5G Giveaway 2021

38th Annual Five Grand Giveaway Fundraiser
Win big and help our community at the same time!
 
During this time of the pandemic, we Rotarians continue to work to cure so many problems that face our community and you can be a part of making this world a better place. Every dollar that you give beyond the cost of prizes will go toward making a difference in our community.
 
Buy - Help our Community - Win!
 
$5,000 First Prize - $500 Second Prize - $250 Third Prize
 
Ticket Price $100, only 300 to be sold
 
Drawing will be held Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021 at 6:00 pm online at the Genesee Valley Rotary Facebook Page
Check our Facebook page @geneseevalleyrotary to watch the drawing live.
 
 
100% of the profits will be used for Rotary and associated non-profit community projects.

Some of the Genesee County Nonprofits We Help
With Your Ticket Purchases

Genesee County Charities We Help

Carriage Town Homeless ShelterReach/Traverse Place
Boy ScoutsOld Newsboys
McLaren Hospitality HouseLiteracy Projects
Salvation ArmyFood Bank of Eastern MI
Flint Institute of ArtsSwartz Creek Fine Arts
First Tee IMAMotherly Intercessions
 
Students of the Month and Scholarships
at Carman Ainsworth - Swartz Creek - Powers High

International Projects We Help

Worldwide Elimination of Polio - Avoidable Blindness in Mexico - Clean Water in Haiti

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Students of the Month

Today we honored four students from Powers Catholic and Swartz Creek schools for their academic excellence and their community service. Students from Carman Ainsworth will be presented at a later date.
 
From Powers
 
Meghan Lawrence (L) and Sophie Klanseck (R) with club President Joe Szwed
 
From Swartz Creek
 
 
(L to R) Principal Jim Kitchen, Emma Skinner, Haley Feudale, Career Resource Consultant Ginger Ortiz
 
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New 50-50 Rules

The club recently adopted a new system for drawing 50-50 winners with an eye toward increasing weekly attendance. As always, the 50% of donations not given as prizes will be applied to a club literacy project. The change is that when purchasing a $2.00 chance ticket, the buyer will put his or her name on the ticket before placing it in the barrel. As before, three tickets will be drawn each week and owners of drawn tickets will have a chance to pick the joker out of a deck of cards.
 
The new twist is that the tickets not drawn will not  be discarded, they will stay in the barrel to be eligible for the drawing in future weeks. The catch is that the person must be present to win and, if not present, the ticket is discarded. Thus, the members with the greatest chances of winning are the ones who attend every week.
New 50-50 Rules Dennis Dinsmore 2019-11-26 05:00:00Z 0

Speaker Chairs, 2019-20

Speaker chairs for the Rotary year beginning 1 July 2019 and ending 30 June 2020. If you are viewing this chart as a potential speaker and would like to get on the schedule, please contact Club Services Chair Tom Svitkovich.
 
MonthChairNotes
July 2019Jeff FerwedaNo meeting July 2
   
Aug. 2019Sally JosephGovernor's Visit Aug. 13, no additional speaker
   
Sept. 2019Tom CowanOffsite meeting Sept. 17, no speaker
   
Oct. 2019Connie TraceyNo speaker Oct. 15, Students of the Month
   
Nov. 2019
Ed Henneke &
Joe Reynolds
No speaker Nov. 19, Students of the Month
   
Dec. 2019Sharon Fouts
No speaker Dec. 3, Christmas Party
No meeting Dec. 24
No meeting Dec. 31
   
Jan. 2020Rory MattarNo speaker Jan. 15, Students of the Month
   
Feb. 2020
Rodney Hetherton &
Eddie Kindle
No speaker Feb. 18, Students of the Month
   
Mar. 2020Dennis Dinsmore
No speaker Mar. 17, Students of the Month
No speaker Mar. 30, Club Assembly
   
Apr. 2020George MehrensNo speaker Apr. 21, Students of the Month
   
May 2020Keith KirbyNo speaker May 19, Students of the Month
   
June 2020Dennis MatthewNo speaker June 30, Club Changeover Picnic
 
Speaker Chairs, 2019-20 Dennis Dinsmore 2019-07-10 04:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Award

Club Rotary Foundation Chair Dennis presented Rotarian Tom Svitkovich with his Paul Harris + 4 pin. Tom, besides his generous giving to Rotary's Foundation, is a real workhorse for the club and the community. He is a past club President and currently serves as the annual Speakers Chair. Retired as Superintendent of the Genesee Intermediate School District, he serves on several community boards and actively participates in all club charitable and fundraising activities. Congratulations Tom and thank you for all you do for Rotary.
 
For readers who may not know the significance of this, the Rotary Foundation is the funding arm of all of our humanitarian work throughout the world and its primary source of funding is our own members. When a Rotarian donates a $1,000 to the foundation, she or he is given an acknowledgement pin and the distinction of being called a "Paul Harris Fellow". Additional $1,000 gifts add sapphires to that pin and today Past President Tom was awarded with a pin with 4 sapphires on it.
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This Week's Speaker

Today we heard from Powers Catholic High School's teacher Stacy Turczyn, who coordinates the Powers Interact Club and has been a long time supporter of both Rotary and her kids at Powers. She joined the faculty in 2007 as an English teacher after graduating from Michigan State. She soon found her students wanted to form some kind of club to do community service so she began to explore their options. She and the students investigated organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and discovered that high school students options were limited. After looking at a number of options they decided to form their own in-school club.
 
Coincidentally, GVR Rotarian Dennis Matthew, whose daughter was a student at Powers, approached her with the idea that our club would be interested in sponsoring a Rotary Interact Club and she immediately saw that it would be a perfect fit for the desire of the students to do good work in their community and in the world. The Powers High Interact Club was chartered in 2008.
 
The club has since grown to more that 100 members and students continue to do worthwhile humanitarian work both in our community as well as several international projects. Stacy noted a number of the club's accomplishments over the past 11 years including:
  • Collecting over 900 recreational books for underprivileged children in the Flint area
  • Making up Christmas "care packages" for 65 soldiers serving overseas
  • Doing a "Sock Drive" to provide warm winter socks for homeless people
  • Providing water filters for families in Guatemala
  • Running a fundraiser to pay for materials to build bunk beds for Guatemalan kids in an orphanage
The hard work and fun shared by the Powers Interact Club has had significant positive impact on both those people who have received their help as well as the students themselves. Behind every one of these students are great parents and a caring teachers. Many, many thanks to Stacy Turczyn for a job well done.
This Week's Speaker Dennis Dinsmore 2019-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Students of the Month

This week marks the end of the 2018-19 school year selection of Students of the Month at Swartz Creek, Powers and Carman-Ainsworth high schools. One senior from each school will now be selected for a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded at the annual changeover picnic in June.
 
This month's students from Carman-Ainsworth are shown here, photos of the students from Swartz Creek and Powers will be posted next week.
 
 
(L-R: senior  Audra Auston, teacher Zachary Nash, senior Brittani Bridgett)
 
Students of the Month Dennis Dinsmore 2019-05-21 04:00:00Z 0

Literacy Donation

 
Club President Chad presented a check for $500 to Andrew Heney toward the Global Village Ministries program which sponsors the Omalaika Home in Kenya which shelters and educates girls. Currently 37 girls are cared for by the program as well as many more children come to the home for health and dental care. The money, which will be used to provide books for the school, comes from our club's literacy fund. Our 50/50 game and "happy bucks" donations all go toward the literacy fund.
Literacy Donation Dennis Dinsmore 2019-05-14 04:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Awards Evening

On April 9th of this year the club held an evening during which Rotarians had an opportunity to honor friends and family who have made significant contributions to making their communities a better place.
 
The vehicle for honoring these people was to bestow upon them the Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF), Rotary's recognition named after the organization's founder, Paul Harris. When a Rotarian donates $1,000 to our private foundation which funds our international humanitarian work, she or he is recognized with a PHF, a lapel pin and a certificate. The donor also has the opportunity to honor another person and in our club, seven Rotarians qualified for this opportunity and most of the honorees were able to join us for the evening.
 
We owe a debt of gratitude to the Rotarians and the honorees who have given of their time and treasure to help others and will surely go on to serve in the future.
 
RotarianHonoree(s)
Jerry HeckPatricia J. Dolansik
Tom SvitkovichTaron M. Masi
Paul SemeradChristopher M. Gehringer
Ed HennekeRichard J. Ruhala
Sally Shaheen-JosephPaul N. Shaheen
Joe ReynoldsRobert & Helen Ackerman
Dennis DinsmoreAmanda Smith
 
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Bake Fresh Friday

Bake Fresh Friday is an annual cooperative training program, the brainchild of Rotarian Sharon Fouts, which brings together Rotarians, culinary school students from Mott Community College and residents of the Carriage Town Ministries homeless shelter.  With support through a Rotary District Grant, residents are taught the art of baking.
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