Rotary Club of Berkley

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We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
O'Mara's Restaurant
2555 W. 12 Mile Rd.
Berkley, MI  48072
United States
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We will not be meeting at O'Mara's on Monday, December 8.  They have a funeral luncheon scheduled that conflicts with our meeting time.  

Berkley Schools has graciously agreed to host our meeting at the Berkley Board Offices at Avery Center.  It's located at 14700 W. Lincoln in Oak Park on the corner of Tyler and Lincoln.  You can enter off Manhattan and Tyler.  Avery Center is #3 on the map at  

We will be ordering food in for the meeting so everyone will be able to enjoy lunch together.  The cost will likely be $10 per person.  

We're doing this on the fly but hope to see everyone there!  















Connect with your fellow Rotarians, family and friends for a fun Rotary Day at the Zoo
Sunday, September 21, 2014

Zoo Hours—10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Early Bird Tickets
$22 adults and $12 children (12 and under) 
Includes Zoo admission and an End Polio Now T-shirt
Bottled Water and Pop provided by District 6380 
Pack a picnic lunch (no grills allowed) or purchase food on site 

Scavenger Hunt Challenge
- 2 to 4 people per team—family and friends can join a team with at least 2 Rotarians per team
- Club teams can challenge each other or challenge a team from a neighboring club to see who can raise the most money for 

Imaging the Detroit Zoo filled with Rotarians wearing red End Polio Now t-shirts - what a statement we will make!

The registration site with additional details is open on Eventbrite.  Go to:



Berkley Rotary will be meeting up with Southfield Rotary on Wednesday, September 3 at 5:30 pm at 24 Seconds in Berkley.  Friends and family are welcome to attend as well.  Please add that date to your calendar.  Stay tuned for additional details.

District 6380 is planning a district event at the Detroit Zoo on Sunday, September 21 from approximately 11 am to 3 pm.  Details on this event will be finalized in early August but please save the date.  Since this district event is taking place just down the road from Berkley, it'd be great to have strong attendance from our club.  I'll talk more about this event at our next meeting.



Excellent leadership is the key to successful service by our clubs to our communities and the world. The purpose of the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is to assist in improving the Rotary knowledge and leadership skills of the future leaders of our Rotary clubs.  There are four opportunities in the area over the next four months:  

July 12 -  Mt. Pleasant, MI
July 26 - Ann Arbor, MI
August 23 -  Big Rapids, MI
October 18 -  Chatham, Ontario, Canada
For more information on registration, go to the RLI Great Lakes website.



Looking forward to meeting at our new location on Monday, June 2.  This will be a special meeting as we start a new chapter for the Berkley Rotary Club.  What better way to kick things off than inducting two new members to our club?

Menus for O'Mara's Restaurant can be found online at for breakfast and for lunch.

Please review the menus in advance so that you can place your order when you arrive.  Orders will be placed in the kitchen after you place your order (rather than as a group once everyone has ordered).  You will be served when your food is ready.  Each person will pay his or her own bill.  A 20% gratuity will be added automatically to each bill.

It may take a few weeks to get our meetings into a good groove but look forward to meeting in our new location.  See you all next week!



BERKLEY, MI (May 27, 2014) – After more than 50 years, the Rotary Club of Berkley will have a new home.  Starting on Monday, June 2, the Club will meet at O'Mara's Restaurant in downtown Berkley at the intersection of 12 Mile Road and Coolidge Highway.  Guests, prospective members and anyone interested in sharing a meal in fellowship are welcome to attend.  The Club meets each Monday for lunch from 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm.    

"We're looking forward to meeting in our new location and expect it will help the club to be more inviting and visible," said Dr. Paul Benson, Club President.

"Meeting at a restaurant will give everyone the option to order what they want off the menu.  Rather than paying a flat fee, each person will pay their own bill at the end of the meal," said Matt Church, Club President-Elect.

Each meeting features a speaker.  Here's a look at speakers for the month of June.

June 2: First meeting at O'Mara's and induction of two new members

June 9: Robert Wittenberg discusses that impact of being a Berkley Rotary Club college scholarship recipient

June 16: Exchange student Florane and Berkley High student Tristan talk about their experiences at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp

June 23: Joyce and John Joyce of the Sterling Heights Rotary Club tell us about their international clean water projects.

June 30:  A representative from the Detroit Institute of Arts will share information about one of this region's cultural gems.

The Rotary Club of Berkley was founded in 1949 and has been doing important work in the community and around the world for over 65 years.  For more information, visit




Tomorrow, May 19 will be our last meaning at the First United Methodist Church before we move to our new home at O'Maras.  It is with a heavy heart that we leave the meeting place that has been part of our rotary family for quite some time.  In fact, most Rotarians do not remember any other home other than the First United Methodist Church and wonderful women that prepared weekly meals.  Tomorrow we will honor the women of the church at our meeting.  We will have some open conversation with them to close out an important part of our club's history.  Tributes will continue on July 10, 2014 with a special presentation for these great women at our Presidents' Night when we officially Swearing in our new club officers.



ImageOur move to O'Mara's, on the corner of 12 Mile Road and Coolidge, will be June 2, 2014.  The start time will remain the same at 12:15 P.M.   You will be able to order what you want off the menu when you arrive and each person will get a bill near the end of the meeting.   A 20% gratuity will automatically be added to your bill.  Food will arrive at your table as it comes out of the kitchen.  Some club business may be handled during your lunch but for the most part eating will be completed by the time our speaker begins.  Please allow for some changes to this agenda as we learn and get a new format into place.

Our program for the June 2 meeting will be the Joyce's who will talk about their efforts in providing clean and safe water around the world.  We are excited about our new venue and believe it will be a big part in reinventing Berkley Rotary.  As always guests and prospective members are always welcome!




Our club in conjunction with the Berkley School District, Women's Soccer team or Eastern Michigan University, and the Lion's club was held on Saturday May 2 in Berkley.  We give special thanks to Tom Colwell of our club and the Lions club for spearheading this program.  One student at a time in promoting anti-bullying and good sportsmanship as well as the opportunity to improve their soccer skills.



Save the date Thursday, July 10 for our president night to officially install Berkely's new administration.  It will be at past president (boy--I like that title) Paul Benson's house begnning at 6:30 P.M. A great barbeque dinner, fellowship, and a few surprises are guaranteed.  More information will follow.



It's hard to believe that the year is almost over and Florane will be going back home.  We will officially be saying goodbye to her at our meeting on Monday June 16.  At the meeting she and fellow student Tristen, will share their experiences wilth us from when they attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference last month.



The date for our signature Pancake Breakfast fundrasier has been selected by Charlie Glogower, event chair.  Paul, Matt, Mary Beth, and Charlie took a tour of the Berkley High School Cafeteria as a possible site location since we will not be at the First United methodist Church.  This facility will be spectacular for the event.  It is not confirmed yet and there are some details to work out, however all parties are confident that these details will be worked out.  More t come.



Our exchange student from Switzerland, Florene, has been living a real American experience!  In December, she traveled to Florida and the Bahamas with Darlene and Charlie Glogower and daughter Rachel.  In early March she traveled with her current host family to Washington D.C. and went to the White House.  More recently, Florane attended a game at U Of M; and went to a Red Wing Hockey Game, where she met some new friends!  Here are some photos of the U Of M Game and Red Wings game.








On March 30th, fourteen Rotarians attended the Royal Oak Comedy Club in support of the Tri-Community Coalition which which helps to fight drug and alcohol abuse among young people through education and awareness.  Several met for dinner first at the Royal Oak Brewery next to the comedy club.  Both of the comedians were very funny and a good time was had by all.  Our exchange student, Florane PralongImage was also in attendance!

Dennis Liegghio will be our speaker Monday January 20 who will discuss preventing teen suicide.  The community is invited to attend this program as it is part of our "No Place for Hate" Anti Bullying campaign with the Berkley School District.


At Tuesday's meeting we celebrated two anniversaries.  George Elfond (left) joined in 1970 and Gene Tata (right) joined in 1996.  Thank you both for your continued commitment to the Berkley Rotary Club!  



District 6380 Governor Elect Geoge Hedgespeth has returned from San Diego and the Rotary International Assembly as a "tired puppy" but all the better for it.  He is excited about next Rotary year and excited about the possibilities to "light up Rotary" during his time as District Governor next Rotary year.


Check out the great article from C and G News our Rotary club:


January 15, 2014

Rotary Club and Berkley schools partner for anti-bullying campaign

By Joshua Gordon
C & G Staff Writer

BERKLEY — Almost every school across the state deals with bullying issues at some point in the school year, but at Anderson Middle School, Principal Vince Gigliotti has been trying to get the students involved in stopping the bullying acts.

The school’s “No Place for Hate” program has helped educate students on the repercussions of bullying, and how it can affect other students, by bringing in speakers to talk with the students.

To help bring in the speakers, Berkley Public Schools formed a partnership with the Rotary Club of Berkley. Rotary Club President Paul Benson pledged to donate $8,000 toward the campaign.

The Rotary Club raised $9,700 during its annual pancake breakfast fundraiser in November — it’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Combined with a $4,000 grant from Rotary International, Benson and the Rotary Club donated another $4,000 to fulfill their pledge.

“Rotary is a service organization, and we decided to partner with the Berkley School District for a two-year project with them and felt there needed to be preventative measures when approaching bullying,” Benson said. “There are a lot of consequences to it, and some of our members were bullied when they were in school. There is the possibility of serious consequences, including the loss of life, for people who were bullied, and this is a very good, proactive project in the school system.”

Benson said the Rotary Club has been doing the pancake breakfast as its signature fundraiser since the club’s inception in 1959. The fundraiser always takes place on the first Saturday of November.

In the first year of the partnership during the 2012-13 school year, the Rotary Club helped bring anti-bullying expert Brooks Gibbs to Anderson and Norup International School. Gigliotti said the money also was used to support an anti-bullying poster contest at the elementary level.

“It is tremendous to have community groups support us,” Gigliotti said, “We all have the same goals for our community, and we recognize that making a difference with students will make a difference with our community.”

Berkley Schools Superintendent Dennis McDavid helped establish the partnership between the schools and the Rotary Club. Benson expressed interest in getting more involved with supporting the schools during McDavid’s first year in the district.

“Everything the Rotary Club does is extremely important, and we like to think we are an international organization,” Benson said. “We respond to hurricanes and natural disasters through Rotary International, but we also think the local level is important. The United States and even Berkley may be a lot more fortunate than other parts of the world, but we feel it is important to do stuff locally, so doing projects like this is important to us.”

In the summer, Benson said they would be adding another component to their fight against bullying by putting on a soccer clinic in partnership with the Eastern Michigan University women’s soccer team.

The clinic will be for children ages 8-14; it will not only teach them soccer skills, Benson said, but also good sportsmanship and working together, which is an extension of anti-bullying. The camp will begin May 3 and will be free of charge.

Gigliotti said having a campaign like “No Place for Hate” helps keep the bullying problem at the forefront for students and administrators.

“Our involvement with ‘No Place for Hate’ is very significant because it continues to push us to explore ways to positively impact our school culture,” he said. “We recognize that bullying behaviors can never be eliminated, but how students and the community deal with this will make a difference. We encourage students to take a stand and not be idle bystanders, and our hope is this trickles into our community, as well.”



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Scams can take many forms - and fraudsters can turn on a dime when it comes to developing new pitches for the latest fraud. While the wrapper or hook might change, there are common tactics that used by fraudsters to get your money that you need to know. 




Florane hanging out with host mother Pat and the Detroit Yacht Club Regatta  at Metro Beach this weekend.  Everyone decked out for Halloween.



Duplication is a great form of flattery, especially with a worthy project from the Brighton Rotary Club.  They presented their reamp building project that is highly successful for them at district conference.  We thought it is a great project.  Our club has partnered with prospective Berkley Rotary Member Fred Collins who is a builder.  Fred is not a stranger to our club.  He has agreed to supply the labor at cost.  We will partner with the City and Berkley businesses for assistance too.  Our members wanting to assist at the build are also encouraged to get involved.

We expect to start this in a very limited fashion and only to a person in financial need and residing in Berkley.  More to follow.




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