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Canton

Service Above Self

First Monday of Month at 6:00 p.m., Second thru Fifth Mondays at 12:05 p.m.
L A Bistro
44314 Cherry Hill Road
Canton, MI 48187
United States of America

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(734) 968-1436
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The Canton Rotary Club is cancelling all meetings through April 6, 2020, due to the Coronavirus.  We will re-evaluate conditions for the April 13th meeting, and we will make a decision going forward at that time.  This decision was made based on the fact that our Club has a large older membership of Rotarians who are more at risk for becoming ill with the Covid 19 virus.  We understand that an older person's immune system doesn't function as efficiently as a younger persons does.  We also feel that maintaining social distancing during a Rotary meeting and in our meeting place would be very difficult and would not be conducive to fellowship.  Our Board of Directors is committed to the health of all our members, and feels that this course of action is the best at this time.  We urge our members to check in with fellow members often, and we ask that if any member needs help during this time, please call one of your fellow Rotarians.  We're all here to help each other.  
 
Please see our list of speakers and special events on our webpage and in our bulletin, and note which speakers and events have been cancelled.  We invite you to visit our webpage at http://www.cantonrotary.com for more information and any special updates.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at the number listed in the heading of our webpage or the footer of our bulletin.
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 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.  
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.
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 https://www.pccsk12.com/about-p-ccs/2020-bond-proposal.  
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.
 
On December 9th the Canton Rotary Club gathered at the home of Mike and Lisa Kennedy for a Christmas Party. 
On Friday, December 6th, a few members from our Club transported the contents of our first Kitchen Box to the new apartment of our first recipient.  Shown here is Bill Tesen with a trunk full of kitchen supplies.
On December 5th several members met at Lisa's home to pack up boxes of kitchen supplies to donate to Journey To Housing.  Journey To Housing is one of our current District Grant Projects.  Our Club contributed half and District 6400 contributed half for a total of $5,000 which we spent on kitchen supplies and family night supplies for 10 families that are being sponsored by Journey To Housing, an affiliate of St. Vincent de Paul. 
 
 
Speakers
Jeanne DeRoche
Apr 13, 2020
Rotary Project in Ghana for New School and Its Furnishings
Penny Joy
Apr 27, 2020
Penny will speak on her project "Days for Girls"
Installation of Board Officers and Directors
Jul 06, 2020
Guest - District Governor Dr. Noel Jackson
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