June 4, 2024
South Haven Rotarians went on a field trip to the new Caring Connection Adult Day Services facility at the First Baptist Church building.
Amy Nichols was the greeter.
We dispensed with our normal agenda. Our hosts provided tasty pastries and coffee.
* The planting of flowers on the Dyckman Bridge will occur at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Participation is encouraged.
* The District Governor Handoff honoring Mark Odland will be held Saturday, June 29th at the Michigan Maritime Museum beginning at 2 p.m. Please RSVP to the Odlands.
* Our club will serve as intersection monitors for the Fourth of July Parade. Any Nichols is chairing this endeavor.
The recipients of Rotary Scholarships in the SHHS Class of 2024 were recognized. Four of the six recipients were introduced. The recipients are:
Katheryn Hartmann
Kelsey Hodgman
Hawk Li
Bradley Wildey
Shawn Torres
Leo Redies
PROGRAM – Caring Connection
The presenters were our own Robin McGinnis and Alicia Raab
They first expressed their appreciation to four of our members – Todd, Dana, Bob M.  and John – for their efforts in helping prepare the space for use by the organization. Together they spent 75 hours constructing, patching and painting.
Caring Connection provides a safe and inviting daytime environment where adults with memory loss and special needs can participate in meaningful and therapeutic activities to enhance their dialing living.
South Haven is the organization’s third location joining sites in Benton Harbor and Paw. The organization has been rooted in southwest Michigan and caring for communities in Berrien Cass and Van Buren counties for over 130 years.
South Haven is unique in that it offers inter-generational generational opportunities in partnership with the Youth Development Company (YDC) which provides child daycare services elsewhere in the building. The interactions between adult and children were described as “priceless”.
Caring Connection can service up to 25 clients with potential for growth. There are opportunities for financial support to clients needing assistance. Free public transportation can be arranged.
The web address for Caring Connection is
We concluded with the Four Way Test.
Greeters: Mark Odland and Kevin Schooley
Program Chair: Jerry Portman
The program will feature Chamber of Commerce Executive Director  Kathy Wagaman.
Reported by Co-Editarian Tom Renner