“How to be Successful” by Peter LaRouech

Peter Larouech has had the opportunity to talk to thousands of elementary students who live in Calhoun County. The topic of his talks was “How to be Successful.” To talk about success, Pete has had some personal success in several different areas. Sports have always been a big part of his life and still are. Some of his accomplishments are: played football at Western Michigan University, named to age group All American teams in triathlon, biathlon and race walking. He was two time age group national champion in canoe triathlon. He has successfully summitted Mt. Rainier. Apart from sports he is a published author, taught special education and now is launching a career as an artist.

His three messages for today’s Rotary’s audience are:

  • Be prepared. Spend more time preparing than what the activity you undertake will require.
  • Always seek the advice of experts.
  • Teamwork is key. Everything that you do requires teamwork.

Serving at the Foodbank of Southcentral Michigan

2017.10.23 FoodbankServing at the Foodbank has become one of our signature projects. At least twice a year, members gather and lend a helping hand. This week, we helped to sort and pack pounds of donated food from the Kellogg Company. By getting this done, the Foodbank is able to get the food distributed even more quickly! Our totals were boxing 1890 boxes of cereal. That will provide 7500 servings. We also packed  630 pounds of snacks!!!!

Program Update: VOCES: Many Voices, One Community

2017.10.9 VOCESJosh Dunn settled in Michigan in 2014 with many years of experience serving immigrant and refugee communities. Josh has worked in Argentina, Texas (along the US/Mexico border), and Clarkston, GA, known as the most diverse community in the nation. Josh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Spanish from the University of Georgia. He has the knowledge and experience to create meaningful pathways for people to access needed services regardless of language or ethnicity. Since his arrival in BC, Josh has dedicated time to learning about the barriers facing the local Latino community as well as the strengths they have developed since VOCES was created in 2007. He educated the BC Rotary on the
important role that VOCES plays in the BC area, as well as the programs that are offered to help the diverse community in which we live. Please take time to see the power point presentation attached to this email and learn more about VOCES; also see http://www.vocesbc.org/

Welcome New Members: Leslee Smith and Ben Roosevelt

Roosevelt and SmithThis week, we welcomed Leslee Smith and Ben Roosevelt to our Rotary Club. Leslee is a realtor with United Country Real Estate. Her sponsor is Larry Anderson. Ben is a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors. His sponsor is Kathy Gallagher. They are pictured with President Chad Kyger.

Program Update: Veterans Helping Veterans

2017.4.10 Veterans Helping VeteransThis week we welcomed Larry Bales from Veterans Helping Veterans. Veterans Helping Veterans is a group of vocal advocates for our homeless and displaced veterans. It serves Calhoun and Kalamazoo Counties. They work with veterans who have been referred the the Veteran’s Administration, Charitable Union, Summit Pointe and the court system. They assist veterans in finding an apartment or a home. Once shelter is secured, Veterans Helping Veterans seeks to provide furniture and household necessities.

Items that the organization provides includes couches, chairs, tables, lamps, beds, dressers, night stands and televisions. Smaller necessities such as towels, shower curtains, blankets, pillows, dishes, pans, coffee makers and utensils are also distributed. Personal hygiene products such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap and shaving creme are also made available.

The organization relies upon our community members to donate these goods for distribution. They only ask that all items be clean and in good condition.

Veterans Helping Veterans began as a short-term stop gap measure….but the need is so great that it has continued its active support for our veterans for several years. Its motto is “A Hand Up, Not a Hand-Out.”


Interact Club Supports PolioPlus Project

2017.3.27 Interactors with KarlaTwo Interactors joined members of the Rotary Club of Battle Creek for lunch today. Lilly Robinson and Lauren McIntyre are pictured with Rotarian, Karla Fales. Recently, the Interact Club worked with members of their school to raise funds and awareness about Polio and Rotary International project, PolioPlus. Today, they contributed more than $100 for the effort. These funds will be added to those raised at the District 6360 Annual Conference which will be held on May 12 and 13.

Welcome to Rotary!

2017.3.20 New MembersOn March 20th, members of the club welcomed three new members to Rotary! President Chad is pictured with Nicole Dupont, Summit Pointe (sponsor – Karla Fales), Ben Nyhoff, United Way (sponsor – Larry Anderson) and Heather Meyer, CIR (sponsor – Vince Pavone). We are proud to welcome you to one of the fastest growing service clubs in Battle Creek!

Program Update: Mayor Dave Walters

Dave Walters 2017.2.6Battle Creek’s Mayor, Dave Walters – aka Battle Creek’s #1 cheerleader – was this week’s speaker. Dave has spent his life in the Battle Creek community and is serving his 3rd term as mayor. He is a graduate of Lakeview High School and has taught at Kellogg Community College. Dave retired from the Battle Creek Police Department and is a VP and Financial Consultant for Hilliard Lyons. He enjoys mountain biking, participating in martial arts and [Read more…]

Program Update: Senator Mike Nofs

Nofs 2017.1.30Today’s speaker was State Senator Mike Nofs. Mike was re-elected in 2014 by the citizens of the “new” 19th Senate district for his 2nd full term. Before his re-election, Mike served 6 years in the State House of Representatives where his ability to work across party lines earned him the respect of his colleagues and the distinction of having over a dozen bills signed into law.

“We’re coming off a pretty good couple of years, so I thought I’d start” began Mike, “by sharing some good news.” [Read more…]