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LIVE YOUR BEST ROTARY YEAR!
BE A HERO! Humans Engaging Rotary Opportunities
BE A FOG! (Friend of
JOIN THE PEACE CHAIN!
BE A PART OF OUR RAINBOW CONNECTION
SALUTE TO SERVICE This issue: Rotarians on a mission
REGISTER FOR THE “GRAND EXPERIENCE” District Governor Dr. Noel Jackson
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A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR & ROTARY: WE WERE BUILT FOR THIS A note from Reverend Patrick J. Rooney
THE YEAR AHEAD
6 BE A HERO! Human Engaging Rotary Opportunities 8
FLYING TO FIGHT POLIO Skydivers raise thousands to aid in polio eradication
10 RAINBOW CONNECTION 11 REMEMBERING HUGH M. ARCHER, P.R.I.P., 1989-90 12 ROTARIANS ON A MISSION! Rotarians help others throughout the world 20 ROTARY DISTRICT 6400 TIMELINE Just over 100 years Detroit Rotary 1910 to D6400 now 25 FIGHTING HUNGER - COVID 19 29 FRIENDS OF THE GOVERNOR 30 BE A CHUCK - CHUCK HOWEY 31 HUMANITARIAN LOVE & GIVING - A STORY 34 RIDE ON THE PEACE CHAIN! Peace chain, a motivational article 35 THE GRAND EXPERIENCE! District Conference 2021. Donâ€™t delay, register today! 36 ROTARY CLUBS - POINTS OF PRIDE 39 SYLVIA WHITLOCK AWARD RECOGNIZES JONES
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A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR Putting this magazine together for our District Governor Noel Jackson has been an extraordinary adventure. Noel approached me nearly a year ago and asked if I would help him create a publication that would not only provide a preview of the activities and initiatives he has in store for us as he leads our Super District6400 in 2020-21 but he also wanted this publication to be an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the phenomenal work of our clubs and committees. Anyone who has been part of Noel’s preparation for this upcoming Rotary year will know he has a plethora of ideas and some really, cool activities and events planned for us in 2020-21. Although, the pandemic has thrown some major challenges our way, in true Rotary fashion, we have quickly adapted and have stayed strong and focused on the work at hand. After all, we are people of action. And as you will read below, in this wonderful essay written by Rotary DG Rev. Patrick Rooney, WE WERE BUILT FOR THIS. Over the past six months, I have sent numerous emails and
requests out to President elects, Past District Governors and District leaders as well as to individual Rotarians active in the global arena, for help in submitting content for this special Rotary District 6400 magazine and so many of you stepped up and responded with some incredible stories, experiences, and some great photographs. I am grateful for your responses and submissions and for sharing your insights and beautiful images with us. It is an absolute pleasure to present this publication to you and I we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Kim Spirou Editor-in-Chief
Rotary: We were built for this “We were built for this.” It was just a few words, cast upon a sea of words spoken that evening. It was a few words that could easily have been lost in the hustle and bustle of the “to do” list that everyone gathered there had to accomplish. It was just a few words…but it encapsulated for me everything that I believe Rotary to be about and what it means as it challenges us for the future. “We were built for this.”
It was Jeffry Cadorette, Rotary International Director and John Hewko, CEO of Rotary International who used those few words at a zoom gathering of District Governors and District Governors elect. Yes, there was business to discuss; initiatives to be pushed; challenges to be laid down as we move toward the end of this Rotary year and prepare to begin a new one. But there were these few words which spoken above the blare of the evening’s business to offer us the most profound of visions for Rotary in the months and years to come as we move through this pandemic into the future which
awaits us – “We were built for this.”
In my last article to the District, I spoke of the need to re-envision our future as Rotarians. I quoted RID Jeffry to illustrate that if Rotary were founded today, it would probably look nothing like it does at present. And we showed how this pandemic has changed our very modus operandi from its structured and formalized process into something that is already more dynamic and flexible yet still meets the needs of our members. And in the past few weeks, RID Jeffry has been charged with leading a Rotary International Board of Directors Task Force to help grasp this moment in time in which, with the challenges of the pandemic laid before us, Rotary can see how it needs to pivot both quickly and hard, to seize this moment and make the changes that are needed to move our organization into the future. “We were built for this” is both the theme and the thinking which underlies this Task Force and the challenge it lays
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before all of us for this organization which we love. But now I realize that the challenge before us goes much deeper than just sustaining our clubs, our community outreach and our fundraising programs. Instead it stretches into the very heart of our communities, into the very being of our existence as members of those communities and as forces for change in the future. We are Rotarians, 1.2 million members strong. We are embedded deep into the life of our communities throughout the world. We represent all sectors, trades and businesses in our communities but more importantly we are leaders in our communities. In the coming months, governmental agencies and political groups will seek to rebuild our economy while other groups will help rebuild our healthcare system which has been stretched almost to breaking point. And in so many other ways, groups and individuals will help rebuild our shattered lives. But for me the question is at once both simple and profound – who will help rebuild our local broken communities? Who will help heal the rifts and divisions which have been brought to the surface as a result of this pandemic? Who will reach out across the divide and support those in need regardless of race or creed or gender? Who will help rebuild a sense of community, a unity of mind and spirit which says we can and will make a difference in the lives of those around us? Who will do these things? Rotary and Rotarians – for this is who we are, and this is what we do; indeed, you could say that “We were built for this.” We know our communities better than anyone else. We know the strengths and weaknesses, the good and the bad, the joys and the sorrows of our
communities. We know, and in many cases, we love, our communities. We care about what happens in our communities. And we seek the very best for our communities. And as Rotarians we are best positioned as community leaders to help rebuild, reform and reshape our communities into those places where the very best of our Rotary values are expressed, supported and affirmed. Remembering that the first word of our Rotary International Vision Statement is “Together” we will come together across the political, ethnic and class gaps which so often divide our communities and be models of how we can truly build a community based on care and service one for the other. So while some will help rebuild our infrastructure and our economies, including many who are already a part of Rotary, I believe that at the local level we Rotarians need to concentrate on helping to rebuild our communities. And no one is better placed to do that than Rotarians. Whether in clubs large or small, whether in e-clubs or passport clubs, whether we meet in person or digitally, whether we are Interactors, Rotaractors or Rotarians we are one in Rotary spirit, living and working in our communities and, with the strength of Rotary International behind us, we can help rebuild our broken and shattered communities. This is our time. This is our call. This is our work. Indeed “We were built for this” and we can and will do this because above all - we are Rotarians and we will not rest until our work is done. Together we can and will change the world. Reverend Patrick J. Rooney Rotary District Governor - 7390
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All of the goals for D6400 2020-2021 can be summed up in one word… MORE! More members, more engagement, more service, more friendship, more diversity and more added value of membership. COVID-19 could appear to be an obstacle to our goals. If we heed the Rotary theme for this year, “Rotary Opens Opportunities,” we certainly have a new opportunity to engage this crisis, this global pandemic, as leaders who work to meet head-on the challenges that have come our way. This is an opportunity for Rotarians to be creative and all new methods of engagement are to be embraced. Especially during this time of so many needs globally, in our communities, and amongst ourselves, we have an opportunity to attract more members. Perhaps this is a time when individuals are hungry for increased fellowship and contact and connectiveness. D6400 has developed new community outreach and recognition initiatives like the Rainbow Connection and Peace Chain to reach out to community members and all Rotarians to share the mission of Rotary, and a menu for engagement in service opportunities. DG Noel has prioritized goals under membership, engagement and service. His first goal is to support the clubs, to provide members with a “greater value proposition,” making them feel even more connected and giving them a broader sense of support through all levels of the organization. The intention is to take
an already strong commitment to a higher level of service, which is Rotary’s main product, a by-product of which is friendship and fellowship. Noel is especially excited to bestow D6400 Rotarians with FOG (Friend of the Governor) pins for engaging Rotary opportunities by attending the Circle of Governors’ events, such as skydiving for Polio and other promoted Governors’ Circle activities. Anyone who joins in the service and fellowship events will earn a FOG pin while enjoying friendship and the added value of engagement through opportunities connected to membership. Whether virtually or in person, District 6400 will continue to serve and thrive.
At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism. Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work. We have more work to do to create more just, open, and welcoming communities for all people. We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us. Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together. We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice. Rotary will do our part to listen, learn, and take action to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change. ROTARY 6400 MAGAZINE
We all have heroes. People who have changed our lives and help us strive to be better. Who can forget sitting in a Saturday afternoon movie matinee watching Indiana Jones rescue the Ark of the Covenant from the Nazis? Or listening to the Lone Ranger on the radio. Or reading comic books with the latest adventures of Superman and Batman. Heroes come from all walks of life and we applaud when good things are happening through good deeds. District Governor, Noel Jackson, has adopted HERO as an acronym: HUMAN ENGAGING ROTARY OPPORTUNITIES! As the incoming district governor for Rotary District 6400, Noel is promoting “Be a Hero” as the district theme for 2020-2021. This complements Rotary International’s theme which is “Rotary Opens Opportunities.” D6400 is full of examples where club members have engaged with Rotary opportunities to yield miraculous results. Embracing Rotary opportunities in 2013, Noel and a group of fellow Rotarians traveled to Axum, Ethiopia. They made the trip there to assist rural villagers with restoring a school, providing books for the library, and offering educational opportunities for the children. They also provided water filters and bought cows to provide milk to the community. Being a dentist, Noel taught about 500 students how to brush their teeth and provided them with preventive dental education. During this time, a local school board member sat in the area and watched the activities. Finally, after a couple of days, the elderly man, with the aid of a walking stick, approached the Rotarians. Through an interpreter, he said, “Our young women are dying in childbirth. Is there anything you can do about it?” The Rotarians could not believe the enormity of the inquiry at that moment, but, through the magic of Rotary, five years later there is a regional junior hospital in the area serving about 30,000 people a year.
Named the Howey Family Junior Hospital, it is indeed saving women from dying in childbirth and is serving the medical needs of the greater community. A water well that was drilled for the facility is so productive that surplus water has been sent to the local community, which is now thriving. A vocational training team, led by Dr. Nick Krayacich, worked with medical and hospital staff to develop safe and effective medical care protocols. Dedicated September 2018, the project is sustainable and supported by the Ethiopian government and is now serving an even greater geographical area in northern Ethiopia. Rotarians from District 6400 are also working on major water projects in Haiti, Malawi, India, Tanzania, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Ghana, and several countries in Central America. In Ghana, Rotarians are working on literacy projects, schools, a community center, medical and dental projects, and the expansion of a dental clinic. For the past twenty years, Rotarians from D6400 have been serving at a school in Chinandega, Nicaragua, providing dental, medical, and sponsorship support. Rotarians are also sponsoring youth in Tanzania and have created a learning resource center. Rotarian literacy projects span the globe from Africa to Central America to India, Philippines, the United States, Canada, and more. If there is need, Rotarians will reach out to help. Closer to home, Rotarians engaged in a microfinance program called Launch Detroit where budding entrepreneurs are offered a process of education, mentorship, networking and a microloan to help them gain skills to launch a new business. Noel was a mentor to Detroiter, Levi Johnson, who created a line of barbecue sauces which have found their way into at least 85 stores. Coming from an old family recipe, the product is called Mr. Levi’s Mighty Fine Soul Sauce. “Not only is he a successful businessperson,” says DG Noel, “but we have this amazing friendship, which is a by-product of a shared service experience.” At the moment, Launch Detroit could be on the verge of a growth spurt. The district has applied for a $2 million grant from Rotary International to establish a Biz Hub designed as a place with retail spaces that will serve as an economic incubator where training in business and marketing will be available. Rotary opportunities allow DG Noel to embrace his alter-ego of “Captain Rotary,” a metaphor for the superhero inside every Rotarian. “Captain Rotary has no superpowers,” says DG Noel. “The only things that makes him super are all his friends that help him do amazing things!”
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Captain Rotary was created about six years ago when he first appeared at a literacy event held by Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center. Since then, Captain Rotary has gradually gained notoriety and has been invited to march in parades and make special appearances at various Rotary events, always in full costume. At the Rotary International convention in Hamburg Germany last summer, Noel morphed into Captain Rotary. He changed into the now-familiar blue costume in the restroom of a large demonstration hall and was mobbed as he entered convention activities. Attendees clamored for pictures… a scene that lasted for nearly five hours, continually bringing laugher and shared smiles! For the last five years, Captain Rotary has participated in skydiving events in the fight against Polio. The skydivers are sponsored, and the money raised goes toward research and the eradication of Polio. Every dollar is matched 2:1 by the Gates Foundation. Noel emphasizes that while he’s not a skydiver, he does jump out of the plane in tandem with another parachutist. Landing, he says, is the easiest part. “You just raise your legs and land on your bottom….it’s as soft as landing on a cushion. It is terrifying, yet a novel way to raise money, so I’ll continue doing it as long as we can raise money for Rotary’s Polio eradication efforts.” Captain Rotary is also featured in a comic book, illustrated by famous comic book artist, Tony Gray, of Windsor. 500 copies alone were handed out to District Governors Elect from around the world who attended the International Assembly in San Diego, California. Clubs in DG Noel’s district also get copies and there is distribution planned for elementary schools to be used in literacy programs. “It’s a story with a good message to it.” At the moment there’s only one edition of the comic book; however, future editions will be printed because there are so many great stories of Rotarian HEROES: Humans Engaging Rotary Opportunities! There are many heroes in District 6400. As DG Noel Jackson says, “If you help a kid, you’re a hero. If you donate money toward projects like eradicating polio, you’re a hero. If you help save lives in Haiti, you’re a hero. Rotary is a conduit for creating positive change in the world. It’s incredible.”
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Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication By Arnold R. Grahl
FLYING TO FIGHT POLIO
The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate from members of his staff to go skydiving because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Mich., of that first jump at 14,000 feet, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out if you are enjoying it or not; it’s just a sensation that happens.” Jackson did enjoy the sensation, so much so that he agreed to do another jump, with Shiva Koushik, a Rotarian friend in nearby Windsor, Ont. The two men were waiting for this second jump when their wives came up with the idea of enlisting other jumpers and raising pledges for polio eradication. In August 2014, a jump in the skies of northeastern Michigan raised $15,000 for Rotary’s polio eradication campaign. Matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the effort contributed $45,000 to the cause. Since 1985, when Rotary committed to polio eradication, the organization has contributed more than $1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize children against the disease. In that time, the number of polio cases has dropped 99.9 percent, and only three countries remain where the virus has never been stopped: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. While World Polio Day, 24 October, serves as an important opportunity to remind the world of the need to finish the job, raising money and awareness is a year-round effort for many.
Julie Caron, a member of the Rotary Club of Toronto Skyline, heard about plans for the Michigan fundraising
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skydive after being invited to speak at a leadership training event in Koushik’s district. Julie Caron and 10 members from Toronto Skyline and surrounding Rotary clubs plunged earthward in their own tandem skydive, raising several thousand dollars for polio eradication. “We were in one of those friendship rooms after the conference … when Koushik began talking about the skydive,” Caron says. “We all got really excited and signed up. “I don’t like to back out on things I say I’m going to do, even if it’s the middle of the night,” Caron says. So she began raising money and drove down to Michigan to do the jump. She also took the idea back to her own club, whose members are mostly young professionals looking for fun things to do. This past July, 10 members from Toronto Skyline and surrounding Rotary clubs plunged earthward in their own tandem skydive, raising several thousand dollars for polio eradication. Caron hopes to make it a yearly event. “Polio eradication is definitely something I am passionate about,” she says. “It’s not a hard fundraiser to put together at all. You just call around and pick a place, and then you begin asking people if they would rather jump or pay up in pledges.” Jackson, who’d jumped out of the plane in his “Captain Rotary” outfit, says he personally raised $4,700 for the Michigan skydive using Caron’s approach. A recent jump in Michigan raised $45,000 to help end polio. I would go up to people and tell them we were skydiving for polio and give them two options,” says Jackson. “I would tell them I was paying $180 out of my own pocket to jump, so if you are not going to jump, you have to pay $180. Most people would say, ‘OK, you got it.’ ”
Floating like a bird
Koushik and his wife are active in other ways to rid the world of polio. They have been on several trips with their Rotary district to immunize children in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, and particularly enjoy showing off their native country, India, from which they emigrated to Canada about 30 years ago. They are planning to take part in another National Immunization Day in Pakistan next year. Still, the skydive will hold a special place in Koushik’s heart. “This is one of the highlights of my polio eradication efforts,” he says. “It’s such a feeling of freedom. The first time out of the plane, you have very little idea what is happening; you are free-falling so fast. But once that parachute opens, you look around and say, ‘Wow!’ It’s such a great feeling to be able to float like a bird.” This year Rotarians from all clubs are invited to join this year’s skydiving or watch and sponsor. The event will be Saturday August 15; picnic to follow at Bruce Diven’s nearby lake house. See you there.
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Dr. Noel Jackson, the upcoming District Governor for Rotary District 6400, 2020-21, is passionate about Rotarians being involved and engaging in Rotary opportunities. Inspired by a writing of the late American poet Maya Angelou, titled Rainbow in the Cloud’ Noel was motivated to create the Rainbow Connection. Maya Angelou says that in her life she had many clouds, many hard times, but in every cloud there was always a rainbow, someone who helped her through her hard times. She said, “Prepare yourself to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” This is the motivation for the Rainbow Connection. Rotary offers many rich, varied opportunities for service and friendship and the Rainbow Connection will serve to bring these opportunities together. Maya Angelou writes: “When we choose happiness, we accept the responsibility to lighten the load of someone else and to be a light on the path of another who may be walking in darkness.” It is this philosophy that is helping to guide the course of Rotarians in District 6400 for 2020-21. “One of the fundamentals of bringing new members into Rotary” says DG Noel “is to engage them, because if you don’t, chances are you’ll lose them.” He emphasizes that it’s important for Rotarians to find their passions. Most people join Rotary for service opportunities or for fellowship. For service, says the incoming governor, “we want to make sure there is a connection so that they can get to the service.” As Rotarians join leaders, exchange ideas and take action in the coming year, Rotarians are being asked to be a HERO…. Human Engaging Rotary Opportunities. There are many different areas of engagement in the Rainbow Connection. Each is headed by a resource person to help facilitate the knowledge and activities within the area of service. The sixteen areas are: disease treatment and prevention, drug and opioid addiction, emergency preparedness, environmental sustainability, fundraising and fellowship, food and hunger services, community service projects, international humanitarian projects, literacy, maternal and child health, microfinance and community development, peace and conflict resolution, polio eradication, water and sanitation, veteran affairs, and youth services. Each one of these Rainbow Connections will grow organically, attracting Rotarians who possess relevant
knowledge and passion, utilizing resources across the district. The Rainbow Connection also has two CEO’s ( Chief Engagement Officers) who help new and established members engage with the areas of their passions. Worldwide, there are 36 Rotary Action Groups that have the input of experts who share their knowledge in a given area. One of DG Noel’s favorites is the Rotary Action Group for Peace, which effectively ties in with one of his district’s Rainbow Connections - peace and conflict resolution. The co-chair of that Rainbow Connection committee, Wayne State University professor Dr. Fred Pearson, is an expert on conflict resolution. Each of our rainbow connections in District 6400 is like a small Rotary Action Group within our own district. These connections also open Rotary opportunities to those community members interested in fellowship and service, but not yet Rotarians. Noel proudly dons the alter ego of Captain Rotary- a regular guy with no super-powers except the collaboration and engagement of all of his Rotary friends! Working with Windsor artist, Tony Gray, a comic book series, The Adventures of Captain Rotary, was created. Noel intends to utilize the comic book for literacy projects and to encourage all Rotarians to engage their inner hero. Rotarians working together can create amazing projects, altering the lives of many! He proudly drives the “Rotary Wrap” promoting Rotary with every mile! Noel’s year as Rotary District 6400 governor promises to be an ever-changing one! For the present, much of his activity is confined to the digital realm because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rotarians are learning to stay connected, virtually, continuing to reach out across the globe, in their communities, and within themselves. The pandemic has required Rotarians to think outside the box to create new ways to serve and engage their opportunities. Noel is proud to represent District 6400 for 2020-2021.
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REMEMBERING . . .
HUGH M. ARCHER, 1989-90 P.R.I.P. June 22, 1916 - July 16, 2005 By William R. Chase, PDG 1989-90 Only one Governor, in any given Rotary year, holds the distinction of being from the same district as the current RI world president. I was immensely proud that it happened to me when I became District Governor on July 1, 1989! Our president then was the beloved Hugh M. Archer, a member of the Dearborn Rotary Club. His presidential theme that year was truly befitting of his positive outlook on life and his personal demeanor, “ENJOY ROTARY”. Hugh was born in Dover, NJ on June 22, 1916. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY with a BA degree in 1937 and then attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering where he received his doctorate in engineering. He was married to Mary Jane Reed on May 11, 1940. They were married for 65 years! Hugh was chairman of the board of Spiratex Company in Romulus, MI, a plastic extrusion company that manufactured various electromechanical devices. He had six inventions to his credit, all officially registered with the U.S. Patent Office. He also served as Chairman of the Board of many banks. Hugh joined Rotary in 1951 and since then served as the Dearborn Rotary Club’s president between 1957-58; then District Governor from 1969-70; to Rotary International Director from 1975-77 and finally to President and General Secretary from 1989-90. Among Hugh’s many accomplishments that year as President and, for his first 6 months acting as RI’s General Secretary, was to put the World Headquarters in Evanston back on an even keel from a budgetary standpoint. Consequently, he was able to downsize the organization’s worldwide operation to a more fiscally responsible and sustainable one. Among his more notable accomplishments as president was to help create and charter the first Rotary club in the USSR, in Moscow! I remember, vividly, Hugh’s
convention in Portland, OR in 1990, when he invited the newly elected president of that club to march down the aisle holding both a Russian and US flag high above his head amidst the deafening applause from the thousands assembled in the convention hall. Hugh was always a humble and honest man. It was something you detected the minute you spoke with him. I remember Hugh, just before he took office in 1989 and just before I assumed the District Governorship of D6400, pulling me aside and saying, “Bill, I hope you know that I cannot show you any more favoritism as Governor than the rest of the other worldwide governors?” That’s the kind of person he was. He started giving his famous “Brown Bag” in 1988 when he was president-elect, and continued on throughout his year as president. That speech was an inspiration to all of us. All of the messages Hugh delivered were remarkably memorable because they challenged and energized every one of us to serve beyond just ourselves. Hugh did ENJOY ROTARY, and that enthusiasm was infectious throughout his life. The major support during most of his adult life came from his wife, Mary Jane. She was his rock and personal confidant. I remember her often giving subtle hand signals to Hugh when she felt his speeches were going on too long! Hugh passed away from Alzheimer’s, on July 16, 2005, at the age of 89. I miss Hugh and Mary Jane very much. They were both very supportive of my volunteer work in Brazil between 1992-2010. They donated enough money so that I could purchase a central air conditioning unit for my dental clinic in Brazil, which greatly increased the number of patients I and the other health care workers saw on a daily basis! Even though Hugh is no longer with us, he resides deep in the souls of us who knew him. Hugh’s legacy will live on for decades to come, not only in D6400, but throughout the entire Rotary world!
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ROTARIANS ON A MISSION
Spirou raises $1 million for humanitarian projects Water is a life force that impacts human health and wellbeing as no other element on Earth. We, in the developed world, are fortunate to have generous access to all the clean, safe water we need. We trust that every time we turn on the tap, water will flow. However, many world regions do not have this luxury. Since 2012, PP Kim Spirou has led a team of Rotarians each year to the central region of Ghana to spearhead water and sanitation projects along with a myriad of medical/dental, economic development and education projects to meet the needs of the impoverished people living in unspeakable conditions. Spirou, who has raised over $1 million dollars since embarking on these missions eight years ago, says, “it’s not about the money, it is about what the money can do. PRID Mike McCullough taught me that and it is a lesson I have tried to put into action.” While in Ghana, her teams have implemented several major infrastructure projects including bore drilling 38 water wells for remote villages without access to clean, potable water. At each well commissioning ceremony the villagers did not thank the team for the water or for the well, instead they thanked them for the “gift of life.” For them, water is life and it is a gift that lasts for generations. The teams have also constructed six large sanitation facility to provide villagers with the dignity and improved health that comes with the installation of flush toilets, sinks and showers. On the education front, the team has built and/or renovated 14 schools. More than 9,000 students enrolled at these schools received a backpack filled with school supplies, toothbrush and toothpaste, new clothes and a toy. The teams also provided each school with textbooks for all grades, new desks, whiteboards and new school uniforms. Team members have also distributed soccer balls and uniforms to the delight of the kids.
Ghana Africa Missions
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Past President Kim Spirou gives a baby a vital polio vaccine.
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Left, Rotary volunteer, Adrian Viselli, gives woman a new pair of glasses and an eye exam at the eye glass clinic
Below, Rotarian PDG Roberto Salchez shows off the new hair dryers and sewing machines for Sewing Seeds of Hope - an economic development co-op program for women
Left, Father Stephen Gyasi celebrates as the villagers of Jakai make Dr. Chris Spirou an honourary chief.
Dr. Chris Spirou examines a young child at a clinic
Rotary volunteers (left), Stephen and Karl Yoker Jr., show the children the taps for their new water well
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“Nothing can compare to the sheer joy of turning on the tap of a new water well and tasting this cool, clean, life giving force for the first time,” says Chief of the Village of Assempanye.
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Medical professionals on the team, including DGN Dr. Noel Jackson and RTN Dr. Chris Spirou have worked in clinics and hospitals providing dental services, medicines, primary care and disease prevention and treatment. To prevent the scourge of malaria – Africa’s #1 killer, the teams distributed 8,000 mosquito bed nets to pregnant, nursing mothers and their children. New also moms received layettes and Sani-pads and on their most recent trip in 2019, 100 ‘Days for Girls’ menstruation kits were provided to female students to help keep them in school. Spirou has developed an economic development co-op program she calls, Sewing Seeds of Hope. Through this program, homeless, single moms are provided with a sewing machine and they are paired up with seamstress mentors.
These young women complete a year-long apprenticeship program with their mentors. In 2017, the program expanded to include a hair styling apprenticeship. A total of 500 sewing machines and 100 hair dryers have been provided for this economic development program since its inception. Armed with a marketable skillset and thanks to Rotary, these previously destitute, single moms now have the ability to provide their babies with a bright future! On the peace and conflict resolution front, the Rotary Ghana team has witnessed, first hand, the tremendous impact all its projects have had on creating far more harmonious and peaceful environments. Spirou notes, “Rotarians are people of action. Participating on a humanitarian mission is definitely a transformative experience and the reward for serving others is priceless!”
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New Dental Centre plans are underway for 2021 By Kathy Kane The theme for Rotary International this year is “Connecting the World,” and it seems local dentist and Trenton Rotarian Noel Jackson and his team are doing just that. Through an international grant and the support of his club, Jackson, who will oversee 50 Southeast Michigan and Southern Ontario clubs as district governor next year, was able to connect an entire dental office in Ghana, where dental services are badly needed. “There is only one dentist for 200,000 people in the area of Ghana when I last visited there to provide dental services,” Jackson said. “There was only one chair and no equipment. We provided services but with a few challenges.” Jackson and a team of Rotarians have visited this community for the past six years. While the clinic has a full staff, it doesn’t have the facility or equipment to help many people. So, when Jackson was attending an International Rotary conference in Hamburg, Germany, this past summer, he started building connections to build his dental clinic. With help from a member of the Rotary Action Group that he met at the conference, he was put in touch with a company called ADEC, which sells dental equipment.
Ghana Dr Noel Jackson DDS doing dental work on patient in Ghana
He discovered that when ADEC’s owner died, a foundation was set up in his name and dental equipment was available at no cost to groups in need. A total of $68,000 in equipment will be delivered when the dental team visits next year. The equipment includes chairs, cabinetry, hand pieces and so much more needed tools to help the many people in this area of Ghana. “What is really rewarding is seeing the changes in the people from year to year; the smiles just keep getting brighter.”
Construction of dental clinic expansion underway and nearly completed
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PDG Rick Caron Advancing education In the summer of 2009, Julie Caron participated in a volunteer abroad program in the rural village of Boma Ng’ombe Tanzania, East Africa. She was placed in a small foster-home run by one of the most inspirational women she had ever met - Mary Massawe - a single mother of two girls and care-giver to 8 other orphaned or neglected girls she had taken into her home to feed, educate and love. Inspired by Mary’s passion and commitment to improving the lives of children living in precarious circumstances, Julie returned to Canada motivated to help Mary in her efforts. Less than two months after returning home, Julie received some very sad and shocking news from Tanzania. Mary had passed away from spinal meningitis as a complication of AIDS. Determined to keep Mary’s spirit alive Julie communicated with Timothy and Joyce, Mary’s siblings and together they took up Mary’s cause. Fundraising efforts were formalized through the creation of partner organizations: The Canadian World Education Foundations (CWEF) Tanzania Chapter in Canada and the Saidia Agriculture and Social Care Organization (SASCO) in Tanzania. In addition to education, we understood the need to improve the social determinants of health completing projects through the Rotary Clubs of Toronto Skyline and Windsor (1918). In 2019, we closed CWEF Tanzania and consolidated all of our initiatives under the Tanzania Initiatives of the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918). We have three primary initiatives: (1) To empower vulnerable children through education sponsorship, (2) To improve the social determinants of health, and (3) To assist in strengthening of communities. Education: In the 2020 academic year we have 49 students in school at the following levels: 28 in Primary School, 11 in Secondary School, 5 High School Students, and 5 pursuing College/University programs. Eight students have graduated their programs in Electrical and Auto Mechanics, Nursing, Teacher’s College, Law, Education, and Economics. Oscar, our first University graduate, received his BA in Education on November 17, 2018 and is employed as a teacher at Alpha Omega Secondary School. Helping fellow Tanzanians is a priority for Lecton, our student in medical school who has established his own NGO to provide medical assessments and education to disadvantaged, rural areas. Rebecca graduated from nursing. She has been working for two years and is currently being sponsored to upgrade her qualifications. Neema graduated from nursing school in 2015 and is a nurse at KCMC Hospital. In the summer of 2019, Windsor (1918) Rotarian Dr. Clinton Beckford led a Vocational Training Team to Tanzania to work with in-service teachers and teacher candidates to improve the teaching of mathematics. This VTT was in partnership with the Hai Rotary Club. Timothy Massawe, is a charter member and past-president of that club. Determinants of Health: Since 2012, we’ve helped thousand of
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Ribbon cutting at the Grand Opening of the Legacy Learning Centre
people with projects focusing on clean water and sanitation, income generation, athletic and academic enrichment, and sustainable agriculture. In 2015, water storage tanks were installed in Majengo Kia, supplying three Maasai villages (7000 people of whom 5000 were children) with a reliable source of safe, clean water. In 2014, a rooftop water collection system and 2 holding tanks were installed at Isangha School providing 750 students with water. In 2013, water storage tanks were installed in the village of Kipera, TZ providing the community with a reliable, local source of safe, clean water. In 2012, Clean Water and Sanitation Education Seminars were held in 12 rural villages. Together with the Hai Rotary Club, the Tanzania Midwives Association, and PANETA, the NGO created by Lecton Morris, we are planning a VTT for Fall 2020 that focusses in maternal and infant health. The team leader is Andrea Cassidy, a member of the Rotary Satellite Club of Windsor (1918) Evening. Strengthening Communities: On August 16, 2018, the SASCO Community Resource Centre - a Windsor (1918) Legacy Project - officially opened. School Children now have a place to learn and grow. The Centre is located on 2.5 acres of land along a main road between Boma and several Maasai villages, in close proximity to a government primary as well as secondary school. Since government funded schools are under-resourced, the location is ideal to fulfill the aim of the Centre which is to provide a place for children to do homework, have access to curriculum resources and computers, and to get teaching assistance. The Centre only occupies a portion of the site. The remaining area is to be used for sports, the cultivation and storage of crops, and for future expansion. In addition to the above, Dr. Clinton Beckford, also a member of the 1918 Satellite Club has projects in Tanzania that focus on the education of vulnerable children, especially girls, in Singida. Clinton’s projects also focus on the provision of food. A hallmark of Clinton’s programs has been the inclusion of teacher candidates from the University of Windsor in his many trips to Tanzania.
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One of two rainwater collection tanks at Isangha School. From the right are Aaron Miller ( Rotary Club Toronto Skyline), DG Noel, PDG Rick, Timothy Massawe ( Rotary Club Hai) and Julie Caron (Toronto Skyline).
Kim Spirou, presents mosquito bed net to prevent malaria
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Schmidt leads a journey of hope with medical centre
By Donna Schmidt The village of Debre Berhan is located in the northern part of Ethiopia. There are no motor vehicles in the village and the common mode of transportation is walking or riding a camel or donkey. In 2014, Rotarians in District 6400 became aware of the fact that the people in this region did not have any health care services in their community. The closest health care facilities were more than two hours away. Many of the women in the region were dying during childbirth. There was a high infant mortality rate. Seriously ill villagers could not walk two hours to get to a hospital, so they went home to die rather than attempting the journey and dying on the roadside. District Rotarians PDG Donna Schmidt, PRID Mike McCullough, Beyene Haile, PDG Michael Duben and Shelly Duben conducted a community needs assessment in the fall of 2014 and documented the need for a health center that would serve a minimum of 25,000 people. Construction of the health center began in the summer of 2017 and the Howey Family Health Center opened its doors to the community on September 3, 2018. This facility is a multi-building medical compound that is open 24 hours per day and 7 days per week. The villagers have access to full medical service at no cost to them due to their extremely low income. At the dedication ceremony of the medical complex, the Ethiopia District Health Office in Mekelle recognized this facility as an Ethiopia Center of Excellence and changed our designation to that of a Junior Hospital. This new classification required the medical facility to connect to the regional power grid since surgeries would be performed on a regular basis. We provided the necessary equipment to ensure reliable electrical service. Our team also provided the village elders with water filters. We trained them regarding usage and proper care
of the water filters so that they would have access to clean water; however, once the facility became a Junior Hospital, we realized that we needed to install a deep borehole well to provide a more sustainable water sou Rotary Club. A well was drilled and the water output per minute provided enough water to support the medical center, the schools and the community. Local farmers are now exploring options for crop irrigation. On December 8, 2018, a team of Ethiopian Rotarians were visiting the medical center when the 328th patient delivered a healthy baby girl. During the first year, more than 1,500 patients received medical treatment. Fewer women are now dying during childbirth. Newborn babies are healthier due to prenatal care and improved nutrition which has also increased their birth weight. The total project costs were approximately US$600,000 with 50% of the funding coming from two Rotary global grants and 50% coming from the Howey Family Foundation. The Rotary global grants addressed (a) allowable construction and (b) the development of a medical Vocational Training Team led by Dr. Nick Krayacich. By the time this project was completed, we realized that we had addressed all six major areas of focus. A total of 45 partners were involved with this project including the Ethiopia District Health Office, the Woreda Laelay Maychew Health Office, Aksum University and the newly formed Rotary Club of Aksum.
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1933 Amherstburg Sponsored by Windsor (1918)
1936 – Alfred H. McKeown, Detroit, MIAppointed RI Vice-President
1934 Essex Sponsored by Windsor (1918)
1941 – Arthur S. FitzGerald, Windsor, ON – Appointed RI Vice-President
1934 Blissfield Sponsored by Richmond
Did you know that Rotary D6400 wasn’t always 6400? In fact, our District was established in 1915 but it was called District 9. This District was led by W. J. Zimmers, Milwaukee, WI. In 1918-1919 our first Michigan District Governor was Fred W. Gage, who hailed from Battle Creek, Michigan. In 1922-1923, Rotary was growing and District boundaries were re-drawn and our District became known as District 18 and was led by John P. Old of Sault Ste. Marie, MI. In 1923-24 Paul H. King, became the first District Governor to hail from Detroit, MI. Our District boundaries changed again in 1925-26 and it became known as District 23 and was led by William R. Yendall from London, ON. Then again in 1937-38 our District boundaries were redrafted and it came to be called District
1910 1910 Detroit Sponsored by St. Louis Club #11
153 and the District Governor was E. Roy Shaw, Detroit, MI. In 1949-1950 Rotary International changed our District to D222 with Charles R. Miller from Detroit, MI at the helm and in 1951-52 our District changed to D223 and at the helm that year was Cass Pitrowski from Grosse Pointe, MI. In 1957, Rotary once more revised our boundaries and we became known as D640 and in 1991 we became Rotary D6400 and have remained so to this day except for the fact that we added Super to our moniker and now throughout the Rotary World we are recognized as Rotary “Super” District 6400. And now you know the rest of the story!
1924 – Paul A. King, Detroit, MI – Appointed RI Vice-President 1930 – Richard C. Hedke, Detroit, MI – Appointed RI Vice-President
1921 Adrian Sponsored by Jackson WE BECOME ROTARY DISTRICT 18 IN 1922 1922 Wayne Sponsored by Ypsilanti 1923 Dearborn (See Note 1 below) Sponsored by Ypsilanti
WE’RE KNOWN AS ROTARY DISTRICT 9 IN 1918
1939 Romulus Sponsored by Belleville 1939 Wyandotte Sponsored by Detroit
1918 Windsor (1918) Sponsored by Detroit
1938 Belleville Sponsored by Milan
1930 1924 Monroe Sponsored by Ann Arbor 1924 Plymouth Sponsored by Wayne WE BECOME ROTARY DISTRICT 23 IN 1925 1926 Northville Sponsored by Ypsilanti
1939 Huron Township Sponsored by Carleton
1946- Richard C. Hedke, Detroit, MI – Appointed RI President
1940 Clinton Sponsored by Tecumseh 1940 Cottam Sponsored by Essex
1955 Gibralta Sponsored by R
WE BECOME ROTARY DISTRICT 223 IN 1950
1940 Garden City Sponsored by Wayne
1940 1936 Leamington Sponsored by Blenheim WE CHANGE TO ROTARY DISTRICT 153 1937 Harrow Sponsored by Essex 1937 Grosse Pointe Sponsored by Hamtramck 1937 Carleton Sponsored by Flat Rock
1950 1947 Allen Park Sponsored by Taylor
WE CHAN D640 IN
1947 Grosse Ile Sponsored by Trenton
WE ARE KNOWN AS ROTARY DISTRICT 222 IN 1949 1949 Lincoln Park Sponsored by Wyandotte
1928 Flat Rock Sponsored by 1937 Trenton Ypsilanti Sponsored by Flat Rock 1945 Livonia 1928 Tecumseh Sponsored by Plymouth Sponsored by Adrian 1945 Taylor Sponsored by Romulus
Note 1: From PDG Carpenter. “There were two Dearborn Rotarys one sponsored by Wayne. Dearborn Fordson and Dearborn Springwells. They both tur
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2015 – Jennifer Jones, Windsor, ON – Appointed RI Director 2016 – Jennifer Jones, Windsor, ON – Appointed RI Vice-President
1963 – Cass Piotrowski, Hamtramack, MI – Appointed RI Vice-President
1975 Windsor-St. Clair Sponsored by Windsor (1918) 1975 Woodhaven & Brownstown Sponsored by Trenton
1960 Redford Sponsored by Detroit
1966 Westland NGE TO ROTARY Sponsored by Wayne 1957
Sponsored by Windsor (1918) 1997 Plymouth AM Sponsored by Plymouth 1999 2017 Plymouth After Hours Sponsored by Plymouth
1988 Livonia AM Sponsored by Livonia
1964 Dearborn Heights Sponsored by Dearborn
1990 Southgate Sponsored by Trenton
1984 Fairlane Sunrise Sponsored by Both Dearborn Clubs
1992- Frank J. Sladen Jr.,Grosse Pointe, MI – Appointed RI Director
1981 Windsor-Roseland Sponsored by Windsor (1918)
ar / Rockwood
2019 Kingsville Southshore Sponsored by Windsor-Roseland
1977 Canton Plymouth Sponsored by Wayne
2016 Hines Park Sponsored by Dearborn /Dearborn Heights
2000 Detroit AM WE ARE NOW CALLED ROTARY D6400 IN 1991 Sponsored by Detroit 2008 Dundee Area Sponsored by Monroe 1991 Grosse
Pointe Sunrise Sponsored by Grosse Pointe
2005 LaSalle-Centennial Sponsored by Windsor-Roseland 2011 Windsor-Walkerville Sponsored by Windsor-St. Clair
1975- Hugh M. Archer, Dearborn, MI– Appointed RI Director 1989 – Hugh M. Archer, Dearborn, MI – Appointed RI President
1983- H. William Ives, Detroit, MI – Appointed RI Director
rned in their charters about 1940-1945 to form the now Dearborn Rotary Club”
2003- Michael McCullough, Trenton, MI, - Appointed RI Director
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Dr. Godfrey Bachyie leaves a legacy in North Region By Ron Arkell & Dr. Godfrey Bachyie
ROTARY CLUB OF WINDSOR (1918) GHANA PROJECT HISTORY Since about 1993, the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) club has been completing projects in Ghana (mostly in the NORTH REGION), West Africa.
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These early team efforts included solar panels for northern rural nursing stations to preserve vaccines, boreholes for clean water, dental and eye care, school supplies. In 2007/8 club members raised funds and joined St Clair Rotary’s RELAY team for educational, sanitation, and healthcare projects in Central Region. These projects over the years have involved several other D6400 Rotary Clubs as well as International Rotary Clubs in Ghana where Global and other Grants provide some funds or when local Rotary expertise or oversight is needed. Rotary 1918 is very proud to acknowledge that Plymouth AM Rotary (and nearby sister Rotary Clubs) as well as Essex Rotary Club now have developed projects and teams to join us in serving the needs of people in Ghana. Finally, Rotary 1918 has plans to again lead another team in Sept 2020 to Ghana to continue new initiatives along the lines of the listed projects above. We are so very proud of our local and international projects in serving others, and we welcome other D6400 clubs to join with us, travel to Ghana, and maybe even develop their own teams.
From 2009 thru 2020 Windsor 1918 has been leading teams to Ghana to carry out the following: • Boreholes for clean water drilled in 42 villages, and currently funds are being raised for boreholes in another 15 villages; • Building 5 new schools, and renovating several others, including adding hand-washing, sanitation, and libraries (stocked with books and supplies); • Giving mosquito nets to prevent malaria to about 400 or more pregnant /nursing mothers each year; • Leading 2 District VTT teams for Maternal and Child Care, focusing on saving mothers and children during childbirth, training nurses/mid-wives; • Recruiting healthcare team members to work and assist in treating patients at St Joseph’s Hospital in Jirapa; • Carrying out Collaborative educational projects for past 5 years with Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland Rotary, Walkerville Rotary and D6400; • Building an NICU for newborn babies in Jirapa at hospital; • Adding new hostel building for mothers of NICU babies;
• Completing Sanitation projects adjacent to new schools or stand-alone in villages; • Distributing Eyeglasses; • Providing Uniforms and other clothing for school children, along with school feeding program; • Establishing Catastrophic Disease Fund for Ichthyosis children, leprosy; • Initiating a major Rainwater Harvesting Project to increase the number of crops for subsistence farmers - still a work in progress; • Initiating three Women Co-ops for agricultural crops to share in profits, including a Greenhouse for tomatoes and fruit trees; • Initiating renovations to orphanage in Jirapa and provide supplies, food, clothing for children, and wages for staff; • Finding sponsors for children to provide educational supplies, clothing, national health insurance, post-secondary tuition for nurses and teacher.
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Mosley’s love of literacy The Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) is a network of individual Rotarians, Rotary clubs and districts, and the nonprofit organization Cooperative for Education (CoEd) with a common interest in improving education for under served students in Guatemala. It is one of the largest grassroots, multi-club, multi-district projects in Rotary. Since 1997, more than 600 clubs and 80 districts have worked together through the GLP, including 12 clubs from District 6400. District 6400 has also generously supported the GLP with matching funds every year since 2005. Clubs from District 6400 have taken the lead in sponsoring three GLP global grants over the years. The upcoming grant year will be Windsor-Roseland’s second time serving as the international sponsor of a GLP Global Grant. Numerous members of D6400 clubs have traveled to Guatemala with the GLP, and 20 D6400 Rotarians have personally supported students or programs through the GLP. This longtime partnership has produced remarkable results. Since 1997, nearly 225,500 Guatemalan students have been directly served through the GLP’s four sustainable programs, which are tested and proven to work. In 2017, RI President Ian Riseley called the GLP “the gold standard of Rotary projects” for its sustainability and impact. The GLP works in partnership with impoverished communities to implement four complementary programs, each of which addresses a different gap in Guatemala’s education system: (1) The Spark Reading Program addresses the lack of materials and effective teaching methods in primary schools, by providing training that enables primary-school teachers to become experts in reading instruction. The program also provides each teacher with their own set of 36-75 children’s books for reading in the classroom every day. (2) Textbooks and (3) Computer Centers address the lack of vital learning materials in middle schools by providing schools with textbooks in four subjects or setting up stateof-the-art computer labs. Both programs train teachers in how to use the materials effectively and prepare them with strategies to impart critical thinking skills and make their classrooms more student-centered. The materials are provided on the condition that students’ parents commit to paying a small fee each year for their child to use the books or computers; the fees go into a fund used to cover ongoing program expenses and to replace materials and equipment as it wears out. This innovative “revolving fund” model ensures that once the initial investment is made, the programs become self-sufficient in perpetuity.
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(4) The Rise Youth Development Program addresses the many obstacles students face to completing high school. Rise works to reduce gender disparities in education in Guatemala, to provide students the tools they need to succeed in school and in life, and to empower impoverished youth to graduate from high school—the milestone USAID reports is necessary for a Guatemalan youth to permanently break the cycle of poverty. Past evaluations of GLP projects have revealed the following promising results: • Kids in classrooms with the Spark Reading Program are learning twice as much as kids in non-Spark classrooms. With Spark, twice as many students are reading fluently by the end of 2nd grade. • Students at schools receiving GLP textbooks score higher on national standardized tests than students at schools without GLP textbooks. • 95% of Computer Center graduates get a job or continue their studies. • Right out of school, Rise Youth Development Program graduates are earning four times more than their parents. Half are even paying for their younger siblings’ education. This will truly be the first generation in their family’s history to rise out of poverty—thanks to the education provided by the Guatemala Literacy Project.
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When Essex Rotarian Kim Spirou received a distress call from Rotarian Father Stephen Amoah Gyasi, in Ghana she quickly mobilized her club to respond. Fr. Stephen, who works in the Cape Coast area in Ghana, relayed to Kim the devastating toll the Covid 19 lockdown was having on villagers who were mostly subsistence farmers. These villagers were in lockdown and unable to go to the farms to work. As a result they had no money for food. Many villagers were on the brink of starvation and the elderly and the very
young were the most profoundly impacted by the sudden famine. The Rotary Club of Essex, upon hearing news of their plight, jumped into action and raised and wired $10,000 to purchase food staples such as rice, canned fish, canned tomatoes, and cooking oil. The aid arrived at the end of May and Fr. Stephen is in the process of distributing the food to those in urgent need. #TogetherWeFightHunger
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Aruna & Shiva Koushik’s journey to eradicate polio There are some journeys in life that fill you with a deep satisfaction, and you can repeat them again and again. Our very first Polio Eradication trip in 2008, instilled a deep sense of “doing the right thing” and we have added seven more National Immunization Day’s (NID’s) to date. When we started our journey, the following four endemic countries spelled PAIN: Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Nigeria. Amazing India Why amazing? It was felt that India would be the most challenging country in the global efforts because of its vastness, population and distances that would need to be covered. However, the Indian Polio Plus Committee was determined that would not be the case. National Immunization Days in India are full of energy, activity, colour and noise! A procession through the streets led by a group of steel drums alerts every family in the neighbourhood to bring their children for the two precious drops. The intent is simple: Not a single child is missed. January 2011 saw the last wild polio virus case in India. The lessons and partnerships have left a cadre of trained health workers with skills in disease surveillance, education, collaboration and care. Determined Nigeria Nigeria was slow getting into the polio eradication effort, starting their immunization efforts seriously nearly 20 years after the 1988 World Health Assembly resolution calling for the global eradication of Polio. Their passion to eradicate Polio ignited when they first had a taste of eradication success and their numbers dropped. The Governments, Emirs and workers got to work in earnest in some of the most challenging areas in the country. The impact of Boko Haram was felt on the immunization process, with village populations being brutally displaced throughout the land, but this did not deter them. During our immunization visits to Nigeria in 2010 and later in 2018, eradication was confined to hospitals or to
community halls, away from the outdoors. Immunization days continued feverishly, and in August 2019 Nigeria was able to declare its last four new cases. It is currently in the process of submitting documentation to the African Regional Certification Committee, and 2020 will see the celebration of the African Nations being declared polio free.
Steady Afghanistan Over the past two years, Afghanistan has held steady as far as new wild poliovirus cases, with 21 in 2018 and 28 in 2019. This is indeed an impressive achievement, as Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two endemic countries currently. They share a common porous border; however, Afghanistan has been able to hold its own despite the rampant rise of cases in Pakistan during 2019. Our visit to Afghanistan in 2012 was limited to the city of Kabul. Due to safety concerns, we could not wear any insignia that identified us publicly as Rotarians. Our team attended the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital clinics and administered the precious 2 drops to children ages 0-5. Regrouping Pakistan Pakistan ended 2018 with just 12 new cases. The tremendous efforts of the Polio Plus Committee and the workers in establishing the Permanent Transit Posts, which allowed Polio workers to enter each of the approximately 1,600 buses going in and out of Karachi daily, and immunize every child 0-5 years, truly a herculean task. However, the steep rise in wild polio virus cases to 135 in Pakistan during 2019 has been largely due to a combination of factors, such as a change in government, increased resistance in the terrorist-prone districts of the country and continued targeted violence of Polio workers. All eyes are on Pakistan as they are committed to fulfilling the promise to the children of the world to end Polio.
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Phillippines & Brazil
Dr. William R. Chase, PDG A dentist on a mission! 1984-2010 By Dr. William Chase
When I graduated from dental in 1972, I had a desire to travel overseas to donate my professional services to people in need of basic dentistry. Rotary gave me that unique opportunity through their former Health, Hunger, and Humanity grants in the early 80s. The grants were awarded to Rotarian dental practitioners so they could donate their professional services in mostly third world countries. I was very fortunate to have received my firstt 3-H grant in 1984 that allowed me to travel to the Island of Palawan in the Philippines to work with the Vietnamese “Boat People” for a month in a very primitive dental clinic. I was the only dentist working with their camp population of 2,500 refugees. Unfortunately, the clinic had no running water nor electricity. The only dental service I could render was the extraction of teeth, and that I did at the rate of about 100 a day! My one-room clinic consisted of an upholstered electric-powered dental chair that could not be adjusted to accommodate different sized patients due to the lack of electricity! There were dental supplies already at the clinic from prior volunteers but I took many of my own with me. This was my first exposure to international volunteering. It was a bittersweet experience. Following that experience, it took me 8 years, from 1984 to 1992, to muster enough enthusiasm to go somewhere again to donate dental services. This next time Rotary sent me to Brazil, in the north of the country, along the Amazon River, to a compound called Fundacao Esperanca, translated Foundation of Hope. That second experience was amazing compared to the one in the Philippines. Their dental clinic had running water and electricity! But it was an open-air clinic, meaning that the walls were constructed of cinder blocks that had large round holes in them. Consequently, birds and insects were constantly flying in and out of the clinic throughout the day! I spent one month there as well and when I returned home, I was invited to speak to the Dearborn Heights Rotary Club. After giving my program, I was approached by Rotarians Mike and Bonnie Roy, who asked if I needed help in raising funds for the clinic. I told them I would greatly appreciate whatever help they could give me.
As a result, over the next couple of months, they conducted a district-wide raffle that ultimately netted over $100,000! I quickly wired the money down to Brazil, 10 months ahead of my second trip there, and the FE staff quickly remodeled the once open-air clinic into a state-of-the-art clinic with solid walls and double the number of treatment rooms with all new equipment! PRIP Hugh Archer and his wife, Mary Jane, donated another $6,000 so that I had central A/C in the facility. I was humbled when in 1993, the clinic was named in my honor! Because of the Roy’s and the Archer’s, Rotarian dental volunteers from all over the world still travel to the clinic and donate their professional services! I traveled to the Brazilian clinic 12 times between 1992 and 2010. I estimate that I saw over 10,000 patients, and that includes those I saw while I was in the Philippines. Thanks to Rotary International, I was able to realize my life’s dream of donating my professional services while seeing other parts of the world. I will be forever grateful to them. In 2014, I wrote a book about my volunteer travels with Rotary International entitled, “In Chase of a Cause”, that is available in a digital format at Amazon.com. All the proceeds from the sale of the book go to the clinic in Brazil!
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Join the not-so-exclusive Governor’s Circle - more friendship and connectiveness in the district! The Governor’s circle will inform you of special events or service projects that the Governor will attend. Come on out and share in the camaraderie. The first event is the Governor Meet Up sponsored by the Governor’s home club - The Rotary Club of Trenton, MI, held at Smuggler’s Run in Wyandotte, MI on July 23, 2020. The second Governor’s Circle event will be ‘Skydiving for Polio” on August 15, 2020 in Napoleon, MI. Come out to either skydive, watch, or support the event and then attend the after party at the Dean of Governors, Bruce Diven’s lake house. Other events will be The Gleaner’s Food Packing in Leamington, The Governor’s Golf Outing and Feather Bowling! Look for the Governor’s Circle activity notices and sign up! ALL will be welcome! By the way, the first 500 to attend a Governor’s Circle event will receive the much coveted, limited edition FOG pin! Please let DG Noel know of your club’s special events, so your event will become a FOG event, too! Let’s share our projects and support one another! FOG events will be administered by the CFO (Chief Fun Officer) Paula Talbot.
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the new medical facility. The world is a better place because of them.” -- PDG Donna Schmidt
The Howey family is truly a story about the family of Rotary! Chuck, Dee and the Howey family are all about passion and compassion. Chuck’s generosity of spirit has been an inspiration to family, friends and Rotarians around the world. Chuck and Dee Howey and the Howey Family Foundation has sponsored over 45 projects and initiatives including: various Micro Finance projects, water wells (Ghana), medical missions (Haiti), the Children of the Dump (Nicaragua), the Howey Medical Center (Ethiopia), Polio Surveillance Lab in Mumbai (India), Water wells, schools and bathrooms (Nigeria), water wells (St. Lucia, Carribean) and currently working with DG Noel Jackson on a Dental Clinic (Ghana). The Howey Foundation has donated over $1,000,000 for humanitarian projects by RI, District 6400, District 6960 and the Rotary Club of Trenton. Chuck is a “natural resource” of the Trenton Rotary Club and Super District 6400. Several Super 6400 leaders have shared their impressions of Chuck Howey and his impact on our local and world community: “I’ve learned so much about leadership and motivation from Charles (Chuck) O. Howey. His focus is on lending a hand to the poorest of the poor. He strongly believes in the power of partnerships and collaborations. Chuck also believes in surrounding himself with good people, setting high expectations and then lavishing praise on all those who stepped up and helped out. One of the early stories about Chuck’s passion and intensity goes back nearly 50 years… In December 1974, the Trenton president gets a call from the Trenton police about one of our members impeding traffic at a bank drive through while soliciting for Salvation Army. The officer indicated that Mr. Howey’s out there, ringing the bell and not letting cars pass until they put money in the bucket. And was an early indication of his dedication to, and focus on, Rotary.” --Mike McCullough, Past RI Director “Chuck is very tough, but passionate. He practices what he preaches. He is very conservative, but loves to help those he will never meet, whether a Polio lab in India, schools in Africa, Medical Center in Ethiopia or water projects throughout the world - he personifies Rotary’s motto “Service above Self!” Your family is very PROUD of you Chuck (Dad)!” -- John Howey (Son) Past President, Trenton “Chuck and Dee Howey radiate goodness through “service above self ”. The Howeys will never meet the Ethiopian villagers whose lives have been forever changed due to their generous contribution to
“As a new member, I was impressed with Rotary and its leaders. One man stood above the others -- That man was Chuck Howey. Over the years I realized the depth of his accomplishments, humanity, and philanthropy. CHUCK HOWEY == I first learned about the Arch Klumph Society from Chuck. Kiddingly I would joke, “I wanted to be just like Chuck when I grow up.” This was a non-attainable dream, or so I thought. Chuck’s leadership inspired my wife Debbie and I to become Arch Klumph members. Be careful who you choose as your HERO (Human Engaging Rotary Opportunities) or you might find that you want to “Be a Chuck!” --DG Noel Jackson “One highlight at our 2015 Rotary Institute in Detroit was the inclusion of 200 youth attendees (many from inner city schools). I approached Chuck Howey to sponsor them and he readily agreed saying that he recognized it as an investment in their future. During the event, we focused on Chuck’s generosity and kindness by distributing “Be a Chuck” buttons.” --Jennifer Jones, Past RI Vice President and current Foundation Trustee “In Nigeria in 2009, Chuck Howey and his Foundation helped to support the drilling of 12 water wells in Nigeria. The following year we followed up by building a school with its own well and a pit latrine washroom with running water and showers. The first 12 wells cost nearly $60,000US and was supported by many clubs and individuals including the Howey’s. The school and latrine project was built in 2010 costing $60,000 and was supported by the Howey’s and 4 other families. Sharada Village occupied one square mile with a population of 1 million. They had no potable water before we started adding wells. The village leader pledged to keep immunizing children against Polio every year as part of the deal for the water wells. Since then the village has never had another case of Polio.” --PDG Neil McBeth In 2004, a two-page article in The Rotarian featured Chuck and Dee as they were inducted into the Arch Klumph Society at RI Headquarters. In that story Chuck was quoted, “We formed the family foundation because I’d like to see some of the fruits while I am still living.” Another significant quote from the article – “You really don’t understand Rotary until you’ve been to a District Conference,” says Chuck. “It’s utterly fantastic! The people are really dedicated, talking from the heart with a great deal of care and love.” Bottom line: Chuck Howey’s generosity of spirit is expressed in his leadership style, his passion, vision and monetary contributions. “After all, it’s an investment in humanity,” says Chuck.
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We were made for this! A Story of Humanitarian Love and Giving in Nicaragua
District 6400 has worked hand in hand with the country of Nicaragua for more than 20 years. It was one of the first early International projects that District 6400 began supporting. Many of you knew these projects by the name, “Children of the Dump’. This is where the heart light lit up when PRID Mike McCullough and PDG Larry Wright set foot in the Chinandega City dump with Houston Rotarian Frank Huezo (native Nicaraguan) and Italian missionary priest Father Marco Dessy. After walking together and seeing first hand the human devastation of poverty and the eyes of children living with no hope, the message was clear . . . District 6400 needed to get involved. It began with the Christmas Shoe Box project for the school children who lived on or near the dump. With Father Dessy’s tough love approach which was ‘If you come to school only then will I feed you’, the children began to attend his school. These Christmas shoe boxes were one more reward for going to school and learning to leave the Dump. The shoe boxes were filled with clothing, school supplies, hygiene items and always a toy. Volunteers and partners like Walmart gathered every year on Labor Day weekend to fill the boxes and prepare them to be shipped to Nicaragua. A group of 6400 Rotarians and friends would join a trip to Nicaragua each December to join in the distribution of these Christmas shoe boxes. Several years later, the Layette project was started after learning of the desperate need of young
pregnant mothers for diapers, t-shirts, socks, bath towels, blankets and baby hygiene products. PDG Liz Smith, the late Detroit Rotarian Joella Gipson and Sarah Wright, started this project of hope for expectant mothers. Every year while packing the shoe boxes a small group would pack layette bags with all of the above mentioned items. This project grew significantly because of the generosity of many clubs in District 6400. Later this Layette project took an amazing twist when Walmart was no longer able to ship our boxes to Houston. Because our shipping costs were so expensive, it was decided to take the money raised down to Chinandega Nicaragua and source many of our items from local marketplace vendors. In addition, the vocational training school run by the Chinandega 2001 Foundation was able to make the blankets, diapers and other goods in their sewing school. Now, local girls were producing these items with the monies used to purchase them, going back into the school. By paying the girls we were able to help them sustain the sewing school, give the girls a small wage and meet all of the requirements needed for the layette bags. All of the other items could be either bought or made right in Nicaragua, offering help to small vendors and local markets. It was finally becoming a sustainable project. In January 2010, a devastating 7.0 earthquake hit the
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country of Haiti. A District 6400 team of Rotarian doctors that were scheduled to go to Haiti on a humanitarian medical trip were unable to take the trip. Dr. John Bodell (Trenton RC) and Dr. Mike Simms (Allen Park RC) approached PDG Larry Wright and asked if they might be of any help in Nicaragua. The team was ready to go, so instead of cancelling their trip to Haiti, they found a way to serve in Nicaragua. In March of 2010 the first medical team of District 6400 arrived in Chinandega, Nicaragua. This first trip helped begin the annual medical and dental trips to Nicaragua. DGE Noel Jackson (Trenton RC), Dr. Rick Nykiel (Trenton RC) and Dr. Charlie Zammitt (Southgate RC) were the dentists who formed an amazing dental team that have served the poor of Chinandega for the last 9 years. During each trip, more than 300 patients are seen by the dental team, most of which are children. Another great story came when Dr. Vicki Athens, a local podiatrist, joined the team to Nicaragua. Half way through the volunteer week of service a very young mother walked into the hospital carrying her young child who had severe club feet.
Dr. Vicki, using interpreters, asked the woman if she wanted help for her child. The woman was quite frightened and unsure. Dr. Vicki shared with the mother that if nothing was done the child would never walk normally and would most likely only be able to crawl. With that news she agreed to surgery, which is a common procedure in the states but seldom seen in Nicaragua. After a successful surgery, and knowing how important it is for followup care, Dr. Vicki arranged for a local doctor to help with followup checks and re-setting of the plaster casts. Without the help of District 6400 volunteers and the amazing medical teams that have given their time and talents, a child was able to walk and live a normal life. A few doctors and volunteers are sometimes asked, why do they return year after year. The answer is a simple one . . . ‘We Rotarians were made for this!’ For all the Rotarians and volunteers that have helped with the many projects and mission trips to Nicaragua, thank you for your service. A big “Thank you” from the hearts and souls of all the Nicaraguan people.
Fr. Marco Dessy, founder of Fundacion Esperanza in Chinandega, Nicaragua Rotary District 6400 has worked hand in hand with Rotarians in Texas and Iowa for nearly 20 years in spporting humanitarian projects in Nicaragua. Children happily toting home their precious Rotary Shoebox gifts.
Far right: Larry and Sarah Wright organize many mission trips to Nicaragua
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Students learn to sew cloth diapers for the Rotary Layette project for destitute mothers. Below, expectant mother Juanita receives her precious layette filled with necessities for her baby.
Rotarians Ray Trudeau, Edward Bourassa, and Kim Spirou entertain the children while they wait for their dental exam. One of District 6400â€™s many Dental Brigades.
Rotarian Ray Trudeau has a heart of gold which has been a key part of our districtâ€™s many missions to Nicaragua.
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“I’ve been happy lately, Thinking about all the good things to come, And I do believe that good things are happening. Peace Chain waits in the distance…. Waiting for all the links to come.” Cat Stevens
Those lyrics are from the Cat Stevens’ hit Peace Train but they’ve been modified and the tune has become the musical theme for Rotary’s Peace Chain. The words are basically unchanged from the original, but “people” has been replaced by “links” and “train” has been changed to “chain.” Peace Chain is a tool District 6400 is launching to engage community members who are creating peace through service in their communities and are acting with the heart of a Rotarian without yet being Rotarians. The program had a trial run led by Peace Chain Chair, Mark Angellotti, with the Trenton Rotary Club in 2019-2020 and will be offered to all of D6400 in 2020-21. Dr. Noel Jackson, the incoming district governor of Rotary District 6400, will open his presentation with the Peace Chain song. The Peace Chain Project is designed to increase awareness and encourage us to look into our communities for potential members. By recognizing organizations and individuals, the district will be creating greater coordination and connectiveness… or links… between clubs and the community.” Links in the Peace Chain are found outside of Rotary and come from all walks of life. Their attitudes and activities coincide with what Rotary is doing. “Any individual or organization that’s contributing to the strength, peacefulness or stability of their community is eligible to receive the Peace Link award,” says DG Noel. A list of prospects is virtually endless and could include people who are working with school counselling programs, food pantries, literacy programs, community foundations, first responders, mental health organizations, human services organizations, or others involved in youth programs like minor league baseball and youth theaters, just to mention a few. The opportunities to make an award are endless. Once a ‘link’ has been identified, he or she is asked to complete a biography form outlining their work in the community and what support, financial or otherwise, that Rotary could supply in the future. The potential candidate is also asked to provide contact information and is given the option of becoming a Rotary member, or a friend of Rotary.
As “links” are accumulated in different categories, they will be added to a directory and that directory will be available as a resou Rotary Club for communities and individuals. At the end of the year, all of the links in the chain will be brought together for a major celebration, giving the award winners a chance to meet each other and exchange ideas among themselves and with Rotary members. As the incoming governor explains, “the peace chain concept ties in with initiatives of The Rotary Action Group for Peace, which is an international organization associated with Rotary that does incredible work for peace in many different areas. Since our chain is considered a peace project, any club that’s involved can be registered as a Peace Builder club through the Rotary Action Group for Peace. It’s a mechanism for connecting a lot of people across our district in the area of peace and conflict resolution.” An obvious positive side effect of the program is the potential for gaining membership in Rotary, or as the governor likes to say, “Link award recipients are already Rotarians – they just don’t know it yet! When they come in for their awards, we tell them how great they are, before we tell them how great we are.” Involvement in the peace chain is a simple procedure.
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A detailed packet of information will be distributed to individual clubs. Noel calls it a ‘cookbook’ or ‘prescription’ for running a peace chain project. Everything is included – the biography form that’ll be sent to award recipients, along with detailed instructions on how to operate the program, right down to social media inclusion and methods of getting the information to local newspapers, radio and TV stations. Finally, invitations are sent out to award recipients informing them of celebrations which are hosted by area clubs. Anyone in the community can make suggestions for a link award recipient. There is no limit to the number of people that can be named. Ideally, Noel would like each club in the district to target at least 10 people – 20 or 30 would be better, he says, again emphasizing that the awards are inclusive, not exclusive. Once a potential ‘link’ has been named, it’s up the Peace Chain committee within the club to decide on eligibility.
Globally, Rotary has been involved in high-profile activities relative to peace. In fact, the organization played a major role in developing the United Nations charter, part of which was taken from a platform that was at the Rotary International convention in 1940. The group also has 7 peace centers around the world that are university programs for educating people in the areas of peace and conflict resolution. The Peace Chain is a type of community survey. We’re surveying for people that sometimes aren’t getting the recognition they deserve. When’s the last time someone who ran a little league baseball organization for 10 or 15 years got a community award for what they did? This is our way of honoring those who give back to the community. It is Rotary’s way of thanking and acknowledging the generous and giving members of our local communities. The Peace Chain will shine the light on those who promote strength, stability and peacefulness of our communities.
Traveling to Mackinac Island is an experience like few others. Horse drawn carriages, bicycles and no automobiles . . . it’s a step back in time to a quieter, more elegant time and a grand experience that creates wonderful memories. The Grand Hotel is the ultimate resort to create these life time memories. Rotary District 6400 could not have chosen a better site. From the moment you board the ferry for the 20 minute ride to Mackinac Island to when you step into the horse drawn carriage and ride to Grand Hotel, you will begin to sense the uniqueness of the Grand Experience. Grand Hotel was selected by USA Today as one of the top 10 historic hotels in the country. One of the first marvels you will experience will be Grand Hotels front po Rotary Clubh considered the world’s largest at 660 feet. When you rest your head at night you will be in one of 393 totally unique bedrooms, each separately decorated and no two alike. Grand Hotel was decorated by the world famous designer Carleton Varney and stands out worldwide as a hotel of distinction. Relax and enjoy the colorful and delightful furnishings that sooth your soul. The dining experience is one of the most enjoyable moments of Grand Hotel. Each breakfast and dinner you will order from the menu with dinner being a ‘five-course’ meal. In the Main Dining Room, dressing up for dinner is a tradition and sitting down with family and friends for a meal is an event. Lunch will include their world famous ‘Grand Buffet’ complete with gourmet foods to please every palate. The island offers activities like few other places in the world. Incredible views of the Mackinaw Bridge, to sunsets for lovers . . . few places offer this unique experience. 18 holes of golf on the Jewel golf course, tennis, pickle ball, lawn games in the Tea
Garden, horse-back riding, bicycling around the island and shopping downtown. All of these make your time away from home an experience you will not want to miss. Children 12 and under sleep and eat free of charge (it’s cheaper to take them then leave them home). With a Conference package carefully negotiated for ‘Super District 6400’, we believe you will unlikely get to Grand Hotel cheaper than our ‘all-inclusive’ price. Sign up early and you can get a chance to win an exclusive ‘Named Room’ upgrade to create the ‘ultimate’ Grand Experience. So, that’s our story and its as magical an experience as you will ever have. Bring your children, grandchildren, family and friends. On Mackinac Island, you step back into a gentler, more peaceful time that allows you to make memories for a lifetime. Rotary will come alive for you and everyone in your party as you share this Grand Hotel experience.
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POINTS OF PRIDE
Clubs in Rotary Super D6400 have a tremendous number of initiatives, accomplishments and activities of which to be proud! We asked clubs in the District to identify something their membership is particularly proud of -- many responded -- and we learned a lot! Here’s a smattering of some of what we heard:
Rotary Club of Adrian AM This club has tackled many projects of which they are proud including Habitat for Humanity Clean Up Rock the Block, Home Ramp project, Little Free Libraries at Migrant camps, Lunch Buddies Program, Neighbors of Hope Women’s Shelter Fence and our Snacks Sacks project to name just a few. Rotary Club of Adrian Noon The YMCA of Lenawee County Outdoor Enhancement project and the clean up at River Raisin top the list at Adrian Noon Rotary. Rotary Club of Allen Park This Rotary club has lots of projects of which it is proud including participation in Kids Against Hunger, Reading with Rotary, Rotary Park improvements, Thanksgiving turkey giveaway and Walking Tacos for Puzzle Parents. Rotary Club of Amherstburg The Rotary Club of Amherstburg is particularly proud of many initiatives including its Boundary Free Playground, bringing the Miracle League to Amherstburg, the Navy Yard Park Rotary Town Clock, Memorial Bricks project, the Montreal Canadian Alumni Hockey Game, its Ribfest, and participation in Youth Exchange and their Hazen Price Scholarships for students. Rotary Club of Belleville Among this club’s pride filled moments are its Books to Belleville District Library, Coats for Kids, Friday Fillup, Kids Against Hunger and its Free Little Libraries. Rotary Club of Blissfield Proud to participate in this campaign to support or local businesses that do so much for our community! #togetherweareblissfield Rotary Club of Canton This club has a number of super projects on the go including Bench building, Bowling and Pizza for YEP, Eagle Scouts Recognition dinner, Journey to Housing Grant, Kids Against Hunger Food Packaging, Little Free Libraries, Personal Hygiene Kits, Shelter Box, Tree planting, Senior Baskets, School Meal backpack project, Police and Fire Services Award and Salvation Army Bell Ringing. Rotary Club of Carleton This club launched an Ash-Carleton Park grant project. Rotary Club of Clinton Several points of pride for Clinton club include; scholarship foundation awarding $15,000 in scholarships each year, area flag project raising funds for supportive projects, support for Clinton Food Pantry, I92 Ministries and many school related projects. Rotary Club of Cottam Our club is most proud of our long standing traditions - 58 years of hosting our Fall Festival and over 40 years of Christmas Tree Sales which help fund endeavours to give back to our community.
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Rotary Club of Dearborn In 2017, the Rotary Club of Dearborn partnered with Dearborn Public Schools to introduce a new mentorship program in three local high schools to help students entering high school who are particularly vulnerable to anxiety, depression and bullying. These are students who may be at risk of feeling isolated, depressed and suicidal. During the past three years the “My Potential” Mentoring Program has reached over one hundred at risk students and successfully paired them with peer mentors. Both Mentees and Mentors credit positive changes in their lives to their involvement in the Program. Rotary Club of Dearborn Heights This club is particularly proud of its All Stars & Family Fun Day, Books and Bookcases for Kids, the Clean-Up Ecorse Creek project, Cyclist Education initiative, Fish & Loaves food Pantry Donation, Kids Against Hunger, Winter Preparedness program for Children, Lunch for VA Hospital Veterans and donations to Wounded America Bike Ride. Rotary Club of Detroit The Rotary Club of Detroit is engaged in many rotary opportunities of which it is proud. Projects such as the 2nd Annual Knockdown polio event, Youth Services MLK Day, in which 100 backpacks were prepared for young people in conjunction with ‘Pure Heart’, Kids Coalition Against Hunger in collaboration with the Dearborn Club, Operation Warmth in collaboration with the Grosse Pointe Club. We also host the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute and Peace in the Streets. The Detroit Rotary Foundation awarded $86,000 in grants 20192020 supporting organizations such as Keep Detroit Green, Belle Isle Native Garden and Launch Detroit in collaboration with Trenton & Taylor Clubs. There are so many local and global projects that we support in various ways. Finally, we were pleased to host international contingents such as radio scholars from Armenia that observed local radio broadcast and high school students (with less than 3-week notice) competing in a Global Robotics Competition from India that won 3rd place at Lawrence Technological University. Finally, the Detroit Rotary Club set its sights on raising $5,000 for COVID-19 efforts to feed first responders, provide PPE, Gleaners Food Bank & Salvation Army. We raised $25,000 with a matching campaign, special donations and collaboration with the Plymouth Club.
Rotary Club of Fairlane Sunrise This club is super proud of its “Children At Risk” program and its participation in the Readiness for Children in need project. Rotary Club of Garden City From harvest to table, bringing the opportunity for healthy food to every home in Garden City. Garden City Rotary working in collaboration with the Family Resource Center will be developing and expanding their gardens to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to low income families all year round. Rotary Club of Gibraltar-Rockwood This club points to the benches it installed at the new Outdoor Learning Centre, its support of a baseball league, Boy Scout Troup and Carlson High School Band as special points of pride. Rotarians from this club also note their participation in the Fill A Bus project, Gibraltar Food Pantry, Gibraltar Gazebo project, Kayak Launch project, Warm Coats project, Special Needs Swings, Love a Michigan Veteran project, Painting Gibraltar Pavilions and its scholarships to high school students. Rotary Club of Grosse Ile Among its points of pride this club lists its Boat Ride for Special Children, Bottoms Up Service project, Citizen of the Year, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Support of the Grosse Ile Education Foundation, Service Above Self scholarships and Shred Day for the community. Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe The Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe has two significant projects of which we are particularly proud, Operation Warm and the Tot Lot Reimagined. Operation Warm provides new winter coats to children in need in the Detroit metro area. We just completed our 8th year and have distributed over 30,300 new coats and raised over $527,000. The Rotary Tot Lot (playground) was begun in 1973, redone in 1998 and is being completely redone this year. We have raised over $250,000 in less than four months. We expect the “Tot Lot Re-Imagined” project to be completed in May 2020 and be state of the ADA compliant and be available to all of our communities.
Rotary Club of Harrow The Rotary Club of Harrow’s vision is to be a diverse group dedicated to serving the greatest needs of our local and global communities. Rotary Club of Detroit AM Home of DG John Chambers this club is particularly proud of him Through fellowship and action we strive to enrich the lives and create and his work as Governor of our District this year. Two other notable lasting change. Some of the things we are proud of are: Annual Fishing points of pride are its Tutoring Reading – Brilliant Detroit project and Derby and Rubber Duck Race and the Yearly activites at Harrowood Seniors Community. Threads for Success projects. Rotary Club of Essex Known as the “cooking club” Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Essex use their culinary and catering expertise to raise funds to support a wide range of local and international service projects. From water wells in Ghana and Haiti to Free Little Pantries and donations to food banks our club members are actively engaged in doing good! We are a 100 percent Paul Harris Fellowship club and our club is consistently among the top contributors in our District to The Rotary Foundation. We know “it’s not about the money but what the money can do” and we invest those dollars into humanitarian initiatives that alleviate human suffering, inspire young learners and promote peace, goodwill and understanding. #wearepeopleofaction
Rotary Club of Kingsville Southshore As one of our District’s newer clubs it has already spearheaded a number of worthwhile projects including its Purple Pinkie project, Clean up at Highland Games and Point Pelee, supporting the Gleaners Glean – a – Thon project and tree planting at Rotary Legacy Forest. Rotary Club of LaSalle-Centennial This club is proud of its participation in the Rotary Legacy Forest project, Holiday Hope Baskets and its Interact Club. This club also supports Adventures in Citizenship, RYLA, LaSalle Stompers and donated to the House of Sophrosyne and LaSalle Hangout-A Safe Place for Youth. (continued on page 34
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Rotary Club of Leamington Among its points of pride this club has many tremendous programs and initiatives underway including its Bike Lights for Migrant Workers, Art Gallery Student Juried Show, Coats for Kids, Gleaners, Maternal Newborn packages, and Meat Canning. This club also supports three bursaries for students.
a soup kitchen for the Tecumseh area, working with the community and other organizations to help spread the awareness of the opioid epidemic, and provide two year scholarships to high school seniors in the area. We additionally have a yearly Christmas Tree Sale that we have run for over twenty years, and with the help of the City of Tecumseh and Tecumseh Chamber of Commerce, last year moved to the brand new farmer’s market in town and are working on bringing out local artisans and entrepreneurs for the holiday season. Our Promenade Park has been a continual project for us as well, first with the building and donation of the park to the city, and now keeping it up and updating it for future generations.
Rotary Club of Lincoln Park This club has a number of projects on the go including Its participation in the Rotary School Readiness program, Family Fun Night, Honoring Lincoln Park Police during Police Week and providing scholarships to Rotary Club of Trenton Trenton is the first “Peace Club” in Michigan. Peace Chain Link college bound high school students. recipients are awarded monthly in recognition of the commitment to strength, stability and quality of life in our community and serving Rotary Club of Livonia This active club spearheads a great many projects including a Bone as role models and cultivating peace and positivity. So far, several Marrow Donor Drive, Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting, Clean Up community groups and individuals have been inducted to the Peace of Livonia’s Rotary Park, food sorting at Forgotten Harvest, meal Chain, which will serve as a template for all District 6400 clubs in packaging at Kids Against Hunger and its Rotary Reading Partners 2020-21. Trenton is also proud of its DYPAC Summer Camp, Family Fun Fair, Food Pantry, Senior Alliance Meals on Wheels, Shred Day, program to name a few. Totes for Teachers Rotary Club of Livonia AM Among this club’s points of pride are its Community Corn Roast Rotary Club of Wayne to welcome newcomers, Days for Girls project, Hamburg VietNam This club has several projects its members are proud of including its Moving Wall, Livonia Spree Run/Walk, Story Walk at Livonia Public Children’s Games Tent, Community Picnic, Dictionaries for Third Graders, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches for Homeless Shelter, Library and its Vista Maria Holiday Cookie Decorating project. Computers for Wayne Public Library and scholarships for ten high Rotary Club of Monroe school graduates. This club has spearheaded a Monroe beautification project. Rotary Club of Northville We are proud of our signature event – the 7th annual “2019 Tour de Ville Benefit Bike Ride,” starting and ending in Northville. This event is our major fundraising event for the year and in our first six years we attracted over 2,300 riders and raised over $120K for charities and causes such as the Rotary International Foundation, Kids Against Hunger, local scholarships, student exchange programs, Little Free Libraries, Shelter Box, Life Remodeled and local food banks. Check out all details and register at www.tourdeville.org
Rotary Club of Westland The club is proud of The Youth Clothing Distribution initiative. Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) The Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) Centennial Plaza was designed to make a lasting contribution to the community. In partnership with The City of Windsor, sponsorships by Heritage Canada, ENWIN, members of CAMM and Rotarians and friends of Rotary – an unused piece of land was transformed into an interactive destination for residents and visitors with swings, memorial benches, picnic tables, ping pong table, a 7 foot geodesic light sculpture and informative signage about Rotary.
Rotary Club of Plymouth Plymouth has many initiatives of which it is proud. This club presents Public Safety Awards, offers a number of scholarships, spearheaded a Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland seedlings project involving all 2nd grade students in their city, initiated Patients at the COVIC-19 Field Hospital in Windsor will receive a a Rotary Care project, and supported a play structure in Rotary Park. comfort package thanks to the generosity of Roseland Rotarians. Rotary Club of Plymouth AM This club is particularly proud of its Concert for Kids initiative. Rotary Club Club of Southgate Southgate Rotary is proud of its Community Garden.
Rotary Club of Windsor St. Clair This amazing club has many achievements of which to be proud including its Lighting up Migrant Workers Bikes in Leamington, the now famous Rotary Round About in Tecumseh, the annual TV Auction, Free Little Libraries, the creation of the Ganatchio Trail, and the construction of the Children’s Greenhouse at the Regional Children’s Centre at Hotel DieuGrace Healthcare in Windsor to name a few.
Rotary Club of Taylor This super active club has many initiatives of which they are proud including a Family Fun Day, Hallopaloza, Hoop House Restoration, Rotary Club of Windsor Walkerville Launch Taylor, Operation Warm Coats, Senior Centre Dentistry from Although this club is relatively small it packs a mighty punch when it the Heart, Senior Picnic, and the Wounded America Bike Ride Event. comes to projects and initiatives including support for Windsor Youth Centre, Windsor Downtown Mission, Summer Camp Program, Street Help donation, malaria prevention mosquito bed for pregnant and Rotary Club of Tecumseh Our Club has been active in the community with helping to start and fund nursing mothers in Ghana and donations to the food cupboard.
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Jones receives Sylvia Whitlock Award
Jennifer Jones loves Rotary. She lives, eats, and breathes Rotary. Why does she love Rotary so much? It is the enduring connections, fellowship, and opportunity for service on a local and global level that have enveloped her in a warm glow of gratitude. Jennifer is a gifted storyteller and communicator providing inspiration to Rotarians around the globe. Her infectious smile, and unique ability to instantly connect with people make are one of the most sought after speakers in Rotary. This has enabled her and I to share two of our great passions-Rotary and travel. Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice”. Jennifer believes in the Rotary tenant of tolerance amongst all peoples, which enhances Rotary’s role in advancing peace amongst nations. There have been many firsts for Jennifer in District 6400. She was the first female in our District to hold the following positions: District Governor, Rotary International Director, Rotary International Vice President, and Trustee. She was also the first ever-female moderator of the International Assembly. Jennifer never asked nor lobbied for any of these positions. Her mantra is that if one does things for the right reasons and with purity of heart, the world gives you what you need, at the right time, whatever that may be. As Jennifer traversed her various roles and positions, she noticed that women were often not kind to other women in Rotary. She was in the minority of women at senior level positions. As a result, Jennifer made it one of her mandates to inspire, empower, and enable women in Rotary, whether encouraging women to run for Club President, District Governor, Rotary International Director or anywhere else in between.
Women comprise only approximately 22% of Rotarians. Jennifer finds it imperative to grow our female membership and to bring women into leadership positions. Women helping women by inspiring, empowering, and enabling other women to aspire to leadership positions is critical for the health and well-being of our organization. Sylvia Whitlock, a JENNIFER JONES member of the Rotary Club of Duarte, California, was the first female club president in Rotary’s history. This came a result of a Supreme Court decision allowing women into Rotary in 1987. Since then Sylvia has advocated, motivated, and moved countless number of women forward in Rotary during her career. Hence, the Sylvia Whitlock award was created 4 years ago to honor those Rotarians advancing women in Rotary. Of note, this could be a male or female. Jennifer was honored to be the recipient of this prestigious award in 2020. Jennifer, Sylvia, and many other Rotarians continue to serve Rotary with “Service above Self ” as their motto, and will carry-on advocating for the advancement of women in Rotary.
Sylvia Whitlock, (posing with Captain Rotary, Noel Jackson), a member of the Rotary Club of Duarte, California, was the first female club president in Rotary’s history.
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