Posted by Ansel Dooley on Aug 13, 2018
Mathew Bertrand was our guest speaker today to talk to us about RainSmart and to update us on the current activities of "The Friends of the Rouge".
President Sue Kowalski rang the bell for us in the side room of Antonio's today and we had an excellent guest speaker for anyone who has a home with a lawn and garden with modern water bills.  But, first a few short announcements and also a check of the calendar in Club Runner:
  • Aug. 20th - Volunteer Appreciation Picnic in Heritage Park at 5:30-9:00 pm.  Setup at 4:00 pm,  also the Salvation Army school supplies for the back to school drive will be collected then.
  • Oct. 1st - Tentative date for the Past President's Golf Outing and Dinner.  More later.
  • Sept. 16th - District Golf Outing.
  • Sept. 20th - One Rotary Summit (Educational) at Schoolcraft College.  All are encouraged to go!
  • 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.
Master Gardener Matthew Bertrand was our guest speaker today and he addressed the club on RainSmart ideas that included an update on the "Friends of the Rouge".  This included a brief history of the Rouge development over the years and the many periodic clean up efforts that continue today.  He then discussed some very practical tips for eco-friendly and effective lawn care for Michigan's local environment in the Southeast part of the state. 
Consider creation of dry wells, and rain gardens to naturalize your landscape, help your drainage, and reduce the water bill at the same time.  "Give you Lawn a Job!" was presented along with the reasons it can be more healthy and serve the ecology of Canton in very practical ways.  Check out the RainSmart web site at the Friends of the Rouge web site.
Ken got a stab at the "Ace", but just missed (thanks Kevin), and Bill Simmer was our Seargent today.... he gave us a quick and merciful grilling this summer day as a car guy treat.  Today's lunch was pizza.