Birmingham Rotary Club
Weekly Meeting: March 27, 2017

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 
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