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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Rotarian's Photo: Board Member FHM Kathy Hays, Don Deatrick, RCAA Pres. Elect Rosemarie Rowney, Ashish Sarkar, Norma Sarkar, Paul Schissler, Anne Nauts, RCAAN Pres. Elect Eric Tindall, RCAA Pres.Greg Stejskal, Pat Pooley  FHM Board Member Karen Diane Kerry, and Pres. FHM Brad Chick at VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. 
On June 14th at 10:00 AM, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North President Elect Eric Tindall and many Ann Arbor Area Rotarian's Celebrated the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the first Fisher House to be built in Michigan.
The Fisher House Ann Arbor was a project inspired by Rotary Clubs of Ann Arbor North, Ann Arbor Downtown, Chelsea and Dexter that we have been working on for the past three years.
Once built, the Fisher House will provide free, temporary lodging to military and Veteran families and caregivers while their loved one is hospitalized at our medical center. 
The program started with Master of Ceremonies with Paula Tutman, Broadcast Journalist from WDIV Local 4, we had the Presentation of Colors from U of M ROTC, the Pledge of Allegiance from Randy Ritter a Board Member of FHM, and them Invocation by Chaplain Marcus Bell, VA Ann Arbor Health System Lead Chaplain.
Dr. Ginny L. Creasman, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Director/CEO, presented opening remarks. Followed by remarks from the following Distinguished Guests:
  • Shella Stovall, Acting VISN 10 Network Director
  • CPT (R) Kate Melcher, Executive Director Fisher House Michigan
  • Danial Patrick, Fisher House Guest and Advocate
  • Senator Debbie Stabenow
  • Congressman Tim Walberg
  • Congresswomen Debbie Dingell
For Closing Remarks David Coker, President of Fisher House Michigan gave some words.
Them Paula Tutman sent everyone outside the tent for the ground breaking of the house.
Ribbon- cutting is anticipated by next Memorial Day on the sixteen family suite home in the VA Ann Arbor campus. We are all very excited to see our first military family feel the warmth, love and comfort as they walk through the door!
For more Photo's of the Ground Breaking  Click Here
Click  HERE  for WDIV segment on the day of the Fisher House Ground Breaking.
All of the funding for the Rotary International Global Grant ($142,030) is now in the account of the Freetown Rotary Club.
A site visit has been conducted by Rotarian Theodora Wilkinson of the Freetown Rotary Club and transfers are being made to the implementing organization, the Center for Community Empowerment.
The dream of Chief Charles Caulker to develop his chiefdom using its own agricultural traditions is now being realized. He wanted to grow fruit trees in his verdant tropical chiefdom that would produce income for community development in the years to come.
Click  HERE  to see newsletter with more information.
For Ann Arbor North's weekly luncheon on Thursday June 13, 2019, we replaced the normal lunch and meeting at Holiday Inn and we took a field trip to NSA International at 789 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI.
NSF was founded in 1944, with a mission to protect and improve global human health. Manufacturers, regulators and consumers look to them to facilitate the development of public health standards and certifications that help protect food, water, consumer products and the environment. As an independent, accredited organization, they test, audit and certify products and systems as well as provide education and risk management.
In the field trip we saw some labs that test products, as tour guide describes how the product is tested. We saw the water testing lab that is very prevalent to Rotary with our Area of Focus of Water and Sanitation. 
Due to time we were not able to see the lower level of the facility, so looking forward for August to continue the tour.
RCAAN having lunch at NSF Cafeteria. 
On June 6, 2019 at the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Luncheon we had a full agenda of topics.

Eric Tindall presented a $250 check to Lisa Bradley (President of Ann Arbor Jaycees) to sponsor their annual Ann Arbor Jaycees Fourth of July Parade. Which is July 4th in Downtown Ann Arbor.

Manish Mehta welcomed special guests, Rotarian Vikraman Panicker from Mumbai-Andheri Club (Mumbai India) and our friends from Nigerian Gbagada (Lagos Nigeria), Rotarians Ayotunde Onafuwa and Bisi who are here for their annual summer vacation.
Ayotunde from Rotary Club of Gbagada presented RCAAN with gifts. They where a thank you for being in a partnership with them in a Microfinance Project, which rotates $10,000 while mentoring over 50 entrepreneurs in this sub-urban community outside Lagos.
Rotarian Vikraman Panicker from Mumbai-Andheri Rotary Club 
and Rotarians Ayotunde Onafuwa and Bisi  from RC of Gbagada
Manish Mehta, Ayotunde Onafuwa, Pres. Joyce Wiliams and Bisi
Manish Mehta, Bisi, Pres Joyce Williams and Ayotunde Onafuwa
Lisa Bradly COB of Ann Arbor Jaycees, President Elect Eric Tindall and President Joyce Williams.
Join other Rotarians from Rotary District 6380 for Rotary Family Day at Comerica Park on July 19h and enjoy a spectacular night at the ballpark.
Toronto Blue Jays vs Detroit Tigers Registration fee includes:
  • All you can eat ballpark food for 2 hours.
  • Private viewing dining  area in right field. Cash bar and prizes!
 Register  today and be entered into a draw on a Alan Tammell autographed jersey. Stay after the game and enjoy the breathtaking fireworks this event is shaping up to be the event of the summer.
Click   here   to see Sparky's video for Rotary Family Day at Comerica Park
At the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon, on May 30, 2019, the speaker was Shamar Herron, who talked about the Michigan Works! Summer19 Youth Employment Program.
Shamar explained, 4 years ago, the program was started when in Detroit and in West Willow in Ypsilanti there was 2 murders. A Sheriff asked him to get the kid's jobs. Since everyone knows he is the jobs person. This was the start of the Youth Summer Employment Program.
Shamar said, "the Youth Employment Program Builds Life-Long Networks & Careers." The ten-week summer employment and mentorship program, pairs local businesses with Washtenaw County youth (ages 16-24) to provide on-the-job training that sets the stage for life-long careers, opens doors to new industries, and provides mentorship critical to building professional networks.
Last year, almost 100 youth completed the program. This equated to more than 20,000 work experience hours and more than $220,000 invested in our youths’ future success.
"This year will be our fourth year running the program, and we’re looking to place 150 youth in jobs throughout the county,” said Shamar Herron, “Every year we’ve been able to grow the program, and we’re proud to see the ongoing development of our young people each year.”
Shamar, thanked the Club for our donation to the program this year. He said,"their are kid's that come in with no socks, not alone having some professional clothing for a job. The money went to giving them the tools to get a job. From buying them clothe and showing them how to shake a managers hand and looking them in the eyes at a job interview.
Past President Peg Windsor with Shamar Herron, Deputy Director Michigan Work!
At Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Luncheon on May 23, 2019 our speaker was Washtenaw County Commissioner Andy LaBarre.
A county commission (also known as a board of county commissioners) is a group of elected officials charged with administering the county government in some states of the United States. 
The commission acts as the executive of the local government, levies local taxes, administers county governmental services such as prisons, courts, public health oversight, property registration, building code enforcement, and public works such as road maintenance.
Andy was elected to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners on January 1, 2013. He was elected to his third term on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners in 2016. Andy represents District 7, located in the eastern half of the City of Ann Arbor. For 2017 he served as Chair of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.
At the RCAAN Luncheon Andy talked about some topics that are being worked on right now in Washtenaw County:
  • Gelman Dioxane Plume:
  • Gelman Sciences (now Pall Corp., a division of Danaher Corp.) polluted groundwater in parts of Washtenaw County, including parts of the City as well as Ann Arbor and Scio Townships, when it improperly disposed of industrial solvents containing 1,4-dioxane between 1966 and 1986.  That pollution has since spread through the aquifer.  The City is engaged with neighbouring communities and the state to, among other things, push Gelman to delineate, contain and clean up its pollution.  To that end, the City has, for example, intervened in litigation in Washtenaw County Circuit Court brought by the State against Gelman.
  • Washtenaw County provides mental health services to adults with a severe and persistent mental illness, children with a severe emotional disturbance, and individuals with a developmental disability, residing in the county.
  • There's a $150 million gap between the cost of health care and what's provided to Michigan's public mental health system, according to a recent analysis released by the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan (CMHAM). Only 4 percent of the funding provided to the CMH system is available to serve Michiganders without Medicaid who need mental health services, according to the CMHAM press release.
  • Among the recommendations include restoring General Fund dollars to the system, setting Medicaid rates to match demands and costs, and removing the local match draw-down obligation from budget boilerplate. CMHAM sees these changes and others as ways to modernize the funding system.
  • "There are new demands, new crises and new conditions in every community throughout Michigan, which the original financing structure did not account for," said CMHAM CEO Robert SHEEHAN, in a statement. "These include the opioid crisis, incarceration of those with mental health needs, the recognition of the prevalence of autism, increased homelessness and more -- yet the system is still operating from a decades-old funding structure."
Andy then took some questions from Rotarian's.
  • Some of the question topics was:
  • Washtenaw County Roads
  • Washtenaw County Jail
Before Andy started his talk, Pres. Joyce handed out red noses for Red Nose Day which was today May 23rd. ​​​​​​
Red Nose Day is a campaign with the mission to end child poverty by funding programs that keep children safe, healthy, and educated. Through the power of entertainment, Red Nose Day bring people together to laugh and have fun, all while raising life-changing cash for the children that need it the most. Since our debut in 2015, we have raised over $150 million and have positively impacted over 16 million children in America, and around the world.
On Saturday May 18, 2019 Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North had the 5th Annual Golf Invitational. 18 foursomes (72 players) teed off to support many of Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North’s humanitarian and service projects in Ann Arbor and around the world such as:
  • Boy's and Girl's Scouts
  • Heritage Girl's
  • Fisher House Ann Arbor
  • Community Action Network Washtenaw County
  • Food Gatherers
  • Environmental cleanup and sanitation for girls schools in Nepal
  • Sanitation and vocational training for rural women in India
  • Medical supplies for disadvantaged communities in Brazil
  • Micro-finance for small entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
A Shelter Box display was featured at the RCAAN Golf Outing. RCAAN members helped Rotn Derek Locke of Rotary Club of Hines Park Dearborn (D6400) and received hands-on training on erecting and deploying a tent intended for use in disaster areas around the world.
Click  HERE  for photo's of the Golf Invitational
At May 16, 2019 Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon because of the cancellations of our speaker we has  an assembly.
In place of the speaker, we had Karen Karry in attendance to accept a donation check for Fisher House Michigan. Ann Arbor North donated $2000.00 and because of the Memorial Day Match by the Masco Company it's total was $4000.00.  
Karen announced, "on June 14, 2019 (Flag Day) the Fisher House Ann Arbor, will be having the ground breaking for the first Fisher House in Michigan." It will start at 10:00 AM at the Veterans' Hospital in Ann Arbor which is located at 2215 Fuller Road.
Karen also announced, "that Art Holst a big supporter of Fisher House and Ann Arbor Rotarian passed away last December, on Saturday May 25th. there will be a memorial service to honor him at First United Methodist Church Ann Arbor, starting at 2:00 PM."
Karen invited, everyone to attend both the ground breaking and the memorial service.
Karen Karry receiving a check from RCAAN for Fisher House Michigan presented by President
Elect Eric Tindall.
Bob Greenhough (WWII Verteran), Karen Karry and President Elect Eric Tindall presenting
FHM check to Karen
At the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon on April 2, 2019, Gerry Jackson talked about his mission trips to Guatemala.
Gerry and a team of Rotarian's, last November went to Guatermala for a eye mission, to support clinic Casa Colibrí, a not-for-profit humanitarian organization committed to helping the Mayan people of northwest Guatemala improve their lives through programs in health, education, and infrastructure.  
The team of five Rotary District 6380 members, brought 1200 pair of used glasses that were already sorted to ease the ability to find an appropriate pair of glasses for the patients. They also brought in and provided 1000 pairs of new sunglasses to help prevent cataracts, and 400 pairs of new readers.
In addition to the 10-hour difficult  drive from Guatemala City to clinic Casa Colibrí through rough terrain and mountains, they unpacked and organized the clinic before 4 solid days planned to see patients ranging in age from school age children, through 80’s.
The team brought with them 1200 pair of used glasses that were already sorted to ease the ability to find an appropriate pair of glasses for the patients. They also brought in and provided 1000 pairs of new sunglasses to help prevent cataracts, and 400 pairs of new readers.
A total of 341 patients were seen and most were given prescription glasses. All were given sunglasses. Sunglasses were also given to anyone that came with the patient as well as to all the local children that came by for a visit.
Gerry Jackson said, "fitting a person with glasses, so that they can see clearly for the first time, is quite an awesome experience and really does a heart good! They have the biggest smiles on their faces"
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.
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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: 
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
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