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

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:
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

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 ( for more detail.
See you this Wednesday at 2600 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy at 11:45 am!
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:
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,
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. 

 Friday, June 23, 2023

Sylvan Glen Golf Course

5725 Rochester Rd, Troy

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: $2,500

  • 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

Hole Sponsor $100

  • Logo on hole
  • Recognition at lunch
  • Social media mentions
Golf Options Including Sponsorships
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.
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.
Dr. Richard Machesky, Superintendent of Schools, is a well-known figure in the Troy School District. Prior to being selected as Superintendent in May 2014, Dr. Machesky served the TSD for more than seven years as Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Instruction.
During his time in Troy, seven schools have been named National Blue-Ribbon Schools, several schools have been designated as National Schools of Character and five more as State Schools of Character. TSD high schools have been singled out as top schools in the state and nation and students have earned numerous national and international awards and recognition. Together, the TSD leadership team successfully passed a $555 Million Bond proposal that will help revolutionize teaching and learning for generations for learners across OneTroy.
Dr. Machesky’s extensive education began with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Calvin College before moving on to Wayne State University, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, an Educational Specialist Degree and an Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.


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.
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 -
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.
                                           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. 
Troy Rotary picked a great day to showcase the Club at the Troy Farmers Market ! Lot of people shopping today. Stop by and say hello to the volunteers.
Welcome to Troy Rotary’s newest Honorary Member, Tara Tomcsik-Husak, President/CEO, Troy Chamber of Commerce. We are delighted to share service, networking, and fellowship with this important community leader in Troy.


Vera Petruska, Victoria Mudra, and K. Luba Sawka
Featured Speakers at Troy Rotary
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
These local residents will discuss Ukrainian Refugee concerns from three personal perspectives focusing on current needs for families in Ukraine and schooling for students moving to the USA and entering Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic School (ICUCS) in Warren.
Troy Rotarians volunteered at two recent Forgotten Harvest projects:
On Thursday April 7, Troy Rotarians volunteered at  the Forgotten Harvest Oak Park Warehouse.  Volunteers were Jeanette Donnellon, Gail Lucas, Tessa Lucas, Jeanne Stein and Anna Albers. Along with volunteers from around the community Troy Rotarians packed 1,301 pounds of food for distribution to the  needy.
On a cold Saturday morning, April  9, Troy Rotarians gathered at the Church of the Nazarene in Madison Heights.  The Forgotten Harvest truck was already there when we arrived and had started unloading.  With instructions from members of the church Jacob and Mary, Rotarians Maryann Clark, Tim Clark, Michael Ball and Anna Albers along with other volunteers loaded up people's vehicles with fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, baked goods, canned goods and other useful items.  The truck was emptied and the recipients were very grateful. 
Thank you to all who Served to Change Lives.
Dr. Rebecca Chamberlain-Creanga
featured speaker at Troy Rotary on April 13.

Dr. Chamberlain-Creanga was the guest speaker at Troy Rotary on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 and highlighted the human toll of conflict, presenting on how neighboring countries like Romania are supporting Ukrainian refugees.  She also gave a brief background on separatist conflict in Eurasia and the Russia-Ukraine war, based on her experience and work in the region.  Dr. Chamberlain-Creanga and her family were in Romania in March 2022 to help provide humanitarian relief to refugees within the country and along the border with Ukraine.

On Wednesday, March 16, Rotarians and friends gathered at CJ Mahoney's to find out who the Grand Prize winner was for Troy Rotary's Lucky Luau Raffle.  Another great social event and another successful fundraiser for Troy Rotary.  Thanks to David Donnellon and Mahendra Kenkre for co-chairing the event and raffle sponsors Lynda Ludy, Roma & Bala Murthy, and Sami's Engraving and Gifts.
Troy Rotary Welcomes new Corporate Member, USI Insurance Services, LLC
On Wednesday, March 2, Troy Rotary inducted its newest Corporate Member, USI Insurance Services, LLC, represented by VP of Employee Benefits Ben Clevenger and Practice Leader, Scott Settle.  We look forward to collaborating with Ben & Scott and welcome them to the Rotary family!
Troy Rotary has chosen Motor City Mitten Mission (MCMM) as our selected charity for our Winter Donation Drive!   Motor City Mitten Mission is a homeless services group that works with our most vulnerable citizens in Detroit.    The drive will last through Friday, January 14th.
JFS Adopt a Family
Troy rotary members participated in the annual JFS adopt a family program this fall. Our members raised over $1,200 to help families in need this holiday season. 
Speaker Agenda
Dr. Ricky Sayal
Oct 04, 2023 11:45 AM
Facial Aging and what we can do
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Oct 18, 2023 9:00 AM
No Speaker
Troy Mayor Ethan Baker
Nov 01, 2023 11:45 AM
State of the City
Upcoming Events
2023-24 Leadership Team
Immediate Past President
President Elect
Board Director
Board Director
Board Director
Speaker Chair
Asst Secretary
Service Committee Chair
Membership Chair
Public Image Co-ordinator
Youth Exchange Lead
Hope Warming Center Lead
Team Turkey
Aley Sister Club Lead
Community Outreach
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