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History of Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North
 
The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North was chartered on December 26, 1967, by it's parent club Rotary Club of Ann Arbor. The founding President was Paul Meyer's. 
 
The original club was considered at first as the North Campus Club. It was more of a "knife and fork" club and didn't really do very much for the cause of Rotary. The club first met at The Lord Fox Restaurant in Dixboro. The Lord Fox Restaurant, was an old farmhouse built in 1880 and was then converted into a restaurant in 1920.
 
 
Then the club meetings moved to North Campus Commons. Then to the Holiday Inn on Washtenaw, before moving to our current location at the Holiday Inn, Near The University of Michigan. 
 
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North, offered modest scholarship support after the club was established, and worthy non-profit organizations were given financial gifts.
 
Rotary Club Of Ann Arbor North has had speaker's almost every week since the founding of the club . Among the speaker's were Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino's Pizza, Howdy Holmes, Chief Executive Officer and President of "Jiffy" Mix and former Motor Sports Driver, John Barfield, founder of Bartech Group Inc., and Don Canham, U of M Athletic Director.
 
On May 4,1987, the U.S.. Supreme Court ruled that Rotary clubs may not exclude women from membership on the basis of gender. Rotary issued a policy statement that any Rotary club in the United States can admit qualified women into membership. 
 
After women were admitted to Rotary Club Of Ann Arbor North, everything changed and the club became more active. Virginia Nordby was the first female member of our club, followed by Gail Scott.  
 
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North, have given birth to six new Rotary Clubs in the Ann Arbor Area. The Chelsea Club, was created in 1987. Bob Thornton was Chelsea's first President and they meet at Lumm's Restaurant.
 
In November 1990, the former Briarwood Club was formed, meeting at the Ann Arbor Hilton. The first President was Jean Willing under District 6380 DG Stan Tulak. 
 
Greater South Lyon Rotary, was formed as an Extension Club on December 12, 1994, under President Ed Knighton's leadership . Its weekly meetings took place at the South Lyon Hotel. This first Extension attempt failed.
 
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North, created the Rotaract of University of Michigan in March 1995. Doug Schwalm was the interim President with help from Julie Davis (Mt. Clemens), DG Tom Davies, Phil Zepeda, and Herb David. Later Ann Arbor North had to give the leadership of U of M Rotaract Club to Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, because it became to big for Ann Arbor North membership size.
 
On March 28,1998, Ann Arbor North formed the Dexter Club. Michigan State Rep. John Hansen and Phil Zepeda agreed this Charter would be 50% men and 50 % women. The Club Chartered with a women as its first President.
 
Lastly, Ann Arbor Rotary West, was created on December 12, 2014. Bob Overhiser a Past RCAAN President became first President of the West Club. They meet at the Quarter Bistro on Stadium Blvd Ann Arbor.
 
The RCAAN Foundation was then created in 1991 by Phil Zepeda with help from Ted Sichler, Jim Menlove Gerald Bradley, and Mike James, to provide services at local level and to supplement the world wide service of Rotary International
 
In 1991, Bob Greenough, formed The Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden in Gallup Park, with help from the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Department. RCAAN continues to maintain the Garden to this day.
 
In 1997, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North recorded, a folk CD called The Music of the Great Lakes. Among the songs on the CD was The Great Lakes Song, and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The songs were sung by various member's of our club. Proceeds of the sale on the CD went to The Rotary Club Of Ann Arbor North Foundation.
 
Music of the Great Lakes
 
This year we  Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North is celebrating our 50th Anniversary, by creating some long term fundraisers. Ann Arbor North will continuing the Golf outing in May.