Service Above Self
Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club


Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Editor:   John Ester
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Future Speakers
Aug 26 2014
Bob Nendza
"Command of Coast Guard Station "
Sep 2 2014
Ed Butt
"Bestie Valley Trail "
Sep 9 2014
Todd Sanders
"Food Security Project "
Sep 16 2014
Al Bonney
"District Governor "
Sep 23 2014
Peter Van Nort
"Foundation meeting "
Sep 30 2014
Kevin Bavers
"Director of Advancement, Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency"
Oct 21 2014
Julie Clark


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Benzie Sunrise and Frankfort Rotary Clubs tour American Waste
by Ester, John

Members of the two Benzie County Rotary Clubs at the end of their tour of the American Waste facility in Traverse City.

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Benzie Central's input on the MSU trip
by Ester, John

Middle School Principal Dave Clasen was on the agenda for our Club Assembly to report on whether the kids enjoyed the MSU field trip we sponsored (they did!).
Coming soon: The Stormcloud Brewing Company
by Ester, John

Rick Schmitt described the new microbrewery that is opening in June in downtown Frankfort.

Formerly a Vice President at Crystal Mountain and presently an owner of the Garden Theater, Rick told of his new entrepreneurial venture in Frankfort. Rick and co-principal Brian Confer are building their new facility next to the Garden Theater.  When completed, the brewery will not only make and sell Belgian-inspired ales but also will purchase and market wine. In addition there will be a restaurant with a limited, healthy menu. The owners envision their new microbrewery as a "Third Place" (after home and work) where people will want to hang out.

The new business will create jobs locally--8 full-time employees and 15-17 summer employees. While the severe winter delayed construction by a couple of weeks, the microbrewery will open in June. Community interest for the new operation was apparent from the Q & A session that followed Rick's PowerPoint presentation.

We learn about our International Exchange Student's home country of Mexico
by Ester, John

Fernanda Cabrera gave us a PowerPoint presentation on her home town of Xicotepec, Mexico.

Jointly sponsored by Sunrise Rotary and the Frankfort Club, Fernanda showed off Xicotepec, a city on the edge of the mountains northeast of Mexico City whose architecture reflects its Spanish origins. Mexico is largely Catholic, and Fernanda described several religious celebrations.

Her program included photographs of her handsome family, including the grandparents who live in a separate home on the same property as Fernanda's immediate family.  She also showed us some of her school mates--both in their normal uniforms and in less formal gym outfits. She gave us a primer on Mexican food (and meal times), and described differences in Mexican and American education. Fernanda serves as a fine representative of Rotary's International Exchange Program!

The Benzie County Council on Agency: an asset in our community
by Ester, John

Dawn Bousamra, COA's Senior Center Coordinator & Supervisor, described the many services offered by the COA to seniors in our area.

With a congregate site at the Gathering Place in the Honor Mall, the COA is a non-profit charitable organization that promotes opportunities for socialization and independent living for seniors. In her PowerPoint presentation Dawn outlined what the COA offers in terms of healthy meals, exercise, education and welfare referral, among other things. She also talked about volunteer opportunities at COA, including the delivery of meals five days a week to homebound seniors. Finally, she introduced the Council's new Executive Director, Doug Durand.
Tim Krause is the 2012/2013 Club HERO
by Thomas, Kristine

Tim Krause is the recipient of the Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club's 2012/2013 HERO Award. 

The award is available to one member of each Rotary Club in the district, with recipients formally recognized at a luncheon on May 18 during the District Conference. "Tim is our HERO because of his extraordinary commitment of his time and talent in leading the development and implementation of our Bike Benzie Tour, a primary fundraiser for our Club. As a direct result of Tim's efforts, our Club is able to provide the necessary funds to support our many service projects within our local school system and community." CONGRATULATIONS, TIM!!! Thank you SO VERY MUCH for all you do for our Club and our community!
Quality Deer Management in Northwestern Michigan
by Thomas, Kristine

Ryan Ratajczak, President of the Northwestern Michigan Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), discussed the work being done by his organization and others to manage the deer population in our area. 

Nationally, QDMA has roughly 200 branches, with over 50,000 members.

Primary deer management strategies fall into three categories: traditional, quality, and trophy, with the four cornerstones of quality deer management being: herd management, habitat management, herd monitoring, and hunter management.  On average. a deer hunter contributes $800 to our economy every year, resulting in roughly $1.8 billion in revenue for Michigan annually.  However, in recent years, revenue from the sport has declined due to a steady decline (20%) in the hunter population in our area. The drop is due primarily to aging demographics and lack of youth participation.

A new deer management strategy implemented in Leelanau County a few years ago has helped improve the quality of deer in the county, and as a result, the steady decline in hunters in other counties does not exist in Leelanau.  Expansion of this program is being considered.

The Benzie County Clerk Describes Her Office
by Ester, John

Dawn Olney educated the Club on the many duties of the County Clerk.

In addition to being County Clerk, one holding that office in Michigan also serves as Clerk to the Circuit Court.  Responsibilities in that regard include handling records of adult felonies, civil cases, adoptions, parental waivers, dba forms and notary applications.

Dawn also performs civil marriage ceremonies, almost always in court. Other functions falling within the scope of her job relate to concealed pistol applications, jury boards, elections and the County Board of Commissioners.  Dawn also assumed responsibilities when the County Administrator was removed from office.

 This elected job clearly is an important one.