Posted by Dene Hadden on Jul 02, 2019
SPOKES VOL. LXVI NO. 1                                                                               July 2, 2019
We were greeted by Jim Bradford and Art Ayers warm summer morning.
President Odland opened the meeting with the “God Bless America” and Art Ayers provided the invocation.
We welcomed our speaker, Anthony Lazzaro along with Grand Rapids Rotarian Luis Veccio and prospective member and grandson of Don Hixson Vince Duggan.
Getting to Know You:
Our first segment in an ongoing program to introduce our new members:  Tom Noverr.  Tom was born and raised in Battle Creek and attended St. Phillip’s High School and WMU.  His first job was with a local accounting firm and at 29 years old, he became the business manager at Portage Public Schools.  He was a long time Rotarian in Portage.  He and his wife Cindy have three daughters and three grandchildren.  He enjoys bicycling and our Rotary club.  He and his wife spend seven months in Florida, just north of Daytona Beach.
Sue Duval will be our featured member next meeting (July 16).
  • We have parking lot duty for the 4th of July Parade.  Parking lot marking will take place at 5:00 PM Wednesday evening and 9:00 Thursday morning.  The parade Grand Marshall will be our own Jerry Gruber, dressed in his sesquicentennial gear.
  • Pancake Breakfast Information:  Set up will be Saturday July 6th, meeting at Lewis Mini-Storage at 2:45.  Breakfast on Sunday – wear your shirts, hats and aprons.  District Governor Margie Haas will be volunteering Sunday.
  • Bob Boerma passed out a list of all of our songs for evaluation and for suggestions for new songs.  Please get this list and your suggestions back to him as soon as possible.
  • If you get a chance, take a look at the District 6460 Newsletter and the several articles about our club submitted by Tom Renner.
Jim Davis was our song leader this morning, beginning with the mildly risqué “Five Foot Two”.Originally recorded by the California Ramblers in 1925, the song’s actual title is “Has Anybody Seen My Gal?”We followed that with “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love”.One of our newer selections, the song was introduced by Adelaide Hall at Les Ambassadeurs Club in New York in January 1928 in Lew Leslie's Blackbird Revue. 
    Don Kitchin had the lucky ticket but then his supply of luck for the day ran out and he went penniless.Deb Davidson won the big prize of the day -$2.
    • Vince Duggan is celebrating his birthday on July 4th.
    • He sang a very nice version of Happy Birthday for Vince and the father’s of a couple of Rotarians who also celebrated July 4th birthdays.
    Tom Noverr had out program today, introducing Anthony Lazzaro from the Michigan Make a Wish Foundation.
    Anthony is employed by Spectrum Health and is a volunteer for Make a Wish.
    Make a Wish was formed in 1984 and just this year granted their 10,000 wish.
    Anthony began with a video about Why Wishes Matter.
    There are more than 650 kids in Michigan medically eligible for a Wish.  In order to be eligible, a child must have a life threatening illness but not necessarily a fatal illness.
    The average “wish” costs about $10,000 including in-kind donations and often involves the child, family members and even care givers.
    The organization holds several fund raisers but the most popular is the Wish-a-Mile, a 300 mile, three day bicycle ride with over 1,000 riders.  They have added a one day 100 mile ride and even a 50 mile ride.  In addition they always need volunteers to staff the event.
    They also have a Trailblaze Challenge, a twenty-one mile hiking experience and on September 14 they do a Walk for Wishes in conjunction with Robinette’s Apple Haus in Grand Rapids.
    Anthony’s most intriguing wish was a young girl who wanted to be a news broadcaster to remind people to not make fun of people for the way they looked, from illness or other causes.  Her broadcast became a successful event that made a huge event on others.  A case where a selfless wish made a difference in other’s lives.
    We were treated to several examples of local children who were granted wishes, including the grandson of Larry Lewis’ grandson who received a trip to Disney during his life threatening illness.  (He has since recovered.)
    Make A Wish can be reached at
    President Odland and our membership thanked Anthony for his excellent and educational presentation.
    Our President offered special thanks to Rhonda Wendzel who organized our Change of Officer’s Dinner last week and Dan Thompson for his work on our new posters and membership initiative.  We closed the meeting with the Four Way Test.
    Next week’s program: No Meeting
    Meeting July 16th:  Bob Straits will present Jim Hettinger speaking about Economic development in South Haven.
    Greeters:  Jim Don Dobbin and Tom Fleming.
    Editarian:  Dene Hadden