Oct 07, 2019
Oct 14, 2019
Journey To Housing - District Grant
Oct 21, 2019
Camp Able and related Leisure Services Programs
Oct 28, 2019
Rotary Membership
Nov 04, 2019
Russ Jones will speak on Navigating the RI Website
Nov 11, 2019
Nov 25, 2019
Feb 10, 2020
Gut Health and the Immune System
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Upcoming Events
World Polio Day - Yoga Demonstration Fundraiser
Summit on the Park
Oct 24, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Foundation and Membership Seminar
Fox Hills Golf Club
Nov 02, 2019
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards 2019
Wayne County Community College Downriver Camput
Nov 14, 2019 - Nov 16, 2019
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Busch's Market of Canton
Nov 16, 2019
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Pizza & Bowling Party for Youth Exchange
Plaza Lanes
Feb 08, 2020
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
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Russell Hampton
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President's Message
Lisa Kennedy
member photo
Greetings Canton Rotarians.  How is “Doing the Right Thing” going for you?  Are you having opportunities where thinking about doing the right thing has impacted your next step?  I have a great story to share.  My husband, Mike, came home from the grocery store and announced that the Tide he had purchased wasn’t in the back of the car and he must have left it on the bottom of the grocery cart at Kroger.  He said, “It will never be there if I drive back!”.  Since he wasn’t compelled to act, I jumped in my car, as I was going to share that story with someone to get my Tide that he had already paid for or accept the outcome; but I was going to try.  So, I get to the store and drive to where he had parked and no Tide in the bottom of any carts.  I see the cart girl and share the story and she said someone turned it in and I could retrieve it at the service desk.  I am now ecstatic (partially to prove him wrong😊), and as I was waiting to retrieve my Tide, I was thinking about how good I felt that someone had “done the right thing”.  I feel very proud to live in such a fine community where someone else knew someone like me would be looking for her Tide.  Hope you have stories to share!
We are headed into Fall and that means Past President’s Dinner, World Polio Day, Journey to Housing, Thanksgiving Food donations for Salvation Army, our fellowship Thanksgiving meal, and Foundation/Membership Seminar.  Information for all can be found on our website. 
This week I challenge you to think about “what it means to be a Rotarian” and how that is different than just belonging to a Rotary Club.  Rotary Connects the World!  We, as Rotarians will connect and serve our community.  Enjoy this month and I’d love to hear your stories of where you did the right thing!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Pat Williams
October 9
Ansel Dooley
October 27
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District Governor Golf Outing
Today our meeting was cancelled to facilitate members' attendance at our District 6400 Annual District Governor Golf Outing.  The money raised from this event is used for District 6400 Rotary Club International Projects.  Last year the Windsor-Roseland Rotary Club applied for a grant for a bore-hole well near Chennai, India, from this event.  See September 23rd's story for more information on this project.  This year three of our members joined in the festivities of the day - Lisa Kennedy, Dean Clemons, and Ken Beardsley.  Thank you members for participating in this worthwhile activity.
Installation of New Corporate Member
Today we installed The Canton Rotary Club's first Corporate Member, the Wayne Westland Community School District represented by Dr. Andrae Townsel as the Primary Designee. 
We started our program with the Pledge of Allegiance, Rotary toasts to The Queen (we are and international district), the Office of President of the United States, and to the greatest service organization in the world - Rotary International.   Dean delivered the invocation, and President Lisa introduced our guests - District Governor John Chambers, Jennifer Franz from Canton Township Leisure Services, Dr. Andrae Townsel - new member, Mark Miller - new member, Mrs. Amanda Dybus - new member, and Past District Governor Jim Karolyi. 
Sue Kowalski talked about a past project that we helped complete in India with the combined help of the Windsor-Roseland Rotary Club who led the project, the Adrian Morning Rotary Club, and The Rotary Club of Plymouth.  A bore well was completed near Chennai India to bring water to a small village.  While working on that project, Aruna Koushik, the representative from the Windsor-Roseland Rotary Club who was on site during the project, got acquainted with a gentleman who served as the desk clerk at her hotel.  She found out that he was a polio survivor with a wife and two children who was facing mandatory retirement with a minimal income very shortly.  He was very worried about how he would support his family, and he had looked into purchasing an auto rickshaw, a three wheel vehicle which he can drive and take passengers from point A to point B.  That would continue to make him economically independent and sustain his family.  However, the purchase price was well beyond his means at $3,540.  Aruna has asked our Club and the other clubs who sponsored the original bore-hole well to donate the money left over from that project, due to the frugality of the project head, to purchasing this auto rickshaw.  That will leave $965 still needed for the final funding of the rickshaw.   Aruna is currently working on final funding for this project.
Today we installed our newest member, Wayne Westland Community School District represented by Dr. Andrae Townsel as the Primary Designee, Mr. Mark Miller as a Secondary Designee, and Mrs. Amanda Dybus as a Secondary Designee.  Mrs. ShaVonna Johnson will also be a Secondary Designee but was not able to attend today.  She will be installed at a later day.  Sue Kowalski served as sponsor to the group.  We welcome our new Corporate Member and the designated representatives.  We are excited to have you as part of our Rotary Club and look forward to working with you on our projects and enjoying fellowship with you as we get better acquainted with each of you.
Lunch today was family style almond chicken, a vegetable medley, hummus with fresh mini pita bread, pasta with blush sauce, and salad. 
Do Good Expo in Canton  Township
Today we celebrated the anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, by manning a booth at the Summit on the Park highlighting all of the volunteer activities that are available in Canton Township.  There were many civic organizations present, and we enjoyed talking to members of the public that came out for the evening, as well as getting to know some of the members of other civic organizations who were present for the evening.  Thanks to Derek Locke who came out on this rainy evening to display information from Shelter Box, an international charitable organization who partners with Rotary to supply emergency shelter in times of crisis.
District Governor Visit
Today our District Governor, John Chambers, visited our Club and brought us up to date on District 6400 happenings.
President Lisa called the meeting to order, and we followed with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Invocation.  Today's guests were introduced - Doug Morison potential new member, Dr. Andrae Townsel soon to be inducted new member, District Governor John Chambers, and Sandy Chambers wife of District Governor John.  Welcome everyone. 
Announcements for the day included a reminder of the Past President's Dinner on October 7th at Hickory Creek Golf Course, President Lisa then introduced District Governor John Chambers to talk to us briefly before lunch.  DG John talked about membership, satellite Rotary clubs (one club, different meeting times), combined club projects, the new Kingsville Ontario Club started last year, and the new Rotary Club that Roberto Sanchez is working on starting in Southwest Detroit.  Other topics covered were the new E-Clubs that are being started, and the rapidly growing membership in Rotary in the Far East part of the world.  DG John talked about our families, including our Rotary family, our biological family, our religious family, and our family of friends and our perceptions of each of these families.  He encouraged us to include our families in our Rotary activities.
DG John also updated us regarding District Conference at Kalahari Water Park and Resort on May 15 - 17, 2020, in Ohio.  One of the speakers will be Astronaut Mike Foreman, who is also a Rotarian.  For more information and/or to register, please see the District Website at
Here is just a little background on District Governor John Chambers.  John is a member of the Rotary Club of Detroit A.M. where he has served as President, Secretary, and Foundation Chair.   One of his favorite causes is literacy.  He has worked on literacy projects with his Club and other Rotary Clubs and he serves as a board member of the Detroit Public Library Board and also works with the Oakland County Library Friends.  He and his wife Sandy enjoy traveling, golfing, playing with grand children, and church.  John has volunteered in many capacities over the years including international travel on medical missions to Haiti and Nicaragua, El Salvador for water/school building, and Tanzania with Rotary, as well as a volunteer fire fighter, first aid and CPR instructor, and work on various regional and statewide committees.  John is a retired Financial Officer from the Court system and Detroit Public Library and is a C.P.A.  We are truly blessed to have John as our 2019/2020 District Governor.
We enjoyed dinner and afterwards DG Chambers presented the "Do The Right Thing" Award to two of our members, Bill Brown and Roland Leist.  DG Chambers had asked our President Lisa to nominate a Club member for this honor, and Lisa chose members Bill Brown and Roland Leist who both have a long history of serving their community and their fellow members of society.  Congratulations Bill and Roland.
Our Club then had the opportunity to present DG Chambers with a gift of a donation of $100 to the Detroit Public Library in honor of his year as District Governor.  We also presented his wife Sandy with a gift for her home.  A big thank you to both John and Sandy for sharing this year of their lives with their Rotary family.
High School Scholarship Winner Visits
Today we met Reham, one of our High School Vocational Scholarship winners. 
Lisa called our meeting to order and, after the Pledge of Allegiance and the Prayer, she started us off with announcements. 
  • Please note that Plymouth AM is looking for volunteers for the morning of September 7th to help get ready for their spaghetti dinner that afternoon and evening.
  • A reminder that August is membership month.
  • September 11th is the "Do Good Expo" at the Summit from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  The Canton Rotary Club will have a table, and we are collecting books for our Little Free Libraries.  For more information please see
  • September 28th from 8:30 am until noon is Rotary District 6400 Feed the World Day.  Our District will work together to package meals at Wayne County Community College, 9555 Haggerty Road, Belleville, MI. These meals will go to Kids Coalition Against Hunger.  The emergency portion of the food packaged will go to the Bahamas.  The goal for this event is to package 100,000 meals.  For more information please see,447&eventID=435&date=2019-09-28&day=28&widget=1&TB_iframe=1&tbWidth=600&tbHeight=500.
  • September 30th is the annual District Governor Golf Outing at Fox Hills.  All profits made from this event will be used to fund international club charitable projects.
  • October 24th - World Polio Day.  We will sponsor a Yoga event at the Summit to raise funds for Polio Eradication.  Updates to follow.
  • November 14 - 16 is RYLA.  If you know of a high school student who would be a good candidate, please contact Sue Kowalski.
One of our High School Scholarship winners, Reham, talked to us today.  She graduated from the local high school and is currently attending Schoolcraft Community College.  She is studying dental hygiene and is excited about becoming a dental hygienist.  Congratulations Reham.  We wish you well in your future career endeavors. 
Body Language
We are pleased to have Monica Levin as our guest speaker today.


President Lisa Kennedy started our meeting on time here at the L.A. Bistro.


First, a few important dates and short announcements:

Sept. 2nd - No Meeting.
Sept. 9th - is the District Governors Visit.
Sept. 11th - "Do Good" Expo in the Township - Bring books for donation and the club has a table reserved.
Sept. 15th - India Dam Building Event
Note that the Coalition against Hunger is a Passport Visit as well.
Sept. 30th is the District Governor Golf Outing.
Oct. 24th is the World Polio Day and Red Poncho / Yoga Day.  $250 is our goal.
Nov. 14th - 16th - RYLA
Lisa then gave the club an update on the school supplies for the Salvation Army.
Monica spoke to us today on the impact and sometimes unexpected subconscious impressions left by body language.  She started us out with a presentation on examples of body languages and their effects that occur quite often.  Then, she included more detail on the effects on the culture, birth & genetic traits and specific testing done there, survival mechanics that we all have built in, expressions in meeting and clinical contexts, the psychological impact of elements like confidence and trust, and also gestures and their roots.
Check out her website for more at
Our newest member, Barry, was our good sgt. today, and he made the rounds quite well to refill the club's kitty.
Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
This evening we met to thank our Liberty Fest Volunteers for their help at our Beverage Tent, and to collect school supplies for the Salvation Army Back 2 School Drive.
Tonight we met with our Beverage Tent Volunteers to thank them for their service during Liberty Fest with a picnic.  We had originally scheduled the picnic for a Heritage Park picnic shelter.  However, due to the weather, we rescheduled it for the Cady-Boyer Barn where we were assured of being dry and protected from any lightning.  We started with a talk by our Salvation Army guests who told us about the work that they do and about the Back 2 School Drive.  All of the items that are donated go directly to the school children and to the classrooms.  We are very grateful to our Liberty Fest Volunteers who helped make this a very successful Back 2 School Drive.
After we heard from April and Darla from the Salvation Army, we enjoyed a picnic dinner of Lee's Famous Chicken, cole slaw, macaroni salad, lasagna, baked beans, rolls, and cake.  Thanks to Lisa Kennedy for her baked beans and Nancy Williams for her homemade lasagna.  Texas sheet cake and macaroni were courtesy of Sue Kowalski. 
After dinner John and Ansel treated us to a few games of Bingo.  Prizes were lottery tickets, and we hope that some of the tickets were winners.  While it was very warm, we still had a great time.  Thanks for coming everyone.
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Service Above Self
First Monday of Month at 6:00 p.m., Second thru Fifth Mondays at 12:05 p.m.
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44314 Cherry Hill Road
Canton, MI  48187
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