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Welcome to our Club!

Grand Haven

Service Above Self

Mondays at noon and Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m.
Grand Haven Community Center (Mon) and 128 Columbus (Tue)
Columbus Ave
Grand Haven, MI  49417
United States
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The Board is seeking future project nominations for the receipts of the 2019 Club fundraisers.  Suggestions should be forwarded to any Board Member.   The Club will vote on the list of nominations in two weeks.
 
Past Presidents will meet on Tuesday, September 18.

2018 Global Grant and 2019 Clean Water Program -- Paul McNergney updated the club on these initiatives.  Plans for 2019 include a $10,000 District Grant which will be the ninth year supporting clean water in Honduras. El Ayudante and the Comayagua Club need water basins now for some additional villages. Scott Rant will join Paul McNergnery this year in explaining this need and our Club's share of the match to achieve District funds. 
 
Dave Young invited everyone to support the 4th Annual Autism Support Group fundraiser at the Grand Haven Golf Club on Saturday, September 22.  The 19th Hole silent auction will begin at 3:30 p.m.
 
Last 2018 Highway Clean-up  Saturday, September 22.  We will meet at the GH Burger King at 8 a.m.  Clean-up usually takes 1 - 1/12 hours.  Contact Stacey Trowbridge if you can help. The Club viewed the official Adopt A Highway Program safety video.
 
Students of the Month.  Roger Jonas introduced the September Students of the Month.  Habeeb El-Amir invited his history teacher Jason Klinger to be his guest.  Habeeb is involved in National Honor Society, The Community Foundation Youth Advisory Committee, and Model United Nations.  He plans to attend the University of Michigan after graduation to study Political Science and International Affairs.  Matthew Marcus invited his first-grade teacher Sue Leary to be his guest.  Matthew has been involved with Science Olympiad since sixth grade and is co-captain of the Water Polo team.  Matthew hopes to attend either Northwestern University or the University of Michigan to study law or medicine.
 
Reimagination Station 
Build Week is October 9th - 14th, 2018
Be prepared for an amazing week of community volunteerism. It will be the hardest work you ever love! We invite you and your friends and family to sign-up to volunteer for this impactful week where you and over 1500 other volunteers will build a play-space from scratch in one week. Demolition of current structure starts week of Sept. 10 with the new structure starting Monday, October 8.
 
Bell Ringing - Jay Davis announced that 5 (or 10 if people want to work in pairs) volunteers are needed to collect donations at the G.H. D&W on December 12th from 10:00 - 3:00.

Upcoming Rotary Programs are listed on the Welcome page of Grand Haven Rotary.org.  Just check the listing in the right-hand column of the page.  
 
There was no winner of the weekly raffle.  $289 rolls over to next meeting.
 
 
State of the City Annual Update by Mayor Geri McCaleb
 
Mayor McCaleb was elected to City Council in 2001.  She was elected Mayor in 2011 and is currently in the second year as her fourth term.
 
Mayor McCaleb reviewed progress achieved on the Council's 2017 Goals:
 
1.  Beacon Boulevard Preservation and Improvement Plan.  The City is working with the MDOT to address maintenance and improvement of this main corridor through the city.
 
2.  Urban Forest Management.  The City has enlisted the expertise of GVSU to analyze issues such as the conservation of Duncan Woods and Mulligan's Hollow.
 
3.  Infrastructure Maintenance and Replacement.  Although a number of large projects have been undertaken, $35 million worth of projects still need to be addressed.  A permanent funding process needs to be established for this ongoing need.
 
4. Short-term Rental Regulations and Enforcement.  The City has established a comprehensive policy which has become a model for other communities.  Efforts to address this issue at the State level have become inactive at the committee level.
 
5.  Waterfront Stadium Reconstruction.  Dedication for the new facility was held June 21.  The stadium can now accommodate many more attendees than originally anticipated.
 
6.  Catwalk Restoration.  The needed $1 million was raised.  Final reinstall of the catwalk should be completed in 2019.
 
Mayor McCaleb listed the 2018 Goals:
 
1.  Increased Space Needs for the Public Works Department.  Clean up of the North Third Street DPW property is needed with possible relocation to a more appropriate area.
 
2.  Pension Liabilities are Underfunded.  The fund is currently underfunded by $16 million.    Analysis indicates that the City will be better off staying with its current plan.
 
3.  Airport Research, Report and Strategic Plan.  MDOT will present an Airport Community Benefit analysis in October.
 
4.  Sustainable Infrastructure Financing Plan.   Establish a permanent financing plan that won't increase millage rates.
 
5.  Housing Affordability.  A ten-step plan  was adopted on August 20, 2018.
 
6.  Local Energy Production.  Priorities of the BLP and the citizens are to close the Sims plant, retain local, independent power generation, and retain an energy source for the Snow Melt system.
 
7.  Washington Square Parking. There currently are no public parking lots for customers of the local businesses.
 
Mayor McCaleb touched on the following topics:
 
Downtown Parking Structure.  The big questions to be addressed are Where?  and how much would it cost?
 
Development of the Stanco property for housing and related parking.
 
The Planning Commission gave initial approval on September 11 for the building of a Hampton Inn along the Grand River east of the Applebees restaurant.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Morning members also received a presentation from David Walters with the Board of Light and Power
 

Rotary Club of Grand Haven has established a pilot program for 2 separate meeting times. 

  1. We offer a Monday luncheon meeting at the Grand Haven Community Center from noon until 1:15.
  2. We have a breakfast meeting on Tuesday mornings, from 7:30 - 8:30 am, at Desserts By Design/Consider It Done at 320 Columbus Avenue, just one block west of the community center. This morning meeting is fast-paced and wraps up in one hour.

As a member, you are welcome to attend whatever best meets your schedule for the week.

 
 
 
 
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Membership Chair
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Youth Exchange Officer
World Community Service
Foundation Chair
 
 
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Speakers
Brenda Sipe - Director of Continuing Studies
Sep 24, 2018
Kendall College
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Oct 01, 2018
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Oct 02, 2018
Lynne Doyle
Oct 08, 2018
Executive Director of Community Mental Health Ottawa Co.
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Oct 09, 2018
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Oct 15, 2018
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Oct 16, 2018
Committee Meeting
Nov 05, 2018
Committee Meeting
Nov 06, 2018