Rotary Club of Brighton, Michigan
We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Brighton Community Center (near 3rd & Washington)
555 Brighton St.Brighton, MI 48116United States
Program: CLUB ASSEMBLY
New Member Inductions for Jeff Hayden, Tom Janego, Ron Long, GT Nickerson, and Julie Smith.
Program Host Bill Metz presented a program reviewing the history of the Rotary Club of Brighton.
Program Hosts Ed Bottom/Bill McCririe introduced Mike Archinal, Genoa Township Supervisor.
Program Host Kory Leppek introduced Josh Holowicki, Creative Director, Music Department, Brighton High School and director of the upcoming Beauty and the Beast.
Program: CLUB ASSEMBLY
The induction of new member Mike Archinal, Genoa Township Supervisor, was celebrated.Voting for the 2013-2014 Slate of Officers was held President Pam introduced Sue Urban, about the upcoming LIP STYNK performance.
Scott Griffith introduced Rob Compo, the lead lobbyist for the Association of Realtors
Program: Northstar Reach
Northstar Reach is a camp program that is affiliated with UM hospital.
Mike Donovan from the Michigan DNR discussed the Pittman Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act. Mike is Brian Donovan’s younger and better looking brother. He has multiple degrees from U of M, was employed by Kodak before going to the DNR. He was here to discuss the 75th anniversary of the Act.
Program: Barb Barden – Livingston County Convention and Visitor’s Bureaupresented by Bonnie Corrigan
Sponsor Scott Spitler proudly introduced his sister-in-law, Heather Spitler, for induction conducted by George Moses into membership. Heather is the proud mother of two teenage sons and the owner of Total Fitness Center in Howell. Welcome to our group as a card-carrying member!!
Program Michael Bourke introduced Rafa de La Heras, exchange student from Aranda de Duero Spain and Michael Bourke, his son, who discussed the fun aspects of Rotary student exchange. Michael Bourke then discussed our Club’s involvement with Junior Achievement (JA) at St. Patricks Catholic School these past six years.
President’s Night Program at the Johnson Center:
Program Host Rachel Bhathena introduced Patty Nowak, Executive Director of the ARC of Livingston.
Program Host Anne Belser introduced Mike McManus whose program, “Thailand—the Land of a Thousand Smiles” was inspired by a visit to the 2012 Rotary International Conference in Bangkok.
Program: CLUB ASSEMBLY
Program Host Jim Barnas introduced Bryan Bradford and Piet Lindhout who discussed the Veterans Memorial planned for downtown Brighton at Mill Pond Park
Program Host Beth Walker introduced Tom Wywrot, Associate Director of Communications with the University of Michigan Athletic Department.
Program Host Mitch Zoldowski introduced Sarah Neidert from the Brighton District Library who discussed electronic business resources.
Program Host Tom Zizka introduced our own Mike McManus, President of MicroWorks Computing, who presented a video montage about cloud computing.
The Brighton Area Women’s History Roll of Honor, led by Founder and Master of Ceremonies Joyce Powers, celebrated their ten year anniversary through the induction of the following community leaders: Colonel Kriste Kibbey-Etue, the late Sharon Kisak, and Nancy Rosso.
Program: New Member Inductions & CLUB ASSEMBLY
George Moses introduced new Rotarian Brent Belesky and his sponsor Jason Huntley, along with new member Michael Southgate and his sponsor Bill Gartley. Welcome to our Club!
New Member induction of Jeff Billi, was conducted by his sponsors Jim Barnas and Peggi Tuggle, under the direction of George Moses. Welcome back Jeff!
New Members Cory Leppek and Vernon Boyajian shared information about themselves and their businesses. We are glad they have joined our Rotary membership!
TheBrighton High School Chamber Choir, under the direction of Matthew Brady, presented a selection of holiday songs and musicalbonbons for our enjoyment.
After the musical program, George Moses enthusiastically providedthe formal introduction and induction of our new members: VernonBoyajian sponsored by Jim Barnes; andDerek Smith, sponsored by Bill Anderson. WELCOME!!!
Program Host Mark Marker introduced Lt. Greg Mowbray of the Brighton Area Fire Authority who shared the story of the Brighton 911 Memorial.
Program Host Piet Lindhout introduced Derek Smith, Executive Director of the South Eastern Livingston County Recreational Authority (SELCRA).
Rotary District Governor Stephen Youtz joined members in discussing activities to support the 2011 Rotary International theme of “Reach Within To Embrace Humanity”
Program Host Leslie Koehler introduced David Walker from Hartland Insurance, who discussed National Health Care Reform..
Program Host Ed Bottum introduced Fuzzy Manning from PTS Treatment who discussed how the issues surrounding military veterans as well as those currently serving.
New Member Induction of Frank Mancuso.
Mark Marker made a special presentation to Dan Bowen, former Brighton Rotarian, thanking him for his active support of the Club and the Rotary Raiders
Club Assembly began with a presentation by Mark Sweatman discussing what activities does the Club fund:
Program host Adrienne Knack introduced Sarah Mews, Operations Manager, and Janice Fedo, Project Manager and web master, from the Livingston County Humane Society
Program: SCHOLORSHIP PROGRAM
Kathy Reisterer- Our Anderson – McGregor Memorial scholarships has given almost $120,000 to graduating seniors over the years
Program: ARTS THROUGH THE AGES
Nancy Johnson introduced Carla Sharp of the Brighton District Library who gave a presentation on “Art Through the Ages.”
Judge Mike Hatty held a thoroughly entertaining program about being a Circuit Court judge and the various programs designed to encourage rather than punish.
Program host David Hartsook introduced Doug Lewis, Trustee on the Statewide 4H Foundation. He is also an Attorney in Criminal Law. He is a U of M Graduate whose priorities (in order) are God, kids and horses.
Program host Don Homan introduced Colonel Kriste Kibbey Etue, Director of the Michigan State Police (MSP) who discussed “Michigan State Police: Today and Tomorrow.”
Ron Hagan hosted his wife and business partner Beth Weaver Hagan who discussed the need for long term care planning.
Five new members were inducted today! WELCOME!!!!!
Program Host Scott Griffith discussed “The Mortgage Crisis.”
Program Host Tom Coates proudly introduced his son, Marine Tom Coates III, who recently returned from six months in Afghanistan. Tom shared a slide presentation of his residence in the northern part of the Hellman Province (located in the SE area) of Afghanistan.
Program Host Nancy Johnson introduced Ganiah Hinton, who discussed her outgoing Rotary exchange experience to Argentina.
Bill Anderson introduced Enna Whitted, the Community Director for the March of Dimes
In the continuing celebration of March as National Reading Month, Program Host Bill Gartley introduced Donna Gehringer, who discussed Literacy in Livingston County.
In the continuing celebration of March as National Reading Month, Program Host Nancy Johnson introduced Sarah Perry, Social Media and Marketing Library at the Brighton District Library (BDL) who discussed “Business Resources At Your Library.”
In celebration of March as National Reading Month, Program Host Brian Donovan introduced Brighton Area Schools Media Specialists : Margaret Adams, Pat Boehm, Nicole Cummings, Diane Crang, Jan Dohner, and Vickie Weyand, who provided an update about 21st Century Learners
Program Host Bonnie Corrigan introduced Dr. Frederick Bonine, who discussed the history and future of the VINA Clinic.
President Jeremy introduced Joyce Powers who introduced the Brighton Area Women's History Roll of Honor.
Program host Katherine Lawrence-Copppinch hit by discussing "Programs I have Almost Done"
Program host Ed Copp introduced Roger Schmedlen, an international private investigator and security consultant with Loss Prevention Concepts Ltd.
Program host Tom Coates regaled his rapt audience of Club members with hilarious tales from his youth
Program host Ron Cleveland intended to introduce Mike Hatty as his speaker, but due to a murder trial, Mike was unable to appear at Rotary today. Our every nimble Ron shared an interesting vignette from his past.
Program host Steve Smith introduced Tom Harris, who discussed small business marketing in his presentation "What is Online Marketing?"
Program host Michele Bouhana introduced Matt Modrack, Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Director for the City of Brighton.
Program: CLUB ASSEMBLY
Stephen Smith introduced Lisa Follmer-Gagnon and Marcy Hornsby-Mohr who spoke about their Hope for Autism Foundation
Beth Walker introduced new Brighton Area School's Board Member John Conely, who discussed school finances.
New Member Inductions:
George Moses conducted the honors for the induction of our two newest members: Bob Marray the former Genoa Township supervisor for 16 years, sponsored by Bill McCririe; and Peggi Tuggle, Assistant Vice President and Financial Center Manager at Fifth-Third Bank, sponsored by George Moses. Welcome!!
Host Brian Wutz introduced William Vallincourt, from the Livingston County Prosecutor's Office, who provided an "Overview of Michigan's Medical Marijuana Act"that became effective on December 4, 2008.
Steve Belanger introduced Colonel-Retired Dee Russo and Sargent-Major-Retired Greg Russo of the National Guard who discussed the "Flag Folding Ceremony."
Program/ CLUB ASSEMBLY:
Program Host Jason Huntley introduced chief economist Jeffrey Roach, Ph.D, from Horizon Investments, who spoke about "Making Sense of This Market."
Program Host Bill Anderson introduced Bill Rogers who spoke about the budgeting process (highs and lows) in Lansing. As always, Rep. Rogers was thoughtful, articulate and entertaining.
Program Host Tom Zizka introduced Ray Moses, an agricultural innovator and National Rifle Association Certified Firearm Instructor, and Frank Mancuso, a local attorney, who spoke about certification classes to carry a concealed weapon in the state of Michigan.
Program Host Mitch Zoldowski introduced former Brighton Rotarian, Mike Murphy, Chairman of the Board of Directors of LACASA.
Program Host Beth Walker introduced freelance writer and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sheryl James who spoke about her "Life as a Journalist."
Program Host Stan Schafer introduced University of Michigan Engineer Professor, David Chesney, who spoke about "Ethics."
New Member Inductions
Matt Sova, a local CPA and community volunteer, sponsored by Sharon Kartes.
Brian Wutz, a local attorney, sponsored by Jeremy Jones.
Welcome to our Rotary family!!!
Program host Bill Anderson introduced former Brighton Rotarian Larry Lane who has returned as Fire Chief for the Brighton Area Fire Authority
Program host Brian Parsons introduced National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) members Leon Judd, Vice President of the Michigan organization, and Barb Lane , President of thelocal chapter
Program: CLUB ASSEMBLY
President Jeremy introduced his goals for 2010-2011 during his presidency
Program host John Nagel introduced Jeff Waterman, pastor of The Well Church, who discussed two community service initiatives
Program hosts Melanie and George Moses introduced the theme "Brighton Rotary in Reverse: A Twenty-Year Flashback."
Program host Bill Metz introduced his youngest son, Aaron Metz, football coach at Howell High School . Aaron reminisced about growing-up with the Brighton Rotary Club and how attending the Club events have helped to shape who he has become today.
Program host Mike McManus introduced Colleen Brothers and Nina Kranz from the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Colleen and Nina brought the American Red Cross Disaster Response Truck for the Club to view how they provide relief to victims and emergency responders.
Program Host Jane McManus introduced Donna Gehringer, Community Investment Director at the Livingston County chapter of the United Way , who discussed "Connections."
Program Host Bill McCririe introduced Dariusz Wesolowski, Vice President and Director of Travel,from the Nomads air travel club who discussed "Get to Know-mads."
Program Host Pam McConeghy introduced Nancy M. Johnson (not Rotarian Nancy Johnson), Director of the Livingston C ounty Small Business Technology & Development Center (SBTDC).
Mark Marker introduced Austin Zilkowsky who spoke on Entrepreneurship
Program Host Piet Lindhout introduced Dave Moilanen, Chief of Operations for Kensington Metropark, who shared some of the exciting events happening within the Huron-Clinton Metropark system.
Rotarian Bill Anderson introduced Joyce Powers with presentations for the Brighton Area Women's History Roll of Honor
Program – Club Assembly:
Welcome to new members (and their sponsors:
Leslie Koehler introduced Robert Ficano, Wayne County Executive.
Don Homan introduced Jack Roberts, Executive Director of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) who discussed the goals and values of the organization.
Jason Huntley introduced Shawn Kitzman and Kent Nelson. Shawn explained the difference between Marshal Arts training and self defense training
Scott Griffith introduced Idil Birben, the Rotary International exchange student from Istanbul , Turkey
Brighton District Library ( BDL ) Board President Lee Gough introduced Rotarian Nancy B ("Bibliography") Johnson, Director of the Brighton District Library, who discussed useful tools and resources available in our libraries.
Program: CLUB ASSEMBLY
New Member Inductions of Circuit Judge Michael Hatty, and Chiropractor Dr. Stephen Smith. Mike Hatty was sponsored by Lee Gough and Dave Hartsook. Stephen Smith was sponsored by George Moses. WELCOME!!!!
President Lori delivered a brief overview of the many projects and activities of the Club:
Some people call Rotary a club, a organization, a bunch of old men having lunch while writing a check to a good cause every so often to make themselves feel good. Wrong, Rotary is a way of life, a way to look at the world, a way to realize no matter how bad things get in your own life, there are people who have got it worse, and youÂ have the power to help.