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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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Feb 17 Announcements

Feb 17 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 the meeting:  
Meeting ID: 816 2888 6872
Our speaker will be our club secretary, John Hoekstra. John will walk us through our Holland Rotary website and show us the information that you can access.
Last Week at Rotary Feb 10, 2022

Club Updates

We are looking for volunteers to coordinate bleacher seating for the Tulip Time Parades and to help with running our Leaders for the 21st Century program. Contact Ed Swart if you are interested.
Russ Miller reported that we have a good number of students who have submitted their application to the Hope College Rotaract Club. We also have some Alumni who live in the area and will be active in the leadership. Way to go Russ!
We continue to look for housing for the Afghan refugee family being sponsored by our club, Holland After Hours Rotary Club, and Central Park Reformed Church.
Kathy DeVries was elected President Elect Nominee and is expected to server as our president for the 2023-24 Rotary Year. Thanks, Kathy, for your willingness to serve.

Ottawa County Department of Strategic Impact

Paul Sachs, Ottawa County Director of Strategic Impact, was our speaker. He described the county "Gateways for Growth" (G4G) program. The department works on planning programs that will ensure the quality of life and economic development in Ottawa County.
Ottawa County was incorporated in 1837 and has been the fastest growing county in the state for a number of years. The population increase between 2010 and 2020 was 12.3% or 32,339 new citizens. Our county population is currently just under 300,000. About 1% of that increase was due to immigration. About 5% of residents in Ottawa County are foreign born.
The G4G program looks for ways to foster inclusiveness in the county and receives funding from 2 non-profit groups, New American Economy and Welcoming America. The benefits of welcoming immigrants are great since 1 in 5 entrepreneurs are foreign born and in 2019 there were 700 new or preserved jobs due to immigrants. Nationally 44% of the Fortune 500 companies were started by immigrants.
The initial focus of the county was to collect detailed statistics that could be used to identify and develop needed assistance. The data pointed to the following areas of focus: healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, construction and IT. The data has been supplemented by personal stories from county residents. This research is now available to the county for developing strategies.
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
Upcoming Events
US31 Highway Cleanup
Veldheer Tulip Farm
Apr 23, 2022
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
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