January 2017
Captain Senn; Salvation Army
Jan 26, 2017
Review of their many programs and current projects.
Shirley Cochran, Ex. Dir. of Motherly Intercession
Feb 09, 2017
Opening Doors for Children of Incarcerated Parents
Artina Sadler Food Services Navagator / Program
Feb 16, 2017
Manager for the Community Foundation; will talk about new food reclamation program in county schools
Club Assembly
Mar 02, 2017
Patsy Phegly & Gina Hodges
Mar 09, 2017
Litercy Programs in the Flushing Community Schools
Vocational Service Com. Presentation
Mar 23, 2017
A visit to the Genessee County Skill Center
Mar 30, 2017
Club Assembly
Apr 06, 2017
Club Assembly
May 04, 2017
Club Assembly
Jun 01, 2017
Mike Wallace
Jun 15, 2017
Annual Scholarship Presentations
Sandra Murphy
Jun 22, 2017
Report on Sandra's attendance at the Rotary International Conference
Hold for Sandra Murphy
Jun 29, 2017

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"Service Above Self"

We meet Thursdays at 7:00 AM
Sorrento's Food & Spirits
6395 W Pierson Rd
Flushing, MI  48433
United States
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The Rotary Club of Flushing recently honored Ben Wright as the Rotary Student of the Month for December.  Ben is the senior class president at Flushing High School.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, the Rotary Interact Club, and is the opinions editor for the Flushing High School newspaper, The Blazer.  Ben is a student representative on the District-Wide Coordinated Health and Safety Committee.  He is also the founder of the Debate Club at Flushing High School, which boasts a membership of approximately 40 students.

Ben was able to participate in a unique experience during the summer of 2016.  He was a student intern in Lansing for Senator Ken Horn.  Ben was able to work directly with Senator Horn as well as with his staff.  He was able to participate in governmental activities associated with Senator Horn and observe the operations of the State Senate.  This opportunity to intern with Senator Horn was a valuable experience that solidified his interest in politics and government in the future.    

Ben’s attention to his academic success, his involvement in school activities, his commitment to serving his community through the Rotary Interact Club, and his recent work experience made him an excellent choice for the Rotary Student of the Month honor.  Ben was joined by his parents, John and Kim Wright, at the Rotary Club of Flushing’s meeting on December 22 at Sorrento’s.  It was a pleasure to acknowledge Ben’s hard work.  

The Rotary Club of Flushing had the pleasure of honoring Ben Church as the November Student of the Month.  Ben is a senior at Flushing High School.  Ben is a one-of-a-kind person.  There truly is nobody else like Ben.  He is a very thoughtful and friendly person.  He is a friend to everyone.  Ben makes a point to acknowledge each person he passes.  He looks each person in the eye and greets each person.  Ben brings a smile to everyone’s face.  He brightens the lives of so many people.  

Ben is the manager of the boys’ varsity basketball team.  Ben is very passionate about his involvement with the boys’ varsity basketball team.  The relationship the team has together is one of mutual admiration.  In the past, Ben has played on a wheelchair basketball team that traveled around the Midwest.  Ben loved participating with the wheelchair basketball team, but it took away from his time to spend with his boys!  So Ben has decided to focus this last year of high school totally connected with the boys’ team at the high school.  

Ben is a member of the Varsity Club at the high school.  As a Varsity Club member, he participates in a wide variety of community service projects with the club.  In the past, he has volunteered to help at the Special Olympics meet in Mt. Pleasant.  Ben’s kind nature has served him well as he volunteers at Woodhaven Assisted Living on Dye Road by visiting the residence and improving their gardens.

Ben is the son of Tim and Julie Church.  It was a true pleasure for the Rotary Club of Flushing to honor Ben and share the presentation with his parents.

The Rotary Club of Flushing recently honored Nadine Dabish as the October Rotary Student of the Month.  Nadine is a senior at Flushing High School.  She is an excellent example of the Rotary motto “Service Above Self.”  Nadine is involved in 16 different clubs and organizations at Flushing High School.  She is an officer in the Rotary Interact Club, Student Leadership Organization, and Students for Choice.  She is a proven leader who works tirelessly on many different projects throughout the school.  Additionally, Nadine loves music.  She is an accomplished violinist in the Advanced Orchestra and a member of the school choir.  Nadine also enjoys the theater.  She will be the Cowardly Lion in the upcoming play, “The Wizard of Oz” with performances at Flushing High School Auditorium on November, 4, 5, and 6, 2016.  Nadine plans to attend college next year with the intention of furthering her studies in veterinary school.  Nadine is the daughter of Steve Dabish.  

Pakistan is one of the two countries where polio is still found. Sometimes we may wonder why it is taking them so long to immunize their population, but if you read the October article, you will gain a better understanding of how complex the problem is. Conflict in tribal areas along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border have added to an already mobile population. Cultural attitudes also prose a problem. The lack of standardized health care, where well-baby visits with children getting immunized are the exception rather than the rule, so while in healthy children three doses provide immunity, malnourished children in Pakistan need as many as eight doses to be protected, which means children in both Pakistan and Afghanistan are immunized repeatedly until their sixth birthday.
To address a moving populace, immunizers have established hundreds of permanent transit points, or PTPs, located in high traffic areas such as border crossing points, hospitals, and railway stations, as a strategy to not miss a single child.
Female vaccinators work in their own neighborhoods, where they are known and trusted, which eases the suspicions of families. There are 225,000 polio workers across the country, working in a massive effort to achieve universal vaccination. The endgame plan includes working with religious leaders to develop support for polio immunizations. The effort is succeeding, with vaccination refusals down to 24,666 in March, 201 from 63.827 in March of 2014, reflecting a rate of less than .1 percent of the 35 million children under five in Pakistan.
The multiple doses that need to be given stem from the problems of infrastructure, basic health care, clean water and education that go unresolved even as the focus on polio remains relentless. "We go door to door, again and again, with polio drops, but their child lies in bed with a fever", explains Salah Haithami, a medical officer with WHO. "This is where Rotary's vision of Polio Plus" - the goal of which is to integrate polio immunization with routine maternal and pediatric health care' "becomes a key strategy". We can be proud of Rotary's vital role in the drive to eradicate polio, and certain that the donations we make to Polio Plus are bringing us nearer that day.
The Rotary Club of Flushing recently honored two 2016 FHS graduates each with
$1,000 scholarship. Honored were Justin Rau and Shannon Shaughnessy. These two
graduates stood out among others for their school involvement and community service.
Justin Rau was the Student Council President, the Varsity Club President, the Class of
2016 Vice President, Varsity Football team captain, and a member of National Honor
Society. As a member of NHS, Justin tutored FHS students. He was also able to
provide mentoring and tutoring to students at Elms Elementary. Justin volunteered at
the Salvation Army during Christmastime providing Christmas food and presents to
families that otherwise would not be able to celebrate the holiday. Justin plans to attend
Wayne State University where he will study business administration, with an eventual
plan to attend law school.
Shannon Shaughnessy was involved with Motherly Intercession where she tutored and
mentored children on incarcerated mother or fathers. She became particularly
interested in this group because she is planning an eventual career in the legal field.
Additionally Shannon was a member of the National Honor Society at Flushing High
School where she tutored FHS students. She also participated in Student Leadership
Organization, where she volunteered at the annual Candlewalk and at Springview
Elementary. Shannon was a captain of the Girls’ Varsity Swim Team. Shannon plans
to attend the University of Michigan Ann Arbor where she will study pre-law, with an
eventual plan to attend law school. The Rotary Club of Flushing wishes both Justin and
Shannon the best of luck at their respective colleges.
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 https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/take-action/give   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 https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/rotary-foundation