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Chair: Adrian Rotary Foundation
Chair: Membership
Chair: Programs
Chair: Rotary International Foundation
Co Chair - International Service
Chair - Youth Services
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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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Master Woodcrafter - Luke Barnette from the Adrian Center for the Arts
Mark Murray introduced his friend and today’s speaker, Luke Barnette, from the Adrian Center for the Arts (an organization we have partnered with and supported in the past). Luke is a nationally-renowned master chair maker who works in one of the buildings on the center’s campus. Luke spearheaded the center's Christmas Tree Project last year. He brought with him a few pieces of his trade – chairs that he built by hand.
Luke builds American-style Windsor chairs primarily which are made out of different species of wood. He does it, he said, to honor the woodworkers of old and their craft and gives him a very “authentic degree of satisfaction” building them the way he does. The two elements that are needed to build quality chairs are found right here in America, he said: natural resources and American craftsmen.
A good chair needs to meet three important criteria: comfort, durability and beauty. Windsor chairs are identified by the fact that all of the parts terminate into the seat instead of being suspended from the frame, he said. The seat is the keystone of this type of chair.
The term “Made in America” carries a lot of weight, Luke said. It is indicative of quality, innovation and craftsmanship and it was the American spirit that paved the way for so much of its quality. Among the different woods he personally uses are: hickory (typically used in axe handles because of its strength), maple, white oak, and eastern white pine. Popular joinery methods incorporated in his work is mortise and tenon construction. One of the samples of the pieces he brought with him was a Windsor chair he made by hand valued at $2,000. Thanks, Luke, for a very interesting presentation! Before Luke left, he filled out a formal application to join our club!
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.
District 6400 Clothing Drive – Still looking for 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. THIS IS NO LONGER NEEDED!
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 21 - 100th Anniversary of RI Foundation -  Marilyn Kremer and Yours Truly visited the Clinton 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 7 – Great Lakes Woodworking Festival – Luke Barnett provided details of this event on the grounds of the Adrian Center for the Arts from noon to 6pm. Luke said it is a way to promote our fine city and attract more people to either visit or live here. Over 35 professional woodworkers are coming from adjacent states and even Illinois. There are actually two purposes behind this event, Luke said. To give the exhibitors a chance to sell their works and even take orders for furniture people are looking to purchase in the future. Another purpose of the festival is to educate people about woodworking in general. There will be several classes offered to both children and adults. Bic C Lumber in Adrian and Tecumseh Plywood are sponsors. They include Gunstock Carving and Band Saw Tune up just to name a few. Luke needs our help so a sign-up sheet will be passed around at next week’s meeting or you can go on line now at . For more information about the event please visit .
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 13 – Tim from Neighbors of Hope
April 20 – Mark Murray – River Accessibility
April 27 – Mark Murray – Town & Gown
GUESTS:  Junior Rotarian Maggie.
Kevin Keller did the honors today and had a ton of fines since he was pre-empted last week. He fined: Slater, S. Tobey, Barnett, G. Simay, Marti (2), Elchert, Rye (2), Pender, Nelson (2), Chase (2), Bendes, Lewis, Maxe (2), Mary M., Sack, Smith (2), Williams.
Happy Bucks – Williams, Smith, Bendes.
50/50 Drawing
Well, it happened!! That's right.....the highest jackpot in the history of the Adrian Noon Rotary Club - $1,808 - was won by none other than Secretary Allen Slater! And, guess what....he graciously offered up to $500 as a matching gift to any member who wanted to contribute to the Adrian Rotary Foundation!!! That's what we call Service Above Self, isn't it? Thanks Allen. Incidentally, the first ticket drawn belonged to Kathye who increased the odds for Allen to win it!!

SONGS:  Nate with Helen




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