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We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Elks Lodge (BPOE 541)
601 Riverview Drive
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
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Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary
PO Box 1552
Benton Harbor. MI 49023-1552
Meeting Presentations and Stories
Below is the recommendation for our club's Rotary Hero for 2016-17.
"The members of Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary Club would like to nominate Brian Saxton as our 2017 Rotary Hero.  Brian has been a member of our club since 2000.  He has served as club president and will reprise that role for the 2017-18 year. Brian is a constant source of enthusiasm and leadership not only to Rotary but also in the community at large.  
Under his guidance as CEO of the Benton Harbor Boys and Girls Club hundreds of local children have been served, fed and nurtured.  Providing academic support, personal development and fun the club draws from many local schools and positively impacts lives.
Brian serves a key role to our club and RI including strategic planning and mentoring future club leaders among other intangibles.   He truly embodies the spirit of Rotary."
Our own Bob Kynast, fundraising chair and leader of the 5k event, presented the new course at left. Both the 5K and 10K courses have been redesigned to stay on the pavement for better footing and faster times. Other changes this year are a Train to Run program sponsored by Whirlpool and Lakeland Care to prepare for the run or walk. Slumberland and Whirlpool will be major sponsors of the event. A children's supervised play area will let runners drop off children over 5 so they can enjoy the run. The event website is up and running and registration is open, click here. Key Dates: 5K/10K on September 16, Great Bed Race on September 23, and Great Pumpkin Festival on September 24.
De'Andre took advantage of Rotary's Mentoring program to spend time at Van's Pharmacy. He thanked Rotary and Mike Scheffler for arranging the intervew. De'Andre said the discussion helped confirm his career choice.  He will attend LMC in the fall to pursue a pharmacy degree.
Our own club's Bob McFeeter is Evergreen Development's managing director, responsible for Harbor Shores.  He present the above concept drawing of Harbor Village, which is taking shape next to The Inn and marina. This plan replaces the original concept which featured seven story condominiums. Bob used the chief architect at Andrews University to create a new concept.  The plan now provided a small town feel with front porches, sidewalks, and alleys that bring neighbors closer. The plan also creates a central avenue that leads directly to the marina and provides a maximum number of water views. The total number of residences was reduced by 50%. Yes, the pedestrian bridge across the Paw Paw River is in the plan. Kerry Wright II of Evergreen Real Estate was also on hand to show some of the housing products that will be offered for sale starting in June 2017. Single family homes and town homes will be offered. For more information explore the Harbor Shores website, click here.
Our own club member, Eddie Marshall, is president and founder of Toys for the Needy, a 501c(3) nonprofit. His organization is not focused on recreational toys as you might suspect - and the need is not financial but a need to learn how to read. Research has shown that poor readers have troubled outcomes later.  Eddie's "toys" are various mobile devices loaded with apps that make learning to read fun. He works two tracks: 1) trying to change the culture by increasing parental involvement in the child's reading abilities, and 2) working with schools to target those falling behind in reading skills and equip them with tablets or other devices to bring them up to grade level. Photo from Countryside Academy. The club members applauded Eddie's efforts and intends to request a district grant to help advance his program.
Join the effort! Send a donation to Toys for the Needy and Aid, PO Box 8831 Benton Harbor, MI 49023.
All the "young five" students in Mrs. Kellogg's received their books from Catherine Ravitch and Bob Elliott and voiced a hearty thank you. Mrs. Kellogg immediately started reading the books with the children.
Cameron Furney, center, is inducted into membership in Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary by president Patrice Grant on right, while sponsor Lyn Sperry looks on.  Cameron is a teacher at Countryside Academy.
Dyann Chenault, past-president, left, with Emma Kinnard, executive director of Fresh Start Children's Garden, returned to Rotary with project director, Marvin Haywood. Marvin reminded us of the mission to bring a fresh start to the garden but also to the community, teaching responsibility and healthy lifestyles.  All the produce is provided free to the community.  Emma is also putting donated boxes to use, letting children plant, tend and harvest their own selection of fruit, vegetables and flowers. A landscaping class is also in the works. Emma also wanted to thank Rotary for a grant to move her greenhouse to the new location at the corner of Pearl and May in Benton Harbor. Check out her radio program on Monday's at 1 pm, 105.3 FM.
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601 Riverview Dr.
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