Jul 18, 2018
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Jul 25, 2018 7:00 AM
Berrien Community Foundation
Aug 01, 2018 7:00 AM
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Aug 08, 2018 7:00 AM
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Aug 15, 2018 7:00 AM
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Aug 22, 2018
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Aug 29, 2018
Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor
Sep 05, 2018
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LMC Update
Emergency Management Offers Tools
Juneteenth Celebrates the End of Slavery
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LMC Update
Dr. Trevor Kubatzke  has been president of Lake Michigan College for nearly a year.  He make 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 residence hall with apartment style rooms, including laundry.  The college also is ready to close on the purchase of the Western Michigan University build 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.
Juneteenth Celebrates the End of Slavery
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.
Emergency Management Offers Tools
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.