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
🍇🍷🍺 Rochester Rotary Annual Wine and Beer Tasting Charity Event! 🍺🍷🍇
 
Join us for an exquisite evening of flavors, philanthropy, and community at the Rochester Rotary Annual Wine and Beer Tasting Charity Event! Save the date - April 24th - and immerse yourself in an enchanting atmosphere at Bordine’s, the picturesque garden center that sets the stage for a night to remember.
 
Event Details:
 
 • 📅 Date: April 24th
 • ⏰ Time: 6:30pm-8:30 pm
 • 📍 Venue: Bordine’s Nursery - In Rochester Hills,  MI
 
🍷 Tantalize Your Taste Buds:
Indulge in a curated selection of the finest wines and craft beers, expertly paired with delectable hors d’oeuvres. Savor the rich tapestry of flavors and mingle with fellow enthusiasts while supporting a great cause.
 
🌟 The Joy of Giving Back:
Every ticket purchased at $75.00 directly contributes to our mission of positively impacting the community. Your generous participation will support local initiatives, scholarships, and charitable projects the Rochester Rotary undertakes. Let’s come together to make a difference! We will also have a silent auction you won’t want to miss. 
 
🎉 Exclusive Sponsorship Opportunities:
Elevate your community presence and corporate responsibility by sponsoring this remarkable event. Showcase your commitment to social responsibility while gaining visibility among a diverse and engaged audience. For sponsorship inquiries, please email Mary Grace at mgmccarter@baldwinhouseseniors.com
 
🎁 A Night of Celebration and Community:
This event is more than just an evening of tasteful indulgence; it’s an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for giving back. Enjoy live entertainment, auctions, and the warm camaraderie of a community united for a common cause.
 
🎟️ Tickets:
Don’t miss out on this extraordinary evening!  Tickets are $75.00 each, and be a part of a celebration that combines the pleasures of wine and beer tasting with the joy of making a positive impact. !   Buy Tickets Here via the QR Code or using this link:  https://rochesterrotarycharities.betterworld.org/events/rochester-rotary-wine-beer-tasti.
 
Let’s raise our glasses to a night filled with flavor, philanthropy, and the power of community. Together, we can make a lasting difference! Cheers to giving back with Rochester Rotary! Please share our attached flyer to your audience.

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.
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Ernie Schaefer (right) presented another Harris Award to Russ Shelton who is already a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation. Ernie joked that for you nine Paul Harris Awards you get another stone in you Paul Harris pin.  After you have contributed $10,000 you become a major donor and receive a crystal award.  Contributions after that bring a certificate, which Russ gratiously accepted.
 
 
Ron Lichtle, President of Rochester Rotary Charities, presents a check for $2,500 to support the work at Neighborhood House.  Mike Dreon, Executive Director of Neighborhood House (NH), accepted the check and thanked Rochester Rotary for being a long-term partner with NH.
 
In 2022, 320,557 meals were provided to 561 households. In addition to food, NH assists with clothing, transportation, counseling, financial assistance, and job training for over 700 families.  These are some ways NH walks the path to self-sustainability with our neighbors in need.
 
 
President Kyle Johnson and Membership Chair Stuart Siegner welcome our newest Rotary member Trevis Harrold. Trevis recently transferred to our club from the Saginaw Rotary Club. He played "a little" football for Eastern Michigan University, won a fellowship to the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and earned a Masters before joining the U.S. Diplomatic Corps, serving in embassies abroad. He is the Global Public Policy Leader for Dow Chemical and a Military Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army.
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.
 
CLUB LEADERSHIP
President
President Elect
Vice-President/Weekly Programs
Treasurer
Secretary
Assistant Secretary
Immediate Past President
Director
Director
Director
Director
Membership
Rotary Foundation - Co-Chair
Youth Exchange
Spring Fling Co-Chair
Shred It - Chair
Spring Fling Co-Chair
Wine & Beer Tasting Co-Chair
Wine & Beer Tasting Co-Chair
Golf Outing Chair
Poinsettia Sale Co Chair
Poinsettia Sale Co Chair
Marketing Chair
Rotary Foundation Co-Chair
Youth Services Co-Chair
Youth Services Co-Chair
Website Administrator
Charities President
Charities President-Elect
Charities Secretary
Charities Director
Charities Director
Charities Director
Charities Director
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