Stories

This week at Holland Rotary - Rich Ray - 10/26/17 Tom Gough 2017-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Tom Bos and Kathy DeVries - 10/19/17 Tom Gough 2017-10-19 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Benjamin Walkington - 10/12/17 Tom Gough 2017-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Surprise! - 10/5/17 Tom Gough 2017-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Joe Haveman - 9/28/17 Tom Gough 2017-09-28 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Wendy Piper - 9/21/17 Tom Gough 2017-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Dr Ken Austin - 9/14/17 Tom Gough 2017-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Dick Dolinski - 9/07/17 Tom Gough 2017-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Brad Garmon - 8/31/17 Tom Gough 2017-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Lyn Kotecki - 8/24/17 Tom Gough 2017-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Terry DeHaan - 8/17/17 Tom Gough 2017-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Andrew Brown - 8/10/17 Tom Gough 2017-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Ron Lewis - 8/3/17 Tom Gough 2017-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Darcy Komejan - 7/27/17 Tom Gough 2017-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Mary Rottschafer - 7/20/17 Tom Gough 2017-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Sue Franz - 7/13/17 Tom Gough 2017-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

 

The following people have hats to pick-up:

David Clark - $ 5.00

Mike Moraw - $ 6.00

If you ordered a hat and we previously told you we did not have a hat for you, please contact Heather - we believe we have your hat after all!

 

 


 

Hats Tom Gough 2017-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Russ Miller - 7/6/17 Tom Gough 2017-07-06 04:00:00Z 0

No noon meeting!    Ed Swart's Installation at City Vu!

Ed Swart of Holland Noon Rotary will be installed and honored as the new Rotary District 6290 Governor for 2017-2018!  The installation and banquet will occur at City Flats Hotel (College Avenue at 7th Street in Holland) on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 6 p.m.  Featured speaker for the evening will be Rotary International Vice-President, Jennifer Jones.  Previous reservation required!

The following people have hats to pick-up:

David Clark - $ 5.00

Mike Moraw - $ 6.00

If you ordered a hat and we previously told you we did not have a hat for you, please contact Heather - we believe we have your hat after all!

Next Highway Clean-up is July 15th - more information to come.

 


 

This week at Holland Rotary - Ed Swart - 6/29/17 Tom Gough 2017-06-29 04:00:00Z 0

Our thanks to Rick Veenhoven, for his discussion on the Civil War Muster.  

The Muster is in September, Holland’s other event. Educational, living history, regional attraction, free and fun!    Web site= VanRaalteFarmCivilWarMuster.com

No lunch meeting June 29th!

 

 

 

 

This week at Holland Rotary - Rick Veenhoven - 6/22/17 Tom Gough 2017-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Leaders of the 21st Century - 6/15/17 Tom Gough 2017-06-15 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Jack Huisingh, Holland Aquatic Center - 6/8/17 Tom Gough 2017-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Al Bonney - 6/1/17 Tom Gough 2017-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

Our special evening meeting is at the Macatawa Yacht Club, Tuesday, May 23rd.  This is a ticketed event.

We will not meet this Thursday!  Please enjoy a safe and fun Memorial Day!

 

 

This week at Holland Rotary - SWAP - 5/23/17 Tom Gough 2017-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Nick Kassanos - 5/18/17 Tom Gough 2017-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - No Meeting - 5/11/17 Tom Gough 2017-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - West Ottawa Special Education Class Luncheon - 5/4/17 Tom Gough 2017-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Youth Services Committee - 4/27/17 Tom Gough 2017-04-27 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Wayne DeBruyn - 4/20/17 Tom Gough 2017-04-20 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Sara Cozolino - 4/13/17 Tom Gough 2017-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Exchange Students - 4/6/17 Tom Gough 2017-04-06 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Linda Falstad - 3/30/17 Tom Gough 2017-03-30 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Larry Fisher - 3/23/17 Tom Gough 2017-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

Our thanks to Lyn Raymond,  from Ottawa Housing Next.  The mission of Ottawa Housing Next is to create and implement a cross sector, long-term and regional strategy that influences leverage points in the system to ensure affordable, accessible and safe housing is available to all.

This week at Holland Rotary - Lyn Raymond - 3/16/17 Tom Gough 2017-03-16 04:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Kady (Pin-Chi) Wen - 3/9/17 Tom Gough 2017-03-09 05:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Don Wilkinson - 3/2/17 Tom Gough 2017-03-02 05:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Boogaart and Saliers - 2/23/17 Tom Gough 2017-02-23 05:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Siddhant Mehta - 2/16/17 Tom Gough 2017-02-16 05:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Elizabeth and Kurt - 2/9/17 Tom Gough 2017-02-09 05:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Janet DeYoung - 2/2/17 Tom Gough 2017-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Helen Zeerip - 1/26/17 Tom Gough 2017-01-25 05:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Betty Blase - 1/19/17 Tom Gough 2017-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Gernot Runschke - 1/12/17 Tom Gough 2017-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Holland Rotary e-Bulletin - Joe Slenk - 1/5/17 Tom Gough 2017-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Don Williams - 12/22/2016 Tom Gough 2016-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Chris Shires - 12/15/16 Tom Gough 2016-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Our thanks to Barry Rutherford and Bob Chapman for an
informative discussion about reducing energy waste to keep more of your money. Michigan Interfaith Power & Light, a nonprofit, will present local case studies, upgrade suggestions, and information about alternative financing. Attendees will leave with a " Get Started " action tips sheet. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/1369/Speakers/8b83c943-b767-4d7e-8bea-52ec7817540c#sthash.A9xeu3p4.dpuf
informative discussion about reducing energy waste to keep more of your money. Michigan Interfaith Power & Light, a nonprofit, will present local case studies, upgrade suggestions, and information about alternative financing. Attendees will leave with a " Get Started " action tips sheet. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/1369/Speakers/8b83c943-b767-4d7e-8bea-52ec7817540c#sthash.A9xeu3p4.dpuf
informative discussion about reducing energy waste to keep more of your money.
This week at Holland Rotary Bob Chapman 12/8/16 Tom Gough 2016-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Dan and Caroline - 12/1/16 Tom Gough 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - John Wemlinger - 11/17/16 Tom Gough 2016-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
This Week at Holland Rotary - Russ Miller - 11/10/16 Tom Gough 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Career Line Tech - 11/3/16 Tom Gough 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Tiara Yachts - 10/27/16 Tom Gough 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Our thanks to  Bradley Slagh, County Treasurer, for his presentation on "Finding Help".  The county treasurer is responsible for collection of delinquent taxes, but many types of programs and services are available and can be shared with property owners to help them catch up. Ideas from this material may provide you with ideas to give to someone you know struggling to pay a mortgage or property taxes.  
This Week at Holland Rotary - Bradley Slagh 10/20/2016 Tom Gough 2016-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - The Richardsons 10/13/16 Tom Gough 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 05, 2016
Our thanks to Sandra Hansen from the AM Club for her presentation of "Our Exquisite Pollution: Plastics in Water and Environmental Art."
"Our Exquisite Pollution: Plastics in Water and Environmental Art."  As we look out onto our beautiful lakes and rivers we have a comforting feeling that all is well, while indeed it is not. Nano plastics, algae, and a host of seen and unseen pollutants are entering our waters and our bodies. In "Our Exquisite Pollution," we will first look at the enormity of one aspect of the problem and secondarily we will examine ways to remediate it in our own homes and businesses. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/1369/Speakers/b9d6d10f-21d2-431b-a224-bba136b6574a#sthash.qhSCvPjC.dpuf
"Our Exquisite Pollution: Plastics in Water and Environmental Art."  As we look out onto our beautiful lakes and rivers we have a comforting feeling that all is well, while indeed it is not. Nano plastics, algae, and a host of seen and unseen pollutants are entering our waters and our bodies. In "Our Exquisite Pollution," we will first look at the enormity of one aspect of the problem and secondarily we will examine ways to remediate it in our own homes and businesses. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/1369/Speakers/b9d6d10f-21d2-431b-a224-bba136b6574a#sthash.qhSCvPjC.dpuf
"Our Exquisite Pollution: Plastics in Water and Environmental Art."  As we look out onto our beautiful lakes and rivers we have a comforting feeling that all is well, while indeed it is not. Nano plastics, algae, and a host of seen and unseen pollutants are entering our waters and our bodies. In "Our Exquisite Pollution," we will first look at the enormity of one aspect of the problem and secondarily we will examine ways to remediate it in our own homes and businesses. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/1369/Speakers/b9d6d10f-21d2-431b-a224-bba136b6574a#sthash.qhSCvPjC.dpuf
"Our Exquisite Pollution: Plastics in Water and Environmental Art."  As we look out onto our beautiful lakes and rivers we have a comforting feeling that all is well, while indeed it is not. Nano plastics, algae, and a host of seen and unseen pollutants are entering our waters and our bodies. In "Our Exquisite Pollution," we will first look at the enormity of one aspect of the problem and secondarily we will examine ways to remediate it in our own homes and businesses. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/1369/Speakers/b9d6d10f-21d2-431b-a224-bba136b6574a#sthash.qhSCvPjC.dpuf
 
This Week at Holland Rotary - Sandra Hansen - 10/6/16 Tom Gough 2016-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Detective Cannata - 9/29/16 Tom Gough 2016-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Ryan Cotton - 9/22/16 Tom Gough 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Club Assembly - 9/15/16 Tom Gough 2016-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
This Week at Holland Rotary - Christy Buck - 9/8/16 Tom Gough 2016-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Sarah Sanderson - 9/1/16 Tom Gough 2016-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary -  Joe Jannotta - 8/25/16 Tom Gough 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Jerry Shoup - 8/18/16 Tom Gough 2016-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Don Williams - 8/11/16 Tom Gough 2016-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 03, 2016
Our thanks to the Thoreau Piano Trio for their Chamber Music Performance of Mozart and Mendelssohn.  See website of Thoreau Piano Trio at http://www.thoreaupianotrio.com for more information and future West Michigan concerts.
Our thanks also to Christ Memorial Church for hosting our meeting and concert.
 
This week at Holland Rotary - Thoreau Piano Trio - 8/4/16 Tom Gough 2016-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Susan Kragt - 7/28/16 Tom Gough 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Catherine Bass - 7/21/16 Tom Gough 2016-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 13, 2016
Our thanks to Mari Martin for her presentation on "What Makes Olga Run?" as well as insights into exercise and ageing. You can see a picture of Mari with many of her running medals on our Facebook page. 
This week at Holland Rotary - Mari Martin - 7/14/16 Tom Gough 2016-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Club Assembly - 7/7/16 Tom Gough 2016-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 29, 2016
Our thanks to Diane Kooiker, Herrick District Library, and our own Colleen Hill for their presentation on keeping the Herrick District Library Open
 

Herrick District Library needs your "YES" vote on Tuesday, August 2!

The millage levy funding for Herrick District Library will expire in 2016. On August 2, voters in the City of Holland, Holland Township, Laketown Township and Park Township will decide whether or not to continue library funding. Local millage levy dollars represent 85% of library funding. The library will not be able to continue to operate if the millage does not pass.

The millage levy proposal requests 1.5 mills of funding over 14 years. This is the same level of funding that the community approved with the last library millage levy in 1996.

Because August 2 will be the first time the District Library placed a ballot measure for the library, it will be listed as a new and additional tax. It is not a new tax. It is a request for the same level of funding approved 20 years ago.

For more information, please see this link:  http://www.yeshdl.org/
 
This week at Holland Rotary - Diane Kooiker - 6/30/16 Tom Gough 2016-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Renee Gavin - 6/23/16 Tom Gough 2016-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Leaders 21st Century - 6/169/16 Tom Gough 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Windmill Island Project - 6/9/16 Tom Gough 2016-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Baker College Rotaract - 6/2/16 Tom Gough 2016-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Raffle Drawing! - 5/26/16 Tom Gough 2016-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Paul Leidig - 5/19/16 Tom Gough 2016-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Turn in money and Raffle tickets in ASAP to Phil Brown!
The drawing is May 26th!
    
 
 
 
Raffle Tickets Tom Gough 2016-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Special Education Luncheon 5/5/16 Tom Gough 2016-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Swapping Treasures 4/28/16 Tom Gough 2016-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Carol Swart 4/14/16 Tom Gough 2016-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Lotefa Villarreal 4/7/16 Tom Gough 2016-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Ian Bruggles 3/31/16 Tom Gough 2016-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Chris Briggs 3/17/16 Tom Gough 2016-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Adolf Wolf 3/17/16 Tom Gough 2016-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Randy Boss 3/10/16 Tom Gough 2016-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Careerline Tech Canceled 2/25/16 Tom Gough 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 24, 2016
Join us as we will be meeting at the Careerline Tech Center for our meeting and lunch. They will be giving us a tour and providing lunch.  It is quite a facility and they offer a wide variety of programs.  
Check it out at:
http://www.oaisd.org/ctc/programs/programsbycareerpathways/ 
The address is 13663 Port Sheldon Street in Holland, just east of US 31.
Sure to be interesting!
This week at Holland Rotary - Careerline Tech 2/25/16 Tom Gough 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 17, 2016
Thank you Joel Smith, Nestle Water, for a spirited presentation on water and on what Nestle does for conservation and sustainable methods for bottling water. We especially appreciate your company's donation of clean water to communities in need.us as we hear from Joel. 
 
 
This week at Holland Rotary - Joel Smith 2/18/16 Tom Gough 2016-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Bill Bundy 2/11/16 Tom Gough 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Michelle Gibbs 1/28/16 Tom Gough 2016-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Elizabeth Giddings - Mediation Services Tom Gough 2016-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Annie Dandavati - U.S.A. and Cuba Tom Gough 2016-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - Wade Gugino and Jerry Shoup Tom Gough 2016-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 16, 2015
Our thanks to the Evergreen Chorale for their festive singing.  Many of us especially enjoyed the Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer song including live characters! They have definitely added to our Christmas enjoyment!
This week at Holland Rotary - Evergree Chorale 12/17/15 Tom Gough 2015-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 09, 2015
Our thanks to Don Williams for filling in at the last minute!  His historical perspective on Heddy Lamar the inventor was quite enlightening!  It is always inspiring when one of our own Club members can rise to the task!
This week at Holland Rotary - Don Williams 12/10/15 Tom Gough 2015-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
This Week at Holland Rotary 12/3/15 - Joe Koenig, Author Tom Gough 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Holland Rotary 11/19/15 - Meghann Reynolds, Holland Township Phil Brown 2015-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
I now have had the privilege of being with you as your chaplain for almost a year.  It has been a delight to get to know many of you and to have a small part in responding to pastoral concerns that have arisen in some of your lives.  I am eager to be of whatever assistance that may be helpful for you.  Please contact me by phone (616-688-7356) since we are not on line at home, by choice.  And even if we were hooked up, I would much prefer to talk directly with you than to rely on the anonymity that texting or online technology offers.
            When I began my role as chaplain, I instituted a switch from the Invocation to An Inspirational Moment for the beginning of our luncheon meeting.  An Invocation inappropriately blurs the time honored separation of church and state for us as a nonsectarian organization.  Some of you have stepped up well to the challenge, but old habits are hard to change.  I will continue to fill in for the Inspirational moment when slots have not been filled for the coming month.
                                                                                                            David A. Brower
A Note from our Chaplain David Brower 2015-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks to Mike Lozon, owner of The Write Way and author of "Where City and Country Connect - How the Holland Farmers Market Grew from a Few Vendors to a Community Treasure," who shared a bit of history on what has become a staple of the downtown scene.  The book can be found at Reader's World on River, or at the farmers market on Saturdays.
Holland Rotary 11/12/15 - Mike Lozon, Holland Farmers' Market Phil Brown 2015-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Holland Rotary 11/5/15 - Chris Eteinne, District Foundation Chair Phil Brown 2015-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
This Week at Holland Rotary 10/29/15 - Dale Scrace, Shops at Westshore Phil Brown 2015-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Holland Rotary 10/22/15 - District Governor's Visit Phil Brown 2015-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Holland Rotary 10/15/15 - Nancy Haaser, My House Ministries Phil Brown 2015-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
This Week at Holland Rotary 9/24/15 - Joel Westmaas & Steve Gross, Taking Root Ministries Phil Brown 2015-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
This Week at Holland Rotary 9/17/15 - Club Assembly Phil Brown 2015-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Holland Rotary 9/10/15 - Captain Jack Dykstra, Holland Department of Public Safety Phil Brown 2015-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Patrick Moran, President of Greater Ottawa County United Way and a Grand Haven Rotarian, for giving us the opportunity to hear more about another fantastic community organization!  For more information, click HERE.
 
Holland Rotary 9/3/15 - Patrick Moran, United Way Phil Brown 2015-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Holland Rotary 8/27/15 - Erik Scholten, Kids' Food Basket Phil Brown 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Holland Rotary 8/20/15 - Paul Vande Bunte, Good Egg Project Phil Brown 2015-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Holland Rotary 8/13/15 - Peter DeBoer, Land Conservancy of West Michigan Phil Brown 2015-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks to David Leonards, a fellow Rotarian, who gave some anecdotes from his life in the International Entertainment Bureau.  It is always interesting to hear about chapters in the lives of our colleagues.
 
Holland Rotary 8/6/15 - David Leonards Phil Brown 2015-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
This Week at Holland Rotary 7/30/15 - Sarah Sanderson, Rotary Peace Scholar Phil Brown 2015-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Susan Fenton, 4-H program coordinator for MSU Extension, who gave an excellent presentation on the fantastic outreach that 4-H provides!  Michigan 4-H, a part of Michigan State University Extension, allows over 200,000 young Michiganders to explore a diverse range of programs, creating a well-rounded educational experience.  For more information, visit 4h.msue.msu.edu.
 
Holland Rotary 7/23/15 - Susan Fenton, MSU Extension 4-H Phil Brown 2015-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
This Week at Holland Rotary 6/25/15 - Sgt. Christiensen, Ottawa County Deputy Phil Brown 2015-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks to one of our own, Kathy DeVries, who presented our next proposed international service project, improving agri-economic conditions in Kenya.  This is a tremendous opportunity to make a huge impact in the lives of those in need; thank you for bringing this to our club!
Holland Rotary 6/18/15 - Kathy DeVries Phil Brown 2015-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
We were pleased to be joined by the students who participated in this year's Leaders for the 21st Century program.  Leaders for the 21st Century exists to build leadership qualities into the lives of middle school students from the Holland area.  Thanks to the coordinators, leaders and counselors for all the time devoted in service to our community's future!
Holland Rotary 6/11/15 - Leaders of the 21st Century Phil Brown 2015-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Lynn Kotecki, who provided an update on Project Clarity.  Project Clarity's goal is to restore the water quality of Lake Macatawa and the Macatawa Watershed.
 
Holland Rotary 6/4/15 - Project Clarity Phil Brown 2015-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Holland Rotary 5/28/15 - Sarah Sanderson, Peace Scholar Phil Brown 2015-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
This week at Holland Rotary - 8/7/14 Honduras Trip with Mark Tucker 2014-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
At the Holland Rotary noon program on August 14th, Mandy Walker shared the importance of supporting the Nestlings Diaper Bank. This is a great way to provide real necessities to those in need in your community.  
 
Why are diaper banks important?  " Diapers are a basic health necessity for babies but are not provided by government assistance programs. Keeping a child in a clean diapers should not depend on how much money you have." For more information, you can find Nestlings Diaper Bank on Facebook or visit; http://nestlings.org/
 
 
Holland Rotary 8/14/14 - Nestlings Diaper Bank with Mandy Walker 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Holland Rotary 6/19/14 Coffee with Sherry White 2014-06-19 00:00:00Z 0

Program 5/1 - Leo Brava

Leonardo Brava is an Inbound Exchange Student from Chile. He provided in depth information about the amazing food, climate and culture of him home.  As I said to Leo after the program, "I just added Chile to my MUST VISIT list!"  Now, do I travel to the North, Small North, Central, South, Southern region...or all of the above?
 
Leo also shared with Rotarians information about the fire that has decimated parts of Valparaiso Chile and left thousands homeless.  For anyone wanting to help please donate to District 4320.  Holland Rotary is sending out a letter with details on directly donating directly to the district.  Visitors to this site may email the Holland Rotary Communications Chair for a copy of the letter with donation details.
http://youtu.be/meSAA7hcUoA
 
Holland Rotary Program 5/1 - Leo Brava from Chile - Inbound Student Presentation 2014-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Smith on Apr 14, 2014

What a great opportunity! 

Every year we get to hear from our amazing Inbound Exchange Students.  Don't miss a chance to hear from

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Rotary Exchange Inbound Student: Eduarda Silvino from Brazil!!

Holland Rotary meets Thursday, 4/17 for lunch at Haworth Inn and Conference Center

 

Holland Rotary Program - 4/17 - Eduarda Silvino from Brazil Terri Smith 2014-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Smith on Apr 14, 2014

Circles: "Our mission is to inspire and equip families and communities to resolve poverty and thrive"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6vMKWFf8uhw

"Circles" - Linda Jacobs and Stephanie Soderstrom
Circles is a national program with demonstrated success to help low income families move from financial stabilty to financial mobility.  This is acheived by bringing people of diverse incomes together and engaging the whole community to change the systemic barriers for people to rise above poverty. Good Samaritan Ministries is the first Circles site in Michigan.
Holland Rotary - 4/10 - Ending Poverty through "Circles" - Good Samaritan Ministries Terri Smith 2014-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Smith on Mar 18, 2014
 

Rotary serves the World

Holland Rotary Youth Exchange

Come And Get a Taste!

International Pot-Luck Dinner

 

Enjoy an International Pot-Luck!

& Meet Holland and International Rotary Exchange Students

Proceeds support our local Rotary Area Youth Exchange Program

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Saturday, March 22

at 6 P.M.

Where:

St. Francis de Sales Church

Maple and 13th, Holland

Suggested Donation: $10/adult under 5 free!

Also Featuring...

Silent Auction

Special Guests

Entertainment

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Sponsored by:

Holland Rotary Noon Club

Holland A.M. Rotary

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Rotary Serves the World! Don't miss the International Pot-Luck Dinner Saturday, 3/22 Terri Smith 2014-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Smith on Mar 18, 2014

Rotary Leaders for the  21st Century

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Rotary Leaders for the  21st Century from training to action : Lisa Lindemulder,  LSPC Holland school coordinator, will be introducing  Leaders from four participating Holland  k-7 schools, who will be sharing  what it was like to go to training at Hope College,  and what they and other Leaders  have been doing to help students in their schools  feel accepted.  Also two former Leaders , who are about to graduate from high school, will speak briefly on carrying out Rotary’s  challenge of  “service above self”.          

 

Introduction: Ed Swart 

 

 

 

Holland Rotary 3/20 - Rotary Leaders for the 21st Century - "From Taining to Action" - Lisa Lindemulder Terri Smith 2014-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Smith on Mar 11, 2014

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Chuck Huttar Bob Johnston Anne Saliers

What Rotarians can do now: 

1. Donate to TFF so that they can continue their mission

2. Share the message of TFF with your network, visit their site and Facebook page.

3. Help Bob and his team find other educational opportunities to speak to groups.

4. Use your dollars wisely. When buying wood products, looks for information about the source to make sure that it was sourced sustainably AND "use the whole tree", the imperfections are part of the beauty!


3/13/14 - Bob Johnston, Executive Director of Tropical Forest Foundation, shared with us what we need to know about "Saving the Rainforest"

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Excerpt from the site: http://www.tropicalforestfoundation.org

PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE TROPICAL FOREST MANAGEMENT

The Tropical Forest Foundation’s (TFF) primary mission is to promote sustainable forest management as the best way to preserve the renewable resources and natural habitats of tropical forests. If the economic value of the forest is not protected it will be converted, legally or illegally, to other uses such as agriculture. Through on-site demonstration and trainingresearch and outreach, the organization aims to effect behavioral change and encourage the practice of sustainable forest management among industries that utilize tropical wood products.

TFF offers a variety of services and programs that bring its mission of conserving and maintaining the world’s tropical forest resources to life.

 

 

Holland Rotary 3/13 - Bob Johnston - "Saving the Rainforest" Terri Smith 2014-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Smith on Feb 25, 2014

Join us this week Thursday, 2/27, at Holland Rotary for our noon program to learn more about the 

"City Youth Employment Initiative"

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Holland is full of opportunities, and this is an effort by Community and Law Enforcement leaders to make sure that our youth have an opportunity to realize their full potential in life.  City Manager and Rotarian, Ryan Cotton will be joined by other Community Leaders in sharing more about this initiative.

  Join us at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center to learn more.

http://www.cityofholland.com/

 

This week at Holland Rotary 2/27 - Ryan Cotton - City Youth Employment Initiative Terri Smith 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Smith on Feb 17, 2014

Rotarians, Would you like to learn more, on a regular basis?  Please visit www.WMEAC.org and sign up for their newsletter.

Holland Rotary noon program; Thursday, 2/20

Executive Director of West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

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Excerpt from www.WMEAC.org: "Rachel Hood became the executive director of WMEAC in January of 2007. Ms. Hood is charged with the work of leading WMEAC toward its new future and ensuring its sustainability. Rachel brings experience in fund development, strategic planning and program design and management to WMEAC." To learn more:



Holland Rotary 2/20 - Rachel Hood - "Update on the state of West Michigan's Natural Resources" Terri Smith 2014-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
WINNER of the 2013 Interact Video Contest - Interact of Kathmandu Mid-Town!!! Terri Smith 2014-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Smith on Jan 28, 2014

January 30th

Hope College Maas Auditorium

Hope College Graduate, Fulbright Scholar, Rotary World Peace Scholar Applicant...Sarah Sanderson. 

 Sarah is a Fulbright Scholar returning to Brazil in February to  to act as a guide and mentor to new Fulbright Scholars and other English teachers coming to Brazil.

Sarah's love of travel, teaching, service, and all things Rotary is contagious.  Wish her well on her Rotary World Peace Scholar application. Sarah will keep us informed of her next adventure, and the next one, and the next one...

For more information about World Peace Fellowship: 

https://www.rotary.org/en/peace-fellowships


Holland Rotary - 1/30/14 - World Peace Scholar Applicant Terri Smith 2014-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Smith on Jan 27, 2014

India has now completed three full years without a single new case of Polio being reported and is now declared Polio Free. Considering the size of India’s population, the living conditions there and the number of polio cases they reported per year in the past, this is a REAL VICTORY!!!!!

Every Rotary club in the world should be proud of any contributions made, whether monetary, or personal commitment to the cause. We should be grateful to those Rotarians and friends who traveled to India to encourage the clubs over there to continue their seemingly never-ending efforts. Their commitment, leadership and "Service Above Self" is particularly appreciated. We can be proud of their accomplishments.

I am asking each club president to identify those Rotarians and friends of Rotary who may still be in the club or community to stand and be recognized for showing the Indian Rotarians that we will support them to the end.

This is one special moment for those special people who gave their time and money to such an important cause.

John Morrison PDG

Polio Chair 6290

India is now declared Polio Free! - Update from John Morrison PDG 6289 Terri Smith 2014-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Holland Rotary 1/23 - Rebound Student Hailey Elgersma Terri Smith 2014-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Smith on Jan 20, 2014

This report was an update from my last visit to the orphanage last may when we sailed to Andros Island on our sailboat with several boxes of supplies, appliances and gifts. It saved pastor randy 6 flights to carry these supplies and gifts to the 0rphanage.   We sailed from there back to Florida where the boat was stored for the summer.

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 Last November, after the hurricane season, we sailed the boat from Fort Meyers to Andros and on to Man-o-War, over 500 miles, in order to reach our destinations.   The crew consisted of my wife and a good sailing friend.  The voyage was accomplished with great success and we were blessed by God to have a perfect day to sail into Morgan’s Bluff Harbor on a perfect day with a very favorable breeze from the Southeast.  This is a very exposed harbor for any North winds and I was very concerned about this. Pastor Kevin, who is in charge of the orphanage, was there to meet us with his truck and we were pleased to deliver to the orphanage a 60 lb container of paint primer and three 30 lb grout bags for caulking the tile they were going to use to finish the dining room.   Also included in our cargo list were 14 gift packs from some friends from Livonia, who wanted to do something for the orphans.   We also included 14 backpacks for the incoming orphans.  

 They are now putting the finishing touches on the orphanage and I am very pleased to report that they expect to finish in the next few months.   After the orphanage building is completed they are planning on building a quest house for visitors to use.   This would make for a very interesting and nice vacation for anyone interested because they could fly to Nassau to see Atlantis for few days and then go on to Andros, which has a nice airport in Nicholstown.  Also, we will be building a house for Pastor Kevin and his wife.   We had a nice visit at the orphanage and had to leave that same day in a hurry because bad weather was heading our way so we sailed all night. 

The big-time storm hit just before reaching the abacus right at the cut through reefs at Little Harbor in the wee hours of the morning. We were able make a safe anchorage in the harbor at 4:00 am.  One last comment: I have been a sailor for 63 years. I bought my first sailboat in 1951 and joined the US Coast Guard Reserve (served for 10 years) in that same year. During the Korean War I was called to active duty. After my tour of duty, I was back to sailing my 18 ft sailboat. I have really been blessed to have sailed all over the Great Lakes including 26 Mackinac races, around the world crossing all three of the great oceans, through the Bermuda Triangle, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and cruising the Bahamas for past 18 years.   There is always something unexpected that happens. I have survived pirate attacks off Ecuador, vulture attacks in Florida bay, many storms at sea…but never was I struck by lightning.   Nautilus is the name of my 39 ft cutter and I have spent 18 winters living on board while surviving two 120 + knot hurricanes on mooring the past two summers.   I though the boat would safe stored in Florida this past summer, but guess what? It was struck by lightning.  It was not a direct hit down the mast, but close to the back end of boat and the bolt blasted through concrete!   It did give us some problems and delays with insurance claims but we were able to finally get going.  

 It is my hope to get over to see the orphanage when it is completed sometime after my arrival February 1st and give a report to the membership then.   Thanks to Jim Meier he will help then to complete a DVD program to show the membership.

Sent to Gary Bogle from Rudy Vedovell and edited (image added) by Terri Smith - 1/21/14

Andros Island Orphanage - Letter from Rudy Vedovell Terri Smith 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Smith on Jan 14, 2014

Program: update from Gary Bogle about the Gore, Ethiopia Project. 

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January 15, 2014 letter from Gary: On December 11th I returned from a visit to the construction site of the Rotary International Humanitarian project in Gore, Ethiopia.
 

I am pleased to inform you that the project is now 30% completed and is due to be finished in February of 2014. What an exciting report! As you may recall, the toilet has 12 flushing toilet stalls, 8 showers, running water, and electric lights. 

 

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While in Ethiopia, I became acquainted with many Rotary and citizen players in the building of the toilet/bathhouse in Gore. Rotarian Gebre Bekele from the Addis Ababa-West Rotary Club was my host during the visit. Gebre and I met on an elevator in Montreal at the 2010 International Rotary Conference and now the project is becoming a reality. After spending 11 days with Gebre, I can say that we are truly Rotarian friends.
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Over the next few weeks I will be presenting an update of this project at the Rotary Clubs in the Holland, Michigan area. The report for our club will be presented on Thursday February 6.
 It took me four days to travel from Chicago to Gore. The road trip from Addis Ababa to Gore was a 20 hour drive on extremely rough roads! Although it was a difficult trip, it was MOST WORTHWHILE. I an anxious to share my experience with you.

 During the Rotarian meeting in Addis Ababa and the town council meeting in Gore, many words of appreciation were expressed for the development and payment of this project. I can never adequately thank those who supported this endeavor.

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Tentative plans are in the works for a return trip to Gore in early May of 2014 to see the completed project and "cut the ribbon."  If Rotarians interested, I will be happy to guide the group. Please contact me if your are interested in the "adventure" so that plans can be made.
 
Gary Bogle, Holland, Michigan
616-355-7144

 

Holland Rotary - 2/6 - Update on Gore, Ethiopia by Gary Bogle Terri Smith 2014-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Smith on Jan 14, 2014

If you missed this presentation, click the link on the documentary below to learn more!

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This presentation from Graham Peaslee was a summary of "Project Clarity", including a brief environmental history of the Lake Macatawa watershed and the results of our scientific investigations into the sources of pollution for Lake Macatawa. 

The ongoing restoration effort that is a partnership between private, non-profit and governmental organizations will be described together with expectations of what will be accomplished.  


Click here to view the full documentary, password is "clarity"

http://macatawaclarity.org/


Holland Rotary - 1/16 - Project Clarity:Restoring the Lake Macatawa Watershed Terri Smith 2014-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Smith on Jan 13, 2014

I arrived in Seocheon, South Korea on August 19, 2013. I've learned a lot since I arrived. I know Hangeul now (the Korean alphabet), so I can sound out words and write a little, and I'm learning new words and phrases every day. 

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I'm in school from 8:00 am to 5:00, and three days a week I have after school class until 7:30. On Tuesdays I have samulnori (Korean music/percussion - you can see a video of it online) class after school, on Wednesdays I help students in an English class after school, and on Thursdays I have Korean cooking class after school. On Monday and Friday mornings I have Korean writing class at the community center and on Tuesday mornings I have Korean sewing class at a local traditional dressmaker's shop (we're hand sewing traditional vests). Every other Saturday I must go to school for sports class. 

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My club gave me a han bok (Korean traditional dress), I went to a ramie cloth museum in Hansan, I went to Buyeo (they rebuilt the old capital city of Baekje - it's a historical site), and I celebrated Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) with my host family in Daejeon and Cheonan. My first host family lived in an apartement building in town and my new family lives on a chicken farm out in the country. I like Korea a lot, and I'm settling into my new life. :) I want to thank the Holland Noon Club and district 6290 for sponsoring and supporting me.


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Letter from Sarah Bass - Outbound Exchange - Seocheon, South Korea Terri Smith 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Smith on Jan 07, 2014

Rotary Exchange Rebound student, 

Nathan Milanowski, 

Experience Brazil!

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Inbound Eduarda Silvino, Inbound Leonardo Bravo, Rebound Hailey Elgersma, Inbound Nadya Auynda, Rebound Nathan Milanowski, Mom Linda Milanowski
Holland Rotary, 1/9/14 - Back from Brazil - Nathan Milanowski Terri Smith 2014-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Smith on Jan 06, 2014

Rotary Club of Holland

Annual Meeting

December 12, 2013

Haworth Inn and Conference Center

 

Unapproved Minutes

1.     Club President, Janet DeYoung, called the meeting to order at 12:30.

Agendas with attachments were provided to all present.

 

2.     Mike Dolinkski read a short Inspirational article about the early history of Rotary written by Paul Harris shortly before he died.  The article is attached.

 

3.     The following slate of Officers for 2014-15 and Directors for 2014-2017 offered by the nominating committee were placed before the club.  President Janet reported that despite calls for nominations from the floor over the past four weeks there had been no additional nominations.

 

Proposed Officers for a one year term 2014-15:

President Elect: Ed Stielstra

President Nominee: Marty Boysen

President Nominee Nominee: Phil Brown

Treasurer: Steve Baumann

Club Secretary: Donna Bogle

Sergeant at Arms: Steve Nyland

 

Proposed Directors for a three-year term:

Director 2014-17: Tracy Plummer

Director 2014-17: Jody Wright

Director 2014-17: Marvin Younger

 

Mike Mitchel moved that we elect the slate by unanimous consent.  John Gronberg seconded the motion.  The motion was approved by voice vote with no member dissenting.  Janet congratulated each person elected.

 

Chuck Huttar noted that the title of officers in the bylaws is different than those on the nomination list, specifically, that the bylaws refer to a Vice President rather than a President Nominee, and that there is no reference to President Nominee Nominee.  President Janet reported that these are titles used by Rotary International and that the district has encouraged an expanded success list beyond President Nominee. She observed that the club Bylaws will need to be amended to reflect the new titles.

 

4.     President Janet reported on recent actions taken by the Board of Directors. 

A.    The first a change to the Honorary Membership classification

On October 17, 2013 the board approved a recommendation to no longer grant Honorary Memberships.  However, the club will continue to follow existing guidelines for current members who are 75 years of age as of October 17, 2013 or were born prior to October 18, 1938. 

 

In addition, current Honorary Members will remain in that category, and will be given an opportunity to renew each year.

 

Past and current Distinguished Service recipients will be honored along with the Honorary Members at the Honorary Luncheon.

 

A question was asked about the meaning and applicability of the rule of 85.  It was explained that members whose age and years of membership total 85 or more are eligible to request a waiver of attendance requirement and still maintain their membership.  It is not relevant to the question of Honorary Membership as it still requires that dues be paid, whereas Honorary Membership did not.

 

 

 

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B.     Other Updates – Steve Bauman reported that club dues can now be paid  on line using a credit card.  We will provide instructions at an upcoming club meeting.

 

5.     Feedback, please:  The group was asked to provide some feedback on what is going well and where there are still opportunities.   A recorder was identified for each table to write down the comments from their group.  Themes emerged.  Things going well included:  Youth Exchange; Interact; new members; the venue, international service projects.  Opportunities exist to enhance branding and identify a signature project, a consistent model for fundraising, programs on current affairs in the community, continue to grow membership with a focus on the private sector, young professionals and cultural diversity. 

 

6.     Business from the Floor- there were no new items from the floor.

 

7.     The meeting was adjourned at 12:15.

 

 

 

 

Minutes from Club Assembly - 12/12/13 Terri Smith 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Smith on Jan 01, 2014

Holland Rotary welcomes Dan O'Mealey to our Club with his induction on 0/1/02/14. Pictured here with Rotarian Sponsor, Steve Baumann.  

Welcome Dan, we're glad you've selected Holland Rotary, and we look forward to getting to know you!

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Dan O'Mealey and Steve Baumann

Holland Rotary Welcomes Dan O'Mealey - Holland's Newest Rotarian! Terri Smith 2014-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Smith on Dec 31, 2013

Happy New Year! 

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Janet DeYoung and Ryan Cotton

On Thursday, January 2nd Rotarians were joined by our City Manager, Ryan Cotton, who provided an update on the Campaign for Windmill Island Garden's, Next Fifty Years.  Ryan shared a handout outlining the key components as follows:

1. Repairing and Restoring Our Dutch Artifacts including the DeZwaan Windmill and Amsterdam Street Organ and Carousel.

2. Pedestrian Link with Holland Charter Township.

3. Pedestrian Access to Windmill Island Gardens from Downtown.

  • Total campaign goal is $2,125,000. 

  • Rotary committees are evaluating elements of the campaign to see if there is opportunity for a signature Holland Rotary project or project(s). Stay Tuned for more information on that front.

  • SAVE THE DATE!! There will be a Grand Re-Opening of DeZwaan on April 19th, 2014 since that portion of the project is complete. 

 

http://www.cityofholland.com/windmillislandgardens

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Other Holland City priorities are; Waterfront development, Civic Center reimagined, street improvement, neighborhood improvement and Holland Parks and Recreation.

 

 

Holland Rotary, Thursday 01/02 - Windmill Island Update Terri Smith 2014-01-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Smith on Sep 23, 2013

The last road clean up of the year was 9/21.  Thank you to all of the Rotarians who pitched in to make this community just that much prettier!

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Road Clean up finishes STRONG! Terri Smith 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet E. DeYoung on Aug 17, 2013

Sarah Baas (left) and Ashley Tennant (right), two of five local students participating in the 2013-14 Rotary Youth Exchange program, stopped in last week to say good-bye.  Sarah is going to South Korea and Ashley to France.  Bon Voyage girls.  Godspeed and stay in touch.

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Outbound Exchange Students Janet E. DeYoung 2013-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet E. DeYoung on Aug 17, 2013

ImageLinda Jacobs (right) with Donna Bunce, Executive Director of Compassionate Heart Ministries, following her presentation on the August 15 Club Meeting.

 

Compassionate Heart Ministries Janet E. DeYoung 2013-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terri Smith on Aug 13, 2013

Come to Holland noon Rotary this week to hear from Executive Director of Compassionate Heart Ministry, Donna Bunce, about how people in our community can Dream Big! Compassionate Heart Ministry of Zeeland provides safe, nurturing and exciting programs during the summer and after school for some truly special people.  Learn more about their mission: "To promote community for families and individuals with mild to moderate disabilities and build lasting relationships with others in the love of Jesus Christ."  

http://www.compheart.org/#!

"What is Compassionate Heart Ministry?
We offer a safe, Christ centered, drop in center for teens and young adults, ages 14-35 with mild to moderate disabilities.
Whether it is playing video games, watching movies, shooting pool, doing puzzles, or just talking with friends, our peer mentors will come alongside and be a friend. Individuals can find a sense of belonging in a world where they are so often shunned and misunderstood. 
At Compassionate Heart, individuals will be greeted with a warm smile and an accepting heart. They can feel confident, encouraged and loved when entering our doors. "

This Week: Dream Big! Past, Present and Future with Compassionate Heart Ministry Terri Smith 2013-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Last Week: "Doing More. Together" with the Ottawa ISD Terri Smith 2013-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet E. DeYoung on Aug 06, 2013

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This Week at Rotary

Even if your child or grandchild attends one of our local schools, not many people are aware that every school district in the area is doing some very unique innovative work?  Education is changing.  Expectations of students and of teachers are on the rise and the schools in our district are leading the way with model programs.  Karen McPhee, Superintendent of the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District and a couple of her key staff will be with us to “brag a bit” about our local schools and their leadership.  The message is important for parents and employers. Karen is a great presenter with an important message to share.  Come and bring a friend.

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Posted by Janet E. DeYoung on Jul 27, 2013

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The hospital in Santa Rosa De Capon, the only hospital in the region, serves 40,000 patients each year.  Approximately three years ago Rotary helped to drill a new water well to supply clean water to the hospital. l After the well was drilled it was learned that the hospital's existing plumbing infrastructure did not have the capacity to handle the pressure of the new well rending the new clean source of water useless.  The Holland Noon Club committed $2,000 to the $60,000 project which will be completed this year.  Thanks to John Gronberg and Paul Elzinga who are championing the project for our club!

International Service Project - Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Janet E. DeYoung 2013-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet E. DeYoung on Jul 27, 2013

THIS WEEK AT ROTARY

Who will be our next Louis Padnos, Bernard Donnelly, G. W. Haworth, P. J. Thompson, D. J. DePree, William J. Bradford, Howard Miller, Fred Bauer, Larry Mulder, Ed Prince?  These local businessmen began with an idea and started small businesses that they grew into multinational corporations.  These legacy organizations shape the economic and philanthropic dimensions of our community to this day.  

This week we have another fascinating program.  Our presenter, Amando Chocko, is from the Start Garden, a innovation itself in the way to promote business innovation and start-ups in West Michigan.  Though August isn't officially as designated Vocational Service month for Rotary, this is a topic of great interest.

Invite a friend has an interest in the topic of rising entrepreneurism in West MI.  See you there.

This Week at Rotary Janet E. DeYoung 2013-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet E. DeYoung on Jul 13, 2013

ImageWe are very saddened to inform you of Donald J. "Duke" Lievense's passing early Sunday morning.  Duke was owner of the successful Wolbrink-Lievense Insurance Group, a community steward and a friend to many.  He joined the Rotary Club of Holland in January 1978.  We extend our sincerest sympathies to his wife, LaVerne and their family.  Services are being planned for Tuesday, July 23, at Third Reformed Church.  Watch for an obituary and final details of funeral arrangements to be published in the Holland Sentinel. 

Don Lievense's Passing Janet E. DeYoung 2013-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet E. DeYoung on Jul 13, 2013

Due to the size of our group this week's Noon Club Meeting will be held at the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication, corner of 10th and Columbia, not the Maas Center are previously announced.  A Parking Lot is located on the East side of the building.

We extend a special welcome to our Honorary Members to this meeting.

The presenter, Thomas A. Crumm, former adviser to former GM Chair , will speak on " Getting back to 'Made-in-America'".

As a former advisor to former GM Chairmen Roger Smith and  John Smale & author of "What's Good for General Motors," Thomas Crumm will speak about the importance of America's industrial sector. He will share his understanding of when and why America's industrial sector began to lose momentum and suggests a path to industrial recovery.  He is eager to reengage American business leaders in industrial enterprises. His down to earth explanation of exchange rate manipulation implies that more voters in America's industrial sector need to weigh in on the difficult balance of Foreign Policy and domestic needs.  
Introduction  by:  Jerry Hunsburger
 

The Board of Directors will meet at 10:30 in room MM 158.

THIS WEEK AT ROTARY - Please note Change of Venue Janet E. DeYoung 2013-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet E. DeYoung on Jul 12, 2013

Compelled by the promise of coffee and bright green vests...as well as a desire to keep our stretch of highway looking spotless... Mike Moraw's Highway Clean-up Crew came, they worked, they left in the course of 2 hours on Saturday morning. 

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Red Tulips (from left) to Janet DeYoung, Paul Duskin, Tim Schreur, Mike Dolinski, Chuck Fergeson, Jim Jagel, Chris Stevens and Russ Miller, along with crew chief (and photographer) Mike Moraw, for putting "service above self" on an beautiful Saturday morning.  A good time was had by all.  Thanks, Mike M.!

 

Mike's Highway Cleanup Crew Janet E. DeYoung 2013-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet E. DeYoung on Jul 10, 2013

Past President Ruggles Church, passes the gavel on to 2013-14 Club President Janet DeYoung.  Also installed were Directors Tim Schreur and Carol Dillenbeck-Swart.  Not pictured incoming President Elect Angie Barksdale, and Director Marty Boysen.

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Installation of 2013-14 Officers and Directors Janet E. DeYoung 2013-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet E. DeYoung on Jul 08, 2013

Click on the arrow below to watch the video below of New RI President Ron Burton introducing the Rotary Theme for the 2013-14 year.

Engage Rotary / Change Lives Janet E. DeYoung 2013-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Duty Roster Available On-Line 2013-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
End Polio Now - Rotary Trip to India in February Terri Smith 0
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 Thank you for joining us for the Club Assembly!

Janet DeYoung presiding.  

A special thanks to Phil Brown for taking over the Duty Roster!

Rotary Club of Holland

Club Assembly

December 12, 2013

 

Order of Business

 

1.     Inspiration from Paul Harris: http://www.whatpaulharriswrote.org/rotarian/twoscore.htm

 

2.     Election of 2014-15 Officers and Directors

 

3.     Recent  Actions by the Board

a.     Change to Honorary Membership

b.     Other Updates

 

4.     Feedback, please:  What’s going well?  Where are the opportunities?

 

5.     Business from the Floor

 

6.     Adjourn

Holland Rotary 12/12 - Janet DeYoung - Club Assembly Terri Smith 0
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You have heard of an elevator speech. But, have you

heard of an elevator Global Grant Project?

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(A success story started on an elevator during the 2010

Rotary International Conference in Montreal).

 In the summer of 2010 I met Rotarian Gebregzeabher Bekele on an elevator at the R.I. International Conference in Montreal, Canada. I had wanted to meet an Ethiopian Rotarian because my daughter was born there in 1972. We talked as we traveled the three minutes from the first floor to the third floor. He had a meeting to the left and I had one down the hall to the right. We exchanged business cards and promised to communicate.And communicate we did. After several emails, we decided to develop a joint Rotarian venture in his hometown of Gore, Ethiopia. Gebre lived in Gore until he finished his high school education. He then moved to Addis Ababa for university and a work career.

Three years later the global blueprint has been approved by Rotary International and we are prepared to “break ground”. A ten stall public latrine with running water, hand washing basins, Turkish style toilets, electric lights, and showers is the project to be completed. It was only a little over 100 years ago that the first Rotary endeavor in Chicago was the installation of a public toilet. And now we are building one in Gore. How exciting and challenging the preparation has been. In early December 2012 Rotarian Gebre and I will travel to Gore to insure that the plans and designs of the task are as Rotary has approved it.

Now another challenge begins….transferring funds, building, monitoring, sweating, completing, and paying. The city requested this project, provided the land, and the Women’s Affairs Group of Gore will oversee the education and care of the public toilets.

Although an undertaking of this nature takes a great deal of patience, tenacity, and hard work, the final outcome brings a great deal of satisfaction to all.

The creation of this public toilet has truly been a Star Trek Mission:

To go where no man has gone before.”

Rotarian Gary Bogle

The Rotary Club of Holland, Michigan

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Ayuba Gufwan and Wheels of Hope Terri Smith 0
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How do you fuel innovation and community enrichment? Start with a really great incentive program powered by a simple and effective website!  We learned how neighbors are getting involved, recycling, volunteering AND benefiting from an engaged community.

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The website mygrcitypoints is an incentive program developed to enhance sustainable living and economic development, to promote positive community initiatives, and to enrich the quality of life in the local community.  City of Grand Rapids residents earn points based on how much they recycle.  mygrcitypoints also allows for City residents and non-City residents alike to earn points by volunteering; points earned can be used toward rewards at local businesses or donated to community campaign goals.  The mygrcitypoints program is made possible, in part, by the City’s partnerships with Heart of West Michigan United Way and Local First.

 

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Don't forget to take time out of your busy week and enjoy Tulipanes film festival in Holland.  This is the first year that they will feature a live bi-lingual theatre performance by Teatro Milagro from Portland.  For show times and information go to: http://www.tulipanes.org/

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Searching for Sugarman

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SEPTEMBER is Youth Service Month.  Please take a moment to ask your Rotary Youth Committee Chairs how you can serve some of the most important stake holders in Rotary - STUDENTS!! As Rotarians we have a chance to impact so many of our future leaders in big and small ways. Take some time out for a student this month.  Our inbound exchange students in particular will be looking for unique events and ways to engage in this amazing community and who better to be their guide, but a Rotarian!

2013 Inbound Rotary Exchange

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Our sincere condolences to the family of Andrew Vollink who passed away on Friday, July 26 at the age of 100.  Andy was a member of the Holland Rotary Club since 1953.  He attended regularly until his health prevented his participation.  He leaves a legacy of service and close friendships.  We'll miss you, Andy.

Services will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 11:00 am at Third Reformed Church, the Reverends Kent Fry Fry and Wm. Unzicker presiding.  Visitation will be 6-8:00 pm at the Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, 315 E 16th St., Holland.

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GSE Netherlands with Carol Knutson, Tom Bos, and Ruggles Church

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"Rotary Leaders for the 21st Century is a three-day Leadership Conference for local seventh graders co-sponsored by our Club, the Zeeland Rotary Club, Hope College, the local school systems, and the Life Services Parent Center that will be in its fourteenth year this June 12 to 14. 

 

The students who are participating will have lunch with us at our meeting June 13.  In addition we need Rotarian volunteers to assist with welcoming the students on Wednesday, June 12, early evening (Need 5 to 10 volunteers - all this takes is to be there and support the group), with the students' graduation on Friday afternoon, June 14 (Just show up and show that Rotarians support this - don't need to say anything!), and with our presentation of a problem for student discussion Thursday late afternoon (Role play - perhaps a dozen people needed, only skill needed is to read and/or interpret a script).  Last year we had eighteen Rotarian volunteers help out.  We may also ask for some specific volunteers to make other presentations during the program.  We may still need a keynote speaker, presenters on particular topics, and someone to describe what Rotary is to the group. 

 

I will be asking you to help.  Please be ready when I approach you.  Or catch me and tell me what you would like to do.

 

Thanks very much.  This program is one of our signature programs that helps the community and leaders of the future learn about Rotary.  These students are our future Junior Rotarians, exchange students, host families, Scholarship winners, Rotarians.  Let's all do a little to make our future bright.

 

Thanks.

 

Ed Swart"

 
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During Tulip Time the Noon Rotary Club will be hosting five delegates from the Netherlands.  They will be meeting with Hollanders who share their same occupation.  This is the last year that Rotary will be sponsoring a Group Study Exchange, but these young professionals will be totally engaged with our fine city.  Various activities involve learning about the Historic Preservation District, IT Banking, Real Estate Development, Evergreen Commons, the Airport Authority, Wings of Mercy, the library and the Sentinel.  These fine Dutch will also serve as ushers at Tulip Time concerts, work with a local "Feeding America" program,  present a program next Thursday to the noon Rotarians, as well as dining in our restaurants and drinking our coffees. 
 
You may recognize them around town by the blazers they wear sporting the Rotary logo.  Give a hearty Welkom as they ride by on the Rotary Float in the Musik Parade.  They all have lovely names: Rutger, Anneke, Maarten, Nicole, and Kjell! 
 
Submitted by Donna Bogle

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Roberto Jara spoke about Destination Education

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Janet DeYoung and Bert Jara

Destination Education is a community collaborative focused on making completion of a post-secondary education an achievable reality for every student in the Holland/Zeeland area particularly low-income, first generation and other high need populations, laying the foundation for a vibrant economy, healthy community, and globally competitive workforce.

Destination Education’s VISION is a community culture of shared accountability where:

  • Every student graduates high school career and/or college ready
  • Every student is financially prepared to pursue a post-secondary degree or credential

  • Every graduating senior completes some form of post secondary education 

For more information visit:

www.midestinationeducation.org

 

 

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HELP WANTED

Holland Rotary Interact Clubs are seeking additional inspirational leaders to head up Interact Clubs at the following high schools:

 

1.    Holland High

2.    Holland Christian

3.    West Ottawa

4.    Home School

 

We are encouraging leaders to find a partner to each high school has the advantage of two Rotarian leaders. These duos work with an in-school leader.

 

Learn more about Interact: www.rotary.org/interact  and talk to Kate Maryon, Marty Boysen, or Tim Schreur, our current Interact Leaders

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The Youth, Schools, and Colleges subcommittees’ leaders and members are going to meet 10:30 am to noon on March 28th at the Haworth Center breakfast area.

 

This includes: Life Leadership, Leaders of the 21st Century, Interact, Junior Rotarians, and College Scholarships

 

Our purpose is to outline and align strategies and action plans for 2013-14.

 

Please consider contributing to this meeting:

 

·         Attend – come with your good ideas – please send me a note if you can attend

Or

·         Send your good ideas, and concerns, and anything you think we ought to know via email to me. 

I will send out an agenda about a week before the meeting.

 

All the best,

John Canfield

616-392-2634

johnc@johncanfield.com                                      

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Rob Schuitema, from Grand Rapids Museum, and Mike Mitchell


Rob Schuitema, from Grand Rapids Museum, discussed the exciting Titanic exhibit in Grand Rapids.

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Jerry Hunsburger, Travis Williams, Ruggles Church, Dan Callam

Travis Williams, the Executive Director of the Outdoor Discovery Center & Macatawa Greenway, talked about the Lake Macatawa Water Quality Project.

The Outdoor Discovery Center & Macatawa Greenway is a private non-profit outdoor education and conservation organization that was founded in 2000.  They manage over 2,000 acres of property throughout the region.  Over 35,000 people visit or participate in these programs each year.  The Outdoor Discovery Center is working to preserve and protect the green space along Lake Macatawa and the river.

Williams discussed the causes of the water quality issues.  There is too much sediment and too many nutrients flowing into Lake Macatawa from adjacent farm fields with a high fecal indicator.

The goal is to collect data, find the exact issues, and correct the issues.  At this point, no one knows where the bacteria is coming from.  However, when we have sunny days, the bacteria count is lower.  When there is rain, there is more bacteria in the water.  Interestingly, there was no human, pig, or cow ecoli found in the samples.  The health department will close a beach if there is 300 fecal counts or higher per 100 ml of water. 

It is now thought that tile drains in the fields carry biofilms where newly evolved forms of bacteria grow.  When it rains, these bacteria flow into Lake Macatawa.  Because the area has lost 87% of the original wetlands, there is more sediment and ecoli in Lake Macatawa.  Wetlands filter and restore the water. 

Lake Macatawa empties or “cycles” every 4 months.  Thus, there is a chance to restore and clean up the water quality.

For more information visit
www.outdoordiscovery.org

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Please join us for an evening meeting Thursday March 14th at Baker Lofts
This meeting will take the place of day time meeting

 

6:15 pm-7pm-Social hour cash bar
7pm-9pm Rotary meeting

RSVP’s need to be in by March 8, to Lori Varner: lvarner@suburbaninns.com

Costs are the following:

Rotaries are asked to pay an extra:  $8.85
Guest:  $17.85
Cash or check will be taken at the door. 

Please if you RSVP and can’t make it, please let Lori know by March 8.
Sign -up sheets will be on the tables at the weekly Rotary meeting. 

Please make sure you join us for the First ever nightly Rotary meeting!

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This past weekend Holland Rotary helped to build a home for Habitat for Humanity!

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Mari Martin
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Jerry Hunsburger

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Jody Wright

 

Thank you to all of the volunteers who participated!!!

 

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Derek Aten from the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids discussed the Strive Program of Grand Rapids

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Pictured:  Derek Aten, Janet DeYoung, Peter Albertini

The Strive program is facilitated by the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids and stands for Students Taking a Renewed Interest in the Value of Education.  Funds are raised by the annual golf outing at Blythefield Country Club and the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids Charities Foundation. 

The Strive program has been administered at two local high schools; - Creston and Ottawa Hills.  This program targets high school seniors that are in the bottom third of their class (typically 2.0 GPA) and are identified by school administrators, faculty, and school counselors as kids who have demonstrated or shown potential.  Mentors meet with students on a weekly basis before school for 45 minutes from 6:30AM – 7:15AM.  The mentors discuss study habits, ACT prep, preparation for college, and financial aid. 

Students in the strive program must meet the 4 A’s:

1)      Academics – improvement in their senior year GPA over their cumulative GPA

2)      Attendance – require 90% attendance at meetings

3)      Attitude – maintain a positive attitude at all meetings

4)      Altruism – ten hours of community service

Because Creston high school is closing, the Strive program may be making some adjustments to the program.  Some may include continuing the program to GRCC and turning it into a 2 year program.  It may also become an application process. 

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Pictured above is the Interact Club of Holland New Tech.  Each week more students are joining just from word of mouth and curiousity!  The club originally started with 7 students and is expanding more and more with each meeting!

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Matthew Downey, the services program director for the Johnson Center for philanthropy at Grand Valley State University, discussed the challenged that non-profits are facing today.

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Matthew Downey, the services program director for the Johnson Center for philanthropy at Grand Valley State University, discussed the challenged that non-profits are facing today.

Overall, there has been unprecedented growth in the last 20 years in the non-profit sector.  In the 1980s, there were less than 1,000,000 non-profits in the United States.  In 2010 there were just fewer than 2,000,000 nationally.

A 501(c) is a tax exempt entity with the IRS. A 501(c) 4 is a membership non-profit such as Rotary Club.  A 501(c) 6 is a chamber business association.  Most of the non-profits fall under the category of 501(c) 3.  This area has seen the most growth in the non-profit sector. 

The IRS approves about 8 501(c) 3s every working hour.  There are more non-profits than ever before, and this means that there is more competition in regards to raising money. 

Nationally, organizations get their funds in the following ways:  73% comes from individuals, 14% from foundations, 8% from bequests, 5% from companies.  Individuals statistically say, “Because of the poor economy, I am giving the same as years past.” Individuals also say, “Because the poor economy, I’m giving more.” 

In Ottawa County, the median annual household gift is $3,495.  The top recipients have been The Van Andel Institute, West Michigan University, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Calvin College, Kalamazoo College, Grand Rapids Christian School Association, Spectrum Health, and the Meijer Foundation.

54% of critical service organizations experienced a significant increase in demand for services over the past few years.  These organizations have had to rely more on volunteers and reduce their working staff.  The Johnson center helps on-profits enhance their quality and helps with fundraising, managing volunteers, and organization.

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The Rotary Club of Holland is helping to build a home for The Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, February 16, 2013

We will be working indoors, so weather will not be an issue.  Please sign up to help out this great cause that directly benefits the Holland community!

You may sign up from

8 AM – 12 PM
or 1 PM – 4 PM

 

To sign up, please e-mail Jody Wright at
Jody.Wright@ChemicalBankMI.com

 Thank you so much for your participation!

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Pat Leighton, an acupuncturist, talked about the fascinating world of Chinese Medicine.

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Donna Bogle and Pat Leighton

Western doctors are slowly starting to suggest patients to see Chinese medicine experts.  One reason is due to the fact that Chinese medicine does not have many side effects.  It is not particularly dangerous, although it can treat headaches, digestive problems, infertility, back pain, and joint pain. 

Pat stated, “When a doctor says, ‘There is nothing more I can do for you’ it is time to seek acupuncture.”  The ultimate goal of acupuncture is to keep a balanced lifestyle.

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Don Williams and Dennis McKee

Dennis McKee, Consumers Energy communications director for the utility’s smart energy program covered the electric energy spectrum during his presentation on January 10.  Dennis discussed international electric consumption, national energy consumption, the growing U.S. trend toward energy efficiency, and the environmental and economic merits of using energy wisely.  He concluded his remarks by highlighting the features of smart meters: immediate outage notification, the elimination of billing estimates, and future customer access to energy consumption data and tips for managing their energy use.  He said more than 40 million smart meters have been installed nationally.

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David Nyitray from Ready For School discussed the positive impact Ready for School is having with kids in the Holland, Zeeland, and Hamilton area.

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Pictured Above:  David Nyitray and Linda Jacobs

 

David Nyitray discussed the organization's history and impact.  In 2008, our community recognized early childhood education as the single-most important challenge facing our present and future development. At that time, less than half of our community's children were ready for school when they entered kindergarten at age five. In response to the critical need to address this challenge the Ready for School initiative was launched. Ready for School is a broadly based Holland/Zeeland community initiative ensuring that every child from birth enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. The overarching principles of the initiative are:

Our entrepreneurial model must engage all sectors of the community
Our strategies must be data driven and employ evidence based practices
We must apply sound business principles and achieve measurable results

Our army of volunteers is made up of 11 task forces/committees designed to expand outreach, develop a sustainable support base, and to communicate the importance of investing in every child. The task force work plans are aligned with one of three objectives:

Engage and inform parents
Enhance existing programming
Expand early learning opportunities.

For more information or to get involved, please visit
http://www.readyforschool.org/

 

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