Posted on Sep 15, 2019

 

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Mission Trip to Columbia

Pumpkins Ready to Pick Raffle Winners

 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 9/15 Bob Elliott 2019-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 04, 2019
Our own club's Pastor Mel Burton and Caroline Fort went to Columbia South America on a mission trip.

They focused on the city of Buenoventura, which is across the Andes from the capital, Bogata.  Because of the drug cartels, there has been an increase in crime, child labor and child prostitution.  Their focus was to train the children in leading a better life.  To do this, they created a curriculum which included how to support yourself without prostitution and held classes with the children.  In addition, they passed out beans and rice, school supplies to a school with elementary, middle and high school kids, lead rallies, fed families, went to a Latino Convention, set up leadership meetings, and performed baptisms.  The women of Buenoventura have their own plot of land and plant, grow, wash, roast, package and sell coffee and cocoa.  Mel and Caroline’s church sells their product for $10 for 18 ounces.  The proceeds are helping the people in Buenoventura, Columbia.

A few comments about Columbia: Columbia is in the northern part of South America and is close to the Panama Canal on the Pacific side.  It has 12 million ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse people.  Many of the people are leaving the Catholic Church because of the church’s connections to the government, which is connected to the drug cartels.  Should you choose to go there, they emphasized that you never wear jewelry, take only the money you need each time you leave your hotel room, and don’t let anyone see your money because thievery is rampant.  They said that the cheapest time to go is September through May.  

Mission Trip to Columbia 2019-09-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 01, 2019

 

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Next Newsletter will be September 22, 2019

 
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Ox Creek Clean Up Begins

Gift of Life

 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 9/1 Bob Elliott 2019-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 31, 2019
 
Rotarians gathered twice at Lee Scherwitz's place to get the pumpkins ready to pick the raffle winners.  At top they're prepared for gluing the counterweight; at bottom they're finished. A pumpkin goes into the tank for each raffle ticket sold. Buy your ticket now to join the race on September 21, 2019. Photos by Dan Utroske.
Pumpkins Ready to Pick Raffle Winners 2019-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 28, 2019
 
  Our own club's Marcy Hamilton, at right, representing SWMI Planning Commission, provides instructions to volunteers for the first Ox Creek clean up. Teams headed out to five different sections to police the area near the creek. Several organizations supported the effort, including Interfaith Action, Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary, and St. Joe-BH Rotary. Industrial Sanitation took away the 70 bags of trash. Abonmarche handled the 40 bags of recyclables.  A spring event will be organized.
Ox Creek Clean Up Begins 2019-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 25, 2019

 

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Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Pumpkins Ready to Pick Raffle Winners

Ox Creek Clean Up Begins

 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 9/8 Bob Elliott 2019-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 25, 2019

 

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Gift of Life

Bed Build

Rotary Serves Dinner

 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 8/25 Bob Elliott 2019-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 21, 2019
Sarah Woolcock is a heart transplant recipient and a volunteer for Gift of Life Michigan. Her heart started failing shortly after the birth of her son when she was 34. She struggled with heart issues for seven years before a transplant was her only option. Now 20 years later she is a member of a small group of transplant survivors.  She noted that in Michigan you must opt-in to be donor.  Every donor could save eight people and improve the lives of 75 more.  You are never to old to be a donor.  The doctors will decide how your donation might help.  To learn more about Gift for Life, or to sign up to be a donor, click here.
Gift of Life 2019-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 18, 2019

 

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Rotary Serves Dinner

Harbor Country Rotary's 10 Trail Challenge

 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 8/18 Bob Elliott 2019-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 17, 2019
 
Rotarians gathered at Mike Kinney's shop to build three beds for this year's Great Bed Race on September 20, 2019. (Michael Mason couldn't stay for the photo.) Thanks to great planning and preparation by Bob Gifford and Mike Kinney the build went smoothly.  Mike's cat Sam crashed the picture but stayed out of the way most of the time.
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Posted on Aug 13, 2019
Our club provided dinner for the Benton Harbor High School football team, aka the Tigers, and their coaches.  The players showed up a little tired after two-a-day practice but they made short work of spaghetti, meat balls, salad, rolls and cookies. Rotariams plus Beth Bentham did the planning, shopping, cooking, serving and clean up. Thanks to Cindy and Mikes Kinney, Dan and Kyra Utroske, Jim and Beth Bentham, Michael Mason, Lee Scherwitz and Bob Elliott for putting this together on short notice.
Rotary Serves Dinner 2019-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 11, 2019

 

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Board Meeting August 13th

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Harbor Country Rotary's 10 Trail Challenge

Interact Leaders Receive Presidents Award

Rotary Sets Sail

 
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Notices and stories in this issue 8/11 Bob Elliott 2019-08-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 07, 2019
Harbor Country Rotary partnered with Chikaming Open Lands to offer the community an opportunity to get outdoors, enjoy some beautiful areas and learn about these two wonderful organizations located in Harbor Country. Pictured, from left, are Rotarians David McNabb and Tom Flint, also shown is Jen Thompson, marketing director for Chikaming Open Lands. They offer a 10 trail challenge during the month of July.  Participants earn prizes for 3, 5 or 10 trails completed. There is a strong social media component as participants take selfies in special frames to document their accomplishments and send them via Intragram. This year 205 registered participants gobbled up 95 prizes.  They are interested to add more trail options in St. Joe Benton Harbor.  For more infomation click here.
Harbor Country Rotary's 10 Trail Challenge 2019-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 07, 2019
 
Each year the outgoing president designates the "Rotarian of the Year" for their activities throughout the year.  This year president Joseph Taylor decided to recognize the three club members the formed the Interact Club at Benton Harbor High School, shown above, from left are the club leaders: Felicia Smith, Sarah Stocker, (not shown Larry Jackson); and current president Cindy Kinney.  Each recipient received a plaque citing their "outstanding service to the BHHS Interact Club committee".  Congratulations!
Interact Leaders Receive Presidents Award 2019-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 04, 2019

 

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Regular Meetings Resume August 7th

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Rotary Sets Sail

Interact Group Visits Cuba

 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 8/4 Bob Elliott 2019-08-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 29, 2019
 
On board Cynthia, from left, are Cindy Kinney, Rhoda and Larry Jackson and boat owner, Andy Grootendorst.  They were part of the Rotarians, spouses and friends who went for an evening sail to enjoy the beautiful conditions on lake Michigan. Thanks to other skippers: Ron Groth, Jud Brown, Kevin Geiser and Ann Dahmer for providing their boats for this event.
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Posted on Jul 28, 2019

 

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No Regular Meeting July 31st

 

 
 
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Interact Group Visits Cuba

RYLA Camper Says Thanks

 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 7/28 Bob Elliott 2019-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
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Gary Washington attended the recent Rotary Youth Leadership Academy Camp and wrote to say thanks "for the great opportunity and great experience."
RYLA Camper Says Thanks 2019-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 24, 2019
The Benton Harbor High School Interact team just returned from a two-week trip to Cuba. Larry Jackson, left, lead the trip which included chaperone, Mshannon Rockette, and students, Qiyamah and Tamia.  Not shown are chaperone Sarah Stocker, students Quincy and Christopher, and club leader Felicia Smith.
   A highlight of the trip was playing soccer with kids at a park near the AirBnB. Even though they didn't have a shared language they figured it out together. For the service part of the trip the team delivered books to several schools.  They were prevented, however, from meeting with the students.
     The Interactors  were shocked by the poverty, and soon grew tired of rice and beans. They took in the sights with the help of a guide, learned a little Spanish with daily lessons, and become a "family". The host and chef made life a little easier.  They learned that in the Cuban system many people had to work two jobs: one for the government, without pay,  and another one to put food on the table. Most jobs paid $20-30 per month. The photos from the trip will be added to this story and our website in an update to this story.
Interact Group Visits Cuba 2019-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 21, 2019

 

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What is the OutCenter?

Club Lifts a Pint for Rotary

 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 7/21 Bob Elliott 2019-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 17, 2019
Mary Jo Schnell is the executive director of the OutCenter in Benton Harbor, a 501c(3) non-profit organization, partially funded by United Way. The organization serves the LGBTQ+ community, helping to make the community more inclusive for kids, families, employers and employees. The OutCenter offers a drop-in location that is safe and welcoming, with computer lab, library and referrals to services.  Confidential counseling by professional staff or religious leaders are also available.  Programs include Teen Pride Alliance, LGBTQ+ Safe Schools Collaborative, and Advocacy and Education services. Its legislative priority is to protect the LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination by expanding the current law to include them.  For more information click here or call 269.925.8330.
What is the OutCenter? 2019-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 14, 2019

 

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Regular meeting resume July 17th

 

 
 
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Club Lifts a Pint for Rotary

District Governor Haas Joins Pint Night

 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 7/14 Bob Elliott 2019-07-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 11, 2019
The club held it's first "Lift a Pint for Rotary" event at the Livery in Benton Harbor. Shown, from left and Kyra and Marcy alongside the information display prepared for the event to tell the Rotary story to friends and visitors.  The 6360 District Governor Marjorie Haas was on hand to meet and greet club members and guests. When you combine the fellowship, the drawings and prizes, the pizza and  pints, the funds raised for our projects, the evening was a great success. Farai received an American Flag to celebrate his recent citizenship.  Thanks to president Cindy Kinney and all her helpers for making the event a success.
Club Lifts a Pint for Rotary 2019-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 11, 2019
 
District Governor Marjorie Haas is shown taking a photo of the rapidly disappearing pizza and beverages. Afterward she shared her comments about the night. 
"Just a quick note to thank you for inviting me to your "Lift a Pint for Rotary" event last night.  I enjoyed meeting you and listening to you.  Congratulations on your trip to Cuba and on Faral becoming a citizen of USA!  Your Public Image display board and website are exceptional.  Your club has a lot going [on]. "
District Governor Haas Joins Pint Night 2019-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 07, 2019

 

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No Breakfast Meeting July 10th

Join Us for Pint Night July 11th 6pm at Livery

 
 
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Parents Guide to Cyberbullying - Part II

Tablet Project a Success

 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 7/7 Bob Elliott 2019-07-07 04:00:00Z 0
A Message from District Governor Haas 2019-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 03, 2019
Steven Pierangeli, chief assistant prosecutor for Berrien County, returned to Rotary to the rest of his story.  In May his primary topic was Sexting. This time he focused on Cyberbulling crimes which have three laws with escalating penalties. The first is just bullying. Second is "stalking", which is un-consented contact. Physical threats also fall under this area.  And finally there are acts of terrorism which included threats of violence, especially toward schools - a 20 year felony.
   Steve also discussed the attorney general's efforts to protect kids from abuse.  The state offers an anonymous tip line via a new app called OK2Say.
His suggested starting questions are:
  • What are your favorite websites?  Have you seen objectionable pop  ups?
  • Who are texting with?
  • May I look at your feed?
  • How do you choose which people to accept as friends??
  • What personal info do you share?
He also recommends you maintain access to your children's web activities; no secret passwords or lockouts.
Some teens are sending nude selfies to their boyfriends, expecting it to be private.  But, it often happens that the photo or video will be quickly shared with a wide circle of associates.  This can be devastating.  It's a crime for someone to ask you for a inappropriate photo, punishable by up to 20 years and/or $100.000 in fines.
 
For more tips go to
 
   www.kidsmartz.org/ParentTips
 
and www.netsmartz.org.
Parent's Guide to Prevent Bullying = Part II 2019-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 26, 2019
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Farai announced to the club that he completed all the requirements and was recently sworn in as a citizen of the United States of America.  Congratulations Farai!!
Farai Rukunda Becomes US Citizen 2019-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Cindy's Highlights from 2018-2109 2019-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 23, 2019

 

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No Breakfast Meeting July 10th

Join Us for Pint Night July 11th, 6pm at Livery

 
 
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Farai Becomes US Citizen

Cindy's Highlights for 2018-2019

 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 6/30 Bob Elliott 2019-06-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 23, 2019

 

Special Notices

 

No Breakfast Meeting July 10th

Join Us for Pint Night July 11th 6pm at Livery

 
 
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Tablet Project a Success

Club Brainstorms Issue

 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 6/23 Bob Elliott 2019-06-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 19, 2019
Sarah Bischoff, left, staff specialist and Kathleen McCourt, second grade teacher, report that the year-long pilot project was a great success.  Each student had their own Kindle that had content managed by Sarah and Kathleen. They found that the Reading A-Z app was the perfect solution for managing the books they wanted the kids to read. The Kindles went home with the students but were also used in the classroom to add books and other apps. Parental controls limited usage. The testing at the end of the year demonstrated reading growth that exceeded standards and expectations.  The tablets were given to the students at the end of the school year for their personal use. The project was partially funded by a District 6360 matching grant.
Tablet Project A Success 2019-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 16, 2019

 

Special Notices

 

 

Best wishes for all our fathers

No Breakfast Meeting July 10th

 
 
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Club Brainstorms Issue

Club Receives Polio Award

 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 6/16 Bob Elliott 2019-06-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 12, 2019
 
The wall was filled with ideas about changes the club could consider to close its deficit for breakfast meals. President-elect Cindy Kinney will collect the input and recommend changes for the future.  Thanks to Cindy, Michael Mason and Brian Saxton for organizing the session.
Club Brainstorms Breakfast Issue 2019-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 12, 2019
The club was presented with an award for its work for Polio Plus.  Jim Smith shows the award to Alice Ford.  Alice has lead many projects to raise funds for Polio.  The club uses the first meeting 50/50, speakers awards and other avenues to provide fund to eradicate polio.  This fiscal year we donated $2,050 dollars to The Rotary Foundation for Polio Plus.
Club Receives District Award 2019-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 05, 2019
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This week we watched an discussed a TED talk by Reshma Saujanic, founder of Girls Who Code. She contends most parents raise their girls to be perfectionists and their boys to be brave.  This conditioning makes girls overly cautious.  She stated Girls Who Code to over come the conditioning. The 12 minute video is below and available here.
 
 
Teach Girls Bravery Not Perfection 2019-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 02, 2019

 

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No Breakfast Meeting July 10th

 
 
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Teach Girls Bravery not Perfection
 
Club Enjoys Night Out
 
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 6/9 Bob Elliott 2019-06-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 02, 2019

 

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Breakfast Meetings Resume June 5th

 
 
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Club Enjoys Night Out
 
Bob Elliott is Rotary Hero
 
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 6/2 Bob Elliott 2019-06-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 30, 2019
 
The club gathered at the Hawks Nest in Benton Harbor for fellowship and brief updates on various topics. 
  • Bryan Tutton reported the Bed Race plans are moving forward.  He also pointed to the flowers around town.  This is the result of Bryan's work with local business and the First Church of God.  Bryan also mentions tilling five gardens around time.
  • Dave Bly reported the fundraising events are on track for the fall.  Sponsors will be asked to shift their support from the 5K to other events. Dave also reported that the club's foundation will review grant applications next week. 
  • Larry Jackson will lead four Interact students to Cuba in June.
  • Finally, Dave Krieger has completed two grant applications for next year; one for t-shirts for Interact and Books and Tablets for Kids.
  • Photo by CIndy Kinney, president-elect.
Club Enjoys Night Out 2019-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 26, 2019

 

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On Memorial Day -

No Breakfast Meeting May 29th

 
 
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Bob Elliott is Rotary Hero
 
Parent's Guide to Prevent Bullying
 
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 5/26 Bob Elliott 2019-05-26 04:00:00Z 0
Dyann Chenault, in her role as assistant governor, presents Bob Elliott with the 2018-2019 Hero Award from District 6360.  The club's citation was: "Bob Elliott has been an active member of our club since 2005 and served several years as treasurer. He recently made a transition to bookkeeper supporting the new treasurer. This new alignment provides separation of duties and better financial controls and accountability. Bob also provides the “glue” for the club members with weekly newsletters, posting summaries of presentations, and instructing new members on use of our club’s website. He organized and initiated two district grants for literacy and park maintenance projects. Bob also built and maintains a dedicated website to support our three annual fundraising events. Not only that, he has had perfect attendance for at least two years. Bob is a true Rotarian!" Congratulations Bob.
Bob Elliott is Rotary Hero 2019-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 19, 2019

 

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No Breakfast Meeting May 29th

 
 
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Parent's Guide to Prevent Bullying
 
BHHS Interact Club is Official
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 5/19 Bob Elliott 2019-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 12, 2019

 

Special Notices

 
 
Regular Meetings Continue
 
No Breakfast Meeting on May 29th
 
 
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Stories in this issue

 
BHHS Interact Club Receives Charter
 
Lest We Forget Plan for 2019
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 5/12 Bob Elliott 2019-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
Steven Pierangeli, chief assistant prosecutor for Berrien County, stopped by Rotary to provide messages that he has been delivering around the community.  His two primary topics were Sexting and Cyberbullying. First, he said sexting involves send photos and videos over the internet.  He suggest parents start a conversation with those who have access to phones with texting capabilities. 
His suggested starting questions are:
  • What are your favorite websites?  Have you seen objectionable pop  ups?
  • Who are texting with?
  • May I look at your feed?
  • How do you choose which people to accept as friends??
  • What personal info do you share?
He also recommends you maintain access to your children's web activities; no secret passwords or lockouts.
Some teens are sending nude selfies to their boyfriends, expecting it to be private.  But, it often happens that the photo or video will be quickly shared with a wide circle of associates.  This can be devastating.  It's a crime for someone to ask you for a inappropriate photo, punishable by up to 20 years and/or $100.000 in fines.
 
Cyberbullying, i.e., sending threats over the internet, was recently made a crime in Michigan.
 
For more tips go to
 
   www.kidsmartz.org/ParentTips
 
and www.netsmartz.org.
Parent's Guide to Prevent Bullying 2019-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 08, 2019
 
Larry Jackson is shown holding the charter for the Benton Harbor High School Interact Club. Sarah Stocker, left, and Felicia Smith, are part of the Interact team leadership. The certificate had gone into a black hole for several months, but now the club is official, just in time for the students trip to Cuba.  Congratulations to Larry and his team.
BHHS Interact Receivea Charter 2019-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 05, 2019

 

Special Notices

Regular Meetings Continue
 
No Breakfast Meeting on May 29th
 
 
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Stories in this issue

Lest We Forget Plan for 2019
 
Living Beyond Hope Update
 
Rotary Centennial Park Maintenance
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 5/5 Bob Elliott 2019-05-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 01, 2019
Our own Lee Scherwitz was on deck to provide Lest We Forget’s plan for June 22 and 23, 2019. This year’s theme is Anchors Away - a look at the US navy's role in combat. Displays will present the three navy ships on permanent exhibit in Muskegon and Bay City. Beach landings, boat rides and helicopter rides will be available.  There is a great slate of speakers on both days. Saturday night will end with a FREE outdoor concert by The Fortunate Sons, a Credence Clearwater Revival tribute band.
 
All events will be held on the parcel on St. Joseph River just west of M-63.  Just take M-63 north from St. Joe and exit for Witwam Drive, then turn left at the bottom of the ramp. Parking is at the same location.
 
For schedule information and speakers list go here.
Lest We Forget Plan a Great 2019 Event 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 28, 2019

 

Special Notices

Regular Meeting Continue
 
 
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Stories in this issue

Living Beyond Hope Update
 
Rotary Centennial Park Maintenance
 
Update from Area Agency on Aging
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 4/28 Bob Elliott 2019-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 24, 2019
Our member, Farai Rukunda, started Living Beyond Hope, a 501c(3), to support improvement activities in his home village of Arnoldine Zimbabwe. In this week’s update he reported the new school was completed and dedicated on April 23, 2019. School test scores are also improving as a result of donated desks and books.  Six students will receive scholarships to attend high school.  The community also wanted to reward the teachers by providing housing nearby.  Farai highlighted the contributions by the village residents, preparing the ground, making bricks and building the structures.
Brain Sexton joined in for a brief discussion of a global grant to start egg production to provide jobs and income.  District and RI matching grants of $3 or $4 to 1 might be available. The project has the club’s support. Brian will be forming a committee to help produce all the materials that the grant application requires.  If you are interested, contact Brian or Farai.
Living Beyond Hope Update 2019-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 21, 2019

 

Special Notices

Happy Easter!!
 
 
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Stories in this issue

Rotary Centennial Park Maintenance
 
Update from Area Agency on Aging
 
Tech Tigers Robotics Win Chairman's Award
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 4/21 Bob Elliott 2019-04-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 20, 2019
 
Sunrise Rotarians used these mountains of playground mulch to return the park to a safer area for neighboring children. Special thanks to Mike Kinney for prepping the site and Lee Scherwitz for his outstanding work with a small front loader. This maintenance was made possible by a Rotary District 6360 matching grant.
Rotary Centennial Park Maintenance 2019-04-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 14, 2019

 

Special Notices

Spring is Here!!
 
 
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Stories in this issue

Update from Area Agency on Aging
 
Tech Tigers Robotics Win Chairman's Award
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 4/14 Bob Elliott 2019-04-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Elliott on Apr 10, 2019
 
Tara Gillette, marketing specialist for Region IV Area Agency on Aging. Tara graphically shared some interesting facts about "aging" and reviewed some of the many services offered by her agency. She also talked about their new "campus", created with the purchase of the Honor Credit Union.  The new space will let the organization spread out and provide permanent locations for some of their services, which are l are itemized below

Information & Assistance on such topics as in-home care, Medicare/Medicaid, insurance, housing, meals, transportation and more. Info-line 800.654.2810.

Care Management programs which offer families effective home-based alternatives for people who need help.

Caregiver Education & Support providing outreach, resources, training, and education about caregiving, aging, and available services.

Computer Learning via the SeniorNet program which teaches people aged 50 and older computer skills to enhance their lives.

Senior Volunteers whose programs help children and other seniors in their communities. Grandparents and other relatives raising children receive support.
 
Senior Employment program provides high quality job training and employment assistance for senior job seekers.

Advocacy on public policy issues affecting seniors and persons with disabilities.

Community Planning, Development, & Funding for programs which help seniors and persons with disabilities remain independent, and support caregivers.

...and more. The Agency on Aging works to assure the highest quality or life for older persons through a person-centered approach to service delivery, information provision, and advocacy.

The foregoing information was provided in a brochure distributed at our Rotary meeting.

You can learn more by calling the Area Agency on Aging at 800.654.2810 or on the web at www.areaagencyonaging.org.




 
Update from Area Agency on Aging Bob Elliott 2019-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 31, 2019

 

Special Notices

Spring is Here!!
 
 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

Tech Tigers Robotics Win Chairman's Award
 
The Ghostlight Theatre is Bringing CircEsteem to Town
 
The Ghostlight Theatre is Opening in Benton Harbor
 
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 3/31 Bob Elliott 2019-03-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 27, 2019
 
Benton Harbor High School's Robotics team members - the Tech Tigers - were up early to tell Rotary about their recent experience at the Gull Lake First Robotics competition. The team is shown in front of a banner declaring them the Chairman's Award winner for the 2019 Gull Lake District.  The award cited the team's efforts to "Transform the culture of their community in ways that will inspire greater levels of respect & honor for science and technology". The team was recognized for its efforts in health and safety. The Tech Tigers are only the second team from SWMI to win the award.  The award automatically qualifies the team for the next round of competition.  Shown above on left of banner are Amiya, co-captain Deyisha, coach Delbert Patterson, and co-captain Tamia; on the right, the back row, from left, Coach Shannon Harris, Gerson, Daniel, and lead mentor Joseph Taylor, in front are Karl, Kenneth and Antwon.  Not shown is Jacobia. The team thanked Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary for being a sponsor.
Tech Tigers Robotics Win Chairman's Award 2019-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 24, 2019

 

Special Notices

Spring is Here!!
 
 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

The Ghostlight Theatre is Bringing CircEsteem to Town
 
The Ghostlight Theatre is Opening in Benton Harbor
 
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 3/24 Bob Elliott 2019-03-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 20, 2019
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CircEsteem, a program using circus apparatus, has been improving the lives of young people in Chicago for 19 years.  Now Dottie Gietler, youth leadership director for Ghostlight Theatre, announced today that a CircEsteem Summer Camp will be offered in two weeks in June 2019.  Campers, ages 6-16, will be given opportunities to learn a variety of circus activities.  See the short video below for an introduction.
The video is also available at https://youtu.be/5EHj-1LulDk
 
The camp is one or two weeks, June 17-21 and June 24-28, 9 am to 4 pm, with a public performance at the end of each week.  The camp costs $250 each week, free transportation is available on request.  To learn more, donate or volunteer, go to www.ghostlightbh.com
 
Ghostlight Theatre Bringing CircEsteem to Town 2019-03-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 17, 2019

 

Special Notices

Happy St. Patrick's Day
 
Your Humble Editor is Well!
 
 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

The Ghostlight Theatre is Opening in Benton Harbor
 
Getting a Head Start on Life
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 3/17 Bob Elliott 2019-03-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 13, 2019
Martha "Martie" Hesse is the executive director of The Ghostlight Theatre. She has been working for the past 18 months to establish her 501c3, purchasing a building at 101 Hinkley in the Arts District of Benton Harbor, connected to the local arts community, especially Paul Mow, music director of Twin City Players. After acquiring a matching grant of $50,000 from Michigan Economic Development, she raise $100,000 from local enthusiasts and businesses. A full slate of shows have been planned for this summer, starting with Bridges of Madison County opening June 13, 2019. There are tons of opportunities to participate, volunteer, donate, buy a seat with your name on it, etc.  For the other shows for summer 2019 and more information click here.  Martie explained that the ghostlight is the light left on so the theatre would not be completely dark.
The Ghostlight Theatre is Opening in Benton Harbor 2019-03-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 03, 2019

 

Special Notices

Your Humble Editor Has the Flu
 
 
 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

Getting a Head Start on Life
 
Pilot Reading Program Showing Progress
 
Shop to End Polio Now
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 3/3 Bob Elliott 2019-03-03 05:00:00Z 0
Patti Masters is the Early Head Start Administrator for Tri-County Head Start, serving Berrein, Cass and Van Buren counties.  The organization takes a "whole family" approach when dealing with clients. Interviews with clients can lead to a wide range of services such as, safe sleep information, prenatal care, and referral to other agencies.  Home visits address toddlers with older children attending centers four days per week. Family members are incorporated into activities to avoid the agency being used as a babysitter. Preparing each child for the next step, preschool or kindergarten is the primary objective.There are qualifying factors but no fees. Volunteers are welcome.  Click here to  volunteer, learn more or donate.
Getting a Head Start on Life 2019-02-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 10, 2019

 

Special Notices

Regular Meetings Continue
 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

Getting a Head Start on Life
 
Pilot Reading Program Showing Progress
 
Shop to End Polio Now
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 2/17 Bob Elliott 2019-02-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 10, 2019

 

Special Notices

Regular Meetings Continue
 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

Pilot Reading Program Showing Progress
 
Foundation Elects Officers for 2019
 
Shop to End Polio Now
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 2/10 Bob Elliott 2019-02-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 09, 2019
Our club partnered with Countryside Academy to pilot the Reading Now program for reading improvement. One element is the library-in-the-classroom which provides an extensive selection of books right in the classroom.  The teacher reports: "The majority of my classroom groups are extremely engaged in the books. For example, this week one group is reading Don't Let Pigeon Drive the Bus! This book is not only award winning (Caldecott Honor) and great for practice with reading expression, but it’s highly engaging! All kids love the pigeon books." We'll have to wait for end of year testing to see if this interest turns into students ready for third grade.
Pilot Reading Project Showing Progress 2019-02-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 27, 2019

 

Special Notices

Rotary Meet & Greet Pint Night on Thursday, January 31, 5-8 pm at the Livery.  Open to All.

No Regular Meeting Wednesday, January 30, 2019

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

Foundation Elects Officers for 2019
 
Ministering to the Forgotten Man
 
 
Shop to End Polio Now
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 1/27 Bob Elliott 2019-01-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 23, 2019
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At the first meeting of the year the new foundation directors elected the following officers for 2019.
Dave Bly - president
Mel Burton - vice-president
Barbara Starke - treasurer
Ellen Russell - secretary
Their terms are the calendar year.
The other directors are Alice Ford, Mike Kinney and Larry Jackson.
Thanks for your willingness to serve our organization and the community.
 
Club Foundation Elects Officers for 2019 2019-01-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 16, 2019
Russ Simonson is chaplain of the Berrien County Jail.  He works for Forgotten Man Ministries, an organization that has chaplains in 35 counties in Michigan. For 15 years he has used a faith-based approach to helping inmates with anger management, addiction and self control.  He approaches his work with a belief that only God can help someone overcome their issues. It all starts with a book cart pushed along outside the cells.  That cart provides an opportunity to start a conversation with inmates. Bibles are provided on request only.  Russ brings volunteers in to discuss their own life's journey to help inmates see a path forward. Faith often helps people gain power to resist temptations and stick with their plans.  Mrs. Simonson works with the women inmates, which number 70 at this time. To learn more, volunteer or make a donation, click here
Ministering to the Forgotten Man 2019-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 14, 2019
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  • 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)
 
 
January Board Meeting Highlights 2019-01-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 13, 2019

 

Special Notices

Rotary Meet & Greet Pint Night on January 31, 5-8 pm at the Livery.  Open to All.

No Regular Meeting January 30, 2019

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

Ministering to the Forgotten Man
 
Board Meeting Highlights
 
Foundation Enrolls in Amazon Smile
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 1/20 Bob Elliott 2019-01-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 13, 2019

 

Special Notices

Rotary Meet & Greet Pint Night on January 31, 5-8 pm at the Livery

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

Foundation Enrolls in Amazon Smile
 
Is the Club Ready for an International Project?
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 1/13 Bob Elliott 2019-01-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 09, 2019
 
 
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 smile.amazon.com 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.
 
Foundation Enrolls in Amazon Smile 2019-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 09, 2019
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.
 
Is the Club Ready for an International Project? 2019-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 06, 2019

 

Special Notices

Regular Meetings Have Resumed

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

Reduce Stress the Chinese Way
 
Club Elects Officers for 2019-2020
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 1/6 Bob Elliott 2019-01-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 02, 2019
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.
Reduce Stress the Chinese Way 2019-01-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 16, 2018

 

Special Notices

Shop Now to End Polio - See story in this issue

No Regular Meeting December 26, 2018

Last Issue of 2018

Merry Christmas

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

 
Club Elects Officers for 2019-2020
 
Bell Ringing for Salvation Army
 
Shop and Help End Polio Too!
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 12/16 Bob Elliott 2018-12-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 12, 2018
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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. 
Club Elects Officers for 2019-2020 2018-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 09, 2018

 

Special Notices

Shop Now to End Polio - See story in this issue

No Regular Meeting December 26, 2018

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

 
Literacy - An Expansive View
 
Christmas Party with a Twist
 
Shop and Help End Polio Too!
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 12/9 Bob Elliott 2018-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 08, 2018

 

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.
 
 
 
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Bell Ringing for Salvation Army 2018-12-08 05:00:00Z 0
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: https://youtu.be/lSulFP3j16M
  The book mentioned is Factfulness.
 
 
 
Literacy - an Expansive View 2018-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 02, 2018

 

Special Notices

Regular Meetings Resume December 5, 2018

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

 
Christmas Party with a Twist
 
Rotarians Donate for Wonderland Toy Store
 
Dr. Jim Glendernalik Joins Rotary - Corrected
 
Shop and Help End Polio Too!
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 12/2 Bob Elliott 2018-12-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 28, 2018
 
 
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.
Christmas Party with a Twist 2018-11-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 28, 2018
 
 
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.
Rotarians Donate for Wonderland Toy Store 2018-11-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 28, 2018
 
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.
Interact Club Begins at Benton Harbor High School 2018-11-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 28, 2018

 

 
 
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.
Anne Seymour Odden Joins Rotary 2018-11-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 18, 2018

 

Special Notices

No Regular Meeting Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Meetings Resume December 5, 2018

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

 
Dr. Jim Glendernelik Joins Rotary
 
Shop and Help End Polio Too!
 
Benton Harbor Education Foundation is On its Way
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 11/25 Bob Elliott 2018-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 18, 2018

 

Special Notices

Give Thanks for Your Blessings!

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

RIP Bill Brambilla
 
Dr. Jim Glendernelik Joins Rotary
 
Shop and Help End Polio Too!
 
Benton Harbor Education Foundation is On its Way
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 11/18 Bob Elliott 2018-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 17, 2018
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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.
 
 
 
Shop and Help End Polio Too 2018-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 15, 2018
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.
RIP Bill Brambilla 2018-11-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 14, 2018
 
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!!
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Jim Gendernalik Joins Rotary-Corrected Again 2018-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 14, 2018
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, www.bentonharboreducationfoundation.com (the .org URL was already taken).  Go there to learn more, donate or volunteer.
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Benton Harbor Education Foundation is On its Way 2018-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 07, 2018
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.
Q&A with Dr. Bob Herrera, Benton Harbor Area Schools 2018-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 28, 2018

 

Special Notices

See a Veteran, Thank a Veteran

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

Q&A with Dr. Bob Herrera, CEO, Benton Harbor Area Schools
 
Anne Seymour Odden Joins Rotary
 
Interact Club Begins at Benton Harbor High School
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 11/11 Bob Elliott 2018-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 28, 2018

 

Special Notices

Daylight Savings Begins - Set Clocks back 1 Hour

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

 
Anne Seymour Odden Joins Rotary
 
Interact Club Begins at Benton Harbor High School
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 11/3 Bob Elliott 2018-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 28, 2018

 

Special Notices

See New Rotary Vision in this Edition

 

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

 
Barbara Starke Joins Rotaty
 
District Governor Stresses Membership Growth
 
An Invocation Worth Remembering
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 10/28 Bob Elliott 2018-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 24, 2018
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 Joins Rotary 2018-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 21, 2018

 

Special Notices

See New Rotary Vision in this Edition

 

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

 
District Governor Stresses Membership Growth
 
An Invocation Worth Remembering
 
Make Up Distance Record
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 10/21 Bob Elliott 2018-10-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 17, 2018
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.
Long Distance Make Up Record 2018-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 17, 2018
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.
 
District Governor Stresses Membership Growth 2018-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 17, 2018
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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.
An Invocation Worth Remembering 2018-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 07, 2018

 

Special Notices

Abonmarche Wins Bed Race

For results for Rotary Pumpkin 5k/10k, click here.

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

 
Pumpkin Festival a Great Success
 
What is Fit 4 Fall?
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 10/7 Bob Elliott 2018-10-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 06, 2018
 
Bake goods and plants are ready for sale.  Yum.
 
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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.
Pumpkin Festival a Great Success 2018-10-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 30, 2018

 

Special Notices

Abonmarche Wins Bed Race

For results for Rotary Pumpkin 5k/10k, click here.

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

 
What is Fit 4 Fall?
 
Leco Wins Fundraising Trophy
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 9/30 Bob Elliott 2018-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 26, 2018
 
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 www.fit4fall5k.com.
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What is Fit 4 Fall? 2018-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 21, 2018
 
The Leco team won the Bed Race's fundraising trophy for the second year in a row. Congratulations.
Leco Wins Fundraising Trophy 2018-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 19, 2018
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. .
What is Direct Primary Care? 2018-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 16, 2018

 

Special Notices

 

For results for Rotary Pumpkin 5k/10k, click here.

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

 
Ox Creek Under the Microscope
 
Club Award Reading Now Pilot Grant
 
Tutorial on Member Login
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 9/16 Bob Elliott 2018-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 12, 2018
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.
Club Awards Grant for Reading Now Pilot 2018-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
Tutorial on Member Login 2018-09-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 09, 2018

 

Special Notices

 

Register Now for Rotary Pumpkin 5k/10, click here.

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

 
Boys & Girls Club Update
 
Dathan Lumpkins Joins Rotary
 
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 9/9 Bob Elliott 2018-09-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 05, 2018
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 Creek.org.
Ox Creek Under the Microscope 2018-09-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 05, 2018
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!
Dathan Lumpkins Joins Rotary 2018-09-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 02, 2018

 

Special Notices

Enjoy!

Register Now for Rotary Pumpkin 5k/10, click here.

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

 
Club Introduced to Tai Chi
 
Check out the Pumpkin 5K Poster
 
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 9/2 Bob Elliott 2018-09-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 29, 2018
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.
Boys & Girls Club Update 2018-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 26, 2018

 

Special Notices

Meeting on August 29th is Back On!

Register Now for Rotary Pumpkin 5k/10, click here.

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

 
Club Introduced to Tai Chi
 
Check of Pumpkin 5K Poster
 
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 8/26 Bob Elliott 2018-08-26 04:00:00Z 0
Pumpkin 5k/10 Race Poster 2018-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 22, 2018
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.
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Club Introduced to Tai Chi 2018-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 15, 2018

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.

 
Lakeland Healthcare Hospital Update 2018 2018-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 13, 2018
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.
 
Highway Signs Feature New Rotary Branding 2018-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 12, 2018

 

Special Notices

No Meeting on August 29th

 

Register Now for Rotary Pumpkin 5k/10, click here.

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

 
Lakeland Health Update 2018
 
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 8/19 Bob Elliott 2018-08-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 12, 2018

 

Special Notices

No Meeting on August 29th

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

 
Sophia Mason and Heron Rico Join Rotary
 
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 8/12 Bob Elliott 2018-08-12 04:00:00Z 0
 
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!
Sophia Mason and Heron Rico Join Rotaty 2018-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 05, 2018

 

Special Notices

Stay Cool!

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

 
Club is Ready for its Fundraisers
 
Berrien Community Foundation- A Great Asset
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 8/5 Bob Elliott 2018-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 01, 2018
The club met in assembly to discuss preparations for our three fundraiser in mid September.  Click on the image below for more information.
 
Club is Ready for its Fundraisers 2018-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 29, 2018

 

Special Notices

Stay Cool!

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

 
Berrien Community Foundation- A Great Asset
 
Momono Recaps Youth Exchange Year
 
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 7/29 Bob Elliott 2018-07-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 25, 2018
Lisa Cripps-Downey returned to provide an update on the Berrien Community Foundation.  The BCF is celebrating its 65th anniversary with $50 million in assets under management. She announced that $186,000 in scholarships were recently awarded.  The variety of the scholarships reflect the donors" wishes, be it for band students, artists, or student athletes. The entire amount was funded by donors' endowments. In other news, BCF is now accepting hard assets such as houses, cars or art collections. Lisa explained that non-profits, such as our club's foundation, is eligible to establish an "Agency Fund" to access BCF services of professional investment, gifting grant processing and reporting. There are volunteer slots available for scholarship review committees, youth advisory council and more.  To donate or learn more visit the website by clicking here.
Berrien Community Foundation - A Great Asset 2018-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 22, 2018

 

Special Notices

Stay Cool!

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
 
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Stories in this issue

 
Momono Recaps Youth Exchange Year
 
Pumpkin Rehab Complete
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 7/22 Bob Elliott 2018-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 21, 2018
 
From left, Julie, Eddie, Lee, Dyann, Michael, Brian and Dave were on the assembly line to rehab the racing pumpkins for use in the Great Pumpkin Festival Race/Raffle.  Also helping were Sue, Cindy and Bob.
Pumpkin Rehab Complete 2018-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 18, 2018
Momono Sakura, on the left with two friends from St. Joe High, returned to her host club to make her final presentation. Her highlights were too numerous to recount here but a few will probably stick with her for a long time.  She loved: shopping in South Bend; traveling to Chicago for a Cubs game and the stage performance of Hamilton; visiting Disney World, the Grand Canyon and more. She took pride in offering a Japanese Culture Class at school. The shyness she exhibited on her arrival last July was completely absent this time.  She reported that she had performed a Japanese dance at the recent RYE talent show.  She had words of praise and love for her two host moms, Kelly and Kim.  She plans to offer an English language course when she returns to Japan. Shown below she was recognized  by president Joseph Taylor for her fine presentation.
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Momono Recaps Youth Exchange Year 2018-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 15, 2018

 

Special Notices

Stay Cool!

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI
 
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Stories in this issue

 
LMC Update
 
Emergency Management Offers Tools
 
Juneteenth Celebrates the End of Slavery
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 7/15 Bob Elliott 2018-07-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 11, 2018
Dr. Trevor Kubatzke  has been president of Lake Michigan College for nearly a year.  He made his first visit to Rotary to present an update on the college. He was happy to find his new college had the lowest tuition within 100 miles, was ready to open its viticulture center with 25 students, offered a residence hall with apartment style rooms, including laundry.  The college also is ready to close on the purchase of the Western Michigan University building on the campus.  It will become the business education center.  Classrooms are also changing to offer live, live streaming and stored video for later review and study.  A flat tire will not cause a student to miss class!  Three classrooms are now operational; plans are to update all the classrooms.  LMC awarded its first bachelor degree.  Benton Harbor promise students are doing much better with the Start to Finish initiative.
LMC Update 2018-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 08, 2018

 

Special Notices

Regular Meetings Resume on July 11th

 
Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI
 
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Stories in this issue

 
Emergency Management Offers Tools
 
Juneteenth Celebrates the End of Slavary
 
Kids Say Thank You for Books
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 7/8 Bob Elliott 2018-07-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 01, 2018

 

Special Notices

No Meeting on July 4th

Celebrate Independence Day!

 

Regular meeting resume July 11th

 

Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI
 
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Stories in this issue

 
Emergency Management Offers Tools
 
Juneteenth Celebrates the End of Slavary
 
Kids Say Thank You for Books
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 7/1 Bob Elliott 2018-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 27, 2018
President Joseph Taylor, in response to an inquiry for a club member, explained that Juneteenth, is a shortened form of June 19th.  The day celebrates that date in 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to declare the end of the Civil War and issue an order freeing all of the slaves in Texas.  The announcement was two and one-half years after Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation in 1865. The date is commonly called "Freedom Day". A murdered messenger is one possible explanation for the delay.  Louisiana slave owners had moved to Texas to continue operating their plantations with slave labor.
  Joe quoted president Trump's June 19, 2018 announcement as follows: "As a Nation we vow to never forget the millions of African Americans who suffered the evils of slavery. Together we honor the unbreakable spirit ad countless contributions of generations of African Americans to the story of American Greatness."
   Twenty States celebrate Juneteenth as an official holiday.
Juneteenth Celebrates the End of Slavery 2018-06-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 24, 2018

 

Special Notices

Regular meeting resume June 27th

 

Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI
 
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Stories in this issue

 
School Board Approves Interact Club
 
Club Foundation Helps Seniors Enjoy Toronto
 
Club Celebrates St. Joseph-Benton Harbor Rotary
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue 6/24 Bob Elliott 2018-06-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 20, 2018
Capt. Rockey Adams hosted the club at the Berrien County Emergency Management Operations Center.  The main tactical room is filled with communications equipment organized in clusters.  During an emergency  the clusters are filled with personnel involved with a particular aspect, for example, health, or first responders.  Rockey took the opportunity to make us aware of two tools each member may want to add to their side, namely Smart 911 and B-Ware (Short for Berrien Awareness).  See the images below. Click here for more information.
Emergency Management Offers Tools 2018-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 17, 2018

 

Special Notices

 

Special Meeting June 20th at

County Emergency Management

building, 2100 E. Empire

 

Regular meeting resume June 27th

 

Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI
 
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Stories in this issue

 
 
Dave Boelke is a Survivor
 
Who is LECO?
 
Passing the Baton to Joseph Taylor
 
 
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue Bob Elliott 2018-06-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 16, 2018
 
Joseph Taylor, right, president elect of the our club, presents Rick Villa, president of St. J-BH, a sign to recognize St. Joseph-Benton Harbor Rotary on the 100th anniversary of its charter. Several members of the club joined a host of Rotarians in the celebration and to hear Rotary International president Ian Risley's keynote address. (Photo courtesy of Bill Langbehn, Langbehn Communication Services)
Club Salutes St. Joseph-Benton Harbor Rotary 2018-06-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 13, 2018
 
The club had several new books left in our store room so we made an extra distribution.  The poster above and several individual thank yous were shared at our club meeting.
Kids Say Thank You for Books 2018-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 13, 2018

 

President Joseph Taylor announced that the board of directors for the Benton Harbor Area Schools approved the formation of an Interact Club at the high school.  A committee will be formed to help establish a chapter next school year 
School Board Approves Interact Club 2018-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 10, 2018

 

Special Notices

Regular Meeting Resume June 6th

 

Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI
 
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Stories in this issue

 
 
Who is LECO?
 
Rotary Donates to Boys and Girls Club Reading Program
 
Passing the Baton to Joseph Taylor
 
 
 
 
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Notices and stories in this issue Bob Elliott 2018-06-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 06, 2018
Dave Boelke, shown in full "hunter's orange", with rifle and backpack, just as he wore setting out to hunt elk in Colorado.  Dave's father introduced him to elk hunting in 1973.  He's made annual trips to continue the tradition. He wanted a more intense experience so in 2016 he booked a "deep camp" trip with an outfitter. He planned to spend a week with another hunter in a cabin about four hours by horseback from the outfitter's base camp.  It was November at an altitude above 10,000 feet.  On the first morning, he and his fellow hunter made a plan to rendezvous at a selected landmark about 3hrs away.  Dave planned to circle right, his partner would circle left, both men looking for signs of movement by elk or bears.  Dave overshot the landmark and after a while realized the cold night was quickly approaching.  His backpack had all the normal equipment"  gps, compass, snacks, matches, water, mirror and Kindle ebook reader. He built a fire and planned to head back in the morning. He refused to panic.  The gps, which Dave had depended on to navigate the forest, had a dead battery.  Without that device he had no idea which way it was to the cabin. He decided to stay put until he was rescued. Dave's hunting buddy reported him lost the next morning.  Eventually Dave saw the helicopters and moved in their direction. The search party that grew to 43 people and ten helicopters took three days to see the shimmering reflection off Dave's mirror.  Dave was hungry and dehydrated but otherwise OK. Dave plans to add fresh batteries to his emergency kit.
Dave Boelke, The Survivor 2018-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 30, 2018
 
President Elect Joseph Taylor, left, is shown received the president's pin from Brian Saxton.  Joe will officially take the reins on July 1st.  This was the culmination of Installation Night which included Brian's review of a great club year under his leadership. He named Alice Ford his Rotarian of the Year for her innovative "garage sale" to raise funds for polio eradication.
Passing the Baton to Joseph Taylor 2018-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 30, 2018
 
Rachel Cram, with sponsor Lee Scherwitz, left, and president Brain Saxton is shown during her induction ceremony.  Rachel is a former Rotary Youth Exchange participant, spending a year in France.  Rachel is a financial analyst at Whirlpool and lives in St. Joseph.  Welcome to Rotary.
Rachel Cram Joins Rotary 2018-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 25, 2018
If you fly the flag on Memorial Day please follow the procedure: (Courtesy of Joshua Claybourn, usmemorialday.org)
 
"In traditional observance, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all."
Use Proper Flag Etiquette 2018-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 23, 2018
Scott Chrispell, manager of electronics research & engineering, had the answer to our question.  LECO is a shortened version of Laboratory Equipment Corporation.  The company was founded by Carl Shultz and George Krasl in 1936.  Today descendants Carl and Chris Warren manage this family owned business with 600 employees in southwest Michigan and 1,400 world wide.  LECO’s first product was an analyzer that measured the carbon content of steel, a very important parameter.  LECO continued to focus on analytical instruments that focused on increasing quality of production or efficiency.  Their reputation and expertise led to expansion in to other production areas.  Today they make equipment for metals, energy, mining, food and managing the environment.
LECO is vertically integrated, making it own enclosures, controls, electronics, sensors, software and more. Of course today they have apps for iPhones for remote access and management.
   Scott described the new building going up on Hilltop road as a customer experience center.
   Last year was LECO’s first entry in the Great Bed Race put on by Rotary and Slumberland.  Scott is promising a faster bed this year and a team that will be better prepared for the competition.
Who is LECO? 2018-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Club Honors Veterans at Senior PGA 2018-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 16, 2018
 
Marcy Hamilton is shown during her induction ceremony between her sponsor Mike Kinney, left, and president Brian Saxton.  Marcy is the Deputy Director/Senior Planner for the South west Michigan Planning Commission.  She lives in St. Joseph with her 15 year old daughter. She is a member of Preserve the Dunes and Watershed Council, is a founding board member of Sustainable Business Forum, and has been actively promoting clean water, beaches and rivers. Welcome to Rotary.
 
Marcy Hamilton Joins Rotary 2018-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 12, 2018
Our own club's Bryan Tutton just loves putting his tractor to work,  Below shows the Fresh Start Children's Garden are Bryan prepared it for this year's planting season.  He also prepped the community gardens near Abundant Life and AIM Churches.
Bryan also works with local business and the First Church of God to plant flowers in the City Center Park and the Arts District.  Local businesses provide financial support and church members plant the flowers.  The photo below is from a recent HP edition.
 
Gardens & Flowers Oh My 2018-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 09, 2018
 
 Tara Gillette is executive director for the Area Agency on Aging.  She is also the instructor/facilitator for the new Aging Mastery Program, a ten week course focused on health, financial security and overall well being.  Course attendees also make new friends and learn new skills. The next course runs in St. Joseph on Thursdays, 1-2:30 pm, June 21 through August 23, 2018.  Fee $99, Scholarships available. Another course will begin in September.  Contact Tara at 269.408.4369 or taragillette@areaagencyonaging.org.
The Aging Mastery Adventure 2018-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 09, 2018
Aicha Camera, on left, and Momono Sakura, shown with Lee Schewitz, shortly after Momono arrived from Japan last August.  Aicha had just returned from a year in Japan so they bonded in a special way.  Aicha is now attending University of Florida studying International Relations.  She earned a 4.0 in her first semester.  Momono and Aicha spent the meeting speaking in Japanese and enjoyed sharing their experiences.
Youth Exchange Students Reconnect 2018-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 09, 2018
The club's Foundation presented grants to eight organizations.  The awards went to Benton Harbor High School, Readiness Center, Children's Fresh Start Garden, Junior Achievement, Lory's Place, Countryside Academy, Toys for the Needy and Benton Harbor Public Library. Shown above, from left, Lee Scherwitz (foundation president), Emma Kinnard, Audrey Lester, Becki Tomsheck, Eddie Marshall, Katie Boyer, Stephanie Kohler, Pat Miller, Brian Saxton (club president), Sister Pualita and Martha Thieneman.
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Club Foundation Presents Grants 2018-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
Lee Scherwitz, part of the Lest We Forget organization, announced plans for the June 23-24, 2018 event. The event will move from the airport to edge of the Paw Paw river between the LaFarge cement operations and M-63.  This year will feature the Spirit of America wall covering 1775 to present. There will be beach landings and rides in landing craft both days.  Medal of Honor winners, helicopter rides, hands-on WWII camp and veteran stories are all part of the event.  Click here for event website.
Lest We Forget Plan a Great Event 2018-05-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 02, 2018
 
Our own club's Farai Rukunda is shown along side the school being constructed in his home village in Zimbabwe.  A recent fundraising dinner and additional donations raised $6,000 for books and  desks. See the coverage in the Zimbabwe News, click here.
Living Beyond Hope Raises $6,000 2018-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 25, 2018
 
Lee Scherwitz, center, is shown with students from Hull International displaying their new books.  This year the students selected their own book from a range of topics and interests. The program is supported by a District 6360 grant. Sue Scherwitz assisted with the book distribution.  Photo by Sue.
Books for Kids at Hull International 2018-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 12, 2018
 
City Center Park on Main Street was cleaned up in preparation for spring.  We're sure it will arrive one of these days. Mulch will be added later.
Park Ready for Spring 2018-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 04, 2018
 
Our own Bob Gifford presented his third and final installment of local electricity.  The image above is a schematic of the type of reactor at the Cook plant.  It  features three completely separate circulating systems: from left, the reactor loop, the generator loop and the cooling loop. Bob reported that AEP plans to continue operating the plant even if a few others are closing theirs.  Bob was selected by AEP to oversee the construction and establish the control systems. The sheer size of the equipment made the project unique.  Most of the central elements were brought in by barge. AEP established a rule for the design that it must always be under the control of a human operator.  Hard copies of operating manuals are always nearby. They have computer aids and instruments but the actual decision making is done by a human operator.  The plant had several safety system upgrades after the Fukushima tidal wave event.
Challenges Building the Cook Nuclear Plant 2018-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 28, 2018
 
From left, Gershon, Tamia, Dyesha and Daniel, representatives from Benton Harbor High School's FIRST Robotics team #1940, won an award for Most Creative design and were also cited for the simplicity of their design.  The team didn't have enough practice to do well at the St. Joe district competition but learned from the experience to excel at Gull Lake, placing in the top group and advancing to the quarterfinals. Dyesha was the team leader and she felt learning to trust team members was her most important leadership insight.  As Joe Taylor said, this truly is a "sport for the mind".
Benton Harbor Robotics Team is Proud of Success 2018-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 24, 2018
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President Elect Joseph Taylor completed PETS and was certified by district 6360 as qualified for his term as president for 2018-2019.  Cindy Kinney, president-nominee, also completed the training.
Joseph Taylor Certified for 2018-2019 Presidential Term 2018-03-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 21, 2018
Sister Paulita and Martha Thieneman from the Readiness Center made a return visit to Rotary. Martha provided an overview in preparation for sister Paulita's final year in 2018-2019. Our Foundation has provided three grants to aid the efforts of the Readiness Center.  For thirty-five years Sister Paulita has been preparing youth for school.  Along the way she expanded her efforts to include parents and teens, working to produce successful citizens through education.  She puts in a little fun and work to make sure the education is well rounded.  She serves about one-hundred families.  All her services are free; the teens must volunteer to mentor or do housekeeping to earn their place in City Kids afternoon program. Many of her charges are with the center through out their entire school years. How well do her students do?  They do great! with 97% graduating high school. Learn more, donate or volunteer by clicking here.  St. John's Catholic Church allows the use of the Readiness center rent and utilities free.
Preparing for School at the Readiness Center 2018-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 14, 2018
Bill Wolf, Berrien County administrator, experienced his first emergency in his 13 years on the job. Recent flooding put 300 people out of their homes and activated the county's emergency response network.  Shown below is the emergency operations center. The center, located at 2100 Empire, has a permanent staff but becomes home for county and state resources, such as: public safety, health, logistics and other inter-agency personnel.
 
The flooding did $3 million worth of damage to roads, and drains.  There was another $5 in damage to private property.
    In other news, Mr. Wolf said work is continuing at the jail and a new county Paw Paw River Park will begin this year.
Flooding Emergency a New Experience 2018-03-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 14, 2018
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Dyann Chenault, club secretary, has accepted the additional position of Assistant Governor Elect for our region.  In other news, the club board appointed Larry Jackson chairman of the New Generations Committee and member of the board of directors.  Larry will serve out the current term of Mike Scheffler.  Larry's first priority is recruiting candidates for the RYLA Camp this July. Congratulations to Dyann and Larry on their appointments.
Chenault and Jackson Appointed to New Offices 2018-03-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 12, 2018
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Bob Elliott and Jim Smith presented new books at Mildred Wells Academy.  Above, first graders show off their new books donated by Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary. The books belong to the student to take home.  Below Kindergartners show Jim Smith the book they selected.  Books will be delivered to all pre-K, K and 1st graders in all Benton Harbor Area Schools and all charters in the next few weeks.
 
Books for Kids Begins 2018-03-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 28, 2018
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Larry Adams, past-president of Charlotte Rotary, and assistant governor, related how his club started a satellite club after Rotary International provided for them in the latest changes to club constitutions.  It was a three year journey for this "old, white, male". They needed eight members to start the satellite; four came from the sponsoring club, four others were recruited. Selecting an evening time slot (5:30-6:30 pm) and meeting at a pub, with meal and drinks optional, made the club attractive to younger professionals.  The club has 17 members now.  Fundraising is limited to funding small projects. Dues are $160. Check out the FAQ on Satellites Clubs at RI, click here.
Satellite Club is Thriving 2018-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 21, 2018
Elena, on left, and Anna from the Lake Michigan Catholic Interact Club were at our meeting to announce the 4th Annual College Game Night.  The March 18th event coincides with the early rounds of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Drop in the Watermark Brewing Company in Stevensville any time from 1-5 pm for TV, games and beverages. Tickets are $15.  The brewery will also donate $1 for each pint sold during the event.  The proceeds will go to this year's mission trip to the Dominican Republic in June. The brewery is at 5781 St. Joseph Ave in the Village of Stevensville, just south of John Beers road (how appropriate!).
 
Get Your Game On 2018-02-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 21, 2018
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Joe Taylor, president elect and Cindy Kinney, president nominee, just completed pre-PETS training.  Joe presented three ideas that might foster more participation:
  1. Create a satellite club
  2. Promote Ted Talks for content and possibly as make-ups (TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks; 18 minutes or less. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages)
  3. Live stream our meetings.  Post in our You Tube channel (yes, we do have our own You Tube channel).
These ideas will need further discussion and changes to our bylaws.  Stay Tuned!
 
Joe finished by showing Michael Pritchard's amazing Life Saver Bottle, which turns even the dirties water into pure drinking water.  See it at the link below.
https://www.ted.com/talks/michael_pritchard_invents_a_water_filter
 
There are 102 Ted Talks on Clean Water!
Fresh Ideas from PETS 2018-02-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 07, 2018
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Jim Maier, president of Lakeshore Rotary Club is pursuing Rotary International's goal of planting one tree for each member to improve the environment.  Jim is a long time golfer and decided to combine his love of golf with his desire to meet RI's goal.  He knew that Berrien Hills golf course lost 150 trees to Elm Borer disease and made that the place to plant Rotary's trees.  The course is happy to have the trees and will help plant the trees. After much research Jim found a supplier with small trees for only $4.50 each.  They even offered to deliver the trees to Rotary for free.  That made the project financially attractive and he went to work on the labor side. He recruited Lakeshore's high school golf coach to have team members help with the project.  The Interact club will also pitch in.  Jim is working to complete the project by Earth Day, April 22, 2018.  The Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotarians will participate on an individual basis.
Lakeshore Rotary Pursues RI Goal 2018-02-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 31, 2018
 
Jay Fettig, owner of the North Pier Brewing Company, shows off the results of the canning line installed last year. Jay said you can now find North Pier brews in most locations in southwest Michigan.  (He's still working to get into Meijer's.) He noted that his sister owns the North Shore Inn which will open with a new manager as soon as the renovation is complete.  Don't expect the burgers to change as long time cook John Howe will still be flipping burgers.
 
President Brian Saxton is shown on right below presenting a check to Jim Paul of Slumberland Furniture.  The check is the proceeds of the 2017 Great Bed Race and will be used to provide beds to the needy in the community.
 
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Next up was Megan from Upton Middle School Interact Club.
 
 
Megan was on hand to receive a donation to their club.  The club is raising matching funds for a grant to place additional playground equipment at Countryside's Youth Campus.
 
The evening concluded with a trivia contest.  Mike Kinney had 15 tough questions for the crowd.  The winning table is shows off their trophy below, clockwise are Kyra and Dan Utroske, Bob Elliott and Pam Pappas.  The winners also went home with beer and chocolates.
 
 
Special thanks to Mike and Cindy Kinney for a great 5th Wednesday experience.
I'll Drink to That 2018-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 24, 2018
Our own Bob Gifford told the story of electricity starting from Benjamin Franklin.  Below are a few of the inventions Bob highlighted for us. (The list if from the historical archive web site - I couldn't  take notes fast enough to keep up with Bob)
 

1752 By tying a key onto a kite string during a storm, Ben Franklin, proved that static electricity and lightning were the same.

1800 First electric battery invented by Alessandro Volta.

1808 Arc lamp invented by Humphry Davy.

1820 Separate experiments by Hans Christian Oersted, A.M. Ampere, and D.F.G. Arago confirmed the relationship between electricity and magnetism.

1821 The first electric motor was invented by Michael Faraday. (Bob didn't mention this but it very important)

1835 Joseph Henry invented the electrical relay, used to send electrical currents long distances.

1837 Thomas Davenport invented the electric motor, an invention that is used in most electrical appliances today.

1876 Charles Brush invented the “open coil” dynamo (or generator) that could produce a study current of electricity.

1879 After many experiments, Thomas Edison invented an incandescent light bulb that could be used for about 40 hours without burning out. By 1880 his bulbs could be used for 1200 hours.

1881 The electric streetcar was invented by E.W. v. Siemens

1882 Edward Johnson first put electric lights on a Christmas tree. (This wasn't in Bob's presentation but I couldn't leave it out.)

1883 Nikola Tesla invented the “Tesla coil”, a transformer that changes electricity from low voltage to high voltage making it easier to transport over long distances.

1893 The Westinghouse Electric Company used an alternating current (AC) system to light the Chicago World’s Fair.

Bob spoke of how Edison and Westinghouse battled to established their preferred approach.  Edison wanted DC distribution and Westinghouse preferred AC.  The AC approach won because it could distribute power much further with greater efficiency.

Bob then brought the discussion closer to home.  He noted that by 1900 Berrien County had an extensive urban rail system to provide transportation.  Power was also available for public lights. 

Bob had to pause his presentation here but promised to return with more local history of electricity through out the area.

Let There Be Light 2018-01-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 24, 2018
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The directors of the Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary Foundation, appointed by the club last December, met for the first time in 2018.  The first order of business was the election of officers for calendar year 2018.  The officers are:
Lee Scherwitz, president
Dave Bly, vice-president
Ellen Russell, secretary
Bob Elliott, treasurer
The other directors are Mel Burton, Alice Ford and Mike Kinney.
The foundation begins the year with the following fund balances:
General Fund,  $4,555
Sailing Scholarship Fund:  $1,189
Endowment Fund:  $7,500
Thanksgiving Fund :  $8
Arnoldine School Fund:  $1,150
Interact Dominican Trip Fund:  $0
BH Alumni Athlete Scholarship Fund $0
Total of all funds:  $14.402
 
Club Foundation Elects Officers 2018-01-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 17, 2018
Our own Ellen Russell, with 14 years of Head Start experience, said a huge change had taken place this school year.  Resources were shifted from centers to home visitation.  This was specifically targeting the 0-3 years old children, with the belief that theses early years are very important to ultimate outcomes.  The program has a special reading curriculum, includes pre-school practice, helps with parents education and builds resiliency skills. See the short video below on this final element. Parents are also taught to advocate for their children.  Head Start requires a 25% local match to the Federal funds, so please consider donating or volunteering.
 
 
Early Head Start 2018-01-17 05:00:00Z 0
Becki Tomsheck, program manager, has 20 years experience in training.  In 2017 she decided to put that experience to work for Junior Achievement. JA trains in three areas: financial literacy, workplace readiness and entrepreneurship.  The model brings experienced business volunteers into classroom to go through JA's excellent educational materials. The  work is all supported by donations and includes many classroom volunteers.  140 classes are planned for the spring, starting in March.  Why not join in? Training will take place February 13 from 1-3 pm.  To enroll or ask about other volunteer opportunities write to becki.tomsheck@ja.org.
 
Junior Achievement Builds Future Business Leaders 2018-01-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 20, 2017
The club's board of directors appointed the following members to serve as directors of the Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary Foundation for the 2018 calendar year.
Dave Bly
Mel Burton
Bob Elliott
Alice Ford
Mike Kinney
Ellen Russell
Lee Scherwitz
These directors will elect their officers in January.
Board Appoints Foundation Directors 2017-12-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 20, 2017
Philip Freeman, superintendent of Lakeshore Public Schools, was at Rotary as a spokesperson for the Reading Now Network.  The network is the result of efforts at a regional level to improve results. Superintendents in the ISD cooperate to drive results. They determined that five key principles are necessary
  • Uncompromising focus on reading
  • Data used deeply
  • Shared leadership - Sustained commitment
  • Classroom management focused on learning
  • Collective responsibility for every child's success
Along the way they learned it's not about:
  • Class size
  • Condition of building
  • District size
  • Building size
  • Technology resources
  • Principal's resume
  • A Specific Program
  • A Special reading intervention
What children need is 90 minutes of reading every day. Current Initiatives include professional development, principal coaching, lab schools and classroom libraries. This last item adds 30 minutes of reading time to each day by eliminating trips to the media center.  Books on the buses also increasing reading.
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New Focus on Reading 2017-12-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 14, 2017
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The club's foundation - Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary Foundation - is pleased to announce the recipients of two Alumni Scholarship Awards.  The funds were made available by alumni donors who were inspired by the resurgence of the Tigers under Coach Uzelac. The scholarships go to Eusean Jennings and Willie Roberson. Mr. Jennings had the highest GPA and Mr. Roberson was team MVP.  Both winners are seniors from last season's football team and plan to on to college. They were recommended by coach Uzelac and Mr. Slivensky.  We appreciate the assistance of new athletic director Tray Crusciel in this process.
Foundation Awards Scholarships 2017-12-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 13, 2017
 
Momono Sakura is the club's Rotary Youth Exchange student from Higashiouni, Japan, a town the size of Kalamazoo, located about 2 hours southwest of Tokyo. Her first love in running.  She won a medal in the Rotary Pumpkin 5k shortly after her arrival and joined the track and cross-country team. Her family includes her father, a welder, her mother, city commissioner, and an older sister. She attends an online school in Japan and is in the 10th grade at St. Joseph High School. She used an innovative way to talk about Japanese culture: she conducted a survey, asking students at school to vote on several suggestions, such as rice, cherry blossom trees, sushi and many more.  On rice, she said it is part of each meal, breakfast, lunch and dinner. She noted that her last name means Cherry Blossom.  Sushi was the number one association students had with Japanese culture.
Momono Tells Her Story 2017-12-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 09, 2017
 
Dan Utroske and Rhonda Pallas are shown at Wal-Mart in Benton Harbor.  Rotarians were at both doors all day.  People were generous and filled the kettles.  Thanks to all the bell ringers and to Alan Bartlett for organizing the event.
Rotary Continues Bell Ringing Tradition 2017-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 06, 2017
Becki Tomsheck has spent twenty years training others, at Whirlpool and now at Junior Achievement.  JA offers classes in their three pillars of business education: financial literacy, workforce development and entrepreneurship. Becki will be training volunteers on February 13 for the 140 classes that are planned to start in March.  The training provides all the materials and tips for being successful in the classroom. She will also be doing special training for JA-in-a-Day at Steam Academy on February 16th.  Training will be based on the need of volunteers for that day.  If you would like more information or sign up for the training write to becki,tomsheck@ja.org.  Becki also encourages everyone to participate Achieve-A-Bowl in the spring.
Junior Achievement is Looking for Volunteers 2017-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 29, 2017
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Darrin Drollinger, Executive Director, was our host at the International Headquarters of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, whose logo appears above.  The ASABE is an educational and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. Founded in 1907 and headquartered in St. Joseph, Michigan, ASABE comprises members in more than 100 countries. They publish three peer-reviewed journals and a bi-monthly member magazine.  The conference room had several models of farm equipment on display, this being the principle area of activity of most of the members.Thanks to Dolores Landeck, Director of Public Affairs, for arranging our visit.
 
    On to the Christmas party; with a buffet dinner provided by Lee Sherwitz and Patrice Grant with many elfs helping too. The evening finished with Christmas carols.  See part of the gang below.
 
The club took the opportunity of the meeting to collect donations for the Wonderland Toy Store. The night's haul is shown below.
Rotary Celbrates Christmas at ASABE Headquarters 2017-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 22, 2017
 
Julie Webb is shown at the end of a table full of Thanksgiving Day fixings. The club assembled 16 baskets for needy families. Members brought items and then filled baskets in an assembly line fashion.  One trip down the table, with one of this and two of that until the basket was full.  Thanks to all the members, to Bob Gifford for organizing, to Monte Packaging for donating the baskets and for Kyra Utroske for the cards and table runners.
Thanksgiving Assembly Line 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 15, 2017
 
Rotarians were out in the community providing dictionaries to every third grader in the Benton Harbor Area Schools and all the area charter schools. Each dictionary has a place for the student's name and is presented by a Rotarian.  This year the dictionaries also have Rotary's Four Way Test printed on a label.  Thanks to Jim Smith and Sharyn Kaatz for organizing this project.
Dictionaries for All 3rd Graders 2017-11-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 15, 2017
State representative Kim LaSata made her first visit to Sunrise Rotary. She attended Lake Michigan Catholic High School and returned many years to teach fifth grade.  Ten years later she made her first run for elected office.  Now she is chair of the higher education committee with responsibility for 15 campuses.  She also serves on the agriculture and health committees.  Her first legislation addressed homeowners falsely claiming homestead exemptions, assessing back taxes and fines. Her ed committee uses performance metrics to allocate up to 50% of the college annual budgets. She expects to review and revise these metrics during this term. Discussions are also focused on municipal pensions, gun control and free speech on campus.  Some of these topics will result in future legislation.
Representative LaSata Focused on Higher Education 2017-11-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 01, 2017
Dr. Terry McIlvaine says that frequently asking that question may indicate a loss of hearing.  Hearing loss is the third most prevalent health condition with links to diabetes, depression and dementia.  The gradual decline is often not noticed but the loss never gets better.  One Rotarian volunteered that he was checked last year and found he needed help with his hearing.  A baseline evaluation is recommended even if you don't think you have issues.
       Terry also had exciting news.  Professional Hearing has a commitment from the Starky Foundation to offer free hearing aids to those in need.  Plans are being made for the one-day event to held in May of 2018.  Rotary  members are asked to identify possible recipients for early screening and qualification.  Details are still being finalized so check their website early next year for event date and qualification procedures at www.prohear.net
What Did You Say? 2017-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 25, 2017
Kevin Edlefson, a member of the Providence World Ministry, is part of a project called La Providencia in Honduras.  Orphans are removed from traditional institutions and joined to existing families in a new community structure.  The families are recruited to be long term residents which provides two important things to orphans: a two parent household and stability. Four houses have been built along with a school and a clinic.  Families grow coffee, bananas and tilapia for food and sale.  The village is adding housing for widows to provide the "aunts" and "grandparents" for the orphans.  Rotary International has provided a $250,000 global matching grant to provide school supplies and housing needs.  Every $1 donated will be matched by $3.50 from Rotary. Click here to learn more or donate.  For more information contact the Sacramento Rotary at claytonlee7@gmail.com  .
A New Model for Orphans 2017-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 18, 2017
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Our own Kyra Utroske, an artist with a studio at 210 Water Street, explained the Benton Harbor Art Hop. The hop is organized by New Territory Arts Association. Every four months, the businesses in the Benton Harbor Arts District choose a Friday to host an Art Hop. It’s a family-friendly evening filled with an entertaining mix of art, music, dance, theater, culinary arts and more. Come check out the multiple venues along the walkable Arts District streets. Be sure to meet Mert Unger, the new Artist-in-Residence at the Glassworks.  Meet your neighbors, talk with business owners and see impressive art. These popular events truly connect people with NTAA’s belief that “Art Builds Community.”  No admission charge, 6-9 pm.
 
The next two events are October 20 and December 8, 2017
Art Hop Building Community Oct 20 & Dec 8, 2017 2017-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 11, 2017
Marian Prince, PhD, has made four trips to Nepal to improve math education. Now she is collaborating with Choice Humanitarian to provide 50 advanced TI graphing calculators to teach difficult topics, one each for 50 middle and high school teachers in the village of Lamjung. These tools allow the teachers to go beyond plugging values into formulas. Her goal is $7,000 for the next trip.  To learn more or donate to the Nepal Calculator Project click here. Marian was advised to contact a Rotary club in Nepal and to pursue an RI grant.
 
Marian also works locally. Through her position at Andrews University she has developed Math in a Box, a mixture of math games to improve math skills.  The Box is available for temporary use reserving a box at Andrews; click here. The box is delivered to any school in Berrien County.
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Calculating a Future in Nepal 2017-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 11, 2017
Rhonda Pallas is the Center Director for Tri County Head Start on McCord in Benton Harbor.  Ellen Russell is her sponsor.  Rhonda lives in Stevensville.  She has been active with the Road to Life food pantry and Right to Life. Welcome Rhonda!
Rhonda Pallas Joins Rotary 2017-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 10, 2017
 
First graders at Countryside Early Learning Center received iPads from Rotary and Toys for the Needy. Eleven students and parents signed up and were on hand to receive their iPads. The devices have apps and links to promote increased reading and math skills. The program was made possible by grants from Rotary District 6360 and Getman Corporation, Bangor, MI. Photo by Don Campbell, Herald Palladium Staff .
New Hi Tech Reading Program Begins 2017-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 04, 2017
 
This selfie shows, from left, Mike Scheffler, Larry Culby and Lee Scherwitz below the rail they installed at the MLK playground. The rail had to be removed and welded before it could be put back into service.  Well done to the A-Team!
MLK Playground Work Completed 2017-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 27, 2017
Julia Gourley, Executive Director of Krasl Art Center, on left, and Tami Miller, Curator of Art & Education, were welcomed by president Brian Saxton. The speakers were on hand to introduce their latest public art initiative.  Every five years the center takes on a major project.  This time involves re-configuring the plaza area to incorporate an arch designed by Richard Hunt.  See photo below for a model of the arch with the artist. The final piece will be 20 feet tall and encourage visitors to linger, take photos and stage events. The total project cost is $1.7 million.  Ground breaking is planned for April 2018.  Donations are now being accepted to match a $50,000 challenge grant.  Click here to donate. 
 
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Krasl Plans to Increase Community Connection 2017-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 27, 2017
 
President Brian Saxton, on right in each group, presents Paul Harris Fellow awards to, from left, Bob McFeeter, Carol Bly and Larry Culby. These awards were part of Jim Smith's dollar-for-dollar matching challenge.
More Paul Harris Fellows 2017-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 22, 2017
 
The team from Jimmy Johns won the 2017 Great Bed Race.  They overcame an early loss to defeat Lakeland ER twice for the win. The race had new teams from Leco and United Federal Credit Union and Lakeland ER. Returning teams were: Abonmarche, Elks, Home Depot, Lakeland Homecare, Lakeland Building Services, Starks, FOP and Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary.  Leco won the fundraising award and a first round bye.
Jimmy Johns Wins Bed Race 2017-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 20, 2017
 
Elizabeth McCree, Esq. returned to Benton Harbor after Spelman College, law school and legal practice in Georgia. In 2013 she was a prosecutor in the family courts and saw how it takes four systems - school, welfare, mental health and justice - working together to put young people on the path to success.  She recently open a practice in Benton Harbor and recognized a need for more lawyers to replace the retiring generation.  This eventually lead to her plans to conduct a summer camp in 2018. The camp would be open to all Berrien County residents grades 9 to 12, plus those graduated in last two years. The camp will be intensive, with three weeks of activities including two field trips.  She is drawing in state and local resources to put on the camp.  Scholarships will be available. Contact her at attorneymccree@outloook.com if you would like to help her with this important endeavor.
McCree Prepares New Legal Camp 2017-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
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Turn out was Great.  myTeamTriumph had a Great event.  Bob Gifford's audio-visual extravaganza was Great. Jon Wallace our emcee was Great.  Everyone had a Great time.  Check out the photos here. Thanks to all Rotarians, volunteers, and sponsors that made the event possible.  Results are posted here.
It was a Great Day for Pumpkin Run - Updated 2017-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
 
Jim Smith's efforts to promote Paul Harris Fellows added two more awards.  Shown above Felicia Smith and Mike Scheffler receive their first awards from president Brian Saxton,  These latest awards add to the awards presented during our visit to Morton House Museum; to  Dyann Chenault, her first, and repeat winners, Alice Ford, Pam Pappas and Bob Elliott. Felecia's award was a surprise gift from her tablemates.
Latest Paul Harris Fellows 2017-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 30, 2017
 
The club moved its regular breakfast meeting to enjoy an evening at the Morton House Museum.  President Brian Saxton was starting a new tradition to do something different on the four months each year that have five Wednesdays. The visit included a meal organized by Patrice Grant with Lee Scherwitz at the grill and members providing sides and dessert. A docent of the museum provided some history of the Morton Shipping company and the toys they also manufactured.  A tour of the home concluded the visit.
 
Club Meets at Morton House 2017-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 23, 2017
Quincy and Desirae are shown at Rotary Youth Leadership Academy Camp. The relaxed pose is surprising since the camp puts everyone in learning situations. Thanks to Mike Scheffler, new generations chairman, for getting our students to RYLA Camp.
Leadership Camp Was Awesome 2017-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 23, 2017
 
Rotarians and friends completed most of the repairs to make the MLK playground ready for students.  Several pieces were removed and replaced.  Lee Scherwitz took the track ride - a 12 foot section - for repair that was beyond hand tools.  See more images in the MLK Playground photo album, click here.
MLK Playground Nearly Ready 2017-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 23, 2017
Momono, center, is between Aicha, who spent a last year in Japan, and Lee Scherwitz, district and club Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) Chairman. Momono just arrived from Japan but she had already met many  members during the Rotary sailing adventure.  Welcome, Momono!  Best wishes for a wonderful RYE year in America and Southwest Michigan.
 
Introducing Momono from Japan 2017-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 09, 2017
Graham Bryan is shown receiving his club banner from president Brian Saxton during his induction into Rotary.  This banner is the last of its kind as the club will design a new banner that conforms to the new Rotary design guidelines. Graham is from the UK and works at Chase as a private client banker. He is married to Meghan and admitted to having a unique family situation: one in college and one in diapers. Jim Smith is Graham's sponsor.  Welcome Graham.
Graham Bryan Joins Rotary 2017-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 09, 2017
Our own club's Jim Smith was our presenter this week.  Jim's passion is The Rotary Foundation.  Under Rotary president Arch Klumph the foundation was started in 1917. But the start was slow, awarding its first $500 grant in 1930. After the 1947 death of founder Paul Harris, however, memorial donations eclipsed $1 million dollars. The idea of the Paul Harris Fellowship continues this tradition of memorial donations for "doing good in the world."  Jim offered to use his points to match donations dollar-for-dollar to help all club members reach their first or next Paul Harris level of $1,000. Many checks were written that day.  Way to go Jim!
Jim Smith on a Quest for More Paul Harris Fellows 2017-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 02, 2017
Aicha Camara's Japanese still flows freely after a week at home from her Rotary Youth Exchange year in Yokohama, Japan. Today's presentation was more about the personal elements of her experience. When she agreed to the program she had two goals: become a confident public speaker and overcome her fear of roller coasters.  She started right speaking at the meeting of outbound students last July and during her time in Japan she made monthly presentation at her host district meetings, in Japanese. She clearly exceeded that goal.  The roller coast took more time but she road a few world class coaster during her last month in Japan. Aicha plans to work for a year and then pursue a college degree in International Studies, with a minor in Japanese.  Shown below she hugs a school friend and presents a flags from her hosts.
 
Aicha Overcame Her Fears 2017-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 20, 2017
 
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.
Highway Clean Up Crew Celebrates 2017-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 19, 2017
Rev. Dr. Oscar Varnadoe 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 Varnadoe III.
Welcome to Rev. Dr. Varnadoe III 2017-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 19, 2017
 
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.
Michael Mason Join Rotary 2017-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 12, 2017
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.
 
     
Hail and Farewell - Aicha and Jazz 2017-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 11, 2017
 
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.
TLC for Rotary Park 2017-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 05, 2017
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.
Advocate Fights Sickle Cell Disease 2017-07-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 28, 2017
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.
Miss SwMi Teen 2017 Dedicated to Reducing Childhood Cancer 2017-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 20, 2017
 
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
New Officers Installed for 2017-2018 2017-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Larry Culby on MSU Extension 2017-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Club Supports Polio Eradication 2017-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 07, 2017

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.

 
The Lakeland Healthcare Hospital Gets Makeover 2017-06-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 07, 2017
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.
Shaneil Will Pursue Nursing Career 2017-06-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 31, 2017
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.
Jasmina's Year in Southwest Michigan 2017-05-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 31, 2017
 
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.
Thank You Rotary of Japan 2017-05-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 24, 2017
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.
Rotary Plans a Bigger and Better 5k 2017-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 24, 2017
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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."
Brian Saxton Designated Rotary Hero 2017-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 24, 2017
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.
De'Andre - A Future Pharmacist 2017-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 17, 2017
 
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.
Harbor Village Sales Will Begin in June 2017 2017-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 11, 2017
 
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.
Books a Hit at Countryside Academy 2017-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 10, 2017
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.
Updated - Toys for the Needy - A Surprising Double Entendre 2017-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 10, 2017
 
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.
Cameron Furney Joins Rotary 2017-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 03, 2017
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.
Children's Garden Still Growing 2017-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 29, 2017
 
 
From left, Ellen Russell, Dave Bly and Eddie Marshall are just a few of the Rotarians that turned out for the annual park clean up at Pete Mitchell, City Center Park in downtown Benton Harbor.  Mike Kinney organized the work and delivered several truck loads of mulch.  Bryan Tutton was on his tractor tilling the flower beds and delivering mulch throughout the park. Well done everyone.
City Center Park Made Ready for Season 2017-04-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 27, 2017
 
Junior Achievement is an important Rotary partner in serving the community.  Rotarians formed two teams and raised funds at the annual JA bowling fund raiser. I heard the bowling was fun, just don't ask about the scores.  Pictured above in Star Wars regalia, from left, are Cindy Kinney, Dan Utroske, Alice Ford, Mike Kinney, Pam Pappas, Bob Gifford, Kyra Utroske, Dave Bly, Lyn Sperry and Mike Scheffler..
Rotarians Bowl for Junior Achievement 2017-04-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 26, 2017
Members of the Benton Harbor High School robotics team, from left, Lauren, Dyesha and Kenny, were very proud of their accomplishments in this year's robotics competition. The team takes a standard kit of parts, designs the robot for the tasks, and programs the robot to respond to a driver's commands. The robots compete as alliances of three teams.  The highest scoring teams are allowed to select two other teams for the next round of competition.  The Tiger's robot was fast and excelled in the climbing portion, leading to selection for regional and state competition. Shannon Hana, not shown, is the coach of the team.  He was on hand to introduce the team to Rotary. The three students were 50% of their six person team. It's amazing that such a small team was able to accomplish so much. Each student expressed their joy of learning and accomplishment provided by this year's competition.
Tiger's Robotics Team Made History 2017-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 26, 2017
Rayonte' visited Rotary to thank the club for our mentoring program.  He used it to explore a career as an architect.  Mike Scheffler arranged for Rayonte' to interview an architect at Pearson Construction.  The interview confirmed his interest in this career.
Rayonte' Looks to Future as Architect 2017-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 19, 2017
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The club gathered at the new Timothy's restaurant in Union Pier to celebrate the twenty-sixth anniversary of our charter. The food and fellowship was simply terrific. We used the occasion to make Craig Carlson an Honorary Member.
Club Celebrates 26th Charter Anniversary 2017-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 19, 2017
 
President Patrice Grant enjoys Craig Carlson's remarks after he was notified that he was enrolled as an Honorary Member of Benton Harbor Sunrise. Craig manages the Elks Lodge during our meetings and is the founder of the Ray Carlson Memorial, dedicated to special needs children. His life is an example of Service Above Self. Welcome Craig.
Craig Carlson Become Honorary Rotarian 2017-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 17, 2017
Chachi, our former Rotary Youth Exchange student from Lima, Peru, completed his associates degree in a manner we have come to expect from him. He was recognized at the Honors Convocation as a Cum Laude graduate.  He also had the honor of having the longest name on the list of honorees, Juan Linares Orihuela.
Chachi Graduates with Honors 2017-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 12, 2017
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Brian Saxton, president elect, stepped to the podium for an update on the Boys and Girls Club. Everything that the Boys and Girls Club does is data driven, purposeful and intentional.  The children and teens took a survey last week, and their “Club Experience Factor” has risen from 66% in 2014 to 78% in 2016.  The goal is to see this raise on the new survey.
The Club Experience is based on four principals:
  ·  Safe First:  Several improvements include adding more cameras, using Deputy Williams, and earning a $125,000 safety grant
  ·  Having Fun
  ·  Having good adult relationships: which include new staffing and foster grandparents
  ·  Recognize accomplishments which include Club Kid of the Year, Graduations, Admission to College or other successes like Americorp.
Fifty kids were in the summer reading intervention program last summer and ½ of them went up 4 levels
     Besides academic success, the Boys and Girls Club also works with improving character. The club recognizes that the students are dealing with grief and trauma.  They are participating in a Pilot Program called “Be There” which teaches the skills children need to deal with their problems.  The club also is partnering with the local schools to provide wrap around service.  Since this all started, the suspension rates are going down, the grades are going up, and sibling relationships are improving. 
     Last summer there was a 10 week summer reading program in which 528 kids participated.  On average, the students improved ½ grade in 10 weeks.
The teen center includes five retired teachers.  There are 35 kids working on college entry next year. 
     The clubs are also working on healthy lifestyles, and they are including healthy eating with this.  There is a $200,000 grant for food.  Also, the football team comes to the teen center after practice for a hot dinner. There are 15-20 foster grandparents working with the children and teaching leadership and responsibility. There are lock ins at the teen center for basketball, food and fun.  There are 12 mentors who organize this.  Tonight there will be 200 kids at the lock in.
   The club is also working with the teens to help them find employment.  They are teaching soft skills about how to look for a job and how to keep a job.  Junior Achievement works with the kids and there are trips to businesses.  60 kids are now employed, and employers are looking at the club to find new employees. 
   The local club is above the national average in economic benefits:  For every $1 invested in Boys and Girls Club in Benton Harbor, the region gets an economic benefit of $12.64.  Thanks to Dyann Chenault for these notes.
 
 
Boys & Girls Club Update 2017-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 12, 2017
The image shown is from a thank you card from a third grader at MLK in Benton Harbor.  Several members from the Rotary were at MLK this Monday delivering dictionaries to all the third graders. After careful consideration of all the relevant factors, like gender, clothes and facial hair, we decided that the mystery figure was Eddie Marshall.  Don Mitchell, whose daughter teaches one of the 3rd grades, confirmed that the student was drawing Eddie.
 
Who is the Mystery Person? 2017-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 29, 2017
Shown on the left is Zera (TM) Food Recycler.  Scott Sichmeller, Sr. Engineering Manager, for Whirlpool's innovation center, said Zera is the latest product which carries the WLABS brand.  This product turns kitchen scraps into fertilizer in a single cycle.  The product was introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2017.  Food scraps make up 20% of the waste that goes into land fills and releases methane into the atmosphere. This product would be especially attractive on both coasts as they have strict limits on activities that increase green house gases. Of course the product connects to the internet for updates and service issues, but it isn't needed for operation. Initial sales on the Indiegogo web ite have been promising.  Retail price is targeted at $1,199.
WLabs Explores Indoor Composter 2017-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 22, 2017
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Brian Saxton and Mike Scheffler attended PETS last weekend.  Thanks for stepping up.  Now the club has a qualified president-elect to take over leadership of the club next year. Expect a survey soon about using the flexibility in the new RI Constitution.
 
Sarah Stocker announced that she will be using the Red Wagon books to create a library at the Dream Academy. She will need help as this project moves ahead.
Club News 2017-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 22, 2017
Dr. Shelly Walker, superintendent of Benton Harbor Area Schools, returned to Rotary to provide an update. Hull International, STEAM and the Dream academy are schools in the lower 5% and under careful watch by the state.  The next step is a "partnership agreement" with state officials.  Dr. Walker feels prepared for the discussion.  She has been working on seven interventions and keeping track with a scorecard on three dimensions: achievement, behavior and leadership. The school-within-a-school separates out behavior issues for special intervention while allowing other students to progress.  RESA specialist are helping staff with professional development.  She had two requests for Rotary: volunteer for one-to-one mentoring and help with playgrounds and fencing. To volunteer send an email to cleather.nichols@bhas.org.
Benton Harbor School Update 2017-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 15, 2017
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Our own Dave Krieger, past president, went through the new RI Club Constitution. The main difference is the option to vary meeting and attendance to meet the needs of the club and its members.  The club will have an opportunity to adopt the constitution at a future meeting.  Then the hard work begins: deciding how to use the flexibility to make our club better.  Thank you Dave.
New RI Constituition Review 2017-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 08, 2017
Dyann Chenault exhanges flags with Matt Cooper of the Paw Paw Rotary Club.  Matt, an attorney in Paw Paw, learned that protecting service members has been a long tradition, starting with George Washington, followed by Abraham Lincoln and enshrined in US laws.  Matt found that the tradition didn't mean much when he tried to help a national guardsman whose home was foreclosed on while he was serving in Iraq.  His case was initially dismissed but he was able to appeal and finally presented his case to a jury. He won a large settlement for Mr. Hurley of Hartford.  That was not the end of the story. The publicity of the case generated more contacts from people the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act was failing to protect. The law was also amended to make it easier to defend the servicemembers rights. Matt formed a foundation to provide assistance in court and through education, publishing a new judges guide to the law.  He also wrote A Soldiers Home, a book to spread the word about the wrongs done to servicemembers while away serving their country. To learn more or make a donation visit the SCRA Foundation, a 501c(3) public charity, by clicking here..
Servicemembers Have Rights Too 2017-03-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 01, 2017
Chris Takacs, community outreach director for the Michigan Masonic Foundation, has been a mason for twenty-six years.  In 2008 he took on his role as director with state wide responsibility for programs such as Bikes for Books, Safe Schools, community grants and, his main topic today, Michigan Child ID. It only takes ten minutes for Chris to complete a detailed file for each child.  At the end of the process he can produce a CD or USB Drive for the parent or guardian for save keeping.  Having the information can save time if a child is missing.  First responders are prepared to read this data file. The data file adds photos, fingerprints, dental impression and voice recording to all the regular information such as name, date of birth, etc.  The service is provided free of charge. Chris has other Masons at lodges in St. Joseph, Lakeshore and Coloma available to speed up the processing.  He will set up at schools, businesses or churches to make Child ID profiles for the parents. Call Chris at 269.612.7424 to arrange for this free and valuable service.
Every Child Deserves To Be Safe 2017-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 17, 2017
 
Smiling faces greeted Rotarian at Hull International Academy in Benton Harbor. Kyra Utroske and Alan Bartlett distributed the books, photo by Alan..
More Books for Kids 2017-02-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 15, 2017
President-nominee Joseph Taylor walked us through the ten elements cited above. There is work to do but the club scores pretty well.
Are We a Vibrant Rotary Club? 2017-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 10, 2017
 
Five classrooms of students at Countryside's Millburg Campus received the first books for 2017. Catherine Ravitch and Bob Elliott distributed the books, Bob Kynast took many wonderful photos like this one.
Dictionaries are also being distributed to third graders in BHAS and area charter schools.
Books for Kids 2017 2017-02-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 01, 2017
The canoe full of cub scouts is proof of Greg Trezise's success in building up the cub scouts in Benton Harbor. The scouts get together at Lighthouse Ministries on Pipestone every Saturday from 12-1:30 pm for projects, learning and fun. The goal is to help the cubs become good people and good citizens. Most of the Rotary could recite the scout oath about doing one's duty and knew the twelve values in the scout law: trustworthy, loyal, etc. Greg has 17 cubs scouts this year, four will be graduating to the boy scout troop in Stevensville. Cub scouts go up to 5th grade, boy scouts to age 18 years. Watch for news of the pine car derby in March. Greg can always use extra hands, please volunteer.
 
After the meeting the club's foundation decided to provide a scholarship for one new cub scout.
Cub Scouts Thriving in Benton Harbor 2017-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 01, 2017
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The directors of this club's foundation elected the following officers for 2107 as follows:
Lee Scherwitz, president
Mike Kinney, vice-president
Alice Ford, secretary
Bob Elliott, treasurer
 
Also re- appointed as directors of the foundation are Whitney Hadanek, Don Mitchell and Dave Bly.
 
The board thanked Don Mitchell for his many years of service as our president.  We are please that Don will continue to be part of our board.
Foundation Elects Officers for 2017 2017-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 25, 2017
Dr. Eric Lester Md. is a retired oncologist. He suggested using an image of DNA's double helix to lead this report. He saw many theories for the causes of cancer during his career but believes the current approach is showing great success.  Cancer is a disease of the DNA, either by mutation or abnormal expression.  This understanding leads to treatment that starts with molecular analysis followed by targeted treatment. He predicts further progress since only 15% of the human genome has been fully understood.
Understanding Cancer Today 2017-01-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 25, 2017
Elllen Russel, on left, is shown receiving her club flag from president Patrice Grant.  Ms. Russell is executive director of Tri-County Head Start.  Brian Saxton is her sponsor.  Welcome to Rotary.
Ellen Russel Joins Rotary 2017-01-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 18, 2017
Tara Gillette, marketing specialist for the Area Agency on Aging, Inc., provided and update on this wonderful local resource.  The agency serves Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties form its offices at 2900 Lakeview Ave. in St Joseph. Their INFO-LINE, 800 654-2810, is open M-F, 8 am to 5 pm, helping connect callers to one of 75 agencies serving our community.  They're experts on Medicare coverage questions and disability assistance.  Of course they also have many programs, such as, Senior Net, teaching computer skills for a small fee, Transition Assistance, helping people return home, and MI Choice, providing services for low income individuals with disabilities.  To learn more or volunteer click here.
Local Agency at the Ready 2017-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 11, 2017
Ellen Russell, program services administrator, from Tri-County Head Start returned to update Rotary.  Head Start, located in the McCord School, serves 330 three and four year old children who meet family income guidelines.  Head Start also provides family support and works hard to build relationships.  Because the Head Start parents are often in crises and are working hard to provide shelter and food, they often don’t have time to read to their children.  As a result, these children usually have a vocabulary of 2500 to 3000 words, where children whose parents read to them have 7000 word vocabularies.  Only 48% of the children in Berrien County are ready to read.  The children love to be read to and talked with. Please consider volunteering to read to these students.
 
Read Aloud 15 Minutes needs volunteers to read in the classrooms. Their goal is to have someone in every classroom every day for 15 minutes.  They are asking you to come in when you can.  It can be sporadically or each week or each day.  It can be up to 15 minutes, or even longer.  You can bring a book or read one from the class library. The optimal time to come is from 9:00 to 10:45 or 1:55 to 3:45.  You can show up during these times whenever you have 15 minutes free.  Head Start is located in the McCord School, 465 McCord St., on the corner of Britain.  If you are further out, you can also go to the Spinks Corner Head Start on the corner of Park and Napier. If you have questions, call Ellen at 605-1606.
Help Early Readers at Head Start 2017-01-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 04, 2017
Rob Cleveland, president of Cornerstone Alliance, returned to Rotary to announce the strategic plan for 2017-2021.  The new goals are to recruit 10 new businesses, assist the expansion of 15 businesses, add $100 million in sales and help 50 new small business startups. There are plenty of building sites available but Rob thinks that success will require an available manufacturing building of approximately 75,000 square feet.  He cited statistics that 94% of companies went to sites with existing buildings.
Cornerstone Sets Aggressive Goals 2017-01-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 21, 2016
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At the annual meeting of the club on December 21, 2016 the following Rotarians were unanimously elected to offices for 2017-2018 club year as follows:
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
 
Thank you to all those who volunteered to serve Rotary and our community.
 
Club Elects Officers for 2017-2018 2016-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 21, 2016
Tara Harazinova has taken over the reins from Joanne Johnson at the disability network.  There are two offices serving 8 counties in southwest Michigan.  The main work is proving information and connected people with the correct agency.  Tara reminded us that 75% of disabilities are not visible, such as depression or autism.  Cindy Camp was also on hand to talk about Ramp Up, a program to find volunteers to help provide ramp for those in need.  To learn more, volunteer or donate, click here.
Disability Network Under New Leader 2016-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 14, 2016
Dr. Patricia Quattrin returned to Rotary with exciting news.  But before the news she recounted a few essential facts about the organization: a focus on middle school girls, educating the entire person, building confidence, strength of character and critical thinking.  The school is ungraded, providing individualize learning based on students needs. The academy accepts 4-6 graders and completes 8th grade. There is a very small charge to the parents.  The school is under the direction of a 501(c)3 organization. The news is that the school will be moving to a new facility made possible by a donation from AEP. The donation was 15 modular buildings and $25,000 to reconfigure them.  There will be space for three classrooms, office, and kitchen. The new building will allow them to serve 45 students, up from the 15 enrolled now. Dr. Patricia estimates a need for $200,000 to complete the new facility.  They have a site at Pearl and Catalpa, just around the corner from their current location at St. John's.  To learn more, donate or volunteer, click here.
Girls Academy Prepares to Expand 2016-12-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 07, 2016
 
We gathered at 165 E. Main Street in Benton Harbor for an evening of fellowship and Christmas song.  Thanks to Jim Schueneman and Dyann Chenault for leading the music, along with Bob and Mary leading the twelve days of Christmas. A large pile of gifts fo the Wonderland Toy store were also collected. Well done Mike and Cindy Kinney for all the arrangements. Photos by Cindy.
Rotary Celebrates Early Christmas 2016-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 30, 2016
Dr. Shelly Walker, superintendent of Benton Harbor Area Schools, returned to Rotary to provide an update on the district. She reported that organizing the grades in five groups has worked well.  The K-2 dual language program is being well accepted and drawing in Spanish speakers.  Music and arts have been added to each group.  Dream Academy has been acquired and integrated in as an alternative school of choice.  Her priorities are simple: learning and safe and orderly schools.  For better results on learning she is focusing on the later, she is teaming with local partners, such as IUSB, Lakeland Regional Heath, Riverwood and others to reduce suspensions.  Each building will have an "intervention center" staffed with behavior specialists to help students overcome their behavior issues and return to the classroom. Extra funds for the centers is being supplied by a Safe and Secure grant.
Dr. Walker's Update on Benton Harbor Schools 2016-11-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 23, 2016
The club made up sixteen baskets for families in Benton Harbor.  This year we brought the baskets to the food - a much improved process. The baskets had liners from Patrice, table runners from Kyra and cooking instructions. Bob Gifford was master organization with everyone involved.  The baskets were completed by donations from members and community partners.
Yes, We Did Thanksgiving Baskets 2016-11-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 23, 2016
George McManus of Piggott's Farm in Benton Harbor has a sustainable approach for his 800 acres.  First he divides the acreage into three parts and then rotates the usage every year between vegetables, corn and soy beans (leased out) and cover crop.  The cover crop is fourteen varieties that retain moisture and enrich the soil. The vegetables are grown in plastic tunnels.  The tunnels include fertilizer and drip irrigation which uses only 10% of the water. The tunnel also prevents the fertilizer from being carried into the waterways. Clear plastic layered over wire frames retain heat and avoid frost damage. Rye or corn are planted between rows to provide shade and prevent wind from removing soil. George employs eighty field hands throughout the season.  George is a long time supporter of our Rotary and co-founder of Countryside Academy and president of their school board.
Sustainable Farming in the Spotlight 2016-11-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 16, 2016
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The  Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary Foundation has established an endowment fund to support its mission of promoting literacy, numeracy and personal development among the youth of Benton Harbor. The endowment fund was started by an initial donation from a member of Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary. Don Mitchell, president of the foundation, commented on the news, "We're excited by this donation. This new fund will expand our ability to provide funds and grants that advance the mission of the foundation."

The Endowment Fund joins the Benton Harbor Alumni Scholarship Fund and General Fund as tools to impact the youth of Benton Harbor.  The foundation is a 501c(3) public charity. Tax deductible donations may be sent to PO Box 1552, Benton Harbor, MI 49023, use the memo line to designate your choice of fund.
Club's Foundation Establishes Endowment Fund 2016-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 09, 2016
Brigitte Baskin, Boatswain's Mate third class (pronounced Bosunsmate) or BM3 for short, US Coast Guard, grew up in a small farm community in Florida.  She joined the service after trying college for a year.  Her first duty station was close to home in Panama City, Florida.  She set her sights on becoming a helmsman, selecting the BM rate.  She was transferred to St. Joseph station two years ago.  She survived her first experiences with snow and driving on winter roads. Activities at the station include search and rescue, about 50 per year, and law enforcement, about 500 safety inspections per year. She noted that they do not need probable cause to stop and inspect any vessel.  Flares, PFDs, running lights and fire extinguisher are common safety equipment boats must have. Training is a constant part of military life, so you can expect to see Brigitte and the rest of the station out on the lake in all conditions. She expects to make the Coast Guard her career.
Our Local Coast Guard 2016-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 07, 2016
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Thanks to Countryside Academy's Aerospace Team Program, Mr. Fred Frazee, science teacher was able to use a drone to capture the 2016 Great Bed Race.  The brief video below starts with the parade past the reviewing stand to be judged for the most creative design.  Then the racing begins.  Two teams race to the half-way point where the rider must complete a task then jump back on the bed for the race back to the finish.  You'll note the team in red shirts leading most of their heats.  That's the team from Wightman Associates; they're fast and have an excellent game person. They were the first place winner.  Thank you Fred, Countryside Academy, co-sponsor Slumberland Furniture and all the great organizations that competed.
 
There are more photos available here.
 
The video is available here: https://youtu.be/5yUS4qtbTd4
 
 
What's a Bed Race? 2016-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 07, 2016
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A belated thanks to the folks at Mid-west Family Broadcasting for their on-going support of the Great Bed Race.  This year they supplied two emcees and two judges.  The emcees were new to the community and new to the event, Brock Havens from the Rock 107 Morning Show and Matt Malone, the 97.5 Y-Country Morning Show.  Lindsay Kay, 97.5 Y-Country drive time, and Kristen Havens, executive assistant, were judges. We also appreciate Lorraine Day's support for Rotary.
Mid-west Family Broadcasting Supported Bed Race 2016-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 07, 2016
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Martin's Community Affairs coordinator Cathy Taylor organized a book drive to collect donations of books for our Books for Kids program.  Customers came through with many wonderful books.  Thank you  Cathy and Martin's.
Martin's Book Drive for Rotary 2016-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
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Marcus Winchester is the director of language and culture from the Pokagon Band on Potawatami. Before the Europeans came the Potawatami left the east coast near Maine and inhabited the southwest of Michigan, the north of Indiana and most of Illinois and into Wisconsin. Over time the nation split into three, the Pokagon, the Odawa or Ottowa, and the Ojibwa or Chippewas. These three tribes continue to operate as one nation. Marcus explained that duties are carried out along traditional lines with the Pokagons as fire keepers, Odawa as traders and Ojibwa keepers of tradition.  Marcus is of the Thunder clan which is responsible for planning (thunder relates to sky, relates to vision, relates to the future).  The experiences the early French and British were agreeable but the Europeans wanted land. The St. Joseph leader, Pokagon, decided to cooperate rather than move to a reservation.  They signed a treaty with the US Government that provided funds in exchange for land.  Eventually the head of the missionary embezzled a portion of the funds to start Notre Dame. To learn more about the Pokagons click here.
History Lesson on Pokagon Band 2016-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 26, 2016
Denise Arend's son Brandon committed suicide at 16 in 2014. He had been a wonderful son, athlete, student, and friend. But he had depression, a hidden medical condition, that led to his death. Denise tried to get help but Brandon declined the treatment, and at 16, she could not force him to accept the help. In her pain and grief she became involved with the Berrien County Suicide Prevention Coalition. She learned that suicide is the 10th leading cause, taking 42,000 deaths each year, with three times more men affected. Below are the signs and a link to the coalition's website with meeting schedule and much more.
 
For more information click here.
Be Aware of the Signs of Suicide 2016-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 19, 2016
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Juliet Cunningham, JA program director, started with a wonderful (and short) video that tells the JA story of teaching work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. JA has courses and content for every age group from elementary school through high school.  JA uses volunteers to deliver the content.  This allows current business people to use their own experiences to add flavor and interest to the programs.  JA and Rotary are working together to provide the elementary program at Countryside Academy. The video is also available at https://youtu.be/4L49IjKV6po
 
 
JA - Empowering Young People 2016-10-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 18, 2016
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When Paul Harris died he did not want any flowers.  In stead, he asked for donations to the Rotary Foundation. A total of $1.3 million was donated, building the foundation to an operational level.
 
The growth has continued.  This has allowed Rotary to expand the breadth and depth of its philanthropy.  For example the foundation made 915 grants for 2014-2015, with $123.4 million for polio eradication and $68.7 million for the other areas of focus.  See graphic below from The Rotarian, November 2016 edition.
 
Paul Harris' Final Gift to Rotary 2016-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Alan Bartlett has posted four photos albums from our recent events.  Check out these wonderful shots.
 
For pumpkin decorating click here.
 
For face painting click here.
 
For other pumpkin festival photos click here.
 
For Bed Race photos click here.
 
The albums are also on the lower right of our home page.
More Event Photos 2016-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 12, 2016
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Our club's Farai Rukunda refused several invitations to join his "dad" to join his on mission trip to his home village of Arnoldine in Zimbabwe Africa.  When he was offered free air fare he ran out of excuses. More than forty years ago the United Method Church built a church and clinic in his village.  Later a school was added.  But the village needed some help. The trip is covered in pictures from a presentation Farai made to the Stevensville Methodist Church in the video below. He is raising funds to build an addition to the school.  The video is also available at https://youtu.be/yizNTaGC6Nk
 

 
Farai Rukunda's Mission Trip 2016-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 28, 2016
Princella Tobias, founder and editor of the Benton Spirit Newspaper came to talk about the Benton Harbor History Class she teaches and the Benton Harbor History Calendar she has produced.  The 2016 Calendar was on each table for us to take.
 
Do you know the history of Benton Harbor?  Do you know the founders?  Do you know any of the famous people whose roots are in Benton Harbor? Princella has found that most of the young people know nothing about their roots here in Benton Harbor.  She created this class and calendar to educate, instill pride, showcase and inspire our young people.  She started the class at the Benton Harbor Public Library as a summer program.  She could see the transformation of the young people.  Three essays from her graduates were read.  These students were very excited that they learned good things about Benton Harbor and not just the negative things.  They also were excited that they were able to learn people skills and life skills and how to do public speaking.  They were given a purpose and hope for their future. 
 
The 2017 calendar will be even more important and will educate our children even further. You can learn more by contacting Princella through her newspaper, click here.
Inspiring the Young with History 2016-09-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 25, 2016
The Great Bed Race is won or lost during the games refereed by Whitney, Mike, Pam, Beth and Larry (not Farai, Sorry!). This was just one aspect of a great event, won again by Wightman Associates.  Lakeland and Home was most creative, Lakeland Building Service won best team spirit.  Wightman also lead in donations, with $1,200.
 
The Pumpkin Festival was busy with pumpkin decorating and carving, plant and bake sale, and over 500 pumpkins circulating the tank waiting for the final drawing.
 
Great work by all the Rotarians that did all the big and little things that made these events successful.  All the proceeds, net of expenses, will go for our programs to benefit the youth of Benton Harbor.
 
Stay tuned for an update that includes photos by Alan Bartlett.
Bed Race and Pumpkin Festival - Fun for All 2016-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 17, 2016
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Our new layout with a large tent near the starting line worked out well, especially for a couple of brief rain falls. Turn was down but we will still help fund our Books for Kids program with the proceeds.  Thanks to our hosts: Harbor Shores and Renaissance Athletic Club, all our runners, walkers, sponsors, prize and food donors, workers - both Rotarians and friends of Rotary.
2016 Pumpkin Run Smoothest Yet 2016-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 14, 2016
The Boys and Girls Club, with funds provided by a club grant, combined with the Renaissance Athletic Club, the Y, and the City of Benton Harbor, to provide basic swimming instruction.  In a report provided by Brian Saxton, the students reported impressive growth in comfort with the water and learning to swim.  We hope several of this new swimmers will become new sailors next summer.
Swim Program has Impressive Results 2016-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 14, 2016
Imani, a student at Dream Academy, enjoyed the experience of a weekend of RYLA camp.  The leadership exercises were fun and challenging. She even canoed for the first time.  Imani plans to attend the next RYLA camp in the spring.
RYLA Camp Report 2016-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 07, 2016
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Bob Kynast, the club's fundraising chairman, provided a preview of the Pumpkin Run on September 17.  Bob used the club's video review to remind members why we need to work on this event (see below).  All the details are at the event website, click here.
 
 
Bob Kynast Previews Pumpkin 5K and 10K 2016-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 07, 2016
Tyler Cook was inducted into membership of Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary by Dyann Chenault. Tyler is a third generation Rotarian, lives in Cassopolis with his wife and child, teaches school at River School in Sodus and will be the faculty advisor for their new Interact club. Janet Drews is Tyler's sponsor.
Tyler Cook Joins Rotary 2016-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 31, 2016
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Jasmina started her presentation with facts about Germany.  It has 16 states, a population of 82 million and uses the Euro for its currency. Schwerin is the capital of her state and the home of the Sherweriner Schlosse, a castle perched on an island.  See below.
 
 
Jasmina said the park/castle was one of her favorite places to go.  She attends a gymnasium (high school), which is for college preparation.  She plans to study international event planning.  She speaks French and English and plans to add Spanish.  Her family has hosted an exchange student from Argentina and her sister was an exchange student in France.  America was her dream destination.
 
Her goals for her exchange year is to have three different hosts, attend a big football game, go skiing and make friends at school and RYE events. Lee Scherwitz presented her a birthday card. She turns 16 on September 1, 2016.
Jasmina - RYE from Germany 2016-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 24, 2016
 
Patrice Grant, on left, club president, proudly displays the banner from Rotary Club of Parchim Germany.  Jasmina, our club's exchange student, displays our club banner.  Parchim is about 60 miles east of Hamburg.  We'll hear more from Jasmina in the future.
Club Exchanges Flags with Exchange Student 2016-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 24, 2016
The youngster pictured is riding a tricycle that he can "peddle" with his arms. He's a special need child and received the bike from the Ray Carlson Memorial. This is just one of the success stories told by Craig Carlson, founder and chairman, of the organization.  Craig started life with his feet on backwards.  His father and mother sacrificed so much to correct Craig's feet.  It took 7 years of surgery and therapy before he took his first step.  Along the way the Elks offered to help.  The Carlson's were too proud to accept the help but Mr. Carlson eventually became an Elk.  Craig was working at the Elks when his father died in 1991 and he decided to start the Ray Carlson Memorial to honor his father and the sacrifices he make for his special needs child.  Now the Memorial raises funds for special needs children in Berrien County, those with juvenile diabetes, arthritis, cancer, or hearing, speech or physical impairments.  The organization covers all its administrative costs so that 100% of funds raised or donated go to help special needs children, like the tricycle, a service dog, a special car seat.  Eight volunteers and 200 local sponsors power the organization. This year they will spend $42,000 helping children.
 
Plans are being finalized for a special needs park, filled with equipment such that every child will be find fun and enjoy an appropriate apparatus. The estimated cost is $210,000.  Stay tuned.  To learn more or make a donation click here.
Focusing on Special Needs Children 2016-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians have had a busy summer so far.  Pictured at left is the expanded chicken coop at Countryside, thanks to great teamwork by Rotary and Countryside.  Well done, everyone!  And on a rainy Saturday morning the Rotary's Centennial Park at Chicago and Linden was refreshed and repaired for the season.  Thanks to the AKA sorority for their ongoing clean up and care of the park.
Rotary Has Been Busy 2016-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 10, 2016
Shown, from left, Tanieka, Larkin, Lou, Addie, Alyssa, Annie and Grace, representatives of the four Interact clubs that participated in this year's trip to the Dominican Republic.  A total of thirty-five students went on the trip.  The initial impression was a joyous place, filled with music and signs of faith.  The people and the place were upbeat and colorful. Each student provided a water filter to a family in the village - setting it up and teaching how to use it.  Local Rotaractors helped with translation.  They also helped construct a latrine - a block and cement affair involving lots of work.  Finally they assisted in a mobile medical unit that provided services to locals. They had plenty of time to meet and play with children, passing out forty bags of clothes, shoes and toys. The kids were very happy. A day at the beach and life at the compound made the trip fun as well as satisfying for the work the team accomplished.  Many found new facebook friends when they got home.
Interact Trip a Success 2016-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 03, 2016
Aicha Camara is our club's first outbound Youth Exchange student. She expects to pursue a career in robotics and thought Japan would be an excellent country to explore her ideas. She was selected by a club in Yokohama. The city has 3.7 million residents and is only 30 minutes from Tokyo. She made several comments in Japanese during her presentation and will learn more on her arrival.  She will attend St. Joseph High School, an all girls private school. After her presentation Alice Ford, on behalf of our club's foundation, presented Aicha a grant to cover her obligations to the host district.  The grant consisted of contributions from individuals, the club and foundation challenge.  Her flight is August 8th. Bon Voyage Aicha.
 
You can keep up with the adventure by checking our her blog located here.

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Aicha is Ready for Japan 2016-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 27, 2016
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Bill Smith, district governor for 2016-2017, fully embraces Rotary's new president's theme: Rotary Serving Humanity. In the spirit of that theme the district is providing a self-teaching kit for Hands-Free CPR to each club. The governor also told his personal story of growth in Rotary.  It was all about responding to requests to join and to accept new positions of responsibility - so ASK people to join and to serve the community. He recommends attending the leadership institute and annual convention in Atlanta.  In the board meeting afterward he stressed new member orientation, citing Jackson-noon as an excellent example.
District Governor's Annual Message 2016-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 23, 2016
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Sunrise Rotary's Garage Sale to End Polio Now raised $1,800, which grows to $5,400 when the Gates Foundation 2-for-1 match is included.  That's enough to immunize 9,000 children! Thanks to Alice Ford for all her great work to plan, price, organize and sell for polio eradication.  Also thanks to all the Rotarians and friends who offered items for sale and worked in the heat to End Polio Now.
Garage Sale to End Polio Now 2016-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 20, 2016
Lynn Todman, chairman of the board opened the presentation with her person story of how her grandfather left a share cropping family at 13 to pursue an education.  He found success and instilled in Mrs' Todman's family the importance of education.  This inspired her to lend her support to this program. Alloyd Blackmon, executive director, continued the presentation. The Benton Harbor Promise launched in 2011 with a mission to help all students in the greater Benton Harbor area achieve a post-secondary education. The Benton Harbor Promise realizes that every student regardless of financial means should have the opportunity to earn post-secondary credentials. The program provides full tuition and mandatory fees at any accredited community college or Career Technical school in Michigan where the student is accepted. The program has enrolled a total of 600 students but struggled initially with poor attendance and grades. The program worked with Lake Michigan College to provide "wrap-around-services" that included tutoring and transportation.  Now the grades and graduation rates are at the national average, 70% are going on for four year degrees.  For more information or make a donation click here.
Benton Harbor Promise is Succeeding 2016-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 16, 2016
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New Rotary International president John Germ offers this wonderful pick-up line in the latest issue of The Rotarian magazine:
"I think you have the skills, the talent, and the character to make our community better, and I want you to join me in doing that."
The magazine also offers proof that Rotarians are happier and healthier because of their service.
Recruiting Idea from Rotary President 2016-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 10, 2016
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The Belgium flag will welcome home Victoria Majois from her Rotary Youth Exchange year ending in July.  Victoria had praise for her Lakeshore host family and Lakeshore High School where she was graduated this year. The highlights of her trip were: being part of the track team (sports are by village in Europe), Niagara Falls, spring break in Florida with her host family and a trip out west.  Her biggest take-away from RYE: you can be happy in more than one place.
Lakeshore Exchange Student's Farewell 2016-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 29, 2016
Yes, that's beer you see in the picture for this story.  Noel Dolan told Rotary how innovation takes place at Whirlpool.  She works in the "garage", a silicon valley like atmosphere with ping pong, foosball and collaboration happen among sixty professionals in a separate building. She used the Vessi Fermenter and Dispenser* as an example to describe the process. It starts with SPARK teams the generate product ideas and pitch them to management.  A successful idea can win a $20,000 prize for the winning team.  The garage then goes to work to create concept designs.  In the case of Vessi, the idea was put out on Indiegogo funding site to test initial market reaction. They sold 120 units in just a few weeks. Now they are working on the market and distribution channels.
 
*Vessi is an 8 gallon vat with temperate and pressure controls designed to make and dispense beer in a single unit about the size of a dishwasher. The dispenser shown in the photo is part of the unit.
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Innovation in the "Mothership" Whirlpool 2016-06-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 21, 2016
Dave Krieger is shown after receiving an award for outstanding leadership during his presidency.  Dyann Chenault presented the award in place of incoming president Patrice Grant who had broken her ankle - ouch!.  The other new officers for 2016-2017 are Joseph Taylor, president nominee and Dan Utroske, chair of the club administration committee.  Dave presented a review of the year and thanked all the fellow officers for making his year special and  successful.
Dave Krieger Honored at Installation Night 2016-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 15, 2016
 
From left are Bob Kynast and his new member Eddie Marshall, and Fern Hollingshead and her new member Debbie Goforth.  Eddie has lived in Benton Harbor for 40 years and served as a city commissioner for 12 years. His wife Rose was in attendance for the induction. Debbie has had a career in customer service and now works at 5th/3rd on Napier Ave.  She has two grown children with husband Dave.  Welcome to Rotary! Patrice Grant, president-elect performed the induction ceremony.
Eddie Marshall and Debbie Goforth Join Rotary 2016-06-15 04:00:00Z 0
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Our own Dyann Chenault has attended the Rotary Leadership Institute recently and talked about Vocational Service, one of Rotary's five areas of service.  When Rotary was founded the business climate was dog-eat-dog and cutthroat competition.  Paul Harris thought a cooperative effort of non-competing businesses was better approach. This lead to rotating meetings at each business;  hence the name Rotary. The early objects of Rotary included promotion of business interests of its members. The Four Way Test made ethics a top priority of Rotary.  Club activities in Vocational Service include things like Group Study Exchange, support of Junior Achievement, and career mentoring. But we seem to have lost the promotion of business of members.  Who better to do business with than a Rotarian?  Not for discounts but for ethic business partners.  Jim Schueneman suggested we add "I am ... I do..." to our meetings.
Vocational Service - We can do More 2016-06-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 11, 2016
The Benton Harbor Parks Conservancy placed a new sign at City Center Park.  The sign faces Main St. and shows Rotary as the adopting partner.
Conservancy Recognizes Rotary 2016-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 08, 2016
Stacey Davis, marketing representative for Mid-West Family Broadcasting, volunteered to play the piano for the club song. That put everyone in an excellent mode to hear her tell about Mid-West Family Broadcasting's unique position in their markets.  Mid-West  has no competition, radio or TV, that provide local content to the 283.100 residents in the tri-county area. They have eight people doing local news and feeding the free Town Crier Wire app.  And with six stations, all the listening habits covered. They also support the community with shows like the Brenda Layne Show and non-profit access to Moody in the Morning. Super Saver ads are just one way Stacey and Mid-West can put all these tools to work for local businesses.
Stacey Davis Hits all the Right Notes 2016-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
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Bill Schalk, communications manager, is happy to report that Cook Nuclear is still the lowest cost producer in the AEP portfolio. The low prices of natural gas is driving down prices but that is inspiring an industry-wide initiative to look at ways to reduce nuclear power costs. The plant is the middle of the license renewal which will extend operations to 2034 and 2037. Cook has a big impact on the community; employing 1,200 people with $100 million payroll, they also pay $36 million in property tax. The site has space for a third unit but demand is not growing enough to build a third plant.
Cook Plant Renewing to 2034, 2037 2016-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 25, 2016
The book, Tree Lady, was just one titles from the 700 books that went out from our Books for Kids program. It is a book of learning and inspiration, teaching persistence and community service. The books go to all pre-K, K, and 1st grade students in all the schools in the area.  The books are the students to take home, read and share with friends and family.  Thanks to District 6360 Foundation for a matching grant to help fund this program.  Also, thanks to Patrice Grant program chairperson for selecting and organizing the distribution, and all the Rotarians who helped with labels and delivery.
Books for Kids on their Way 2016-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 18, 2016
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Don Mitchell, president of the club's foundation, presented five grants to community partners to advance our goals for the youth of Benton Harbor.  The recipients were to: Katie Boyer, Benton Harbor Public Library, for a summer reading program; Emma Kinnard and Audrey Lester, Fresh Start Children's Garden, for garden tools and supplies; Hilary Furney, Countryside Academy, for iPads for her Coding Club; Jennifer Zimmerman, Junior Achievement, for Inspiring Sodus' Future; Kim Sarola, First Tee of Benton Harbor, for Character Development 2016.  In addition, the foundation provided ten scholarships for the Berrien County Sheriff's Kids Camp.
Foundation Presents Grants 2016-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 11, 2016
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Our own club's Lee Scherwitz overviewed this year's plans for Lest We Forget.  Landing craft rides at BH boat launch, battle re-enactments, Michigan Vietnam Wall cycle parade, helicopter rides, WW II camps and equipment, 7-7 chow hall, and more, are all part of this year's event, June 23 to 26. 

The airport will provide the camp ground for the troops.   Flyovers and parachute tributes are on the program again this year.

There are events for the whole family, such as, Leap Dogs Parachute Team, War Birds Aerial Display, 20th Century War Museum and rides in military aircraft ($).  Most events are FREE and open to the public.  Click here for times and places of events.
Lest we Forget 2016 will Illuminate the Past Bob Elliott 2016-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 04, 2016
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Wendy Mangelsdorf, senior case manager, provided an update on one of the programs funded in part by our club's foundation. The "littles" are all third grade students at Hull International in Benton Harbor; the "Bigs" are seniors at Lake Michigan Catholic.  This year twenty-two matches were made.  Weekly visits by the Bigs helped build solid relationships with their Littles.  This year's class of Bigs is planning to provide their littles with a shirt from the college the big plans to attend.  This will help build a long term relationship and remind the littles to make college a goal.  The shirts are a repeat of what happened last year.  It is likely to become a tradition of the program.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Update 2016-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 30, 2016
Mike Kinney lead a large group of Rotarians in the spring clean up of our adopted park - The Dwight P. Mitchell City Center Park. It took two truck loads to haul away all the weeds and leaves pulled and raked up from the park. Fresh mulch was placed through out the park.  The park looks ready for the Blossomtime parade.  The roundabouts on Main Street were also spruced up. Thanks to all the Rotarians who pitched in. A special thanks goes to Mike for his preparations and truck; and to Bryan Tutton who put his tractor hauling trash and mulch.
City Center Park Clean Up 2016-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 27, 2016
 
Countryside Academy Early Learning Center in Millburg was the site of this week's meeting. Above, left to right, are Sean Kellogg and Mark Gallagher, the staff members that lead the Chicken Coop project; and Sean with a student in the coop.  Sean reported that the project is a great success, providing learning experiences for all the students.  They help with the chores and harvest the eggs - eleven per day.
 
The meeting included an auction of a Golden Dozen to raise funds for the ongoing operation of the coop. The bidding was spirited, with bids from Rotary, Countryside's financial partners, George McManus and Millburg businesses. Shown below are the auctioneer and Sean with Skip Heavener, owner of the Millburg Trading Post, representing the businesses that won the auction with a bid of $1,400.
 
Chicken Coop Update & Auction 2016-04-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 23, 2016
Bob and Mary Kynast are shown at the District 6360 recognition dinner.  Bob was recognized as our club's Rotary Hero for 2016.  Bob was cited for promoting a new literacy effort for our club that became our "Books for Kids" program which provides new books to kindergarten and first grades in our community.  He also lead the club through a complete re-branding of our events to promote the Books for Kids program in our community. These are excellent examples of his commitment to our mission to support the youth of Benton Harbor. Additionally, Bob consistently steps up when the club needs leadership. He currently serves as a fundraising chairman and has taken over the lead of the Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary's largest event, the Pumpkin 5k & 10K Run & Walk.
Bob Kynast - Our Rotary Hero 2016-04-23 04:00:00Z 0
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Global Care Partners was founded in Benton Harbor in the 1990s to provide assistance to Eastern European countries as they emerged from the Iron Curtain.  Harvey Kilsby is the current president of this 501c(3) organization.  He was joined by his wife, Dr. Marcia Kilsby, to relate their experiences in North Korea. Marcia has made thirteen trips to improve Korea's ability to deal with TB and Hepatitis.  Marcia trains Korean health professionals to use modern techniques and equipment, visiting hospitals and health clinics throughout the country. Their efforts are joined with the Christian Friends of North Korea and the World Health Organization.  Harvey developed a special power supply, microscope and other instruments so they would work with the one hour of power available at most hospitals.  Progress is slow but she is happy to show a face of America that is unknown to Korea.
Global Care Partners in Korea 2016-04-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 13, 2016
 
Marletta Seats is welcomed to Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary by Dave Krieger. Marletta is a resident of Benton Harbor and very active in her church and community.  Her sponsor is Bob Elliott.
Marletta Seats Joins Rotary 2016-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 13, 2016
Officer Vanessa Williams came to Rotary to promote the Sheriff's Kids Camp for fourth and fifth graders who would like to have fun exploring public safety equipment like this helicopter. The kids will meet first responders from all the service organizations, examine equipment and vehicles and learn what it takes to do the job.
The Sheriff's Kids Camp runs June 16 and 17, 2016, 8 am - 4 pm, at the Berrien County Youth Fairground.  The cost is $30.  To register or sponsor a student contact Deputy Kelly Laesch, 269.983.7111 ext 7221 or email klaesch@berriencounty.org
Sheriff's Kids Camp - Register Now! 2016-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 10, 2016
Rotarian Bryan Tutton's tractor is common site at our work projects.  Bryan is shown here working to create a new garden at the corner of Columbus and Division, on property owned by the Abundant Life Church.  He spent most of Sunday pushing back brush and debris to create open ground for the garden. He is working with Emma Kinnard of the Fresh Start Children's Garden and members of Abundant Life to establish the garden.  Emma has her first garden at May and Pearl. Bryan hopes to establish one new garden each year.  Fresh Start Children's Garden has received Rotary support through our Foundation grants.  Way to go Bryan and Emma!!
Rotary is Helping Grow the Gardens 2016-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 06, 2016
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24 Words:  The Four-Way Test
 
Of the things we think say or do:
  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
The Past President of District 6360, Terry Allen, spoke about Rotary’s Four-Way Test.  The test is our code of conduct, has been translated in over 100 different countries, and has been used in a variety of situations, including corporations.  The Four-Way Test is used in conspicuous ways as a contribution to the morals of our society.  It is the soul of Rotary’s ethics and the source of our lifestyle.  It is even on the moon on a pin! 
 
The Four-Way Test was written during the depression in 1932 by Rotarian Herb Taylor as a result of prayer.  He had been hired to see if he could save a deeply indebted company from bankruptcy.  He took a personal loan of $6,100 to start the transition, wrote The Four-Way Test and required all of the employees to live by the test.  When their customers realized that employees were being honest and fair, it built goodwill and all benefited.  The company grew by leaps and bounds.
Understanding Rotary's Four Way Test 2016-04-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 30, 2016
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Chris Heugel, president of the Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce has been on the job for six months.  He has an extensive background in hospitality which should be helpful since this is one of the areas of growth in Berrien county.  The Chamber has office space at Cornerstone Alliance but is a separate legal entity with its own board of directors.  The Chamber is a member based organization.  Currently there are 700 member companies, comprising 36,000 employees.  Chris started a young professionals group and has been pleasantly surprised by interest - 60 to 80 people show up at their monthly meeting. 
 
The main benefits for members are: mail lists, referrals, business promotion, discount insurance and much more. For the PGA there is a special 50% off on the executive suite. Mr. Heugel emphasized that the benefits extend to the employees not just the business owners.  The organization members are both for profit and not for profit companies, mostly from Berrien County.
 
The Chamber also has a lobbying function, pursuing legislation important to members.  One current priority is the Airport mileage renewal that will be on the August ballot.  On April 6, 2016 the Chamber will host a meeting with elected representatives.
Chamber Adds Young Professional Activities 2016-03-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 23, 2016
iMayor Marcus Muhammad, elected in 2014, made his first visit to Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary.  He grew up with his parents in Dowagiac, a family connected with the Church of God in Christ.  He graduated from Benton Harbor in 1993 and went to DePaul University in Chicago, playing basketball and earning a degree in communications.  He left a teaching job in Chicago's south side to return to Benton Harbor.  One of his passions is to be a model of success. He supports the Senior PGA, is sponsoring an entrepreneur's workshop on April 26, 2016, and is trying to fill a gap in the city - a grocery store.  During the Q&A he spoke about efforts to return the city to local control, establish new lead policies, and work with the broader community to implement plans for City Center Park and Riverview Drive.  His top priorities are improving relationships with commissioners, improving customer service in all city departments, improving connections of public safety to the community and increase revenue.  You should expect him to try again for a city income tax.  He noted that 70% of Grand Rapids' revenue comes from their income tax.
Mayor Muhammad has Priorities 2016-03-23 04:00:00Z 0
Lee Scherwitz introduced Aïcha Camara, our Rotary Youth Exchange student for 2017-2018.  Picture with Lee and Aïcha  are her mom and Sue Scherwitz.  Aïcha attends Countryside High and plans to go to Japan.  A Rotary host family will provide tuition, room and board but Aïcha needs to raise funds for travel and other related expenses.  Our club has pledged $1,000 which has been used to solicit matching funds.  She still has to raise more money.  You can donate at www.gofundme.com/a6b6hu94.  Read about her trip plans at www.aichawanders.weebly.com.
Introducing our First Youth Exchange Export 2016-03-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 16, 2016
Our club celebrated its 25th anniversary of its founding.  The club was sponsored by the Lakeshore and St. Joseph Benton Harbor Rotaries.  Jim Schueneman and Bob Sykora are the two remaining charter members still active in the club. Gary Campbell and Charles Jespersen spoke on behalf of the presidents of the two sponsors and wished the club continued success.  The evening was one of story telling, music and fellowship. 
 
The event included a video showing the club in action in the community.  See it here if the embedded video doesn't play on your device.
 
 
 
 
Happy 25th Anniversary Sunrise Rotary 2016-03-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 02, 2016
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Lee Scherwitz reported discussions at the National Youth Exchange Meeting on ways of recruiting students to go aboard.  There was a new realization that the program is actually a full-ride scholarship to a year abroad. A typical full ride pays for tuition and room and board.  The Rotary exchange goes beyond that with a monthly stipend plus local support.  Marketing RYE as a scholarship opens up new avenues to find candidates.  School counselors and other advisors will be given scholarship information and applications just like colleges provide.  Lee hopes this new approach increases the number of local students that take advantage of Rotary Youth Exchange.
Youth Exchange Explores Approach 2016-03-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 28, 2016
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The Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary Foundation set a deadline of April 16, 2018 for grant applications. The Foundation is looking for projects which focus on the youth of Benton Harbor and target literacy, numeracy, leadership development, or personal development. The grants will usually be for $500 - $1000 but the the grant amount is based a combination of the project details and available funds.  Matching grant requests are encouraged.  Awards will be presented at our regular club meeting on May 9, 2018.

To download the grant application click here.  You will also find it www.bhsunriserotary.org, just click the Grants/Foundation button on the menu bar.

There are just a few rules to follow: 1) Organizations that have received grants in the past may only apply if their project is complete and the grant report has been submitted, 2) organizations are limited to one application per cycle, and 3) emailed applications only.

Foundation Begins April 2018 Grant Cycle Bob Elliott 2016-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 28, 2016
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The Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary Foundation set a deadline of April 8, 2016 for grant applications. The Foundation is looking for projects which focus on the youth of Benton Harbor and target literacy, numeracy, leadership development, or personal development. The grants will usually be for $500 but the the grant amount is based a combination of the project details and available funds.

To download the grant application click here.  You will also find it www.bhsunriserotary.org, just click the Grants/Foundation button on the menu bar.

There are just a few rules to follow: 1) Organizations that have received grants in the past may only apply if their project is complete and the grant report has been submitted, and 2) organizations are limited to one application per cycle.

Foundation Begins April Grant Cycle Bob Elliott 2016-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 24, 2016
Quinn and Sarah from Lake Michigan Catholic's Interact club gave a brief update on preparations for the June trip to the Dominican Republic.  35 students are planning to go to install water filters and build latrines.  Fundraising is in full swing. The next event is an indoor "tailgate" party at the Heritage Center on March 18th, 7-10 pm.
Interact Prepares for Dominican Trip 2016-02-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 17, 2016
Lauren Olson, shown in her film studio, was looking for inspiration for her senior thesis film.  Her grade would depend on her full range of skills in producing a worthy video. She didn't have to look far, for she found a subject at the Mason Jar where she works. Jayme, the owner suffers from Muscular Dystrophy, a degenerative disease that affect Jayme's ability to walk, see or drive her car.  Lauren's video below is much better at telling the story.  It's available here if video below does not play. The Rotary members gave her very high marks for her work.
 
Film Assignment Leads to Mission 2016-02-17 05:00:00Z 0