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Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...
 
 
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Rochester

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

We meet Tuesdays at 12:10 PM
River Crest Banquet Center
900 West Avon Road
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 81523
Rochester Hills, MI  48308
United States
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The Rotary Club of Rochester is now accepting applications for its Youth Exchange program.

Rotary's goal is to promote world understanding one person at the time. Every year, over 7,000 young scholars explore new cultures and communities through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Rotary clubs exist in more than 200 countries and geographical areas, and Youth Exchanges take place in nearly all of them.

“We help with both inbound and outbound students. We help find host families for inbound students and act as a sort of welcome and support committee. And we also help local outbound Rochester students find host families in other local Rotary districts around the world. It’s really wonderful to help facilitate both aspects of this incredible opportunity.” - Dave Archbold, Youth Exchange Chair.

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Rochester Michigan. Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional persons with common goals and interests to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Because of Rotary International leadership and initiative, Polio has virtually been eradicated around the globe. This year, in addition to continuing its battle against Polio, Rotary International has adopted six areas of focus:
1. Promoting Peace   2. Fighting Disease   3. Providing Clean Water   4. Saving Mothers and Children   5. Supporting Education   6. Growing Local Economies
 
This is admittedly a full plate of expectations, but true diligence and determination will succeed and once again Rotary will be there. Each year, through our local programs, Rochester Rotary members help hundreds of young people develop the scholarship and leadership skills they need to be successful in the world. From programs like Interact, RYLA, and Retract, our members engage on a personal level, passing along their commitment to the community and the next generation.  While service is the heart of our club, we also offer great weekly programs for our members. We meet each Tuesday at noon at the River Crest Banquet Center (900 West Avon Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307) for lunches, great speakers and a chance to visit and enjoy our fellow Rotarian friends. If you are a visiting Rotarian, please come see us and enjoy the food and fellowship. I am excited and honored to be serving as President of the Rochester Rotary Club 2016-2017.  Tom Neveau
1910 Rotary Clubs of America Convention (Image courtesy of Rotary International)
Did you know that the July 1st New Year has been a Rotary tradition for over a century? When Rotarians had their first convention, way back in 1910, the New Year was set as the day after the convention ended in August. They made the same decision in the lead up to the 1911 and 1912 conventions, which also took place in August. At the 1912 meeting, the Rotary board of directors ordered a financial audit of the International Association of Rotary Clubs. The auditors went on to recommend that the Rotary fiscal year end on June 30, in order to give clubs time to prepare their financial statements in advance of the convention. They’d also be able to determine an accurate number of delegates to send, so convention organizers would be able to prepare.
These were all good reasons, but in an age of wool suits and no air conditioning it didn’t take long for practical considerations to change the date of the conventions again. In 1916 the Rotary decided to hold their future annual conventions in June to avoid the hottest days of the year. However, the July 1 date for the Rotary New Year had already become a tradition, one that continues 102 years later.

     Rochester Rotary provides humanitarian service and encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, announces the club’s Good Deeds Committee is seeking local opportunities to help community members and organizations with short-term projects.

     Rotarians are charged to live by the motto of Service Above Self and the Good Deeds Committee  is just one way the Rochester Rotary Club fulfills this requirement. “The Good Deed Doers find it fulfilling to help neighbors and community organizations complete tasks and projects that they might otherwise not be able to complete.”

     Part of a long-term commitment to Rotary’s mission, the Good Deeds Committee looks for small projects that  a group of five to 10 volunteers can complete in around four hours for local community members or organizations. Past projects have included the construction of a handicap ramp to a private residence, spring yard cleanup and window washing for a senior citizen, painting an apartment for an individual with disabilities and serving meals at Grace Centers of Hope.

      Local community members and organizations interested in help from the Good Deeds Committee can learn more or to enlist the help of the committee by contacting the club secretary at jeff@whitbey.com.

Rochester Rotary is continuing to update and enhance Rotary Gateway Park in downtown Rochester. The park was initially developed in 1997 by the Rochester Rotary Club and continues to be upgraded through the volunteer efforts of club members and funding from the purchase of memorial bricks.

“Rochester Rotary is honored to provide the community with a beautiful garden gateway to and from downtown Rochester,” said Bill Ebinger, the club's park coordinator. “Purchasing engraved bricks is a unique way for community members to support Rotary Gateway Park while honoring or memorializing a friend or family member with ties to the Rochester community.”

June 28 marked 60 years of Rochester ommunity members putting Service Above Self

Rochester Rotary Club, a member club of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service and encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, marked its 60th anniversary as a club on June 28, 2014. The club celebrated the milestone with an event for Rochester Rotarians on July 1st at Van Hoosen Farm in Rochester Hills.

Rochester Rotary is helping change lives globally through repeat mission trips to Nuevo Edén, Guatemala. Rochester Rotary President and local pediatrician, Jay Eastman, M.D., and his wife, Linda Eastman, are leading efforts for the trips.

Through the support of other Rotary Clubs in District 6380 and private donations, Rochester Rotary has sent the Eastmans and other Rochester Rotarians on annual medical mission trips to Guatemala to treat the general population of Nuevo Edén since 2007. During the annual trips, patients that need follow-up care are identified and, through collaborative efforts with other physicians and medical practitioners, the majority of whom are Rotarians, follow-up trips are made to provide the additional care needed.

 

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Rochester Rotary is helping change lives globally through repeat mission trips to Nuevo Edén, Guatemala. Rochester Rotary President and local pediatrician, Jay Eastman, M.D., his wife, Rochester Rotarian Linda Eastman, and Rochester Rotarian Dr. Bill Ebinger, led the efforts for the vision mission trips, with the most recent trip taking place Jan. 18 – 24, 2014.

 

Through the support of other Rotary Clubs in District 6380 and private donations, Rochester Rotary has sent the Eastmans, Ebinger and other Rochester Rotarians on annual medical mission trips to Guatemala to treat the general population of Nuevo Edén since 2007. During the annual trips, patients that need follow-up care are identified and, through collaborative efforts with other physicians and medical practitioners, the majority of whom are Rotarians, follow-up trips are made to provide the additional care needed. It was on the annual trip in Nov. 2012 that the medical team noted the dire need for a variety of vision treatments.

The 2015-2016 Business Directory is now available.  Ernie Schaefer and his hard working committee composed of Chris Fabian, Jim Kennedy and Ray Doerr have put together this new promotional piece.  

1,000 copies have been printed for club members to use in promoting the club and to enhance our networking opportunities.

There is no charge for being listed in the directory, so if you don’t see your listing contact Ernie Schaefer to make sure you appear in the next edition.
 
Duty Roster
President - Tom Neveau
President-Elect - Ron DiLiddo
President Nominee- Rodney Hulbert
Secretary - Jeff Whitbey
Assistant Secretary - Wayne Hodges
CharitiesTreasurer - Ron Lichtle
Club Treasurer - Vince Mattina
Director -David Blair
Director - John Gaber
Director - Ann Peterson
Director - Tim Duncan
Literacy - Annette Werner
Website Adm - Christine Hage
Foundation - Marjorie Lockwood
Membership -Kelly Dean
Youth Services Director - Wayne Hodges
Youth Exchange Chair - Dave Archbold
District Youth Program Chair - Wayne Hodges
District Foundation Chair - Jay Eastman
Assistant District Governor _ Rhonda Panczyk
Assistant District Governor - Alan McLellan
 
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