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Our Pontiac Rotary Club will be planting a tree in Pontiac's Rotary Park in memory of Past District Governor and friend, Janet McPeek.  This news was shared with Janet's husband and current AG, Phil McPeek at Thursday's Zoom meeting. We will gather in the fall to plant the tree and remember a Rotarian who truly lived the motto of "service above self."  Phil shared the following with us after the announcement:
 
 
Our “Come WINE with Rotary" zoom meeting was another success!  David Faye, Paris-born professional sommelier joined us as our wine guide. His career started as an international chef, but with his love for wine, he changed careers and became a Master of Wine.  Although, David does not consider himself a wine snob, he appreciates the wine he drinks, and believes with wine there is no judgement;  there is no right or wrong in your choices of wine. 
 
In response to the uncertainty of the novel coronavirus, Pontiac Rotary meetings will be held remotely through at least August 2020.  Here's the planned schedule:
 
 
May 28th at 5:30pm:  Zoom Cocktail Hour with a professional sommelier to guide us in our wine experiences.
June 4th :  Zoom Rotary meeting CANCELLED for this week...but mark your calendar for,
June 18th at 5:30pm:  Zoom party celebrating old and new Rotary presidents.  Planning to invite folks outside Rotary. Watch for creative food and beverage options!
Starting in July, Kathy will publish a schedule for summer "eatings" by Zoom.  Yep, it will be a novel way to have lunch with your Rotary friends.
 
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Guest speaker Dustin McClellan, founder of The Pontiac Community Foundation, was born and raised in Pontiac. When Covid-19 shuttered Pontiac schools, he knew that there was going to be a food crisis and he took action. Dustin reached out to non-profits, churches, hospitals, corporations and schools to pool together all of their resources for food and volunteers.  Along with his friend Cam Underdown, Dustin envisioned / developed a website called http://www.mycovidresponse.org which provides a central place for information on food programs, community resources, education resources, and volunteer opportunities during the current protections against COVID-19 in our community.
 
 
THANK YOU ROTARIANS!  Between your contributions AND our matching funds from Rotary Club of Pontiac Charities, Inc., our club contributed $2900 toward the N95 mask initiative in our district.  Yes, Pontiac Rotary was part of the solution in providing personal protective gear for our heroes on the medical front line.  Service above self in action!
 
The full letter from our District Governor (and details about this initiative) can be accessed through the "read more" tab. 
 
 
Rotary Club of Pontiac made history with its first Zoom meeting on April 16th.  We want to thank our host Judy for putting this meeting together!  If we don't see your face in the grid, you missed out.  We hope you will join us for the next Rotary Zoom on April 30th!
 
 
Creative inspiration!
With everything that has been going on I wanted to share my POP P's for the Pontiac Creative Art Center.  Not sure when I will be able to drop off my artwork, but I wanted to share this with all of my fellow Rotarian's.  And, send a thank you, Mike McGuinness for the post card  that let me know of this great event. 
Stay home, Stay safe, we will all be together soon! Gale
We may not be able to meet right now, but our Pontiac Rotary club can still make a positive impact in our community!  Your Charities Board has voted to contribute  $2500 to Lighthouse to help with the front lines emergency support for Pontiac families who are suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This contribution will be doubled thanks to a United Way matching grant, so our Rotary dollars are leveraged for the benefit of families in need.  In addition, President Tim delivered our check for $500 to Baldwin Center to help fund the meals they are providing to the homeless in Pontiac.  Two amazing organizations, doing very important work for the families in Pontiac.  Our thanks to Charities Board members, John S, Judy, Berk and Susan for their quick response to these needs.  Our club is fortunate to be able to be part of the solution!
Unfortunately, our March 19th field trip to United Shore is being postponed until May...but we are still anxious to tour this Pontiac headquarters of one of Michigan's fastest growing companies!  We'll make sure to publicize the new date so that everyone who previously signed up will have an opportunity to join us for a glimpse of the workplace of the future...right here in Pontiac!
Another amazing turnout, this time for Mayor Deirdre Waterman.  The Mayor talked to us about the Phoenix Center, United Shore, and the 38 new building projects that are happening in Pontiac.  She spoke to us about Amazon and their Distribution center opening by May 1st and their Fulfillment center opening by June 5th, 2021 and how M-Dot is reworking the Woodward Loop, so it would not be a one-way street cutting off the downtown area.  Lastly, she reminded all of us that the Census was coming up and that we all need to be counted!
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