West Bloomfield Rotary Club
Meeting Time: Thursday morning at 7:30 AM Meeting Place: Zoe's House Of Pancakes 6339 Orchard Lake Rd., West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Here is a re-cap on those who missed our Rotary meeting yesterday.
Below is a list of updates for our upcoming meetings and the activities that our Interact Club is working on:
November 8: our speaker, Kathy Chiaravalli will be speaking about “Information on Oil Drilling/gas Fracking in Michigan”.
November 15: Mr Goldman from the Holocaust Center of West Bloomfield will be speaking at the OutBack Steak House at 11:45 AM.
There will be no meeting on the Nov., 22.
November 18: We will celebrate Thanksgiving at Joan and Joel Bussells house on Nov., 18 (Sunday) at 5 PM. We will be preparing food for 6 Thanksgiving Baskets for the needy.
November 29: Ron Bush will be our speaker. He is with Cloverleaf Consulting.
We had Barbara Donahue; a retired RN from Public Health gave us an overview of the Public Health structures on Oct., 4. 2012. For upcoming speakers in October and November, we will have:
Oct., 18, 2012, 11:45 AM at Outback restaurant of West Bloomfield.
Kevin Gebhard of Merrill Lynch – He is going to give us a presentation on various topics regarding investment strategies and retirement. Topics include:
1) Investing Strategically in Today's market - Road to Recovery
2) Taking Control of your retirement
3) Planning for Healthcare Costs in retirement
Nov., 15, 2012, 11:45 AM at Outback restaurant of West Bloomfield.
Stephen M. Goldman is the director of the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman family campus in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Sector Meeting - Steve gave us an update on his Sector meeting (a subset of District 6380) with other clubs a few weeks ago. The goal is to meet with other clubs and pursue possible joint projects in the future if possible. One of the possibilities is “Technology Training” to fellow club members to bring members abreast of technology trends.Grub Crawl – Mark your calendar, this year’s Grub Crawl is on September 13, Thursday evening starting at 6 PM. The Grub Crawl committee is working on the list of restaurants and flyer design. Stay tuned for more information.
Club Strategic Plan – Steve had sent out a draft 3 year strategic plan for the club which he included ideas presented at the Visioning meeting that our club went through couple years back, some Presidential Citation goals for the coming year, some ideas from speaking to club members, and some of his own thoughts. Please review the document and send your suggestions to him by June 30, 2012.
Interact Club St Jude’s Children Hospital fund raising update – we had finalized all the proceeds after taking out all the necessary expenses, and we are proud to announce that the event had raised a total of $2,109.79! Kathlyn Putnam will be sending out the checks and letter to St. Jude’s Children Hospital in the next few days.
We held our first After Hours gathering on Thursday (starts 5:15 PM on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month) at the Optimize Building with speaker Jonathan Warshay who is running for the WB Township Supervisor in August 2012. We are looking forward to see more members and friends joining us for this “After Hour” activity in the coming months.We will continue to have our Networking & Lunch on the third Thursday of the month - the next one is on June 21 at Outback Steak House -Orchard Lake and Maple.
New WB Meeting Schedule
There will be NO MEETING on May 31, 2012 due to a number of people being on vacation.
Starting June 2012, there will not be any morning meetings as our incoming President cannot meet in the morning. Below are the new meeting times:
1) We will continue to meet the third Thursday of each month at the Outback Steakhouse on Orchard Lake Rd. at 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
2) All other meetings will be evening meeting from 5:15 PM until 6:30 PM(promptly ending) at the Optimize building on the corner of Farmington/Maple Road. From 5:15 PM - 5:45 PM is social time, 5:45 PM - 6:00 PM is for meeting and announcements, and 6:00 PM-6:30 PM is for Speaker.
Our next meeting will be on June 7 evening with speaker Jonathan Warshary at the Optimize Building.
We are seeking some excellent speakers for our meetings. If you have any suggestions, please contact Joan at (248) 661-2156.
We have a wonderful evening at Honey Tree on Thursday night with our speaker Ann Maybury from Rodan & Fields Dermatologists. She gave us a very interesting talk on how we could take care of our skin under the sun.
We had a great business meeting today with Steve Ketcham, our president elect for 2012-2013. Steve gave us an update on his experience at PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) that he attended recently. He has some dynamic ideas for our Club for next year, and he has energized us once again.
We are also proud of our West Bloomfield Interact Club that has been awarded the 2012 Community Service Award. The award ceremony will be on May 18 from 7:15 AM to 9:00 AM at the Michigan Week Breakfast.
We have Ginger Barrons from Novi Rotary as our speaker on Thursday night. Ginger has been helping end Polio for twenty years now, she showed us what Polio is, and how Rotary has been helping to eradicate polio and at the same time help to promote peace in those areas.India has been taken off the polio-endemic list following a year in which the country reported no new cases of the virus. The wild polio virus remains endemic in three countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria.
With the year 2012 target to end polio in the world, Rotary is raising about $355 million to compliment the $255million donated by Bill Gates to meet the target that will be used to eradicate polio this year.
New Meeting Time and Location for First Thursday of Each Month -Starting Feburary 2 (Thursday), we will have an evening Rotary Meeting (6 - 7 PM) at the backroom of "7" (Seven) . This restaurant is located on the S.E. corner of Orchard Lake Road and Maple Road in West Bloomfield next door to Plum Market. Meeting time is from 6:00 p.m.until 7:00 p.m.we will have appetizers and soft drinks available for $10.00 per person. Cash Bar is available as is dinner for those who wish to stay and order from the menu. This is our first evening business/social meeting including a speaker. Members, prospective Rotary Members, friends, spouses, and family members are all welcome. We hope to make this evening available to members that cannot make our morning or noon meetings. Looking forward to seeing everyone.
The second and forth Thursday of each month will be reserved for committee reports and business at the Ford Hospital Optimeyes Bld. The Third Thursday will remain scheduled at Outback Steakhouse at 11:45 a.m. until 1:00 PM.
Looking forward to seeing all of you at "7" on Thursday.
Happy New Year!
Hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season with loved ones. With continued sunshine and pleasant temperatures this should be a terrific winter for all. Snow can still be found in parts of Michigan. One just has to look hard to find it for our die hard snowbunnies. In the mean time, we will enjoy the ease of driving around unhampered for a few days longer.
The West Bloomfield Interact Club is going to host a Holiday Family Movie and Blanket Drive on December 10 (Saturday) from 5 - 7 PM. It will take place at the Orchard Lake Community Church at 5171 Commerce Road, Orchard Lake. The suggested donation is a new blanket or $5 per family. All proceeds will be donated to the homeless shelters in Detroit through I Am My Brother's Keeper Ministries.
Your support to this event is highly appreciated!
We had an awesome Rotary meeting on Thursday. Col. Fredrick Gellert, son of Judy Garver, spoke to us for over a half hour from Kabul, Afghanistan through Skype. Fred is part of the NATO forces training the police/fire departments there in an attempt to enable them to be part of their new government. As of today, there are 139,000 trained and the goal is to have 157,000 by 2012. The goal of our government is to have a balanced, capable, sustainable, and affordable government infrastructure in place before the U.S. withdraws its forces in 2014. The police force is the first line of defense not the army. The U.S. has built over 500 police stations there and has over 500 police advisors in the country. One of the greatest obstacles for the country today is the extremely low level of literacy. They are working on that issue, as well as developing a working legal system. Army lawyers are there to help with this issue.
This was an extremely informative program. We had an amazing turnout, including 4 members of our Interact Club.
Rotary Club lunch meeting on the 20th was a great success. Chief Michael Patton, our West Bloomfield police chief, answered some very important questions concerning the length and strength of our security system in our township. He also encouraged us to vote for the renewal and increase in the mileage that is coming up for a vote in November to maintain the current status of our fire department and our safety. It was a very positive meeting.
We were pleased to have six guests at our lunch meeting. Guests are welcome at all our meetings.
Sorry that there was a glich in getting our newsletter to you the past few weeks. Kelly is back from China and we should be back on track. Welcome home, Kelly. We missed you.
So far our 8:00 a.m. meetings are going well and our lunch meeting on July 21 was a success. The lunch was great. Shelly, our hostess, did an outstanding job, and our speaker was wonderful. Jay Wiseman, the chief of the fire department was our guest, and he gave us a quick review of the activities and needs of our local fire dept. He also addressed the need for the renewal of the millage this fall to keep our W. Bloomfield fire department one of the finest in the country.
Strive: Bob is still waiting for the results of the last semester grades for our two Strive students, who will be recognized at our President's Night Dinner on June 30. They have each received scholarship money for two semesters already.
On May 26, we had Mike Nelson, a Milford Rotarian and an attorney spoke to us about Mediation and Arbitration as an alternative to legal matters going to court for trial. The meeting was attended by Shelley, Bob, Marian, Mike Nelson, Leonard, Laurie McVey our assistant gov., Joan, Lee, and Scott.
Japan Relief Fund Raising - It was a successful event, there were over 200 people attending the concert on Apr., 15 at the Orchard Lake Middle School. They raised $2,290 from the raffles and donations that night. All the monies are being donated to the American Red Cross. The Interact Club will meet again on Apr., 26 at OLMS to work on a thank you letter to thank the businesses that had donated items for the raffle at the Benefit Concert.
Editor from WestBloomfield.patch, Tim Rath had covered the concert that night. Please check out the story http://westbloomfield.patch.com/articles/student-organized-japan-benefit-concert-raises-hope-money
How often do you have two inductions in one week of the rotary club? Our clubdid it! Rotary Induction - On 3/23, we have our District Governor, Janet McPeek inducted 3 new members (Angelynn (Lynn) Rafaill, Michele Economou Ureste, and Steve Kaplan) to our Rotary club at the Gino's Restaurant in Keego Harbor. We all had a good time with our fellow Rotarians. Please click to see the induction.Interact Induction - On 3/27, we have our District Interact Chair, Lynn Morgan inducted 15 members to our newly charted Interact Club at the West Bloomfield Library. We all had a nice afternoon with the kids and parents who attended the meeting. Please click to see the Interact Induction group picture.
West Bloomfield Interact Club and West Bloomfield High School’s Japanese Club are teaming together to provide a night of entertainment in hope of raising money for the recent tsunami and earthquake in Japan. All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross. The concert will take place on April 15 (Friday) from 7 - 9 PM at Orchard Lake Middle School of West Bloomfield. Please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for this event. Attached please see the Japan Relief Benefit Concert for more information.
Interact Club - They had a meeting with the Japanese Club to do a fundraising for Japan. Their induction/charter will be on Sunday, March 27th from 2-4 p.m. at the Main West Bloomfield Library on Walnut Lake Rd. Pizza and Salad will be served and all expenses paid by our Rotary Club.
CNN has posted a nice interview with Tom Henderson from ShelterBox on the efforts to provide shelter to the affected areas of Japan.
Interact Club - A group of students went down to the World Medical Relief facility last two Saturdays to help pack supplies. We are still looking for drivers to take groups down to the WMR which locates on Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit. Please contact Kelly if you are able to spend a few hours on Saturdays(3/26 and 5/21) to drive them there.
They were very excited to receive their new t-shirts, and have been wearing them for community works. We are planning an Interact Charter party soon to induct members and present them with the Interact Pins.
Interact Club - The Club will have an induction sometime in early Spring. Marian has already received their pins that will be distributed during the induction ceremony.
The kids will also be doing community works at the Food Bank and World Medical Relief in the coming months
Interact - As a continuing recruiting process, members of the Interact Club (Angela, Sam, Nick & Venessa) went to the Orchard Lake Middle School to talk to the kids about Interact on Thursday.
Interact Day - 2 students and 2 adults will be attending the Interact Day on Feb. 5 in Ann Arbor.
Grub Crawl - Lee presented our club with a check for $2,189.00, our portion of proceeds from the Grub Crawl.
Thanksgiving Baskets - The list is prepared and some have already signed up for items to be distributed. Joan is waiting for the list of families from the schools.
The West Bloomfield Thanksgiving Dinner will be on Sunday, November 14th at 5:00p.m. Please RSVP with Joan at (248)661-2156.
This week we have John Steiner, member of the Farmington Rotary Club, spoke to us on the history of Polio Plus Program, that he was intrumental in founding.
We were fortunate to have our speaker, past district governor and fellow Farmington Rotarian Lynn Morgan, chair of many Interact Clubs in the District 6380 to speak to us regarding setting up Interact Club at local schools. Also in attendance, future charter members of our new WB Interact Club, Angela Ng, Kelly's lovely daughter and friend, Emily Vrbensky. With these two bright young women at the helm of Interact, it can't be anything but a great success.
Visualize and Plan Our Future -We had Gerry Jackson, Past District Governor of Davisburg club presented to our club how we can plan our club's future in the next 5 years at the WB library yesterday. Lynn Morgan, Interact & Rotaract Chair of Farmington club, Steve Youtz, District Governor Elect of Milford club, and Lorrie McVey, Assistant Governor of the Lakes Area club were also there to help us. During the meeting, we did a "Vision Exercise", pretending we are in year 2015 and looking back what we have done to our club in the past 5 years (i.e. 2010 - 2015) on the following categories: Vision (e.g. what does our club "Stand For" in our Community),Club size & Attributes (e.g. our membership size, characteristics, demographics)Club Service (e.g. membership evelopment/recruitment and retention, weekly programs)Vocational Service (e.g. Strive, Interact)Community Service (e.g. Pancake breakfast)Humanitarian Service Fundraising (e.g. how much we have aised for Grub Crawl)InternationalService (e.g. youth exchange program)Foundation success and Foundation fund raising achievements (e.g. Paul Harris Fellows)Public Image Development (e.g. what methods we used to promote our image - newsletter, welcome brochures)
We generated so many ideas during the 3 hours meeting. Our president, Marian will be sharing those information to our club members in the coming meetings. We will be using these to make plans and goals that will lead us into the next five years.
President Steve Ketcham was not able to be with us today as he had trouble with his car and needed to get it repaired. Marian opened the meeting followed with the Pledge of allegiance to the flag by Joan Bussell and Leonard led us with the 4-Way Test.
President Night Celebration - Preident Steve Ketcham opened the meeting by welcoming everyone to our President Night celebration. We had 34 adults and 4 children attending the dinner meeting.
Leonard Trunsky gave the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
Dorothy Friedl, a charter member of the club gave us a beautiful invocation before dinner. Geebee Thimotheose gave us a toast to the Office of the President of the United States of America. Bob Lask gave us a toast to the Queen. We all enjoyed a delicious dinner of our choice. Pollo Picata, Linguini Fresca, Tuscan Chicken, Salmon balsamica, and the children enjoyed chicken fingers and french fries.
Today , Leonard Trunsky let us in the Pledge of allegiance to the Flag and Lou Peters led us in the Four Way Test.
Pennies for Polio - Kathlynn Putnam brought in the Certificates that will be presented to the Principal of the Green Elementary School. One is for their contribution to the Polic Plus Foundation and the other is for the contribution to the Haiti Relief. A total of $3,000.00 was sent to Rotary International. This was the amount that was raised by the students and parents from the school. Shelly had a wonderful idea regarding the Pennies for Polio. Governor Judy was able to locate all the banks that we needed. The presentation will be made at the Presidents night celebration.
Haiti Relief - The clothes that were collected by members of our club were delivered by Joan Bussell to the Hartland club. She said it is amazing to see how organized this group of Rotarians of a club for 9 months old. They had a very big truck filled with very good clothing. They picked up clothing that was donated by the Rotary clubs in Canada at the border. The clothing will be distributed by the Rotary club in Port au Prince Haiti.