Neal Wolfson, WL Safety Campus

April 27 @ 11:45 am  Neal Wolfson,                         WL Public Safety Campus

Join us April 27 at 11:45 am via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5017763035 as we welcome Neal Wolfson, chair of the Walled Lake Public Safety Campus, our speaker, will share news about the development of this exciting space in Walled Lake. 
 
Along with serving for the past 9 years as Chairman of the Walled Lake Planning Commission, Neal is a past president of the Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Club, past Lt. Governor Zone 12 of Michigan District Optimists, a retired computer programmer and a veteran of the US Army.  A self starter and proactive person, Neal volunteers at the Brown Center – an Adult Cay care for families dealing with dementia and when traveling enjoys cruising the world with his wife of 40 years.
Neal Wolfson, WL Safety Campus Lorrie McVey 2021-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
Food Drive a Success Lorrie McVey 2021-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

Melanie Moore: CS Mott Foundation, Speaker

Melanie Moore Shares CS Mott Foundation Water & Environmental Programs

April 13 at 11:45 Melanie Moore, an associate program officer with C.S. Mott Foundation’s Environment Team will speak to us via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5017763035i.  Melanie is a scientist with a wealth of knowledge about the Great Lakes and Mott’s work on water related issues including freshwater issues, the importance of the Great Lakes, working toward solutions with reason for concern and hope. 
Melanie Moore: CS Mott Foundation, Speaker Lorrie McVey 2021-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

LARC donates Therapy Dogs to WLCD

LARC DONATES THERAPY DOGS to WLCD
 
Lakes Area Rotary Club (LARC) recently dedicated funds donated by the Estate of long-time member, Al Karner, toward the purchase of a therapy dog for Walled Lake Consolidated Schools.  Taking their lead from Al, who was known for his dedication to the community, Paul and Lorrie McVey added sufficient funds from their Donor Advised fund at SE Michigan Foundation to complete paying for the cost of one dog. Walled Lake Consolidated Schools recognized the potential for getting three dogs and used these donations to incentivize additional donations as outlinedin this article from “Learning in Walled Lake Consolidated Schools”. Vol.34. No.1.
 
LARC donates Therapy Dogs to WLCD Lorrie McVey 2021-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

Copy of Pandemic Relief for Detroit Project

Pandemic Relief for Detroit Project

Join us via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5017763035 April 6 at 11:45 am as we welcome Manish Mehta and Ashish Sarkar, presenters. We will learn how Lakes Area Rotary joined with twelve local Rotary clubs and one in India along with a Novi based medical volunteer group, Palav, to establish a Global Grant over $72,000 to complete the Pandemic Relief for Detroit Project. PPE of over 85,000 masks, gloves, gowns, sanitization stations and cash contributions as well as over 100,000 meals for Detroit vulnerable were provided this past winter. This is an opportunity to see and understand how working together can accomplish great things along with how we were a part of making it happen.
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Pandemic Relief for Detroit Project

Pandemic Relief for Detroit Project

Join us via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5017763035 April 6 at 11:45 am as we welcome Manish Mehta and Ashish Sarkar, presenters. We will learn how Lakes Area Rotary joined with twelve local Rotary clubs and one in India along with a Novi based medical volunteer group, Palav, to establish a Global Grant over $72,000 to complete the Pandemic Relief for Detroit Project. PPE of over 85,000 masks, gloves, gowns, sanitization stations and cash contributions as well as over 100,000 meals for Detroit vulnerable were provided this past winter. This is an opportunity to see and understand how working together can accomplish great things along with how we were a part of making it happen.
Pandemic Relief for Detroit Project Lorrie McVey 2021-04-05 04:00:00Z 0

Flint Water Crisis: Recover and Rise

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March 23, 2021 @ 11:45 am    

Chris Stallworth, CS Mott Foundation                                     

March 23 will be an exciting day for LARC as Christopher Stallworth joins us from the CS Mott Foundation to discuss how Flint is recovering and moving forward following the water crisis of the past several years.  
Gather for Networking at 11:45 pm.  Meeting begins at noon.  Q & A will follow Mr. Stallworth's presentation.
 
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Chris Stallworth began his professional career as a machinist for Robert Bosch LLC in Kentwood, Michigan. It turned out to be excellent experience for managing the workforce development and entrepreneurship grantmaking he now oversees for the Mott Foundation’s Flint Area Team. In addition, he works on local issues including downtown development, and college and career opportunities. Chris also works with the Education Team on the national youth entrepreneurship portfolio.
 
Stallworth earned an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College. While working full time, he continued his education, transferring to Grand Valley State University and completed a double major in political science and English language and literature. He kept going and earned a master’s degree in public administration from Grand Valley. In 2011, Chris took a position as a program coordinator with the Council of Michigan Foundations. The Ohio native joined the staff of the Mott Foundation in 2013.
Flint Water Crisis: Recover and Rise Lorrie McVey 2021-03-15 04:00:00Z 0

Butterfly Garden coming to Byer's Homestead

Kayla Jewett - Butterfly Garden Eagle Scout Project @ Byer's Homestead.  March 30 at 11:45 am - 1pm

Kayla Jewett is a trailblazer! When Boy Scouts USA, now identified as Scouts BSA, began admitting girls in Feb. 1, 2019 Kayla was one of the young women who immediately made-up Troop 201 to commemorate the momentous date.  She quickly earned all the ranks leading up to Eagle Scout and on the brink of achieving that status today.  Each Eagle Scout must complete a service project including, planning, fund raising and construction as a part of earning this distinguished rank.  Kayla’s project, a butterfly garden at the historic Byer’s Farmstead not only does all this but also includes restoration of very old garden gate owned by the original owner.  Join us for this great opportunity to meet what will soon be the newest Eagle Scout in the Lakes Area. 
 
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Butterfly Garden coming to Byer's Homestead Lorrie McVey 2021-03-15 04:00:00Z 0

Jen James: Crisis Text Line


Jen James: Crisis Text Line 

Jen James of Crisis Text Line will join us Tuesday, February 23 from 11:45 to 1:00 pm to share how Crisis Text Line is meeting the needs of teens and young adults. Zoom with us at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5017763035. Networking 11:45-noon. Program begins at noon. 

Jen has held prominent roles at Crisis Text Line, including creating the volunteer curriculum & training, hiring & training the original supervision team, and serving as the voice of the community. Bottomline: Jen is the heart of Crisis Text Line and the spine of its philosophy. Prior to her role as Founding Supervisor of Crisis Text Line, Jen created the first Chat and Text Crisis service available in Michigan. 

Her areas of expertise include community engagement, as well as Public Speaking regarding crisis intervention and suicide prevention. She's able to connect with teens and young adults with her authentic approach in starting those tough conversations.


 
Jen James: Crisis Text Line Lorrie McVey 2021-02-22 05:00:00Z 0

Jeff Brown: CareBuilders at Home

Zoom Speaker February 9, 2021 at 11:45 a..m.

Jeff Brown: Exec. Director/Owner of CareBuilders at Home (Oakland County)

 
Jeff Brown – Executive Director & Owner of CareBuilders at Home in Oakland County will join us  Tuesday, February 9 at 11:45 am via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5017763035. As brings with him a history of healthcare service, along with a background as a media executive with extensive experience in advertising sales with Fortune 500 media and technology companies like Time Inc, The Hearst Corporation, and Yahoo.  Born and raised in the greater Detroit with deep connections in Oakland County, he observed his parents and in-laws were aging, as were those of his friends.  Realizing a need to assist people aging in place he launched CareBuilders at Home, a service business offering quality care for people in their homes. Join us and learn about how he launched this growing industry and what he is doing to help our aging population remain independent.
Jeff Brown: CareBuilders at Home Lorrie McVey 2021-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

Team Turkey 2020 Underway

Team Turkey 2020 - Seeking Donations and Drivers

Team Turkey 2020 is full speed ahead.  This year we secured a grant to help us reach more Lakes Area families in need.  With the help of Walled Lakes Schools we are identifying 45 families to receive a full Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day this year.  Deliveries with be made by club members and friends.  Masks will be worn and physical distancing will be practiced to ensure the safety of all.  Want to be a driver?  Send a message to lakesarearotary@gmail.com with your name and contact information.  Want to help supply a dinner for four (cost $50), may a donation in any amount you choose by clicking the Donate button on the left side of our Home page.  All donations made between now and November 30 will go toward food insufficiency in the Lakes Area.
Team Turkey 2020 Underway Lorrie McVey 2020-10-22 04:00:00Z 0

In-Person Meeting before the Chill

Oct. 13:  Outdoor Meeting at Sidecar Bar - 2215 Haggerty Road - Commerce

October 13 we'll meet at Sidecar Sider Bar 2215 Haggerty (South of Pontiac Trail/N of Maple; W side of street) for an outdoor lunch meeting with physical distancing and masks. Time is 11:45 and we'll treat this as a business meeting. We will try to have Zoom available for those who prefer to Zoom to the meeting. Same link as we have been using.
 
We're really looking forward to seeing each other before cold sets in.
 
October 20 we'll be Zooming again to discuss Team Turkey 2020 our service to community for November 2020.
In-Person Meeting before the Chill Lorrie McVey 2020-10-09 04:00:00Z 0

Devankar Mukhi, Green New Detroit Environmental 

Devankar Mukhi, Green New Detroit Environmental Project - September 29 @ 11:45 AM
 
September 29     Zoom Presentation - Link below
Devankar Mukhi is currently a 4th year student at Wayne State University majoring in Public Health with a co-major in Conflict and Peace Studies.  Devankar was President of the WSU Roteract Club from 2017-2019 and now serves as District 6400 Rotaract Representative.  Devankar has started a project called Green Now Detroit (GND).  This project aims to educate Detroit youth on do it yourself (DYI) sustainable strategies to fight climate change.  The project was awarded Resolution Project’s Fellowship on Student Social Ventures.  Not only will GND provide environmental education but it will also teach carbon footprint data skills and digital mapping abilities to aid in understanding environmental injustice.  Devankar is putting together an operations team of young people and an advisory team comprised of professionals, professors, and anyone who is able to provide guidance.  If you know of anyone interested in the realm of the environment, let Devankar know.
 
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Dr. Jean Becker, Mensa

Dr. Jean Becker, Mensa Equal Rights Trailblazer - September 8, 2020 @ 11:45am

Dr. Jean Becker, a life long member of Mensa, is noted as a trailblazer in Michigan where she filed one of the first sex discrimination suits seeking equal treatment of men and women occupying the same position.  In addition to a life of volunteerism within the local and national Mensa organization, she has over three decades of experience in the area of children and family projects.
 
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Donovan Neal, Exec Dir. Hospitality House

Donovan Neal, Executive Director of Hospitality House - Sept 1, 2020 @ 11:45 a.m.

Lakes Area Rotary welcome Donovan Neal, Executive Director of Hospitality House as our Zoom (link below) speaker September 1, 2020 at 11:45 a.m. Donovan’s background includes a wide breadth of non-profit experience. His list of list professional accomplishments includes working with the Judson Center's program for developmentally disabled adults and HelpSource's residential treatment program for troubled youth.
 
He has served as an adjunct professor at Washtenaw Community College, instructing students in community mental health. Donovan holds a Master of Science in Non Profit Management from Walden University and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Additionally, Donovan an Amazon bestselling author for his writing of the speculative Christian fiction novel The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars.
 
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Carl Grapetine - August 25, 2020 @ 11:45 am

Carl Grapentine - Retired Stadium Voice for U of M August 25, 2020 @ 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
 
Ever dream of a chance to chat with Carl Grapentine, the Voice of Michigan Football?  This is your chance!  Joins us August 25 when Carl Grapentine recently retired after a 46-year career in classical music radio joins us on a Zoom call. Carl was the host of the Morning Program on WFMT, Chicago's Classical music station, for almost twenty-five years. He joined WFMT in 1986 after serving as the morning host of WQRS, the classical music station in Detroit, for thirteen years.
 
An alumnus of the University of Michigan School of Music, Carl has been the "stadium voice" of the University of Michigan Marching Band since 1970—his voice being heard on national telecasts of sixteen Rose Bowls and numerous other bowl games. In 2006 he also assumed the responsibilities of game announcer at Michigan Stadium.
 
An accomplished conductor and singer, Carl has many years of experience as a church music director. He also has sung the national anthem for professional and collegiate sporting events at Wrigley Field, old and new Comiskey Park (now Guaranteed Rate Field), Tiger Stadium, the Pontiac Silverdome, and the University of Michigan's Crisler Center.  
 
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Dr. Jason Ellis, Chiropractor - speaker

Dr. Jason Ellis - Chiropractor          August 4, 2020 @ 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

 
A graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA Dr. Ellis, chiropractor is our speaker this week.  Dr. Ellis recently moved his practice to Commerce, MI where he focuses on treatment for the entire family from the enfant to the elderly. Following an auto accident in his mid-twenties Dr. Ellis realized that chiropractic was his future.  He will share with us more about the Activator Technique he uses as well as interesting international educational experiences.
 
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Ruth Du Fresne, New Member

 
 

~Welcome New Member~

 
 
Ruth Du Fresne
Store Manager at White Lake, Bath and Body Works
 
     Ruth has been fortunate to have a career in cosmetics. She really enjoys delivering a fun, pampering experience for her customers. Each day consists of selling bubbles and making the customer's day.  
 
     Over the years Ruth has developed a passion for genealogy and local history. Her favorite trips are ones that include visiting the places her ancestors lived and died. Interestingly, she says, "I've never met a cemetery I didn't like." She is a board member of the Oakland County Genealogy Society and the Commerce Township Area Historical Society. Welcome, Ruth, as Lakes Area Rotary's newest member!
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Ken Gass, President 2020-21 - Speaker

Welcome Ken Gass, LARC President 2020-2021

Join us Tuesday, July 14 at 11:45 in welcoming Kenneth Alan Gass as President of Lakes Area Rotary for the Rotary Year 2020-2021.
 
Ken, Senior VP and Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial Services, will share a bit about himself and his vision for the coming Rotary year.
 
 
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Kathy Crawford, MI Representative June 22, 2020

 
June 22, 2020 at 11:45 a.m.
 
Kathy Crawford, Member of the Michigan House of Representatives is joining for Monday zoom lunch.  Our president, Mindy Fernandes works closely with Kathy daily.  Kathy serves on a number of committees including the Committee of Workforce and Talent Development, Regulatory Reform and the House Committee on Families, Children and Seniors and will be specifically sharing information regarding her role on the House Committee on Families, Children and Seniors. Please join us and bring your questions for Kathy.  Zoom link follows:
 
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Meet Tammy Wikina, new member

 
Tammy Wikina is the most recent addition to Lakes Area Rotary.  Tammy, an Automotive Engineer and naturalized US citizen, comes to us from Nigeria where her Grandfather is a Past District Governor.  Join us to learn more about this interesting addition to our community via Zoom on Monday, May 18 at 11:45.
 
 
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Literacy in Guatemala- Christi Eisenberg

Christi Eisenberg is a retired RN who worked in the corporate world in the last 25+ years of her career managing Worker’s Comp, FMLA, and disability plans for employers. 
She has been involved in various organizations in the Cincinnati Area before moving to Florida almost 2 years ago.   She was on the steering committee of a coalition of inter-denominational churches that raised the funds for, and provided the construction volunteers to build one house a year for Habitat for Humanity.   She also was a construction team leader, and volunteer coordinator for that group.   
 
 She also enjoys traveling, and during a church mission trip to Guatemala in the mid 2000’s she first became aware of Cooperative for Education, and realized the great value it offers to the people there.  She has been involved with the Cincinnati-based group for some time, and is now working as an Ambassador helping to get the word out about what we can do to help!  
 
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Finding Joy in the Unexpected - Robin Shear

Grab lunch and join Lakes Area Rotary for a Zoom meeting April 13 at noon.
 
Our speaker will be life coach, Robin Shear.  Her focus on Finding Joy in the Unexpected is something we are all looking for as we stay at home for safety these days.  
 
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Finding Joy in the Unexpected:  Presented by Robin Shear

Have you ever looked at a photo on social media and caught yourself thinking, “Of course she’s smiling, she has a perfect life?”  It’s natural to associate joy with the absence of problems.  It’s expected that we will feel happy when all is right with the world… when our loved ones are doing well, we have found success, or our skinny jeans fit just right:  YAY!  But what about when life isn’t perfect… when winter seems to last forever and the freedom of outdoor exercise seems so far away, road construction brings 275 to a screeching halt for another day, or the checkout lines go to the back of the store 2 weeks before the holidays and you still don’t know what to buy Uncle Ed?  Where is happiness then?  Is it possible to find joy in the unexpected, when the circumstances pretty much stink?  In this upbeat and laughter-filled presentation, assess the differences and similarities between happiness and joy and allow your new-found knowledge to change the way you do life.


About Robin Shear

Robin owns Joy To The World Coaching, through which she provides into all aspects of their lives, and encourages them to share their joy with the world.  She can help clients infuse joy into their love life, family, health & fitness, career, social life, spirituality, sense of fun and enjoyment, growth & learning, finances, and environment, among other areas. Robin has served in various roles, including registered dietitian, youth pastor, and life enrichment team member at senior living communities. Robin’s greatest sources of joy include sharing experiences with her family, developing her faith and learning about other faith traditions, and helping others live fully. She is a member of the American Business Women’s Association, Zonta International, and the Small Business Association.  She lives in Michigan with her husband, two young adult children, and their massive 16-year old cat.  Robin can be found at joytotheworldcoaching.com.
 
 
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Service in ZAMBIA

A message from Juba, a third grader from Zambia, Africa who we sponsored for the school year of 2019-2019 along with some of his art. 
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President’s Night honors Larenne & Stephen Clark

June 25 we celebrated Jeff Green ending 2 years of service to the club as President and the installation of officers for the coming year: Congratulations to all!
 
Mindy Fernandes - President
Kenneth Gass - President Elect/Exec. Secretary
Jeff Green - Secretary
Paul McVey - Treasurer
 
Joining us were a number of those we supported this year:  Donovan Neal and Nettie (Hospitality House); Chuck Phillipson and Michelle Bianco (Foundation for Excellence) and Larenne and Stephen Clark (Scarlet’s Smile).
 
We were especially happy to present Paul Harris awards to Larenne and Stephen for their outstanding work in the community - leading the way to the development and installation of Scarlet’s Smile all inclusive Playground.  
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TAG Honors Jordan, Cheryl, Patti

Posted by Lorrie McVey on May 01, 2015
On Monday, April 27, 2015, Cheryl and Patti were honored to be the guests of Ms. Cheyenne (a member of the TAG group at Children's Village).  Jordan was also invited, but unfortunately was unable to join us as she was in the hospital recovering from surgery.  Cheyenne was a gracious hostess, who cooked a superb dinner for the two of us, her TAG friends and her counselors.  We enjoyed salad, Texas toast, and a delicious spaghetti casserole followed by four different desserts.  One of the desserts was a lovely birthday cake for Cheryl (the cat was let out of the bag by Jordan).  We all sang happy birthday.  It was an evening filled with good conversation and much laughter.  Cheyenne told us it was something she wanted to do to show her appreciation to the three of us and to Rotary.  She gave each of us a hand-made card that expressed how she felt and what she learned from each one of us throughout her stay at TAG.  We presented her with a hostess gift, which was another lesson learned.  She and many of the other girls did not know what a hostess gift meant.  So, we explained its significance of showing appreciation to your host/hostess when your are invited to someone's home for lunch and/or dinner.  It is a wonderful feeling to know that we are making a difference in, not only Cheyenne's life, but in the lives of all the ladies of TAG. 
 
TAG Honors Jordan, Cheryl, Patti Lorrie McVey 2015-05-02 00:00:00Z 0

Celebrated Author Joy Gaines-Frielder works with TAG

Posted by Patti Swarthout on Feb 24, 2015
 
On February 19, 2015, celebrated author, Joy Gaines-Friedler returned to Children's Village to hold a Creative Writing Workshop with the girls from TAG.  There were eight girls in attendance plus Cheryl and Patti.  The workshop was a huge success.  Joy started out with an exercise where we were asked to name our favorite animal and our favorite color then use three adjectives to describe each.  How we described the animal is how we think of ourselves; and, how we described the color is how we believe others think of us.  It was fun.  The discussion that followed got the group warmed up for some creative writing.  Joy named a number of different topics and asked that we list three things about each, which then resulted in our using that list to create a poem.  Cheryl and Patti were amazed at how well the girls expressed themselves on paper.  Many of the girls shared their struggles and successes, especially with the TAG Program.  It was moving to hear their poems being read out loud.  There just may be some future writers in this group.  Cheryl encouraged the girls to type their poems and leave them in a book for the next group to read.  At the conclusion of the session, it was apparent that Joy gave each of us a number of tools to create more meaningful writing.  Needless to say, this was time well spent with the ladies of TAG.  We are most grateful to Joy for sharing her time and talents with us."
 
 
 
 
 
Celebrated Author Joy Gaines-Frielder works with TAG Patti Swarthout 2015-02-25 00:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox Thanks LARC

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 www.shelterboxusa.org 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.
ShelterBox Thanks LARC Lorrie McVey 2015-02-09 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary brings to TAG - Interview Skills

Posted by Patti Swarthout on Jan 18, 2015
On January 15, 2015, the TAG girls and sixteen women from another facility on campus participated in a presentation on Interviewing Skills.  Two Counselors from the Walled Lake School District led this session.  We are so grateful to Wendy Turner and Lori Falk for taking time out of their busy schedules to share some very important interviewing tips.  Cheryl, Jordan and I were so pleased to witness the active participation of the TAG girls.  They asked questions, shared some of their interviewing experiences, made interesting comments and three of the girls had an opportunity to take  part in a mock interviewing session.  All the girls were given material to read.  The material is thought-provoking allowing the girls to "think through" what would be the best way to present themselves to an interviewer.  Also, to think about what their strong points as well as their weak points may be and what they have to offer to a potential employer. Grooming and hygiene was also discussed. It was an excellent learning experience for all us and we would welcome Wendy and Lori back anytime.
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TAG - Children's Village Mary Kay Presentation

Posted by Patti Swarthout on Dec 02, 2014
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"On Thursday, November 20th, twelve TAG girls had an opportunity to learn how to pamper themselves.  Mrs. Gwen Eatmon, a consultant with Mary Kay and Avon, presented skin care and make-up tips.  Cleansing, exfoliating and neutralizing their faces with the products distributed by Gwen, the girls learned the necessary tips to achieving a "glowing" complexion.  She followed up the skin care session by explaining the proper application of makeup.  The girls were engaged in the presentation and asked a number of questions.  Gwen gave each of the girls a "gift bag" holding a variety of skin care and makeup samples.  Gwen mentioned she enjoyed the session and would be willing to present again.  I believe Cheryl, Jordan and I benefited from her remarks as well.  It was a fun afternoon and the girls appreciated our efforts."
TAG - Children's Village Mary Kay Presentation Patti Swarthout 2014-12-03 00:00:00Z 0

Creative Palate a Success

Posted by Lorrie McVey
Creative Palate, our second wine tasting event added Michigan beers and thanks to our supportive vendors, great raffle donations and YOU it was a great success.  THANK YOU to all who volunteered, donated and took the time to attend.
Creative Palate a Success Lorrie McVey 2014-11-08 00:00:00Z 0

Continued Support for World Medical Relief

Posted by Lorene McVey on Sep 02, 2014
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When Joyce Joyce visited us several months ago to share her interest in World Medical Relief little did she know she would spark an ongoing effort by Lakes Area Rotary to bring medical equipment and unused prescription medication to this organization which arranges for it to be shared with countries in need, including our own.  During the past year WMR filled over 22,000 prescriptions for low income adults in Michigan, provided 364 individuals with durable medical equipment, 148 agencies received new blankets, hygiene kits and infant products and so much more.  Attached is their most recent thank you for donation made in May.

We continue to accept donations from our friends and family.  Paul McVey will arrange for delivery to WMR from time to time.  Please help us keep this service going and growing.  Bring your equipment or unused medications to any meeting and give to Paul, Lorrie or Mary.

Continued Support for World Medical Relief Lorene McVey 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0

Art on the River Festival ~ July 19

Posted by Cheryl Savage on Jul 06, 2014
Join the Lakes Area Rotary for a little fun at the:
Art on the River Festival
July 19, 2014 ~ 11am-7pm
Dodge Park #5, Commerce
 Free Admission
 

The Art on the River Festival is BACK and bigger than ever.  

This event provides an opportunity for the community to experience and interact with all aspects of the arts.  

Guests will enjoy activities throughout the day, including: 

Live Music During Milford Music's Celebration of Talent

The Michigan Artist Market

Performances by North Oakland County Storytellers

A Kids Zone

Heavners Kayak Pond

Gourmet Food Trucks

Lakes Area Rotary Beer Tent 

Artist Demonstrations 

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Art on the River Festival ~ July 19 Cheryl Savage 2014-07-07 00:00:00Z 0

Woman Driver Travels Solo Around the Planet

Posted by Cheryl Savage on Jun 29, 2014

Before you head out for your holiday adventures join Lakes Area Rotary July 1, 2014 (Bayside Grill on Walled Lake at noon) for speaker Annette Janhal, the first woman to drive solo around the planet:

‘Have you ever wanted to break free, set off on a wild, grand quest? If you have ever wanted to go…and didn’t…come with me now. With a minimum of preparation I set out. I planned as I went, and I didn’t stop until I had circled the entire world.’ Join Annette, the first woman to drive solo around the planet, in a glorified delivery van called ‘The Wish Mobile’.

RSVP  to Jeff Green

jgreen8507@sbcglobal.net

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Woman Driver Travels Solo Around the Planet Cheryl Savage 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z 0

Rotarian, Cheryl Savage, given Lifetime Achievement Award by Lakes Area Chamber

Posted by Lorene McVey on Jun 24, 2014
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Cheryl Savage, Past President and Treasurer of Lakes Area Rotary, was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.  Cheryl who has selflessly given her time for decades is personally responsible for numerous senior citizens having repaired homes through her work with Rebuilding Together.  Teens at risk in the Oakland County TAG program know her on sight and have learned how to apply for jobs, dress for success and view themselves as valuable human beings with much to offer society.  Cheryl supports local charities like Hospitality House and has leadership skills many dream of.  Using her own funds she has traveled to Nepal, India and Tanzania where she helped with literacy projects, a limp replacement/mobility program and installed mosquito nets to protect endangered children. She personally lead the way for Rotary to provide Commerce Township and surrounding communities with an amazing spring carnival.  In just two years, people are talking about Rotary Carnival and looking for it come May.  We in Lakes Area Rotary are privileged to know Cheryl, interact with her every week, if not every day and share her goals of helping as many people as we can each day.  Here we see Cheryl surrounded by her employees and husband, Bob Savage, co-owner of Buildmaster, Inc.  Congratulations Cheryl.

Rotarian, Cheryl Savage, given Lifetime Achievement Award by Lakes Area Chamber Lorene McVey 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0

Walled Lake Northern Interact President Honored by Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

Posted by Lorene McVey on Jun 24, 2014
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Shlomo Honig was honored by the Lakes Area Chamber as an Outstanding Student Volunteer at their annual Awards Breakfast, June 17, 2014.  An as Interactor for the past 4 years Shlomo has participated in tutoring programs, promoted literacy, recognized fellow students in need and responded in ways that reflect sensitivity and compassion, worked with students at the Livonia Public Library, promoted literacy and shown students how to use the unique skills they have been given.  In addition he is an outstanding athlete and scholar and was selected by the Lakes Area Rotary as one of three Walled Lake students to receive scholarships this year.  Congratulations to Shlomo as he heads off to study at Washington and Lee College.

Walled Lake Northern Interact President Honored by Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Lorene McVey 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
These companies are the best! 2014 Carnival Sponsors Cheryl Savage 2014-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
It's not too early to start THANKING our wonderful Carnival SPONSORS Cheryl Savage 2014-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
World Medical Relief Donations Due Lorene McVey 2014-04-05 00:00:00Z 0

Lakes Area Rotary Meets Hunger Needs

Posted by Lorene McVey on Feb 22, 2014

Local food pantry, Hospitality House, notes a shortage of Tuna and Lakes Area Rotary responds with 

63 Pounds of tuna.  HH thanks those Rotarians who brought in cans and donated money so tuna could be purchased.

 

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Lakes Area Rotary Meets Hunger Needs Lorene McVey 2014-02-23 00:00:00Z 0

Incoming Rotarian Becomes Published Poet

Posted by Lorene McVey on Feb 03, 2014

 

As we anticipate Rotary friend, Patti Swarthout, becoming a member of Lakes Area Rotary on April 15, we are excited to share in her recent accomplishments.  While Patti has worked diligently with our club the past several years developing and growing the TAG (Transitional Academy for Girls) program with Cheryl Savage and Jordan Hancock she has also focused on her writing by participating in writing workshops.  In December 2012 she submitted two poems for publishing consideration. Just this month she learned one of her poems was included in the book entitled “In My Lifetime - Imagery” published by Eber & Wein.  It can be purchased on Amazon.  Congratulations, Patti!!!!

 

My Red Bike

 by Patricia Swarthout

 

training wheels removed, I sat on the black leather seat

trembling in anticipation of adventure

 

I held on tight as our trip began

 

accelerating faster with each push of the pedals

I heard whirling sounds reminiscent of the winds

 

sailing through the neighborhood free of resistance

I raved as we handled the waves of the raised pavement

and easily took the heave of the smooth rolls of the curbs

 

wind lifting my long hair like a front sail, as

autumn leaves settled in the basket, hitching a ride

 

water spraying as we slide through puddles

listing slightly right, my eyes are open wide with excitement

 

navigating through open fields of purple wild flowers

like the deep, dark waters of the sea

 

I sense the power of speed

 

         I soar

 

I can move in any direction

Incoming Rotarian Becomes Published Poet Lorene McVey 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0

Product Inventor Josephine Dabish Fermanian open the New Year

Posted by Lorene McVey on Dec 25, 2013

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Josephine Dabish Fermanian 

Opens the New Year at Lakes Area Rotary

January 7, 2014 brings a great start to the New Year as entrepreneur,  Josephine Dabish Fermanian, joins us.  In 2003, Josephine saw a problem and created a solution.  Since then she has made it her goal to make everyday life easier and greener.  This remarkable woman has since developed a variety of solutions to everyday challenges, patented them and successfully marketed to retail giants such as Nordstrom and Whole Foods.  You have probably had ideas you were sure would make the world a better, or at least an easier place.  Come join us to learn how this young mom developed this path to success.

 

Product Inventor Josephine Dabish Fermanian open the New Year Lorene McVey 2013-12-26 00:00:00Z 0

June 25 meeting notes

Posted by Fred Bratumil on Jun 24, 2013
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Because of storm damage to the Bayside Grille we had to move the meeting at the last minute to the Uptown Grille on Maple.President Paul gave out certificates of appreciation awarding 100 Paul Harris points to all of us that helped with the Rotary Carnival. Our guest speaker was Ned Hoff. Ned is a disabled veteran helping veterans and wartime surviving spouses.He explained how he could help with assistance with a vet obtaining caregiver dollars, hearing aids, eyeglasses, contacts, medical benefits, prescription drugs and disability benefits. He remarked that many wartime veterans and surviving spouses could be eligible for tax-free pension benefits from the Veterans Administration. He said to find out if a veteran or spouse qualifies they should contact him at 810-459-7624 or hedhoff@hotmail.com.

June 25 meeting notes Fred Bratumil 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z 0

June 11 meeting notes

Posted by Fred Bratumil on Jun 10, 2013
Susan Voydanoff from "Below the Bridge & Above" was our guest speaker. Her business is located right across the street from the BaySide Sports Grille where we have our meetings. Her business is tied in with the "Pure Michigan Campaign." She only sells products of craftsmanship and art from Michigan. She does not obtain any of her products from the internet. She only gets the merchandise from the actual makers. She indicated that this is helping to revitalize Michigan by buying only directly fro Michigan cities & neighborhoods. She brought in a plethora of products she had in her store and it was very interesting to see some of the actual products she had there. She said she also had a section in the store that caters to children. She also said that she works with the other vendors on the block to coordinate sales and events. She invited us to visit the store after the meeting which I did & I was enthralled by the amount of wonderful products made right here in Michigan and the exquisite selection she had in her store.
June 11 meeting notes Fred Bratumil 2013-06-11 00:00:00Z 0

May 28 meeting notes

Posted by Fred Bratumil on May 27, 2013
Marjorie Farnsworth of Ann Arbor, a Certified Hypnotherapist was our guest speaker. She said that a hypnotherapist is a skilled facilitator. She said that hypnotherapy is drug free, non-medical, quick and provides effective results for many applications such as pain management, stress management, weight loss, stopping smoking, destructive habits, fears & phobias as well as many other applications. She indicated that the mind has two aspects: the conscious and the subconscious. Hypnosis is about re-programming the habits and beliefs in your subconscious so that you can live a better life. She said the success of hypnotherapy depends upon the strength of a person's desire to make changes in habits, thinking patterns or beliefs. Her function as a hypnotherapist is to act as a go-between, helping the person to relax into a comfortable, focused hypnotic state using their own words and goals to make suggestions to their subconscious minds. She indicated some truths about hypnosis are that you are always in complete control, you can only go into hypnosis if you want to and no one can make you do anything you do not want to do.
May 28 meeting notes Fred Bratumil 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0

May 7 meeting notes

Posted by Fred Bratumil on May 06, 2013

President Paul reminded us that on Monday the 13th that volunteers for the carnival would be meeting at 7 pm at the Richardson Senior Center and a Board meeting would be held after the meeting. John Pavelko from the Crossroads Presbyterian Church was our guest speaker. he spoke about their community garden. He mentioned that last year they donated 3,800 lbs of produce to Hospitality House for distribution to needy families. He showed us slides of the garden and the wonderful work they are doing to raise fresh garden produce grown by members of the church for needy people of the community. They also have a section in the garden where people can plant their own gardens. He said that they will be planting seed on May 18th and need volunteers to help with  the planting. They need volunteers every Wednesday to help with the garden and in the fall they need help to wash the vegetables for distribution. He mentioned that in the fall they have a food festival with vegetable dishes, music and fun.. He wanted to thank the G.M Proving Team as they help every April & September with weeding.

May 7 meeting notes Fred Bratumil 2013-05-07 00:00:00Z 0

April 30 meeting notes

Posted by Fred Bratumil on Apr 29, 2013
President Paul told us those that  went to the district conference in Rochester had a excellent & enjoyable time. He announce that next year's conference was going to be on Mackinaw Island. Mark Ebner was our speaker today. He spoke about energy efficient homes & how he got into doing this for a living. he talked about how we used to insulate homes with torn up newspaper and foam. He mentioned now-a-days a furnace is a 20 year investment. But what is now becoming more in important is for companies to become energy experts such as the company he works for, Matheson Heating and Air Conditioning. What he does now is they seal up a home look for leakage points and can create up to 70% increase in efficiency.
April 30 meeting notes Fred Bratumil 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0

April 23 meeting notes

Posted by Fred Bratumil on Apr 22, 2013
President Paul reminded us that May board meeting was being moved to May 13th and that our meeting on Tuesday May 14th would be a Carnival set up meeting. He also reminded us that the scholarships would be presented at the President's night which Angie Maher would be hosting at her home on the evening of June 18th.Today we had classification talks from Ginger Nickloy, Angie Maher & Mary Youtz. Ginger told us about how she first got involved with Rotary in Dearborn. The club there was interested in having women join the club at a time when there were no women in that club and women were just starting to become involved in Rotary. She told us that she was invited to go to speak to a Windsor club about women in Rotary and the exciting experience that was. She said that Rotary was the fabric of her life. Angie explained that she got involved in Rotary to serve my community.Mary told us about getting involved with Rotary because her husband was the District Governor. She  runs a business called Elite Property Maintenance Specialists In. She is the President Nominee.
April 23 meeting notes Fred Bratumil 2013-04-23 00:00:00Z 0

April 9 meeting notes

Posted by Fred Bratumil on Apr 08, 2013
President Paul reminded us that at our April 16th meeting we would be going out and posting Carnival posters around the area. He also said that the May board meeting was being moved to May 13th and that our meeting on Tuesday May 14th would be a Carnival set up meeting. He also said that the April 23rd meeting would be a classification talk meeting instead of the scholarship meeting and that the scholarships would be presented at the President's night which Angie Maher would be hosting at her home on the evening of June 18th. Paul introduced our speaker Connie Jo Ozinga form the Commerce Township Community Library. She told us that they average about 450 people a day & everyone is so very pleasant at this library. She said a large majority of the users are downloading e-books which has doubled from 2011 to 2012. Also people are downloading music. She said the library is looking into the possibility of having the ability to have people being able to download movies in the future. She said that "Consumers Report" was the most researched database. They are looking for a more central location in the next 3-5 years. The library is part of The Library Network (TLN) with a share online catalog of over 55 libraries. Materials not available in the TLN catalog may be available through the Michigan e Library (MelCat) at www.mel.org. She said the the friends of the Commerce Township Community Library entirely finance their summer programs and encouraged us to become members of the organization. Contact them at friends@commercelibrary.info
April 9 meeting notes Fred Bratumil 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0

Mar 26 meeting notes

Posted by Fred Bratumil on Apr 07, 2013
The guest speaker for this meeting was Tim Cassidy of the New Hope Center for Grief Support. It is based out of Northville and originated in 2000. It is a non-profit bereavement outreach center that provides compassionate care and understanding. At present they have workshops in Howell, Saline, Farmington Hills, Brighton, Northville, Troy, South Lyon and Novi.They provide grief support services through groups, seminars and other resources. They provide their services at no cost. Although their their mission is based on Christian principles they offer hope & healing to people of any faith, race, gender or age. Their workshops are 8 weeks in length and break out into age and loss specific groups.These groups help with the journey through grief and provide a network of friends. Most of the organization is run by volunteers who have experienced loss themselves. New Hope Center also has information that will direct the griever to other sources of support.
Mar 26 meeting notes Fred Bratumil 2013-04-08 00:00:00Z 0

April 2 meeting notes

Posted by Fred Bratumil on Apr 01, 2013
President Paul reminded us that at our April 16th meeting we would be going out and posting Carnival posters around the area. He also said that the May board meeting was being moved to May 13th and that our meeting on Tuesday May 14th would be a Carnival set up meeting. He also said that the April 23rd meeting would be a classification talk meeting instead of the scholarship meeting and that the scholarships would be presented at the President's night which Angie Maher would be hosting at her home on the evening of June 18th. Paul introduced our speaker Bryan Clark, former M.S.U. & San Francisco 49'ers quarterback & son of coach Monte Clark. Bryan gave a brief history of his father's coaching experience who was at one time the head coach of the Detroit Lions. His father was the offensive line coach for Don Shula's Miami Dolphins in 1972 who were the only team to go undefeated winning the Super Bowl that year. He also gave a brief synopsis of his football career at M.S.U. and with the 49'ers. He said his one claim to fame was that he was the back up quarterback to the illustrious Joe Montana and his locker was right next to his. He played in the in the NFL for 4 years which qualified him for an NFL pension when he reaches 55 years old. He said he retired because of illness - "the coaches were sick of him." He is now in insurance sales in the Troy Michigan area and is the President Nominee of the Troy Rotary Club. He said he was always ready ready for opportunity by being prepared for it by hard work. He closed by saying "Watch your thoughts - they become your words; Watch your words - they become your actions; Watch your actions - the become your habits; Watch your habits - they become your character; and watch your character for it becomes your destiny.
April 2 meeting notes Fred Bratumil 2013-04-02 00:00:00Z 0

Mar 12 meeting notes

Posted by Fred Bratumil on Mar 31, 2013
Bo Pennell did his classification talk today.He spoke about his vocation in the financial services industry. He told how he tries to do good things for families. He said he does non-soliciting educational seminars. He said he tries to help people plan for tax free retirement. He likes to learn peoples goals and create the path to those goals. He said doesn't want people to leave finances up to chance but up to choice.
Mar 12 meeting notes Fred Bratumil 2013-04-01 00:00:00Z 0

TY Letter to Bucketfillers101.com who left the TAG girls with a full buckets

Posted by Cheryl Savage on Mar 20, 2013

ImageDear Carol,

We wanted to take the time to say how much we all appreciated your Bucketfilling presentation. I too believe that the small group benefited most with the individual dialogue. Especially telling was the worksheet lists everyone made sharing their innermost feelings about someone they love. The tears said it all. Donna's sharing brought to us a respect of her, for her dedication of a difficult life, but a persistence of looking for the good in hard situations. Because Jordan, Patti and myself participated, it brought us together on common ground with the girls.

The next morning I got up and saw my Bucketfilling bracelet on my wrist, and it reminded me that I had to do something nice for someone, and I looked forward to finding that special little or big thing to do.

Carol, you rolled with all the punches presented to you with a difficult scheduling. It shows how kind and generous of spirit you are and for that we all thank you. Your presentation was thoughtful, insightful  and wonderful as something to work on about ourselves. It gave us something that we can build on and the ability to recognize when someone is filling or dipping into our buckets.

Perhaps you would consider speaking again next year.

Best Regards,

Cheryl Savage

Children's Village TAG Coordinator for

Lakes Area Rotary Club

 

TY Letter to Bucketfillers101.com who left the TAG girls with a full buckets Cheryl Savage 2013-03-21 00:00:00Z 0

TAG's thank you to Rotary

Posted by Cheryl Savage on Mar 17, 2013
 
I wanted to take the time to say how much we all appreciated your Bucketfilling presentation. I too believe that the small group benefited most with the individual dialogue. Especially telling was the worksheet lists everyone made sharing their innermost feelings about someone they love. The tears said it all. Donna's sharing brought to us a respect of her, for her dedication of a difficult life, but a persistence of looking for the good in hard situations. Because Jordan, Patti and myself participated, it brought us together on common ground with the girls.

The next morning I got up and saw my Bucketfilling bracelet on my wrist, and it reminded me that I had to do something nice for someone, and I looked forward to finding that special little or big thing to do.

Carol, it shows how kind and generous of spirit you are and for that we all thank you. Your presentation was thoughtful, insightful  and wonderful as something to work on about ourselves. It gave us something that we can build on and the ability to recognize when someone is filling or dipping into our buckets.

From the TAG Girls and the Lakes Rotary, we say "THANK YOU".

TAG's thank you to Rotary Cheryl Savage 2013-03-18 00:00:00Z 0

Feb 5 meeting notes

Posted by Fred Bratumil on Mar 10, 2013
 With Paul McVey out of town to the Dominican Republic, working on a Rotary project, Fred Bratumil was in charge of the meeting and for the "Rotary Minute" asked members to read the new monthly newsletter that came out today and think about becoming part of the "World's Biggest Commercial" perhaps individually or in a group photo at our meeting. The speaker was President Elect Aziz Haridy who filled us in on his recent trip to Egypt. Aziz informed us although he was born in Egypt he became a U.S. citizen after completing his education in the U.S. Several months ago he had gone to Egypt for a short vacation and wound up being gone for 4 months because of the turmoil there. He indicated the friendliness among the peoples of the country is gone. Half the people hate the other half. He says he sees a civil war coming. The people that took over the country after the revolution are seeking total domination and control and becoming very restrictive. Tourism is dying off. Workers can't find jobs. It's a very distressing situation there. 
Feb 5 meeting notes Fred Bratumil 2013-03-11 00:00:00Z 0

March 5 meeting notes

Posted by Fred Bratumil on Mar 04, 2013
Our guest speaker was Judy Lindstrom of the Oakland Literacy Council who brought along with her Shari Barrick & Judy Bryce from the council. Judy Lindstrom informed us of some alarming statistics regarding illiteracy such as although more high school students applied to college last year the average ACT scores reached an all time low. 60% of all prison inmates are functionally illiterate, 85% of juvenile offenders have reading problems and 2/3 of children who can't read by the fourth grade will be in jail or on welfare some day. She said has no face it affects everyone and with the illiteracy rate over 30% in some areas of Oakland County, the need for free local literacy instruction has never been greater. Since 1984 the Oakland Literacy Council has helped over 10,000 adult students reach their literacy goals. Every day trained volunteer tutors are helping people open an entirely new world for themselves. Oakland Literacy Council is meeting the needs by providing the tutor training; student assessment; personalized literacy instruction; free books & learning materials; computer laboratory for students & tutors as well as many other services to increase literacy in Oakland County. Judy asked any of us if we would consider joining their efforts and give the gift of reading by becoming a tutor. She said teaching experience is not necessary. the literary council will teach you the basics of tutoring in a 12-hour workshop and provide you with learning materials. The best tutors are caring people who keep the student's goals in mind.
March 5 meeting notes Fred Bratumil 2013-03-05 00:00:00Z 0

Color Me Beautiful goes to TAG (Oakland County Childrens Village)

Posted by Cheryl Savage on Feb 27, 2013

An heart felt thank you from one of the young girls, who just may of been influenced by our presentation:

Dear Ms. Jordan, Ms. Patti and Ms. Cheryl, I would like to thank you for taking the time out of your day, and making our time here at TAG enjoyable.  I've learned so much about my beauty and what works best for me, and I owe it all to you. My favorite part of the whole event was hearing about Ms. Jordan's life, and how strong and independant she had to be growing up. Her story gave me a different out take on my life and it also gave me great courage. I enjoyed everything about the experience, and again I thank you guys for sharing that with us. Sincerely, Nadia D.

 
Color Me Beautiful goes to TAG (Oakland County Childrens Village) Cheryl Savage 2013-02-28 00:00:00Z 0

Jan 30 Meeting notes

Posted by Fred Bratumil on Feb 10, 2013
Linda Benko of Home Instead Senior Care presented a very enlightening talk about Top Senior Scams. Seniors are under attack in the U.S. from criminals who devise something new every day in an attempt to steal their treasure whether it's their money, their ID's or property. A recent scam is a young person calling an elderly person claiming to be a grandchild in need of help. They may say: "Please help me. I'm in some sort of trouble. I need the money wired to me. I don't want my parents to find out, etc." With the growth of the internet & the elderly becoming more savvy with it "phishing" has become a new problem. Scammers send out sophisticated e-mails that look like they are coming from financial institutions such as banks & credit unions trying to get people to give up account numbers & other pertinent info. Linda told us about fraudulent mail & phone scams, fake charities & sweepstakes and health-care fraud. Of course identity theft is still going on. She said to also seniors should also beware of investment & securities fraud. She handed out a very informative brochure to all of us that if anyone would like copies of please contact Home Instead Senior Care. She indicated there are two web sites we could go to for more information which are protectseniorsfromfraud.com and nationaltriad.org
Jan 30 Meeting notes Fred Bratumil 2013-02-11 00:00:00Z 0

Jan 15 meeting notes

Posted by Fred Bratumil on Feb 03, 2013
 Former DG Marc Sabine spoke to us about a project to help the Tomebamba Rotary Club in Cuenca Ecuador in refurbishing the "Hogar Miguel Leon" shelter. The shelter is run by volunteers and is in need of repairs to to bring in street kids to educate them and to prevent torrential rains from blocking access to the shelter. Rotary International has identified 6 Areas of Focus and this project meets 3 of those areas of focus: 1) Maternal & Child Health by training & access to clean water/approved sanitation & hygiene; 2) Basic Education & Literacy with community involvement and management to provide basic education for children and literacy for adults; 3) Support to community's programs in sustainable & measurable goal oriented actions.
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Messages from John and Ann Hatherill

Posted by Lorene McVey on Sep 17, 2012

Ann writes the following on August 12, 2012:

Dear Lorrie and Paul,

    It was very nice to hear from you.  Thank you for sending the 45 year pin tab.  John was very pleased.  John is not renewing his Rotary membership.  The dues are expensive and we feel he is not able to contribute very much.  Rotary will always be special to us.  We will miss all our friends.

    Our house was put on the market on May 8th.  We moved down here on May 7th.  On May 8th we received a cash offer, which we accepted.  It was a relief to have the house sold.

    We have a cute 2 bedroom apartment in a "senior community".  Everything is done for us, so life is a lot easier.  We do not miss the job or caring for a house.  Our daughter and her husband have helped us so much.  They live only a mile away.  The move is something we needed to do.  Thank you again.

                   Sincerely,

                   John and Ann 

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Rotary Carnival - Shuman Motors - Our Top Drawer Sponsor

Posted by Cheryl Savage

Thanks once again to Bob Shuman of Shuman Motors, the largest Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep dealership in Walled Lake. They have donated a whopping $10,000 as our Top Drawer Carnival sponsor. Our community is a better place to live because of support like theirs. THANK YOU Bob Shuman.  

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Santa visits TAG

Posted by Cheryl Savage

Just wanted everyone to know that their gifts to the TAG girls where so appreciated. One wouldn't normally get excited about receiving shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste/brush, hair ties, etc, except when you don't have access to those things. Santa arrived with a large bag for each girl. There are 11 girls now, while one transitions in and another out. Santa's big red bag was also full with a fleece blanket for each. The girls were really surprised when an extra bag showed up containing a computer. Santa left a new Wii dance cd and a couple of karaoke cds too. All in all it was perfect for the situation.

Thanks to all of you who took the time to make a difference. Jordan Hancock, Wendy Miller, Ginger Nickloy, Lisa Rausch, Jerry Scrivo, Mary Youtz, Patti Swartzout, Lorene McVey, Jeff Green, Lisa Sauve, Angela Lance, and a very special thanks to Pam Jackson & son Chris for donating a computer. Of course, we must thank Santa Paul McVey too. As the ultimate Santa, he led us in signing carols. At the end, I was the lucky one that day because of all the real hugs and thanks I received.  

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Talmer Bank presents: Finance Fundamentals to the TAG girls

Posted by Cheryl Savage

  Tuesday, July 23, was a meaningful day for 10 young girls incarcerated in Oakland County Children's Village - TAG Program *. Working within a special program to rehabilitate the girls, Lakes Area Rotary provides some kind of meaningful interaction once a month.

With the guidance of Angela Lance and Carrie Meckerling both managers at Talmer Bank and Trust (Haggerty and Farmington Hills branches resp.), the girls were introduced to the banking world.

 

  Using a power-point and worksheets they discussed the differences between an ATM vs. a Debit (Credit) cards. They talked about what different banks offer and what you should know before opening an account. Angela and Carrie talked about the importance of keeping a register, whether for a check card or a checking account to track expenses, deposits and fees. They showed examples of how to write out a check and make a deposit. The girls all stayed engaged, asking many questions.

 

  The girls struggled slightly with the new concepts, but they all benefited from the exercise and in the end balanced their worksheets to the penny.

 

  Our club wishes to thank Talmer Bank, and especially Carrie and Angela for their volunteerism and interest in making a few young lives a bit wiser when it come to managing one of the most important aspects of their lives. At 14 - 17 years old, these girls will need to learn the skills people like Angela and Carrie can give. Especially telling was the personal stories shared by Carrie and Angela. They shared how one can rise in leadership with hard work and diligence, even without a college education, which most of these girls probably will not have.

 

  The Lakes Area Rotary became involved with this group in September 2012 and has provided, not just educational programs, but also craft days, social interactive sessions, like Color Me Beautiful, and cooking a Thanksgiving Dinner together. Once a month we bring interesting programs to these girls. If you are interested in actually making our world a little better, there are many opportunities here. If you can donate a couple of hours and have a life lesson presentation or can offer a field trip opportunity, please contact twosavages@sbcglobal.net

 

Interactions in 2012-2013 include:

Community Service with Rebuilding Together *Oakland County

Detroit Zoo trip - with a personal docent and giraffe feeding experience

Craft Day - making fleece blankets

Cooking a Thanksgiving turkey and all the fixings

A visit from Santa with presents of girly necessities

Color Me Beautiful by Jordan

Bucket Fillers - www.bucketfillers101.com

Presentation from the Prosecutors office - Cyber Texting/Bulling

Make-Up application

Community Service at the Rotary Carnival

Field trip to enjoy the Rotary Carnival

OCC Woman's Center presentation by Arlene Frank - Self-Esteem, and Dating Abuse

Finance Fundamentals by Talmer Bank

Coming soon: Field trip to the Holocaust Museum

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  * These 14 - 17 year old girls have been placed by the courts into a special program called TAG (Transitional Program for Girls). The program has a maximum of 10 girls, who receive 24/7 day a week staff monitoring and guidance. They have been selected because the court feels that these particular girls can turn their lives toward a positive path. With guidance, this gender specific programming includes learning how to develop and maintain healthy relationships, positive physical development, reducing victimization, and gender-specific recreational and community service activities. In addition, girls who are identified as not able to return home, and targeted for independent living, are given additional training and education to prepare them for their unique situations.

  
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BLOOD DRIVE

Posted by Fred Bratumil

 

Give Blood...

...Give Life

 Westlake Health Campus and Lakes Area Rotary

invite you to participate in a community blood drive.

Thursday January 10, 2013 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Door prizes! Refreshments!

10735 Bogie Lake Road

Commerce Twp, MI 48382

248-363-9400 Lisa Rauch

westlakehealthcampus.com

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