Today is the day, the final day for official visits. Today I sat with members of the Redford Township Club to discuss how they can grow their club. They are a small club who does a lot of great work in the Redford area including working at the Oktober Fest, Little free Libraries, sponsor students to RYLA, help with Goodfellows, Rotary Park Clean up and more. They do great things in their community and just need a few more great community Volunteers to help them! Thanks Roger and the folks who joined us for lunch, it was great conversation and fellowship.
Tonight it’s fun with the Hines Park Club!
Wow so much fun with this group. High energy and high excitement with the Provisional Hines Park Rotary Club. It was my pleasure to hang with them and hear about all the fun plans and things they have coming up. They did their first fundraiser a 80’s theme party and did awesome with it. We will have some of the members get installed and celebrate with us at the membership luncheon and then stay tuned for more information on their installation celebration party in early December. Cheers! Thanks to the Dearborn and Dearborn Heights Club for helping this club form
Today was my visit with my home club. I did not expect to be so emotional but I was. What a great meeting! Not only did I get a warm welcome home from the Rotarians from my club, but we got to celebrate the Service Above Self Awards, which we gave to many community members who are dear friends of mine. The Adrian Morning Rotary Club does so much good in our community. They are involved with help with the Childrens Advocacy Center, Boys and Girls Club, Little Free Libraries, Habitat for Humanity and so much more. And I was excited because we will be installing 3 new members at the November Luncheon. Today we celebrated some dear friends commitment to making our community a better place to live: Chris Miller, Marcia & Guenther Lengnick and Bob & Muriel Bell. They have all been true mentors in my life and am so proud of the great work they do!
Thanks Adrian Morning Rotary for supporting me as District Governor. And special Kudo’s to Bob Gordon for his excellent and thoughtful leadership!
Today was a busy day with to visits and then a Governor Council Meeting and AG Meeting.
I started my day with visiting the fun group at Plymouth AM. They sang a great rendition of Runaround Sue for me and it made me laugh and cry and dance. Thank you!
This club is so busy and active with so many projects and they work very hard on fundraisers. They do a big spaghetti dinner each year and they use their proceeds for Scholarships. They do a Hot Dog Dinner for the Allen School. Their area’s of focus are Seniors, Veterans and Special Needs Students. They are working on re-building a school in Ghana, with the rest of the area 5 Clubs as well. There is a good energy at this club and President Geoff works hard with his members to have fun and to follow their heart in their community and around the world! Thanks for a great visit.
At Noon time I headed to the Northville Rotary. The club did a great job working with me and letting me know all the great things it has going on. Unfortunately, Patrick Giesa the President could not be here today, and we all are sending positive prayers to him and his lovely wife Cheryl. This club has a lot of heart and I know it comes from their leader Patrick. They work with the School District on Kids Against Hunger. They have been recognized for their great program with is called 90 for 90, where they do service projects like Bingo, Clean up at Mayberry Park, Helping at Pumpkin Fest and so much more. They also held a very successful Tour deVille fundraising Bike event and raised over $18,000 with that! Way to go! thanks for all you do and for being so welcoming to me today!
Thanks to AG Traci for helping me out today, you Rock!
This evening it was off to the Rotary Club of Essex. It was so nice to visit with good friends. This club is known for their Catering and hard work at many community and Rotary events in Canada. Through this effort they are able to raise lots of funds which they use for doing good in their community and around the world. They help in many areas like Literacy Programs at the Library, Christmas Food Baskets, the Hospice House and little free Libraries. Internationally they have work on projects in Haiti, Ghana and support the Layette Project in Nicaragua.
Thank you so much for your hospitality and for all that you do in your community
Today I had the great opportunity to visit the Garden City Rotary. President Stephen Kelly and club members are so involved and passionate about the Garden City Community. They do so many great projects like providing backpacks for needy children, Winter Coats to keep them warm, Scholarships and host a Christmas Party for these children as well. They work at the local Soup Kitchen and support the Layette Project in Nicragua. This year they helped the keep the local firefighters in Garden City safe by providing Tactical vests, which were helped to be made possible by a District Community Grant and through a partnership with the Garden City Hospital. We also installed a new member today, Rosemary Gross!
Morning rose today at the Livonia AM Club. This is a club with a lot of heart doing great projects in Livonia and around the world! Internationally they have been involved in the Soccer Ball project that is known thorughout the Rotary World and Books to Cameron. Locally they have been very active witth Seedlings–which do Cost Effective Braille Books, Kids against Hunger, 5K Run at Spree, and so much more!
President Susan is a great lady and I very much enjoyed out brain storming session with the board on ways to increase membership recruitment and retention! Thanks for the cool coffee mug too!
Today I had the great pleasure of visiting the Wyandotte Rotary Club. Co-Presidents Tom and Harriet welcomed me to their board meeting, even though today for the first time we ran late due to traffic tie ups. What a great club with lots of great projects and fundraisers going on. Coming soon they will have a holiday fundraiser. They do a blessings backpack program where they provide food every weekend for students in need.
They also provide scholarships and maintain Rotary Park in Wyandotte. Thanks to Tom and PE Bob for their hospitality and congrats to the whole club and the good work they are doing in Wyandotte.
This evening I had the chance to meet with the LaSalle Centennial Club in Canada! President Elvira and her team are doing an amazing job at their club. From Fellowship activities, Local Service projects and International projects they are a great team of Rotarians doing great things! They started a new program this year called Buddy Bench to help Buddy up kids at school, each year they host the Crystal Drop. They also do a great job with their Holiday Basket program and they ran a program to collect 10 tons of electronics to recycle this year. They support many international efforts as well including water filtration systems in Mexico, a school and health center in Ethopia and Shelter Boxes. Many thanks to the LaSalle Centennial Rotary Club for the incredible visit, the meal tonight was Hungarian, in honor of my heritage and I really appreciated it! We also inducted 2 new members today Melissa and Lisa, welcome to Rotary!
Today I had the pleasure of meeting with the club of Lincoln Park!
President Angela is a great lady with lots of heart! They made me this beautiful heart blanket which will keep me warm this winter.
Lincoln Park Rotarians do lots of great work in their community. They just recently completed a Sports Banquet which is their signature fundraiser project and also a great way to recognize folks in their community and so many community folks were involved too!
At lunch today I had the chance to meet with Woodhaven/Brownstown board and members. It was awesome to spend time with President Jennifer, who is so excited and filled with new ideas. I had the chance to install new member Dale Chupurdy to their club, who was sponsored by Reba Wilkins.
The Woodhaven Brownstown Club is doing great work in their local community and has great cooperation with their local municipalities. This really helps them with projects. They provide warm coats for kids and more! Thanks for having me today. It was great!
This evening after a quick Legacy Dinner meeting my next stop was the Romulus Rotary Club. This is a club that has been serving the Romulus Community for some time. They put on a light parade in their community, it’s a great community outreach program. They provide dictionaries to third grade students and also provide many scholarships to students in Romulus. While there, I was thrilled to install 3 new women into their club. Keep in mind, this is a club that probably 6 years ago had no women! So it was pretty exciting to install 3 new ladies—Girl Power! Congrats to Jazmine Danci and her team for their hard work for making Romulus a great place!
I was so happy to be back meeting with clubs today after a great week of Zone Meetings and yesterdays District Governor Golf Outing.
Today I met with David Panian and Jim Zawacki from the Teucmseh Rotary Club to brain storm about increasing membership in their club. It was a nice lunch and conversation at Evans Street Station Restaurant. Many thanks to AG Mary Murray for her help yesterday. I look forward to coming back to the Tecumseh Club to work with them on new ideas!
They are gearing up for their Christmas tree sales and hope to once again host a community concert event in 2017.