Posted by Lorrie McVey on Oct 11, 2018
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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Beer & Wine Tasting 2018 Lorrie McVey 2018-10-11 04:00:00Z 0 beer,food,fun,wine
Walled Lake Northern student, Olivea Nicholson enjoys Rotary Youth Leadership Awards - Thanks Lakes Area Rotary for sending her!
RYLA 2018 - Olivea Nicholson Lorrie McVey 2018-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 02, 2018
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.
John Hatherill Memorium Lorrie McVey 2018-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
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 
2018 Scholarship Applications Due March 15 Lorrie McVey 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
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!
Breakfast with Santa - A Hit! 2017-12-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 26, 2017
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.
Beer & Wine Tasting Nets $16,010 2017-11-26 05:00:00Z 0
Beer and Wine Tasting Lorrie McVey 2017-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
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!
Return to Weekly Meetings 2017-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
2017 Scholarship Winners Are... Lorrie McVey 2017-04-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patti Swarthout
"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."
TAG garden becomes a Monarch Butterfly Waystation/TAG Craft Day Patti Swarthout 2015-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
Past President-Mary Youtz and President 2016 - Jerry Scrivo Lorrie McVey 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
It's coming......June 4 ~ 7............The Rotary Carnival Cheryl Savage 2015-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Our wonderful Sponsors 2015-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
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
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 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.
ShelterBox Thanks LARC Lorrie McVey 2015-02-09 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary brings to TAG - Interview Skills Patti Swarthout 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Patti Swarthout on Dec 02, 2014
"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
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
Posted by Lorene McVey on Sep 02, 2014

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
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 


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

Lunch is $10Image



Woman Driver Travels Solo Around the Planet Cheryl Savage 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lorene McVey on Jun 24, 2014

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
Posted by Lorene McVey on Jun 24, 2014

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
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.



Lakes Area Rotary Meets Hunger Needs Lorene McVey 2014-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
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
Posted by Lorene McVey on Dec 25, 2013


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
Posted by Fred Bratumil on Jun 24, 2013

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

June 25 meeting notes Fred Bratumil 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
April 9 meeting notes Fred Bratumil 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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 who left the TAG girls with a full buckets Cheryl Savage 2013-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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 and
Jan 30 Meeting notes Fred Bratumil 2013-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Jan 15 meeting notes Fred Bratumil 2013-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
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.


                   John and Ann 

Messages from John and Ann Hatherill Lorene McVey 2012-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
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.  




Rotary Carnival - Shuman Motors - Our Top Drawer Sponsor Cheryl Savage 0
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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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


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 -

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


  * 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.

Talmer Bank presents: Finance Fundamentals to the TAG girls Cheryl Savage 0
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

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