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Rotary paper trailer: 4th Saturday Drop-Offs


By Tom Noreen

To help folks drop off their newspapers, beginning in April the club will man the trailer on the 4th Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. until noon. If you need help dropping your papers off, we will be there to take them from your vehicle.

For many years, the Cedar Springs Rotary Club paper trailer has been a solid source of funds for our good works projects in Cedar Springs. The club collects newsprint for NuWool, which makes insulation out of it. Magazines, pasteboard cereal boxes, and other items cannot be used by NuWool.

The paper trailer is located in the northwest corner of the Family, Farm and Home parking lot.

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Rotary hosts District Governor


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By Tom Noreen

On October 21, Rotary District 6290 District Governor Tom Schmidt and his wife, Denise, visited the Cedar Springs Rotary Club as part of their duties. Tom looks after 60 Rotary Clubs—from Grand Haven in the southwest of the district to Blind River, Canada, in the northeast.

They met with the Rotary board prior to the general club meeting. The board reviewed the club’s activities to date, its plans for the rest of the year, and goals. Tom passed on some tips that he had learned from other clubs.

After lunch, he talked about the importance of getting out of the meeting room and being seen in the community. We need to let people know who we are and what we do for the community.

As part of the meeting, Schmidt presented new member packets to Randy VanDuyn from the Red Flannel Festival and David Sefton of Northern Physical Therapy. He also presented a Paul Harris +3 pin to Club President Tom Noreen for his support of the Rotary Foundation.

The club presented Schmidt a red flannel underwear top with his name embroidered on it.

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Rotary Club honors 5th grade essay winners


Students, parents, teachers, and principals involved in the Rotary 4-way test essay contest. Courtesy photo.

Students, parents, teachers, and principals involved in the Rotary 4-way test essay contest. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Rotary recently handed out the awards for their annual Rotary 4-way test contest. They invited students from Cedar View, Creative Technology Academy, and Algoma Christian to enter, and had nine fifth grade classes participate. 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 18 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 first-place winner this year was Greta Isabella DeBack, in Mr. Moleski’s class. She wrote her essay entitled “Truth or Mr. Gregory Setting a Good Example.” It showed how a great teacher impacted her life. Rotary awarded her $50.

MayLynne Hath, of Mrs. Johnson’s class, came in a close second. She wrote about what the “Habits of Mind” are as taught at Cedar View, what they are not and how they can guide each of us to be a good person. She was awarded $25.

The third-place winner was Gwen Forster, of Mrs. Cairy’s class. She found that personal loss could build a sense of community when shared with a friend. She was awarded $15.

Jacob Borden, of Mrs. Norman’s class at CTA, was the fourth-place winner. He wrote his essay entitled “How My Grandma Inspires Me” about his grandmother impacted his life. He was awarded $10.

Clark thanked the teachers for their inspiration and guidance of students, and their parents for the foundation of success they’ve laid at home.

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 is 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?”

The Cedar Springs Rotary holds the four-way test essay contest each year for fifth grade students, and tries to live by that four-way test. “We as Rotarians are aware of the example we set as individuals and as a Club in our community,” said Rotary President Carolyn Davis. “As community leaders and partners, we are mindful of what we think, say and do.”

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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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