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.
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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
The First of Our January Service Above Self Awards John Ester 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
George and his story John Ester 2015-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Anne gives her new member bio John Ester 2015-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
The Benzie County Land Bank Authority John Ester 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Our Annual Update on Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital John Ester 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Dec 15, 2014
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New member Bill Kennis dons his Sunrise apron while sponsor Barb and President Andy look on. (Click on picture for larger view.)
We Welcome Another New Member! John Ester 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Food Security in Benzie and four other Counties John Ester 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self in Middle School John Ester 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Nov 17, 2014
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Taung Lu Jin (Richard) in a lighter moment following his PowerPoint presentation on his homeland of Taiwan.
We Learn about Taiwan John Ester 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Nov 17, 2014
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Benzie Central High School senior Elizabeth Gottwald received the Service Above Self award from David Sylvester. Her interests include the performing arts, her proficiency at which was emphatically confirmed by her principal, Larry Haughan. (Click on picture for a larger view.)
Another Service Above Self Winner John Ester 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Nov 10, 2014
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In a presentation that was both informative and amusing, Benzie Central senior Riley Burch told us what it was like to be an exchange student in Croatia.
Riley Burch on her year in Croatia John Ester 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Nov 03, 2014
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Following his induction, Shaun Anchak receives the valued Sunrise Rotary apron from President Andy. (Click on picture for a larger view.)
Another New Member! John Ester 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
The 2014 Mid-Michigan Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. John Ester 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 27, 2014
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Bill Kennis, energetic new director for Benzie Bus, brought us up to speed on this valuable community service.
Benzie Bus Update John Ester 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Mitchell on Oct 20, 2014
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Julie Clark, the Executive Director of TART Trails updated club members on the trail system in Northwestern Lower Michigan.  The TART Trail system consists of over 60 miles of regional trails including the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, Leelanau Trail, Vasa Pathway, Boardman Lake Trail, Boardman River Trail and others.
 
 
Recreational trails and their impact on our region Steve Mitchell 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Mitchell on Oct 13, 2014
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Lauren and Abbey updated the club on their experience at the Rotary District 6290 Life Leadership Conference that they attended in June. Lauren is a Sophomore and Abbey is a Junior at Benzie Central High School.

 

Life Leadership Conference Steve Mitchell 2014-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Mitchell on Oct 13, 2014
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Steve Strasko is the newest member of the Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club.  Welcoming Steve are Club President Andy Ashworth and Steve's sponsor Michelle Russell.
Another New Member! Steve Mitchell 2014-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Benzie County Probation Deparment John Ester 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency John Ester 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Our District Governor pays us a visit John Ester 2014-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Attaining Food Security in Northwest Michigan John Ester 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Update on the Betsie Valley Trail 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 01, 2014
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Dick Lutz introduces Taunt Ju Lin from Taipei, Taiwan--the newest exchange student sponsored jointly by the Frankfort and Benzie Sunrise Rotary Clubs.
Our New Exchange Student 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
The U.S. Coast Guard Station In Frankfort John Ester 2014-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 18, 2014
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Andy Ashworth inducts Denise Clasen as our newest member of Benzie Sunrise Rotary.
 

 
Another New Member! John Ester 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 18, 2014
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We met under the tent at the Crystal Lake Golf Club not only to hear from Brandon Seng about Goodwill's new "Fresh Start" mobile food service, but also to sample its locally-sourced food.
Food Rescue of Northwest Michigan John Ester 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 11, 2014
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Sponsor Dick Conrad introduces Steve Mitchell while Andy Ashworth waits to induct Steve into Benzie Sunrise Rotary membership.
We Welcome Another New Member! John Ester 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 11, 2014
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Longtime (and present) college basketball coach and former Sunrise Rotarian Eldon Miller is concerned about the effect that big money is having on college sports.
Intercollegiate Athletics Today John Ester 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Crystal Lake & Watershed Association John Ester 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Hometown Giving: Connect with your Community! John Ester 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
The Northwest Food Coalition John Ester 2014-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
The Benzie Conservation District and the Invasive Species Network 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
The Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network John Ester 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
We Welcome Another New Member John Ester 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Revitalizing Industrial Arts at Benzie Central High School John Ester 2014-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jun 09, 2014
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Retired Lieutenant Colonel Linda Fletcher told us about the organization she founded to combat Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
AMOH: A Matter of Honor John Ester 2014-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jun 09, 2014
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Rachael Peabody was one of four Benzie Central High School Seniors to receive a $1,000 Choices scholarship from the Club.
Sunrise Awards Choices Scholarships John Ester 2014-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jun 02, 2014
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A flight nurse with North Flight who became an executive, Sue Boyko told us about Munson's EMS subsidiary that provides regional access to critical care.
North Flight EMS John Ester 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Bob Sutherland of the Cherry Republic John Ester 2014-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Service Above Self at Benzie Central Middle School John Ester 2014-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 19, 2014
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President Dick Conrad has just presented Lexy Glesener with her priceless Benzie Sunrise apron while sponsor Anne Hebert looks on.
Sunrise Rotary Welcomes Lexy John Ester 2014-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 12, 2014
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Executive Director Renee Hintz gives an update on the non-profit art park that Benzie Sunrise Rotary has supported for a number of years.
Michigan Legacy Art Park John Ester 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Another Service Above Self Winner John Ester 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 05, 2014
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Pam Darling, Executive Director of the TART Trail in Traverse City, provided an update on the popular new Heritage Trail in Leelanau County.
The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail John Ester 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
The Stormcloud Brewing Company John Ester 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
The Cathedral of Amiens John Ester 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 14, 2014
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Benzie Central 8th grader MaKenzi O'Rourke and 12th grader Joel Dietrich were recipients of our Service Above Self Awards for March.  
March Service Above Self Awards John Ester 2014-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 07, 2014
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Betty Cramer provides an update on Benzie Food Partners, one of four food pantries serving residents in Benzie County.
Benzie Food Partners John Ester 2014-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Benzie Sunrise Rotarian Paul Clulo shares his Judicial Experience Kris Thomas 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Benzie Central HS Interactors Attend District Conference Kris Thomas 2014-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Benzie Sunrise Rotarian Tim Krause Discusses the Metal Industry Kris Thomas 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kris Thomas on Mar 17, 2014
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During our weekly meeting, President Dick Conrad inducted Anne Hebert as a member of the Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club.  Bob Istnick, Founding Father of our Club, served as Anne's sponsor in David Sylvester's absence.  Welcome Anne!
 
 
Anne Hebert Joins The Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club Kris Thomas 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Ann Loveless Shares Her Art Prize Winning Experience Kris Thomas 2014-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
President Dick Conrad presents check to Phil & Cindy Cook Kris Thomas 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kris Thomas on Mar 03, 2014
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Benzie Sunrise Rotarians Tim Krause and Ric Morency kick off the Bike Benzie annual fundraiser by sharing the improvements being made to the event and asking for volunteers to solicit sponsors.
Rotarians Tim and Ric kick off Bike Benzie! Kris Thomas 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Report from the District Training Assembly John Ester 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 17, 2014
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John, Roger and David presented a PowerPoint program on their October trip to Peru with Dr. Anibal Pepper.
PAMS Mission to Peru 2014-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
District Training Assembly John Ester 2014-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Autumn Hagelstein also receives recognition John Ester 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Jake Reed receives Service Above Self Award John Ester 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Feb 03, 2014
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As CEO of Blarney Castle and a Board member of the Michigan Petroleum Association, Dennis McCarthy was more than qualified to present today's program.
Petroleum: Pricing and Production John Ester 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jan 20, 2014
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After a distinguished career in the Air Force and in the private sector, Boyd Clampitt has, among other things, run four marathons and hiked the Appalachian Trail. He also has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, the subject of today's program.
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro John Ester 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Recycling in Benzie County John Ester 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Alieya Ross receives a Service Above Self Award John Ester 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Claude provided the second bio John Ester 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Nov 25, 2013
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A native of Ontario, Michelle Russell and husband Bob now live in a home overlooking Upper Herring Lake.
Michelle gives her bio John Ester 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Another Service Above Self Winner John Ester 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
FoodCorps Service Members work with MLUI John Ester 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
The Michigan Land Use Institute serves this area and beyond John Ester 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Nov 11, 2013
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Assistant District Governor Leann Burger gave us an update on what's happening at the District level.
Update from District 6290 John Ester 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Nov 11, 2013
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Rachelle Bishop from Benzie Central and Coda Mix from Frankfort High hope to go to Ecuador and Africa, respectively.
New Outbound Exchange Students Chosen John Ester 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Toby Tull also gave a new member bio today. John Ester 2013-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Mike Willsey gives his bio John Ester 2013-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
The American Red Cross in Northwestern Michigan John Ester 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
We meet at the new Platte River Inn John Ester 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 07, 2013
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Steve Loveless told how wife Ann (with his help, he bashfully admitted) won this year's Grand Prize at Art Prize in Grand Rapids.
We hear about Art Prize John Ester 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Sep 30, 2013
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As a board member of Wolverine Power Cooperative and Spartan Renewable Energy, Jack Pope was well qualified to school us on energy issues in our state and beyond.
We receive our annual energy update John Ester 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Sep 23, 2013
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Today we heard from Kylie Wichtner, a 12th grader from Benzie Central, about the year she spent in Japan as an exchange student sponsored by the Frankfort and Sunrise Rotary Clubs.
Kylie reports on her year in Japan John Ester 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Chicks and Salsa: Benzie County's New Incubator Kitchen John Ester 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Sep 09, 2013
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Ayuba Gufwan thanked Sunrise Rotary not only for helping Rotary International in its efforts to eradicate polio, but also in supporting the Wheels of Hope program that supplies wheelchair trikes to polio victims in his native Nigeria.
Wheels of Hope John Ester 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Sep 09, 2013
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President Dick inducts our latest new member, Michelle Russell.
We welcome a new member John Ester 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Sep 02, 2013
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Josh Stoltz, Site Coordinator for SEEDS at Benzie Central, explained how SEEDS became involved with the construction of a trike that is being used as a fundraiser for Grant Traverse Rotary's Wheels of Hope program.
SEEDS helps locally and as far away as Nigeria John Ester 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
We learn about the SEEDS after-school program John Ester 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 26, 2013
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Dr. Pepper returned to talk about his upcoming mission to Arequipa, as well as to show photos from his family adventure at Peru's Manu National Park.
The Amazon River: A Family Adventure John Ester 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Makayla is another LCC alum and Interact Club co-founder John Ester 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Benzie Central's Interact Club's Relay for Polio John Ester 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Zane Brooks also reported on the conference John Ester 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Riley Burch was the second participant John Ester 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Our Life Leadership Conference attendees report back John Ester 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 19, 2013
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Sponsor Justin presents inductee Mike Willsey with his badge while Dick presides.
We welcome a new member John Ester 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Munson's new Cancer Center needs charitable support John Ester 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
The Cowell Family Cancer Center is on the horizon at Munson John Ester 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
New Bikes for "Yes We Can" ride at Bike Benzie John Ester 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
We learn about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles John Ester 2013-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
A happy participant echoed Scott's remarks about the trip. John Ester 2013-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Benzie Central Trip to Chicago John Ester 2013-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Interact Club Conducts Cookout at Beulah Trailhead Kristine Thomas 2013-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
We receive $1,200 for the Bike Benzie "Yes We Can" Ride 2013-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Cartoons: Let's Have a Laugh! John Ester 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Dick Conrad takes the reins as President John Ester 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Jill Resjes was our second speaker from the Conservation District John Ester 2013-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
The Benzie Conservation District pays a visit John Ester 2013-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
A Service Above Self award for a non-Rotarian John Ester 2013-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
We honor departed Sunrise Rotarians John Ester 2013-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Cultural exchange with Cuba John Ester 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 27, 2013
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Gerri VanAntwerp gave us a brief update on the GED Program and other happenings at BACN.
Update from BACN John Ester 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Walking the Appalachian Trail John Ester 2013-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Benzie Sunrise and Frankfort Rotary Clubs tour American Waste John Ester 2013-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 29, 2013
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Middle School Principal Dave Clasen was on the agenda for our Club Assembly to report on whether the kids enjoyed the MSU field trip we sponsored (they did!).
Benzie Central's input on the MSU trip John Ester 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Coming soon: The Stormcloud Brewing Company John Ester 2013-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
We learn about our International Exchange Student's home country of Mexico John Ester 2013-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
The Benzie County Council on Agency: an asset in our community John Ester 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Tim Krause is the 2012/2013 Club HERO Kristine Thomas 2013-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristine Thomas on Apr 01, 2013
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Ryan Ratajczak, President of the Northwestern Michigan Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), discussed the work being done by his organization and others to manage the deer population in our area. 

Quality Deer Management in Northwestern Michigan Kristine Thomas 2013-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristine Thomas on Mar 25, 2013
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Kate Withington-Edwards, a Certified Laughter Leader, shared with the Club the many benefits of laughter.  
Laughter IS The Best Medicine Kristine Thomas 2013-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristine Thomas on Mar 18, 2013
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Allison Beers, Michigan Blood's Northwest Michigan Public Relations Coordinator, provided the Club with insight into the blood collection and distribution process in Michigan. 
Allison Beers - Michigan Blood Kristine Thomas 2013-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
The auto industry and its future John Ester 2013-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Feb 11, 2013
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A familiar face to us all, Dick talked about the Rotary Student Exchange Program that has a been a joint effort of the Frankfort and Sunrise Clubs since 2009. He also put in a plug for the Council on Aging's Meals on Wheels, a service project of the Frankfort Club for many years.
Dick Lutz batted clean-up John Ester 2013-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Lindy Evans was the third Frankfort Club speaker John Ester 2013-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Feb 11, 2013
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A Past President of the Frankfort Club, Alan told us of the impressive charitable activities of the Willoughby-Rotary Foundation established by the Club in 1986.
Alan Luedtke also addressed us John Ester 2013-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Feb 11, 2013
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President Ned Edwards was the first of four speakers from the Frankfort Club to discuss the Club's service projects and possible future joint projects.
We hear from the Frankfort Rotary Club John Ester 2013-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Our international service project in Peru is taking shape John Ester 2013-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Another entrepeneur tells her story John Ester 2013-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary funds BACN'S GED program John Ester 2013-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Allison and Ramsey received the Club's January Service Above Self Awards Kristine Thomas 2013-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Running a successful business John Ester 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jan 07, 2013
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Dave Taghon of Empire told us about the introduction of Coho Salmon to the Platte River in 1966 and the fishing frenzy that followed in 1967.
Coho Fever: Gold Rush in Platte Bay John Ester 2013-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Dec 17, 2012
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After giving us a PowerPoint presentation on Special Olympics, Sonny Rodriguez received a $1,000 "big check" from Andy Ashworth on behalf of the Club.
Special Olympics in Northwest Michigan John Ester 2012-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotarians present Mini-CHOICES at Benzie Central High John Ester 2012-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Tim Krause recognized for Service Above Self John Ester 2012-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
A new approach to counseling high schoolers about college John Ester 2012-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Benzie Sunrise Rotary supports the Benzonia Ice Rink John Ester 2012-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary supports Benzie Central High's senior trip to Chicago Kristine Thomas 2012-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
We receive our annual update on Frankfort's Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital John Ester 2012-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Andy Ashworth is Keynote Speaker at Benzie High School Awards Ceremony Kristine Thomas 2012-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Nov 19, 2012
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Retired Navy Seal Brandon Minuth brought his "tool box" of devices carried by Navy Seals--including this altimeter.
We learn about the Navy Seals John Ester 2012-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Club initiates Service Above Self awards for Benzie Central students John Ester 2012-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Our Field Trip to Grow Benzie John Ester 2012-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
We have a state-of-the-art recycling center in northwestern Michigan John Ester 2012-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 22, 2012
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After 39 years of service in law enforcement, Benzie County Sheriff Rory Heckman is retiring.
The Sheriff hangs it up John Ester 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
We help with BACN's Fall Food Drive John Ester 2012-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 15, 2012
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Jennifer Finnegan told us about the relational ministry that she founded in 2008 to provide support for single moms.
We learn about "Single MOMM" John Ester 2012-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Oct 15, 2012
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Dr. Anibal Pepper made a short presentation regarding a school outside Arequipa, Peru that needs basically everything. Dr. Pepper will be making a trip to the school in March of next year and afterwards will return to our Club to tell us how we can help.
Dr. Pepper plans another Peruvian Project John Ester 2012-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Today was new-member bio day, with Mary Lane leading off John Ester 2012-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Ric Morency followed with his bio John Ester 2012-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Kristi Kuhn gave the third new member bio John Ester 2012-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
The life of a Rotary exchange student John Ester 2012-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
The Traverse City Health Clinic John Ester 2012-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
We hear about the "25 by 25" ballot proposal John Ester 2012-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Mary Lane does a Show & Tell on Live for Art John Ester 2012-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary attends Benzie Central Open House John Ester 2012-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
We pay a visit to BACN John Ester 2012-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
The District Governor Pays Us a Visit John Ester 2012-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Assistant Governor Burger attends our meeting John Ester 2012-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 20, 2012
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Tim receives special recognition in the form of a coveted batch of Kris Thomas cookies for his work in making the Bike Benzie Tour such a success. 
Tim Krause Is Honored for Bike Benzie Tour John Ester 2012-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Aug 13, 2012
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Al Bonney, past President of the Traverse City noon Club,  told us about a World Community Service Project that gives the gift of mobility to polio survivors in Nigeria.
"Wheels of Hope" John Ester 2012-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Benzie Central students appreciated our support John Ester 2012-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
We are thanked for supporting a Benzie Central field trip John Ester 2012-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
We hear from our Life Leadership Conference attendees John Ester 2012-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
The Botanical Garden Society of Northwest Michigan John Ester 2012-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
We get a timely update on the Traverse City Film Festival John Ester 2012-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Kristi Kuhn Welcomed to Sunrise Rotary John Ester 2012-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
New Diabetes Testing Technique John Ester 2012-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary has its own Foundation. John Ester 2012-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
What's Ahead for Benzie Sunrise Rotary John Ester 2012-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jun 18, 2012
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Barb Skurdall tells us about her three-week trip to Australia and Tasmania.
Visiting Australia John Ester 2012-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan Strengthens Families John Ester 2012-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Foundation for Mental Health Provides Housing for Mentally Ill John Ester 2012-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Priority Health Sponsors Bike Safety Program and Helmet Giveaway John Ester 2012-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
Susan Koenig Translated and Provided Hands-On Help John Ester 2012-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Locals Provide Eye Services in Haiti John Ester 2012-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Sends Students to Life Leadership Conference John Ester 2012-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary Awards Scholarships John Ester 2012-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
The Story Behind the Ice Cream John Ester 2012-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Baseball in the Frontier League John Ester 2012-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on May 14, 2012
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Leslye Wuerfel, CFO and GM of the Traverse City Beach Bums, told us about the team that she and her husband own.
We Learn About the Beach Bums John Ester 2012-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Bob Bigelow On Crystal Lake and the Railroad John Ester 2012-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
President-Elect Kris Thomas Reports on PETS Training John Ester 2012-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Mary Lane Also Becomes a Member John Ester 2012-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary Welcomes Ric Morency as a New Member John Ester 2012-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 16, 2012
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A native of the Chicago area and a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, Barb is a psychologist and professor of psychology now living in Empire. 
New Member Barb Kelly Gives Her Biography John Ester 2012-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Apr 16, 2012
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An engineer retired from Ford Motor Company, Adrian lives in the Highlands overlooking Crystal Lake and is involved in a variety of community projects.
Adrian DenHaan Presents His Bio John Ester 2012-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Randi Stoltz Shares Her Experiences in the "Run Across Palestine" Kristine Thomas 2012-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristine Thomas on Apr 02, 2012
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Renee DeWindt, the catering manager at both the Frankfort and Benzie County Central School Systems, shared with us how she's taken the catering service in both school systems to a level that's being recognized by our leaders in Lansing. 
Renee DeWindt, A Role Model In Our Community Kristine Thomas 2012-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristine Thomas on Mar 26, 2012
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Ric Morency, a partner at STC Executive Search, shared with the club his strategy on ensuring the best individuals are selected during the hiring process. 
Ric Morency - Acquiring Talented People Kristine Thomas 2012-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Barb Heiman Speaks to Club about BACN's GED Program Kristine Thomas 2012-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Lt. Dan Schrader Discusses the Great Work of the U.S. Coast Guard Kristine Thomas 2012-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Raj Wiener Shares Her Story of the Traverse City North Stars Hockey Team Kristine Thomas 2012-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristine Thomas on Feb 27, 2012
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Benzie Sunrise Rotary Foundation President Bob Istnick presents a check to Benzie Central High School Teacher Scott Kubit to support an upcoming class World History field trip.
Another Benzie Sunrise Rotary Foundation Grant Award Kristine Thomas 2012-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristine Thomas on Feb 27, 2012
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Benzie Sunrise Rotary Foundation President Bob Istnick presents a check to Dave Clasen, Benzie Central Middle School Principal, to fund the purchase of a sound system for the middle school gymnasium.
Benzie Sunrise Rotary Foundation Grant Award Kristine Thomas 2012-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Richard Nanni Continues His Discussion On Computer/Internet Security Kristine Thomas 2012-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Feb 20, 2012
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Assistant/Area Governor Leann Burger gave us an update/pep talk about all things Rotarian.
AG Burger Pays a Visit John Ester 2012-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Internet Security in 2012 John Ester 2012-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Feb 13, 2012
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Sarah Fought, a teacher at Platte River Elementary School, described an upcoming program for kindergarteners at the school. 
Motion in Action John Ester 2012-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Feb 06, 2012
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Fellow Sunriser Peter Van Nort told us why we need a national energy policy and what we all should know about nuclear power.
An Update on Nuclear Energy John Ester 2012-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Helps BACN on Food Drive John Ester 2012-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary and Benzie County Central Schools John Ester 2012-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Our Partnership with Benzie Cental Middle School John Ester 2012-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kristine Thomas on Jan 23, 2012
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Randi Stoltz described her participation in the upcoming Run Across Palestine.
Run Across Palestine Kristine Thomas 2012-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jan 16, 2012
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Fellow Sunrisers Chelsea Chapin and David Sylvester gave us a tutorial on Facebook.
Lessons on Facebook John Ester 2012-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Celebrates 60 Years of Service John Ester 2012-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
We Learn About United Way of Northwest Michigan John Ester 2012-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Jan 02, 2012
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Folowing her announcement of the first Lucky 13 winners, Kris Thomas was recognized by Roger Perry for her contributions to the Club with respect to the raffle and otherwise.
Kris Receives Special Recognition John Ester 2012-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Superintendent Jim Bowers Was the Second of our Road Commission Speakers John Ester 2011-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Today We Learned About the County Road Commission John Ester 2011-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ester on Dec 12, 2011
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Barbara Kelly became the latest of new members inducted into Benzie Sunrise Rotary.
We Induct Another New Member John Ester 2011-12-13 00:00:00Z 0