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Chair: Adrian Rotary Foundation
Chair: Membership
Chair: Programs
Chair: Rotary International Foundation
Co Chair - International Service
Chair - Youth Services
Chair - Public Relations
Past President
Webmaster/Bulletin Editor
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Greg Simay
August 5
Sue Lewis
August 13
Mitch Blonde
August 17
Susan Tobey
August 22
Ray Maxe
August 24
Spouse Birthdays
Susan Tobey
August 22
Jim Philp
Amy Philp
August 4
Mike Olsaver
Tiffany Olsaver
August 7
Steve Benz
Connie Benz
August 10
Kevin Marti
Korinne Marti
August 11
Bob Sack
Audrey Sack
August 24
Join Date
Rod Pender
August 2, 2012
4 years
Floyd Rodgers
August 3, 1995
21 years
Mark Murray
August 3, 1995
21 years
Brent Mercer
August 13, 2009
7 years
Ray Maxe
August 13, 2009
7 years
Carol Souchock
August 22, 2008
8 years
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
Service Above Self
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Lenawee Country Club
4110 Country Club Rd
Adrian, MI  49221
United States
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State of the City - Shane Horn - Adrian City Administrator
The top administrator of the City of Adrian, Shane Horn, spoke to audience members today. He started with the City on 1992. Prior to becoming Administrator worked in the Utilities Department for 19 years and became its Director. Shane was appointed Administrator in November of 2013. He is married to his wife, Michelle (currently employed at Gleaners), and they have a son, Brad (a former Junior Rotarian) who is a sophomore at CMU, and a daughter who is a senior at AHS.
Shane began by thanking our club for its involvement in the community adding that is was very much appreciated. Some of the information he shared was: A new City budget year begins officially the end of this month. Projected revenues for the 2016-17 General Fund are $9.1 million with an equal amount in expenses. Fiscal year budget is expected to be $29.4 million. A 1.5% increase was approved to all employees; health care costs will increase by 7% (Priority Health replaced BC/BS who wanted a 36% increase over last year which was cost prohibitive); rates for sewer and water inceased 2% equating to about a$1,41 per month increase to the average user; $40,500 was appropriated for capital improvements next year (down from what started out amounting to $400,000+); a slight increase in real property values; and a reduction of 3 firefighters due to retirement and attrition (current staff at 15 fulltime). A FEMA grant several years ago did fund 3 firefighters which was not renewed.
Revenues for the City come from essentially 2 sources, Shane said, property taxes (55%) and state revenue sharing (23%) both of which have been drastically impacted the past 6 or 7 years resulting in a reduction in services. An additional 10% of revenue comes from the park system. Relative to expenses, publicity accounts for the largest chunk – account for a little over 50% of the general fund. Residential and commercial property values amount to $177.3 million. The average home price in the city is $72,000. In order to recover what the city has lost over the years, taking into account the rate of inflation, it will take the city until 2035 to get back to the revenues enjoyed in 2006-2007, Shane said.
The current charter millage levied by the city is 13.6293 mils. The Headlee Rollback was defeated in 2013 which would have increased the millage back to 15 mil level. Consequently, the city loses some $500k per year as a result. The commission approved a 1 mil levy for local street improvements and a millage for the former Adrian Public Library was levied for then new “District Library” which has a favorable impact on city finances. Staffing levels within municipal government nationwide is 16.4 employees per 1,000 population. In Michigan that average is 12.2/per 1,000. In Adrian, the figure is 5.6/per 1,000!
Projects that Shane highlighted include: Curbside spring pickup, the development of Chomp Burgers, several new Dollar General Stores have been built, Dunham’s in the Adrian Mall, grants approved to combat blight ($325k), the new proposed Aubree’s restaurant in front of the Adrian Mallthe exciting Strongback project in downtown Adrian and the new Gaslight Village.
Shane concluded his presentation by sharing with us various options the city was considering to generate additional revenue including a City Income Tax which, at this time, lacks commission support would generate approximately $4 million at which time the millage would be rolled back to 6.8 mils for city residents, Shane said. “A lot of momentum is going on” all over the city. Thanks, Shane, for a very interesting and comprehensive presentation.
REMEMBERING – Long-time Rotarian, John Abraham, passed away on Wednesday. Our condolences go out to his family. He was 93. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at First United Methodist Church in Adrian with the Rev. Christopher Brundage officiating. Burial will be private. Friends may visit the family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wagley Funeral Home in Adrian. Contributions in memory of John are suggested to Lenawee Humane Society or First United Methodist Church. Online condolences and memories may be shared at
One Rotary Summit – AG Mary announced that any and all members are welcome to attend this annual event at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. Guest speaker will be RI VP, Jennifer Jones. Registration will be at 4:45pm on September 8th followed by dinner. Please contact Chuck if you would like to attend. Mary also said that DG Sue is encouraging all clubs to be sure and post information about club events and happenings on The more info, the better!
District 6400 Newsletter - AG Mary mentioned the great district newsletter available at: . All members should be receiving this automatically every month. If not, it might be a problem with the member’s information on DACdb. For assistance accessing your info, please contact Yours Truly.
Blessings & More Open House – Kathy Williams announced that today was the grand opening of the organization launching its new bailer for clothing it takes in. Proceeds from this operation will go toward funding its Women’s & Children Shelter soon-to-be-built in the near future.
Chamber Update – John B. spoke about a couple of things the Chamber is involved with: Senior Lifestyle Expo this Saturday at the Adrian Mall Center Court from 10am -2 pm; then on Monday, August 8 - the official ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 pm at the former Garfield’s site – the new S&B Burger’s Restaurant at 1357 South Main Street, at the Adrian Mall!
Random Acts of Kindness – Ambassador, AG Mary Murray, shared with members an opportunity she had at work to spread a little kindness to someone deserving. Whether you’re out and about or at work, do something kind for someone before next week's meeting! Take the cards Mary handed out with you just in case! For more info, go to 
Bottle Cap Program – As a reminder, Mike Olsaver would still like all bottle caps as you have them to turn in at each meeting. They will be recycle to provide plastic benches at Michener Elementary.
Need for Paper Products – REMEMBER that the food pantries in the area are in real need of paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products). Patty Clark has been encouraging all of us to donate these to our favorite charities. Patty suggested this could be a program for the Interclub Council to consider and come up with a fundraising drive to generate enough revenue to supply these immediate needs.
Passport Program – The following members will be visiting 2 of the clubs in the District next month: Tecumseh Club Visit (August 9 at 12 noon at Evans Street Station) – Nate Smith, Mike Olsaver, Kathy Williams, Jesse Pizana, John B, Rhonda Gage and Helen Bendes.
Visiting the AM Club on Wednesday morning August 10 at LCS will be Helen Bendes, Mary Murray, Rhonda Gage, Kathye Herrera, Kevin Marti and Yours Truly.  Mary Murray has the official Passport each group will need to take with them for proper credit. Thanks to all who signed up!
The official Passport was presented along with club flags that will be presented to each of the club’s presidents at the time of the visit. Thanks to Nelson Douglass for bringing in 3 of them!
New Prospect Brochure – Revisions have been made and sent to each board member for review. It will then go to the printers and distributed to all members to hand out to prospective members they talk with.
Dues – Don’t forget: Dues are due!
August 10 – At 11am Eastern Time, a live video chat on John Germ’s Facebook page will take place between him and Jennifer Jones, RI Vice President.
August 13 – The Tecumseh Rotary Club (only 8 members mind you) has worked very hard on their Food & Music Festival scheduled for next Saturday, the 13th on the property next to Shopko on M52. The event will run from noon that day to about 10pm. A number of great bands will be performing throughout the day. Tecumseh Brewing will be participating. Numerous family activities have also been planned. Be sure and go to support this club!
August 22 - Par For Hope Golf Tournament – The Neighbors of Hope will be sponsoring a golf outing at the Lenawee Country Club on August 22nd. Each golfer will be charged $50 and also be asked to bring in another $50 form a willing donor. Proceeds will be used to purchase the house on Broad Street and the new Women’s & Children’s Shelter the organization is getting closer to securing. Kathy hopes that a couple of teams from our club will enter to play. Please contact Kathy Williams if you or your organization would be interested in supporting this great cause.
September 15 – Official visit by District Governor, Sue Goldsen, to our club. The board will meeti with her at 11am that morning and make a presentation during the regular meeting that day. Please be sure and attend.
September 24 – Annual River Raisin Cleanup – Mark Murray, chair, informed members of the upcoming project in September. It has turned into a community-wide project thanks to Mark. It is also designed to inform residents of the great resource we have in the River Raisin. A lot of the river has effectively disappeared due to the obstructions in and around it. Yet is still remains a great resource in our city. Our club along with the City of Adrian, Connecting Lenawee, the River Raisin Watershed Council will again be teaming up to help clean up  and do our part again this year next month. Mark mentioned that a group called AmeriServes will be coming in ahead of our cleanup for some 4-6 weeks to clean the river from one end to the other. Long term, Mark said, it would be his hope that people could actually kayak that distance one day. He closed by reminding members that our club should be proud of its commitment the past 10 years of being good stewards of this river and not be bashful about taking credit for doing so! More info/details coming.
October 3 - District Governor Golf Outing – Walnut Creek Country Club, 25501 Johns Road, South Lyon, MI. Lunch at 11am; Shotgun Start: 12:30pm – Dinner following. Lunch/Golf/Dinner - $175 per person; Dinner only - $55. RSVP or Questions to
November 10 - Million Dollar Legacy Dinner - The Rotary Foundation will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year and District 6400 will celebrate in style with a Legacy Dinner on Thursday, November 10th, 2016 at the Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, MI. The honored guests at this event will be Rotary International President John Germ and Rotary International Vice President Jennifer Jones. You can get involved and join in our celebration by pledging a gift to the Rotary Foundation over the next 3 years. It can be an Annual gift, Bequest Society Gift or other areas. They are asking you to consider an increase in your current level and if you are close to a major donor level or to a next one, get there during this special celebration! Contact PDG Neil McBeth ( and PDG Donna Schmidt ( to learn how you can participate in this awesome event while also helping Humanity through gifts to the Foundation.
November 11 - Membership Luncheon with RI President John Germ - All new members who have been inducted since July 1 need to note on their calendars the date of November 11. On that day they and their sponsors will need to be in Plymouth to be officially inducted by RI President John Germ. More details will follow. We are trying to secure a van to transport everyone to this important event!
The Rotarian Magazine - A great way to keep up on the latest happenings around the Rotary world!
GUESTS: Jennifer Landstrom, guest of Greg Adams; Marje, Guest of her hubby, Greg; and visiting Toledo Rotarian, Scott Hinshaw.
Upcoming Programs & Presentations
August 11 - Mitchell Moore - Zambia Talk
August 18 - Sue Lewis
August 25 - Frank Dick & Kevin Marti - Honor Flight/WWII Memorial

Brent Mercer did the honors this week and fined: Chase (2), Burg, Simay, Lewis, S. Tobey, Maxe (2), Olsaver (2), Marti, Sack, Mark M., John B., Easton, Mary M., John B.


John B., Williams, Olsaver (2), Mark M., Patty C.
50/50 Drawing
Your’s Truly’s and Sue Lewis tickets were drawn but neither won today’s jackpot.
INVOCATION: Kathye Herrera

SONGS:  Greg Simay without Helen!

TABLE HELPERS: Kathye & Rhonda