Welcome to the Rochester Rotary Club!

NEWS & VIEWS
 
On behalf of the Club, President Tim Duncan inducted Beth Collins into the club. Also pictured is Stu Signer, her sponsor.
 
For the past year and a half, Beth has worked at Ascension Providence Rochester's Foundation. As she traveled around the community, she kept hearing people talk about Rotary and decided to join! Beth earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Oakland University and lives in the Farmington area with her husband and two children.
 
Rebekah Smith, MSW, Certified School Social Worker                                                            
 
Rebekah Smith is the full-time social worker at the Rochester Community Schools' Alternative Center for Education (ACE) Program. She is a crucial support staff member involved in expanding and revamping the ACE program this year.  The school serves 55 students and offers a virtual program and vocational training off-campus. There is also a new special education component in the school.
 
In addition to her work in the ACE, Rebekah informed us that her high school career included membership in her school's Interact Club.
Rochester Rotary Charities Mid-Year Report
The Rochester Rotary Club raised over $42,000 at the annual golf ball drop, golf outing, poinsettia sale, and wine tasting.  The Club, a separate organization from the Charities, raises the money that funds the Charities.
Thanks to the hard work of so many Rochester Rotarians, the Charities Board distributed over $34,000 in the first half of the fiscal year!
Money was given to local entities such as Innovation Hills Park, Neighborhood House, and Rotary Gateway Park. Youth programs included support for our Mexican exchange student, college scholarships, and Neighborhood House’s Back to School program.
Rochester Rotary Charities also sent money to Rotary International to support the effort to eradicate polio.
Operating expenses for the year’s first half amounted to $352, demonstrating that the Club’s fundraising success goes directly to other organizations.
President Tim’s Mid-Year Report
The first half of our Rotary year is over. We heard from various outside speakers, from a project manager restoring one of the Boblo boats, an award-winning producer and writer, to a state of Michigan Bureau of Labor demographer, to a civil engineer talking about how roundabouts and other roadways are developed and implemented. Several Rotarians spoke on many professions and hobbies, including some old guys that can still really sing! We even had Santa Claus show up for a meeting.
 
Members are pleased to meet at the Rochester Community House. Still, three meetings were taken off-site (RH Innovation Hills for a presentation on the park by the City Naturalist, the Rotary Emblem Dedication at Rotary Park, and finally, at Neighborhood House to hear how one of our community partners is doing.
 
Several of our meetings featured future leaders such as Mariana Celorio, the Mexican exchange student we are sponsoring. Our Interact clubs are flourishing, with two out of three high schools earning their Presidential Citations from Rotary District 6380.
In the 1960s and 70"s the Rochester Rotary Club had a small choir made of Rotarians called the Rototones. Once about 15 members strong, today, only four members survive, Ted Roumel, Pete Duhamel, Bob Lytle, and Bill Ebinger. Ted, Pete, and Bob attended the December 20th meeting and helped the current club members sing in the holidays.
 
The 2022 Poinsettia Fundraiser Sale is open! Our club sells beautiful poinsettia plants to our friends and neighbors yearly to help celebrate the holiday season. All the money raised goes to Rochester Rotary Charities, a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, to fund charity projects in the Rochester area and worldwide. The 2022 Rochester Rotary Charities Poinsettia Sale will benefit local charities and scholarships.
 
You can order and pay for your beautiful poinsettias online at https://www.rochesterrotaryclub.org/page/poinsettias .

Order Deadline: Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Delivery (Orders of 15+): Wednesday, November 30, 2022, ·8 am to noon, or
 
You can pick up your order at Bordines:  Thursday, December 1, from 8 am to noon
 
 
Typical Club Accomplishments & Activities

Grants Totaling Over $100,000/Year

Local & Regional Charities

  • Neighborhood House
  • Rochester Community Schools Foundation
  • Rochester Area Youth Assistance
  • Dutton Farms
  • Dynamic Kids - Rochester Hills
  • Grace Center for Hope
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Haven
  • Know Resolve
  • Older Person's Commission (OPC)
  • Paint Creek Center for The Arts
  • Community House
  • Rotary Gateway Park
  • Rochester Christmas Parade

Youth Programs

  • Eight, 4-year College Scholarships
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening (RYLA)
  • International Youth Exchange Program
  • Job Shadowing
  • Boy Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • Oakland University Rotaract Graduate Scholarship

International

  • Casa Colibri Medical Mission – Guatemala
  • “Play For Peace" Project – Nigeria, Africa
  • Polio Plus (Global Polio Eradication, established in 1988)
  • Rotary Club of Accra-Spintex-Accra  Ghana, Africa (school)
  • Shelter Box

Annual Hands-On Service Projects

Local & Regional Charities

  • Assistance League - assistance with “Operation School Bell”
  • Neighborhood House
    • Packed school supplies for “Back-to-School” event
    • Sort Christmas presents for Christmas Party
    • Rotary Christmas Party (with presents & Santa Claus for needy kids)
    • Load trucks to “Stamp Out” hunger
  • Older Person's Commission (OPC): Act of Kindness & Meals on Wheels
  • Polio Plus (October Polio Awareness Month
  • Rotary Club of Accra-Spintex-Accra  Ghana, Africa (school)
  • Rochester Christmas Parade: Float - with Interact involvement
  • Grace Center for Hope
  • Literacy Program: Greater Rochester Area
  • Salvation Army - Bell Ringing at Lagniappe in Rochester
  • Rotary Gateway Park operations (a peaceful area we built for our community)

Youth Programs

  • 5 Local Area High School Interact Clubs (ACE, Adams, Rochester, Stoney Creek, and Avondale High Schools) (a collaboration with Rochester Communities Schools)
  • Scholarship Recipient Recognition Luncheon
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening (RYLA)
  • International Youth Exchange Program
  • Job Shadowing
  • Grace Center for Hope
  • Oakland University Rotaract Club (a collaboration with Oakland University)

International

  • Polio Plus (Polio Eradication Globally: created in 1988 to eradicate polio globally) add web link
  • Casa Colibri Medical Mission – Guatemala
    “Hands-On” Clint Support & Literacy Project Teaching Teachers English

Social Activities

  • Club Christmas Party – Members and spouses celebrate the years accomplishments
  • Club Golf Outing (social event and fundraiser)
  • Presidents Transition Dinner - Members and spouses congratulate the immediate past President for a job well done and welcome the incoming Club President.
  • Rotary Gateway Park picnic –
  • Rochester Christmas Parade – Rotarians and youth affiliates celebrate the Christmas season together

Leadership Activities

  • Monthly Club Board Meetings
  • Regular Rochester Rotary Charities, Inc., Board Meetings
  • Committee Meetings
  • Fundraising Project Team Meetings
  • Past President’s Dinner – Leadership feedback regarding Club initiatives
  • President’s Appreciation Dinner – Club President expresses appreciation to Board Members for their support during his term 
Click HERE to see a typical list of Rochester Area Affiliate High School and College Clubs Accomplishments
Rotary Gateway Park
 
The Rotary Gateway Park is a hidden gem in downtown Rochester. Built by the Rochester Rotary Club in 1997, the park features beautiful flower beds, a cascading water feature, and benches to sit and enjoy a few quiet moments. The Rochester Rotary Club continues upgrade and enhance the park through the volunteer efforts of club members and funding from the purchase of memorial bricks.
 
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Kevin Kelly, Major Gifts Officer
Feb 07, 2023
The Nuts and Bolts of the Rotary Foundation
Catherine Lykins & Rochester High Singers
Feb 14, 2023
Love is in the Air!
Rosie Richardson, Local Historian
Feb 21, 2023
Elizabeth Denison Forth, Oakland County’s First Black Landowner
Ron Sandison
Feb 28, 2023
Autism a personal perspective.
Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D.; President
Mar 07, 2023
Oakland University, Our Common Bond
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