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Feb 16, 2023
English Channel Swimmer
Feb 23, 2023
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4600 Macatawa Legends Boulevard
Holland, MI 49424
United States of America
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February 16, 2023 Meeting

English Channel Swimmer

(From the Holland Sentinel) When Bryan Huffman was a high school swimmer, a West Michigan swimmer named Jim Dreyer attempted to swim across all of the Great Lakes.

He succeeded — and that inspired Huffman, a 49-year-old ophthalmologist from Holland, to look at the water a little differently.

Huffman was determined to find an inspiring swim for himself, and after some searching, he found the English Channel.

The English Channel is a popular open water swim — dozens attempt it each year. There's a bar near the channel with the names of the hundreds of crossers over the years.

Huffman wanted to be one of those swimmers.

"I learned about the challenges of the English Channel, and decided I would one day like to swim it. At the time, I didn’t know how to arrange for a swim, and didn’t have the time or resources to make it happen," Huffman said.

Then life happened.

Come and hear the rest of the story.

Last Week at Rotary - February 9, 2023

US Navy Submarine Experiences

Katherine Hoekstra grew up in Holland and graduated from West Ottawa High School. She decided to join the US Navy and received an ROTC scholarship to attend the University of Michigan where she majored in Physics and minored in Music. After graduating from UM, she was commissioned as an officer in the Navy. After commissioning, she moved to Charleston, NC. In Charleston, she graduated from the Navy Nuclear Power School of the Navy Nuclear Power Training Command and then the Nuclear Power Training Unit. The first school gave the theory of nuclear power operations and the second gave hands-on experience running Navy reactors.
After finishing the nuclear training, Katherine moved to Groton CT to attend Submarine Officer Basic School. In Groton, she learned about all of the other systems on a submarine. After completing this schooling, she was assigned to the USS Florida in Kings Bay Georgia.

US Navy Submarines

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