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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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General Discussion:
  • Attendance: Members=20, Associate/Honorary Members=4, Guests=11
  • Brian reminded us of the Nutcracker at Wharton by the Capital Ballet Theater coming soon
    • See Brian or Kay for more details
  • Poker sign-up sheet passed around
    • Still a few spots to fill
  • Steve Harsh, from the Haslett/Okemos Rotary Club visited us today
    • He reminded us of the District Raffle tickets he brought to us in August to sell
    • Today he gave a $500 check to our winner - Laska Creagh
    • The District made $28,000 on the Raffle
    • We submitted & received a grant request last 2 years for the Weekend Survival Kits
      • Part of the money for these grants comes from the Raffle proceeds
  • Nick announced that we will have a Secret Santa drawing next week
    • Optional to participate
    • $20 limit on the gift
    • More details next week
  • Earl was thanked for all his work on getting the USAF Hot Brass to come to Williamston for a concert

Narda Murphy introduced the Narda Murphy Student of Excellence Award winners
(L-R) President Nick Horstman, Sandy Judd, Kevin Byrne, Narda Murphy, Skylar Burne, Jeff Graf, Preston Graf, Elizabeth Graf, Luke Schafer, Tania Dupuis, Dr Steve Delp & Monica Schafer
General Discussion:
  • Attendance: Members=21, Associate Members=2, Guests=7
  • Poker signup sheet was passed around again today
    • Still in need of a few more spots filled
  • Steve passed out our quarterly Dues Statements
    • He said there have been some confusion as to the line ‘Rotary Foundation Donation’
    • Which Rotary Foundation?
      • This line item is for the Rotary International Foundation
      • At $25/quarter - a Rotarian contributes $100/year ‘
      • That is the suggested RI amount to contribute towards a Paul Harris Fellowship
        • In ten years at $100/year a Rotarian can reach the $1000 Paul Harris Fellowship
      • This money is submitted by Steve for our club near the end of each year to RI
      • RI takes the yearly money and invests it
        • The interest on the money is used to pay all administrative costs
        • The money is used this way for 3 years
        • Then all the contributed amount is split between International Projects
          • And half given back to the Districts for their funding
      • We have about 20 Paul Harris Fellows in our club history
        • The latest is Narda Murphy
    • Our club has a Foundation as well
      • It is used for a variety of good things - generally of a larger cost
        • Examples: the Township Bathroom project
        • Tom Clay Student Scholarship
        • And Innovation Labs in the MS
      • If you want a tax deductable contribution to our club, it has to go to the Foundation - as it is our only 501c3 organization
  • Salute to Vets with the USAF Hot Brass
    • Great opportunity to see and hear this great group
      • Good mix of music
    • Free Concert at the Commons
    • Sunday, November 11, 2018 doors open at 2 pm , concert at 3 pm
      • Beer & wine will be available - cash bar
    • This will be on the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day
    • Sponsored by Williamston Area Beautification Fund & American Legion Post 296
  • Brian showed a couple videos
    • First a humorous look at Rotary - What is Rotary?
    • Second RI President Barry Rassin
      • “Be An Inspiration” is this year’s RI Theme
      • He talked about sustainability
        • What kind of world are we leaving others in 50 -100 - 200 years?
        • Pollution, water scarcity, global warming
      • 80% of land in the Bahamas (where Barry is from) is only 1 m above sea level
        • It is projected that in 50 years the oceans will rise 2 meters
        • Most of the Bahamas will be under water if that happens
      • Barry asked us to look at what we can do
        • Have a strong, resilient community
        • Show what we can do - can be
        • Together we can - will inspire the world!
Guest speakers - Williamston School Administration
(R-L) Back: Mike Freeman, Adam Spina, Robert Watson, Steve Delp, Pat VanRemmen, Bridget Osborn and in Front: Michele Cook & Kelly Campbell

“People know you for what you've done, not for what you plan to do.” ~Author Unknown


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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