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!
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Tour de Livingston Heather Aeschliman 2019-10-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 17, 2019

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

Mount Clemens Rotary Club Save the Date 2019-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
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?
District Conference 2019 Col Smith 2019-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Troy Rotary Needs Your Help
Troy Rotary (working with A Vision for Clean Water) is planning a Latrine Implementation Workshop followed by a Think Tank Discussion to promote long term successful water and sanitation projects. The dates are April 26-29, 2019 at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, MI.  

1. We need help finding those interested in helping developing countries. Can you help pass the word?  We are looking for missionaries, Rotarians, students, Engineers Without Borders and volunteers. This grant has helped us to reduce the participation costs for those qualified. Perhaps someone in your club would like to know more about organizing and managing water and sanitation projects.

2. We need homes to host those coming from further away and/or rides to/from the airport. Last year we had visitors from Ethiopia and Sudan. We already have visa requests from Kenya and Nepal. Visitors need a place to stay before or after the workshop, dinner, perhaps a day to see our area and a ride back to the airport.
For more information, see or contact Troy Rotarian Eileen Heasley
A Vision for Clean Water Troy Rotary Needs Your Help 2019-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
Latrine Implementation Workshop 2019-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 12, 2019
District 6380's premier teen leadership training program is back for 2019.  The RYLA Committee is proud to announce the RYLA 2019 is scheduled for Friday, April 12th through April 14th.  This year's program will be held at Camp Copneconic in Fenton, MI.  
Think of the change that we can make in your communities if every club sent at least two people to RYLA 2019.  Make sure that your club considers sending at least two people to this life-changing program.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership development program sponsored by Rotary. At RYLA, over 120 high school students (grades 9th-11th) from Michigan and southwest Ontario come together with Rotarians for a 3-day camp and participate in presentations, activities, and workshops. Some of the topics covered during this weekend include: leadership fundamentals and ethics; communication skills, problem solving and conflict management; and community and global citizenship.  In-bound Exchange Students are also strongly encouraged to attend as well.
RYLA 2019 - The Best RYLA Ever! Jim Adams 2019-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Save the Date - 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
Midnight in the Tropics Livinston Sunrise 2019-02-23 05:00:00Z 0
Comments from Tia Marie Sanders (Novi)
I also wanted to share a few suggestions of where the focus could be based on my experiences with families. 
1.  Reducing the Stigma of Mental Health as it relates to children, and across cultures.  The Novi community, for example, many of the cultures do not seek out professional help due to religious, cultural or language differences. This causes barriers to mental health education, treatment, and services. We also see where seniors do not seek out mental health and wellness resources possible due to past stigmas. 
2. Affordable access to mental health resources. THIS IS A HUGE BARRIER.  If you are a low-income family (income below 30,000 a year) you may not have insurance to cover the cost of mental health resources.  You also may not have transportation to regular office visits.  Helping people find free or affordable treatments is key.  The most frustrating experience for a family is to know you need help and you literally can not get help. 
3. In the African American community, there is a lack of mental health professionals.  I am working with several African American organizations to promote students to make the Mental health industry their profession.  We have supported Carrer Day opportunities in schools, spoken to parents and students at churches to encourage African Americans to consider this profession to help support their communities. 
4. While medication is necessary for some Mental Health issues there is very little support for homeopathic methods to reduce and manage issues with anxiety, depression, etc.  Helping people find medicated and NON-medicated options would be a great resource. 
5.  Parent Partners- one thing we are doing in Novi is creating parent partners for parents who have a child experiencing mental health issues.  It helps parents not feel isolated and they seek to support more readily when they have another parent partner.  RJ Webber, (Rotarian and Asst. Superintendent of Novi Schools) host monthly parents meetings and brings in speakers, movies, resources and mentors for families.  I can see this as a widespread event. 
6. Prevention toolkits and resources.  We have an Oakland County organization called Novi Community Coalition.  I recommend all the Rotary clubs seek out their Community Coalition.  They focus on education, prevention, access to resources. They host programs and visit schools to teach families about mental health. They do this for free to the public because they have state funds to host.  They have already printed materials and toolkits ( we do not need to reinvent the wheel). Last year they used a grant for 1 Million dollars to get Narcan life-saving kits to police and fire and EMT workers and school -who come in direct contact with a drug overdose. Contact Debbie Wertz- Novi Community Coalition-248-202-3480 or
There are just a few suggestions to help us bite of a smaller more focused chunk of the Mental Health umbrella.  Hope it helps. 
Mental Health Initiative - Progress Report Tia Marie Sanders 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
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
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
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.
Governor Jane's Message January 2019 Jane McManus 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0
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 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
“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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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 Innovation Michael McManus 2019-01-01 05:00:00Z 0
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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: ​   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
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:
Solicitation for Nominations Ann Arbor Rotary 2018-12-08 05:00:00Z 0
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!  (
6380's New District Governor Nominee Designate Jane McManus 2018-12-02 05:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Gift of Life Partnership Kenneth J. Fogle 2018-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diana Edwards - Regional Membership Officer
How do corporate memberships work?
Corporate membership is an alternative membership type aimed at engaging leaders of corporate and other large organizations within your community. Corporate membership enables a Rotary club to expand its network in the community and foster new partnerships that can be leveraged to tackle big challenges.  For a corporation, corporate membership gives the benefits of membership but allows them to send fellow employees on their behalf when they can’t make meetings or events, and is an opportunity to engage in corporate social responsibility (CSR) through Rotary.
Click "Read More" for examples of popular corporate membership models and other ideas.
Membership Minute Diana Edwards - Regional Membership Officer 2018-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Avrakotos
“Growing a Community’s Future: A Project in Bumpeh Chiefdom of Sierra Leone”
Led by the Rotary Club from Ann Arbor, Rotarians from throughout the District are invited to have an impact in Sierra Leone in a model project. Whether as a Club or as an individual, your support will be matched at 50% by Rotary International and 100% of your support will go directly to Bumpeh Chiefdom since there is no NGO involved.
This is a story about extra-ordinary people, trust and chance encounters.
Genesis of a Global Grant Mary Avrakotos 2018-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bala Murthy
Reach out to schools to teach Yoga & Meditation basics to enhance Mindfulness & Wellness
Create communal harmony and promote peace
Create a community of Yoga & Meditation practitioners in each club (Rotarians & families, Rotaract, Interact)
Connect Rotarians & families to share best practices in Mindfulness & Wellness
Train interested Rotarians & families in Yoga & Meditation.
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Yoga & Meditation Fellowship Bala Murthy 2018-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 01, 2018
Lina Aurelio and Peter Audino had something the other one wanted. Rotary Ideas helped them find each other, .Aurelio’s club was looking for $3,000 to buy eyeglasses for needy children in the Philippines. Audino’s club, located in the United States, had exactly that much money earmarked for an international service project.
Rotary Ideas Rotary Ideas 2018-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Hello from Guatemala
“Eye Clinic Mission – Team 27”
On November 3-11, five Rotarians from D6380 served in Guatemala on an eye mission, to support clinic Casa Colibrí, a not-for-profit humanitarian organization committed to helping the Mayan people of northwest Guatemala improve their lives through programs in health, education, and infrastructure.  The team brought with them 1200 pair of used glasses that were already sorted to ease the ability to find an appropriate pair of glasses for the patients. They also brought in and provided 1000 pairs of new sunglasses to help prevent cataracts, and 400 pairs of new readers.
Rotarians on the team :Dr. Nelson Edwards, Gerry Jackson, Pam House, Rhonda Panczyk and Terrance McNaughton
Casa Colibri Eye Mission Rhonda Panczyk 2018-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 01, 2018

Rotarian Action Groups are international groups of Rotarians, family members, program participants, and alumni who are experts in a particular field or passionate about topics such as microcredit, peace, the environment, or water.  Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs) give members opportunities to engage in service activities and network with like minded members around the world.  Group members collaborate with clubs and districts on service projects by offering their technical expertise or helping them find partners, funding, and other resources. RAGs can also help clubs prepare grant applications, conduct community assessments, raise funds, and establish monitoring and evaluation plans.

Click here for full brochure

Rotary Action Groups Rotary Action Groups 2018-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 30, 2018
Official A2 Logo
Bumpeh Chiefdom: Growing a Community’s Future
The Ann Arbor Rotary Club invites Rotarians in our District 
to work together to help change the future for Bumpeh Chiefdom
Dear Rotarian Mary,
We are raising support now for a second high-impact Global Grant (Click for Summary GG1980574) to benefit Bumpeh Chiefdom. A visionary chief, Charles Caulker, has developed a clear path for changing lives. He started the Center for Community Transformation and Empowerment (CCET) to help him realize his dreams to educate children and to move his people from subsistence to self reliance.
With Ann Arbor Rotary Club serving as the project lead on our first high-impact Global Grant; Freetown Rotary Club serving as the international host; participation from Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor North, Cincinnati, Dexter, Wilmington, NC and Pune Central Clubs; and with Sherbro Foundation as a cooperating partner, great strides have been made.
  • Two “Education Orchards" have been planted to fund education long term
  • Women have been given bags of peanut seed to plant as a way to support their families
  • Children’s births have been recorded giving them access to government services
  • Forest reserves were created to protect village water sources and preserve trees.
Now, with a second Global Grant, we plan to solidify the strides that have been made
  • Plant a third "Education Orchard" and maintain the existing orchards
  • Hire an experienced Agriculture Manager to manage the program and market crops
  • Dig two wells with pumps and storage tanks; and build a storehouse and a concrete drying floor
  • Expand the peanut-growing project to more eager women and help them increase their income.
  • Plant and manage a fourth "Orchard for Medical Care" to pay for services provided to villagers at Rotifunk Hospital (a collaboration with Wilmington NC Rotary Club)
Join the Grant
Will your Club consider becoming a financial partner in this extraordinary project? Please share this Request for Funding with your International Service Committee.
Invite Mary Avrakotos, the Project Lead for the Ann Arbor Rotary Club; and Cheryl Farmer, the Treasurer for Sherbro Foundation and a member of Ypsilanti Rotary Club to provide a slide presentation about the project for your members by calling (315) 806-0689.
Our Goal:
Timeline: November 30, 2018
Confirmed Pledges To Date:
  • Ann Arbor Rotary Club $10,000
  • District 6380 $10,000
  • Individual Support $10,000
  • Wilmington NC Rotary Club $7,500
  • District 7730 $7,500
District support is matched at 
100% by Rotary International. Club & individual support is matched at 50% by Rotary International
Paramount Chief Charles Caulker,
a man with a vision
Nursery where seedlings are 
grown for the orchards
Women receiving peanuts to plant 
& rice to feed their families
And the heart of our 
project, education
Use the PLEDGE BUTTON above to email Rotarian Mary
and indicate your Club's plan to participate.
And/or send a check to our Foundation:
Ann Arbor Rotary Foundation
PO Box 131217
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48113-1217
Include Sierra Leone Global Grant in the memo line.
Impact and Sustainability
Once the orchards start bearing fruit they will generate revenue to educate the children of Bumpeh chiefdom for years to come. By 2023 it's conservatively estimated that the orchards will generate $50,000 a year.
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Posted by Darlene McManus
3rd Euchre Tournament Success for Hygiene Care Kits
Hearts, Diamonds, Spades and Clubs….20 tables were filled with 80 enthusiastic Euchre players to help support the Brighton Sunset Club’s Hygiene Care Kit Campaign. It was an evening filled with laughter, fun competition and a lot of prize winners. The event raised over $3000 to help fund an additional 120 Hygiene Care Kits for women, men and children in our community. If you are interested in sponsoring a care kit(s) ($25 per kit) , you can make an online donation until December 31, 2018.  "Read More" for our Great Sponsors and Photos of the project.
Rotary Satellite Club of Brighton Sunset Darlene McManus 2018-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 29, 2018
Great Food, Great Fun & a Great Cause
Thursday November 29.2018
Come on in to The Lodge Grill & Bar in Keego Harbor
2812 Orchard Lake Road
For Lunch, Dinner or a Late Night snack
20% of all purchases with this certificate will be donated to Waterford Rotary's projects
Waterford Rotary Event Waterford 1118 2018-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
Giving Tuesday evening was our big FUNdraising event to raise money to buy items for our Annual Aid In Milan Christmas Basket program, which provides much-needed items to our friends, family, and neighbors in need this holiday season. Our Social Hour was at the American Legion Post.  We tasted  and judged some world-class cupcakes from some very generous bakers competing in this year's Cupcake Wars. Tasting/Judging tickets were only $10, with all proceeds going to the Christmas Basket program.
Photos on "Read More"
Milan Rotary Cupcake Wars Montgomery Grostick 2018-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
Team Turkey 2018
Today was for the humans! Spent the morning helping to deliver 250 Thanksgiving meals to deserving families in our community. So thankful to a part of this great service project, #teamturkey. Fantastic job done by the Rotary Clubs of Troy, Birmingham, Sterling Heights and West Bloomfield including helpers from many other clubs in 6380! Also a huge thank you to Kroger of Michigan for making this possible!
Watch Rene' Pothetes' video here!  Click "Read More" for Photos
Team Turkey Team Turkey 2018-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
For the 11th year,  Brighton Rotary and Sunset Rotary Club members and family joined forces to deliver Thanksgiving Dinners with all the "Fixins" to 102 Livingston County families in need this past Wednesday..  Each family received a Turkey, Gravy, Stuffing, Cranberries, Potatoes, Rolls, Corn, Green bean casserole supplies and of course, Pumpkin Pie complete with Cool Whip 😊 
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Thanksgiving Turkeys in Brighton Jeannie McMillan 2018-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 20, 2018
Doug Griffiths retired from politics in January 2015 to actively pursue his passion of helping communities, organizations and businesses grow stronger. In his best-selling book, 13 Ways to Kill Your Community, Doug identifies challenges and opportunities that all our communities’ face. The lessons that come from those stories are applicable to all type of communities, whether they are towns, organizations, or businesses.
"An amazing book that speaks to why what we do can hinder the growth and health of our Clubs, District and Communities"
-Mike McManus
A Most Interesting Book Michael McManus 2018-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
SARC Shares Its “Spark” With Boys & Girls Club Southfield
It's no secret that SARC (Southfield Area Rotary Club) has a special place in its heart for kids. During October, SARC Rotarians were joined by some of our friends from Fox Sports Network Detroit for a night of food and fun with the Southfield Boys & Girls Club. Fun was had by all as the group played board games and ping pong to help the kids unwind after a full day of school (after their homework was completed of course)! Special thanks to FSN Detroit and Happy's Pizza for making sure our young buddies were playing on a full stomach.  Fox Sports Detroit covered the cost of food and even sent one of their guys out to join our members in playing board games, ping pong and other fun activities. Happy’s Pizza in Southfield gave us a great deal on the pizza and threw in some extras like cookies, brownies, and drinks. Kids in the Boys & Girls Club ranged from middle to high school age.
"Read More" for Photos
Boys and Girls Club Southfield Kahli Small 2018-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
Bloomfield Hills Rotarians
and more than 25 high school students and guestsgathered to package and deliver nearly 100 Thanksgiving boxes for Lighthouse of Oakland County on Saturday, November 17th.  We Packaged assembly line style, the club had assistance from its Interact Club of Bloomfield Hills High School, as well as students from the International Academy’s Key Club, parents, and a few Girl Scouts sprinkled in for good measure. The club fundraised via Facebook and Go Fund Me, its first attempt at online fundraising, which will not be its last. The work was fun and fast, thanks to all the enthusiastic support! Happy Thanksgiving!
Photos in "Read More"
Thanksgiving Boxes for Lighthouse Oakland County Bloomfield Hills 2018-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 17, 2018
ROTARY and BURBERRY partner to change communities one young person at a time.
Saturday, November 17th from 6:30PM-8:30PM
Rochester Rotary will be hosting a charity event at BURBERRY Somerset Collection in Troy Michigan ~ Saturday, November 17th from 6:30PM-8:30PM, to benefit PLAY FOR PEACE, our club’s joint international project in Nigeria Africa.
A percentage of the proceeds will be donated directly to our project. It’s the perfect time to start your holiday shopping and let your giving give twice!
PLAY FOR PEACE: This project aims to use street soccer the most popular sport in Nigeria as a vehicle to reach out to young people in conflict.
Play for Peace Play for Peace 2018-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
Wonderful Mad Hatter Masquerade Dinner Party Fundraiser For Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Foundation Eric Tindall 2018-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
The Bloomfield Hills Rotary Club
along with more than 20 area restaurants, hosted the Bloomfield Township police department, its staff and the entire township staff (more than 100 people) for an appreciation lunch on Thursday, December 15th. This is the 3rd annual Appreciation Luncheon hosted for the township police and office staff, where the Bloomfield Hills Rotary Club expressed its thanks for all that the township personnel do for the community. More than 23 area restaurants and stores donated food, drink and supplies for this special event, including Leo’s Coney Island, whose owner personally served Greek salad with chicken and its signature Coney dogs to all in attendance. Everyone enjoyed the food and fellowship. (See photos in "Read More".)
Appreciation Lunch - Bloomfield Hills BlmfldHls Appeciation 2018-11-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 12, 2018
Here is where you can find them!
On the top navigation bar, click on "Stories"
2018-2019  District 6380  stores can be arranged by descending date order or by most popular.
Looking for previous stories? --Looking? 2018-11-12 05:00:00Z 0

Promoting membership with new ideas, even some that challenge tradition

Strengthening Rotary's membership is not just important for incoming district governors, it's critical. For membership to grow, leaders must be willing, for example, to ease stringent club meeting protocols and make other efforts to accommodate a younger, digitally oriented demographic.

Seventy percent of Rotary members are 50 years or older, while half of the world's population is under 30, according to Rotary leaders. The contrast shouldn't be something to fear, but rather something to embrace, said Rotary member Michael McQueen, a bestselling author who studies social change, youth culture, and cultural issues and whose consulting firm, The Nexgen Group, specializes in demographic shifts and social trends.

To engage this young demographic, McQueen says that staying relevant is crucial. He shared three key ways that enduring organizations can do that: recalibrate, re-engineer, and reposition.

But relevance does not involve compromise, McQueen stressed; the values, priorities, and commitment of Rotary should never change. "Any organization that is willing to compromise its DNA in order to stay relevant never lasts. After all, if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything," said McQueen, a member of the Rotary Club of Crows Nest, New South Wales, Australia.

RI General Secretary John Hewko expressed a similar view when he addressed the assembly. He said it's clear that members have been able to accomplish a great deal, but asked what they are "willing to do" to make Rotary stronger.

"So I'm asking all of you, in the coming year, to be voices for doing everything we can in Rotary, not just everything that's comfortable or easy or the way things have always been done," he said. "Be advocates for thoughtful, positive, and lasting change. We have a great tradition in Rotary, but it's our tradition. We made it, we own it -- it doesn't own us; if it no longer serves its purpose, we can change it."

McQueen suggests adjusting some of the traditions, processes, and protocols that "could be the very things that cause us to lose relevance."

In McQueen's native Australia, the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise, New South Wales, has three members sharing leadership responsibilities for a year as co-presidents. The club reports that having the skills and ideas of three leaders is prompting other changes, and has already resulted in a 25 percent gain in membership. 

According to McQueen, change and innovation are led by people with fresh perspectives. Rotary members can draw new ideas from new members, guest speakers, family members, even children who tag along to club meetings.

"The beauty of people with fresh eyes is that they don't know how things have always been done because no one has told them yet," said McQueen. "They have no trouble thinking outside the box because no one has told them what the box even looks like."

And young people, he said, "represent an enormous opportunity for this organization from a membership point of view. They are an ambitious bunch of natural networkers who, contrary to popular opinion, have a strong sense of civic duty."

Change is never easy, McQueen conceded, but Rotary members must be open to it. "We must avoid the trap of ever feeling we have arrived at the winning formula, which we then set in stone. After all, the moment you think you've made it, you've passed it."

Growing membership is a major goal of Rotary President Gary C.K. Huang. Engaging youth, inviting more women into clubs, and embracing change are all important to increasing and keeping members, Huang said.

Sometimes, he noted, adding a member is as simple as asking someone to join. Since he took office on 1 July, Huang has recruited several dignitaries while traveling, including Ed Royce, a U.S. congressman from California; Mulenga Sata, deputy mayor of Lusaka, Zambia's capital; and Beatrice Lorenzin, Italy's minister of health. All of them, Huang said, praised Rotary's work before being asked to join.

"All of you are going to be busy people next year, and I urge you to make a habit of asking other busy people to join. Don't leave them out," said Huang, "Maybe some of them will say no, and that's OK. But I don't want any of them to say they are not Rotarians because nobody ever asked."

He added: "Our membership and services are what make Rotary powerful and strong. To keep it strong, membership recruitment and retention have to be a priority for every incoming Rotary leader."

Rotary Action Groups Action Groups 2018-11-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 10, 2018
Our daughter Christina will be one of 6 Young Innovators from around the globe to receive the young innovator award at this years Rotary at UN day in Nairobi, Kenya.
Her husband Hyder, infant son Harris and my husband and I are off to Nairobi for this special even on November 10. Christina with her husband  were awarded the “Top 40 under 40 “ award from the city of Calgary.
Christina started her journey with rotary District  6380 (Rotary Club of Chatham Sunrise) as a 16 year old going on a rotary exchange to Erfurt Germany 2006/07.  
She is a poster child for how Rotary can change lives.
-Annette  and Don Marchand

Young Innovator Award at Rotary UN day Annette and Don Marchand 2018-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
Clarkston Rotary and Lighthouse Mary Sloan 2018-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
Jennifer Jones at Troy Rotary Troy - Jennifer Jones 2018-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 05, 2018
What a great event!
Socializing, with friends (over 85!), Brandon's "Bonnie - Bring - Back" wave (Southfield), Eats and drinks, Heartwarming "Why Rotary" from Kellee Miller (Southfield), Rotary Peace Scholar Therese McFarland as the Special Guest Speaker, Achievement and Giving awards ( See Full Story and great pic form our own "Tamra with a Camera" (Novi)
Foundation Celebration Wrapup Club Awards 2018-11-05 05:00:00Z 0
The Duane Zemper Legacy Monument Unveiling 2018-11-04 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Foundation Banner Award
  • Ann Arbor
  • Ann Arbor North 
  • Ann Arbor West
  • Birmingham
  • Blenheim
  • Bloomfield Hills
  • Chatham
  • Clarkston
  • Clawson
  • Dexter
  • Howell
  • Lake Area (Commerce, Walled Lake, Wolverine Lake, Wi)
  • Milan
  • Milford
  • Mt. Clemens
  • Ridgetown
  • Rochester
  • Saline
  • Waterford
  • West Bloomfield
Rotary Club Foundation Banner Award 2017-2018 Eric Tindall 2018-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
Our Special Guest will be Therese McFarland, recently returned from the Rotary Peace Program in Thailand.  She is the director of development and communications for Daughters of Charity International Project Services, an arm of the international Company headquartered in Paris, France. Working to grow the US international development and services office since 2006, the team facilitates resources and partnerships to sustain diverse health, education and social service programs at the grassroots level in 65 resource-poor countries.
  Foundation McFarland 2018-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 03, 2018
Interact Day 2018 - District 6380
November 3rd, 2018 - 8:30-1:30pm
Stoney Creek High School Interact Club is excited to host Interact Day this year!
Location: Stoney Creek High School
6755 Sheldon Rd  - Rochester Hills, MI 48306
Pool/Athletic Entrance
Interact Day Rotary Youth Service 2018-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
Euchre Tournament SUNSET EUCHRE 2018-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 03, 2018
Last year in 2017/18 we promoted a District wide Chalange from RI President Ian Riseley. “Every Rotarian Plant (or plan to plant) a Tree By Earth Day, 22 April 2018”.  Across the District 6380 a large percentage of our Clubs did just that with the total number adding up to over 3350 trees – over 2 trees per member on average!
Thank You
Barry Fraser, IPDG
A word from Past RI President Ian Risely
Congratulations 6380 Rotarians ESRAG 2018-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
Mad Hatter Masquerade Dinner Party! Eric Tindall 2018-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
ROTARY SATELLITE CLUB OF BRIGHTON SUNSET Darlene McManus 2018-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
6 PM TO 10 PM
OCTOBER 1, 2018
Foundation Celebration 2018-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
Scarlet's Smile Playground LORENE MCVEY 2018-11-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rhonda Panczyk on Nov 01, 2018
Impact starts with our members —
Club Flexibility opens up so many new ways to increase membership, engagement and retention!
Take a look at what a Satellite Club is all about and the Membership Flexibility Overview
Rotary has many resources that are in the Membership Resource Guide that I've put together for you
You might also enjoy this video from the Fargo, North Dakota Club "What is Rotary"!
Like Rotary clubs, Rotaract and Interact clubs give their members the chance to make friends, develop leadership skills, and create positive change.
Learn more about Rotaract and Interact clubs.
District Membership Minute Rhonda Panczyk 2018-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 01, 2018
Project Dignity awards in-home toilets to the neediest rural women and families of landless laborers for a better, healthier life, through sustainable vocational training.  By ending open defecation and segregating human waste from water-centric ecosystems, it teaches hygiene and safe sanitation practices. Better health enables higher literacy levels, leading to improved living standards and economic prosperity.
Ann Arbor North Global Project Project Dignity 2018-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 01, 2018
Motorcycling Rotarians Club Completes Its First International Service Project
Since its July 2, 2018 charter, our Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians has completed its first International Service project. We raised the funds to refurbish a 4 wheel drive pickup truck and provide it to Mateo Nicolás, the nurse practitioner that runs the Casa Colibrí clinic in remote Guatemala.  Imagine having to travel weekly commute by foot for 3 or 4 hours through treacherous mountain jungles to be at work by Monday noon and then returning home Friday Noon enduring the same risks.
Motorcycling Rotarians International Project MCR Intl Project 2018-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 01, 2018
Local Action, Global Results - Rotary’s Effort Is Ending Polio
For those of us in Dexter, we can throw our support into eliminating polio by ordering a pizza from Jet’s Pizza in Dexter (or Saline) on Oct 24. A portion of the profits from that day will be designated for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
To Learn more about Rotary Club of Dexter visit: and
Click on "Read More "for Full Story and Photos

Dexter Rotary Pizza for Polio Dexter Pizza4Polio 2018-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 01, 2018
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, or RYLA
Madison Atwell, 16, attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, or RYLA, program sponsored by the Mount Clemens Rotary Club.  It was there she learned about Rotary's high school Interact clubs and she and her best friend Lauren Greshak decided to start one at their school, the International Academy of Macomb High School. The juniors, both 16, became co-presidents of the IAM Interact Club. 
Wine Tasting Social Event
The Mount Clemens Rotary Club recently held a wine tasting social event at the Anton Art Center in downtown Mount Clemens. Organizer Gloria Murray said there were about 50 people in attendance who were friends and acquaintances of Rotarians,
Click on "Read More" for fulll story and photos
Mount Clemens Rotary Happenings Mount Clemens November 2018-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 01, 2018
I went to the RCAA today to listen to Liz Smith talk about Polio Eradication. Also got to see the club receive awards from the City of Ann Arbor (proclaimed it Polio Day in Ann Arbor), and Washtenaw County.  PE Rosemarie Rowney, Polio Plus chairman, tells about the results in the email below.  Thought you might like a photo or 2 for the District website! - Anne Nauts (Secor 12 AG)
Rotary Playground (Gallup Park on the Huron)
After Governor Jane's visit on October 17, Greg, Rosemarie Rowney and Jane took a tour of the playground.
See all Pictures in "Read More"
Ann Arbor Rotary Happenings Ann Arbor November 2018-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 01, 2018
Bountiful Harvest's Ground Breaking

The Brighton Rotary Club and Foundation has donated $55,000 to the cause, An additional match of up to $20,000 has been pledged by the Brighton Rotary Foundation
Lindhout Associates, BD Donovan Builders, Inc. and Contracting Resources (Brighton Rotarians) are covering Architectural, Building and Project Management services. Many other community Contracting and Consulting firms have committed to covering and assisting with the work.   Click here for Livingston Daily's full Story  Click on "Read More" for photos

Bountiful Harvest's New Home Brighton Rotary 2018-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 01, 2018
The Rotary Club of Chatham celebrated its 79th Annual Banquet on October 5th. This year’s guest speaker was Dave Rozema. A crowd off over 320 guests joined together to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in honour of “Rosey” a former pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. We were definitely fortunate to have such an entertaining and lively speaker.
The Rotary Club of Chatham held a social on October 24th.  Club members were invited to bring friends and family interested in Rotary to a social night of pizza and speakers. We celebrated Pizza for Polio and highlighted local and international project we have supported over the years. The event was very well received by our guests and will be hosted again next year!
Our club welcomed Nicola Blazoska our international exchange student from Poland.
Click on "See More' For Photos
Chatham Rotary Happenings Chatham November 2018-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 01, 2018
Chelsea Rotary
World Polio Day
Celebrating World Polio Day did not start on October the 24th for the Chelsea Rotary Club, but on  October  15th at the City Council meeting.  A  Proclamation was presented to Chelsea Rotary Club by the Chelsea City Mayor  Melissa Johnson to President Tammy Mason and World Polio Day Co-Chair  Dave Gilbert.
Then on Monday the 21st. the Chelsea Rotary Club met at the famous rock @ Pierce Park to paint and notify the community of Chelsea about the World Polio Day March on Wednesday October 24th@noon.
Celebrating World Polio Day with the Chelsea  Community with a march from Pierce Park downtown to the Chelsea District Library.
Marching for Polio:
Front: L-R Meg Gilbert, Carla Pizzoli, Dave Gilbert-Co-chair WPD
Paul Schissler- Former Assistant Governor.
Back L-R Cindy Burdette- Co-Chair WPD, Dick Dice.
SECTOR 12 - Anne Naugts - AG
Ann Arbor Rotary
Purple Pinkie fundraiser and program at Oct. 24 meeting.  Raised over $1500 at the meeting, plus fundraisers at Rotaract and Interact to be added. Met Aleia MacDonald there (she is visiting clubs to pick one for her transfer).
SEC12 1 &1a
Dexter Rotary
Pizza for Polio, and board voted to donate to several district grants: Ann Arbor's Sierra Leone, and PDG Gerry Jackson’s project in Huehuetenango Guatemala.
Chelsea Rotary
Painted the Rock in town for awareness, spoke at City Council meeting, March through town on World Polio Day:
Ypsilanti Rotary
Several new members, speaker on historical building in Ypsilanti, Boy Scout appreciation for Rotary support of manuals for each scout (joint project with Ypsilanti).
World Polio Wrap Up All Clubs 2018-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
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 , such as and . Foundation empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

Strong , a stellar , and a unique mean that we make the very most of your contribution. and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!

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November 2018
Why a Foundation Celebration?
Every Year, Rotary International requires a Foundation Event to acknowledge clubs and individuals who contribute in meaningful ways to support The Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary Foundation is the means by which we are able to create projects that change the world!  As I like to say, "the WHY" of what we do is so much more the Inspiration, than the "what" of what we do.
Why do we contribute?  We help to to provide clean water and sanitation so mothers and children are healthier through disease prevention (End Polio Now) and treatment.  Children are much more likely to participate in education, which helps build economies that are all precursors to peace.
I invite you to enjoy a fun evening to socialize with other Rotarians and find out their "whys" for supporting the Foundation and to cheer on people and clubs that have stepped up and done more than the "usual".
Rotarians are ordinary people who unite to create extraordinary results!
Governor Jane's Message JMM November 2018-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 31, 2018
Buy a shirt or hoodie and feed a family! We're getting ready for the holidays and are raising money to deliver fully cooked Thanksgiving meals to deserving families in the Oakland County area! Last year we delivered Thanksgiving meals to just over 130 families. This year, with Birmingham, Troy, West Bloomfield, and Sterling Heights clubs involved, we hope to more than double that number! In order to accomplish this great task, we need your help! You can buy a shirt, zip-up hoodie, or just donate to this great service project!

Thank you for anything you can give!

Buy Gear - Feed a Family Birmingham, Troy, West Bloomfield, and Sterling Heights 2018-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Citations 2018-10-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 28, 2018
Masquerade Ball
On October 28, our Rotarians will be helping out with the annual dance project Masquerade Ball. The Dance Project was founded in order to help schools create a safe, fun and positive environment at their dances. The Masquerade Ball is a semiformal dance for students, 7th -12th grade featuring swing dance instruction and DJ. Dress up for the dance, wearing modest and conservative costumes and/or your favorite mask of the season. Special, theme-related attractions and activities will make for an extra fun event. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Event Webpage:
Livingston Sunrise Rotary Liv Sunrise Masqurade 2018-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
Horse's Haven
On Saturday, September 22, many Livingston Sunrise Rotary members participated in the annual Horses Haven work day. It was truly a perfect day to be outside painting and beautifying the grounds of the 22-acre rescue. Horse's Haven cares for horses, ponies, donkeys and any other large animal in need and, when appropriate, find them new homes in a caring humane environment so that they never have to suffer inhumane treatment again. The Rotary message of “service above self” was continued by the volunteers that attended.

World Medical Relief

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

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Livingston Sunrise Rotary LINDA CAREY 2018-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
In his absence, Bill Ebinger has entrusted the Rotary Gateway Park in Rochester, Michigan cleanup clipboard to me! The fall park cleanup day is Saturday, October 27 at 9 a.m. It takes only about an hour to make the park look spiffy and prepare it for winter. The more the merrier, so if you have an hour to spare, please join Bill and his crew; and if you have one, bring a leaf rake with you. Please feel free to email me ( and I will add your name to the list. -Submitted by Johanna Allen
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Rochester Rotary Johanna Allen 2018-10-27 04:00:00Z 0
Corn Roast at Annual Fall Fest
October is one of the most beautiful and colorful months of the year and if you visit Clawson’s City Park you will absolutely agree.  Nestled in the center of the city, this large and well cared for community landmark is the scene for the City’s Annual Fall Fest.  Clawson Rotary Club joined in the fun by holding a good, old-fashioned country corn roast.  Rotarians Kevin and Carol Pelkey headed up the project by purchasing all of the farm fresh corn, butter and bottled water sold.  They also handled all of the set-up work immediately before the event.  Kevin was the King Roaster and kept them coming when the crowd started to gather.  President Andy Baetz and his wife Alice along with Past President Renee’ Niewolak shucked, butter dipped and sold the finished product.  One of the primary food vendors was unable to make the festival at the last minute so that helped our sales tremendously.  This is not a fundraiser for the Club but a community/public relations event and a perfect opportunity to spread the word about Rotary and the benefits of membership. 
Everyone involved had a lot of fun and we had a number of very satisfied customers too!
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Clawson's Rotary Fall Fest Clawson Rotary 2018-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Neil McBeth PDG on Oct 25, 2018
After 30 years of bold action, historic achievements, and sometimes discouraging setbacks, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) have nearly brought polio to an end. 
This groundbreaking public-private partnership and its innovative strategies were celebrated Wednesday during Rotary’s 6th annual World Polio Day event, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Hundreds of people attended in person, including representatives of all five GPEI partners, and thousands more worldwide watched it live online. Cable news journalists Ashleigh Banfield, host of HLN’s “Crime and Justice,” and Alex Witt, host of “MSNBC’s “Weekends Live With Alex Witt,” moderated the event. 
How Rotary Celebrated World Polio Day Neil McBeth PDG 2018-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Chelsea Rotary's Big Red Rock Chelsea Rock 2018-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Vic Fleming From Rotarian Magazine Keynote Speaker, At Ann Arbor North, On Oct. 25th. Eric Tindall 2018-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
It's Party Time! MARY SLOAN 2018-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Its Party Time! Mary Sloan 2018-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Pizza For Polio Chatham 2018-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Farmington Rotary Showing "Breathe" 2018-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Pints for Polio 2018-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
The Shot Heard Round the World 2018-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
October 24 is “WORLD POLIO DAY”
Submitted by
• PDG Keith Koke, District 6380 Polio Co Chair – or 519-352-7436
• Ginger Barrons, District 6380 Polio Co Chair – or 248-348-5244
In the August Rotary International Polio Newsletter Rotary announced nearly $100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.
Here some other highlights:
World Polio Day Ginger Barrons 2018-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 24, 2018
Submitted by Rosemarie Rowney, President-Elect
The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor hit the trifecta while organizing ways to commemorate World Polio Day this year. Three exceptional events are planned for World Polio Day October 24, 2018.
·    SPEAKER: PDG Elizabeth “Liz” Smith Yeats is presenting a polio update at the club's noon luncheon meeting on October 24 at Webers Inn in Ann Arbor, the club's temporary home while the Michigan Union is under renovation. Liz is known for challenging Rotarians to learn something new about polio that we didn't know already know.
·    FRIEND RAISING: Community leaders from government, industry and business are receiving personal invitations to come as guests to the luncheon meeting. Local governments are proclaiming World Polio Day in Washtenaw County and Ann Arbor.
Click on "Read More": for Photos and Purple Pinkie  Projects
Polio and STRIVE Rosemarie Rowney 2018-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day Planning Guide 2018-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Pizza for Polio 2018-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
For all of you former Interactors and Rotaractors, this might be of great interest to you.  I know you might be reluctant to bring this up to your boss, but consider the value to both of you.  You can learn more about your job skills and develop an international relationship at the same time.  Just take a little time and review the information in the link above.  You may surprise yourself and your employer.  Treat it with confidence and sincerity with service in mind.

New Generations Service Exchange Lynn Morgan 2018-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
Here's an original idea!
Wallaceburg comes up with a simple, thoughtful twist on little free libraries.
Question: " When's the last time you did something for the first time?"
A small club with a great heart! susie Londry 2018-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
2018 Detroit Muscle Walk 2018-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
Submitted by James Wickman

Please join us for our 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 13. This event will take place during the Founders Day celebration, hosted by the Hartland Historical Society. Proceeds will benefit the Florence B. Dearing Museum (for its 60th birthday!) and Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative. For more information, go to:
Click on "Read More" for New Members, "Rotarian of the Year"
5K Walk Run JAMES WICKMAN 2018-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
Dine & Donate!
October 10th
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Birmingham Rotary Club
Take your friends and family out for a great meal at The Rusty Bucket in Bloomfield Hills on October 10th!
15% of the sales that night will be donated
towards Team Turkey 2018.
Please share this flyer with everyone you know and let's feed 300 families this Thanksgiving!
Click on :Read More" for a Valuable Coupon!
Dine To Donate! At Rusty Bucket For Team Turkey, On October 10, 2018. Eric Tindall 2018-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
On Sunday, October 7 I'll join over 700 bicyclists to ride in Howell Rotary Club's 11th Annual Tour de Livingston!
100% of the money raised goes to Livingston County United Way.
Last year, Howell Rotary Club presented a check to United Way for over $40,000 with the proceeds from the Tour de Livingston!
Please join me by being part of my effort in this fantastic fundraiser for Livingston County's most needy.
If you'd like to donate online please use the link below that Howell Rotary Club has set up to donate in support of my effort:
I can also accept donations of cash or checks made out to Howell Rotary Club Tour de Livingston.

I deeply appreciate any help you can give!

George Moses

Tour de Livingston George Moses 2018-10-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall
Join the Rotary Club of Chatham for the 79th Annual Banquet with guest speaker Dave Rozema.
Rozema was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Mr. Rozema is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1977 through 1986 for the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers. In October 2006, Sports Illustrated selected Rosema as one of the "10 Greatest Characters in Detroit Tigers History". Come to the Rotary Annual Banquet to find out why!
October 5th, 2018 at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre
Tickets are $60 and include a $17 Tax Receipt.
Purchase tickets from area Rotarians or call 519.354.2940 x241 or pop into Forsyth Travel and talk to Brett at 35 Thames Street, Chatham.
Rotary Club of Chatham 79th Annual Banquet: Keynote Speaker Dave Rozema. Eric Tindall 2018-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 04, 2018
50 Years of Doing Good!
On October 4, 2018, at Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon, Rotary District 6380 Assistant Governor Collyer Smith, stepped in for Immediate Past District Governor Barry Fraser to present Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North a plaque for the Club's 50th Anniversary.
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's 50th Anniversary! Eric Tindall 2018-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
Submitted by Mary Avrakotos, International Humanitarian Projects Committee
The Ann Arbor Rotary Club is raising support now for a second high impact Global Grant and is asking for support from clubs in the district.
A visionary chief, Charles Caulker, has developed a clear path for changing lives. He started the Center for Community Transformation and Empowerment (CCET) to help him realize his dream to educate children and move his people from subsistence to self reliance. With the Ann Arbor Rotary Club serving as the project lead; Freetown Rotary Club as the international host; participation from Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor North, Dexter, Cincinnati and Wilmington, N.C. clubs; and Sherbro Foundation as a cooperating partner, great strides have been made.
•    Two “Education” Orchards have been planted to support education
•    Women have been given bags of peanut seed to plant as a way to support their families
•    Children's births have been recorded giving them access to government services
•    And forest reserves are being created to mitigate the impact of climate change
Now, with a second Global Grant (GG1980574), we plan to solidify the strides that have been made:
•    Plant a third “Education” Orchard and maintain the existing orchards
•    Hire an experienced Agriculture Manager to guide the program and market crops
•    Dig two wells with pumps and storage tanks; and build a storehouse and a concrete drying floor
•    Expand the peanut-peanut-growing project to more eager women and help them increase their income
•    Plant and manage a fourth “Hospital” Orchard working in collaboration with the Wilmington NC Rotary Club
I would be happy to visit your club together with Cheryl Farmer, treasurer for Sherbro Foundation and also the incoming president for the Ypsilanti Rotary Club. Just call or email me 315-806-0689, or Cheryl at 734-481-1804 We have a slide presentation about the project that we would be pleased to present to your members.
You can also simply make a pledge for club support or send a contribution to:
Ann Arbor Rotary Foundation
P.O. Box 131217
Ann Arbor, MI 48113-1217
Include “Sierra Leone Global Grant” in the memo line.
Club and individual support is matched at 50 percent by Rotary International.
Paramount Chief Charles Caulker, a man with a vision
Nursery where seedlings are grown for “Education” orchards

Education, the heart of our project
Women receiving peanuts to plant and rice to feed their families
Global Grant Initiative Mary Avrakotos 2018-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 02, 2018
Our member LuAnn Loy shared two videos of he daughter Abby.  She is an amazing young lady with amazing parents.
Please take a few minutes to look at these videos.
They touched my heart and I'm sure they will do the same for you.
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“Growing Rotary’s Economies” are nurtured with more people to help spawn new projects and fundraising ideas.  The words Action and Thrive are synonymous with the need for more people to connect to a Rotary Service experience.  Attracting new members and keeping existing ones requires getting your ASK in GEAR.  If you never ask what they want, how are you going to give it to them?

Instead of “Selling Rotary” we might consider ASKing people to come along on a service project.  We might ASK someone, “what does service look like to you?”.  How about ASKing a member about their passion which might serve as a project idea.
Have you ever heard “I don’t like… (fill in the blank).  If we don’t like something about other people, maybe we should look for what we can like about them.  Are they active in their community, do they like to volunteer, are they upbeat and positive?  Those traits are inner traits, not how we look, how we associate with others or any number of external “looks”.
Let’s try CHANGE and see what HAPPENS!
C – Courage to Take Action
H –Hearing Others Wisdom
A – Attitude is Everything
N – New Ideas are Worth Trying
G – Get Your ASK in Gear
E – Explore the Possibilities
There is a CELEBRATION going on in District 6380 on November 3rd.   A Celebration for the Foundation’s Past Year of Doing Good in the World.  Come join the Party at the Eagle Crest Marriott in Ypsilanti from 6:00PM to 10:00PM. Register on the District Website
Governor Jane's Message October, 2018 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0


Submitted by Mary Avrakotos, International Humanitarian Projects Committee

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

Ann Arbor Rotary Club Global Grant Initiative 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Opportunity for Applying for Global Grants 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
What was life like in Saline - 1800's? Michael McManus 2018-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
West Bloomfield - OMNI Fundraiser 2018-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 26, 2018
Rotarians and friends are cordially invited to join us for Happy Hour!
Where: Yates Cider Mill
When: Wednesday Sept 26th 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
  1990 E Avon Rd,
  Rochester Hills, MI 48307
  Phone: 248-651-8300
To order donuts or cider ahead, send email to:  and provide the following information:
1.Do-nut Type: Plain, Cinnamon Sugar
2.Number of Doz of each type ($7.40/doz)
3.Number of gallons of cider ($9.10/gal)
Please make checks payable to Roma Murthy.
Note: If we order ahead, discount will be applied, and you'll have no waiting in line.
Bring the Kids, Dogs*, Neighbors, Friends!
*Dogs must be on leash
Happy Hour For Rotarians At Yates Cider Mill Eric Tindall 2018-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Col Smith
I wanted to take the time to share with you two examples on how we make an impact in the community we serve. Both Jasmine Steele and Robert Thomas Marshall have benefited tremendously from our STRIVE (Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education) scholarships at Washtenaw Community College.  As you may know, our STRIVE Committee enhances the quality of life for the Stone School STRIVE (Students Taking Renewed Interest in the Value of Education) scholars, their children, and their families by:
A word from Joyce Hunter about STRIVE Col Smith 2018-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
The Mount Clemens Rotary Club supported a scholarship fundraising golf outing held annually in honor of the late former club resident Dick Pierson. The rain stopped long enough for a team including Bob Cannon, Brian Girard and Scott Chabot to win and have their names engraved on the circulating trophy. The weather cooperated beautifully however for a recent board meeting on the waterfront. The club is fortunate to have access to lovely Lake St. Clair and other waterways. Several service clubs participated in the downtown Mount Clemens annual soapbox derby and grand prix. The Rotary club sponsored a car and helped the Mount Clemens Lions Club with its event that raises awareness and money for causes in the greater Mount Clemens area.
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Mount Clemens Rotary Linda May 2018-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 12, 2018
Troy rotary is sponsoring a PUBLIC event where we have an absolutely incredible speaker. Shawn T. Blanchard is a dynamic leader, entrepreneur, best-selling author, and renowned speaker. Recognized by Forbes Magazine as The Mentorship Specialist, Shawn delivers captivating talks across the country, engaging audiences with his expertise as a millennial thought leader. In 2017 he toured 42-stops across the country on the “How ‘Bout That” National Book tour with his best-selling book, “How ‘Bout That for a Crack Baby: Keys to Mentorship and Success.” His topics consist of leadership, overcoming obstacles, and success conversations. 
Details below. Lunch will be served and due to the notoriety of our speaker and venue, we will fill the room. Sign up today! Website link for sign up is attached below. 
Who: Shawn T. Blanchard 
What: A public event sponsored by Troy Rotary! 
When: September 12, 2018 11:30am
Where: Detroit Athletic Club (Parking is Included in the ticket)
Shawn Blanchaard
Shawn Blanchard Live at the Detroit Athletic Club September 12 Eric Tindall 2018-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 10, 2018

The Ridgetown Rotary Club's first fall meeting took place on September 10. To honour Hugh McVittie for his 56 years of service to Ridgetown Rotary and the community at large, almost 40 gathered in the Anglican Church Hall for this special meeting. Kay McVittie plus members of the McVittie family, Rotarians and their wives and members of the Ridgetown Horticultural Society all came to honour Hugh. Harry Wyma, President of the Horticultural Society, spoke of Hugh's some 40 years involvement, quietly contributing to the continual beautification of Ridgetown. Don “Sparky” Leonard, incoming district governor for Rotary D6380, spoke of the many achievements of Hugh and the Club over his career in Rotary.
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Ridgetown Rotary PAUL BROWN 2018-09-10 04:00:00Z 0
Fowlerville Rotary 68th Annual Dawn Patrol Breakfast. Eric Tindall 2018-09-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 08, 2018

Event: One Rotary Summit

Date and Time: September 8 , 2018 / 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Fee: $15.00, includes club tools, light continental breakfast, and beverage service throughout the day.

Location: Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, 1275 S. Huron St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Details: This is your opportunity to learn why and how Rotary is changing lives in our community and around the world. Participate in focused discussions about the great opportunities and benefits of being a Rotarian.


Registration: Click Here or go to


One Rotary Summit participants will explore the synergy between membership, public image, and humanitarian service.

As a participant you will ...

  1. Be prepared to answer the question, “Why Rotary?” 
  2. Be inspired to build membership, enhance public image, and do humanitarian service through The Rotary Foundation
  3. Understand the value of being a Rotarian   
  4. Be inspired to be a part of Rotary’s Public Image campaign, People of Action
  5. Be the Inspiration, living out Rotary’s theme for 2018-19
  6. Take home a One Rotary Toolkit for use in your club
One Rotary Summit: September 8, 2018 Eric Tindall 2018-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
District Grant Application Michael McManus 2018-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
September is a time when most students are heading back to school to further their knowledge and education.  In the Rotary World, September is Literacy Month. 
September 8th was proclaimed as International Literacy Day by the UNESCO’s General Conference in 1966.  Since then literacy celebrations have taken place annually around the world to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights and to work towards a more literate and sustainable society.
Literacy ‘skills’ broadly includes knowledge and competencies required for employment, careers and livelihoods, particularly technical and vocational skills, along with transferable skills and digital skills.  Focusing on youth and adults within the lifelong learning framework, the effective links between literacy and skills can be explored.
Thoughts on Literacy Michael McManus 2018-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 15, 2018
Recent Rotary Club of Sterling Heights meeting speakers and major event
Bicycle Safety Helmet program in conjunction with the Sterling Heights Police Department. The Rotary club custom-fitted and distributed bike helmets to over 300 children at no charge. The event was held in conjunction with the community's annual “National Night Out” in August.
One recent speaker at a regular club meeting was Congressman Paul Mitchell, in town from Washington, D.C. Troy Rotary President Renee Pothetes also attended that Sterling Heights Rotary meeting as a guest of Sterling Heights Rotary president Todd McKay on September 20. Another recent speaker was a local author.
Submitted by Martin Brown
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Sterling Heights Rotary Martin Brown 2018-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
The 6380 District Governor’s “Tour”, has begun for Mike and I.  The end of July marks 3 President’s nights, 7 club visits, a sector meeting and an online meeting with newest club, the Motorcycling Rotarians. We have reconnected with many Rotary friends and made new friends along the way. I am heartened by all of what you are doing for the world and your communities. 
August is Membership month.  What does that mean to us?  It could be time to look at our clubs and decide if we are content with the way things are, or do we need to work at growth and retention of our members.
We've been in the IT consulting business for over 30 years and have "reinvented" our company many times.  Comfortable, not always, Beneficial, almost always.  Have the new ideas to serve our customers worked?  More did than not, some not so much and some of the changes weren't comfortable. 
So what's this have to do with your club?  Well, pretty much everything.  New members will have different ideas on how they fit into Your Rotary Club.  How can we attract, mentor, engage and retain our members?  Get your ASK in gear and find out what they expect out of Rotary. Work with them to open the path for a rewarding and engaging service and fellowship experience.
Recently I heard the term "cultural humility".  To me, this means I can learn from people who have had experiences and lives that are different from my own.  Could this be the essence of “Service above Self"?
Let’s be willing to look at new ways of attracting people to Rotary and particularly your own club.   It’s the best deal out there!
Presidents Barry Rassin’s take on all this (video)         
Look at 15 ways to attract and retain members (article)
One Rotary Summit will be held this September 8th.   Interactive, facilitated and fun training will be on the menu.  Please look under the upcoming events on your district website
Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves. 
Thanks for all you do and will do for the world, your community and yourself to create lasting change.  Together, we can and will Inspire the World.
See you soon!
Thoughts About Membership Michael McManus 2018-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Mt. Clemens - Save the Date Mt Clemens Save the Date (2) 2018-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
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 Jane McManus 2018-01-01 05:00:00Z 0