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
Gary Owen
September 3
Mary Murray
September 4
Rod Pender
September 7
Gerry Burg
September 20
Theresa Soto
September 22
Barry Reinink
Candace Reinink
September 13
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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Lenawee United Way (LUW) and Lenawee Community Foundation (LCF) – Sue Hammersmith and Jim Hartley
Yours Truly introduced AM Club members, Sue and Jim, who spoke about the merger between these two groups now working together for the greater good of this community. This alliance is the first of its kind that either Sue or Jim can remember. Sue likened it to “treading new waters but that it was exciting”.
While both organizations exist to serve our local community, Sue said, we can do more together than we can separately. It is best for our Lenawee County community. It was the Lenawee United Way who reached out to neighboring UWs, state & national associations & the Lenawee Community Foundation to increase efficiency in a time of declining revenues, cost of fundraising & staff turnover. 
When all of the due diligence was completed, it was felt that the LCF was the best fit. Both boards then approved moving forward.  The alliance was announced at the LUW annual meeting on June 21st.
The alliance will result in:
  • Increased efficiency with more of the annual funds collected going to local programs and services
  • Increased focus on health and human services with an emphasis on meeting basic needs
  • Increased philanthropy to benefit our Lenawee County community, including legacy gifts.
  • A stronger, healthier, and more vibrant Lenawee County community for everyone.
LCF’s focus has always been on long-term endowment giving, Sue said, whose interest on their holdings allows them to provide substantial grants to worthy causes in the community. The LUW, on the other hand, focuses on annual giving but fits quite well with the “legacy-giving” focus of the LCF. A formal vote of the members of the former Lenawee United Way (any person who donated this past year) each organization will take place on July 27th at the Madison HS Performing Arts Center at 8:30am, Jim Hartley, this year’s chair of the annual campaign now called Lenawee Cares, said.
Jim commended Sue, Joe Williams and each organization’s separate boards for the work they did on this issue and making the decision to insure that all money raised was going to stay in this area! Another date, he said, to remember was September 16th – the first day of the Art-A-Licious around 4pm when Lenawee Cares will have its official Kick Off event. He encouraged us and other service clubs in the area to collect baskets of gloves, hats, mittens, etc. they can give to the needy of our community.
Jim is looking for volunteers who might want to join the Campaign Cabinet of Lenawee Cares and making a few calls to local businesses for donations. If interested you are The Cabinet will meet the second Wednesday of each month.
Another challenge Jim had for us, his club and the Kiwanis Club: On a per capita basis, the club that has the most members in the Pillars Club ($1,000 pledge or donation to Lenawee Cares) between now and the week of the event, will be recognized will a traveling-type award at the annual joint Rotary/Kiwanis pre-Thanksgiving luncheon this November.  
Paul Harris Plus 2 - Yours Truly pinned Steve Benz with a shiny gold PHF pin with 2 emeralds signifying contributions totaling $3,000 thus far to the Rotary International Foundation! Thanks for your generosity, Steve!
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.
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.
New Prospect Brochure – Brochures were passed out at today's meeting. If you were not able to attend, be sure and get a handful at the next meeting.
Special Meal Considerations - We wanted to ask any member who might have food restrictions to let us know what they are so that we can inform the Country Club staff when preparing weekly meals. We will be passing around a sheet at next week's meeting on which to record your name and specific restrictions.
Dues – Don’t forget: Dues are due!
August 27 – REMEBER -  The Chamber along with other businesses downtown will host new students who will be incoming freshmen at Adrian College, Siena Heights University and Jackson College. The club is helping out financially, coolers will be set out with refreshment, games will be available, etc. Come on down to downtown on Saturday, August 27th at 5pm in front of the Chamber offices on South Main Street!
September 1 - 4th Annual Taste of Adrian and Job Fair event. Barry Reinink announced last week that Siena Heights University is inviting local storefront businesses on campus to provide students with a “Taste of Adrian.” The fourth annual event is scheduled from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 1 in Benincasa Hall. There is no cost for businesses to attend, but businesses are encouraged to bring samples, coupons, giveaways and other items that showcase their offerings. Also businesses with part-time employment opportunities are also encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is required. Deadline is Aug. 29.
September 7 – Barry also announced a SHU Engage Event which is targeted to students who are already very engaged in campus activities who may wish to be part of the university’s new Rotaract Club start-up much like the one at Adrian College. All Rotarians are invited to attend.
September 8 – Off site meeting at the Lenawee Center for the Arts on the former Adrian Training School property. Box lunches will be on hand following a tour of the main office and arts grounds. A sign-up sheet was passed around as it will be next week as well. THERE WILL BE NO MEETING AT THE COUNTRY CLUB THAT DAY - IT WILL BE INSTEAD AT THE OLD TRAINING SCHOOL PROPERTY!
September 8 – District 6400 One Rotary Summit – Nate and Chuck are the only ones signed up to attend thus far. If interested in attending, please contact Yours Truly at
September 15 – REMEMBER - Official visit by District Governor, Sue Goldsen, to our club. The board will meet with her at 11am that morning and make a presentation during the regular meeting that day. Please be sure and attend.
September 16 & 17 – Annual Art-A-Licious – The date is fast approaching. The club will host a beer and wine tent again this year and will be in a different location than in the past due to the construction at the Croswell. He’ll be needing a good number of volunteers for this 2-day event. Brent is the chair of the event again this year. Sign up to help out.
September 24 – Annual River Raisin Cleanup – (Mark Murray, chair). The location this year will be Island Park. A sign-up sheet was passed around. You are encouraged to bring as many other people with you as you can to this event. The more the merrier! Last year the volunteers totaled 110-120. The event will run from 9am-1pm.
October 3 - District Governor Golf Outing – Walnut Creek Country Club, 25501 Johns Road, South Lyon, MI. Lunch begins at 11am; Shotgun Start: 12:30pm – Dinner following. Lunch/Golf/Dinner - $175 per person; Dinner only - $55. You can sign up just to eat if you’d like. RSVP or Questions to
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. More details will follow. We have secured a van but need someone holding a CDL to drive it that day. Please let Yours Truly know if you have ona nd are free to drive that day. Thanks.
December 31New Year's Eve Gala Event 2016. Are you ready? I know it's a ways off but we cannot emphasize enough how important this program will be to our club again this year. We want to plant a seed early enough in the year to alert members that we will need everyone's help pulling this super fundraiser off for the 4th year in a row. We will be promoting this program from this point on in the bulletin. Some big changes - ticket prices will now be $25 each - that's a huge 50% reduction! A new dance band will be on hand to play that evening. Super items will be up for auction like in past years. Great food and drinks will also be served including an assortment of finger foods and tasty desserts. Think of family members, friends, business associates or anyone else you will want to invite to make this another fun and successful program for the Adrian Noon Rotary Club!
The Rotarian Magazine - A great way to keep up on the latest happenings around the Rotary world!
Upcoming Programs
September 8 - Tour of the Adrian Center for the Arts
September 15 - District Governor Sue Goldsen
September 22 - Steve May - Raisin River Watershed
September 29 - Mark Murray
GUESTS: Marje Simay, guest of her hubby, Greg. Marje (pictured below with Greg) was inducted as a new member at today's meeting. Marje and Greg moved to Adrian from Burbank, CA recently where Greg (recently inducted as a new member himself) had been an active member of the Burbank Sunrise Rotary Club and Marje had been active in various charitable organizations. Marje is a retired Registered Nurse. Great to have you part of our club, Marje. Within the past 3 weeks the club has inducted 4 new members with one more on the way!! Don't forget to invite a prospect to lunch and be sure and give them a copy of our New Prospect Brochure!!

Brent Mercer strode proudly to the podium simply to fine these great but deserving members: M. Simay, G. Simay, Slater, S. Tobey, John B., Olsaver, Benz, Smith, Reinink, Gage, Lewis (2), Williams.


Keller, Chase, S. Tobey, Bendes, Smith, Herrera.
50/50 Drawing
Mike Tobey's and Kevin Marti's tickets were drawn but neither won today’s $500+ jackpot.
INVOCATION: Kathy Williams

SONGS:  Nate without Helen but yet Helen was there but the piano was on the fritz!!

TABLE HELPERS: Kathye and Rhonda