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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
Dane Nelson
April 24
Carol Souchock
April 28
Spouse Birthdays
Gary Easton
April 8
Debra Keller
April 16
Rod Hokenson
Helen Hokenson
April 3
Kevin Keller
Debra Keller
April 8
Join Date
Chuck Chase
April 23, 1998
19 years
Dane Nelson
April 24, 2008
9 years
Mitch Blonde
April 24, 2008
9 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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Club Assembly - Rhonda & Chuck
Happy New Year! This is mid-year for our club and an appropriate time to hold a Club Assembly. Treasurer Rhonda update members on the NYE event reporting that 130 people signed up to attend and only 6 did not show. The stats she shared were: Sponsorships - $7,200; Ticket Sales - $3,500; Live Auction Proceeds: $5,720; Silent Auction Proceeds: $490. TOTAL GROSS RAISED: $16,910. Expenses: Estimated - $4,800. NET RAISED: $12,110!
Rhonda explained that the club has an Appropriations Committee who, on a quarterly basis, reviews requests for donations that come in and make their recommendations to the full board for approval or denial. The money allocated comes into the club from the Adrian Rotary Foundation every new year based on their holdings as of December 31 of each year. Kathy Williams, Dane Nelson, Nate Smith, Sue Lewis and Rhonda make up the committee. Thus far, the club has appropriated $6,700. In 2017 donations are expected to be around $3,800. The Adrian Rotary Foundation provided the club the generous sum of $17,500 for the 2016-17 club year. Committee member Dane Nelson mentioned that there were specific criteria the committee follows in granting money each quarter and that the committee will be looking at the results of the club visioning meeting some time ago and decide if the criteria should be changed.
Yours Truly followed Rhonda and recapped the first 6 months of the 2016-17 club year:
-July 7th – first meeting of the new Rotary year
-Completed a successful Changeover Dinner at the Gage’s
-Brent Mercer was presented with the Rotarian of the Year Award
-Board members: Kevin Marti and Greg Adams joined the board this year; Kathy Williams replaced Bobbi Dawes; Kathye Herrera took the place of Dan Buron; Sue Lewis replaced Bill Gross
-Great summer club social hosted by Greg and Debbie DuMars on July 22
-Steve Benz was presented with his PHF +1 pin
-Mike Olsaver introduced his Bottle cap recycling program
-Club embarked on District 6400’s Passport program – so far we have visited the Morning, Blissfield and Tecumseh clubs
-New members inducted so far this year were: Nathan Salazar, Jim Potthast, Mike & Susan Tobey, Anna Mortimer and Marje Simay. Jim, Mike and Susan were inducted a second time by RI President John Germ in Plymouth on November 11th
-A new member brochure for prospects was developed
-We presented a $10,000 check to the Croswell Opera house
-On July 21st we made the decision to plan for another NYE event
-Our club met at the Adrian Center for the Arts on September 8th and toured the facilities
-DG Sue Goldsen paid an official visit to our club on September 15 as the new District Governor
-A very successful River Raisin Cleanup was held on  September 24th and headed up again by Mark Murray
-Started another Fluency Friends cycle at Michener Elementary thanks again to Mary Murray and numerous member volunteers
-October 7 – a number of club members helped out with painting at the Child Advocacy Center
-The district’s Million $ Legacy Dinner was held in Plymouth on November 10th – Joe Wagley and the Murrays attended
-We helped the Chamber sponsor the new incoming freshmen from Adrian College and SHU
-Perfect Participation Awards were given out by Allen
-Sinner-of-the-Year Award Presentation was handled by Kevin Keller (PP Rod P.)
-Participated in the annual Art-A-Licious program
-A Fireside Chat was held on November 1st at Kathy Williams home which doubled as a Club Social thanks to Kathy Williams and Nate Smith
-Presented Mike Tobey with a PHF pin
-Onion Sale Drive spearheaded by Kathye and assistance from Nathan
-Two high school students attended the annual RYLA conference at Schoolcraft College and were sponsored jointly by our club and the AM Club
-Very successful Wreath Sales program was headed up by Nate Smith and assisted by Nathan Salazar
-Comstock Park Riverwalk was extremely successful thanks to Mary Murray
-A first ever Bike Tour Program is in the planning stages for execution next September thanks to chair, Chip Moore
-A fun Club Christmas Social was held on Dec 2 at Theresa Soto’s home
-We rang bells all day December 9th for the Salvation Army thanks to Kevin Keller who coordinated it again this year
-A PHF + 8 was presented to Mark Murray
-A plaque was presented to Frank for his very generous Lenawee Cares Pillar’s Club support
-We presented a check for $10,000 to the Adrian Center for the Arts

Coming up between now and June 30

-Art of Mingling – January 19
-Mid-Year Meeting – Chuck will attend on January 22 (for current presidents in the district)
-District Grant Writing session – January
-Vocational Lunches – January 26th
-Two scholarships to be awarded in May/June
-Junior Rotarian Day – May
-District Conference – May 11 - 15
-Devils Lake Festival of the Arts – June – Brent
-Nate to attend a number of district training events
2017 Rotary Bike Tour - Chip updated members on the latest happenings. He said he met and made a presentation to promote the event with the Morning Club yesterday who will be assisting us. He will be asking members to serve on various committees as we will need everyone’s help so please be prepared to say “yes” when asked. A sponsorship team is being organized to seek donations. The first day is an “On road” event where bicyclist can choose on of for courses: 25 (approximately 1 hour to complete), 40, 62 or 100 (5 to 6 hours) mile distances. Safety and water stops along the way. St. John’s Lutheran Church on M52 and Valley Road will be the starting point for this event. Those on the 60 and 100 mile tour will go on up to MIS and on their 400-acre property and loop back around. In future years, bikers touring this route will be allowed to take part in an on-track event. The Sunday event is a timed event at Heritage Park across from the MJR Theater. Both events have been announced and published in the recent issue of the Michigan Ride Calendar.
Lenawee Lifelong Learning -  REMEMBER - 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
PolioPlus – Thanks to everyone who contributed money again at our meeting to support this wonderful cause! Over $300 was raised!
Sympathies – Our prayers go out to Steve Benz and his family on the passing of his Mother. Arrangements have been made and will be held the Saturday before Easter. We will have a card for all to sign at next week’s meeting.
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition - The Adrian Noon Rotary Club recognized its newest recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow, member Susan Tobey, in appreciation for her gift to the Rotary International Foundation made by her husband, Mike, in her honor. Gifts to the Foundation are used to support humanitarian efforts around the world. Shown with Susan is her husband, Mike, on the left and Yours Truly. Congratulations Tobey’s!
District 6400 Clothing Drive – AG Mary asked club members to help with the district’s efforts to collect gently used women’s clothing so they can go out on job interviews. It is needed by the first of May. A group by the name of Dress for Success is spearheading this cause. What is collected will be presented at this year’s District Conference. Please bring these items to then next regular meetings.
DisCon Table Decoration – AG Mary also asked members to consider coming together to make up a centerpiece for a table at the District Conference. The theme is “Rotary Through the Ages” and the arrangement should reflect that theme. Members attending DisCon will take it with them to Cleveland.
New Member Recognition – Today John Elchert (second from right) n, President and Publisher of the Daily Telegram received his official pin as the newest member of our club. He has been a Rotarian for the past 11 years and recently moved to Adrian with his wife and family from Minnesota. His membership will be transferred from the Greater Mankato Club to ours. Also shown is Jim Perri, District Membership chair, next to Yours Truly. John’s sponsor is John B. Welcome aboard, John!
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 – Remember that this 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. For m ore info, please contact Kathy Williams.
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.
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. Below are details of the breakout session planned. Always a great time to see old Rotary friends!
April 21 - 100th Anniversary of RI Foundation -  Marilyn Kremer and Yours Truly visited the Blissfield Rotary Club last week to promote the event and think several couples will be attending as a result of our visit. It will be held at the Lenawee Country Club. It 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. If signed up, please remember to wear your Paul Harris bling that evening!
May 11 – 15 – District Conference – PDG Bruce Goldsen was on hand today to promote this special event. A special presentation on Human Trafficking will be will be one of the many highlights of the weekend along with a private party and full dinner at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! Past RI President Rick King will also be attending and speaking at the conference on Friday evening.
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! If you can't attend the whole weekend, special packages are available. Please contact Yours Truly for more information.
So, let’s hear from you. Signed up to go as of this writing are: Yours Truly, Nate Smith, the Murray's, the Simay's and 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!!!
May 21 – EraceStigma 5k run, Greg Adams will chair this event again this year. We will be passing around a sign-up sheet in April. Be ready to assist.
Upcoming Club Program Presentations
April 6 – Club Assembly
April 13 – Tim from Neighbors of Hope
April 20 – Mark Murray – River Accessibility
April 27 – Mark Murray – Town & Gown
GUESTS:  Junior Rotarians Maggie and Greeshma; newest member John Elchert, guest of John B.; visiting Morning Club Rotarians PDG Bruce Goldsen.
Session was pre-empted today due to the length of the program.
Happy Bucks – Pre-empted.
50/50 Drawing
The jackpot was up to $1,700!!! Mohinder’s and Luke’s tickets were drawn but neither won that huge jackpot. See everyone again next week!

SONGS:  Chip

TABLE HELPERS: Kathye and Nelson Douglass



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