Program Notes:

Learning more about Habitat for Humanity

Habitat Program

We thank Kara Warner for her very informative presentation at today’s Rotary meeting. Kara spoke about the Battle Creek Area Habitat for Humanity. This local affiliate also includes the covenant communities of Albion and Marshall. Habitat recently moved its office to 286 Capital Avenue NE. Soon, the ReStore will relocate to 595 North Avenue.

Locally, Habitat builds two to three homes, completes four to six critical repairs to homes and builds up to two dozen ramps for homes each year. This is accomplished through a team of 600 volunteers, representing 20,000 volunteer hours per year! Many volunteers are local, but some have come from Wisconsin, Illinois, Maine and Connecticut.

Habitat always invites our support through volunteerism, board and committee support, funding and grants.

President’s Message

Townsend

“Light Up Rotary”

Thank you for the honor you have given me to serve you this year. I am humbled by the privilege of being your President, and I am really looking forward to our 2014-2015 club year.

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Rotary Grants In Action!

President Tom Townsend presented Laura Daugherty of the Charitable Union with a $900 check. The funds will be used to offer off-site clothing distribution centers over the summer. The school clothing outreach was a huge success last year with over 700 clients served, 46 client feedback surveys were completed, and 99% of clients responded favorably that they found clothing that was needed.

President Tom Townsend presented Laura Daugherty of the Charitable Union with a $900 check. The funds will be used to offer off-site clothing distribution centers over the summer. The school clothing outreach was a huge success last year with over 700 clients served, 46 client feedback surveys were completed, and 99% of clients responded favorably that they found clothing that was needed.

 

Celebrating Rotary Membership

Walters.Smeltzer Induction 8.18.14We welcome our two newest members: Evon Walters (sponsor, Dean Newsome) and Nathan Smeltzer (sponsor, Larry Anderson).

Rotary Club of Battle Creek sets a record for new member inductions at a single meeting! Member Induction 2014.8

At the August 11th meeting, the Battle Creek Rotary Club welcomed eight new members to the club. Pictured from left to right are: Erick Smith, Bob Small (District Governor), Sam VanBoven (sponsor), Ken Masuoto, Larry Anderson (sponsor), Sue Danke, Katy Lagoni (sponsor), Chad Kyger (sponsor), Jim Pearl, Dean Newsome (sponsor) and John Coats. Not pictured are Nathan Smeltzer, Dr. Evon Walters and Ronnie Coleman.