SPOKES VOL. LXV NO. 24                                                                               December 11, 2018
President Odland welcomed all to our annual Christmas Dinner.
He had a special welcome for all of our new and about to be new members.  In addition we were honored to have Marian Hixson and her grandson Vince with us and thanked Marian for letting us have Don for so many outstanding years.
We were entertained this evening by Jeff Bopp and several members of the South Haven High School Jazz Band.
  • Blessings in a Backpack volunteers will be needed December 7 and 14.
  • We will be working the Thursday Night Dinner at the Congregational Church on December 20..
  • December 18th is the Rotary Open Door Christmas Dinner at the Methodist Church and all are invited to come and help serve.  We will need lots of help.  A sign-up sheet was passed around or contact Jerry Gruber if you did not get a chance to sign up.
  • Got your warm clothes?  We are scheduled to Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army on December 22nd.
  • We will hold election of our 2019-20 officers on December 18, as required by our by-laws and Rotary International.  The slate of officers will not change from this year as Steve Larsen will postpone his term as president for two years due to business commitments.
  • Our box for donating glasses to the Lion’s Club will be at our meeting on December 18th and then be turned in to the Lion’s Club.
  • Donna Rummel suffered a minor medical emergency during our dinner related to some upcoming surgery.  She recovered and is feeling fine now.
We raised $490.00 for we care in our drawing this evening.We held three drawings for the $245.00 prize money.Don Hodgman drew his own number for the first drawing, for $45.00.He generously donated his winnings back to We Care.We had Don’s wife Carol drew for the second prize of $80.00.Carol also drew Don’s number, giving him the second prize, too.He had to follow his own example and donated his money back to the We Care pot.For the final prize, we finally had a different winner, Melinda Gruber.Melinda and Clark had to leave the dinner earlier so have no idea they won $120.00.
  • Tom Ruesink announced you can continue to donate to We Care until next Tuesday.  You can write checks to either We Care or Rotary and if you have a specific ministry in mind, note that on the memo line.
  • Don and Carol Hodgman celebrated their anniversary this week.
  • Don and Elaine Kitchin also celebrate and anniversary this week.
  • To demonstrate to the music department our singing prowess, we sang our Ludington style anniversary song.
Christmas Festivities
We included in our Christmas festivities a very nice selection of Christmas Carols presented by the Jazz Band members (which included sons of members Steve Larsen and Tom Rummel).  We followed that with a colorful sing along of several popular Christmas Carols.
Santa Claus and his elf joined our party with gifts for all and a great many Ho Ho Ho’s, getting us all in the spirit of the season.  Winning tickets can be redeemed and any local Shell station.
President Odland introduced Bob Straits and Rhonda Wendzel who presented Matt Schaffer with a special Christmas bonus for all of the work he does for us each week all year long.
The dinner was concluded with a special thanks to Rhonda for setting everything up and best holiday wishes to all of our members and guests.
December 18th program: Melinda Gruber “Insights from a Health and Aging Fellow”
December 18th’s Greeters:  Bob Stickland and Dan Thompson
Editarian:  Dene Hadden