Rochester Rotary Club RotoScoop
June 18, 2019
President Rodney Hulbert opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, Four Way Test, and then we sang, "America the Beautiful."  David Eardley gave the invocation.  There were 40 members and 2 guests present.  
Jeff Whitbey introduced the following guests:
Blanca  Fauble  Haven
Suzanne Klein  Gross Pointe Rotary
Rodney H -- moving his practice next to Tim Crawford's offices in July
Jeff D -- candidate for At Large member of Rochester Hills City Council and he is a having a campaign kick off event at Hamlin Pub on 6/25
Ron Lichtle received the honors... congrats Ron!
Roger Byrd bestowed the bejeweled trophy upon Mel Gay... congrats Mel!
Our next Club meeting will be Monday, June 24, beginning at 6 p.m. on the patio at RiverCrest, with dinner at 7 p.m.  This is the traditional handing over of the gavel to the next president, who will be Wayne Hodges.   
No Club meetings on Tuesday, June 25 or Tuesday, July 2.  
Ray Doerr was elected to the At Large position on the Rotary Club Board of Directors.
Alan McLellan, president of the Charities, invited Bianca Fauble of HAVEN to give an update on the use of the grant which was received earlier this year.  She shared how the grant has enabled further opportunities with the HAVEN garden in providing fresh vegetables, helping with cooking skills for the women and children who are residing there.  The garden space is being enhanced by a gazebo and a mud kitchen.  It is truly a tranformational space for the women and children.  Alan then presented her with a check for $2,000 from Charities to continue their great work.  
Bob Lytle led us in singing two songs: In the good old summertime and oh what a beautiful morning.  Both songs were well received.  Thank you, Bob!
Happy Birthday to the following Rotarians:
Roger Roller, Jun 21
Annette Werner, Jun 21
Richard Spiess, Jun 25
Happy Club Anniversary to the following Rotarians:
Beth Chilton, 1 year
Jack Fugate, 1 year
David Archbold, 17 years
Today's sheriff's report was table trivia time by President Rodney.  Many great questions were asked, and many right answers were given.  All in all $226 in fines were collected to support Rotary Scholarships.  Thank you!
Ron Lichtle introduced today's speaker, David Summers, who presented the program, FCA goes to Hollywood.  David worked for FCA for 20 years, with the last 5 years doing product placement with the movie industry.  It was one of the most interesting experiences in his life.  He was able to put FCA vehicles in 59 movies, not including music videos.  He shared that product placement of vehicles in movies drives foot traffic into dealerships.  There is a clear correlation, he stated.  He shared the incredible success that Ray Ban sunglasses had after they were worn by Tom Cruise in Top Gun.  So, there is the potential of a win-win for auto manufacturers and movie studios through these partnerships.  Key to the success is having the vehicle release as closely connected to the opening of the movie, which is a key logistic.  At times, the vehicle to be featured has not been produced when the deals are being made.  In particular, FCA vehicles have been well represented in the Fast and Furious franchise.  He took time to show a number of movie previews, which featured FCA (Dodge Challenger and Maserati) vehicles that he had arranged including:  Jack Reacher (50 Chrysler 200s for one scene), Bad Moms, Jason Bourne (12 Chargers featured on the Las Vegas strip), and Batman vs. Superman (where he spent 15 months on the set).  He shared a number of great stories about his experiences.  During the Q&A, he commented that car companies read all the scripts to see if they're even interested in having a product placement.  He also said that car companies do stipulate the amount of screen time, especially with music videos.  The key to all of this is the visibility that movies bring to the car companies.  He once had to say not to a movie idea because FCA no longer built the vehicles that were needed.  Many thanks to his wife, Lori, who assisted him with this presentation.  Thank you, David, for a great and informative program!  
Upcoming meeting schedule:
Monday, June 26, 6 p.m. at RiverCrest (7 p.m. dinner)
No meeting on Tuesday, June 25
No meeting on Tuesday, July 2
Tuesday Noon meetings resume on July 9
President Rodney adjourned the meeting at 1:34 p.m.
Anyone displeased about this summary, does them thereafter,
David Eardley
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