Troy Rotary meets Wednesdays 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

       2600 W. Big Beaver Rd
                                            (Corner of Big Beaver and Lakeview Dr)

CALENDAR VIEW OF EVENTS                                                    Networking for Good, Powered by Service

                                                          Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4544, Troy, MI 48099

 
 
As the City's Chief Administrative Officer, Mark Miller was appointed by the Mayor and City Council and is responsible for directing the administration of the Troy City government. It will be really interesting to hear Mark's insights into the Troy City government and what he sees in store for the future of our community.
 
Lunch ($14) can be paid at the door. See you on Wednesday (4/10/24) at 2600 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy at 11:45 am! 
 
In case you are not able to make it in person, a Zoom link is available:
 
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Meeting ID: 837 2104 9822
Passcode: 955778
 
 

Sign up Today for the Troy Rotary Annual Charity Golf Classic

Friday June 7th 8:00 am Shotgun Start. 

Sylvan Glen Golf Couse - 5725 Rochester Road, Troy, MI 48085

 

 

 Golfer Costs and Sponsorships

  

7:00 am   Registration Opens

 7:15am   Continental Breakfast, practice area

8:00am    Shotgun Start, Scramble Tournament

  • 18 holes of golf with cart
  • Hot Dog/Chips on the turn
  • Lunch
  • Awards, Prizes
Not a Golfer? Join us for lunch, awards and prizes ($45)

Sponsorship Packages open 

Event Sponsor $2,500

  • Banner at entrance, recognition at lunch
  • Opportunity to provide item for golfer gift bag
  • 1 foursome
  • Social media mentions

Lunch Sponsor: $1,500

  • Banner at lunch, recognition at lunch
  • Opportunity to provide item for golfer gift bag
  • 1 foursome
  • Social media mentions

Golfcart Sponsor: $1,500

  • Name/logo  on the golfcart
  • Recognition at lunch
  • Opportunity to provide item for golfer gift bag
  • Social media mentions

Beverage Sponsor $1,000

  • Banner on beverage cart
  • Recognition at lunch
  • Opportunity to provide item for golfer gift bag
  • Social media mentions

Gift Bag Sponsor $500

  • Logo on gift bag
  • Recognition at lunch
  • Opportunity to provide item for golfer gift bag
  • Social media mentions

Hole in One Sponsor $250

  • Recognition at Lunch
  • Opportunity to provide item for golfer gift bag
  • Social media mentions

Closest to the Pin Sponsor $250

  • Recognition at lunch
  • Social media mentions

Hole Sponsor $100

  • Logo on hole
  • Recognition at lunch
  • Social media mentions
 
 Golfer Costs and Sponsorships
   
 
On Wednesday, March 20th at our Lunch and Learn, Juliana Flores, Owner of  For Your Benefit Marketing and the Editor of Troy City Lifestyle magazine will be the speaker Juliana brings a wealth of experience and passion for providing local businesses with standout marketing solutions. Juliana will share success stories and advice for non profits to reach a wider audience.
 
The Oakland County Commissioner for District 3 (Hazel Park, Madison Heights and portions of Troy),  On Wednesday, March 13th, Ann Erickson Gault. will give an update on the state of the county.
Hear the update from our County Commissioner on the state of the County on:
  • The progress made on expanding our county parks,
  • Improving access to mental health care,
  • Increasing affordable housing.
District Governor - Elect (2024-2025) to Share her vision 
 
District Governor - Elect Sharna Hatcher will take over as District 6380's District Governor starting July 1st.  But her journey just doesn't start in July, she has been training for her role for almost three years learning from her predecessors and developing her own vision aligned with Rotary International President - Elect Stephanie Urchick. DGE Sharna will share her message and experience from her latest training at the International Assembly in Orlando where almost 600 DGE's from around the world conglomerate and listen to RI President Elect Stephanie's theme. Sharna has been a trailblazer in our District revitalizing clubs such as her current club of Auburn Hills. She has helped develop and lead our District's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Team.
Come listen to DGE Sharna Hatcher on Wednesday, February 28th at 11:45 at 2600 W. Big Beaver Road in Troy.
The Leprechauns are coming to Troy Wednesday, February 21st!  I don't mean the funny looking guys that chase gold under the rainbow and make your wishes come true, but these Leprechauns are the ROYAL OAK LEPRECHAUNS!  The Leprechauns are a collegiate baseball team that plays their home games at Royal Oak's Memorial Park. The team plays in the Northwoods League, the largest organized summer collegiate baseball league in the world with 26 teams. All players must have NCAA eligibility remaining in order to participate.
 
Mark Sackett - General Manager and Kurt Borngesser - Director of Sales for the organization are excited that they can help spread the luck of the Leprechauns and tell us about various opportunities to partner with them.  Hey. anyone up for a Rotary night at the ball field?   Come listen to Mark and Kurt on Wednesday, February 21st at 2600 W. Big Beaver road, Troy at 11:45am.
Ed Ross - Lets get to know him better!
Professionallyhe's a software Engineer, A Troy volunteer Fireman and recently, Ed ran for Troy City Council.  Ed spent 2 years in France/Monaco earning an MBA. He lived and worked in Egypt during their revolution and in Afghanistan for 3 years on several USAID and World Bank projects. Ed will speak about his experiences in those countries. Ed is the newest member of Troy Rotary Club. What was his life like in Egypt during their revolution? What was living in Afghanistan?  It should be an interesting lunch and learn as Ed shares his experiences with us on Wednesday, February 7th at 11:45am.
Welcome District Governor Nominee Wendy Hysell Jones
January 17th, 11:45am 2600 W. Big Beaver Rd, Troy
 
Our speaker this week is always asking herself how do we make our communities a better place. Our District Governor Nominee Wendy Hysell Jones is an avid volunteer in her community, Anchor Bay, working on such projects as suicide prevention, feeding the hungry and helping women succeed.  Come listen to Wendy and learn more about her and her experiences on her way to becoming our District Governor.
 
She's been called the Water Lady by all who know her...Eileen Heasley and her husband John Heasley have spent a good part of their life finding solutions to clean water across the world.
 
Recently, Eileen was part of a project in Cambodia putting in water tanks and toilets. Eileen has taken a group of Rotarians to many countries and worked tireless putting in clean water solutions in Nepal, India, El Salvador, Honduras, Ecuador, Lebanon, and the Navajo Nation. 
 
Eileen and John are co-founders for a non-profit organization called "A Vision for Clean Water" which is focused on finding water solutions across the globe.
 
Eileen has received Rotary Internationals highest honor the “Service Above Self Award” which is given to only 150 Rotarians yearly for effectively utilizing volunteers.
 
Eileen will also talk about a recent project to measure salt in the the Michigan water.
 
Come join us Wednesday, January 10th at 11:45am at 2600 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy
 
or link to Zoom :
Wednesday, November 29th; 11:45 am - Come Listen to 2 very passionate Rotarians talk about the Rotary Foundation.
 
Past President David Donnellon and Past District Governor Don Riddell are passionate about a lot of things, but they share one common love, The Rotary Foundation. David understands that the Rotary Foundation is the fuel that drives the Rotary wheel. The Rotary Foundation is the non profit arm of Rotary International. Donations to the Foundation support projects in the seven focus areas below.  Troy Rotary has done a project in the bolded areas below. 
  1. Peace Building and Conflict Resolution
  2. Basic Education and Literacy
  3. Community and Economic Development
  4. Disease Prevention and Treatment
  5. Environment
  6. Water, Sanitation, Hygiene
  7. Maternal and Child Health
When you donate to the Rotary Foundation, magic happens! If you donate into the World Fund, a portion of the donations comes back to the district after 3 years in the form of District Designated Funds (DDF). If you donate to the Polio Fund, your donation is matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 
The Rotary Foundation has been rated the highest by Charity Navigator. Your gift to the Foundation is well managed and over 91% of your gift goes directly to projects.
 
 
Did you know there are a lot of people in our area that may not be able to afford a meal on thanksgiving? Troy Rotary along with our other partner Rotary clubs are addressing the need. On Thanksgiving morning, an army of volunteers will be packing thanksgiving dinner boxes, consisting of Turkey, all the fixings, and deliver the meals to over 200 families. 
We need YOU to help in one of two ways
  1. Deliver Thanksgiving Dinners
  2. Donate 
 
Calling all Veterans to join us for our Wednesday, November 8th Lunch as we observe Veterans Day with speaker Commander Todd Wodzinski of the Troy VFW Post 403.
 
Commander Wodzinski served in the Navy on the USS Georgia SSBN729 (a ballistic missile submarine) from 1994 to 1999 and was stationed at the Bangor, WA submarine base. He now commands VFW post 403. His goals as commander for the 2023/2024 year are to improve the post, support local veterans, and for post-veterans to be productive members of the Troy community.
Commander Wodzinski is leading a fundraising campaign for the post to get it back on a solid financial footing. The plan is to raise $100,000 to refurbish the building to make it a focal point for veterans who need the services provided by the VFW.
The VFW is the first stop for access to VA benefits, camaraderie with other combat vets and the front line of defense for fighting PTSD and suicide.
 
Come join us and support your local Veterans.
 

Mayor Ethan Baker to address Troy Rotary Wednesday, November 1st

 
Did you know that according to the 2023 Niche rankings, Troy is rated as the #2 city in Michigan to live, #2 Suburb in Michigan, Top 10 cities for young professionals? and top 10 suburbs to raise a family in Michigan.  All these top rankings happened under Mayor Baker's watch! He is passionate about Troy and shown that a collaborative approach to running the city is the best way to succeed.  Come listen to Mayor Baker on Wednesday, November 1st at 11:45 am as he gives us a fresh update on his initiatives. Location: 2600 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy. 
 
Mayor Baker is:
  • Committed to a robust and growing business environment, along with safe and community-centered neighborhoods for individuals and families
  • Vice-Chair of the Troy Downtown Development Authority; Chair of the Global Troy Advisory Committee;
  • U.S. Commissioner (Vice Chair) for the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.
  • Special Assistant to President & Mrs. Ronald Reagan in their Los Angeles post-presidential office
Blessings in a Backpack is a national effort to feed children on the weekends throughout this country and now serves more than 95,500 students in over 1,200 program.
On Wednesday, October 11th at 11:45am, Cheryl Whitton will update the club on the children the Troy Rotary Club is feeding and how we can help further. Most children have access to school lunches during the weekdays, but on the weekends, may not have any meals. Blessings in a BackPack, provides kids 6 meals to get them through the weekend.
 
Facial Aging will catch up with all of us, what can we do? Dr. Ricky Sayal will give us a few options that will help defy the aging process. Dr. Sayal is a board-certified, double-fellowship trained physician at Ears, Nose, and Throat Specialists. He provides comprehensive care .. double board certified surgeon and will share his recommendations.
 
As people naturally age they fall into one of three distinct categories: “Sinker”, “Sagger”, or “Wrinkler”. Which one are you?
Come join us this Wednesday, Oct 4th at 2600 W. Beaver Road, Troy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
This Week, Wednesday, September 27th, We will NOT have our regular lunch meeting Instead, we will meet at one of our favorite watering holes Joe Kools from 5pm-7pm. Happy Hour prices apply from 4pm-6pm.
Come join friends from the community and expand your connections. 
Passionate about community service, a chance to give back and experience new friendships are the main reasons Padmanab Gowda has joined Troy Rotary. Even before he got initiated, Padmanab was participating passionately in our Troy service projects. This past Wednesday, Padmanab joined the World Medical Relief and Forgotten Harvest Team, along with other Troy Rotarians to pack and distribute food to those in need. The trunks were loaded as cars lined up around the World Medical parking lot for hours. 
Padmanab, sometimes likes to be called Pad and will answer to either name. His support and life partner, Manjula is as passionate about service and community service and joins him doing good in the world.  Please welcome both Padmanab and Manjula to the Troy Rotary family.
 
On Wednesday, September 6th, Jamila Wilson and Jennifer Killewald from the American Red Cross gave us an update on the urgent need for Blood from all blood groups.  Blood comes in 4 main types: A, B, AB, and O. Blood is either Rh positive or Rh negative. Each person’s blood is 1 of 8 specific types: A+, A−, B+, B−, AB+, AB−, O+, and O−.  People with O− blood  can donate blood to anyone, and are known as universal donors. Do you know your blood type?
Your blood donation could save a life..Be a secret hero for someone!
 
Registration for October 18th Blood Drive is up and running at: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=troyrotary
 
If you are unable to donate blood, no worries, we need volunteers to register and help during the day. If you are able to volunteer, please contact annalbers@gmail.com.
 

Julie Barnes- Maurer Love is her Passion for her Community

 
 Rotarian Julie Barnes-Maurer is bursting with energy and enthusiasm as she continues to coordinate volunteers for so many     different projects across the Detroit Metro area.
 She's a long distance runner, Tedx Detroit volunteer- coordinator, Detroit Freep Marathon volunteer-coordinator   and works with the youth across the community while continuously engaging volunteers across Michigan.
 Julie can either be found running around the city in the rain, snow, sleet or standing on her head doing gymnastics.
 She's a delightful speaker and her enthusiasm is contagious!
 
 Julie will be the keynote speaker at the Troy Rotary Lunch this Wednesday, September 13th at 11:45 am.  Come join us and   listen to how she continues to be Detroit's pied piper of volunteers.
 
Our District Governor Collyer Smith will be in the House this week!
DG Collyer is passionate about removing the mental health stigma; he's passionate about the future of our youth; overall the Governor is passionate about our clubs!
 
DG Collyer will speak about his vision for our District, how the Troy Rotary fits into the vision.
In addition to DG Collyer, our Troy exchange Charleigh Warnemuende will be giving us an update on her experiences in Paris this past summer.  
 
Also, don't forget, we are still looking for volunteers for serving the homeless at the Hope Shelters this Wednesday, August 23rd evening. Please contact Anna Albers (annaalbers@gmail.com) for more detail.
 
See you this Wednesday at 2600 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy at 11:45 am!
 
 
 
RYLA is BACK!
RYLA  (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) are back! Novi Rotarian Kristina Schofer, a RYLA camper herself, is now leading the program and will give us an update and roadmap to what's new in RYLA.
 
RYLA is great program that develops young adults to become leaders of tomorrow. Once a RYLA attendee herself, Kristina now leads the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards! Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where young adults develop their skills as leaders, all while having fun and making connections.
RYLA events are organized locally by Rotary clubs and districts for participants ages 14-30.
Learn more about how you can help a young person fine tune their skillset.
On August 9th, 2023, Troy Rotary will host 2 speakers.
 
Representative Sharon MacDonnell and Brian Wright Executive Director of Hope Shelters.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • State Rep. Sharon MacDonnell is serving her first term in Michigan’s 56th House District, which encompasses parts of Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, Clawson, Royal Oak and Troy. Rep. MacDonnell's priorities as a legislator are funding and supporting public education, protecting voter rights, fighting discrimination, improving access to health care, and continuing to strengthen Michigan’s infrastructure, economy and green initiatives.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Brian Wright is the Executive Director of Hope Shelters.  Hope Shelters is a Needs-Driven organization, responding to the needs of the homeless, those who need shelter from the cold. Brian and his staff do the selfless work of taking care of those in need. 
  • Troy Rotary will be cooking a hot meal on August 23rd. Come join us to learn how you can participate in this service above self organization.
  • For more information on Troy Rotary at Hope Shelters, contact Anna Albers: annaalbers@gmail.com
                    
 
Sunita Doddamani is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Eastern District of Michigan. 
 
Sunita will discuss the efforts by the Civil Rights Division to safeguard and enforce civil rights and address hate crimes. She will cover federal law related to hate crimes and civil enforcement actions when citizens are discriminated against because of their race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, or disability. 
 
Previously, she served as the Head of the Hate Crimes & Domestic Terrorism Unit at the Michigan Department of Attorney General where she handled cases involving threats to public officials and bias-motivated crimes. Notably, she led the prosecution team against the Wolverine Watchmen, a gang who supported the plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Prior to serving in that role, Sunita served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Wayne and Macomb Counties.
   
Sunita was born and raised in Detroit and is a first-generation American. She has spent her entire 20-year career in public service. Sunita is a Mercy High School graduate, received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Michigan, and studied for a full-year study abroad at London School of Economics & Political Science. She received her Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School.

Jen James - Mental Health Stigma (July 19, 2023)

Jen James’ lived  experiences as an attempt for suicide survivor and battle with mental illness has helped her fuel a passion to help others. Her goal is to stop the stigma of mental health. She writes a blog, www.empathymom.com.
She’s a Founding Board Member of Six Feet Over, which provides education and financial support to those who have lost someone to suicide. In addition, she's a Founding Board Member of the NotOK App™, a free digital panic button to get emotional support via text, phone or GPS location.  Jen is the virtual Life Coach for the organization Children Youth First in Nepal, which serves underprivileged children with education and development. Lastly, She’s held many prominent roles in her career including creating a volunteer program & training. Jen received the Voice of the Year award in 2018 from BlogHer Health and SheKnows media. She received the Courage Award, for her blog piece titled “My Survivor Story” She’s been published on national sites, including WebMD, as well she has been interviewed for various podcasts regarding her passion for supporting others and working towards building a better place for those who struggle with mental illness. The links to these are located on her main website Empathy Mom. 
 
Every year, our Club allocates funds to offer scholarships to graduating high school seniors. This year, Dane Greenwood and Saadia Haque have been the recipients of the Troy Rotary Student Scholarship program. Please join fellow Rotarians and friends to congratulate Dane and Saadia and meet with their parents. Scholarship Coordinator Amy Satterfield will introduce the students and will lead the recognition activity.
 
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                   Dane Greenwood                                 Saadia Haque
 
Troy School Board Vice-President Dr. Nicole Wilson will be representing the School Board at the meeting.
 
This year our Club is sponsoring a youth exchange student. Charleigh Warnemuende will be going to France on Rotary's short term exchange program (STEP). She is interested in French culture and is looking to improve her fluency in French. Her other interests include student leadership, model UN, musical theater and cooking/baking. When Charleigh comes back, her exchange partner from France will join her in US.
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A big Thank You to our Club's Student Exchange Officer Derek Kightlinger and our District's STEP coordinator Patti Griffith for making this happen.
                            
 
Michael O'Malley is an experienced legal professional at Law Offices of Michael C. O'Malley, PLLC in Rochester Hills. His company provides services in estate planning, business planning, facilitation and arbitration, civil litigation, and other legal services. Michael has worked for small and large law firms as well as several multi-national insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction Management and later attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing.
                
 
Come join us for a social evening on Wed, May 31 at Carrabba's Italian Grill at 5:00 PM. Bring your friends and neighbors. Carrabba's is at 600 W. Big Beaver Rd.

                     

Jen Peters has worked at the Troy Historic Village since 2018 and stepped into the role of Executive Director in 2020. She came to the Village with experience in organizing community outreach events and teams of volunteers, a background in archaeology and history, and a degree in historic preservation. She coordinates with the City of Troy and Troy Historical Society to bring the Village to its full potential and works with a talented staff to bring the mission of the Village to life. She most enjoys the number of languages she hears each year at the Village Trick-or-Treat event!

The Troy Historic Village is a collection of 11 buildings in what some call a “building zoo.” Started as a way to save history, we now use those buildings as tools to teach history, make connections to each other, and build up the Troy Community. Preserving the past is an important part of our mission, but engaging the community through meaningful experiences is what we are most passionate about!

                     
 
Steven Ahles is a board member of the Rotary Action Group -"Addiction Prevention in North America". He is a member of the Rotary Club of  Southgate, Michigan and is a retired attorney and Fire Chief. He will speak about Project SMART, a program that helps to get rid of excess drugs in homes.
 
The project provides residents with disposal bottles that contain activated charcoal. When a person chooses to put their excess drugs in it, they are instantly destroyed and rendered unusable thus eliminating the security issue and reducing the buildup in our water supply.  
 
The good news is the program is fully paid for by PHRMA, the trade association group of the pharmaceutical companies under the requirements of a court settlement. In addition to this program being paid for, PHRMA also has to pay for Naloxone training and distribution to counter the effects of drug overdoses and public education programs all of which Rotary clubs can provide to the community at no cost.
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Carla Reeb is the Executive Director of Troy Nature Society which operates the Stage Nature Center. She has been with the Society for 11 years.  Carla has been in nonprofit management for over 25 years in the area and has been employed by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and Learning Ally.
 
Within this unique 100-acre preserve are two miles of trails.  The current interpretive Nature Center building houses a mastodon dig site, children’s nature area, public research library, observation beehive, wildlife viewing area and an exhibition lobby featuring live reptiles and amphibians. In 2018, the organization adopted five rehabilitated owls. 
 
Video tour of Stage Nature Center - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61FQORiT6_c
 
Annually, over 27,000 program participants and visitors enjoy the beauty of the preserve and participate in educational programs and healthy outdoor activities.  A dedicated corps of 225 individuals devote more than 4,400 volunteer hours in support of the nature center’s programs and activities.
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                                           Steve Fine
 
Steve Fine is the Founder and President of Melanoma Education Foundation in Peabody, Massachusetts. He has a PhD in Chemistry from Northeastern University with postdoctoral research from Lehigh University. Steve pursued a career in academia and then served in technical and management positions in high tech chemical companies. But after his son Dan died of melanoma at the age of 26 in 1998, he founded the non-profit Melanoma Education Foundation. Since 2000, Steve has devoted full time to the Foundation. 
 
The primary activity of the Foundation has been educating teen students and high school and middle school wellness teachers to create awareness about self detecting melanoma while it is curable. Melanoma can strike anyone from preteen to elderly. Steve will talk about detecting it early in a short outpatient visit without any need for follow-up chemo or radiation.
                      
 
Karen Greenwood is the Chairperson of Troy Community Foundation Board. She will speak at the March 8 membership meeting about the Foundation and its four important aspects : grants, endowments, Troy Charity Night and Troy Family Daze.
 
Karen is recognized as a top 1% of Caldwell Banker Real Estate agents Worldwide. She has represented more than 1,500 clients over 23+ years as a Realtor®. In 2022, she helped clients buy/sell 75 homes with over $24M in sales and in 2018, she was honored as Michigan Realtor® of the year. She has MBA in Strategic Development.
 
Karen does volunteer work with many organizations. She is a member of the City of Troy Assessing Board, Oakland County Habitat for Humanity Women's Build Steering Committee and Director of Michigan Realtors and National Association of Realtors. She has served for eight years on Michigan State Licensing Board, four years as its Chairperson. She is a former director of Stage Nature Center.
 
Karen is married to our Club's President-Nominee Jay Greenwood.

Kurt Bovensiep is the Director of Troy Public Works. He will talk about the current development of the City Center Campus as a central community gathering place. It will be capable of hosting a variety of events through all four seasons, meeting residents’ aspirations.

The applied design basis for this project is ‘Consistency through Nature’. It includes construction of a new 5,000-sf open-air community pavilion, site and landscape improvements including an 8,500-sf outdoor skating rink, open public spaces, seating areas, pathways, and more. Expected completion is December 2023.

                    

Kurt Bovensiep is a second-generation City of Troy staff member. His father Rodney Bovensiep retired from public service as a Fire Department Lieutenant. Kurt started his career with the City in 2000 and has worked in Water and Sewer Division, Parks Division and Public Works Division. In 2016, he became the youngest director of Troy Public Works. He holds degrees in Criminal Law and Public Administration.

                        
 
Dr. Theresa Brooks will address the disparities that exist in the health care industry and measures being taken to overcome those barriers. The discussion will also include local resources available to residents.
 
Dr. Brooks completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and medical school at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine. She did her residency in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. 
 
She runs her private practice in Grosse Pointe and maintains privileges with Beaumont Hospital. She is the current Chair of the African American Community for the American Academy for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
 
Dr. Brooks is a Council Member of the City of Troy and serves on several boards of the City. She is also a board member of Troy Nature Society which operates the Stage Nature Center.
   
 
Sally Wenczel is the author of the book "Lets Build a Rain Garden".
 
Embrace the Rain Before it Hits the Drain! Sally Wenczel’s book gives readers a close-up look at the creatures and plants that thrive inside a rain garden. Wenczel wrote and illustrated the book for children, with rhythmic verse and colorful pictures, yet she hopes to reach adult hearts with the environmental message as well.  She’ll dive into an energetic book reading, then expand on some key terms: Native Plants, Stormwater Runoff & Watershed Health, Impervious Surfaces and Green Infrastructure.
 
Wenczel will go over resources for native plants and garden design, while examining some real examples of rain gardens at her home. She hopes attendees will walk away with fresh insight and the confidence to install their own rain garden this spring.
 
Rain gardens are a simple, low-cost solution to our urban stormwater issues. Every little bit helps when it comes to watershed health and we can each be part of the solution to stop the pollution.
 
 Olivia Olson, Head of Community Engagement
 
Emily Dumas is the Director of the Troy Public Library and Olivia Olson is the Head of Community Engagement.
 
Emily and Olivia will present the new and notable happenings at the Troy Public Library! Absolutely everyone in the community can benefit from making good use of the public library, from parents to students to seniors to members of the business community, and participants will certainly come away with a new service or offering to try.
 
Olivia will also share information about the Library’s plan to purchase a community bookmobile. This fun, colorful outreach vehicle will bring books and programming to patrons of all ages who may have difficulty getting to the library on a regular basis, as well as the community as a whole. This program is just one of many TPL programs that work to bring library offerings out into the community, to promote literacy and enrichment to the patrons of Troy.
 
                      
  
The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotary members and friends of the Foundation who share the vision of a better world. This support is essential to make possible projects, funded with Foundation grants, that bring sustainable improvements to communities in need.
 
The Rotary Foundation offers grants that support a variety of projects.
District Grants are block grants that enable clubs and districts to address needs in their communities and abroad.
Global Grants offer clubs and districts opportunities to participate in strategically focused high-impact activities. These grants fund large-scale international humanitarian projects, vocational training teams, and graduate and postgraduate scholarships.
 
   
Olivia Olson is the Head of Community Engagement at Troy Public Library. She has over 20 years of experience working in Public Libraries. Her professional background and personal interests are aligned with Rotary's focus area of supporting education.
 
The new member induction ceremony was officiated by Membership Chair Eileen Heasley.
    
This year's Holiday party on Dec 10 was wonderful with great food, music and activities. The weekend event was a huge success. A Big Thank You to Anna Albers and Dale Morgan for hosting the party and to Michele Carrier for the planning!
 
Chris has worked as a National Park Ranger for the past four decades -- from the urban setting of New York City to the tropical rainforests of Samoa.  
On Wed, Sep 28, Michele Carrier and Kamal Sharma joined the Rotary family. The ceremony was officiated by AG and Past President Lynda Ludy. Michele and Kamal, both have a passion for community service. Michele Carrier is sponsored by Eileen Heasley. Kamal Sharma is sponsored by Mahendra Kenkre.
 
  
 
Troy Rotary is pleased to welcome Abigail Carney as our new Corporate member. Abigail is with Boy Scouts of America. DG Bala Murthy conducted the induction ceremony. Thank you Abigail for volunteering at World Medical Relief.
     
 
Troy Rotary members spent the Saturday morning at World Medical Relief in Southfield. The organization collects surplus medical supplies and facilitates their distribution to places where they are needed. These supplies serve the local population and are also shipped around the country and the world. Troy Rotary members volunteered at the facility and got a guided tour. 
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