Club News Archive
South Haven Rotary celebrated its 59th Paul Harris Fellow on Tuesday, June 23. President W.C. Askew is pictured presenting the award to
member John Harding. John has been a member of South Haven Rotary since 2004. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or have had contributions made in their name, to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. It was established in 1957 and today the number of Paul Harris Fellow exceeds one million. See South Haven's Paul Harris Fellows
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South Haven Rotary Club sponsored its third community pancake breakfast of the summer on Sunday, Sept. 6. Nearly 600 breakfasts were served. The proceeds from the breakfasts will be used to support South Haven Rotary's community outreach programs which last year totaled $14,000 given to more than 20 organizations. Enjoy photos from our breakfast. - See more at: http://www.southhavenrotary.org/#sthash.TAt7Uua3.dpufSouth Haven Rotary Club sponsored its third community pancake breakfast of the summer on Sunday, Sept. 6. Nearly 600 breakfasts were served. The proceeds from the breakfasts will be used to support South Haven Rotary's community outreach programs which last year totaled $14,000 given to more than 20 organizations. Enjoy photos from our breakfast. - See more at: http://www.southhavenrotary.org/#sthash.TAt7Uua3.dpufV
 
 
 
South Haven Rotary is proud to encourage the youth of our community. It was evidenced Tuesday, Aug. 29, when the club presented Eagle Scout candidate Elian Garcia with a $500 grant in support of his project to raise funds toward the purchase of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for the South Haven and Bangor libraries. He is pictured with Grants Committee Chair Art Ayers.
 
 
South Haven Rotary on Tuesday, Aug. 22 was honored to host District Governor Teresa Brandell who spoke to the theme "Making a Difference" She presented to President Tom Renner a banner from Rotary International President Ian Riseley. Thank you Teresa for your leadership and commitment to Rotary.
 
 
South Haven Rotary is pleased to support Friends of the Blue Star Trail, an ambitious initiative aiming to create a 20-mile-long bike trail between South Haven and Saugatuck. On Tuesday, Aug. 22, we presented a $350 grant to Friends representatives Jeanne Van Zoeren, Clark Carmichael and Laura Jager. They are pictured with our Grant Chair Art Ayers.

South Haven Rotarians on Tuesday, Aug. 1 took a field trip to the award-winning Blue Horizon Nursery Gardens. Owners Bill and Paul treated us to a tour of gardens featuring a collection of unique trees and ornamental shrubs.

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The humanitarian work of Marty and Hollee Graber continues to receive deserved recognition. At Tuesday's Rotary meeting a State of Michigan Proclamation was presented to the Grabers by Representative Beth Griffin (left) and Senator Tonya Schuitmaker. Proud of the work of Marty and Hollee in Kenya and their "Service Above Self" award from Rotary International.

 

 

 

 

 

Marty and Hollee Graber were honored by the City of South Haven on Monday, July 17 with the presentation of a proclamation recognizing their work in Kenya and for receiving the Rotary International "Service Beyond Self" award. The Grabers are pictured with Mayor Robert Burr and Councilperson Clark Gruber who read the proclamation.

In Support of Community

We were pleased to host Megan Cairns, the new Director of the National Blueberry Festival, at our July 18 meeting. South Haven Rotary is a sponsor of this year's festival, highlighted by the 45th annual Fly-In Pancake Breakfast on August 13. Megan is pictured with Rotarian Art Ayers who is chairing our Grants Committee this new Rotary year.

Welcome to Our Community

At our June 20th meeting we were pleased to welcome new Lake Michigan College President, Dr. Trevor Kubatzke. He is pictured with colleague and South Haven Rotarian Barbara Craig. Thank you Barbara for introducing Dr. Kubatzke to our club.

Humanitarian Marty Graber Honored by Rotary International

South Haven Rotarians were privileged to join in the tribute to Dr. Martin (Marty) Graber when he was presented Rotary International's "Service Above Self" award Saturday, May 13, at the District Conference. The presentation of the RI award was made by Ezra Teshome, Rotary International President's Representative, who himself is very familiar with the health issues facing the populations in that part of the world. We are proud to continue our support of Marty and Hollee in their work in Kenya. President Art Ayers presented Marty a check for $2,000 to support the current construction of hospital staff housing in Ngoswani. See Photos from Event

 

 

Outstanding Educator Award is Presented to Coach Ayotte

South Haven Rotary at its annual education fundraiser on Saturday. April 29, was pleased to honor South Haven football coach Troy Ayotte as the recipient of the club's 2017 Education and Service Award. The award annually recognizes a teacher or educator in our community who best exemplifies the attributes of quality teaching and is an outstanding volunteer in our community. As a "Success Coach", Troy was honored for his commitment to building relationships with his students beyond the field of play. He is pictured with President Art Ayers and Scott Mark, chair of Rotary's committee on recognition. See picture gallery from the dinner

In Support of Community

South Haven Rotary is pleased to support Hospice at Home. President Art Ayers is pictured with Terri Dotson who attended our June 13 meeting to explain a new program Rotary is sponsoring for Hospice at Home. As the Rotary year winds down, we are pleased to report that our club supported 40 local, regional and international initiatives through service projects and with grants totaling more than $40,000 over the past 12 months.

Welcome to Rotary!

South Haven Rotary welcomes our newest member -- Robert Herrera, South Haven's Superintendent of Schools. He was officially welcomed at our Tuesday, April 18 meeting. Our ranks now stand at 47 active members.

A Word from Our Snowbirds

 
SWF Rotary Club met at noon February 15th at the Capt's Table in Punta Gorda, Florida with 7 Rotarians and one guest and their wife's. After the initial greetings, and exchange of grandchildren pictures, talk of cars, golf, fishing, great thrift store finds, and Ruesink's "tales " from his magical "Tool Box" of J-rigging over 30 adult and children's bicycles for his church's up coming benefit sale- whew. We finely sat down to order lunch, after a bit LENGTHY wait for our 🥘 food (for just a small table of 16), we enjoyed the flare against the ambience of the blue water of the Gulf. The men at one end kept the conversation continuous, and the women at the other with loud Giggles and laughter- we were not sure if it was from what was in their drink glass or it was from better stories? Anyway a great 👍 time was had by all in this wonderful southern weather of "OZ". Sent in by assistant associate scribe, J Gruber.
 

Helping New Parents

South Haven Rotary at its Feb. 21 meeting was pleased to present a $250 grant in support of the Hope Parent Resource Center. President Art Ayers presents the grant to Sheryl Postma. The grant will help purchase of books that assist parents of newborns in learning the importance of reading, talking and singing to their baby.

On Track With Team Ramageddon

 
South Haven High School Robotics Team ($750 Rotary grant) – Team Ramageddon brought us up-to-date on this year’s endeavor. They are in the construction stage with the first competition scheduled for March 10-11 in St. Joseph. The team has high-hopes. Importantly, they are within $100 of their $10,000 fund raising goal. Rotarians are invited to their March 2nd showcase at the high school (6:30 p.m., includes dinner).
 
- See more at: http://www.southhavenrotary.org/Stories/spokes-february-14-2017#sthash.Tux6881c.dpuf
South Haven High School Robotics Team ($750 Rotary grant) – Team Ramageddon brought us up-to-date on this year’s endeavor. They are in the construction stage with the first competition scheduled for March 10-11 in St. Joseph. The team has high-hopes. Importantly, they are within $100 of their $10,000 fund raising goal. Rotarians are invited to their March 2nd showcase at the high school (6:30 p.m., includes dinner).
 
- See more at: http://www.southhavenrotary.org/Stories/spokes-february-14-2017#sthash.Tux6881c.dpuf
South Haven High School Robotics Team ($750 Rotary grant) – Team Ramageddon brought us up-to-date on this year’s endeavor. They are in the construction stage with the first competition scheduled for March 10-11 in St. Joseph. The team has high-hopes. Importantly, they are within $100 of their $10,000 fund raising goal. Rotarians are invited to their March 2nd showcase at the high school (6:30 p.m., includes dinner).
 
- See more at: http://www.southhavenrotary.org/Stories/spokes-february-14-2017#sthash.Tux6881c.dpuf
South Haven High School Robotics Team ($750 Rotary grant) – Team Ramageddon brought us up-to-date on this year’s endeavor. They are in the construction stage with the first competition scheduled for March 10-11 in St. Joseph. The team has high-hopes. Importantly, they are within $100 of their $10,000 fund raising goal. Rotarians are invited to their March 2nd showcase at the high school (6:30 p.m., includes dinner).
 
- See more at: http://www.southhavenrotary.org/Stories/spokes-february-14-2017#sthash.Tux6881c.dpuf
Members of the South Haven High School Robotics Team were our guests at the Feb. 14 meeting. Team Ramageddon brought us up-to-date on this year’s endeavor. They are in the construction stage with the first competition scheduled for March 10-11 in St. Joseph. The team has high-hopes. President Art Ayers was pleased to present the team with a $750 grant.. Members of the Robotics Team included Kim Wise (team advisor), Sophie Aoodnaugh, Taylor Vincent, Chloe Kinney, Parker Jensen, Joe Nelson and Ed Burgess (team mentor).

Life Savers

South Haven Rotary was pleased to host SHAES first reponders Shawn Smith and Brian Montgomery at our Feb. 14 meeting. They presented a demonstration of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) and the proper application of CPR.
Barbara Craig learned proper CPR techniques from Shawn Smith.
Larry Wittkop received lesson in applying CPR from Brian Montgomery.

Humanitarian Marty Graber Honored by Rotary International

The highest honor awarded by Rotary International will be presented to South Haven Rotarian Dr. Martin (Marty) Graber in recognition of his humanitarian work.
 
The “Service Above Self Award” recognizes Rotarians who demonstrate Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self, by volunteering time and talents to help others. The award is internationally competitive and is granted to no more than 150 Rotarians worldwide each year. Dr. Graber will be presented the award at the Rotary District Conference in Battle Creek on May 13.
 
Founded in 1909, Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million members in 200 countries and geographical areas who come together to make positive, lasting change in their communities and abroad. The Rotary Club of South Haven, founded in 1956, has 50 active members. Dr. Graber has been a member of South Haven Rotary since 2006. He is the second South Haven Rotarian to receive the prestigious award. The other recipient was Robert Brickman in 1993.
 
“Dr. Graber is an exemplary individual, an extraordinary humanitarian, a dedicated Rotarian and a person who also freely exhibits a very robust Christian faith,” said Rotary Club President Art Ayers.
 
Born on a farm in northeastern Indiana, Dr. Graber, 82, graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1964. He had a successful medical career in Indianapolis as an emergency room practitioner. In 1980 he began his medical missionary work serving in Somalia, Southern Sudan, Rwanda and Kenya, which continues to this day.
 
When Dr. Graber and family moved to Kenya, he and his late wife, Ann, worked for 14 years at a mission hospital, averaging over 400 inpatients. A registered nurse, Ann died from cancer in 1997. He met his current wife, Hollee, on the mission field and they were married in 2000.
 
The Grabers work with the Maasai Tribe in the South Narok District of Kenya. Their area of focus is a small remote community called Ngoswani. When their mission work began there was little to no development, no clean water sources, no medical facilities or medically-trained personnel. Elementary schools were few, as were churches or any multiple-use community buildings. The nearest health facility was a three-hour drive. The infant mortality rate was 34%. Many of the children died because of contaminated water and subsequent dehydration and dysentery.
 
In the decades since the Grabers have been instrumental in helping the 350,000 Maasai Tribesmen develop clean water wells powered by wind and solar sources, build a general curative and preventative medical facility with an emphasis on maternal child care, construct school classrooms and create an agricultural demonstration farm. He has supported the education of native personnel to staff the medical facilities and provided medical equipment and supplies for the buildings. The village has since developed to over 100 buildings.
 
Financial support from the South Haven Rotary Club has included funds for the construction of classrooms at the Ngoswani Elementary School.
 
Dr. Graber and Hollee moved to South Haven in retirement. Mrs. Graber, with degrees in medical technology, secondary education sciences and religious education, has a distinguished career of her own in medical missionary work. While working at International Aid she developed “Lab-in-a-Suitcase”, a portable self-powered laboratory that to this day provides many of the tests most frequently used by medical practitioners. Over 200 “Lab-in-a-Suitcase” kits have been placed in more than 50 countries. Dr. Graber credits Hollee for providing the vision for much of his work, notably the construction of the maternal care facility.
 
The Grabers spend a majority of their time in Kenya, returning to the States to do fundraising for their work. A current priority is seeking funds to build staff housing near the hospital. Of concern is the safety of hospital staff, many of whom walk several miles to get to work, risking attacks by wild animals near the hospital. The Grabers also continue to seek support for the pharmacy, laboratory, patient rooms and surgery suites. They report that there currently are two recently arrived 40-foot shipping containers on site containing donated medical equipment and supplies with the help of METAD, located in Spring Lake, Michigan.

In Support of Community

South Haven Rotary is pleased to support other community organizations through its grant program. In 2015-16 the club presented grants totaling $35,966 to more than 30 non-profit local, regional and international initiatives. Pictured above with President Art Ayers are Katie Hosier, Tracy Davis and Mark Feldkamp from the Our Town Players, recipients of a $250 Rotary grant.
 
The club recently presented a $250 grant to the Van Buren Youth Camp. Pictured wih President Art Ayers is camp director Dottie Miles-Hill.
 
 
 
 
 
Pictured with President Art Ayers are Rosalie Plechaty and Brooke Blanchard from the Youth Development Company, recipients of a $250 Rotary grant.
 
The club recently presented a $500 grant to the Al Van Humane Society in support its expansion project. President Ayers presents the grant to Lisa Galdikas, Al-Van Board President.
The work of the Caring Circle was supported with a $250 grant for Lory's Place. President Ayers presents grant to Melinda Graham-Gruber, Vice President for Continued Care Services at Lakeland Health.
A grant of $250 will support the Harborfest festival when it is held June 16-18. President Ayers presents the grant to Dan Ohlmann, president of Harborfest.

Celebrating the Holidays

Food and fellowship was in abundance on Tuesday, Dec. 20, as South Haven Rotarians provided a holiday meal to nearly 200 people at the Open Door Dinner held at the United Methodist Church. Enjoy photos of South Haven Rotarians serving above self.
 
South Haven Rotarians rang the bell for the Salvation Army on Saturday, Dec. 20. See photos of our Bell Ringers.
 
 
South Haven Rotarians celebrated the holidays with their annual Christmas dinner at the South Haven Yacht Club on Thursday, Dec. 15. The "Yoopers" led us in song and Santa declared everyone in attendance was on his "good list". We also took a collection to benefit the work of the pantries at Ware Care I.N.C. Enjoy our photo gallery.
 

Hosting Royalty

Our spotlight this week focused on the Miss South Haven Pageant with a brief synopsis of the pageant and the scholarships that are awarded.  Each of the members of the court – who are all also athletes with Co-chair Brianne Hooper, Maddie Nelson and Stephanie Postema all volleyball letter winners – spoke about the excellent experiences they have had as members of the court, especially the community service opportunities and chances to work with young children in school.  Brandy Rainey thanked us for our donation to the pageant and said it would be used to help fund their float. - See more at: http://www.southhavenrotary.org/Stories/spokes-december-20-2016#sthash.7JfDOGNJ.dpuf
Our spotlight this week focused on the Miss South Haven Pageant with a brief synopsis of the pageant and the scholarships that are awarded.  Each of the members of the court – who are all also athletes with Co-chair Brianne Hooper, Maddie Nelson and Stephanie Postema all volleyball letter winners – spoke about the excellent experiences they have had as members of the court, especially the community service opportunities and chances to work with young children in school.  Brandy Rainey thanked us for our donation to the pageant and said it would be used to help fund their float. - See more at: http://www.southhavenrotary.org/Stories/spokes-december-20-2016#sthash.7JfDOGNJ.dpuf
Our Rotary spotlight on Tuesday, Dec. 20, focused on the Miss South Haven Pageant with a brief synopsis of the pageant and the scholarships that are awarded.  They spoke about the excellent experiences they have had, especially the community service opportunities and chances to work with young children in school.  Pictured left to right are pageant co-chair Brianne Hopper, court member Alyssa Rainey, court member Stephanie Postema, Miss South Haven Madi Nelson, pageant co-chair Brandie Rainey and club president Art Ayers. We were thanked for our donation which help funds their award-winning float.
 

Truly International

The impact of Rotary is truly international. Pictured here is South Haven member Melinda Gruber in Poland in recent days. Melinda is pictured at a monument commemorating the 75th anniversary of Rotary in de Sintra, Poland. The photo taken by husband Clark. There are over 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide.
 

 

In Support of Our Youth

South Haven Rotary is pleased to support Junior Achievement. At our Tuesday, Nov. 29 meeting Tom Renner, club grant coordinator, presented a $250 contribution to Tom VanderMolen in support of their program in the elementary schools of South Haven.

Giving a Helping Hand

 
South Haven Rotarians were pleased to lend a helping hand at the weekly community dinner hosted by the Congregational Church on Thursday, Nov. 17. This will continue as a club service project on the third Thursday of each month into next Spring..
 

Proud Paul Harris Fellows

Four South Haven Rotarians were honored as Paul Harris Fellows during our November 22nd meeting. Jean Stein and Rhonda Wendzel were recognized as a level one Fellows while Tony Martorano and Steve Larsen were welcomed as new Fellows for their contributions to the Rotary International Foundation. See the list of South Haven Rotarians honored as Paul Harris Fellows

Because We Care

Among the many South Haven area organizations supported by the South Haven Rotary Club is We Care in the Name of Christ. At our November 22 meeting President Art Ayers happily presented a $250 gift on behalf of our club to We Care Executive Director Linda Olsen. We Care during the course of a year makes 40,000 contacts, including 6,000 during the Christmas season.

Welcome to Rotary!

South Haven Rotary is pleased to welcome new member Don Kitchin. Previously a member of Rotary in Portage, Don is a recent new resident of South Haven. He was welcomed into membership on Nov. 15 by President Art Ayers.

 

Supporting Rotary International

Rotarian Richard (Dick) Averill was honored at our October 4 meeting for his continued support of Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow. A member of South Haven Rotary since 2000, Dick was first named a Paul Harris Fellow in 2006. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who support The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Our club has 58 present and past members who have received the Paul Harris designation. Dick is pictured with President Art Ayers who presented him a pin from RI.

Rotary Supports Education

South Haven Rotary continued its tradition of benefiting the community with the recent presentation of over $9,200 in support of education. The Lake Michigan College Board of Trustees, meeting in South Haven on September 28, was presented $4,610 toward a scholarship endowment that benefits students enrolled at the LMC South Haven campus. Pictured, from left to right, are Mary Jo Tomasini, LMC Board of Trustees Chair; Barbara Craig, LMC Vice President for Regional Campuses and K-12 Relations; and Rotarian Dene Hadden. Over the past decade South Haven Rotary has presented over $140,000 to Lake Michigan College for the scholarship endowment. The club also recently presented a similar amount ($4,610) to the South Haven Public Schools Foundation. The donations represent proceeds from the club’s annual Building Our Community Through Education dinner held in the Spring.

 

Rotary Supports Scouting

South Haven Rotary is pleased to be able to support community organizations who benefit our youth. At our Tuesday, Sept. 27 meeting President Art Ayers presented a $250 grant in support of the Girl Scouts of South Haven. President Ayers is pictured presenting the check to Linda Marcon, Fund Development Specialist for the Girl Scouts, Heart of Michigan. Our Spotlight Speaker for the day, Linda explained the programs of Girl Scouts in South Haven.
 
 

Welcome to Our Club

South Haven Rotary welcomes new member Barbara Craig. President Art Ayers formally presented Barbara to the membership on Tuesday, Sept. 27.  Barbara is Vice President for Regional Campuses and K12 Relations for Lake Michigan College. She has been an active Rotarian prior to transfering her membership to our club.

A Special Guest

South Haven Rotary was privileged to host a fellow  international Rotarian all the way from India at our Fly-in Pancake Breakfast on August 14.
 
S.L. Omprakash and his wife are in the United States visiting family. Mr. Omprakash is chairman of Rotary's Polio Plus. He is a member of the Calcutta Midtown club.
 
Greeting our guests are Rotarians Tom Fleming and Tom Ruesink.

Kenya Update

Greetings from Lions Ngoswani Community Maternal and Child Hospital:
 
Good news, the 40 Ft. shipping container arrived at Ngoswani this past week. I thank FAME in Indianapolis, Indiana, and METAD in Spring Lake, Michigan, and Chege in Mombasa for making this possible. Also, I thank Pastor Dave and Dr. Dave for the Ultrasound that will be a great asset in Maternity. We now have a large amount of medical and surgical equipment and supplies. The container arrived after mounting many bumps during the past 8 months.
 
Construction of Phase Two was to be completed by the end of July. Construction has progressed slowly because the contractor has not provided building material in a timely fashion to keep the Fundis busy. The photo above shows Phase Two of the hospital. Phase One is to the far right in the picture. The hospital will look much better when the windows and doors are installed and the inside walls are all plastered.
 
A neighbor, at Olarro Conservancy, provided a large machine to off load a large container from a lorry and move the container to the ideal location. The machine also moved the top soil that was removed to provide for the foundation of Phase Two.  A little more work and the water will be diverted around the hospital during a very heavy rain.
 
Dr. Alex is working in a sub county hospital as the only physician. He is gaining experience as the Medical Superintendent to the hospital.
 
In five weeks, I will be returning to the States to work again so I can return and help complete the hospital and see the opening of this new facility. I know Dr. Alex is looking forward to that day when he is again working in a Faith Based Hospital. There are many staff challenges in a government hospital.
 
I thank God for answering prayer and look forward to the day when the hospital will be open to serve the needy In the community.
In His service,
Marty
Martin J Graber, M. D., P. O. Box 1259   20500, Narok, KENYA (Maasaimarty2@aol.com)
METAD, P. O. Box 466, Spring Lake, MI 49456 (Tel:  616-644-2306)

Welcome District Governor Bill Smith

We were pleased to host District Governor Bill Smith to our July 26 meeting.
 
Bill, a member of the Climax club, challenged us to step outside of our comfort zone. He also explained the District project, "Hands Free CPR" and reminded us that District has an extensive grants program, notably in support of youth.
 
Thank you DeGrandchamp Farms for providing the gift we presented Bill.
 
A JOB WELL DONE -- South Haven Rotarians were busy this Independence Day weekend. The first pancake breakfast of the summer was well received with an estimated 800 meals served over a four-hour period on Sunday, July 3.  Then on Monday, July 4, our Rotarians helped with traffic control during the Independence Day parade. Rotarians Bob Stickland and Bob Straits brought up the rear of the parade by collecting signage and traffic cones. We'll be sponsoring two more pancake breakfasts this summer -- August 14 at the South Haven Airport during the National Blueberry Festival and September 4 during Labor Day weekend. Thank you for your support. See more photos

A Worthwhile Rotary Investment

Among the community organizations supported by South Haven Rotary is the high school robotics team. Members of the 2015-16 team came to our June 14 meeting to give an update on a very successful season. We were treated to a demonstration of the robot.
 

Greetings from Marty Graber

Even though things seem to be moving slowly in Kenya, I am happy to report the 40 ft. container is on its way to Kenya. It is scheduled to arrive in Mombasa on July 11. It is full of medical equipment, including an ultrasound and many medical supplies to be used in the Maternal and Child Hospital at Ngoswani. The cost, in large part, will be covered by METAD.
 
Phase Two of the hospital now has its walls up to the ring beam. (See photo) The walls are made of granite stone blocks cut from the side of the mountain.  The roof will be metal as are the window frames and outside doors. Construction may be completed by the end of August. Funds are available to complete the construction of Phase Two. The building should last for many years, help many people and save many lives.
 
The Electronic Medical Records System has been determined and has been funded for the purchase and for the first 5 years. It will include detailing the inventory and financial accountability and reporting.
 
Since there is much tuberculosis in Kenya and fractures are common, especially in children, the purchase of a digital processing unit is planned which will alleviate the continuous purchase of X-Ray film and developer. The anticipated cost is $21,900. Many X-Rays of chest and extremities are anticipated.
 
An initial four units for staff housing is planned at a cost of a little less than $22,000. Solar panels are in hand, but we will need adequate solar batteries for storage during the night and on cloudy days will cost $8,500. Inverters and a controller are in hand.
 
Medicine for the first three months, at a cost of $5,500, and staff salaries for the first 3 months, at a cost of $13,500, will be needed before opening the hospital. I plan to return to the States in September, in order to work for a while to raise funds before the hospital will open. Money collected during the first 3 months will be placed in the bank account. After the first three months in service, the hospital is expected to be self sustaining.
 
Finding staff for the hospital should not be a problem as many qualified medical staff have visited, wanting to be remembered when we begin hiring staff. Some are people we have sponsored to be trained as doctors, nurses, and other medical programs.  
      
 Thank you for your continued prayer and support.

Rotary Supports Al-Van Humane Society

South Haven Rotary is a proud supporter of the Al-Van Humane Society. At our Tuesday, April 19 meeting, Jennifer Nuerenberg, the executive director of Al-Van, gave an update on the organization.
 
Club President Bob Straits in turn presented Jennifer with a gift of $500 to be used for animal medical care and adoption pre-costs.
 
South Haven Rotary this year has provided financial support to more than 20 local organizations.
 

Annual Event Supporting Education is April 30

South Haven Rotary will host its annual “South Haven Future: Building Our Community Through Education” dinner on Saturday, April 30 at the Beach Haven Event Center, 10420 M-140 Highway.
 
Proceeds from the event provide scholarships for students who attend Lake Michigan College and grant funding for the South Haven Public Schools Foundation.
 
During the dinner, the South Haven High School string quartet will perform and artwork created by South Haven Public School district students will be on display. The event will also include an update on the high school’s $28 million renovation project and the announcement of the Rotary Club’s 2016 Educational Service Award recipient.
 
Tickets for the dinner are $140 per person, $225 per couple or $600 for a table of six. Tickets can be purchased by contacting event co-chairs Dene Hadden (637-6275) or Deb Davidson.

Paul Hix Our "Club Hero" for 2016

South Haven Rotary Club has declared member Paul Hix its “Club Hero” for 2016.
 
Paul will be honored during the Rotary District 6360 conference in Kalamazoo on Saturday, April 22. Each member-club is invited to declare a “Club Hero” for recognition at the annual gathering.
 
“Paul is a Rotarian who truly exemplifies ‘Service Above Self’ in everything he thinks, says, and does,” said club secretary Rhonda Wendzel. “He is genuine and well respected in our community. We like to describe him as a tailor-made humanitarian.”
 
Paul has been a member of South Haven Rotary since 2009. He was club president in 2011-12 and is a current board member who serves as the membership committee chair. He coordinates several club activities, including a major fundraiser that last year contributed nearly $14,000 for programs through the South Haven Public Schools Foundation and to Lake Michigan College – South Haven campus for scholarships. He is a ready-volunteer be it flipping pancakes at a summertime breakfast or ringing the bell for the Salvation Army in the dead of winter.
 
He is the current chairman of the board for the South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce and past president of the South Haven Center for the Arts. He is also a member of the South Haven Kiwanis club and past president of the Fennville Lions club.
 
He is a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments in South Haven.
 
The Florida snowbird's second southern meeting was held at 11:15 Wednesday March 23 at Pinchers Crab Shack in Ft. Myers.  Six members and one guest, plus spouses  enjoyed  the festive meal served on their open porch where we enjoyed the pleasant Florida air and low 80 temperature!!
 
The blessing provided by "Rev" Bolt, music provided by the women's table, Ruesink passed the hat for collection, he noted his birthday, where upon Tony then directed a non-Ludingtion style birthday song!  End results, there was $60 collected from this group to be added to basket when I return.  (that is unless I spend it on return trip north!!)
 
Indiana Dave Buckley provided entertainment.  He was camera shy as well as our guest Red McFadden.
 
Good time was enjoyed by all, meeting broke up close to 2 p.m.  
 
That's it until next year.
Tom Ruesink 
what is it Hixon writes -something about license to stretch the truth!!
 
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And how will your garden grow? Thanks to South Haven Rotarians, children at the Pullman Elementary School will find out in the coming months. A grant for the Vegetable Garden Project was presented to teacher Tricia DeVries by meeting chair Arts Ayers during the March 15 meeting. The 200 students attending the school will grow vegetables and then experience the joy of tasting fresh produce.
 
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South Haven Rotary is proud to announce it will be a sponsor of the 2016 Riverfront Concert Series. On Tuesday, March 8, meeting convener Art Ayers presented our sponsorship check to Lotte Resek who represented the Concert Series on behalf of Foundry Hall. South Haven Rotary so far this year has awarded grants totaling more than $18,000 in support of programs throughout the community.
 
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A message from South Haven Rotarian Marty Graber
 
Greetings from Indianapolis.
 
The sun is shining and it is warm enough in mid-February to convince many people to wearing shorts, outside.
 
I have delayed giving an update because each week I was expecting to inform you the container was on its way to Kenya and I would very soon follow. The obstacle is the permits from Kenya, allowing the medical and surgical equipment and supplies to be inspected before placed in the 40 ft. container.
 
The Kenyan government has new policies. I received a note from Kenya indicating the permits would be available within one or two days, but only after receiving an additional $6,403 in fees. I have not received a response after a repeated request to receive a breakdown of the fees.
 
The contents for the container have been available at FAME in Indianapolis for the past several weeks. This delay has caused a delay in the construction of Phase Two of the Maternal Child Hospital at Ngoswani, Kenya. Dr. Alex will complete his formal training and will be available to come to Ngoswani in early April. The plan is to open Phase One, even though Phase Two is not complete.
 
Please pray the permits from Kenya will be received very soon and the needed funds to complete the construction of Phase Two will be available. Thank you very much for your continued prayer.
 
In His service,
Marty
 
Tax deductible contributions for construction of the hospital may be made out to:
METAD (MEDICAL, EDUCATION, TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT)     
(Kenya Project)
P.O. Box 466
Spring Lake, MI 49456 
 
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The South Haven West Florida Rotary Club recently met for a luncheon meeting at the Captn's Table in Punta Gorda . We all gathered at the Docks waiting for the catch of the Day to arrive. Lordy Lordy you should of heard the Clam Chowder thrown around the guys about the almost cars bought or the longest drive (there still looking for Gruber's) and the women with their treasured find at the "TS" boutique or the chunk of muscle spotted on beach. When the cloud cleared 17 of us went inside and enjoyed real conversation and an outstanding feast. Seven Rotarians with their wife's plus three guest were present . Missing the photo shoot were Midge Lewis(tangled in her loom at the convention center and Bob and Doris Stickland posing on the wrong level. As always RUESINK did a great job in making arrangements , Thank, Tom. Watch for the March announcement soon. Temp scrip JMG
 
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South Haven Rotary is again supporting the Robotics team at South Haven High School. The club received a progress report on the team's current project on Feb. 16. Our convener, W.C. Askew, is pictured presenting our donation of $500 to Mrs. Katherine Javier, the team's adviser, and team members Sonny Garber, Taylor Vincent, Trevor Vincent and Isa Graham.
 
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South Haven Rotary on January 26 was pleased to present $250 to the Michigan Flywheelers in support of the organization's plan to build a museum building to display vintage tractors. Meeting chair W.C. Askew is pictured with Flywheelers president Patrick Ingalls.

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Several South Haven Rotarians participated in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 18. Our Rotarians joined other community volunteers in packaging two tons of rice for distribution to food pantries in Bangor, Covert, Pullman and South Haven. South Haven Rotary donated $200 toward the purchase of the rice. The event was sponsored by the South Haven Area Diversity Coalition.
 
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The relentless bell ringers of South Haven Rotary and the generosity of many in our community resulted in contributions totaling $1,198 for the Salvation Army during the holiday season. President Bob Straits receives a warm "thank you" from fellow Rotarian Mike McKee on behalf of the Salvation Army. See photos of our ringers.
 
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South Haven Rotary welcomed Susan Trabucchi as our newest member during the January 12th club meeting. She is pictured with sponsor Don Hixson and president Bob Straits. Susan’s career in nonprofit and philanthropic circles has included brand strategy, marketing,
community engagement, and fundraising for several institutions of higher education, as well as two PBS programs, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and American Experience. Her work for the Fetzer Institute, a national operating foundation based in Kalamazoo, included management of a $3.5 annual portfolio of investments to advance the Institute' mission. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she holds a Master’s degree in American Studies from Georgetown University. Susan currently serves as marketing coordinator for South Haven Health System. She and her husband, the Rev. Michael Ryan, have lived in South Haven since 2009.
 
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South Haven Rotary is proud to be among the supporters of the upcoming Martin Luther King Day of Service. Sponsored by the South Haven Area Diversity Coalition, the Day of Service will include distribution of two tons of rice to the food pantries in South Haven, Bangor, Covert and Pullman. Rotarians will join an estimated 125 volunteers from throughout the community in packaging the rice on the morning of Jan. 18. President Bob Straits is pictured presenting Rotary's gift of $200 to Coalition representatives Harold Filbrandt and Karen Riffer-Reinert during our Jan. 12 meeting.
 

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South Haven Rotarians rang the bells for the Salvation Army at three locations on Saturday, Dec. 19. See photos of our ringers.
 
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South Haven Rotary sponsored its annual "Open Doors" Christmas dinner at the First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Dec. 15. An estimated 150 people were served a delicious meal. See photos.
 
 
South Haven Rotary celebrated its 60th Paul Harris Fellow on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Robert (Bob) Boerma, a member of the club since 2005, was presented a certificate from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in appreciation of his tangible and significant assistance for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world. His is pictured with club president Bob Straits.
 
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South Haven Rotary mourns the sudden passing of dedicated member John Harding on Wednesday, Dec. 9.  John was a strong and active supporter of his church, Rotary and our community. He will be sorely missed. John joined South Haven Rotary in 2004 and served as club president in 2009-10. This past March he was named a Paul Harris Fellow. John epitomized our motto, "Service Above Self" through his involvement with fellow Rotarian Marty Graber in helping the people of the Maasai Tribe in southern Kenya. He most recently spearheaded the club's involvement with South Haven's Blessing in a Backpack program serving elementary school children.
Death Notice
John Earl Harding, Jr., 76, of South Haven, Mich. passed away at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids, Mich. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015.
 
Born in Weymouth, Mass., he was the son of the late Olive and John Harding, Sr. John lived in Westerly for all of his early education including graduation from the University of Rhode Island in 1961.
 
After graduation John first worked at Electric Boat and later as a Nuclear Quality Control Supervisor for Consumers Power Co. in South Haven Mich. until his retirement.  In South Haven he was a communicant of St. Basil Church, served as President of the South Haven Rotary Club, and was actively involved with the local community.  He was an accomplished wood worker and photographer.  John was extremely passionate about his travels to Africa where he supported humanitarian causes.  A U.S. Army Veteran, John also served in Germany during the Post-War Reconstruction.
 
He is survived by his two sons John A. Harding of N. Attleboro, Mass and Christopher A. Harding of Swansea, Mass; his daughter Catherine A. Harding of Roseville, MN.; five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  John was predeceased by his three sisters, Shirley Wright, Jean Cadorette and Olive Chellis.
 
A mass celebrating John's  life will be held Saturday, Jan. 2, at 5 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 651 Phoenix St.,  For online condolences, please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com
 
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the South Haven Rotary Club, P.O. Box 24, South Haven MI 49090
 
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South Haven Rotary Club members enjoyed their annual Christmas dinner on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the South Haven Yacht Club. Enjoy photos courtesy of Jerry Gruber.
 
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South Haven Rotarians joined others in preparing food packs for the Blessings in a Backpack program at Lincoln School on December 4. The program benefits approximately 200 children at the school and will be expanded to the Maple Grove school in another month. South Haven Rotary provides volunteers on a monthly basis.

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South Haven Rotarians were volunteers at the weekly community dinner hosted by the Congrgational Church on Thursday, Nov. 19. Pictured are Glenn Pietenpol, Jean Stein and Tony Martorano. Rotary service to the acitivity will continue the third Thursday of each month under the leadership of Art Ayers.
 
Proceeds from the club's annual LMC/SHPS Foundation dinner were presented to representatives of the two organizations at our November 10 meeting. Proceeds from the dinner totaled $6,141 for each organization. Pictured above from left to right are current president Bob Straits, Paul Hix who chaired the event, Dour Schaffer who is executive dean of the South Haven campus of Lake Michigan College, and immediate past president W.C. Askew. Pictured below from left to right are Bob Straits, Paul Hix, Barry Skuza on behalf of the South Haven Public Schools Foundation and Askew.
 
 
 
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The South Haven High School Jazz Band entertained us during our November 3 meeting. Jeff Bopp, director of bands at South Haven High School, gave us an excellent overview of the music program in our school system and its century-old history. We also learned more about the South Haven Public Schools Foundation from Barbara Johnson and John Weiss. See more photos
 
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South Haven Rotarians joined others in preparing food packs for the Blessings in a Backpack program at Lincoln School on October 16. The program benefits approximately 200 children at the school and will be expanded to the Maple Grove school in another month. South Haven Rotary provides volunteers on a monthly basis.