Posted by Richard Perlberg on Nov 08, 2017
PROGRAM: Therese Cremonte provided information about the county’s Emergency Preparedness Plan.
GUESTS: Nate Greizner, Week Two.
  • “Stories of Service” is a free program Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. It is an inspiring evening with veterans, put on by Fisher House, an organization that creates a plan for families to stay when relative veterans are in the hospital. Old National Bank is a sponsor and our own Mike McManus will be taking photos.
  • Katharine Lawrence Copp inspired us with a story of how she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Her treatment is complete and totally successful. An important reminder, she says, of the importance of early detection.
  • Note: Mistake in last week’s Bulletin. Polio drive produced 247 dollars.
  • Neither Piet nor Brian can make Wednesday’s ramp build, putting the build in jeopardy. But Brian Parsons stepped up to lead the build, and many Rotarians have signed up to assist.
  • Peggi asked for a prayer for Mike’s dad who is scheduled for a heart procedure, and for Piet who has neck surgery Wednesday.
  • Peggi and Mike will be featured in Dancing with the Stars fundraiser on March 3; mark your calendars.
  • Jason passed around sign-up shift for packing and delivering Thanksgiving Day dinners on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Packing this year will be in the Rotary meeting room.
  • Fred noted that the low unemployment rate is making it hard to fill positions. He has positions going open in the 15-20 dollar an hour range.
  • The Salvation Army’s Bless the Bells is Thursday morning.
  • Christmas Party is December 5 at Ciao Amici’s.
  • The Brighton Rotary Sunset Club hosts a Euchre Tournament fundraiser for Gleaners Thursday, Nov. 16 from 6-10 p.m. at Mt. Brighton. Can’t attend? Sponsor an Emergency Hygiene Kit for 20 bucks.
Suzy “got uncomfortable” by contacting a friend whom she had lost contact with over a long time. She made the call and it led to a fun, productive talk. She encourages us to do the same.
Therese Cremonte leads the county’s Emergency Preparedness team. She stressed how well various departments and resources come together to deal with emergencies. A good example is a year ago when suddenly icy roads created a horrific 53-car accident on I-96 on the county’s west side. Vehicles were crammed together in a seemingly impossibly tight space. Responders had to navigate over twisted and crushed cars to reach trapped people. Three people died and many others needed medical attention; others needed to be transported somewhere safe and warm. Despite the enormity of the challenge, survivors were quickly moved to safe places in Fowlerville, where they were fed and able to contact families. It was a daunting task to get people moved, provide medical treatment for the injured, remove the carnage from the expressway, and complete an accident investigation. Yet the highway was open in only 13 hours…similar pile-ups have closed roads for up to 3 days. Therese also passed out information about preparing “go bags” in case your family has to quickly leave home in an emergency, as well information about the county’s Citizen Alerting System.
Tom Zizka, Stan and Katharine failed to find the Ace of Spades.