: Eileen Lane and Sue Yazel

September 17thno speaker or program announced yet

       Hostesses: Joyce Matuszewich & Connie Nelson

October 15th – no speaker or program announced yet

Hostesses: Jane Thomas & Jean Schiller

November 19thPROJECT–HOLIDAY CRAFT / PAINT AND SIP, presented by members Laurel Mayer and Edyta Greczek.   Supplies for this project will be provided at the meeting,    This meeting will also include the election of New Board Members

         Hostesses: Linda Wood and Traudl Koeberlein

December 17th – (Closed Meeting at a member’s home) ANNUAL HOLIDAY POTLUCK PARTY at the home of member Judy Walter.  Also will include the Installation of New Board Members.

Hostesses: Wanda Comein & Sandi Kelly


All programs are subject to change.