Meeting Time & Place
Gather at 11:45 for Networking
Lunch:  Noon - 1 pm
UpTown Grille
3100 E. West Maple
Commerce Township, MI 48390
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It's that time of year again...the leaves are turning color, fall rains are upon us and our minds turn to Beer...and Wine!  November 2, 2018 6:30 - 9:00 pm Lakes Area Rotary agains hosts its' popular Beer & Wine Tasting at Farmer John's Greenhouse 26950 Haggerty Road in Farmington Hills.  We'll be having the fun you have all learned to expect - DJ, raffles, Silent Auction, food, beer, wine and of course, the fabulous holiday decor of Farmer John along with boutique items all on sale the night before their holiday grand opening.  
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Walled Lake Northern student, Olivea Nicholson enjoys Rotary Youth Leadership Awards - Thanks Lakes Area Rotary for sending her!
Honorary member, John Hatherill, age 92, joined his heavenly father on January 27, 2018.  John was a faithful member of Lakes Area Rotary, formerly known as Rotary Club of Walled Lake, for 45 years during which he maintained perfect attendance, an achievement of which he was very proud.  John served in the Army as a pilot during World War II and was married to Anna for over 60 years. His TV repair service in the Walled Lake area was frequented by many and his many stories and enjoyment of bowling was renown.  John's ashes will be interned at Great Lakes National Cemetery on June 15, 2018 at 12:30.  He was well loved and will be long remembered.  May this fine Rotarian rest in peace.
Topic: Scholarships Offered for Walled Lake High School Students, Oakland Technical
Schools, and any other students in the geographic area. Time: Now through March 15
The Lakes Area Rotary Club is accepting scholarship applications from Walled Lake High School Students, including attendees of the Oakland Technical Center – Wixom Campus and any other students in the geographic area. There will be three $2,000.00 scholarships awarded the spring of 2018. Eligible students will have maintained a “B” (3.0) average, be in good standing with the school and have actively participated in community service during their high school years. Application deadline: March 15. Applications can be secured by downloading from this Home Page (see Downloads), through the school counselors or by contacting Rotarian, Michelle Fiebke-Lang, by emailing 
The 2nd Annual Breakfast with Santa partnering with the VFW was a hit.  Approximately 75 people attended and the children had a wonderful time dancing with elves Jordan, Claire and Caroline after eating delicious blueberry, chocolate chip and just Plain Jane pancakes with bacon and sausage.  Crafts were completed and shared with Moms, Dads and Grands.  But best of all, the children had personal visits with Santa and gave him quite a number of items for the elves to make before the Big Day.  Our winners for the free bike drawings were over the moon with happiness at their good fortune.  We have a SAVE THE DATE for 2018 - December 1 - same time, same place.  (9- noon Wixom VFW Hall).  See you there!
Lakes Area Rotary's 5th Annual Beer and Wine Tasting netted $16010 in our biggest event to date.  As a result $8,005.44 will go directly to Scarlet's Smile, this year's beneficiary, with a similar sum going to support other Lakes Area Rotary charities such as Shelterbox, Lakes Area Youth Assistance, Invisible Dad lunches, Leader Dogs and Hospitality House.
An additional $4010.48 will go directly to Scarlet's Smile from attendees who made designated donations for Scarlet's Smile.  This brings the total benefit to Scarlet's Smile from this event to $12,015.92.  Lakes Area Rotary is proud to make this contribution to this worthy cause.  In the future all children in our service area will benefit from this all-inclusive playground.
Thank you to all the food vendors who graciously donated food to the event, to sponsors and those who donated items to the silent & drop box auctions.  A special thank you to Farmer John's Greenhouse for providing the venue and to Uncle Buck's Party Rental for tables, chairs, etc. Without your help and dedication to our community this event would not be possible.
Effective September 19, 2017
Lakes Area Rotary returns
to weekly meetings
Uptown Grille
3100 E. West Maple
Commerce Township, MI 48390
Meet for Networking at 11:45
Lunch and Guest Speaker Noon - 1 p.m.
Visitors welcome!
"What an exciting week we have had with the young ladies in the Transitional Academy for Girls (TAG) at Children's Village.  On Monday, 7/20, Diane Pruden made a follow-up visit to talk and teach about the cycle of the Monarch Butterfly.  She presented signs for the garden, indicating that the garden was now a certified Monarch Way Station. The girls were very attentive during Diane's presentation.  After her talk,  we visited the butterfly garden that was planted last year.  We found caterpillar eggs, which the girls brought inside to place in the butterfly aquarium, and a few live caterpillars too. The caterpillars will turn into monarchs in a few short weeks.  It was so very exciting and the garden looks beautiful in full bloom.  This program is beneficial in that the girls must keep the garden growing and maintained and the aquarium clean on a daily basis.
On Thursday, 7/23, Ms. Jeanette and Ms. Linda taught the girls how to make bracelets out of beads.  This sessions was met with much enthusiasm.  The girls caught on quickly and made beautifully designed bracelets.  Even Cheryl and Patti participated.  We had a wonderful time interacting with the girls. Their beading was very creative and even had Ms. Linda exclaiming about the patterns used.
We continue to be so proud of these young ladies, who appear to be making a conscious effort turn their lives around."
ShelterBox thanks Lakes Area Rotary for their donation of $1000.  Our box is being packed and has not yet been deployed. You can track our box by going to and entering box# 23816 to see where is goes.  Our club makes it a priority to support Shelterbox because it is a way for us to respond to immediate disaster relief needs around the world.
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