Sep 09, 2019
Sep 16, 2019
Sep 23, 2019
Wayne Westland Corporate Member will be installed
Sep 30, 2019
Oct 07, 2019
Oct 14, 2019
Journey To Housing - District Grant
Oct 21, 2019
Camp Able and related Leisure Services Programs
Nov 04, 2019
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Upcoming Events
Do Good Expo sponsored by Canton Township
Summit on the Park
Sep 11, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
One Rotary Summit
VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College
Sep 24, 2019
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Kids Against Hunger Meal Packaging
Wayne County Community College
Sep 28, 2019
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
District Governor Golf Outing
The Golden Fox at Fox Hills Golf Course
Sep 30, 2019
10:30 AM – 7:00 PM
World Polio Day - Yoga Demonstration Fundraiser
Summit on the Park
Oct 24, 2019
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards 2019
Wayne Country Community College Downriver Camput
Nov 14, 2019 - Nov 16, 2019
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President's Message
Lisa Kennedy
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Greetings Amazing Rotarians!
Hopefully you have all had a chance to “Do the Right Thing” in your daily interactions in your personal and professional lives and see how Rotary “Connects the World”.  As the Rotary year progresses forward, we need to self-evaluate what our club stands for and how we will attract new members from our community. 
What impression does a visitor get when they enter our meeting space?  Are our meetings informative, fun, and add value?  Or, do they seem like a waste of time to a busy professional?   How do we make our meetings more enjoyable? Do we need to meet 4 times a month or every other week? Are Mondays at Noon the best time or is Thursday better?  Noon, Evening, Happy Hour, Online, or mixture of all? What do we need to do to attract and retain members to grow the club, so we in turn can grow our connection and service to our community?   Please begin thinking about these things so we can blaze the trail for our club’s “way forward” and growth.  What does our Rotary Club need to do to engage our community into service?    Clubs either grow or they dwindle.  What changes are we willing to make to reinvigorate and maintain the Canton Rotary Club?  What legacy will we protect for our founding fathers (yes, they were all men as women weren’t allowed in Rotary back then.)   Look at what a change that must have been, but how necessary for the continued sustainability of our great service organization, Rotary! 
Our world and technology are changing rapidly, and we need to change with it or become irrelevant.  Stand outside your Rotary Club and ask yourself what you see and what you want to see.  What ideas do you have to mold our club for the future while still maintaining what you like about it now?  Email me your thoughts at or my cell is 734-644-5254.  Enjoy the approaching Fall!
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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.
Speaker Paula Talbot and the 4-Way Test
Today we welcomed our speaker Paula Talbot from the Windsor-Roseland Rotary Club.  Paula talked about our Rotary 4-Way Test and the project that her Club took on to help people fighting addiction in her community and surrounding communities. 
Today we opened our meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and our Invocation.  The restaurant was super speedy with lunch today, and we enjoyed pizza, salad, and pasta as soon as we finished our opening ceremony.  After lunch Lisa introduced Paula Talbot from the Windsor-Roseland Rotary Club.  Paula serves as the Dean of Assistant Governors for our District 6400.  She is very involved in her Club and, as a result, she took our Rotary 4-Way Test on the road to a local substance abuse center.  She and her fellow Rotarians thought that maybe the 4-Way Test could help people who were experiencing life struggles.  When they visited the center they were offered the chance to put up a poster of the 4-Way Test where the women who resided there could see it.  However, they decided that was not enough.  So, they baked cookies, gathered their 4-Way Test Banner, and took their idea on the road.  They spent an evening telling these women who were working to recover from addition and all its problems about the 4-Way Test and how to apply it to their lives.  The 4-Way Test makes reference to "of the things we think, say, and do: 1)  Is it the Truth? 2)  Is it Fair to all concerned?  3) Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?  4)  Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?"  Paula and her team stressed that it is not just what we say or what we do, but it starts with what we think.  She talked about some of the lives that they have changed - how one woman said she started thinking about her addiction and how it was NOT fair to her kids.  These ladies never even read (much less saw) the 4-Way Test poster that hung in their facility.  But now, they understood the principles of the 4-Way Test and how to apply that test to their lives.  The team from Windsor-Roseland Rotary Club has now presented this program several times to recovering women in this facility.  Some of these women are from the Windsor area, but many are from around Canada.  Thank you Paula for touching so many lives for the better and for sharing this work with us.
Guest Speaker Wesley Berry
Today we welcomed local entrepreneur and author Wesley Berry who spoke to our Club about his life and his new book Big Things Have Small Beginnings.  Wes is currently the host of The People's Voice, a weekly radio talk show that features both controversial and unifying topics.  Wes started his career as a teenager working at his family's floral shop.  But that was just a start to a long life of learning and success!
We started today's meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Opening Invocation.  Members were reminded about the August 12th Volunteer Appreciation Picnic and the Back 2 School supplies that we will be donating to the Salvation Army.  Please see our website for further details. 
While the restaurant prepared our lunch orders, Lisa introduced our guest speaker for today, Wesley Berry.  Wes started working at his family's Detroit-based florist shop when he was a teenager. He quickly demonstrated a strategic style of management that propelled it from a $60K per year business to a $60 million-dollar international business operating in 130 different countries. In 2016, after 40 years in business, he sold it to "retire" and follow other passions.  Through the years, he's provided consulting services to over forty businesses, served as Headmaster of a state-licensed private vocational school, and worked as a licensed real estate agent, having participated in over thirty commercial transactions.
Wes has received many honors and awards, including:
* 2003 - Pheasant Ring Autistic Community Ring of Hope Community Service Award
* 2008 - NAACP Oakland County Chapter's Corporate Leadership Award
* 2008 - Florist Review Magazine's Retail Florist of the Year for Community Involvement
* 2008 - Chamber of Commerce honoree as Business Person of the Year
* 2011 - Inc. Magazine's Top 500|5000-ranked Fastest Growing Retailer
* 2011 - Optimist Club's Person of the Year
* 2012 - Optimist International's Business Person of the Year Michigan District
* 2014 - Civil rights organization United We Walk's Community Leader Award
* 2016 - Commissioned Honorary Naval Commander (O-5) by Michigan Governor Schneider
In his new book he shares what he has learned over the years about leadership and business growth.  In many businesses that fail, the small things are overlooked; they are the things that are often the easiest to implement, but at the same time they are easy to forget.  It’s these small things that have the greatest impact in the long-term.  Neglecting small things can be the difference between failure and success.  His book, Big Things Have Small Beginnings is available on the Amazon website.  Thank you for a very interesting talk Wes.
After Wes finished his talk we enjoyed lunch and some Rotary fellowship before we adjourned on time at 1:15 p.m.
Installation of New Member and Officer Installation
Today we installed Barry Burnham as our newest member.  We also installed our Club Officers and Directors, and the Canton Rotary Foundation Officers and Directors.  Thank you to District Governor John Chambers who officiated at the installations, and who also helped us dedicate our two new banners.
We started today's meeting with the Canadian and U.S. National Anthems led by Jill Karolyi.  We toasted the Queen, the Office of the President of the United States, and Rotary International - the greatest service organization in the world.  Lisa Kennedy gave the invocation, Ken introduced our guests, and Kevin ran the 50/50.  Outgoing President Sue Kowalski then gave her farewell address, thanking the members for their support throughout her year, and highlighting the Club's accomplishments during the year.  See an outline of  Sue's address under its own heading below. District Governor John Chambers installed our new Board of Directors for the Canton Rotary Club.  Our new President is Lisa Kennedy, President Elect is Marlette Anquetil, Secretary is Bill Tesen, Treasurer is Sue Kowalski, and Directors are Dean Clemens, Sarah Maiga, and Nate Houghton. 
District Governor Chambers then installed our newest member, Barry Burnham.  We welcome Barry to our Rotary family and look forward to getting to know him and his wife Nancy better. 
Our next order of business was for District Governor Chambers to install our Canton Rotary Foundation Board of Directors.  Our Foundation Directors for Rotary Year 2019/2020 are Ken Beardsley, Ansel Dooley, Sarah Maiga, John Kowalski, Bill Brown, Larry Oldford, and Bill Simmerer. 
District Governor Chambers helped us dedicate our two new banners - The 4-Way Test Banner, and the Object of Rotary Banner.  Look for more on these banners, their meaning, and their relevance in following newsletters.
After lunch, our new President Lisa Kennedy addressed the Club by telling her Rotary Story and what brought her to Rotary.  She outlined personal history stories of some of our members, and told us about her passion for the coming year.  Please see Lisa's entire Presidential Address below.  It will make you smile, laugh, cry, and celebrate Rotary.  Welcome to the 2019/2020 Rotary Year!
President Sue Kowalski's Farewell Address
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Farewell Speech for 2018/2019 Club President
Thank you to all Club members for their support during the year.
Accomplishments during the year:
  • Moved to L A Bistro
  • Evening Meetings continue to be well attended
Community Projects:
  • Picnic for Liberty Fest Volunteers, they brought school supplies for Salvation Army “Back 2 School Drive”, and our Club members also contributed supplies; Club sponsored (supplied 100 of each) compasses and protractors
  • Hosted table at National Do Good Day in September
  • Built Little Free Library, 2 benches, planted trees in Heritage and Griffin Parks
  • Supported 6 Eagle Scouts at awards dinner celebration
  • Society of Women Engineers scholarship
  • Worked on Kids Against Hunger food packaging – 2 different locations
  • Rang bells for Salvation Army in December and assembled 75 Senior Citizen Baskets
  • Collected and donated 22 backpacks to Windsor-Essex County at District Convention
  • Gave a $3,000 and a $2,000 vocational scholarship to graduating seniors at the high schools
  • Past President’s Dinner and Golf in October (fellowship)
  • Celebrated Thanksgiving at Cherry Hill School
  • Hosted Area 5 Picnic at Cady-Boyer Barn
Rotary Projects:
  • Helped Plymouth AM prepare for spaghetti dinner
  • Had 5 members at One Rotary Summit in September
  • Sponsored 4 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards  students at a 3 day seminar
  • Completed an update on Visioning for the Club
  • Supported Windsor Roseland Rotary Club in their India water project
  • Shelter Box donation - $1,000.  Have purchased several Shelter Boxes over the years.
  • Collected money for Polio on World Polio Day in October
  • Exchange student bowling and pizza party
Final Highlight:
  • Successful Liberty Fest Beverage Tent despite cold and rainy weather
Lisa Kennedy's Presidential Address
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Presidential Address
July 15, 2019
Thank you’ s:  DG John chambers and first lady Sandy, AG Russ Jones, PDG Jim Karolyi & Jill, Past President Sue Kowalski, Board Members, Club members, friends and family (My Husband Mike.)
As a young child something very impressionable happened to me.  My grandpa worked at the post office and was a member of the rural letter carriers association, and he and my grandma took me to their dinner.  I felt very special to be there and then they showed a film of one of their charities they were passionate about.  It was a young girl who had no arms and legs, and I couldn’t believe my eyes as I watched her go up the staircase unassisted. I couldn’t stop asking questions after dinner. My grandpa gently explained that there are others in this world that need our help and they had chosen this young child to make a difference.  I remember seeing pictures of Compassion International children they had sponsored and trying to figure out how they were my grandparents' kids because they didn't look a thing like us.  At a very young age I learned about this wonderful thing called service.
Fellow Rotarians, when I visited your Canton Rotary Club for the first time… had me at hello!
I’m going to talk a lot about growing membership this year, so I felt it only fitting to share my Rotary story and why I connect with others to try and do the right thing.  From my first visit – Mary’s warm smile and hearing the camaraderie of Sam who called her Tumbelena, to the trip to
Vegas with Ken & Mary where I learned about Ken's driving skills and his sales mantra “in sales you can sell a lot and make a little or sell a little and make a lot,"  to Ken and Mike's gambling antics where Ken became the “Cat Daddy” and Mike the “Deuce Man,” I was made to feel a part of a big Rotary family.
Early on in my Rotary experience, I was told I had to go to district assembly as I would learn what all the positions are.  I must have been a fast learner because in true Rotary spirit they made me Secretary at my second or third meeting.  Then I heard “You don’t really understand Rotary until you go to District Conference”.  AAAHHH, there I learned about children in Nicaragua that were existing off the city dump.  Yes, I threw my hand volunteering my Canton Rotary Club to help.   I learned that Rotarians traveled to India and other countries giving polio drops to little children and that Rotary was going to eradicate polio worldwide.  The power of Rotary!  I learned of Rotarians that traveled to remote regions of the globe to build water wells, schools, and set up medical and dental clinics.  I heard all these exchange students from all over the world pour their hearts out about their Rotary experience. I felt so honored and humbled to be associated with this great organization called Rotary.
14 years ago, in 2004-2005, I served my first term as President during our Centennial Year.  I like spending money, so we built a clock plaza in Heritage Park and Roger fondly reminds me he got to finish paying for it in his year. 
I remember many events at Roman Forum like Pizza with Santa and Greg rearranging the pepperonis on the Pizzas, so they were just right.  Greg would send soup home to me when I was sick and bring me figs off his tree.  He would also give me carry-out of his freshly made gnocchi, and he would say “Mike is working late; he might like this.”   
I learned about all thing’s aviation, and all general bits of wisdom from Bill Brown, a member of the original "Lilley Road Mafia."
Mike and I both loved hearing about the travels of the Nomads and spending time with Roland and Mary.  Mary invited me to tea in downtown Plymouth and it was one of my most favorite afternoons. 
I loved how John Schwartz, the club's first President, would crab at us for not following rules and properly reporting back to the club after board meetings.  Anyway, who needs Roberts’s rules when you have Ken’s Rules, right? 
And there was Larry Schaefer who just crabbed for no reason at all but had this big ole teddy bear soft heart.
And Roger, my Rotary sponsor and big procrastinator but is an animal lover and who has the kindest soul.  We still take each other to lunch on our birthdays.
Later, I heard we had a returning club member and former banker, Bill Tesen.  Thank goodness for Bill Tesen who has his hand and heart in everything.
There was Larry Oldford who I could always count on to make me look early! 
 John and Sue who are involved in all things Rotary and many of you might not know that Sue is an amazing cook.  I love our evenings of fellowship and sharing a meal.  And it comes with a cat so that is a trifecta for me!
  Ansel, who learns new operating systems just for fun. I love those smarty pants:)
More recently we had our corvette man, Bill Simmerer, return to the club.  Bill will lead our Membership committee this year with Dean assisting him.
 And now I am very excited to help all our newer members find their voice, their story, in this great organization we call Rotary.
Yes, I connected and gained a Rotary Family. 
 RI President Mark Maloney and Governor John are asking us to grow this great organization we call Rotary so we can achieve more.  Grow our service and the impact of our projects.    Rotary “Connects the World”. 
This year we also want to foster an environment where Rotary does not compete with family but supports and compliments it.  I love seeing the children at our meetings and events.  They are learning about service like I did as a child. 
Keep in mind Prospective Members join rotary for local & international service, as well as personal & professional development.  Invite them to share Rotary. 
What is your Rotary Story, or what rotary story do you want to create to connect with your community and the world?
District Governor John says to “Do the right thing”.  When we learned that there are 70-80 homeless families in our community, we are doing the right thing by connecting with Journey To Housing for a project I am very passionate about.  And I am happy to report our District Grant has been approved to provide the kitchen and bathroom move in kits.
We also learned that there are families making choices between food and their personal hygiene products and missing school.  Who knew there was a big need for feminine hygiene products in our schools, shelters and community?  We are doing the right thing.  We have initiated enough conversations that they are on the list for Back to School Supplies for Salvation Army.  We will be doing a drive.
Now I am asking you to do the right thing and share this wonderful thing we call Rotary and let’s grow and diversify our club, so it represents our community.  
In closing,
I like to say Rotary is a marathon, not a sprint.  But the reality is, it is a relay where you give it your all and then pass the baton to your fellow Rotarian and then you cheer them on. 
Sue (and John), thank you for your service to our club and district. Thank you for passing the baton and let’s grow this great organization we call Rotary!
Cultural Diversity
Today Aruna and Shiva Koushik from the Windsor-Roseland Rotary Club visited us.  Aruna spoke to us about Cultural Diversity.  Aruna is our Rotary District Governor Nominee for 2021/2022.  She is passionate about polio and supporting her community.  Welcome Aruna!
Announcements from our meeting today:
  • The Canton Police Awards will be held at the Summit on the Park in Canton on July 30, 2019.
  • Trash pickup July 20, 2019.  Please see the "Community Flyers" section to the right for more information.
  • We are starting to discuss additional fundraisers.  The Canton Rotary Clock project with commemorative bricks and benches was suggested.
  • Our Journey 2 Housing District Grant has been approved by our local Rotary District, and has been forwarded to Rotary International for final approval.
  • Belleville Rotary Club has a Golf Outing coming up on August 23, 2019, at Fellows Creek.  For additional information see
  • Remember Sarah's Maiga Homes Partner Appreciation Mixer on Thursday, August 1 from 4-6pm.  Please contact her to make your reservation.
President Lisa Kennedy introduced Aruna Koushik with an interview.  We learned that her husband is Shiva Koushik who is the Immediate Past President of the Windsor-Roseland Rotary Club.  Aruna and her family have no pets, as she is allergic to them.  Shiva and Aruna have a son and a daughter, and three other children who call them Mom and Dad.  Aruna is a human rights officer for the Province of Ontario, is a sexual harassment expert, has worked in the office of mediation services, is the Past President of her Rotary Club, and runs a school for classical Indian dancing. 
Aruna talked about some of the little things that we can do to make guests from other cultures feel welcome when visiting us.  She talked about the areas of food, seating, conversation, and events.  Cultural is learned behavior that is found in our family, origin, environment, and beliefs.  Questions to think about when considering our cultural reactions are:
  • How do we connect?
  • How do we share?
  • How do we listen?
Some ways of showing healthy and respectful curiosity to another person's culture are:
  • Ask a simple question.
  • Listen carefully.
  • Reflect back on what has been said.
  • Be willing to accept differences.
  • Show genuine appreciation for someone else's culture.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us Aruna, and for helping us to expand the way we think about diversity.
Club Information
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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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