Posted by Dene Hadden
SPOKES VOL. LXIV NO. 44                                                                               May 22, 2018
Richard Swanson and Nick Tuit were our greeters this foggy spring morning!
President Renner opened our meeting with the “My Country Tis of Thee” and Art Ayers offered our invocation. 
Our guests this morning were our speaker Susan Trabucci and our delegate to the World Affairs Seminar, Jackson Calvert.
No Spotlight this morning.
Bob Boerma had the pleasure of being our song leader for the second week in a row as Jim Davis determined that he needed more time to recover from his surgery before taking on such a stressful task.  Dottie, probably disappointed in our first attempt at ‘My Country Tis of Thee” this morning, replayed that selection for us to practice, and then played the #2 hit from 1911, “I Want a Girl”, the second in a series of “girl” songs by Harry Von Tilzer.  The first was "I'd Rather Have a Girlie Than an Automobile".  Dottie followed that with the ever popular “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”.  New York Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard sang this 1910 classic at every Mother's Day home game until his passing in 2010. She finished with “That Rotary Wheel”
  • Next Thursdays’ Speakers Series featuring WMU grad, SW Michigan native and former Mayor of Detroit Dennis Archer will be help at Listiak Auditorium, beginning at 7:30 PM
  • We are reminded of the Senior Services Millage for Van Buren County that will be up for a renewal and increase in August..
  • The St. Joe Rotary Club will be celebrating their 100th anniversary on June 16.
  • We received a very nice note from the Bailey Hyde Museum for our donation to the Bailey’s Budding Naturalists program.
Deb Davidson had the ticket to draw this morning but was unable to find the four or the two.  She is still a Queen in our eyes though.  Tom Renner held the $2 winner!
  • Don Hodgman celebrated the birthday of his lovely wife Carole this week.
  • Nick Tuit’s oldest daughter graduated from college and after her internship took a job as a teacher in an international school in Indonesia.
  • Bob Boerma’s grandson turned 19 and his son and daughter-in-law celebrated their birthdays in Fiji.
  • Jerry Gruber was pleased to announce his 12th wedding anniversary this week.
  • Deb Davidson’s son and daughter-in-law celebrated an anniversary this week.
  • Jeff Melvin’s father is celebrating 84 years of life this week while Jeff has reached the 60th level in the game of life this week.
  • All of the birthdays were celebrated with a traditional style version of the birthday song.
  • Dan Liehr reminded us of the Mermaid Festival this weekend when it is likely a world record for mermaid/mermen in one place will be set.
  • Bob Copping:  “Pop Goes the Weasel”
  • Tony Martorano offered a remembrance of former Rotarian John Daggett.
  • Glenn Pietenpol updated us on Notre Dame’s second national championship, in Fencing.
  • Korky Ingersoll offered a tip of the hat to the new Royal Couple.
  • Dan Thompson is just back from a terrific trip to Ireland.
  • Jim Davis is pleased to be back after his surgery.
  • Larry Wittkop is putting his boat in the water this day.
  • Tom Ruesink is pleased to have his son visiting.
President Renner introduced our speaker this morning, Susan Trabucci, Interim Director of We Care in the Name of Christ.
We Care was formed in 1982 as a collaboration between churches in the community with the purpose of helping people in the community.It serves as a clearinghouse to help determine the needs a person of family may have and to connect them with the various pantries of services that various churches in the community offer.
Linda Olson served as director for many years and deserves kudos for growing the organization which now includes churches in Bangor and Covert.
Susan offered the example of how the organization was able to put together 450 Christmas baskets for families in need last winter.
President Renner thanked Susan for her presentation and presented her with our speaker’s gift.
President Renner, working with Walgreen’s, was able to provide each Rotarian with a Red Nose to celebrate Red Nose Day, when the contributions from the purchase of red noses are dedicated to providing help to children throughout the world, especially in conjunction with Rotary International’s goal to eradicate polio.A picture of all of our club members dressed in their red noses was taken and posted to Facebook and our website.
We closed our meeting with the Four Way Test.
Next week’s program: United States Naval Academy Overview by Dan Thompson
Next week’s Greeters:  Ted Weber and Bill Roberts
Editarian:  Dene Hadden