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October is Economic and Community Development Month
Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day.  We carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and develop opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old.  We also help strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women in impoverished communities.  Check out “Growing Local Economies”
 
“Growing Rotary’s Economies” are nurtured with more people to help spawn new projects and fundraising ideas.  The words Action and Thrive are synonymous with the need for more people to connect to a Rotary Service experience.  Attracting new members and keeping existing ones requires getting your ASK in GEAR.  If you never ask what they want, how are you going to give it to them?

Instead of “Selling Rotary” we might consider ASKing people to come along on a service project.  We might ASK someone, “what does service look like to you?”.  How about ASKing a member about their passion which might serve as a project idea.
Have you ever heard “I don’t like… (fill in the blank).  If we don’t like something about other people, maybe we should look for what we can like about them.  Are they active in their community, do they like to volunteer, are they upbeat and positive?  Those traits are inner traits, not how we look, how we associate with others or any number of external “looks”.
 
Let’s try CHANGE and see what HAPPENS!
C – Courage to Take Action
H –Hearing Others Wisdom
A – Attitude is Everything
N – New Ideas are Worth Trying
G – Get Your ASK in Gear
E – Explore the Possibilities
 
World Polio Day is October 24.  Whether it’s Pennies for Polio, Pizza for Polio or Tailgating for Polio, we are in the red zone with the goal in sight.  We cannot stop now.  Register and promote your event on   If you have not planned one yet, visit www.endpolio.org for ideas.
 
There is a CELEBRATION going on in District 6380 on November 3rd.   A Celebration for the Foundation’s Past Year of Doing Good in the World.  Come join the Party at the Eagle Crest Marriott in Ypsilanti from 6:00PM to 10:00PM. Register on the District Website www.rotary6380.org.
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SAVE THE DATE
 
SATURDAY | NOVEMBER 3, 2018
6 PM TO 10 PM
 
PLAN TO JOIN THE FUN
CELEBRATE ROTARY
 
YPSILANTI MARRIOTT
 
REGISTRATION OPENS 
OCTOBER 1, 2018
 
50 Years of Doing Good!
 
On October 4, 2018, at Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon, Rotary District 6380 Assistant Governor Collyer Smith, stepped in for Immediate Past District Governor Barry Fraser to present Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North a plaque for the Club's 50th Anniversary.
ROTARY CLUB of ANN ARBOR
Submitted by Rosemarie Rowney, President-Elect
 
The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor hit the trifecta while organizing ways to commemorate World Polio Day this year. Three exceptional events are planned for World Polio Day October 24, 2018.
 
·    SPEAKER: PDG Elizabeth “Liz” Smith Yeats is presenting a polio update at the club's noon luncheon meeting on October 24 at Webers Inn in Ann Arbor, the club's temporary home while the Michigan Union is under renovation. Liz is known for challenging Rotarians to learn something new about polio that we didn't know already know.
·    FRIEND RAISING: Community leaders from government, industry and business are receiving personal invitations to come as guests to the luncheon meeting. Local governments are proclaiming World Polio Day in Washtenaw County and Ann Arbor.
 
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In his absence, Bill Ebinger has entrusted the Rotary Gateway Park in Rochester, Michigan cleanup clipboard to me! The fall park cleanup day is Saturday, October 27 at 9 a.m. It takes only about an hour to make the park look spiffy and prepare it for winter. The more the merrier, so if you have an hour to spare, please join Bill and his crew; and if you have one, bring a leaf rake with you. Please feel free to email me (jallen@cfound.org) and I will add your name to the list. -Submitted by Johanna Allen
 
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Masquerade Ball
On October 28, our Rotarians will be helping out with the annual dance project Masquerade Ball. The Dance Project was founded in order to help schools create a safe, fun and positive environment at their dances. The Masquerade Ball is a semiformal dance for students, 7th -12th grade featuring swing dance instruction and DJ. Dress up for the dance, wearing modest and conservative costumes and/or your favorite mask of the season. Special, theme-related attractions and activities will make for an extra fun event. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Event Webpage: http://g1nbc.net/the-dance-project-inc/the-masquerade-dance/
Buy a shirt or hoodie and feed a family! We're getting ready for the holidays and are raising money to deliver fully cooked Thanksgiving meals to deserving families in the Oakland County area! Last year we delivered Thanksgiving meals to just over 130 families. This year, with Birmingham, Troy, West Bloomfield, and Sterling Heights clubs involved, we hope to more than double that number! In order to accomplish this great task, we need your help! You can buy a shirt, zip-up hoodie, or just donate to this great service project!

Thank you for anything you can give!

 
Our member LuAnn Loy shared two videos of he daughter Abby.  She is an amazing young lady with amazing parents.
 
Please take a few minutes to look at these videos.
 
They touched my heart and I'm sure they will do the same for you.
 
Horse's Haven
On Saturday, September 22, many Livingston Sunrise Rotary members participated in the annual Horses Haven work day. It was truly a perfect day to be outside painting and beautifying the grounds of the 22-acre rescue. Horse's Haven cares for horses, ponies, donkeys and any other large animal in need and, when appropriate, find them new homes in a caring humane environment so that they never have to suffer inhumane treatment again. The Rotary message of “service above self” was continued by the volunteers that attended.

World Medical Relief

On Saturday, August 18, Livingston Sunrise members Don Nicholson, Jamie Nicholson, Mark Jaffray, Nelson Edwards, Mark Robinson and Pam House participated in the World Medical Relief workday in Southfield, Michigan.

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The Mount Clemens Rotary Club supported a scholarship fundraising golf outing held annually in honor of the late former club resident Dick Pierson. The rain stopped long enough for a team including Bob Cannon, Brian Girard and Scott Chabot to win and have their names engraved on the circulating trophy. The weather cooperated beautifully however for a recent board meeting on the waterfront. The club is fortunate to have access to lovely Lake St. Clair and other waterways. Several service clubs participated in the downtown Mount Clemens annual soapbox derby and grand prix. The Rotary club sponsored a car and helped the Mount Clemens Lions Club with its event that raises awareness and money for causes in the greater Mount Clemens area.
 
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The Ridgetown Rotary Club's first fall meeting took place on September 10. To honour Hugh McVittie for his 56 years of service to Ridgetown Rotary and the community at large, almost 40 gathered in the Anglican Church Hall for this special meeting. Kay McVittie plus members of the McVittie family, Rotarians and their wives and members of the Ridgetown Horticultural Society all came to honour Hugh. Harry Wyma, President of the Horticultural Society, spoke of Hugh's some 40 years involvement, quietly contributing to the continual beautification of Ridgetown. Don “Sparky” Leonard, incoming district governor for Rotary D6380, spoke of the many achievements of Hugh and the Club over his career in Rotary.
 
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For all of you former Interactors and Rotaractors, this might be of great interest to you.  I know you might be reluctant to bring this up to your boss, but consider the value to both of you.  You can learn more about your job skills and develop an international relationship at the same time.  Just take a little time and review the information in the link above.  You may surprise yourself and your employer.  Treat it with confidence and sincerity with service in mind.

 
Here's an original idea!
 
Wallaceburg comes up with a simple, thoughtful twist on little free libraries.
 
Question: " When's the last time you did something for the first time?"
 
Recent Rotary Club of Sterling Heights meeting speakers and major event
 
Bicycle Safety Helmet program in conjunction with the Sterling Heights Police Department. The Rotary club custom-fitted and distributed bike helmets to over 300 children at no charge. The event was held in conjunction with the community's annual “National Night Out” in August.
One recent speaker at a regular club meeting was Congressman Paul Mitchell, in town from Washington, D.C. Troy Rotary President Renee Pothetes also attended that Sterling Heights Rotary meeting as a guest of Sterling Heights Rotary president Todd McKay on September 20. Another recent speaker was a local author.
 
Submitted by Martin Brown
 
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District 6380's premier teen leadership training program is back for 2019.  The RYLA Committee is proud to announce the RYLA 2019 is scheduled for Friday, April 12th through April 14th.  This year's program will be held at Camp Copneconic in Fenton, MI.  
 
Think of the change that we can make in your communities if every club sent at least two people to RYLA 2019.  Make sure that your club considers sending at least two people to this life-changing program.
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program sponsored by Rotary. At RYLA, over 120 high school students (grades 9th-11th) from Michigan and southwest Ontario come together with Rotarians for a 3-day camp and participate in presentations, activities, and workshops. Some of the topics covered during this weekend include: leadership fundamentals and ethics; communication skills, problem solving and conflict management; and community and global citizenship.  In-bound Exchange Students are also strongly encouraged to attend as well.
 
 

ANN ARBOR ROTARY CLUB GLOBAL GRANT INITIATIVE

Submitted by Mary Avrakotos, International Humanitarian Projects Committee

 The Ann Arbor Rotary Club is raising support now for a second high impact Global Grant and is asking for support from Clubs in the District.

 
 
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