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Networking for Good, Powered by Service!

Wednesdays 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Bank of America Plaza
2600 West Big Beaver
Private Dining Room E
Troy, MI  48098
United States
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You’re invited to one of the best parties of the year!
  • Enjoy a fantastic wine selection
  • Savor a delicious strolling dinner
  • Meet top business and community leaders
  • Have fun with our silent and live auction
  • Possibly win our 50/50 drawing
What:  Viva la Vino!
Where:  St. Nicholas Cultural Center, 760 W Wattles Rd., Troy, MI 48098
When:  Saturday, March 10 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Why:  Benefit for local charities such as Hope Warming Center, Boys and Girls Club of Troy, American Veterans, Blessings in a Backpack and Troy Youth Assistance. 
How much:  $75 per person
Get your tickets now:
For those of you who were not able to attend this morning's informative meeting, use this link to download a PDF of Mary Aviles' program, The Privacy Illusion, that is filled with tons of resources about online privacy and security.
We have some phenomenal speakers during the month of January:  
Jan 10th - Tom Violante, co-owner and CEO of Holiday Market
How to Create Great Employees

Holiday Market is an award-winning grocery store, consistently winning “Best Independent Grocery Store” by HOUR magazine.  What’s Holiday Market’s secret to keeping shoppers happy with their customer experience? According to store owner, Tom Violante, it’s their employees.


Jan 24th - Paul Artale
Hit Hard: How to Push Through Adversity and Achieve Your Goals

As a child Paul dreamed of being a college football player.  Born missing fingers and with shortened forearms, many told Paul that this would never be done.   Hit Hard tells the story of Paul Artale’s journey and experience as a “disabled” collegiate football player.  During this motivational talk Paul will share his story, his struggles, and successes as well as one key strategy everybody must use if they wish to overcome challenges and achieve their goals.   Come find out why “Hit Hard!” is more than just a slogan, for Paul it is a mindset and a way of life.


Jan 31st - Tel Ganesan
Entrepreneurial Journey – Recipe for Success, Moving Detroit Forward, Giving Back

Tel Ganesan is the Managing Director of Kyyba Xcelerator and Chairman of Kyyba, Inc. Ganesan is a serial entrepreneur, business leader, investor, mentor, philanthropist, speaker, blogger and movie producer.

Bring yourself and your co-workers to these power-packed presentations! 

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!
Rachel Frierson
Mar 21, 2018 11:45 AM
Bridge to Bridge and Beyond, Detroit Riverfront Project
Mar 28, 2018 11:45 AM
Stream to Faucet, How Water Works
Dr. Paul Ehrmann, D.O./Family Health Care Center
Apr 25, 2018 11:45 AM
Public Health Enemy No. 1, Awareness and Action
Jessica Pate
May 02, 2018 11:45 AM
Alternatives For Girls (AFG) serving homeless and high-risk girls and young women
Theresa Toia
May 16, 2018 12:00 PM
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