Rotary Club of Houghton Lake

Houghton Lake

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Buccilli's Pizza
2949 W. Houghton Lake Dr.
Houghton Lake, MI  48629
United States
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The Houghton Lake High School Interact Club will make a presentation on their recent service trip to El Salvador on Monday, May 21, at 7 pm, at the Houghton Lake High School Auditorium. You are invited to hear students share their recent experiences of service in El Salvador!
 
The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake’s $1500 plus Interact’s $1500 has paid for the building supplies of one home for a multi-generational family that the students built this year. The Interactors have great respect for the people they serve in Talnique, El Salvador. They have made forever friendships with them and life-long connections with Rotarians, Rotoractors, and Interactors of San Salvador. 
 
In addition to building six homes for families, the students funded a majority of the cost for 16 student volunteers to attend the trip. They were able to carry 18 extra suitcases from Houghton Lake stuffed with many goods to several different communities in the desolate mountain regions of El Salvador. They donated $500 that will provide 2 bunkbeds or 10 toilets with plumbing to the people in Talnique. They allocated $20 as "spending money" for each student trip member. They spent 11 days building relationships to provide peace, goodwill, and understanding. They lived the Rotary Motto "Served Above Self". 
 
This was notable and was done through hard work and the generosity of our local communities, high school students and families working together with an Interact Club, an amazing sponsoring Rotary Club, an active District #6290 Director, and the sponsorship by a Rotary Club in San Salvador, El Salvador!
 
Carol Thelen spoke to the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake regarding the Relay for Life. Last year, excessive rain caused the program to not meet its financial fundraising goals. The organization has reduced costs to help compensate, yet sill provide $15 million toward cancer research and 15,400 rides to treatment through the "Road to Recovery" program. This year's Relay for Life will take place June 23rd at the Bobcat track field and will include box-car races, a survivor luncheon, and a stuff the bus fundraiser, Rotary President Denise Stefanko presented Carol a check for $500 in support of the program.
 
Interact President Kelli Ignat and Vice President Joey Peterson recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake regarding the fund raising efforts of the club including a garage sale at Collins Elementary, can collections, and "Flocking" of yard flamingos to help sponsor a trip to build homes in El Salvador. Rotary President Denise Stefanko presented the Interact Club with a $1,500 grant that will help build a home for a family in El Salvador. Returnable cans are still being accepted at Cashaway Supply Co. in Houghton Lake. So far this year, the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake has supported the following local projects and organizations: K-9 Vest, HLHS Scholarships through the RCCF, HLHS Scholarships direct from the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake, UPS Ed & Caren Christmas for Kids, Elk's Lodge Graham/Grover Thanksgiving Dinner, Shop with a Hero, Roscommon County Sheriff Operation Present Patrol, Roscommon County Sheriff Boot Booster Program, Collins Backpack Program, Rusty Nuts - Michigan Special Olympics, Mid Michigan Big Brothers / Big Sisters. The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake 18th Annual Community Service Auction will take place, Saturday, April 28th - 7:00 pm at the Columbian Home Hall in Prudenville. Tickets are available from any Rotarian, email president@hlrotary.org or visit the club web page at hlrotary.org, or on Facebook @HLRotary for more information.
 
Todd Reno, Owner/Operator of Houghton Lake Financial and Ron Homan, Owner/Operator of R & J's Best Choice Marketplace were recently inducted as members of the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake. Pictured is New Rotarian Todd Reno, Rotarian Sponsor Anita Sheppard, New Rotarian Ron Homan, and Rotary Past President Jim VanSice.
 
Pam Kincaid of Chemical Bank and Board member for Mid Michigan Big Brothers Big Sisters, spoke to the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake recently about Mid Michigan Big Brother Big Sister's mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better. An adult Big donates at least one hour per week or four hours per month to a child. The Big serves as a role model and friend to a child in a one-on-one mentoring relationship. The matches last at least one year. Bigs and Littles spend time doing activities they have common interest in. Each month, a planned activity is also available for them to attend. Rotary Club of Houghton Lake President Denise Stefanko presented Pam with a $1,000 grant to the program.  
 
 
Lloyd Bonzo, Shannon Monroe, and Dave Carroll of the Rusty Nuts Car Club spoke to the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake regarding their fund raising efforts for the Special Olympics of Michigan. The Rusty Nuts Car Club was started 14 years ago and 99.9% of all money raised goes to the Michigan Special Olympics. The club is active in many local events and fund raisers. The Rusty Nuts Car Show will take place June 23, 2018 with a cruise around Houghton Lake. The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake presented the Rusty Nuts Car Club with a donation of $500 in support of the Michigan Special Olympics. Pictured are Rusty Nuts representative Dave Carroll, Rotary President Denise Stefanko, and Rusty Nuts representatives Shannon Monroe and Lloyd Bonzo.
 
 
Gail Haenlein recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake regarding the Collins Elementary weekend backpack program which is in its seventh year. The program provides a backpack of nutritional, nonperishable food on Fridays to students in need from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Currently 16 volunteers support over 70 students. This is an important program for a county that has one of the largest percentages of children living in poverty in the state of Michigan. Rotary Club of Houghton Lake President Denise Stefanko presented a $2,000 grant to Haenlein for the program which will support 20 students. The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake donated $1,000 which was matched by Rotary District 6290.
 
The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake recently made a Giving Tuesday pledge to match $1,000 in donations to the Houghton Lake Rotary Memorial Scholarship fund. The club received $1,035.00 in donations and presented Roscommon County Community Foundation Director Suzanne Luck a check for $2,035.00.
 
The Houghton Lake Rotary Club Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to honor of Houghton Lake Rotarians who passed-away while active members, including founding member and past president John MacKenzie (2004), past president Russ Graham (2004), and past president and District 6290 Governor Robert Gandolfi (2014). John, Russ, and Bob exemplified the Rotary motto ‘Service Above Self’. The permanent scholarship fund memorializes their commitment to community by helping Houghton Lake High School students pursue higher education and fulfill their potential. Donations to the Houghton Lake Rotary Club Memorial Scholarship Fund are encouraged and can be sent to the Roscommon County Community Foundation at P.O. Box 824, Roscommon, MI 48653, online at www.MyRCCF.org, or by contacting Executive Director Suzanne E. Luck at (989) 275-3112. For more information about the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake visit www.HLRotary.org online or on Facebook at @HLRotary. Pictured is RCCF Executive Director Suzanne Luck and Rotary Club of Houghton Lake President Denise Stefanko.
 
Sheriff Ed Stern spoke to the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake about Operation Present Patrol. Three years ago, Gordie LaFontaine called Ed asking if he would like to help start a community project. Ed said "Sure, but what?". Gordie said "I don't know, you figure something out, I'll get you the money!", and from that was born Operation Present Patrol. This is the third year for the project where during a week between Thanksgiving and Christmas the Roscommon County Sheriff will issue a turkey instead of a ticket for minor traffic violations. Last year 60 turkeys were gifted. This year, they hope to supply 100 turkeys throughout the entire county. The first year of the program received national news coverage. Rotary Club of Houghton Lake President Denise Stefanko presented Ed with a $1,000 donation from the club in support of the project.
 
Michigan State Police Sgt. Scott Bates and Community Services Trooper Kyle McInerney  spoke to the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake about the Shop With A Hero Program. This is the 14th year of the program where Police, DNR, Fire, and EMS Heroes help 50-60 children in the community shop for the holidays. The children get dinner from Subway, and a Police escorted charter bus trip from the police post to Walmart where they receive a $100 gift card and a Hero to help them purchase gifts. Interact club, cheerleaders, and victim services members help the children wrap the presents. Rotary Club of Houghton Lake President Denise Stefanko presented a $1,000 donation to Scott & Kyle in support of the program.
 
The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake recently made a significant donation to their scholarship endowment fund with the Roscommon County Community Foundation (RCCF). The Houghton Lake Rotary Club Memorial Scholarship Fund provides annual scholarships to graduating Houghton Lake Community Schools students who plan to attend an accredited college, technical or skilled trade school. The $10,000 donation brings the fund balance to nearly $44,000.
 
The Houghton Lake Rotary Club Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to honor of Houghton Lake Rotarians who passed-away while active members, including founding member and past president John MacKenzie (2004), past president Russ Graham (2004), and past president and District 6290 Governor Robert Gandolfi (2014). John, Russ, and Bob exemplified the Rotary motto ‘Service Above Self’. The permanent scholarship fund memorializes their commitment to community by helping Houghton Lake High School students pursue higher education and fulfill their potential. Donations to the Houghton Lake Rotary Club Memorial Scholarship Fund are encouraged and can be sent to the Roscommon County Community Foundation at P.O. Box 824, Roscommon, MI 48653 or made online at www.MyRCCF.org. 
 
For information on the Roscommon County Community Foundation or to make a donation, visit www.MyRCCF.org online or contact Executive Director Suzanne E. Luck at (989) 275-3112. For more information about the Rotary Club of Houghton Lake visit www.HLRotary.org online or on Facebook at @HLRotary. Pictured are (left to right) Rotary Club of Houghton Lake members Gordie LaFontaine, Stephanie Harris, Bob Pacella, Rhonda Lamberg, Tom Moreau, Koreen Pray, Susan Tyer, RCCF Executive Director Suzanne Luck, 2016-2017 Rotary President Jim VanSice, 2017-2018 Rotary President Denise Stefanko, Rotarians Rick Hacker, Paula Fuller, Dick Follrath, Barb Souder, Becky Yuncker, and Gary Gandolfi. 
 
 
 
 
Membership
Paul Berg
Sean Brabant
Ann Cartier
Mike Chires
Dick Follrath
Gary Gandolfi
Richard Hacker
Stephanie Harris
Ron Homan
Gordie LaFontaine
Rhonda Lamberg
Melissa Liberty
Daniel McGregor
Crystal Miles
Thomas Moreau
Matthew Nester
Robert Pacella
Koreen Pray
Jim Raschk
Todd Reno
Midge Rutter
Julie Sabo
Anita Sheppard
Barbara Souder
Phillip Spicer
Denise Stefanko
Melissa Sullivan
Susan Tyer
James VanSice

John Winkler
Kimberly Young
Becky Yuncker
Brett Zubeck
 
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Karen Krupansky
Alyssa Loney
Dallas McGeary
Diane Ocenase
Scott Perry
Debbie Seames
 
 
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