Pontiac Rotary News
Our final speaker of the season was Meteorologist and Television personality Jerry Hodak.  Jerry was a Detroit broadcaster for more than 45 years.  He told us a story that when he was younger, he was interested in electronics, which eventually led him to build his own radio station, that led him to begin to write his own commercials.  While attending Wayne State University he took a class on weather and that pique another interest, that combined with being an announcer at WDET, his media career was just beginning.
Jon Margerum-Leys, Dean of Education & Human Services at Oakland University, spoke to us about college education in the pandemic.  As you may recall, we had Pontiac Schools Superintendent Kelley Williams speak about students and covid-19 in the K-12 grades, now we get another perspective of how college students are handling education in the pandemic. 
Tom Dipietropolo introduced us to ReadSpeaker, a custom text to speech solution that converts text into lifelike speech.  For example, for a person who is struggling to read a textbook, ReadSpeaker can turn that book into an audio book so they can either read along with the book or take it on go anywhere or anytime.  This technology can also be used on many different platforms like websites and most of the devices that we use everyday to make products easier to use. 
Michael Yocum, Assistant Superintendent, Educations Services for Oakland Schools, shared the impact of Covid-19 on Oakland Schools and its students.  He explained that student education has been severely affected by the pandemic and shared some data of the learning loss in the schools.  Using Math class as an example, they based that by the end of this school year, students will have fallen 4 to 12 months behind in their learning, which is equivalent to a whole grade level.
Our guest speaker this week was George Derderian (on his very first Zoom call), he is the former owner and creator of Ultimate Soccer Arenas.  George explained to us how he went from having an incredibly good director job at Ameritech, to following an idea that came out of being a frustrated soccer dad.   He led us on his journey of how he chose Pontiac as the perfect sight for his creation, the years of great business and the sale of his beloved project.
Our first zoom meeting of 2021 was full of updates.  President Rick led a conversation with all members on their insights from 2020 as well as their hopes for 2021.  We were happy to see some first time "zoomers" on the call!  (That's you, Tom, John and John!)  Pres Rick reminded us that zoom is likely to be our method of connection in the foreseeable future, but it won't stop our impact in the Pontiac community! 
(Look under "downloads" in the right column, to see a summary of our Charities Board expenditures in the past 13 months.)  
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We meet In Person & Online
Thursdays at 5:30 PM
Alley Cat Cafe' (except in July and August)
31 N Saginaw
(park at NW corner of Lawrence and Wayne)
Pontiac, MI 48342
United States of America
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