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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Mad Hatter Masquerade Dinner Party: November 3, 2018 At The Holiday Inn Near U of M
For Registration Form Click Here
3600 Plymouth Road Ann Arbor MI 48105
Date & Time: November 3, 2018 from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Contact Peggy Windsor, with any questions.
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?
What We See... People of Action
What We See.... People of Action
and change our community and the world? Ask us how.
Upcoming Keynote Speakers
Bob Parent from Tri-County Sportsman's Club was the speaker at the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor Norths Luncheon on October 18, 2018.
Tri-County Sportsman's Club is located in York Township, with 47 acres of land. The club is one of the oldest sporting club's in Washtenaw County, founded in 1939.
Bob explained, what the Sportsman's Club offers:
  1. Ranges: TCSL offers rifle, pistol, archery, trap, and IDPA action ranges. Range fees, hours, rules, and more are available on each range’s page.
  2. Eduction: TCSL offers a variety of training courses to educate users on firearm basics, as well as hunter safety and personal protection.
  3. Facility Rental: TCSL has a ballroom, meeting room, full service bar, kitchen with banquet facilities, beautiful grounds, and a gazebo which can be used for outdoor weddings and other events.
  4. Special Events: Hamburger Night, Friday Night Steak Fry, Board, Membership Meetings and more.
Karen Diane Kerry, also talked about the Stories of Service, An Evening At Hill Auditorium at the Luncheon. Karen described the concert on November 5th will give riveting stories of service, of some of our own Michigan Veterans. For more information on Stories of Service, Click Here. 
it's time for Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's fall outing with the Green Baxter Court Children. Members of RCAAN, Children from Green Baxter Court, their Parents and Volunteers from Community Action Network will be going to Three Cedars Farm at 7879 Six Mile Road, Northville MI 48167, from 2:00-4:30 PM on October 20, 2018.
Their will be a corn maze, a Barn Yard Play Land, Hay Rides, pumpkins, donuts, and apple cider.
If you have question or would like to volunteer for the 2 1/2 hour event, contact Meera Talwar, Eric Tindall or Joyce Williams
RCAAN & Green Baxter Court Fall Outing
At the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon on October 11, 2018 Rodger Park was the Keynote Speaker and he described Gerrymandering in Michigan.
Rodger said, "at this time, politicians draw their own districts this creates a conflict of interest. When politicians have the power to draw voting maps, they have the power to hand-pick their voters." 
"Michigan voters can end gerrymandering in Michigan before 2021 when the next election maps are redrawn." Rodger works for Voters Not Politicians which mission is to end gerrymandering by passing Proposal 2 this Election Day. 
Voters Not Politicians, propose an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission of registered Michigan voters to draw voting districts using guidelines that ensure fairness to all. They believe that the voters of Michigan - not politicians - should be entrusted with this important and monumental task.
Rodger Park described that a vote yes on proposal 2 will do the following
  • Voters, Not Politicians: An Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) will be in charge of the redistricting process. The Commission will be made up of 4 Democrats, 4 Republicans, and 5 voters who affiliate with neither party with representation from across the state. Political insiders (politicians, consultants, lobbyists) will be banned from serving on the Commission.
  • Transparency: Instead of secret closed door meetings, the ICRC is required to conduct its business in public hearings that are open to input from across the state. All proposed maps and the methodology/data to create them must be submitted as public reports. Everything down to the variables used by the computers to draw the maps will be available to the public.
  • Fairness: The fairness of any idea to reform partisan voting maps comes down to how the maps themselves end up being drawn. The ICRC is required to follow a prioritized set of criteria and standards when drawing the maps. A minimum of 2 Democrats, 2 Republicans, and 2 voters who affiliate with neither party on the Commission must approve the final maps. This prevents one political party from controlling the process. 
Before Rodger's talk, Pres. Joyce Williams presented Scott Nelson with a plaque given by Immediate Past District Governor Barry Fraser, for all of Scott's great work with Rotary District 6380 in 2017-2018.
Jenna Saldaña from El Porvenir Talked About Water Sanatation At the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon on Oct 4, 2018.
Jenna is Director of U.S. Operations for El Porvenir. Jenna said, "the mission of El Porvenir is Improve the standard of living of rural Nicaraguans through water, sanitation, health education, and watershed management projects."
Since 1990, El Porvenir has worked side-by-side with rural families and schools in Nicaragua to construct wells, latrines, village washing facilities, school hand-washing stations as well as support reforestation projects.

Carole Harper, a judge in California, founded El Porvenir in 1990 after serving as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua. She started El Porvenir to address the lack of clean drinking water in rural communities and respond to the determination of local people to improve their living standards.

Jenna explained, "Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western hemisphere." In a country where 37% of rural people have no safe drinking water (UNICEF) 

Only 37% of rural Nicaraguans have sanitation facilities. El Porvenir's sanitation projects include household double pit latrines, community wash stations, and school hand washing stations.

  • Household double pit latrines: This system is sustainable as a family can cycle through the two ventilated pits. By the time one is full, the second one is safe to empty out. In certain situations, El Porvenir also partner with families to build pour flush latrines and composting latrines.
  • Community wash stations: Women in rural Nicaragua typically wash their family's clothes on rocks in streams -- they bathe there, too. Community wash stations are clean, concrete facilities where women can wash clothes without having to carry water or clothes long distances. They also include 2 or 3 shower stalls where people can bathe in privacy -- a true luxury for rural people. Washing clothes and bathing with clean water also reduces the incidences of skin infections.
  • School hand washing stations: Children who attend schools with latrines and hand washing stations are 20-30% less likely to miss school than children who attend schools without these amenities (CARE). In each schoolyard, the hand washing station is situated between classrooms and the latrines so students see it and remember the importance of washing their hands.  
Before Jenna started her presentation, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North discussed two other topics, Rotary District 6380 Assistant Governor Collyer Smith stepped in for Immediate Past District Governor Barry Fraser and presented Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North a plaque for our 50 Year Anniversary.
Then Gail Scott made an announcement about our Mad Hatter Party on November 3rd with rose colored glasses.

El Porvenir

Rotary District 6380


On September 27, 2018, the speaker at Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon was Bruce Friedman about street art around the World. 
Bruce Friedman worked thirty-three years on the faculty in the Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School. He retired in 2006 with an interest in exploring new hobbies and skill sets in addition to traveling. In 2014 Bruce took up an interest in photography after taking a course at WCC.
In May - June 2018, thirty four of Bruce's street art photography's were displayed at Ann Arbor JCC. Fourteen of his photo's where purchased and proceeds went to the JCC.
Bruce told us three things he wanted us to take home about his talk:
  1. "My whole professional career was based on what I "know" rather than what I "show"."
  2. "Never occurred to me that I had any "artistic" talent; photography has elicited this from me".
  3. "Lesson to be learned is that all of us have a unknown talent that can/should be explored."
Bruce gave us a definition of street art: "Street art is visual art created in public locations, usually unsanctioned artwork executed outside of the context of traditional art venues. Other terms for this art includes "independent public art", "post graffiti", and "non-graffiti", and is closely related with urban art and guerrilla art."
Bruce talked about how he uses a regular compact camera with a fixed lens. He showed how he photo shops the photos, and showed us some of his work.
Bruce donated 2 of his works for RCAAN's Mad Hatter Dinner Party on November 3rd. For a second look at his work and presentation click following,
Before Bruce's presentation we had a Bala Murthy a Rotarian from Washington DC talking about a new Rotary Fellowship called The Global Yoga and Meditation Fellowship (GYMF).  
He has Conducted Yoga & Meditation Workshops at RI Evanston, RI Convention (RIC) Toronto and at various Rotary Clubs, and Collaborated with Rotarians from 25 nations at the House of Friendship Booth in Toronto RIC.
The purposes of the fellowship is:
  • Reach out to schools to impart Yoga & Meditation practices to enhance Mindfulness & Wellness. 
  • Create communal harmony and promote peace.
  • Create a community of Yoga & Meditation practitioners in each club. 
  •  Create a network of like-minded Rotarians to continue Mindfulness & Wellness education.
  • Create communal harmony and promote peace through Yoga and Meditation.
He wants the fellowship to connect Rotarians & families to share best practices in Mindfulness & Wellness, and train interested Rotarians & families in Yoga & Meditation.
Rotary Washington DC

If you missed it the first time, Shirts and Zip-Up Hoodies are available again!
Buy a T-Shirt of Zip-Up Hoodie by October 31st and Feed a family 
this Thanksgiving!
For Team Turkey 2018
Buy a shirt or hoodie and feed a family! We're getting ready for the holidays and are raising money to deliver fully cooked Thanksgiving meals to deserving families in the Oakland County area! Last year we delivered Thanksgiving meals to just over 130 families. This year, with Birmingham, Troy, West Bloomfield, and Sterling Heights clubs involved, we hope to more than double that number! In order to accomplish this great task, we need your help! You can buy a shirt, zip-up hoodie, or just donate to this great service project!
Thank you for anything you can give!
Stories of Service
Veteran Storytellers from 5 different eras share their stories on stage. You won't want to miss this moving evening!

General admission tickets are FREE and available via

Join us for the stories, and stay for the silent auction to raise funds for
Fisher Houses Michigan!
Date: Monday November 5, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Hill Auditorium 
825 North University Avenue 
Ann Arbor Michigan 48109
For more information about Stories of Service, An Evening With Veterans At Hill Auditorium go to their website at
Do you know a Veteran that needs a job? Tell the Veteran about this event.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Registration: 9:00 AM
Presentation: 9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
Hiring Event: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Washtenaw Community College - Morris Lawrence Building located at 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48105
1) Opportunity to meet over 30 Veteran-friendly local employers
2) Special presentation
3) Employment package and light refreshment
88% of the attendees were “Satisfied”or “Very satisfied” with our Hiring Event 2017
“I started with two companies to start. I found several more to my delight. I left feeling positive. ”
“Received several interviews and met with a number of companies. ”
“Thank you for having the recruiters. I was able to get answers and find useful resources.
I really appreciate this opportunity. ”
The TOP 20
1. Friendship / Fellowship / Community: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.
2. Business Development: The second original reason for Rotary's beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross-section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.
3. Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary ensures continuing growth and education in human relations and personal development.
4. Leadership Development: Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education. Leadership is all about learning how to motivate, influence and lead leaders.
5. Citizenship in the Community: Membership in a Rotary club helps develop better community citizens. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of any community.
6. Continuing Education: Each week at Rotary, there is a program designed to keep members informed about what is going on in the community, nation and world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers on a variety of timely topics.
7. Fun: Rotary is a fun and exciting place to be.
8. Prestige: Rotary members are prominent people: leaders of business, the professions, art, government, sports, military, religion, and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Its ranks include executives, managers, and professionals - people who make decisions and influence policy.
9. Citizenship in the World: Every Rotarian wears a pin that says "Rotary International." There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary club. Every Rotarian is welcome - even encouraged - to attend any of the 30,000 clubs in 194 nations and geographical regions. This encourages new friendships in both local and world communities.
10. Assistance When Traveling: Traveling Rotarians can secure medical and professional assistance as well as services and advice from fellow Rotarians throughout the world.
Grants 2017-2018
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Foundation Grants for 2017-2018
Polio Plus Donation
Rotary Foreign Exchange Student
Family of Hurricane Harvey Victim
Empowering Services Inc.
Fundação Clínica Carmem Lucia
Fisher House
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in India
Ann Arbor Jaycees
Boy Scouts of America, Huron Trails
Girl Scouts, Heart of Michigan
Habitat for Humanity
Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance
Breakfast at St. Andrew's
Nepal Sanitation Project
Rotary Global Grants Scholarship
Project Dignity
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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