Posted by Dene Hadden
SPOKES VOL. LXIV NO. 42                                                                              May 8, 2018
Scott Mark and Bob McAlear were our greeters this fine spring morning!
President Renner opened our meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Art Ayers offered our invocation. 
Our guest this morning was our speaker, Peter Terlouw
Our spotlight this morning was the presentation of Paul Harris recognition to Korky Ingersoll by Art Ayers.  President Renner also noted that our club has a 95% rate of donating to Rotary International, first in District 6360 and well above any other club in the district.
Special guest conductor Larry Wittkop was called upon today to lead us in song.  He began with “By the Beautiful Sea” and then led us in his specialty, “Stodola Pumpa”.  We finished with a very strong rendition of “Rotary, My Rotary”.
  • Friday is another Blessings in a Backpack loading day.  Lincoln School at 1:45.
  • Our club has met the Rotary International challenge to plant a tree and our tree will be planted in Riverfront Park on Thursday, May 10 at 10:00 AM.  Bring a shovel!
  • The 2018-19 Program Schedule and Greeter Schedule was distributed last week and emailed to everyone.  In addition it is on the webpage.
  • We were saddened to learn of the passing of Jerry Portman’s son, Paul. Services for Paul will be at St. Catherine of Seina Catholic Church in Portage, Michigan.  Visitation will be at 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 12th with a funeral Mass at 10:00.  A luncheon will follow.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the St. Vincent Cancer Foundation, Riverside – 1 Shire Cliff Way, PO Box 41564, Jacksonville, FL 32203.
  • Rotarian of the Year and Citizen of the Year nominations must be turned in to Scott Mark before next Tuesday.
  • We received a very nice thank you from the Personal Care Pantry of We Care for our donation.
  • The excellent “Rosie the Riveter” presentation will be at the Senior Center later this month.  Check their website for date and time.
  • St. Joseph’s Rotary club will be celebrating their 100th birthday on Saturday, June 16th with the Rotary International president as the featured speaker.
  • After you have finished reading your Rotary Magazine, think about dropping it off in local offices for people to read as they are waiting for appointments.
Larry Lewis, sitting At Ted Weber’s table, had the lucky ticket and then proceeded to draw the “4” and win the pot, which, unfortunately, had been drained by Tom Rummel last week.  President Renner walked away with the $2 prize!
  • Don Hixon’s oldest son David turned 59 this week and his youngest grandson turned 17.  Don had a heart-warming story of the progress of his grandson over the last 17 years.
  • Jerry Gruber’s daughter Amy and granddaughter Sienna both have birthdays this week.
  • Dorothy Lockwood’s husband Dave also has a birthday this week.
  • Dene Hadden celebrates the birthday of son-in-law Mike this week.
  • Tom Ruesink was pleased to announce that the mother of his son celebrated her birthday this week.
  • All of the birthdays were celebrated with a well done Ludington style version of the birthday song.
  • Richard Swanson was introduced to the book “How to Speak UP’per” this week.
  • Don Hixson, with a little help from is taller friends, won the McFadden Car show first prize last week.
  • Tom Renner, who last week celebrated his first place Cubs, had to temporarily eat a little crow as they slipped into 4th place after a disastrous weekend in St. Louis
  • Dan Thompson had on his St. Louis baseball hat on this morning.
  • Jean Stein enjoyed a house full of relatives this weekend, including a whole passel of 4 and under great grandchildren.
  • Paul Hix had the privilege of listening to the author of the book On Fire about a young man burned on 100% of his body and his recovery.  Paul highly recommends the book!
  • Tom Ruesink celebrated a successful car show and mentioned that the Auburn show is this weekend.
Art Ayers introduced our speaker this morning, Peter Terlouw from the South West Michigan Land Conservacy.
Peter spoke mostly about the work going on at the former Pilgrim Haven camp.The land was acquired by the Conservancy in 2011 and has been undergoing improvements over the years since then.He pointed out that the biggest change has been to the lake facing dune as lake levels have increased.
Using a series of community outreach programs, plans for the park have been developed and continue to be implemented.A parking lot has been constructed, fencing and a gate installed and an accessible walkway to the beach constructed.More projects are under consideration.
The maintenance and management of the park has been turned over to the South Haven Area Recreation Association but the Conservancy will maintain the natural areas, which compromise the biggest part of the land.This includes the elimination of invasive species.
Currently the park is maintained by a township millage and various grants but other funding sources are possible.
This weekend is the grand opening of the park, which will become “officially” open to the public, though it has been accessible for a couple of years unofficially.
President Renner thanked Peter for his informative presentation and provided him with our speaker’s gift.
We closed our meeting with the Four Way Test.
Next week’s program: The Future of Palisades with Nick Culp from Entergy  (Melinda Gruber, chair)
Next week’s Greeters:  Bob Straits and Mark Odland
Editarian:  Dene Hadden