Fifty years ago the McHenry County Defenders was founded.
It was right after Earth Day.
The first President was a dentist, Brian Koukol.
It occurred to me at the time that since dentists could not advertise, this was a good business move for him, as well as a way to advance the cause he believed in.
I remember taking my check to the back of Coventry Green, where his office was located.
Next month the organization, now named the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, will hold a 50th Anniversary Dinner at the McHenry Country Club. (Call now or pay 10% more for dinner.)
I think it’s safe to credit the Defenders with recycling throughout the county.
This used to be their big money maker, but as garbage companies institutionalized the practice, the group has moved into resale bookstores, one each in Woodstock and Crystal Lake’s Downtowns.
The Defenders should also be credited with being the main force behind the creation of the McHenry County Conservation District.
I’m sure the dinner program will remind folks of other accomplishments.