Inbound Exchange Students

(Pictured l to r), Design Laorattanakul from Thailand (Reeths Puffer HS), Kristi Pawlak, and Emma Krichbaum from Austria (N. Musk HS).
Muskegon Rotary Youth Exchange Counselor and former YE outbound to Japan sponsored by Muskegon Rotary, Kristi Pawlak (pictured below wearing her own Youth Exchange blazer from memorable and life-changing days gone by), has the pleasure and responsibility to serve our new inbounds.

 Life Leadership Conference Report

Beymi Tapia Fernandez,
Junior, West Michigan Christian HS

“I would like to begin by saying thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Life Leadership Conference of 2022 and to the people who made it possible. The conference had such an impact on me and it was an experience that I will always cherish. To be honest, before I was approached for the conference, I had no idea what Rotary was or what to expect. However, I can confidently say that I have learned so many new things that I for sure will use in the future. 

I hope that I can implement the skills I have learned in my community and have an impact on those around me. Rotary has given me the courage to act like a leader and to try new things. It is okay to be nervous about new things but that shouldn't stop us from doing it, like speaker and Assistant Director Anne Bonney said, we have to jump into the unknown. It is a privilege to say that I was able to attend LLC and learn so much from it. It is an experience that I highly encourage and would recommend to anyone. The Life Leadership Conference has such a great environment in which everyone is eager to learn and have fun. The speakers and leaders were so motivational and encouraging as well as the other conferees. Again, Thank You for such a wonderful opportunity and for helping each of us learn something new.

New Member Induction

Ammy Seymour introduced Kelly DeVos, Muskegon native and graduate of Fruitport High School. She started her banking career 26 years ago, with a few years working as an Escrow Officer for a title company. She started working at Shelby State Bank in 2006 and has worked in the loan department, as a teller, a deposit operations clerk, and now as a BSA/Compliance Assistant.

 Life Leadership Conference Report

Tyler Rop
Junior, North Muskegon HS

“I wholeheartedly believe that the LLC has been more than worth participating in for me. I have noticed that on a day to day basis the LLC has helped me with public speaking, keeping a positive perspective, and overall confidence. It was structured in a way that throughout the conference it felt like not a second was wasted. The speakers were a perfect match for the conference’s

The LLC was one of many ways that the Rotary Club has helped me better myself. The only thing I wished was different would be how long the conference was. I loved every second of it, from learning helpful leadership qualities to making life-long connections. The LLC was an unforgettable experience, I am ever thankful that I got invited to this conference and I would recommend it to everyone able to go. Thank you for sponsoring me and allowing me to go to the LLC.”