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Susan Kowalski
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Greetings Fellow Rotarians,
 
Happy March.  As our Club focuses on the last four months of our current Rotary year, we will be working on finishing up our current District Grant by installing our second Little Free Library, making decisions as to a new District Grant for next year, exploring a Global Grant possibility, getting ready for our major fundraiser - Canton Liberty Fest Beverage Tent, and enjoying our year end celebration - District Conference at Caesars' Casino Windsor.
 
This month I would like finish up our look at the Rotary Area's of Focus with a look at the sixth and last Rotary Area of Focus - Economic and Community Development.  This Area of Focus encourages us, as Rotarians, to focus on helping people with income generation and savings, and job creation and entrepreneurship.  Some ways of helping with this Area of Focus are:
  • When supporting service projects in a developing community, purchase goods and supplies locally to stimulatge the economy and avoid unnecessary shipping fees.
  • Establish a Rotary Community Corps (RCC) and empower members to take action.  RCC members are in a unique position to identify barriers to the community's economic progress and develop sustainable solutions.
  • Partner with a local microlender to improve access to financial services and provide financial infrastructure in the community.
  • Develop mobile banking resources in partnership with a microlender.  Cell phones, which can be used to make deposits and transfer funds, can increase access to banking systems in developing communities.
  • Send a Vocational Training Team to teach business leaders in developing communities how to create a business plan and maintain accurate financial accounting.
  • Partner with a cooperative that provides training, joint economic ventures, and ownership of assets to its members through a democratic structure.
  • Expand vocational training opportunities, including job placement programming, at local nonprofit organizations.
Today 190 million people are funding their business endeavors through microfinance.  And 1.4 billion people - nearly half of them employed - live on less than $1.25 a day.
 
 
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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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Visit to Livonia Noon Rotary Club
A warm welcome was extended to the Canton Rotary Club, visiting us amid a snowstorm that kept attendance down. Canton President Sue Kowalski introduced her Rotarians (Sue & John, Sara, Bill, and Ken), who joined Maigi Friess, Judy Coleman (friend of Deanna Gaffney) and our speaker, Tom Habitz. They joined those from our Club for a total of 24 brave souls (one came very late but still made it)! Sue led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a thoughtful prayer by Russ Bisinger and the fine singing of “God Bless America.”
Sue Kowalski told somethings about the Canton Rotary Club, including a big scholarship, tree-planting and two hydration stations in Heritage Park, and the Ghana School Project. She invited our Club in March or April over to the Canton Club’s proposed new location, LA Bistro.
 
SPEAKER – Tom Habitz, Sr., Glen Eden Memorial Park
Dave Cash introduced his and President Dave’s mutual friend, Tom Habitz, recently retired from Glen Eden Memorial Park on Eight Mile Road in Livonia. Tom, a Valparaiso University (go brown & gold Valpo!!) and Wayne State U. Mortuary graduate, was a funeral director for 28 years and then 20 years at Glen Eden (G.E.) as CEO & General Manager. He has served as the President of the Michigan Cemetery Association. Glen Eden Memorial Park was originally founded by Lutherans in 1929 and now has two locations, in Livonia and Macomb. G.E. does around 650 services/year. It is a full-service cemetery with a staff of great longevity. In 1959, the U.S. government came up with new regulations regarding cemeteries and memorial parks. Hence G.E. is a 501c13, religious non-profit cemetery. For all Christian faiths, 25% of interments are actually now Roman Catholic. G.E.’s percentages of services are: 55% traditional casket burials, 35% cremations, and 10% mausoleum entombments.
 
Tom sensitively raised the question: Why do we have funerals? They are for the living, even though it’s about one who has died. Funerals/burials/entombments provide closure for family and friends. At the funeral home and/or church, one comes face-to-face with the reality of death, and the healing process begins. Funerals make for a healthier grieving process. He urged pre-arrangements and noted how cemeteries and memorial parks provide a place of comfort and for expressing one’s grief in the loss of a loved one, a place of reverence, a homeland of history and sanctuary of peace and quiet. He noted that in this business one deals heavily with emotions and very tender feelings. 15% of G.E. sales go into the G.E. Endowment Fund to continue to beautifully maintain the 140-acre memorial park. It has land to be developed at current rates for another 100 years. Dave Cash spoke some very kind words in praise of Tom, who gave us a G.E. brochure. Tom’s worthy successor is 35-year G.E. veteran, Tom Zitterman.
 
The Canton Rotary Club extends their thanks to the Livonia Rotary Club for hosting its members today.  The Canton Club is looking forward to hosting the Livonia Club, probably on March 25, 2019.  Thanks Livonia Rotarians!
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Introduction of Rotario Puebla Noroeste Mexico at LA Bistro

Today we met for our first meeting at the LA Bistro and were pleased to have guest speaker Claudine Mereb give us an update on activities at the Rotaria Puebla Noroeste Club in Mexico.

 

President Sue Kowalski started us on time today for our first meeting at the new LA Bistro in Canton (off of Cherry Hill Rd. and Sheldon Rd. on the N.E. corner).  We were pleased by the many lunch menu options and appreciated the support to try out their overhead projector system in the back conference room.  It worked easily with a modern HDMI connection with the room sound system.  Note, they also have free Wifi if needed. 

 

Now, a few short announcements:

 
  • A tentative Jan. 28th Meeting will be at Zukins as a joint meeting with the Livonia Club.  More details will follow.

  • Feb. 4th Evening Meeting - We are looking for a proposal for the location of this venue.

  • 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.

  • Ken called a quick meeting of the Canton Rotary Foundation Board and note a donation of $500 was made to the Ghana project at the conclusion of the club meeting.

We were also pleased to have the Rotary District 6400 good company of PDG Donna Schmidt and Plymouth AM Rotarian Jeanne Knopf DeRoche of the Vocational Training Team.

Claudine Mereb returned to visit our club again as our guest speaker today and brought along an excellent visual presentation of the activities of the Rotario Puebla Noroeste Club in Mexico.  She included a background on the club history there and then illustrated the local topography, typical commerce, and cultural activities in the nearby towns in the region.  She then went into more detail on the programs there sponsored by the local club that included local fund raising made by a traditional 5K race on META Earth Day started in 2002, elderly support programs, and the focused support for cancer screening in the local population there. 
 
She offered the club local sponsorship and guidance to receive Rotarian representatives from the Canton Club to see the club operations and visit with peoples there first hand in the future.  FYI, their next 5K race is April 27th 2019.  Note, this could lead to a cultural learning road trip for Canton.
 
No win on the 50/50, but the jackpot grows at the LA Bistro.
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Canton Rotary Meeting Notes of Jan. 14, 2019 at the Scrambler

Today we met at the Scrambler in Canton Michigan and our Guest Speaker was Janssen Lemley of the Scouts.

 

President Sue Kowalski started us on time again today in the back room of the Scrambler in Canton off Ford Rd.  First, a few short announcements:

 
  • Our next meeting on Jan 21st is planned to be at the new Canton L.A. Bistro.  The link will take you to their facebook page for maps,features,  and menus.  Bigger back room and new Italian eats.

  • A tentative Jan. 28th Meeting will be at Zukins as a joint meeting with the Livonia Club.  More details will follow.

  • Feb. 16th is our 5th Youth Exchange Bowling event from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Plymouth Plaza Lanes.  Members are certainly welcome.  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.

  • Again, note our 2019-2020 Board is Lisa Kennedy (President), Sue Kowalski (Treasurer), Bill Tesen (Secretary), Marlette Anquetil (Director), Nathaniel Houghton (Director), Dean Clemons (Director), and Sarah Maiga (Director).

  • Our nominations for the Canton Foundation for 2019-2020 are: Ken, Ansel, Bill B., Bill S. Larry O., John K. and Sarah.  Our current president Ken Beardsley is planning a quick info meeting next week after the Rotary Club meeting, so Foundation members please be ready for stay for a few minutes.

Our guest speaker today was Janssen Lemley, the Field Director of the Boy Scouts Michigan Crossroads Council.  He gave the club a very visual multimedia presentation today such as the Foundations of Scouting including the mission (same as back in 1914), family status and changes there, and LDS (Latter Day Saints) association changes for 2019.

He also reviewed the 12 principles of Scout Law, aims of Scouting (3 examples), a review of the 4 major programs, practical requirements of Scouting, and a breakdown of the Michigan and local organization down to practical considerations for today's local and family driven Packs and Dens.

We thanked Janssen for coming to speak to us today and certainly hope he will join us for an easy lunch and conversation in the near future.
 
No win on the 50/50 for lucky Ken, but the jackpot will be bigger next week.
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Casual Evening Meeting at Mexican Fiesta
Today we met at Mexican Fiesta Restaurant for a casual evening meeting in Canton off Ford Rd.

 

President Sue Kowalski rang us in on time again today at Mexican Fiesta.  Our guests included our Area Representative AG Russ Jones, Nancy Williams, Susan Simmerer, Susan Cobello - potential new member and former member of the Flat Rock Rotary Club, Dr. Andrae Townsel from the Wayne Westland School District, and Laurenne Anquetil.  Just a new notes here following and check our calendar on the main web page for the latest events and meetings:

 

  • Jan. 14th, our next meeting is at Scramblers.  Check'em out, good food and variety.

  • Feb. 16th is our 5th Youth Exchange Bowling event from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Plymouth Plaza Lanes.  Members are certainly welcome.  Save a spot in your Winter weekend for some easy going bowling, pizza, and fun.

  • Please keep the 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.

  • Again, note our 2019-2020 Board is Lisa Kennedy (President), Sue Kowalski (Treasurer), Bill Tesen (Secretary), Marlette Anquetil (Director), Nathaniel Houghton (Director), Dean Clemons (Director), and Sarah Maiga (Director).

  • Please consider our next road trip with other clubs in our area.  Perhaps Northville and Garden City (see John K.) or Livonia for a Dual meeting maybe at Zukins BBQ (see Sue K.).  Plans are in the works.

Have a good week everyone and enjoy this mild break from the normally snowy Michigan winter.  Gratitude matters.

 

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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
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