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Flushing

Rotary Club of Flushing, Michigan

We meet Thursdays at 7:00 AM
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6395 W Pierson Rd
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Flushing, MI  48433
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Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus all Flushing Rotary Club activities including regular meetings have been cancelled until further notice.  We believe it is part of our commitment to serving the community to do our part to limit the spread of this virus.  For general information and best practices during this event please visit the Centers for Disease Control website at http://www.cdc.gov or Michigan.gov/coronavirus

Terry Bigelow (middle) with Flushing Rotarians Marty Barta (left) and Darwin Scherba (right). Photo by Ben Gagnon

Pictured (L-R): Marty Barta, Terry Bigelow, and Darwin Scherba.

Flushing resident Terry Bigelow has been named the Flushing Rotary Club’s Service Above Self Award recipient for 2020.

Bigelow, who is the program manager for the Flushing Christian Outreach Center (FCOC), received her award at the Rotary Club’s weekly breakfast meeting on February 6. She was presented the award based on her outstanding professional achievement within her occupation and for contributing her time and energy to the problems and needs of society.

Bigelow, a 1974 graduate of Flushing High School, attended Michigan State University to pursue a career in teaching. During her junior year at MSU, she auditioned and was offered an acting role with The Young Americans Broadway Tour. After a nine-month tour, Bigelow returned to MSU and resumed her education, where she received a B.A. in Elementary Education in 1979.

Bigelow began her teaching career in the Los Alamitos Unified School District in California. She was involved in many aspects of education, from classroom teacher to directing student musicals and drama programs.

With the help of a colleague, Bigelow founded the Los Al Players—a youth performance troupe that developed into what is currently known as the Orange County School of the Arts. The California charter school currently enrolls 2,000 students in grades 7-12 and prepares students for higher education and a profession in the arts.

In 1986, Bigelow returned to Flushing and taught middle school writing in Montrose. She also served as the afterschool drama coach.

In 1989, Bigelow received her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Eastern Michigan University. She would go on to hold the position of Montrose Middle School Assistant Principal and Montrose Alternative Education High School Director from 2003 to 2010. She retired from Montrose Schools in 2010.

Shortly after her retirement, Bigelow became the program manager for the FCOC, which provides food and clothing for 400 to 500 individuals each month. FCOC has become an efficient resource for those in need within the Flushing community, serving every client with dignity and grace. The FCOC is supported by many of the Flushing churches.

Bigelow oversees around 100 volunteers at FCOC and coordinates a variety of programs at the center. She has become well-regarded for bringing compassion and expertise to the FCOC vision and for having a genuine concern for the wellbeing of the community’s most vulnerable members.

In addition to her role with FCOC, Bigelow has been instrumental in providing food for school-aged children within Flushing Community Schools through weekend distribution. As a certified trainer for Bridges Out of Poverty, she has also given presentations across the state and the country regarding the hidden rules of poverty, the barriers of poverty and how communities can help neighbors in need to become self-sustaining.

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.

Rotary has contributed more than $2 billion to fight polio, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation, and countless volunteer hours since launching its polio eradication program, PolioPlus, in 1985. In 1988, Rotary formed the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Gates Foundation and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance later joined. When the initiative launched, there were 350,000 cases of polio every year. Today the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent. Polio is closer than ever to being eradicated.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has just renewed (January 2020) its matching donation program up to 450 million with Rotary International.   Donations made through Rotary to eradicate Polio will be matched 2:1 by the Gates Foundation.

Anyone can be a part of the fight to end Polio and have their donation to Rotary matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Visit endpolio.org to learn more and donate.  Please share this important information with others who may want to help Rotary end Polio.

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. We connect 1.2 million members from more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in almost every country in the world. Their service improves lives both locally and internationally, from helping those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Visit Rotary.org and endpolio.org for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio.

 

(Left to right): Andrew Schmidt, Rich Willette, Josie Willette, Tina Willette, Lauren Quigley and Kevin Foltz.

(Left to right): Andrew Schmidt, Rich Willette, Josie Willette, Tina Willette, Lauren Quigley and Kevin Foltz.

 

Flushing High School senior Josie Willette has been selected as the Flushing Rotary Student of the Month for January.

Willette received her recognition alongside her parents Rich and Tina Willette and her favorite FHS teacher, Lauren Quigley, at a recent Flushing Rotary Club meeting. Josie is ranked eighth in the senior class with a 4.02 GPA and is currently taking AP Chemistry and AP Calculus classes.

After graduation, Willette plans to attend Michigan State University to pursue a degree in elementary education. She said she would like to stay in Michigan for the time being and job shadow teachers while in college. Eventually, she hopes to continue her education with a master’s degree.

As a student at FHS, Willette is no stranger to the spotlight. Last fall, she was crowned the 2019 Flushing Homecoming Queen and played a key role in leading the senior team to victory in the Homecoming Powderpuff game. She has also been a three-time captain of the Flushing Girls Varsity Soccer team at Flushing and has been named to the All-League Academic team in all four years of high school.

Willette belongs to several clubs at FHS, including the National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, the Student Leadership Organization and Varsity Club (where she is a Media Specialist).

Willette also fills her spare time with volunteering. She has dedicated many hours to serving with the Special Olympics, the Flushing Candlewalk, soup kitchens and food drives. Additionally, she tutors kids from Central Elementary School every week and serves with the “Chain Gang” for youth and sub-varsity football games through Flushing High School’s sports officiating class.

Although she is focused on grades and athletics, Willette earns some extra money by babysitting and using her painting skills to create welcome signs to sell. For hobbies, she enjoys watching movies and TV (her favorite movie is “The Proposal”) and hanging out with friends, family and cousins.

Willette said that her favorite time at FHS was attending classes when her older sister Logan was a senior at the high school. Namely, because Willette — a freshman at the time—got to hang out with her sister and her friends.

Willette has designated her $100 Rotary donation to be given to Special Olympics, which she has enjoyed being associated with as a volunteer since seventh grade.

(Reprinted from The Flushing View, January 30, 2020, by Ben Gagnon, with permission)

The Rotary Club of Flushing will once again be accepting applications for its 2020 Rotary Scholarships.  Applications for the Rotary Scholarships can be completed at the following website: 
https://cfgf.iphiview.com/cfgf/GrantsScholarships/Scholarships/tabid/626/Default.aspx Be sure to select Rotary Club of Flushing Scholarship.  Follow the directions online.  Applications for the Rotary Club of Flushing Scholarships are due by March 15, 2020.   

Pictured (L to R): Andrew Schmidt, Sarah Paschack, Allison Paschack, Amy Paschack, Kevin Paschack, Kevin Foltz and Lauren Quigley Photo provided

Pictured (L to R): Andrew Schmidt, Rotary President, Sarah Paschack, Allison Paschack, Amy Paschack, Kevin Paschack, Kevin Foltz, FHS Assistant Principal, and Lauren Quigley, FHS teacher.

Flushing High School senior Allison Paschack has been chosen as the Flushing Rotary Club Student of the Month for November.

Paschack, who will graduate with honors this spring, is seventh in her class with a 4.034 G.P.A. She has held the positions of vice-president of the National Honor Society, president of Mu Alpha Theta and president of the Science National Honor Society. She was also a member of FHS Rotary Interact Club in ninth grade through 11th grade and was the club’s treasurer in her junior year.

In addition to studies and club affiliations, Paschack plays varsity tennis, serves as a personal tutor to several FHS students and works part-time as an associate at Kohl’s on Linden Road. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, particularly Indie.

Paschack’s volunteer experience includes taking part in a service project trip to Peru, where she and other volunteers helped to build a community center in the small town of Cusco.

After graduating from FHS, Paschack plans to attend the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, to study biochemistry. Paschack said that her career pursuit is to be a pharmacologist and help people with her acquired skill set.  Paschack’s favorite FHS memory was taking AP chemistry, which is taught by Lauren Quigley. Paschack said that she appreciated how Quigley made a challenging subject fun and enjoyable to study. “She is always in a good mood, and that is contagious,” Paschack said about Quigley. “I can always go to her if I need help or to just talk about something.”

 Paschack has designated her $100 Rotary Club scholarship to be given to the Rainforest Alliance, a global organization that helps to support and protect rainforests around the world. She said that her donation decision was heavily influenced by her service project trip to Peru and the time she spent in the rainforest.

Paschack received her recognition alongside her parents Kevin and Amy Paschack and her younger sister Sarah, who is a freshman at Flushing High School.

The Flushing Rotary Club has also recognized eighth grader Drew Tunnicliff as the Flushing Middle School Rotary Student of the Month for November. Drew (far left) is pictured alongside his family: Dr. Steve Tunnicliff, Allyson Tunnicliff, Melissa Tunnicliff and Braeden Tunnicliff. Photo provided

The Flushing Rotary Club has also recognized eighth grader Drew Tunnicliff as the Flushing Middle School Rotary Student of the Month for November. Drew (far left) is pictured alongside his family: Dr. Steve Tunnicliff, Allyson Tunnicliff, Melissa Tunnicliff and Braeden Tunnicliff.

 (Story reprinted with permission from The Flushing View, December 5, 2019, by Ben Gagnon).

The Rotary Club of Flushing wishes to thank the Flushing community, sponsoring businesses, and attendees/supporters of the 2019  Annual Rotary Club of Flushing Beer Tent and Raffle.   Thanks to your support and generosity, the Rotary Club raised approximately $23,000 that will go toward our community projects in Flushing.   Thank you for being generous and supportive of the Rotary Club of Flushing and our work in the Flushing community.
The Flushing Rotary Club has scheduled its annual beer tent and raffle fundraising event on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14, 2019, from 6PM-11PM each evening, in Flushing's downtown Riverview Park.    The annual event will provide a beer tent with several domestic and craft beers, wine coolers, and live entertainment.  Rachelle Rae and the Banned will perform on Friday evening, and Flea Flicker on Saturday evening. Local Food Trucks will be providing various food options. The annual Rotary Club raffle drawing will be held on Saturday evening. Funds raised from the event will be used for Rotary Club projects in Flushing which have included the new stadium seats in Riverview Park, assisting with the Flushing Nature Trail, and renovation of the river overlook in Riverview Park, as well as support of Flushing Community Schools and the Flushing Christian Outreach Center, among others.
 
Tickets can also be ordered by mail: Flushing Rotary Club, P.O. Box 377, Flushing, MI 48433. Please enclose a check payable to "Rotary Club of Flushing" for the total ticket cost at $10 per ticket, and include return mailing address information for mailing of tickets.
 
The Flushing Rotary Club continues to plan for new community service projects in Flushing based upon the needs of the community.  Please mark your calendars for this event on September 13 & 14. Thank you to the entire Flushing community for your continued support of the Flushing Rotary Club’s work in the Flushing community.
Pictured (L-R):  David Bennett, Flushing Rotary President,  Lia Norman, Luke Denno, Kaylee Czyzio, and Dr. Michael Wallace, Rotary Club Scholarship Chair
 
On June 6, 2019, at its regular meeting, the Flushing Rotary Club awarded its Annual Scholarships to three Flushing High School students who have exhibited significant community service during their high school careers.  Given that Rotary International, and the Flushing Rotary Club are oriented toward service to the community and world, the Flushing Rotary Club scholarships recognize community service and volunteerism as the primary criteria for their awarding.  Academic accomplishment is also a consideration, but second to community service and volunteering.
 
The 2019 Rotary Club of Flushing Scholarship recipients and their respective scholarships are:  Lia Norman received the Gerald & Josie Knight Memorial Scholarship.  Kaylee Czyzio received the Richard & Kathy Merrill Scholarship, and Luke Denno received the At Large Rotary Club of Flushing Scholarship Award.   Each of these students exemplifies the Rotary International motto of "Service above Self" and have engaged in countless hours of volunteer service to the Flushing and surrounding community.   The Flushing Rotary Club congratulates these students on receiving the 2019 Rotary Club of Flushing scholarships and wishes them continued success in their future endeavors and expects that they will continue to engage in community service and volunteer throughout their lifetimes. 
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

BY BEN GAGNON
810-452-2661 • BGAGNON@MIHOMEPAPER.COM
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.