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

2600 W. Big Beaver Rd

(Corner of Big Beaver and Lakeview Dr)

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

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. 
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Mahendra Kenkre
Apr 05, 2023 11:45 AM
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Steven Ahles
Apr 12, 2023 11:45 AM
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Apr 26, 2023 11:45 AM
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