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Jan 28, 2019 12:00 PM
Meet jointly with the Livonia Noon Rotary Club
Feb 04, 2019 6:00 PM
At L.A. Bistro, 44314 Cherry Hill Rd., Canton, MI
Feb 18, 2019
Update and Scholarship Presentation
Feb 25, 2019
Update on Police and Discussion of Police Awards
Mar 04, 2019 6:00 PM
Venue To Be Announced
Mar 18, 2019
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
May 13, 2019
Update on Rain Gardens and other Friends of the Rouge work
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Feb 16, 2019
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
 
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President's Message
Susan Kowalski
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Greetings Fellow Rotarians,
 
I hope you are keeping warm and enjoying winter as best you can during this cold spell.  As I write this on January 31st, it is 3 degrees above zero outdoors.  I think we are all looking forward to Saturday when the temperature is forecast to be above freezing.  I look forward to the month of February in our Rotary Club, and anticipate organizing and working on a new Club District Grant, and a new Collaborative District Grant with the Rotary Clubs in Plymouth.  As soon as we finalize these Grants we will let all of you know the details.
 
This month I would like to explore the fifth Rotary Area of Focus - Basic Education and Literacy.  This area focuses on Teacher Training and Supporting Students.  Rotary provides teacher training and needed classroom supplies.  Rotary also sends Vocational Training Teams (VTT teams) to countries around the world to offer curriculum development and training in rural communities.  Currently our Rotary District 6400 is readying a VTT team to send to Ghana to provide teacher training that will instruct teachers on how to foster cooperative learning among students, and how to work with manipulative instructional items in the classroom.  Rotary encourages supporting students by:
  • Promoting student enrollment and preventing health-related absences by sponsoring school meal programs and providing safe drinking water and sanitation facilities.
  • Serving as mentors to students in our own communities.
  • Supporting concentrated language encounter literacy programs.  These low-cost text or activity based immersion programs can be effective with adults as well as children.
  • Developing adult literacy programs.
  • Volunteering in a classroom or after-school program.
Today, 781 million people over the age of 15 - 60% of them women - are illiterate.  For those of you who are not yet a part of Rotary, please consider joining a nearby Rotary Club (Canton Rotary Club or another nearby Club) and help us promote literacy, both in your own community and worldwide.
 
 
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February 17
 
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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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Assembling Senior Citizen Christmas Bags
Today we met at the Summit and assembled 75 Senior Citizen Christmas Bags to give to Meals on Wheels Senior Citizens, and we elected our new Board of Directors for 2019/2020.
Our meeting today was held in the Chestnut Room at the Summit on the Park where we had ample room to assemble our 75 Senior Christmas Gift Bags.  Our members enjoyed a catered lunch from Panera before we began.  We then proceeded to put together our gift bags.  Thanks to all who donated gifts and to all who helped assemble the bags.  Below is a note that we received from one of the recipients of our gift bags.  We are  humbled to have been able to make someone's holidays a bit brighter.
 
"My husband and I would like to say how greatly we appreciated the gift bag that was put together by the Rotary Club and delivered by Meals on Wheels.  Hubby has dementia and other health problems.  Watching him look through the bag was so exciting to me and he was so happy.  I got a double blessing by watching him open my bag and seeing the goodies in there too.  Thank you so very much for taking the time and effort to make our day a little brighter!  Have a Blessed Holidays."
 
We also elected our 2019/2020 officers today.  They are as follows:  President - Lisa Kennedy, Secretary - William Tesen, Treasurer - Susan Kowalski, Director - Sarah Maiga, Director - Nathaniel Houghton, Director - Dean Clemons, Director - Marlette Anquetil.  Congratulations to all of our 2019/2020 Board Members who will take office on July 1, 2019.
 
Please see page 2 of our picture album for more shots of our members assembling baskets.  https://cantonrotary.com/PhotoAlbums/rotary-year-2018-2019-first-six-months
 
 
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December Fellowship Meetings
On December 3rd our members met at Antonio's for our monthly evening fellowship dinner.  We enjoyed each other's company, and everyone is working on purchasing their senior citizen basket gifts. 
 
On December 10th we were happy to gather for fellowship at our regular noon meeting.  I think everyone enjoyed a bit of respite from the hectic holiday preparations.  We have one meeting left this year, and that is to assemble our senior citizen baskets and vote on our new board of directors.  We will be meeting in the Chestnut Room at The Summit on the Park which will allow is a large venue with ample table space to assemble our baskets.  Our lunch will be catered that day by Panera.
 
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
On Saturday, December 1, 2018, our Club members were the volunteer bell ringers for the Salvation Army at Busch's Market in Canton.
Our members turned out to man the Salvation Army Bell Ringing station at Busch's Market in Canton on December 1st.  We were very fortunate to be under the covered awning, so everyone stayed dry.  And, yes, it was COLD!  Thanks to all of our Club volunteers, and a big thank you to all community members who donated to the Red Kettle.
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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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