Governor Jane's Message
Happy New Year!
Welcome to the Second Half of this Rotary Year. 
The question for all of us: What More Can I Do?
The Second Object of Rotary states:  High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.  Active, engaged Rotarians view vocational service as a way of life.  Vocational service is what sets Rotary apart from other service organizations.  RI President Barry Rassin says the diversity of vocations gives Rotary a special strength.  Paul Harris said, “Each Rotarian is the connecting link between the idealism of Rotary and his trade or profession.” What can each of us do to share our skills and talents to ‘Be the Inspiration’ and create lasting change locally and globally:
How about mentoring a student or a young professional in a facet of your profession; starting a group focused on a common goal or vision; or encouraging others in their professional development.  Perhaps you can be of help for these club requests:Ann Arbor North Rotary is looking for a Staff member at Washtenaw Community College to be an advisor for a new Rotaract Club. Contact - Troy Rotarian Lynda Ludy is looking for a club who is Partnering with Habitat for Humanity on projects.  Contact -; Oxford Rotarian Joe Tunac is forming a new RAG (Rotary Action Group) for those interested in Lead Poisoning.  Contact -
How about being part of District 6380’s Committees:  Public Image and Promotions - Contact;  District Conference (May 3-4, 2019) planning - Contact
Membership Ideas? Join us at the Regional Membership Seminar in Lansing this Saturday January 5th.  See details in article immediately below:  
Please check the District website for the latest updates on projects and events. Updates happen about every two weeks.
January 5th 2019 Regional Membership Seminar!
New Location!
 Hyatt Place/East Towne Center - 2401 Showtime Drive -Lansing  48912
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: ​   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. 
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.

International Assembly 2019
Let's all wish "Sparky" (District governor Elect) and Laurie Leonard an amazing "Once of a Lifetime" experience with 535 other District Governor Elects and Partners in San Diego this January!
End Polio Now    
In an opinion piece that Time magazine published on World Polio Day, RI President Barry Rassin and World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus describe the measures necessary to end polio for good.
President Elect Training Orientation
What does Rotary mean to you?
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! 
Club Activities and Projects
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 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.
Brighton Interact
hosted the Inbound Exchange Student Holiday Party.  Food, Cookies, Gift Exchange, a Service Project and Fellowship were all on the menu.  Special thanks to Darlene McManus (Brighton Satellite Club) and Bill Gartly (Brighton Club) for being the Interact Chairs  Many of the District Youth Exchange Team were helping: Ken Bechard, Pattie Coutney, Gabe Naranjo, with Steve Youtz, Jeff Lichty and Mary Sloan.
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.
Clarkston Rotary "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.
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.
Happy Holidays from the Hartland Club
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
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Livingston Sunrise Rotary
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.
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! 
Operation Blue Sleigh
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.
Warren - 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.
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Rochester Community Cookie Walk
The 2018 Cookie Walkwas 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. Also, it was a pleasure having one of the students play piano on the OPC stage                 
Troy Buddy Bench
In July, 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.
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Welcome Incoming Exchange Students
In addition to her "What does Rotary mean to you" video, watch this interview with six of 6380's inbound students.
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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.
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Milan Rotary Christmas Baskets
The Milan Rotary Club would like to thank everyone who helped make our Christmas Basket event a SUCCESS! We were able to distribute over 100 baskets to the families of Aid in Milan this past Saturday!! We couldn't have done it without the help of our members, and our community!
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!
Mount Clemens Rotary
Members of the club brought warmth and joy by singing Christmas carols in the halls of Martha T Berry Medical Care Facility in Mount Clemens on December 20. Karan Bates-Gasior shared she was in tears all week, watching the surprise and joy expressed by her Turning Point families when they received our packages that came from the Turning Point Giving Tree project. Though she can't show their faces, Karan wanted us to know they are truly grateful!
Saline Rotary
431 Coats dropped off for Saline Area Social Services, Todd Lands (organizer) in photo.
Rochester Christmas Party
On Thursday, December 20th, the Rochester Rotary Club gathered at Great Oaks Country Club for their annual Christmas Party. In total, 75 Rotarians and guests attended and enjoyed wonderful Hors D'oeuvers, outstanding entrees, scrumpdillyicious deserts plus fabulous camaraderie and mirth.
The "Most Christmassy attire" contest was judged by our very own Janet Drobnich and Christine Hage. Winners for Best Tie and Socks included David Eardley, Vaughn Drobnich, and Jerry Gross. Best Bright and Shiny awards went to Paula D'Ambrosio, Carol Lowman, and Linda Hodges.  After the meal, all felt like Kings and Queens and behaved the same as each table selected a cherished Christmas Song.
Save the Date
District Conference May 3-4, 2018
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?
Midnight in the Tropics - February 23, 2019
From 6:00 to 10:00 in Howell at Cleary University.  The Livingston Sunrise Rotary will be holding their annual Midnight in the Tropics fund raiser to benefit local charities that involve children. On September 21st club members took part in passionately speaking about the non-profits that they had nominated to be beneficiaries at our Midnight in the Tropics event. They spoke to their significant contributions to this community. The club had to pick three out of the 14 very deserving non-profits that were nominated. This year the beneficiaries are Reaching Higher, Midcourse Correction, and The Torch.
For more information, please go to the website
Troy Rotary
March 23, 2019
Troy Rotary's NEW Celebrity Dinner fundraising event!
I'm happy to announce that Bala Murthy will be Charing our new event and Lynda Ludy will be Co-Chairing.
Mark your calendars now and save the date!
Mt. Clemens - Save the Date - May 17th 2019 

The Metropolitan Detroit Chorale performs alongside The Macombers from Macomb Community College at Cabaret ‘n’ Cuisine – The Best of Macomb on the evening of May 17, 2019 at The Emerald Theatre in downtown Mount Clemens. Music and a taste fest combine to raise money for the Mount Clemens Rotary Club at its annual fundraiser for multiple worthy charities. It is a benefit for victims of domestic or sexual violence and substance abuse, the elderly, food programs, education and literacy, including a school in Haiti, the eradication of polio worldwide, and more. Tickets will be available after January 15, 2019 on

Howell Rotary's Event of the year - Tour de Livingston 
October 6, 2019
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!
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Rotary Membership and Ideas

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!

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!
Club Innovation
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
3 steps to a 100% 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.
District and Global Projects
 Casa Calibri 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.
 Troy Rotary
in July of 2018, 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.
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! 
Russell Hampton
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