Serving Our Local Community and the World

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Swan Inn Restaurant, Banquet Hall
5182 Alpine Ave NW
Comstock Park, MI 49321
United States of America
1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 12:15
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Comstock Park
Comstock Park Rotary Club is made up of business, professional, and community leaders. We meet regularly to plan and implement community service activities and network with each other . Our Rotary Club provides members with an opportunity to make a contribution to the Comstock Park community and to communities around the world. People join  Rotary for many reasons, including community involvement, personal development, professional networking, and camaraderie with fellow members. But perhaps the most important benefit is the satisfaction gained from making a real difference in the world.
Club News
During the month of April the Comstock Park Rotary Club sponsored a fund drive in support of Ukrainian refugees and residents.  The club offered special wristbands  for donations, and collected over $4,300.  Much praise goes to chairperson Diane VanEpps and also ChoiceOne Bank which offered their west Michigan branches to serve as collection points.
Barbeque of June 9, 202It has already been a busy month for the Comstock Park Rotary Club.  The June BBQ was a huge success, thanks to the community, the member/volunteers, and of course the weather.  This is our major fund raiser, and we hope to have our second one of this year on Thursday August 11, as part of the Mill Creek Days Celebration.  (cont'd)
The Comstock Park Rotary began this year volunteering an afternoon at Feeding America, located right here in Comstock Park.  Attending members weighed and packaged cheerios for distribution to needy families.  The project was so well received that members plan a return visit on March 31 and several other Thursdays over the year.
This weekend, we lost someone who was a friend of all of us, Brent Beuschel. Our deepest sympathy goes to his family. Brent was admired for his devotion to family, devotion to his profession and community, and for his faith in God. There is little Brent would not do for his friends and for the community. This was particularly true as a member of our Rotary Club. He was there at every project, not afraid to do what others may have wanted to stay away from. Brent has also served as president of our club, and his leadership will be missed.
The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart; devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from calamity. he enters peace. (Isaiah 57:1-2
The next Rotary meeting is this Thursday, October 7th 12:10 PM at the Swan Inn. Our guest speaker will be Joel Bierling, proprietor of Bier Distillery, right here in Comstock Park. He is someone pursuing his dreams.
At our last membership meeting, President Greg Madura was delighted to induct three new members. They are (left to right) Debbie Benjamin, Elizabeth Wahlfield, and Ashley Mott. Welcome to the Comstock Park Rotary, where our motto is "Service Above Self"
New members inducted
Members of the Comstock Park Rotary members met recently and discussed making the August 12 Chicken BBQ a success. Once again the club will offer chicken, ribs, and sausage meals, although there will be a limited supply of ribs. The cost of a chicken meals will be $11.00, ribs $17.00 and sausage $9.00. Our guest of the meeting was Kyler Smith. Kyler is a graduate of Comstock Park High School and was selected in 2019 as a junior to attend the Youth Leadership Conference. Due to the pandemic, Kyler has not had the opportunity to share his experiences with the club earlier.
Kyler Smith                      Bernie Spruit, Dan Clark, Brent Beuschel
Club members Bernie Spruit and Brent Beuschel were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows for their financial support of Rotary International for world wide projects as the fight against Polio, and providing clean water to areas in third world countries.
The Comstock Park Rotary met Thursday at 12:15 at the Swan Inn and were honored with the presence of Jonathan Kulich. Jonathan is a graduate of Comstock Park High School, and will begin his second year at Central Michigan University this fall. Jonathan is also the recipient of the Comstock Park Rotary Scholarship Program which carries over a two year period. Jonathan offered a great presentation about this past crazy freshman year and how he is looking forward to this coming semester. One of the things Jonathan enjoyed was working with the University's baseball team and keep track of team statistics. While pursuing a degree in business, Jonathan's dream job will be working as a statistician for a professional sports team. The club offered their best wishes to Jonathan, and invited him to come back next year.
On Saturday, October 10, members and family of the Comstock Park Rotary plan to meet at 10:00 AM at Zinzer School on Kinney Rd. in Walker to put the finishing touches on the renovated courtyard.  After renovating the neglected courtyard earlier this year, over thirty different species of plants were planted in the courtyard.  A pond and waterfall were installed along with other amenities.  On the 10th of October, Rotarians, students and parents hope to complete the remaining task of planting prairie sedge, a ground cover that will make a nice lawn, mowed or un-mowed. 
With the relaxation of meeting rules, the Comstock Park Rotary Club is once again meeting at the Swan Inn Restaurant. Recently the board decided to conduct membership meetings there the first and third Thursdays of the month.
This past Thursday we celebrated the induction of Belinda Choy. Belinda is the new Tenant Relations Manager at York Creek. We are pleased to have her as a new member. Photo below is Belinda being sworn in by Past President Cindy Witte. 
On Thursday September 17, our Rotary Club once again met at Wahlfield Park.  Guest speaker was Michaellita Fortier, Transportation Director at Comstock Park Schools. She was welcomed by many of our members who were acquainted with her.  Michaellita gave an interesting presentation and shared some of the adjustments in scheduling that had to be made due to the COVERT-19 Pandemic and the shift in school hours.  
The next Rotary meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 1 at 12:10 PM at Beuschel's Funeral Home. (But don't let that scare you.)
In August, the Comstock Park Rotary Club met the first and third Thursday at Dwight Lydell Park and Wahlfield Park respectively.  Part of the reason for that is the social distancing required at meetings, but as it turned out, the weather was simply perfect each day. 
While our summer fundraising projects, (our BBQs) had to be cancelled, it does not mean  we had to forego other projects, and on Saturday, August 29, some of our members partnered with staff and parents of Zinzer School to complete a project that began in August of last year.  

Our Rotary Club is responding to the impact of the global COVID-19 crisis. Until further notice, our club will meet the first and third Thursday of the month at 12:15 PM at the Alpine Township Community Center using the guidelines set by our State Governor. We are closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the safest and most appropriate actions are taken by and for our members and the communities they serve. 

“The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. As people of action, this is our time to connect with each other to offer immediate help to people in need.” – Mark Daniel Maloney, Rotary International President, 2019-2020.
     So many catastrophic events happen every year but most do not affect our local community, or even our continent.
This year we are face a different kind of disaster, one that affects the entire world, including the State of Michigan, our own community and our own family and neighbors.  Many activities have been delayed or postponed, including our Rotary barbeques.
     Gatherings of groups are not allowed at this time, although we continue to meet together through modern media.  Our community has its own needs.  Food banks are running short.   At this time, face masks are not available to many whose jobs makes it necessary to meet the public.  
     To assist in addressing the needs of our local community, the Comstock Park Rotary generously contributed $4,000 to our local food bank, "Feeding America".  This great organization is able to turn $4,000 into 40,00 meals. We are very happy that we could assist in meeting their needs.
In addition, the Comstock Park Rotary Club was able to acquire 2,700 face masks at a very good price.  As of today, 2,000 of these have already been distributed to facilities in our community to help alleviate the current shortage.  
     All this is resulting in a drain of our resources, especially if future barbeques at Dwight Lydell Park (our main source of revenue)  are in jeopardy, but we feel this is the best way we can help our current situation.
Christmas may be gone but members of the Comstock Park Rotary continue to do community service work projects.  In January, club members volunteered an afternoon at our local  Feeding America warehouse.  Feeding America is a United States–based nonprofit organization that is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that feed more than 46 million people through food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other community-based agencies.
 This month, members forfeited a regular membership in order to help prepare weekend meals to assure that students from Pine Island and Stoney Creek Elementary Schools not go hungry.  Earlier, our Rotary club donated  $3,000 to the Hand 2 Hand program which is a program offered through Plainfield Christian Church and other West Michigan Churches from all denominations.
It was a busy Thursday for Rotary members. Almost all members participated in the Salvation Army 's Red Kettle campaign. This photo depicts Gerald Hopkins, Rotarian and superintendent of Kenowa Hills Schools. Earlier during the day, Rotarians enjoyed participating in our Annual Meeting which, of course coincided with our Christmas meeting. Beautiful holiday music was provided by Aaron and Rosalie Baxter.


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