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Meeting Responsibilities
Presiding at Noon Meeting
Ristola Bass, Catherine
Visitors & Guests
Bogle, Gary
Hagel, James
Chambers, Dick
Apr 21, 2022
World class Highland games athlete, and how Holland is hosting Waterfront Celtic Festival in June
Apr 28, 2022
Challenged Students luncheon
May 05, 2022
History of Holland
May 12, 2022
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Welcome to Holland Noon Rotary Club
Thursdays at 12:10 PM
Haworth Hotel at Hope College
225 College Ave
Holland, MI 49423
United States of America
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April 14 Announcements

Apr 14 Hybrid Meeting - In Person at Haworth Hotel and On-line

We are continuing to meet in person at Haworth Hotel as well as on Zoom.  If you did not sign up for lunch at last week's meeting, you should have received an email from Catherine with details on how to register for in-person meals. You will need to bring $15 in cash or a check to pay for lunch.
Here is the link for the meeting:  
Meeting ID: 816 2888 6872
Our speaker will be Holland Department of  Public Safety Sgt. Weatherwax. We will learn how the HDPS Crisis Intervention Team works on improving the outcome for citizens in crisis.
Tulip Time Kinderparade Grand Marshalls
Rotary t-shirt sales for Tulip Time Kinderparade GRAND MARSHALLS~~please march with us!
$10 each, please pay at the time of ordering. Orders are due by FRIDAY, APRIL 15. Unisex sizes: S-M-L-XL, 2X is $12.50
Checks to Catherine Ristola Bass, cash, or
Venmo:  @Catherine-RistolaBass
Last Week at Rotary Apr 7, 2022

Club Updates

There is a special t-shirt design for all of the Rotarians/Rotaractors/Interactors marching in the Kinderparade as Grand Marshalls. An order sheet was passed around at the meeting. Orders will need to be placed by April 15th. Contact Catherine to order a T-shirt if you won't be at next week's meeting.
Robert Ortman reminded us again that the challenged student luncheon at West Ottawa is coming up on April 28th. We would like to have at least 30 Rotarians attending.
John Gronberg announced that our Rotary District 6290 has committed $10,000 to the HANWASH organization.
Rudy Vedovell was at the meeting for the first time since recovering from his heart attack. He spoke at the end of the meeting and mentioned that he joined the club in 1942. He thanked the club for making him an Honorary Member.

We Have a Winner!🎉

John Helm drew the Ace of Clubs in the weekly raffle. Congratulations and Treasurer Bev will need to write that check now!

Holland Tulip Time Updates

Kim Vandermolen from Tulip Time gave us an update on what is going on with this year's festival. There are two new exhibits from the Netherlands.
  • Zeeland Girl is a photography and dress exhibit by Rem van den Bosch. It will be at the Holland Armory.
  • Tulip Immersion Garden is a horticulture display that traces the history of the tulip from Turkey all the way to Holland MI. It will be designed by Ibo Gülsen at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds using 50,000 flowers.
The Artisan Market and the Quilt show will be at Beechwood Church this year. This will allow 50 more vendors at the market than could be handled at Centennial Park. There will be food trucks, Dutch Dancing, and lots more parking at the Beechwood location.
The Tulip Time organization has shrunk from 15 employees before the Pandemic to 4 employees currently. This has necessitated some changes in the scope of the festival and an increased need for volunteers. There are 940 volunteers needed and about 70% of those positions are filled. Tulip Time starts exactly one month from the day of the meeting!
Our Rotary Club has historically helped by providing Grandstand Greeters during the parades. There will only be 2 parades this year. The Volksparade will incorporate the bands and will take place on Saturday. The grandstands will only be on Eighth Street in the Market area this year. There will be 8 sections and a new, expanded seating area that will allow much more wheelchair seating than before. Grandstand Greeters are responsible for an area of the grandstands and will sell any remaining tickets, help visitors find their seats, and entertain visitors with trivia and other group fun.
There is a special online signup for Rotarians at For volunteering, you will get a special t-shirt and a limited edition pin. And, of course, you might just have a lot of fun. To see what other volunteer opportunities are available, visit
Homabay County (Kenya) Water and Sanitation Grant Approved
Rotary International approved the Global Grant for the water and sanitation project in Homabay County, Kenya. The host (RC of Kisumu) and international (RC of Holland) clubs have just been informed of the approval. The proposal is to build four public facilities that have clean, potable water, toilet and shower facilities, and handwashing stations. A worker will be at each facility keeping it clean and refilling supplies and educational materials about hygiene. Women and Men will be able to use the facilities for a small fee, which makes the project sustainable. 
The Rotary Foundation wrote to the clubs "Your global grant application for funding to improve people's health in Homabay County, Kenya, by increasing access to gender-segregated sanitation facilities, safe water supplies, and hygiene promotion services at Oyugis Town Market, submitted by the Rotary Club of Kisumu and the Rotary Club of Holland, has been approved by The Rotary Foundation. The award is in the amount of US$ 70,714.00."
You will be hearing more about this project from our club project committee members Kathy DeVries, Charles Warren, and John Hoekstra.
Rotary Refugee Resettlement April 2022
Holland Noon Rotary and the Rotary After Hours Club are partnered with Central Park Reformed Church for the purpose of settling an Afghan Refugee family.  The family arrived at Ford Airport in Grand Rapids on January 26; therefore, we are moving into our third month of refugee resettlement.  The family is comprised of a Dad and Mom, two sisters in their thirties, and a son in his late teens.  The son speaks fairly good English, so we have not made use of a translator.
A big accomplishment of the past month has been moving the family from temporary housing to permanent housing in the City of Holland.  As we know, housing particularly at the lower income levels is a challenge in our community, so we are thankful that permanent housing has been secured.  A Rotarian Carol Swart worked with Elizabeth Maynard from Central Park Reformed Church to secure many of the furnishings for the house.  A big thank you to Rotary and the church for supplying so many denotations that are in good condition.

The entire family is enrolled in English classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, so the entire family is improving in English.  We don’t have to do so many hand motions with them at this point.  A big challenge for this month and next month is the sheer number of medical appointments that require drivers and transportation.  Thanks to the efforts of Rotarians and church members we are succeeding in getting family members to all of their appointments.

In conjunction with Bethany Christian Services and the Match Grant program, the family is receiving direction and guidance for finding jobs, particularly for the three adult children.  Our goal is to have family members employed by the end of June, and our hope is that this can happen sooner.  We are taking the time to allow family members to acquire basic English skills.

We should mention that refugee resettlement is administered through the United States State Department, and the department contracts with local resettlement agencies around the United States.  Our partnership is with Bethany Christian Services.  They coordinate the social service safety net such as medical care, food subsidies, and rental assistance.  Our job as Rotarians and church partners is to be the friendly person on the ground helping them to negotiate the community of Holland.  I may be editorializing, but this is a government program that truly works because the government provides the funds, but the government then relies on us, the citizens, through our social networks to knit the refugees into the fabric of our community.

Of course, with the Ukrainian crisis every week, we have an additional 150,000 refugees in the world.  And this is part of eighty-five million refugees world-wide recognized by the United Nations.
Yet we are thankful for the 15-20 volunteers from the Holland Rotary Clubs and Central Park Reformed Church who have come together to make a difference in the life of one Afghan refugee family.

David Beattie              Kent Fry
Co-coordinators of the Afghan Refugee Project
for Central Park Reformed Church and Holland Rotary Clubs
April is Maternal and Child Health Month
Upcoming Events
US31 Highway Cleanup
Veldheer Tulip Farm
Apr 23, 2022
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
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