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Every week, Blessings in a Backpack provides weekend food to 280 students in the West Bloomfield School District.  While most packages are delivered to students at their school, families in the Lakers Online program must pick up their packets at West Bloomfield High School.  On Wednesdays, Blessings in a Backpack volunteers offer weekend food from 11:30am - 12:30pm and 3:30pm - 4:30pm to Lakers Online families who need the extra support.  The volunteers have kept this schedule since October 2020 and will continue until the end of the school year.  Recently, our Interact Club has been assisting with the process which provides a little break for the "regulars" and offers a "Service Above Self" opportunity for the student volunteers.  Thank you for helping address a continuing need in our community.
Lily and Maleeha ready to distribute weekend food for Blessings in a Backpack.
Simran and Nayan at the end of their Blessings in a Backpack shift.
The December project for our West Bloomfield Interact Club was one of their favorites - making and distributing holiday cards.  This time, the lucky recipients were patients at SKLD West Bloomfield, a skilled nursing rehabilitation center.  The Interact Club members made and decorated approximately 45 cards.  Club President, Navya Paingol and Club Historian, Anjali Natarajan delivered the cards to the facility on December 24 - just in time for their sleigh ride that evening.  The club's efforts brought joy to many including the staff!

West Bloomfield Rotary Club once again is joining forces with neighboring Rotary Clubs to deliver fully-cooked Thanksgiving meals to deserving families in Oakland and Macomb counties on Thanksgiving Day.  It’s in our hands to make a difference for those in need around us.  Show your thankfulness this Thanksgiving by giving to others through Team Turkey.
         Here's How You Can Help:                             
  • Donate toward food expenses
  • Volunteer to deliver meals  (Drivers are especially needed!)
  • Recommend a family in need
  • Purchase a Rotary-branded face mask
To learn more, volunteer or donate:  https://www.rotaryteamturkey.org

                           Dr. Henry Maicki during an OMNI medical mission                                                    "Nearly 20 years ago, I joined a medical team organized by Orphan Medical Network International. OMNI reaches out to the poorest of the poor in Zambia and is devoted to sustained improvements in the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children. It provides critical resources such as food, clean water, medical care and education. My trip to Zambia shook me, both personally and professionally, by what I witnessed first-hand. It became very clear that the needs far outweighed available resources to care for these children. I knew right then that I would become a long-time friend of OMNI. I’ve returned to Zambia many times since to be a lifeline for as many children as possible. I believe every child deserves a future. I’m proud that the Rotary Club of West Bloomfield has partnered with OMNI in an effort to lift children out of the cycle of poverty. The support that we extend not only raises the spirits and gives hope to these deserving youngsters, it also impacts the hearts of those who give."
You can help!  As we have in the past, our goal is to raise enough money to sponsor at least 20 children.  A $360 Sponsorship provides one child’s needs for an entire year.  
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Make checks payable to: West Bloomfield Area Rotary Foundation
Mail to: West Bloomfield Rotary
              PO Box 252264, West Bloomfield, MI 48325
The West Bloomfield Area Rotary Foundation is a non-profit, 501(3)c tax-exempt organization.


GeeBee Thimotheose
Welcome back to our newest member, G.B. Thimotheose!  G.B. is no stranger to West Bloomfield Rotary.  He is a former member and past president of our club.  Professionally, he is the co-Founder and Partner of Kyyba Films.  G.B. has executive produced three major feature films, Devil’s Night: Dawn of the Nain Rouge, Celebrity Crush and Christmas Coupon which have been distributed around the world.  His films have been featured in major world film festivals including Festival de Cannes, Dances with Film, Sunscreen Film Festival, Gasparilla International Film Festival, Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival (TBUFF), Houston Horror Film Festival, The Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival, Rock Horror Film Festival (Brazil), etc.  His film Celebrity Crush premiered at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre (Grauman's Chinese Theatre) and Devil’s Night: Dawn of the Nain Rouge at Festival de Cannes.   
G.B. graduated summa cum laude from Walsh College with a Master's of Business Administration.  He also has a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit-Mercy, graduating with honors.  G.B. has membership in such esteemed organizations as Delta Mu Delta, Psi Chi, The National Dean’s List, All American Scholar, and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.  In addition to being a past President of the West Bloomfield Rotary Club, he also is a past President of the West Bloomfield Optimist Club.  G.B. is the only Indian-American to have served as President of both esteemed service organizations.  G.B. is the recipient of the Rotarian of the Year Award, the Spirit of Optimist Community Service Award, and the Society of Excellence President’s Circle Award.
West Bloomfield Rotary showed up in full color to support Park-To-Treat-To-Go, hosted by West Bloomfield Parks on Sunday, October 25.  A parade of costumed adults, including our President Renee Floer, distributed candy to hundreds of trick-or-treaters who stood beside their car, waiting excitedly for sweet treats to be dropped into their Halloween bags.  Thank you to our Rotarian volunteers Jaspreet Singh and Cindy Hill, Interact members Ysabella Macalino and Simran Chandna plus former Interacters Simran and Surveen Singh and Rotary supporter, Debbie Floer.  

 Jack Nicklaus, Polio Survivor

 "Polio is just a memory now, but it was a horrible disease. I contracted it when I was 13—a year or two before Jonas Salk's polio vaccine was made available. I started feeling stiff, my joints ached, and over a two-week period I lost my coordination and 20 pounds. I recovered after a few weeks, but I still may suffer from post-polio syndrome. My whole career, my joints have gotten awfully sore at times.”  You can help eradicate polio forever.  To donate: http://endpolionow.org

Members of the WB Parks Commission gathered with West Bloomfield Rotary members on September 23, 2020, as we presented them with a donation to be used towards the Universally Accessible playscape being built at Drake Sports Park in the near future.

How West Bloomfield Rotary Supports Students Of All Ages

STRIVE scholarships (Students Taking a Renewed Interest in Education) offer motivation and recognition to at risk high school juniors and seniors.  Often, these students face personal hardships.  STRIVE gives these students an additional support system.   
Our Pre-K Book Bash delivers new books to preschool students in the West Bloomfield School District.  Many of these children have few or no books of their own.
We provide ongoing support for the OMNI (Orphan Medical Network International) school in Ndola, Zambia where students through Grade 9 receive meals, clothing and medical treatment in addition to education.  Generous donations as well as monetary grants from Rotary International help sustain this program.

Rotary Readers deliver story time delight for primary grade classrooms on a monthly basis.  Reading aloud to students increases their comprehension and literacy skills. 

                                    A Life Well-Lived


A life well lived is a precious gift,
of hope and strength and grace,
from someone who has made our world
a brighter, better place.

It's filled with moments, sweet and sad
with smiles and sometimes tears,
with friendships formed and good times shared,
and laughter through the years.

A life well lived is a legacy,
of joy and pride and pleasure,
a living, lasting memory
our grateful heart's will treasure.

                           --Author Unknown

Judy, you will be sorely missed by all who knew you.  
Thank you for your leadership, guidance and service
to West Bloomfield Rotary, to Rotary District 6380 and to Rotary International!
Judy’s family welcomes all to a memorial gathering on Friday August 21, 2020 from 3pm-6pm at Family Funeral Care, located at 2904 Orchard Lake Rd in Keego Harbor. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Judy’s honor to The Rotary Foundation at:  www.rotary.org/en/donate.

Judy Garver, of West Bloomfield Michigan, passed away Tuesday August 11, 2020, 80 years to the day of her birth on August 11, 1940. Judy was born the daughter of Gerald and Lenore (Johnson) Garver in Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from Cooley High School, class of 1958, and started college at Valparaiso University in Indiana. She later earned her bachelor degree from Wayne State University. Judy began as a bank teller for National Bank of Southfield, then worked her way up to Branch Manager and Vice President at Comerica Bank. As a business woman, she was active in the National Association of Bank Women, the National Association of Women Owners, Financial Women International, and multiple chambers of commerce, including 10 years with the Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce as a board member and 3 years as its president. Judy was extremely active in her community. She was in Rotary International for 29 years, serving 3 times as a club president and a year as District Governor of District 6380. She served 15 years on the board of the Locklin Pines Condominium Association. Always a supporter of youth programs, she supported the Boy Scouts of America and taught classes in Junior Achievement. She was an active member of the Spirt of Grace Church in West Bloomfield. Judy is survived by her husband Hal Parish, whom she married on November 25, 2000 at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit; sons Frederick (Donna) and Karl from a previous marriage; twin stepsons David (Nurya) and Donald (Lisa); grandchildren John, Brian, and Lucia; step-grandchildren Nathan, Claire, Evan, and Aiden; siblings Gerald (Arlene) and Jeffery (Karen); as well as many nieces and nephews. Judy’s family welcomes all to a memorial gathering on Friday August 21, 2020 from 3-6pm at Family Funeral Care, located at 2904 Orchard Lake Rd in Keego Harbor. Memorial contributions may be made in Judy’s honor to The Rotary Foundation online at www.rotary.org. This is preferred in lieu of flowers. 


     Dr. Joerg Janssen                                 Ginger Winter
Dr. Janssen joined our club in late February.  He lives in Bremen Germany with his family including wife, Regina Schwartz, son Richard and daughter Christine.  
Dr. Janssen is a General Practice physician who has expertise in travel medicine, palliative care and life coaching.  He travels to the United States frequently and was  a steady visitor to the West Bloomfield Rotary Club  prior to becoming a member.  Additionally, he already has become an international ambassador for Rotary having recently visited our sister club in Ramla, Israel.
Mrs. Ginger Winter transferred her membership from Saline to West Bloomfield in June when she and husband, Ralph, relocated to our community.  A Paul Harris Fellow and member of the Saline Rotary for 12 years, she served as Membership Chair for several years and was Chair of the Rotary Historic Oakwood Cemetery Enactment tour for 3 years.  Ginger also is a Senior Director with Mary Kay, Inc.  Previously she taught elementary school in Bloomfield Hills and Plymouth, MI and holds a BA from Oakland University and MA from Eastern University.  She and her husband have two daughters, two sons-in-laws and five granddaughters. 
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