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Fun, fundraising, and membership drive
Fun, fundraiser, membership drive
Jan 31, 2019 5:00 PM
LOCATION: The Livery 190 5th St., Benton Harbor
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#27802 in District 6360
We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Elks Lodge (BPOE 541)
601 Riverview Drive
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Write to us at:
Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary
PO Box 1552
Benton Harbor. MI 49023-1552
Meeting Presentations and Stories
  • Discussed moving 5K and Bed Race to better focus to each event
  • The club will hold its first "pint night" at the Livery as a fundraiser, to introduce Rotary and previewing a new satellite club option
  • Discussed doing a 5k the same day as the St. Joe club's track meet
  • Agreed to have the entire membership complete background checks (per our youth interaction policy)
This club's foundation has enrolled in Amazon Smile, a program whereby Amazon donates 0.5 % of all sales to the shopper's designated charity.  It's very easy to use and offers all the great shopping possibilities, at the same prices as ordinary shopping at Amazon.  It's as easy as 1, 2, 3 to start sending donations to your favorite charity.
  1. Enter in the address bar
  2. Log in with your regular account information
  3. Select your charity.  For our Foundation, type Rotary Club of Benton Harbor Sunrise Foundation. It should pop up as you type.  Each time you sign in you are shown the charity.  You can change it at any time.
That's all there is to it.  Just remember to Smile before you start shopping.
Our club's own members Farai Rukunda, left, and Brian Saxton, briefed the club on initial thoughts for an international project is Farai's home village of Arnoldine, Zimbabwe. One of the ideas being studied is a chicken and egg factory.  A study by the Africa University shows the possibilities.  Water and arable land for growing feed are available. Many of the pieces of a project are falling in place: there is a local Rotary in Zimbabwe, there is a possible partner for a Nebraskan Rotary Club.  And RI has a person dedicated to Zimbabwe at the Evanston headquarters. A critical step would be a community assessment done according to RI standards. The club  encouraged Farai and Brain to continue to explore the possibilities and return for an update in a few months.


The club continued its long tradition of bell ringing to raise funds for the Salvation Army. Teams of two were at each door at Walmart through out the day.  People were generous with their money and their thanks. Shown below are Felicia Smith and one of her Interact members, and then Bob Elliott, left, and Bob Kynast. Thanks to the Utroskes and the Kinneys for filling in for Alan Bartlett who is recovering from surgery.
Our own Barbara Starke explained the photo as an example of Chinese medicine. The body has an extensive and complex energy system that flows throughout. When the body is in balance and healthy the energy flows easily, but blockages and interruptions cause stagnation, disease and discomfort. Ear Acupuncture is one approach that relieves stress throughout the body. It is based on the belief that points on the ear are associated with the kidney, liver, lung, nervous system and spirit. Barb is offering weekly sessions at the Yeager Cancer Center in Royalton, Wednesdays afternoons from 3-6 pm.  Sessions are approximately 30 minutes long, just drop in. Appointments are not required; sessions are available for a free will offering.
The club gave their unanimous vote for officers for 2019-2020 as follows.
President - Cindy Kinney
President-Elect - Farai Rukunda
President Nominee - Julie Webb
Secretary - Dyann Chenault
Treasurer - Michael Mason
Committee Chairs
  Membership - Faria Rukunda
  Public Image - Kyra Utroske
  Administration - Dan Utroske
  Service Project - Lee Scherwitz
  New Generations - Rachel Cram
  Foundation and Fundraising - Eddie Marshall assisted by Dave Krieger
The members appreciate those willing to fill the important offices of the club. 
Brian Saxton attended Rotary's annual meeting in Toronto last . He thought the talk by James Marggraff offered several useful messages for our club. The talk includes Mr. Marggraff's three step method for problem solving: Clearly define the Problem to Solve (TPS), gather data, and define success and outcome measures.  The video is available below and at:
  The book mentioned is Factfulness.
This year's Christmas party added a twist to the normal fellowship, food and carols.  Each table constituted a team, with a name selected by the table, and tried to win the Christmas trivia contest.  Such as: Who wrote White Christmas?  Jim Bentham was the quiz master with Cindy looking on (to make sure Jim stayed on script, which he didn't!). The Big Team won, thanks primarily to Sue Scherwitz and Kyta Utroske.
Rotarians brought toys for the Wonderland Toy Store.  This "store" lets selected parents shop for their families at deep discounts. Donating to the toy store has become part of our Rotary Christmas tradition.
Jim Gendernalik, center, is shown the president Joseph Taylor, right, and his sponsor Jim Smith.  Jim is a third generation Rotarian and remembers will Rotary activities while he was growing up. Jim is a physician and co-owner of Family Physicians of St Joseph, team doctor for the Lake Michigan Catholic football team, and resides in St Joseph with his wife Sarah and two children. Welcome Jim.  We look forward to your contributions to our Rotary and the community we serve. Corrected: Jim's last name was misspelled in the original story and the first corrected version.  Sorry about that!!
We note with great sadness the death November 7, 2018 of Bill Brambilla at age 87. His obituary gives a complete account of this wonderful man.  So, I will remember Bill from his 14 years in our Rotary Club. He was our song leader and, if you never experienced him leading Row, Row, Row Your Boat, in rounds!, you missed an artist in action. Bill was also our super salesman.  He would outsell everyone, whether it was Superbooks or raffle tickets; he had a unique ability to bring people to YES. Bill will be missed. He is shown above with Julie Webb during our Pumpkin Festival.  The family requests memorial donations to the Logan Center for Autism , 1651 E. Nickerson Ave., Benton Harbor 49022.
Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary is well on its way to selling gently used treasures on eBay.  Some people have been calling it a garage sale because it replaced our actual garage sale. It is much more like an estate sale. We have over 40 items (with more coming all the time!) ranging in price from $8.99 to $850.00...including precious and costume jewelry, vintage dolls, kitchen items, a sleigh,  and too many unique items to list them all here.  In order to access the eBay list easily, use either the hot link or scan the QR code below.
Jerry Price is the co-chair of the one-year-old Benton Harbor Education Foundation. Much progress has been made along the way.  The organization has established its 501c(3) public charity status.  Community sponsors and advocates have supplied a small war chest to get the organization working on its mission, which is:  to raise, steward and distribute resources to enrich the education of students in the Benton Harbor Area Schools and also the larger community.  K through 12 education is our focus.
  Mr. Price noted that area charter schools are excluded.  Activity will take place through four processes: Large grants for 3-5 year efforts, Small Grants, Staff Development Grants and Student Grants. Thus far they have allocated $85,000, $20,000, $20,000 and $10,000, repecitively in the four areas.  All activities of the organization are conducted at their website, (the .org URL was already taken).  Go there to learn more, donate or volunteer.
Dr. Herrera, CEO of Benton Harbor Area Schools made his first visit to Rotary since his appointment in July 2018. The first question was on the role of technology. Dr. Herrera first mention that the school district ha s new curriculum for k-12. The role of tech is to let the teacher personalize the learning for each student.  Many students are not at grade level and a tiered intervention is used.  The district has eleven readingspecialist aid the teachers. Technology is used to provide time outside of class. Tier three involves additional classroom time.
     The district is still 20 teachers short and using substitutes as needed. But the State Department of Education is helping by providing funds to bring teachers pay back in line after many reductions and give-backs.  On average teachers will receive a $9,000 raise.
    The second question was about the High School's reported issue with student fights. Dr. Herrera cited a new principal and teacher shortages as factors.  Student had too much free time and would bring issues from outside into school. Fights tending to grow rather than be isolated incidents. Additional police have calmed the situation but a longer term solution is a code of conduct and working with students to build capacity for better behavior. Disruptive students are being separated from the classes.
   On the water quality, Dr. Herrera said they have gone to bottled water and started testing all the fixtures.  He's not aware of any problems at this time.
Larry Jackson, joined by Sarah Stocker, left, and Felicia Smith announced that the Interact Club at Benton Harbor High School was ready to begin operations. The club voted to officially appoint these members to the Interact Advisory Board and approve the start of operations. There are twenty students that will be charter members.  They have some projects and fundraising ideas and are ready to elect their officers. We look forward to the success of this club.


Anne is shown above between her sponsor on left, Bryan Tutton and club president Joseph Taylor during her induction ceremony. Anne is a realtor for Pier Realty.  She has been active with Water Street Glassworks, Sarrett Nature Center, Box Factory for the Arts, Krasl Art Center and New Territory Arts Association. We look forward to having her artistic focus in our club. She lives in Benton Harbor.
Barbara Starke shown with President Joseph Taylor during her induction ceremony.  Barb is the mult-talented health professional that introduced the club to Tai Chi in August.  Her full credentials are: RN, MSN, FNP-BC, HTCP/I, NADA Trainer, all those letters translate into Registered Nurse, Master’s prepared Family Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified; Healing Touch Program Certified Practitioner and Instructor; National Acupuncture Detoxification Association Trainer.  She lives in Coloma with her husband Jeff. She looks forward to working on water and other health related projects.  Bob Elliott is her sponsor.  Welcome to Rotary Barb!.
Barbara Starke, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, HTCP/I, NADA Trainer, all those letters translate into Registered Nurse, Master’s prepared Family Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified; Healing Touch Program Certified Practitioner and Instructor; National Acupuncture Detoxification Association Trainer.  That's a mouthful!  Barb explained the difference between Eastern or Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine.  In short, The East focuses on staying healthy and the West on acute care. Barbara led the club members in a few exercises from her Tai Chi class, usually offered at the South Shore Health Club.  Shown below, the club is doing "Rocky Motion". Members also followed her in "Push-Pull", extended the hads and pul them back, with right foot forward, then the left. Barbara said it was important to work both sides to keep the body in balance. Tai Chi is a calming exercise, with slow movements and relaxed breathing
Barb is offering Stress Relief Community Ear Acupuncture and Healing Touch sessions designed to reduce paid, cravings, anxiety, distress, improve sleep & more.  Sessions are 45 minutes,on Wednesdays, 3-6 pm, at Marle Yeager Cancer Center upstairs lobby, in Royalton Health Park.  Walk-in only, Donations Only.  For information call 269.449.4494 or 269.449.5465.
Nitin Mangaldas Is past district governor for Rotary District 3141 in Mumbai India, more than 8,000 miles from Benton Harbor. He dropped in for a makeup and took a few minutes to address the club.  This was his second visit to the club and expects more since he has grandkids in Stevensville. His club promotes eye care and other health initiatives.  He recommended we explore a district friendship exchange which would have four or five couples from each district visit. Staying with local Rotarians makes the exchange much richer.
President Joseph Taylor has been stressing invocations that are all inclusive.  He decided to provide an example as follows:
Let us take a moment to remember all the religions represented in the Rotary family throughout the world. Let us also recall that when we were invited to join our Rotary clubs we were not asked, “Are you a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Jew, a Buddhist, or a Sikh?” We were not asked because all religions are welcome in the Rotary family.
Please join me in a moment of reflection and thanks: With our friends beside us, And no person beneath us, With the bonds of Rotary between us, And our worries behind us, With our goals before us, And no task beyond us, With a thirst for knowledge, And a dream of a Polio-free world, We are thankful for our Rotary friends and the time we are about to share.  Amen.
James "Jim" Cupper, district governor for Rotary District 6360 reminded members of the great work of Rotarians around the world. He mentioned a few of his favorites: peace fellowships, Rotary Youth Exchange and global project like polio eradication, health education, clean water, maternal health and microlending. He pointed out how all these efforts are moving the globe to Rotary’s new vision:   Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
He asked the club to meet a goal of 5% net growth in membership.  The district will hold a workshop to develop promotional materials to help reach the goal.
Don’t forget to register for District Conference which will be held May 16-18, 2019 at Mission Point Resort on Mackinaw Island.  Special room rates are available.
Bake goods and plants are ready for sale.  Yum.
Pumpkin carving and decorating were fun for all.
Pumpkin tank is ready for final drawing. Five winners will receive $500, $400, $300, $100 and $50 cash prizes.
All the proceeds will be used to support our club's mission to serve Benton Harbor.
The Leco team won the Bed Race's fundraising trophy for the second year in a row. Congratulations.
Our own Farsi Rukunda was joined by Veronica Jackson from Leco to discuss Fit 4 Fall, a 5K run and walk that is a mainstay of Leco’s Wellness efforts. The event started as an internal company fitness initiative in 2012.  The event has evolved into a community event sponsored by Leco and Starks Family Funeral Homes.  This year they hope to raise more than $10,000 for the three organizations they have selected: Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice at Home and LOGAN Autism Learning Center.  A unique feature of the event is a silent auction for dinner cards and products.  
This year’s event is at Riverview Park, Woodbine Lodge, October 13, 2018.  Registration opens at 8 am, races begins at 9 am.
You may register online at
Doctors James Gendernalik and Allison Meadows of Family Physicians of St. Joseph, P.C. felt that patient care was degraded under the current insurance bureaucracy, with its heavy emphasis on data entry by doctors.  They decided to break from the insurers and embrace the “direct primary care” model. In that approach the focus is on doctor-patient relationships, with increased access and more time spent with the patient.  The "direct" portion means without the third party insurance company in the middle dictating choices. The practice uses telemedicine by text, email, Skype or phone to engage with patients at home or on the road. A house call is not out of the question. Those options can save trips to the office or the ER.  There are a total of four doctors at Family Physicians, the only Direct Primary Care provider in the area.
    DPC covers routine items and annual examinations, which is enough for most healthy people. Patients are encouraged to have high deductible insurance to cover for catastrophic events. Family Physicians charge a monthly fee of $75 for those over age 50, and $150 for families.  The copay on services is $0. There are charges for blood work, drugs and radiology but there negotiated prices are about 10% of the list prices.  For more information click here. .
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We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Elks Lodge (BPOE 541)
601 Riverview Dr.
For mail: PO Box 1552
Benton Harbor, MI  49022-1552
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