My Fellow Rotarians,District Governor Bala Murthy

My visit to more clubs continues. I am humbled to meet so many passionate and vibrant Rotarians. I am honored and delighted to induct new members and present Paul Harris Recognitions.

During this month my club visits took me to Ann Arbor West, Royal Oak, Milan, Milford, Chelsea, Anchor Bay, Ann Arbor North, Clawson, Pontiac, Lakes Area and Novi.

I truly enjoyed meeting and inducting new Rotarians and tried to understand what moves them. Congratulations to Bloomfield Hills, Chelsea, Hwy M-36, Lake Orion Sunrise, Mount Clemens, Novi, Royal Oak,Tilbury, Troy and Ypsilanti for inducting  a total of 18 new members in September. What a great way to continue our Rotary year!  

Would the next District Governor be from your club? The 2025-26 District Governor Nomination - Expression of Interest was sent to all Club Presidents, Presidents-Elect and Secreataries on Oct. 13th and again on Oct. 28th. All our district Rotarians also received this annoucement last week. It has also been posted on D6380 Facebook as well on our district website. At the end of this bulletin, details of this has been added for your ready reference. To nominate a candidate, your club must pass a resolution adopted at a regular membership meeting, complete the District Governor Nomination Form signed and dated by the Club Secretary. Please send via email this completed and signed nomination form to balamurthy1 at gmail dot com .

My sincere thank you and appreciation for all of you who continue to donate and support the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation continues to seed projects in our seven areas of focus.


November is Foundation Month

Upcoming Foundation & Membership Gala - Nov. 5th, 2022-Registration Closing Soon!

It’s going to be a great evening of celebration for the Rotary Foundation and all the great work and projects it supports.
What: Rotary Foundation / Membership Gala
When: Saturday, November 5th
Time: 5:30pm -10:30pm
Where: Suburban Showplace, Novi
Keynote Speaker2018-2019 Rotary President, 2022-2023 TRF Chair-Elect Barry Rassin

MusicDenise Davis and the Motor City Sensations
5:30 - 6:00pm - Social/Networking
6:15pm - Dinner
7:00pm - Program
8:30pm  - Music and Dancing
Dress: Semi-Formal (Black-tie optional)
**Cash Bar**
An evening of celebration, recognition and fun.
Come in Gala mood to eat, dance and enjoy the evening.
Register for the  Gala:
Even if you can't make it in person, Bid on Auction Items  Online:
Gala Sponsors - Thank you for your generosity!
Platinum Sponsors
  • Ashish & Norma Sarkar
  • Jay & Linda Eastman
Silver Sponsors
  • Dr. Lee & Lois Halsted
  • Wendy Hysell Jones
  • Bruce & Julie Dunbar
Bronze Sponsors
  • Tom Mayhew (Tilbury Chrysler)
  • Manish & Varsha Mehta
  • Michael Passmore
Celebrate our many initiatives such as scholarships, fighting food insecurity, polio eradication, clean water and environmental initiatives, mental health programs, early childhood literacy initiatives, and SO MUCH MORE!
Recent District Events:

Detroit Marathon - Oct. 16th, 2022

Several of us braved the cold and very early morning hours and volunteered at the 2022 Rotary At The Detroit Free Press Marathon Fluid Station. The first group of runners passed through our fluid station around 8 am  and vibrant volunteered, cheered and encouraged the runners, passing Gatorade & Water. Lake Orion Sunrise Club Rotarian Julie Barnes Maurer ,ultra marathon runner  was the key organizer of all fluid stations and partnered us up with Black Girls on the Run!  What a fun morning!


One Rotary Center - October 16, 2022
Meeting with Rotary International President Jennifer Jones

It was one of the most exciting and historic days of our Imagine Rotary 2022-23 Year when many of our D6380 Rotarians travelled to Rotary International One Rotary Center in Evanston, IL. to meet with
Rotary International President Jennifer Jones  who warmly greeted our group in her office. Every member of our group had a chance to interact with Jennifer, ask her questions and get some really valuable advice. This event will stay with our group for a long time and as it made a mark on all the attendees!

RI International Director Drew Kessler - Oct. 17, 2022

Day two of our visit to One Rotary Center started with a breakfast with our D6380 Rotarians and RI Program Officers. Our keynote breakfast speaker was RI Director for Zones 28 & 32 Drew Kessler. Take a couple of minutes to watch the video with his key message and how you as a member and your club fits into our Zone and our RI.


Troy Rotary Presents "Pass The Plate" Cook Book to RIP Jennifer Jones 

District Membership Chair and Troy Rotary President-Elect Roma Murthy was so happy to finally present Troy Rotary cookbook to Rotary International President Jennifer Jones on behalf of her club. Jennifer has contributed several great recipes. Recipes are from across the globe including Australia, Canada and Venezuela and India. The book is elegantly displayed in the Presidential Office.

Paul Harris Recognitions to RI Program Officers - Oct. 17, 2022

 Day 2 continued in our  pursuit of excellence, when our group  met with several RI Program Officers. As part of our recognition of our amazing RI Program Officers for their great service of Rotary International (RI), we presented  them with Paul Harris Pins. Recipients included Global Grants Director Meredith Burlew, Regional Membership Officer Diana Edwards, Annual Gifts Officer Edina Mehovic, Club & District Support Officer Sophie Dangerfield.

Interact Citation Presented to Rochester HIgh - Oct. 20, 2022
I was honored and delighted to attend our Rochester High School Interact Club. Past Assistant Governor Phillip McPeek and I presented their 2021-22 Rotary International Citation. Phil has worked tirelessly with the Interact Team, including Rochester High Interact President Jade McLellanto and teacher Kelly Messing-Mirabito. to be a successful club. 
This vibrant 2022-23 Imagine Team is involved in so many community events. They already have plans to set goals for 2022-23 to qualify for their citation.
A huge shout out to  Mary Sloan for her outstanding leadership as our district Interact Champion.
For more information to start Interact Clubs in your communities and to prepare your Interact Clubs to RI Citation ready, please contact Mary or Phil.

Free Bikes for Kidz - October, 22nd, 2022


Several D6380 Rotarians including our Youth Exchange Student - Mariana (Mexico) , participated in  refurbishing 2-wheeled bikes back to tip-top shape at the Free Bikes 4 Kidz Detroit (FB4K) facility in Detroit. FB4K has partnered with various businesses and has collected over 2,000 bikes. 
FB4K plans to give these to kids in our communities before Christmas. Please consider volunteering at FB4K  or email their volunteer coordinator at
Our D6380 champion Larry Fieroh has worked tirelessly for many, many years with FB4K to recruit volunteers and get bikes donated. Bob Barnes from FB4K is the man behind this organization mobilizing resources and fund in our area. Thank you Larry and Bob.



I have made a commitment to all our Presidents and AGs, that I will try to participate in your new member induction and Paul Harris Award presentations if possible. Please reach out to me or our District Executive Secretary Lois Halsted ( )  for scheduling.
Upcoming DG Visits– November/December 2022
  1. Brighton – Nov. 1st 11:45 AM  
  2. Richmond - Nov. 8th 12:15 PM
  3. Ann Arbor - Nov. 9th Noon
  4. Waterford - Nov. 15th Noon
  5. Clarkston - Nov. 21 5:45 PM
  6. Howell - Dec. 5th Noon
  7. Hartland - TBD
Remember as you continue to do good in your communities and the world, Happiness in the world begins with you. Take 1 hour each day to take care of yourself in the forms of meditation, yoga, exercise or just a mental retreat for yourself (Inward action). Take another hour in your day to spend with your loved ones, or do a community activity (Outward action). These two hours per day will exudate positive vibes and energy.


Club Nominations Needed - 2025-26 District Governor; Submission Deadline: Dec. 12, 2022 or before

The Rotary Clubs in our district have many outstanding leaders, dedicated to providing service to Rotary and who bring positive vibes, excitement and leadership to our vibrant clubs. Serving as District Governor is an opportunity for these committed Rotarians to bring the same leadership and service to our Rotary District. Now is the time for your club to nominate an outstanding club leader for District Governor. Your club’s nomination is due as soon as possible but no later than Dec. 12, 2022. That person will be the Rotarian who serves as District Governor in the 2025-26 Rotary Year. As you know, it is an exciting time in our district as we have completed 4 months celebrating you and your clubs, in our 2022-23 Rotary year.
In addition to service to Rotary, serving as District Governor is an opportunity for a Rotarian’s personal growth and many new experiences, before, during and after the governor year. For example, past district governors may be appointed to Rotary International committees and resource groups, may be invited to represent the Rotary International (RI) President at other districts’ conferences, and are the only individuals eligible to serve as the district’s delegate to the Council on Legislation, as trustees of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) or members of the RI Board of Directors.
I am asking that your club consider which of your club leaders would be great leaders for our district and share the enclosed information with them. (It will also be on the district website at ). If they feel they can make this commitment, I encourage you to nominate them for this important office. In general, the baseline qualifications are met by many leaders in the district. Please see below, RI’s qualification of a governor-nominee. Unless excused by the board, the person selected as a governor-nominee shall at the time of selection:
a) be a member in good standing of a functioning club in the district;
b) have served as club president for a full term or as charter president for at least six months;
c) demonstrate willingness, commitment, and ability to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of a governor in section 16.030.;
d) demonstrate knowledge of the qualifications, duties, and responsibilities of governor as prescribed in the bylaws; and
e) submit to RI a statement that the Rotarian understands those qualifications, duties, and responsibilities, is qualified for the office of governor, and is willing and able to assume and faithfully perform those duties and responsibilities.
To nominate a candidate, your club must pass a resolution adopted at a regular membership meeting, complete the attached District Governor Nomination Form signed and dated by the Club Secretary. Please send via email this completed and signed nomination form to balamurthy1 at gmail dot com . If your club would like someone to speak about the selection process or the position, please let us know. We can also schedule a time to talk with the candidates in your club who may wish to consider this exciting opportunity now, or in the future. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact me.
We look forward to receiving a nomination from your club.
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