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Rotary Club of Flushing, Michigan

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Pictured L-R; Kevin Foltz, FHS Assistant Principal, FHS teacher Shawn Andrews, Kourtney Sari, Jenn Hodson (Sari’s mother) and Rotary President Dave Bennett.
Flushing High School student Kourtney Sari has been named the Rotary Club of Flushing’s Student of the Month for April. Sari, a senior at FHS, is a member of the Varsity Club, Rotary Interact Chapter, Student Leadership Organization and Student Council. She is also a Teacher Cadet, which involves helping special needs students in small groups with math and reading. Over the past six years, Sari has helped to further a cause that she is very passionate about: the Special Olympics. Most recently, she attended the Michigan Special Olympics Games at Central Michigan University and helped raise $700 for Special Olympics by participating in the Polar Plunge at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. As a member of Flushing Community Church’s youth group, Sari participated in a mission trip to West Virginia to work with kids at a day camp, perform yard work for the elderly and host a soup kitchen at the end of the week for the entire community.  Sari’s other community service involvement includes serving at the Volunteer Mobile Food Pantry, helping to set up the Flushing Candlewalk and providing swimming lessons through the Rotary Interact Club at the Marion Krouse Center. In her free time, Sari enjoys camping at Silver Lake Sand Dunes and hanging out with friends. She also enjoys her job at Tropical Smoothie on Linden Road. Sari plans to attend Grand Valley State University and major in nursing—a career path that emerged from her involvement at CMU with the Special Olympics. While in the program, she plans to specialize in caring for individuals with special needs. Sari said that her favorite teacher at FHS is Shawn Andrews because she “always has a positive outlook and has a great way of encouraging me to be a friend.” Whenever she plans to fundraise or volunteer, Sari said that Andrews has always been there for her, providing support and encouragement. In Sari’s honor, the Rotary Club of Flushing will donate $100 to the Michigan Special Olympics organization.
(Reprinted from Ben Gagnon. The Flushing View, May 2, 2019, View Newspaper Group, Inc.)

(Pictured L-R:  Dave Bennett, Rotary Club of Flushing President; Dr. James Cantwil, DDS;  Darwin Scherba, Rotary Service Above Self Award Coordinator).

Dr. James K. Cantwil, DDS, has received the Rotary Club of Flushing’s distinguished Service Above Self Award for 2019.

Cantwil, who has owned and operated a dental practice in Flushing for 12 years, was presented with the honor at the Rotary Club’s breakfast meeting last Thursday. He received the award based on three qualifications: exemplifying outstanding professional achievement within his occupation; contributing his time and energy to the problems and needs of society; and demonstrating high ethical standards.

From a professional achievement standpoint, Cantwil has received several comprehensive dental and surgical certifications.

He also serves as a trustee on the Michigan Dental Association board (MDA) and has served multiple terms on the Genesee District Dental Society Board of Directors.

In many instances, Cantwil has given of his time to take care of the needs of others. He has participated as a coordinator for the Give Kids a Smile Foundation, volunteered as an oral health presenter in the Flushing, Swartz Creek and Clio school districts (1994-2014) and served as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector at local Catholic parishes (1980 to the present).

Cantwil has also completed several volunteer medical trips with the Haiti Dental Mission to the mountain village of Delatte, Haiti. As part of the team, he has helped to provide dental care and surgery to over 360 people in an impoverished region.

Cantwil will return to Haiti this month, where he will bring a pre-med college student along to get hands-on experience and receive the spiritual reward of serving others.

The Rotary Club also wishes to recognize Cantwil for his commitment to high ethical standards. As a convenience store employee from 1979-1988, Cantwil observed abuses in the use of state aid and food stamps. That experience has led him to remain politically active in regard to reforming the use of the state’s welfare programs.

Cantwil graduated from the University Of Detroit’s School Of Dentistry in 1988 and practiced as an associate dentist until 1989, when he began his own practice in Flint Township. He would later move his office to its current W. Pierson Road location in 1997.

Cantwil has been married to his wife, Elisa, since 1986 and has three children: Elizabeth (born 1989), Olivia (born 1992), and Roselyn (born 1996).

The Rotary Club of Flushing’s Service Above Self Award reflects Rotary International’s motto and seeks to recognize someone in the Flushing community who goes above and beyond (Service above Self) in their service to the community and beyond, thereby exemplifying the Rotary motto. The recipient is always a non-Rotarian.

The Flushing Rotary Club instituted this award in 2011 and has awarded it in each subsequent year to a Flushing area resident who demonstrates this level of selfless service. It is among the highest annual recognitions awarded by the Flushing Rotary Club. 

(Reprinted from article by Ben Gagnon, The Flushing View, February 7 2019)

Pictured L-R:  FHS Assistant Principal Kevin Foltz, Quincy Davis and Flushing Rotary President Dave Bennett.


Flushing High School senior Quincy Davis has been chosen as the Rotary Club of Flushing's Student of the Month for January 2019.

Davis received the award on January 24, 2019 at the Rotary Club of Flushing meeting with her parents, Jason Davis and Kristy Lord, siblings Mason, Brooklyn and Chandler, and grandparents Karen and Andy Suski, in attendance. She has designated Hurley Medical Center's Children’s Miracle Network to receive her $100 donation from the Rotary Club in her honor.

Davis, an honor student at FHS, is set to graduate this spring. Her plans include studying business management at Mott Community College on a volleyball scholarship and entering the family’s automotive dealership business upon graduation.

At Flushing, Davis is a three-sport athlete and has been named to four Academic All-State teams. She was the team captain for the 2018 Raider volleyball team, which captured a regional championship, a district title and a conference championship this fall. She is also a two-year varsity member of the girls basketball team (which is in season) and will begin her fourth year of varsity tennis this spring.

Davis has taken active involvement in varsity clubs, belonging to the Student Leadership Organization (SLO), the National Technical Honor Society, the Varsity Club and the COLT Squad.

For community service, Davis has read to kindergartners at the Early Childhood Center; assisted at the Mobile Food Pantry for three years; operated a Speed and Agility clinic for first to sixth graders at the 2018 Flushing Harvest Festival; set up for the Flushing Candlewalk with the Student Leadership Organization; and volunteered at a local soup kitchen for the past three years.

In the summer of 2017, Davis took a mission trip to Cincinnati to help remodel a building into a school for underprivileged kids. The trip was made possible through her home church, Flushing Community Church.

As for hobbies, Davis enjoys sports, travel and spending time with family. Her favorite trip was just this past year on Disney’s Alaskan Cruise.

Davis’ favorite memories at Flushing including winning the volleyball regional and being crowned Homecoming Queen this past fall. Her favorite teacher is Mrs. Harden, who she credited with pushing her to succeed in math.

We are now accepting registrations for our 8th Annual Rotary Garage/Craft Sale which will be held Saturday April 27th, 2019 from 9AM to 2PM at Flushing Middle School. Last year's event was sold out well in advance and we had to turn vendors away so get your form and money in as soon as possible to reserve your spot. No verbal reservations will be taken this year.  There were over 75 vendors and more than 1200 shoppers come through the door at last year's event. The Rotary Club of Flushing and Flushing Community Schools appreciate your participation and support for this very worthwhile event. We look forward to seeing you in the spring!  A Vendor Registration Form is available in the "Files" area above on this web page.
Kade Andrews, a Senior at Flushing High School, was named the November Student of the Month by the Rotary Club of Flushing. 
He is a 3 sport athlete, playing Football, Basketball, and running track, and is involved in Varsity Club where he just returned from Marion Crouse School, helping them celebrate Homecoming.  Kade also served on the Student Advisory Board in his junior year, and assisted in Colt’s Squad with Officer Jim Hough, the Flushing Community Schools Liaison Officer.  He has also served as a mentor at Seymour Elementary School, and volunteers to read through “Leaders are Readers” on his own time at Seymour Elementary. He has also been known to stay over and join the kids at recess.  When Flushing High School played H.H. Dow High School of Midland in the recent high school football playoffs, Kade did his warm-up at Seymour Elementary School, playing all-time QB for the kids.  Kevin Foltz, Assistant Principal at Flushing High School and Flushing Rotary member, who presented Kade the award, stated that  Kade is an all-around role model for kids in the Flushing Schools.
Outside of school, he is an active member of the Flushing Community Church of the Nazarene where he and his family participate in community service events. His best memory from this was delivering cookies to less fortunate kids in an old ice cream truck.  Kade is also dual-enrolled at Mott Community College, taking some of his undergraduate college course requirements while still in high school.  This is in addition to taking 10 credits of coursework at the High School,  and 1 Advanced Placement course (for college credit).
Kade is currently weighing his options regarding college, possibly looking to play college football after this great season at Flushing High School. He plans to study Marketing or Business Management in college.   
The Rotary Club of Flushing is proud to recognize Kade Andrews as its November 2018 Student of the Month.  A $100 donation will be made to a Flushing High School student organization of his choice in his honor.  
Pictured (l-r):  Kevin Foltz, Assistant Principal at FHS, Kade Andrews,  Dave Bennett, Rotary Club President.

Flushing Rotarian recalls medical mission trip to Kenya

NOVEMBER 01, 2018

Dr. Duane Allyn with Enoch, a Kenyan child he sponsors through the Kenya Relief organization. Photo provided

Dr. Duane Allyn with Enoch, a Kenyan child he sponsors through the Kenya Relief organization. Photo provided

FLUSHING — From its inception, the Rotary Club of Flushing has encouraged members to pursue the Rotary International motto of “Service above Self.”

Flushing Rotarian Dr. Duane Allyn has exemplified that calling.

Allyn, a pediatrician based in Flint, recently embarked on an 11-day medical mission trip to Kenya this September. While overseas, he helped to perform numerous medical treatments and examined children and adults before they went into surgery.

For Allyn, the trip represented his sixth time serving as a volunteer with Kenya Relief, a faith-based organization that sends around 20 short-term mission teams to Kenya each year.

“When you go, you get to meet wonderful people…and you get to give your heart,” he said. “Our presence there can make a total change in a person’s life.”

Allyn served in the rural Migori region of Kenya, which is west of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Here, Kenya Relief operates an orphanage, a school and a clinic with surgical rooms and a pharmacy.

Over the course of his trip, Allyn saw hundreds of patients and treated everything from goiters to high blood pressure. His team included three ENT specialists, a plastic surgeon, two residents and an operation room staff.

Allyn said that his desire to serve on medical missions was stirred seven years ago, during a time when he was dealing with depression and a sense of professional “burn-out.”

“My wife prayed and sensed God was telling her that I needed to return to my roots (of service),” he said. “She called a surgeon friend of ours, who then connected us with the Kenya Relief Fund.”

In August 2012, Allyn took his wife and daughter to Kenya for the first time. He said that the experience was mind-blowing because of the country’s dire lack of basic medical care.

“There was a young lady—probably eight or nine-years-old—who had been kicked in the leg and had her femur broken,” the doctor said. “My wife and I had enough money to have a rod flown over (from the United States) so that she could have surgery to repair her leg.”

Allyn said that the operation would have cost the girl’s mother $200, which is about 20,000 shillings in Kenyan currency. For perspective, the average Kenyan only makes $1 to $2 a day.

Filling Kenya’s great need for medical treatment, Allyn said, has given him purpose and fueled his desire to give back even more.

“I’ll do anything they ask of me over there,” he said. “It’s ‘Service above Self.’”

Outside of administering medical care, Allyn has also helped his Rotary district to raise funds for a new well at Kenya Relief’s missionary home in Migori, as well as bathrooms and a septic tank for the organization’s school. Altogether, Rotary District 6330—along with contributions from the Flushing United Methodist Church and a Rotary Club in Alabama—raised $26,000 for the project.

Back home, Allyn encourages medical students and Rotary members alike to get involved with Kenya Relief’s causes, whether through participation with mission teams or by donating.

As a multi-faceted outreach, Kenya Relief also welcomes educational, construction and evangelistic mission teams. To get involved or to donate, visit kenyarelief.org

The 2018 Annual Flushing Rotary Club Beer Tent and Raffle fundraiser held on June 22-23, 2018 in Riverview Park, was very successful and raised approximately $20,000 for the Rotary Club of Flushing's projects in the community.   Over 600 participants enjoyed the beer and music provided both evenings by Rachelle Rae and the Banned.
The Flushing Rotary Club wishes to express its thanks and appreciation to our area business sponsors, contributors and the Flushing community for your support.   This annual fundraiser enables the Flushing Rotary Club to carry out projects in the community such as the Riverview Park seating renovation project ($260,000), renovation of the river overlook in Riverview Park, help with the Flushing Nature Trail, our annual S'mores distribution during the holiday Candlewalk, recognizing Flushing High School Rotary Students of the Month, and the annual Rotary Club of Flushing Scholarships to service minded high school graduates who exemplify volunteerism and service in the community, reflecting the Rotary motto of “Service above Self.”
The Flushing Rotary Club has raised and invested over $700,000 in the Flushing community since its inception in 1992, and will continue  to be an active contributor in the community.
Again, thank you to our local area business sponsors, our contributors and supporters for your support that makes our work in the community possible.  Information on the Flushing Rotary Club is available at www.FlushingMIRotary.org

Outgoing Rotary Club of Flushing President Jason Grindle (Right) passes the gavel to incoming 2018-2019 Flushing Rotary President Dave Bennett.  The transition in Rotary club leadership took place during the annual "Pass the Gavel" dinner held at Bella Birches Banquet Center in Flushing.  Members of the Rotary club attended the event to witness the annual transition in leadership.  The Rotary year runs from July-June. 
 In its 26th year, the Rotary Club of Flushing continues to serve the Flushing community through its various service projects and programs, including the quarter-million dollar renovation of the amphitheater seating in downtown Riverview Park, renovation of the river overlook observation deck, assistance with the Flushing Nature Trail project, annual Candlewalk S'mores distribution, literacy programs in the Flushing Schools,  and sponsoring an Interact Club (high school Rotary club) at Flushing High School. The Rotary club also awards Rotary Scholarships to selected Flushing area graduating high school students each Spring who exhibit outstanding volunteerism and community service, keeping with the Rotary motto of Service above Self. 
The Rotary Club of Flushing thanks outgoing president Jason Grindle for a great year of leadership and his service, and welcomes incoming president Dave Bennett, anticipating a great year ahead in 2018-2019.
The Rotary Club of Flushing has awarded its 2018 Annual Scholarships to four graduating seniors from Flushing High School.   Scholarship recipients were selected primarily based upon their involvement in community service, one of the foundations of the service organization Rotary International, with a motto of "Service above Self."   Recipients were required to submit written applications as well as undergo selection interviews by the Rotary Club Scholarship Committee.   The selected recipients for 2018, listed below, all demonstrated a strong commitment to community service and volunteerism, engaging in their community through various service and volunteer events and projects, as well as strong academic records while in high school.   
2018 Rotary Club of Flushing Scholarship recipients are:
Alexander Bowden (left) received the Rotary At Large Scholarship. He graduated with high honors. He was a member of National Honor Society, My Alpha Theta honorary Math society, and Science National Honor Society. He will be attending Kalamazoo College where he will play baseball. He eventually plans to attend Dental School. He is the son of Scott and Lori Bowden

Noah Adams is next to Alexander. He graduated with high honors. He was a member of National Honor Society. He received the Gerald and Josie Knight Memorial Scholarship. He will be attending Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois and plans to become a pastor. He is the son of Nate and Becky Adams.

Emily Hall is next. She graduate with high honors. She was a member of National Honor Society. She received the Richard and Kathy Merrill Scholarship. She will be attending Mott Community College for the first two years and will transfer to a four year college following Mott. She is the daughter of Mark and Carolyn Hall.

Marie Pouillon is on the far right. She received the Rotary Club At Large Scholarship. Marie graduated with honors. She was a member of Rotary Interact Club. She will be attending Saginaw Valley State University. She is the daughter of Jason and Katharine Pouillon. 
The Rotary Club of Flushing congratulates this year's Rotary Scholarship recipients on their academic achievements and their commitment to their communities through service and volunteerism.   We are confident that these scholarship recipients will exemplify the tenets of Rotary as they go forward to college and their careers.
The 2018 Annual Rotary Club of Flushing’s  Beer Tent and Raffle Fundraiser event will be held on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23, from 6:00-11:30PM each evening in downtown Flushing at Riverview Park. The event will be a part of the annual Flushing Summerfest. The Beer Tent, Friday 6/22 and Saturday 6/23, will be open from 6:00-11:30PM, and will feature a selection of draft and craft beers available for purchase. There is a $5.00 cover charge for admission to the Beer Tent, and no one under 21 will be admitted.  Official ID (driver license) will be required for entry.  
For entertainment we will have back by popular demand the band Rachelle Rae and the Banned, performing both nights from 8PM-11PM.   
On Saturday evening, 6/23/18, we will hold the drawing for our annual Raffle at 9:00 PM in the Beer Tent.  Tickets for the raffle are $10.00 each, and may be purchased at the event Friday evening (6PM-11PM) and Saturday prior to the raffle drawing at 9:00 PM Saturday night 6/23/18.  A Grand Prize of $1,000 will be awarded, along with a $500 second prize, a $250 third prize, two $150 prizes, three $100 prizes, and four $50 prize winners. Raffle tickets are also available for purchase by mail from the Flushing Rotary Club, P.O. Box 377, Flushing MI 48433 (make checks payable to Flushing Rotary Club and include your mailing address on a self-addressed stamped envelope for mailing tickets) or from Flushing Rotary Club members.  Tickets will also be available from the Flushing Chamber of Commerce, 105 E. Main St., downtown Flushing, Mon-Fri 9AM-4PM, (810-659-4141), and at a Rotary table at the entrance of Bueche’s Food World during the 3 weeks preceding the event.  The 2017 Raffle and tent event raised $20,000 for Rotary Club projects in the community. We are hopeful of raising additional funds for community projects at this year’s event.  
Funds raised from this event will go toward Rotary Club of Flushing community projects as in years past.  Some of the projects completed by the Rotary Club of Flushing include:
  • The $260,000 renovation and installation of new permanent stadium seats in the Flushing Riverview Park amphitheatre for concerts and movies in the park in summer, and other events (seats pictured below)
  • Renovated the elevated observation platform overlooking the Flint river in Riverview Park
  • An initial partner organization in the development of the Flushing Nature Trail
  • Sponsorship of the Interact Club at Flushing High School, providing Flushing High School students with community service project opportunities and international networking.
  • Providing annual high school graduate scholarships (2-4 scholarships at $1,000 each) awarded to area high school graduates who demonstrate exemplary community service while in high school.
  • Literacy programs in collaboration with Flushing Community Schools.
The Flushing Rotary Club has invested approximately $260,000 in the Riverview Park seating project at the band shell , and collectively over $650,000 in the Flushing community over the past 25 years. We have other community projects in the planning and evaluation stage that will be determined by community needs and dependent upon the funds raised from the annual Beer Tent fundraiser and Raffle proceeds. 
  As an affiliate of Rotary International, the world’s first and largest service organization, the Flushing Rotary Club exists to provide “Service above Self” and contribute to service in the Flushing Community and internationally.  The Flushing Rotary Club would like to express its appreciation to the Flushing community for its continuing support of our projects in Flushing.   We hope to see you on June 22 & 23, between 6PM-11PM at our tent at Riverview park during Summerfest 2018.  Come out and see your friends and neighbors and spend an enjoyable evening with good beer and live musical entertainment. Again, thank you for your support of the Flushing Rotary Club and our community. Security will be provided to ensure an enjoyable event. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the event on June 22 & 23, from 6-11PM in Riverview park. Look for the giant tent and people having fun!
The Rotary Club of Flushing was pleased to present to Flushing Community Schools a check for $2,500 to benefit the School’s Literacy programs at their morning meeting on Thursday May 3, 2018. The Rotary club was able to donate these funds from the proceeds collected through their 7th Annual HUGE Indoor Garage and Craft sale held at Flushing Middle School April 21st. The garage sale which has been growing every year has donated nearly $10,000 to the literacy programs at the Flushing Community Schools to date. This year’s sale had more than 75 vendors and over 1,200 shoppers come through the door. The Rotary Club has set the date for the 8th annual sale to be April 27th 2019. Accepting the check on behalf of the Flushing Community Schools is Andrew Schmidt, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Photo:  Matt Catlin, Event Coordinator (L), Andrew Schmidt, Flushing Schools Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction (C), and Jason Grindle, Flushing Rotary Club President (R).
George Kozan, former Flushing Mayor and City Council member, was awarded the Rotary Club of Flushing's annual Tommy Award, given to a Rotary Club member who has exemplified service to the club and the community in the past year.    Kozan has contributed significantly to both the Rotary Club, as a past president, Club secretary, and Board member, as well as to the community of Flushing as a former mayor and city councilman.   The Tommy Award committee selected Kozan given his longstanding commitment to service in Rotary and to the Flushing community he loves. Kozan is a life-long resident of Flushing, and represents the character and values reflective of our community.  He is pictured receiving the Tommy Award 'precious gems' from his wife Debby, who surprised him by attending this unanticipated recognition, and 2017 Tommy Award recipient Matt Catlin.  Kozan will reign as the 2018-2019 Tommy Award recipient until a new Tommy recipient is determined for the award on the Thursday preceding St. Patrick's Day, the annual date of the event.  The award is the first club award bestowed by the Rotary Club of Flushing dating back to the early 1990s when the Club was founded, and is named for the first recipient and former Flushing Rotary member Thomas McNally.  The Tommy Award is considered the most prestigious award within the Rotary Club of Flushing, and the recipient is selected by past Tommy Award winners in a secret selection meeting called the "Tom-clave."  Tommy recipients are sworn to secrecy until the award is given during a presentation ceremony planned and conducted by the former Tommy Award recipients. The 2019 Tommy Award will be awarded on March 14, 2019.

Applications are now being accepted for two $1,000 scholarships from the Rotary Club of Flushing Scholarship Fund. Established by the Rotary Club of Flushing, applicants may apply for these scholarships by completing the necessary forms available in the "Files" area at the top of this website or through area high school guidance offices. The awards are named in honor of outstanding Flushing Rotarians Gerald & Josie Knight, and Richard & Kathy Merrill.

As a service organization, the emphasis of the scholarship awards is leadership and community volunteerism. All 2018 high school graduates or equivalency certification recipients living in the community boundaries of the Flushing Community School system qualify for participation and are strongly urged to complete the brief application. Students attending post-graduation programs such as vocational training, medical assisting certification, trade school or traditional college/university are encouraged to apply.  This is not an exhaustive list.


Applicants will have demonstrated completion of high school or equivalent certification. Candidates will indicate the activities they’ve participated in locally as a volunteer, leader or demonstrate their likelihood of participating in community activities as an adult. The potential candidate shall reside within the boundaries served by the Flushing Community School District. Candidates may have attended any high school or home-based program in the Flushing area.

The Rotary Club of Flushing is a service organization that has a dual emphasis, one of which is  humanitarian programs such as the eradication of Polio worldwide and the other being local community projects. Each of these endeavors will represent the Rotary motto: Service Above Self.  Two examples out of dozens locally include the Flushing Riverview Park beautification project and the Scholarships addressed in this article.  Applications are available in the "Files" area of this website above.  Directions for submission of the applications are contained within the application. Applicants should review the "Scholarship Rules" file (located under "Files" on website) before completing the application. Applications are due by April 6, 2018, and the scholarships will be awarded during a Rotary Club of Flushing meeting in June. 

Vendors Wanted for the Annual Rotary Club of Flushing HUGE Indoor Garage and Craft Sale

Saturday, April 21st 9am till 2pm

Flushing Middle School
8100 Carpenter Road
Flushing, MI 48433

- 10'x10' indoor spaces $15 each
- 10'x20' indoor aisle end spaces $35 each
- 10'x20' outdoor spaces $20 each
- 8' long tables available $10 each

Event is a fundraiser for the Flushing Schools Literacy Programs
sponsored by the Rotary Club of Flushing

Register and reserve your space at:
Or call Matt @ (810) 516-1880

Registration forms available in the "Files" area at the top of this webpage.
Picture caption: Allie Degner is presented with a Rotary Student of the Month certificate by Flushing High School Assistant Principal, and Rotary member, Marty Barta.
The Rotary Club of Flushing was pleased to honor Alexandria Degnar as the Rotary Student of the Month for November.  Allie is a senior student at Flushing High School.  She is the secretary of the Rotary Interact Club at FHS, where she has been a valued student leader.  Allie is an excellent student.  She has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.98.  As a result of this grade point average, Allie is a member of National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, an honorary Math society.  Her participation and acceptance into National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta demonstrates her commitment to academic excellence, as it is based on academic achievement.  In addition to her academic excellence, Allie is very gifted musically.  She is in Advanced Orchestra at FHS, has been a member of the Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra and the orchestra at Flint Central Church of the Nazarene.  Allie is a member of the Beta Chi Theta Choir and Madrigals Choir.  Acceptance into both of these choirs is by audition only.  Allie has participated in community service projects including Convoy of Hope, Flint Eastside Mission, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, singing at Marion Crouse School, and various Rotary Interact Club service projects.  Allie’s future plans include attending Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL.  Allie is the daughter of Laura and Nate Degnar of Flushing, who were in attendance when their daughter was honored.  The Rotary Club of Flushing is pleased to recognize a student each month during the school year who exemplify superior academic achievement combined with service to their community, exemplifying the Rotary motto of "Service above Self."  
The Rotary Club of Flushing conducted its annual fundraising event, an entertainment tent and raffle, on June 9-10 in Flushing’s downtown Riverview Park.  It is fitting that the Rotary Club held its annual fundraiser in Riverview Park, as they have contributed over $260,000 to the park via the stadium seating they purchased and installed in the amphitheater which conducts concerts and movies in the park, among other community events.  Over 500 people attended the entertainment tent over the two day period, and enjoyed beer, wine and music by the live bands Eventide on Friday evening, and Rachelle Rae and the Banned on Saturday.  The annual raffle was held on Saturday and over $2,000 in prizes were awarded to the winners.  The Rotary Club raised over $20,000 for local community projects in Flushing, and wishes to express its appreciation to the community of Flushing and its many wonderful individual and business sponsors for the successful event. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser will be used for the community projects conducted by the Flushing Rotary Club for the benefit of the Flushing community. The Flushing Rotary Club has contributed over $650,000 to the community of Flushing via its community projects, scholarships for Flushing area high school graduates, and literacy programs in the schools, during its 25 years of service in Flushing, and will continue to serve the Flushing community in the years ahead.
PICTURE CAPTION:   2017 Flushing Rotary Scholarship recipients (L-R):  Alexis Draheim, Brendan Rawlings, Emma Wegher.
The Rotary Club of Flushing awarded its 2017 Annual Rotary Scholarships to three very deserving Flushing High School graduating seniors at its meeting on June 15, 2017.   This continues a nearly two decade-long tradition of providing scholarships to Flushing area high school graduates who exemplify service to their community, as well as high academic achievement, tied to the Rotary motto of “Service above Self.”  Two of the three scholarships are named after former members of the Flushing Rotary Club:  Rick and Kathy Merrill, former founding and charter members, and Gerald and Josie Knight, in memoriam.
Recipients of the three 2017 Rotary Club of Flushing scholarships are:
The Rick and Kathy Merrill Scholarship recipient: Alexis Draheim

Alexis graduated with high honors and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is an officer in Student Council and an officer in the Senior Class. Alexis was on the Varsity Cross Country team and the Varsity Track team all four years, and she plans to attend Saginaw Valley State University.

The Gerald and Josie Knight Memorial Scholarship recipient: Emma Wegher

Emma graduated with high honors and is a member of the National Honor Society. She was involved in Varsity Club, and she plans to attend James Madison College at Michigan State University.

The Rotary Club of Flushing Scholarship recipient:  Brendan Rawlings

Brendan graduated with high honors and is a member of the National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society, the Varsity Club, and was student leader of the Project Karma scholarship at Flushing High School.   Brendan will be attending Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University with a goal of going on to medical school.
The Rotary Club of Flushing is pleased to recognize and support such an accomplished group of area high school graduates who exemplify service as well as high academic achievement, and wishes each of these recipients much success in their future.
The Rotary Club of Flushing celebrated its 25th anniversary in April 2017, and was recognized with a resolution from the Flushing City Council, presented by Mayor Kevin Keane to Flushing Rotary Club President Kristy Brown (pictured). Chartered in 1992, the Rotary Club of Flushing has made an indelible impact on the Flushing community during this past quarter century.   From humble beginnings with approximately a dozen charter members, the Flushing Rotary Club has grown to 50 members representing many professions and organizations in the area, and has made an estimated $650,000 in contributions to the Flushing community over the past 25 years.  The largest of these being the renovation and installation of stadium seating in the downtown Riverview Park with an investment of $260,000.  Funds for these community projects were raised over the years via celebrity dinners, golf outings and in recent years via the Duckie Race and Raffle at Summerfest in June. In addition, the Flushing Rotary Club has also awarded scholarships recognizing community service and scholarship to deserving area high school graduates during the past 20 years totaling nearly $50,000, as well as sponsorship of an Interact high school chapter at Flushing High School, several literacy initiatives in the Flushing Schools, the Flushing Nature Trail, and other community events such as the annual Candlewalk and Summerfest.   This year's Summerfest and the Rotary Entertainment Tent, with live bands and beer, will be held on June 9-10 from 6PM-11PM in Riverview Park in downtown Flushing. Raffle tickets are available for purchase from Flushing Rotarians, or via mail: Flushing Rotary Club, P.O.Box 377, Flushing, MI 48433.  Tickets are $10 each.  Contributions can also be mailed to support the work of the Flushing Rotary Club via the Flushing Rotary Community Fund,  P.O. Box 377 Flushing MI 48433.  Contributions are tax deductible as the Flushing Rotary Community Fund is a 501(c)3 tax exempt charitable organization.  The Rotary Club of Flushing wishes to thank the Flushing community for your support over the past 25 years, and looks forward to continuing to serve the Flushing community into the future. 
The Rotary Club of Flushing is again accepting applications for its 2017 Annual Scholarships.   Prospective applicants can apply by completing the application materials located in the "Files" area which is accessible via the link at the top of this page.  Please download and complete all forms and then submit them following the directions provided in the application materials.   Those applicants who meet the service-focused requirements of the scholarships, which derive from the Rotary motto of "Service above Self",  will be contacted for interviews by the Scholarship Committee and the recipients of the two (2) scholarships: The Richard and Kathy Merrill Scholarship, and the Gerald and Josie Knight Scholarship, will receive their scholarships during a Rotary Club of Flushing meeting in June. All high school seniors who are graduating this year and who reside in the Flushing school district area are eligible for the scholarships regardless of the school they attend. Those students with a record of service in the community are encouraged to apply. Applications must be received by March 31, 2017, to be eligible for consideration. 

The Rotary Club of Flint, in celebration of their 100th anniversary, is giving 100 Paul Harris awards to outstanding community volunteers who embody the motto of Service Above Self. Area Rotary Clubs were asked to submit nominations. The Rotary Club of Flushing nominated two distinguished community volunteers; Lucy Ham and Faith Yassick. 


Lucy Ham received her Paul Harris on Friday, February 3rd. Here are a few examples of how she exemplifies Service above Self:    


Lucy states,”It is very rewarding to see the sweet thankfulness when another receives a gift.” Lucy’s giving is from the heart and comes in a variety of ways all focused back to her community. 

  • Active participation in the “Revive Flint” project; an outreach program aimed at inviting neighbors to be a part of their local church. 
  • Recipient of the “Essential Piece Award” through Motherly Intercession which Lucy has supported for many years. Motherly Intercession provides education to children and support services to families with an incarcerated parent. Lucy supports Motherly Intercession financially but also with serving as a volunteer tutor. 
  • Lucy served since 2008 on the Flushing Area Community Fund Advisory Committee, an endowed Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. She was a member and served as Chair for two years. 
  • Lucy is an avid supporter of the Flushing Community Schools. She has always been a positive voice on behalf of the school district. Lucy was recognized by the Board of Education in October 2015 for her contributions. Her gifts were used for Literacy Interventions for young readers in kindergarten through third grade and for character education programs to all four elementary buildings. 
  • Lucy received the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Athena Award in 2012. The Athena Awards honor women who personify excellence professionally, work to improve the quality of life for others and work to help other women realize their leadership potential. 


Lucy states, “Giving is the seed and it is a blessing to see what blooms of that giving ….. very rewarding.”  We congratulate Lucy Ham – 2017 Paul Harris Recipient. 

The Rotary Club of Flushing is very proud to present Flushing Township Police Officer Jim Hough with the Rotary Service Above Self Award.  Officer Hough is the School Resource Officer assigned to Flushing High School.  He has been a police officer with the Flushing Township Police Department since 2003.  

In addition to being the School Resource Officer, Jim’s dog, Colt, is a certified canine officer for the Township.  Colt is trained as a drug dog, a search and rescue dog, and a therapy dog.  Colt has a spot in the hearts of Flushing High School students.  He has calmed many students’ fears and anxiety as well as dried many tears. 

As our school’s resource officer, Jim contributes his own time, his own money, and his exceptional energy to the students and staff on a daily basis.  If a student doesn’t have lunch money, Jim digs into his own pocket on a regular basis to buy that student lunch.  Jim frequently buys t-shirts for students who are unable to buy special t-shirts for special events.  Jim purchases dance tickets for students who would otherwise not go to the dances.  He has assisted families by paying bills, going to the grocery store, and purchasing school clothes and coats for students. There isn’t anything that Officer Hough would not do for the students and staff at Flushing High School.  Flushing High School is a better place because of Officer Jim Hough.  

Jim exemplifies the highest ethical standards.  He is an honest, trustworthy, and confidential person.  In his profession as a police officer, he is conscientious about doing the right thing, treating people fairly and equitably, and treating people with respect.  The Rotary Four-Way Test is a testament to Officer Jim Hough and the way he leads his life.  

  • Is it the truth?  This is one of Jim’s strongest qualities. 
  • Is it fair to all concerned?  Jim makes sure that what he is doing is fair to all concerned.
  • Will it build good will and better friendships?  So many of the things that Jim does for the students, their families, and the staff have been done for the greater good of all.
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?  Jim’s work as a Resource Officer and as a road officer is beneficial to all concerned with the main focus being what is in the best interest of all.  

The Rotary Club of Flushing is very pleased to present Officer Jim Hough with the highest honor in Rotary, the Service Above Self Award.



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.