Pontiac Rotary News
Our speaker, Steve Shotwell from Ford Piquette Plant shared with the members the history of Henry Ford's most popular vehicle, the Model T.  Did you know that there were several other Models including a popular N Model?  The Ford Piquette Plant is the birthplace of the Model T and after a 25 year search, Steve's mom was able to locate his grandfather's (her father) Model T, which is his pride and joy. 
He amused the crowd with a story about a phone call from Jay Leno who wanted to borrow his vehicle and another Model T for a street race with Tim Allen down Woodward.  You can actually see the video of this race on the episode of Jay Leno’s Garage (https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/05/01/jay-and-time-allen-race-down-one-of-detroits-iconic-streets-in-a-classic-car.html).  It was pretty hilarious!
You can schedule a tour of the plant by visiting this link http://www.piquettets.org/wgwgallery2018.htm and checking out available dates.
Don’t miss next week’s meeting when we welcome Laura Burton from Forgotten Harvest.
Our Pontiac Rotary Club was honored to welcome Michael McGuiness as our speaker.  Michael wears many hats in Pontiac, including Pontiac School Board Trustee, Chair of the Arts Commission, Paul Harris Fellow and chief Pontiac cheerleader!  Michael works hard to strengthen Pontiac's social infrastructure, ie the social connections between people, organizations and ideas.  Research shows that the social infrastructure is key to a growing, successful community. 

In the spirit of the theme of "moving Pontiac forward," we learned about the employee owned company, Lee Industrial Contracting.  If you look around the city, you have probably drove past or noticed the transformations at the corner of Cesar Chavez and North Cass Lake Road in Pontiac.  Lee Industrial has been busy making improvements...
Rachel Loughrin from Pontiac's Economic Development department joined the group to talk about her job attracting and retaining businesses within the city of Pontiac.  In addition to the members hearing about what Rachel does as Director of PED, she also allowed the group to ask her questions about various businesses, vacant buildings and projects is in the works. 
We kicked off our first Rotary meeting of the year with guest speaker Jennifer Llewellyn from MI Works!  Jennifer shared with the members the variety of resources that MI Works! has to offer the community.  These resources range from the basic job needs - such as resume writing and interviewing coaching to trade skills training.  They work with both youth and adults to guarantee that Michigan is prepared for the job demands now and the future. 
Also, this was President John's first meeting to preside over and he did an excellent job! 
Join us next week as we hear from Rachel Loughrin, Director of Economic Development for the City of Pontiac. 
See you then!
Last Thursday found us at M1 Grill.  The Board met at 11:00 AM and John G & Gale joined us at noon.  M1 Grill delivered, the food was fresh, large portions and, of course, I took my salad home for lunch on Friday 
Must have been vacation week!  As for Road trip # 7 to El Patron, John S and I made it through the construction, ordered at the window, and were served our delicious meals.  With a visit to the salsa bar, and we were all set..  As you can see, we didn't like our meals one bit. 
The afternoon eating was extremely popular! The group just kept growing.  I arrived at Filmore 13 with Gale, John G & Mary, Tim & Stephanie, Candy and Dick anchoring the table.  We were later joined by Dave, Tom Bob.  The beers and wines (cranberry none the less) were ordered.  I don't remember all the beers that were ordered. but I do know that Dave was drinking "Cease and Desist".
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Alley Cat Cafe' (except in July and August)
31 N Saginaw
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Pontiac, MI  48342
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