Rotary Scholarship Opportunities

The high cost of a college education or vocational training presents a financial burden for many Elk Rapids students. To offset this high cost, numerous channels of financial aid are available to Elk Rapids students. 
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COVID-19 Response

Rotary Club of Elk Rapids provides local Covid-19 support
                by Carol Heles
The Rotary Club of Elk Rapids provided swift and thoughtful financial assistance to numerous local businesses and organizations to help them through the Covid-19 crisis.

The Elk Rapids Downtown Development Authority (DDA) used Rotary funds to supply personal protection equipment (PPE) to downtown businesses in the form of masks and hand sanitizer. Financial support of the DDA’s “ER Promise” campaign that focused on keeping the community informed and working together was also supported by the Rotary Club of Elk Rapids.

Likewise, the Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce put Rotary funds to work by purchasing PPE so that the Farmers Markets could proceed safely throughout the summer and fall. 

And finally, the Rotary Club of Elk Rapids donated $6,000 to the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation (GTRCF) Urgent Needs Fund. The Urgent Needs Fund was created to mobilize local giving in response to the pandemic. By partnering with GTRCF, Rotary was assured that their financial assistance would be given to deserving local non-profits in need of immediate relief services. 

While Rotary is a global network of neighbors, friends, leaders and problem-solvers, their vision includes taking action to create lasting change in their local communities. Through their local Covid-19 support efforts, the Rotary Club of Elk Rapids took action that fulfilled that vision.

You can help the Rotary Club of Elk Rapids continue to empower local organizations to succeed by donating to the “Good Works Fund” at Text and photos submitted by Carol Heles
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Scholarship Recipients

Here’s more information on our 2020 winners:
Jordan Jansen is a 2020 ERHS graduate who is going to NMC to pursue an Associates Degree in nursing with the ultimate goal of becoming a nurse anesthetist. Jordan was the senior class president and a member of various clubs and varsity sports. According to one of her recommendation letters, “Jordan is unassuming and supportive of others and embraces faith, family and community in a multitude of ways.”
Parker Lawrence is a 2019 ERHS graduate currently enrolled at NMC seeking an Associates Degree in pre-med. Parker’s academic goal is to achieve a doctorate in Physical Therapy. Parker works many jobs to help pay for his education and one of his recommendation letters states that “He is driven and sets goals for himself that he not only meets but exceeds. He is polite, honorable, trustworthy and reliable.”
Tanner McLean is a 2020 ERHS graduate who will be entering the engineering tract of NMC’s “2 + 2” program in conjunction with Michigan Tech with the hope of becoming a robotic engineer. Tanner was involved in the Robotics Team, marching and concert bands and the bowling and golf teams while at ERHS.  As stated in one of his recommendation letters, “While Tanner has accomplished many things both academically and technically (He has numerous inventions), he also has another side of him which is as a person who is responsible, accountable and has a great concern for others."
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Rendezvous at Riverwalk

Rotarians and Friends gathered Tuesday evening to enjoy each other's company in the new game room at Riverwalk Grill. We were treated to libations by barista Melissa and delicious charbroiled beef tenderloin, broccolini, cheesy bacon mashed potatoes and big green salad prepared by chef Danny.

Club lunch/evening meeting chair Jim Hocken welcomed everyone and shared a memorable joke after accepting a variety of happy dollar comments, including a blushing moment for Tom Wiltse courtesy of our super hostess Sherry Detwiler! Afterward, Gary Chenoweth accepted an additional Paul Harris Fellowship pin from our inspiring Foundation Chair Bob Chaphalkar. Congratulations as well to Jim Hocken for his exemplary club service and his special Paul Harris Fellow.

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Christmas Dinner & Auction

Rotarians and Friends gathered on Tuesday evening at The HERTH to enjoy each other's company for this year's Christmas Party and Auction. Chef Michael Peterson and Siren Hall manager Mindy Bisson served libations, a delicious dinner, and a delightfully decadent dessert.

President Tom Stephenson led the merriment, announcing this year's charity auction recipients as #1 Antrim Baby Pantry, #2 ACTS and #3 Meals on Wheels. Santa and Mrs. Santa, Bernie and Barb Johnson, along with Elves Judy and Mel Matchett kept the bidding and gift distribution going smoothly as competition for the many gift and certificates became intensified.

Cheers to all for a great evening of fun and "fun" raising!


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Giving Tree Challenge

In the spirit of the holiday season, Elk Rapids Rotarians and the Village Market staff invites community members to pick up Giving Tree tags this week at the Elk Rapids Village Market location.
Tags on the tree identify a child, their age and a modest gift suggestion. (So, there’s no agonizing over the perfect gift; the tag provides the specific, requested details!) Gifts are to be turned in to the Village Market in Elk Rapids by Sunday, December 1st.
Village Market runs the Giving Tree program by seeking and identifying local children in need of a little extra holiday cheer. The Elk Rapids Rotary Club offers financial support to the program by donating $1,500 towards Giving Tree gifts, in addition to picking up more than 25 gift tags. Funds donated by Rotarians are raised through the club’s summer Rock-A-Thon, Chicken BBQ and fall Rotary Show. 
Pictured offering the challenge are front row: Rotarians Olivia Adams, Lisa Worsley-Matthews; Second row: Village Market managers Jenny Sobbry, Vickie Anderson, Rotarians Carol Heles, Tom Stephenson, Doug Swartz and Rockne Paige; in back: John Kiblinger and Norm Veliquette. 
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Life Leadership Conference

A life-changing experience!
In June, the Rotary Club of Elk Rapids sent several exceptional students to the Life Leadership Conference.
It was held at the Kettunen Center in Tustin, Michigan, a small wooded campus designed especially for leadership training.
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Rotary Social

Posted on Nov 14, 2019
On November 14, about 20 Rotarians and guests gathered at Grand Traverse Resort. 
We first chose a libation of choice and listened to/sang with Cheryl Knight, who was playing the resort's piano. 
Then all had dinner and good conversation. Oh, what a night! Pics and link to video follow.
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