|Rotary Club of Flushing awards Scholarships||Posted||on Jul 08, 2015||
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.
|Rotary Club thanks Flushing Community for Support of 2015 Entertainment Tent and Duck Raffle||Posted||on Jul 02, 2015||
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.
|Rotary Club of Flushing Passes the Gavel to new President||Posted||on Jul 01, 2015||
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.
|Flushing Rotary Club dedicates new seats at Riverview Park with ribbon-cutting ceremony||Posted by John Cote||on Aug 07, 2013||
On 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
|Rotary Riverview Park Seating Renovation Project Nears Completion||Posted by John Cote||on Jun 18, 2013||
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:
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.
|Flushing Rotary Club supports Dr. Brad Habermehl, area Optometrist in Preventable Blindness project||Posted by John Cote||on May 01, 2013||
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 http://www.burtonrotary.org/ or calling 810-736-0710
|Rotary Club of Flushing Vocational Service Award nominations||Posted by John Cote||on Jul 21, 2011||
Rotary Club of Flushing, Michigan
Seeks Nominations for our Second Annual
Vocational Recognition Award
The purpose of the Vocational Recognition Award is to promote and foster the principal of high ethical
professional standards by identifying and recognizing individuals within our community (48433 zip code) who
exemplify those virtues, while building public awareness of Vocational Service as a core Rotary
The Vocational Recognition Award will recognize an individual on October 8th, 2011 who resides
and/or works in Flushing (48433) area and who has exemplified outstanding professional
achievement while maintaining very high ethical standards and community involvement.
Please elaborate on the nominee’s performance against the following criteria:
• Exemplifies outstanding professional achievement within his/her occupation
• Contributes his/her vocational talents to the problems and needs of society
• Demonstrates high ethical standards in his/her occupation
Only one nomination per form. Nominate as many individuals as you feel are deserving.
Nomination forms are available in the Downloads section of this webpage.
Postmark Deadline for nomination forms: September 1, 2011
Nomination forms MUST BE MAILED to our PO Box TO BE ACCEPTED:
Flushing Rotary Club, P.O. Box 377, Flushing, MI 48433
|Rotary Club of Flushing Awards 3 Scholarships||Posted by Mike Wallace||on Jun 12, 2011||
The Rotary Club of Flushing today announced the recipients of the Gerald and Josephine Knight Memorial Scholarship to Kathryn Stringer, the Richard and Kathy Merrill Scholarship to Meredith Wheatley and the Paul Harris Scholarship to Donna Ellithorpe. These three recipients are all 2011 graduates of Flushing High School and are among 29 total applicants for the awards. While they demonstrated academic excellence, their participation and leadership in many school or community organizations exemplified the Rotary motto: “Service Above Self”. Traditionally, the Rotary Club of Flushing sponsors two yearly awards, however the funds available to distribute have accumulated and it was their decision to increase the number of awards this year, especially due to the exceptional applicant pool.
The annual scholarship opportunity is open to any high school graduating senior living within the boundaries of the Flushing Community School District. The Rotary Club of Flushing strives to widely disseminate to graduates the opportunity to apply for this scholarship that emphasizes community leadership and volunteerism on an ongoing basis. Despite this, the 29 applicants overwhelmingly came from Flushing High School. They continue to encourage students from any academic environment within the Flushing area apply for the award opportunity.
This year’s applicant pool were anonymously evaluated by a community and Rotary Club pool of volunteers. The committee was comprised of: realtor, Mark Calvert, Judge David Goggins, Main Street Treasures owner Tony Abdella, Hyde Assisted Living Owner/Director Dean Bonesteel, and retired Arbitrator esq. Richard Morley-Barron. All identifying information pertaining to the candidates was removed and seven of the top applicants were interviewed. Committee Coordinator, Dr. Mike Wallace of Flushing Vision Clinic worked closely with Couneslor Beth Dutkowski to assure all 29 candidates were able to fairly prepare their applications.
The Rotary Club of Flushing provided all three $1000 scholarships to this year’s recipients through the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. The recipients and their families were recently recognized at a recent Rotary Club of Flushing breakfast meeting at Sorrento’s Restaurant for their hard work and accomplishments. Dr. Mike Wallace commented that all of the applicants were exceptional and deserving and it is the caliber of the young people in Flushing that makes our community such a wonderful place to live and work.
The application process met the rigorous standards set forth by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and was reviewed and certified as consistent with stated goals and objectivity. It is the goal of next year’s application process to strongly urge all student volunteers and leaders to apply, especially those that might be considering an alternative education path in their future, such as a Trade or Vocational School, or similar certification program. We congratulate this year's recipients and wish them the very best in their academic pursuits.
|Rotary/Chamber Entertainment Tent and 9th Annual Duckie Race successes at SummerFest||Posted by John Cote||on Jun 12, 2011||
The first annual Rotary/Chamber of Commerce Entertainment Tent was a success during the Flushing Summerfest on June 10 and 11 in Riverview Park. Thanks to the leadership of Eric Gasper, and the volunteerism of the Club members, the event was a success and generated additional funds for the Club's projects. Combined with the 9th Annual Duckie Race, the Rotary Club of Flushing had an outstanding fundraising weekend. Totals from both events will be forthcoming. Thanks to all of the members who volunteered for the duckie race and the entertainment tent that made these very successful events. Thanks also to our sponsors for their significant support, with special thanks to King Par and Dan Straka for their partnership and support.
|2011 Pass the Gavel Dinner- June 29||Posted by John Cote||on Jun 11, 2011||
Mark your calendar:
June 29- The 2011 Pass the Gavel dinner with installation of officers and committee chairs and awarding of the Club Paul Harris Fellows will be held on Wednesday, June 29 at Bella Birches Hall (old VFW) 606 N. McKinley Rd. Cost is $30 per person payable by June 23. Registration is available under Events online. A sign-up sheet will also be available at the weekly meetings. See President George for more information and for payment.
|Group Study Exchange team from Japan visits Rotary Club of Flushing||Posted by John Cote||on May 12, 2011||
Members of the Group Study Exchange team from Japan for Rotary District 6330 visited the Rotary Club of Flushing on Thursday, May 12, 2011. They presented on their vocations and gave a brief overview of their home prefecture in Japan. The meeting was attended by Governor-Elect Joe Reynolds, as well as representatives from the Genesee Valley and Flint Rotary Clubs who joined with us for this meeting. Ginny Myers presented the team members with a gift bag containing Michigan products. President George Kozan presented the team members with Flushing Rotary banners. The Japanese team then presented President George with a banner from Japan. The visiting team from Japan nows leaves for their visit to see the Canadian clubs in our District until the District Conference on June 2-5, after which they will return to Japan. Our thanks to our members who hosted visiting GSE team members, and to Jeff Bennett of the Sunrise Club for coordinating this visit of the GSE team to our Club.
|Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member||Posted by John Cote||on May 01, 2011||
One of the ways every Rotarian can support the Rotary Foundation is by becoming a Sustaining Member. Sustaining Members are Rotarians who give a minimum of $100 annually to the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Club of Flushing has a automatic contribution plan that will include on your quarterly membership dues invoice $25 that will go toward your Sustaining Membership contribution and will be submitted automatically to Rotary Foundation. If you are not presently a Sustaining Member, you may become one by downloading the Sustaining Member Voluntary Contribution Form from the Download area of this website, complete and sign it, and give it to Terry Skoglund, Treasurer, who will then adjust your quarterly dues statement to reflect your regular membership dues plus an additional $25 for the Rotary Foundation. This is an easy and 'automatic' way to become a Sustaining Member and support the work of our Rotary Foundation around the world in eradicating Polio and its many other initiatives. The majority of Club members are already Sustaining Members and we encourage members who are not to consider doing so. Sustaining Members are recognized in August each each by the Foundation Chair and President for their contributions with special Sustaining Member stickers that are placed on name badges. Contact Chuck McKone, Foundation Chair, or Terry Skoglund, Treasurer, with any questions that you have. We look forward to all Club members becoming Sustaining Members of the Rotary Foundation.
|Dinners at Sorrentos to Benefit Flushing Rotary Literacy Projects||Posted by David Bennett||on May 01, 2011||
The Rotary Club of Flushing will hold two dinners at Sorrentos restaurant on May 15, 2011, one at 4:00PM and another at 6:00PM, to raise funds for the Rotary Club of Flushing Literacy Projects. These funds will benefit the Club initiatives in the Flushing Community Schools. Members and their families and guests can RSVP for the dinners on this website under Club Events in the upper left corner. We encourage as many members and their families as possible to support this fundraiser and the Rotary Club of Flushing expresses its appreciation to Sorrentos for their continuing support. As a component of this fundraiser, we are also accepting book donations. If you would be interested in donating a book, please see the "Book Wish List" in the Download area of the website for a list of books desired by the Flushing Early Learning Center. Direct any questions to Dave Bennett 810-516-2479.
|2011 Rotary Annual Duckie Race and Sponsorship Information||Posted by Doug Thomas||on Mar 18, 2011||
Information and sponsorship forms for the 2011 Annual Rotary Club of Flushing Duckie Race are available in the Download area of this webpage. The race this year will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at 3:00PM in Riverview Park in downtown Flushing, MI. The Annual Rotary Club of Flushing Duckie Race raises funds for local community projects such as the Riverview Park Amphitheater renovation project. The Rotary Club of Flushing serves the Flushing community via the park project, Flushing Nature Trail, Rotary Scholarships, Holiday Food Drive, Literacy initiatives in the Flushing Schools, the Interact Club at Flushing High School, and many other community projects.
|March is Literacy Month: Flushing Rotary Promotes Literacy||Posted by Ginny Myers||on Mar 14, 2011||
Flushing Rotary Literacy Projects, 2010-2011
Along with literacy projects involving book and monetary donations to our community, Flushing Rotary also has hands-on opportunities for service in the field of literacy. Rotary Reading Recruits, which began a year ago, has 12 volunteers who take turns reading on Friday afternoons to a third grade class at Seymour Elementary School. This service was offered to all third grade classes in the Flushing School District, but only one teacher agreed to participate. Our thanks to Jennifer Scherba for accepting our offer and for having such well-prepared students waiting for our visits.
Mrs. Scherba is also helping us design and implement our second hands-on project, a one-to-one tutoring program for those in her class who need extra help with reading. This is a pilot program, whose success will be assessed by Mrs. Scherba at the end of this school year. If she deems it useful, we will work on widening our volunteer base to include dedicated community members for the next school year. Jennifer will conduct a training session on Tuesday, March 29th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 101 at Seymour Elementary. Our goal is to have volunteers in place to begin the pilot program of tutoring on Wednesday, April 20th, and each succeeding Wednesday until the end of the school year, a period of 8 weeks.
Any Rotarians wishing to participate in either Rotary Reading Recruits or our pilot tutoring program are welcome; please call or e-mail Ginny Myers, or sign up at a membership meeting. This is your chance to make a positive difference in a child's educational success. Could anything be better?
|2011 TOMMY Award Recipient - Pat O'Callaghan||Posted by John Cote||on Mar 10, 2011||
Patrick O'Callaghan, past president and current club Community Service Chair was named the 2011 Thomas J. McNally Jr. Memorial Award (TOMMY) recipient of the Rotary Club of Flushing. Pat has been a prime mover in the Club's efforts to develop the Riverview Park project, coordinating several meetings with City of Flushing officials and local community leaders to move this significant project forward in Flushing. Congratulations to Pat for this well deserved honor and thank you on behalf of the Club for your service to the Rotary Club of Flushing and the greater Flushing community.
|2011-2012 Rotary Scholarship Applications Announced||Posted by Mike Wallace||on Feb 07, 2011||
The Rotary Club of Flushing is accepting applications for the 2011 Gerald Knight Memorial Scholarship and the Richard & Kathy Merrill Scholarship. The Rotary Club of Flushing historically provides two $1000 scholarships annually. Applicants may apply by completing the necessary forms. (Downloadable at www.flushingmirotary.org or available at your high school guidance office.) Qualifications include: Senior year of High School; live within the boundaries of the Flushing Community School District; future scholastic plans include traditional college or university or trade school commencing the following fall; and demonstrated community leadership. Applicants in the past have come from not only Flushing High School, but Powers Catholic HS, Genesee Christian, Valley Christian and home schooled students. The only residential criteria is that they live within the boundaries of the Flushing Community School District which includes some communities outside of Flushing.
The scholarship application has been extensively edited to simplify and expedite the student’s application process. It is the goal of the Rotary Club to significantly broaden the applicant pool. While traditionally only the students with the highest academic results applied, the new application dramatically emphasizes community involvement and demonstrated leadership.
The Rotary Club of Flushing is an affiliate of Rotary International and the traditional motto of these related organizations is: Service Above Self. The selected highest tier of applicants may be asked to participate in a short interview to assure the committee that the student’s goals and life objectives include community leadership and volunteer activities.
The committee will have two Rotarians along with three non-Rotarian community based individuals select the recipients. Please submit or drop off the completed applications to the Scholarship Committee Chairperson, Dr. Michael Wallace at: Flushing Vision Clinic, 1379 Flushing Rd., Flushing, MI by April 1st, 2011.
|Sept. 2010 Paul Harris recipients awarded||Posted by Tracey Ledford||on Sep 16, 2010||
Thursday, September 16th, 2010
Jan Gensel and Richard Morley Barron were both honored for their years of "service above self" and were given the Paul Harris Fellow award.
We appreciate their significant and selfless service they have given to us and our community throughout their years with our club.
Congratulations to both of you and well deserved!
|June Rotarian of the Month||Posted by John Cote||on Jun 20, 2010||
Lisa Demankowski was named June Rotarian of the Month for her exceptional work as Chair of the Annual Duckie Race. Thank you Lisa for your service to the Club.
|May Rotarian of the Month||Posted by John Cote||on Jun 05, 2010||
Pat O'Callaghan was named the May Rotarian of the Month for his work as Community Projects Chair and leading the Club's efforts on the master plan and Riverview Park projects. Thank you, Pat, for your leadership in this important work.
|April Rotarian of the Month||Posted by John Cote||on May 10, 2010||
Don Peters was named April Rotarian of the Month for his work on the Area 7 Service Awards and his many roles in Club literacy initiatives. Thank you Don for your dedication to the Club and our community.
|March Rotarian of the Month||Posted by John Cote||on Apr 25, 2010||
Tracey Ledford was recognized as the March Rotarian of the Month for her ongoing work, along with Sorrento's, to foster literacy in our community and within Flushing Community Schools.
|February Rotarian of the Month||Posted by John Cote||on Feb 26, 2010||
Dr. Michael Wallace was named February Rotarian of the Month for his extensive work with the newly chartered Interact Chapter and the Rotary Scholarship. Congratulations Mike and thank you for your exceptional service in these two important areas.
|January Rotarian of the Month||Posted by John Cote||on Feb 09, 2010||
Eric Gasper was named January Rotarian of the Month for his work in establishing the Fundraising Committee and developing the Superbowl fundraiser for the Club. Congratulations and thanks to Eric for this outstanding contribution to the Club.
|New 2010-11 Leadership Team Confirmed by Board||Posted by John Cote||on Jan 05, 2010||
The leadership team for the Club for 2010-11 was approved by the Board on Jan 4. Incoming officers are: George Kozan-president; John Boerger-president-elect;Charles McKone-Vice President;Lisa Demankowski-Secy;Terry Skoglund-Treas.;Don Fischer-Sgt-at-Arms.
|Rotary Club of Flushing working with community partners on next community project||Posted by John Cote||
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
|Rotary Club of Flushing Fund||Posted by John Cote||
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:
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.
|Rotary Club of Flushing leads project to provide new seating for Riverview Park||Posted by John Cote||
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 FlushingRotaryClub@gmail.com
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:
|Welcome to the Rotary Club of Flushing Website||Posted by John Cote||
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 http://www.rotary.org 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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vVyG0TJBWM
|May- Rotary is Service||Posted by John Cote||
May does not have an official designation from RI, however, I have taken the liberty to dedicate May as Service Month. Take time to reflect on the service that has been rendered by this Club in the past year. Think about the impact that service has, especially on those who are not in a position to obtain the service on their own. Think about families fed, children provided with books, funds to further Polio eradication, assisting in preventing blindness and giving sight, furthering education through scholarships, assisting young people through Interact, sharing and making a difference via our vocations, and planning for major service in our community. Service is selfless. It is satisfying and it brings significant meaning to life. Life without service would not be as rewarding and have less meaning. Let's be thankful for what we get when we serve.
|April is Rotary Magazine Month (no, it's not an April Fool joke)||Posted by John Cote||
Rotary International has designated April as Rotary Magazine month to highlight the many publications within Rotary internationally. Please visit Rotarian Magazine to see the many publications that exist around the world that promote Rotary on every continent. The Rotarian is one of the largest circulation publications given the size of the Rotary membership. It documents the intercessions of Rotary around the world to increase literacy, eradicate Polio, increase water availability, mediate conflict, promote world understanding and foster goodwill. After reading these it will reinforce your commitment to Rotary and give you a sense of pride to be affiliated with this humanitarian organization.
|March- Rotary Literacy Month||Posted by Samuel Harris||
March is Rotary literacy month. In 1985, Rotary declared basic literacy to be a pre-condition to the development of world peace. From that time forward world literacy has received increased emphasis as selection criteria for international service projects. RI President John Kenny reiterated this point earlier this year when he asserted that "Our service projects in water, health and hunger, and literacy help eliminate many of the practical obstacles to peace." Literacy is fundamental to improving the human condition and to achieving Rotary's goal of building international understanding, goodwill, and peace. Over the years, several of our international service projects have targeted illiteracy while addressing basic human needs. This is certainly true of the water projects we've sponsored and of our investment in sanitary facilities at a school in India. Both of these projects had the secondary benefit of enabling school girls to attend class. More recently, our support of the Burton club's preventable blindness initiative improved the lives of those impacted while addressing a significant impediment to literacy.
|Flushing Rotary Scholarships Information||Posted by Mike Wallace||
Flushing, MI -- The Rotary Club of Flushing is accepting applications for the 2010 Gerald Knight Memorial Scholarship and Paul Harris Scholarship. The Rotary Club of Flushing historically provides two $1000 scholarships yearly. Applicants may apply by completing the necessary forms. (see download section -> )
|February- World Understanding Month||Posted by John Cote||
The month of February is special in the Rotary calendar since it is designated World Understanding Month. The month also includes the anniversary of the founding of Rotary International on February 23 1905, now designated World Understanding and Peace Day. In designating World Understanding Month, the Rotary International Board asks all Rotary clubs to plan programs for their weekly meetings and undertake special activities to emphasize "understanding and goodwill as essential for world peace." To observe this designated month, many clubs arrange international speakers, invite Youth Exchange students and international scholars from schools and universities to club meetings, plan programs featuring former Group Study Exchange team members, arrange discussions on global issues, present entertainment with an international cultural or artistic theme, and schedule other programs with an international emphasis. We are focusing on our efforts in the preventable blindness program in Mexico under the leadership of Dr. Brad Habermehl of the Burton club, who will speak on February 11. Our own Richard Morley Barron, District World Peace Fellowship Chair, will speak on February 25. World Understanding Month is a chance for our club and every Rotarian to pause, plan and promote the Fourth Avenue of Service - Rotary's continued quest for goodwill, peace and understanding among people of the world.
|January - Rotary Awareness Month||Posted by Kathy Merrill||
January is Rotary Awareness month. Exactly what is the intent of this theme? As John articulated at our meeting last week it is time to reflect and promote Rotary's purpose. How exactly do we do this? I believe it is more than omphaloskepsis, unless you are bejeweled in your belly button with a Rotary wheel. RI President D.K. Lee notes it is 'time for us to consider how our Rotary values - and our own actions - influence public perceptions of Rotary.' Please read the January issue of The Bridge for the rest of this message. As a pragmatist my approach to this topic is to challenge each of you on how you as a Rotarian not only become aware of Rotary endeavors but also how you promote Rotary ideals amongst family and community. How aware are you of Rotary's global humanitarian efforts? Did you know that you are a member of the world's first humanitarian club organization? What about Rotarians' Service Above Self while advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the mitigation of poverty? How do we support such demanding initiatives? Our own past president, Ginny Myers, lead our club in a successful Polio Plus challenge. Chuck McKone chairs the Foundation effort for our club encouraging our support. Richard Barron leads the charge for District 6330 for the World Peace Fellowship Initiative. Pat Botz facilitates our involvement in the Preventable Blindness project in Mexico. How conversant are we about these programs and their benefit? Do we have enough knowledge to share the purpose and progress with others? Locally, as examples, we provide leadership and funding for the Food Bank, led by Greg Yassick & Dave Hendry, Scholarships chaired by Mike Wallace, Flushing City Master Plan led by Pat O'Callaghan, Jack Wheatley and Lisa Demankowski, and the Interact Club guided by Marty Barta and Mike Wallace. Again, how involved are we as individual Rotarians in these efforts? (The examples provided above are a snippet of our activities. If this is news to you, then please ask those chairing activities about their purpose and activities.) When was the last time you shared with family, friends or colleagues Rotary's message? Simply adorning your Rotary pin is one way to incite the conversation - and I do not mean in your navel. Wear it proudly, exemplify the 4 Way Test and share Rotary with others to improve Rotary awareness.
|District Dates||Posted by John Cote||
Mar 03, 2010 PrePETS-Port Huron Hospital
Mar 26, 2010 - Mar 27, 2010 Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS)
Apr 17, 2010 District Assembly- Port Huron- Lambton College
May 13, 2010 - May 16, 2010 District Conference-Sarnia Holiday Inn
Jun 20, 2010 - Jun 23, 2010 Rotary International Convention Montreal
|December - Rotary Family Month||Posted by Hank Thoma||
Since December is dedicated to the Rotary Family, I thought it might be worthwhile to look at the word "Rotary" from the perspective of family.
R - Respect is the attitude that underlies any true relationship. Respect for the person is based on their person-hood - on them being brothers and sisters of our family, the family of humanity - not on what they can bring me economically or professionally. Our brothers and sisters have intrinsic value in their own right because they bear the image of their creator. Respect for our fellow man recognizes that human persons are NEVER obstacles or a means to another's end.
O - Omphaloskepsis - which means to stare at one's navel in a mystical manner. (Just kidding. I just wanted to make sure someone was reading this.) A better choice is Other Worldly. As members of the Rotary family our concern takes us beyond Flushing, beyond Area 7, beyond District 6330 to the needs of our family in the entire world. The words of John Donne are worth recalling: No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thye friends or of thine owne were; an mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send toknow for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee. We are inextricably linked to one another. We are our brother's keeper.
T- Truth. T is in the heart of the word "Rotary" and in the hearts of Rotarians. As Rotarians, this is the first question we ask. Our relationship with our family - as all human endeavors should be - is based upon the truth. Truth also implies honesty - that we deal with differences respectfully and honestly so as to promote a worthwhile dialogue amongs persons - not a suppression of critical discourse. (The need for Rotarian involvement isn't limited to the Third World.)
A - Attentive & Active. Rotarians are attentive to the needs of the Human family and active in efforts to relieve suffering. As needs change or increase, we respond accordingly. There is a reason why Rotary has been the catalyst behind the soon to be world wide erradication of polio: Governments can't do what dedicated Rotarians throughout the world can do.
R - Relentless. There will always be need in this imperfect world and we, as Rotarians, must be relentless in our efforts to serve the Human family.
Y - Yeast. Yeast is the leavening agent that makes bread rise. Rotarians act as a levening agent in the Human family helping our brothers and sisters - both near and far - rise above proverty, difficulties and problems to a better life for themselves and their children.
It is fitting that in December, as we slow down just a bit to spend time with family, recount our innumerable blessings and perhaps ponder the miracle that our lives are, we also pause to consider our roles as members of the Family of Rotary. A family as broad as the world and as numerous as all of its inhabitants and every bit as real.
|Interact Club of Flushing||Posted by John Cote||
A new Interact Club of Flushing is forming at Flushing High School under the direction of Marty Barta and Michael Wallace, Interact advisors. The Rotary Club of Flushing will be the sponsoring/charter Club. Details will be forthcoming on the development of this exciting new organization.
|Polio Plus Update||Posted by Ginny Myers||
POLIO PLUS REPORT The drive by Rotary International to end polio began in 1985. At that time, it seemed almost impossible to achieve, but Rotarians weren't afraid of the challenge. Since then, over 2 billion children have received the oral polio vaccine, and polio in the world has been reduced to 1,006 cases in four countries this last year. The countries that still have cases can be remembered by the acronym PAIN: Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Nigeria. On January 21, 2009, Bill Gates announced a 255 million dollar matching grant for Rotary's mission. Combined with an earlier grant, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has granted $355 million dollars to Rotary for the eradication of polio. The $100 million grant made earlier was a 3 to 1, 2 to 1, and 1 to 1 matching plan over three years. This latest $255 million grant has been given outright to Rotary, which will be using $100 million in the coming year to immunize and organize in the four countries still affected.. RI is charged with raising $200 million by June 30, 2012.
|November - Rotary Foundation Month||Posted by Charles R. McKone||
ROTARY FOUNDATION, YOUR LEGACY TODAY Retiring U.S. Presidents and other leaders often concern themselves as to what their legacy is to their country or to the world. As individuals we each have a concern as to how we will be remembered and what our legacy to the world will be. As a Rotarian, you need not worry. The Rotary Foundation is a means by which each Rotarian can see his or her own legacy today. You are personally responsible for the fight to eradicate polio in the world. You are personally responsible when Brad Habermehl fits a person in Mexico with a pair of glasses in order that he or she might see. You are personally responsible for the clean drinking water in a Third World country, the safety of a disaster victim in a shelter box and for contributing to world understanding through Ambassadorial Scholarships and our GSE team. As a Rotarian this is your legacy and you should stand proud of yourself for what you are doing. Through the sweat of your brow and the generous financial gifts, you are helping people around the world, every day. Rotary Foundation is a multifaceted organization with many established goals and an appetite for new ideas for service. The work of Rotarians requires both labor and money. Your gift of either or both are truly appreciated.
|October- Vocational Service Month||Posted by Samuel Harris||
Vocation as an opportunity for service is an underlying principle that extends back to the earliest days of Rotary, and yet, for many Rotarians, vocational service is the least understood of the Four Avenues of Service (Club, Vocational, Community and International). A quick survey of The Object of Rotary, The Four Way Test and The Four Avenues of Service (see the Object of Rotary link above), make it abundantly clear that becoming a Rotarian carries a unique vocational obligation that calls Rotarians to a higher standard of professional conduct and service. Individually, Rotarians are encouraged to serve others through their vocations, to adhere to high ethical standards in their occupation and to donate their time, energy and knowledge for the betterment of society. Collectively, the diversity of vocations within our club enhances our ability to serve the community and facilitates our desire to take on complex projects by drawing upon the expertise among our members. At the club level we demonstrate our commitment to Vocational Service through a variety of initiatives including area-wide and local literacy projects, the ethics panel, support of the Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders program, student of the month program and Rotary scholarships. Additional Vocational Service opportunities will be shared in the weeks ahead as our plans for the current school year unfold. In closing, I encourage you to print out the Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions at the following site http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/200en.pdf. For Rotarians, vocational service isn't simply something we do; it's a way of life! Post the Declaration and be proud to be a Rotarian.
|August- Membership: Rotary is in your hands||Posted by Steven Maske||
"Rotary: why did you join and why are you still here?" The theme for Rotary International this year is "The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands." These simple words reveal a profound truth regarding this special gathering that we call Rotary. The future of Rotary is up to you and me! As we focus on membership at Flushing Rotary we can focus on two major areas: How do we recruit NEW members and how do we encourage CURRENT members to continue to develop and grow. On August 13th we met as a club to discuss both issues by asking two simple questions: "Why did you join Rotary and why are you still here?" The answer to both questions boils down to one word: PEOPLE! Specifically, why did you join Rotary? Someone that you respected asked you to join Rotary! Some special person influenced you to take a step out of your comfort zone and encouraged you to become connected to the greatest service organization in the world! Sure we joined for many reasons; service to community, networking opportunities and leadership experience, but it still comes down to the people in Rotary. Somebody thought enough about you to invite you join. YOU thought enough about that person to actually join. OK, so why are you still involved with Rotary? Again, the answer is still people! In addition to the person that invited you to join Rotary, you have met many other people that you respect and appreciate being around! As a Rotarian you are connected to some great people! We stay involved in Rotary because we enjoy the people in Rotary! We become involved in community service, fundraising and the educational opportunities of Rotary because we meet other people who have similar goals and are committed to service towards others.
|The Future of Rotary is in YOUR Hands||Posted by John Cote||
Dear Flushing Rotarians: We as Rotarians have been charged by our president to be leaders in our community and world. To foster the ideal of service above self, and to look for ways to better our community, nation and world. If it were not for the efforts of those Rotarians who preceded us, we would not have the organization that we have today that is impacting the world in significant and numerous ways: Alleviating diseases such as Polio, feeding the hungry, facilitating peace and mitigating political strife, bringing sight to the visually impaired, water to those without, and raising literacy both locally and globally. We must carry on and build on what they have given us and give to those who succeed us, a better and stronger Rotary than that which we received. Let us focus our efforts this coming year to strive to engage and enlist younger members in our Club who can take Flushing Rotary into the next decades and beyond. Let's look to the future and how we can positively impact it. Contributing to the continuation of Rotary and its ideals is a very worthy endeavor that we should strive to achieve. Alone we can do little, but together we can achieve much. Let us work to contribute to this positive force for humanity that we know as Rotary so that we can be a part of history, the history of Rotary, something noble, significant, profound and great. Thank you to each of you for your commitment to this cause and this Club, and your contributions to its success. I am honored to be affiliated with this organization and, more importantly, the fine people within it who strive to change the world and their community. Now my fellow Rotarians, let's go forward and do what we can to do good in our community of Flushing and beyond. The Future of Rotary is in YOUR Hands. Thank you, John Cote, President, 2009-2010, Rotary Club of Flushing, Michigan
|Rotarian Service and Fellowship||Posted by John Cote||
You are a Rotarian; you are Rotary, a force for good in the world. Every year, Rotary's 1.2 million members perform extraordinary acts of kindness through service and fellowship. Rotarians not only reach out to their own communities but also traverse the globe to work for all humanity in the spirit of volunteerism that has defined Rotary for more than a century.
|Putting Polio In Perspective||Posted by John Cote||
Dear Flushing Rotarians: Major gains have been made in the global fight against polio since Rotary International began its crusade to eradicate this disease in 1985. At that time, 1,000 children were infected by the disease EVERY DAY in 125 countries. Today, polio cases have declined by 99 percent, with fewer than 2,000 TOTAL CASES reported in the world in 2006. Two billion children have been immunized (approx. 30% of the world's population of 6.7 billion!), five million have been spared disability, and over 250,000 deaths from polio have been prevented since Rotary began its efforts in partnership with the World Heath Organization and the United Nations in 1985. Rotary is the single largest non-governmental foundation working for the improvement of the human condition, surpassing the Gates Foundation and others. In fact, the Gates Foundation has recently provided funding to the Rotary Foundation for this work, recognizing Rotary's effectiveness against polio. In addition, Google just recently donated $3.5 million to the Rotary Foundation for polio eradication. Rotary has now funded approximately two-thirds of a billion dollars to Polo relief over this period. All of this has been done by 1.2 million committed people in 200 nations (0.02% of the world's population). So, now you know what it's like to be among the top 0.02% in the world, making a difference every day. That puts it in perspective. John Cote Former Foundation Chair
|New Member George Waiters Inducted||Posted by Denise Dach||
George Waiters, from The Gingerbread Agency in Flushing, was inducted as a new member of the Club on December 2nd. The induction presentation was made by Chuck McKone, and President Ginny presented his pin and membership packet. George and members were reminded of the 4-Way test, the Objects of Rotary and member responsibilities. Welcome George!
|Foundation Facts - Mission||Posted by Rick Merrill||
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
|Foundation Facts||Posted by Rick Merrill||
Any Foundation program can be successful only if it is embraced and actively supported by Rotary club members. It is unrealistic to expect Rotarians to participate in and financially support the Foundation's programs unless they understand how these programs save and change lives, and benefit them and their Rotary club in the process.
|News||Posted by John Gault||
|Happy Bucks-Who the heck is happy and about what?||Posted by John Gault||
Tim - thanked Fred Helser for attending, Dave B. - A privilege to serve Children's Museum & nephew born prematurely turns one, Doug T. - glad to see Josie back & thanked Merrills for tail gate party & visit to nieces, Greg Y. - thanks to all for prayers and cards & $900 collected for food so far, Tim - son turned 30 & Thanksgiving with a spry 94 year old uncle and 95 year old friend, Denise - welcomed new members & Dave Bennett's service to Children's Museum & week with daughter, Terry - 23 people at house & 1900 pictures shot by 5 yr old, Biff - ski trip with father, Chuck - welcomed new members, Eric - visit to Children's Museum & five day trip to New York City, Ginny - She and Dave collected $294 at Bueche's Thanksgiving Eve & Holiday Pops at Whiting, Barry - Josie's return, Hank - great Chicago trip & watching "A Christmas Carol" on big screen & reminded all of George Gip's birthday 12/12, Richard - reminded all to sign up for Rotary International Conference & looking forward to Christmas with children, Greg B. - one of founding members Fred Heslers visit & our new members & the new and improved Flushing Chamber of Commerce, Mike W. - his eight year old in Nutcracker, John C. - good to have Josie and Greg back, Don P. - will have Augie and 94 year old grandmother over for Thanksgiving & Sam Harris's retirement, Dean - welcome to new members & five days in Kansas City & Drummond Island birthday party for his mother, Jack W. - Rowe is now in new building & daughter is in Rotoract, Kathy - no turkey flambé this year & great tailgate party, Rick - welcome new members & Greg Bois's sign & Big 10 Michigan, Josie - happy to be back & for Teresa accompanying her, Teresa - thanked members for prayers and cards and commented on Josie talking about Rotary while in the hospital
|2008 Rotary Scholarship Recipients||Posted by Mike Wallace||
The Rotary Club of Flushing announced on May 23rd the recipients of the Gerald Knight Memorial Scholarship and Paul Harris Scholarship to Darla Nagel and Hannah Woodke of Flushing, respectively. These two exceptional students both are 2008 Graduates of Flushing High School.