Manish Mehta (RCAAN Service Chairman) and Kenneth C.. Fischer talks to the club about the Luncheon on April 17, 2014.
UMS Web-page: ums.org , UMS on Facebook: facebook.com/UMSNews , UMS on Twitter: twitter.com/UMSNews.
Phil Zepeda introduced our guest speaker, Mr. Kenneth C. Fischer, President of the University Musical Society. Ken brought greetings from the Downtown rotary club and then began sharing the fascinating history of UMS.
UMS was founded in 1879 and after next 136 seasons is presently one of the premier performing arts presenting organizations in the world. The UMS season consists performing arts programs ranging from choral music to dance to jazz to orchestral works and everything in between. Each of these series has world class performers and orchestras ranging from Itzhak Perlman, to the Rotterdam Philharmonic to the Tricia Brown Dance company to Artemis Quartet. UMS hosts 60-90 performances each season and over 100 educational events.
The UMS 2014-2015 season promises to be one of the best. There are several ways to order/ subscribe for tickets. For more information go to this website: www.UMS.org or to see a short video on what the UMS is all about go to www.UMS.org/victors. Many of the past seasons are being digitized and are available at www.UMSrewind.org.
I attended session II at The Rotary Leadership Institute in Lansing on April 5th,. Tom from Rochester Rotary and I, created a Club Coat of Arms as a team building exercise. The exercise was to divide up in groups. The goal was to design, develop and explain a Rotary Coat of Arms. The coat of arms is used to illustrate specific characteristics, deeds, accomplishments or traits that are important to the club. All items, symbols, colors or designs must have been explained and is relevant to Rotary, our club or district.
If you want to have fun and learn more about Rotary make sure you attend the next RLI session. On July 12th, there is a class in Mt. Pleasant, and on July 26th the classes comes to Ann Arbor.
All club officers should attend the District Assembly on Saturday morning, April 12 at Walsh College. This is a great way to get good ideas to improve your club, stay motivated and make valuable connections. We have a terrific speaker coming in: the great Charlie Wollborg to talk about branding and innovation! Charlie is worth a $50 ticket, but you'll get to hear him for $25.00. Register Today!
The $25.00 fee covers the cost of the event, breakfast and working lunch. If not paid online or in advance, the fee will be $30 at the door on the day.
You can pay online here after registering. There is a section at the bottom to Proceed with payment!
8:30 Food and Fellowship
9:15 Opening remarks by DGE George Hedgespeth
9:30 Keynote Speaker Charlie Wolborg
10:00 Service and Program Chair Jeff Lichty
10:15 Foundation and Polio by Janet McPeek
11:00 Free stuff you can do on your computer by Andrew Opalewski
11:30 Breakouts: PE, Treasurers, Secretaries (in the lab), Foundation, Membership
12:10 Working lunch: meet in 5 groups of Same Size Clubs for discussions
1:45 Wrap up and closing remarks by DGE George Hedgespeth.
Claire Hughes talked at RCAAN's Luncheon about Alzheimer's on March 20, 2014.
On March 20TH, Claire Hughes came to our club and talked about Alzheimer's and The Alzheimer's Association. This story is from The Alzheimer's Associations web-page,
The Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias. We are one of many chapters across the nation, providing services within each community. We are here to help!
Our professionally staffed 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) offers information and advice to more than 250,000 callers each year and provides translation services in more than 170 languages.
We run more than 4,500 support groups throughout the country and connect people across the globe through our online message boards.
We provide caregivers and families with comprehensive online resources and information through our Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregiver Center, which features sections on early-stage, middle-stage and late-stage caregiving.
Our free online tool, Alzheimer's NavigatorTM, provides individuals with Alzheimer's and their caregivers with step-by-step guidance and customized action plans, and our online Community Resource Finder provides instant access to community resources and services.
Our annual Walk to End Alzheimer's® is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research.
We advance research
As the largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer's research, the Association is committed to accelerating progress of new treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure. Through our partnerships and funded projects, we have been part of every major research advancement over the past 30 years.
The Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer's disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer's research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal level. We diligently work to make Alzheimer’s a national priority. Join our effort.
After a nice introduction by Phil Zepeda, Phil Clintworth our guest speaker started his program with the dive signal from a submarine. (Remember the old war movies with the loud warning and the words Dive! Dive!) Phil is retired submarine captain with 29 + years of active duty with the Navy. He is past commanding officer at the Naval Base at San Diego.
While he was the C.O. at the Naval Yard he was able to be part of the making of the movie The Hunt for Red October. The movie was based on a novel by author Tom Clancy. Phil presented some interesting background on the author, actors, and departments of the Navy that were involved in making the movie. Along with the back ground information Phil also had slides that complemented the background information he had. Some points of interest were that before Tom Clancy became a well known author he was an insurance salesman. He typed the entire book out on a typewriter. The U.S. Naval Institute was the 1st publisher for the novel and it was also the 1st time that the Naval Institute had published fiction.
The movie TOP GUN was a factor in recruiting people for the Navy so the Navy decided to use this movie as a way to recruit for the submarine division. Technical advice, consulting and submarine familiarization was given by not only our presenter but by other officers as well. Phil had slides of several of the actors involved including Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, and Fred Thompson. He also had pictures of the sets used by the director to aid in filming. In some of the underwater filming of the “dog fights” between subs Phil explained that in real life that subs don’t usually get any closer than a mile and that for them to get any closer was like driving white knuckled on ice. He went on to explain that there really was an incident during the cold war that author Tom Clancy had researched and based his story on. He concluded his program by telling us that only 2 submarines have been lost at sea since World War II.
Paul Swaney from Stadium Journey talked to the club on Feb. 13, 2014.
Paul Swaney Talks to Club on February 17th, 2014.
Phil Z introduced our speaker Paul Swaney by telling us that he is an Alma college grad and spent 13 years living and working for a non-profit agency in Chicago. He and his wife Jennifer are currently living in Ann Arbor with their 6 year old son. Paul has a passion for sports and travel. By putting his two passions together he was able to create a business printing a magazine reviewing stadiums and all the things that go along with attending sporting events at them. In October of 2011 The Stadium Journal came to life.
The articles in the magazine are written in a narrative style and review the attributes of the stadium, parking, ease of access, food at the venue and in the surrounding area so that the reader can get the best value for his sports dollar. He currently has about 100 writers from all over the world contributing to his magazine. His latest articles had just come in from South Africa and Australia. The magazine also is a great way for the various teams to promote their team in a positive way. His latest venture is to include College basketball stadiums in his reviews and expand the reviews beyond the traditional sports and into even more stadiums. Some of his articles have been about the old stadiums that have gone the way of the wrecking ball such as the old Tiger stadium, Candlestick park to name a few.
His articles and reviews lead him to create a very unique cook book featuring recipes from all of the NFL teams. This cookbook has allowed Paul to indulge two more of his favorite past times which are creating and cooking new recipes and photography. For each NFL team Paul created new drinks, appetizers, and entrees. All of the photography for the cookbook was done by Paul as he was learning how to take pictures of his wonderful creations. Paul is in the process of creating another cookbook featuring recipes from College Football teams. As a parting gift, Paul presented the club with an autographed NFL cookbook to be used as a silent auction item.
Join your fellow Rotarians and celebrate Rotary at the 2014 District Conference. This is a chance for you and your family to experience what Rotary fellowship and relaxation are all about!
We will honor Rotary heroes from around the district and hear firsthand the difference Rotary is making not only in our communities, but around the world.
We promise a ‘no tie zone’, a hands-on opportunity to make a difference, a chance to make new friends and acquire new tools to energize your Club.
INCENTIVES FOR EARLY REGISTRATION AND FIRST TIME CONFERENCE ATTENDEES
Club with the highest per capita percentage of active club member paid registrants received by March 15th will be awarded a private Friday pre-dinner reception with the RI President’s Rep, District Governor and distinguished VIPs.
Active Rotarians who are first time conference attendees and registered by May 9th will be automatically entered into a drawing for an iPod give-away.
We truly enjoyed today's luncheon speaker, Ari Lipsky. He is conductor with the Ann Arbor Symphony.
As our wondrous program chair Phil Zepeda brought us another outstanding program and speaker. The program for the day was a visit from the conductor for the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Arie Lipski.
Mr. Lipski is a cellist, plays the flute, has master of music with a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, who likes yoga, swimming and being a sous chef. He is also a guest conductor with the Hyfa Symphony Orchestra.
Arie lead the singing of the 2 national anthems by playing the anthems from memory on his flute. The fun continued with lessons on the flute and the cello and how the different notes were played on each instrument. He continued his program with a lesson on learning to be a conductor. He taught us about the different groups of instruments and how the right hand keeps the beat (meter) of the music and how the hands together directed the orchestra in the loud, soft, faster, slower parts of the music.
By the time Arie was finished we were singing a wonderful rendition of Happy Birthday to Lisa Hudy with loud and soft faster and slower sections. Thank you Phil for a super program!
Rotary District 6380 and the Detroit Pistons team up for The Mission of Ending Polio Now.
The Pistons will contribute $5 per ticket to District 6380 Polio Plus Fund! Proceeds from each ticket will be donated back to District 6380 Mission of Ending Polio Now. Bring family and friends out for some fun and excitement with District 6380 Rotary!
If you care to join us a little early for a bite to eat: Pistons 6380 Rotary Night also includes of a light dinner provided to you at a discount in Pistons Power Hour, 6:00pm-7:00pm outside section 118.
Phil Zepeda introduced our speaker Jim Alford. Jim gave us a brief bio and had a slide presentation of his experience in the Army during the Vietnam War. Jim was a student at the University of Georgia when he decided to join the Army. By the time he finished basic training, he went into Officer Training School, and became a flight instructor for 2 years. While Jim was a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam he flew several different types of helicopters accumulating over 1500 hours of flight time. He served 2 tours in Vietnam.
During his slide presentation he was able to show us where he flew, the different types of helicopters he flew, some of the different types of missions that he flew and he explained about the crew members he flew with. Some of the slides included the different types of bases that he flew out of. Some of the bases were huge, most were very small hill top fire bases. Jim was able to fly with several different units namely the Ghost riders and the Castle engineers during his tours of duty. Jim concluded his presentation with a brief video about the trials and hardships that he and his crew faced during the war. He is currently a flight instructor for the Michigan flight school.
Rotary Club Of Ann Arbor North newest member Stephanie Oliver.
Our newest member, Stephanie Oliver, was inducted at our January 23rd meeting. Here's a little information so that you can get to know Stephanie:
Stephanie Oliver is currently the branch manager at Key Bank on Plymouth Rd in Ann Arbor. She specializes in small business banking and lending. Stephanie graduated with a bachelors in finance from Eastern Michigan University. She also has her life and health insurance license and her 6 and 63 financial license. Stephanie has been with Key Bank for 5 years and in banking for 12. Stephanie enjoys helping her clients, acting as an advisor for all of their financial needs and being a partner in them achieving their goals.
While Stephanie does enjoy assisting clients her most important job is being a Mom to her son Alex (6) and her daughter Ava (4) and a wife to her husband of 7 years Chris. Stephanie is excited to be welcomed into the North Ann Arbor Rotary as she likes to serve in the community. Stephanie is also a member of the Junior League of Ann Arbor, a board member for Eastern Michigan University's college of Health and Human Services, secretary of Bentley Elementary PTO, a catechism teacher and co-leader of her son's Cub Scout Den. Stephanie and her family live in Canton.
Joan Doughty, executive director of Community Action Network at Green-Baxter Court, visited our meeting with a special request on behalf of the six GBC families who were left homeless by Tuesday’s early morning fire. She asked us to provide funds for storage units so the families who have items to store can keep their belongings safe until they find new housing. They are eligible for public housing, but there are no public housing units available right now. (The American Red Cross is providing temporary housing at Extended Stay America.)
President Keith Krings and Past President Laura Van Steenis are working with Joan and the folks at GBC to see what else they will need going forward. One of the families we “adopted” at Christmastime has been left homeless because of the fire, and the presents we gave them were destroyed. Stay tuned for more information about how we can help.
Geri Markel was our featured speaker this week. Geri told us that we can manage distractions to become more effective people. She outlined eight sources of distraction in our busy, modern lives:
Tasks and Activities
Places and Spaces
Illness or Medication
An Unruly Mind
Our speaker had each of us vote on the sources of distraction that bother us most, and “Other People” ranked as the highest “demon” among RCAAN members. She said that our brains were not designed to be constantly interacting with multiple sources of information (internet, games, phone, etc). She said we should find quiet time each day to just think. Geri urged us to give each other respectful, attentive concentration during our interactions. Her other tips included:
having stand-up meetings at work, so that people concentrate on getting the work of the meeting accomplished.
putting phones and i-pads away during meetings.
having agendas and time-keepers at meetings.
taking 5-10 minute breaks at work.
walking the stairs or walking outside during work breaks.
Stretching at your desk. And
Putting your phone in the trunk of your car so you won’t answer it while you are driving.
Our annual holiday party will be Thursday. December 19, at the Holiday Inn. Cost is $25 per person. Food choices are (a) steak kabobs, (b) chicken marsala or (c) vegetarian. Don’t forget: bring a “white elephant” gift for our annual gift exchange. Remember: no noon meeting that day and please pay in advance!
RCAAN's Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden in Gallup Park received some press on August 17, 2004 in The Ann Arbor News. Marianne Rzepka, wrote an article about the garden called Butterflies, Years of Flutter by Rotary Club Faithfully Maintains Garden for them in Gallup Park.
Brief Overview of Article
Between Huron Parkway and Geddes Road parking lot, the Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden has bloomed for the past 15 years. The garden was an idea of Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North. And with help of the city, the garden it-self has taken root in Gallup Park.
"We would not have this without the Rotary group's participation," says Jeff Dehring a landscape architect with Ann Arbor's park's department.
The area was cleared by the city, the Rotary members got to work removing boulders and laying out the garden in the shape of a butterfly.
At first the garden did not have flowers that attracted butterflies but a few years ago RCAAN member Scott Nelson and his wife Magali, put in flowers that attracted them.
On a recent Thursday, Rotary members got together for their one meeting a year at the garden, despite threats of rain. The cool temperatures and clouds make for slim butterfly pickings, with a few of the white butterflies more interested in the surrounding foliage than in the garden's offerings. That didn't seem to make any difference "Even if we don't get the butterflies," says Patterson, "Its still a very nice place."
M. Miller talked to RCAAN members at the weekly luncheon on December 5, 2013 about EMU athletics
EMU Athletics Deptartment
Mike Miller, who is in sports management at Eastern Michigan University, was our speaker on December 5th. He focused on the women’s soccer team at EMU. He told us that Eastern is particularly proud that, for the past three semesters, EMU’s female athletes have had the highest grade point averages in the university’s history.
EMU is the only college or university to have an alumnus/alumna in the Summer Olympics every year since 1960.
EMU has 21 sports teams, a record number for schools in the MAC Conference.
Miller showed a short video on the women’s soccer program and explained that the university is now raising funds for improvements to the soccer field, including a press box and bleachers. Cost of the improvement project is $60,000; about half has already been raised.
The women’s soccer team is offering soccer clinics to local soccer clubs to raise money for the project.
Bob Greenough offered a short presentation about himself and his years in Rotary, as a personnel administrator and as an author of books about the afterlife and the soul.
Bob, who will be 87 years young next Jan., Joined Rotary North in 1986. At that time, Bob said our club was more of a "knife and fork" club and didn't really do very much. The club met at The Lord Fox in Dixboro, the on North Campus, then at the Holiday Inn on Washtenaw, before moving to our current location. Rotary North offered modest scholarship support and had speakers each week. Amoung the speakers were Tom Monahan, founder of Domino's Pizza, and Don Canham, U of M athletic director. Bob said that when women were admitted to Rotary everything changed and the club became more active. Virginia Nordby was the first female member of our club, followed by Gail Scott. Bob himself started the Butterfly Garden in Gallup Park.
Bob graduated from Michigan State University and worked for the S.S. Kresge Company, then Chrysler Corporation, first at the Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea, and later to Chrysler in Detroit. Following a stint as an insurance salesman, he became personnel director for University of Michigan Hospital. Later he worked in personnel for Washtenaw County and received an MBA from the U of M. Bob and his wife Fay raised four children and were married for 61 years until Fay passed away last year.
Bob Greenough is a World War ll U.S. Army veteran who enlisted when he was just 17 years old. He has written two books on th afterlife and is working on a third, addressing the question: "What does the soul do for eternity?"
Getting to know RCAAN member Sofia.
My Path to Rotary
Following Bob Greenough's presentation, as one of our oldest members Sofia Franciscus, one of our newest members, told us a little about her background.
Sofia was born in Puerto Rico. Her father is retires US Air Force officer. Her mother is an architect from Austria. Sofia was raised in a German-Austrian community in France. Her parents were both Rotarians, but Sofia only recently decided to join Rotary herself.
As a child, Solfia thought what she wanted to pursue as a career was landscape architecture, so she attended the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources. While there, a variety of international summer internships opened her eyes to the many opportunities in the field of environmental engineering. She learned about the life cycle of packaging by way of stric packaging laws in Germany. She learned that efficiency is not the ultimate answer; that there is always a human factor to take into consideration.
For ten years, Sofia was a compliance officer for Royal Carribean Cruise Lines. She helped the company with various nation's rules and regulations about bilge water. Her travels taught her that each culture has its own way of working and doing business and that every country is its own fredom. Sofia said that she believes there should be more crossover amoung nations and cultures so that environmental challenges can be met with more realistic solutions.
WWII-era poster depicting “Rosie the Riveter.” The modelfor this poster was GeraldineHoff Doyle, a wartime factory worker from Inkster, Michigan. The nickname “Rosie the Riveter” was coined in a wartime government filmfeaturing Willow Run riveter Rose Will Monroe.
The deadline to save the Willow
Run Bomber Plant May 1st!
Total Still Needed $2 Million.
Save the Bomber Plant
Gail Scott asked us to help the Yankee Air Museum save the Willow Run Bomber Plant by contributing to their fundraising campaign. Check it out at www.savethebomberplant.orgor set your browser to Save the Willow Run bomber plant. We should all do our part to preserve this important part of World War II history. Gail said she even remembered the sound of the planes as they flew over her house on test runs when she was four year.
At RCAAN's Luncheon on November 14, 2013 Gail Scott talked about The Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary International Foundation
Gail Scott, our own RI Foundation Chair, presented the second in a swries of talks on the work of the Rotary International Foundation. Gail showed us two videos to illutrate the impact of our gifts through the foundation. Rotarians from California were able to secure an RIF grant to work with local Rotarieans to rebuild a school that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. In Haiti, an RIF grant purchased a jeep to a nurse midwife to her patients for pre-natal check-ups.
Gail reminded us that we can donate to RIF through our dues statements. "Every Rotarian Every Year" is the slogan; it means that every member should give something; give $100/year if they can. Gail urged us all to consider a year-end gift to the foundation.
No other organization can loeverage your contribution like Rotary International. RI's global network of volunteers and technical experts is committed to the hightest ethical standards, ensiring that your investment of time and money is put to good use.
Service areas include:
Peace and conflict prevention and conflict resolution
At Nov. 7, 2013 RCAAN Luncheon Greoff Larcom talked to the club about the media and communication.
The Changing Media Landscape
Phil Zepeda introduced our speaker, Geoff Larcom former sports editor of The Ann Arbor News and current executive director of media relations at Eastern Michigan University.
Geoff contrasted the days of newspapers and the 24-hour news cycle with today's "four-minute" news cycle. He talked about the pros and cons of the old and the new way of getting and sharing news.
In the old days, a lapse in temper by Bo Schembechler was glossed over by the media when the new U-M football coach took offense at a young reporter's question and grabbed him by the collar, threatening to throw him out of the press conference and Michigan football games. Today with smart phones catching every move, an incident like that would probably end Bo's career at Michigan, befor it started.
In the newspaper era, The Ann Arbor News was able to do many in-depth series of articles, such as a series on the value of the Huron River to our community. Now, nothing like that is possible.
On the other hand, with today's technology, we do not have to wait for the newspaper to come out the next day in order to get the news in-depth. Geoff said the coverage of the Dexter tornado was an excellent example of the way that today's media can report the news, with tornado victims uploading their own videos to a website and with instant status reports on the safety of loved ones through social media.
In the pre-internet days "we used to have five lighthouses guarding the harbor," he said. "Now we have 1,000 candles" with bloggers everywhere.
At Eastern, Geoff is rosponsible for:
Sharing the news of good things the university and its faculty and staff are doing.
Managing media crises, such as the killing of an EMU student, and what EMU is doing to improve safty on campus
Communicating with EMU students via email to keep them aware of what they need to know.
Geoff said both public relations and journalism require good writing and good thinking and both fields are fast-paced. The difference for him is that he now has many people who must sign off on what he writes, whereas, at The Ann Arbor News, it was Geoff, his editor and his readers.
Geoff spends a good deal of his time coaching EMU colleagues on how to speak to the media. He tells thm to keep repeating their three key messages, giving your answers, then shut up and "let silence be your ally." He said reporters are always hoping interviewees will ramble on and say something off message".
Don Patterson introduced our guest speaker, David Cole, an expert in Michigan's auto industry. Dr. Cole, who holds a doctorate in engineering and taught at the U-M with Don, now heads up "Auto Harvest", an organization that recruits new talent for the industry.
Dr. Cole maintains that manufacturing is key to the success of our economy because one manufaturing job creates ten additional jobs; one job finace or IT creates only one additional job.
The challenge is that people do not understand how high-tech modern manufaturing jobs are. Parents do not want their children to "get their hands dirty" in auto plants, but today's factories are filled with computers and today's factory workers must be completely comfortable with interacting with computers. The old-school foreman is gone and a high schiil diploma isn't enough.
Our speaker said that we will need more and more skilled trades people and technicians and engineers with electro-mechanical experience, particularly as the boomer generation retires in the next 10 years.Technology is moving so quickly that the US manufacturing is just not keeping up.
Dr. Cole praised Alan Mullally, CEO of Ford Motor Company, for being a true business coach and team leader. Dr. Cole said the day of the CEO as "king" were over; today's industrial leaders must know how to coach a team. He credited Bill Ford for knowing that Ford Motor Company needed a leader outside of the Ford Family to survive and succeed.
Manish Mehta, our intrepid international Rotarian, offered a travelogue and report on the 108th Rotary International Convention, held last June in Lisbon, Portugal. Manish’s photos showed us a glimpse of the modern Lisbon and the medieval city. Among the sights were the Jesus the Redeemer statue replica from Brazil, the replica of the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the oldest monasteries in the world, the tomb of Vasco De Gama (the first explorer to succeed in finding India) and Cabo de Roca, the closest point in Europe to the United States. Lisbon also has lots of graffiti everywhere, because of the city’s (and Europe’s) high unemployment.
Manish and his wife Varsha first attended RI’s World Water Summit, which preceded the convention. Manish presented a breakout session on Project Dignity (toilets for Eastern India). The session was well attended, but hindered by poor accommodations (makeshift walls, fabric ceilings, not enough chairs and poor sound control.) Erica Guinn, a Rotary Peace Scholar who was sponsored by District 6380, was at the Water Summit. She now works for US Aid and Rotary, funding large water projects. (By the way, November 19 is World Toilet Day. Manish said, “Let’s make a big splash for our club!”).
The Mehtas met many outstanding Rotarians and friends, including a group from the Rotary Club of Gbagda, Nigeria, home club of our former member, Ayo Onafuwa. They also met Anthropologist Jane Goodall.
Ellen Johnson Surlee, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient and president of Liberia, was a keynote speaker. So was Emanuel Jal, a former child soldier in the Sudan who was kidnapped as a child and is now a hip hop star in Kenya.
On October 17, 2013, Michael Angelo Caruso from Rotary Club Troy
Michael Angelo Caruso
Motivational speaker, author, and past president of the Troy Rotary Club, Michael Angelo Caruso shared his secrets for influencing people, captivating audiences and engaging Rotary.
Michael said that anyone can become a person that other people gravitate toward by
developing a firm handshake and always being the first person to extend a hand,
walking into a room with a smile and
walking purposefully. He said that we have only 15 seconds to make a good impression on an audience.
He told us that we should always use “the most important words” in our vocabulary to build a bridge with people. Among them are:
The person’s name
I’m proud of you.
What is your opinion?
Or what do you think of that?
Michael said he wears his Rotary pin everywhere and people invariably ask him, “what is that little pin?” Michael’s answer draws them into a conversation about Rotary. He says, “that pin represents the best decision I ever made.” Of course, his listeners always ask, “what decision is that?” His answer: “Rotary,” Then they ask, “What is Rotary?” and Michael has them interested.
Our own Phil Zepeda was our speaker this week. Phil said our investments are performing well. He encouraged us to consider donating insurance policies to the RCAAN Foundation to become a member of the Presidents’ Club. In 15 years, our endowment has grown to about $500,000.
Vern Hutton explained that our club’s foundation benefits when the investment in Plymouth Road Mall prospers. Vern encouraged us to all patronize the stores and businesses at Plymouth Road Mall; our club owns a five percent interest.
Lisa Hudy, foundation treasurer, reported that our money comes from Vern’s investments, charity poker earnings, our fundraising events, such as the 80’s party, and donations for specific projects, such as Project Dignity (sanitation in Eastern India).
These funds go to support local, national and international projects. Last year, for example, we supported Green Baxter Court with backpacks and school supplies for adult learners, we took the kids pumpkin-picking and we adopted families for Christmas.
We also gave funds to the Ms. Molly Foundation (domestic violence shelters),Interfaith Hospitality Network – Alpha House; Nicole Krings’ Girl Scout Gold Award project; FLY Children’s Art Center in Ypsilanti; and Huron Trails Boy Scouts. All these organizations had ties to club members.
We supported Rotary International’s focus on clean water with a contribution to the Sterling Heights Rotary’s bio sand water filter project in the Dominican Republic. We also supported water filters in Guatemala, Peru and Haiti. We are currently holding funds for our signature project, Project Dignity.
Last week, Jim Gilmore, our District 6380 Governor, paid his official visit to our club. Jim related the “Rotary moments” that made him a Rotarian and urged us to “Engage Rotary, Change Lives.” Jim reminded us to:
1. Wear our Rotary pins every day.
2. Be prepared to share our own Rotary stories of Engaging Rotary and Changing Lives.
3. Slow down and enjoy the fellowship!
‘No Club Is An Island’
DG Gilmore invited us to Mackinac Island for the District 6380 Conference next May 16-18 at Mission Point Resort. The conference will feature a “no tie zone,” and a chance to make new friends and acquire new tools we can bring back to our club and put to work. Have fun, reconnect, bike, hike, shop, eat fudge!
President Keith Krings informed us that we will be meeting at Cleary University again next Thursday, Sept. 26, because the Holiday Inn will be having a grand re-opening celebration. Please be there to welcome our District Governor, Jim Gilmore, who will make his official visit to our club.
Location: 3601 Plymouth Road Ann Arbor Michigan 48105
Phil Zepeda introduced our speakers, Daniel Xiaodan Zhou and Vijay Rajan, founders of Balance Lab View 180, a new approach to combating political polarization in America society. (Daniel is a doctoral candidate in the School of Information at the University of Michigan and Vijay interned with Phil's company, Ann Arbor Financial Services.) Bio Lab View 180 is a new business model which incentives understanding of opposing political views that are different from their own.
Daniel explained that this new approach grew out of research that showed that people who spend more time with like-minded peoplebecome more isolated and polarized, while those who spend more time with those of opposing views become less polarized.
Our speakers showed a You Tube video to illustrate their point, showing that they are working to give people tools to communicate opposing ideas effectively, with a financial incentive.
They plan to gain popularity by building a loyal user base. Initially, people will pay to post already published articles. Eventually, users may be able to post their own writings.
The founders plan to survey their users and provide feedback on how well the articles they are promoting are helping to change people's minds. The pair are looking for teammates, advisors, and investors.
Gerry Moore, commander of District 2 of American Veterans (AMVETS), told us about the work his Rotary club is doing to help veterans in the Detroit area.
The Troy Rotary Club solicits donations of cash, clothing and personal care items for homeless veterans living in shelters throughout the region. The Rotarians also reach out to community groups such as high school service clubs to assemble care bags for the men, many of whom have very little clothing and no toiletry items when they arrive at a shelter. The Troy Rotary Club has collected winter coats for the men since December of 2011, when Gerry delivered the first 34 coats on Christmas Day. Other partners are the Knights of Columbus, who have donated 700 coats. Gerry also challenged all Rotary Clubs in the area to “hire a vet” and asked Rotary leadership to help him find a way to make that goal a reality.
Members of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North and Skyline Interact served dinner to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Thanks to Brigitte and Mario Romero for coordinating tonight's dinner, also helping is Gail Scott, Tamra Padilla Ward and Vicky Lai...it was delicious!
Bruce and Julie Dunbar from Rotary Club of Ann Arbor West talked about their up coming fundraiser "The Michigan International Festival" at RCAAN luncheon on August 29, 2013
Ann Arbor Rotary West Fundraiser "The Michigan International Festival.
Bruce and Julie Dunbar, charter members of Ann Arbor Rotary West, thanked us for sponsoring the Ann Arbor West Club. Bruce shared our sister club’s plan for an upcoming fundraiser, the Michigan International Festival, set for November 23 at Saline High School.
Since its founding in late 2012, Rotary West has been all about community service, especially international service. The club supports Grace Children’s Home in Sri Lanka and a school in India. On a recent visit to Grace Home, Rotarians delivered 150 pair of eyeglasses to the girls and seniors living there. Rotary West is helping the home teach computer skills and English schools to the girls. The girls even skype with students from the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. In India, Rotary West has provided white boards for the classrooms in a makeshift school.
Now, our sister club is looking to partner with other clubs in the area to raises funds to secure matching grants from Rotary International. The international event they are planning will bring together dance groups from many different countries. Foods from ethnic restaurants will also be featured, along with a silent auction. Governor Rick Snyder, a proponent of improved international business relationships, may even be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $30/ person. For more information on the gala, visit the website:
President Keith Krings announced that we will be meeting at Cleary University on Thursday September 12, 2013, Cleary University is right across Plymouth Road from the Holiday Inn. Keith will email us with details. Do make sure to sign in and sign up for the lunch next week!
3601 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Cleary University's Washtenaw Campus is located in Ann Arbor's rapidly growing northeast section.
Our next poker four-day event at The Heidelberg Poker Room, September 5-8. Their will be three shifts each day between 2:00 PM-2:00 AM. If you signed-up at the Aug 22nd meeting, please contact Laura to make sure you can still work your shift. Our upcoming 2014 poker dates are: May 29-June 1; July 31-August 3; and September 4-7, 2014. Please mark these dates on your calendar so that you will be available to volunteer.
President Keith Krings inducted two new members into our club: Sofia Franciscus and her fiancé, Joel Gechter. Manish Mehta is Sofia’s sponsor and Laura Van Steenis is Joel’s sponsor. We’ll have more information about our two newbies in an upcoming issue of the Northstar. Congratulations, Joel and Sofia, and welcome to the fun!
Sarah Thornburg talks about Friends in Deed at August 22, 2013 RCAAN Luncheon.
Sarah Thornburg, executive director of Friends In Deed, spoke to us about the work of this interfaith nonprofit organization that responds to unmet needs of low-income Washtenaw County residents. Friends In Deed was started 30 years ago by several churches who pooled their efforts to help the less fortunate. Now FID has four staff members and a building on Ecorse Road in Ypsilanti. Funding comes from congregations and individuals, no government grants. This is intentional, so that the organization has the flexibility to respond to various needs as they see fit.
Typical clients are single mothers with limited income or no income. Furniture, transportation, car repair, and help with utility bills are common ways that FID helps Currently, the FID truck needs a new lift gate.
Last year, the group added a baby crib component to its annual holiday bed drive. Because of safety regulations, FID can no longer give away old, used baby cribs, so the organization raised funds to purchase new cribs. Since its beginning last year, the bed campaign has raised $24,000. This money was used to provide 21 cribs, 82 bed sets, 32 mattresses and springs and 14 bedbug covers.
"Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work."
Peter Drucker, Business Man and Writer
Peter Drucker’s career as a writer, consultant and teacher spanned more than six decades. His groundbreaking work turned modern management theory into a serious discipline, and he influenced or created nearly every facet of its application, including decentralization, privatization, and empowerment, and has coined such terms as the “knowledge worker.”
Dr. Drucker cared not just about how business manages its resources, but also how public and private organizations operate morally and ethically within society. He respected the values of education, personal responsibility and businesses’ accountability to society. Dr. Drucker’s true legacy is his insistence on this value system, and its effect on business, society and individual lives.
Peter Drucker born on Friday, 19 November 1909 in Vienna, Wien, Austria. He studied Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main. He was awarded by Presidential Medal of Freedom. He died at age of 96, on 11 November 2005.
At RCAAN Luncheon on August 8, 2013 Ayo Onafuwa stands with President Keith.
Ayo Onafuwa a long- time faithful member of our club, returned for a visit and brought us greetings from the Rotary Club of Gbanga, Nigeria, the best club in the country. Ayo said that the microloan project that our club funded during John Copeland’s presidency has been extremely successful
On August 8, 2013 Dr. Cheryl Huckins from Grace Care Center will talk about The Sri Lanka Orphanage at The RCAAN Luncheon.
Dr Cheryl Hukin shared the story of VeAhavta and the Grace Care Center in Sri Lanka. The mission of VeAhavta (You Shall Love) is multi-faceted:
To nurture the physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of orphans and destitute elders in a secure home.
To provide hope for unemployed young adults through vocational training.
To provide nourishment and education to refugee children, all without regard to the race, ethnicity, religion or social circumstance of those in need;
To establish a center where peoples who have been divided for centuries can meet in peace; and
To do these things in a way that promotes understanding between peoples of different cultures and religions so they can coexist in mutual respect.
VeAhavta was formed after the 2004 tsunami to serve the indigent of Sri Lanka at the Grace Care Center. The girls’ home is affiliated with the Rotary Club of Trincomalee. Grace provides housing, medical care, counseling, day care, life skills education
and vocation training for the girls and inter-generational activities for the elders and the young people in their care.
VeAhavta is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Ypsilanti that is recognized as a charity in Sri Lanka. For more information, visit www.you-shall-love.org.
At The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon, on August 1, Mijo Papas talked about French in Ann Arbor which is part of Hour School.
Mijo, is a native of France, is a retired French teacher from Greenhills School. She holds masters’ degrees in French and German and taught French for 30 years.
Mijo explained that her son became the founder of “Hour School” after working as an architect and toy designer. He became disenchanted with creating plastic toys that were made to be broken and thrown away and decided to switch careers. In Austin, Texas, he studied social entrepreneurship and design and worked with homeless people. He discovered that those who helped people by teaching them a skill were the happiest. This discovery eventually led to the beginning of Hour School, a flexible, open, informal system of sharing knowledge. Students and teachers come together for a short period of time (an hour) to share and discuss topics of interest.
Mijo, in turn, brought the Hour School concept to Ann Arbor by offering classes in French language, culture and cuisine to students of French in Ann Arbor.
The concept is inclusive and democratic. Anyone who is interested in French language and culture may attend any class and anyone can post a class on the Hour School website for anyone else to take. Some examples of current class topics are: French songs, conversation, Refresh Your French and various arts and cultural events such as films at the Michigan Theater and French plays in English. What began with only five people has now grown to involve 94 teachers and students, all learning from each other.
On July 25, 2013 Tiffany Sims was our speacker atRotary Club of Ann Arbor North luncheon. She talked about The Boy Scouts.
About Boy Scouts
Tiffany said, the Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
Tiffany explained that the mission of Boy Scouts is to help boys make good moral choices throughout their lives. She mentioned a new program at the Huron Valley Women’s Facility in Milan that gives female prisoners the chance to interact with their children through Boy Scouting. The funds that our club gives to the Boy Scouts goes to provide Scouting for under-privileged boys.
Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. It’s a gathering of approximately 45,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Over the course of 10 summer days, once every four years, the Boy Scouts of America comes together. The result is the national Scout jamboree.
At RCAAN's Luncheon on July 18th Ginger Barron talked to our club about Polio Plus.
Polio Eradication at Rotary Convention 2013
Did you know …
In 1985, the year that Rotary launched Polio Plus, there were more than 125 polio endemic countries. Polio crippled or killed more than 1,000 people each day, most of them children.
Rotary has helped to immunize more than 2.5 billion children, contributed more than $1 billion to the global eradication effort and helped solicit financial support resulting in more than $9 billion in contributions from donor governments.
Polio Plus Program at RCAAN Luncheon on July 18th.
Ginger Barrons of Novi Rotary, brought us up to date on the fight to wipe out polio at July 18, 2013 RCAAN Luncheon. Rotary’s involvement with the cause began in 1979 when the District Governor in the Phillipines asked Rotary International for matching funds to help immunize children. From that local project, Rotary’s interest in battling polio has grown to a multi-billion dollar worldwide campaign.
We are partnering with UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation has recently stepped up with yet another matching gift challenge. Rotary International is asking every Rotary Club in the world to give $1500 to PolioPlus this year and the Gates Foundation will match it. The need is particularly urgent now because polio cases have recently erupted in Somalia. Until then, polio cases had been limited to Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
Ginger told us the story of her brother-in-law, Curt Barrons, who was struck with polio in 1952 and survived due to an iron lung. Sadly, Curt was left with a limp and was never again able to run. His younger siblings never saw their brother run until they viewed a long lost home movie of 5-year-old Curt.This devastating disease can be stopped, but only with our help. Together we can end polio
On July 11, 2013, Gail Scott, talked to at the RCAAN Luncheon about The Rotary Foundation. Helped by Past President Laura.
Gail Scott, our new Rotary Foundation chair, gave a very informative presentation about the workings of the Rotary International Foundation (TRF) and promised to keep educating us about the foundation throughout this Rotary year.
Gail explained that TRF is the charitable arm of Rotary International, just like the RCAAN Foundation is the charitable arm of our club. Our club’s foundation supports local projects and requests from other Rotary clubs for their projects. The Rotary Foundation (TRF) supports worldwide humanitarian efforts. Contributions to TRF also earn points toward Paul Harris Fellowships. Rotarians worldwide are asked to give EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) whatever amount they can to support TRF. A gift of $100 per Rotarian is suggested, but not required. (That’s only 27 cents a day.) We are asked to give $25 per quarter to TRF and $10 per quarter to the RCAAN Foundation. In our case, our club makes up the difference to TRF by giving $100 per club member if our membership does not give the suggested amount.
Income from the investments of the Rotary World Fund goes to the administration of TRF. After three years, the money is spent on service projects, so that the principal has to be raised again.
Half of the money that we give to TRF is credited to our Rotary District (6380). Local Rotary Clubs can initiate service projects and ask other clubs to help fund them. Then the district can authorize District Designated Funds. Previously, DDF monies had to go to far-off projects; now those funds can be put to work locally. Global Grants are given for projects that are initiated in one country and carried out in another county, like our own Project Dignity, spearheaded by Manish Mehta. Through the power of matching grants, a small seed investment can be leveraged four or five times to produce a significant amount of money to do good works.
Our own contributions to TRF can be designated to various funds within the foundation. (For example, we could designate our donation to the Rotary Peace Scholars program, which was created by our own Virginia Nordby. So far, the program has graduated more than 700 scholars who are working for peace and global understanding.)
We can write in our designation on our dues invoice.
Many people may still imagine Rotary to be their fathers’ club, where older businessmen meet for lunch meetings and discuss that week’s agenda.
The Rotary Club of Miami Brickell is different, thanks to its president and co-founder Clayton Solomon.
Solomon, an associate at the law firm Hogan Lovells, founded the club with about 10 other members because he was looking for a younger demographic. Since then, the club’s membership has grown to 41 members with an average age of 41 -- significantly younger than the national average.
The Brickell club meets in the mornings and during happy hour to reach more people. Rotary chapters across the country are making similar changes to attract younger members.
“Tradition can sometimes hold you back and Rotary has made a concerted effort to attract younger members,” Solomon, 30, said.
We gathered at Eagle Crest at the Ypsilanti Marriott for an evening of looking back and looking forward, reviewing President Laura Van Steenis’ year and previewing the upcoming Rotary year of our new president, Keith Krings.
Congratulations to Laura for a wonderful, fun-filled year! Congratulations and best wishes to Keith for another great year coming up!
Highlights of the evening were Laura’s PowerPoint presentation with photos of our service projects and fellowship opportunities (especially those Back to the 80s photos) and our new president in his royal robes and crown.
For more information on RCAAN's 2013 President's Night, read it in this weeks Northstar.
Monatip Krishnamra talk to Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North on June 20, 2013 about Thailand relationship with the United States.
Our speaker was Montatip Krishnamra, a teacher of the Thai language at the University of Michigan for more than 20 years.
Montatip reviewed the history of U.S.-Thailand relations, a friendship between two very different countries that has endured for 180 years.
Most Americans were introduced to the country and people of Thailand through the 1944 novel, “Anna and the King of Siam” and the Broadway musical, “The King and I,” starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr. “The King and I” is a beloved film all over the world, except for one country -- Thailand. In Thailand, the portrayal of the king is considered undignified, so the film has been outlawed! One of the first things that Monatip did when she arrived in the U.S. was to see the classic film, which she said she loves!
The first American to visit Thailand (Siam) was Edmund Roberts, a trader who arrived in 1833, under the auspices of President Andrew Jackson. President Ulysses S. Grant was the first of many U.S. presidents to visit the country. President Barack Obama is the latest, although he also visited the country before he was president.
Many members of the Thai royal family have been educated in the United States. The current Thai king is a U.S. citizen, born in Massachusetts when his father was a medical student at Harvard.
Dr. D. Bradley was an American missionary who spent his life in Thailand, helping the people there to come to accept Western medicine.
The Peace Corps, announced on the steps of the Michigan Union by then presidential candidate John F. Kennedy in 1960, has sent hundreds of volunteers to Thailand. The first Peace Corps volunteers taught English to Thai students. Later, Peace Corps teams switched to construction projects.
Now Montatip teaches the Thai language to U-M students. She says her students know that they are not going to make tons of money by learning the language, but they say they want to speak Thai so they can order Thai food, which they love! Although the country’s culinary heritage is rich, Thailand also has McDonald’s and Krispy Kreme donuts!
Montatip concluded her presentation with a few words about Rotary in Thailand. We learned that:
The first Rotary meeting was held in Bangkok in 1930 and the Rotary Club of Bangkok was chartered in 1932.
Rotarians in Bangkok built a music pavilion to honor their king’s musical ability.
Rotarians at the RI Convention in Bangkok set a Guinness World Record for the largest “smiley face” ever created.
At Rotary Club of of Ann Arbor North lunch on June 13, 2013, Jim Jesenick talked about his experience with Polio.
Jim Jesenick, a past Rotary Club president and past district governor, told us his story, that of a childhood polio survivor.
Jim contracted polio in October of 1952, when he was just four years old. He clearly remembers walking home from the store and falling down for no reason. As his body became paralyzed, he was placed in the only medical apparatus that could save polio victims at the time, the iron lung. Jim said he did not feel pain while in the iron lung because of his paralysis.
Several children in the small town of St. Mary's Pennsylvania, were stricken with the disease, which attacks the neurological system and then the muscles. Jimmy and the others were isolated from their family members because polio was so very contagious. Parents could only see their children by looking through a window. They were not able to touch them or even talk with them.
The people of St. Mary's turned to prayer for the sick children. Jimmy recovered, but was left with limited range of motion in his left arm. Following a stay at a rehabilitation center (paid by the Shriners), Jimmy went to see a doctor in Pittsburgh who advised his patents to "throw away the arm brace" and exercise like crazy to regain his strength.
Our speaker's illness came during the polio epidemic of 1952-1954, during which more than 250,000 people contracted the disease. Polio had come to the nation's attention years earlier because President Franklin Delano Roosevelt hat been a victim as well. Roosevelt and a businessman created a national nonprofit organization to fight the disease. Their campaign came to be known as the "March of Dimes." School children and others donated dimes to fund a cure for the crippling illness.
Dr. Jonas Salk, developed a vaccine to guard against polio. The largest major vaccine trial began in the spring of 1954 and ended in 1955, with a 98 percent success rate in preventing polio. Jim's brothers and sisters were vaccinated.
After his recovery, Jim Jesenick went on to own his own business. He plays golf and swims and is able to lift and carry his grandchildren.
In 1991, Jim was invited to join Rotary. As soon as he learned that Rotary International service project was the eradication of polio, he was in.
Further Rotary work took Jim to the 1995 RI convention, where he saw an iron lung in Polio Plus display. That was his "Rotary moment." He knew then and there that he had to devote his energy to Rotary's cause, which was also his cause--polio eradication. Since then Jim has been to Nigeria and several other countries to distribute the polio vaccine.
For the RCAAN Meeting on June 6, 2013 we did not have a speaker. To fill in the time President-Elect Keith lead a Vocational Day. Each individual in the group talked about what they do or did for a living. See the Northstar Newsletter for more detail.
Dr. Alfred Dobbs talked at RCAAN's lunch about early heart disease detection on May 16th. He works at Michigan Heart through St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor.
If you are a smoker, quit. If you are overweight, lose it. If you have high cholesterol, lower it. If you are sedentary, get moving. Don’t rely on the old insurance risk assessments for heart disease; get a calcium screening.
That was free medical advice we got from G. Alfred Dodds, a cardiologist with Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute, our speaker on May 16. Dr. Dodd said that stress tests cannot detect blockages in the coronary arteries early enough; the new calcium screening is more effective, although health insurance doesn’t cover the test.
He also said that regular physical activity is one of the best ways to help battle heart disease. He also emphasized the danger of smoking and pointed out that bans on smoking in public have produced 20 to 40 percent drops in hospital admissions for heart attacks.
Margie Farnsworth talked to RCAAN on hypno-therapist on May 2, 2013
Margie Farnsworth, a certified hypno-therapist, was our speaker. Margy explained that she uses hypno-therapy to help her clients achieve stress relief without medical intervention. Margie described hypnosis as a natural state of concentrating on one thing, such as being deep in thought while driving and missing your exit, or being engrossed in a television program and not hearing when someone is speaking to you. Hypnosis can help with pain management, addictions, weight management, sports performance and phobias.
A subject cannot be forced into a hypnotic state and cannot be forced to do anything he or she does not want to do.
Margie explained that the therapist’s role is to point out the reasons that your subconscious mind is keeping you from succeeding at smoking cessation, or weight loss, or whatever challenge you are facing. Hypnosis induces a state of relaxation of the conscious mind, so that the therapist can make suggestions to the subconscious mind.
Our Back to the Eighties Party, held Saturday, April 20, at the Holiday Inn’s remodeled ballroom, was a blast! The Golden Girls were there, along with Michael Jackson, Madonna and PacMan, with a special appearance by Gene Simmons.
Congratulations to Fundraising Chair Matt Copeland and his committee for putting on another great party! Thanks to everyone who attended, bought a raffle ticket, donated a prize or raffle item, or completed in the Big Hair or Best Eighties costume contests!
Our annual fundraising party is the major way that we raise money to do good works the following year and we thank everyone for their great support!
At April 18th RCAAN Meeting Claire Zepeda talked about her Sailing Club.
What do you call a female sailor?
“Captain” Claire Zepeda gave us a delightful presentation on the joys of sailing with the American Sailing Institute. Claire said that if it weren’t for Rotary, she might never have joined ASI, because she learned about the organization at a Rotary North meeting when talking with Chris Juillet, a former RCAAN member!
ASI began as an offshoot of the American Youth Hostel organization, teaching 100 people to sail with borrowed sailboats. After 30 years of growth and several boats, the program morphed into ASI.
The ASI fleet has 15 18-ft. inter-lake sailboats available for members to enjoy. Sailing classes take place at Kensington and Stoney Creek Metro Parks. Costs are $375/summer and $135 for second season.
ASI Sailors enjoy concerts, banquets, picnics and sight-seeing tours. They have even been in a “Pure Michigan” commercial. Next year the group will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie in Put-in-Bay.
The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North and Jeff Crause of Edward Jones invite you to "Back to the Eighties" for a night of fun and games, 80's style, and dancing to music that made the 80's ROCK! Do you remember... The Cosby Show... Ghostbusters... Trivial Pursuit... Back to the Future... moon walk... the '84 Tiger's... Big hair? Dig out those stone-washed jeans, shoulder pads and leg warmers and get ready to party like it is 1989! This fun-filled evening will benefit the RCAAN Foundation.
APRIL 20, 2013 ROTARY CLUB OF ANN ARBOR NORTH "EIGHTIES PARTY"
Location: Holiday Inn North Campus Main Ballroom, 3600 Plymouth Road Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date and Time: Saturday, April 20, 2013
6:00 PM Reception
7:15 PM Open Dining Buffet
Cost: $50.00 per person in advance; $55.00 per person at the door. Table of 8 is $400.00
Raffle tickets Sale: Buy one $20.00 ticket or several for a chance to win $1500, $500, or $250 in cash prizes. With only 300 tickets for sale, your odds of winning are great! (If less than 150 tickets are sold, a 50/50 cash prize will be drawn. Winner need not be present.)
Checks payable to: RCAAN P.O. Box 131022 Ann Arbor, MI 48113
Keep coming back to www.rcaan.org for the most up to date details about the Eighties Party.
At April 11, 2013 Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Meeting Deborah Renner, will be talking about The Turner Senior Center, "Big Hearts For Seniors".
Deborah Renner, a volunteer with the Turner Senior Resource Center, told us about the Big Hearts for Seniors, a running/walking team that will raise funds for five senior programs at the Ann Arbor Marathon, Sunday, June 9. Big Hearts is looking for runners, walkers and supporters to make this year’s event a financial success. TSRC is the community center that gives seniors enriching activities and hosts several classes. Other programs that will benefit are: Meals On Wheels, the Housing Bureau for Seniors, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Silver Club Memory Loss Programs.
“Washtenaw County is aging faster than surrounding counties,” said Deborah, “ and programs like these help to keep Ann Arbor a great place to retire.”
To be a part of the Big Hearts team, call 703-402-0626 or visit www.annarbormarathon.comand select Big Hearts for Seniors as your charity.
WARNING! This video has adult language. PLEASE, DO NOT LET CHILDREN WATCH UNLESS YOU APPROVE IT FIRST. Thank You.
Thomas Ulch was our speacker on Feb 14th, he came back to our meeting last week to ask us to support his book. Go to BarenakedTravelWeb-Page and give your support, Thank you.
Hello! I'm Tom Ulch and my project is "Barenaked Travel" a coffee table photography book. I have the photos and the stories and now want to publish the book!
Barenaked Travel is about traveling naked of prejudices and preconceived notions and just being open to what ever the Universe decides to send your way. Be that experience positive or negative.
This book will be a collection of stories and photos from around the world. Watching the sun rise over Tikal in the jungles of Guatemala while drinking whiskey from the bottle with construction workers restoring the temples. Or riding around El Salvador in a 1985 Toyota Corolla taking pictures and eating pupusas.
Having traveled to over 35 countries now, what I have learned is that some of the best stories come from the worst experiences. Being stuck on an un-air conditioned bus in Vietnam for 30 hours. Or breaking down on the Autostrada in Italy in July. Not fun in the moment, but funny after.
I have been telling these stories for years and now it is time to collect them all and write them down with the photos that accompany them. The book itself will be a 12x9 coffee table book of 80+ pages. Hardcover with a dust jacket. I have seen examples from the printer and the quality is excellent. I'm super stoked to share all of these stories and photos with you!
There will be a reception/show at the Warehouse in November for the project! Thank you in advance for your support and feel free to e-mail any questions you may have!
There was no Photoshop used in any of these images.
As an added reward, all pledges at/above the $55 level, will also be entered into a drawing for a custom framed, 8x12 image from the book.
On March 28, 2013 Mike Vanover and the Director of Fly Children's Art Center talked to the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North meeting about the Center.
Our own Mike Vanover and Katie Whitehouse spoke to us about the FLY (For the Love of Ypsilanti; For the Love of Youth) Art Center. Mike is president of the center’s board; Katie is program director.
FLY is a mobile art center that gives children freedom to explore and create without the constraints of a structured art class. The key to FLY’s approach is to get kids to unleash their own creativity. FLY supplies art materials and suggests general themes, “Make something that has moving parts” or “Make something that floats.” The adults do not judge the children’s processes or products and each child is free to discover his or her own talents and means of expressing ideas through art.
The center was founded in 2009 by Ruth Marks, a local artist and educator. Since its founding, FLY has given hundreds of children the chance to discover the joy of creating something from their own imagination. The center visits after-school programs and community centers, particularly in under-served areas.
At the end of the presentation, President Laura gave Katie a check from our club’s foundation to support the center’s work.
On March 21, 2013 Don Faber talked at The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North meeting about his recently published book on "Michigan's first Governor."
Don Faber, a Michigan historian and former editor at The Ann Arbor News, shared the work and life of Stevens T. Mason, Michigan’s first and youngest governor. Faber has written a biography of the young leader. Program Chair Kelly Mendenhall introduced our speaker.
During Mason’s short life, he served as territorial governor of Michigan, then governor of the new state, at age 24. Mason was known as a principled young man who moved Michigan forward by:
Co-founding the University of Michigan;
Spearheading the state constitution;
Leading Michigan in the Toledo War, which gave the state the Upper Peninsula; and
Advocating the appropriations for the state’s Soo Locks, which made Michigan a key player in arming the United States for World War II, over a century later.
Nicole Kring's was our speaker at the RCAAN meeting on March 14, 2013. Above is one instrument she built for Penrickton Center in Taylor MI, for her project to win the Girls Scout Gold Award.
Nicole Krings, daughter of President-Elect Keith Krings, spoke to us about her Girl Scout Gold Award. Nicole is a member of the National Honor Society at Northville High School
The Gold Award is the highest award a girl can achieve in Girl Scouting, the equivalent of the Eagle Award in Boy Scouting. Nicole explained the process of identifying an issue or problem, investigating solutions, recruiting help from the community and raising funds to make the project a reality. The Gold Award requires 80 hours of community service.
Nicole chose to build simple musical instruments for the children at the Penrickton Center for the Blind. The Penrickton Center is a nonprofit day care and residential care facility for children who are blind and have other disabilities. The center was founded by three families to provide care for their own children in 1952.
Nicole raised funds for the instrument kits by conducting drives for scrap metal and deposit soda cans. She also donated her own babysitting money. With the help of her father, she learned how to work with wood to construct a Cajon drum and a Strumbly guitar. She plans to build and deliver four more instruments to the Penrickton Center, as funds become available.
President Laura Van Steenis announced that our club will support Nicole Krings’ Girl Scout Gold Award Project with a $500 grant. Nicole’s dad is our President-Elect Keith Krings.
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
Robert Louis Stevenson, Author
Born on November 13, 1850, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Robert Louis Stevenson traveled often, and his global wanderings lent themselves well to his brand of fiction. Stevenson developed a desire to write early in life, having no interest in the family business of lighthouse engineering. He was often abroad, usually for health reasons, and his journeys led to some of his early literary works. Publishing his first volume at the age of 28, Stevenson became a literary celebrity during his life when works such as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were released to eager audiences. He died in Samoa in 1894.
When:April 26, 2013 12:00 PM to April 27, 2013 9:00 PM
Where: Royal Park Hotel, 600 East University Drive Rochester, Michigan Web-Site
Registration is now open on the District Conference registration web page link here Conference Registration Our District Conference is set for Friday and Saturday, April 26th and 27th, at the elegant Royal Park Hotel in Rochester.
Join Rotatarians from across the District to hear exciting speakers, including our global grant scholar Yilin Zhang, Alan Monroe from Shelter Box, youth exchange students, the Four Way Test, breakout sessions, and the famous Mad Hour of Rotary.
Let's celebrate our great year, highlight our great plays, honor our quarterbacks and our incoming Presidents, and have a ROTARY BLAST.
Author, psychologist and child advocate Cindy Champnella, was the speaker to The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North on March 7, 2013, She is the Auther of "The Waiting Child: How the Faith and Hope of One Orphan Saved the Life of Another" and "The Twelve Gifts of Life: Finding Extraordinary Meaning in Ordinary Moments".
Congratulations to the Charter Members of Rotary Club of Ann Arbor West. Last night Ann Arbor West had their Charter Night Party at Weber's Inn with a great attended event. In the photo above the new Member's received their Rotary Pins. Below Don Riddell present President of Ann Arbor West Robert Overhiser the club's Certificate of Membership.
At Febuary 28, 2013 Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North meeting, the speaker was Susan Hutton talking about The Volunteer Task Force For Engine Idling.
Susan Hutton gave out this hand-out to the club, which is distributed by the Climate Protection Campaign.
President Laura introduced our speaker, Susan Hutton, who serves on the City of Ann Arbor’s Climate Protection Campaign Task Force on Engine Idling.
Susan Hutton explained why we should turn our car engines off when idling for more than 10 seconds: Children are particularly vulnerable to exhaust fumes. Fumes can trigger asthma attacks and cause respiratory ailments.
Idling a small car for only 10 minutes each day wastes more than 30 gallons of gasoline per year. Idling harms the vehicle and can damage spark plugs, cylinders and exhaust systems. An idling vehicle emits 10 times more pollution than one traveling at 32 mph. Help stop climate change, acid rain and smog by turning off your engine. Reduce warm-up idling by starting to drive after 30 seconds of idling. Excessive idling will harm your engine.
Tell family, friends and neighbors about the benefits of reduced idling. Protect our children’s health, save money and protect the environment by turning your vehicles off.
At Febuary 21, 2013 Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North meeting the speaker was Richard Detweiler the President of The Great Lakes Colleges Association. He talk about Strengthening Eduction In The Traditionan Of The Liberal Arts.
Kelly Mendenhall introduced our speaker, Rick Detweiler of the Great Lakes Colleges Association, who spoke on the history of higher education and the value of a liberal arts education.
The Great Lakes Colleges Association is an alliance of eight colleges in the region, with the purpose of promoting liberal arts. Our speaker said that a liberal arts education focuses on developing critical thinkers, citizens who can make society better by becoming active participants in government and all walks of life.
Rick took us through a review of the history of education. He said that the first universities were founded to educate the upper classes. Only after the American Revolution was higher education open to the middle classes.
Is higher education worth the cost in today’s economy? Rick asserted that it is, because college graduates earn twice what high school grads make, and college grads have much less unemployment than high school grads do.
Our speaker told us that a liberal arts education creates critical, analytical thinkers who are responsible and engaged citizens.
It is Rotary International 108 year anniversary this week. Let's celebrate by wearing our Rotary Pins all week and talking up Rotary and Ann Arbor North. Tell people how proud you are about being a Rotarian. Be happy and Celebrate the History.
Rotary International / Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North
We have just been informed that our room at Holiday Inn will be available this week for our weekly meeting. So the Feb. 21, 2013 Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North meeting will be in our normal room in Holiday Inn, North Campus 3600 Plymouth Road Ann Arbor Michigan 48105 MAP.
Hope to see you there.
For the most up-to-date information continue coming to www.rcaan.org.
Kelly Mendenhall (RCAAN Member) and speaker Thomas William Ulch ll, at February 14th meeting. Thomas is a Travel Photographer Poet, and Author, and EMU Professor. He shared his photographs and stories of his travels.
Kelly Mendenhall introduced our speaker, Professor Tom Ulch, who took us on a photographic tour of Europe, Central America and Southeast Asia.
Tom said his travelogue is called “Bare Naked Travels,” because he doesn’t touch up his photos with Photo Shop. He likes to capture the unscripted, unplanned spontaneous moment of shared humanity across cultures. His travel philosophy is “to leave pre-conceived notions at home and let life experiences take him where they will.”
Tom described his experience in an eight-hour sweat lodge ceremony in Central America as he showed us photos of the event.
He also showed photos of his trips to marketplaces in El Salvador, wild animal preserves in Southeast Asia, and the sobering, harrowing memorials to the victims of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia’s Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.
At the February 7th Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's meeting Natsu Oyobe Ph D. , Associate Curator of Asian Art at The University of Michigan Museum of Art talked about Japanese tea ware and print collections.
We will be meeting in a small section of the newly remodeled Holiday Inn North Campus Ballroom this week, as the renovations continue at the Holiday Inn. Remember to enter through Door A for Febuary 7, 2013 meeting. Parking is available in the back (west side) of the building.
At the January 31, 2013 Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North meeting Eric Jones from Transamerica talked about Social Security.
Eric Jones, a field representative for Trans-America Investments, talked to us about Social Security. Kelly Mendenhall introduced our speaker.
Eric told us that Social Security provides 38 percent of the income for most couples over age 65. The three most common questions that people have about Social Security are:
Is the program going to be there for me when I retire?
At what age should I file for Social Security?
What effect will Social Security payments have on my taxes?
Social Security is expected to be able to pay full benefits through 2036 and will provide 77 percent coverage through 2085. This system of government-guaranteed retirement income has become strained because people are living longer lives and the ratio of workers to beneficiaries is now 3:1.
Traditionally, retirement age has been 65. Now, the age for receiving full benefits from Social Security depends on your birth year. Those born before 1943 can still retire at 65. Workers born between 1944 and 1955 must work until age 66. The retirement age goes up, based on one’s age. For every year that an employed person delays retirement, Social Security benefits grow by 8 percent. The idea is to be able to predict your own life expectancy, always a tricky proposition.
As of 2012, the maximum monthly benefit a worker can receive at age 66 is $2513.
At January 24, 2013 RCAAN meeting Shana Bussa brought Nicole Adelman (Executive Director of IHN at Alpha House) to the club to talk about Alpha House. Alpha House is a Homeless Shelter.
Our speaker was Nicole Edelman, executive director of Alpha House. Nicole was introduced by Shanna Bussa, development director for Alpha House.
Alpha House is the shelter for families established by the Interfaith Hospitality Network. Several years ago, two Ann Arbor women saw a need for emergency family housing and created a cooperative system for various faith congregations to meet this need. Originally, churches opened their buildings to families for two weeks at a time and families moved from church to church. Later, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital donated the building that is now Alpha House to IHN. Now, volunteers from different congregations come to Alpha House to prepare and serve meals and the families stay in the shelter.
Alpha House can house 25 people for up to 90 days. The Alpha House staff helps clients obtain jobs and housing and works with families for up to one year. Volunteers are always needed to fix meals and play with the children in shelter.
Homeless children suffer from a wide variety of problems, including hunger, poor academic performance and mental health issues.
Above is another version of the video Nicole and Shana presented us at the meeting.
Nicole Adelmen, Shana Bussa From Alpha House, Matt Copeland Son, Noah And Madison Marshall.
Noah Copeland and Madison Marshall shared their service project as president and vice president of the Junior National Honor Society at their school. They raised money for Alpha House and Ozone House for “Help after the Holidays.” They collected donated items plus $115 so far. After hearing that the school canceled a “spirit day” the kids were counting on to raise money, Vern Hutton suggested we all pitch in and we came up with $74 to help the students meet their goal.
At January 17, 2013 Rotary Club Ann Arbor North meeting Char Luttrell talked about her employer Ms. Molly Foundation.
Above is the video that Char showed us at the meeting on Jan. 17th about The Ms. Molly Foundation.
RCAAN Member Char Luttrell, the Development Director of the Ms. Molly Foundation, presented our program.
Under the leadership of President Laura Van Steenis, the RCAAN board recently awarded the Ms. Molly Foundation a $2500 grant to support domestic violence shelters and to build capacity to work to eliminate domestic violence.
The Ms. Molly Foundation began in 1996, founded by the wife of the owner of the Molly Maid Company, in response to the large numbers of employees who were victims of domestic violence. Since then, the organization has raised $1.4 million and funded 140 shelters across the country, wherever Molly Maid franchises are active. Last year, the foundation raised $240,000. The agency funds 11 shelters in Michigan, including SafeHouse Center in Washtenaw County, LaCasa in Livingston County, Haven in Oakland County and First Step in Wayne County. Until now, all support for the foundation’s work has come from the owners of the Molly Maid Corporation, franchise owners, employees, customers and vendors.
Now the foundation is seeking donations from individuals and community groups in an effort to increase capacity to fund one-third of the nation’s 1500 domestic violence and sexual assault shelters and to eliminate domestic violence in one generation. RCAAN Members Gail Scott and Virginia and Gordon Nordby (along with one anonymous donor) have become Cornerstone Sponsors of the foundation’s “Bold Step Forward” campaign to raise $53,000 by June 30, 2013.
We celebrate the birth of a new Rotary Club in Ann Arbor when we gather on Saturday, March 2, for the Rotary West Charter Night. Probably at Weber's. Congratulations to President Bob Overhiser and West Rotarieans for receiving your charter from Rotary International on 12-12-12!
At the January 10, 2013, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North meeting President Laura accepts a check for The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Foundation. Phil Zepeda presented the check of $1000 which was a gift from Dr. Steven Modell.
At the Rotary Club Ann Arbor North meeting on January 10, 2013, Susan Lackey talked to us about The Legacy Land Conservation.
The Legacy Land Conservancy’s current emphasis is on protecting the land in Michigan’s “Emerald Crescent,” the green belt that stretches from Brooklyn, Michigan, through Chelsea, Michigan, to Whitmore Lake, Michigan. This arc follows the head waters of the Huron River through Washtenaw and Jackson Counties, including the Waterloo State Recreation Area and the Pinckney State Recreation Area.
The Legacy Land Conservancy began in 1971 as a private non-profit organization that works to protect the beautiful natural places of southern Michigan, including forests, farmlands, wetlands and rivers. Since then, the organization (formerly the Washtenaw Land Trust) has protected more than 3,700 acres and worked to secure funding to protect thousands more. The Land Conservancy has created five public nature preserves.
A child getting a polio vaccine at Toll Plaza, outskirts of Karachi. Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus that can provoke permanent paralysis in a matter of hours. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccin
A portrait of Saiful Islam holding his 8-month-daughter, Sulaim, at his home in Mardan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa). He made the decision of refusing vaccinations for his daughter because of rumors vaccines could contain animal urine. She was struck by polio two months ago. Both of her legs are paralyzed now.
Do you carry Rotary to your vocation? How about a simple way to do this...Do you wear your Rotary pin on your lapel EVERY DAY? Or just on Thursdays and at Rotary events? Think about it: we know you are a Rotarian so wearing it only at Rotary events is kind of redundant. How about if we start wearing our pin every day and see if we can make it a habit. It is the cheapest and most effective PR we have. Be proud to be a Rotarian and take the opportunity to explain Rotary to those you come in contact with every day in yourbusiness dealings.
At Rotary Club Ann Arbor North meeting on January 3, 2013 we had Dr. Richard Stahler-Sholk and Dr. Judith Culburg talking about "Poverty, Human Rights and Health" in El Salvador and Cuba. Richard Stahler-Sholk and Judith Kulburg are professors at Eastern Michigan Univeristy where they teach Study Abroad Courses.
Drs Judy Culberg and Richard Stanier-Sholk, professors at Eastern Michigan University, who spoke to us about global poverty.Drs. Culberg and Stainer-Sholk told us that poverty is the central problem connected to all of the world’s major problems.
Their classes at Eastern Michigan University expose students to both the theory and the personal experience of poverty. Each year they take students on trips to El Salvador and Cuba, where the group interacts with local people who are struggling with poverty.In El Salvador, the students are introduced to Salvadorans who have suffered because of the civil war of 1980-1992. Many Salvadorans are the sole surviving members of their families, all victims of war.
The classes visit schools, community centers and hospitals, to see the effects of poverty on the population. They also stay in local people’s homes, where they are welcomed very warmly. As a result of their travels and studies, the EMU students become citizens of the world.
Kelly Mendenhall, talks to The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North, about herself and the meanings behind her tatoos.
The speaker at the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North meeting on December 20, 2012, was our own Kelly Mendenhall, who told us about her body art.
Kelly shared her personal story of loss and growth as she explained the meaning and purpose of several of her 18 tattoos, challenging us to look beyond tattoos to see the person and learn about the life they represent.
Kelly’s father died when she was four years old. Her mother had to start her own business to support the family. When Kelly got older, she learned that her father had been in prison for ten years before she was born. She contacted the Michigan Department of Corrections and received lots of information about her dad, including a photo, which is the basis the tattoo on her right forearm. Kelly said that every time she looks at her arm she thinks of her father.
Her anchor represents her mother, who has truly “anchored” her family through many ups and downs. Her butterfly is for her sister. Her ship is for her aunt. She wears a lighthouse on her arm to honor the people in her life who have guided her. A sparrow is in memory of a good friend who died during his third tour of duty in Iraq. All in all, Kelly has buried 15 family members and friends in her short life.
In what Kelly describes as her “quarter-life crisis,” she suffered depression following several losses. She decided, she says, “not to live in fear” but to press on with her life, going to school in London and completing her master’s degree at Eastern Michigan University.
She urged us to get to know people with tattoos and see them as individuals with stories to tell. One reason she is in Rotary is because Rotarians have accepted her as she is, tattoos and all!
RCAAN announces that we have awarded a $2500 to the Ms. Molly Foundation.
At December 20th RCAAN Meeting, President Laura announced, that the RCAAN board had awarded $2500 to the Ms. Molly Foundation, to support local domestic violence shelters and to work to prevent and eliminate domestic violence. Gail Scott also presented a personal check for $1,000 for the foundation to Char Luttrell, development director.
At the December 6, 2012 Rotary North Meeting Kirt Lingell talked about Recycle Ann Arbor where he is the Manager.
Recycle Ann Arbor is a stand-alone nonprofit organization that runs the recycling drop off station on Ellsworth Road, the ReUse Center and Calvert’s Roll-off Containers. Kirt told us that recycling is a $236 billion industry that employs 1.1. million people. He said that ten tons of un-recycled trash creates one job, but that ten tons of recycled trash creates ten jobs.
Founded in 1977, Recycle Ann Arbor is a leader in the recycling industry, offering easy and convenient recycling for the home and workplace.
As a private nonprofit organization, Recycle Ann Arbor is dedicated to providing education and innovative services in the collection, processing and distribution of recyclable materials.
Nationally recognized as an established leader in recycling programs, Recycle Ann Arbor has been instrumental in diverting recyclable waste from landfills and reducing pressure on natural resources.
Recycle Ann Arbor is committed to developing innovative recycling programs that will limit the abundance of reusable materials from ending up in landfills every year while supporting initiatives to improve the environmental quality of our community through recovery, reuse, recycling and effective energy use.
Kirt said that it is important to manage our resources wisely, balancing the need for economic growth with the need to care for our natural environment.
Newest RCAAN Member, as of December 6, 2012, Curtis Hoesing.
We Have A New Rotarian
Curtis Hoesing was inducted into our club. He is an administrative officer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Scott Nelson was his sponsor. Congratulations, Curtis! We are looking forward to getting to know you and to working with you.
As Club Board members and supporters, we would love for you to RSVP and attend this event in our home (with spouses) and help spread the word to any of your friends who enjoy reading novels, as well as your Indian friends. This is a rare op to meet someone so famous!
Amitav Ghosh will also describe the project that our club is involved with called, The India Project: Project Dignity.
As President of A2Ethics.org Jeanine has many roles: from helping develop and grow A2Ethics ventures to leading the efforts to secure and endow funding for A2Ethics work. She translates the big, and sometimes quirky ideas, into sustainable programs.
Bottom Photo: Erin Mattimoe,
Joined the A2Ethics.org board in 2010. She is most recognized around town as the MC for The Big Ethical Question Slam.
At the November 29, 2012 Rotary Club North Meeting we had two speakers from A2Ethics. Jeannine Delay the President, of A2Ethics and Erin Mattimoe a Board Member, gave a brief summary of the non-profit A2Ethic
The mission of A2Ethics is to give ethics a permanent voice and place in our community. The organization uses three approaches:
An online community
Live events, such as the A2Ethics Slam and the High School Ethics Bowl
A2Ethics is looking for ways to answer ethical questions in all areas of working life. With the automotive industry crisis and the general economic crisis, new ethical questions have arisen, especially for the freelance community of workers.
The next Ethics Slam will be held next February 7. Teams from local businesses will compete by answering various questions on ethical dilemmas.
At the November 29th RCAAN Meeting, we got the opportunity to meet Ken and Jill Angold-Stephen. They were guests from Epping, England about 20 miles outside of London. The Angold-Stephens were in Ann Arbor to visit their son and his family. They have been married 48 years and have a grandson and a granddaughter who will be attending Greenhills School. After Ken introduced himself and Jill, he presented Laura with Epping's Rotary Club Flag. Then Laura reciprocated with giving him our Rotary Club Flag.
Build an Intercultural Exchange Center and 24-bed hotel within the community of Catarina, Nicaragua. Catarina is famous for the magnificent view of El Mirador (Crater Lake) and is close to the International Airport and many nature sites.
The Center will provide visitors and locals with language education, meeting facilities, conferences, and a small outdoor amphitheater for presentations.
The Hotel includes a natural setting in a restful community, 2 blocks from the Mirador view, hiking, restaurant, private bathrooms with hot water, A/C, gift shop with local art, and transportation to and from the airport and tourist sites.
“Green” building standards will be employed with the most compatible structure for the culture and environment.
The Center will appeal to eco-tourists,Spanish immersion students, project groups, socially invested visitors, educators and researchers, artists and writers.
Phase I: Foundation – 2005-2011
Land purchased. Organizational structure established. Outreach, partnerships, & fundraising begun.
Phase II: Building – 2012-2013
Begin building cabanas, lobby, meeting rooms. Formalize partnerships.
Phase III: Additions – 2013-?
Center operational, add 2-story hotel units, pool, outdoor stage, & amenities.
Expand employment & training options
The Nicaragua Project is an effort by the nonprofit Capital to Bridge the Divide to develop sustainable economic development in Catarina, Nicaragua.
Our vision is to provide access to medical care, shelter, clothing, food, and education in developing countries, such as Nicaragua, in a sustainable way, while giving the opportunity for local people to be involved in providing voluntary assistance to those communities. At the same time, we will be educating the local community in the United States about issues involving impoverishment and global capital distribution, the plight of people in developing communities, and about the alleviation of poverty in those communities.
Our current goal is to create a Cultural Exchange Center and Eco-hotel in Nicaragua, which will be an example of social justice and peace in action. It will be a financially sound & sustainable, source of income for its employees; a source of funding for local community needs, and an active center of cultural exchange. As such, it will provide a place to share & learn. Amongst other activities, it will include an immersion Spanish language program, and provide English language lessons for people of all ages.
Bridge the divide between wealthy and developing countries by providing capital, employment, and opportunities for cultural exchange.
1. Use and create capital to work for social justice in developing countries
a. Establish local business(es) that contribute to the community and provide economic growth
b. Develop a non-profit organization in the U.S. (with a Nicaraguan advisory group) to provide initial governance
c. Profit will be reinvested in the focus country.
2. Contribute to economic & social justice through local efforts in the developing countries.
a. Build & operate hotel/hostel/timeshare in Nicaragua
b. Provide employment opportunities, including those for women seeking independence from domestic violence
3. Provide opportunities for cultural exchange/dialogue
a. Offer a cultural immersion experience with potential educational component
b. Develop university links to Nicaragua for foreign exchange
c. Develop local cultural center
Lorrie Douglas (Board Member of The Nicaragua Project)
Joe Summers (Founder of The Nicaragua Project)
Lorrie Douglas and Joe Summers, with The Nicaragua Project talked to The Rotary Club Ann Arbor North Members on November 15, 2012.
The Nicaragua Project is a nonprofit effort to create sustainable economic development in Catarina, Nicaragua by building an eco-friendly hotel and conference center in an area where families are living on a monthly income of $400.
The project is currently seeking matching funds to double the fundraising results from $30,000 to $60,000. If successful, the campaign will allow the project to begin to build in 2013.
As Greg Ewin talked about, at the November 8th Rotary meeting, here is the YouTub Video of the Kid's at Pantanal Center For Education and Research playing the University of Michigan Fight Song "Hail To The Victors" with the Rotary Club donated Violins.
The Music at Nazaré Program is a new PCER project to teach music and organize an orchestra at the Nazaré Orphanage in Poconé, Mato Grosso, Brazil. The Nazaré orphanage is a home for children, many of whom are orphaned and have grown up on the streets. We aim to teach music as a positive influence in their lives, and to use music as a means to promote other health and educational projects in the area. Additionally we are working to develop collaborations with other youth orchestras in Brazil and throughout South America. The project began Summer 2012 through the lucky coincidence that the Poconé rotary club had just donated a collection of violins, violas, cellos, and guitars to the orphanage, and among the PCER volunteers in Brazil were two violinists.
After some introductory music instruction in Summer 2012, we plan to greatly expand the project for 2013. This will include:
-1 to 2 months of dedicated music instruction at Nazaré by dedicated volunteer musicians.
-Free performances in the community given by instructors
-Instructor exchange with other youth orchestras
-Concert(s) featuring students with instructors
-Work with local musicians and organizations to enable continuation of music education and orchestra after we leave.
-Health and education work with the Nazaré students
-Possible expansion of the project to include other area schools
-Create a year-round, sustainable youth orchestra in Poconé
-Incorporate with larger Brazilian and South American youth orchestra organizations, exchange both student players and instructors
-Develop permanent relationships with US orchestras and music organizations to provide a constant source of support and talented musicians
-Play music guided by the interests of the kids, not a traditional classical orchestra
-Perform locally and at other locations in Brazil
-Bring the Nazaré orchestra on tour to the US
Summer 2012 we taughtmusic for about one week total. In that time we taught basic technique, and taught the kids to play "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" and "The Victors". The excitement of the students to learn music surpassed anything we could have possibly hoped for-they had us teaching for upwards of 3 hours a day and kept requesting more.
At the end of lessons the students often started requesting that we play songs they knew (anything from the Mendlessohn Wedding March to Lady Gaga) and we obliged as best we could! We worked individually with some of the older kids to have them help teach some of the younger ones, with mixed success (likely due to the short time we had).
To prepare for the coming summer and expansion of the program, we are currently working with the University Musical Society (UMS) at University of Michigan, and discussing a collaboration with the Michigan Pops Orchestra. On the global level, we are in contact with a number of influential musicians and cultural figures in Brazil and both youth and professional orchestras throughout South America. I don't want to publish names or details yet before things are more worked out, but exciting things are happening, and happening fast!
Thanks to Pantanal Center Web Page for story and Video.
On November 8, 2012 Gregory Ewin a student at U of M, talked to Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North about The Pantanal Center For Education Research in Brazil
Gregory Ewing talked to The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North on November 8, 2012. Gregory is an engineering senior at the University of Michigan. Greg has been involved with the Pantanal Partnership in Brazil since his freshman year.
The Pantanal (Literally "the swamp") is the world's largest flood plain, stretching across Brazil. Bolivia and Paraguay. It is home to hundreds of plant and animal species, including the world's largest rodent. The economic drives are the fishing and cattle industries and eco-tourism. The people who live in the Pantanal are in a political limbo; no state wants to take care of them.
The Pantanal Partnership began when a U-M student visited the region as an eco-tourist and returned with fellow students to engage the local residents to improve their surroundings while maintaining their ancestral homes.
In 2010, the partnership built a research center. In 2011, the group built a bio-digester to turn cattle waste products into methane gas. That year, the team also installed bio-sand filters at the research center, producing clean drinking water.
Last year, the group was able to expand the bio-sand filter program to other schools and to use the project to teach biology, chemistry, and English. When the children saw mico-organisms under a microscope, they began to grasp the idea of particles in the water that were to small to be seen by the eye. Until then, they had no understanding of the necessity for clean water.
The U-M students also worked on a water tower, which enabled a wi-fi connection so that Pantanal residents can access medical help.
Some students are even learning how to play the stringed instruments that a Rotary Club had provided for their school, now that they have a music teacher from the University of Michigan. They can now play the "Hail to the Victors" on Violin.
Seventeen individuals participated last Saturday (November 3, 2012), which began as a chilly morning as evidenced by the photos. RCAAN was assigned two senior citizens homes to rake and bag fall leaves.
Seventeen individuals participated last Saturday (November 3, 2012), which began as a chilly morning as evidenced by the photos. RCAAN was assigned two senior citizens homes to rake and bag fall leaves
Rotarians from RCAAN:
Keith Kriengs (Leader/Organizer, replaced John Arenz who had a conflict)
David Blough, has spent 40 years in the Banking Industry. He is also past president of the Rotary Club of Saline and is a Paul Harris Fellow.
David reviewed the ups and downs of the U.S. economy over the past 4 years, focusing on the slight improvements in the past 12 months. He said the housing market is recovering slowly. Housing prices are up by two percent over last year's prices. If housing continues to increase , jobs in the construction industry will make a comeback.
David stated, "that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has done a good job of keeping the U.S. out of a depression. Bank closings have dropped from 5-6 per month to less then 1 per month".
David warned,"that the fiscal cliff we are facing on December 31 (with loss of the Bush tax cuts and the mortgage interest deduction) could cause big problems in the housing market.
On November 11, 2012 David Blough came to The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North meeting to talk about "The Markets". David Blough works at United Bank and Trust in Ann Arbor.
At The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North meeting, on October 25, 2012 Manish Mehta, talked about his trip to India. Where he visited the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North sponsored toilet, which is a part of the Project Dignity of India.
Our own Manish Mehta, our international service chair, brought us up to date on our Project Dignity, a project to bring sanitation facilities to the Sunderbans area of eastern India, and showed us photos from his recent tour of the area.
Manish shared some stark statistics with us: 4 in 10 humans have no toilet facilities, 90 percent of diarrhea is caused by bad water, there has been a 40 percent decrease in cases of diarrhea in areas that now have toilets.
Project Dignity places Rotary-funded toilets with selected families who will set a good example for their neighbors, to encourage sanitary habits.Clean water means that children are healthier and able to go to school regularly. This means that mothers are able to work to improve their families’ lives. Private toilets mean that girls and women can have dignity and freedom.
Project Dignity’s Rotary partners are: our own club and Rotary clubs in Ann Arbor Downtown, Ferndale, Milan and Saline. We are also working with the Rotary Club of Calcutta Midtown and the Sri Ramakrishna Ashram to select which families will receive toilets. (The ashram, an interfaith agency, also loans bicycles to girls so that they can get to school safely.)Manish explained that Project Dignity is experimenting with a social entrepreneurship model, to enlist local people to sell the toilets to others.
Dan Weiss talks to the Club, about his Clinic and an Orphanage in Brazil that he and his wife donates their time.
At the meeting on October 18, 2012 of The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North, Peggy Windsor, Former Member and Past President, introduced our speaker, Dan Weiss, another Former Member and Past President. Dan runs a Medical Clinic in Brazil.
Dan began his remarks by congratulating our Club on the amount of work we do for a small to medium sized Rotary Club. He said, "the club he now belongs to in Brazil likes to drink beer; he is trying to get them involved in some service projects!"
Dan shared some slides and comments about an Orphanage in Brazil where he and his Wife are donating their time. He told us,"that the goal of the Orphanage is to provide a true home for children up to 12 years old, a permanent place for them to live. Many of them will never be adopted". The Organization has many needs; among them is the need for industrial-sized washing machines to keep the children's clothes and diapers clean.
City Manager of Ypsilanti, Speaks at October 11th Meeting.
At the Rotary Club Ann Arbor North meeting on October 11th, David Lange the City Manager of Ypsilanti, gave a speech on how Ypsilanti is doing after these hard economic times.
Ralph Lange, has helped many communities achieve long-term financial stability. He enjoys working and living in the Midwest, especially Northern Ohio and Southeastern Michigan. Ralph told, "us that Ypsilanti has much potential for a great come back".
He discussed that they are talking to developers about developing the closed Vistion Plant. It is 180 acres and it is hard for a city if that much land going undeveloped.
He liked the fact that the Wolverine Rail Road goes through Ypsilanti. He see's potential for the railroad, that could give transportation for Metro Airport, Eastern and Michigan Universities, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit resident. This could give cheap public transportation around the area instead of having to rely on the expensive car.
Other reasons for the potential for Ypsilanti come back, is the city is right in the middle of the I-94 corridor between Ann Arbor and Detroit. Ypsilanti also has many enthusiastic boosters and they are very spiritual and spiritually diverse.
Ralph said, "that one of the challenges of downsizing City departments is to balance the budget, yet not eliminating vital City services". He acknowledged, that crime continues to be a problem in Ypsilanti. Ralph believes that bringing businesses back to the town will provide a greater tax base, and allow the City to hire more Police Officer's.
Ralph is busy speaking to community groups (like our club), and working with SEMCOG, Spark East, The Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Development Authority.
Join your fellow Rotarians and celebrate Rotary at the 2014 District Conference. This is a chance for you and your family to experience what Rotary fellowship and relaxation are all about!
We will honor Rotary heroes from around the district and hear firsthand the difference Rotary is making not only in our communities, but around the world.
We promise a ‘no tie zone’, a hands-on opportunity to make a difference, a chance to make new friends and acquire new tools to energize your Club.
INCENTIVES FOR EARLY REGISTRATION AND FIRST TIME CONFERENCE ATTENDEES
Club with the highest per capita percentage of active club member paid registrants received by March 15th will be awarded a private Friday pre-dinner reception with the RI President’s Rep, District Governor and distinguished VIPs.
Active Rotarians who are first time conference attendees and registered by May 9th will be automatically entered into a drawing for an iPod give-away.