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Rotary Club of Ludington.

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Mason County Historical Society
130 E. Ludington Ave
Ludington, MI 49431
United States of America
This week our club celebrated the final, joyous wrap-up of a project eight years in the making: the complete renovation and renaming of Ludington's beautiful Rotary Park.  Tuesday night, at a club picnic held at the park, Deb Kinnaird and Linda O'Brien set afire the West Shore Bank promissory note that helped to finance the park, as the loan is now officially paid off.  A sincere THANK YOU to all our club members, as well as the many businesses and individuals in our community, who were instrumental in making this project happen.
What a great start for our Interact Club!  Club President Ashley McPike did a fantastic job reviewing last year's activities and explaining a little about Rotary.   We've got an exciting year ahead!
On August 24, our club was honored to host our District 6290 Governor, Jeff Coil and Assistant Governor, Valerie Gerhart.  Jeff graciously met with Board members prior to our regular Thursday club meeting, and then offered a very informative and inspirational update to our entire club, including two members of L.H.S. Interact Club.  Thank you, Jeff, and Valarie, for your capable and generous leadership.
District 6290 Governor Jeff Coil
Assistant District Gov.Valerie Gerhart, Ludington Rotary Club President Julee Sarto, District Gov. Jeff Coil
Betty Mousel, Deb Kinnaird, Dist. Gov. Jeff Coil, Interact Club members Amber Sherwood-Michaells & Genevieve Lux
The "Boy Band Review" performed at West Shore Bank's Rhythm & Dunes concert Saturday night, and our elephant ear team had a few ears leftover at the end of the night.  Avonlea Johnson, our youngest and spunkiest ear volunteer, delivered a few complementary ears to the band.  As you can see, the Boys in the Band were very pleased!
Summer time is Elephant Ear time, and Rotarians are quick to jump in and help.  This year we have eight events, including Gus Macker, West Shore Art Fair, West Shore Bank's Rhythm & Dunes concerts, and Gold Coast Art Fair.
July 15th was our Ludington Rotary Club's second Adopt-A-Highway litter cleanup outing of the year, and 16 hardy souls helped out.   After a quick 1-1/2 hour session, the northern-most stretch of US 31 ending at US 10 (including three on/off ramps) was once again pristine.
Dale Horowski has served brilliantly as President of our Ludington Rotary Club for the past year, and we thank him dearly, with great gratitude and respect.   
On July 1st, the start of our club's fiscal year, Dale officially handed the gavel over to our brand spanking new President: Julee Sarto.  We are thrilled to have such talented and dedicated club members who are willing to take on this critically important role.  Thank you, Dale and Julee!  We look forward to another fun and productive year!

The LHS Rotary Interact club scooped and gave away over 1,500 cups of free ice cream, complements of House of Flavors, at Ludington’s 150th Anniversary street party.  In less than 2 hours, they raised $130.20 in donations!  

We’re beyond proud to send three LHS students to the Rotary Life Leadership Conference, held at GVSU from 6/14 to 6/17: Genevieve Lux, Kylee Johnson, and Nadia Grierson (L to R).  Congratulations, women!  We look forward to hearing of your adventures at the conference.
President Dale Horowski welcomes our newest member, Andrea Pehrson McKenzie, into our Rotary Club of Ludington as her sponsor Deb Del Zoppo supports her induction.
For the second time in two years, Ludington Rotarian Steve Begnoche has a winning photo included in Rotary Magazine's annual photography awards.  Congratulations, Steve!  
"Jitterbuggin,  Steve Begnoche, aka American Coot Photography
From Steve: "Jitterbuggin" is one of 11 winning images published by Rotary Magazine in its 2023 international photo contest. 
I made it on my now-retired iPhone 6 from my kayak on Upper Hamlin Lake near Victory Park while trying to tire and land the northern pike with one hand while taking photos with the other.
The northern desperately danced in the air trying to throw the Jitterbug lure it had taken. Eventually it tired and I unhooked and released it. A few minutes later I saw this image on my phone and was geeked, to say the least.
I'm pleased the judges were as impressed with it as I was. Of the 11 winning images, only two were taken in the United States, and mine is among photos from Tanzania, Taiwan, Canada, The Netherlands, Egypt and other seemingly more exotic locations.
Two years ago a photo of a summer Ludington sunset made the winners' issue amidst a list of equally exotic other locations. I'm happy to have helped show Ludington to the world through Rotary Magazine."  (Source: American Coot Facebook page)
You can find more of Steve's images on his Instagram page:  https://www.instagram.com/americancootphotos/
On June 1st, LHS grad Rebecca Szoboszlay joined our Rotary Club’s weekly lunch meeting to pick up the first $4,000 installment of her Rotary scholarship.  Rebecca will earn the remaining $4,000/year in each of the following three years of her college education (that’s $16,000 in all!).  Well done, Rebecca! 

September 2023
Club Executives & Directors
Rotary Foundation
Club Historian
Jamie Bandstra, Director
Sep 28, 2023 12:00 PM
West Shore Educational Service District
Highway Cleanup
Sep 30, 2023 9:00 AM
Jonnie J Sam II
Oct 05, 2023 12:00 PM
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Happy 90th Birthday, Rotary Club of Ludington
Oct 12, 2023 12:00 PM
Ellen Plummer, Chief Healthcare Integration Office
Oct 19, 2023 12:00 PM
Zero Suicide: A Commitment to Suicide Prevention
World Polio Day
Oct 24, 2023
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