Jul 09, 2018
Jul 16, 2018
Jul 23, 2018
Proposed road millage with Canton Township Officials
Jul 30, 2018
Aug 06, 2018
Charitable and Fellowship Projects of the Optimists
Aug 13, 2018
Friends of the Rouge and RainSmart Campaign
Aug 20, 2018
To Be Held at Heritage Park North Pavillion #1
Aug 27, 2018
Huron-Clinton Metroparks - A Tour
Sep 03, 2018
Sep 10, 2018
Trip to school in Ghana and update
Sep 24, 2018
Armando Sardanopoli from Taylor Rotary to give presentation on Schoolcraft millage
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President's Message
Susan Kowalski
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Greetings Fellow Rotarians,
Welcome to Rotary Year 2018/2019.  I am excited to start our new Rotary year and to share all of our plans and activities with all of you.  Please check out our list of upcoming speakers to the left of this message.  We will be busy this upcoming month with our installation of new officers as well as our District Governor visit.  We are excited to have Paul Sincock as our new District Governor and hope that all members can join us at both events to welcome our new board and to welcome Paul. 
For this Rotary year, DG Paul has a Top 10 List of Rotary goals.  I will share two of them with you now, and save the rest for later.  Paul wants to focus on youth by sponsoring 12 inbound and 12 outbound Rotary Youth Exchange students as well as assist in Rotaract and Interact clubs.  Do you know of a prospective outbounder or a prospective host family for an inbounder?  Another goal of Paul's is participation from all clubs at the Sunday, September 16, 2018, District Governor Golf Outing.  Please mark this event on your calendar now, and more information will be coming soon.
I look forward to seeing all of you every week of our upcoming year as we Pursue the Dream to Be The Inspiration to each other and to the world.
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Abe Vinitski
July 29
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Upcoming Events
District Governor Golf Outing
Ambassador Golf Club
Sep 16, 2018
11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
One Rotary Summit
Sep 20, 2018
President Elect Training
Oct 11, 2018
World Polio Day
Oct 24, 2018
Foundation and Membership Seminar
Nov 07, 2018
RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Nov 15, 2018 – Nov 17, 2018
Rotary Foundation Scholarship Award 2018
Today we are honored to have our newest 2018 Canton Rotary Foundation Scholarship Award Recipient, Joshua Ruby, and his farther, Tony, with us.
President John Kowalski rang us in on time and today was his last day as our Club President.  Where did the last two years go?  We are certainly grateful to John for his dedication and leadership for our club over these last two years of change.  First a few short announcements:
  • Check your calendars as Red Pop night is around the corner.  Let John know if you have a change of plans and want to attend.
  • The Canton Fire Fighters have a fund raiser golf outing on Tuesday the 19th.
  • No meeting next Monday, July 2nd, due to the Holiday.
  • July 9th is an important date as our next Club President, Sue Kowalski, is to be installed.  Make sure to make it to this meeting if at all possible to support her and the club for 2018-2019.
  • Note, we had a board meeting and foundation meeting today so the notes on those will circulate to update our records and help plan the upcoming year.  Nice work on the budget Sue, and thank you Bill Tesen for the notes on both.
Our guest speaker today was Josh, the newest Canton Rotary Foundation Scholarship Award Recipient.  His hard work, planning, and dedication to getting a good education earned him a $3,000 scholarship to Washtenaw Community College.  Josh took the podium stand and addressed the club, thanking them for the opportunity to begin a new education here in the community, and he filled us in on some of his interests that led to his application.  This included all things auto mechanics across the board in autos, breaks are "fun" to do, and he has also tackled some challenging gear box replacements.  Now, on to the electronics side too.
Our senior founding member Bill Brown (of Bill Brown Auto Repair) was with us as well and offered up some practical tips to help out.  Note his birthday was today... 97 awesome!
No sergeant today or 50/50 winner (but thanks again Kevin and good try Josh).  Today's meal was Pizza.
Canton Liberty Fest 2018
Liberty Fest 2018 and the Canton Rotary Beverage Tent is now a fond memory.  For three days we served beverages to the attendees at Liberty Fest while our Club replenished its funds for our charitable projects for the upcoming year.
The Canton Rotary Club has just finished manning our Beverage Tent for the annual Canton Liberty Fest.  While the hours were long, the weather was perfect and the fellowship gave us the energy we needed to accomplish our tasks.  We'd like to thank all of the groups that helped us - The Plymouth/Canton Optimist Club, The Plymouth AM Rotary Club, The Canton Township Volunteers, and former Club members and Friends of the Club. Funds raised during this event will help support our upcoming projects such as:
  • A vocational scholarship to a graduating high school senior in Spring 2019 
  • A donation to Shelter Box
  • Assembly and donation of Senior Citizen Gift Baskets at Christmas time
  • A bowling and pizza party for our inbound District 6400 Youth Exchange Students
  • Help to furnish the school in Ghana which we helped to build
  • Funds to sponsor two local high school students at the annual leadership conference Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
  • The purchase and sponsorship of compasses and protractors for the annual Salvation Army Back To School Drive
  • A scholarship to the Society of Women Engineers
  • Two new hydration stations in Heritage Park together with Canton Township
  • A new Free Little Library and park bench in Griffin Park
  • A new park bench in Flodin Park next to the existing Free Little Library
  • Trees to be planted in Heritage Park
We would like to thank all of the visitors to our Beverage Tent for their support, and we hope that you will visit us again next year.  In the meantime please take a look at some of the pictures from Liberty Fest 2018 at the Township site on Flickr.  Here is a link.
Installation of New Member!
We are pleased to install our newest member today: Marlette Anquetil and welcome her to our club.
President John Kowalski rang us in on time today.  We are pleased to have a new member installation session today with some last minute Liberty Fest items to review.  First a few announcements:
  • June 13th we plan a walk through with our volunteer helpers, the Optimist club.
  • June 19th is Meet the District Governor Night in Harrow, Ontario, Canada - $35 for dinner plus the cost of the bus (should be around $40).  Three members of the club plan to go.
  • Wed. between 9-10am the beer trailer arrives for the early setup crew.
  • A quick Foundation Meeting follows lunch.
We were pleased to be joined by DG Rick Caron today for the installation ceremony for our newest member, Marlette Anquetil.  Also, photography support is appreciated from PDG Jim Karolyi and the lead singing voice of Jill Karolyi.
No sergeant today or 50/50 winner (but thanks Kevin for giving us all a try).  Today's meal was chicken cacciatore.
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Canton, MI  48187
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