(L > R)  PDGs Terry Allen, Bill Galbreath, Dick Sammis, Bill Menser in 2009

The 4 PDGs of Lakeshore RC at our 35th Club Anniversary Celebration!  


                     1974-4-23 CHARTER MEMBERS of the LAKESHORE ROTARY CLUB:                                                                                                                               

1               Charles "Chuck" Andrews*              Food Sales - Retail          

2               Roland Belanger*                                Minister - Protestant    

3               Robert "Bob" Brohan*                       Custom Metal Fab            

4               Harry Burleson                                    Banking - AA     

5               Wayne Coleman*                                Moving & Storage          

6               William "Bill" Galbreath*                 Public School Admin     

7               Russell "Russ" Hanson                      Special Machines Mfg              

8               Ernest "Ernie" Jelinek                        Die Cast Mfg

9               Don "DT" Leitow*                                Auto Sales - Retail          

10             Charles "Chuck" Lemacks*              Industrial Construction

11             Anson Lovellette                                 Data Processing              

12             Don Matthews*                                   Electric Light & Power  

13             Robert "Bob" Mattox*                       Bookkeeping Service    

14             Orland "Orlie" Mead*                        Electrical Contractor      

15             William "Bill" Menser*                      Tool & Die Mfg           

16             Thomas "Tom" Mollison                   Accounting        

17             William "Bill" Newell                         Beverage Sales

18             Granville "Deacon" Nye*                  Gasoline Sales 

19             Edgar "Ottsie" Ott*                            Insurance           

20             Harold "Hal" Perry                             Banking               

21             David "Dave" Rutlin                          Funeral Director              

22             Fred Schmidt*                                     Education           

23             James "Jim" Schueneman                Retail Clothing Sales     

24             David "Dave" Siewert*                      Dentistry            

25             Robert "Bob" Small                            Physician            

26             Warren Van Osdal*                            Insurance - Auto             

27             Gerald "Gerry" Wahl                          Chemical Product Sales

28             William "Bill" Weirick                        Vocational Education    

          * Deceased           


                                                          CHARTER PRESIDENT                    

                                                                Bill Galbreath                   

                                                                April 23, 1974                               

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                        1)  1974:  McGraths (a couple of times)

                        2)  1974-75:  First National Bank (now 1st Source) just north of                                              Glenlord Rd.  Harry Zick catered to the basement Meeting Rm.                                 

                        3)  1975 till ?:  Schuler’s on Red Arrow near I94 Exit 23.

                        4)  Tosi’s for about 1 year while Schuler’s was being remodeled.

                        5)  Back to Schuler’s on Red Arrow until they closed. 

                        6)  Park Inn, catered by the Fireside Inn, for about 3 years.

                        7)  Five o’clock Sports Bar on Red Arrow July 2006 - August 2014.

                        8) First Church of God in Stevensville since August 2014.

                        9)  Via ZOOM from 4/30/2020 during COVID-19 Pandemic till?



                                         The Legend of the Sopaipilla (1980s):

Rotarian Ken Webster was responsible for introducing the sopaipilla, also spelled sopapilla or sopaipas, to our Club and to the Berrien County Youth Fair. (A sopaipilla is supposed to be a kind of fried pastry, or quick bread.) With great fanfare, Lakeshore Rotary manned our first and only Sopaipilla Booth at the Youth Fair. Despite super-human efforts on behalf of all Rotarians involved, Sopaipillas received minimal acceptance by the Berrien County community. In fact, minimal acceptance would be a gross overstatement of fact. There were few, if any, actual confirmed sales of the supposedly edible items. Farm animals at the Fair were rumored to have moved to the downwind-end of their pens from the Sopaipilla Booth. Some Rotarians stored sopaipillas in their refrigerators or freezers, only to find they had a half-life of 320 years. The Club lost money, and hasn‘t had so much fun since.

                                                                    By Dr. Fred Schmidt  (1980s)


Major Projects of the Lakeshore Rotary Club 1974 - 2021:

  1. Senior Citizens Night (annual) at Lakeshore High School; started during our 1st year (1974) and still doing it till 2020 when COVID-19 required us to cancel it!
  2. We built a garage for one of our members (Deac Nye)
  3. We built baseball dugouts at Lakeshore High School
  4. Peace Essay Contest for area Middle Schools students (annually for many years)
  5. I-94 Exit 23 Highway Clean Up (annual)
  6. I-94 Tree Planting Project (50,000 Trees in 5 years)
  7. Sponsored a new Rotary Interact Club at Lakeshore & Bridgman High Schools
  8. Habitat for Humanity and the Jimmy Carter home building Blitz in 2005.

                          (Helped build 2 Rotary homes in Benton Harbor)

  1. The Jung Nature Preserve
  2. North Lake Park – Playground Equipment, maintenance and clean-up, picnic tables painting, grills and more (annual since 2003).
  3. Youth Baseball Association and the Soccer Group
  4. Lakeshore Excellence Association ($5,000 over 3 years)
  5. 13. LMC Scholarships
  6. School supplies and Equipment for BELIZE children.
  7. Polio Plus Program
  8. BioSand Water Filters (2004-2015 Project in the Dominican Republic)
  9. International Rotary High School Youth Exchange students (annual)
  10. Hosted 2 Russian Vocational Teams through PEP. (1990s)
  11. RYLA Leadership Camp—have sponsored students on yearly basis from 2 area high schools. (RYLA = Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)
  12. Lory’s Place (through the Art Auction)
  13. Raised $3,800 in one week for Life-Saving kidney operation for 8-year-old Johel Camacho in the Dominican Republic.
  14. Law Day co-hosted with the Berrien County Bar Association (2008 and 2009)
  15. Lest We Forget – ran Booth to help sell their merchandise and raise money for their project.
  16. Many Spaghetti Dinners & Pulled Pork Sandwich Drive-Through Fundraisers
  17. Winter-Wear Take-It or Leave-It Trees at 3 Food Stores Nov 24 thru Dec 31, 2020
  18. Help UMC in Stevensville distribute Food Truck bags to those in need every 3rd Wednesday of EACH month, beginning January 2021.  


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