Meetings are now held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month. A special event will also be held each month, with the focus upon fun and fellowship and member interactions. In addition to noting this for your own schedule, please inform any visitors or prospective members.
Your editor will list speakers for the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, as usual. Nick Casteel, Social Chair, will list Upcoming Events (activities) in the Upcoming Events section of our Club Website and your editor will include information on each upcoming event in the newsletters when available. Otherwise, please contact Nick for information about upcoming Events.
President Brian May opened the meeting and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-Way Test. Joyce Joyce gave the Invocation. Our guests today were speaker Henry Maicki, MD who is currently President of W. Bloomfield Rotary and Lee Barrons, husband of our member Ginger. Welcome, everyone!
Dr. Maicki is a retired obstetrician and now hospice physician who is also a volunteer with Orphan Medical Network International based in Virginia. That organization provides health care, education and community development to orphan and vulnerable children in Africa. He goes with them on a medical mission to an orphanage in Zambia each summer where he treats illnesses, parasites and domestic violence patients. He is also very pleased that the school currently teaches grades 1-7 and will expand that range in the future. He shared some of his experiences and stories with us and we applaud his efforts to help others. Thank you, Dr. Maicki.
Our next regular MEETING, Dec 17, Thurs, will be replaced by our Holiday Pizza Party at the Maple Lane Schoolfor emotionally impaired children. Maple Lane is at 34600 Dryden, Sterling Heights and the party will begin at 11:30 but helpers are asked to come about 11:15 to get ready. Wear holiday or Rotary shirts, if possible.
Speakers (as far as known) are listed in the Speakers section of this newsletter and on the Club Website.
Jan 7, our first regular MEETING of 2016, will feature Dr Jay Eastman, Rochester Rotary, and his topic: Foundation 101. Have you heard about the Rotary Foundation? Do you know what it does? Do you know why it is important for everyone to participate in the annual Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY)? Jay will explain it all, and toss in bits of humor, too. This is a great chance to learn more about your Rotary.
Dec 11, Friday, 7:00 pm, O'Reilly Rancilio Office, 12900 Hall Road, Suite 350, Sterling Heights: GIFT WRAPPING PARTY. Bring scissors, tape and your alcoholic beverages. Pizza, salad and Clark's brownies will be provided. Guests are invited, too. Please RSVP to Clark (W) 586-997-6456, (C) 586-246-6791 We want to be SURE that he brings enough brownies! Note: call 586-246-6791(Clark's cell) to gain admittance to the building
Dec 12, Saturday, 12:00 noon, Toys-R-Us at Lakeside, 13801 Lakeside Circle. POHI CHRISTMAS SHOPPING. Bring yourself and an empty car.
Dec 18, Friday, 5:00-6:00 pm (set up), MISD Building, 44001 Garfield; POHI PARTY (Physically and Otherwise Health Impaired). Pizza salad and cake will be served. Please RSVP to Clark Andrews (W) 586-997-645, Regular meeting schedule resumes. Rotarians, families and friends are welcome.
In the future, Nick Casteel, our Events Chair, will be sending out information on Events and it will be included in the newsletters when it is received.
The Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) campaign to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation is continuing (July 2015 - June 2016). EVERY Rotarian is asked to give $100 (that's just $2.00 per week), or as much as he/she can afford, to the Rotary Foundation. This can be done by going to the RI website and using your credit card to donate to the Annual Fund - Share. If you are not sure how to do this online, John and Joyce Joyce will be happy to assist you. You can also make your annual donation in installments. When your donations to this fund total $1000, you become a Paul Harris Fellow. Our Club needs 100% participation, so please give whatever you can ($10 from EVERY member will give us 100% participation so please participate in this vital ROTARY campaign). The DDF money we receive for Rotary grants comes from these donations made 3 years earlier so we are really helping our Club and our District do good works, like the Bonao BioSand projects, when we contribute. Steve Neirinck is chairperson of this so let him know when you contribute so he can add your donation to the others from our Club and see how close we are to our goal.
ANNOUNCEMENT AT DISTRICT STAFF MEETING: HEREAFTER, ANY CLUB NOT GIVING $50 PER CAPITA TO THE ANNUAL FUND OF EREY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR ROTARY FOUNDATION DISTRICT GRANTS. Please donate so YOUR Club is not denied this opportunity to obtain grants (we had several for the Bonao BioSand projects) for projects.
STEPS FOR DONATING ON LINE:
1) rotary.org website
2) GIVE NOW button for Annual Fund and Share option
3) ANNUAL FUND - SHARE (be sure to select this option - for Paul Harris Points and DDF funds)
5) Choose currency, amount of your contribution AND whether you want to give it in one gift, quarterly gifts or monthly gifts! So convenient for all budgets!
Then enter your information, credit card, etc. Don't know your Rotary ID number? It's on the mailing label of your Rotarian Magazine.
Member Ginger Barrons spoke about a family she knows in which the young father has terminal brain cancer. She would like to help the family which includes a 2-year old girl to have a nice final Christmas as a family. Our Club "passed the hat" and the Club treasury matched the first $100 donated. I understand that the collection totalled $250. Great job, fellow Rotarians.
Marty Brown reported that Kohls Kares volunteers will assist with our Maple Lane and POHI parties which means help AND financial help.
Hello Interact Club! We know you are busy planning activities and we would really like to know about them so that we can put information in our newsletters. PLEASE send information to us! You can email it to me the Newsletter Editor, email@example.com
Warren Rotary has invited us to attend their meeting on December 8 (Tues) to hear DGE Michael Angelo Caruso speak. He's a dynamic speaker and will be District Governor beginning in July. Warren Rotary meets at DeCarlo's Banquet Hall, 6015 Ten Mile, Warren. Lunch (always delicious) is $10 but you MUST contact DeCarlos' or President Jan Loch (586-268-0683) to reserve (or they may run out of food!).
Many Clubs have activities and it is fun to attend them, meet other Rotarians and see what other Clubs do. You can find many of these listed on the District Website, www.rotary6380.org. Check some out! Then let the rest of the Club know what they missed!
Since I record Attendance on our ClubRunner Club Website, I will no longer list attendees here. If you wish to check your attendance, please login to the Club Website at Member Login using your login and password. Then go to Member Area and click. In the left column click on My Attendance. Generate a report. If you notice any discrepancies, please contact me as I keep attendance sheets and makeup notes/cards for the entire year.