Let’s be inspired by great work and the great resources that clubs and Rotarians are providing to their communities.  Let’s do the right thing together!

Grosse Pointe Sunrise Rotary Club is helping their community with contributions for food to: 
  1. Vet’s Returning Home in the amount of $500.00.
  2. They have madea $2,000.00 contribution to the Pope Francis Center in Detroit to help feed the homeless.
  3. The club’s Foundation Board approved a $1,000.00 contribution to the Angel Fund at St. Charles Borromeo Church, also in Detroit to help provide food for the homeless and neighborhood elderly.

The Adrian Morning Rotary club made a gift of $5,000 to the Lenawee Community Foundation which will be match dollar for dollar by Lenawee Cares to set up a COVID-19 response fund.  The fund will be used to assist with basic needs such as rent, utilities, and food.  We encourage Lenawee County Rotary clubs to reach out to the Community Foundation to donate, and other District 6400 clubs to reach out to their local community foundations to see if such a gift match exists.

The Plymouth Rotary Club hosts Plymouth’s famous chicken BBQ each fall. When club members found out that the ER staff at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit needed donations of face masks for their staff, they donated 400 masks from our BBQ supplies and club members businesses to help hospital staff keep safe.

Kingsville-Southshore Rotarians are busy with three different community programs: Helping out the “senior” volunteers at the local food bank by helping them on all shifts. 3 days a week, the club has members hand out pre-bagged groceries, keeping people out of the food bank and reducing person-to-person contact at a bare minimum.  The clients wait outside and bags are brought out for them, at a safe distance of course.  The club is also sending one member per day to hand out breakfast bags from a local business. Greenheart Lunch Club is a school program that normally provides low-cost hot lunches. During this crisis, they are supplying free bagged lunches, and the club donated money to this program.

PP/AG Margaret Williamson has been hard at work, trying to significantly expand the scope of Launch Detroit.  She submitted a proposal on behalf of the Detroit Club , to be considered for a new RI grant, ‘Programs of Scale.’ The proposal, in partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Dearborn, Trenton, Taylor, Toronto Sunrise, the FDIC,  RAGM-Rotary Action Group for Microfinance and Community Development, and Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business will establish a business incubator cooperative with two commercial kitchens, retail space, a food court, and meeting/training rooms. Additionally we will expand LaunchDetroit to eight additional cities in our district.  This project will meet the needs of entrepreneurs launching or expanding a small business.

Detroit Rotarians helping to bring a smile on peoples faces: Mebby Pearson has been delivering her home made pies to family and friends. Has passed on children’s art supplies to homebound children.   Meg Coughlin has delivered food and snacks to residents of senior care facilities.

We heard from Hines Park PM Rotarian Carrie Thorpe: “When a friend put out a call for “homemade” masks to help the staff at Detroit Children’s Hospital, we gathered those of us that can sew, gathered as much material as we could at the time, and a couple of us got together to figure out how to do this.  Through trial and error, we found that the following pattern worked the best, offering both a pocket for the filter and an easy to sew approach.   What it didn’t have was a nose bridge for the nurses, so we added one by sewing a piece of pipe cleaner (with the ends folded over so they aren’t stabby) in between the mask layers at the top of the mask (at left).  Also, with the elastic shortage, we replaced stringing elastic through the sides of the mask to cutting headbands in half and using them as the elastic, sewn to the edges of the mask, without obstructing the path for replacement elastic to eventually go through the masks.   Our group should have 250 masks finished by the end of the March 28th weekend (most of us are still working full time, and only 3 of us have sewing machines!), but then we are out of material so could always use donations of more 100% cotton fabric.

Have items to donate, or want to learn more about the project?  You can reach Carrie by emailing her, carrie.thorpe@gmail.com

Monroe Rotary is helping many young children who depend on meals through a government program delivered by the public school system, since schools are closed.    Monroe Rotarians are providing volunteers to help package and box meals to be delivered by school buses to Monroe area students in need.
We need additional Rotary volunteers and friends (in good health), to assist us in packaging this food each week.  Volunteers are to meet at Custer #1 Elementary School on Hurd Road in the cafeteria on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Volunteers need to call Bruce Diven at 734-818-6808 to be put on the schedule and insure that we have protective gear for each volunteer.  Volunteers are asked to take their oral temperature prior to arrival at Custer #1 Elementary School.  If your temperature is at or above 100 degrees then PLEASE STAY HOME.  Volunteers must be able to stand and pack food for a 3 hour period.


–The Detroit AM Rotary Club agreed to provide 100 sandwiches and other lunch items including drinks to Detroit’s Neighborhood Service Organization.