September 8, 2014 Birmingham Rotary Club
President Steve called the meeting to order at 12:05 pm. and after the Pledge of Allegiance and recitation of the Four-Way Test, Bob Gualdoni led us in singing “Grand Ole’ Flag,” A thoughtful invocation was given by Chris McLogan. Steve introduced guests among which were the president of Troy Rotary and Joe Valentine, Birmingham City Manager,.
Volunteers today included Sarah Rappapor as the host to the guest speaker, Alicia Green, luncheon tickets, George Stern, Raffle tickets, Shirley Bryant, Bulletin editor, Greeter, Mark Anderson, Attendance, Bryan Frank and Sheriff, David Underdown.
Steve showed us an inspirational video featuring the Rotary International President for 2014-2015, Gary C.K, Huang from Taiwan. President Huang reminded us that Rotary is like family.
Chris McLogan presented attendance awards. Many Rotarians had perfect attendance for 1 - 4 years, but Pat Grady, Linda Hatfield, and David Underdown had six years, Mark Andersoni and Rich Shapack, eight years, Joe Bauman, nine years, Peter Kreher, ten years, John Mucham, twelve years, George Stern, thirteen years and Bob Swanson, fifty four years! Jack Benish now has perfect attendance for 58 years.
Announcements and upcoming events included the introduction of our exchange student Fran Mestre who is from the city of Denia, in Valencia, Spain; a reminder about our volunteer morning at Gleaners Food Bank on September 20th; the Rotary at the Zoo event on September 21st; the Annual Golf Outing at Lincoln Hills on September 29th and the 90th Anniversary Party at the Birmingham Athletic Club on October 24th.
Rotary Day at the Zoo: Birmingham Rotary has six teams that will compete in the scavenger hunt (along with teams from other clubs) to raise money to eradicate polio. Please give your checks of support to the team leaders payable to Rotary District 6380 with “Zoo Day” in the memo. These donations count as Paul Harris Points.
Team Leaders and team names are:
Dick Halstead Halstead’s Animals
Chris Winans Winans Winners
Nave’ Grewal Little Rascals
Joe Bauman Birmingham Polio Busters
Steve Volk Vulcan’s Clan
Linda Hatfield Polio Police
This project was part of George Hedgespeth’s vision of district Rotary Clubs coming together to work on a joint project. Please participate so we can make this project successful. The event begins at 10 am at the Detroit Zoo, Sunday, September 21st.
We were reminded by Joe Bauman to turn in our minimum $90 donation to Rotary International to help eradicate polio in honor of our 90th anniversary. Only about one third of club members have done this so far.
President Steve Volk inducted two new members to the Birmingham Rotary Club; Regan Gilshire and Ken Gass. Please give them an enthusiastic welcome to Rotary.
We sang Happy Birthday to our new treasurer Nave’ Grewal, and no one drew the winning card so the raffle pot continues to grow. Dave Underdown performed sheriff duties collecting a healthy pile of fines for the coffers.
Sara Rappapor introduced our speaker Lisa Kelly, who is the 4-H Tech Wizards Program Coordinator for Michigan State University Extension. Her work is in youth development and mentoring. Lisa thanked Rotarians because she was a former recipient of a Rotary scholarship.
Lisa spoke to us about the importance of adults mentoring youth and challenged and encouraged us to become involved as mentors. It would require spending a couple of hours per week with a student. Students are from Anderson Middle School in Berkley or Pontiac Schools. Most students need help with the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math).
Submitted by Shirley J. Bryant