Rotary Club Of Ann Arbor North
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(Formally the Holiday Inn)
3600 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI  48105
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The "Get Your Ask On" Challenge.​​​​​​

Pres. Eric Tindall announced the "Get Your Ask On" Challenge on December 05, 2019.
- The RCAAN Member that gets a new member and is their sponsor by June 30, 2020, will receive a free year of dues payed.
For each guest that attends our lunch or event, our members will greet them friendly, and talk up Rotary. When this challenge is successful, it will bring Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North many new members in the very near future.
So "GET YOUR ASK ON" or "GET YOUR ASK IN GEAR", like IPDG Jane McManus, would say and lets find our newest members to help us spread Rotary causes.
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No Luncheons due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) until June 12, 2020.
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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 The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Lunch Meeting on June 4, 2020 the club's speaker was Rosalys Peel, the Author of "Mike and Me". 
June 2011 her beloved husband of 45 years, Michael, died of Alzheimer’s. Three years later, Peel returned once again to face Alzheimer’s this time with journal notes and pen in hand. Over the next three years, she wrote the story of their life as husband wife who hoped beyond hope that they could continue to live together at home throughout the course of Mike’s illness. 
Rosalys Peel said, "Every two minutes someone in America is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Most will face this discouraging illness with their wife, husband or partner at their side. And yet the typical “Alzheimer’s couple” has no idea how to make the most of what lies ahead.
This is the predicament Rosalys loving husband Michael and her found themselves in when they discovered that Mike had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Over 35-plus years of marriage they had always dealt with problems together. But now they were advised to start preparing themselves for the day when Mike would surely be moved from our home to an outside care facility. They simply weren’t ready to accept that.
“I don’t want to leave you and our home,” Mike told Rosalys—so Mike & Roslys made a deal. Despite all the scary stories they were hearing about this disease they decided to stand up to Alzheimer’s and defy the statistics as long as possible. Together they would go right on pursuing the hopes and dreams as husband and wife, confronting the disease together in their own home, and living the fullest life possible…for as long as possible.
Rosalys started writing a journal during Mike's illness. The  journal was a safe place where she could give words to her worries, concerns and fears. It’s where she logged the frustrations and setbacks that Mike and Rosalys encountered, but also where she recorded and celebrated their many victories, large and small. Day by day, her journal chronicled the astonishing power of mutual love, patience, compassion and stay-at-home care. Over time Rosalys became convinced that other couples and caregivers might be able to benefit from some of the new approaches Mike and she were learning.
With the journal she created which at first was to document Mike's health for his doctor's she created a book called "Mike & Me: An Inspiring Guide For Couples Who Choose To Face Alzheimer's Together At Home".
There were many unknowns for Mike and Rosalys during their 9 ½ year journey with Alzheimer’s. "Mike & Me" is designed to be bridge that gap for couples who are now in that chapter of their life. Peel tenderly guides the reader with stories, journal notes, and insights as she shares what happened when and how they dealt with each unknown along the way.
Using her knowledge as a wife of a husband who died of Alzheimer’s and renowned educator who understands child development and couple relationships Peel steps forward to now be a new voice in the fight against Alzheimer’s.
Want to learn more about "Mike & Me", take a look at the following links.
Facebook: @MikeandMeBook
Twitter: @PeelRosalys
Eagle Harbor Book Co. & Amazon
At The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Lunch Meeting on May 28, 2020, the club had the annual Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Foundation Assembly. 
Lisa Hudy, Foundation Treasurer, presented what The RCAAN Foundation has accomplished this year.
The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Foundation Donations 2019-2020
July 2019
Donation Purpose
Breakfast at St. Andrews
In honor of Virginal Nordby
Down’s Syndrome Support Team
Sponsor 15th Annual Buddy Walk
A A Rotary Club Polio Luncheon
Lunch at Weber’s on Oct. 23, 2019
August & September 2019
Donation Purpose
Community Action Network
Donation for School Supplies
Michigan Works! SE
Youth Services Program
October & November 2019
Donation Purpose
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan
Support for 1 troop
Three Cedars Farm (CAN Children)
Cost for Annual Trip to Pumpkin/Corn Maze/Donuts with
Children from Green Baxter Court
December 2019
Donation Purpose
Clean up Butterfly Garden
Youth Exchange
Youth Exchange Students Holiday Event
At the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Lunch Meeting, the speaker was Bo Bunnell, talking about The Great Lakes.His topic was called "Changes in Lake Michigan Fish and Fisheries. 
Bo talked about Lake Michigan's timeline. Their are 4 time periods in the Great Lakes, pre-1930, 1930-1966 the "Lamprey/alewife" era, 1966-1994 "Salmon" era and 1994-present "Mussel era.
He decribed the major drives during each era and what the Fish communities were.
Major Drives
Fish Community
Beginning late 1800's:
Habitat destruction;
  • Lake Trout (LT)
  • 8 native whitefish & 2 sculpins
"Lamprey/Alewife" Era
Sea Lamprey, Alewife
  • No top predator
  • (Extinction of 5 whitefish), alewife, rainbow smelt, 3 whitefish, sculpins
"Salmon" Era
Lamprey control,
Salmonine stoking, Nutrient control
  • 4 salmonines & LT 
  • alewife, rainbow smelt, 3 whitefish's, sculpins
"Mussel" Era
Zebra, then quagga mussels
  • 4 salmonines,& LT,
  • alewife, rainbow smelt, 3 whitefish, sculpins & gobies
In summary Bo said about Lake Michigan:
  • Lake Michigan has undergone wholesale changes in its "food-web" (from nutrients to invertebrates to fish).
  • Fantastic fishery management success stories- Pacific salmon fishery.
  • Lake less suited for salmon today- most species don't exploit benthic energy sources (mussels to gobles
  • Managers aiming for a diverse fish community- more capable of adapting to changing conditions, and resistant to new invaders.
On April 14, 2020, Edward Roseman, a Research Fishery Biologist at the USGS Great Lakes Science Centertalked at The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Lunch Meeting. Ed talked about the river channels of the Great Lakes.
There are five river channels that connect the Great Lakes they are:
  1. St. Mary's River
  2. Huron-Erie Corridor 
  • St. Clair River
  • Lake St. Clair River 
  • Detroit River
  1. Welland Channel
  • Upper River 
  • Lower River
  1. Niagara River
  2. St. Lawrence River
The St, Mary's River Ecosystem Services includes:
  • Industry/Steel Production
  • Shipping/Transportation
  • Hydro-Electric Generation
    • 5 Hydro Plants
  • Fishing and Habitat
  • Boating
  • Little Rapids Habitat Restoration
  • Tribal Commercial and Fisheries 
Click READ MORE for rest of the story.
At The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Lunch Meeting the speaker was René Pothetes, Rotarian and Past President of Troy Rotary.
René Pothetes said, "a strong healthy body, and resilient mindset, can be forged with sustainable, and sane habits.  My purpose is to help you implement strategies so you can achieve things you never thought possible that impact every area of your life."
Her business is Eat, Evolve, Inspire! which helps individuals to stay healthy by eating healthy food.
René Pothetes, explained that there is 4 pillars of healthy living. She talked about two during her talk:
1. Sleep: 
  • Every human body process is involved in sleep (they shot down so when you wake up, they are ready to work). 
  • Sleeping is one way that your body recovers from damage and protects itself against illness.
  • Adequate amounts of sleep are necessary for healthy bone marrow.
  •  To properly execute a difficult project at work, for example, your brain needs seven to eight hours of sleep. Your brain also needs that much rest to most efficiently carry out “automatic” tasks like hormone secretion.
  • Sleep deprivation can send the body’s sympathetic nervous system into overdrive, causing the release of greater amounts of the hormone adrenaline. This tells the body’s tissues to be prepared to take immediate action. It makes the heart work harder. People who are sleep-deprived are at greater risk for developing hyperlipidemia, or high cholesterol, which can lead to heart attack or stroke. So do your heart a favor and get to bed early tonight.
2. Nutrition: 
  • Food provides the energy and nutrients you need to be healthy.
  • Helpful hint: the food that is in the outer rimes of the store is healthier, then in the isles. Food in the isles are processed foods and are not healthy.
  • Buy nutricius food. A lot of food is crap, and your body does not know what to do with crap.
  • Eat Grass fed meats
  • To keep your food cost lower their are ways you can learn to eat cheaper. An example is Avocados, since you peal off the top layer you do not need to buy organic.
During this time of the coronavirus eating healthy is needed to stay healthy.
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Mark your calendars for 20-26 June for an exciting opportunity to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first virtual convention – for free!

Together, we’ll still experience the spirit of Rotary, be inspired by innovation, celebrate our resilience, and explore how clubs are addressing COVID-19. Join us to experience Rotary in action during our Flag Ceremony, witness the power of connection during our general sessions, learn new ways to engage with Rotary during our breakout sessions, find inspiration from our global speakers, and much more.

We have never needed Rotary — and we have never needed each other — more than we do now. We hope to see you online, because Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World.

Signup for this free event will be available at the end of May.
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With Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North’s financial support, Swaroop from Hut-K Nutrilicious, prepared much needed and delicious meals to the Delonis Center (Shelter Association of Washtenaw County), on May 06, 2020. 
Also on April 22, 2020, Swaroop, gave a shot out to Ann Arbor North on Food Gatherers Facebook Page, "a big thank you, goes to Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North, the Kumon, the AMMA Center, and the many individuals whose financial support helps fund these much needed and delicious meals on behalf of our Community Kitchen meal guests!"

"You are all heroes in the fight against hunger and all of us at
Food Gatherers are so grateful for all you are doing!"
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At the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Lunch Meeting on April 30, 2020, the club had the first speaker on Zoom during the COVID-19 crisis. 
Our lunch speaker was Christina Eisenberg, an Ambassador of the Guatemala Literacy Project. The Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) is one of the largest grassroots, multi-club, multi-district projects in Rotary. More than 600 clubs and 80 districts have been working together since 1997 to improve education for underserved students in Guatemala. In that time, nearly 225,500 students have been served through four sustainable programs that are tested and proven to work. In 2017, RI President Ian Riseley called the GLP “the gold standard of Rotary projects” for its sustainability and impact.
Christina said, "the GLP partners with impoverished communities to implement four complementary programs.":
  • Reading: Trains teachers in effective reading instruction and provides them with quality children’s literature.
  • Textbooks: Provides textbooks to middle schools and trains teachers to use them effectively in the classroom.
  • Computers: Teaches students to use technology to solve real-world problems so they can secure better jobs.
  • Youth Development: Transforms young lives through youth development, social support, and scholarships.
Lastly Christina told us how we can get involved in the Project.
To get involved CLICK HERE
On April 23, 2020 the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North meeting was once again on Zoom. Their was 15 individuals at the meeting including Diana Edwards, Rotary International membership Chair, and Mike and Immediate Past District Governor Jane McManus.
Immediate Past President Joyce Williams sent President Eric an update to the PPE Project, which follows:
  • The Mask Challenge is going well. We gave 1000 masks to Ascension Hospital in Rochester and we have several smaller hospitals including Chelsea Hospital where we will be delivering masks as soon as they come in. 
  • We are also raising quite a bit of money from clubs in the district.
  • Rotary got a shout out in Gretchen Whitmer’s April 20th address, where she thanked the Rotary in Washtenaw, Macomb and Oakland Counties for our mask donation.
  • To donate and for more information, Click here.
Mike McManus invited the club to Webinars from Zone 30 and 31, of Rotary International Leaders that are doing talks about Rotary. The next webinar is Tuesday, April 28th, of Past Rotary International President Barry Rassin. For Past Webinars and future talks, click here.
Diana Edwards talked about some events going on, even during the stay home stay safe order. Both Diana, Mike and Jane asked us to join them, for a COVID-19 #RotaryResponds one-hour global Telethon to raise critical funds for disaster response grants. The goal is to raise more than $1 million dollars. This Facebook Live event will be simulcast on Rotary International's Facebook page and will be simulcast in 8 languages. REGISTER at today. Click here for Facebook events page.
Diana also memtioned that since the Rotary International Convention was canceled, in late June there will be a Webinar Convention where their will be individuals talking about Rotary, projects and much more. Stay tuned for more information later.
Due to the Coronavirus The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Meeting was received by Zoom, once again, on April 16, 2020.
In Immediate Past President Joyce Williams, absents President Eric read a statement from her that follows:
  • Lisa is sending $1000 to district as our donation for mask project.
  • Rotarians are asked to sign up on the website to donate personally or volunteer to deliver masks.
  • Vineet Katial from AA West and Joyce are coordinating the deliveries. The deliveries are considered an essential service and you will just be dropping them off, getting a signature from the recipient and taking/have someone take a quick photo of yourself with the donation. The state has asked for the photos. Please wear Rotary clothes when delivering. 
Then we had Swaroop, of the Hut-K Fusion to talked about his feeding the homeless at the Delonis Center. Swaroop requested our help in funding meals for first responders, like St JosephU of M Hospitals and others.  
Lastly during the meeting, Pres. Eric, showed a video of John Hewko, which he gave at The Rotary International Conference in 2019. John is General Secretary, of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation (RC of Kyiv, Ukraine). His talk is as timely today as it was last year in June.
The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North had the second virtual meeting on April 09, 2020. There was 16 attendees including Mike and PDG Jane McManus. 
Joyce Williams, who is leading Ann Arbor North's participation, talked about the PPE project, Vineet Katial from Ann Arbor West ordered 3,000 -3 Ply general purpose disposable masks at $1 each; and 1,000 FDA approved N95 masks at $3 each from a supplier. This order has been received and has been distributed to U of M Medicine and St. Joseph Hospital in Ann Arbor. 
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North has approved a $1000.00 donation for future masks going toward the following District 6380 Program:
A District  COVID-19 Disaster Committee has been formed and they have been actively working on a plan, where we can help our health care workers. We have applied for and received a $25,000.00 Rotary International Disaster Grant, the District has put up an additional $20,000.00. With this seed money we will be purchasing N95 masks to be distributed to hospitals through out our district. Joyce Williams Ann Arbor North has been selected the point person who will prioritize delivery based on recommendations from the Michigan Community Service Commission. The following is a list of hospitals that we are focusing on to start.
  • Henry Ford
  • Beaumont
  • St Joseph Hospital
  • U of M Medicine
  • Chatham Kent Health Alliance 
The last part of the meeting we went around to each member and they described what they have been doing during this lock down. Everyone seemed fine.
Make sure your attend next weeks Zoom virtual meeting on Thursday, April 16th at 12:00 PM.
CLICK HERE to watch virtual meeting on Facebook.
If you are asking, how Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North members can help?
Here is how:
  • Copy the PDF Flyer of "Here to Support My Community: I Can Help." Put on an individuals door that may not be able to get out for food or anything they really need for themselves.
  • Support local restaurants that are doing pick up service.
  • U of M Hospital need donations for COVID-19!!!!! bottle of hand sanitizer or bleach wipes. March 22, 2020, 12:00-5:00 PM, at North Campus Research Complex, at the corner of Huron Parkway and Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor. Details at
  • Senior centers and hospices are not allowing visitors, send out notes of inspiration and thoughts (with clean hands)  
Rotary club of Ann Arbor North, paid for the materials for this table display (photo below). Washtenaw Optimal Wellness persons practicing Blue Zones method will have optimal wellness and survive Covid 19 better:
Washtenaw Optimal Wellness (WOW), is a community organization of individuals committed to the health and longevity of the citizens of Washtenaw County. WOW are business people, medical professionals, city and county government leaders, as well as school and university educators that are passionate about making our community healthy. 
The table will be at health fairs to give out information on healthy living.
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's speaker on March 12, 2020 was Doug Campbell from Hope Clinic
Doug said, "Hopes mission is, we partner with people in need, to make lives better through holistic care; providing free Medical, Dental, Food, and Care + Prayer In Jesus’ Name." 
At Hope’s Medical Clinics, you can get free primary care, even if you are uninsured or under-insured. Hope workers, will work with you to get access to public insurance, if you are eligible. If you need a specialist, Hope will do the best to refer you to one through our network of specialty care providers. Hope can always refer you to an area hospital for lab and radiology services at no cost.
Doug explained, "since 1982, Hope has given attention to the forgotten corners of our community, bringing light to the beauty that exists there, and investing in hope for the future." "We've empowered people who felt overwhelmed by the immensity of the problem, and guided them to find small things they could do with great love, and over time that has made a big difference." "Last year, for example, we met over 40,000 requests for help. All those small things have made a big difference in thousands of lives here in southeast Michigan."
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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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