Rotary Club Of Ann Arbor North
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM 

Holiday Inn, Near The University of Michigan
3600 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI  48105
Phone:  (734)224-4130
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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.
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?
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At Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon on April 25, 2019 our keynote speaker was Rotarian Scott Nelson. Scott talked about how to create a rain garden. 
Mother earth creates the rain - but we create the runoff. When rain hits the roofs, streets, and driveways of our neighborhoods, it washes pollution into the river. A rain garden captures the rain water runoff and filters it clean.
One inch of rainfall means 600 gallons of water will be captured by a typical rain garden. Captured water won't go to municipal pipes, won't add pollution to the river, and won't contribute to flooding. This water will recharge the groundwater. Before it does, it keeps the garden looking green and lush.
A rain garden is an attractive landscaping feature planted with perennial native plants. It is a bowl-shaped or saucer-shaped garden, designed to absorb storm water run-off from impervious surfaces such as roofs and parking lots. Rain gardens can be small home-owner style gardens, large complex gardens, or anywhere in between.
Last year Scott took a "Master RAIN Gardener Class"  at the Washtenaw County Water Resource Commission. Scott, earned a rain garden certificate by taking the class and building a rain garden. The class trained him to design and install rain gardens - and to serve his neighborhood as an expert.
Scott learned, about rain gardens because in front of his Church called Ann Arbor Seventh Day Adventist Church flooded with water after it rained. Scott felt if they created a rain garden the flooding would be eliminated. So in 2018 he finished the rain garden.
Scott encouraged us to come to his church and take a look at their rain garden.
At the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon on April 18, 2019, Brenda Tipton talked about membership. 
Brenda was Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club's President for 2017-2018, where she grew the club by 22 new members. Brenda said, "people join Rotary if the person fells like they are getting value out of it."
She discussed some of the ways she gained those new members, they are called Tipton's Tips.
  • Have fun at meetings and events (Rotarian's have fun)
  • Her club gave discounts to family members and corporate memberships.
  • Use a mentoring program
  • Ask your friends for new members.
Brenda is the incoming District Membership Chair under Don "Sparky" Leonard for 2019-2020.
Brenda is very excited about growing Rotary District 6380 and Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's membership and is willing to help in anyway. 
With Brenda "WOO WOO" Tipton,  2019-2020 Rotary District 6380 Membership Chair watching in the audience, President Joyce inducted Sara Armstrong as RCAAN newest member. 
Sara said, "she is very happy to be in a service organization and loves doing service work."
Welcome to the Club, Sara.
With Gail Scott, Sara Armstrong and Pres. Joyce Williams
Carena Townsend, President of the Ann Arbor Jaycees talked about the Jaycees at the April 11, 3019 Luncheon. 
Carena described, "that AA Jaycees membership a year ago declined and they needed to take steps to grow membership. "They took the steps and has gained 20 members in the past year.
One way to gain membership was through "Speed Friending", it is a event like "Speed Dating". The Jaycees go to a restaurant, with guests and they have a short allowed time to talk to a Jaycee. Then after that time they move on to another Jaycee Member, that talks about a different topic of the Ann Arbor Jaycees.  
Carena, also talked about other events they are doing:
  • 4th of July Parade: The parade is an annual event that happens on the 4th of July.  The parade route encircles the streets of State, Liberty, Main and William (because of the road construction on Williams this year the city approved the route to be extended a block further.)
  • Monthly Meeting: Starting a year ago they have a monthly meeting at their normal location and then the next month they have it at a restaurant or bowling alley so it is treated as a social event.
  • Summer Carnival: The Summer Carnival is the Ann Arbor Jaycees largest fundraiser. It is located at Pioneer High School at the end of June.
Please support the Ann Arbor Jaycees by going to the Parade and Summer Carnival.
A2 Jaycees President Carena Townsend and RCAAN President Elect Eric Tindall
Rajani Shrestha, 2018-19 President of Rotary Club of Chandragiri, Club 80893 delivered RCAAN an update to the Nepal Sanitation and Pond Rejuvenation Global Grant Project 1635112 that his club leads with RC Bungamati (near Kathmandu in Nepal) and RC Singapore.
The Bungamati Rotary Club has almost completed planned repairs and rebuilding of girls toilets in 3 schools damaged by the 2015 earthquake. A fourth school identified on our Grant project was beyond repair and was demolished, so the host Club has found another school in the area for upgrading sanitation amenities for girls. These are much needed for enhancing the literacy of females in a country like Nepal where trafficking of girls and women is rampant and often tragic.
Click HERE for more information on Rotary Showcase.
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North donated $1500.00 for Community Action Networks Summer Camp Program.
At the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon on April 4, 2019, Frankie Moore from Community Action Network Washtenaw County talked about her organization and Green Baxter Court Community Center
Frankie said, "Community Action Network partners with children, youth, and families from under-resourced Washtenaw County neighborhoods to create better futures fro themselves and improve the communities in which they live."
Community Action Network goals are:
  • Educating Children and Youth: Prepare youth to fulfill their academic potential and become successful, self-sufficient adults
  • Stabilizing Families: Assist families in meeting their basic needs and create better futures for themselves.
  • Building Strong Communities: Create and maintain clean, safe, and supportive neighborhoods where families can thrive.
Frankie then described the Green Baxter Court Summer Camp, "the summer camp is designed to combat summer loss or learning. With academic rotation and exploration into various educational themes, CAN's students develop academic skills while also having fun in a safe space with compassionate, caring adults."
Themes at Summer Camps are:
  • Math Rotation 
  • Reading Rotation
  • Geography Rotation
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • STEM
  • Art
  • Meals
  • Summer Loss of Learning 
Click HERE for more information for CAN's Educational Summer Camps.
Attending the Luncheon with Frankie, was Paige Ampey and Cassidy Uchman, they are from AmeriCorp VISTA
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to meet our nation’s most pressing challenges and advance local solutions.
Click HERE for Frankie's Power Point Presentation.
Frankie Moore and President Elect Eric Tindall filling in for Pres Joyce absents.
The Rotary District 6380 Annual District Conference is your chance to come together with other district club members, friends and family to celebrate a successful year of good works that our 53 club district has achieved under the amazing Governorship of Jane McManus!!!!
This year our Governor and her committee has decided to break out of the norm and present a wonderful 2 day event with incredible speakers and an out of this world Boat Ride down the Detroit River!!  Be sure to bring  your boat shoes or flip flops and have fun with your fellow Rotarians across the US and Canada District!
Governor Jane is sooooo excited about this event that she is asking all clubs to have representation!!!! 
She wants us all together to celebrate the conference theme of "SACRIFICIAL LEADERSHIP" and give us all info on how to further grow our clubs and ask ourselves "are you ready to succeed?"
Friday and Saturday May 3 and 4, 2019
Crown Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront
Detroit Princess Riverboat
2 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
Spread the word, sign up now and let's celebrate being Rotarians and all that we do 
Just in we have new attendee Packages - woo woo!!!!
Here are the NEW packages available for the Conference:
Full Conference $379.00
Friday Conference/Sessions and Boat Cruise $135.00 (limited number 25)
Saturday Only Conference Sessions $265.00
Friday Night Boat Cruise and Saturday Conference Sessions $339.00
Full Conference Schedule will be posted soon below is a shortened overview!!
Friday May 3 Registration opens at 12:00
Conference will begin 1:30 p.m.and go to 10:00 p.m. (boat returns to the dock)
All day 8:00 a.m. to dinner/awards starting at 6:00 p.m....
Brenda K Tipton
District 6380 Assistant Governor 2018-2019
District 6380 Member Chair 2019-2020
District 6380 Governor 2021-2022
Click read more for second page of brochure and schedule of events.
Russ Collins, Manager of Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater talked about the history of Ann Arbor's Opera Houses and Theaters at Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Luncheon on March 21, 2019.
The beginning of Ann Arbor Theaters started back from the start of Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor was founded in 1824 by land speculators John Allen and Elisha Walker Rumsey. On May 25, 1824, the town plat was registered with Wayne County as "Annarbour", the earliest known use of the town's name.  Allen and Rumsey decided to name it for their wives, both named Ann, and for the stands of bur oak. Ann Arbor became the seat of Washtenaw County in 1827 and was incorporated as a village in 1833
Russ talked about many of the early Opera Houses and Theaters in Ann Arbor History.  
Michigan Theater opened in 1928, the theater was hailed as “a Shrine to the Arts… not built for today only, but constructed in the hopes that it might be a monument for years to come and a credit to the community…” Detroit architect Maurice Finkel designed an outstanding silent film exhibition theater appropriate for a town with a world-class university at its core. 
In 1956, Butterfield made renovations to the theater’s interior and façade to update it to the tastes of “modern” audiences. The Butterfield Theater Corporation vacated the building at the conclusion of their 50 year lease in 1979.
The not-for-profit Michigan Theater Foundation (MTF) was formed in May of 1979. The theater doors opened and the programming occurred solely because of a team of dedicated community volunteers, led by film scholar and theater organist Henry Aldridge and John Briggs, who was the president of the local stagehand union. 
In June 2014, the Michigan Theater Foundation bought the State Theater.
State Theater originally opened in 1942, designed by renowned architect C. Howard Crane, opened with the romantic comedy “The Fleet’s In.” In 1977 the theater was divided into a four-screen multiplex by Butterfield Theaters. 
In 1987, the Stat Theater was sold to Tom Borders, who redesigned the theater’s main floor for retail and closed the second floor balcony. In 1992 the balcony reopened as a two-screen second-run film theater.
In 1997, the theater was sold to a local investor group. In 1999  Michigan Theater contracted to provide film programming and marketing services and in 2014 Michigan Theater purchased the theater.
In 2016, the State Theater closed for renovations and in 2017, the new State Theater reopened in December, featuring 4 screens, comfortable reserved seating, improved accessibility. 
Russ, said "that he would like us to attend this years Cinetopia Film Festival." The Cinetopia Film Festival is an annual, curated festival in Ann Arbor and metro and downtown Detroit, featuring more than 50 of the best feature-length dramas, comedies, and documentaries from the world’s best film festivals (Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, SXSW, Tribeca, and more).
It takes place over the span of 10 days every spring at venues throughout the region. This year the Cinetopia Film Festival is from May 10-May 19. 
Last year we sponsored Global Grant Scholar Madi Vorva to go to Cambridge, which is an university city and the county town of Cambridgeshire, England, on the River Cam approximately 50 miles north of London. 
Madi, is studying to receive her MPhil in Environmental Policy at Cambridge University and has been active among various Rotary clubs in the area. 
To read about her school year so far CLICK HERE.
Global Grant Scholar Madi Vorva: Update from Cambridge
Madi with fellow scholars Genevieve (US), Fumika (Japan), Gary (District Governor, Rotary in the Heart of England).
Global Grant Scholar Madi Vorva: Update from Cambridge
Madi's first week in Cambridge, she was excited about her department orientation!
Madi with her Rotary host John Barrett at the Norfolk District scholar welcome event.
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April 2019
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Tindall, Eric
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Nelson, Scott
Schindel, Bryan
The Four-Way Test
Luncheon Fundraising Activity
Sheffrey, Diane
May 2019
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Windsor, Peggy
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Windsor, Peggy
Greenough, Robert
The Four-Way Test
Schindel, Bryan
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Broderick, Tammy
June 2019
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Broderick, Tammy
The Four-Way Test
Nelson, Scott
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Scott, Gail
July 2019
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Tindall, Eric
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Lessens, Doc
Schindel, Bryan
The Four-Way Test
Sheffrey, Diane
Luncheon Fundraising Activity
Nelson, Scott
Rotary Minute: Rotarian Magazine (Second Thursday of the Month)
Broderick, Tammy
August 2019
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Williams, Joyce
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Broderick, Tammy
Armstrong, Sara
Nelson, Scott
The Four-Way Test
Lessens, Doc
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Lessens, Sherry
Rotary Minute: Rotarian Magazine (Second Thursday of the Month)
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: 
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., Travis Pointe Country Club
Ypsilanti   Ypsilanti: 
Monday, 11:45 p.m., EMU Student Center