Rotary Club Of Ann Arbor North
Meetings are going Zoom, until the end of March.
More details on the new meeting location will be coming soon.
Go to the Upcoming Events section on this website, for the 
meeting you want to attend, to find the Zoom link.
RCAAN Meeting Schedule:
1st Monday of the Month: Board Meeting at 7 PM
2nd & 4th Thursday of the Month: Meeting with Program at 12 PM
3rd Thursday of the Month: No Meeting
If Month has Five Weeks: The first week will not have a meeting
Phone: (734)224-4130
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Rotary is an international volunteer service organization whose purpose is to bring together people from all walks of life in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in life, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. 

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Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Mission Statement
The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North is a service group dedicated to the complementary purposes of fellowship and service to others, accomplished through a variety of local and international projects with broad member participation in partnership with other people and organizations, in the spirit of Rotary International.
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Vision Statement
The Rotary Cub of Ann Arbor North envisions a club of vibrant, active people who enjoy their membership. We seek to recruit new like minded members to help us take and maintain a leadership role in our community and in Rotary, demonstrating our commitment to action and ideals.
On January 13, 2022, Scott Nelson gave a presentation called "Taking Climate Action & Protecting The Environment With Plant-Rich Diets". 
Before Scott's presentation Pres. Tammy announced the RCAAN will have a Youth Exchange Student this year. Trinity Schindel will be studying in Germany this year.
After this special announcement Scott began his presentation. Plant-based or plant-forward eating patterns focus on foods primarily from plants. This includes not only fruits and vegetables, but also nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes, and beans. It doesn’t mean that you are vegetarian or vegan and never eat meat or dairy. Rather, you are proportionately choosing more of your foods from plant sources.
Scott said, emissions from animal Agriculture are a major source of destroying the earth. The sources of emissions from animal agriculture is:
  • Methane: Animals
    • Burps: At least one thing is true for cows around the world: They all burp. All the time. This incessant belching expels an impressive volume of greenhouse gases—mostly methane and carbon dioxide. Added up, burps from cows account for 26 percent of the United States' total methane emissions. 
    • Manure Logons: Manure is the decomposed form of dead plants and animals.
  • Nitrous Oxide: Feed Crops
    • Nitrogen Fertilizer
    • Manure as Fertilizer
  • CO2: Land Use & Other
    • Land Use Change (Deforestation)
    • Fertilizer and Pesticide Manufacture
    • Transporting and Processing Animal Feed
Plant-Rich Diets would also reduce water pollution. It can get rid of fertilizers (Nitrogen, Phosphorus), pesticides, herbicides, manure, other animal waste, hormones, viruses, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, chemical additives, cleaning agents, heavy metals, silage leachate, etc..
Animal Agriculture emits 53 percent  of the global total of emissions. Fewer livestock animals mean less need for food and less nitrogen and manure use. 
What farmers can do to help is to grow oats, hemp, fava beans, vegetables, mushrooms, peas, nuts, bamboo, etc.. They can also set aside land for carbon sequestration, biodiversity protection, water restoration, etc..
A Plant-Rich Diet also lowers the risk of Chronic Diseases like:
  • Heart Disease 
  • Type 2 Diabetes 
  • Obesity
  • Cancer 
Go to to get information on the Plant Rich Diet Challenge which Scott, Manish and Brianna took a big part in.
For more photos of Scott's presentation  CLICK HERE 
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North, Rotary Club of Detroit and Rotary Club of Pune Metro‘s, partners again in a Global Grant project titled “ICU Upgradation”, which was inaugurated Dec 18, 2021 by D3131 Governor Rashmi Kulkarni at Sane Guruji Hospital in Hadapsar, Pune (India). 
The project has helped this community hospital serving many rural poor of Maharashtra with significantly enhanced new medical treatment facilities.
The ever-energetic Past President Rotarian Makarand Phadke was instrumental in organizing this needed project, which got completed in record time, in anticipation of COVID’s Third Wave…
At the December 9th Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Lunch Meeting the speaker was former leader of RCAAN Chris Juillet introduced us to his friend Eric Limquist who is an Frank Lloyd Wright expert. 
Eric first described the life of Frank Lloyd Wright. Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, designer, writer, and educator.
He designed more than 1,000 structures over a creative period of 70 years. Most structures were built after he was 60. Wright believed in designing in harmony with humanity and the environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. Wright-designed interior elements (including leaded glass windows, floors, furniture and even tableware) were integrated into these structures. 
He also designed original and innovative offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, museums, and other commercial projects.
Besides his famous house in Mill Run Pennsylvania (built in 1936-1939), Frank built the Palmer House in Ann Arbor. Frank Lloyd Wright's Palmer House, built for Bill and Mary Palmer in Ann Arbor during the early 1950's, 
The 2,000 square-foot home with its collection of Wright-designed furniture, the Teahouse, and the two-acre beautiful sylvan setting is Ann Arbor's most architecturally significant residence. 
The strong organic aspects of the house are manifested in its hillside orientation, exquisite red cypress and brickwork, and the treed views from every room. Complementing the natural elements is the triangular geometry of the home: its signature cantilevered overhang, the play of angles (there are no 90 degree corners), and Wright's creation of intimate and open spaces. 
William "Billy" Palmer grew up in Imlay City, Michigan. William studied economics at the University of Michigan, receiving his bachelor's degree in 1929, and his master's degree in 1930. After graduation he became a professor of economics at the University of Michigan.
Mary Warton Shuford, originally from North Carolina, enrolled in Michigan's School of Music in 1935, majoring in music theory. In June of 1937, Mary graduated and married Billy.
Billy and Mary purchased the property in 1949 because they felt it was "the most beautiful place in the city." They considered many architects, including George Brigham and Alden Dow. Eventually, after becoming familiar with the FLW Affleck house in Bloomfield Hills, they selected Frank Lloyd Wright. They lived in the house for more than five decades. Mary used the house as a beautiful backdrop for parties, concerts, and fundraising events for the community.
In March 2009, Jeffrey and Kathryn Schox purchased the Palmer House. Jeffrey Schox was born and raised in Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan. After earning a law degree, he returned to Ann Arbor to start his career in patent law. Around the same time his wife Kathryn completed her teaching degree at the University of Michigan and began teaching at the Ann Arbor Girls School.
In July 2004, Jeffrey moved his law practice to San Francisco, but returns to Ann Arbor every six weeks to visit his startup clients and to teach a course on patent law at the University of Michigan. When not staying at the Palmer House, Jeffrey and Kathryn have made the house available for vacations, business, and special events.
At the end of the meeting Pres Tammy announced that the RCAAN Christmas Party will be at Weber's on December 14th at 6:00 PM. Wear your Christmas Sweater, you may win. 
Frank Lloyd Wright Palmer House, 227 Orchard Hills Drive, Ann Arbor, MI
Houston, which calls itself “the city with no limits,” reflects the limitless impact of our work in Rotary. Create change within yourself, your community, and the world. Join your family, friends, and fellow Rotary members and explore what’s possible at the Rotary International Convention.
No matter who you are or where you’re from, you’re bound to find inspiration throughout the convention. It’s an experience unlike any other Rotary event, and it will renew your commitment to service and leadership. Make new friends and connect with old ones while exploring the diverse city of Houston or the House of Friendship. Make global connections that ignite local action at all the convention events.
Don’t miss your chance to Discover New Horizons and join us in Houston, Texas, USA, 4-8 June 2022.
For more information and to register
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At the RCAAN Lunch Meeting Pres. Elect Bob Specht took Pres. Tammy's place in leading the meeting and the speaker was our own Brianna Seymour. Brianna gave a presentation on Medicare and Long Term Care
Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older,  certain younger people with disabilities,  and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD).
Brianna said there are different parts of Medicare: 
  • Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance)
    • Part A covers inpatient hospital stays, care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care, and some home health care.
  • Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) 
    • Part B covers certain doctors' services, outpatient care, medical supplies, and preventive services.
  • Medicare Part C (Medical Advantage)
    • Offers standardized benefits to help fill in the gaps in original Medicare.
    • Provided by a private insurance company.
  • Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage.
    • Helps cover the cost of prescription drugs (including many recommended shots or vaccines).
With Medicare, you have options in how you get your coverage. Once you enroll, you’ll need to decide how you’ll get your Medicare coverage. There are 2 main ways:
Original Medicare:
  1. Original Medicare includes Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance): You pay for services as you get them as out-of-pocket-costs (see presentation for 2022 out of -pocket-costs). If you want drug coverage, you can add a separate drug plan (Part D).Original Medicare does not cover all costs for covered health care services and supplies. A Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap or Part C) policy can help pay some of the remaining health care costs. Some Medigap policies also cover services that Original Medicare doesn't cover, like emergency medical care when you travel outside the U.S.
  2. Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D): Provided by private insurance companies approved by Medicare. 
Brianna also talked about Long Term Care.
Long Term Care is needed when a someone:
  • Needs assistance in independent living.
  • Can not perform normal Activities of Daily Living (ADL's).
  • Has a Cognitive Impairment.
  • Terminal Ill.
Breanna described how Long Term Insurance can cover Long Term Care.
Have a GREAT THANKSGIVING, and remember there is not going to be any meeting next Thursday due to Thanksgiving.
At November 11, 2021 Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Lunch Meeting which was only on Zoom our speaker was Monique Hammond. She talked about her hearing loss.
Monique Hammond is a hearing loss expert. Monique is a registered pharmacist. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy, with high distinction. She has worked in health care in Europe, the United States, and Australia.

Monique has always been committed to patient education and safety. She has done extensive public speaking on health issues and has published newspaper and magazine articles both at home and overseas. 

Monique entered the world of hearing loss in fall 2005 when—in a matter of four hours—she went deaf in her left ear. That’s when she found out that there is a lot more to hearing loss than not hearing well. Eventually, communication challenges contributed to the end of her hospital pharmacy career. However, this life-changing episode also put her on track to research issues regarding ear and hearing disorders. She ended up writing her book “What Did You Say? An Unexpected Journey into the World of Hearing Loss,” now in its second edition.
She warned against loud and problematic spaces like sports bars, large indoor events and music concerts. Though for many, hearing loss comes with aging, awareness of what can happen to inner ear functions should begin much earlier in life, she believes.
Alternating her presentation between specific issues like tinnitus (ringing ear) and how cochlea cells operate, Monique brought her own experiences to her listeners. One result for her was social isolation.
"It's very difficult when you feel you are left out." She also dealt with disbelief, anger and grief. One in five of people age 12 and over have hearing challenges--a number which Monique called a "silent epidemic," one that "affects the quality of life at any age."
At The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Lunch Meeting on October 28, 2021 we had a visit from BrendaK "Woo Woo" Tipton. Before our speaker talked, Brenda presented the club with Ann Arbor North's banner in which we will show off at the District Conference May 20th to May 22nd when we present what the club did this year.
Then Lori Gosselin coming to us virtually gave her presentation. Lori said, "that a true community is rare". "Community building is relationship building; it forges authentic connections among the members of the group."
She described that, "Every Community is also a team, but very few teams are Communities".
A Community is:
  1. Clubs
  2. Villages/towns/cities
  3. Places of worship
  4. Provinces, States, Countries
  5. Neighbourhoods, Schools
  6. Global Communities 
  7. Families
Lori talked about we build communities everywhere
  1. Clubs
  2. Villages/towns/cities
  3. Places of worship
  4. Provinces, States, Countries
  5. Neighbourhoods, Schools
  6. Global Communities 
  7. Families
  8. Plus at work
What a community needs.
  1. Commitment
  2. Inclusivity 
  3. Authenticity
  4. Support
  5. Shared
  6. Collaboration
  7. Camaraderie
The outcomes of Community Building are
  • Happy organization
  • Support of mental health
  • Better communication
  • High level of engagement
  • Empowerment of members
  • More wholistic solutions 
  • Transformation
To end the club meeting Brenda talked a little about what is coming up in the District. She said, "she wants every club member to come to the District Conference this year".
At the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Lunch Meeting on October 14, 2021 we have club time. Unfortunately the speakers did not show up to the meeting so we pivoted to club time. 
President Tammy did all of the club business like the "Pledge of Allegiance", "Four Way Test", and announcements. 
Lastly She asked club members for special things that are going on in their lives. There special things going on from Rick, Scott, Vern, and Bob S.. 
The next meeting on Oct 28th we will be having District Governor Brenda Woo! Woo! Tipton. Should be a BLAST!!!
At the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Lunch Meeting on September 23, 2021, Dr, Tanyss Murro talked about her Society called the Amarok Society. 
The Amarok Society was founded with one family: Dr. Tanyss Munro, Gem Munro and their four children. Tanyss uses a distinctive and bold statement for her Society,  "We stand for the freedom of children." "We stand for their freedom from poverty, from violence, from oppression. For the freedom to direct their own lives, exploring and contributing their full potential to the world."
When there are too many marginalizing factors between a child and their education, a school can’t reach them anymore. But their mother still can. 
The Amarok Society open schools for mothers who live in the slums of Bangladesh and Pakistan. Each mother then goes home and teaches her children and her neighbours’ children everything she’s learned. 
The inclusive curriculum, combined with the dedication and courage of the mothers they teach, can overcome the obstacles that poverty, religion, gender, and disability put in the way of global education.
Lockdowns due to Covid meant that the schools for the mothers had to close and changes had to be made to who the mothers taught in order to avoid the spread of the virus. But, the mothers have continued to teach and the schools are looking to reopen.
In many places, the "Amarok mothers' have become champions and leaders in their communities, supporting others, preventing arranged marriages of underage girls, and encouraging women to become entrepreneurs and help support their families financially.
Tanyss explained, "When we educate mothers, they not only directly import education into the families, they establish a culture of education in their children and entrench the practice of learning." "When we educate, say, a slum-dwelling teen-aged boy, he will, understandably, seek to use his educational advantage to escape his circumstance." "How could we ever expect or counsel otherwise? Mothers, however, tend to stay where they are, applying their learning to their existent circumstance, even when the education has led to a woman’s entrepreneurship."
"The higher the educational level she achieves, the higher the expectations she has of herself and her children, and the more determinedly she will work to reach them."
Ypsilanti District Library Director, Lisa Hoenig, presented a program on the new library branch now under construction in Superior Township. The new library is located at The new facility will be located on North Harris Road, between Geddes and MacArthur Boulevard. It will be built on two and a half acres of a 12-acre lot, purchased by Superior Township.
Ypsilanti Library:
At the beginning of Lisa's presentation she talked a little about the Ypsilanti Library on Michigan Ave. Built in 1915 as a Carnegie Post Office, the building was designed in the classical revival style typical of early 20th century government buildings.
The post office moved to its current location in 1962. The building was sold to the City of Ypsilanti for $1, and the City renovated the building and opened the library there the following year.
New Library:
With the November 2018 passage of a new operating millage, the new library will benefit all of the YDL district, it will most notably impact the socio-economic and health inequities in the struggling MacArthur Boulevard neighborhood in Ypsilanti, which is within easy walking distance to the new library.  This neighborhood is the highest density, lowest income housing block in Washtenaw County.  The new branch will also serve the Willow Run area.
Though closed now, the current tiny 1,000 sq.-ft. branch was a lifeline for the families and children in this particular community. Because so many residents near the library live in subsidized housing, where many of the households are led by a single female parent, there are many latchkey children.  Parents rely on the library as a safe place for their children to gather when there are no adults at home.  The kids build strong relationships with library staff.  It is a haven for them.
There is great understanding within Washtenaw County of the need for a space that can serve as a community center and resource in Superior Township - an area with both great wealth and great poverty.  The new library is poised to serve as this hub which is sure to transform the community well into the future. 
The 7,500 square foot building will be a full-service library, with hours and staffing similar to the Michigan Avenue location. The facility will offer:
  • A youth area with flexible space that can be adapted to a range of learning activities and programs for different ages
  • A dedicated teen/tween area
  • Two group study rooms
  • Comfortable seating for reading and studying
  • A community meeting room for Library programs and meetings of community groups
  • 20 computer workstations (compared to seven at the current library)
  • Triple the current number of books, magazines, and DVDs
  • More parking spaces
  • An outdoor reading area and programming space, if the budget allows
  • A drive-up book return available 24 hours seven days a week, if the budget allows
The library has taken on a larger purpose since closing due to COVID.  It is clear it will play a huge role in helping the MacArthur Boulevard area of Ypsilanti recover from the effects of the pandemic both economically and in terms of health equity.  It will be a center for community activity not only for educational and growth opportunities, but for local organizations and social service agencies to reach residents with vital services.
With construction now underway, we look forward to our grand opening in late summer of 2022.  The neighborhood is over the moon with excitement.  Lisa invites you to learn more about the project and the April 7th groundbreaking ceremony at
Club Members and Lisa Hoenig in Earhart Manor Ballroom at Concordia University.
Ypsilanti District Library Director, Lisa Hoenig.
Kroger Community Rewards
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Foundation earned  $44.23 for time period 05/01/21-10/31/21. 11 households are registered for Ann Arbor North Foundation's Kroger Community Rewards. .
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Foundation is registered in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Sign up and start making money for The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Foundation
*** Please be aware, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Foundation has a new Non-Profit Organization Number, it is BD440. ***
  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • Most participants are new online customers', so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your e-mail address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your e-mail in-box and click on the link within the body of the e-mail.
  • Click on My Account and use your e-mail address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter New Non-Profit Organization Account number (BD440) or name of organization (Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Foundation), select organization from list and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
Friendly Reminder: To continue donating to Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Foundation on your purchases, you must re-enroll every April.
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Due to the COVID-19, location and times may be different then listed. Go to the clubs home page for the most up to date information.
Ann Arbor   Ann Arbor:
Wednesday, 12:00 p.m., Michigan Union Ann Arbor, (Zoom during COVID-19)
Ann Arbor North   Ann Arbor North: 
Second & Fourth Thursday's, 12:00 p.m., Concordia University Ann ArborEarhart Manor, 4090 Geddes Road Ann Arbor (In-Person/Virtual Zoom Meetings start July 8)
Ann Arbor West   Ann Arbor West:
First & Third Monday's, 5:30 p.m., Absolute Title (Zoom during COVID-19)

Chelsea   Chelsea: 
Tuesday, 12:15 p.m., The Common Grill Restaurant

Dexter    Dexter: 
Thursday, 7:30 a.m., Fillmore

Milan   Milan: 
First & Third Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m., Milan School District Board Room,  Second & Fourth Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., Milan American Legion Post
Saline   Saline: 
Thursday, 12:00 p.m., Brecon Village 200 Brecon Dr, Saline
Ypsilanti   Ypsilanti: 
Monday, 11:45 p.m., (Zoom during COVID-19)
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