December 2018

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Farmington Rotary Club is participating in the 2018 Veterans Stand Down by organizing three donation drop off locations in the Farmington, Farmington Hills area.
This event is giving a “hand up” not a “hand out” to our Homeless Veterans
·         Drop Off Locations
o   Korner Barber Shop
o   C.A.R.E.S of Farmington
o   American Legion of Farmington
Among items needed are  
Toothpaste, tooth brushes, combos, face cloths, bath towels, deodorant, antiperspirant, clothing, shoes, boots, coats, socks, bath soap, snack foods, bottled water, coffee, creamer, sugar, cups, napkins, disposable razors, shaving cream, paper plates, and plastic eating utensils.
Many other items will be accepted.
Please donate at the following locations during the period from 9/17/2018 to 9/24/2018
Korner Barber Shop
·        33342 Grand River Ave,
Farmington, MI 48336
C.A.R.E.S of Farmington
·        27835 Shiawassee Road
Farmington Hills, MI - 48336
American Legion
·         Groves-Walker American Legion Post 346
31775 Grand River Avenue
Farmington, MI  48336
Primary organizer and web site for the Stand Down is
Contact Farmington Rotary if you need assistance making the donations. or 248.757.1865
Today was the last regular meeting of Farmington Rotary, under the leadership of PDG Lynn T. Morgan, '02-'03.  At this time in every Rotary year, the leadership throughout the organization changes, from the Rotary International President down through Zones, Districts and clubs throughout the world.  And, Farmington Rotary follows the principle when this year, the gavel passed from the current president to Phil Abraham the new president for Rotary Year, 2018-2019.  We wish Phil all the best and success for the coming year.
Therese McFarland  

Therese is the director of development and communications for Daughters of Charity International Project Services, an arm of the International Company, headquartered in Paris, France. Working to grow the US international development and services office since 2006, the team facilitates resources to sustain diverse health, education and social services at the grassroots level in 65 resource-poor countries. Many programs encompass social justice issues and encourage peace. She has a lengthy history with nonprofit organizations including expertise in fund development, grants research and writing, program development and evaluation, marketing and PR, management and volunteer organization, and publications. Her background includes teaching and course development, and she has held marketing positions with for-profit business entities. She has a bachelor’s degree and post-degree certification in education.

     The annual Rotary Four Way Test Essay Contest was completed with the recognition program held at East Middle School .  Above, the students who wrote the best essays this year, receive their awards.  FPS Superintendent George Heitsch congratulated them for their work, and Lynn T. Morgan, President of Farmington Rotary provided them with a certificate of appreciation and their reward. 
A very informative program today, presented by Susan Smith and Jody Rice White from the Farmigton-Livonia Team of Days for Girls.  This organization creates and supplies reusable feminine hygiene kits for distribution to developing countries through/with volunteers who provide medical, teaching or missionary activities.  The element of education along with a needed item, raises the level of understanding and encourages school and work attendance where otherwise the girls and women might not be able to participate.  This re-useable product serves to improve sanitation and contributes to the better health of girls and women.  It can be economically beneficial to a given area as well.  Many thanks, Susan and Jody, for bringing this message to Rotary.

We had a great meeting on Thursday morning at our first meeting of the month with Dez Squire a Suburban Organizer with the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion. Very enjoyable and informative. 

Dez is a Suburban Organizer with the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion. She uses their "We Dont Want Them:" Race and Housing in Metropolitan Detroit Traveling Exhibit to work with communities and entities interested in engaging in a deeper understanding of structural racism as they work towards racial inclusion. 

To all of our members and past members, our friends, acquaintances and
supporters, we wish you a very Happy and Healthy and Prosperous
New Year, 2018.  Should we talk about our resolutions?  Well, sure we should. 
How else  might you know about what  and where you might see Farmington 
Rotary doing around the community.
Our annual Four Way Test Essay Contest is coming up for 8th grade students
in Farmington Public Schools.  We have a partner project with the Harrison 
High School Interact Club, being Little Free Library installations.  Also, we 
planning to plant trees in Farmington/Farmington Hills in support of the 
Rotary International President's challenge to plant a tree for each of our 
members before Earth Day.  We will continue to support youth in our cities
throughout the rest of this year and more.
smileyMonthly, Farmington Rotary supports a fellowship gathering at Craft Breww City
in Farmington Hills.  A happy hour  setting provides a relaxed time to enjoy the 
company of other Rotarians and friends and guests over refreshments.  The timing
is the last Thursday of each month, excluding holidays and the gathering is from 
5 to 7 p.m.  We would enjoy seeing you there and getting to know you in this 
New Rotary Year!!

Kyle Biel joined me at the FHS Interact Impact meeting on December 15, to share the 
excitement of the youth activities of our District 6380.  Kyle is very active at Walled 
Lake Central HS in Walled Lake, MI in their Interact Club sponsored by Lakes Area
Rotary.  His message to the Interactors attending, approximately 30, was to get to 
know Rotary and seek out the opportunities to work with other club's members to 
gain the benefits of the Rotary relationship, more specifically, the Interact and RYLA
and Youth Exchange Programs.  His message was well received with Q & A time, and 
refreshments that the Interactors at FHS had prepared and then decorated at the 
Stand by, District 6380.  You will be hearing more about/from Kyle Biel!
Before there was a vaccine for polio, an Australian nurse discovered an effective new treatment for infantile paralysis, but experienced great difficulty in convincing doctors that her claims were valid.
“Sister Kenny,” starring Rosalind Russell, will be shown Tuesday, Oct. 24, 7:15 p.m., at the Farmington Civic Theater, 33332 Grand River in Farmington. The movie has local ties, in that Sister Kenny worked at the Michigan Hospital for the Crippled, which is today the Botsford Commons senior care facility.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the showing is sponsored by Farmington Rotary. Admission is $5, $3 for seniors and children.
On Tuesday May 16th, we celebrated the culmination of our 4 Way Test Essay contest. Through our assessment process we selected 6 students essays as the top two at  each middle school.