December 4, 2017 Meeting Bulletin

The meeting was called to order at 12:15PM by President  Linda Hatfield. 
Pledge of Allegiance
4 way Test:  As a special holiday treat, President Hatfield, provided the group with an explanation of the origin and meaning of our cherished 4-Way Test. 
America The Beautiful was sung by Ken Gass
Invocation was given by  David Underdown
Introduction of Guests and Visiting Rotarians:
  • There were many friends, family members and spouses in attendance today to help us celebrate the Holiday Season     
Meeting Volunteers:
  • Lunch Tickets & Attendance:  Regan Gilshire
  • Raffle Tickets: Chris Winans
  • Greeter: Bryan Frank
  • Sheriff: No Sherriff Collection 
  • Bulletin Editor: Ryan Quinn
  • 2 Minute Update: No 2 Minute Update
  • Host to Speaker: Doug Koschik
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
  • Thanks were given to those Rotarians that came out to ring the bell on Saturday December 9th and to those who have signed up for December 16th.
  • Paul Harris Update: Patrick Grady was awarded his 7th Paul Harris Award by Joseph Bauman.
  • The club would like to thank Gail from Wolverine Human Services who helped her friend Roberta Posner deliver a very large donation of clothing for Mark Anderson’s  Suit Drive to benefit Veterans.  
  • Owen Elementary Literacy Project:  Alicia Green will be collecting children’s books and candy for the Winter Blast event at Owen Elementary at next Monday’s meeting
  • Master’s Raffle:  Bryan Frank has the tickets!!! Please contact Bryan to let him know how many tickets you need and then call Vic Pooler to discuss the many sponsorship opportunities.
  • Hope Warming Center: Upcoming dates of service: December 12th  & January 16th.
  • Bottomless Toy Chest:  Pat Grady announced that they are still collecting new unwrapped toys for the Bottomless Toy Chest.  If you would like to donate, please drop a toy off at the Birmingham Bloomfield Credit Union.  
  • Tweener:  It's time for this year's Tweener! A time between the holidays where we all get together for some great fellowship and food during the holiday season!  Be sure to invite family and friends as well.  The more, the merrier! 
    • When: Thursday, December 28th at 12:00 noon
    • Where: Brady's Tavern, 31231 Southfield Road, Beverly Hills, MI 48025 
    • (Please note: This is a buy-your-own event)
  • Polio Shirt Update: Our goal was to raise $3,362 which how much it would cost to vaccinate the entire population of Birmingham, MI - approx. 21,012 people.  Between clothing sales (38 shirts and hoodies) and monetary donations we raised $4,6475!!! After taking into account the $2 to $1 match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation the total raised to help in the fight against Polio grew to $14,025.00.  WAY TO GO BIRMINGHAM ROTARY CLUB!!! We also owe a special thanks to Regan Gilshire for her hard work on this very impactful project. 
  • Core Orchards Detroit (Special Collection): On Monday 12/4/17 we collected donations from members for Wolverine Human Services’ Core Orchards Project.  This project will result in the planting of 3,500 trees on Detroit’s east side creating Detroit’s 1st u-pick apple orchard.  For every $150 collected one tree is planted and will be dedicated in the name of the contributor.  On 12/4/17 we collected enough to plant 6 trees.  On 12/11/17 we received one additional contribution of $150 for a total of 7 trees planted by the Birmingham Rotary Members for this project.  This brings our total number of trees planted to 43! Ryan Quinn is working with Wolverine Human Services to coordinate a day to present them with their check.  Planting will happen in the fall and Rotarians are welcomed and encouraged to participate.
Raffle & Card Draw:  George & Fran Stern won both the daily pot and the card draw!  George’s 28 year streak of not winning the card draw was finally broken with the help of his wife, Fran who picked the winning card!
SEA, a pop ensemble from Seaholm high school, under the direction of Mrs. Laurie Frick provided us with a holiday inspired vocal concert.  SEA is a by-audition only ensemble that comes from the 70 Voice Seaholm choir called “The Voices”  They rehearse outside of school hours and perform for many community events and parties.  Mrs. Laurie Frick is the Choral & Musical Director for Seaholm High School as well as being the K-12 District Music Chair.   SEA performance was spectacular and left everyone feeling a little more festive!
Meeting was closed with a round of Smiles. 
(Bulletin Submitted by Ryan Quinn)