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
Joe Wagley
October 4
Mohinder Chadha
October 14
Greg Adams
October 17
Allen Slater
October 18
Mike Tobey
October 31
Spouse Birthdays
Tom Pyle
October 20
Mike Tobey
October 31
Kathye Herrera
Doug Herrera
October 2
Join Date
Sue Lewis
October 1, 2009
7 years
Steve Benz
October 10, 1989
27 years
Greg Simay
October 13, 2015
1 year
Amy Pyle
October 27, 2015
1 year
Megan Vandekerkhove
October 30, 2014
2 years
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Club Information
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We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Lenawee Country Club
4110 Country Club Rd
Adrian, MI  49221
United States
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Boy Scouts of America - Melissa Stricherz
Kevin Marti introduced Melissa who he has known for a couple of months now and said that she and her husband, Craig, were natives of South Dakota and were looking for lake property in Michigan. Melissa assumed the position of Field Service Council Scout Executive for the Southern Shores Council in February of this past year. Southern Shores is the product of the merger between the Great Sauk Trails Council and the Southwest Michigan Council.
The Boy Scouts is 105 years old and girls are also part of the organization as of about 12 years ago and are part of the “Venturing” program (ages 14-20). Melissa serves an 11-county area which are divided into 8 separate districts. Scouting, she said, “is all about the kids” and that the “Boy Scouts is the largest character-building organization in the world and all children have the same potential to succeed”. Kids learn life skills that will carry them through their lives.
Melissa said that the organization is looking for someone to take over the 2 county area of Hillsdale and Lenawee and if we know someone who might like to be considered for the opportunity to let her know. A very involved volunteer in this immediate area is Brian Bowers who serves as District Chairman who will also be providing office space for the new person.
In this area alone, she said, there are over 450 volunteers! Cub Scouts are for kids age 7-10; Boy Scouts – age 11-17. A pilot program for kindergarteners is being tested this year. Their camp in the Kalamazoo/Portage area encourages kids to have fun while they’re there and learn science and technology as well as the arts. Melissa said that in her district there are 773 boys and girls involved in the program, 18 Eagle Scouts in the 2 counties in 2015, 123 cub scouts and 227 boy scouts.
Melissa took an opportunity to thank Gleaner’s for their support by presenting Kevin Marti with a plaque at the end of her presentation.
Comstock River Walk Project – Mark announced that we will be partnering with Civitan again this year. This year, however, will be bigger and better as space will be available for 110 trees this year of which our club needs to sell 50 of them for a cool $2,500 going to our club!! We simply get people or organizations to purchase a tree for just $50 they will be free to decorate. The City of Adrian will erect the trees and put on the lights. Forms are available so be sure and get some and encourage people/organizations you know to purchase one or two or three even!! Let’s all get out there and sell a ton of trees. The official lighting of the trees will take place on December 2nd. Our own Patty Clark will be purchasing 5 of them and asked members to identify anyone who might want a free tree to decorate! Thanks, Patty.
Christmas Tree Sale – Mark told audience members that we will be handling this a little differently this year since we will not be selling trees this year but have handed that off to the Adrian Center for the Arts. We will be a partner with them but not managing the project this year as in the past. Any member, however, wishing to help sell trees this season can contact the ACA once the schedule comes out.
Wreath Sales – Nate announced once again that the program is off and running. The club is doing this jointly with the Morning Club. If you do not have an order sheet, please see Nate. Yours Truly sent out in a recent e-mail to all members a copy of the official flyer members can place on their Facebook page to solicit orders. Deadline is October 26th. All wreaths will be delivered in bulk to us the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Wreaths this year are selling for $21 each.
Share the Warmth - Kathy Williams announced that WLEN is assisting again this year with the Keep Lenawee Warm program and encouraged those who have lightly warn winter coats to drop them off at Adrian Dry Cleaners, Bell Ford in Adrian or Knapp Motors in Blissfield which will then go to Associated Charities to be donated to those in need.
Membership Committee – Kathy then mentioned that on November 1 will be a club event for the purpose of educating our newest members about Rotary as well as a social for all who want to attend afterwards. Everyone is invited! New members will arrive at 5pm and all others come at around 5:30pm for appetizers and libations left over from Art-A-Licious. Hope you can all come!! It will be at Kathy’s house in the Birch Run subdivision just south of MJR Theaters on North Main here in Adrian. Will be a fun time!
Youth Exchange Host Families Needed – The Morning Club is asking for people who would like to host a Youth Exchange Student this year. Here is what their flyer says: Hosting is a tremendous experience when you can share in a young person’s hopes and dreams and develop a lifelong connection with a student from another country. What is expected of a host family?
During the exchange • Provide a safe and welcoming environment to develop friendship & trust between the student and your family. • Support and make the student feel like a part of the family, with the same privileges as well as obligations. • Provide student with a room and three meals a day. It is preferred that all students must have their own bed although if the student must share a room, it must be with a child of the same gender and similar age. • Provide a place in the home where the student may study. • Recognize the student’s birthday and other special occasions. • Ensure the student knows how to contact family members, friends. • Look to Rotarians to voice any concerns and questions regarding the student  - youth exchange counselor (YEC) or youth exchange officer (YEO) • Maintain close contact with the host club for help with transportation. • Encourage involvement in community life by introducing the student to neighbors, friends, and local groups. • Teach the student about the local culture, and learn about the student’s culture. • Advise the student about matters related to school, family, community functions, and friendship. ROTARY ALSO OFFERS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR TRAVELING ABROAD TO LOCAL STUDENTS. Call for more information 517-673-4898
Random Acts of Kindness – Whether you’re out and about or at work, do something kind for someone before next week's meeting! 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.
District 6400 Newsletter - A 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.
Passport Program –Still looking for members who would like to visit another club within driving distance as part of the district’s Passport Program. A minimum of 4 members are required.
End of SeptemberFluency Friends – AG Mary announced that the new Fluency Friends year at Michener Elementary will probably begin the second week of October so members who have not signed up can still do so. Mary once again passed around the sign-up sheet. Members signing up for the first time will need to fill out a background check form and attend a brief orientation before they can be a “Friend”.
October 7 & 8 - Child Advocacy Center - This is a joint worker-bee project with the Morning Club to help paint the Child Advocacy Center. The two clubs submitted a grant which was approved by the district specifically for this project. A sign-up sheet was passed around and will be again next week for those who can help
October 9 - Reality Fair at Adrian College (Financial Literacy Workshop) – Patty Clark said that about 30 volunteers are needed to make this a success for the high school students from 3 area schools who have been invited to attend from 9am-1pm that day at Adrian College Tobias Room. A sign-up sheet was passed around and will again on September 15th.
October 15 & 16 - Southgate Park Community Service Day – John B. announced this event which will take place just off south US223. Volunteers interested in helping out elderly folks who will paint, stain, and do landscaping work. Dates and times: Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16 from 9am-6pm. Please contact Jackie Cavazos at 517-403-1897 for more info.
November 1New Member Orientation & Social - at Kathy William’s home in the Burch Run subdivision just south of the MJR Theaters on M52. EVERYONE is invited. New members will need to be there at 5pm while all others should be there by 5:30pm. Leftovers from Art-A-Licious need to be consumed. Should be a great time! Plan to attend!!
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. A sign-up sheet was passed around to those new members and their sponsors to indicate whether or not they will be attending.
December 31New Year's Eve Gala Event 2016. We’re doing it another year! And, we need EVERYBODY’S help! A committee is working hard to pull this major fundraising event for our club off again this year. Copies of printed materials have gone out and will be available soon. This id the first year for a “themed” event and we’re calling it the Adrian Noon Rotary Club’s ROCK & ROLL New Year’s Celebration! Tickets are $40 per person or $75 a couple. The band, Bill Lewis and the Soul Backs have signed a contract with us and will be playing the entire evening. He has, of course, a huge following and has agreed to promote this event on his Facebook page. It will again be at Benincasa Hall at SHU. Registration forms will be available soon so be thinking of people who might want to attend. Members who helped get sponsors last year as well as items for our live auction were given a list of people they contacted last year and were asked to approach them again this year. More info coming.
Upcoming Programs
October 13 – Tim Robinson – Red Tire Project
October 20 – Max Sielsky talking about acupuncture
October 27 – Monica Mercer – The Buoy Shop
November 3 – Keith Trost, Executive Director Goodwill
November 10 -
November 17 – Anna Mortimer – County National Bank
November 23 – Joint luncheon with Kiwanis (LCS)
Dec 1 - Joann Hartmeyer from new drug court
Dec 8 - Lenawee Community Chorus
Dec 15 - Sister Peg
GUESTS:  Dr. Dave Ewing from the Flint area, guest of Yours Truly; Denise Heine from Adrian College; representing the AC Rotaract club were President Amanda Gaiser, Jasmine, and Jill; Junior Rotarians Tayla and Janessa.
FINE SESSION - Rodney Pender
Rod Pender did the honors and fined: Sack, S. Tobey, Burg (4), Dick, John B., Chase (4), P. Clark, Keller, J. Clark, Moore (2), Herrera, Williams, Wagley, Mark M.
Happy Bucks – Mark M. (2), Moore, Williams, Burg, Herrera, Smith, Easton, M. Tobey.
50/50 Drawing
Chip Moore’s and Mike Tobey’s tickets were drawn but neither won today’s $30 jackpot.

SONGS:  Chip

TABLE HELPERS: Kathye & Rhonda