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September 11, 2017 - Meeting Bulletin
 
Linda Hatfield opened the meeting at 12:15 with the pledge of allegiance and the 4 way test

Regan Gilshire led us in the Star Spangled Banner

Ryan Quin led us in prayer in a moving remembrance of 9/11

Linda welcomed all visitors & announced birthdays

Larry Sherman did the one minute update telling us of his wonderful experience in Israel during 9/11.  He was traveling with about 2000 New Yorkers when the planes hit the towers.  Fellow travelers were anxiously awaiting to hear about family and friends. The Israelis were welcoming and rallied around the group.  Since the group had to wait for a plane for days, they were running out of their prescriptions.  The Israelis filled all their prescriptions for them.

The member spotlight was Regan Gilshire.  She told us of her journey at Eastern Michigan, living in Ohio for 10 years, connecting with her brother’s childhood friend and eventually marrying.  She is an animal lover with 3 dogs and one cat.  She works with dogs on Sundays that are afraid of humans.  She has stayed in Rotary after attending District and International events, seeing what Rotary does.

The Interact group will be meeting next Tuesday to make bracelets and write letters to soldiers.

Dave Underdown won $8 in the raffle and the pot lives.

Hope Warming is September 13th.  The next Hope Warming event is October 17th.

The Rotary Golf Outing is Wednesday, September 27th, Jon Westerheide is organizing.  It is at Pontiac Country Club.  3rd Thursday will be held at the Country Club after the golf outing.

Dave Underdown announced Rotary planted 18 trees on Saturday, September 9th

Linda announced Rotary going to the Red Wings game on January 23rd.  Tickets are $105

Meeting Volunteers:
  • Lunch tickets and attendance:  Regan Gilshire
  • Raffle Tickets:  Chris McLogan
  • Invocation: Ryan Quinn
  • Sheriff:  Pat grady
  • Bulletin Editor:  Marsha Kovacs
  • Host to Speaker:  Norma Jean Evans
 
Program Speaker:  Chris Lambert, Life Remodeled.
Chris told us how his organization is helping Detroit one neighborhood at a time.  Every year, the organization selects one area to revitalize, typically around 300 city blocks.  Chris showed a video of the work they did in the Denby neighborhood.  Chris and his staff of 11 works with local schools to determine the needs of the area.  Volunteers go house to house helping residents with roofs, electrical, plumbing, etc.  They work with the schools to update the facilities including gymnasiums and promote teaching various trades in high school so students can immediately get a job.  Everyone was overwhelmed with how much work LifeRemodeled has done in the city of Detroit and the lower crime rates in the neighborhoods after LifeRemodeled worked in the area.
LifeRemodeled is a 5013C and received $16 million in donations from 2014-2016.  They partner with many major companies in the Detroit area.  They are proud that most of their donations go to projects with only 5% in administration costs.  
 
Next Week Program:  Megan Owens with Transportation Riders United
August 7, 2017 - Meeting Bulletin
 
-The meeting was called to order at 12:15PM by President Elect Linda Hatfield.
              -Pledge of Allegiance
-4 way Test
-God Bless America sung by Ken Gass
-Invocation was given by  Norma Jean Evans
 
-Introduction of Guests and Visiting Rotarians:
              - Paul Tepp
               -Donna Zimmer
               -Tracy Farlow
 
-The following Rotarians were the meeting volunteers:
              - Lunch Tickets: Reagan Gilshire
-Raffle Tickets: Chris McLogan
              -Greeter: Marcia Kovacs
              -Sherriff: Charles Wickens
              -Bulletin Editor: Ryan Quinn
              -2 Minute Update: John Westerhide topic: Rotarian Magazine article about Bells.  Read your Rotarian for more details!
              -Host to Speaker: Mark Cooper
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-Announcements & Upcoming Events:
              - *SERVICE OPPORTUNITY* Woodward Dream Cruise: 08/19/17 Water Giveaway.  See Bryan Frank for details or to sign up.  Big Thank you to Costco again this year for the donation of all the water!
              - *SERVICE OPPORTUNITY* Hope Warming Center: 09/13/17 Bill Roy still needs someone to bring the vegetable and/or the main course.  He is also in need of servers. Other HWC dates: 10/17, 11/8, 12/12
              - *SERVICE OPPORTUNITY* Monarch Wings restoration project to help the victims of human trafficking.  Lunch will be provided by Flemming’s so be sure to thank them with your business!    
              - *SERVICE OPPORTUNITY*  Vista Maria Dolly drive.  Bring a doll or action figure if you wish for donation next week.  The event will be on 08/23/17from 6-8PM at the Royal Oak Music Theater. Cost to attend is $35.00
              - Birthdays: Gearge Stern
              - It was with a heavy heart that Linda reported the passing of Rotarian John Joyce last week.  John was a decorated Rotarian and his good will and good works will be missed. 
              - Raffle: Daily: $10 winner: Reagan Gilshire. Big pot grew to $142 and will live to see another meeting
 
-Member Spotlight: Chris Braun.  Chris is the director of NEXT in Birmingham.  Next: Your Place to Stay Active & Connected A non-profit organization enriching the lives of the 50+ population of Birmingham, Bingham Farms, Beverly Hills, Franklin and surrounding areas since 1978. Chris has a passion for serving the underserved members of our community and her work at Next allows her to do this.  For example, Next has a Meals on Wheels program and a bustling transportation for the needy program.  Chris has also been on the BEF (Birmingham Education Foundation) for the last 10 years.  She has been married to her husband, Tom, for the last 27 years and she has 3 very accomplished children.  Chris has been a Rotarian for about 2 ½ years. 
 
Speaker:  Mark Farlow
              Mark’s experience with Rotary started in 1999 though he didn’t join until 2004. He was a Birmingham Rotarian from 2004 through 2014 and is proud to report that in that time he achieved PERFECT ATTENDANCE.  In 2008 Mark attended the Teram Leader Study Exchange program in Turkey.  Mark was club president from 2010-2011. Mark has been teaching architecture for over 3 decades and has been the recipient of many awards over the years.  He is currently working as the Director of Design at Hamilton Anderson, a minority owned architectural and design firm with more women than men at all levels of the business.  Mark loves the culture of inclusivity the company maintains.  Mark highlighted 3 large projects in his talk.  Those were, Brush Park A, Brush Park B, and the Detroit Events Center.  Brush Park #1 is in an area of the city that is well known for the heavy use of stone & masonry in constructing some of the most historic homes of Detroit.  They currently have a large scale redevelopment project in the works that will be a mixture of retail/commercial spaces and residential spaces.  Brush Park B will be done in collaboration with Bedrock and will consist of many different buildings of varying sizes, uses, and construction materials.  Lastly, Mark discussed, the Detroit Events Center which houses the new Redwings & Pistons stadium as well as a ring of buildings around it that will be for commercial business use.  He showed us many drawings for the new events center and all in the crowd were amazed.  Mark envisions the new Detroit to be both A city where everyone can live and where everyone can afford to live.  As always, we are very thankful to get speakers like this and hope all our Rotarians will make it a point to attend our weekly meetings. 
 
Meeting was closed with a round of Smiles.
July 24, 2017 - Meeting Bulletin
 
 
*  Linda introduced the President of Wayne State's Rotaract Club Devankar Mukhi.
 
*  Ryan Quinn provided a "Two Minute" update focused on the recent passing of RI's President Elect.  He also provided an overview of the "Every Rotarian Every Year" program and the importance and benefit of Rotarian's participation.
 
*  Mark Anderson presented "Perfect Attendance" Awards to 27 Members with records of attendance ranging from 1 year to 56 years !
 
*  The Guest Speaker, Robert Gibbs of Gibbs Planning Group, presented a re-cap of "Town Center" City Planning in various cities in the United States and around the world.  He focused on his company's latest project with the City of Troy.  An example of exceptional city planning was Birmingham where, in the 1920's, the City Planners laid the groundwork for what is today a vibrant Downtown.
July 17, 2017  - Meeting Bulletin
 
*  Linda Hatfield welcomed 2 new members to the Club. (Michelle Lame and Alicia Long.
 
*  Chris McLogan shared valuable "Tips" on how to keep your home secure while away.
 
*  Mark Anderson provided a brief overview "Spotlight" of his background.
 
*  Bryan Frank reminded everyone that the Rotary Club Detroit Tigers Event will be Wednesday July 26th and that there were still several spots available.
 
*  The Club received  a check for our "Clean Up" efforts at a recent Birmingham event.
 
*  Dennis Deveja, Motivational Speaker and member of the Rotary Club of Troy, gave a presentation that focused on methods to improve one's "Sense of Self".
 
*  Next Week's Speaker is Robert Gibbs of Gibbs Planning Group.
June 26, 2017 – Meeting Bulletin
 
Birmingham Rotary Club – Meeting on June 26th
Dave Underdown has called the meeting to order at 12.15PM with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four Way Test.

Regan Gilshire sang America The Beautiful

Chris Winans gave the Invocation as follows:
Each of us is called to be the best we can be.  We are not called to mediocrity.  Very few of us can rise to embrace our call on our own.  It takes commitment, effort and encouragement to achieve greatness.  Let us be thankful today for the commitment that our President Dave Underdown has given to this club as our leader this past year.  He has truly given service above self.  He has taught us that while we work toward our own success, it is our responsibility to help guide others to their success as well. We can achieve great things when we work together.  Let us be thankful for the opportunities we have in Rotary to work together, as well as for the people we meet who inspire us to greatness and whom we inspire.

Mr. Jay Reynolds was a guest of our President Dave Underdown today.

Volunteers for the meeting today:
  • Lunch Tickets & Attendance:  Joe Valentine
  • Raffle Tickets:  Ken Gass
  • Greeter:  Charles Wickins
  • Sheriff:  Bill Roy
  • Bulletin Editor: Dilip Kuchipudi
 
Announcements:
  • Dave Underdown gave out the Paul Harris Award to Bill Roy for contributing US$1000 to the Foundation.
  • Nave Grewal will pass on her Treasurer duties to Regan Gilshire.
  • Bryan Frank is organizing Tigers match on July 26th.  Ticket is US$45.  This includes transportation by bus from Birmingham and back with snacks and drinks on the bus.  Only about 20 tickets left.  Please sign up ASAP.
  • Hope Warming Center:  The next serving at the center will be on August 1st.
  • Year End Party at John Westerheide was wonderful and thanks to John it was organized very well.  Dave gave out acknowledgment gifts to all the members who supported him throughout the year.
 
Birthdays:
  • Marsha Kovack is on June 28th and Norma Jean Evans on June 30th.  Very Happy Birthday to them.
  • Marriage Anniversary:  Bob Shirley Kenning is married for 70 years as of June 22nd, 1946. Congratulations
  • Membership Anniversary:  Sara Rappaport has become a Rotarian on June 21st, 2014 
 
Raffle & Card Draw:  
Regan Gilshire won the daily raffle
No one won the pot

Sheriff:
Bill Roy started off mentioning about Tigers ending the losing streak and appreciating Dave for his leadership this past year.  Almost all the members contributed and spoke high about Dave’s leadership this past year and passion for Rotary.
 
Program:
Linda Hatfield, the incoming President has praised Dave’s leadership and said would miss Dave’s text messages after 11PM about the next day meeting.  As a coincidence Linda and Dave share the same birthday (Don’t remember the day) and their spouses share the same birthday on November 3rd.
Dave spoke about the accomplishments this past year particularly the Master’s Raffle Tickets where we ended up with US$19000 on the positive side.  He also mentioned it as a miracle that his wife Linda is married to him for 38 years and counting.  He also thinks since he successfully completed his term as President, anyone can do it.  (I would add anyone can do it provided they have the same passion of Dave).
 
John Mucha gave a summary of what we had accomplished as part of Rotary Foundation.  The grants from our Foundation are preferably given to projects where we are involved actively.  Grants have been given to the Pontiac Schools Literacy Project, Hope Warming Center, and Sponsorships for students to attend RYLA.  As a member of the district we have to contribute to the District Foundation which will allow us to apply for Grants and this has been fulfilled successfully.  As an international project we have contributed to two more water wells in Ghana and seeing the progress we will contribute more.  There has been grant given to the Community House which has been a home for Birmingham Rotary for the past 87 years.  There were other grants to Kids Kicking Cancer, Disabled Kids Hockey etc. as well.

Norma and Alicia gave a summary of Pontiac School Literacy Project.  Given the feedback received, this program is making a huge difference in the reading levels of the children.  1st and 2nd Grade children have improved 2 reading levels and likewise the 4th grade children as well.  Kids were taken on a Field Trip to Victory Ranch and it was thoroughly enjoyed by them.  Some of the children may not have seen outside of Pontiac and they enjoyed the day trip including horse riding.  Children were very appreciative of Birmingham Rotary for all the great work it is doing for changing their lives.

Joe Bauman has been appointed as the District Grants Committee Chairman.  We as a club have to contribute $75/member per year to the Foundation and next year it is going to be $100/member.  He requested all the members to sign up for an auto deduction of contribution towards this and more.  Our district gave US$1.2M this year to Foundation.  Rotary has been nominated as the best Charity organization and this contributed towards making Bill Gates give $450M towards eradication of Polio.

Dave concluded the meeting thanking everyone for their support this past year and asked everyone to get involved more.
 
June 19, 2017 – Meeting Bulletin
 
President Dave opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance and 4 way test.  Ken Gass sang the Star Spangled Banner and Dave Zimmer gave the invocation.  Thanks went out to Alicia Green for selling lunch tickets and Regan Gilshire for selling raffle tickets.  Our greeter was Mark Cooper.  Vic Pooler acted as our sheriff, collecting generous donations from our members.
 
Please pay your dues if you have not already!
 
Birthdays:  
Mark Anderson (June 24th).  
 
Anniversaries:  
Bob Kenning (and wife Shirley) 6/22/46
Chris Winans (and husband Dan) 6/21/75
Pat Grady (and wife Nancy) 6/21/85
 
2-Minute Update:
Regan Gilshire gave an excellent two minute update on the Rotary Convention. The highlight of the Convention was an appearance by Bill Gates who warmly reaffirmed his commitment to eradicating polio.  The world went from 350,000 cases in 1988 to 5 cases last year.  $1.2 Billion (with a B) was pledged at the presentation to the Convention.
 
Raffle:
Regan Gilshire (she's tireless!) also ran our raffle drawing.  To nobody's surprise, Chris Winans won the daily pot.  Way to go Chris!  Nobody drew the 8 of diamonds, though, and the big pot lives.
We had several important announcements.  First and foremost, President Dave awarded Bryan Frank the "Spirit of Rotary" award from the Club.  This is indeed a high honor and recognizes all of the energy and commitment that Bryan has poured into the Birmingham Rotary Club.  Congratulations Bryan!
 
Announcements:  
  • A reminder was given that our year end President's party is at John Westerheide's home on June 22nd.  
  • Our next Hope Warming Center meal will be served on August 1st.  See Bill Roy for details.
  • Michael Williams announced that Orchard Children Services is having its annual Bike Day and asked members of the Club for their support.
 
Speaker:
Joe Valentine introduced our speaker, Ingrid Tighe, Director of the Birmingham Shopping District.  She highlighted all of the events that Birmingham in involved with to make the area so attractive, including the Farmer's Market, Free Movie Night, Day on the Town and Restaurant Week.  She also told us about the Birmingham Magazine, seasonal beautification initiatives (think Christmas lights), and business development efforts.  Finally, she excited the Club with the many opportunities for Birmingham Rotary to work with the Birmingham Shopping District to benefit the local community, and to work with and partner with like-minded merchants.  Good food for thought!
 
After singing Smiles, our meeting was adjourned.
 
Respectfully submitted,
John Mucha
June 12, 2017 – Meeting Bulletin
 
The meeting was called to order at 12:15 PM by President Elect Linda Hatfield. 
Pledge of Allegiance
4 way Test
America the Beautiful was sung by Ken Gass
Invocation was given by  George Stern
 
Introduction of Guests and Visiting Rotarians:
Groves & Seaholm Interact students & their parents 
 
The following Rotarians were the meeting volunteers:
Lunch Tickets: Chris Winans
Raffle Tickets: Mark Cooper
Greeter: Mark Cooper
Sherriff: Chris McLogan
Bulletin Editor: Ryan Quinn
2 Minute Update: replaced with Groves & Seaholm Interact presentations
Host to Speaker: Alicia Green
 
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Tigers Baseball Game on 07/26: contact Bryan Frank to secure one of the 19 remaining Tickets for the bargain price of $45 each
Hope Warming Center: 08/01/2017 Bill Roy
Guided Reading & Boys & Girls Reading Club at Owens Elementary: Norma Jean Evans – program has wrapped up for the year
Year End Party: 06/22/17 at 6:00 PM at John Westerheide’s house
 
Birthdays: 
Larry Sherman (06.13.17) 
Frannie Greenbaum (06.14.17)
 
Anniversaries: 
Pat Grady (06.15.17) 25 years as a Rotarian
 
Raffle: 
Daily Winner: John Westerhide.  
8 of diamonds remained elusive so the pot Lives at $57    
    
Update from Interact Clubs:
Interact Kids presented 2 great PowerPoint presentations showcasing all the hard work and fantastic projects they worked on throughout this school year.  Seaholm and Groves were both presented with checks for $250 from the Endowment Fund for their Community Service Awards.  Seaholm winner: Abigail Renard (not able to attend today due to signing with the U.S. Naval Academy.  Go Navy!) Groves with 2 winners: Jonah Kamoo (Albion) and Kiara Johnson (Michigan State. Go Spartans!)
 
Speaker:  
Alicia Green introduced Lisa Machesky from the Oakland Literacy Council
Lisa is the executive director of the Oakland Literacy Council.  She earned her MBA from OU and her bachelor’s degree from Albion.  She was previously a member of the Pontiac Rotary and is a current Birmingham Resident.  
The Oakland Literacy Council focuses on Adult Literacy.  It was founded in 1983 and currently serves about 225 students weekly and would gladly serve more if she could find the tutors.  She shared many facts and stories about adults struggling with reading and stressed the importance of viewing it as an economic issue.  She also shared that based on their evidence, a mother’s own reading ability is the single biggest factor in what level their children achieve.  She asked that anyone with a spare 2 hours per week contact her about tutoring!  Please see attached docs for more infor about this very worthwhile group.  

Meeting was closed with a round of Smiles. 
 
June 5, 2017 – Meeting Bulletin
 
The meeting was called to order at 12:15 p.m. by Dave 
 
Opening Activities
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Rotary 4-Way Test
  • Signing of Star Spangled Banner by Ken Gass
  • Invocation – George Henry
 
Volunteers
  • Invocation – George Henry 
  • Greeter – Linda Hatfield
  • Luncheon Tickets – Norma Jean Evans
  • Raffle Tickets – Alicia Green
  • Sheriff – Pat Grady
  • 2-Minute Update – Doug Koschik
  • Host to Guest – John Schrot
  • Bulletin – Kayla Thompson
 
Visiting Guests & Visiting Rotarians
  • George Dilgard, Former City Commissioner
  • Lenora Hardy Foster, Judson Center
  • Donna Zimmer
  • James Austin, Intern at Chambers
  • Mike Maher, Chemical Bank
  • Tom Manachy
  • Jim Gilmore, Past District Governor
 
Announcements
  • Pontiac Schools Reading – Norma Jean Evans - Tuesday, June 6 – Girls will be riding horseback at Victory Ranch
  • Rotary International has provided everyone with a new pin, please pick one up if you were not at the meeting.
  • Birmingham Rotary Baseball game on Wednesday, July 26th at 5:30pm. $45 per person and there are 20 seats left. Bus picks up from Credit Union at 5:30pm
  • Membership Directory - The membership directory is being updated, please provide Bryan Frank with any changes you would like to see in the directory
  • Year End Party - June 22nd at 6:00pm - $25 per person 
  • Flag Exchange from Dave Palmer’s new club in Austin, Texas
 
2-Minute Update – Doug Koschik
  • Update regarding Adult Services Renovation at the Baldwin Public Library
    • 98% complete with the renovation; on-time and under budget
    • Lots of lighting, new layout, high ceilings, and updated technology
  • Ribbon cutting June 11th at 1:00pm
 
Happy Birthday!
Donna Zimmer – June 5th  
 
Raffle – Churck Moss
Bill Roy won the raffle
No winners in the card selection - the pot lives on! 
 
Introduction of Speaker – John Schrot
 
Speaker – Kym Worthy, Wayne County Prosecutor
  • Spoke about a few emerging trends which included: 
  • Rape Kit Investigations
    • 11,331 untested rape kits discovered in 2009 and only 600 left to test
    • As a result of testing these kits, 85 convictions have taken place and there are leads in 39 other states  
  • Human Trafficking
    • 10-12 human trafficking cases in the last 3 months
    • Asked for two full-time prosecutors as more resources are needed for these cases
  • Sexual Assault
  • Elder & Senior Living
  • Domestic Violence
    • 8,000 cases a year and generally issue warrants for half 
    • More prevalent between teenagers recently
  • Body Cameras
    • Detroit Police have stated that all officers will be fitted with body cameras by the end of the year
    • Creates some problem for the justice system as it requires a lot more hours for prosecutor to make determinations on a case when there are 7-8 different tape records of a crime (i.e drug raid)
SMILES!
 
Birmingham Rotary Club
Weekly Meeting: May 22, 2017
 
David Underdown started the meeting at 12:15
 
Ken Gass sang a beautiful rendition of America the Beautiful.
 
Invocation - Ryan Quinn
 
There were 9 guests in attendance.
 
Announcements
  • Chris McLogan recapped the dinner at Dilip Kumar Kuchipudi’s home Sunday night. It was a wonderful night, full of hospitality, great food and company.
  • Mark Anderson is looking for volunteers for trash pick-up at the Village Fair Thursday, June 1sth through Sunday, June 4th.
  • Norma Jean Evans updated us on the volunteer opportunity for the Guided Reading & Boys and Girls Club this Thursday.
  • Bryan Frank reminded us of the Detroit Tigers baseball game on July 26th, sign up. Tickets are $45. That includes tickets, bus ride and pizza.
2 minute update -  Regan Gilshire gave us a reminder of the Memorial Day Wreath Service in Shane Park at 10 am. She also had a video and discussed the conference she recently attended. One noted speaker was Virginia Nordby, the first Rotary district governor, who was elected in 1997. Also discussed was the national average women membership is 31%, Birmingham Rotary is slightly higher at 32.3%
Raffle was $63 and won by guest Terri Fratarorca.
 
Guest Speaker: Author, David Maraniss, discussed his book “Once in a Great City”. He discussed content of the book along with his research method of a  “four legs of a table” 1. Go there. 2. Find the papers. 3. Talk to people. 4. Why did it happen here? Look for things that aren’t there.
 
Birmingham Rotary Club
Weekly Meeting: May 15, 2017
 
Opening:
Welcome at 12:15 p.m. by President Dave Underdown 
Pledge of Allegiance and Rotary 4-Way Test
Invocation by Frannie Greenebaum “How Blessed We Are”
Opening Song: America the Beautiful led by Ken Gass
 
Volunteers: 
Lunch Tickets: Alicia Green 
Raffle Tickets: Mark Anderson
Greeter: Kevin Mason
Bulletin Editor: Bill Roy
Sheriff: Mark Cooper
Host to Speaker: Charles Wickins
 
Election of Directors: Ballots were issued per the Club Bylaws.  Ballots were counted and Bryan Frank, Pete Kreher, George Stern and Ryan Quinn were the leading vote getters.  There was a tie for the last position. 
        
Announcements & Upcoming events: 
  • Dilip Kuchipudi invited everyone to the Authentic Indian Dinner he is hosting at his home the Sunday, May 21 at noon.  This is a fundraiser for our Club. Chris McLogan has sent an email invitation and all are encouraged to come.
  • Sign up for the Village Fair.  We have volunteered for custodial duties at the Birmingham Village Fair June 1-4.  This is a fundraiser for our Club.  Mark Anderson passed around sign up sheets and all are encouraged to participate. 
  • Literacy Program Update and New Dates by Alicia Green.  The remaining dates for Guided Reading are May 18 and 25.  The remaining dates for the Star Literacy Club are May 16, 30 and the Field Trip to Victory Ranch on June 6.
  • Hope Warming Center Dates by Bill Roy.  The scheduled May 16 date has been cancelled, and we apologize to all those who volunteered.  New dates are August 1, September 13, October 17, November 8 and December 12.
  • Tigers Game by Bryan Frank.  The Club will be attending the Tigers game on July 26th with the Kansas City Royals.  We will meet in Birmingham and take a bus to the game.  Pizza and light refreshments will be served.  Cost will be $45.00 per person and tickets will be limited to 40.   
  • Memorial Day Ceremony.  Club members traditionally attend the Memorial Day Ceremony in Shain Park at 10:00 a.m.  All are encouraged to attend.
  • BRC Board Meeting will be held at the Birmingham Athletic Club on May 17th at noon.
    
    
Paul Harris Awards – Molly Swart and Dave Underdown presented Paul Harris awards.    Nave Grewal was presented her first Paul Harris Award. Paul Harris “Plus” awards were presented to Bryan Frank, Larry Sherman, Mark Anderson, John Mucha, Rich Shapack, Molly Swart, Dave Underdown, Joe Bauman, and Dave Zimmer.  The Club thanks all of our Paul Harris Award winners.
    
Happy Birthday to Shirley Bryant, May 18 and Regan Gilshire, May 21.
    
50/50 Raffle & Card Draw.   Chris Winans won the daily draw. Nobody picked the 8 of diamonds and the pot lives.
   
Speaker Host: Charles Wickins introduced Brad Francis, a Structural Chiropractor whose office is in Adams Square. Health is our number one asset.  The body has an amazing ability to heal itself. Chiropractic is based on the theory that misalignment of the spinal vertebrae cause nerve interference, which in turns interferes with this healing ability.  By manipulating the vertebrae, chiropractic seeks to remove the interference and restore the body’s healing ability.
    
Dave Underdown led the group in “Smiles”
    
Dave Underdown adjourned the meeting at 1:15 p.m.  
 
Next week the featured speaker will be author David Maraniss.  
 
Birmingham Rotary Club
Weekly Meeting: May 8, 2017 

 
Opening: Welcome at 12:15 PM by David Underdown
Invocation by: Joh Mucha
Opening Song: America The Beautiful by Ken Gass
 
Volunteers:                            
Lunch Tickets & Attendance: Regan Gilshire
Raffle Tickets: Chuck Moss
Greeter: Ryan Quinn
Bulletin Editor: Bryan Frank
Sheriff: Marsha Kovacs
Rotary 2 Minute Update: Norma Jean Evans
Host to Speaker: Doug Koschik
 
2 Minute Update: Norma Jean Evans. Talked about millennials in the workforce, being 50% of the workforce. What organizations are doing to give back and be involved in the community. What is your organization doing?
 
Anniversaries: Linda & Ron Hatfield 21 years of marriage, she was not present so be sure to wish them well. 
 
Raffle: Chris Winans won the daily pot. Alecia Green won the big pot, so we will be starting a new deck of cards next week. 
 
Announcements:
  • Indian Dinner with Dilip Kuchipudi May 21st - See Chris McLogan
  • Hope Warming Center May 16th  - See Bill Roy
  • Third Thursday May 18th 5 PM @ Big Rock
  • Guided Reading & Reading Boys and Girls – Norma Jean
  • Village Fair – See Mark Anderson
  • Rotary Tigers Game July 26th – Limited Space! See Bryan Frank
  
Program: 
Our speaker on Monday was Mustafa Mohatarem, Chief Economist. Mustafa Mohatarem, who has been the Chief Economist of General Motors Corporation since March 1995, is one of the nation’s most prominent industrial economists, a profession in which he got his start at Denison University. Mustafa gave a very interesting talk on the economy. He did talk about the Trump Conundrum which was mostly a positive outlook for the economy. 
 
Birmingham Rotary Club
Weekly Meeting: May 1, 2017 
 
Opening:
Welcome at 12:15 PM by Dave Underdown
Invocation by: Joe Bauman
Opening Song: Star Spangled Banner, Sarah Rappaport
 
Volunteers:
Lunch Tickets: Norma Jean Evans
Raffle Tickets: Richard Shapack
Greeter: Bill Roy
Bulletin Editor: Linda Hatfield
Sheriff: Michael & Oriana D’Amico
Invocation: Joe Bauman
2 Minute Update: Chris McLogan
Host to Speaker: Linda Hatfield
           
Announcements & Upcoming events: 
• Hope Warming: Tuesday, May 16th
• Indian Dinner: Dilip Kumar Kuchipudi House, Sunday, May 21
• Rotary After Hours: Big Rock Thursday, May 18th 5-7pm
• Village Fair: Thursday, June 1st, sign-up sheet to start next week. Mark Anderson
• Guided Reading, Thursday 9:30 & 4th Grade Boys & Girls Club, Tuesday 11:30
      
Sheriff: The dynamic duo: Michael & Oriana D’Amico
Money was given for a multitude of things all for the good of the cause.
 
Raffle/Card Draw: John Westerheide was the winner of $16 today. The pot lives.2 Minute Update: Chris McLogan gracefully filled in to present us with a current look at what is happening in the housing market. 
 
Program/Speaker:
Dr Kent Clark, CEO of Grace Center of Hope was the speaker today.Grace Center of Hope is the oldest homeless drug rehab center in Michigan. He shared his 33 years of history about the many programs that they have and how to make 21/2 cnets out of a penny.
All who were in attendance were very captivated by his story.
 
Next meeting: Monday may 8th, Mustafa Mohatarem, Chief Economist GM.
 
Birmingham Rotary Club
Weekly Meeting: March 27, 2017

 
Opening:
Welcome at 12:15 PM by Dave Underdown 
Pledge of Allegiance and Rotary 4-Way Test
Invocation by Joe Bauman
Opening Song: Star Spangled Banner 
Song led by: Ken Gass
 
Welcome Visitors and Guests, led by: Dave Underdown
Bob Skoczek guest of Jessica Schulze 
 
Volunteers:
Lunch Tickets: Joe Valentine
Raffle Tickets: Regan Gilshire
Greeter: George Stern
Bulletin Editor: Bill Roy
 
2 Minute Update:  Ryan Quinn on the topic of engagement.  The club does not work without engagement.  Ryan challenged all of us to reach out to someone who has not been coming and/or participating and invite them to come to the next meeting. 
    
Announcements & Upcoming events: 
1. Hope Warming Center April 19, 2017 7:15-9:00 p.m.-see Bill Roy to sign up
    
2. Fowling Event April 2, 2017 2:00-4:00 p.m.-see Bryan Frank to sign up
    
3. Masters Raffle.  The winner of the raffle elected to take the $5,000.00 cash prize.  The trip was then put up for bid.  Bruce Simon tendered the winning bid of $8,000.00.  This will provide an additional $3,000.00 raised from the raffle, making this the most successful raffle to date.
    
4. Dilip Kuchipudi will be hosting an authentic Indian dinner at his home.  The date is Sunday, May 21, 2017 in the afternoon.  We will pass around sign up sheets at a later meeting.
    
New Member Induction     
    Michael D’Amico and Oriana D’Amico, principals in Unimark, Inc. Executive Placement Service, sponsored by Charles Wickins, are currently Rotarians.  They are transferring from the Troy club.  They were inducted into the Birmingham Rotary Club by Chris Winans.  Welcome Michael and Oriana!
    
Happy Birthday to Chris Braun (March 23) Bill Roy (March 24) Mark Cooper (March 26).  Anniversaries in joining Rotary Chris Braun (March 30, 2015) Linda Hatfield (March 30, 2009)
    
50/50 Raffle & Card.  Chris Winans won the daily draw.  Nobody drew the 10 of spades, the pot lives.
    
Sheriff: Dave Zimmer.
    
Host to Speaker: Chris Winans
Guest Speaker/Program:  Janet McPeek, Currently Foundation Chair, Past District Governor and a member of the Lake Orion Sunrise Club. Janet thanked the Birmingham rotary Club for its gifts to the Rotary Foundation and its work at Hope Warming Center, and Literacy projects, pointing out that the BRC, including George Hedgespeth’s vision, was a catalyst for change within the district in promoting literacy.
Janet gave a brief  history of the Rotary Foundation, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The Foundation grew from a $26.00 contribution from the Kansas city Club to what it is today, a top-notch charity, which is regularly rated 1 or 2 by the Charity Navigator.
The District is involved in numerous projects.  It became involved in the Ghana I project, for water and sanitation which was successful, and is the International Partner in the Ghana II project, which is the largest RI grant at this time.
Janet passed out copies of “Rotary Giving Works”, a wonderful brochure explaining what the Rotary Foundation is and the various issues with which it is involved. 
    
Song: Happy Birthday and Smile! led by Dave Underdown 
    
Next Meeting April 3, 2017, Speaker will be Gail Gothelf, Wolverine Human Services.
    
    
Bill Roy, Bulletin Editor
 
Bulletin for 3/20/17

Opening:
Welcome at 12:15 PM by Dave Underdown
Invocation by: Joe Bauman
Opening Song: God Bless America by Ken Gass
Volunteers:                            
Lunch Tickets: Linda Hatfield
Raffle Tickets: George Stern
Greeter: Joe Bauman
Bulletin Editor: Linda Hatfield
Sheriff: Carol Peterson
Invocation: Joe Bauman
2 Minute Update: Chris Winans
Host to Speaker: Charlie Wickins
           
Announcements & Upcoming events: 
•    Hope Warming: Wednesday, April 19th
•    Fowling: Sunday, April 4th 2-4 see sign up at Monday Meetings
Sheriff: Carol Peterson
Money was given to wish all the best to Dave Zimmer on his continued good health. To the University of Michigan for reaching the Sweet 16 basketball tournament.
Raffle/Card Draw: Dan Winans was the lucky winner. If it is not one Winans it’s another who wins. The pot lives.
2 Minute Update: As you know, the drawing by the Birmingham Rotary Club for the amazing Masters Tournament Trip for 2 was held last Monday, March 13th.  The first prize winner has opted for the $5,000 cash prize.  This means that there is now a once-in-a-lifetime trip for 2 by private jet to the finals of The Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia on April 8-9, 2017.  
 
You are being offered the opportunity to make a sealed bid for this trip.  Attached is an Auction Bid Form along with instructions on delivery.  To submit a bid, please complete this form according to the instructions on the form.  The deadline for entry will be at 12:15p.m. on Monday, March 27th at the regular meeting of the Birmingham Rotary Club at The Community House, 380 S. Bates Street, Birmingham.
 
The value of this trip is $10,800 with the minimum bid set at $5,000.   
 
If you have any questions, please e-mail BirminghamRotaryClub@gmail.com.  Thank you!
 
Program: 
Kathleen Riley, CCP, DEH, WHEE, ADS, is the Founder, President, and the Executive Director of The Dove House, a next stage core-healing and wellness recovery center. Riley has been helping clients reach their highest potential for fifteen years, teaching easy and effective self-healing techniques that relieve anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and pain. She is the author of wellness, personal growth, and energy medicine publications, including What You Feel is Real, Everyday Miracles and Healing & Wellness Beyond Recovery. In 1997, she created a magazine of personal growth with Hearst Magazine Enterprises, publisher of O Magazine. Riley earned her B.A. in Communications from Michigan State University in Lansing, MI, and attended Energy Medicine University in Sausalito, CA, where she completed her Master’s Graduate Course Studies in Integrative Holistic Health with an emphasis in Energy Psychology. She is certified in Auricular Acupuncture Detox for the reduction of alcohol cravings and drugs, including nicotine, and for the relief of stress (PTSD), grief, emotional trauma and pain. She is a graduate of the Corporate Coaching Program with Corporate Coach U, Inc., and is a certified chaplain with the International Fellowship of Chaplains. 
 
Next Meeting: Monday, March 27, Speaker: Janet McPeek, “ Rotary

Submitted By: Linda Hatfield 
 
MEETING BULLETIN FOR MARCH 13, 2017
BIRMINGHAM ROTARY CLUB
COMMUNITY HOUSE, BIRMINGHAM, MI
12:15 PM
 
President Dave Underdown called the meeting to order at 12:15 pm.
 
We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four-Way Test.  Ken Gass led us in singing God Bless America.
 
Norma Jean Evans gave an inspiring invocation.
 
We sang Happy Birthday to Ryan Quinn and Sarah Rappaport, and then introduced visiting Rotarians and guests of Rotarians.
 
Thank you went out to our meeting volunteers, including Kayla Thompson, Alicia Green, Ryan Quinn, Mark Anderson, Richard Shapack, yours truly, and Norma Jean Evans.
 
Hope Warming Center:  Bill Roy announced that volunteers are still welcome to participate in the next preparation and serving of a meal at Hope Warming Center on Baldwin in Pontiac, on March 22, 2017 from 7:30 to 9 pm.  If you have not yet participated in helping out at Hope Warming Center, what are you waiting for?  It is an eye opening experience.
 
Fowling:  Its like bowling, but you knock down the pins with a football instead of a bowling ball.  This event is being planned for Sunday April 2nd from 2 to 4 pm.  Location in Hamtramack.  More details to follow.  Cost will be $15.  A splendid time is guaranteed for all.  See Bryan Frank for more information.  Come have some fun!!!
 
THE BIG EVENT:  OUR MASTER'S GOLF RAFFLE DRAWING!!!
 
We sold 286 tickets out of 300!!  Great job everyone!!  Special thanks to Bryan Frank and Charles Wickens.
 
Grand Prize Winner:  Alex Tartar
$1000 Winner: Frank Thibodeau
$500 Winner:  Chris Henry
The funds raised will support our charitable activities this coming year, and are vital to our continued community impact!
 
Weekly Raffle:
 
Daily pot ($10) won by Mark Anderson
The big pot lives.
 
Sheriff:   Mark Anderson got generous donations from everybody with or without Irish ancestry!
 
Speaker:    Our speakers, introduced by Rick Shapack, were Aimee Angel and Randy Ross of The Community Foundation.  What an amazing group!  It manages an endowment of $800 Million, and oversaw donations of $75 Million in 2016 over a seven county region.  It also provides support for "donor advised funds", making charitable giving easier and more attractive from a tax perspective.
 
Examples of recent involvement include the Dequidre Cut, the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, the Solanus Casey Center and the New Economy Initiative, among literally dozens of other projects.
 
"Smiles" closed out our meeting.
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
John Mucha
 
The meeting was called to order at 12:15PM by President David Underdown. 
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • 4 way Test
  • America the Beautiful was sung by Ken Gass
  • Invocation was given by  Linda Hatfield
 
Announcements:
Bryan Frank: 120 tickets remain unsold for the Master’s Raffle.  Please do your best to get checks and tickets turned in soon as the drawing is only a few weeks away. 
Board of Directors Meeting at BAC on 02/15/17  
3Rd Thursday will be held at Four Story Burger inside The Palladium
Hope Warming Center: Bill Roy is still looking for a few volunteers for food items.  Please contact Bill if you are interested in donating.
 
The following Rotarians were the meeting volunteers:
  • Raffle Tickets: Bill Roy
  • Greeter: Chuck Moss
  • Sherriff: Marcia Kovacs
  • Bulletin Editor: Ryan Quinn
  • Host to Speaker: Charles Wickens
 
Two Minute Update: Joe Bauman
The Million Dollar Dinner is being hosted at Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti, MI.  This year marks the 100th anniversary of The Rotary Foundation which as you may already know has been recognized as one of the best run charities in existence.  Our club and our district has a long history of giving generously to this event.  There are a multitude of ways to give to this important cause.  Every Rotarian Every Year, Multi Year gifts, inclusion of Rotary in your estate plan are just a few examples.  Please see Joe Bauman if you have questions about attending this wonderful event or if you simply want to give to support a great cause.  
 
Raffle: Daily pot: $11.  Winner: Norma Jean.  The 10 of spades remained elusive in the second drawing so the pot will grow for another week.  
 
Speaker: Julie Booksh
Julie’s southern spitfire sass mixed with her charm and compassion have helped ignite her successful private practice, corporate coaching sessions and online teachings. Whether working with individuals or groups, transformation is the goal. Companies including Ford, Chrysler and others have praised her refreshing perspective. She inspires people to find and live their most authentic life.
Julie was born and brought up in New Orleans. In 2009, she and her husband moved to Michigan. No stranger to change she works with clients in finding meaning, passion and courage. Julie has a natural ability to quickly connect with people. She has a gift of seeing through the chaos of everyday life. Her clients appreciate her ability to quickly pick up on what’s holding them back.
Julie completed her Masters in Counseling in New Orleans at Our Lady of Holy Cross College. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in Systems Theory, Energy Psychology, Mindfulness and Body Symptoms. Her education also includes undergraduate and graduate work in Business Management and Accounting. She worked in those fields for years before venturing into her life’s work.
Julie began her presentation by introducing the group to Guided Meditation.  Start with both feet on the floor.  Sit up straight. Close your eyes and turn your attention inward. Focus on your breath.  If your mind wanders, refocus on your breath.  Spend the next 3-5 minutes just allowing yourself to be present with your breath.  
Julie uses meditation to allow people to embrace the idea of presence and to allow themselves to be present.  
  • meditation has shown to provide positive changes to the structure and function of the brain
  • meditation also allows your body to relax.  It is only when the body is relaxed that it can rejuvenate and heal itself.
  • meditation also provides us the time to embrace the disturbances in our lives and process the events & emotions associated with those disturbances.  
She stressed the idea of giving yourself permission to pause and permission to be present.  She gave everyone a permission slip to:
  • to pause
  • to turn it off
  • to do one thing at a time
  • to change
  • to hold-off on answering immediately
  • to choose freely
  • to enjoy a meal without working
  • to fee before you fix.
To schedule a session or book Julie for an event, please call (248) 864-2123 or email Julie@JulieBooksh.com.
725 South Adams Road, Suite L-167
Birmingham, MI 48009
 
Next meeting is Feb. 20th  where Nancy Mauer from Director Leadership Oakland will be the presenter.
 
Meeting was closed with a round of Smiles. 
 
Opening:
Welcome at 12:05 PM by President Dave Underdown
Pledge of Allegiance and Rotary 4-Way Test
Invocation by Rich Shapack
Opening Song: Star Spangled Banner 
Song led by: Ken Gass
 
Welcome Visitors and Guests:
Oriana and Mike D’Amico visiting from Troy Rotary Club
 
Volunteers: 
Lunch Tickets and attendance: Regan Gilshire
Raffle Tickets: Ken Gass
Greeter: Doug Koschik
Bulletin Editor: Bill Roy
Sheriff: Joe Bauman
 
Two Minute Update:
Joe Valentine on the topic of January 28th Birmingham Long Range Planning Meeeting. Two main topics will be Birmingham Bicentennial and “New Look” of downtown and city logo.
 
Announcements & Upcoming events: 
  • Masters Raffle Tickets-Bryan Frank.  We have 130 tickets left to sell.  If you have prospective buyers, contact Bryan.    
  • Hope Warming Center-Bill Roy.  We are serving on February 27th, we still need some volunteers.  Bill passed around the sign up sheet.
  • Groves Interact Club-Pat Grady.  The group will be assembling playground equipment at the Judson Center on April 29 and 20.  Pat will pass around a sign up sheet. 
  • Chris Winans announced several district events which are coming up.    Million Dollar Dinner-April 1, World Peace Conference-March 30-31, District Conference, Mackinac Island- May 4-7, International Conference, Atlanta GA-June 10-14.
  • Vic Pooler announced that the committee was working to replace the “Sip and Savor” event which was scheduled for Valentines Day with an event to be held June 21 (summer solstice), discussions are taking place with the Birmingham Athletic Club for this event.
 
50/50 Raffle & Card Draw.  John Westerheide won the $8 daily pot.  Nobody drew the 10 of spades so the pot lives.
 
Speaker: Betti Wiggins Director of the Detroit Public Schools Office of School Nutrition
DPS is proud that locally grown products comprise 40% of the food purchases for the meal programs.  DPS has taken aggressive steps to discontinue menu choices which lack nutritional value and contribute to obesity (i.e. no chocolate milk).  DPS has institutes a school gardens program, which not only provides locally grown ingredients for meals, but teach the children the joy of growing the food and entrepreneurial skills with a marketing program. 
 
Song: Smile! Led by Dave Underdown
 
Next Meeting:  February 13, 2017.  Guest Speaker will be Julie Bookish, Soul Speaker, Psychotherapist, Workshop Leader
 
Adjournment 1:15 p.m.  By Dave Underdown
Bill Roy–Bulletin Editor
 
The meeting was called to order at 12:15PM by President David Underdown. 
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • 4 way Test
  • America the Beautiful was sung by Russ Ives
  • Invocation was given by  Rabbi Goldberg

Announcement:
  • Pat Grady announced the unfortunate passing of Carol Halstead (sister-in-law of Dick Halstead, former Rotarian)
 
Introduction of Guests and Visiting Rotarians:
  • Joe Bauman was host to Sue Smith From the Birmingham YMCA
 
The following Rotarians were the meeting volunteers:
  • Raffle Tickets: Chuck Moss
  • Greeter: Kayla Thompson
  • Sherriff: Chris Winans
  • Bulletin Editor: Ryan Quinn
  • 2 Minute Update: Doug Koschik
  • Host to Speaker: Betsy Reich
 
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
  • Masters Raffle:  Bryan Frank informed us that we wave sold 160 of the 300 available tickets for the drawing on 03-13-2017
  • Hope Warming Center: 02/27/17 Bill Roy
  • Guided Reading & Boys & Girls Reading Club at Owens Elementary: Norma Jean Evans 
  • Interact: Pat Grady informed us that Interact is doing a blood drive on 02/14/17.  Interact will also be doing a project in April at the Judson center to build a playground and will have a can drive soon.  See Pat Grady for more info.
 
Two Minute Update: Doug Koschik 
The library renovation project is moving along nicely. Phase 1 of 3 is currently on schedule and on budget. Phase 2 will be the youth room remodel and phase 3 will be the lobby, outside and circulation area.
Raffle: Daily pot: $5.  Winner: Bryan Frank.  The 10 of spades remained elusive in the second drawing so the pot will grow for another week.  
 
Speaker:  Rabbi Goldberg - Kids Kicking Cancer.  
Rabbi G. (as he is known by many people) is a 1st degree black belt, Rabbi emeritus, and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Wayne State School of Medicine. Sadly, Rabbi G. and his wife, Ruthie, lost their first child at age 2 to Luekemia.  Out of this painful experience, Kids Kicking Cancer was born.  KKC is empowering thousands of children with pediatric illnesses in 4 countries.  Their specially trained martial artists are teaching these kids and their siblings a combination of techniques in breathing/ visualization/  meditation in a variety of environments to help them take control of their pain, stress and anxiety.  Rabbi G. has been given many honors such as being named a CNN hero and a being a recipient of the  Rober Woods Johnson Community Health Award.  In addition to his awards, he has received many other acknowledgements for his good works and accomplishments.
Rabbi G’s program teaches kids the 3 P’s.  Power Peace and Purpose.  A main tenant of his teachings are to breathe in the light and blow out the darkness.  This is done through their “Breath Brake” process.  KKC teaches people to be more aware of the stresses in their lives and how they react to those stresses.  This is done by trying to answer the following questions:
  • What is your trigger?
  • Where does your trigger show up in your body? Tight shoulders?  Clenched jaws? Upset stomach? 
Once you have those answered you can then use breathing exercises to reverse the adverse physical response your body is having to the stress you are experiencing.  In short, he teaches people to breathe in through the nose lifting the body with your breath.  When you think you cant take in any more breath, take one more quick breath in the exhale slowly allowing your body to drop down as you exhale ending with you shin on your chest.  This will condition your body and mind to calm down and reverse the biological response to the stressor.  
This breathing technique has shown to measurably reduce the pain experienced by children undergoing cancer treatment. 

Next meeting is Feb. 6 where Betsy Wiggins from Detroit Public Schools will be the presenter.
 
Meeting was closed with a round of Smiles. 
Opening:
Welcome at 12:15 PM by Dave Underdown
Invocation by: Ryan Quinn
Opening Song: America the Beautiful sung by Sarah Rappaport
 
Volunteers:
  • Lunch Tickets & Attendance: Joe Valentine
  • Raffle Tickets: Chuck Moss
  • Greeter: George Stern
  • Bulletin Editor: Linda Hatfield
  • 2 Minute Update: Charlie Wickins
  • 1 Minute Update: Kayla Thompson
  • Sheriff: Wendee Haugh
 
GUESTS:
We were very delighted to have in attendance today our former exchange student Fran Mestre Sanchez. He is doing well and is headed to Chicago at the end of the week. Richard Shapack brought Jessica Schulze a colleague from his office. Some of us have experienced an email from Suzanne Smak regarding our speakers and were happy that John Schrot brought her in for us to meet.
 
Announcements & Upcoming events: 
  • Third Thursday: Thursday, September 15th  at  Griffin Claw 5-7pm
  • Maple Road Cleanup: Saturday, September 17th
  • Hope Warming Center: Tuesday, September 20th
  • Golf Outing: Monday, September 26th at Stoneycroft GC in Bloomfield Hills
Happy Birthday: A happy birthday was sung to Vic Pooler and Ken Gass who have upcoming birthdays this week. Happy one year anniversary to Kayla Thompson.
 
Sheriff: Wendee did a great job collecting money from our Rotarians
 
2 Minute Update: Kayla Thompson gave a brief overview of her meeting with some Interact students. She thanked to everyone who was able to make it out to Shield's Pizza. She thought it was a really productive and helpful meeting and she is looking forward to all that the Interact Club will accomplish the year! 
 
Some of the members mentioned that they would be starting a 'Remind 101' group.  
 
Raffle/Card Draw: Wendee Haugh was the lucky winner of in today’s raffle. The pot was won by John Mucha.
 
Program: Our speaker today, Dan Leask was born in Canada and is a Professional Life & Career Coach.
His company, Emerald Compass, assists clients in creating and enhancing their careers, to transform themselves and their lives. The main focus is Coaching and Training Business Professionals, who want to reinforce or strengthen their careers.
 
Submitted By: Linda Hatfield 
 
President Dave opened the meeting at 12:15p with the Pledge of Allegiance.  After the Club recited the Four Way Test, Ken Gass led the Club in singing America the Beautiful.  Pete Kreher gave the invocation.  The Club welcomed Michael O’Shaunessy, visiting from Troy Rotary.
 
Norma Jean Evans sold luncheon tickets.  
Mark Cooper sold raffle tickets (John Westerheide won the $19 daily pot; no one drew the three of diamonds).  
John Schrot greeted.    
Dave Zimmer acted as Sheriff.  
 
Michael Williams outbid everyone to win two tickets to tonight’s Tiger game.
 
Kayla Thompson gave a two-minute update relating that her company, Schecter Wealth Mangement, gave 20 bins of school supplies to Own School.  She became involved in Rotary when the Hillsdale Rotary selected her as its Student of the Month and then became President of her high school’ Interact club.  
 
Ryan Quinn related how he became involved with Rotary when he bought a ticket from Charles Wickins for the Master’s Golf Tournament.  He didn’t win but became enamored with Rotary.
 
Announcements:
  • Charles Wickins announced that Michael Caruso would talk on “How to meet somebody in 15 seconds” when the District Governor visits our Club October 24th. 
  • The Club will be at Hope Warming Center September 21st and October 19th.  
  • Third Thursday will be held at Griffin Claw from 5-7p on September 15th.  
  • The Board meets on September 21st at the BAC.  
  • Maple Road Clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, September 17th at 11a at Lahser and Maple.  
  • The meeting on Monday, September 26th will be at Stonycroft Country Club preceding the golf outing and dinner.  $15 for lunch, $40 for dinner, $125 for lunch golf and dinner.
 
Charles Wickins introduced Rob Otto, Program Facilitator, Winning Futures.  It empowers youth to succeed through mentoring and strategic planning.  It transforms high school students into becoming self-reliant, employable, productive adults by setting goals, exploring careers, building employable skills and pursuing further education.  Winning Futures currently has 585 full time enrollees in seven high schools.  In total it impacts 2,000 students a year.  It also gives $1.7 million in scholarships as 95% of its full time participants go on to post high school education and 96% find employment.  
 
NO MEETING NEXT WEEK!!
 
The meeting adjourned at 1:10 pm with a rousing version of Smiles.
 
Respectfully submitted,
George Stern
President David Underdown called the meeting to order at 12:00PM 
 
Pledge of Allegiance was recited  
4 way test was recited 
America The Beautiful was sung by Sarah Rappaport
Vic Pooler gave the Invocation
 
Rotary guests were introduced
  • Sarah Rappaport introduced a fellow Tutoring Center owner who was in town from the Miami area
  • Charles Wickens introduced Dilep who was back for another visit
2 Minute update: Group effort: Bryan Frank, Linda Hatfield, & Charles Wickins
 
Bryan reported back on the success of both events that he recently organized.  
The tiger game was well attended and even managed a small profit.  A good time was had by all. The dream Cruise water give away was HUGELY successful.  Many Rotarians were on hand to participate.  In the end, 880 bottles of water were given out and over $600 was collected!   Way to go Birmingham Rotary! A big thank you goes out to both Bryan Frank for his hard work organizing the event and to Costco who donated the bottled water.
 
Charles Wickins gave us a brief preview of what is in store for Visitor’s day.
  • When: October 24th
  • Who: Our district Governor will be giving a talk entitled: How to 
  • Connect with a Person in 15 seconds”.
  • Goal: 100 people in attendance.  More details will follow soon but in the meantime, please start thinking of who you want to invite!
Linda Hatfield gave updates on Hope Warming Center and the Maple Road clean up events.
 
50/50 raffle: Wendee Haugh 
               -daily winner was Shirley Bryant for a $9 grand prize
               -The winning card was not drawn for the big pot so the pot lives another week.  
 
Sherriff: Chuck Moss 
 
Pat Grady hosted and introduced our speaker: Gail Perry Mason
Gail has a very impressive resume as a published author in many well know publications (Ebony, Black Enterprise, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News and the Washington Post to name a few)  She is also a board member for many different charitable groups including MSU (not our hometown heroes the Michigan State Spartans)  Gail founded a Money camp for teens and Financial Literacy program currently being used in Detroit Public Schools. Gail was present to talk about the “Save a Girl, Save a World Mentorship Program” This is a program to increase financial awareness and skills in young people.  They emphasize learning that you have value before learning the value of a dollar.  She highlighted many of their more inspiring programs such as the Sole mate shoe exchange that pairs children up with mentors to discuss their lives and professions.  Also she talked of their Ties and Pearls program and the inspirational effect it has had on many young people.  In summary, she is trying to teach tomorrows adults to be owners of their destiny and not just be consumers.  
 
President Dave ended the meeting with a round of Smiles.
Meeting was called to order by President Dave Underdown who led the group in the Pledge of the Allegiance and Rotary 4-Way Test.
Sarah Rappaport let the group in singing God Bless America
Invocation was delivered by Joe Bauman
 
Meeting Volunteers
Host of Guest Speaker: Charlie Wickins
Luncheon Tickets: Alicia Green
Raffle Tickets: Ken Gass
Bulletin Editor: Marie Dowler
Greeter: Bryan Frank
Sheriff: Mark Anderson
2 Min Update: Rich Shapack
 
Announcements and Upcoming Events
  • Hope Warming 8/25 all spots filled
  • Third Thursday is Wednesday the 17th this month with a SOLD out Tiger game. Arrive at Adams Square between 5:15-5:30pm bus leaves at 5:45pm. 50+ Rotarians/family will be going
  • Dream Cruise: all shifts covered, water bottle give away in front of Tiffany Florist
  • Maple Rd Clean Up. September 17th, Pat Grady will put sign up on line, coming soon
  • Tentative Golf outing date is September 26th Waiting on Confirmation from Stoney Croft Golf Club, sign ups coming out soon with confirmed date/times/costs. Donations welcome for Prizes.
 
50/50 winner: Bryan Frank
No winners in the card draw
 
Speaker was introduced by Charlie Wickins, Speaker was Robert Bales of Local Hop. Local Hop is a mobile APP that is free to download and will give you access to local events. It is a community platform. Has 100’s of organizations inputting events and over 1000 users. List’s activities and events in the area. Free to users who down load APP. Free to post Q and A after presentation, might be a tool the Rotary can use here locally.
 
Meeting ended with a round of Smiles and was then adjourned by President Underwood
Opening:
Welcome at 12:10 p.m. by Dave Underdown
Pledge of Allegiance and Rotary 4-Way Test
Invocation by Linda Hatfield
Opening Song: America the Beautiful
Song led by: Ken Gass
 
Visitors and Guests ; Girish Kshirsagar, visiting Rotarian from Nanded, India; George Nelson visiting Rotarian from N. Augusta South Carolina; George’s son, Gene Nelson, from Birmingham;  Adrienne Kain visiting Rotarian from Waikiki; Dilip Kuchipudi, prospective member; Kevin Mason, Bank of Birmingham,  prospective member.  Julia Halpin, First American Title Company; James Cristbrook, Shain Park Realtors, our featured speaker.
 
Volunteers: 
Lunch Tickets: Regan Gilshire 
Raffle Tickets and Raffle: Cindy Broderick
Sheriff: Pat Grady
Greeter: Linda Hatfield
Bulletin Editor: Bill Roy
 
2 Minute Update: Dan Nerad on the topic of Birmingham Schools.  BPS thanks the Rotary club for its continued service.  BPS is looking for new partnerships, with an eye toward exposing students to career opportunities.  BPS mission is twofold- first students must learn well, which most do, Dan’s job is not done until all do; second students must build character skills.  Dan also mentioned the November election, in which a new majority of the BPS Board will be elected, and BPS bond issue is up for vote.  Dan reported that this year BPS has invested in new front entrances for ½ of the school buildings, which is a safety feature.  Next year the entrances for other ½ of the buildings will be done, and the Seaholm and Groves auditoriums will be renovated. 
Rotary Minute: Joe Bauman reported on the BRC’s Ugandan water well projects.  To date, we have provided three wells.  The first was used so extensively that there was a danger it would be damaged from overuse, so a second was funded, and then a third.  A project which envisioned serving 3,000 people has grown to serve many thousands more.  Joe read excerpts from a note of gratitude from the residents.  The final cost, including District grants was $27,000.  The final return is priceless.
 
Announcements & Upcoming events: 
  • Hope Warming Center:  Bill Roy reported that we need volunteers for Thursday August 25th, and passed the sign-up sheet around.  When the sheet was passed, one of our prospective members, Dilip Kuchipudi, volunteered to serve that evening.  
  • Chris Winans reported on her initial weeks as Assistant District Governor.  She urged all to make plans to attend next years’ International Conference in Atlanta.
  • Social Committee Surveys: Bryan Frank left surveys on the tables and requested that all fill them out and return them.
  • Tiger Game August 17th:  Bryan Frank reported that there are 17 tickets left for the Tiger Game August 17th.  We will be leaving by bus from South Adams Square parking lot at 5:15.  Rotarians, family and friends are invited.  This event will be our “Third Thursday” this month.
  • Dream Cruise Sign Up: Bryan Frank reported that we still need volunteers for the 3-5 and 5-7 time slots for August 20th .  We will be distributing water in front of Tiffany Florist all day.  Everyone is invited to come and help.
  • There will be a BRC Board meeting on Wednesday August 17th at 12:00 noon at the BAC.
  • BRC Golf Outing: Save the Date.  John Westerheide has reserved September 26, 2016 for the Golf Outing.  John will provide details at a later time.
Birthdays: Richard Erickson 8/11; Betsy Reich 8/13.
 
50/50 raffle and draw.  George Stern won the daily jackpot.  Nobody drew the 3 of Diamonds, so the pot lives.
Chris Winans introduced James Cristbrook of Shain Park Realtors.  James worked for Disney Productions for a number of years and the theme of his motivational speech was  “ How Walt Disney Changed my Life”.  Key points of his presentation were liberate yourself, whatever you do, do it well enough that your audience or customers will want to come back, never say “I don’t know” (unless your child is asking about Pokeymon), continuity is important, always stay in character, love the people you serve, test your dreams against your beliefs, and always remember that you job is to make people happy.  We would like to thank James for his presentation.
  
Dave Underdown adjourned the meeting at 1:15 p.m.  
 
Next meeting is August15th.  Speaker will be Matt Russell, Local Hop.
 
Bill Roy–Bulletin Editor 
Meeting was called to order by President Elect Linda Hatfield, in the temporary absence of President David Underdown.   Linda led the group in the Pledge of Alliance and Rotary 4-Way Test.
 
Bob Kenning led the group in singing America the Beautiful.  Bob also delivered the invocation.  
 
Birthdays were announced as to Chuck Gosh (August 2) and George Stern (August 7).
 
Guest and Visiting Rotarian Adrian King, from the Honolulu Rotary, was greeted.
 
Meeting Volunteers:
Charles Wickins: Host to Guest Speaker
Betsy Reich: Luncheon Tickets
Ryan Quinn: Raffle Tickets
John Schrot: Bulletin Editor
Tom Waffen: Greeter
Eric Smith: Sheriff
Doug Koschik: 2-Minute Update
 
Doug Koschik’s 2-Minute Rotary Update included his discussion of the upcoming renovations to the Birmingham Library.  He submitted photos and plans.  The work will start in October, 2016 and complete in April, 2017.  The work will include new windows, shelving, etc.  He invited all to check out the new electronic resources and catalogue.  
 
Announcements and Upcoming Events included:
  • Hope Warming Center:  Kayla Thompson announced that the Club had a service night at the Center on July 26.  The next date is August 25.
  • Social Committee Survey:  Bryan Frank distributed a survey.
  • Third Thursday:  Bryan Frank announced the August 17th Tiger Game trip.  Please see Bryan Frank if you are interested in attending.  
  • Dream Cruise Sign Up Sheet:  Bryan Frank announced that Rotary Club members will be handing out water for donations in front of Tiffany Florist in Birmingham on Saturday, August 20.
  • Member Directory:  Bryan Frank asked for ad information ASAP.
  • Board Meeting:  Wednesday, August 17, at BAC.
50/50 Raffle and Card Draw:  There was an $8 jackpot, and no one won the pot.  
 
Speaker:  Allison Hendry, of the Birmingham Education Foundation, which is a foundation which supports the Birmingham Public Schools. In addition, she was assisted by Shelly Potter, who is a reading specialist at Greenfield School.  Our speakers explained that BEF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) which began in 1993.  It is not part of the Birmingham Public Schools.  They stated that funding with inflation is down $2,800 per student.  BEF offers teacher grants.  It supports school groups and district-wide initiatives.  It is a bridge between the schools and community.  It has contributed approximately $2,000,000.00 to the Birmingham schools over the years.  It funded a non-profit group called “Mental Illness Needs Discussion” at both Seaholm and Groves High Schools.  We can help by volunteering, donating, and spreading the word as to the benefits of this organization.
 
The meeting ended with a round of Smile and was adjourned by President Elect Linda Hatfield.  
Rotary Minutes 
July 25, 2016
 
Meeting was called to order by President Dave Underdown who led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and Rotary 4-Way Test.
 
Bob Kenning led the group in singing God Bless America.
 
The invocation was delivered by Charles Wilkins.
 
Meeting volunteers were:
Regan Gilshire:  Attendance/Luncheon Tickets
Jill Jones:  Raffle Tickets
Doug Koschik:  Greeter
George Henry:  Sheriff
Joe Valentine:  2-Minute update
 
Announcements and Upcoming Events included:
  • Committee Sign Up Sheets:  Linda Hatfield.  If you have not yet signed up for a committee, please see Linda.
  • Hope Warming Center:  Bill Roy announced that tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 26 is our next service night.  Our August date is August 25.
  • Third Thursday:  This year, the event will be on a Wednesday and will be an August 17th Tiger Game.  Please see Bryan Frank if you are interested in attending.  
  • Dream Cruise Sign Up Sheet:  Rotary club members will be  handing out water for donations in the front area of Tiffany Florists in Birmingham.
  • Member Directory:  Bryan Frank asked for ad information ASAP.
  • Board Meeting:  Wednesday, August 17 at BAC
The speaker part of the day’s meeting was a report from President Dave Underdown.  Dave spoke of his own goals and background and encouraged members to write down three Rotary goals for the new year.  
 
Meeting ended with a round of Smile and was then adjourned by President Underdown.  
Meeting was called to order by Dave Underdown.

Invocation was given by Joe Bauman who also served as greeter.
Bob Kenning led the club in singing “America”.  
 
Volunteers for the day were:
Greg Burry – raffle
Chris Winans – meal tickets
Ryan Quinn – sheriff
Charles Wickens – host to speaker
 
Bryan Frank provided an update on the member directory.  Business card size ads are $50 and full page ads are $200.  The ads are due now as the directory will be going to the printer soon. Bryan also provided a reminder about the Third Thursday social event.  The one for July will be at 4:00 p.m. at the Bird and Bread.  For August, in lieu of a third Thursday, the club members are invited to a Tigers game  on Wednesday, August 17.  Transportation is available and those interested should plan on meeting at South Adams Square.  The bus will leave at 5:30 p.m.  Cost of the game and transportation is $40.  A tee shirt is available for an additional cost.
 
Charles Wickens reminded members to sign up on the committee sheet.  He also announced that the fundraising committee is meeting on Tuesday, July 19 from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. at BBCU.
 
The next Hope Warming Center service project will be July 26.  Volunteers are still needed for serving.  The Hope Warming Center date for August will be the 25th.
 
Birthdays being celebrated are for John Shrot and Molly Swart.  
 
Raffle – Bryan Frank won the daily raffle but no one picked the winning card.  Therefore, the pot lives!
 
The speaker, introduced by Charles Wickens, was Jeff Hampton, a Toastmasters member.  Jeff competes in Toastmaster speech competitions.  He presented a piece called “I Get Around” about muscle cars.  The speech was followed by a table activity.
 
The meeting ended with a round of Smile and was officially adjourned at 12:58 p.m.  
President Dave opened the meeting at 12:15p to a thunderous welcoming ovation.  After the Club recited the Four Way Test, Bob Kenning led the Club in singing America the Beautiful.  Kavla Thompson gave the invocation.  Frannie Greenebaum introduced her neighbor, Brian Kepes, who is running for Bloomfield Township Treasurer.

Regan Gilshire sold luncheon tickets.   Matrie Dowler sold raffle tickets (Shirley Bryant won the $11 daily pot; no one drew the three of diamonds).  Charles Wickins greeted.    John Mucha acted as Sheriff. 
 
Pat Grady honored George Googasian and Fayth Kakos with Community Service Awards, given jointly by the Groves High School PTSA and Birmingham Rotary.  He recited their many activities.
 
Chris McLogan gave a two-minute update on the state of the housing recovery.  He said the fundamentals of the economy are strong with mortgage delinquencies declining.  There is still pent up demand although sales at the upper end of the market are slowing.
Bryan Quinn exhorted all Rotarians to give $100 every year to the Rotary Foundation. 
 
Linda Hatfield passed around sign-up sheets for various Rotary committees.  Marsha Kovaks reminded everyone that the Club will be at Hope Warming Center on July 26th.  Linda Hatfield reminded everyone that Third Thursday will be on July 21st at The Bird and the Bread from 4p until 7p (note earlier commencement).  The Board will meet on Wednesday, July 20th at the BAC.  All are welcome.
Ryan Quinn introduced Marc K Nakisher, a friend of ten years who specializes in Estate Planning as principal of the Nakisher Law Firm and enjoys participating in Iron Man contests.  Marc said estate planning starts with a will; everyone should have one.  Everyone should create a Trust in which to place assets such as a house, IRAs, Stocks and Bonds and other financial assets and Life Insurance policies.  It keeps those assets private by avoiding disclosing them in probate.  It also reduces probate cost which is usually 2-3% of assets.  Everyone should have a Durable Power of Attorney to handle financial and health care issues in case of personal disability.  And everyone should have a HIPAA to allow hospitals and financial institutions to share personal information with those entrusted to care for us when we can’t.  
 
Next week’s speakers will be Jeff Hampton and Brian Bach from Toastmasters.  
 
The meeting adjourned at 1:10p with a rousing version of Smiles.
 
Respectfully submitted,
George Stern
 
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