Join Us At One Of Our Weekly Meetings!
Our Club meets weekly at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow Ave, Rochester, MI.  Weekly meetings start at noon and conclude by 1:15.  If you can't attend in person, you may join us online.  All Zoom meetings are recorded and posted online for viewing later. Please join us on Tuesdays at noon by clicking here to join us online! The passcode is 317669.

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NEWS & VIEWS
 
 
Rochester, Michigan - The Rochester Rotary Club celebrated the 25th anniversary of Rotary Gateway Park on August 14th. Under the extraordinary leadership of Dr. Bill Ebinger, the park was created in collaboration with the Rochester Hills Public Library, the City of Rochester, and the Rochester Rotary. The small park is located just west of the library.
Rotary club president Dr. Tim Duncan welcomed over forty members to the event, saying, “The Club is proud to provide the community with this one-quarter acre park, which hundreds of people visit each week.”
A new Rotary International emblem was dedicated and installed as part of the celebration. “The installation of the emblem was completed just in time,” said Ebinger. “We truly appreciate the generosity of John and Mary Modetz for providing the blue stone emblem.”
Although the Rotary club built the park and maintains it, several individuals have donated items like the gazebo, the fountain, sundial, and statues. 
Rochester resident Jane Quigley maintains the garden weekly, trimming, removing, and replacing plants as needed. At the anniversary celebration, Dr. Ebinger praised Jane for her care and commitment to the garden.
Established in 1954, the Rochester Rotary Club has over 100 active members who raise money to do good in the community, region, and the world.
 
At its August 9th meeting, the Rochester Rotary Club presented an automated external defibrillator (AED) to Dutton Farm. Dutton Farm is a special education farm in Oakland Township. Formed in 2010, the Farm works to empower and support adults with disabilities to live a life of purpose, inclusion, and dignity.
“We have wanted an AED for some time and appreciate this gift,” said Kimberly Staudacher, the Community Relations Manager for Dutton Farms. “Fortunately, we never needed an AED, but it is better to be prepared for emergencies.”
AEDs are essential first-aid devices for every home, business, and organization. The Rotary Club purchased the AED for its meetings, but the club now meets at the Rochester Community House, where an AED is already available. Kyle Johnson, President-Elect of Rotary, said, “We wanted to find a new home for our device and looked for an organization in the area that did not already have an AED.”
The Rochester Rotary Club consists of about 100 individuals living or working in Rochester, Rochester Hills, or Oakland Township. The Club meets for lunch every Tuesday at the Rochester Community House.
Welcome to the Rochester Rotary Club. Thank you for visiting our site! 
Imagine Rotary is this year's theme for Rotary International, bringing to mind the 1971 John Lennon song of the same name.  The underlying theme of this song is peace building, which was one of the primary tracks at the Rotary International Conference in Houston, Texas.  My predecessor started this initiative within our club, and I hope to continue along this path. 
Our club (and Rotary as a whole) is filled with an incredibly diverse group of individuals, and sometimes our differences bubble up to the top.  In today's climate, many people look at those differences as insurmountable. I look at them as opportunities to learn and grow.  We are all Rotarians, and our differences do not divide us; they make us stronger as a whole.  Messaging is critical, and respect and kindness will unite us all to serve our club, community, and world.  I am excited about this upcoming year and can't wait to Imagine Rotary!
 
Dr. Timothy Duncan, DVM
President 2022-2023
Rochester Rotary
This year's golf outing is scheduled for August 30 at Wyngate! Make sure to put it on your calendar.
 
You will be able to register and pay for your tickets online shortly. Sponsors are welcomed. As soon are more details are available, they will be posted here on our website.
Typically July 1st is the changeover in Rotary leadership, but due to a job relocation, this activity took place on June 14th for our club.,
As a Rochester Rotarian for the last nine years, and especially in this previous year as our President, David has been a gentle, kind, thoughtful, caring, and friendly leader. His experience as the Senior Pastor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church here in Rochester has served the community and our club very well. 
Dave moved to Rochester with his wife Sarah and son Ryan from Frankenmuth, MI. They now move on to a church in Grosse Pointe, MI. 
During the past year, David completed our transition from our hybrid (online/in-person) meeting, moved the club to a new meeting venue at the Rochester Community House, oversaw the adoption of new bylaws, helped establish a solar lighting project in Ghana, brought in 17 new members, restarted the club's fundraising activities, and hosted several club social events.
Our loss is Grosse Pointe's gain, and we encourage the Grosse Pointe Rotary Club to take advantage of David's extraordinary leadership skills!
Paula D'Ambrosio is the newest member of the Rochester Rotary Club.  A long-time resident of the Rochester area, Paula graduated from Rochester High School, attends St. Paul's United Methodist Church, and has been the pianist for the Rochester Rotary for the past 16 years. The joke in the club is that Paula has the best attendance record in the club!  The Club is honored to recognize Paul's dedication to Rotary and the community by making her an honorary member with all the rights and responsibilities of membership.  Welcome, Paula!!
Rochester Rotary Foundation Chairperson Ernie Schaefer announced that the club had reached and exceeded its goal of raising funds for the Rotary Foundation. This year's goal was $20,000, and we ended up giving over $27,000! The money was raised by purchasing eleven Paul Harris Fellowships ($1,000 each plus some matching money from the club), $3,948 raised with the Shred-It event, $2,580 raised at the Spring Fling, and $7,800 raised through individual member contributions to Every Rotarian Every Year.
The Rotary Foundation is a national foundation that he's Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.  This is accomplished through such projects as eradicating polio, providing clean water worldwide, and encouraging literacy-related projects.
 
At the June 8, 2022 meeting, three more Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded to Tom Neveau, David Archbold, and Stuart Siegner (pictured left to right).
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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 upgrade and enhance the park through the volunteer efforts of club members and funding from the purchase of memorial bricks.
 
CLUB LEADERSHIP
President
President Elect
Vice-President/Weekly Programs
Treasurer
Assistant Treasurer
Secretary
Assistant Secretary
Director
Director
Director
Director
Membership
Youth Exchange
Fundraising - Other Sources
Hands-On Service
Mentoring & Development
Social
Rotary Foundation Chair
Think Tank
Website Administrator
Youth Services - Chair
Youth Services
Youth Services
Charities President
Charities President-Elect
Charities Treasurer
Charities Director
Charities Secretary
Charities Director
Charities Director
Charities Director
Speakers
OFF SITE Michael Dreon at Neighborhood House
Aug 23, 2022 12:00 PM
OFF SITE Neighborhood House Going Forward.
Golf Outing - No Regular Mtg.
Aug 30, 2022
2022 Golf Outing playing a scramble at the WestWynd Golf Course with a shotgun start at 8:30 am.
Dr. Jay Eastman
Sep 06, 2022 12:00 PM
The Treatment of Club Foot Over the Centuries
Annette Werner
Sep 13, 2022
Planning Your Own Demise
Join Us At One Of Our Weekly Meetings!
Our Club meets weekly at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow Ave, Rochester, MI.  Weekly meetings start at noon and conclude by 1:15.  If you can't attend in person, you may join us online.  All Zoom meetings are recorded and posted online for viewing later. Please join us on Tuesdays at noon by clicking here to join us online! The passcode is 317669.
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