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We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Currently meeting virtually
South Haven, MI 49090
United States of America
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$9,000 in 90 Minutes on August 9
Sunday, August 9 - 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Speakers and Events
Virtual Fundraiser, 1-2:30 p.m.
Aug 09, 2020
$9,000 in 90 minutes on the 9th
Peter Ter Louw via ZOOM
Aug 18, 2020 7:00 AM
Preserving a Legacy
Rob Byrd from Moondog Productions
Aug 25, 2020 7:00 AM
Our Latest Club News

Rotary is Meeting Virtually

During the COVID19 pandemic South Haven Rotary is conducting its meetings remotely with members joining via the ZOOM. Our next virtual meeting will be Tuesday, August 18 at 7 a.m. If you would like to "attend" please email us ( We will gladly provide access information.

Rotary Steps-up to Help Community

During these special times there are growing needs for help by many families in the South Haven area. Members of the Rotary Club of South Haven in recent months have helped answer those needs with financial contributions to We Care I.N.C. that now total $17,750.
The contributions have been made possible through donations from individual Rotarians, the club through its local fundraising initiatives, the Rotary District 6360 Foundation and Rotary International Foundation.
The most recent contribution of $3,750 has been designated for the We Care personal care pantry. Club president Dan Thompson and treasurer Bop Straits are pictured presenting the donation to Erika Morrison, executive director of We Care.
During the current COVID crisis, the member's contributions were designated for the We Care utility assistance program. The donations taken during the club's annual holiday dinner are earmarked for We Care food. The Rotarians were the leading organization in donating laundry detergent during the Diversity Coalition's MLK event.
During the Rotary year ending June 30, the club's donations to more than 40 local, regional and international non-profit organizations surpassed $51,000.

Splish Splash

Rotary of South Haven is pleased to be a major local sponsor of the new Splash Pad. Our fund raising efforts coupled with support from the Rotary Foundation and our District 6360 Foundation made for a grant totaling $17,500. We are focused on the things we can do to support our community, save lives by providing a safe alternative for children to avoid the dangers of Lake Michigan rip tides, and help make South Haven a great place to live.

Rotarian of the Year

Mark Odland is the 2020 South Haven Rotarian of the Year. Mark has served with distinction as our president the past two years. He has provided outstanding leadership for our club with a steady hand and strong goals, including securing grants for community projects, improving our public image and adding enthusiastic new members to our club. We are also grateful for the support of LaRae Odland who has been at Mark's side throughout his presidency.

Citizens of the Year

South Haven Rotary is pleased to present its 2020 Citizens of the Year Award to Joel and Heidi Gesiakowski, owners of the Taste restaurant in downtown South Haven. Joel and Heidi have dedicated themselves and their business to the community from the day they came to our town in 2012.  Read more and scroll down

Educator of the Year

A South Haven teacher who took an extraordinary path to becoming an educator has been presented the 2020 Education and Service Award by the Rotary Club of South Haven. Anna DeVries, a third grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary, has been honored as an educator who exemplifies attributes that go beyond teaching. Read more and scroll down

New Scholarships

Pictured from left to right: Sierra Garber, Katherine Schooley, Victoria Loikitis, Opal Eddy.
Four new scholarships for members of the graduating class at South Haven High School have been created by the Rotary Club of South Haven and are being awarded for the first time. "Rotary has been actively involved in supporting education in our community for many years," said club president Mark Odland. "In this new scholarship program we looked beyond academic achievement in reviewing applications and considered ways in which the students have applied Rotary's "Four Way Test" to their lives." The new scholarships are in addition to another fund supported by the South Haven Rotarians. Since 2004 the club has donated nearly $200,000 to the Rotary Scholarship Fund held at Lake Michigan College and to the South Haven Schools Fund managed through the Greater South Haven Area Community Foundation.  Read more and scroll down

Kenya Hospital Recognizes Rotary

The dream of South Haven Rotarian Dr. Marty Graber to open a hospital in Ngoswani,Kenya is about to become a reality.
Dr. Graber has devoted his life to helping the people of the Maasai Tribe, first with school buildings and now a community maternity and child care hospital. South Haven Rotary has been among the supporters of Dr. Graber's tireless work. The hospital's surgery suites acknowledge Rotary.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Bob Stickland
    August 4
  • Jerome Gruber
    August 11
  • Bob Stickland
    Delores Stickland
    August 17
  • Thomas Ruesink
    August 24
  • Mark Odland
    LaRae Odland
    August 28
  • Bob Brickman
    Gail Brickman
    August 29
  • Art Bolt
    Cindy Bolt
    August 31
  • Bob Straits
    September 7