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President's Message
John Kowalski
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Greetings Fellow Rotarians,
Liberty Fest is almost here!  Our Club and its members are gearing up for our Liberty Fest Beverage Tent on June 14, 15, and 16.  The beverages are in the final stages of being ordered, the signs and banners are being readied, and our volunteers are busy signing up and clearing their calendars.  We are grateful this year to have volunteers from the Plymouth/Canton Optimist Club, the Plymouth A.M. Rotary Club, and the Canton Township Volunteers who are returning to help us out for their third year.  Thank you to all of our volunteers. 
Please encourage all of your friends and neighbors to stop by our Beverage Tent and enjoy a beer, a glass of wine (new this year), or a soda or water.  Don't forget to direct anyone who has questions about who we are to our website.  And for those interested in visiting a meeting or looking into membership, please tell them to feel free to join us at a meeting for more information. 
As June winds up we look back at a very busy and successful year, and we look ahead to our 2018/2019 year that begins July 1st.  Please see our schedule of meetings and speakers to the left of this message. 
May you each have a peaceful and relaxing summer.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
William Brown
June 2
Dean Clemons
June 26
Dean Clemons
Lyn Clemons
June 28
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Upcoming Events
Liberty Fest Beverage Tent
Heritage Park
Jun 14, 2018 12:00 PM –
Jun 16, 2018
Meet the Governor Night
Jun 19, 2018
3:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Master Gardener - Spring Clean Up at the Canton Rotary Club
Our guest speaker today is Master Gardener, Virginia Dean.
President John Kowalski rang us in on time today in the side room for our second session here, and we were joined by our guest speaker Virginia Dean.  First a few announcements:
  • The Canton Club grant application is due May 30th.
  • The Club Foundation met today and confirmed its commitments for a $200 Polio Plus Matching Pledge and also a new $500 donation to Canton Leisure Services to the Therapeutic Recreation group there (volunteer).
  • May 28th is Memorial Day - No meeting.
  • June 11th is beer tent planning.
  • June 13th we plan a walk through with our volunteer helpers, the Optimist club.
  • June 19th is Meet the District Governor Night in Harrow, Ontario, Canada - $35 for dinner plus the cost of the bus (should be around $40).  Three members of the club now plan to go.
Our guest speaker today was Master Gardener, Virginia Dean.  Some of the tips for clean up that she mentioned were to keep an eye out for crocuses popping up to let you know when to plant, checking for green in the stalks, clearing root bound plants in pots, good soil mixes and testing, mulching tips, and plant buddies like marigolds and veggies.  Note that Michigan State University does provide soil testing services at $25 (last check).  See if interested.  Also for good Michigan info for weather environment effects and status, see
She brought a lot of good bookmarks on tips for gardening right here in this area of Michigan.  This started with good links to some very good Michigan State University sites starting at
Ansel was our Sergeant and we did a tour of another Holiday not often visited for perspective.  Today's meal was pizza.
Madison Vorva, How Teenagers Can Change the World
Our guest speaker today is Madison Vorva.
President John Kowalski rang us in on time today in the side room, and we were joined by our guest speaker Madison Vorva and Dave Willett of The Eagle.  First a few announcements:
  • John filled in the Club on some of the recent awards from District Conference that included the best news letter in the District for 2018, the Boldly Go Award for Area 5, the major donor crystal for some of our Paul Harris Fellows, and certificates of participation for The Hedke Award and The Archer Collaborative Award.
  • The club grant application is due May 30th.
  • The Club also made a $200 commitment to the Polio Plus Matching Pledge.
  • June 19th is Meet the District Governor Night in Harrow, Ontario, Canada - $35 for dinner plus the cost of the bus (should be around $40).
  • Sue's Birthday cake arrived and was shared today!
  • Notice the new Passport Patch on our Club Banner.
  • Bill T. serves on a cultural commission in Canton and discussed/distributed some flyers on Canton Culture week.  This included a map of DIA paintings on loan for display in Heritage Park and the Village areas.
Our guest speaker then addressed the club.  She first reviewed her history with the area as a local Plymouth area HS graduate where her interest in youth engagement and international environmental effects of human activity and trade began.   Her studies branched out early in sustainable and community development that led into political effects of inter-regional conflicts and their results on local environments. 
One of these projects was the concern of forest clearing for palm oil plantations that soon connected with the Girl Scout cookies, plantation exploitation of countries from Indonesia  to Columbia, major palm oil providers and mass producers, to the creation of partnerships by forming coalitions that led all the stakeholders to reach consensus.   She is now accepted and looking forward to attending Cambridge University to include more studies on sustainable strategies and international politics.  We look forward to hearing from her again and wish her well.
Note, today's meal was chicken paprikash.
Canton Club Receives Award for Best Bulletin
Our Canton Rotary Club received awards for the Best Bulletin in the District.
At the 2018 District Conference, our Club received the award for Best Bulletin in the District.  We also received the "Boldly Go" award for our area 5.  The "Boldly Go" award was for the Club who best exhibited the 2017/2018 District 6400 theme of Boldly Go for stepping forward and innovating with programs, projects, and activities during the year.  Our Club also applied for the Hedke Award and the Archer Awards.  These awards measure how well individual clubs measure up against other clubs.  While we did not receive either of these awards, the experience of working toward the requirements for these awards helped us to grow as a club.  We tried new ideas and learned that we can have fun while stretching and growing toward more challenging goals. 
District Conference 2018
Canton Rotary Club celebrated District Conference on Mackinac Island with the other 50 clubs in our District from May 3 - May 6, 2018.
Mike and Lisa Kennedy and John and Sue Kowalski left for Mackinac Island on Thursday, May 3, 2018.  We arrived on Mackinac Island late in the afternoon.  Once we checked into our rooms, we joined the rest of the 450 attendees in the dining room for the Grand Buffet.  The tables of food ran the entire length of the dining room and contained appetizers, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, pastas, meats - cold and hot, salads, and a large dessert table.  After dinner attendees enjoyed a talent show and trivia contest and the fellowship of the hospitality suites.  Friday started with a delicious breakfast, a welcome flag ceremony and speakers, many of whom showcased their 2017/2018 service projects.  The noon meal was another Grand Buffet, and then the afternoon was free for organized activities or just lounging on the front porch.   Friday dinner was served from the menu and was truly a grand affair.  To top it off, Mike and Lisa Kennedy presented me with a grand birthday cake for my birthday.  Thank you Mike and Lisa.  Friday evening activities available were ballroom dancing, a euchre tournament, and fellowship in the hospitality suites.  Saturday opened with breakfast, plenary sessions presented by The Youth Exchange Students, service and cog award presentations, updates on polio fundraising, updates from our District Governor, a Grand Buffet for lunch, a free afternoon, dinner with an impressive menu, and the awards ceremony in the evening.  Please see the pictures from the awards ceremony as well as a list of all the awards on the District website at  .  Congratulations to all of the award winners.  On Sunday morning we started the day with breakfast, attended the final session where our Club received the Passport Patch for our flag, and then left for the ferry dock aboard our horse drawn carriage.  Our trip home was uneventful, and we were glad to have a relaxing evening before starting our new week.  Our next year's District Conference is at Casino Windsor, and we hope that a large number of members will join us to celebrate the 2018/2019 Rotary year.
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Canton, MI  48187
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