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Greetings Fellow Volunteers,
Welcome to our July edition of the Canton Rotator.  We are happy to have you as a subscriber. 
As of July 1st I am the new President of the Canton Rotary Club.   My Board of Directors and I will be installed at our July 15th meeting.  I am excited and look forward to the coming year as we live out our motto "Service Above Self" as we initiate local and international service projects and fellowship. 
I know that those of you who have received our newsletter all last year have also  enjoyed reading about our adventures and projects.  For any of you that would like to become involved in our Rotary family and in service to our community and the world, I invite you to visit one of our Club meetings.  We'd love to share Rotary with you and would be happy to tell you all about our passion for Rotary.
Two of the projects that I'm passionate about are our Salvation Army involvement and our new project working with Journey 2 Housing.  Our Salvation Army association has been going on for many years and includes ringing the bells at Christmas time, gathering school supplies and backpacks for the Back 2 School Drive, supplying part of the annual Salvation Army Thanksgiving Gift Basket food, and helping supply Christmas gifts for families.  Journey 2 Housing will involve working with this group that is a part of St. Vincent DePaul to supply small furnishings to local working families who are transitioning from homelessness to their own home.  That will be rewarding!
So, if I've piqued your interest, come join us at one of our meetings and find out more.
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Abe Vinitski
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Meet the Governor Night 2019
Tonight Ansel, John, and Sue traveled to Harrow, Ontario, Canada, to meet our upcoming District Governor for 2019/2020, John Chambers.
Meet the Governor is an annual event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Harrow, Ontario, Canada.  This is the 66th year for Meet the Governor Night, and we thank the Rotary Club of Harrow for organizing and sponsoring this event.  The night started for us with a bus trip to Harrow hosted by the Plymouth Rotary Club.  We met at the Camoes Portuguese Club where we partook of the annual tradition of "red pop and sunflower seeds."  (The red pop recipe is a closely guarded secret.)  Our distinguished group of Past District Governors, District Governor Elect John Chambers, DG Nominee Noel Jackson, and DG Nominee Designate Aruna Koushik were piped in by the bagpiper.  Peggy Golden, President of the Harrow Rotary Club, welcomed everyone and acted as Master of Ceremonies.  After the Toasts, the National Anthems of Canada and the United States, The Rotary Song, and grace, we enjoyed a dinner of chicken, salad, pasta, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls and butter, assorted pastries, and coffee or tea. 
After a round of "sing songs" it was on to our program.  Our current District Governor Paul Sincock gave his final address to the Clubs and was then presented with the Past Governor's Pin.  DG Paul highlighted the District Clubs' events and summarized the year.  Thank you for your service to Rotary this year Paul.
Incoming District Governor John Chambers was introduced by PDG Elizabeth Smith Yeats.  John talked about his goals of growing membership and supporting families.  He also talked about his motto for the year, "Do The Right Thing", especially as it relates to families, Rotary, and the community.  In keeping with his family theme, his District Conference will be family friendly and will be held at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio, on May 15-17, 2020.  He said that there would be a joint fundraiser between our District 6400 and a nearby District in November.  After DG John's address to the attendees, he was presented with the District Governor's Pin by Paul Sincock and, with his Club, the Rotary Club of Detroit A.M., he was presented the District Governor's Banner.  We welcome you as our District Governor of 2019/2020, John, and we look forward to an uplifting your of service under your leadership.  Welcome District Governor John Chambers!
Captain Rotary Visits!
Today Captain Rotary visited our Club and spoke about his work and his new upcoming role in Rotary District 6400.
Our guest today was Noel Jackson, aka Captain Rotary.  Dr. Noel Jackson is a a dentist in Trenton, a member of the Trenton Rotary Club, and District 6400 District Governor Nominee.  He will serve as our District's Governor in 2020/2021.  He has traveled internationally on many projects providing dental care and instruction.  He has also been active in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program in our District.  Dr. Jackson's core values encompass service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership.  He is passionate about engaging new members.  We look forward to hearing more from our very own Captain Rotary as he prepares for his year as District Governor.
Liberty Fest 2019
This year we celebrated Canton Township's Annual Liberty Fest by manning the Canton Rotary Beverage Tent.  This is our major fundraiser of the year for us, and allows us to carry out many charitable projects.
At our meeting on June 10th we finalized plans for the Beverage Tent and for our work schedules.  It was "all hands on deck" as we readied the plans for this major fundraiser.  The first day of the event was June 13th; however, due to the inclement weather, the festivities for the day were cancelled.  On Friday, June 14th, we tried again.  Success!  The weather cooperated, and we were able to operate a full day of activity with good attendance and a happy crowd of beer drinkers.  We were looking forward to Saturday; however, the weather, while basically dry, was rather overcast and chilly.  Everyone still enjoyed the day and the fireworks though!  Thank you to all of our visitors.  We look forward now to planning our projects for the coming year and to spending our funds to help the local community and the world.  Thanks everyone!
Dedication of Mildred Brown Memorial Tree
We met at Heritage Park by the Veterans Memorial to begin our evening meeting.  Here we dedicated a tree in memory of Mildred Brown, beloved wife of member Bill Brown.
This evening we honored Mildred Brown with a plaque dedicated to her at one of the trees that the Canton Rotary Club planted in Heritage Park this past year.  The tree is near the Veterans' Memorial which is special to World War II Veteran Bill Brown.  Mildred Brown, affectionately known as Millie, passed away on February 25, 2018, at the age of 95.  Bill and Millie enjoyed 75 years of marriage together.  Our Club was indeed privileged to have known Millie.
After the ceremony, we adjourned to L A Bistro where we enjoyed dinner and fellowship.  We were joined by member Bill Brown and two of his daughters.  Former member Roger Haslick and wife Maureen also joined us to honor Millie. 
Canton Rotary Club sponsors Area 5 Rotary Picnic
Tonight we met at the Cady-Boyer Barn at Preservation Park to celebrate Rotary with our fellow Area 5 Rotary Clubs - Plymouth, Plymouth AM, Plymouth After Hours, Livonia, Livonia AM, and Northville.
Thanks to all our guests for joining us.  We enjoyed good food and good fellowship.  I think the highlight of the night's food was Penny Joy's Barbecued Sauerkraut.  If anyone wants the recipe, I have it!  Thanks to our Assistant District Governor, Russ Jones, for helping to put this together.  Here are a few pictures from the evening.  Enjoy!
Planning Session for Area 5 Picnic
Our President Sue led us today in our planning session for the Area 5 Picnic which will be held on May 39th, and some other new event updates.


President Sue Kowalski started our meeting on time here at the L.A. Bistro and led the group today in our planning session:


First, few short announcements:

  • Area 5 Picnic on May 30th, please reply to Sue's email for count.
  • Tree Dedication in the Heritage Park for Mildred Brown is planned for June 3rd, meet at Veterans' park section at 5:30pm.
  • Just a reminder to let Sue know if you cannot attend for lunch (for an accurate count for the restaurant).
  • No meeting on Memorial Day.
  • Discussion on Packages of Food with 6400 Windsor Roseland Club (NID's).
  • Discussion on Penny Joy Hygiene Project.
  • School Tour and Rotary Stop discussion.
  • Our Guest speaker of July 29th is Paula Talbet - Assistant District Gov. in Canada (mark your calendars).
Sue gave the club an update on the Nigeria Polio situation and displacement camps.  The Rotary is still having a time getting access to some of the most remote and violent places where the disease remains encamped.
Ken was our good sergeant today and improvised very well for the program.  John ran our 50/50, but no winner yet.
Friends of the Rouge Update 2019
We are joined again today by Matthew Bertrand from Friends of the Rouge.


President Sue Kowalski started our meeting on time here at the L.A. Bistro.


First, few short announcements:

  • Note that Lobsterfest is around the corner courtesy of Windsor Roseland Club - May 31st Friday.
  • Area 5 Picnic on May 30th, reply to Sue's email for count.
  • Tree Dedication in the Heritage Park for Mildred Brown is planned for June 3rd, meet at Veterans' park section - June 3rd.
  • Our Club donated 21 backpacks to the Salvation Army for the Windsor-Essex Area Schools at our District Conference on May 10th.
  • Just a reminder to let Sue know if you cannot attend for lunch (for an accurate count for the restaurant).
  • Board meeting next week!
Sue and John also gave the club their review of the District Conference held in Windsor this last weekend.  This included a "King of the Road" passport patch for out banner and a Hedke Membership Award Certificate.  We had a good turnout as 4 members plus one spouse (Mike Kennedy) went.
Our speaker Matthew has joined us again today for an update on new Rain Garden activities as many of us in SE Michigan are all getting flooded this year.  He also spoke to us on new sponsorship opportunities and reviewed the latest activities for the State of Michigan in our area for Rain Gardens and flood control.  Check them out at
Larry O. was our good sgt. today and he had a good session to honor the veterans as well.
District 6400 Conference at Caesar's Windsor

On May 10th four members of our Club headed for Caesar's Windsor Casino in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, for our annual District Conference where we celebrated District Governor Paul's year of service to our Clubs and our Clubs' service to their local communities and to the world. 
We heard many inspiring speakers including our District Youth Exchange Students; Jennifer Jones, Former Vice President of Rotary International; Michael Angelo Caruso, communications consultant and trainer at Rotary Youth Leadership Awards; Chris Porman, a social media specialist; and author Doug Griffiths, author of 13 Ways to Kill Your Community.  Doug adapted the points in his book into a talk on "13 Ways to Kill your Rotary Club".
Other highlights of the weekend included the hospitality room, some fantastic meals including a meet and greet luncheon, a House of Friendship where clubs showcased their activities and projects, presentations by some of our District member clubs who told their stories of life changing projects, a Club Presidents' Elect and Presidents' Nominee Reception, a very impressive opening flag ceremony, and our annual awards presentation of the COG Awards, the Archer Awards and the Hedke Awards.  We were surprised and excited when the Canton Club was awarded the Membership portion of the Hedke Award.  Thanks to all of our members for making the Canton Club a part of this year's awards' ceremony. 
Next year's District Conference will be held at Kalahari Resort in Ohio on May 15 - 17, 2020.  Please mark your calendars now to attend this celebration of John Chambers as District 6400 Governor and Lisa Kennedy as Canton's Club President.
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Canton, MI  48187
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