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 works in the athletic department at Eastern Michigan University. His main duties is to fundraise for the athletic department.
Mike came to our luncheon, to show us a video that the EMU Women's Soccer team made about themselves. The freshmen on the team are fundraising to build a press box and bleachers for the soccer field. To raise money, they are going around and putting on soccer camps. For $2000, you came have them come to your city to have a camp. They hope the bleachers and press box will be build for their senior year.
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.
"I believe in karma, and I believe if you put out a positive vibes to everybody, that's all all you are going to get back."
Kesha was born on March 1, 1987, in Los Angeles, California. Her big break came from an uncredited and unpaid cameo on rapper Flo Rida's 2009 No. 1 hit "Right Round." Soon after, she landed a record contact with RCA and released her first single, "Tik Tok." The party anthem developed quite a following. Her debut album, Animal, reached the top of the charts after its release in January 2010.
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:
Teilhard de Chardin has two comprehensive works. First, The Phenomenon of Man, sets forth a sweeping account of the unfolding of the cosmos and the evolution of matter to humanity to ultimately a reunion with Christ. The second comprehensive work of Teilhard de Chardin is The Divine Milieu which attempted to do two things. First, in the 19th and early 20th centuries there was a belief among some Catholics and other Christians that in order to be “holy” one had to devote himself or herself to purely religious activity and that secular work had no lasting value. Teilhard de Chardin, consistent with the Jesuit motto of “finding God in all things”, wanted to demonstrate that secular work (including his own scientific work) was an integral element of creation and the Incarnation, so that for religious reasons, Christians should be committed to whatever work they were doing and offering it up for the service of God. Teilhard wants to show how all human activities and efforts toward personal growth and human progress can be used to help the growth and development of the Body of Christ.
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.
"If there is anything worse than international warfare, is civil warfare, and the United States was destined to experience it in the extreme of bitterness."
Paul Harris Sculpture in Madrid
Harris was born in Racine, Wisconsin. At age 3, when his family fell on hard times, they moved to Vermont to live with Harris' paternal grandparents. He attended Princeton University, the University of Vermont, and the University of Iowa. For the next five years, he worked odd jobs for a newspaper as a salesman and a reporter, on fruit farms, as an actor and cowboy, and on cattle ships that traveled to Europe. Harris would settle in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago, where he lived until his death in 1947.
He began his law practice in 1896 in Chicago. In 1905, Harris organized the first Rotary Club "in fellowship and friendship" with three clients, Silvester Schele, Gustavus Loehr, and Hiram Shorey . His initial goal was to create a club of professional and business men for friendship and fellowship. Early on, Harris realized that Rotary needed a greater purpose. While Harris served as president of the Chicago Rotary Club in 1907, the club initiated its first public service project, the construction of public toilets in Chicago. This step transformed Rotary into the world's first Service Club.started, first on the west coast, and then all over the US and in Europe.
Harris had great ambitions for the growth of Rotary, and very early in the organization's history new clubs were.
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.
Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Mark Twain, Author
Born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri, Samuel L. Clemens wrote under the pen name Mark Twain and went on to pen several novels, including two major classics of American literature, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He was also a riverboat pilot, journalist, lecturer, entrepreneur and inventor. Twain died on April 21, 1910, in Redding, Connecticut.
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.
"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend."
Albert Camus, Author
Algerian born writer Albert Camus, born 1917, would win a Nobel Prize in Literature for his works on existentialism and human alienation. Though he was known mostly for books, like The Stranger, he also wrote plays that are still respected in the Theater of the Absurd. Camus, a natural for philosophy, was able to transition themes from his fiction into an essay titled, "The Myth of Sisyphus."
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.
Maybe you don't like your job, maybe you didn't get enough sleep, well nobody likes their job, nobody got enough sleep. Maybe you just had the worst day of your life, but you know, there's no escape, there's no excuse, so just suck up and be nice.
Ani DiFranco was born in Buffalo, New York in 1970. She learned how to play guitar as a child, and played her first show at age 9. DiFranco formed a record label when she was 19, and released her first album at 20. Her politically charged lyrics and eclectic style garnered fans, and she released albums and toured aggressively. DiFranco is also an activist and feminist, and lives with her family in New Orleans.
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.
"Rotary is so simple that many people do not understand it, and some even misunderstand it. Rotary is not a philosophy... not an all-embracing world point of view, which answers every question... and satisfies all the dictates of the heart and mind. Rotary is merely an association of business and professional men united in the ideal of service."
Maurice Duperrey 1937-1938 RI President- Address to 1938 Rotary Convention, San Francisco, California USA
A Rotary Biography of
Rotary President 1937-1938
Maurice Duperrey was the proprietor of chemical products and abrasives manufacturing companies in Paris, France. He was President and administrator of several Paris hotels, the Paris Hotel Union, and of hotel organizations with branches throughout France.
Mr. Duperrey became a member of the Rotay of Club of Paris in 1926 and was a Past President of that Club. He was active in Rotary International as President (in 1937-38), Vice-President, Director, District Governor, and as committee chairman and member.
In recognition of his services in World War, he received the French Croix de Guerre and the British Military Medal. He was a Knight Commander of the French Legion of Honor, awarded by the government "to a man who has devoted all his life to service on the national and international level in accordance with the precepts of the Rotary Ideal." He was Counsel for Foreign Commerce in France, and Honorary President of the Permanent Committee of Foreign Fairs in the French Ministry of Commerce.
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
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."
Colin Luther Powell is a United States statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State (2001-2005), serving under President George W. Bush. He was the first African American appointed to that position. He was the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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.
"America is great because she is good, if America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."
-Alexis de Tocqueville
Alexis de Tocqueville (29 July 1805 – 16 April 1859) was a French Political thinker and hisorian best known for his Democracy in America (appearing in two volumes: 1835 and 1840) and The Old Regime and the Revolution (1856). In both of these works, he analyzed the rising living standards and social conditions of individuals and their relationship to the market and state in Western societies. Democracy in America (1835), his major work, published after his travels in the United States, is today considered an early work of sociology and political science.
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.
"For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something."
Steve Jobs, Entrepeneur
Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco, California, on February 24, 1955, to two University of Wisconsin graduate students who gave him up for adoption. Smart but directionless, Jobs experimented with different pursuits before starting Apple Computers with SteveWozniak in 1976. Apple's revolutionary products, which include the iPod, iPhone and iPad, are now seen as dictating the evolution of modern technology. He died in 2011, following a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
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.
"Having children made us look differently at all these things that we take for granted, like taking your child to get a vaccine against measles or polio."
Melinda Gates was born on August 15, 1964, in Dallas, Texas. She took a job at Microsoft Corporation in 1987 and married her boss, Bill Gates, in 1994. That year, she and her husband co-founded what was later to become the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2006 she restructured the organization. In 2012 she pledged $560 million toward improving access to contraception for women in poor countries.
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.
Ziglar later worked as a salesman in a succession of companies. In 1968, he became a vice president and training director for the Automotive Performance company, moving to Dallas, Texas.
As of 2010, Ziglar still traveled around taking part in motivational seminars, despite a fall down a flight of stairs in 2007 that left him with short-term memory problems. State Representative Chris Greeley of Maine mentions Ziglar in the credits of his CD on publicspeaking.
Ziglar wove his Christianity into his motivational work. He was also an open Republican who endorsed former Govonor Mike Huckabee for his party's presidential nomination in 2008.
Ziglar, who had been suffering from pneumonia, died at the age of eighty-six at a hospital in the Dallas suburb of Plano on November 28, 2012.
"A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe."
WAYNE W. DYER, PH.D., is an globally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-enhancement. He's the author of over 30 books, has made many audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows.
His books Manifest Your Destiny, Wisdom of the Ages, There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, and the New York Times bestsellers 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, The Power of Intention, Inspiration, Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life, and now Excuses Begone have all been featured as National Public Television specials.
Dr. Wayne Dyer is lovingly called the “father of motivation” by his fans. Despite his childhood spent in orphanages and foster homes, Dr. Dyer has overcome many obstacles to make his dreams come right. Today he spends much of his time showing others how to do the same.
Dyer was a guidance counselor in Detroit at the high school level and a professor of counselor education at St. John's University in New York. He also served in the United States Navy from 1958-1962.
He first pursued an academic career, publishing in journals and running a successful private therapy practice, but his lectures at St. John's, which focused on positive thinking and motivational speaking techniques, attracted students beyond those enrolled.
"A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them."
Liberty Hyde Bailey
Born in South Haven, Michigan, as the third son of farmers Liberty Hyde Bailey Sr. and Sarah Harrison Bailey, Bailey entered the Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1878 and graduated in 1882. The next year, he became assistant to the renowned botanist Asa Gray. The same year, he married Annette Smith, the daughter of a Michigan cattle breeder, whom he met at the Michigan Agricultural College. They had two daughters, Sara May, born in 1887, and Ethel Zoe, born in 1889.
In 1885, he moved to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he in 1888 assumed the chair of Practical and Experimental Horticulture. He was elected an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1900. He founded the College of Agriculture, and in 1904 he was able to secure public funding. He was dean of what was then known as New York State College of Agriculture from 1903-1913. In 1908, he was appointed Chairman of The National Commission on Country Life by president Theodore Roosevelt. Its 1909 Report called for rebuilding a great agricultural civilization in America. In 1913, he retired to become a private scholar and devote more time to social and political issues.
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.
In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.
Marianne Williamson ; Author, Spiritual Teacher and Lecturer
Marianne Williamson is a spiritual teacher, author and lecturer. She has published ten books, including four New York Times #1 bestsellers.
She is also the founder ofProject Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area, and co-founder of The Peace Alliance, a grass roots campaign supporting legislation to establish a United States Department of Peace.
She serves on the Board of Directors of the RESULTS organization, which works to end poverty in the United States and around the world; and has taught the “Sister Giant" seminars, supporting women in running for political office and aligning their politics with their spiritual values.
"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties."
Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. In 1882, she fell ill and was struck blind, deaf and mute. Beginning in 1887, Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, helped her make tremendous progress with her ability to communicate, and Keller went on to college, graduating in 1904. In 1920, Keller helped found the ACLU. During her lifetime, she received many honors in recognition of her accomplishments.
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.
"I determined never to stop until I had come to the end and achieved my purpose."
David Livingstone, Explorer, Missionary.
Born on March 19, 1813, in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, David Livingstone pursued training in medicine and missionary work before moving to Africa in 1841. He crossed the continent from east to west and would ultimately come across many bodies of water previously uncharted by Europeans, including the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls. He was a staunch abolitionist after witnessing the horrors of the African slave trade, and returned to the region twice after his initial voyage. He died on May 1, 1873, in Chief Chitambo's Village, near Lake Bangweulu, North Rhodesia (now Zambia).
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.
"Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment."
-Tony Robbins, Writer and Motivational Speaker
Writer, motivational speaker. Born Anthony J. Robbins on February 29, 1960 in Glendora, California. The author of several best-selling self-help books, including Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within, Robbins has become something of a celebrity for his much-publicized "firewalk" seminars. Based on his theory of neuroassociative conditioning, the seminars enlist particpants to walk over hot coals in bare feet to prove that it?s fear and inner doubt that often holds people back from achieving greatness and overcoming obstacles they believe to be impossible. Though Robbins theories, techniques and self-promoting style have received much criticism, he remains a popular figure and has a coached several world leaders, including GeorgeH. W. Bush,Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev and Princess Diana.
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.
"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."
John Barrymore, Theater Actor
John Barrymore was born February 15, 1882,in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studied painting in Paris but returned to the United States to make his stage debut in 1903. He became a popular light comedian, but it was in serious roles that he scored his greatest stage triumphs. He appeared in motion pictures from 1913. He was considered one of the greatest and handsomest actors of the age.
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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.
John William Gardner, (October 8, 1912–February 16, 2002) was Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Lyndon Johnson. During World War II he served in the United States Marine Corps as a captain. In 1955 he became president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and, concurrently, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He was also the founder of two influential national U.S. organizations: Common Cause and Independent Sector. He authored books on improving leadership in American society.
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.
Actress, fashion icon, and philanthropist Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929, in Brussels, Belgium. At age 22, she starred in the Broadway production of Gigi. Two years later, she starred in the film Roman Holiday (1953) with Gregory Peck. In 1961, she set new fashion standards as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Hepburn is one of the few actresses to win an Emmy, Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award. In her later years, acting took a back seat to her work on behalf of children.
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.
"Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes."
Born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts, Emily Dickinson was educated at Amherst Academy from 1840 to 1847 and Mount Holyoke Female Seminary from 1847 to 1848. She met the Reverend Charles Wadsworth in Philadelphia in 1854, and he may have been the inspiration for some of her love poems. Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a former minister and author, seems to have been her literary mentor, as indicated in an extended correspondence beginning in 1862. Her sister, Lavinia Dickinson, discovered hundreds of her poems after her death and they were published in selections from 1890 onwards. These early selections sold well. The first authoritative edition, The Poems of Emily Dickinson (3 vols), edited by Thomas H. Johnson, did not appear until 1955. She is known for her poignant, compressed, and deeply charged poems, which have profoundly influenced the direction of 20th-century poetry, and gained her an almost cult following among some.
Not much is known about Emily Dickinson's personal life, which has led to much speculation by scholars and readers alike. It is noted that she lived in Amherst all of her life and became a recluse around 1862. Dickinson died a few years later on May 15, 1886. Only two of her poems were published in her lifetime.
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.
Winston Churchill's life was a trajectory of events leading to his stand against Adolph Hitler's threat to control Europe. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Churchill helped lead a successful Allied strategy with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and General Secretary Joseph Stalin during WWII to defeat the Axis powers and craft post-war peace. After the breakdown of the alliance, he alerted the West to the expansionist threat of Soviet Communism.
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.
"Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time."
-Lyndon B. Johnson the 36th President of the United States of America
Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, was born in Texas on August 27, 1908. He was elected vice president of the United States in 1960, and became the 36th president in 1963, after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. During his administration, Johnson initiated the "Great Society" social service programs, signed the Civil Rights Act into law, and bore the brunt of national opposition to his vast expansion of American involvement in the Vietnam War. Johnson died in Texas on January 22, 1973.
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.
Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743, in Shadwell, Virginia. He was a draftsman of the U.S. Declaration of Independence; the nation's first secretary of state (1789-94); second vice president (1797-1801); and, as the third president (1801-09), the statesman responsible for the Louisiana Purchase. Jefferson died in bed at Monticello (located near Charlottesville, Virginia) on July 4, 1826.
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.
"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."
-Dalai Lama, Activist, Political Leader, Religious Leader
The Dalai Lama was born Lhamo Thondup on July 6, 1935 in Taktser, China. At age 15, he assumed political power of Tibet as the Dalai Lama. The People's Republic of China invaded that same year. Fearing assassination, he and thousands of followers fled to Dharamsala in northern India, where they established an alternative government. Since then, the Dalai Lama has taken numerous actions in hopes of establishing an autonomous Tibetan state within the People's Republic of China. However, the Chinese government has shown no signs of moving toward peace and reconciliation with Tibet. The Dalai Lama has also conducted hundreds of conferences, lectures and workshops worldwide, as part of his humanitarian efforts. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in1989. In December 2008, the Dalai Lama announced his semi-retirement after having gallstone surgery.
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.
"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't, you are right".
Henry Ford, Inventor of the Automobile andFord Motor Company.
Born on July 30, 1863 on a Dearborn, Michigan farm, Henry Ford created the Ford Model T car in 1908 and went on to develop the assembly line mode of production, which revolutionized the industry. As a result, Ford sold millions of cars and became a world-famous company head. The company lost its market dominance but had a lasting impact on other technological development and U.S. infrastructure.
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.
William James was born in New York City on January 11, 1842, into an intellectual household; his father was a philospher and his brother was novelist HenryJames. After medical school, James focused on the human psyche, writing a masterwork on the subject entitled The Principles of Psychology. He later became known for the literary piece The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy, which was published in 1897. James died on August 26, 1910, in Chocorua, New Hampshire.
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.
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
--Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. King, both a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist, had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s. Among many efforts, King headed the SCLC. Through his activism, he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the South and other areas of the nation,as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors. King was assassinated in April 1968, and continues to be remembered as one of the most lauded African-American leaders in history, often referenced by his 1963 speech, "I Have a Dream."
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.
"Personality has power to uplift , power to depress, power to curse, and power to bless".
--Paul Harris, Founder of Rotary Club
Harris was born in Racine, Wisconsin. At age 3, when his family fell on hard times, they moved to Vermont to live with Harris' paternal grandparents. He attended Princeton University, the University of Vermont, and the University of Iowa. For the next five years, he worked odd jobs for a newspaper as a salesman and a reporter, on fruit farms, as an actor and cowboy, and on cattle ships that traveled to Europe. Harris would settle in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago, where he lived until his death in 1947.
He began his law practice in 1896 in Chicago. In 1905, Harris organized the first Rotary Club "in fellowship and friendship" with three clients, Silvester Schele, Gustavus Loehr, and Hiram Shorey . His initial goal was to create a club of professional and business men for friendship and fellowship. Early on, Harris realized that Rotary needed a greater purpose. While Harris served as president of the Chicago Rotary Club in 1907, the club initiated its first public service project, the construction of public toilets in Chicago. This step transformed Rotary into the world's first Service Club.
Harris had great ambitions for the growth of Rotary, and very early in the organization's history new clubs were started, first on the west coast, and then all over the US and in Europe
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.
"When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor".
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.
I have always liked leadership, and inspirational quotes. I feel it would be great to have them on The Rotery Club of Ann Arbor North web-page. Each week I will put up a quote for readers to enjoy. So keep coming back to RCAAN web-page to see your favorite quotes.
This weeks quote:
"No one person was ever honored for what they received. Honor has been the reward for what they gave".
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.