Rotary Club Of Ann Arbor North
We meet Thursdays at 12:05 PM
11:50 PM-12:05 PM Check-in 

Holiday Inn, Near The University of Michigan
3600 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI  48105
Phone:  (734)224-4130
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Mission And Vision Statement
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.
What Is Rotary?
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. 

It is a secular organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. 

There are 1.2 million individuals worldwide called Rotarians who have been giving back to the community for over a 100 years! Isn't it time for you to give back?
At October 17, 2019 Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Luncheon we had Sarah Paspal-Jasinski, the Director of Development of the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County
The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County provides temporary shelter and connections to services in a safe and caring environment and works with the community to allocate the necessary resources to meet the needs of people who are experiencing homelessness. 
The Shelter Association serves nearly 1500 adults experiencing homelessness each year. ​They are housed at the Robert J. Delonis Center on the edge of downtown Ann Arbor and operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The program and services of Shelter Association:
  • Residential: Our Residential Program offers those experiencing homelessness temporary shelter, intensive case management, and help to find income and save for affordable housing. Case managers conduct a comprehensive assessment with each Residential client to identify their obstacles to finding housing; then help them create a plan to address their obstacles. During a stay in the Residential Program, we work with our clients to help them increase income, and obtain affordable housing, while also addressing physical, mental and substance health related issues. Each Residential client has access to all services offered by the Shelter.
  • Non-Residential/Shelter Diversion: For individuals experiencing homelessness who are not in our Residential Program, the Shelter Association provides an array of services for both immediate assistance and to encourage long-term change.
  • Winter Programs: From mid-November through March the Shelter offers Winter Programs that include a Warming Center at the Delonis Center, the Rotating Shelter hosted by faith-based congregations, and assists with the coordination the Daytime Warming Program provided by the community-based advocacy organization MISSION.
  • Critical Time Intervention: An addition to our Non-Residential Program is Critical Time Intervention (CTI). CTI provides short term case management to clients who have recently ended their homeless experience. This program is designed to help the most vulnerable individuals increase their quality of life and reduce recidivism. By strengthening ties to ongoing support services, friends and family the program provides emotional and practical support; and advocacy during the critical transition from homelessness to stable housing.
  • Shelter Health Clinic: The Shelter Clinic is operated by Packard Health. This clinic serves the community’s most vulnerable population. The clinic is available to anyone in need in the community as a primary care site as well! The Packard Health Medical Director oversees the clinic, and the Shelter Association's medical case manager assists clients and interfaces with Packard Health.
  • Community Kitchen: The Community Kitchen, operated by Food Gatherers offers meals to anyone in Washtenaw County in need 364 days a year. Anyone in need is welcome to come for a meal; Lunch is served Monday-Friday 12-1pm and dinner is 5:30-6:30pm. On the weekends and holidays, from 3:00-4:00pm there is one community meal.  They have served over 1.5 million meals to date!
  • Basic Needs: The Shelter offers a wide array of services to meet the basic needs of those experiencing homelessness.  At their core, these services focus on granting those we serve the basic human dignity that they deserve.  These services include showers, a mailbox, laundry, phone access, and storage for their belongings. Anyone in the community experiencing homelessness is able to access these services.
  • Recuperative Care: The Shelter now offers a Recuperative Care program. We are one of three centers in Michigan, alone with no place to heal, infection, injury and worsening health lead to expensive re-hospitalization. Hope of securing income and housing are delayed or abandoned. Recuperative Care breaks this cycle. By being discharged to our Medical Recuperative Care Program, a client receives shelter, time to recover, medical supervision, case management and a bridge to permanent housing. Housed and healed, clients live longer, happier lives. 
  • Pathways: The Pathways program provides temporary shelter, safety and security to clients prior to and/or exiting from a residential or outpatient substance abuse detoxification program.​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​Sarah gave the club a few service opportunities that we may pursue.
This annual Fall Outing with Green Baxter Court will be held at Three Cedars Farm at 7897 Six Mile Road, Northville, MI 48167 on Saturday October 26, 2019.
We will meet the children from Green Baxter Court at Three Cedars Farm at 11:50 AM, on October 26th, and we will go on hay rides, walk a corn maze and have cider and donuts.
Anyone wanting to join in please fill free to come out.
Please, we need you to register to keep the cost low and to give the most to Ending Polio, email Norma from Ann Arbor Rotary with the email below. Thank you.
On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North and Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, are celebrating World Polio Day by holding a Community Luncheon Fundraiser.
Ann Arbor North will be going to Weber's on October 23rd for special guest speakers Ann Lee Hussey, champion of polio eradication and polio survivor herself, and our very own District 6380 Governor Don “Sparky” Leonard.

Ann Lee Hussey is from South Berwick, Maine, will speak on “Polio Eradication: the Last Mile.”

Anne has made the eradication of polio and the alleviation of suffering by polio survivors her life’s work. The story she tells is personal; she puts a human face on the subject of polio eradication.

Over the past several years, she has actively participated in 29 volunteer National Immunization Days teams. 26 of those teams she organized and lead herself! She took her teams to where the need is greatest — such as Chad, Mali, Bangladesh, Niger, Nigeria, Madagascar, as well as less “touristy” destinations in Egypt and India — places that do not often see Westerners. The publicity and goodwill that these trips consequently generated, in and of themselves, help communicate the need for eradication. That is almost as critical as new immunizations when we focus on highlighting how close the world is to realizing that objective.

Anne’s work has earned her the International Service Award for a Polio-Free World and  the Rotary Service Above Self Award. She has been honored as a White House Champion of Change for her humanitarianism and contributions to public service. In March of 2017, Rotary and The World Bank jointly recognized her as a Woman of Action as the International Day of Women was celebrated.  In her home state of Maine, Maine Magazine recognized Anne as one of the “50 Mainers of 2017” who have changed our world, improved our lives, and broadened our horizons.

Anne has deep Rotary roots. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Portland (Maine) Sunrise and has served District 7780 there in many capacities, including as Governor in 2010-2011. She currently serves as Adviser to Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee and as Rotary’s representative on the Global Polio Eradication Transition Management Group.  She is CEO of the Polio Survivors Rotarian Action Group and Chair of the its Chair Council for 2016-2018.

Doors open at 11:30am and program begins at 12:30pm.
Admittance is $20/person and includes lunch. RSVP to Norma Sarkar at
Polio donations will be graciously accepted.
Julaine LeDuc, the Director of Development at The Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor was the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North speaker on October 10, 2019. 
Julaine said, "The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor has two Houses that provide a supportive home away from home for families of children 21 years of age and younger receiving treatment at a local area health facility. Located within walking distance of the University of Michigan Medical Centers, the Main House opened its doors in 1985 and serves over 1,200 families a year. The Mott House opened in December 2011 and provides a short-term respite for families of the most medically fragile patients."
Julaine then provided the club with some volunteer opportunities which follow:
  • Wish List Group Collection: Groups can look on RMH website for the Wish List Items currently in need at the House. Groups often work together in the collection of the items and drop them off at the House.
  • Cook a dinner at the House: Bring the club at 6-7 pm and cook or bring dinner for residents at the house to eat.
Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor are always looking for people to get involved and will be happy to see you.
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North partnered on  a Global Grant in Pune, India. This worthwhile Rotary Foundation Co-sponsored Global Grant project in 2017 with RCAA (lead club), Novi and Detroit Rotary Clubs and two Rotary Clubs in Pune (India). RCAAN contributed $2000 for this highly leveraged $90k project, which is now making a huge difference to saving infant lives at a rural hospital in Central India.
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At the Lunch Meeting on October 03, 2019, the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North inducted Dr. Daniel Anbe. Daniel is a retired Doctor, which he practiced Cardiology. 
He was a Rotarian from the Genesee Valley Rotary up until 2018. He move to Ann Arbor last year where he decided to join Ann Arbor North as a member.
Also at our meeting Collyer Smith talked about Mental Health. Collyer's Son named Cam Smith passed away in his sleep on January 12, 2018 in Ann Arbor at the age of 23. He was suffering from depression/anxiety which led to a drug addiction for many years. Cam went through several rehab programs, and was now at a half-way house getting ready to go back to school.  Collyer and his wife, Annie,  wanted Cam to spend Christmas with them as a family, and for a short visit.  Since holidays are filled with stress and anxiety, and relapses occur frequently, Cam's therapists recommended that it would be much better having Cam home for a short visit in mid January.
Cam visited several trusted friends while he was home. On Jan. 12th Collyer Smith, came into his son's room in the morning to ensure Cam was ready for some basketball at a sports facility.  At first, Collyer thought Cam was sleeping, but soon learned he Cam had passed away.  After discussing with the lead Detective, and confirmed through the autopsy, the cause of deathe was inhalation of heroin laced with fentanyl. 
Collyer. filled with grief and despair, kept Cam's death cause quiet until his cousin said, "you are doing all this Rotary causes and talking about J.E.T. (Join Leaders,Exchange Ideas, Take Action), what are you going to about it (regarding his son's death)."
Collyer  started talking about it, in the effort to educate other parents.
Sponsor Steve (Doc) Lessens, Newest Member Daniel Anbe & President Eric Tindall.
Collyer Smith 
I would like to personally invite you, your family and friends to join us in a wonderful celebration of Rotary. This year we will be recognizing all new members that have joined our great organization since July 1st, as well as current Rotarians who have been recognized as Paul Harris Fellows, all new level Major Donors, Bequests Society and Arch Klumph members.
Jennifer Jones, Trustee of our Rotary Foundation and Past Vice President of Rotary International, will share with us the reasons and the value of The Rotary Foundation. She will personally thank and recognize all Rotarians for our outstanding work with the foundation. Jennifer will greet and re-induct all the new members to Rotary in a very special way. 
Be a part of the celebrations at Fox Hills Golf Course November 2nd @ 6pm.
This is is the one event you do not want to miss !
For more information and to Register today.
Follow the above link, click tickets, choose district 6380, enter number of tickets, and then checkout.
Again Register today, your committee promises you will truly enjoy the evening.
Don Leonard
Rotary Club of Chatham
Past President 2014-2015
District Governor 2019-2020
The Wayne State University Center for Peace & Conflict Studies and the Rotary Clubs of Detroit, Ann Arbor, & Windsor 1918 invite you to Peace in the Streets on Oct. 25-26, 2019.
This Cross Border Rotary Peace Symposium will take place in Detroit on Friday Oct 25th and in Windsor on Saturday Oct 26, with both days filled with engaging speakers on conflict and peace.
More information and registration here.
Click here for Panel Synopses
We are also looking for financial support for this conference. Please click here if you would like to learn more about donating to our peace-building efforts.
Contact Marcia Lane at for more information.
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Ann Arbor Area Rotary Clubs
Ann Arbor   Ann Arbor:
Wednesday, 12:00 p.m., Weber's Restaurant & Boutique
Ann Arbor North   Ann Arbor North: 
Thursday, 12:00 p.m., Holiday Inn, Near The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor West   Ann Arbor West:
First & Third Monday's, 5:30 p.m., Absolute Title
Brighton   Brighton: 
Tuesday, 12:15 p.m., Brighton Community Center
Chelsea   Chelsea: 
Tuesday, 12:15 p.m., The Common Grill Restaurant
Wednesday, 6:00 p.m., United Church of Christ, 300 Tecumseh St., Clinton
Dexter    Dexter: 
Thursday, 7:30 a.m., Fillmore
Livingston Sunrise   Livingston Sunrise: 
Friday, 7:30 a.m., Genoa Medical Center
Lyon Area   Lyon Area:
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Abby Park at Mill River
Milan   Milan: 
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Saline   Saline: 
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