Jan 07, 2019 6:00 PM
Meet at Mexican Fiesta on Ford Road at Sheldon in Canton
Jan 14, 2019
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Jan 21, 2019
Cancer screenings sponsored by Mexican Rotary Club
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President's Message
Susan Kowalski
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Greetings Fellow Rotarians,
Happy New Year!  I hope everyone enjoyed a meaningful New Year's celebration, and may your year of 2019 be truly Blessed.  As of December, 2018, The Canton Rotary Club is no longer meeting at Antonio's.  We will be meeting on Monday, January 7, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at Mexican Fiesta on the corner of Ford Road and Sheldon.  For the rest of our noon meetings in January we will be trying out several new places in the hopes of finding our perfect new Rotary home.  We will post the meeting locations along with the speakers on the right side of our website at  Please check our website every week to find out where we are or call me, Sue Kowalski, at 734-968-1436.  We would be happy to have guests at these future meetings.  Once we have adopted a new meeting place, the name and location will be posted at the top of our home page.
As we start the second half of this Rotary year, we are focused on completing our projects and goals for the year, and we are starting to brainstorm and organize next year's goals.  We will be finishing up our District Grant project in the early spring as soon as the ground thaws.  We have already installed both benches, planted 17 new trees in Griffin and Heritage Park, and will be installing our new Little Free Library in Griffin Park.  The concrete pads are in at Heritage Park for the Hydration Stations, and we are awaiting spring for the final installation of the actual stations.  We will start working on the organization our Beverage Tent for Liberty Fest in a month or two.  We are looking forward to updates from the Canton Police and Fire Departments.  We are researching a new project to complete with the local schools.  And we look forward to our End of Rotary Year Celebration formally know as District Conference.  District Conference is at Caesar's Windsor this year from May 10-12, 2019.  This is an excellent place to learn all of the intricacies of Rotary and to enjoy some great Rotary fellowship.  I hope that all of our new members and many of our seasoned members will join John and me at this year's conference. 
Please enjoy reading all about what has been happening at our Club the past couple of months, and check the website often to see what is coming up.  Have a great January 2019!
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Evening Fellowship and Other Items
On November 5th we enjoyed our monthly evening meeting of fellowship and food at Antonio's.  Our members particularly enjoy these evening meetings for the fellowship and casual atmosphere that they offer.  At this meeting we presented former 3 time President Ken Beardsley his long overdue special President's pin.  Congratulations Ken! 
Prior to that on November 3rd, members from our Club worked on a Kids Against Hunger project.  300 volunteers turned out to package food for the hungry here at home and abroad.  Thanks to all who attended. 
On November 7th members of our Club attended the District Membership and Awards Seminar.  At this seminar our Club received awards thanking our members for their contributions to the Rotary International Foundation for the Rotary Year 2017/2018.
Ansel's Classification Talk

Today Ansel told us all about what he does at work. 
Ansel is a technical specialist for Yazaki North America in the Canton location.  In addition to his regular duties at his home location in Michigan, he also travels a bit and even visited the Rotary Club of Tokyo, where they warmly hosted him with Japanese to English translation for the presentations made there back in 2016.
He gave the club a classification talk today that illustrated some of the capability of modern engineering software simulation tools that are often used by many companies that design systems with a specific focus on thermal aspects.  This included topics of why thermal analysis is done and how the scope of a study is accomplished, sometimes with a mixture of Finite Element and Computational Fluid Dynamics solvers.   Additional use of simulation for optimization, early pre-prototyping, and concept physics verification were also discussed for several electronic packaging types.  This ranged from the humble connector terminal and wire, to evolved power distribution centers,  to detailed HV electronic system assemblies.
Thank you Ansel for enlightening us about some of your tasks at Yazaki.  Check out their products here at their website.
We also discussed what members will be donating for our upcoming senior citizen basket assembly on December 17th.  We will assemble 75 baskets and so far have individual Kleenex packages, playing cards, batteries, holiday hand towels, oranges, apples, lip balm, hot chocolate, candy, pens, assorted toiletries, and individual bags of potato chips coming.  We're looking forward to putting our baskets together again this year.
Thanksgiving Celebration
Today we celebrated Thanksgiving with a potluck at Cherry Hill School with turkey, dressing and all the fixings, and some really yummy desserts.  See all the pictures below.
2019-2018 Canton Rotary Board Nominations
Today is non other than our 2019-2020 Canton Rotary Board Nomination Meeting.  Where did the time go?


President Elect Lisa Kennedy rang us in on time today.  First, a few short announcements and a check of our calendar feature on this web page for details, addresses, and maps:


  • Dec. 1st - Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Busch's Market in Canton.  Please see Marlette for the list if you have not already signed up.  We do want pairs of two so no one rings alone.  Dress warm.

  • Anyone needing a current rotary theme pin, please see Lisa or Sue.

  • Dec. 17th - Senior Baskets!  Check with Sue if you lost your example list.  We also plan to vote in the board this day.

Lisa was out guest speaker today and she filled us in on the current insurance coverage today that we have for the club including new rules for 2018.  We then had our List of Officers and Nominees for office that currently include:
President 2018-19:  Susan Kowalski
President Elect (2019-2020): Lisa Kennedy
President Nominee (2020-2021): (open but we are looking fondly at Dean if he is brave enough).
Secretary 2018-2019: William Tesen
Treasurer 2018-2019: Susan Kowalski
Administration Chair: Susan Kowalski
Community Service Chair: Pat Williams
Interact Chair: Sarah Maiga
International Service Chair: John Kowalski
Membership Chair: Bill Simmerer
Public Image Chair: Sarah Maiga
Rotary Foundation Chair: Ken Beardsley
Rotaract Chair: Sarah Maiga
RYLA Chair: John Kowalski
Club Service Chair: Dean Clemons
Vocational Chair: Larry Oldford
Youth Exchange Chair: Ansel Dooley
Youth Services Chair: Ansel Dooley
Fundraising Chair: Kevin Davis
Head Sgt.-At-Arms Chair: Bill Brown/Roland Leist
Nominations for the Board of Directors for 2019/2020 are:
President: Lisa Kennedy
Immediate Past President/Treasurer/Director 2019-2020: Susan Kowalski
Director 2019-2020: John Kowalski
Secretary/Director 2019-2020: Bill Tesen
Director 2019-2020: Ansel Dooley
Director 2019-2020: Sarah Maiga
Director 2019-2020: Dean Clemons
Director 2019-2020: Marlette Anquetil
Director 2019-2020: Nathaniel Houghton
We will vote at the December 17th meeting where we will elect the Secretary, Treasurer, President, and 4 Directors.  We are still looking for volunteers for President Elect for 2019/2020 (President in 2020/2021), and President Nominee for 2019/2020 (President in 2021/2022).  Please contact a board member as soon as possible if interested.  Rotary has a great support system for Club Presidents.  You will be mentored and supported.
No win on the 50/50, but the jackpot rises also.  Pizza was our excellent meal today and note that next Monday is an evening Meeting.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
On Saturday, December 1, 2018, our Club members were the volunteer bell ringers for the Salvation Army at Busch's Market in Canton.
Our members turned out to man the Salvation Army Bell Ringing station at Busch's Market in Canton on December 1st.  We were very fortunate to be under the covered awning, so everyone stayed dry.  And, yes, it was COLD!  Thanks to all of our Club volunteers, and a big thank you to all community members who donated to the Red Kettle.
December Fellowship Meetings
On December 3rd our members met at Antonio's for our monthly evening fellowship dinner.  We enjoyed each other's company, and everyone is working on purchasing their senior citizen basket gifts. 
On December 10th we were happy to gather for fellowship at our regular noon meeting.  I think everyone enjoyed a bit of respite from the hectic holiday preparations.  We have one meeting left this year, and that is to assemble our senior citizen baskets and vote on our new board of directors.  We will be meeting in the Chestnut Room at The Summit on the Park which will allow is a large venue with ample table space to assemble our baskets.  Our lunch will be catered that day by Panera.
Assembling Senior Citizen Christmas Bags
Today we met at the Summit and assembled 75 Senior Citizen Christmas Bags to give to Meals on Wheels Senior Citizens, and we elected our new Board of Directors for 2019/2020.
Our meeting today was held in the Chestnut Room at the Summit on the Park where we had ample room to assemble our 75 Senior Christmas Gift Bags.  Our members enjoyed a catered lunch from Panera before we began.  We then proceeded to put together our gift bags.  Thanks to all who donated gifts and to all who helped assemble the bags.  Below is a note that we received from one of the recipients of our gift bags.  We are  humbled to have been able to make someone's holidays a bit brighter.
"My husband and I would like to say how greatly we appreciated the gift bag that was put together by the Rotary Club and delivered by Meals on Wheels.  Hubby has dementia and other health problems.  Watching him look through the bag was so exciting to me and he was so happy.  I got a double blessing by watching him open my bag and seeing the goodies in there too.  Thank you so very much for taking the time and effort to make our day a little brighter!  Have a Blessed Holidays."
We also elected our 2019/2020 officers today.  They are as follows:  President - Lisa Kennedy, Secretary - William Tesen, Treasurer - Susan Kowalski, Director - Sarah Maiga, Director - Nathaniel Houghton, Director - Dean Clemons, Director - Marlette Anquetil.  Congratulations to all of our 2019/2020 Board Members who will take office on July 1, 2019.
Please see page 2 of our picture album for more shots of our members assembling baskets.
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First Monday of Month at 6:00 p.m., Second thru Fifth Mondays at 12:05 p.m.
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Canton, MI  48187
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