Rotary Club of Flushing, Michigan

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6395 W Pierson Rd
Flushing, MI  48433
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The Rotary International Foundation is one of the largest humanitarian foundations in the world, providing funding to eradicate Polio, address worldwide water issues, fight disease, promote international understanding and cooperation, and many other humanitarian initiatives.   Rotarians and the public can provide support directy to the Rotary International Foundation online at   Know that your contributions will go toward making a difference in the world.  More detailed information on the Rotary International Foundation may be found at

ROTARY DISTRICT 6330 GLOBAL GRANT SCHOLARSHIP OF $30,000 FOR A DESERVING STUDENT   The primary consideration of the Global Grant Scholarship Grant is to forge a link between Rotary and future skilled professionals within one of six areas of focus. The successful candidate will receive a Global Grant Scholarship, valued at $30 000 USD to fund one year graduate-level study at a university outside of Canada or the United States in 2016-17, leading to a career in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus. Deadlines to receive 2016-17 Global Grant Scholarship applications: Local Rotary Club: November 15, 2015; District Chair: November 30, 2015 - See more at:

November is Foundation Month
"We cannot live only for ourselves.  A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men". --Herman Melville
As Rotarians, we have many avenues through which we can connect to our community and to the world.  In our community, we have various projects which need our time and our talent: working at Candlewalk selling duck tickets, working at the entertainment tent, and other, one-time community events for which we may volunteer.  As for the world, the most efficient way for us to help is to give financially through the Rotary Foundation.  We all know that polio has been eradicated country by country, until now there are only two nations left which harbor that disease. Since 1985 Rotary has immunized over 2 Billion children worldwide.  We know of wells provided to villages, of bathrooms built for schools, of women being given sewing machines so they might earn money for their families, and all of these things have improved the lives of people we will never meet, but to whom we are connected by our giving.
But what of those we haven't yet helped?  No matter how many we have already assisted, the world is a big place, with many people in need.  Sometimes all the problems can seem insurmountable, and our little monetary contributions insignificant.  What can $10 or even $100 dollars do to ameliorate such seemingly intractable problems?  The answer to that question is, of course, not much.  But if we think of our small contributions being added to all the other small contributions given by the million plus Rotarians around the world, our insignificant gifts then become part of a waterfall of money, flowing to all parts of the world, wherever it is needed.  The best part of this flow is that it is overseen by people who are doing the work for one reason only: they are Rotarians just like us, living by the 4-Way Test and guided by the idea that doing good in the world is a moral imperative.  So our gifts may be given with confidence that they will be used in ways we would choose if we could.
November is Foundation month, and it kicks off our "$10 More" campaign, which suggests that our club's members might give an extra amount to Rotary Foundation, both to do a little good in the world, and in gratitude for all that we have by virtue of simply living in this country.  Give what you want, if you want, and know that if you do give, you make a connection with people you will never meet, in ways that will be a positive force in your life as well as theirs.

The Rotary Club of Flushing is accepting nominations for its 2015 Annual "Service above Self" Award.  This Rotary award recognizes someone from the Flushing community who exemplifies exceptional professionalism, along with high ethical standards, and a commitment to others and the community through community service.  Flushing residents are encouraged to nominate individuals who reside in the Flushing community (48433 zip code) that meet these criteria for the "Service above Self" Award.  Nomination forms are available in the Download area of this webpage.  The nomination form must be mailed to:
 Rotary Club of Flushing, P.O. Box 377, Flushing MI 48433. Nominations are due by November 20, 2015 to be considered.

The Rotary Club of Flushing awarded its 2015 annual scholarships in June.  
Gavin William, a Flushing High School senior, received the Richard and Kathy Merrill Recognition Scholarship of the Rotary Club of Flushing, MI (pictured above with Richard and Kathy Merrill, Rotary Club Charter Members).  He is a scholar Athlete with significant contribution and leadership in the Athletic Boosters; American Red Cross Blood Drive and the National Honor Society as a tutor. 
Kayla Desotelle received the Gerald and Josie Knight Memorial Scholarship of the Rotary Club of Flushing, MI.  She is very active in the medical arena as a leader and volunteer of the Medical Career Foundation at the Genesee Career Institute; Community Service projects with Hurley and Whaley Children’s Center; and, President of  SADD at Flushing HS.
Brianne Kaufherr -  received the Rotary Club of Flushing Scholarship – Her accomplishments include National Honor Society and multiple student organization participation.  As a scholar she has been accepted into SVSU with special inclusion in the Foundation Scholars.  Her interests are in teaching and helping inner city youths.
Cassandra Roe received the Rotary Club of Flushing Scholarship – She has a special interest in children having worked for several years in youth camps, including upon graduation moving to the northern Michigan area to continue this role. She demonstrated her leadership interests as Vice President of the student organization Interact, which is the Rotary Club’s youth-aged affiliate. She is a member of numerous academic clubs has been a volunteer in numerous community events.
The Rotary Club of Flushing is pleased to recognize these academically accomplished, and service minded, students as the 2015 Rotary Club of Flushing Scholarship recipients.

The Rotary  Club of Flushing held its annual Pass the Gavel dinner on June 25, 2015, at Bella Birches Banquet 
Hall in Flushing.  President Dave Hendry (right in picture) passed the gavel to incoming Rotary Club President Darwin Scherba.  Many of the past year's accomplishments were recognized including work on the Riverview Park band shell seating project, literacy programs in Flushing Schools, the Rotary Scholarships to high school graduates, and other initiatives in the community.   Flushing Rotarians who are Paul Harris Fellows of the Rotary International Foundation were also recognized during the evening. Members Kristi Brown and Sandra Murphy were awarded Paul Harris Fellowships that evening by the Rotary Club.  Flushing Rotary has a very high percentage of its members who have attained the Paul Harris Fellow recognition, one of the highest levels of recognition in Rotary International.  

The Rotary Club of Flushing would like to thank our supporters and donors who contributed to the success of our 2015 Entertainment Tent and Duckie Raffle.   Both events were a great success and raised funds to continue the Rotary Club projects in the City of Flushing, including continuing to develop the Riverview Park and other community projects.  We look forward to providing the Entertainment Tent again in June 2016, along with our Duckie Raffle. Thank you again Flushing for your support of the Rotary Club and its projects in Flushing.


Having completed the installation of the stadium seating in the Riverview Park Amphitheater, the Rotary Club of Flushing is in the planning stages exploring its next project within the Flushing community. The Rotary Club is meeting with City of Flushing officials and other community leaders and organizations  to finalize plans for the next large-scale community project to benefit the entire community.  More information will be forthcoming on the nature and scope of this project as it develops.  The Rotary Club of Flushing would like to thank our supporters and donors for your support of the Rotary Club of Flushing's Riverview Park Amphitheater seating renovation project via our annual Duckie Race fundraisers.  The Rotary Club of Flushing is committed to continuing to implement new projects to benefit the community of Flushing going forward. Thank you for your continuing support. Contributions are tax deductible. Donations to support these planned projects can be made to$36979_hash$7d7e06ab58afecfe6af8af7ff77a642a6d84b6f9/Default.aspx



We are pleased that you are visiting the Rotary Club of Flushing Website.  The Rotary Club of Flushing is a member of Rotary International, the world's first service club. Feel free to browse our website and see the range of activities that our Rotary Club in Flushing, Michigan, is engaged in to provide both international and local community service.    Among the initiatives that you will find: An Annual Scholarship awarded to two local high school graduates going on to college who exhibited extensive community service and volunteerism during their high school years;  a plan to revitalize the Flushing Riverview Park, a wonderful community resource in need of care; an annual Food Drive to support the Flushing Christian Outreach Center and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan; and literacy initiatives in the Flushing Schools.  We conduct fundraisers such as our annual Duckie Race to support these initiatives and also Rotary International's global initiative to eradicate Polio, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control, United Nations, World Health Organization, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Since 1985 Rotary has raised nearly a billion dollars and immunized over 2 billion children across the globe to reduce cases of Polio by 99%.  Polio only remains in some parts of Pakistan, Nigeria, Afghanistan and India, and it is Rotary's hope to eradicate this disease in the next few years.   The Rotary Club of Flushing invites you to experience Rotary yourself. We extend an invitation for you to visit our Rotary Club at Sorrento's Restaurant in Flushing on Thursday mornings at 7:00AM. We hope you can stop by and see Rotary first hand making a difference in the world and our community, carrying out the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self."  For additional information about Rotary International visit   You can also view the information in the "Rotary Basics Brochure" and "Flushing Rotary" in the Download area of this website to the right. Again, thank you for visiting the website of the Rotary Club of Flushing, and we look forward to having you visit our Club.    View the video "This is Rotary" at



If you would like to assist the Rotary Club of Flushing in its efforts to continuously improve our community, please consider making a contribution to the Rotary Club of Flushing Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.  Contributions to the Rotary Club of Flushing Fund are tax deductible as a 501(c)3 organization.  Contributions to the Rotary Club of Flushing Fund will be utilized to support various community projects like the new stadium seats in the Riverview Park amphitheater in downtown Flushing, and other community projects. Contributions can be made online to:$36979_hash$7d7e06ab58afecfe6af8af7ff77a642a6d84b6f9/Default.aspx

Thank you for your support of the Rotary Club of Flushing Fund, assisting the Rotary Club of Flushing in building a better community for all residents.



ImageOn Wednesday, August 7, 2013, prior to the concert in the park, the Flushing Rotary Club conducted a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new stadium seats that were installed in the amphitheater at Riverview Park in downtown Flushing. This dedication capped the culmination of several years of fundraising by the Rotary Club to obtain funds to purchase and install the new seats.  Total project cost was estimated to be over $170,000.00 with funding raised via the Rotary Club's annual duckie race each year during Summerfest, along with donations and seat sponsorships.  The Rotary Club of Flushing is grateful to the citizens of Flushing who purchased duckie tickets and/or made donations in support of this project.  We are very pleased to be able to provide these new seats for the benefit of the residents of Flushing to enhance the use of the amphitheater for concerts and movies in the park as well as other events.  These new seats should provide years of service to the community. Those wishing to donate to this project or permanently sponsor a seat can do so by downloading a seat sponsorship form from this website or donate online directly at$95852_hash$0b506d961732b1d8e5c0a38a9c7392b7b1807f72/Default.aspx



Image The Riverview Park seating renovation project sponsored by the Flushing Rotary Club, along with the City of Flushing and the Chamber of Commerce, is nearing completion and will be in place for Concerts and Movies in the Park this Summer 2013.   The Rotary Club of Flushing is seeking additional financial support from the Flushing community to finalize this project and cover the costs.

Contributions to this project may be made by mail to:  Rotary Club of Flushing, Riverview Park Project  c/o Community Foundation of Greater Flint, 500 S. Saginaw St., Flint, MI 48502.   Donations may be made online at:$95852_hash$0b506d961732b1d8e5c0a38a9c7392b7b1807f72/Default.aspx

Thank you for your support of this wonderful community project. A ribbon cutting dedication ceremony is scheduled immediately preceding the Concert in the Park on Wednesday, July 31.  We hope that many in the community will attend to acknowledge the new seating that has been installed for the benefit of the entire Flushing community.


Rotary Club of Flushing leads project to provide new seating for Riverview Park 

The Rotary Club of Flushing is engaged in a significant community project to provide new stadium seating to replace the bench seats at the Riverview Park amphitheater in downtown Flushing.  The Rotary Club's annual Duckie Race has raised over $100,000 toward this project.  Additional funding is being sought from other organizations and citizens in Flushing to complete this project in partnership with the Rotary Club, the City of Flushing, and the Flushing Chamber of Commerce. 

The Riverview Park amphitheater is used regularly for Movies in the Park, Concerts in the Park, and many other programs and events in Flushing that benefit the entire community.  This wonderful resource is in need of improvement, and the Rotary Club of Flushing is pleased to facilitate this project in collaboration with the City of Flushing and other local organizations.

If you or your organization are interested in partnering with the Rotary Club of Flushing on this project, please contact us at 

 If you would like to make a donation to this project, please contact the Community Foundation of Greater Flint at 810-767-8270. Checks can be made payable to: "Community Foundation of Greater Flint- Flushing Riverview Park Project" and mailed to:  Community Foundation of Greater Flint, 500 S. Saginaw St., Flint, MI 48502.

If you would like to sponsor a seat in the new Amphitheater, please review the Seat Sponsorship Form in the Download area of this website, complete the form, and mail with your information and sponsorship fee to: Community Foundation of Greater Flint, 500 S. Saginaw St., Flint, MI 48502.  Information is also available from the City of Flushing and the Flushing Chamber of Commerce. Thank you for your consideration and support of this wonderful Flushing community resource.  Donations may be online at:$95852_hash$0b506d961732b1d8e5c0a38a9c7392b7b1807f72/Default.aspx




The Rotary Club of Flushing is again partnering with Dr. Brad Habermehl, Optometrist, of the Burton Rotary Club, to support his team's annual trip to Mexico to provide eye examinations and glasses to those individuals who would otherwise not be able to improve their vision.  This Rotary Club of Flushing has supported Dr. Habermehl and this very worthwhile human service project for over a decade.  Information on Dr. Habermehl's annual preventable blindness initiative can be obtained at or calling 810-736-0710


Feb 11, 2016
Ron Corbett
Michigan Snowmobile Association
Feb 18, 2016
Vic Kuchar
Will be discussing his work in India with people suffering from Leprosy and TB.
Feb 25, 2016
Mar 03, 2016
Mar 10, 2016
Tommy Award Presentation
presentation of the "Precious Gems"
Mar 24, 2016
Gina Hodgins & Patey Phegley of Flushing Schools
secondary reading intervention specialists
Mar 31, 2016
Dan Starka
What is new in the world of golf for 2016
Apr 07, 2016
Apr 28, 2016
Pat Forcier & Lynne Whitmire
Ruth Mott Applewood Estate 100th Aniversary
May 05, 2016