Flushing Rotary Club Awards 2020 Scholarships

 

The Flushing Rotary Club awarded its 2020 scholarships to three Flushing High School graduates on July 23. The recipients were Flushing High School 2020 graduates Josie Willette, Landen Moore-Pierce and Landon Young.

Willette received the Gerald and Josie Knight Memorial Scholarship, Moore-Pierce was awarded the Richard and Kathy Merrill Scholarship and Young received the general Flushing Rotary Scholarship. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship that can be used for college tuition at the institution they attend this fall.

Willette plans to attend Michigan State University and pursue an education major in high school teaching. Moore- Pierce will attend Alma College on an athletic scholarship and plans to pursue a nursing major. Young will be attending Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois and is interested in a career in the healthcare field.

The Flushing Rotary scholarships are based upon a combination of factors, including academic achievement and community service. A priority is placed on service, as this is the motto of Rotary International: “Service above Self.” The Flushing Rotary Club seeks to recognize students who have engaged in active community service during their high school years.

A Rotary Scholarship committee comprised of Flushing Rotary members and non-Rotary community representatives selects the recipients. Funding is awarded from the Flushing Rotary Club Scholarship Fund and administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. The Rotary Club typically awards between two to four scholarships per year.

The Flushing Rotary Club is pleased to recognize these three outstanding students in the Flushing community and wishes them success in their academic pursuits and career paths. The Flushing Rotary also recognizes the efforts of the scholarship recipients’ parents in their important formative role. 

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Flushing Rotary supports FCOC 

(Pictured: Flushing Rotary President Andrew Schmidt and FCOC Director Terry Bigelow)
 
​​​The Rotary Club of Flushing recently made a contribution of $2,000.00 to the Flushing Christian Outreach Center (FCOC) in support of its many programs to provide support to local citizens in need.  The FCOC provides food and personal items as a human services agency via its food pantry and clothes closet programs.   The FCOC was founded in 2005 by a consortium of churches in the Flushing community, and continues to provide foundational services to our community. The Rotary Club of Flushing is pleased to be a supporter of the FCOC and its programs.   
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Flushing Rotary Club makes donation to the YMCA Food Program

The Rotary Club of Flushing presented a check for $2,000 to the YMCA of Flushing in support of their food distribution and assistance program benefiting residents of the Flushing community.  The check was presented to (Left to Right) Ashley Schlager, Senior Program Director at the Pierson Road YMCA, Hunter Comack and Zach McMurray. Ashley is holding the check from the Rotary Club of Flushing in the amount of $2000.00.   The Rotary Club of Flushing is a service organization that provides support and develops projects, such as the seating in Riverview Park, to benefit the Flushing community.  Funds are raised via the Flushing Rotary Club's annual raffle and entertainment tent.  The Flushing Rotary Club has contributed over $500,000 to the Flushing community in direct support via scholarships, the Riverview Park development, support of the Flushing Nature Trail, and support of the Flushing Community Schools robotics program and literacy initiatives.  The Rotary Club of Flushing is in its 28th year of serving the Flushing community.  
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Rotary 2020 Service above Self Award

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.

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Gates Foundation Doubles Grant to Rotary to Eradicate Polio

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.

 

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Rotary January Student of the Month

(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)

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2020 Annual Rotary Club of Flushing Scholarships

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.   
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Rotary Honors FHS & FMS Students of the Month

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).

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Thank you Flushing for your support of the Rotary Club Beer Tent fundraiser!

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.
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Flushing Rotary Club Annual Fundraising Beer Tent and Raffle September 13 & 14, 2019

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.
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Flushing Rotary Club awards Annual Scholarships

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. 
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Rotary Club recognizes Kourtney Sari as April Student of the Month

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.)
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Flushing Rotary Club Awards 2019 "Service Above Self Award" to Dr. James Cantwil, DDS

Posted on Feb 07, 2019

(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)

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January Student of the Month- Quincy Davis

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.

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Huge Indoor Annual Garage Sale Registration Open

Posted by Seth Esterline on Dec 04, 2018
 
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.
 
 
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Kade Andrews named Rotary November Student of the Month

Posted by John Cote
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.
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Article courtesy of The Flushing View and View Newspaper Group, Inc.

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

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2018 Annual Rotary Beer Tent Fundraiser a Success

Posted by John Cote
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

2018 Annual Rotary Beer Tent Fundraiser a Success John Cote 2018-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

President Passing the Gavel

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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.
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Rotary Club of Flushing Annual Beer Tent and Raffle  June 22 & 23 2018 in Riverview Park, Downtown Flushing

Posted by John Cote on Jun 15, 2018
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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!
 
Rotary Club of Flushing Annual Beer Tent and Raffle June 22 & 23 2018 in Riverview Park, Downtown Flushing John Cote 2018-06-15 04:00:00Z 0

Flushing Rotary Club Awards 2018 Scholarships

Posted by John Cote
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.
 
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Rotary Garage Sale proceeds benefit Flushing Schools

Posted by Matthew Catlin on May 06, 2018
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).
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George Kozan receives 2018 Rotary Club TOMMY Award

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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.
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2018 Rotary Club of Flushing Scholarships

 

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

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

 

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

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

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Annual Rotary Club HUGE Indoor Garage Sale  April 21, 2018  
9AM-2PM  at Flushing Middle School

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

Saturday, April 21st 9am till 2pm

Flushing Middle School
8100 Carpenter Road
Flushing, MI 48433

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

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

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

Registration forms available in the "Files" area at the top of this webpage.
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November Rotary Student of the Month

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Picture caption: Allie Degner is presented with a Rotary Student of the Month certificate by Flushing High School Assistant Principal, and Rotary member, Marty Barta.
 
The Rotary Club of Flushing was pleased to honor Alexandria Degnar as the Rotary Student of the Month for November.  Allie is a senior student at Flushing High School.  She is the secretary of the Rotary Interact Club at FHS, where she has been a valued student leader.  Allie is an excellent student.  She has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.98.  As a result of this grade point average, Allie is a member of National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, an honorary Math society.  Her participation and acceptance into National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta demonstrates her commitment to academic excellence, as it is based on academic achievement.  In addition to her academic excellence, Allie is very gifted musically.  She is in Advanced Orchestra at FHS, has been a member of the Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra and the orchestra at Flint Central Church of the Nazarene.  Allie is a member of the Beta Chi Theta Choir and Madrigals Choir.  Acceptance into both of these choirs is by audition only.  Allie has participated in community service projects including Convoy of Hope, Flint Eastside Mission, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, singing at Marion Crouse School, and various Rotary Interact Club service projects.  Allie’s future plans include attending Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL.  Allie is the daughter of Laura and Nate Degnar of Flushing, who were in attendance when their daughter was honored.  The Rotary Club of Flushing is pleased to recognize a student each month during the school year who exemplify superior academic achievement combined with service to their community, exemplifying the Rotary motto of "Service above Self."  
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Rotary Club of Flushing Annual Entertainment Tent Fundraiser a Success

Posted by John Cote
The Rotary Club of Flushing conducted its annual fundraising event, an entertainment tent and raffle, on June 9-10 in Flushing’s downtown Riverview Park.  It is fitting that the Rotary Club held its annual fundraiser in Riverview Park, as they have contributed over $260,000 to the park via the stadium seating they purchased and installed in the amphitheater which conducts concerts and movies in the park, among other community events.  Over 500 people attended the entertainment tent over the two day period, and enjoyed beer, wine and music by the live bands Eventide on Friday evening, and Rachelle Rae and the Banned on Saturday.  The annual raffle was held on Saturday and over $2,000 in prizes were awarded to the winners.  The Rotary Club raised over $20,000 for local community projects in Flushing, and wishes to express its appreciation to the community of Flushing and its many wonderful individual and business sponsors for the successful event. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser will be used for the community projects conducted by the Flushing Rotary Club for the benefit of the Flushing community. The Flushing Rotary Club has contributed over $650,000 to the community of Flushing via its community projects, scholarships for Flushing area high school graduates, and literacy programs in the schools, during its 25 years of service in Flushing, and will continue to serve the Flushing community in the years ahead.
Rotary Club of Flushing Annual Entertainment Tent Fundraiser a Success John Cote 2017-06-21 04:00:00Z 0

2017 Rotary Club of Flushing Scholarship Recipients

Posted by John Cote
PICTURE CAPTION:   2017 Flushing Rotary Scholarship recipients (L-R):  Alexis Draheim, Brendan Rawlings, Emma Wegher.
 
The Rotary Club of Flushing awarded its 2017 Annual Rotary Scholarships to three very deserving Flushing High School graduating seniors at its meeting on June 15, 2017.   This continues a nearly two decade-long tradition of providing scholarships to Flushing area high school graduates who exemplify service to their community, as well as high academic achievement, tied to the Rotary motto of “Service above Self.”  Two of the three scholarships are named after former members of the Flushing Rotary Club:  Rick and Kathy Merrill, former founding and charter members, and Gerald and Josie Knight, in memoriam.
 
Recipients of the three 2017 Rotary Club of Flushing scholarships are:
 
The Rick and Kathy Merrill Scholarship recipient: Alexis Draheim

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

The Gerald and Josie Knight Memorial Scholarship recipient: Emma Wegher

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

The Rotary Club of Flushing Scholarship recipient:  Brendan Rawlings

Brendan graduated with high honors and is a member of the National Honor Society, the Science National Honor Society, the Varsity Club, and was student leader of the Project Karma scholarship at Flushing High School.   Brendan will be attending Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University with a goal of going on to medical school.
 
The Rotary Club of Flushing is pleased to recognize and support such an accomplished group of area high school graduates who exemplify service as well as high academic achievement, and wishes each of these recipients much success in their future.
 
 
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Rotary Club of Flushing Celebrates 25th Anniversary of doing good in Flushing

Posted by John Cote
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The Rotary Club of Flushing celebrated its 25th anniversary in April 2017, and was recognized with a resolution from the Flushing City Council, presented by Mayor Kevin Keane to Flushing Rotary Club President Kristy Brown (pictured). Chartered in 1992, the Rotary Club of Flushing has made an indelible impact on the Flushing community during this past quarter century.   From humble beginnings with approximately a dozen charter members, the Flushing Rotary Club has grown to 50 members representing many professions and organizations in the area, and has made an estimated $650,000 in contributions to the Flushing community over the past 25 years.  The largest of these being the renovation and installation of stadium seating in the downtown Riverview Park with an investment of $260,000.  Funds for these community projects were raised over the years via celebrity dinners, golf outings and in recent years via the Duckie Race and Raffle at Summerfest in June. In addition, the Flushing Rotary Club has also awarded scholarships recognizing community service and scholarship to deserving area high school graduates during the past 20 years totaling nearly $50,000, as well as sponsorship of an Interact high school chapter at Flushing High School, several literacy initiatives in the Flushing Schools, the Flushing Nature Trail, and other community events such as the annual Candlewalk and Summerfest.   This year's Summerfest and the Rotary Entertainment Tent, with live bands and beer, will be held on June 9-10 from 6PM-11PM in Riverview Park in downtown Flushing. Raffle tickets are available for purchase from Flushing Rotarians, or via mail: Flushing Rotary Club, P.O.Box 377, Flushing, MI 48433.  Tickets are $10 each.  Contributions can also be mailed to support the work of the Flushing Rotary Club via the Flushing Rotary Community Fund,  P.O. Box 377 Flushing MI 48433.  Contributions are tax deductible as the Flushing Rotary Community Fund is a 501(c)3 tax exempt charitable organization.  The Rotary Club of Flushing wishes to thank the Flushing community for your support over the past 25 years, and looks forward to continuing to serve the Flushing community into the future. 
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Rotary Club of Flushing 2017 Annual Scholarships

The Rotary Club of Flushing is again accepting applications for its 2017 Annual Scholarships.   Prospective applicants can apply by completing the application materials located in the "Files" area which is accessible via the link at the top of this page.  Please download and complete all forms and then submit them following the directions provided in the application materials.   Those applicants who meet the service-focused requirements of the scholarships, which derive from the Rotary motto of "Service above Self",  will be contacted for interviews by the Scholarship Committee and the recipients of the two (2) scholarships: The Richard and Kathy Merrill Scholarship, and the Gerald and Josie Knight Scholarship, will receive their scholarships during a Rotary Club of Flushing meeting in June. All high school seniors who are graduating this year and who reside in the Flushing school district area are eligible for the scholarships regardless of the school they attend. Those students with a record of service in the community are encouraged to apply. Applications must be received by March 31, 2017, to be eligible for consideration. 
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Giving to the Rotary Foundation

The Rotary International Foundation is one of the largest humanitarian foundations in the world, providing funding to eradicate Polio, address worldwide water issues, fight disease, promote international understanding and cooperation, and many other humanitarian initiatives.   Rotarians and the public can provide support directy to the Rotary International Foundation online at https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/take-action/give   Know that your contributions will go toward making a difference in the world.  More detailed information on the Rotary International Foundation may be found at https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/rotary-foundation
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Rotary Club of Flushing awards Scholarships

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Flushing awarded its 2015 annual scholarships in June.  
 
Gavin William, a Flushing High School senior, received the Richard and Kathy Merrill Recognition Scholarship of the Rotary Club of Flushing, MI (pictured above with Richard and Kathy Merrill, Rotary Club Charter Members).  He is a scholar Athlete with significant contribution and leadership in the Athletic Boosters; American Red Cross Blood Drive and the National Honor Society as a tutor. 
 
Kayla Desotelle received the Gerald and Josie Knight Memorial Scholarship of the Rotary Club of Flushing, MI.  She is very active in the medical arena as a leader and volunteer of the Medical Career Foundation at the Genesee Career Institute; Community Service projects with Hurley and Whaley Children’s Center; and, President of  SADD at Flushing HS.
 
Brianne Kaufherr -  received the Rotary Club of Flushing Scholarship – Her accomplishments include National Honor Society and multiple student organization participation.  As a scholar she has been accepted into SVSU with special inclusion in the Foundation Scholars.  Her interests are in teaching and helping inner city youths.
 
Cassandra Roe received the Rotary Club of Flushing Scholarship – She has a special interest in children having worked for several years in youth camps, including upon graduation moving to the northern Michigan area to continue this role. She demonstrated her leadership interests as Vice President of the student organization Interact, which is the Rotary Club’s youth-aged affiliate. She is a member of numerous academic clubs has been a volunteer in numerous community events.
 
The Rotary Club of Flushing is pleased to recognize these academically accomplished, and service minded, students as the 2015 Rotary Club of Flushing Scholarship recipients.
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Rotary Club thanks Flushing Community for Support of 2015 Entertainment Tent and Duck Raffle

The Rotary Club of Flushing would like to thank our supporters and donors who contributed to the success of our 2015 Entertainment Tent and Duckie Raffle.   Both events were a great success and raised funds to continue the Rotary Club projects in the City of Flushing, including continuing to develop the Riverview Park and other community projects.  We look forward to providing the Entertainment Tent again in June 2016, along with our Duckie Raffle. Thank you again Flushing for your support of the Rotary Club and its projects in Flushing.
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Rotary Club of Flushing Passes the Gavel to new President

Posted on Jun 30, 2015
 
The Rotary  Club of Flushing held its annual Pass the Gavel dinner on June 25, 2015, at Bella Birches Banquet 
Hall in Flushing.  President Dave Hendry (right in picture) passed the gavel to incoming Rotary Club President Darwin Scherba.  Many of the past year's accomplishments were recognized including work on the Riverview Park band shell seating project, literacy programs in Flushing Schools, the Rotary Scholarships to high school graduates, and other initiatives in the community.   Flushing Rotarians who are Paul Harris Fellows of the Rotary International Foundation were also recognized during the evening. Members Kristi Brown and Sandra Murphy were awarded Paul Harris Fellowships that evening by the Rotary Club.  Flushing Rotary has a very high percentage of its members who have attained the Paul Harris Fellow recognition, one of the highest levels of recognition in Rotary International.  
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Flushing Rotary Club dedicates new seats at Riverview Park with ribbon-cutting ceremony

Posted by John Cote on Aug 06, 2013

ImageOn Wednesday, August 7, 2013, prior to the concert in the park, the Flushing Rotary Club conducted a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new stadium seats that were installed in the amphitheater at Riverview Park in downtown Flushing. This dedication capped the culmination of several years of fundraising by the Rotary Club to obtain funds to purchase and install the new seats.  Total project cost was estimated to be over $170,000.00 with funding raised via the Rotary Club's annual duckie race each year during Summerfest, along with donations and seat sponsorships.  The Rotary Club of Flushing is grateful to the citizens of Flushing who purchased duckie tickets and/or made donations in support of this project.  We are very pleased to be able to provide these new seats for the benefit of the residents of Flushing to enhance the use of the amphitheater for concerts and movies in the park as well as other events.  These new seats should provide years of service to the community. Those wishing to donate to this project or permanently sponsor a seat can do so by downloading a seat sponsorship form from this website or donate online directly at 

https://www.cfgf.org/cfgf/OnlineDonation/tabid/542/dispatch/contribution_id$95852_hash$0b506d961732b1d8e5c0a38a9c7392b7b1807f72/Default.aspx

Flushing Rotary Club dedicates new seats at Riverview Park with ribbon-cutting ceremony John Cote 2013-08-07 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Riverview Park Seating Renovation Project Nears Completion

Posted by John Cote on Jun 17, 2013

Image The Riverview Park seating renovation project sponsored by the Flushing Rotary Club, along with the City of Flushing and the Chamber of Commerce, is nearing completion and will be in place for Concerts and Movies in the Park this Summer 2013.   The Rotary Club of Flushing is seeking additional financial support from the Flushing community to finalize this project and cover the costs.

Contributions to this project may be made by mail to:  Rotary Club of Flushing, Riverview Park Project  c/o Community Foundation of Greater Flint, 500 S. Saginaw St., Flint, MI 48502.   Donations may be made online at:

https://www.cfgf.org/cfgf/OnlineDonation/tabid/542/dispatch/contribution_id$95852_hash$0b506d961732b1d8e5c0a38a9c7392b7b1807f72/Default.aspx

Thank you for your support of this wonderful community project. A ribbon cutting dedication ceremony is scheduled immediately preceding the Concert in the Park on Wednesday, July 31.  We hope that many in the community will attend to acknowledge the new seating that has been installed for the benefit of the entire Flushing community.

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Flushing Rotary Club supports Dr. Brad Habermehl, area Optometrist in Preventable Blindness project

Posted by John Cote on Apr 30, 2013

The Rotary Club of Flushing is again partnering with Dr. Brad Habermehl, Optometrist, of the Burton Rotary Club, to support his team's annual trip to Mexico to provide eye examinations and glasses to those individuals who would otherwise not be able to improve their vision.  This Rotary Club of Flushing has supported Dr. Habermehl and this very worthwhile human service project for over a decade.  Information on Dr. Habermehl's annual preventable blindness initiative can be obtained at http://www.burtonrotary.org/ or calling 810-736-0710

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Rotary Club of Flushing Vocational Service Award nominations

Posted by John Cote on Jul 20, 2011
Rotary Club of Flushing, Michigan
Seeks Nominations for our Second Annual
 
Vocational Recognition Award
 
The purpose of the Vocational Recognition Award is to promote and foster the principal of high ethical
professional standards by identifying and recognizing individuals within our community (48433 zip code) who
exemplify those virtues, while building public awareness of Vocational Service as a core Rotary
value.
 
The Vocational Recognition Award will recognize an individual on October 8th, 2011 who resides
and/or works in Flushing (48433) area and who has exemplified outstanding professional
achievement while maintaining very high ethical standards and community involvement.
 
Please elaborate on the nominee’s performance against the following criteria:
 
• Exemplifies outstanding professional achievement within his/her occupation
• Contributes his/her vocational talents to the problems and needs of society
• Demonstrates high ethical standards in his/her occupation
 
Only one nomination per form. Nominate as many individuals as you feel are deserving.
Nomination forms are available in the Downloads section of this webpage.
Nomination forms MUST BE MAILED to our PO Box TO BE ACCEPTED:
Flushing Rotary Club, P.O. Box 377, Flushing, MI 48433
Postmark Deadline for nomination forms: September 1, 2011
 
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Rotary Club of Flushing Awards 3 Scholarships

Posted by Mike Wallace on Jun 11, 2011
The Rotary Club of Flushing today announced the recipients of the Gerald and Josephine Knight Memorial Scholarship to Kathryn Stringer, the Richard and Kathy Merrill Scholarship to Meredith Wheatley and the Paul Harris Scholarship to Donna Ellithorpe.  These three recipients are all 2011 graduates of Flushing High School and are among 29 total applicants for the awards.  While they demonstrated academic excellence, their participation and leadership in many school or community organizations exemplified the Rotary motto:  “Service Above Self”. Traditionally, the Rotary Club of Flushing sponsors two yearly awards, however the funds available to distribute have accumulated and it was their decision to increase the number of awards this year, especially due to the exceptional applicant pool. 

The annual scholarship opportunity is open to any high school graduating senior living within the boundaries of the Flushing Community School District.  The Rotary Club of Flushing strives to widely disseminate to graduates the opportunity to apply for this scholarship that emphasizes community leadership and volunteerism on an ongoing basis.  Despite this, the 29 applicants overwhelmingly came from Flushing High School.  They continue to encourage students from any academic environment within the Flushing area apply for the award opportunity.  

This year’s applicant pool were anonymously evaluated by a community and Rotary Club pool of volunteers.  The committee was comprised of: realtor, Mark Calvert, Judge David Goggins, Main Street Treasures owner Tony Abdella, Hyde Assisted Living Owner/Director Dean Bonesteel, and retired Arbitrator esq. Richard Morley-Barron.  All identifying information pertaining to the candidates was removed and seven of the top applicants were  interviewed. Committee Coordinator, Dr. Mike Wallace of Flushing Vision Clinic worked closely with Couneslor Beth Dutkowski to assure all 29 candidates were able to fairly prepare their applications. 

The Rotary Club of Flushing provided all three $1000 scholarships to this year’s recipients through the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. The recipients and their families were recently recognized at a recent Rotary Club of Flushing breakfast meeting at Sorrento’s Restaurant for their hard work and accomplishments.  Dr. Mike Wallace commented that all of the applicants were exceptional and deserving and it is the caliber of the young people in Flushing that makes our community such a wonderful place to live and work. 

The application process met the rigorous standards set forth by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and was reviewed and certified as consistent with stated goals and objectivity.  It is the goal of next year’s application process to strongly urge all student volunteers and leaders to apply, especially those that might be considering an alternative education path in their future, such as a Trade or Vocational School, or similar certification program. We congratulate this year's recipients and wish them the very best in their academic pursuits.

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Rotary/Chamber Entertainment Tent and 9th Annual Duckie Race successes at SummerFest

Posted by John Cote on Jun 11, 2011
 The first annual Rotary/Chamber of Commerce Entertainment Tent was a success during the Flushing Summerfest on June  10 and 11 in Riverview Park.  Thanks to the leadership of Eric Gasper, and the volunteerism of the Club members, the event was a success and generated additional funds for the Club's projects.  Combined with the 9th  Annual Duckie Race, the Rotary Club of Flushing had an outstanding fundraising weekend.  Totals from both events will be forthcoming. Thanks to all of the members who volunteered for the duckie race and the entertainment tent that made these very successful events.  Thanks also to our sponsors for their significant support, with special thanks to King Par and Dan Straka for their partnership and support.
Rotary/Chamber Entertainment Tent and 9th Annual Duckie Race successes at SummerFest John Cote 2011-06-12 00:00:00Z 0

2011 Pass the Gavel Dinner- June 29

Posted by John Cote on Jun 10, 2011

Mark your calendar:

June 29- The 2011 Pass the Gavel dinner with installation of officers and committee chairs and awarding of the Club Paul Harris Fellows will be held on Wednesday, June 29 at  Bella Birches Hall (old VFW)    606 N. McKinley Rd.  Cost is $30 per person payable by June 23.   Registration is available under Events online. A sign-up sheet will also be available at the weekly meetings. See President George for more information and for payment.

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Group Study Exchange team from Japan visits Rotary Club of Flushing

Posted by John Cote on May 11, 2011
Members of the Group Study Exchange team from Japan for Rotary District 6330 visited the Rotary Club of Flushing on Thursday, May 12, 2011. They presented on their vocations and gave a brief overview of their home prefecture in Japan.  The meeting was attended by Governor-Elect Joe Reynolds, as well as representatives from the Genesee Valley and Flint Rotary Clubs who joined with us for this meeting.  Ginny Myers presented the team members with a gift bag containing Michigan products.  President George Kozan presented the team members with Flushing Rotary banners.  The Japanese team then presented President George with a banner from Japan.  The visiting team from Japan nows leaves for their visit to see the Canadian clubs in our District until the District Conference on June 2-5, after which they will return to Japan.  Our thanks to our members who hosted visiting GSE team members, and to Jeff Bennett of the Sunrise Club for coordinating this visit of the GSE team to our Club.
Group Study Exchange team from Japan visits Rotary Club of Flushing John Cote 2011-05-12 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member

Posted by John Cote on Apr 30, 2011
One of the ways every Rotarian can support the Rotary Foundation is by becoming a Sustaining Member.  Sustaining Members are Rotarians who give a minimum of $100 annually to the Rotary Foundation.  The Rotary Club of Flushing has a automatic contribution plan that will include on your quarterly membership dues invoice $25 that will go toward your Sustaining Membership contribution and will be submitted automatically to Rotary Foundation.  If you are not presently a Sustaining Member, you may become one by downloading the Sustaining Member Voluntary Contribution Form from the Download area of this website, complete and sign it, and give it to Terry Skoglund, Treasurer, who will then adjust your quarterly dues statement to reflect your regular membership dues plus an additional $25 for the Rotary Foundation.  This is an easy and 'automatic' way to become a Sustaining Member and support the work of our Rotary Foundation around the world in eradicating Polio and its many other initiatives.  The majority of Club members are already Sustaining Members and we encourage members who are not to consider doing so.  Sustaining Members are recognized in August each each by the Foundation Chair and President  for their contributions with special Sustaining Member stickers that are placed on name badges.   Contact Chuck McKone, Foundation Chair, or Terry Skoglund, Treasurer, with any questions that you have.  We look forward to all Club members becoming Sustaining Members of the Rotary Foundation.
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Dinners at Sorrentos to Benefit Flushing Rotary Literacy Projects

Posted by David Bennett on Apr 30, 2011
The Rotary Club of Flushing will hold two dinners at Sorrentos restaurant on May 15, 2011, one at 4:00PM and another at 6:00PM, to raise funds for the Rotary Club of Flushing Literacy Projects.  These funds will benefit the Club initiatives in the Flushing Community Schools.  Members and their families and guests can RSVP for the dinners on this website under Club Events in the upper left corner.  We encourage as many members and their families as possible to support this fundraiser and the Rotary Club of Flushing expresses its appreciation to Sorrentos for their continuing support.  As a component of this fundraiser, we are also accepting book donations.  If you would be interested in donating a book, please see the "Book Wish List" in the Download area of the website for a list of books desired by the Flushing Early Learning Center.  Direct any questions to Dave Bennett 810-516-2479.
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2011 Rotary Annual Duckie Race and Sponsorship Information

Posted by Doug Thomas on Mar 17, 2011
Information and sponsorship forms for the 2011 Annual Rotary Club of Flushing  Duckie Race are available in the Download area of this webpage. The race this year will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at 3:00PM in Riverview Park in downtown Flushing, MI.   The Annual Rotary Club of Flushing Duckie Race raises funds for local community projects such as the Riverview Park Amphitheater renovation project.   The Rotary Club of Flushing serves the Flushing community via the park project, Flushing Nature Trail, Rotary Scholarships, Holiday Food Drive, Literacy initiatives in the Flushing Schools, the Interact Club at Flushing High School, and many other community projects.
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March is Literacy Month: Flushing Rotary Promotes Literacy

Posted by Ginny Myers on Mar 13, 2011

Flushing Rotary Literacy Projects, 2010-2011

 

Along with literacy projects involving book and monetary donations to our community, Flushing Rotary also has hands-on opportunities for service in the field of literacy.  Rotary Reading Recruits, which began a year ago, has 12 volunteers who take turns reading on Friday afternoons to a third grade class at Seymour Elementary School. This service was offered to all third grade classes in the Flushing School District, but only one teacher agreed to participate.  Our thanks to Jennifer Scherba for accepting our offer and for having such well-prepared students waiting for our visits.

Mrs. Scherba is also helping us design and implement our second hands-on project, a one-to-one tutoring program for those in her class who need extra help with reading.  This is a pilot program, whose success will be assessed by Mrs. Scherba at the end of this school year.  If she deems it useful, we will work on widening our volunteer base to include dedicated community members for the next school year.  Jennifer will conduct a training session on Tuesday, March 29th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 101 at Seymour Elementary.  Our goal is to have volunteers in place to begin the pilot program of tutoring on Wednesday, April 20th, and each succeeding Wednesday until the end of the school year, a period of 8 weeks.

Any Rotarians wishing to participate in either Rotary Reading Recruits or our pilot tutoring program are welcome; please call or e-mail Ginny Myers, or sign up at a membership meeting.  This is your chance to make a positive difference in a child's educational success.  Could anything be better?

 

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2011 TOMMY Award Recipient - Pat O'Callaghan

Posted by John Cote on Mar 09, 2011

Patrick O'Callaghan, past president and current club Community Service Chair was named the 2011 Thomas J. McNally Jr. Memorial Award (TOMMY) recipient of the Rotary Club of Flushing.  Pat has been a prime mover in the Club's efforts to develop the Riverview Park project, coordinating several meetings with City of Flushing officials and local community leaders to move this significant project forward in Flushing.  Congratulations to Pat for this well deserved honor and thank you on behalf of the Club for your service to the Rotary Club of Flushing and the greater Flushing community.

 

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2011-2012 Rotary Scholarship Applications Announced

Posted by Mike Wallace on Feb 06, 2011

The Rotary Club of Flushing is accepting applications for the 2011  Gerald Knight Memorial Scholarship and the Richard  & Kathy Merrill Scholarship. The Rotary Club of Flushing historically provides two $1000 scholarships annually.  Applicants may apply by completing the necessary forms. (Downloadable at www.flushingmirotary.org or available at your high school guidance office.)   Qualifications include:  Senior year of High School; live within the boundaries of the Flushing Community School District;  future scholastic plans include traditional college or university or trade school commencing the following fall;  and demonstrated community leadership. Applicants in the past have come from not only Flushing High School, but Powers Catholic HS, Genesee Christian, Valley Christian and home schooled students.  The only residential criteria is that they live within the boundaries of the Flushing Community School District which includes some communities outside of Flushing.

The scholarship application has been extensively edited to simplify and expedite the student’s application process.  It is the goal of the Rotary Club to significantly broaden the applicant pool. While traditionally only the students with the highest academic results applied, the new application dramatically emphasizes community involvement and demonstrated leadership. 

The  Rotary Club of Flushing is an affiliate of Rotary International and the traditional motto of these related organizations is: Service Above Self.  The selected highest tier of applicants may be asked to participate in a short interview to assure the committee that the student’s goals and life objectives include community leadership and volunteer activities.

The committee will have two Rotarians along with three non-Rotarian community based individuals select the recipients. Please submit or drop off the completed applications to the Scholarship Committee Chairperson, Dr. Michael Wallace  at: Flushing Vision Clinic, 1379 Flushing Rd., Flushing, MI by April 1st, 2011.


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Sept. 2010 Paul Harris recipients awarded

Posted by Tracey Ledford on Sep 15, 2010

 Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Jan Gensel and Richard Morley Barron were both honored for their years of "service above self" and were given the Paul Harris Fellow award.

We appreciate their significant and selfless service they have given to us and our community  throughout their years with our club. 

Congratulations to both of you and well deserved! 

 

 

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June Rotarian of the Month

Posted by John Cote on Jun 19, 2010
Lisa Demankowski was named June Rotarian of the Month for her exceptional work as Chair of the Annual Duckie Race. Thank you Lisa for your service to the Club.
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May Rotarian of the Month

Posted by John Cote on Jun 04, 2010
Pat O'Callaghan was named the May Rotarian of the Month for his work as Community Projects Chair and leading the Club's efforts on the master plan and Riverview Park projects. Thank you, Pat, for your leadership in this important work.
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April Rotarian of the Month

Posted by John Cote on May 09, 2010
Don Peters was named April Rotarian of the Month for his work on the Area 7 Service Awards and his many roles in Club literacy initiatives. Thank you Don for your dedication to the Club and our community.
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March Rotarian of the Month

Posted by John Cote on Apr 24, 2010
Tracey Ledford was recognized as the March Rotarian of the Month for her ongoing work, along with Sorrento's, to foster literacy in our community and within Flushing Community Schools.
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February Rotarian of the Month

Posted by John Cote on Feb 25, 2010
Dr. Michael Wallace was named February Rotarian of the Month for his extensive work with the newly chartered Interact Chapter and the Rotary Scholarship. Congratulations Mike and thank you for your exceptional service in these two important areas.
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January Rotarian of the Month

Posted by John Cote on Feb 08, 2010
Eric Gasper was named January Rotarian of the Month for his work in establishing the Fundraising Committee and developing the Superbowl fundraiser for the Club. Congratulations and thanks to Eric for this outstanding contribution to the Club.
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New 2010-11 Leadership Team Confirmed by Board

Posted by John Cote on Jan 04, 2010
The leadership team for the Club for 2010-11 was approved by the Board on Jan 4. Incoming officers are: George Kozan-president; John Boerger-president-elect;Charles McKone-Vice President;Lisa Demankowski-Secy;Terry Skoglund-Treas.;Don Fischer-Sgt-at-Arms.
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Rotary Club of Flushing working with community partners on next community project

Posted by John Cote

Having completed the installation of the stadium seating in the Riverview Park Amphitheater, the Rotary Club of Flushing is in the planning stages exploring its next project within the Flushing community. The Rotary Club is meeting with City of Flushing officials and other community leaders and organizations  to finalize plans for the next large-scale community project to benefit the entire community.  More information will be forthcoming on the nature and scope of this project as it develops.  The Rotary Club of Flushing would like to thank our supporters and donors for your support of the Rotary Club of Flushing's Riverview Park Amphitheater seating renovation project via our annual Duckie Race fundraisers.  The Rotary Club of Flushing is committed to continuing to implement new projects to benefit the community of Flushing going forward. Thank you for your continuing support. Contributions are tax deductible. Donations to support these planned projects can be made to

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Rotary Club of Flushing Fund

Posted by John Cote

If you would like to assist the Rotary Club of Flushing in its efforts to continuously improve our community, please consider making a contribution to the Rotary Club of Flushing Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.  Contributions to the Rotary Club of Flushing Fund are tax deductible as a 501(c)3 organization.  Contributions to the Rotary Club of Flushing Fund will be utilized to support various community projects like the new stadium seats in the Riverview Park amphitheater in downtown Flushing, and other community projects. Contributions can be made online to:

https://www.cfgf.org/cfgf/AccountInformation/tabid/495/dispatch/accountselection_id$36979_hash$7d7e06ab58afecfe6af8af7ff77a642a6d84b6f9/Default.aspx

Thank you for your support of the Rotary Club of Flushing Fund, assisting the Rotary Club of Flushing in building a better community for all residents.

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Rotary Club of Flushing leads project to provide new seating for Riverview Park

Posted by John Cote
Rotary Club of Flushing leads project to provide new seating for Riverview Park 

The Rotary Club of Flushing is engaged in a significant community project to provide new stadium seating to replace the bench seats at the Riverview Park amphitheater in downtown Flushing.  The Rotary Club's annual Duckie Race has raised over $100,000 toward this project.  Additional funding is being sought from other organizations and citizens in Flushing to complete this project in partnership with the Rotary Club, the City of Flushing, and the Flushing Chamber of Commerce. 

The Riverview Park amphitheater is used regularly for Movies in the Park, Concerts in the Park, and many other programs and events in Flushing that benefit the entire community.  This wonderful resource is in need of improvement, and the Rotary Club of Flushing is pleased to facilitate this project in collaboration with the City of Flushing and other local organizations.

If you or your organization are interested in partnering with the Rotary Club of Flushing on this project, please contact us at FlushingRotaryClub@gmail.com 

 If you would like to make a donation to this project, please contact the Community Foundation of Greater Flint at 810-767-8270. Checks can be made payable to: "Community Foundation of Greater Flint- Flushing Riverview Park Project" and mailed to:  Community Foundation of Greater Flint, 500 S. Saginaw St., Flint, MI 48502.

If you would like to sponsor a seat in the new Amphitheater, please review the Seat Sponsorship Form in the Download area of this website, complete the form, and mail with your information and sponsorship fee to: Community Foundation of Greater Flint, 500 S. Saginaw St., Flint, MI 48502.  Information is also available from the City of Flushing and the Flushing Chamber of Commerce. Thank you for your consideration and support of this wonderful Flushing community resource.  Donations may be online at:

https://www.cfgf.org/cfgf/OnlineDonation/tabid/542/dispatch/contribution_id$95852_hash$0b506d961732b1d8e5c0a38a9c7392b7b1807f72/Default.aspx

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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Flushing Website

Posted by John Cote

We are pleased that you are visiting the Rotary Club of Flushing Website.  The Rotary Club of Flushing is a member of Rotary International, the world's first service club. Feel free to browse our website and see the range of activities that our Rotary Club in Flushing, Michigan, is engaged in to provide both international and local community service.    Among the initiatives that you will find: An Annual Scholarship awarded to two local high school graduates going on to college who exhibited extensive community service and volunteerism during their high school years;  a plan to revitalize the Flushing Riverview Park, a wonderful community resource in need of care; an annual Food Drive to support the Flushing Christian Outreach Center and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan; and literacy initiatives in the Flushing Schools.  We conduct fundraisers such as our annual Duckie Race to support these initiatives and also Rotary International's global initiative to eradicate Polio, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control, United Nations, World Health Organization, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Since 1985 Rotary has raised nearly a billion dollars and immunized over 2 billion children across the globe to reduce cases of Polio by 99%.  Polio only remains in some parts of Pakistan, Nigeria, Afghanistan and India, and it is Rotary's hope to eradicate this disease in the next few years.   The Rotary Club of Flushing invites you to experience Rotary yourself. We extend an invitation for you to visit our Rotary Club at Sorrento's Restaurant in Flushing on Thursday mornings at 7:00AM. We hope you can stop by and see Rotary first hand making a difference in the world and our community, carrying out the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self."  For additional information about Rotary International visit http://www.rotary.org   You can also view the information in the "Rotary Basics Brochure" and "Flushing Rotary" in the Download area of this website to the right. Again, thank you for visiting the website of the Rotary Club of Flushing, and we look forward to having you visit our Club.    View the video "This is Rotary" at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vVyG0TJBWM

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May- Rotary is Service

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May does not have an official designation from RI, however, I have taken the liberty to dedicate May as Service Month. Take time to reflect on the service that has been rendered by this Club in the past year. Think about the impact that service has, especially on those who are not in a position to obtain the service on their own. Think about families fed, children provided with books, funds to further Polio eradication, assisting in preventing blindness and giving sight, furthering education through scholarships, assisting young people through Interact, sharing and making a difference via our vocations, and planning for major service in our community. Service is selfless. It is satisfying and it brings significant meaning to life. Life without service would not be as rewarding and have less meaning. Let's be thankful for what we get when we serve.
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April is Rotary Magazine Month (no, it's not an April Fool joke)

Posted by John Cote
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Rotary International has designated April as Rotary Magazine month to highlight the many publications within Rotary internationally. Please visit Rotarian Magazine to see the many publications that exist around the world that promote Rotary on every continent. The Rotarian is one of the largest circulation publications given the size of the Rotary membership. It documents the intercessions of Rotary around the world to increase literacy, eradicate Polio, increase water availability, mediate conflict, promote world understanding and foster goodwill. After reading these it will reinforce your commitment to Rotary and give you a sense of pride to be affiliated with this humanitarian organization.
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March- Rotary Literacy Month

Posted by Samuel Harris
March is Rotary literacy month. In 1985, Rotary declared basic literacy to be a pre-condition to the development of world peace. From that time forward world literacy has received increased emphasis as selection criteria for international service projects. RI President John Kenny reiterated this point earlier this year when he asserted that "Our service projects in water, health and hunger, and literacy help eliminate many of the practical obstacles to peace." Literacy is fundamental to improving the human condition and to achieving Rotary's goal of building international understanding, goodwill, and peace. Over the years, several of our international service projects have targeted illiteracy while addressing basic human needs. This is certainly true of the water projects we've sponsored and of our investment in sanitary facilities at a school in India. Both of these projects had the secondary benefit of enabling school girls to attend class. More recently, our support of the Burton club's preventable blindness initiative improved the lives of those impacted while addressing a significant impediment to literacy.
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Flushing Rotary Scholarships Information

Posted by Mike Wallace
Flushing, MI -- The Rotary Club of Flushing is accepting applications for the 2010 Gerald Knight Memorial Scholarship and Paul Harris Scholarship. The Rotary Club of Flushing historically provides two $1000 scholarships yearly. Applicants may apply by completing the necessary forms. (see download section -> )
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February- World Understanding Month

Posted by John Cote
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The month of February is special in the Rotary calendar since it is designated World Understanding Month. The month also includes the anniversary of the founding of Rotary International on February 23 1905, now designated World Understanding and Peace Day. In designating World Understanding Month, the Rotary International Board asks all Rotary clubs to plan programs for their weekly meetings and undertake special activities to emphasize "understanding and goodwill as essential for world peace." To observe this designated month, many clubs arrange international speakers, invite Youth Exchange students and international scholars from schools and universities to club meetings, plan programs featuring former Group Study Exchange team members, arrange discussions on global issues, present entertainment with an international cultural or artistic theme, and schedule other programs with an international emphasis. We are focusing on our efforts in the preventable blindness program in Mexico under the leadership of Dr. Brad Habermehl of the Burton club, who will speak on February 11. Our own Richard Morley Barron, District World Peace Fellowship Chair, will speak on February 25. World Understanding Month is a chance for our club and every Rotarian to pause, plan and promote the Fourth Avenue of Service - Rotary's continued quest for goodwill, peace and understanding among people of the world.
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January - Rotary Awareness Month

Posted by Kathy Merrill
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January is Rotary Awareness month. Exactly what is the intent of this theme? As John articulated at our meeting last week it is time to reflect and promote Rotary's purpose. How exactly do we do this? I believe it is more than omphaloskepsis, unless you are bejeweled in your belly button with a Rotary wheel. RI President D.K. Lee notes it is 'time for us to consider how our Rotary values - and our own actions - influence public perceptions of Rotary.' Please read the January issue of The Bridge for the rest of this message. As a pragmatist my approach to this topic is to challenge each of you on how you as a Rotarian not only become aware of Rotary endeavors but also how you promote Rotary ideals amongst family and community. How aware are you of Rotary's global humanitarian efforts? Did you know that you are a member of the world's first humanitarian club organization? What about Rotarians' Service Above Self while advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the mitigation of poverty? How do we support such demanding initiatives? Our own past president, Ginny Myers, lead our club in a successful Polio Plus challenge. Chuck McKone chairs the Foundation effort for our club encouraging our support. Richard Barron leads the charge for District 6330 for the World Peace Fellowship Initiative. Pat Botz facilitates our involvement in the Preventable Blindness project in Mexico. How conversant are we about these programs and their benefit? Do we have enough knowledge to share the purpose and progress with others? Locally, as examples, we provide leadership and funding for the Food Bank, led by Greg Yassick & Dave Hendry, Scholarships chaired by Mike Wallace, Flushing City Master Plan led by Pat O'Callaghan, Jack Wheatley and Lisa Demankowski, and the Interact Club guided by Marty Barta and Mike Wallace. Again, how involved are we as individual Rotarians in these efforts? (The examples provided above are a snippet of our activities. If this is news to you, then please ask those chairing activities about their purpose and activities.) When was the last time you shared with family, friends or colleagues Rotary's message? Simply adorning your Rotary pin is one way to incite the conversation - and I do not mean in your navel. Wear it proudly, exemplify the 4 Way Test and share Rotary with others to improve Rotary awareness.
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District Dates

Posted by John Cote
Mar 03, 2010 PrePETS-Port Huron Hospital
Mar 26, 2010 - Mar 27, 2010 Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS)
Apr 17, 2010 District Assembly- Port Huron- Lambton College
May 13, 2010 - May 16, 2010 District Conference-Sarnia Holiday Inn
Jun 20, 2010 - Jun 23, 2010 Rotary International Convention Montreal
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December - Rotary Family Month

Posted by Hank Thoma
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Since December is dedicated to the Rotary Family, I thought it might be worthwhile to look at the word "Rotary" from the perspective of family.
R - Respect is the attitude that underlies any true relationship. Respect for the person is based on their person-hood - on them being brothers and sisters of our family, the family of humanity - not on what they can bring me economically or professionally. Our brothers and sisters have intrinsic value in their own right because they bear the image of their creator. Respect for our fellow man recognizes that human persons are NEVER obstacles or a means to another's end.
O - Omphaloskepsis - which means to stare at one's navel in a mystical manner. (Just kidding. I just wanted to make sure someone was reading this.) A better choice is Other Worldly. As members of the Rotary family our concern takes us beyond Flushing, beyond Area 7, beyond District 6330 to the needs of our family in the entire world. The words of John Donne are worth recalling: No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thye friends or of thine owne were; an mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send toknow for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee. We are inextricably linked to one another. We are our brother's keeper.
T- Truth. T is in the heart of the word "Rotary" and in the hearts of Rotarians. As Rotarians, this is the first question we ask. Our relationship with our family - as all human endeavors should be - is based upon the truth. Truth also implies honesty - that we deal with differences respectfully and honestly so as to promote a worthwhile dialogue amongs persons - not a suppression of critical discourse. (The need for Rotarian involvement isn't limited to the Third World.)
A - Attentive & Active. Rotarians are attentive to the needs of the Human family and active in efforts to relieve suffering. As needs change or increase, we respond accordingly. There is a reason why Rotary has been the catalyst behind the soon to be world wide erradication of polio: Governments can't do what dedicated Rotarians throughout the world can do.
R - Relentless. There will always be need in this imperfect world and we, as Rotarians, must be relentless in our efforts to serve the Human family.
Y - Yeast. Yeast is the leavening agent that makes bread rise. Rotarians act as a levening agent in the Human family helping our brothers and sisters - both near and far - rise above proverty, difficulties and problems to a better life for themselves and their children.
It is fitting that in December, as we slow down just a bit to spend time with family, recount our innumerable blessings and perhaps ponder the miracle that our lives are, we also pause to consider our roles as members of the Family of Rotary. A family as broad as the world and as numerous as all of its inhabitants and every bit as real.
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Interact Club of Flushing

Posted by John Cote
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A new Interact Club of Flushing is forming at Flushing High School under the direction of Marty Barta and Michael Wallace, Interact advisors. The Rotary Club of Flushing will be the sponsoring/charter Club. Details will be forthcoming on the development of this exciting new organization.
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Polio Plus Update

Posted by Ginny Myers
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POLIO PLUS REPORT The drive by Rotary International to end polio began in 1985. At that time, it seemed almost impossible to achieve, but Rotarians weren't afraid of the challenge. Since then, over 2 billion children have received the oral polio vaccine, and polio in the world has been reduced to 1,006 cases in four countries this last year. The countries that still have cases can be remembered by the acronym PAIN: Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Nigeria. On January 21, 2009, Bill Gates announced a 255 million dollar matching grant for Rotary's mission. Combined with an earlier grant, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has granted $355 million dollars to Rotary for the eradication of polio. The $100 million grant made earlier was a 3 to 1, 2 to 1, and 1 to 1 matching plan over three years. This latest $255 million grant has been given outright to Rotary, which will be using $100 million in the coming year to immunize and organize in the four countries still affected.. RI is charged with raising $200 million by June 30, 2012.
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November - Rotary Foundation Month

Posted by Charles R. McKone
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ROTARY FOUNDATION, YOUR LEGACY TODAY Retiring U.S. Presidents and other leaders often concern themselves as to what their legacy is to their country or to the world. As individuals we each have a concern as to how we will be remembered and what our legacy to the world will be. As a Rotarian, you need not worry. The Rotary Foundation is a means by which each Rotarian can see his or her own legacy today. You are personally responsible for the fight to eradicate polio in the world. You are personally responsible when Brad Habermehl fits a person in Mexico with a pair of glasses in order that he or she might see. You are personally responsible for the clean drinking water in a Third World country, the safety of a disaster victim in a shelter box and for contributing to world understanding through Ambassadorial Scholarships and our GSE team. As a Rotarian this is your legacy and you should stand proud of yourself for what you are doing. Through the sweat of your brow and the generous financial gifts, you are helping people around the world, every day. Rotary Foundation is a multifaceted organization with many established goals and an appetite for new ideas for service. The work of Rotarians requires both labor and money. Your gift of either or both are truly appreciated.
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October- Vocational Service Month

Posted by Samuel Harris
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Vocation as an opportunity for service is an underlying principle that extends back to the earliest days of Rotary, and yet, for many Rotarians, vocational service is the least understood of the Four Avenues of Service (Club, Vocational, Community and International). A quick survey of The Object of Rotary, The Four Way Test and The Four Avenues of Service (see the Object of Rotary link above), make it abundantly clear that becoming a Rotarian carries a unique vocational obligation that calls Rotarians to a higher standard of professional conduct and service. Individually, Rotarians are encouraged to serve others through their vocations, to adhere to high ethical standards in their occupation and to donate their time, energy and knowledge for the betterment of society. Collectively, the diversity of vocations within our club enhances our ability to serve the community and facilitates our desire to take on complex projects by drawing upon the expertise among our members. At the club level we demonstrate our commitment to Vocational Service through a variety of initiatives including area-wide and local literacy projects, the ethics panel, support of the Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders program, student of the month program and Rotary scholarships. Additional Vocational Service opportunities will be shared in the weeks ahead as our plans for the current school year unfold. In closing, I encourage you to print out the Declaration of Rotarians in Business and Professions at the following site http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/200en.pdf. For Rotarians, vocational service isn't simply something we do; it's a way of life! Post the Declaration and be proud to be a Rotarian.
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August- Membership: Rotary is in your hands

Posted by Steven Maske
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"Rotary: why did you join and why are you still here?" The theme for Rotary International this year is "The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands." These simple words reveal a profound truth regarding this special gathering that we call Rotary. The future of Rotary is up to you and me! As we focus on membership at Flushing Rotary we can focus on two major areas: How do we recruit NEW members and how do we encourage CURRENT members to continue to develop and grow. On August 13th we met as a club to discuss both issues by asking two simple questions: "Why did you join Rotary and why are you still here?" The answer to both questions boils down to one word: PEOPLE! Specifically, why did you join Rotary? Someone that you respected asked you to join Rotary! Some special person influenced you to take a step out of your comfort zone and encouraged you to become connected to the greatest service organization in the world! Sure we joined for many reasons; service to community, networking opportunities and leadership experience, but it still comes down to the people in Rotary. Somebody thought enough about you to invite you join. YOU thought enough about that person to actually join. OK, so why are you still involved with Rotary? Again, the answer is still people! In addition to the person that invited you to join Rotary, you have met many other people that you respect and appreciate being around! As a Rotarian you are connected to some great people! We stay involved in Rotary because we enjoy the people in Rotary! We become involved in community service, fundraising and the educational opportunities of Rotary because we meet other people who have similar goals and are committed to service towards others.
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The Future of Rotary is in YOUR Hands

Posted by John Cote
Dear Flushing Rotarians: We as Rotarians have been charged by our president to be leaders in our community and world. To foster the ideal of service above self, and to look for ways to better our community, nation and world. If it were not for the efforts of those Rotarians who preceded us, we would not have the organization that we have today that is impacting the world in significant and numerous ways: Alleviating diseases such as Polio, feeding the hungry, facilitating peace and mitigating political strife, bringing sight to the visually impaired, water to those without, and raising literacy both locally and globally. We must carry on and build on what they have given us and give to those who succeed us, a better and stronger Rotary than that which we received. Let us focus our efforts this coming year to strive to engage and enlist younger members in our Club who can take Flushing Rotary into the next decades and beyond. Let's look to the future and how we can positively impact it. Contributing to the continuation of Rotary and its ideals is a very worthy endeavor that we should strive to achieve. Alone we can do little, but together we can achieve much. Let us work to contribute to this positive force for humanity that we know as Rotary so that we can be a part of history, the history of Rotary, something noble, significant, profound and great. Thank you to each of you for your commitment to this cause and this Club, and your contributions to its success. I am honored to be affiliated with this organization and, more importantly, the fine people within it who strive to change the world and their community. Now my fellow Rotarians, let's go forward and do what we can to do good in our community of Flushing and beyond. The Future of Rotary is in YOUR Hands. Thank you, John Cote, President, 2009-2010, Rotary Club of Flushing, Michigan
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Rotarian Service and Fellowship

Posted by John Cote
You are a Rotarian; you are Rotary, a force for good in the world. Every year, Rotary's 1.2 million members perform extraordinary acts of kindness through service and fellowship. Rotarians not only reach out to their own communities but also traverse the globe to work for all humanity in the spirit of volunteerism that has defined Rotary for more than a century.
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Putting Polio In Perspective

Posted by John Cote
Dear Flushing Rotarians: Major gains have been made in the global fight against polio since Rotary International began its crusade to eradicate this disease in 1985. At that time, 1,000 children were infected by the disease EVERY DAY in 125 countries. Today, polio cases have declined by 99 percent, with fewer than 2,000 TOTAL CASES reported in the world in 2006. Two billion children have been immunized (approx. 30% of the world's population of 6.7 billion!), five million have been spared disability, and over 250,000 deaths from polio have been prevented since Rotary began its efforts in partnership with the World Heath Organization and the United Nations in 1985. Rotary is the single largest non-governmental foundation working for the improvement of the human condition, surpassing the Gates Foundation and others. In fact, the Gates Foundation has recently provided funding to the Rotary Foundation for this work, recognizing Rotary's effectiveness against polio. In addition, Google just recently donated $3.5 million to the Rotary Foundation for polio eradication. Rotary has now funded approximately two-thirds of a billion dollars to Polo relief over this period. All of this has been done by 1.2 million committed people in 200 nations (0.02% of the world's population). So, now you know what it's like to be among the top 0.02% in the world, making a difference every day. That puts it in perspective. John Cote Former Foundation Chair
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New Member George Waiters Inducted

Posted by Denise Dach
George Waiters, from The Gingerbread Agency in Flushing, was inducted as a new member of the Club on December 2nd. The induction presentation was made by Chuck McKone, and President Ginny presented his pin and membership packet. George and members were reminded of the 4-Way test, the Objects of Rotary and member responsibilities. Welcome George!
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Foundation Facts - Mission

Posted by Rick Merrill
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
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Foundation Facts

Posted by Rick Merrill
Any Foundation program can be successful only if it is embraced and actively supported by Rotary club members. It is unrealistic to expect Rotarians to participate in and financially support the Foundation's programs unless they understand how these programs save and change lives, and benefit them and their Rotary club in the process.
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Happy Bucks-Who the heck is happy and about what?

Posted by John Gault
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Tim - thanked Fred Helser for attending, Dave B. - A privilege to serve Children's Museum & nephew born prematurely turns one, Doug T. - glad to see Josie back & thanked Merrills for tail gate party & visit to nieces, Greg Y. - thanks to all for prayers and cards & $900 collected for food so far, Tim - son turned 30 & Thanksgiving with a spry 94 year old uncle and 95 year old friend, Denise - welcomed new members & Dave Bennett's service to Children's Museum & week with daughter, Terry - 23 people at house & 1900 pictures shot by 5 yr old, Biff - ski trip with father, Chuck - welcomed new members, Eric - visit to Children's Museum & five day trip to New York City, Ginny - She and Dave collected $294 at Bueche's Thanksgiving Eve & Holiday Pops at Whiting, Barry - Josie's return, Hank - great Chicago trip & watching "A Christmas Carol" on big screen & reminded all of George Gip's birthday 12/12, Richard - reminded all to sign up for Rotary International Conference & looking forward to Christmas with children, Greg B. - one of founding members Fred Heslers visit & our new members & the new and improved Flushing Chamber of Commerce, Mike W. - his eight year old in Nutcracker, John C. - good to have Josie and Greg back, Don P. - will have Augie and 94 year old grandmother over for Thanksgiving & Sam Harris's retirement, Dean - welcome to new members & five days in Kansas City & Drummond Island birthday party for his mother, Jack W. - Rowe is now in new building & daughter is in Rotoract, Kathy - no turkey flambé this year & great tailgate party, Rick - welcome new members & Greg Bois's sign & Big 10 Michigan, Josie - happy to be back & for Teresa accompanying her, Teresa - thanked members for prayers and cards and commented on Josie talking about Rotary while in the hospital

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2008 Rotary Scholarship Recipients

Posted by Mike Wallace
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The Rotary Club of Flushing announced on May 23rd the recipients of the Gerald Knight Memorial Scholarship and Paul Harris Scholarship to Darla Nagel and Hannah Woodke of Flushing, respectively. These two exceptional students both are 2008 Graduates of Flushing High School.

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