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Pontiac Rotary News
Our speaker for today was Daniela Waters, a patent attorney at The Dobrusin Law Firm, P.C. However, Daniela didn't come to talk to us about patents, but instead to update (or introduce us to) the recently formed Main Street Pontiac non-profit organization.  This organization is

charged with managing the City’s Main Street program in downtown Pontiac and implementing the Main Street Four-Point Approach (Design, Organization, Promotion and Economic Vitality), in partnership with the City of Pontiac and Main Street Oakland County, as well as downtown businesses, property owners, Pontiac residents and volunteers, and other community partners. To learn more about this organization and the work that they are doing to transform downtown Pontiac, visit any of the links below.

Website: http://mainstreetpontiac.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DowntownPontiac/ (username: Downtown Pontiac – Main Street Pontiac)

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/main_street_pontiac/ (username: main_street_pontiac)

Our speaker at today's meeting was Glen Konopaskie who shared with us the future of transportation.  The future of smart cars, traffic impact, intelligent electronics and much more. 
BE SURE TO JOIN US AT GEORGE W AUCH COMPANY FOR LUNCH AND A TOUR OF THEIR FABULOUS, NEW, STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES.  LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT NOON AT 65 UNIVERSITY DR, PONTIAC!
YOU can support Pontiac youth PLUS receive gorgeous holiday cheer!  Just purchase your holiday gifts and decor through the Pontiac Rotary fundraiser which features fabulous items from Goldner Walsh Garden and Home.  Click on the link https://squareup.com/market/rotary-club-of-pontiac  to purchase on-line, or download the form to mail your order.  (Form located under downloads, below right)  We want to make this easy...you can also order by phone or email!  (248 858 2400 or kjenkins@jmvccpa.com) Delivery is available.
 
'Tis the season!  Thank you for ordering! 
Our speaker, Mark Elliott from Elliott Woodworking had an interesting talk about the history of this Pontiac company, and their growth.  They specialize in creating drawers, cupboard doors, wood butcher block countertops and so much more.  There are currently 11 employees in the shop and they are looking for 2 good workers, who are willing to be trained and must have good math skills.  To find out about this company, please visit their website at www.elliottwoodworking.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
We would like to thank Laura Burton from Forgotten Harvest for being our guest speaker today.  Laura explained the key work that is happening across Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties at Forgotten Harvest, which assist with fighting hunger and food insecurity.  They deliver over 138,000 pounds of surplus food per day to local charities six days a week, providing families in need with fresh and nutritious food free of charge.
 
Forgotten Harvest needs our support, not just at the holidays, but every day.  To learn more about this organization, you can visit their website at www.forgottenharvest.org.
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. 

 
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...
 
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Alley Cat Cafe' (except in July and August)
31 N Saginaw
(park at NW corner of Lawrence and Wayne)
Pontiac, MI  48342
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