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John Kowalski
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Greetings Fellow Rotarians,
Wow!  It's May already, the weather is warm, spring flowers are in bloom, and just two months to go in our current Rotary year.  We are excited as a Club that we have welcomed three new members into the Club and will soon be welcoming a fourth new member.  We are starting our preparations for Liberty Fest - the liquor license has been applied for, our supplier has been secured, we are working to schedule volunteers to help us out with the tasks for the three days of Liberty Fest, our members are working to clear their calendars for those three days, and we are working on publicity for the event.  Welcome Liberty Fest!
We are also excited about our local Canton Township projects.  We will be partnering with the Township to install two new hydration stations before the end of June.  We have also applied for a District Grant and, once we have been approved for the Grant, we will be planting 16 trees in partnership with the Township.  The Club will also erect a second Free Little Library in Griffin Park along with two benches - one each by our Free Little Libraries in Flodin Park and Griffin Park. 
We have had a busy year and hope you will take a few minutes to check out our pictures and stories from the year if you have not already done so.  And for our friends, please consider joining us at one or more of our upcoming meetings.  We'd love to meet you and visit with you.  We meet most Mondays at Antonio's on Canton Center Road and meals are just $14.  Our upcoming calendar is listed in this newsletter, and you can always check our website for any updates at 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Susan Kowalski
May 4
Lisa Kennedy
May 20
Lisa Kennedy
Michael Kennedy
May 21
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Upcoming Events
District 6400 Conference
The Grand Hotel
May 03, 2018 – May 06, 2018
Liberty Fest Beverage Tent
Heritage Park
Jun 14, 2018 12:00 PM –
Jun 16, 2018
Canton Township Therapeutic Recreation
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Canton Therapeutic Recreation Staff.
Today Cheryl Stec and Jennifer Girard from Canton Township Leisure Services spoke to us about Canton's Therapeutic Recreation Program.
We met at noon at Antonio's and heard from member Larry Oldford regarding our high school Vocational Scholar, Joshua Ruby.  He will be awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the Club at the Plymouth High School awards ceremony on May 22nd.  Joshua will be attending Washtenaw Community College where he will study auto mechanics and practical law.  Joshua will be invited to attend an upcoming Rotary meeting where we will have the opportunity to get to know him and to congratulate him personally.
Guests today were Ed Schulz from the Plymouth Club (It was pizza day.), Jennifer Girard and Cheryl Stec from Canton Township Leisure Services, and Marlette Anquetil, a future new member. Welcome everyone.
Jennifer and Cheryl talked about Canton Township's Camp Able and Leisure Club, both of which serve the special needs population of Canton Township.  Camp Able uses the Cherry Hill Schoolhouse for their summer camp which can accommodate 20 students ages 8 - 16, per session,  and Camp Leisure Club can accommodate 30 individuals ages 15 and up per session.  Here is a link to one of the webpages for Therapeutic Recreation - 
Thank you Jennifer and Cheryl for sharing the details of this program with us.
Visit to Independence Village
Today we had lunch at and toured senior living center Independence Village in Plymouth.
Today we met at noon at Independence Village Senior Living Center in Plymouth for lunch.  The chef at Independence Village prepared a delicious lunch for us of salmon, veal with capers, salad, tomato soup, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and cheesecake for dessert.  We enjoyed a leisurely lunch with great fellowship with our hosts Roland Leist and Bill Brown who are residents of Independence Village. 
We had one guest today, Marlette Anquetil who is interested in membership in our Club.  Welcome Marlette.
After lunch Bill and Roland gave us a tour of the facility including each of their apartments.  We enjoyed Bill's display of airplanes, especially his replica of the Vin Fiz, the first airplane to fly cross country, starting with its wheels in the Atlantic Ocean and ending with its wheels dipped into the Pacific Ocean.  Thanks Bill and Roland for sharing the day with us.  For more pictures of our day out at Independence Village please see our photo album from the second half of 2017/2018 at
Shelter Box Update 2018
We are pleased today to have Jamie Yeats join us today to update us on Shelter Box.
President John Kowalski rang us in on time today and we were pleased to have fellow Rotarian Jamie Yeats with us to update the Canton Rotary Club us on Shelter Box.  First a few announcements:
  • Don't forget that District Conference is the beginning of May and be reminded to please bring in your food donation items for the District food drive as discussed the end of April.
  • The club grant application is due May 30th.
  • Student Interviews for the Canton Plymouth Grants for 2018 is next Thursday.
  • Sarah spoke to the club and provided some highlights of the last Assembly meeting and we also discussed some new possible program suggestions.
  • Remember, the next meeting is at Bill Brown's Independence Village of Plymouth.
Jamie gave us a brief review of the Shelter Box's history and then continued on to illustrate some of the many pressing world Shelter Box needs of 2018.  This included new Iraq safe havens, Syria civilian displacement, new developments in the Lake Chad Basin, heavy storm damage in the Philippines, and more.  As current demands have been extreme this year, Shelter Box has also tried respond to the needs with more diversification in it's approaches.  This included items like new school kits for refugee camps to specialized tools for warm climates for example.
We thanked Jamie for joining us and giving the club an update.  The club also donated $1000 today to Shelter Box for 2018 which will purchase one completely furnished shelter box for a displaced family.
Installation of our newest member: Sarah Maiga
We are honored today to install of our newest Canton Rotary Club member: Sarah Maiga.
President John Kowalski rang us in today and we were pleased to enjoy the installation program today for our newest member, Sarah Maiga.  First a few announcements:
  • Don't forget that District Conference is the beginning of May and be reminded to please bring in your food donation items for the District food drive as discussed the end of April.
  • The club grant application is due May 30th.
  • An update to Liberty Fest plans were discussed at the club.
  • The polio+ change boxes are out, shake it loose for Rotary and the world.
The program today included our opening ceremony with the installation performed by our DG Rick Caron with the additional company of PDG & District Secretary James Karolyi and the singing lead voice of Jill Karolyi.  Sarah's classification is a realtor with Maiga Homes and her sponsor is Lisa Kennedy.  We were pleased to have her join our ranks today and look forward to a busy and warmer summer ahead this 2018.
Chicken Parmigiana was our lunch today and no winner for the 50/50.
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First Monday of Month at 6:00 p.m., Second thru Fifth Mondays at 12:05 p.m.
Antonio’s Cucina Italiana
2220 N. Canton Center
Canton, MI  48187
United States
(734) 968-1436
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