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12.08.16 – Luncheon Notes

SPOKES Notes written by Roger Morgenstern

Last week, we got to learn more about the awesomely diverse members of our Club and the organizations that they represent with our “occasionally scheduled” Rotarian Business Showcase.

Seven of our Rotarians, some of them with talented surrogate speakers, gave two-minute pitches about their companies. President Michael rigged up humorous sounds to play if they went over their time limit, with Chelsea Dubey serving as timekeeper.

 President Michael tied in this week’s “Rotary Relevance” to our Business Showcase.

“We like to do business with people we trust. It allows all of us to be more successful and have a greater impact on the community. This is business, but it’s still service…When we do business we should look at the Rotary Club first,” he said.

The ingenuity and creativity is hard to replicate in print, but here’s who donated $100 each to Rotary to promote their groups:

  • Cecilia Cunningham, with her guest Brenda Hennick, Aquinas College.
  • Joe Biermacher and Eve Rogus, Lighthouse Insurance Group.
  • Peter Albertini (and Blue Lake Public Radio), Keller Williams Realty.
  • Sheri Fazleabas, A & S Signature Journeys.
  • Jim Siegel with his humorous son Jaron, Siegel Jewelers.
  • Max Smith, Our Daily Bread.
  • Jeff Swain, Homewatch CareGivers.

In addition to the interesting and diverse presentations, we welcomed a new member, David Shaffer. Dave is a commercial banker with Macatawa Bank and was sponsored by his friend and former co-worker Derek Aten. He is also a Grand Rapids city commissioner and chairman of the city’s zoning board of appeals. And his and wife, Carrie, live on the city’s northwest side and have two children.

James Eliassen reminded us that there’s still time to sign up for a shift to help during the Senior Neighbors Holiday Luncheon Dec. 19 at Kuyper College:

  • 9 a.m.-11 a.m.:   Fill 200 gift bags, sign Meijer gift cards and begin set-up for the luncheon
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.:   Finish setting up for the luncheon, assist seniors to their seats and begin serving
  • 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.:  Finish the serving, handing out gift bags to the seniors as they leave and cleaning up

See James or Dawn Smith if you’d still like to sign up for a shift or donate gift cards or similar items for prize drawings. Items can also be dropped off at the Rotary Office, 1345 Monroe Ave NW, Suite 204.

The Senior Neighbors Holiday Luncheon is a highly anticipated event hosted by Rotary for more than 25 years.  For this luncheon, we work in partnership with Senior Neighbors, who invite 200 low-income seniors from our community to attend, for many of these seniors, this is the only Holiday celebration that they have.


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