Posted by Lynn Morgan on Dec 06, 2013
Please update your calendars -
Regular Meeting - Dec 24, cancelled
Regular Meeting - Dec 31, cancelled
Posted by Lynn Morgan on Dec 10, 2013
Brian Golden provided a very informative and enjoyable program at our meeting on December 10. Brian is the President of the Farmington Historical Commission. His topic was historical items in Farmington and the surrounding suburbs. The area was a logical point of focus in the development of roads and rails. One of our historic landmarks is the powerhouse (now called winery) at Orchard Lake Road and Grand River. A junction was created to provide trolley service to Orchard Lake or to continue to the west, approximately following Grand River. The trolley cars were developed in various ways to serve the citizens who would ride them, beginning with horse cars, then by electric cars. For those who could afford the luxury, there were even party cars (limosines of the day) and funeral cars.
Trolley's were an improvement over the roads of the time. Roads were dirt, and when it rained they became mud. Some companies put planks down so cars (tin lizzies) and horse drawn wagons could avoid the mud, provided they paid a toll for the use. These were the origin of the "Toll Road". Everyone else could use the muddy, rutted regular roads for free "FreeWays".
Native americans and settlers who later arrived follow the established trails that crossed the area. The three that Farmington is influenced by are the Grand River Trail, the Shiawassee Trail and the Orchard Lake Trail. Farmington was a desireable travel stop because of the water courses that flow through the area.
Thank you Brian for a wonderful look at some of the things that made Farmington, Farmington. We may have to ask you back for another chapter in this History Book.
Posted by Lynn Morgan on Dec 05, 2013
A cold night outside made for a warm night inside at Cowley's. It was a good selling night and the Jackpot rose to $3675, building excitement for the queen to be found. However, she eluded the search because Envelope 36 did not yield the Queen. So the Jackpot progresses to next week. Get your tickets early! See you for the fun next week at Cowley's. Be in each drawing with a subscription to the remaining 11 weeks. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a subscription form. Click "more" below.
Posted by Lynn Morgan on Nov 29, 2013
After all that turkey and all that shopping a lot of people needed a release and came to Cowley's for an evening of dining and entertainment. We provided some of that entertainment with our raffle activities. The sales for the week brought the Jackpot up to $3363 for the night. A Botsford buyer was the lucky stub drawn, Judith Perrin. Envelope #45 was the choice and although it was a red card, it was the Ace of diamonds. Judith didn't go away empty handed however, a Cowley's gift card was given to our Botsford rep Carol to deliver it to Judith tomorrow. So, that elusive Queen is still hiding. And we will continue seeking her next week Thursday at 9 p.m. Won't you join us for some fun and excitement. Bring your friends and co-workers and enjoy a brew or two....
Get your tickets now or subscribe for the rest of the drawings. $25, $50, $75 or $100 will subscribe 1, 2, 3 or 4 tickets in the remaining drawings. Your choice. Check out the Queen of Hearts page link to the left, and send us a check or credit card information before next Thursday. There are 12 drawings left! We'll take credit cards. See you there at Cowley's. Bring your friends for a grand time.
Posted by Phil Abraham on Oct 29, 2013
Our latest Rotarian in Farmington Rotary is a local business leader Nidhal Garmo. Nidhal owns and operates Nidhal Sav-Mor Pharmacy on Orchard Lake Road.
However Nidhal is much more than a local business leader.
Nidhal is in fact an international philanthropist. To help those in need she established a charitable organization called For Victims of War and Poverty (http://FVWP.com ), whose purpose as you might gather from the title, is (among other things) greatly involved in assisting children in war torn regions of the world, especially the middle east (Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon) and eastern Europe. She has recently established a new organization called People for a Better Life (http://www.peopleforabetterlife.com) specifically to facilitate the collection and distribution of medical equipment, medical supplies, laboratory instruments, and medicine to developing nations around the globe.
Posted by Lynn Morgan on Nov 12, 2013
Peggi Tabor presented a great educational program for our club, mostly senior citizens. This organization strives to fulfill the mission of Lifelong Learning, this program affiliated with Wayne State University. A large selection of a variety of topics is offered to membership who want their minds to stay sharp. You may retire from your job, but you don't want to retire from learning. If so, then SOAR is for you. You can sign up for membership by contacting email@example.com or calling 248-489-0005. We all have a lot to learn.
Posted by Lynn Morgan
Sr. Marie Judith presented the program on the GED Assistance program being operated by St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center. She described the facets of the GED requirements and testing for motivated people to acquire their graduation credentials.
Posted by Lynn Morgan on Oct 15, 2013
The Question is: Are you prepared for an emergency?
Awareness of possibilities prevents the surprise of emergencies and disasters.
Consider a disaster event that occurred right now. Who, What, Where, Why and How will you get through the next 72 hours?
Make a plan:
Step One: Get details down on paper
Step Two: Assemble supplies for a Three-Day home stay or evacuation
Step Three: Share the plan at a household meeting
Step Four: Review and update your plan every six months and conduct a drill.
Posted by Lynn Morgan on Oct 01, 2013
Come on down, to downtown Farmington, and join in the excitement of Cowley's Pub re-opening after a fire closed them down on September 6. The Queen of Hearts drawings were postponed for the several weeks while repairs were completed. But Thursday night, we will be resuming our weekly schedule from where we left off. The missing weeks will be added to the end of our schedule in January. Bring a bunch of friends and let's help our friends get back to business.
Posted by Lynn Morgan on Sep 29, 2013
Photos compliments of Monica Jablonski
Sunday the 29th was the day. A rainy, good day, for bowling. Jeanne and Lynn are ready to "get the ball rolling." Phil and Ginger and the gang, Mike, Jan, and Dave were on hand to assist.
Posted by Lynn Morgan on Sep 07, 2013
- Announcing -
Pennies for Polio
A progressive Bowling Tournament
dedicated to the eradication of polio !
$5 Per Bowler Fee plus Penny Pledge
Posted by Lynn Morgan on Sep 11, 2013
Posted by Lynn Morgan on Aug 20, 2013
Fire Chief, Corey Bartsch updated our group on the current methods and procedures of the local fire department.
Posted by Lynn Morgan on Aug 13, 2013
Our guest today, via Lisbon and the Rotary International Convention -
Posted by Lynn Morgan on Jul 23, 2013
New to the Farmington/Farmington Hills area, Habitat now has a Restore Shop here. You may remember it as H. A. Smith Lumber. Welcome to the neighborhood.
Posted by Lynn Morgan on Jul 20, 2013
BRIANA PAYTON, one of this year's James Ellis Scholarship awardees.
Posted by Lynn Morgan on Jul 16, 2013
One Thursday a month is special at Heritage Park, Farmington Hills. Our friends at BOTSFORD HOSPITAL conduct a program - "a WALK with a DOC".
Posted by Lynn Morgan on Jul 09, 2013
Posted by Lynn Morgan on Jul 09, 2013
Ginger Barrons presented the update on Polio. There are less than 100 new cases of Polio reported this year to date. Only 3 countries remain as endemic for Polio and less than 50 new cases were reported from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. The problem is that portability is still showing as a reason that cases are found in other countries. Immunizations have to continue for all young children until 3 years do not show any new cases of Polio. Only then can eradication be considered complete. To assist with that continued push for immunization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are extending their fund matching contributions 2 to 1. Thanks to Rotary and our strategic partners, we are ever closer to closing the door on this dreaded disease.
Posted by Lynn Morgan on Jul 02, 2013
Lynn Morgan presented a club focused workshop on utilizing the District Grant(s) to do more to "change lives" in the Farmingtons as well as our community at large. The message delivered the information need to understand how the grants worked and to build a basis for applying for and managing effective grant funded projects. Our guest Tim Sinclair, for the day shared comments relative to his club's grant activities. Now the planning for a grant needs to focus on the needs within our scope. Stay tuned for updates on what we will be working on.
Posted by Lynn Morgan on Jun 25, 2013
George Fowler from Senator Levin's office, and Mike Bennett, rep for the Naval Academy, brought us an interesting conversational presentation about candidates for the Military Academies. High School graduates with grade point averages over 3.8 are sought for this highly sought-after educational opportunity. While the rewards are huge, the commitment is significant. Four years of university level education followed by a "job" commitment with the Army, Navy, Air Force or Merchant Marine service organizations.
Interested young men and women should contact their legislator and make an official application for placement in one of the academies. They are interviewed and selected according to each legislator's criteria. If you know of a dedicated and committed young person who might be interested, suggest they make their application soon. Over 20,000 applicants are likely to be considered this year.
Posted by Phil Abraham on May 10, 2013
Lynn T. Morgan, President Elect of Farmington Rotary, completed an assignment at the District 5670 Conference in Lyons Kansas. He appeared there at the invitation of Rotary International President, Sakuji Tanaka, to represent him and share his important message of "PEACE, THROUGH SERVICE".