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 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. 
Join the West Bloomfield Interact Club and the West Bloomfield Rotary Club in our  Summer
Meal Ticket Challenge 
Your donation provides nutritious meals for families in need.  Each year, Grace Centers of Hope serves more than 190,000 meals to men, women, and children in their life-changing programs.  Hope begins with just one meal!

Our Meal Ticket Challenge will provide nutritious meals for only $2.05 per meal
Your donation counts!
                                                $205.00 = 100 meals
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