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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards 2019
Wayne County Community College Downriver Campus
Nov 14, 2019 - Nov 16, 2019
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Busch's Market of Canton
Nov 16, 2019
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Midyear President's Meeting - U.S.
VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College
Jan 21, 2020
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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Feb 08, 2020
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
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Dear Fellow Rotarians, Family and Friends of Rotary,
Happy Fall!  While we are seeing remnants left on the trees of our beautiful glorious Michigan Color production, it is becoming more evident that winter is coming!  Of course that also means that the Holidays will be here before we know it! 
As in prior years, we have always gathered as a club to share a meal and celebrate Thanksgiving.  It is a time to count our bountiful Blessings.  And in true Rotary spirit, we will also be mindful of those who are not as fortunate and need our help this year.  We will be collecting boxes of stuffing for the Salvation Army Thanksgiving meal baskets, ringing bells for Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive, and continuing our Christmas tradition of assembling many “Baskets for Seniors”.
The joint Foundation/Membership meeting between “Super District 6400” and District 6380 took place last weekend at Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center.    A woman who needs no introduction among Rotarians, Jennifer Jones, spoke and shared that by the end of the year once Nigeria is certified “Polio Free” the entire continent of Africa will have had this crippling disease eradicated!   The push for Foundation will be to think “Big” in terms of goals, and environmental issues such as clean water will be a large focus.  In an effort to raise funds, a live auction was held with many wonderful items.  Many Foundation recognition awards were given out and the Canton Rotary was awarded a banner for $100 per member, and “Every Rotarian, Every Year”.  In addition, new members as of July 01, 2019 were also recognized in front of the room.  We were very proud to have our very own, Barry Burnham, with us and recognized.  Can’t wait to see the impact you have on Rotary and even bigger, the impact it will have on you!
Veterans’ Day is Monday November 11 and I want to thank each and every Veteran, and their families, for the many sacrifices they have made, and continue to make all around the world.  Freedom is not free!  We recognize your service and are a grateful Nation.  Bonus Question:  Who in the Canton Rotary can still fit in his military uniform??  That would be none other than Mr. Bill Brown!!
For your reading pleasure, I’ve included some information below from the online source “”.
A Brief History of Veterans Day
Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'" As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.
In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress -- at the urging of the veterans service organizations -- amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971.
Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on Nov. 11.
United States Senate Resolution 143, which was passed on Aug. 4, 2001, designated the week of Nov. 11 through Nov. 17, 2001, as "National Veterans Awareness Week." The resolution calls for educational efforts directed at elementary and secondary school students concerning the contributions and sacrifices of veterans.
Until next month, I wish you all the Happiest of Holidays whatever traditions you may celebrate.  May God Bless you all with good health and may you be surrounded by love, family, and friends.  And with a little luck some of Sue’s good home cooking!! 
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Our Newest Member is Installed, and Speaker Steve Ahles Visits
Today, our newest member, Doug Morison, was installed.  Doug's sponsor is Bill Simmerer, and our District Governor, John Chambers, was on hand to install Doug into Rotary and welcome him to our ranks.  We are excited to have you with us in Rotary, Doug, and look forward to getting to know you better and to sharing Rotary with you. 
After Doug's installation, Steve Ahles, our District Membership Chairman, talked to us about Rotary membership.  He talked about membership as a process, and likened the initial contact and process to dating.  As the Club and the potential member get to know each other, it will become apparent whether the new member is a good fit for the club they are courting, or whether that potential member would be a better fit for another nearby club.  Our goal is to welcome new members into our clubs and make sure that they feel at home with the club that they join.  Steve also talked about engaging new members.  Thank you for speaking to us today, Steve, and we appreciate you talking on this role of Membership Chair for our District 6400.
Visitors today were potential member Peter Lee, potential member Steve Spencer, Grace Holness from Simeon's Rest Adult Day Center, District Governor John Chambers, and speaker Steve Ahles.  We welcome all of our visitors and are happy that you joined us and gave us the chance to get to know you.
We have Bell Ringing for The Salvation Army coming up on November 16th.  Remember, you do not have to be a member of our Club to ring bells.  We invite friends and family to join us, as well as our visitors.  To set up you time to ring, please call Sue K at 734-968-1436 or e-mail at
Please also see the other activities coming up on our website.
Canton Therapeutic Recreation Visits
Today Cheryl Stec and Jennifer Gerard from the Canton Recreation Department Visited the Club.  They are involved in the Therapeutic Recreation Program including Camp ABLE and Camp Leisure Club designed for youth with disabilities.
Cheryl and Jennifer gave us an overview on Canton Therapeutic Recreation.  Therapeutic Recreation, also known as "TR", is Canton Leisure Services' inclusive programming effort which aims to allow for individuals with challenges or disabilities the opportunity to participate as fully as possible, while providing some reasonable accommodations and adaptations. Accommodations include individualized techniques and resources that enhance program participation without fundamentally altering a program. Canton Leisure Services currently serves participants with a broad range of abilities/disabilities.  Eligible Leisure Club participants must be 15 years of age or older. During the summer season, Canton Leisure Services offers a Therapeutic Recreation experience for youth with disabilities between the ages of eight and 14, called "Camp A.B.L.E." Registration for this program takes place each March at Canton's Annual Camp Fair. Leisure Club programming operates year round, and registration follows the same timeline as other Leisure Services programs, (typically March and August annually). 
The Canton Rotary Club has supported Canton Therapeutic in the past, and we supported them again this year with a $300.00 check for Camp A.B.L.E. which we presented to Cheryl and Jennifer for the work that this program performs.  If you would like more information on this program or on other Canton Leisure Services programs please see the Canton Township website at 
Our Club has a number of activities coming up, and we urge you to see our website to check out all of them.
Journey to Housing Visited Us Today
Today Renee McKarge and Lorraine Zaksek from Journey to Housing visited the Club and spoke to us about the organization and about our upcoming District Grant Project where we will help Journey to Housing as they resettle working homeless families into permanent housing. 
Renee McKarge is the Executive Director of Journey to Housing, a part of St. Vincent de Paul Society.  Lorraine Zaksek is the founder of the organization which started with the idea to transition just one family from homelessness to housing.  To date they have transitioned 29 families from homelessness to housing.  Renee said that prayer is a big part of their success.  The goal of the organization is long-term self sufficiency for families.  They work especially for a better life for kids.  Journey is NOT an emergency service.  It is a "hand up and not a hand out."  They work with families in Western Wayne County who are homeless and employed.  The idea is to transition them to housing and give them hope, long-term stability, and self sufficiency.  They make sure the children are in school, and they teach families what it means to be self-sufficient.  Some of the problems that they tackle are - providing a financial coach to help solve the income or expense problem or a combination of the two, finding child care, and helping them increase their income.  Some of the items that Journey provides to their families are new beds, used furniture, furnishings for the kitchen and bathroom, bedding, linens, etc.  They don't help so much that it hurts people.  The average size of the family in the program is between 1 and 6 children.  The organization if now five years old.  The organization's help is especially meaningful to the "hidden homeless".  The Canton Rotary will be coming alongside Journey to Housing and using our District Grant to purchase items for and assemble kitchen kits, bathroom kits, and activity night kits for families.  We estimate that we will be able to purchase these kits for between 5 and 10 families, depending on what sales we can take advantage of and what is needed in the kits.  Thank you Renee and Lorraine for speaking to us today.  We are anxious to work on this project.
Please see our list of upcoming speakers and calendar of events.  Events to take special notice of are The World Polio Day Yoga Event, The Thanksgiving Luncheon, donation of stuffing mix for the Salvation Army Thanksgiving Baskets, items to purchase for Senior Citizen Christmas Baskets, and Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Busch's on November 16th. 
Past President's Dinner and Golf Outing
On Monday, October 7th, we met at Hickory Creek Golf Course for a round of golf for our avid golf fans, and our annual Past President's Dinner. 
The golfers met at 4:00 p.m. and enjoyed a round of golf.  We had a beautiful day and great fellowship.  Above are Lisa and Andrae on the golf course.
After golf we gathered in the Clubhouse where we enjoyed a delicious dinner, awards, and fellowship. 
Above Sue holds up our celebratory cake, and Ansel is a awarded the Bill Brown Service Above Self Award. 
Other awards given were the "Eager Beaver Award" to Dean for his volunteer work and as our "Helper in Training", Lisa for her service and support of our officers and programs, Bill S for his support of our Beverage Tent and his work on Club Membership, Bill T for his outstanding dedication and service to the Club and its activities and charitable work, John for his outstanding dedication and service to the Club and its activities and charitable work, Kevin for being a Master 50/50 Ticket Seller, and, last but not least, Ken for his work on the Liberty Fest Beverage and his work as our Canton Rotary Foundation President.  The Club presented Sue a plaque with a gavel on it as a recognition and remembrance of her year.  Congratulations to everyone who was recognized and thanks to all of our Club members who made this past year memorable and fruitful.  After the awards were presented, everyone enjoyed cake and fellowship.  Please see the photo album for the "Rotary Year 2019-2020 First 6 Months" at this link for more pictures. 
District Governor Golf Outing
Today our meeting was cancelled to facilitate members' attendance at our District 6400 Annual District Governor Golf Outing.  The money raised from this event is used for District 6400 Rotary Club International Projects.  Last year the Windsor-Roseland Rotary Club applied for a grant for a bore-hole well near Chennai, India, from this event.  See September 23rd's story for more information on this project.  This year three of our members joined in the festivities of the day - Lisa Kennedy, Dean Clemons, and Ken Beardsley.  Thank you members for participating in this worthwhile activity.
Installation of New Corporate Member
Today we installed The Canton Rotary Club's first Corporate Member, the Wayne Westland Community School District represented by Dr. Andrae Townsel as the Primary Designee. 
We started our program with the Pledge of Allegiance, Rotary toasts to The Queen (we are and international district), the Office of President of the United States, and to the greatest service organization in the world - Rotary International.   Dean delivered the invocation, and President Lisa introduced our guests - District Governor John Chambers, Jennifer Franz from Canton Township Leisure Services, Dr. Andrae Townsel - new member, Mark Miller - new member, Mrs. Amanda Dybus - new member, and Past District Governor Jim Karolyi. 
Sue Kowalski talked about a past project that we helped complete in India with the combined help of the Windsor-Roseland Rotary Club who led the project, the Adrian Morning Rotary Club, and The Rotary Club of Plymouth.  A bore well was completed near Chennai India to bring water to a small village.  While working on that project, Aruna Koushik, the representative from the Windsor-Roseland Rotary Club who was on site during the project, got acquainted with a gentleman who served as the desk clerk at her hotel.  She found out that he was a polio survivor with a wife and two children who was facing mandatory retirement with a minimal income very shortly.  He was very worried about how he would support his family, and he had looked into purchasing an auto rickshaw, a three wheel vehicle which he can drive and take passengers from point A to point B.  That would continue to make him economically independent and sustain his family.  However, the purchase price was well beyond his means at $3,540.  Aruna has asked our Club and the other clubs who sponsored the original bore-hole well to donate the money left over from that project, due to the frugality of the project head, to purchasing this auto rickshaw.  That will leave $965 still needed for the final funding of the rickshaw.   Aruna is currently working on final funding for this project.
Today we installed our newest member, Wayne Westland Community School District represented by Dr. Andrae Townsel as the Primary Designee, Mr. Mark Miller as a Secondary Designee, and Mrs. Amanda Dybus as a Secondary Designee.  Mrs. ShaVonna Johnson will also be a Secondary Designee but was not able to attend today.  She will be installed at a later day.  Sue Kowalski served as sponsor to the group.  We welcome our new Corporate Member and the designated representatives.  We are excited to have you as part of our Rotary Club and look forward to working with you on our projects and enjoying fellowship with you as we get better acquainted with each of you.
Lunch today was family style almond chicken, a vegetable medley, hummus with fresh mini pita bread, pasta with blush sauce, and salad. 
Do Good Expo in Canton  Township
Today we celebrated the anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, by manning a booth at the Summit on the Park highlighting all of the volunteer activities that are available in Canton Township.  There were many civic organizations present, and we enjoyed talking to members of the public that came out for the evening, as well as getting to know some of the members of other civic organizations who were present for the evening.  Thanks to Derek Locke who came out on this rainy evening to display information from Shelter Box, an international charitable organization who partners with Rotary to supply emergency shelter in times of crisis.
District Governor Visit
Today our District Governor, John Chambers, visited our Club and brought us up to date on District 6400 happenings.
President Lisa called the meeting to order, and we followed with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Invocation.  Today's guests were introduced - Doug Morison potential new member, Dr. Andrae Townsel soon to be inducted new member, District Governor John Chambers, and Sandy Chambers wife of District Governor John.  Welcome everyone. 
Announcements for the day included a reminder of the Past President's Dinner on October 7th at Hickory Creek Golf Course, President Lisa then introduced District Governor John Chambers to talk to us briefly before lunch.  DG John talked about membership, satellite Rotary clubs (one club, different meeting times), combined club projects, the new Kingsville Ontario Club started last year, and the new Rotary Club that Roberto Sanchez is working on starting in Southwest Detroit.  Other topics covered were the new E-Clubs that are being started, and the rapidly growing membership in Rotary in the Far East part of the world.  DG John talked about our families, including our Rotary family, our biological family, our religious family, and our family of friends and our perceptions of each of these families.  He encouraged us to include our families in our Rotary activities.
DG John also updated us regarding District Conference at Kalahari Water Park and Resort on May 15 - 17, 2020, in Ohio.  One of the speakers will be Astronaut Mike Foreman, who is also a Rotarian.  For more information and/or to register, please see the District Website at
Here is just a little background on District Governor John Chambers.  John is a member of the Rotary Club of Detroit A.M. where he has served as President, Secretary, and Foundation Chair.   One of his favorite causes is literacy.  He has worked on literacy projects with his Club and other Rotary Clubs and he serves as a board member of the Detroit Public Library Board and also works with the Oakland County Library Friends.  He and his wife Sandy enjoy traveling, golfing, playing with grand children, and church.  John has volunteered in many capacities over the years including international travel on medical missions to Haiti and Nicaragua, El Salvador for water/school building, and Tanzania with Rotary, as well as a volunteer fire fighter, first aid and CPR instructor, and work on various regional and statewide committees.  John is a retired Financial Officer from the Court system and Detroit Public Library and is a C.P.A.  We are truly blessed to have John as our 2019/2020 District Governor.
We enjoyed dinner and afterwards DG Chambers presented the "Do The Right Thing" Award to two of our members, Bill Brown and Roland Leist.  DG Chambers had asked our President Lisa to nominate a Club member for this honor, and Lisa chose members Bill Brown and Roland Leist who both have a long history of serving their community and their fellow members of society.  Congratulations Bill and Roland.
Our Club then had the opportunity to present DG Chambers with a gift of a donation of $100 to the Detroit Public Library in honor of his year as District Governor.  We also presented his wife Sandy with a gift for her home.  A big thank you to both John and Sandy for sharing this year of their lives with their Rotary family.
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