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Rotary Zoom Link
I thought it would be nice to include the link here - per Cara's email in December on this, the link should work for all of our January meetings.  Fingers crossed - hope to see some of you there!!
 
 
 
Join Zoom Meeting on your computer, laptop, or on your smartphone app:
Meeting ID: 897 5067 9298
Passcode: SL6290
 
 
But if you are calling in by dialing your phone: 
Call 1 (646) 558-8656 US and use:
Meeting ID: 897 5067 9298
Passcode: 262490
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Interact / Herman Miller Pop-Can Sign Up
The following is a link to sign up to volunteer to help pick the pop cans up from Herman Miller and drop them off for our interact kids. 
 
 
If you can help, please click the link and sign up!  Thank you!! 
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Last Weeks Speaker

LIGHTHOUSE IMMIGRANT ADVOCATES

 

Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates (LIA) is a law firm which was founded in 2015 and is located in Holland. David Lee is not a lawyer but is employed by LIA. Davis is Korean born but educated in this country. He assists LIA in many ways through the services they provide to their clients, but principally he Raises funds for the organization. He came to tell us about LIA and its unique approach to immigrant issues in our community.

LIA is more than a law firm. While it has 2 attorneys on staff, including firm founder Sarah Yore-Oosterhout, 2 paralegals, and 3 other staff members besides David, it seeks to utilize the groups talents to provide a holistic approach to All the problems their clients face related to immigration. This includes issues and paperwork related to the client’s immigration status, education, language services, advice in support of benefits available to support family stability, and advocacy related to immigration not only locally but at seats of government. Of course, they also represent their clients in court. As David put it, “there is lots of legal conduct that preys upon the immigrant population.”

The numbers related to the Immigrant population are notable. Foreign born residents of Ottawa County comprise 5.4% of the County’s population compared to 8.8% statewide. The gross number exceeds 15,500 representing over 60 countries of origin. Statewide that translates to about 150,000. About 1/3 of LIA’s clients are undocumented refugees whose status may still be unresolved. The staff biographies on the LIA website show a common thread that they believe everyone in the world should be able to live in a safe and stable environment. 90% of their clients live below 200% of the poverty level. The average case takes about 250 days to resolve. Last year they served 630 clients with a 97.3% positive approval rating. In the future LIA is looking to add another full-time attorney in the area of refugee advocacy. In the meantime, they welcome the volunteer assistance of Licensed Attorneys and anyone else moved to support the broad range of charitable endeavors of the LIA,

On the financial side, LIA’s annual budget is about $450,000.00. In 2021, 21% came in through fees which are structured based upon the client’s income; 45% came from corporate donations, and about 34% came from grants and subsidies. David is involved in the latter 2 categories and noted that the money received from grants was higher due to COVID related government payments and that this area is normally about 24%. LIA is 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. David welcomes all forms of volunteerism.

Randy White

 

No Raffle- Zoom Meeting

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Author's Bulletin Extra!
This week's snippet - This last week (really this last year), I have learned that sometimes Zoom (or virtual meetings) is sometimes better for a presentation. Sounds weird...but when you are presenting a large document, being able to control the screen and make sure your viewers are looking directly at what you want them to (versus trying to find the right page or section of a document, for example), it can make a huge difference - and that is for ALL involved!
 
This weeks joke - What do you call a fish wearing a bowtie?   Sofishticated!
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Upcoming Speaker
 
Speaker DateTopic
Jason Shamplin, Dir Ottawa ParksJanuary 21, 2022Ottawa Sands Master Plan
Sarah LewakowskiJanuary 28, 2022Mosaic Counseling
 
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Rotary Merchandise
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Steve Wooldridge
January 4
 
Craig Sytsema
January 5
 
Jacques Labo
January 7
 
Stefanie Herder
January 13
 
Evan Llewellyn
January 15
 
David Rhem
January 26
 
Dave Stocking
January 30
 
Spouse Birthdays
Laura Grafton
January 5
 
Tamela Gallagher
January 7
 
Anniversaries
Rich Jones
Cindy
January 12
 
Join Date
Chazz Fisher
January 1, 2010
12 years
 
Randall White
January 1, 1978
44 years
 
Ray Komray
January 1, 1986
36 years
 
James Humphrey
January 7, 2000
22 years
 
Kyle Bross
January 10, 2020
2 years
 
Megan C. Doss
January 14, 2005
17 years
 
John Nash
January 20, 2006
16 years
 
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