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Troy Member Spotlight
Every week Troy Rotary turns the spotlight on members to highlight how they are making a difference and how they have benefited from their Rotary membership.
Dennis Deveja
Dennis Deveja has been designing and conducting training and coaching for over 44 years. 
He has led seminars on three continents and in twenty-nine countries for Dale Carnegie, The Next Level Sales Consultants, and Ulliance
He has led seminars and training for:
Sea Ray Boats                      General Motors
I B M                                    Belle Tire
       H B O                               Sheraton of Asia
 McDonalds                           Harley Davidson
Carhartt                                Ford Motor co.
                  Nissan                                   Volkswagen of America
                     T R W                                   Bosco (Tyson Foods)       
       Direct T V                             Lanzen Fabricating
      Chase                                     Bank of America
            Sheraton of Asia                     British Telecom        
Dennis and his wife Shirley have lived in Troy for 39 years. They have two children and six grandchildren.
A member of The Troy Rotary Club, The Troy Chamber of Commerce, Automation Ally and Detroit SHRM.
He headed a group of 80 volunteers and raised more money for Toys for Tots- than any organization
in America three years in a row.   

Troy Rotary Partners with Businesses, TSD
 for Buddy Bench Project
In July of 2018, Troy Rotary embarked on a project to help school children cope with loneliness, foster friendships and confront bullying.  They were drawn to the success of Buddy Benches which are safe places for kids to sit, talk and work things out.  ​Rotary values inclusion, kindness and peace, so they committed to installing Buddy Benches at all of the Troy Elementary Schools (21 total) plus two benches at the Troy Boys & Girls Club.  
This morning, Troy’s Rotarians celebrated their progress with a special breakfast for all of their stakeholders and especially the project’s generous sponsors including TRION Solutions, APTIV, Beaumont Hospital, Tim Horton's Troy, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Community Choice Credit Union, Former Hill Elementary Teachers, ADK Sorority, Jeff & Debbie Lambrecht, REMCO Storage Systems, Charles & Nancy Negohosian, The Choice Group, Troy Community Foundation, Troy Board of Education, Troy Rotarians and Rotarians PDG Liz Smith Yeats of District 6400, Nick and Lisa Vitale and Sharon Lewis.  District 6380 Rotarians have also made sizeable donations.
The next phase of the project involves construction of the benches, which will occur on Saturday, May 18 from 8 – 10 am, at the Troy School District maintenance facility (1140 Rankin Dr.).  All are welcome, BYO tools, specifically cordless drills with 7/16 socket size.  Learn more by liking the Rotary Facebook page at to monitor Project Buddy Bench.

Derek grew up in rural Pennsylvania near the town Linesville. His involvement with Rotary started at 17 when he headed to Japan on a 1-year Rotary Youth Exchange hosted by local families in District 2770 just outside Tokyo. This was a transformational experience that has led to many professional and personal opportunities. Derek was an also an Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Western Australia hosted by one of the largest Rotary Districts- 9455 (35-hour drive from Perth to Kununurra).

Derek previously worked for The Boston Consulting Group based out of the Tokyo, New Delhi, Paris and Detroit offices. He currently works at Aptiv in Troy where he leads the global program management function for the company’s wire harness business.

Derek holds a bachelor’s degree from Temple University and an MA & an MBA from The University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Ferndale with his wife Toko and twin 9-month old boys, Otto and Edison.


Fouzia was born in India. In 1971, East Pakistan and West Pakistan had a war that made her leave India to East Pakistan, which is now Bangladesh, for their safety. Her husband, Mohammad, was a university professor. He applied for a job in different countries and was offered a job in Venezuela teaching soil chemistry in 1975. After moving to Venezuela, she became a business owner of a gift shop.

Fouzia and Mohammad have three children who were raised in Venezuela. Their son, the oldest, is the Director of Development and Communications at the Nashville International Center of Empowerment. Their eldest daughter, who lives in Troy, is currently studying to become a dental hygienist. Their youngest daughter is a pharmacist in Italy.

In Venezuela, Fouzia was involved with many charities including the Alzheimer’s Foundation and the Rotary Club. Through the Rotary Club, she coordinated surgeons from the US to come to Venezuela to perform cleft palate procedures. In addition, she volunteered with local senior homes and orphanages. Her mother, who also worked with the Rotary Club, inspired her to do social work when she was young. She is hoping to bring her experiences to serve communities in need.


Cathie has worked in education for the past 25 years. Initially she worked in Macomb County supporting career awareness and exploration in the Chippewa Valley School District. After earning her certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator from Oakland University a new opportunity presented itself in Oakland County as a Career Outreach District Coordinator with Oakland Schools Intermediate School District. She has remained with Oakland Schools for the last 20 years supporting directly and indirectly the 28 school districts in Oakland County including Troy. Cathie’s focus at the secondary level has supported building connections between education and business and collaborating with local school districts. The projects have varied over the years including health care initiatives and STEM related fields.

Community service and giving back is essential for Cathie. She has served with several community groups. She is also a past-president of the Southeast Michigan Career Development Facilitators Association. Cathie and her husband John currently reside in New Baltimore Michigan. Cathie has three children and nine grandchildren. Family is important to both of them and opportunities to celebrate birthdays and special moments in life occur frequently. Her interests include music, theatre and travel. Cathie is truly excited for the opportunity to contribute within the Troy Rotary.

Emi McGonegal Named Boys & Girls Club of Troy Youth of the Year
TROY, MI - Troy Athens High School senior Emilse “Emi” McGonegal was selected as the 2019 Boys & Girls Club of Troy Youth of the Year. Emi will now compete against members of other Boys & Girls Clubs in the state for the Michigan Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship courtesy of program sponsors which include Disney and Toyota.
Continued reading:
Good luck to on your exchange Alaina!
I’m fifteen and a sophmore at Troy High. My favorite class is math, and I enjoy reading and painting.
I love to travel, try new things, and learn about how other people live.
Operation Blue Sleigh with Troy Police, Success!
This is Troy Rotary's second year volunteering with the Troy Police Department to collect items for families in need for Christmas.

Troy officers saw a significant need in the community and developed Operation Blue Sleigh.  This new program will benefit even more Troy families experiencing financial hardship this holiday season.


Welcome Bala!

A Rotary Ambassadorial scholar, Bala has been committed to Rotary for over 30 years. Following his business contracts to DC, Bala was has been on the Board of Directors, International Services, Rotary Foundation and Embassy Relations & Sister-Cities Committee for the Washington DC Rotary (D7620). He has been the past TRF Chairman and member on the Accounting Service Reengineering Team for the DC Rotary. He has recently established the Rotary Yoga and Meditation Fellowship and its Secretary. He is the Membership Director and N. Central USA Vice-President of the Rotary International Travel & Hosting Fellowship. Bala is a member of the RI Alumni Relation Committee Prior to Washington DC Rotary, Bala was a member of the Detroit Rotary (#16, D6400) where he held various club positions. Before Detroit Rotary, Bala served as President of Grand Blanc, MI Rotary (D6330). He has served on various District Committees in both D6330 and D6400, including being the keynote speaker at the D6330 District Conference in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. After the devastating earthquake in Gujrat, India 1993, Bala led and coordinated Rotary International global matching grant to rebuild fallen Gujrat communities, now named after Rotary (Rotary Nagar). During 2001, Bala led a 3-H Grant Initiative and approval to provide low-cost housing shelters in Western India. He has led several Rotary matching grants for supporting schools throughout the world including desks, chairs and blackboards for schools in India and education for school children in Cancun, Mexico.

Awards: Bala has received numerous awards including 1993-94 “The Rotary Foundation District Service Award” in D6330 for his leadership in implementing “Low Cost Housing Shelters” for the survivors of one of the worst earthquakes in W. India. Bala and his wife, Roma are Major Donors Level 3 and plan to become Arch Clump Society Members in 5 years. They are also Level 5 TRF Bequest Society Members.

Bala and his wife Roma, are both now Troy Rotarians.

Ian has lived in SE Michigan all of his life, having lived in Royal Oak, Troy and now Bloomfield Hills.  He and his lovely wife have 4 grandchildren and enjoy being with them for short periods of time.  They enjoy traveling to the Caribbean and touring wineries throughout the United States.  Ian has worked in the banking and mortgage loan industry his entire career and currently works for Community Choice Credit Union.  He was formerly a multi-year secretary and board member of the Troy Rotary and a proud recipient of two Paul Harris Awards.
Troy Rotary has partnered with Medright, Inc. premier vocational school in Troy to provide an educational opportunity to individuals interested in starting a career as a Phlebotomist. Medright, Inc. has been a leading educational provider of medical programs for 21 years. Phlebotomy, the art of drawing blood, is a high in demand occupation. Employment opportunities include hospitals, dr. offices, clinics, laboratories, dialysis, and Red Cross just to name a few.
Students receive 10 weeks of a structured curriculum learning how to perform venipunctures. Students also become CPR certified at the Basic Life Support level through the American Heart Association. After the 10 course instruction students will perform a clinical rotation at Beaumont or St. John hospitals for work place experience.
To qualify for the scholarship interested individuals must:
  • Be between 25-45 years of ago,
  • Have a high school diploma or GED,
  • Be legally eligible to work in the United States.
  • Speak, read, write and comprehend English
  • Submit a 2-3 minute video sharing who you are and why you want to start a career in Healthcare
  • Submit 3 professional references
Classes begin November 12th, 2018 held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm-10pm.
Deadline for submission for September class is October 22nd, 2018.
For more information and to submit video contact Gail Lucas President of Medright, Inc. at 248-547-0834 email
Medright, Inc.
850 Stephenson Hwy.
Suite 510
Troy, MI 48083
We were very fortunate yesterday at TRC to hear from this years RYLA Leaders.
Troy Rotary is so proud of these young leaders - developing skills to empower their and our futures. — with Jim Adams, Tristan, Emi, Seth, Antoine & Katelyn


Roma Murthy, a Customer Sales and Planning Manager at Aptiv in Troy for almost 30 years, is passionate about her family and community. Roma holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and has completed leadership certifications at the Wharton and Northwestern Schools of Business.


Through her husband Bala, Roma has been actively participating in Rotary activities for over 30 years including attending 4 international conferences, hosting and being a member of the International Host Families, a Major Donor to The Rotary Foundation and a Bequest Society Member. Most recently, the Murthy family has collected and donated 600 backpacks to underprivileged children and Rotary schools in India.  Bala, a long time Rotarian has recently led the establishment of the Yoga Fellowship, which Roma will be a member.

Michael Ball continues his family’s tradition by becoming a Rotarian today.  His mother, Margie Haas - District Governor Nominee for District 6360, father Gene, and grandfather Del Crisp have all been Rotarians dating back to the 1940’s and Michael is excited to carry the torch and serve his community.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Michael spent most of his early career in the sport and event management industry, primarily managing ice arenas.  At one point, he was arguably the best Zamboni driver in the state of Michigan.  Michael’s career took him to Des Moines, Iowa for a few years where he also earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Drake University.
Returning to Michigan in late 2011, Michael served as Asset Manager for a multi-family property management company and collaborated on the management of several low-income housing communities.  Michael is now in his third year as an IT Project Manager for BeneSys, a Third Party Administrator in Troy, that manages benefits for trade unions across the country.  Michael is responsible for the coordinated team effort of new client implementation and process enhancement.
Michael is an avid sports fan and you’ll hear him cheering the loudest on fall Saturdays in Ann Arbor.  In his spare time, he enjoys golf, trivia, music, reading, and spending time with friends and family.  Michael also volunteers with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Club of Metropolitan Detroit and the South Oakland Shelter.
Gail Lucas is the President of Medright, Inc., a medical educational school founded in 1996 in Oakland County. Medright has helped thousands of individuals achieve their educational goals and start a new career in healthcare.
Gail is an adult advisor in the Boy Scouts of America and Venture Crew (a BSA Youth Development program), and also a member of Kirk In The Hills Church.
Gail’s husband, Scott Hartsell, is a Senior Development Chemist at Henkel. They have three kids, Blake - an Eagle Scout, Tessa - in Venture Scouts, and Wyatt who is working on becoming an Eagle Scout. 
The family likes extreme vacations like hot air ballooning over the Costa Rican rainforest, hiking the base of a volcano to swimming with Whale Sharks.

Welcome and congratulations to Troy Rotary's newest member.

Meet Warren (Jay) Greenwood!

Warren Greenwood is first and foremost a husband, father, and friend. He and his wife Karen have been together for over 24 years and with their 12 year old son, Dane, enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities. Many know Warren as “Jay”, but if you ask him how he got that name he has no good story to tell. In 2017 after more than 22 years in the Automotive Industry in Engineering, Purchasing, and Program Management, Jay decided to take the leap and join his wife Karen in the exciting business of Real Estate. He really enjoys helping people on such an important personal level. Jay has lived in Troy for over 17 years and is active in the local community at the Stage Nature Center and in Cub Scouts and Boys Scouts with his son. Joining Rotary Club of Troy is great next step to continue giving back to our community.

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Want a stronger fan base for your company or organization?

Attend the "Create Raving Fans" luncheon on April 11 in Troy, Michigan.

Michael Angelo Caruso is moderating an all-star panel featuring Candice Simons from Brooklyn Outdoor, @Shawn Lee from Shawn Lee Studios-Photography and Ara Topouzian from the Troy Chamber of Commerce.


We're expecting 100 people to attend!

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Nearly 1,000 Oakland county residents in need enjoyed home-delivered, cooked turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, thanks to Troy Rotarians and friends.
“Team Turkey” is an annual event for Troy Rotary, one of the area’s most active service clubs.
The event grew from 30 deliveries in 2016 to 135 deliveries this year.
The club received generous donations from individual Troy Rotarians, the Troy Rotary Foundation, the Price Foundation and a GoFundMe page.
Over 70 volunteers from Troy Rotary, Birmingham Rotary and the Troy Police Department, met up at 8AM Thanksgiving morning to load up their vehicles and begin deliveries.
“Kroger has been our biggest advocate and without them we couldn’t have made this happen,” said René Pothetes, President-Elect of Troy Rotary.
Kroger employees put together complete holiday dinners including rolls and pumpkin pie. 
Special thanks this year to Troy Rotarians Mark Bucchi and Tom Gueth for coordinating logistics with referring organizations, communicating with drivers and promoting the event.
“Our club learns a lot from these types of events,” said Scott Hurrell, President of Troy Rotary.  “One thing about Rotarians—when we make up our mind to do something, we get it done.”
Meanwhile, Troy Rotary has already begun planning next year’s “Team Turkey” event. 
“We’re going to scale this event next year by involving more clubs and referring agencies,” said Pothetes.
Nick Vitale is a Senior Executive with over 37 years of healthcare finance, administration and operations experience at both the hospital and health system level.  Managed many of the traditional financial areas, as well as less traditional functions, with progressively more responsibility including the Chief Financial Officer position at two health systems with revenues over $2.2 billion. 
Nick has Board experience and affiliations with the following:
  • National Audit Committee Chair, American Diabetes Association
  • Board Chair, American Diabetes Association, Michigan & Northern Ohio
  • Member FM Global Advisory Board
  • National Investment Committee Member, American Diabetes Association
  • *Board Member, Second VP & Treasurer, Boys and Girls Club Troy Michigan
  • Board of Visitors Chair, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Board Member Ronald McDonald House, Southeast Michigan
  • National Board Member, American Diabetes Association
  • National Finance Committee Chair, American Diabetes Association
  • Member Wayne State University MBA Association
  • Member of Beta Alpha Psi, Professional Accounting Fraternity
Nick and his wife, Lisa, have lived in Troy for 25 years and have two grown kids, Mike, 31 and Nicole, 28.  Mike lives in Chicago with his wife Crissie and Nicole lives in D.C. with her husband Christopher.  Nick and Lisa have two dogs, Havanese, Ellie and Rocky and enjoy traveling and spending time with their kids.

Jim graduated from Berkley High School in June of 1964, and immediately joined the United States Air Force. By Christmas of 1964 he was on the Island of Okinawa, where he served for 18 months 5 days and 2 hours. This was in the early stages of the Viet Nam War. Upon completion of this assignment he was transferred back to the States and served at Beale Air Force Base in Marysville, California for the remainder of his active duty.

Jim received an Honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force he enrolled at Ferris State College, (with the assistance of the GI Bill). After a year at Ferris he transferred to Eastern Michigan University. At Eastern he met many of his lifelong friends, including his wife of 44 years Michela Ricelli. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University and earning a Master’s Degree in Special Education.  Jim taught in an alternative high school for 5 years.

Jim joined the the business world in 1977 working for a paper and food distributor ( whose claim to fame ) was the world's largest distributor of ice cream cones. After 4 years as a Sales Representative he was promoted to Sales Manager.

In 1983,  Jim joined an Industrial Supply Distributor where he served as a Sales and Marketing Manager for Industrial Supply items. In 1992 Jim became Independent broker for industrial supplies and retail items.

In 1998 he became an account executive for a disposable manufactures representative group and manufacturer .For the past 28 years his primary focus has been presenting these products to distributors and end-user in the Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio markets.

Jim and his wife Michela have 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren.. They reside in Troy Michigan where they very much enjoy their empty-nester status.

Both Jim and Michela are retired and enjoy traveling to Florida every year for 6-8 weeks to avoid the cold winter months of Michigan.

A big warm welcome to our new Troy Rotary member, Sue McGonegal!
A bit about Sue:
Sue is the Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Insurance Services in Southfield.
She's been married 28 years to Tom – 3 kids (Emi – 16; Sam – 13 and Will – 11).   Lived in Troy for 23 years.  
Sue says, "I had an opportunity to see the good work the Troy Rotary Club does when my daughter was awarded the RYLA scholarship.  I’m looking forward to being part of this organization and collaborating with such a good group of people and working to do positive things within the Troy community and beyond through other Rotary groups.   I’m interested in working with the Youth Committee given I have three children in the Troy School District."
Dearest Troy Rotarians,

I can't thank you enough, from the bottom of my heart, for the beautiful gift of receiving the most honorable Paul Harris Award at the Presidents Dinner from my fellow Rotarians. The Rotary Club of Troy is made up of the kindest, giving and selfless members that will be there for life.  We are family! So many of you are my inspiration to make a difference in the world. 

In Rotary we LOVE,

P.S. If you have never contributed to a Paul Harris Award, DO IT!!!!  It will change your life!
Buddy Bench Ribbon Cutting Festivities
May 22, 2019 8:00 AM
Debi Hollis, President, Russell Levine Senior VP
May 29, 2019 11:45 AM
The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial
John Wukovits, Author
Jun 12, 2019 11:45 AM
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President's Dinner
Jun 25, 2019 6:00 PM
Eats & Crafts, 1950 E Square Lake Rd, Troy, MI 48085
Jun 26, 2019
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