Rotary Club of Williamston Sunrise

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Welcome to our Club!

Williamston Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
Brookshire Inn
205 W Church St.
Williamston, MI  48895
United States
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District Conference in Battle Creek
  • Attended by Narda Murphy, Raj Wiener and Jim Conroy
                                    Jim, Raj & Narda

  • Jim was honored as our Rotary Hero!
General Discussion:
  • Attendance: Members=20, Associate Members=1, Guests=2
  • Brian Tort was introduced as a possible new member
  • Duck Race - Jim
    • Cub Scouts have sold 200 tickets already
    • Jim had 100 tickets today & more coming on Friday
    • Signup Genius is on the web
      • Signup for help selling tickets at D&W, Farmer’s Market or Bigbees
      • Pick your spots, scroll to bottom & SAVE & Submit
    • Farmer’s Market starts this Sunday
    • Jim will be in Florida
      • Anyone else to setup & sell at 9:30 Sunday?
      • Tent available through Jack
    • Duck Deals will be posted soon on website & flyers made
Guest Speaker - State Representative Tom Cochran
Rep. Tom Cochran, President Narda Murphy & Jim Conroy
General Discussion:
  • Attendance: Members=22, Associate Members=2, Guests=4
  • Narda Murphy was honored at the Williamston City Council Meeting last night as she is retiring from School Superintendent this year
    Narda Murphy at the City Council Meeting - May 8, 2017
               (Thanks to Earl Wolf for the photo)
Special Guest Speakers - Lee & Sue Scherwitz - Coordinators for Rotary Youth Exchange in our District

            Lee Scherwitz, President Narda Murphy, Sue Scherwitz
  • They have a girl from India to place
    • Deborah Wolf volunteered to take her in
  • Lee told us of the process as we finished our breakfast
    • July - They have to commit to the number of foreign students they will take for the following year
      • How many will be take for the District
    • Mid-August - training camp weekend
      • Team building and getting to know each other
    • September - trip to Chicago
    • October - Service project in Jackson
      • Halloween party for needy kids
    • November - Choosing next year’s Outbound students
    • January - Winterfest
      • Get together - training
    • February - Outbound training weekend
      • To go overseas
    • March - PETS
    • May - District Conference
    • July - Central  State Rotary Youth Exchange Conference
      • Includes Michigan, Wisconsin, Canada Rotaries
      • Largest Youth Exchange Conference in world
        • 500-800 students
    • Start all over again
  • They take care of the training
  • Finding host families is the hardest part
  • No cost to the club for an Outbound student (from here going overseas)
  • Inbound student - Club is the host for the student
    • It’s the club’s responsibilities to provide experiences for them
    • Provide $75/month stipend for the student
      • About $1200-$1300/year expense for club
    • Youth Exchange Officer (Merlin) gets training to help with his job
  • Most students speak pretty good English - they take English as a 2nd language
  • Outbound students:
    • Ages 15 ½  to 18 ½ years old
    • Good academic status
    • Need to have a good personality & character
    • Be an excellent goodwill ambassador between US & host country
    • Outbound students get a $24,000 scholarship
      • To cover room & boards with a $7500 stipend
      • Lee & Sue take care of the scholarship
    • We should recruit local students to participate
      • Outbound students need to check on classes that can transfer
      • Depends on school district - have an international accreditation
      • Worst case they may require a 5th year in HS
  • Website: for more info
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Rotary International is the world's first service club organization. Its more than 1.2 million members volunteer their time and talent to further the Rotary motto, Service Above Self.

The Object of Rotary: The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

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