Service Above Self
We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Plymouth Community Arts Council
Meeting Address - 774 N. Sheldon, Plymouth MI 48170
Mailing Address - P.O. Box 5384
Plymouth, MI 48170
Posted by Beth Stewart on May 18, 2013
We welcome Plymouth Township Supervisor- Richard Reaume
Update on Plymouth Township - bring a guest for this informative program!
Posted by Beth Stewart on May 14, 2013
The ROtary Club of Plymouth AM Ghana fundraising event, held on May 10 was a huge success. 75 people attended a fun evening of great food, fun, prizes, and great fellowship all for a great cause! We thank all our donors, sponsors and guests for helping to change lives in Ghana.
Posted by Beth Stewart on Apr 09, 2013
WE had a great planning meeting this morning facilitated by Dick Schmidt. Dick is helping each of our committees to envision our projects and goals for next year to help plan our fundraising. This has helped keep us on task, identifying projects and setting goals.
Six of our members are planning on attending the District Assembly at Schoolcraft College this Saturday morning. We hope to get an update fromt hem at our next meeting.
Next week our speaker is Charlotte Luttrell, from Ms Molly Foundation (www.msmolly.org). The Ms. Molly Foundation believes all people deserve to feel safe in their own homes. The Ms. Molly Foundation empowers communities to stop the cycle of violence in the home and gives victims of domestic violence a second chance for happiness. Domestic violence is a growing nationwide problem. While millions of victims report this crime, there are many others who are just too afraid their situation is beyond anyone's help. This will be an interesting meeting - please bring a friend!
Have a great week everyone!
Posted by Beth Stewart on Mar 12, 2013
Excellent meeting this morning as Plymouth residents Screenwriter Jim Burnstein and Producer and former Rotary Club of Plymouth AM President Patrick Olson discussed the upcoming film "Love and Honor" at the clubs meeting March 12 at the Plymouth Arts Council. The movie will premier is March 22 at the Penn Theatre as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Penn.
March 23- We need more volunteers for the Salvation Army Bunny Brunch - this is for families in need in our community - there will be great food, gifts and candy for the kids, the Easter Bunny and much more. Our help is needed for serving and cleaning up. Please contact Kate - email@example.com if you can help.
May 10 Ghana Fundraiser is taking shape - flyers are now available for posting in your offices and sending to your friends to invited them to this great evening in support of our Rotary projects in Ghana!
Posted by Beth Stewart on Mar 11, 2013
Tomorrow will be a great meeting as our club welcomes Screenwriter Jim Burstein along with our former Club President Pat Olson to share their collaboration which resulted in the Hollywood film "Love and Honor". Don't miss this very cool meeting and please invite a friend or two to attend!
Posted by Beth Stewart on Feb 19, 2013
Today we welcome special guest speak Richard Rubins speaking on the Ford Piquette Plant. We learned a lot not only about the factory where Ford produced the Model T but lots about Detroit and the unique manufacturing history and the unmatched innovation of our early auto barrons.
Dick is a great speaker and we had many guests with us this morning who also came to enjoy his program.
Nice to see our Asst Gov Dave Cash with us too!
NEXT WEEK we welcome Dr. Jeremy Hughes - Interium Superintendent of Plymouth Canton Schools - please try and make this important meeting about our schools and the upcoming Bond Proposal. Bring a friend!
Posted by Beth Stewart on Feb 05, 2013
Our meeting this week focused on Club Committee meetings. Lots was accomplished as we worked in our committees to formulate our year ahead.
CLub Service Committee - will work on planning some fun events outside of our meetings to build good relationships with each other as well as have fun. We will work on getting PR info out about our meetings as well as our events and community service projects.
Community Service Committee - will continue to work on the service projects we currently are doing including monthly support of Salvation Army and Cass Community Services, food delivery to Opportunity House, Tanger school projects and playground equipment, Senior Christmas Dinner and will work on identifying other opportunities for our club to participate in.
International Service Committee - Our Ghana fundraiser is set for May 10 and will raise funds for our financial commitement to the Windsor Club project in Ghana - if we raise more than $5000 we will use remainder to set up fund to support any club members who wish to go with the RI group to Ghana. Committee is also commiting $1000 + to Shelter Box to fulfill our commitment to support the work of this great disaster relief organiztion.
Our Club received $2500 from Plymouth Community Foundation (thank you Jeanne for writing the grant!) to purchase another piece of playground equipment for Tanger School adding to the wonderful play equipment with the musical theme.
Next week we welcome Northville Rotarian Harlan Wichelo to speak about District Conference. Please join us!
Posted by Beth Stewart on Jan 29, 2013
A foggy morning at the end of January was made much better by getting together as Rotarians to meet and share breakfast, fun facts, and planning for our club success. We got to check out the terrific soup bowls our members made last week during our visit to the Plymouth Pottery Guild - thanks to Leslie Greeneisen - we all painted our bowls and waited for them to be fired. Actually they all looked beautiful even though most of us don't consider ourselves artists!! We had a great time and helped support a great cause as well.
Next week we are going to continue our discussions with club members in our committees so come prepared with great ideas.
Posted by Beth Stewart on Jan 15, 2013
A few of the hardy members came out on a very cold morning for our meeting! Maybe everyone is fighting a cold or the flu - We know President Tim was down with a cold and Pre-elect Sam practiced running the meeting. Even Pastor Dorian ended her prayer with a sneeze instead of AMEN!
Please note: The Mardi-Val Party to raise funds for the Ghana project has been postponed. We discussed new date in May and will confirm when we have venue and entertainment lined up.
NEXT MEETING- we are doing something really FUN next week and are meeting at the Plymouth Pottery Guild!
Address: 340 N Main St # G11, Plymouth, MI 48170 Phone:(734) 207-8807
We are going to have breakfast, get a little tour and then paint our own soup bowls which will be fired and we can pick up the following week when the guild hosts the 2013 Soup Swap! Bring $15 for your bowl if you want one. When you pick up your bowl you will recieve a fabulous container of homemade soup prepared by the "Over-the-Hill" gang of chefs - and if YOU bring a can of soup (or 2 or 3) it will be donated to the Salvation Army - everybody wins!!
Posted by Beth Stewart on Dec 19, 2012
The annual appearance of Santa - complete with duck tape around his sagging neck and perhaps our newest re-gift Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree both helped make our holiday "gift" exchange lots of fun! We now have 2 weeks off - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone - see you on January 8th!
Posted by Beth Stewart
The Rotary Club of Newton, Connecticut, USA, established a Sandy Hook School fund. The fund is dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook School tragedy, their families and those in the Newtown community who have been affected, to help support both their short-term and long-term needs.
Our deepest condolences and sorrow for the Sandy Hook School tragedy.
Posted by Beth Stewart on Dec 11, 2012
Newest Rotarian Aimee Olsen gets "pinned" today by Judy as President Tim gives his OK! Last week we inducted new member Geff Phillips. We welcome both to our club and are happy they have chosen Rotary AM to get involved with - they will both be excellent members of our club.
We welcomed our speakers from across the river today - from the Windsor 1918 club - to share an update about their grant and work with Ghana. Our club will host a fundraiser - MARTI-VAL - to raise awareness and funds for this great project - watch for updates!
We also welcomed our friends from the Salvation Army to give us updates on their work this holiday season. We are planning another work day on Friday December 21 to pack food -from 2- 5 pm - please come and join us if you can.
NEXT WEEK - WE CELEBRATE OUR OWN CLUB HOLIDAY PARTY - DON'T FORGET YOUR "GIFT" - IT'S AWAYS FUN!!
Posted by Beth Stewart on Nov 13, 2012
We had fun welcoming Palm Reader, Darlene Denning this morning! She told us a lot about ourselves using numerology and having us read our own palms and we discovered some interesting things about some of our members...... !! Darlene will also be joining us for the Senior Christmas Party and will read palms and have some fun with the folks while they are waiting in the lobby for the doors to open for the dinner.
Remember to mark your calendars for Sunday, December 9 for the Senior dinner - we need volunteers from 2:30 - 7:00 pm - Please come and help on this great annual project!
We also need all Volunteers to report to the Salvation Army on Main St. just south of AA Road THIS SATURDAY at 1:00 pm for our volunteer service helping with their Thanksgiving distribution. This service, in addition to the 370 boxes of Mac and Cheese we supplied, is another important service project for our club.
Ted Barker, now sporting a moustache, rounded out the morning with a Sergeants program on all kinds of moustaches - who knew there were so many different kinds and names for each! Women without them had to pay a buck :)
Have a great rest of your week and see you all on Saturday at the Salvation Army.
Posted by Beth Stewart
ELECTION DAY! We had a smaller than normal turn-out this morning - presumably because everyone was waiting in line to VOTE somewhere! We did have a very productive meeting however, discussing the many upcoming events and volunteer opportunities we have for the holiday season - both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
We have offered to help the Plymouth Salvation Army with food distribution on Saturday November 17 but have also taken on the responsibility of providing the 325 boxes of Mac and Cheese that they are in need of as well! Each member today donated $20 to the cause and Audrey is hitting Costco and getting the product. If you would like to contribute to the cause she will appreciate it!
We are also planning our Senior Christmas Dinner on Sunday December 9 - we need ALL our members to be present and work on this important event - this is one our most important (and appreciated!) annual projects. Please mark your calendars and make sure you can attend and help out.
We have the Tanger Christmas Party coming up as well - Wednesday December 12 - again this is an important and super fun event we do for the students and families at Tanger School to help them celebrate the holidays in an atmosphere which helps the students feel comfortable.
We had a guest Sergeant today - John Stewart - who came and did a Michigan history test for all of us - In the spirit of the political season he handed out quarters for correct answers and then required everyone to give back $1!!
Rememer to VOTE TODAY!
Next week we will have a preview of a bit of fun entertainment we have lined up for the Senior Christmas Dinner when we are visited by a PALM READER - you won't want to miss it :)
Posted by Beth Stewart on Oct 31, 2012
It was nice to see everyone on a cold (brrrrr) morning. Take heart - next week it should be a tiny bit lighter at 7 am!
We had a good discussion about Spaghetti Dinner and appreciate Sam tracking down "Dego Joe" to give him our Thank You Certificate. He was very appreciative. We hope to use him for other things during the year if we can.
Next week is the FIRST Tuesday of the month when we bring toiletries and supplies for the shelves at the Salvation Army and CLOTHING for Joanne to take to the hospital for people who need clothes when they leave.
We have some other volunteer opportunities coming up as well:
Saturday - November 17 - Volunteer at the Plymouth Salvation Army helping on their Thanksgiving program
Sunday - December 9 - Senior Christmas Dinner! It will be here before you know it - please mark your calendar for this event and be on hand to help out. We need every Rotarian there!
Posted by Judy Wernette on Oct 15, 2012
President Elect, Sam Kennedy, presenting a certificate of appreciation to Dago Joe for donating the spaghetti sauce for our Spaghetti Dinner at the 2012 Plymouth Fall Festival. Thank You!
Posted by Beth Stewart on Oct 09, 2012
Good meeting on a cold October morning. We welcomed our Assistant District Gov. Dave Cash - it's always nice to see him as well as guest Geff Phillips - guest of Beth Stewart. We also had a visitor - Jason - who is a recent graduate of U of M- Dearborn in Behavioral Science and found out about us through our POSSIBILTITIES booklet.
We had club committee meetings today and each group has a list of lots of great activites and programs for our club.
There are lots of things coming up in the next fews weeks and months and so it's never too early to start filling these dates in your calendar!
Please check theleft hand column for the dates you need to know to make sure you don't miss a thing!
Hope to see you all next week - let's try and get as many of our club members to start attending meetings as we can! There are a bunch of you that we miss seeing so please join us :)
Posted by Beth Stewart on Oct 02, 2012
Your Editor was basically "asleep" during the month of September and so newsletters were not done. However, that doesn't mean that our Club wasn't super busy! We had a very successful Rotary AM SPaghetti Dinner during Fall Festival - so successful in fact that we couldn't keep up with demand. Beautiful weather and lots of good publicity can be credited with bringing out hundreds of people to enjoy a fantastic meal. As always, we could NOT accomplish this task without the leadership of Club President, Tim Patino! Knowing how to run a restaurant helps, but serving 800-900 people within a short period of time takes real organizational skill and thanks to Tim we were up to the challenge.
Thanks to everyone who worked so hard all day and into the night to make the dinner successful and thanks to Kate for working on the Pastabilities Book and making that a super success as well. We had to visitors to the club meeting last week who got the book in the mail and came to check us out! We also have welcomed several guests recently and we hope they continue to visit and hopefully decide to join our club.
We had great programs in September as well including Michigan Philharmonic Conductor, Nan Washburn who shared the Michigan Phil 2012-2013 season with us and last week we enjoyed a wonderful program by Leaders Dogs with visitors, Dante and Patrick - both great dogs who enjoyed being at our meeting!
The week, we thank Sam and Judy for sharing "Hope is Not a Strategy" - an excellent video presentation about the work they do with non-profits and leadership. Their message was also especially appropriate for our Rotary Club in helping us define who we are and what we want to accomplish. Thanks for sharing your work and vision with us this morning.
Thank you to Cathy P who was the ONLY member to remember that the first meeting of each month is when we bring in toiletries for the Salvation Army. Please mark your calendars to help you remember this each month. Our friends at the SA really appreciate our help on this important drive to keep their shelves loaded with very needed items for the families they serve.
Have a great week and hope to see you ALL next Tuesday morning!
Posted by Beth Stewart on Aug 28, 2012
District Govenor Visit
DG Mary Kehoe visited out club today along with Asst. Gov. Dave Cash. We were happy to join Mary is congratulating Jeanne with her Diamond Paul Harris Pin! Jeanne has been very generous to our club and to Rotary and we appreciate it. Mary informed us about the theme for this Rotary Year which is PEACE. We have the opportunity to join thousands of other Rotarians in Dist 6400 and other community leaders for a Walk for Peace in Windsor on Friday September 21. For more details visit the district website. www.district6400.com
We were also visited by former Interact President, TJ Madigan - who is now VP of the U of M Rotaract Club. TJ got his start with Rotary through Interact as a sophomore at the Park and continued through college. The U of M Rotaract Club has already done 2 International trips to Honduras and Guatemala - in both places they were so pleased to find many signs of Rotary's presence through Shelter Boxes and water wells already in place. Great to see a young Rotarian living out all he learned about international service and world peace through his work with Rotary!
Next week: Michigan Philharmonic Music Director and Conductor Nan Washburn will share the upcoming season of the Michigan Phil.
Posted by Beth Stewart on Aug 14, 2012
Guest Speaker: Jeff Jahn informed us about how to save our photographs, videos, tapes etcby turning them into cool DVD productions. If you are interested in contacting him about doing a project for your family photos or even something for your business you can reach him at KEEPSAKE FAMILY TREE VIDEO 734 536- 6100 www.keepsake-familytreevideo.com
Salvation Army: We are helping with furnishing notebooks and colored pencils for thier BACKPACK project for kids in need. We committed to a total of 250 of both items - We got 84 at the this meeting so we need lots more! Please head to Walmart where you can get notebooks for $.17 a piece!! We need to have these items in next week if possible!
Spaghetti Dinner: SEPTEMBER 8, 2012 - NEED ROTARY MEMBERS ALL DAY- PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!
PASTA-BILITIES BOOK: Need your Ads NOW - we are doing book with distribution to 10,000 Plymouth households
Tickets will be distributed at our next meeting - need all presale tickets SOLD!!
See you all next week!
Posted by Beth Stewart
n recognition of Rotary International’s anniversary and our more than 25-year fight to eradicate polio worldwide, Rotary clubs and districts have been sharing our story with the world by illuminating landmarks with the message End Polio Now.
Over the past two years, a number of iconic sites, including the Sydney Opera House, the Houses of Parliament in London, the Colosseum in Rome, the Great Pyramid of Khafre near Cairo, Chicago’s Wrigley Building, and several castles in Scotland have displayed the End Polio Now message. http://www.rotary.org/en/MediaAndNews/PressCenter/lightings/Pages/ridefault.aspx
Posted by Judy Wernette