Thursday, January 23, 2014

Rotary Program in Comstock Park

Duane DeVries
Rain Barrel Guy

The Comstock Park Rotary had a number of visitors at Thursday's luncheon a the Swan Inn Restaurant.

Guest speaker was Duane DeVries, President of the Dwight Lydell Chapter of the Izaac Walton League.  Duane DeVries is affectionately nicknames "the Rain Barrel Guy".  In addition to having created lots of rain barrels, Duane is an expert at container gardening, using discarded pickle containers to house his many vegetable plants.  Duane was inducted into the Izaac Walton League Hall of Fame in 2010.  Founded in 1922, the Izaak Walton League is one of the nation's oldest and most respected conservation organizations. With a powerful grassroots network of more than 240 local chapters nationwide, the League takes a common-sense approach toward protecting our country's natural heritage and improving outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans. We invite you to learn about our work and to join us in supporting important conservation initiatives in your community.
Also attending the meeting as a special guest was Al Bonney, Rotary District Governor Elect, who travelled from Traverse City to be with the group.  Introducing himself as the new Alpine Township/Comstock Park Community Policing Officer was Deputy Ryan Guernsey, whose assignment here began this month.  Previous to being assigned to Alpine Township, Ryan served as Community Policing Deputy at Large.  He is excited about being assigned here.
Rotary meets every Thursday at 12:10 at the Swan Inn Restaurant, 5182 Alpine Ave NW (M-37) in Comstock Park.  Persons interested in membership may attend or call 616-334-6687 for more information.  Website is
Nancy Mulder, Duane DeVries and Melissa Graveling

Duane DeVries with Bob Homan

District Governor Elect Al Bonney with President Elect Nancy Mulder

Community Policing Deputy Ryan Guernsey with Jackie Hernandez and Gayle Steffen

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