Executives & Directors
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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
John Bartoszewicz
March 1
Frank Dick
March 8
Chuck Chase
March 13
Floyd Rodgers
March 14
Nathan Salazar
March 14
Barry Reinink
March 20
Spouse Birthdays
Monica Mercer
March 6
Karen Pender
March 28
Brent Mercer
Monica Mercer
March 28
Join Date
Patty Clark
March 3, 2001
16 years
Mike Olsaver
March 21, 2002
15 years
Sam Rye
March 28, 1985
32 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
District Site
Venue Map
The Adrian Rotary Foundation - Chair Mark Murray
Mark Murray, Chair of the Adrian Rotary Foundation, polled members about their knowledge of the ARF. Here’s what we learned: There is a difference between the ARF and the RI Foundation. Contributions to the ARF stay local and support activities of our club while donations to the RIF go to fund projects worldwide yet some money does come back to District 6400 and then back to our club. The expectation of our club in support of the two foundations is that all members support both to the best of their ability.
The members of the ARF are actually all members of this club. The ARF has a board of directors made up of 9 club members who meet 3-4 times each year and oversee the work of the foundation. The primary responsibilities of the ARF board are (1) to set the policies as to how the monies are to be spent while helping to support local club efforts (2) to be good stewards of the money within the foundation and (3) grow the corpus. Members were reminded that when they receive their dues billing every 6 months, there is a place to indicate the amount they wish to donate directly to the ARF. On many occasions a portion of the proceeds from various club fund-raising events have gone directly into the ARF fund to help it grow.
The local foundation has been in existence for some 58 years! The RI Foundation will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017! Every year on December 31st, 5% of the ARF holdings come back to the club to be allocated by the incoming president and their board the following July 1.
ARF Treasurer, Brent Mercer, told members that there are two accounts in which money is invested. One is a general account whose monies are split between an annuity at Gleaners and the other with stocks we own and are held at Old National.  Those combined investments as of June 30th amounted to $342,000. There is also a separate scholarship fund held at Old National as well totaling $33,000 of which $1,000 is awarded annually to a student at Siena Heights University. A “Sustaining Member” of the ARF is the title given to anyone who makes a donation to the ARF and are encouraged to give at the $100 level as soon as they can. An “Adrian Rotary Fellow”, on the other hand, is anyone who has achieved $1,000 in contributions to the ARF. There are also two other levels: $2,500 and $5,000 (Frank Dick Fellowship level). Thanks, Mark, for educating us about this important, successful and long-standing club foundation.
2017 Rotary Bike Tour - Chairman of this event is Chip. Be ready to assist when called. This can be a huge project for this club and put us on the map for years to come.
Lenawee Lifelong Learning -  What an extensive roster of great educational programs that will begin April 4. Registration forms were also distributed. Costs: $25 for the first class and only $10 for all additional classes! Checks should be made out to: LCF (Lenawee Community Foundation) and mailed to: LLL, PO Box 308, Adrian, MI 49221. You may call 517-403-4319 for more info or e-mail to
Ribbons of Excellence - REMEMBER: An extended invitation is being made to all members wishing to take part as moderators during this event at Adrian College on April 5 around 3pm that afternoon. On that day the Adrian College campus and surrounding communities will convene to celebrate the scholarly and creative activities of Adrian College students. The purpose of this day is to encourage students to engage in the acquisition of new knowledge outside the classroom and to act as a catalyst for student/faculty collaboration. Eligible research and creative projects are those that go beyond typical classroom assignments and will be overseen by an Adrian College faculty mentor. Students from all disciplines are invited to submit work for presentation at the Ribbons of Excellence Conference. Please contact me if you are interested.
PolioPlus – Thanks to everyone who contributed money again at our meeting to support this wonderful cause!
Thank You Letter – We received a nice letter from the Adrian District Library for our support of $2,000for their Summer Reading Program.
New Member Induction – AJ and Luke were officially presented with signed certificates today in commemoration of their recent membership in the club. Congrats, gents!
What Would You Do? PSA Contest – Remember that WLEN Radio is teaming up with Lenawee Community Mental Health Association to run a PSA Contest. They are encouraging kids and groups to participate and the theme this year is “What Would You Do?” if you were exposed to tobacco, alcohol, physical or mental abuse? They want to build some conversations around these important questions between kids, their counselors, their parents, etc. and help them learn what resources are available in the event the may be experiencing any of these issues themselves or know others who are. More info is available on Kathy said she would be visiting area schools and talking with students about this.
Neighbors of Hope – Club member and board member of NOH, Kathy Williams, mentioned that the organization in conjunction with Blessings & More Store has a bailing operation and welcome anyone who can donate clothes, linen and cardboard and the proceeds of which will go to fund their women’s and children’s center.
Semi-annual Club Dues are Due – Thanks to those who paid their dues at this week's meeting. For all others, please pay your dues if you have not already. Checks can be dropped off at a regular meeting.
RI Foundation Giving Levels – Anyone who would like to know what the status of their giving is to contact Chair Mike Olsaver as he has all that information.
District 6400 Newsletter – AG Mary encouraged all members to read the great district newsletter which is available at: . There is a great pic from the recent AM Club’s Celebrity Wait.
Random Acts of Kindness – Whether you’re out and about or at work go to and do something good for somebody! Deadline for this will be mid-April.
Passport Program – We are still looking for one more member who can pay a visit to a Canadian Club. This will complete our 4 visits that qualify us for part of the Presidential Citation Award in Cleveland in May. Nate along with Greg and Marje Simay volunteered to attend. We need one more so please contact me should you be able to go.
April 8 – District Assembly – Any person wishing to attend this 4 hour session (8am-noon) should contact me. It will be held in Windsor so you will need a Passport.
April 21 - 100th Anniversary of RI Foundation - Marilyn Kremer, chair from the AM Club, was in attendance today and provided more details of the upcoming gathering to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the RI Foundation. Details are being worked on between representatives of our club and the Morning Club and will be held at the Lenawee Country Club. At this dinner which will be attended by DG Sue and other District 6400 dignitaries, special recognition will be presented to members who qualify to receive Paul Harris awards. If you are close to completing a PHF for yourself, you may want to make that contribution so that you may be recognized. All clubs in Lenawee County will be invited to attend. A mini auction is planned so if you have any noteworthy Rotary memorabilia you’d like to donate, please let us know as all of that money will go to the RI Foundation. We’ll also have a 50-50 raffle. Cost: $25 per person, cash bar. Social hour from 5:30pm-6:30pm; Dinner at 6:30pm; Program at 7pm. A sign-up sheet will be passed around again next week.
May 11 – 15 – District Conference – Are you signed up yet to attend? Time is running out especially if you want to take advantage of a “first time attended $100 subsidy” and matched by District 6400! Cleveland here we come!! And the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!
So, let’s hear from you. Signed up to go as of this writing are: Yours Truly, Nate Smith, Patty and Jane Clark, the Olsaver fam. Here is a note from DG Sue about the conference:
Each year, a group of Rotarians and their families from District 6400 gather together for a few days to celebrate the achievements of the past year.  We share ideas and friendship and leave inspired to go back to our Rotary clubs to work together in the coming year to make great things happen in our local communities, as well as throughout the world.  This is our District Conference. 
I would like you to consider this my personal invitation to you and your family to join us this May 11th through the 14th at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel for the 2017 District 6400 conference!  Our District Conference committee, led by chairs PDG Neil McBeth and Liz Smith Yeats and comprised of more than 30 hard-working Rotarians from across our district, has been putting in many hours to insure this conference is EXTRA-special and rewarding for you.
DisCon 2017 begins Thursday evening, May 11th at 6:30 with a private, Rotary District 6400-only event at the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!  You’ll enjoy a full dinner, free reign of the museum and the planning committee has even developed a scavenger hunt with prizes for some extra fun.
Friday morning will begin with our opening ceremonies and the Parade of Presidents & PDG’s, followed by a full morning of speakers and presentations on club projects that will show you how we “followed our hearts” this year as we Served Humanity.  After lunch, you’re encouraged to participate in our free-time activity, a visit to “A Christmas Story” house & museum, including our Santa Claus Flash Mob event!
Friday evening, you’ll laugh and you’ll cry and be awed by our keynote speaker, Past Rotary International President Rick King, one of the top speakers in the Rotary world.  We’ll also have a big party that night celebrating the 100th Anniversary of our Rotary Foundation!
Saturday (fill in details of morning program), and another opportunity to explore the revitalized and energetic city of Cleveland, including its West Side Market in the city’s vibrant Ohio City neighborhood, right across the street from the Great Lakes Brewing Company, where we’ve setup a special tour and tasting (optional, at an additional charge).
You’ll want to be back at the Renaissance in the late afternoon in time to get gussied up for our reception and awards celebration, where we’ll give special recognition to the clubs that take service to new heights – culminating with the Hugh Archer Awards for innovative new projects and the Dick Hedke Award for the best all-around club in our district.  Will the 2016 Hedke-winning club of Taylor keep the trophy?  You’ll want to be there to find out!
If you have never been to our District Conference, it is impossible for me to impress upon you what a game-changer it is for the part of your life that is Rotary.  There’s a reason that so many of our members go back to DisCon, year after year.
Many of our clubs are offering our special “first-time attendee” stipend - $300.00 off your conference package, half provided by your club and half by District 6400.  Check with your club president to see if yours is participating. Simply put – we NEED you to come to this conference.  I PROMISE you will be as motivated and inspired as I was when I attended my first conference in 1996! If you have any questions about the conference, please don’t hesitate to email me,  I can’t wait to celebrate a great Rotary year with you… because Cleveland ROCKS!!!
Upcoming Club Program Presentations
March 9
March 16 – Stuart Kail – Owner of Aurbees
March 23 – Greg Simay – Member Moment
March 30 – Jim Perri – Membership Director for District 6400
GUESTS:  Junior Rotarians Sarah Ford and Sidney Yatzek; John Elchert, guest of John B.; visiting AM Club member Marilyn Kremer.
FINE SESSION - Mike Olsaver
It Mike's turn this month. He had a good day by fining: Burg, M. Tobey (2), Chase (4), Barnett (2), Luckett, Slater (3), John B., Reinink, Patty C., Olsaver, Rye, Pender, Kremer
Happy BucksBendes, Pender, Luckett, Kremer
50/50 Drawing
Tickets drawn belonged to: Bob Sack (yes, again) and Patty but neither of which won half of today’s $1,200 jackpot! Just a FEW cards left!

SONGS:  Susan with Helen

TABLE HELPERS: Nate & Nelson