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Monroe Rotary PO Box 133, Monroe, Michigan  48161

Welcome to The Rotary Club of Monroe, Michigan!

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Monroe Golf & Country Club
611 Cole Road
Monroe, MI  48162
United States of America
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Monroe Rotary Celebrates 95 Years
Monroe Street Project
Harwood Golf Classic
Join us on May 18, 2019
March Community Needs Meal
Monroe Arbor Day Tree Planting
District Assembly
Stewart Road Clean-Up
Rotary Blood Drive
The Ed Harwood Memorial Golf Classic sponsored by Monroe Rotary was held on Saturday, June 23, 2018.  The top four foursomes with the lowest stroke count were as follows:
First Place: Schall Automotive ( Kenny Hall, Dave Rutledge, Davey Jones, and Craig Roe) - Score 59
Second Place: Matt Gaynier Group (Matt Gaynier, Adam Richardville, Eric Nagel, Mike Leach) - Score 61
Third Place: Friendly Ford - Score 62
Fourth Place: Rotary All Stars ( Chelsea Collura, Jon Swint, Bruce Diven, Don Lieto) - Score 63
Additional awards were:
Closest To the Pin: Men - Ed Drummonds / Women - Chelsea Collura
Longest Drive: Men - Mike Leach / Women Chelsea Collura
Monroe Rotary members can take pride in the City of Monroe’s celebration for the 25th Anniversary of the Sister City connection with Hofu, Japan that took place this past weekend when a delegation of 35 Hofu officials and residents visited Monroe.  Our Rotary Club played a front and center role starting more than a quarter of a century ago when the friendship between those two cities started to take shape.
Last week’s minute concerned Harry Ruggles and the tradition of starting the meeting with a song. As I mentioned then, Harry was important to the history of Rotary for many reasons including the Rotary Emblem.
Harry was a printer by trade, and volunteered to print the stationery for the Chicago club. He thought the idea of a wheel might best symbolize Rotary and its then practice of rotating the meetings at the members’ offices. He enlisted the help of fellow club member, Montague Bear, an engraver, and they came up with a wagon wheel.
In 1910, the Philadelphia Club (the 19th Rotary Club) added 19 cogs to the wheel which they felt symbolized the members interlocked with one another working for the good of mankind.
The problem was that clubs continued to use whatever design they developed themselves, so at the 1912 R.I. Convention the Philadelphia design was approved as official.
At the 1923 Convention the present gear wheel with 24 cogs and 6 spokes was adopted. The 6 spokes represented what at that time were the 6 objects of Rotary.
Shortly thereafter a Rotarian from Minnesota who was an engineer advised that the wheel was mechanically unsound and would not work without a keyway to attach it to a power shaft. So a keyway was added and in 1928 the design was written into the Manual of Procedure, and the following year, 1929, it was officially approved at the R.I. Convention in Dallas, Texas.
The first Monroe Rotary President's Day celebration was on July 1, 1986.  It was the traditional time of passing the gavel, honoring the outgoing president and welcoming the new leader for our club.   We would recognize all past presidents by inviting them to the event.  Since its inception, the event has been held at Green Meadows Golf Course.  There would always have a large tent outside where we could enjoy beverages and treats with a card game always running.  Golf was done in a scramble format with teams formulated to get even handicapped golfers with as much competition as possible.  Everyone interested in playing golf was welcome to play (no experience required).  There was always a beverage cart circling the course and ensuring no Rotarians got dehydrated.  In the early years, we would have as many 28 golfers. One of a kind trophies were awarded to the Best Team, Closest to the Pin, and Longest Drive.  We would grill dinner, enjoy a program, play cards, and sometime watch the All Star Baseball game that was usually held on that Tuesday evening. 
As the event has been scaled down over the past 5 yrs, we now have a noon meeting at Green Meadows with those golfing teeing off after the meeting.  The number of golfers has decreased but the quality and energy of the event is still strong.  Sharing an afternoon with fellow Rotarians and friends enables everyone to build better relationships and promote fellowship in the club.  This year's event is scheduled for July 17th, so mark your calendars.  We would love to have all Monroe Rotary members and friends join us for this year's event.  Thanks goes out to Larry Slagenwhite, and Jim Morr who have coordinated this event over the past 30 yrs.  Let's keep this tradition going!
Our Rotary International President Ian Riseley has charged us to plant one tree per Rotarian.   To meet this challenge we have partnered with the City of Monroe and ITC.  On March 6, Tony Abbott, City of Monroe Forestry, made a presentation to the club that outlined the plan the City has for planting 60 trees.
These 60 trees along with the trees that were gifted during the Pass the Gavel will exceed our goal.  Tony and his staff actually planted 2 of the trees that were awarded to Ann Marie Lenceski and Kenisha Coon.  They planted them at Woodland Cemetery and are nurturing them with the other City trees.  Dave Bagnall, Jim Morr, Bill Saul and Patty Thompson were among the other recipients of trees.
Our participation will only require the planting of these trees since ITC has paid for them.  The City would like additional community partners who can volunteer and/or provide water, lunch, shovels, rakes, gloves, t-shirts, paper cups with lids and sunscreen.
Saturday, May 19 is the tentative date set for planting 60 trees. The meeting place is Arborwood Elementary School parking lot at 10:00 a.m.  The trees will ultimately be planted on Maple Avenue in the City of Monroe. 
So far 11 Rotarians have signed up to participate in this project.  We are also asking our Interact Clubs to join us.  If you know of any other groups or individuals who would like to participate, please contact Renee Mullendore.  A sign-up sheet will be provided at our future meetings.

What is Human Trafficking?

Human Trafficking occurs when a human being is sold, traded, transferred, or otherwise exchanged in some way for money, sex, labor, or other commodities.

Sex Trafficking is when a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age.

Labor Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

Michigan is a BIG human trafficking state due to its location next to Canada and waters of the Great Lakes.  Monroe county is a crossroads for major highways, waterways and agriculture products.  Monroe Rotary will be distributing soap in the county hotels and motels that have the NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE number printed on them.  Everyone needs to keep their eyes and ears open and report suspicious activities that go on all around us.  We can all make a difference by using the HOTLINE and saving a life.

Don Lieto
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Director - Term expires 6/30/2021
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September 2019
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Why Join Rotary?
1. Professional Networking 
Club members represent a cross-section of the community’s leaders, and professionals, who meet periodically to enjoy friendship and enlarge their circle of professional acquaintances. 
2. Service Opportunities 
Club members have many opportunities for humanitarian service, both locally and internationally. Great fulfillment comes from giving back to the community. 
3. International Awareness 
Rotarians gain an understanding of humanitarian issues through international service projects and exchange programs. 
4. Friendship 
Rotary was founded on fellowship, the main pillar of membership. Rotary club members who travel have friendly contacts in almost every city in the world. 
5. Good Citizenship 
Weekly Rotary club programs keep members informed about what is taking place in the community, nation, and world and motivated to make a difference. 
6. Family Foundations 
Rotary sponsors some of the world’s largest youth exchange, educational exchange, and scholarship programs. Rotary clubs involve family members in a wide range of social and service activities.
7. Entertainment 
Social activities give Rotarians a chance to have fun. Conferences and social events provide entertainment as well as Rotary information, education, and service.
8. Ethical Environment 
Encouraging high ethical standards in one’s profession has been a mark of Rotary from its earliest days. In their business and professional lives, Rotarians abide by: The Four-Way Test (of the things we think, say or do)
9. Leadership Development 
Rotary is an organization of successful professionals. It trains them on leadership skills such as: team building, fundraising, public speaking, planning, organization, communication, motivation, inspiration and guidance. 
10.Diversity in Membership 
Rotary’s classification system ensures that a club’s membership represents a variety of the community’s professional men and women. Rotary clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures & nationalities.