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Laura Fulco - Sam's Club
May 21, 2024
Health & Wellness Benefits, VAP Program
Brooke Summers
May 28, 2024
Food Bank of Eastern Meeting
Club Assembly
Jun 04, 2024
Pass the Gavel
Jun 25, 2024
No Meeting
Jul 02, 2024
Club Assembly
Jul 09, 2024
Amber Taylor
Jul 16, 2024
Back to the Bricks
Club Assembly
Aug 06, 2024
Club Assembly
Sep 03, 2024
Club Assembly
Oct 01, 2024
Brandi Schmidt
Oct 08, 2024
Little Pink House of Hope
Club Assembly
Nov 05, 2024
Club Assembly
Dec 10, 2024
Club Assembly
Jan 07, 2025
Club Assembly
Feb 04, 2025
Club Assembly
Mar 04, 2025
Club Assembly
Apr 08, 2025
Club Assembly
May 06, 2025
Club Information
Flushing

Rotary Club of Flushing, Michigan

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
Valley's Breakfast and Bistro
1072 S Elms Rd.
Flint, MI 48532
United States of America
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Darwin was presented with this honor in front of our fellow Rotarians and family. Here is the speech that the Executive Director from the Flushing Area Chamber of Commerce, a Rotarian with Darwin, gave on behalf of the Flushing Area Chamber of Commerce and the 2024 SummerFest presented by JoelsCarz.com! Committee.
 
To my fellow Rotarians and cherished members of our community, it is my honor and privilege to stand before you today to introduce a true beacon of inspiration, Mr. Darwin Scherba. As we gather to celebrate the vibrant spirit of our town at the 2024 SummerFest, it is only fitting that we recognize an individual whose dedication and selflessness have truly made our community shine brighter than ever before.
Darwin's tireless commitment to service knows no bounds. From his integral roles at the Flushing Community Church, Mercy Team, volunteering his time for Flushing Christian Outreach, Bread for Life, and the Great Food Give-away, to his steadfast presence at Rotary projects, Darwin embodies the spirit of community involvement in its purest form. His unwavering support and active participation in countless community-minded events have left a it No permanent mark on our town, touching the lives of so many in profound ways.
But Darwin's contributions extend far beyond the boundaries of our town. His advocacy for literacy, demonstrated through his efforts to ensure books are readily available in the little book house on Main St., speaks volumes about his passion for empowering others through education and access to resources.
It is with great admiration and gratitude that the SummerFest committee has chosen Darwin Scherba as the grand marshal for this year's Shining Bright Like a Diamond Parade. His shining example of generosity, compassion, and unwavering dedication to making our community a better place serves as an inspiration to us all.
So please join me in celebrating Darwin Scherba, a true luminary in our midst, as we embark on a SummerFest filled with joy, unity, and the spirit of giving back. Let us follow his lead and continue to shine bright like diamonds, illuminating the path towards a brighter, more inclusive future for all.
 
Congratulations, Darwin!

Khloe is currently carrying an impressive GPA of 4.086, placing her fourth in the esteemed class of 2024 at FHS. Her commitment to academic excellence is evident in her consistent performance and dedication to her studies.

Family plays a significant role in Khloe's life. She is the daughter of Mark and Kari Burba and has siblings named Kate, Kelsea, Mack, Margo, and Maddox Burba. 

In her leisure time, Khloe enjoys engaging in various hobbies, including reading, running, playing sports with her sibling Maddox, exploring botany, and even tackling her homework with enthusiasm.

Khloe's involvement in extracurricular activities is extensive and speaks volumes about her leadership abilities and commitment to service. She holds positions such as Secretary of the Rotary Club, Secretary of the National Honor Society, Treasurer of the Science Honor Society, and is a member of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, Rho Kappa Honor Society, and Wellness Club.

Furthermore, Khloe actively participates in volunteer work, dedicating her time to initiatives such as running the coffee bar at her church, assisting at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, contributing to the Church Food Pantry distribution, and engaging in various community service projects through organizations like S'mores and Blanket Making for Hurley. Her involvement in activities such as building bunk beds for Sleep in Heavenly Peace through Rotary Interact and supporting the Red Cross Blood Drive through NHS demonstrates her commitment to making a positive impact in her community.

While Khloe is not currently employed, she previously worked at Bongiorno's, where she gained valuable experience and developed essential skills.

Athletics also play a significant role in Khloe's life, as she has been a member of the Varsity Cross Country team for four years and the Track team for three years, showcasing her dedication and determination on the field.

Looking ahead, Khloe has ambitious plans for her future. She aspires to attend Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, to study Nutrition with the goal of becoming a Dietician. Additionally, she dreams of embarking on numerous travels to broaden her horizons and explore new cultures.

When reflecting on her time at FHS, Khloe fondly recalls her experiences in Cross Country and Track, particularly the early morning meets and the camaraderie among her teammates. She also cherishes the time spent working in Ms. Lord's office, which has undoubtedly enriched her high school journey.

Finally, Khloe has chosen Bread for Life as her preferred charity for donation, inspired by her participation in a road race where she learned about the organization's impactful work.

In summary, Khloe Burba is a dedicated student, compassionate volunteer, and talented athlete who embodies the spirit of leadership and service. Her contributions to the FHS community are commendable, and I have no doubt that she will continue to excel in all her future endeavors.

Lily Ethington, a senior at FHS, stands as an epitome of academic excellence and community engagement, earning her the title of February Rotary Student of the Month. With a commendable GPA of 3.96, she ranks 24th in a class known for its exceptional talent and intellect.

Born to Justin and Jennifer Ethington, Lily cherishes her family deeply. Alongside her loving parents, she shares her life with a younger sister, Hannah, who is in the 10th grade, and an older brother, Jakob, who graduated in 2022. Lily's upbringing reflects a strong foundation of familial support and encouragement.

Lily's interests span a wide spectrum, from the tranquility of reading to the creative outlet of playing guitar and the invigorating pursuit of running. Her involvement in various clubs such as Rotary Club, Madrigals, Beta Choir, Key Club, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, and Rho Kappa Honor Society highlights her dedication to both academic and extracurricular excellence.

Driven by a passion for giving back, Lily actively engages in volunteer work, contributing her time and efforts to initiatives like S’mores, blanket-making for Hurley, and volunteering at the ECC and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Additionally, her participation in events like the Crim Rotary Mile underscores her commitment to community betterment.

Currently dual-enrolled through the University of Michigan Flint, Lily envisions a future in the field of nursing. Her ambition to become a nurse practitioner, specializing in dermatology or psychology, reflects her desire to make a meaningful impact in healthcare. Lily's dedication to her academic pursuits and career goals is commendable, showcasing her determination to excel in her chosen path.

Among her cherished memories at FHS, Lily fondly recalls her experience during this year's collage, where she had the honor of holding the Taylor Swift 2024 flag, symbolizing her fondness for memorable moments shared with her peers. Furthermore, her admiration for Mr. Nate Degner, her middle school choir teacher, exemplifies the profound impact educators can have on their students' lives. Lily acknowledges Mr. Degner's ability to make learning enjoyable and his genuine care for his students as instrumental in shaping her academic journey.

In alignment with her passion for nursing and healthcare, Lily has chosen to support the American Nurses Foundation through her donation. Her contribution reflects her dedication to assisting nurses facing various challenges within the healthcare system, particularly focusing on mental health issues.

In the 15-year history of the Rotary Club of Flushing’s Service Above Self Award, few recipients have given more of themselves than this year’s nominee, Bob Coe. 
Coe, a retired General Motors executive received his recognition at a Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday, February 6th.  The award itself honors a member of the Flushing community for exemplary service and reflects the Rotary International motto of “Service Above Self”. 
Coe is the Mercy Team Leader at Flushing Community Church of the Nazarene.  Coe leads a team of devoted Christians that address food and clothing needs in the Flushing community and the City of Flint. The primary groups that the Mercy Team assists are Eastside Mission in Flint, Life Challenge, Genesee County Mental Health Court and the Flushing Christian Outreach Center.  Coe and the Mercy Team work closely with Flushing Community Schools to identify needs within our school district.  Bread for Life is a program that provides meals on weekends for chronically hungry children.  The Mercy Team is planning 5 mobile food distribution dates this year where they coordinate shipments of food from the Food Bank of Eastern MI.  The Mercy Team also provides Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter “Boxed Dinners” for families in the Flushing community. 
Bob and his wife Carol have been Flushing residents since 1974.
The Rotary Club of Flushing teamed up the West Flint Optimist Club and Signs by Crannie to build 46 beds for the Sleep in Heavenly Peace organization.  "Build Day" took place on Saturday. February 3rd at Signs by Crannie warehouse in Flint.  Dan Crannie is a Flint Rotarian and also a member of the West Flint Optimist Club.    
 
Kate Burba, a senior at FHS, distinguishes herself with a GPA of 4.017, placing her 13th in the class of 2024. Born into a bustling household with parents Mark and Kari, alongside siblings Khloe, Kelsea, Mack, Margo, and Maddox, Kate shares a triplet bond with Khloe and Kelsea. Embracing a diverse range of interests, Kate finds solace in reading, running, playing the cello, and practicing yoga. Her active involvement in numerous clubs, including Rotary Club, Key Club, and National Honor Society, reflects her commitment to service and leadership. From volunteering with church groups to spearheading service projects, Kate's dedication to her community shines through. Balancing her academic pursuits with work experiences at Mancino's Pizza and Grinders and Johnny's Pour House, Kate's resilience is further evident in her athletic endeavors in Cross Country and Track. As she prepares to embark on her college journey at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Kate aspires to pursue a career in pediatric psychology. With dreams of traveling South America, running a marathon, and owning three golden retrievers, Kate's zest for life knows no bounds. Reflecting on her high school years, Kate fondly remembers bonding with classmates on field trips, particularly a memorable visit to the zoo. Her admiration for teacher Tanya Peet underscores the impact of educators who inspire and support their students. In her commitment to making a difference, Kate chooses to support World Vision, an organization dedicated to providing clean water and education accessibility for those in poverty worldwide.
 
Lauren Popovits, a senior at FHS, epitomizes academic excellence with her impressive 4.004 GPA, ranking 18th in her class, poised to graduate with high honors on May 22nd. Amidst tackling three AP classes, her dedication extends beyond academics. With parents John and Chrissy, both FCS employees, and siblings Evelyn and Ben, Lauren finds joy in various pursuits, from her love of robotics and 3D printing to her involvement in clubs like Rotary Interact and National Honor Society. Her altruism shines through extensive volunteer work, balancing it all with her roles as a private tutor and occasional house and dog sitter. Although sports take a backseat to her passion for robotics, her future at Kettering University, double majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering, promises to be bright. Lauren's fondest memories at FHS include leading her team to victory at the State Robotics Tournament and the guidance of her favorite teacher, Mr. Ian Thomas, who instilled in her the confidence to speak and lead effectively. With aspirations to travel and start a family, Lauren's generosity extends even further with a $100 donation to the Judson Center, reflecting her commitment to making a positive impact on the world.
 
Andrew Tunnicliff, a distinguished senior at FHS, boasts an impressive 4.074 GPA, securing the 6th rank in his class and is set to graduate with high honors on May 22nd. Supported by his parents, Steve and Melissa, alongside siblings Braeden and Allyson, Andrew's journey is marked by both academic prowess and a fervent love for sports. Engaging in activities like fishing and closely following professional athletes, Andrew's passion for sports extends to his roles on the Varsity Basketball and Football teams. Beyond athletics, Andrew's leadership shines through his involvement in various clubs, notably serving as the Rotary Interact Co-President and holding positions in the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Science National Honor Society, and Student Council. Additionally, Andrew's commitment to community service is evident through his volunteer work with organizations such as SMORES and the Food Bank. While he doesn't currently hold a job, his dedication to his community is further highlighted by his position on the Flushing Community Schools Board of Education as the student representative. With a rich sports background, including multiple years in Varsity Track and Cross Country, Andrew's future plans include studying Physical Therapy, with potential aspirations for international studies. Reflecting on his high school years, Andrew cherishes memories like winning the Metro League 4x800m Relay and being elected as the President of the Class of 2024. His admiration for teacher Dave McGregor underscores his appreciation for educators who instill both knowledge and life lessons. In his commitment to advocacy, Andrew chooses to support The ARC, a Disability Rights Organization, advocating for inclusivity and equal rights.
 
Jade LaGore, a standout senior at FHS, boasts a remarkable 4.051 GPA, holding the 8th rank in her class and slated to graduate with high honors on May 22nd. Supported by her parents, Joel and Sonya, and with an older sister, Jaren, who also graduated from FHS, Jade's academic success is complemented by her passion for music and sports. A talented violinist, Jade is a member of various prestigious musical ensembles, including a Dort Honors String Quartet and The Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra, showcasing her dedication to her craft. Additionally, her involvement in an all-girl band in Tennessee highlights her versatility as a musician. Outside of music, Jade finds joy in playing tennis and actively participates in clubs like Rotary Interact, National Honor Society, and Student Council. Her commitment to community service is evident through her volunteer work with organizations such as SMORES and the Food Bank, as well as her involvement in the worship team at Flushing Community Church. With work experience ranging from musical gigs to an internship at OLV Investment Group, Jade's future plans include double majoring in violin performance and business finance, with aspirations to attend U of M Ann Arbor or the New England Conservatory. Reflecting on her high school experience, Jade cherishes memories like being on the Homecoming Court and participating in the parade. Her admiration for teacher Lauren Quigley underscores the impact of educators who foster meaningful relationships and inspire confidence in their students. In her commitment to giving back, Jade chooses to support Bread for Life, exemplifying her dedication to making a positive impact on her community.
 
The Flushing High School (FHS) Rotary Interact Club continued the tradition of making blankets for children in the Hurley Hospital
pediatric department. Children who are in the hospital are given a blanket that they can take home with them upon their release from the hospital.
Hurley Hospital nurses have shared with the Interact Club the joy and comfort children have received from the blankets.
 
The FHS Rotary Interact Club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Flushing since its chartering in 2009. Both clubs enjoy working together on a number of projects. The FHS staff sponsor for the Interact Club is Flushing Rotarian and high school Assistant Principal, Kevin Foltz. Many thanks to the Interact Club for your dedication to Service-Above-Self.
Pictured (L-R): Andrew Schmidt, John Gault, Darwin Scherba and Matt Catlin.
 
The Rotary Club of Flushing has installed a new Little Free Library book dispensary in Cornwell Park in downtown Flushing at the SW intersection of Cherry and Main streets.   The Little Free Library will provide books free of charge for individuals to use on a 'take a book, leave a book exchange basis.'  The inaugural books are being provided by the Rotary Club of Flushing as a part of its literacy program and are primarily intended for grades K-7.  The Flushing Rotary Little Free Library is a member of the worldwide Litte Free Library network (www.littlefreelibrary.org) of over 100,000 locations worldwide.  The Rotary Club of Flushing is pleased to be able to provide this resource to the Flushing community to promote literacy.