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Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:05 PM
Lake Superior State University
650 W. Easterday Avenue
The Cisler Center - Crow's Nest
Sault Ste Marie, MI  49783
United States
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The train has arrived! What a great partnership between the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie and the Chippewa Sunrise Rotary Club! The train, built by Sault High Geometry in Construction CTE students, has been installed at Rotary Park.  We hope the community will enjoy it for years to come!  
Our Annual Rotary Graver Auction is celebrating its 20th year this year!  Our Club has raised over $244,000 from the Graver Auction in the previous 19 years, which the Club has distributed as donations to local youth and community programs and events, and also used to support international worldwide Rotary projects.  Tune in this year on AM 1230 WSOO radio and Charter Cable channel 189, or witness the auction live from Sault Ste. Marie City Hall on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Auction items can be found on our facebook page at and will also be listed in The Sault News on Friday, March 4. 
The meeting was called to order by President Elect, Laurie Morley and prayer was given by Wendall Davelaar.
  • Dave Weir brought his grandson, Matthew
  • Linda Basista brought her husband and Father In law
  • Our summer guest Jim Patrick and Jerry Coutant joined us again today
  • Susan Puska, guest of Gwen Worley, also joined us
  • Laurie's guest, Harold Gravette, is joining us for the 2nd week.  He is a potential new member
  • Sara Cottle is a guest again today and her name is on the table as her application for membership was approved at the last board meeting pending any member opinions.
  • Music in the Park water and popcorn sales has raised almost $1,000 this summer
  • A couple funding requests were approved at the board meeting last week:
    • 2nd and 4th grade Rudyard classes funding for the IXL program.
    • 4th grade Rudyard class funding for busing to a project they do with senior citizens
  • The board also approved an appropriation of all the funds raised from 50/50 and fines for fiscal year 14-15 to be contributed to the endowment fund for the Strahl Scholarship.  This total was roughly $1,700.
  • Project Backpack is this week.
  • Teresa announced that St. Mary's school is having a golf outing this weekend.  Funds will go to the school's athletic program
  • There are 5 shoe boxes left that need to be claimed
  • Phil Becker is moving into his new office in the new building for the International Bridge Authority.  Also, there will be a lighting event on Wednesday at 9pm for the new lights on the bridge
  • Jon and Barb Hampton's 20th year anniversary
  • Laker Palooza and classes start August 31st
  • Tom Ewing is celebrating his 38th anniversary this week
  • Jerry Coutont, our summer guest, is happy that his Rotary club completed the 600th access ramp in his county.  Also, he and his wife are celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary
  • Carlie had a great time with her family at Great Wolf this past weekend
  • Hilary had a great visit to France and a new puppy
  • Andrea for her son returning home from camp
Stephen P. Youngs:             Our club had the great honor to present Dave Weir with the  Stephen P. Young's award for this past year.  This award is given annually to the Rotarian in our club that best exemplifies the Rotary motto "Service Above Self".  Dave has been an outstanding member of our club for 36 years and continues to hold himself up to this motto.  Not only does Dave continue to support our club in the various fundraising and charitable activities, but in recent years has started to bring his grandchildren as well.  By doing so, he is creating a lasting legacy with our Rotary club, which cannot be rewarded enough.  We are ever so grateful to have Dave Weir as a member of our club and appreciate his long lasting commitment to Rotary.
Paul Harris Fellow:              Barb Hampton, of Smith and Company Real Estate, and wife of Rotarian, Jon Hampton, received a great honor from our club today.  Barb was rewarded by our club with a Paul Harris Fellow.  The Paul Harris Fellow recognition, given in the name of the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris, acknowledges individuals who contribute, or have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  Our club chose Barb Hampton for her unprecedented leadership in the founding of the Rotary Betsy Game Show Extravaganza.  For the 2nd year running, the game show has been a great success and has raised over $25,000 since its creation.  These funds have been used to help fund the Betsy Demaray endowment fund for local scholarships and will help provide improvements to Project Playground.  Betsy Demaray played an integral part in the creation of Project Playground and it seems only fitting for the game show, in memory of Betsy, to continue to support the projects that were so special to her.  We especially congratulate Barb for her hard work and commitment to Rotary, but it is also very important that we say thank you to all the Game Show Committee members, which include Andrea Osborn, Craig Flickinger, Jon Hampton, Brent Osterhout, and Linda Basista.  Thank you!
 Meeting Program:
Oliver Turner, City Manager, presented on city updates.  He highlighted the Master Plan which is to be updated every 5 years.  The Master Plan tells us how development should occur within a community.  Public meetings will be held at City Commission Chambers to cover specific topics on August 11, 12, 26, and 27 at 5:30 pm.  A few points from a long list of city happenings include:  improving side walks, supporting LSSU enrollment and creating a more student friendly community, outdoor ice rink, power canal walk way.  Also, the city thanks our club for the addition of 8 new grills at Rotary Park.  Also, at this time, there are not definitive plans for a new movie theater once the current one is taken down by incoming Meijer's Store.
50/50 $33.50 won by Wendell who donated it back to the club.
The meeting was called to order by President Elect, Laurie Morley.  Wendell Davelaar led us in prayer
  • Marni Stone from Sault, ONT
  • Jerry Coutont from Georgia
  • Jim Gordon from Nebraska
  • Music in the Park earned $342 last week!
  • Shoe Boxes still available
  • Workbee at Rotary Park last week was successful and thank you to all the hard working volunteers
  • Tracey Laitinen daughter's performance at the horse show.  She fell off but was not hurt too badly!
  • Gwen Worley for bringing cookies to the Rotary Park Workbee
  • Debbie Jones and her husband bought a new home on the water, thank you to Smith and Company!
  • Dan Dasho paid a happy dollar for the warm weather and the folks turning their air conditioning on
The new district Governor, Tom Schmidt, and his wife, Denise, joined us today.  Tom spoke about his experience in Rotary and what he thinks it means to be a Rotarian.  This year's theme is "Be a Gift to the World".  He highlighted his philosophy: PUSH until something happens and the 4 "P's" to represent the p in PUSH.  Plan, Promote, Persist, and Praise. He also went over what he feels makes us Rotarians:
R is for Relevant to their community
O is for Observant of Needs
T is for Tolerant of others
A is for Available to serve
R is for Responsible to invest in others
I is for Inspirational to encourage
A is for Aspiring to impact others
N is for Naturally inclined to integrity
We thank you, Tom and Denise, for visiting our club and we look forward to another successful year in Rotary!
50/50 - $21 to Carlie Anderson
Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie, MI 2015 Change Over of Officers was held at the home of Tom and Teresa Pleger at LSSU.  During the meeting, Dan Dasho told the story of the turning leaf wine as he welcomed Jocelyn Fabry as our new club president for 2015-2016.  Jocelyn Fabry then presented Dan Dasho with a past-president lapel pin along with a plaque for his office. Carlie Anderson presented the attendance awards to the following Rotarians:
1 Year
Linda Basista
Hilary Galey
Jon Hampton
Nicholas Kibble
Jeanine LaCross
Tracey Laitinen
Brent Osterhout
Pete Scornaeincki
2 Year
Dan Dasho
Debbie Jones
Laurie Morley
Gwen Worley
3 year
Jennifer Dunton
Jocelyn Fabry
5 year
Phil Becker
Craig Flickinger
Dianna George
6 year
Tom McDonoff
7 year
Tom Ewing
Andrea Osborn
10 year
Shannon Veum
At the close of the meeting congratulations was given to Shannon for 10 years of consecutive perfect attendance.  A big thank you to Tom and Teresa Pleger for the great event!
Thank you to Ken and Melanie Greenfield for hosting a fun family friendly fellowship event at their Broken Arrows Archery Club!  The Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie has donated funds to the archery club to enhance the hunting education of our communities youth.
Starting Monday, February 3, 2014 the weekly club meetings will be held at The Antler's Restaurant
2015-2016 Grants Awarded and Projects Supported
Shop With a Hero
Children of the Dump Shoeboxes
Rudyard Elementary - 4th Grade
Kidz Klozit
Team 1596 Robotics
Junior Rotarians
Malcolm Mavericks
Special Olympics
EUP Community Dispute Resolution
Sault High HOSA
Sault High Rotary Wrestling Tournament
Princesses & Pirates - Chippewa County Suicide Prevention Cmte.
Sault High BPA
2016 Sault Schools Graduation Party
Music in the Park 2016
Gus Macker 2016
Sault Area Little League
Project Backpack
Community Improvements Program
The Merlin Home Dementia House
Camp New Day
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Club President
Club President-Elect
Club Treasurer
Club Secretary
Past President
Club Director
Club Director
Club Director
Club Director
Club Director
Club President Nominee
Club Sergeant at Arms
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair

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