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Speakers
Oct 22, 2018
Cyber Security
Nov 05, 2018
Dean and Ken will lead the meeting
Nov 19, 2018
Potluck with Turkey provided. Sign up at next meeting.
Nov 26, 2018
Nominations will be accepted for new Officers and Directors
Dec 24, 2018
Dec 31, 2018
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Upcoming Events
World Polio Day
Busch's Market
Oct 24, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
Kids Against Hunger Food Packaging
Wayne County Community College
Nov 03, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
Foundation and Membership Seminar
Plymouth Cultural Center
Nov 07, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Nov 15, 2018 – Nov 17, 2018
 
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Busch's Market
Dec 01, 2018
 
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
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President's Message
Susan Kowalski
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Greetings Fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope everyone is enjoying our cool fall weather.  We have many activities coming up to celebrate Rotary and our Rotary year.  World Polio Day is October 24th, and we will celebrate again at Holiday Market in Canton where we will collect funds to send to our Rotary International Polio Plus Initiative.  This year's hours will be 9:00 a.m. until noon.  We hope that everyone will stop by and check out our booth.  On Saturday, November 3rd, members of our Club will spend the morning helping out at Kids Against Hunger at Wayne County Community College in Belleville.  This year we hope to package 300,000+ meals, exceeding the 81,000 meals we packaged last year.  Part of what we package will be used locally, nationally, and internationally, and will be used to help alleviate food shortages in crisis-stricken areas around the world. 
 
At our meeting on November 5th, we will begin work on a Visioning Plan for the upcoming 3 to 5 years.  Ken and Dean have been working in this area and have come up with suggestions.  Please bring your ideas and help us as we chart our next 3 to 5 years for the Club.
 
This month we continue with the third of the six Rotary Areas of Focus - Water and Sanitation. This area involves improving sanitation facilities by providing toilets and latrines that flush into a sewer or safe enclosure.  Promoting good hygiene habits and handwashing with soap and water is part of this initiative.  In keeping with this Area of Focus our Club celebrated Global Handwashing Day this last Monday where we discussed the history of handwashing and passed out free soap samples to members who were present. 
 
Other parts of this Area of Focus are building wells, implementing rainwater harvesting, providing home water treatment capability, and promoting low-cost solutions to improve water quality.    Clean water is also an important part of Rotary's work against polio, as many times this disease is spread by dirty and contaminated water.  Today 748 million people don't have clean drinking water.
 
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Ansel Dooley
October 27
 
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Update on Schoolcraft College for 2018

 

Ken M. was our guest speaker today who gave us a discussion of 2018 events at Schoolcraft College and the impact of the upcoming November Ballot Initiative.

 

President Sue Kowalski rang us in on time again today.  First, a few short announcements and also a check of the calendar in Club Runner:

 

  • New District Rotary Theme pins are available, please see Bill T. or Sue if you need one.

  • Oct. 1st - Tentative date for the Past President's Golf Outing and Dinner is confirmed, golf at 2:00 pm and Dinner at 6:00 pm.

  • Oct. 24th - World Polio Day - 9 am - 12:00 pm at Holiday Market.  The sign up sheet is circulating. Our goal is to collect $200 in donations for Polio Plus.

  • Nov. 3rd - "Kids Against Hunger" Event at WCCC, 9555 Haggerty Rd., Belleville MI – Bell Ringing Tentative at Holiday Market.

  • Nov. 19th – Pot luck is planned for Thanksgiving at the Cherry Hill School.

  • Dec. 1st - Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Busch's Market in Canton.

  • May 10th of 2019 for the Radar - Next Years District Conference In Windsor at Caesars - Friday (night) / Saturday / return Sunday.  Super affordable for 2 at $1050 for this location.

 

Ken M. addressed the club today on behalf of Schoolcraft College. He discussed the history and impact of funding for the college along with the upcoming vote for the Nov. 6th Ballot. This will include a proposal to restore the millage amendment that voters in this school district need to be aware of.  The school controller, John L,, also discussed more about the financial planning and forecasting details and they answered several questions of the club and residents of Canton.

 

They also fielded some other questions on current resources of the college that included manufacture based training in technologies that included the CNC training, plastic mold injection, and welding programs. They also support public service career degrees in police, fire, and nursing. We thanked them for coming to speak to us to day and pizza was served.

 

Kevin ran the 50/50 as Chuck (visitor) got the 5 of diamonds. Ansel received a Paul Harris 2nd sapphire pin from PDG Ed Schulz for his dedication to the Rotary International Foundation.

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The Rotary Foundation
 
Past District Governor Roberto Sanchez and his wife Sylvia spoke to us about the work of the Rotary International Foundation. 
 
The picture above shows a fellow District 6400 Rotarian on a previous mission to Ghana.  She will also be joining this upcoming mission to Ghana.
 
Roberto and Sylvia shared their personal experiences of travel to foreign countries to make life better for the citizens of those countries, and especially their touching experiences with the children of those countries.  This was all made possible by Rotarians' donations to the Rotary International Foundation which makes grants available to carry out humanitarian projects around the world.  While Rotarians pay their own way to work on these projects, The Rotary International Foundation makes grants available to fund the actual materials and supplies to build hospitals and schools, equip laboratories, perform surgeries and medical procedures, and many other projects. 
 
Roberto will be traveling to Assin-Bereku, Ghana, in January 2019 as one of the team members that will be drilling a well, constructing a sanitation facility, renovating a dilapidated school, providing backpacks, school supplies, and school uniforms, and conducting eye glass clinics, primary health care clinics, and dental clinics.  We thank Roberto and Sylvia for their dedication to the humanitarian work of Rotary.
 
 
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Update on Ghana School Project 2018
Rotarian Jeanne DeRoche was our guest speaker today to update the club on the Ghana School project for 2018.
 
President Sue Kowalski rang us in on time today and we were back in the main room.  First, a few short announcements and also a check of the calendar in Club Runner:
 
  • New District Rotary Theme pins are available, please see Bill T. or Sue if you need one.
  • Oct. 1st - Tentative date for the Past President's Golf Outing and Dinner is confirmed, golf at 2:00 pm and Dinner at 6:00 pm.
  • Oct. 24th - World Polio Day - 9 am - 12:00 pm at Holiday Market.  The sign up sheet is circulating.
  • Nov. 3rd - "Kids Against Hunger" Event at WCCC, 9555 Haggerty Rd., Belleville MI.
  • May 10th of 2019 for the Radar - Next Year's District Conference In Windsor at Caesars - Friday (night) / Saturday / return Sunday.  Super affordable for 2 at $1050 for this location.
 
Jeanne addressed the club today to update us on the latest events happening for the school house in Ghana Project.  She started with a description of her last visit there in April of this year, mentioning some of the traditions and local events there there, and then her travel experience out into the School in the North West part of the countryside.
  
She then gave the club a review of the facilities that included practical sanitation methods for the hot climate, illustrations and displays of the completed school building and grounds, meetings with the lead teacher and review of activities planning, the new resource room, care of furniture and teaching equipment, descriptions of innovative architecture used for workroom cooling, overview of security used for precious PC's and supplies, interaction with other Rotary clubs in the area, and more follow through with the government and educational officials there at the end of the ribbon cutting ceremony (sustainability).  The picture above shows the interior resource room on the day of dedication which was attended by all of the village citizens.
 
Next plans are for the Vocational Training Team visit.  The club is also considering an additional donation proposal to the Foundation for continued support this year.
 
Kevin ran the 50/50 as Lisa pulled a 3 of diamonds (no new shoes today).
 
 
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Canton
Service Above Self
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Antonio’s Cucina Italiana
2220 N. Canton Center
Canton, MI  48187
United States
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