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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
Jim Glendernelik, 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.
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. .
The club recently awarded a grant to Countryside Academy to pilot the techniques recommended by the Reading Now Network.  The program is titled: Readers for LIfe and will focus on one 2nd grade classroom.  The funding will allow a mini-library in the classroom with specially selected books for guided reading.  Having the books in the classroom will maximize the time allocated to reading.  Volunteers are welcome for a once per week interaction with a student or a small group.  The club hopes the project will validate the approach and thereby justify expanding to more classrooms.
Our own club’s Marcy Hamilton, a planner with the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, is engaged in a project for the Ox Creek Watershed. The creek flows through Benton Township and Benton Harbor before emptying into the Paw Paw River. The creek is considered by some as the most polluted in the area.  It is also prone to flash flows which destroy the creeks organisms that promote plant and fish life. Run off from Orchards Mall area is a focus area.  It has 34% impervious surfaces, (roofs, streets and parking lots).
    A phase I grant will begin to reduce the runoff. Brookfield Dodge will reduce its parking and replace asphalt with a green area or rain garden to hold runoff on site. Wightman Associates has made a similar swap.  For more information visit www.SustainOx
A trio of Liji, Sherri and Chris were on hand to update the club.  Liji Hanny, director of operations returned to confirm their priorities as follows:
   helping kids succeed academically
   encourage healthy lifestyles
   provide opportunities for character and leadership development
With two locations serving 1,800 kids each year, from age 6 to 18 the club has tremendous impact.
   Sherri Ulleg, communications coordinator, started as a volunteer helping with the newsletter. She mentioned several programs that addressed each priority.  For Rotary, the academic programs are closest to home, such as reading, power hour and math programs.
   Chris, 17, came to the club after moving from Arkansas, the death of his mom, and his father sent to prison for drug problems. He said, "without a doubt, the club saved my life." The staff took time to build a relationship.  He even learned to shave in the Passport to Manhood program. He lives with his grandmother, but the club is his home away from home.  He's excelling in school and looking forward to his senior year and then on to college.  He also serves as Junior Staff at the youth campus, where his personal experience makes it easy for him to relate  to the kids like him. The club has made him "confident, more understanding and a true leader."  He asked for the photo below as a reminder of day.
President Joseph Taylor conducts the induction ceremony with Dathan Lumpkins. Dathan founded his own Lumpkins Private Wealth Management company after twelve years with Chase. He grew up in St. Louis and credits his mom for keeping hm busy and out of trouble. His wife Betsy and two girls complete his family.  Brian Saxton is his sponsor. This is Dathan's first service experience.  Welcome to Rotary!
Our "gateway" signs on the east and west entries into Benton Harbor were recently refreshed with new signs based on the new Rotary branding guidelines.  Thanks to Lee Scherwitz for making this happen and to Mike Kinney who helped with the installation.

Dr. Loren Hamel, MD, president and CEO of Lakeland Health, reported excellent progress on the renovation/expansion which 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. The $160 million project is 50% complete.

In other news, Dr. Hamel discussed the "integration" with Spectrum Health. Spectrum is number 1 or 2 in performance; they are committed to low cost operations; and have an insurance company.  The integration will be for systems and reporting.  Lakeland will retain it's own board and will make all investment decisions for changes under $10 million. Buildings will keep the Lakeland name.

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.

Two new members were inducted into Rotary today; from left, Pastor Mel Burton sponsor for Sophia Mason, Sophia, Heron Plaza Rico and his sponsor president Joseph Taylor.  Sophia operates her own non-profit, Self-A-Steam, focusing on teaching robotics. Heron is an engineer and Whirlpool. Welcome to Rotary!
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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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