Last Week's Speaker 
The Friday meeting at SLCC started with an announcement of the club anniversaries of Jim MacLachlan (over 35 yrs) and Bernie Wade (27 yrs).  These members have been active in Rotary for a long time and present an example of Service to their communities and club that is exemplary.  Thanks Guys!
Reminders for your calendars:  On November 3, the club will meet at and after 5:30 at TED’s on the curve east of Spring Lake, for a social gathering, including spouses and special guests of members.  It is a social event and more details later.   Another special event is on Friday, November 17; there will be as part of our noon time meeting at SLCC, a WEEKEND NUTRITIONAL PACKING event where more than 500 Backpacks for kids weekend meal needs will be packed by our members.   This is a service above self event where Jeff Clark will arrange the logistics of having food packages and backpacks delivered for kids, to SLCC, and we members will help pack nutritious meals in the backpacks.  More hands make for a good result!
The final calendar note is the annual Christmas Choir songfest by the SLHS Choirs will be held on Dec. 15, which is 2 Fridays before Christmas.   We will not have a meeting on Friday, Dec. 22 as Christmas is the next Monday and many people will be traveling starting with that last Friday before Christmas.  So now our calendars are correct!
We had an excellent noon program, presented by JT Hogan, the Athletic Director of SLPS.   He confided that his position at SL was his last job that he would ever seek, as he was proud to be part of the Laker family and liked working with the youth and families, and educators, at Spring Lake.   AD Hogan for those that did not know, last year was honored by the MIAAA as the AD of the Year for Region 14, which comprises the entire state of middle schools, over 300 in count.   Quite an honor for a local AD, who usually is busy with lots of balls in the air.  He received the Honor which is provided by his colleagues in the field of Athletic Director. 
We were honored to have representatives from the Golf and Tennis teams in attendance at our meeting.   Before introducing their coach in each sport present, and the student athletes, AD Hogan commented upon the following Fall Sports:
  1. Boys x-country is ranked 20th in the State out of 120 in Division 2.  Girls are ranked 12th and most of the top teams are in West Michigan.  The teams will do well when they go to District and Regional competition.  
  2. Football is exciting this year because the team is now undefeated at 4 and 0.   As of the Friday program the boys had to play in the evening at Coopersville, where they pulled out a close 20-19 victory, which bodes well for soon qualifying for state final competition.  
  3. Girls Golf, coached by Alec Lininger, is doing great this year.   Representing the team were Zoe Dull and Evie McDonald.   The participants are from grades 10, 11 and 12 so the future of this sport will be good for the many years.  On Sept. 25 there will be a golf meet that honors a service member from Spring Lake.
  4. Boys Soccer is playing at a high level since many of the state’s best teams are in the Div. 2 in West Michigan.   The test is demanding for the team, as reflected by its current record.  Notwithstanding, the AD believes the team will do well in District and Regional play because some of the competition at that time will not be as competitive as what is being experienced during league play now. 
  5. Girls Swim is proceeding nicely, with several participants already having qualifying times or scores for going to the state meets.
  6. Tennis under Coach Alex Palladino, in his 3rd year after retired Coach Charlie Bassett, is again doing well with only 1 loss in competition.   The players present, Hudson Braak, a junior, and Jack DesJardin, a Senior, participate with 10 other players.  There will be 9 returning players next year, so the team has continued the winning tennis tradition at Spring Lake.
  7. Volleyball is ½ through its schedule and showing ability.   The team beat last years league champion from Hamilton.
AD Hogan concluded his comments by stating that the players at Spring Lake are having fun and are well adjusted to the sports that they compete in.   The student-athletes make every effort to excel in their chosen sports and in the classroom.  An encouraging statistic and announcement is that a student survey determined that there are at least 25 girls interested in participating in the sport of Field Hockey, where there are at least 5 other teams in West Michigan involved in Field Hockey.   Also, there is a co-op Water Polo team with Grand Haven, where 5 Lakers participate.  It is likely that Spring Lake will also start a Bowling Team this winter, which will use Northway Lanes as its venue.   The amazing participation statistic for SLHS is that 98% of the 765 students are involved in school organized extra-curricular programs, both athletics and fine arts oriented.  We parents know that participation with other students is the key to a well rounded and healthy young person.
The final comments are that the new Field House is well into the planning and pricing phase.   The panel that is helping to look at the various improvements  has traveled to other schools to look at the facilities, which includes weight rooms, wrestling areas, indoor practice areas for spring and fall sports, and health enhancements.   Sounds like the taxpayers and students will experience a long list of uses and opportunities.  The engineers and architects are working diligently to set the plans to paper so folks can see more of the proposed final renderings before groundbreaking.  With the new land parcel along the Ely boundary of the High School, the placing of the footprint will define the School Campus for the next generation of students and coaching staff.  
Thanks to Athletic Director JT Hogan for a well presented program of our Schools fall sports programs.   Nearly every student at SLHS has chosen to be involved in extracurricular activities…a sign of a pleasant but rewarding experience.  
The Battle of the Bayou is on deck for next week Friday at Fruitport.  One of the challenges is to try to separate the Battle of the Bayou with Fruitport where the game is played this year, from Homecoming at Spring Lake.   Such a problem as everyone wants to be involved in Both events!!
Next week’s program is our own Paul Winter, presenting the Crew Club rowing regatta efforts of many Laker participants.  And the 50/50 Raffle winner was Mike Cotteral…congratulations Mike…as he was present to win!
Your Scribe,  Tom Boven
Author's Corner
This week I learned that when you think you're already busy, you can always be busier!  Three boys, all in sports - 3 different locations... and, in case anyone didn't notice yet, there is some construction around that definitely slows things down :)  How about you?  Do you find yourself busier in the fall?  Things picking up to get ready for winter maybe?  Hang in there if you are!!!
This week's joke - What is the difference between a hippo and a zippo?  One is really heavy, and the other is a little lighter.
Upcoming Speaker
Speaker DateTopic
Paul WinterSeptember 22, 2023Spring Lake Crew Club
Brad HieftjeSeptember 29, 2023Resilience - Sexual Assault Support Programs
Rodney Savage, Dir of Engagement, Equity and InclusionOctober 6, 2023Kids Food Basket
Barbara VanHorssenOctober 13, 2023Mental Illness and the Courage to End Stigma
Interact / Herman Miller Pop-Can Sign Up
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Rotary Merchandise 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bradley Bench
September 14
Morgan Rescorla
September 17
Ed Grafton
September 27
Spouse Birthdays
Mary Cotterall
September 3
Leif VanHorssen
September 4
Bill Burns
September 28
Barry Kram
Bronwen Kram
September 9
Leon Stille
Dzintra Stille
September 16
Chris Burns
Bill Burns
September 22
Sue Zwart
September 27
Join Date
Pete Sherwood
September 3, 1971
52 years
Kevin Green
September 10, 2009
14 years
Scott Navarre
September 10, 2021
2 years
Mac MacLachlan
September 18, 1987
36 years
Bernie Wade
September 20, 1996
27 years
Craig Sytsema
September 20, 2013
10 years
Tom Boven
September 29, 1972
51 years
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