Rotary Community Picnic 2018 Michael Danhof 2018-07-23 04:00:00Z 0 Community Service,Fundraiser,NBFF
'Service Above Self' Individual award Bonnie Erber 2017-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Jul 11, 2017
Our New Fremont Rotary President
Mayor Jim Rynberg was installed as our new Fremont Rotary President. Karen Baird our past president had the honor of pinning Jim with the president pin for 2017 - 2018.
Welcome Jim and a great Thank You to Karen Baird for an excellent year of reign.
Installation of new Fremont President Bonnie Erber 2017-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber
21 Fremont Rotarians and family members spread loads and loads of wood chips at Rotary's Fort Fremont at Fremont Lake Park. It was a perfect day for a 'Service Above Self' project.
Rotary's Fort Fremont Bonnie Erber 2017-07-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Jul 06, 2017
Fun in the Park
Who says Rotarian can't have fun while doing Service with a smile?
Fremont's Chamber of Commerce Thursday Concert in the Park has service organizations do fundraisers before and during the concert.
This week Fremont Rotary served a sloppy Joe Combo. The following picture tells all..
Fun in the Park Bonnie Erber 2017-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Jun 20, 2017
Three Fremont Rotarians spoke on issues they are connected with.
Carla Roberts, Executive Director of the Fremont Area Community Foundations, spoke about the problem of poverty and some of the steps they are taking to help get people into the workforce.
Jeff Coil, White River Assistant Governor, gave a short presentation about the International Rotary Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ned Hughes, retired, gave an update on the activities at the Kropscott Observatory and thanked all the Fremont Rotarians who helped make a trail for the school children  on the property.
L. to  R. Karen Baird, Ned Hughes, Carla Roberts, Jeff Coil and Jim Rynberg.
Fremont Rotarian Speakers Bonnie Erber 2017-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Jun 06, 2017
2 Hour Special!
Who says Rotarians can't have FUN! All Rotarians were encouraged to contribute their thoughts and ideas for Service projects, Fundraising, Social events,
shown the proper steps in using clubrunner, Financial responsibility, etc. Afterwards a problem of making the largest project with gum drops and toothpicks
was the challenge. Note the following picture.
*Many ideas and thoughts were accepted and some will be in practice soon.
2 Hour Special Bonnie Erber 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Apr 11, 2017
White Caps Baseball
Scott Lane, President of the White Caps Baseball team in Grand Rapids, was our exuberant and fun guest speaker today. Scott spoke on the history of the White Caps, the entertainment in the Fifth/Third ballpark during the games, the food vendors owned by the White Caps and what they served, the White Caps Foundation and the all over fun they bring to all the community. 
White Caps Baseball Bonnie Erber 2017-04-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Apr 04, 2017
Nick Smith, Newaygo County Parks Director, was our guest speaker on Tuesday April 4th. Nick shared pictures and descriptions of all the County parks in Newaygo County. Nick addressed all the locations and facilities at each park and where they are located.
Any questions can be sent to
Newaygo County Parks Bonnie Erber 2017-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
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Muskegon River Watershed 
Julie Chamberlain, Executive Director of the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, was our guest speaker who spoke on how to care for the land and water in Newaygo County.
Julie received a Master Gardener from Purdue University. Julie also worked at Michigan Farm Bureau and developed the first promotion and education committee in the country for that organization.
Muskegon Watershed Executive Director Bonnie Erber 2017-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Mar 28, 2017
Once again the Fremont Rotary was honored to host the March Middle School Students of the Month. These students were chosen for their excellence in class by their teachers.
Fremont Middle School Students of the Month Bonnie Erber 2017-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
Salvation Army Development Director
Chris Valette has served as the Development Director of the Salvation Army of Big Rapids for 6 years.In this role
he has helped grow the Salvation Army in Mecosta, Osceola Lake and Newaygo Counties.
Chris spoke on the importance of supporting our local communities.
Chris shares that his and the Salvation Army's mission is to serve anyone they can, however they can and whenever the can.
Salvation Army Development Director Bonnie Erber 2017-03-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Mar 07, 2017
Our Newest Rotarian
Wes Miller, a member of the Fremont Area Community Foundation, was installed as our newest Rotarian at our Tuesday March 7th Rotary meeting.
Welcome and CONGRATULATION Wes Miller. He was pinned and sponsored by Rotarian Kathy Pope.
Wes Miller, our newest Rotarian Bonnie Erber 2017-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
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The Right Place
The Right Place, a public/private partnership, which is a part of the West Michigan Regional Development  organization was our honored guests at our latest Rotary meeting. Birgit Klohs,President and CEO of the Right Place spoke on the importance of Economic Development in Western Michigan and what the Right Place can accomplish in partnership with the many communities surrounding our major cities.
L. to R. Todd Blake, Fremont City Manager, Therese Thill, Vice-President, Business Development, the Right Place, Birgit Klohs, President and CEO, the Right Place, Carla Roberts, Fremont Area Community Foundation, President and CEO, Mark Gusniczak, Business Development Coordinator, Newaygo County, and Karen Baird, Fremont Rotary President.
The Right Place Bonnie Erber 2017-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Muskegon Arena Football Stars Visits Fremont Rotary
Justin Mott #4, Haylon Jacobs #6 and Dontae Ingrahan #8 members of the Ironman team from Muskegon visited the Fremont Rotary.
Accompanying them is Terrance Williams, owner of the team and Nate Smith, General Manager.
They are a professional indoor football team who plays at the Walker Arena in Muskegon.
IRONMAN Bonnie Erber 2017-02-21 05:00:00Z 0
Circles of Newaygo County, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire and equip families and communities to resolve poverty was our guest organization. Michelle Marciniak, Circles Coordination and Paige Greve, Circles, Coach spoke on how Circles hopes to transforms entire communities by mobilizing volunteers, community leaders and organizations to partner with families in need. Circles can be reached at      L. to R. Mayor Jim Rynberg, Paige Greve, Michelle Marciniak and Colleen Buckley.                                                                                                                          
Circles of Newaygo County Bonnie Erber 2017-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor, Gernot Runschke spoke on why he became a Rotarian and why he is so honored to be a Rotarian. Gernot also spoke on the benefits of giving to the Rotary Foundation.  Gernot emphasized how far we have come in the Polio Plus program because of the generosity of all Rotarians in giving to the Foundation. 
L. to R. John Buckley, Colleen Buckley, District Governor Gernot, Jim Rynberg, Fremont President elect, Karen Baird Fremont President and Shari Paulsen, Secretary.
District Governor, Gernot Runschke visits Fremont Bonnie Erber 2017-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Feb 01, 2017
Each month the Fremont Rotary has the privilege of honoring Middle School students who excel in their classrooms. Teachers choose the students on their abilities to complete all assignments on time, are willing to put in the work to make that desire to give their best effort and be a friend to others.
Pictures are of the December and January Students of the Month.
December Students:
L. to R. Ken Haggart, Superintendent of Schools, Naylan Matthews 6th grade, Jenna Karnamaat 8th grade, Harmony Crans 7th grade and Jon Bumstead State Representative.
January Students:
L. to R. Elly Hooker 6th grade Fremont Christian, Grace Hudson 8th grade, Michael Silvernail 7th grade and Alyssa Keiper 6th grade Fremont Public School. Shari Paulsen Student Committee.
L. to R. January
Fremont Middle School Students of the Month Bonnie Erber 2017-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Jan 31, 2017
Kathy Hegedus, Administrative Assistant for District 6290, was our special guest speaker. Kathy gave an overview of how clubrunner can help all members of Rotary keep files up to date, mention special events to all Rotarians in our District, where to go for help questions etc.
L. to R. Jim Rynber President Elect, Karen Baird, President and Kathy Hegedus
Special Guest! Bonnie Erber 2017-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Jan 02, 2017
Each year our Superintendent of Schools, Ken Haggert gives an overview of our Fremont School System. Ken compares the progress of our Fremont schools to the norms of other Michigan schools and where we stand. Fremont is doing very well. Ken also talked about the Strategic Plans for the near future and for the next 5 years. 
L. to R. Karen Baird, President of Fremont Rotary, Ken Haggert and Colleen Buckley, Program Director.
Ken Haggert, Superintendent of Schools Bonnie Erber 2017-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Dec 12, 2016
Our newest Rotarian NATASHA HEYKOOP pinned by Karen Baird, Fremont Rotary president. Congratulations Natasha.
Our Newest Rotarian! Bonnie Erber 2016-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Nov 21, 2016
Fremont Rotary had a challenge...who will win the trophy for the most popular soup. 6 Rotarians excepted the challenge. All Rotarians were asked to vote after sampling all 6 soups and then taking a bowl of their favorite....Each Rotarian was asked to donate $5.00 or above to be given to our Fremont High School Senior escape. It was so much fun that we will do it again in February for another as yet unnamed group.
James Rynberg , president-elect, Jeff Coil, Assistant Governor for White River, Karen Baird, president of Fremont Rotary, Randy Wright, Fremont Chief of Police, and Mike Paige, Chairman of Membership.
Soups On! Bonnie Erber 2016-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Nov 14, 2016
Once again Fremont Rotary had the honor of sharing a luncheon with the November Students of the Month, at our luncheon meeting which included their parents, or grandparent or a guardian.  Each student has been chosen by their teachers for excellence in the classroom, a student who works hard and does well, and a students ability to be the best they can be.
Congratulation to all the following students.
Fremont Public School-
Flor Romero  -  6th Grade
Sydney Dunbar  -  7th Grade
Taylor Berry  -  8th Grade
Fremont Christian School-
Sydney Wagenmaker
November Students of the Month! Bonnie Erber 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Nov 07, 2016
   Matthew Downey from Grand Valley State University Johnson Center for Philanthropy, gave a presentation on the working of non-profits and how they were established in the United States. At present time there are 1,500,00 non-profits in the US. There are 298 501 C3's alone in Newaygo County. Matthew also spoke on the upcoming training sessions for the CEO and boards of non-profits.
Realities of Non-profits Bonnie Erber 2016-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Oct 31, 2016
 Fremont City Manager, Todd Blake gave the Fremont club an update of the progress of Fremont. In the last couple of years Fremont has improved in health care with Specrum Gerber Hospital, the construction of the new Fremont High School, the impending sale of the Fremont digester, the new constuction of the right hand turn by the Gateway which is the conversion of the old high school into 38 new apartments. It has been a very productive time in Fremont. Todd also gave an overview of the budget and where the money is being used. 
City Manager, Todd Blake Bonnie Erber 2016-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Oct 17, 2016
The Fremont students of the month were honored at our Rotary meeting on Tuesday the 18th. Each month Fremont teachers are asked to nominate outstanding students from each grade. 
 Branden DeWeerd ~ Fremont Christian School - 8th Grade
 Mya Postema ~ Fremont Public School - 6th Grade
 Zoe Buckiley ~ Fremont Public School - 7th Grade
 Calla Miller ~ Fremont Public School - 8th Grade
These students demonstrate Leadership skills, kindness to students, great grades, willingness to help others and many other wonderfu attributes.  
Shari Paulsen is the student coordinator with the students.
Fremont Students of the Month Bonnie Erber 2016-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Sep 19, 2016
John Wemlinger, a retired U.S. Army Colonel with 27 years of service, wrote a new novel called 'Winter's Bloom". Mr. Wemlinger spoke to our Fremont Rotary Club about the process of self-publishing the novel which takes place in the winter near Lake Michigan. It is a novel about a decorated war hero and a wealty widow. Mr. Wemlinger lives in Onekama, Michigan
Winter's Bloom Bonnie Erber 2016-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Sep 12, 2016
Dr. Lori Tubbergen Clark, Superintendent of Newaygo County Regional Educational Services Agengy (NCRESA) spoke on 'The Promise' a program which help students with the cost of higher education. Fremont has been chosen as one of the ten school areas in Michigan eligible to be covered by this program. Dr. Lori Tubbergen Clark shared the how's, why's and when this program will take place in the Newaygo Area.
The Promise Bonnie Erber 2016-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Sep 05, 2016
BULLYING - A compelling problem in our schools and what can happen to those that are bullied. Rev. Robert Teszlewicz, Founder and Director of a new Community Outreach in Muskegon, Mi. called Safe Harbor Christian Ministiries, spoke on the effects of bullying and what Safe Harbor Christian Ministries can provide for those who are affected. Also it will be an outreach to parents and others.
Safe Harbor is located at 851 W. Laketon Ave., Suite C, Muskegon, MI
BULLYING - A problem in our world Bonnie Erber 2016-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Aug 30, 2016
This week our Rotarians were hard at work with a new find ways to increase our membership, look for new fund-raisers and social events. They also participated in how to find Rotary facebook and Rotary clubrunner easily. Some members of the board also gave information about our current board meeting and how they stand financially. It was a very productive and informational meeting.
Hard at Work! Bonnie Erber 2016-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Board Members at Work Bonnie Erber 2016-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber
Our guest Paul J. Griffith, Executive Director of Michigan Works, stated that 1 out of 10  Michiganders do not have their High School diploma. Michigan Works is now partnering with 26 other agencies to help combat the lack of education in Michigan. There are 6 centers...Baldwin Workforce Service center with 4 partners, Big Rapids Workforce Center with 17 partners, Fremont Workforce Center with 8 partners, Ludington Workforce Center with  5 partners, Reed City Workforce Center with 7 partners and Shelby Workforce Center with 5 partners.
For more information contact Paul J. Griffith at or
L. to R. Paul J. Griffith and Karne Baird, president of Fremont Rotary
Michigan Works! Bonnie Erber 2016-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Sarah DeBrot and Kathleen Buckley, two former Rotary Exchange Students, were our special guests. Sarah spent a year studying in Warsaw, Poland. Sarah showed us many pictures of Poland, France, Spain, Italy. Brussels, Monaco and the Netherlands.
Kathleen Buckley, studied in Piestany, Slovakia in 2010-2011. Ed Kaminsky from the Whitehall Rotary Club and the Youth exchange Officer, accompanied the girls.
Ed mentioned that 64 inbound students come into the US for every one student who is outboard. Rotary hopes to change this.
Rotary Exchange Students Bonnie Erber 2016-08-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Aug 08, 2016
Randy Butters part of the Newaygo Invasive Plants Project, was our guest speaker on the Phragmites/Common Reed  ALERT.
Many invasive plants have come into Newaygo County in the last years. An invasive plant is an alien (non-native) species whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Randy listed the top three established invaders. Garlic Mustard, Common Reed and Autumn Olive.
Randy can be reached at
L. to R. Colleen Buckley, Randy Butters and Karen Baird president.
Invasive Plants in Michigan Bonnie Erber 2016-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber
Fremont has a new challenge....starting a committee for the Christmas Holidays....Festival of the Trees.
Colleen Buckley, a new Rotarian is bringing the idea from another club she was associated with a couple of years ago. It was agreed today to start our committees to plan the project. 
t was a GOOD day for Rotarians!                 .President Karen with the goodies!
New Challenge & Fund Raiser Bonnie Erber 2016-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Jul 25, 2016
Charles Chandler, Advocate, spoke on the gift of 'ART' in a community and its people. ART is a very large part of living with a sense of beauty. 
L. to R.   Karen Baird, president, Charles Chandler, Colleen Buckle
ART! Bonnie Erber 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Jul 18, 2016
Ann Hindes and Mary Henry spoke on a future gift to our community, Newaygo County Compassion Home.
When a person is near end of life and has no other place to go, Compassion Home will be available.
The committee is still in the process of gathering pertinent information and locating a permanent home. 
Compassion Home Bonnie Erber 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Jun 13, 2016
Ken Delaat, a former writer for the Fremont Times Indicator, had started a new online publication  called Near North Now.
Ken gave an overview of the how, why, when and where he decided to go techie and devote his time to online news. Ken is a wonderful story teller and factual writer of the news. For more information go to
3N's new editor Bonnie Erber 2016-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Jun 07, 2016
"MedNow is a telehealth program that is a fast convenient and affordable way to receive care using technology to bridge the distance between you and a provider"
Brian S. McClain, CMMT (RSO) from Spectrum Health gave an overview of the newest system of MedNow coming into use. It will provide primary care information through video visits or eVisit.
L to R. Acting President James Kelly and Brian S. McClain
For more information visit
Telehealth Program Bonnie Erber 2016-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on May 24, 2016
School may be out for the summer but we still were able to recognize our Middle School students of the month. Jeff Coil, Fremont Rotary president and Sheri Paulsen, Secretary presented the certificates of the following students...
6th grade    Rhiannon Zibke
7th grade    Connor Scarbrough
8th grade    Kelsey White
May Students of the Month Bonnie Erber 2016-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on May 16, 2016
Past District Governor Al Bonney, Dr. Alice Champman, Professor at Grand Valley University, District Governor Tom Schmidt and Fremont Rotary President Jeff Coil. 
Presenters and Guest Speaker at Paul Harris Awards Bonnie Erber 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on May 16, 2016
A GREAT DAY! for Fremont Rotary! 5/17
24 Rotarians were honored for becoming members of the Paul Harris Society.
District Governor Tom Schmidt and Past District Governor Al Bonney presented the certificates to the recipients.
Dr. Alice Chapman, from Grand Valley University was our guest speaker. Dr. Chapman was a former Global Scholarship winner.
Copy of A GREAT DAY! Bonnie Erber 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber
Our 10 top achievers from Fremont High School were honored by our Fremont Rotary for outstanding performances in the classroom.
It was an honor and a privilege to share our time with the students at our Rotary luncheon. CONGRATULATIONS to these great students!
Scott Sherman, our High School principal and Ken Haggert, our Superintendent accompanied the students.
Our BRIGHT FUTURE Bonnie Erber 2016-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Apr 18, 2016
Once again the Fremont Rotary had the honor and privilege of introducing the April Student of the Month from the Fremont Middle Schools to our fellow Rotarians.
6th grade   Alexa Zudweg, Fremont Christian School
6th grade   Colton Vincent, Fremont Public
7th grade   Braiden McDonald, Fremont Public
8th grade   Paige Vandenberg, Fremont Public.
Our program has been in existence for 4 years to show our community our pride in our hardworking and dedicated students nominated by their teachers. It is a program our Rotarians are very proud of.
Honoring the April students of the Month Bonnie Erber 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Mar 22, 2016
Al Bonney, District Rotary Foundation Chair, updated the Fremont Rotary on the benefits of the Rotary Foundation. Al gave an overview
of how the various funds can be used both in our communities and internationally. 
L-R.  Al Bonney, District Rotary Foundation Chair, Cathy Kissinger,Fremont Foundation Chair, Tom Schmidt, District Governor and Jeff Coil, Fremont Rotary President.
Rotary Foundation Opportunity Bonnie Erber 2016-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Mar 14, 2016
Once again we honor our 'Students of the Month'. Congratulations are in order! Jeff Coil,our president, presented the certificates.
Honoring our Students of the Month Bonnie Erber 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Mar 14, 2016
Dr. Robert Clouse gave a 'gold nugget' on how to be Healthy and Happy in this day and age with our unique lifestyle. He gave us the reasons why so many American are obese and having tendencies to be diabetic. Our number on reason is our consumption of SUGAR..
Healthy and Happy Bonnie Erber 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Mar 07, 2016
Today 3/08/2016 we had the priviledge of hearing Mark Guzniczak, Business Development Coordinator, from NCEDO speak on:
1. Growing and Expanding
2. Talent and Training
3. Business Transitions/Successions
4. New Markets & Diversification
5. Operational Improvement
for all new businesses in Newaygo County and the surrounding area.
NCEDO - Newaygo County Economic Development Office Bonnie Erber 2016-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Jan 18, 2016

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Some of the Best of the Best students from both Fremont Christian School and Fremont Public School were honored at our Rotary luncheon today for being outstanding students.
 7th grade  -  Kayleigh Hood - Fremont Christian School
 6th grade  -  Chase Rusmussen  -  Fremont Public School
 7th grade  -  Valerie Herioux  - Fremont Public School
 8th grade  -  Alexis Calkins  -  Fremont Public School
Excellent students! Bonnie Erber 2016-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Dec 07, 2015
A very PROUD moment at our Rotary Christmas Party. All the gifts on the table were given by the members today. Our theme for today...It is always better to give then receive.
Rotary 'Toys for Tots' Christmas Party Bonnie Erber 2015-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 29, 2015
iNewaygo County Sheriff, Pat Hedlund, spoke about the goals of the Newaygo State Police.
*Standards of Performance-Service above Self
*Training of the officers
*Mission of the officers
*Accountability of their duties.
Newaygo County Sheriff Visit Bonnie Erber 2015-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary's New District Governor 6290 Bonnie Erber 2015-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Apr 06, 2015

Phil Power, founder of The Center for Michigan, a "think and do" tank whose objective is to make Michigan a better place to live was our guest speaker today at Rotary. He spoke about the three objectives - Engage - Inform - Achieve- to inform citizens about social and political changes in Michigan. 
L. to R.  Jim Rynberg, Mayor of Fremont, Phil Power, Chairman of Center of Michigan, Kathy Power, Vice President of Center of Michigan and Julie Dykman, Fremont Rotary President


The 'Bridge' Bonnie Erber 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Mar 30, 2015

Our old High School (built 1926) will now be the 'Gateway'...Our guest speakers Rick Ballard and Gary Scheuren from Home Renewal Systems from Lansing, MI gave a great presentation on creating magic by transferring our old Fremont High School into a state of the art home for senior citizens.
L. to R.  Rhonda Thompson, Jim Rynberg, Mayor of Fremont, Rick Ballard, Gary Scheuren, Debra Kelley, and Julie Dykman, President of Fremont Rotary.


Repurposed School Bonnie Erber 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Mar 23, 2015

On Tuesday 3/24, three students from the Fremont Middle School were honored by the Fremont Rotarians.These students were nominated by their teachers for leaders in the classrooms.
Students - R.   6th grade Tommy Sparks, 7th grade  Makenna Hoppa  8th grade  Taylor Crowley with Rotarian  Eric Bengston ​and president Julie Dykman.



Students Honored! Bonnie Erber 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Mar 16, 2015

Dennis Denno from Denno-Research L.L.C ( was our guest speaker on Tuesday March 17th. He gave the Rotarians the in's and out's of Poll taking in Michigan. Image


Poll Taker Bonnie Erber 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Mar 09, 2015

Godfrey Omony, Director of Entrepreneur Training, from Uganda Country Dairy was our special speaker today. He spoke about an 11 month program that includes practical teaching and hands-on training in Business management, Dairy production and Crop production in a modern dairy farm in the heart of Northern Uganda.

L. to R. Dick Dunning, Al Wilson, Godfrey Onomy and Julie Dykman, president of Fremont Rotary


Special Teacher Bonnie Erber 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Mar 02, 2015

ImageYolanda Lewis, ( from Consumers Energy, spoke on the future of energy in Michigan. The map shows all the coal producing plants that will be discontinued in the future.

 L. to R. Julie Dykman, president of Fremont Rotary, Yolanda Lewis, and James Rynberg, Mayor of Fremont.



Consumers Energy Bonnie Erber 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Feb 23, 2015

Today at our Rotary meeting, Kendra Wills from MSU Extension at the Grand Rapids Downtown Farmers Market, gave us an overview of the dynamics of farmers markets in Michigan. It is a $101 Billion dollar industry in fruits and vegetables. She has invited all Rotarians to come to the market in GR and she would be most happy to give us tour.    

Kendra Wills


$101 Billion Dollars Bonnie Erber 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Our New Logo Bonnie Erber 2015-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Feb 09, 2015

Chocolates, gift baskets and a wonderful guest speaker. Peter Fries,son of Rotarian Bill Fries spoke to us on the lost island of Haiti, LaGonave. He is with the WISH (West Indies Self Help) a group dedicated to "Break the Cycle of Poverty" In conjunction a mini fundraiser added to our goal of purchasing 4 new benches for our downtown city center. Candy and baskets were the 'gifts'.




What a Day! Bonnie Erber 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Feb 02, 2015

A very informative speaker today...Frank P. Marczak Ed.D., Associate Director of the USS Silversides Submarine Museum. He spoke about life on a submarine with a video taken on the inside of the submarine. It is now used as a educational tool especially for school children.


New Rotary Logo - Image

USS Silversides Bonnie Erber 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Jan 26, 2015

At our Fremont Rotary meeting today, Tues. January 27th, Dennis McKee from Consumer Energy was our guest. He spoke on the new smart meter program that will be coming to all of Newaygo County. It was a extremly informative presentation with many questions answered for the audience.Image

Smart Meters! Bonnie Erber 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Jan 26, 2015

On February 10th at our Rotary Luncheon, a drawing for homemade chocolates, 2 baskets donated by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and some items donated by fellow Rotarians will take place at the Dogwood. The money collected will be for the following benches (4) to be placed in downtown Fremont. Please come and help support our cause.Image

Valentines Luncheon Bonnie Erber 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Nov 27, 2014

Last Tuesday we had as our speaker Stu Sanders,our new Register of Deeds, who gave a great presentation on the Why, Where, When, Whatfor, etc. of what a Register of Deeds does. Also on our program we honored three outbound students who will spent the next school year in a foreign country.


Honoring outboard Students/Register of Deeds Bonnie Erber 2014-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Nov 10, 2014

On Tuesday November 11th, a small contingent from Fremont had the honor and privilege to attend the Cadillac Rotary Club. Nathan Reynolds, a Global Scholarship participate, was the speaker. He gave an overview of the year he spent in Jerusalem going to school courtesy of the Rotary Foundation Global Scholarship program. Those  who attended were Thomas Schmidt, Governor-elect, Denise Schmidt, Bob Erber and ADG Bonnie Erber.



An Honor and a Privilege Bonnie Erber 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Nov 07, 2014

Shari Paulsen, James Kelly and Bonnie Erber were at the craft fair (Jingle Mingle) selling 'The Blue King' book .These books were donated to many Rotary clubs to use as either a fund-raiser or to give away by Rotarians to special groups of students or libraries. 



Jingle Mingle Bonnie Erber 2014-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Nov 03, 2014

Marie-Aliz de la Bretesche, from Vannes -France gave a special presentation on Mobilteen. This program offers a unique human, linguistic and cultural experience for students 9 to 12 to visit another country for a short stay of up to 8 weeks or to a long stay of 3 - 10 months.The student is challenged to integrate him/herself to the best of their ability, to accept the foreign lifestyle habits and make the most of their exchange.



Mobilteen Bonnie Erber 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Oct 20, 2014

We had the honor today of recognizing 3 special students from the Fremont Middle School, Jackson Fair (6th grade), Jaxx Miller (7th grade), Marguerite Degen (8th grade). They received the Student of the Month award given by our Rotary club. They are nominated by their teacher as students of excellence.


Students of the Month Bonnie Erber 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Oct 13, 2014

Tim Cusack, our guest speaker, spoke about staying uplifted by remembering...What are you grateful for?....What do you appreciate?....What is good in your life?. The talk was filled with very insightful information and much humor.



Hold on To... Bonnie Erber 2014-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Aug 26, 2014

On Tuesday August 26, Bob Johnson, Scott Sherman(pictured), Phil Deur, Cathy Obits, Shari Paulsen, Julie Dykman,Dave Brynes, Bob Erber and Bonnie Erber helped some of the staff members at the Middle School to spruce up the grounds before school starts. Looks great!



Clean-Up at the Middle School Bonnie Erber 2014-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Aug 06, 2014

Susan Harrison Wolfiss from the Muskegon Chronicle gave a very thought provoking talk on PEACE in Muskegon. How her church Temple Methodist are feeding and giving children a SAFE place to go after school and during the summer.



Our Special Guest Bonnie Erber 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Jul 21, 2014

On Tuesday July 22, Zak Krebs, from the American Red Cross, addressed our Rotary.

From Left to Right:  Julie Dykman, Fremont Rotary President, Zak Krebs, American Red Cross, and James Rynberg, Mayor of Fremont...


American Red Cross Bonnie Erber 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Jul 14, 2014

Today Tuesday July 15th, fourImage members of our Rotary club attended the installation of Al Bonney as our newest District Governor for District 6290 in Traverse City. Present were Tom Schmidt, Jeff Coil, Bob Erber and Bonnie Erber.

A Day of Honor Bonnie Erber 2014-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on May 27, 2014

Rotarian Jim Rynberg, Fremont Mayor, dedicated our newest Art piece on May 22nd. Lee Brown, the sculptorer, was on hand to speak on the 'Waves of Grain'. A very welcomed addition to our city of Art. Fremont Rotary was amoung the contributors.


Newest Art Work Bonnie Erber 2014-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Waves of Grain Bonnie Erber 2014-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on May 20, 2014

Father Peter Omoga, from Nigeria now pastor of St. James in Montague MI.,Image gave an update on the wells that were installed in 15 villages in Nigeria. The wells were financed by Rotarians and families of Fremont and White Cloud Mi. It was a special THANK YOU to all for helping his people to fresh water. And to help the children return to school instead of walking for miles with their Mothers to get water.

Update on Nigerian Wells Bonnie Erber 2014-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on May 20, 2014

Four students from the Fremont High School were honored with Rotary scholarships last evening at the Dogwood Center for the Arts. James Kelly, club president, presented the checks. Image

Excellence in Education Bonnie Erber 2014-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on May 05, 2014

17 Top NCRESA students were honored at a special Rotary luncheon for their achivements in all areas of vocational excellence. The students are:  Amy Bartley,Kevin Boluyt, Craig Buter, Gabrielle Cygeirt, Kristine Dean, Savannah Dunham, Kelsey Ensing, Daniel Geeting, Chris Gingerich, Brendan Gray, Jasmine Herrera, Katlyn Knuver, Taylor Longcore, Violet Osemlak, Pedro Ponce, Rebecca Potts and Brandon Snippe.



Rotary Honors TOP Students Bonnie Erber 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on May 04, 2014

Ramesh Ferris, a polio survivor from India now living in Canada, gave an overview what is life now for those who had contracted Polio....A reason to END POLIO NOW!



POLIO SURVIVOR! Bonnie Erber 2014-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Apr 27, 2014

Bill McKendry, an Advertising and Marketing expert, gave an overview of 'Building Brands that really Matter'. He spoke about creating an investment for success in which every 'Brand' contact counts. Some of his statements.....'Be a 'Brand' not an organization'.....'Marketing is an investment not an expense'....'Create an investment for success'




' Do More Good' Bonnie Erber 2014-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Apr 21, 2014

The Student of the Month is a joint effort between the Fremont Mildde School and the Fremont Rotary Club. The following students were recognized by a teacher for the characteristic's of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.  6th grade is Samatha Maddox, 7th grade is Preston Osterhart, 8th grade is Ali Dronchi. Last month's 7th grade is Maz Fritz.


Students of the Month Bonnie Erber 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Apr 18, 2014

On Tuesday September 15th, Lynn Thomas from the Fremont Middle School, gave a presentation on the Rain Forest near Lima Peru. She explained what the Middle School Students would experience and gave a visual tour of where they would be staying.


Rain Forest Guru Bonnie Erber 2014-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
WELCOME! to our newest Rotarian Bonnie Erber 2014-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Colleen Lynema, Executive Director of the River Country Chamber of Commerce Bonnie Erber 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Mar 28, 2014

Pictured is the LONG completed hallway the Rotarians painted at the Fremont Recreational Authority Center in the old High School. Our Rotarians did it in under 3 hours! Thank You Todd Blake, Dean Morehouse, Shari Paulsen, Nancy Hornacek, Michele Ribant, James Kelly and Bonnie Erber.



Our Challenge ~ We did it! Bonnie Erber 2014-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Mar 24, 2014

Chris Etienne, District Rotary Foundation Chair, was our guest speaker. She presented an overview of the how the Rotary Foundation makes it possible to advance world goodwill and peace by supporting Rotary projects that improve health, support education, and help alleviate poverty. Chris also presented Paul Harris Fellowships to Julie Dykman, Nancy Hornacek and James Kelly.




Chris Etienne ` Rotary Foundation Chair Bonnie Erber 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Mar 06, 2014

Please help Support the White Cloud Rotary Jazz Band Concert on March 21st. Fremont, Newaygo and Grant bands are participating.



Newaygo County Jazz Concert Bonnie Erber 2014-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Mar 03, 2014

For the last couple of years our Rotarians have been helping at our local Community Center (Tru North) This picture is of the group that helped bag 150 lbs. of sugar and 100 lbs. of flour.


Hard at work! Bonnie Erber 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Feb 18, 2014

A popular series was continued with the updates and visions of their prospective cities shared by the current city managers of Newaygo and Grant. Jon Schneider of Newaygo and Doug LaFave of Grant reported on the current state of affairs in their communities and what they wish to accomplish in the near future.



City Managers Visions Bonnie Erber 2014-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Jan 06, 2014

On December 17th, James Kelly, Fremont Rotary President, had the honor of presenting Thomas Schmidt, District Governor Nominee, the Paul Harris Award +7. Congratulations to Tom for being such an inspiration to all Rotarians!



Paul Harris Award +7 Bonnie Erber 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Dec 09, 2013

Rotarians not only become involved in help others, they also have fun! First pictures is taken at Tru-North for the Community Christmas for Chidren. Rotarians helping were Ken Hoersten, Dave White, Lora Stevens, Jeff Coil, Bonnie Erber and Chuck WhitmanImage

 The second picture was taken at the Tailgate party put on by Dean Morehouse and Chuck Whitman for the upcoming college football gamesImage

Two Rotary events! Bonnie Erber 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Nov 22, 2013

On Tuesday November 19th a fundraiser helped to raise funds for the 'Shop with a Cop', a program that unites a child with a policeman to shop for Christmas. An amount of $315.00 was raised by the generosity of the Rotarians. Officer Curtis Franks and chief of police Randy Wright accepted the funds. Rotary president James Kelly presented the gift.


'Shop with a Cop' Bonnie Erber 2013-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Nov 05, 2013

On Tuesday November 5th our Rotarians had James Kelly's father Bryan from Australia helping carry, sort and hang coats and warm items at Tru-North Community Service for 'Coats for Kids'. Also fellow Rotarians James Kelly, Dave Byrnes, Shari Paulsen, Dave White, Bonnie Erber, Ken Hoersten, Tom Schmidt, Todd Blake and Lora Stevens helped with this project.

Thank you Bryan Kelly.


Help from over the 'Big Pond' Bonnie Erber 2013-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Oct 28, 2013

On Saturday September 28th a small group of Rotarians helped 'dig' a trench for a glass river to be installed. It will be part of a memorial garden on the grounds of the Bellwether property. The Rotarians were Chuck Whitman, Dani Merrill, Andy Lofgren, Cathy Obits and Bonnie Erber. It was a beautiful fall day and very enjoyable.



Bellwether Project Bonnie Erber 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Oct 14, 2013

On Tuesday October 15th our District Governor Jim White visited our club and gave a rousing speech about helping our Rotary Foundation. He stressed the importance of monetary giving in a very unique way. Helping to cut our energy bills and using some of the savings for the Foundation. He also installed our newest Rotarian Lora Stevens. Volunteer Resource Center Director.



Governor's visit Jim White Bonnie Erber 2013-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Sep 03, 2013

ImageSusan Harrison Wolfiss, a retired reporter from the Muskegon Chronicle was our very delightful guest speaker on Tues. 9/3/13. Her message stressed the importance of being involved in our communities, our families, our churches and our friends. She spoke of the love of Newaygo Country and all the wonderful people she has encountered over the years in our community.

Left to Right:   James Kelly, Fremont Rotary President, Susan Harrison Wolfiss, Jim Rynberg, Fremont Mayor

Visitor from Muskegan Bonnie Erber 2013-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Aug 26, 2013

On Saturday 8/10 a group of Rotarians helped scrape and paint a couple of rooms at the old Fremont H.S. to help get the rooms ready for the new Fremont Recreation Authority open house. Thanks goes to everyone who was able to lend a hand!

Scrape and Paint Party Bonnie Erber 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Aug 03, 2013

Saturday August 3rd a saying that was accomplished.....

Together Each Accomplishes More.....

A group of Fremont and Newaygo Satillite Rotarians constructed and assembled three more GA GA courts. One went to the Fremont Middle School, one to the Fremont Christian Elementary School and one to the Newaygo Middle  School. 




T.E.A.M Bonnie Erber 2013-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Kelly on Jul 18, 2013


What an experience! A quick trip across the "pond" to celebrate the diversity and power of Rotary International with 20,000 Rotarians from all around the world. One hundred and ninety countries celebrating service above self, unity, peace, and  launching a new year for Rotary with the theme of "Engage Rotary, Change Lives".

I write this as an encouragement to get involved in Rotary, at any level you can. If it is just serving at a local level with youth leadership, or local service projects, great! If it is getting involved with district leadership or projects, excellent! If it is experiencing Rotary on on international level through a world service project or conference, sensational! The key is to get engaged, so that you can experience the positive power that comes from service to others.

As your President for 2013-2014, let me know if I can help you find your place in the Rotary family. There are so many ways that you can make a difference if you chose to, so I challenge you to make that choice!



Rotary International Convention, Lisbon, Portugal James Kelly 2013-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Kelly on May 01, 2013

Rain or shine, you can count on Rotary to deliver! Thanks to Chuck Whitman, Shari Paulsen, Dean Morehouse, Bob and Bonnie Erber for braving the elements to put in the ga ga court at Pathfinder Elementary. Although the weather was about 50 degrees warmer than what we experienced two weeks ago, the pop-up thunder storms and monster rain drops provided yet another challenge. Image

Look at the size of those rain drops!


Accessible entry for the vertically challenged.


Ga Ga Court Two! James Kelly 2013-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Apr 20, 2013

Saturday April 20th some dedicated Rotarians braved the COLD day to start contruction on the GA GA courts which will be placed at two elementary schools in Fremont. These are some of the pictures taken first thing in the morning. Other pictures will be forthcoming...




GA GA Court Workers Bonnie Erber 2013-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Kelly on Apr 08, 2013

If you were unable to join us for the club meeting this week, please take the time to watch the video below. Father Peter from All Saints Catholic Church in Fremont came in to report on his trip to Nigeria to oversee the digging of 15 wells. The project was a great collaboration between Rotary, the Catholic Church, and the communities of Fremont and White Cloud.

Thanks to everyone who made this project a reality.

As a result of your support, these 15 wells are having a positive impact on the lives of thousands of people.

Nigerian Well Project Presentation James Kelly 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Apr 01, 2013

On Tuesday March 19th at our club assembly each table of Rotarians were asked to complete a Rotary Survey. The 5 questions were:

1.  What suggestions would you make to help our Fremont Rotary Club grow and prosper?

2.  What should we do more of or less of activity wise?

3.  What opportunities can we use to increase our goals as Rotarians (eg. fundraising, community service etc.) and what would you recommend?

4.  What would motivate our club to become a better stronger club?

5.  Do you have prospective members in mind for our Rotary Club?

The results were tabulated and given to each Board member. The answers will be given at the next club assembly. Meanwhile please keep these questions in mind for any additional ideas.  The prospective members mentioned were Shoreline Vision. Dave's Auto Clinic. If you know of any other members that could add to our Rotary please let any Board member know.




Survey Results for Fremont Rotary Bonnie Erber 2013-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Mar 12, 2013

On Tuesday March 12th our guest speaker was Rick Albin from WOOD TV Channel 8. He gave a short summary on the political picture of 'news' versus 'opinions' on the 24 hour channels. He also gave an overview on some of the future happenings in congress. He talked about medicare and medicaid He hopes to come back some day to see how the future has treated our expectations of what we have been told today.




Guest Speaker Rick Albin Bonnie Erber 2013-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Feb 28, 2013
Shari Paulsen has sent the Fremont Rotary a picture of the GA GA court at Camp ImageNewaygo. Our Fremont Rotary Board  has approved the construction of two GA GA courts to be built at Pathfinder School and Daisy Brook School in the spring time. Fremont Rotarians will be asked to help in the construction when the weather is cooperative. This project was made possible through the funds raiser by the Harlem Ambassadors game at the new High School.
Ga Ga Court Bonnie Erber 2013-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Feb 11, 2013

On Tuesday February 12th, Jeff Coil was installed as our newest Rotarian. He was sponsored by Thomas Schmidt. Welcome Jeff !!!



Our newest Rotarian Bonnie Erber 2013-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Feb 11, 2013
On Tuesday February 12th, four High School students from the Robotics team from the Vocational School gave a presentation on the workings of a  robotics program. They showed a short film on the challenge they face in building a robotic structure to meet the reguirements of a preplaned  program issued to all robotic courses in Michigan. The film showed the plan from 2012 and the current plan for 2013. It was a great presentation and very well presented.
High School Robotics Bonnie Erber 2013-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Jan 08, 2013
ImageOn January 8th, the Rotary had the priviledge of having the the city managers from Fremont, Grant, Newaygo and White Cloud . They all gave a talk on the progress and ecomonics of their cities.
State of the Cities Address Bonnie Erber 2013-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Kelly on Nov 07, 2012

Some more snap-shots form the big event in October, attended by over one thousand community members.

Rotary and the Fremont Packers, teaming up for the community.


Pre-game anthem sung by the Providence Christian High School choir.

After the game, autographs were in high demand.


Where Rotary and basketball come together for the good of the community.


And don't forget the dancing...!

Harlem Ambassadors v. Rotary Roundballers (Part Two) James Kelly 2012-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Nov 06, 2012

Our fund raiser for 2012 was a great success!!!! 
Many thanks to Erik Benston,our leader, and Dean Morehouse,our coach, who put many hours and energy into helping making our fund raiser a great family fest. Our committee, Shari Paulsen, James Kelly, Holly Potenge, Julie Dykman, John Buckley, and Bonnie Erber, also put much time and effort into making our fund raiser successful. Many thanks also to our Fremont High School and Fremont Middle School,Fremont Music Boosters, Providence Choir and Packer Backers for all their help...


The Harlem Ambasadors Bonnie Erber 2012-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Oct 14, 2012
On Tuesday October 9th, Martha Gabrielse was installed as the newest member of the Fremont/Newaygo Satellite. John Buckley was her sponsor. The installation was held at Cronks Restaurant in Newaygo.
Martha Gabrielse Installed Bonnie Erber 2012-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor Lody Zwarensteyn visits Fremont Rotary Bonnie Erber 2012-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bonnie Erber on Sep 22, 2012
Many thanks to James Kelly, Dean Morehouse, Shari Paulsen, Sandy Siegel, Randy Wright, Rob Zeldenrust, Ashton Kelly and Bonnie Erber for the time and talents in the construction of the Soccer shelters at the Middle School. Image
Soccer Shelters at Middle School Bonnie Erber 2012-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Arnett on May 29, 2012
Five new members were added to the club at one time! Balloons, fun, and getting to know these new members made it a membership induction to remember.

Three of the new members will help anchor the Newaygo satellite club as interest picks up in that community. 

(Pictured: left to right for the Rotary Inductee-palooza – Club President Rob Zeldenrust,  realtor Rob Pope (Newaygo) with his wife and sponsor Kathy Pope, attorney Nancy Hornacek (Fremont) with her sponsor Russ Price, Bob Jordan who sponsored foundation program officer Amy Moore (Fremont), Sandy Siegel who sponsored hospital administrative assistant Travis Kroll (Newaygo) and Andy Lofgren who sponsored city manager  Jon Schneider (Newaygo).

It's a Membership Palooza! Ray Arnett 2012-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Arnett on Apr 08, 2012

Representative Bill Huizenga (R) made a stop at the Fremont Rotary Club in March to share his observations, insights and continuing budget woes swirling in Washington, D.C.  Huizenga expressed the honor it is to represent our district and the many friends and connections he has in Fremont.  His presentation at the Rotary Club followed a stop at Fremont High School.


(L to R – Rotarian John Buckley, Rep. Bill Huizenga and Bonnie Erber,  Fremont Rotary President-Elect pose for a photo before the weekly Fremont Rotary meeting in the Black Box of the Dogwood Center for the Performing Arts.)

Congressman Bill Huizenga Visits Rotary Ray Arnett 2012-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Buckley on Feb 13, 2012

Every once in a while - you will hear a Rotarian talk about a "make-up." For some who are new to the club (and even those who have been around a while) it is good to be reminded about a "make-up."

For a Rotarian, a Make-up is one of the great opportunities in our Rotary lives.  When you make up a missed meeting by going to another club anywhere in the world (where you will be welcomed warmly and without reservation), you have the chance to mix and mingle with like-minded people for whom service is paramount.  Even though they might not speak your language, you will be surprised at the level of understanding that you can reach just by showing your Rotary wheel. 

You will have the opportunity to hear marvelous stories, tell your own, share a banner from Fremont and bring one back to our club (adding to the color of our meeting space!) and make new friends from the four corners of the globe.  All of the banners on display in the Black Box came from Fremont Rotarians making up somewhere in the world!  Making up when on vacation is another great way to make new friends, especially if it is in an area where you will be visiting again and again.  Step up and Make Up for Rotary! 

What is a "Make-up"? John Buckley 2012-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Arnett on Jan 24, 2012
 Help our club save funds by "feeding the need" and providing a lunch for the members during one of our regular meetings. This saves catering costs and benefits the club directly. Contact Betty Mousel for dates and details.
Feed the Need Ray Arnett 2012-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Arnett on Dec 01, 2011
 Fremont Rotarian and Police Chief Phil Deur was awarded his second Paul Harris designation by Fremont Rotary Club President Rob Zeldenrust at a recent weekly club meeting.

 Chief Phil Deur receiving his second Paul Harris in November for contributing an additional $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation.


Chief Phil Deur Received Second PHF Ray Arnett 2011-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Siegel on Nov 04, 2011
A recent candy auction raised $340.00 for TrueNorth’s Christmas Toys program. Faced with unexpected high numbers of families in need this year, TrueNorth was faced with possibly turning children away without toys this holiday season. The Fremont Rotary Club stepped in and with the help of Fremont Rotary President Elect Bonnie Erber’s chocolate wizardry, club members donated funds to win the candy and add to TrueNorth’s ability to buy toys this holiday.

Five lucky Rotarians walked away with the goods while the rest of the club had to settle for some tasty samples. 


Sweet Treats Bring Sweet Surprises for Local Children Sandy Siegel 2011-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Siegel on Nov 03, 2011
 Fremont Rotarian Wayne Thompson was awarded his second Paul Harris designation pin by District Governor, Jane Millar at a recent weekly club meeting. This was actually Thompson’s third Paul Harris.  He requested his co-worker Karen O’Neal to receive his second recognition.

The Paul Harris Fellow award is given to a Rotarian who contributes $1,000 to the International Rotary Foundation.  This Foundation is instrumental in providing funds for medicine and volunteers to travel to countries that still have outbreaks of polio.  Rotary is a service organization with the Fremont Club participating in local as well as international service projects.

Thompson was awarded his second Paul Harris in October for contributing an additional $1,000 to the foundation. Thompson’s RE/MAX River Valley co-workers Shari Meyer and Karen O’Neal, both Paul Harris Fellows, were in attendance to celebrate this accomplishment.


Wayne Thompson Receives Third PHF! Sandy Siegel 2011-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Siegel on Oct 31, 2011
“Cool Change”, a musical group from Alabama, performed at the Dogwood Center recently.  The group performed to help raise funds for our service project to build player shelters for the Fremont soccer teams (school and community teams) that play on the Varsity field just west of the Middle School.  While soccer players are used to playing in the cold and rain, Fremont field is one of a very few fields in the district without a shelter for those who are injured, not playing or during half-time.

 “Cool Change” delighted the audience that included several members of the Gulf Shores Michigan Club.  The quartet demonstrated their close harmony, down home style and humor performing such hits as “Please Come to Boston”, “The City of New Orleans”, “Deep River Woman” and many others.  


 "Cool Change" pleases the audience with their smooth, close harmonies.


Special Thanks to Chuck Whitman for organizing the concert!

Cool Change Brings Harmony to the Dogwood Center Sandy Siegel 2011-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Siegel on Oct 31, 2011

Image The Fremont Rotary Club is helping bring clean water to parts of Honduras as part of a World Community Service project.  Our club partnered with four other Rotary clubs in our District (Traverse City, Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Lowell) to purchase Rotary One, a vehicle for working on water projects in the mountains of Honduras. The truck is now one year old and has 18,000 miles on it, -- most of these have been accumulated over rocky terrain at 15-20 miles per hour.  The project is in collaboration with the Santa Rosa de Copan Rotary Club in Honduras.  Over the years Rotary has completed water distribution projects in 20 mountain village projects plus the well for the hospital. With an average of 100 homes in each village, it’s estimated that the clean water project is responsible for providing  water to 16,000 people, plus the 5,000 per year who are treated at the hospital. 

Nato, the Honduran project supervisor, on the left, and Rotarian Gernot Runschke on the right, take a break from checking on potential water sites in Honduras in their vehicle provided by Rotary Clubs of West Michigan.

Rotary One Honduras Water Truck Sandy Siegel 2011-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Arnett on Oct 17, 2011


2-for-1 Recognition 

During the week of 24-28 October 2011, donors will receive 2- for-1 recognition for every online contribution of US$100 or more made to PolioPlus on  We need your help to  make this promotion a success. You must be registered with Rotary’s Member Access prior to making an online contribution. To register for Member Access, please visit

The promotion will begin on 6 a.m., Central Standard Time (CST), on Monday, 24 October, and end at 12 noon sharp (CST), on Friday, 28 October. Please note that contributions on are in US dollars and 11 other Rotary supported currencies, including AUD, CAD, CHF, DKK, EUR, GBP, JPY, NZD, NOK, SEK, ZAR. Also, online contributions cannot be made on behalf of another individual, club, or district.  We expect to have a high volume of online traffic associated with this promotion. Please allow 4-6 weeks for the promotional recognition to appear on your account and to request recognition materials. Click here for more information on the 2-for-1 recognition promotion.

"This Close"

 Please help spread the word to friends and family to participate in this exciting online campaign.  To encourage widespread support for the effort to eradicate polio, Rotary has recruited a select group of notables for a “This Close” public awareness campaign. These public service announcements emphasize that Rotary is 99 percent toward its goal to eradicate this disease.

You can join the ranks of high-profile participants right now by creating your own “We’re ‘ThisClose’ to Ending Polio” image, sharing with members of your social networks, and encouraging them to do the same by visiting  
"This Close" PolioPlus Donation Campaign Ray Arnett 2011-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Siegel on Oct 16, 2011


A Rotary fund raiser concert is planned at the Dogwood Center. 

“Cool Change”, a musical group from Alabama, will be performing.  The group has delighted audiences over the years with their close harmony, down home style and humor performing such hits as “Please Come to Boston”, “The City of New Orleans”, “Deep River Woman” and many others.   Tickets are $12.50 and can be purchased at the Dogwood box office. 

All proceeds will help fund much-needed soccer shelters. The Fremont Rotary Club has identified the local project of building shelters for the Fremont soccer teams (school and community teams) that play on the Varsity field just west of the Middle School.  While soccer players are used to playing in the cold and rain, Fremont field is one of a very few fields in the district without a shelter for those who are injured, not playing or during half-time.

Come enjoy some fine music and support our local athletes at the same time! 

Cool Change Concert October 29 Sandy Siegel 2011-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Siegel on Aug 25, 2011

Fremont Rotarian and Assistant District Governor, Tom Schmidt, receives his Paul Harris recognition pin from Club President Rob Zeldenrust.  Schmidt was honored for donating an accumulated $5000 to Rotary International.



Tom Schmidt - a Paul Harris Fellow 5 Times! Sandy Siegel 2011-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Siegel on Aug 25, 2011

The Fremont Rotary Club recently built and installed benches and shelves in the dugouts at Branstrom Park. The service ‘team’ consisted of (left to right) Bryan Gruesbeck, Bob Erber, Dean Morehouse, Chuck Whitman, Phil Deur, James Kelly and Bonnie Erber. (Construction team members not shown: Cathy Obits and Sandy Siegel) Image

Service Project at Branstrom Park Sandy Siegel 2011-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Siegel on Jul 27, 2011

Bonnie Erber, President-Elect of the Fremont Rotary Club, receives the Spirit Award from Past President, John Buckley.  The Spirit Award is given to the Fremont Rotarian who  embodies Rotary’s Four-Way Test and demonstrates Service Above Self to our community.



Bonnie Erber receives Spirit Award! Sandy Siegel 2011-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Siegel on Jul 27, 2011

Each year, the Rotary Club has the privilege of inducting a new president for the year. Immediate Past President of the Fremont Rotary Club,  John Buckley (right) , congratulates and welcomes incoming Fremont Rotary President Rob Zeldenrust at the July 5th Club Meeting.  Rob Zeldenrust will preside over club matters from July of 2011 through June of 2012.


Change of Rotary Presidents Sandy Siegel 2011-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandy Siegel on Jul 26, 2011

Girl Scouts Sidney Baird, Catie Norman and Brianna Blamer are seen with Girl Scout Troop 20340 Leader Bev Blamerat a recent Fremont Rotary Club meeting.  The girls explained  their Gold Award project which is comparable to the Boy Scouts Eagle Award.  Their project is the Walking Art Tour that took place July 28 in collaboration with the Newaygo County Council of the Arts. Copies of the troop’s self-guided art booklet are available at various Fremont businesses.



Girl Scout Troop Presents Walking Art Tour Sandy Siegel 2011-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Arnett on Jul 26, 2011

The Fremont Rotary Club hosted a booth on Thursday, July 21st at the Fremont Marketplace during National Baby Food Festival. All money raised went to Polio Plus - $76 and awareness were raised during the event. People were encouraged to donate and "show their purple pinkie" Many thanks to those who donated and to those who manned the booth throughout the day. Shown below are Bob and Bonnie Erber taking a shift. Other Rotarians who staffed the booth during the festival included Tom and Denise Schmidt, James Kelly and John Buckley .


Rotary at National Baby Food Festival Ray Arnett 2011-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Arnett on Jul 17, 2011

August 9, 2011 - Service Project at Branstrom Park

October 4, 2011 - Club Assembly

October 25, 2011 - District Governor Visit

May 18 - 20, 2012 - Rotary District Conference

Mark Your Calendars! Ray Arnett 2011-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Arnett on Jul 13, 2011
Introducing ClubRunner's Free Mobile App!
We're very excited to announce that the ClubRunner Mobile App is now available for download!  Released on May 4, 2011, the ClubRunner Mobile App is your key to connect to your ClubRunner website on the go! Completely, free to download and use, this app will let you do what you need to run your club effectively while you're on the go. Additional details available here.
New Mobile App for Clubrunner Ray Arnett 2011-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Arnett on Jul 11, 2011

 Welcome back!

After an amazing year as outbound exchange students, Kathleen Buckley and Sarah McGinn officially became rebounds. Their families and the Rotary Club of Fremont were very happy to welcome them back. At the Rotary Club meeting of Tuesday, July 12th, both Kathleen and Sarah presented banners from their host clubs. Everyone is looking forward to their presentations to the club about their experiences.

Fremont Outbounds become Rebounds! Ray Arnett 2011-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Arnett on Feb 10, 2011

Each year, the Fremont Rotary Club awards a scholarship to a graduating senior within the Fremont area that exemplifies the Rotary ideal of "Service above Self"

Scholarship winners are selected based upon exemplary citizenship and character expressed through community activity, personal and academic achievement, and service above self. Service above self can be described as service to your community or others for the pure joy of providing assistance. Service above self is not providing service simply because you are a member of a group or have a requirement to complete community service.

Click here for the Youth Scholarship Page 

Fremont Rotary Youth Scholarship Ray Arnett 2011-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by James Kelly

It's official! Congratulations to Juli Dykman on assuming the role of Club President!Image

Passing of the gavel! James Kelly 0
Posted by James Kelly
ImageNext week our speaker is Scott Seifferlein, a former PGA Golf Professional, and author of ...The Game of Golf and the Art of Business: Success On and Off the Course

"Managing our golf game can teach us a lot about managing our business: how to choose our tools and commit to decisions, how to think our way around or out of hazards, and how to execute under pressure. In fact, our style of play reveals a lot about our personality, which also plays out in our work style in our day jobs."

Rotarians, please bring a guest, as this is shaping up to be a great presentation!
The Game of Golf and the Art of Business Comes to Fremont Rotary, March 18! James Kelly 0
Posted by James Kelly
Fremont Rotary representatives Cathy Obits, Bonnie Erber, and Dave White are pictured with Joe Iarocci, CEO from the Center for Servant Leadership. Rotary was able to play the role of host, mingling with the community members in attendance to spread the word about Rotary! Thanks also to Dave Byrne, Cathy Kissinger, Betty Mousel, and any other Rotarians who attended that I might have missed!


Femont Area Community Foundation speaker series. James Kelly 0
Posted by James Kelly

 Fremont Harvest Festival parade. Thanks for representing the club so well!

Rotarians at Work! James Kelly 0
Posted by James Kelly

What a day! As you can see hundreds of supporters showed up for the dedication of the West Michigan Miracle League in Rockford. Fremont Rotary played a small but important piece in supporting this project through a financial contribution that combined with other area Rotary clubs and some potential matching funds will result in a $17,000 gift towards the project.

The field itself provides an opportunity for special needs children to experience the joys of baseball, for most likely the first time, on a fully accessible field. So kudos to the West Michigan Miracle League, to their board of directors, and to the many, many donors who made this possible!


West Michigan Miracle League Dedication James Kelly 0
Recognition from Fremont Middle School! James Kelly 0
Posted by James Kelly

Last fall two soccer shelters were constructed by the ROtary Club at the varsity soccer field for Fremont Public schools. I am proud to report that the final piece to the project is on place, the plaques. Thanks again to all involved with the soccer project. I have heard they were a much welcomed addition to the facilities at the middle school.

Soccer Shelters Complete! James Kelly 0
Posted by James Kelly

Special thanks to Chuck Whitman and Jeff Coil for their hands on approach with this project. We especially appreciated the heated workshop that Chuck offered for use! Thanks to Sandy Siegel for the coffee and donuts, and to Bonnie Erber for bringing the needs of the elementary school to the service committee's attention.

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