Welcome to the Rochester Rotary Club!

Pictured above: Rochester City Manager Nik Banda, Rochester Mayor Stuart Bikson, State Senator Mike Webber, State Representative Mark Tisdel, and the Man of the Hour, Rochester Police Chief Steve Schettennhelm
Tonight one of our Rotarians was honored at his retirement party. Rochester Chief of Police Steve Schettenhelm was celebrated for his 15 years of service to the City of Rochester.  Steve is known to be a gentleman, statesman, and a great Rotarian.  Fortunately, Steve will be staying in town, but he deserves to be honored by our club.
Rotary President Tim Duncan and Membership Chair Stuart Siegner welcome new Rotarian Zac Thorne. Zach is the Director of Community Relations and Advanced Funeral Planning at AJ Desmond and Sons Funeral Directors. he also is the co-owner of Just a Skosh Productions, a film and video production company. He loves spending time with his wife and three children and is a member of the Rochester Christian Church. Zack and his family reside in Romeo. Welcome to Rochester Rotary Zack!
Once every spring evening, the fragrance of spring flowers at Bordines Nursery is intermingled with the aroma of some of the Rochester area’s favorite dishes. The Rochester Rotary Club holds its annual Wine and Beer Tasting at the Rochester Hills nursery.  With the backdrop of hundreds of beautiful and fragrant flowers, the restaurants set up their tables throughout the nursery, next to the tables of wine, beer, and other refreshments.  Each restaurant donated a sampling of their food to entice the 250 attendees.  Even though the event is named after the wine and beer offered, the two dozen invited restaurants are the heart of the event and played an essential role in the evening’s success.
This year, the guests could vote for their favorite dish in the Best Taste Contest.  There was a clear winner… Naked Burger! “Located at 6870 N Rochester Rd. in Rochester Hills, Naked Burger brought their A-game and served their famous Late Night Smash Burger with their special Naked Sauce,” said Rotarian Jeff Duperon. “We were happy to be able to support the community in this way. This community has been so supportive of us,” said Summer Sanchez, Naked Burger Manager.
The event succeeds with the generosity of so many - the participating restaurants, the wine and beer vendors, the bands, the silent auction item donators, our host, Bordines Nursery, the sponsors, and the guests that attend and enjoy the event. Although there were twenty-four sponsors, this year’s major sponsors were Merril Lynch, the Crawford Insurance Group, and the Rochester Community Foundation.
“Raising almost $30,000, this is one of the Rochester Rotary Club’s largest fundraisers,” said event Chair Kyle Johnson. Events like this allow the club to serve the local community with scholarships while supporting local charities like Neighborhood House, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, etc.  The local Club also supports Rotary International’s commitment to eradicating polio and ensuring clean drinking water across the globe.
Ernie Schaefer, our Club's Paul Harris coordinator, presented Paul Harris awards to Ron Lichtle and Tim Crawford on March 21st.  This is Ron's second Paul Harris and Tim's eighth! Way to go, guys!
Paul Harris was one of the founders of Rotary back in 1905, and Rotary International's foundation is named after him.   Paul Harris awards are presented every time a Rotarian gives $1,000 to the Foundation. The Rotary Foundation helps Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.

Rotarian Jack Riggs is the 2023 Masters Raffle Winner

The drawing was held on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, and Rotarian Jack Riggs is this year's winner for this trip of a lifetime!
Rotarian Cindy Purdy said, “The trip includes a round-trip private air charter for two from Oakland International Airport to Aiken, SC.  A private shuttle from Aiken to Augusta, Masters Tournament badges for Saturday and Sunday, dinner, and hotel accommodations for Saturday night.”
Unfortunately, Jack was not in attendance, but he did answer his phone to hear the good news! Congratulations to Jack and his lucky friend who will attend with him.
President Tim Duncan pulls the winning ticket while Steve Oehler makes the announcement to the club.
​​​​​​Each spring, Rochester Rotary hosts one of Rochester's most popular charity events, the Wine & Beer Tasting Fundraiser. Hosted at the Rochester Road Bordine's, the event includes new and unique wines from local distributors and incredible food from over a dozen area restaurants.
In addition to fantastic food and drinks, the event featured a silent auction with items like sports tickets, nights like the swanky Royal Park Hotel, dinner packages, and more. Haig's of Rochester even auctioned off some exquisite jewelry pieces.
The 2023 Wine & Beer Tasting Fundraiser will occur on Friday, April 21st, from 6:30-8:30 pm.
  • Wine Tasting Tables
  • Beer Tasting Tables
  • Cuisine Sampling from 20 Local Area Restaurants
  • Music by "D & A Duo"
  • Haig's of Rochester Jewelry Auction
Ernie Schaefer, Foundation Chair for Rochester Rotary, presented Paul Harris Fellowship Awards today to Phil McPeek and Peter Stuhlreyer. This is Phil's ninth Paul Harris with our Club, although he is already a Major Donor in his former club.  This is Pete's first Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.
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


  • 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)


  • 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.
President Elect
Vice-President/Weekly Programs
Assistant Treasurer
Assistant Secretary
Youth Exchange
Fundraising - Other Sources
Hands-On Service
Mentoring & Development
Rotary Foundation Chair
Think Tank
Website Administrator
Youth Services - Chair
Youth Services
Youth Services
Charities President
Charities President-Elect
Charities Treasurer
Charities Director
Charities Secretary
Charities Director
Charities Director
Charities Director
Reporting & Financial Review
Roger Roller and Phil McPeek
Jun 13, 2023
2023 Rotary Scholarship Winners and Interact Annual Report
Mort Meisner
Jun 20, 2023
Enough to Be Dangerous: One Agent's Life in TV News and Rock & Roll
Tim Duncan & Alan McLellan
Jun 27, 2023
2023 Annual Report
Upcoming Events
  • Spring Fling!
    Rochester Community House
    Jun 08, 2023
    6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Club Board Meeting
    Rochester Hills Public Library
    Jun 21, 2023
    5:15 PM - 6:45 PM
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