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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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Rotarian Response to Ukraine

Rotarians Respond to Ukrainian Crisis

More than half of the 2.5 million refugees fleeing Ukraine have arrived in Poland where Rotary members are organizing shelter, transportation, and basic necessities for the incoming refugees.

Rotary Club of Olsztyn is collecting and managing donations for refugees, primarily unaccompanied children, staying at Ostróda Camp. Within a few hours, four cars full of donated items were collected— including food, clothes, bedding, personal hygiene products, as well as some toys.

The Rotary Foundation has received thousands of donations, totaling over $1.1 million. These donations support efforts like that of the Rotary Club of Olsztyn as well as provide medical supplies in Ukraine and support refugees who have fled to neighboring countries. #RotaryResponds

Donate to Rotary's Disaster Response Fund to support refugees and victims of the Ukraine crisis here: Or you can donate to (Rotary General Secretary) John Hewko's personal fundraiser
March 31 Announcements

Mar 31 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 is John Noling from the Muskegon club to talk about the Life Leadership Conference. Our district has sponsored this conference since 1949. 150 student leaders are sponsored by Rotary to participate in a fun-filled, exciting conference where they are inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life-long friends through fellowship activities, and discuss the ethical and social issues of today. These activities are conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The result is that these students return to their schools and communities motivated to take on additional leadership roles and to find additional ways to serve.
Last Week at Rotary Mar 24, 2022

Club Updates

We need drivers for our Afghan refugee family. As per custom, they must be gender specific because it is not appropriate for men to drive women or women to drive men.


Russ Miller reminded us of the Jump for Polio coming up on June 25th at the Grand Haven airport. This is both a fundraiser for the Polio Plus program and an attempt to break the Guiness record for the most people skydiving out of a single plane. Rebecca Lamper and Ken Vos are jumping for our club. The District Governor is hoping to have 100 jumpers and has about 50 currently. Rebecca reminded us that she and Ken are soliciting donations for the event.


We are anticipating the arrival of our inbound exchange students at the end of summer. We only have housing for one of the students. If we cannot find housing, we will have to send a student to another club and pay for their expenses. Please ask around if any of your contacts know of a family who could host a student.


Our luncheon at West Ottawa with the challenged student is set for April 28th. West Ottawa goes to great lengths to set up this annual event and Robert Ortman asked if we could all make sure to attend. Donation requests for the classrooms will be available soon.


Our next highway cleanup will be April 23rd with a rain date of the next week. Meet at 8am at Veldheer’s Tulip Farm---Mike Moraw to provide bags, vests, and extra gloves for those who don’t bring gloves.


Russ Miller collected enough cash at the meeting to buy a new computer for the club. Thanks, Russ!


Dr Omar Keith Helferich and John Gronberg were our speakers. Dr Helferich received an environmental engineering degree before most people knew what that meant. He spent time in the military supply chain and then taught at 5 universities. He was originally an advisor to the HANWASH organization and decided to join the organization to help with the education component.
Haiti National Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (HANWASH) was created to provide every resident of Haiti with clean water. HANWASH is not a project, but a program designed to be a locally owned, sustainable development. In Haiti many projects have failed because they do not have a continuing program emphasis. A project delivers something and may not have support for the long term.
Access to water in Haiti is expected as a gift. Rotary aims to change this mindset by requiring payment. Each water project will be owned by a Haitian entrepreneur. Because local support is essential, a segment of the program is to recruit and train Haitian engineers. Local Rotary Clubs will be in charge of each project and will make sure resources are only spent on what is in the plan.
There are 7 communities that will be part of the current pilot project. They were chosen because they are a mix of urban and rural. It is hoped that these 7 areas will allow addressing any problem that will be encountered in the rest of the country. Partner organizations include Haitian government agencies, NGOs with experience in Haiti, and Haitian charitable organizations. Haiti has 45 communes (similar to our townships) and each will be tackled eventually.
Our district 6290 will be responsible for Terre Nueve. While the initial assessments were being performed, the citizens were asked how much time they spent getting water. The answer was 3 hours per day per person. There are numerous water sources, but only 15% are potable. There are about 200 homes with an average of 2.5 persons per home. The homes are widely dispersed so the current plan is to build centrally located water kiosks. Part of the reason for the low amount of potable water is that there are no sewer facilities. The waste problem will be tackled also.
The program approaches being developed are intended to be scalable and aplicable to anywhere in the world. This is the way that methods were developed for Polio Plus and it is hoped that providing clean water for everyone on the planet will be the next goal after Polio is eliminated.
Upcoming Events
US31 Highway Cleanup
Veldheer Tulip Farm
Apr 23, 2022
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
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