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7.27.17 – Luncheon Notes

SPOKES Notes written by Teresa Schaal

The Rotary Club of Grand Rapids had their annual meeting at Indian Trails Camp on 7.27.17, as it has every year for many years.  Boxed lunches were served, and Rotarians sat with campers and counselors.  President Renwick Brutus welcomed everyone and announced that next week’s meeting is an afternoon meeting at Varnum, starting at 4:00, with social time following.  On August 10, two presenters from Grand Rapids Whitewater will be speaking, and the meeting location and time will be the traditional noon meeting at the University Club.  August 7 is the date of the annual Rotary Golf Outing; reservations are due on 7.28.2017; auction items are still needed.

“Lean on Me” was the song we sang, led by a counselor at Indian Trails Camp.  The prayer was provided by a camper, Freddie.  Lunch and fellowship followed, until the program was re-started, with President Renwick introducing guests and a visiting Rotarian.  Tim Hileman, Executive Director at Indian Trails Camp (also known as IKUS Life Enrichment Services), was introduced as the host of the meeting.

Tim announced that he’s been in his position for 8 years and for 8 years he has been giving the presentation to the Rotary Club and was reluctant to repeat what he had done before so instead Rotarians were treated to entertainment provided by the campers and counselors.  He noted that Indian Trails Camp was founded by a few Rotarians and that the continued support of ITC from Rotary has been very much appreciated.

“Community” is the best way to describe Indian Trails Camp, and its future is based on the concept of community.  It is a place to help individuals reach their independence.  One thing that Tim wanted everyone to know is that Ottawa County had held a millage on 3.8.16 that raises $3 million annually as a mental health tax.  This millage is the first of its kind to be passed in the State of Michigan.  Indian Trails Camp receives support from these funds.  The intent of this millage is to improve the quality of life for people who struggle with mental health challenges.  Leadership at ITC is focusing on how to expand the concept of “community.”

Rotarians were then treated to a series of performances.  Quinn, who works at the downtown library and is a camper, has performed at the Festival of Arts and shared his gift of music with two songs.  One featured the theme of “turn disabilities into possibilities” and the second was a “Take Down” song (instead of “Give Up”).  The Take Down song got some of the campers out of their seats and dancing!

Tim Hileman then introduced Arts in Motion, which works with the campers with dance and music.  Four campers were on stage and performed a choreographed dance.  Next came dancing to drums.  These are special drums that anyone can play and the goal is to get everyone participating in making beautiful music and dancing.  Following that was a dance that everyone did, many with flowing scarves, to a “Shake it Off” song.

Closing remarks were made by Tim, which included offering tours of the camp.

President Renwick thanked Indian Trails Camp for hosting the meeting today and renewed our Club’s commitment to the camp.  He then adjourned the meeting.

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