2.15.18 – SPOKES Notes
SPOKES Notes written by Roger Morgenstern
• It was very clear that the Honorable David Murkowski, chief judge of the Kent County Probate Court, knows both his court’s colorful history as well as how today’s modern court system is incredibly busy.
• The Judge shared that the Probate Courts in Michigan are the state’s oldest courts; having been established when Michigan was still a territory in 1835…two years before we became a state!
• There are four judges in the county’s probate court. Their caseload includes various family law matters, mental health issues and estate related cases. From 2008-14, the court’s docket increased 30 percent, with many of the cases related to the aging population and mental health issues.
News and Notes
• James Eliassen reminded us that 15 to 20 Rotarians are still needed to help from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Feb. 24 at Feeding America West Michigan, 864 West River Center Dr., Comstock Park, to repackage bulk containers of food to more manageable, family-size portions. This is an activity that also involves our STRIVE mentors and mentees.
• President Renwick welcomed six(!) new members to the Club last week:
o Ken Bair, store manager of the now under construction Bridge Street Market by Meijer.
o Charles (Chip) Behler, attorney/at counsel for Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge.
o Marcia Force, investment operations manager at Calder Investment Advisors.
o David Hollis, a Realtor with Greenridge Realty and a public safety officer for East Grand Rapids.
o Sara Torrey Lowe, executive director of Emmanuel Hospice.
o Bridget Stenger, outreach consultant with netlogx, LLC.