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Jacob Maxson
December 4
Anna Marie Anzalone
December 5
Masahiro Kojima
December 16
Chip Moore
December 21
Kathryn Szewczuk
December 24
Jim Potthast
December 26
Kevin Keller
December 31
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December 17
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Dawn Blonde
December 17
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Kathye Herrera
December 1, 2007
10 years
Theresa Soto
December 1, 1994
23 years
Nelson Douglas
December 2, 1999
18 years
Helen Bendes
December 4, 1997
20 years
Dave Skrzypchak
December 7, 1995
22 years
Barry Reinink
December 11, 2014
3 years
Gerry Burg
December 11, 1986
31 years
Jim Philp
December 12, 2005
12 years
Kevin Marti
December 13, 2012
5 years
Greg DuMars
December 22, 1983
34 years
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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Plants, Trees and Shrubs Along the Kiwanis Trail - Professor Janet Salzwedel
Luke Barnett introduced today’s speaker, Dr. Janet Salzwedel, Biology Professor for the past 25 years at Adrian College, who spoke about the various plants along the Kiwanis Trail. She had spent a fair amount of time prior to today researching plants, trees and shrubs along this this “very picturesque” 7 mile long trail.
There are many micro habitats along this trail”, she said. In fact, there are over 200 different plants between Curtis and Valley roads alone! The problem was, she said, of those there are native plants (those growing here before European colonization) and also non-native (invasive) plants. Among the invasive plants along the trail include: Japanese Hedge Parsley, Garlic Mustard, Oriental Bittersweet known to have very woody stems and wind around trees and nine others. Native plants that are trees include oaks, maples and aspens.
Among the invasive trees there are: the Tree of Heaven and Black Locust that are spreading very quickly due to their many seeds. In addition to theses, there are various shrubs and vines and herbs (the smallest plants) growing along the trail. Some are native while others are invasive (Autumn Olive, Honeysuckles, and Dame’s Rocket).
Native also along the trail, Janet said, were ferns and horsetails, grasses and rushes right on the edge of the Kiwanis Trail. Some 45 of her students went out in groups she said this past summer to remove a number of the invasive shrubs. The City of Adrian Forrester donated some tolls they could use to clear some of the area, she said.
When clearing land of invasive plants, Janet said, there is always the chance to mistaken them for native ones. The example she cited was the Tree of Heaven which looks very similar to Staghorn Sumac. Both have compound pointed leaves. When you look on the edge of each leaf, however, Sumac has serrated (very fine teeth all the way around) margins. On the Tree of Heaven (shown in photo), the teeth are more “swollen” which are actually glands, Janet said, that distinguish it from the Tree of Heaven.
Important to maintaining the trail, she suggested, would be to have a number of volunteers next spring pull out as much Mustard Garlic plants as they could. Janet offered to train some leaders in being able to identify a number of invasive plants so they could instruct other who would remove them. In an effort to tag and identify trees along the Trail, Janet suggested we start with the largest and older ones first like the Sycamores and Cottonwoods. The next step would be to create a list of things that bloom in the spring, and in the summer and in the fall.
Janet closed by describing the process for removing trees that are invasive along the trail. For trees like Woody Buckhorn types, she suggested they be lopped and treated with herbicides so they don’t spread. Garlic Mustard can easily be pulled, she said.
Thank You – President Nate read a letter from a representative of Siena Heights updating us on Purity and thanking us for what we have been able to do for her while at SHU.
Get Well Barry – Yours Truly heard from a colleague of Barry Reinink’s as I was leaving the meeting who said that Barry’s neck surgery went well earlier in the week and that he was recovering at home. Get well quick, Barry!
Sam Beauford Workshop Project - President Nate thanked everyone who turned out last Thursday and Saturday to help out at the Sam Beauford Workshop to help students make benches from scratch. It was a very successful program and one that will continue into the future with the help of the Adrian Noon Rotary Club. During today's meeting, the club donated their bench to the Boys & Girls Club of Hudson. On hand to accept the donation was Rebecca Kahle, Executive Director of the Hudson Boys & Girls Club. (From L-R are President Nate Rebecca Kahle Dena and club member Luke Barnett and staff member at the Sam Beauford Workshop in Adrian).
New Member Induction – Past Assistant Governor Mary Murray formally inducted our newest member, Anne Sherman, into our club! Anne is the Community Education & Development Director at Hospice of Lenawee and is sponsored by Mike Olsaver. (From L to R are: Anne with her sponsor, Mike Olsaver, President Nate and Past Assistant Governor and club member Mary Murray).
No Meeting – December 28th – The meeting on Thursday, December 21st will be our last one for 2017!
Adrian Rotary Foundation Donations – REMEMBER that this would be a good time to make a donation to the ARF as we are approaching the end of the calendar year.
DATES TO REMEMBER - DECEMBER –  Disease Prevention & Treatment Month
January 26 - The Great Pasty Project - There are about 8 people were willing to help members from the Morning Club prepare pasties at the First United Methodist Church on January 26th. There will be 2 shifts: 8am-10am and 10am to 12 noon. More info coming.
February 22 The Art of Mingling - More info coming.
Upcoming Club Program Presentations
January 4 – Club Assembly
January 11 – TBA
January 18 – TBA
January 25 - TBA
February 1 – TBA
February 8 – TBA
February 15 – TBA
February 22 - TBA
GUESTS:   Rotarians Lauren King and Katie Whaley; Rebecca Kahle, guest of Luke & Dena.  
FINE SESSION -  Mike Olsaver
It was Mike's turn this month so he fined:
Smith, DuMars, Wagley (2), Burg, Sherman, Sack, Mark M., Mary M., M. Tobey, S. Tobey, Hokenson, Barnett, John B., Moore, Marti, M. Simay, B. Simay, Chase (2), Bendes, Williams and Smith.
Happy Bucks – Moore, Marti, Barnett, Elchert.
50/50 Drawing

Greg DuMars' ticket was drawn so won $29 and then Jim Philp’s name was pulled but he did not purchase tickets today and passed by winning $390!


SONGS: Chip with accompaniment by Helen Bendes

TABLE HELPERS: Kathye & Rhonda



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