Posted by Susan Kowalski on Feb 24, 2020
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 Jackson first went to Ghana on a mission to help, there was one dental office with one chair in the area with outdated equipment.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.