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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
Our own Lee Scherwitz lived in Germany for 14 years, and he has made many trips back since then.  He lived in Germany when the Berlin Wall came down.
  The Berlin wall was built around and through the middle of Berlin after WWII.  It separated West Berlin from the rest of Berlin and all of East Germany. As the wall was being built, people ran, jumped, tunneled, and went in air balloons to escape before it was too late.   It was very difficult as the families, relatives, and friends were split up, there was not enough food, the people lost their joy and happiness, and except for the buildings close to the wall, the city was never reconstructed after the war. The analogy was going from color to a dingy, dark world. To go from Frankfort to Berlin, normally a 4-hour drive, would take a day and a half because of the check points. This presentation was a very emotional one because of these memories.
  In November of 1989, East Berlin got their freedom back and the wall was opened up.  People were chinking away at it, and when doorways were opened, painters painted the “door frames.” Lee’s daughter really wanted to go to Berlin after the New Year’s Eve celebration, so they went.  Freedom!! The joy in the streets was palpable.  Chink, chink, chink could be heard everywhere as people were taking down the wall and keeping pieces as part of living a piece of history.  Lee and his family joined in.  At the end of the day, Lee’s hands were bleeding from hammering and removing a part of the wall.  Prayers, anger, and a lot of emotion were there that day.  Freedom!  People’s eyes went from dull to sparkling.
The March 2020 issue of the Rotarian provided an update on the efforts to eradicate polio world wide. Rotary began the effort in 1985, enlisting the World Health Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments. Rotarians have contributed $2.1 billion dollars, most of which the Gates Foundation matched $2 to $1.  The results are beyond imagination: 99.9 percent of the world is polio free; all of Africa, all of China, all of India, and all but two countries!  Only Pakistan and Afghanistan have live polio virus. More than 18 million children would have contracted polio without the efforts to immunize new populations. The Gates Foundation has extended the $2 for $1 match through 2023.  Please be part of making a polio-free-world by  making a donation at rotary.org/donate.
Dalton Wright provided a brief history of Jamaica. It is the third larges island in the Caribbean Sea.  There were indigenous people there when Columbus discovered it in 1494.  The plantation owners planned on the indigenous people to work on the plantations, but they all died from the diseases brought in.  That’s when the African people were imported. 
  When the Spanish were expelled by the British, the people of the African Ashanti Tribe took advantage of their knowledge and expertise in guerilla warfare.  Queen Nanny of  Ghana and the Maroons were able to defeat the British in 1801 in a famous battle, and therefore, treaties were made.  The treaties were broken and Sam Shark, an educated man, knew the slaves could be liberated.  He started a huge rebellion in 1834 which killed a lot of British so the slaves were all declared free.
Jamaica became an independent country in 1962, although they still follow the protocol of the Monarchy.
  Over the years, Jamaica has had a lot of immigrants from many countries including China, Germany, and Irish plus many more countries.  It has become a very inclusive country with a strong belief in multiculturalism. 
Story by Dyann Chenault.
  Ed Arnold, Laporte Indiana Rotary, was our guest speaker.   He joined Rotary in 1985 and has been assistant governor in his district.  He was on a Rotary Group Studies Program 35 years ago.  That program has been phased out but he was involved in projects to get sewing machines for women, mattresses for Mother Theresa, and Polio Plus.
  He had an outstanding memory in the Caribbean when he was asked to help a club move from one district to another.  Another was when he was in Calcutta, India and needed to catch a train.  He asked a stranger for directions, and the stranger was a Rotarian who took him to the train, changed his hotel reservations, and provided dinner.  In Mexico he asked about a plastic surgeon and a doctor and both turned out to be Rotarians who did really good jobs. 
  His message was to always include Rotary in your travels. Whenever you go anywhere, go to a Rotary meeting.  You never know who you might meet.
Jesse Tennison is offered the hand of welcome to Rotary from president Cindy Kinney.  Jesse is president of Tennison;s House of Carpentry in Benton Harbor.  He lives in St. Joseph with wife Sekenah.  Joining Rotary is Jesse's first step into community service.  Jim Smith is his sponsor.  Welcome Jessee!
Our own club's Heidi Anderson provided an impromptu discussion of lake levels.  After reaching a low in 2013 an icy winter reduced evaporation.  Then followed years of high precipitation which raised the lake to current levels. There are too many factors that affect lake levels to form a regular pattern. The current expectation is the the lake will rise another 12-18 inches.  In the long term levels will likely fall.  The normal swing between high and low levels is six feet.
Dan Utroske is shown during the Silver Beach Pizza Giveback Event on January 29, 2020.  Approximately 150 members, partners and supporters turned out for the event.  The restaurant provided a 20% contribution on all food and drinks, both dine in and carry out during the day.  The night resulted in a donation of $270 for the club's community fund for use in service projects - and everyone enjoyed the food, drink and fellowship.  Thanks to Silver Beach Pizza for the support!!.
Larry Jackson, chairman of youth services and advisor to the Benton Harbor High School Interact Club, reported that they have 15 high school students involved this year.  They have already completed 40 hours of community service and plan a 5k fundraiser in February.  The club hopes to send eight students to Puerto Rico in July.  They've begun communications with the San Juan Rotary for local service projects.
 Sherry Decker, left and Abby Dill, physical therapist for Lakeland Health, talk about the wellness class for those with low bone density. Bones are living tissue that continue to regenerate.  Osteoporosis can interfere causing more porous bones. A bone scan is one way to check for the condition. Exercise is a critical part of any treatment regimen. Balance is important to prevent falls on fragile bones.  "Bones in Balance" classes are offered on Tuesday and Thursday. Contact Lakeland for more details.
Ronnika "RJ" Williams, is content creator / photographer, for Final 48 Project. She is a videographer who built on the loss of her own father to talk about grief as part of a project at Duke University. She promised her own father that she would return to grad school, write children’s book/series, and produce documentaries. In her study she videotaped other black women who had lost their fathers. Her hypothesis was that grief isn't verbalized in the black community. RJ closed her presentation emphasizing the importance of coping with grief, and how her original promise led to success in accomplishing goals/promises made to father. You can get a better feel for what she did by visiting her web site: www.final48.org
She is currently doing additional work with several local organizations including Lori's Place although her full time job is at the Boys and Girls Club.
Thanks to Ogden Wright and Alice Ford for the content and photo.
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Benton Harbor-Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Elks Lodge (BPOE 541)
601 Riverview Dr.
For mail: PO Box 1552
Benton Harbor, MI 49022-1552
United States of America

(269) 921-1005
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