Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Dennis Furton
October 6
Gordon Gallagher
October 11
Robert Garrison
October 15
Gary Gerlach
October 17
Tom Boven
October 21
Spouse Birthdays
Jennifer Sytsema
October 1
Mindy MacLachlan
October 1
Patti Fisher
October 2
Susan Petrus
October 14
Kim Kik
October 18
Jennifer Lynn
October 24
Mike Wolfe
October 31
Steve Wooldridge
Leslie Wooldridge
October 4
Bradley Bench
October 5
Stefanie Herder
Josh Herder
October 10
Morgan Rescorla
Mike Wolfe
October 24
Join Date
Claire A. Sheridan
October 1, 2004
14 years
Thomas Hickman
October 4, 1985
33 years
Virginia S. Ryan
October 8, 2004
14 years
Philip S. King
October 18, 2002
16 years
James I. Moore
October 19, 1990
28 years
Midge J. Verplank
October 22, 1965
53 years
Ryan Hendrickson
October 28, 2016
2 years
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Rotary Gear
Upcoming Speaker's
-10/12 – Reimagination Station – THERE – on Site
-10/19 – Whitt Kilburn – GVSU Political Science Prof – November Election
-10/25 – Plant Trees – 4:30 pm – SLCC Tree Site
-11/2 – Spring Lake Fall Sports
Last Week''s Scribe
Gear Group Rotary Store Front / Induction of Nick Chasco
New Rotary Club Store Front / Online Merchandise by Gear Group
                Jess Garrison introduced Ken Hanson from local online retailer Gear Group, who gave the club a demonstration of our upcoming store front through their hosting services, which will allow us to buy Rotary shirts, soft-shell zip-ups, and hats by visiting the Spring Lake Rotary Club website.  Nike and Port Authority will be the two brands that are featured once the site is live, and all merchandise will feature the Rotary logo.  There is no charge to add the services, and it will remain open as long as our club spends at least $500 collectively through the site in the first year that it is open.  Jess G. will be sending out more info on this shortly once it’s live. 
Nick Chasco of Grand Haven was inducted into our club on Friday, and is sponsored by Kevin Green.  Nick is a commercial insurance agent at Shoreline Insurance in Muskegon, and he is a graduate of Grand Valley State University.  Welcome to our club Nick!
General Club Announcements:
  • Dave Rhem stood to remind everyone that there are to be no politics discussed at Rotary meetings, as this can only serve to divide, and not unite us. This is also a Rotary International rule. 
  • Vicki Coulson announced that the 61st Habitat for Humanity build for the Lakeshore region is well underway, with several Rotarians helping to place and install the trusses at their site in Ferrysburg on Tuesday, 10/2.  There is still plenty of work left to do, so please sign up to volunteer with Vicki if you are able.
  • Mark your calendars for the Spring Lake Rotary Club’s 60th anniversary celebration, to be held at the SLCC on Wednesday, November 7th from 5:30pm until TBD.  Tickets will be $25 per person, and partners are welcome to attend.  Cost will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment.  There will be a cash bar.  RSVP by email to Ernie Petrus, and email Gordon Gallagher if you’d like to help in the planning of that event. 
  • The October 12th Rotary meeting will be an off-site visit to Mulligan’s Hollow in Grand Haven to serve lunch to all volunteers who are building the new Imagination Station playground there.  We will be serving lunch from 12:30-1:30, and helping out with the construction project while we’re there, all that are able to do so.  There is heavy construction on Jackson/Harbor St. in Grand Haven, which limit the available routes to Mulligan’s Hollow.  The Harbor Transit will be able to shuttle Rotarians from the Home Depot over to Mulligan’s Hollow, and will leave from Home Depot at 12:15pm. 
  • John Nash is working on moving the Spring Lake fall sports update to our meeting on 11/2, and will keep everyone updated on that.  There was a miscommunication on that meeting with A.D. Cavin Mohrhardt, which was to take place on 10/5.
  • Chris Burns updated us on the Spring Lake Village.  The pathway lighting project will enhance the lighting in the pathway in the Village, costs about $150,000, and is currently underway between Fruitport Road and Lake Avenue in the Village.  It will be done in about two weeks.  Kim Van Kampen’s development project in downtown Spring Lake has been approved for the 1st phase, which include the buildings along Savidge, next to the Village Hall.  The 1st phase will start in spring of 2019, and will finish in 2020.  The force main sewer line project in the Village will be under construction beginning in April of 2019, and will run for at least three months.  Traffic will be limited on Exchange Avenue during that time. 
  • Craig Bessinger briefed us on the latest in Ferrysburg.  Their master plan was just finalized, which moves 345 acres of sand dunes between Grand Haven and Ferrysburg into the County Parks’ control.  There is a fundraising campaign to renovate and update the playground next to the fire station, and that will cost $100,000 to do.  The roof is being replaced on the city building, and solar panels are being added. 
  • Gordon Gallagher announced that the bike path connector bridge at M-104 and Krueger St. has been completed, after many, many, many, many years of waiting by the patient and faithful citizens of Spring Lake Township.  All-Shores Wesleyan Church donated a permanent easement along Lloyd’s Bayou as part of the project that can now be enjoyed by all.  Absentee voting registration can be done for the upcoming elections through the Township up until three days before the election.  Spring Lake Township has been awarded the Township of Excellence award once again this year.  We are the only township in the state of Michigan that has been recognized more than once. 
50/50 Winner: Jess Garrison