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Peace Lutheran Church
06321 Blue Star Memorial Highway
South Haven, MI 49090
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The recipients of Rotary Scholarships in the SHHS Class of 2024 have been announced. The honorees are: Katheryn Hartmann, Kelsey Hodgman, Hawk Li, Bradley Wildey, Shawn Torres and Leo Redies. Rotary has honored 21 students since the scholarship program was launched in 2020.
Real Life Science Project
Rotarians joined in the annual salmon fish planting in the Black River on May 7. Bob Metzen and Dave Campbell are pictured with teacher Barb Raak who coincidentally is our Educator of the Year at the planting. Fourth and fifth graders first bred the salmon in chillers donated to the school by Rotary. Then, one-by-one, the developed fingerlings were carefully launches in the river. This is a project conducted in partnership with the South Haven Steelheaders.
Educator of the Year Barb Raak pictured with President Melinda Gruber
South Haven Rotary Honors Educator of the Year
A South Haven resident dedicated to helping students achieve success as they begin their college education has been presented with the 2024 Education and Service Award from the Rotary Club of South Haven. Barb Raak, a 4th and 5th grade teacher at North Shore Elementary School, received the award during the Rotary Club’s annual scholarship fundraiser dinner. The award recognizes a South Haven resident in the education field who exemplifies the attributes of quality teaching, mentoring and community involvement. Rotary contributes a $500 grant to the South Haven Public Schools Foundation in honor of the Educator of the Year recipient.  Past Recipients of Award
Pictured are: (LtoR) Heather Welsh-Johnson, Executive Director SHAPE, Rotarians Mary Sue Lyon and John Mellein.
South Haven Rotary Supporting SHAPE Beach Safety Programs
The Rotary Club of South Haven is proud to support the South Haven Ambassadors Program and Education (SHAPE) to help advance their mission to “…create an improved level of safety for South Haven's main attraction - Lake Michigan.
Heather Welsh-Johnson, Executive Director of SHAPE accepted the donation on behalf of the SHAPE organization. She noted that the gift will help to cover the costs of additional printed materials for the upcoming season. These materials have proven effective in reaching a large number of residents and visitors, raising their awareness about the dangers of Lake Michigan, especially rip currents, and how to stay safe in the water by knowing when not to enter the water and when to get out of it. The materials also provide information about alternative safe
and fun activities for red-flag days.
According to Rotary President Melinda Gruber water safety is a
primary focus of South Haven Rotary’s public service initiatives. The past few years have seen significant investment in life jacket and life preserver stations on the beaches and piers and red- flag day alternatives at the splash pad, Mitten Museum and Maritime Museum.
Rotary is proud to be partnering with SHAPE and its ambassadors ‘with sand between their toes’ to carry this important mission to people right at the water’s edge. Rotary would like to echo SHAPE’s commitment, as published on their website, “…to create a safer
environment for beachgoers and ultimately save LIVES.”
Tom Ruesink is Our 2024 "Club Hero"
We are pleased to name Tom Ruesink our "Club Hero" for 2024. Each year our Rotary District invites all member clubs to name their "Hero". The honorees are recognized at the annual District convention. A Rotarian since 1983, Tom has served as the Club’s master of Arms for many years.  As such he runs the “happy bucks”  and  50/50 drawing at each club meeting.  Tom also coordinates the the annual member donations to “We Care”  at the Christmas party. His" cheery”  and pleasant demeanor always puts our members at ease and makes the club meetings very enjoyable.   Tom attends most if not all Club functions and has been a “staple" of the Club. Tom’s dedication to the club’s success exemplifies his “service above self”, and it is with great pleasure The Rotary Club of South Haven names Tom  our "Club Hero"
In Honor of Rotary International
South Haven Rotarians marked Arbor Day 2024 with the traditional planting of a tree in the community. This year a Tulip tree was planted in SHOUT Park. Our club began this tradition in 2018 in honor of Rotary International Founder Paul Harris.
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Scott Mark
    June 3
  • Sandra Reno
    June 24
  • Holly Boyd
    June 30
  • Stuart Comiskey
    July 1
  • Steven Larsen
    July 15
  • Shelley Ammerman
    July 25
  • Dene Hadden
    June 6
  • Larry Wittkop
    Barbara Wittkop
    July 11
  • Thomas Rummel
    Tom RUMMEL
    July 12
  • Tom Renner
    Carole Renner
    July 17