Welcome to our newly inducted members!

2018.10.15 NewMembers

At the October 15 meeting, we inducted three new members: (left to right) Ron Monte (sponsor): Lance Sommerfield, Peter Ackerman: Emily Lash (sponsor) Jill Anderson (sponsor): Amanda Satterfield.

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Battle Creek!

Program Update: Stem Cell Transplantation Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

Bob Humbarger (left) is pictured with Chad Kyger, Phil Slayton and Avery Taborn
Bob Humbarger (left) is pictured with Chad Kyger, Phil Slayton and Avery Taborn

This past week, we welcomed former Rotarian, Bob Humbarger who spoke about his recent trip to Russia to support his son’s treatment for multiple sclerosis.  The following is Bob’s own words. . .

On January 9, 2018, I went with my son, David, to Moscow, Russia, for him to receive Haemopoietic Stem-Cell Transplantation (HSCT) treatment for his multiple sclerosis.  We returned on February 8, 2018.  I want to let others know about this treatment which is not available in the United States.

Multiple sclerosis is an insidious disease, the cause of which is unknown. Click to read more. . . MS and HSCT in Russia

Program Update: Chris Kallgren…Elements of Success

At the January 29th meeting, we welcomed Chris Kallgren as our speaker. Chris is a proud graduate of Michigan Tech and has made a lifelong career at Post as a research engineer. He and his wife Joni are proud parents of two children. Chris has a heart for service and is active as a board member at the
local Food Bank. He is also an avid golfer. Chris shared a variety of inspirational quotes to emphasize three important qualities that any successful person should possess:

1) Hard work;
2) Perseverance; and
3) Have fun along the way – it’s a journey.

His favorite quote is by President Calvin Coolidge who said “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts.”

Congratulations Rotarian Larry Anderson!

Congratulations Larry Anderson for receiving the Dale G. Griffin Healthcare Leadership Award!

Anderson Griffin AwardLarry (middle) is pictured with (l to r) Steve Frisbie and Ron Slagell, Lifecare Ambulance, Bob DeVries and Jim McKernan.

Dale Griffin was a longtime healthcare trustee and community leader who passed away in 2001. To honor his work and legacy, the Griffin Healthcare Leadership Award was created and is presented each year to recognize [Read more…]

“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.”