Welcome to the Rochester Rotary Club! 

We meet every Tuesday from noon - 1:15 at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow, Rochester, MI 48307
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NEWS & VIEWS
Welcome to the Rochester Rotary Club!
 
Even though we are the largest service club in Rochester, we always welcome new members. If you are an individual who lives, or works, in Rochester, Rochester Hills, or Oakland Township, we invite you to consider membership in our club. We believe in inclusivity and diversity.

Formed in 1954 and composed of community leaders, our motto is Service Above Self. In addition to networking, our club hosts several fundraisers each year and donates tens of thousands of dollars to local, regional, national, and international charities. We sponsor Interact clubs in our local high schools and a Rotaract Club at Oakland University. Our commitment to youth is also demonstrated in our college scholarship program, involvement in the Rotary Youth Exchange programs, and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.

But it's not all about work. We believe in the importance of socializing and having fun. Our club hosts a variety of social activities, from happy hours to outings to ball games and holiday dinners to participation in the Rochester Christmas Parade. These events are a great way to unwind, connect with fellow members, and make lasting memories. So, if you are looking for fun and fellowship and believe in Service above Self, I urge you to consider membership in the Rochester Rotary Club. Membership information is available at https://www.rochesterrotaryclub.org/page/becoming-a-member. You can also contact us at jeff@whitbey.com.

We look forward to having you join us as we serve our community.
 
--Christine Hage, Rochester Rotary President 2024-25
On June 29, 2024 Jay and Linda Eastman opened up their home and yard to welcome Rochester Rotarians for the President's Appreciation Dinner.  The evening was filled with good food, drinks, laughter, and sharing of stories among Rotarians.  Kyle Johnson was honored for his year of service as Club President and now becomes the immediate Past President.  Christine Hage will assume the role of Club President, which is her second time serving the club in this manner.
 
 
Every spring, the Rochester area is treated to an evening of elegance at Bordine’s Nursery, where the fragrance of spring flowers intertwines with the aroma of some of the area’s best dishes. The occasion? The Rochester Rotary Club hosts the annual Wine and Beer Tasting fundraising event. Against the backdrop of beautiful blooms and contemporary melodies, guests indulge in a delightful array of wine, beer, and culinary delights from some of the region’s most esteemed restaurants.
Part of the evening is the 'People’s Choice Best Taste' Contest, where each guest casts their vote for their favorite dish. This year, the standout winner was Breadless, located at 181 S. Livernois Rd, Rochester Hills. Founded by Marc Howland, LaTresha (LC) Howland, and Ryan Eli Salter, Breadless has quickly risen to prominence with its mission to provide accessible, tasty, and healthy offerings. From humble beginnings selling sandwiches out of brown paper bags in Detroit gyms, Breadless has expanded to become a culinary destination, specializing in chef-crafted sandwiches wrapped in nutrient-rich leafy greens, diverse rice bowls, and salads.
Marc Howland, co-founder of Breadless, expressed his gratitude for the recognition, stating, “We had so much fun participating in the Rochester Rotary Wine and Beer Tasting event and are extremely honored to receive the People’s Choice Best Taste Award. This recognition is particularly meaningful as it reflects the community’s appreciation for our commitment to crafting flavorful offerings that cater to a wide spectrum of people.”
Jeff Duperon, a member of the organizing committee for the event, emphasized the collective effort behind the event's success. “The event succeeds with the generosity of so many - the participating restaurants, the wine and beer vendors, the band, the silent auction item donators, our host, Bordine’s Nursery, the sponsors, and the guests that attend and enjoy the event.”
Kyle Johnson, event Chair, highlighted the event's impact on the local community. “Raising almost $35,000, this is one of the Rochester Rotary Club’s largest fundraisers. Events like this allow the club to serve the local community with scholarships while supporting local charities like Neighborhood House, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, New Day Foundation, Grace Centers for Hope, and more.”
In addition to supporting local initiatives, the Rochester Rotary Club contributes to Rotary International’s global endeavors, including efforts to eradicate polio and ensure clean drinking water worldwide.
 
On Tuesday, April 16th, the Rochester Rotary Club honored Linda Eastman of Rochester Hills for her humanitarian work with the Mayan people in Guatemala.
Some 25 years ago, Linda went on a vacation trip to Mexico and experienced the frustration of being unable to communicate. That experience motivated her to earn degrees in Latin American Studies and Spanish. She was a non-traditional student, going to Oakland University while raising four children, and was one of two students to graduate summa cum laude (4.0). She returned to Oakland University some years later to earn a Nonprofit Management Certificate.
She began making volunteer medical mission trips to Guatemala as a translator but quickly became a leader. Linda now serves as the language and cultural bridge for mission trips. She travels on her dime two or three times a year to oversee the work. She is also fully involved in the planning, grant writing, and fundraising for the Casa Colibri (Hummingbird House) Clinic.  Her volunteer work has focused on maternal and child health (prenatal care training for traditional birth attendants/midwives), dental and eye care, literacy, and programs for healthy children and young women.
In 2007, she co-founded the non-profit Casa Colibri (https://casacolibri.org/about-us/) and helped open a free Guatemalan medical clinic. The people in the area live in extreme poverty and travel hours to reach the clinic. She helped initiate a Clinic on Wheels, which brings medical services to 35 – 40 villages and serves 15,000 – 20,000 people! Thanks to Casa Colibri and her fundraising efforts, the clinic now has six Guatemalan employees. As president of Casa Colibri, Linda is responsible for all of the non-profit’s committees.
 
The 2023 Free Bikes 4 Kidz season is in the books and 2,035 kids got bikes and a new helmet just before the holidays! Dozens of cheerful volunteers and beautiful Christmas decorations greeted the kids as they arrived and helped create a wonderfully fun and festive atmosphere in the FB4K warehouse. Of course, Santa also paid a visit to the event to spend time with the kids as they received their new bike. Thanks to the public bike donation event at Home Depot stores and other generous bike shop partners, almost 2,300 bikes were donated for local kids, some being used as parts donors. With the help of 1,321 volunteers who worked 5,680 hours, the bikes were cleaned and repaired to get them ready to be given to a new child in just 10 weeks, making this one of the biggest pop-up bike shops in the country!
 
Rochester Rotary was proud to be a part of the Bikes for Kids Detroit project this year.
 
Thank you to all who ordered or sold poinsettias this year.  It was our biggest sale in recent years! 
 
Our Rotary motto is Service Above Self, and although we do hands-on service projects like the Bikes4Kids project a few weeks ago, fundraising is essential so Rochester Rotary Charities can financially support projects locally, regionally, and internationally. The poinsettia sale is one of our major fundraising projects.
 
This week we were able to present a $2,500 check to Grace Centers of Hope for the fantastic work they do helping people get their lives back on track. There is a common African proverb: "It  takes a village..." Rochester Rotary is proud to be part of the village supporting Grace Centers of Hope.
Typical Club Accomplishments & Activities

Grants Totaling Over $100,000/Year

Local & Regional Charities

  • Neighborhood House
  • Rochester Community Schools Foundation
  • Rochester Area Youth Assistance
  • Dutton Farms
  • Dynamic Kids - Rochester Hills
  • Grace Center for Hope
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Haven
  • Know Resolve
  • Older Person's Commission (OPC)
  • Paint Creek Center for The Arts
  • Community House
  • Rotary Gateway Park
  • Rochester Christmas Parade

Youth Programs

  • Eight, 4-year College Scholarships
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening (RYLA)
  • International Youth Exchange Program
  • Job Shadowing
  • Boy Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • Oakland University Rotaract Graduate Scholarship

International

  • Casa Colibri Medical Mission – Guatemala
  • “Play For Peace" Project – Nigeria, Africa
  • Polio Plus (Global Polio Eradication, established in 1988)
  • Rotary Club of Accra-Spintex-Accra  Ghana, Africa (school)
  • Shelter Box

Annual Hands-On Service Projects

Local & Regional Charities

  • Assistance League - assistance with “Operation School Bell”
  • Neighborhood House
    • Packed school supplies for “Back-to-School” event
    • Sort Christmas presents for Christmas Party
    • Rotary Christmas Party (with presents & Santa Claus for needy kids)
    • Load trucks to “Stamp Out” hunger
  • Older Person's Commission (OPC): Act of Kindness & Meals on Wheels
  • Polio Plus (October Polio Awareness Month
  • Rotary Club of Accra-Spintex-Accra  Ghana, Africa (school)
  • Rochester Christmas Parade: Float - with Interact involvement
  • Grace Center for Hope
  • Literacy Program: Greater Rochester Area
  • Salvation Army - Bell Ringing at Lagniappe in Rochester
  • Rotary Gateway Park operations (a peaceful area we built for our community)

Youth Programs

  • 5 Local Area High School Interact Clubs (ACE, Adams, Rochester, Stoney Creek, and Avondale High Schools) (a collaboration with Rochester Communities Schools)
  • Scholarship Recipient Recognition Luncheon
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening (RYLA)
  • International Youth Exchange Program
  • Job Shadowing
  • Grace Center for Hope
  • Oakland University Rotaract Club (a collaboration with Oakland University)

International

  • Polio Plus (Polio Eradication Globally: created in 1988 to eradicate polio globally) add web link
  • Casa Colibri Medical Mission – Guatemala
    “Hands-On” Clint Support & Literacy Project Teaching Teachers English

Social Activities

  • Club Christmas Party – Members and spouses celebrate the years accomplishments
  • Club Golf Outing (social event and fundraiser)
  • Presidents Transition Dinner - Members and spouses congratulate the immediate past President for a job well done and welcome the incoming Club President.
  • Rotary Gateway Park picnic –
  • Rochester Christmas Parade – Rotarians and youth affiliates celebrate the Christmas season together

Leadership Activities

  • Monthly Club Board Meetings
  • Regular Rochester Rotary Charities, Inc., Board Meetings
  • Committee Meetings
  • Fundraising Project Team Meetings
  • Past President’s Dinner – Leadership feedback regarding Club initiatives
  • President’s Appreciation Dinner – Club President expresses appreciation to Board Members for their support during his term 
Click HERE to see a typical list of Rochester Area Affiliate High School and College Clubs Accomplishments
Rotary Gateway Park
 
The Rotary Gateway Park is a hidden gem in downtown Rochester. Built by the Rochester Rotary Club in 1997, the park features beautiful flower beds, a cascading water feature, and benches to sit and enjoy a few quiet moments. The Rochester Rotary Club continues to upgrade and enhance the park through the volunteer efforts of club members and funding from the purchase of memorial bricks.
 
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Charities Director 2023-2025
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Aug 06, 2024 12:00 PM
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Aug 13, 2024 12:00 PM
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Aug 20, 2024 12:00 PM
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