Mar 09, 2020
Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti
Mar 16, 2020
Update on our Journey To Housing Project and final presentation of items to finish up our grant.
Mar 23, 2020
Jaakko's Year in the U.S.
Mar 30, 2020
Apr 06, 2020
Apr 27, 2020
Penny will speak on her project "Days for Girls"
Jul 06, 2020
Guest - District Governor Dr. Noel Jackson
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Upcoming Events
Joint Meeting with Canton, Plymouth, and Plymouth AM Rotary
Plymouth Cultural Center
Mar 06, 2020
12:05 PM – 2:00 PM
District Assembly - District 6400 training for members. Breakfast will be served. Please see Sue K to register
Wayne County Community College
Apr 18, 2020
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
District Conference 2020 at Kalahari Resort
May 15, 2020 - May 17, 2020
Liberty Fest
Heritage Park
Jun 11, 2020 - Jun 13, 2020
Meet the Governor Night 2020
Camoes Club
Jun 23, 2020
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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February 2020 Greetings
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 Fellow Rotarians, Family and Friends of Rotary,

Greetings Canton Rotarians and Friends!
As I write this to you, it is Valentine’s Day and I am reminded of how much I “love” Rotary!  The Rotary International website says it well: “Rotarians are a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change-across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.  We promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, save mothers and children, support education and grow local economies.  And nothing says I love you more than eradicating polio off the face of the earth!
So today as “love is in the air” let us be reminded how lucky we are to have so many wonderful Rotarians in our club.  Our Rotary Family.  A family who cares for each other and those in our community and world.  I am humbled to know you all.  I am humbled that as I was leaving town and learned that they needed 10,000 hearts for a Wayne County “Meals on Wheels” project that our Rotarians made some calls and got 80 hearts printed and donated!  Those were then decorated, added to all the other Valentine Hearts, and given to all the “Meals on Wheels” recipients.  What a wonderful way to spread some love!  This year we are reminded to “Do the Right Thing”.  I can’t think of a better heartfelt project.  
We are getting ready to implement phase 2 of our “Journey to Housing” with the purchase of popcorn makers, popcorn, books and games for family night.  This will be sent to those families in transition who will be able to spend old fashioned quality time reading, playing games, and watching movies together. 
Soon we will get an update of how you, as Rotarians, show love to your community and schools as we come together with The Plymouth Rotary Club and the Plymouth AM Rotary Club to discuss our District Grant School Safety Project.  
In closing, you each mean so much to me, to your own families, your friends, your work communities and your volunteer communities.  What a privilege it is to know and “love” you all!  Happy Valentine’s Day! 
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115th Birthday Party of Rotary
Today we celebrated the 115th birthday of Rotary International.  Rotary is the world's oldest service club, and, if you ask any Rotarian, the world's best service organization!  Our special guest speaker was District Governor Elect Dr. Noel Jackson.
Today we invited people from the community to join us in our celebration of Rotary's 115th birthday.  Rotary was founded in Chicago, Illinois, on February 12, 1905, by attorney Paul Harris and three friends so that professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Over time, Rotary's reach and vision gradually extended to humanitarian service around the world.  Today we invited our next District Governor Dr. Noel Jackson to speak to us about Rotary and his vision.  DGE Noel stated that "Rotary opens opportunities".  "Rotary is the best accessory that you can have to your life."  Dr. Noel listed the Guiding Principles of Rotary and likened them to a beacon in life.  They are:
  • Service which leads to 
  • Friendship
  • Diversity
  • Leadership
  • Integrity
Some of the upcoming opportunities to exhibit these principles in District 6400 are:
  • New Rotary Clubs in Southwest Detroit and on the west side of Detroit will be chartered.
  • For an upcoming District Assembly, a speaker from Zingerman's has been engaged.
  • Rotary is collaborating with USAID in Eastern Europe to work on projects.
  • Sky diving to raise money for polio is once again on the agenda for this summer, and will be bigger and better than ever.
  • Work continues in Ghana where Dr. Noel has worked to perform dental services and build a dental office and a dental lab.  When Dr. Jackson first went to Ghana on a mission to help, there was one dental office with one chair in the area with outdated equipment.  That office now has three dental chairs with totally up to date donated equipment worth $68,000.  There is also a lab in that area now.  All of this is helping the children in the area as well as adults.  And in many cases means the difference between life and death for some of the children.
Dr. Jackson is an incurable optimist who takes his cue from Maya Angelou, "prepare yourself to be a rainbow in someone else's cloud."  Thank you for bringing the possibilities of Rotary to us today Dr. Jackson.
We enjoyed our usual feast today which consisted of hummus with fresh, hot pita pocket bread, salad, pasta with blush sauce, and chicken and rice.  We thank all of our guests for joining us and making our day special.
Dr. Jessie Potter speaks to the Canton Rotary Club
Today Dr. Jessie Potter from Canton Chiropractic spoke to our Club on digestion and the "gut to brain" relationship.  Dr. Potter's goal is "to help as many people as possible through health education."  She talked about heartburn and "symptoms vs. cause", the liver and gall bladder and their functions in the body, how stress can shut off the digestive function, how antibiotics indiscriminately kill good bacteria, probiotics, nutrition, and the ill effects of sugar - just 300 calories of sugar can decrease the immune system up to 50% for 2 hours.  Thank you for your very informative presentation Dr. Potter.  
Guests today were Karen Parks from Experimac and Charlotte Tarwacki from the Wayne Rotary Club.  Our Sergeant today was Ken Beardsley.  
Youth Exchange Bowling and Pizza
On Saturday, February 8th, the Canton Rotary Club hosted our District 6400 Youth Exchange Students at Plaza Lanes in Plymouth for a Bowling and Pizza Party.  These seven exchange students come from around the world and are hosted by local families, some of whom are Rotarians and some of whom are not.  The host families provide room and board for the students and a caring family atmosphere.  The students attend the local school, and they come with health insurance and their own spending money.  These students enrich the lives of the local families whom they live and socialize with, as well as the lives of all of their fellow students in their host community.  Welcome exchange students.
Chamber of Commerce Update and Pizza.
The Canton Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Paden is our guest speaker and it is also Pizza Day at the LA Bistro today.
John Kowalski started us off on time today on behalf of Lisa, and Sue shared a few updates.
Just a few club notes first:
  • Feb. 24th - Rotary's 115 "B-Day'  A celebration is planned and Lisa will be working to get flyers going.
  • Mar. 2nd - Evening Meeting.
  • Mar. 6th - Review of the Safety Project for the School System that was the basis of our club grant.  We will meet at the Plymouth Noon Rotary Club on Friday (Plymouth Cultural Center). 
  • March 12 - 14 - President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) in Kalamazoo.
Thomas took the podium early and filled in the club on activities planned this Winter and Spring in Canton Township.  This included some of the following topics:
  • The Workforce Innovation Alliance to help with the talent shortage in our area and the representation of manufacturing partners.
  • Manufacturing Day - this will be the 4th year that this program is offered to high school students.  Originally launched at the Township Hall with 400 high school students attending.  Top areas covered by this program are IT, health care, business and finance, and hospitality.  Healthcare partners this year are Beaumont and St. Joe's.  Speakers will talk about pathways to jobs in their area.
  • The formation of Focus Groups for future labor training and education.
  • 21st Century Talent via the Advisory Council
  • Made in Michigan CEO Speaker Breakfast - Feb. 18th (see flyer or web site,  The Canton Rotary Club is sponsoring a student table at this event for 7 students and one of our members.
  • Canton Peoples Choice Awards with Chanel 4.  This is a business awards luncheon.
  • Feb. 27th - Non profit round table for area non-profit organizations.
We thank Thomas for visiting us today and do check out the web site for details above and current activities in the Township.
Nate got a shot at the 50/50, but too many were in the stack today, and Ken improvised as our good sargent today to collect some good stories.
Have a great week everyone and enjoy the most excellent warm winter weather today!
Millage Ballot Proposal for Plymouth Canton Schools
Today we learned about the upcoming school district millage that will be on the March 10th ballot.  Pictured above with President Lisa Kennedy are Debbie Piesz, Chief Finance and Operations Officer for the schools; School Board President Anupam Sidhu; and Beth Rayl, Chief Academic  Officer for the schools. They joined us today to tell us about this millage.  Plymouth Canton Community Schools are the lowest funded in the State of Michigan but are within the top 20 school districts in the State academically.  Our schools have one of the lowest debt millages in the State.  In funding they receive $8,111 per student; $9,500 in funding per student is needed.  
Our District is 190 years old and in need of infrastructure updates.  This vote, if approved, will keep our current millage rates the same while raising much needed funds for our schools.  The Plymouth Canton Community School District has 17.371 students in grades P-K, and K-12, housed in 23 buildings.  For complete information on this bond proposal please see the school district website at  
Rotary Clubs Work Together to Help a Polio Survivor In India
The Canton Rotary Club started the New Year off with a report on a polio survivor from India who we were able to help start his own business.  This was a joint project of several Rotary Clubs in District 6400: Windsor Roseland, Adrian Morning, Plymouth, Livonia, and Canton.  Asar is shown above driving his rickshaw with his first passenger.
Asar Basha is a polio survivor in India.  He has a family and has been working at a hotel desk in India.  A Windsor Roseland Rotarian, Aruna Koushik, was staying at the hotel where he worked while working on a bore hole well water project which the five clubs mentioned above were supporting.  (This bore hole water well project currently is supplying 5,000 people with water.)  While there she discovered that Asar was a polio survivor, but that he would be forced to retire soon (India has a rather young forced retirement age) and had no pension and no way of supporting his family.  He had been looking into motorized rickshaws but they were way too expensive for him to afford.  So, Aruna had a brilliant thought.  There was a small amount of money left from the bore hole well project (under $1,000 total) - could the clubs pool this money and buy Asar a motorized rickshaw?  After communicating with the 5 sponsoring clubs, Aruna had permission to use the leftover money for Asar's rickshaw.  But how would she get the remaining money needed for the rickshaw?  Not one to be stopped by the little problem of money, Aruna persuaded several private donors and a local company to contribute, and she had the money.  Aruna went to India (totally at her own cost) in December where she purchased the rickshaw and presented it to Asar.  This will enable him now to support his family.  Aruna has also made arrangements with a local doctor to provide walking calipers (leg braces) for Asar.  Thanks for all of your hard work Aruna.  We are looking forward to working with Aruna as our 6400 District Governor in 2021/2022. 
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