March 14, 2023
Meeting started promptly at 7 a.m. with the Singing of God Bless America!
Art Ayers gave the invocation today
We Welcome 3 Guests!
Ron Seiler
Dan Williamson
Sophia Torres
 3 Zoomers!
  • Dan Thompson
  • Dave Campbell
  • Brandon Hinz
  • 2 Phone Zoomers
Larry Wittkop led us in song today:
  • Cups (New Song)
  • Rotary Wheel
  1. We have a membership application from Mathias DeJongh and one from Ron Seiler.
  2. According to our official time keeper, last Thursday set a new “world record” for packing food bags at Blessings in a Backpack.  Thank you to the eight members who made short order of that task.
  3. Last Wed. was our monthly social hour at 3 Blonds with a very good turn-out.  Melinda has coordinated with the restaurant to continue these events for April and May.  So put Rotary Social Hour on your calendar for April 12th and May 10th.
  4. I hope you have been reading the emails you recently received about this year’s District 6360 Conference, scheduled for May 5-7 at Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek.  The line-up of speakers is stellar and our own Mark Odland will be inducted into the role of District Governor Elect during the conference.  I hope you will consider attending this event, it should be a rewarding experience.
  5. We have received a thank you from the South Haven Chamber for our sponsorship of Ice Breaker.
  6. Club business cards are on the table by the door for your use as well as Club Directory updates for new members and corrections recently made by the Brinkman’s to all member listings.
  7. Suggestions for Club Hero need to be submitted to Dan Thompson by this Friday, at the latest, since the board will be selecting our Hero at next week’s board meeting.  Also be thinking of a candidate for Citizen of the Year which is an award that goes to a non-Rotarian who has made significant contributions to the community.
  8. Dan Thompson has two nominations for Club Hero
  9. Tom Renner Robotics open house is tonight Tuesday March 14 at the High School 6 p.m.
Melinda, Angelica and Amy all went to President Elect Training. Melinda Gruber along with 250 other Rotarians were sworn in as President!  Congratulations Melinda!!
Bob Copping- Told a joke today about a man at Costco with a 50lb bag of dog food is was on a kibble diet.  (its complicated)
Sophia Torres drew the winning ticket! 
Dan won today!  Did not win the pot!
Art won the consolation prize!
Griffin- Wes and Stevens Birthday is the 18th
Bob Copping- Son Mark B-Day on March 4th, Younger son Birthday is March 28th
Amy Nichols- First husband celebrates a Birthday.
Dan Thompson-Granddaughter Elizabeth turns 15!
Larry Wittkop led us in singing a Traditional Happy Birthday!!
Happy Bucks
Art- Happy to Have Don Hodgman Back!
Melinda Gruber- Son is moving in down the street!
Ross Woodhams-Griffin Graham-Bridge Opening Season April 1st.
Clark Gruber- Knows all the stories about Ron Seiler that none of you want to know! 😉
Don Hodgman- Happy to be back and a very heart felt thank you for all of the e-mails, letters, texts, cards and phone calls.  Thank you all very much!
Jerry Gruber- Daughter is in for a short visit from Texas.
Larry Whittkop- One proud grandpa! Rightfully so!!
  • Grandsons Ben and Jake – All State Swimmers!
  • 4-5 kids are All State!
  • South Haven took 15th place out of 36 Teams
  • Relay team took All State
  • 2 More School records are broken!
  • Ben and Jake Fastest swimmers ever in South Haven!
Jerry Portman- Program Chair of Today’s Presentation-
Liberty Hyde Bailey – Changed the landscape of America- 
  • Started the Agricultural Progressive Era
  • Founder of 4H
  • Partial Post Service
  • Rural Electrification
  • Father of Modern Horticulture
Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum and Gardens:  Dan Williamson Presenter
Mary Sue Lyon thanked Dan Williamson for his presentation. Dan  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, March 21, 2023 promptly at 7 a.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church.
Respectfully submitted: Sandra S. Reno