Speakers
Heron Plaza
Jul 26, 2017
Childrens Shelter (Monterray Mexico)
Aicha
Aug 02, 2017
Japan presentation
Jim Smith
Aug 09, 2017
District Governor
Aug 23, 2017
Annual District Governor Presentation
Dr Hamil Lakeland
Sep 06, 2017
Bob Kynast
Sep 06, 2017
5k/10k
Bob Kynast
Sep 13, 2017
pumpkin fest/bed race
 
Upcoming Events
 
 Club #27802 in District 6360
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
Rev. Dr. Oscar Vamadoe III retired from the Chicago school system and felt a calling to serve the community in Benton Harbor. His new church is part of the Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ. His church is a "restart", taking the old Gothic church near Pipestone and Broadway. He said he could relate to Rotary's motto of Service Above Self, since he views that as Christ's command to His followers.  He is building a congregation and trying to learn how he can serve the community.  Welcome, Senior Pastor Vamadoe III.
 
Michael Mason, center, was inducted into Rotary by president Brian Saxton, right. Michael's sponsor and co-worker is Farai Rukunda, both from Leco Corporation.
 
A joyous Alan Bartlett was joined by several club members in the mid summer highway clean up. The crew, back row from left, Lee, grandson, Sue, Julie, Brian, Alan, and Dyann, front row, Lyn, new member Michael, Mike and Kyra,  not shown are Dan Utroske and Bob Mc Feeter who skipped the after party. Photo by North Shore staff.
Brian Saxton recalled his military days when "Hail and Farewell" events marked the arrival of new soldiers and the departure of friends.  Today we had the opportunity to say Hail to Aicha just returned from her year in Japan and Farewell to Jazz who will be going home to Germany next week. The picture below of Aicha is from a haunted house, one of her last adventures in Japan. Jazz loved San Francisco and marveled at the hilly terrain of the city. The club provided Jazz with a check for her last minute expenses for gifts, etc.
 
     
 
Several Rotarians and sorority sisters from Alpha Kappa Alpha spruced up our Rotary Park at Chicago and Linden.  Several children played around us and waited patiently for their favorite equipment. Their presence was our reward for the service. Thanks to the "soros" for their help.
A'Keydra Abrams is a patient advocate for the Sickle Cell Disease Association. The disease exists in communities of color especially African-Americans that may inherit the gene from their African ancestors. Sickle Cell is a disease of the blood, causing poor circulation, lack of oxygen, pain and jaundice. Flare ups often interrupt school and work and can be life-threatening.  All new-borns are tested for the trait. A'Keydra spends her days counseling families, visiting patients at the hospital and spreading the word throughout the community.  Her organization has offices at the health department; funding is by the State of Michigan and grants.
Elizabeth Ann Jorgensen, this year's Miss SwMi Teen 2017, is a junior at Eau Claire High School and taking classes at LMC. She's a runner, musician and active member of her youth group.  As Miss Teen 2017, Elizabeth has returned to her 6th grade experiences of seeing Miguel be stricken with Lukemia. She did fundraising and provide support for the family until he was in remission and returned to the 8th grade. That experience made her selection of children's cancer an easy choice for her platform. Her research showed that 250 children die each day from cancer. Many survive only to have recurrences later in life. Now she promotes Angels of Hope, (support@angelsofhope.com 586.226.3146), a non-profit that helps families deal with childhood cancer.  Even the best health insurance leaves the family with many expenses, such and travel, hotels and meals. Angels of Hope is able to help.
 
Patrice Grant passed the baton to incoming president Brian Saxton.  It's official on July 1, 2017.  Members gathered at the Grille at Harbor Shores for the annual ritual. Patrice thanked the club for its support during her term.  She cited Bob Elliott and Bob Kynast for all they do for the club.  Brian Saxton said he is ready for his second term as president.  He asked each officer to stand as he announced those who will serve with him during the 2017-2018 club year. The new officers are listed in the story here.
Brian Saxton, president
Joseph Taylor, president-elect
Mike Scheffler, president-nominee
Dyann Chenault, secretary
Debbie Goforth, treasurer
Dan Utroske, chair of club admin committee
Alan Bartlett, chair of service projects committee
Mike Scheffler, chair of new generations committee
Farai Rakunda, chair of membership committee
Kyra Utroske, chair of public image committee
Eddie Marshall, chair of fundraising and foundation committee
Brian Saxton, president
Joseph Taylor, president-elect
Mike Scheffler, president-nominee
Dyann Chenault, secretary
Debbie Goforth, treasurer
Dan Utroske, chair of club admin committee
Alan Bartlett, chair of service projects committee
Mike Scheffler, chair of new generations committee
Farai Rakunda, chair of membership committee
Kyra Utroske, chair of public image committee
Eddie Marshall, chair of fundraising and foundation committee
Brian Saxton, president
Joseph Taylor, president-elect
Mike Scheffler, president-nominee
Dyann Chenault, secretary
Debbie Goforth, treasurer
Dan Utroske, chair of club admin committee
Alan Bartlett, chair of service projects committee
Mike Scheffler, chair of new generations committee
Farai Rakunda, chair of membership committee
Kyra Utroske, chair of public image committee
Eddie Marshall, chair of fundraising and foundation committee
Larry Culby stepped in for the absence of our speaker to tell us about the MSU Extension services just down the street from his home on  Hillandale in Benton Harbor.  The Extension has 300 acres it uses for research on fruits and vegetables.  It uses more than 500 experiments each year to evaluate seeds, watering methods, fertilizers and other factors of production.  The results are presented to growers and consumers at regular sessions. This year's fruit is looking good after a scare in the spring.  The Extension is open to the public.
The club made its final contribution for this club year. The annual total was $3,700, which will help immunize 17,000 children.  Alice Ford started this year with a garage sale that raised $2,500.  The club added $1,200 from its 5K Pumpkin Run, 50/50 and an amount on behalf of speakers to the club. Thanks to Alice and the entire club for this effort to eradicate polio from the world.

Dr. Loren Hamel, MD, president and CEO of Lakeland Health, is leading the biggest rebuilding program in the hospital's history. This renovation/expansion includes new operating rooms, new ICU, four story patient wing and relocated visitor entrance and emergency area.  Interior traffic will be greatly improved, the parking garage will add one more floor and a roof for year-round covered parking.

In other news, Lakepoint apartments are filling up fast, including 60 residents physicians in four specialties, in three year rotations, and 32 families from the community. The waiting list is over 100.

Dr. Hamel explained how Medicaid works in Michigan: hospitals are assessed a contribution amount and the Federal government matches it 5 to 1.  The State does not used General Fund revenues for Medicare.  The current ACA reduced reimbursements but expanded enrollments.  Changes under consideration now are unknown.

 
Shaneil took advantage of our mentoring program to speak with two experienced nurses. The discussion confirmed her interest in the field.  She plans to attend LMC for two years and then go on to Western Michigan to complete her nursing education.  Thanks to Mike Scheffler for creating the opportunity for Shaneil.
Jasmina, or just "Jas" a we have called her, started her trip to the US in a state of panic. They suspected her of having a bomb and put her through extensive screening.  What a way to start! Public Speaking is her favorite topic at school.  She received an A and surprised her teacher with a fifteen minute talk on demons.  She enjoyed the homecoming dance as the date of the quarterback.  She attended prom with a group of Rotary Youth Exchange students and other friends.  But shopping for the dress was fun too - five stores and many fittings later she selected a dress. The prom and after-prom provided a "wonderful memory".  Jas' mom was visiting from Germany for a trip to Niagara Falls and New York City.  After that trip, Jas will join a RYE trip to the west coast.
 
If you read Aicha's blog about her Rotary Youth Exchange year in Japan it's clear that her host club, Rotary Club of Yokohama North and host Rotary District 2590, have done an excellent job providing a wonderful experiences for her.  Our club sent the thank you card above for her to include in her final presentations.
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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Pam Pappas - September 5

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Bob Elliott - September 30

 
 

Lee Scherwitz - Oct 9

Larry Culby - Oct 14

Lorraine Day - Oct 14

Kevin Geiser - Oct 14

Sarah Stocker - Oct 20

 
 

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