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
Anna Marie Anzalone
December 5
Masahiro Kojima
December 16
Chip Moore
December 21
Jim Potthast
December 26
Kevin Keller
December 31
Spouse Birthdays
Dawn Blonde
December 17
Mitch Blonde
Dawn Blonde
December 17
Join Date
Kathye Herrera
December 1, 2007
9 years
Theresa Soto
December 1, 1994
22 years
Nelson Douglas
December 2, 1999
17 years
Helen Bendes
December 4, 1997
19 years
Dave Skrzypchak
December 7, 1995
21 years
Barry Reinink
December 11, 2014
2 years
Gerry Burg
December 11, 1986
30 years
Jim Philp
December 12, 2005
11 years
Kevin Marti
December 13, 2012
4 years
Greg DuMars
December 22, 1983
33 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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The Buoy at the Lake - Monica Mercer
Monica Mercer, owner of the Buoy at Devil’s Lake told members that this is her 4th season at the boutique that was once the old post office.  Sweet Annie’s that used to be on US223 formerly occupied that building and when they decided to get out of the business, Donna Baker and Monica went into business together and took over the building. Monica is an employee of Donna Baker & Associates and Brent is a partner in the firm.
Monica said that she and Donna love to travel to various locations to purchase items they sell in their store. Shoes, clothes, earrings, unique children’s’ items, etc. Their season runs from approximately May 1st to end of October. In November and December their shop is open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until New Year’s Eve! They are closed for the remainder of the winter months however.
Visitors to the store come from about every state in the union, Monica said. They are good for the business since shoppers just have to take something home to remind them of their visit to the Buoy and Devil’s Lake. Monica said that Manitou is growing. Developers are buying up homes in the area and turning them into office and retail spaces. Monica said that now is the time to visit her store and take advantage of a 10% discount!
She also spoke about the success of the Arts Festival and said the idea for it spawned at a regular village meeting where the group brainstormed what they needed to do to attract more people to the area. They were aware of the success of Adrian’s Art-A-Licious program and began thinking about how something similar to that might go over at Devil’s Lake. It was Donna Baker once again, Monica said, who was willing to take that project on as well! It then, of course became a reality which now boasts of a $30,000 budget!
Monica said that the art tent for the children that our club has supported allows them to have a great time each year at the festival. Many local artists and teachers also give of their time to make this a great experience for kids who want to learn art. One such volunteer even created a coloring book depicting local homes and cottages in the area. Monica said that about 4,000 people attended this past year.
A site called ZAPPlication, Monca said, enables individual artists to identify and apply online to multiple art shows they would be interested in attending through one central website, Singer Allie Louise along with the Saline Fiddlers performed at the festival last year, Monica said, and made a real hit with visitors to the event.
Monica closed by saying how very proud of her committee who work hard every year to make the festival a success.
Comstock Christmas Tree Project - Mark encouraged all who have not seen the 161 decorated trees on display to do so. It is absolutely beautiful!
Club Christmas Party - Great party at Theresa Soto's house on December 2nd! Thanks for hosting, Theresa! Check out or club's Facebook page for an array of photos:
2017 Bike Tour - Chip Moore, chair of the event, will be busy the next several months coordinating this event for the club.
Youth Exchange – REMEMBER - The Herr’s from the Morning Club are hosting the newest Exchange Student, Andrea (On-dray-ah) from Mexico who attends Madison HS and they would be grateful if anyone of us could keep her in mind when doing something she might want to be involved in during her stay here in this country. She is having a bit of difficulty adjusting and the more exposure she could have with others, the better. Please let Mary know if and when you might have time to include Andrea in any of your family plans. Thank you.
District 6400 Newsletter - AG Mary encouraged all members to read the great district newsletter which is  available at: .
Perfect Participation Requirements – Secretary Allen informed all members via e-mail on this issue. Here is what he said: With all of the opportunities to serve our Club this time of year, I want to encourage you to make Perfect Participation a goal if you are able.  Any time you invest in the spirit of Rotary can be applied toward your qualification.  More time consuming activities earn credit for multiple credits.  50 total between July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 (including regular club meetings) count toward that.  Just write down your activities at the attendance table.
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.
Passport Program – Still want to organize a trip to the Windsor-Roseland club after the first of the year. Let us know if you're interested.
Purity - Rhonda told members that the money the club provides her on a monthly basis has been used to purchase textbooks. She is in need of other items including a new computer. We will therefore be taking up a collection for her at our meeting next week as well as for the wait staff at the Country Club.
December 9 - Salvation Army Bell Ringing - Volunteers will be outside today in front of Hobby Lobby. Thanks to all who volunteered!
December 16 - Mark announced a short 5 minute meeting of the Adrian Rotary Foundation following next week's regular club meeting
December 19th - Mark invited all interested to a meeting at the Adrian Armory for input as to what the building should be used for . It will go from 11-12 noon.
December 31New Year's Eve Gala Event 2016. - See cover story presentation
Upcoming Programs
Dec 15 - Sister Peg
December 22 – Open
December 29 - Open
January 5 – Club Assembly
January 12 – Becky Selento (CMH Children’s Special Services)
January 19 – The Art of Mingling (a.k.a. – Meet and Greet)
January 26 – Chris Miller on the Upstart Program
GUESTS:  Junior Rotarians, Jack and Michael; Ken Barnaby, guest of Kathy Williams.
FINE SESSION - Kevin Keller
It's Kevin's turn this whole month. Here's who he took money from: Gage, Chase, Douglass, Burg.
Happy Bucks – Mark M. (2), Moore, DuMars, Smith, Chase, Williams, S. Tobey, Maxe (paid a person to start the Lenawee Community Chorus many, many years ago).
50/50 Drawing
One of Steve Benz's tickets was drawn AGAIN along with Bob Sack's but neither was a winner of today's $304 jackpot.

SONGS:  Steve with Helen

TABLE HELPERS: Kathye & Rhonda