At the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon on March 7, 2019, W. Patrick Smith talked about North Star Reach a camp located in Pinckney Michigan.
 
Patrick said, "Unfortunately, each year there are many more children who are unable to attend regular summer camp due to serious medical conditions." At North Star Reach Camp A health center staffed by nurses, physicians and other medical professionals allows children with complex medical needs to come to camp, often for the first time.
 
The benefits of the camp to the children are: 
 
  • Experience all of the fun, joy and independence that all children receive at camp and appreciate a rare sense of normalcy.
  • Campers leave with improved self-esteem, restored childhood. 
  • A sense of accomplishment at attempting challenges in an environment that provides physical, emotional and medical support and supervision.
  • Campers, staff and volunteers are all impacted in a positive way by the camp experience.
  • Additionally, parents have a much-needed opportunity for respite and many report that their children return from camp with a new sense of autonomy and independence.
As a Full Member Camp of SeriousFun Children’s Network founded by Paul Newman, North Star Reach serves children with chronic and life-threatening health challenges across the Great Lakes Region, free of charge.
 
North Star Reach operates year round and includes a health center, dining hall, cabins to house campers and staff, arts and crafts center, two swimming pools, nature trails, athletic court, sports field, an accessible tree house, archery range, amphitheatre and waterfront docks, all designed to fit in a rustic camp environment. Camp can accommodate approximately 1,500 children and family members annually.
 
Also at the Luncheon we received a check from Vern Hutton from our investment from Watershed III LLC. Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North owns a small portion of the Plymouth Road Mall. This money will go toward our grants we give out to worthy organization.
 
North Star Reach Camp
 
W. Patrick Smith from North Star Reach Camp.
 
Vern present check from Watershed III LLC.
 
Vern Hutton presents a check to the club for the ownership of a small portion of the Plymouth Road Mall.