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

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…]

Program Update: Sheriff Matt Saxton

Sheriff Matt Saxton pictured with President Chad and Rotarian John Godfrey.
Sheriff Matt Saxton pictured with President Chad and Rotarian John Godfrey.

Rotarian John Godfrey introduced Sheriff Matt Saxton. Sheriff Saxton grew up in Homer, Michigan. He graduated from Lake Superior State University. During his time there, he met his wife, Heidi. They are married with three children.

Sheriff Saxton has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Corrections. He also is a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, School of Police Staff and Command and a graduate from the FBI National Academy. [Read more…]

Program Update: Joe Sobieralski, CEO – Battle Creek Unlimited

Joe Sobieralski

John Godfrey introduced Joe Sobieralski as today’s speaker. Joe is the President and CEO of Battle Creek Unlimited, a non-profit economic development organization that oversees “Business” attraction and retention, primarily at facilities located in the Ft. Custer Industrial Park. The mission of BCU is “Generating investment and job creation in our community.” BCU came into existence 40 years ago when 3000 acres were donated for the purpose of economic development as the Ft. Custer military presence was downsized. At present there are 100 companies, 25 of which are international, working out of the Industrial Park. More land is currently being developed in the hopes that it will be “shovel ready” in order to attract more business to our community. In addition to the Ft. Custer development, BCU partners with the Chamber of Commerce and other Battle Creek non-profits to help our community grow and flourish.

Thanks Joe for your leadership and we look forward to the future as we share in the development and growth of our Battle Creek community.