SPOKES VOL. LXVIII NO. 6                                                                              August 31, 2021




President Bill Roberts called our meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Jeffrey Dick provided our invocation, offering thanks and prayers for our Rotary Club.


Our guest this morning included prospective member Dana Hollinger, visiting Rotarian Jill Brickman,  prospective transfer member Sandra Reno who is the new manager at the Filbrandt Chapel of Starks Funeral home, and our speakers Heather Oestrike and Darcy Knapper.




Temporarily suspended



  • Blessings in a Backpack is a go!  More information soon.

  • There will be a new member orientation on Wednesday, September 15 at 5:30 PM at the home of Rosalie Plechaty.

  • We are back to regular meetings and everyone should plan on meeting, either in-person of by zoom for the foreseeable future.

  • Dene Hadden has announced that he will be resigning his position as Editarian at the end of December or sooner if a replacement steps forward before then.

  • We just received word that a Rotary International Grant for the Kenya water project in Nogswani has been approved for $74,000.  Thanks to Art Ayers who has been shepherding this project for a couple of years.  Great work!

  • District Rotary Raffle.  We have sold our allotment of tickets and have politely turned down the opportunity to become an “Elite” club for the time being.


Bob Copping told the story of a farmer’s efforts to save the lives of his free range chickens with appropriate signage.

50/50 and Fines

Jill Brickman held the lucky ticket AND drew the magic “4” to win the entire pot.  I believe that Larry Wittkop had the $2 winner.

  • Nick and Nancy Tuit are celebrating their 55th anniversary this week and the 50th birthday of their son.

  • Bob Brickman offered a polite correction to the anniversary announcement in last week’s Spokes.

  • Rosalie Plechaty tried to contact her brother in law to congratulate him on his59th birthday but was unable to make the connection due to Ida.

  • Art Ayers is celebrating the birthday of his son and that his daughter got out of New Orleans this week.

  • Tom Renner is celebrating the 16 birthday and legal driving of his namesake grandson Tommy.

  • Jeffrey Dick celebrated the 88th birthday of his mom in Buffalo, NY.  She is still driving.

  • Art and Cindy Bolt are celebrating an anniversary this week.

  • Dana Hollinger is celebrating his 49th anniversary this week.

  • Larry Wittkop provided a birthday celebration sung by Patty Hill.

  • Many Rotarians provided support of MSU this coming weekend.  Also a few for U of M and even one for Northwestern.

  • Editaritian Dene Hadden since 2009, admitted there was a rare mistake in last week’s Spokes and paid a fine for the error.

  • Tom Noverr is celebrating a Rocky Mountain Bike Ride from the Canadian border to Jackson Hole.


Our Speakers this week were Heather Oestrike and Darcy Knapper from Bronson Health with an update on Bronson Telehealth.


Heather began the presentation by thanking our club for our support and the many members who took advantage of the tours and especially for our generous grant that allowed the expansion of the Bronson Telemedicine program in South Haven.


Darcy went into more detail, indicating that the initial $5,000 worth of supplies and are being distributed to offices and patients.  The second order which includes phones, scales, pulse-ox meters, glucometers, etc. is ready to order.


Once fully implemented the program will include a 24 hour video nurse, a pharmacist, social workers and other services.


Darcy also announced that Bronson has hired three new providers for the South Haven offices.


They are also supporting a free book program for children visiting offices, Wellness Center scholarships, and nutrition programs.


Also, the new Burn and Wound Center, a nationally recognized program, will open in the new building next to the hospital on November 1st.


The Wellness Center will also host COVID-19 shots and boosters along with flu shots on Wednesdays.


Our own Dr. Richard Swanson also noted that financial changes to the telemedicine program have improved physician’s desire and ability to provide that service.


Our President-Elect Mary Sue Lyons thanked Heather and Darcy for their enlightening program.


She adjourned our meeting with the Four Way Test.

  • NEXT WEEK:   An update on the progress of the We Care Food Pantry 

  • September 7, 2021 7:00 AM

  • Editarian:  Dene Hadden