The District Governor Visits John Ester 2019-09-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 09, 2019
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When Healthy Harvest returned to Ryan Noonan's farm on September 7th to harvest potatoes, Sunrise Rotary was on board.
Healthy Harvest John Ester 2019-09-09 04:00:00Z 0
Impact and Management of Stormwater Runoff David Wynne 2019-09-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 27, 2019
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Today Aaron Kaskinen and Karl Putney showed us highlights of Troop #10's recent trip to Alaska, supported by Sunrise Rotary and many others in our community.
 
 
 
Boy Scout Troop #10 Trip to Alaska John Ester 2019-08-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 27, 2019
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Dave Wynne ran our Club Assembly, bringing Club members up-to-date on Club activites.
Club Assembly John Ester 2019-08-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 20, 2019
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Alline Beutler is the Site Manager for the Traverse City office of Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON), a network providing free legal and other services to immigrants and refugees.
Justice for Our Neighbors John Ester 2019-08-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 20, 2019
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Today Jacob Ingleston stopped by to provide an update on his status and to receive a $1,000 renewal of his 2018 Choices Scholarship.
Another Scholarship Renewal John Ester 2019-08-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 13, 2019
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Karen Emerson explained that NMCAA is a private non-profit community action agency serving ten counties in northwest lower Michigan (including Benzie County).  Its motto is "helping people by linking services, resources, and opportunities."
Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency John Ester 2019-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 06, 2019
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Mercedes Michalowski is the Executive Director of the Oliver Center for the Arts. The Center's mission is to "establish and maintain an educational program and facility for the advancement of the arts, and to promote and develop visual, culinary, and literary arts."
Oliver Art Center Update John Ester 2019-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 06, 2019
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Sunrise Rotarian and Advocates for Benzie County President Jack Harnish advised of the Advocates' support for an effort to build affordable housing at the site of the old "question mark" building in Honor.
Another Rotary Minute John Ester 2019-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 06, 2019
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For today's Rotary Minute Mitch Deisch announced the resumption of the mission in which three area Rotary Clubs take local high school students to the Dominican Republic for a service project.
Rotary Minute: Dominican Republic Mission John Ester 2019-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
Frankfort teachers visit Elohim School in Peru John Ester 2019-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 30, 2019
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Today two Benzie Central graduates stopped by to pick up renewal checks on their 2018 Sunrise Rotary scholarships:  Robby Stewart and Alexis Perry.
 
 
More Scholarship Support John Ester 2019-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 23, 2019
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Ranae McCauley, Executive Director of United Way of Northwest Michigan, educated us on the new 2-1-1 program launched in our region last September.
United Way and its new 2-1-1 service John Ester 2019-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 23, 2019
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Foundation Treasurer Phyllis Kladder presents a symbolic $3,000 check to Matt Olson, Superintendent of the Benzie Central Schools.  The funds will go toward the purchase of an ice-making machine needed by athletic trainers at middle and high school activities.
Another grant from the Sunrise Rotary Foundation John Ester 2019-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
Betsie Valley Community Center John Ester 2019-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Minute: Interact Clubs John Ester 2019-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
MSU-Extension Benzie County Accomplishments Val Gerhart 2019-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
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This week’s Rotary Minute was given by Bruce Wildie.  He provided the club an update on the Honor Area Restoration Project (HARP).
Rotary Minute: HARP Val Gerhart 2019-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
The Improbability of Life on Earth Today John Ester 2019-07-02 04:00:00Z 0
Renewal of a Tim Krause Scholarship John Ester 2019-07-02 04:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary Foundation Annual Meeting John Ester 2019-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jun 18, 2019
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Annabelle Fortine was pleased to receive a check from Steve Mitchell as this year's winner of the Sunrise Rotary Choices Scholarship.
Our 2019 Choices Scholarship John Ester 2019-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
Advocates for Benzie County (ABC): An Update John Ester 2019-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
A Gift for the Drop-In Center John Ester 2019-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
Another Tim Krause Memorial Scholarship Winner John Ester 2019-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
GOREC: The Greilick Outdoor Recreation & Education Center John Ester 2019-06-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 28, 2019
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Sonny Rodriguez  (on the left) presents a symbolic $2,000 check to Sue Webber of Special Olympics while Sunrise Rotary Foundation Board member Dave Wynne assists.
A Gift to Special Olympics John Ester 2019-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 21, 2019
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Kevin D'Alessandro is the TCAPS Early College/Commitment Scholarship Coordinator. He explained NMC's role in the early college program.
NMC Admission John Ester 2019-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 21, 2019
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Ashley Darga is the Early College Program Specialist for the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District.  Among other things, she explained the difference between early college and dual enrollment.
Traverse Bay Area ISD John Ester 2019-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
More Support for Joy to Ride John Ester 2019-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 21, 2019
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Sponsoring Benzie Central teacher Barry Hahn raves about our modest Service Above Self winner MacKenzie Wysocki while David Sylvester looks on.
Another Service Above Self Winner John Ester 2019-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 14, 2019
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Benzie County native Tia Kurina-Cooley was the first of three new members to describe their life histories in a nutshell.
New Member Bio #1 John Ester 2019-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 14, 2019
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Jim Drubert gave the last of the three new member bios.  Like David, his life history included a chapter in South Bend.
New Member Bio #3 John Ester 2019-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 14, 2019
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After belonging to three other Rotary clubs, David Oellerich was no stranger to new member bios.  Nevertheless, David said he put in 1,000 hours preparing his 10-minute PowerPoint presentation!
New Member Bio #2 John Ester 2019-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 07, 2019
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Mark Lagerwey, Associate Director of Business Development at Baker College (and President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Cadillac), described the programs developed by Baker in response to changes in the world of employment.
Educational Training at Baker College John Ester 2019-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 30, 2019
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Brent Boerema is the Principal of the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District Career-Tech Center. The Center's goal is to prepare students for careers that won't be outsourced.
TBA Career Tech Center John Ester 2019-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self at Benzie Central High John Ester 2019-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 23, 2019
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Allan O’Shea is the founder and President of Contractors Building Supply, Inc. in Copemish. He and his company have been in the renewable energy business for nearly 40 years.
Alternative Energy & Residential Solar Panels John Ester 2019-04-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 16, 2019
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Today's program was  about cracking the stigma of mental illness. At the end of the presentation Sonny Rodriguez on behalf of the Club presented a symbolic big check for $1,000  to Stigma Busters Dani, Nick and David to further their efforts.
Living and Thriving with a Disability John Ester 2019-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 16, 2019
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Michael Musgrave tells how he ended up in Beulah as a new member of Benzie Sunrise Rotary. 
New Member Bio John Ester 2019-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 09, 2019
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Josh Stoltz, Executive Director of Grow Benzie, gave us an update on his organization's past, present and future.  A native of northern Michigan, Josh became Grow Benzie's first full-time director in 2014 and recently received Rotary Charities' first Changemaker Fellowship.
Grow Benzie's Updated Strategic Plan John Ester 2019-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
Amanda McLaren David Wynne 2019-04-08 04:00:00Z 0
Cognition David Wynne 2019-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
Jack Harnish New Member Bio David Wynne 2019-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Wynne on Mar 22, 2019
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Jeff Rabidoux presents newest Club member Tia Cooley with her Rotary pin on March 12.
New Member Tia Cooley David Wynne 2019-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
Ross Stephenson New Member Bio 2019-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
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On March 19 Payton Moore returned to share her story of her medical mission to Cambodia.
Payton Moore David Wynne 2019-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
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On March 5 the Club was fortunate to learn more about the concepts of permaculture and hugelkultur from area farmer Chad Van Tol who practices both at his Benzie County farm, Cold Creek Permaculture.
Chad Van Tol Discusses Permaculture David Wynne 2019-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
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March is Reading Month and Rotarians are doing their second round of reading and book giveaways to 1st grade students at the elementary schools in the Benzie Central district.  Betsie Valley Elementary children were thrilled to select their very own book to take home and keep. 
1st Grade Betsie Valley Students Receive Books Valerie Gerhart 2019-03-03 05:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self Award Valerie Gerhart 2019-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bruce Gerhart on Feb 26, 2019
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Bob Eichenlaub spoke to our Rotary Club about climate change. He is a retired school teacher from Traverse City and came to our meeting representing Citizens' Climate Lobby. 
Citizens' Climate Lobby Bruce Gerhart 2019-02-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Wynne on Feb 19, 2019
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Farmer Carol Bontekoe of Grow Benzie shared the story of her through hike of the Appalachian Trail (AT) from Georgia to Mt. Katahdin, Maine.  And what a phenomenal storyteller she is!
 
Appalachian Trail Through Hike David Wynne 2019-02-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Feb 12, 2019
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Peggy Case is the President of the Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation (MCWC), a grass-roots nonprofit dedicated to water conservation and water justice.  She sees the major threats to water supply as sewage and fertilizers, chemicals, and the oil and gas industry.
Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation John Ester 2019-02-12 05:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self in the Middle School John Ester 2019-02-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Feb 05, 2019
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Carissa Savage and her husband Nathan Cornell own and operate Lost Lake Farm in Honor. It is a 40-acre tract of woods and fields, with 1.5 acres in vegetable production and an 8-acre pasture for pigs.
Lost Lake Farm in Honor John Ester 2019-02-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jan 24, 2019
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On January 24 Dave and Jan Wynne read to 1st and 2nd graders at the Lake Ann Elementary School.
Reading is FUNdamental John Ester 2019-01-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jan 22, 2019
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Today we heard from Northwest Michigan Works! staff members (from the left) Susan Ward, Shelly VanderMeulen, Sharon Laraway Gordon, Sue Oseland and Mary Szwed.
Northwest Michigan Works! John Ester 2019-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jan 22, 2019
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Benzie Central High School's Science Olympiad Team was one of the recipients of funds following the Foundation's recent quarterly review of grant applications. Some of the Team members are pictured here with their coach, Jalen Williams. 
Sunrise Rotary Foundation Awards Grants John Ester 2019-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Dec 18, 2018
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Tim Furbacher is the Nordic Program Director of the Crystal Community Ski Club (CCSC). While CCSC has a full slate of programs to bring affordable alpine (downhill) and nordic (cross-country) skiing to local residents, Tim's focus today was on the NordicRocks program for our area's elementary schools.
Crystal Comm. Ski Club--Nordic Rocks Program John Ester 2018-12-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Dec 18, 2018
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High School Senior Abby Bretzke receives Service Above Self recognition from Sunrise Rotarian David Sylvester.  At Benzie Central Abby has maintained a 4.0 GPA while being captain of the cross-country, basketball and track teams.
Another Service Above Self Winner John Ester 2018-12-18 05:00:00Z 0
1st Grade Reading is FUNdamental John Ester 2018-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Dec 04, 2018
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Sarah Lucas is the Director of Community Development for Networks Northwest.  A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Sarah is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners and has been a practicing planner in Northwest Michigan for over 15 years.
 
Networks Northwest John Ester 2018-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary presents CHOICES John Ester 2018-11-30 05:00:00Z 0
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The Michigan ACEs Initiative is a state wide effort to create awareness in communities across Michigan.  The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study demonstrates the correlation between toxic doses of stress hormones in childhood and health outcomes both physical and mental.  As an ACEs Master Trainer Mary Gruman, our speaker today, is charged with bringing this science to decision makers in the hope of creating collaboration to reduce ACEs.
Michigan ACEs Intiative David Wynne 2018-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
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Patty Roth is a social emotional educator for MSU Extension targeting key areas of importance to Michigan.  Today she focused on improving health and nutrition in Michigan residents with Mindfulness as a technique.
Social Emotional Programming David Wynne 2018-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self Award David Wynne 2018-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
More on Drone Monitoring of Inland Lakes John Ester 2018-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
Drone Monitoring of Aquatic Invasive Species John Ester 2018-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
Benzie Conservation District Update John Ester 2018-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Benzie Conservation District Update John Ester 2018-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Nov 06, 2018
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Today we inducted two new members:  Jack Harnish (on the left) and Ross Stephenson (on the right).
More New Members! John Ester 2018-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 30, 2018
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Our own Clark Brown educated us on the Civil Air Patrol, the all-volunteer civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.
The Civil Air Patrol John Ester 2018-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 30, 2018
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Today we learned how Kim Simon found his way to Benzie County and Sunrise Rotary.
New Member Bio John Ester 2018-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 30, 2018
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Jeff looks on as Michael Musgrave addresses the membership after his induction.
Another New Member! John Ester 2018-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 26, 2018
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Mac Whisner was among the Sunrise Rotarians on hand to help Wayne and Joan Webber provide coats, boots, hats, gloves and socks to Benzie County elementary students.
Webber Foundation Clothing Giveaway John Ester 2018-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 24, 2018
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On October 24 we cleaned up our designated Adopt-a-Highway portion of M-115. A good turn-out of Sunrise Rotarians made for quick work--the whole job in an hour!
Adopt-A-Highway Clean-up John Ester 2018-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 23, 2018
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Peter Gerhart is a law professor at Case Western University in Ohio. He spoke to us about social morality in law.
Morality in Law John Ester 2018-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
Foundation Support for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library John Ester 2018-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self at Benzie Central John Ester 2018-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 09, 2018
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Heather Shumaker explained that Saving Arcadia is a work of narrative non-fiction--non-fiction that reads like a novel.
Saving Arcadia John Ester 2018-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 03, 2018
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Gary Gordon was one of the Sunrise Rotarians on hand at Shop-N-Save for the BACN Food Drive.
Helping Out BACN 2018-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 02, 2018
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Before addressing the Club, District Governor Brian Robertson presents Club member Michelle Russell with Paul Harris recognition while Club President Jeff Rabidoux looks on.
Our District Governor Visits John Ester 2018-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Sep 25, 2018
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Describing herself as a full-time realtor and part-time pharmacist, Jenn Stewart gave us a short version of her life story.
New Member Bio John Ester 2018-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Shoreline Stewardship with Michigan Native Plants John Ester 2018-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Benzie County Local College Access Network John Ester 2018-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
Another New Member! John Ester 2018-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Sep 04, 2018
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Paul Gerhart was our second AmeriCorps speaker.
AmeriCorps John Ester 2018-09-04 04:00:00Z 0
AmeriCorps: A year of service within the U.S. John Ester 2018-09-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 28, 2018
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Our own Dave Wynne told us about the non-profit he and his siblings formed to provide homes and education for indigenous Mayans at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.
Guatemala Housing Alliance John Ester 2018-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 21, 2018
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David Oellerich gets welcomed into Benzie Sunrise Rotary by President Jeff Rabidoux.
Another New Member! John Ester 2018-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 14, 2018
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Becky Ewing began her work at Rotary Charities in 2008 as the Program Officer. She became the Associate Director in 2013, and on July 1 of this year she succeeded Marsha Smith as Executive Director. She has local ties to Benzie County, having recently acquired a place on Little Platte Lake.
Rotary Charities Update Continued John Ester 2018-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 14, 2018
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Marsha Smith served as Executive Director of Rotary Charities of Traverse City from 1997 until stepping down recently with retirement pending in January of 2019.
 
Rotary Charities Update John Ester 2018-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
New Winner of a Tim Krause Memorial Scholarship John Ester 2018-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 14, 2018
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Assistant District Governor Jon Carlin was on hand to present Benzie Sunrise with a certificate of Outstanding Service in connection with our support of the youth exchange program.
District Recognition John Ester 2018-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 07, 2018
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John Modlin, MD, is the Deputy Director for Polio Research and Development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He also has long-time local ties with Crystal Lake.
Polio Eradication Update John Ester 2018-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 31, 2018
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Tim Evans of Traverse City Home Inspections LLC explained the role of inspections in both commercial and residential real estate.
 
Home Inspections John Ester 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 31, 2018
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Theil Theil was present to publicize his program about the needs of South Sudan: "The Journey of Undying Hope." 
The Journey of Undying Hope John Ester 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 24, 2018
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Following our meeting Bill Anderson presented a symbolic check for $3,000 to John Parkin and Kay Bond of Advocates for Benzie County.
 
Advocates of Benzie County John Ester 2018-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 24, 2018
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A Peace Corps veteran and Washington, DC Rotarian, Carrie Hessler-Radelet is President of Project Concern International (PCI).
US Global Leadership and Rotary John Ester 2018-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Blessings in a Backpack John Ester 2018-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Renewal of a Tim Krause Memorial Scholarship John Ester 2018-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Benzie Central Choices Scholarship John Ester 2018-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Benzie County Land Bank Authority John Ester 2018-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 10, 2018
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Hailing from Chattanooga, Phil Lambert has been coming to the shores of Crystal Lake for many years.
New Member Bio John Ester 2018-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
Benzie Conservation District Seeks Support John Ester 2018-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
Another Scholarship Winner John Ester 2018-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
Renewal of a Choices Scholarship John Ester 2018-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jun 19, 2018
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Rotarian Chuck Oldanie provided an update on Rotary International's collaborative initiative with Habitat for Humanity that he first told us about two years ago.
Update on a Global Cooperative Initiative John Ester 2018-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary Foundation Annual Meeting John Ester 2018-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Another New Member! John Ester 2018-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jun 13, 2018
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At last week's 6th grade awards program we gave the 22 students their Middle School Interact Club key chains. 
Interact at Benzie Central John Ester 2018-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jun 12, 2018
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Dave Clasen, Principal of Benzie Central's Middle School and High School, gave us an update on the programs Sunrise Rotary has established at the Benzie Central Schools.
Sunrise Rotary's Programs at Benzie Central John Ester 2018-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jun 08, 2018
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On June 6 at a dinner at the Traverse City Golf and Country Club the Zonta Club of Traverse City announced that Kris Thomas had won the 2018 ATHENA Award.
Sunrise Rotarian Wins 2018 ATHENA Award John Ester 2018-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
Crystal Mountain's Clean Energy Initiatives John Ester 2018-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation John Ester 2018-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Renewal of a Tim Krause Scholarship John Ester 2018-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Life in Native America 400 Years Ago John Ester 2018-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 22, 2018
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Benzie Central Middle School student Natalie Fritz receives Service Above Self recognition from Sunrise Rotarian Trina Garner.
Another Service Above Self Winner John Ester 2018-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 15, 2018
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Today we heard from four representatives of the Paul Oliver Living & Rehab Center and Skilled Therapies:  Adrienne Jones, Kathy Pilon, Stephanie Williams and Kristi Johnson (from the left in the photo).
Paul Oliver Living & Rehab Center John Ester 2018-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
We Welcome Another New Member! John Ester 2018-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 08, 2018
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Sunrise Rotarian Val Gerhart holds up a basket of bread and other goodies that went to every Benzie Central School to honor the school's educators.
Teacher Appreciation Day John Ester 2018-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
Another New Member! John Ester 2018-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 01, 2018
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Nancy Grote and Jennifer Abel head up the Traverse City branch of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, a book-giving program that mails free books to children in participating communities from birth until age five. 
Dolly Parton Imagination Library John Ester 2018-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 24, 2018
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For the last two and a half years Kelly Ottinger has been the Fundraising Coordinator for BACN (Benzie Area Christian Neighbors), a nonprofit that has been serving the community for 35 years.
A Few Slices of BACN John Ester 2018-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
Another Service Above Self Winner John Ester 2018-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
Exploring Ecuador: A Land of Contrasts & Mysteries John Ester 2018-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Feb 13, 2018
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Raised in Midland and a graduate of Ferris State University and Aquinas College, Phyllis Kladder is an accountant for Presto Tech Solutions in Grand Rapids.
New Member Bio John Ester 2018-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Feb 06, 2018
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A graduate of Benzie Central and CMU, Josh Stoltz became Grow Benzie's first Executive Director eight years ago.
Grow Benzie: An Update John Ester 2018-02-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Feb 06, 2018
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Today Allison Barker received Service Above Self recognition from Sunrise Rotary.
Service Above Self John Ester 2018-02-06 05:00:00Z 0
Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts John Ester 2018-01-30 05:00:00Z 0
Volunteer Services at the Benzie County Circuit Court John Ester 2018-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Recognition John Ester 2018-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jan 09, 2018
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Val and Bruce Gerhart amused the crowd (and each other) with their tag-team new member bios.
New Member Bios John Ester 2018-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Dec 19, 2017
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Certified Peer Recovery Coach Scott Scholten's job is to offer "A Lifeboat of Hope in a Sea of Despair."
Recovery from Addiction John Ester 2017-12-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Dec 19, 2017
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Steve inducts Bruce Gerhart and Val Gerhart as the newest members of Sunrise Rotary and our first husband and wife pair.
Two More New Members! John Ester 2017-12-19 05:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self at Benzie Central John Ester 2017-12-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Dec 05, 2017
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Scott Barker narrated a slide show featuring photos from one of the trips he has led to Israel.
Images of the Holy Land John Ester 2017-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary gives CHOICES at Benzie Cenral John Ester 2017-12-02 05:00:00Z 0
NMC Unmanned Systems - Adding Value to Industry John Ester 2017-11-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Nov 21, 2017
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Today we received an update on Benzie Bus from its Executive Director, Sunrise Rotarian Bill Kennis.
Benzie Bus Update John Ester 2017-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
Another New Member! John Ester 2017-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self at the Middle School John Ester 2017-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self at Benzie Central High School John Ester 2017-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Nov 14, 2017
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Jack Segal, Co-Chair of the International Affairs Forum in Traverse City and retired diplomat who served in Russia (among many other places), spoke to a large and engaged audience of Rotarians and guests about our relations today with Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin. 
U.S.-Russia Relations: The New Normal John Ester 2017-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Nov 07, 2017
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Sunrise Rotarians Mitch Deisch and Matt Olson discuss how the Club might become involved in the creation of a Michigan Promise School.
Michigan Promise School John Ester 2017-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
VITA: The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program John Ester 2017-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
More Paul Harris Recognition John Ester 2017-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 24, 2017
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Susi Prescott retraced the steps that took her from being a French teacher in Sydney, Australia to the Co-Director of the Elohim School in Arequipa, Peru.
Empowerment through Education in Peru John Ester 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 17, 2017
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A St. Louis native (and Cardinals fan), Mercedes Michalowski has been Executive Director of the Oliver Art Center for three years.
The Oliver Art Center John Ester 2017-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 10, 2017
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A retired professor from Clemson, John Bednar has been coming to Crystal Lake since he was seven years old.
Only in America John Ester 2017-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 03, 2017
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Following his presentation to the Club, District Governor Ed Swart and wife Carol received (and donned) coveted Benzie Sunrise aprons from Club President Steve Mitchell.
The District Governor Visits John Ester 2017-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Sep 26, 2017
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Kathy Ross, Team Leader for Days for Girls- Benzie, holds up part of the sustainable menstrual kit that her organization produces for girls and women worldwide.
Days for Girls - Benzie John Ester 2017-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
Zero Gravity Aerial: Drones for Commercial Photography John Ester 2017-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Sep 12, 2017
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Carol Kraak of the Benzie County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau is the founder of Joy2Ride Benzie, a 501(c)(3) that proposes to bring specially designed wheelchair bikes to the Betsie Valley Trail.
Joy2Ride Benzie John Ester 2017-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Sep 05, 2017
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Today Clark Brown told us how he became Assistant Pastor at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Benzonia.
Clark's New Member Bio John Ester 2017-09-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 29, 2017
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Longtime banker Don Jeffery said that Michigan's banks are in great shape today despite the many challenges they face.
The State of Banking Today John Ester 2017-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
Trina Garner's Turn at the Plate John Ester 2017-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
Gary Gordon's Life Story John Ester 2017-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary: Beyond the Club John Ester 2017-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 08, 2017
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Ellen Herscher has a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.  She has taught archaeology at Cornell and the University of Minnesota, and her specialty is the pottery of Cyprus.
Archaeological Adventures in Cyprus John Ester 2017-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 01, 2017
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Frankfort Rotarian Ned Edwards urged us to vote in favor of the millage request on next week's ballot to support the activities of Benzie Senior Resources.
The Upcoming Millage Vote John Ester 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Another Scholarship Awarded! John Ester 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Renewal of a Tim Krause Scholarship John Ester 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 01, 2017
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Today Clark Brown became the newest member of Benzie Sunrise Rotary.
Another New Member! John Ester 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 25, 2017
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Benzie Central graduate Brayden Huddleston attended our meeting to thank the Club for his $1,000 Choices Scholarship (and to pick up his check!).
Another Scholarship Winner John Ester 2017-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 25, 2017
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Alan Marble is a retired DNR Enforcement Officer who chooses to spend part of each summer as a cook at an isolated hunting and fishing camp in Alaska.
Notes from the Peace River in Alaska John Ester 2017-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 18, 2017
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Marcin Swierkot, the exchange student from Poland jointly sponsored by the Frankfort and Sunrise Clubs, said goodbye.
Farewell to Marcin John Ester 2017-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 18, 2017
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Michelle Russell explains why Paul Clulo richly deserved the Paul Harris recognition he received at the President's Dinner.
Michelle Salutes Paul Clulo John Ester 2017-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Private Schools in Foreign Lands John Ester 2017-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Volunteer Program of Family Division of 19th Judicial Circuit John Ester 2017-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 11, 2017
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Dr. Carol McKee explained that the goal of Community Cats of Benzie County is to eliminate homeless cats in Benzie County through humane intervention. 
Community Cats of Benzie County John Ester 2017-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jun 20, 2017
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Renee Hintz, Executive Director of the Legacy Art Park, thanked us for our support and provided an update on activities at the Park.
Michigan Legacy Art Park John Ester 2017-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
The 2017 Tim Krause Memorial Scholarship John Ester 2017-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
Renewal of a Choices Scholarship John Ester 2017-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jun 20, 2017
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Skip Comer (far left) and Bev Toomey of Blessings in a Backpack of Benzie County receive a symbolic $1,000 check from Dick Conrad and Davis Sylvester of Sunrise Rotary.
Club supports Blessings in a Backpack John Ester 2017-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
Renewal of a Tim Krause Memorial Scholarship John Ester 2017-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Bike Benzie Report / Sunrise Rotary Foundation Meeting John Ester 2017-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Crystal Lake & Watershed Association John Ester 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
Crystal Lake and Aquatic Invasive Species John Ester 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
Another new member! John Ester 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 30, 2017
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Jane Perrino is the Aquatic Species Coordinator for the Benzie Conservation District and the Project Leader for the Aquatic Invasive Species Pathway Project.
Aquatic Invasive Species John Ester 2017-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 23, 2017
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Kay Lears describes Remain in Touch, a program that she brought to Benzie County that offers male and female inmates in the Benzie County Jail an opportunity to read books for their children.
Remain in Touch John Ester 2017-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 16, 2017
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Joe Conger, a Son of the American Revolution, gave us a PowerPoint presentation on the 8th Honorary Citizen of the United States:  Spaniard Bernardo Galvez.
The Eighth Honorary Citizen of the U. S. John Ester 2017-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 09, 2017
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Anibal Pepper, an M.D. and Rotarian, and wife Ann gave us an update on their recent trip to Peru.
Mission Work in Peru John Ester 2017-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 02, 2017
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Tim Bannister and Ric Robb listen to comments following their presentation on the non-profit known as Advocates for Benzie County.
Advocates for Benzie County John Ester 2017-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation John Ester 2017-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 21, 2017
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When we presented Career Days at Benzie Central, Norm Labadie was part of the Rotary team meeting with 7th graders.
Career Days at Benzie Central John Ester 2017-04-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 18, 2017
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Sporting their Dominican shirts, Benzie Central sophomores Thea Gray, Abby Bretzke and Bella Huddleston report on their recent trip to the Dominican Republic, a Rotary International Mission sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Gaylord, Manistee and Benzie Sunrise. 
Mission to the Dominican Republic John Ester 2017-04-18 04:00:00Z 0
Another Service Above Self Winner John Ester 2017-04-18 04:00:00Z 0
Dave Wynne gives his bio John Ester 2017-04-11 04:00:00Z 0
Pat Kiely shares his life story John Ester 2017-04-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by KrisThomas on Mar 28, 2017
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Scott Gest, a research analyst for Networks Northwest, joined the Club today to share a bit about the work being done by his organization to support quality of life in our area. 
Networks Northwest Doing Good In Our Community KrisThomas 2017-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
test story 2017-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
Benzie Central School Millage Update Steve Mitchell 2017-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
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Amanda McLaren and her daughter Sophie joined our club meeting to update us on all that is happening at the Benzonia Public Library.
Benzonia Public Library Steve Mitchell 2017-03-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Mitchell on Mar 07, 2017
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This week's club meeting was held at the Benzie Central Middle School where Rotarians, Teachers, Students and Administrators discussed the partnership between the Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club and Benzie Schools.
 
Club Meeting at Benzie Central Middle School Steve Mitchell 2017-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self at Benzie Central Middle School Steve Mitchell 2017-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Mac Whisner - Club Member Biography SGM 2017-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
The Newest Member of the Benzie Sunrise Rotary SGM 2017-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Feb 21, 2017
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Ingemar Johannson, President of the Honor Area Restoration Project, told us about HARP's ongoing project to acquire a 52-acre parcel of property adjacent to the Platte River.`
Honor Area Restoration Project (HARP) John Ester 2017-02-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Feb 21, 2017
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Sonny Rodriguez sponsored his son Vince as the latest addition to Benzie Sunrise Rotary.
Another New Member John Ester 2017-02-21 05:00:00Z 0
Coda Mix on her year in Greenland John Ester 2017-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
Another Service Above Self Winner John Ester 2017-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Feb 07, 2017
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Nature photographer Charles St. Charles III told us about his ambitious project to capture the natural world throughout the continent with time lapse cameras and live video.
Nature of the Wild John Ester 2017-02-07 05:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self at the Middle School John Ester 2017-02-07 05:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary Foundation supports more local non-profits John Ester 2017-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
Amy Green on her year in Brazil as an exchange student John Ester 2017-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
Betsie Valley Elementary School & Betsie Valley Neighborhood Center John Ester 2017-01-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jan 24, 2017
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History teacher Scott Kubit thanked the Club for its support of the annual trip to Chicago for Benzie Central juniors that he has organized the last seven years. 
Trip to Chicago for Benzie Central Juniors John Ester 2017-01-24 05:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Presents Big Check to Back the Track 2017-01-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jan 03, 2017
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Bob Roelofs of the Benzie County Veterans' Committee returned to give us an update on the Memorial that opened on Veterans Day in 2016.
Benzie County Veterans' Memorial John Ester 2017-01-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Dec 20, 2016
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An exchange student sponsored jointly by the Frankfort and Sunrise Rotary Clubs, Marcin Swierkot gave us a short primer on the history of Poland, followed by a discussion of his life as an exchange student living in Frankfort.
Our Exchange Student talks above his native Poland John Ester 2016-12-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Dec 20, 2016
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David formally inducts Matt Olson as the newest member of Sunrise Rotary, ending with the presentation of the not-so-formal blue apron.
Another New Member Sworn In John Ester 2016-12-20 05:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self at Benzie Central High John Ester 2016-12-20 05:00:00Z 0
What do they do with my money? John Ester 2016-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Dec 06, 2016
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Under the category of "Better late than never," Dick Conrad gives Paul Harris recognition to Barb Skurdall.
Paul Harris Recognition John Ester 2016-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Dec 01, 2016
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This week we returned to Benzie Central to present the CHOICES program to 8th graders.
CHOICES John Ester 2016-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Nov 29, 2016
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Melinda Hollands told how she became involved with Ski for Light, a non-profit that seeks to enhance the quality of life and independence of visually or mobility-impaired adults through cross-country skiing.
The Adventures of a Blind Cross-Country Skier John Ester 2016-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
Another Service Above Self Winner! John Ester 2016-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Nov 22, 2016
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Matt Olson, the new Superintendent of the Benzie Central School District (and prospective Sunrise member) filled us in on the state of the Benzie Central Schools.
 
Benzie County Central Schools John Ester 2016-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
COGnition Science & Discovery Center John Ester 2016-11-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Nov 08, 2016
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Erin House said that the Child & Family Services' Safe Haven Supervised Visitation and Exchange Program is looking for new sources of revenue after losing its federal funding.
Safe Haven of Traverse City John Ester 2016-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Nov 01, 2016
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Retired teacher Kris Dykstra maintains the library at Crystal Lake Elementary School, as well as creating monthly reading themes and engaging students in story time each week.
Books at the Crystal Lake Elementary School John Ester 2016-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 25, 2016
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Lisa Vogler, attorney for a group known as Taxpayers for the Maples, spoke about the problems surrounding the Maples building project.
The Maples Project John Ester 2016-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester
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Larry Ross helps a youngster try on a new coat at the Wayne and Joan Webber Foundation annual distribution of winter outerwear to Benzie County elementary students at the Platte River Elementary School.
Webber Foundation Giveaway John Ester 2016-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 18, 2016
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Linda Dewey took over from her late father William as President of the Kassel Mission Historical Society, a 501(c)3) organization dedicated to the men who fought in what became known as the Kassel Mission of September 27, 1944.
The Kassel Mission John Ester 2016-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy:  An Update John Ester 2016-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 04, 2016
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Michelle Russell  told us all about the "Pathways for Benzie Youth" grant of $2,500 that we received from the Consumers Energy Foundation.
Our Pathways for Benzie Youth Grant John Ester 2016-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
Another Service Above Self Winner John Ester 2016-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 04, 2016
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Today Frankfort Rotarian Dick Lutz introduced us to Marcin Sweirkot, the inbound exchange student from Warsaw, Poland jointly sponsored by the Benzie Sunrise and Frankfort Rotary Clubs.
Our New Inbound Exchange Student John Ester 2016-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Sep 20, 2016
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Colby Taylor is the founder of Covenant Defense, a faith-based cooperative network operating out of Traverse City.  Its focus is to educate people and to equip them with the knowledge and skills to preserve their safety and community.
Covenant Defense--Protection and Terrorism John Ester 2016-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Sep 13, 2016
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Kurt Bard, a financial adviser at State Savings Bank in Frankfort, is also a long-time member of the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association. Kurt showed us a short video about NAVHDA and talked about training and working with hunting dogs--clearly a passion with him.
North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association John Ester 2016-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Sep 06, 2016
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A retired Air Force pilot from Texas, Boyd Clampitt moved to Michigan in 1996. Since then he has run marathons, hiked the Appalachian Trail and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. Today he took us from one end of the Appalachian Trail to the other.
Hiking the Appalachian Trail--All of It! John Ester 2016-09-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 30, 2016
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Gabe Kennis, Michael Shaub and Eryk Feala from BSA Troop 267 returned to report on the trip they took to Alaska with the help of Benzie Sunrise Rotary and many other generous supporters.
Boy Scouts Back from Alaska John Ester 2016-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 30, 2016
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BACN Fundraising Director Kelly Ottinger led a tour of the facilities and answered many questions about the organization's numerous services for BACN neighbors.
A Tour of BACN John Ester 2016-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 30, 2016
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Today volunteer Lynne Bekkering welcomed us to the BACN facility, starting off on the right foot by donating a happy dollar to the Club in thanks for our support.
A Visit to BACN John Ester 2016-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 23, 2016
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Today we welcomed Gary Gordon as a new member.
Another New Member! John Ester 2016-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 16, 2016
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Marcus Matthews is a Certified Personal Trainer who heads up Crystal Mountain's Peak Fitness Center.
Crystal Peak Fitness John Ester 2016-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
Crystal Spa & Peak Fitness John Ester 2016-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 09, 2016
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Veteran pilot and Frankfort Rotarian Jim Radabaugh described the September 2015 trip that he took wife with Pam to many of the national parks in the west, showing us many great photos both from the air and from the ground.
The National Parks by Air and Ground John Ester 2016-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 02, 2016
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Today's featured speaker was John Wemlinger, author of "Winter's Bloom," a self-published novel based on "bits and pieces" of his life.
"Winter's Bloom" John Ester 2016-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 02, 2016
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Our featured speaker today was John Wemlinger, author of "Winter's Bloom," a self-published novel based on "bits and pieces" of his life.
"Winter's Bloom" John Ester 2016-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
The new Superintendent of the Benzie Central Schools John Ester 2016-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
Our District Governor Pays a Visit John Ester 2016-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
More Paul Harris Recognition John Ester 2016-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 26, 2016
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Kris Thomas advises Marcy Fries, first winner of the Tim Krause Memorial Scholarship, that the Club will extend her scholarship annually.
Tim Krause Scholarship Extended John Ester 2016-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 26, 2016
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Bill Kennis brought several of his Boy Scouts to thank the Club for its support of the Troop's trip to Alaska that will get underway shortly.
Boy Scout Trip to Alaska John Ester 2016-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 19, 2016
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Injury Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Ritter told us about Safe Kids North Shore and its mission to prevent unintentional injuries.
Safe Kids North Shore John Ester 2016-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 12, 2016
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Wrapping up her time as a Rotary Exchange Student in Benzie County, Dhea Dhiafira gave us her concluding report.
Dhea Summarizes Her Year John Ester 2016-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Rachelle Reports on her Year in Ecuador John Ester 2016-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 12, 2016
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Benzie Central grad Kileen Moore came to our meeting to thank the Club for the Choices scholarship that she was awarded and to accept the $1,000 check from David.
Another Grateful Scholarship Winner John Ester 2016-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Sonny Receives Paul Harris Recognition Twice John Ester 2016-07-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 05, 2016
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Logan Jones, Tyler Iverson, Jimmy McLaren and Finn McLaren from the Benzie Central Middle School Odyssey of the Mind Team came to thank Benzie Sunrise Rotary for its financial support this past year.
Thanks from the Benzie OM Team John Ester 2016-07-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 05, 2016
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When David took the helm at the first meeting of the new Rotary year, he had plenty of support--including that of Tiffany and Adaline.
David Brings Back-up! John Ester 2016-07-05 04:00:00Z 0
Global Collaboration: Rotary, Habitat for Humanity & Seeds of Peace John Ester 2016-06-21 04:00:00Z 0
Another Scholarship Winner Says Thanks John Ester 2016-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jun 14, 2016
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Dick Conrad reports on our latest success:  the 6th Annual Golf Outing to Benefit Area Youth held over the weekend at Crystal Lake Golf Club.
Another Successful Fundraiser! John Ester 2016-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
A Choices Scholarship Winner Thanks the Club John Ester 2016-06-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 31, 2016
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Lisa Tiesworth, Safenet Prevention Specialist for Centra Wellness, was largely responsible for obtaining the initial funding for the Initiative.
The Benzie Area Youth Initiative John Ester 2016-05-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 31, 2016
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Karen Larsen was the first of two speakers describing the program underway to reduce issues like drug or alcohol abuse among Benzie County youth.
 

 

The Benzie Area Youth Initiative John Ester 2016-05-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 31, 2016
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Barb handles the induction of our newest member:  Mac Whisner.
We Welcome a New Member! John Ester 2016-05-31 04:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary Supports Special Olympics John Ester 2016-05-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 26, 2016
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Kileen Moore, Luke Reed and Paige Cutler were pleased to receive Sunrise Rotary scholarships at Benzie Central's Senior Class Night.
Sunrise Rotary Grants Scholarships John Ester 2016-05-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 26, 2016
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Josylin Thompson also received a STRIVE Scholarship, as did Justin Hawkins, who was unable to attend. 
Another STRIVE Winner John Ester 2016-05-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 26, 2016
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Jessica Priest receives one of the Club's three STRIVE Scholarships from Michelle Russell.
STRIVE Scholarship John Ester 2016-05-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 24, 2016
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Andy Ashworth went from a high school athlete in Brooklyn, Michigan to a Certified Financial Planner and President of Sunrise Rotary.
Another Member Bio John Ester 2016-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 24, 2016
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Bill Anderson succeeded in a big way at Hope College despite what he described as an undistinguished high school career in his hometown of Owosso.
Another Member Bio John Ester 2016-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
Travel to Cuba John Ester 2016-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self at the Middle School John Ester 2016-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 17, 2016
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Doug DeYoung, Public Affairs Area Manager for Consumers Energy, presents a $2,500 Pathways for Youth grant to Barb while grant-originator Michelle looks on.
We Receive a Consumers Energy Grant John Ester 2016-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 03, 2016
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Executive Director Phil Ellis explained that the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation exists to facilitate, promote and serve philanthropy and permanent endowments, enhancing the quality of life in its five-county region.
Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation John Ester 2016-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 26, 2016
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Before Marlene left she introduced her successor, Dave Schaffer.  After a few brief remarks Dave promised Barb that he would return in a year to provide another update.
We meet the new Benzie County Recycling Coordinator John Ester 2016-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
An Update on Benzie County Recycling John Ester 2016-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 26, 2016
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Sonny Rodriguez presents a 1st place plaque to Bill Kennis, Mitch Deisch and Ted Schendel, members of the the Club's winning team at the Benzie Dodgeball Tourney.  Not pictured is Andy Ashworth, who was responsible for the winning catch and throw.
Sunrise Rotary prevails at the Benzie Dodgeball Tourney John Ester 2016-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Another new member! John Ester 2016-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 19, 2016
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Brad Dean, Director of Golf at Crystal Mountain since 1994, returned to give us an update on The First Tee of Northern Michigan.
An Update on The First Tee John Ester 2016-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
We welcome another new member! John Ester 2016-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Regional Foster Care Initiative John Ester 2016-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 12, 2016
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Marc Murphy, Executive Director of Northern Family Intervention Services, introduced today's topic with an exercise for all in attendance.
Regional Foster Care Initiative John Ester 2016-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Member Paul Clulo shares his story with the club. Steve Mitchell 2016-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
Member Kris Thomas Bio Steve Mitchell 2016-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome New Member Monica Cole Steve Mitchell 2016-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Copy of Benzie County Baby Pantry Steve Mitchell 2016-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Mitchell on Mar 15, 2016
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The Club held its annual meeting at Benzie County Central Middle School.   The meeting was well attended by not only members of our club but by School Board Members, Administration, Faculty, Parents and Students.  
Benzie County Central Schools Steve Mitchell 2016-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self at the Middle School Steve Mitchell 2016-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Mitchell on Mar 08, 2016
Dr. Jane Millar, a former Rotary International District 6290 District Governor, visited our club from Petoskey to let us know about the upcoming Council on Legislation which will convene in April.
Rotary International Council on Legislation Steve Mitchell 2016-03-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Mitchell on Mar 08, 2016
Dr. Anibel Pepper visited our club with a brief update on what has been happening in Arequipa, Peru and at the Elohim School.   
Elohim School Update Steve Mitchell 2016-03-08 05:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self at High School Steve Mitchell 2016-03-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Mitchell on Mar 01, 2016
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John Ruggles joined our club meeting to tell us about Eagle Village.  John is a Rotarian from the Big Rapids Rotary Club and also volunteers his time traveling around the state educating others about Eagle Village.
Eagle Village Steve Mitchell 2016-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Feb 23, 2016
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Dr. Louis Yock, Director of the Benzie Area Historical Museum, spoke to us about the development of religious denominations in our country.
Religious Denominations in the U.S. John Ester 2016-02-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Feb 16, 2016
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Mitch Deisch, Benzie Sunrise member formerly with Manistee Rotary, told us about the recent humanitarian trip to the Dominican Republic jointly sponsored by the Gaylord and Manistee Rotary Clubs.  The recent trip was the 19th for the Gaylord Club and the 8th for Manistee Club.
Gaylord/Manistee Rotary trip to the Dominican Republic John Ester 2016-02-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Feb 09, 2016
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Sarah Anderson (with assistance from husband Richard) gave us a slide show about the farm-based distillery that her family is opening outside of Thompsonsville.
The New Iron Fish Distillery John Ester 2016-02-09 05:00:00Z 0
Benzie County Veterans Memorial Project John Ester 2016-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self at the High School John Ester 2016-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self at the Middle School John Ester 2016-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jan 19, 2016
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Chuck Weitschat, Executive Director of the Northern Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross, told us about the Red Cross program to install smoke alarms. 
The Red Cross Smoke Detector Program John Ester 2016-01-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jan 19, 2016
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At today's meeting Taylor Moore of Food Rescue was happy to receive a $5,000 check from Barb on behalf of the Club in support of the Healthy Harvest Program.
Sunrise Rotary Donates to Healthy Harvest John Ester 2016-01-19 05:00:00Z 0
Renovating the Elohim School in Peru John Ester 2015-12-15 05:00:00Z 0
Back the Track: The Benzie Central Athletic Complex Project John Ester 2015-12-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Dec 01, 2015
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Noted environmental attorney Jim Olson educated us on the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinaw.  Jim is the founder and President of FLOW ("For Love of Water"), the non-profit whose mission is to advance public trust solutions to save the Great Lakes.
The Line 5 Pipeline under the Straits of Mackinaw John Ester 2015-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self at the High School John Ester 2015-11-24 05:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self at the Middle School John Ester 2015-11-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Nov 24, 2015
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The Beach Bums' Scott Montesano and Dan Rohn examine the Cherry Hut treats they received from Barb after their presentation at Sunrise Rotary.  Scott is the club's Director of Media & Broadcasting, while Dan is its veteran manager.
Traverse City Beach Bums John Ester 2015-11-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Nov 10, 2015
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BACN Executive Director Gerri VanAntwerp returned to give us an update on the non-profit that describes itself as "A caring community of Neighbors helping Neighbors."
An Update on BACN John Ester 2015-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Nov 06, 2015
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On November 5th and 6th Sunrise Rotary returned to Benzie Central Middle School to present the CHOICES program to 8th Graders.  Here Sue Webber prepares for a mock job interview while Peter Van Nort looks on.
Sunrise Rotary Provides CHOICES John Ester 2015-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Nov 03, 2015
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Today Dick Lutz of the Frankfort Club was on hand to wish our mutual Rotary Exchange Student Dhea a happy 17th birthday with a properly inscribed sweatshirt.
Happy Birthday Dhea! John Ester 2015-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 27, 2015
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On the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Beulah Trailhead, former Sunrise President Bill Parris gave a PowerPoint presentation on the effort that constituted the Club's Centennial Project.
The Trailhead Project John Ester 2015-10-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 20, 2015
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Today retired diplomat Stan Otto returned to Sunrise Rotary to discuss the nuclear agreement between the U.S. (and several other powers) and Iran.  He drew a large and attentive crowd. 
Iran: What's the Big Deal? John Ester 2015-10-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 13, 2015
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The Club was pleased to salute Sunrise Rotarian Steve Loveless, who with wife Ann won this year's prestigious Art Prize in Grand Rapids.  Steve thanked members for their support and from his winnings made a generous contribution to the Sunrise Rotary Foundation.
Sunrise Rotarian wins Art Prize! John Ester 2015-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
Recognition for Sponsoring New Members John Ester 2015-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
New Member Bio/Real Estate Analysis John Ester 2015-10-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Sep 29, 2015
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Traverse City Rotarian Allison Beers spoke to us in her capacity as Michigan Blood's Public Relations Coordinator for Northwest Michigan. 
Michigan Blood John Ester 2015-09-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Sep 22, 2015
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A charter member of Benzie Sunrise Rotary, Jack Pope returned as an honorary member to give us an energy update.
An Energy Update John Ester 2015-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Sep 15, 2015
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Barb looks on as Jeff Rabidoux makes a few remarks following his induction as the newest member of Benzie Sunrise Rotary.
Another New Member! John Ester 2015-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
Shaun Anchak - Tall Ship Madeline Steve Mitchell 2015-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
Shaun Anchak - Tall Ship Madeline Steve Mitchell 2015-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
Shaun Anchak - Tall Ship Madeline Steve Mitchell 2015-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Sep 01, 2015
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Our new exchange student Dhea, a native of Indonesia, posed with some of our members following our Tuesday meeting.
We welcome our new exchange student John Ester 2015-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Sep 01, 2015
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Skip Comer, recently retired as pastor of St. Phillips Episcopal Church (as well as Frankfort Rotarian and Paul Harris fellow), told us about the Blessings in a Backpack program that he and others are initiating in Benzie County's five elementary schools.
Blessings in a Backpack John Ester 2015-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 18, 2015
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Today we heard the life story of our newest member, Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel.
Another New Member Bio John Ester 2015-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Mitchell on Aug 11, 2015
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Dave Long, founder of Environmental Sustainability Solutions, LLC educated the club members on the topic of Green Chemistry.  Green Chemistry is a philosophy of chemical research that encourages the design of products and processes that minimize the use and generation of hazardous substances.  
 
 
 
 
Green Chemistry - The Key to Our Sustainable Future Steve Mitchell 2015-08-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 08, 2015
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Sunrise Rotary was on hand at the Relay for Life in Benzonia to support the efforts of the Benzie Central Middle School Interact Club.
Relay for Life John Ester 2015-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary supports the Drop-In Center John Ester 2015-08-04 04:00:00Z 0
We welcome the District Governor John Ester 2015-08-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 04, 2015
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Barb Skurdall was pleased to induct our newest member:  Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel.
Another New Member! John Ester 2015-08-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 28, 2015
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Once again Sunrise Rotarian Bob Istnick receives Paul Harris recognition for his generous contribution to the Rotary Foundation directed to Polio Plus.
More Paul Harris recognition for Bob John Ester 2015-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 28, 2015
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Rebecca Garland is the Executive Director of Conflict Resolution Services, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that offers mediation services in a variety of contexts.
Conflict Resolution Services John Ester 2015-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 21, 2015
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Frankfort Rotarian Ned Edwards is the President of the Board of Benzie Home Health Care.
Benzie Home Health Care John Ester 2015-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 21, 2015
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Nancy Call, who heads up marketing efforts for Benzie Home Health Care, talked about its services and clientele.
Benzie Home Health Care John Ester 2015-07-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 14, 2015
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Kevin Thomas, Registered Dietician at Munson Medical Center, gave us a primer on diabetes and the importance of counting carbs.
Diabetes John Ester 2015-07-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jul 07, 2015
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Sally Jo Messersmith, Assistant Director of Resale 4 Recovery, told us about this non-profit in Benzonia.
Benzie Resale 4 Recovery John Ester 2015-07-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jun 23, 2015
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Longtime Crystal Lake resident and author Stacy Daniels appeared as his alter ego Archibald Jones to describe the 1873 lowering of Crystal Lake.
The Tragedy/Comedy of Crystal Lake John Ester 2015-06-23 04:00:00Z 0
An Update from the BC Odyssey of the Mind Team John Ester 2015-06-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jun 16, 2015
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Sonny Rodriguez presents Sheriff Ted Schendel with a certificate recognizing the Sheriff's support of the Yes We Can ride at Bike Benzie, as well as our golf outing.
We thank the Sheriff John Ester 2015-06-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jun 09, 2015
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Our Taiwanese exchange student Taung Lu Jin ("Richard") returned for the last time to give us a PowerPoint presentation on his background and his experience here as a Rotary exchange student.
Richard gives his wrap-up John Ester 2015-06-09 04:00:00Z 0
An Update from Benzie Central HS Interact Club John Ester 2015-06-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 26, 2015
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Donna Kennis, personal trainer and wife of Sunrise Rotarian Bill Kennis, explained that good health encompasses physical, mental and social well-being.
Am I Healthy? John Ester 2015-05-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 24, 2015
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On May 21 we co-sponsored the Benzie Chamber of Commerce's Business After Hours with Cold Creek Inn, and Andy gave a plug for our club.
Business After Hours John Ester 2015-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 19, 2015
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Our own Barb Skurdall explained that flexibility, strength and balance are important to all of us.  Strength and balance are important not only with regard to the performance of our favorite forms of exercise, but also in preventing falls. 
Flexibility, strength and balance: Who needs it? John Ester 2015-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 11, 2015
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With a handful of degrees and a background that has included everything from being an ER doctor in San Francisco to running a bed-and-breakfast in Frankfort, Bill Gittlen shared his considerable knowledge about the timely issue of climate change.
Climate Change: What is the truth? John Ester 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 11, 2015
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Andy shares with the Club the Distinguished Service Citation that we received from Rotary District 6290 for our exemplary work in bringing THREE SQUARES to the Five-County Grand Traverse Region (click "Read more" below).
The Club receives a Distinguished Service Citation John Ester 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Bill Kennis tells his life story John Ester 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
We meet new member Dustin John Ester 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 27, 2015
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Born in Michigan and educated at Michigan State, Karl Sparks returned to the state to become the Benzie County Administrator. He gave us a fact-filled presentation on Benzie County and how it is managed. 
Update from Our County Administator John Ester 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 20, 2015
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Norm Plumstead is a former Sunrise Rotarian who is also Chair of the non-profit charitable organization, On the Ground. Norm introduced two women who will be participating in the organization's latest effort for Project Congo.
On the Ground's Latest Project John Ester 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 20, 2015
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Meryl Marsh and Randi Stoltz are two of the women who will be taking part in next month's Run Across the Eastern Democratic Republic Of Congo.
Run Across the Congo John Ester 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 20, 2015
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After Dennis Pace gave an update on the status of the Benzonia Ice Rink, Barb Skurdall presented him with a Rotary sweatshirt in recognition of his fund raising efforts for the rink over the last five years.
The Benzonia Ice Rink John Ester 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 13, 2015
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Scott described The First Tee's mission as teaching youth (ages 5-17) certain core values and healthy habits while they learn to play the game of golf.
Scott Wilson and First Tee John Ester 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
The First Tee of Northern Michigan John Ester 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Benzie Central Odyssey of the Mind Team John Ester 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Another Successful Exchange Student John Ester 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Mitchell on Mar 30, 2015
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Barb Skurdall and David Sylvester gave a report of the highlights of the Great Lakes Rotary President Elect Training Seminar (P.E.T.S.) they attended n Kalamazoo March 19, 20 & 21.
Great Lakes Rotary P.E.T.S Steve Mitchell 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Another new member to the Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club Steve Mitchell 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Meet New Member Shaun Anchak Steve Mitchell 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kris Thomas on Mar 16, 2015
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Traverse City Rotarian Kelly Ingace shared with the Club the history of Rare Earth Hardwoods and her recent visit to Brazil as a representative of the company.  Rare Earth Hardwoods, located in Traverse City, supplies the world with exotic lumber and woods products it imports from Brazil.
Kelly Ignace shares her Rare Earth Hardwoods Adventure Kris Thomas 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Payton Moore receives Service Above Self award Kris Thomas 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Marcy Fries receives Service Above Self award Kris Thomas 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Mitchell on Mar 09, 2015
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Sunrise Rotary Club members paid tribute to Tim Krause at this weeks meeting.  There were tears as well as some laughter as club members shared memories and stories.
 
Remembering Tim Krause Steve Mitchell 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Meet New Member Denise Clasen Steve Mitchell 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Annual Meeting at Benzie Central Middle School John Ester 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Feb 16, 2015
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Kelly Ignace returned to Sunrise Rotary to talk about Mariposa Pathway, a non-profit organization that offers programs for young women (18 - 25 years old) who have experienced significant challenges. The Pathway's mission is to teach these women to identify their strengths and to empower them to make personally authentic and courageous choices.
Mariposa Pathway John Ester 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
The Benzonia Public Library John Ester 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jan 26, 2015
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Benzie Central 8th Grader Annabelle Fortine awaits receipt of her Service Above Self Award from David Sylvester.
Our Second SAS Winner John Ester 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0