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Rotary Cow plop winners


 

There are two things you can’t argue with: Mother Nature and cows.

It wasn’t exactly what they had in mind, but because of trouble with the weather and the cow, the Cedar Springs Rotary Club converted the third annual Cow Plop Raffle, which was held October 26, into a traditional raffle.

According to Rotarian Gabrielle Warner, Rotarians hung out inside and had coffee and donuts with community members, and then drew the winners at noon. The first prize of $1000 went to Joyce Gray of Howard City; second prize of $350 went to Tina Hall of Choice One Bank; and third prize of $150 went to Todd Hanson of Nelson Township!

“Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all raffle participants,” remarked Warner.

Proceeds from this raffle support The Cedar Springs Rotary Club Foundation Scholarships Fund for Scholarships that they award through several programs to students right here in the Cedar Springs Area.

 

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Rotary cow plop returns


 

Do you want to win some money? Do you want to help local students get scholarships for college? Do you want to join us for free coffee and donuts?  If the answer was yes to any of these questions, then you need to find a Cedar Springs Rotarian, because the  3rd Annual Cedar Springs Rotary Cow Plop raffle is coming on October 26!

What is a cow plop fundraiser? The land next to White Creek Lumber will be sectioned off into 2×2 squares and a calf will be released and monitored. There are tickets assigned to each square at noon on October 26, and if the cow plops in the  square where your ticket is placed, you may be a winner. There are three prizes.The first plop square wins $1000, the second $350 and the third $150. The great thing is that you do not even need to be present to win, but we hope you will come and join in the fun anyway!

The event begins at 9 a.m., with the winner announced after the noon drawing. Tickets are only $5 each and can be purchased at Independent Bank, ChoiceOne Bank, White Creek Lumber, Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation, Innovative Solutions Agency, Inc. or from any Cedar Springs Rotarian. For more information you can join the group on Facebook at Cedar Springs Rotary Club.

 

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Rotary 4-way test essay winners


Photo cutline: Award winners, teachers and Rotary representatives for the Rotary 4-way test. Back: (L to R) CTA teacher Aaron Kenemer, Donna Clark, Amanda Gerhardt, Carolyn Davis, and Julie Wheeler. Front row (L to R): Ashley Shelagowski, David Whitten, Mrs. Luttrell, Katelyn Hoogerheide, Alyssa Washington, and Nicholas Cummings.

Photo cutline: Award winners, teachers and Rotary representatives for the Rotary 4-way test. Back: (L to R) CTA teacher Aaron Kenemer, Donna Clark, Amanda Gerhardt, Carolyn Davis, and Julie Wheeler. Front row (L to R): Ashley Shelagowski, David Whitten, Mrs. Luttrell, Katelyn Hoogerheide, Alyssa Washington, and Nicholas Cummings.

 

The Cedar Springs Rotary recently handed out the awards for their annual 4-way test contest March 13. They had five fifth grade classes this year, including Creative Technology Academy, celebrating Rotary’s Annual 4 Way Test Essay Contest.  All essays were written at school in 200 words or less.  Teachers chose the 2 best essays from their class and submitted them to the committee, which included Julie Wheeler, Carolyn Davis and Donna Clark.

“We had nine diverse and interesting essays to read, evaluate and choose from,” explained Clark. “We looked at grammar, writing mechanics, spelling, presentation and the story line. We looked for a clear outcome, such as the lesson learned or character revealed.”

The 4 Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943 and has been translated into more than 100 languages and published in thousands of ways. The message should be known and followed by all Rotarians.  “Of the things we think, say or do: 1. Is it the TRUTH? 2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3.  Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? 4.  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”

“We as Rotarians are aware of the example we set as individuals and as a Club in our community,” noted Rotary president Amanda Gerhardt.  As community leaders and partners, we are mindful of what we think, say and do.”

Coming in first this year was Katelyn Hoogerheide, of Mr. Moleski’s class. “Our committee felt that she understands what integrity is, wrote very clearly, gave a great definition, a great example and strives to be a person of integrity herself,” noted Clark. Katelyn was given her award and $40.

Two tied for 2nd place: David Whitten, of Mrs. Luttrell’s class, and Nicholas Cummings of Ms. Cairy’s class. “Their essays were similar in that they each wrote about a person that they looked up to as setting a great example,” said Clark. Both were given an award and $20.

Two also tied for 3rd d place: Alyssa Washington, of Mr. Moleski’s class, and Ashley Shelagowski, of Mr. Aaron Kenemer’s class. “We chose them for the similar qualities of their stories,” noted Clark. “Each girl wrote her story around a significant family member – her special grandfather.” Both were given an award and $10.

 

 

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Rotary cow plop fundraiser


Do you want to win some money? Do you want to support local students get scholarship help for college? Do you want to enjoy family fun and music while staying  local? If the answer was yes to any of these questions, than you need to find a Cedar Springs Rotarian because the Cedar Springs Rotary club is hosting a cow plop fundraiser on May 5!

What is that? The land next to White Creek Lumber will be sectioned off into 2×2 squares, and a calf will be released and monitored. There are tickets assigned to each square at 5 p.m. and, if the cow plops in the  square where your ticket is placed, you may be a winner.

There are three prizes. The first plop square wins $1000, the second $350 and the third $150. The great thing is that you do not even need to be present to win, but we hope you will come and join in the fun anyway. The ticket will also grant you admission into a community concert featuring local musicians in a band called “Madhouse.” They are a local band that will play lots of fun cover songs that will make you want to dance. There will also be ballon animals, face painting, bounce houses, exhibits from Howard Christensen Nature Center and more.

The event begins at 2 p.m., with the winner announced after the 5 p.m. drawing. Tickets are only $5 each and can be purchased at Independent Bank, ChoiceOne Bank, Weingartz, White Creek Lumber, Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation, Gebhardt Insurance, or from any Cedar Springs Rotarian. For more information, you can join the group on Facebook at Cedar Springs Rotary Club.

 

 

 

 

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Rotary chooses essay winners


The Cedar Springs Rotary recently selected the winners of their 4-way test essay contest at Cedar View Elementary.

Each year the Rotary works with the eight fifth grade classes at Cedar View, and added a fifth grade class from Creative Technologies Academy this year as well.

The theme this year was “Setting a good example—integrity.” All essays were written at school in 200 words or less. Teachers chose the 2 best essays from their class, and then the 4-Way Committee, including Julie Wheeler, Carolyn Davis and Clark, chose their top three. Or, in this case, their top four—there was a tie for third place.

“We looked at grammar, writing mechanics, spelling, presentation and the story line,” explained Clark. “We looked for a clear outcome, such as the lesson learned or character revealed.”

The first place winner was Haley Price, of Ms. Zank’s class. She won $50. Second place went to Heather Mann, of Mrs. Luttrell’s class. She won $25. Julia Simpson, of Mr. Harmon’s class, and Maddi Huntoon, of Mrs. Boverhof’s class, tied for third, and won $10 each.

“We as Rotarians are aware of the example we set as individuals and as a club in our community,” said Rotary President Denise Gates. “As community leaders and partners, we are mindful of what we think, say and do.”

The Rotary 4-way test says, “Of the things we think, say or do: 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

The Rotary 4-Way test is one of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world. It was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932, when he was asked to take charge of the Chicago-based Club Aluminum Co., which was facing bankruptcy. Taylor looked for a way to save the struggling company mired in depression-caused financial difficulties. He drew up a 24-word code of ethics for all employees to follow in their business and professional lives. The 4-Way Test became the guide for sales, production, advertising and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company was credited to this simple philosophy.

 

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Rotarians honored


Pictured from LtoR are Rotarians Denise Gates, Donna Clark, Ron McDermed, Nancy Noreen (standing in for Tom), district governor Jane Millar, and Aaron Gauger.

Rotary District Governor Jane Millar recently visited the Cedar Springs Rotary Club. She, along with Club President Denise Gates, presented Paul Harris Fellow awards to Donna Clark, Ron McDermed, Tom Noreen, and Aaron Gauger for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation. John Rohrer, also a Cedar Springs Rotarian, was honored at the Rotary Gala, held in Charlevoix for his significant contributions and leadership with the Rotary Foundation.
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
The Gates Foundation has awarded The Rotary Foundation a $100 million grant, which Rotary will match, dollar-for-dollar, over three years. It is the largest grant ever given to a volunteer service organization and represents a tremendous validation of the approach and success of our PolioPlus program.
“The extraordinary dedication of Rotary members has played a critical role in bringing polio to the brink of eradication. Eradicating polio will be one of the most significant public health accomplishments in history, and we are committed to helping reach that goal,” notes Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Rotary motto “Service Above Self” conveys the humanitarian spirit of the organization’s more than 1.2 million members. Strong fellowship among Rotarians and meaningful community and international service projects characterize Rotary worldwide.

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Rotary golf outing


First place team Choice One Investments.

The 2011 Annual Rotary Golf Outing brought out a rousing group of area golfers on Wednesday, July 20. The event was hosted by Cedar Chase Golf Course and the major sponsor was Vander Hyde Ford who donated a Hole-in-One Prize Package on all four par three holes. Sixty-eight men and women participated in a scramble format with Choice One Investments winning the tournament with a score of 16 under par. The winning team consisted of Larry Wheeler, Ray Averill, Cindy Watson, and Don Christy. Other prize winners included Sara Dryer with women’s longest drive, Brian Talbot, men’s longest drive and closest-to-the-pin, and Larry Wheeler with the longest putt.

“The Rotary Club is grateful for the tremendous support of area residents and businesses. It appeared everyone had a great time with the cloud overcast creating perfect weather conditions. All profits from this tournament will be put back into the community on various Rotary service projects,” reported Mark Gebhardt, Event Chairman.

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Rotary Group Study Exchange


Rotary District 6290 is looking for young business professions between the ages of 25 and 40 who are interested in traveling to Bangladesh on a vocational exchange. While there, they will interact with other professionals in their fields, learn about the culture, and experience the way of life of the Bangladeshis. Other than personal expenses, all costs are covered by The Rotary Foundation.
If you are interested or know of someone who might be interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, please contact Tom Noreen at 696-5186 or TomNoreen@aol.com. For more information on the program, check out a flyer for a previous trip at  http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/6290//HTML/100829//GSEforwebsite.pdf

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Setting a Good Example


Winners of Rotary 4-way test essay competition

By Donna Clark and Tom Noreen

Eight classes participated this year in the Cedar Springs Rotary’s Annual 4-Way Test Essay Contest with the 5th grade at Cedar View Elementary. All essays were written at school in 200 words or less. Teachers chose the two best essays from their class, and from those 16, our 4-Way Committee, Julie Wheeler, Carolyn Davis and Donna Clark, were to choose three.

It was very hard to choose just three, so we didn’t—we chose five. We had a tie for 4th place!

The top three stories talk of the great example that was set by someone and then how that special example inspired them to change or respond in some way.

We read some great stories on the theme of Setting a Good Example, like my Grandma wrote the meaning of my name and put it on a plaque and I look at it every day; Kyanna encourages her little sister to do her homework, get a good education, and a good career; boredom can do strange things to boys, such as cause them to throw berries at Mrs. Penny’s house, run off when she appeared, and then later coming back to apologize and clean up the mess. Needless to say, it was very interesting for our committee to have the chance to read the top two essays from each class.

Rotary has developed a meaningful partnership with Principal Mike Duffy and the teachers and students of the 5th grade class over the years. Mrs. Boverhof has been our contact person for the essay writing partnership between Rotary and Cedar View for four years now.

Mrs. Boverhof noted, “Every year something new pops up. This year when I introduced the topic of ‘Setting a Good Example,’ I was met with blank stares.” She explained they could give examples. Hopefully as a result of these essays we will have “given the kids an awareness of what ‘setting a good example’ looks and feels like.”

This year’s winners are in order Nicole Kukla, Peyton Elliston, Mariah Reich and tied for fourth Blake Williams and Brandon Owens. You can find Nicole’s essay below.

One of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world is the Rotary 4-Way Test. It was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932 when he was asked to take charge of the Chicago-based Club Aluminum Co., which was facing bankruptcy. Taylor looked for a way to save the struggling company mired in depression-caused financial difficulties. He drew up a 24-word code of ethics for all employees to follow in their business and professional lives. The 4-Way Test became the guide for sales, production, advertising and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company was credited to this simple philosophy. The 4-Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943.

Nicole’s essay:

My Mom My Hero

By Nicole Kukla

Incredible! That is what I think about my mom. She is a single mom who takes care of two kids, works Monday through Friday, and still has time to do exciting things with us. She has taught me so many things and is always setting a good example for me. One of the most important things she taught me is to never give up. It’s something she never does. She probably doesn’t even think about it. I have watched her do so many things, but the thing I never saw her do is give up.

My mom takes care of my sister and I all by herself. She feeds us, pays for sports, and most importantly puts a roof over our heads. I don’t know how she does it. She works so hard to make sure we are successful in everything we do. My sister and I are sometimes very hard to take care of because we argue. But we get along fifty percent of the time. On top of all of the other things she does, she works. I have never seen anybody work so hard before. My mom also has to make a ton of sacrifices for us. On the weekends, my mom takes us to sports. My sister has winter guard and I have soccer. She could be hanging out with her friends but she doesn’t. These are her famous words, “my kids come first.”

Sometimes my sister and I make sacrifices for our mom. Sometimes on the weekends, we like to hang out with her. It is like our way of saying thank you for everything that she does. Our sacrifices aren’t really important though because it is fun to spend time with her. When I’m older, I want to be like my mom and set good examples for the people around me.

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Rotary honors high school sports teams


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The Cedar Springs Rotary honored girls cross country and boys soccer recently for their accomplishments. Pictured left to right: Jessica Titus, Coach Kahler, Katie Weiler, Robert Klein, Coach Avink, Tyler Hinton.

The Cedar Springs Rotary Club recently presented framed newspaper articles to the Girl’s Cross Country Team and the Boy’s Soccer Team. Rotary participates in Youth Leadership Training and Scholarships, which was evident in these two teams’ outstanding success during the 2010 fall season. Both teams broke school records and ranked at the top locally, regionally, and in the state.
“Knowing that positive leadership is necessary in order for a team to experience success, our Rotary Club wanted to thank the coaches and players for their hard work and sacrifices. Positive leadership and team work allow our entire school district and community to celebrate,” said Gabrielle Warner, Rotary Club President.

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