SPOKES VOL. LXIII NO. 29                                                                                  February 14, 2017
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
We were greeted by Mark Odland and Dan Liehr
President Ayers presided.
We opened the meeting with an a cappella “God Bless America” (thank you Bob McAlear). President Ayers offered the invocation.
Our guests were Past District Governor Terry Allen, prospective member Jerry Portman, SHAES First Responders Shawn Smith and Brian Montgomery, SHAES Chief Ron Wise, and members of the South Haven High School Robotics Team – Kim Wise (team advisor), Sophie Aoodnaugh, Taylor Vincent, Chloe Kinney, Parker Jensen, Joe Nelson and Ed Burgess (team mentor).
Stu Comiskey served as our Sergeant-at-Arms.
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).
Jim Davis led us in singing – “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy”, “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “All Hail to Rotary”.
* Volunteers are needed for Thursday’s community dinner (5:45 p.m.) at the Congregational Church. Please let Art know if you can help.
* Scott Mark reminded us to submit nominations for the Club Hero Award.
* Circle Saturday, April 29 on your calendar for the Club’s annual Scholarship Fund Raiser.
* The monthly Board meeting will follow today’s meeting.
* We treated prospective member Jerry Portman well as his ticket was drawn (719) but the niceties went just so far as he drew the “10”. Steve Mark (715) was the lucky $2 winner.
Happy Dollars:
- Bob Copping’s joke fell flat.
- Lots of basketball team tributes – Purdue, Connecticut women, Meeeechigan.
- In memory of “Wib” Lynam
- Honoring the Robotics team
Deb Davidson was our program chair. SHAES First Responders Shawn Smith and Brian Montgomery gave a thorough hands-on explanation about the use of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). They noted that every 30 seconds a person dies in the United States from sudden cardiac arrest. They focused on the importance of applying CPR immediately to cardiac arrest victims, noting a new State of Michigan requirement that high school students to be taught CPR. After their presentation, Shawn and Brian offered Rotarians the opportunity to practice CPR on the mannequins they brought. 
We closed the meeting with the “Four Way Test”.
Next Week’s Program:
Bob Boerma will be the program chair. The program is to be announced.
We will also receive a Spotlight presentation from the Hope Parent Resource Center.
Next Week’s Greeters:
Melinda Gruber and Ted Weber
Editarian Pinch-Hitter: Tom Renner is handling Editarian duties.  Please let Tom know if you need something put in Spokes or emailed to the membership.