Topic: Member Events

EcoFilm Screening – “The Burden”

Posted on September 7, 2016 by - Community Events, Member Events


On Wednesday, September 21, EDMC with co-sponsor Citizens Climate Lobby, will present the documentary “The Burden”.

Doors will open at 6:30 and program begins at 7:00.

Retired Navy Commander Cliff Lee will address the audience after the screening and will take questions.

The documentary addresses the issue of fossil fuels/climate change and effects on national security. It also looks at what the military is doing to become more energy efficient.

Member Event: Solar Energy Tour

Posted on May 5, 2016 by - Member Events

You’re Invited!

Defenders’ members are invited to attend one or both of two tours on May 15th to learn about solar installations and the benefits of renewable energy.

The first tour, beginning at 3 p.m., will be led by Kim Hankins, Sustainability Director at MCC and Defenders’ Board Member.  The tour will include a look at the array of solar panels at MCC’s Shah Center, at 4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry, as well as a display of real-time data showing the energy being produced and the resulting savings in energy costs.  MCC has been honored with the “College Leadership and Sustainability Award” from the Illinois Green Energy Network, partially as a result of this installation.

For the second tour at 4:30 p.m., Pat and Terry Dieckhoff have invited us to learn about solar energy at their home in Crystal Lake, where they have solar panels installed on their roof.  They will point out that the cost of solar installation is cheaper than it has ever been and the 30% federal tax credit reduces the cost even more.  You can learn more about their installation on the Illinois Solar Energy Association website  Click on the Solar Ambassador link.

To help us in planning for refreshments, reservations are requested, but not required, at or at 815-338-0393. Join us on this tour to see how you can save money on your electric bill and reduce your carbon footprint!

*This is a Members Only event. If you’re not currently a member, we’d love to have you join us – Click Here!

From the Prairie to the Tundra – Take a vicarious journey!

Posted on January 13, 2016 by - Community Events, Member Events

Join fellow Defenders’ members on a cold February afternoon for a road trip from Illinois to the tundra! Defenders’ member, Neill Sachs, will be taking us vicariously on a journey that he and his wife, Margaret, took from Illinois to Alaska. Along the way they passed through several ecological zones – from prairies to mountains to boreal forests to tundra. Through wonderful photos Neill will take us along on this trip while discussing highlights of various environmental issues in each region.

The Membership Committee will be hosting this free event at the Soil and Water Conservation District Building on the corner of Dean St. and Hwy. 14 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. on February 21st. Cookies and warm drinks will be provided. RSVP’s at are not required, but would be welcomed to help us plan for refreshments. Hope you can join us for the trip!


Volunteers needed – Winter Book Sale

Posted on November 18, 2015 by - Member Events

We will be setting up our winter book sale in the hallway outside the office in Woodstock from Monday, November 23 through Wednesday, November 25. Please email or call the office to let us know when you can help!

The sale starts on Black Friday – November 27 from 11am until 7pm (the lighting of the Woodstock Square is that same evening, as well as our Volunteer Appreciation & Members’ Open House from 5pm-7pm.)

Sale continues November 30 through December 12 during regular store or office hours.

Book sale

Volunteer Appreciation & Members’ Open House

Posted on November 11, 2015 by - Member Events

Friday, November 27th, 5:30-7pm

The Defenders will once again welcome members for hot drinks and treats during the Woodstock “Lighting of the Square” event. This is always a great family activity, with Woodstock Square stores open and the magic of the holiday season alive with all the trees and buildings aglow. (Santa is sure to make an appearance as well.)


All members are invited to stop in at The Defenders’ office between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and warm up as they wait for the lights to go on. The Green Spot store will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for early holiday shopping and gift ideas. Come in and browse!


This year we are once again including a special Volunteer Appreciation event during the open house. All those members who have volunteered during the year (bookstore, tabling events, office help, recycling, clean-up events, book or garage sale, County Fair table or ticket booth) are especially encouraged to stop in and collect a gift bag prepared as a thank you for all your service.


Beautiful holiday lights, visiting with Defenders’ friends, and drinks & treats await, so mark your calendars now for a festive evening.

Bakers Wanted!

Posted on October 21, 2015 by - Member Events

You, too, can put your baking skills to good use! Once again our culinary creations will be used to raise much-needed funds for the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County. For those of you new to this, a dedicated group of volunteers bake as many cookies, bar cookies, or brownies as they can and package them up for sale at the Pioneer Tree Farm, where other volunteers are busy serving cocoa and coffee and selling Christmas trees. Sales are always great so the more you bake, the more money is made. Start now and you can freeze your creations for when you don’t have time.
WHAT: Cookies, brownies, and bar cookies.
WHEN: November 27th, 28th & 29th (bring to office by 3 pm on 11/25)
December 5th & 6th (bring to office or Green Spot by 3 pm 12/4)
December 12th & 13th (bring to office or Green Spot by 3 pm 12/11)
HOW: Package ALL baked goods in $1 lots (2 cookies of 2” diameter or greater – 3 cookies if they are smaller, 2 small bite sized brownies or 2 small bite sized bar cookies).
For sanitary and display reasons, all must be covered in plastic. The zip lock type sandwich bags or snack bags work great. Regular plastic wrap comes undone when people root through the packages but the “press to seal” wrap works. Cookies must be packaged at home due to Health Department rules and should be labeled with the type (especially if they contain nuts) either with a slip of paper inside or write right on the package with a felt tip pen. Unfortunately, cupcakes and other frosted goods do not hold up well with people rummaging through the goods so please do not bake this type of product.
Please call or email the office to let us know which weekend you can provide goodies and where they will be delivered. This saves us time trying to call you at home and is very much appreciated. You can take the cookies straight to the Pioneer Tree farm (4614 Pioneer Road north of McHenry off Rt 31) or bring to the Defenders office or the Green Spot between 11am-3pm. If neither of these options work – Call to make other arrangements.

Big Fall Book Sale

Posted on September 23, 2015 by - Community Events, Member Events

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County are holding their annual Big Fall Book Sale at the Algonquin Township Road District garage, 3702 U.S. Route 14, between Crystal Lake and Cary (drive straight back to the last garage on the right).

This year, there will be twice as many books! There is an amazing variety of books and music – everything from kids’ books to popular fiction, science to biography, CDs to vinyl record albums, and everything in between!

Friday, Sept 25: 6pm-8pm $10 admission fee for non-members

Saturday, Sept 26: 8am-4pm

Monday-Saturday, Sept 28 through Oct 3: 10 am– 4 pm (closed Sunday)

There will be a Preview Sale on the evening of Friday, September 25th from 6pm-8pm. There is a $10 entry fee for non-members, allowing participants first choice of the books.

Friday and Saturday, October 2nd and 3rd will be a Bag Sale – $5 per bag.