Posted by Eric Tindall on Nov 30, 2018
In addition to Linda Sproul's presentation on Concordia University, we had a few other special announcements at Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Luncheon, on November 29, 2018. 
Dick Rosenfeld from Rotary Club of Jackson MI, attended the lunch and announced that he just celebrated his 53rd anniversary in Rotary.
Also, children of American Heritage Girls said, thank you for the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's donation of $500.
The children filled 74 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. One item in the boxes was 24 Adidas Soccer Balls and a pump, which AA North's donation helped purchase (Click here for what else was in boxes).
Lastly at the luncheon, ADG Collyer Smith presented, Past President and RCAAN Member's, the Presidential Citation Award.
Collyer said, "the Presidential Citation Award is a very big achievement, out of the 56 clubs in Rotary District 6380 only 8 received the award for year 2017-2018."
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Posted by Eric Tindall on Nov 29, 2018
On November 29, 2018, Linda Sproul, talked about Concordia University in Ann Arbor, at Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Luncheon.
Linda said, "similar to Rotary, service is an integral part of the daily life and mission at Concordia University. Not only is service a core value, as we strive to service others in caring, helpful, and knowledgeable ways, but our mission is not fulfilled until our students go out into the Church and the world as servants of Christ."
Linda gave us a brief history of Concordia. On September 30, 1962, Lutherans from across Michigan gathered on the grounds of the former Earhart estate in Ann Arbor to install the cornerstone of a building that would soon become the centerpiece of a new college. 
The institution was originally established as Concordia Lutheran Junior College, but underwent multiple name changes over time. The institution changed its name to Concordia College when it began offering four-year degree programs in 1976, and ultimately became Concordia University Ann Arbor in 2001.
In July 2013, a strategic partnership between CUAA and Concordia University Wisconsin became official. Within the first years after the merger, the campus underwent major renovations and enhancements, including to residence halls, the student union, athletic fields (including a new football field), and the dining hall.
In 2015, the university purchased a former law school building located just across the street form RCAAN's meeting place (Holiday Inn, Near the U of M). The “North Building” now houses the campus’ School of Nursing, which will teach the students in Concordia's newly approved Physician Assistant Studies Program.
Linda said, "due expanding academic programs and athletic offerings, enrollment reached an all-time high at Concordia University Ann Arbor during the 2017-18 academic year with a total of 1,081 students. Since 2013, CUAA’s enrollment has grown more than 60 percent, and in 2017 it earned a spot among the fastest-growing private universities in the Midwest."
Click Read more, to watch video about Aretha Franklin's Piano, located in Ann Arbor.
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Posted by Eric Tindall on Nov 17, 2018
At Thursday's November 15, 2018, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor Luncheon Rotarian Jeff Crause, Finance Adviser from Edward Jones talked about Finance and the Stock Market.
Jeff's, biggest point in his talk was that the stock market is cyclical. Cyclical means a business or stock income, value, or earnings fluctuate widely in the economy or a cycle of the seasons. This means in the stock market your investments will always have highs and lows. 
Jeff showed the club some charts and graphs that showed how the market is cyclical. So do not always just sell off a stock because a down turn.
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Jeff Crause Talks About Finance At The November 15th, RCAAN Luncheon. Eric Tindall 2018-11-17 05:00:00Z 0 Edward Jones,Jeff Crause,Stock Market
Posted by Eric Tindall on Nov 15, 2018
On Saturday, November 3, 2018 Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North had a fun and entertaining fundraiser called the Mad Hatter Masquerade Dinner Party.
We had terrific and funny performances by Tea and Whimsy from Metro Detroit improv, a local improvisers who participate in the community improv meetup group on a weekly basis.
Mad Hatter Mad Men performed dinner music. They are part of the Cabaret Cast of 25 which will be appearing at the Village Theater in Canton on February 6th 2018, proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.
We selected the raffle winners and the best costume of the night. The performers of Tea and Whimsy judged the best costume contest, which the lady in the Cleopatra costume won.
Lastly, the band called Jeff and The Deck Chairs, performed so the audience could dance.
Thank you, to all that performed and attended the Mad Hatter Masquerade Dinner Party. Stay tuned for next years RCAAN Dinner Party. It will be just as great!
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Posted by Eric Tindall on Nov 08, 2018
At Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Luncheon, on November 8, 2018, Bill Vollano introduced the speaker, John Kinzinger.  John talking about Warriors And Caregiver United, where he is President.
Warriors And Caregivers United  (wacu) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that helps Warriors and Caregivers in a non-judgmental, safe, and unassuming environment. They focus not just on helping the Veteran; equally important are the Caregivers, families and friends. They invite Caregivers and loved ones to attend the functions and events with or without their Veteran. Warriors And Caregivers United, know that families need a safe place to turn just as much as the Veteran. They offer that to them.
John said, "My desire, is to do something to address suicide among local Warriors." That is the reason he created Warriors and Caregivers United. "Among our experienced cadre of Vietnam Veteran mentors, we have a goal; if we can save one, it is worth everything we put into WACU. Our vision is to develop an organization that focuses on helping PTS Warriors and their Caregivers move forward toward lives of normalcy."
Before John's talk, Assistant District Governor Collyer Smith, presented Past President Peg and President Joyce, the End Polio Now Certificate for RCAAN's part in ending polio in 2017-2018.
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John Kinzinger Talks About Warriors and Care Givers United On Nov. 8th. Eric Tindall 2018-11-08 05:00:00Z 0 ADG Collyer Smith,End Polio Now,John Kinzinger,Veterans,Warriors And Caregivers United
Posted by Eric Tindall on Nov 07, 2018
At Monday's (Nov. 5th) "Stories of Service: An Evening At Hill Auditorium", in an impromptu “ceremony”, DG Jane presented a check to Rotarian Scott Nelson for $750 as the District’s match for a Simplified Grant awarded to Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North for collaboration with Agrarian Adventures (a non-profit that teaches gardening and sustainability concepts to middle school students).
The funds will be matched with Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's $1500 contribution for installation of new indoor gardening and hoop structures to train students at Ann Arbor Tappan Middle School.
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Agrarian Adventures Simplified Grant is Approved. Eric Tindall 2018-11-07 05:00:00Z 0 Agrarian Adventure Hoop House,District Governor Jane McManus,Scott Nelson,Tappan Middle School
Posted by Eric Tindall on Nov 01, 2018
At November 1, 2018 Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon, Rotarian Gail Scott told us the history of the Girl Scouts. In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low  founded Girl Scouts of the USA.
Born Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon on October 31, 1860, in Savannah, Georgia, “Daisy,” as she was known, descended from a long line of strong and independent women. 
A meeting in 1912 with Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouts, inspired Juliette to establish Girl Scouts that same year. Telephoning a cousin from her home, she announced, "I've got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we're going to start it tonight!"
Using her innate talent for fundraising and public relations, combined with her vast network of friends and supporters, she led Girl Scouts with passion and determination—ensuring it was, and always would be, an experience that was “girl led.”
Gail, showed the club an old Girl Scout Manual and Uniform, given to her when she was Girl Scout CEO of The Huron Valley Council .
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Rotarian Gail Scott, Tells Ann Arbor North The History Of The Girl Scouts. Eric Tindall 2018-11-01 04:00:00Z 0 Girl Scouts,Juliette Gordon Low,Past District Governor Gail Scott
Posted by Eric Tindall on Oct 25, 2018
Vic Fleming from the Rotarian Magazine, was the speaker at the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Luncheon on October 25, 2018. Vic started off his talk by telling about himself.
Vic was elected as a district judge for the City of Little Rock in 1996, and reelected in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016. 
Vic has written two books of legal humor, including Real Lawyers Do Change Their Briefs.  He has published a collection of crossword puzzles entitled I Swear.
Vic explained, "his crossword puzzles have appeared in the New York Times and many other newspapers, magazines, The Rotarian, The American Lawyer; and several books, including the Simon & Schuster Mega Crossword series and Random House Casual Crosswords."
he appeared in the 2006 documentary Wordplay, which also featured a song that he wrote. The song is called "If You Don't Come Across, I Am Going To Be Down." Click here for a YouTube video, the second song in the video, Vic performed at our luncheon.
Vic said, "many of his crossword puzzles are collaborations with famous individuals. The New York Times crossword puzzle published on Friday, May 12, 2017, was collaboratively constructed by Fleming and former president Bill Clinton."
Vic talked about the history of the crossword puzzle, and that all the Rotarian Magazine Crosswords has Rotary Themes. He said, "he did a Four Way Test crossword and many Rotary International Convention location crosswords."
Before the Luncheon Vic created a crossword with the RCAAN Board. Click here to solve it.
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Vic Fleming The Crossword Person For The Rotarian Magazine Talked About Crossword Puzzles. Eric Tindall 2018-10-25 04:00:00Z 0 Crossword Puzzle,Rotarian Magazine,Vic Fleming
Workday With Give 365 At Gallup Park and Butterfly Garden, on Sunday, Oct. 21st. Eric Tindall 2018-10-20 04:00:00Z 0 Butterfly Garden,GIVE 365,Gallup Park
Posted by Eric Tindall on Oct 19, 2018
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. 
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World Polio Day Event at Ann Arbor Rotary on October 24th Eric Tindall 2018-10-17 04:00:00Z 0 End Polio Now,World Polio Day
Posted by Eric Tindall on Oct 13, 2018
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
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Posted by Eric Tindall on Oct 11, 2018
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.
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Rodger Park Describes Gerrymandering In Michigan. Eric Tindall 2018-10-11 04:00:00Z 0 Gerrymandering,PDG Barry Fraser,Proposal 2,Rodger Park,Scott Nelson,Voters Not Politicians
Posted by Eric Tindall on Oct 04, 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

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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.
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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!
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On September 15, 2018, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North had a work day at the Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden in Gallup Park.
We had five High School Students from Huron Interact Club, plus Arnav from Green Hills brought by Meera Talwar . There were 4 adults from The American Heritage Girls who brought 9 children. From Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North we had Bob Specht, Joyce Williams, Eric Tindall, Scott Nelson, and Joet Reoma. 
Everyone participated in pulling unwanted weeds and putting down mulch.
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Butterfly Garden Work Day On September 15, 2018. Eric Tindall 2018-09-24 04:00:00Z 0 Butterfly Garden,Gallup Park
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Do you know a Veteran that needs a job? Tell the Veteran about this event.
Meet 30+ Veteran-Friendly
Local Employers!
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. ”
Special Presentation
Debby Bezzina
Presenter: Debby Bezzina, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institue (UMTRI)
Debby Bezzina holds a BS in electrical engineering, an MBA, and program management professional certification (PMP). Ms. Bezzina has over thirty years of experience in the automotive industry, and has served as a program manager for eighteen years.
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Posted by Eric Tindall on Sep 20, 2018
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.
Why Join Rotary?
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Milan Rotary and KCAH are looking for families, individuals, community organizations, church groups, school classes, etc., to help in the packing of these valuable complete meals. 
This is a family event that all can participate in, bring your children and give them the joy of helping others.
Please visit to learn how just pennies can feed a family. 
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Posted by Eric Tindall on Sep 15, 2018
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
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Stories of Service An Evening With Veterans At Hill Auditorium. Eric Tindall 2018-09-15 04:00:00Z 0 Fisher House Michigan,Stories of Servcie,Veterans
Posted by Eric Tindall on Sep 13, 2018
Bishop Grant Young from Man to Man Enterprise Inc. was the speaker at the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon on September 13, 2018.
Bishop Grant described, "that Man to Man Enterprise Inc. is a community based non-profit organization that promotes healing, education and empowerment to men marriages, healthy images for son's and daughter's and serves as a support to healthy relationships with our fellow man"
With so many issues in the world, economic pressures, poverty, single parent homes, violence sicknesses and the core of these is a huge lack of men! 
According to statistics because of a lack of education, no family structure, fatherless children, the result of these are overcrowding in our judicial systems and many other physiological pressures that plague our society.
A look at alarming statistics would cause anyone to awake to seeking answers that would help provide healing to fallen and most valuable asset to society is Man!
There is no question that children who grow up in a fatherless homes have a much greater risk of major challenges in life than those who grow up with a father in the home.
Consider just a few questions:
  1. Incarceration Rates: Young man who grow up in homes without a father are twice as likely to end up in jail as those who come from traditional two parent families
  2. Suicide: 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes. (Source: What Can The Federal Government Do To Decrease Crime and Revitalize Communities? from the National Institute of Justice, 1998, Pg 11).
  3. Behavioral Disorders: 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes.
  4. High School Dropouts: 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.
  5. Juvenile Detention Rates: 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes.
  6. Confused identities: Boys who grow up in father-absent homes are more likely than those in father-present homes to have trouble establishing appropriate sex roles and gender identity.
  7. Criminal Activity: The likelihood that a young male will engage in criminal activity doubles if he is raised with out a father and triples if he lives in a neighborhood with a high concentration of single parent families. (Source: A. Ann Hill, June O'Neill, Underclass Behaviors in the United States, CUNY, Baruch College, 1993)
After looking at such staggering statistics we must have a working plan for men to revive, rehabilitate and ultimately create responsible males in our society if we are to have hope for the next generation of upcoming male fathers, husbands and mentors.
Above information was given to the club by Bishop Grant in his brochure called "Man to Man Enterprise Inc.: Men Helping Men Reach Their Destiny" "It takes a Man, To Make A Man".
Bishop Grant also talked about, their largest fundraiser which is schedules for October 12, 2018. It is a Sponsors & Supporters Banquet at The Ann Arbor Regent Hotel. Click Read more for invitation. 
Before Bishop Grant's talk, President Joyce presented Diane her Paul Harris +1 Award.
Man To Man Enterprise Inc.
Bishop Grant Young Man To Man Enterprise Inc.
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Posted by Eric Tindall on Sep 08, 2018
Scott Nelson and Steve Lessons, is having a work day at the Butterfly Garden on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. They are planning on having many little hands working, from the American Heritage Girls to Huron High School Interact Club. 
They will be shoveling bark to the garden and pulling unwanted weeds. Please come out and help.
Butterfly Garden
Butterfly Garden Workday Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 Eric Tindall 2018-09-08 04:00:00Z 0 Butterfly Garden
Posted by Eric Tindall on Sep 07, 2018
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
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Foundation Grants 2017-2018 Eric Tindall 2018-09-07 04:00:00Z 0 Grants
Posted by Eric Tindall on Sep 06, 2018
Arlene Golembiewski, Executive Director & President  of the Sherbo Foundation of Sierra Leone was the speaker at Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Luncheon on September 6, 2018.
Sherbro Foundation uses all volunteers with the mission of helping rural Sierra Leone move from poverty to self-reliance through education and economic empowerment.
The Ann Arbor Rotary Club contributed $10,000 and coordinated grant contributions from six other Rotary Clubs: Ann Arbor North, Dexter and Ypsilanti in Michigan; plus Cincinnati, Wilmington, N.C. and Pune, India. Rotary District #6380 and the Rotary International Foundation provided matching funds for this two-year global grant. This grant has provided:
  • Fruit Orchard on a Commercieal Scale:
    • The goal is to fund education savings accounts opened for newborns, which parents can continue grow with their own savings. By the age of twelve, a child will have money for their secondary school education. While fruit trees mature, orchards are inter-planted with annuals crops of rice, couscous, corn and vegetables for short term operating income.
    • The chiefdom records births of newborns and prepares affidavits to exchange for government birth certificates. Government birth registration doesn’t reach this inaccessible rural area. CCET-SL facilitates securing legal birth certificates for these babies. 
Parents of newborns will receive fruit trees to grow for income they can save for their child’s education, reviving an old tradition with a modern goal.
    • The grant has created seven forest preserves to protect drinking water sources, wildlife and trees to benefit of future generations. These will be the first locally organized preserves in Sierra Leone, as Bumpeh Chiefdom strives to protect its all-important natural environment and counteract climate change.
Arlene said, "Thanks to our grant this project has done all this great work."
About Us
Arlene Golembiewski Mary Avrakotos Sherbro Foundation Sierra Leone
Arlene Golembiewski, From Sherbro Foudation Sierra Leone Was The Speaker At RCAAN Luncheon on September 6th. Eric Tindall 2018-09-06 04:00:00Z 0 Arlene Golembiewski,Mary Avrakotos,Sherbro Foundation Sierra Leone
Posted by Eric Tindall on Sep 02, 2018
At Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Luncheon on August 30, 2018, our speaker was District 6380 Governor Jane McManus. 
Jane's talk focused on Rotary International President Barry Rassin’s 2018-19 theme “Be the Inspiration.”
Jane McManus
District Governor Jane McManus
District Governor Jane McManus Was our Speaker on August 30th.  Eric Tindall 2018-09-02 04:00:00Z 0 District Governor Jane McManus
Posted by Eric Tindall on Aug 31, 2018
At August 30, 2018 Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon, we had the pleasure inducting two new transfer member's. President Joyce Williams inducted Meera Talwar from Rotary Club of Delhi Metro and Veteran Bill Vollano from Rotary Club of Ypsilanti. 
After Joyce finished the induction ceremony, Rotary 6380 District Governor Jane McManus, presented them with this years theme pin, "Be The Inspiration". 
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Step right up In Rotary’s membership game, everyone’s a winner
District Governor Jane McManus Meera Talwar William Vollano
Two New Ann Arbor North Member's Inducted on Aug. 30 2018. Eric Tindall 2018-08-31 04:00:00Z 0 District Governor Jane McManus,Meera Talwar,William Vollano
Posted by Eric Tindall on Aug 23, 2018
Lindsay Way was the speaker at Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Luncheon, on August 23, 2018. She is President of The Agrarian Adventure.
Lindsay talked about the hoop house, that was built in 2006 at Tappan Middle School. This hoop house has been used as a winter garden for students at Tappan. Over ten years since the hoop house was built, produce has found its way to classroom and outdoor tastings, school cafeterias, student-prepared meals, and homes of Tappan families and garden volunteers, fundraiser events, local business, the Backdoor Food Pantry and Food Gatherers.
Lindsay described, that a few years ago individuals vandalized the plastic around the house. The plastic protected the plants and workers in the winter. 
Lindsay appreciates, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's $1500 grant, that the board approved on August 6th. With our grant, and help from other community supporters, Agrarian Adventure will be able to buy plastic, to make the hoop house new again.
Lindsay Way Tappan Middle School The Agrarian Adventure
Lindsay Way From The Agrarian Adventure Talked At Aug. 23rd Luncheon Eric Tindall 2018-08-23 04:00:00Z 0 Lindsay Way,Tappan Middle School,The Agrarian Adventure
Posted by Eric Tindall on Aug 16, 2018
On August 16, 2018, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North speaker was Olivia Habart. She is the founder of, A2 Entrepreneurs Club at Washtenaw Community College.
Olivia, said, "I started A2 Entrepreneurs because when I started at WCC, I did not see many clubs at the school and I thought that was wrong." She explained, that at every meeting, she has a Business Owner talk about their businesses and entrepreneurship. 
Olivia, has already started a couple clubs at Washtenaw Community College and she said she would be willing to help get more started.
Olivia Habart
A2 Entrepreneurs Club Olivia Habart Washtenaw Community College
Olivia Habart From A2 Entrepreneurs Club at Washtenaw Community College Talks on August 16th. Eric Tindall 2018-08-16 04:00:00Z 0 A2 Entrepreneurs Club,Olivia Habart,Washtenaw Community College
Posted by Eric Tindall on Aug 09, 2018
At Thursday's, August 9, 2018 Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon we had a Club Assembly. 
Bob Greenough danced during his Happy Dollar. Watch video at Dance by Bob Greenough
We had a special guest at the lunch. Katherine Dyer the President of Waterford Rotary attended our lunch and gave a happy dollar.
Peg Windsor made an announcement about the Mad Hatter Party. The party will be a blast. "Save the date", it is scheduled for November 3, 2018 at The Holiday Inn, Near the University of Michigan.
Katherine Dyer Mad Hatter Party
Club Assembly During Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon on August 9, 2018. Eric Tindall 2018-08-09 04:00:00Z 0 Katherine Dyer,Mad Hatter Party
Posted by Eric Tindall on Aug 05, 2018
On August 2, 2018, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North had the Club Luncheon at the Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden located in Gallup Park.
Bob Greenough, one of the founders of the Butterfly Garden, gave a brief history of the Garden.
Then we had a good discussion on how we are going to maintain the Garden in the future.
The weather was great, sunny and temperature in the 80's. 
Butterfly Garden​​​​​​
Butterfly Garden 
Butterfly Garden
Luncheon At The Butterfly Garden on August 2, 2018. Eric Tindall 2018-08-05 04:00:00Z 0 Butterfly Garden
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 31, 2018
Event: One Rotary Summit
Date and Time: September 8 , 2018 / 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Fee: $15.00, includes club tools, light continental breakfast, and beverage service throughout the day.
Location: Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, 1275 S. Huron St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Details: This is your opportunity to learn why and how Rotary is changing lives in our community and around the world. Participate in focused discussions about the great opportunities and benefits of being a Rotarian.
Registration: Click Here or go to
One Rotary Summit participants will explore the synergy between membership, public image, and humanitarian service.
As a participant you will ...
  1. Be prepared to answer the question, “Why Rotary?” 
  2. Be inspired to build membership, enhance public image, and do humanitarian service through The Rotary Foundation
  3. Understand the value of being a Rotarian   
  4. Be inspired to be a part of Rotary’s Public Image campaign, People of Action
  5. Be the Inspiration, living out Rotary’s theme for 2018-19
  6. Take home a One Rotary Toolkit for use in your club
One Rotary Summit
One Rotary Summit Eric Tindall 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0 One Rotary Summit
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 29, 2018
This is Vern Hutton, last month he ordered Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North shirts for club members that wanted one. He said, "this is my contribution to the club since I can not do so much due to my age".  Although President Joyce said after that, He does contribute  and all RCAAN member's makes contribution to the club.
Diane Sheffrey, was not able to attend Presidents Brunch on July 1st. This photo is Peg Windsor presenting her with a plaque for her hard work last year as our Youth Exchange Director and being Adel's Host Mother for many months.
Diane Sheffrey Vern Hutton
More Highlights At July 26, 2018 Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon. Eric Tindall 2018-07-29 04:00:00Z 0 Diane Sheffrey,Vern Hutton
A Portion of Madison's Presentation Video. Eric Tindall 2018-07-28 04:00:00Z 0 Madison Vorva,Rotary Global Grants Scholarship
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 27, 2018
At Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Luncheon, on July 26, 2018, Madison Vorva talked about her life. 
When Madison was in Girl Scouts she was very involved in selling Girl Scout cookies. Then she noticed one day that one of the ingredients was Palm Oil.
She was fighting against the use of Palm Oils, since she saw a photo of a dead Orangutan, because of the deforestation to produce Palm Oil. She was successful and was honored by the United Nations as a "North America Forest Hero".
Madison's idol was Dr. Jane Goodall's. One day she had the honor to meet Jane and Madison was given the opportunity to work on the National Youth Leadership Council for Root's and Shoot's, Dr. Jane Goodall's organization for young people.

This fall, Madison will start pursuing her master’s degree in environmental policy at Cambridge University in England. Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, Rotary Club of Plymouth, District 6400, and District 6380 will fund a Rotary Global Grants Scholarship  to support her studies at Cambridge.

Madison, is very appreciative of the Scholarship and wants to thank and stay in touch with all the partners, that gave her the Scholarship.


Madison Vorva Rotary Global Grants Scholarship
Madison Tells Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North About Her Life on July 26th. Eric Tindall 2018-07-27 04:00:00Z 0 Madison Vorva,Rotary Global Grants Scholarship
Steve Finishes Painting The Arch On The Arbor Of The Butterfly Garden. Eric Tindall 2018-07-26 04:00:00Z 0 Butterfly Garden
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 22, 2018
You will not want to miss this Thursday's Speaker at the RCAAN Luncheon. Madison Vorva, our Global Grant Scholar will be telling about herself. 
Madison is a member of the Cum Laude society.
She ran varsity cross country and track her first two years of high school. Besides participation in school athletics, Madison is an intensive dancer and dance teacher.
She was honored by the United Nations as a “North American Forest Hero” for her seven year efforts to promote the need for deforestation-free and traceable palm oil in Girl Scout cookies.
Madison is an ANNPower fellow through Vital Voices, a women’s leadership program sponsored by ANN Taylor and LOFT.
She is also on the National Youth Leadership Council for Roots&Shoots, Dr. Jane Goodall’s organization for young people. 
Ms. Vorva received a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship to study environmental policy at University of Cambridge, UK, starting this fall. Funders for the grant included our club, Plymouth Rotary club, Districts 6400 (Plymouth) and 6380 (our district) and matching funds from Rotary International.
Information for this story is found at Greenhills School Top Scholars
Madison Vorva
Madison Vorva Is The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Speaker This Thursday. Eric Tindall 2018-07-22 04:00:00Z 0 Madison Vorva
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 19, 2018
On July 19, 2018, at the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon, John Kinzinger, an Ann Arbor Vietnam Veteran, talked about the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial located at 7200 S. Huron River Drive (Veterans Drive).
John described, how they were planning to have the Memorial in Veteran's Memorial Park, but with after some problems, they decided to locate it on Huron River Drive in Ypsilanti.
On the Memorial are Vietnam Veteran's that were killed during the Vietnam War. It was built to honor and remember all Vietnam Veteran's of Washtenaw County.
For more information go to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial website.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
John Kinzinger Vietnam Veteran's Memorial
John Kinzinger, Talk About The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Eric Tindall 2018-07-19 04:00:00Z 0 John Kinzinger,Vietnam Veteran's Memorial
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 14, 2018
Many Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Members, went to the Lazy J Ranch for Jane McManus's Meet The Governor Party on July 12, 2018. 
They enjoyed a pig roast for dinner, Rotary fellowship and the banner pass down from past District Governor's to Jane.
Meet The Governor
Meet The Governor Party on July 12th. Eric Tindall 2018-07-14 04:00:00Z 0 Meet The Governor
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 02, 2018
The Rotary International Convention was held in Toronto Canada from June 23-June 27, 2018. Many Rotary District 6380 and eight Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North member's attended the Convention. We all will  "BE THE INSPIRATION".
RCAAN Member's that attended Convention:
  • Peg Windsor
  • Joyece Williams
  • Eric Tindall
  • Scott Nelson 
  • Steve (Doc) Lessons
  • Sherry Lessons
  • Tamra Ward
  • Bryan Schindel
Click HERE to see photo album of convention.
RI Convention
RI Convention
Rotary International Convention
Rotary International Convention 2018. Eric Tindall 2018-07-02 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary International Convention
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 02, 2018
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North finished the year on July 1, 2018 by having a brunch at Weber's Restaurant at 3050 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor. 
At this event Peg gave a recap of her year and Joyce talked about were we will be going next year. 
Click President's Brunch 2018 to see all photos.
President's Brunch 2018
Presdient's Brunch 2018
President's Brunch 2018. Eric Tindall 2018-07-02 04:00:00Z 0 Presdient's Brunch 2018
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 02, 2018
At Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon, on July 28, 2018, Karen Patterson, talked about the Huron Valley Humane Society.
HSHV's mission is to support the loving, responsible care of all animals in our community by:
  • Ensuring proper, nurturing care for the animals in our shelter
  • Placing all adoptable animals in loving homes
  • Reducing pet over-population
  • Caring for the physical well-being of animals in our community
  • Providing education and outreach to the community
  • Stopping animal cruelty
For more information about the Humane Society of Huron Valley.
HSHV Humane Society of Huron Valley Karen Patterson
Karen Patterson Talks about HSHV On June 28th. Eric Tindall 2018-07-02 04:00:00Z 0 HSHV,Humane Society of Huron Valley,Karen Patterson
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Tenth Anniversary of Micro Finance Project Invitation. Eric Tindall 2018-06-20 04:00:00Z 0 Micro Finance Project,Rotary Club of Gbagada
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jun 14, 2018
Linda Boone & Susan talked about Huron Valley PACE at Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's luncheon on June 14th.
Linda said, "Huron Valley PACE is located in Ypsilanti, MI and serves older adults age 55 or older who have ongoing healthcare needs and live within our service area."
Linda explained, "PACE provides all the care and services covered by Medicare and Medicaid, as well as additional care and services regarded as necessary by the interdisciplinary team. PACE provides coverage for primary and speciality care, prescription drugs, medical transportation, hospital visits, dental care, medical equipment, home care, as well as physical, occupational, and speech therapy, and other services."
You can join PACE if you meet the following conditions:
  • You are 55 years old or older.
  • You live in the service area of a PACE organization.
  • You are certified by the State of Michigan as meeting the need for the nursing home level of care.
  • You are able to live safely in the community with the help of PACE services when you join.
Huron Valley PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) provides a welcomed alternative to nursing home care for participants. The PACE model of care allows seniors aged 55+ to remain independent in their homes and communities while receiving the integrated social, wellness, and medical care services aging adults require.
Huron Valley Web-page
Huron Valley PACE Web-page
Huron Valley PACE
Linda Boone & Susan Talked About Huron Valley PACE At The Luncheon On June 14th. Eric Tindall 2018-06-14 04:00:00Z 0 Huron Valley PACE
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jun 14, 2018
The Rotary District 6380 Conference was May 4 - May 6, 2018 at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti At Eagle Crest. Eight Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Member's participated in the Conference.
  • Peg Windsor
  • Joyce Williams
  • Eric Tindall
  • Scott Nelson
  • Gail Scott
  • Steve (Doc) Lessons
  • Sherry Lessons
  • Tamra Ward
See all the photos by Mike McManus, by clicking Photos of District Conference.
Rotary District Conference 2018
Rotary District 6380 Conference
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Rotary District 6380 Conference Photos. Eric Tindall 2018-06-14 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 6380 Conference
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jun 14, 2018
At Last Thursday's Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Luncheon, Joet Reoma, invited us to the PACE-MI Recital Concert. PACE-MI stands for Philippine Arts & Culture Ensemble in Michigan. For details about PACE-MI and the concert see the flyers.
PACE-MI Final Poster
PACE-MI Recital Concert
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PACE-MI Recital Concert on June 30th. Eric Tindall 2018-06-14 04:00:00Z 0 PACE-MI Recital Concert
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jun 07, 2018
At Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Luncheon on June 7, 2018, Michael Kiehne from Michigan Legal Help was the speaker.
Michael explained, "Michigan Legal Help Website is for people who are handling their legal problems without a lawyer. It can help you learn about your legal problems and get ready for court. There are many Do-It-Yourself tools to help you create court forms.
Michael said, "the website does not give legal advice, and it is not a substitute for having a lawyer. If you need more help, search the website for a lawyer, community services, or a Self-Help Center nearby. The website does not cover all areas of law. Instead, it focuses on making some legal information easier to understand."
Michigan Legal Help
Michael Kiehne Michigan Legal Help
Michael Kiehne From Michigan Legal Help Talked At Lunch on June 7th. Eric Tindall 2018-06-07 04:00:00Z 0 Michael Kiehne,Michigan Legal Help
President's Brunch 2017 / 2018 Eric Tindall 2018-06-06 04:00:00Z 0 Peg Windsor,President's Brunch 2017 / 2018
Posted by Eric Tindall on May 31, 2018
Written by Jane McManus
There’s a New District Governor coming to town.  Grab your boots, hats, jeans and mosey on over to the Lazy J Ranch.  Jane McManus will be welcoming you to an evening of fun, fellowship and some good grub. 
Festivities begin with a cash bar at 6:00pm on July 12, 2018.  Get your appetite primed for a Pig Roast with all the fixins, (vegetarian and pasta options available).  Treat yourself to ice cream from the Good Humor cart. Burn those extra calories off with some good ole barn dancing.
So saddle up and get on over to the Lazy J located at 625 South Hickory Ridge Road, Milford, Mi  48380. See you there Pardner.
Meet The Governor - Thursday July 12, 2018
District Governor Jane McManus
Meet The Governor - July 12, 2108 Eric Tindall 2018-05-31 04:00:00Z 0 District Governor Jane McManus
Posted by Eric Tindall on May 31, 2018
Joanne Jarvi, from the Jewish Family Services was the speaker at lunch on May 31, 2018. Joanne is the Business Development Manager at JFS. 
Joanne said, "Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County is a private non-profit social services agency serving the greater Ann Arbor community since 1993. Originally established by the Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County to assist the growing number of refugee families in Ann Arbor from the former Soviet Republics, JFS has since grown into an organization providing programs and services ranging from older adult care giving to immigrant resettlement and career services."
She said, "as an agency in Washtenaw County that serves a diverse, international population, the mission of Jewish Family Services is to create solutions, promote dignity and inspire humanity."
Programs & Services:
Joanne explained, "that Jewish Family Services is not only for Jewish individuals, they serve all religions, races and ethnicities since 1993."
Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County Joanne Jarvi
Joanne Jarvi, Talked About The Jewish Family Services At May 31st Luncheon. Eric Tindall 2018-05-31 04:00:00Z 0 Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County,Joanne Jarvi
Posted by Eric Tindall on May 27, 2018

Toronto, Canada 

Inspiration Is Around The Corner

The Rotary International Convention will travel to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where there’s Inspiration Around Every Corner, June 23-27, 2018.

Toronto is a diverse city with lots to offer, including vibrant cultural, art, entertainment, and culinary scenes.

You’ll learn about new ideas, hear different perspectives, and gain new skills through engaging speakers, breakout sessions, and exhibits in the House of Friendship.
Register Now at

The last day to register online is June 27, 2018.


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Rotary International Convention 2018: Toronto Canada Eric Tindall 2018-05-27 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary International Convention
Posted by Eric Tindall on May 24, 2018
At today's Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Luncheon, Peg, bought Walgreen's Red Noses for every Rotarian and guest at the luncheon. Walgreen's sell Red Noses, so everyone can help end poverty.
We had two guest's at our lunch, Donald Sparky Leonard, District Governor Nominee and Meera Talwar, a visiting Rotarian from Delhi Metro.
Red Nose Day
District 6380
Rotary Delhi Metro
Donald Sparky Leonard Meera Talwar Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day at Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Eric Tindall 2018-05-24 04:00:00Z 0 Donald Sparky Leonard,Meera Talwar,Red Nose Day
Posted by Eric Tindall on May 21, 2018
On May 20th, 2018 Rotarians Dr. Karen Kerry and Dr. Andrew Gessert took part in a fundraiser for Fisher House of Michigan. The event was a charity workout hosted by Wolverine Strength and Conditioning in Ann Arbor. The workout was named after Michael Murphy a soldier killed in action on June 28th 2005.
Murph, as he was known to those close to him, died when he left his cover position and went to a clearing away from the mountains. He exposed himself to a hail of gunfire in order to relay crucial information to headquarters requesting immediate support for his team. He was shot multiple times during the engagement but managed to finish the call. While being shot, he signed off saying –“Thank You,” then continued to fight from his exposed position.
On July 4th 2005 Murphy’s remains were found by a group of American soldiers during a combat search and rescue operation and returned him to the United States. Nine days later, on July 13th 2005, Murphy was buried with full military honors at Calverton National Cemetery. 
A workout named in Michael’s honor is performed at CrossFit affiliates across the United States on or near Memorial Day. The workout is named “Murph” and consists of a 1 mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats and a final 1 mile run. 
This workout was one of Murphy’s favorite and he called it “Body Armor.”
When the charity workout was over the members of Wolverine Strength and Conditioning and all who participated raised just over $24,000 for Fisher House!
Andrew Gessert Fisher House Michigan
Andrew Gessert's Gym Hosts Fundraiser For Fisher House Michigan. Eric Tindall 2018-05-21 04:00:00Z 0 Andrew Gessert,Fisher House Michigan
Adela Talked About Her Year In the United States. Eric Tindall 2018-05-19 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary Exchange Student
Posted by Eric Tindall on May 12, 2018
Only a  Few Days Left to Double Your Money For FHM.
At Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon on May 10th, Karen Kerry, Board Member of Fisher House Michigan and Ann Arbor Rotarian visited the club to say, "that the house has started a campaign that will DOUBLE your donation dollar."
In November 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs approved the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System as the site for the first Fisher House. This year John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit has been added to the approved list for a new house.
To date Michiganders have donated more then $1.5 million toward Fisher House Michigan's construction commitment of $3.5 million for the Ann Arbor House. Because of the strong support of the community FHM has committed to breaking ground in Ann Arbor in 2019.
Karen said, "to keep things moving she wants everyone to join their 2018 Memorial Day Match Campaign."
This Memorial Day, Fisher House Michigan is asking you to honor a Service Member or Veteran in your life. Donate and double your impact between May 1 - June 30, every donor dollar will be matched by generous Michigan donors, led by a $100,000 challenge gift from Ann Arbor's American Legion Post #46
FHM Memorial Day Match Donation Card
Memorial Day Match Card - Front
Memorial Day Match Card - Back
Fisher House Michigan Karen Diane Kerry
Double Your Dollar For Fisher House Campaign.  Eric Tindall 2018-05-12 04:00:00Z 0 Fisher House Michigan,Karen Diane Kerry
Posted by Eric Tindall on May 10, 2018
You are invited to take a self guided tour of the trees planted on May 6, 2018. Click HERE for Google Earth images with a red circle show the exact locations of tree plantings at each site.
The addresses included are sufficient to guide your vehicle to each site using the Map APP on a smart phone. 
There are six sites, and they are in good numeric order to circle Ypsilanti township.
Look for the District 6380 tree tags. These are 40 of the fifty trees planted in Ypsilanti Township. The 10 remaining will be planted in due time by the Township. The other 50 trees have been and will be planted in Rolling Hills County Park. 
Tour of Tree Planting
Click Guided Tour Of The Tree Planting, to see where Rotarian's planted District 6380 trees.
Click HERE for more photo's of tree planting.
Written by Scott Nelson
Rolling Hills County Park Rotary District 6380 Tree Planting Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission
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Self Guided Tour of the Trees Planted At Rotary District Tree Planting Event. Eric Tindall 2018-05-10 04:00:00Z 0 Rolling Hills County Park,Rotary District 6380 Tree Planting,Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission
Posted by Eric Tindall on May 10, 2018
On May 10th, at the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon, Mike Score President of Hantz Group Farm Detroit (Hantz Woodlands) was the speaker.
John said, "Detroit neighborhoods have been in a downward spiral defined by expanding blight since the 1960's." John Hantz, long time Detroit resident and CEO of the Hantz Group, approached city government in 2008 with a proposal to revitalize neighborhoods using the skills and resources of Hantz Group employees to establish a large farm. The desired outcome was cleaner, safer neighborhoods, improved property values, a rekindled local economy, and improved schools.

The mission behind our investment is truly livable neighborhoods.
What the Hantz Group Farm Detroit (Hantz Woodlands) has done:
  • Removing Blight: Hantz Farms Detroit has worked with neighbors and sponsors to clear brush, weeds, and debris from more than 2,000 parcels within one square mile.
  • Demolishing Abandoned Structures: Abandoned structures attract illegal dumping, and are a source of danger within Detroit neighborhoods. Hantz Farms Detroit has invested more than $1 million to remove 62 dangerous structures from the landscape.
  • Planting Trees: Lots that were once defined by nuisance trees like mulberry and box elder have been improved with managed plantings of oak, maple, birch, and poplar. Volunteers have partnered with Hantz Farms Detroit to plant 25,000 trees in evenly spaced rows.
  • Entrepreneurship Training: Moving beyond neighborhood beautification, Hantz Farms Detroit is working in partnership with neighborhood schools and sponsors to help students explore entrepreneurship.
  • Vocational Training: Hantz Farms Detroit and Hantz Foundation works with sponsors to create hands-on learning experience in professional trades. 
  • Educational Services: Hantz Farms Detroit is available to participate in education and consulting work that assists leaders in expanding and improving urban agriculture as a new commercial sector within urban economies.
Click Hantz Farms Detroit for More Information.
Hantz Group Farm Detroit
Hantz Group Farm Detroit (Hantz Woodlands) Mike Score
Mike Score From Hantz Group Farm Detroit talked at Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon. Eric Tindall 2018-05-10 04:00:00Z 0 Hantz Group Farm Detroit (Hantz Woodlands),Mike Score
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Photo's From Rotary District 6380 Tree Planting. Eric Tindall 2018-05-07 04:00:00Z 0 Rolling Hills County Park,Rotary District 6380 Tree Planting,Wastenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission
Posted by Eric Tindall on May 03, 2018
Jay Vincent was our speaker at the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon on April 3, 2018. Jay talked about his book called "My Story: United States vs Jay Vincent" and at risk kid's.
Jay told, us he played for Michigan State University under coach, Jud Heathcote, where he teamed with Magic Johnson and Greg Kelser to win the 1979 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. 
In 2010 Jay made bad decisions in his business in East Lansing and was sentenced in September 2011 to prison for 5 years and a half years.
Jay Vincent told a story about when he was in prison, he tried to act brave and climbed a slab and told the criminals how bad he was. He told them he was a third degree black belt and if anybody challenged him they’d be in trouble. Most bought the story.
One guy did not.
“You might be a third degree black belt but I am 10th degree crazy,” one guy screamed back.
Jay said, "he did not say anything about having a black belt after that."
Today Jay writes books and talks to kid's about his hard times, so others can learn from them and live better lives.
Jay told us about a young man, that was looking like he was going down the wrong path. Jay took him to a library and described his experience in prison. The man listened and is now living a productive life and has never been in jail.
Jay wants to tell his story to help anyone who needs it. He would be happy to come to any event and talk about at risk kid's.
"I wish to lift the depressed and energize & inspire the rest."
                                                                                    -Jay Vincent
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Jay Vincent Was Our Speaker at the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon on April 3rd. Eric Tindall 2018-05-03 04:00:00Z 0 Jay Vincent
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I was honored and humbled to serve as “Toilet Warrior” on March 31 and April 1 for Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North (RCAAN) and D6380, for a final site tour, inspecting and assessing the impact of two Rotary Foundation sponsored sanitation-focused Global Grants which are led by RCAAN as international sponsor since early 2016. The two host groups were D3291 Foundation (representing 39 Calcutta area Rotary clubs), and the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Midtown (RCCM).
The goals of both sanitation projects are to end open defecation and break the cycle of generational poverty by empowering rural women with safe, private sanitation facilities so that they can educate their children better, learn sustainable vocations to augment their income, and thereby regained their dignity.
Calcutta (population ~15 million) is the home of Poet Rabindranath Tagore, India’s Nobel Prize winner in Literature, and is also known as City of Joy where Mother Teresa (beatified in 2016 as St. Teresa of Calcutta) served the poor and rescued the sick and orphans off the streets. (Two past D6380 delegations to Calcutta were led by PDG Terry Youlton for Polio Eradication efforts in the late 1990s, and it is also the site of a 3H Grant co-funded by D6380 for a diabetes research hospital).
RCAAN and RCCM began Project Dignity in 2011-12 as a Simplified District Grant project for $18,000, and the successful implementation of 120 in-home toilets and lessons learned were used by RCAAN to organize these two new Rotary Foundation Global Grant projects, which have since engaged the financial support of Rotary Clubs of Ann Arbor North, Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor West, Chelsea, Ferndale, Milan, Novi, Saline and Ypsilanti Rotary Clubs.
I am pleased to report that both Global Grant projects have far exceeded their original targets of rural in-home toilets awarded to below-poverty-line villagers subsisting in the Sundarbans - a lush mangrove forest with high biodiversity located in the Ganges River Delta outside Kolkata. This achievement was possible due to frugal money management by our dedicated Rotary partners and project chairs in India, who used bulk procurement of raw materials and supplies, solicited free labor and services from local toilet awardees or providers, and leveraged with Exide India Battery Corporation which augmented Global Grant funds - all of these allowed RCCM, our Project Dignity partner Club, to add 80 more toilets over the original goal of 320 toilets. Each toilet costs approximately $210/unit and comprises of 2 composting septic tanks to store solid waste while microbial action prepares it in 3-4 months to be used as fertilizer for the farms.
(1) Global Grant 1527157 ($96k) with District 3291 Foundation and ~30 Calcutta area Clubs has completed 526 toilets (original goal was 500). I was graciously hosted for the review by D3291 Foundation Chair Rotn Jayanta Chatterji on March 31, 2018. See photo. 
(2) Global Grant 1526428 ($84k + investment by Exide Battery) on Project Dignity undertaken with the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Midtown (RCCM), and 7 co-sponsor Michigan Rotary Clubs has now completed 400 toilets (as of April 1) with the NGO Sri Ramakrishna Ashram Nimpith (SRAN)...The project will conclude with 420 toilets by end of May 2018. Photos show toilets are named for each sponsor Club from D6380. 
On April 1 early morning, I accompanied the ever energetic Rotn Rakesh Sahni, my Project Co-Chair of RCCM and 6 of his club members - Radhika Sahni, Ruby and Matoo Sikri, Samir Prasad, Joydeep Sanyal, and Sumi Agrawal Past-President of Inner Wheel Club of Calcutta-Midtown and our chief instigator for Project Dignity in 2009 - we toured for over five hours in ~105F steamy temperatures across a 2 km area in the lush biodiversity of the Sundarbans. We toured an area occupied by both Muslim and Hindu communities co-existing harmoniously, led by the Ramkrishna Ashram’s monks and two sanitation contractors, both, on foot and by vehicle over narrow, often precarious sandy embankments to inaugurate 20 new rural toilets. These toilets will empower rural woman-run households with health, hygiene and safety to enable them to take up sustainable vocations and thus, raise their living standards.
In conclusion, I am grateful to Rotn Ashish Sarkar of RC Ann Arbor for undertaking a site visit with RCCM members to the Sundarbans on February 5, 2018, when the previous batch of 20 toilets was inaugurated. Five RCAAN members also toured with me to inaugurate the first batch of 40 toilets completed in March 2016: John Copeland, Matt Copeland, Bryan Schindel, Laura VanSteenis and Tamra Ward. The following photos don’t do sufficient justice to portraying the harsh realities of rural life in the Sundarbans, which is highly vulnerable to climate change, or to the hardships and challenges of bringing sanitation supplies and training/followup to these secluded communities. The dedication of our local Rotary and NGO partners is commendable!
RCAAN’s third sanitation focused  Global Grant 1635112 ($36,000) was awarded in March 2018, and will begin in May 2018 in Bungamati, Nepal with partners RC Chandragiri (Nepal), RC Singapore and Nepal Consul General’s Office in Singapore - the goal is to improve school sanitation and community hygiene with new toilets for 4 girls schools which are being rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 2015. A site tour is planned in October 2018. Stay tuned! 
Written by Manish Mehta
Manish Mehta Project Dignity
Project Dignity: Rotary District 6380 Newsletter Article, May 2018 Eric Tindall 2018-05-01 04:00:00Z 0 Manish Mehta,Project Dignity
Posted by Eric Tindall on Apr 30, 2018
At the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon this Thursday, May 3rd the speaker will be Jay Vincent talking about at risk kid's.
Jay Fletcher Vincent is a retired American professional basketball player. Vincent played at Michigan State University under coach, Jud Heathcote, where he teamed with Magic Johnson and Greg Kelser to win the 1979 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Vincent won the Big Ten scoring championship in his junior and senior years.
He was then selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 1981 NBA draft (24th overall pick), and he went on to have a productive 9-year NBA career, playing for the Mavericks (1981–86), Washington Bullets (1986–87), Denver Nuggets (1987–89), San Antonio Spurs (1989), Philadelphia 76ers (1989–1990) and Los Angeles Lakers (1990). He concluded his NBA career in 1990 with 8,729 career points, 3,167 career rebounds, and 1,124 career assists.
Jay Vincent now is an author and speaker. His objectives in his books are to lift the depressed and energize & inspire the rest.
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Jay Vincent Speaking About At Risk Kid's. Eric Tindall 2018-04-30 04:00:00Z 0 Jay Vincent
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At Thursday's Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon, Roo Morgan talk to us about her business called Eclipse Yoga.
Roo, talked about Corporate Yoga part of her business. She said, "Corporate Yoga benefits both employers and employees. It is the classic win-win we are always striving for. Corporate Yoga can decrease stress and increase employee engagement."
Benefits to your employees:
  • Reduces tension and stress
  • Increases energy and physical fitness
  • Improves focus and concentration
  • Helps alleviate discomfort associated with work-related injuries such as carpal tunnel, low back pain and migraines.
Benefits to your company:
  • Boosts work efficiency and productivity
  • Saves on health care costs
  • Reduces staff turnover and absenteeism
  • Creates a more enjoyable work setting
  • Engages employees
Roo, gave us a short yoga class, that we can use when we need to relieve some stress at work.
For more information click following link: Eclipse Yoga 
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Roo Morgan was Thursday's Speaker at RCAAN Lunch. Eric Tindall 2018-04-19 04:00:00Z 0 Eclipse Yoga,Roo Morgan
Posted by Eric Tindall on Apr 12, 2018
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Successful Site Tour on April 1 - Rotary Sanitation Grants’ Goals Far Exceeded - 1,170 Toilets Completed in Sundarbans (E. India)!
I was humbled to serve as a “toilet inspector” on March 31 and April 1, assessing progress with Kolkata Rotarians on two Rotary Foundation sponsored sanitation Global Grants led by Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North (RCAAN).
On April 1 early morning, I accompanied the ever-energetic Rotn Rakesh Sahni of RCCM and 5 of his club members - Radhika Sahni, Ruby and Matoo Sikri, Samir Prasad, Joydeep Chatterji, Probir Chatterji of Mississauga Ontario, and Sumi Agrawal of Inner Wheel Club of Calcutta-Midtown (our instigator since 2009!) - We hiked in ~105F steamy temperatures across a 2 km area in the lush greenery of the Sundarbans where these newest toilets are constructed.
We toured the area occupied by both Muslim and Hindu families together with the Ramkrishna Ashram’s monks and two sanitation contractors on foot and by vehicle over sandy, often precarious embankments for about 5 hours to inaugurate 20 new toilets. Our cars could only go so far!
These toilets will empower rural woman-run households with health, hygiene and safety to enable them to take up sustainable vocations and thus, raise their living standards.
The photos and videos I have uploaded don’t do sufficient justice to portraying the harsh realities of rural life in the Sundarbans, or can ever recognize the hardships and challenges our Rotary/Inner Wheel/Ramkrishna partners have experienced in bringing in-home sanitation to these secluded communities.
Look for photos acknowledging Rotary Clubs of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor West, Chelsea, Milan, Novi, Saline and Ypsilanti Rotary Clubs.
Both grant projects have far exceeded their original targets of rural in-home toilets awarded to villagers in the Sundarbans and areas surrounding Kolkata, thanks to frugal money management by our Rotary partners, bulk procurement of building supplies, and leverage with Exide Battery Corp.
The status of Global Grants is summarized below:
(1) Global Grant 1527157 ($96k) with District 3291 Foundation and ~30 Calcutta area Clubs has completed 526 toilets (original goal was 500). My meeting was held with Rotn Jayanta Chatterji on 3/31/18.
(2) Global Grant 1526428 ($84k + investment by Exide Battery) on Project Dignity undertaken with the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Midtown (RCCM), and 7 co-sponsor Michigan Rotary Clubs has now completed 400 toilets with the NGO Sri Ramakrishna Ashram Nimpith (SRAN)...

Add to these figures 120 toilets completed in 2011-12 under the leadership or late Rotn Paresh Rajda.

The total count now exceeds 1170 toilets!

More photos click following link: 1,170 Toilets Completed in Sundarbans (E. India)

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Project Dignity Update: April 1, 2018: 1170 Toilets Complete. Eric Tindall 2018-04-12 04:00:00Z 0 Project Dignity
Posted by Eric Tindall on Apr 07, 2018
Detroit Peace in the Streets: A Peace Building Conference
April 20-21, 2018
Wayne State University Law School
2018 Detroit Peace in the Streets, is an outgrowth of the World Peace Conference 2017, in which Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North participated in last April.
This will be a dynamic youth oriented conference, so students are encouraged to attend. 
For more information and to register go to Detroit Peace In The Streets: A Peace Building Conference.
Peace in the Streets
2018 Detroit Peace In The Streets Conference: A Peace-Building Conference
2018 Detroit Peace In The Streets Conference - April 20-21, 2018. Eric Tindall 2018-04-07 04:00:00Z 0 2018 Detroit Peace In The Streets Conference: A Peace-Building Conference
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Brandon Black &  Monica Brancheau was our speakers at lunch on April 5, 2018 from Ele's Place.
Monica said, "Ele’s Place is a nonprofit, community-based organization with a mission to create awareness of and support for grieving children and their families."
Ele's Place is a healing center for grieving children, supporting families in the Ann Arbor region and beyond.  Ongoing peer support group programs help hundreds of children and teens to cope with the death of a parent, sibling or other close family member or friend. 
Ele's Place supports grieving children so they may continue their lives with hope and confidence. Staff and volunteers provide long-term, age-appropriate, weekly peer support groups at no charge, for families coping with the death of a parent, sibling, or other loved one. Ele's Place educates the community about life-threatening children's grief issues, acts as a resource and referral agency, and provides support and training for school, medical, and other professionals in contact with the bereaved.
Then Brandon described, some projects the children do, to overcome the grief of a loved one.
  • Face Mask: Children is given a mask, they write, draw and decorate, the out side of the mask telling how they think they look on the outside. Then turn mask around and in the inside write, draw and decorate the inside showing how you feel on the inside.
  • Jewlery Box: Men from Lansing MI, builds a jewlery box that the children decorates for the loved one that they lost.
  • Place Mate For The Holidays: During the Holidays it is hard, so the children decorates a place mate for the one that they have lost. On the place mate would be a plate of their favorite foods and special notes to them.
Before coming to Ele’s Place, many grieving children feel alone and keep their feelings inside, not wanting to burden their parents or other family members. Often, friends don’t seem to understand if they haven’t had a similar experience. But each week at Ele’s Place, hundreds of grieving children find a warm and welcoming place to meet new friends who really understand how they feel, and begin to heal after the death of a loved one.
Before Brandon's and Monica's talk, Rick Jarzembowski presented, Steve (Doc) and Sherry Lessons, their Paul Harris for their donations of $1000 to the Rotary International Foundation. 
Ele's Place
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Brandon Black &  Monica Brancheau Was Our Speakers At Lunch On April 5th. Eric Tindall 2018-04-05 04:00:00Z 0 Brandon Black,Ele's Place,Monica Brancheau
Posted by Eric Tindall on Mar 30, 2018
Frankie Moore, Director of Development and Katie Lampen, Director of Volunteers & Program Management, from  Community Action Network was our speakers at lunch on Thursday, March 29th.
Frankie Moore said, "Community Action Network partners with children, youth and families from under-resourced Washtenaw County neighborhoods to create better futures for themselves and improve the communities in which they live."
Community Action Network works under three pillars.
1. Educating Children and Youth: To prepare youth to fulfill their academic potential and become successful, self-sufficient adults.
  • A2 Expedition: Middle School aged youth learn how to navigate Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Public Transportation System.
  • After School Programs: Assist in homework, literacy, social emotional development, enrichment and more.
  • Can Art and Design: Aims to give children the skill sets to inquire, design, build and connect with their community.
  • Educational Summer Camps: Free summer camp programs are designed to prevent summer loss of learning for under-resourced children.
  • Youth Works: Offers interactive experiences to help teens develop the necessary skills needed in the workplace. 
2. Stabilizing Families: Assisting families in meeting their basic needs and create better futures for themselves.
  • Food Assistance: CAN provides meals for its children and youth during the after school Programs and Summer Camps, as well as weekly food distributions and on-site emergency pantries.
  • Support and Advocacy: CAN offers DTE shut-off and evacuation prevention. assistance with navigating the DHHS and other service providers as needed.  
3. Building Stronger Communities: Create and maintain clean, safe, and supportive neighborhoods where families can thrive.
For more information click: Community Action Network
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Frankie Moore & Katie Lampen of Community Action Network Talked At Our Luncheon on March 29th. Eric Tindall 2018-03-30 04:00:00Z 0 Communitty Action Network
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Rotary District 6380 Conference 2018
May 4-6, 2018
The Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest 
1275 S. Huron Street Ypsilanti, MI 48197 
At Conference 2018 we’ll do more than listen—we will demonstrate how people of action can explore an issue and work to develop actions plans for real change. We will focus our attention on key issues, hearing from experts and expand the  topics with content panelists. Then we will discuss the issues at our table to develop plans of action. You will leave the conference inspired and equipped with information you can use to develop projects that can generate meaningful change in our local communities and communities across the globe.
Conference Speakers
John U Bacon | Author, The Great Halifax Explosion

Mark Balla | "The Toilet Warrior" 

Marilyn Kaplan | RI President Ian Riseley's representative

Chris Etienne | RI Zone 29 Coordinator

Dr. Jeffrey Reuter | former Director of Ohio Sea Grant program

Ian Boeckh | President of the Graham Boeckh Foundation
Register Today
Tree Planting Event on Sunday
If you can not attend the Conference, but would like to attend the Tree Planting Event, we would love to have you. Please click HERE to register .
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North donated 50 trees for our 50 year anniversary.
Date: Sunday, May 6
Time: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
We will get our location assignments on Sunday morning and then move to the parks.
The Rotary Club of Ypsilanti will be preparing our picnic lunch - hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, chips, soft drinks and beer will be available (Cost $10.00). 
The locations are still being confirmed because of the rain over the past few weeks. Washtenaw County will be digging the holes and the trees will be delivered close to the site. Our jobs will be to move the trees to the pre-dug holes, fill in the dirt, add water, mulch, and if needed a gator bag.
Please bring shovels, rakes, and buckets. Wheelbarrows and garden wagons would also be helpful. 
For now we know we will be planting trees in Rolling Hills Park and 3 areas in parks around the lake in Ypsilanti Township.
As the week moves forward - plans should be finalized. You will receive complete details and location information on Sunday morning. Plan to be in the ballroom of the Marriott at Eagle Crest, Ypsilanti no later than 10 am. We'll hear from a local tree expert and get our planting assignments.
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Rotary District 6380 Conference, May 4-6, 2018. Eric Tindall 2018-03-25 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 6380 Conference
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Training Assembly
Rotary District 6380 Training Assembly
Date and Time:
April 14, 2018 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Walsh College
3838 Livernois Road
Troy, MI 48083
The District Training Assembly is a chance for club officers, committee chairs, and assistant governors to further develop leadership skills and refine strategies to achieve their goals. 
All Rotarians who accept key club leadership roles are encouraged to attend the District Training Assembly.  Attending the District Training Assembly is the best way to help your club be even more successful in 2018-19. Attendees will discover tips to take our Clubs and District to the next level. 
$20 Registration Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast, and lunch
CLICK HERE for a draft program schedule
Contact: Jane McManus 
Rotary District 6380 Training Assembly
District 6380 Training Assembly is April 14, 2018. Eric Tindall 2018-03-25 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 6380 Training Assembly
Posted by Eric Tindall on Mar 22, 2018
Sarah Arminiak, from the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation talked at RCAAN's Luncheon on Thursday 3/22.  
Sarah said, "the mission of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). 
Crohn’s disease belongs to a group of conditions known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). It is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Crohn’s most commonly affects the end of the small bowel (the ileum) and the beginning of the colon, but it may affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, from the mouth to the anus. Ulcerative colitis is limited to the colon, also called the large intestine."
Sarah talked about Camp Oasis,  where children with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis spend a week making life-long friends, share stories, and have the time of their lives. At Camp Oasis, there are activities for every interest: swimming, boating, fishing, archery, arts & crafts, zip lines, ropes course, campfires, talent show, and so much more!
Camp Oasis provides 24 hour medical supervision by doctors, nurses and other medical professionals with experience treating children with IBD. The camp has dedicated and understanding counselors– many of whom have IBD themselves– who are carefully screened and trained. Camp also provides an environment where campers realize they are not alone in their challenges and can just be themselves.
This year Camp Oasis Michigan is scheduled for July 8, 2018 at Camp Copneconic in Fenton, Michigan.
About Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
Crohn's & Colitis
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Sarah Arminiak
Sarah Arminiak, Talked About Crohn's & Colitis At RCAAN's Luncheon On Thursday 3/22. Eric Tindall 2018-03-22 04:00:00Z 0 Crohn's & Colitis Foundation,Sarah Arminiak
Posted by Eric Tindall on Mar 19, 2018
Received some good news from the organizers of Kroger's Community Rewards Program, once again this year they will be suspending the re-enrollment process. This means members will NOT need to re-enroll their Kroger Plus card to continue to earn money for Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Foundation.
Two things to note 
  1. If for any reason a member does re-enroll they will just continue to earn as they were. 
  2. As always new members will be able to join the program at any time (for instructions to enroll, go to the end of the home page).
The Kroger Company of Michigan wants to thank everyone, for making this program such a success. Through this program they have been able to donate to animal shelters, community centers and educational groups throughout the Michigan Division. With the 4323 charities in this program Kroger's has had the pleasure of assisting local families everyday.  The Michigan Kroger Community Rewards Program started in 2009, since then they have donated over 17 million dollars to they're communities.
Kroger Community Rewards
Good News From Kroger Community Rewards. Eric Tindall 2018-03-19 04:00:00Z 0 Kroger Community Rewards
Terrance Thomas Talked About the Michigan International Speedway on March 15th.  Eric Tindall 2018-03-18 04:00:00Z 0 Michigan International Speedway,Terrance Thomas
Posted by Eric Tindall on Mar 13, 2018
Fourth Annual Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Golf Invitational
Presented by Jeff Crause of Edward Jones 
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North
May 19, 2018
Registration 8 AM
Shot Gun Start 9 AM
Steak Dinner 2 PM
The Polo Fields - Washtenaw Golf Club
2955 Packard Road Ypsilanti, MI 48197
For more information contact Matt Copeland at
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Fourth Annual RCAAN Golf Invitational, is May 19, 2018. Eric Tindall 2018-03-13 04:00:00Z 0 RCAAN Golf Invitational
Posted by Eric Tindall on Mar 08, 2018
On March 8, 2018 at the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Luncheon was Tina Heusel, of United Way - Washtenaw County was the speaker.
Tina said that "United Way - Washtenaw County connects people, resources and organizations together to create a thriving community for everyone. We're igniting a social movement in our community by empowering people to unite and solve complex problems that affect all of us."
The United Way gives help through 6 strategic focus areas
The United Way, envision an equitable community where opportunity is not limited and every member reaches their full potential. By the year 2030 we aspire to live in a community where: 
  • Your zip code no longer determines your opportunity in life
  • Life expectancy is the same across all populations and communities in our County
  • The academic achievement gap is eliminated
  • Everyone in our community has a home
  • Community members seek understanding and awareness of their own power and privilege and actively work to end poverty in our County
  • Poverty is not generational. If it exists, it is intermittent and brief
  • Everyone in our County is able to thrive and meet their needs—housing, food, transportation, education, health expenses and childcare.
Tina invited us, to their annual fundraiser called the Power Of The Purse 2018 at The Kensington Court, Ann Arbor on March 14, 2018. Your ticket includes a strolling dinner and wine, along with an opportunity to shop our silent designer purse auction and gift basket raffle.  All proceeds support financial stability programs for women in Washtenaw County.
Click the following for Tina's Presentation: United Way Power Point For Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North
United Way Washtenaw County
Tina Heusel United Way- Washtenaw County
Tina Heusel, of United Way of Washtenaw Was RCAAN's Speaker on March 8, 2018. Eric Tindall 2018-03-08 05:00:00Z 0 Tina Heusel,United Way- Washtenaw County
Posted by Eric Tindall on Mar 08, 2018
At RCAAN Luncheon on March 8th the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North (RCAAN) and the Milan Rotary Club presented a check for $ 3,090.00 to Fisher House Michigan that was raised in a recent joint club bowling event, on February 18th.
Fisher House Michigan will be building the first Michigan "Ronald McDonald House" for Veterans located in Ann Arbor and are currently fundraiser to break ground in 2019. Even though the facility will be located next to the VAMC in Ann Arbor, it will serve the over 650,000 Michigan Veterans so support from your local clubs will support your local Veterans and their families. To learn more visit:
Pictured are Eric Tindall (RCAAN), Karen Diane Kerry (FHMI Board Member and PP of Rotary Club of Ann Arbor), Brad Chick (President, FHMI), Dutch Nie (Pres Milan Rotary), Michelle Nie (Milan Rotary) and Peggy Windsor(Pres RCAAN).
See photos from the event at Bowling Fundraiser For Fisher House
Bowling Fundraiser Fisher House Michigan
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Check Presentation To Fisher House Michigan At March 8th Luncheon. Eric Tindall 2018-03-08 05:00:00Z 0 Bowling Fundraiser,Fisher House Michigan
Posted by Eric Tindall on Mar 04, 2018
“This elegant photo-poster was prepared by RCAAN’s Nigerian sister Club and International service partner, the Rotary Club of Gbagada (in D9110, Gbagada is a suburb of capital city Lagos) to commemorate the 2017-18 Rotary Year where both clubs coincidentally have a woman Club President- i.e., Ms. Adefowoke Oshikoya-Williamson at RC Gbagada (right photo), and Ms. Peg Windsor of RCAAAN (left photo).
RCAAN is pleased to partner and take action with RC Gbagada since 2008 in co-funding a Micro-finance Loan Project in Nigeria which was initiated by Rotn Ayotunde Onafuwa (a past member of RCAAN who retired and moved to his native Nigeria). The micro-loan project is in its 9th year and funds about $9,000 in low-interest loans (~ $50-100/recipient) to benefit about 40 small business entrepreneurs in the Gbagada community (such as bakers, seamstresses, handymen, tailors, convenience storekeepers, etc). The borrowers are mentored by Gbagada Rotarians to manage their cash flows, inventories and profits, and loan-repayment is nearly 100%.”
Written by Manish Mehta
Two Women Club President's
Micro Credit Program
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Photo of Two Women Club President's. Eric Tindall 2018-03-04 05:00:00Z 0 Micro Credit Program
Posted by Eric Tindall on Mar 01, 2018
Last Christmas, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North, had an undergarment drive for Empowering Services, Inc..
This is a fundraiser that they are having for their Domestic Violence Prevention Program.
If you are interested in going contact Scott Nelson.
Location:         Washtenaw Community College,
                         Morris Lawrence Building, Towsley Auditorium
                         4800 East Huron River Drive
                         Ann Arbor MI
Date & Time:   Friday, March 30 2018
                         6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tickets:           In advance $35.00 at the door $45.00
Empowering Services Inc.
Empowering Services Inc. Fundraiser Eric Tindall 2018-03-01 05:00:00Z 0 Empowering Services Inc.
Posted by Eric Tindall on Mar 01, 2018
At Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Lunch on March 1st our speaker was Sebastian Wreford from Food Gatherers Food Bank. 
Sebastian said, "Food Gatherers believe that in a land of plenty, no one should go hungry! As the food rescue and food bank program serving Washtenaw County, Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community."
Food Gatherers serves 150 non-profit agencies and programs provide direct food assistance in the form of hot meals, nutritious snacks or emergency groceries to low-income adults, seniors and children in Washtenaw County.
Food Gatherers provides our agency partners with:
  • Mostly free (70%) and low cost food
  • Capacity building grants
  • Training to register eligible clients for federal and state benefit programs 
  • Customized food safety training by licensed food safety professionals on our staff
Sabastian described, that Food Gatherers provides direct service through their Community Kitchen and Job Training Program located in the Robert J. Delonis Center in downtown Ann Arbor:
  • 1,500 volunteers prepare and serve 100,000 meals to people in need each year
  • Students of the Job Training and Internship programs are chosen from at-risk youth (ages 16-20). They gain basic training in the culinary arts, and work to develop work ethics and life skills
Sabastian, encouraged  Ann Arbor North as a group or as individuals to become involved as volunteers at Food Gatherers.
More Information At : Food Gatherers
Food Gatherers
Hunger Facts
Food Gatherers
Food Gatherers Sabastian Wreford
Speaker On March 1st Was Sebastian Wreford From Food Gatherers. Eric Tindall 2018-03-01 05:00:00Z 0 Food Gatherers,Sabastian Wreford
Michigan International Festival - March 10, 2018 Eric Tindall 2018-03-01 05:00:00Z 0 Michigan International Festival
Posted by Eric Tindall on Feb 25, 2018
On Saturday February 24, 2018, the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North had a Strategic Visioning Workshop at the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce.
We envisioned how we will look in the next 5 years by telling the facilitates what we would like to accomplish in the club following areas:
  • Club Administration
  • Vocational Service
  • Community Service
  • New Generations
  • International Service
We discussed what fundraisers we may have for the next 5 years, and brainstormed where the money earned may be given out to.
We lastly discussed, our public image and awareness development for the next 5 years.
Thank you to our wonderful facilitators' PDG Gerry Jackson, PDG Lynn Morgan, Brenda Ochodnicky, Kevin Kelly and Chelsea Rotary Club President Lorna.
We are looking forward for the next 5 years, as we start out for our next 50 years.
Club Visioning
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Club Visioning was on Feb. 23, 2018 Eric Tindall 2018-02-25 05:00:00Z 0 Club Visioning
Posted by Eric Tindall on Feb 25, 2018
Last Friday was Rotaries 113th Anniversary, read this brief story on Rotary's first club.
The Rotary Club of Chicago ‑ Club No. 1 ‑ was organized on February 23, 1905, by Paul P. Harris and three Chicago businessmen. To Paul Harris belongs the credit for originating the "Rotary idea”. The first meetings were held alternately at different members' places of business. For the first few months, the growth in membership was slow. In the autumn of 1905, a great event took place in the history of the struggling club.
The first roster was printed! It contained the names of nineteen active and two honorary members. As the membership increased, other rosters were printed, and finally the illustrated roster below was suggested by Silvester Schiele.
Later, Harry Ruggles introduced "song" into Rotary. From a small nucleus of nineteen loyal members in 1905, Rotary grew in seventeen years to a strong, virile movement of 80,000 members with clubs in more than a thousand cities embracing twenty‑two countries of the world.
Click Rotary History for more history of Rotary.
Rotaries First Club
Rotary Roster
Men Who Brought Rotary Into Being.
Rotaries First Club
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Posted by Eric Tindall on Feb 22, 2018
Greg Stejakal, a Retired FBI Agent talked at our RCAAN Luncheon on February 22, 2018. 
Greg talked about the Detroit Mob in the time he was a FBI Agent. 
Greg told the club on March 15, 1996,  Jack Tocco and 16 alleged partnership members or associates were arrested. The government sought money for crimes, claiming that Tocco and four co-defendants were jointly and severally liable for $234,700 that had been collected in "street tax" extortions.
The government further claimed that Jack Tocco, Anthony Corrado, and Vito Giacalone, in addition to the $234,700 amount, were jointly and severally liable for $4.2 million in profits from the sale of two hotels in Las Vegas (the Frontier Hotel and the Edgewater Hotel), $1 million extorted from Sal Vitello, proceeds from the collection of unlawful gambling debts.
The district court concluded that the evidence presented by the government at trial did not provide, by a "preponderance of the evidence," a sufficiently quantified factual basis for assessing any forfeiture against the defendants.
The five defendants were charged, along with twelve other defendants, in a 25-count indictment relating to their alleged involvement in the Detroit branch of the national Mafia organization known as La Cosa Nostra. 
Jack Tocco and Anthony Corrado were convicted on two counts of conspiracy under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), one based on a pattern-of-racketeering-activity and one based upon the collection-of-unlawful-debts, and on one count of a Hobbs Act conspiracy.
Paul Corrado and Nove Tocco were convicted of the RICO pattern of racketeering activity conspiracy and the Hobbs Act conspiracy. Vito Giacalone pleaded guilty to the RICO collection of unlawful debts conspiracy. 
Greg, is now retired and is a Rotarian for the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor. He is currently President Elect for his club and will be President in 2018-2019.
Information for this story found at
John Tocco
Greg described, how he took this photo of Jack Tocco (center),
Vito Giacalone (left) and Anthony Corrado in 1979 as he was
investigating them in Washtenaw County.
Greg Stejakal- Retired FBI Agent
Greg Stejakal- Retired FBI Agent
Greg Stejakal- Retired FBI Agent Talked At Our Luncheon On Feb. 22nd. Eric Tindall 2018-02-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Feb 22, 2018
Kid's Coalition Against Hunger is one of RCAAN's service projects. Attend this event on March 10th, help Milan Rotary Club and continue our support.
Date and Time:
March 10, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Milan Free Methodist Church
950 E. Arkona Rd
Milan, Michigan
Sign Up
Click Kids Coalition Against Hunger for more information.
Kids Feeding Hunger
Kids Coalition Against Hunger
Kid's Against Hunger At Milan Rotary. Eric Tindall 2018-02-22 05:00:00Z 0 Kids Coalition Against Hunger
Posted by Eric Tindall on Feb 21, 2018
Come to this Thursday's Luncheon (3/8/18), where we are presenting Fisher House Michigan the check from this fundraiser.
On Sunday, February 18, 2018 we had a bowling fundraiser at Revel and Roll Ann Arbor, which all the proceeds went the Fisher House of Michigan.
We teamed up with Rotary of Milan and had a terrific time bowling. 
The final tally earned is not in yet, but stay tuned and we will have them soon. 
Click link for some photos: Bowling Fundraiser For Fisher House
Bowling Fundraiser For Fisher House
Bowling Fundraiser Fisher House Michigan
Bowling Fundraiser For Fisher House Michigan Was Sunday, February 18th Eric Tindall 2018-02-21 05:00:00Z 0 Bowling Fundraiser,Fisher House Michigan
Huron River Day's and the Butterfly Garden. Eric Tindall 2018-02-15 05:00:00Z 0 Butterfly Garden,Huron River Day
Posted by Eric Tindall on Feb 08, 2018
Mike and Jane McManus talked about their trip to San Diego, California for the  Rotary International Assembly (a District Governor's training). 
Jane, told use about the new theme which she said, "was a secret." 
Mike said, "The trip was amazing, We met wonderful people who looked different from us, thought differently than us, prayed differently than us and had vastly different cultures. We chose to sit with new people breakfast, sessions, lunch, breakouts, dinner. We learned something worthwhile from every one!"
Mike then showed use this video from the Assembly, which Barry Rassin talks about his year coming up.
More information on the year at:
Barry Rassin Jane McManus Mike McManus Rotary International Rotary International Presidential Theme 2018-2019
Mike and Jane McManus Talk About 2018-2019 Rotary Theme. Eric Tindall 2018-02-08 05:00:00Z 0 Barry Rassin,Jane McManus,Mike McManus,Rotary International,Rotary International Presidential Theme 2018-2019
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jan 27, 2018
On January 25, 2018, Jennifer Evans talked about Positive Deviance.  
Positive deviance is an approach to behavioral and social change based on the observation that in any community there are people whose uncommon but successful behaviors or strategies enable them to find better solutions to a problem than their peers, despite facing similar challenges and having no extra resources or knowledge than their peers. These individuals are referred to as positive deviants.
In her talk, she gave us these suggestions about being a positive deviant person
Stepping Into Positive Deviance - Suggestions
  • Keep a new big idea to yourself - do it quietly
  • Identify and minimize consequences you can't live with
  • Find a size and an angle that is within your sphere of influence
  • Don't seek emotional permission - there is a lot of fear out there!
  • Find an ally that supports your inclinations - even if just in theory
  • Make your steps baby steps - small - discern, learn and build from there  
  • Think of your activity as an experiment - focus on process and be curious about  outcome - just try it...
  • Recognize that feelings come with the territory - "bad" feelings don't mean it is a wrong or bad idea
Jennifer said, "Remember Positive Deviance is DEVIANT - away from the norm and even if outcome is positive, behavior is deviant. It will likely feel odd to step out there and the norm and those who protect it have a gravitational pull."
For more information go to her webpage at
Positive Deviance
Positive Deviance
Jennifer Evans Positve Deviance
Jennifer Evens Talked About Positive Deviance At Our Lunch On January, 25th.  Eric Tindall 2018-01-27 05:00:00Z 0 Jennifer Evans,Positve Deviance
Nigerian Micro Loan Distribution. Eric Tindall 2018-01-25 05:00:00Z 0
Attend The RCAAN's Club Visioning On February 24, 2018. Eric Tindall 2018-01-25 05:00:00Z 0 Club Visioning
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jan 21, 2018
 At our luncheon on Thursday January 18, 2018, Manish Mehta presented a summery of Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's International Project's.
Manish was glad that our Club’s Project Dignity partners in India have completed construction and handover of almost 400 rural Toilets which brings our total so far since 2012 to 1020 units, which means that at least a 1000 women are able to sustain their families with good health, and raise their living standards with new job-training, education and literacy initiatives.
Manish Mehta Project Dignity
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Posted by Eric Tindall on Jan 18, 2018
At January 18th luncheon Scott Nelson presented this thank you from Community Action Network for the Adopt-A-Family Project. 
In December many of our members bought gifts for children, so they would have gifts for the holiday season.
Adopt-A-Family Communitty Action Network Green Baxter Court
Community Action Network Thanks Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North. Eric Tindall 2018-01-18 05:00:00Z 0 Adopt-A-Family,Communitty Action Network,Green Baxter Court
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jan 14, 2018
On Thursday, January 11, Joyce Williams spoke about the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM). The NKFM’s mission is to prevent kidney disease and to also care for those who have it. Most of the kidney disease in the U.S.. is caused by type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes — are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with prediabetes may be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within 5 years
One of the NKFM’s most exciting and promising programs is the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). The program is a yearlong program designed for people with prediabetes or at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, with the goal that participants will adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. In April, Medicare will cover the program for its participants. It is the first prevention program that Medicare has ever funded.
Diabetes Prevention Program workshops are led by trained lifestyle coaches during weekly one-hour group sessions and eight monthly sessions that follow. Participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together, participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.
There is a DPP workshop starting in Ann Arbor on Monday,February 5. Find out your risk via the risk test or sign up for DPP at
Story written by Joyce Williams
Joyce Williams National Kidney Foundation of Michigan
Joyce Williams Talked About The National Kidney Foundation On Jan 11th. Eric Tindall 2018-01-14 05:00:00Z 0 Joyce Williams,National Kidney Foundation of Michigan
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jan 05, 2018
Sad to announce today, that John W. Barfield passed away in his home in Ann Arbor on Tuesday. Johnny was a good friend to Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North and talked to the club many times. Our condolences go to his family and friends.
Photo's from May 19, 2016 RCAAN Luncheon:  
John Barfield
Article and details for his visitation and service from the Daily Telescope at: 
Daily Telescope
John Barfield
John W. Barfield, Has Passed Away. Eric Tindall 2018-01-05 05:00:00Z 0 John Barfield
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jan 04, 2018
Joet, talked at our luncheon on January 4 2017, he retired from employment in 2004 to become a serial entrepreneur in the development of small businesses and volunteer community work.
Joet, works at Project Grow and Matthaei Botanical Garden. He described his work at the Matthaei Botanical Garden where he is responsible for their compost garden. Compost is a mixture that consists largely of decayed organic matter and is used for fertilizing and conditioning land.
Finally Joet talked, about his work on Comfrey Gardens at Project Grow.  Comfrey is a common name for plants in the genus Symphytum. Comfrey species are important herbs in organic gardening. It is used as a fertilizer and as an herbal medicine. Comfrey is a perennial herb with beautiful, bell-shaped flowers and large leaves.
Joet, became a member of Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North last year and is going to be a dedicated volunteer at our Butterfly Garden in Gallup Park.
Joet Reoma Mattaei Botanical Garden Project Grow
Joet Reoma Talked About Composting At Jan. 4th Luncheon. Eric Tindall 2018-01-04 05:00:00Z 0 Joet Reoma,Mattaei Botanical Garden,Project Grow
Posted by Eric Tindall on Dec 30, 2017
Happy New Years
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Past District Governor, Jim Gilmore Gives Us Our President Citation On December 21st. Eric Tindall 2017-12-21 05:00:00Z 0 Past District Governor Jim Gilmore,Presidential Rotary Citation,Scott Nelson
Posted by Eric Tindall on Dec 14, 2017
On Thursday December 14th at Rotary we had Past District Governor Janet McPeek share on the Rotary International Foundation. Janet braved the snow storm and told us how proud she is of our club on the projects we do and the money we donate to the Foundation.
Janet described, that our donations helped Rotary Foundation to achieve a Star Charity 4 - Charity Navigator's highest level (Summary of Rotary International On Charity Navigator). Rotary Foundation is proud that 90.8 percent of all donations go straight to supporting Rotary's service projects. Rotary's 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable humanitarian service projects. Using donations we give, Rotary has wiped out 99 percent of all polio cases. Our donations train future peacemakers, support clean water, and strengthen local economies.
For more information  go to Rotary Foundation - Endownment
Past District Governor Janet McPeek Rotary Foundation
Janet McPeek Talk's About The Rotary Foundation. Eric Tindall 2017-12-14 05:00:00Z 0 Past District Governor Janet McPeek,Rotary Foundation
Posted by Eric Tindall on Dec 11, 2017
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's speaker on December 14th will be Janet McPeek, speaking about the Rotary Foundation.
Janet's Biography:
Janet McPeek, is a licensed psychologist who earned her doctoral degree in clinical and educational psychology from Wayne State University.    
She is president emeritus of Crossroads for Youth, a non-profit agency in Oxford that provides counselling, education and support for at-risk children and youth. She also maintains a private practice working primarily with adults and older teens.
Janet has been active in local Rotary clubs since 1996 and ten years ago, Janet became a charter member of the Lake Orion Sunrise Rotary Club. Throughout, she has been involved with numerous community and international service projects.  Janet has served as an Assistant Governor and was District Governor in 2010/11.  She has been a member of the finance committee, and the team working to bring the vision facilitation process to clubs in the district. She is an RLI Facilitator and past District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair. She has also served as a Training Leader at international Assembly, as a trainer at the Zone level as well as lead trainer for the 2016 and 2017 Great Lakes President Elect Training Seminars (PETS). She is currently the Zone 29 Endowment Major Gifts Adviser (E/MGA) and the Zone 29 Promotion Coordinator for the 2018 Toronto International convention.
Janet McPeek Rotary Foundation
Janet  McPeek Will Be Talking About The Rotary Foundation On Thursday. Eric Tindall 2017-12-11 05:00:00Z 0 Janet McPeek,Rotary Foundation
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Celebrating 50 Years of Service Holiday Party. Eric Tindall 2017-12-09 05:00:00Z 0 Holiday Party
Posted by Eric Tindall on Dec 04, 2017
Bowling Fundraiser for Fisher House of Michigan, 
Sunday, February 18, 2018.
Presented by Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North and Milan Rotary
Bowling Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Dine to Donate and Arcade Ticket Sales: 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Silent Auction Open: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Revel and Roll, 1950 South Industrial Highway Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Come out to Revel & Roll on Feb 18th for Dinner, the silent auction and the arcade.
Cost of bowling is $25.00 PER PERSON and includes two hours of bowling, shoes, two slices of pizza and one soft drink.
If you do not want to bowl, still come out, eat at the Restaurant (Dine to Donate for Fisher House of Michigan) and enjoy the event.
Arcade cards will be sold. Cards are $10.00 for one hour of play in the arcade. Fisher House will get $5.00 from each card sold. 
Click the link, for the Dine To Donate Flyer (Bowling Fundraiser For Fisher House- Dine To Donate Flyer). You will need to give the flyer to the waiter or waitress to get the 15% donation.
If you would like to be a lane sponsor ($100.00 each lane, Make checks payable to Fisher House Michigan, bowling cost not included in sponsorship) email Send check to P.O. Box 8 Milan, MI 48160.
If you want to help with the event, silent auction, arcade sales or be a lane sponsor email
Your spending and donations at this event will address an unmet need in Michigan, by supporting the 650,000 military families whose loved ones have served our country. It will provide a free place for them to stay at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, while the family member is undergoing treatment for a physical or psychological medical crisis.
The first  Fisher House Michigan will be built starting in 2019 on the campus of our VA, and will be like a Ronald McDonald House for military families. Currently the need for lodging is staggering, 200-300 families PER MONTH are requesting a place to stay while their family member is receiving care.
There are 76 Fisher House across the US- none in our state. Even Ohio has four Fisher House and currently building two more! These homes are 13.400 square feet and have sixteen family suites. They have shared living room, dining room, kitchen and laundry facilities. The Fisher House Foundation builds these homes once sites are approved by the Department of Veterans Affair (Ann Arbor's  has been approved).
FHM                           RI
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Posted by Eric Tindall on Dec 02, 2017
On November 30, 2017 Sally Freels and Christine Anderson talked to the club about the Girl Scouts.
Sally described, "that the girls participate in grade levels, where the experience is customized for their age group. the troop leaders and volunteers receive specialized training to help girls have fun and advance their leadership skills at every level."
  • Daisies- grades K-1
  • Brownies- grades 2-3
  • Juniors- grades 4-5
  • Cadettes- grades 6-8
  • Seniors- grades 9-10
  • Ambassadors- grade 11-12
Christine later gave us some great news about the Green Baxter Court Community, after many years without a troop, they will be getting one this year.
Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts
Sally Freels Talked About The Girl Scouts on November 30th. Eric Tindall 2017-12-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Nov 26, 2017
Happy New Years!
Remember this Holiday season that we have an account to receive Kroger Community Rewards. If you are enrolled, just use your Kroger Plus Card when you purchase your groceries and the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Foundation will receive money from your purchase. 
If you are not enrolled yet before you go shopping -Go to
  • 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.
From 7/30/17-10/30/17 we earned $9.05, just imagine how much we could earn if you get your family and friends to enroll.
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Kroger Community Rewards 2018. Eric Tindall 2017-11-26 05:00:00Z 0 Kroger Community Rewards
Celebrating 50 Years of Service Holiday Party. Eric Tindall 2017-11-20 05:00:00Z 0 RCAAN
Posted by Eric Tindall on Nov 16, 2017
“Manish is delighted to share some wonderful news from Rotarian Rakesh Sahni, his dedicated counterpart & Project Chair from the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Midtown (RCCM) on The Rotary Foundation sponsored Project Dignity Global Grant #1526428 which was awarded in 2015 to RCAAN and RCCM. Seven D6380 co-Sponsor Rotary clubs also contributed to this project aimed at ending open defecation in the region - Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor West, Chelsea, Ferndale, Milan, Novi, Saline and Ypsilanti.
Collectively, the clubs contributed $42,000 in seed funds, which were then leveraged 2:1 with The Rotary Foundation, to total $84,000.
The Project Dignity Global Grant involved close collaboration with the Sri Ramakrishna Ashram (a reputed interfaith non-profit group) in Nimpith, India, to install 320 in-home toilets for economically needy women-run households in the Sundarbans area of Eastern India. Each toilet unit costs $210, and is constructed for the benefit of women and girls, and the Grant also provides suitable vocational training in order to help them sustain their families from some of the worst ills and vulnerabilities they face. The hazards of open defecation range from constant diarrhea and dehydration of children, to wild animal attacks, to rape and to reptile or insect bites, while women lack the privacy and walk long distances from their homes to relieve themselves. Project Dignity assures the safety and well-being of families, freeing up women to learn and pursue vocations that will help raise their living standards.
Chair Rotn Rakesh Sahni in Kolkata informed that not only has the original target of 320 in-home Toilets in the Sundarbans been achieved as of November 2017, but by the frugal and sensible money management practices of RC Calcutta-Midtown and Ramakrishna Ashram in India, the project has sufficient funds left and plans to install additional 80 composting Toilets by February 2018. 
Manish hopes to lead a second site visit by RCAAN members and District 6380 counterparts to Kolkata and the Sundarbans at the conclusion of the Global Grant project for a celebratory program. Six members of RCAAN toured the area for the Project Dignity kick-off held in February 2016.”
Project Dignity
Project Dignity Update: 320 Toilets Completed. Eric Tindall 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0 Project Dignity
Posted by Eric Tindall on Nov 14, 2017
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Donations 2016-2017
Ypsilanti Historical Society- Charles Kettles Medal of Honor Celebration
Rotary Club of Gbagada- Micro Loan
Forgotten Man Ministries- Washtenaw
Butterfly Garden- Gallup Park
Ground Cover News
The Rotary Foundation- Polio Plus
Rotary Club Ann Arbor- VA Cough Pillows
Boy Scouts- America Huron Trails Girls Scouts Heart of Michigan
Ann Arbor Rotary Foundation- Sierra Leona Global Grant Project
Agrarian Adventure
St. Joe's Farm
Ann Arbor Rotary Foundation- World Peace Conference 2017
Habitat for Humanity
Food Gatherers
Shelter Box USA
American Heritage Girls
Packard Health Ypsilanti
UM Cancer Center Helping Hands Fund
UM Motts Child and Family Life
Adam Begley- Ambassadorial Scholarship
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Donations for 2016-2017. Eric Tindall 2017-11-14 05:00:00Z 0 Donations
Posted by Eric Tindall on Nov 13, 2017
On November 2nd, we had a competition called Foundation Follies. The moderator Mike McManus, asked question about the Rotary Foundation to the panelist, Gail Scott, Virginia Nordby, Steve Lessens and John Copeland.
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Foundation Follies Eric Tindall 2017-11-13 05:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation
Posted by Eric Tindall on Nov 12, 2017
At Rotary Club of Ann Arbor Lunch on November 9th, Daniel Johnson from Empowering Services, Inc. was our speaker.
Empowering Services, Inc. works with Washtenaw County to increase the services inside and outside the jail to not only further reduce the recidivism rate, but enables exiting inmates the best potential for success.
Daniel described, how his organizations help inmates by giving rides back to their homes after they are released. 
He also told us that the Jail is very cold this time of year so a big service they provide is to give the inmates undergarments.
At the end of his presentation, Scott Nelson gave Daniel, a check for $200 from our club. He said, "the money will buy a lot of undergarments."
Empowering Services Inc.
Daniel Johnson, From Empowering Services, Inc. Was Our Speaker On November 9th.  Eric Tindall 2017-11-12 05:00:00Z 0 Empowering Services Inc.
Rotary Club Ann Arbor North In The CAN October Newsletter Eric Tindall 2017-11-06 05:00:00Z 0 Communitty Action Network,Fall Outing,Green Baxter Court
Posted by Eric Tindall on Nov 02, 2017
One of our last butterfly work days of the year will be this Sunday, November 5 from 2-5 PM. We are partnering with Adopt-A-Park who will bring several volunteers plus material. The primary plan is to continue improving the paths by adding crushed rock, and secondarily spreading wood mulch. Please bring gloves, wheel barrows, shovels, rakes, hoes, and most of all yourself!
Butterfly Garden
Work Day At The Butterfly Garden, November 5th. Eric Tindall 2017-11-02 04:00:00Z 0 Butterfly Garden
Posted by Eric Tindall on Nov 02, 2017
Euchre Tournament
Mike McManus, made an announcement at our luncheon on November 2nd, about this Euchre Tournament, Please give them your support.
Euchre Tournament: November 16, 2017
Come join us for a Progressive* Euchre Tournament (Fundraiser) to provide Emergency Hygiene Bags for Gleaners Community Food Bank-Livingston County. Enjoy an evening of fun and friendly competition, snacks, cash bar and fellowship all for a great cause.
Tickets are $25 plus $2.03 processing fee - $27.03
Seats are limited. Register now to get your spot. Each player is scored individually. You don't need a partner to play.
You can also sponsor an Emergency Hygiene Bag for $20 at the event. Our goal is to provide a years' worth of Emergency Hygiene Bags for Gleaners Community Food Bank-Livingston County (approximately 150 bags).
Check-in begins at 6pm at Ore Creek Restaurant at Mt. Brighton (Brighton, MI); Tables will be seated by 6:45 pm; 1st round play begins at 7 pm; First three rounds will be played and then an intermission; Final three games will be played and scores will be tallied. Winning prizes for top three players and lowest score player.
*Progressive Euchre - 6 Rounds; 8 deals per game (2 per player); Stick the Dealer; Successful LONERS-points for both players - calling player gets bonus points; Winning team moves up to next table and splits up; Losing team stays at same table and splits up.
Remember, this is FUN and FUNDRAISER for a great cause....
If you have questions, you can e-mail or call 810-229-6781 and ask from Catarina or Darlene.
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Mike McManus, Tells Us About A Euchre Tournament For Gleaners.  Eric Tindall 2017-11-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Oct 28, 2017
 Former Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North President, Dan Weiss was our speaker at lunch on October 25th. He currently has a non profit health service practice, in Brazil called Clínica Carmen Lucia.
Dan said, "The mission of Clínica Carmem Lucia is to improve the quality of life of the people of Vila Velha. Our goal is to be the best health clinic in Brazil, because we believe that our patients deserve the best possible care with dignity, respect and affection".
Dan explained, "The Clinic does not charge for its services, but it charges its clients with responsibility for their health and well-being of their family and community."
For more information go to
Dan W.
Dan Weiss, talked About His Health Service Practice called Clínica Carmen Lucia. Eric Tindall 2017-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Oct 28, 2017
Join us November 8 at 7pm for an evening of turning "Thank you for your service" into "Let me hear your stories." 
Make sure you get a seat, for your free tickets, click tickets:
Fisher House Michigan and Old National Bank present: Stories of Service: An Evening with Veterans at Hill Auditorium.
Spanning nearly a century of service from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan, Veterans share their stories on stage at Hill Auditorium, featuring live music and performances by student Veterans from U of M, EMU and W.C.C in an extraordinary collaboration produced by Fisher House Michigan, directed by Maija Garcia and hosted by Noah Galloway (Speaker: Noah Galloway) - Celebrating all veterans, their families and friends.
For FREE tickets, visit and help us build a community around our Veterans as we strive to build Michigan's First Fisher House. 
Fisher House Michigan Stories of Service
Preview video and story from Fisher House Michigan's Newsletter Oct. 28, 2017
Stories of Service: An Evening with Veterans at Hill Auditorium. Eric Tindall 2017-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day 2017: Countdown To History. Eric Tindall 2017-10-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Oct 23, 2017
On Tuesday, Oct. 24th, World Polio Day, the Milan Rotary Club of will be partnering with Marcos and Hungry Howies for a fundraiser – “Pizza for Polio”. Any pizza orders on this day (carry out or delivery) will see a portion of sales being donated back to Milan Rotary Club of to help eradicate polio worldwide.

The effort hopes to raise money for Rotary International, the volunteer fundraising arm of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative—a public-private partnership that also includes the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

A portion of all pizza sales on Tuesday Oct. 24th will go to Milan Rotary Club of toward the end polio now initiative --- to end polio worldwide and raise awareness

This “Pizza for Polio” fundraiser comes at an important time in the fight to eradicate polio, which would be only the second human disease to be eradicated. Case numbers of the disease have never been lower, and only two countries (Afghanistan and Pakistan) have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus.

However, a funding gap means immunization campaigns are being cut in high-risk countries, leaving children more vulnerable to polio. If polio isn’t stopped now, the disease could stage a comeback, affecting an estimated 200,000 children every year.Rotary, a humanitarian service organization with nearly 34,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas, made polio eradication its top priority in 1985. Rotary has since contributed US$1.2 billion, and its members have logged countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. 

Overall, remarkable progress has been achieved in the fight against polio. Since 1988, the number of polio cases has been reduced from 350,000 a year to 10 cases so far in 2017. The Americas were declared free from polio in 1994, the Western Pacific region in 2000, and Europe in 2002. 
A highly infectious disease, polio still strikes children mainly under the age of five. Polio can cause paralysis and sometimes death. There is no cure for polio, but for as little as 60 cents worth of oral vaccine, a child can be protected from the disease for life. 
Story written by Milan Rotary for Facebook invite.
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Pizza For Polio Fundraiser. Eric Tindall 2017-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Oct 23, 2017
Before there was a vaccine for polio, an Australian nurse discovered an effective new treatment for infantile paralysis, but experienced great difficulty in convincing doctors that her claims were valid.
“Sister Kenny,” starring Rosalind Russell, will be shown Tuesday, Oct. 24, 7:15 p.m., at the Farmington Civic Theater, 33332 Grand River in Farmington.
The movie has local ties, in that Sister Kenny worked at the Michigan Hospital for the Crippled, which is today the Botsford Commons senior care facility.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the showing is sponsored by Farmington Rotary. Admission is $5, $3 for seniors and children.
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"Sister Kenny" - World Polio Day Is October 24, 2017. Eric Tindall 2017-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Oct 19, 2017
Rotary Club Of Ann Arbor North's Luncheon, was packed with something every second. Joyce stated out giving an update on the Oktoberfest this Saturday.
Then Dutch Nie, from Milan Rotary told us about a Polio Fundraiser in Milan, on World Polio Day (October 24th). It is a Pizza for Polio event where purchases of pizza from either Marco's Pizza on Dexter St in Milan or Hungry Howies on Main St. in Milan (Pizza For Polio Fundraiser In Milan / Facebook). All proceeds will go to help the End Polio Now Campaign.
Then Kate Melcher and Daniel Patrick from Fisher House of Michigan announced a concert with Veterans' talking about their experience while in the Armed Forces. The Concert is free on November 8th at Hill Auditorium ( Show your support to our Vet's and let's fill Hill Auditorium.
Stories of Service
Kate Melcher, and Daniel Patrick talked about the Stories of Service Concert and Fisher House of Michigan
RCAAN Luncheon With Fisher House Michigan. Eric Tindall 2017-10-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Oct 16, 2017
On Sunday October 14, 2017, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North, invited the children from Green Baxter Court to a day of fall fun. 
We went to Jenny's Farm Stand in Dexter and the children enjoyed the petting animals, going on a hay ride, and eating donuts and drinking cider.
Communitty Action Network Fall Outing Green Baxter Court
Green Baxter Court and RCAAN at Jenny's Farm Stand. Eric Tindall 2017-10-16 04:00:00Z 0 Communitty Action Network,Fall Outing,Green Baxter Court
Posted by Eric Tindall on Oct 15, 2017
Rotarian's from Michigan and Canada, graduated from Parts II and lll at the Rotary Leadership Institute Great Lakes Division on October 15, 2017, in Ridgetown, Ontario, Canada. They colored a coat of arms in Team Building.
Peg Windsor, Joyce Williams and Diane Sheffrey finish Part ll or lll
Peg with her Coat of Arms
Diane and Joyce color their Coat of Arms.
Great Lakes Leadership Institute October 15th. Eric Tindall 2017-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
The Countdown To World Polio Day Is On! Eric Tindall 2017-10-13 04:00:00Z 0
Let's Celebrate! 2017 Foundation Gala Eric Tindall 2017-10-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Oct 11, 2017
Hire Vet
Hire Vet
Participating Employers: 

FedEx- Sponsor
Michigan Department of Corrections
Huron Valley Ambulance
Thomson Reuters
Trinity Services Group
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System 
St. Joseph Mercy Health system 
Detroit Police Department
Michigan State Police 
City of Ann Arbor
Glacier Hills Senior Living Community
Check out the entire employer list here on 
Walk-In's Welcome! Job Seeker Registration Here! >>
Story from HireMiVet Newsletter October 10, 2017
Hire MI Vet. Job Fair, November 07, 2017. Eric Tindall 2017-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Oct 11, 2017
Spanning nearly a century of service from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan, Veterans share their stories onstage at Hill Auditorium, featuring live music and performances by student Veterans from U of M, EMU and W,C.C. in an extraordinary collaboration produced by Fisher House Michigan, directed by Maija Garcia and hosted by Noah Galloway - Celebrating all veterans, their families and friends.
Tickets are FREE and are available on a first come, first served basis. Visit for more information and to reserve your tickets today!
Story from Fisher House Newsletter, October 10, 2017.
Stories of Service Concert, November 8, 2017 Eric Tindall 2017-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Oct 05, 2017
Please join Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North, as we take the Kid's from Green Baxter Court to Jenny's Farm Stand at 8366 Island Lake Road Dexter, MI.
We will meet the Kid's at Jenny's Farm at 2:00 PM on October 15, 2017. 
There will by hay rides through Jenny's pumpkin patch, pony rides, a petting farm, and of course apples, cider and donuts.
Horse Drawn Hay Rides at Jenny's Farm Dexter
Green Baxter Court Fall Outing Coming October 15, 2017. Eric Tindall 2017-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
DG Barry Fraser Attended Rotary Club of Ann Arbor Luncheon on October 5th. Eric Tindall 2017-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day Is October 24th. Eric Tindall 2017-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Oct 04, 2017
Michigan Rotaract had there first general meeting of the year on September 26th, and ended the meeting by painting the rock.
The University of Michigan Rock is located South of Hill Street and East of Forest.
U of M Rock
Michigan Rotaract Paints University of Michigan Rock. Eric Tindall 2017-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
Virginia Nordby At Rotary District 6380 Conference 2017. Eric Tindall 2017-09-30 04:00:00Z 0 Virginia Nordby
Posted by Eric Tindall on Sep 28, 2017
Dr. Melvin McInnis from the U of M Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund, was the speaker at our lunch on September 28, 2017.
Dr. Melven explained, "Bipolar disorder, is a medical condition marked by significant changes in mood, thought, energy and behavior. A person's mood can alternate between the "poles" of mania (highs) and depression (lows). This change in mood or "mood swing" can last for hours, days, weeks, or months and can result in significant problems in areas such as relationships, work, and finances. The turmoil of bipolar disorder is often devastating to careers and personal or social relationships, affecting the whole person and their family. Death by suicide occurs in up to 20 percent of individuals with this illness."
Common symptoms of mania - the "highs" of bipolar disorder:
  • Feelings of elation, hyper, “high”
  • Increase in activity & energy
  • Excessive irritability
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Decreased need for sleep without fatigue
  • Grandiose beliefs, inflated sense of powers and abilities
  • Pressured/rapid speech
  • Racing thoughts
  • Poor concentration, distractibility
  • Impulsiveness
  • Increased sexual drive
  • Spending sprees
  • Delusions and/or hallucinations
Common symptoms of depression - the "lows" of bipolar disorder:
  • Prolonged sadness
  • Pessimism, indifference
  • Irritability
  • Loss of energy
  • Decrease interest in typically pleasurable activities including sex
  • Change in appetite, unintentional weight gain/loss
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Restlessness or moving slowly
  • Anxiety
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness
  • Poor concentration
  • Unexplained physical pain
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
Dr. Marven described, despite all the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder a person with it, can be cured.
Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund Web-page:
Dr. Marven - Bipolar
Dr. Melvin McInnis Talked About Bipolar Disorder on September 29th. Eric Tindall 2017-09-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Sep 24, 2017

Washtenaw Prep Day – Oct. 27, 2017

Are you a Veteran or know a Veteran that needs a job, tell them about these two events.

President Peg works for Michigan Works, she is working hard on these events. Help her by telling the Veteran's about this Prep Day and Job Fair.
Vet Job Fair
Veteran's Prep Day And Job Fair. Eric Tindall 2017-09-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Sep 21, 2017
Lori Nash Byron from Famous In Your Field a Marketing Firm, was the speaker to Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North on September 21, 2017.
She talked to the club about on how you can become famous in your field.
Lori said, "you can become known as the go-to person in your business niche. And it doesn't require winning a Nobel Prize or inventing the next world-changing social app. Any entrepreneur or professional who has the desire and the know-how can become famous in their field.

"Here’s a little known secret: Experts are a lot more PR than Ph.D.. (Think about it. Is Dr. Phil really the best psychologist in America?)"

"When you become known as the expert in your industry, you eliminate any competition. You command attention and draw clients to you like a magnet. No more chasing prospects and wasting money on marketing that doesn't work."

Lori told use the following to become famous in your field:


Public speaking:
Speaking is a great way to position a business professional as an authority. Wearing a Speaker badge at a conference, industry association luncheon or other event gives you a powerful source of credibility. And it’s a strategic investment of your most limited resource – time. During a speaking engagement, you’re demonstrating expertise to an entire group of people, rather than one-on-one.
Publishing can take many forms in today’s world. There are magazine articles, blog posts, and e-books and good old-fashioned printed books. One of the best ways to make a name for yourself is to publish articles in professional and trade magazines.
Content marketing:
Content, whether it’s a video, an e-book, an article, blog post, webinar or podcast, is what attracts prospects to your website. It’s how you create a relationship with that prospect, and how you demonstrate your authority in industry. And content works for you, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Wondering where you’ll find the time to churn out all this content?
Web presence:
A strong digital footprint (all the places where someone might find you on the web) is key to being recognized as a leader in your industry. When a prospective client is looking for your specialty, you want your name to be top of mind and at the top of Goggle’s search results page. Social media, through sites like Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube gives companies and professionals free and simple tools to reach your target market and interact with them directly. With smart strategies for effective use, social media can be a powerful way to build your brand and authority.
Media outreach:

Journalists and reporters are starving for credible sources who can bring newsworthy ideas, trends and industry insights to their audience.
More information at:
Also at our Luncheon on September 21st, Adel the Exchange Student Ann Arbor North sponsors, visited and gave us a banner from the Czech Republic.
Finally Lisa Hudy, received a Paul Harris +1 from Past President Scott Nelson, for her dedication as Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Foundation Treasurer. 
It was a great and full Luncheon.
Famous In Your Field
Exchange student gave us a banner from the Czech Republic.
Lisa Hudy received Paul Harris +1
Lori Nash Byron From Famous In Your Field Was Our Speaker On Sept. 21st. Eric Tindall 2017-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Sep 20, 2017
Join the Southfield Area Rotary Club for a fun evening of food, music and dancing while serving the Southfield youth community! A portion of profits will go to Southfield Youth Assistance, a partner of Southfield Area Rotary Club dedicated to supporting the physical, mental and emotional welfare of local youth. 

What you don't want to miss:
- Buffet Dinner, Drinks (Cash Bar)
- Dancing to the sounds of DJ "Lightning" Rod from the Detroit Princess

Keynote Speakers:
- Dr. Kenson J. Siver, Mayor of Southfield
- Mr. John W. Barfield, Founder of The Bartech Group, and Author of "Starting from Scratch: The Humble Beginnings of a Two Billion-Dollar Enterprise"
- Dr. Jan Cardwell, University of Phoenix Campus Vice President

Attire: Semi-Formal & Business

Event Cost: Early Bird Tickets $50 (through Sept. 22, 2017). Purchase tickets
Southfield Area Rotary Club's Party With A Purpose. Eric Tindall 2017-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Sep 14, 2017
Chris Kolb, shared at Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North, about, to help people in Michigan be educated on drinking water quality. Chris talked about the Clean Water Checklist.

Clean Water Checklist
  • Identify your source of drinking water – public systems (community water system or Type III) or private well​
1. Source Water
Public System
a) Community Water System
b) Type III (small apartment complexes, residential subdivisions, etc.)  
  • When was the water last tested?​
Private well
  • When was the well last tested?
  • What should the well be tested for?
  • Is my septic system in good working order?​
2. Treatment & Distribution
Public System
a) Community Water Systems
b) Type III (small apartment complexes, residential subdivisions, etc.)  
  • Do I have enough information regarding my water quality, or should I have additional testing done?
  • Should I use an additional filter?
 Private well
  • Do I soften my water?
  • Should I use an additional filter?​
3. Home Plumbing
4. Affordability
5. When your away from home
  • What about the school my children and my workplace attend?
    • Is it part of a Community Water System? See above.
    • Is it a Type II Systems (transient or nontransient)?
    • What are the testing requirements?
  • Is a copy of the Consumer Confidence Report available?
Information about Drinking Water Checklist located at:

Before Chris gave his presentation Jane McManus, District Governor Elect, shared gifts with our Past District Governors Virginia and Gail Scott.
Chris Kolb
Peg Windsor gives Chris Kolb a Rotary tape measure.
Chris Kolb
Chris Kolb Talked About Clean Water At Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Lunch On September 14th. Eric Tindall 2017-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Sep 11, 2017
Diane Shaffrey, received her first Paul Harris at lunch on September 7th, for her donation of $1000.00 to Rotary International Foundation. Peg thanked her for her generosity, especially because she is a new Rotarian.
Diane has also taken on this years position, as our Youth Exchange Officer.
Diane Received Her First Paul Harris. Eric Tindall 2017-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Sep 10, 2017
On Saturday night, September 9, 2017, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North member's Joyce Williams, Gail Scott, Eric Tindall, Jeff Crause, Doc and Sherry Lessens attended the Amy Fedel Memorial Benefit Concert at Greenwood U.M.C.
The fundraiser was in memory of Amy Fedel, who died when their family's van was hit by a drunk driver in the summer of 1998, while they were going on vacation to Mackinaw City. 
All proceeds from the concert was donated to the Brain Injury Association of Michigan ( and Michigan M.A.D.D. (
Mike Fedel, the Father of Amy and Lisa Fedel, and one of Jeff's band member's, was happy to see us, and encouraged us to come next year.​​​​
For more information:
Amy and Lisa Page
​​​Mike Fedel on left, and Jeff Crause far right.
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North, At The 2017 Amy Fedel Memorial Benefit Concert. Eric Tindall 2017-09-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Sep 07, 2017
Shamar Herron, from Michigan Works! talked at the RCAAN Luncheon today.
Shamar described, since he was born in Detroit, he learned at a very young age that he had many options in his life. He could let his unfavorable surroundings dictate his future, or he could forge his own path. Shamar chose the latter and began working hard towards his success.
He played college Basketball and reached The Final Four in 1999 for The Ohio State Buckeye's.
Shamar is currently, Deputy Director of Michigan Works! Southeast, he leads teams that focus on helping people craft and achieve their goals toward a career and connecting talent to business needs.
Shamar's, background is in economic development, mentoring, and data analysis allows him to play in a variety of arenas.
Shamar, is on multiple boards from Youth development to Prisoner reentry.
Michigan Work's
Shamar Herron, Talked At The RCAAN Luncheon On Sept 7th. Eric Tindall 2017-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Sep 03, 2017
For Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Luncheon on August 31, 2017, we went to the University of Michigan's Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Mike Kost, talked to us about the garden. Mike said, "Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum are two properties in different locations operating as one unit within the University of Michigan." 
Matthaei Botanical Gardens is located in northeast Ann Arbor at 1800 N. Dixboro Rd.
At the Garden is the conservatory; gift shop; classroom and meeting spaces; display gardens such as the Gaffield Children’s Garden, Bonsai & Penjing Garden, Great Lakes Gardens, and others; and many trails and natural areas.
Nichols Arboretum is located at 1610 Washington Hts. on the University of Michigan’s central campus next to the U-M hospital.
The Arb is home to the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden and several collections of historic or native plants such as the Julie Norris Post Collection of Ericaceous and Appalachian Plants, Centennial Shrub Collection, prairie, and others.
Through out the year both locations have special events, check out their calander for upcoming events,
At the start of the meeting Vern Hutton announced, that Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North received a check for over $2000.00 from a Club real estate investment.
Mattaei Botanical Garden
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Visits The Matthaei Garden's On Aug. 31st. Eric Tindall 2017-09-03 04:00:00Z 0 Mattaei Botanical Garden
Posted by Eric Tindall on Aug 30, 2017
This article was in the "City of Ann Arbor, MI Weekly Digest Bulletin" on August 25, 2017, about Rotary Club of Ann Arbor's, new Centennial Playground.
City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services, together with the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, are inviting the community to the Grand Opening of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor Centennial Playground on Sunday, Sept. 173–6 p.m. at Gallup Park.
Grand opening festivities begin at 3 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the playground site and guest speakers. Other activities will include live music, animals from Leslie Science & Nature Center, Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum educational activities, a fishing area for kids and more!
Thank you, 
City of Ann Arbor Communications
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All Invited To Sept. 17th Gallup Park Universal Access Playground Grand Opening Event Eric Tindall 2017-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Aug 26, 2017
Member login
Can all Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Member's, do a big favor for the Board of Director's. Can everyone check there information in ClubRunner, to make sure it is correct.
  1. Go to link
  2. On the top of right hand side of page, click member login
  3. Type login name, password, and hit login
  4. You will now be logged in, now hit Member Area on the top right side of page
  5. On the tabs, hit My ClubRunner
  6. Then hit My Profile
  7. Check all information, birthday, anniversary, address.....
  8. To check Rotary Club anniversary on the profile tabs hit Rotary and check dates. You can not change your club anniversary, send me an e-mail and I will change it.
  9. If something else is not correct you can change it by hitting edit. Change the information needed changed and hit save, If you do not want to do it yourself, e-mail me with the corrections at
Can everyone do this as soon as possible, we would like to have all the ClubRunner correct.
Verify All ClubRunner Information. Eric Tindall 2017-08-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Aug 23, 2017
Adel, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Foreign Exchange Student, arrived at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on August 23,2017.
She traveled safely and is now settling in.
Adel with Diane Sheffrey at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Adel, Arrives at Detroit Metro Airport. Eric Tindall 2017-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Aug 22, 2017
Matthaei Botanical Garden
For the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's luncheon, on August 31st (12:00 PM-2:00 PM), we will be having an off site lunch at Matthaei Garden located at 1800 N. Dixboro Rd.  Ann Arbor, MI 48105. We will have box lunches and our speaker will be Mike Kost, Curator of Native Plants.  
About Mike Kost
Mike Kost formerly served as the lead ecologist and a senior conservation scientist with Michigan Natural Features Inventory at Michigan State University Extension.
He has coauthored more than 75 publications, including three books on the natural communities of Michigan.
Mike also managed the adult natural history education program for The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.
He has also worked as a naturalist for the University of Wisconsin-Extension and as a land steward for the Koenen Land Preserve in Milwaukee.
He earned a B.S. in Public and Environmental Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and an M.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
About Botanical Garden and Arboretum:

In 1907, the University created a Botanical Garden and Arboretum on the land between Geddes Road and the Huron River, just a few blocks from Central Campus on the site now known as Nichols Arboretum.
At the time, the property consisted of approximately 80 acres. Today, more than 100 years later, the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum manages over 700 acres of gardens, research areas, and natural preserves around the Ann Arbor area with a complex of conservatory, greenhouses, laboratory, teaching and meeting spaces at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and the James D. Reader, Jr. Center for Urban Environmental Education at Nichols Arboretum.
                               Parking At Matthaei Botanical Garden: FAQs
More information about parking and directions:
Peg Windsors phone number in case you get lost734-358-5581.
Peg will need a head count for lunch orders.  Potbelly Sandwiches,chips, water & something sweet.
At Aug 25th Luncheon, tell Peg you are going to attend, or send Peggy Windsor an e-mail, or use online registration:
Online Registration:
In comment section of registration, tell us if you would like the $11.00 lunch, and state if you want beef, chicken or veggie sandwich.
Mattaei Botanical Garden
Off Site Luncheon At Matthaei Botanical Garden On August 31st. Eric Tindall 2017-08-22 04:00:00Z 0 Mattaei Botanical Garden
Posted by Eric Tindall on Aug 22, 2017
Matthaei Botanical Garden
For the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's lunch on August 31st  (12:00 PM-2:00 PM) we will be having an off site lunch at Matthaei Garden located at 1800 N. Dixboro Rd.  Ann Arbor, MI 48105. We will have box lunches and our speaker will be Mike Kost, Curator of Native Plants   
About Mike Kost
Mike Kost formerly served as the lead ecologist and a senior conservation scientist with Michigan Natural Features Inventory at Michigan State University Extension.
He has coauthored more than 75 publications, including three books on the natural communities of Michigan.
Mike also managed the adult natural history education program for The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.
He has also worked as a naturalist for the University of Wisconsin-Extension and as a land steward for the Koenen Land Preserve in Milwaukee.
He earned a B.S. in Public and Environmental Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and an M.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
About Botanical Garden and Arboretum:
In 1907, the University created a Botanical Garden and Arboretum on the land between Geddes Road and the Huron River, just a few blocks from Central Campus on the site now known as Nichols Arboretum.
At the time, the property consisted of approximately 80 acres. Today, more than 100 years later, the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum manages over 700 acres of gardens, research areas, and natural preserves around the Ann Arbor area with a complex of conservatory, greenhouses, laboratory, teaching and meeting spaces at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and the James D. Reader, Jr. Center for Urban Environmental Education at Nichols Arboretum.
More information about parking and directions:
Peg Windsors phone number in case you get lost. 734-358-5581.
Peg will need a head count for lunch orders.  Potbelly Sandwiches,chips, water & something sweet.
At Aug 25th Luncheon tell Peg your will attend or send Peggy Windsor an e-mail or us online registration:
Online Registration:
Off Site Lunch at Matthaei Botanical Garden on August 31st. Eric Tindall 2017-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Aug 21, 2017
Youth Exchange
This is a reminder of the arrival of Adel, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Foreign Exchange Student for this year. Adel will be attending Huron High School starting this fall.
Club Member's may come to Detroit Metropolitan Airport to welcome her to the United States.
Arrival at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) 3:55 PM on August 23, 2017.
KLM 1352 Royal Dutch Airlines 
Depart 08:50 (8:50 AM), from PRG Prague, Czech Republic
Arrival 10:25 (10:25 AM), NL Amsterdam Schiphol
KLM 6120 Royal Dutch Airlines
Depart 13:20 (1:20 PM), from NL Amsterdam Schiphol
Arrive 15:55 (3:55 PM), DTW Detroit, Michigan
Adel's, RCAAN Foreign Exchange Student Arrives On Wednesday. Eric Tindall 2017-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Aug 17, 2017
2017 The Amy Fedel Memorial Concert
Sat, Sept 9, 7:30p
Green Wood United Methodist Church
1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
A few weeks ago at our luncheon, Jeff Crause announced this Memorial Concert, that is being planned by one of his band mates. Give them your support by going to this concert.
Musicians include the Bonfire Poets (Mark Brokaw, Mike Fidel, Dan McConnell and Joe Spaly), Five Miles More (Jazz and Standards), and audience participation with the Singalong Jukebox.
The concert is a benefit for the Brain Injury Association of Michigan, and MADD of Michigan. Suggested donation: $15.00/Adults and $3.00/Kids. Checks are accepted made out to 'BIAMI' or 'MADD'. More information at
The 2017 Amy Fedel Memorial Concert. Eric Tindall 2017-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Aug 17, 2017
Kate Conely-RYLA
Kate Conely-RYLA
At Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon on August 17th, Kate Conely told the club about her experience at this years RYLA.
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive training program that brings together our youth, ages 14-18, to further develop character, leadership skills and to learn about Rotary. 
Kate attended this years RYLA on April 21-23 at Camp Copneconic in Fenton, Michigan
Kate had the opportunity to participate in character building programs which focuses on leadership, effective communication, trust and cooperation. Utilizing adventure, personal commitments and shared insights, she gained an increased sense of confidence in herself and in her team.
Kate Conley, Talked About Her Experience at RYLA On Aug. 17th. Eric Tindall 2017-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Aug 16, 2017
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North, was mentioned twice in this months Packard Partner News.
Letter from the Executive Director
This Community
Projects like the Healthy Kids Fair never cease to amaze me with their countless moving parts and dozens, let me say, DOZENS of details. The choreography of the Healthy Kids Fair is awesome. Even beyond awesome is the community support of this event. We all want Washtenaw County to be a place where all kids can thrive. 
The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor donated seed money to set the event in motion and keep us going. The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North gave us funds so bike helmets are free. Many other organizations and individuals have donated to the cause.   
On fair day the Washtenaw Department of Health will be giving immunizations and dental checks, and Safe Kids Huron Valley will be fitting helmets. Fresh Thyme Market is bringing fresh fruit and Growing Hope is coming with their blender bike which I'm eager to see in action!  The Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights will be on hand to answer Right to Know questions.  
The Healthy Kids Committee has been in planning mode for months and a full corps of volunteers will be on hand the day of the event. Key Packard Health staff have been instrumental in organizing clinical services.
I hardly know where to begin with my thanks. There are so many supporters!  But I do know where to end ... This community knows how to come together, how to work together on important issues, and for that my appreciation is boundless.
In good health,
Ray Rion, MD. Executive Director 
For Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's, second mention go to newsletter at:
RCAAN In The Packard Partner News. Eric Tindall 2017-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Aug 10, 2017
Our new Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North meets here plaque, outside the door of where we meet on Thursday at noon.
New RCAAN Meets Here Plaque. Eric Tindall 2017-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Aug 10, 2017
From Packard Health Facebook post on August 10, 2017,
A helmet is the single most effective safety device to reduce head injury and death in bicycle accidents. Safe Kids Huron Valley will be fitting helmets at our Healthy Kids Fair on Aug. 19 in Ypsilanti. A big thank you to Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North for their support - the helmets will be free! Read about Bike Safety Tips:
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Packard Health Purchase Bike Helmets, From Our Donation. Eric Tindall 2017-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Aug 10, 2017
DJ Boyde from the Rotary Club of Northville was a guest to our Luncheon today. He told us about an event they are running called Tour de Ville
The Tour de Ville benefit bike ride is a family oriented event and not a race.
All routes beginning and ending in Historic Northville, Michigan at The Village Workshop.
Routes include a 10 mile ride that travels exclusively along the historic Edward Hines Drive.
The Tour de Ville, has a 34 mile route and a 53 mile route (for the seasoned riders) both also starting at The Village Workshop.
Mention annarborn when purchasing tickets, $10 (from each ticket) will go to Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North.
Northville Rotary
Tour de Ville in Northville Michigan. Eric Tindall 2017-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Aug 10, 2017
John Seto, was the speaker at the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Luncheon today, August 10, 2017. John Seto is the former Ann Arbor Police Chief and the current Director of Housing Security for the University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security.
John, talked about the law and ethics in making decisions for Police Officers.
He talked about the issue a few years back, when homeless individuals put up tents in city park and lived there. He had a ethical issue. It was not right to just kick them out, but the city law said they could not stay there. The police put letters out saying they need to leave in 48 hours and some support to where to go. Fortunately almost all left and took the support and others got other housing.
On all ethical issues, in policing  he said, "the police, has to follow the Federal Laws." If it is a Federal Law like the not being able to live in city park he has to follow it, even if it is not ethical to kick them out with no where to go.
Another topic he described, is the body camera that Police wear today. It is an issue of privacy. The reason to use body camera is for the  increase officer safety and reduce department liability with decreased use of force incidents and reduced false complaints by citizens. 
John Seto, is getting ready for all of the students from University of Michigan, to return to school and start living in the dorms.
John Seto, Was Our Speaker Today At The RCAAN Luncheon. Eric Tindall 2017-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Aug 05, 2017
Our Speaker on Thursday August 10, 2017, will be John Seto from the University of Michigan.
John Seto, retired as the Chief of Police in 2015 after serving 25 years with the Ann Arbor Police Department.  
During his tenure as Chief, he also served as the Safety Services Area Administrator with additional responsibilities for the Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management.  
Upon his retirement, John was appointed Director of Housing Security for the University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security.
John earned a B.S. and a Master of Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University and is a part time lecturer at E.M.U. teaching courses in Public Administration.
John Seto, Is Speaking At Rotary Club Of Ann Arbor North's Luncheon On Thursday. Eric Tindall 2017-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Aug 03, 2017
Today, we had Howdy Holmes, speak at our luncheon. Howdy is Chief Executive Officer and President of "Jiffy" Mix, which headquarter's is in Chelsea Michigan.
Howdy described, that after his career in motor sports, he returned to "Jiffy", his family owned business in 1987. Because of the of the fast pace of racing, actually driving, operating his motor sports marketing company, advertising company, and being a color commentator on racing for ESPN, it was a difficult transition into the Jurassic pass of the mixes industry.
At the time (1987) "Jiffy" was hitting hard times. He said, "he was determined to save the business for his Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather."
He created a Board of Directors with some family member and some non family. "Jiffy" Mixes did not have a Board, until he returned.
Howdy with help, created a professionally managed strategic vision. It included transitioning The Chelsea Milling into the Institutional Market, selling to mass feeders such as large hotels, school, and prisons.
Today, "Jiffy" employs 320 individuals, including his son which is studying to hopefully follow him (Although Howdy said, it is not guaranteed, he would not be afraid to let a non family member run the business).
Howdy, is hoping that "Jiffy" and the Chelsea Milling Company, will continue to prosper and last another 100 years.
"Jiffy" Mixes Web-Page:
For more photos click following link: Howdy Holmes
Howdy Holmes
Howdy Holmes at the Rotary Club Ann Arbor North Luncheon Today. Eric Tindall 2017-08-03 04:00:00Z 0 Howdy Holmes
Posted by Eric Tindall on Aug 01, 2017
Written by Rhonda Panczyk, Rotary District 6380 Membership Chair
New members can feel overwhelmed trying to understand their club, the Rotary lingo, and how they fit in.
"Rotary Basics" is a comprehensive guide to all things Rotary.
It covers everything from how Rotary began to how you can optimize your membership experience. It’s great for new members to have for reference and review on their own time.
Rotary Basics, A Reference Guide for Members:
Rotary Basics
"Rotary Basics", A Reference Guide For Members. Eric Tindall 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 27, 2017
Sarah Brabbs, author and speaker, recently visited Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North and shared her talk 'It's Not Me, It's You - Changing Defensive Communication™' with us.
Sarah is the owner of Optimizing Relationships LLC and speaks around the country and our home state of Michigan about communication and relationships. 

The club loved hearing from Sarah, although a fire alarm went off in the middle of her talk! We picked up where we left off outside though, and were able to go back inside fairly quickly.

Aside from speaking, Sarah does customized leadership and employee training, consulting, and coaching. More about Sarah is at

Rotarians and visitors are invited to send an email to to receive communications from Sarah - you'll get access to her private blog in which she shares compelling helpful information (the first blog is about a stalker!) and find out what she's up to.
Sarah wants you to know she rarely emails her "list" because she thinks we get too many emails, and promises to not waste your time or her's - her emails are good. 
Sarah Brabbs
It's Not Me, It's You - Changing Defensive Communication.  Eric Tindall 2017-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 20, 2017
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).
Event Information
Location: Holiday Inn, Near the University of Michigan
                3600 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor Michigan
Day and Time: Thursday July 27, 2017, 12:00 PM-1:15 PM
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Event Page:
Sarah Brabbs: "It's Not Me, It's You - Changing Defensive Communication,"  Eric Tindall 2017-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 20, 2017
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.

Click link to see a portion of Christine's presentation: Recycle Ann Arbor Video


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.
Christine Chessler From Recycle Ann Arbor Talked On July 20th. Eric Tindall 2017-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 20, 2017
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
Fun at the Butterfly Garden. Eric Tindall 2017-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 17, 2017
On August 3, 2017, Howdy Holmes from "Jiffy" Mixes  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
Please, help us plan this event better, if you are a guest, click on the guests link below and tell us you will be coming.
​​​​​For location and map click, Howdy Holmes- "Jiffy" Mixes.
Howdy Holmes
Howdy Holmes, From "Jiffy" Mixes Coming to Speak On August 3, 2017. Eric Tindall 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0 Howdy Holmes
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 13, 2017
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
Les Heddle, Told Us about The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival At July 13th RCAAN Luncheon. Eric Tindall 2017-07-13 04:00:00Z 0
Virginia Nordby Speaks About Women In Rotary On June 7, 2017 At Rotary Club of Ann Arbor. Eric Tindall 2017-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 10, 2017
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!
Butterfly Garden News - and Work Days! Eric Tindall 2017-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 09, 2017
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
Huron River Days 2017 Eric Tindall 2017-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 08, 2017
At Thursday's July 6th, Luncheon, John C. Carlson, Sr. Corporate Relations Manager from Eastern Michigan University, talked about Millennials in the work force. He presented many facts about Millennials that are different from past generations:
  • 2 in 3 Millennials will change the current job they just started by 2020.
    • 66% to leave a job.
    • 27% expect to stay.
    • Millennials are experience hoppers-not job hoppers.
  • What is important when Millennials select a job.
    • 22% Pay and financial benefits drive Millennials choice of organization more than anything else.
    • 16.8% Good work/life balance.
    • 13.4% Opportunities to progress/be leaders.
    • 11.0% Flexibility i.e., remote working, flexible hour.
    • 9.3% Sense of meaning from work.
    • 8.3% Professional development training programs.
    • 6.8% The impact it has on sociaty.
    • 6.4% The quality of its product/service.
    • 6.2% Strong sense of purpose.
  • Millennials want to learn to lead.
    • 71% of those likely to leave in the two years are unhappy with how their leadership skills are being developed.
  • What drive retention.
    • 83% want a job that is creative, 88% collaborative, and 81% offer flexibility.
  • What values are most important for long term business success.
    • 26% Employee satisfaction/loyalty/fair treatment.
    • 25% Ethics/trust/integrity/honesty.
    • 19% Customer care/focus.
    • 13% Quality/reliability.
    • 8% Environmental impact-Corporate, social, responsibility.
    • 7% Good products-Effeciency/adaptable/moves with the times.
    • 6% Innovation-respect.
    • While older generations adopt to the workplace. Millennials expect the workplace to adapt to them.
  • Open Communication, inclusiveness and attention to ambitions really do foster loyalty.
At Thursday's Lunch Scott, also distributed some more year ending awards and gifts, for the member's that could not attend President's Night last week.
Jeff Crause was awarded the Rotarian of the year for his work on transferring the Foundation's accounts to his business Edward Jones Financial. 
Scott presented boards to Manish Mehta, Gail Scott and, Rick Jarzembowski, for being on his 2016-2017 board.
John Carlson From Eastern Michigan Univ., Talked About Leader's From The Millennial Generation. Eric Tindall 2017-07-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 07, 2017
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.
Sources -

Six Areas of Service
Six Areas of Service Eric Tindall 2017-07-07 04:00:00Z 0
Rollin' Down The River With Rotary-Women's 30th Year. Eric Tindall 2017-07-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 02, 2017
On June 29th we had our Presidents Night at Cross & Resurrection Church in Ypsilanti next to Eastern Michigan University's Campus.
In addition to many Rotary Club of Ann Arbor Members we were blessed to have District Governor Michael Angelo Curuso, partner Rene Pothetes, District Governor Elect Jane McManus, and Assistant District Governor Mike McManus.
We started out with drinks and a mingle. Followed a great dinner of chicken breast and pasta made by Angel Food Catering of Ypsilanti and served by some of Bryan Schindel's Daughter's and Friend's.
After dinner Scott Nelson gave a summary of the accomplishments we had this year. Scott presented Eric Tindall, his second Paul Harris Fellow for his work on the web site, on the board and everything he does. Then Stephanie Oliver, received her first Paul Harris Fellow for her work when she was Ann Arbor North's Treasurer.
Scott Nelson then announced Jeff Crause, the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North's Rotarian of the Year for his work on the transfer of the Foundation's accounts. Then Scott gave Gail Scott, a special plaque for this year called the Life Saver of the Year for stepping up and saving the club by being this years Treasurer.
Scott thanked the 2016-2017 Board of Director's and gave them a board that said, "RCAAN BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2016-2017." After that gift presentation Peg gave Scott his Former President Gavel Plaque. 
Then Peg got the transfer of the Presidency by getting a Crown, because of her last name Windsor. We had the gavel passing with all the former RCAAN President's that was there.
Lastly Peg, introduced the 2017-2018 Board of Director's. Everyone had a terrific time and is looking forward to a GREAT YEAR. 
Eric PHF
Stephanie Oliver PHF
Presidents Night 2017
Presidents Night 2017
Presidents Night Was Thursday June 29, 2017. Eric Tindall 2017-07-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 01, 2017
2017 marks another Anniversary to Celebrate  - 30 years of Women in Rotary
Join us for an evening of Fun and Fellowship as we Cruise the Detroit River. Registration and Tickets coming soon!

Jane M. McManus
District Governor Elect 2017-2018
Rotary District 6380
"Rollin' down the River with Rotary." Eric Tindall 2017-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Tindall on Jun 25, 2017
After our visit to The USGS Great Lakes Science Center on June 7th some Rotarian's asked if they could get a copy of the presentation that Russ Strach gave. 
Also while Scott was working hard for the U.S. Government, he discovered this cool article called 
Sofia Dabrowski, our newest club member played a key role in elevating this data set to an accessible status, which led to the writing of this story. 
Scott was privileged to be included the photo op with Tex Wells - the World War 2 vet who dropped paratroopers over Normandy on D-Day.
More From Our Visit To The Great Lakes Science Center. Eric Tindall 2017-06-25 04:00:00Z 0
President's Night June 29, 2017. Eric Tindall 2017-06-25 04:00:00Z 0