District 6380 and Detroit Marathon All Member Event - Register Today!

Posted on Sep 22, 2021
I am very excited to announce, our upcoming all member, friends, family district supported event volunteering at this year's Detroit Marathon 2021. 
Yes, our District will be traveling to the city of Detroit on October 17th to promote Rotary District 6380, as well as support the runners and especially cheer on our fellow Rotarian runners at this Year's Detroit Marathon - WooWoo!!
Myself and Lake Orion Sunrise Rotarian and Director of this year's Marathon's Hydration Stations Julie Barnes Mauer, are teaming together to man support water stations throughout the course.  We want to engage as many District clubs as possible to display their Rotary District banners and other marketing material and promote our Rotarian Service above self passion all the while supporting and providing the runners with fluids at assigned stations along the course.
Wow what could be more fun and exhilarating for all of us spending the day outside with thousands and thousands of your BEST friends doing good for others as we cheer on our fellow Rotarian runners and keep all runners hydrated!
I encourage you ALL to sign up today even our Canadian family if possible pending border crossing and bring your family, friends, club members to this fun and exciting event in Downtown Detroit.
District 6380 and Detroit Marathon All Member Event - Register Today!!
                                   Date:  Sunday October 17, 2021
                                   Time:  6:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Contact:  Julie Barnes Mauer (julie.barnesmaurer@gmail.com)
                                   (phone (248-830-7270)
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN: District 6380 & Detroit Marathon.
Lastly as an added bonus for volunteering we will all receive a Detroit Marathon Fleece Hooded Jacket - Wowsa!! So hurry and sign up today and plan to attend our first meet on October 5th that you will be getting more info regarding soon.
WooWoo this will be so much fun!!
BrendaK "WooWoo" Tipton
District 6380 Governor 2021-2022
District 6380 and Detroit Marathon All Member Event - Register Today! Eric Tindall 2021-09-22 04:00:00Z 0 Detroit Free Press Marathon
District 6380 and Detroit Marathon All Member Event - Register Today! Eric Tindall 2021-09-22 04:00:00Z 0 Detroit Free Press Marathon

ARC – Anti-Racism Committee- Working To Identify, Describe, & Dismantle Racism.

Posted on Sep 09, 2021
The ARC - Anti-Racism Committee of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor invites you to join us in our efforts to further the cause of racial understanding and reconciliation, and to combat the deep-seated problems of racism in our society. 
ARC is the vehicle that the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor has formed to pursue our goal: to accelerate the "arc of justice."   We hope that Rotarians throughout the District will join us as we search for solutions and educate ourselves to be more aware, and to be better allies to those who face the challenges of racism every day. 
To learn more about ARC click on image.
If your Club is involved with similar activities we’d like to hear more. Contact us or join one of our meetings. They’re thoughtful, lively, and always civil.  The next meeting is September 14th at 1:30.  For other meeting dates and zoom links contact Marcia Lane:  mlane0407@gmail.com.
We hope you’ll join us!
ARC – Anti-Racism Committee- Working To Identify, Describe, & Dismantle Racism. Eric Tindall 2021-09-09 04:00:00Z 0 Anti-Racism Committee,Rotary Club of Ann Arbor
Rotary Club of Saline Inducts New Member at its August 26, 2021 Club Meeting. Eric Tindall 2021-08-31 04:00:00Z 0 Jeff Williams,Rotary Club of Saline

Tilbury Rotary Club Participates in Local Gleaning Project.

Posted on Aug 29, 2021
Barry and Jennifer White participated in one of our ongoing projects to support local food banks. In partnership with Chatham Kent Public Health, local farmers allow volunteers to glean produce from their fields after harvest.
Jennifer and Barry have been providing the Wheatley, Blenheim and Tilbury Food banks with fresh produce for the past 3 years.  Today, we harvested tomatoes, corn and zucchini.  Other days cabbage, squash, beans, kale, onions, peppers and cucumbers.
Click photo to see Facebook post.
Tilbury Rotary Club Participates in Local Gleaning Project. Eric Tindall 2021-08-29 04:00:00Z 0 Gleaning Project,Tibury Rotary Club

Tibury Rotary Club Participates in Local Gleaners Project.

Posted on Aug 29, 2021
Barry and Jennifer White participated in one of our ongoing projects to support local food banks. In partnership with Chatham Kent Public Health, local farmers allow volunteers to clean produce from their fields after harvest.
Jennifer and Barry have been providing the Wheatley, Blenheim and Tilbury Food banks with fresh produce for the past 3 years.  Today, we harvested tomatoes, corn and zucchini.  Other days cabbage, squash, beans, kale, onions, peppers and cucumbers.
Click photo to see Facebook post.
Tibury Rotary Club Participates in Local Gleaners Project. 2021-08-29 04:00:00Z 0 Gleaning Project,Tibury Rotary Club

Interact of Clarkston At Work.

Posted on Aug 18, 2021
Clarkston’s new Interact Club is staying busy and visible in the community.  Most recently they worked with The Lakeview Cemetery Restoration Project to clean and preserve gravestones in the local cemetery.  They held a can and bottle drive and donated $350, half their proceeds, to the project.
Click photo for story.
Interact of Clarkston At Work. Eric Tindall 2021-08-18 04:00:00Z 0 Interact Club,Rotary Club of Clarkston
Lyon Area Rotary Participates in South Lyon Kite Festival. Eric Tindall 2021-08-16 04:00:00Z 0 Lyon Area Rotary,South Lyon Kite Festival
Lyon Area Rotary Sells Cotton Candy and Finds New Members. Eric Tindall 2021-08-16 04:00:00Z 0 Cotton Candy,Lyon Area Rotary
Team "Woo Woo" Inside Scoop- September 2021. Eric Tindall 2021-08-07 04:00:00Z 0 Team "Woo Woo" Inside Scoop
Rotary Club of Saline Hosts 2021 Scholarship Awardees And Their Parents At July 15th Club Meeting. Eric Tindall 2021-08-04 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Saline
Come Check Out IFMR-NA (International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians - North America). Eric Tindall 2021-08-02 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Motorcycle Rotarians
Hootin' In The Park. Eric Tindall 2021-08-02 04:00:00Z 0 Hootin' In The Park,Rotary Club of Highway M-36
Come Check Out IFMR-NA (International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians - North America). Eric Tindall 2021-08-02 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Motorcycle Rotarians
18th Annual Rotary Club of Ann Arbor Golf and Tennis Outing. Eric Tindall 2021-08-01 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Ann Arbor,Rotary Club of Ann Arbor Golf & Tennis Outing
Troy Rotary At The Great Balls Of Fire Chili Cook Off. Eric Tindall 2021-07-28 04:00:00Z 0 Great Balls of Fire Chili Cook Off 2021,Troy Rotary
Troy Rotary At The Great Balls Of Fire Chili Cook Off. Eric Tindall 2021-07-28 04:00:00Z 0 Great Balls of Fire Chili Cook Off 2021,Troy Rotary

Registration Now Open for the Members Summit August 17th.

Posted on Jul 25, 2021
Welcome to the New Rotary Year!  
Did you know that August is Rotary Membership month? 
I am so excited to let you know that we will be hosting the D6380 Members Summit on August 17th starting 6:30pm - 8:00pm via Zoom. 
Why should you plan to be at the Members Summit?
  1. You will learn how to be successful in your membership recruitment 
  2. You will have a better understanding of  how to better engage your members
  3. You will be able to share successes and challenges with your Rotary colleagues from around the District
  4. You will better be able to understand how to have a more connected club
The Summit is for ALL Rotarians who are interested in helping their clubs to grow and reach out to potential new members in the communities who have a passion to serve.
Register and attend the Free Members Summit and AVOID any FOMO  (Fear of Missing Out)!  
Note: the summit will be virtual so that our Canadian family can join us.
Hope to virtually see you there!
Roma Murthy, 
D6380 Membership
Team Excite....Engage...Have Fun!
Registration Now Open for the Members Summit August 17th. Eric Tindall 2021-07-25 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 6380 Membership Summit
Registration Is Now Open for the Membership Summit August 17, 2021. Roma Murthy 2021-07-25 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 6380 Membership Summit
Meet BrendaK "Woo Woo" Celebration & Picnic. Eric Tindall 2021-07-22 04:00:00Z 0 BrendaK "Woo Woo" Tipton,Meet The District Governor
Meet The District Governor BrendaK "Woo Woo" Tipton Celebration and Picnic. Eric Tindall 2021-07-22 04:00:00Z 0 BrendaK "Woo Woo" Tipton,Meet The District Governor
Waterford Rotary Welcomes Rotary International Director of Polio Plus Dr. Carol Pandak! Eric Tindall 2021-07-12 04:00:00Z 0 Dr. Carol Pandak,Waterford Rotary
Rotary District 6380 Mailing Address. Eric Tindall 2021-07-09 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 6380 Mailing Address
Team "Woo Woo" Inside Scoop, July 2021. Eric Tindall 2021-07-06 04:00:00Z 0 Team "Woo Woo" Inside Scoop

 Link Between, Diet, Mental Health, and Addiction.

Posted by Collyer Smith on Jun 29, 2021
As you know, we have developed a District-wide Mental Health Committee to support, provide information, and do all we can to e-race the stigma on mental health issues.
An organization that is supporting mental health issues is FAN- Families Against Narcotics, they are having a special session, and speaker, to discuss the Link Between, Diet, Mental Health, and Addiction.  The event is Monday, July 12th at 7:00 PM. 
 Link Between, Diet, Mental Health, and Addiction. Collyer Smith 2021-06-29 04:00:00Z 0 Collyer Smith,E-Race The Stigma

 Link Between, Diet, Mental Health, and Addiction.

Posted by Collyer Smith on Jun 29, 2021
As you know, we have developed a District-wide Mental Health Committee to support, provide information, and do all we can to e-race the stigma on mental health issues. Some of you participated in our Mile A Day Challenge with over a dozen mental health organizations engaged in our mission. 
One of the mental health organizations that participated is FAN- Families Against Narcotics. They are having a special session, and speaker, to discuss the Link Between, Diet, Mental Health, and Addiction.  The event is Monday, July 12th at 7:00 PM. Here is the link:  Click Here to Register
For those of us that struggle, or have family members that are struggling- this seminar would be most beneficial. I hope you can join us.
 Link Between, Diet, Mental Health, and Addiction. Collyer Smith 2021-06-29 04:00:00Z 0 Collyer Smith,E-Race The Stigma
Pandemic Responds: Friends in Need. Eric Tindall 2021-06-27 04:00:00Z 0 "Pandemic Relief for Detroit Michigan Reverse Global Grant 2014854".,Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North

Mount Clemens Rotary 100 years, PLUS 1 Gala Event.

Posted on Jun 17, 2021
Celebrate 100 years, PLUS 1 of history at Mount Clemens Rotary Club's Party of the Century! This fantastic black tie gala event will be held at Villa Penna Banquets and Catering in Sterling Heights, Michigan on Saturday August 14th, 2021. Enjoy champagne, cocktails and appetizers, as well as an elegant dinner while you mingle with the legendary Nancy Lopez and friends to help raise money for the community.
Click on image to go to Party Of The Century website.
Mount Clemens Rotary 100 years, PLUS 1 Gala Event. Eric Tindall 2021-06-17 04:00:00Z 0 Mt. Clemens Rotary Club,Party Of The Century
Ride Don't Hide/ E-Race The Stigma. Collyer Smith 2021-06-14 04:00:00Z 0 Ride Don't Hide/E-Race The Stigma,Rotary District 6380 Mental Health Initiative

Ride Don't Hide/ E-Race The Stigma.

Posted by Collyer Smith on Jun 14, 2021
I wanted to update you all on our District 6380 Mental Health Committee's Initiatives. As part of E-RaBce The Stigma- our Canadian Colleagues have been providing awareness and support with their Ride Don't Hide throughout Canada. Past District Governor Barry Fraser, who started our District's Mental Health Initiative during his District Governorship, shares the passion in E-Racing the Stigma. Mental Health is one of the break-out sessions at the International Convention- and "Wellness in a Box" program being shared with Rotaract and Interact- will become more visible in our District. Barry and I had a zoom call with Rotaracters in Ottawa, Canada- providing 'Wellness in a Box" to schools-
Past District Governor Barry Fraser and other Rotarians are participating in Ride Don’t Hide (RDH) of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)  this year!   By the way-Ride Don't Hide started in Vancouver in 2012.
To connect you toward support click this link: https://cmha.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=6320  and from this link, you can either join the team or direct your support though me to the Rotary Club of Chatham and hence to the CMHA!
If you are looking to direct people to connect to the general Ride Don’t Hide page, they can find out more information by visiting: www.ridedonthide.com/lambtonkent
Would appreciate your support toward the CMHA.
Barry Fraser
“1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness but 5 in 5 of us have mental health. So many of us don’t feel like ourselves these days. With the pandemic, we have all experienced the impacts of school closures, lock downs, social isolation and economic insecurity to some degree.
Every year, CMHA Lambton/Sarnia/ Kent/Chatham  takes part in “Ride Don’t Hide”, an event that brings people together raise awareness and funds for mental health.
  • By bringing our own experiences out of hiding and into open discussion, we reduce the stigma associated with mental health and in doing so; our actions encourage others to get the help they may need.
  • The funds raised through this event support mental health prevention, education and promotion in our community. This is so important because the earlier a person receives care, the better their mental health will be in the long-term. 
With a rally of support from Rotary Clubs in Kent (6) and Lambton (5) Counties, this year Ride Don’t Hide has evolved into a virtual event. Participants are encouraged to set individual or team goals, track their activity, raise funds, spread the word and participate in weekly challenges throughout June. Whether you bike, walk, run, meditate or practice self-care, you can track your activity and stay connected with your team and sponsors using the Ride Don’t Hide mobile app.
So set your own goals and move in your own way, on your own time, and know that it all rolls up to more timely, more accessible mental health help when people need it. Find your walking buddy and join your neighbor's to raise money, raise your heart rate and raise your spirits!
Barry Fraser
Fraser & Associates
Rotary District 6380 Governor 2017/18
Chatham Ontario
‘Providing Sustainable Agri-Enviro Solutions
Join Leaders | Exchange Ideas | Take Action
Ride Don't Hide/ E-Race The Stigma. Collyer Smith 2021-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
Food Truck Friday in Pinckney. Eric Tindall 2021-06-12 04:00:00Z 0 Food Truck Friday,M-36 Rotary
How To Submit a Story To The Rotary District 6380 Website. Eric Tindall 2021-06-10 04:00:00Z 0 How To Submit A Story

Birmingham Rotary honors Veterans at City Memorial Day Ceremony.

Posted on Jun 07, 2021
On Memorial Day, the Birmingham Rotary Club participated in the City's Memorial Day Ceremony in Shain Park. The City leaders led those gathered in remembrance of the brave military personnel who have lost their lives protecting our great Nation's freedoms. Club military veterans were honored with all those present who served our great country. Club members presented a wreath at the Marshall Fredricks War Memorial Monument.
Birmingham Rotary honors Veterans at City Memorial Day Ceremony. Eric Tindall 2021-06-07 04:00:00Z 0 Birmingham Rotary Club,Memorial Day Ceremony
Birmingham Rotary honors Veterans at City Memorial Day Ceremony. Eric Tindall 2021-06-07 04:00:00Z 0 Birmingham Rotary Club,Memorial Day Ceremony
Warren Rotary Club at Cruise53 and Food Truck Rally. Eric Tindall 2021-06-07 04:00:00Z 0 Cruise53 and Food Truck Rally.,Warren Rotary Club

Rotary Youth Exchange Student Relishes Her Experience.

Posted on Jun 03, 2021
The following article is from Kandace Mink, a Rotary Youth Exchange student. It was in response to a message sent to several dozen such students who are on RI's list of "Alumni" with addresses in District 6380.
In addition to former Youth Exchange students, RI's list includes Rotaractors, Interactors, Ambassadorial Scholars, and Group Student Exchange participants among a few other smaller categories. The list includes about 500 names dating back several decades. Over half of the entries have an email address which facilitates electronic contact.
Here's what she wrote:
Thank you for your email! Yes I was an exchange student during 2015/2016 from Birmingham, MI to Taiwan! 
To this today, I am forever grateful to Rotary & the experience you all provided for me, it was life changing quite literally. I met so many different people & my mind blossomed in ways I could never have imagined without that experience. 
Through Rotary, I have made life long friends who I can connect with even to this day, no matter where I go. 
I had a french exchange student in my home as well who was from Rotary who is to this day my best friend who I call my sister as well. Through her, I got to go to France myself & that sparked me living in France these last 2 years working as an Au Pair there. While in France, I was able to meet many exchange students I had gone on exchange with!! 
Without Rotary, I wouldn't be where I am today, I would have never moved to France or have the mindset I have today. 
Currently I am in Texas but hopefully I'll have my ability to go abroad again- Rotary sparked my forever lasting passion for being immersed in new cultures, languages, and way of life.
My experience in Taiwan at 16 years old, altered my life & I have seen fragments of how it has every single day since I left. 
I truly can never express enough gratitude to what Rotary has done for my life & I can say the same for all the exchange students I have met (I even randomly bumped into Rotary Exchange students while in Bolivia this past November!! And it is amazing how Rotary Exchange students will always have that connection, no matter if you knew them before or not.) 
Thank you all greatly! 
Rotary Youth Exchange Student Relishes Her Experience. Eric Tindall 2021-06-03 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Ann Arbor,Youth Exchange
Rotary Youth Exchange Student Relishes Her Experience. Eric Tindall 2021-06-03 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Ann Arbor,Youth Exchange

Meet Governor "WooWoo" Picnic and Celebration.

Posted on Jun 01, 2021
Here's a fun opportunity to celebrate our incoming District 6380 Governor BrendaK "WooWoo" Tipton as she begins her year!  This family-oriented event will offer all sorts of games, great food, friendship, fundraisers and more.  We'll gather outside at Camp Talahi near the Brighton Recreation Area in Brighton, Michigan.  Very casual attire is requested and come to have fun!! 
Date: July 22, 2021
Time: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Click Here or on invite to register.
Click Here to register.
Meet Governor "WooWoo" Picnic and Celebration. Eric Tindall 2021-06-01 04:00:00Z 0 Meet The District Governor

Rotary International 2021 Virtual Convention.

Posted on May 27, 2021
The 2021 Virtual Convention will be better than ever, opening more innovative opportunities to learn and to engage with the family of Rotary, near and far. You’ll be able to network in virtual lounges, meet new partners in service, and join fun activities with Rotary members from around the world. Register today, the convention is June 12-16.
click on photo for story.
Rotary International 2021 Virtual Convention. Eric Tindall 2021-05-27 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary International Convention

Clean Water for Ghana

Rotary International Approves Support for Global Grant in Ghana

(March 19, 2021) Kofi Gyan from our Club’s International Humanitarian Projects Committee is the lead for a Global Grant recently approved by Rotary International! 

The project addresses the critical need for clean and potable water for the Kporkuve United Community in the Volta Region of Ghana. It is made up of nine adjoining villages with a population of about 12,000 people. Three mechanized boreholes similar to the one pictured here will directly impact 4,000 members of the community.

Currently, the community depends on a dam that was dug many years ago. The dam dries out quickly during the dry season and contains waterborne diseases making it unhygienic for community use. 

It also depends on two hand-dug wells that pose safety and hygiene issues, wells that are inadequate to serve the population. People in adjoining villages travel long distances to fetch water. Many of them–often students–queue for hours to fetch water before going to school. 

To address the shortage of potable water the community is at the mercy of a commercial water tanker that comes to the community twice a week. Community members pay for this water, often with the financial assistance of the Kporkuve United Community Welfare Union (an organization of community members now living in Accra). 

The importance of a reliable source of water for the Kporkuve United Community cannot be over emphasized, particularly in light of the current pandemic crisis. 

The host club, The Rotary Club of Ho, has selected Tedson Drilling & Construction, Ltd. to build the boreholes that will be strategically located in the Kporkuve community. The boreholes will provide 30,000 liters (10,000 per unit) of water at a time and will solve the perennial water problem. 

The International Humanitarian Projects Committee is deeply grateful for the support from members of our Club, District 6380 and The Rotary Club of Mount Clemons for making this project possible. 

In Ghana the projects is supported by the host, The Rotary Club of Ho; The Rotary Club of Kumasi East, Kumasi Rotary Club, District 9102 and the Kporkuve United Welfare Union.

Borehole similar to the three to be constructed with this Global Grant.
Mary Avrakotos
International Humanitarian Projects Committee
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor
(315) 806-0689 Cell
Clean Water for Ghana Mary Avrakotos 2021-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

District News - March-April 2021

The Utica/Shelby Rotary is proud to be able to support these very worthy organizations in our community!  
click image for story.
Novi, Northville and W Bloomfield RCs sprucing up Maybury State Park
click on image for more photos
Novi Club makes blankets for kids in hospitals
click on image for more photos
RC of Birmingham completes its Maple Road Cleanup
click on image for more info
Milford Rotarians Take Care of Veterans Memorial in Central Park
click on image for more photos
Livingston Sunrise RC completes home improvements at The Amber Reineck House
click on image for more info
Holocaust Survivor donates mezuzah to Rotary District 6380
click on photo for story
Warren RC Brightens Easter for Children
click on photo for story
Global Grant Approval for Ghana Water Project
Click on image for full story
Birmingham RC donates to Hope Warming Center
Click on image for more information
District News - March-April 2021 Peter Tanner 2021-03-17 04:00:00Z 0

Birmingham Rotary donates to Hope Warming Center

Members and friends of The Birmingham Rotary Club donated much needed supplies for Hope Warming Center in Pontiac.  In a campaign led by Rotarian Carol Peterson, Rotarians and their supporters collected numerous supplies on Hope's basic supplies "Wish List".  Donated supplies were gathered in the Birmingham area and packaged up at Rotarian Linda Hatfield's Birmingham Bloomfield Credit Union workplace.  On Monday, March 15th, Carol and other Rotarians dropped off the collected items to an appreciative group at Hope Warming Center.
Hope Warming Center is a non-profit organization helping those in the Pontiac area who are homeless and in need of comfort. support and shelter.  Hope's website offers information on how to help and volunteer.  For further information on Hope visit their website at hopewarmingpontiac.org     
The Birmingham Rotary Club is a non-profit service organization focused on service related projects in Southeastern Michigan and Internationally.  Rotary clubs from around the globe are widely known for efforts to eradicate Polio from existence and bringing Clean Water to impoverished areas throughout the world.  For more information on Birmingham Rotary visit their website at birminghamrotary.com
Rotarians organize donated supplies for Hope Warming Center at the Birmingham Bloomfield Credit Union.  Left to Right, Marsha Kovacs and Linda Hatfield.
Delivery at Hope Warming Center.  From Left to Right, Dave Peterson, Carol Peterson and David Underdown
Birmingham Rotary donates to Hope Warming Center John Westerheide 2021-03-17 04:00:00Z 0

District News - February 2021

Nuevo Edén Guatemala gets water and sanitation system.
Home of the Casa Colibrí medical clinic soon to have reliable water source, supported by several 6380 clubs.
click on image for progress report with photos.
Waterford RC sends $5000 for Masks for Pakistan Polio Project
click on image for more photos and thank-you letter from Pakistan
District News - February 2021 Peter Tanner 2021-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

Waterford Club Purchases Masks in Pakistan

Waterford club sends $5000 to purchase masks for Polio Project in Pakistan
My Dear Friend Rotarian Ginger,
I had been meaning to write earlier as we placed the order for washable masks when we received funds from your club. I am enclosing an invoice from our vendor called Galactic Cosmos. The total order quantity is 26,000 units @ Rs. 30/unit = Rs. 780,000.  
The amount we received from your club converted to PKR 788,987. The difference of 788,987 - 780,000 is PKR 8,987 or approx US 56. This amount we use to transport masks to other provinces via courier or postal services.  The masks were sent to Rotarians who are members of the Pakistan National PolioPlus Committee across the country, and hand over to the front line workers in their respective communities. We also provide masks to the four Provincial Emergency Operations Center (EOC) who are incharge of deputing the polio vaccinators during campaign rounds.  
Here are a few images of polio vaccinators (men and women) engaged in administering polio drops to the children of Pakistan; a mix of pictures in the house to house campaign as well as Rotarians who hold health camps post NIDs to ensure no child has fallen through the cracks during the campaign, missing the opportunity of OPV.  
Thank you again for the arranging quick support and generous contribution of expediting funds for this noble cause. 
Aziz Memon
Trustee 2020-24, The Rotary Foundation
Mother bringing a child forward for OPV
Patient being checked by doctor
Polio vaccinator giving OBV NIDs
Waterford Club Purchases Masks in Pakistan 2021-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

District News - January 2021

Pandemic Response Fund Allocates $62K to Reduce Impact of Covid.
click on image for Final report of the Pandemic Response Fund.
Pandemic Relief for Detroit update
click on image for update #8
and here for update #7 with video
New Interact Club formed by Clarkston Rotary
Click on image for story
District News - January 2021 Peter Tanner 2021-01-10 05:00:00Z 0


Birmingham Rotarians Ring Bells.
Over 30 Birmingham Rotarians rang the "Bells" for the Salvation Army in Downtown Birmingham.  Total collections exceeded $850 for the Red Kettle Campaign.  
Photo captures (left to right) Birmingham Rotarians Marsha Kovacs, Dave Underdown, Joe Valentine and Joe's children Griffin (6), Brooklyn (3) and Paige (5)
Bells 2020-12-24 05:00:00Z 0

DG Selected for 2023-2024

Congratulations Collyer Smith

I am pleased to announce the Nomination Committee has selected Collyer Smith to serve as our District Governor for 2023-2024. Collyer has an impressive Rotary resume having served as President of the Ann Arbor Rotary Club, an Assistant Governor, and is leading a district-wide initiative to end the stigma of mental health. In addition, Collyer serves on the Board of the Family Learning Center where he helps second through fifth graders get to grade-level reading.
The Nominating Committee also appointed PDG Gail Scott as Vice Governor for the remaining Rotary year after the untimely passing of PGD Judy Garver. PDG Sparky Leonard was appointed to serve as the Vice Governor for 2021-2022. 
I thank the District Nominating Committee for their work and dedication to ensuring the integrity of the nomination process. The Nominating Committee was chaired by PDG Sparky Leonard and committee members included PDG Gail Scott, Renee Flore, David French, Chris Winans, Jamie Guise, Paul Schissler, and alternate Edward Duering.
I extend my personal congratulations to Collyer and welcome him to the Governors' Team. 
Karen Marie Gabrys
District Governor 2020 - 2021
Rotary International District 6380
SE Michigan, USA and SW Ontario, Canada
DG Selected for 2023-2024 Karen Gabrys 2020-12-06 05:00:00Z 0

District News - December 2020

Over 30 Birmingham Rotarians rang the "Bells" for the Salvation Army
Ann Arbor North contributes to Ososa Micro-Credit Scheme
Click on image for updated story.
And click here for video
Milan Rotary Preparing Christmas Baskets
Click on image for information and to contribute
Lake Area RC's Holiday Coat Drive
Click on image for story
M36 Rotarians helps the Farley Hill Food Bank

Click on image for information and more photos
Wallaceburg Rotary donates $10,000 to WDSS’ PSW program
Click on image for story
Pandemic Relief for Detroit
Click on image for report
Wallaceburg RC donates $10,000 to Wallaceburg PSW Program
Wallaceburg RC disbanding after 75 years
click on image for news article
Ann Arbor RC North Partnership with Community Action Network
Click on image for update on partnership
M36 Rotarians helping at Gleaners
Joyce Joyce Honored in Dominican Republic
click on image for more information
District News - December 2020 Peter Tanner 2020-10-28 04:00:00Z 0

District News - December 2020a

Over 30 Birmingham Rotarians rang the "Bells" for the Salvation Army
Ann Arbor North contributes to Ososa Micro-Credit Scheme
Click on image for updated story.
And click here for video
District News - December 2020a Peter Tanner 2020-10-28 04:00:00Z 0

District News - November 2020

Wallaceburg RC Donates $10,000 to C-K Hospice
West Bloomfield Interact Club plants Purple Crocuses for Polio
Wallaceburg RC donates $10,000 to Team Hoyt for racing wheelchairs
West Bloomfield RC Distributes Books and Pencils to Pre-school Students
Team Turkey 2020 feeds 1000 people
C-K Rotarians help collect The Gift
click on each image for stories and information about The Gift
M36 Rotarians Cram the Cruiser for Farley Hill Food Bank.
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Leading Pandemic Relief for Detroit
click on image for more information
District Mask delivery for Magnolia on the Lakes Assisted living in Keego Harbo
And more masks, this time for WellBridge in Pinckney
And yet more for Vina Dental in Livingston County
And Livingston County Catholic Charities
Click on images for more information
Click on image for more information
Team Turkey moving ahead.
Troy, Birmingham, West Bloomfield, Lakes Area and Sterling Heights Rotary Clubs will again feed families in need this Thanksgiving!
click on the photo for an article about Lake Area's involvement
click here to volunteer of for more information. 
Rotarians turn Farmington purple to fight Polio
click on image for press article
Installation of Scarlet's Playground benches from Lake Area Rotary
Chatham Kent Public Health Unit promotes Chatham Sunrise COVID prevention video.
Click on photo to see the video
District News - November 2020 Peter Tanner 2020-10-28 04:00:00Z 0

District News - October 2020

Volunteer Drivers needed as Team Turkey gears up
click on image for more information.
Pizza for Polio around the District
click on images for more information
Click on image for article on Warren Rotary Club's efforts
The drawing sold for $200
And click here for the Pizza for Polio photo library from Chatham
Rotary International President Nominee Jennifer Jones
click on image for video of the meeting
Mount Clemens Rotary Club supports food drive
click on image for article (which covers both the above photo and the next one)
Anchor Bay Rotary Club donates $3000 to help disabled students
Click for more information
West Bloomfield Rotary Helps Pave Way For Universally Accessible Playground
click on image for more information
Members First Summit - breakout sessions redone on Oct 10.
click on image for summit overview and links to recordings on YouTube.
click here for recording of Oct 10 breakout sessions.
Rotary donates N-95 masks to West Bloomfield schools
click on image for full story
click on image for meeting overview
District News - October 2020 Peter Tanner 2020-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

District News - September 2020

Mount Clemens helps children in foster care.
click on image for more information
And announces raffle winners and gives away $60,000 to community nonprofits
click on image for video
Members of the M36 club help prepare backpacks for kids
click on image for more photos and information
Dr Nelson Edwards leads eye care mission to Kenya
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100K Mask Challenge Continues
This time in Livingston Country’s own Vina Dental Outreach Facility
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West Bloomfield School District accepts Rotary Mask Donation
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District News - September 2020 Peter Tanner 2020-09-22 04:00:00Z 0

School supplies

Today Lakes Area managed to continue a traditional that began two years ago, albeit, with a twist. Marilyn Violet Foundation provides organic health and school supplies, packpacks and even a pull over fleece for at risk and special needs students in Detroit. We generally take the products to the school, tote it in, set it up and allow the youth to make personal selections. It is a high point in their school year. With COVID-19 consideration this year member Pam Jackson collected all the materials in her garage, set up production tables in the garage, on each side of her driveway and in her front yard. We masked up, broke into groups of two and took a station. These pictures don’t look like we were social distancing but we were until the last minute or two where our packages were collected and stashed for later delivery to the school where they will be safely distributed to the kids. We merged together for a quick group picture and retired to Pam’s spacious deck for some wine, cheese and savory treats and where social distancing was easy! We enjoyed being able to do this and had great fun. It was the first time most of us have seen each other in over 5 months. Our next project Is most likely Team Turkey. As Brenda would say, Woo Hoo! Can you spy an AG in these pics?  (Click on photo for more photos)
School supplies 2020-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

Membership 2021

August is the celebration of our Rotary members worldwide, it's the time to focus on all the good we do in our communities and the impact Rotarians have across the globe.

1.    Be proud of being a Rotarian! Share your Rotary experiences with your social network and let them know all the great activities our club is doing. When you're on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap....talk about what's happening in Rotary and what you are doing.

2.    Service above Self drives most Rotarians. Get involved in a service project - There's a project happening almost every month! Rotary members have almost eradicated polio, delivered clean water to places that need it, promoted peace, educated communities on health and disease and now the new focus on preserving the environment. Our district has targeted 100K face mask challenge to help our communities stay safe.

3.    Exchange ideas and experiences with other colleagues or a Rotary Social Media Group

4.    Develop yourself. Log onto the myrotary.org and discover the training module that truly show how Rotary Opens Opportunities

5.    Tell us What Rotary means to you and why are you a Rotarian? Is i the great networking or service projects or both?

6.    Get Connected - reach out to other clubs and members and share your ideas or ask them for about their experience on a project.

7.    Have Fun!

You've joined one of the world's largest network of 1.2million heroes who have fun while serving their communities across the globe I would love to hear your ideas on your Rotary experience; email me at romamurthy6380@gmail.com

Membership 2021 2020-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

Growing A Community’s Future, Sierra Leone

As we grapple with the Pandemic here in the North America, it is important to keep our global partners in our hearts and minds. We are in the midst of a Virtual Review for a Global Grant project that has been supported by many of the clubs in our District. The project is taking place in Bumpeh Chiefdom, Sierra Leone and is entitled “Growing A Community’s Future.” At its conclusion 60 acres of orchards will have been planted providing a sustainable source of income to assure that every child in the Chiefdom receives a secondary education.
The project will also provide funding for a Hospital Benevolent Fund to support villagers unable to pay for services.
Here is an eloquent letter from Chief Caulker. His vision and leadership has inspired the project.

My dream for a better future for my Chiefdom is gradually becoming a bold reality. The dream calls for the empowerment and transformation of Bumpeh Chiefdom through quality education to produce a viable middle class capable of efficiently delivering desired services and goods.

Today, the Chiefdom boasts a sixty-acre Orchard of diverse economic tree crops that will mature in three years time for harvest. The Orchard will fetch income to support and sustain our education program at least for the life time of the trees (many 20+ years), and even further with a solid plan for tree replacement and orchard expansion.

Furthermore, CCET-SL identified the development of a total of fifty acres of inland valley swamp (IVS) that is ongoing. Already eleven acres of IVS for growing vegetables and rice have been completed with this grant, and will be utilized to generate annual income to cover routine orchard operating costs.

The demonstrated success of the initial eleven-acre IVS planted with this Rotary Global Grant is attracting government attention. We hope to build on this interest to solicit support for expanding and developing the full fifty acres. We plan to use this as a demonstration site to train local people in improved growing techniques and in the design of their own IVS for year-round water access.

The community has been energized by seeing these accomplishments. They have begun to take leadership of their own personal development agendas. In short, they have been urged by the emerging circumstances to double their efforts and become more steadfast to their commitment to grow economic tree crops. They’re recognizing this not only can this yield near term income, but provide support to sustain them in their retirement. Farmers are requesting chiefdom land be approved for their own small orchards and asking for tree seedlings from CCET-SL’s nursery.

This all points to a future where cottage industries can add value to local produce by processing fruit into pulp and juice, grinding cassava into gari and milling rice. This can be the basis for a growing middle class based on agriculture business.

Rotary International, acting on the initiative of the Ann Arbor club, and together with Sherbro Foundation, all in the USA, are the pillars behind this huge achievement. Their support and funding of the programs implemented by the CENTER FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT AND TRANSFORMATION have not only been fruitful but instructive on the way forward in mobilizing community members for current and future development encounters. The less I speak on their interventions the better for managing space in this statement. Therefore, my Chiefdom Administration, citizens, and myself heartily thank Rotary International, Ann Arbor Rotary Club and Sherbro Foundation for their most cherished contributions to advancing our aspirations. Our present achievements would not have been possible without them. We recognize that their interventions are most assuring, and we also wish to assure them of our unflinching commitment and participation at all times for our own good. 

We love and look forward to working with them and to meet their expectations.

P.C Charles Caulker


A photo of a recently completed storage house for the harvest.
Growing A Community’s Future, Sierra Leone 2020-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

A Race to Erase Mental Health Stigma


The event will include a marathon (26.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles), 10K, 5K, and a Kids Run. All events are walker friendly! A portion of each registration will be donated to mental health focused organizations. In addition, there will be a Health and Wellness Expo, the day prior, where approved mental health organizations will be offered free booth space. Space is limited-


In 2019, over 2,500 participated in the race- primarily from Michigan, Western Ontario, and Ohio. We hope to have even more in 2021!


There are several ways you can help:

To apply to be a featured charity, click here

To sign up to participate in the race, click here

To sign up to volunteer for the race, click here

To make a donation, click here


Please feel free to forward this information to others in your group, a mental health organization, or individuals, who might be interested in participating in this event.


Thank you again, everyone, for your help. Since losing our son Cam January 12, 2018  - your support on mental health awareness means a lot to us.

Annie and Col Smith


A Race to Erase Mental Health Stigma 2020-05-23 04:00:00Z 0

Message from Rotary Presidents

Dear Fellow Rotarian,

The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotarians in an unfamiliar place. As People of Action, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world – moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for people who, like us, are at our best when we are learning, growing, and serving—together.

We are also leaders in our communities, and these times call for leadership. In many ways, this also is our time. We have proven abilities to reach out and collaborate to offer immediate help to people in need at a rapid pace. These are precisely the skills needed all over the world today. The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. Rotary has the unique ability to help improve those efforts in every community and every country.

Using all the technology we have at our disposal, we as Rotarians can continue to reach out and collaborate on big projects with Rotary clubs, Rotaractors, and Interactors. There are a number of examples where Rotary clubs are helping health authorities communicate best practices or provide needed equipment or support that have been shared with our leaders around the world.

As Rotary’s president and president-elect, we have been thinking of these issues very seriously in regard to upcoming Rotary events. As you may be aware, we have made the difficult decision to cancel two Rotary Presidential Conferences honoring our relationship with the United Nations- one in Paris, another in Rome. In the near term, we recommend that Rotary districts and clubs cancel or postpone meetings or events following the advice of national and local health officials.

We know that clubs and districts are seizing the opportunity to become leaders in their communities and are making better use of technology in this time of need. For example, a Rotary e-club in Italy held a live online session about COVID-19 awareness, a Taiwan club worked with companies and a pharmacy association to donate 1,600 bottles of hand sanitizer to the city of Ji-Long, and Rotary clubs in Sri Lanka helped upgrade software and hardware for the health promotion bureau to assist its social messaging.

We cannot know quite yet what path this virus will take. We know we can play a role to help “flatten the curve,” reducing the number of cases in the short term to allow our health systems to address this issue. If the collective global effort helps bring the situation under control, then we hope to re-embrace our core values at the 2020 Rotary Convention in Honolulu. Our time together will have greater meaning and purpose than ever.

Please know that we are taking a close, continuing look at our plans for the convention in June to make sure all attendees’ safety will be protected. We are following the lead of the world’s most trusted sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for their guidance. We want you to be able to make decisions about what is best for you and your families in terms of attending this year’s event.

In the meantime, this is an opportunity for us to demonstrate that Rotary Connects the Worldin innovative ways. We should be closely following the advice of the WHO and local health authorities. Again, this includes canceling Rotary club events and meetings in the short term to reduce unnecessary interactions that could cause infections. We can put a greater emphasis on the work we do in our communities by helping our less fortunate neighbors cope with the effects of isolation and fear, or by supporting our health authorities to address this situation.

We are dealing with this situation in real time. Please visit the rotary.org COVID-19 response page for ongoing updates.

This is an unprecedented challenge for nearly all of us. But it is also an opportunity for Rotarians to find new, meaningful ways to lead individuals and communities to connect and do good in the world.

We have never been prouder to be part of an organization that does so much to protect and strengthen our communities, at home and across the globe.

Kindest regards,

Mark Daniel Maloney
2019-2020, President, Rotary International
Holger Knaack
2020-21, President, Rotary International 


Message from Rotary Presidents 2020-03-15 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor Messages

May 23, 2020
Dear Fellow Rotarians
Today join me in celebrating the life of PDG Keith Koke.
Mr Rotary, as many would come to know him throughout our community, Keith exemplified what Rotary stands for ‘Service Above Self’. Keith and his wife Marty were truly guided through life by living the ‘Four Way Test’.
Keith’s dedication knew no boundaries, whether he was assisting on a National Immunization Day, fundraising for Shelter Box, or travelling countless hours to charter new clubs. The Rotary Club of Livingston Sunrise refer to Keith as the Godfather of their club as Keith travelled from Chatham to Livingston County by 7am every Friday morning for nearly three months. 
Let’s all take a moment to share our thoughts, our memories and share  a moment of silence to hounour PDG Keith Koke ! 
In Prayer  & Peace 
Don Leonard
Rotary Club of Chatham
Past President 2014-2015
District Governor 2019-2020
April 27, 2020
Dear Fellow Rotarians
I just finished a call with Assistant Governor Phil McPeek. Phil wanted me to know that Janet passed away last night.
He asked that I notify the members of District 6380. Phil reminded me of how Janet shared so much love and kindness each day, she was so proud of being a Rotarian, and greatly proud of her time as Governor and the good work our Rotary Foundation. 
Janet’s passing was truly unexpected as she was scheduled to return home later today, even though Janet’s death was not related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will effect the way we celebrate her wonderful life and offer support to Phil and all of Janet’s extended family.
Rotary has truly lost one of the kindest, gentlest most caring souls as heaven welcomes an angel that leaves behind a legacy of Service Above Self.
Let’s pray together and be thankful, that  we were blessed to have known Janet, I know she assisted me in many ways to be a better person, Rotarian and Governor for our great district.
Don Leonard
Rotary Club of Chatham
Past President 2014-2015
District Governor 2019-2020
April 7, 2020
Dear Fellow Rotarians
I hope this message finds you, your family and all District 6380 members home and in good health. If you are a front line worker, doing your best to keep us safe I applaud you from the bottom of my heart!
A District  COVID-19 Disaster Committee has been formed and they have been actively working on a plan, where we can help our health care workers. We have applied for and received a $25,000.00 Rotary International Disaster Grant, the District has put up an additional $20,000.00. With this seed money we will be purchasing N95 masks to be distributed to hospitals through out our district. Joyce Williams Ann Arbor North has been selected the point person who will prioritize delivery based on recommendations from the Michigan Community Service Commission. The following is a list of hospitals that we are focussing on to start.
Henry Ford
St Joe
Chatham Kent Health Alliance 
Vineet Katial will be handling the purchases as he has an excellent contact in China that will be producing the masks for us and shipping them to Vineet for distribution.
We have set up a special COVID-19 Disaster Fund link, individual clubs and members can assist in providing much needed personal protection equipment to our front line health care workers by clicking here.
Our District is not a 501C3 and therefore we can not issue tax receipts, if you prefer a tax receipt possible donate to your club and they can forward the funds to the district.
To help with this most urgent need now simply click the link below.
Now is the time to give, 

Don Leonard
Rotary Club of Chatham
Past President 2014-2015
District Governor 2019-2020

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Birmingham Rotary Projects 2020-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

More on Upcoming Events

District Celebration, originally scheduled for May 8-9 2020 has been cancelled!
Click on image for more information.
Mount Clemens Rotary Club 100-year Gala Celebration
Rescheduled for August 14. More information to follow.
More on Upcoming Events Peter Tanner 2020-02-14 05:00:00Z 0

Dexter supports Shelter Box

Dexter Rotary and Interact Clubs raise money for Shelter Box

The Interact Club is partnering with the Dexter Rotary Club to raise money to donate to Shelter Box Disaster Relief. Members of the club will be in the lunchroom for the rest of the week accepting donations. People receive one raffle ticket per dollar donated, and prizes include a giant teddy bear, a basket filled with candy, and a $25 Starbucks gift card. Please help out our Interact Club with making a donation.

Dexter supports Shelter Box 2020-02-14 05:00:00Z 0

Livingston for Kenya

Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club

Congratulations to our own Elias Stich, Exchange student from Germany. Elias had a dream to join the Eye Clinic team to Kenya in January. Within a month, he has raised $4800 selling soccer balls, which will go with them for the children in Kenya. Elias is very excited about this trip and opportunity. And very grateful to everyone who helped make it happen. We look forward to hearing all about your great adventure. Way to be a Rotarian Elias!👍

Livingston for Kenya 2020-01-07 05:00:00Z 0
District News - Decemberb 2019 Peter Tanner 2019-12-25 05:00:00Z 0


Rienout von Martels named 2019 Agriculturist for Chatham-Kent
The Ridgetown Rotary Club is extremely proud of member Reinout von Martels for being named the 2019 Agriculturist of the Year, for Chatham-Kent, Ontario. Below is a brief summary of Reinout’s career.
   Reinout began his farming career during a difficult period, the early 1980`s, when high interest rates and poor crops took a toll on everyone including his young family. But they persevered by starting a small seed cleaning business to generate additional income and diversify. Interestingly, Chatham-Kent produced 40% of Canada`s soybean crop during those years. Though extremely difficult, that period provided for a lot of learning, encouraged innovation and strengthened the community of Chatham-Kent farmers.
   At this time also they started conservation tillage. New equipment designs, more research and new herbicides allowed them to become better and more profitable at this. It also allowed farmers to expand their acreages. Reinout was a committee member of the Kent Federation of Agriculture during the 80’s, participating in their meetings and helping to focus on the political challenges affecting many of them at that time.
 The following decade the 1990`s, he gave his time as a committee member to the Kent County Soybean Growers Assoc.  At the same time as his participation with the Soybean Growers Asoc., he was on the board of the Ontario Seed Growers. Reinout was a member of this board since 1993 and served as president in 2000.
  Through being involved with the seed business, he initiated the development of a computer software called “TagIt”. In 1982 he started a small custom seed cleaning business for local farmers. They brought in their soybeans, wheat, oats and barley to be cleaned. This business grew steadily and through it allowed him to become a pedigreed seed producer and ultimately became a “select” grower, one who can multiply seed from a plant breeder.
  This business was expanded in 1996 by forming a new seed company, Southwest Seeds, alongside three other shareholders. Soybeans were processed, packaged and loaded in containers and sent by truck and rail to be shipped to Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.
  Throughout the years since1986, Reinout has been a very active member of the Rotary Club of Ridgetown, holding office many times, including his current position as treasurer (for last 4 years). Rotary is an international service club that helps the community as well as on a national and international level. Our Club helps youth in leadership training, as well as providing support to Rotary International which helps the under privileged and is known internationally for its work towards eradication of polio. Over the years with Rotary, Reinout and his wife hosted seven international exchange students who lived and studied at Ridgetown High School for one academic year.
   Finally, to quote Reinout, “A farmer’s chance for success can be influenced by staying involved in their community and by reaching out to fellow farmers for input and discussion. I have always strived to keep my neighbours close and consider them friends in this ever challenging career of farming.” The Ridgetown Rotary Club would consider that Reinout has embodied the same philosophy during his many years with our club.
Reinout Paul Brown 2019-12-10 05:00:00Z 0


The Novi Rotary Foundation, hosted the Holiday Senior Luncheon
It's official! The big guy said I was "NICE" all year! No take backs!! 😇The Novi Rotary Foundation, hosted the Holiday Senior Luncheon @Novi Middle School on Dec 5. Over 75 guest were treated to 7th and 8th graders performing holiday songs of cheer. Special thanks to City of Novi Derek S., Novi School District Darby H. Chartwells Evol G. & Staff. Thank you all the student servers and NCSD transportation, gift bag doners Chris S. Of State Farm, Kelly H. Of Diversified Members CU and John O. of O'Brien & Sullivan Funeral Home and Kat D. of National Food Group, the Novi Rotaty Club President, Bev L., And everyone who work to make this event a success year after year. And a loving thank you to the Rock Star of the event SANTA!
SeniorLunch Tia Marie Sanders 2019-12-09 05:00:00Z 0


In August, Rotary Club members visited many villages and schools in remote NW Guatemala to see the work being done at Casa Colibrí and see the RACHEL WiFi literacy project in action. The group put together a photo 2020 calendar to chronicle the visit.  Copies are available for $20 Cdn or $15 US.  If Sparky is visiting your club in the next while - email him to request that he bring calendars.  Otherwise, please send your order, accompanied by your address and a cheque made out to the Rotary Club of Chatham to:
Guatemala Calendars
Chatham-Kent Public Library
120 Queen St.
Chatham, ON
N7M 2G6
All proceeds will go to further work in Guatemala.
Calendar Peter Tanner 2019-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

District News November 2019

Dresden Seniors Dinner

Color Purple

Click on the above image to read about the new ways that the Ann Arbor club is using to raise money for Polio.

Virginia "Ginger" Nickloy-Coxeter

One of the first women in Rotary
Passed away on Nov 12
Click on Image to access obituary
Peace in The Streets
Click on image for post-event press release
District News November 2019 Peter Tanner 2019-11-03 04:00:00Z 0

District News - October 2019

Rotary Club of Mount Clemens
Wine and Cheese Party
to kick off 100th Year Anniversary (see above)
Ann Arbor
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor is a major sponsor, and supporter with volunteers, of the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Tax program operated with the United Way of Washtenaw County.  Click the image for a slide presentation of our results from last year:
District News - October 2019 2019-10-08 04:00:00Z 0

Tour de Livingston

Howell Rotary's Event of the year- 11th Annual Tour de Livingston 
The Tour de Livingston ride provides an opportunity for our riders to enjoy outstanding fall colors during the peak color season in southeast Michigan. This fully supported ride includes hospitality tents, a full breakfast, snacks along the route, and a hearty meal prepared by the chef at Mt. Brighton. All proceeds from this event help to: bridge the gap for local hardworking families struggling to meet their most basic needs; prepare every child to be ready for success; and build a healthy community for all residents via the Livingston County United Way Basic Needs Programs.  Since its start in 2008, the Tour de Livingston has raised over $250,000 to address the community’s most critical needs!
Click here for Photo Album
Tour de Livingston Heather Aeschliman 2019-10-06 04:00:00Z 0

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Fallen Soufflé
Click on image to download full pdf poster.
Sherlock Holmes Anne Nauts 2019-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
District News - September 2019 Peter Tanner 2019-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
Cruising Eric Tindall 2019-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
RYLA 2020 Jim Adams 2019-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

Get "The Amazing Power of Story," Sept 14; Fantastic life skill!

Posted on Aug 29, 2019
The ability to tell a story is perhaps one life’s most useful skills.
Attend The Amazing Power of Story, featuring international author and speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso and a fun BBQ, Saturday, September 14 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at Concordia University in Ann Arbor. 
Register now!
Stories are certainly a great way to gain members, raise more money and get attention for Rotary.  
Register today!  $20 gets you breakfast beverages and a BBQ meal after the program!
Get "The Amazing Power of Story," Sept 14; Fantastic life skill! Michael Caruso 2019-08-29 04:00:00Z 0 ORS,One Rotary Summit,story,training

Cajun Seafood Festival

Lake Orion Sunrise Hosts 3rd Annual Cajun Seafood Festival
The Lake Orion Sunrise Rotary Club hosted its 3rd annual Cajun Seafood Festival on Saturday, August 10 to for our club’s international project with the La Casa del Nino-Napoleon Franco Pareja Children’s Hospital in Cartagena, Colombia.
The Children’s Hospital is a free hospital to the children of Colombia and operates through donations. The story was shared with our club after a visit by two of our members Monica Navarro-Vezina and Marc Vezina several years ago. Monica is from Colombia and from the area where the Hospital is located.
The idea of the Cajun Seafood Festival began three years ago after Marc’s homemade jambalaya appeared during our winter Ice Golf event. A native of Louisiana and semi-retired self-proclaimed vice rear admiral of the Cajun Navy, Marc decided to kick off a good ole Cajun Seafood Boil to raise awareness of the Children’s Hospital. Crawfish, shrimp, jambalaya, key lime pie and bourbon pecan squares were a few of the delicious items served throughout the day.
Local bluesman and funky daddy (allegedly on parole from Jackson State penitentiary) Tino Gross was on hand this year providing the entertainment. He strummed some hot licks primarily due to the two bee stings he had while setting up. It was a venomous performance! Poolside chats, swimming and various lawn games provided the spirit of Rotary for our family and friends. With well north of 100 guests and raising thousands for the Hospital, our Annual Fest continues to grow; all
Cajun Seafood Festival Barkley Pierce 2019-08-20 04:00:00Z 0

Golf Outing

Golf  Outing - Warren
 will be Friday  September 27,  2019 at Maple Lane Golf Course (14 Mile at Maple Lane) $85.00 per golfer
Registration and sponsorship forms are here:
Golf Outing Karen Joyce 2019-08-18 04:00:00Z 0

RCAA Satellite Update

Ann Arbor Golf and Tennis Outing
The RCAA Satellite is now meeting in the Victors Room at the Pretzel Bell. We have three individuals committed to the Satellite, our goal is to establish the Satellite with 10 members.

Click on image for more info

RCAA Satellite Update Lauren Heinonen 2019-08-18 04:00:00Z 0

Peace in the Streets

Ann Arbor Golf and Tennis Outing
The Wayne State University Center for Peace & Conflict Studies and the Rotary Clubs of Detroit, Ann Arbor, & Windsor 1918 invite you to Peace in the Streets on Oct. 25-26, 2019. This Cross Border Rotary Peace Symposium will take place in Detroit on Friday Oct 25th and in Windsor on Saturday Oct 26, with both days filled with engaging speakers on conflict and peace.

Click on image for more info

Peace in the Streets Lauren Heinonen 2019-08-18 04:00:00Z 0

Golf and Tennis

Ann Arbor Golf and Tennis Outing

The Ann Arbor Rotary Club’s signature fundraiser is the annual Golf and Tennis Outing (GTO). This year’s event takes place on Monday, September 9, 2019 at the Travis Pointe Country Club, 2829 Travis Pointe Road, Ann Arbor, MI.

Registration and lunch precedes a noon Shotgun Start that sends golfers on their way. Tennis will run in the afternoon, too. Then comes cocktails and plenty of time to bid on the Silent Auction items before dinner begins, followed by fabulous entertainment!  This is our major fund-raiser and a great spirit-booster, too!

Click on image for more info

Golf and Tennis Lauren Heinonen 2019-08-18 04:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day Community Fund Raiser

World Polio Day Community Fund Raiser
On Wednesday, October 23, 2019 we are celebrating World Polio Day by holding a community polio fundraiser. We will be hosting special guest speakers Ann Lee Hussey, champion of polio eradication and polio survivor herself, and our very own District 6380 Governor Don “Sparky” Leonard.
Click on image for more information.
World Polio Day Community Fund Raiser  Lauren Heinonen 2019-08-17 04:00:00Z 0

Power of Story

Learn the Power of Story with PDG Michael
This year's One Rotary Summit event features guest speaker and Past District Governor, Michael Caruso, who will help us develop powerful signature stories.  

Stories, as you know, are a fantastic way to grow your club, raise more money and get attention for Rotary.  Stories can make any presentation better, so if you or your spouse/partner do talks for work, you don't want to miss this valuable session.  
One Rotary Summit is Saturday, September 14 at Concordia University in Ann Arbor from 8:30 am until 2:30 pm and includes a picnic-style BBQ lunch.

Get more info and register now at https://rotary6380.org/event/one-rotary-summit-1/

The ability to tell a story is perhaps one life’s most useful skills.  Stories are certainly a great way to retain members and gain new Rotarians.

Smart leaders use stories to motivate team members and inspire high performance.  Savvy salespeople tell stories to encourage prospects to become customers.  Parents use stories to inspire good behavior from their children.

Yet, most people don’t really know how to tell a story.

The creation of a powerful narrative cannot be ad-libbed, but it can be shaped and sculpted, especially if you are familiar with the narrative essentials.

International author and speaker (and our D6380 Governor in 2016-17), Michael Angelo Caruso, will show us how to use the power of narrative in Rotary, at work and at home.  Watch a short video of Michael's storytelling style at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zHpgCtx5m0   

At this unique One Rotary Summit event, you'll have tons of fun as you sharpen your story-telling skills and learn how to:
  • Stage and frame the story
  • Learn to pick up signals that people are ready for your story
  • Grow your Rotary club
  • Develop a flair for storytelling
  • Establish (and deliver) positive expectations
  • Master the two-minute "signature story"
  • Customize your story for each of the four main personality styles
  • Raise more money
  • Read your audience better
  • Stay on message
  • Get people to act on your story such as attend an event or join your club
  • Increase fundraising
  • Get a promotion at work
Get the power of story on Saturday morning, September 14 in Ann Arbor.  

$20 gets you breakfast beverages and a barbecue meal after the program!
We'll see you there!
Power of Story Michael Caruso 2019-08-17 04:00:00Z 0

District News August 2019

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Casa ColibrÍ Annual Report released
Golf Outing - Warren
Cajun Seafood Festival
World Polio Day Community Fundraiser - Ann Arbor
Peace in the Streets
RCAA Satellite Update
The Troy Rotary Foodies ‘N’ Fun cookbook filled to the brim with the best recipes from the best chefs in our community - and we need your favorite recipes!
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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the Rochester Rotary annual charity Golf Outing to benefit Mental and Emotional Health Service Initiative led by the Rochester Community Schools Foundation and other local Health Service Organizations. 
Mental health is a growing and under-served need both across the nation and in our own community. Depression and anxiety are epidemic among our youth and teen suicide is on the rise. Help us fight back and provide the resources they need to grow up healthy in mind and body.
Not a golfer? Become a HOLE SPONSOR! There is only 6,745 yards of fairway to display the Hole Sponsor signs. So, please sign up quickly because space is limited!!! 
Online registration with credit card option can be found at: 
An amazing group of ambassadors from D6380; SE Michigan and SW Ontario getting ready to return to  Mexico, Taiwan, Germany, France, Ecuador, Brazil, Thailand and South Korea
District News August 2019 Peter Tanner 2019-08-15 04:00:00Z 0

District News July 2019

District Governor-Elect Sparky Leonard gives Paul Harris Award at Retro Fest
Opening of Dempsey-MacArthur Park Kayak Launch
Global Grant in Place for Sierra Leone
District News July 2019 Peter Tanner 2019-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Sierra Leone

$142,000 Rotary International Global Grant Propels Chiefdom To Grow Its Future
All of the funding for the Rotary International Global
Grant ($142,030) is now in the account of the Freetown
Rotary Club. A site visit has been conducted by Rotarian
Theodora Wilkinson of the Freetown Rotary Club and
transfers are being made to the implementing
organization, the Center for Community Empowerment
and Transformation (CCET).
A total of 60 acres of orchards with 4000
fruit trees will be developed through the two Rotary grants,
as well as a tree nursery, a watering system and storehouse.
In three to five years, the orchards will provide long-term fruit income for education and hospital medical care for
Bumpeh Chiefdom’s 40,000 mostly illiterate residents.

Some 260 subsistence-level women farmers can double their incomes by growing peanuts with supplies they receive from
the project. How can something as seemingly small as $50 for a bale of peanut seed and a drying tarp impact the
women? The spokeswoman for recent participants said it best, “Indeed, our lives have been transformed.”
Click on the photo for further information.
Sierra Leone Mary Avrakotos 2019-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Kayak Launch Opening

Opening of Dempsey-MacArthur Park Kayak Launch
Members of the Mount Clemens Rotary Club attended the recent opening of the Neil E. Dempsey-MacArthur Park Kayak Launch located behind the Family YMCA – directed by club member Steve Krankota – at 6 North River Road, Mount Clemens, on the Clinton River.

Club member and retired managing editor of The Macomb Daily Ken Kish wrote: “Neil Dempsey was a longtime member of the Mount Clemens Rotary Club and a former president. When he passed away on Aug. 9, 2016, he asked that donations be made for the facility. More than $60,000 was donated with Rotarians leading the way with an estimated $5,000. Speakers at the event included Emily Moran, from the Clinton River Watershed Council, which will oversee operations at the launch; Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, our own immediate past president Larry Neal, and Barb Dempsey, the wife of Neil and longtime mayor of Mount Clemens. Mayor Dempsey mentioned that Rotary was an important part of Neil’s community service, which included coaching youth sports and participating in many Mount Clemens city committees. It was, quite simply, an honor well deserved for a great man and a Rotarian who lived by ‘The Four-Way Test’.”

The launch is accessible to people with disabilities. Larry Neal said he could take his (now deceased) mother, who was an amputee, to the area to enjoy. The launch is part of WaterTowns, a community development initiative created in 2013 by the Clinton River Watershed Council which has committed itself to creating 12 such launches by 2020. The launch cost $160,000. The Mount Clemens Rotary Foundation was one of the key donors
Kayak Launch Opening Linda May 2019-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor's 2018-2019 Year

What a year it's been!
After going to the 2012 Rotary International Convention in Thailand, I decided that I wanted to be more involved in Rotary.  I became an assistant governor and realized how little I knew about other Clubs and the District.  Time to learn, connect and listen.  Serving Milan, Ann Arbor North, Saline and the newly formed Ann Arbor West club opened new horizons.  They adopted me as one of their members as I acted as a conduit for the Governor.   I had the privilege to meet the District team and learn about: Foundation, membership, AG's, youth and the Canadian side of the District. 
In late 2015, my club (Brighton) nominated me to run for District Governor.  After the interview, Barry Fraser was to be the District Governor Nominee Designate, not me.  Disappointment soon turned into determination to work on improving myself and increase involvement in the District.  The next year, I was again nominated by my club and after the interview, was selected to be the Governor Nominee Designate for 2018-2019.
For the next two years Barry Fraser and I worked closely together.  We have different styles which strengthen both of us.  January 2018 was International Assembly in San Diego – the final Rotary International training to be the next Governor.  A week of intensive training, meeting Rotarians from around the world and getting ready for the coming year.
As I look back and reflect on this past Rotary year, I recall the many opportunities I was able to be a part of:  visiting numerous clubs and their projects; signing the charter for the newest district club (Motorcycling Rotarians e-club); inducing new members, recognizing Paul Harris Fellows and Major Donors; introducing a past Rotary International Vice President (Jennifer Jones); interviewing and recommending candidates for the Peace Center programs; and approving District and Global grant projects.
Change is the only thing that is constant.  Rotary Leadership, at the International and District level, changes every year.  New ideas come with new leadership.  Don ‘Sparky’ Leonard and his team will do it differently, as they should.  It’s going to be an exciting year with Sparky’s leadership.  Embrace the changes so Rotary can grow. 
Remember to get your ASK in Gear, keep 'Being the Inspiration' so that Rotary can Connect the World.
Thank you for your friendship, ‘Being my Inspiration’ and a year full of awesome memories.  It was an Honor and a Privilege to Service you as District Governor during 2018-2019
District Governor's 2018-2019 Year Jane McManus 2019-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

Nepal Sanitation and Pond Rejuvenation

Dear Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Board and D6380 Rotarians:
I am sharing a nice note I received earlier today about great progress made on the Nepal Sanitation and Pond Rejuvenation Global Grant Project 1635112 that our club leads with RC Bungamati (near Kathmandu in Nepal) and RC Singapore.
The Bungamati Rotary Club has almost completed planned repairs and rebuilding of girls toilets in 3 schools damaged by the 2015 earthquake. A fourth school identified on our Grant project was beyond repair and was demolished, so the host Club has found another school in the area for upgrading sanitation amenities for girls. These are much needed for enhancing the literacy of females in a country like Nepal where trafficking of girls and women is rampant and often tragic.
RC Bungamati President Mrs Rajani Shrestha phoned me a couple of days ago to give a verbal update. I apologized to her for change in our site tour plans this early May (when they were so excited to host and had expected our presence) to inaugurate the newly repaired community pond. I am sorry for one reason or another, this hasn’t worked out...yet.
Do click on the TRF link below to see some description of the project and also photos of their progress.
I assured President Rajani we will surely bring an RCAAN team out to Nepal on September 15-23 (mark your calendars!) when RC Singapore also plans a larger tour of several other Global Grant projects they oversee.
Best regards,
Manish Mehta, Ph.D.
Chair of Project Dignity Committee &
Director of International Service at
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North (D6380), USA
Tel: +1-734-604-7989, manimehta@gmail.com
View the 2016 Project Dignity video at 
Nepal Sanitation and Pond Rejuvenation Manish Mehta 2019-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

District News June 2019

District Conference Mental Health Panel Video(s)
Governor Jane and DGE Sparky in Jail!
Exchange Host Appreciation Day at Oakland University 
Nepal Sanitation and Pond Rejuvenation
Global Grant Project 1635112 (Ann Arbor North)
District News June 2019 Michael McManus 2019-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

Club News June 2019

Ann Arbor Rotary - Habitat for Humanity
Rochester Rotary Honors New
Arch Klumph Society Member
Ann Arbor Rotary - Dr. Butter / Food Drive
Lakes Area Rotary - Humanity in Action
Ann Arbor West - Diaper Drive
Mt. Clemens Cabaret and Cuisine - What Fun!
Ann Arbor West - Project Uplift - Vietnam
Dexter - Providing Fresh Produce to Families
Troy - Wyatt Lucas Award
Ypsilanti - Mental Health First Aid
Brighton Rotary "Top of the Mountain Dash or Crash"
Leaping, mudding, climbing, sudsing. sliding 5k
Troy Rotary Partners with Business,
RSD for Buddy Bench Project
Mt. Clemens Rotary Cleanup
Club News June 2019 Peter Tanner 2019-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

Mt. Clemens Rotary Cleanup

Mount Clemens Rotary members, family members, and members of the club-sponsored Interact Club of the Utica Academy of International Studies spent a breezy cold spring day recently cleaning up one of Mount Clemens' most interesting parks adjacent to the YMCA which features the Jack Prescott Arboretum and a vast variety of trees. The club is actively planning a celebration for its 100th year of service in 2020.
Mt. Clemens Rotary Cleanup Michael McManus 2019-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rochester Honors AKS Recipient

Every day, humble individuals are hard at work, quietly transforming the world into a better place. But some days, those individuals need to be recognized publicly. This week, we were able to do just that as Jay Eastman and Linda Eastman were inducted into the Arch Klumph Society, Rotary International's highest honor for contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Congratulations, Jay and Linda. You're an inspiration to us all. To learn more about their biggest project, check out Casa Colibrí.
Rochester Honors AKS Recipient Michael McManus 2019-06-01 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Events June - December 2019 Michael McManus 2019-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

Buddy Bench Project

Buddy Bench Project
In July of 2018, Troy Rotary embarked on a project to help school children cope with loneliness, foster friendships and confront bullying.  They were drawn to the success of Buddy Benches which are safe places for kids to sit, talk and work things out.  Rotary values inclusion, kindness and peace, so they committed to installing Buddy Benches at all of the Troy Elementary Schools (21 total) plus two benches at the Troy Boys & Girls Club.  
This morning, Troy’s Rotarians celebrated their progress with a special breakfast for all of their stakeholders and especially the project’s generous sponsors including TRION Solutions, APTIV, Beaumont Hospital, Tim Horton's Troy, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Community Choice Credit Union, Former Hill Elementary Teachers, ADK Sorority, Jeff & Debbie Lambrecht, REMCO Storage Systems, Charles & Nancy Negohosian, The Choice Group, Troy Community Foundation, Troy Board of Education, Troy Rotarians and Rotarians PDG Liz Smith Yeats of District 6400, Nick and Lisa Vitale and Sharon Lewis.  District 6380 Rotarians have also made sizeable donations.
The next phase of the project involves construction of the benches, which will occur on Saturday, May 18 from 8 – 10 am, at the Troy School District maintenance facility (1140 Rankin Dr.).  All are welcome, BYO tools, specifically cordless drills with 7/16 socket size.  Learn more by liking the Rotary Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/TroyRotary to monitor Project Buddy Bench.
Buddy Bench Project Rene' Pothetes 2019-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
Mount Clemens Rotary Club Save the Date 2019-05-17 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Events June 2019

June 21st - Meet the Governor - Chatham, Canada
June 22, 2019 Anchor Bay Rotary
Play Ball!  July 19th, 2019 Comerica Park
June 15th through August 24th CPR Classes
Rotary Events June 2019 Michael McManus 2019-05-16 04:00:00Z 0

Exchange Host Appreciation 2019

Governor Jane and DGE Sparky in Jail!
Exchange Host Appreciation Day at Oakland University  
Inbound and Outbound Exchange Students
Exchange Host Appreciation 2019 2019-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
District Conference 2019  Michael McManus 2019-05-03 04:00:00Z 0

Dr. Steven Bucci

Dr. Steven Bucci
Finding and Developing Leaders:  At our upcoming District Conference in May, we will be bringing in Dr. Steven Bucci, to share his vast experience in developing leaders. As many of us know, we are faced with numerous leadership challenges- finding members to assume committee chairs, and board of directors, not to mention, bringing in new members.  Wouldn't it be nice to have a smooth, planned transition that offers a more stress free movement from president to president, board member to board member, committee leader to committee leader, and committee member to committee member?
Dr. Steven Bucci Col Smith 2019-05-03 04:00:00Z 0

Governor's Message May 2019

Rotary’s programs are developing the next generation of leaders, providing funding to make the world a better place, and making peace a priority. And our programs are not just for club members. Learn how you can make a difference in your community through Rotary.
The District Conference was a huge success!  $3,000 was raised for Polio Eradication!  Thanks to the speakers, planning committees and you, our members who made it happen! Photos (Click here)
The Exchange Student Host Appreciation Event was held at Oakland University with nearly 100 attendees!  Many thanks to our Youth Exchange Team for doing an amazing job!
As we prepare for the last month and a half of being your Governor (Club Events, International Convention, District Governor Elect "Sparky's" Meet the Governor night June 21st and Club President Nights) we are humbled by and so proud of all you for what you have done this year to make your communities, the world and yourselves better!
Governor's Message May 2019 Jane McManus 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Mental Health

Mental Health First Aid
The Ypsilanti Rotary Club invited Miss Washtenaw County to speak at their club recently. Hannah Palmer, 18, recently completed her Freshman year as an undergraduate honors student at Eastern Michigan University majoring in Elementary Education. Hannah is a lifelong Brighton resident. During her competition running for Miss Michigan, Hannah selected "Mental Health First Aid" as her platform. This is also a topic our District is spotlighting. Hannah hopes to change the stereotyping of mental illness, provide support to youth struggling, and educate teachers on what to do in a mental health crisis.  While in High School Hannah fought her own battle with depression and anxiety and has not let this define her or stand in the way of reaching for her goals.  She has volunteered with the Semicolon Project and Yellow Ribbon week for suicide prevention.  Hannah is certified in Mental Health First Aid and working to get teachers in the Brighton Area School district certified as well. She is also working with Senators Santana and Polehanki to pass Senate Bill 41, and has been invited to testify once the bill reaches a hearing. During her year of service she plans to teach parents, family members, peers, teachers, neighbors, and other caring citizens how to help individuals that are experiencing a mental health crisis.  Hannah is willing to speak to other Rotary clubs interested in learning how they can support Mental Health initiatives.
Hannah won the title of Miss Washtenaw County last October and will represent Washtenaw and Livingston Counties at the 2019 Miss Michigan Pageant in Muskegon in June.
Mental Health Rick Easterbrook 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary News May 2019 Michael McManus 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Fresh Produce

Providing Fresh Produce to over 100 Families
For the past six years, Dexter Rotary has been partnering with local grocery stores to purchase and deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to Faith In Action for those in need. The program is having a tremendous impact.
“Getting fresh produce every week through Dexter Rotary Club’s program means that the nearly 100 local families that access our pantry have the healthiest options right there to take home to feed their families. Together with Food Gatherers and the St. Joseph’s Giving Garden, there are fresh fruit and veggie options at all times in the pantry, and we know this makes a big impact on the quality of the diet in these homes.” – Nancy Paul, Director of Faith in Action.
The program takes place every Wednesday from October 1 – May 31. Duane and four other fellow Rotarians rotate for deliveries each week. The Rotary volunteer for the week arrives at Busch’s by 10 am ready to load the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables into their vehicles for delivery to Faith In Action. Busch’s provides at least 110 pounds of fresh produce for the program each week. The produce is purchased using Dexter Rotary funding, but as Duane will tell you “Busch’s definitely makes sure we get our money’s worth if not more”. Weekly pick-up includes cases of apples, bananas, potatoes, onions, lettuce, carrots, peppers, and citrus.
Fresh Produce Karl Fink 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Project Uplift

Project Uplift - Construction Progress
On Monday, May 6, the club received an update on the progress of the school classroom construction taking place for Project Uplift in Vietnam.  As recognition to our club commitment to the project Ann Arbor Rotary West will be recognized on a plaque at the school as one of the top donors for the project. 
A 501c(3) non-profit organization, Project Uplift was formed in 2003 to build preschool facilities in rural locations across central Vietnam. The group’s primary mission is to provide young Vietnamese children with an opportunity for an early childhood education which they would not otherwise receive, while at the same time promoting international goodwill and friendship between individuals and communities.
Project Uplift Bruce Dunbar 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Wyatt Lucas Award

Wyatt Lucas Troy Youth Assistance Award
We nominated Wyatt for this award due to his extraordinary commitment, passion and amount of time he dedicated to the project of raising funds to support the newly adopted owls that came to the Stage Nature Center in Feb. of 2018.
Wyatt came to us in February to see if there was anything he could help us with at the nature center as he was looking to volunteer and further his service experience as a boy scout. It just so happened that we had just adopted the owls and needed as much help as we could get in raising funds for building a new structure to house the owls in at the nature center. Wyatt had grown up visiting this nature center and is very passionate about wildlife. Without fully realizing how extensive this project would be, Wyatt jumped right in and took on the challenge of raising funds for the structure. He hosted 4 bottle drives at his house on 4 separate dates in which he collected returnable bottles and cans to then spend hours at the grocery store returning them. On rainy days, even met people outside with an umbrella and his enthusiasm to help people unload the bottles onto his front lawn. He even had a fan club of followers.
Wyatt also worked with a graphic artist to design and create custom owl t-shirts that he bought and sold to donate the funds toward the owl fund. In addition to hosting bottle drives and selling t-shirts, Wyatt hosted a fundraiser on Facebook.
Wyatt also reached out to local community service organizations, such as the Troy Rotary Club and Rochester Rotary Club, for support. He was invited to speak at their meetings about his project, which provided him an excellent opportunity to work on his presentation and social skills. He was also interviewed about his project and had multiple publications in local newspapers including Troy Times, Troy-Somerset Gazette, and The Oakland Press. In addition, he was interviewed live by Paula Tutman with WDIV Channel 4 News.
Despite Wyatt’s initial shyness and nervousness about public speaking, his passion for this project and for the owls inspired him to push forward and put himself out there anyway. In just 6 months Wyatt greatly improved his public speaking skills in an effort to complete his project.
Wyatt’s initial fundraising goal was $10,000, which is a pretty high goal to set for a 15, now 16, year-old. He went above and beyond his initial goal of $10,000 and, in the end, raised $14, 128 in only 6 months. The connections Wyatt made to the community were also very impressive. He inspired many people to not only support the owls, but the Stage Nature Center as well. To this day, visitors to the nature center ask about the boy scout who raised funds for the owls.
Enough can't be said about Wyatt’s perseverance and passion for this project, and I can’t think of anyone who deserves this award more than he does. Thank you to Wyatt, and the amazing amount of support from his family, for helping us help the owls!
Wyatt Lucas Award Rene' Pothetes 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Dr Butter

Dr Irene Butter - Shores Beyond Shores
On Wednesday, April 24, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor awarded the second annual 2019 Robert S. Northrup Humanitarian Award to Dr. Irene Butter. Dr. Butter is a Holocaust survivor, champion of peace and justice and University of Michigan Emerita Professor of Public Health. She is the co-founder of the Raoul Wallenberg Medal and Lecture at U of M and co-founder of Zeitouna, an Arab-Jewish women’s dialogue group in Ann Arbor.
Dr. Butter told her story of a happy childhood which ended when her family was taken into custody by the Germans. Through it all she never gave up hope and was able to survive and move to the United States. She pursued her education, completing a PhD and pursuing an academic career at the University of Michigan. In her retirement, she has written, Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope My True Story. Attendees were able to purchase a book with a personal message from Dr. Butter. Dr. Butter continues to speak to many groups and encourages all to remember the past, never be a bystander and always know that one person can make a difference.
Dr Butter Jennifer Gingell 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Diaper Drive

Diaper Drive
For April Maternal & Child Health Month, Ann Arbor Rotary West hosted an event to collect diapers & other baby items to benefit Family Life Services (FLS) of Washtenaw County. FLS offers medical & other resources to women & children in need.
Diaper Drive Jennifer Gingell 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Humanity in Action

Humanity in Action, A Story with a Bright Future
Lakes Area Rotary updates the District every now and again regarding Dayana Delgado, formerly of Cuba, who was referred to us by Keith Coke in June 2011.  Many will recall Keith was responding to a plea from a neighbor to help a young doctor who had escaped Cuba, legally entered the USA seeking asylum, was admitted, and within a week had her identity documents stolen.  Paul and Lorrie McVey of Lakes Area club responded providing her a home for the nine months it took to replace those documents.  During that time Dayana became like a daughter to them and as a result lived with them for over three years while learning how to live in a free country and establishing herself in the USA.  With a good job and apartment, having learned to drive and purchase a car, Dayana took a vacation in December 2015, where she encountered a former neighbor who had also sought asylum in the USA.  They fell in love and Dayana moved to St. Petersburgh, Florida and found a job at a medical clinic so she could be near him.  True to her self-Dayana applied for US citizenship the moment she was eligible and in September 2016 she became a naturalized citizen of the United States of America.  Shortly thereafter, her soon to be husband was awarded his US citizenship.  Today Dayana lives in Ocala, Florida where she and her husband, the owner/operator of a long-haul trucking business, recently purchased a home.  They are excited to report they are expecting a baby boy on July 5.  Dayana remembers fondly, and with gratitude, all the District 6380 Rotarians who helped her transition to life in the USA and looks forward to raising her son as an American.  Paul and Lorrie McVey are looking forward to meeting their bonus grandson and will be in Florida to assist Dayana and her husband at the birth of the baby as Dayana’s mother cannot leave Cuba for this momentous event.  Dayana is thankful for all Lakes Area and District 6380 did to help her.  Her future is bright.  Opportunity knocked…Rotarians answered.  Humanity wins!
Humanity in Action Lorrie McVey 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Habitat for Humanity - Ann Arbor


On Saturday March 30, for our first workday , the project was to remove a brick wall from the basement as well as “energy enveloping” in the upstairs which means caulking all wood framing on the exterior walls and spraying foam into the larger gaps and openings. Tough work but our small and energetic and enthusiastic group got it done!   On April 20 our job for the day was demolition which meant taking the interior of the home “down to the studs” by removing drywall from walls and ceiling as well as removing the furnace. This included cleaning up  blown-in insulation which fell like snow as the ceiling was removed!
Habitat for Humanity - Ann Arbor  Lauren Heinonen 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Food Drive - Ann Arbor

Over 84,000 Meals Raised During
2019 Ann Arbor Food Drive
The 2019 Rotary Fights Summer Hunger Food Drive was an incredible success! We exceeded our goal by 41.2% and raised 84,735 meals for the community. See the flyer below for additional statistics.
Rotary Food Drive - Ann Arbor Lauren Heinonen 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Membership Minute & Video May 2019 Michael McManus 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Events May 1-16

May 1st, 2019 Team Turkey Invite
Confirm by May 1 -  Troy Rotary
May 9th, 2019 Warren Rotary
May 11th, 2019 Host Family and Volunteer Celebration
May 14th, 2019 Clarkston Rotary
May 16th, 2019 Rochester Rotary
Rotary Events May 1-16 Michael McManus 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Team Turkey Invite to Participate

Team Turkey 2019 participation, grant deadline, confirm by May 1
If your club wishes to participate in Team Turkey 2019 and would like assistance with a grant
application, we need your commitment by May 1, 2019.
Core clubs (Troy, Birmingham, West Bloomfield, Sterling Heights) will participate (contributions
similar to 2019 team Turkey) are working to bring on additional clubs and grow to 300-350 meals
deliveries Thanksgiving morning, November 28, 2019.

Discussion: Geographically, what area makes most sense to expand into based on community need
and interested Rotary clubs?
Decision: Commerce Township area; Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor North, Lakes Area, Pontiac, Livingston
Sunrise, Waterford, Brighton, consider Ferndale, Hazel Park..
Discussion: What is required from clubs to participate?

Decision: Commitment of $1000 (which will fund 10 meals) and we will offer to submit a request of
$500 in District grant money on their behalf and submit in a block grant by May 15th, if they desire.
Clubs will be trained to solicit eligible families that meet specific criteria utilizing community

District DropBox folder will contain easy to use template fundraising templates, letters to solicit
donations and graphics.

Will be where all fundraising efforts are directed.
Contacts: René Pothetes rene@michaelangelocaruso.com
Regan Gilshire: BirminghamRotaryClub@gmail.com
Team Turkey Invite to Participate Rene' Pothetes 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Ann Arbor North Annual Golf Invitational Eric Tindall 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Latrine Implementation Workshop 2019-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
A Vision for Clean Water Troy Rotary Needs Your Help 2019-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
 Rotary News April 15th 2019 Michael McManus 2019-04-15 04:00:00Z 0

District Grant Updates April 15, 2019

Dear district Rotary Foundation chairs and grants subcommittee chairs:

Here are some updates to help you and your district with grants.

Disaster response grants
On 1 April, The Rotary Foundation introduced a new type of grant: Rotary disaster response grants. These grants, funded by contributions to the Rotary Disaster Response Fund, support relief and recovery efforts in areas affected by disaster. Qualified districts in the affected area or country may apply for a maximum grant of $25,000, pending availability of funds. They may apply for additional grants after they report on any previous disaster response grants. To apply, the district governor and district Rotary Foundation chair complete the Rotary Disaster Response Grant Application and send it to grants@rotary.org.

IHE Delft scholarships
The Rotary Foundation no longer offers a packaged grant for scholarships for water and sanitation professionals at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, but Dutch Rotarians are still sending students to study there through global grants. Clubs and districts that are interested in partnering with them to support scholars at IHE Delft may apply for global grant scholarships. For more information, write to ihe2019rotary@gmail.com.

Regional grants officers can help with your grant applications
Are you considering a global grant project or scholarship? Before you start your application, ask your regional grants officer to review your project idea or scholarship nominee. Your grants officer can tell you whether your project or scholarship is eligible for a global grant, offer suggestions on what to include in your application, and even work with you to design your project.

Global grant changes
The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation agreed in January to increase the maximum global grant award by doubling the maximum amount of World Fund money available for a global grant to $400,000. The Trustees also raised the threshold at which they review a global grant application. They will now review an application if the grant would use more than $200,000 in World Fund money. These changes will take effect 1 July.

Changes to grant terms and conditions
The Foundation periodically updates its grant terms and conditions to clarify them and to make them reflect policy changes. We’ve recently made these changes:

In section II, the Foundation:
  • Updated references to section numbers in The Rotary Foundation Code of Policies and the Rotary Code of Policies
  • Added information about Rotary’s Privacy Statement for Personal Data
  • Deleted the mention of the date when community assessments began to be required in certain grant applications
  • Clarified that the cost of completing a hydrogeological survey may be included in the grant budget

In section IV, the Foundation:
  • Added endowed and directed gifts to the category of grant applications that receive additional review by the Trustees and Cadre of Technical Advisers, based on the amount of money requested

In section VI, the Foundation:
  • Changed Annual Programs Fund to Annual Fund

In section VIII, the Foundation:
  • Clarified that all cash contributions to global grants must include an additional 5 percent to offset processing and administrative costs

In section IX, the Foundation:
  • Clarified that international sponsors of humanitarian global grants will not be restricted from receiving new grants if a report is overdue and the international sponsors did not receive the funds

In section X, the Foundation:
  • Clarified that microcredit funds must be tracked separately in the microfinance institution’s accounting system

In section XII, the Foundation:
  • Added special considerations for grants paid to the Philippines

In section XIII, the Foundation:
  • Updated the Conflict of Interest Policy for Program Participants in accordance with The Rotary Foundation Code of Policies

Send any questions to rotarysupportcenter@rotary.org. Thank you for all your work to support Rotarians who are Doing Good in the World.


Abby McNear
Rotary Grants Manager

District Grant Updates April 15, 2019 Jay Eastman 2019-04-15 04:00:00Z 0

7th Annual Jazz Night - Dexter Rotary

7th Annual Jazz Night at the Peacock Room
Dexter Rotary
Benefit: Dexter Community &Youth Programs
IBEW #252 Union Hall
7920 Jackson Road Ann Arbor, MI
Saturday April 13 at 6:00 p.m.
Featuring Jazz Vocalist, Ramona Collins
with The Cliff Monear Trio
Beer, Wine and Strolling Buffet
Silent Auction
Tickets are $75/pp or $500/table of eight
7th Annual Jazz Night - Dexter Rotary Jamie Guise 2019-04-13 04:00:00Z 0


More RACHEL systems in Guatemala schools
For the second year, a Global Grant led by District 6380's CK clubs and the Gig Harbor WA club sponsored the installation of RACHEL digital WiFi hotspot systems and laptops in schools in NW Guatemala. 
After a group of people associated with the Chatham Rotary Club last August visited some of the first year's schools, we decided that we should concentrate on providing more laptops, and not bother with tablets.  Fortunately, we were then able to get the price of the laptops (Chromebooks) down to $150 each - and so were able to purchase 230 laptops for 23 schools. The number of laptops per school varied depending on the size of the school. One school was dropped as they did not send teachers to the training session. 
During the week of February 24, we conducted 4 half-day training sessions where teachers were given an overview of the RACHEL systems.  More importantly, they learned about the SOLE (Self-Organized Learning Environment) approach to teaching.  Rather than the teacher being the source of all knowledge, the teacher asks questions – and the students use the resource material, accessible through RACHEL, to come up with answers.  In our classes, the teachers, acting as if they were students, grouped themselves in threes and fours and prepared posters or skits to illustrate the question “how do babies breathe in the womb”.  Their enthusiasm at taking on this role, and their subsequent enthusiasm that they imparted to their schools when we delivered the equipment was very exciting. In the photo, two teachers from Nuevo Edén (where Casa Colibrí is located) are demonstrating an umbilical cord.
But the heart of the project was that white round thing in the photos – a RACHEL Plus system.  Each RACHEL Plus has a TB (1000GB) of information, including Guatemalan textbooks and thousands of other reference and reading books, Wikipedia, educational videos and learning games. The RACHEL generates a WiFi hotspot, so that any laptop, tablet or smartphone in the area can browse through the massive RACHEL library, and download material to read elsewhere. A RACHEL system becomes a community resource.

Four clubs in the Chatham-Kent area donated to the Global Grant, along with a couple of clubs in Washington State and one in California.  Other Rotary clubs are targeting other areas of Guatemala with RACHEL systems. 
RACHEL Year 2 Peter Tanner 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Club News April 2019

Ann Arbor Rotary
Dexter Rotarians volunteer at Circles USA
Hartland Rotary Happenings
Livingston Sunrise Rotary - Literacy
Livingston Sunrise - Midnight in the Tropics
Lyon Area Rotary - Community News
Club News April 2019 Michael McManus 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Events April 2019 Michael McManus 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary News April 2019 Michael McManus 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Governor's Message April 2019

An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, in adequate health care, and poor sanitation.  Your support to the Rotary Foundation provides Rotary the funding in making high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger. See Barry Rassin's Message to learn how Rotary is creating lasting change.
I'm looking forward to being with you on April 13th at the District Officer's Training (District Assembly) held at Walsh College in Troy.  In addition to Club Officers training, a Grant Management Seminar is also being offered.
RYLA (April 12-14th) will be a great opportunity for developing young leaders. 
District Conference will be a celebration, opportunities for fun, fellowship, learning and planting seeds for growth.  To accommodate as many Rotarians as possible, there are now 4 options!\available.  Please look directly below to choose one that is best for you.  Register now,
Don't forget the Youth Exchange Host Family and Volunteer Celebration on May 11th at Oakland Center.  You'll be able to meet with great people adn Excange Students!
Then from June 1-5, the Rotary International Convention will be held in Hamburg, Germany.  Your District leadership team will be attending to exchange ideas with the Global rotary Community and bring back ways to "Take Action"
Governor's Message April 2019 Jane McManus 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Ann Arbor Rotary

Our club is beginning to form a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Huron Valley    www.h4h.org  and we have 2 work sessions scheduled.    The work days will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  with a 1 hour lunch break.  The site will be determined but will most likely be in Ypsilanti.   We have 2 days scheduled, Saturday, March 30 and Saturday, April 20. See attached document:   Habitat 4 Humanity

Friends and family are welcome (must be at least 16 years old)   To sign up for either or both days, please click on the appropriate link below.   You will be asked to set up a profile with Habitat, sign a waiver and then you can sign up!    If you have questions or need any further information, you may contact Rob Shiff or James Hannah as listed below.

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER 8 – 12 volunteers needed per day:

March 30:  https://h4h.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=403653

April 20:  https://h4h.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=403655

Questions? Contact:

James Hannah at Habitat, at jhannah@h4h.org or 734-882-2007
Rob Shiff    rshiff123@gmail.com    call or txt:  734-277-3892


STRIVE students, Rotary mentors, and the Pathways advisor

enjoyed an informative and inspiring trip to Bosch

Rotary STRIVE Scholars and members of the STRIVE committee enjoyed a terrific experience learning about autonomous vehicles and the opportunities for Washtenaw Community College students.  Along with Pathways Counselor Marisa Bailey-Johnson, Rotarians Amy Goodman, Leo Shedden, Arthur Williams, and Nana Yawson, six STRIVE students traveled to the Bosch facility in Plymouth on February 21.

Our STRIVERS were welcomed by a team that was especially pulled together with their possible interests in mind and led by an engineer who enthusiastically shared his story with the kids.  He started as a line worker at GM, finished his AA degree at Washtenaw Community College and became an engineer after transferring to UM. Twenty years later he loves his job and works hard to mentor community college students.

The Bosch team outlined opportunities specifically for community college students including paid internships and tuition support.   The kids also met two current interns, one from Oakland Community College and the other from Wayne Community College.  These interns were not working in the mail room!  They proudly shared the switch boxes they created to further the work on the prototype vehicles that included a Shelby Mustang, and several SUVs.

On the drive back to Pathways, the STRIVE students watched a video about the programs at Washtenaw Community College that lead to opportunities at BOSCH in advanced transportation, the intersection of manufacturing and technology.   And, they all received a folder full of ideas from our friends at Washtenaw Community College.  The STRIVE Scholars were engaged and asked great questions throughout the experience: the connection to possible fields of study at WCC was clear.

Many thanks to our new friends at Bosch and the team at Washtenaw Community College, Barbara Hauswirth, Experiential Learning Coordinator, andAlan Lecz, Advanced Transportation Center Director.  And, thanks to Sean Duval at Golden Limo for sharing the cost of transportation.

By Amy Goodman


Jason Whipple is the Project Director from our club on this Project. The project consists of vaccinating 14 to 19 year old girls in rural India near the city of Pune for a total project cost of $96,000, when approved by TRF. India has 1/4 of all cervical cancer cases worldwide. This project will protect thousands of from cancer who would otherwise have no access to this vaccine. Real lives being saved by Rotarians working together.

  • RCAA’s investment in this Project is $6,500.
  • District 6380 contributed $7,000.
  • The remainder of the funds were contributed by several other Rotary Clubs in our District as well as in India, all of which received matching from TRF.

Our Club’s contribution has been compounded over 14 times.

Ann Arbor Rotary 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Livingston Sunrise  - Midnight in the Tropics

On February 23rd, The Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club put on their annual event, Midnight in the Tropics, with over 300 in attendance.  The evening raised over $100,000.  This years beneficiaries were The Torch, Midcourse Corrections, and Reaching Higher.  Food, friendship and fun to benefit 3 deserving organizations for youth.
There were dueling pianos for entertainment, games, silent and live auctions.  Many hands came together to put on an extraordinary event for our community. Service above self.
 “Simply spectacular." Words from 2018/2019 LSRC President Tim Williams. He was also stuck by what one of the beneficiaries said to him on the evening of the event, “that MITT is proof that God acts and speaks though our Club”.
The Midnight in the Tropics fundraiser has helped approximately 47 different organizations locally and world-wide between 2014-2018 totaling over $440,000 in support dollars. Our organization’s ability to continue to help our community is due to the generous support of sponsors and individuals, who believe in supporting the mission to do more for the greater good.
Bowling for Big Brothers Big Sisters Livingston County
On March 9th, two teams “Bowling Stones”   and “The 5 Girls” from Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club bowled to help support mentoring in Livingston County.  They raised $1,892.00  They had a great time for a great cause.  With their help, the Bowl For Kids event raised $33,808.00 so far.
Together we are making good things happen for kids.
Warbirds of Glory
In March, LSRC members had the unique experience of meeting inside the museum housing portions of a vintage WWII airplane. LSRC member, Todd Trainor, hosted the meeting as part of his presentation to the club for local nonprofit, Warbirds of Glory Museum - Kittyhawk Academy.  In addition to the standard meeting fare - breakfast, inductions, pledges, happy dollars, etc., members enjoyed learning about the history of the museum from it's founders and the chance to meet students impacted by the nonprofits educational arm.  Young people from the community learn skilled trades while gaining an appreciation for the historical value of the museum project - restoring the airplane.
Livingston Sunrise  - Midnight in the Tropics 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Jack Nicklaus Hosts Rotary for Polio

Thank you Polio Ambassador and survivor Jack Nicklaus
for hosting Rotary at a special golf day for Polio in Jupiter, Florida. With the help of the greatest golfer of all time and an international slate of generous Rotarians,  we were able to raise 5.25-million. Nick was the driving force on this hole in one experience. This is my favorite photo. A true tender moment between gentlemen.
-Jennifer Jones.
Jack Nicklaus Hosts Rotary for Polio Jennifer Jones 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Bangladesh Maternal and Child Clinic

A District 6380 Global Grant Project on its 4th Anniversary
Maternal and Child Clinic in Bagdumur, Bangladesh
At its 4th anniversary of inception, I decided to go back and check the status of this Clinic that was started as a Global Grant Project to serve a small village in rural Bangladesh. It was a $55,000 Global Grant to furnish a clinic with all the equipment and renovate an existing building to make it suitable for a clinic. Our implementation partner on the Project was Foundation for Charitable Activities in Bangladesh (FCAB). FCAB remains the organization that operates the clinic.
At the beginning, the clinic served the women and children. But they have since started serving adult male as the demand grew. In the Islamic culture, men usually have to accompany women and children to the clinic, as the women can’t travel by themselves. This fact became predominant reason to accept men as patients. The original intent of the clinic was to serve only the village of Bagdumur. Currently the clinic is serving the population of 7 other nearby villages.
A trained Nurse attends the Clinic everyday to see the patients. Once a week a Doctor visits the Clinic to see patients. The Clinic, with the help of FCAB has been self sufficient and sustainable. Depending on the financial capability, the patients are asked to pay a small fee for their visit. Most of the patients still get free treatment. Medicines are dispensed free of cost, thanks to the pharmaceutical companies who continue to donate free medicine. The average annual patient visits over the last few years has been approximately 4,500.
This is a prime example of how Rotary Grants make a difference in lives of people across the globe.
Thanks to all the Rotary Clubs in District 6380, especially the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor in its lead role in development and implementation of this Global Grant.
Submitted by Ashish Sarkar, District Global Grant Chair
Bangladesh Maternal and Child Clinic Ashish Sarkar 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Livingston Sunrise Rotary

Livingston Sunrise Rotarian Travels with the Guatemala Literacy Project to Help Impoverished Schools.
From February 3-February 11, a Livingston Sunrise Rotarian, Dr. Janet Burns, traveled with 30 other Rotary volunteers from 4 Clubs in Canada and 9 Clubs in the USA to Guatemala to participate in the Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP).  The GLP is a partnership between Rotary Clubs in North America and Guatemala, The Rotary International (RI), and the nonprofit Cooperative for Education (CoEd) to promote literacy through education in Guatemala.  The partnership accomplishes this mission by providing sustainable educational tools (like textbooks, reading books, and technology), teacher training, and scholarships to students in Guatemala’s Central and Western Highlands.  In addition, there were opportunities to experience the beauty of Guatemala and the richness of its culture; learn about Guatemalan history, traditions, foods, culture, and current events; and shop in artisan’s markets featuring some of the exquisite handcrafted items in the area.
In over 20 years of existence, CoEd and the GLP have funded 194 middle school textbooks, 46 computer centers, and 80 primary schools with the Spark program.  There are almost 25,000 children who now have textbooks with over 123,000 textbooks in circulation, over 13,000 students receiving technology training in computer centers, and more than 17,000 students in the Spark program.  Over 600 Rotary Clubs around the world have participated in the GLP, making it the largest multi-club, multi-district project in Rotary that is not directed by RI.  In 2017, there were one hundred thirty nine (139) Rotary Clubs who participated in the GLP.
For more information, please check out the GIP website at: www.guatemalaliteracy.org or www.cooperativeforeducation.org.
Livingston Sunrise Rotary 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Hartland Rotary

Hartland Rotarians Barbara Walker, Dave Walker, Stephen Krause, and Lee Halsted “Walk for Warmth” Saturday, February 23 in Hartland. This event provides utilities urgently needed by Livingston County residents.
Rotarians Cristina VanPutten, Lee Halsted and Lois Halsted spent Friday, March 1 reading to First- 4th Graders at Lakes Elementary as part of “March is Reading Month.”
Helping to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Livingston County, Hartland Rotarians and Friends of Rotary Dave Walker, Joanne Crain, Lois Halsted, Lee Halsted, Barbara Walker, Norm Crain, John Abbo, and Jennifer Abbo collected $920.  as a donation to “Bowling for Kid’s Sake” Saturday, March 9, 2019.
Wednesday, March 13 Livingston County United Way presented “Spirit of the Community Breakfast.” Cristina, Dave and Barbara attended representing not only Hartland Rotary but also, Scouts BSA, Hartland Insurance Agency, and Barbara is a United Way Board Member.
Meet our District 6380 Presidents for 2019-2020.  Lee Halsted will represent our club, Rotary Club of Hartland.
Hartland Rotary is working diligently to increase our membership.   We are small but work mightily to represent Rotary in Livingston County and globally in Kenya, Africa.  We are a ‘hands on” club working to “Be the Inspiration.”
Hartland Rotary Lois Halsted 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Dexter Rotary

Dexter Rotarians volunteer at Circles USA, building a community to end poverty.
Circles Washtenaw County was started by Friends In Deed, Friend-In-Deed has provided help to those in our community for over 30 years. Friends-In-Deed was looking for a program that was more than a short-term "helping hand" in a time of need. They wanted to find a program that was a long-term solution to poverty. They examined many different programs and then choose Circles USA.
Circles USA gather middle-income and high-income volunteers to support families in poverty. Surrounded by people who have landed jobs, negotiated a lease, or managed credit card debt, people in crisis are more equipped to achieve long-term financial stability. The idea behind the Circles program is that the person in poverty (called the "Leader" because they are the one who leads themselves out of poverty) is paired with individuals who want to help the leader (called "Allies").
Allies are to encourage and help the leader in areas that the leaders have identified where they need help. Circles program meets once a week and they start each meeting with a meal then head to education classrooms. Our Dexter Rotarians have planned, prepped, and serve dinner for these families for the past 2 years and is excited to continue their efforts lending a helping hand.
Dexter Rotary Quaila Pant ( LaFontaine Chev. ) 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

RACHEL Project

RACHEL comes to Guatemalan schools
Every village came out to greet us.  Balloons, cotton candy, marimba bands, dancing girls (and sometimes guys) and lots of speeches.  Each visit was a celebration – celebrating the arrival of “technology”.  

So, what was this technology that Rotary’s Global Grant 1869459 brought to these remote Mayan villages in NW Guatemala near Barillas?  If you look at the photos, you will see that each school received six laptops and six tablets (the tablets were paid for by the Viaduct Foundation of Vancouver), all nicely lined up on display. 
But the heart of the project was that white round thing in the photos – a RACHEL Plus system.  Each RACHEL Plus has a TB (1000GB) of information, including Guatemalan textbooks and thousands of other reference and reading books, Wikipedia, educational videos and learning games.  The RACHEL generates a WiFi hotspot, so that any laptop, tablet or smartphone in the area can browse through the massive RACHEL library, and download material to read elsewhere.  

Prior to the celebrations, five teachers from each recipient school attended a five-hour course where they learned about RACHEL’s contents.  More importantly, they learned about the SOLE (Self-Organized Learning Environment) approach to teaching.  Rather than the teacher being the source of all knowledge, the teacher asks questions – and the students use the resource material, accessible through RACHEL, to come up with answers.  In our classes, the teachers, acting as if they were students, grouped themselves in threes and fours, and prepared posters to illustrate the question “how do babies breathe in the womb”.  Their enthusiasm at taking on this role, and their subsequent enthusiasm that they imparted to their schools when we delivered the equipment was very exciting.

Four clubs in the Chatham-Kent area donated to the Global Grant, along with a couple of clubs in Washington State and one in California.  We delivered equipment to 14 schools this year, and have funding for 41 more schools over the next couple of years.  Already 25 Barillas-area schools have gone through the paperwork to request RACHELs next year.  And other Rotary clubs are targeting other areas of Guatemala with RACHEL systems.  More celebrations to come.
RACHEL Project Peter Tanner 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

I can explain it for you but...

One evening, as the restaurant was closing and we were leaving, a young man (probably kitchen staff) wished us a good evening.  He was wearing this T-Shirt and it struck us both as pretty profound. 
There are so many concepts / ideas / nuances that come with being a Rotarian, that, even though someone explains it to us, we can't understand it fully. 
Example:  At a District Conference in Mackinac (PDG Gilmore's), one of my heros, (Mary Beth Selene Growney) was speaking.  After her talk I went up to her, and asked "How did you get to the level you are at in Rotary?"  She said, "Rotary leaders would ask if I could help with some project and I just said YES!, and then I got to work and did it."
She explained it to me, but I didn't understand it at that point.  This was May, 2014 and I was a Assistant Governor to be.  Only by attempting to follow Mary Beth's example did I start to understand what she meant by that.
Our leadership teams attempt to explain what we as Rotarians need to do to have success with our clubs and projects.  Until we say "YES!" and give it our best we will struggle to understand the depth and width of this amazing thing called Rotary.
Our District Governor Elect, "Sparky" is charged with taking President Elect Mark Maloney's message of "Change and Connecting" to all of you in the district, just as I am charged with taking President Rassin's "Be the Inspiration" to you this Rotary year.
Please click on this month's "Membership Ideas"  and John Hewko's (Rotary International General Secretary) "How do we innovate at Rotary" to look at some new and inventive ways to make your club "Irresistible"!
I can explain it for you but... Jane McManus 2019-03-03 05:00:00Z 0

Governor Jane's Message

More than 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities.  At least 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water.  Safe drinking water is not just an issue in 3rd world countries, as evidenced by the Flint water crisis.  
Sustainable water and sanitation go hand in hand with disease prevention in advancing world peace.  If basic human needs cannot be met, how can there be peace?  The UN's Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty.
In 1993, the UN General Assembly designated March 22nd as World Water Day.  It is now a globally recognized event. Your club and district can help celebrate World Water Day by focusing on the approximately 1.8 billion people worldwide who must rely on water contaminated with feces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid, polio and other waterborne diseases.
WASRAG's World Water Summit 11!
Have you registered for WWS-11?  Stay tuned for more news on the exciting speakers and events we have planned for May 31st in Hamburg, the day before the Rotary International Annual Convention
World Rotaract Week is March 13-19.  Let’s celebrate our emerging leaders.  They are the future of Rotary.  
Great Lakes PETS is March 14-16 in Kalamazoo.  The District Governor Elects (multi District) and their committees have put together and outstanding program.  RI President Elect Mark Maloney will be there to share how Rotary Connects the World.  I look forward to being with the incoming Club Presidents and Governor team.
District Conference May 3–4 will be a celebration, opportunities for fun, fellowship, learning and planting seeds for growth.  Register now,
Governor Jane's Message Jane McManus 2019-03-03 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary News March 2019 Michael McManus 2019-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Events March 2019 Michael McManus 2019-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

RYLA - The Best RYLA Yet!

RYLA is roaring back in 2019, and we need you and your club's support to make this year's program our best to date.  RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a weekend-long student leadership program designed to provide local teens with the leadership skills to create a positive impact on their communities.  RYLA is open to any high school student in grades 9-11.  RYLA will be held on April 12-14th at Camp Copneconic in Fenton, MI.  RYLA will cost $225US and $250CDN for each participant. A bus to transport Canadian Students will also be provide for a nominal fee.
Last year, just over 100 students participated in the program, but we know that we can do better. Consider these two facts:
1) Over 20 clubs in the district did not send students to RYLA in 2018, or historically have not sent students! - RYLA is a great chance to introduce local students to the world of Rotary. Interact and Exchange programs are given a lot of attention over the weekend and we have witnessed a number of Interact Clubs get started and students enrolling in the Exchange program because of RYLA. This doesn't even scratch the surface of the idea that this program impacts lives of those who participate.
2) A number of Interact Clubs do not send students. - Why would your club not want to support the leaders of your youth programs?  Make the reach to your Interact Clubs and get their leaders to RYLA. Its not a coincidence that those Interact Clubs that participate in RYLA are also the strongest and most active in the district.
To make your recruiting efforts easier, our RYLA Committee as created a number of editable templates to help you in your efforts. Just visit our website at www.6380youth.org and click on the RYLA tab. There you will find letters to school administrators, Interact advisers, and parents. There's even a sample presentation outline to use if you are speaking to a group about the program.
Begin recruiting now! The registration site will open mid-February, and you will want to have your participants lined up and ready to go.
If you have any questions, a speaker about RYLA, or need assistance finding students, please feel free to contact RYLA Chair, Jim Adams, at (248) 330-4449 or jimadams842@hotmail.com.
Youth Services - www.6380youth.org
Rotary District 6380 Youth Services Leadership is an essential aspect of Rotary—and we offer both clubs and programs to help emerging leaders develop their skills.
RYLA - The Best RYLA Yet! James Adams 2019-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

District 6380 Leadership Team

District 6380's Leadership Team
Rotary (from Clubs to Rotary International) switch leadership every year in an orchestrated transition from one team to the next.
We talk about Clubs getting their team selected for next Rotary year and the year after that.  Much is the same with District 6380, however, it gets a bit more complex. 
The current District Governor (Jane McManus) is surrounded by Past District Governors, District Governor Elect (Don "Sparky" Leonard), District Governor Nominee (Karen Gabrys) and District Governor Nominee Designate (Brenda K Tipton) and Vice Governor (Jerry Jackson),  The Governor works with these leaders to create a strong leadership team that has continuity and most importantly, growth in new ideas and ways of doing so that your District stays strong. 
Leadership teams for the next District Rotary year start "full throttle" preparations in the January prior to taking their new leadership position in july.
The District Governor Elect and their team are responsible for PETS (President Elect Training) Orientations and are the leaders at the March 14-16th PETS in Kalamazoo.  They also conduct the Club leadership training in April. 
District Governor Elect Sparky's formula for the 2019-2020 year is to start now:
Get your Calendar set for the year
Prepare you Budget for the year
Build you Team for the year
As Rotary Connects the World in 2019-2020, it is your opportunity to Connect with all our District Clubs, feast from the Rotary smorgasbord and have fun all while doing good in our communities. Let's put your thumb print on your Rotary journey and share your passions with others!
District 6380 Leadership Team Sparky Leonard 2019-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

Mental Health Initiative Update

Where is the face of mental health?
Cam Smith 11/07/94- 01/12/18 and his Dad.
We wanted to follow up with you all to share the Mental Health Initiative that began at our last District Conference during Barry Fraser's year of District Governor service.
As many of us know, it is very difficult to find anyone not affected by a mental health issue- with a family member, or close friend. As I tell my personal story- I am amazed at people coming up to me afterwards, and thanking me for sharing- as they too, are going through, or have gone through, a personal struggle with a family member.
Sharing our story helps destigmatize our experience.  Whether a family member or close friend is going through depression/anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, or another form- it touches us all.

Immediate Past District Governor Barry Fraser (who started our Mental Health Initiative at the last District Conference), reviewed our progress at out last conference call in the following areas:

1)    Reducing the stigma of mental health
2)    Getting involved in the Rotary Action Group- through the Rotary International website.
3)    Engaging clubs to start a mental health committee
4)    Developing a Speakers Bureau

We have reached out to our Assistant Governors to let them know about our mental health initiative: Reducing the Stigma on Mental Health. We encourage our clubs to start a committee on mental health- and a great place to start is joining our mental health conference calls. Our next one is March 20th at 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm- those interested can follow up with their Assistant Governor for more details.
In addition, we are working through the process of having our Interact and Rotaract clubs become involved.
Finally, there are several upcoming conferences:
On Feb. 27 and 28 (two half days) in Chelsea.  

And the 17th annual U of M Depression Conference: One Size Does Not Fit All: Aligning Levels of Care to Student Mental Health Needs. The conference is free to students:
March 13 and 14th at the Rackham Graduate School Building in Ann Arbor Michigan.
Here is the link to the UM Depression Conference, if you know any students who want to attend (free), or $185 for adults: https://members.depressioncenter.org/docc/

Where is the face of mental health? Unfortunately, in too many places.
Mental Health Initiative Update Collyer Smith 2019-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

District News March 2019

Telling the Tale of a High Impact
Rotary International Global Grant
Ann Arbor Rotary (Sierra Leone)
VOSH Kenya Eye Mission March 2019 Update
Your District 6380 Leadership Team
Rotary Years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020
Sponsorship Opportunity
District News March 2019 Michael McManus 2019-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

Club News March 2019

Rotary Fights Summer Hunger
Ann Arbor Rotary
Ann Arbor Interact - Setting a High Bar
Pioneer Interact has experienced massive growth as a club in the last few years, impacting the community of Ann Arbor in many positive ways.
The group now consists of over 60 active members who participate in many service events around Ann Arbor.
Brighton Interact Delivers the Goods!
80# of Peanut Butter to Gleaners in one day!
Club News March 2019 Michael McManus 2019-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

Polio News March 2019

With all the wonderful things happening in the Rotary world, polio eradication will continue to be Rotary’s highest priority. Many exiting things are happening and the end goal has been planned.
"In an extraordinary joint statement by the Chairs of the main independent, advisory and oversight committees of the GPEI, (Global Polio Eradication Initiative) the Chairs urge everyone involved in polio eradication to ensure polio will finally be assigned to the history books by 2023.
The authors are the chairs of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE), the Independent Monitoring Board, the Emergency Committee of the International Health Regulations (IHR) Regarding International Spread of Poliovirus and the Global Commission for the Certification of the Eradication of Poliomyelitis (GCC). 
The Endgame Plan through 2018 has brought the world to the brink of being polio-free.  The joint statement urges everyone involved in the effort to find ways to excel in their roles.  If this happens, the statement continues, success will follow.  But otherwise, come 2023, the world will find itself exactly where it is today:  tantalizingly close.  But in an eradication effort, tantalizingly close is not good enough. 
The statement therefore issues an impassioned plea to everyone to dedicate themselves to one clear objective:  to reach that very last child with polio vaccine."
District 6380, starting the new Rotary year July 1, 2019 has decided to raise our annual club’s PolioPlus commitment from $2,000 to $2650 per year. Many clubs are already exceeding this goal but there are also clubs that need to get focused better.
As Rotary clubs we need to create the awareness of polio eradication in our community. One of the ways is to have a PolioPlus fundraiser. Also, as a suggestion $100.00 (tax deductible) contribution from each member, which goes towards your club’s PolioPlus commitment. It is of vital importance that we as Rotarians understand our promise to the children of the world.
As your District Polio co-chairs we are here to help and will be pleased to present our Polio PowerPoint presentation as a club program.  Please invite us to get your club up date.
District Polio Co-chairs PDG Keith Koke – keith@ciacces.com – Ginger Barrons - GBarrons1@mi.rr.com
Please click on photo below to learn more about the End Game Stategy
Polio News March 2019 Keith Koke 2019-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

Kenya Eye Project March Update

Posted by Rhonda Panczyk
Results of the recent humanitarian Eye Care Mission in Kenya Africa -
The January 2019 humanitarian Eye Care Mission in Kenya Africa was truly a Rotary international project, encompassing 3 countries: USA, Canada, Kenya; 4 Rotary districts: 6380, 6360, 5450, 9212; and 11 Rotary clubs: Tilbury Ontario, Blenheim Ontario, Brighton Colorado, Livingston Sunrise Mi, Clarkston Mi, Saline Mi, Hartland Mi, Rochester Rotary Mi, Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians, Lakeshore Mi, and Utumishi Nairobi Kenya.
Eye care for Kenya was conceived and led by Rotarian Dr. Nelson Edwards to provide eye care for those in need in the Bahati constituency located in Nakuru Kenya, with the project hosted by the Utumishi Rotary Club of Nairobi Kenya. The team consisted of 23 people including 6 optometrists: Dr. Edwards, Livingston Sunrise Rotary, Dr. Lee Halsted, Hartland Rotary, Dr. Amiee Bronson, Dr. Jane Gillogly, also doctors Robin LaValley and Christina DalPorto returning for a second mission with Dr. Edwards.
Trip participants also included local Rotarians from D6380 Mark Jaffray, Pam House, Mary Sloan, PDG Jeff Lichty, PDG Gerry Jackson, Lois Halsted, Jennifer White, Barry White, Monica Vanovermeer, Rhonda Panczyk; from District 6360 Sally Ernest; and from District 5450 Steve House. Also joining the team were Debbie Jackson and Brenda Dziedzic.
This group of caring individuals truly put SERVICE ABOVE SELF into action! Over 5 ½ days of clinic this team registered patients taking a basic health/eye history, checked visual acuities, performed eye pressure readings, basic refractions, and dilated eyes when required – all to prepare each patient for their eye exam. Doctors then provided complete eye examinations for health issues as well as the final prescription for eye glasses which were dispensed as needed. Medical problems requiring further care were then referred into their health system. This care was provided at three different locations in order to reach those without means to travel, including Kiamania, Bahati and Githioro, all within a 30 mile radius.
  • We traveled with nearly 5,000 pairs of glasses to accommodate required prescriptions, sunglasses, readers, and medications and would like to acknowledge those that helped make this possible: The Wisconsin Lions Foundation, our source for the large library of eye glasses.
  • Clarkston Michigan Rotary Club provided the funds to purchase glasses and readers.
  • Brighton Colorado Rotary Club provided the funds to purchase an auto-refractor designed for mobility dramatically increasing the number of patients screened.
  • Alcon, Inc. provided medications totaling $126,000 (retail value) for both doctor’s exam requirements and drops dispensed to patients for continued care. Numerous patients diagnosed with glaucoma and unable to receive follow up care throughout the year will now be able to preserve their sight.
  • And finally, Maui Jim. A high-end USA sun glass manufacturer donated $100,000 (retail value) of fashion sunglasses for protection from the hot African sun. 
We are grateful for, and appreciate, each and every donation as well as each volunteer that made it possible to provide care to 1,998 people in need. We also thank the “Hands of Mercy”, a local Nakuru group for their help in many areas, particularly translation! And a special thank you to Honorable Kimani Ngunjiri, Member of Parliament, instrumental in moving this project forward as our liaison with the Kenyan government. 
We are also VERY happy to announce that due to our team leader and the Brighton Colorado Rotary Club we were able to donate 2 Eyenetra auto refractors to Dr. Mir Mossadiq of Nairobi, and medical officer Matthew Kuria of Bahati, along with the remaining eye glasses, helping to provide sustainability to the eye care project throughout the coming year.
AND in addition to the eye care mission, Dr. Edwards delivered 70 prosthetic hands, donated by the Ellen Meadows Foundation, to Dr. Mossadiq – with the first one dispensed at our Bahati clinic!
Blenheim Ontario Rotarian Terrance McNaughton was also able to bring Rotary youth exchange into the project by working with local Kenyan Rotarians towards bringing their students into the exchange program.
Kenya Eye Project March Update Rhonda Panczyk 2019-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
DC2019 Brochure Karen Gabrys 2019-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

Membership Minute March 2019

The Greater Launceston Rotary Passport Club
The best we have seen on what a Rotary Passport Club is about!
Watch the Videos - See the structure - See how they are inviting
Many thanks to DGN Karen Gabrys for finding this amazing club!
(From Regional Membership Seminar in Lansing)
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     Finding New Members        Introducing New Members           Be a Vibrant Club    
Membership Minute March 2019 Jane McManus 2019-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
Midnight in the Tropics Livinston Sunrise 2019-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

District Grants NEW Criteria!

District Grants are better than ever for 2019.
There are some significant changes we want to tell you about.
First, eligibility for a district grant no longer is tied to an individual club’s giving to The Rotary Foundation. Sure, we still want and thank you for supporting The Rotary Foundation, which is the lifeblood of our organization, we just no longer are tying it to our District Grant Program.
The second major change is the deadline for applying for a District Grant and, more importantly, when the funds will be available to each club. All applications will need to be submitted by May 15, 2019, which should make the funds available very early in the 2019-2020 Rotary year. Some pre-planning is necessary, but the good news is clubs will have the entire Rotary year to undertake an eligible project.
More information on the grant process will be provided at Pre-Pets, Pets and the District Assembly.
District Grants NEW Criteria! Jay Eastman 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary News February, 2019 Michael McManus 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Club News February 2019

 Gleaners Food Bank - Brighton  Shop with a Hero - Chatham
Major Donors - Mary Ann Reidinger & Russ Shelton - Rochester
               "United We Walk” event,  West Bloomfield Interact
                    VOSH Multi District Eye Mission - Kenya
Club News February 2019 Michael McManus 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Kenya Eye Mission 2019

Kenya Eye Care Project 2019 was a truly international project encompassing 3 countries: US, Canada, Kenya,  4 Rotary districts: 6380, 6360, 5450, 9212, and 11 Rotary clubs: Tilbury Ontario, Blenheim Ontario, Brighton Colorado, Livingston Sunrise Mi, Clarkston Mi, Saline Mi, Hartland Mi, Rochester Mi, Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians, Lakeshore Mi, and Utumishi Nairobi Kenya.

Eye care for Kenya was conceived and led by Rotarian Dr. Nelson Edwards to provide eye care for those in need in the Bahati constituency located in Nakuru Kenya, with the project hosted by the Utumishi Rotary Club of Nairobi.  The team consisted of 23 people including 6 optometrists: Dr. Edwards, Livingston Sunrise Rotary, Dr. Lee Halsted, Hartland Rotary, Dr. Amiee Bronson, Dr. Jane Gillogly, also doctors Robin LaValley and Christina DalPorto returning for a second mission with Dr. Edwards.

Trip participants also included local Rotarians Mark Jaffray, Pam House, Mary Sloan, PDG Jeff Lichty, PDG Gerry Jackson, Lois Halsted, Jennifer White, Barry White, Monica Vanovermeer, Rhonda Panczyk, from District 6360 Sally Ernest, and from District 5450 Steve House.  Also joining the team were Debbie Jackson and Brenda Dziedzic.
This group of caring individuals truly put SERVICE ABOVE SELF into action!  Over 5 ½ days of clinic this team registered patients taking a basic health/eye history, checked visual acuities, performed eye pressure readings, basic refractions, and dilated eyes when required – all to prepare each patient for their eye exam.  Doctors then provided complete eye examinations for health issues as well as the final prescription for eye glasses which were dispensed as needed.  Medical problems requiring further care were then referred into their health system.   This care was provided at three different locations in order to reach those without means to travel, including Kiamania, Bahati and Githioro, all within a 30 mile radius.

We traveled with nearly 5,000 pairs of glasses to accommodate required prescriptions, sunglasses, readers, and medications and would like to acknowledge those that helped make this possible:
The Wisconsin Lions Foundation, our source for the large library of eye glasses.

Clarkston Michigan Rotary Club provided the funds to purchase glasses and readers.
Brighton Colorado Rotary Club provide the funds to purchase an auto-refractor designed for mobility dramatically increasing the number of patients screened.
Alcon, Inc. provided medications totaling $126,000 (retail value) for both doctor’s exam requirements and drops dispensed to patients for continued care.  Numerous patients diagnosed with glaucoma and unable to receive follow up care throughout the year will now be able to preserve their sight.
And finally, Maui Jim.  A high-end US sun glass manufacturer donated $100,000 (retail value) of fashion sunglasses for protection from the hot African sun. 

We are grateful for, and appreciate, each and every donation as well as each volunteer that made it possible to provide care to 1,998 people in need  We also thank the “Hands of Mercy”, a local Nakuru group for their help in many areas, particularly translation!  And a special thank you to Honorable Kimani Ngunjiri, Member of Parliament, instrumental in moving this project forward as our liaison with the Kenyan government. 
We are also VERY happy to announce that due to our team leader and the Brighton Colorado Rotary Club we were able to donate 2 Eyenetra auto refractors to Dr. Mir Mossadiq of Nairobi, and medical officer Matthew Kuria of Bahati, along with the remaining eye glasses, helping to provide sustainability to the eye care project throughout the coming year.
AND in addition to the eye care mission, Dr. Edwards delivered 70 prosthetic hands, donated by the Ellen Meadows Foundation, to Dr. Mossadiq – with the first one dispensed at our Bahati clinic!
Blenheim Ontario Rotarian Terrance McNaughton was also able to bring Rotary youth exchange into the project by working with local Kenyan Rotarians towards bringing their students into the exchange program.
Plans are already underway for KENYA EYE CARE PROJECT 2020.  Join us, it’s the experience of a lifetime !!!

Respectfully submitted,
Pam House, Livingston Sunrise Rotary
Lois Halsted, Hartland Rotary, submitting pictures contributed by our group.
Kenya Eye Mission 2019 Pam House 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Mental Health Initiative - Progress Report

Mental Health
There is not a day that goes by without media information regarding mental health. Depression; anxiety, bipolar, Alzheimer's, addictions, overdoses, suicides. Our District- through Immediate Past District Governor Barry Fraser (who lost his father to suicide when Barry was 14) is forming a Mental Health Initiative. Assistant Governor Anne Nauts and Collyer Smith (who recently lost his son to an overdose) are co-Chairing. The mission:

  1)  Get our Rotary members we work with, engaged, and join the Rotary Action Group- Mental Health.
            Collyer has joined and will help those who have questions.
    2)  Engage our Clubs to form a Mental Heath Committee.
    (The Birmingham Rotary Club has already developed a committee)
    3)  Find speakers on mental health to speak to our clubs, If we find good speakers- share with our group so that we can all benefit.
Tom McCarthy writes: The Chatham Ontario Rotary Club has had a youth mental health committee for approximately 10 yrs – I have been a member since the beginning and currently serve as chair.  Our club helped to fund the start up on the early psychosis intervention program led by our local hospital and the establishment of a youth mental health hub/drop-in centre as part of a national research project across Canada (ACCESS – OPEN MINDS).
And the Birmingham Club has just started a Mental Health Committee.

From Tia Marie Sanders: In my last conversation with Interact clubs, they are eager to help with the Rotary mission. They have been brainstorming connections to mental health as it relates to school age group. They are talking about making it the Interact Day theme on mental health. They mentioned a student panel. and hotline resources that teens can share on social media.
In addition, we are reaching out to our Rotaract group for their support and feedback. University of Michigan is having their 17th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference- below is information. We are reaching out to our University of Michigan Rotaract group to lean more.

As counseling centers continue to be faced with an ever-increasing demand for services, colleges and universities must consider more effective and efficient strategies for providing support to a large population of students with unique and varying needs. Emerging strategies include precision health and stepped care approaches to better determine and provide the “right intervention for the right person at the right time.”
Join us for the 17th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference to learn about new research findings, model programs, and policies which highlight evidence-based approaches to identify and determine the level of intervention required to best match student need to improve health outcomes.
Learning Objectives Audience Continuing Education
Depression among college students is an urgent public health problem. If we are to prevent the progression, chronicity, recurrence, and burden of depression, we must emphasize earlier detection, intervention, and ultimately, prevention.
Learning objectives and expected results for the conference participants are an improved understanding and ability to implement:
  • Best practices and model programs to meet the growing demand for mental health services based on level of care needed;
  • Research which demonstrates the practice implications and impact of utilizing a stepped care approach to campus mental health programs and services;
  • Best practices for service delivery, prevention, and intervention methods to address mental health concerns among students with varying levels of mental health distress;
  • Outreach models to reach students with depressive illnesses, or who are at risk of developing a depressive illness, in order to facilitate treatment engagement;
  • Strategies for faculty, staff, and students to support students via their different campus roles;
  • Personalized treatment strategies to improve health outcomes of college students.
The conference is targeted to academic advisors, counselors and counseling center directors, faculty, health educators, parents, psychiatrists, psychologists, student affairs administrators, staff, and students
Continuing Education Applications have been made to the:
  • National Association of Social Workers and the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative to provide continuing education credits for social workers.
  • National Board for Certified Counselors to provide continuing education credits for certified counselors.
  • National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. to provide continuing education credits for Certified Health Education Specialists.
Dates & Location
March 13-14, 2019

U-M Rackham Graduate School Building, Ann Arbor
Contact Stephanie Salazar with questions: sawaters@umich.edu
Respectfully Submitted,

Collyer A. Smith
Rotary Assistant Governor District 6380
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor
Immediate Past President 2017-2018
be The difference that makes A difference-
Nagaraja Rao
cell:  734-545-0644
From IPDG Barry Fraser:
I would like you to forward to the Committee these websites which note a very high profile outreach in Canada by Bell, our primary telecommunications carrier.  Note next Wednesday as National Mental Health Day and how the Canadian Prime Minister is part of supporting this initiative!

Mental Health Initiative - Progress Report Collyer Smith 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Governor Jane's Message February 2019

Today, 65 million people are displaced by armed conflict or persecution.  Through our partnerships with several universities, Rotary Peace Fellows develop the skills to strengthen peace efforts, train local leaders to prevent and mediate conflict, and support long-term peace building in areas affected by conflict.  We provide up to 100 peace fellowships per year at Rotary Peace Centers.
Our Past District Governor, Virginia Nordby, was very instrumental in making these Peace Centers a reality.  She was our District Governor in 1995-1996, one of 8 women in the world to assume that role.
Rotary will celebrate its 111th Anniversary this February 23rd.  How do we help Rotary keep racking up the anniversaries?  It is all about membership – growth and engagement.  Opening up the opportunity of Service and Impact for those seeking to make a difference locally or globally.  Rotary is not a one size fits all.  Alternate meeting times and days for those who need flexibility.  Extend your Rotary Family like we welcome new friends.  Rotary needs more hands to create a better world.  Clubs should be networks for Doing Good in the World.
What if someone had not taken the initiative to invite you to Rotary?  What experiences and fond memories would you of missed out on?   Share Rotary with others so they can have their own precious memories.  Now is the time to Get our ASK in Gear so Rotary can keep on celebrating for many more years to come. 
“Be the Inspiration” that draws others to this incredible organization we call ROTARY.
Governor Jane's Message February 2019 Jane McManus 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Membership Minute

Membership Minute
(From Regional Membership Seminar in Lansing)
Click on a box for the download able materials
         Rotary Citation                          Club Health Check         Strengthening Membership   
     Finding New Members        Introducing New Members           Be a Vibrant Club     
Membership Videos
Membership Minute Michael McManus 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian to Rotarian

         Clarkston Rotary - Float for Sale - Best Offer
                       Contact Mary Sloan - President
          Donate Your Gift Cards to The Rotary Foundation
                          Ann Arbor West (Vineet Kataial)
Rotarian to Rotarian Mary Sloan 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Peanut Butter!

Calling all Livingston County Peanut Heads….
Our local Gleaners Community Food Bank is in need of Peanut Butter. The USDA contract changed for the first quarter and they will not be getting Peanut Butter as part of their contract this quarter. Brighton Rotary has already collected 120 pounds of Peanut Butter. What a great way to suppose our community members. Asking other Livingston County clubs to Rally the Troops and collect any brand, any style (Creamy or Crunchy) of Peanut Butter to get Gleaners through this shortage. Large jars are preferred but any size will be accepted. Peanut Butter is a shelf-stable and a great source of protein for Gleaners recipients. Gleaners Community Food Bank is located at 5924 Sterling, Howell for drop off. Thanks in advance for help our friends and neighbors.
Peanut Butter! Darlene McManus 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Interact Club of West Bloomfield

Interact Club of West Bloomfield Walks for Peace At MLK Celebration
Our Interact Club has a goal of at least one service project per month. 
In January, their projects included a “Purple Pinky” drive and participating in the community’s “United We Walk” event that honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrates West Bloomfield’s rich diversity.
During the week of January 14, club members used their lunch hours at West Bloomfield High School to collect donations for PolioPlus while educating fellow students on this terrible disease.  On Sunday January 21, at the United We Walk celebration, they again talked about Polio, collected donations for PolioPlus and participated in a community project to benefit Grace Centers of Hope.
We are so proud of the young people in our Interact Club!  They truly embody the spirit of “Service Above Self.”  West Bloomfield Rotarians Vinita Parekh and Marian Soditch are the sponsors of the West Bloomfield Interact Club.  West Bloomfield High School Junior, Ayushi Uppel, is president.
Interact Club of West Bloomfield Cindy Hill 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
New Major Donors Thomas Neveau 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Shop with a Hero

The Rotary Club of Chatham participates once again in the 5th annual Shop with a Hero
Over 30 club members participated in Shop with a Hero on December 19th.  More than 130 children had the chance to shop for their family with Emergency Service Workers including Police, Fire and Ambulance.
Each child is provided with $100 to purchase Christmas gifts for their family. They are assisted by their Emergency Service Buddy. The only caveat for the children is one of the gifts they buy must be for themselves.
After shopping the children are treated to breakfast and an opportunity to play. While they do that the community volunteers wrap their gifts.  It is a marvelous event equally enjoyed by the volunteers.
There is truly nothing better then laughing, smiling and happy children during the Christmas Season.
Shop with a Hero Tania Sharpe 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now!

Happy Birthday Rotary
Rotary was founded on February 23, 1905 and in the years since then, Rotarians around the World have improved the lives of others both locally and globally.   One of our Greatest accomplishments has been the inception of the Polio Plus campaign in 1988.  Rotarians along with our partners have reduced the number of polio cases by 99.9%.  We have vaccinated over 2.5 Billion Children.   Can you imagine how many lives we have saved?   However, our work is not done.  We promised the children of the world a polio free world and we will not disappoint them.  It will take a bit more time and yes, a bit more money.  Your Club and your individual donations to the polio fund are critically needed now that we are in the home stretch.  We cannot become complacent.  We must continue full steam ahead until every child is vaccinated against polio and we have a zero case count!  Please consider celebrating Rotary’s Birthday with an activity to recognize the # 1 Humanitarian Cause of Rotary.  I can’t wait to see what you do!  Wishing you all a very Happy Rotary Birthday!
Ginger Barrons, Polio Co Chair
End Polio Now! Ginger Barrons 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

PETS President Elect Training Seminar

Registration is now open on the district website (rotary6380.org) for the PET (President Elect Training) Orientations that are being held February 19, 2019 (in Southfield, Michigan); February 20, 2019 (in Chatham, Ontario); and  February 26, 2019 (in Brighton, Michigan).
If you are President Elect for your club (and becoming club president on July 1, 2019), attending one of these three PET Orientation sessions is required. Please select one of the sessions and register on line as soon as you can. We want to make appropriate food plans. These sessions are also available to President Nominees at their own option. A cost has not yet been determined (it will be minimal to cover the cost of food and will be collected that evening).  
President Elects are also required to attend Great Lakes Rotary PETS on March 14-19 (www.greatlakesrotarypets.org) or make approved arrangements with DGE Sparky Leonard to attend a different PETS. President Elects, along with their other club officers, are also expected to attend District Officers Training (a.k.a. District Assembly) on April 13, 2019.
Current club presidents and club secretaries, as well as the current Assistant Governors, are also being copied on this email to enlist thaeir help at getting their club's President Elects registered for both a PET Orientation session and the Great Lakes Rotary PETS.  This is very important as only 27 of our distrct's club have listed a President Elect in ClubRunner (either the club or district site).
Thank you for all you do for Rotary and those we serve,
PDG Gerry Jackson and Brandon Marsh
Co-District Trainers.
PETS President Elect Training Seminar Gerry Jackson 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

International Assembly January 2019

District Governor Elects from all over the world will attend Rotary's annual training meeting giving them the opportunity to share ideas for strengthening clubs and improving communities with Rotary leaders. Keynote speakers and informative presentations will inspire and prepare the DGE's to lead their districts successfully. Breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, and workshops will introduce them to new ways of creating positive change.
Let's all wish "Sparky" DGE and Laurie Leonard an amazing "Once of a Lifetime" experience with 535 other District Governor Elects and Partners in San Diego this January!  
International Assembly January 2019 Michael McManus 2019-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Membership Seminar

So proud of all the 6380 Rotarians who took time on a sunny Saturday to learn more about Membership Flexibility. We also met our Rotary International Regional Membership Officer Diana Edwards.  What a great resource! Cheryl Peterson and Chris Etienne were the excellent facilitators.  -Jane
(Read More for Amazing TriFold fom the Wakefied Rotary Club)
Rotary Membership Seminar Michael McManus 2019-01-05 05:00:00Z 0
Governor Jane's Message January 2019 Jane McManus 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Operation Blue Sleigh

Troy Rotary
This is Troy Rotary's second year volunteering with the Troy Police Department to collect items for families in need for Christmas.  Troy officers saw a significant need in the community and developed Operation Blue Sleigh.  This new program will benefit even more Troy families experiencing financial hardship this holiday season.
Operation Blue Sleigh Rene' Pothetes 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Davisburg Rotary

Davisburg Rotary Christmas Baskets
were all delivered this morning.  Each family received four or more boxes of food which included a turkey, hamburger, fruit, vegetables, other meats and necessities.
Davisburg Rotary Gerry Jackson 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Clarkston Rotary Impacts Community

“Shoes for Kids”
Over the past 78 years the Clarkston Rotary has sponsored a variety of community assistance programs while solely focusing on the “Shoes for Kids” program for the past 40 years and over 11,000 Clarkston children have benefited.  This community service program is made possible by the assistance of so many service-minded volunteers, as well other community organizations involved during the activities in early December. The time and energy provided by the participants is affirmed by many of the volunteers returning each year to enjoy the sights and sounds of the one day event.  Photos and Full Story "Read More"
Clarkston Rotary Impacts Community Joel DeLong 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Mental Health Initiative

Mental Health Update
Immediate Past District Governor, Barry Fraser, began a District- wide  initiative on mental health at last year's District Conference. For the first time in our history, we are experiencing an actual decrease in our age longevity- due to the suicide and drug overdose crisis of our youth. And some of us may be experiencing the agony of Alzheimer's Disease with a loved one.  Mental health affects all ages, family members, and friends. A group of us discussed what we could do as a District, and with Barry's leadership, developed the following three actions: "Read More"
Mental Health Initiative Col Smith 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Brighton Interact Hosts Exchange Party

Brighton Interact
hosted the Inbound Exchange Student Holiday Party.  Food, Cookies, Gift Exchange, Service Project and Friendship Building were all on the menu.  Special thanks to Darlene McManus (Brighton Satellite Club) and Bill Gartly (Brighton Club) for being Brighton's Interact Chairs  Many of the District Youth Exchange Team were there helping: Ken Bechard, Pattie Coutney, Gabe Naranjo, with Steve Youtz, Jeff Lichty and Mary Sloan.
Brighton Interact Hosts Exchange Party Darlene McManus 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Lyon Area Rotary

Members of Lyon Area Rotary decorated a Rotary tree to compete in the tree decoration contest at Abbey Park Retirement home, where our weekly meetings are held. We helped out at their annual holiday party by serving food and assisting with the clean-up. Family and friends of the residents attended the festivities which lead to over 300 people taking part in our Rotary raffle. Thank you to everyone involved! It was a great way to get in the holiday spirit!
Lyon Area Rotary Tamra Ward 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Hartland Rotary

Happy Holidays from Hartland
Wrangler, Hartland Rotary’s Service Dog is sharing a moment with his Round Elementary friends. They are wishing everyone a special Holiday Greeting and a Happy New Year!
Meals on Wheels "Read More"
Salvation Army Bell Ringing "Read More"
Hartland Rotary Lee Halsted 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

3 steps to a 100 percent membership increase

One of the ongoing challenges
in Rotary is maintaining a healthy level of membership. My club of Haute Rive is no exception. We started the club in 2014 with 20 members, and despite the fact that we have gained new members since then, we’ve also lost a few. So much so that membership fell to just 18 as of 1 July 2017. Fortunately, our leadership team was proactive and began forming a plan to address the situation.
3 steps to a 100 percent membership increase Dinesh Gajeelee, Rotary Club of Haute Rive, Mauritius 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Livingston Sunrise

December 1st, Livingston Sunrise Rotary was at the Kroger in Howell ringing the bells for the Salvation Army.  The Club raised $1260.00 for the Salvation Army  There were so many smiling faces.  Young, old, and even some faces with tongues sticking out of their mouths. in addition, some of the Livingston Sunrise members participated in the World Medical Relief workday in Southfield, Michigan. Our members were joined in this labor of love by members from other Rotary Clubs. World Medical is a non-profit group that collects unused medical equipment and supplies from local hospitals and medical facilities.  Items are then sorted, packaged and shipped to those in need around the world.  Our work group took part in these sorting and packaging efforts in a truly “hands-on” work experience. For more information, check out their website.  Every month, club members get together on a Saturday and volunteer at Gleaners Food Bank.  On January 12th, our club members will be assembling food bags for Gleaners. Check out their Facebook page..
Livingston Sunrise Linda Carey 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

What does Rotary mean to you?

Posted by Student Grace Banks
At the Clarkston-Pontiac-Waterford Holiday Party, held at the Goldner-Walsh greenhouse in the Historic Pontiac area, we had fellowship, great food and musical performances from three Inbound Exchange Students.  Student Grace banks is a "Host Sibling" for Swiss Exchange student Nora.  Grace thought it would be interesting to do a video on "What Rotary means to me".  Click on the photo to watch what a very talented young person put together! 
What does Rotary mean to you? Student Grace Banks 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome Incoming Exchange Students Student Grace Banks 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Ridgetown Rotary

December Ridgetown Club Events
On the 8th of December, the club along with members from the First Ridgetown Scouts, participated in the annual town Christmas Parade. Besides having their own float, members of the Scouts rode on the Rotary float. The big Rotary wheel on our decorated float was built several years ago by the woodworking students from the École Secondaire De Pain Court, the French language high school in Paincourt, Chatham-Kent. It is shared by the clubs in both Ridgetown and Dresden, which is about 25 miles north of Ridgetown. Their parade was at 6:00 pm the same day, so there was some hustle shown getting the wagon over to the Dresden parade after our 1:00 pm parade. For a small town, the Ridgetown parade was great, lasting over 40 minutes.
Ridgetown Rotary Paul Brown 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

A Great Man - Art Holst

Posted by John White
A Tribute to Art Holst
On December 19, 2018, we lost one of the greatest of the Greatest Generation. We lost an example to live our lives by, a great veteran, a great patriot, a great friend and a great Rotarian. We lost Art Holst who was in his 97th year. Art was with the love of his life, Elizabeth, at their winter home in Ft. Myers. Art and Elizabeth merged their families later in life; Art will be dearly missed by Elizabeth, and their admiring family.
A Great Man - Art Holst John White 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Casa Colibri Mission - December 2018

Rochester Rotarians
Jay and Linda Eastman lead the 28th Medical/Dental Jornada (“Mission”) Team to Guatemala from December 1-9, 2018.  After two days of travel to the clinic, the team saw patients from local villages over four days. Each village was scheduled to either the morning or afternoon on a particular day and the work went from 8am until about 6pm every day. In total, the team saw 987 patients for general medical needs, dental issues, maternity checkups, and eye problems. By the end of the week, they had extracted 1191 teeth, given out 226 eye prescriptions, and distributed thousands of toothbrushes, sunglasses, children’s multivitamins and prenatal vitamins among other things.
Casa Colibri Mission - December 2018 John Somerville 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rochester Community Cookie Walk

The 2018 Cookie Walk was a great success, raising $2,977 for worthy charities.  We had 45 bakers donate hundreds of sweet treats for the event and the homemade Christmas treats sold out within 25 minutes of opening the doors! We had very few cookies to replenish the trays after the first wave of customers! The assortment and quality of the cookies were downright amazing. It was a beautiful event, as judged by the people's “oohs” and “aahs” as they entered the room.  A big shout out goes to the helpers from Avondale High School. Those kids came to work! Thirteen young people showed up at the appointed time, ready and eager to follow orders. They worked in the kitchen sorting cookies and delivering them to the setup area. Their efficient help allowed us to start right on time, and the floodgates opened precisely at 10:00 a.m.  Without their help, we would not have had such a successful event.  Also, it was a pleasure having one of the students play piano on the OPC stage entertaining us with holiday tunes.
Rochester Community Cookie Walk John Somerville 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Roy Honored - Chatham Sunrise

Rotary Club of Chatham Sunrise held a surprise celebration on Dec. 4th  for Paul Roy as a leader and one of the founding charter members of the Club 20 years ago on March 20th, 1998.
Rotarians, friends and family were there to congratulate Paul as he was named an Honorary Rotarian.  Past District Governors Keith Koke,  Audrey Chevalier, Barry Fraser and DG Elect Don Leonard were present to honour Paul and his wife Rose Marie.  Paul has 34 years of “ Service Above Self “ and has contributed to many local and international projects. Paul had his roots in agriculture as owner of King Grain. He lead the Club in many Environmental projects that helped beautify Chatham trails including daffodil and tree planting. He was instrumental in creating the Roses for Rotary annual fundraiser campaign to raise money for Club.  He created a hybrid rose and named the “Sunrise rose”  and annually has donated the Royalties to the Club. Paul’s comment:  “think of the hours our members have spent organizing student exchange, Interact Club , speakers, bingos, Ribfest, fundraising , garage sales, welcoming new members... It is not only me,  be All of us!"  Merci Beaucoup Paul.
Paul Roy Honored - Chatham Sunrise Linda Goldsmith 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

January is Vocational Service Month

Rotary service transforms lives and communities. To achieve even more truly transformational service, RI President Barry Rassin encourages us to think differently about our role in Rotary, and Rotary’s role in the world during the 2018-19 year. Globally, Rotary is more relevant than ever before, and its potential for good is vast. Take full advantage of your membership in Rotary. Use this opportunity to discuss the many different ways your clubs can start or expand service activities to enhance the Rotary experience for their members.

January is Vocational Service Month Michael McManus 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Club Innovation

Escape artists from the Netherlands
The Rotary Club of Amersfoort Young Ambition, The Netherlands, was once a Rotaract club. It transformed itself into a Rotary club because its members were passing 30, the Rotaract age limit. The new club focuses on innovative ideas, dedication to service, and a spirit of fun. Since the club was chartered, it has hosted numerous successful fundraisers, like selling customized Monopoly sets and setting up an escape room inside a medieval tower. Discover how they work hard and play hard.  What is your club doing to reinvent itself? Tell us your story at club.innovations@rotary.org.
Club Innovation Michael McManus 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Membership Minute

New year, new goals 
The new year is a time for new resolutions and fresh beginnings. As you set club goals for the second half of the Rotary year, start with small ones that you can achieve easily. Here are a few ideas:
  - Update your member data in My Rotary (learn how to add, edit, or remove a member)
  - Record the progress you’ve made toward the goals you set at the start of the Rotary year in Rotary Club Central
  - Identify any club members who aren’t engaged in Rotary and pair each of them with a mentor
Start thinking now about how your club can Be the Inspiration in your community in 2019. Happy holidays from Rotary!
Membership Minute Michael McManus 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Southfield's First Interact Club

Southfield A&T High School's Interact Club
Please join Southfield Area Rotary (SARC) on December 20th as we celebrate the induction of our very first Interact Club at Southfield A&T! Our celebration is very special because each participant has completed the Social Entrepreneurship & Leadership Program (SELP) to help them better run their organization and successfully on-board future participants.
SELP is a 14-week course designed to teach students:
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Develop core skills for critical thinking, communication and presentation
  • Teach the true value of individual time and talents
  • Teach business development and financial literacy
Southfield's First Interact Club Michael McManus 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Buddy Bench

In July of 2018,
Troy Rotary embarked on a project to help school children cope with loneliness, foster friendships and confront bullying.  We were drawn to the success of Buddy Benches which are safe places for kids to sit, talk and work things out.  Rotary values inclusion, kindness and peace, so we committed to installing Buddy Benches at all of the Troy Elementary Schools (21 total) plus two benches at the Troy Boys & Girls Club.  Troy Rotarian and professional Architect, David Donnellon, donated his time to meet with school Principals, conduct site visits for bench placements, coordinate concrete pad requirements and generate aerial view plans.  Continue with "Read More"
Buddy Bench Troy Rotary 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

SARC Sparks!

The Southfield Area Rotary Club
inducted three new members at the December 5th social held at the WAB in Ferndale.  Fun and fellowship was had by all.  Governor Jane was asked to speak on what "Be the Inspiration" meant to her along with comments about Women in Rotary.  President Kellee Miller followed with what she felt was the "Value of Rotary".  Kellee inducted Aisha Williams, Connie Akins and Wanda Black followed by a warm SARC welcome!  "Read More" for photos.
SARC Sparks! Kellee Miller 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Warren Rotary

Two New Interact Clubs
At the end of the 2016 school year our Warren Woods Tower Interact Club lost our teacher/advisor to retirement. Our search for a replacement was unsuccessful, so our Interact Club was closed. However, this fall the principal informed me that they had found a new advisor and we chartered our new Interact Club of Titans. They've spent a day volunteering at Gleaners Food Bank, are planning a bake sale and babysitting for parent/teacher conferences. They have adopted 5 families for Christmas and are doing a day of clean-up at Camp Skyline.
For our second Interact Club, one of our Rotarians, the Superintendent of Centerline Schools informed me of a Community Outreach Club at the High School that we transformed into the Interact Club of Community Outreach at Centerline High School. They have erected a hat/mitten tree for the needy and are planning to help with training of Special Olympics participants in March with a day of volunteering at the Games in May. They're also planning a Senior Prom for area senior citizens with music, dancing and snacks. "Read More" for their results! Wow!
Warren Rotary Karen Joyce 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

Obi-Wan Pierogi

A Great Service Idea!
Calgary, Aberta, Canada - For the last couple of years, seven buddies from the pub have been getting together every three months or so, to make pierogis.  They usually spend about 5 or 6 hours, making about 300 pierogis from scratch, that they share amongst themselves. They decided they needed a name, and settled on “The Pierogi Kings.”  The seven guys consist of two retired railway employees, a retired fire Captain, a retired oil man, a meat wholesaler, a radio broadcaster, and a former professional football player. This close knit group of friends then decided that since they have all done, or are still doing pretty well in life, and, given the current state of the Alberta economy, with so many families struggling, they should take the “Pierogi Kings,” to a new level... They should do some charitable work!
Obi-Wan Pierogi Darlene McManus 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

January is Vocational Service Month

One of the strengths of the Rotary Foundation is that it has a well-developed process of evaluating humanitarian service projects. As members of the Rotary family, we invest time and skills offering hope to thousands. We do this in different ways, and all of us would like to know the impact of our efforts, which is not always easy. We also donate to worthy causes within Rotary; we know that the funds are substantial – but it is not easy to quantify or measure their impact.
January is Vocational Service Month By PDG John Philip, Cadre Coordinator for Disease Prevention and Treatment, and member of the Rotary Club of Newbury, England 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0
End Polio Now Ginger Barrons 2018-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Membership Seminar

Posted by Rhonda Panczyk
There is still time to register for our January 5th 2019 Regional Membership Seminar!
Hyatt Place/East Towne Center 
Last year our district had the most participation and we’re hoping that there will be huge participation from our district again this year.  The Regional Membership Seminar will provide participants with opportunity to enhance skills in assisting districts and clubs in assessing membership needs and potential action strategies; facilitate networking and sharing of best practices between multiple districts and district leaders; provide participants the tools to help build capacity for membership growth at the club level; and to identify the next steps to achieve membership growth in individual districts. Please click the link below to go directly to the​ registration page: ​http://bit.ly/RMSLansing   Club level leaders, especially club Membership Chairs, are highly encouraged to attend. As a reminder, there is no registration fee for this seminar.  It is supported through funds that RI has provided on a per district participation basis.  "Read More" for Flyer and Agenda
Rotary Membership Seminar Rhonda Panczyk 2018-12-15 05:00:00Z 0

Solicitation for Nominations

Posted on Dec 08, 2018
Robert S. Northrup Humanitarian Award
In 2018, the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor created an award to be given annually to the person in
the area that met the criteria outlined below, in celebration of the exceptional humanitarian
service provided by Ann Arbor Rotarian Robert S. Northrup.
The recipient of the award will be an individual who will be a resident of the greater Ann Arbor
or southeast Michigan communities. He/she may or may not be a member of the Rotary. In
exceptional cases, the award might be presented to an individual not living in these
communities for the recognition of the individual for outstanding humanitarian work.
This information should be provided by December 8, 2018, as an email with the word “Northrup” in the subject, to: John_Goodyear@comcast.net.
Solicitation for Nominations Ann Arbor Rotary 2018-12-08 05:00:00Z 0

6380's New District Governor Nominee Designate

Posted by Jane McManus on Dec 02, 2018
Announcing our new District Governor (2021-2022) Nominee Designate - Brenda K Tipton!
Brenda is full of energy and enthusiasm with a great heart for service. 
Best known for her "Woo-Woo" call to action, in 2017-2018, she (President) and her team added 22 new members to the Livingston Sunrise Club! 
I selected her to be my Assistant Governor for Sector 9 (Farmington, Lakes Area, Milford, Novi, Lyon Area and West Bloomfield clubs) for 2018-2019.
As a hard worker, goal setter, communicator and connector, we are impressed with her performance.
Brenda will serve as Membership Chair for our District in 2019-2020 with Don "Sparky" Leonard as District Governor.
She will follow Karen Gabrys, our District Governor for (2020-2021).
Please send welcomes and congratulations to Brenda!  (brendaktipton@yahoo.com)
6380's New District Governor Nominee Designate Jane McManus 2018-12-02 05:00:00Z 0

Governor Jane's Message Dec 2018

Posted on Dec 01, 2018
Which Flamingo are you?  One of the ones who keep on the same path?  Or one who has the courage to look in the other direction and seek new paths?  Click on the link above to read why R.I. President Barry Rassin has inspired me to look for new ways.  After 50 Rotary Club visits, I am in awe with all the impact District 6380 has in our local communities and around the globe.  Clubs are partnering on projects to leverage their talents and skills.  You are truly making a difference in people’s lives and creating a better world.  Thank you for all you do for Rotary and being the Inspiration to keep on Servicing.  I want to say a special thanks to all of you who supported and planned The Foundation Celebration.  A job well done by the committee:  Karen Gabrys, Jay Eastman, Joe Bauman, Brandon Marsh, Kellee Miller and Mike McManus. As this Holiday Season approaches, I think about family and friends.  Mike and I are blessed beyond words with the connections and friendships in our Rotary family.
Governor Jane's Message Dec 2018 Michael McManus 2018-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

6380's Foundation Celebration

seWhat a great time! - Sold Out!
Many thanks to the committee and Assistant Governors for organizing, promoting and bringing people there.  Brandon Marsh got things going with a crazy wave. Kellee Miller gave an “out of the park” talk on what Rotary means to her.  This her second year as a Rotarian (Southfield).  Our Keynote speaker, Threse McFarland had just returned from Thailand as a short term Peace Scholar funded by The Rotary Foundation.  She shared nsights into the factors of peace and what Rotary is doing.  Many clubs and members were honored for their support of The Rotary Foundation.
6380's Foundation Celebration Michael McManus 2018-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

December is...

Posted on Dec 01, 2018

Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into Yet 400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care. We believe good health care is everyone’s right.
Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. That’s why treating and preventing disease is so important to us. We lead efforts both large and small. We set up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities struggling with outbreaks and health care access. We design and build infrastructure that allows doctors, patients, and governments to work together.
December is... December is Disease Treatment 2018-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

Motorcycling Rotarians Pin - Sold Out

Debbie Vance is an incredible Rotarian and a part of 6380's newest club!  She gives freely of her artwork, just asking for a donation to The Rotary Foundation.  From her facebook post - "Close to my heart, as I am the Social Media Director of the Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians.(6380)..Limited Edition Rotary Pins (were) available for auction thanks to my awesome friend President Larry McGifford ~ Rotary Club of Port Alberni-Arrowsmith ~ ALL proceeds went to The Rotary Foundation"
Motorcycling Rotarians Pin - Sold Out Debbie Vance 2018-12-01 05:00:00Z 0


Please Join Us in Building Peace!
Following the successful World Peace Conference 2017 in Ann Arbor, organizers formed a Peace Committee within the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor to keep the momentum going.  We invite members from all clubs in the District to join us.
Our committee’s mission is to work locally and globally for peace, social justice, and the non-violent resolution of conflict.  To begin this work, we created a 2018-19 Action Plan with local, regional, and international goals.
We need your participation to implement this ambitious Action Plan!  Click on "Read More" for the Rest of the Story and Photo
Peace! Marcia Lane 2018-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

Academy of Macomb High School Interact Club

Posted by Linda May
A New Interact Club!
The club recently established the Academy of Macomb High School Interact Club. In the photo, club members hold up an article about the club that appeared in The Macomb Daily newspaper. 
The Santa Parade in downtown Mount Clemens on Thanksgiving weekend featured the Interact students with Rotarians Nancy Dedenbach, Chuck Dib and Valerie Miller. Interact students helped build the float at the warehouse of former club member Steve Ternullo.
Academy of Macomb High School Interact Club Linda May 2018-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Mad Hatter Masquerade Fundraiser Eric Tindall 2018-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

Gift of Life Partnership

Posted by Kenneth J. Fogle
The latest report from our October Haiti mission - healing children's hearts at our partner hospital St. Damien's Children's. You heard Rob speak about Gift of Life International at Zone on Saturday morning and many of you joined our Gift of Life Northeast Ohio breakout afterwards.
GoLNEO has partnered with Akron Children's Hospital and St. Damien's Hospital to establish the PICU you see in this report. I am always so pleased when you look at the list of partners that make these services possible. The grant partners are listed in the report but know there are many other Rotary Clubs and individuals that provide support to sustain them as well.  Several of the PICU team pictured in the report are from Akron Children's and St. Damien's Children's and were part of our 2 Vocational Training Team exchanges. They have become a regular part of the PICU staff supporting the cardiac surgical teams organized by Gift of Life international. This mission team included another visit by the surgical team out of Genoa Italy, a growing partnership in our work in Haiti.