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Speakers
Apr 08, 2019
Club will add ideas and plans to Visioning Document
Apr 15, 2019
The Rotary Foundation - Where Does the Money Come From?
Apr 22, 2019
Dedicate trees and plaque to Mildred Brown, picnic at the Park
Apr 29, 2019
Senior Citizen Scams
May 06, 2019 6:00 PM
May 13, 2019
Update on Rain Gardens and other Friends of the Rouge work
May 20, 2019
Jun 03, 2019
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Upcoming Events
District Conference
Caesars Casino - Windsor
May 10, 2019 - May 12, 2019
 
Area 5 Picnic
Cady-Boyer Barn
May 23, 2019
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
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President's Message
Susan Kowalski
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Greetings Fellow Rotarians,
 
Welcome to our April edition of the Canton Rotator.  We are happy to have you as a subscriber. 
 
With the warm weather we look forward to taking our meeting "on the road."  We hope to have a meeting a Heritage Park in April where we will dedicate the trees that we planted last fall, and will also dedicate a plaque in memory of Mildred Brown, late wife of member Bill Brown.  Our Little Free Library should be installed shortly in Griffin Park, and we will also visit that feature.  We are looking forward to an Area 5 Picnic at the Cady-Boyer Barn on Ridge Road on May 23rd.  Area 5 includes the Northville, Plymouth, Plymouth AM, Plymouth After Hours, Livonia, Livonia AM, and Canton Clubs.  The Canton Club is looking forward to sponsoring this event where we will have a chance to fellowship with other Area 5 Rotarians.  We also look forward to recognizing Canton's Police Officer of the Year this spring. 
 
We are partnering with Windsor-Roseland Rotary Club, Adrian Morning Rotary Club,  and Plymouth Rotary Club on a grant from the District Governor Golf Outing to bring a borehole water well to Tiruttani, India. Tiruttani is an agricultural town in Tamil Nadu, about two hours by road from the capital Chennai. Tamilnadu state has huge water scarcity and each year they face drought like conditions during the summer months till the Northeast monsoon rains drench the earth later in the year.  The Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland collaborating with the Rotary club of Chennai Presidency has done several projects in this area and now find the need to install a bore well to supply water to a population of 5000.  The Kouhsiks from the Windsor-Roseland Club plan to visit this area when the well is completed and will give us a report on the project. 
 
With only three more months left in this Rotary year, we are starting to plan for the beginning of Lisa Kennedy's year as President.  We look forward to you taking the leadership reins of the Club, Lisa, and also look forward to helping you as you work to fulfill Rotary's motto "Service Above Self."
 
 
 
 
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Nathaniel Houghton
April 10
 
Roland Leist
April 11
 
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Flag Making
Today Dr. Alan Cooper shared with us a presentation on flag making.  Dr. Cooper has many hobbies, among them all things flag related. 
We rang the bell on time, and are happy to have Devin, Mary, and Margarette with us today from the Westland Rotary Club.  They are finishing up their passport visits, and we are very happy that they joined us.  Dr. Alan Cooper also joined us today and will help us design our own flags. 
 
Announcements today included a reminder about the Westland Rotary's Magic Show on March 30th, Dearborn Heights Mardi Gras Party on April 13th, District Assembly on April 6th, and District Conference and District Conference Backpack Collection for May 10th. 
 
Dr. Cooper talked to us about flags and their design.  He showed us several flags with "good design", and several flags with "bad design".  A flag has to do with identity.  He asked about the tree on our webpage and what that identifies with.  The immediate answer was "Canton".  Symbols on flags should be easily identifiable with who or what a flag stands for.  The five guiding principles to use when designing a flag are:
  • Keep it simple
  • Use meaningful symbols
  • Use two or three basic colors
  • No lettering or seals
  • Be distinctive or related.
Dr. Cooper left us with index cards to take home and design our own flags.  In the coming weeks we will talk more about this, and we will share what we have come up with for our own flags.  For those of you who are interested in more in depth information on flags, please see "Good Flag, Bad Flag" by Ted Kaye.  It is available on Amazon's website.  Thanks for your presentation Dr. Cooper.
 
 
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RYLA Students are Guests of Club
Today we were joined by three of our four Rotary Youth Leadership Awards winners from the High Schools and one of their counselors.
 
We started out on time at 12:05 p.m.  We enjoyed guests today from the local High Schools who attended the District Rotary Youth Leadership Awards in November at Schoolcraft College.  This is a three day seminar for high school students who are taught leadership skills through a variety of activities, games, and dynamic speakers.  Our four attendees were Rebekah, Peyton, Sena, and Kalena.  One of their counselors, Erin Demarest, was also our guest.  We also welcomed back Andrae Townsel as our guest; Andrae is interested in membership in our Club.  Our Assistant District Governor Russ Jones also joined us for this meeting.   We extend a warm welcome to all of our guests.
 
Announcements today included a reminder about Westland Rotary's Magic show on March 30th, Dearborn Heights Mardi Gras Party on April 13th, District Assembly at Schoolcraft College on April  6th, and the District Conference Backpack Collection for delivery on May10th at District Conference for the Windsor Schools underprivileged students.  We welcomed Lisa Kennedy back from her President Elect Training Seminar; she said it was a good weekend but very busy and full of information.  Bill Tesen celebrated his birthday (actually on March 14th) with a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday from the Club.
 
After lunch our RYLA students spoke to us about their experiences at the training.  Peyton and Sena said that the Presentation Skill training stood out for them.  Kelena was impressed by the Team Building exercise, and she enjoyed meeting new people.  The Club members mentioned that they were very impressed by these young people, especially their ability to get up and talk to a group of people, leaving a lasting meaningful impression.  Congratulations to all of our RYLA students.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Guest Jamie Yeats Speaks to Us About Shelter Box
Today Rotarian Jamie Yeats from the Detroit AM Rotary updated us on Shelter Box, and we presented him a check for $1,000 to go to Shelter Box and its work around the world.
Announcements from today's meeting:
  • Remember Westland's Magic Show on March 30th.
  • Dearborn Heights has a Mardi Gras Party scheduled for April 13th.
  • Remember our backpack collection for the District Conference Service Project.  Please partner up in groups of two to purchase and assemble your backpack.  They will be taken to the District Conference in Windsor and delivered to "The United Way Programs for Schools in our Community" for distribution to the schools in the Downtown core of Windsor-Essex.  Please bring your backpacks to the April 29th or the May 6th Club meeting.  See Sue K if you need a flyer detailing the supplies needed in the backpacks.
  • Remember District Assembly at Schoolcraft College on April 6th.  This is for ALL Club Members.  Registration is required by March 31st.
  • Please clear your calendars from June 13 - 15th for Canton Liberty Fest.  The Canton Rotary Club will be manning the Beverage Tent and everyone's help is needed.
After lunch we heard our speaker, Jamie Yeats, from the Detroit AM Rotary Club speak about Shelter Box.  Our Club has donated several boxes in the past, and we again donated $1,000 this year to purchase another Shelter Box.  ShelterBox is made up of people who believe in shelter as a human right – that shelter from the chaos of disaster and conflict is vital. No ifs. No buts.  They provide the tools that enable people to rebuild homes and transform their lives. They put families first.  They're determined to see a world where no family goes without shelter when disaster strikes – it’s the sole reason they exist.  Rotary is a project partner of Shelter Box.  Below Shelter Boxes are being readied for shipment to disaster areas.
Shelter Box was started in The United Kingdom in 2000.  Since being founded they have responded to over 250 disasters and humanitarian crises in almost 90 different countries and provided emergency aid for well over one million people.  They have evolved from providing the standard "Shelter Box" into providing a variety of boxes that are tailored to the different needs of the people they help.  Some of the countries and areas that Shelter Box is working in today are:  The Chad Basin, Ethiopia, Somali Land, the Philippines, North Iraq and Mosul, The Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Syria.  In Syria alone 13 million people need aid, 6 million are displaced, and 4 million refugees have fled to other countries, namely Lebanon and Jordan.  85.5 million people around the world have been displaced.  For more information please see https://www.shelterbox.org.
 
Our 50/50 was won by Lisa, but the ace of hearts eluded her.  Our Sergeant was Bill Simmerer.  And members were reminded that if they are going to be absent from an upcoming meeting to contact Sue K so that we can give the restaurant an accurate count each week. 
 
Have a great week!
 
 
 
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Thin Blue Line at the Canton Rotary Club

 

We met today at the L A Bistro with Peace Officers Lt. Mike Kennedy and Patty Esselink of Canton and Linda Searles of the Thin Blue Line USA.

 

President Sue Kowalski started our meeting on time here at the L.A. Bistro:

 

First, few short announcements:

 

  • March 5th - Fat Tuesday Dinner at the Belleville Rotary Club.
  • March 9th is the "Dump and Donate" event at Achieve Charter Academy.  Please see Sarah if you have more questions or want to coordinate with her on the event.
  • March 30th - Westland Club Magic Show.
  • April 13th - Dearborn Heights Club Mardi Gras Party.
  • Bill Brown had a follow up interview for his WWII service with CBS.  Stay tuned and see this link if you missed the first one.

  • District grant training is ongoing, starting this week.  Please remember to register at the District 6400 web site if you plan to go.

  • May 10th-12th is District Conference - Caesars Windsor for 2019.

  • Rotary Cake Today! - Rotary is 114 years old.

Linda Searles of the Thin Blue Line USA (a local Canton Business) opened the floor with a presentation on the history and development of the Thin Blue Line program for a lot of communities to support their local police officers and first responders.  This also included the evolution of the U.S. based symbols, the physical reminders and tokens commonly used today from the arm band/logos to the very nice watch, and the supporting organizations such as COPS.
 
We then heard from Lt. Mike Kennedy and Patty Esselink of the Police Department right here in Canton.  They discussed some of the support systems for the Police Department that included the Police Benevolence Fund, scholarships, charitable giving, events and awards in Canton, Police Week (coming up in May), and the "Canton Cares" program.  They then fielded some good Q/A on the structure and education of new police officers here in the township.  Here is a link for P.D. Canton and you may see some names and people you have met here in the past (not at the light or stop sign of course).  Be safe and wise out there on the roads with the 4-way test everyone.
 
Sgt. John Kowalski took good notice of the club today and leveled a fair $1 fine with good Rotary trivia today for it's birthday (lunch followed with cake for desert treat).
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The Society of Women Engineers visits the Canton Rotary Club Today
We had a visit by President Rosa Bushkhal and Alan Cooper from the Society of Women Engineers Detroit as our speakers today.

President Sue Kowalski started our meeting on time once again.

 

First, few short announcements:

 

  • March 9th is the "Dump and Donate" event at Achieve Charter Academy.  Please see Sarah if you have more questions or want to coordinate with her on the event.
  • Bill Brown had a follow up interview for his WWII service with CBS.  Stay tuned and see this link if you missed the first one.

  • District grant training is ongoing, starting this week.  Please remember to register at the District 6400 web site if you plan to go.

  • We were pleased to have DG Paul Sincock in our attendance today and he gave us an update of the District Conference plans for Caesars Windsor for 2019.  Mark your calendars for May 10th-12th.

  • The United Way is working with the Rotary on "Backpacks for Success" to support local schools in Windsor-Essex.  Please see the flyer for levels of proposed support.

President Rosa addressed the club today with a multimedia presentation that illustrated the background and current activities in SWE Detroit.  This included an update on their membership, key events and initiatives for 2019, "Girls Engineering Exploration Day", an overview of the professional development committee, and a review of their endowment scholarships.
 
The club thanked her for updating us on the activities there and Rotary Club President Susan Kowalski presented her with a $500 donation to SWE Detroit for 2019.
 
Our District Governor, Paul Sincock, also installed L A Bistro owner Souheil Johair as an honorary member of The Canton Rotary Club.  As a Club we are happy to have found a new home at L A Bistro and look forward each Monday to their hospitality and good food.
 
Ken was our Sergeant today and he presided over a $2 tax for the best story.  Our previous visiting Exchange student also won the opportunity to go for the 50/50 grand prize, but elected to take the default prize and maybe avoid possible EU taxation on his return.
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Visit by Charles Lang with an Update on Eagle Scouts

 

We met today at the L A Bistro and heard an update on the Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts by fellow Rotarian Charles Lang.

 

President Sue Kowalski started our meeting on time and we settled in to the new home of the Canton Rotary Club.

 

First, few short announcements:

 
  • The following link is active for the "Dump and Donate" event on March 9th.  Check out the details at the link.

  • Feb. 16th is our 5th annual Youth Exchange Bowling event from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Plymouth Plaza Lanes.  Members are encouraged to attend.  Save a spot in your Winter weekend for some easy going bowling, pizza, and fun.  Please see John K. or Ansel if you need some info.  We are hoping to have no snow this time.

  • Please keep May 10th -12th of 2019 on your Radar - The Next District Conference is in Windsor at Caesars - Friday (night) / Saturday / return Sunday.  Again at popular request this is super affordable for 2 at $1050 for this location right across the Detroit river in Windsor.

  • We had a quorum today and confirmed the following Board of Directors for the Canton Foundation: Ken, Bill B., Bill S., Larry, Ansel, Sarah, and John K.

  • Bill Brown may have a follow up interview for his WWII service with CBS.  See this link if you missed the first one.  It was very well done and on Eye on Detroit (CBS).

  • The Salvation army bell ringing we did this winter netted $485 for the work of the Salvation Army.  Thank you for setting this up Lisa.

 
Charles Lang gave the club an update on the Boy and Eagle Scouts and the club presented him a check for $600 to support six Canton Eagle Scouts at the Building Character Dinner which is a Recognition and Mentor Dinner on Feb. 26th to recognize those youth who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, Summit or Quartermaster.  More information and even registration is here.
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Evening Meeting for Fellowship and Dump and Donate Discussion

 

Photo of L.A. Bistro Canton - Canton, MI, United States

 

We met today for a night social at the LA Bistro and chatted with Sarah Maiga about a new planned local fundraiser called "Dump and Donate"

 

President Sue Kowalski started our evening meeting at the new LA Bistro in Canton (off of Cherry Hill Rd. and Sheldon Rd. on the N.E. corner).  This evening we also got to try out the dinner menu.

 

Just an informal meeting and few short announcements:

 
  • Sarah filled us in on some of the new plans for the Dump and Donate event scheduled for March 9th.  A link to a new Youtube video she has prepared is here, and the club voted tonight to offer support for the activity.   We also then discussed some other planning and logistics as opportunities to help out.

  • Feb. 16th is our 5th Youth Exchange Bowling event from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Plymouth Plaza Lanes.  Members are encouraged to attend.  Save a spot in your Winter weekend for some easy going bowling, pizza, and fun.  Please see John K. or Ansel if you need some info.

  • Please keep May 10th -12th of 2019 on your Radar - The Next District Conference is in Windsor at Caesars - Friday (night) / Saturday / return Sunday.  Again at popular request this is super affordable for 2 at $1050 for this location right across the Detroit river in Windsor.

No formal speaker here today, but for other side notes, we will be adjusting the dues and are liking the new venue here a lot.  Pat Williams forwarded a thank you note for the food donation to the B.L.O.C.K. on December 17th  (leftovers from Panera carryout lunch).   We tentatively have been selected for the Beer tent again for this year so the club is certainly pleased to be working with the City of Canton and the Optimist Club again in 2019 to support Liberty Fest.  And, Bill Tesen displayed a nice plaque honoring Bill Brown's wife Mildred to be placed one of the new trees in Heritage Park this year.  Also keep your eyes out for a possible Broadcast by Bill Brown on WWJ Channel 62 possibly in the near future.
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Welcome to our Club!
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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Please contact Susan Kowalski, Executive Secretary at cantonrotarymi@gmail.com with any questions.