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Plymouth AM

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
The PARC - Plymouth Arts and Recreation Complex
650 Church St.
Plymouth, MI 48170
United States of America

(734) 402-7964
District 6400
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While these pictures may not capture the essence of the liveliness and community spirit that prevailed , they give us a prime opportunity to send thanks to the sponsors and members of the Rotary Club of Plymouth AM for yet another marvelously successful Spaghetti Dinner. A new feature of this year's dinner was our effort to 'go green' which was made possible by all our sponsors!
Congratulations and warm welcome to our newest members, Christopher Kelly, Director of Major and Planned Giving at Schoolcraft College and Kelsey Whelan, Senior Account Manager at Michigan 401k Consultants!! Thank you District Governor John Chambers and his wife Sandy and Area 5 Assistant Governor, Russ Jones for a wonderful visit!

Club members Sam J. KennedyDick Schmidt and joined by Dennis Kennedy finish delivering library books to Roberto Clemente Learning Academy in Detroit.

On behalf of Roberto Clemente school, we would like to Thank You and the Rotary Club of Plymouth AM for your assistance with us receiving this wonderful donation from Stepping Stone.

Ms. C. Howell
Pathways to Potential-MDHHS
Roberto Clemente Learning Academy

Thank you to our new President Mary Wolfe for bringing in the morning meeting. We would like to thank Rotarians Shuchi Thakur and her mother Chetna Kapool from Rotary Club Chandigach Midtown, District 3080. It was exciting to hear about all that this club is doing in India to help eradicate not only Polio, but HIV and TB in their country. Shuchi talked about how parts are so poor that they did not even have electricity. Their club was able to bring electricity to school and how some children had never even seen this and how the "magic" of light was to them.
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Thank you Brock O’Connell for speaking to our club this morning.  Brock was one of our scholarship winners a few years ago.  He graduated from the Schoolcraft Culinary Arts Program and is currently working on his Bachelors in Nutrition.  He brought his whole family and we enjoyed meeting them all!
Welcome newest member of Rotary Club of Plymouth A.M., Douglas Wallace, Vice President of Membership and Marketing at Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce!


Our second Little Free Library was delivered to Mariners Inn today. Mariners Inn is located in Detroit and serves as an anchor for those struggling to navigate the treacherous waters of homelessness and substance abuse through a wide range of social service programs that achieve the best possible outcomes for adults, families and youth affected by addiction.

They have already had a lot of excitement from the guys over seeing the little free library.

Jeanne Knopf DeRoche and Sheila Blair-Mosley recently returned from Ghana where they were visiting the District 6400 Area 5 Clubs' school in Jirapa. The Area 5 Clubs that participated in this building project were Canton, Livonia, Livonia AM, Northville, Plymouth and Plymouth AM.
Jeanne Knopf DeRoche just spent a month in Ghana visiting the Area 5 School. She did a presentation this morning on her trip and presented the Rotary Banner from the Rotary club of wa to the club and a Welcome to Jirapa banner. Jirapa is where both our schools are located.
Elaine Kennedy, Head from New Morning School, came to our meeting today to thank us for the trees we planted there on April 22nd.
In July 2017, at the beginning of this Rotary year, Rotary International President Ian Riseley issued a challenge: for every Rotary club to plant one tree for each Rotary member. His goal in doing so was twofold. The first goal was obvious: trees are good for us. They absorb carbon and release oxygen, they support biodiversity, they improve our soil, our climate, and our moods. We need more of them, and planting trees is a wonderful project for all Rotary clubs to do together.
On another level, he asked Rotarians to plant their trees by Earth Day to raise awareness of issues that are too rarely mentioned in Rotary. While not an area of focus, the environment is a physical reality that underpins every area of Rotary’s work, and we ignore its health at our peril.
Often, opening our eyes and our thinking to environmental issues means moving from a mindset of reaction, to one of prevention. Is it better to provide a community with an alternative to contaminated water—or to use a sanitation project to keep contaminants out of the water to begin with? Is it better to treat children with respiratory issues from indoor cooking fires, or to help prevent those illnesses—and slow deforestation—by helping families find other ways to cook their meals? The answers are obvious, and the reasoning behind them should be applied to all of our work. If we want to build a better, healthier, and more peaceful world, we need a healthy planet to do it on.
So, on Earth Day, members of the Rotary Club of Plymouth AM came together to plant 20 trees donated by Kankakee Nursery, one of Christensen’s Plant Center suppliers in Plymouth on the property of New Morning School in Plymouth. We accepted Ian Riseley’s challenge and are very happy to report that we rose to the challenge and we worked to make our world a better, healthier place!


Greater Plymouth Service Project Wants You To Feed Children In Need

Benefits "Kids Coalition Against Hunger"

If you want to help feed children who are hungry or in need, the 2018 Greater Plymouth Service Project is looking for volunteers for their food packaging event to benefit the “Kids Coalition Against Hunger” (KCAH). Volunteers will be packaging food on May 12th from 8am-3pm at the Plymouth Arts and Recreation Complex in Downtown Plymouth.

“The goal is to recruit 1,550 volunteers,” says Doug Wallace of Plymouth Township, the membership director for the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce. “All ages are welcome.”

Volunteers are needed to package more than 500,000 meals that are planned. The event benefits several organizations as they help supply children with the essential food they need in life.

All of the packaged meals are distributed to three different sources. One-third of the meals goes to local communities and various food pantries such as food banks, soup kitchens, and backpack programs at schools. The next third is distributed to over 18 countries that “Kids Coalition Against Hunger” supports. The last third goes to and is stored in the KCAH Michigan Warehouse for disaster relief support.

“Our mission is to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the USA and feed starving children throughout the world,” says Nick Schultz, Chairman of the event. “We accomplish this by delivering a highly nutritious meal that was developed by food scientists to provide a rich source of easily digestible protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins needed by an undernourished child’s body and mind.”

Here’s a list of organizations that have helped raise money for this year’s meals:

-Local Service Clubs, such as Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions.
-The Churches of NorthRidge and Our Lady of Good Counsel.
-The Chamber of Commerce.
-The Community Foundation.
-Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex.
-Many local businesses.
-Private Citizens, like The George & Mary Smith Family, who donated $10,000 paying for 35,714 meals.

If you want to or know someone who would like to volunteer or donate, sign up at or call (734) 453-1540.  You can see an overview video of last year’s event here.

The Month of December in Rotary is Disease Prevention and Treatment.

This is one of the Foundations Areas of Focus and one in which many of us would be aware of the numerous projects around the world supported by clubs and the Foundation.

I urge you all to look at your role in promoting improved health at home and abroad and supporting these vital programs that contribute not only to healthy communities but peaceful communities.

Disease Prevention and Treatment.

Rotary's top priority is the eradication of polio, but Rotarians take on far greater responsibilities to fight disease. They set up health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and in communities struggling with HIV/AIDS and malaria. They also design and build the infrastructure for doctors, nurses, governments, and partners to reach the one in six people in the world who can't afford to pay for health care.

Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping immunize people to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow. 1 billion people suffer from neglected tropical disease such as dengue fever and leprosy each year.

Health Care

1 in 6 people worldwide cannot pay for health care. 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs. 57 countries have fewer than 23 health workers for every 10,000 people. 4.3 million doctors, nurses, midwives, and other skilled caregivers are needed worldwide.

Disease Prevention

What you can do - Support health education programs that explain how diseases are spread, and promote ways to reduce the risk of transmission.Carry out immunizations against infectious diseases.

On October 3, 2017 Jeanne Knopf DeRoche, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Plymouth AM, shared with the Club and Foundation that she had made a commitment in her will to leave the Rotary Club of Plymouth AM Foundation a gift in memory of her son Sean Knopf DeRoche and her husband, Frederick "Fred" DeRoche. She not only established this bequest, the first in the history of the Rotary Club of Plymouth AM Foundation, but she also presented a check to Foundation President, Nick Schultz, along with the legacy gift. Jeanne hopes that this will be the start of a long tradition of legacy bequest gifts to the Rotary Club of Plymouth AM Foundation by former, current and future members of our club. Thank you Jeanne for inspiring us and thinking about the future of Rotary!
Our Club was recently recognized by Schoolcraft College Foundation for having donated over $50,000 over the 20 year lifetime of our club to their scholarship program. It has been our privilege to help so many young men and women who have overcome challenges continue their education as they work on improving themselves and their lives.

Tomorrow will be a great meeting as our club welcomes Screenwriter Jim Burstein along with our former Club President Pat Olson to share their collaboration which resulted in the Hollywood film "Love and Honor".  Don't miss this very cool meeting and please invite a friend or two to attend!


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