Welcome to our Club!

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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Next Monday is Chris Streng's birthday.  But, Feb 4 is our next committee meeting during our regularly scheduled meeting.
 
We need help for our exchange student over spring break.  Find Kirsten Runschke for more details.
 

Kevin Galbavi  reminded everyone about the Sleepwalker Run which will be held on January 26, 2019.  See Jill Argetsinger if you would like to be a $300 sponsor.  Registration fees are $25 for adults and $15 for high school students. Look at winterfestmi.org for more details.

Join everyone for wine about winter this Friday - buy a wine glass ahead of time at Fortino's or the night of the event at Harborfront .  Find out more on facebook and search wine about winter.
 
Raffle - $99 for winner and $260 for charity and it rolls over!
 
Morning meeting is held the  first and third Tuesdays of each month.   Meetings are  at 126 Columbus - Riopelle Building.
 
Upcoming Rotary Programs are listed on the Welcome page of www.grandhavenrotary.org.  Just check the listing in the right-hand column of the page.
 
 
 
 
Today we welcomed one of our own, Dale Swihart. He was lucky enough to lead a team to India in 2007-2008.  He was selected as a team leader on a Group Study Exchange.
 
India is the second largest population in the world, making it the largest democracy. They went to Bangalore, which is Asia's Silicone Valley. It's over populated and home to many call centers.  It is a modern city that has experienced high growth and is a booming economy.  They arrived at the day that celebrated their 60th anniversary of independence.  It has a wonderful year round climate and is called a garden city.
 
The biggest form of transportation was pedicabs, but saw everything including livestock in the streets.  Motorbikes ruled the roads and traffic was awful.  They traveled about 90 miles away to check out Mysore Palace which was finished being built in the early 1900s. They saw temples, gardens, a dam, and even attended a Hindu wedding which last 3-4 days.  You don't need an invitation to get in!
 
They attended the local Rotary district conference and many of the events were hosted under tents.  The district had 97 clubs, most of them from the Bangalore area.  Much of their GSE teams time was spent rotating between clubs. Concurrently the district also hosted a German team.  The Rotary clubs would host them and entertain them. They also attended a cricket contest.
 
Everywhere they went were club projects that were going on with support from around the world.  They saw clean water with concrete filters, polio plus - they saw a mobilization day where local nursing students helped - very moving, bicycles for girls that they could use from age 12-graduating high school, and bathrooms built for girls.  When girls reach maturity and they didn't have a bathroom to use, they wouldn't go to school.  This enabled girls to stay in school.  They also dedicated a computer room for a school.
 
In India, the oldest child, usually son, is obligated to care for their parents.  Unfortunately some families can't do that so there are countless number of elderly who are abandoned.  One of the projects was a care center for those abandoned people.  He also saw a hospice, a health clinic, schools, cleaning and handwashing stations, a computer tech school.
 
Dale stayed with several host families.  All were Hindu except one was Christian.  They all tried to acclimate him to their daily lives.  He visited temples and found it fun to talk to them, especially the college kids who came home to meet him and visit him.  
 
At the end of the GSE program, he was able to take 2 weeks to visit the country.  He went to Delhi and New Delhi, drove through the country side and saw huts that were built with cow patties, palaces, hunting lodges, an observatory and of course the Taj Mahal. 
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.

 
 
 
 
Club Directors
President
President Elect
Community Service
International Service
IPP
Secretary
Treasurer
Club Historian
Youth Services/Interact
Public Relations
Membership Chair
Vocational Services
Youth Exchange Officer
World Community Service
Foundation Chair
 
 
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Speakers
Jen Self-Sulger Executive Director
Jan 21, 2019
Harbor Humane Society
Jen Self-Sulger Executive Director
Jan 22, 2019
Harbor Humane Society
Alex Doty
Jan 28, 2019
Ottawa County Road Commision
Committee Meeting
Feb 04, 2019
Committee Meeting
Feb 05, 2019
Christine Mwangi & Sarah Howard
Feb 11, 2019
Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance