January 3, 2023
 Meeting started promptly at 7 a.m. with the pledge of allegiance.
Invocation was given today by Art Ayers
Welcome to our Guests today!
  1. Dr. Richard Ray-Hope College
  2. Anna
  3. Bob Metzin
  4. Mike Matheny
No Zoomers today we had some tech issues
Larry Wittkop Lead us in singing today:
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Roll Rotary
Jerry Gruber thanked everyone who helped make the Christmas Open Door Dinner a Success!!
We served:
19-Take Out
40- Take Outs for a Grand Total of 149 Dinners!!
Next Social Hour for Rotary is Wednesday January 11th at 3 Blondes Brewery
  1. Blessings in a Backpack volunteers needed next Thurs., Jan. 12th and Wed. Jan. 18th at 10:30am North Shore School. 
  2. Thank you to the 28 Rotarians and families for supporting our Salvation Army Bell Ringing Service Project on Dec. 10th and special thanks to Griffin and Sandra for taking the lead on this service project.  We raised over $1750 that day.
  3. Thanks as well to the 19 Rotarians and friends who served the Dec. 20th Christmas Open Door Dinner at the United Methodist Church.  Thank you, Jerry Gruber for leading this effort and to Amy Nichols for assisting.  What a great team they made in the kitchen!
  4. We have received thank you notes from both SHAES and the SHOUT organizations for our grants to their organizations.
  5. The board has approved the membership application for Mike Matheny to join the Club and he will be inducted next Tues.  Mike, we look forward to officially welcoming you as a new member.
  6. Other board decisions made at its Dec. 20th meeting include:
    1. In 2023-24 year, approved an incentive for recruiting leadership of providing $1,000 for the President Elect and VP to attend a Rotary International leadership development training event at a level higher than the District 6360 training already provided.
    2. Sponsor an ice sculpture for the 2023 Ice Breaker event
  7. Dana Hullinger has the final draft of the new Club promotional tool which has been developed jointly by the Membership and Public Image committees.  Dana, take it away.
Dana rolled out the new promotional business card for Rotary it is a 4 sided card that talks about Rotary.It has a QR Code on the back -Pats Pronto Print helped and is making the cards.500 to start.
Dave Campbell- The total Holiday Party Donation to We Care from Rotary was $ 9,525.00 a motion was made by Jerry Gruber to make it an even $10,000 and was seconded by Don Hodgman. So we will be donating an even $10,000 to We Care.
Comedy Relief-
Bob Copping-Holiday Season is pretty much over, whoever put the s in the word “fast food” is a marketing genius!! 
50/50 Raffle
Dr. Richard Ray drew Bill Roberts Name today!  Bill did not win the $63.00 pot.
Art Ayers won the $2.00 Consolation prize
Emily Gruber-Sister Audrey is 29!
Art Ayers celebrates his 49th Anniversary with wife Chris and  Jan 8th is her Birthday!
Larry W. – Granddaughter Caroline at MSU has a Birthday this week!
G.B. Richmond- Stepson who is a Marine turned 22 on Christmas Day!
Tom Renner- Isaac  Birthday was January 1st!
Sandra Reno- Twin Granddaughters turn 18 on January 8th!
Jerry Gruber- Great Grandchild Celebrates her 6th Birthday Cancer Free!!
 We sang Luddington Style Today!!
Happy Bucks
Jerry Gruber- Maybe Michigan will do it next year.
Larry Wittkop- Going to MSU to watch a Basketball game.
Don Hodgman- The Lions Still Have a CHANCE!!
Larry Wittkup- Barry Winkel is still in Mary Free Bed, hoping to come home this week.
Paul Hix- Happy New Years !! Go Purdue
Clark Gruber- Happy Anniversary to Melissa Graham
Tom Renner is the Chair for today’s program
Dr. Richard Ray
  • 1982 Joined Hope College
  • 2006 Hall of Fame National Athletic Training Association
  • 2010-2016 Chief Academic Officer
  • 2017 took a sabbatical and did a 500 mile walking pilgrimage in Spain
  • 2020 Bringing the Gift of learning to incarcerated men.
Mary Sue Lyon thanked Dr. Richard Ray and he was presented with a $25.00 gas card provided by Fleming Brothers Oil and Convenience Mart.  The meeting was adjourned promptly at 8 a.m. with the Four Way Test. Please join us next week, January 10, 2023,  promptly at 7 a.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church.
Respectfully submitted: Sandra S. Reno