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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
Venue Map
Last Week at Rotary Feb 3, 2022

Sponsored Afghan Family Update

The Afghan refugee family being sponsored by our club, Holland After Hours Rotary Club, and Central Park Reformed Church has been here a week. The family was taken around the Holland area and shown many of the significant places. There is also a possible lead on housing. If you have any household items that you want to donate, hold onto them until we know what will be needed.
Rotary contacts for the resettlement project are Elizabeth Scott, Kent Fry, David Beatie, and Sandy Hansen.

Housing Next

Ryan Kilpatrick updated us on the work of the Housing Next organization. They are a 4-year-old organization that is part of the United Way. Housing Next works with municipalities, developers and other organizations to facilitate the development of needed housing in Ottawa County.
Because of the price of construction most houses currently being built address the high end of the market. In order to lower housing prices there needs to be either an oversupply of homes or subsidized housing.
Housing next is currently involved in 3 developments in Holland. Hom Flats in Holland Township and Lakewood Flats in Holland are targeted for families with incomes between 40% and 80% of mean income. Currently this is $25,000 - $65,000 annual income. Hom Flats on Waverly is targeted for 40% - 100% of mean income. These developments are funded using Low Income Housing Tax Credit. Housing Next is also involved in the Habitat for Humanity/Jubilee Ministries development that we heard about 2 weeks ago.
They have also developed housing in Grand Haven that can be replicated. This development has family homes with a selling price of $140,000.
With the large increase in jobs in the Holland area housing is still behind. Rental housing has increased so that it is almost keeping up with demand. However, new housing is lagging way behind what is needed.
Ryan showed statistics comparing homogeneous developments with mixed housing developments. Mixed developments have more housing units per area, a higher taxable value, more students, and a lower price.
As part of the LG Chem expansion there will be $10 million for long-term low-interest housing loans.
Feb 10 Announcements

Feb 10 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.  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 meeting:  
Meeting ID: 816 2888 6872
Our speaker will be Paul Sachs, Director of the Ottawa County Department of Strategic Impact. This county agency is responsible for evaluation, statistics, research, land use planning, and economic development.
District 6290 2022 Foundation Raffle
It's raffle time! Please make out your checks to Rotary District 6290 and put raffle in the memo line. You may send them to Catherine and she will fill out your stubs and submit them and get your tickets back to you. Thank you for supporting the Rotary Foundation!
Catherine Ristola Bass
652 Central Ave
Holland  MI 49423

February is Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month
Supporting Rotary Peace Fellows

How to recruit and support Rotary Peace Fellow candidates

Clubs and districts have the power to shape the next generation of peacebuilders by recruiting Rotary Peace Fellows and helping them stay involved with Rotary after their studies. Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degree programs and 80 for professional certificate programs at the seven Rotary Peace Centers around the world. By supporting a peace fellow, your club or district can engage with the program in meaningful ways.


“Through years of being involved in the peace fellowship process, I’m still thrilled and admire the serious and high quality of the candidates who apply to the program,” says Gideon Peiper, Rotary Peace Fellowships subcommittee chair for District 2490. “It’s a wonderful experience to follow this process, developing a personal connection with Rotary members and knowing that peace fellows will have a memorable experience that will contribute to their professional as well as their personal life, all made possible by the tremendous support of Rotary members worldwide.”


Districts interview applicants and endorse candidates for consideration by The Rotary Foundation. Clubs can help in these ways:

  • Recruit candidates.
  • Support candidates. Complete an online training course in how to do this effectively.
  • Provide a club recommendation for a candidate, which is optional but highly encouraged. 
  • Encourage members to join your district’s Rotary Peace Fellowships subcommittee, which interviews candidates. 

Contact your district Rotary Peace Fellowships subcommittee chair or district Rotary Foundation chair for more information.


Improve your online meeting skills

When meeting in person isn’t feasible, clubs can still connect with members virtually. Remember that online meetings depend on two essentials: technology and content. Before you plan your next meeting, review the resources on our online meetings page, including expert advice on hosting online and hybrid meetings, tips from fellow members, and links to courses in the Learning Center.


Reference guides explain how to apply our four priorities

The Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Central-Mella, Ethiopia, collaborated with 24 rural communities to construct clean water wells. In a Rotary Voices blog post, Samson Tesfaye Woldetensaie, a past assistant governor of District 9212, explains how the district focused on impact — and how that made a difference. Rotary members like these are carrying out the four priorities of our Action Plan: to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt. Download the reference guides on the priorities and share them with other members.


Discover New Horizons in Houston

There is no experience quite like attending a Rotary International Convention. It’s an opportunity for members to connect personally with people from around the world, celebrate our service, and work together to find solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges. 

The 2022 Rotary International Convention will be held in Houston, Texas, USA. Those who can’t make the trip in early June can still experience the convention virtually. Share the promotional video with your fellow club members and encourage them to register today.

Upcoming Events
US31 Highway Cleanup
Veldheer Tulip Farm
Apr 23, 2022
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
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