PROGRAM:
Program Host.LuAnn Loy introduced Ashish Sarkar, past president of the Ann Arbor Rotary Club and driving force behind the 2017 Rotary World Peace Conference, to be held from March 31 to April 1, 2017, at the Michigan League on the University of Michigan campus
 
Brighton Rotary Spotlight
Adrienne Knack, President
September 20, 2016, Vol. 78, No. 37
 
GUESTS:       Ashish Sarkar, Ann Arbor Rotary Club; Maddie & Jen Brent, Interact RYLA participant & mother; David Holdwick; Gordon Builders President
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Terry Gill, President-Elect, conducted today’s meeting.
 
Lori Lalama circulated a sympathy card for Sue Urbain (who choreographed and produced our LipStync fundraisers) upon the passing of her son Donny.
 
Melanie & George Moses presented the Club with a Sedona Rotary flag after their recent vacation to Arizona.
 
Interact Liaison Bill Gartley introduced Maddie Brent who thanked our Club for supporting her second visit to the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) representing the BHS Interact Club.  Maddie shared some of the activities, including the “Shark-Tank” simulation in which Bill Gartley served on the judges panel.
 
Attention all golfers (any experience level welcome)! John Nagel alerted that the Annual Rotary Golf Challenge against other area Rotary Clubs will be held at The Golf Club at Mt. Brighton on Wednesday, September 28th.  Tee times start at 12:00pm.  This is an 18-hole, 2-person scramble, and cost is $35 per person ($25 for golf & $10 goes to the winning team to spend on a Rotary project of their choice). Contact John Nagel by 9/26 if interested in playing.
 
Reminder that the Rotary Picnic and Barbecue will be held on October 8th at the home of April Dertian.  Guests are asked to bring a dish to pass and folding chairs.  This will be a child-friendly event (although beer will be served for adults!).  Please sign the RSVP sheet or contact Maribeth Regnier if you will be attending!
 
Beth Walker distributed information about the SMILE.Amazon.com fundraising option to designate the Brighton Rotary Foundation as a charity to receive donated funds from Amazon based upon purchase amounts with no cost to individuals in terms of rewards earned—you can even retain your existing Amazon profile while donating to your favorite charity—just logon to Smile.Amazon.com instead of Amazon.com..
 
Nancy B. Johnson and Scott Griffith presented Livingston County United Way engraved plaques to Melanie & George Moses and Stan Schafer to recognize the Corporate Excellence Awards for the George Moses Company and Schafer Construction.
 
In recognition of World Polio Day on 10/29, Nancy B. Johnson will be working with other Clubbers to recognize efforts to eradicate polio throughout the rest of the world with a “Show Your Team Colors” Day.  Stay tuned for more details!
 
Brian Donovan gave an update on progress for the Make-A-Wish gazebo which is now framed, the setting of windows & doors will occur today, and help with painting will be needed next week.
 
Those interested in attending the Rotary Leadership Institute training on October 8th from 8am-4pm should reserve your space at http://rligreatlakes.org/.  The session will be held at the Orchard United Methodist Church, 30450 Farmington Road, in Farmington Hills.
 
The District 6380 Foundation Gala celebrating 100 years of doing good will be held on 11/5/16, 7pm dinner, at the Troy Marriott.  RSVP at the District website through ClubRunner.
 
Scott Spitler shared flyers about the Brighton Ford Drive 4UR School fundraiser for the BHS Bulldog Boutique on September 29th from 4-8pm at Brighton High School.  For every test-drive taken during that time, Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to Brighton Area Schools.
 
The Brighton District Library will be holding their semi-annual Friends Book Sale from Sept 28th through October 2nd.
Upcoming Events:
9/28/16            12:00pm          Rotary Golf Challenge at The Golf Club (Mt. Brighton)
10/8/16            6:00pm           Rotary Picnic & BBQ at April Dertian’s house
03/31/17-04/1/17                     Rotary World Peace Conference in Ann Arbor, MI
PROGRAM:
Program Host.LuAnn Loy introduced Ashish Sarkar, past president of the Ann Arbor Rotary Club and driving force behind the 2017 Rotary World Peace Conference, to be held from March 31 to April 1, 2017, at the Michigan League on the University of Michigan campus. This conference is sponsored by 4 regions and 8 Rotary Districts (comprised of 250 Rotary Clubs).  The focus of the conference is to discuss peace and conflict resolution with a guest speakers giving 20 minute plenary sessions to spark discussion at interactive sessions. 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Chair of the Nobel Women’s Initiative Jody Williams will provide a keynote address, along with Naomi Tutu (Desmond Tutu’s daughter), and John Germ, Rotary International President 2016-2017. The $150 registration fee for the two-day conference is reduced to $35 for youth and students.  Ashish issued a call for action to recruit volunteers, sponsors, committee participation, and attendance. More information can be found at info@2017peaceconference.org or emailing Ashish at asarkar@2017peaceconference.org, telephone 734-834-4746.
 
50/50 Drawing: Kim Leugers, Mike Bourke, and Jerry Dunneback were unable to locate the Ace of Spades.