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Ann Arbor Area Rotary Clubs
Ann Arbor: Wednesday, 12:00 p.m., Anderson Room, Michigan Union
Ann Arbor North: Thursday, 12:00 p.m., Holiday Inn, Near The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor West: Thursday, 6:15 p.m., Quarter Bistro Restaurant
Brighton: Tuesday, 12:15 p.m., Brighton Community Center
Chelsea: Tuesday, 12:15 p.m., The Common Grill Restaurant
Dexter: Thursday, 7:30 a.m., Terry B's Restaurant
Livingston Sunrise: Friday, 7:15 a.m., Genoa Medical Center
Milan: Tuesday, 12:00 p.m., Don Juan Mexican Bar & Grill
Ypsilanti: Monday, 12:00 p.m., EMU Student Center
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Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North, 50th Anniversary - Logo
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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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.
Next Thursday (July 27, 2017) Sarah Brabbs, is giving a presentation titled, It's Not Me, It's You - Changing Defensive Communication. . Please join Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North to hear her talk.​​​​​​
Talk Description:
We all know defensiveness when someone acts defensive towards us – and when we are defensive with others. It can be hard to see past defensiveness and know how to navigate it.
Come learn all about defensive communication – why we do it, what we can do instead, and how to move ourselves and others beyond a defensive communication climate.
Workshop Presenter Bio
Sarah Brabbs, M.A. author of “So People Say You’re an Asshole: A Book for You, People Who Love You, and People Who Work with You” spends her time speaking, training, and inspiring people to proactively improve their communication skills, experience immediate impactful change, and enjoy deeper, more meaningful and productive relationships both at work and at home.
She has been referred to as a “catalyst for change.” Jody Heath, a Vice President at Manpower in Ann Arbor, says this about Sarah: "I enjoyed the presentation so much that I attended it a second time to reinforce what I learned."
Sarah is a professional speaker who works with the business community and individuals.
A more detailed description of what she does can be found at
Her book will be available at our lunch event, is on Amazon, and at (signed copy + other products).
At RCAAN Luncheon on July 20, 2017 Christine Chessler from Recycle Ann Arbor, told us about the recycle program in Ann Arbor. 
Christine told us that Recycle Ann Arbor run's the:
  • Reuse Center: Recycle Ann Arbor’s ReUse Center offers more than 20,000 square feet of store space, selling a huge variety of household and building materials at affordable prices. The ReUse Center also offers Urbanwood for sale.
  • Drop off Center: Serving residents and businesses located in Washtenaw County and beyond, the Drop-Off Station has an extensive range of services. Operated by Recycle Ann Arbor, a 501(c)3 non-profit, the Drop-Off Station receives no funding from local government and relies on fees paid by site users to maintain the services provided.
  • Recovery Yard (Formerly Calvert's): Recycle Ann Arbor's Recovery Yard is Michigan's only non-profit construction and demolition recycler, providing prompt and reliable service to southeast Michigan. The professional and experienced staff will work with you to meet any C&D recycling needs, whether the project is large or small. Whether you are clearing out a basement, remodeling, moving, or your project involves demolition, concrete work, or new home construction, they will make sure your debris is handled in an environmentally-responsible manner. Our goal is to recycle the maximum amount of material from each construction site.
  • Curbside Recycling: Recycle Ann Arbor is contracted by the City of Ann Arbor to collect recyclables weekly at the curb from City of Ann Arbor residents, in a single-stream collection system. Single-stream recycling allows all recyclables to be placed into one recycling bin without separating papers from containers. Single-stream recycling is easy and convenient, which encourages residents to recycle the most materials possible.

Christine Chessler-Recycle Ann Arbor
Also at our Luncheon Scott Nelson finished up his awards by giving Gail Scott a Hero of the Year Award for her service of taking on the treasurer position this year after no other member stepped up to fill the position. Also she had a meeting at the beginning of the year to guide him through the year, so the year would be great, like it was.
Scott Nelson and Joet Reoma had a great time at our Butterfly Garden on Sunday and Monday. Scott Nelson said, "the work is going steady but sure."
Butterfly Garden
On August 3, 2017, Howdy Holmes from Jiffy Mix and retired Indy Car Driver, will be our speaker. Please come and join us, to welcome him.
Chief Executive Officer and President
After successfully competing in the world of motor sports for 20 years, Howdy returned to the family business in November of 1987. As a race car driver, Howdy won championships, and was the “Rookie of the Year” at the Indy 500 in 1979. He competed in six Indy 500 events. When he retired in 1988, he held the best average finishing record of anyone who started more than four events. 
As a businessman, Howdy operated a motor sports marketing company and an advertising company, which served the motor sports community. Holmes authored an award-winning book called, “Formula Car Technology” and was a contributing writer for magazines and newspapers about racing. He was also one of the first color commentators on racing for ESPN. 
Upon returning to “JIFFY” in 1987, Mr. Holmes led a transformation of the then 100 year old family business.  With the help of others, a professionally managed strategic vision was successfully introduced.   
Today, known for their Quality and Value, “JIFFY” Mixes is uniquely positioned for the 21st Century. “JIFFY” is the market-share leader in retail prepared baking mixes. In 2007, Chelsea Milling entered the Institutional market, selling to mass feeders such as large hotels and prisons. The Company is currently building a new mixing tower to service Institutional and Food service customers. 
Rev. October 2015
Biography from Pamela Balyeat
Executive Assistant to Howdy Holmes, President & CEO
Corporate Administrator
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor Event: Howdy Holmes- Jiffy Mix
Jiffy Mix Web Page: Jiffy Mix
At our luncheon on July 13th,  Les Huddle from Rotary Club of Ypsilanti, came to talk about the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.  The Festival this year is August 25th, 26th, and 27th at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti. 
Les told us, the Heritage Festival has been going through hard times in past years, because of the recession.  He told us, about the steps he took this year, to bring the Festival back after they almost decided not to have it.
He told us, the Festival needs volunteers and described, how to sign-up on SignUpGenius. 
If you attend the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival this year, you will see a lot of entertainment including live bands. You can take a Hot Air Balloon Ride or a Helicopter Ride, and can have some tasty festival food.
Ypsi Heritage Festival
Written by Scott Nelson
Work Day Sunday and Monday, July 16th and 17th at 6:30 AM, any help will be appreciated.
The photos demonstrate the joy generated by Butterfly Gardening. At Huron River Day, it was decided the first work day of the year would commence at 6:30 AM Monday (July 10th).
A catbird sang melodiously as great progress was made.
Two and 1/2 hours later, the windows of heaven opened up - in perfect timing - and thoroughly watered the garden.
The next planned work days are for this coming Sunday and Monday at 6:30 AMJuly 16 and 17. Let us know (Joyce Williams, Scott Nelson or Joet,) if another time works better for you. 
See you at the garden!
On July 9, 2017, Scott Nelson, Eric Tindall, Manish Mehta, Joyce Williams, Bob Greenhough, and Joet Reoma manned the Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden table at 37th Annual Huron River Days at Gallup Park. 
The RCAAN Member's, tested Children's education on the Monarch Butterfly and educated their Parent's about our Butterfly Garden.
Click link for more photos: 37th Annual Huron River Days 2017
Huron River Days 2017
Huron River Days 2017

Upcoming Events

August 5, 2017 (SATURDAY) - Muskegon, MI - CANCELED
October 14, 2017 (SATURDAY) - Ridgetown, ON
February 10, 2018 (SATURDAY) - Shipshewana, IN                   
During Registration, you will need to select which level to attend. There are three parts (Part I, Part II and Part III) and the Parts must be taken sequentially. That is you must take Part I before you can take Part II and you must take Part II before you can take Part III.
Cost for each training session in 2017 will be $75.00 and includes full breakfast, lunch, and all training materials.
Class Day Schedule
Program starts with a full breakfast and introductions at 8:00 a.m.
Classes start promptly at 9:00 a.m.
Lunch is provided
Class adjourns at 4:00 p.m.
Discounted room rates for staying the night before at hotels have been arranged. You must contact the hotel directly. 
Hotel details will be added as soon as they are available 

August 5, 2017 (SATURDAY) - Muskegon, MI - CANCELED

Baker College of Muskegon
1903 Marquette Ave, Muskegon MI 49442 
Hotel TBD

October 14, 2017 (SATURDAY) - Ridgetown, ON

Training Venue: University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus
120 Main St E,
Ridgetown, ON N0P 2C0
Hotel TBD

February 10, 2018 (SATURDAY) - Shipshewana, IN

Blue Gate Garden Inn (hotel and training venue)
800 South Van Buren Street
Shipshewana, IN 46565


Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change.
Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.
1.Promoting Peace
Rotary encourages conversations to foster understanding within and across cultures. We train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict.
2.Fighting Disease
We educate and equip communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases like polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. We improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in developing areas.
3.Providing Cleanwater, Sanitation, and Hygiene
We support local solutions to bring clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to more people every day. We don’t just build wells and walk away. We share our expertise with community leaders and educators to make sure our projects succeed long-term.
4.Saving Mothers and Children
Nearly 6 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. We expand access to quality care, so mothers and their children can live and grow stronger.
5.Supporting Education
More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.
6.Growing local Economies
We carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and create opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. We also strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.
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Six Areas of Service
Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden
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Upcoming Events
Lunch Sign-Up
July 27, 2017
Copeland, Matt
August 03, 2017
Broderick, Tammy
Kroger Community Rewards
Kroger Community Rewards
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North is registered in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Sign up and start making money for The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Foundation (Kroger Community Rewards #21725).
  • 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 NPO number (#21725) 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.